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nation-a true English merchant by the hands by — who told him The proudest moments of his life at once that he had called to propose were those, when an accompanying to Mr Dudleigh to take part with friend could estimate his conse- him in negotiating a very large loan quence, by witnessing the mandarin on account of the

government ! movements that everywhere met him After a flurried pause, Mr Dudleigh, -the obsequious obeisances of even scarce knowing what he was saying, his closest rivals-as he hurried to assented. In a day or two the transand fro about the central regions of action was duly blazoned in the lead'Change, his hands stuck into the ing papers of the day; and every one worn pockets of his plain snuff-co- in the city spoke of him as one likely loured coat. The merest glance at to double or even treble his already Mr Dudleigh-his hurried, fidgety, ample fortune. Again he was praised anxious gestures—the keen, cautious -again censured-again envied ! It expression of his glittering grey eyes was considered advisable that he his mouth screwed up like a shut should repair to the continent, dupurse-all, all told of the “man of a ring the course of the negotiation, in million.” There was, in a manner, order that he might personally sua “plum” in every tread of his foot, perintend some important collateral in every twinkle of his eye. He could transactions ; and when there, he never be said to breathe freely- was most unexpectedly detained really to live—but in his congenial nearly two months. Alas ! that he atmosphere-his native element- ever left England ! During his abthe City!

sence, his infatuated wife betrok Once every year he gave a capital herself—" like the dog to his vomit, dinner, at a tavern, to all his agents, like the sow to her wallowing in the clerks, and people in any way con

mire”-to her former ruinous courses nected with him in business; and of extravagance and dissipation, but none but himself knew the quiet ec- a fearfully larger scale. Her stasy with which he took his seat at house was more like an hotel than a the head of them all—joined in their private dwelling; and blazed away, timid jokes, echoed their modest night after night, with light and comlaughter, made speeches, and was pany, till the whole neighbourhood be-speechified in turn! How he sate complained of the incessant uproar while great things were saying of occasioned by the mere arrival and him, on the occasion of his health's departure of her guests. To her being drunk! On one of these occa- other dreadful besetments, Mrs Dudsions, his health had been proposed leigh now added the odious and vulby his sleek head-clerk, in a most gar vice of-intoxication ! She comneat and appropriate speech, and plained of the deficiency of her anidrunk with uproarious enthusiasm; mal spirits; and said she took liquor and good Mr Dudleigh was on his as a medicine! She required stimulegs, energetically making his annual lus, and excitement, she said, to susavowal that “ that was the proudest tain her mind under the perpetual moment of his life," when one of the run of ill luck she had at cards ! It waiters came and interrupted him, was in vain that her poor daughter by saying that a gentleman was with“ remonstrated, and almost cried here out, waiting to speak to him on most self into fits, on seeing her mother important business. Mr Dudleigh return home, frequently in the dull hurriedly whispered that he would stupor of absolute intoxication ! attend to the stranger in a few mi- “Mother, mother, my heart is breaknutes, and the waiter withdrew; but ing!" said she one evening. returned in a second or two, and put « So-so is mine”—hiccuped her a card into his hand. Mr Dudleigh parent—so get me the decanter !" was electrified at the name it bore Young Harry Dudleigh trode emuthat of the great loan contractor- lously in the footsteps of his mother; the city Creesus, whose wealth was and ran riot to an extent that was reported to be incalculable! He has- before unknown to Oxford !--The tily called on some one to supply his sons of very few of the highest nobiplace; and had hardly passed the lity had handsomer allowances than door, before he was hastily shaken he; yet was he constantly over head





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and ears in debt. He was a backer my--my-word—' good as my bond'
of the ring ruffians; a great man at -as the old governor says !--Mo-
cock and dog fights; a racer; in ther,” he continued in a louder tone,
short-a_blackguard of the first flinging his hat violently on the
water. During the recess, he had floor-" I must and will have mo-
come up to town, and taken up his ney!”
quarters, not at his father's house, Henry-it's disgraceful infa-
but at one of the distant hotels mous-most infamous !” exclaimed
where he might pursue his profligate Miss Dudleigh, with a shocked air ;
courses without fear of interruption. and raising her handkerchief to her
He had repeatedly bullied his mother eyes, she rose from the sofa, and
out of large sums of money to sup- walked hurriedly to the opposite end
ply his infamous extravagancies; and of the room, and sat down in tears.
at length became so insolent and ex- Poor girl! what a mother! what a
orbitant in his demands, that they brother !—the young man took the
quarrelled. One evening, about nine place she had occupied by her mo-
o'clock, Mrs and Miss Dudleigh hap- ther's side, and in a wheedling coax-
pened to be sitting in the drawing- ing way, threw his arm round Mrs
room, alone-and the latter was pale Dudleigh, hiccuping “ mother-
with the agitation consequent on give me a cheque! do, please!—'tis
some recent quarrel with her mo- the last time I'll ask you—for a
ther; for the poor girl had been twelvemonth to come !=and I owe
passionately reproaching her mother L.500 that must be paid in a day or
for her increasing, attachment to two!”
liquor, under the influence of which “How can I, Harry ?-dear Harry
she evidently was at that moment. -don't be unreasonable! recollect
Suddenly a voice was heard in the I'm a kind mother to you,” kissing
hall, and on the stairs, singing, or him, “ and don't distress me, for I
rather bawling, snatches of some owe three or four times as much
comic song or other; the drawing; myself, and cannot pay it.”
room door was presently pushed

