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recital as Bolton entered the room, and had just shall be in your own way," said the old gentlementioned, with regret, his ignorance of his be- man; “ I am not such a niggard as to grudge nefactor, when the door opened and discovered you the opportunity; yet I cannot but regret him. Bolton could not help blushing at the my absence, when I should have closed the eyes discovery; the other, starting from his seat, of poor Jennings. He was the last of those comexclaimed, “ It is he ! it is himself!" threw him- panions of my childhood, whose history in life self on his knees before Harry, with tears in his I had occasion to be acquainted with; the rest, eyes, and poured out some broken expressions Mr Bolton, had already fallen around me, and of the warmest gratitude. “ It was you then," I am now left within a little of the grave, withsaid Mr Rawlinson, “ who were the comforter out a friend (except one, whom accident has acof my poor boy, who covered the grave of his un- quired me in you) to smooth the path that leads fortunate father! I will not thank you, for Jack to it ; but that is short, and therefore it matters is doing it better with his tears; but I will thank not much. At my age, nature herself may be Heaven, that there are some such men to pre- expected to decline;
but a lingering illness is serve my veneration for the species.”—“ I trust, shortening her date. I would do therefore what my dear sir," said Bolton, “ that there are many good I can, in the space that is left me, and look to whom such actions are habitual.”—“ You forward, if I may be allowed, to make some are a young man,” interrupted the other," and provision for the service of futurity. Here are it is fit you should believe so; I will believe so two papers, sir, which, on mature deliberation, too, for I have sometimes known what it is to I have judged it proper to commit to your cusenjoy them.-Go, my boy,” turning to the lad, tody. That in the parchment-cover, which is « and wish for the luxury of doing good ; re- not labelled, my death alone will authorise you member Mr Bolton, and be not forgetful of Pro- to open ; the other, marked · Trust-deed' by vidence."
Mr Annesly, I can explain to you now. That “The father of that young man,” said Mr Raw- man, Mr Bolton, who is now a saint in Heaven, linson, when he was gone,
was a school-fellow was prepared for it by the severest calamities of mine here in town, and one of the worthiest on earth : the guilt and misfortunes of two darcreatures in the world; but, from a milkiness of ling children cut short the remnant of a life, disposition,
without the direction of prudence, or whose business it was to guide, and whose pleathe guard of suspicion, he suffered himself to be- sure to behold, them in the paths of virtue and come a dupe to the artifices of some designing of happiness. At the time of his death they were men; and when, some time ago, I discovered his both alive; one, alas ! did not long survive her place of abode in an obscure village in the coun- father ;'what has become of her brother, I have try, I found him stripped of his patrimony, and never been able to learn ; but this trust, put inburthened with the charge of that boy, who has to my hands in their behalf, may still be of imjust now left us, whose mother, it seems, had portance to him or his, and to you therefore I died when he was a child. Yet, amidst the make it over for that purpose ; for though, by distresses of his poverty, I found that easiness Mr Annesly's settlement, the subject of the of temper, which had contributed to bring them trust accrues to me on the failure of his own on, had not forsaken him; he met me with a issue, yet would I never consider it as mine, smile of satisfaction, and talked of the cruel in- while the smallest chance remained of his son, difference of some wealthy relations, without the or the descendants of his son, surviving; and. emotions of anger, or the acrimony of disap- even were the negative certain, I should then pointment. He seemed, indeed, to feel for his only look on myself as the steward of my friend, child; but comforted himself at the same time for purposes which his goodness would have with the reflection, that he had bred him to ex- dictated, and it becomes his trustee to fulfil. In pect adversity with composure, and to suffer po- such a charge I will not instruct my executor; verty with contentment. He died, poor man, I have been fortunate enough to find one whose when I had put him in a way of living with heart will instruct him." some comfort; nor had I even an opportunity Bolton, while he promised an execution of of doing the common offices of friendship to his this trust worthy of the confidence reposed in last moments, my health having obliged me to him, could not help expressing his surprise at go down to Bath, whence I had removed to Bris- Mr Rawlinson's choice of him for that purpose. tol, and did not receive any accounts of his ill- “I do not wonder,” replied the other, " that ness till my return to London. I am in your you should think thus, for thus has custom debt, Mr Bolton, for some supplies to his son ; taught us to think. I have told you how friendlet me know what those were, that we may clear less and unconnected I am ; but while we trace the account.” Bolton replied, that he hoped the relatives of birth and kindred, shall we al. Mr Rawlinson could not wish to deprive him of low nothing to the ties of the heart, or the symthe pleasure he felt from the reflection of having pathy of virtue ?” assisted so much filial piety in distress. “ It
shall make up for a silence occasioned by various
interruptions. I have had a good deal of busiCHAP. XI.
ness for the present; I have been forming some
projects for the future: the idea of my Lucy was A remarkable Event in the History of Bolton.- absent from neither. His behaviour in consequence of it.
