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over with a good drive of my shoulder, was not “ My constituents! You know that is all humworth more than that sum of rent,”
bug ; but why should bread and meat be dearer I inquired what several other of his friends than it was when I was a boy? That's the quesand neighbours paid, and was satisfactorily an tion. One of the first things I remember was swered. They were all charged the full amount my father speaking about the Hanoverian rats, exigible on their rent,—and that rent highly, if not and Walpole, who brought in the excise and the exorbitantly rated. My brother's house-tax, for tax on beer ; I'll have off all that ;-but what, a house in London rated at £300 a-year, wa now, in my place, Mr. Richard, would be the above forty guineas.
first thing you would broach in the House ? A “ Well, my brother pays this. His house is, bill to burn all these spinning-jennies, which spin to be sure, dear rented from its locality,—now the Peels and Arkwrights into fine estates, while what pays Euston Hall, one seat of the Duke of Englishmen are working for them upon potatoes Grafton ?"
and water-gruel ?- The threshing machines, too, “ What! the show-place—the place we see in which take the work out of the poor labourers' the pictures?"
teeth, and send them to the work-house ?" « The same."
I shook my head." I'll be hanged now, sir, Why a good round number of hundreds, I'll if I know what you would be at. Well, if we be sworn."
mayn't burn 'em, what say you to taking the “ What pays Blenheim, the Marlborough fa owners bound, that no Englishmen shall be mily's place,--you have seen Blenheim?—or what thrown out of bread on this account.
When you Nottingham Castle, the pride of the Newcastles?" knock up any office, you always pension off the
“ A swingeing sum, I guess, if Mr. James fellow that held it, and call that only justice, Taylor pays above forty guineas for his house in since you take away his employment ; and what town, and myself £12 for my box at Rochester.” is more, I will hear nothing of the machines, un
Why, £14 for Euston Hall, and ditto for the less they come bound to afford the men working Duke of Newcastle's stronghold."
them, fire, food, and clothing, as Englishmen “ By the Lord Harry, you don't say it! Well should. You are shaking your wise pate again ; there is work ready cut out for me. If I don't -do I ask what is unreasonable ?" affront them, from Land's End to Berwick-upon Only impracticable, I fear." Tweed, and make 'em table their coins, call me “ My next bill shall be to make every body a crop-ear. Why the deuce don't the Dukes and go to church, which you must own will be a Lords pay fair down, like other honest household. vast saving in point of economy, besides promot
ing piety and good discipline,-no straggling “Affront them ! poh, poh. That is not so after Methodists, and Ranters, and Anabaptist easily done.”
fellows,-no good in paying twice over ; first to “ You may say that, any way, of those who the parson, which you must do any way, and then have their lady mothers and dowager grand to the chapel, for your whims. There will be a mothers pensioners; though their husbands, good swingeing saving at once.” perhaps, never saw more service than a review “ There are two ways of accomplishing this, day at Hounslow,—or in camp on the Sussex coast, - pay him only whose services you require." played at soldiers. Why, they are meaner beg « What, sir ?" gars than a hobnail's gammer in the work-house, “I
that I agree with you :-once paying for she would not be there if her son had where the parson is quite enough; but let it be him withal to keep her out.”
you pay, by whom you wish to be served. There « With this additional circumstance of aggra are two ways, you see, of accomplishing your vation, that the honest chaw-bacon is so cruelly excellent, economical object. If every man pay taxed in his basket and his store, for the benefit only for the religious ministry he approves, there of the grandee parties, that he is rendered totally will be no double-payment, and consequently no unable to support his own mother.”
hardship." « Now
you are at that bread-tax again. It is “ You are at that puzzle-work again. Don't all puzzle-work that to me, though I see no busi you see, man, that the landlords and farmers are ness an industrious free-born Englishman has bound to pay the parsons to preach in church to to pay more for his loaf, than a Frenchman or the poor people ; so why need they tax and a Hollander."
starve themselves, to keep up chapels ?” “ Or to be tied up from buying where he can With all this, and though the Governor's refind bread, or what is the same thing, bread-corn,
pugnance to the ro
snivelling, canting Methodist best and cheapest ?”
fellows,” never was fully conquered, he was more “ By Jove not–certainly not! Why should easily brought to see that tithes, and every kind he?"
of church revenues, were national property, than Why, because landlords must be able to clear if born heir to the advowson of a good benefice their mortgage interest, and maintain their splen- or two. Still he was sadly perplexed—for as yet dour; and don't know else how to set a'out it.” he had little more knowledge of any public prin
“ Why the deuce do people let 'em? They ciple, or political question, than ninety of the shan't pay out of my pocket, though.”
hundred of the young, or even the middle-aged “ Nor out of the pockets of your constituents, gentlemen, then chosen members of the Honourif you can help it?"
