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mation, when I apprehended I was upon the point of losing
Soon after dinner, a young gentleman, of the name of
Hudson, joined the company; his manners and appear(Concluded from our last Number.)
ance were prepossessing ; he was frank and well-bred ; and I LEFT Mr. Croft's house with a vague, indescribable feel the effect of his politeness was soon felt, as if by magic, for ing of dissatisfaction and disappointment; but when I ar- every body became at their ease. His countenance was full rived at my inn, and repeated all that had passed to my of life and fire ; and though he said nothing that showed wife, she seemed quite surprised and delighted by the civil remarkable abilities, every thing he said pleased. As soon and friendly manner in which this gentleman had behaved. as he found that I was a stranger, he addressed his converShe tried to reasou the matter with me; but there is no sation principally to me. I recovered my spirits, exerted reasoning with imagination.
myself to entertain him, and succeeded. He was delighted The fact was, Mr. Croft had destroyed certain vague and to hear news from England, and especially from London; a visionary ideas, that I had indulged, of making, by some city which he said he had an ardent desire to visit. When unknown means, a rapid fortune in America ; and to be he took leave of me in the evening, he expressed very reduced to real life, and sink into a clerk in a merchant's warmly the wish to cultivate my acquaintance, and I was counting-house, was mortification and misery. Lucy in the more flattered and obliged by this civility, because I rain dwelt upon the advantage of having found, immedi- was certaiu that he knew exactly my situation and circumHely upon my arrival in Philadelphia, a certain mode of stances, Mrs. Croft having explained them to him very employment, and a probability of rising to be a partner fully even in my hearing. in one of the first mercantile houses, if I went on steadily In the course of the ensuing week, young Mr. Hudson for a few years. I was forced to acknowledge that her re- and I saw one another almost every day; and our mutual lation was very good; that I was certainly very fortunate, liking for each other's company increased. He introduced and that I ought to think myself very much obliged to Mr. me to his father, who had been a planter; and, having Croft
. But after avowing all this, I walked up and down made a large fortune, came to reside at Philadelphia to enthe room in melancholy reverie for a considerable length of joy himself, as he said, for the remainder of his days. He ume. My wife reminded me repeatedly that Mr. Croft said lived in what the sober Americans called a most luxurions be dined precisely at two o'clock ; that he was a very punc- and magnificent style. The best company in Philadelphia tual man; that it was a long walk, as I had found it, from met at his house; and he delighted particulary in seeing the inn to his house ; that I had better dress myself for those who had convivial talents, and who would supply him dinner; and that my clean shirt and cravat were ready for with wit and gaiety, in which he was naturally rather dene. I still walked up and down the room in reverie till ficient. my wife was completely ready had dressed the child, and On my first visit, I perceived that his son had boasted of held up my watch before my eyes to show me at it want me as one of the best companions in the world; and I deed but ten minutes of two. I then began to dress in the termined to support the character that had been given of greatest hurry imaginable; and, unluckily, as I was pull- me: I told two or three good stories, and sung two or three ing on my silk stocking, I tore a hole in the leg, or, as my good songs. The company were charmed with me; old wife expressed it, a stitch dropped, and I was forced to wait Mr. Hudson was particularly delighted; he gave me a while she repaired the evil. Certainly this operation of pressing general invitation to his house, and most of the laking up a stitch, as I am instructed to call it, is one of principal guests followed his example. I was not a little the slowest operations in nature ; or rather, one of the most elated with this success. Mr. Croft was with me at this tedions and teazing manæuvres of art. Though the most entertainment; and I own I was peculiarly gratised by willing and the most dexterous fingers that ever touched a feeling that I at once became conspicuous, by my talents, needle were employed in my service, I thought the work in a company where he was apparently of no consequence, would never be finished.
notwithstanding all his wealth and prudence. At last, I was hosed and shod, and out we set. It struck As we went home together, he said to me very gravely, a quarter past two as we left the house ; we came to Mr. “I would not advise you, Mr. Basil Lowe, to accept of all Croft's in the middle of dinner. He had a large company these invitations ; nor to connect yourself intimately with at table; every body was disturbed ; my Lucy was a stran- young Hudson. The society at Mr. Hudson's is very well ger to Mrs. Croft, and was to be introduced ; and nothing for those who have made a fortune, and want to spend it; could be more awkward and embarrassing than our entrée but for those who have a fortune to make, in my opinion, and introduction. There were such compliments and apo- it is not only useless but dangerous." logies, such changing of places, such shuffling of chairs, and I was in no humour, at this moment, to profit by this running about of servants, that I thought we should never sober advice; especially as I fancied it might be dictated, be seated.