“After the death of Mr Rawlinson, the friend
of mankind as well as of your Harry, there were The provisions which Mr Rawlinson had made, some offices of duty which the successor of such for an event of which he had accustomed him- a man was peculiarly bound to perform. Though self to think with composure, were but too pre- I could discover no relation of his but one, dictive of its arrival. That worthy man lived (whose fortune, as it had formerly taught him not many weeks after the conversation with Bol- to overlook his kinsman, stood not now in need ton, which I have just recorded.
of that kinsman's acknowledgment,) yet there Bolton was affected with the most lively sor- were numbers whom humanity had allied to him. row for his death. His friendship, though but Their claim of affinity was now upon me, and lately acquired, had something uncommonly are their provision a debt which I was called upon dent' in its attachment, and liberal in its confi- to discharge: this kept me some time in London. dence. Harry, who had returned it in the most I have another family here whom it was also neunreserved manner, felt the want both of that cessary to remember'; I have been among them kindness which soothed, and that wisdom which a week, and we have not been unhappy. instructed him.
“ When I looked into the conveyances of this Upon opening the sealed paper which had estate, I found it had been once before transfer. been formerly put into his hands by Mr Raw- red, in a manner not very common in the dislinson, it was found to be that gentleman's will, posal of modern property. Its owner, immedi. devising his whole estate, real and personal, to ately preceding Mr Rawlinson, was a friend and Mr Bolton. The reason given for this, in the companion of his, who had gone out to India body of the paper itself, was expressed in the fol- some years later than he, and, by his assistance, lowing words: “ Because I know no man who had been put in the way of acquiring a very has deserved more of myself; none who will de- large fortune. The greatest part of this be reserve more of mankind, in the disposal of what mitted to his former benefactor in England, to I have thus bequeathed him.”
be laid out on some purchase near the place of Bolton was fully sensible of the force of this his nativity, which it seems was a village but a recommendation to the exercise of a virtue which few miles distant from Wilbrook. This estate he had always possessed, and had only wanted was then in the possession of a gentleman, wbose power to practise. He acted as the almoner of London expences had squandered the savings of Mr Rawlinson, and justified his friend's method four or five generations, and, after having ex. of benefaction, (for so this disposal of his affairs hausted every other resource, he was obliged to might be called,) by joining with the inclination sell this inheritance of his family. Mr Rawlinto do good, that choice of object and that atten- son gave him the price he asked, and made a tion to propriety, which dignifies the purpose, present of a considerable sum besides to a very and doubles the use of beneficence.
deserving woman, who had the misfortune to be Having settled accounts of this kind in town, the wife of this spendthrift. His friend ratified (amongst which those of young Jennings and the bargain with thanks; but he lived not to enthe Terwitt family were not forgotten,) he set joy his purchase. A fever carried him off in his out for that estate which had now devolved to passage to England, and he bequeathed his eshim by the will of Mr Rawlinson. With what tate to him, by whose former good offices he had ideas he made this visit, and in what manner he been enabled to acquire it. expressed them on his arrival, I shall allow his “ The new proprietor took a singular method own words to describe, in the following letter to of improving its value. He lowered the rents, Miss Sindall.
which had been raised to an extravagant height,
and recalled the ancient tenants of the manor,
“ Wilbrook. most of whom had been driven from the un“ My Lucy will not blame me for want of friendly soil, to make room for desperate adven.' attention, because she has heard of, what the turers, who undertook for rents they could never world will call, my good fortune, only from the be able to pay. To such a man was I to succeed, relation of others. To her I could not address and I was conscious how much was required of those short letters of recital, which I was obliged his successor. to write to Sir Thomas. She will not doubt her “ The third day after my arrival. I gave a geHenry's remembrance at all times; it is only neral invitation to my tenants and their families with relation to those we love that prosperity can to dine with me. The hall was trimmed for produce happiness, and our virtues themselves their reception, and some large antique pieces are nourished from the consciousness of some of plate, with which Mr Rawlinson had furnishfavourite suffrage. The length of this lettered his cupboard, were ranged on the large table
at the end of it. Without doors stood a cask of " This visit I have already returned to several excellent strong beer for any one of inferior qua- of those honest folks. I found their little dwelllity who chose to drink of it, dispensed by an old, ings clean and comfortable, and happiness and but jolly-looking servant, whose face was the sig- good-humour seemed the guests of them all. I nal of welcome.