Though I failed in most other points, proba would have paid unaudited, save that the infal. bly from attempting too much at once, I suc lible “ W'idow Walpole,” who, he knew, would ceeded completely in demonstrating to my pupil do everything good for him, except marrying him, the propriety and necessity of a free trade in the had called in the objectionable satellite of Escufirst necessaries of life. It was a proof of the in- lapius. Great gossip as the Public or the World is, tegrity of his mind, and the singleness of his in Rochester as everywhere else, she had never heart, that he believed the landed proprietors of either smiled, sneered, or surmised aught evil or Great Britain only required to have the same amiss of Mrs. Walpole's friendly attentions to the facts clearly set before them, to cease from grind. insulated old bachelor. The lady, it was known, ing their fellow-subjects by a monopoly for which neither wanted a husband for herself, nor, now at posterity must think with contempt of the men least, a legacy for her prosperous son. But when of the 19th century, who endured it so long, after the Governor was seized with the election-fever, fully perceiving its iniquity. The Governor of which many as strong men have died, Mrs. came to know them better ; but unfortunately Walpole was making a distant and long visit to he never found an opportunity of entering the an early friend ; and her post by the Governor's lists for the labourer, against, as he said, those bedside, was usurped by a lady of very different who thrust their greedy fingers into his dish ; and character. who, for every slice of his loaf that went to feed When I first saw Miss Catherine Chadleigh, his children, subtracted a half one, or what was at a military ball, she might have been about equal its value, for their own benefit. The Go-thirty-six, though she was still what is called vernor had only spoken once in the House, a remarkably handsome woman.” She was the though he voted stanchly against Catholic Eman eldest of the five daughters of a half-pay lieu. cipation, and for the abolition of the duty on tenant of foot, who, in consequence of severe Baltic timber, when an election committee, after wounds received in India, had early obtained all fitting deliberation, the examination of a host retirement, and now held a small office in the of witnesses, and numerous reports, declared his public works at Chatham. The whole family, election void! Bamboo was the sitting member, parents and children, were strikingly military in —and the bill of the Red Dragon was yet un tastes, manners, habits, morals :-gay to levity, settled !
fond of show, and, above all, wonderfully skilled The poor Governor! I give myself praise for in the art of maintaining a dashing exterior on the long-suffering with which I bore his tran very narrow
The ladies among the Rosports of rage at first, and his sallies of temper long chester and Stroud civilians could not compreafterwards. A bilious attack ended in a violent hend their economy. It was a constant, endurfever, which acted as a counter-irritant in miti- ing theme of wonder. It appeared to them, at gation of the worst symptoms. To save the patient tea-table calculations, that the whole income of from a fatal relapse, Mr. Walpole, during his Lieutenant-incommon parlance Captain-Chadrecovery, parried the attacks of Red Dragon, leigh, was not enough to keep his beautiful girls and, afterwards, by threatening Jew, agent, and in slippers and sashes. How clean cards, waxlandlord, with exposure, effected a considerable lights, and refreshments were afforded for the deduction from the bill of election expenses. frequent evening parties he gave the officers,
The final settlement left our old friend minus was a deeper mystery ; but it was understood L.5700, a considerable quantity of black bile, that among the many accomplishments of the and all the fragments of his honest prejudices Chadleigh family was dexterous play. Even the for merry Old England. This affair brought the youngest girl-Chatti, she of thirteen—was more infirmities of old age with rapid strides upon the than a match at ccarté, loo, vint-et-une, brag, Governor. At the commencement of the canvass, &c. &c. &c., for any lately-joined officer of though verging on fourscore, Governor Fox engineers not to speak of fledgling ensigns looked more like a hale man of sixty-five ; but and raw lieutenants. Yet there was no unfair a painful change was now perceptible. He never play-no high stakes—all was superior knowfully recovered his flesh, or former toughness. edge and dexterity; and the young men were Toughness, rather than mere strength, had been contented to lose a trifle in the evenings to the alike his physical and spiritual quality ; and fair and elegant creatures who graced their mornthough,
ing promenade, sung duets with them, or were “ Even in his ashes lived their wonted fires," their partners in the evening dance. Mrs. Chadit was easy to perceive that gradual decrepitude | leigh contrived that it should be a difficulty, and of mind was to be the sure attendant of an en. reckoned a favour, as it certainly was an enjoyfeebled frame. The Governor was stimulated to ment, to the young subalterns, to be admitted to a desperate rally. The cause I proceed to relate. her tea and card parties. Though it was doubt
