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from sinking into the Slough of Despond, by drawing mate

rials from those two terminal mounds; making the past THE OLD WHITE HAT-AND THE OLD contribute its rich store of historic and poetical recollecGREY MARE.

tions, and extracting from the future those sweet and soothI could write a volume upon this old white hat, and ing assurances, of whose truth he found daily and delicious upon the eccentric but excellent being that once wore it.- confirmation in the beauty, accordance, and benevolent orPoor Frank Chilvers! thou wert my chosen one, in whom dinations of nature. Thus he lived on, often in great poI kad much joy; my Lycidas, with whom at morn and verty, but never discontented with his lot, until nearly his dewy eve I have wandered over woodland, hill, and dale ; sixtieth year, when the death of an old bachelor cousin and shalt thou go down into the darkness and corruption suddenly placed him in a state of actual independence, and of the great mother, without the “ meed of one melodious comparative affluence. He immediately quitted London tear"

and retired to C_ Row, a village about eleven miles disFrank Chilvers was a younger son of that respectable tant from the metropolis, where he purchased a beautiful family, which has for many ages been settled at Fordham, cottage, and where the writer of this memoir first had the in Nottinghamshire; and as he objected, upon those peculiar and fastidious notions which formed his character, to | A natural modesty, and the perfect content he found in the army, navy, and church, all of which had been submit. his own reflections and occupations, gave him a disposition ted to his adoption with reasonable prospects of advance to segregate himself from that class of formal and heartless went, his parents gave him his portion, which was not in visitors, whose invasions of your house originate in curioconsiderable, and, at his own request, left him to select his sity, and are continued by ceremony; but as the world, own occupation and mode of life. His first speculation was however little disposed to liberality upon other occasions, is to establish a brewery in the country, upon the novel prin. seldom deficient in magnifying any sudden accession of forciple of consuming malt and hops, and excluding quassia, tune, and had exhibited its usual powers of multiplication coculus indicus,“ poppy, mandragora, and all the drowsy in the present instance, he found it somewhat difficult to syrups of the East ;" but the knowing rustics did not un repress the eager advances of his neighbours, when they had derstand being defrauded of their full allowance. They regularly ascertained that Mr. Jackson, the rich city grohad been accustomed to clammy, warming, and soporific cer, had sanctioned their visits, by first leaving his card. compotind, and they did not comprehend why a gentle- A blind, stupid, and crawling deference to wealth, if it be man's son should come into the place and introduce a new not peculiar to the English nation, certainly attains its Liquor, not half so comforting and drowsy as the old.- maximum of intensity among those idolatrous worshippers lle cahnly assured them that it was no new liquor of his of the golden calf; of which the reader may be convinced, isvention, but of the very same quality with that barley if he will walk along Cheapside with any civic Cresus, viue which Xenophon brewed and gave to his troops, in and observe the sycophantic homage and cringing servility the memorable retreat of the ten thousand. But they with which he will be saluted. Let him travel with such shook their heads ; tapping their foreheads to one another, a man in any part of the island, and as he clatters into a to insinuate that his wits were not quite right; and as no country town with his outriders and gay equipage, conone would venture upon a beverage brewed by a madman, template the awe-struck look of the natives, and the fawn. be sold off his stock and his business, retiring from the con- ing alacrity of host, hostlers, and waiters, and he will caction of Utopian beer, with about one-half the property he not be surprised that Mr. Jackson, with three stars at had embarked in the concern. He made a bad pun upon the India House, and the best portion of a plum in bank the occasion, which was one of his inveterate habits, and stock, should be deemed a little monarch in his own village. thought no more of his loss.

Nobody rode in such a gorgeous equipage ; and when he went Virgil's well-known line, « fortunatæ agricola," &c. to church to abjure pomps and vanities, nobody's servant determined his next choice, which was the occupation of followed, with a gilt prayer-book, in a finer livery or more a farmer ; almost the only one, he observed, in which a flaming shoulder knot: of course, nobody could be so proman can honourably and independently maintain himself by per to decide, whether the philosophic Chilvers was a visit

ntributing to the support of others. The latter part of able person or not. Miss Briggs, an elderly maiden rela113 opinion he exemplified more practically than the for- tion, and an inmate in the family, decided this important Der ; for as he was quite certain that his labourers could question in his favour, when it was very near being neganot exist upon the common wages, he instantly doubled tived, by declaring, that his being undoubtedly a person of dem; and as, in many instances, he was aware that his property was quite sufficient; that she dared to say, he ustomers could not afford to pay the regular price for his was a very good sort of man, in spite of his little oddities ; produce, he sold it under the market rate; both which and that, in her opinion, he onght to be visited even in umes of farming, co-operating with the bad times, eventu- spite of his old white hat. F impoverished him, and procured him, from those who Chilvers was so elemental in his views, as generally to

