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He staid to hear no more, and see any treachery and deceit unin less than five minutes I saw him der a mask of love and friendship. galioping down the avenue. In a I hope I am not very uncharitable, very short time he returned with but that girt appears to me an doctor Howard, who fortunately artful, false, ungenerous creature, was just come from town, and had and seems spreading her snares for not put up his horses.

the husband of her she calls her A nurse had been spoken to friend. What pleasure she exfrom the village. I sent Baderly's pects to receive from such a conservant for her; and staid with any quest, I am unable to determine. beloved friend, till I could witness If lady Walsingham were a coinher agony no longer. Baderly was mon woman she might expect to striding about the hall. , He met drive her to indiscretions which

might enable Walsingham to ob • Gracious Heaven! what does tain a divorce; but with such a your countenance portend :--She woman as my friend her hopes can is not dead !'

never be so sanguine. Lady Wal. God forbid !' said I, but she singham will perform her duty, is in such pain I cannot bear to though the whole world should behold her."

fail in theirs. • But you will go to her again, I would warn my Caroline-I I hope, madam, for lord Walsing- would hint my fears; but admoham has sent an excuse for din- nitions from me would lose their ner, as they fell in with lord effect : it might look like prejuBeauford and some of his friends.' dice; but a caution from

your I returned to my friend, but it ladyship would have due weight, was not till the evening a lovely and prove a shield to the bosom of girl was born, who, though she your daughter against the shafts comes two months before her time, of falshood and malevolence. If seeins likely to do well, and is a they are not hurled at her, she very fine infant. When lady Wal- will be spared 'much anguish :singham seemed composed, I with- if they are, they will lose half their drew to wait her lord's arrival. force, as being fore warned, she will Baderly was in raptures to hear of be forearmed. her safety.

What makes me enforce a cauAbout nine o'clock the party tion as necessary, is the double returned. I accompanied Wal- . dealings of this girl.- When she, singham to his lady's rooin. He is in lady Walsingham's apartkissed her and his little girl with ment, she assumes a winning softtenderness, and she looked revived ness, appears affectionately kind by it.. I sat with her all night, to the mother, and dotingly fond and was happy to find her enjoy of the child; but when she is bean undisturbed repose. This is low stairs, and without restraint, the third day, and she mends there seems a secret esuliation at hourly.

the continennent of lady it'aisingI find she has informed your ham. I watch her every moveladyship of the rudeness of miss ment with a scrutinizing eye. Lester, and likewise of her apo Lady Julia, in the ance of logy. Lady Walsingham is too, her sister, does the lionours of the innocent, too guiltless herself, to house and table. Miss Lester

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sometimes assists her, as Julia lady especially, if she was young complains of ill health, and fre- and beautiful, to marry when and quently retires with the tea equi- with whom she pleased ; the young page. 'Lady Mary and myself heir if she chose. If this was law, almost live in lady Walsingham's I would commence a wife immeroom, anul leave the gentlemen to diately; but as it is not, your conentertain themselves.

jugel felicity has so alarmed me', Little Adolphus grows tall, and I am determined to reinain as I am is a most engaging boy. He and for the present. I are very great friends, and he If you could but get rid of your has seen more company since his old fool, you should come over mamnia's continement than in his here, and see what you could do life before ; for when the little among our English yonths; and I rogue sees me going, he opens his would return with you to the land shrill, clear pipe with such etfeet, of light and harmony. I am alhe would distract his mother, and most sick of this foggy, splenetic deafen us all, if not taken. island; for, ah! Dorzella, ainong

I think I have given your lady- its marshy, swampy hogs I have ship a full description of our situa- met with that I never did before in ation at Walsingham, and have all the courts of Europe a woman nothing more to add, than that I more beautiful than myself.

I have often told you, if you
Your ladyship's

had been a little more lovely,
Most respectful,

I should have hated you: but
Most obedient servant, you yourself allowed me the palm
Sophia Howarp. of beauty, and you was the most

fascinating woman I had ever be

held. I therefore began to conLETTER X.

sider myself as the paragon of the

world. Judge then what must Miss Lester to the Marchioness be my sensations to find myself of Della Nocera.

eclipsed when I least expected it.

