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lia clung to him in tears; and as the finan- | which the Captain liad furnished after his çes of Lionel were not at that moment own peculiar taste. It was not without equal to pay even the first demand of the reluctance that she returned to the carbailiff, the fellow, worthy of bis einploy-riage. Edward all this time never entered ment, hurried him away to prison the same her thougbts. night, Lucilia still following him, till the Being re-seated in their coach, and gates of the prison were closed behind him. commencing their return home, Lady In the madness of her despair Lucilia re Priscilla, at the request of Agnes, thus mained unmoved knocking at the pityless | proceeded to the conclusion of her nargates which had closed on her husband, rative:till her shrieks had collected a mob around Upon her return to life and sensibi. her, when, exbausted by her grief, she sunk | lity, Lucilia found berself upon a bed, in jusensible on the stones, and was borne a strange but splendid apartment. Two -away she knew not whither.”
females were jo attendance, and appeared Lady Priscilla was compelled to inter- || watching impatiently her return to sensa. rupt her narrative of the unfortunate Li- tionLucilia again demanded her hus. opel and Lucilia in this place, as they bad band in accents of despair ; the women now reached the gate by which the coach in vain endeavoured to console her, entered the road to the house. It was scarcely could their utmost efforts confine seated in the midst of a spacious lawn, and her to the bed, and prevent her from rush. in its beauty and decorations bore testj. ing forth in search of the unfortunate mony at once to the taste and wealth of its | Lionel. Her agitation was too much owner. The lawn was encircled by a for the weakness of her franie to support; shrubbery as thick as verdant. The situa- | again she suuk into insensibility, the duration was not indeed so beautiful as that of tion of which terrified her attendants lest Lady Priscilla, but the most was made of her spirit had taken its flight to the last and it, and it was reckoned one of the most sure refuge of the miserable. She rebeautiful spois in the county of Corn. ll covered, however, but lier emotions had wall.
caused the premature birth of a dead inAs lfrs. Beliasis was from home, Agnes | fant; and a physician being summoned he had an opportunity of seeing the house ; || pronounced her recovery to be very doubt. the spaciousness of the apartnients, and ful, and not at all to be expected too sud. the substance of the walls, recalled power- | denly. fully to her imagination what she had read “ What in the meantime was become in her favourite romances. One of the of the unfortunate Lionel ? His situation apartments more particularly pleased her, was indeed a disgrace to the laws of his it was a room of the whole breadth of the country; a mau of birth and refined edumansion, and immediately fronted the sea. carion, he was now the companion of fe. The wainscot was oaken, and appeared to lons, and compelled through the fear of have outlasted more than one century: ill treatment to hail the most base of man.' The general style of architecture was that kind as his counrades. Being without moof the reign of Henry VIII, and of the ney he had no other bed than the foor of beginning of that of Elizabeth, before the his chamber, if the wretched hole so deItalian orders had supplanted the Gothic. nominated merited that name. Agnes had so little of the cognoscenti in and ears were assailed by the infernal exeher taste, that she preferred this style, crations, and abandoned profligacy, of his heavy as it was, to the Grecian elegance; fellow-prisoners; who, having nothing furshe knew that the Greeks studied nature ther to fear, and thus released from all terand propriety, and inferred from thence rör of punishment as well as from all re. that however suitable their orders to the straint of conscience, put off all humanity, elimate of Asia, they would doubtless have ard dared the utmost wrath of Heaven. It governed themselves by other rules bad would have been some consolation to his their country been any of the kingdoms hours of bitter péss could he have learned of Europe.
any thing of the situation of his wife, but She was equally pleased with the library his surly gaoler, knowing him to be without
money, replied to his questions only in the table tempers destroys the whole enjoynegative. Such was the situation of the ment of expected but delayed satisfaction. unfortunate Lionel,-in one moment de- : Patience and a contented spirit carry us. prived of bis beloved Lucilia, bis child, through many a misfortune, which at à and all his former respectability; for such, distance we might have feared would ceris the injustice of the world that, con tainly overcome our utmost endeavours; founding misfortune with guilt, the in-, but patient resolution, determination to famy of a prison is a stain never to be be satisfied, and, in short, whatever state erased.
