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and disappointment, their feelings, in the time of his forrows, had he fuffer a far greater flock than can received comfort, sucrour, or asistbe felt by those, who, from their ance, he might have continued to childhood, have been plunged in have proved a valuable member of irregularities, and are well practised society in meannels and deceit.
Alfred Maferini meditated with The sting of remorse leldom lasts painful ideas on those distresses longer than that punishment which which had happened, through his they bring upon themselves through o.vn misconduct, during the time perpetual indiscretion and deliberate they had been in England. He not Ichemes of villainy :-while the only beheld hiinself furrounde i with man who has been morely led away difficulties; but his sister, who was by example, or youthful follies
, re. ; innocent of the cause, equally in. ceives with redoubled force that volved, through his errors and blow which stabs at once his cha. vices. Young, beautiful, and acracter and reputation. Nor can he, complished, she was but ill calcu. though the clouds of despair, which lated to undergo the hardships of encompassed him, may ve succeeded | life ; yet Me submitted to them with by the sunshine of prosperity, think resignation, and could even teach of disagreeable events, at a former patience to him, who had brought part of life, but with anguish and her to the present difquietude. diftrefs.
This would cut him to the soul, Of the numberless griefs and and the scalding tear of repentance affiliations to which human nature is would often start from his eye, in subject, poverty is held up as one of defiance of the many efforts he made raly procures comtempe and not to He was "impetuous, proud, and treatinent from the haughty fons courageous in his difpofition; yet, of wealth ; and the opinion of the in feelings he was a woman : nor world in general, are by no means was his pride of that nature to make favourable to those who are not him overlook affliction, although potsessors of riches and affluence. concealed in a hut of poverty and These minakeri and Mhameful ideas misery. But he laid too great a are almost too pin dominant in every stress on the punctilios of honour country, and the child of misery and high birth; he valued the receives great addition to his woes name he bore with such ardour as by the ineers and scandal of his to make him resent the least affiont neighbours. Equality, though a offered in the family to which it word of terror to the great, if taken belonged. in its true meaning, implies senti Their arrival at Calais was atments of the most noble and generous tended with disagreeable and dekind; initead of pulling down laws, grad ng circum tances, on account and levelling the whole class of man of their giv ng in their names, kind, it would confirm unity, peace, (which were feigned ones) and the and good order.
review of their baggage, which cons The rod of oppression too often listed of clothes and a few articles falls upon that man who is unable, which Matilda had received from through misfortunes, or peculiar Mr. Millverne's valet : that gentlecircumftances, to raise himself against man having procured from fir Pethe weight ; but, crushed by its ter's what little goods she fet a store power, he links beneath the force on, and deGred his servant to de. of injustice, and is loit to his God, liver them at Dover. Their trahis family, and winfelf. Whereas velling through France was in every
respect êxtremely uncomfortable, , slept in those rooms which were on and the difficulties they met with, fire ; but no one dared to to their in consequence of their endeavour
aliistance, as the whole fabric was ing to conceal themselves from vul
expected to fall in a few minutes. gar curiosity, extremely distressing. Nor was the general conjecture They had nearly arrived at the
wrong, for in a very little time the Alps, when they halted for the
front gove way, and fell, which dirnight at a small inn. The accom. covered the internal part of the two modation was very indifferent, and rooms. They could see nothing of they were given to understand by the gentleman ; it was therefore the hostess that some English per- supposed that he was fuffocated, and fons of distinction were then in the had fallen among the ruins at the house, who took up the best rooms. back part; but the eyes of the They were therefore neceffitated spectators experienced a most horrid to put up with the inconvenience, light in the other apartment: a and after a scanty meal, retired to young lady was ftanding in the poor and desolate apartuents. Both middle of the fames. The agony Alfred an Matilda, with Leonard, such a situation must inspire, had bad the last day's journey rode on made her insensible ; her hands horses, which the former purchased were clasped together, and her eyes of a smuggler at a low price, confi lifted towards heaven. The people dering that it would be the cheapest cried out to give her assistance; but and most fecret way of travelling. none dare try the experiinent, till Leonard saw the cattle safely pla- Alfred, touched with compailion for ced in a barn some distance from the unfortunate female, fprung forthe house ; the stables being occu- ward with a ladder, and placed it pied by the horses and servants of against the part of the building the person whom the landlady had which was yet standing : he had mentioned : he then laid himself ascended above half way, when the down on a small bed in one corner part where the ladder rested against of the building. Leonard had not broke from his weight ; but he had been asleep above two hours, be rose far enough to perceive, to his fore he was awakened by a glare of astonishinieni, that it was lady Ca. light, which darted right on his roline Albourn. He then forgot eyes, through an opening on one all. danger, and rewolved to die or fide of the barn. He immediately lave her: he accordingly, when he ftarted up, and looked out at the found
