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would have heard with patience of the once proposed alliance, had not your character-And then he was pleased to say many things in my favour, from the report of persons who had weight with him; some of whom he named.

But still, Grandison, said he, this poor girl !-She could not have been so deeply affected, had not some lover-like arts

Let me, my lord, interrupt you-I cannot bear an imputation of this kind. Had such arts been used, the lady could not have been so much affected. Cannot

you

think of your noble sister, as a daughter of the two houses from

rang? Cannot you see her, as by Mrs. Beaumont's means we now so lately have been able to see her, struggling nobly with her own heart, [Why am I put upon this tender subject ?) because of her duty and her religion; and resolved to die rather than encourage a wish that was not warranted by both ?-I cannot, my lord, urge this subject: but there never was a passion so nobly contended with. There never was a man more disinterested, and so circumstanced. Remember only, my voluntary departure from Bologna, against persuasion; and the great behaviour of your sister on that occasion; great, as it came out to be, when Mrs. Beaumont brought her to acknowledge what would have been my glory to have known, could it have been encouraged; but is now made my heaviest concern.

Indeed, Grandison, she ever was a noble girl! We are too apt, perhaps, to govern ourselves by events, without looking into causes: but the access you had to her ; such a man! and who became knowu to us from circumstances so much in his favour, both as a man of principle and bravery~

This, my lord, interrupted I, is still judgin g from events. You have seen Mrs. Beaumont's letter. Surely you cannot have a nobler monument of magnanimity in woman! And to that I refer, for a proof of my own integrity.

I have that letter: Jeronymo gave it me, at my taking leave of him; and with these words : Grandison will cer• tainly visit you at Naples. I am afraid of your warmth. • His spirit is well known. All my dependance is upon his

principles. He will not draw but in his own defence. • Cherish the noble visitor. Surely, brother, I may de

pend upon your hospitable temper. Read over again • this letter, before you see him.'-I have not yet read it, proceeded the general; but I will, and that, if you will allow me, now.

He took it out of his pocket, walked from me, and read it; and then came to me, and took my hand-I am halfashamed of myself, my dear Grandison! I own I wanted magnanimity. All the distresses of our family, on this unhappy girl's account, were before my eyes, and I received you, I behaved to you, as the author of them. I was contriving to be dissatisfied with you: Forgive me, and command my best services. I will let our Jeronymo know how greatly you subdued me before I had recourse to the letter; but that I have since read that part of it which accounts for my sister's passion, and wish I had read it with equal attention before. I acquit you: I am proud of my sister. Yet I observe from this very letter, that Jeronymo's gratitude has contributed to the evil we deplore. But-Let us not say one word more of the unhappy girl : It is painful to me to talk of her.

Not ask a question, my lord ?-

Don't, Grandison, don't !- Jeronymo and Clementina are my soul's woe~But they are not worse than might be apprehended. You go to court with me to-morrow: I will present you to the king.

I have had that honour formerly. I must depart to, morrow morning early. I have already taken leave of several of my friends here : I have some to make my compliments to at Rome, which I reserved for my return.

You stay with me to-night ?-I intend it, my lord.

Well, we will return to company. I must make cuses to my friends. Your departure to-morrow must be one. They all admire you. They are acquainted with your character.

They will join with me to engage you, if possible, to stay longer.-We returned to the company.

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LETTER XXXII.

MISS BYRON, TO MISS SELBY.

Receive now, my dear, the doctor's thirteenth letter, and the last he intends to favour us with, till he entertains us with the histories of Mrs. Beaumont and Lady Olivia.

DR. BARTLETT'S THIRTEENTH LETTER. MR. GRANDISON set out next morning. The general's behaviour to him at his departure, was much more open and free than it was at receiving him.

Mr. Grandison, on his return to Florence, entered into the'affairs of his late friend Mr. Jervois, with the spirit, and yet with the temper, for which he is noted, when he engages in any business. He put every thing in a happy train in fewer days than it would have cost some other persons months; for he was present himself on every occasion, and in every business, where his presence would accelerate it: yet he had embarrassments from Olivia.

He found, before he set out for Naples, that Mrs. Beaumont, at the earnest request of the marchioness, was gone to Bologna. At his return, not hearing any thing from Signor Jeronymo, he wrote to. Mrs. Beaumont, requesting her to inform him of the state of things in that family, as far as she thought proper ; and, particularly, of the health of that dear friend, on whose silence to three letters he had written he had the most melancholy apprehensions. He let that lady know, that he should set out iu á very few days for Paris, if he had no probability of being of service to the family she favoured with her company.

To this letter Mrs. Beaumont returned the followiug

answer:

SIR, I have the favour of yours. We are very miserable here. The servants are forbidden to answer any inquiries, but generally; and that not truly.

Your friend, Signor Jeronymo, has gone through a severe operation. · He has been given over; but hopes are now entertained, not of his absolute recovery, but that he will be no worse than he was before the necessity for the operation arose. Poor man! He forgot not, however, his sister and you, when he was out of the power of the opiates that were administered to him.

On my coming hither, I found Lady Clementina in a deplorable way: Sometimes raving, sometimes gloomy : and in bonds ---Twice had she given them apprehensions of fatal attempts : they, therefore, confined her hands.

They have been excessively wrong in their management of her: Now soothing, now severe; observing no method:

She was extremely earnest to see you before you left Bologna. On her knees repeatedly she besought this favour, and promised to be easy if they would comply; but they imagined that their compliance would aggravate the symptoms.

I very freely blamed them for not complying at the time when she was so desirous of seeing you. told them, that soothing her would probably then have done good.

When they knew you were actually gone from Bologna, they told her so. Camilla shocked me with the description of her rage and despair, on the communication. This was followed by fits of silence, and the deepest melancholy.

They had hopes, on my arrival, that my company would have been of service to her : but for two days together she regarded me not, nor any thing I could say to her. On the third of my arrival, finding her confinement extremely uneasy to her, I prevailed, but with great difficulty, to have her restored to the use of her hands; and to be allowed to walk with me in the garden. They had hinted to me their apprehensions about a piece of water.

Her woman being near us, if there liad been occasion for assistance, I insensibly led that way. She sat down on a seat over against the great cascade; but she made no motion that gave me apprehensions. From this time she has been fonder of me than before. The day I obtained this liberty for her, she often clasped her arms about me, and laid her face in my bosom; and I could plainly see, it was in gratitude for restoring to her the use of her arms: but she cared not to speak.

Indeed she generally affects deep silence: yet, at times, I see her very soul is fretted. She moves to one place; is tired of that; shifts to another, and another, all round the

room.

I am grieved at my heart for her: I never knew a more excellent young creature.

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