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who attended Harriet, or the jailor himself, for: grossness of his fancy with the anticipation of bear accompanying them : this last, however, her undoing. recovered himself rather sooner than the other, And here let me pause a little, to consider that and reminded them, that it was late, and that account of pleasure which the votaries of voluphe must lock up for the night.-" Good-night tuousness have frequently stated. I allow for then, my Harriet,” said Annesly. “ And must all the delight which Sindall could experience we separate ?” answered his sister ; “ could I for the present, or hope to experience in the not sit and support that distracted head, and future. I consider it abstracted from its conseclose those haggard eyes ?"-"Let me entreat quences, and I will venture to affirm, that there you," returned her brother, “ to leave me, and is a truer, a mora exquisite voluptuary than he compose yourself after the fatigues of your Had virtue been now looking on the figure of journey, and the perturbation of your mind. I beauty, and of innocence, I have attempted to feel myself comforted and refreshed by the sight draw-I see the purpose of benevolence beamof my Harriet. I will try to sleep myself, which ing in his eye!--Its throb is swelling in his I have not done these four gloomy nights, un- heart !-He clasps her to his bosom ;-he kisses less perhaps for a few moments, when the tor- the falling drops from her cheek-he weeps ture of my dreams made waking a deliverance. with her ;--and the luxury of his tears—I canGood-night, my dearest Harriet.” She could not describe it. not say, good-night; but she wept it.
But whatever were Sir Thomas's sensations at the sight of Harriet, they were interrupted
by the jailor, who now entered the room, and CHAP. XVIII.
informed him, that a gentleman without was
earnest to speak with him. “ Who can it be?” His Sister pays him another visit. A description said Sir Thomas, somewhat peevishly.-" If I of what passed in the Prison.
am not mistaken," replied the jailor, « it is a
gentleman of the name of Camplin, a lawyer, It was late before Harriet could think even whom I have seen here with some of the priof going to bed, and later before her mind could soners before."-" This is he of whom I talk. be quieted enough to allow her any sleep. But ed to you, my dear Annesly,” said the Baronet; nature was at last worn out; and the fatigue of “ let me introduce him to you."-" I have taher journey, together with the conflict of her ken my resolution," returned Annesly, “and soul in the visit she had just made, had so ex- shall have no need of lawyers for my defence." hausted her, that it was towards noon next day -" It must not be," rejoined the other; and before she awaked. After having chid herself going out of the room, he presently returned for her neglect, she hurried away to her much with Mr Camplin. All this while Harriet's loved brother, whom she found attended by that looks betrayed the strongest symptoms of terror baronet, to whose good offices I have had so free and perplexity; and when the stranger appear. quent occasion to shew him indebted in the ed, she drew nearer and nearer to her brother, course of my story.
with an involuntary sort of motion, till she had At sight of him, her cheek was flushed with twined his arm into hers, and placed herself the mingled glow of shame for her brother, and between him and Camplin. This last observed gratitude towards his benefactor. He advanced her fears; for indeed she bent her eyes most to salute her ; when, with the tears starting in- fixedly upon him ; and making her a bow, “ Be to her eyes, she fell on her knees before him, not afraid, Miss," said he,“ here are none but and poured forth a prayer of blessings on his friends.--I learn, sir, that your day is now very head. There could not perhaps be a figure more near, and that it is time to be thinking of the lovely, or more striking, than that which she business of it."-" Good Heavens !" cried Harthen exhibited. The lustre of her eyes, height- riet, “ what day?”