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and not for my fortune. That my fortune , Sir Toby's the man. I have taken a reso. was still as much as he had any right to lution. Your brother and yourself shall expect with any wife, and certainly more be married both on the same day. Sir than he wished with me, as I had qualities | Toby dines here on Sunday, and on the which might compensate even for a following Saturday you shall be married. total want of it. This letter to my father Say not a word, Hyınevæa, this is my will, was accompanied by one to nie, which 1 and in this I will be positive. I ask noconfess gave me much pain, as it proved thing unreasonable. Sir Toby is in every that though rough, and without the grace way worthy of you." You may imagiuc of manners, Sir Toby had a natural honour, that this resolution of my father embarras. and an inbred generosity, which does not sed ine not a little; I will not say it disalways accompany more inanners and more tressed me, for as I had made up my own knowledge.
mind, I consoled myself in the idea that To speak plainly, I began to think that nothing could compel me to a wilful sacriSir Toby was not altogether well treated.fice of my own happiness. The other letter, the one from Mr. Honey Horatio dined at our house as usual ; you comb, was of totally a different nature. may imagine that I watched my opporMy father entered with it iu his hand, and tunity, and informed him of all that had gave it to me.“ Here is a pitiful fellow,” || happened. He conjured me to abide by said he ; " but I am persuaded, Hymenxa, my determination not to sacrifice him for that you will congratulate yourself on a Sir Tohy, and then left me as I thought good riddance." My father concluded very abruptly. I was offended, moreover, with an oath against knowledge of the with what I then thought an unpardonworld, politeness, and an Harrow educa- || able omission. There was one ready and tion. The letter was as follows:
immediate escape from all our difficulties; "Mr. Honeycomb has had the honour to why did he not propose it? why did he not receive Mr. Wellwood's letter. Mr. Honey, suggest an elopement and a Scotch marcomb has only to add, that the information riage? contained in it makes a most material alter. Is saw nor beard nothing of Horatio till ation in what he conceived to be the situa- | the following day, when my father entered tion of Miss Wellwood; a circumstance, || my room in a fury of passion, and after bis indeed, of which Mr. Wellwood himself abuse of me, for such it was, became disseems to have been aware, by sending Mr. tinct, I discovered that the cause of it Honeycomb the notice. Under these cir- || had been a letter from Horatio, in which cumstances Mr. Honeycomb has only to my lover had pleaded his passion, acknowadd, that with the highest respect for Miss lerlged his inequality of fortune, and sug. Wellwood, as well as for her father and | gested that I had overlooked it. “ You family, he must so far consult the pruden are thus about,” said my father,
to throw tial considerations resulting from his owu yourself away on a beggar. It was not situation, as most reluctantly to resign his enough that I gave you a choice out of two former pretensions."
of the best matches in the country, and “This letter explains a circumstance," certainly one of them perfectly unexcepsaid my father, " which I had heard before, tionable. You know that I have but one but which I had some difficulty in beljev- wish at my heart, to see you well married. ing. The Earl of A
-, has two daughters, | But my resolution is taken, marry Sir Toby, Lady Charlotte and Lady Emily. They for you are no longer my child. To this are co-heii esses, and your brother, as you | officer I have a mostinsuperable objection, know, is to have one of them. Since this I neither like his connections, and I abhor has been known in the country, Honey. him for his breach of hospitality. Do nat comb has spared no efforts to get the defend him. It is enough that I hate bim. other.”' “ Is she not deformed,” said I. || Marry Sir Toby," repeated he, “and keep “ What is that,” replied my father, “to your room till you have decided your purHoneycomb, when she is co-heiress to one pose.” With these words be left me, lockof the finest estates in the country. But | ing the door, and taking the key away with let us have done with the hateful fellow. || him.
