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ter's call, to give her the desired introduc- || hypocrisy," continued she, “ here found tion.

its merited punishment. My lover had The lady of the mansion received her Aed almost in the same moment in which as a stranger in need of asylum, with at. I arrived. I hesitated not to take the retention and humanity. This lady, the solution of following him, and having prowife of the Lord Colonna, was now rather cured the disguise of a page, have thus advanced in years ; her countenance had executed my purpose, Chance has led an expression of melancholy, wbich could me to your castle and protection." only be attributed to some distant calamity, “And to both,” replied the Lady Cothe sense of which time had mellowed, lonna, "are you equally welcome. Your without having the power to extinguish. | father, as you have justly said, has been This kindness of her hostess softened the the constant associate and supporter of the heart and inspired the confidence of An- interests of the house of Colonna. I congragelica. “ You are unfortunate, Signor," ||tulate myself that it is now in our power said she, addressing him according to his to repay his friendship by protecting you. appearance as a page, or cadet; “I know Your misfortune is not, perhaps, so irre. that our civil wars bas produced much mediable as your despair presents it. Your calamity. You say, that yourself and lover may be again found, your father refamily have followed the interests of my ll conciled, and your union thus effected. husband and brothers; I have received you !| The Lord Colonna has been absent from in consequence of this declaration. But his Castle some days, he returns however what calamity of your life is the origin of this morning. I will engage him in your this seciet grief? You weep, my son," ll service, and by our united efforts, you said she, taking her passive hand; “ I ad- | may at last recover your lover, your dress you as a mother. Give me your faiher, and your happiness." confidence, Signor, you shall have no || At this moment the horn again sounded, cause to repent the trust.-Speak, are you and Colonna and his suite were at the not unhappy ?"-" Ah, madam, I am in- ll gate of the Castle. The lady, who saw their deed unhappy;" said Angelica, throwing arrival from the window of the apartment, herself into the arins of the lady !ll hastened to receive her Lord, leaving “Signor!" exclaimed she, in astonishment. || Angelica with an attendant female. "Ah! no," madam; replied Angelica, but “How kind is this lady," said Angelica. with a voice scarcely intelligible, through “ Yes, Signor,” replied the attendant, interrupting tears. “You are deceived ! ll “ and my Lord is equally so. They have I am not what I appear--I am not a ca- 1 had their misfortunes, however." valier, but an unhappy woman, and whose | “What misfortune," said Angelica ? wretchedness is increased by the reflection “A very melancholy one," replied the that she is herself the authoress of her || female. “My Lord and Lady ,had long own misery! Yes, madam, a vain pride, been desirous of an heir; about twenty a useless hypocrisy, has been the origin of years ago they had one, and the whole what I weep for! But I weep, alas ! too l province was a scene of joy upon the oca late, my error will now admit no re.

casion. But in the midst of the rejoicing medy!"

Il the child disappeared." It is unnecessary to add, that this con. “ Disappeared ?" Icpcated Angelica; fession of Angelica introduced the narra. || “ how so ?". tive of her history, and that she concealed “I know not, Signor; nor does any one nothing of her adventure from the Lady know more of this matter than myself. All Colonna. She acknowidged, with tears we know is this : the child and its nurse of repentance, that she put a force upon || slept in the same chamber. But one moinher inclinations in her first departure from ing when my Lady sent me up for the the house of her father, and that during li child, both purse and child were gone; and this separation she had suffered equally l as the floor was strewed with clothes, and with her lover, She confessed that she nothing missing but an upper garment of had returned with the purpose of reward-ll each, we concluded them to have been , ing the fidelity of her lover." But my ll stolen from their beds. The families of Borgia and Colonna were at that time in commanded them to be admitted; they civil war with each other, and though we accordingly entered the apartment. But have never been able to obtain any | the countenance of the peasant no sooner proofs, we do not hesitate to believe them met the eyes of Colonna, than he hastened the instruments of this calamity. They forwards and embraced him. It is upknew no revenge could be so complete as necessary to say, that this peasant was no that of stealing away the heir."

otber than the Lord Prospero himself. The “ And have you never traced any thing Lady, upon their first entrance, was about of the stolen child ?"

