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her whole heart to his view, where filial affection, amidft a thousand tender sensibilities, held pre-eminence; the sympathetic impulse was communicated in an instant; the intelligence of kindred fouls is quick as thought itself: in fpite of his address the glance had paffed and repassed, that carried with it the reciprocal fensation of two feeling hearts : nothing was said, but all was understood, fouls can confer without the noisy vehicle of words.—Sir Roger Manstock was at this time talking with a laa. bourer in the garden.

« I must shew you the chambers on this upper foor,” said Isabella. Henry followed her in silence: the stairs were ftcep;. he forgot himfelf, and let her lead the way: he fuf-. fered for his oversight as such forgetfulness deferved; his heart was doomed to encounter an. emotion of another fort from that he had fo lately felt. Ill-fated youth ! are all Ezekiel's precepts fo soon forgotten? He would have told thee there is danger in every atom of a : beautiful damsel, from the crown of her head: even to the taper extremities of those elegant limbs, which thine unguarded, eye. took in.. Thoughtless, devoted victim! whither art thou; climbing? Thou doft. but follow to inevitable

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facrifice: thy fate precedes thee; and trains thee up a precipice, from whence it is decreed that thou must fall.

At length they have reached the summit of their ascent: a door on each fide opened to a : bed-chamber, which seemed to say that here: benevolence had provided an asylum for the repose of peace. The simplicity here displayed, which Horace in two happy,words describes, I could not convey in twenty; it was elegance, that modeft poverty would not blush to avow; it was taste so void of ornament that: the disposer's excellence consisted in the concealment of her art.--" You fee,” cried i Ifabella,“ I have provided for the good man, who lodges with the widow; if he comes," added she, pointing to the bed, “there is relt: from his labours.” : Henry took notice that Ezekiel's chamber : was provided with a small neft of shelves for: books; neither did it escape him that Isabella : had conveyed a compliment to his charity by adorning his chimney with a print of the good Samaritan. In the chamber of Dame May she had hung a print also, which reprefented i the story of the widow of Zarephath and the : prophet Elijah. These, with many other cir-.

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cumstances in the accommodations of the house, Thewed him how thoroughly Isabella possessed the happy quality of doubling her favours by the grace of bestowing them. .. · They now remounted their horses and proceeded to the mansion. To Henry, who had all his life been accustomed to the small and pri. vate scale of a country clergyman's establih, ment, this was a new and curious scene; as they passed through a Gothic gateway into the front court, a venerable perfonage, dressed in a tufted gown, and holding a silver-headed staff in his hand, presented himself to the wondering fight of our hero; at the same time a bell was tolled in the turret, which gave folemn notice of their approach, and summoned the domestics to their posts in the great hall: here, according to the fashion of old times, the Baronet took Henry by the hand and welcom'd him to Manstock-houfe. Scenes, that he had only read of in descripticn, were now present to his view ; every thing within the house perfectly corresponded with the stile and character of the exterior : walls built for perpetuity, rooms calculated for feudal hospitality, and space wantonly lavisked without regard to economy or convenience, bespoke the rude magnificence

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of the founder; the very servants feemed in age and habit of another century. The hall was hung round with banners and trophies of various forts, both of war and of the chace: over an immenfe span of fire-place was displayed the family shield, containing a vast number of bearings properly illuminated and arranged according to the rules of heraldry, and at the upper end the portrait of an old man at full length in a black habit, with the ensigns of the garter and the blue ribbon hanging in a point from his neck, holding a scroll in his hand, on which was traced the ground plot of the house, and bespoke him to be the founder of it.

Sir Roger Manstock's family consisted of one only daughter; he had lost his lady about three years past. Isabella, the darling of her father, had now entered her eighteenth year, and since her mother's death had constantly resided with him, and of late had taken the poft and presidency of mistress of the fac mily. With a table always open to his friends and neighbours, Sir Roger passed his time in a constant residence at Manstock-house, in the center of a very noble property, beloved by all that knew him, and doing good to all

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that depended on him. When his friends folicited him to stand forth as county member, telling him that all parties would join in electing him, his conftant, anfwer was, that he thanked them for their good opinion, but his : umoft ambition was to live amongst them,, fulfilling to the best of his capacity the duties of an acting magistrate and a plain country gentleman ; in which station he humbly conceived he should ferve them better, and apo prove himself a more useful member of the community, than by. attending upon parlia. ment, for which he modestly, and perhaps truly, allerted that he had no talents..

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Chapter V. The Coward out of Doors is a Lion, in bis: own:

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H AVING now fo happily disposed of our : *hero for a while, we are, at leisure to look back to the state of affairs at Crowbery Castle, where the misadventure of Juftice Blachford had made no sight impression. The Captain, who had laid his plan of the presse

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