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towards thyself, there is always raeter ; and of the unfortunate fail.
I will not omit to mention still be wanting in this bias of their
JACOB WEAVERS, compatible with the conjugal cha
Sur l'appuis du monde
On what can mortals here
From danger free?
On the calm sea :
Can the proud fleet be?
THE MISFORTUNES OF MONTAGUE.
A TALE FOUNDED ON FACT.
It was in the delightful season playing near the windows, and at of summer, when all nature was clad times indulged, at times eluded with in her gayest attire, that I was tantalizing uncertainty, the gaze of spending a week at the residence of the beholder. an intimate friend, who lived near I pulled the reins of our horse, one of the largest' mercantile towns and stopped the gig in a position of this vast trading empire. Among that allowed of my better contemthe many diversions which his good plating the fascinating scene. “ And nature devised for me, our passion whose house is that,” I enquired, for variety often extended to a ride after a pause, of my entertainer, in the beautiful park, which is but “which seems already to pronounce a few miles distant from the town. so favourably of its inhabitant ?” On one of these occasions, under the “ It is the house," said he, “ of Mr. auspices of a clondless sun, and the Montague, a ship-merchant, a genbuoyancy derived from the western tleman of honourable extraction, breeze, I was particularly charmed whose dealings are as extensive as with the appearance of a handsome they are creditable. He is a man of and superior looking house at the exalted reputation in the public distance of about an ordinary field esteem, a person of highly cultifrom us, where neatness and gentility vated mind, of great generosity of seeined the ruling deities. The win heart, and of a delicate urbanity of dows, of which some were open to manners. He carries on, with a invite the restorative fragrance of partner, the most comprehensive the summer's gale, were ornamented speculations on the basis of a wellwith choice trees and green-house founded credit; and the public streets, plants, tastefully selected and nicely every day, present the appearance arranged, while light folds of ele of numbers of his drays, conveying gant drapery just appeared on each timber to and fro to the places for side, and were seen waving in the which they are destined. He has a wind. A number of shrubs and family as amiable as himself; and climbing plants grew in the soil at for his serenity of disposition and the bottom, and extended their mat- domestic enjoyments, is at once the ted tendrils part of the way up the love and envy of all his neighbours." wall in front. The house was envi- I paused after my friend's brief narroned by extensive pleasure grounds, rative, but it was only to dwell and by gardens laid out by the fin more at ease upon the fairy scene ger of taste, the intricacies of which before me, and to imagine more were rendered for the most part im- nearly the gesture and manners of pervious to the view of a distant be the man who was reported to be the holder by the thick embowering happy, possessor of the retreat. I shades of trees and shrubs that were thought I could never feast my eyes interspersed in them. Among these enoughon so inviting a prospect, and umbrageous arcades there wound, felt an immoderate curiosity to bein circles occasionally visible to the come acquainted with the inmates of eye, broad gravel walks, whose si- the mansion. As I reluctantly turned nuosities deceived the stranger with away my head, and slowly put the a double distance, and extended to horse in motion, I mentioned to my the bottom of the garden, where the friend, whose name was Herberi, broad river that joins the sea rolled the wish that was uppermost in my its purifying waters. Opulence seem- breast. He almost anticipated it, ed here to riot in exuberance, which and proffered his services to introwas only controaled and corrected duce me personally to the family, by the hand of taste, and which, with which, he said, he was well combined with this, formed a deli- acquainted. Our ride that morning cate charm which was irresistible to was soon at an end, and in the short the polished mind. Several airy space of a few days Herbert fulfilled figures in feminine attire were seen his promise, and I was admitted to Pur. Mag. April, 1823.