benefited by his ruin, the title of the silly gentleman. overlook all conventional modes and forms; and thus, ut. Various were the methods to which he now had without affectation of singularity, he often fell into somecourse for his maintenance, for he disdained all applica- what grotesque peculiarities. One summer he purchased

to friends or relations. At one time he was an usher; a white hat, and once ventured to tie it down under his nother, he supported himself, like Rousseau, by copying thin, on account of a face ache. The ridicule and laughter

nich he was a proficient ; now he translated for of the rustics first made him sensible that he had presumed booksellers; and for some time he was in the situation I to deviate from customary fashions; but as he felt benefit

* banker's clerk. It were useless to recapitulate the I from that which he had adopted, and had a perfect conKahifold employments in which he was engaged, or the tempt for vulgar or polite raillery, he adhered to his hat as

om difficulties he had to encounter: but it is not use- religiously as a Quaker; and partly from habit, partly from to record, that in all his trials he invariably preserved obstinacy, constantly wore it, even within doors. The ante philosophical equanimity, nor ever suffered his giggling, sneers, and whispering of the visitors, when the erated disappointments to cool bis philanthropic ardour, irruption formally broke in upon his quiet cottage, sugninish his favourable opinion of mankind. Many gested to him the idea of checking their unwelcome invita

Trestless and inquiring minds, are perpetually run- tions, by going to their houses in his old white hat, and & Wackwards and forwards. between the past and the fu- | giving them to understand that he never took it off. Even hose two impassable boundaries of human knowledge ; this expedient failed. A rich man without children, or

heir inability to escape from this narrow range, con- apparent relations, has too much to leave to be left alone, hemselves, like the squirrel in his cage, with repeating and cards and visits rather increased than diminished, in improfitable rotations which afford exercise to their fa- spite of the old white hat.

without advancing their progress a single step. Chil. Accident, however, effected what this inseparable appenut up the level of his mind, and prevented himself dage could not accomplish. A female cousin of Chilyers,

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about thirty years of age, had been left a widow, with a hearted woman did not hesitate, in accepting his hand; little girl of five years old, in a state of utter destitution; the marriage took place, and Chilvers, who was before an and so soon as she learnt his accession of fortune, very old rogue, and an old sinner, was instantly converted, in the Naturally applied to him for assistance Upon occasions of village vocabulary, into an old fool and an old dotard. benevolence he was not in the habit of calculating appear. This union, dictated solely, by benevolence on one side, bs ances, or balancing surmises, so he tied dowu his old white gratitude and maternal solicitude on the other, without hat, got into a glass coach, drove to his relations, and in less particle of love on either, was, without exception, the hape than twelve hours from the receipt of her letter, had, estab piest and most undisturbed that has ever fallen within my lished her, with her child, in his. cottage, giving up his observation. And yet there was no intellectual congruity bed-room for her use, “ Because,” as he said, “ young women between them ; she was an uneducated simple woman; he liked to be cheerful, and from the corner, window she could was a profound, original, and elemental philosopher. But see all the company on the great Romford road.” When the there was affinity and sympathy in their kind and generates dust allowed any object to be discerned at that distance, it hearts; he had found an object for the overflowings of his is certain that a glimpse might occasionally be caught of a benevolent bosom, and she looked up to her benefactor arith drove of oxen, or a cart laden with calves for Whitechapel a mixture of filial and conjugal affection. This case may market; but Chilvers had been told that his window com- have beeu an exception to the general rule, but it certainly manded this great thoroughfare, and had never been at the affords a proof that disproportion of age is not necessarily pains to ascertain the nature of its command. Such as it incompatible with married happiness. Theirs was un. was, there the widow had her habitation, her kinsman little broken except by death; and he alas ! unlike Miss Briggs dreaming that, in following the dictates of his kind heart, came but too soon to visit the cottage, in spite of the imhe had at last hit upon an expedient for effectually clearing | puted mistress, and even of the old white hat... , his house of ceremonious, card-leaving, and card-playing Chilvers had a mortal antipathy to all interference in annoyances.