-“ Make yourself easy, ened by those tears with which the overflowing madam,” continued Camplin ;“ being the first of her heart supplied them; the glow of her trip, I hope he may fall soft for this time. I complexion, animated with the suffusion of ten- believe nobody doubts my abilities; I have saderness and gratitude ; these, joined to the easy ved many a brave man from the gallows, whose negligence of her dark-brown locks, that waved case was more desperate than I take this young in ringlets on her panting bosom, made altoge- gentleman's to be."ther such an assemblage as beauty is a word too The colour, which had been varying on her weak for. So forcibly indeed was Sindall struck cheek during this speech, now left it for a dead with it, that some little time passed before he pale ; and turning her languid eyes upon her thought of lifting her from the ground: he brother, she fell motionless into his arms. He looked his very soul at every glance; but it was supported ber to a chair that stood near him, a soul unworthy of the object on which he and darting an indignant look at the lawyer, gazed, brutal, unfeeling, and inhuman; he con- begged of the jailor to procure her some iminesidered her, at that moment, as already within diate assistance. Sindall, who was kneeling on the reach of his machinations, and feasted the the other side of her, ordered Camplin, who was
advancing to make offer of his services too, to the time, he knew would be as attentive to Miss be gone, and send them the first surgeon he Annesly as if she were a daughter of her own. could find. A surgeon indeed had been already This proposal was readily accepted; and Sir procured, who officiated in the prison, for the Thomas having gone upon the inquiry, returnbest of all reasons, because he was not at liberty ed in the evening with an account of his having to leave it. The jailer now made his appearance, succeeded in procuring the lodgings; that he with a bottle of wine in one hand, and some had taken the liberty to call and fetch Miss Anwater in the other; followed by a tall, meagre, nesly's baggage from those she had formerly ocragged figure, who, striding up to Harriet, ap- cupied, and that every thing was ready at Mrs plied a small vial of volatile salt to her nose, Eldridge's (that was the widow's name) for her and chafing her temples, soon brought her to reception. After supper he conducted her thi. sense and life again. Annesly, pressing her to ther accordingly. his bosom, begged her to recollect herself, and As he was going out, Annesly whispered forget her fears. “ Pardon this weakness, my him to return for a few minutes after he had dear Billy,” said she, “ I will try to overcome set down his sister, as he had something partiit; is that horrid man gone? who is this gen- cular to communicate to him. When he came tleman?"-" I have the honour to be a doctor back, “ You have heard, I fancy, Sir Thomas," of physic, madam,” said he, clapping at the said he, “ that the next day but one is the day same time his greasy fingers to her pulse. “Here of my trial. As to myself, I wait it with resiga is a fulness that calls for venesection.” So with- nation, and shall not give any trouble to my out loss of time he pulled out a case of lancets, country by a false defence; but I tremble for covered with rust, and spotted with the blood my sister's knowing it. Could we not contrive of former patients. « Oh ! for Heaven's sake, some method of keeping her in ignorance of its no bleeding," cried Harriet ; “ indeed there is appointment till it be over, and then prepare her no occasion for it.”—“How, no occasion !” ex- for the event, without subjecting her to the torclaimed the other ;“ I have heard indeed some tures of anxiety and suspense?" Sindall agreed ignorants condemn phlebotomy in such cases; in the propriety of the latter part of his scheme; but it is my practice, and I am very well able and they resolved to keep his sister that day at to defend it.-It will be allowed, that in ple- home, on pretence of a meeting in the prison thoric habits-" "Spare your demonstration," between the lawyers of Annesly, and those of interrupted Annesly," and think of your pa- his prosecutor. But he warmly insisted that tient.”—" You shall not blood me," said she; Annesly should accept the services of Camplin .“ you shall not indeed, sir !”-“Nay, madam,” towards conducting the cause on his part. “Ensaid he, “ as you please ; you are to know that deavour not to persuade me, my friend,” said the operation itself is no part of my profession; Annesly ; “ for I now zest satisfied with my it is only propter necessitatem, for want of chi- determination. I thank Heaven, which has en. rurgical practitioners, that I sometimes conde- abled me to rely on its goodness, and meet my scend to it in this place.” Sir Thomas gave him fate with the full possession of myself. I will a hint to leave them, and at the same time slip- not disdain the mercy wbich my country may ped a guinea into his hand. He immediately think I merit; but I will not entangle myself in retired, looking at the unusual appearance of the chicane and insincerity, to avoid her justice.” gold with a joy that made him forget the obstinacy of his patient, and her rejection of his assistance.
