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part with her clothes, though for a song. Dost ding paragraphş made upon me, that I wish I think she is not a little touched at times? I am do not get into a reformation-humour as well afraid she is. A little spice of that insanity, I as thou; and then what a couple of lamentable doubt, runs through her, that she had in a puppies shall we make, howling in recitative to stronger degree, in the first week of my opera- each other's discordant music! tions. Her contempt of life; her proclamations ; Let me improve upon the thought, and imaher refusal of matrimony; and now of money gine that, turned hermits, we have opened the two from her most intimate friends ; are sprinklings old caves at Hornsey, or dug new ones ; and in of this kind, and no other way, I think, to be each of our cells set up a death's-head, and an accounted for.

hour-glass, for objects of contemplation-I have Her apothecary is a good honest fellow. I seen such a picture ; but then, Jack, had not like him much. But the silly dear's harping so the old penitent fornicator a suffocating long continually upon one string, dying, dying, dy- gray beard? What figures would a couple of ing, is what I have no patience with. I hope brocaded or laced-waistcoated toupets make with all this melancholy jargon is owing entirely to their sour, screwed-up, half-cocked faces, and the

way I would have her to be in. And it be- more than half-shut eyes, in a kneeling attitude, ing as new to her, as the Bible beauties to recapitulating their respective rogueries? This thee, * no wonder she knows not what to make scheme, were we only to make trial of it, and of herself; and so fancies she is breeding death, return afterwards to our old ways, might serve when the event will turn out quite the con- to better purpose by far, than Horner's in the trary.

Country Wife, to bring the pretty wenches to Thou art a sorry fellow in thy remarks on the education and qualification of smarts and Let me see; the author of Hudibras has somebeaux of the rakish order ; if by thy we's and where a description that would suit us, when us's thou meanest thyself or me:† for I pretend met in one of our caves, and comparing our disto say, that the picture has no resemblance of mal notes together. This is it. Suppose me deus, who have read and conversed as we have scribed done. It may indeed, and I believe it does, re

-He sat upon his rump, semble the generality of the fops and coxcombs

His head like one in doleful dump; about town. But that let them look to; for, if Betwixt his knees his hands applied it affects not me, to what purpose thy random Unto his cheeks, on either side: shot ?- If indeed thou findest, by the new light And by him, in another hole, darted in upon thee, since thou hast had the Sat stupid Belford, cheek by jowl. honour of conversing with this admirable creature, that the cap fits thy own head, why then, I know thou wilt think me too ludicrous. I according to the qui capit rule, e'en take and think myself so. It is truly, to be ingenuous, a clap it on; and I will add a string of bells to forced put; for my passions are so wound up, it, to complete thee for the fore-horse of the that I am obliged either to laugh or cry. Like idiot team.

honest drunken Jack Daventry, [poor fellow! Although I just now said a kind thing or two What an unhappy end was his ! j-thou knowfor this fellow Hickman; yet I can tell thee, I est, I used to observe, that whenever he rose could (to use one of my noble peer's humble from an entertainment, which he never did sophrases) eat him up without a corn of salt, when ber, it was his way, as soon as he got to the I think of his impudence to salute my charmer door, to look round him like a carrier pigeon just twice at parting: 1 And have still less patience thrown up, in order to spy out his course ; and with the lady herself for presuming to offer her then, taking to his heels, he would run all the cheek or lip (thou sayest not which] to him, way home, though it were a mile or two, when and to press his clumsy fist between her charmá he could hardly stand, and must have tumbled ing hands. An honour worth a king's ransom ; on his nose if he had attempted to walk moderand what I would give-what would I not give? ately. This then be my excuse, in this my unto have !- And then he, in return, to press converted estate, for a conclusion so unworthy her, as thou sayest he did, to his stupid heart; of the conclusion to thy third letter. at that time, no doubt, more sensible than ever What a length have I run !—Thou wilt own, it was before !

that, if I pay thee not in quality, I do in quanBy thy description of their parting, I see thou tity; and yet I leave a multitude of things unwilt be a delicate fellow in time. My mortific observed upon. Indeed, I hardly at this precation in this lady’s displeasure, will be thy ex- sent know what to do with myself but scribble. altation from her conversation. I envy thee as Tired with Lord M., who, in his recovery, has well for thy opportunities, as for thy improve played upon me the fable of the nurse, the cryments; and such an impression has thy conclu- ing child, and the wolf-tired with my cousins

of Ibid. and Letter CCLXXIII.