the steps fall from under door, and perceived that the inn him, clasped a poit which supported was in flames. He hurried on his the story, and with an amazing clothes, and ran as fast as possible agility sprung on the tottering floor to the spot, in order to assist his of the room. He took her in his master and young lady. By the arms, but found no ladder set for time he got ihere, one part of the his descent; the people were afraid houle was entirely burnt down, and to come near, on account of the the remainder surrounded with falling in of the building, which flames: lie was happy however to would bury them in the ruins. He see his master an : Matilda safe ; and called to them, but his cries were the former delivered to him the vain ; till Leonard, who was returned trunks, which he took care to place from conducting Matilda to a houle in security. A number of pealants a little distance from the spot, were affembled round, and each 'eeing his maiter in such a lituation, feemed to bewail the fituation of a ian for the ladder ;, but it was tuo young lady, and her father, who I late, for Alfred felt the place on which
he stood, must sink with them, he- fly to her assistance in the front. fore he could get to the ground by With this idea, he attempted to that method : he therefore, with re descend the stair-case, but found it markable intrepidity, jumped from in Hames : this fight drove him the part with lady Caroline in his distracted.
Without waiting for arms, and fell on a feather bed which help, he jumped from the window, by chance had been thrown out at and was so hurt by the fall, that he the beginning of the fire.
lay insensible for some time, when - They were immediately dragged one of his servants found him in fome distance off, and in one minute that situation, and conducted him after, the whole fabric fell to the to the house which was 0.cupied by ground.
the other sufferers. The fituation of the unfortunate Alfred Malérini, his fifter, and Lady Caroline may be better imagin- Leonard, were in another aparted than described ; for even when ment; they neither of them judged the had recovered from the irsenfi- it expedient to appear, betore lord bility which the thoughts of her Albourn, his daughter, or any of danger had caufed, it was but to the servants, for fear a sudden exexperience new misery. Her father, clamation of their name should diswithout doubt, was buried in the cover them to those who were ruins; the had not yet seen her about They resolved, therefore, to deliverer, nor knew of the heroic remain private till morning, and courage that had heen exerted in then have an interview with his her behalf ; for, from the moment lordship. The fire being partly the front of her chamber fell, she extinguished, the people dispersed, faw nor heard no more till her re- and quiet was, in some measure, recovery in the house to which the stored. had lieen conveyed. She was now At breakfast his lordship inquired attended by several persons, and in what manner his daughter eher own woman servant, who had scaper death. They were both inslept in the back room, and leapt formed of the circumstances relative from the window at the first alarm. to the behav.our of the young genAt this period, while all were be- tlen an who had fo valiantly under. wailing the loss of lord Albourn, taken to rescue her ; and heard he entered the room, fupported by not the repeated praises of the two servants. Lady Caroline taint- ruftics unconcerned. Lord Aled, and, afterwards, fell into hyfte- bourn's heart, as well as his daughrics, occafioned by the joy of seeing ter's overflowed, with gratitude, and her father, whom the considered they both requested to see him as as no more. He embraced her, and soon as possible. The woman of hed tears of paternal tenderness the house said she would call him for the safety of his child.
directly, for that he had desired His lordship, when awoke by the to be alone the remainder of the alarm of fire, knew it would be night. She left her noble guests, fome time before he could enter his and repaired to the room whe.e daughter's chamber, as the always Alfred lept. Having knocked febolted her door on the intide ; and veral times, without receiving any that the fright which fo fudden an answer, she opened the door, and to information might give her, would her aftonishment, found it empty. most likely prevent her from open She immediately entered the chaming it at all, he therefore considered ber of his fifter, and saw that was it would be best to get out at the also deserted. The stables and loft back part as soon as pallible, and where Leonard Nept, were aito
as a stranger to his real character, A being in want of a dinner,
searched ; but neither cattle noi tears : his lordship started : “I man could be seen.