have commonly observed cleanliness and content“I received my guests as friends and acquaint- ment to be companions amongst the lower ranks ance; asked the names of their children, and of the country people ; nor is it difficult to acpraised the bluffness of the boys, and the beauty count for this ; there is a self-satisfaction in conof the girls. I placed one of the most matronly tented minds, which disposes to activity and wives in the wicker-chair at the head of the ta- neatness; whereas the reckless lassitude that ble; and, occupying the lowest place myself, weighs down the unhappy, seldom fails to make stationed the rest of the company according to drunkards of the men, and slatterns of the wotheir age on either side.
men. I commended highly the neatness which “ The dinner had all the appearance of plain- I found in the farm-houses on my estate ; and ness and of plenty: amongst other dishes, four made their owners presents of various household large pieces of roast-beef were placed at uniform ornaments, by way of encouragement. distances, and a plumb-pudding of a very un- “ I know the usual mode of improving estates; common circumference was raised conspicuous I was told by some sagacious advisers in Lonin the middle. I pressed the bashful among the don, that mine was improveable: but I am too girls, commended the frankness of their fathers, selfish to be contented with money; I would inand pledged the jolliest of the set in repeated crease the love of my people. draughts of strong beer.
“ Yesterday, and to-day, I have been em“ But, though this had the desired effect with ployed in surveying the grounds adjoining to the some, I could observe in the countenances of house. Nature here reigns without controul ; others evident marks of distrust and apprehen- for Mr Rawlinson did not attend very much to sion. The cloth, therefore, was no sooner remo- her improvement, and I have heard him say, ved, and the grace-cup drunk, than I rose up that he conceived a certain esteem for an old in my place, and addressed my guests to the tree, or even an old wall, that would hardly alfollowing purpose :
low him to think of cutting the one, or pulling “ The satisfaction, my worthy friends, with down the other. Nature, however, has been liwhich I now meet you, is damped by the recol- beral of her beauties ; but these beauties I view lection of that loss we have sustained in the death not with so partial an eye as the scenes I left at of your late excellent master. He was to me, Sindall-park. Were my Lucy here to adorn the as to you, a friend and a father ; so may heaven landscape !—but the language of affection like supply the want to me, as I will endeavour to mine is not in words. She will not need them to fill his place to you! I call you to witness, that believe how much I am her I hold his estate by no other title.
HENRY BOLTON.” “I have given orders to my steward to renew such of your leases as are near expiring, at the rent which you have heretofore paid. If there
CHAP. XII. is an article of encouragement or convenience wanting to any of you, let him apply to myself, A change in the Family of Sir Thomas Sindall. and I will immediately inquire into it. No man -Some account of a Person whom that Event is above the business of doing good.
introduces to Miss Lucy's acquaintance. “Itis customary, I believe, on such occasions, for the tenant to pay a certain fine or premium The answer which Bolton received to the foreto the landlord : I too, my friends, will expect going letter, contained a piece of intelligence one ; you and your families shall pay it me--be material to the situation of Miss Sindall; it conindustrious, be virtuous, be happy:
veyed to him an account of the death of Mrs “An exclamation of joy and applause, which Selwyn. the last part of my speech had scarcely been Though that lady was not possessed of many able to stifle, now burst around me. I need not amiable or engaging qualities, yet Lucy, to whom tell my Lucy what I felt; her heart can judge she had always shewn as much kindness as her of my feelings ; she will believe me when I say, nature allowed her to bestow on any one, felt a that I would not have exchanged them for the very lively sorrow for her death, even exclusive revenue of a monarch.
of the immediate consequences which herself « The rest of the day was spent in all the ge, was to expect from that event. nuine festivity of happy spirits. I had enlarged These indeed were apparently momentous. a room adjoining to the hall, by striking down Mrs Selwyn had been her guardian and proteca partition at one end ; and closed the entertain- tress from her infancy; and though Sir Thomas ment with a dance, which I led up myself with Sindall had ever behaved to her like a father, the rosy-cheeked daughter of one of my princi- yet there was a feeling in the bosom of Lucy, pal tenants.