in some degree, by envy of my superior talents and accom. In the midst of the bustle my little chap began to roar plishments. My wife, however, supported his advice by thest horribly, and to struggle to get away from a black many excellent and kind arguments. She observed that errant, who was helping him up on his chair. The child's these people, who invited me to their houses as a good com. terror at the sndden approach of the negro could not be panion, followed merely their own pleasure, and would conquered, nor could he by any means be quieted. Mrs. never be of any real advantage to me; that Mr. Croft, on Craft, at last, ordered the negro out of the room, the roar- the contrary, showed, from the first hour when I applied in orased, and nothing but the child's sobs were heard for to him, a desire to serve me; that he had pointed out the some ins ants
means of establishing myself; and that, in the advice he The guests were all silent, and had ceased eating; Mrs. gave me, he could be actuated only by a wish to be of use Croft was rexed because every thing was cold ; Mr. Croft to me; that it was more reasonable to suspect him of des looked much
discomfited, and said not a syllable more than pising than of envying talents, which were not directed to was absolutely necessary, as master of the house. I never the grand object of gaining money. ate, or rather I was never at, a more disagreeable dinner. Good sense, from the lips of a woman whom a man I was in pain for Lucy, as well as for myself; her colour loves, has a mighty effect upon his understanding, especi. hos up to her temples. I cursed myself a hundred times ally if he sincerely believe that the woman has no desire to er not having gone to dress in time.
rule. This was my singular case. I promised Lucy I At length, to my great relief, the cloth was taken away; would refuse all invitations for the ensuing fortnight, and but even when we came to the wine after dinner, the cold devote myself to whatever business Mr. Croft mighi devise. fernality of my host continued unabated, and í began to No one could be more assiduous than I was for ten days, fear that be had taken an insurmountable dislike to me, and and I perceived that Mr. Croft, though it was not his custhat I should lose all the advantages of his protection and tom to praise, was well satisfied with my diligence. Un-szistance ; advantages which rose considerably in my esti- | luckily, on the eleventh day; I put off in the morning
making out an invoice, which he left for me to do, and I « Carousing, sir!" said I. « Give me leave to assure was persuaded in the evening to go out with young Mr. you that we were not carousing. We were only at a frogHudson. I had expressed, in conversation with him, some concert.” curiosity about the American frog-concerts ; of which I Mr. Croft, who had at least suppressed his displeasure had read, in modern books of travelə, extraordinary till now, looked absolutely angry; he thought I was makaccounts.
ing a joke of him. When I convinced him that I was in Mr. Hudson persuaded me to accompany him to a earnest, he changed from anger to astonishment, with a swamp, at some miles distant from Philadelphia, to hear large mixture of contempt in his nasal muscles. one of these concerts. The performance lasted some time, “A frog-concert !" repeated he. “ And is it possible and it was late before we returned to town: I went to bed that any man could neglect any invoice merely to go to tired, and waked in the morning with a cold, which I had hear a parcel of frogs croaking in a swamp ? Sir, you will caught by standing so long in the swamp. í lay an hour never do in a mercantile house." He walked off to the after I was called, in hopes of getting rid of my cold : warehouse, and left me half mortified, and half prowhen I was at last up and dressed, I recollected my in- voked. voice, and resolved to do it the first thing after breakfast, From this time all hopes from Mr. Croft's friendship was but, unluckily, I put it off till I had looked for some lines at an end. He was coldly civil to me during the few rein Homer's “ Battle of the Frogs and Mice." There was maining days of the fortnight that we staid at his house. no Homer, as you may guess, in Mr. Croft's house, and I He took the trouble, however, of looking out for a cheap went to a bookseller's to borrow one: he had Pope's Iliad and tolerably comfortable lodging for my wife and boy and Odyssey, but no Battle of the Frogs and Mice. I the rent of which he desired to pay for his relation, he said, walked over half the town in search of it; at length I as long as I should remain in Philadelphia, or till I should found it, and was returning in triumph, with Homer in find myself in some eligible situation. He seemed pleased each pocket, when at the door of Mr. Croft's house I found with Lucy, and said she was a very properly conducted, half-a-dozen porters, with heavy loads upon their backs. well-disposed, prudent young woman, whom he was not
“Where are you going, my good fellows ?" said I. ashamed to own for a cousin. He repeated at parting, that “To the quay, sir, with the cargo for the Betsey.” he should be happy to afford me every assistance in reason,
“My God !” cried I, “stop. Can't you stop a minute ? toward pursuing any feasible plan of advancing myself; but I thought the Betsey was not to sail till to-morrow. Stop it was his decided opinion that I could never succeed in a one minute.”
