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THE HISTORY OF THE OLDCASTLE FAMILY.
AN ORIGINAL NOVEL,
The party of their visitors returned on “ Here's Tony come," said Niss Beach. tlic following day, and Lady Beachcroft croft; “he is famous at an explanation ; and ber daughter, in high spirits. Sir he shall tell you. Tony, tell the ladies George and Tony appeared as unusually whom it was we met at the cottage." grave. Lady Priscilla could not avoid Tony, who had never spoken ton words demanding of the ladies what had so much together in his whole life except to exbilarated them?
groom or farrier, replied only with a “ The most fortunale rencontre in na laugh, and—“ Ha, ha, -good efaith,-the ture, sister," replied Lady Beachcroft. "To cottage,-a d-d good thing. The devil please Sir George, as well as to see you,
take that eternal blockhead, he is taking my dear Lady Priscilla, I consented to the horses to water though they are as bot come to the Land's End; but to confess as if they danced a walsh; d-m him, cthe truth, I thought we should be there him." With these words he rushed out of buried alive; and instead of that we have the room, but not a moment sooner than found the sweetest party. But finish what Lady Priscilla wished him. I was going to say, Juliet, my dear, for I · Bless me,' said Joliet, 'how he swears. see by the opposite glass that a visit to my I believe he does it to show his teeth; but toilette will not be malapropos.” Saying every body swears now. I mean to cure this her Ladyship shot out of the room, him of it if I cav, for I hate to be sworu at. and Juliet gladly took up her unfinished But now I will tell you about the cottage. sentence.
Well, we soon after met a poor fellow, and “ Why, you must know, aunt, that the demanded of him who lived at the cottage? place where the fiddlers were to be found We could make nothing out of the fool's was a very cross country road, and we had answer; he told us that he and his neigh. lost our way amongst fields and lanes, | bours did not know what to make of them; when we saw upon the brow of one hill, that they were gentlefolks, as he called and between two others like lofty walls them, who had come down to save money, upon each side of it, a small thatched house, and yet they spent it as fast and as idly as like one of those lovely fancy cottages if they were canvassing the county; and which you see in landscapes or designs. they had come down' for solitude and reThe front of the cottage was open to the tirement, to be quiet, alone, and the like sea, between the bills. The tops and sides of that,' as he termed it, and yet their of the hills were thinly planted with firs house was full from morning to vigbt, and and other trees. Dear me, mamma, said as noisy as a play house between the acts." I, what a lovely place, who can live there? “ A very good account, I think," said * Lame my horse, if I know,' said Tony. Lady Priscilla, “ of one of those caprices • May I be pigeoned if I can tell,' said Sir of fashion called a cottage. A party no George. And may this pimple be my sooner grow weary of the town, that is to death, if I can even guess,' said my man say, of the same place, than they resolve ma."
to try the sweets of rural life, and remove “Well," said Lady Priscilla, “and who from the hurry, the noise, and the trouble was it, Juliet?"
of the busy world, to retire to a cottage. “ You shall hear aunt.-Well, we went | The cottage is found; stabling for six forwards some way farther. Bless me, horses ; a double coach-house, and all conAgnes, how handsome you look to-day; veniences. An upholsterer is ordered to mamma has given me a box of patches, I furnish the cottage, and executes his order do let me put one on the right side of your i for a sum that would purchase half the lip, child, -twill so much improve you." cottages in the kingdom. A party of about
“Nonsense,” said Lady Priscilla; "who fifty, beaur and belles, young lords, young lived in the cottage?"
