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ther tended to alienate than gain the good will the family to whom also the visit was intended, of his kinswoman. He sometimes looked grave on whose account, perhaps, there were some when the old lady told the jokes of her youth ; tenderer feelings in the bosom of Harley, than he often refused to eat when she pressed him, his gratitude for the friendly notice of that genand was seldom or never provided with sugar- tleman (though he was seldom deficient in that candy or liquorice when she was seized with a virtue) could inspire. Mr Walton had a daughfit of coughing; nay, he had once the rudeness ter; and such a daughter! we will attempt some to fall asleep, while she was describing the com- description of her by and by. position and virtues of her favourite cholic-wa- Harley's notions of the nanov, or beautiful, ter. In short, he accommodated himself so ill were not always to be defined, nor indeed such to her humour, that she died, and did not leave as the world would always assent to, though we him a farthing.
could define them. A blush, a phrase of affaThe other method pointed out to him was an bility to an inferior, a tear at a moving tale, endeavour to get a lease of some crown lands were to him, like the cestus of Cytherea, unwhich lay contiguous to his little paternal es- equalled in conferring beauty. For all these, tate. This, it was imagined, might be easily Miss Walton was remarkable; but as these, like procured, as the crown did not draw so much the above-mentioned cestus, are perhaps still rent as Harley could afford to give, with very more powerful, when the wearer is possessed of considerable profit to himself; and the then some degree of beauty, commonly so called, it lessee had rendered himself so obnoxious to the happened, that, from this cause, they had more ministry, by the disposal of his vote at an elec- than usual power in the person of that young tion, that he could not expect a renewal. This, lady. however, needed some interest with the great, She was now arrived at that period of life, which Harley or his father never possessed. which takes, or is supposed to take, from the
His neighbour, Mr Walton, having heard of flippancy of girlhood those sprightlinesses, with this affair, generously offered his assistance to which some good-natured old maids oblige the accomplish it. He told him, that though he had world at threescore. She had been ushered into long been a stranger to courtiers, yet, he be- life (as that word is used in the dialect of St lieved, there were some of them who might pay James's) at seventeen, her father being then in regard to his recommendation; and that, if he parliament, and living in London ; at seventeen, thought it worth the while to take a London therefore, she had been a universal toast ; her journey upon the business, he would furnish health, now she was four-and-twenty, was only him with a letter of introduction to a Baronet of drank by those who knew her face at least. Her his acquaintance, who had a great deal to say complexion was mellowed into a paleness, which with the first lord of the treasury.
certainly took from her beauty ; but agreed, at When his friends heard of this offer, they least Harley used to say so, with the pensive pressed him with the utmost earnestness to ac- softness of her mind. Her eyes were of that cept of it. They did not fail to enumerate the gentle hazel colour, which is rather mild than many advantages which a certain degree of spi- piercing ; and, except when they were lighted rit and assurance gives a man who would make up by good-humour, which was frequently the a figure in the world ; they repeated their in- case, were supposed by the fine gentlemen to stances of good fortune in others, ascribed them want fire. Her air and manner were elegant in all to a happy forwardness of disposition; and the highest degree, and were as sure of commade so copious a recital of the disadvantages manding respect, as their mistress was far from which attend the opposite weakness, that a demanding it. Her voice was inexpressibly soft; stranger, who had heard them, would have been it was, according to that incomparable simile of led to imagine, that, in the British code, there Otway's, was some disqualifying statute against any citizen who should be convicted of-modesty.
“ like the shepherd's pipe upon the moun. Harley, though he had no great relish for the
tains, attempt, yet could not resist the torrent of mo
When all his little flock's at feed before him.” tives that assaulted him ; and as he needed but little preparation for his journey, a day, not very The effect it had upon Harley, himself used distant, was fixed for his departure.
to paint ridiculously enough ; and ascribed it to powers, which few believed, and nobody cared
for. CHAP. XIII.
Her conversation was always cheerful, but
rarely witty; and without the smallest affectaThe Man of Feeling in Love.
tion of learning, had as much sentiment in it as
would have puzzled a Turk, upon his principles The day before that on which he set out, he of female materialism, to account for. Her bewent to take leave of Mr Walton.-We would neficence was unbounded ; indeed the natural conceal nothing ;-there was another person of tenderness of her heart might have been argued, his Dog
by the frigidity of a casuist, as detracting from singled out to be viewed through the medium her virtue in this respect ; for her humanity of romantic imagination. It was improved of was a feeling, not a principle: but minds like course, and esteem was a word inexpressive of Harley's are not very apt to make this distinc- the feelings which it excited. tion, and generally give our virtue credit for all that benevolence which is instinctive in our nature.