to retire from the room, but no sooner “ Never, Signor, from the first moment | perceived the face of Alberto, than she of our loss to the present day. The Lord | found herself retained by a sentiment Prospero Colonna, the brother of niyLord, she did not yet understand. After some undertook the business of the search; and ceremonies, the Lord Colonna resumed his though the disappearance of the child seat, and commanded the soldiers to enter makes him the heir to my Lord his upon their business. Ile was obeyed, and brother, he did not on that account ap- he immediately discovered that the personi pear less eager to recover the stolen in- | before him was no other than the Alberto fant. But his search was fruitless. Nor whose history he had just heard in that is this the only misfortune of the family. of Angelica. He did not, however, inThe only heir, as I have said, after the dis- terrupt the narrative of the soldiers. The appearance of the child, was my Lord old peasant, or to call him by his proper Prospero himself. But within this last year, ll name, the Lord Prospero, gave a more from some cause or other, he has deserted | full relation, narrating every thing as he the Castle. It is said he is seized with a had received it from Alberto. The Lord melancholy madness. It is certain that he and Lady Colonna had hitherto listened has taken the habit of a peasant, and lives to every thing in silence, but each of them in a cottage in the wood of Bosca, not two felt an unusual interest in Alberto. They leagues from hence. 'And no efforts of my cach of them regarded him with peculiar Lord or bis friends have hitherto succeed- learnestness. Oh,nature, how powerful art ed to draw him from his retreat. The thou!-By what secret magic dost thou inneighbourhood suspect hiin to have com- | Auence hearts the most insensible !-After mitted some crime in his earlier days, and these earnest regards towards Alberto, as that his present retreat is the penance | if both impelled by the same sentiment, affixed either by bimself or his confessor. ll they turned their eyes upon each other. For my own part, I know nothing, though | They perceived with increased astonishI am not without my suspicions:-But here i ment, that they each felt alike; and what come my Lord aud Lady."

was still more incredible, that neither un. The Lord and Lady Colonna now en- derstood his own sentiment. The whole tered the apartment; the Lady requested company seemed to be possessed with the Angelica to retire to that repose which same wonder. For some moments every her fatigue of the preceding night ren- one was silent; the soldiers were suspend: dered necessaary. “ In the mean time; led in expectation, though they knew not Signor, I will plead your cause, and endea of what. The Lord Colonna at length vour to engage my Lord here in your turning to Alberto, demanded of him why interest."

he had not sought the hand of Angelica Angelica upon this, followed the at- || from her father ? tendant female, and retired from the apart. l .“ My fortune," replied Alberto, “ was inent.

too inferior, and my birth too doubtful." It is needless to say that the Lady Col“ Your birth doubtful!" resumed Co: lonna performed her promise, and related lonna; “ how so, Signor ?" to her Lord the adventures of Angelica. | “Alas !" replied Alberto, "I am an exile She had scarcely concluded the narratives from all natural protection ! I know not to when a servant entered. The soldiers whom I owe my existence !-The offspring with Alberto, attended by the old peasant, || of shame, perhaps ! I have been deserted were now at the gate. The Lord Colonna || from the moment of my birth :-My pak

Tents have refused to acknowledge their || purpose. To the equal astonishment of own; and to avoid the disgrace of that | Alberto and the company, the Lord Prosacknowledgment, exposed nie even in my l pero now rushed forward, and seizing the in fancy, to probable death !"

garb of Alberto, tore it from his arm, and The company were now bushed into at examined the mark! It no sooner met teption, and every one appeared to take an || his eye, than throwing himself upon his interest io the misfortunes of Alberto, Co-l| knees, and clasping his hands in the pos. lonna continued his interrogation. - Iture of prayer, be burst forth into a rap.

" By what means did you come into the turous exclamation.-" I thank thee, Hea. family of the banker, Angelica's father ?" | ven! that my prayers and penitence are

“ I was exposed," replied Alberto, “whilst at last accepted! and that it is thus given yet an infant, at his door. His charity ad- | to me to expiate my former guilt!" mitted me into his house, and he has shel- | The soldiers and servants of Colonna tered me until my late departure. I have hastened to the assistance of the Lord nothing with which to accuse him ; I owe Prospero, believing this exclaination to be every thing to his friendship and hu- | the effect of madness, the disease with manity. fle might judeed have done which they imagined him to be afflicted. more, but I must have owed it to his | Rising from his posture, he shook off the charity, and have no claim of right.--But, il officious attendants.-“ I am not mad, thus unknown, could I have presumed to my Lord,” said he, with unusual dignity; bare solicited his daughter?-Could a 1l " the event of this day has restored me! stranger like myself, demand the heiress | It is now, my Lord, many years since you whose beauty and wealth had already be lost the beir of Colonna. You attributed come the theme of the province, and the ll the guilt of that disappearance to your object of the wishes and pursuit of whol enemies, the Borgias. My Lord, the ever was most rich and noble?"