hope, Caroline," said he with some In Alfred's deserted apartment, warmth, “ you encourage not a they cbserved a note which lay, on partiality for a man to whom I the table ; it was directed to lord have many times declared a total Albourn : he received it, and the dislike.” intelligence that the writer could no “ Your lordship, surely, cannot where he found. His lordship read blame these few marks of fenfibility, the following words:
for one who has saved my life, and
by that, I Aatter' myself, deserves • To Lord Albourn. your gratitude as well as your « My Lord,
My most fincere gratitude he * If your lordship's curiosity certainly deserves," replied his lordfhould lead you to know the name thip; " but yet I would rather he of that man who saved your daugh. Nould have any recompense in the ter from the fames, it may be la world than the affections of my tisfied by perusing these lines : the child. You well know, Caroline, only return you can make him is to pride was never a leading trait in keep it a secret ; an unfortunate iny character : I have never atcircumstance having occurred, that tempted to bias your inclinations renders a decampment (both mean respecting the choice of a hufband, and daftardly) necessary; the man- although you have had many noble ner of which is totally inconsistent offers. I therefore think I may with the character, and equally realonably require your compliance against the inclinations of
in one point, which is, never to
marry a gamester : of this defcrip. ALFRED MASERINI."
tion Mr. Maferini is known to be, If lord Albourn was astonished him a son-in-law.”
and by that ti:le I never could own at the elopement of lady Caroline's
Lady Caroline sighed; her underpreferver, he w3s, if posible, far standing told her his lordfhip's arAiore surprised at the contents of this note; and although he felt the informed her die must fuffer in the
guments were juft ; but her heart fame obligation to him as to any acquiescence to them. other individual; yet he would ra
Lord Albourn remained near ther have liad lady Caroline's life fix weeks at that place, till he was faved by any otber. person. He quite recovered, and then pursued concluded, Aifred wash debt, and his journey lowly towards Italy. was therefore obliged to keep con. cealed. Lord Albourn was a no
(To be continued.) bleman of the niceft honour, and moft generous sentiments ; he could not therefore conlider himself hap
Tibe FORTUNATE DINNER. py in being obliged to a man, whose
An ANECDOTE. ili qualities he had only known; and
Poor unbeneficed clergyman derefted his principles. He strictly observed what was mentioned in bethough: himself of paying a visit the note, and made an excuse for to Lanbeth Palace, where it has the gentleinan's sudden departure. been a custom from time immemo.
In private he acquainted his rial, to keep an open table for cafual daughter with the truth. She fhed vifitants.
After he had dined, though not white fatin, in oval forms, feftooned perfeAly satisfied, because the ser- with gold laurel. The body and vant who supplied him with meat train white and gold. had entirely forgotten his drink, Princess Augufta. A very beauti. the former 'desired the favour of ful petticoat of white crape, most pen, ink, and paper, when he wrote richly embroidered with gold and the following lines for his grace's filver. In the front was a design perasal :
of the Order of the Garter. It is
impoflible to conceive any thing Piscis in disco
more elegant than the work. The Mihi datur
colours of the role and thistle Ab Archiepisco
might rival nature ; and the garter Po, non ponatur,
and the plume of feathers were likce Quia non mihi bibere datur. wise done in the most exquisite work
manship. The drapery was em The prelate, after reading the broidered the same. The body and paper, lent for the writer, and de- train of green and gold tissue fík. fired a translation, which is here Princess Elizabeth. A crape pete given :
ticoat, embroidered with filver and
purple foils, with a drapery feftooned They sent me filh
with velvet, richly embroidered with In a dish
filver. The train was purple and From the archbish
filver tissue, richly embroidered Op, was not there
round the bottom. Because there was no beer.
Princess Sophia. The same, only
the embroidery was green. The With this conceit his grace was train, a green and gold tissue. so well pleased, that he bestowed a Princess Mary. Crape petticoat,' good living upon its author, embroidered with gold à la Gruca.
with stripes of gold foil and velvet, with a drapery of white satin (pan
gled with gold. The drapery was DESCRIPTION drawn up with rich cord and tassels.
The body and train purple and gold.
The Duchess of 1 ort's dress was of THE
fuperbly elegant; the body and train LADIES' DRESSES on her MAJES- of violet satin, richly embroidered ty's Birth-Day. with silver and stones. The perti
coat a silver tissu“, with a drapery The Queen.
beautifully ornamented with grapes
and vine leaves ; festooned with fi!THE petticoat of white satin, rich. | ver laurel and tafels. Her head.
dress was purple velvet, with feathers gold and silver, in the form of feathers and diamonds, formed en casque, ato teftooned with gold laurel. The tracted particular notice. whole embroidery has been worked Duchess of Rutland, in a very by the princess Elizabeth, who has pretty fancy drets of crap', endisplayed uncommon taste in the broidered with gold foil in itripes. execution of it. The train and body | The drapery was drawn u, with of black velvet.
gold foil bands, and feftoons of Princess Royal. A crape petti- white fatin. ccat, embroidered with gold and Countess of Glasgow was dressed