“ Eh! – eh!- cannot pay it?open, and young Dudleigh, more than stuff, ma'am!—why—is the bank run half intoxicated, made his appear- dry?"-he continued, with an appreance, in a slovenly evening dress. hensive stare.

“ Madame ma mère- !” said he, “ Yes, love-long ago!"-replied staggering towards the sofa where his mother, with a sigh. his

mother and sister were sitting- “ Whoo-whoo !”—he exclaimed; “I-I must be supplied—I must, and rising, he walked, or rather stagmother !"-he hiccuped, stretching gered a few steps to and fro, as if attowards her his right hand, and tap- tempting to collect his faculties-and ping the palm of it significantly with think!-his left fingers.

“ Ah-ha, ha!-eureka, ma'am !” “Pho-nonsense ! - off to-to bed, he exclaimed suddenly after a pause, young scape-grace!” replied his mo- snapping his fingers——“I've got it ther, drowsily—for the stupor of I have !--the PLATE, mother,--the wine lay heavily on her.

plate !-hem! raising the wind-you “'Tis useless, madam-quite, I as- understand me !" sure you !-money-money-money "Oh! shocking, shocking!"-sobI must and will have !" said her son, bed Miss Dudleigh, hurrying towards striving to steady himself against a them, wringing her hands bitterlychair.

“oh mother! oh Henry, Henry ! Why, Harry, dear!-where's the would you ruin my poor father, and fifty pounds I gave you a cheque for break his heart ?” only a day or two ago ?”

Ah, the plate, mother !- the “Gone! gone! the way of all plate!”-he continued, addressing money, madam-as you know pretty his mother—then turning to his siswell ! -I- I must have L.300 by to- ter—"away, you little puss-puss ! morrow

- what do you understand about Three hundred pounds, Henry !” business, eh?”—and he attempted to exclaimed his mother, angrily. kiss her - but she thrust him away

Yes, ma'am! Sir Charles won't with indignation and horror in her be put off any longer, he says. Has gestures, .



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Come, mother !-will it do!-a stricken over him, on each side of lucky thought! the plate!—Mr- the bed, endeavouring in vain to reis a rare hand at this kind of thing! call him to sensibility. I had scarce -a thousand or two would set you entered the room, before Mrs Dudand me to rights in a twinkling ! leigh was carried away swooning come, what say you ?”

in the arms of a servant. Mr Duda “ Impossible, Harry !” — replied leigh was in a fit of apoplexy. He his mother, turning pale,—“'tis quite lay in a state of profound stupor, 'tis-'tis-out of the question !" breathing stentoriously-more like

“Pho! no such thing !-It must be snorting. I had him raised into neardone!- why cannot it, ma'am ?” ly an upright position, and immedienquired the young man earnestly. ately bled him

largely from the juguWhy, because--if you must know, lar vein. While the blood was flowsirrah ! because it is ALREADY ing, my attention was arrested by the pawned !”—replied his mother, in a appearance of young Dudleigh ; who loud voice, shaking her hand at him was kneeling down by the bedside, with passion. Their attention was his hands clasped convulsively toattracted at that moment towards the gether, and his swollen blood-shot door, which had been standing a-jar eyes fixed on his father. “Father! for there was the sound of some father! father!” were the only words one suddenly fallen down. After an he uttered, and these fell quivering instant's pause, they all three walked from his lips unconsciously.—Miss to the door, and stood gazing horror- Dudleigh, who had stood leaning struck at the prostrate figure of Mr against the bedpost in stupified siDUDLEIGH !