we are in therewjih to be content, is so sure " As this arrest of Lionel vccurred in a way of passing happily through this what the lawyers call the long vacation, world, that it is mortifying to find how that is to say, in the longest of the inter- often people of the greatest merit, froin vals between the sitting of the Courts, he their uncomplaining conduct, are stigmahad been already in his prison three tized as cold-hearted characters, with months, and was to continue two more neither feeling nor understanding enougla before his cause could come to a hearing to be sensible of what curages the angry In this interval, as if to aggravate the bit- 1 declaimer; who, proud of his passionate terness of his sufferings, an act of insol. || temper thinks it a proof of refined sensibi. vency was passed by the legislature, from lities to be too easily irritated to endure the benefit of wbich Lionel was exempted what those of a different disposition have only because his case had not as yet been submitted to with calmness. Patience heard.
shews itself not only in sickness but in “Lionel bad now reached the extremity health; for the patient healthy person enof misery; the feelings of his mind preyed | joying his own comfort is ready to assist upon his body, and bis health sunk under a sufferer to obtain relief, and kindly to his atfliciion. Ilis grief bad now rendered | bear with the fretting, so commonly the him stupid; be shed no more tears, he companion of illness, in those who do not looked no longer up to heaven, he appeared possess the happy talent of endurance:eveu to forget his wife and child; a fellow not only in poverty, but in riches; 1:00 prisover seeing him sest against the wall, only in sorrow, but in happiness; for the and thinking his posture that of a man as patient spirit is never hurried into that exill in body as in mind, went up to his cess of delight which occasions wild de. assistance, but found him-dead!"
monstrations of pleasure, more like thic. “ Merciful Ileaven forgive his perse expressions of drunkenness or insanity thancutor!" exclaimed Agnes, in tears. “My the composed enjoyment of a reasonable dear madamn, can such wretches exist?" being: not only in ill usage, but iu good
“ Yes, my Agnes, there are indeed in usage; for a patient temper piesumes not the world wretches who would lead one upon kindness, so as to become a burtben into the opinion of a learned divine, that upon the person who has contributed to Heaven sometimes permitted devils to be comforts which cannot be received with come incarnate in the bodies of men, to 100 much gratitude, but are not to be instruct the world how horrible is the na. made a plea for still farther indulgence. ture of pure and unmixed vice. But pa. Of the powers of patience under affic:in tience is required in every possible situa- no explanation is required; but under tion of life, and at every age. The infant blessings where it is full as necessary a may exercise it as soon as it is old enough virtue, it is perhaps more difficult to exerto feel disappointments; and the older we cise it with the force which it is our duty grow the inore will every hour of our ex to exert, which of ourselves we cannot fully istence teach us the value, as well as ne. attain to, but which with divine assistance cessity, of tbat which soothes every suffer we need not despair of. Both sorrow and ing, and consoles under every sorrow. ll joy are such evident trials of the person to Patience, whether in trifles or things of whom they are sent, that although most consequence, puts a stop to the anxious assuredly no one can be absurd enough uncertainty which so frequently in irri- to pretend that there is positive pleasure.