CHAP. XIV. As her father had for some years retired to the country, Harley had frequent opportunities He sets out on his Journey.—The Beggar and of seeing her. He looked on her for some time merely with that respect and admiration which her appearance seemed to demand, and the opi- He had taken leave of his aunt on the eve of nion of others conferred upon her; from this his intended departure ; but the good lady's afcause, perhaps, and from that extreme sensibi- fection for her nephew interrupted her sleep, lity of which we have taken frequent notice, and early as it was next morning when Harley Harley was remarkably silent in her presence. came down stairs to set out, he found her in the He heard her sentiments with peculiar atten- parlour with a tear on her cheek, and her caudletion, sometimes with looks very expressive of cup in her hand. knew enough of physic approbation; but seldom declared his opinion to prescribe against going abroad of a morning on the subject, much less made compliments to with an empty stomach. She gave her blessing the lady on the justness of her remarks. with the draught; her instructions she had de
From this very reason it was, that Miss Wal- livered the night before. They consisted mostton frequently took more particular notice of ly of negatives; for London, in her idea, was him than of other visitors, who, by the laws of so replete with temptations, that it needed the precedency, were better entitled to it; it was a whole armour of her friendly cautions to repel mode of politeness she had peculiarly studied, their attacks. to bring to the line of that equality, which is Peter stood at the door. We have mentioned ever necessary for the ease of our guests, those this faithful fellow formerly: Harley's father whose sensibility had placed them below it. had taken him up an orphan, and saved him
Harley saw this ; for, though he was a child from being cast on the parish; and he had ever in the drama of the world, yet was it not alto- since remained in the service of him and of his gether owing to a want of knowledge of his son. Harley shook him by the hand as he passpart; on the contrary, the most delicate con- ed, smiling, as if he had said, “ I will not weep.” sciousness of propriety often kindled that blush He sprung hastily into the chaise that waited which marred the performance of it. This raised for him ; Peter folded up the step. “My dear bis esteem something above what the most san- master,” said he, shaking the solitary lock that guine descriptions of her goodness had been able hung on either side of his head, “ I have been to do; for certain it is, that notwithstanding told as how London is a sad place.”—He was the laboured definitions which very wise men choked with the thought, and his benediction have given us of the inherent beauty of virtue, could not be heard; but it shall be heard, honest we are always inclined to think her handsomest Peter! where those tears will add to its energy. when she condescends to smile upon ourselves. In a few hours Harley reached the inn where
It would be trite to observe the easy grada- he proposed breakfasting; but the fulness of tion from esteem to love; in the bosom of Har- his heart would not suffer him to eat a morsel. ley there scarce needed a transition ; for there He walked out on the road, and, gaining a little were certain seasons when his ideas were flush- height, stood gazing on the quarter he had left. ed to a degree much above their common com- He looked for his wonted prospect, his fields, plexion. In times not credulous of inspiration, his woods, and his hills ; they were lost in the we should account for this from some natural distant clouds. He pencilled them on the clouds, cause ; but we do not mean to account for it at and bade them farewell with a sigh ! all. It were sufficient to describe its effects; but He sat down on a large stone to take out a they were sometimes so ludicrous, as might de- little pebble from his shoe, when he saw, at rogate from the dignity of the sensations which some distance, a beggar approaching him. He produced them to describe. They were treated had on a loose sort of coat, mended with difindeed as such by most of Harley's sober friends, ferent-coloured rags, amongst which the blue who often laughed very heartily at the awk- and the russet were the predominant. He had ward blunders of the real Harley, when the a short knotty stick in his hand, and on the top different faculties, which should have prevent- of it was stuck a ram's horn; his knees (though ed them, were entirely occupied by the ideal. he was no pilgrim) had worn the stuff of his In some of these paroxysms of fancy, Miss Wal- breeches; he wore no shoes, and his stockings ton did not fail to be introduced ; and the pic. had entirely lost that part of them which should ture which had been drawn amidst the sure have covered his feet and ankles; in his face, rounding objects of unnoticed levity, was now however, was the plump appearance of good humour; he walked a good round pace, and a I knew of, and I never kept a friend above & crook-legged dog trotted at his heels.