ladies, knights, and squires, set off, arrive,
and the reccss begins. Their silence is a “What, all ingether," demanded Lady continued course of inusic, singing, and Priscilla, hastily:" revelling from morn to night; their soli. “ Yes, aunt, all together; the more the tude consists in feasting the country; and merrier, I told them; there is plenty of their contemplation in adding every day room, said I, and at the worst the gentleto their pleasures. We have had one or men must lay on the foor. “0, I prefer two of them down in Cornwall; pray | the foor,' said the Colonel; 'give my rę. Heaven defend us from any more." spects to Lady Priscilla-give all our re
“ I am sure they are very pretty things, | spects, said they all together, to Lady Prise aunt. Well, and as we could make no. cilla, and intreat her pardon, that we have thing out of the fellow's description, we not called on her before." resolved to sport a face, and under pre Oh, I pardon them from the bottom of tence of paying them a visit, being in the my heart," said Lady Priscilla. country, and neighbours, &c. to gratify The conversation was here interrupted our curiosity. And so we called. And, I by Lady Priscilla being summoned away. Oh, my dear aunt! the very first who re Miss Beachcroft then broke forth into a ceived us was Lady Arminia Pringle, the | loud laugh.--"Well, my dear Agnes, have two Townlys, Colonel O'Hara, Mr. Town. not I served my aunt right, -ha, ha, ha, I øend, the poet of Grosvenor-square, and thinks he will not recover herselfthese three. Mr. Palsgrave, he who walked on foot || months. I shall be even with her for the from London to Edinburgh for a bet. long solitude to which she has hitherto Was not this charming? And they were confined me; I made them all promise to all so delighted to see us. The ladies come." kissed us over and over; the gentlemen “ Pray have you not a brother at the bowed and smirked; I do believe they | University, Juliet?” said Agnes, who was were all tired of each other, and so very eager to hear more of Mr. George Beachglad to have their party recruited by this croft, whose character had excited her addition. And Lady Arminia insisted curiosity. upon having beds made up, and implored “Yes, my dear, my elder brother George; als to stay the summer with her. But I and the most singular being you ever knew. told her we were with you; and they all | We always call him the clown, he is so odd, stared with astonishment, for they had and so contrary to all that is fashionable heard what kind of being you were, aunt." | and elegant."
" Thank you, my dear,” said Lady Pris • Is he deformed then?" said Agnes. willa, good humouredly smiling.
“O dear, no, he is reckoned extremely “ But I told them," continued Juliet, handsome, but he is so odd, such a mon
that you liked company as well as any ster. Why he is as good a scholar as if he one, only that there was none in your was brought up for a schoolmaster, and neighbourhood. And I told them it would though he is not five-and-twenty, as grave be charity to come and see you, and that and formal as Lady Priscilla. He does not you would be so happy to see them.” swear like Tony, nor bet, nor drink like
“ God forbid!" said Lady Priscilla, now my papa. He would have been in Parlia. somewhat alarmed.
meni if it were not for his folly; for my " And they said they would come." father put him up for the borough of (Lady Priscilla here almost groaned, and C One of the voters came to vote arose from her chair.) —" Aye but, said I, for him, but insisted on having five guinea when will you come, you know the old for his vote. My brother asked him if he.. proverb about promises and pyecrust; come did not know that he could not sell his vote soon and I will answer for your welcome. without being guilty of perjury, and the • We'll come, and stay too,' said the Co man said he did know it, but that was his Tonel; • ha, ha, ha, faiib we'll beat up my own business.--No,' says my brother, “it Lady's quarters.' And so, my dear aunt,' is my business, friend, for if you are willI would not let them alone before I made ing to be a priucipal in perjury, I will not them promise to come and stay a whole be an accessory; you may be base enough fortnight with you."
to sell a vote, but I will not be so contempte
ible as to buy one. Go, and endeavour to spectful to leave it without sceing my be an honest man?"
aunt."-Saying tbis he tenderly kissed his “And did he lose bis election for this :" sister, who, to do her justice, loved her aid Agnes.
brother in despite of his oddities. “Yes, and I think he deserved it for his Miss Beachcrost introduced Agnes to folly,” said Juliet; " for if the fellow chose her brother, and informed bim that he was to sisk his ears for my brother's interest, | in-luck, for that Sir George and Lady why should my brother stand in the way Beachcroft were with Lady Prisciila. of his own advantage. But this is not bis | Agnes observed, with regret, that this inworst folly. My father procured him the formation seemed to produce rather conoffer of a place under Government, uuder fusion and embarrassment than satisfaction, the simple condition, that he should bind in the animated countenance of Mr. bimself to vote always for the minister ; | Beachcroft, who nevertheless inquired rebut my brother said, 'let the minister first spectfully into their health. It was now bind himself to me, to be always a wise and agreed to send the servants with the horses honest man, and then I will bind myself to by the road, whilst they accompanied the bim, always to vote for him. And so he ladies through the shrubbery. lost this place.-Oh he is the oddest young During this time the stranger and Agnes man,-such a savage, but very goodnatur- could not avoid regarding cach other with ad ; but where are we walking to, Agnes."' looks of curiosity. At length, abroptly
Induced by the fineness of the morning, taking her hand,—“Pardon me," said he, they had walked on the lawn, and thence “if I am mistaken, though indeed I think insensibiy into the shrubbery, and through it is scarcely possible that I should be so.the gate at its further extremity; they had | Are you not Agnes, do you forget Ede proceeded farther than they intended, when | ward?" on the road which bordered one side of the “ Good Heavens," exclaimed Agnes, field, they beheld two gentlemen on horse. " are you the Mr. Edward--." back.
