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deck of the Ramillies in that horrid van of the enemy engaged this little night when the faral storm first lighted phalanx as they came forward, and in upon her, and this complaint he could succession bore away before the wind; not remove for upwards of fix months. by which means that gallant officer Sir He had brought off with himself no Alan Gardner was saved from being more than some few of his private pa. taken. On the two following days, pers, the rest of his effects having pare during the fog, the bulk of the fleet taken of the same fate with his thip; having been separated from lord Howe, bue he seemed most concerned that he Mr. Graves kept them well together could do no more for that worthy man until they could rejoin the earl. And captain Forster. He had recommended on the first of June, when he perceived him in the strongest and warmest terms by the line of battle delivered out, that to the board for some peculiar favour or his own ship the Royal Sovereign, stood bounty, for having been so inftrumental opposed to a ship of 74 guns, and that in saving the complement of a. 74 gun our Marlborough of 74 guns, was opthip, but the lords contented themselves posed to Le Terrible of 110 guns, he by with merely paying the respective mer. fignal made the Marlborough change chant ships at so much per head for the places with the Sovereign before the men of the Ramillies they had actually action began, and put himself against victualled upon the occasion.
the first-rate of the enemy. In bearing After the peace, which now took down to her, he made his men lie on the place, Mr. Graves had no other employ deck until his ship brought up, and then ihan occafionally commanding at the engaged very closely. The fuperiority of port of Plymouch upon the outfit of his fire was apparent after the second men of war, in confequence of two or broadside, and he foon reduced Le Tere three alarms of hoftilities, and of seule- rible to a mere wreck, with nothing ing the ceremonial to be observed upon more than her, fore maft ftanding, so bis Majesty's coming to Plymouth, that the muft foon have been forced to which laft, however, another admiral ftrike, had not the French commander had the luck to carry into execution. in chief in Le Montagne come up, who But, soon after the commence- engaged the Royal Sovereigo for half ment of the present war, he was an hour, and then bore away with the appointed to
to be fecond in com- crippled French fhips, and protected mand of the channel squadron under their retreat. For a little time, indeed, earl Howe.
the Sovereign was obliged to fire her In the summer of 1794, when acting guns on both sides, which is what rarely in this capacity, he commanded the van happens in any engagement; and in in the general and memorable engage. ibis fight it fell also to the lot of the ment between the French and English Sovereign, and of her alone, to engage. fleets. His conduct throughout that two first rates of the enemy, commandaction was conspicuous, and afforded a ed by their first and second admirals. noble example of skill and discipline, None of her wounded, who were able as well as of the most consummate intre- to come to their quarters, were includpidity. He seemed to be truly anxious ed in the return of wounded made to to do the utmost that could be done, the commander in chiet. It must also and to act as if he thought no praise be mentioned, that in token of approcould be deferved; if any thing possible bation of the gallantry of Mr. Graves's was left undone. The 29th of May, conduct on this day, several of our upon observing that the Queen of go ships took an opportunity, after the guns lay totally disabled, and that the close of the action, to testify their fente enemy, after wearing, pointed their of his behaviour in it, by coming unheads towards her; which would have der the stern of the Sovereign, and involved the Royal George and Invinci- cheering her for the exemplary part ble likewise; he gathered as many fhips the had borne in the battle. about him as he could, and placed him His gracious mafter likewise was Self between the enemy and them. The pleased to raise him so the Irish peer
açe (to use the words of Mr. Piri) "as “ Pardon me," said I, “ for diffent. a teltimony of his Majesty's approbation ing from you: “ but I have great doubts of the distin uued irrvices which he otis." performed in the naval engagements Impoffible," she cried : " you can under lord H we in the luinroer of not be in carneft." 1994."- And there is ihe greatett rea “ Indeed I am." 1on 19 hope that he may yet do further " For heaven's fake, Laura, from service to the public, as it feems to be whenge could such suspicions arise ?" generally unuerltood that he hath al “ My dear madam, I have no fufpistaly declared he has no doubt, from cions : I rest on certainties.” the present thare of his wounds, but Of what then are you certain ?" that he thall be able to go to lea again, Tha: I have niade no impression and that it is his most ardent wish on Merioneth, and that he is perfectly and constant purpose fo to do, for be indifferent to me.” already feels his bodily itrength return " Do you think he will never be ins, and his mind is as vigorous as otherwise.
