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fess all to your honour, (turning to Sir Thomas to be a fortune-telling in this gentleman's house Sindall,) that I might have peace in my mind when this informer came to make the discovery; before I died.

and, being closetted with one of the maid serYou will remember, sir, that this young vants, overheard him inquiring for the justice, lady's mother was delivered of her at the house and desiring to have some conversation with of one of your tenants, where Mr Camplin (I him in private. I immediately suspected his think that was his name) brought her for that design, and having got out of the house, eluded purpose. I was intrusted with the charge of pursuit by my knowledge in the bye-paths and her as her nurse, along with some trinkets, such private roads of the country. It immediately as young children are in use to have, and a con- occurred to me to disburden myself of the child, siderable sum of money, to provide any other as she not only retarded my flight, but was a necessaries she should want. At that very time I mark by which I might be discovered: but, had been drawn in to associate with a gang of abandoned as I had then become, I found mypilfering vagrants, whose stolen goods I had of- self attached to her by that sort of affection ten received into my house, and helped to dis- which women conceive for the infants they pose of. Fearing therefore that I might one day suckle. I would not, therefore, expose her in be brought to an account for my past offences, if any of these unfrequented places through which I remained where I was, and having at the same I passed in my flight, where her death must time the temptation of such a booty before me, I have been the certain consequence; and, two formed a scheme for making off with the money or three times, when I would have dropped her and trinkets I had got from Mr Camplin: it was, at some farmer's door, I was prevented by the to make things appear as if my charge and I had fear of discovery. At last 1 happened to meet been lost in crossing the river, which then hap- with your honour. You may recollect, sir, pened to be in flood. For this purpose, I daubed that the same night on which this lady, then my own cloak, and the infant's wrapper, with an infant, was found, a beggar asked alms of mud and sleech, and left them close to the over, you at a farrier's door, where you stopped to flow of the stream, a little below the common have one of your horse's shoes fastened. I was ford. With shame I confess it, as I have often that beggar; and hearing from a boy who held since thought on it with horror, I was more than your horse, that your name was Sir Thomas once tempted to drown the child, that she might Sindall, and that you were returning to a huntnot be a burden to me in my flight; but she ing-seat you had in the neighbourhood, I left looked so innocent and sweet, while she clasped the infant on a narrow part of the road a little my fingers in her little hand, that I had not the way before you, where it was impossible you heart to execute my purpose.

should miss of finding her, and stood at the Having endeavoured in this manner to ac- back of a hedge to observe your behaviour when count for my disappearing, so as to prevent all you came up. I saw you make your servant further inquiry, I joined a party of those wretch- pick up the child, and place her on the saddle es, whose associate I had some time been, and before him. Then having, as I thought, suffileft that part of the country altogether. By ciently provided for her, by thus throwing her their assistance, too, I was put on a method of under the protection of her father, I made off disguising my face so much, that had any of as fast as I could, and continued my flight, till my acquaintance met me, of which there was I imagined I was out of the reach of detection. very little chance, it would have been scarce But, being some time after apprehended on suspossible for them to recollect it. My booty was picion, and not able to give a good account of put into the common stock, and the child was myself, I was advertised in the papers, and disfound useful to raise compassion when we went covered to have been an accomplice in commita-begging, which was one part of the occupa- ting that robbery I mentioned, for which some tion we followed.

of the gang had been already condemned and “ After I had continued in this society the executed. I was tried for the crime, and was best part of a year, during which time we met cast for transportation. Before I was put on with various turns of fortune, a scheme was board the ship that was to carry me and several formed by the remaining part of us (for several others abroad, I wrote a few lines to your

hoof my companions had been banished, or con- nour, acquainting you with the circumstances fined to hard labour in the interval) to break of my behaviour towards your daughter ; but into the house of a wealthy farmer, who, we this, Í suppose, as it was entrusted to a boy who understood, had a few days before received a used to go on errands for the prisoners, has nelarge sum of money on a bargain for the lease ver come to your hands. Not long ago I returnof an estate, which the proprietor had redeem- ed from transportation, and betook myself to my ed.

