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ued between beer as have the berotandards of
tions, without being able to take a || ants of the aboriginal inhabitants of step in his own behalf. Thus, when || Britain yet exist; and there, in the Ambrosius landed, he found, that he family of L , the offspring of the had not the imbecile Vortigern, but union of Adelfrid and Helena are the gallant though undutiful Vorti- to be found. The tradition of their mer, to oppose.
ancestor's love for Rowena, her treaIt is not my purpose to detail the chery and its consequences, have bloody wars which ensued between | been handed down from father to Britons and Britons, and between son; as have the heroic deeds of Britons and Saxons; they ended in Adelfrid, under the standards of the triumph of the latter, and the Ambrosius and of Arthur, with whom former were compelled to content he manfully combated for the liberty themselves with a corner of that is- of Britain. land in which they had once held
W.C. S- D. supreme, sway. In the mountain- || York, April 1825. fastnesses of Wales the descend- |||
ECONOMY AND PROFUSION IN CONTRAST. LADY C. having met with some Pleasures that traverse, overwork, overbearing treatment from the wife and exhaust natural sensation may of a wealthy baronet, was asked by a create transient illusion, but the enfriend, how she could bear such in- | joyment is neither sincere nor durasult from a purse-proud upstart, and ble. Pride and vanity will no doubt retain so perfect good-humour and be flattered by the adulation paid to self-possession, ils, without uttering i persons surrounded by the symbols one word, by the mere composure of wealth: yet shallow indeed must and indifference of aspect to assert || be the mind whose exultation in prothe dignity of her rank. “My dear," sperity is not chastened by a conscianswered her ladyship," it is easy ousness, that the power of benefiting to maintain good temper when we others forms the basis of popularity; are conscious of superiority in essen- and that, amidst the storms of advertials. I do not mean the advantage sity, popularity would vanish as the I derive from my lord's hereditary beautiful tints of a summer sky oband military rank; I mean, that I am scured by a misty shower. How more exalted by my lord's character many prodigals among men, and uland accomplishments than by his ti tra-fashionables among women, have tles; and we are more proud of our been made by sycophants, who proeconomy, our exactitude in paying fited by the sums they squandered, every claim, and our management in without any permanent satisfaction supporting respectable appearances to themselves! Pleasure becomes inawith a very limited income, than | nity by incessant repetition, and is though we shone in all the splendours | often no more than a fallacious enof overflowing opulence; and sure Ideavour to escape from weariness and am, we are happier than many mi- | chagrin. If attended by expenses nions of Fortune."
beyond what can be afforded with
out contracting debt, whatactual pain | cately patronised moderation in the and humiliation will ensue! How bit- style of dress and living among their ter, how mortifying must be the re- | acquaintances, that Economy lifted grets of such as, roused from a dream her modest head, and resources for of fancied superiority, shall find they charity grew and flourished by prunhave been dupes and sacrifices! They ing away superfluous indulgences. are pitiable and too surely contemp-Lady C. possessed wit and humour, tible simpletons who are flattered and she employed her powers of eleout of pecuniary independence, the gant raillery to discountenance a taste most essential ingredient of comfort for gaudy expensive finery, and to to a man of honour and spirit, or to encourage simplicity in dress and a woman of sense and delicacy; kan household arrangements. She someingredient never to be procured with times asked young matrons whether out a well-regulated expenditure, a they would honour her circle of the judicious and determined economy. self-denied, or figure among the gay
Lord C. the representative of an er fashionables. Her ladyship was ancient and noble house, found his | never known to make severe comhereditary fortune much impaired by ments upon the more showy style of the feudal hospitality of olden time, others; and if she heard that any and yet more by the extravagancestrictures had passed on her dress, of his immediate progenitors; and | or her plain and plenteous board, before marriage his lordship had not | she smiled and said, “ Though they quite escaped a taint of the family call me mean, it is because I am foible. Lady C. weaned him from proud, that I cannot endure to be pernicious habits almost impercepti- obliged to the forbearance of a crebly to himself. In some years, his ditor; and I am likewise too proud lordship, having tasted the genuine to rest my claim to esteem upon the sweets of independence, would not ornaments of my person, or the sumphave resigned them for all the luxu tuous varieties