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object of her affections, or of murdering him, is as little reconcilable to common sense as to common religion. How much less fo to commit complicated murder, which must cut off all hopes in other worlds !
Yet, could I believe (which I own I cannot, from the evidence in this case), that the idea of destroying her never struck him till his finger was at the trigger--that his only intention was to lay the breathless body of an injured lover at her feet--Had this been the fact, however I might have condemned the deed, I certainly should have wept over the momentary phrenzy which committed it. But, as nothing appears to have past which could at all make him change his plan, I mutt (impoflīble as it seems) suppose him to have deliberately formed fo diabolical a plan--and must rejoice that he was not of the same country, while I lament that he was of the same order of beings, with myself.
If the favour I mentioned to you o’Saturday be at all out of course, pray don't ask it. Yet the worthy veteran I want to serve has now and then seen things happen: not altogether in course. When he called this morning to learn how I had succeeded, I observed to lim, while we were talking, that he got bald. “Yes,” said he, shaking his grey hai:s,“ it will happen so by people's continually stepping over one's head.”
He little suspected the channel of my application, but he asked me this morning,. whether sol. if he could scrape it together, . properly Nid into Miss —'s hand, might not forward his views. My answer was, that I had no acquaintance with the lady, but I knew for certain that she had never in her life foiled her fingers with the smallest present of this fort.
Happy, blest, to know you, to love. you, and be loved by you!:
L E T T E R
To the Same.
Hockerill, 5 Sept. 1778.
Here did I fit, more than two years ago, in this very room, perhaps in this very chair, thanking you for bliss, for paradise; all claim to which I soon after voluntarily religned, because I hoped they would soon be mine by claims more juft, if possible, than those of love. Two years.-how have I borne existence all the while ! But delicacy, and respect for you, enjoined forbearance. And hope led me on from day to-day, deceiving time with distant profpects which I thought at hand. When will the tedious journey end? When will my weary feet find rest? When shall I sleep away my fatigues on the down-soft pillow of the bofom of love ? Should hope continue to deceive me, you never shall make me happy, till you make me your hufband. Yet, as we sate upon the grass, under the trees near the water, yesterday, just before you returned me my stick, because you thought the gentleman coming along the path by the mill was a certain person--yet, had I then loosened another button or two of my favourite habit, which was already opened by the heat; had I then (you remember, my Laura, the converfation and the scene) forgotten my resolution, forgotten every thing, and riotted in all your glowing charms, which only love like mine could withstand-who is he would dare to blame me ? Who would dare to say I had done wliat he would not have done? But the scene must be shifted. -Sally Harris, you know, arrived only at the dignity of Pomona at Hockerill. Had my M. her due, mankind at large would admit her double claim to the titles of Minerva and of Venus.
To sleep here is impossible. As well ex pect the miser to sleep in the place where he once hung in raptures over a hidden
treasure which is now loft. This letter I have an opportunity to send to our old friend, for you, without taking it to town. Let me fill up the remainder of my paper with an almost incredible anecdote I learned from a gentleman who joined me on the road this morning, and travelled some miles with me.
It happened last week I think. Peter Ceppi you remember. Surely that Providence which which prevents the propagation of monsters, does not suffer such monstrous examples as these to propagate.
One Empfon, a footman to Dr. Bell, having in vain courted for some time a fervant belonging to Lord Spencer, at last caused the bans to be put up in church, without her consent; which she forbad. Being thus disappointed, he meditated revenge ; and having got a person to write a letter to her, appointing a meeting, he contrived to way-lay her, and surprize her in Lord Spencer's park. On her screaming, he discharged a pistol at her,