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contract or instrument sealed with it. Whatever might be the intrinsic va. Wherefore to prevent all doubt or fal. lue of these precepts, young Clarendon sification, I seal this my last Will and thought his uncle had left a inore subTestament with the seal above described, stantial legacy to those he called bis and hereby give and bequeath the seal residuary legalees. And the last sen. itself, as a token of my most true re- teuce seemned a pointed and bitter regard, and as a rare specimen of precious buke to the folly of dependence on bemechanic art, to my eldest nephew ritable wealth. With bo friendly feetChristopher. To bis Brother John I ings towards those laws which have bequeath an alphabet in a lantern, a established the best rights of succes. pocket ladder, and a discourse woven sion in the eldest son, Joho accomin ribbon, all devised by our ances- panied his brother Christopher to the tor's most poble friend, the said Mar. lonely grange chosen by their uncle quess of Worcester. And to both my for his place of rest. His remains had nephews joivtly I give and bequeath been deposited there before the arrival my only faithful servant, commonly of his younger nephew, whose illcalled Jobn. Finally, I desire that they, humour suggested some peevish remy aforesaid vephews, shall provide a marks on the lunacy indicated by bis chest of English oak, and place it on

Jast requests.

Noi absolute lugacy,” two cross beains in the upper part of said the elder, merrily-" for I have my barn.* baving first enclosed in it found an unsigned codicil, in which my mortal remains, which I tberein he desires us to convert the “ Brobequeath to the worms, my residuary ther's House into an inn, and to pro. legatees.”

vide accommodation gratis for one Very few weeks after this remarkable guest every night, but ihat guest must testament had been written, the testa- neitber be a beggar nor a lawyer." tor's death was announced to his ne. John, whose only possession was his phews; and as be had made no devise kvowledge of the law, retorted, with of his real estate, the eldest claimed great bitterness, And if the supersti. and took possession of the whole, tion of ancient lawyers had not made leaving his brother only the wbimsi. heirs of elder sons, there would have cal antique mentioned in their uncle's been only a beggar and a lawyer in testament. Every crevice and chest it to-day."- A blow answered this sar. was searched, in bopes of finding some casm, and the younger made a bold concealed hoard to enrich the unfor. attempt to repay it, but the unfor. tunate cadet's share of the fee more. tunate Christopher hastily stepping ables found in the antiquary's man. back, fell from the height on wbich sion; and when all had been examined they were standing to survey their un. in vain, he eudeavoured to find some cle's coffin, and lay motionless at the hiot or secret purpose in the woven foot of the ladder. John leaped down ribbon which 'beld the chief place in an agony of remorse and terror lo among his bequests. But it only con- succour the sufferer, whose head had tained these ancient and respectable received a mortal blow. He made two maximis.

faint attempts to speak, and resting his “ Chuse the daughter of a good mo- cheek on his brotber's feet expircd. ther.

That unhappy brother remained se• “ If thou hast wit and learning, get veral moments stupid with dismay, wisdom and modesty also.—"Tis not before he fully felt all the horror of sufficient to be precious if Ibou art not his situation. The heir of his uncle's polisbed.

wealth lay dead beside him—who would “* Visit thy brother, but live not too beliere that avarice and envy bad not near biin. Neither nake servants of instigated his fate? While this frightful thy kiudred, vor kindred of thy ser. recolicction froze up his faculties, a vanls.

confused noise at the door increased “ Let thy companiotis be like the bis alarm. It was a desolate hour, and bees that make bovey, not wasps that a place which no siranger had a right ouly hum, devour, and sting.

to interrupt. Yet the confusion of * Thou shalt not sleep upou a grave." unintentional guilt induced him to co

ver the body with some straw wlrich * A coffin thus deposited remains still near

had been left in the forsaken barn, the great northern road, und is sheira to aod sccrete bimself in its darkness, strangers,"