“Yes, Madam," replied Bellasis, smilThe gentlemen, as soon as they saw them, | ing; “ who had formerly the honour of dismounted their horses, and, giving them being better known to you than to expect. to their servants, entered the field by a such a question.” style, and advanced towards them. Juliet “So I am here saved," said Mr. Beach. stopped, and compelled Agnes to do croft," from the necessity of formally inthe same; one of the gentlemen came up, troducing you. Bellasis, you told me noand with a polite bow,-“We have had thing of your acquaintance with this young the accident, Madam, to lose our road lady." where one would think it was almost im- “Why, if they will speak the truth, possible to do so; but in admiring the said Miss Beachcroft flippantly, " they beauties of the country, we have insen- will each acknowledge that they are fully sibly confounded ourselves. We now come even with each other; and however well to a cross road. Will you pardon us that || acquainted they might have been formerly, we request you to inform us which is our that they have each as wholly forgotten road to Lady Priscilla Harrowby's?" the other as if they had never been
“ There are two roads, Sir," replied | acquainted." Miss Beachcroft; "the one with the clipt “* If that is the case," said Mr. Beaclihedges on each side of it, leads to the front croft, “ let each pronounce the pardon of pf the house."
the other. Mr. Bellasis bas lately returned The gentleman who made the inquiry, from a long voyage, and I have accomhad scarcely time to return bis thanks, be- || panied bim to this neighbouthood on a fore his companion likewise approached.- visit to his mother, who resides at LachMiss Beachcroft exclaimed in surprise : myre. We have not been fortunate enough “Good Heaven's, George, what brought to find her at home, as she had heard of you here?"
the arrival of her son's ship, and with "I was in the neighbourhood," replied parental eagerness hastened to Plymouth." bec, "and thought it would not be so re- They were now met by Lady Priscilla
and her party. So much more retentive was her memory than that of Agnes, that she recognised with equal ease and pleasure her former favourite. She received him with a warm benevolence peculiar to ber character. She inquired if Captain Oldcastle had acccompanied him to England."
“Yes, Madam," replied Bellasis: “ I have left him iu Devonshire; be bas every reason to imagine that the villainy of a former agent has defrauded hiin of his family estate, and he is not without hopes that he nay at length be enabled to recover it. He is io Devonshire for that purpose, and will doubiless remain theie till something is determined. I confess I have but little hope of his success, as not only the opinions of the best lawyers are against him, but that he has to deal with one whose talents
of chicanery are equal to the knavery of bis heart."
It is unnecessary to add that Lady Pris. cilla received hier nephew with warm hospitality: Agnes never passed a day more to her satisfaction and real enjovnyent. She could not avoid regarding Bellasis with attention, and was impressed with the uncommon elegance of his figure, and the general expression of his countenavce. His conversation was not inferior to his personal appearance. She could not avoid contrasting him with Sir George and Dashwood. The comparison could not but be to the advantage of Bellasis; nor did young Beachcroft himself appear to disadvantage; Agnes thought the two young men the most amiable and interesting of any she had yet seen.
[To be continued.)
A FEW PARTICULARS
RESPECTING THE LATE
EDUARD WORTLEY MONTAGUE, ESP,
Though many particulars have been shaw. At Constantinople the Grecian published respecting this extraordinary women had charms to captivate this unman, the son of the celebrated Lady Mary settled wanderer ; in Spain a brunette; in Wortley Montague, yet we have no doubt Italy the olive complexioned female, were that the following account will be interest- solicited to partake the honours of the ing to our readers.
