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who is now lord of the manor. I thought I on giving security for the rent; which I made managed it as they had done, with prudence; shift to procure. It was a piece of ground which I paid my rent regularly as it became due, and required management to make any thing of; had always as much behind as gave bread to me but it was nearly within the compass of my son's and my children. But my last lease was out labour and my own. We exerted all our insoon after you left that part of the country; dustry to bring it into some heart. We began and the Squire, who had lately got a London to succeed tolerably, and lived contented on its attorney for his steward, would not renew it, produce, when an unlucky accident brought us because, he said, he did not chuse to have any under the displeasure of a neighbouring justice farm under 3001. a-year value on his estate; of the peace, and broke all our family happiness but offered to give me the preference on the again. same terms with another, if I chose to take the " My son was a remarkable good shooter ; one he had marked out, of which mine was a he had always kept a pointer on our former
farm, and thought no harm in doing so now; " What could I do, Mr Harley? I feared the when, one day, having sprung a covey of para undertaking was too great for me ; yet to leave, tridges, in our own ground, the dog, of his own at my age, the house I had lived in from my accord, followed them into the justice's. My cradle! I could not, Mr Harley, I could not; son laid down his gun, and went after his dog there was not a tree about it that I did not look to bring him back: the game-keeper, who had on as my father, my brother, or my child: so I marked the birds, came up, and, seeing the even ran the risk, and took the Squire's offer of pointer, shot him, just as my son approached. the whole. But I had soon reason to repent of The creature fell: my son ran up to him: he my bargain ; the steward had taken care that died, with a complaining sort of cry, at his mas. my former farm should be the best land of the ter's feet. Jack could bear it ino longer, but, division: I was obliged to hire more servants, flying at the game-keeper, wrenched his gun and I could not have my eye over them all ; out of his hand, and, with the butt-end of it, some unfavourable seasons followed one another, felled him to the ground. and I found my affairs entangling on my hands. “ He had scarce got home, when a constable To add to my distress, a considerable corn-fac- came with a warrant, and dragged him to pritor turned bankrupt with a sum of mine in his son ; there he lay, for the justices would not possession : I failed paying my rent so punc- take bail, till he was tried at the quarter-sestually as I was wont to do, and the same stew. sions for the assault and battery. His fine was ard had my stock taken in execution in a few hard upon us to pay; we contrived, however, days after. So, Mr Harley, there was an end to live the worse for it, and make up the loss by of my prosperity. However, there was as much our frugality. But the justice was not content produced from the sale of my effects as paid my with that punishment, and soon after had an debts and saved me from a jail : I thank God I opportunity of punishing us indeed. wronged no man, and the world could never “ An officer, with press-orders, came down charge me with dishonesty.
to our country, and, having met with the jus " Had you seen us, Mr Harley, when we tices, agreed, that they should pitch on a cerwere turned out of South-hill, I am sure you tain number, who could most easily be spared would have wept at the sight. You remember from the county, of whom he would take care old Trusty, my shag house-dog ; I shall never to clear it: my son's name was in the justice's forget it while I live; the poor creature was list. blind with age, and could scarce crawl after us “ 'Twas on a Christmas eve, and the birthto the door : he went, however, as far as the day, too, of my son's little boy. The night was gooseberry-bush, which you may remember piercing cold, and it blew a storm, with show. stood on the left side of the yard; he was wont ers of hail and snow. We had made up a cheerto bask in the sun there : when he had reached ing fire in an inner room ; I sat before it in my that spot, he stopped ; we went on: I called wicker-chair, blessing Providence, that had still to him; he wagged his tail, but did not stir: left a shelter for me and my children. My son's I called again; he lay down: I whistled, and two little ones were holding their gambols around cried Trusty; he gave a short howl, and died! us ; my heart warmed at the sight: I brought - I could have lain down and died too ; but a bottle of my best ale, and all our misfortunes God gave me strength to live for my children.” were forgotten.
