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levity, scandal called by a harsher name, But the appearance of Jenkinson and the and it was reported I had debauched her. gaoler's two servants now called off our atI waited on her father in person, willing tention, who entered, hauling in a tall man, to clear the thing to his satisfaction, and very genteelly dressed, and answering the he received me only with insult and abuse. description already given of the ruffian who As for the rest, with regard to his being had carried off my daughter. “Here, here, my attorney and steward can best cried Jenkinson, pulling him in, “ here we inform you, as I commit the management have him ; and if ever there was a candiof business entirely to them. If he has date for Tyburn, this is one." contracted debts, and is unwilling, or even The moment Mr. Thornhill perceived unable to pay them, it is their business to the prisoner, and Jenkinson who had him proceed in this manner : and I see no in custody, he seemed to shrink back with hardship or injustice in pursuing the most His face became pale with conlegal means of redress.'

scious guilt, and he would have withdrawn, If this,” cried Sir William “ be as you but Jenkinson, who perceived his design, have stated it, there is nothing unpar- stopped him. What, Squire,” cried he, donable in your offence; and though your are you ashamed of your two old acconduct might have been more generous quaintances, Jenkinson and Baxter ? But in not suffering this gentleman to be op- this is the way that all great men forget pressed by subordinate tyranny, yet it has their friends, though I am resolved we been at least equitable."

will not forget you. Our prisoner, please “He cannot contradict a single parti- your honour,” continued he, turning to Sir cular,” replied the Squire ; “I defy him William, “has already confessed all

. This to do so ; and several of my servants are is the gentleman reported to be so dangerready to attest what I say. Thus, sir,” ously wounded. He declares that it was continued he, finding that I was silent, for Mr. Thornhill who first put him upon this in fact I could not contradict him—“thus, affair ; that he gave him the clothes he sir, my own innocence is vindicated : but now wears, to appear like a gentleman, though at your entreaty I am ready to for- and furnished him with the post-chaise. give this gentleman every other offence, The plan was laid between them, that he yet his attempts to lessen me in your es- should carry off the young lady to a place teem excite a resentment that I cannot of safety, and that there he should threaten govern ; and this, too, at a time when his and terrify her; but Mr. Thornhill was to son was actually preparing to take away come in, in the meantime, as if by accimy life,—this, I say, was such guilt, that dent, to her rescue ; and that they should I am determined to let the law take its fight a while, and then he was to run off, —

I have here the challenge that by which Mr. Thornhill would have the was sent me, and two witnesses to prove better opportunity of gaining her affecit : one of my servants has been wounded tions himself

, under the character of her dangerously ; and even though my uncle defender." himself should dissuade me, which I know Sir William remembered the coat to he will not, yet I will see public justice have been worn by his nephew, and all the done, and he shall suffer for it.”

rest the prisoner himself confirmed by a “Thou monster !” cried my wife, "hast more circumstantial account; concluding, thou not had vengeance enough already, that Mr. Thornhill had often declared to but must my poor boy feel thy cruelty?' I him that he was in love with both sisters at hope that good Sir William will protect the same time. us ; for my son is as innocent as a child : “Heavens !” cried Sir William, “what I am sure he is, and never did harm to a viper have I been fostering in my bosom!

And so fond of public justice, too, as he “Madam,” replied the good man, "your seemed to be! But he shall have it: sewishes for his safety are not greater than cure him, Mr. Gaoler-Yet, hold ! I fear mine; but I am sorry to find his guilt too there is not legal evidence to detain him.” plain į and if my nephew persists- Upon this Mr. Thornhill, with the



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utmost humility, entreated that two such light to my friend the magistrate, who has abandoned wretches might not be admit- committed him. But where is the unforted as evidences against him, but that his tunate young lady herself ? Let her appear servants should be examined. “Your ser- to confront this wretch: I long to know vants !” replied Sir William. “Wretch ! by what arts he has seduced her. Entreat call them yours no longer: but come, let her to come in. Where is she?” us hear what those fellows have to say; let “Ah! sir,” said I, “that question stings his butler be called.'

me to the heart: I was once indeed happy When the butler was introduced, he in a daughter, but her miseries----" soon perceived by his former master's Another interruption here prevented me; looks that all his power was now over. for who should make her appearance but “Tell me,” cried Sir William, sternly, Miss Arabella Wilmot, who was next day “have you ever seen your master, and that to have been married to Mr. Thornhill. fellow dressed up in his clothes, in com. Nothing could equal her surprise at seeing pany together?”—“Yes, please your Sir William and his nephew here before honour,” cried the butler, a thousand her; for her arrival was quite accidental. times: he was the man that always brought It happened that she and the old gentle. him his ladies." -“How !” interrupted man, her father, were passing through the young Mr. Thornhill, “this to my face?" town, on the way to her aunt's, who had