During any of his previous attacks of illness, ful to the Chatham ladies whether any of the which though, like everything about him, violent, girls would “ settle to advantage,” it was quite were unfrequent, Mrs. Walpole had acted the clear that each might, without much difficulty, intelligent, friendly woman's part in the bache “scamble up some sort of husband” from among lor establishment. It was she counselled and the corps after corps of officers, which this transdirected Black Sam, and saw that the nurse ri- port station, and the frequent changes during the gidly obeyed the instructions of the Baptist apo war, threw in their way. The eldest--the most thecary, whose long bills the Governor never beautiful and the most admired woman of the
really handsome family, remained the doubtful cornet's servant, a party to the enterprise, ima-
sary to each other; and Mrs. Cbadleigh could made visits and excursions. Miss Chadleigh, at well spare from her humble home, her ambitwenty-five, wanted not for prudence ; but the tious, chagrined, and now fearfully-tempered poverty of an Earl's daughter-in-law presented daughter, who vented upon her poor mother nothing to alarm the daughter of Lieutenant
the misanthropic hatred and wrath, inspired by Chadleigh. Then Lady Louisa, and the other disappointment, deserved and wholly self-incurnoble relatives of the Honourable George, might red, but not the less bitter and rankling to a be as indignant as they chose,—but they must proud and imperious mind thwarted in all its be forced to acknowledge that love only—pure. hopes and affections. Between this lady and disinterested, resistless passion-had een her
Governor Fox there had been almost open feud sole motive in one night packing up the coral in the early period of their acquaintance; and, necklaces and bracelets, and Roman pearls, with indeed, my frank friend had said everywhere, which her hostess had presented her, and steal. from the first, that Chadleigh should marry off ing through the shrubbery of the Lodge to where his handsome daughters as fast as possible, for the chaise waited, under the shade of a row of they would assuredly go to the devil else, espepoplars, with the impatient lover. The young | cially Miss Kate, who, at the game of ambitious VOL. I.NO. VIII.
? | Time, which had ripened Miss Chadleigh into
matrimony, would find young ladies were more | Tippoo's mother, if there be in existence such a apt to be tricked than young lords.
lady. He will die as he has lived, your singleThough the lady had cheated him, or some minded, unwedded adorer:thing like it, at cards, by her dexterous and « No maid will owe her scathe to him, rapid play, and ridiculed him almost to his face,
He never loved but you.'" for the amusement of Lady Louisa, the Gover “ Don't be so absurd, Edward, unless you wish nor did not exult long nor immoderately in the to affront me. I do not blame his attentions, if downfal of the ambitious projects of Miss Chad- their motives be clear to Miss Chadleigh. leigh. A part of the wrath of his naturally can From her, one would believe, that he certainly did mind was even directed against the stripling entertains a serious design of proposing for her, lover, of whose heartlessness and juvenile de were Lady Louisa,—whom she ostentatiously afpravity of mind he spoke in terms that produced fects that she never will leave,-removed.” a rupture of some years duration with the Lady “ A trick to neutralize you, mother. I do Louisa. However, in the rapid succession of believe she imagines you will have the Governor Chatham inhabitants, the old familiar faces drew yet.” together again. The Dowager Lady Louisa, Mrs. Walpole was now really offended. “I and Miss Chadleigh, at last, self-invited, honour will hold no more discourse on this subject with ed the Governor's annual high banquet by their you,
Edward. I only wished the Governor's presence; and he was occasionally seen at the friends to comprehend, that whether such a mar. card-tables of the Lodge, losing a few crowns, he riage were likely to conduce to his happiness and knew not how, but with tolerably good grace. respectability or not, it may very probably be But the first hearty reciprocation of regard arose brought about. Half Chatham believes it a setout of the affair of Black Sam. Both ladies were tled thing." violently of the Governor's faction, and both pro “And laughs accordingly.-No, no, mother. claimed it; and the satire and mimickry which I can't give my consent. Let him make Miss Miss Chadleigh indulged against their mutual Kate his heir, if he chooses, to what reasonable enemies, the She-Saints, captivated his whole or unreasonable extent seems to him good; but heart. Her wit was again reported at the Mess as he shan't marry her, I promise you, if I can help faithfully as in her most brilliant days. When it." the Governor met Miss Chadleigh shopping, he The Governor dined with us on that day, as now gave her his arm home to the Lodge gate, he always did when Mr. Walpole visited his and sometimes thought himself bound in polite- mother. ness to stay dinner or return to tea, if Lady Louisa In the morning we had met him, the walking vouchsafed graciously to invite him. At charity- military escort of the pony phaeton in which Miss balls and fancy-fairs, he became their approved Chadleigh slowly drove the fat, arm-chair Lady squire. When, rallied by the other veterans on the Louisa. The exceeding graciousness of the apparent flirtation, the Governor-such is the la.
