to have seen yourself that such beastliness did not exist.

I remain, Mada m,
Your obedient humble servant,


Mrs. Mortimer got an upholsterer to give up the 'plate and linen of Sir Timothy's houses to his housekeeper ; though in fact, had she wished to have acted as others did by him, she could have claimed them as her own, as he gave them to her. Sir Timothy had told her, in consideration of the civility which he had received from Colonel Mortimer, in having saved him property to a considerable amount, he had bad every thing in those houses marked with Mrs. Mortimer's name, and in presence of a gentleman, who inhabited one of the houses, and before the whole of his family, said he had nothing to do with those lodging-houses, as they belonged to Mrs. Mortimer. But she was incapa

ble of taking advantage of the Baronet; she wished to serve him, and if her circumstances had permitted, she would have done so without any remuneration for her trouble.

The next time she heard from the Baronet was as follows:


I shall thank you to tell me any, particulars relative to the widow woman in High-street; likewise what was the agreement with the man in Russel-street, when he quitted, &c. &c. and pray send the account of the suins received, with the amount, which it appears is barely enough to cover rent and taxes, and of the houses opposite; and likewise the various sums received from Mr. Chissel, that I may eompare them with his statement. I remain, Madam,

Your humble servant,


Mrs. Mortimer once more sent the ac

counts to Sir Timothy, expressing all the sums which she had ever received on his account, either as presents or otherwise, when the balance in her favour amounted to upwards of three hundred pounds, a's she had paid several bills for the Baronet, besides paying work-women, when furnishing his houses ; and for many articles wanted in fitting them up. This was the second time that Mrs. Mortimer had sent in the statement, which he demanded, and for which his servant had again called, behaving very insolently; upon which Mrs. Mortimer requested that in future the Baronet would not send any person to insult her. He an. swered her thus:

It is most strange that you

should repeat such impertinent stuff, as that I sent servants to insult you; the story to which you allude about diamonds you have never explained. I have asked you

several times for the account of the two houses opposite; you ought to be able to state in ten minutes who the lodgers were, what was the amount of money received, and where the money is placed.

Did you order any things in the place of those that were broken? I remain

Your humble servant,


P.S. You did not tell me whether the tenant in High-street is in circumstances to pay her rent: she called here to say that she was not able,

Mrs. Mortimer had twice sent in her accounts, and answered the other questions in this letter; therefore she was at a loss how to proceed, as she suspected that what she sent to Sir Timothy's house never reached him. The servants refused taking in any letter, treating Mrs. Mortimer's people with the greatest insolence, and upon receiving the following letter

from the Baronet, she was convinced that be did not get her accounts.


I beg you to send me the account of the sums you have received for the two houses, which I trust will at least exceed the rent. You stated that you came to Brighton by my desire, to superintend my concerns : how you could get such extravagant notions is strange, as you said in Town you were not returning to Hastjogs. I mentioned Brighton as a healthy spot, and where my residing might be a slight advantage above going to a strange place. Your having always expressed wishes to serve me, made me trouble you in trivial matters. Your mention of my sending my servant to abuse you is so indecent, that it is almost beneath me to notice it.

The saying my servants dirtied the houses is beyond any thing I shall thank you to tell me whether this bill has been

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