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as all officers were excluded from coming to their house. Mrs. Mortimer had a letter to inform her that a vacancy
had taken place in a royal public charity, and if she would offer herself, a candidate, probably she might succeed. She therefore immediately wrote to the first Lord of the Admiralty, the Secretary, a Commandant of royal marines, and several public characters, whose interest was pecessary to be obtained ; she gave these letters to an old man, who appeared to be
factotum to the family, and soon after he ', called Mrs. Cash out: when she returned
vengeance sat on her brow, which never had a very conciliating appearance. Mrs. Mortimer, as usual, retired with her
pupils, but a few minutes after she was told that Mr. Cash requested her company in the drawing-room. Sbe found him alone, and he thus addressed her: “ I am sorry to inform you, Madam, that you will not suit my place, therefore the sooner you go the better.”-Mrs. Mor
Mortimer was thunder-struck at this address, and entreated to know how she had offended; he said she had given ao offence to him, or any of his family, but from what he had heard and seen,
she could not stay with them; in short he thought her much too fine a lady to edu. cate his daughters.--He added, that a coach passed for London by his gate at nine o'clock at night. She was so confounded and mortified at this conversation, that it was sometime before she could collect her spirits ; when she returned to the school-room the children were all gone, and the servant told her that Mrs. Cash had taken them out of the house. She requested that a postchaise might be immediately sent for, as waiting in that situation till nine at night was totally impossible; she could pot submit to sit at table with persons who had treated her in such an unfeeling manner, and who had formed such an unfavourable opinion of her character. Io
a few hours she left New-built Hall, when the servant informed her that she was the third governess who had only stayed a few days in the house. In her drive to Colchester, Mrs. Mortimer reflected upon her past life, how unfortunate she had been in all her undertakings, and considered what she must now do to support her four infants.
“ To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Mrs. Mortimer called on her dear friends at Colchester. Mrs. Cash had just been to them, and mentioned the persops with whom Mrs. Mortimer corres. ponded, as something very dreadful. The latter passed some hours with these kind friends, and diverted them with an account of the iomates of New-built, or One Pound Hall. The history of Mr. Cash and his family was very concise ; the gentleman was a tradesman, dealing in several useful articles; he had engaged in a bank, and New-built, ór One Pound Hall got that name by his having built it from the circulation of notes of that amount. The family now moved in a different sphere of life to what they had ever expected ; and this would-be gentle man and lady only valued persons according to their riches ; consequently Mrs. Mortimer had no chance of standing high in their estimation.
On her return to London, she met with the kindest reception from the lady with whom she lodged. She did every thing in her power to make her comfortable, and once more Mrs. Mortimer devoted her time to needle-work; but as the amiable Princess Amelia was at that
time considered in a dangerous state, a total stop took place in all fancy and ornamental works, and comparatively speaking, she could get no employment The holidays now drew near. Dr. Johos had not been paid her sons school-bills, and to encroach further on his goodness was totally impossible. She therefore thought that she would try what she could obtain from the Baronet.
On her return from Essex, she had informed his uncle of the scandalous reports. circulated respecting her and Sir Timothy; and she knew that the Bishop of
had kindly applied to the Baronet's late tutor to write to him on the subject, as she was determined, if possible, to know from whence the report originated. She wrote to Mrs. Cash on the subject, but her husband denied the whole,alleging that they did not know for what reason Mrs. Mortimer had ran away from their house, which letter she enclosed to those