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complishments-and, in many con- that “ times were altered !” Still he versations, perceived the superior had a corps de reserve in his favoure feelings of her soul-it was with ite investiture-mortgages: a species difficulty I brought myself to believe of security in which he had long had that she was the offspring of such a locked up some forty or fifty thoumiserably_inferior woman as her sand pounds. Anxious to assign a mother! To return, however, to Mr mortgage for L.15,000, he had at last Dudleigh. He who has once expe- succeeded in finding an assignee on rienced an attack of apoplexy, ought advantageous terms, whose solicitor, never to be entirely from under me- after carefully inspecting the deed, dical surveillance. I was in the habit pronounced it so much waste paper, of calling upon him once or twice a- owing to some great technical flaw, week to ascertain how he was going or informality, which vitiated the on. I observed a great change in whole! Poor Mr Dudleigh hurried bim. Though never distinguished by with consternation to his attorney ; high animal spirits, he seemed now who, after a long shew of incredulity, under the influence of a permanent at last acknowledged the existence and increasing melancholy. When I of the defect! Under his advice, Mr would put to him some such matter. Dudleigh instantly wrote to the parof-fact question as—" How goes the ty whose property was mortgaged, world with you now, Mr Dudleigh?” frankly informing him of the circumhe would reply with an air of lassic stances, and appealing to his “hotude—“ Oh - as it ought ! as it nour and good feeling.” He might ought!" He ceased to speak of his as well have appealed to the winds ! mercantile transactions with spirit or for he received a reply from the energy; and it was only by a visible mortgager's attorney, stating simply, effort that he dragged himself into that « his client was prepared to the city.
stand or fall by the deed, and so, of When a man is once on the inclined course, must the mortgager!” What plane of life-oncefairly"going down was Mr Dudleigh's further dismay at hill,” one push will do as much as finding, on further examination, that fifty; and such an one poor Mr Dud- every mortgage transaction, except leigh was not long in receiving. Ru- one for L.1500, which had been inmours were already flying about, that trusted to the management of the his credit had no more substantial same attorney, was equally, or even support than paper props; in other more invalid than the one above words, that he was obliged to resort mentioned !-Two of the heaviest to accommodation-bills to meet his proved to be worthless, as second engagements. When once such re- mortgages of the same property, and ports are current and accredited, I all the remainder were invalid, on need hardly say that it is “all up" with account of divers defects and infora man, in the city. And ought it not malities. It turned out that Mr Dud. to be so? I observed, a little while leigh had been in the hands of a ago, that Mr Dudleigh, since his ill- swindler, who had intentionally comness, conducted his affairs very dif- mitted the draft error, and colluded ferently from what he had formerly. with his principal, to outwit his unHe would freight his vessels with suspecting client Mr Dudleigh, in the unmarketable cargoes--in spite of all matter of the double mortgages ! Mr the representations of his servants Dudleigh instantly commenced acand friends; and when his advices tions against the first mortgager, to confirmed the truth of their surmises, recover the money he had advanced he would order the goods to be sold in spite of the flaw in the mortgageoff--frequently at a fifth or eighth deed, and against the attorney through of their value. These, and many whose villainy he had suffered so se. similar freaks, becoming generally verely. In the former, which of known, soon alienated from him the course decided the fate of the reconfidence even of his oldest con- maining mortgages similarly situated nexions; credit was given him re- -he failed; in the latter, he sucluctantly, and then only to a small ceeded—as far as the bare gaining of extent- and sometimes even point a verdict could be so considered; blank refused! He bore all this with but the attorney, exasperated at beapparent calmness, observing simplying brought before the court and ex.
