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motives where bad ones are to be found. || will give yourself no more trouble about They entered, and a waiter shewed them || a wretch who does not wish to live: but a room, and placed a bottle of claret on at present I could not eat a bit; my stothe table.

mach even rose at the last mouthful of Harley filled the lady's glass, which that crust." He offered to call a chair, she had no sooner tasted, than dropping saying, that he hoped a little rest would it on the floor, and eagerly catching his relieve her. He had one half-guinea arm, her eye grew fixed, her lip assumed || left: “ I am sorry," he said, “ that at prea clayey whiteness, and she fell back sent I should be able to make you an ofsenseless in her chair.

fer of no more than this paltry sum." Harley started from his seat, and She burst into tears : “ Your generosity, catching her in his arms, supported her | sir, is abused ; to bestow it on me is to from falling to the ground, looking wildly | take it from the virtuous: I have no title at the door, as if he wanted to run for but misery to plead-misery of my own assistance, but durst not leave the miser- || procuring."_" No more of that," anable creature. It was not till some mi swered Harley: “ there is virtue in these nutes after that it occurred to him to ring tears; let the fruit of them be virtue." the bell, which at last, however, he He rang, and ordered a chair. “ Though thought of, and rang' with repeated vio- | I am the vilest of beings,” said she, * I lence even after the waiter appeared. have not forgotten every virtue: gratiLuckily the waiter had his senses some- tude, I hope, I shall still have left, did I what more about him, and snatching up but know who is my benefactor:"-"My a bottle of water, which stood on a buf- | name is Harley."-"Could I have an opfet at the end of the room, he sprinkled || portunity- "_“You shall, and a gloit over the hands and face of the dying | rious one too! your future conduct: but figure before him. She began to revive, | I do not mean to reproach you, if I say, and with the assistance of some harts- || it will be the noblest reward. I will do horn-drops, which Harley now for the myself the pleasure of seeing you again." first time drew from his pocket, was able Here the waiter entered, and told them to desire the waiter to bring her a crust the chair was at the door. The lady inof bread, of which she swallowed some formed Harley of her lodgings, and he mouthfuls, with the appearance of the promised to wait on her at ten the next keenest hunger. The waiter withdrew ; ' morning. when turning to Harley, sobbing at the same time, and shedding tears, “I am! He kept his appointment; and sorry, sir," said she, “ that I should have || when he reached the house, and ingiven you so much trouble; but you will quired for Miss Atkins (for that was pity me when I tell you, that, till now, I the lady's name), he was shewn up have not tasted a morsel these two days three pair of stairs into a small room, past.” He fixed his eyes on hers; every lighted by one narrow lattice, and circumstance but the last was forgotten, patched round with shreds of differand he took her hand with as much re-ent-coloured paper. In the darkest spect as if she had been a duchess. It corner stood something like a bed, was ever the privilege of misfortune to before which a tattered coverlet hung be revered by him.-—“Two days!” said by way of curtain. He had not he;" and I have fared sumptuously every | waited long when she appeared. Her

face lrad the glistening of new-washunderstood his meaning, and prevented

ed tears on it. “ I am ashamed, sir," him. “ I beg, sir," said she, “ that you

1 said she, “ that you should have

understood hic maching to the bell; she waited long when she appeared

taken this fresh piece of trouble i py, innocent, and joyous. Justly inabout one so little worthy of it; but deed has our author made the unto the humane I know there is a plea- || happy Emily Atkins exclaim, “Oh! sure in goodness for its own sake: did the daughters of virtue know our if you have patience for the recital | sufferings; did they see our hearts of my story, it may palliate though torn with anguish amidst the affecit cannot excuse my faults."

tation of gaiety which our faces are Her story is related; and it is the obliged to assume, our bodies torstory of hundreds of those unhappy tured by disease, our minds with that beings who, either by the perfidy of consciousness which they cannot lose man or their own levity, or it may be did they know, did they think of by both, are outcasts from society, this! their censures are just; but and compelled to drag on a misera- | their pity perhaps might spare the ble existence, really subsisting on the wretches whom their justice should wages of sin and pollution, exposed to all the loathsome wretchedness of This adventure ends in restoring brutal licentiousness; without friends, the unhappy Emily to her widowed often without home, without food, father. and even without decent raiment, (To be concluded in our next.) when many of them were once hap-||

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THE LOITERER.
No. XVII.