mercantile line. “ No, sir," said they, “that we can't ; for the Captain I never liked Mr. Croft; he was much too punctual, too bade us make what haste we could to the quay to load her.” much of an automaton, for me ; but I should have felt more
I ran into the house ; the Captain of the Betsey was regret at leaving him, and losing his friendship, and should bawling in the hall with his hat on the back of his head; have expressed more gratitude for his kindness to Lucy and Mr. Croft on the landing-place of the warehouse stairs, with my boy, if my head had not at the time been full of young open letters in his hand, and two or three of the under- Hudson. He professed the warmest regard for me, conclerks were running different ways with pens in their gratulated me from getting free from old Croft's mercantile mouths.
clutches, and assured me that such a man as I was could “ Mr. Basil ! the invoice !” exclaimed all the clerks at not fail to succeed in the world by my own talents and the once, the moment I made my appearance.
assistance of friends and good connexions. « Mr. Basil Lowe, the invoice and the copy, if you I was now almost every day at his father's house, in please,” repeated Mr. Croft. “We have sent three messen- company with numbers of rich and gay people, who were gers after you. Very extraordinary to go out at this time all my friends. I was the life of society, was invited of day, and not even to leave word where you were to be everywhere, and accepted every invitation, because I could found. Here's the Captain of the Betsey has been waiting not offend Mr. Hudson's intimate acquaintance. this half-hour for the invoice. Well, sir! will you go From day to day, from week to week, from month to for it now? and at the same time bring me the copy, to month, I went on in this style. I was old Hudson's grand enclose in this letter to our correspondent by post.” favourite, and every body told me he could do anything he
I stood petrified.-—“Sir, the invoice, sir ! -_Good Hea- pleased for me. I had formed a scheme, a bold scheme, of vens! I forgot it entirely.'
obtaining from government a large tract of territory in the “You remember, it now, sir, I suppose. Keep your ceded lands of Louisiana, and of collecting subscriptions in apologies till we have leisure. The invoices if you please." Philadelphia, among my friends, to make a settlement
“ 'The invoices ! My God, sir! I beg ten thousand par- there ; the subscribers to be paid by instalments, so much dons ! They are not drawn out.”
the first year, so much the second, and so onward, till the “ Not drawn out! Impossible !” said Mr. Croft. whole should be liquidated. I was to collect hands from
“ Then I'm off !” cried the captain, with a tremendous the next ships, which were expected to be full of emigrants oath. “ I can't wait another tide for any clerk breathing.” from Ireland and Scotland. I had soon a long list of sube
“ Send back the porters, Captain, if you please,” said scribers, who gave me their names always after dinner or Mr. Croft coolly. “ The whole cargo must be unpacked. after supper. Old Hudson wrote his name at the head of I took it for granted, Mr. Basil, that you had drawn the the list, with an ostentatiously large sum opposite to it. invoice, according to order, yesterday morning; and of In this way poor Basil hangs on for a whole twelvemonth, course the goods were packed in the evening. I was cer ere he can be persuaded that old Hudson was a boaster and tainly wrong in taking it for granted that you would be a fabulist; and it takes another to convince him that he is, punctual. A man of business should take nothing for as well as indolent and obstinate, the most selfish of human granted. This is a thing that will not occur to me again beings. Young Hudson was, however, still the friend. He as long as I live.”
had expectations of money, and made large promises, and I poured forth expressions of contrition ; but apparently with him Basil continued to shoot and skait, and remain unmoved by them, and without anger or impatience in his a miserable dependant. manner, he turned from me as soon as the porters came back Many a desperately cold winter's day, he says, I have with the goods, and ordered them all to be unpacked and submitted to be driven in his sledge, when I would much replaced in the warehouse. I was truly concerned. rather, I own, have been safe and snug by my own fireside,
“ I believe you spent your evening yesterday with young with my wife. Mr. Hudson ?" said he, returning to me.