week, when I was able to joke ; I seldom re“ Our delicacies,” said Harley to himself, mained above six months in a parish, so that I “ are fantastic; they are not in nature ! that might have died before I had found a settlement beggar walks over the sharpest of these stones in any : thus I was forced to beg my bread, and barefooted, whilst I have lost the most delight- a sorry trade I found it, Mr Harley. I told all ful dream in the world, from the smallest of my misfortunes truly, but they were seldom bethem happening to get into my shoe.”—The beg- lieved ; and the few who gave me a halfpenny gar had by this time come up, and, pulling off a as they passed, did it with a shake of the head, piece of hat, asked charity of Harley; the dog and an injunction not to trouble them with a began to beg too :-it was impossible to resist long story. I short, I found that people don't both; and in truth, the want of shoes and stock- care to give alms without some security for their ings had made both unnecessary, for Harley had money. A wooden leg, or a withered arm, is a destined sixpence for him before. The beggar, sort of draft upon heaven for those who chuse to on receiving it, poured forth blessings without have their money placed to account there ; so I number; and with a sort of smile on his coun- changed my plan, and, instead of telling my tenance, said to Harley, “ that if he wanted to own misfortunes, began to prophecy happiness to have his fortune told”—Harley turned his eye others. This I found by much the better way: briskly on the beggar: it was an unpromising folks will always listen when the tale is their look for the subject of a prediction, and silenced own; and of many who say they do not believe the prophet immediately. “I would much ra- in fortune-telling, I have known few on whom ther learn,” said Harley," what it is in your it had not a very sensible effect. I pick up the power to tell me : your trade must be an enter
names of their acquaintance ; amours and little taining one : sit down on this stone, and let me squabbles are easily gleaned among servants and know something of your profession; I have often neighbours; and indeed people themselves are thought of turning fortune-teller for a week or the best intelligencers in the world for our purtwo myself.”
pose: they dare not puzzle us for their own Master,” replied the beggar, “ I like your sakes, for every one is anxious to hear what they frankness much. God knows I had the humour wish to believe ; and they who repeat it, to laugh of plain-dealing in me from a child; but there at it when they have done, are generally more is no doing with it in this world ; we must live serious than their hearers are apt to imagine. as we can, and lying is, as you call it, my pro- With a tolerable good memory, and some share fession : but I was in some sort forced to the of cunning ; with the help of walking a-nights trade, for I dealt once in telling truth.
over heaths and' church-yards; with this, and “ I was a labourer, sir, and gained as much as shewing the tricks of that there dog, whom I to make me live: I never laid by indeed; for I stole from the serjeant of a marching regiment, was reckoned a piece of a wag; and your wags, (and by the way he can steal too upon occasion,) I take it, are seldom rich, Mr Harley.”—“So,' Ì make shift to pick up a livelihood. My trade, said Harley," you seem to know me."-" Ay, indeed, is none of the honestest; yet people are there are few folks in the county that I don't not much cheated neither, who give a few halfknow something of: how should'I tell fortunes pence for a prospect of happiness, which I have else?"_" True; but to go on with your story : heard some person say is all a man can arrive at you were a labourer, you say, and a wag: your in this world.—But I must bid you good-day, industry, I suppose, you left with your old trade; sir ; for I have three miles to walk before noon, but your humour you preserve to be of use to
to inform some boarding-school young ladies, you in your new.
whether their husbands are to be peers of the “ What signifies sadness, sir? a man grows realm, or captsins in the army: a question which lean on't: but I was brought to my idleness by I promised to answer them by that time." degrees ; first I could not work, and it went Harley had drawn a shilling from his pocket; against my stomach to work ever after. I was but Virtue bade him consider on whom he was seized with a jail fever at the time of the assizes going to bestow it.-Virtue held back his arm : being in the county where I lived ; for I was al. —but a milder form, a younger sister of Vir. ways curious to get acquainted with the felons, tue's, not so severe as Virtue, nor so serious as because they are commonly fellows of much Pity, smiled upon him : his fingers lost their mirth and little thought, qualities I had ever an compression ;-nor did Virtue offer to catch the esteem for. In the height of this fever, Mr money as it fell. It had no sooner reached the Harley, the house where I lay took fire, and ground, than the watchful cur (a trick he had burnt to the ground; I was carried out in that been taught,) snapped it up; and, contrary to condition, and lay all the rest of my illness in a the most approved method of stewardship, debarn. I got the better of my disease, however, livered it immediately into the hands of his but I was so weak that I spit blood whenever I attempted to work. I had no relation living that
said he, “ we shall not lose our walk, if we add
a little to it by a turn or two in Hyde-park.” CHAP. XIX.
