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burial. He can't expect me to be very “In what street of Newmarket does he squeamish when he wanted to cut me off with live ?" a shilling. Cut off himself now. Ha! ha! “Street-street? I have forgotten that ha !"
too. Oh no, I haven't. I remember now; The barking of dogs and the shouts of men I bought it of a fellow that travels about the being heard from the water, the lovers jump- country.” ed up, and leaning on the sill of the open “Miserable liar! this shuffling is a confeswindow gazed out upon the sport; at which sion of your guilt. With the same regard moment I made my noiseless entry into the for truth you will doubtless deny that you summer-house, and seated myself in one of destroyed the codicil of my will. the chairs which had just been vacated. For “Codicil! what codicil? I am ready to two or three minutes this unwelcome addi- take my oath that I never—" tion to the party remained unnoticed, but the “Hold your impious tongue, and do not lady at length turned round, uttered a pier- add perjury to your other enormities. With cing scream, and covering her eyes with her my own eyes, while I was lying entranced, hands, sank shuddering to the ground. Her and not dead as you supposed, did I see you companion was starting to her assistance tear it up and commit it to the parlor-fire." when my figure caught his eye, and he be- “No did you, though? What an artful came instantly transfixed, his eyes staring, dodge on your part! and what a precious his face petrified with horror, and his lips spoon
I must have been not to shut the bedhoarsely ejaculating:
room door!” “God of heaven! my father's ghost!" Not less irritated than disgusted by his
Unable to restrain my long-suppressed in obdurate manner and offensive language, I dignation, I rushed upon him, grappled him hastened the termination of our colloquy by by the collar, and shaking him with all the saying, vehemence in my power, I shouted in bis " Hark ye, sirrah, while I address you for ear,
the last time. I have made a new will, by “No, unnatural monster ! no, miscreant! which you are utterly and irrevocably disinno, parricide! it is your father's living flesh herited, with the exception of an annual pitand blood, as this grasp may convince you, tance just sufficient to preserve you from and as I would still more effectually prove destitution, but only payable so long as you by striking you to the earth, and trampling reside abroad. The moment you set foot on your prostrate body, had I strength to upon the soil of England, its payment ceases. second my will. It is the father whose life Here is a letter to my London agent, who you sought to destroy-whom you hurried will provide you a sum of money for your to the grave with such guilty precipitation- outfit. Away! hide your infamy in some of who has been snatched from the jaws of our colonies; the nearer to the Antipodes death and recovered from his trance by a the better. Avaunt! Let me never see series of providential mercies, in order that you more! Begone before I curse you!" he may become the instrument of Heaven in " The Devil and Doctor Faustus! here's a exposing and punishing your atrocious pretty go!" was all the reply of the hardencrimes.'
ed and unfeeling reprobate; and I had hardNo sooner did the object of these denun- ly quitted the summer-house when I heard ciations discover that he had to deal with a once more the vacant and hideous laugh by human being instead of a spectre, than all which I had been previously insulted. his terror appeared to be dissipated ; his Not without difficulty did my tottering countenance resumed its customary expres- footsteps support me back to the carriage; I sion, and he cried, in his usual familiar tone, was lifted into it by the Doctor and his ser
“Well, father, I have often seen you in a vant; and was no sooner deposited on the passion, but hang me if ever I saw you in seat than nature sank under the exertions I such a towering rage as this.”
had made, and I fainted away. “Villain!" I resumed, for I was madden- From my knowledge of Miss Thorpe's ed by his audacious nonchalance, “what is character, I was not in the least surprised to the name of the chemist who sold you the learn that this disinterested heroine, who poisonous mixture to which I became a vic- piqued herself upon being neither sordid nor tim ?”
selfish, who held in special contempt the girl “Do you mean Raby's Restorative ? capi- that could marry for money, despatched a tal stuff that! His name—his name? Hang letter to my son on the very next day, statme if I can recollect just now.”
ing that her own sacred sense of filial duty
would not allow her to espouse any man So completely had my attention been enagainst his father's consent, and that, there- gaged by the recent marvelous occurrences, fore, their engagement must be considered as and by the preparations for the approaching finally canceled. I never heard, however, marriage—so carefully, moreover, did I abthat she returned the valuable presents made stract my thoughts from the painful subject to her by her infatuated lover.
