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cloaths but feldom, and of a cheaper future felicity, and had not the leaft fort than formerly,' and was now notion of any disappointment in an never suffered to go to a play, opera, affair which was fo well approved or any other public diverfion ; not of by those who had the disposal that he disliked them on any other of us. : .
, . : account than the expence, but every - But, alas! we soon found we had thing that exceeded the common but deceived ourselves, and that the necessaries of life he now looked incbanting prospect before our eyes upon as so many extravagancies. 'was no more than an illusion, which -- This, gentlemen, you may per- only served to make the coming haps imagine was a very great mor- misfortune less caly to be borne :tification to 'me; and it would in- the material point to make us happy deed have been so, had I not been was yet wanting, though we had taken up at jhat time, as it happen. never once confidered it :-our own ed, with thoughts which left me wilhes, our ambit on centered only no room to confider: on any thing in the poliefsion of each other, and beride.
we looked no farther. The son of a Leicestershire gen.- , As we had conversed together tleman, who, whenever he came to fome time, the father of my lover town, lodged at our house, found thought it proper to ask miné #ha something in me that he thought portion he intended to bestów oa worthy of the most serious atiach: me, that he might order bis lawyer ment, and I, for my part, had never to draw up articles, and make a seen any man before him whose idea fuitable settlement on me. To this was capable of giving me either pain my father answered, that there was or pleasure in the leaft degree. no need of being at ibat trouble ;
In fine, having a mutual affection that as I was to have all he had after for each other, it was easy for him his decease, he did not think of io prevail on me" to permit him to parting with any rum of money by acquaint both our parents with it: way of 'portion before, which he mihe fuppofition of my being a might have occasion for in trade, great fortune made his liften with a and the other could not want, havvery favourable ear to the proposa!'; ing so good an estaré. and mine had no objection to make, . How much the gentleman was as the young gentleman was heir to surprized at so unexpected a reply, a very good eliate, and had withal a I leave you to guess :--they bad it fair character from all that know seems a long debate upon it, how. hiin.
ever ; but the one thinking it unreaThat love which before we had fonable his son should marry on such kept a secret from all the world, was terms, and the other being deler. row avowed to all our friends and mined not to beltow any money acquaintance ; and none among 'with me,' they broke of the whole them but thought the union be affair, both mutually exclaiming tween us, which was foon expected, againit the injustice of the orher. would be extremcly agreeable on all · "My lover was now forbid by his accounts.
father, ever to fee or write to me For us, we thought of nothing any more, and I was told I ought to but indulging the gavelt hopes of despise hin, for all the paffion te
pretended pretended to have for me, was only But now, gentlemen, comes the for the portion he expected to re- feverest and most shocking part of ceive with me. , ,..' , my misfortune :-it was not enough
I own to you, gentlemen, that at for my cruel father to tear me from first.this gave fome alarm to my the only man I ever did, or ever can pride; but the dear injured youth love :- it was not enough that he foon convinced me of his fidelity, reproached me in the most bitter and difinterested tenderness -he felt terms for not joining with him in for me, by making use of all the railing againft: a perfon, who, my arguments in his power to prevail soul knew, merited the moft exalted on me to be married in private ; prailes: it was not enough to and when he found I would by no withdraw all that fatherly affection means consent to that, :cffered to be was accustomed to treat me with, lead me, publickly to the altar, dha' and for these three long years treat he mould, by so doing, ingur: the me rather as an alien than a child : eternal displeasure of his father, and all this, I say, was not fuficient, be deprived of all he was born to without intailing a misery upon me, poffels. Ein
e ry in which, but with my life I never can * This proposal seemed more ex- be eased of. . ! ! travagant than the other; and young - In a word, gentlemen, he has as I, was, and as much as I loved, provided a husband for me, to and fill de love, I could not think whom, if I consent not to be a wife, of gratifying that lover at the exam to be'turned out of doors, with: pence of rendering myself, and the out the least present fupport, of persoo so dear to me, unhappy: in hopes of any even at his death :every circumstance of life, perhaps that instead of the blessings of a fafor ever. obliged him therefore ther, I must receive only curses both to be content with secing me at a living aod dying.--My heart Mudfriend's house, wbere we sometimes ders while I am writing this, at the met by, ftealth, till heaven should be dreadful semembrance of what he pleased to make some alteration in has said to me on this occafion; and our faté, by turning one or both our at the impoffibility there seems of parents hearts.
my any way avoiding to do what Ā Tolemn promile. pars d, how will render me not only wretched to ever, between us, never to listen a degree beyond what any words with an affenting ear to any offers of can represent, but equally wicked, marriage that might be made to by becoming perfidious and uneither; bute preserve, through all grateful to the dear and worthy obtemptations whatever, both heart ject of my first vows. . . and hand for one another. . Several of our relations perceive
This is now near three years ing my averfion to this hateful fince, in which time feveral very match, have used their utmost inadvantageous matches have been terest with my father not to force proposed to him, all which he has my inclinations ; but he continues rejected, with a firmness which well inflexible, and their sollicitations ratestifies both his honour and his ther serve to make him halten my love. .: misfortune, than to ward it off ;
because, because, as he says, he will not be invade that constancy I have proteized on a subject he is determined mised to my first love. to perfift in.
" Yet, wretch that I am, I am upon The grand motive is, that the the point of doing what the most person to whom my ill stars have falle and perficious of my sex could rendered me amiable, defires no but do; and in that light thall I money with me, and has it befide's appear to all who know the progreatly in his power to be serviceable fefsions of eternal love I bave made to my father in his way of business. to him, whom I am now about to
These are the merits for which he render miserable for ever, - My is preferred:-- these make him in wedding cloaths are making (would the eyes of an avaritious parent ap- to God it were my winding-lheet) pear a suitable match ; though to and I must in a few days, be forced give his character impartially, and into a bridal bed, by far more without any of the reafons I have dreadful to me than the grave. for an aversion, the most indifferent The only ease under this heavy and disinterested person must allow, affliion I can enjoy is, in the hope that his form is very ungraceful, my story will influence you to say that he has the misfortune of being something io your persuasive manlame in one arm, that his counte. ner that may have its due weight nance is four, and that he is almost with other parents, (for I despair of three times my age :-I say nothing mine being moved, even with an of his humour, because I am not angel's eloquence :) unbappy as ! fufficiently acquainted with it to be am, I wish not to have any Iharer a judge; but the world does not in the same fate, though I am afraid seem to think very favourable of it. too many have and will: that the
I do not memion this, gentle- number may decrease, however, 18 men, as having any sway over my the fincere prayer of, . mind, for were he, instead of the
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To the Aurbors of tbe BRITISH MAGAZINE, Gentlemen, The following little narrative is of such a singular nature, and fraught
with such a train of affecting circumstances, that, I think it cannot fail of proving agreeable to such of your readers whose hearts glow with the noble sentiments of friendship and humanity. .
I am, &c.
TWO merchants, who lived in felfed of pretty equal fortunes. The
the same street at Paris, were one had a son, and the other a very intimate friends, concerned in daughter, nearly of the same age, the same branch of trade, and pola. whose reciprocal love for one ano