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aged man, had rested his weary first fine edge of ingenuous feelings limbs on that same piece of antique are apt to smile, when they listen to stone, there would have been the sentiments which they remember as least difference in Julia Montague's once their own, and remember, too, humanity. Be that as it may, how, like the perfume of a gathered however, it was entirely owing to flower, they are hastening to decay her humanity, in the first instance, in the beaten paths of life. He that Mrs. Saville saw Charles at named a day when Charles was to all; for the weekly accounts were call again, and they separated. very long, and it is exceedingly pro “ What a difference between brobable he would have left his seat ther and sister ! " he exclaimed, as before they were finished, bad not he left the house ; ignorant that her niece been the first to pity his their hearts might be cast in the distressed condition. Oh, the un- same mould, but that the brother searchable depths of woman's sen- knew the world, and the sister did sibility!
not. “Nothing will come of this, The letter which Charles carried I see,” he added, “ for he has suswith him was directed to Nicholas picions of me, which I would rather Howard, Esq., Thames Street. sweep the streets than condescend Thither he proceeded the moment to remove ”—and his proud blood he arrived in London. Mr. How- mantled into his cheek, ard was at home. He read the
Charles repeated his visit at the letter, and there was a smile upon appointed time, armed with premehis features, as if mentally exclaim- ditated dislike-almost with an irriing, “another of my good sister's table spirit of predetermined offence. benevolent whims !" Mr. How- Mr. Howard's altered manner disard, however, though, as Mrs. Sa- sipated in a moment the petulant ville had said, “an excellent man, humors of a week's nursing. He was very much a man of the world.
was a man of few words ; but his His reception of Charles, therefore, words, like his dealings, were was marked by a degree of caution direct, and to a given purpose. which appeared cold and repulsive. “Mr. Coventry,” said he, when It was evident, too, from the ques- Charles had taken a seat,
I can tions he put, (and which Charles now give you my confidence. I answered frankly but haughtily, have seen Mr. Cranfield ; I have because they were tacit impeach- also, unexpectedly, had opportuniments of his veracity,) that he did ties of making other inquiries ; and not quite believe the story of him- the best proof of their result is, the self as related by Mrs. Saville. offer I at once make of receiving At the close of the interview, he you into my employment.' What said he must inquire further of followed may be briefly described. Mr. Cranfield, before he could pro- The situation was one of small emomise to attend to his sister's request, lument ; but to Charles, (who acoffering him, meanwhile, some small cepted it with silent contrition for pecuniary aid, if he stood in need his ungenerous suspicions of Mr. of it.
Howard at their first interview,) it “I do not, sir," said Charles re
was an estate, compared with his spectfully ; “ Mrs. Saville has earnings in the service of Cranplaced me beyond the reach of field. immediate difficulties ; but were it Years rolled on, and in each otherwise, I could not consider my- succeeding one Charles Coventry self worthy of your bounty, till you still found something to make it thought me worthy of your con- brighter than that which went befidence.”
fore. There were no sudden bursts Mr. Howard smiled, as men in of prosperity : no charming windwhom experience has worn off the falls, that “ came pat like the catas
trophe of the old comedy ;" but no one case did Mr. Howard find there was a sober, steady, progres- this confidence misplaced, or the sive improvement, which, by the advice he sought, or the informatime he was three-and-twenty, tre- tion he required, inapplicable to its bled his original salary. Nor was purpose. this because Mr. Howard was libe Thus fortified in his opinions of ral. It was because Charles was his eminent qualities, and satisfied, diligent, to render himself worthy from experience, that his prudence, of advancement. Had he been and his cautious habits, were in no without that stirring quality which way injuriously affected by the imwill not let its possessor keep the petuous energy of his general chavalley, while others tread' the raeter, he confided to his manageheights, his merely faithful services ment an affair of vital importance, would have reaped the harvest as connected with both the honor which thinly strews the garners of and the stability of the house. A negative virtue, while bolder, if not voyage to India, however, was always better, husbandry, gathers necessary ; and thither Charles in its abounding crop. But he had went (then only in his five-andin his composition the first element, twentieth year,) entrusted with full the fundamental basis of all prospe- power to act upon his sole responrity in life, where prosperity waits sibility, in a matter of such vast upon desert-a fixed determination magnitude that it might have added to be master of his situation whate- furrows to a brow already wrinkled ver it might be. Had he been only by a long life spent in adjusting a shoe-black, he would infallibly similar transactions. But he aphave been the best shoe-black of his proached the question undismayed; time or place.