Yes,” replied the butler, or to any insisted that her nuptials with Mr. Thornman's face. To tell you a truth, Master hill should be consummated at her house; Thornhill, I never either loved you or liked but stopping for refreshment, they put up you, and I don't care if I tell you now a at an inn at the other end of the town. It piece of my mind.”—“Now, then,” cried was there, from the window, that the Jenkinson,“ tell his honour whether you young lady happened to observe one of know anything of me.”—“I can't say,” my little boys playing in the street, and replied the butler, that I know much instantly sending a footman to bring the good of you. The night that gentleman's child to her, she learned from him some daughter was deluded to our house, you account of our misfortunes; but was still were one of them." “So then,” cried Sir kept ignorant of young Mr. Thornhill's William, “I find you have brought a very being the cause. Though her father made fine witness to prove your innocence: thou several remonstrances on the impropriety stain to humanity! t) associate with such of going to a prison to visit us, yet they wretches ! But,” continuing his examina- were ineffectual; she desired the child to tion, “you tell me, Mr. Butler, that this conduct her, which he did, and it was was the person who brought him this old thus she surprised us at a juncture so gentleman's daughter. No, please your unexpected. honour,” replied the butler, “he did not Nor can I go on without a reflection on bring her, for the Squire himself under those accidental meetings, which, though took that business ; but he brought the they happen every day, seldom excite our priest that pretended to marry them.”- surprise but upon some extraordinary oc

It is but too true,” cried Jenkinson ; “I casion. To what a fortuitous concurrence cannot deny it; that was the employment do we not owe every pleasure and conveassigned me, and I confess it to my confu- nience of our lives! How many seeming sion."

accidents must unite before we can be “Good heavens!” exclaimed the Baro- clothed or fed! The peasant must be dis

“how every new discovery of his vil- posed to labour, the shower must fall, the lany alarms me! All his guilt is now too wind fill the merchant's sail, or numbers plain, and I find his prosecution was dic- must want the usual supply. tated by tyranny, cowardice, and revenge.

We all continued silent for some moAt my request, Mr. Gaoler, set this young ments, while my charming pupil, which officer, now your prisoner, free, and trust was the name I generally gave this young to me for the consequences. I'll make it lady, united in her looks compassion and my business to set the affair in a proper astonishment, which gave new finishing to

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her beauty:-"Indeed, my dear Mr.Thorn- But by this time my son was freed from hill,” cried she to the Squire, who she sup- the encumbrances of justice, as the person posed was come here to succour, and not supposed to be wounded was detected to to oppress us, “ I take it a little unkindly be an impostor. Mr. Jenkinson, also, who that you should come here without me, or had acted as his valet-de-chambre, had never inform me of the situation of a family dressed up his hair, and furnished him with so dear to us both : you know I should take whatever was necessary to make a genteel as much pleasure in contributing to the appearance. He now therefore entered relief of my reverend old master here, whom handsomely dressed in his regimentals; I shall ever esteem, as you can. But I find and, without vanity (for I am above it), that, like your uncle, you take a pleasure in he appeared as handsome a fellow as ever doing good in secret.

wore a military dress. As he entered, he “He find pleasure in doing good !" cried made Miss Wilmot a modest and distant Sir William, interrupting her. “No, my bow, for he was not as yet acquainted with dear, his pleasures are as base as he is. the change which the eloquence of his You see in him, madam, as complete a vil. mother had wrought in his favour. lain as ever disgraced humanity. A wretch, decorums could restrain the impatience of who, after having deluded this poor man's his blushing mistress to be forgiven. Her daughter, after plotting against the inno- tears, her looks, all contributed to discover cence of her sister, has thrown the father the real sensations of her heart, for having into prison, and the eldest son into setters forgotten her former promise, and having because he had the courage to face her be suffered herself to be deluded by an impostrayer. And give me leave, madam, now My son appeared amazed at her to congratulate you upon an escape from condescension, and could scarce believe it the embraces of such a monster,

