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Lord Clifford, the son of his patron, the i, ing; by bis paternal care he expired in bis Earl of D (io whom Mr Cleland had been | arms dest tute of every concern, but not rethe most affectionate as well as the most at. ceiving lois parents' blessing, to whom he tentive of tutors), being suddenly atiаcked ents usted, by Mr. Cleland, every afiectionale with a dangerous illness in france, which remembrance they could desire from one they country he was then visiting for his amuse. h dl ved so much. Mr. Cleland, after permeo', the Earl, in the greatest affliction, en forming the painful task of acquainting the treated Mr. Cleland to haglen to his son, and | Earl with the mel neboly event, collected by his presence alleviate the inquielude be li wbal pap-rs and property bad belonged to must uaturally feel in such a situation, at i Lord Clifford, and prepared for his depar. tended ouly by strangers.
ture ; but be foond this no easy task, his There preded no greater inducement than papers and properly were seized; and re. the affection te load always experienced for garelless of bis solemn assertions of innocence, Lord Clifford, to hasten Mr Cleland's de. he was (by the order of wreichis scarcely parture. He arrived in Paris after uing the knowing right from wrong) thrown into utmost expedition, and found the young Il prison, where for many months he eudured nobleman slowly recovering, but in a stateli every bardship and oppression, and wbere be of the u'most debility.
might have remained much longer, had not a Mr. Cleland intimates the cordition of his friend, hy his exertions, effected his escape, son to the Earl, who immediately requested be as already mentioned. might, if possible, be brought to Eng'and, at When Mr. Cleland awoke from the most the same time lamenting the impossibility of refreshing slumber be had experienced for attending Lord Clifford bimself, owing to the many m nihs, he found the vessel had made critical state of affairs in France ; that Lady i a rapid progress, and ibat the cliffs of AlD- was extremely anxious for ile saf ty of bion once more met his enraptured view; her son, and depended on Mr. Cleland's asing! Imit a few more liours elapsed and he trod every exertion for a spredy departure. This again his native shore: the artless effusions of lelter Mr. Cleland carefully concealed from his lillle companion were unattended to, so his pupil, whose nerves were in that irritable great was his impatience and so varied his state as to preclude all knowledge of any tbing feelings. The first ten miles were passed in a unpleasant.
silence bis agitated mind could not avoid; Appearances now became truly alarning in but the pleasing remarks and innocent gratiParis, and every individual became fearful of tude of his little protogée by degrees brought safety. It was in vain Mr. Clelaud urged the him to some recollection and calmness, and physicians to permit their departure, they rendered him more equal to the seeing a fagave it as their decided opinion, that it would | mily be had been so long estranged from. We bazard in the extreme the life of their patient; I will pass over the transports of such a meeting, nor could he doubt the truth of their asser- and suffice it to say he experienced a must tion, as his pupil daily decreased in strength, l' joyful reception; nor was the little emigrant and seemed slowly sinking into an untimely! unnoticed in the delightful scene. grave. Confined to a sick chamber, Lord! Adeline (for that was the orphan's name), Clifford was totally ignorant of the dreadful caressed and treated with maternal tenderness circumstances that were daily taking place in by Mrs. Cleland, lost all remembrance of her Paris, and though Mr. Cleland's mind was own country, and the cruel treatment she had agitated by a thousand fears, yet he come there experienced; though at times tears of manded bis feelings too well to permit his sincere affection would fall at the recollection countenance to express them, aud had by of the fate of her unbappy parents. Alike divide that means the satisfaction of beholding the ing the care and tenderness of Mr. and Mrs.Cle unfortunate youll free from terrors that land, with i beir nephew, Mr. Beriton, sorrow must bave shook his epfeebled constitution, was a stranger to the bosom of Adeline, and in and rendered his last moments truly distress.' yrateful attentions to ber kind benefactors,
and pleasing improvement in the various | this truth by the sudden death of Mr. Cle. studies Mrs. Cleland kindly iostructed her in, land's patrou, Lord , which was shortly ber days glided on in peaceful lappiness; no | after followed by the death of the worlhy did this calm meet any interrupidon till the il ctor, who departed from this world with desth of Mrs. Cilind, who expired after a short no other regret than the leaving those who illness, in Adeline's arms: this heavy irp. had been, during bis life, as dear to him as mediable loss required all her foriitude to sup. lois own chidien, desiiture and i jeudless ; fi r port; she had not on'y to regret a kinci bene hadit pleased Heaven to have continued the life factress, but a truder affectionate moiber, fur || f Lord D- , Mr.Cleland was well conejuced such to her bad Mrs. Cleland always prov d. he would have transferred the living to his Still Aelive remembered there was one in linephew, why had till now been his cgrate; whom this deprivati'n was even mor afflict vut circumstances were sadly reversed by his ing, therefore, exerting that resignasjon om death; the rectorship was in the gift of anoftea inculcated by her late worthy friend, she luther, with whom Ms. Beriton had no in'crest; endeavoured all in her power to alleviate the and upon inquiry, he found it already dis. sufferings of Mr. Cleland. These kind atten. | posed of to a person who would not need his tions, with the ass stance of his 11. phew (mall -sistance, intending to perform the duty time, the never failing restorer of peace to himself; in this respect Mr. and Mrs. Beriton every mind that hends in calm resignation to were not much disappointed, as it would have Divine Providence), received their due reward, been painful to their feelings to have reaod cuntent orce more became a resident in mained longer in a place where they had their dwelling.
