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To find the interest of 8501. for 90 HISTORY OF PETER PLIANT. days, at 3 per cent. per annum.

(Continued from Vol. LXXIII. page 8.)

HEŇ the seeds of roguishness are 850 x 90

implanted in a man's bosom,

there is nothing better calculated to im76500

prove their vegetation, and accelerate 30600

their general progress, than the study of

the law, which, though undoubtedly a 365) 45900

noble structure, contains so many holes

and corners, where dishonesty may 20) 12.5 9

creep in, that it is too often rendered

subservient to the designs of wily kuaves, 2.6 5. 9lis

and converted into any thing but a system of equity. To those needy and

hollow-hearted wretches, who delight in The same at 4 per cent.

feasting upon the miseries of mankind, 850 X 90

it opens a wide field of fraud and dissi

tulation ; and little doubt exists, but 76500

that many an heart aches by the machi15300

nations of those, who deserve to be

crushed by the same weapons they so 365) 61 200

shamefully misuse.

of the latter denomination was Mr. 16.7 8

Spindle, to whose bosom integrity of

principle was a perfect stranger. His £. 8 1 8,37

career from the commencement was marked by a cootioued scene of cun

niog duplicity; and though an unskilful The same at 6 per cent.

dauber, contrived to put so fair a face

upon the matter, that he gained his 850 X 90

ends without incurring suspicion. Edu

cated in a charity school, where he was 76500

distinguished from the rest by bis rapa. 15300

city and meanoess, he contrived to in

sinuate himself into the good graces of 365) 91800

his master; through whose interest, in

the course of time, he was promoted to 25.1 6

the situation of footboy in a lawyer's fa

mily. Here he was in his element; and, f. 121 63

by unexampled assiduity and obsequi ousness, obtained a sitting in the count

ing-house, where, after a few years' The same at 7.

dirty work, managed his matters so

well, that on the decease of his em850 x 90

ployer, he stepped into a share of the

business, set up for a great lille man, 16500

put Esquire to the eod of his name, and add 24 ={ 35250

never felt so happy as when he was

kindling the flame of disaffection ainong 365) 114750

his neighbours. An intimacy with

Chickweed, who was sometimes under 31.4 4

the necessity of applying to him for ad

'vice, caused him to offer his services to £.15 14 4333

Sir Lionel Thrifty; and through his instigation lle suit was threaiened, which

now occupied my attention. Ja saaking out long interest accounts, Such was the goodly personage to it is usual to discard the shillings and whom Mr. Plausible direcied his steps peace of tbe priocipal, if under 10s. the morning after our arrival; and be. and count them as it if above 104. ing admitted, on sending up his name, -whicb saves much time and trouble. found him surrounded with papers,

G. M. H. leases, and documents of all descripEuren. Mer PoLTXUL Fahisi 8

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tion. The little gontlaan, it appears, of this monosyllable, and Mr. Plausible bad heard of our sudden arrival, and resumed. pot being able to covjecture the reason, “ There are various methods, which I felt rather uneasy ; but he was too well have no doubt your long acquaintance versed in the chicanery of his profession with the profession has made familiar, to demonstrate his fears, and welcomed andMr. Plausible with as much politeness As if he could contain himself no as was natural to him, which was never, longer, this “ ornament of the law" theloss at first mixed with a consequen

burst out into a paroxysm of anger, and tial air and stiff doportment, as if he demanded to know whether Mr. Plausi. would have said, “ I am Sir Oracle." ble intended to iosult him. But Mr. Plausible was a lawyer as well “ 0, by no means,

Sir; my intention as bimself; and fixing bis penetrating was to save you the shame of a defeat: eye upon the countenance of Spindle, but my offer, I see, meets with conwith a free and unconcerned air began tempt, and I withdraw it.”. his questions.

So saying, he left the choleric little “'I believe, Sir, you are employed by gentleman, a little disconcerted at his Sir Lionel Thrifty, to take certain steps abrupt departore, and rather sorry that for the recovery of a part of an estale he had so soon relinquished his over. which is imagined to be forfeited.” tures. “I am, Sir."

