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him the trouble ; for being now pretty well sa- gavest me being ! take back that life which thou tisfied that her hero was at the end of his career, didst breathe into me for the best of purposes, she thought it most prudent to break off a con- - but which I have profaned by actions equally nexion where nothing was to be gained, and mischievous to thy government, and ignominimake a merit of contributing her endeavours to ous to myself. The passions which thou didst bring the offender to justice. She called, there- implant in me, that reason which should bafore, this leader of the party into another room, lance them is unable to withstand : from one and being informed by him that the young gen- only I receive useful admonition ; the shame, tleman was suspected of having committed a that could not prevent, now punishes my crimes. robbery scarce an hour before, she pulled out Her voice for once I will obey; and leave a state, the purse which she had just received from him, in which if I remain, I continue a blot to naand asked the lawyer, « If it was that which ture, and an enemy to man.” had been taken from his client?"" Ay, that He drew a penknife, now his only weapon, it is, I'll be sworn,” said he ; “and here (pour- from its sheath—he bared his bosom for the ing out its contents,) is the ring he mentioned horrid deed—when the picture of his father, at the bottom.”_':'But," said she, pausing a which the good man had bestowed on him at little, “it will prove the thing as well without parting, and he had worn ever since in his bothe guineas.”_" I protest,” returned the law- som, struck his eye—it was drawn in the mildyer," thou art a girl of excellent invention dess of holy meditation, with the hands folded Hum--here are fourscore; one half of them together, and the eyes lifted to heaven)—“Mer. might have been spent-or dropt out by the ciful God !” said Annesly-he would have utway, or any thing may be supposed ; and so tered a prayer, but his soul was wound up to a we shall have twenty a-piece. Some folks to be pitch that could but one way be let down-he sure would take more, but I love conscience in flung himself on the ground, and burst into an those matters.”
agony of tears. Having finished this transaction in such a man- The door of the apartment opening, discoverner as might give no offence to the conscience of ed the jailor, followed by Sir Thomas Sindallthis honest pettifogger, they returned to the pri- " My friend in this place ?” said he to Annessoner, who contented himself with darting a look lyn-who covered his face with his hands, and of indignation at his female betrayer; and, after replied only by a groan. being some time in the custody of the lawyer and Sindall made signs for the keeper of the prihis assistants, he was carried in the morning, son to leave them ;—" Comę,” said he, my along with her, before a magistrate. The seve- dear Annesly, be not so entirely overcome ; Í ral circumstances I have related being sworn flatter myself, you know my friendship too well, to, Annesly was committed to Newgate, and the to suppose that it will desert you even here. Í gamester bound over to prosecute him at the may, perhaps, have opportunities of comforting next sessions, which were not then very distant. you in many ways; at least I shall feel and pity
your distresses.”_" Leave me," answered the
other, “ leave me; I deserve no pity, and meCHAP. XXI.
thinks there is a pride in refusing it.”-“ You
must not say so; my love has much to plead The Miseries of him whose Punishment is inflicted for you; nor are you without excuse even to by Conscience.
the world.”—“Oh! Sindall,” said he, “ I am
without excuse to myself! when I look back to Though Annesly must have suffered much that peace of mind, to that happiness I have during the agitation of these proceedings, yet squandered !- I will not curse, but-oh! fool, that was little to what he felt, when left to re- fool, fool!”—“ I would not,” said Sir Thomas, flection, in the solitude of his new abode. Let “ increase that anguish which you feel, were I the virtuous remember, amidst their affliction, not obliged to mention the name of your fathat though the heart of the good man may ther.”—“My father !" cried Annesly ;“ O hide bleed even to death, it will never feel a torment me from my father!”—“Alas !" replied Sindall, equal to the rendings of remorse.
“ he must hear of your disaster from other For some time the whirling of his brain gave hands; and it were cruel not to acquaint him of him no leisure to exercise any faculty that could it in a way that should wound him the least." be terined thinking ; when that sort of delirium -Annesly gazed with a look of entrancement subsided, it left him only to make room for on his picture ; “ Great God!” said he, “ for more exquisite, though less turbulent anguish. what hast thou reserved me? Sindall, do what
After he had visited every corner of resource, thou wilt—think not of such a wretch as I am ; and found them all dark and comfortless, he but mitigate, if thou canst, the sorrows of a fac started at last from that posture of despair in ther, the purity of whose bosom must bleed for which he sat, and turning the glare of his eye the vices of mine."_" Fear not,” returned Sir intently upwards :
Thomas; “ I hope all will be better than you “ Take back," said he, “ thou Power that imagine. It grows late, and I must leave you
now; but promise me to be more composed for no place could frighten me where my poor the future. I will see you again early to-mor- Bill is". -" Then you shall go, my child, and row; nor will I let a moment escape, that can · I shall be the better for thinking that you are be improved to your service.”—“I must think,” with him : tell him, though he has wrung my said Annesly, " and therefore I must feel ; but heart, it has not forgotten him. That he should I will often remember your friendship, and my have forgotten me, is little ; let him but now gratitude shall be some little merit left in me remember, that there is another Father, whose to look upon without blushing."