parochial affairs, deeming them the infallible, foes of neigh. However liberal the world may be in measuring a man's bourly concord, and the bitter springs of jealousy, bickere, fortune, they seldom extend the same generous estimate to ing, and ill will. During the war, when the militia papers his actions and morals, but are exceedingly prone to de- were left at his house, he regularly inserted in the column duct from his honour and honesty, at least as much as they of exemptions—" old, lame, and a coward,' and returned have added to his wealth. So it fared with Chilvers. They it to the proper officer, generally within an hour of his hai were willing to overlook his whims and caprices, and evening seen it. Once he was appointed overseer for the poor, tolerate his old white hat, but there was really no shutting in the very natural supposition that from his indolent and their eyes to the improper nature of the connexion with sequestrated habits he would appoint a deputy, for which this pretended widow, this Mrs. Hall, or Ball, or whatever office several applicants accordingly presented themselves; he called her ; and, indeed, it was obviously an old affair, | but he detected the motive of his nomination, determined for the brat of a child was the very picture of him. He to punish his annoyers, and to the amazement of the whole. might, at least, have concealed tbe creature, and not have village declared his intention of acting. His first step, was prought her into his own house, and under the very noses to abolish the quarterly dinners, and other indulgences and of such universally allowed-to-be-respectable people as the perquisites, which his coadjutors had been iu the long estar inhabitants of Row. Miss Briggs again took the blished habit of enjoying ;-his second was to compel them lead on this momentous abomination ; and although, but a to the performance of those duties which for an equally very few days before, she had been heard to pronounce him lengthened period they had been accustomed to neglect r:markably good-looking for a middle-aged man, she now, and the result was precisely what he wished they never with a toss of ineffable anger and disdain, most energetically troubled him in future. Upon only one other occasion was termed him a good-for-nothing nasty old fellow; and the he moved to enter into the parochial arena, apd as it oCobsequious village re-echoed the assertion. Footmen, boys, curred but shortly before his death, of which indeed, it was and maids, no longer lifted his latch with cards and invita- the ultimate cause, and was productive of a little scene of tions; and the females of the place were suddenly seized which I was an eyewitness, I shall proceed to relate it. with an unaccountable obliquity of vision, when they saw About half way down Loughton Lane, a footpath strikes him approaching with the unconscious author of this revo- off across a large field, and coming out opposite the free lution leaning upon his arm. The outrageous puritans school considerably shortens the way to church. I say coninstantly crossed over the road, regardless of mud or puddle; siderably in a relative sense, as to those who, principally some looked steadily at a signpost, on the opposite side of availed themselves of it--the lame, and the feeble, and the the way; others gazed upon the heavens, or contemplated crutch-supported old men and women who toddled out of the earth; while a few summoned a whole Pandemonium the alms-houses in the lane, and were duly seen on a Supe of outraged chastity into their countenances, and passed him day morning creeping across it, as if they could never comwith a fling of ineffable scorn; but he was too absent and plete their journey, though they were alwa ya sure to be in heedless to be even conscious of the cut direct and insolent, their places before the bell had done tolling. In point of still less of the eut oblique-and embarrassed. He was too fact, the distance saved was not above two hundred yards happy in the quiet repossession of his house, and resump- but a footpath had existed, not only in Farmer Blunt's days tion of his studies, to be solicitous about the cause; and as who had owned the field for the last forty years, but time to the poor widow, her time and thoughts were so exclu- out of mind before him. Farmer Blunt's, time, howevety sively occupied with little Fanny, her daughter, that she was up; he was deposited in the churchyard; and the props required not the attentions of her neighbours.

