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and reached this place the following could have fancied it posseffed animatievening

on. This led io a train of ideas which A messenger bad been dispatched to kept me awake till day-lighi. I arose, announce our coming, and the good - looked through the windows on the old servant was rejoiced to see Mrs. ground, wept till I could see no longer, Merioneth of the party.

examined the furniture of the chamber, · Ah, madam! (cried the feward as and found it much the same as when I he affifted her in alighting) this is an lest, it, as near as I could recollect, honour I never expected to have again. and I thought it was like being reftored

My aunt tried to speak, but could to so many old friends. At length exnot articulate a word.

hausted nalure claimed fome refreshHow do you do Mr. Dawson ? ment.--I went again to bed, and fept faid I, as I followed her out of the car. some hours, --arole with renovated spisiage.

rits, and had the satisfaction to find all Mercy on me! (faid he, looking the family much better for their night's carpefly in my face, while the tears repose. trickled down bis aged cheek) can it The day was devoted to viewing the be?

Priory and grounds, in both of which Then, after a moment's pause, the present poffeffor is making great

Yes, it is my dear young lady her improvements. Lady Derweni's poin own self !--Aye, madam, it is many a liteness removed all restraine, and by day ago lince I carried you round these the clofe of the day, ! tebe quite at grounds. Oh how my dame will re- home, joice to see you !

The following morning Mrs. MeriI hurried in to conceal my emotions. oneib devoted to visiting ibe cottages - After a flight repaft, we retired to round the park, I accompanied her. our apartments. I attended my aunt On Jane, you would never have forgotto hers, where we found Mrs. Dawson ten the ruftic fimplicity of the scenes. waiting our arrival. She has been thir. Our arrival had been rumoured ; and 19 years housekeeper at the Priory, poso those whom fate had left were in full fefíes a good underftanding, and an expectation of a vilit from madam Meexcellent memory:

rioneth, whole bounty they had often Liftead of retiring to rest, we talked bleffed, and whose absence they could over past events, and wept till midnight. not fail to deplore. Mrs. Dawson prepared for us our The first cottage we entered was old lodging rooms, mine opening into Jenkinson's. The old man fat under a Mrs. Merioneth's. Beyond mine are tree at the door, holding an infant boy the apartments formerly occupied by on his knee, the image of ruddy my departed parents; and these termi. health. Time had struck the good old nate the south fide of the Priory. Will man with his fcythe ; he could not rise you believe me when I tell you that the without bis cruich, which he called for. gloom of the aparimeni, and the me Sit fill, (said my aunt) I delire you Lancholy fubjects we had been talking will not rile. of, fo oppreffed my spirits, that.when Twenty years ago, madam, (faid he) I retired to my own room I could noi I should have been on my legs in a fummon resolution fufficient to let Fan- minute ; but now I have the honour of ny leave me ?-I was really alhamed feeing two fuch ladies, I cannot rise to of my own weakness; but I laboured make my obeisance unless somebody under an impulse of timidity much comes to help me. esfier to be derided than refiftcd.-I There is no neceffity for your rifing could not fleep: The moon played (faid I); pray is this sweet boy your through the painted casement of the grandion? windous, and thone on a portrait of Yes, madam.--I beg pardon, (said my mother, which hung on the other he, looking carneatly in my face) fure fide of the 100m.--! gazed on it till I this must be my young lady!

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It is lady Laura (said my aunt); the not be worth lord Derwent's while to came on purpose io fec if the could open the inclosure of his park; for the recollect any of you good folks. little spot they fland upon will scarcely

Ah! madám, (laid the old man, pay for an additional fence. fighing deeply) there are but few of us I thould think not (was her reply). -lefi to recollect ;-iime and misfortune At this part of our discourse, a young have thinned your old pensioners; and woman approached from the house, what is worse, they say our courages bringing with her iwo chairs. She are to be pulled down, and the ground took with all a mother's fondness the thrown into the park; and then, God lovely intant from the old man's arms. knows what will become of us. A little girl ran afier' her, and eagerly

You must be mitinformed (said my climbed ihe vacant knee of her grandaunt); lord Derwent can never think father. of pulling down the cottages his father This, ladies, is my son's wife. built as the recompense of faithful fer The young woman courtelied, and vitude.

retired. Ab madam, (cried the old man) And where is your fon? lord Derwent is not fir William Meri Ah! madam,(thaking his head) we opeth.