Poor Lucy spent her time in a disagreeable and melan“ Yes, sir, I am sincerely sorry
choly way during these three years ; for, while I was out « Sorrow in these cases does no good, sir,” interrupted almost every day, and all day long, she was alone in her he. “I thought I had sufficiently warned you of the dan- lodging for numberless hours. She never repined, but alger of forming that intimacy. Midnight carousing will not ways received me with a good-humoured countenance whet for men of business."
I came home, even after sitting up half the night to wait
for my return from Hudson's suppers. It grieved me to tlemen, by laying in the cook's way a dangerous herb. Out the heart to see her thus seemingly deserted; but I com. of this affair he is extricated with some difficulty ; but his forted myself with the reflection that this way of life would former friends looked coldly upon him. Mr. Croft was still last but for a short time; that my friend would soon be of absent from town, and he had not money sufficient to leave age, and able to fulfil all his promises ; and that we should America, which was become in every way disagreeable, then all live together in happiness. I assured Lucy that the without selling his watch and trinkets. present idle, if not dissipated manner in which I spent my days, I was not, says Basil, accustomed to such things, and I was not agreeable to my taste ; that I was often extremely was ashamed to go to the pawnbroker's, lest I should be met melancholy, even when I was forced to appear in the high- and recognized by some of my friends. I wrapped myself est spirits; and that I often longed to be quietly with up in an old surtout, and slouched my hat over my face. her when I was obliged to sacrifice my time to friendship. As I was crossing the quay, I met a party of gentlemen
It would have been impossible that she and my child walking arm in arm. I squeezed past them, but one could have subsisted all this time independently, but for her stopped to look after me; and, though I turned down ansteadiness and exertions. She would not accept of any pe- other street to escape him, he dodged me unperceived. Just cuniary assistance, except from her relation, Mr. Croft, as I came out of the pawnbroker's shop, I saw him posted who regularly paid the rent of her lodgings. She under- opposite to me: I brushed by; I could with pleasure have took to teach some young ladies, whom Mrs. Croft intro- knocked him down for his impertinence. By the time that duced to her, various kinds of fine needle-work, in which she I had reached the corner of the street, I heard a child callexcelled ; and for this she was well paid. I know that she ing after me. I stopped, and a little boy put into my hands lever cost me one farthing during the three years and my watch, saying, “Sir, the gentleman says you left your three months that we lived in Philadelphia. But even for watch and these thingumbobs by mistake." this I do not give her so much credit as for her sweet tem “What gentleman!" per, during these trials, and her great forbearance in never “ I don't know, but he was one that said I looked like an reproaching or disputing with me. Many wives, who are honest chap, and he'd trust me to run and give you the called excellent managers, make their husbands pay ten- watch. He is dresssed in a blue coat. He went toward fold in suffering what they save in money. This was not
That's all I know." my Lucy's way; and, therefore, with my esteem and re On opening the paper of trinkets, I found a card with spect, she ever had my fondest affections. I was in hopes these words that the hour was just coming when I should be able to Barny—with kind thanks." prove this to her, and when we should no longer be doomed “ Barny! poor Barny! An Irishman whose passage 1 to spend our days asunder. But, alas, her judgment was paid coming to America three years ago. Is it possible?" letar than mine.