of my son—that several weeks slipped away without my adverting to the long and singular silence of the London agent to whom I
had consigned him. Its cause was at length With equal good judgment and kind feel- explained by the following letter - full ing, my friend invited Sarah to spend a few enough, Heaven knows! of sadness and hudays in his house, well knowing that her miliation, and yet not altogether divested of society and her assistance as a nurse, would mitigating considerations. be far more efficient than all his medicaments in restoring my bodily health and my cheer “MY DEAR FRIEND,—More than once have of mind. On the morning of her arrival 1 I taken up my pen to write to you, and as appointed her lover to meet her, when I often have I wanted courage to complete my joined together the hands of the delighted letter, fearing to afflict you with evil tidings couple; gave my formal consent to their in your present delicate state; and I have union, sanctifying it by my blessing, and since been silent, because it required some adding, that so far from lessening the sum I little time to ascertain the exact situation of had originally left to my daughter, I would your son, of whose whereabouts I was left in settle twice the amount upon her on the day ignorance for a whole month. On his first of her marriage.
Mason now became an arrival I observed a good deal of levity, not almost daily visitant at the house, and neither to say wildness, in his manner and discourse, he nor his betrothed evinced any regret when but not sufficient to denote any positive aberI expressed a wish that their nuptials should ration of mind. He seemed quite reconciled be solemnized without any unnecessary de- to his immediate expatriation, and accompalay. Enraptured by the daily improvement nied me on board à splendid vessel bound in her father's health and spirits, combined for New Zealand, in which I secured a good with such a delightful and unexpected berth for him, and paid his passage-money. change in her own fate and prospects, my On the following morning I obeyed your didear child seemed actually to imagine her- rections, by advancing him a sufficient sum self in heaven, and to my apprehensions she to provide a handsome outfit, and to give appeared to diffuse a heaven around her. him an advantageous start on his arrival in Her radiant and smiling face was an incarnate the colony. sunbeam ; her dulcet voice, melodized by joy, "That night he quitted my house, nor did was the music of the spheres ; her duteous I hear of him again till I learnt that he had and affectionate offices were the ministerings been committed to prison for an unprovoked of a guardian angel. God bless her! there and violent assault, perpetrated in a drunken were moments when her fascinating endear- night brawl. From subsequent inquiries, I ments almost made me forget my repudiated learnt that the money he received had been son.
lavished in riotous intemperance and excess But they did not banish from my memory of every sort, during which his eccentricities, the vow made to my own soul while I was freaks, and outrages, coinbined with his inlying entranced and entombed, that in the coherent language and wild looks, had proevent of my revival I would refund the sums cured for him from his fellow-revelers the I had unfairly gained in the execution of my name of Crazy George.' Struck by the government contracts. After having calcu- vacant expression of his features, and the lated their amount, with interest, which rais- rambling silliness of his language, I saw at ed the total to several thousand pounds, I once that he was in a state of mental alienaremitted the whole anonymously to the tion, brought on, as I conjectured, by his reChancellor of the Exchequer. Naturally cent wildness of life; under which impresfond of money, I always found .delight in sion, having procured his discharge from reckoning up my profits; yet can I truly prison, I took him to a physician, who has declare that I experienced ten times more very extensive practice in the treatment of pleasure in refunding this portion of my for- similar cases, and who has now seen him tune, than I had ever felt in legitimately seven or eight times. gaining ten times as much,
“His deliberate opinion, I am much distressed to state, is exceedingly unfavorable. sprung from latent insanity, not from preThough the disorder of the faculties may meditated and conscious wickedness, not have been more rapidly developed by recent from the frivolity and defiance of an utterly occurrences, he does not consider it a tem- callous heart, not from the deliberate sugporary one, but arising from organic de gestions of an abandoned nature. From an rangement, and therefore of a permanent object of unavoidable disgust and hatred, and incurable character. He pronounces it my unfortunate boy was converted into a to be a softening of the brain, a defect which claimant for the profoundest pity and comgradually undermines the reasoning powers, passion. It was something to feel that I and usually terminates in imbecility and idi- still had a son, even though he might be litocy. On my hinting that his patient was by tle better than a filial statue. no means a harmless simpleton, but had re- Although Hodges the foreman, had strict cently been harboring heinous designs, he moral justice been awarded him, deserved replied that a combination of cunning and punishment rather than reward, I had made contrivance with great wickedness frequently him a promise which I held myself sacredly characterized the incipient stages of this pe- bound to perform. Removing him, accordculiar lunacy; and that, from the present ingly, from a neighborhood where he might condition of your son, he had no hesitation have been tempted to a renewal of his unin declaring he must have been in an unsound hallowed practices, I purchased for him in a state of mind for several months. Depend provincial town a long-established and reupon it,' such were the physician's own spectable business, by attention to which he words, that this unfortunate young man, cannot fail to realize a moderate independthough he may have been competent to the ence. ordinary purposes of life, has long been utterly defective in the moral sense; has ceased More than a year has elapsed since the to know the difference between right and occurrence of the events stated in the prewrong, and cannot, therefore, during this ceding narrative; and though I have no furperiod of morbid mental action, be fairly ther marvelous adventures to record, the deemed an accountable being.'