While Mr Plausible was pursning “And I presume you are aware that this method for obtaining information, Mr. Pliant, convinced of the justice of I had left the manor house, and, with his cause, intends abiding by the deci- the intention of visiting all my old sion of a jury."

friends, walked round the village. Par“I hope, for Mr. Pliant's sake, it mer Heartly first crossed my steps, and will be of service to him; but the now, in person, renewed his thanks for grounds on which we proceed are so my late assistance. After a little desul. plain, that all attempts on his part will tory conversation, he mentioned a rebe fruitless."

port that was spreading of Sir Lionel's " Not so fruitless as you imagine: claim; “ but,'' added he, “ as long as that the mortgage was redeemed, there Jack Heartley stays in this village, it is a particular document to prove; shall never be. I know Spindle well, and"

and his friend Chickweed; the former “ Produce it."

ouce nearly ruined me,- the latter owes “ An unforeseen circumstance for the me a grudge for renting his cottage; but present renders it impossible.”

their desigos are not so secret as they “ The witnesses who attested it?"

imagine. Chickweed drinks, and when “ Are not living."

a man gives his reason a holiday, folly “ Then in what manner can you estab. will talile. I shall keep a good look lish a defence ?"

out, however; and as I suspect the lat. “ That at present remains a secret ; ter of more than one evil action, hope but my object in coming bere was to to eotrap him when he is least aware of scttle the affair amicably, and prevent, it. I am now going to survey an estate, if possible, unnecessary expense on both which, in a few dags, is to be offered for sides. In short, Mr. Spindle, if a hand sale. I pass his haunts jo my way, and some sum, by way of remuneration, was sball be very much disappointed if we offered you by my client, could you not are not better acquainted before night." manage the business so as to relinquish : Thank ye, my honest friend; your the claim altogether ? There are vari. kindness shall be repaid." ous methods and

I passed on, and spent an hour with Had I the pencil of Hogarth, I the various inhabitants whom childhood would attempt to delineate the features had endeared to me. The old purblind of Spindle, as Mr. Plausible drew to schoolmistress was in raptures, and, ac. wards the end of his offer. Insulted cording to custom, launched out into dignity and wounded pride were the praises of my knowledge when under cloaks vader which he restrained his her tuition; nor was the parish clerk real feelings, when, with an apparent less glad to repeat bis tribute. I am surprise at such an unexpected insult, he sure uo lwo in the place had so good an interrupted him with - SIR!!!" opinion of my understanding, for i

There was more of the “ ludicrous" agreed with the former so the superithan the “natural,” in thc, expression ority of her mode of teaching, and ar

gued with the latter the impropriety of that numerous inquiries had been made siaging the bundredth Psalm in any, after me! among others, Sir Edward other key than that of D.

Courtly and Miss Maoning: the former Having completed my range of visits, was of a more interesting nature, for by I turned up the lane, to proceed home, it I learned the probability of Mr. Man. when just as I entered it, Farmer Heart- ping's taking up a residence near me, as ley's daughter came out of the opposite an estate had been advertised; and he : path. Dressed in a neat_cottage babit, had made overtures which were likely and a little straw hat tied uuder her to be accepted. A ray of hope Aashed chin with a pink riband, she tripped across my mind, and i flattered myself lightly along the ground; but, on ob- with once more meeting the object of serving me, smiled, and dropping a curt my wishes. He concluded his letter by sey, waited till I approached her, and hoping my journey would prove sucgreeted me with “A fine day, Sir." cessful, and that he would certainly

* It is, indeed, my little rosebud, and call at the manor house in his way to his you seem to be taking advantage of it." new purchase.

* Our cottage would ill bear the name But Mr. Plausible's communication of Content,'"if idleness inbabited it; was of a different nature. He entered besides, my father is so kind, that I my apartment with it open, and throwshould be loath to give him uneasiness ing it on the table, asked me smiling if by a want of industry.”.

I could divine its meaving. Its contents' « Well said; but whither in such a I found as follows: borry?

“A friend advises Ms. Plausible to : " Ohl-1-1-am going-to the return immediately to London, lest deneighbouring village for my father.” lay should prove fatal to him, and the * Alone, too?"

circumstance which this letter serves as “No-yes-no 14" replied she, em a warning, take place before his arbarrassed and blushing.

rival." Mr. Somers' son William now ap. " It bears the London post mark," proachiog, made known tbe object of “ But a village inscription; and if I. her confusion, I gave her a siguifi. am uot mistaken, some scheme of that. cant glance, and she blushed still more little bundle of iniquity Spindle, to get deeply. On coming up, their mutual me off the premises; but I'll foil hinn confusion betrayed their secret. yet, and with his owa weapons."

