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Wear this for me ; one out of suits with fortune;
That could give more, but that her hand lacks means.

SHAKSPEARE.

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“So, Charles,” continued my friend Henry, after he had finished the foregoing story,

thy time is at present occupied in preparing sketches for the amusement of the public ? I shall feel much pleasure in sending you a manuscript, which describes particulars in the lives of a few individuals; and I have no doubt, from such parts of it as I have perused, that you will find it worthy of a place in your Port-Folio. How it fell into my hands, I need not relate. You are at liberty to make what use you please of the incidents, substituting feigned names for real ones.

My dear Hal," answered I,“ you will infinitely oblige me by such a gift ; for you cannot do an

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author a greater piece of service than to enable him to write without expending thought.”

And so, fair lady, or gallant sir, I proceed to lay before you Harry's present.

LIONEL AND EMILY.

Ah, me! for aught that I could ever read,
Could ever hear by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth.

SHAKSPEARE.
Go, when the hunter's hand hath wrung
From forest cave her shrieking young,
And calm the lonely lioness :
But soothe not-mock not my distress.

BYRON.

Lord Conamore appeared to me nearly sixty, when I became acquainted with him. He had long since forsaken the thorny paths of ambition, and secluded himself much from the great world, passing his time on an estate, most beautifully situated on the sea-shore, and surrounded by romantic mountain scenery. A high chain of hills rose, not with disagreeable abruptness, from Conamore Lodge, and sheltered it on the north. Immediately to the south was the blue ocean, whose summer waves rippled over silver sand almost up to the lawn, passing the charming little town of Conamore, pleasantly situated on a point; before which were at all times to be seen a variety of vessels lying close to the quays. Along the sides of the mountains marks of labour were apparent, wheresoever the eye roved. White cottages were scattered with delightful profusion, fenced fields proclaimed that labour was brown with toil; in spring the busy plough was seen, in summer the green waving crop, and in autumn the yellow, rich and sweetly varied tints of nature seemed as though they were crowning industry with golden smiles. At all seasons his Lordship might be seen viewing the roads he had cut' along the hills, or admiring the plantations his taste had produced.

In person he was tall, and in deportment lofty and commanding ; short in his manner, passionate in his actions, distant in his intercourse at one time, and at another unceremoniously familiar: kind-hearted, yet haughty and overbearing ; benevolent, yet constantly railing at beggary; ever doing good, and yet inflicting injury; in short, an eccentric being whom many thought perfectly happy, but in reality one whom I found to be not above the lot of hu

manity. His Lordship was as remarkable for singularity in dress as in manner. He wore a brown plain wig with a long queue, a broad-brimmed white hat, a coat entirely different from the fashion of his ówn times, an embroidered waistcoat which sloped away down his thighs: in the fields his legs were cased in huge boots; but in the drawing-room he appeared with polished shoes, gold buckles, white silk stockings, and kerseymere smallclothes.

Of Lord Conamore's household establishment, I need only introduce the reader to his maiden sister, Lady Constantia, a prim sprig of nobility, with sufficient family pride, and a strong passion for elevated society ; to her niece, Lady Emily Temple, Lord Conamore's only child, a most charming girl ; and to his Lordship’s prime minister in and about Conamore, Mr. Peter Prentice, who was, to describe him in a word, as great an oddity as his master.

It was customary with Lord Conamore, on Midsummer eve, to give his tenants a treat and a dance on the lawn, while the genteel society in the vicinity and the neighbouring town were sumptuously entertained in the Lodge, after patronizing the light fantastic toe, among the lower orders on the green. One of these annual festivals was at hand, when I, then on a visit with a relation at Conamore, received a polite invitation, and my acquaintance with the characters whom I introduce commenced.

The breath of summer never perfumed a more lovely evening than that in which my friend and I sallied forth to partake of the hospitality of Conamore Lodge. The cuckoo and corncrake were loud in expressing their pleasure, and ten thousand warblers made the ambient air delightfully vocal ; while the bright sandy beach along which we walked was covered with innumerable species of life, all enjoying the serenity of nature and the glorious departure of the brilliant sun, sporting and racing from their sand-built habitations, and with insect wonder gazing perhaps at our stately march. All the blue bright expanse of ocean lay like an undulating plain of glass, unruffled save by the dip of marine birds that hovered over it kissing their own images. All was quiet in elemental existence. Écho multiplied the charms of hearing, and sight was gratified by seeing many an interesting object inverted ; for as we rounded the point, Conamore Lodge, the scenery near it, and numerous persons approaching,

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