I lost their nore than parents; therefore liasMr. Berilon could not be an inmate in the lening their departure, by disposing of what family, and remain an unconcerned spectator little furniture they could not conveniently of the graceful at:aiuments and personal beau move, and taking leave of the kind villagers,w lio ties of Adeline, and their mutual attachment li followed the chaise with blessings aud tears, was a source of the sincerest joy to Mr. Cle they set of for London, hoping in that large meland, who, th. ee years after the death of his ropolis Ms. B riton would easily procure emwife, united thein by the most indissoluble ployment; and soon after their arrival having ties. Their happiness for some time continued settled themselves in a small but neat and con. uninterrup'ed, and was during that period || venient lodgiug, they placed an advertise. augmented by the birth of a daughter : but, ll went in the papers for a curacy. alas! constant felicity is not the lot of mortals,
(To be concluded in our next.) . . and Mr. and Mrs. Beriton were convinced of
WIDOW LATELOVE IN SEARCH OF A HUSBAND.
i respect to my person, good eyes, good teeth In the hope that through the channel of a slight genteel figure, aud' a certain je ne your widely circulating Magazine, I may be sais quoi, have gained me the appellation of enabled to contradict a false and scandalous the fascinating widow Latelove; and yet with report which has been propagated concerning all these advantages, mortifying as the act me, by a parcel of pitiful young Airts, I ven. || koowledgment is, I inust confess to you, ture to r quest your jasertion of this letter.
I “ That nobody comes to woo." I am, S.r, for the third time, a widow, and to my great mortification, likely to continue so; a 11 But let me basten to explain to you the matter that will doubtless surprise you, when I reason of this strange neglect, which pro. I have informed you that I am just the fa. ceeds entirely from the report I mentioned shionable age, that I possess a large fortune ll in the beginning of my letter, that my temper entirely at my own disposal, and that with I bas actually caused the death of my tbree bus,
bands; and as a little skelch of my history will , sensibility on the occasion; I paid dear, huw. effectually convince you of the falsity of this ever, for the pleasure which I experienced in report, with your permission, I will relate it. I mixing my tears with his; le pressed ardently
I was an only child, and in my girlish days, || for an immediate union, I consented, and in a perfect Lydia Languish ; a marriage of love two nights afterwards eloped in a style which was, in my opinion, the summum bonum of || I defy any heroine of them all to ouido. We human happiness; and a marriage of love I | were married, and for three weeks our felicity was deterinined to make. Before I had al. | was unbounded. tained my sixteentb year, I had two suitors, || This blissful state was terminated by Mr. the one a grave sensible man about thirty, | Plastic's having occasion for money; the whose person it must be owned, was agree. ll good-natured world in its report of my for. able, and whose fortune was very large ; but || tune, bad trebled what I actually possessed, I disliked him very much for two or three and as money was the last thing I had supreasons; the first was, that he had taken care posed my husband would have troubled himto secure the approbation of my friends, a self about, I never mentioned the subject to step which, in my opinion, plainly proved him him. to be totally devoid of delicacy and refinement; II But conceive my mortification, when I secondly, when I lost my little French dog, I found that the possession of the idol of his Cassandra, he did not appear at all to sym.) soul, as he had often termed me, was but a pathize in my. grief on the occasion; and secondary consideration, and he dropped ex. when, in a few days afterwards, I had one pressions of anger and disappointment which sent me, the most beautiful little creature in petrified me; he recovered his temper, bow. the universe, be had the presumption to tell ever, almost immediately, and after apologiz. me that the price asked for it was exorbitant, ing for bis warmth, he proposed tbat we and tbat, wben thousands of my fellow-crea- should, as soon as we could arrange matters, tures were in want of bread, it was, in his retire into the country; a plan, which, as I opinion, absolutely sinful, to devote such a bad formed the most delightful ideas of love sum to so idle a purpose; and he coucluded, and a cottage, met with my perfect approby modestly hoping, that I would oblige bim bation. by, bestowing the half of it on a woman who | One week's resisdence at Clump Hall (for had just had the misfortune to lose her hus. so our habitation was named), completely deband and two fine children, as well as all that stroyed my castles in the air ; instead of an she was possessed of, by fire. Now you know, li elegant cottage, furnished with the greatest Mr. Editor, if she had bad any feeling she taste and simplicity, our mansion seemed would not have survived such complicated || coeval with the food, and the furniture was misfortunes; and to administer to the neces. || apparently of the same date with the building; sities of a being devoid of sensibility, would instead of bowers of roses, our garden was have been such a sin against sentiment, that ornamented with yew representatives of our I could not possibly prevail upon myself to first parents, swans cut out in box, and a be guilty of, and I said so; but had I been | variety of other uncouth figures; and our for seven years the man's wife, he could not prospects, in the contemplation of which I have taken upou bimself to lecture me more I had promised myself the greatest pleasure, freely; I retorted in the same style, and we consisted for several miles round of a barreu parted in high anger on both sides.