while the door opened slowls, and a

man entered carrying a dark lantern, dowed by a shaggy eye-brow resem. which preseatly discovered that the bling Old Jubn's ; and he started as bearer was his uncle's ancient servant. from a spectre when that suspected This old man looked round, secured man met him on the threshold. With the door as if fearfut of intruders, and a tremulous voice, and a face wbicb ascending the ladder, began, by the aid betrayed po consciousness of young of the twilight which glearned through Clarendon's share in the transaction, the rafters, to examine his late mas- he appounced that a fatal accident ter's last repository. He had brought a bad befallen his brother. Forced to mallet, a chizzel, and several vigorous complete tbe part be bad unwarily be.. tools, which he seemed preparing to gun, Clarendou accompanied a groupe employ in unclosing the oaken chest ; of Jabourers and neighbours to the but the eager gaspings of young Cla- disastrous place, and beard their excla. rendon, as he stood trembling, and mations of superstitious wonder al the couscious Ibat while be Jurked as a strange coincidence which bad con. spy he might be arrested as a mur- nected the fall of their late master's derer, appeared to disturb the work. bier with the death of his young heir. Old Jobo started guiltily, descended One of the spectators said sbrewdly, the ladder a few steps, and at the same as he looked at Clarendon, “It was instant the oak cbest or coffio, shaken by rare good luck oor other master from its balance by bis laboucs, fell escaped, for he was there too,” The over the beams on wbich it had been conscious brother cast down his eyes, deposited. At the sight and sound of and perceived two or three bacn-straws its hideous fail pear his brother's body, entangled in his shoe. No ear but bis Clarendon uttered a faint shriek, but heard the comment, and the speaker recollected his presence of mind enough seemed an inconsequent and heedless to remain concealed. The conscious boy, yet he felt all the force of the servant heard the cry, and snatching circumstantial evidence which might up his' lanthorn to look round, dise rise against him. Stilluo sospicion circovered the inangled countenance of culated: Christopber was ititerred is his young master. He threw himself peace, and his successor took his large on the body with cries of despair, inheritance without iuterruption or in. wringing his hands and rending his white quiry, but with a bitter remembrance hair till a sudden thought seemed to of his uncle's prophetic maxim". Thou calm his distraction. He looked ea. shalt not sleep upon a grave.”. gerly at the chest, which remained un- It would be well if the ingenious in. broken by its descent, carefully exa. ventors of the present age could demined the sufferer to discover that vise some apti-attrition" compound Do life remained, and gathering his for the mind to remedy the decay tools into his waltet, wiih bis crushed caused by one idea in perpetual mo. lantero, departed. Strange and mys. tion, as successfully as they prevent terious as this man's visit appeared, the wearing out of axle-trees in con. Clarendon deemed it a providential in staut use But Clarendon could find cident in his favour; but to re der no relief from incessant regret and apit available, it was necessary for him prehension till be plunged resolutely to return home unspected. He stole into the world, and bound all his from the fatal place with the pangs apd thoughts to that deep and severe study fears of a crimioal, skulking through for which he had been educaled. He the most unfrequented paths, and liad laboured zealously to realise a reputanearly reached the Brother's House, tion wbich might raise him above vague belore he perceived that be still held in suspicions, and remedy the ill cousco bis band the chissel dropped by bis queirce of that momentary absence of uncle's servant in the barn. He had reason and courage wbich had involved taken it up with a confused intention him in mystery, and perhaps in de. to keep it as an evidence against the pendence on a siranger's mercy. With owner, but yow perceiving red staing such a motive, and with a profession on its handle, he threw it hastily among attording such ample scope to every the bushes near his feet, and redoubled kind of genius, his emiuent success bis pace homewards. Once he looked is not surprising. His learning, zeal, back, and saw, or thought he saw, ao and industry, gained bom friends in ege and part of a yellow hand awong all his clients; and at the bar, as Junius those bushes. It was a dark eye shas would baye said, he had the three great

requisites of a pleader, a tougue to prosperity sometimes surpasses an argu. persuade, an eye to penetrate, and a meut's, and replied “ We have allowed gesture to command.”— Twenty years no heirs by conquest in England since passed after bis brother's deaih, and William the Norman, and such leftthe sįngular event which had given bim handed sons are out of any line.”affluence was less remembered than the His adversary, whose obscure birtu renhonour be bad added to it, though dered him peculiarly quick in approhe still knew secretly how impossible it priating a sarcasın, apswered instantly, is for a bomicide to “ sleep upon a and with very forcible emphasis, "I grave.” About this period an extra capuot dispute the knowledge of au ordinary case was put into his hands. advocate who has been hin self so prosThe youngest of four brothers (three by perously an heir at law, or perhaps ! a former marriage, and one by a latter) should say by lilood.— It is not difficult had purchased land, and died without to guess the frightful association of offspring. The chief lawyers of Scot- ideas raised by these last words in Claland declared that the pext elder bro- rendon, whose countenance became pale ther had the right of succession, but as dealb, though conscious ippocence Clarendon advocated the cause of the enabled him to look stedfastly at the eldest. , “ Because,” said he, “among speaker. He was

