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as quiet as possible. As this gentleman was an narration, he had clasped her hand with a fear-
acquaintance of Bolton's, the latter informed ful earnestness, as if he had shared the dangers
him of the state in which Sir Thomas's mind she related ; he pressed it to his lips.-"Amidst
must be, from the discoveries that the prece- my Lucy's present momentous concerns, I would
ding hour had made to him. Upon which the not intrude my own; but I'am selfish in the
surgeon begged that he might, for the present, little services she acknowledges; I look for a re-
avoid seeing Miss Sindall or Miss Annesly, or turn."-She blushed again-" I have but little
talking with any one on the subject of those art,” said she, “ and cannot disguise my senti-
discoveries : but he could not prevent the intru- ments; my Henry will trust them on a sub-
sion of thought, and not many hours after, his ject, which at present I know his delicacy will
patient fell into a roving sort of slumber, in forbear.”
which he would often start, and mutter the Annesly now entered the room, and Bolton
words, Harriet, Lucy, Murder, ånd Incest ! communicated the trust he was possessed of in

Bolton and Lucy now enjoyed one of those his behalf, offering to put him in immediate luxurious interviews, which absence, and hard- possession of the sum which Mr Rawlinson had ships during that absence, procure to souls form- bequeathed to his management, and which that ed for each other. She related to him all her gentleman had more than doubled since the past distresses, of which my readers have been time it had been left by Annesly's unfortunate already informed, and added the account of that father. “ I know not,” said Annesly,“ how to night'sevent, part of which only they have heard. talk of those matters, unacquainted as I have Herself, indeed, was not then mistress of it all; been with the manners of polished and commerthe story at large was this :

cial nations; when I have any particular destiThe servant, whose attachment to her I have nation for money, I will demand your assistance, formerly mentioned, had been discovered in that In the mean time, consider me as a minor, and conference which produced her resolution of lea- use the trust already reposed in you, for my adving Bilswood, by Mrs Boothby's maid, who im- vantage, and the advantage of those whom mismediately communicated to her mistress her sus- fortune has allied to me. picions of the plot going forward between Miss Sindall and Robert. Upon this the latter was severely interrogated by his master, and being con

CHAP. XXIV. fronted with Sukey, who repeated the words she had overheard of the young lady and him, he Sir Thomas's situationThe expression of his confessed her intention of escaping by his assist

penitence. Sir Thomas, drawing his sword, threatened to put him instantly to death, if he did Next morning Sindall, by the advice of his not expiate his treachery by obeying implicitly surgeon, was removed in a litter to his own house, the instructions he should then receive; these where he was soon after attended by an eminent were, to have the horse saddled at the hour physician in aid of that gentleman's abilities. agreed on, and to proceed, without revealing to Pursuant to his earnest entreaties, he was acMiss Sindall the confession he had maile, on the companied thither by Annesly and Bolton. Luroad which Sir Thomas now marked out for cy, having obtained leave of his medical attendhim. With this, after the most horrid denun- ants, watched her father in the character of ciations of vengeance in case of a refusal, the nurse. poor fellow was fain to comply; and hence his They found on their arrival, that Mrs Boothterror, when they were leaving the house. They by, having learned the revolutions of the prehad proceeded but just so far on their way, as ceding night, had left the place, and taken the Sir Thomas thought proper for the accomplish- road towards London. " I think not of her,” ment of his design, when he, with his valet-de- said Sir Thomas ; " but there is another perchambre, and another servant, who were con- son whom my former conduct banished from fidants of their master's pleasures, made up to my house, whom I now wish to see in this asthem, and, after pretending to upbraid Lucy for semblage of her friends, the worthy Mrs Wisthe imprudence and treachery of her flight, he tanly.” Lucy undertook to write her an account carried her to this house of one of those profli- of her situation, and to solicit her compliance gate dependants, whom his vices had made ne- with the request of her father. The old lady, cessary on his estate.

who had still strength and activity enough for When she came to the close of this recital, the doing good, accepted the invitation, and the day idea of that relation in which she stood to him following she was with them at Bilswood. from whom these outrages were suffered, stop- Sir Thomas seemed to feel a sort of melanped her tongue; she blushed and faultered.- choly satisfaction in having the company of those “ This story,” said she, “ I will now forget for he had injured assembled under his roof. When ever-except to remember that gratitude which he was told of Mrs Wistanly's arrival, he desiI owe to you.” During the vicissitudes of her red to see her; and taking her hand, “ I have




