« PreviousContinue »
Behold now, patient and reflecting Bound hand and foot-so to speak reader-for in your eyes it is anxiously as Mr Aubrey felt himself, and en. desired that this history (however im- tirely at the mercy of Mr Titmouse perfectly given) may find favour and his solicitors, Messrs Quirk, Gamthe dreadful-the desperate reverse in mon, and Snap, what could he but Mr Aubrey's circumstances. He has submit to almost any terms on which suddenly fallen from a very command- they chose to insist?-It will be reing position in society: from that of a collected that Mr Gammon's propohigh-born English gentleman, possess. sal* was, that Mr Aubrey should ed of a fine unencumbered income, and forth with discharge, without scrutiny, all of luxury and splendour, and of their bill of L.3946, 14s. 6d. ; give opportunity for gratifying a disposi- sufficient security for the payment of tion of noble munificence, that it can the sum of L.10,000 to Mr Titmouse, secure-and whose qualifications and within twelve or eighteen months' prospects justified him in aspiring to time, and two promissory notes for the the highest senatorial distinction :- sum of L.5000 each, payable at some behold him, I say, with his beloved future period, as to which he had to and helpless family, sunk-lower than rely solely on the sincerity and for. into straitened circumstances - be- bearance of Mr Gammon, and the neath even poverty_into debt-and ratification of his acts by Mr Tit. that of a hopeless description !- mouse. This proposal was duly com. seeing that no one can be so secure, municated by the unfortunate Aubrey but that all this, or something of the to Messrs Runnington, who obtainlike kind, may one day or other hap ed a fortnight's time in which to delipen to him, 'tis hoped that it will be berate upon it; at the end of which found neither uninteresting nor unin. period, he was advised by them to acstructive to watch carefully and close. cept the proposed terms as unques. ly the present condition and conduct tionably fair, and, under circumstances, of the Aubreys.
much more lenient than could have