perty having been sold at his death, fell into the hands op Nothing could exceed the amazement of Chilvers when a Mr. Martindale, who had lately returned from Calculia, I explained to him the meaning of this estrangement. “Why, so saturated with gold, that it had completely einged, she is not thirty," he exclaimed," and I am sixty; what dis-face, and converted half his liver into bile. Visiting is proportion will secure a man from scandal ?". With his new purchase with a worthy successor of Capabiny usual philanthropy, however, he soon began to find excuses Browne, it was pointed out to him that Farmer Blant's for the world, and as he was highly sensitive to any impu- house, though uninhabitable at present, offered singular tations thrown upon his relative, though utterly callous to advantages for the construction of a mansion worthy of 19 them in his own person, he consulted me as to what con- new proprietor. A very little rebuilding and alteration duct he could adopt, so as to silence calumny, and yet would convert it into an admirable wing, and there would afford the shelter of bis roof to this destitute widow, “None," then be nothing in the world to do, but to run up a centre I replied, “but by marrying her."-"With all my heart," he and another wing in order to complete the edifice: M rejoined, “ if Mrs. Ball will give her consent." Already deep- the fields, naturally picturesque, by simply grubbing ly impressed with gratitude and esteem, weary with strug- the hedges, and planting a few trees, would spontaneous gling with misfortune, and anxious to secure a protector for assume a parkish appearance. Such palpable facilities her little portionless daughter, this simple-ininded and kind-/ were not to be neglected; the old farmi-house was tgl• tnred and transmogrified to qualify it for acting the part of the very consistent name of Castle-cottage." The rustics a ming; a park paling speedily encircled the field, and a called it the Lawyer's Folly ;Chilvers denominated the board at each extremity of the abolished footpath informed tower, Mr. Clinch's Coke upon Littleton, and the guins his the world, that « trespassers would be punished with the Term Reports. At this interview hostilities were resolved utmost severity of the law." After church, on the following on, and the man of law having learnt, in the course of his Sanday, the aforesaid old alms-women of both sexes as inquiries, that old Adam Wright remembered when there sembled in a body, under this obnoxious notice, where they was not even a stile at the thoroughfare in question, and spent an hour or two in debating how long they had re- had rode throngh it scores of times on horseback, wrote to spectively remembered the thoroughfare; complained bit- my friend, requesting he would order the fellow to step up terly of the alteration; and though they were all comfort to Cu Row, and he would come over, 'take his bit of ably mamtained upon charity, unanimously agreed that mntton with him, and examine the iustic after dinner. Old nobody cared for the poor now-a-days. The rest of the Adam Wright was å pensioner of Squire Tilson, in whose parishioners, who were either uninterested in the question, lodge he resided ; and as Chilrers knew him to be infirm, or had not the remotest idea of quarreling with a rich man, as well as old, his method of ordering the fellow to step up took no notice of the occurrence, although two or three, was to send over a chaise-cart for him, with a civil mes who had left cards at the nabob's temporary residence, and sage requesting an interview. I was in the parlour when not had their visits returned, were heard to declare it was he arrived, and could not help smiling at his rueful looks, a scandalous proceeding -quite contrary to law, and, for when he saw Mr. Clinch at table with paper before him their parts, they wondered the matter was not taken up by and pen in hand. Standing close to the door as if fearful pomebody. Although every body wishes to be thought some of advancing, he cast à most suspicious glance from his body, nobody seemned desirous of assuming the character little grey eyes, which, from the bend of his body, he was upon the present occasion. My friend having been pre-obliged to turu upwards, while a sudden blush reddened rented going to church by illness, his wife staid at home his wrinkled forehead, and even tinged his bald head. "Sit to nurse him for two successive Sundays, and though she down, Mr. Wright,” said my friend, at the same time pourwas present on the third, and passed the board with the ing him out a bumper of wine, which the old man tossed ustal conclave of superannuated malcontents under it, off at one gulp with a dexterity worthy of his younger she was just then so busy in calculating the cost of days. The lawyer stared ; Adam Wright sate timidly Mrs. Palmer's new pnce velvet pelisse with fur trim down-drew up his breath, and again gazed round him mings, which she was sure she could not afford, and had no suspiciously, but upon learning the object of his examinaright to wear, that she saw nothing on her way home buttion, presently recovered his composure. « I understand, the shameful sum of nine pounds fifteen shillings, “without good man," said Mr. Clinch, " that you have rode through reckoning the lining ;" which latter words she repeated to this field when it was open, scores of times.”_" Never but herself in a graduated tone of increasing amazement as once," was the reply. “Only once! why then did you say you she recapitulated her calculation, and arrived at the same had ?"_“I never did say so." Hem !" said Clinch, a startling conclusion. Owing thus to his own sickness, and shy bird.” Behold the exaggeration of village gossips," Mr Palmer's new velvet pelisse, nearly a month elapsed said Chilvers; “ but you did once ride through' it, Mr. before the nabob's innovation came to the knowledge of the Wright; will you have the goodness to relate to us what orner of the old white hat.