Aat. He was scarcely gone when Mr. Plastic Completely disgusted wilh my habitation, (my other lover), was announced. I had not 1 I signified to Ms. Plastic my astonishment seen him for ten days, and he was ignorant of that he should ever for a moment have supthe loss I had sustained of my sweet little ll posed it possible for a woman of my elegant Cassandra ; never shall I forget the sympathy ideas, to exist in a state of the most barbarous with which he moorned her fate, nor the rusticity, and peremptorily declared my intenebarming compliments which be paid to my "tion of leaving it immediately; but I sogn
fonnd that my gentle mate, whose heart I had ,, could not expect much bappiness with him. supposed was the seat of sensibility, was His wealth had been acquired in the East, and utterly deroid of all feeling. It was his plea- it was said iliat qualms of conscience selduin sure, he told me, that I sbould remain where suffered bim to sleep in quiet. Now you must I was, and I wouid find it be wisest thing I know I hate scandal, and besides, if there could do io acquiesce in his will; to disobey even was some truib in the story, I considered it, indeed, was not in my power; but I took that we could have separa!e aportmonts; in care literally to follow Swift's advice, for I short, we were married, and the style of East, never vid any thing he desired without mur-ern luxury in which we lived, rendered me for muring. Three years rolled on, and but for some time perfectly h«ppy. the pleasure which I found in perpetually Unluckily for me, my p!up of separate apasi. * contradicting Mr. Plastic, I should certainly ments did not meet with Mr. Rupee's approbahave died of ennui. At the end of that time ljon; and though I should not have minded he was seized with a complaint for which the acting in opposition to his will, yet I had many Bath waters were prescribed by his physi. i reasons for not coming to an open rupture eian, and I accompanied him thither. Re. will liin. Large as my joiuture was, be pos. stored once more to society, I took care to sessed the power of making it still larger, and benefit by my freedom, and instead of con- every attention on my part was sure to be refoing myself to my tyrant's sick room, I was warded by some magnificent present; but yet soon the life of the fashionables, with which the wall of rest, for unfortunately t!e story Bath was at ibat lime filled. Mr. Piastic was true enougli, would soon bure worn me raved and threatened in vain ; 1 coolly re- out, if I had not lit opou a plan to procure minded him, that his fils of passion would some. only retard his recovery; he refused met Mr Rupee was interdicted the use of wine, money, but I made no scruple of using the as the faculty declarer!, that it was loig bly illprivilege of running bim in debt, which I did jurious to him ; nevertheless he liked a cheer. to a large amount; and one morning while we ful glass, and I uuticed that when he indulged were at breakfast, my milliner, mercer, &c. in any little excess he always slept bet:er; presented ibeir bills, which Mr. Plastic had no now as there is notbing so conducive to hea tla sooner cast his eyes over, than he threw him. as sleep, and as a certain quantity of Madeira self into a rage that occasioned the breaking always made him sleep, Libought myself fairly of a blood vessel, and he instantly expired. justified in engaging him to break through the
I was a good deal shocked at this event, but milk and water regimen prescribed for bim; I cousoled myself by reflecting that it was en | and if I did not succeed in prolonging his life, tirely his own fault, in giving way to a vio. I at least rendered bim something happier lence of temper wbich he ought to have taken i while he did live, for as bis devotions to pains to check; and I firmly resolved to take | Bacchus became more fervent, bis conscience warning by bis example, and never allowed was less troublesome. He died in about six any circumstance to put me io a passion. months after our marriage, and left me as rich
Well, Mr. Editor, I was once more free, and as avarice itself could desires and as I was I was fully determined never again to wear || fully deteronined on evincing to the world the the fetters of Hymen, unless they were hand strength of my attacbmeot towards him, I somely gilt, and indeed an opportunity soon caused a sumptuous monument to be erected presented itself of enabling me, as the pbrase i to his memory, and persevered during the is, to make an excellent match.