lence, and pale as a statue, was at He had been standing un perceived length too faint to continue any longin the door-way-having entered the er in an upright posture, and was led house only a moment or two after

out of the room. his son-during the whole of the dis- Here was misery! Here was regraceful scene just described, almost morse! petrified with grief, amazement, and I continued with my patient more horror-till he could bear it no long-than an hour, and was gratified at finder, and fell down in an apoplectic fit

. ing that there was every appearance He had but that evening returned of the attack proving a mild and from abroad, exhausted with physi- manageable one. I prescribed suitcal fatigue, and dispirited in mind able remedies, and left-enjoining for while abroad, he had made a most young Dudleigh not to quit his father disastrous move in the foreign funds, for a moment, but to watch every by which he lost upwards of sixty breath he drew. He hardly seemor seventy thousand pounds; and ed to hear me, and gazed in my his negotiation scheme also turned face vacantly while I addressed him. out very unfortunately, and left him I shook him gently, and repeated my minus nearly as much more. He injunctions ; but all he could reply had hurried home, half dead with was~"Oh--doctor-we have killed vexation and anxiety, to make instant him !” arrangements for meeting the most Before leaving the house, Irepaired pressing of his pecuniary engage- to the chamber where Mrs Dudleigh ments in England, apprehensive, lay, just recovering from strong hysfrom the gloomy tenor of his agent's terics. I was filled with astonishment, letters to him while abroad, that his on reflecting upon the whole scene of affairs were falling into confusion. that evening; and, in particular, on Oh! what a heart-breaking scene the appearance and remorseful exhad he to encounter-instead of the pressions of young Dudleigh. What comforts and welcome of home! could have happened ?-A day or

This incident brought me again two afterwards, Miss Dudleigh, with into contact with this devoted family; shame and reluctance, communicafor I was summoned by the distract--ted to me the chief facts above stated! ed daughter to her father's bedside, Her own health and spirits were which I found surrounded by his wife manifestly suffering from the disand children. The shock of his pre- tressing scenes she had to endure. şence had completely sobered both She told me, with energy, that she mother and son, who hung horror- could sink into the earth, on reflecta

ing that she was the daughter of such draw-and left the room with her. a mother, the sister of such a brother! She had scarcely descended the

[The Diary passes hastily over a staircase, when she suddenly seized fortnight, - saying merely that Mr my arm, stared me full in the face, Dudleigh recovered more rapidly and burst into a fit of loud and wild than could have been expected—and laughter. I carried her into the first


room I could find, and gave her all Monday, June, 18— While I was the assistance in my power. It was sitting beside poor Mr Dudleigh, this long, however, before she recorered. afternoon, feeling his pulse, and put- She continually exclaimed -“ Oh, ting questions to him, which he was what a wretch I've been! What a able to answer with tolerable dis- vile wretch I've been !-and-he so tinctness, Miss Dudleigh came and kind and forgiving, too !" whispered that her mother, who, As soon as Mr Dudleigh was sufthough she had seen her husband ficiently recovered to leave his bedfrequently, had not spoken to him, room-contrary to my vehemently or been recognised by him since his expressed opinion - he entered at illness-was anxious then to come once on the active management of in, as she heard that he was perfect- his affairs. It is easy to conceive how ly sensible. I asked him if he had business of such an extensive and any objection to see her; and he re- complicated character as bis, must plied, with a sigh,—"No. Let her have suffered from so long an intercome in, and see what she has brought mission of his personal superintendme to!

In a few minutes' time ence-especially at such a critical she was in the room. I observed conjuncture. Though his head-clerk Mr Dudleigh's eyes directed anxious- was an able and faithful man, he was ly to the door before she entered; not at all equal to the overwhelming and the instant he saw her pallid task which devolved upon him; and features, and the languid exhausted when Mr Dudleigh, the first day of air with which she advanced towards his coming down stairs, sent for him, the bed, he lifted up his shaking in order to learn the general aspect hands, and beckoned towards her. of his affairs, he wrung his hands desHis eyes filled with tears, to over- pairingly, to find the lamentable conflowing—and he attempted to speak fusion into which they had fallen, but in vain, She tottered to his 'The first step to be taken, was the side, and fell down on her knees; discovery of funds wherewith to while he clasped her hands in his, meet some heavy demands which kissed her affectionately, and both had been for some time clamorously of them wept like children ; as did asserted. What, however, was to be young Dudleigh and his sister. That done? His unfortunate speculations was the hour of full forgiveness and in the foreign funds had made sad reconciliation ! It was indeed a havoc of his floating capital, and furtouching scene. There lay the deep- ther fluctuations in the English funds ly injured father and husband, his during his illness had added to his grey hair grown long, during his ab- losses. As far as ready money went, sence on the continent, and his ill- therefore, he was comparatively penness, combed back from his temples; niless. All his resources were so his pale and fallen features exhibit- locked up, as to be promptly available ing deep traces of the anguish he only at ruinous sacrifices ; and yet he had borne. He gave one hand to must procure many thousands within his son and daughter, while the a few days—or he trembled to conother continued grasped by Mrs template the consequences. Dudleigh,

