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education. Here the attachment of these young men became more and more folid, as they advanced nearer to manhood, and after a course of academical studies, in which Gemellus still improved the reputation he brought from Westminster, it was proposed that he should accompany his friend upon his travels, and a proper governor was engaged for that service. This proposal rather staggered Gemellus's guardian on the score of expence, and he now found it necessary for the first time to open himself Euphorion. With this intent he called upon him one morning, and taking him aside, told him, he was come to confer with him on the subject of Gemellus_“I am sorry for it," interposed Euphorion. “Hold, Sir,” answered the lawyer, “ interrupt me not, if you please ; tho' “ Gemellus is my ward, he is your fon; and if you

have the natural feelings of a father, you « will be proud to acknowledge your right in “ him as such."As he was speaking these words, an awkward servant burft into the room, and staring with fright and confusion, told his master there was a great lord in a fine equipage had actually driven up to the hall door, and was asking to speak with him. Euphorion's surprize was now little less than his servant's, and not being in the habit of receiving visits from people C 2


of distinction, he eagerly demanded of the lawyer who this visitor could possibly be, and casting an eye of embarrassment upon his gouty foot"I

am not fit to be seen," said he, « and cannot « tell how to escape ; for heaven's fake! go and « see who this visitor is, and keep him from the « fight of me, if it be possible."

Euphorion had scarce done speaking, when the door was thrown open, and the noble ftranger, who was no less a person than the father of Gemellus's friend, made his approach, and having introduced himself to Euphorion, and apologized for the abruptness of his visit, proceeded to explain the occasion of it in the following words :-“I wait upon you, Sir, with a request,

in which I flatter myself I shall be seconded « by this worthy gentleman here present: You « have the honour to be father to one of the « most amiable and accomplished young men ) “ever knew; it may not become me to speak so

warmly of my own fon as perhaps I might “ with truth, but I flatter myself it will be fome

recommendation of him to your good opinion, “when I tell you that he is the friend and inti

mate of your Gemellus : They have now gone " through school and college together, and ac* cording to ply notions of the world such early “ connections, when they are well cholen, are


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amongst the chief advantages of a public edu“ cation; but as I now purpose to send my son

upon his travels, and in fuch a manner as I sfatter myself will be for his benefit and im

provement, I hope you will pardon this intru“ fion, when I inform you that the object of it " is to solicit your consent that Gemellus may

accompany him."

Euphorion's countenance, whilst this speech was addressed to him, underwent a variety of changes s surprize at hearing such an unexpected character of his son was (trongly expreft ; a gleam of joy seemed to break out, but was foon dispelled by tháme and vexation-at the reflection of having abandoned him; he attempted to speak, but confufion choaked him, he caft a look of embarrassment upon the lawyer, but the joy and triumph, which his features exhibited, appeared to him like insult, and he turned his eyes on the ground in silence and despair. No one emotion had escaped the observation of Gemellus's patron, who, turning to the lawyer, said he believed he need not affect to be ignorant of Gemelļus's fituation, and then addreffing himself again to Euphorion-“I can readily understand,” said hey " that such a proposal as I have now opened to

you, however advantageous it might promife * to be to your fon, would not correspond with



your ideas in point of expence, nor come “ within the compass of that limited provision, “ which you have thought fit to appoint for him: « This is a matter, of which I have no preten

fions to speak; you have disposed of your for5 tune between your sons in the proportions you « thought fit, and it must be owned a youth, « who has had a domestic education, stands the “ most in need of a father's help, from the little chance there is of his being able to take care « of himself: Gemellus has talents that must “ secure his fortune, and if my services can “affist him, they fhall never be wanting; « in the mean time it is very little for me

to say that my purse will furnish their joint < occasions, whilst they are on their travels, and « Gemellus's little fund, which is in honest " and friendly hands, will accumulate in the “ interim."

The length of this speech would have given Euphorion time to recollect himself, if the matter of it had not presented some unpleasant truths to his reflection, which incapacitated him from making a deliberate reply; he made a shift however to hammer out some broken fentences, and with as good a grace as he could, attempted to palliate his neglect of Gemellus by pleading his infirm state of health, and retirement from the


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world-he had put him into the hands of his friend, who was present, and as he beft knew what answer to give to the proposal in questior, he referred his lordship to him and would abide by his decision-he was glad to hear so favourable an account of him-it was far beyond his expectations; he hoped his lordłhip’s partiality would not be deceived in him, and he was thankful for the kind expressions he had thrown out of his future good offices and protection. The noble visitor now desired leave to introduce his son, who was waiting in the coach, and hoped Gemellus might be allowed to pay his duty at the same time. This was a surprize upon Euphorion, which he could not parry, and the young friends were immediately ushered in by the exulting lawyer. Gemellus commanded himself with great address; but the father's look, when he first discovered an elegant and manly youth in the bloom of health and comeliness, with an open countenance, where genius, courage and philanthropy were characterized, is not to be de. scribed : It was a mixt expression of shame, conviction and repentance; nature had her fhare in it; parental love seemed to catch a glance, as it were, by stealth; he was filent, and his lips quivered with the supprest emotions of his heart. Gemellus approached and made an humble

C4 obeisance;

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