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who can I trust? Can I trust you, Jack ? can I? – I ought; for it's all for you, Jack, when I die.”
“ Mother, whoever it may be for, you may, I hope, trust me."
“ Well, I think I can. I'll tell you where it is, Jack, and that will prove that it is for you, for nobody else will know where to find it. But, Jack, dear, dear Jack, don't
me, as my son did; don't rob me, and leave me pennyless, as he did ; promise me?”
“ I never will, mother; you need not be afraid."
“ Yes; so you say, and so he said ; — he swore and he cried too, Jack, and then he took it all, and left his mother without a farthing."
“ Well, mother, then don't tell me; I'd rather not know; you will only be uncomfortable, and so let the money go."
“ No, Jack, that wo’n't do either; I will tell you, for I can trust you. But first, Jack, go out and look behind the house, that there is no one listening at the window; for if any one should hear go, look round carefully, and then come back.”
I did as she wished, and then Nanny bid me hold my head closer to her, while she whispered, “ You must take the back out of the fire-place, and then pull out three bricks, and then put your hand into the hole, and you will find a small box; and there you will find a little money, — a very little, Jack, hardly worth having; but still it may be of some use; and it's all yours when I die, Jack; I give it to you."
“ Mother, I'm thankful for your kindness ; but I cannot touch it, if you do die, without you leave it to me by your will."
“ Ah! that's true, Jack. Well, tell Anderson to come here, and I'll tell him I'll leave the money to you; but I wo'n't tell him where it is; I'll only say that I leave you every thing I have. They'll suppose that it's the shop and all the pretty things.” Here she chuckled for some time.
It was now broad daylight, and Nanny told me that she would like to get up, and see about a padlock being put to her door before night; so I wished her good-by, and left her.
SHOWING THE GREAT
ADVANTAGES TO BE DERIVED FROM PATRONAGE.
“ Be it so, my
I left Old Nanny, and arrived at my mother's house in time for breakfast. I did not, however, find her in a very good humour; something had evidently ruffled her. Virginia, also, who welcomed me most cordially, was taciturn and grave. My mother made but one observation during our repast.
“ Well, Tom," said she, “ you've found out what it is to wish to marry for love; I only wish it may be a lesson to others.”
To this evident attack upon Virginia, at the expence of my feelings, I made no reply; and soon afterwards my mother went to superintend her establishment, leaving me and my sister alone.
“ Tom,” said she, “I hope by this time you are no longer suffering from your late cruel disappointment. I have felt for you, I assure you, and assuring you of that, will not again revert to the subject. Let her be blotted from your memory as soon as possible.” dear Virginia ; but you are grave,
mother is evidently out of humour. You must explain this."
“ That is easily done; I have made a sad mistake. I was so much annoyed at my mother's system towards me that I ventured, without her knowledge, to write to Lady Hercules, requesting her protection and influence to procure me some situation as a companion to a lady, amanuensis, or reader. It appears that her ladyship was not very sincere in her professions when we had an interview with her; at all events, her reply was any thing but satisfactory, and, unfortunately, it was addressed to my mother, and not to me. You can have no idea of my mother's indignation upon the receipt of it; and she has not been sparing in her reproaches to me for having written without her knowledge, and having, by so doing, subjected her to such a mortification. I certainly am sorry to have done so. As for her ladyship's answer, it would have been to me more a subject of mirth than any other feeling. It has,
however, proved the cause of much annoyance from my mother's continually harping upon it.”
“ Have you the letter of Lady Hercules ?"
“I have a copy of it, which I took, intending to have sent it to you
the next time that I wrote. I will bring it down, if you will wait a minute.”