CHAP. XIX. Annesly, assisted by his friend, used every possible argument to comfort and support his The fate of Annesly determined.--Sindall's friendsister. His concern for her had indeed banish
ship, and the gratitude of Harriet. ed for a while the consideration of his own state; and when he came to think on that solemn day, NOTHING remarkable happened till that day on which the trial for his life was appointed, his when the fate of Annesly was to be determined concern was more interested for its effect on his by the laws of his country. The project formHarriet, than for that it should have on him- ed by Sindall and himself, for keeping his sis
ter ignorant of its importance, succeeded to their After they had passed great part of the day wish: she spent it at home, comforting herself together, Sir Thomas observed, that Miss And with the hope, that the meeting she understood nesly's present lodgings (in the house of her fel. to be held on it might turn out advantageouslow-traveller's father) were so distant as to oc- ly for her brother, and soothed by the kindness casion much inconvenience to her in her visits of her landlady, who had indeed fully answerto her brother; and very kindly made offer of ed Sir Thomas's 'expectations in the attention endeavouring to procure her others but a few she had shewn her. streets off, under the roof of a gentlewoman, he Meanwhile, her unfortunate brother was said, an officer's widow of his acquaintance, brought to the bar, indicted for the robbery who, if she had any apartment unoccupied at committed on the gamester. When he was ask
ed, in the customary manner, to plead, he stood her mind was so susceptible. The event answer. up, and addressing himself to the judge :- ed his expectation; that good woman seemed
“ I am now, my lord,” said he, “in a situ. possessed of as much address as humanity ; aud ation of all others the most solemn. I stand in Harriet, by the intervention of both, was led to the presence of God and my country, and I am the knowledge of her brother's situation with called to confess or deny that crime for which I so much prudence, that she bore it at first with have incurred the judgment of both. If I have resignation, and afterwards looked upon it with offended, my lord, I am not yet an obdurate of thankfulness. fender : I fly not to the subterfuge of villainy, After that acknowledgment to Providence though I have fallen from the dignity of inno which she had been early instructed never to cence; and I will not screen a life which my forget, there was an inferior agent in this affair, crimes have disgraced, by a coward lie to pre- to whom her warmest gratitude was devoted. vent their detection. I plead guilty, my lord, and Besides that herself had the highest opinion of await the judgment of that law, which, though Sindall's good offices, her obliging landlady had I have violated, I have not forgotten to revere.” taken every opportunity, since their acquaint
When he ended, a confused murmur ran ance began, to sound forth his praises in the through the court, and for some time stopped most extravagant strain ; and, on the present octhe judge in his reply. Silence obtained, that casion, her encomiums were loud, in proportion 'upright magistrate, worthy the tribunal of Eng- as Harriet's happiness was concerned in the land, spoke to this effect :
event. .“ I am sincerely sorry, young gentleman, to Sir Thomas therefore began to be considered see one of your figure at this bar, charged with by the young lady as the worthiest of friends; a crime for which the public safety has been his own language bore the strongest expressions obliged to award an exemplary punishinent. of friendship-of friendship, and no more ; but Much as I admire the heroism of your confes- the widow would often insinuate, that he felt sion, I will not suffer advantage to be taken of more than he expressed ; and when Harriet's it to your prejudice : reflect on the consequences spirits could bear a little raillery, her landlady of a plea of guilt, which takes from you all op- did not want for jokes on the subject. portunity of a legal defence, and speak again, as These suggestions of another have a greater your own discretion, or your friends, may best effect than is often imagined ; they are heard advise you.”—“ I humbly thank your lordship,” with an ease which does not alarm, and the said Annesly, “ for the candour and indulgence mind habituates itself to take up such a credit which you shew me; but I have spoken the on their truth, as it would be sorry to lose, truth, and will not allow myself to think of re- though it is not at the trouble of examining. tracting it.”-“ I am here," returned his lord- Harriet did not seriously think of Sindall as of ship, “ as the dispenser of justice, and I have one that was her lover ; but she began to make nothing but justice to give; the province of such arrangements, as not to be surprised if he mercy is in other hands : if, upon inquiry, the should. case is circumstanced as I wish it to be, my re- One morning, when Sir Thomas had called to commendation shall not be wanting to enforce conduct her on a visit to her brother, Mrs Eidan application there.” Annesly was then con- ridge rallied him at breakfast on his being still victed of the robbery, and the sentence of the a bachelor. “ What is your opinion, Miss Anlaw passed upon him.
nesly?" said she ; “is it not a shame for one of But the judge, before whom he was tried, Sir Thomas's fortune not to make some worthy was not unmindful of his promise ; and having woman happy in the participation of it?" Sinsatisfied himself, that, though guilty in this in- dall submitted to be judged by so fair an arbistance, he was not habitually fagitious, he as- tress: he said, "The manners of the court ladies, sisted so warmly the applications which, through whose example had stretched unhappily too far, the interest of Sindall, (for Sindall was in this were such as made it a sort of venture to be marsincere,) were made in his behalf, that a par- ried.” He then paused for a moment, sighed, don was obtained for him, on the condition of and, fixing his eyes upon Harriet, drew such a his suffering transportation for the term of four picture of the woman whom he would choose teen years.
for a wife, that she must have had some sillier This alleviation of his punishment was pro- qualities than mere modesty about her, not to cured, before his sister was suffered to know that have made some guess at his meaning. his trial had ever come on, or what had been its In short, though she was as little wanting in event. When his fate was by this means de- delicacy as most women, she began to feel a cer. termined, Sindall undertook to instruct the lady tain interest in the good opinion of Sindall, and in whose house he had placed her, that Miss to draw some conclusions from his deportment, Annesly should be acquainted with the circum- which, for the sake of my fair readers, I would stances of it in such a manner, as might least have them remember, are better to be slowly discompose that delicacy and tenderness of which understood than hastily indulged.