* Here William," said 1, laughing, A violent noise in the court-yard “I resign your mistress; I believe she prevented further observation, which, waits your company for the next village, on inquiry, proceeded from the appreand as I cannot leave her in better hension of Chickweed, for Farmer bands, I deliver her up to your charge Ileartley had been true to his promise, in safety.”

and in a week from the time he began With dowucast eye she placed her arm to watch, had lighted upon his enemy in in his, and moved on. A few steps the very act of poaching on the manor. made me turn the corner, and I lost grounds. them.

Nothing could possibly have happened With no trifling exertion of his risible more opportunely, for as his liberty faculties did Mr. Plausible relate bis in. and pocket were the only considerations terview with Spiodle, as before noticed that weighed with him, by threatening a “ The cunning rogue, doubtless he goal, and menacing a penalty, we boped thinks I take him for as honest a fellow to obtain some clue to unravel the mysas ever breathed; but I can see through tery before us; but the result of his the veil of assurance which be throws apprehension shall be postponed to the over his actions, and will lay any wager next chapter. that in a very short time, he will accept ERRATA in our last. For "present stem," my terms, and capitalate.”

read “ purent stem.” A few days passed over without any

(To be continued.) thing material occurring to elucidate the matter, when one morning we were agreeably surprised by a packet of let

To the Edilor of the European Magazine, ters-ope for Mr. Plausible, and two for com selfies. We are reden te verteringen hair I AMhes plaho Pokefe madera den

ene Manning and my cousin Louisa. By and wits of these degenerate days, are the latter I learned that all were well, designated as being of the Old School.

SIR,

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Now as I am not certain whether this inquire after his health, his answer was title be intended as a mark of contempt generally, Very well!or Pretty well, or of pity, I shall not caril about it. thank God! If he had been ill, aad If it sigpify contempt, we must console was again becoming convalesccut, he ourselves with tbe reflection, that some was recovering, or he was better.of the wisest and best of men who have These, Sir, were epithets we all underadorned our country, have been edu stood, and they expressed very clear cated in it; and that we can safely chal ideas; but when I ask the same question leoge them to produce brighter and bet now, instead of these answers (unless it ter characters. But, if it be intended be from one of our poor despised Old as a token of pity, while we feel in School), I receive these, of etiremely debted for their compassion, we con well;" an expression incomprehensible ceive they are involved in error; for to my understanding, for how can a though they may consider we are igno man be in too good health? And really, rant, and comparatively antiquated, in Sir, as “ extremes are dangerous," it our ideas and habits, we can assure the is obvious that a man in such circumwiscacres of the present day, that we stances should inmediately send for bis pily their folly, and compassionate their pbysician, to obtain a prescription for want of discrimination.

the diminution of his health. If I inAs these Gentlemen profess so much quire respecting a friend who has been disregard for the Old School, one would ill, instead of hearing that he is impror. suppose that they alone were worthy of ing, or that he is restored, I am gravely notice. Now, Sir, I have heard with told that he is very much beller. It is some degree of regret, many of our good with this last expression I am grievously old-fashioned words and phrases com offended; and i wish will all my heart pletely scouted, and have listened to a it was in my power to banish it out of set of new-fangled words and expres all genteel conversation, iv the absord sions introduced by the New School, to way in which it is now used. In fact, ascertain whether they are belter calcu. whatever interrogatories I put now to lated to express the same ideas as our these blades of The New School, I am old ones: but I cannot perceive the almost sure to be replied to in this slightest improvement. Though of the style. If the inquiry regard the stale Old School, yet I by no means wish you of the weather, there has been rery to suppose that I am of opinion perfec- much rain, or very much snow, or thera tion is attained io any science or art; was very much wind last night, If I on the contray, I believe that we know speak of politics, witb reference. to yet comparatively little of any of them; Parliamentary intelligence, I am told but there are certain points which can there is very much corruption in the not be improved, and it is to one of higher, or very much discontent in the these on which an attempt at improve. lower classes: and that there is very nent has been made, that I propose to much opposition to the Ministry. If I address you.