Our project was executed with success ; old course of life again. But I happened to be but a quarrel arising about the distribution of seized with the small-pox, that raged in a vilthe spoil, one of the gang deserted, and inform- lage I passed through; and partly from the vioed a neighbouring justice of the whole transac- lence of the distemper, partly from the want of tion, and the places of our retreat. , I happened proper care in the first stages of it, was brought

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CHAP. XXIII. had more effect on my conscience than all the hardships I had formerly undergone, and I be- Miss Sindall discovers another Relation. gan to look back with the keenest remorse on a life so spent as mine had been. It pleased God, It is not easy to describe the sensations of however, that I should recover; and I have since Sindall or Lucy, when the secret of her birth endeavoured to make some reparation for my past was unfolded. In the countenance of the last offences by my penitence.

were mingled the indications of fear and pity, Among other things, I often reflected on joy and wonder, while her father turned upon what I had done with regard to your child; and her an eye of tenderness, chastened with shaine. being some days ago accidentally near Sindall- “0, thou injured innocence !” said he, “ for I park, I went thither, and tried to learn some- know not how to call thee child, canst thou forthing of what had befallen her. I understood, give those-Good God! Bolton, from what hast from some of the neighbours, that a young lady thou saved me !" Lucy was now kneeling at had been brought up from her infancy with his feet.—“Talk not, sir,” said she, “ of the eryour aunt, and was said to be the daughter of rors of the past; methinks I look on it as some a friend of yours, who had committed her to horrid dream, which it dizzies my head to reyour care at his death. But, upon inquiring collect. My father ?-Gracious God! have I a fainto the time of her being brought to your ther?-I cannot speak; but there are a thousand house, I was persuaded that she must be the things that beat here. Is there another parent same I had conjectured ; imputing the story of to whom I should also kneel ?" Sir Thomas her being another’s, to your desire of concealing cast up a look to heaven, and his groans stopthat she was yours, which I imagined you had ped, for a while, his utterance;—"0, Harriet! learned from the letter I wrote before my trans- if thou art now an angel of mercy, look down portation ; till meeting, at a house of enter- and forgive the wretch that murdered thee !"tainment, with a servant of your honour's, he “ Harriet !” exclaimed the soldier, starting at informed me, in the course of our conversation, the sound, “what Harriet ?-what Harriet?"that it was reported you were going to be mar- Sindall looked earnestly in his face—“O, hearied to the young lady who had lived so long in vens !” he cried, “ art thou-sure thou art ! your family. On hearing this I was confound. Annesly?-look not, look not on me--thy sised, and did not know what to think; but when ter--but I shall not live for thy upbraidingsI began to fear that my letter had never reach- thy sister was the mother of my child !—Thy ed you, I trembled at the thought of what my father--to what does this moment of reflection wickedness might occasion, and could have no reduce me !—Thy father fell with his daughease in my mind, till I should set out for Bils- ter, the victims of that villainy which overcame wood to confess the whole affair to your honour. her innocence !” Annesly looked sternly upon I was to-night overtaken by the storm near this him, and anger for a moment inflamed his cheeks; house, and prevailed on the landlady, though it but it gave way to softer feelings.-“What, seemed much against her inclination, to permit both! both !”—and he burst into tears. me to take up my quarters here. About half Bolton now stepped up to this new-acquired an hour ago, I was waked with the shrieks of friend. “ I am,” said he, “ comparatively but some person in distress; and upon asking the a spectator of this fateful scene ; let me endealandlady, who lay in the same room with me, vour to comfort the distress of the innocent, and what was the matter ? she bid me be quiet, and alleviate the pangs of the guilty. In Sir Thomas say nothing; for it was only a worthy gentle- Sindall's present condition, resentment would be man of her acquaintance, who had overtaken a injustice. See here, my friend," pointing to young girl, a foundling he had bred up, that Lucy, “a mediatrix, who forgets the man in the had stolen a sum of money from his house, and father.” Annesly gazed upon her.—“ She is, run away with one of his footmen. At the word she is,” he cried, “ the daughter of my Harfoundling, I felt a kind of something I cannot riet !—that eye, that lip, that look of sorrow!" describe ; and I was terrified when I overheard He flung himself on her neck; Bolton looked some part of your discourse, and guessed what on them enraptured ; and even the languor of your intentions were: I rose, therefore, in spite Sindall's face was crossed with a gleam of moof the landlady, and had got thus far dressed, mentary pleasure. when we heard the door burst



Sir Thomas's servant now arrived, accompa. sently a noise of fighting above stairs. Upon nied by a surgeon, who, upon examining and this we ran up together ; and to what has hap- dressing his wound, was of opinion, that in itpened since, this company has been witness. self it had not the appearance of imminent dan

ger, but that, from the state of his pulse, he was apprehensive of a supervening fever. He orilered him to be put to bed, and his room to be kept as quiet as possible. As this gentleman was an narration, he had clasped her hand with a fearacquaintance of Bolton's, the latter informed ful earnestness, as if he had shared the dangers him of the state in which Sir Thomas's mind she related; he pressed it to his lips.—“Amidst must be, from the discoveries that the prece- my Lucy's present momentous concerns, I would ding hour had made to him. Upon which the not intrude my own ; but I am selfish in the surgeon begged that he might, for the present, little services she acknowledges; I look for a reavoid seeing Miss Sindall or Miss Annesly, or turn."-She blushed again—" I have but little talking with any one on the subject of those art,” said she," and cannot disguise my sentidiscoveries : but he could not prevent the intru- ments; my Henry will trust them on a subsion of thought, and not many hours after, his ject, which at present I know his delicacy will patient fell into a roving sort of slumber, in forbear.” which he would often start, and mutter the Annesly now entered the room, and Bolton words, Harriet, Lucy, Murder, and Incest ! cominunicated the trust he was possessed of in