do not know where he is perhaps in But fure, (faid I) his lordship will his grave. erect you oiber dwellings, if he wants Good God ! not know where he is ! the ground on which these ftand. No !-(mournfully fixing his eyes on

I am afraid not (was the old man's the little girl that fat on his knee) You reply); for five out of eight are alrea- must kņow, ladies, that laft Michael dy demolished, and the families fent mas fair, my son went to fell a few away; but they were young people, pigs, to help us out with the winter. and did not mind moving; bur for me, We were much alarmed at his fayiog the hour that takes me from this place out all night, but comforted ourselves (looking mournfully up to the tree with thinking the morning would bring under which he sat will be ibe laft of him home. We looked for him in my life. Here I have lived, man and vain. His poor wife was almoft mad. boy, almost fourscore years.

At lengih a man from the next village He pauled.-My aunt assured him came to tell us that he had seen him The would endeavour all in her power that morning, much in liquor, in com. to avert the calamity he so much feared. pany with a recruiting serjeant, with a

He was grateful for her kindness, but cockade in his hat. The poor girl did not seem to place much hope in her haftened to the town, which is seven influence. The old man's diftress miles off, and tried in vain to trace brought to my mind most forcibly, them. The only information the could Cowley's Old Man of Verona; and I gain was that they had set out for Loncould not refrain from exclaiming with don, with the ftage. She had neither

money to ride, nor Atrength to walk

after them, not having long lain in u A neighb'ring wood, born with with that buy. Almost broken-hearthimself, he fees,

ed, we returned home. We muft do And loves his old cotemporary trees.” (laid she) the best we can for the chil.

dren, for I cannot find their father. If I was a little disgufted at this trait his lordship will but permit the cottage in lord Derwent's character. What! to stand, I think I can get them bread. thought I, -pull down a few humble Mr. Dawson foriunately heard of the cottages for the paltry conlideration of affair, and came down to see us. He the ground they occupy, and thereby advised my daughter to take her chil. annul the benevolent intentions of his dren with her, and go up to the Priory, predeceffor!

and get permiflion to speak to the I should think (said I, addressing countels. He knew the courages were myself to Mrs. Merionsth), that it can all condemned, hur be thought, oving

the poet,

the poor

are

to our misfortune, this might be spar- many would it have made happy if ed. Lady Derwent admitted her, made this val estate could have been secured her a present, but told her she never to you. interfered with the earl's plans. I Though I have not much, (said I) then determined on seeing his lorcihip compared to what my uncle has, I will myself. He heard my story, and alk. never add to it by diftreffing the poor, ed how old my son was? I told him, or insulting ihe unfortunate. We made twenty five.

folks a {mall present, and deA very proper age (said he) to serve paried loaded with benedictions. his country ; the king wants soldiers I should have told you that a little --I hope you are a good subject. poultry, a few vegeiables, and what Yes,

my lord: but it is better the the young woman earns by spinning, king should want soldiers than the poor supports the family; they told us Dawwant bread.

son was very kind to them. You disaffected then!

Of the other cottages, one only was By no means, my lord, but I think inhabited, and contained an old wor peace is better than war.

man, who had been laundress to my And who gave you permiffion to grandfather : her daughter, a widow: think at all about it?-I suppose, old woman with a large family, lived with friend, you are for a levelling fyftem : her. Every thing about them announcyou would like to see the tree of liberty ed dili ress. planted in my park, and come into my How different (faid Mrs. Merioborse, and help yourself to what you neth) was once this spot, the comforpleafed.

table reward of honeit fervitude, and God forbid, my lord, that I should the seat of frugal plenty !-How do ever fee that day! I want nothing but you live, good people? my fon; bis labour would support his On potatoes and butter-milk, my family.

lady, and we work hard to get that Well, honeit man, (replied his lord. (laid a healthy-looking girl, who was fhip) your fon is not in my keeping; Ipinning); for my grandmother cannot and he is so honourably engaged in to do without bread and tea ; le is too neceffary an undertaking, thai, could old to live on potatoes, I recall him home by taking a pinch of Do you get no bread for yourselves? Inuff, I certainly should not do it. said I.

