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tion belong women and men resume Bon females of the aborious habits it must be owing, that this courageous man was once in good circumstances, but un himn a stout rope and an iron crow-bar, and
diurnal task at horror, without terminating fatally, that the bare idea of two o'clock in the morning of summer, and keep it until it makes the blood recoil from the heart. It appears that the
order in this have a misfortunes had reduced him to the lowest ebb of wretched. * breadth of shoulder, extent of thew, and procerity of limb, ness and want. His wife and a family of eight children were
I would veriture to swear, not to be found in any other part crying around' him, and he could not endure the thought of the habitable earth. They really quite outman our sex. of his little ones suffering, without making an effort to save In all other animals but the human, the males are, I be them.' In a moment of desperation he borrowed the crow. lieve, most usually remarkable for beauty. Here they make bar and rope of a neighbouring cottager, and proceeding good the general analogy. Instead of a “peeping ankle," to the extremity of the rock, without one thought of the you have a calf of brawn, in full display, under a petticoat danger of his undertaking, (never having ventured before,) reaching no lower than a little under the knee, whose he fixed the crow-bar, attached the rope to it, and boldly owner steps along at her ease, a full geometrical yard and descended the cliff. In the course of a few minutes he a half at a stride. It was, no doubt, women such as these reached a ledge which, gradually retiring inwards, stood that Cæsar's soldiers had a view of, when his army became some feet within the perpendicular, and over which the panic-struck with the apprehended physical force of this brow of the rock beetled consequently in the same proportion. people. But the males are by no means in proportion mas- Busily employed in gathering the samphire, and attentive culines The costume of the sex is appropriate. The head only to the object of profit, the rope suddenly dropped from is bagged, or trussed, in a sort of night-cap, tied close un his hand, and after a few oscillations became stationary at der the chin, the top of which casing is pursed into a knob the distance of four or five yards from him. Nothing stuffed with their hair, and from this a long cue or two of could exceed the horror of his situation ; above was a rock plated tresses depend to the waist, if waist that can be called, of 60 or 70 feet in height, whose projecting brow could defy which preserves its diameter undiminished one inch from every attempt of his ascending it, and prevent every effort the shoulder to the hip.
of others to assist him. Below was a perpendicular descent NOT YET FIFTEEN.
of 100 feet, terminating by rugged rocks, over which the DURING the worst periods of the French Revolution, it rope, his only hope of safety, his only hope of return ; but
surge was breaking with dreadful violence. Before was the was customary at Lyons, where many victims suffered, to hanging at such a tantalizing distance as baffled all expectation send the condemned to a place named, “the Cave of Death." of his reaching it. Here therefore he remained, until the A lad of fifteen was of the number. His little brother, a piercing cries of his wife and childreri, who, alarmed at child hardly six years old, who had been accustomed to his long absence, had approached the very edge of the cliff, visit him in another prison before trial, no longer finding roused him to action. He was young, active, and resolute; him there, came to the vault of the Cave of Death, and call with a desperate effort, therefore, he collected all his powers,
and springing boldly from the ledge, he threw himself into ed to him from the iron grate. His brother heard him the dreadfnl vacuum, and dashed at the suspended rope ! and appeared below. The poor child put his little hands The desperate exertion was successful, he caught the cord, between the thick bars to clasp his unseen brother, while and in a short time was once more at the top of the rock. the latter, by raising himself on the points of his toes, No language can describe the scene which followed-himcould just kiss them. “ My dear brother," said the child, self, the dear partner of his heart, and his little offspring, « art thou going to die, and shall I see thee no more? Why to comfort, joy, and happiness.
were in one moment raised from the lowest depth of misery, did you not tell them that you are not yet fifteen ?" ** I did, brother ; I said all I could, but they would hear nothing.
HEBRIDEAN POETRY. Carry a kiss to my mother, and try to comfort her ; no THERE is a very popular air in the Hebrides, written to thing grieves me but that I leave her ill, but don't tell her the praise and glory of Allan of Muidartach, or Allan of yet that I am going to die." The child was drowned in Muidart, a chief of the Clanranald family. The follow. tears, his little heart seemed ready to break. “Good byc, ing is a translation of it by a fair friend of mine :brother," he repeated again and again; but I'm afraid
Come, here's a pledge to young and old ! you did not say that you were not yet fifteen.” He was at
We quaff the blood-red wine ;
A health to Allan Muidart bold, length so suffocated with sobs that he could speak no more,
The dearest love of mine. and went away." Every one who passed bý, seeing his distress, asked him what was the 'matter. «*'Tis the
Along, along, then haste along, wicked men that' make me cry—they are going to kill my
For here no inore I'll stay; brother, who is so good, and who is not yet fifteen."
