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* His bitter bread thro' realms his valour sav'd.'

My kind host invited me to join the croud, and listen to his tale. With this request I readily complied. No sooner did we make our appearance, than I attracted the attention os every one. The appearance of a stranger in a hamlet, two hundred miles from the capital, is generally productive of surprise; and every one examines the new comer with the most atteutive observation. So wholly did my arrival engross the villagers, that the veteran was obliged to defer the continuation of his narrative, till their curiosity should he gratified. Every one there took an opportunity of testifying the pood will they bore my venerable host, *oy offering him a seat on the grass. The good man and myself were loon, seated, and the brave Veteran resumed his narrative, in the following words:—' After,

* continued he, I had been intoxicated,

* I was carried before a justice, who was

* intimate with the captain, at whose re

* quest he attested me before I had suffi,' icientlyrecoveredmy fenses to fee thedan.' gerl was encountering. In the morning,

* when I came to myself, I found I was 'in custody of three or four soldiers, who, 'after telling me what had happened, in 'spite of all I could fay, carried me to the 'next town, without permitting me to 'take leave of one of my neighbours. 'When they reached the town it was 'market day, and I saw several of the

* people from our village, who were all 'sorry to hear what had happened, and 'endeavoured to procure my release, but 'in Vain. After taking an affecting leave 'of my neighbours, I was marched to

* Portsmouth, and there, together with 'an hundred more, embarked for the 'coast of Africa. During the voyage, 'most of our number died, or became so 'enfeebled by sickness as to make them 'unfit for service. Thi» was owing part4 ly to the climate, partly to the want of 'water, and to confinement in the (hip.

* When we reached the coast of Africa, 'we were landed, and experienced every

* possible cruelty from our officers. At

* length, however, a man of war arrived, 'who had lost several marines in a late 'action, and I, with some others, was .' sent on board to serve in that station.

* Soon after we put to sea, we fell in with

* a French man of war. In the action I 'lost my leg, and was near being thrown

* overboard; but the humanity of the 'chaplain preserved my Use, and oa my

'return to England procured my dis.' charge. I applied for the Chelsea boun

* ty, but it was refused me, because I lost 'my limb when acting as a marine: and « as I was not a regular marine, I wa»

* not entitled to any protection from the 'Admiralty: Therefore I am reduced. 'to live on the good will of those who

* pity my misfortunes. To be sure mine

* is a hard lot; but the King does not 'know it, or (God bless his Majesty) he 'is too good to Itt those starve who have « fought his battles."

The village clock noW striking eight, the worthy Vicar rose, and flipping something into the old man's hand, desired me to follow him. At our departure, the villagers promised to take care of the old man. We returned the farewell civilities of the rustic*, and directed nur steps to the vicarage. It was small, with a thatched roof. The front was entirely covered wish woodbine and honeysuckle, which strongly scented the circumambient air. A grove of ancient oaks, that surrounded the house, cast a solemn shade over, and preserved the verdure of the adjacent lawn, thro' the midst of which, ran a small brook, that gently murmured as it flowed. This, together with the bleating of the sheep, the lowing of the herds, the village murmurs, and the distant barkings of the trusty curs, who were now entering on their office as guardians of the hamlet, formed a concert, at least equal to that on Tottenhamcourt-road. On entering the wicket, we were met by a little girl of six years old. Her dress was simple, but elegant; and her appearance such as spoke her destined for a higher sphere. As soon as she bad informed her grandfather that supper was ready, she dropped a curtefy, and red) red. I delayed not a moment to congratulate the good old man on possessing so great a treasure. He replied, but witH a sigh, and we entered the house, where every thing was distinguished air of elegant simplicity that surprised me. On our entrance, he introduced me to his wife ; a woman turned of forty, who still possessed great remains of beauty, and had much the appearance of a woman of fashion. She received me with easy politeness, and regretted that she had it not in her power to entertain me better. I requested her not to distress me with unnecessary apologies, and we fat down to supper. The little angel, who welcomed us at the door, now seating herself opposite to me, afforded me an opportunity of contemplaung one of