# Ibid.

See Letter CCLXXI. of this Volame. VOL. VII.

& Ibid.

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MISS HOWE TO MISS CLARISSA HARLOWE.

You gave

in yours

Montague, though charming girls, were they cover your health and spirits; and this, as what, not so near of kin—tired with Mowbray and if it can be effected, will crown the work, and Tourville, and their everlasting identity--tired shew the world, that you were indeed got above with the country-tired of myself-longing for the base wretch; and, though put out of your what I have not-I must go to town; and there course for a little while, could resume it again, have an interview with the charmer of my soul; and go on blessing all within your knowledge, for desperate diseases must have desperate reme- as well by your example as by your precepts. dies; and I only wait to know my doom from For Heaven's sake, then, for the world's sake, Miss Howe! and then, if it be rejection, I will for the honour of our sex, and for my sake, try my fate and receive my sentence at her feet. once more I beseech you, try to overcome this 'But I will apprize thee of it beforehand, as I shock; and, if you can overcome it, I shall then told thee, that thou mayest keep thy parole with be as happy as I wish to be; for I cannot, inthe lady in the best manner thou canst. deed I cannot, think of parting with you, for

many, many years to come.

The reasons you give for discouraging my LETTER CCLXXIX.

wishes to have you near us are so convincing, that I ought at present to acquiesce in them; but, my dear, when your mind is fully settled,

as, (now you are so absolutely determined in it, [In answer to hers of July 27, see Letters CCLXXV. with regard to this wretch,) I hope it will soon and CCLXXVI.]

be, I shall expect you with us, or near us; and

then you shall chalk out every path that I will Friday Night, July 28. set my foot in; nor will I turn aside either to I will now, my dearest friend, write to you the right hand or to the left. all my mind, without reserve, on your resolu- You wish I had not mediated for you to your tion not to have this vilest of men.

friends. I wish so too; because my mediation me, of Sunday the 23d, reasons so wor- was ineffectual; because it may give new ground thy of the pure mind of my Clarissa, in support

for the malice of some of them to work upon; * of this your resolution, that nothing but self- and because you are angry with me for doing so.

love, lest I should lose my ever-amiable friend, But how, as I said in my former, could I sit could have prevailed upon me to wish you to down in quiet, when I knew how uneasy their alter it.

implacableness made you ?-But I will tear myIndeed, I thought it was impossible there self from the subject; for I see I shall be warm could be (however desirable) so noble an instance again-and displease you—and there is not one given by any of our sex, of a passion conquer- thing in the world that I would do, however ed, when there were so many inducements to agreeable to myself, if I thought it would disgive way to it. And, therefore, I was willing oblige you ; nor any one that I would omit to to urge you once more to overcome your just do, if I knew it would give you pleasure. And indignation, and to be prevailed upon by the so- indeed, my dear half-severe friend, I will try if licitations of his friends, before you carried your I cannot avoid the fault as willingly as I would resentments to so great a height, that it would the rebuke. be more difficult for you, and less to your honour For this reason, I forbear saying anything on to comply, than if you had complied at first. so nice a subject as your letter to your sister.

But now, my dear, that I see you fixed in It must be right, because you think it so—and, your noble resolution ; and that it is impossible if it be taken as it ought, that will shew you that for your pure mind to join itself with that of so it is. But, if it beget insults and revilings, as it perjured a miscreant ; I congratulate you most is but too likely, I find you don't intend to let heartily upon it; and beg your pardon for but me know it. seeming to doubt that theory and practice were You were always so ready to accuse yourself not the same thing with my beloved Clarissa. for other people's