“Call in the money I advanced on “ Oh, dear, dear husband !--Can mortgage of my Lord you forgive us, who have so nearly perty,” said he. broken your heart ?”—she sobbed, “We shall lose a third, sir, of what kissing his forehead. He strove to we advanced, if we do," replied the reply, but burst into tears without clerk. being able to utter a word. Fearful “ Can't help it, şir-must have that the prolonged excitement of such money—and that instantly-call it an interview might prove injurious, in, sir.". The clerk, with a sigh, enI gave Mrs Dudleigh a hint to with- tered his orders accordingly.

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“ Ah-let me see. Sell all my he had been latterly unfortunate, and shares in

was growing old, and indisposed to " Allow me to suggest, sir, that if prolong the doubtful cares of moneyyou will but wait two months-or making-he bad determined to draw even six weeks longer, they will be his affairs into as narrow a compass worth twenty times what you gave as possible, with a view to withdrawfor them ; whereas if you part with ing altogether from active life, on a them at present, it must be at a heavy handsome independence. Every one discount.”.

commended his prudence in so actMust have money, sir!-must! ing-in" letting well alone.” “Easy write it down too," replied Mr come, easy go," is an old saw, but Dudleigh, sternly. In this manner signally characteristic of rapidly ache “ ticketed out his property for quired commercial fortunes; and by ruin,” as bis clerk said throughout these, and similar. prudential consithe interview. His demeanour and derations, did they consider Mr Dudspirit were altogether changed; the leigh to be actuated. This latter supfirst was become stern and impera- position was strengthened by observe tive, the latter rash and inconsiderate ing the other parts of his conduct. His to a degree which none would credit domestic arrangements indicated a who had known his former mode of spirit of rigorous retrenchment. His conducting business. All the pru- house near Richmond was adverdence and energy which had secured tised for sale, and bought" out and him such splendid results, seemed out by a man who had grown rich now lost, irrecoverably lost. Whether in Mr Dudleigh's service. Mrs Dudor not this change was to be account- leigh gave, received, and accepted ed for by mental imbecility conse- fewer and fewer invitations; was less quent on his recent apoplectic seizure seen at public places; and drove only -or the disgust he felt at toiling in one plain chariot. Young Dudleigh's the accumulation of wealth which allowance at Oxford was curtailed, had been and might yet be so profli- and narrowed down to L.300 a-year ; gately squandered, I know not; but and he was forbidden to go abroad, his conduct now consisted of alter that he might stay at home to prepare nations between the extremes of for-orders ! There was nothing rashness and timorous indecision. questionable, or alarming in all this, He would waver and hesitate about even to the most forward quidnuncs the outlay of hundreds, when every of the city. The world that had blaone else-even those most proverb- zoned and lauded his-or rather his ially prudent and sober, would ven- family's extravagance, now ture their thousands with an almost mended his judicious economy. As absolute certainty of tenfold profits; for himself personally, he had res —and again would fling away thou- sumed his pristine clock-work puncsands into the very yawning jaws of tuality of movements; and the only villainy, He would not tolerate re- difference to be perceived in his bemonstrance or expostulation; and haviour, was an air of unceasing when any one ventured to hint sur- thoughtfulness and reserve. This prise or dissatisfaction at the conduct was accounted for, by the rumoured he was pursuing, he would say tartly unhappiness he endured in his fa“ that he had reasons of his own for mily—for which Mrs Dudleigh was what he was doing." His brother given ample credit. And then his merchants were for a length of time favourite-his idolized child-Miss puzzled to account for his conduct. Dudleigh-was exhibiting alarming At first they gave him credit for symptoms of ill health. She was noplaying some deep and desperate toriously neglected by her young and game, and trembled at his hardihood; noble suitor, who continued abroad but after waiting a while, and per- much longer than the period he had ceiving no

himself fixed on. She was of too deli. « wondrous issue

cate and sensitive a character, to bear

with indifference the impertinent and Leap down their gaping throats, to recom,

cruel speculations which this occapense Long hours of patient hope"

sioned in “society." When I looked

at her-her beauty, her amiable and they came to the conclusion, that as fascinating manners-her high ac


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