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ftf fctfst face* I had ever beheld. My worthy host, observing how much I was struck with her appearance, directed my a picture which hung over the mantle. It was a striking likeness of ftiy little neighbour, only on a larger scale. That, Sir, said he, is Harriet's mother. Do you not think there is a vast resemblance? To this I assented, when the old man put up a prayer to heaven, that (he might resemble her mother in every thing but her unhappy fate. He then started another topic os conversation, without gratifying the curiosity he had excited concerning the fate of Harriet's mother, for whom I had already felt myself much interested.

Supper being removed, after chatting some time, my worthy host conducted me to my bed-chamber, which was on the ground-floor, and lined with jessamin, that was conducted in at the windows. After wishing me good night, he retired, leaving me to rest. The beauty of the scenery, however, and my usual propensity to walk by moon-light, induced me to leave my fragrant cell. When I sallied forth, the moon was darting her temperated rays through the shade that surrounded the cottage, tipping the tops of the venerable oaks with silver. After taking a turn.or two on the lawn, I wandered to the spot, "where the "rude forefathers of the hamlet fleep." It was small, and for the most part surrounded with yew-trees of an ancient dite, beneath whose solemn shade many generations had mouldered into dust. No sooner did I enter, than mv attention vicu caught by a pillar of white marble, placed on the summit of a small eminence, the base of which was surrounded with honeysuckles and woodbines, whilst a large willow overshadowed the pillar. As I was with attention perusing the epitaph, I was not a little alarmed by the approach of, a figure, cloathed in a long robe. The apparition continued advancing towards me with a flow step, and its eyes fixed on the ground, which prevented it observing me till we were within reach of each other. Great was my wonder at recognizing my worthy host in this situation; nor was his astonishment less at finding his guest thus conning the appearance of goblins and fairies. After each had expressed the surprise he felt, I proceeded to inquire whose dust was there enshrined ? To my question he returned answer : -*-There, Sir, sleeps Harriet's mother, an innocent, but unfortunate woman. Pardon me,

Sir, said he, if for" a moment I indulge my sorrow, and bedew my Harriet • grave with tears,—a tribute that I often pay her much-lov'd memory, when the rest of the world are lost in steep. Here he paused, and seemed much agitated. At length he requested my permission to defer the recital of Harriet's woes till the next day, as he found himself unequal to the task of proceeding in the {lainful detail. To this proposal I readiy acceded, and we returned home. I retired to my room, but every attempt to procure fleep proved ineffectual. Harriet had so wholly occupied my thoughts, that no moment of the night was suffered to pass unnoticed. At length, " when "soared the warbling lark on high," I left my couch, and rejoined my worthy landlord, who was busily employed in the arrangement of his garden. Thought I declined mentioning the subject of our last night's adventure, yet be saw the marks of anxious expectation in my countenance, and proceeded to gratify the curiosity he had inspired. It will be neceuary, said he, before I proceed to relate the woes that befel my daughter, to give a short sketch of my own lifeSix and twenty years ago, Mrs —• came hither for the benefit of her health, the air being recommended as highly salubrious. On her arrival, (he gave out that she was the daughter of a clergyman, who was later)- dead, and had left her in narrow circumstances. I thought it my duty to visit her, and offer her any little attention in my power. She received me with politeness, and expressed a wish to cultivate my acquaintance. I continued to repeat my visits for some time without suspecting that there was any thing particular in her history, till one morning I found her in tears reading a letter she had just received. On my entrance she gave it to me; it contained a notification from Lord B——'s agent, that her usual remittances would no long>er be continued. On opening this letter, I was led to suppose that her connection with Lord B was not of the most

honourable nature. But ail my suspicion vanished on her producing several letters from Lord B ■ ■ to her mother, with whom he had been long connected.— From these letters I learnt, that Mrs

was the daughter of Lord B i

by Miss M , sister to a Scotch baronet, whom he had seduced and supported during the remainder of her life. But he had, it seems, determined to withdraw his protection from the fruit