I'll braid and bind my tresses long,
And o'er the hills away.
When waves blow gurly off the strand,
And none the bark may steer;
The grasp of Allan's strong right hand DU THERE are few avocations attendant with so much dan.
Compels her home to veer. ger as that of gathering rock samphire, which grows in
Along, along, &c. great plenty along the edges and down the perpendicular
And when to old Kilphedar came side of the cliffs near Rennel's Cave, Glamorganshire. The
Such troops of damsels gay; method employed by the fearless adventurers in their
Say, came they there for Allan's fame, occupation is simply this :— The samphire gatherer
Or came they there to pray?
Along, along, &c. proceeds to the cliff, fixing the latter firmly in the earth, at
And when these dames of beauty rare - the brow of the rock ; and, fastening the former with equal
Were dancing in the hall, security to the bar, he takes the rope in his hand, and bold
On some were gems and jewels rare, ly drops over the head of the rock, lowering himself gra.
And cambric coifs on all. dually until he reaches the crevice where the samphire is
Along, along, then haste along, found. Here he loads his basket or bag with the vegetable,
For here no more I'll stay ; - and then ascends the rock by means of the rope. Careless
I'U braid and bind my tresses long, ness or casualtyy in a calling so perilous as this, will some
And o'er the hills away. times produce terrible accidents. There is a story related
BY THE REV. ROBERT HALL OF LEICESTER.
ELEMENTS OF THOUGHT. were in danger of being overwhelmed by the victorious arts
of Charles the Fifth ; yet å veneration for the Scriptures, at SPRING SOLITUDE.-In solitude, or that deserted a time when they had almost fallen into oblivion, and an state when we are surrounded by human beings, appeal to their decisions in all points, was the grand char. and yet they sympathize not with us, we love the acteristic of the new religion. If we look into Turkey, we
shall find the least of that impatience under restraints, grass, the flowers, the water, and the sky. In the which admirers of despotism lament, of any place in the motion of the very leaves of spring, in the blue air, world, thongh Paul and his epistles are not much studied there is found a secret correspondence with our there. Hume and Boling broke, who were atheists, leaned hearts. There is eloquence in the tongueless wind, towards arbitrary power. Owen, Howe, Milton, Baxter, and a melody in the flowing brooks, and the whist.. and some of the most devout and venerable characters that ling of the reeds beside them, which, by their in- sentiments, on the subject of civil government, free and up
ever appeared, were warmly attached to liberty, and held conceivable relation to something within the soul, fettered. Hall. awaken the spirits to breathless rapture, and bring
To these instances Mr. Hall might have added, the whole tears of tenderness to the eyes, like the enthusi- reformers of Scotland, from John Knox and the Core
nanters to the modern Dissenters. asm of patriotic success, or the voice of one beloved
UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE AND ANNUAL PARLIAMENTS singing to you alone. Sterne says, that, if he were
WERE every householder, in town and country, permitted in a desert, he would love some cypress. So soon to vote, the number of electors would be so great, that is as this want or power is dead, man becomes a liv no art or industry would be able to bias their minds, o ing sepulchre of himself, and what yet survives is no sums of money would be sufficient to win their saf. the mere husk of what he once was.—Shelley.
frages. The plan which the Duke of Richmond reconn.
mended was, if I mistake not, still more comprehensive, IMPORTANCE OF THE STUDY OF POLITICS TO including all that were of age, except menial servants, By MINISTERS.
this means, the different passions and prejudices of men would check each other; the predominance of any parti.