I ran after him the way which the child directed, and My friend Hudson was now within six weeks of being of was so fortunate as just to catch a glimpse of the skirt of aze, when unfortunately there arrived in Philadelphia a his coat as he went into a neat, good-looking house. I walked company of players from England. Hudson, who was up and down some time, expecting him to come out again; tager for everything that had the name of pleasure, in- for I could not suppose that it belonged to Barny. I asked sisted upon my going with him to their first representation. a grocer, who was leaning over his hatch door, if he knew Among the actresses there was a girl of the name of Ma- who lived in the next house? ron, who seemed to be ordinary enough, just fit for a com “ An Irish gentleman of the name of O'Grady." pany of strolling players, but she danced passably well, and « And his Christian name?" danced a great deal between the acts that night. Hudson “ Here it is in my books, sir_Barnaby O'Grady.” clapped his hands till I was quite out of patience. He was I knocked at Mr. O'Grady's door, and made my way in. in raptures; and the more I depreciated, the more he ex to the parlour ; where I found him, his two sons, and his tolled the girl. I wished her in Nova Zembla, for I saw wife, sitting very sociably at tea. He and the two young he was falling in love with her, and had a kind of presen- men rose immediately, to set me a chair. timent of all that was to follow. To tell the matter briefly, “ You are welcome, kindly welcome, sir,” said he, for what signifies dwelling upon past misfortunes, the more “ This is an honour I never expected any way. Be pleased şoung Hudson's passion increased for this dancing girl, the to take the seat near the fire. "Twould be hard indeed if mure his friendship for me declined, for I had frequent ar you would* not have the best seat that's to be had in this guments with him upon the subject, and did all I could to house, where we none of us never should have sat, nor had open his eyes. I saw that the damsel had art, that she seats to sit upon, but for you.” knew the extent of her power, and that she would draw her The sons pulled off my shabby great coat, and took away infatuated lover in to marry her. He was headstrong and my hat, and the wife made up the fire. There was someviolent in all his passions ; he quarrelled with me, carried thing in their manner, altogether, which touched me so the girl off to Jamaica, married her the day he was of age, much that it was with difficulty I could keep myself from and settled upon his plantation. There was an end of all bursting into tears. They saw this, and Barny (for I my hopes about the ceded territory.
shall never call him anything else,) as he thought that I Lucy, who was always my resource in misfortune, com- should like better to hear of public affairs than to speak of fortal me by saying I had done my duty in combating my my own, began to ask his sons if they had seen the day's friend's folly at the expense of my own interest; and that, papers, and what news there were ? through he had quarrelled with me, she loved me the better As soon as I could command my voice, I congratulated bor it All things considered, I would not have exchanged this family upon the happy situation in which I found wings and situations with him.
them; and asked by what lucky accident they had suc. Reflecting upon my own history and character, I liave ceeded so well? often thought it a pity that, with certain good qualities, and, “ The luckiest accident ever happened me before or since I will add, talents, which deserved a better fate, I should I came to America,” said Barny," was being on board the have never succeeded in anything I attempted, because I same vessel with such a man as you. If you had not given eruuld not conquer one seemingly slight defect in my dispo- me the first lift, I had been down for good and all, and sation, which had grown into a habit. Thoroughly deter- trampled under foot long and long ago. But after that first mined by Lucy's advice to write to Mr. Croft, to request he lift, all was as easy as life. My two sons here were not would give me another trial, I put off sending the letter till taken from me—God bless you ; for I never can bless you the next day; and that very morning Mr. Croft set off on a enough for that. The lads were left to work for me and jurney to a distant part of the country, to see a daughter with me; and we never parted, hand or heart, but just kept aho was newly married.