a dwarfish and brothers of ditlerent marriages, tho first mishapen man, with shaggy brows, a idea that presents itself is opposition long, lean, yellow hand, and a raven. ratber thau union, and when we exa- black eye, whose sinister expression mine the relationship we must begin suddenly rewioded Clareudon of that with the parent, who is the connecting which had gazed on bim among the principle; and as from him the first shrubs where he had deposited a guilly step is to the eldest son, we conceive token on the night of his brother's this son to be one step nearer than the death. Neither ihe eye vor the band second, and two steps nearer than the could ever be forgotten, and be bow third."-On a point so subtile much saw them both! The brief fell from his, eloquence and science were expected and he fainted. All the croud, ascribing to appear, and the Court was singu- bis indisposition to exbausled strength, Jarly thronged on the day of trial. made way for his removal from the Clarendon, as I have already said, was court to his home, where he soon recoeminent io personal grace, and his rich vered enough to feel and measure his vein of wit gave attraction to the tedious danger. Most bitterly he again re: subject of his barangue. He traced the gretted the ill-managed wil which had earliest rules of succession, or the trans, provoked his brother's fate, and bad mission of estates from the dead to the probably determined his own ; but his living, and proved how arbitrary and courage did not forsake him, and he various they have ever been in diterent resolved to owe po second fall to the ages aud countries, as all customs must timid caution he had erred in once. be that spring from remote feelings, It is cither great policy or great rasb. or mere imaginaliou. Ile insisted on

ness to trust an enemy the moment the right of primogeniture as strongly after he has been offended, because bis fixed iu Scotland by its peculiar feudal pride will be exasperated if it is not Jaws, in which, as military service is subdued by the aggressor's boldness. the tenure of the land, the eldest male is Yet it is always a poble experiment, always the favourite in succession. Cla- ad Clarendon perceived no other rerendon's opponent entered into a nice mained for him. Though the evening and dislicult labyrinth to prove the pro- was advanced, he set out instantly to perty in question was a new, not an old the country-bouse occupied by the feu ; and amused his auditors with the advocate M.Evil, and found bim alone. distinctions between an heir of con. Having briely and calmly stated that quest, as the old Scolch law calls him no personal insuit was designed by any who inberits purchased lands, and an words used in his professional harangue, heir of line, in other words one who he continued, in the same firm tone, takes an estale acquired by succes. “ You have seen me before, I think, sinn. L'u happily in this part of the in doubtful circumstances, and I do pleadlings, Clarendon forgot his uncle's not fear to recall them to your meinaxiin, “ If thou hast wit or learning, mory, because I expect from you the get wisdom and modesty to il”-He same candour and contidence I possess Only remembered how much a jest's anyself.” Then ueither alienpiing dis

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guise nor circumlocution, he related to convince you that I am neither all the occurrences of that unbappy ashamed of the father I resemble so period with the clear, full, and con- strongly, nor forgetful of the benefits he vincing force which usually distin. owed to his master. It is true that I guished his eloquence. When the pare' witnessed your concealment of tbe chizrative was complete, he added, “ Woezel among the shrubs ; but I now be. to the man who is taught to build lieve it had never been used for any his hopes of fortune on a grave ! - criminal purpose. My honest father's but I can truly lay my hand on my visit to his benefactor's coffin was only heart, and swear I never framed even in obedience to the deceased's wbima wish to see my brother's ; and un- sical command, that he should examine less my grave should be as sleepless it thrice every year. Do not fear Ibat I as my bed has been for many years, will ever betray the secret of a man who I have no reason to fear death. I deemed ne tvorihy of trust even when could bear it better than suspected he thought he had offended me. Had or disgraced life, therefore I surren- you recollected my person, or krowa der myself into your custody. Deliver my assumed oame, you would not have me up to justice if you think me de- ajined an undeserved insult at one who serving the rigour of an investigation : owed to your uncle's bounty the educaI have resolved bever to disgrace our tion which has enabled him to offer you tribunals, by appearing as an advocate his friendship as au coural, aud his advice while any man exists who believes me a as a lawyer. Let the past be rememcriminal."

bered only when you bequeath legacies, M.Evil heard his former adversary in and let trein be such as shall not insilence, but tears rau down his cheeks. vite guilt and misery into a Brother's Presently recollecting himself, he said, Hlouse."

V. Comiñand me if ever you require an advocate, but I have no right to be your judge, and I can ucither acquit

For the EUROPEAN MAGAZINE. nor condemn you. I must keep you as my prisoner to-night, unless you

On the EDUCATION of the Middl C1 49$ allow me to call you my voluntary

of SOCIETY. guest . This house belongs to the Clan- I liberation of life in which they

an education greggors, who never betrayed an enemy if he trusted them, and a lawyer shall move, be manifest, in the bias given Dot be worse than outlaws.”—The ad- to the character and future conduct vocale conducted Clarendon to his of the Sons of the Middle class of table, where he entertained him sump- Society, it is still more perceptible in tuously, but with a lurking smile about its effects on the female pari of the his lip wiich tempted his guest to community. The modern education doubt his purpose, and half regret his of a female in fashionable life', is own rash appeal. These doubis and attended with such inconceivable exregrets haunted Clarendon as he en- pense, and is so frivolous and minute icred the bed-chamber prepared for in non-essentials, and so degligent in hiin.