You must imagine that under these it to say, that my mother left me to pro. circumstances I felt as voung women usually" pose a compromise to my father, which do. I thought myself an heroine, and briefly was, that I should think no more examined the window; but on second of the Licutenant, and that he should press thoughts I considered it better not to break me no more on Sir Toby. This compromy neck. I took up my scissars, but had : wise was accepted, and I was restored to the prudence to lay them down again. In liberty, though, as I afterwards understood, a word, I fairly wept myself to sleep, and very closely watched. In this manner had by the next day had exhausted myself I lost at once three lovers. You may into reason and submission. My mother perhaps feel some curiosity as to their entered my chamber about noon, accom- subsequent fate. Horatio, the elegant acpanied by my father, who had hitherto complished Horatio, eloped about three suffered me to see no one, and had brought weeks afterwards, with the daughter of a ny food himself. My father left my rich brazier, who in the event made him mother and myself together, but still lock an excellent wife. Sir Toby, as a matter of ed the door, desiring my mother to ring slight to me, addressed himself to the de. when she wished to leave me.
formed daughter of the Earlof A, and My mother now reasoned with me in a much to the satisfaction of my father supstyle of good sense, which at once softened planted Mr. Iloneycomb and married her. my obstinacy and inspired my confidence. So much for my three lovers. In my next I will not weary you with a detailed narra I shall give you an account of others. tive of our discourse on both sides. Suffice
subject sea; they must have observed, I am one of those singular characters moreover, that the top of this hill is crowowhose existence every one is inclined to ed with the ruins of an antient castle, doubt till they have received the evidence nothing of which indeed now remains but of their senses, and even then, if they hap. its walls, and its grand portal; this poriat, pen to be of that class of men who are like all those attached to the larger castles termed philosophers, it will ruu hard with || in North-Britain, is flanked by two towers, them but they will doubt their senses too. I connected together by the curtain, thiough It is my fortune indeed, to have seen one the centre of which is the a ched
gateway. or more examples of these beings, who, The loftiness of these towers is generally in though brought in to my presence,and abso- proportion to the magnitude of the castle. lutely seeing me in action and operation, as In Sky Castle therefore they are unusually they term it, have still gone on hesitating, il lofty; that structure having been formerly and having begun by doubting me, finish one of the inost considerable in the kingby doubting themselves,
dom. To such people I am not now writing, In tbis castle, Sir, were my ancestors and have but one answer for all their hems born, and for many centuries enjoyed all of incredulity. “What you assert is im- | the sovereigo power possessed by the antipossible," said a philosopher to a peasant. || ent Barons. They were the Lords of the * You may be very right, master, for all Island, and though they nominally, and by that I know," replied the countryman,“but an homage of form, acknowledged the what I say is true, though you may have supremacy of the Kings of Scotland, this very good reasons to the contrary." homage, and this acknowledgment tended
All travellers in Scotland, who have nothing to diminisha their own iminediate visited the Isle of Sky, cannot but have re. power. In plain words, they were as absomarked a very lofty hill which almost loses lute as the Kings of Asia, and were in every de top in the clouds, and frowns orer the sense of the word true Kuights and Baronis
They loved liberty, and kept i: all to them- !, lived a thousand years ago, that we transfer selves. The were clamorous enough when everything which belongs to them, to the Kings attacked their own privileges, ourselves. If they have caten, wc eat,-if but were equally patient and submissive they have been great, we are great, and all when he assailed only the rights of the our actual beggary and insignificance is people. In short, in these early days, what. | only a delusion of the senses. Take this ever your historians may say of balanced principle with you, and you will hereafter powers, and interposed checks, there were cease to wonder at many of the actions of but the two divisions of the community Scotsmen, which without this principle mentioned by the Greek poet, the devour- will appear obscure and unintelligible. ers and the devoured. The people were to return, however, to my own family; in fact the Neece between the Kings and though, if you have any Scotch blood in the Barons, and the two latter never you, I mean any o'thegude blood, you will quarreled but when they thought the one need no apology from me that I have interfered beyond his proportion to the digressed from inyself to my nation. To prejudice of the other. This, Sir, I know return, however, to my more immediate to have been the antient state of what is subject. called liberty and constitution in Scutiand, My family had two other claims to disand unless I am mistaken, this was likewise tinction besides their birth. The first was the antient state of the same liberty and wealth, for they were really wealthy, they constitution in all the nations of Europe. had glass to their windows and soles to their
My family possessed that distinction and shoes, when half the houses in Scotland reputation which rank and birth gives in were open to the wind and rain, and ne every country under heaven, and mor
one under an Earl had a stocking to his particularly in Scotland. There is a pro- leg. verb current in every nation in the world, The other distinction of my family was that the poorest nations are always the still more important. You are not perhaps proudest. Those who have nothing to sufficiently acquainted with northern cusconsole themselves with have usually the toms to understand what is understood happy art of finding consolation in them- | aniongst us by the term ' gifts. I will selves. Many families in Scotland may briefly explain it, Sir. not have the property of an acre, --what There are certain families in Scotland then, they bave that of a title? Many of wlio, from chance or a liappy constitution of them may want a house, but then they | nature, are peculiarly favoured with some have a titular Barony. Many of them advantage over their countrymen, some may not have a shirt themselves, - what additional quality to what is common to then, their ancestors wore ermine. These mankind in general, or some greater degree are solid consolations, and he is not a Scot of such qualities as are common. of the true blood, who, whilst his own These supernumerary qualities are what brawny back, as the poet calls it, is is termed gifts. Thus, for example, difbleaching under the northern blast, does fereat families in North-Britain have been not comfort bimself and become insensible famed time immemorial for possessing disto the bitier wind, when he reflects that ferent gifts. One family, by the gift of the illustrions Barons, his ancestors, were booing, and a peculiar suppleness of knee, warm enough in their costly robes.