working on together, and put all our earnings, as fast as we By an accident, seconded by Basil's procrastinating tem- got them, into the hands of that good woman, and lived **, ke, at this time drew upon himself the suspicion of uzving attempted to poison old Hudson and a party of geil
hard at first, as we were bora and bred to do, thanks be to country? As the negroes say of a fool who takes a voyage heaven. Then we swore against drink of all sorts entirely. in vain, I am come back, “ with little more than the hair And, as I had occasionally served the inasons, when I lived upon my head." Is this the end of all my hopes, and all a labouring man in the county of Dublin, and knew some my talents ? What will become of my wife and child? I thing of that business, why, whatever I knew I made the ought to insist upon her going home to her friends, that most of, and a trowel felt no ways strange to me; so I went she may at least have the necessaries and comforts of life, to work, and had higher wages at first than I deserved. till I am able to maintain her. The same with the two bo one was as much of a The tears started from my eyes; they fell upon in old blacksmith as would shoe a horse : and t’other a bit of a newspaper, which lay upon the table under my elbow. I carpenter; and the one got plenty of work in the forges, took it up to hide my face from Lucy and my child, who and t'other in the dock-yards, as a ship-carpenter. So just then came into the room; and, as I read without well early and late, morning and evening, we were all at the knowing what, I came among the advertisements to my work, and just went this way struggling on even for a twelvemonth, and found, with the high wages and constant “ If Mr. Basil Lowe, or his heir, will apply to Mr. employ we had met, that we were getting greatly better in Gregory, attorney, No. 34, Cecil Street, he will hear of the world. Besides, the wife was not idle. When a girl, something to his advantage." she had seen baking, and had always a good notion of it, and I started up with an exclamation of joy, wiped my tean just tried her hand upon it now, and found the loaves went from the newspaper, put it into Lucy's hand, pointed to the down with the customers, and the customers coming faster advertisement, and ran to take places in the London coach and faster for them; and this was a great help. Then I for the next morning. Upon this occasion, I certainly did grew master mason, and had my men under me, and took not delay. Nor did I, when we arrived in London, put a house to build by the job, and that did; and then on to off one moment going to Mr. Gregory's, No. 34, Cecil Street another and another; and, after building many for the Upon application to him, I was informed that a very disneighbours, 'twas fit and my turn, I thought, to build one tant relation of mine, a rich miser, had just died, and had for myself, which I did out of theirs, without wronging left his accumulated treasures to me, “because I was the them of a penny. And the boys grew master-men, in their only one of his relations who had never cost him a single line; and when they got good coats, nobody could say farthing." Other men have to complain of their ill foragainst them, for they had come fairly by them, and be- tune, perhaps with justice; and this is a great satisfaction, came them well perhaps for that rason. So, not to be which I have never enjoyed : for I must acknowledge that tiring you too much, we went on from good to better, and all my disasters have arisen from my own folly. Fortuar better to best ; and if it pleased God to question me how has been uncommonly favourable to me.
Withont any it was we got on so well in the world, I should answer, merit of my own, or rather, as it appeared, in consequanos Upon my conscience, myself does not know; except it be of my negligent habits, which prevented me from visiting that we never made Saint Monday, nor never put off till a rich relation, I was suddenly raised from the lowest state the morrow what we could do the day.”
of pecuniary distress to the height of affluent prosperity, I believe I sighed deeply at this observation, notwith I took possession of a handsome house in an agreeable standing the comic phraseology in which it was expressed. part of the town, and enjoyed the delight of sharing all the
“But all this is no rule for a gentleman born,” pursued comforts and luxuries which wealth could procure, with the good-natured Barny, in answer, I suppose, to the sigh the excellent woman who had been my support in advers which I uttered ; “nor is it any disparagement to him if he ty. I must do myself the justice to observe, that I did not has not done as well in a place like America, where he had become dissipated or extravagant; affection and gratitude not the means, not being used to bricklaying, and slaving to niy Lucy filled my whole mind, and preserved me from with his hands, and striving as we did. Would it be too the faults incident to those who rise suddenly from poverty much liberty to ask you to drink a cup of tea, and to taste to wealth. I did not forget my good friend, Mr. Nun. a slice of my good woman's bread and butter? And happy I was now placed in a situation where the best parts of the day we see you eating it, and only wish we could serve my character appeared to advantage, and where the grand you in any way whatsoever.”
defect of my disposition was not apparently of any conse I verily believe the generous fellow forgot, at this in- quence. I was not now obliged, like a man of business, to the stapt, that he had redeemed my watch and wife's trinkets. punctual ; and delay, in mere engagements of pleasure, was He would not let me thank him as much as I wished, but a trifling offence, and a matter of raillery among my ackept pressing upon me fresh offers of service. When he quaintance. My talents in conversation were admired, and found I was going to leave America, he asked what vessel if I postponed letter-writing, my correspondents only torwe should go in? I was really afraid to tell him, lest he mented me a little with polite remonstrances. I was conshould attempt to pay for my passage. But for this he had, scious that I was not cured of my faults; but I rejoice! as I afterward found, too much delicacy of sentiment. He that I was not now obliged to reform, or in any danger of discovered, by questioning the captains, in what ship we involving those I loved in distress by my negligence. were to sail ; and, when we went on board, we found him For one year I was happy, and flattered myself that I and his sons there to take leave of us, which they did in did not waste my time ; for, at my leisure I read with at. the most affectionate manner; and, after they were gone, tention all the ancient and modern works upon education. we found in the state cabin, directed to me, every thing I resolved to select from them what appeared most judi. that could be useful or agreeable to us, as sea-stores for a cious and practicable; and so to form, from the beauties long voyage.