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«Jt" their connection. Mrs — declared If is with reluctance I proceed in'th<»

she knew not what step to take, as her melancholy narrativc^-One evening, asr

finances were nearly exhausted. I endea- a young man, attended hy a servant,,

voured to comfort her, assuring her that was passing through the village, his horse

slie mould command every assistance in startled, and threw him. Happening to

my power :—«On hearing this, (he seemed a little satisfied, and became more composed. After sitting with her some time, I returned home to consider in what manner I might most easily assord

be on the sport at the time, 1 off-red every assistance in my power, and conreying him to my cott»ge, dispatched' his servant in quest of a surgeon, who declared our patient was ntrt in any dan

protection to the young orphan, whose cer, but recommended it to him to delay whole dependence was on my support.-— his departure for a daV or two. Ill*

Hi* health, however, or rather his love, did not admit of his travelling for near a' fortnight; during whiirh time he est** blimed his interest with Harriet by the most pleasing and unremitting attention to her {lightest wishes.— \Yacn about to depart, he requested leave to repeat

If I took her home to live with me, as

1 was unmarried, it would give essence

to my parishioners. My income was

too confined to admit of my affording

her a separate establishment. 1'hus circumstanced, I determined to offer her

my hand. You will, no doubt, fay it

was rather ah inprudent step tor a man his vint on his return from his intended

who had seen his fortieth year to con- tour, dropping, at the fame time, some?

nect himself with youth and beauty: but distant hints of his affection for Harriet,

to whom he was by no means indifferent. Mr H* (for so our guest was named) infor.-ned us, previous to his departure, that he had a small independent fortune j b-it that from a distant relation' he had considerable expectation. After bidding an affectionate adieu to Harriet, he set out on his intended tour, which lasted for a month.

During the time of Mr H '» abJ fence, Harriet appeared pensive, and I observed with patu, that he had made? no slight impression on her heart. At length Mr H ■■ returned, and Mar* riet s reception of him loft us no room to doubt her attachment. During hi«

as my brother was then living, it was impossible for me to render her the least assistance on any other plan. She received my proposal with grateful surprise, and accepted it without hesitation. — In a few days we were married, and have now lived together six and twenty years ht a slate, the felicity of Vi Inch has never been interrupted by those discordant jars which are so frequently the concomitants of matrimony* though, alas! our peace fcas received a mortal wound from one, the bare mention of whose name fills me with horror!—But not to digress: Before the return of that dav Which saw me blessed with the hand of Emilv, my happiness received an important addition* second visit he was very assiduous to fe.

hy the birth of a daughter, who inherited all her mother's charms. It is superfluous to add, that she was equally die idol of both her parents; and as (he was the only fruit of our marriage, (he became every day a greater favourite. My wife had received such an education as Tendered her fully capable of accomplishing her daughter in a manner far fuperi

cure the favour of-all the family: with Harriet he easily succeeded; nor were

Mrs T or myself disposed to dislike

him. His manners were elegant, and his wit lively. At length he obtained from Harriet the promise of her hand, provided her parents should not object. Hitherto I had never been induced to make any inquiries concerning his cin

©r to|any thing her situation required, or cumstanees and character. Now, Iroww perhaps could justify. To this agreeable ever, by his direction, I applied to a Me employment, however, she devoted her whole time, and when Harriet had reached her eighteenth year, she was in every respect a highly-accomplished woman. She was become what that picture represents her. With an amiable temper and gentle manners, she was the idol of the village. Hitheito she had experienced a state of felicity unknown in the more exalted stations of life —unconft'ous, alas! of the ills that awaited her future years.