yon recollect of the circumstances ?"_" I recollect them With his usual scepticism he would not trust to the re- all," replied Adam, as well as if it happened yesterday, ports of others, but in spite of a recent sickness, and the though I was only nine years old at 'the time. Mayhap, Erpostulations of his wife, tied his old hat under his chin, sir, you might know strait-haired Jack, as they called him, allied into Loughton Lane, and not content with reading that drove the Cambridge ?" Chilvers regretted that he the placard in that direction, skirted the new paling, till never had that honour. Well, sir, I'was then apprenhe came in front of the free school, where he perused the ticed to his own father, old Harrison, that kept the farrier's duplicate, notwithstanding the mud with which some in-shop at the lower common."_How was it bounded on dignant urchins had bespattered it. His resolution was the north ?" interrupted Clinch. "The Lord knows how," instantly formed. “How can we expect the poor," said he, resumed Adam. " That mist be ascertained, however," "who so fearfully outnumber us, to leave us in quiet posses- qnoth Clinch, laying down his pen.' “ It can't be done no sion of our fortunes and luxuries, if we are to look coldly how," said Adam, « for the great stack of chimneys has on and see them deprived of their humble rights. Reciprocal fallen in, right where I used to stand and blow the bellows. forbearance and protection are the upholding principles of God preserve us ! Thank heaven there's only a low chimney the social compact, and the best security for the continuance to our lodge."_" See how an old man clings to life," whisof the former is the scrupulous exercise of the latter.” « They pered Chilvers; "he never troubled his head about chimneys may take the law," said a neighbour to whom he thus ex- when he was young."_"Well, sir," said Wright, in contipressed himself.' «They may take Okehamhall," said Chil- nuation, “old Harrison (I called him master then) had vers, "for it has been to let those three years, but how are been trumpeter or horse-doctor in the Greys"_ "Which they to pay for itI wouldn't have gone to law for myself was he?" again interrupted Clinch__'he must have been if he had blocked up my hall door, and compelled me get in one or the other."_“ No, sir, he wasn't, for I believe he was at the top of my house, like Robinson Crusoe ; but though I both.”—“Ay, that will do-go on." "Well, he served in might compromise my own rights, I do not feel at liberty the Greys, I don't know how many years, and when he was to scrifice those of the poor, so I'll just step on and call discharged superannuated, they allowed him to buy his upon Mr. Clinch.”

grey mare that he always rode; and how old she was, God Mr. Clinch was a brisk little lawyer, who, by a smirking knows, for the mark was out of her mouth afore ever she imustry, and technical knowledge of legal quibbles and came to him, and he rode her twelve years in the army. rulitleties, kad bustled himself into a thriving business, | Upon this mare he used to go about for orders, attending thongh he knew no more of the leading principles npon the gentlemen's hunters round the country, and what not ; which the noble palladium of the law was built, or of its but never suffered any body to mount her without it was great expositors, than the rat which is conversant with all himself. He had only to call out Polly, and she would the holes, flaws, and hiding places under St. Paul's, knows come running up to him directly, and would follow him up of architecture and Sir Christopher Wren. He had lately and down town, just like a dog without ever a bridle, no nor rettled in the neighbourhood, having bought a small brick so much as a halter.-Well, master never break fasted at honse at the confluence of three roads, on the top of which he home;- the first thing in the morning, he used to put some had built a fantastical wooden tower, where he occasionally soft gingerbread into his pocket, for his teeth were knocktook his wine and the dust; and upon the strength of this ed ont at some great battle, and go down to the King's castellated superstructure, and two little brass camions on Head, and there, if you passed the bow window, you would the lawn, whicb were always fired when he set off for Lon- be sure to see him in his cocked hat sitting behind a half don at the commencement of term, he gave his residence | pint of purk. On the morning I was telling you of"

about thirty years of age, had been left a widow, with a hearted woman did not hesitate, in accepting his hand; little girl of five years old, in a state of utter destitution; the marriage took place, and Chilvers, who was before an and so soon as she learyt his accessiou of fortune, very old rogue, and an old sinner, was instantly converted, in the