interval has not been altogether uneventful. “I have placed poor George for the pres- Godfrey Thorpe, after having run through ent in a private lunatic asylum, and await his own fine fortune by every species of your orders as to his ultimate disposal." wanton extravagance, lived for some time
upon the fortunes of others by running in debt, when, being unable to protract any
longer the smash I had anticipated, he abSad and afflicting as it was, I have said sconded from the seat of his ancesto.s, and that this letter was not without mitigating is at present settled with his family at Bousuggestions. It is a great, a deplorable, a logne. heart-rending calamity to be the father of an Oakfield Hall, with its wide and fair doincurable idiot; but it is infinitely more terri- | mains, is now mine, and I am writing in the ble to have a son who could contemplate, library of that Elizabethan mansion of which while in possession of his reason, the diabol. I had so long coveted the possession. Many ical crime of parricide. From this horror of my fond and foolish yearnings have been and disgrace I was relieved. My heart was chastised by my temporary consignment to enabled to throw off the incubus that had the jaws of death ; but this ambition, perhaps darkened and crushed it. All was now the vainest of my earthly vanities, has surcleared up, every thing was now intelligible, vived my apparent decease and real entomband my misfortune, though still a heavy one, ment, and I feel a daily and increasing pleawas not tainted by the unutterably hateful sure as I wander over my broad Nor associations with which I had been previous- are my rides less gratifying because I take ly haunted. My son's dabblings with the them on my favorite white cob, whose back poisonous mixture—the monomania which I never again expected to bestride when I stimulated his horrible purpose—his reckless caught a glimpse of him as the undertakers conduct—his heartless levity of tongue, when were depositing me in my coffin. he should rather have been overwhelmed My daughter's marriage was solemnized a with shame and sorrow—and the vacant, year ago, and I am already blessed with a misplaced, offensive laugh by which I had little grandson, who bears my name, and who so often been revolted—all had now received will become my heir. Mr. Mason, for whom a solution which showed them to have I have purchased the advowson of the living,
and who, conjointly with his wife, does the that happiness which we have been instrumenhonors of Oakfield Hall, where they are tal in conferring upon others, permanently established, devotes himself
My poor son, whom I regularly see, with an exemplary zeal to the discharge of though he no longer recognizes me, is in a his pastoral duties, and is beloved by the private asylum for lunatics, where he receives whole neighborhood. Their union promises every succor and consolation that his unforto be more than usually blessed ; a prospect tunate state allows. All hopes of his rewhich affords me the purest and most ex- covery have long been abandoned. quisite of all pleasures—the contemplation of
LORD WILLIAM RUSSELL.