The old man now paused a moment to take “ It had long been our custom to play a game breath. He eyed Harley's face; it was bathed at blind-man's-buff on that night, and it was with tears : the story was grown familiar to him not omitted now ; so to it we fell, I, and my self; he dropped one tear, and no more. son, and his wife, the daughter of a neighbour
“ Though I was poor,” continued he, “ I was ing farmer, who happened to be with us at the not altogether without credit. A gentleman in time, the two children, and an old maid-servant, the neighbourhood, who had a small farm un- who had lived with me from a child. The lot occupied at the time, offered to let me have it, fell on my son to be blindfolded. We had con
tinued some time at our game, when he groped this; stay at home, I charge you, and, for my his way into an outer room, in pursuit of some sake, be kind to my children.' of us, who, he imagined, had taken shelter there; “ Our parting, Mr Harley, I cannot describe we kept snug in our places, and enjoyed his to you; it was the first time we ever had partmistake. He had not been long there, when ed; the very press-gang could scarce keep from he was suddenly seized from behind; I shall tears ; but the serjeant, who had seemed the have you now,' said he, and turned about. softest before, was now the least moved of them
Shall you so, master ?' answered the ruffian, all. He conducted me to a party of new-raised who had laid hold of him ; 'we shall make you recruits, who lay at a village in the neighbour. play at another sort of game by and by.'” At hood ; and we soon after joined the regiment. these words, Harley started with a convulsive I had not been long with it, when we were orsort of motion, and, grasping Edwards' sword, dered to the East-Indies, where I was soon drew it half out of the scabbard, with a look of made a serjeant, and might have picked up some the most frantic wildness. Edwards gently re- money, if my heart had been as hard as some placed it in its sheath, and went on with his re- others were ; but my nature was never of that lation.
kind, that could think of getting rich at the .“ On hearing these words in a strange voice, expence of my conscience. we all rushed out to discover the cause; the Amongst our prisoners was an old Indian, room, by this time, was almost full of the gang. whom some of our officers supposed to have a My daughter-in-law fainted at the sight; the treasure hidden somewhere ; which is no unmaid and I ran to assist her, while my poor son common practice in that country. They pressed remained motionless, gazing by turns on his him to discover it. He declared he had none; children and their mother. We soon recovered but that would not satisfy them ; so they orderher to life, and begged her to retire, and waited him to be tied to a stake, and suffer fifty the issue of the affair ; but she flew to her hus- lashes every morning, till he should learn to band, and clung round him in an agony of ter- speak out, as they said. Oh! Mr Harley, bad ror and grief.
you seen him as I did, with his hands bound “ In the gang was one of a smoother aspect, behind him, suffering in silence, while the big whom, by his dress, we discovered to be a ser, drops trickled down his shrivelled cheeks, and jeant of foot; he came up to me, and told me, wet his grey beard, which some of the inhuman that my son had his choice of the sea or land soldiers plucked in scorn! I could not bear it, service; whispering, at the same time, that if I could not, for my soul; and one morning, he chose the land, he might get off on procuring when the rest of the guard were out of the way, him another man, and paying a certain sum for I found means to let him escape. I was tried his freedom. The money we could just muster by a court-martial for negligence on my post, up in the house, by the assistance of the maid, and ordered, in compassion of my age, and hawho produced, in a green bag, all the little sa, ving got this wound in my arm, and that in my vings of her service; but the man we could not leg, in the service, only to suffer three hundred expect to find. My daughter-in-law gazed up- lashes, and be turned out of the regiment; but on her children, with a look of the wildest de- my sentence was mitigated as to the lashes, and spair. “My poor infants !' said she, your fa- I had only two hundred. When I had suffered ther is forced from you; who shall now labour these, I was turned out of the camp, and had for your bread ? or must your mother beg for betwixt three and four hundred miles to travel herself and you?' I prayed her to be patient; before I could reach a sca-port, without guide but comfort I had none to give her. At last, to conduct me, or money to buy me provisions calling the serjeant aside, I asked him, if I was by the way. I set out, however, resolved to too old to be accepted in place of my son. walk as far as I could, and then to lay myself " Why, I don't know,' said he ; ' you are ra- down and die. But I had scarce gone a mile ther old, to be sure, but yet the money may do when I was met by the Indian whom I had de- , much. I put the money in his hand; and co- livered. He pressed me in his arms, and kissed ming back to my children, Jack,' said I, you the marks of the lashes on my back a thousand are free ; live to give your wife and these little times; he led me to a little hut, where some ones bread; I will go, my child, in your stead: friend of his dwelt; and, after I was recovered I have but little life to lose, and if I staid, I of my wounds, conducted me so far on my jourshould add one to the wretches you left be- ney himself, and sent another Indian to guide hind.'