You know I came over with a full Walsingham-hall. persuasion I should astonish the Well, my charining Dorzella, court of England, raise rapture am I to congratulate you on your and ecstasy in the hearts of my freedoin yet ?- Is that odd body, country men, and envy in the the arquis, dead? I hope so, or hearts of my countrywomen ;- , I ain sure you are in purgatory. Oh, nothing but envy, hatred, and

To what a monstrous aye has imitation ! that man attained! Really the Mon Dieu! I arrived in an unlegislature ought to declare hin propitious moment:—the parliadead in law; and let his estate go ment was broke up-lords and to some younger man who could commons were all flown to the enjoy it, and not let an old wretch shades, and all my air-spun schemes (who has outlived every thing but rendered abortive. his jealousy and ill-humour) keep The next morning I accidentally possession, • like the dog in the heard Caroline Aubry was metawanger,' (to give you one of my morphosed into countess Walsingcountry's elegant proverbs). His ham, and with a large party was

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at the family seat. I had now an deeper, by an event I could not alternative, either to add one more then foresee. But I will not antito this large party, or stay in town cipate my vexatious story. As and be bored to death by the dull soon as my lady's joyful emotions monotony of the silent streets. I bad subsided a little, she presentadopted the first expedient, made ed me to lord Walsingham, who, a virtue of necessity, and without by the by, is the handsomest felthe help of necromancy, composed low you ever saw.

He saluted me a mighty tender epistle to lady with tender respect, thanked me Walsingham, inforining her how for the honour I did his Caroline, I had escaped the horrors of the asked me a few questions condeep-how I was rejoiced to find cerning my voyage, and left his myself once more on the beloved Caroline and me together. shores of my dear, dear native The foolish body sported ancountry-how excessively pleased other crying scene, for joy, she I was to hear her health, and said; but I would not shed so happy settlement-how I was dy- many tears either for joy, or soring to see her after so long an for a thousand pounds. I am absence; and to complete all these sure I should not be fit to appear hows, that I should be with her for a month. But she no doubt almost as soon as my inessenger.

has been told, that she is beautiful The next morning I drove to in tears, for I observed afterwards the city, made several elegant that the traces of her tender folly purchases, and then in a post- had left an interesting languor oi chaise and four, rattled down to her countenance. She

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for Walsingham-hall, which I found her boy to be brought; (it is a to be a tolerable decent place. On little cherubic fellow, but no ways my alighting, a servant conducted punctilious). me to an apartment where sat a I begged her to permit me to lady and gentleman. I had no retire to a dressing-room before I time for remarks; the fellow an was introduced to the company. nounced miss Lester, and I found She attended me herself to a very myself clasped to the bosom of elegant chamber and dressingthe lady, and felt a profusion of room, which was appropriated to

tears bathing my face. my use. She isked if there was Thank heaven the complexion was

every thing I wanted ?

I assured in grain, or it would have been a her there was; and requested that pretty malicious piece of business. she would send up Blanchc, and When she released me, I found it not let me detain her from her was Caroline herself, but heavens! company any longer, adding that how very much inproved. When I would join them in a quarter of I had last seen her, she was a

an hour. pretty girl, and promised to make In treble that time I descended, a fine woman. But, mon Dieu! the and desired a servant to show bud was blown with such exuberant me the ladies' drawing-room. He beauty, I was absolutely dazzled; threw open the door, and discothe tirst look, momentarily as it vered a very brilliant party, dresswas, fixed a burbed arrow in my ed for the day. heart, which has rankted there After a ridiculous, formal preprer since, and has sunk now still sentation, I was allowed to use my

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eyes. The first person they fell and sole heiress to his inmense
on was a lorul Seymour, a very fine property : and it is well she has
tigure, elegantly dressed. I set something to recommend her to
him down for my own; but on notice, -- I am sure her beauty
taking a second look I was sur never will.
prised to see his eyes fixed on the Lady Walsingham did the bo-
opposite side of the room. I look nours of her table with great ease
ed in the same direction, and dis- and propriety, and Walsingham
covered the object of attraction. was very amusing and animated.
A fine, tall, steuder figure, appa In the evening arrived a gentle-
rently about five-and-twenty; a man who had been long expected,
face delicately fair, large, lan--the right hon. Charles Baderly
guishing blue eyes, a profusion (my fingers tremble while I write,
of dark auburn hair gave great for the first time, his naine). Ah
expression to her features. She lord ! this Walsiugham-hall is a
wore a smile on her countenance fatal place: I almost wish I had
which displayed a dimple in each lost an eye rather than have seen
cheek, and a row of exquisite white it. Till I came here, I thought
teeth.