sent for you, madam,” said he," that you may participation. You will find yourself, my dear help me to unload my soul of the remembrance Harry, master of my fortune, under a condition, of the past.” He then confessed to her that which, I believe, you will not esteem a hardplan of seduction by which he had overcome the ship. Give me your hand ; let me join it to virtue of Annesly, and the honour of his sister. my Lucy's ;-there-if Heaven receives the “ You were a witness,” he concluded, " of the prayer of a penitent, it will pour its richest blessfall of that worth and innocence which it was in ings upon you. the power of my former crimes to destroy; you * There are a few provisions in that paper, are now come to behold the retribution of Hea- which Mr Bolton, I know, will find a pleasure ven on the guilty. By that hand whom it com- in fulfilling. Of what I have bequeathed to you, missioned to avenge a parent and a sister, I am Mrs Wistanly, the contentment you enjoy in cut off in the midst of my days.”—“I hope not, your present situation makes you independent; sir,” answered she ; your life, I trust, will but I intend it as an evidence of my consciousness make a better expiation. In the punishments of your deserving.—My much injured friend, for of the Divinity there is no idea of vengeance; he was once my friend, (addressing himself to and the infliction of what we term evil, serves Annesly,) will accept of the memorial I have left equally the purpose of universal benignity, with him.—Give me your hand, sir ; receive my forthe dispensation of good.”—“ I feel,” replied giveness for that wound which the arm of ProviSir Thomas, “the force of that observation: the dence made me provoke from yours; and when pain of this wound; the presentiment of death you look on a parent's and a sister's tomb, spare which it instils; the horror with which the re- the memory of him whose death shall then have collection of my incestuous passion strikes me; expiated the wrongs he did you !"— Tears were all these are in the catalogue of my blessings. the only answer he received.--He paused a moThey indeed take from me the world; but they ment; then looking round with something in his give me myself.”

eye more elevated and solemn, “ I have now," A visit from his physician interrupted their said he, “discharged the world : mine has been discourse ; that gentleman did not prognosticate called a life of pleasure; had I breath, I could so fatally for his patient; he found the fre- tell you how false the title is; alas ! I knew not quency of his pulse considerably abated, and how to live. Merciful God! I thank thee_thou expressed his hopes, that the succeeding night hast taught me how to die.” his rest would be better than it had been. In At the close of this discourse, his strength, this he was not mistaken; and next morning which he had exerted to the utmost, seemed al. the doctor continued to think Sir Thomas mend- together spent; and he sunk down in the bed, ing; but himself persisted in the belief that he in a state so like death, that for some time his should not recover.

attendants imagined him to have actually exFor several days, however, he appeared rather pired. When he did revive, his speech appeared to gain ground than to lose it; but afterwards to be lost; he could just make a feeble sign for he was seized with hectic fits at stated intervals, a cordial that stood on the table vear his bed : and when they left him, he complained of a uni- he put it to his lips, then laid his head on the versal weakness and depression. During all this pillow, as if resigning himself to his fate. time Lucy was seldom away from his bed-side: Lucy was too tender to bear the scene; her from her presence he derived peculiar pleasure; friend, Mrs Wistanly, led her almost fainting and sometimes, when he was so low as to be out of the room ; “ That grief, my dear Miss scarce able to speak, would mutter out blessings Sindall,” said she, “is too amiable to be blamed; on her head, calling her his saint, his guardian but your father suggested a consolation which angel !

your piety will allow: of those who have led his After he had exhausted all the powers of me. life, how few have closed it like him !" dicine, under the direction of some of the ablest of the faculty, they acknowledged all farther assistance to be vain, and one of them warned him,

THE CONCLUSION. in a friendly manner, of his approaching end. He received this intelligence with the utmost Early next morning Sir Thomas Sindall er. composure, as an event which he had expected pired. The commendable zeal of the coroner from the beginning, thanked the physician for prompted him to hold an inquest on his body; his candour, and desired that his friends might the jury brought in their verdict, self-defence. be summoned around him, while he had yet But there was a judge in the bosom of Annesly, strength enough left to bid them adieu. whom it was more difficult to satisfy ; nor could

When he saw them assembled, he delivered he for a long time be brought to pardon himself into Bolton's hands a paper, which he told him that blow, for which the justice of his country was his will. To this,” said he, “ I would had acquitted him. not have any of those privy, who are interested After paying their last duty to Sir Thomas's in its bequests; and therefore I had it executed remains, the family removed to Sindall-park. at the beginning of my illness, without their Mrs Wistanly was prevailed on to leave her own house for a while, and preside in that of Wistanly and I are considered as members of which Bolton was now master. His delicacy the family: needed not the ceremonial of fashion to restrain But their benevolence is universal; the counhim from pressing Miss Sindall's consent to try smiles around them with the effects of their their marriage, till a decent time had been yield- goodness. This is indeed the only real superied to the memory of her father. When that was ority which wealth has to bestow; I never enelapsed, he received from her uncle that hand, vied riches so much, as since I have known Mr which Sir Thomas had bequeathed him, and Bolton. which mutual attachment entitled him to re- I have lived too long to be caught with the ceive.

pomp of declamation, or the glare of an apoTheir happiness is equal to their merit: I am thegm; but I sincerely believe, that you could often a witness of it; for they honour me with not take from them a virtue without depriving a friendship which I know not how I have de- them of a pleasure. served, unless by having few other friends. Mrs








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