Borgias were innocent, the guilt was The attention of the company was now mine!" attracted to the old peasant, the Lord I The whole company started at this Prospero Colonna. Whilst Alberto was | avowal. The Lord Prospero continued. speaking, he had regarded him with singu. 11 “ I need not add, that my only motive was lar earnestness, and his manner had some- || to usurp the inheritance !-Let my long thing of confusion. When Alberto related repentance and self-inflicted penance, be his doubtful birth, he startled; and when my plea for pardon !--Should that be in. he added the circumstance of his exposure sufficient, let this amends be accepted at the door of the father of Angelica, his my Lord Colonua, behold in this youth countenance changed, and his mind ap your son!” peared to be much agitated. He now de. It is needless to relate with minute. manded bastily, if those who had thus ex- | ness the remainder of this history. It is posed him at the door of the merchant, sufficient to say, that Alberto bad been had accompanied their deposit with no il tbus stolen and exposed by the contrivtoken by which they might afterwards re- || ance of Prospero Colonna. Ile was now cognize and claim him. Alberto here ac- restored to his family and honours. The knowledged that he had a mark upon his il father of Angelica was summoned to the right arm, which appeared to have been Castle, and the union of the lovers fola made by the point of a sword, and which | lowed without any other obstacle. be supposed to have been given for that I

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(Continued from Page 77.)

LETTER V.

framed and glazed, which was cut in writing TO MRS. BRUDEN ELL. .

l paper so exquisitely fine, that I could scarcely

believe it in the power of scissars to execute it, Oakwood, March 31, 1307. or hands to guide them. Going into the bousekeeper's room the “ Proy, Mrs. Simpson," said ), " who die other day, I was struck with a small landscape, ll this?"

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“0, Ma'am,” replied sbe, “it was Peggy || shovel, chaffing-dish, and bellows mounted Freeman."

with the same metal. “ Does she visit you sometimes?" I asked. || I remarked to Mrs. Freeman the ancient

“Why, yes, ma'am, she does come now and || furniture of her house, and tbe care with then, with her mother and her aunt; but not which I should preserve it. She said her husvery oftens. To be sure she's a very pretty | band valued it so bigbly, that he not only sort of a girl, and very good-natured ; but would not part with any of it, but he would she's too high-down for me. She's too fond | not suffer it to change its piace; and she had of reading to be good for any thing. She has great difficulty to prevail on him to let her read all the books at the Parsonage over and take the wooden cradle up stairs, in which over; and I believe, in my heart, that sooner | his ancestors, bimself, and his daughter bad than be without books, she'd make 'em her- | been norsed; bat at last she gained her point, self. But it's her mother's fault, and so I told and it was now keeping company with the her. Here, Mrs. Freeman, says I, you keep cane chairs above. . slave, slave, and let your daughter sit reading During this latter part of the conversation, the Pope, and the Four Seasons, and the Young Jobn entered, and bade his wife take me up. Night Thoughts, when she ought to be making stairs to see the cradle, which, he assured me, a pudding, or sweeping up the house! was a great curiosity. She knew this chanspion • Why,' says she, “Mrs. Simpson,' says she, of freedom too well to dispute the smallest o

if my daughter likes to read, and I like to his commands, and led the way, while her make a pudding and sweep the house, I should daughter followed. The cradle was indeed thiok vobody can blame us.' Well, says I, curious; of pannelled oak, grown black with. every one in his way; but I know, if I'd a age, ornamented with carving, and had a cross daughter, I'd make her good for something. I at top, probably to secure its infant from Your hundred a-year won't buy Peggy a the influence of witchcraft for evil spirits, gentleman, and all her learning won't cook when they were in fashion. But the whole her busband's dinner nor her ingenousness room was a curiosity. It was Peggy's. The mend his stockings."

blue and white striped linen curtains of the This account of the housekeeper roused my 1: bed and windows were the joint manufacture curiosity to see Peggy Freeman, avd I took of the mother and aunt; every lling else my evening walk to the bouse. Jessamine shewed some touches of ber own bands. The and woodbine were climbing on cach side the walls she had herseif painted light blue; but door, and a small flower-garden lay before it. no niore of them was seen above the chairs, I found the good mother knitting, the aunt at || than served for ground-work to the innumerber wheel, and Peggy finishing a beautiful uble drawings and landscapes of eut paper drawing of The Choice of Hercules. The firm with which they were covered. The drawings pegs of her figure of Virtue, the fascivation of were various. Landscapes, flowers, birds, and Pleasure, and the beauty of both astonished butterflies, in their native colours; and por. me; nor was the indecision of Hercules, or his traits in Indian ink, in which tbe fine touches muscular strength, less striking. She received l of the pencil were such an exact copy of the me with native ease and sweetness. Indeed, || strokes ofthe linen, that it required the nicest my unexpected entrance cuused no more con eye to distinguish the drawing from an en. fusion in the whole groupe, than that of my l graring. The counterpane and cushions of favourite spaniel.

