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“ mother. · When I left then this morn"ing, I was very uneasy with thinking “ how both our parents were to be main" tained in the interval; but that difficulty
is now done away.”
" And how have you surmounted that “ inconvenience?" demanded Mr. Richardson.
" I am rich now, Sir, and can well af“ ford to keep both our mothers, at least “ until George is able to do something for “ his."
“ Exemplary youth," said Mr. Richiardson, in a low voice, to his son. « How “ dignified is Virtue, whatever form she 6. assumes !" then turning to the young man, he addressed him thus : “ To de“ prive you of the satisfaction of assisting “ of your mother, would be depriving you “ of what money could not compensaté; “ but for your aunt, should she survive, “ these young people will occasionally help “ her during her son's apprenticeship; and “ for him, as I hope he has renounced his
“ errors, I will find him clothes during that: 6 time.”
William was astonished at this goodness; but his thanks were too sincere to suffer him to be eloquent.
“And now,” said Mr. Richardson, “ how do you intend to dispose of your 66 self ?."
“ I shall go to sea again, Sir, thougli, * to own the truth, I have no great liking “ to that life now my good inaster is:
gone. Ali, Sir, I would have attended 66 him to the world's end. However, 6 God's will must be done; I shall, in “ respect to my friends, go with a light “ heart, for they will not want in my ab• sence.”
“ If you would prefer a situation at “ home,” replied Mr. Richardson, “ I will “ obtain your discharge, and, as I un“ derstand you write a good hand, place “ you under my clerks, where, with care. “ and attention, you may soon render s yourself useful."
The young lad seemed transported with pleasure, and repeatedly blessed the hour that he met so good a friend.
Thanks were not the incense Mr. Rich. ardson delighted in; and telling him he would be late home, dismissed him, bidding him call again in a few days.
CH A P.. CHAP. XII. .
A Proof of the Sailor William's Attachment to his Master.--- Account of St. James's Palace, ---Condescension of King Charles the Second ---A poor Beggarwoman relieved.
UHARLES and Mary were both pleased with this arrangement; and the discourse long after William's departure, turned on the subject. “I did not,” said the good man, “ inform you before what I learned 1“ in this bv-ness; but Captain Wells's
“ brother I am well acquainted with; he '« is a merchant of great repute, and yes. “ terday, on 'Change, I asked him con“ černing this lad. He then informed me, " that his late brother had intrusted his “ will to the Surgeon of the ship; that “ among other bequests, there was two “ hundred pounds to this boy, whose áfis fection, as he expressed it in his will, " had saved him from being killed on
« the deck, by rushing through the thickest “ of the fire, and supporting him away, 6 though he received a shot in the shoulder “ in the attempt." :
“ What a brave lad!" said Charles. 6 At least,” replied Mr. Richardson, “ he has a heart capable of gratitude, “ which, to me, is a warm recommendation; “ and as Mr. Wells did not appear to " have any inclination to engage him, I. “ was not displeased at the acquisition.”
Thys ended the conversation, at least for that time; and, after two hours spent pleasantly with their father, the children retired to rest.
Mary's lessons were performed early the ensuing morning; and Charles's also being concluded they sat down to amuse themselves until their father sliould send for them; Charles reading aloud, and Mary employed on a piece of embroidery; though her eyes often wander:1 to the door, in exsectancy of the wih d-for summons. Thus situated were they when Mr. Richardson entered, who declared