--'No,' replied my son, 'I am not that me through the rest. When we parted, he coward you imagine me; Heaven forbid, that pulled out a purse with two hundred pieces of my father's grey hairs should be so exposed, gold in it:- Take this,' said he, my dear while I sat idle at home; I am young, and able preserver, it is all I have been able to procure.' to endure much, and God will take care of you i begged him not to bring himself to poverty and my family.'-'Jack,' said I, ‘I will put an for my sake, who should probably have no need end to this matter: you have never hitherto of it long; but he insisted on my accepting it. disobeyed me; I will not be contradicted in He embraced me. You are an Englishman,'
said he, “but the Great Spirit has given you an spread our banquet of apples before us, and been Indian heart; may he bear up the weight of more blest-Oh! Edwards ! infinitely more blest your old age, and blunt the arrow that brings than ever I shall be again.” it rest !' We parted, and not long after I made Just then a woman passed them on the road, shift to get my passage to England. 'Tis but and discovered some signs of wonder at the atabout a week since I landed, and I am going to titude of Harley, who stood, with his hands end my days in the arms of my son. This sum folded together, looking with a moistened eye V may be of use to him and his children ; 'tis all on the fallen pillars of the hut. He was too the value I put upon it. I thank Heaven, I never much entranced in thought to observe her at was covetous of wealth ; I never had much, but all; but Edwards civilly accosting her, desired was always so happy as to be content with my to know if that had not been the school-house, little.”_
and how it came into the condition in which When Edwards had ended his relation, Har- they now saw it. “Alack-a-day!” said she, ley stood a while looking at him in silence ; at “it was the school-house indeed; but, to be last he pressed him in his arms, and when he sure, sir, the Squire has pulled it down, because had given vent to the fulness of his heart by a it stood in the way of his prospects.”—“What! shower of tears, “ Edwards," said he, “ let me how ! prospects ! pulled down!” cried Harley. hold thee to my bosom ; let me imprint the vir- “Yes, to be sure, sir; and the green, where tue of thy sufferings on my soul. Come, my the children used to play, he has ploughed up, honoured veteran ! let me endeavour to soften because, he said, they hurt his fence on the other the last days of a life, worn out in the service side of it.”—“Curses on his narrow heart," of humanity ; call me also thy son, and let me cried Harley, “ that could violate a right so sacherish thee as a father." Edwards, from whom cred! Heaven blast the wretch! the recollection of his own sufferings had scarce forced a tear, now blubbered like a boy ; he
And from his derogate body never spring could not speak his gratitude, but by some short
A babe to honour him! exclamations of blessings upon Harley,
But I need not, Edwards, I need not," recover
ing himself a little ; “ he is cursed enough alCHAP. XXXV.
ready ; to him the noblest source of happiness
is denied ; and the cares of his sordid soul shall He misses an old Acquaintance.-An Adventure gnaw it, while thou sittest over a brown crust, consequent upon it.
smiling on those mangled limbs that have saved
thy son and his children !"-" If you want any When they had arrived within a little way thing with the school-mistress, sir,” said the of the village they journeyed to, Harley stopped woman, “ I can shew you the way to her house." short, and looked stedfastly on the mouldering He followed her, without knowing whither he walls of a ruined house that stood on the road- went." side. “Oh, heavens !” he cried, “ what do I They stopped at the door of a snug habitation, see! silent, unroofed, and desolate! Are all the where sat an elderly woman with a boy and a girl gay tenants gone? Do I hear their hum no before her, each of whom held a supper of bread more?-Edwards, look there, look there! the and milk in their hands. “ There, sir, is the scene of my infant joys, my earliest friendships, school-mistress.”_ " Madam," said Harley, laid waste and ruinous ! That was the very " was not an old venerable-looking man schoolschool where I was boarded when you were at master here some time ago?"_“Yes, sir, he was, South-hill; 'tis but a twelvemonth since I saw -poor man! the loss of his former school-house, it standing, and its benches filled with little I believe, broke his heart, for he died soon after cherubs; that opposite side of the road was the it was taken down; and as another has not yet green on which they sported; see it now plough- been found, I have that charge in the meaned up! I would have given fifty times its value time.”_" And this boy and girl, I presume, are to have saved it from the sacrilege of that your pupils?”-“Ay, sir, they are poor orphans, plough.”