(SEE PLATE.) LORD WILLIAM Russell was the third son of the first, in consequence, committed to the Tower. After Duke of Bedford, and a distinguished supporter of some of the Ryehouse conspirators had been exeliberty, was born about 1611. He was educated in the cuted, advantage was taken of the national feeling to principles of constitutional freedom espoused by his bring him to trial, in July, 1683; and pains being father, and yielded to the vortex of dissipation intro- taken to pack a jury of partisans, he was, after very duced by the restoration, until his marriage with little deliberation, brought in guilty of high treason. Rachel, second daughter and co-heiress of the earl of ! l! Was proved," says Hume, that the insurrection Southampton (then widow of lord Vaughan), which had been deliberated on by the prisoner; the sur. wholly reclaimed him He represented the county of prisal of the guards deliberated, but not fully resolved Bedford in four parliaments, and, being highly esteem- upon; and that an assassination of the king had not ed for patriotism and independence, was regarded as been once mentioned or imagined by him. The law one of the heads of the whig party. When Charles II., on this occasion stretched io the prisoner's exasperated at the court of France for withdrawing destruction, and his condemnation was deemed ilhis pension, appeared desirous of joining the con. legal by judge Atkins and many other authorities, not tinental confederacy against Louis XIV., a French war to dwell on the act which on this ground reversed his being generally popular in England, the parliament attainder. Once condemned, such a victim was too voted a large supply of men and money. The whigs, agreeable to the court, and to the vindictive feelings aware of the king's character, dreading to give him an of the duke of York, to meet with mercy; and the army, which might as probably be employed against offer of a large sum of money from his father, whose liberty at home as against France, opposed the meas- only son he had now become, to the duchess of Portsure. This movement being acceptable to the French | mouth, and the pathetic solicitations of his wife, king, an intrigue commenced between the leading proved in vain, and he obtained remission only of the whigs and Barillon, the French ambassador, the con- more ignominious parts of his sentence. He was too sequence of which was the receipt, on the part of tirm to be induced by the divines, who attended him, some of them, of pecuniary assistance, in order to to subscribe to the doctrine of non-resistance, then thwart the intended war. From that minister's pri- the favorite court tenet of the day; and it is to be revate despatches, sir John Dalrymple, in his Memoirs gretted that he was induced to write a petitionary of Greai Britain, has published a list of those per. letter to the duke of York, promising to forbear all sons; but lords Russell and Holland are specified as future opposition, and to live abroad, should his life refusing to receive money on this account. In 1679, be spared. It is presumed that this letter was written when Charles II found it necessary to ingratiate him in compliance with the solicitations of his friends, for self with the whigs, lord Russell was appointed one hc nobly refused the generous offer of lord Cavendish of the members of the privy council. He soon, how- to favor his escape by exchanging clothes; and, with ever, found that his party was not in the king's con- equal generosity declined the proposal of the duke of fidence, and the recall of the duke of York, without Monmouth (9: v.) to deliver himself up, if he thought their concurrence, induced him to resign. Although his the step would be serviceable to him. Conjugal aftemper was mild and moderate, his fear of a Catholic fection was the feeling that clung closest to his heart; succession induced him to take decisive steps in the and when he had taken the last farewell of his wife, promotion of the exclusion of the duke of York. In he exclaimed, that the bitterness of death was past. June, 1680, he went publicly to Westminster-hall, and, He was beheaded in Lincoln’s-inn fields, July 21, at the court of king's bench, presented the duke as a 1683, in the forty-second year of his age. To the recusant; and, on the November following, carried character of this regretted 'nobleman for probity, sinup the exclusion bill to the house of lords, at the head cerity, and private worth, even the enemies to his of two hundred members of parliament. The king public principles have borne ample testimony Of dissolved the parliament, and resolved thenceforward his talents, Burnet observes that he was of a slow, to govern without one; and arbitrary principles were but sound understanding.-Lady Rachel Russell, his openly avowed by the partisans of the court. Alarm- wife, by the affectionate zeal with which she assisted ed at the state of things, many of the whig leaders her husband, and the magnanimity with which she favored strong expedients, in the way of counteraction, bore his loss, obtained the respect and admiration of and a plan of insurrection was formed for a simul- the world. Upon his trial, she accompanied him into taneous rising in England and Scotland. Among court, and when he was refused counsel, and allowed these leaders, including the dukes of Monmouth and only an amanuensis, she stood forth as ihat assistant, Argyle, the lords Russell, Essex, and Howard, Alger- and excited the respect and sympathy of all who benon sidney and Hampden, different views prevailed; held her. After his death, she wrote a touching letter but lord Russell looked only to the exclusion of the duke to the king, in which she asseried that the paper deof York.
Jivered by him to the sheriff, declaratory, of his innoWhile these plans were ripening, a subaltern plot cence, was his own composition, and not, as charged was laid by some inferior conspirators, for assassin- by the court, dictated by any other person. She spent ating the king on his return from Newmarket, at a the remainder of her life in the exercise of pious and farm called the Ryehouse, which gave a name to the social duties. A collection of her letters was publishconspiracy. Although this plan was not connected ed in 1775 (410.). Lord John Russell has written a with the scheme of the insurrection, the detection of life of lord William Russell. This exemplary woman the one led to that of the other, and lord Russell, was died in 1723, aged eighty-seven.