posed by his client, defended the ac- then pausing again, striking his hands tion in such a manner as did himself on his forehead, and exclaiming with no good, at the same time that it an abstracted and incredulous airnearly ruined the poor plaintiff; for “ A bankrupt! a bankrupt! Henry he raked up every circumstance that Dudleigh a bankrupt? What are they had come to his knowledge profes, saying on 'Change!" — In subsesionally, during the course of several quently describing to me his feelings years' confidential connexion with at this period, he said he felt as Mr Dudleigh-and which could pos- though he had “ fallen into bis grave sibly be tortured into a disreputable for an hour or two, and come out shape; and gave his foul brief into again cold and stupified.” the hands of an ambitious young While he was in this state of mind, counsel, who, faithful to his instruc- his daughter entered the room, wan tions, and eager to make the most of and trembling with agitation. so rich an opportunity of vituperative “My dear little love, what's wrong? declamation, contrived so to black- What's wrong, eh? What has dashed en poor Mr Dudleigh's character, by you, my sweet flower, eh ?” said he, cunning, cruel innuendoes, asserting folding her in his arms, and hugging nothing, but suggesting every thing her to his breast. He led her to å vile and atrocious — that poor Mr seat, and placed her on his knee. He Dudleigh, who was in court at the passed his hand over her pale foretime, began to think himself, in spite head. “ What have you been about of himself, one of the most execrable to-day, Agnes? You've forgotten to scoundrels inexistence--and hurried dress your hair to-day,” taking her home in a paroxysm of rage, agony, raven tresses in his fingers ; “ Come, and despair, which, but for my being these must be curled ? They are all opportunely sent for by Mrs Dud- damp, love! What makes you cry?" leigb, and bleeding him at once, must “My dear, dear, dear darling fain all probability have induced a se. ther !” sobbed the agonized girl, alcond and fatal apoplectic seizure. most choked with her emotionsHis energies, for weeks afterwards, clasping her arms convulsively round lay in a state of complete stagnation; his neck, “ I love you dearer-a and I found he was sinking into the thousand times—than I ever loved condition of an irrecoverable hypo- you in my life!" chondriac. Every thing, from that “ My sweet love !" he exclaimed, time, went wrong with bim. He bursting into tears. Neither of them made no provision for the payment spoke for several minutes. of his regular debts; creditors pre- “ You are young, Agnes, and may cipitated their claims from all quar- be happy-but, as for me, I am an ters; and he had no resources to fall old tree, whose roots are rotten! The back upon at a moment's exigency. blasts have beaten me down, my darSome of the more forbearing of his ling!” She clung closer to him, but creditors kindly consented to give spoke not. Agnes, will you stay him time, but the small fry pestered with me, now that I'm made ama him to distraction; and at last one of beggar ?' Will you ? I can love you the latter class, a rude, hard-bearted yet—but that's all !" said he, staring: fellow, cousin to the attorney whom vacantly at her. After a pause, he Mr Dudleigh bad recently prosecu- suddenly released her from his knee, ted, on receiving the requisite “ de- rose from his seat, and walked hur: nial," instantly went and struck the riedly about the room. docket against his unfortunate debt- Agnes, love! Why, is it true-is or, and Mr Dudleigh-the celebrated it really true that I'm made a bankMr Dudleigh — became a - Bank- rupt of
, after all ? And is it come to RUPT!
that?” He resumed his seat, covered For some hours after he had re- his face with his hands, and wept like ceived an official notification of the a child. “ 'Tis for you, my darling event, he seemed completely stun--for my family—my children, that ned. He did not utter a syllable Igrieve! What is to become of you?” when first informed of it; but his Again he paused.' “Well! it cannot face assumed a ghastly paleness. He be helped--it is more my misfortune walked to and fro about the room
than my fault! God knows, I've tried now pausing--then hurrying on
to pay my way as I went on-and
and-no, no! it doesn't follow that While you are reading this note, I every man is a villain that's a bank- am on my way to America. Do not
call me cruel, my sweet sister, for “ No, no, no, father!" replied his my heart is broken ! broken! Yesdaughter, again flinging her armsterday, near Oxford, I fought with a round his neck, and kissing him with man who dared to insult me about passionate fondness, “ Your honour our family troubles. I am afraid is untouched-it is".
God forgive me—that I have killed Aye, love-but to make the world him! Agnes, Agnes, the blood-hounds think 80
- There's the rub! What has are after me! Even were they not, been said on 'Change to-day, Agnes? I could not bear to look on my poor That's what hurts me to my soul!” father, whom I have helped to ruin,
Come, father, be calm! under the encouragement of ONE We shall yet be happy and quiet, who might have bred me better! I after this little breeze has blown cannot stay in England, for I have over! Oh yes, yes, father! We will lost my station in society; I owe remove to a nice little comfortable thousands I can never repay; behouse, and live among ourselves !" sides-Agnes, Agnes ! the blood
But, Agnes, can you do all this? hounds are after me! I scarce know Can you make up your mind to live what I am saying! Break all this to in a lower rank-to-to-to be, in a my father-my wretched father-as manner, your own servant ?"
gradually as you can. Do not let him “ Yes, God knows, I can! Father, know of it for a fortnight, at least. I'd rather be your servant girl, than May God be your friend, my dear wife of the king !" replied the poor Agnes! Pray for me! pray for me, girl, with enthusiasm.
my darling Agnes, yes, for me, your “ Oh, my daughter !-Come, come wretched, guilty, heart-broken brolet us go into the next room, and ther. H. D.” do you play me my old favourite “ Ah! he might have done worse ! • O Nanny, uilt thou gang wi me,' he might have done worse,” exclaim You'll feel it, Agnes !” He led hered the stupified father. « Well, I into the adjoining room, and set her must think about it!” and he calmly down at the instrument, and stood folded up the letter, to put it into by her side.
his pocketbook, when his daughter's "We must not part with this piano, eye caught sight of it, for she had remy love,-must we?” said he, put- covered from her swoon while he ting his arms round her neck,“ we'll was reading it; and with a faint try and have it saved from the wreck shriek, and a frantic effort to snatch of our furniture !” She commenced it from him, she fell back, and swoonplaying the tune he had requested, ed again. Even all this did not rouse and went through it.