in suffering, yet. I hope I shall give be preserved her. Become acquainted by deemed too enthusiastic, if I say, that each some accident, perhaps by the conduct is to be so far received as a blessing, that 'of the women, with the nature of the house, the heaviest affliction being once acknow- and her situation, she had escaped unperbedged to be imposed as a trial of virtue, ceived, though at the risk of her life. we must, considering it as an opportunity il “ The window by which Lucilia had of improvement to our minds, as far as is escaped opened upon an alley; slie had no posible, be ihankful for it, even under the suoner gained the grouud, than with that pressure of grief, of disappointment, or in strength which terror sometimes gives, she the tortures of bodily pain. If in these betook herself to flight. She was soon, sensations we are enabled to say not only however, copscious of being pursued; the with our lips, but from our hearts, God's fear of being overtaken added new speed ; will be done! thus may, and will, our all
, however, was ju vain; her puisuers soriow be truly turned into joy !-But let gained ground, and at length coming up, me conclude my melancholy narrative. proved to be the watch of the vight. Be
« The illuess of Lucilia continued a long lieving her by her dress to be one of those time, and during the whole of it she was disorderly women too frequent in a popukept ignorant of her situation. Upon her lous city, they lodged her, without further recovery, and the dismissal of her phy. question, in the watch-house ; and on the sician, to the horror, to the astonishment following morning carried lier before the of Lucilia, their first, indeed their only sitting magistrate. Lucilia was coinpersecutor, the Colonel, appeared. The manded to explain herself. The melan. Colonel, indeed, by chance or design, bad choly in the countenance of the venerable passed the door of Lionel in the moment magistrate encouraged her; she related of his arrest ; hc had followed him to the her story as distinctly as her grief vould prison, and seized the opportunity of get- admit. If the spectators, of which there ting into his possession the person of Lu- were many, werc astonished at the narra. cilia. The mob pleased with bis apparent tive, still more so were they at the evident humanity, had borne her lifeless frame to emotion of the magistrate during the narhis carriage, the Colonel whispered in the ration. ear of his coachman, and the fellow,worthy “ She had no sooner concluded, than of his master, drove to one of the most rising from his seat, ‘Lucilia,' said he, abandoned, and therefore perhaps the most your misfortunes have ceased; behold in splendid houses of bad reception in the me the uncle of the unfortunate Lionci. city of Dublin. In this house Lucilia bad My anger at bis union soon passed away,' hitherto been, and was only preserved | and my heart yearned to embrace the ne. from outrage by her long illness; her reco- phew I loved, and of whose merit I was very to health and beauty recalled ber justly proud, as chiefly the work of my persecutor,
own hands. The artifice of an unworthy “ It is needless to say that Lucilia re. cousin caused me to believe that I was only jected his advances with merited disgust, a subject of ridicule to Lionel and your.' Jiough she did not as yet know the extent self. The death of that relation has re. of his villainy, nor the cha'acter of the stored to me the letter of Lionel, written house. Lucilia demanded with renewed in the midst of his bitter distress, and agony her beloved husband; though the which had hitherto never met my eyes. Colonel knew and rejoiced at the event of I hastened to repair my error; alas, it is his death, he hesitated not to promise bis in some respect too late, yet let me repair release upon conditions in the power of in the protection of you the injustice I Lucilia. Lucilia again rejected him with have done to your husband.' increased horror; irritated at the repulse, “I here pass over minute circumstances.' and resolved on success, the monster io- Suffice it to say, that being wholly without troduced himself by a private door into otber heirs, the uncle performed his proher apartment in the night. Lucilia, mise. I pass over the long grief of Luci. however, was not to be found; hearen had ' lia, when informed of the death of her husa
band. The narrative I have given you is misery as in seeming happiness, in the collected from scattered notes which Lu storm of adversity as in the zephyrs of cilia gave me, and the greater part of hope, is still present and consulting the which were written at the time of the oc- good of his creatures. With this cont. curience, Lucilia having formed an early dence she is happy, and deserves to be so. habit of keeping a journal of her life; a “ The immense estates of her father most useful practice, as nothing can be are possessed by a very distant relative, com a more effectual means of withholding us whom the inhuman parent left them in his from further errors, ihan by daily, hourly, will; his title is extinct through defect of seeing the effects of our former ones. male heirs. But it is thought that if an
" With regard to her son, your former empiy honour éculd be worth ine trouble favourite, Edward, though you now dis- of acquisition, the son of Lionel would own him, I need say nothing. You are only have to prove his birth to obtain the already informed in what manner he has titles of his grandfather. But as the will been adopted for his merit by Captain has cut him off from the estate, the other Oldcastle. He bas chosen the sea for his perhaps is not worth his care: Heaven, profession, and has already obtained much however, may have blessings in store for reputation. As neither his mother nor his bim to repay the evil with which it has vncle could change this inclination in him, | inflicted his parents. The exeinplary they had the prudence, though much goodness and resignation of Lucilia will against their will, to submit. But they not pass without an ample reward, and bad the wisdom to avoid one error, which perhaps, reparation of all injustice. I is too frequently fatal; they did not think shall here conclude my narrative in my that a naval destination, and the necessity | own way, my dear, with a sacred truth to of conimencing it eaily, superseded all || which my own experience will bear testinecessity of other instruction. Instead of mony; I have been young, and now I sending him on board his ship at the age am old, yet wever have I seen the righof twelve, to remain there twelve years, ieous forsaken, nor his secd begging their and to receive in that time no other edu. | brcad." cation than what he could receive from The coach had by this time reached the writing.master of the ship, the young | home, and Lady Priscilla and Agnes deLionel was made to pass six years at a pub-scended, equally satisfied with their ride
laid of classic elements. The consequence ) --Agnes enjoyed for the remainder of the
has been, that though a sailor, he is now day the beloved society of her amiable an accomplished gentleman, and can ap- protectress, and almost accused herself of pear with as much ease in society as he selfishness for the wish that she could not can command on the deck.