faturally applied to him for assistauce. Upon occasions of village vocabulary, into an old fool and an old dotard. benevolence he was not in the habit of calculating appear. This union, dictated solely by benevolence on one side, by ances, or balancing surmises, so he tied down his old white gratitude and maternal solicitude on the other, without a: hat, got into a glass coach, drove to his relations, and in less particle of love on either, was, without exception, the hap than twelve hours from the receipt of her letter, had estab-piest and most undisturbed that has ever fallen within my lished her, with her child, in his cottage, giving up his observation. And yet there was no intellectual congruity bed-room for her use, “ Because," as he said, “ young women between them ; she was an uneducated simple woman; he liked to be cheerful, and from the corner window she could was a profound, original, and elemental philosopher. But see all the company on the great Romford road." When the there was affinity and sympathy in their kind and generoun dust allowed any object to be discerned at that distance, it hearts; he had found an object for the overflowings of his is certain that a glimpse might occasionally be caught of a benevolent bosom, and she looked up to her benefactor wist drove of oxen, or a cart laden with calves for Whitechapel a mixture of filial and conjugal, affection. This case may market: but Chilvers had been told that his window com- have been an exception to the general rule, but it certainly inanded this great thoroughfare, and had never been at the affords a proof that disproportion of age is not necessarily pains to ascertain the nature of its command. Such as it incompatible with married happiness. Theirs, was unwas, there the widow had her habitation, her kinsman little broken except by death; and he, alas ) unlike Miss Brigg, dreaming that, in following the dictates of his kind heart, came but too soon to visit the cottage, in spite of the inhe had at last hit upon an expedient for effectually clearing puted mistress, and even of the old white hat. , his house of ceremonious, card-leaving, and card-playing Chilvers had a mortal antipathy to all interference in annoyances.

parochial affairs, deeming them the infallible foes of neighHowever liberal the world may be in measuring a man's bourly concord, and the bitter springs of jealousy, bicker.. fortune, they seldom extend the same generous estimate to ing, and ill will. During the war, when the militia paperi his actions and morals, but are exceedingly prone to de- were left at his house, he regularly inserted iņ the columın duct from his honour and honesty, at least as much as they of exemptions—" old, lame, and a coward, and returned have added to his wealth. So it fared with Chilvers. They it to the proper officer, generally within an hour of his hay were willing to overlook his whims and caprices, and even ing seen it. Once he was appointed overseer for the poor, tolerate his old white hat, but there was really no shutting in the very natural supposition that from his indolent and their eyes to the improper nature of the connexion with sequestrated habits he would appoint a deputy, for which this pretended widow, this Mrs. Hall, or Ball, or whatever office several applicants accordingly presented themselves; he called her; and, indeed, it was obviously an old affair, but he detected the motive of his nomination, determined for the brat of a child was the very picture of him. He to punish his annoyers, and to the amazement of the whole might, at least, have concealed tbe creature, and not have village declared his intention of acting. His first step was pronght her into his own house, and under the very noses to abolish the quarterly dinners, and other indulgences and of such universally allowed-to-be-respectable people as the perquisites, which his coadjutors had been in the long estate inhabitants of Row Miss Briggs again took the blished habit of enjoying ;-his second was to compel them lead on this momentous abomination ; and although, but a to the performance of those duties which for, an equally very few days before, she had been heard to pronounce him lengthened period they had been accustomed to neglect: rsmarkably good-looking for a middle-aged man, she now, and the result was precisely what he wished they never with a toss of ineffable anger and disdain, most energetically troubled him in future. Upon only one other occasion was termed him a good-for-nothing nasty old fellow; and the he moved to enter into the parochial arena, and as it oc. obsequious village re-echoed the assertion. Footmen, boys, curred but shortly before his death, of which indeed it was, and maids, no longer lifted his latch with cards and invita- the ultimate cause, and was productive of a little scene of. tions; and the females of the place were suddenly seized which I was an eyewitness, I shall proceed to relate it. with an unaccountable obliquity of vision, when they saw About half way down Loughton Lane, a footpath strikes him approaching with the unconscious author of this revo- off across a large field, and coming out opposite the free lution leaning upon his arm. . The outrageous puritans school considerably shortens the way to church. I say coninstantly crossed over the road, regardless of mud or puddle; siderably in a relative sense, as to those who principally some looked steadily at a sigupost, on the opposite side of availed themselves of it the lame, and the feeble, and the the way; others gazed upon the heavens, or contemplated crutch-supported old men and women who toddled out of the earth; while a few summoned a whole Pandemonium the alms-houses in the lane, and were duly seen on a Sun. of outraged chastity into their countenances, and passed him day morning creeping across it, as if they could never costwith a fling of ineffable scorn ; but he was too absent and plete their journey, though they were always sure to be in heedless to be even conscious of the cut direct and insolent, their places before the bell had done tolling. In point of still less of the eut oblique and embarrassed. He was too fact, the distance saved was not above two hundred yards happy in the quiet repossession of his house, and resump- but a footpath had existed, not only in Farmer Blunt's day, tion of his studies, to be solicitous about the cause; and as who had owned the field for the last forty years, but time to the poor widow, her time and thoughts were so exclu- out of mind before him. Farmer Blunt's time, however, sively occupied with little Fanny, her daughter, that she was up; he was deposited in the churchyard; and the prog: required not the attentions of her neighbours

