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ing on, I see it plainly.”_" Impossible!” he replied, “ my thoughts are otherwise employ'd ; they never can aspire so high."--" Ah, Henry!" resurned she, “ this is but feign'd humility; you've seen enough to know that I am right: You and I shall take no more such walks together as we have done ; you will have a fairer companion in your rambles through the groves at Manftock; and let me own 'tis fit you shou'd ; I am not worthy of you ; you are in all respects above me, and it was only in your diferess'd and humble state that. I aspir'd to think of you, to consort with you, and to love you: If I have been too forward, and offended you, do not remember me with contempt, but pardon a fond girl that can never cease to bear you a devoted faithful heart.”
Sufan never looked so lovely in the eyes of Henry as at this moment: the melancholy tone in which these words were uttered, the modest air accompanying their delivery, her fighs, her tears, her blushes, touched him more sensibly than all the playful fmiles that in her gayer moments she had glanced upon him. Every ching that his compassionate nature could suggeilt to console and soothe her he said and did without reserve, for every passion seemed now
buried in amiction; and, as for such careffes as honour might allow of, he deemed it cruelty to withhold them.- But here let me insert one caution to my youthful readers how they surrender themselves to the indulgence of that dangerous propensity called pity, which, if it is not love itself, is yet fo closely allied to it, that wherever the interests of the one can be served, there is no safety in committing yourselves to the other. Of the truth of this remark our inexperienced Henry may serve for an example; seduced by pure compassion into the office of a coinforter, he found himself surprized into emotions, which it required the strongest resolution to controul; and so gentle was the current, so pleasingly deceitful the gradations by which he was carried on towards that gulph, where honour would have been lost, that had not the recollection of his late reproach to Blachford timely warned his conscience to avoid the guilt which he condemned in another, he had bere been overthrown, and we must have devoted one unwilling page to the lamented record of his shame; for opportunity courted him, beauty smiled upon him, love allured, and Sufan whispered an inviting challenge in his ear, that fairly set all prudence ar defiance; in short, malicious. For
tune seemed to have trepanned him into a situation with this tempting girl, exactly of a piece with their's, to whose incontinence he owed his birth.
« Then I must marry you,” was his apology to Susan's rash proposal.--" I ask no such facrifice,” replied the damsel.--" This hospitable roof will fall upon my head." " Away with all such fcruples,” she again replied, and press'd bim in her arms.--'Tis a hard struggle !” he exclaimed, “but, by the Power that guards me, I will never be a Blachford!"-With these words he sprung from her embrace : the snares of love, that had so nearly closed upon him, gave way, and burst at once; the vanquished passions fled, and Virtue put her wreath of triumph on his brow!
A momentary glance of anger darted from the eyes of Susan, as the exclaimed,—Heavens ! can you use me thus ?"--But it was only a glance; resentment had no lasting tenure in her breast; her heart, though liable to be sur-. prized by love, was not surrendered to dishonour: She rallied her disordered thoughts, looked back upon the past with conscious selfs reproach for her own desperation, and, covered with confusion, hid her face.
- CHAPTER IX.
A Funeral Oration out of Place.
TN the council, that fate upon the fate of
Henry, there were as many opinions as there were members: Fulford, who looked for no resources but what were to be found in his own profeffion, recommended the ejectment; and of this we have already seen the refult, which certainly was not very flattering to the projector.
Captain Crowbery, whose ideas, like those of Fulford, were of the professional fort, was for bolder measures, and undertook, through his interest with a friend, who commanded a pressgang then upon the coast, to take our hero off, unknown to all his friends, and ship him in a tender: This proposal, which did not interfere with the legal proceeding before mentioned, nor involve any one of the junto either in difficulties or dangers, was universally approved of, and had in fact every merit that a revengeful plot could boast of: It was therefore resolved, nem. con. that the Captain should set forth in fearch of his friend, and concert the means of carrying it into execution secretly and securely;
Lord Crowbery enjoying by anticipation, the agonies of his Lady when her favourite should disappear on a sudden, and no one could account for it.
But Blachford, whose nature, though by no means brave, was bloody and revengeful, and whose pride was ftung to the quick by the spirited retort which Henry had cast in his teeth, had an underplot of hiş own, which, for good reasons, he withheld from his affeffors, conscious that it would neither tally with the legal notions of the attorney, nor probably suit the more martial spirit of the Captain; nay, he had his doubts if even my Lord would be fond of giving countenance to it; for it was neither more nor less than to assassinate Henry, or, in the vulgar phrase, knock him down in the dark, and leave him to his chance for life or death when he had done with him.
Blachford in his chair of justice could expatiate, as we have seen, with all due solemnity upon the heinous crime of murder; but Blachford in his private character was the very man in the world to project the perpetration, though not just the person to undertake the hazard of executing such an act: He was provided with a confidential servant, whom Na