faults, and to suspect your own I have only one thing that saddens my heart conduct rather than the judgment of your relaon this occasion; and that is, the bad state of tions, that I have often told you I cannot imihealth Mr Hickman (unwillingly) owns you tate you in this. It is not a necessary point of are in. Hitherto you have well observed the belief with me, that all people in years are doctrine you always laid down to me, That a therefore wise ; or that all young people are therecensured person should first seek to be justified fore rash and headstrong; it may be generalig to herself, and give but a second place to the the case, as far as I know; and possibly it may world's opinion of her; and, in all cases where be so in the case of my mother and her girl ; but the two could not be reconciled, have preferred I will venture to say that it has not yet appearthe first to the last ; and are, of consequence, ed to be so between the principals of Harlowewell justified to your own heart, as well as to Place and their second daughter. your Anna Howe. Let me, therefore, beseech You are for excusing them beforehand for you to endeavour, by all possible means, to re- their expected cruelty, as not knowing what you have suffered, nor how ill you are; they have and then this matter will be brought to effect in heard of the former, and are not sorry for it; of a manner more agreeable to your Anna Howe the latter they have been told, and I have most than it otherwise ever can. reason to know how they have taken it-but I I sent this day, by a particular hand, to the shall be far from avoiding the fault, and as Misses Montague, your letter of just reprobasurely shall incur the rebuke, if I say any more tion of the greatest profligate in the kingdom; upon this subject. I will therefore only add at and hope I shall not have done amiss that I present, That your reasonings in their behalf transcribe some of the paragraphs of your letter shew you to be all excellence; their returns to of the 23d, and send them with it, as you at first you that they are all Do, my dear, let me intended should be done. end with a little bit of spiteful justice—but you You are, it seems, (and that too much for won't, I know--so I have done, quite done, how your health,) employed in writing. I hope it is ever reluctantly; yet if you think of the word in penning down the particulars of your tragiI would have said, don't doubt the justice of it, cal story. And my mother has put me in mind and fill up the blank with it.

to press you to it, with a view that one day, if You intimate that were I actually married, it might be published under feigned names, it and Mr Hickman to desire it, you would think would be of as much use as honour to the sex. of obliging me with a visit on the occasion; and My mother says she cannot help admiring you that, perhaps, when with me, it would be diffi- for the propriety of your resentment in your recult for you to remove far from me.

fusal of the wretch ; and she would be extremeLord, my dear, what a stress do you seem to ly glad to have her advice of penning your sad lay upon Mr Hickman's desiring it!-To be story complied with. And then, she says, your sure he does and would of all things desire to noble conduct throughout your trials and calahave you near us, and with us, if we might be mities will afford not only a shining example to so favoured-policy, as well as veneration for your sex, but at the same time, (those calainities you, would undoubtedly make the man, if not befalling such a person,) a fearful warning to a fool, desire this. But let me tell you, that if the inconsiderate young creatures of it. Mr Hickman after marriage should pretend to On Monday we shall set out on our journey; dispute with me my friendships, as I hope I am and I hope to be back in a fortnight, and on my not quite a fool, I should let him know how far return will have one pull more with my mother his own quiet was concerned in such an imper- for a London journey ; and, if the pretence must tinence ; especially if they were such friend- be the buying of clothes, the principal motive ships as were contracted before I knew him. will be that of seeing once more my dear friend,

I know I always differed from you on this while I can say I have not finally given consent subject ; for you think more highly of a hus- to the change of a visitor into a relation, and so band's prerogative than most people do of the can call myself my own, as well as royal one. These notions, my dear, from a per

Your son of your sense and judgment, are no way ad

ANNA Howe. vantageous to us; inasmuch as they justify that assuming sex in their insolence; when hardly one out of ten of them, their opportunities con

LETTER CCLXXX. sidered, deserves any prerogative at all. Look through all the families we know ; and we shall not find one-third of them have half the sense of their wives. And yet these are to be vested

Saturday, July 29. with prerogatives ! And a woman of twice their DEAR LADIES, sense has nothing to do but to hear, tremble, and I have not been wanting to use all my inteobey—and for conscience-sake too, I warrant ! rest with my beloved friend, to induce her to for

But Mr Hickman and I may perhaps have a give and be reconciled to your kinsman, (though little discourse upon these sort of subjects, be- he has so ill deserved it;) and have even refore I suffer him to talk of the day; and then peated my earnest advice to her on this head. I shall let him know what he has to trust to; This repetition, and the waiting for her answer, as he will me, if he be a sincere man, what he having taken up time, have been the cause that pretends to expect from me. But let me tell you, I could not sooner do myself the honour of wrimy dear, that it is more in your power than, ting to you on this subject. perhaps, you think it, to hasten the day so much You will see, by the enclosed, her immovable pressed for by my mother, as well as wished for resolution, grounded on noble and high-souled by you--for the very day that you can assure motives, which I cannot but regret and applaud me that you are in a tolerable state of health, at the same time; applaud, for the justice of her and have discharged your doctor and apothe- determination, which will confirm all your worcary, at their own motions, on that account, thy house in the opinion you had conceived of Some day in a month from that desirable news her unequalled merit; and regret, because I shall be it. So, my dear, make haste and be well, have but too much reason to apprehend, as well

MISS HOWE TO THE TWO MISSES MONTAGUE.