perty having been sold at his death, fell into the hands of Nothing could exceed the amazement of Chilvers when a Mr. Martindale, who had lately returned from Calcutta, I explained to him the meaning of this estrangement. “Why, so saturated with gold, that it had completely tinged his she is not thirty," he exclaimed," and I am sixty; what dis- face, and converted half his liver into bile. Visiting his proportion will secure a man from scandal ?". With his new purchase with a worthy successor of Capability usual philanthropy, however, he soon began to find excuses Browne, it was pointed out to him that Farmer Blunt's for the world, and as he was highly sensitive to any impu- house, though uninhabitable at present, offered singular tations thrown upon his relative, though utterly callous to advantages for the construction of a mansion worthy of its them in his own person, he consulted me as to what con- new proprietor. A very little rebuilding and alteration duct he could adopt, so as to silence calumny, and yet would convert it into an admirable wing, and there would afford the shelter of bis roof to this destitute widow, “None," then be nothing in the world to do, but to run up a centie I replied, “but by marrying her."-"With all my heart,” he and another wing in order to complete the edifice; while rejoiyed, “ if Mrs. Ball will give her consent.” Already deep- the fields, naturally picturesque, by simply.grubbing up ly impressed with gratitude and esteem, weary with strug- the hedges, and planting a few trees, would spontaneously gling with misfortune, and anxious to secure a protector for assume a parkish appearance. . Such palpable facilities lier little portionless daughter, this simple-minded and kind-/ were not to be neglected; the old farm-house was tos

trired and transmogrified to qualify it for acting the part of the very consistent name of Castle-cottage." * The rustics a Wing: a park paling speedily encircled the field, and a called it the Lawyer's Folly ;-Chilvers denominated the board at each extremity of the abolished footpath informed tower, Mr. Clinch's Coké upon Littleton, and the guins his the world, that « trespassers would be punished with the Term Reports. At this interview hostilities were re olved u crnost severity of the law. After church, on the following on, and the man of law having learnt, in the course of his Sanday, the aforesaid old alms-women of both sexes 'as inquiries, that old Adam Wright remembered when there sembled in a body, under this obnoxious notice, where they was not even å stile at the thoroughfare in question, and spent an hour or two in debating how long they had re- had rode throngh' it scores of times on horseback, wrote to Apectively remembered the thoroughfare; complained bit- my friend, requesting he would order the fellow to step up terty of the alteration; and though they were all comfort to C -Row, and he would come over, take his bit of ably maintained upon charity, unanimously agreed that mutton with him, and examine the i'ustic after dinner. Old nobody cared for the poor now-a-days. The rest of the Adam Wright was a pensioner of Squire Tilson, in whose parishioners, who were either uninterested in the question, lodge he resided ; and as Chilvers knew him to be infirm, or had not the remotest idea of quarreling with a rich man, as well as old, his method of ordering the follow to step up took no notice of the occurrence, although two or three, was to send over a chaise-cart for him, with a civil mes who had left cards at the nabob's temporary residence, and sage requesting an interview. I was in the parlour when not had their visits returned, were heard to declare it was he arrived, and could not help smiling at his rueful looks, a scandalous proceeding-quite contrary to law, and, for when he saw Mr. Clinch at table with paper before him their parts, they wondered the matter was not taken up by and pen in hand. Standing close to the door as if fearful somebody. Although every body wishes to be thought some- of advancing, he cast å inost suspicious glance from his body, nobody seemed desirous of assuming the character little grey eyes, which, from the bend of his body, he was upon the present occasion. My friend having been pre-obliged to turn upwards, while a sudden blush reddened Fented going to church by illness, his wife staid at home his wrinkled forehead, and even tinged his bald head. "Sit to nurse him for two successive Sundays, and though she down, Mr. Wright," said my friend, at the same time pour. was present on the third, and passed the board with the ing him out a bumper of wine, which the old man tossed - ustial conclave of superannuated malcontents under it, off at one gulp with a dexterity worthy of his younger she was just then so busy in calculating the cost of days. The lawyer stared ; Adam Wright sate timidly