not from any over-weening reliance This impulse led him to widen upon himself
, but because, having the range of his studies, so as to deliberately investigated it, he beembrace those comprehensive prin- lieved he clearly saw where the ciples of commerce, which, in their justice of the case lay, and in that practical application, produce that (if he were right) he had detercombination so rare in every coun- mined his strength should lie. He try save England, the merchant was right : and he stood like a statesman ; who makes knowledge rock. One by one, he obtained, the handınaid of enterprise ; and from the adverse parties, the admissurveys, with a philosophic mind, sions which built up the defence of the rational and artificial wants, his own position ; and when the the physical resources, the moral whole was complete, they had no characteristics, and the political in- alternative but to concede the issue, stitutions, of all nations, to render or deny their previous acquiescence all tributary to the prosperity of his in all the premises upon which it own. Mr. Howard quickly disco- was legitimately established. vered the expanding resources of At the expiration of three years, Charles's mind, and insensibly be- Charles returned to England.' Mr. gan to treat him with that deference Howard received him with warm which intellectual superiority, in congratulations, being already apwhatever shape it manifests itself, prised, by his letters, of the course enforces alike from those who can, and issue of the negociation. The and those who cannot, estimate its sum which it involved was little less precise value. Charles was gradu- than half a million sterling ; and ally admitted to his confidence, this had not merely been released, consulted upon specific undertak- but the mode of its release had ings, and referred to for facts, con- completely effaced every mark of nected with complicated questions apparent dishonor, which eager of foreign or domestic trade. In enemies and cold friends had bought
to fix upon
the business. The Mrs. Saville was accompanied name of Howard stood, if possible, by her niece, who, strange to say, higher than it had ever done ; and was still Julia Montague, though the owner of that name not only felt now bidding adieu to six-and-twenthe obligation, but it was his pride ty. Julia, if not absolutely beautito acknowledge it suitably. His fal, was at least something more first act, in a spirit of munificent than interesting in her appearance; gratitude, was to transfer to the and united to elegant manners, an name of Charles Coventry, in the amiable disposition, and a richlybooks of the house, one hundred cultivated mind. Whether she thousand of the sum he had redeem- could have married, but would not; ed ; his second, to notify on whether she would, but could not; Change, and by all other usual or lastly, whether neither was the means, that henceforth the house case, but that she was single for the itself would be the firm of Howard same reason that she had auburn and Coventry.
hair, are points which it were utterIt was shortly after this event he ly indefensible to discuss. It is saw Mrs. Saville, for the first time enough that she was single, and since that memorable morning that the sterling qualities of her when, friendless, hungry, and des- character attracted the notice of titute, he told his disastrous story to Mr. Coventry in the frequent opthe churlish blacksmith, and at- portunities he now had of observing tracted, unknowingly, the pitying her. He, too, was beyond that notice of the fair Julia. He had period of life when either the heart never forgotten his kind benefac- or the eye is alone consulted, protress ; on the contrary, it was his vided there be a head to lend its asdelight, at each fresh turn of for- sistance. But Julia Montague had tune in his favor, to make her ac- attractions for all three. The eye quainted with it ; and she always of a husband might dwell with conreceived the intelligence with una- scious pride upon her personal bated interest in his welfare. She charms ; his heart, with fond devohad come to town for the benefit of tion, upon her gentle virtues; and medical advice in that incurable his mind, with calm admiration, disease, old age, (for all her com- upon the natural endowments and plaints were but the falling to pieces acquired treasures of hers. There of an excellent constitution prepara- was food for passion, for love, for tory to the closing scene,) and ta- esteem. When the first decayed, ken up her abode in Mr. Howard's as decay it must, though “to a rahouse, where Charles renewed his diant angel linked,” endearing love personal acquaintance with her. would fill the void, and sober reaHe was shocked to see the dilapi- son, that knows no change, shed its dations time had wrought in so short mild lustre to the last. a period ; forgetting that, between After this preparation, the matter sixty-five and seventy-five, ten may as well be settled at once, for years make sad havoc. Her sta- there can no longer be any secret ture, always diminutive, had assum- in the business. Every reader has ed the stoop of decrepitude; her already anticipated the inevitable flaxen hair was a silver white ; her union between Charles Coventry delicately-pale complexion had the and Julia Montague. It took place wan hue of sickness; and her clear, about six or seven months after her musical voice had' lapsed into á arrival in London, and scarcely as cracked, tremulous tone. But there many weeks before the decease of was the same benignity of counte- Mrs. Saville, who expired suddenly, nance; and her carriage, though while sitting at breakfast on the feeble, retained its impress of cour- very morning of the day she had tesy and refinement,
fixed for returning into the country,
under the firm persuasion of signal the founder of a family. As a first benefit derived from the skill of her step towards effecting the last, he physician. It was a falling asleep, obtained a seat in Parliament; as rather than that terrific struggle a second, a preponderating voice in between soul and body, when they the nomination to other seats ; as a are to separate. She leaned back third, he concentrated all the enerin her chair--the shadow of death gies of his mind and character to passed for a moment over her coun- acquire public reputation as an oraienance-there was one long-drawn tor and politician. He had the resigh-and all over ! Thus quisites for both; and his political mild and peaceful was the depar- principles were upon record, in a ture of Eugenia Saville from a work which had excited an unusual world through which she had pass- degree of popular notice. ed as mildly, as peacefully,—and He was soon satisfied he had not most holily ! Tears were shed for placed before his hopes a visionary her, not such as fall upon the grave prize. Scarcely had he taken his of all who leave behind kindred or seat, and certainly had not addressed friends to mourn a common loss the House more than three or four with common grief; but such as hal- times, when he was singled out for low the memory of the good,—tears, one of those ferocious attacks by whose source was in the heart, and the Opposition, which they never which dropped from eyes where make except upon an imbecile Mimany a time and oft they had been nister, or a formidable adversary dried by the benign being they now who is rising to his proper level. bewailed.