put under my care by the parish ; and more pro“Dear sir," replied Edwards, “perhaps they mising children I never saw.”—“Orphans !" have left it from choice, and may have got an- said Harley.--"Yes, sir, of honest, creditable other spot as good.”—“ They cannot," said parents as any in the parish ; and it is a shame Harley, “ they cannot; I shall never see the for some folks to forget their relations, at a time sward covered with its daisies, nor pressed by when they have most need to remember them." the dance of the dear innocents; I shall never —“Madam," said Harley, “ let us never forsee that stump decked with the garlands which get that we are all relations." He kissed the their little hands had gathered. These two long children. stones, which now lie at the foot of it, were once “Their father,” sir, continued she, “was a the supports of a hut I myself assisted to rear; farmer here in the neighbourhood, and a sober I have sat on the soils within it, when we had industrious man he was ; but nobody can help
misfortunes ; what with bad crops, and bad ed, and sheaccommodated Edwards and him with debts, which are worse, his affairs went to wreck; beds in her house, there being nothing like an and both he and his wife died of broken hearts. inn nearer than the distance of some miles. And a sweet couple they were, sir; there was in the morning, Harley persuaded Edwards not a properer man to look on in the country than to come with the children to his house, which John Edwards, and so indeed were all the Ed. was distant but a short day's journey. The boy wardses.”-“What Edwardses ?” cried the old walked in his grandfather's hand; and the name soldier, hastily.-" The Edwardses of South,' of Edwards procured him a neighbouring farmhill; and a worthy family they were.”—“South- er's horse, on which a servant mounted, with hill!" said he, in a languid voice, and fell back the girl on a pillow before him. into the arms of the astonished Harley. The With this train Harley returned to the abode school-mistress ran for some water, and a smell of his fathers; and we cannot but think that ing bottle, with the assistance of which they his enjoyment was as great as if he had arrived soon recovered the unfortunate Edwards. He from the tour of Europe, with a Swiss valet for stared wildly for some time; then folding his his companion, and half a dozen snuff-boxes, orphan grandchildren in his arms, “ Oh! my with invisible hinges, in his pocket. But we children, my children !” he cried, “ have s take our ideas from sounds which folly has infound you thus? My poor Jack! art thou gone? vented; Fashion, Bon-ton, and Vertù, are the I thought thou should'st have carried thy fa names of certain idols, to which we sacrifice the ther's grey hairs to the grave! and these little genuine pleasures of the soul; in this world of ones”-his tears choked his utterance, and he semblance, we are contented with personating fell again on the necks of his children.
happiness; to feel it, is an art beyond us. “My dear old man !” said Harley, “ Provi. It was otherwise with Harley; he ran up dence has sent you to relieve them; it will bless stairs to his aunt, with the history of his fellowme if I can be the means of assisting you."- travellers glowing on his lips. His aunt was an “ Yes, indeed, sir,” answered the boy; “ fa- economist, but she knew the pleasure of doing ther, when he was a-dying, baile God bless us; charitable things, and withal, was fond of her and prayed, that if grandtather lived, he might nephew, and solicitous to oblige him. She resend him to support us."--" Where did they ceived old Edwards, therefore, with a look of lay my boy ?” said Edwards.-" In the old more complacency than is perhaps natural to Church-yard," replied the woman,“ hard by his maiden ladies of threescore, and was remarkmother."-" I will shew it you,” answered the ably attentive to his grand-children. She roastboy, “ for I have wept over it many a time, ed apples with her own hands for their supper, when first I came among strange folks.” He and made up a little bed beside her own for the took the old man's hand, Harley laid hold of girl. Edwards made some attempts towards his sister's, and they walked in silence to the an acknowledgment for these favours, but his church-yard.
young friend stopped them in their beginnings. There was an old stone with the corner bro. « Whosoever receiveth any of these children”ken off, and some letters, half-covered with said his aunt; for her acquaintance with her moss, to denote the names of the dead. There Bible was habitual. was a cyphered R. E. plainer than the rest.--It Early next morning, Harley stole into the was the tomb they sought. “Here it is, grand- room where Edwards lay; he expected to have father," said the boy. Edwards gazed upon it found him a-bed, but in this he was mistaken; without uttering a word. The girl, who had the old man had risen, and was leaning over his only sigbed before, now wept outright-her sleeping grandson, with the tears flowing down brother sobbed, but he stiflerl his sobbing. “I his cheeks. At first he did not perceive Har. have told sister,” said he, “ that she should not ley; when he did, he endeavoured to hide his take it so to heart; she can knit already, and I grief, and crossing his eyes with his hand, exshall soon be able to dig.-We shall not starve, pressed his surprise at seeing him so early astir. sister, indeed we shall not, nor shall grandfa- * I was thinking of you,” said Harley, “ and ther neither.” The girl cried afresh; Harley your children. I learned last night that a small kissed off her tears as they flowed, and wept farm of mine in the neighbourhood is now vabetween every kiss.
cant; if you will occupy it, I shall gain a good neighbour, and be able, in some measure, to re
pay the notice you took of me when a boy; and CHAP. XXXVI.