Annesly repeated his entreaties, Mrs Eldridge
seconded, Sindall enforced them; and all three CHAP. XX.
urged so many arguments, that Harriet was at
last overcome, and to the play they accordingly An Accident, which may possibly be imagined went. somewhat more than accidental.
Though this was the first entertainment of
the sort at which Harriet had ever been present, Though the thoughts of Annesly's future si- yet the thoughts of her absent brother, in whose tuation could not but be distressful to his sister company all her former amusements had been and him, yet the deliverance from greater evils enjoyed, so much damped the pleasure she which they had experienced, served to enlighten should have felt from this, that as soon as the the prospect of those they feared. His father, play was over, she begged of her conductor to rewhose consolation always attended the calamity turn, much against the desire of Mrs Eldridge, he could neither prevent nor cure, exhorted his who entreated them to indulge her by staying son, (in an answer to the account his sister and the farce. But Harriet seemed so uneasy at the he had transmitted him of the events contained thoughts of a longer absence from her brother, in the preceding chapter,) to have a proper that the other's solicitations were at last oversense of the mercy of his God and his king, and ruled ; and making shift to get through the to bear what was a mitigation of his punishment, crowd, they left the house, and set out in a with a fortitude and resignation becoming the hackney coach in their return. subject of both. The same letter informed his They had got the length of two or three children, that though he was not well enough streets on their way, when the coachman, who recovered to be able to travel, yet he was gain- indeed had the appearance of being exceedingly ing ground on his distemper, and hoped, as the drunk, drove them against a post, by which acseason advanced, to get the better of it altoge- cident one of the wheels was broken to pieces, ther. He sent that blessing to his son, which and the carriage itself immediately overturned. he was prevented from bestowing personally, Sindall had luckily put down the glass on that with a credit for any sum which he might have side but a moment before, to look at some oboccasion for against his approaching departure. ject in the street, so that they escaped any mis
His children received additional comfort from chief which might have ensued from the breakthe good accounts of their father, which this let- ing of it; and, except the ladies being extremeter contained ; and even in Annesly's prison ly frightened, no bad consequences followed. there were some intervals in which they forgot This disaster happened just at the door of a tathe fears of parting, and indulged themselves in vern; the mistress of which, seeing the discoma temporary happiness.
posure of the ladies, very politely begged them It was during one of these that Sindall ob- to step into her own room, till they could reserved to Harriet how little she possessed the adjust themselves, and procure another coach curiosity her sex was charged with, who had from a neighbouring stand, for which she pronever once thought of seeing any thing in Lon- mised immediately to despatch one of her serdon, that strangers were most solicitous to see; vants. All this while Sir Thomas was venting and proposed that very night to conduct her to bis wrath against the coachman, continuing to the play-house, where the royal family were to cane him most unmercifully, till stopped by the be present, at the representation of a new co intercession of Harriet and Mrs Eldridge, and medy.
prevailed upon to accompany them into the Harriet turned a melancholy look towards house at the obliging request of its mistress. He her brother, and made answer, " that she could asked pardon for giving way to his passion, not think of any amusement that should subject which apprehension for their safety, he said, him to hours of solitude in a prison.”
bad occasioned; and taking Harriet's hand with Upon this, Annesly was earnest in pressing a look of the utmost tenderness, inquired if she her to accept Sir Thomas's invitation; he said, felt no hurt from the fall; upon her answering, " she knew how often he chose to be alone, at that, except the fright, she was perfectly well, times when he could most command society; “ Then all is well," said he, pressing her hand and that he should find an additional pleasure to his bosom, which rose to meet it with a sigh. in theirs, when they returned to him fraught He then called for a bottle of Madeira, of with the intelligence of the play."
which his companions drank each a glass; but “ But there is something unbecoming in it," upon his presenting another, Mrs Eldridge desaid Harriet, " in the eyes of others.”
clared she never tasted any thing between meals; “ That objection," replied Sindall, “ will be and Harriet said, that her head was already afeasily removed; we shall go, accompanied by fected by the glass she had taken: this, howMrs Eldridge, to the gallery, where even those ever, he attributed to the effects of the overwho have many acquaintances in town, are dress turn, for which another bumper was an infallied so much in the incognito way, as never to be ble remedy; and, on Mrs Eldridge setting the discovered.”
example, though with the utmost reluctance, cadilly, I think, asking every body I met which Harriet was prevailed upon to follow it. was the shortest way to Newgate, where I un.
