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partly to the want of water, and to confinement | me with unnecessary apologies, and we sat down in the ship. When we reached the coast of to supper. The little angel who welcomed us at Africa, we were landed, and experienced every | the door, now seating herself opposite to me, possible cruelly from our officers. At length, ll offered me an opportunity of contemplating one however, a man of war arrived, who had lost of the finest faces I had ever beheld. My worthy several inariners in a late action; and I, with some host, observing how much I was struck with her others, was sent on board to serve in that station. appearance, directed my attention to a picture Soon after we put to sea we fell in with a French which hung over the mantle. It was a striking man of war. In the action I lost my leg, and likeness of my litile neighbour, only on a larger was near being thrown overboard; but the hu. | scale. “That, Sir," said he, “is Harriel's momarity of the chaplain preserved my life, and on ther; do you not think there is a vast resemmy return to England procured my discharge. I blance?" To this I assented; when the old man applied for the Chelsea bounty; but it was re- || put up a prayer to Heaver, that she might refused me because I lost my limb when acting as semble her mother in every thing but her uphappy a marine; and as I was not a regular marine, I fate. He then started another topic of conver. was not entitled to any protection from the Ad sation, without gratifying the curiosity he had miralty; therefore I am reduced to live on the excited concerning the face of Harriet's mother; good will of those who pity my misfortunes. To for whom I already felt myself much interested. be sure, mine is a hard lot; but the king does Supper being removed, after chatting some not know it, or (God bless his Majesty!) he is time, my worthy host conducted me to my belo too good to let those starve who have fought his chamber, which was on the ground foor, and battles.”
I lined with jasmine, that was conducted in at the The village clock now striking eight, the || windows. After wishing me good nigbt, he reworthy Vicar rose, and, slipping something into | Lired, leaving me to rest. The beauty of the the old man's hand, desired me to follow him. scenery, however, and my usual propensity to At our departure, the villagers promised to take walk by moon-light, induced me to leave my cire of the old man. We returned the farewell | fragrant cell. When I sallied forth, the moga civilities of the rustics, and directed our steps to was darting her temperated rays : hrough the shade the vicaraze. It was small, with a thatched roof; ll that surrounded the cottage, tipping the tops pf the front was entirely covered with woodbine and the venerable oaks with silver. After taking a honeysuckle, which strongly scented the circum turn or two on the lawn, I wandered to the spot, ambient air. A grove of ancient oaks, that sur. | | “where the rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep." rounded the linuse, cast a solemn shade over, | It was small, and for the inost part surrounded and preserved the verdure of the adjacent lawn, with yew-trees of an antient date, beneath whose through the midst of which ran a small brook solemn shade many generations had mouldered that gently murmured as it flowed. This, to into dust. No sooner did I enter than my attention gether with the bleacing of the sheep, the low was caught by a pillar of white marble, placed ing of the herds, the village murmurs, and the on the summit of a small eminence, the base of distant barkings of the trusty curs, who were now which was surrounded with honeysuckles and entering on their office as guardians of the bam. wondbines, whilst a large willow overshadowed let, formed a concert, at least equal to that in The pillar. As I was with attention perusing the Tottenham-court-road. On entering the wicket lepitaph, I was not a little alarmed by the approach we were met by a little girl of six years old. Her ll of a figure cloathed in a long robe. The appa. dress was sinple, but elegant; and her appear. rition continued advancing towards -me with a ance such as spoke her destined for a higher | slow step, and its eyes fixed on the ground, which sphere. As soon as she had informed her grand prevented it observing me till we were within father that supper was ready, she dropped a reach of each other. Great was my wonder al courtesy and retired. I delayed not a moment recognizing my worthy host in this situation ; to congratulate the good old man on possessing nor was his astonishment less at finding bis guest so great a treasure. He replied but with a sigh; thus courting the appearance of goblins and fairies. and we entered the house, where every thing After each had expressed the surprize he felt, was distinguished by an air of elegant simplicity proceeded to encaire whose dust was there elthat surprised me. On our entrance, he intro shrined. He replied, “ There, Sir, sleeps Harduced me to his wife; a woman turned of forty, riet's mother, an innocent, but unfortunate who still possessed great remains of beauty, and woman. Pardon me, Sir," said he, "if for a had much the appearance of a woman of fashion. moment I indulge my sorrow, and bedew my She received me with easy politeness, and re. Harriet's grave with tears, tribute that I often gretted that she had it not in her power to en pay her much-loved memory, when the rest of tertain me beltur. I requested her not to distress the world are lost in sleep." Here he pauses, and seemed nuch agitated. Al length he re- ! My income was too confined to admit of my quested my permission to defer the recital of afferding her a separate establishment. Thus Harriet's woes till the next day, as he found circumstanced, I determined to