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“I have brought Morland to pay his respects to your Ladyship previous to his departure," said Mr. Dunstanville. 66 He leaves to-morrow, to join the ship his uncle commands." 66 Oh! Captain

- his mother's brother, I presume,” said Lady Lovel. “I remember him in town; a very agreeable man. I am sorry to hear you are to lose the society of one of your sons so soon, and presume the other will shortly go to Eton; but pray, Mr. Dunstanville, do us the favour to dine here to-day. Lord and Lady Seemington are here, whom you remember, and two or three other friends; indeed, you must stay."

Mr. Dunstanville assented to the proposal ; and after having given the necessary orders to his servant, returned to the conversation with Lady Lovel.

“I have just been much amused with my housemaid,” said her Ladyship, “who, by the way, was several years in your service, Mr. Dunstanville."


“ What is her name ?" asked Mr. Dunstanville.

“Oh! Sally Biddikin," said the boys, laughing. 6 A very

excellent servant, I assure you, Lady Lovel ; she left me only on account of her father's illness. My boys ought to be grateful to her for all the care and nursing she so long and willingly bestowed upon them.”

“She has,” continued Lady Lovel, particular habit of designating people of title by the first letter of their names, which she occasionally pronounces most ludicrously. She asked me this morning “if my Lord and Lady S. or Ass (as she said) would choose a fire in their bed-room?"

The party laughed, and Lady Lovel proceeded.

Apropos, Mr. D.: do you remember what a curious description Mrs. Dunstanville's brother gave of Lord Seemington's maiden speech in Parliament that is, before his Lordship came to the title ?"

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“Not in the least !" answered Mr. Dunstan

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“ Not in the least !" ejaculated the voluble lady, “-not of his small face peeping out between an immense pair of whiskers, like an owl in an ivy-bush; hoo-hooing such particularly pretty parables as not only astonished the house, but some of his constituents who were in the gallery; but, alas ! they were propor. tionally disappointed afterwards to find there was nothing in him.”

“ I had forgotten it entirely,” replied Mr. Dunstan ville.

“ I have been told that latterly they coughed whenever he rose," continued Lady Lovel; “and that now he is in the Upper House, the Lords, though they are more mannerly, are not less inattentive; but, I assure you, Lord Seemington is the best-natured man in the world, and cares nothing for all this.”

A bell presently summoned the party to dress for dinner; and they soon separated

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-some going to their rooms, thinking the day too short; others, too long-much too long.

The toilette of boys is an example for men, hastily completed, and never considered a moment longer than the accomplishment of it :Morland was ready before his brother, and was proceeding along the gallery towards the staircase, when Sally Biddikin, aware that her young master, as she still called him, (and loved to tell how she had nursed and fondled him,) was about to leave his home, peeped out of one of the bedchamber doors, to bid him good bye as he passed. “ And so you 're going to leave your good father, Master Morland ?" said Sally, as he recognized her ; “ And when do

you go then ?"

“ To-morrow," answered Morland.

“ Bless us, to-morrow !” said Sally, looking down; “then I shall not see you again, Master Morland : ” and suddenly, as if by some unaccountable impulse, she flung her arms around his neck, and kissed him with her rosy lips, and looked at him, and kissed him again.“ Hea

ven bless you, my pretty boy!" said she, as if she had been really his mother : then instantly recollecting that he was no longer a child, but a grown handsome boy, she held in her arms, she turned as red as scarlet, loosened her embrace, and ran away to hide herself in the chanıber from which she had come.

Morland was not a little disconcerted at this warm and unexpected farewell; and when he entered the drawing-room, his face was of quite as deep a hue as poor Sally's. Howbeit, he said not a word of this most maternal hug. Dinner was presently announced, and the company proceeded to the dining-room, where, after the dulness of the first course was over, the conversation became general and amusing. Lady Lovel was in a high flow of spirits, and the good style in which the sumptuous repast was served up, together with the exquisite wines, contributed to put the sportsmen in good humour, who were at first a little clouded with the baneful punctuality which caused them to arrive at table in time for cold fish and tepid soup.

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