real.—“Sure, madam,” cried he, “this is “O goodness!” cried the lovely girl, but delusion! I can never have merited “how have I been deceived! Mr. Thorn- this! To be blessed thus is to be too hill informed me for certain that this gentle. happy.”—“No, sir,” replied she; “I have man's eldest son, Captain Primrose, was been deceived, basely deceived, else nogone off to America with his new-married thing could have ever made me unjust to lady;"

my promise. You know my friendshipMy sweetest Miss,” cried my wife, “he you have long known it-but forget what I has told you nothing but falsehoods. My have done, and as you once had my warmson George never left the kingdom, nor ever

constancy, you shall now have was married. Though you have forsaken them repeated ; and be assured, that if your him, he has always loved you too well to Arabella cannot be yours, she shall never think of anybody else; and I have heard be another's.”- “And no other's you shall him say, he would die a bachelor for your be,” cried Sir William, “ if I have any insake." She then proceeded to expatiate fluence with your father.” upon the sincerity of her son's passion : she This hint was sufficient for my son Moses, set his duel with Mr. Thornhill in a pro- who immediately flew to the inn where the per light; from thence she made a rapid old gentleman was, to inform him of every digression to the Squire's debaucheries, his circumstance that had happened. But, in pretended marriages, and ended with a the meantime, the Squire, perceiving that most insulting picture of his cowardice. he was on every side undone, now finding

Good heavens !” cried Miss Wilmot, that no hopes were left from flattery or dis“how very near have I been to the brink simulation, concluded that his wisest way of ruin! Ten thousand falsehoods has this would be to turn and face his pursuers. gentleman told me! He had at last art Thus, laying aside all shame, he appeared enough to persuade me, that my promise the open, hardy villain.

“I find, then, to the only man I esteemed was no longer cried he, "that I am to expect no justice binding, since he had been unfaithful. By here; but I am resolved it shall be done his falsehoods I was taught to detest one You shall know, sir," turning to Sir equally brave and generous."

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dent upon your favours. I scorn them. for once admit that happiness which courts Nothing can keep Miss Wilmot's fortune your acceptance. from me, which, I thank her father's assi- | Sir William,” replied the old gentleduity, is pretty large. The articles and a ' man, “be assured I never yet forced her bond for her fortune are signed, and safe inclinations, nor will I now. If she still in my possession. It was her fortune, not continues to love this young gentleman, let her person, that induced me to wish for her have him, with all my heart. There this match; and, possessed of the one, let is still, thank Heaven, some fortune left, who will take the other.”

and your promise will make it something This was an alarming blow. Sir William more. Only let my old friend here” (meanwas sensible of the stice of his claims, for ing me) “give me a promise of settling six he had been instrumental in drawing up the thousand pounds upon my girl if ever he marriage articles himself. Miss Wilmot, should come to his fortune, and I am ready, therefore, perceiving that her fortune was this night, to be the first to join them toirretrievably lost, turning to my son, gether.” asked if the loss of fortune could lessen her As it now remained with me to make value to him? Though fortune," said the young couple happy, I readily gave a she, “is out of my power, at least I have promise of making the settlement he reту. hand to give.

quired; which, to one who had such little And that, madam," cried her real lover, expectations as I, was no great favour. We "was indeed all that you ever had to give; had now, therefore, the satisfaction of seeat least all that I ever thought worth the ing them fly into each other's arms in a tran. acceptance. And I now protest, my Ara- sport. After all my misfortunes,” cried bella, by all that's happy, your want of my son George, to be thus rewarded ! fortune this moment increases my pleasure, Sure this is more than I could ever have as it serves to convince my sweet girl of presumed to hope for. To be possessed of my sincerity.”

