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apparent wealth. To encourage this unfortunate but deserving family, Sir Timothy took his affairs out of Mr. Equity's hands, and appointed Messrs. Abraham and Alexander Modish his solicitors. Immediately large new elegant books were placed in Mr. Modish's chambers, with Sir Timothy Flight's name in gilt letters on them. But the Baronet was incapable of doing an unjust action; therefore he would not have withdrawn his concerns from Mr. Equity, if the Mr. Modishes had not proved to him, and clearly too, that in looking over and casting up Mr. Equity's accounts, during the short period of the last twentysix years, that he had overcharged Sir Timothy the enormous sum of ten pounds. This, Mr. Alexander Modish said, might be an oversight, but persons in business should be more circumspect; indeed, he must say, there could be no excuse for such a man as Mr. Equity being incorrect in his accounts:

it also grieved him to say, that it appeared that Lady Flight and his uncles. had not consulted his interest during his minority, as it was evident that some money, which had been designed by the late Sir Timothy to purchase an estate, ought to have been the Baronet's; whereas the younger children had benefitted by that sum. This was a delicate subject, and painful to him to express his sentiments upon; but, had he been Mr. Equity, he should have remonstrated with the relatives, and insisted that justice should be done to his client; probably he might be wrong, but he possessed such a warm interest always for those who honoured him with their concerns, that he always considered their case as his own, and consequently exerted his very mean abilities to the utmost.

What a God-send was this to Sir Ti mothy Flight; to possess such a sincere, such a disinterested friend; it would be madness not to place implicit confidence

in him; and no sooner thought than done. The Baronet went immediately with old Modish, and desired Mr. Equity to deliver into this respectable solicitor's hands all his papers, &c. &c. &c.

Mrs. and Miss Charlotte Modish had not yet been introduced to the Baronet, and a day was fixed when Sir Timothy Flight promised to take a family dinner with them, previously to which he sent a present of some game to Mrs. Modish. This family had great merit, for they always liked to appear genteel; therefore, to keep up appearances, they had a foot-boy, instead of a female servant, as the ladies amused themselves with keeping the house clean, and cooking the victuals; but as soon as Sir Timothy became a client of Mr. Abraham Modish, their house was furnished, and a maid added to the establishment. It is, however, difficult to break ourselves of long habits; therefore, when the Baronet's groom brought the game, he knocked

several times, but could gain no entrance; when at last a person demanded from the area who was there. Upon gaining the desired information, “ God bless my heart,” replied the woman, "it is vastly kind to be sure to send me some game; do, Sir, step this way; I am sorry you have waited so long, but the girl is cleaning the rooms, and the lad gone on an errand, and I am amusing myself with frying tripe.” The groom now found that the person whom he had taken for the cook was the mistress: she expressed her concern that she had no small change, but she had a little British spirit at hand, which she insisted be should take, and drink the good Baronet's health. When the man returned, he amused himself with giving a description of Mrs. Modish to his fellow servants.

At last the day arrived when Mrs. and the gentle Miss Charlotte Modish were to be introduced to Sir Timothy Flight. Miss sat down to play and sing, to the

great annoyance of the Baronet, who was really a judge of music, and, as his nerves were delicate, her loud vociferation was extremely distressing to his nice feelings. The table was so crowded with good things, that it was difficult to find room for the plates, added to which, the apartment was so close and confined as to prove inconvenient to the Baronet, who was fond of a free circulation of air. Mrs. Modish perceived this, and regretted that they were reduced to reside in such a small house: times, she said, with a deep sigh, were greatly altered; she severely felt the change which had taken place in their circumstances; she had always been accustomed to have slaves at her command, but she hoped one of these days she should have it in her power to receive her guests as she used to do, when they had a house near Black friars; for she was informed the next remittances she had from the West Indies would be considerable. Mr. Modish

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