MRS NORTON TO MISS CLARISSA HARLOW..

by that, as by the reportof a gentleman just come of, you yourselves would join with me to adfrom her, that she is in such a declining way, mire her, and execrate him. as to her health, that her thoughts are very Believe me to be, with a high sense of your differently employed than on a continuance merits, here.

Dear Ladies, The enclosed letter she thought fit to send to Your most obedient humble servant, me unsealed, that, after I had perused it, I might

ANNA Howe. forward it to you; and this is the reason it is superscribed by myself, and sealed with my seal. It is very full and peremptory; but as she had

LETTER CCLXXXI. been pleased, in a letter to me, dated the 23d instant, (as soon as she could hold a pen,) to give me more ample reasons why she could not comply with your pressing requests, as well as

Friday, July 28. mine, 'I will transcribe some of the passages in MY DEAREST YOUNG LADY, that letter, which will give one of the wicked- I have the consolation to tell you, that my est men in the world (if he sees them,) reason son is once again in a hopeful way, as to his to think himself one of the most unhappy, in

health. He desires his duty to you. He is very the loss of so incomparable a wife as he might low and weak. And so am I. But this is the have gloried in, had he not been so superlatively first time that I have been able, for several days wicked. These are the passages.

past, to sit up to write, or I would not have been

so long silent. [See, for these passages, Miss Harlowe's Let- Your letter to your sister is received and an

ter, No. CCLXVI., dated July 23, marked swered. You have the answer by this time, I with turned commas, thus “]

suppose. I wish it may be to your satisfaction;

but am afraid it will not; for, by Betty Barnes, And now, ladies, you have before you my be- I find they were in a great ferment on receiving loved friend's reasons for her refusal of a man yours, and much divided whether it should be unworthy of the relation he bears to so many answered or not. They will not yet believe that excellent persons; and I will add, [for I can- you are so ill, as [to my infinite concern] I find not help it,] that the merit and rank of the per- you are. What passed between Miss Harlowe son considered, and the vile manner of his pro- and Miss Howe, has been, as I feared it would ceedings, there never was a greater villainy com- be, an aggravation. mitted ; and since she thinks her first and only I shewed Betty two or three passages in your fault cannot be expiated but by death, I pray to letter to me; and she seemed moved, and said, God daily, and will hourly from the moment I She would report them favourably, and would shall hear of that sad catastrophe, that He will procure me a visit from Miss Harlowe, if I be pleased to make him the subject of His ven- would promise to shew the same to her. But I geance, in some such way, as that all who know have heard no more of that. of his perfidious crime, may see the hand of Methinks, I am sorry you refuse the wicked Heaven in the punishment of it!

man; but doubt not, nevertheless, that your You will forgive me, ladies ; I love not mine motives for doing so are more commendable than own soul better than I do Miss Clarissa Har- my wishes that you would not. But as you lowe. And the distresses she has gone through; would be resolved, as I may say, on life, if you the persecution she suffers from all her friends; gave way to such a thought; and as I have so the curse she lies under, for his sake, from her much interest in your recovery; I cannot forimplacable father ; her reduced health and cir- bear shewing this regard to myself; and to ask cumstances, from high health and affluence; and you, If you cannot get over your just resentthat execrable arrest and confinement, which ments ?-But I dare say no more on this subject. have deepened all her other calamities, [and What a dreadful thing, indeed, was it for my which must be laid at his door, as it was the act dearest tender young lady to be arrested in the of his vile agents, that, whether from his im- streets of London !-How does my heart go over mediate orders or not, naturally flowed from his again for you, what yours must have suffered at preceding baseness ;] the sex dishonoured in that time!-Yet this, to such a mind as yours, the eye of the world, in the person of one of the must be light, compared to what you had sufgreatest ornaments of it; the unmanly methods, fered before. whatever they were, [for I know not all as yet, ] O my dearest Miss Clary, how shall we know by which he compassed her ruin; all these con- what to pray for, when we pray, that God's will siderations join to justify my warmth, and my may be done, and that we may be resigned to it! execrations of a man whom I think excluded by -When at nine years old, and afterwards at his crimes from the benefit even of Christian eleven, you had a dangerous fever, how incesforgiveness and were you to see all she writes, santly did we grieve, and pray, and put up our and to know the admirable talents she is mistress vows to the Throne of Grace, for your recovery!