She was seated on a settee at the upper end of derstood your brother was to be found. But I the room, Sindall sat on a chair by her, and Mrs was like to make a marvellous long journey Eldridge, from choice, was walking about the on't ; for besides that it is a huge long way, as room: it somehow happened, that, in a few I was told, I hardly met with one person that minutes, the last-mentioned lady left her com- would give a mannerly answer to my questions ; panions by themselves.
to be sure they are the most humoursome peoSindall, whose eyes had not been idle before, ple, here in London, that I ever saw in my life; cast them now to the ground with a look of the when I asked the road to Newgate, one told me, most feeling discomposure; and gently lifting I was not likely to be long in finding it; anthem again, “I know not,” said he,“ most other bade me cut the first throat I met, and it lovely of women, whether I should venture to would shew me; and a deal of such out-of-theexpress the sensations of my heart at this mo- way jokes. At last, while I was looking round ment: that respect, which ever attends a love so for some civil-like body to inquire of, who sincere as mine, has hitherto kept me silent; should I see whip past me in a coach but yourself but the late accident, in which all that I hold with that lady, as I take it; upon which I haldear was endangered, has opened every sluice of looed out to the coachman to stop, but he did tenderness in my soul, and I were more or less not hear me, as I suppose, and drove on as hard than man, did I resist the impulse of declaring as ever. I followed him close at the heels for it."-" This is no place, sir," said Harriet, some time, till the street he turned into being trembling and covered with blushes." Every much darker than where I saw you first, by place,” cried Sindall, “ is sacred to love, where reason there were none of your torches blazing my Harriet is.” At the same time he threw there, I fell headlong into a rut in the middle himself on his knees before her, and imprinted of it, and lost sight of the carriage before I a thousand burning kisses on her hand. “ Let could recover myself: however, I ran down a go my hand, Sir Thomas,” she cried, her voice right-hand road, which I guessed you had taken, faltering, and her cheek overspread with a still asking any body I thought would give me an anhigher glow. “Never, thou cruel one,” said swer, if they had seen a coach with a handsome he, (raising himself gently till he had gained a young woman in't, drawn by a pair of dark bays; place on the settee by her side, “never, till but I was only laught at for my pains, till I fell you listen to the dictates of a passion too violent in by chance with a simple countryman like myto be longer resisted."- At that instant some self, who informed me, that he had seen such a bustle was heard at the door, and presently af- one overturned just before this here large house; ter a voice in a country accent vociferating, “ It and, the door being open, I stept in without is my neighbour's owr, daughter, and I must see more ado, till I happened to hear this lady her immediately.”—The door burst open, and whispering something to another about Sir Tho discovered Jack Ryland, Mrs Eldridge follow- mas Sindall, when I guessed that you might be ing him, with a countenance not the most ex- with him, as acquaintances will find one another pressive of good-humour.
out, you know; and so here I am, at your service “Ryland!” exclaimed the Baronet, “ what is and Sir Thomas's.” the meaning of this ?” advancing towards him This history afforded as little entertainment with an air of fierceness and indignation, which to its hearers as it may have done to the greatthe other returned with a hearty shake by the est part of my readers; but it gave Sir Thomas hand, saying he was rejoiced to find Miss Har- and Harriet time enough to recover from that riet in so good company.-" Dear Mr Ryland," confusion, into which the appearance of Ryland said she, a little confusedly, “I am happy to see had thrown both of them; though with this you; but it is odd-I cannot conceive-tell us, difference, that Harriet's was free from the guilt as Sir Thomas was just now asking, how you of Sindall's, and did not even proceed from the came to find us out here?”
least suspicion of any thing criminal in the in“Why, you must understand, Miss," return- tentions of that gentleman. ed Jack," that I have got a little bit of a le- Sir Thomas pretended great satisfaction in gacy left me by a relation here in London ; as having met with his acquaintance Mr Ryland, I was coming up on that business, I thought I and, having obtained another hackney-coach, could do no less than ask your worthy father's they drove together to Newgate, where Jack recommands for you and mir William. So we ceived a much sincerer welcome from Annesly, settled matters, that, as our times, I believe, will and they passed the evening with the greatest agree well enough, I should have the pleasure, satisfaction. if you are not otherwise engaged, of conducting Not but there was something unusual in the you home again. I came to town only this day, bosom of Harriet, from the declaration of her and after having eat a mutton-chop at the inn lover, and in his, from the attempt which Prowhere I lighted, and got myself into a little de- vidence had interposed to disappoint; he concent trim, I set out from a place they call Pica soled himself, however, with the reflection, that