B i ns, a clergyman of his acdssintJance. This gentleman, now in an >uralted station in the church, then chaplain to Lord C ■ ■, informed me, that Mr H— was in every respect a desirable match for my dai ghter; and that whenever his cousin should die, he would be enabled to maintain her in affluence aed splendour :—he added, that his character was unexceptionable. Little suspecting the villanous part Mr E na

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proposed un'on, and performed the ceremony myself. Mr H—— requested that tli-ir marriage might be kept a secret, till the birth ot' a son and heir. This proposal rather alarmed me, but it was too late to retreat; and know ing uo one in the great world, it was hnr«>sfib!e for me, previous to the marnig?, to procure any account of" Mr H , but such ac his friend communicated to me. Thus circumstanced, I eoull only consent; and as Harriet readily adopted every proposal that came from one me so tenderly loved, the matter was finally agreed on. After staying a few days, he set off for London, but soon returned, and passed the whole Winter with us; and in the Spring Harriet w»s delivered of that little girl you fc much admire. I now pressed him to acknowledge my daughter as his wife. To this he answered, Had she brought kim a sen, he would readily have comjlied with my request ; but that his cousin was so great an oddity, that he could not bear the idea (to use liis own expression:" of having his fortune lavished in a milliner's (hop:" But, added he, if rou insist upon it, I will now rife the kit's of all his fortune, ant! introduce my Harriet to his presence. Harriet, however, again interfered, and desired that

Mr H might not be forced into

measures that might in the end prove destructive of his future prospect, and induce him to regret the day he ever saw her. These arguments prevailed, and Mr H—— was suffered to continue as a member of the family without any farther notice being taken of the subject. hi this- manner had three years elapsed ondimnguifhed by any remarkable event,

Mj H generally pasting half the year

with uo, and the remainder in London, attending, mhe said,on his cousin; when, one day, as he was sitting with us at dinaer, a chaise and four drove up to the hoUc. The servants inquired for. Mr II ' , and on hearing he' was there, opened the carriage-door. A gentleman, dressed like an officer, jumped out, followed by a lady in a travelling dress ;— lliry ruined immediately into the room. Their appearance amazed ut; but Mr II—— betrayed the moil visible mark* •f consternation. The lady appeared to be about thirty. She was a woman by . no meant destitute of personal chanfis. Tlie moment (he entered the room, (he fcued upon Harries and loading her with every horrible epithet, proceeded to indulge her passion by stnUng her A?fwo.ioYoj..VlI. 'I

innocent rival. On seeing this,"an old' servant of mine seized the lady, and forcibly turned her out of the house, then fastened the door. It was not t;ll now that we perceived the absence of Mr II , who had, it seems, retired with the lady's companion. Whilst we were still lost in amazement at the transaction' we had just witnessed, we were alarmedto the highest pitch by the report of a. pistol. Harriet mttantly fainted. Whilst Mrs T—— was recovering her, I flew to the (pot from whence the sound proceeded, and there found Mr H weltering

in his blood, with a pistol lying by him. I approached, and found him frill sensible. He informed me, that the lady's brother and he had fought, and that seeing him fall, they had both escaped as fast as possible. I instantly procured assistance, and conveyed him to the house, where he was put to bed, and a surgeon was lint for. Mean time, Harriet had several fits, and we were very apprehensive; that the hour of her fate was approaching. On the arrival of the surgeon, he decla-.