offer her my himself unequal to the task of proceeding in the hand. You will no doubt say it was rather an painful detail. To this proposal I readily acceded, imprudent step for a man who had seen his fore and we returned home. I retired to my room, tieth year lo conncci himself with youth and but every attempt to procure sleep proved inef beauty; but as my brother was then living, it fectaal. Harriet had so wholly occupied my was impossible for me to render her the least though:s, that no moment of the night was suf-|| assistance on any other plan. She received my fered to pass unnoticed. At length, " when || proposal with grateful surprise, and accepted it soared the warbling lark on high," I left my couch, without hesitation. In a few days we were mare and rejoined my worthy landlord, who was busily ried, and have now lived together six and twenty employed in the arrangement of his garden. Il years in a stare, the felicity of which has never Though I declined mentioning the subject of our been interrupted by those discordant jars which last night's adventure, yet he saw the marks of are so frequently the concomitants of matimony; anxious expectation in my countenance, and pro though, alas! dur peace has received a mortal cceded to gratify the curiosity he had inspired. wound from one, the bare niention of whose
"It will be necessary,” said he, “ before I name fills me with horror! But not to digress. proceed to relate the woes that befel my daughier, li Before the return of that day which saw me to give a short sketch of my own life. Twenty. blessed with the hand of Emily, iny happiness six years ago, Mrs. - came hither for the received an important addition, by the birth of a benefit of her health, the air being recommended daughter, who inherited all her mother's charms, as highly salubrious. On her arrival she gave It is superfluous to add, that she was equally the out that she was the daughter of a clergy man idol of both her parents; and as she was the only who was lately dend, and had left her in narrow fruit of our marriage, she became every day a circumstances. I thought it my duty to visit her, greater favourite. My wife had received such and offer her any little attention in my power. an education as rendered her fully capable of She received me with politeness, and expressed à accomplishing her daughter in a manner far suwish to cultivate my acquaintance. I continued perior to any thing her situation required, or per. to repeat my visits for some time without suspect. | haps could justify. To this agreeable employing that there was any thing particular in her ment, however, she devoted her whole time; history, till one morning I found her in tears and when Harriet had reached her eighteenth reading a letter she hail just received. On my year, she was iu every respect a highly accom. entrance she gave it to me: it contained a no- iplished woman. She was become what that tification from Lord B- 's agent, that her usual picture represents her. With an amiable temper remittances would no longer be continued. On and gentle manners, she was the idol of the vil. opening this letter, I was led to suppose that her lage. Hitherto she had experienced a state of connection with Lord B- was not of the most felicity unknown in the more exalted stations of honourable nature. But all my suspicion va- il life-unconscious, alas! of the ills that awaited nished on her producing several letters from Lord her future years. B- to her mother, with whom he had been "It is with reluctance I proceed in the melan long connected. From these letters I learnt that | choly narrative. One evening, as a young man, Mrs. was the daughter of Lord B- by attended by a servant, was passing through the Miss M- , sister to a Scotch baronet, whom
village, his horse startled and threw him. Haphe had seduced and supported during the re
pening to be on the spot at the time, I offered mainder of her life; but he had, it seems, deter.
every assistance in my power, and conveying him minert to withdraw his protection from the fruit to my cottage, dispatched his servant in quest of of their connection. Mrs. declared she
a surgeon, who declared our patient was not in knew not what step to take, as her finances were any darger, but recommended it to him to delay nearly exhausted. I endeavoured to comfort her, his departure for a day or two. His health, howassuring her that she should command every ever, or rather his love, did not admit of his tra. assistance in my power. On hearing this she velling for near a fortnight; during which time seemed a little satisfied, and became inore com. he established his interest with Harriet by the posed. After sitting with her some time I re most pleasing and unremitting attention to her turned home, to consider in what manner I might slightest wishes - When about to depart he remost easily afford protection to the young orphan, I quested leave to repeat his visit on his return from whose whole dependence was on iny support. If I his intended tour, dropping at the same time I took her home to live with me, as I was un. l some distani hints of his affection for Harriet, in married, it would give offence to my parishioners. wliom he was by no means indifferent,
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"Mr. H (for so our guest was named) in s be forced into measures that might in the end formed us, previous to his departure, that he had prove destructive of his future prospect, and ina small independent fortune; but that from a duce him to regret the day he ever saw her. distant relation he had considerable expectation. These arguinents prevailed, and Mr. IlAfter bidding an affectionate adieu to Harriel, he suffered to continue as a member of the family set out on his intended tour, which lasted for a without any farther notice being taken of the submonth.
