Зображення сторінки
PDF
ePub

circumstance for a length of time, vered to Howard from Lord Anneshe felt that he should be reduced to ley :--have recourse to stratagem for the accomplishment of his purpose; and

“Sir --Three days have elapsed accordingly determined to put in without my having either seen or practice the following expedient, viz. heard from you on the subject of that Layton should write to Miss our last meeting: if you have proved Beresford, requesting to kaow the the fallacy of your conjectures, and exact number of the lottery ticket suspicions, and wish on your part which she had purchased, since, to decline any further interference, through the negligence of one of do not hesitate to acknowledge it. the clerks, a mistake that might I am sorry to say that my opinion prove of much importance in the has been greatly strengthened since drawing, had arisen, in transcribing I saw you; I could almost declare the figures into their own books. that it was confirmed. Miss JerPreviously to this Howard waited ningham, by her own confession, himself on the proprietor of the of was absent from our house at fice where the ticket had been pur- the identical period, during which chased, and made him, in part, privy the circumstances appearing in evito the plot he was carrying on; at dence were said to have taken place: the same time taking out a whole I was anxious that she should estan ticket, which he did in the name of blish an alibi, but she asserted that Emma Jerningham, Meliora's mo the object of her walk had been to ther, thereby inducing his consent visit her mother, whom she very opto and connivance in the scheme. portunely met in the street, and ac. *When Miss Beresford should have companied some way on the road to answered the first letter satisfacto- Kensington. rily, a second was to be sent, as if “I am in a state of the most painfrom the lottery contraetor, stating, ful suspense; and desire that this that two gentlemen had taken up unfortunate transaction may be furthe whole ticket of the number she ther enquired into, and brought to had chosen prior to her purchase, an issue, with all the speed it may.. consequently to the exclusion of Miss

* Your's, ANNESLEY." Beresford's share in it, and finally, it was planned that Layton, in the To which appeal Howard returncharacter of one of. Bish's clerks, ed the following caustic reply: fis should take a journey into Hampshire, te desire the actual presente « Make not more haste than good of the young lady in London, as speed, my Lord. The fruit of my being requisite to settle the difficulty: exertions is nearly ripe, but not ready that he should escort her to town, to be gathered immediately. i prisl. defraying all the expences on the “ So, my Lord, you could not reroad, which, he was to make it ap- sist the pleasure of teasing. Miss pear, was partly the purpose of his Jerningham a little ; forgetting a coming down. The lady, on her stupid promise that you made on arrival in London, after having vi- your honour, as long as three days sited the lottery office, in order to ago, not to speak to her on the subdispel any suspicion that could have ject. How convenient it is to have arisen in her mind on the subject, a short 1

memory! Perhaps I shall was to be referred and conveyed to call upon you to discuss this matter the house of Mr. Twiss, in Abing- more seriously, elsewhere. don-street, which he had lent to be

G GODFREY HOWARD, the place of general rendezvous. 1.5A man of his word yet no Lord!" Leaving the execution of this arrangement in the hands of Twiss and Having dispatched thisHoward Layton, Howard prepared to set out set off in a chaise and four for Doon his journey of pursuit to the Con- ver, that being the road which, actinent, having obtained from Phil. cording to Phillip's information, lips an insight into Levison's intend- Levison had taken; nor was he mised route.

led; for on arriving at Boulogne, Just before his departure for after a remarkably quick and faKrance, however, ia note was deli-vourable passage, almost the very

.

[ocr errors]