red the wound Mr H had received

would probably prove mortal, and recommended the arrangement of liis affairs. Mr H received the news with

great agony,/ and desired that I might be left alone with him. No sooner was thin request granted, than he addressed me in the following terms: "In me, Sir, behold the most unfortunate, and, alas I the moil guilty of men. The lady, whole ill-timed visit has lost me my lite, is,—I tremble to pronounce the word,—my wife. Seeing me pale with horror, he proceeded. No wonder, Sir, that youshould behold with horror one who ha», repayed unbounded hospitality by u:ictiiiai~. led ■ttillaint. The bare remembrance of my own guilt distracts me. The awful hour is now fast approaching, when I must receive my final doom from that heaven whose laws I have so daringly violated. To redress the injuries I have committed,-is, alas! impossible. My death will be an atonement by no means sufficient. I.cannot,.however, leave this world till you seallbe informed,'that1 ten thousand pounds, the whole of my property that is at my disposal, has long ago Ueen transferred by me into the hands, of trustets for the benefit of my muckinjured Harriet, and her unhappy infant. In my own defence, I have nothing to urge. Suffer me ou'y to remark, , that my misfortune arose from the avarice of my father, who forced me into a marriage with the woman you


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lately sawr, and whose brother has been the instrument in the hind of Providence to inflict on me the doom I so much merited. It possible, conceal from Harriet that I was married. Picture, for her fake, an innocent deception, and tell her that 1 was onlv engaged to that lady. This will contribute to promote her repose, and the deception may possibly plead the merit of prolonging a life so dear to you. For the elevated mind of my Harriet would never survive the fatal discovery of my villainy. But, oh! when my unhappy child (hall afli the fete of him who gave her being, in pity draw a veil over that guilt which can scarcely hope to obtain the pardon of heaven."—There he ceased, and uttering a sttort prayer, expired. Happily for Harriet, she continued in a state of insensibility for three days, during which time I had the body removed to a neighbouring house, there to wait for interment. Having addressed a letter to Mr H——'s agent in the town, he sent orders for the body to be removed to the family burying-pkee, where it was accordingly interred. Harriet recovered by stow degrees from the state of happy insensibility, into which the daath of Mr H had plunged her. Her grief became silent and settled. Groans and exclamations now gave way to sighs, and the bitter tears of desponding grief. She seldom or ever spoke,—but would cry for .hours together over her hapless infant, then call on the shadow of her departed Henry, little suspecting the irreparable injury he had done her. It was with infinite anxiety I beheld the decline of Harriet's health. Prone as we ever are to hope what we ardently desire, I

now despaired of her recovery. Whilst in a state of hopeless inactivity, 1 was doomed to wi'ness the lingering death of mv lamented Harriet, I received a visit from an old friend. On his arrival I allotted him the apartment formerly

inhabited by Mr H and Har-ier.

About midnight he was awakened by some one entering the apartment. On removing the curtain, he discovered, by the light of the moon, my adored Harriet in a white dress. Her eyes were open, but had a vacant look that pkinly proved see was not awake. She advanced with a flow step; then seating herself at the foot of the bed, remained there an hour, weeping bitterly the whole time, but without uttering a word. My friend, fearful of the consequences, forbore to awake her, and see retired with the fame deliberate step see had entered. This intelligence alarmed me excessively. On the next night see was watched, and the fame scene was repeated, with this difference, that after quitting the fatal apartment, flie went to the room where her daughter usually flept; and laying herself down on the bed, wept over the child for some time; then returned to her apartment. The next morning we waited with anxiety for her appearance at breakfast; but, alas !—Here a flood of tears afforded to my friend that relief which he so much needed; and we returned to the house. After passing some days with this worthy couple, I proceeded on mv tour, quirting, with reluctance, the abode of sorrow and resignation.

Those whom the perusal of this tale may interest, will, if ever they visit the banks of the Alna, find that the author has copied his characters from nature.


O D E for the N E w Year.

RUDE was the pile, and massy-proof, That first uprear'd its haughty roof On Windsor's brow sublime, in warlike state: The Norman tyrant's jealous hand The giant fabric proudly plann'd. With recent victory elate, "On this majestic steep, he cried, A regal fortress, threatening wide,

Shall spread my terrors to the distant
Its formidable seade seall throw
Far o'er the broad expanse below,
Where winds yon mighty stood, and

amply fills With flow'ry verdure, or with goldett

grain, The fairest fields that deck my new domain!


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