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Even for such work he felt too nervous, eye, might long engage him, he spoke and in a few weeks' time was compelled from the heart, for he had proved himself to resign his appointment. Before the a devoted son. Mrs. Pope lived happily close of the year he had to be placed under her son's roof till the age of ninety. under medical care. The Cowpers made three. She was forty-eight when she gave the best of a bad business, and succeeded birth to Alexander - in the year of the in placing another of their name – a near glorious revolution. Pope's panegyric relative of William's – in the vaca
his father may be described as the Macaulay speaks of his silver voice and truth well put. Old Mr. Pope was in no just emphasis, from which one presumes sense a remarkable man; and his son acthat the new clerk chanced to be the right cordingly makes the most of his negative man in the right place.
virtues. Marrying in his own sphere of The poet has left a sonnet addressed life, he is praised for not having married to this Henry Cowper, on his “emphat- discord in a noble wife. Then he is deical and interesting delivery " of the described as a stranger to civil and religious fence of Warren Hastings.
Thou artrage not voice alone,” he assures hin, but
No courts he saw, no suits would ever try, hast beside both heart and head." Cow
Nor dared an oath, nor hazarded a lie. per was happy in his relatives, and rewarded their care of him in the manner Quite so; and for the best of reasons. they must have loved best. Among those Mr. Pope was a Roman Catholic, and exwhose memory his verse preserves may tremely' timid. The only course for honbe cited his cousin, Anne Bodham
est men of his creed in the days of the Whom heretofore, penal laws was to keep quiet, if they val
There When I was young, and thou no more
ued their lands or their necks. Than plaything for a nurse,
was no choice for them but between self. I danced and fondled on my knee,
effacement and a life of plots and conA kitten both in size and glee.
spiracies. Even Pope's reputation, and
the fact that he was only a Catholic in He proceeds to thank the gentle Anne for name, might not always have saved bim a purse she has made him, winding up from persecution, as he acknowledges, with the slightly commonplace remark but for the good nature of the governthat he values the receptacle more than ment. Pope senior pushed prudence to the gold it contains. But one may be such a degree that he was afraid to invest sure the lines went the round of many in the funds Test Parliament should one
admiring tea-table. Possibly the day take to raising money by confiscating great Mr. Newton himself deigned to all the seizable personalts of Papists. praise them. In the epitaph on his uncle, He had amassed a fortune of about 20,Ashley Cowper, he draws so fine a char- oool. as a linendraper, and, in the fashion acter that one can only hope the facts of a ruder age, locked up this sumn in a were as true as doubtless the writing was strong box. The greater part he spent sincere.
before his death. The lines on his mother's picture are
“ For they said, he is beside himself.” not so much poetry as the simple expres- Who said? His kinsmen, of course. sion of his thoughts by a poet, which Not only is the prophet too often without many will hold to be the same thing. honor ainong those who should appreciate How fresh and natural are such recollec- him best, but he may find it the hardest tions as the following !
struggle of all to persuade them of his Thy nightly visits to my chamber made, honesty or sanity. Mahomet blessed the That thou inight'st know me safe and warmly name of Khadijah because she believed laid;
in him when no one else did. In truth be Thy morning bounties ere I left my home, might well have taken heart from the moThe biscuit, or confectionery plum;
ment he had succeeded in convincing his The fragrant waters on my cheek bestowed
wife. Had his first spouse been the petBy thy own hand, till fresh they shone and ulant beauty who made light of Khadijahı glowed.
as old and ugly, the Crescent might never Pope has some equally genuine lines, have been reared against the Cross, and in another style, on his own mother. history might be an entirely different When be prayed that the tender office of book. When Joan of Arc determined to rocking the cradle of reposing age, of accomplish the deliverance of France, the making languor smile, of exploring the first and most formidable opposition she thought, and of explaining the asking I had to encounter arose from her parents.
They said they would rather see her the crown should persist in the attempt drowned than exposed to the contamina- to raise taxes on its own authority, who tion of a camp.