that revolted against the idea of continuing in
his house after his aunt's decease. By that an answer as the kindness and delicacy of this lady's will, she was entitled to a legacy of six speech deserved ; and it was agreed, that, for the hundred pounds; by means of this sum she had present, her purpose of leaving Bilswood should formed a scheme, which, though it would re- be laid aside. duce her to a state very different from the ease In the evening the expected lady arrived ; she and affluence of her former circumstances, might seemed to be about the age of fifty, with an im. yet secure her from the irksomeness of depen- pression of melancholy on her countenance, that dence, or the accusation of impropriety: this appeared to have worn away her beauty before was, to appropriate two-thirds of the interest of the usual period : some traces, however, still reher capital to the payment of an annual sum for `mained, and her eyes, when they met the view her board with Mrs Wistanly.
of the world, which was but seldom, discovered It was now that Bolton felt the advantage of a brilliancy not extinguished by her sorrow. independence, from the hopes of being useful to Her appearance, joined to the knowledge of Lucy; but he had her delicacy to overcome: her story, did not fail to attract Miss Sindall's she would not throw herself, at this moment of regard : she received Mrs Boothby with an air, necessity, into the arms of a man whom fortune not of civility, but friendship; and the other had now placed above her. She adhered to her shewed a sense of the obligation conferred on first resolution.
her, by a look of that modest, tender sort, which But the kindness of Sir Thomas Sindall ren- equally acknowledges and solicits our kindness dered it unnecessary; for, a short time after Mrs With misfortune a good heart easily makes an Selwyn's death, when Miss Sindall communic acquaintance. Miss Sindall endeavoured, by a cated to him her intention of leaving his house, thousand little assiduities, to shew this lady the he addressed her in the following terms: “Í interest she took in her welfare. That reserve, have always looked upon you, Miss Lucy, as a which the humility of affliction, not an un social daughter, and, I hope, there has been no want spirit, seemed to have taught Mrs Boothby, wore of tenderness or attention, on the side of my off by degrees; their mutual esteem increased as aunt or myself, to have prevented you regard their characters opened to each other; and, in a ing us as parents. At the same time, I know short time, their confidence was unreserved, and the opinions of the world ; mistaken and illibe- their friendship, appeared to be inviolable. ral as they often are, there is a deference which Mrs Boothby had now the satisfaction of pourwe are obliged to pay them ; in your sex the ing the tale of her distresses into the ear of sylbsense of decorum should be ever awake; even in pathy and friendship. Her story was melanthis case, I would not attempt to plead against choly, but not uncommon; the wreck of her hus. its voice; but I hope I have hit on a method band's affairs by a mind too enlarged for his for. which will perfectly reconcile propriety and con- tune, and an indulgence of inclinations laudable venience. There is a lady, a distant relation of in their kind, but faulty in relation to the circumour family, whom a marriage, such as the world stances of their owner. terms imprudent, banished in early life from the In the history of her young friend's life, there notice or protection of it; but, though they could were but few incidents to communicate in rerefuse their suffrage to the match, they could turn. She could only say, that she remember. not controul its happiness; and, during the life ed herself, from her infancy, an orphan, under of Mr Boothby, (for that was her husband's the care of Sir Thomas Sindall and his aunt; name,) she experienced all the felicity of which that she had lived with them in a state of quiet wedlock is susceptible. Yet on her husband's and simplicity, without having seen much of death, which happened about five years after the world, or wishing to see it. She had but one their marriage, the state of his affairs was found secret to disclose in earnest of her friendship; to be such, that she stood but too much in need it faltered for some time on her lips; at last she of that assistance which her relations denied ventured to let Mrs Boothby know it-her aiher. At the time of her giving the family this tachment to Bolton. offence, I was a boy; and I scarce ever heard From this intelligence, the other was led to of her name till I was apprised of her misfor- an inquiry into the situation of that young gentunes. Whatever' services I have been able to do tleman. She heard the particulars I have forher, I have found repaid by the sincerest grati- merly related, with an emotion not suited to the tude, and improved to the worthiest purposes. feelings of Miss Sindall; and the sincerity of Upon the late event of my aunt's death, I was her friendship declared the fears which her prunaturally led to wish her place supplied by Mrs dence suggested. Boothby ; she has done me the favour to accept She reminded Lucy of the dangers to which of my invitation, and I expect her here this even- youth and inexperience are exposed, by the suding. Of any thing like authority in this house, den acquisition of riches; she set forth the Miss Lucy, you shall be always independent; many disadvantages of early independence; and but I flatter myself, she has qualities sufficient hinted the inconstancy of attachments, formed to merit your friendship.” Lucy returned such in the period of romantic enthusiasm, in the
scenes of rural simplicity, which are afterwards will do any thing to shew my gratitude to him; to be tried by the maxims of the world, amidst but to love him-good heavens !” the society of the gay, the thoughtless, and the “ There is, I know," rejoined Mrs Boothby, dissipated. From all this followed conclusions, a certain romantic affection, which young peowhich it was as difficult as disagreeable for the ple suppose to be the only thing that comes unheart of Lucy to form : it could not untwist der that denomination. From being accustomed those tender ties which linked it to Bolton; but to admire a set of opinions, which they term senit began to tremble for itself and him.