I did not expect your lordship to Yes, madam, we fometimes buy a çake the trouble of seeking for my son. little meal, and make bread : bui then I only came to beg your lordship to we, are forced to make it last a great Ipare our cottage ; for if we are depriv. while. of that, we must go to the parish. Well, (faid my aunt) we will endea

Well, I will conlider of ir; but I vour to think of some means of lessen, chink fuch people as you may think ing your distress. I will see you again yourselves well off that you have a pa- soon. She gave them a trifling present, sith to go to.

as a temporary relief. My aunt shrugged her boulders ; God bless you, my good lady! (criI looked, I believe, a little disdain- ed the poor old woman) I knew you fully. The good lady exclaimed, Lau. would come to see us. Mr. Dawson ra, do not judge too hastily of your un- told us you were come down; and our sle's conduA.

young lady too.-Ah! times are ftrangeOh, madam, my opinion of his prin- ly altered !-- Perhaps ladies, you will ciples can never alter. However, Jenk. be so good to beg for us that our poor infon, have a good heart ; for if he cottage may ftand. turns you out of this collage, I will Depend on it, we will do all we can buy you another.

to serve you; and if we cannot save God for ever bless you for such good. this habitation, we will get you anoReis, my honoured lady! Oh, how ther.

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We left. this scene, wondering at On Monday the carl arrived bere, what we had heard, and lamenting some days earlier than was expected ; what we had seen.

and he has really not brought pleasure · About a quarter of a mile farther, with him. Lady Julia and miss Rute we came to another groupe of tenements, land scarcely breathe in his presence. nearly in the same ftáre as the former. Lady Derwent herself appears under The old inhabitants who were left, vifible (reftraint ; and were it not for were anxiously looking for Mrs. Meri- the good humour and vivacity of his oneth's approach, and hailed ber appear- son, I think we should all with our. ance as a presage of returning prosperity. felves at home again. Mrs. Maynard

As length we returned to the Priory. geiterday declared herself overpowered - I thought, when my aunt related our with ennui, because lac had no beaus morning': ramble, lady Derwent ap- to talk her into fpirits. Lord Meriopeared alhamed and confused.

neth begged her to be patient for a few I hope (faid my anat) I shall have days, as be expectod a cargo worth her my Gler's influence exerted for the aliending to. safety of the cottages on the west side of Dear consolating creature, whom do the park, at leaf, for the sake of Jen. you expect i cried The. kinfon and Mary. Lady Derwent repli Lord Severn, fir John Bateman, and ed that she would chearfully fupport Charles Clifford, ca. any plan for ihe relief of their inhabi The names ftruck me. tants; but the believed the cottages Do you know them? mult come down.

Only lord Severn, the replied. Lord Merioneth offered ten pounds Do you, lady Laura ? towards a subscription for the relief of Not that I know of, lord Meriothe distress my aunt bad described. La. neth.. dy Derwent gave iwo guineas --Mrs. Well then take care of your hearts, Merionesh iwo guincas, -Mrs. May- ladies : for I am cold Severn and Clif. Dard, Mifs Rutland, Lady Julia, and ford are very handsome. myself, one guinca cach.

I know they are very agrecable, and Mrs. Merionesh was to dispose of muft be very good if they are your these contributions as the judged best. friends, said Mrs. Maynard, drily.

Tous ended the second day after our They are as good as young fellows arrival.

usually run now-a-days; but not so On the third day my aunt ordered good but they may be improved by the her carriage, and drove to the nearest blooming graces of a captivating wimarket-cown, where the purchased dow. such neceffaries as the deemed would Go! (faid she) I have absolutely a be most acceptable to her poor old great mind to go and tease lord Der friends; and, on her return, we went went, by telling him you are making to work and made linen for the poor love to me. families ;

; my Fanny was fent to iake How could that teate lord Derwent ? meafure of them for their gowns, which said I. were made of green stuff ; and the fol. Good God! (cried the) Laura, do lowing Sunday we had the pleasure of you not know that Merioneth must not seeing these poor families, decently are make love to any woman with less than saged, attend divine service in the cha. fifiy thousand pounds. pel of the Priory. My aunt was too Ellen looked agitated, and Meriohappy to be reasonable ; and, at her neth mortified. Lord Derwent aprequest, lady Derwent ordered them all proached, and the conversation ended; some refreshment before they went and here I will end this long, and, Í home. Lord Merioneth was quite de. fcar, ricefome letter. lighted : and as for me, I was almost

Yours, &c. inclined to wish his father under ground,

LAURA MIRIONITH. that he might possess the means as well as the defire of doing good.

(To be continued.). Hib. Mag. April, 1796.

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