Bolton and Lucy now enjoyed one of those his behalf, offering to put him in immediate luxurious interviews, which absence, and hard- possession of the sum which Mr Rawlinson had ships during that absence, procure to souls form- bequeathed to his management, and which that ed for each other. She related to him all her gentleman had more than doubled since the past distresses, of which my readers have been time it had been left by Annesly's unfortunate already informed, and added the account of that father. " I know not,” said Annesly, “how to night's event, part of which only they have heard. talk of those matters, unacquainted as I have Herself, indeed, was not then mistress of it all; been with the manners of polished and commerthe story at large was this :

cial nations; when I have any particular destiThe servant, whose attachment to her I have nation for money, I will demand your assistance. formerly mentioned, had been discovered in that In the mean time, consider me as a minor, and conference which produced her resolution of lea- use the trust already reposed in you, for my adving Bilswood, by Mrs Boothby's maid, who im- vantage, and the advantage of those whom mismediately communicated to her mistress her sus- fortune has allied to me. picions of the plot going forward between Miss Sindall and Robert. Upon this the latter was severely interrogated by his master, and being con

CHAP. XXIV. fronted with Sukey, who repeated the words she had overheard of the young lady and him, he Sir Thomas's situationThe expression of his confessed her intention of escaping by his assist

penitence. ance. Sir Thomas, drawing his sword, threatened to put him instantly to death, if he did Next morning Sindall, by the advice of his not expiate his treachery by obeying implicitly surgeon, was removed in a litter to his own house, the instructions he should then receive; these where he was soon after attended by an eminent were, to have the horse saddled at the hour physician in aid of that gentleman's abilities. agreed on, and to proceed, without revealing to Pursuant to his earnest entreaties, he was acMiss Sindall the confession he had made, on the companied thither by Annesly and Bolton. Luroad which Sir Thomas now marked out for cy, having obtained leave of his medical attendhim. With this, after the most horrid denun- ants, watched her father in the character of ciations of vengeance in case of a refusal, the poor fellow was fain to comply; and hence his They found on their arrival, that Mrs Boothterror, when they were leaving the house. They by, having learned the revolutions of the prehad proceeded but just so far on their way, as ceding night, had left the place, and taken the Sir Thomas thought proper for the accomplish- road towards London. “ I think not of her," ment of his design, when he, with his valet-de- said Sir Thomas; “ but there is another perchambre, and another servant, who were con- son whom my former conduct banished from fidants of their master's pleasures, made up to my house, whom I now wish to see in this asthem, and, after pretending to upbraid Lucy for semblage of her friends, the worthy Mrs Wisthe imprudence and treachery of her flight, he tanly.” Lucy undertook to write her an account carried her to this house of one of those proflic of her situation, and to solicit her compliance gate dependants, whom his vices had made ne- with the request of her father. The old lady, cessary on his estate.

who had still strength and activity enough for When she came to the close of this recital, the doing good, accepted the invitation, and the day idea of that relation in which she stood to him following she was with them at Bilswood. from whom these outrages were suffered, stop- Sir Thomas seemed to feel a sort of melanped her tongue; she blushed and faultered.- choly satisfaction in having the company of those * This story,” said she, “ I will now forget for he had injured assembled under his

roof. When ever-except to remember that gratitude which he was told of Mrs Wistanly's arrival, he desiI owe to you.” During the vicissitudes of her red to see her; and taking her hand, “ I have