Mrs. Palmer's new puce velvet pelisse with fur trim-down—drew up his breath, and again gazed round him e? minys, which she was sure she could not afford, and had no suspiciously, but upon learning the object of his examina

rigtit to wear, that she såw 'nothing on her way home but tion, presently recovered his composure. “I understand, the shameful sum of nine pounds fifteen shillings, “without good min," said Mr. Clinch, “ that you have rode through reckoning the lining ;" which latter words she repeated to this field when it was open, scores of times!"_“ Never but

herself in a graduated tone of increasing amazement as once," was the reply. “Only once! why then did you say you miskie recapitulated her calculation, and arrived at the same had?"_" I never did say so."_Hem !" said Clinch, a

startling conclusion. Owing thus to his own sickness, and shy bird.”_Behold the exaggeration of village gossips,"

Mes Palmer's new velvet pelisse, nearly a month elapsed said Chilvers; “ but you did once ride through it, Mr. - before the nabob's innovation came to the knowledge of the Wright; will you have the goodness to relate to us what e owner of the old white hat.

you recollect of the circumstances ?”_"I recollect them With his usual scepticism he would not trust to the re- all," replied Adam, “as well as if it happened yesterday, ports of others, but in spite of a recent sickness, and the though I was only nine years old at the time. Mayhap, expostulations of his wife, tied his old hat under his chin, sir, you might know strait-haired Jack, as they called him, allied into Loughton Lane, and not content with reading that drove the Cambridge ?" Chilvers regretted that he the placard in that direction, skirted the new paling, till never had that honour. Well, sir, I'was then apprenhe came in front of the free school, where he perused the ticed to his own father, old Harrison, that kept the farrier's duplicate, notwithstanding the mud with which some in- shop at the lower common."_" How was it bounded on dignant urchins had bespattered it. His resolution was the north ?" interrapted Clinch.' "The Lord knows how," instantly formed. - How can we expect the poor," said he, resumed Adam. “That mst be ascertained, however,"

vho so fearfully outnumber us, to leave us in quiet posses- qnoth Clinch, laying down his pen.' “ It can't be done no dion of our fortunes and luxuries, if we are to look coldly how," said Adam, « for the great stack of chimneys has on and see them deprived of their humble rights. Reciprocal fallen in, right where I used to stand and blow the bellows. forbearance and protection are the upholding principles of God preserve us ! Thank heaven there's only a low chimney the social compact, and the best security for the continuance to our lodge."_" See how an old man clings to life," whis. of the former is the scrupulous exercise of the latter.” « They pered Chilvers; “ he never troubled his head about chimney's may take the law," said a neighbour to whom he thus ex- when he was young."_"Well, sir," said Wright, in conti. prezand hireself. “They may take Okehamhall," said Chil- | nuation, “old Harrison (I called him master then) had pers, " for it has been to let those three years, but how are been trumpeter or horse-doctor in the Greys"_ “Which they to pay for it?s I wouldn't have gone to law for myself was he?”' again interrupted Clinchhe must have been if he had blocked up my hall door, and compelled me get in one or the other." _“No, sir, he wasn't, for I believe he was at the top of my honse, like Robinson Crusoe ; but though I both.”—“Ay, that will do go on." Well, he served in might compromise my own rights, I do not feel at liberty the Greys, I don't know how many years, and when he was W sacrifice those of the poor, so I'll just step on and call discharged superannuated, they allowed him to buy his upon Mr. Clinch.”

grey mare that he always rode; and how old she was, God Mr. Clinch was a brisk little lawyer, who, by a smirking knows, for the mark was out of her mouth afore ever she industry, and technical knowledge of legal quibbles and came to him, and he rode her twelve years in the army. subtleties, kad bustled himself into a thriving business, Upon this mare he used to go about for orders, attending teonghi he knew no more of the leading principles upon the gentlemen's hunters round the country, and what not ; which the noble paladium of the law was built, or of its but never snffered any body to mount her without it was Great expositors, than the rat which is conversant with all himself. He had only to call out Polly, and she would the holes, flaws, and hiding places under St. Paul's, knows come running up to him directly, and would follow him up of architecture and Sir Christopher Wren. He had lately and down town, just like a dog without ever a bridle, no nor settled in the neighbourhood, having bought a small brick so much as a halter. Well, master never break fasted at

se at the confluence of three roads, on the top of which he home ;-the first thing in the morning, he used to put some bad built a fantastical wooden tower, where he occasionally soft gingerbread into his pocket, for his teeth were knock

* his wine and the dust ; and upon the strength of this ed out at some great battle, and go down to the King's Bellated superstructure, and two little brass camons on Head, and there, if you passed the bow window, you would the lar he lawn, which were always fired when he set off for Lon- be sure to see him in his cocked hat sitting behind a half born at the cominencement of term, he gave his residence pint of purk. On the morning I was telling you of"

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