younger lady to Walpole, who had never been a tent vanity of man's heart-would chuckle aloud, favourite, was a suspicious circumstance. She and take as a personal compliment such sayings, as, even maneuvred that we should both be invited “What would Kate Chadleigh have taken twenty to the card party at the Lodge on the same years back to have been seen on the promenade evening, which we however declined. beaved by old Governor Fox!” His turn was come I have said the Governor dined with us. Im. then; the proud beauty, now an oldish woman, mediately after Mrs. Walpole left the diningthough still a wonderfully handsome woman, and room, we began our concerted plan of operation. in very remarkable preservation, had come down It is told, that a maiden lady of fourscore, on a peg, -had descended to his level, -- would being asked at what age a woman ceases to think be glad, perhaps, to accept of him,—no saying ! of marriage, candidly told the interrogator, he The Governor repressed the soft idea ; but must apply to an older woman than herself. The when any of his dowager friends binted that it age at which an old man's vanity, in affairs regard. was believed a fixed thing, he only laughed the ing the sex, becomes extinct, is equally dubious. louder.
The Governor, when rallied on his conquest, and Mrs. Walpole, the most charitable, the mildest, the prevalent rumours in the Chatham circles, and kindest of womankind, at last thought it seemed highly gratified and flattered, though he necessary to hint danger. It was upon a visit became at last angry to perceive that we could which Edward and I made her on a Saturday, seriously believe he entertained the remotest a few weeks before we heard the false report of idea that he intended to marry any one, and the Governor's death, that she first spoke. least of all Miss Chadleigh, however willing she
“ The death of Lady Louisa will leave Miss might be in the humility of twoscore-and-ten, to Chadleigh, with her habits, a very helpless un accept of his fortune and his hand. protected woman," said she, considerately; “un. No, no," was his final answer. “ Kate and less, indeed, there be any serious intention of | I know each other too well. One house would matrimony entertained by our old friend." . never hold us.” “ No fear, mother,” cried Walpole.
“ I know
The prospect of Governor Fox getting into what you mean now,—that Miss Chadleigh is Parliament quickened Miss Cbadleigh's operalikely to entrap the old Governor; but no fear tions. During the canvass, Lady Louisa died of him. He would as soon think of marrying suddenly of apoplexy, leaving her funded pro
perty to her " beloved nephew," the Major- | Rake these rags closer together, Molly. Nay, General, and her wardrobe to her “ dear com use your mop, pile them higher. I claim for panion and domestic friend, Miss Catherine myself, Governor Fox, the honour of applying Chadleigh.” I shall not attempt to paint the the torch. rage of the proud, disappointed, and betrayed The discharged servants stood by grinning ; woman; for the old lady whose humours she the Governor was lost in perplexed amazement, had so long borne, and whose household she had while Miss Chadleigh towering in the majesty superintended, an unpaid servant, had often in of tragic indignation, swept by him in her gorthe lulls following a squall, assured her that her geous panoply of fresh black crape, bombazeen, interests were not overlooked. The letter ad. and broad hems, and fired the pile. She stood dressed by the agent of the principal legatee and sternly looking on, till silk, satin, tissue and sole executor, the once Honourable George, to brocade, muslin, lawn, and lace, fell together his aunt's companion, his own early love, con into ashes; and then majestically taking the arm tained as polite a turning-out-of-doors as could of the Governor, led him, rather than was led by well be couched in ten lines of English. It was him, to the carriage. delivered to Miss Chadleigh, by the same trai What an evening of talk that was in Roches. torous or faithful servant, who, so many years ter, Chatham, and even Stroud!-Maidstone heard before, had disconcerted her scheme of elope of the cremation. The rumour by the next ment. Then he had been the valet of a cornet, morning reached Canterbury, was carried by now he was the butler and confidential man of coach to Dorer, and thence across the channel, a General, who, in virtue of his family interest, before it found its sure way into the newspapers, held several good posts. Mr. Tomkins proceeded, under the title, The Toadie's Legacy-Curious in right of his master, to remove the seals Affair in the Fashionable World.
