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lousy into my father's too susceptible reward, nor actual punishment, could bosom ;--working upon hin, by con- induce him to receive any kindness stantly citing the indifference of lady from this now, by him, abhorred Delamore, contrasted with her own woman. All her presents he spurnfervent attachment; and at length as- ed with indignation; bearing, with suring him some other happy man unshrinking firmness, even the sehad overcome her ladyship’s apathy, Vere chastisement of his exasperated and that he had a rival. Roused father: with the same inflexible realmost to frensy by this insinuation, solution, he concealed the name of my credulous father became an at. his informer; and revealed not, even tentive observer; and then mailly in the sad moments his feeling heart subscribed to the malicious asper- was agonised in anguish at his fasions of his designing favourite. My ther's unkindness, a particle of all angelic mother had now to bear all the the misery he so heroically suffered rancour of her infatuated husband's to his adored mother, lest it should jealousy. For years, her every look grieve her; but in her presence ever and action were watched by the dis- gaily smiling, whilst his bosom was tempered eye of suspicion, and the torn by secret sorrow. prejudiced one of malice: but so up * At length, my dear brother was right, so pure, was my mother's con- sent to Eaton, where my mother's duct, that not a being could be disco- nephew, lord De Lisle, had been for vered on whom the possibility of even some months before him, from whom a suspicion could glance, as favoured St. Orville learned Mrs. Monk was by her.

the mistress of his father. Horror • From the moment Selina and was now added to my brother's St. Orville were capalile of any kind griefs; and when, upon the first of discrimination, my infatuated fa- vacation, he returned home, and my ther (under pretence of fondness father desired him to attend him to leading him to indulge in the com- Green-street, St. Orville, in tears, inpany of his children) took them con- formed lord Delamore, 'that not even stantly to visit Mrs. Monk, who then his lordship's commands should, withresided in Green-street, when this out force, lead him to disgrace himself, insidious woman exerted all her by entering the house of his father's powers to win their young affections, mistress the destroyer of his virtuby every species of indulgence. With ous, inestimable, lovely mother's bapSelina, she readily and completely piness.' succeeded; but with my noble bro My father made no reply; and ther, only until about the period he Monk, irritated at the noble boy's attained his seventh year, when some invincible rectitude, no doubt fed visitor at Delamore-house (who knew and augmented every particle of remy father's reprehensible conduct, sentment my father's breast cherishin taking his children, unknown to ed. During that vacation, Alfred my mother, to visit this infamous was asked no more to visit Mrs. woman) 10!d Sț. O ville, not to Monk: he returned to Eaton, and accompany his father to Mrs. Monk, after being some weeks there, and who was a very bad woman; who without any previous notice, his altold fibs of his amiable mother, and lowance was suddenly reduced to one made her very unhappy.' From this half of what he bad been accustomed moment, it was only by force St. Or. to 'receive. Poor Alfred was borville could be dragged into the house ror-struck; for, not aware of this of Mrs. Monk; but neither offers of reduction, he unavoidably found him.

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self in deht, and unable to give toil hard to give his son; and that where charity, or generosity had he was sure, from all he had obclaims