Mr Dudleigh. He sat still, gazing Şing, love-sing!" said her fa- on his daughter with a vacant stare, ther. “ I love the words as much as and did not make the slightest effort the music! Would you cheat me to assist her recovery. I was sum, you little rogue ?” She made him no moned in to attend her, for she was reply, but went on playing, very $o ill, that they carried her up to irregularly however.
bed. “Come! you must sing, Agnes.” Poor girl, poor Agnes Dudleigh !
“ I can't !” she murmured. “My already had coNsUMPTION marked heart is breaking! My-my-bro-” her for his own! The reader may and fell fainting into the arms of her possibly recollect, that in a previous father. He rung instantly for assist- part of this narrative, Miss Dudleigh ance. In carrying her from the music was represented to be affianced to a stool to the sofa, an open letter drop- young nobleman. I need hardly, I ped from her bosom. Mr Dudleigh suppose, inform him that the “affair" hastily picked it up, and saw that the was all off," as soon as ever Lord direction was in the handwriting of
heard of her fallen fortunes. his son, and bore the "
Wapping! To do him justice, he behaved in the post-mark. The stunning contents business with perfect politeness and were as follow :-“My dear, dear, condescension; wrote to her from dear Agnes, farewell it may be Italy, carefully returning her all her for ever! I fly from my country! letters; spoke of her admirable qua
lities, in the handsomest strain; and, he was employed to conduct, by the in choice and feeling language, re- cruelty and insolence of his demeagretted the altered state of his affec- nour. He would not allow the slighttions, and that the “fates had ordain- est indulgence to the poor bankrupt, ed their separation.” A few months whom he was selling out of house afterwards, the estranged couple met and home; but remorselessly seized casually in Hyde Park, and Lord
on every atom of goods and furnipassed Miss Dudleigh with a ture the law allowed him, and put strange stare of irrecognition, that the heart-broken helpless family to showed the advances he had made all the inconvenience his malice in the command of manner. She had could suggest.
His conduct was, been really attached to him, for he throughout, mean, tyrannical —even was a young man of handsome ap- diabolical, in its contemptuous dispearance, and elegant, winning man- regard of the best feelings of human
The only things he wanted nature. Mr Dudleigh's energies were were a head and a heart! This cir- too much exhausted to admit of recumstance, added to the perpetual monstrance or resistance. The only harassment of domestic sorrows, bad evidence he gave of smarting under completely undermined her delicate the man's insolence, was, after enconstitution; and her brother's con- during an outrageous violation of his duct prostrated the few remaining domestic privacy-a cruel interfeenergies that were left her.
rence with the few conveniences of But Mrs Dudleigh has latterly slip- his dying daughter, and sick wife ped from our observation. I have when he suddenly touched the atIittle more to say about her. Aware torney's arm, and in a low broken that her own infamous conduct had
tone of voice, said, “Mr--, I am a conduced to her husband's ruin, she poor heart-broken man, and have no had resigned herself to the incessant one to avenge me, or you would not lashings of remorse, and was wast- dare to do this' - and he turned ing away daily. Her excesses had away in tears !--The house and furlong before sapped her constitution; niture in Square, with every and she was now little else than a other item of property that was avail. walking skeleton. She sate moping able, being disposed of, on windin her bedroom for hours together, ing up the affairs, it proved that the taking little or no notice of what creditors could obtain a dividend of happened about her, and manifesting about fifteen shillings in the pound, no interest in life. When, however, Șo convinced were they of the unshe heard of her son's fate—the only impeached-the unimpeachable inperson on earth she really loved tegrity of the poor bankrupt, that the intelligence smote her finally they not only spontaneously released down. She never recovered from him from all future claims, but enthe stroke. The only words she tered into a subscription amounting uttered, after hearing of his depart- to L.2000, which they put into his ure for America, were “ wretched hands, for the purpose of enabling woman! guilty mother! I have done him to recommence housekeeping, it all !” The serious illness of her on a small scale-and obtain some poor daughter affected her scarce at permanent means of livelihood. Un. all. She would sit at her bedside, der their advice-or rather direcand pay her every attention in her tion, for he was passive as
an inpower, but it was rather in the spirit fant–he removed to a small house in and manner of a hired nurse than a Chelsea, and commenced business mother.