He accompanied this proposal with a second bow,
and Harley accepted of it by another in return. He makes a second Expedition to the Baronet's. The conversation, as they walked, was brilThe laudable Ambition of a young Man to be liant on the side of his companion.
The playthought something by the World.
house, the opera, with every occurrence in high
life, he seemed perfectly master of ; and talked We have related, in a former chapter, the lite of some reigning beauties of quality, in a mantle success of his first visit to the great man, for ner the most feeling in the world. Harley adwhom he had the introductory letter for Mr mirel the happiness of his vivacity; and, oppoWalton. To people of equal sensibility, the in- site as it was to the reserve of his own nature, fluence of those trifles we mentioned on his de- began to be much pleased with its effects. portment, will not appear surprising ; but to his Though I am not of opinion with some wise friends in the country, they could not be stated, men, that the existence of objects depends on nor would they have allowed them any place in idea; yet, I am convinced, that their appearthe account. In some of their letters, therefore, ance is not a little influenced by it. The optics which he received soon after, they expressed their of some minds are so unhappily constructed, as surprise at his not having been more urgent to throw a certain shade on every picture that is in his application, and again recommended the presented to them ; while those of others (of blushless assiduity of successful merit. which number was Harley,) like the mirrors of
He resolved to make another attempt at the the ladies, have a wonderful effect in bettering Baronet's; fortified with higher notions of his their complexions. Through such a medium, own dignity, and with less apprehension of re- perhaps, he was looking on his present compapulse. In his way to Grosvenor-square, he be- nion. gan to ruminate on the folly of mankind, who When they had finished their walk, and were affix those ideas of superiority to riches, which returning by the corner of the Park, they obserreduce the minds of men, by nature equal with ved a board hung out of a window, signifying, the more fortunate, to that sort of servility which “ an excellent ORDINARY on Saturdays and Sunhe felt in his own. By the time he had reach- days.” It happened to be Saturday, and the ed the Square, and was walking along the pave- table was covered. “ What if we should go in ment which led to the Baronet's, he had brought and dine here, if you happen not to be engaged, his reasoning on the subject to such a point, that sir ?" said the young gentleman. “ It is not imthe conclusion, by every rule of logic, should possible but we shall meet with some original or have led him to a thorough indifference in his other; it is a sort of humour I like hugely." approaches to a fellow-mortal, whether that fel- Harley made no objection; and the stranger low-mortal was possessed of six, or six thousand shewed him the way into the parlour. pounds a year. It is probable, however, that He was placed, by the courtesy of his introthe premises had been improperly formed; for ductor, in an arm-chair that stood at one side of it is certain, that when he approached the great the fire. Over against him was seated a man of man's door, he felt his heart agitated by an un- a grave considering aspect, with that look of sousual pulsation.
ber prudence which indicates what is commonHe had almost reached it, when he observed ly called a warm man. He wore a pretty large a young gentleman coming out dressed in a wig, which had once been white, but was now white frock, and a red laced waistcoat, with a of a brownish yellow ; his coat was one of those small switch in his hand, which he seemed to modest-coloured drabs which mock the injuries manage with a particular good grace. As he of dust and dirt ; two jack-boots concealed, in passed him on the steps, the stranger very po- part, the well-mended knees of an old pair of litely made him a bow, which Harley returned, buckskin breeches, while the spotted handkerthough he could not remember ever having seen chief round his neck, preserved at once its owner him before. He asked Harley in the same civil from catching cold, and his neckcloth from bemanner, if he was going to wait on his friend ing dirtied. Next him sat another man, with a the Baronet ? “ for I was just calling,” said he, tankard in his hand, and a quid of tobacco in “ and am sorry to find that he is gone for some his cheek, whose eye was rather more vivacious, days into the country.” Harley thanked him for and whose dress was something smarter. his information; and was turning from the door, The first-mentioned gentleman took notice, when the other observed, that it would be pro- that the room had been so lately washed as not per to leave his name, and very obligingly knock- to have had time to dry; and remarked, that ed for that purpose. “ Here is a gentleman, wet lodging was unwholesome for man or beast. Tom, who meant to have waited on your mas- He looked round, at the same time, for a poker ter.”—" Your name, if you please, sir ?"- to stir the fire with, which, he at last observed “Harley:"_“You'll remember, Tom, Harley." to the company, the people of the house had -The door was shut. “ Since we are here," removed, in order to save their coals. This difficulty, however, he overcame, by the help of stories,” and “confounded smart things," as he Harley's stick, saying, “ That as they should, termed them, acted and spoken by lords, ladies, no doubt, pay for their fire in some shape or and young bucks of quality, of his acquaintance. other, he saw no reason why they should not At last, the grazier, pulling out a watch, of a have the use of it while they sat.'