myself the first of women;-till I
Though very inferiour to either came here, I looked with indiffer-
lady Walsingham or myself, yetence on all men ;-—but here I have
as she wore the widow's weed (the been taught an humbling lesson.
widow's lure it ought to be called) What I admire hiin so much for I
I gave him up, as not worth the am unable to tell; unless it is a
trouble it would take to detach secret, inherent principle of con-
him from his relict. I passed them tradiction implanted in my nature,
and examined the next lady, who to disregard that which is in my
for symmetry of form, and the power, and to sigh for what is wa
graceful attitude she was in, might attainable. Yet, why do I write
have sat for the model of the Pa such a word ? What woman dare
phian queen. From the hue of do, that dare 1!
her complexion she seemed to be lle is not quite so handsome as
a maid · who had never told her Walsingham, but pleases me infi-
Jove, but let concealment, like a nitely better. His person is tall,
worin i' th' bud, feed on her da- noblc, and majestic; his face oral;
mask check.' This yellow beauty clear, dark complexion; 2 most
is Walsingham's sister. By her inimitable mouth, fine teeth, an
side sat a fashionable youth, gaz- aquiline nose, and such sparkling,
ing with rapturous attention on penetrating black eyes, they equal,
gave my fan a flutter,

if not more than equal, iny owo. and averting iny eyes, they fell on His eyebrows are high, and arched one, to whom I was equally an with such delicate beauty, they object of attention: a sir Ilarry surpass the artist's pencil. When Champly, whom I have since found he smiles the god of love seenis to be a foolish, ignorant fellow: to bend his bow, and take aim que who cannot belp showing the from his high, polished temples; coxcomb in his very dress; but he but when he frowns, the haughty is my declared admirer.

air which diffuses itself over bis Then bere is a young lady, tlie manly features, charms me mere daughter to the earl of Brilliant, than other men's smiles. Yet this

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man, this noble fellow, disregards And, if she does not give him hope; me! Yet is he the first of his sex -yet will I punish her for daring disengaged, who ever conversed to appear more lovely in Baderly's with ine without feeling my power eyes than myself. over their hearts.

I have the heart of her husband You know what noble offers I in my keeping; and she, a week have refused. Dukesnay, even , ago, added the incumbrance of a princes, have swelled my triumph; daughter to the Walsingham esand now to be slighted by the only tate. Very opportunely! you'll man whose merits I ever was sus say ;--and so it is; I shall have ceptible of admiring ; perhaps the 'time for all my schemes before she only man who could have been can counteract them by her prea thus long, under the same roof sence. with me, and have retained his Yesterday the gentlemen proheart.

posed a drive in the Park: the But he has not done that: no, carriages and horses were immeI see, (for what can escape a jea- diately ordered. You remember lous eye) I see he adores my hated my equestrian appearance is very rival, 'Walsingham's wife. Not noble. I therefore preferred a but he might as well love a sha- horse to being drove by Walsingdow, for her terrible virtne will ham in his phaeton, which he gave Liot sufler her to return his love; up to his sister Julia, and a lord · and I hope he is not such a fool as Beauford. The widow, and my to die in despair, but that when he lord Seymour, were dragged finds one nymph coy, he will try mighty soberly along by two fat another. If I were quite sure she chariot-horses, harnessed to the would refuse him, I would forward lumbering machine itself, an eclaircisseinent,--but ah! or That wretch, Baderly, asked the zella, I fear no woman could with- earl's rich daughter to honour him stand his solicitations, and, if she with her charming company in his yields, adieu to all my hopes ! curricle (his own words). The lady

I have endeavoured to fathom complied, and off they all canher thoughts of him. She answers, tered, leaving me to the care of without einotion, that she thinks Walsingham, who pestered me, as him an accoinplished, handsome usual, with his love and admiraman; and this is all I can draw tion. I galloped off full speed, from her. But this may be af- with him by my side, when lookfected indifference, and mere fi- ing behind me, and o serving the

However, my determina- rest of the party quite out of sight, tion is, that neither she, nor any and the grooms at a great distance, other woman, shall rival me in his I checked my horse suddenly, and affections with impunity. - No, slipping off his back, came on the they shall feel the weight of my ground very gently, but screamed revenge. If she encourages him out with great violence. Wala if she gives him hope, I'll put all singham, who had continued his Walsingham-Hall in confusion : gallop, turned his horse, and was I will,

by me in an instant, dismounted.

He shook with terror. Where • Like another Helen, fire another • Troy.'

are you hurt, my sweet girl?

Curse the fellow for giving you Vol. XXXVII.

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