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THE Continuation of the Elville Family Secrets shall certainly be given in the Magazine for January.
The Continuations of Harriet Vernon, and of Sketches from Nature, will be found in the Supplement,
Mr, Webb's Solitary Walk in a Country Church-yard shall appear in January.
J. M, L's Night Walk for December is unavoidably deferred till the Supplement.
R. P.'s and F, D.'s Contributions are received.
ERRATUM, in our last, in H. C.'s Sonnet to the Heart:
Page 616, line 7 from the bottom, for skrills read thrills.
[With an elegant Engraving:] IN a pleasant village in the in friendship and harmony with all North of England lived, not many around them. Their felicity lasta years since, Theophilus Darwell,' ed several years, but nothing in this the vicar of the parish, in which he world continueth for ever. Death constantly resided, equally to the within a short time carried off, first, edification and comfort of those to the wife of the good pastor, next the instruction of whom in pure his eldest daughter, and lastly him. religion, and that morality which self; leaving his youngest daughmust necessarily flow from it, he ter, Lavinia, and his son Henry, had been appointed. He loved his 'then little more than fifteen years parishioners, and they revered him. old, almost pennyless orphans; for He was as it were their father, the income of their father, though their friend, the arbiter of all their he possessed some fortune of his little disputes, and rarely, was it own besides the fees and dues of that they appealed from his deci- his viearage, would have left them sion to that of the lawyer.' but little surplus had it been ten
This good man had a wife, two times greater, so ready was his lia daughters, and a son, all of a dis- berality to listen to' every call of position and character not dissi- charity pointing out to him the milar to his own. They lived, as needy and the distressed. may be supposed, truly happy in Henry, who, to the most amia their affection for each other, and able mildness of disposition and
ingenuousness, added great quick- Wisest, virtuousest, discreetest, best." Hess of understanding, was taken notice of by a gentleman in the It was now that in the full en neighbourhood who was going to joyment of affluence and happithe East Indies, and who invited ness the remembrance of her brohim to accompany him, assuring ther recurred to her mind; and him, that for the services he might much she wished to know what receive from him, he had no doubt might be his suecess or ill success that he should be able to put him in life, that if the latter were his in a way to make a very handsome fate, she might, as she now amply fortune. Henry, who had ile not had it in her power, relieve him thought, as he did think, the offer and make him happy; but as se to promise him great advantage, very great a number of years bad knew not what else to do, cono elapsed since they had seen each sented, and shortly after left his other, she considered him as lost rative country.
to her, not improbably dead, or at Lavinia, who was about thirteen, least thrown into some situation began to display great beauty, by which he was for ever separated which rapidly increased from year from her, while she was totally forto year; her liveliness and intelli- gotten by him. gence were equal to her beauty; It chanced one evening as she and a distant female relation who was walking in a retired part of kept a boarding-school for young her park, she saw, sitting under a ladies, took her under her proteco tree, a man apparently very old, tion, and for a few occasional ser poor, and wretched. The native vices which she received from her, goodness of her heart induced her, enabled her to attain those accoun- as it may be supposed, to applishments which gave her charms proach, accost, and offer him readditional power and value. lief. She assisted him to rise, took
She continued in this situation him by the arm, and led bim into several years, when a gentlenan the house, where she gare direcwho had lately purchased an es- tions that he should be supplied tate in that neighbourhood, saw, with every thing necessary for his and became so enamoured of her, immediate wants, and provided that he married her; and after with a lodging for the night, marriage found so much reason to should he have a long way to go be satisfied with her, that he grew as it would soon be dark-Mrs. more enthusiastically devoted to Cross, the housekeeper, who hapher from day to day. They lived, pened to be near when this order in this felicity a pumber of years, was given, took upon her to rethe objects of the gratitude and mind her mistress that such as esteem, she especially, of all the of charity were sometimes not indigent and unfortunate in the without danger. • Really, my vicinity, to whom her liberality lady,' said she, your ladyship is
of thieves he may,' said Mrs. endeavoured to do good unto all Edgecunbe, hastily,he appears around me, 'according to the
, of wants must be relieved. --So say: father, who will never be forgotten ing, she immediately turned from by his parishioners, ---no, they can her, and went into the parlour; never forget the nióst excellent but, before she had been there Theophilus wany minutes, reflecting that if · Theophilus!' said Mrs. Edge she were not present, the object of' cumbe, not a little surprized. her bounty inight pot meet with. What other name?' the reception she could wish from
