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Guarded by the cheerful light
O'er our souls divinely move,
Soon after this, the chaise drove to the door. Honest Edward, of the Golden Lion, came up with it, that he might take his last farewel of this most pleasant pair, thanking God that ever he should have been favored with such guests, and sending after them a thousand blessings wherever they might go. The final salutation between the families next took place, intermixed with many tears; after which the chaise drove off with its most valuable contents, leaving the writer a little respite, till Mr. Lovegood's return from Grediton, when a further narration of events may be expected by the reader.
MR. MERRYMAN, MR. LOVEGOOD, AND THE FAMILY OF
AN ACCOUNT OF THE AWFUL DEATH
OF MR. GREEDY,
GREAT UNCLE OF MR, LOVELY.
AN N absence of about ten days, engaged Mr. Love
good's attention before his return from his excursion with the Lovelys; and on the morning after his return, he called at Brookfield-Hall.
Wor. [To Mr. Lovegood, meeting him at the hall door.] How do you do my dear Sir? You are welcome home. Come in ; we have no one in the breakfast room but my wife and daughters, and Mr. Mer-ryman; and I am sure they will all be glad to see you.
Loveg. Sir, I hope you are all well?
Wor. All well, I thank you. But we are a little busy in settling matters previous to the marriage of my daughter. Mr. Merryman will not be contented any longer without her. În regard to worldly circumstances, she might have met with a more eligible match; but we shall not thwart the young people in their inclinations. My daughter seems quite in love with him ; in short we are all in love with him. He is an excellent young man.
Loveg. Sir, it is very kind of you and Mrs. Worthy, not to throw any impediment in their way: 1 have no doubt but that they will be very happy together.
Wor. Between friends, I do not suppose he will leave our house till he has taken my daughter with
him; so that in a day or two, you will have that office to perform. [They enter the breakfast room.]
Mrs. Wor. Well Sir, we are all happy to see you back again; but how did you leave those charming creatures, the Lovelys?
Loveg. O Madam! they have been uncommonly agitated, by their great uncle's death. Wor. Dia
you find him alive when you arrived ? Loveg. Madam, he lived four days after we came there.
Wor. Then you can tell us somewhat about him.
Loveg. The very recollection of what I have seen and heard, makes me tremble; the horrors of his conscience, were inexpressible.
Mer. I should rather have supposed that he would have left the world stupified, and senseless, through his great age and weakness.
Loveg. His faculties seemed to be very little impaired indeed : but the dreadful state of his mind, was beyond description.
Wor. What, was that the case during all his illness ?
Loveg. By what I could learn, he had been very low and dejected for above a month; though he lived in such a wretched mean way, that no one thought it worth their while to enquire after him, or come to see him.
Mer. How then could you get any information respecting the state of his mind.
Loveg. All that we could know about him, was from the Doctor, and a poor old woman who waited upon him ; but we had sufficient specimens of the horrid state of his mind, during the four last days of his life.
Wor. I suppose you called on him directly as you arrived.
Loveg. No Sir; we first went to Mrs. Lovely's father, who seems to me, to be almost the only respectable person in the town.
War. What sort of a town is it then?
Loveg. Sir, I hope there is not such another to be found. It is filled with the most contemptible set of misers that ever lived. There are in it, very large families of the Pinchpoors, the Gripelands, and the Graspalls ; the Sharpers, the Closefists, the Hoarders, the Trickers, the Selfs, the Squeezers, the Grinders, the Scrapers, the Skinflints, and the Pennymans, the rule of whose family is, never to spend a penny if they can save it; almost the whole town has been in the possession of the Greedys for some centuries. It seems, in old writings, to have been originally called Greedytown, only the inhahitants have softened the name; and what is still more curious, the family of the Savealls, who are very numerous indeed in that town, first got possession of the living so long ago, as when such multitudes of minis
vere ejected from their livings, in the reign of Charles the Second ; and so it has been contrived, that the living has continued in the same family ever since.
Mer. What a horrid condition the people must be in, while under the care of such a minister!
Loveg. Oh Sir! they are wonderfully pleased with him ; his sort of sermons just suit their taste ; he is always expatiating on the evils of extravagance, on the virtues of forecast and frugality, and on the excellencies, and necessities of good oeconomy.
Wor. How can Mr. Commerce bear to live with such a set ?
Loveg. Sir, he is very glad he has it to say, that his family are not among the natives of the Town, though there is some reason to apprehend that he has caught, at least, a little of the contagion belonging to the place. [To Mr. Worthy. I think Sir, it would kill you if you were to attempt to live there for a month, it is situated in such a sad cold barren spot; and though very large, as you may suppose, from the families that live in it, yet it is a miserable, mean, dirty looking place. Mr. Lovely's father, though Fairfield, where he lives, is above six miles from Grediton, can. scarcely bear his house, while the wind sets that way, it is so very offensive to his constitution.
Mrs. Wor. Did Mr. Lovely spend no time at his great uncle's house, while you were at Grediton ?
Loveg. Why Madam, it is impossible to describe the miserably mean way in which he lived. The bed on which he died, and all the furniture of the room, could not, I am satisfied, have been worth forty shillings : we were 'obliged to live entirely with Mr. Commerce.
Mrs. Wor. But we want to know how you got an interview with him.
Loveg. Oh Madam! it was with great difficulty indeed; for his nephew, the Esquire, as he is called, who lives at Grediton House, the old family seat, about a mile and a half from the town, sent Mr. Quirk his lawyer to him, that as he was likely to die soon, he wished to die in peace with him. And this was all with a design to get his money from him : for he was to remind the old man that he was next akin.
Wor. These tricks are just what I should expect from such a set.
Loveg. But here Sir, there was trick upon trick ; for before Mr. Quirk performed his office for his client, he first began tampering with Mr. Lovely, telling him his errand; and that if he would only give him a thousand pounds, the Will should be made
entirely in his favor.
Mer. I will engage for it, Mr. Lovely would never submit to such a detestable design.
Loveg. Sir, before Mr. Lovely went to his great uncle's, he told me of the proposal ; and we both agreed that such a transaction for the sake of money, might justly be deemed a scandalous juggle.
Wor. I believe that amiable youth, would rather suffer any thing, than submit to any action which was dirty, and unjust; so that here it should appear, he was likely to have another sacrifice to make, nearly as costly as the former.
Loveg. Oh no Sir ; this was only a trick of Mr.