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sent for you, madam,” said he, “ that you may participation. You will find yourself, my dear help me to unload my soul of the remembrance Harry, master of my fortune, under a condition, of the past." He then confessed to her that which, I believe, you will not esteem a hardplan of seduction by which he had overcome the ship. Give me your hand ; let me join it to virtue of Annesly, and the honour of his sister. my Lucy's ;-there !—if Heaven receives the “ You were a witness," he concluded, “ of the prayer of a penitent, it will pour its richest blessfall of that worth and innocence which it was in ings upon you. the power of my former crimes to destroy ; you « There are a few provisions in that paper, are now come to behold the retribution of Hea- which Mr Bolton, I know, will find a pleasure ven on the guilty. By that hand whom it coin- in fulfilling. Of what I have bequeathed to you, missioned to avenge a parent and a sister, I am Mrs Wistanly, the contentment you enjoy in cut off in the midst of my days."-"I hope not, your present situation makes you independent ; sir," answered she; “ your life, I trust, will but I intend it as an evidence of my consciousness make a better expiation. In the punishments of your deserving.–My much injured friend, for of the Divinity there is no idea of vengeance; he was once my friend, (addressing himself to and the infliction of what we term evil, serves Annesly,) will accept of the memorial I have left equally the purpose of universal benignity, with him.-Give me your hand, sir ; receive my forthe dispensation of good.”—“ I feel,” replied giveness for that wound which the arm of ProviSir Thomas, “ the force of that observation: the dence made me provoke from yours; and when pain of this wound; the presentiment of death you look on a parent's and a sister's tomb, spare which it instils; the horror with which the re- the memory of him whose death shall then have collection of my incestuous passion strikes me; expiated the wrongs he did you !"—Tears were all these are in the catalogue of my blessings. the only answer he received.—He paused a moThey indeed take from me the world ; but they ment; then looking round with something in his give me myself.”

eye more elevated and solemn, “ I have now," A visit from his physician interrupted their said he, “ discharged the world : mine has been discourse; that gentleman did not prognosticate called a life of pleasure; had I breath, I could so fatally for his patient; he found the fre- tell you how false the title is; alas ! I knew not quency of his pulse considerably abated, and how to live. Merciful God! I thank thee-thou expressed his hopes, that the succeeding night hast taught me how to die.” his rest would be better than it had been. In At the close of this discourse, his strength, this he was not mistaken; and next morning which he had exerted to the utmost, seemed althe doctor continued to think Sir Thomas mend together spent; and he sunk down in the bed, ing; but himself persisted in the belief that he in a state so like death, that for some time his should not recover.

attendants imagined him to have actually ex, For several days, however, he appeared rather pired. When he did revive, his speech appeared to gain ground than to lose it; but afterwards to be lost; he could just make a feeble sign for he was seized with hectic fits at stated intervals, a cordial that stood on the table near his bed : and when they left him, he complained of a uni- he put it to his lips, then laid his head on the versal weakness and depression. During all this pillow, as if resigning himself to his fate. time Lucy was seldom away from his bed-side: Lucy was too tender to bear the scene; her from her presence he derived peculiar pleasure; friend, Mrs Wistanly, led her almost fainting and sometimes, when he was so low as to be out of the room ; “That grief, my dear Miss scarce able to speak, would mutter out blessings Sindall,” said she, “is too amiable to be blamel; on her head, calling her his saint, his guardian but your father suggested a consolation which angel !

your piety will allow: of those who have led bis After he had exhausted all the powers of me- life, how few have closed it like him !" dicine, under the direction of some of the ablest of the faculty, they acknowledged all farther assistance to be vain, and one of them warned him,

THE CONCLUSION. in a friendly manner, of his approaching end. He received this intelligence with the utmost EARLY next morning Sir Thomas Sindall excomposure, as an event which he had expected pired. The commendable zeal of the coroner from the beginning, thanked the physician for prompted him to hold an inquest on his body ; his candour, and desired that his friends might the jury brought in their verdict, self-defence. be summoned around him, while he had yet But there was a judge in the bosom of Annesly, strength enough left to bid them adieu. whom it was more difficult to satisfy ; nor could

When he saw them assembled, he delivered he for a long time be brought to pardon himself into Bolton's hands a paper, which he told him that blow, for which the justice of his country was his will. “ To this,” said he, “ I would had acquitted him. not have any of those privy, who are interested After paying their last duty to Sir Thomas's in its bequests; and therefore I had it executed remains, the family removed to Sindall-park. at the beginning of my illness, without their Mrs Wistanly was prevailed on to leave her own house for a while, and preside in that of Wistanly and I are considered as members of which Bolton was now master. His delicacy the family. needed not the ceremonial of fashion to restrain But their benevolence is universal; the counhim from pressing Miss Sindall's consent to try smiles around them with the effects of their their marriage, till a decent time had been yield- goodness. This is indeed the only real superi. ed to the memory of her father. When that was ority which wealth has to bestow; I never enelapsed, he received from her uncle that hand, vied riches so much, as since I have known Mr which Sir Thomas had bequeathed him, and Bolton. which mutual attachment entitled him to re- I have lived too long to be caught with the ceive.

pomp of declamation, or the glare of an apoTheir happiness is equal to their merit: I am thegm; but I sincerely believe, that you could often a witness of it; for they honour me with not take from them a virtue without depriving a friendship which I know not how I have de- them of a pleasure. served, unless by having few other friends. Mrs


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