árst person whom he encountered at the coach stopped in Abingdon-street, the English hotel there, was the was ludicrous in the extreme: his Colonel himself: Howard instantly sentiments of wonder were mixed recognized him with much real glee, with terror; he fancied himself in a though the greeting was by no dream; he appeared to entertain no means returned with the same de recollection of the past; he was utgree of cordiality by the other. terly bewildered ; and before he had Howard in answer to Levison's en collected his ideas, or taken time to quiries, invented some plausible pre- reflect on what he was doing, Howtence for being seen on that side of ard had induced him to alight, and the Channel ; and by the time they enter Twiss's house : all he seemed had entered more into conversation, conscious of was that he was in and Howard had invited Levison to England; how he came to be there dine with him in the true John Bull was a question, which was to him instyle, the air of apprehension, of volved in the most imprenetable mysdisturst and reserve which had cha- tery: he only knew that he was in racterized the behaviour of the lat London, and that he would rather ter on their first meeting, gradually have been in any other city in the and entirely disappeared. In the world. A multitude of swindled discourse that took place during creditors, of baffled bailifs, of friends dinner, Levison unhesitatingly re- betrayed and plundered by his avamarked that he had quitted London rice, and of ruthless desperadoes, coalmost a week previously to the pre- partners in his villanies, presented sent period; but that owing to a themselves to his dismayed imaginatrunk belonging to him having been tion; and he indignantly demanded left behind at the inn at Dover, he of Howard an explanation of his had been detained most reluctantly, situation. he said, on the French coast, to await Howard, at first, somewhatevaded its arrival.

the question, merely by replying, that Howard exerted himself in being the most noble Colonel should have unusually communicative, and free, an explanation in full, in the course and facetious, and in order to put of an hour, if he could restrain his Levison in complete good humour impatience so long; whereon Leviwith his companion, observed that son became absolutely furious; aehe had had a very pleasant game of cused Howard of harbouring some whist on board of the packet: Levi- design against his life and property; son instantly asked with much ea. ran through the whole vocabulary gerness, if he was fond of cards-

of Billingsgate; protested that he Howard replied in the affirmative, would set fire to the premises, if not a pack of cards were procured, and permïtted instantly to depart unthey played several rubbers of cas molested ; and, in short, raved and sino, at which Howard, who hardly stamped, and swore, like a maniae. knew any thing of the game, lost Howard listened to this ebullition: every thing he played for. During of vengeance, lounging in a listless all this time, Howard continued to position in an arm chair, occasionally supply Levison with potent libations taking a calm survey of the impasof champagne; till having rendered sioned speaker, who having made a him completely insensible of all that pause in his harrangue from absolute was passing around, he had him car exhaustion of words, as well as of: ried on board a vessel, and they physical energy, Howard seized the sailed back for England. The effect moment of silence, thus cooly and of the motion of the vessel on Levi- impressively to address his prisoner, son's intemperance, prevented him for such in fact he was :-" Colonel from sleeping on the passage ; but Levison, or, I should rather say, being landed on the British shore, no Colonel at all I beg your parhe sunk exhausted into a profound don, Sir, were you about to speak? slumber; and in this state Howard I entreat, that you will make your.. had him put into a carriage with six · self perfectly easy, with respect to horses, that in little more than seven any apprehensions that you may feel, hours, brought them to town. concerning the security of your life,

The expression of Levison's sen and property. For the first, I am sations when he opened his eyes, aş: not aware that it is of any con

[ocr errors]

sequence to any one, excepting your He ordered, that the two ladies might daughter, the amiable and all-accom- be conducted into the conservatory, plished Miss Beresford, as she is vul- while the Earl and Singleton were garly called ; by the bye, I think it ushered into court, as Howard terined was a pity that you did not give her a spacious apartment, into which mother a title to your own name; it several others opened ; indeed, it is so much prettier-nay, do not in was the peculiar fitness of the arterrupt me, Sir: it would disconcert rangement of the rooms for this me to hear your arguments just now; occasion, that had caused Howard I doubt not that you had wise reasons to adopt Twiss's dwelling for the for the precaution ; I only meant to scene of the eclaircissement. offer the hint, in a friendly way