all that's good, and after such an interval Mr. Wilmot now entering, he seemed not of pain! My warmest wishes could never a little pleased at the danger his daughter rise so high!” had just escaped, and readily consented to Yes, my George,” returned his lovely a dissolution of the match. But finding bride, : “ now let the wretch take my for. that her fortune, which was secured to Mr. tune; since you are happy without it, so Thornhill by bond, would not be given up, am I. Oh, what an exchange have I made, nothing could exceed his disappointment. --from the basest of men to the dearest, He now saw that his money must all go to best! Let him enjoy our fortune, I can enrich one who had no fortune of his own. now be happy even in indigence.” He could bear his being a rascal, but to I promise you,” cried the Squire, with a want an equivalent to his daughter's fortune malicious grin, that I shall be very happy was wormwood. He sat, therefore, for with what you despise.”—“ Hold, hold, some minutes employed in the most mortify, sir,” cried Jenkinson, there are two words ing speculations, till Sir William attempted to that bargain. As for that lady's fortune, to lessen his anxiety. “I must confess, sir,' sir, you shall never touch a single stiver of cried he, “ that your present disappoint- it. Pray, your honour,” continued he to ment does not entirely displease me. Your 'Sir William, can the Squire have this immoderate passion for wealth is now justly lady's fortune if he be married to another?” punished. But though the young lady How can you make such a simple decannot be rich, she has still a competence mand?" replied the Baronet : undoubtsufficient to give content. Here you see edly he cannot. -“ I am sorry for that,' an honest young soldier, who is willing to cried Jenkinson; for as this gentleman take her without fortune: they have long and I have been old fellow-sporters, I have loved each other; and, for the friendship a friendship for him. But I must declare, I bear his father, my interest shall not be well as I love him, that this contract is not wanting in his promotion. Leave, then, worth a tobacco-stopper, for he is married that ambition which disappoints you, and ! already.”—“ You lie, like a rascal !” re

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turned the Squire, who seemed roused by tinued he, “I find you are surprised at all this insult; “I never was legally married this; but a few words will explain the to any woman.

difficulty. That there Squire of renown, “ Indeed, begging your honour's par- for whom I have a great friendship (but don,” replied the other, “you were : and that's between ourselves), has often emI hope you will show a proper return of ployed me in doing odd little things for friendship to your own honest Jenkinson, him. Among the rest, he commissioned who brings you a wife; and if the com- me to procure him a false licence and a pany restrain their curiosity a few minutes, false priest, in order to deceive this young they shall see her.” So saying, he went lady. But as I was very much his friend, off, with his usual celerity, and left us all what did I do, but went and got a true unable to form any probable conjecture as licence and a true priest, and married them to his design. Ay, let him go,” cried both as fast as the cloth could make them. the Squire;

whatever else I may have Perhaps you'll think it was generosity that done, I defy him there. I am too old now made me do all this : but no: to my shame to be frightened with squibs.”

I confess it, my only design was to keep “I am surprised,” said the Baronet, the licence, and let the Squire know that “what the fellow can intend by this. Some I could prove it upon him whenever I low piece of humour, I suppose.”—“ Per- thought proper, and so make him come haps, sir,” replied I,“ he may have a more down whenever I wanted money.” A serious meaning. For when we reflect on burst of pleasure now seemed to fill the the various schemes this gentleman has whole apartment ; our joy reached even laid to seduce innocence, perhaps some to the common room, where the prisoners one more artful than the rest has been themselves sympathised, found able to deceive him. When we con

And shook their chains sider what numbers he has ruined, how

In transport and rude harmony. many parents now feel, with anguish, the infamy and the contamination which he Happiness was expanded upon every has brought into their families, it would face, and even Olivia's cheek seemed not surprise me if some one of them- flushed with pleasure. To be thus reAmazement! Do I see my lost daughter? stored to reputation, to friends, and fortune Do I hold her? It is, it is my life, my hap- at once, was a rapture sufficient to stop piness! I thought thee lost, my Olivia, the progress of decay, and restore former yet still I hold thee—and still thou shalt health and vivacity. But, perhaps, among live to bless me.” The warmest transports all, there was not one who felt sincerer of the fondest lover were not greater than pleasure than I. Still holding the dear mine, when I saw him introduce my child, loved child in my arms, I asked my heart and held my daughter in my arms, whose if these transports were not delusion. silence only spoke her raptures.

“How could you,” cried I,turning to Mr. And art thou returned to me, my dar- Jenkinson, “how could you add to my ling," cried I, “to be my comfort in age!" miseries by the story of her death? But

“That she is,” cried Jenkinson; "and it matters not; my pleasure at finding her
make much of her, for she is your own again is more than a recompense for the
honourable child, and as honest a woman pain.
as any in the whole room, let the other be As to your question,” replied Jenkin-
who she will. And as for you, Squire, son, “ that is easily answered. I thought
as sure as you stand there, this young lady the only probable means of freeing you
is your lawful wedded wife: and to con- from prison was by submitting to the
vince you that I speak nothing but the Squire, and consenting to his marriage
truth, here is the licence by which you with the other young lady. But these you
were married together." So saying, he had vowed never to grant while your
put the licence into the Baronet's hands, daughter was living : there was therefore
who read it, and found it perfect in every no other method to bring things to bear,
respect. “And now, gentlemen, con- , but by persuading you that she was dead.

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