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in the gig, and the mother persuaded to get in also.
They were not aware that they should pass by that same inn that Fanny and her father had been so kindly received in, a few years before ; so they were greatly disappointed at finding the modest little place they meant to rest at, converted into a private house, and themselves obliged to rest at this very handsome well frequented inn; but, before they entered the town, the poor Scotchwoman, whose sense of propriety was very great, insisted on getting down at the toll-gate. “ Well,” said Michael, as he lifted the child down, “ let us look at your little foot; I should like to give you a pair of strong shoes.”
" The blessings on you, Sir ; 'tis a gift, indeed, that; for I must go up to London about the prize money. “Well, get a bed somewhere, and let us see you to-morrow morning by seven o'clock.”
At the appointed hour, M'Kenneth came for the shoes, and little Margery kept saying, “ thank ye, Sir ;” and looking down at her shoes, and walking a little to hear the noise on the boards, and trying to tie and untie them ; and when the poor
mother found, that by going through the regular forms, the business might be transacted without a journey to London, she
Oh, what a providence as I met
” Michael.“ Where are you going now?" and he found, upon inquiry, that she was at that time residing within four miles of the Brow, keeping house for her brother, who was a Scotch gardener, and with whom she had left her young sailor, as she called him. The young infant had borne fatigue well? and the mother was so cheered by the good news, that fifteen miles seemed but a light trip, so completely was she renovated; but, in the midst of her joy, she awoke to a sorrow, that time only could soothe; her kind. hearted William was no more. Oh, Sir, I hate war ; 'tis a cruel profession that, murdering one another; I can't abide it. And now, oh!" Then poor M‘Kenneth's heart seemed ready to burst, and she, kneeling before Esther, said,
“ Dear lady, I do pray the good God to have you in his own care, and may you long live in peace and happiness, and may your children, if you have any, take to good ways, and grow up like ye.
Poor Esther was
heartily glad, when the benediction was ended.
The treatment at the White Horse had, as usual, been civil and cleanly; and, in the morning, ere they departed, Michael took an opportunity of seeing the landlady. He said, " Some years ago, Madam, you were very kind to my father and sister, and I assure you your kindness was not lost upon them. Mrs. Walker, too, felt it very sensibly.” “Oh, I think I recollect a very pretty looking young woman, and her venerable father. I was glad, Sir, it was in my power to show my grać titude to Mrs. Walker. I hope they are well, Sir.” “ I thank you, ma'am ; never better. My sister is married, and has two children.” “ Dear me,” said the landlady, “ why she looked quite a young thing. Michael smiled, got into the chaise, bowed to Mrs. Jenks, and quietly pursued his journey.
But we must now return to the Party that we left at the Brow.
“ But, come, Sir," said Mr. Brownrigg, in a cheerful manner, “T you and I must set out on our afternoon visit. Joe did not know what to make of this, and would gladly have slipt by Mr. Brownrigg, but this latter
was a wag, and had determined not to lose his play ; so, in a chatty familiar manner, he caught Joseph by the arm, and they descended the steep together.
As they drew near Sizors, seeing the little knots of flowers under the windows, “ Ah,” said Brownrigg, “ this is just what I wanted; I wanted a hint for laying out my garden; here is exactly the thing; most tasty.
Joe said, “ It was very pretty indeed—all Miss Louisa's doing; that is, she and the boy: to be sure, Miss Louisa did not dig it.” “ Certainly not, said Brownrigg. Just then, a lady appeared, with flowers, and ringlets set like lime-twigs, for poor Mr. Joseph.
Miss Louisa had been as much upon the fidget to see Mr. Joseph, and was prepared to give him the kindest welcome, when, contrary to all expectation, her father, who had been out upon business, returned sooner than was expected; and the little odd boy, who was to have waited at tea, was called to take his master's horse. He, in his roughest tone, said, “ Servant, Sir,” and walked into the house. “ So, Mr. Joseph, you are come to your brother's wedding, I hear.” Yes, Sir,” said Joe. “A very sensible man, that; he is deter
mined to have a wife who can get her living."
Misfortunes had soured the temper of Mr. Jennings, and the poor girls whom he had helped to spoil, now felt the sting of it, and they were equally to be pitied ; and Brownrigg, who had come with a full intention to laugh at them, would have given up the project, had not Joe begun. • Miss Louisa, this gentleman is come to see your garden;" and Miss Louisa, Miss Antoinette, and all the Misses, gathered round to shew it. So they sallied forth, and Brownrigg very knowingly offered his arm to Miss Louisa. : You are going, Sir, I think, to settle in this country. Madam; and where can one turn for taste, if not to Sizors ? I wish to lay out my garden.” Here Joe put in, “ I am sure Miss Louisa would shew you, Mr. Brownrigg ; wouldn't you, Miss Louisa ?” “ Yes, certainly, I should be very happy to oblige. Nevertheless, she felt uneasy, for she did not understand this visit; and really thought it odd, that a total stranger should come uninvited.
After wandering about for some minutes, without saying a word, they proposed to return into the parlour to tea; and here they found the poor good-natured, suffering