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which we had enjoyed so many hours of tranquillity, was not without a tear, which scarce fortitude itself could suppress. Besides, a journey of seventy miles to a family that had hitherto never been above ten from home, filled us with apprehenfion, and the cries of the poor, who followed us for some miles, contributed to increase it. The first day's journey brought us in safety within thirty miles of our future retreat, and we put up for the night at an obscure inn in a village by the way. When we were shewn a room, I desired the landlord, in my usual way, to let us have his company, with which he complied, as what he drank would encrease the bill next morning. He knew, however, the whole neighbourhood to which I was removing, particularly 'Squire Thornhill, who was to be my landlord, and who lived within a few miles of the place. This gentleman he described as one who desired to know little more of the world than its pleasures, being particularly remarkable for his attachment to B 3

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the fair sex. He observed that no virtue was able to resist his arts and alliduity, and that scarce a farmer's daughter within ten miles round but what had found him successful and faithless. Though this account gave me some pain, it had a very different effect upon my daughters, whose features seemed to brighten with the expectation of an approaching triumph; nor was my wife less pleased and confident of their allurements and virtue. While our thoughts were thus employed, the hostess entered the room to inform her husband, that the strange gentleman, who had been two days in the house, wanted money, and could not satisfy them for his reckoning. Want money! replied the host, that must be impos• fible ; for it was no later than yesterday he paid three guineas to our beadle to Spare an old broken soldier that was to whipped through the town for dog• stealing. The hostess, however, ftill persisting in her first assertion, he was preparing to leave the room, swearing that

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he would be satisfied one way or another, when I begged the landlord would introduce me to a stranger of fo much charity as he described. With this he complied, shewing in a gentleman who seemed' to be about thirty, drest in cloaths that once were laced. His person was well formed, and his face marked with the lines of thinking. He had something short and dry in his address, and feemed not to understand ceremony, or to despise it. Upon the landlord's leav. ing the room, I could not avoid expressing my concern to the stranger at seeing a gentleman in such circumstances, and offered him my purse to satisfy the present demand, • I take it with all my • heart, Sir,' replied he, and am glad • that a- late oversight in giving what

money I had about me, has shewn me, that there are still some men like

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being informed of the name and refi•dence of my benefactor, in order to repay him as soon

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In this I satisfied him fully, not only mentioning my name and late misfortunes, but the place to which I was going to

• This,' cried he, happens • ftill more lucky than I hoped for, as • I am going the same way myself, hav

ing been detained here two days by the floods, which, I hope, by to-morrow,

will be found passable.' I testified the pleasure 1 should have in his company, and my wife and daughters joining in entreaty, he was prevailed upon to stay supo per. The stranger's conversation, which was at once pleasing and instructive, induced me to wish for a continuance of it; but it was now high time to retire and take refreshment against the fatigues of the following day

The next morning we all set forward together : my family on horseback, while Mr. Burchell, our new companion, walked along the foot-parh by the road-side, observing, with a smile, that as we were ill mounted, he would be too generous

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€0 attempt leaving us behind. As the foods were not yet subsided, we were obliged to hire a guide, who trotted on before, Mr. Burchell and I bringing up

We lightened the fatigues of the road with philofophical disputes, which he seemed to understand perfectly. But what surprised me most was, that though he was a money-borrower, he defended his opinions with as much obstinacy as if he had been my patron. He now and then also informed me to whom the different seats belonged that lay in our view as we travelled the road. That,' cried he, pointing to a very, magnificent house: which stood at some distance, “belongs - to Mr. Thornhill, a young gentleman, « who enjoys a large fortune, though

entirely dependant on the will of his uncleSir William Thornhill, a gen

tleman, who content with a little him“self, permits his nephew to enjoy the

rest, and chiefly resides in town." What !' cried I, is my young land

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