bridal bed. It may be asked what became As this gentleman was remarkable for of this group of wives? Mr. Montague the uncommon incidents which attended was continually shifting the place, and his life, the close of that life was no less constantly varying the scene. Did he marked with singularity. He had been travel with his wives? No such thing; early married to a woman who aspired to Wortley considering his wives as bad trano higher character than that of an indus- velling companions, generally left them trious washerwoman. As the marriage was behind him. It happened, however, that solemnized in a frolic, Wortley never news reached his ears of the death of the deemed her sufficiently the wise of his original Mrs. Montague, the washerwoman: bosomn to cohabit with her; she was allow. Wortley had no issue by her; and without ed a maintenance, and lived contented; issue male a very large estate would revert she was too submissive to be troublesome to the sccond son of the Earl of Bute. on account of the conjugal rites. Wortley, Wortley owing the family, as he had conon the other hand, was a perfect Patriarch (jectured, no obligations, was determined, in his manners; he had wives of almost if possible, to defeat their expectations. every nation. When he was with Ali Bey He resolved to return to England and in Egypt, he had his household of Egyptian | marry; he acquainted a friend with his infemales, each striving who should be the tentions, and commissioned him to adver. happy she, who would gain the greatest tise accordingly. The advertisement apascendancy over this Auglo-castern Ba- ! peared in one of the Morning Papers; was
answered, and a person selected. The lady be supposed that visitors are not suffered impatiently waited the arrival of the ex to approach the person who is performing pected bridegroom, but whilst hie was on quarantine; they are divided by a passage bis journey, death arrested him in his of about seven or eight feet wide. Mr.
Thus ended the days of tbis cele- || Montague was just arrived from the East; brated person, a man who had passed | he had travelled through the Holy Land, through such variegated scenes, that a bare | Egypt, Armenia, &c. with the Old and recital of them would savour of the mar New Testament in his hands for his direc. vellous. From Westminsterschool, wherein tions, which he told us had proved unhe was placed for education, he ran away erring guides. He had particularly taken three several times. He exchanged cloaths the road of the Israelites through the wilwith a chimney-sweeper, and followed for derness, and had observed that part of the some time the sooty occupation. He next Red Sea which they had passed through. joined himself to a fisherman, and cried He had visited Mount Sinai, and flattered founders in Rotherhithe. He then sailed himself he had been on the very part of as a cabinboy to Spain, where he had no
the rock where Moses spoke face to face sooner arrived than he ran away from the with God Almighty. Ilis beard reached vessel, and bired himself to a driver of || down to his breast, being of two years and mules. After thus vagabondizing it for
a half's growth, and the dress of his head some time, he was discovered by the Bri
was Armenian. He was in the most en. tish Consul, who returned him to his thusiastic raptures with Arabia and the friends in England. He was next sent to
Arabs ; his bed was the ground, his food the West Indies, where he remained some
rice, his beverage water, his luxury a pipe time, then came back, acted agreeably to and coffee. His purpose was to return. the dignity of his illustrious descent, was
once more amongst that virtuous people chosen a member, and served in two suc whose morals and hospitality, he said, cessive parliaments. Ilis expences ex. were such, that were you to drop your ceeding his income, he became of course
cloak in the highway, you would find it. involved in debt. He quitted once more there six months afterwards, an Arab being his native country, and commenced that too honest a man to pick up what he knows wandering traveller which he continued to belongs to another; and were you to offer the day of his death. Having visited most him money for the provision you meet of the castern countries, he contracted a with, he would ask you with concern, why partiality for their manners. lle drank you had so mean an opinion of bis benelittle wine, a great deal of coffee, wore a
volence, to suppose him capable of receivlong beard, smoaked much, and even whilst | ing a gratification; therefore money (said at Venice he was habited in the eastern he) in that country is of very little use, style; he sat cross-legged, in the Turkish
as it is only necessary for the purchase of fashion, through choice. With the Hebrew, | garments, which in so warm a climate are the Arabic, the Chaldaic, and the Persian || very few, and of very little value.' He languages he was as well acquainted as distinguishes, however, betwixt the wild with his native tongue. He published and the civilized Arab, and proposes to several pieces, one “On the Rise and publish an account of all I have written." Fall of the Ancient Republics,” another The following extract is from a letter * An Exploration of the Causes of Earth of the writer of this article to his sister, quakes." He had great natural abilities, dated Dec. 99, 1765. and a vast share of acquired knowledge.? “Mr. Campbell dined on Monday at the.
“One of the most curious sights,” says | Earl of Hardwicke's, in St. James's-square, Sharpe in his Trarels through Italy,
where my Lord, and his Lady the Mar. saw in Venice, was the famous Mr. Wort-chioness of Grey, reside. He was prodi.. ley Montague, who was performing qua giously struck with the grandeur and elev rantine at the Lazaretto. All the English gance of their magnificent and princely made a point of paying him their compli- mansion. It was built by the Marchio. ments in that place, and he seemed not a
ness's grandfather, the Duke of Kent, and little pleased with their attention. It may is one sast cabinet of pictures, statues,