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dent over the brave tars as a tribute of admiration to their courage. We are not poets-the reader must therefore content himself with learning.that, roused by the uproar, old Neptune raised his hoary head from the briny deep, only to smile at the frolics of his favourite sons.

CHAPTER XXIV.

A ROWLAND FOR AN OLIVER.

Come ; we bave no friend
But resolution.

SHAKSPEARE.

ALTHOUGH the commodore had now been some time at that place pointed out by his medical man as fittest for the recovery of bis health, it very perceptibly began to decline. So much so, that the old gentleman biinself formed the project for returning home immediately with his family, and placing himself under the care of his friend Senna, who now, as a medical man, had risen as much in his estimation, as he had fallen in the good opinion of his sisterin-law ; in consequence of the insult offered to her pride, by that elaborately penned, but ill-judged, and ludicrous letter, containing his singular proposal of marriage.

The honest simplicity of the commodore rendered it quite impossible, that amid all the plotting and cajolery practised on him by his friend and his sister-in-law, he should perceive any cause for suspicion ; and he therefore, naturally enough, argued with bimself, that the man who had the sagacity to prophesy approaching illness, from symptoms which he himself had cherished as indications of health, must be best able to deal with the subtleness of a disease, foreseen only by himself. The dislike, if not absolute horror, felt by the old gentleman, of again attracting the impertinent eyes of the Cheltenham public, after the discouraging reception he and his factotum had experienced in their outré debút, in the well-walk,' by confining him to the house, aggravated those symptoms, which were originally the consequence of his ill-advised journey at this bleak season of the year. Added to which, although he had the waters daily brought to him, he committed a capital error in consulting his palate rather than his constitution ; and preferring, because it had no disagreeable taste or flavour, the chalybeate to the saline. As the former was poison to a man labouring under affections like his, it is not to be wondered at that he hourly became worse and worse ; and also conscious that he had little to expect from any prolonged stay at this place. His increasing infirmities afforded his sister-in-law opportunities innumerable for carrying her ambitious projects into execution. Under one pretext or other the mornings were spent in rambling about town on foot ; visiting, frequenting the auction-room ; or exploring, in Major Hervey's carriage, the beauty of the country round about Cheltenham. The major himself was sure to be one of the party in all these excursions, and by his assiduities, succeeded but too well in rendering them unmindful of the poor inyalid ; who now began to feel himself comparatively neglected, and treated, by common consent, as though unfit to enjoy any society. After having remonstrated in vain with Mrs. Crank, on the subject of his being left for hours together to the care of menials, he at length determined to disclose his mind to his worthy cockswain, or, as he termed it, - call a council of war;" the primary object of which was to preserve peace. In the course of their deliberation, Tiller reraarked, " That though the coast was clear, for himself and his master to cut and run, whenever they chose, yet he didn't think 't would be an easy matter to get the women under weigh. Indeed," added Thomas, " I think both the ladies are making tolerable head-way with their men-though, I must say “I think the misses is stronger on the gospel-shop-chap, than Miss Emily's on the soger.

The captain, although mortified by an intimation of a danger he never before apprehended, and which seemed to portend little short of open mutiny, had some reason to think Tiller's guspicion was not destitute of foundation, He was, however, determined, shattered as he was, to support the dignity of his cloth at all hazards; and when the ladies returned to dinner, wbich, in this instance, they did alone, he embraced the earliest opportunity to sound their sentiments. The first allusion that was made to his state of health by Emily, was sufficient for his purpose,

Why, child,” said he, so far from getting any better, I only get worse every-day--and if that isn't a warning to be off, I don't know what is !”

- Off!” said Emily, with surprise.
" Of!" repeated Mrs. Crank, in a higher key.

“ Yes, off," re-echoed the deep bass of the veteran ; " and the sooner the better--for if we stay any longer, I shall have no strength left to bear the fatigue of travelling.”

" That, certainly," replied his niece, “would be very unfortunate. But, cannot you, my dear uncle, place yourself under some eminent physician bere? Besides, you've hardly given the waters a fair trial.”

Trial !- what! d’ye want to drench me to death? It's no use talking of trials, my dear—the last of all is not very far off.”