pardon is more momentous.” Sindall bade him farewell, and retired ; and Harriet having therefore intrusted her father at that instant he was less a villain than he to the friendship of Mrs Wistanly, set out, acused to be. The state of horror to which he saw companied by a niece of that gentlewoman's, this young man reduced, was beyond the limits who had been on a visit to her aunt, for the of his scheme ; and he began to look upon the metropolis, where she arrived a few days before victim of his designs, with that pity which des that which was appointed for the trial of her pravity can feel, and that remorse which it can- unhappy brother. not overcome.
Though it was late in the evening when they reached London, yet Harriet's impatience would
not suffer her to sleep till she had seen the poor CHAP. XVII.
prisoner; and, notwithstanding the remonstran
ces of her companion, to whom her aunt had His Father is acquainted with Annesly's situa- recommended the tenderest concern about her tion. His behaviour in consequence of it. young friend, she called a hackney-coach im
mediately, to convey her to the place in which That letter to old Annesly, which Sindall Annesly was confined ; and her fellow-traveller, had undertaken to write, he found a more diffi- when her dissuasions to going had failed, very cult task than at first he imagined. The soli- obligingly offered to accompany her. citude of his friendship might have been easily They were conducted, by the turnkey, through expressed on more common occasions, and hy- a gloomy passage, to the wretched apartment pocrisy to him was usually no unpleasing garb; which Annesly occupied: they found him sitbut at this crisis of Annesly's fate, there were ting at a little table, on which he leaned, with feelings he could not suppress; and he blushed his hands covering his face. When they enterto himself, amidst the protestations of concern ed, he did not change his posture ; but on the and regard, with which this account of his mis- turnkey's speaking, (for his sister was unable fortune (as he termed it) was accompanied. to speak,) he started up, and exhibited a coun
Palliated, as it was, with all the art of Sir tenance pale and haggard, his eyes blood-shot, Thomas, it may be easily conceived what effect and his hair dishevelled. On discovering his it must have on the mind of a father ; a father sister, a blush crossed his cheek, and the horror at this time labouring under the pressure of dis- of his aspect was lost in something milder and ease, and confined to a sick-bed, whose inter. more piteous—“Oh! my Billy!" she cried, and vals of thought were now to be pointed to the sprung forward to embrace him. “ This is too misery, the disgrace, perhaps the disgraceful much," said he ; “ leave, and forget a wretch death, of a darling child. His Harriet, after the unworthy the name of thy brother.”—“Would first shock which the dreadful tidings had given my Billy kill me quite ? this frightful place has her, sat by him, stifling the terrors of her gen- almost killed me already! Alas! Billy, my dearest tle soul, and speaking comfort when her tears father!”—“Oh! Harriet, that name, that name! would let her.