avoid forming, that a fashionable party, “ I have nothing further to add to my expected for some time, would not arrive. narrative, than that within a few years Nothing indeed could be inore immediafterwards the good uncle died, and left ately contrary to the disposition equally of the whole of his estates to the young || Agnes and Lady Priscilla, than these gay Lionel and his mother. These estates visitors. "I confess, my dear," said she produce an ample, if not a wealthy in. to Agnes, “ that I prefer solitude to the come. Lucilia immediately left Ireland, | society of what is called the gay world. I and has since resided in England. Wher- think silence as good as insignificance, and ever she is known, she is esteemed and | far preferable to scandal, or that fashionbeloved, as her merit and piety deserve; || able wit and banter, which is more adshe is occasionally melancholy, when the mired, as it is more daring in its attacks death of her husband, and the eternal | upon all objects which are deemed sacred curse of her inhuman father, arise to her amongst the sober part of mankind. I memory. But for the most part her sense love my sister, and most sincerely regret of duty restrains all impatience against the that her excellent understanding, and nadecrees of Providence, wbo, in apparent tural goodness of heart, bas been corrupted
and contracted by the habits of the gay | lent young man. So unjust are ther, that world."
though he merits their gratitude and ad. Dinner was scarcely removed, before almiration, as being the only one who can servant entered with a letter to Lady Pris- restore their family to its former estimacilla, a circumstance so unusual as to tion, he is known in the fam:ly by no other cause the surprise both of Agnes avd bes. name than the clown; yet to my knowself. Agnes being desired to read it, ledge is this clown the most acco.nplished obeyed, and read as follows:
gentleman in their family. But hasten,
my dearest Agnes, and let our welcome be TO LADY PRISCILLA HARROWUY.
so much the more ardent, as depressed by My dear Madame-Though it has been the ill usage, the indifference at least of some years since I have had the happivess' his own family, lie requires more kind. of being personally known to my respected ness from me. This unworthy treatment aunt, I am not such a stranger to her good
of his family bave inspired into him a difness and reported kinduess, as to fear a
tidence of his own merit, which you may cold reception. In my present vacation
see even in the style of his letters. But at the University, I have chanced to make basten, Agnes, and write as I shall dicacquaintance with a gentleman, wbo having taie." occasion to visit Penzance, has persuaded
“ The servant is gone, my Lady," said me to accompany bim. Will your Lady. Jonathan, “ he told me he was not to wait ship pardon me, if being in your imme. for an answer." diate neighbourhood, I neglect not a mo
“ And do you know where his master ment to assure you of the respect and af.is," said Lady Priscilla? fectiun of, my dear Madım, your wephew,
“ No, my Lady," replied Jonathan. " G, BEACHCROFT."
“I am sorry for it," said Lady Pris“ Hasten, hasten, my dearest Agnes," || cilla, “ for I shall regret every minute till exclaimed Lady Priscilla, with an eager | I see my nephew. Ile know's not that his ness of satisfaction “ to assure him of the family are with me, and I hope will not kindest welcome; the letter is from my know it before he comes, lest it should eldest nephew, a young man, whose merit deter him. I hope, moreover, to employ I know not to be equalled, except it is by this opportunity to convince his parents of your own. I can pardon his family any | their injustice." thing, except their stupidity, in being so ignorantly blind to the worth of this excel
[To be continued.]
SOLUTION OF THE ARITHMETICAL PROBLEM.
(Given in our last Number, Page 236.)
The owner of the five loaves should || four, and each person eating an equal have seven of the pieces of money, and number, would be eight a-piece. The the other man the remaining single piece; stranger would of course obtain seven because, supposing each loaf to be divided parts from the first mat and only one into three pieces, there would be twentyall from the other.