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SEAT OF C. CLOWES, ESQ. This seat is an elegant quadrangu- bellishments is a circular Portico to lar building, situated on rising ground, the principal front, as represented in that overlooks the river Colne, in the the annexed Engraving: it is powparish of Iver. It was the residence erful for the edifice, but, as seen beof Sir Wm. Young, Bart. a man neath the trees that overhang the whose liberality and benevolence will drive, it has a fine effect. The grounds lorg be remembered at Iver, from his are pleasing, and highly decorated attention to the poor, and from some with wood to the rear of the house, useful works projected and executed extending to the banks of the Colne. at his sole expense, of which we need This river adds considerably to the only mention the bridge over the beauty of the grounds, and, as seen Colne and a poor-house. After Sir from the principal apartments, its William, Mr. Shergold became the suavity has a pretty effect. Combinproprietor, and he sold it to Lord Kiled with the village church, that morey, of whom it was purchased by crowns the brow of the hill which the present owner. Since it has be- rises to the right, it adds considercome this gentleman's property, he ably to the beauty of that part of the
has with great taste made several ad-country, • ditions. One of the principal em
A LESSON FOR FATHERS. MONSIEUR ARMAND was a widow- | mired Emily. He was willing to er with only one child, a daughter, overlook her being the daughter of for whose sake he often declared he a negotiant, and raise her to the dignever would marry again. His Emi- nity of a comtesse, but he required ly, as she grew up, seemed disposed what he called a little sacrifice on to make every return for this sacri- the part of M. Armand: this little fice; for she frequently declared, sacrifice was to make over his whole that it was her resolution never to fortune to his daughter. The dotmarry, because she would not take ing father, who looked upon his upon her duties which must interfere Emily as being in herself a pearl with those she owed her dear papa. above price, rejected the proposition
The resolutions of fifteen are sel- with disdain. The comte protested dom so stable as those of fifty, at least he was in despair, but his love for it was so in this case: M. Armand Mademoiselle Armand would never remained single, but his daughter permit him to lead her to the altar married; and her marriage furnished unless he could support her as his the strongest proof of the affection wife ought to be supported, and this of her doting father. M. le Comte could not be done unless M. Armand d'Orfeuille, a gentleman of noble complied with his desire. M. Arbirth, but small fortune, saw and ad- mand declared that he never would: the comte made his parting bow, and of the father, but an event soon hapEmily then tried the effect of her pened, which proved to him that he eloquence.
had calculated too much on her af. She knew the direct road to the fection. In leaving himself wholly heart of her father, and she took it. dependent on her, he had yielded to It was not the loss of her own hap- her earnest solicitations and his own piness, or the wreck of her own wishes, and taken up his abode at hopes, for which her tears flowed; her hotel. As his domestics had no, she protested she could have lived with him for many years, and borne that, but her grief arose from were all as much attached to their the afflicting thought that her dear young mistress as to himself, he bad father doubted her affection: it was stipulated that they should be retainthat which caused her anguish, and ed; and they were on their parts deshe was sure in the end would break lighted to stay. But as his servants her heart.
were for use, not show, and those of Armand fell into the snare: he his son-in-law more for show than did not doubt her affection, and to use, the household of the old man prove that he did not, he acceded to formed a comparatively small proporthe demand of the comte. The lovers tion to that of the young pair; and were united, and, during the first mutualdissensions and jealousies soon month, it seemed doubtful, whether took place, which shewed themselves the new married pair in the fulness at first in bickerings, and then broke of their bliss, or the father to whom out into open quarrels, followed by · they owed it, were the happiest. appeals to the higher powers. Armand had always thought himself The first affair of this kind was a blest as a parent, but he now fancied violent dispute between Manon, the he was more blest than ever. nurse of Emily, and Mademoiselle
In a very few months, however, Louise, the waiting-maid whom she some doubts of his excessive felicity had hired on her marriage. Manon, began to occur to him. He could accustomed in right of her office to not help observing, that his daughter treat her mistress with the most unwas seldom at home but when she ceremonious familiarity, burst in uphad a crowd of company, and upon on her at the very moment that she those occasions every body was more was engaged in grand consultation noticed and attended to than her with her hair-dresser, to demand father. He thought too that her justice against the saucy jade who manner towards those old friends had mimicked her provincial accent, who still visited him was cold and ridiculed her bonnet montant, and, constrained. “But she is so young,” | worse than all, insisted upon taking said he to himself; " and just now precedence of her at table. she is dazzled by her new rank: she Nurse's complaint might have had has, however, a good heart, the best some chance if it had been delivered of hearts, and by and by she will in a different style, but it tallied ill return to her old father with more with the dignity of a matron of three warmth than ever after this little months standing, as Emily then was, estrangement."