“ I think he will not."
" Oh," cried fhe, rather pertinly. Derwent Priory.
" this comes of your ponienfical nutions
of fird-fight in prefliuns. So, because (Continued from poge 425.) you did not fait violently in love with
him at first, yoʻi are never to like each LETTER V.
other afterwards !"
" My dear madam, you entirely Lady Laura to Miss Lumly. . mifiake the case."
No, Laura ; it is you who ailThe Priory, July 27, 179 take the cale; aud as to gifs Rurland,
I have talked thai maller over with la
applaud my penetration ?--if no attachnient at all berwted them." nolitten and believe. This morn " Miss Rutland and lord Merio ing, before Mrs. Merioneth had made neth !" cried I.“ Really, madam, I her apprarance, I fi rolled into her drelo do not comprehend you.” fing room, and foon perceived the good Why, Laura, I have observed, foul was dying with a fecret, which and I think you muli have obierved it fae did not know how in the world 10 too,-hai lord Merionein is usuan, be delivered of; and, well knowing very attentive to mils Rutland; and that there was no way of coning at it nocknowing how that young lady might fo calily as a pearing in attentive to it, interpree bis affi. itits, I frankiy met I sai down, took up a bunk, a :d ask- tione che nailer lo lady Derweni, who ed it I should read while the drelied affured me that Albrri knei better
No, ny dear, the replied: "I what was due to his family, than to have fomething of connequence to in think of mf Rutland in any other light part, and will not drets yet.” Then than that of a friend ; " od mils Rute ditmiffing her attendant, the informed land," tuid ber ladyfhip. " has too me that lord Derwent bad nade pro- much dolicacy, too high a fenle of hopolls fo flattering and generous, on nour, to woord, through my son, tbe behalf of his lon, to your friend, that peace of his lamily." Now, to oblige the loped I would acquiesce in their m, Laura, confider of this, and is united Wishes, and conient to receive power me iu give a favourable answer bis addreMes.
lo lord Dernent." " Are you quite certain, madam, indeed!, I cannot, -and nuft say thai Mertunach writes his addresses lo I am very sorry you should have bara be received
at the trouble of examining lord Meri. I have no doubt of it," was her oneth's sentiments on my account." answer
Here we were interrupted, and the
conversation ended. No wonder there ing?" "She is indeed,' was my rewas a spare place for my picture. Loveply. He walked to the other end of is preparing a pretty game at cross pur- ihe room ; and I, without ceremony, poles for us ; and it see'ns as if there walked off. woulj be adventures enough in our Atier pending some time in my own Priory, to furnish out materials for a apartment, I went in search of the lamodern novel. Here is the humble dies, whom I found in lady Derwent's Clifford, bowing to me, while Mrs. dreifing room. On my entrance, there Magnard evidently coogees to him. was not one of the groupe it contained, Merionech pursues Ellen, who is pur- bui betrayed by their looks their fecrec sued by thai brule fir John, her pro- anxieties. Lady Derwent looked in fefied admirer. Severn follows Julia, my face with scrutinising carneltness, who smiles on himn without reftraint; as if she would have said, " Albert and they are the only part of the fami- has been commanded to make love to ly who are left to plead themselves.
-I hope he has succeeded." Ellen I believe Mrs. Merioneth, had ac- appeared agitated : Julia Imiled : Mrs. quainted lord Derwent with the nature Merioneih fimpered; but nobody spoke, of my reply to their proposals; for, “ Bless me!" Iexclaimed, looking at when we met at dinner, his lord!hip Ellen, “I am afraid your walk has was rather more fately to me than usu fatigued you,
ill.” al. “ Ah!" thought I, "you will not " What walk?" replied lady Der. awe me into compliance ;” and I knew
have been here all the af. he had heen kciuring, bis son, for he ternoon.”. looked serious and unealy.