speak of an individual, I hear that he Now I almost despair, Mr. Editor, of has very much influence, or rery much converting these geotry, they are too talent. But after all, the absurdity of wise in their own conceit to be con the phrase is most apparent in our everyvinced of error: but I may perhaps day concerns; thus, to be told on iii. preveot others from adopting their opi- quiry after a family in distre-s, that nions. But I bave really hitherto been Neir situation is very much hard : confighting in the dark ; let me therefore versing of a notoriously bad man, I ain state against what I desigu to level my told he is very much wicked; and if a artillery | studied, Sir, when young, ipap whose character stands high in the my native language, according to our world, that he is very much good. Inmost celebrated grammarians; and ideed, so great a favourile du these po. learnt from them the nature of the su meaning words appear to bave become, perlative degree, and the manner in especially in the fashionable world, ibat which it was used: but within these few it seems to be studiously dragged in on years a new mode of expression has been all occasions. adopted, and carried to such ao extent, Now, Mr. Editor, as you may perhaps that I am induced to remonstrate against be of the Old School yourself, you may it. through the medium of your widely be induced to allow this protest against extended Miscellavy..

a foolish innovation on old expressions When I used to meet a friend, and by the New School. However, to be

candid, I very much despair, of being lovely girl I had so lately seem, having able to produce very much impression, no one left to wbom the ties of nature upon so rery much impenetrable mate should bind her, in a friendless and rials, and only hope to keep those from unprotected state, which strongly readopting this pbrase who have very much sembled my own, excited my sympathy good seose left, and who, I think, are as well as admiration. very likely to be drawo away, by this Every usual occupation seemed to uery much popular phrase, to a very have lost its interest for me, I sat down much foolish custom.

to read, and altho' my eyes mechaniBefore I finish, let me just give ano cally followed the words, my mind was ther bint to these superlatively correct too inuch engaged in contemplating her vise men. I do not know how it is, but image, who engrossed all my ihoughts I cannot enquire respecting any thing to have any share in my studies. I but I am answered in the superlative, or threw aside my books, and determined shall i say hyperbolical degree. Thus, to walk; I had been walking some time, one tells me, that such a work he has when I found that I had insensibly dilately read, is most astonishing, that it rected my steps towards the spot wbich is truly wooderful, most surprising, and I bad been trying to forget. goes op commending its contents in the After considering with myself in every same style. Another will tell me of a possible light which the subject premost charming and most brilliant display sented to me, I determined on endeaof eloquence he heard at St. Stephen's : vouring to obtain an introduction, if it while a third will talk of the most sub- was by any means possible ; for this lime and most beautiful ideas he has purpose, I again called upon the garru. met with in some old author. Now, I Jous French woman, and by way of do think Mr. Ediior, that a man may beginning a conversation, which rather give his opinion of things in a reasonable embarrassed me, I enquired after the way, witbout all this extravaganza, health of the Abbé. She said he was so from wbich, in reality, one cannot ascer much better that be expected to be able tain what is meant; and I trust this re to attend to his professional dutres in a moostrance will have the desired effect, short time: this gave me a biot which and that you will shew your antipathy I did not hesitate to profit by.--I said to these reformers, by its insertion; that I was very glad tu hear it, for that which will oblige

I wished for his assistance in studying Your Constant Reader, and the languages, and that I should call the ONE OF THE OLD SCHOOL. next day, when I hoped to find him ro

covered, -as | said ibis, the woman

smiled as I thought incredulously, but TIE WANDERER.

perhaps it was only a sensation of conChapter VI.

scious shame at the duplicity with which WE next noruing I awoke with I felt I was acting. i then asked after

feelings so different from those of the young lady, ob, Monsieur," said the preceding day, and so perfectly she,' teeling at once the drift of my novel to me that I was unable to account visit and inquiries, “sbe is very well, for them, the image of the beautiful and much happier than yesterday, in girl I had seen wholly occupied my consequence of the Abbé's recovery." thoughts, and the description the French I vow felt, that upon this subject 1 wonan had given me of her, increased should have little command of myself, the interest I felt for her. I bad been and that this woman, who already totally unacquainted with la belle pas- seemed to penetrale into my feeling, sion until this time, (perhaps owing to would kuow what she at present only my not having been throwu much in guessed. I therefore left a card with the company of the fair sex), but I now her for the Abbé, aod promising to call telt that any affections were firinly en the next day, I returned home. gaged. It may seem improbable to I lost no time in repairing the next soine, and at this distauce it seems day, and on inquiring for the Abbé, I almost unaccountable even to myself, was iuformed that he was sufficiently bow so strong a feeling had been so sud recovered to sit up, and had desired to denly engendered, but it was perhaps see me when I should call. I was she wa that at my time of life, the social teel. to him. He was sitting, supported by ings seek for some object on which to pillows, io an easy chair -- bis figure was allacb, and repose theinselves ; and the small and spare, his features sharp and

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