to be thee'd and thou'd and mon-enSuch were the thoughts and hopes fanted in that manner; and the artful
reply of Mademoiselle Louise, her || adage, the staff out of his own appeals to the fine understanding of hands. madame la comtesse, the justice of The conviction thus unwillingly madame la comtesse, and, above all forced upon him became stronger the rest, the knowledge of the world every day, for from that hour his auof madame la comtesse, decided the thority in the house was a mere cipoint in her favour. Nurse was told pher. His faithful servants were disthat her complaints were frivolous missed one by one; the hours of meals and unfounded, and that she must changed. When he complained of learn to conduct herself better. the innovation, he was told that his
“ Learn at my age!" cried Manon, should be served at what time he bursting into tears; " and is it thou, pleased in his apartment; but that Emily, my child, that canst ask such people of fashion could not possibly a thing? What, am I a baby to be eat at such vulgar hours as were taught behaviour? No, no, I am too proper for bourgeois. old to learn new lessons, even that It seemed very hard to the poor of resenting thy unkindness. I will old man to sit down to table alone, leave thee.” And away she hurried to and he had scarcely time to reconcile Armand, to sob out her complaint, himself to it, when the cook declared and her determination to be gone: it was impossible to dress two dina determination which, however, she ners; and if his mistress insisted uprelaxed, upon her old master's assur- on his doing it, he must absolutely ances that he would speedily send tender his resignation. Madame mademoiselle a-packing.
d'Orfeuille could not think of parting But he soon found that his pow- with her cook; he was a man of such er was much more limited than he exquisite talent, that she really did thought it. Emily was very sorry; not know how she should replace nay, she should be grieved to have him: if her father therefore could dear papa vexed at such nonsense, not dine at the family hours, his man but really nurse was in the wrong; Antoine might dress his dinner; it she was a sad obstinate old woman, I would not give him much trouble, and of no use in life; and as to part- for there would be no occasion for ing with Louise upon her account, more than one dish. the thing was impossible: she had so The poor spirit-broken old man, much talent, was so useful, nay even now fully awakened to all the misery so necessary, that positively there he had brought upon himself, conwas no doing without her. Nurse sented without remonstrance to this therefore must go, and indeed it was new arrangement. He thought even better that she should. The pill that his daughter was, upon reflecwas gilded with caresses and fond- tion, ashamed of her parsimony, for ling expressions, still it was bitter to his table was well supplied; but in a swallow and hard of digestion; and little time accident revealed to him when Armand saw the poor old wo- that the viands were frequently purman quit the house, he began for the chased by Antoine out of his own first time to think that he had done money. This put the finishing stroke a foolish thing in giving, to use the to Armand's patience: he bitterly homely but significant words of the reproached his unnatural daughter,
who retorted in a strain of the most from his justice than from her afundutiful acrimony; and instead of fection." acceding to his demand of a certain Poor Armand was mistaken; the sum yearly for his expenses, insisted comte listened with perfect sangupon his curtailing them still more froid to his detail. He was quite by discharging his faithful Antoine, distressed at the misunderstanding now the only one of all his old ser- that appeared to have taken place vants who remained.
between M. Armand and the comMade up wholly of the milder ele- || tesse, but unluckily he could do noments, Armand would not curse, and thing: he made a point of never inhe could not weep, till the tears, terfering in household affairs; but which nature refused to his agoniz- he sincerely hoped that the matter ing struggles, were called forth by would be accommodated. Nothing the attachment of Antoine, who had could make him so happy as to see a overheard what passed; and when good understanding prevail between Madame d'Orfeuille flounced indig- two such amiable persons; and as he nantly out of her father's apartment, finished the last words, he fairly he entered, and eagerly grasping the bowed himself out of the room. hand which Armand stretched out “ The die is cast, Antoine," said to him, “ Yes, my dear master," said Armand," we must go."