usual time in all the formalities of widowhood Mr. Rupee, a man of immense property, with the most rigid decorum. solicited my band; my friends indeeil shook At length I returned to the gay world, and their beads, and hinted that beside the dispa- ll in the enjoyment of my liberty, aud every rity of our ages, and the baduess of Mr. Ru- || luxury that wealth could purchase, I for some pee's constitution, there were reasove why I time fancied myself perfectly happy.
Amongst the crowd of admurers who paid, One day Mr. Latelove eat a bason of turile homage to my charms and my wealih, was Mr. with more appetite tban he usually shewed; Latelove, the presumptive her to an earldoin; and he declared 10 me that he firmly believed it is true that he was raiher advarced in years, the physicians were fovis, for he felt himself but the mobieman u hu k pi bim vut of it was much better; and as he did not think an hour 80 much older that the chances wire consider. or two's study would hurt him, he desired ine ably in Mr. Lackove's favour. Tluis circum- ! to give him a large manuscript on the art of stance, frankly spe king, was the sole reason cookery, which was principaliy composed of which induced 23. 10 bestow my hand upon receipts that had belonged to his grandmother, bim; but I took care noi to add my fortaue | which be intended at some time or other 10 to the gif, ibu! I bad prudence sufficient to is publish, but he had hitherto been deterred by keep 10 mys If.
the trouble wbich he should b e in editing Mr. Lalelove's character was very diffcreu: if it. He observed to me, as I placed it before to that of eitber of my forner husbands, be il bim, that he should in a mouth or two set was devoted to the pleasures of ihe table, but about his long projected task, for that it was next to them I believe he loved me; and as a pity to keep sucu valuable knowledge from he was an easy t. mpered good valured man, the bulk of mankind. I left him to bis literwe lived very well toge. her.
ary labours, but in less than half an hour 1 My happiness, however, re eived a cousi. was summoned to the drawing-rouni ; he had derable check by the marriage of dr. Lat love's
been seized with a fit of apoplexy, and before uncle, 11• Ea: ', who in his sixty-fourtlı year
we could procure aay medical assistance be took a helpmate from bis dairy. i hoped,
expired. huwever, that this marriage was not likely to
mis marriage was not likely to And now, Mr. Editor, ibat I have ran through produce auy liers; but I was mistaken; in the whole of my matrimonial adventures, you less than a year the Countess p esented her
will, I hope agree with me, that I have nothing Lord with a sun, and thus my hopes of a title to reproach myself with; you may perhaps were annihilated.
wonder, as I have certainly not been very Mr. Lalelove was as much vexed as myself
happy in the conjugal state, why I should wish at ibis erent; but a favourite dish liad the
to enter it again; but the fact is, I am of an power at any time to console him, and he
active disposition, I cannot exist without a eagerly endeavoured to lose in good eating the
pursuit; and matrimony furoishes one with remembrance of his disappointment. The
such charming resources for killing time, that physicians, however, highly disapproved of a husband is, upon the whole, rather a desirahis conduct; they assured him that there was
ble appendage to a woman of spirit. I there. but one way to save his life, and that was by fore throw down my gauntlet, aud if amongst adhering to temp rance; and as my influence
your numerous readers there should be one with him was well kuown, I was trenuously bold enough to take it up, he will find the por. solicited to exeat it, but as I was fully conscious trait I have drawn of myself, in the beginning that Mr. Latelove's only enjoyments were those of my letter, a faithful likeness. Two requtof eating and drinkinig, and as life without en
sites only I must insist upon-birth and cdu. joyment is not worth b.ving, I declined inter
cation; as to every thing else I am no boaster, fering. His fimily behaved rather imperti.
but I will venture to say, let my future sposa's nently, and hinted that I shewed want of feel
temper and disposition be what they may, he jug and affection for him, but I was satisfied will meet with his match in with my own conduc', and you know, Mr. Editor, The conscious mind is its own awful
LUCINDA LATELOVE world.