lject. In this manner had three years elapsed “ During the time of Mr. H 's absence, lundistinguished by any remarkable event, Mr. Harriet appeared pensive, and I observed with H- generally passing half the year with us, pain that he had made no slighe impression on and the remainder in London, attending, as he her heart. At length Mr.
H r eturned, and said, on his cousin; when one day, as he was Harriet's reception of him lefi us no room to | sitting with us at dinner, a chaise and four drove doubt her attachment. During his second visit up to the house. The servants enquired for Mr. he was very assiduous to secure the favour of all || H- , and on hearing he was there, opened the the family: with Harriet he easily succeeded; || carriage door. A gentleman, dressed like an of. nor were Mrs.
T o r niyself disposed to dis. ficer, jumped out, followed by a lady in a travellike him. His manners were elegant, and his wit | ling dress; they rushed immediately into the lively. At length he ob'ained from Harriet the room. Their appearance amazed us; but Mr. promise of her hand, provided her parents should
betrayed visible marks of consternation. nut object. Hitherto I had never been induced | The lady appeared to be about thirty. She was to make any enquiries concerning his circum. | a woman by no means destitute of personal stances and character. Now, however, by his charms. The moment slie enter d the room she own direction, I applied to a Mr. E-ons, a seized upon Harriet, and, loading her with every clergyınan of his acquaintance. This gentleman, horrible epithet, proceeded to indulge her pas. now in an exalled station in the church, then sion by striking her innocent rival. On seeing chaplain to Lord C- , informed me tha: Mr. this, an old servant of mine seized the lady, and w as in every respect a desirable march for
forcibly turned her out of the house, then fastened my daughter; and that whenever his cousin the door. It was not till now that we perceived should die, he would be enabled to maintain her the absence of Mr. H- who had, it seems, in affluence and splendour: he added that his retired with the lady's conipanion. Whilst we character was unexceptionable. Little suspect were still lost in amazement at the transaction ing the villainous part Mr.
E ns was acting, I we had just witnessed, we were alarmed to the I readily assentcd to the proposed union, and perhighest pitch by the report of a pistol. Harriet formed the ceremony myself. Mr.
H r e. Il instantly fainted. While Mrs. T-- was requested that their marriage might be kept a secret covering her, I few to the spot from whence the till the birth of a son and heir. This proposal sound proceeded, and there found Mr. Hrather alarmed me, but it was too late to retreat; weltering in his blood, with a pistol lying by him, and knowing no one in the great world, it was I approached, and found him still sensible. He impossible for me, previous to the marriage, to informed me, that the lady's brother and he had procure any account of Mr. H but such as || fought, and that seeing him fall, they had both his friend communicated to me. Thus circum. ll escaped as fast as possible. I instantly procured stanced, I could only consent; and as Harriet || assistance, and conveyed him to the house, where readily adopted every proposal that came from he was put to bed, and a surgeon was sent for. In one she so tenderly loved, the matter was finally the mean time Harriet had several fils, and we agreed on. After staying a few days, he set off for were very apprehensive that the hour of her fate London, hut soon returned, and passed the whole was approaching. On the arrival of the surgeon, winter with us; and in the spring Harriet wes he declared the wound Mr. H- had received delivered of that liule girl you so much admire. would probably prove mortal, and recommended I now pressed him to acknowledge my laughier the arrangement of his affairs. Mr. as his wife. To this he answered, that had sheceived the news with great agony, and desired brought him a son, he would readily have come that I might be left alone wih hin. No sooner plied with my request; but that his cousin was was this request granted, than he addressed me so great an oddity, that he could not bear ihe in the following terms. In me, Sir, behold the idca (to use his own expression)“ of having his most unfortunate, and, alas! the most guilty o fortune lavished in a milliner's shop." But,' men. The lady whose il timed visit has lost me added he, if you insist upon it, I will now risk my life, is-pI tremble to pronounce the w tite loss of ail his furtune, and introduce my Har.