have been raised in their successive mem. The pride of ancestry, and the advan- | bers to the highest honours of the state, tages of family distinction, are not suffi- | Another has bad equal good fortune by ciently understood in your part of the what is vulgarly called the gift of gab. The world, and indeed are no wbere understood members of these two families, which will except it be in North-Britain. In North- | be known without naming them in NorthBritain, to have had illustrious ancestors Britain, have been ministers and lords of is to have had a former compensation for the bed.chambers in every succeeding all present difficulties and distress. We reign. In the same manner, the family of are in fact so identified with the persons of the Second-sights have likewise had their our ancestors, though they might have ll share of good fortune; soine of them bave
been financiers, some celebrated almanack- future fortune. In one thing alone we are enakers, and others have written with some limited, and Second-sight therein falls reputation on the Millenium.
short of prediction. We cannot sce the end llaving said so much of the antiquity of of the procession, the train terminates in niy family, and of the sources of its reputa. | clouds, which are impenetrable to Secondtion, you may naturally enough inquire sight; in a word, which are pervious only whence they derived this extraordinary to prophecy. To explain myself by an gift. Why, Sir, there is a tradition in the example; suppose that one of your corfamily, that wheu our good King James | respondents had informed me, as I was wrote upou witchcraft, and to act up to the indeed last week informed, that she, a principles of his book, ordered all the young woman, had married herself to an witches to be burned throughout his good old man; it would doubtless be in my power realm of Scotland, there is a tradition, 1 to call up before my eyes and her own the say, Sir, that the then Lord of Sky gave a greater part of the train of events which refuge and au asylum to the white witches, would make up the tissue of her future which from time immemorial had possess life, but how that life should end, when it ee, and in a degree governed that island. should end, &c. &c. would be even beIn return for this protection, he is said to yond my powers of sight or prediction. I have received the gift iu question from a should perhaps, under the circumstances conclave of the Weird Sisters. Be that as it above mentioned, see a train of images, may, Sir, for the Scottish family-records, such as a young woman, a coffin, a buck like those of the Welch, become illegible with branching horns, and perhaps an un. as they mould into dust, so far is certainly seen bole or precipice, into which, whilst true, that Malcolm, surnamed Whitebeard, the young female was anxiously looking at the sixth in ascent from my father, has left the coffin which was following her husband a written document, or family-record, in in the fond expectation that it would overwhich it is stated, that so many of the take him, she lierself might fall, and the fenales of his family as shall remain vir- , funeral procession might have another gins, shall at a certain age acquire, and object than the one anticipated. thereafter retain, the faculty of Second. Having now, Sir, as fully explained mrsight; that is to say, that they shall foresee self as is required of a woman, I think you all such events as shall happen within the must perfectly understand both my powers period of their own life; that they shall and my wishes. Man, says the philosopher, see the images of things yet in futurity; and more particularly womnan, is a sociable, and at their will shall call before their communicative animal, and no one can be inental eye a!l those embryoes of events found possessed of any peculiar gift or acwhich yet lie in the womb of time.