Really, ladies," returned I, curta After dinner, when the whole family feying, "you have been were allembled in the drawing room, Whai apology can you offer for leave lord Derwent asked Clifford to walk ing me out of your afternoon party?" with him into the park, and inspect * We supposed," replied Mrs. Me. fome timber he was about felling rioneth, " that we leti you in very Mrs. Maynard declared the proporal agreeable company.". was quite in time, for the wanted a " Why, so you did" (glancing my walk in the park, to fee if Myrtle (her eye on Ellen): " lord Merioneth. is a faddle horfe, which arrived the day per, etual tund of entertainment; and before) would know her..
this afternoon he has been particularly They departed.- Lady Derwent foon amufing." after told Julia, the wanted her in the The blood forlook the cheek of dressing room ; and they retired. Pre- Ellen. sently Julia returned-" Ellen, mama " What is the matter with you
?" wants you.
" " For what?" cried the crie i lady Derwent, observing her. " Nay, I don't know ; bul, I believe, “ I have gol,” the replied, “ an unto take a walk.” Soon after, Mrs. usual pain in
file." Merionech contrived to have forgoi “ Ah!" thought I," the pain I fear ten fomething which the must fetch is in your heart.-" Are you inclined,” herself; and so we were completely said I, “10 take a walk in search of left to make love. I was neiting, and Mrs. Maynard ? Perhaps exercise may continued my work.- Merionith con- relieve you.” tinued playing with Julia's lap.dug. She assented : and, for a wonder, At lengih my beau advanced.
nobody followed us; and, in walking " Laly Laura, will you forgive my through the lb rubbery, whom should ftupidity? I am horrid company." we meet but the identical hero of my
• Really,” said I, looking furpris- tale. Ellen drew up mighly itately; I ed, “I had forgot you were in the could easily perceive the had been inroom." Again we were filent; at laft, formed of the plan in agitation, -I could by mere accident, I spoke of Ellen. have set her heart at eale : but it was His fine eyes Iparkled with pleasure, a subject I could not enter on, without and be exclaimed “is le not charm, wounding her delicacy. He approach
ed, -locked anxiously in her face, - ed myself with remarking, that as it and inquired if the was unwell.
was a matter on which we udfortyShe replied, “ only a little vapour. nately diff: red, I thought the less we ilh, and overcome, I believe, with ipoke of it the better. hear." She leaned on me, and trembled “ I cannot give it up so eafily,” cried violently. Nothing I think, could ex: the good lady: " I must have better ceed the tenderness of his manner. Per- reasons than any you have yet given ceiving that she walked with difficulty, me, before I can bring myself to de ke placed himself between us : we each cline lord Derwent's proposals." took an arm : he led the way to a leat,' " Well, madam!" faid I, (vesed, wbrew his arm round her, bui was filent. I mult own, at her obflinacy)“ take Al length, finding we were not likely notice that I lead you into no crrors : to become very good company in the for I seriously declare I never can, nay garden, I proposed returning to the more, I never will give my hand to house. I chatied; Merionech smiled, Merionech." and Ellen lost her tremor. We joined “ Good God !” he replied: " what the family, and the rest of the day perverfeness"-do you expect a more was fpent as usual.
advantageous offer?" Fare well for the present. Thai," I answered, " is a subject
I have never thoughe of."
Tuesday Noon. Have you any objection to the cha PASSING the music room this racter of Merioneth? morning, the door was half open, and Quite the contrary-I admire it on seeing Merioneth and Ellen alone, very much." I paused, and heard her entreat him to " Do you never intend to marry, forbear urging a subject which must Laura ? that you thus make a point invoive them both in ruin. “ I have no of rejecting every propofalıhat is made family, nor any fortune," she cried ; lo you." “and I should have no gratitude if I " I certainly do not intend to marry could for a moment encourage hopes any of those I have rejected,” said I. which must unavoidably defeat all ihe Here the entrance of Mrs. Maynard views of your lord ship's family." put a period to the conversation. She
" Ah! Ellen," said he, “is it fill rallied me most unmercifally on the Decessary for me to repeat that I can fubject ; and I found it was an alliance pot in ibis refpect yield to their com- that the family considered as concluded. mands, or submit to their prejudiccs ? I believe Mrs. Maynard ardently wilhes My beart, in a choice for lite, claims a it to take place, to further views of her right to be consulted, and spurns, with own. She is a woman of the world, honeft fcorn, the palery confiderations and does not pay much attention to the of birth or fortune. I efteem lady peace of others, 1o lhe promotes her Laura : she is a charming woman : own designs. I am a little out of hubut I cannot give her that love which mour at their thus arrogating to them. has long been only yours."