-my wife.' Seeing me pale with horror, he riet to his presence.' Harriet, however, again, proceeded. No wonder, Sir, that you show, interfered, and desired that Mr. H<- might not behold with horror one who has repaid unbou
hospitality, by unequalled villainy. The bare re- || ing grief. She seldom or never spoke, but would, membrance of my own guilt distracts ine. The cry for hours together over her hapless infant, awful hour is now fast approaching, when I must then call on the shadow of her departed Henry, receive my final doom from that heaven whose little suspecting the irreparable injury he had lavs I have so daringly violated. To redress the done her. It was with in hnite anxiety I beheld injuries I have committed, is, alas! impossible. the decline of Harriet's health. Prone as we ever My death will be an atonement by no means suf. | are to hope what we ardently desire, I now deficient. I cannot, however, leave this world till spaired of her recovery. Whilst in a state of you shall be informed that ten thousand pounds, i hopeless inactivity, I was doomed to witness the the whole of my property that is at my disposal, lingering death of any lamented Harriet, I rehas long ago been transferred by me into the hands ceived a visit from an old friend. On his arrival of tcastees for the benefit of my much injured | 1 allotted him the apartment formerly inhabited Harriet, and her uphappy infant. In my own | by Mr.
H and Harriet. About midnight he defence I have nothing to urge. Suffer me only was awakened by some one entering the apart. to remark, that my misfortune arose from the ment. On removing the curtain he discovered, ayarice of my father, who forced me into a mar- | by the light of the moon, my adored Harriet in a riage with the woman you lately saw, and whose || white dress. Her eyes were open, but had a va. brother has been the instrument in the hand of cant look that plainly proved she was not awake. Providence to inflict on me the doom I so much She advanced with a slow step; then seating hermerited. If possible, conceal from Harriet that I 11 self at the foot of the bed, remained there an was married. Picture, for her sake, an innocent || hour, weeping bitterly the whole time, but with. deception, and tell her that I was only engaged out uttering a word. My friend, fearful of the to that lady. This will contribute to promote consequences, forbore to awake her, and she reher repose, and the deception may possibly plead tired with the same deliberate step she had enthe merit of prolonging a life so dear to you; for tered. This intelligence alarmed me excessively. the elevated mind of my Harriet would never ll On the next night she was watched, and the survive the fatal discovery of my villainy. But | same scene was repeated, with this difference, oh! when my unhappy child shall ask the fate that, after quitting the fatal apartment, she wen of him who gave her being, in pity draw a veil | to the room where her daughter usually slept; nyer that guilt which can scarcely hope to obtain and laying herself down on the bed, wept over the pardon of heaven.'-There he ceased, and the child for some time, then returned to her uttering a short prayer, expired.
apartment. The next morning we waited with “ Happily for Harriet, she continued in a state anxiety for her appearance at breakfast; but, of insensibility for three days, during which time alas !"_ Here a flood of tears afforded to my I had the body removed to a neighbouring house, friend that relief which he so much needed ; and there to wait for interment. Having addressed a we returned to the house. lewer to Mr. H- 's agent in town, he sent After passing some days with this worthy orders for the body to be removed to the family couple, I proceeded on my tour, quitting with burying place, where it was accordingly interred. reluctance the abode of sorrow and resignation. Harriet recovered by slow degrees from the state Those whom the perusal of this lale may interest, of happy iosensibility into which the death of will, if ever they visit the banks of the Alna, find Mr.