It embodied every mode of parliaMr. Howard did not survive his mentary warfare, from polished sarsister more than two years ; the casm and eloquent invective, to exact number by which he was her deep-mouthed reproof, and the light junior in age, so that their earthly artillery of ridicule.
The Whig pilgrimage was of the same dura- benches rang with acclamations; tion, almost to a day. Having no the Treasury ones were silent. Tó family, and all his relations being in have echoed these acclamations, opulent circumstances, he bequeath- would have been to recognize, as a ed the bulk of his immense proper- champion, one who was on his trial ty to charitable institutions ; and to to establish whether he had the his partner, Mr. Coventry, the va- mettle in him which would proclaim luable possession of the business of him such, or only the ardor of a the late firm. To his niece, Julia well-disposed, but feeble auxiliary. Coventry, he gave a legar.y of five There was not a man in the house thousand pounds ; “ being,” as he who better understood the true expressed it in his will, “ the fifth nature of his position, or all that part of the sum he had intended to hung suspended on the issue, than leave her, had she not already suc- Mr. Coventry himself. Pride, amceeded to two fortunes—the one bition, glory, conscious strength, that was her aunt's, his dear de- contempt of despicable motives, parted sister, Eugenia Saville ; the inflamed into resentment at the other, the far better fortune of a anticipated possibility of their sucgood husband.”
cess, every feeling that could inFrom this period, the career of spire an ardent, generous nature, Charles Coventry was marked by concurred to animate him. He rose. unexampled prosperity. Wealth His exordium was placid, easy, playflowed in upon him through a thou- ful even; but there was a collected sand channels, with all its concomi- energy of purpose on his brow ; a tants, vast influence, the highest kindling but smothered fire in his distinction that can surround a com- eye ; and a 'dignified repose of moner, and the ambition to become manner, which bespoke the secret
knowledge of a reserved strength appointment, with a baronetcy, were for the decisive onset.
offered him in requital of his long, There had been the stillness that disinterested, and valuable support foretells the hurricane ; the rising of government. He accepted them. gusts and furious eddies that are its Then came another night of feverish immediate harbingers; and there dreams, as he laid his head upon his was the hurricane itself! The de- pillow, Sir Charles Coventry, a vastation was complete. Not a member of the administration. He vestige remained of the mighty fa- was now approaching his fiftieth bric which sarcasm and invective, year, and was the father of a numereproof and ridicule, had raised to rous family, three of whom were arrest his progress ; and when he sons. if, therefore, he had touched sat down, with the emphatic decla- the boundary of his hopes, he had ration, that as he hoped he should the satisfaction of knowing that with never invite hostility by presumptu- his wealth, he should transmit a title ous arrogance, so would he never to his posterity. But the same prubend to it, when it wore, in his dence, talent, and unwearied ardor judgment, the livery of that most in the pursuit of whatever he underdegenerate of our vices, or, if they took, which had conducted him thus liked it better, meanest of our infir- far, opened the path to his further mities,” peals of tumultuous cheers advancement. He distinguished bore testimony to the eloquence, himself greatly by the vigorous and manliness, and justice of his defence. efficient discharge of his official The Minister was loud in his enco- duties; and while he impressed his miums, and personally congratulated colleagues and the country with a him upon the display he had made ; high opinion of his fitness for more while the adherents of government, important functions, he silenced the now that he had shown he was able hostility of political adversaries, to assert his own cause, came for- who, when he accepted office, were ward with oppressive alacrity to not slow to fling upon him their assert it for him. With modest self- taunts, as an adventurer for place denial, he belied the swelling exult- without the requisite qualifications. ation wbich throbbed in every pulse A few short years saw him raised of his excited frame; but he who to the dignity of privy-councillor, has fought hard for victory and and graced with the ribbon of the gained it, with whatever well-be- Bath. seeming diffidence he may teach his Behold him now! The Right tongue to disclaim the laurel, has Honorable Sir Charles Coventry, that within, even at the moment K.B. giving weight to the measures when he wraps the cloak of humility of Government by his advice, and in its thickest folds about him, which supporting them afterwards by his whispers to his proud heart that he eloquence in Parliament, where he is a conqueror. Charles Coventry was no longer the candidate for dishad feverish dreams that night, tinction, but the possessor of it. He Titles, and ribbons, and glittering had wholly withdrawn himself from stars, and bright honors, dazzled mercantile affairs, partly because his sleeping fancy; and such a glass their adequate superintendence was as Banquo held in his hand, when incompatible with the other demands the weird sisters“grieved the heart” upon his time; but more because of Macbeth, seemed to show him they might stand in his way, if the "gold-bound brows” which he could occasion presented itself, for grasp “ smile upon, and point at for his.” ing at the great object of his ambi
At length' he found himself with tion. He had realized a princely his feet planted on the first step of fortune, which he used with the 16 ambition's ladder.” An executive unostentatious virtue' of one who