They seem to have would have resisted the writ of shipscarcely had common faith in their daugh. money? If one might hazard a guess, ter. Finally, it was an uncle — not her one would answer, Thomas Wentworth. father — who consented to take her to Haring Hampden on its side, the governVaucouleurs to see the Sire de Baudri- ment might have taken no trouble to win court. The remainder of her task was over Wentworth, or have felt that there comparatively easy. Only the first step was not room for both in one party. And cost trouble - the step across her own we may depend upon it, Wentworth was threshold. A homelier instance of the determined to make himself a name. domestic difficulties of genius is found Brougham's mother showed more wisin the life of Mme. d'Arblay. Ere she dom than Hampden's. When she heard was sixteen, Frances Burney had written that Henry was chancellor, she quietly a good deal, chiefly short stories for the said, “It's well, but for my part I had amusement of her sisters. Her step- rather he had remained Mr. Brougham, mother, however, disapproved of these and member for the county of York." The literary recreations, and administered peculiar distinction of representing the some good-humored lectures on the sub- undivided county of York would have ject. Fanny proved a dutiful child. Not ceased with the passing of the Reform content with relinquishing her favorite Bill, but Brougham could not have been pursuit, she burned all her manuscripts. shelved by the Whigs in 1835 had he rePerhaps the world did not lose so much tained the facilities for making himself after all. “Evelina" appeared when the troublesome which a seat in the House of author was twenty-six years of age. Al. Commons alone could give. It may have exandre Dumas the elder long remained been some foreboding of the future which sceptical of his son's powers as a writer. in 1830 caused him to manæuvre for the He is said to have been finally converted mastership of the rolls, then tenable by by a perusal of “Les Aventures de Quatre a member of the Lower House. But it Femmes et d'un Perroquet,” published was felt that such an arrangement would when young Dumas was twenty-two. have left him too powerful. Milton's father attempted to dissu
Richter's mother seconded him from the cultivation of poetry. her son in remarkable fashion. While he Nec tu vatis opus divinum despice carmen,
was yet waiting for fame, working steadily
but gaining little, she was not satisfied Nec tu perge, precor, sacras contemnere Mu. with making their home as tidy and com
fortable as might be, but toiled hard to
earn a little money by spinning. Her reThe old gentleman possibly wished his ceipts were duly entered in a book, from son to be a good scrivener and no more. which one learns that for the month of But this has been the common fate of March, 1793, they amounted to two florbards. A quainter, though by no meansins, fifty.one kreutzers, three pfennigs an extraordinary, example of mistaken about four shillings in all. She had her projects for a son is seen in the case of reward. In 1796 came the brilliant sucHampden. His mother pressed him in cess of " Hesperus," and when the widow his youth to ask for a peerage, which no Richter died in the following year) she doubt a man of his birth and wealth could was happy in the knowledge that Germany have obtained of James I. for the asking at length acknowledged John Paul for one
- and the paying Hampden could have of her great men. rendered good service in the House of It would be difficult to lay down a sinLords, but the acceptance of honors from gle proposition on the subject of heredity the king must bave more or less attached to which just exception might not be him to the court party. With all his hon- taken, but the fact about which one may esty he might have been led to see many feel surest seems to be the influence of things with a different eye. The course the mother, whether consciously or unconof our annals need not necessarily have sciously exercised. An unpleasant illuschanged for that; but who knows? Sup- tration appears in the characters of Lepose Hampden a peer, and, for his abili. tiria Bonaparte and Napoleon. She was ties and firmness, the trusted minister of sly, not to say given to fibs. He has been Charles as well as James. Suppose described as “the most colossal liar that Hampden convinced that the power of ever lived." Readers of their Bibles need Parliament required checking, and that not go to secular history. Rebekah and
Jacob offer a parallel case. But in nine young people. For my part, I say there's cases out of ten the influence is for good. nothing like the old way. Just to clear About the only mistake in Mr. Reade's out, the rooms, and get the fiddlers, and delightful novel of “Hard Cash con- let thein dance. But that would be a daftsists in his making Mrs. Dodd pray that ish thing too, in daylight," the old lady her son might never be a brave man like said ; for she was not at all up to the curhis father. What true mother would rent of events. utter such a prayer?
“ Either this or It was, I believe, the venerable game of upon this " has the more genuine ring; croquet which was the "new-fashioned and if English women forbear to repeat thing”in question, and which all. the peo. a modern equivalent of the words to their ple outside crowded round to see, while a soldier-sons, it is in the proud conscious- few highly instructed young persons, who ness that no such lesson is needed. had brought the knowledge from "the
south," proceeded, with much modest importance, to exhibit for the benefit of their neighbors. “It's quite easy," they
said, each feeling a sort of benevolent From Blackwood's Magazine.
missionary. John Erskine was one of THE LADIES LINDORES.
these illuminati, and he was the partner of Agnes Sempill, the girl who had trem
bled for a moment lest Mr. Torrance of (continued.)
