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stop his departure : he feels only nature's dank vapour of a dungeon, or ease to the pang in the final separation, and this is no throbbings of a broken heart
. Let the way greater than he has often fainted philosopher from his couch of softness tell under before; for, after a certain degree of us that we can resist all these : alas! the pain, every new breach that death opens effort by which we resist them is still the in the constitution nature kindly covers greatest pain. Death is slight, and any with insensibility:
man may sustain it ; but torments are “Thus Providence has given the dreadful, and these no man can endure. wretched two advantages over the happy “ To us then, my friends, the promises in this life,-greater felicity in dying, and of happiness in heaven should be peculiarly in heaven all that superiority of pleasure dear; for if our reward be in this life which arises from contrasted enjoyment. alone, we are then, indeed, of all men the And this superiority, my friends, is no most miserable. When I look round these small advantage, and seems to be one of gloomy walls, made to terrify as well as the pleasures of the poor man in the para- to confine us; this light, that only serves ble ; for though he was already in heaven, to show the horrors of the place; those and felt all the raptures it could give, yet shackles, that tyranny has imposed, or it was mentioned as an addition to his crime made necessary; when I survey happiness, that he had once been wretched, these emaciated looks, and hear those and now was comforted ; that he had groans-oh, my friends, what a glorious exknown what it was to be miserable, and change would heaven be for these! To fly now felt what it was to be happy. through regions unconfined as air—to bask
· Thus, my friends, you see religion does in the sunshine of eternal bliss—to carol what philosophy could never do: shows over endless hymns of praise--to have no the equal dealings of Heaven to the happy master to threaten or insult us, but the form and the unhappy, and levels all human of Goodness himself for ever in our eyes ! enjoyments to nearly the same standard. when I think of these things, death beIt gives to both rich and poor the same comes the messenger of very glad tidings; happiness hereafter, and equal hopes to when I think of these things, his sharpest aspire after it ; but, if the rich have the arrow becomes the staff of my support; advantage of enjoying pleasure here, the when I think of these things, what is there poor have the endless satisfaction of in life worth having; when I think of these knowing what it was once to be miserable, things, what is there that should not be when crowned with endless felicity here- spurned away: kings in their palaces after ; and even though this should be should groan for such advantages; but called a small advantage, yet, being an we, humbled as we are, should yearn for eternal one, it must make up by duration them. what the temporal happiness of the great “And shall these things be ours? Ours may have exceeded by intenseness. they will certainly be, if we but try for them;
These are, therefore, the consolations and, what is a comfort, we are shut out which the wretched have peculiar to them from many temptations that would retard selves, and in which they are above the our pursuit. Only let us try for them, and rest of mankind : in other respects, they they will certainly be ours; and, what is are below them. They who would know still a comfort, shortly too: for if we look the miseries of the poor, must see life and back on a past life, it appears but a very endure it. To declaim on the temporal short span, and whatever we may think of advantages they enjoy, is only repeating the rest of life, it will yet be found of less what none either believe or practise. The duration; as we grow older, the days seem men who have the necessaries of living, to grow shorter, and our intimacy with are not poor; and they who want them, Time ever lessens the perception of his stay. must be miserable. Yes, my friends, we Then let us take comfort now, for we shall must be miserable. No vain efforts of a soon be at our journey's end; we shall soon refined imagination can soothe the wants lay down the heavy burden laid by Heaven of nature, can give elastic sweetness to the upon us; and though death, the only friend of the wretched, for a little while mocks even greater than hers, interrupted what the weary traveller with the view, and like she was going to add. his horizon still flies before him; yet the “Ah! Mr. Burchell,” cried I, “this is time will certainly and shortly come, when but a wretched habitation you now find us we shall cease from our toil ; when the in; and we are now very different from luxuriant great ones of the world shall no what you last saw us. You were ever our more tread us to the earth ; when we shall friend : we have long discovered our errors think with pleasure of our sufferings below; with regard to you, and repented of our when we shall be surrounded with all our ingratitude. After the vile usage, you friends, or such as deserved our friendship; then received at my hands, I am almost when our bliss shall be unutterable, and ashamed to behold your face ; yet I hope still, to crown all, unending.”
you'll forgive me, as I was deceived by a
base ungenerous wretch, who, under the CHAPTER XXX.
mask of friendship, has undone me. Happier Prospects begin to appear. Let us be “ It is impossible,” cried Mr. Burchell,
inflexible, and Fortune will at last change in “that I should forgive you, as you never our favour.