of each, a perfect system for the advantage of my son. He How I wronged this man, when I thought his expres was my only child; he had lived with me eighteen months sions of gratitude were not sincere, because they were not in prison ; he was the darling of his mother, whom I made exactly in the mode and with the accent of my own adored, and he was thought to be in mind and person a countrymen! I little thought that Barny and his sons striking resemblance of myself._ How many reasons had I would be the only persons who would bid us a friendly to love him ! I doated upon the child. He certainly shew. adieu when we were to leave America.
ed great quickness of intellect, and gave as fair a promise We had not exhausted our bountiful provision of sea- of talents as could be expected at his age. I formed hopes stores when we were set ashore in England. We landed at of his future excellence and success in the world, as sanLiverpool; and I cannot describe the melancholy feelings guine as those which my poor father had early formed of with which I sat down, in the little back parlour of the mine. I determined to watch carefully over his temper, inn, to count my money, and to calculate whether we had and to guard him particularly against that habit of praw enough to carry' us to London. Is this, thought I, as I crastination, which had been the bane of my life. looked at the few guineas and shillings spread on the table One day, while I was alone in my study, leaning on my -is this all I have in this world—i, my wife and child. elbow, and meditating upon the system of education which And is this the end of three years' absence from my native 1 designed for my son, my wife came to me and said, " My
dear, I have just heard from our friend, Mr. Nun, a cir- two hours, and stayed to finish making an extract from cumstance that alarms me a good deal. You know little Rousseau's Emilius before I set out. When I arrived at Harry Nun was inoculated at the same time with our Mr. L 's, the children were just gone out to take an Basil, and by the same person. Mrs. Nun, and all the fa- airing, and I could not see them. A few hours may somemily, thought he had several spots, just as much as our times make all the difference between health and sickness, boy had, and that that was enough; but two years after- happiness and misery! I put off till the next day the inocuward, while we were in America, Harry Nun caught the lation of my child ! small pox in the natural way and died. Now, it seems the In the meantime a coachman came to me to be hired : man who inoculated him was quite ignorant; for two or my boy was playing about the room, and, as I afterward three other children, whom he attended, have caught the collected, went close up to the man, and, while I was talk. disease since, though he was positive that they were safe. ing, stood examining a greyhound upon his buttons. I Don't you think we had better have our boy inoculated asked the coachman many questions, and kept him for some again immediately, by some proper person ?"
time in the room. Just as I agreed to take him into my “ Undoubtedly, my dear, undoubtedly, but I think we service, he said he could not come to live with me till the had better have him vaccined. I am not sure, however, next week, because one of his children was ill of the smallbut I will ask Dr. 's opinion this day, and be guid- | pox. ei by that; I shall see him at dinner; he has promised to These words struck ine to the heart. I had a dreadful dire with us."
presentiment of what was to follow. I remember starting Sone accident prevented him from coming, and I thought from my seat, and driving the man out of the house with of writing to him the next day, but afterwards put it off.- violent menaces. My boy, poo: innocent victim, followed, Lucy came again into my study where she was sure to find trying to pacify me, and hoiüurg me back by the skirts of me in the morning. “My dear," said she,“ do you recollect my coat. I caught him up in my arms. I could not kiss that you desired me to defer inoculating our little boy till him; I felt as if I was his murderer. I set him down you could decide whether it be best to inoculate him in the again; indeed I trembled so violently that I could not hold coramion way or the vaccine ?"
him. The child ran for his mother. “Yes, my dear, I recollect it perfectly well. I am much I cannot dwell on these things ;-our boy sickened the inclined to the vaccine. My friend, Mr. L-, has had all next week—and the week afterward died in his mother's his children vaccined, and I just wait to see the effect.” arms!