cular or local interest would be kept down; and from the THERE are but few ministers who have capacity or whole, there would result that general impression, which leisure to become great practical politicians. To explore would convey, with precision, the unbiassed sense of the the intricacies of commercial science, to penetrate the refine- people. But, besides this, another great improvement, in
my opinion, would be to shorten the duration of Parlia. ments of negotiation, to determine, with certainty and ment, by bringing it back to one year. The Michel Gemote, precision, the balance of power, are undertakings, it will or great council of the nation, was appointed by Alfred to be confessed, which lie very remote from the ministerial meet twice a-year, and by divers ancient statutes after the department; but the principles of government, as it is a
conquest, the King was bound to summon a Parliament, contrivance for securing the freedom and happiness of men, looseness of this latter phrase ; by the 16th of Charles the se
once a-year or oftener, if need be ; when, to remedy the may be acquired with great ease. These principles our cond, it was enacted, the holding of Parliaments should not ancestors understood well; and it would be no small shame be intermitted above three years at most; and, in the first of if, in an age which boasts so much light and improvement King William, it is declared, as one of the rights of the as the present, they were less familiar to us. There is no people, that, for the redress of grievances, and preserving class of men to whom this species of knowledge is so requis liaments were triennial till the reign of George the First;
the laws, Parliaments ought to be held frequently. Par. site, on many accounts, as dissenting ministers. The jea- when, after the rebellion of 1715, the septennial act was lous policy of the Establishment forbids our youth ad- passed, under the pretence of diminishing the expense of mission into their celebrated seats of learning; our own elections, and preserving the kingdom against the designs seminaries, at least till lately, were almost entirely confined casion, he was at an utter loss to describe the nature of this
of the Pretender. Lord Peterborough observed on that oeto candidates for the ministry; and as, on both accounts prolonged Parliament, unless he were to borrow a pörzs amongst us, the intellectual improvement of our religious from the Athanian creed; for it was “neither created, nor teachers rises superior to that of private Christians, in a begotten, hut proceeding." Without disputing the upright greater degree than in the national church, the influence of intentions of the authors of this act, it is plain, they might their opinion is wider in proportion. Disclaiming, as they their conduct will ever remain a monument of that short
on the same principle have voted themselves perpetual, an! do, all pretensions to dominion, their public character, their sightedness in politics, which, in providing for the pressure professional leisure, the habits of study and composition of the moment, puts to hazard the liberty and happiness of which they acquire, concur to point them out as the na future tiines.--Works of Hall of Leicester. tural guardians, in some measure, of our liberties and
THE SLAVES' ADDRESS TO BRITISH FEMALES. rights, Besides, as they are appointed to teach the whole
Natives of a land of glory, compass of social duty, the mutual obligations of rulers and
Daughters of the good and brave, subjects will, of necessity, fall under their notice; and they
Hear the injured Negro's story, cannot explain or enfore the reasons of submission, without
Hear and help the fetter'd Slare ! displaying the proper end of government, and the expecta
Think, how nought but death can sever tions we may naturally form from it; which, when accu
Your loved children from your hold;
Srill alive, but lost for erer, rately donc, will lead into the very depths of political
Ours are parted, bought, and sold. science.
Seize, O! seize, the favouring season THE STUDY OF THE SCRIPTURES FAVOURABLE TO THE
Scorning censure or applanse;
Justice, Truth, Religion, Reason, The knowledge and study of the Scriptures, far from
Are your leaders in our cause. favouring the pretensions of despotism, have almost ever
Follow, faithful, firm, confiding, diminished it, and been attended with a proportional in.
Spread our wrongs from shore to shore: crease of freedom. · The union of the protestant princes
Mercy's God your efforts guiding, preserved the liberties of the Germanic body, when they
Slavery shall be known no more.
PRINCIPLES OF CIVIL LIBERTY.
THE STORY TELLER. 193 194 l'ing," cried Richard. “But it is ours, and Heaven send us
health to enjoy it." MY PLACE IN THE COUNTRY.: 04147
6 I don't understand you ?” Continued from last Number. jak nog on to Poor Mrs. Richard, from that hour was she haunted by
“ Have you a clean plate there, my dear 5" inquired " A place in the country,” and Richard's fate was fixed. Richard Martindale, seating himself beside her before the = His wife did nothing but babble of green fields ; and the fatal tray, having already rung a bell for a further supplý
“Do you know I have had no din. head nurse saw plainly she had “ a longing" for a place in of knives and forks. the country ; nor could any part of the coast longer satis
I was in such haste to get up to you, to tell you the fy her. From Scarborough to Ilfracombe, nothing would news, that I jumped into a post-chaise the moment it was
How are the children?" do, and the seven children must die without“ a place in the
“ You will positively drive me distracted. What news? country.” Much torture poor Richard endured before he a one morning underwent a sudden transformation, while
-You have told me none." * perusing the Morning Post, when he suddenly started up,
“ Your health, my love. How refreshing is a glass of wine, declaring he was going down to Hertfordshire. Mary-Matilda, after a fatiguing day and a dusty drive! I suppose you exwho had had several dreadful fits of the sullens, on a proposal pected me, as you have prepared supper ?—" of visiting her husband's relations there, was now seized with
“How was I to expect you ?-I may think myself lucky a fit of jealousy, and how did she know that he was gone
that I see you any time within these six weeks. How could into Hertfordshire at all ?--How did she know but that
I possibly guess when it would suit you to return home?" the staid and sober Mr. Martindale had received some kind
“ Didn't you receive my letter ?_"
6 What letter ?" of assignation or appointment through its columns, such as L" • • 's letter is received ; and Rosa will meet him at
“ By this morning's post ?"the time and place appointed, if he can make it convenient
“I have heard nothing of you, Mr Martindale, since to leave town."