H h ad plunged her. Her grief became that the author has copied his characters from silent and settled. Groans and exclamations now nature. gave way to sighs and the bitter tears of despond
Hasty interment is still a prevalent custom in , As he considered himself her heir, the wicked Kussia; and even premature burials are said to thought arose in his breast, to make himself be not quite unknown. A short time previous to master of her fortune. With this view he found my departure, the following horrid circumstance means to give the unfortunate lady a sleeping was related at St. Petersburgh :
draught. She was now considered as dead, and, A young nobleinan, who had squandered away with every appearance of the deepest sorrow her his fortune, found his sister, to whom he ap- || interment was resolved upon. The corpse was plied for assistance, not the least inclined to already placed before the Itar, when one of her sacrifice her patrimony to his taste for dissipation, " friends bappening to pass the place, was informed
of her sudden death. She hurried to the church, | friend already covered with sacred earth. The where the priest was already pronouncing the interment bad taken place the day before ; and blessing over the corpse; and, in order to im- | the inhuman brother had already obtained pos. press the last farewell kiss on the lips of her late session of her property, while priests and witnesses dearly beloved friend, she hastened to the coffin attested that the unfortunate person was actually She seized her hand, and found it rather fiaccid, dead. Among the Russians it is reckoned to be but not stiff; she touched her cheek, and a heinous sin to dig up a corpse; and thus the. imagined she still felt some natural warınth in it. desire of the generous friend for a long time ex: She insisted on stopping the ceremony, and perienced the most violent opposition to con trying whether her friend might not be recalled vince herself of the truth by ocular demonstrato life. But all was in vain; neither the brother tion; till at last the Commission of Inquiry con nor the priest would listen to her solicitations: | ceived some suspicion, and insisted on opening On the contrary, they ridiculed her as a person the grave; when the poor unfortunate lady was out of her mind. Unfortunately, she no where discovered to be suffocated, with her face lacefound assistance. She immediately, in her rated, and the impression of her nails in the coffinanxiety, threw herself into her carriage, and lid.The brother and the priest were immehastened to the neightouring seat of govern- diately taken into custody, and confessed their nient. Here she found a hearing: proper per- crime. The punishment they underwent I have sons accompanied her to investigare the affair ; ( not heard of. and she drove back with speed, but found her
SOPHRONIMOS; A GRECIAN TALE.
• SOPHRONINO3 was born as Thebes : his fa- !! Unhappily about this period Praxiteles died, ther, of an ancient family of Corinin, had left the | leaving by his will a tolerably large sum to his place of his nativity to establish himself in the || favourite pupil. Sophronimos was inconsolable capital of Bæotia. While his only son was yet al at his loss; he took a dislike to Thebes, quitted child he died, and his wife, not long surviving | his country, and employed his benefactor's legacy him, Sophronimos at the early age of twelve was in travelling through Greece. left a portionless orphan.
| As wherever he went he bore with him that Of the many things of which he stood in need, | desire of instruction, and admiration of the sula he had only regretted his parents; the poor child lime and beautiful, which had inflamed his would daily 'weep at their tomb, and afterwards re mind even in childhood, he daily gathered imo turn to the dwelling of a priest of Minerva, whose provement, and each masterpiece he beheld added charity prevented him from starving.
something to his s:ore of knowledge. The wish of One day, when walking through the city, the pleasing gave a polish to his mind and manners ; unhappy Sophronimos had lost his way, he his modesty increasing with his acquirements, entered a work-sliop belonging to the celebrated and always reflecting on what he wasdeficient in. Praxiteles, Charmed at the sight of so many | Sophronimos at twenty was the most skilful as beautiful statues, he gazed, he admired, and well as the most amiable of men, seized with an involuntary transport, address. Having resolved to settle in a large city, he ed Praxiteles with that innocent confidence chose Miletus, a Grecian colony on the coast of which only belongs to infancy.
lonia, purchased a sin all house, as also sonse “ Father," said he, “ give me a chissel, and blocks of marble, and prepared to make statues teach me to become a great man like yourself!" || for his subsistence The sculptor looked at the lovely child, and was | Renown, which is oftentimes so tardy an atastonished at the animation which shone in his tendant upon merit, was not so towards Sophroeyes; he embraced him tenderly.-"Yes, I will nimos. His works were held in great estimation, be your master," replied he, “ stay with me, and and soon his talenis were the general theme of I trust that in time you will surpass me."
conversation. The youthful Theban, without The youthful Sophronimos, his heart illed | permiting himself to be intoxicated with the with gratitude and joy, had no desire of leaving praise so profusely bestowed upon him, only Praxiteles, but soon felt the gerni of talent which redoubled his efforts 10 remain worthy of it. nature had implanied in his soul rapidly ex. | Alone, in his dwelling, he dedicated the whole panding; and at eighteen the master would not of the day to labour, and in the evening, as a rehave blushed to own the works of his pupil. I laxation, amused bimself in reading Homer i