deserved my resentment. I partly saw WHEN I had thus finished, and my au- your delusion then, and as it was out of my dience was retired, the gaoler, who was one power to restrain, I could only pity it." of the most humane of his profession, hoped It was ever my conjecture,” cried I, I would not be displeased, as what he did “that your mind was noble ; but now was but his duty, observing, that he must find it so.—But tell me, my dear child, be obliged to remove myson into a stronger how thou hast been relieved, or who the cell, but that he should be permitted to ruffians were who carried thee away?” revisit me every morning. I thanked him “Indeed, sir,” replied she, “ as to the for his clemency, and grasping my boy's villain who carried me off, I am yet ignohand, bade him farewell, and be mindful rant. For, as my mamma and I were walkof the great duty that was before him. ing out, he came behind us, and, almost
I again therefore laid me down, and one before I could call for help, forced me into of my little ones sat by my bedside read the post-chaise, and in an instant the horses ing, when Mr.Jenkinson entering, informed drove away. I met several on the road, to me that there was news of my daughter; whom I cried out for assistance, but they for that she was seen by a person about disregarded my entreaties. In the meantwo hours before in a strange gentleman's time, the ruffian himself used every art to company, and that they had stopped at a hinder me from crying out : he flattered neighbouring village for refreshment, and and threatened by turns, and swore that, if seemed as if returning to town. He had I continued but silent, he intended no harm. scarcely delivered this news when the In the meantime I had broken the canvas gaoler came, with looks of haste and that he had drawn up, and whom should pleasure, to inform me that my daughter I perceive at some distance but your old was found.
Moses came running in a friend Mr. Burchell, walking along with moment after, crying out that his sister his usual swiftness, with the great stick for Sophia was below, and coming up with which we used so much to ridicule him. our old friend Mr. Burchell.
As soon as we came within hearing, I called Just as he delivered this news, my dearest out to him by name, and entreated his help. girl entered, and, with looks almost wild I repeated my exclamations several times, with pleasure, ran to kiss me, in a trans- upon which, with a very loud voice, he bid port of affection. Her mother's tears and the postilion stop; but the boy took no silence also showed her pleasure. “Here, notice, but drove on with still greater speed. papa,” cried the charming girl, here is the I now thought he could never overtake us, brave man to whom I owe my delivery; to when, in less than a minute, I saw Mr. Bur. this gentleman's intrepidity I am indebted chell come running up by the side of the for my happiness and safety- A kiss horses, and, with one blow, knock the from Mr.Burchell, whose pleasure seemed postilion to the ground. The horses, when
he was fallen, soon stopped of themselves, in the best dinner that could be provided and the ruffian, stepping out, with oaths and upon such short notice. He bespoke also menaces, drew his sword, and ordered him, a dozen of their best wine, and some at his peril, to retire ; but Mr. Burchell, cordials for me ; adding, with a smile, that running up, shivered his sword to pieces, he would stretch a little for once, and, and then pursued him for near a quarter of though in a prison, asserted he was never a mile; but he made his escape. I was at better disposed to be merry. The waiter this time come out myself, willing to assist soon made his appearance with preparamy deliverer ; but he soon returned to me tions for dinner; a table was lent us by the in triumph. The postilion, who was re- gaoler, who seemed remarkably assiduous; covered, was going to make his escape too; the wine was disposed in order, and two but Mr. Burchell ordered him at his peril very well dressed dishes were brought in. to mount again and drive back to town. My daughter had not yet heard of her Finding it impossible to resist, he reluc- poor brother's melancholy situation, and tantly complied, though the wound he we all seemed unwilling to damp her cheerhad received seemed, to me at least, to be fulness by the relation. But it was in vain dangerous. He continued to complain of that I attempted to appear cheerful : the the pain as we drove along, so that he circumstances of my unfortunate son broke at last excited Mr. Burchell's compassion, through all efforts to dissemble ; so that I who, at my request, exchanged him for was at last obliged to damp our mirth by another, at an inn where we called on our relating his misfortunes, and wishing that
he might be permitted to share with us in Welcome, then,” cried I, “my child ! this little interval of satisfaction. After and thou, her gallant deliverer, a thou- my guests were recovered from the consand welcomes ! Though our cheer is but sternation my account had produced, I rewretched, yet our hearts are ready to re- quested also that Mr. Jenkinson, a fellowceive you. And now, Mr. Burchell, as you prisoner, might be admitted, and the gaoler have delivered my girl, if you think her a granted my request with an air of unusual recompense, she is yours: if you can stoop submission. The clanking of my son's irons to an alliance with a family so poor as was no sooner heard along the passage, mine, take her ; obtain her consent, ---as I than his sister ran impatiently to meet know you have her heart, –and you have him, while. Mr. Burchell, in the meantime, mine. And let me tell you, sir, that I asked me if my son's name was George ; give you no small treasure : she has been to which replying in the affirmative, he celebrated for beauty, it is true, but that still continued silent. As soon as my boy is not my meaning, -I give you up a entered the room, I could perceive he retreasure in her mind."