timental, opposed to others, which they look upon as vulgar and unfeeling, they form to themselves an ideal system in those matters, which,
from the nature of things, must always be disapCHAP. XIII. pointed. You will find, Miss Sindall
, when you
have lived to see a little more of the world, the Certain opinions of Mrs Boothby.--An attempt insufficiency of those visionary articles of hapto account for them.
piness, that are set forth with such parade of
language in novels and romances, as consisting From the particulars of her own story, and of in sympathy of soul, and the mutual attraction Bolton's, Mrs Boothby drew one conclusion of hearts, destined for each other.” common to both; to wit, the goodness of Sir “ You will pardon me,” said Lucy, “ for Thomas Sindall. This, indeed, a laudable gra- making one observation, that you yourself are titude had so much impressed on her mind, an instance against the universal truth of your that the praises she frequently bestowed on him, argument; you married for love, Mrs Boothby." even in his own presence, would have savoured “ I did so," interrupted she, "and therefore of adulation to one, who had not known the I am the better able to inform you of the short debt which this lady owed to his beneficence. duration of that paradise such a state is suppo
Lucy, to whom she would often repeat her sed to imply. We were looked upon, Miss Lucy, eulogium of the Baronet, was ready enough to as patterns of conjugal felicity; but folks did own the obligations herself had received, and to little know how soon the raptures with which join her acknowledgments to those of her friend. we went together were changed into feelings of Yet there was a want of warmth in her pane- a much colder kind. At the same time, Mr gyric, for which Mrs Boothby would sometimes Boothby was a good-natured man; and, í begently blame her; and one day, when they were lieve, we were on a better footing than most of on that subject, she remarked, with a sort of your couples who marry for love are at the end jocular air, the difference of that attachment of a twelvemonth. I am now but too well conwhich Miss Sindall felt, in return for so much vinced, that those are the happiest matches unwearied kindness as Sir Thomas had shewn which are founded on the soberer sentiments of her, and that which a few soft glances had pro- gratitude and esteem.” cured to the more fortunate Mr Bolton.
To this concluding maxim Lucy made no reMiss Sindall seemed to feel the observation ply. It was one of those which she could not with some degree of displeasure; and answered, easily bear to believe ; it even tinctured the chablushing, that she considered Sir Thomas as a racter of the person who made it, and she found parent, whom she was to esteem and revere, not herself not so much disposed to love Mrs Boothas one for whom she was to entertain any senti- by as she once had been. ments of a softer kind.
For this sort of reasoning, however, that lady “But suppose,” replied the other, “ that he had reasons which it may not be improper to should entertain sentiments of a softer kind for explain to the reader, if indeed the reader has you.”—“I cannot suppose it.”—"There you are not already discovered them without the assistin the wrong; men of sense and knowledge of ance of explanation. the world, like Sir Thomas, are not so prodigal Sir Thomas Sindall, though he was now verof unmeaning compliment as giddy young peo- ging towards that time of life, when ple, who mean not half of what they say ; but they feel more deeply the force of our attrac
66 The heyday of the blood is tame," tions, and will retain the impression so much the longer, as it is grafted on maturity of judgment. was still as susceptible as ever of the influence I am very much mistaken, Miss Lucy, if the of beauty. Miss Lucy I have already mentioned worthiest of men is not your lover.”_" Lover ! as possessing an uncommon share of it; and Sir Thomas Sindall my lover!”—“I profess, my chance had placed her so immediately under his dear, I cannot see the reason of that passionate observation and guardianship, that it was scarce exclamation ; nor why that man should not be possible for him not to remark, and, having reentitled to love you, who has himself the best marked, not to desire it. In some minds, indeed, title to be beloved.”—“I may reverence Sir there might have arisen suggestions of honour Thomas Sindall; I may admire his goodness; I and conscience unfavourable to the use of that