” -"Heaven he, “ I will go, but I will not go be praised !” replied Antoine in a alone. Thanks to heaven and your joyful tone; and without further debounty, I have saved enough in your lay, he set out in search of an apartservice to sit down at my ease for the ment. He soon returned to say, that rest of my life; and so has Manon he had found one which might suit, too. Our united savings will provide but he refused to take it before his for you a neat little apartment, a master had seen and approved it. comfortable table, and need I say, Armand accompanied him to look at good attendance, since we will wait it, and as they walked along, a genupon you ourselves. Consent then, tleman, of whose features the old dear master, to our prayers, and you man thought he had some recollecwill soon see yourself in your own tion, looked at him intently in passhome."
ing, and then turned back. Armand What a mixture of sweet and bit- | did the same, and at the second look ter feelings agitated the poor old recognised in the stranger his old man at this moment! His heart must friend Franval, whom he had not seen have burst had not a timely flood of for twenty years. tears relieved him. “I yield, An- When their mutual greetings were toine,” cried he at length, “ I yield over, he accompanied Franval to his to your generous wishes, no longer lodgings, which were just by, and my servants but my friends. I will in answer to his inquiries, told him owe to you and my faithful Manon frankly all that had happened to him, the support which my ungrateful and what he proposed doing. “I child refuses me; but it must be only do not blame you, my good friend," in case I am driven to extremes. I cried Franval, “ but you shall not be will speak to the husband of that reduced to take this step: if we canwoman;
I may perhaps gain more not succeed in bringing your daughter to reason, you shall come to me. I M. Franval, sir. The bags of silver am not rich, it is true, but I have are all right, but it will be more saenough for us both, if a plan which tisfactory if you count them, and I have in my head fails.”—“A plan, give me a receipt if you please, that of what kind ?"_“Of a kind to make I may go and fetch the others." Aryou easy for the rest of your days. mand hastily opened the letter. "Can Has your daughter ever heard my I count the money while you read it, name?"_“ Often."_" Very well
, father," asked Madame d'Orfeuille what does she know of me?"-"Only in her softest, sweetest tone.-"No," that you are an old friend of mine, replied he sternly, and told the porwho quitted France many years ago ter to carry it to his apartment. His to engage in commerce in foreign daughter followed, saw the chest countries."
opened, and several bags well sealed “ Bravo! We shall have no diffi- taken out, the chink of which shewed culty in making her believe that you very clearly that they were, as the have lent me a sum of money to porter said, full of five-franc pieces. place in my trade, that this money Armand gave the porter the receipt has prospered in my hands, and that he desired, telling him at the same I now return it to you with interest.” time to inform his friend, that he “ But for what purpose?"_" For must not send the other chests, bethe purpose of procuring you such cause he was going to remove. treatmentas her father ought to have. “ To remove, my dearest father!" Come, my good friend, drink success cried Madame d'Orfeuille the moto my plot, and then hasten home ment the man was gone; good to play your part in it."
heaven, you cannot seriously have It will be easily supposed that Ar- formed such an idea!"_" It is the mand took Antoine into his confi- only step I can take after the treatdence. They went back together, ment I have received.”—“Ah! dear and had not been long at home when father, you will not punish me so a porter, with a chest upon his head, cruelly, and at the moment too in arrived at the Hotel D'Orfeuille, and which I had resolved to do every asked for M. Armand. Instead of thing to gratify you? I have already apprising the old gentleman, the given warning to the servant of whom lacquey told his mistress, and she you had such just cause to complain. ordered the porter to be shewn to I was even coming to ask you whether her. “ It is Monsieur Armand I you would wish to have all the old want, madam,” said he; “ I have ones reinstated. I had spoken to M. brought this chest for him."-" It d'Orfeuille, to whom you know it will be the same thing if you give it was owing that the dinner-hour was to me."_" Indeed it will not, for I changed, and told him, that I had am to deliver it only to himself; and not been able to make a hearty meal besides, I must have his own receipt since I ceased to eat with you; and for it.” Armand, who was then pass- he has agreed that the dinner shall ing as by accident, hearing his name be served at whatever hour you mentioned, entered. The porter gave please. Would you then, dear fahim a letter and a key, saying, “From ther, make us miserable by leaving