the intimacy of the venerated Mon- whose brilliant orb swam in circles
whom a slight diversity of inclina-
tion and facilitáte' the improvement and scrutiny, was at last' måde at of the two sisters. In affection to the cabinet-makers, by our purchastheir parents they were mutually ing two handsome red morocco emalous, nor was any inequality of work-boxes, surmounted on small interest observable in the good offi- embossed feet, and richiy ornamentces with which they rewarded the ed with gold. A neat plate of silattentions of their playful visitor.'yer-gilt on the top of each work-box I was one who soon contracted a bore, in tasteful characters, the refriendship with the young aspirant, spective names of Evelina and Main which disparity of years was en
rietta Montague. We presented one tirely overlooked. As I had the of these to each of the two young good fortune to effect a favourable ladies, and received a more than impression on the various members proportionate reward in the delicate of the family, I received an invita- thanks and chaste blushes which tion, with my friend Herbert, to they produced. continue my visits while I staid ; so But the time for my departure that I was several times again un arrived. With heart dejected I paid der Mr. Montague's roof, and in
a last visit to take leave of my new truth was much influenced by this acquaintances, and parted from theme circumstance in prolonging my stay at length with mingled admiration in the neighbourhood. Our time and regret. I already felt a congegenerally passed in innocent diver- niality of sout with the worthy Mr.' sions within the house when the wea Montague, a sincere respect for his ther was unfavourable, and in the lady, and a kind of paternal affection open air when the season tempted us for the daughters; and I even anto enjoy the freshness of the breeze. ticipated a future périod, when I At the bottom of the garden, and on might see the sprightly Charleton the edge of the river, there stood a claiming the hand of one of these summer-house built with every view as the reward of his long and wellto convenience, in which the young tried attachment. ladies often came to sit, bringing Several years elapsed, and I was with them their sewing or the mate whirled with the rest of 'men in the rials for writing, or practising to vicissitudes of humar affairs, which gether the melodious inflexions of introduced me to many new friends, their fine voices. Hither young and separated me from many old Charleton and myself attended them, ones. I did not within that time fond of being satellites within their re-visit my friend Herbert, nor did radiation, and amused them with I see any thing more of Mr. Monreading alternately from some favour- tague of his family. The business ite book, or dweli with them on the I had engaged in led me to perform rich empurpled beauties of the frequent voyages to and from my country, or the still and glowing native country, and in returning on effulgence of the summer's sky. On the last of these, after encountering one of these occasions, when we the perils of a tremendous storm, were collected in the summer-house, we were thrown much out of our among other subjects upon which course homeward, and compelled to the conversation turned,' a sugges- put in at another sea-port; higher tion was started by my young friend on the coast than the one we intendHeory in the innocent ebullition of ed. This proved to be the same his gallantry, that myself and he town where I had before formed my should each make some present to delightful acquaintance, and which the two young ladies, to be retained I beheld at present on that account by them as a remembrance of the with stronger emotions of pleasure. happy meetings with which accident It was now the month of October, had embellished the morning of our when, after coming into the docks, lives. I hailed the suggestion with and repairing the injury done to enthusiasm, and waited not a mo my dress, I had my horse landed ment after the termination of our that I might ride into the town to conversation ere l'accompanied my find an inn agreeable to my wishes. young friend to the different shops' The evening was advancing with its of ornamental articles in the town.. blue autumnal mists, and as my Our choice, after long examination thoughts were a little dejected by
what had past, and the shades of difficulty I gained the door to 25-
“ In that house," said he, the events that led to the lamented
in the smiles and affection of his pressing into the room from a better family, the bolt of destruction was motive than curiosity, and wish by levelled at his house, and his eldest their numbers and emulation to raise daughter Evelina fell a sacrifice to the prices of the articles, and im consumption. This was indeed a prove the sale." I was unconsci- heavy blow, and almost bowed Mr. qusly interested in his humane nar- Montague to the earth, while his ration, and, feeling myself at liberty wife gave herself up to the tyranny to follow the bent of my inclination, of desperation, and remained for å I put up my horse at a neighbour: whole day under a total alienation ing inn, and joining the crowd on of mind.' But the cap of their mifoot gained access into the sale sery was not yet full, and they were room. I gazed about for some time doomed again to stoop beneath the with the listlessness and dull sur- rod of afflicting providence. Among prise of a stranger, nor was my at- those who waited most on the dying tention much arrested by several Evelina, and who felt more or less articles of furniture which I saw the ill effects of their attention, sold. At length the auctioneer's as Marietta had been foremost in all sistant handed to him something the assiduities of love, and it was which drew forth a general buzz of perceived that the viper had fixed commendation, and appeared to bear his rapacious fangs on her heart. promise of greater value. Immedi. The long confinement to Evelina's ately a faint voice, tremulous with room also injured the health of the age and indicative of rustic artless- delicate Mrs. Montague, but her less, exclaimed with emotion, “those frame appeared by degrees to rise are not to be sold, sir," and I be- superior to the attack. It was not held the two morocco work-boxes 80 with Marietta. A slight, short which
young Charleton and myself cough first attracted the notice of had presented to the Miss Monta- her friends, and presented the eargues. Imagination can scarce grasp liest symptoms of approaching dan.. the extent of misery that shot ger, and she was now gnawed with through my bosom, at thus seeing the worm of imparted consumption, the certain signs of the ruin of my and betrayed all the signs of de ancient friend. A trembling dizzi. clension which foreran the dissa ness came over my, eyes, and with lution of her sister. The disease