For all our lives were bound up in your life require your authority or advice, to induce her --- yet now, my dear, as it has proved, (especially to change her mind, if we are soon to lose you,] what a much more I have reason to believe that one motive for desirable event, both for you and for us, would her refusal is her full conviction that she shall it have been, had we then lost you !

not long be a trouble to anybody; and so she A sad thing to say! But as it is in pure love would not give a husband a right to interfere to you that I say it, and in full conviction that with her family, in relation to the estate her we are not always fit to be our own choosers, I grandfather devised to her. But of this, howhope it may be excusable ; and the rather, as ever, I have not the least intimation from her. the same reflection will naturally lead both you Nor would she, I dare say, mention it as a reaand me to acquiesce under the present dispen- son, having still stronger reasons, from his vile sation; since we are assured that nothing hap- treatment of her, to refuse him. pens by chance; and that the greatest good The letter I have received will shew how truly may, for aught we know, be produced from the penitent the dear creature is; and, if I have your heaviest evils.

permission, I will send it sealed up, with a copy I am glad you are with such honest people; of mine, to which it is an answer. But, as I reand that you have all your effects

restored. How solve upon this step without her knowledge, Çand dreadfully have

you been used, that one should indeed" I do,] I will not acquaint her with it, be glad of such a poor piece of justice as that ! unless it be attended with desirable effects; be

Your talent at moving the passions is always cause, otherwise, besides making me incur her hinted at; and this Betty of your sister's never displeasure, it might quite break her already comes near me that she is not full of it. But, half-broken heart. I am, as you say, whom has it moved, that you wish

Honoured Madam, to move? Yet, were it not for this unhappy no- Your dutiful and ever-obliged servant, tion, I am sure your mother would relent. For

Judith Norton. give me, my dear Miss Clary; for I must try one way to be convinced if my opinion be not just. But I will not tell you what that is, unless it succeeds. I will try, in pure duty and

LETTER CCLXXXIII. love to them, as to you.

May Heaven be your support in all your trials, MRS HARLOWE TO MRS JUDITH NORTON. is the constant prayer, my dearest young lady, of

Sunday, July 30. Your ever affectionate friend and servant, We all know your virtuous prudence, worthy

JUDITH NORTON. woman; we all do. But your partiality to this

your rash favourite is likewise known. And we are no less acquainted with the unhappy body's

power of painting her distresses so as to pierce a LETTER CCLXXXII.

stone.

Every one is of opinion that the dear naughty creature is working about to be forgiven and re

ceived ; and for this reason it is that Betty has

Friday, July 28. been forbidden, [not by me, you may be assuHONOURED MADAM,

red!] to mention any more of her letters ; for Being forbidden (without leave) to send you she did speak to my Bella of some moving pasanything I might happen to receive from my sages you read to her. beloved Miss Clary, and so ill, that I cannot at- This will convince you that nothing will be tend to ask your leave, I give you this trouble, heard in her favour. To what purpose then to let you know that I have received a letter should I mention anything about her?---But you from her; which, I think, I should hereafter be may be sure that I will, if I can have but one held inexcusable, as things may happen, if I did second. However, that is not at all likely, until not desire permission to communicate to you, we see what the consequences of her crime will and that as soon as possible.

be. And who can tell that?-She may–How Applications have been made to the dear young can I speak it, and my once darling daughter lady from Lord M., from the two ladies his sise unmarried !-She may be with child !- This ters, and from both his nieces, and from the would perpetuate her stain. Her brother may wicked man himself, to forgive and marry him. come to some harm; which God forbid !-One This, in noble indignation for the usage she has child's ruin, I hope, will not be followed by anreceived from him, she has absolutely refused. other's murder. And perhaps, madam, if you and the honoured As to her grief, and her present misery, whatfamily should be of opinion that to comply with ever it be, she must bear with it; and it must their wishes is now the properest measure that be short of what I hourly bear for her! Incan be taken, the circumstances of things may deed I am afraid nothing but her being at the

MRS NORTON TO MRS HARLOWE.

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