as the furniture of the house is mine, it will be
so much trouble saved.” Edwards' tears gushHe returns home.-A description of his Retinue. ed afresh, and Harley led him to see the place
he intended for him. It was with some difficulty that Harley pre. The house upon this farm was indeed little vailed on the old man to leave the spot where better than a hut; its situation, however, was the remains of his son were laid. At last, with pleasant, and Edwards, assisted by the benefithe assistance of the school-inistress, he prevail-cence of Harley, set about improving its neatness and convenience. He staked out a piece of consideration. There are certain stations in the green before for a garden, and Peter, who wealth, as well as in rank and honour, to which acted in Harley's family as valet, butler, and the warriors of the East aspire. It is there, ingardener, had orders to furnish him with par deed, where the wishes of their friends assign cels of the different seeds he chose to sow in it. them eminence, and to that object the question I have seen his master at work in this little of their country is pointed at their return. When spot, with his coat off, and his dibble in his shall I see a commander return from India in hand : it was a scene of tranquil virtue to have the pride of honourable poverty? You describe stopped an angel on his errands of mercy! the victories they have gained; they are sullied Harley had contrived to lead a little bubbling by the cause in which they fought: You enu. brook through a green walk in the middle of merate the spoils of those victories; they are cothe ground, upon which he had erected a mill vered with the blood of the vanquished ! in miniature for the diversion of Edwards' ina “Could you tell me of some conqueror giving fant grandson, and made shift in its construc- peace and happiness to the conquered ? Did he tion to introduce a pliant bit of wood, that an accept the gifts of their princes, to use them for swered with its fairy clack to the murmuring of the comfort of those whose fathers, sons, or husthe rill that turned it. I have seen him stand, bands, fell in battle? Did he use his power to listening to these mingled sounds, with his eye gain security and freedom to the regions of opfixed on the boy, and the smile of conscious pression and slavery? Did he endear the Brisatisfaction on his cheek, while the old man, tish name by examples of generosity, which the with a look half turned to Harley, and half to most barbarous or most depraved are rarely able Heaven, breathed an ejaculation of gratitude and to resist ? Did he return with the consciousness piety.
of duty discharged to his country, and humaFather of mercies! I also would thank thee, nity to his fellow-creatures ? Did he return that not only hast thou assigned eternal rewards with no lace on his coat, no slaves in his reti. to virtue, but that, even in this bad world, the nue, no chariot at his door, and no Burgundy lines of our duty, and our happiness, are so fre- at his table ? - These were laurels which princes quently woven together.
might envy-which an honest man would not condemn !”
“ Your maxims, Mr Harley, are certainly A FRAGMENT.
right,” said Edwards. “I am not capable of
arguing with you, but I imagine there are great The Man of Feeling talks of what he does not temptations in a great degree of riches, which it not understand.- An incident. . is no easy matter to resist. Those a poor man
like me cannot describe, because he never knew **** “ EDWARDS,” said he, “I have a pro- them, and perhaps I have reason to bless God per regard for the prosperity of my country; that I never did; for then, it is likely, I should every native of it appropriates to himself some have withstood them no better than my neighshare of the power or the fame, which, as a na- bours. For you know, sir, that it is not the fation, it acquires ; but I cannot throw off the shion now, as it was in former times, that I have man so much, as to rejoice at our conquests in read of in books, when your great generals died India. You tell me of immense territories sub- so poor, that they did not leave wherewithal to ject to the English : I cannot think of their pos- buy them a coffin, and people thought the beta sessions without being led to inquire by what ter of their memories for it. If they did so nowright they possess them. They came there as a-days, I question if any boily, except yourself, traders, bartering the commodities they brought and some few like you, would thank them." for others which their purchasers could spare ; “I am sorry," replied Harley, “ that there and however great their profits were, they were is so much truth in what you say; but, howthen equitable. But what title have the sub- ever the general current of opinion may point, jects of another kingdom to establish an empire the feelings are not yet lost that applaud bene in India ? to give laws to a country where the volence, and censure inhumanity. Let us eninhabitants received them on the terms of friend deavour to strengthen them in ourselves, and ly commerce? You say they are happier under we, who live sequestered from the noise of the our regulations than under the tyranny of their multitude, have better opportunities of listenown petty princes. I must doubt it, from the ing undisturbed to their voice." conduct of those by whom these regulations They now approached the little dwelling of have been made. They have drained the trea- Edwards. A maid-servant, whom he had hired suries of Nabobs, who must fill them by op- to assist him in the care of his grandchildren, pressing the industry of their subjects. Nor is met them a little way from the house. “ There this to be wondered at, when we consider the is a young lady within with the children," said motive upon which those gentlemen do not de- she. Edwards expressed his surprise at the viny their going to India. The fame of conquest, sit; it was, however, not the less true, and we barbarous as that motive is, is but a secondary mean to account for it.