as a coal-merchant, or agent for the To return, however, to the " chief sale of coals, in a small and poor way, mourner”—Mr Dudleigh. The attor- it may be supposed. His new house ney, whom he had sued for his vil- was very small, but neat, convenient, lainy in the mortgage transactions, and situated in a quiet and creditcontrived to get appointed solicitor able street. Yes, in a little oneto the commission of bankruptcy storied house, with about eight sued out against Mr Dudleigh; and square feet of garden-frontage, rehe enhanced the bitterness and agony sided the once wealthy and celeincident to the judicial proceedings brated Mr Dudleigh!
The very first morning after Mrs “ Like a white rose, glistening 'mid Dudleigh had been removed to her evening gloom." pew quarters, she was found dead in How did he bear it?" she whisher bed : for the fatigues of changing pered, with a profound sigh, as soon her residence, added to the remorse as I had taken my place beside her. and chagrin which had so long prey, I told her that he had gone through ed upon her mind, had extinguished the whole with more calmness and the last spark of ber vital energies. fortitude than could have been exWhen I saw her, which was not till pected. “Ah!—'Tis unnatural! He's the evening of the second day after grown strangely altered within these her decease, she was lying in her last few days, Doctor! He never coffin; and I shall not soon forget seems to feel any thing! His troubles the train of instructive reflections bave stunned his heart, I'm afraid ! elicited by the spectacle. Poor crea- -Don't you think he looks altered?” ture-her features looked indeed “ Yes, my love, he is thinner, cerbaggard and grief-worn !-Mr Dud- tainly~" leigh wept over her remains like a “ Ah-his hair is white !-He is child, and kissed the cold lips and old-he won't be long behind us !” hands, with the liveliest transports “ I hope that now he is freed from of regret. At length came the day the cares and distractions of busiof the funeral, as plain and unpretending an one as could be. At the Doctor, is the grave deep enough pressing solicitations of Mr Dud- for three ?” enquired the poor girl, leigh, I attended her remains to the abruptly,-as if she had not heard grave. It was an affecting thought, me speaking. “Our family has been' that the daughter was left dying in strangely desolated, Doctor-has not the house from wbich her mother it ?- My mother gone; the daughter was carried out to burial! Mr Dud. on her deathbed; the father wretchleigh went through the whole of the ed, and ruined; the son-flown from melancholy ceremony with a calm- his country-perhaps dead, or dyness-and even cheerfulness—which ing !-But it has all been our own surprised me. He did not betray any fault" emotion when leaving the ground; “ You have nothing to accuse yourexcept turning to look into the grave, self of, Miss Dudleigh,” said I. She and exclaiming rather faintly—"Welí shook her head, and burst into tears. -here we leave you, poor wife !” This was the melancholy vein of On our return home, about three our conversation, when Mr Dudleigh o'clock in the afternoon, he begged made his appearance, in his black to be left alone for a few minutes, gloves, and crape-covered hat, holdwith pen, ink, and paper, as he had ing two letters in his hand. some important letters to write-and Come, Doctor,” said he, rather requested me to wait for him, in briskly-"you've a long walk before Miss Dudleigh's room, where he you !--I'll accompany you part of would rejoin me, and accompany the way, as I have some letters to me part of my way up to town. I put into the post.” repaired, therefore, to Miss Dud- Oh, don't trouble yourself about leigh's chamber. She was sitting that, Mr Dudleigh !-r'll put them up, and dressed in mourning. The into the post, as I go by." marble paleness of her even then “No, no-thank you, thank you". beautiful features, was greatly en- he interrupted me, with rather an emhanced by contrast with the deep barrassed air, I thought—" I've seveblack drapery she wore. She re- ral other little matters to do-and minded me of the snowdrop she had we had better be starting." I rose, an hour or two before laid on the pall and took my leave of Miss Dudleigh. of her mother's coffin! Her beauty Her father put his arms round her was fast withering away under the neck, and kissed her very fondly. blighting influence of sorrow and dis- “Keep up, your spirits, Agnes!ease! She reclined in an easy-chair, and see and get into bed as soon as her head leaning on her small snowy possible--for you are quite exhaustband, the taper fingers of which were ed !" —He walked towards the door. half-concealed beneath her dark clus- “Oh,bless your little heart, my love!" tering, uncurled tresses
-said he, suddenly returning to her,