“What a fury affixed by the Rochester attorney to the old what a vixen !” cried one party.
« Such a high lady's repositories, and to make inventories pre- spirit! so noble a mind !” exclaimed another. liminary to the sale of every article the Lodge Every one spoke in superlatives of the daring contained:even the old lady's pet cockatoo and deed of Miss Chadleigh, whose instant martortoise-shell cat were booked.
riage with Governor Fox was now universally Miss Chadleigh, by a message sent up to her affirmed, and fondly believed, at all events, by chamber, was requested to remove her goods and the milliner, mercer, and perfumer, in whose chattels :--the wardrobe,-namely, the trum books the lady stood several figures deep. pery finery, faded satins, moth-eaten furs, and Had the Governor, it was remarked, not gone court lappets of previous generations, -as soon as in person, and carried her directly from the lodge suited her convenience; as the Lodge was already to his friend Mrs. Walpole's cottage,—where no let to a friend of the Major-Generals, and the doubt she was to remain till the ceremony took sale was to take place immediately. Miss Chad place? The only doubt remaining, that could disleigh gave instant orders for the removal of her turbo the public mind was, whether the marriage properties; but it was not clear to the legal in was to be by bans or a special license; or if the terpreters of the will of the Lady Louisa, that bride was to have pearls or diamonds. The period the fair legatee was entitled to the walnut-tree of mourning would cause no delay, after the funedrawers, the japan cabinets, and carved chests, ral pile Miss Chadleigh's affection had reared containing the aforesaid wardrobe ; and she was in honour of the memory of her noble patroness. too high-spirited and too indignant to enter into Miss Scrag had indeed with her own eyes, and debate on the point with the despised valet in they were piercers into such affairs, seen Miss brief authority. Her resolution was instantly Chadleigh and the Governor, only yesterday, taken; and in one half hour after she despatched choosing a paper for his best chamber. Clusters a note to Rochester by the discharged gardener, of pansies on a salmon-coloured ground had Governor Fox drove up to the gate in a chaise, been preferred by the lady :-at a push, the to conduct her, as she had earnestly requested paper could be hung and a new mantel-piece him, to their “friend” Mrs. Walpole's, where he inserted, long before the new-married pair reunderstood she was invited and expected. turned from their honey-moon excursion. In
Miss Chadleigh was at this moment in the act the meanwhile, though Mrs. Walpole possessed of assisting a hot, perspiring servant girl, who, largely that better part of politeness, kindness armful on armful, flung from a chamber window and benevolence, she could, after a little time, into the yard, the miscellaneous contents of have spared the guest who had manœuvred herdrawers, trunks, and wardrobes, the finery of the self into the Cottage, uninvited and unexpected, Lady Louisa. Miss Chadleigh's own corded but certainly not unwelcome in her present friendtrunks and piles of band boxes were already ar less and pitiable condition. Governor Fox was ranged in the hall.
aware that the “ widow Walpole” had pre“ Are you going to open a Rag Fair with the viously entertained no particular affection either old lady's trumpery?” inquired the Governor; for the Lady Louisa, her companion, or any of as he eyed with a feeling of amusement, the tag
o that set.” Her friends, indeed, lay rather rag legacy of all hues and textures, Auttering among the She-Saints; and this, so far as he upon the gravel.
knew, was her only weakness; but kindness and “I am about to perform an auto da fe, sir,--an tender humanity for every creature in distress, act of faith, and one of purification and penance to her were so natural, that he was not sure