When the Earl, and Singleton, but you're not going to be angry who was a magistrate, and Howard again ?-Suppose we shake hands. and Twiss, had taken their station in No!-well, as you will. But to pro- the hall of audience, the proceedings ceed with my defence against the commenced, in due form, and Twiss charge of meditating an attack on was ordered to read over the eviyour fortune. I am really so over dence, as it had been taken down, stocked with the dross myself, that about a week before, to which notes if now you were to take a liking to had since been added by his Lordme, and make me a present of all ship; wherein he accused Miss Meyour property, I should hardly know liora Jerningham as a party conwhat to do with it, unless, indeed," cerned, from the circumstance of her continued he, 5 unless I were to de- being unable to afford, what the posit it with the rightful owners ; Earl considered to be, a satisfactory for instance, we'll say the Countess account of the employment of the Annesley—the young Lord Stanton, identical period of time consumed in or a silly, beardless rustic, on board a the execution of the forgery,

vessel where I happened to be about Singleton listened attentively to thirty years ago, I noticed the lad, the recital of the various depositions, because his name chanced to be the and declared, at its conclusion, that same as my own. You look as

appearances went strongly to critounded, my good Sir!-Ha, ha, ha! minate Miss Jerningham. Howard

that's natural. I believe I did not smiled to himself, as he remembered acquaint you that I am something of how fallacious the magistrate's judgan astrologer; I have looked into ment would soon be proved to have the past, and dived into the future; been, and then, with an air of deI can tell fortunes by the hand, or ference and respect, proffered his the face; nay, I have been making defence. calculations since we have been here, " The explanation that I have in which seem to prove, that some one, my, power to afford, Gentlemen," now present, is destined for the gal- said he, “ consists rather of a sinlows! Mr. Twiss, are you aware of gular combination of facts, than in any repugnance that you experience making a verbose and fluent appeal ; at the sight of a rope ? I hope, Lay; but facts are stubborn things. My ton, you have not got a mole behind mode of proceedure, too, will be very the ear.'

summary. I shall not detain your In this manner did Howard con attention long, Gentlemen;" then trive to banter, and play, with Levi- advancing to one of the side doors, son, until -such time as he might he called aloud on Thomas Cater, expect the return of the messenger, whom, when he came forward, lowwho had been despatched to all the ard presented to the court, saying, various parties concerned in the de “ This man is the coach-driver, menvelopement of the still unexplained tioned in evidence.” Singleton asked circumstance of the forgery; and, Cater a few questions, but finding in little more than an hour from the that his answers tallied precisely time of his arrival, he had the satis with his former testimony, he was faction of learning, that the Earl quickly dismissed. and Countess of Annesley, Mr. Sin Layton was the next witness progleton, brother to the Countess, and duced, who, having repeated his Meliora, were waiting in the parlour former asseverations, now added, for_his promised communication.- “ That if a dozen ladies were shewn

Eur. Mag. Vol. 82.

" And now

to him, and among them the one signs and gestures, between the who had presented the draft, he had father and daughter, cried out, no doubt of being able to identify, “ Come and stand on this side, and even swear to her person.” He young lady, where, perhaps, you was then ordered to withdraw; and will be able to answer in plain EngHoward brought Colonel Levison lish. Frowns, and winks, and nods, into court. : “Here, my Lord, is a are a language not generally undergentleman, who did reside at No. 160, stood. I never observed what an in the Strand, the house where Cater expressive countenance my friend drove to, on the Wednesday morn the Colonel had got, till within the ing:

last quarter of an hour." *« Colonel Levison !" cried the Howard then advanced to SingleEarl in astonishment; but the gal ton, and whispered, that he had realant officer was so confounded with son to think that the money had been the fear of detection in his mis- paid on the account of the Countess deeds, that he remained silent, and Annesley. Singleton started, but Howard went on to say,

gave him leave to put the question comes an important witness, this secretly to Miss Beresford. He did honest fellow, Gentlemen,”-and to so, and the whole truth was, in a Levison's horror Phillips came for moment, visible; the lady's counteward,.--" this young

man is ready nance turned to a livid paleness, as to depose, that on Wednesday the she faltered out, “ Good God! how 22d instant, about twelve o'clock in did

you

know that?” the forenoon, a lady, habited in black, “A confession, Mr. Singleton," came in a hackney coach to his mas exclaimed Howard, we have no ter's door, his master being the re need of any farther witnesses.". doubtable Col. Levison, now before Singleton then went out, and after you; that the lady alighted from the an interview of great length with coach, and herself knocked at the his sister, in which she acknowledged house-door, viz. No. 160, Strand; the whole extent of her delinquency, that she continued in private con returned again to his judgment-seat, ference with the Colonel, believed and caused the Earl to read over a to be her father, for the space of ten recantation, which Singleton himself minutes, and was occupied, during had drawn up, of the charge he had that time, in paying a large sum of preferred against Meliora Jerningmoney; this same Richard Phillips, ham, and to repeat it aloud, in prehaving been despatched to procure sence of all the witnesses there asa stamp, of the value of seven shil- sembled. lings and sixpence.”

