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great, yet it may be judged that it was more than equalled by the satisfaction of Frank and Patty, who, having experienced wretchedness, cold, and hunger, were fully sensible of the comforts of a good fire, food, and cloathing, --blessings that many ungrateful beings enjoy without thankfulness, or considering that all benefits are the gift of God, and that as he has power to bestow, so has he also power to deprive us of them.
Mr. Richardson, whose mercantile concerns seldom suffered him to be long abfent from London, left Acton the next afternoon, and returned to his town-house in Finsbury-square; during the way thither he pointed out to his children whatever he thought could amuse or instruct them, giving them an account of any thing remarkable that had happened in the places they passed through.
“ My dear Sir,” said Charles, “I have “ often wished to see whatever was curious ss in the metropolis, and to learn the rise s of some of the most remarkable build« inys; if it be not intruding too much E 2
“ on your goodness, perhaps some tinie " you may gratify us so far.” : " Willingly,” returned Mr. Richardson ; “ it is a laudable curiosity, and we will de“ vote our leisure hours to that purpose “ this winter; and the ensuing summer if " all goes well, we will extend our rambles “ into the country.”
At this moment they passed the turnpike, and entered Piccadilly, which Charles observing was a very wide and populous street, his father replied, " It is indeed so now, " Charles, but some years back it was little “ better than wasce land, and first built upon “ by cne Higgins a taylor, who had accu“ mulated a good fortune by making stiff “ collars, then much in fashion, and called " Piccadilla's; from which he named the «s' street."
As the night drew on, few comments more pasied during the way home, where Mary found, on her arrival, a discreet fenlible woman engaged as her governess ; and Charles, proper masters to come daily to instruct him.
C H A P.
A Walk to the Tower of London.--- Account
of its Extent.--The first Person beheaded there.-Lawles Actions.---Speech of Sir Gervis Elways.--- On the Courage of Lions.-Remarkable Persons interred in the Chapel. —The necessity of reading the History of our own Country.
EARLY the next morning the children attended their father at breakfast, after which they found every hour, until dinner, devoted to study; a circumstance that was not very pleasing to either ; but partiçularly to Mary, who having led a life of idleness during the last twelve months. found all restraint extremely irksome.--Both, however, performed their lessons with great good humour, and a favourable account being given to Mr. Richardfon, he declared, that as he was unem
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ployed that afternoon, they would devote it to one of the rambles Charles had expreffed a wish for, “ as that will,” added he, “ not only amuse, but, at the same 6 time, instruct us.”---Charles expressed his thanks, and both waited with impatience until their father was ready; and the weather being clear and dry, all preferred walking to the use of the carriage. " And now, Charles,” said Mr. Richardson, “ you shall dictate the pursuits of this « day; Mary and I will fix the next 56 walk.”
" Then, Sir," replied he, “ I have long « wished to see the - Tower ; will you fa“ vour me by taking us there?”
“ With all my heart; but as this is
your first wish, you, doubtless, are in6 formed, by reading of every historic 6 circumstance respecting it. Will you “ oblige me by relating a few; it will “ entertain us as we go along." .
.“ It was first built, I think, Sir, by “ William the Conqueror ; but many al« terations and additions have taken place s in the reigns of the fucceeding kings : - it is a place of defence, and a repository 6 for arms, the crown-jewels, curiosities, “ wild beasts, and many other things 6 that I cannot enumerate."
" Is that all ?” interrupted Mary. “I
don't think I shall like it at all; for « there is - nothing to amuse one in oldt “ guns, or ugly beasts."
Mr. Richardson smiled; but replied to his son, “ You have forgotten to inform 66 me of the width of the ditch that 66 surrounds it; the compass on the out, 6 fide, or that within the wails."
.“ I do not recollect it, Sir,” answered - he, « but will read with more attention in “ future."
- You will do well;” replied his father. « The compass, on the outside the u ditch, 'is one thousand and fifty-two c feet; the ground comprehended within " the walls and ditch, twelve. acres and 66 five roods; it was first inclosed by Wiles liam Longchamps, Bishop of Ely, in the * reign of Richard I. That haughty pre