you started off on pretence of a visit to your family, nearly
a week ago.” Mary-Matilda hated mysteries. Why had her husband kept so secret his desire of a visit to Hertfordshire ? Per cried Richard, setting down his glass. “ I was so very
« How very extraordinary,—how devilish provoking ?" haps he was gone to consult with his brother, the attorney, particular about that letter. I inquired so often about the ** about some means of getting rid of her, and forming a se
parate establishment. Perhaps_But why enumerate the post hour from my brother's clerks. By Jove,—here it is !" vagaries feeding the fancy of a peevish woman, parted for his waistcoat pocket. “In my hurry, I must have for
- cried he, suddenly detecting the neglected dispatch safe in the first time from her husband, without any means of emi ployment for her vacant mind. It was some comfort that gotten to put it in the post." ishe could send for the apothecary ; declare herself indis
“ A very convenient excuse." posed ; lie on the sofa ; take hartshorn; and sentimentalize
“Well, I am not sorry for it. The surprise will be all herself into languour upon a diet of green tea and custard
the greater." pudding. She was determined that at least, when the tru.
« What surprise ?"ant did think proper to return to the home he had basely punish you for that cross face by making you guess.?.
“ Nay, since you know nothing about the matter, I shall abandoned, he should find her looking as pale as the cambric handkerchief she now incessantly applied to her eyes. ful suspense I have been passing, to break in upon me in
“You are really too vexatious After the week of dread. If she did not favour him with a scene on such an occasion, this sudden way, and perplex me with all these mysteries. she might never have another opportunity.
Five tedious days had passed away. Poor Mrs. Richard, How am I to know what you mean?"" having scolded all her children, and as many of her ser.
“My dearest love, do not irritate yoursell," said poor Richrants as she dared, and being too bent on playing the victimard, drawing his chair 'nearer to hers, when he perceived
I ized invalid to admit visitors, was growing very tired of that she was on the verge of a genuine flood of tears. herself and her heroics. At last, on the fifth evening, half will explain the whole business to you from the very befamished by her perseverance of sullen abstinence, and sa-ginning."
tisfied that it was Saturday night, she had no chance of “No; I don't want to hear a word about it," cried the si hailing her culprit's marital knock at the door till Monday | lady, retreating to the sofa in a magnificent fit of the pouts.
morning, she suddenly rang the bell, and ordered a supper “ Believe me, I have no curiosity about any of your family, fray into her dressing-room. When lo! just as she had affairs. I dare say you and your brothers can manage them filled her plate with a provision of cold lamb and sallad, very well amongst you without any interference of mine. enough to have dined a corporal of dragoons, the door was Doubtless Mr Robert Martindale's professional advice-" fung open, and Richard rushed into her arms.
“ My dear, dear Mary-Matilda !” exclaimed her hus. prise and disappointment were alike overwhelming. She, band, somewhat provoked after a long day's fast, to be obo. who had been picturesquifying in her dressing-gown for five liged to procrastinate his cold lamb in honour of her ill. long tedious days; who had purchased a new bottle of humour. “ You must be aware that my sole motive in salts for the occasions; who had rebearsed her shrieks, and making this purchase is to gratify the desire you have 80 prepared her agonizing flood of tears she to be caught in long expressed of—". the fact of a tumbler of Madeira negus, and a fat shoulder " What purchase ?" ejaculated the breathless lady, jumpof lamb - It was too ignominious.
ing up from her reclining position. 1,"G) you are come at last," cried the mortified victim, “The Marygold Hill estate, my love. You know how compelled to wipe her mouth, instead of her eyes, as she eagerls you have beset me lately for a place in the country." accepted his warm embrace.