selves a right to direct my choice. ! He paused; and I tripped away. believe they will find a failure in their I with he would only speak, that I plan-I never will marry wbere I can• might set all matters to righıs again, not love; and I, like Merionech, bare by telling him I never will accept of no heart to give. bin. I dare say they have told bim
Yours, &c. that he must make love to me; and
Laura MERIONETHE then I fufpase they mean to tell me
(To be continued) ahat I muß marry bim ; but I can asdure then they will be much mittaken. The Sport of Fortune. (Taken from o My aunt this morning renewed the sub
real History.) jict, just after I had witnessed the not choose 15 make her my confident Prince; and his good natural caleata on this occasion. I therefore contents
fene I have been relating; but I did ALOYSIUS was the fon of an ofti.
were unfolded and cultivated by a libe. uses of which he felt a fufficiency of ral education. Being fill very young, courage and ability. While the Prince but fraught with much fubftantial know. was running a round of pleasures, the ledge, he entered into the military ser- young favourite employed himself in vice of his Sovereign ; to whom he was digging in the mines of records and not long unknown as a young man of books; and devoted himself with labogreat mèrit, and of ftill greater hopes. rious affiduity to the businefs of the Aloysius was in the full ardour of State; in which at length he rendered youth, and the Prince was fo like wise; himself fo accomplished and expert, Aloyfius was impetuous and enterpri- that all affairs of any consequence parlfing; the Prince, who was fo too, was ed through his hands. From being a fond of such characters. By a copious companion in the pleasures, he became vein of wit, and a full stock of know-, the chief counsellor and prime miniledge, Aloyfius was the soul of every fter, and at last the master of his prince, company
he frequented; enlivened eves There was foon no way to the latter Ty circle into which he happened to but through him. He disposed of all Lall, by a joviality always equal, and offices and dignities; all recompencen diffused life and gaiety over every, oh- and favours were received from his ject that came in his way; and the hands. prince knew how to prize the virtues Aloysius had mounted to this pinwhich he himself poíte sted in an emi. nacle of grandeur at too early a time of Dent degree. Whatever he too's in hand, lile, and in too sudden a manner, for ennot excepting his very paftimes, had a joying it in moderation. The elevation uncture of elevation : no oblacle could to which he saw himself raised made affright him, and no disappointment him giddy with ambition; his inodeft could conquer his spirit, The value of forsook him when he had reached the these qualities was enhanced by a grace- last aim of his wishes. The tribute of ful figure; the perfect picture of bloom- humble fubmiffion which was paid hin ing health and Herculean vigour was by the first persons of the country, by animated by the eloquent play of an ac- all who were his superiors by birra, tive mind; an inborn natural majesty confideration, and foriune, and even by in mien gait and air, was tempered the veterans in office, intoxicated him by a noble modesty. If the prince was with pride, and the unbounded authecharmed with the mind of his young rity with which he was invested fooa companion, this captivating exterior gave a certain harshness to his deporte imprelled his senses with an irresistible ment, which thenceforward becaine a force. Equality of age, harmony of main feature in his character, and atdifpofition and chara&ter, foon formed tached itself to him through all the vie a connection between them, that par- ciffiiudes of his fortune. No services took of all the energy of friend inip, were 100 painful and great for his friends and all the vehemence of ardent affec- 10 expect of bim ; but his enemies had tion. Aloyfius rather flew than was realon 10 tremble ; for as exceffive as raised from one promotion to another : bis complacency was on one side, to but there ontward marks of favour liale moderation was in his revenge on seemed very far short of the liveiy eto the other. He made lets use of bis teem the Prince had for him. His for. authority for enriching himself, than in tuae sprung up with astonishing rapi. making the fortune of numbers, who dity, as the creator of it was bis admir- might look up to him as the author of er, his passionate friend.
Not yet their prosperity ; but humour, not twenty-two years of age, he saw bim- cquity, telected the object. Dy a naughself on a lummit, at which the most ly imperious demeanour he eitrans fortunate commonly finish their career. from him the very hearts of those who But his active fpirit could not long re he had cherished most
, while he ai me main quiet in the boom of idle repose, same time turned all his riva's 'n lue nor yet content itself with the thiring many secret maliguers or implicable appoudages of a greatness, to the cold focs.