that load my table. ries, all the magnificence that ever It is they who hold out a false apéncumbered the estates of a sensu pearance of riches they do not posalist. The debts incurred by himself sess who are really mean; and in were first paid, and by degrees the purchasing articles and employing property was cleared of all involve- tradespeople on trust, they must ments: yet in no instance had this distress the industrious, as they canintrinsically noble pair compromised not make regular payments; but if the dignity of their station. The we honestly though tacitly avow our fund which was formerly appropri | limited income by suiting our exated to liquidate the family debts | penses accordingly, we neither decould now accumulate for the young ceive ourselves nor mislead others." er children. They were happy in
B. G, themselves, and so wisely and deli- ||
Compromisos distress tople on
GENEROUS OR JUST: A Tale.. Never think of troubling your hcad, || lessness of his disposition united to Master Arthur, about these shabby spal. | draw him into pecuniary embarrasspeens that are bothering you for money. || ments before he had quite attained Sure and you will soon be able to pay his twenty-fifth year; and as the rethem, jewel; for its yourself that has got
storation of the Bourbons took place a fine treasure, if you only knew where
just at that time, he determined to abouts it was. Mighty unlucky to be
'avail himself of the opportunity of sure, that poor ould Antoine, the cratur,
the peace, and go to economize for a should have popped off just as he was
few years in France. After a short going to tell me all about it; but it is
stay in Paris, he made a tour through yourself that has got a good head, and I
the provinces. Fascinated with the remember even when you were quite a gorsoon, you were always discovering
beauty of the country round Tours, things that could never be found. So,
he stopped for a few days in that plase the saints, you will soon lay hold
neighbourhood, where he chanced of Antoine's money, which wasn't his at
to dine at a table d'hôte with M. Le all at all. But I must not be saying any
Pelletier, who gave him a very warm more, for fear of letting out the secret,
invitation to his château. This Gowhich I swore never to tell you, if I had thic edifice, deficient as it was in been so lucky as to discover it, but by || modern comforts and conveniences, word of mouth. So no more at present, | enchanted Arthur, whose disposition but begging of you to come in all haste was not a little tinctured with roto your faithful servant,
mance; and as he gazed from one of its PATRICK M'Dermot.
turrets upon the varied and delightful
prospects that every where met his “Poor Pat!"cried Arthur O‘Beirne eye, he exclaimed to Le Pelletier, as he finished this curious epistle, || that if he was master of such a spot, “ he thinks more of my debts than I he thought he could be contented to do myself; and it is most likely the remain in it for ever. remembrance of them that has made “And I," cried the other laughing, him twist some expression of old " would be very well content to part Antoine's into a confession of a con- | with it for ever; particularly at this cealed treasure. But be it as it may moment, for I am in immediate want I will go to the château; if my jour of money, and do not, to say the ney does not bring me any money, truth, very well know how to raise it. it will at least save me some.” So if you have a mind for a bargain,
Let us leave this hair-brained |say the word, and it is yours upon young Irishman, whom, for want of a easy terms.” better, we mean to make our hero, Arthur replied with equal frankto pursue his journey to the château ness, that he could not afford to in question, while we inform our read- make the purchase, which he supers how he came to be the owner of posed must be a sum far above what it.
he could raise. The other told him Left at an early age the uncon Il he was mistaken; and, in short, betrouled master of a handsome pro-fore the conversation was concluded, perty, the generosity and the thought- || he offered it to him for three thou
go. That with a trifle
sand pounds, which was not above a || enough, although Le Pelletier does fourth of its value.
not know it; we have the law on our O‘Beirne was the last person in | side.” the world to take advantage of any “D-n the law! I am thinking of man's necessities, but Le Pelletier || justice.” frankly said, that he was tired of the “That is no affair of mine." place, was determined to get rid of "No, so it seems, or you would it, and that from circumstances which | not have suffered me to buy stolen he could not enter into, that sum goods.” would, on the spur of the moment, l " That was your own business. be worth a great deal more to him What man with a trifle of brains in than three times the money in a few his head would ever think of purmonths afterwards. If Mr. O‘Beirne | chasing an estate in France without liked it, very well; if not, he should | asking whether it was patrimonial? soon find somebody for it.