When Virginia returned, she put the following epistle into my hand :
“ Mrs. Saunders, I have received a letter from your daughter, which, I presume, was forwarded as a specimen of her penmanship; otherwise it was your duty to have addressed me yourself. I said to you, when I met you at Greenwich, that you were educating your daughter above her condition in life, and I now repeat it. My patronage is extended only to those who are not above their situations, which, I am sorry to observe, most people are now. Nevertheless, as I did say that I would exert my influence in your daughter's behalf, in consequence of your having been a decent well-behaved menial to me, I have made inquiry among my acquaintances, and find that I may be, possibly, able to place her with my friend, Lady Towser, as a ‘boudoir assistant. I have said possibly, as I am by no means sure that she will be equal to the situation, and the number of applicants are very numerous. The enclosed paper from Lady Towser will give you an idea of what will be requisite :
“ Morning, up at 6, and nicely dressed; come in in list shoes, and wait at bedside, in case Lady Towser should be troubled with her morning cough, to hand the emulsion, &c. At 9, to call and assist to dress Lady Towser's head tire-woman; follow her to Lady T.'s chamber, and obey orders. Breakfast in housekeeper's room. After breakfast assist housemaid to dust ornaments, and on Saturdays and Wednesdays wash, comb, and examine dogs; other days, comb and examine them only ; clean and feed macaw, cockatoo, and parrot, also canary and other birds ; bring up dogs' dinners, and prevent them fighting at meals. After dogs' dinners read to Lady T., if required ; if not, get up collars and flounces, laces, &c.
for Lady T. and Lady T.'s tire-woman. After your own dinner, assist housekeeper as required in the still-room ; fine needlework; repair clothes before they go to wash ; dress and brush Lady T.'s perukes ; walk out with dogs if weather is fine, and be careful to prevent their making any acquaintances whatever.
Evening. — Read to Lady T., write notes, look over bills, and keep general accounts; if not wanted, to make herself useful in housekeeper's room, and obey all orders received from her or head tire-woman. At night see that the hot water is ready for Lady T.'s feet, and wait for her retiring to bed; wash Lady T.'s feet, and cut corns, as required ; read Lady T. to sleep, or, if not required to read, wait till she is certain that Lady T. is so.
“ Now the only points in which I think your daughter may fail is in properly washing, combing, and examining the dogs, and cutting her ladyship’s corns; but surely she can practise a little of both, as she will not be wanted for a month. There can be no difficulty about the first; and, as for the latter, as all people in your rank of life have corns, she may practise upon yours or her father's. At all events there can be no want of corns in Greenwich Hospital among the pensioners. I am desired to say that Lady T. gives no wages the first year; and you will be expected to send your daughter neatly fitted out, that she may be able to remain in the room when there is company. If this offer will not suit, I can do nothing more; the difficulty of patronage increases every day. You will send an answer.
6. VIRGINIA HAWKINGTREFYLYAN.
“ I was just closing my letter when Lady Scrimmage came in ; she tells me that Lady Towser is suited, and that you hopes of this situation. I have done my best. Lady Scrimmage has, however, informed me that she thinks she can, upon my re"commendation, do something for you in Greenwich, as she deals largely with a highly respectable and fashionable milliner of the same name as your own, and with whom it would be of the greatest advantage to your daughter to be placed as an apprentice, or something of that sort. This is an opportunity not to be lost, and I therefore have requested Lady S. to write immediately; and I trust, by my patronage, she will gain a most enviable situation.”
“ That postscript is admirable," observed I," and ought to have put my mother in a good humour. Is she not called by Lady Hercules • highly respectable and fashionable?'”
“Very true," replied Virginia ; " but my mother cannot get over the first pårt of the letter, in which she is mentioned as a decent and well-behaved menial.' She has since received a note from Lady Scrimmage, requesting her to take me in some capacity or another; adding, by way of postscript, “You know you need not keep her if you do not like; it is very easy to send her away for idleness or impertinence; but I wish to oblige Lady Hercules, and so, pray, at all events, write and
you will try her.'” “ And what has my mother said in reply ?”
“ She did not show me the answer; but, from what I have col. lected from her conversation, she has written a most haughty, and, I presume it will be said, a most impertinent, letter to both the ladies; the one to Lady Scrimmage, accompanied with her bill, which has not been paid these three years.
my mother has been annoyed. My father, to whom I related what had taken place, told me that my mother was very ill-treated by Lady Hercules; and that she had smothered her resentment with the hopes of benefiting her children by her patronage ; but that was at a time when she little expected to be so prosperous as she is now.”
“ It is all true, my dear girl; I recollect my father telling me the whole story. However, I presume my mother, now that she can venture upon defiance, has not failed to resort to it.”
“ That I am convinced of. I only hope that she will carry her indignation against great people so far, as not to court them as she has done, and abandon all her ridiculous ideas of making a match
After all, she has my welfare sincerely at heart, and, although mistaken in the means of securing it, I cannot but feel that she is actuated solely by her love for me."
We then changed the conversation to Janet, about whom I could now speak calmly; after which I narrated to her what had
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