Tinto might be going to select her from the “Bless me, bless me! where is the many that smiled upon him. She would general ?" cried Lady Montgomery. She have married him had this been; but it was standing in front of the great bow- must be said' for her that she was unseignwindow which looked upon the lawn, with edly glad to have escaped. This having her beautiful Indian shawl on her should been the case, it will be apparent that ders. Grouped upon the grass were sev- poor Agnes was no longer in her first eral parties of the younger people, not youth. She was five or six and twenty quite knowing what to do with them- young enough, yet not altogether a girl ; selves. Some of the ladies, wrapped in and she knew, poor young woman, that
cloaks and shawls, were seated she must marry the next man who offered round, waiting for some novelty of amuse. himself, — they were so poor! and her ment, with which they were unacquainted, mother did not fail to impress upon her and wondering when it was going to be that she was losing all her chances. She gin. It seemed to Lady Montgomery the looked upon John Erskine, accordingly, most dreadful neglect of duty that there with more critical interest than is ordinawas no one to set the young people agoing. rily felt. He was about her own age, but “ Will anything have happened to Sir she decided that he was too young, and James ?” she said, in anxious Scotch, and she loped, whatever he was going to do in cast a glance back at the pleasant fire, and the matrimonial way, that he would show wrapped her shawl_more closely round, his intentions at once, and not force her with a sense that Providence might re- mother into unnecessary efforts. “ Too quire of her the heroic effort of stepping young — but he might do very well for outside. But just then she perceived in Mary,” she said to herself; and then she the distance that her general had been turned to him to talk about croquet, as if captured, and was being led back in tri- there was no such important subject. umph to the lawn by Nora and Agnes “It is such a thing to have something Sempill, two of his chief favorites. Jolin that can be played out of doors !” sbe followed after them, looking by no means said. “Well, not so much in Scotland, triumphant. When Lady Montgomery that is true, but still we want a little varisaw this, she gave a nod of satisfaction, ety. Do you play golf, Mr. Erskine ? and returned to the fire. “Whatever | The ladies' golf is very nice; it is only they're going to do, it'll begin now,” she putting — but you won't understand what said. "If that's worth looking at, we can that means. At St. Andrews there is the see it from the window; but for my part, Ladies' Links I'm very anxious about putting folk to sit " Which sound romantic and picture on the grass at this time of the year. I esque, at least.” would not wonder to hear of bronchitis or "Oh, it is not at all romantic — picturinflammation after it - but it's none of esque after a sort. Seaside slopes – what my doing. Sir James is just daft about you call downs in England; but I can't all the new-fashioned ways of amusing describe it. Is it my turn? You should
be able to get me nicely through that nuisance! Mr. Erskine is telling me of a hoop next stroke you make. Sir James is place I have dreamt of all my life.” always the first to get us any novelty that “But you must bestir yourself - you is going. He is always on the outlook for must bestir yourself," cried the old gen. something. This is the very first in the eral. “Reflect, my dear; you're one of county. They have not got croquet yet many — you must not mind your own eneven at Lindores."
joyment for the moment.
Ay, my young “Does Lindores generally set the fash- friend, so you've been telling a lady of ion?” said John indiscreetly, not knowing a place she's dreamed of all her life? what to say:
that's better than bothering your head “ The fásliion! oh no, certainly not,” about hospitals or my lord's schemes. cried Miss Sempill. “Of course they are Come, come, John Erskine, put your the highest rank, and walk in and out be heart into it: here are some of the bonfore us all; but for anything else niest faces in the north waiting to see You used to know them, I hear, Mr. Ers- you play.” kine. Tell me something about them. John was not dull to this inducement. Oh, we are neighbors, but not great It was a pretty group which gathered friends. We do not move about very round spectators, watching every much; we are humble people, without stroke. All the Sempill girls, an eager carriages and horses. I suppose they group of pretty, portionless .creatures, lived very quietly before
every kind of pleasure, and get“I only knew them,” said Jolin, learn- ting very little, envious in a sisterly ivay ing to employ the universal formula, of Agnes, who knew the new game, and "abroad; and as the way of living is so who had secured the new gallant. They different
were envious yet proud of her. “ Our “Ab! is it really so?” said Agnes, Agnes knows all about it," they said ; with quick interest; "do people really live "she has tried to teach us; but one pero so much cheaper abroad? I suppose you son can never teach a game: when you are not expected to keep up appearances see it played, you learn in a moment." in the same way; and then you get all they looked over each other's shoulders your amusements so cheaply, and you can to see John play, which he did very badly, do a great deal, and go about a great as was natural; and then they dropped deal, on very little. I have always heard him and followed the next player, Willie that. But when you're a large family, the Montgomery, Sir James's grand-nephew, mere travelling must be a large item. I who, they all agreed, did a great deal beta should think it would swallow up all the ter. Our young man, in spite of himself, savings for the first year.”
felt a little discomfited. He came back The question was one which interested to bis partner to be consoled, — though, her so much that she scarcely left time for as he had failed to do her the service a reply:
with her ball which she expected, she was “I bave often thought of it,” she said. a little dissatisfied too. She was dis“ The girls, poor things, get so little to posed to be cross because her play in the amuse them here. Abroad, so far as one new game had failed of its triumphant bears, there is nothing but amusement. effect through her partner's fault.