upon him. His honour, his served, that poor Alfred was as una integrity, his benevolence, all were happy at home as his dear aunt." deeply wounded. He would not re Long before this letter reached quest a supply from my mother (who lord Ashgrove, St. Orville's vaca. has always had unlimited credit up; tion sent him home. B; his noble on my father's banķer), or any of forbearance, he had discharged all his friends, lest it should lead to the his debts; and had even exercised discovery of his father's unkindness; his benevolence 100. My father, cona but, determined to pay his debts, he jecturing that the sudden seque:traformed the heroic resolution (for sure- tion of St. Orville's allowance must ly, in a boy of ten years old, it was he- have involved himn in difficulties, roism) of debarring himself of every now craftily offered him a large sum Juxury, every recreation, which boys of money, and to restore his allowa at school delight in; and refrained ance to its primitive state, if he from visiting the fruit, cake, or toy- would visit. Mrs. Monk, who was shop, for the honourable purpose of ready to forgive all his past unkindpaying his debts, and the humane nesses: but St.. Orville steadily reone of continuing a pension to a poor fused the golden bait.blind woman he had met with at “ What!” exclaimed his father, Windsor: while, as he no longer “can a boy of honour, through a indulged himself in those juvenile capricious whim, submit to the disgratifications, his pride would not grace of continuing in debt, and desuffer him to partake of them, when frauding the industrious of their offered by others. This change in due?" St. Orville was observed by his com “ I am not in debt, my lord,” St. panions, who soon suspected he was Orville replied; “ although I was so, stinted in money; for having wit. when it was your lordship's pleasure nessed and partaken of his generosity to diminish your bounty (his charities were, even then, when My father furiously demanded possible, under the veil of conceale “Who had assisted him?" St. Ora ment), no one supposed the change ville answered, "his own principles;" originated in choice; and, being and then recounted all those prina universally beloved, his school-fel- ciples had led him to persevere in. lows were anxious to share their Lord Delamore, without a comment, stores with him :--but Alfred, when hastily quitted the room : the sube he acts from principle, is adamant in ject of Mrs. Monk was never men, firmness, De Lisle, about one year tioned to bim more; his allowance older than my brother, and bound to was immediately restored to its orihim by the most ardent ties of ginal state; the arrear pail off; and friendship, and a strong similitude of from his mother's subsequent birthdisposition, watched attentively on day it was doubled: but from that pay-days, and soon discovered poor period, Mrs. Monk has ever. conAlfred's scanty means; and never tinued his bitter foe; poisoning my having much himself to offer, and father's mind against him, and weake his little offers being always rejected, ening the affections of lord Delamore wrote off to my uncle Ashgrove, for a son whose excellence ought to then in America, to tell him," lord be the pride, the sunshine, of a taDelamore allowed his dear cou:in, St. ther's heart. » Orville, no more than a tinker would * As soon after the receipt of De VoL, XXXVIII.


Lisle's letter as it was possible to ecured to St. Orville. This dutiful ffect it, lord Ashgrove returned conduct to my mother incurred my liome, to see what he could do to father's implacable resentment: be ameliorate the situation of his be- furiously refused to add a shilling to loved sister, and favourite nephew. her dower; and vehemently accused For my mother, he could do no poor Alfred of wishing for his death, thing; but St. Orville (it being then which his thinking of it plainly a long vacation), as De Lisle was indicated : and at length concluded going with him as a midshipman, he with the terrible command, for took on a cruise too. From that St. Oville to quit his father's preperiod, Alfred has passed a great sence for ever. Dreadful was this deal of time with my uncle at sea; grief to my mother; and unquesand, from those visits, he imbibed tionably brought on that severe such a passion for the navy, that he illness, in which we had so nearly entreated, lord Delamore's permis- lost her. sion to enter into it: but my father, • Jealousy had added its baneful influenced by Mrs. Monk, peremp- influence to my father's long-fostertorily refused his supplication; and ed, and artfully-fed, resentment to poor St. Orville, since his afflicting St. Orville; and here combined in disagreement, and disgrace, with his drawing forth this terrible mandate. father, has remained at sea with lord Alfred, about two years since, had a Ashgrove, sharing every danger an severe illness, in consequence of renexed to the profession, without the scuing two fishermen and a boy from full of glory it.

a watery grave: his life, for several The sad rupture I allude to arose days, was despaired of: and nothing solely from my beloved brother's could equal the affliction of every strong affection for my mother....: one in and around the castle. All You must know, miss De Clifford, the domestics, all the tenantry, and the Delamore title ranks high in the all the neighbouring poor, adore St. British peerage, but the estates were Orville. The higher orders estimate small; and when my father mar- him in an eminent degree; and all ried, the jointure of my mother was were in serious grief at the idea of settled according to her moderate losing him, cut off, by his humanity fortune, and lord Delamore's own: and courage almost unparalleled, in but since that period, wealth almost the flower of his youth. unbounded has flowed in upon my "In the castle, all was sorrow and father ;--- his two maternal uncles despair ; around it, men, women, both died bachelors, and left im- and children, thronged, in anxious, mense wealth to my father, St. weeping groups, to learn intelligence Orville, shocked at the poor pittance of him they loved. When the castle my mother had to look to, should gates were closed, at night, the mulshe survive my father, and recoiling titude was there; and when opened from the idea of her being left in in the morning, there were they any way to the mercy of his father's found. The lowest peasant had no

and, above all, dreading ma heart to work ; children forsook their


hard earnings, to make bonfires, and then offer to his affection." Acand spend it, in rejoicing for St. Or cordingly, Mary was removed from ville's convalescence.