“ You have actually bought a place in tbe country in “The business was not settled till six o'clock this even. « The papers were signed this afternoon. A great bar
gain, I am told ; but the purchase was a serious affair. hands. She was not yet on-easy terms with her new Five-and-forty thousand pounds ! But it is the most beau. neighbours; and her own previous experience of a country tiful thing! All within a ring fence ;-a trout stream life had been made in a house full of giggling sisters, and running through the lawn :---best preserves in the country ; riotous brothers. But her own girls were too young to
timber magnificent-gardens superior to those at Grin- giggle-her boys too dull for. mischief; and, mareover, a derwell Halli The Marriots place a citizen's villa by termagant head-nurse, the inseparable prime minister of comparison Drawing room and library opening into a every silly indolent mother, having more than two thousan. conservatory of rare exotics; saloon forty feet by eighteen. a-year, would only allow her the children's company at But here is George Robin's advertisement of the place, which her own pleasure and convenience. She had no hereditary originally led me into temptation. Don't you remember interests in the condition of the neighbouring poor, or the how I started in the midst of reading the newspaper that prosperity of the neighbouring farmers. All were alike morning at breakfast ?-I could not hear or answer a word strangers; and though the Martindale family were very you said to me, after the notice of sale had canght mine kind in volunteering visits to Marygold Hill, they always eye."
came with prying, investigating, arithmetical looks; Mrs. “ My dear, 'dear Richard !” exclaimed the vanquished Robert begging her to take her daughter Marriot's advice lady, holding the crumpled newspaper in one hand, and in the management of her dairy, and housekeeper's accounts; throwing the other arm round his neck. « Why did you Mrs. Jacob, spunging for cuttings from the greenhouse, or not tell me at once?"
a breed of her choice Dorkings; Mrs. Millegan annibilat. “ I think you must now be satisfied that I have neglected ing the utmost efforts of her fine ladyism by a sketch of nothing to fulfil your wishes ?”
the superior splendours of Mowbray End; and Mrs. Mar“I never was so delighted in my life!—A finer place riot, senior, the widow, who was living in a cottage in her than Starling Park !—Forty-five thousand pounds : -Sa- son's village, overwhelming her with tracts and contro loon, library, coriservatory !-Show me the advertisement, versy. Mrs. Richard was never so ill as after some of Richard; show me the description."
these envious, presuming people had been staying at Mary. “I can't,mah,where it is. • That unique residence
gold Hill; and at length, though reluctantly, and with the known by the name of MaryGOLD Hill; situate five loneliness of a long winter in perspective, bethought her of
renewing her correspondence with her own married sisters. miles from the stirring little county town of Hertford.'”
She longed to figure before them in her "new dignities of " Good Heavens! In Hertfordshire! Just in the midst of all your odious family! How very provoking! I'm patroness of a village, and proprietress of a country seat; sure when I told you that I should like a country seat, i and nothing was more easily arranged.—Mrs
. Mac Glashun,
who had fancied herself the wife of à Lieutenant-General never dreamed that, without consulting me, you would of Poyais dragoons, now found herself the widow of an think of going and buying a place in Hertfordshire.--I ensign of Irish militia, with two young children, whom would as soon go to__"
she was very glad to quarter on the charity of any member « The devil !" cried the indignant husband; and his new
of the family willing to provide them with bread and but. place in the country was the origin of his first serious ter; and Harriet, whose union with the Grinderwell curate quarrel with his wife.