"Oh, my love!" said Lucy,“ do not wait any longer; for Her health had suffered much by the trials which she you know we run a terrible risk of his catching the small had gone through since our marriage. The disapprobation por every day, every hour.”
of her father, the separation from all her friends who were “We have run that risk, and escaped for these three at variance with me, my imprisonment, and then the death years past," said I ; "and, in my opinion, the boy has had of her only child, were too much for her fortitude. She the small-pox."
endeavoured to conceal this from me, but I saw that "So Mr. and Mrs. Nun thought, and you see what her health was rapidly declining. She was always fond h24 happened. Remember our boy was inoculated by the of the country; and, as my sole object now in life was same man. I am sure, ever since Mr. Nun mentioned this, to do whatsoever I could to console and please her, I I never take little Basil out to walk, I never see him proposed to sell our house in town, and to settle somein a shop, I never have him in the carriage with me without where in the country. In the neighbourhood of her being in terror. Yesterday a woman came to the coach father and mother there was a pretty place to be let, which with a child in her arms, who had a breaking out on his I had often heard her mention with delight; I determined face. I thought it was the small-pox and was so terrified to take it ; I had secret hopes that her friends would be that I had scarcely strength or presence of mind enough to gratified by this measure, and that they would live upon draw up the glass. Our little boy was leaning out of the good terms with us. Her mother had seemed, by her letdoor to give a half-penny to the child. My God! if that ters, to be better disposed toward me since my rich relachih had the small-pox !"
tion had left me his fortune. Lucy expressed great pleasure “ My love," said Í, “ do not alarm yourself so terribly ; ) at the idea of going to live in the country, near her parents ; the boy shall be inoculated to-morrow.”
and I was rejoiced to see her smile once more. Being na* To-morrow! Oh, my dearest love, do not put it off till turally of a sanguine disposition, hope revived in my heart : to-morrow," said Lucy; “let him be inoculated to day." I Aattered myself that we might yet be happy; that my
"Well, my dear, only keep your mind easy, and he shall Lucy would recover her peace of mind and her health ; and inoculated today, if possible ; surely you must know that that perhaps Heaven might bless us with another child. I love the boy as well as you do, and am as anxious about
I lost no
time in entering into treaty for the him as you can be."
estate in the country, and I soon found a purchaser for * I am sure of it, my love," said Lucy.—“I meant no re- my excellent house in town. But my evil genius prefreach. But, since you have decided that the boy shall be vailed. I had neglected to renew the insurance of my vaccined, let us send directly for the surgeon, and have it house ; the policy was out but nine days, when a fire bone, and then he will be safe.”
broke out in one of my servant's rooms at midnight, and, She caught hold of the bell-cord to ring for a servant.- in spite of all the assistance we could procure, the house, I stopped her.
was burnt to the ground. I carried my wife out senseless “No, my dear, don't ring,” said I ;" for the men are both in my arms; and, when I had deposited her in a place of out. I have sent one to the library for the new Letters on safety, returned to search for a portfolio, in which was the Education, and the other to the rational toy-shop for some purchase-money of the country estate, all in bank notes things I want for the child."
But whether this portfolio was carried off by some of the “ Then, if the servants are out, I had better walk to the crowd, which had assembled round the ruins of my house, surgeon's, and bring him back with me.”
or whether it was consumed in the flames, I cannot deter. * No, my dear,” said I; “I must see Mr. I-'s child mine. A more miserable wretch than I was could now dren first. I am going out immediately; I will call upon scarcely be found in the world; and, to complete my misthem : they are healthy children ; we can have the vaccine fortunes, I felt the consciousness that they were all occatrafrection from them, and I will inoculate the boy myself.” sioned by my own folly.
Lucy submitted. I take a melancholy pleasure in doing I am now coming to the most extraordinary and the
. I am anxious to shew that she was not in the least to blame. I alone am guilty! I alone ought to have been
NOTE BY THE Editor.- What this accident was can never be It will scarcely be believed I can hardly known; for Basil put off' finishing his history till TO. MORROW.
This fragment was found in an old escrutoire, in an obscure lodging believe it myself
, that, after all Lucy said to me, I delayed in Swallow Street.