the cane cbairs were of wbite linen, with knots The house was perfect neatness. Its case of powers of her own quilting; the carpet of ments were adorned with white curtains, and canvas, covered with Aowers of her own workits cberry-coloured floor partly covered with ing; and artificial flowers of ber own making a carpet; the rest of the furniture had de ornamented the chimney-piece. Even the scended from father to son, with the house boxes were covered with writing paper, with that held it. The polished tables, chairs, and small points pasted on, and varuisbed over. dresser were of massive oak; and over the “Peggy," said I, astonished at what I saw, latter were ranks of shining pewter, from the l“ is it possible all these are your handy. dish wbich held the Christmas beef to the works ?" plate off which it was eaten. On one side of She replied with great modesty—“I hare a the fire-place stood a couch, called a squab; l taste for these fauciful employments, ma'am ; on the other a heavy immoveable oaken chair, ll and my father and mother are so kind as to capable of holding three persons, called a l give me leisure to indulge it.” Lung-settle, that is, long seat. The chimney il The mother showed me ber embroidery on coruers were adorned with brazen tongs, fire-muslin, and even her dayning of the family

bineo.-" There is some charm in your fingere, lihe Squire does him. Hence, when they

certainly," said I; “I never saw any thing so differ in opinion, a stranger would be* exquisitely neat. The pencil, the scissars, | lieve a quarrel must ensue, and they would

and the needle, acquire powers in your part in anger, if not for ever. But, besides brands of which I did not think them capable. the regard which every body feels for my The pencil and scissars I willing cede to you; brother, who knows him thoroughly, they are but you beat me on my own ground! 1, who held together by two of the strongest ties in Dever saw any sort of needle-work I did not ll the world, habit and self-interest. They have learn, or practice any in which I did not conversed so long, that each becomes necesexcel!"

sary to the other. Neither could find a sub). To complete your idea of Peggy Freeman, stitute. I must tell you her person is tall and slender; | “ Brother," said I, last night, “have yout her features extremely pleasing, and though, ll methodists in the village? I heard psalmperhaps, nut regularly beautiful, inscparably singing just now, as I passed Webster's barn." connected with my ideas of beauty; and ber “I believe," replied he, “there is not a vil. cumplexion the purest red and white, by lage in the kingliom without them. They ** Nature's own sweet and cunning hand laid

swarm like gnats on a suinmer evening. They

wanted one of my coach-holiscs to preach in, on,"

but I would fire it first. I expect I shall not Her manners shew a conscionsness that her keep a servant in the house for them soon ; own talents are an equivalent to the rank of Il for if ever they convert one, I discharge him those the world would call her superiors ; but ll directly.” her self coatidence has no presumption. Her “Why does their religion disqualify them manners, indeed, bespeak a knowledge of the for service?" demanded I. world w bich weither intuition or books could

“Because they are all rogues," he an. give. Tbis she has acquired at the house of

swered." There is not one that would not Mr. Caradine, a gentleman about twenty

pick your pocket. Aod though I cannot keep miles distant, whose daughter is her intimate

canting, lying, and cheating out of the vila friend.

lage, I will not let them reside in my bouse, if Such is my neighbour. But she is something || I know it." more than this, which I do not well know how I “ You are very right," said l. I know to describe. Something which speaks to the little of the methodists; and I did not know heart, and which my heart tells me I conid that dishonesty was one of the doctrines Jove. I promise myself great pleasure in ber | they teache." society

“ I suppose they do not teach it,” replied l my brother; “they only practise it.”

“in that predicamieut, I imagine,” said 1, LETTER VI.

“ stand all religions. All inculcate good; and TO MRS. BRUDENELL.

so far as the professors of any commit evil, Oakwood, April 5, 1807. they depart from tbeir own faith. That the Mly mornings are inviolably my own. This il methodists, pretending to more sanctity than is one of my singularities. In the afternoon | their fellow Christians, and possessing no Diargaret (Peggy now no more, for I like no more virtue, are wider froin their professions Peggy but Allen Ramsay's) works or walks | than others, I can easily believe; but surely witb me; and I have jutroduced her to our that is all." evening suciety, where my brother and her “No;" said my brother, “it is not all. fatber, baring read the news of the day, ge- They were originally, as themselves confess, perally make some comments not much in its ll the vilest of sinners, and so they are still. Cait favour. On politics we are both silent. On the impression inade by the rant of an enthuother subjects we join as we please, and inylsiast be lasting? Can it change the nature of an brother acknowledges the pleasure he derives ll ignorant blockhead? If it irstrain the tongie from female conversation.

ll of a profane swearer, will not the evil priuMy brother's' temper is naturally violent. ll ciple coine out in the shape of a lye?" He loves and bates, and speaks by extremes ; ! "If I grant you that methodists before and, speaking only to inferiors, he has con- ll their conversiou, were the vilert of sinners," tracted some strong modes of expression, said l, “the result will lie much in their fathat would not pass current in the workel vour. They are now decent, orderly mein. Jubo Freeman is as positive as my brother bers of society. If they have banished swear. . is warm, and fears the Squire no more than Wing, drinking and debauchery, we may fui:

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