speak not of my father !”—“Ah!" said she, “if His grief was aggravated, from the consider- you knew his goodness; he sent me to comfort ation of being at present unable to attend a son, and support my brother; he sent me from himwhose calamities, though of his own procuring, self, stretched on a sick-bed, where his Harriet called so loudly for support and assistance. should have tended him."-" Oh! cursed, cur
“Unworthy as your brother is, my Harriet," sed !”—“Nay, do not curse, my Billy, he sends said he," he is my son and your brother still ; you none; his prayers, his blessings rise for you and must he languish amid the horrors of a prie to heaven ; his forgiveness be bade me convey son, without a parent or a sister to lessen them? you, and tell you to seek that of the Father of The prayers which I can put up from this sick- all goodness !"—His sister's hands were clasped bed are all the aid I can minister to him ; but in his; he lifted both together. “ If thou canst your presence might sooth his anguish, and hear me,” said he,-" I dare not pray for myalleviate his sufferings. With regard to this self; but spare a father, whom my crimes have life, perhaps—Do not weep, my love-But you made miserable ; let me abide the wrath I have might lead him to a reconciliation with that deserved, but weigh not down his age for my Being, whose sentence governs eternity! Would offences ; punish it not with the remembrance it frighten my Harriet to visit a dungeon ?"- of me !" He fell on his sister's neck, and they “ Could I leave my dearest father,” said she, mingled their tears ; nor could the young lady who attended Harriet, or the jailor himself, for- grossness of his fancy with the anticipation of bear accompanying them : this last, however, her undoing. recovered himself rather sooner than the other, And here let me pause a little, to consider that and reminded them, that it was late, and that account of pleasure which the votaries of voluphe must lock up for the night." Good-night tuousness have frequently stated. I allow for then, my Harriet,” said Annesly. “ And must all the delight which Sindall could experience we separate ?" answered his sister ; " could I for the present, or hope to experience in the not sit and support that distracted head, and future. I consider it abstracted from its copseclose those haggard eyes ?”—“Let me entreat quences, and I will venture to affirm, that there you,” returned her brother, “ to leave me, and is a truer, a more exquisite voluptuary than he compose yourself after the fatigues of your -Had virtue been now looking on the figure of journey, and the perturbation of your mind. I beauty, and of innocence, I have attempted to feel myself comforted and refreshed by the sight draw-I see the purpose of benevolence beamof my Harriet. I will try to sleep myself, which ing in his eye!--Its throb is swelling in his I have not done these four gloomy nights, un- heart !—He clasps her to his bosom ;-he kisses less perhaps for a few moments, when the tor- the falling drops from her cheek-he weeps ture of my dreams made waking a deliverance. with her ;-and the luxury of his tears—I canGood-night, my dearest Harriet." She could not describe it. not say, good-night; but she wept it.
But whatever were Sir Thomas's sensations at the sight of Harriet, they were interrupted
by the jailor, who now entered the room, and CHAP. XVIII.
informed him, that a gentleman without was
earnest to speak with him. “Who can it be?" His Sister pays him another visit. A description said Sir Thomas, somewhat peevishly.-" If I of what passed in the Prison.
am not mistaken,” replied the jailor, “ it is a
gentleman of the name of Camplin, a lawyer, It was late before Harriet could think even whom I have seen here with some of the priof going to bed, and later before her mind could soners before."-" This is he of whom I talkbe quieted enough to allow her any sleep. Buted to you, my dear Annesly,” said the Baronet ; nature was at last worn out; and the fatigue of “ let me introduce him to you.”—“ I have taher journey, together with the conflict of her ken my resolution,” returned Annesly," and soul in the visit she had just made, had so ex- shall have no need of lawyers for my defence." hausted her, that it was towards noon next day -" It must not be," rejoined the other; and before she awaked. After having chid herself going out of the room, he presently returned for her neglect, she hurried away to her much- with Mr Camplin. All this while Harriet's loved brother, whom she found attended by that looks betrayed the strongest symptoms of terror baronet, to whose good offices I have had so fre- and perplexity; and when the stranger appear. quent occasion to shew him indebted in the ed, she drew nearer and nearer to her brother, course of my story.
with an involuntary sort of motion, till she had At sight of him, her cheek was flushed with twined his arm into hers, and placed herself the mingled glow of shame for her brother, and between him and Camplin. This last observed gratitude towards his benefactor. He advanced her fears; for indeed she bent her eyes most to salute her ; when, with the tears starting in- fixedly upon him; and making her a bow, "Be to her eyes, she fell on her knees before him, not afraid, Miss,” said he, “ here are none but and poured forth a prayer of blessings on his friends.- I learn, sir, that your day is now very head. There could not perhaps be a figure more near, and that it is time to be thinking of the lovely, or more striking, than that which she business of it.”—“ Good Heavens !" cried Harthen exhibited. The lustre of her eyes, height- riet, " what day?”