quisition, any quality of nature or attainThis, Sir, is what is understood by ment of educa'ion, who does not find his Second-sight; and this, Sir, is what my pleasure in the active operation of conimu-. family have now possessed for some cen nicating his knowledge, ar the effects of his turies, and what, having fulfilled the con- knowledge, to others. There is no such ditiou on which it is given, I posse:s like things as avarice in these possessions. They wise. Now, Sir, it is in the character of
are valuable only as they shine, and acone possessing this quality, that I wish to cording to the expression of a Latin poet, become your correspondent, as I Hatter my- " non splendent nisi in usu." They shive self that I can thereby both assist you and only as they are used. It is from this txercise my own peculiar talent and en natural impulso, that of a social communijoyment. There are doubtless many of cation and exchange of favours, that I am your readers who would wish to have the induced, at a very advanced age, to intromirror of their fate holden up before them; duce myself into your pages, and by the to such hoffer my assistance; let one inform help of your arm scek to hobble into the me of the circumstances of their situation, drawing-room of your Belle Assemblée. and my faculty will enable me to conjure Though a “wise woman,” a woman of the procession of their future life, and the ken," as they call me in these parts, I am train of crents which will compose theis still a woman, and therefore have all the
curiosity, if not all the meddling imper- jl departure of Colonel Thornton and his tinence which distinguish our sex. I will fox-hounds; and I myself have met two or not deny, therefore, that the circumstances three ladies who acknowledge themselves detailed in the letters of my expected under obligations to your wisdom. In the correspondents will more than compensate confidence of your goodness, and in the for ary trouble I may have in answering full persuasion of your knowledge, I shall them, if trouble, indeed, that can be called, make no further apology, but proceed to which is but the natural exercise and the state my case, and to solicit your opinion. active operation of my peculiar faculties.
Briefy then, my dear Madam, I am the To prevent all possible disappointment, daughter of a gentleman who has seven however, I must repeat that there will be children besides myself, and a very small. limits to the information which they will annual income, which expires with his life. derive from me, and that though they may | The points of my case are these two.—I very fairly expect me to know more than
am addressed by two gentlemen; the one , themselves, they must not expect me to of them a young Officer quartered in the know more than the Ilitch of Endor and town, but who has no fortune but his comthe Wandering Jew. To say all in a word, | mission; the other an old gentleman just they must not expect two things from me. returned from India, who has an immense
They must not expect, that in the first property, but is gouty, bilious, and as far place, I shall be able to foretel any certain as I know has nothing in the world to reevent. This, as I have said before, belongs commend him but his fortune, and the to prophecy, to absolute prediction, and hopes of a speedy deliverance by his great not to Second-sight. Second-sight,
age. Now, Madam, what is your advice; the term indeed expresses, is a kind of pro- I most sincerely love the Officer, and will longed vision, which certainly sees at a
have him; I should wish, however, to hay greater distance both of
and time, but does not see very distinctly and clearly; your advice, because I should wish to have
some one on my side. As to the old gentlewhich sees in shadows and clouds.
man he is a favourite of my father's, and And secondly, for the very same reason, i my sisters and brothers all unite in his as they must not expect me to foretel any favour. My father, of course, thinks it certain event, so must they likewise not
the more prudent - match, and my sisters expect that I shall foretel any event cer
have no objection to having their sister tainly. The images, presented to the
possessed of a carriage of her own. But I faculty of Second-sight, pass before our
do not think that either they or my fatber eyes in allegories and emblems; they are
are the best judges of what belongs peremblematic representations of futurity, the
sonally to my own feelings, to use an old skeletons and external forms of events yet I proverb, Madam, they are the best judges in progress. It is not very easy upon this l of the shoe who are to wear it. What I point to render myself intelligible, there. fore I shall leave the further explanation of advice, but let it reach me, if possible be
have to request, therefore, Madam, is your it to the experience of my correspondents
. I fore the 20th of the month, as I expect to As an example to such ladies, or even
be married to the Officer on the 19th, and gentlemen, as wish to consult me, you may fake the following letter, which I received for Bath. I am, Madain, yours in haste,
on the following day shall leave this place last week from a young lady at York:
ELIZABETH SPEEDWELL." TO THE LADY SY BILLA MACKEN. “My dear Madam,-Your knowledge is
(To be continued.) as much spoken of in these parts as the