Page images

friends with you. Come, Jacob, you have my promise to do



“ Yes, Mary, and I believe you, so there's

my hand.

“ You don't know how miserable I have been, Jacob, since we quarrelled,” said Mary, wiping the tears away, which again commenced flowing; “and yet I don't know why, for I'm sure I have almost hated you this last week—that I have; but the fact is, I like quarrelling very well for the pleasure of making it up again ; but not for the quarrel to last so long as this has

[blocks in formation]

It has annoyed me too, Mary, for I like you very much in general.”

“ Well, then, now it's all over; but, Jacob, are you sure you are friends with me?"

“ Yes, Mary."

Mary looked archly at me. 66 You know the old saw, and I feel the truth of it."

“ What, kiss and make friends ?!” replied I; “ with all my heart,” and I kissed her, without any resistance on her part.

“No, I didn't mean that, Jacob."

6. What then?"

66 O ! 'twas another."

“ Well, then, what was the other ?"

“ Never mind, I forget it now," said she, laughing, and rising from the chair. “Now I must go to my work again, and you must tell me what you've been doing this last fortnight.”

Mary and I entered into a long and amicable conversation, till her father came home, when we retired to bed. “ I think,” said old Stapleton, the next morning, “that I've had work enough; and I've belonged to two benefit clubs for so long as to 'title me to an allowance. I think, Jacob, I shall give up the wherry to you, and you shall in future give me one-third of your earnings, and keep the rest to yourself. I don't see why you're to work hard all day for nothing." I remonstrated against this excess of liberality ; but old Stapleton was positive, and the arrangement was made. I afterwards discovered, what may probably occur to the reader, that Captain Turnbull was at the bottom of all this. He had pensioned old Stapleton, that I might become independent by my own exertions before I had served my apprenticeship; and after breakfast, old Stapleton walked down with me to the beach, and we launched the boat. “ Recollect, Jacob,” said he, “one-third, and honour bright;" so saying, he adjourned to his old quarters, the public-house, to smoke his pipe,

and think of human natur.

I do not recollect

any day of my life on which I felt more happy than on this: I was working for myself, and independent. I jumped into my wherry, and without waiting for a fare, I pushed off, and gaining the stream, cleaved through the water with delight as my reward; but after a quarter of an hour I sobered down with the recollection

that although I might pull about for nothing, for my own amusement, that as Stapleton was entitled to one-third, I had no right to neglect his interest; and I shot my wherry into the row, and stood with my hand and fore-finger raised, watching the eye


every one who came towards the hard. I was fortunate that day, and when I returned, was proceeding to give Stapleton his share, when he stopped me. “ Jacob, it's no use dividing now; once a week will be better. I likes things to come in a

lump; 'cause d'ye see—it's—it's-human na



A good fare-Eat your pudding and hold your tongue

- The Domine crossed in love-The crosser also crossed—I find that “ all the world's a stage,” not excepting the stern-sheets of my wherry-Cleopatra's barge apostrophized on the river Thames.

I CONSIDER that the present was the period from which I might date my first launching into human life. I was now nearly eighteen years old, strong, active, and well made, full of spirits, and overjoyed at the independence which I had so much sighed for. Since the period of my dismissal from Mr. Drummond's, my character had much altered. I had become grave and

« PreviousContinue »