Do you think if Le Pelletier had not Arthur no longer hesitated. He | been afraid that it would be wrested wrote to a notary with whom he was from him, he would have sold it to acquainted at Paris, to come down you for a song: but his fears were and arrange every thing legally. The vain, as he will soon be convinced; business was soon done; O‘Beirne and then I dare say he will be glad gave a draft upon his Irish agent enough to give you back your money for the money, and took possession if you desire to break your bargain." of the château, whence Le Pelletier “ Do you know," said Arthur removed immediately, to go, as he thoughtfully, “ what has become of said, to Paris. Arthur was surpris- the former proprietor and his family?" ed, and in some degree mortified, “No; they must either have been that he neither gave his address, guillotined in the time of the revonor desired to see him, in case he | lution, or starved since, for nothing should visit that city..
| has been heard of them during many “ No, to be sure," cried the nota- || years." ry, to whom he made the observation, " But some members of the family with a sarcastic grin, “ he would may still be living." never think of asking a man to visit “ Never trouble your head about him whom he flatters himself that them. I repeat to you, that your he has just taken in so nicely." title is good; and if you do not like
"Taken in! what do you mean?” to keep the property, you may soon
“Why, the property, as you know, I get your money back again." being national
Other thoughts occupied the mind “National! zounds and the devil, of Arthur, who immediately formed it can't be!"
the design of restoring it to the law“ Can't be! but it is though." | ful owners if he could find them.
“ And you have never told me! | Accordingly he determined to take you have suffered me to ” every means of ascertaining if any
"Softly, softly, if you please. You branch of the family was still exist have nothing to reproach me with; ing, and in what part of the world all my business was with the ti- || they were supposed to be. tle, and I warrant you that's good Luckily for his purpose, Antoine the gardener, who had lived with || dress which he gavein London, Paris, the former proprietor, the Marquis and Dublin, they would hear of some. de Mersanville, was still in the châ- || thing to their advantage: but these teau. Le Pelletier had given him advertisements remained unanswer, permission, when he bought it from ed, and Arthur began to believe that the nation, to end his days in it; a the family was really extinct. circumstance which he never men- The summer wore away; Arthur ţioned to O‘Beirne, most probably began to get heartily tired of his because he did not wish him to have purchase. The few families who any conversation with the old man. were in the neighbourhood were all Upon hearing that he was in the of the old stamp, and they would house, O‘Beirne immediately sent for not visit the possessor of a national him, and the account that he gave property: the solitude in which he of the exiled family interested him consequently lived became insupwarmly in their favour.
portable to him, and he determined The marquis had been adored te winter it in Paris, but in the by his dependents. He had lost his most economical manner. But what lady a few years after his marriage; man, young, handsome, and amiable but for the sake of a son, his only enough to be received with avidity child, he never married again. As in the first society, could be econothis son was the sole remaining hope mical in Paris? If there is such a of his family, he had united him, rara avis to be found, it was not our while very young, to an amiable and poor Arthur, who kept his econocharming girl, of birth equal to his mical resolutions so well, that in the own. When the storm first broke course of the winter he had only out, he had provided for the safety | added three thousand pounds to his of his children by sending them out debts; a circumstance which, to say of France, with a promise of speedi- the truth, would not have troubled ly following them; but before he him much, had it not led to a declacould put his design into execution, ration from his agent, that no more he was seized at his château, thrown money could be raised till some. ar. into prison, and shortly afterwards rangements were made to pay what guillotined.
was already due. " And your young master?” Arthur had in the person of his
“Ah! sir, I fear my lady and he faithful M‘Dermot a monitor whom must both have perished, for I could he very often found troublesome, but never obtain any tidings of them; |whom a sentiment of attachment preand had they been living, I think-"|| vented him from parting with: they the old man hesitated, and then add- were foster-brothers, a title which ed, “I think they would have con gave M‘Dermot, in his own opinion, trived to inform their poor old ser- an unbounded liberty of speech; and vant."
he used it to torment his master with O‘Beirne immediately caused ad remonstrances, that O‘Beirne was vertisements to be inserted in the glad to put an end to at last by sendEnglish and foreign papers, to in- ing him early in the spring to the form De Mersanville or his descend. château, from whence very soon afants, that, on application to an ad-terwards he dispatched to his mas.