the orphan asylum, and placed with “Very shortly after, my father hada the widow of a clergyman, at Exeter: severeillness; his life, too, wasdespair. -a most amiable, well-informed, aced of. The neighbouring rich and poor complished woman; who having two bore this with perfect resignation; daughters of her own to bring up, and his subsequent recovery, with gladly undertook the education of profound philosophic calmness. This Mary, as the very handsome allowance deeply mortified my father, and no my mother made was an object of great doubt irritated him more against advantage to Mrs. Spencer. With poor Alfred, upon whom misde- that lady the sweet as lovely Mary meanours now were heaped; for has continued ever since, advancing immediately after his illness, his each hour in mental and personal malicious foes pretended to discover perfection; the suspicion of her birth in him a predilection for an amiable remaining unknown to my father object of my dear mother's care and (who had often seen her, and consis bounty.

dered her merely as the protégée of * About twenty years ago, a child my mother): until it was insinuated was brought, by a poor woman, to by Mrs. Monk, and Selina, that St. mamma, as an object for her cha- Orville had formed an attachment ritable institution—anorphan asylum. to Mary, which had my mother's My mother, struck by the beauty of infatuated approbation; when dreadthe child, and a resein blance she in. ful was the frensy of my father's stantly traced to my father, prompt- rage; and my dear mother, to vinly resolved to protect the child. dicate herself and beloved son, conKnowing lord Delamore's inconstan- fessed her belief of Mary's parentcies, she reasonably conjectured this age, " which had been her induceto be his offspring; and questioned ment to take her to her heart." Thisthe woman relative to the little girl's confession operated like magic, in parents. The woman's confusion, calming the storm which agitated contradictory answers, and the lord Delamore's bosom; but so. terror she evinced, all combined to lemnly he denied Mary's being his change my mother's suspicions into offspring.' conviction. She took the little Mary

(To be concluded in our next.) to her arms, and to her heart; attended most particularly, herself, to

Anecdote of MATTHEW PRIOR. her care and education; and soon MATTHEW, when he had left discovered indications of a mind as the office he had held under the ado: superior in refinement and perfec- ministration of lord Oxford, became tion, as her form was in elegance in the latter part of his life, like many and loveliness, to the plebeian com- an ex-minister, hypochondriacal. His panions she was classed among.

active mind, not having any pabulum “Nature will evince herself,” said to feed it, began to prey upon itself. my mother : “this child strongly He became deaf, or at least thought proves the noble blood she sprung himself so.-When some one asked from: she shall be educated as lord him whether he had ever observed D.lamore's daughter; and when himself deaf when he was in office




In Imitation of the Stanza and Manner of SPENSEL.

By W. M. T

• Unfitly I these ydle rimes present,
The labourot lost time, and wit unstay'd.'

Sonnet to Lord Burleigh,
Non ego paucis
Oftendar maculis,

Hor, de Arte Postics.


I MUS'D on Wealth capriciously bestow'd

To pamer Loxury, encourage Sin; Upon a hill it stood, a craggy steep, To decorate vain Polly's gay abode,

Which rose irregular, with thorn o'erspread, And ra'se the throng d assembly's sense And many a jetting cliff, and chasm deep, less din :

Mark'd the dark path which to the temple Seldom, alas! from Poverty to win

led; The tear of gratitude; or bid the smile And many fairly on their journey sped, Dimple, w th joy, we infant Orphan's chin. And many labour'd ceaselessly in vain; Seldom on these bestow'd, the glittering Whilst Wealth stood smiiing on the mounspoil

tain's head Is spent by Folly, tho' 'eis gain'd by Care To welcome all who could its summit and Guile.


Noix, Muse! dopicture those who did their Bewilder'd with these thoughts, I saw arise

meed obtain. (80 fancy painted to my youthful mind) The Temple hight of Wealth: a ceaseless The first I noted was an aged form noise

In russet vest penuriously clad, Murmur'd around: with cunning art de- 'Twas far from neatness, and it scarce was sign'd,

warm; Its sculptur d columns rose, with wreaths en. Yet this old carle innum'rous riches had, twin'd

and still he wish'd for more, and still was Of mimic flowers and forms of quaint sad



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