* Theophilus Darwell,' said the sérvants, she went down into the stranger. kitchen to see justice done to her The first idea that now occurred charitable intentions. While there to Mrs. Edgecumbe was the
suga she entered into consersation with gestion of Mrs. Cross, that this the man, and made some inquiries, might be some cheat who had
ough not with the impertinence gotten possession of her history of some ostentatious benefactors, and of her father's naine, and had with respect to who and what he a design to impose upon her; but was. As he was now somewhat upon further inquiry she found revived by the refreshment placed proofs that won!d not permit her before him, and the glass or two to doubt that he was her loug-lost of ale he had drank, his appear- brother Henry; and though he ance seemed to her not a little seemed twenty years older than ettered, and he spoke with a spirit her brother could be, though he and good sense which excited her had been more than twenty years surprise.- Madam,' said he, I separated from her, this inight be. am a man who seems to be persee accounted for by the vexations, cnted by Fortune. I have been misfortunes, and hardslips he had in very distant countries, and in undergone. various parts of the world. I went * And now,' said she triumphfirst to the East Indies with a gen- antly to Mrs. Cross, is not this tlemán who for some time appear an encourageinent to do good; is ed to be very much my friend, not this a, reward of charity. and who I believe really was so, Mrs. Cross neither felt nor conbut who from jealousy became af- ceived bow tinding a brother in terwards iny bitterest enemy, and the extreine of indigence, whona. did every thing in his power to she must support, could be a recomplete my ruin, which in fact ward; but as she did not see how hre at length effected. I came last it could be for her interest ta from a French prison into which contradict her inistress, she civilly
I'was thrown, having been taken assented. on my return by a French ship of Mr. Edgecumbe soon afterwards war. Númerous, indeed, are the procured a lucrative situation for adverse accidents which I have Mr. Darwell, who showed bimself encountered. I certainly do not well worthy to be the brother of. mean to fatigue you with recount- such a sister, and such a brothering them all ; but suffer me to say in-law. that I cannot consider myself as dewerving them, as I have ever
his own compliment contradicts To the Editor of the Lady's the charge of 'graveling ideas :' MAGAZINE
I can also assure him that I am
not surrounded by antiquated its • Excludat jurgia finis.' males :'-- Weak, igugrant,' and
HOR. Epist. 1. LIB. I. vain,' I may be (though he does Let all disputes at some fix'd period end!
not seem to think so, and my
youth may, excuse it, but I cera Sir,
tainly am not idle.'
To the writers I have mentioned IN compliance with the words I shall new bid a last adieu as genwhich I have chosen for my motto, tlemen; it would be very harsh in this will be the last letter which I
me to say Messrs, J. Webb, and shall address to you: indeed I D. Y. did not deserve that charac. should not again have troubled ter; I hope they do; but certainly you, but I think an acknowledg: from their replies no one would ment is due for the polite leiter of
ever think so. J. M. L.--I always thought him possessed of abilities, and I now them talk of silent.contempi and
It is highly diverting to hear esteein hiin as a gentleman. I will due indifference when they are
so evidently writhing under the sinuate a donbt of his sobriety, lash of my well-meant criticism; and, thanking him for his elegant but they may depend upon it I compliments, which I am not con
will nerer again assume an office, scious of deserving, I shall take the execution of which seems to my leare of him with good hu- give them so much pain, and in mour, and never again trespass which my intentions (which were upon his temper by pointing out certainly good) have been so grosse faults to which we
are all li.
ly misrepresented. able. W. H. has answered ine
However as Mr. D. Y. has ate with the modest ingequousness tempted to be very witty and severe which
generally accompanies youthful talents, and I thank Jast words to him. He has dige
upon me, I shall address a few him.
nified me with the title of most As S. Y. has also praised me in learned,' (an expression borrowed, a manner, for which (though, per. I believe, from the farce of the haps, I do not merit it) I must still Adopted Child,") and as I always feel grateful, I ought not to peruse wish to maintain a character which his reply with fastidiousness, but is either assumed by ine, or conI certainly think he betrays great ferred upon me, I will give him a want of temper; and one part of quotation from Flaccus which I his letter calls for my answer. He think is very applicable to him accuses me of scurrillity: I should
particularly. be sorry if the accusation was just. I think, however, it may be fairly Ridentur mala, qui componunt retorted upon himself by any one
carmina : verum who reads his fifth paragraph. I Gaudent scribentes et se vence believe I am not a bully,' peev
rantur.! ish',“scurrillous,' or 'frigid,' perhaps too much the reverse, and This I shall translate for bime