very unusual size, and telling the hour, said, The door was now opened for the admission that he had an appointment. « Is it so late?" of dinner. “ I don't know how it is with you, said the young gentleman; « then I am afraid gentlemen,” said Harley's new acquaintance; I have missed an appointment already; but the
but I am afraid I shall not be able to get truth is, I am cursedly given to missing of apdown a morsel at this horrid mechanical hour pointments." of dining." He sat down, however, and did When the grazier and he were gone, Harley not shew any want of appetite by his eatingturned to the remaining personage, and asked He took upon him the carving of the meat, and him, if he knew that young gentleman? "A criticised on the goodness of the puddling. gentleman !” said he ; “ ay, he is one of your
When the table-cloth was removed, he pro- gentlemen, at the top of an affidavit. I knew posed calling for some punch, which was readily him, some years ago, in the quality of a footagreed to; he seemed at first inclined to make man; and, I believe, he had sometimes the it himself, but afterwards changed his mind, honour to be a pimp. At last, some of the great and left that province to the waiter, telling him folks, to whom he had been serviceable in both to have it pure West Indian, or he could not capacities, had him made a gauger ; in which taste a drop of it.
station he remains, and has the assurance to When the punch was brought, he undertook pretend an acquaintance with men of quality. to fill the glasses, and call the toasts.-" The The impudent dog! with a few shillings in his King.”—The toast naturally produced politics. pocket, he will talk you three times as much as It is the privilege of Englishmen to drink the my friend Mundy there, who is worth nine king's health, and to talk of his conduct. The thousand, if he's worth a farthing. But I know man who sat opposite to Harley (and who by the rascal, and despise him, as he deserves." this time, partly from himself, and partly from Harley began to despise him too, and to his acquaintance on his left hand, was discover- conceive some indiguation at having sat with ed to be a grazier) observed, “ That it was a patience to hear such a fellow speak nonsense. shame for so many pensioners to be allowed to But he corrected himself, by reflecting, that he take the bread out of the mouth of the poor."- was perhaps as well entertained, and instructed " Ay, and provisions,” said his friend," “ were too, by this same modest gauger, as he should never so dear in the memory of man ; I wish have been by such a man as he had thought the king, and his counsellors, would look to proper to personate. And surely the fault may that.” "As for the matter of provisions, neigh- more properly be imputed to that rank where bour Wrightson," he replied, “ I am sure the the futility is real, than where it is feigned ; to prices of cattle A dispute would have pro- that rank, whose opportunities for nobler acbably ensued, but it was prevented by the spruce complishments have only served to rear a fabric toast-master, who gave a sentiment; and turn- of folly, which the untutored hand of affectation, ing to the two politicians, " Pray, gentlemen,' even ainong the meanest of mankind, can imitate said he, “ let us have done with these musty with success. politics : I would always leave them to the beer-suckers in Butcher-row.* Come, let us have something of the fine arts. That was a
CHAP. XX. damn'd hard match between the Nailor and Tim Bucket. The knowing ones were cursedly He visits Bedlam.- The Distresses of a Daughter. taken in there! I lost a cool hundred myself, faith."
Of those things called Sights in London, At mention of the cool hundred, the grazier which every stranger is supposed desirous to threw his eyes aslant, with a mingled look of see, Bedlam is one. To that place, therefore, doubt and surprise ; while the man at his elbow an acquaintance of Harley's, after having aclooked arch, and gave a short emphatical sort of companied him to several other shows, proposed cough.
a visit. Harley objected to it," because,” said Both seemed to be silenced, however, by this he, “ I think it an inhuman practice to expose intelligence; and, while the remainder of the the greatest misery with which our nature is punch lasted, the conversation was wholly en- afflicted, to every idle visitant, who can afford a grossed by the gentleman with the fine waist- trifling perquisite to the keeper ; especially as it coat, who told a great many“ immense comical is a distress which the humane must see with
It may be necessary to inform readers of the present day, that the noted political debating Society, called the Robin-hood, was held at a house in Butcher-row.