66 Where is Levison and his daughter were the lady?” asked Singleton; “ Just then permitted to proceed on their at hand,” replied Howard, and respective journies, while Singleton straitway, led forth Miss Bridget undertook to act as mediator between Beresford, at the sight of whom, his unhappy sister and her injured Lord Annesley uttered an exclama- husband, offering to discharge, on tion of mingled aversion and asto his part, one half of the Countess' nishment; while the lady herself, enormous debt. Lord Annesley was on beholding her father, whom she glad to avail himself of the liberal believed to be many hundred miles tender, but would not consent to run distant, was overcome, almost to a similar hazard, by receiving the fainting. When she was recovered, Countess into his house, and she was however, she underwent a minute compelled to retire, on a somewhat examination by Singleton; but when limited allowance, from her husband, he demanded to know from whom to live with her parents in Yorkshire. she received the money paid to Meliora and her mother had reColonel Levison, and for what pur-sided for a short time at a small cotpose it was paid, she maintained tage on the banks of the Thames, a resolute silence; nor even when in contented poverty, when they re® Singleton menaced her with being ceived information that Howard was taken into custody, could he elicit fled no one knew whither, having any reply. Just at this juncture, first, with the exception of a handHoward, noticing the collusion that some provision for his wife and siswas being carried on, by means of ter-in-law, made over the whole of

his vast wealth to Mrs. Jerningham, you have executed your illustrations addressing a letter to her to this I shall not at present say any thing : effect, in which he said, he only gave it is my office to decide the differenback the money to “ the affectionate ces of opinion which formed the little Emma," whose tender interces foundation of each story; and in sion had been the remote means of this must declare, that I agree with laying the foundation his fortune, Sophia in awarding the highest place and begged it might be accepted and to friendship, as tried by the several regarded as the debt of gratitude. members of the proposed question;

It was discovered, but not till for although Love has been proved after kind of celn, deeply embosomed his death, that he had retired to be sufficiently powerful, and said

to be intensely pleasurable, yet it in a wood, somewhere in the west of fails in being the most pure of the England, where he literally lived as affections: while Gratitude, in the a hermit.

highest degree a pure, and in some Meantime young Sir Alfred Ar- few instances, a powerful sentiment, den (for his father was now dead) still, to a thoroughly independent returned home, and constant to his spirit, the weight of an obligation vows, claimed the honour of Melio is irksome; and which must prera's hand.

clude Gratitude from being allowed The'nuptials were celebrated with to rank universally as the most pleagreat splendour and rejoicing; they surable of our feelings. But the lived

d long and happy, and united to bond of Friendship between two rear a numerous offspring, who were exalted and congenial natures aftaught, in lisping accents, to bless fords, perhaps, the nearest approxithe name of Godfrey Howard. mation on earth to perfect félicity:

the affection which it feels for its

object is pure as virtue---its power CONCLUSION.

has been proved to extend even to

the sacrifice of life; while the plea* « Well, my children," said the sure derived from a participation of ivorthy rector, as Caroline closed its joys, must be tasted in order to her volume; “ having now com be appreciated. To you, therefore, pleted your prize-essays, it only re Sophia, do I declare the honour of mains for me to pronounce judg: victory; and having thus fairly won ment on your respective claims. the prize, you are welcome to wear With regard to the manner in which it as soon as you please."

ARIETTA.

[ocr errors]
[merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][ocr errors][merged small]

The Editor will be happy to receive an elegant translation of the above lines.

« НазадПродовжити »