-“ Make yourself easy, ened by those tears with which the overflowing madam,” continued Camplin; " being the first of her heart supplied them; the glow of her trip, I hope he may fall soft for this time. I complexion, animated with the suffusion of ten- believe nobody doubts my abilities ; I have saderness and gratitude ; these, joined to the easy ved many a brave man from the gallows, whose negligence of her dark-brown locks, that waved case was more desperate than I take this young in ringlets on her panting bosom, made altoge- gentleman's to be." ther such an assemblage as beauty is a word too The colour, which had been varying on her weak for. So forcibly indeed was Sindall struck cheek during this speech, now left it for a dead with it, that some little time passed before he pale ; and turning her languid eyes upon her thought of lifting her from the ground: he brother, she fell motionless into his arms. He looked his very soul at every glance ; but it was supported her to a chair that stood near him, a soul unworthy of the object on which he and darting an indignant look at the lawyer, gazed, brutal, unfeeling, and inhuman; he con- begged of the jailor to procure her some immesidered her, at that moment, as already within diate assistance. Sindall, who was kneeling on the reach of his machinations, and feasted the the other side of her, ordered Camplin, who was advancing to make offer of his services too, to the time, he knew would be as attentive to Miss be gone, and send them the first surgeon he Annesly as if she were a daughter of her own. could find. A surgeon indeed had been already This proposal was readily accepted; and Sir procured, who officiated in the prison, for the Thomas having gone upon the inquiry, returnbest of all reasons, because he was not at liberty ed in the evening with an account of his having to leave it. The jailer now made his appearance, succeeded in procuring the lodgings ; that with a bottle of wine in one hand, and some had taken the liberty to call and fetch Miss Anwater in the other; followed by a tall, meagre, nesly's baggage from those she had formerly ocragged figure, who, striding up to Harriet, ap- cupied, and that every thing was ready at Mrs plied a small vial of volatile salt to her nose, Eldridge's (that was the widow's name) for her and chafing her temples, soon brought her to reception. After supper he conducted her this sense and life again. Annesly, pressing her to ther accordingly. his bosom, begged her to recollect herself, and As he was going out, Annesly whispered forget her fears. “ Pardon this weakness, my him to return for a few minutes after he had dear Billy," said she, “ I will try to overcome set down his sister, as he had something partiit; is that horrid man gone? who is this gen- cular to communicate to him. When he came tleman?"-" I have the honour to be a doctor back, “ You have heard, I fancy, Sit Thomas," of physic, madam,” said he, clapping at the said he, “ that the next day but one is the day same time his greasy fingers to her pulse. “Here of my trial. As to myself, I wait it with resigis a fulness that calls for venesection.” So withe nation, and shall not give any trouble to my out loss of time he pulled out a case of lancets, country by a false defence; but I tremble for covered with rust, and spotted with the blood my sister's knowing it. Could we not contrive of former patients. “Oh! for Heaven's sake, some method of keeping her in ignorance of its no bleeding,” cried Harriet ; " indeed there is appointment till it be over, and then prepare her no occasion for it.”—“How, no occasion !” ex. for the event, without subjecting her to the torclaimed the other ; “ I have heard indeed some tures of anxiety and suspense ?" Sindall agreed ignorants condemn phlebotomy in such cases; in the propriety of the latter part of his scheme; but it is my practice, and I am very well able and they resolved to keep his sister that day at to defend it.-It will be allowed, that in ple- home, on pretence of a meeting in the prison thoric habits—” “Spare your demonstration,” between the lawyers of Annesly, and those of interrupted Annesly,” and think of your pa- his prosecutor. But he warmly insisted that tient." "You shall not blood me,” said she; Annesly should accept the services of Camplin “ you shall not indeed, sir !"_“Nay, madam, towards conducting the cause on his part. "En. said he," as you please ; you are to know that deavour not to persuade me, my friend,” said the operation itself is no part of my profession; Annesly; " for I now rest satisfied with my it is only propter necessitatem, for want of chi- determination. I thank Heaven, which has enrurgical practitioners, that I sometimes conde- abled me to rely on its goodness, and meet my scend to it in this place.” Sir Thomas gave him fate with the full possession of myself. I will a hint to leave them, and at the same time slip- not disdain the mercy which my country may ped a guinea into his hand. He immediately think I merit ; but I will not entangle myself in retired, looking at the unusual appearance of the chicane and insincerity, to avoid her justice.” gold with a joy that made him forget the obstinacy of his patient, and her rejection of his assistance.
CHAP. XIX. Annesly, assisted by his friend, used every possible argument to comfort and support his Thefute of Annesly deterniined.-Sindall's friends sister. His concern for her had indeed banish- ship, and the gratitude of Harriet. ed for a while the consideration of his own state; and when he came to think on that solemn day, Nothing remarkable happened till that day on which the trial for his life was appointed, his when the fate of Annesly was to be determined concern was more interested for its effect on his by the laws of his country. The project formHarriet, than for that it should have on him- ed by Sindall and himself, for keeping his sisself.