garded Mr. Burchell with a look of aston“But I suppose, sir,” cried Mr. Bur- ishment and reverence. Come on,” cried chell, “ that you are apprised of my cir- I, “my son ; though we are fallen very cumstances, and of my incapacity to low, yet Providence has been pleased to support her as she deserves ?”
grant us some small relaxation from pain. If your present objection,” replied I, Thy sister is restored to us, and there is “be meant as an evasion of my offer, í her deliverer : to that brave man it is that desist: but I know no man so worthy to I am indebted for yet having a daughter : deserve her as you ; and if I could give give him, my boy, the hand of friendship; her thousands, and thousands sought her he deserves our warmest gratitude.” from me, yet my honest brave Burchell My son seemed all this while regardshould be my dearest choice.”
less of what I said, and still continued To all this his silence alone seemed to fixed at a respectful distance. “My dear give a mortifying refusal: and, without the brother,” cried his sister, “why don't you least reply to my offer, he demanded if he thank my good deliverer ? the brave should could not be furnished with refreshments ever love each other.” from the next inn ; to which being answered He still continued his silence and astonin the affirmative, he ordered them to send ishment, till our guest at last perceived himself to be known, and, assuming all spectator of thy father's benevolence. I his native dignity, desired my son to come have, at his little dwelling, enjoyed respect forward. Never before had I seen any uncontaminated by flattery ; and have rething so truly majestic as the air he as- ceived that happiness that courts could not sumed on this occasion. The greatest give, from the amusing simplicity around object in the universe, says a certain philo- his fire-side. My nephew has been apsopher, is a good man struggling with ad- prised of my intentions of coming here, versity ; yet there is still a greater, which and, I fund, is arrived. It would be wrongis the good man that comes to relieve it. ing him and you to condemn him without After he had regarded my son for some examination : if there be injury, there shall time with a superior air, “I again find," be redress ; and this I may say, without said he, “unthinking boy, that the same boasting, that none have ever taxed the crime- -” But here he was interrupted injustice of Sir William Thornhill.” by one of the gaoler's servants, who came We now found the personage whom we to inform us that a person of distinction, had so long entertained as an harmless who had driven into town with a chariot amusing companion, was no other than the and several attendants, sent his respects celebrated Sir William Thornhill, to whose to the gentleman that was with us, and virtues and singularities scarce any were begged to know when he should think strangers. The poor Mr. Burchell was in proper to be waited upon. “Bid the fel- reality a man of large fortune and great low wait,” cried our guest," till I shall interest, to whom senates listened with have leisure to receive him :" and then applause, and whom party heard with conturning to my son, “I again find, sir,” viction ; who was the friend of his country, proceeded he," that you are guilty of the but loyal to his king. My poor wife, resame offence for which you once had my collecting her former familiarity, seemed reproof, and for which the law is now pre- to shrink with apprehension ; but Sophia, paring its justest punishments. You who a few moments before thought him imagine, perhaps, that a contempt for your her own, now perceiving the immense disown life gives you a right to take that of tance to which he was removed by fortune, another : but where, sir, is the difference was unable to conceal her tears. between a duellist, who hazards a life of “Ah! sir,” cried my wife, with a piteous no value, and the murderer who acts with aspect, “how is it possible that I can ever greater security? Is it any diminution of have your forgiveness? The slights you the gamester's fraud, when he alleges that received from me the last time I had the he has staked a counter ?”.