be insufficient for the purpose, and I am the unfortunate hus. would lower us in the eyes of our band of a wife who will ruin me by friends in London. Her plan was to her economy. You will think per- retire to the country. haps that I am joking, but I assure I consented very readily, and we you it is a sorrowful truth. We accordingly set out for — , where have now been ten years married, I have a small property. Here we and during the last five my income might have been very happy, at least has diminished one third, through I should, for we really saved money, the saving projects of my deary. | and had pleasant society; but my During the first five years we lived wife soon discovered that we should happily and comfortably, always tak- be much better off in both respects ing care to make every year's income in France, where provisions, houses, answer its expenses, and to have a every thing in short, were to be had small sum in reserve at the end of for almost nothing. Well, sir, to each. By that time we had three France we went; and as my rib, to children, and my wife reminded me, do her justice, was really bent upon that it was high time to begin to economy, she took over with her save money for the younger ones. a cargo of necessaries for herself In order to do so I proposed some and the children; because, as she retrenchments, to which she objeeted, || said, muslin, calico, flannel, &c. &c. on the double ground that they would were so dear, that it would be the Vol. VI. No. XXXV.

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greatest folly in the world to have ) it would take a good round sum to any thing to buy during her stay. I render it snug and convenient acwarned her of the customhouse-of-cording to English ideas. My wife ficers, but she assured me there was was of a different opinion; she was not the least danger; she knew the sure that with a little expense on the national character, and she was sure one hand, and a few make-shifts on they would not meddle with a single the other, we should sit down very article when she should declare, up- comfortably. on her honour, that they were all for Without giving you the details, her own use and that of her family. Mr. Loiterer, it will suffice to say, Though I thought the experiment that after great expense, a great many a hazardous one, yet for peace sake make-shifts, and a great deal of unI suffered her to make it; and the comfortableness, we were obliged to consequence was, that the douaniers leave it, because it was so damp in stripped her of every thing; but winter as to be absolutely uninhathey did it with such infinite polite- bitable; and as we had, for the sake ness, and made so many and such of economy, taken it upon a long handsome excuses, that she flattered lease, we have it upon our hands to herself she should easily obtain re- this moment. stitution. Accordingly she wrote fo- My wife, always sanguine, thought lios of letters to people in power, very little of our being obliged to backed by very weighty arguments | leave our house, because she had no to their subalterns; and it was not doubt that we should soon let it to till she had actually expended about advantage; but she discovered that double the value of the things in with regard to ourselves we were purquestion, that she learned there was suing a wrong course: it was now no chance of getting them back, the necessary to have maşters for the materials they were composed of be- || children, and they could be had no ing absolutely prohibited.

where so good or so cheap as in This was an inauspicious begin. Paris, where, after all, people might ning; but my dear moiety soon ral | live very economically if they only lied her spirits, and declared that we knew how to manage. To Paris acshould not be long in making up our cordingly we came, and what with loss when once we got settled. Till the expense of the journey, continuthen we had remained at an hotel, al moving since we have been here which we were assured by the mas- | in search of cheap lodgings, changter of it was the cheapest in all ing servants because they were too France. Cheap as it was, however, extravagant, and the heavy expenses we found our money went at a great of two very serious illnesses, which rate. The grand point therefore my wife's saving propensities brought was, my wife said, to get into a house upon us all-(one of them was ocof our own as soon as possible; and casioned by the bad quality of our a very pretty one being just then ad- | ordinary wine, the other by a short vertised to be sold cheap, we went allowance of fuel during a very seto see it. Though we were assured vere winter)-I find myself getting that it was en bon état, yet it was more and more embarrassed every evident to me at the first glance that day. Till now I have confined my

self to remonstrances; but since these to break the matter to her, I shall have had no effect, I am determined beg of you, Mr. Loiterer, to do it to take the management of my af- for me, by inserting this letter in fairs into my own hands, and no your next paper, a favour which will longer suffer myself to be ruined by most truly oblige your constant readher confounded stinginess. But as er and very humble servant, it would be very disagreeable for me il

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THE CONFESSIONS OF A RAMBLER.