ter ignorant of its importance, succeeded to their After they had passed great part of the day wish: she spent it at home, comforting herself together, Sir Thomas observed, that Miss An- with the hope, that the meeting she understood nesly's present lodgings (in the house of her fel- to be held on it might turn out advantageouslow-traveller's father) were so distant as to oc- ly for her brother, and soothed by the kindness casion much inconvenience to her in her visits of her landlady, who had indeed fully answerto her brother; and very kindly made offer of ed Sir Thomas's expectations in the attention endeavouring to procure her others but a few she had shewn her. streets off, under the roof of a gentlewoman, he Meanwhile, her unfortunate brother was said, an officer's widow of his acquaintance, brought to the bar, indicted for the robbery who, if she had any apartment unoccupied at committed on the gamester. When he was asked, in the customary manner, to plead, he stood her mind was so susceptible. The event answerup, and addressing himself to the judge:- ed his expectation ; that good woman seemed
“ I am now, my lord,” said he, “ in a situ- possessed of as much address as humanity; and ation of all others the most solemn. I stand in Harriet, by the intervention of both, was led to the presence of God and my country, and I am the knowledge of her brother's situation with called to confess or deny that crime for which I so much prudence, that she bore it at first with have incurred the judgment of both. If I have resignation, and afterwards looked upon it with offended, my lord, I am not yet an obdurate of- thankfulness. fender: I fly not to the subterfuge of villainy, After that acknowledgment to Providence though I have fallen from the dignity of inno- which she had been early instructed never to cence; and I will not screen a life which my forget, there was an inferior agent in this affair, crimes have disgraced, by a coward lie to pre- to whom her warmest gratitude was devoted. vent their detection. I plead guilty, my lord, and Besides that herself had the highest opinion of await the judgment of that law, which, though Sindall's good offices, her obliging landlady had I have violated, I have not forgotten to revere." taken every opportunity, since their acquaint
When he ended, a confused murmur ran ance' began, to sound forth his praises in the through the court, and for some time stopped most extravagant strain ; and, on the present octhe judge in his reply. Silence obtained, that casion, her encomiums were loud, in proportion upright magistrate, worthy the tribunal of Eng- as Harriet's happiness was concerned in the land, spoke to this effect :
event. “ I am sincerely sorry, young gentleman, to Sir Thomas therefore began to be considered see one of your figure at this bar, charged with by the young lady as the worthiest of friends ; a crime for which the public safety has been his own language bore the strongest expressions obliged to award an exemplary punishment of friendship-of friendship, and no more ; but Much as I admire the heroism of your confes- the widow would often insinuate, that he felt sion, I will not suffer advantage to be taken of more than he expressed; and when Harriet's it to your prejudice : reflect on the consequences spirits could bear a little raillery, her landlady of a plea of guilt, which takes from you all op- did not want for jokes on the subject. portunity of a legal defence, and speak again, as These suggestions of another have a greater your own discretion, or your friends, may best effect than is often imagined ; they are heard advise you.”—“I humbly thank your lordship,” with an ease which does not alarm, and the said Annesly, “ for the candour and indulgence mind habituates itself to take up such a credit which you shew me; but I have spoken the on their truth, as it would be sorry to lose, truth, and will not allow myself to think of re- though it is not at the trouble of examining. tracting it.”—“I am here," returned his lord- Harriet did not seriously think of Sindall as of ship, as the dispenser of justice, and I have one that was her lover, but she began to make nothing but justice to give; the province of such arrangements, as not to be surprised if he mercy is in other bands : if, upon inquiry, the should. case is circumstanced as I wish it to be, my re- One morning, when Sir Thomas had called to commendation shall not be wanting to enforce conduct her on a visit to her brother, Mrs Eldan application there." Annesly was then con- ridge rallied him at breakfast on his being still victed of the robbery, and the sentence of the a bachelor. “ What is your opinion, Miss Anlaw passed upon him.
nesly?” said she ; “ is it not a shame for one of But the judge, before whom he was tried, Sir Thomas's fortune not to make some worthy was not unmindful of his promise ; and having woman happy in the participation of it?" Sinsatisfied himself, that, though guilty in this in- dall submitted to be judged by so fair an arbistance, he was not habitually fagitious, he as- tress: he said, “The manners of the court ladies, sisted so warmly the applications which, through whose example had stretched unhappily too far, the interest of Sindall, (for Sindall was in this were such as made it a sort of venture to be marsincere,) were made in his behalf, that a par- ried.” He then paused for a moment, sighed, don was obtained for him, on the condition of and, fixing his eyes upon Harriet, drew such a his suffering transportation for the term of four picture of the woman whom he would choose
for a wife, that she must have had some sillier This alleviation of his punishment was pro- qualities than mere modesty about her, not to cured, before his sister was suffered to know that have made some guess at his meaning. his trial had ever come on, or what had been its In short, though she was as little wanting in event. When his fate was by this means de- delicacy as most women, she began to feel a certermined, Sindall undertook to instruct the lady tain interest in the good opinion of Sindall, and in whose house he had placed her, that Miss to draw some conclusions from his deportment, Annesly should be acquainted with the circum- which, for the sake of my fair readers, I would stances of it in such a manner, as might least have them remember, are better to be slowly discompose that delicacy and tenderness of which understood than hastily indulged.