honour of seeing you at our house, and the “Alas, sir,” cried I, “whoever you are, jokes which I audaciously threw outpity the poor misguided creature ; for what these, sir, I fear, can never be forgiven.” he has done was in obedience to a deluded “My dear good lady,” returned he with mother, who, in the bitterness of her re- a smile, “if you had your joke, I had my sentment, required him, upon her blessing, answer : I'll leave it to all the company if to avenge her quarrel. Here, sir, is the mine were not as good as yours. letter, which will serve to convince you of the truth, I know nobody whom I am disher imprudence, and diminish his guilt.” posed to be angry with at present, but the
He took the letter, and hastily read it fellow who so frighted my little girl here. over. “This," says he, “though not a per- I had not even time to examine the rascal's fect excuse, is such a palliation of his fault person so as to describe him in an adveras induces me to forgive him. And now, tisement. Can you tell me, Sophia, my dear, sir,” continued he, kindly taking my son whether you should know him again ?" by the hand, “I see you are surprised at * Indeed, sir,” replied she, “I can't be finding me here ; but I have often visited positive ; yet now I recollect, he had a prisons upon occasions less interesting. I large mark over one of his eyebrows."am now come to see justice done a worthy “I ask pardon, madam," interrupted Jenman, for whom I have the most sincere kinson, who was by, “but be so good as esteem. I have long been a disguised to inform me if the fellow wore his own
red hair?"-"Yes, I think so,” cried scription, for he had made the study of Sophia. " And did your honour,” con physic his amusement, and was more than tinued he, turning to Sir William, “observe moderately skilled in the profession : this the length of his legs?”—“I can't be sure being sent to an apothecary who lived in of their length,” cried the Baronet, “but the place, my arm was dressed, and I found I am convinced of their swiftness ; for he almost instantaneous relief.
We were outran me, which is what I thought few waited upon at dinner by the gaoler himself, men in the kingdom could have done." who was willing to do our guest all the "Please your honour,” cried Jenkinson, honour in his power. But before we had "I know the man : it is certainly the same; well dined, another message was brought the best runner in England ; he has beaten from his nephew, desiring permission to Pinwire of Newcastle : Timothy Baxter appear in order to vindicate his innocence is his name; I know him perfectly, and and honour ; with which request the the very place of his retreat this moment. Baronet complied, and desired Mr. ThornIf your honour will bid Mr. Gaoler let two hill to be introduced. of his men go with me, I'll engage to produce him to you in an hour at farthest.'
CHAPTER XXXI. Upon this the gaoler was called, who in- Former Benevolence now repaid with unexstantly appearing, Sir William demanded
pected Interest. if he knew him. “Yes, please your Mr. THORNHILL made his appearance honour,” replied the gaoler, " I know Sir with a smile, which he seldom wanted, William Thornhill well, and everybody and was going to embrace his uncle, which that knows anything of him will desire to the other repulsed with an air of disdain. know more of him.". Well, then,” said "No fawning, sir, at present," cried the the Baronet, “my request is, that you will Baronet, with a look of severity ; "the permit this man and two of your servants only way to my heart is by the road of to go upon a message by my authority ; honour ; but here I only see complicated and as I am in the commission of the peace, instances of falsehood, cowardice, and I undertake to secure you.”—“Your pro- oppression. How is it, sir, that this poor mise is sufficient,” replied the other, "and man, for whom I know you professed a you may, at a minute's warning, send them friendship, is used thus hardly? His over England whenever your honour thinks daughter vilely seduced as a recompense fit.
for his hospitality, and he himself thrown In pursuance of the gaoler's compliance, into prison, perhaps for resenting the inJenkinson was despatched in search of sult? His son, too, whom you feared to Timothy Baxter, while we were amused face as a manwith the assiduity of our youngest boy Bill, “Is it possible, sir,” interrupted his who had just come in and climbed up Sir nephew, that my uncle should object William's neck, in order to kiss him. His that as a crime, which his repeated in-. mother was immediately going to chastise structions alone have persuaded me to his familiarity, but the worthy man pre- avoid ?” vented her; and taking the child, all rag- "Your rebuke,” cried Sir William, “is ged as he was, upon his knee,“ What, just ; you have acted, in this instance, Bill, you chubby rogue,” cried he,“ do you prudently and well, though not quite as remember your old friend Burchell ? and your father would have done: my brother, Dick, too, my honest veteran, are you indeed, was the soul of honour ; but thou here ? you shall find I have not forgot you. Yes, you have acted, in this inSo saying, he gave each a large piece of tance, perfectly right, and it has my gingerbread, which the poor fellows ate warmest approbation.' very heartily, as they had got that morn- And I hope,” said his nephew, “that ing a very scanty breakfast.
the rest of my conduct will not be found We now sat down to dinner, which was to deserve censure. I appeared, sir, with almost cold; but previously, my arm still this gentleman's daughter at some places continuing painful, Sir William wrote a pre- of public amusement : thus, what was