" You Concerts and operas for next to nothing, have not played much, Mr. Erskine, I and always a band playing somewhere suppose ? Oh, it does not matter – when isn't it so? And you get houses quite nobody knows, one style of play is just as cheap, and servants that will turn their good as another; but I thought no one hand to anything. I suppose the Lin. could have missed that ball. Never dores lived' in quite a humble way out mind, it is not of the least importance. there?"
Tell me more about - abroad.” • They moved about a great deal, I be. “ If you will tell me,” said John, much lieve,” said John. “In summer, in the mortified by these remarks, "what you mountains, whether you are rich or poor, understand by abroad.”' it does not make much difference.”
“Oh, it is all a little the same thing, This was all the young man knew. Miss isn't it? The first place you can think of Sempill interrupted him with an eager - where the Lindores lived. I dare say light in her eyes. · Doesn't it really? it was just as important to them then as Then that is the ideal place I have been it is to us now to be economical, and spend looking for all my life - a place where as little as iliey could.” to be rich or poor makes no difference “ The interest that people take in the
Oh, is it my turn again? what a place where I met the Lindores is aston
ishing,” said John. I had to go through the absent family. The monotony was a catechism at Tinto the other night." broken when he was taken into the draw.
“Ab! then you have been at Tinto. ing-room to be surveyed by the old ladies. Do you think, Mr. Erskine, that they are old Mrs. Methven, in her old yellow lace so very unhappy as people say?"
and shabby feathers, who looked to him “I do not know what people say,” was like a superannuated cockatoo, proall the answer John could make.
nounced once more that he was the image “There is nothing they don't say,” of Walter Erskine, who was killed in the cried Miss Sempill; "that he beats her French war, and who was the first man - I have heard as much as that. I won. she ever saw in his own hair, without der if it can be at all her fault? I never even a ribbon. “It looked very naked, cared for Pat Torrance myself, but nobody like," the old lady repeated; "no just dethought that of him before he was mar. cent, but you soon got used to it.” When ried. Do you think, perhaps, if she had these greetings and introductions were taken a little more interest at first over, Miss Barbara took his arm, and deOne can never tell; he was always rough, clared her intention of taking a turn on but not such a savage as that.”
the green and inspecting the new game, “I have no opinion on the subject. I But it was not the game which interested am only a stranger, you know,” Jolin said. the old lady. She had a word of warning
" Ah! but I can see your opinion in to say: your face. You think it is he that is to “John, my man! at your age you think blame. Well, so he is, no doubt; but little of good advice above all from an there are generally faults, don't you think, old woman; but just one word. You on both sides ? And then, you see, she must not bind yourself hand and foot to. was brought up abroad one always feels the Lindores. You have your own place that is a little risky for a girl. To be sure to uphold, and the credit of your family. you may turn upon me and say, why ask We've all formed our opinion of them; so many questions about it if you hold and if you're to be considered as one of such an opinion of it? But there is a them, a kind of retainer of theirs difference: we are all grown up but Lucy; “ Retainer !” cried John, deeply piqued. and if inamma and five of us cannot take Then he made an effort to recover his care of Lucy Both of the Lindores temper. “ You must see how unreasonhave that disadvantage. Don't you think able this is,” he said, with a forced Lady Edith is a little high and mighty? smile. "They are the only people I She thinks none of us are good enough know. I have the greatest respect for, for her. They are not very friendly, them all, but I have done nothing to — neither the one nor the other. They identify myself with the family.” don't feel at home among us,
suppose. He spoke with some heat, and red. No doubt it is our fault as much as theirs," dened, much to his annoyance. What this candid critic said.
way but one was there of identifying himThus John heard nothing but the same self with them? and what hope was there sentiment over and over again repeated. that he would ever be permitted to do His friends were not popular, and he him- that? The mere suggestion in his own self stood in some danger of being reck- bosom made hir red, and then pale. oned as of their faction. There was no “ You take up their opinions — you sup. one so bold as to undertake the defence port their plans; you're a partisan, or so of Torrance; and yet there was a certain they tell me. All that is bad for you, toleration accorded to him, as if his case John, my man! You'll excuse me speak. had extenuating circumstances. John did ing; but who should take an interest in not distinguish himself that afternoon you if it's not me?”. as his friends expected him to do. His “ All this is absurd,” he cried. “Take play was feeble, and did no credit to his up their opinions! I think the earl is training in the south ;” and as he con- right about a county hospital. I will sup. tinued to be interrogated by every new- port him in that with all my heart. Your comer about his own antecedents and his favorite minister, Aunt Barbara former acquaintance with the Lindores, it “I have no favorite minister,” said was difficult for him to repress all signs Miss Barbara, somewhat sharply. “I of impatience. There was not very much never let myself be influenced by one of variety in the talk of the county, to judge them. You mean the doctor, I suppose ? by these specimens. They all asked how - he's far too advanced for me. he liked the north, what he thought of that's just the man I'm meaning. He the society, and something or other about | tells me you're taking up all the Lin.