No. XX. In my last I gave a short biogra- || threaten their colony with destrucphical sketch of John Randolph, one tion; which was averted, under Proof the most eminent men the United vidence, by a female, who encounterStates of America has produced. Il ed every thing—the dread of her mentioned bis descent from the ce- | father's anger and her countrymen's lebrated Pocahontas, whose memory displeasure-to succour and save the is yet cherished by some few in Vir- | unfortunate. ginia; and the following account of “ O woman! in our hours of case, that Interesting female will not, I

Uncertain, coy, and hard to please,

And variable as the shade should hopez be unacceptable to the

By the light quivering aspen made; ladies who patronise the Repository. When pain and anguish wring the brow, It is, I have little doubt, authentic, A ministering angel thou.” being drawn up from a narrative fur Smith had been betrayed into the nished to an American publication power of the Indians; he was arrayby one of her descendants. led before the sachems assembled in

Powhattan was the chief of a tribe the wigwam of Powhattan, and conof Indians who inhabited the country | demned to death. Once sentenced, adjacent to the Potowmac. Here | the tortures of suspense were not Captain Smith, and a band of those added to his sufferings; he was led hardy adventurers who dared all the out to a plain at a short distance, perils of an unknown clime, and en | where the warriors were assembled, countered all the hardships of sea and the stern exectioner, with bared and land, for the purpose of pro- arm, and the implement of death, moting the ends of science, or of a huge knotted club, in his hand, prosecuting the designs of coloniza- awaited his victim. The gallant tion their ardent minds had enter- || Englishman had too often braved tained, arrived, and founded the co- | death to shrink from his near aplony of James - Town, so named in proach, though he came in an aphonour of the monarch who then | palling form; he advanced to the swayed the sceptre of England. An spot on which he was to meet his intercourse with the aborigines took | fate, and laid his head upon the place, the particulars of which it is | rock, his cheek unblanched, bis foreign to my purpose to relate; but, || nerves firm and elastic, his whole after alternations of good and ad frame elate with confidence and hope verse fortune, a dark cloud seemed l--a hope of " another and a better to hover over the settlers, and to world.” At this moment, when the

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executioner was in the very act of less enterprising and gentler natures: raising the massy club destined to yet he was aware of the advantages fall upon his victim, the assembly to be gained from the friendship of was electrified by the appearance of Pocahontas, and he did not discoua female, who darted past the war-rage that passion in her which he riors, rushed to the spot where Smith had no intention of returning. This awaited his fate, and laying her head cold, calculating, prudential conduct upon his, offered two victims instead was unworthy of the man whom Poof one to the stern minister of ven- cahontas had saved from death : but geance. This female was Pocahon- where is the being without speck or tas. Young and beautiful, with a stain? We must look at the peculiwarm heart and ardent passions, this arity of Smith's situation, and not interesting girl had seen Smith when too harshly condemn what we cannot he was first brought before her fa- | ther after his capture: his manly After seven weeks' captivity, Smith form, and fine countenance replete returned to James-Town. By his with dignity and grace, made an in- Indian guides he sent presents to Postant impression on the susceptible cahontas, which the innocent maid heart of the Indian maid. She loved: | regarded as proofs of love; for the but, if opportunity had not afforded constructions of the heart are goher the means of befriending the ll verned by its wishes, and fancy is object of her affections, “ she would ready with its eloquence to gain faith never have told her love."

to all the dreams of deluding fond. The arm of the warrior, raised to ness. determine the fate of Smith, was At the return of Smith to his suspended; even the stern Powhat-colony, he found them in want and tan was softened; he caught the despair. He encouraged them by feelings of his daughter, and in sym- engaging descriptions of the country, pathy with Pocahontas, procured a and disconcerted a scheme for abanpardon for his prisoner Charmed doning the wilds of Virginia. An with her success, she hung wildly on interesting event strengthened the the neck of her reprieved victim, resolution he had inspired. Pocawhile excess of joy checked the ut- hontas appeared in the fort with the terance of her affections.

richest presents of benevolence. With Smith was not immediately en- || all the charms of nature, and the larged, though his life was spared; best fruits of the earth, she resemand during his residence with the In. bled the Goddess of Plenty with her dians, Pocahontas was his daily com- | cornucopia. Even Smith indulged panion. This intercourse nourished for a while his softer feelings, and in the passion she had imbibed; but the romantic recesses of uncultured Smith, though he felt the most ar- walks listened to the warm effusions dent gratitude to his preserver, had of his Indian maid. She sighed and not a heart for love: unlike the she wept, and found solace in his knights of old, he was a warrior, tears of tenderness, which seemed to without owning fond woman's sway; her the flow of love. he left what he deemed the imbecility Soon after, Pocahontas gave a of the softer passions to those of stronger proof of heraffection. Pow,

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