6 Don't speak so, uncle,” said his favourite, “ it makes me quite melancholy."

- Well, well, I 'll not say a word more-1 wou'dn't fret so good a girl for the world; but I know I never was so bad in my life-I see I've nothing else for 't but to return home-Senna shall have another chance to clap me again on my pins. So, sister,” continued he, addressing Mrs. Crank, “ you must make arrangements so as to enable us to start the day after to morrow."

- That would be altogether impossible--nor can I see the least necessity for any such haste as respects yourself --but if you are resolved on it, I hope you will not expect us to relinquish-Cheltenham, the moment it begins to be agreeable, and we have formed some desirable acquaintances ?"

Why, as we started together, I think we ought all to return together," said the old invalid, evidently piqued at this indifference; " besides,-a brace of singlewomen might have found themselves all the safer under convoy."

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“ Thanks to Providence, it would appear as if it were so disposed that we should not want a protector : for it so happens that our worthy exemplary friend, Doctor Styles, will, about the period when we could leave this conveniently, be called into our part of the country on a missionary meeting--he is a zealous servant of bis Mastera man of great unction in preaching—and I trust that my dear child will not lose that opportunity of increasing her intimacy with so pious_-"

- Stand fast there, Katharine! I hope the girl's more sense than to become intimate with any such fellow. What can she want with a journeyman carpenter ?”

66 A what?said Emily quickly : “ you are not se ous, uncle ?"

“ Never more so, my love !--and now, sister, on for all, I will say it's a disgrace, that a woman of your reading and all that, should listen to such a scamp in a pulpit --what can he know about divinity ?-about as much as you do of turning-in a dead-eye.”

“ I feel,” said his sister, kindling with zeal for the doctor's character, “I feel shame on your account, Sir." “Say on your own," interrupted the captain.

No, Sir, I have nothing to reproach myself with in this instance-I would fain preserve my daughter's principles, which it seems to be the object of your sinful mockery of religion to overturn, and render her as great an unbeliever as yourself."

" There you are again : when you 're in the wrong box, you always try to throw the blame on me. Now I'm as stout a believer as you, though no chopper of wood chap shall chalk-out a creed for me I'd as soon trust a marine at the weather-wheel, or a stage-coachman with a collier up Swinn. No, no, give me a regular branch pilot from the Trinity-house, and why not?

Were ever these chaps brought up to the service ??? “ You really are," said this pattern of piety, reddening to be under the same roof with one, who makes as the Proverbs say, a mockery of sin.""

a perfect heathen, Mister Crank, to revile in this blasphemous manner, a person of Doctor Style's extraordinary gifts and unction in preaching, as well as sanctity of life ; attested as they are, by the daily increasing congregation which flocks around him to feed on the manna of the word. I begin to think it really dangerous

with rage,

“ It shan't be for long then, I can tell you; For tomorrow,” said the veteran, resolutely, “I'll top my boom.”

“ Don't, dear uncle--don't be angry-do stop a few days longer, and we'll return home together,” said Emily, entreatingly.

“ No, dear, I'll not stop it would be the death of me," said Crank. " As for you,” continued he, impressively, "I don't blame you, or if I do, I forgive you ; because you're young, and led astray by your mother--but since

He been here, I've seen nothing but courting, and meN nothing but canting-and ill and crippled as I am, have dardly been treated by you like a Christian."

"I most devoutedly wish you were one,” ejaculated the matron, with admirable composure-—" Our great Teacher assures us, all things are possible with Him, otherwise I should despair of you ; and pronounce your conversion as improbable, as that a camel should go through the eye of a needle.”

• Ball-off that yarn!” said the person whose probable future doom was the subject of this charitable descanto it's quite long enough!--I've done, and am determined !-Do as you like-night brings home all stragglers -and when you've had your fing, you 'll of course bear up for Camperdown."

" But you 'll send us the carriage back, won't you, uncle ?” said his piece.

Perhaps, my dear,” said her mother, rather more unguardedly than was her wont—" circumstances may render it unnecessary to give your uncle that trouble.::

Hang the trouble !” said the old gentleman, whose resentment had not sufficiently subsided, to permit him to see the evident import of the expression which had escaped her lips; " I intend,” continued he,“ to do more, and leave you the carriage altogether.' Thomas must be my nurse, and he and I will post it to-morrow forenoon."

The conversation, which had hitherto been too animated to last long, ceased ; and the meal was concluded in that

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