Was it some optical illusion, matters of real import, that it must some contrived mockery, or the force become a subject for genuine sorrow of his tortured imagination, that and unmingled regret, when we find created what he beheld there? a man the Middle class of Society emulating was scated beside the hearth with his their example, and clevaring their exlaok hair scat!cred over bis large pectations beyond the boundaries which shaggy eye-brows, his broad mishapen prudence has prescribed, - S:crilicing feet covered with the same rude wooden their own pence, and the weifare and shoes, and his whole apparel consisting happiness of their dalighiers, at the of the coarse fantastic livery gives by shrine of an ambitious love of display, bis uncle to his ancient servant Johal, and an osturilalious desire of their being whose funeral be had seen many years equal in accomplishments to Honorables before. This unexpected apparition and Peeresses. " Yet such is the infatuaremained silent only a moment.--. for. tion which frequently possesses the minds give me, Clarendon-forgive the son of of parents, that though every succeed. pour kind old uncle's servantifhis petu- ing vacation onght to convince wise lance

gave you reason to suppose him men of the folly and absurdiiy of their Jouf eacniy, i bave put on his apparel, conduct, they still persist in giving tbeir

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daughters an accomplished education ; of instruction pursued ; suffice it to which after all, when completed, ren- say, the acquisition of an easy and ders them, but loo often, nothing more familiar style of walking, the most than accomplished idiots, who atfect to approved method of stepping out of ape the manners of their superiors, with. a carriage and entering a drawing room, out the power to support, or the oppor. were points of the first importance, tupiły to display it.

while ihe harp and piano, the quadrille A lamentable instance of the con- and waltz, wilh the languages of France sequences attendant on such a system, and Italy, were all studied, as indispenmay be perceived in the History OP sable acquirements for a fashionable LUCILLA.

female. Every vacation proved that Her father was of the medical pro Lucilla was not backward in her acquifession, and possessed a sufficient degree sition of those objects ; ber conduct of practice, as a surgeou and apoihe towards her brothers was marked by cary, to enable him to bring up a large a sense of her own fancied superiority; family with respectability and credit while her father witnessed with regret But it was his misfortune to have, in the disposition she evinced for the althe mother of Lucilla, a woman full luring scenes of pleasure, and lamented of vivacity and life, fond of the gaieties in secret, what he feared to arow openly, and dissipations of fashionable society, that his Lucilla was declining in ber who preferred the crowded ball-rooin, affection and respect for her parents and the bewitching card-table, to the and her home, and discovered the most enjoyments which domestic life affords anxious desires for the period when, to the well-tutored mind. Lucilla was freed from all restraint, she should en.' the only daughter; and while her five ter ninfettered on all the gay scenes brothers engaged much of the affection of fashionable life. of their parents, it was evident to all The time came, and Lucilla left who witnessed their conduct, that they school, at the age of sixteen, well versed loved her most. Her mother was io French and Italian, a model for ex. anxious to introduce Lucilla into the cellence in the arts of music and dancing, gay world : she was persuaded, that could paint flowers on velvet, make her sprightly sallies of wit and plea- card racks and ridicuies,-possessed all santry, her suavity of disposition and the affectation, the self-conceitedness, pliability of temper, added to the pride, and disgusting notions of supecharms which Nature had conferred riority, which are generally to be found on her, would, if advanced and sti. in those who are ignorant of every mulated by an calucation proportion- thing whiclı adorns the female chaably valuable, qualify her to look for

racter. It was now the task of her ward, at some future day, to fill and fond mother to introduce her daughter adoro a higher station in life than to the world, that she might attaia she now occupied. ' sich were the chi- the eupioence she so anxiously desired, merical ideas suggested to the father of bg caplivating some man of fortune Lucilla, by her infatuated mother, to to give her his hand. Possessed of induce him lo consent to her proposi- such acquiremeuls, of personal beauty, tion for sending her to a school of the and fascinating manners, she had no first eminence, and furnishing her with doublof Lucillos's beconing the favoured a polite education. Unwilling as he was rival of inany of her sex. To accomplish to sacrifice his own opinion and feelings, this object, without the formal entret convinced of the impropriety of teach by wbich a young lady is usually iniing her to expect what there was not the tiated into fashionable existence was the most distant prospect of her attaining, Dext point, for she possessed no direct yet, wearied with the importunity with intercourse with the polite world;-the which he was constantly harassed, he mediocrity of her circumstances had aį length reluctantly consented to his precluded her from this enjoyment; daughter's being placed at a boarding, but her sister bad been united to a schoot of some vote in the environs wealthy citizen, who had non relired of the metropolis. It was the object from the fatigues of business to reside of this seminary to prepare their pupils in one of the squares; his afluence for fashionable life, and to finish the and the title of knighthood, which had education of young ladies' destined to been conferred on him when he carried move in the higher circles of society. up a City address, gave him easy access It would be useless to state the course into the best company. It was to this

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