had caused him to be ejected from his cure, by the rectorSuch was the commencément of Mr. and Mrs. Martin nominee of the late Sir John, was now settled with him oa dale's prospects of rural felicity, and estated grandeur. But at last the ninetieth “ loaded wain" had left Harley street ; living on conger eels, and lived upon by the fen-dies
a vicarage of forty pounds a-year on the Lincolnshire cosast, and, with the dislocation of the leg of the magnificent billiard Both, on the first hint of an invitation, hastened eagerly table-a sword-stick poked through a Gainsborough-a to Marygold Hill; and it was no small afliction to the nervous fever to Mary-Matilda-sundry fits of rage and pride of the arrogant Mrs. Richard Martindale, that Mrs profane swearing to Richard_and innumerable casualties Trotter made her appearance by the north mail, and Mrs with the nurses and small children, Marygold Lodge was made. One season was spent in quarrelling about fixtures,
Mac Glashun and her children by the day coach. and curing smoky chimneys; but by the next Richard car- only the more cordial in his mode of reception, in consider:
Poor Richard, always kind and well-intentioned, was ried on improvements briskly-clearing away evergreens, ation of their mode of travelling; indeed, he was far better and felling groves. And now, the first year was gone, and pleased at the idea of having his two sisters-in-law as bis the second tolerably advanced ; but the fair proprietress of inmates, now that they were tamed by misfortune, than Marygold Hill could by no means be persuaded to pro. during the heyday of their partiálity for captains of bassars nounce herself comfortable . A new little marygold was dragoons, lancers, carabineers, fusiloers, and fencibles
. budding; and the fractious invalid could neither bring Moreover, if the truth must be told, he was not sorry to herself to like the neighbouring apothecary, nor reconcile have an excuse for occasionally prolonging his day's sports
, herself to the loss of Lady Kedgeree's daily calls of in- and taking a bachelor's dinner with the Marriots
, Millegriry, or her Harley Street neighbour Mrs. Calicut's hourly gan's, Martindales, or his new friend, Jack Cleverley, or councils of gossip. Richard Martindale already affected Poplar Lodge. the cockney country gentleman ; sported a fustain jacket, leathern gaiters, and a bill-hook ; went out before break all poor Mrs. Richard's Hertfordshire grievances, the most
Now this new friend, Jack Cleverley, vras, perhaps, of fast, spud in hand, to make war upon the thistles and dan. delions ; and, above all, during the shooting reason, was ping individual, with the strength, and eke the lungs of an
enormous; being a huge, large-limbed, cheery, back-slaynever to be heard of, (except by the distant report of his ox; who looked upon the fair and frail sex
, (like she wares Manton,) from breakfast till dinner
, or, during the hunt in his stable, and the cows in hig mendow.) as usefiul sai ing season, from breakfast till luncheon. Mary-Matilda mals, created for the service and delectation of mankiad
. consequently found her time hang somewhat heavy on her Despising the great lady of Harley Streer with all hit soal,
as too lazy to nurse her own children, and too helpless to prettiest of the four sisters ; but now, though the ten year drive herself round the farm like his own stirring house. which had passed over her head since the tour into Wales wife, he was never to be persuaded into the slightest defer. still left her flaxen hairand pink cheeks --- habits of luxurious ence towards her nervous headaches; shouting whenever he idleness, and other natural causes had produced an expansat by her at dinner, as if he had been tally-hoing to the sion of outline far from conducive to her reputation as a hounds, and slamning the doors after him whenever he beauty. Her cheeks were bloated, her eyes offuscate; little was staying in the house, as if he were bullying the waiters yellow ringlets hung scantily round the enlarged oval of at a traveller's inn. He was, indeed, a hateful creature in her rubicund face ; and, at eight-and-twenty, she might her eyes and ears ; talking with his mouth full, wiping it have passed for the age proverbially connected with the on the table-cloth, breathing like a grampus, and sucking qualification “ fat and fair.” Mrs. McGlashun and her in his tea from the saucer, with the impetus of the famous sister, on the contrary, attenuated by privations, had preAmerican whirlpool that swallows up ships of the line. served their shapes, and therewith that air of gentility with Mary-Matilda s first topic of lamentation, (after listening which the choicest costume can never invest a dumpy ivo. to Mrs. MacGlashun's moving tale of those Occidental ad- Marygold Hill restore animation to their features, and
man ; and no sooner did the good air and good fare of ventures which had terminated with seeing the unhappy bloom to their cheeks, than they shone forth as very pretty Ex-Lieutenant-General hanged higher than Haman, on a women, and came to be talked of as Mrs. Richard Martin. Mexican gallows, erected between two cabbage-palm-trees, dale's beautiful sisters. The Hon. Mrs. Blickling insisted --and trying to seem interested in poor Mrs. Trotter's de- upon being favoured with their company at a popularity
ball, her husband, the member, was giving to the free and scription of her little parsonage-garden, with its slimy fen- independent gentlemen of the county of Herts ; and it was ditches, and fetid exhalations,) was the misfortune of pos- indeed worn wood to Mary-Matilda, who had made hersessing a loud vulgar neighbour like Jack Cleverley, who self obnoxious in a cheerful social neigh hourhood by stickhad no greater satisfaction than in decoying Martindale ling for precedency as a baronet's daughter, to have her two
sisters appear on so ostensible an occasion in dyed silk away from home, brutalizing him with strong ale, and gowns, as a curate's wife and adventurer's widow ; and yet persuading him that it was a mark of manliness to defy to know that they were fiftyfold as much liked and admirthe influence of an " affectionate domestic partner.” Ited as herself. Now, in London this never could have hap. was in vain that Mrs. MacGlashun described her suffer- pened. Her Harley Street friends would never have dream.
