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would soon eflace the faded recollection of his lordship’s first choice. Terence delivered the letters from his lordship’s sons, half an hour after the account of Captain L.'s * fate had been communicated by a few lines from his
brother, which came by a running ship. It could not be 'expected that the afflicted father would see any one ; and indeed Terence was so overcome by the sad tidings, that with great difficulty he supported himself to the small lodging he had taken in the village, and all the consoling solicitude of his wife and children, and thie visits paid to him by Lizzy, when she went out to walk with lier young ladies, seemed for many weeks of small avail.
The first stimulus to his mind was certain information that Lord L.'s marriage was only delayed until decent respect for his late lady, and excellent son, permitted a
new alliance. Indignation combated the palsied depression '. that melancholy had imposed. “ If his lordship can write
love-letters, and think of marriage," said Terence, “I may talk to him of bread for my wife and children. In saving my lately wounded master from the gig that furiously drove against him in the dark, I am disabled and I could not suffer in a better cause ; but it gives me claims which I would be a simpleton to let the father forget."
llis lordship saw Terence,--applauded his faithful services and ended by telling him, that he could not at that time do any thing better for him than to secure bin a school in the village, and that if his wife was qualified she might liave a salary for teaching girls. Terence saw 110 better alternative, and happy was it for the district, that he accepted the proposal. By his unremitting attention, his forbearance, and mild authority, many children became scholars, who had been considered as dunces before they came under bis judicious tnition ; and numbers, who were almost despaired of as reprobates, were by his seą
sonable, impressive reproofs and exhortations, weaved from evil habits. The schoolbouse was in a ruinous coadition ; but Lord L. promised to order speedy repairs. His lordship's nuptial festivities intervened. Terence patiently waited, till two montlis clapsed after the lady havi been established at the castle. He then sent a respectful memorial, and when no reply was given, Roger took the privilege of a faithful servant, to mention the defects of his brother's accommodation. His lordship’s reply was so equivocal, that Roger desired Lizzy to go next day, and impart to Terence the plain fact, that it was in vain to hope for any exertion from Lord L.
In the first lady's lifetime, her well-directed energies prevented the exposure of bis indolence; but the young Baroness, intoxicated by her elevation, thought only of splendour and gairty.
“My heart is rent," said Lizzy, " to see that giddy woman throw away upon herself in one week, more than the late lady allowed for her own personal expenses in a year. I could almost murmur, that she holds a place she can never fill."
“ Beware of murmuring,” said Terence. “We, of all that live, ought not to repine at any hardship. We have been rescued from perdition, present and everlasting ; and if we were reduced to our original beggary, so long as the
pearl of great price is ours;'--so long as we can say, in sincerity of heart, Our Father which art in heaven,--We must be unfeignedly disposed to add-Thy will be done. My wife, my children, and I, must live in a cold, uncomfortable house 'tis true ; but firmly believing that an habitation, eternal in the heavens, will assuredly be ours, when time shall be no more shall we not be content?"
Terence repaired his dwelling as far as he could' afford time or money for that purpose ; and having made the E 2
best of every circumstance, his wife and he meekly enjoyed the fruits of their beneficial labours. We shall leave him to return to Lewis, a sorrowful invalid in America. His master's wound broke out repeatedly, since the account of his father's marriage had filled up the measure of bis woes. If his lordship had united himself to a partner whose virtues would ensure his felicity, Colonel L. would have been satisfied; but he knew that artful, selfish, bigh-tempered girl, would give herself little trouble to conceal his weaknesses, or to promote his enjoyments.
The colonel at this time commanded a brigade in Lord R.'s army. The gratitude of a negro, under the veil of night, communicated to him some important information, which he employed Lewis to convey to the commander of the troops. It was very late before Lord R. dismissed Lewis to return; and as he proceeded, he saw a centinel asleep on his post, where a gleam of the moon fell on a redoubt. To awake him without excite ing the attention of the watchful soldiery, who paced the ground more near, it was necessary to take a circuitous way; but Lewis never spared his own person where humanity called for exertion. The offender a. gainst the • Articles of War' was hardly restored to recollection, when a patrole approached. Next day he came to offer his grateful thanks ;---for the colonel's domestic was known by sight to numbers, of whom he had no acquaintance. The man's brogue at once infurmed Lewis he was an Irishman; and after some conversation he discovered it was his brother, whom he had saved from the sentence of a court-martial !
Like the patriarch Josepb, Lewis fell upon the neck of his brother, and wept; and the poor fellow was almost beside himself with transport. When their mutual emotion had subsided, " My dear Dick," said Lewis, "tell me where is our sister Pol who went with you to Ire.
land. It is many years since we heard of either of you.” " As to that,” said Dick, “ if you plaase I'll be after telliag you the matter out in the face though its 1100 very comforting neither. While the ould lady was alive she was all day, and every day, a taaching us about truth and honesty,---and to be sober and so forth. For me I was but a baby, and has sure learnt no liarm --but Pol had picked up band tricks, as one iniglit pick up blackberries in a boy,---not with the ould lady, but in going all over the world with fadder and modder. The ould lady had a sad trouble when she fouud out Polo-but Pol was too many for her, and kept two faces; and surely she had the lily and the rose as blooming in her owne. Well the ould lady died, and brother's son comes in for the gear, and he casts a sheep's eye at Pol, and makes her as fine as a lady."
What do you tell me,” said Lewis, " was our sister lost to innocence ;"
“ No, truly,” said Dick," she was no innocent_but as snack and clever as could be, and there was such racketing and surely I was so pleased with the stir in a house that used to be as quate all day as a farm-house in the dead of night.”
“ Tell me plainly,” sail Lewis, impatiently, “ did she squire marry our sister ?"
" A sort of it,” said Dick, “but they quavrelled, and she off's with a fine gentleman from England.”
" Is it possible !” said Lewis, clasping bis hands, and bursting into tears" is our sister then undone! undone !"
Why she's dead, poor soul," said Dick, “and I cried salt tears over her."
6 How !_where did she die ?" said Lewis.
“In this here America," replied Dick," she left the fine English gentleman, and followed a soldier ; but all her E 3
beauty was gone. He was a sad dog, and bate her, and bate her; and she broke her heart for all that becaase be was flogged for staaling--and since that he was kilt at Brandywine."
“Had our sister any children?" said Lewis.
“ Not one,” said Dick, " and so much the better ; but you are more than a cup too low, my dear lad. Let's have a hearty noggin to drive away sorrow. I'll bring you where you may get real Irish.”
“ You wound me to the heart, Dick," said Lewis, “ and I see too much cáuse to believe my suspicion has not been unfounded, that you was intoxicated when you slept on your post.”
“If that maanes drunk,” said Dick, “ you are mistaken
and you are not mistaken. To be sure, I was with jolly fellows all night before I went on guard, and that made me heavy-headed ; but never a drop got I all that day. Wife would not give me a copper.”
" She was much in the right,” said Lewis. “I shall be glad to see her.”
“She is a handsome good creature," said Dick, “tho' a spice of the evil one at times—and we have five little cross imps besides."
“ For their sakes, dear Dick," said Lewis, "you should avoid drinking
Consider what dreadful consequences might have ensued if I had not come up five minutes sooner than the patrole, last wednesday."
“Well—and for the life of me, I can't help it,” said Dick. “ I was no bigger than my thumb when modder laarnt me to love whisky—then the ould lady took me in to sing to her company; and they gees me wine-and when the squire came on, there was singing and wine, and brandy, and rivers of whisky, all day and all night. Your oune self would love a sup of the creature if you had been as I was.