ed of pressing their civilities on a Mrs MacGlashun and ings when left a nursing mother in a torrid climate ;
a Mrs Trotter, who had no houses of their own in which Mary-Matilda interrupted her to complain that poor little to requite the obligation ; and even had they been capable Dick had a chilblain in his little finger, thanks to Martin- of such a waste of magnaminity, the general indifference to dale's obstinacy in choosing to purchase an estate in a family connexions prevalent in London society, would county notoriously the coldest in England ; and while Mrs. have prevented any one from knowing, caring, or commenta
ing upon the relationship, or instituting comparisons' beTrotter was pointing out to her commiseration, that for
tween the parties. They had not been established two three years she had been living in a fi-hing-hamlet, without months at Marygold Hill, before Mary-Matilda wrote to a neighbour within forty miles, saving the officers of excise, her favourite sister Annę, (the wife of the Irish captain, who and coast blockade, and their spirituously-inclined consorts,
was now on half-pay, and settled on a small hereditary
estate on the borders of Connemara,) to describe how very - the lady of Marygold Hill begged to assure her that such troublesome she found those wild heathens, the little Maca spot was infinitely preferable to a country house, placed Glashuus, in her nursery ; and how much she was appreunder watch and ward of a husband's vulgar family. She heysive that Harriet and Julia, would assume the command appealed to the judgments of both, whether any thing could of her establishment, and probably give offence in the afford stronger proof of Martindale's want of knowledge family and neighbourhood, during her approaching con
finement. of the world, than to sink half his fortune in the purchase
There was no resisting this sororal appeal! Mrs. O'Cal. of an estate in the only county in England where no extent laghan certainly had intended to pass a happy domestic of landed possessions would obliterate the recollection that, winter in the bogs. But she would not allo:y poor little « after all, he was nothing but a second son of old Doctor Mary-Matilda to be put upon ; nohody could say what Martin'ale of Her'ford, who had made money in Indy;"
might be the result of her suffering any annoyance during and to their feelings, as daughters of the house of Grinder- O'Callaghan to become her escort, away she went by long
the ensuing delicate crisis. So, having persuaded Captain well, on the ignominy of being introduced into the neigh sea to London ; and, from the Tower Stairs,' straight to bourhood, under the patronage of Richard's eldest brother's those of Marygold Hill. The heroine was already in the wife, (the heiress of a rich brewer,) and to the county in straw ; but her husband (albeit somewhat startled by this general, per favour of Mrs. Millegan's favour with the third addition to his family circle) gave them a hearty wel.
come. All colonial people are hospitably inclined ; and great people at Moubray End. Somehow or other, both though he could certainly have dispensed with the Captain's Jalia and Harriet were disposed to harden their hearts to
company, against whom, during his courtship of Anne wards the picture of their sister's distresses. They, who Grinderwell, he had conceived an antipathy, yet still any had been subdued in a rougher school, who had contended connexion of his dear Mary-Matilda was welcome. It was with cold and heat, hunger and bereavement, since they still winter. And is it not the custom in Great Britain for Airted at Weymouth, or pouted at Grinderwell House, could people to collect as many as possible
of their friends and re
lations at Christmas, under their roof? Is not hospitality not connect the idea of misfortune with the wife of an' af- an almost religious duty on the part of the proprietor of a fectionate husband, the mother of seven fine children, and “ Place in the Country!" the owner & a handsome country seat in one of the best Richard Martindale, who, during her annual indispositions,
It was an awful visitation to the irritable nerves of Mrs. counties in England.
had been accustomed by her kind husband to have things Perhaps it was this obdnracy which gave them a sinister kept so quiet in the house, that the blind mole heard not position in Mrs. Richard Martindale's opinion. Other a foot-fall-when the little MacGlashuns, instigated by causes of dissatisfaction soon, however, became apparent. uncle O'Callaghan, set up their war-whoops in the hall; Mary-Matilda had been originally considered by far the or when uncle O'Callaghan himself, after a second bottle