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into the avenue of chesgallantry. Availing himself of the igno- nut-trees, by which is the approach tollic rance of his audience, to improve the house. I saw no one; I continued fure music, the Italiau author had added one wards to the door, still no one came 10 or more syllables to the end of many of receive me. At length, by dint of knucka his words. Agues, who understood and ing, an old woman came to the door: I admired this language, could scarcely gi leave you to imagine what semains. credit to her ears. She thought it equally Alas," replied Agnes, “slic was the singular that so many hundreds should best of women, and beloved according to assemble to hear a drama of the language her merits. To me she was more than a of which they understood not one syllable. | mother; she found nie deserted-an orBut even the short time that she had been phan unknown and unclaimed; she took in town she had seen so many other sub me to her bosom, and cherished me as jects of surprise, that she suppressed her her own." astonishment, and that her time might not “ You know not then your parents," be lost, endeavoured to collect her said Bellasis, much moved. thoughts, and form some resolution upon "No," said Agnes, “ I know not on her situation with Bellasis and Beachcroft earth a more desolate wretch than myself; She retired home, however, wearied and I have lost now the only heart in which I disgusted. Upon rising at a very late bour possessed an interest; I am a stranger iu the following morning, havi:g breakfasted a world which is not characterized by chain her apartment, she found on the table | rity." in the parlour a note addressed to her. Say not so, my Agnes," said Bellasis, The contents she found to be as follows:- | taking the hand of the lovely girl, who
" My Dearest Agnes-If you will could not repress her tears : There is yet admit the consolation of a friend, one who
one heart to whom you are dearer than life feels and laments the loss of the much itself; there is one who would sacrifice his respected Lady Priscilla, you will not re life to your slightest interest.
Sweet Ag fuse at the hour of one o'clock this moin. nes, do not injustice to my love." ing to see, Your's, &c.
The fiand of Agnes was within that of “ E. BELLASIS." Bellasis as he made this appeal; she replied The honr was indeed at hand, for scarcely | by a gentle pressure, which enraptured her had she concluded the letter before Bel. lover. lasis was ushered into the room.
“ Do I not merit your confidence, Ag. It is not to be expected that this history | nes ?" said he ;“ if I do, refuse me not what should descend to the minute detail of what I do not as ki to gratify an idle curiosity; passed in this interview. Suffice ii to say, inform me of your situation previous to that neither lover thought the time of the your entrance into the family of Lady interview long, though they had already i Priscilla." remained nearly two hours together, before “ Alas," replied Agnes, “ my history is any one entered to interrupt them. long and melancholy; but as you demand
Bellasis informed Agnes of the manner it as a proof of my confidence in which he had heard the death of Lady The conversation was here interrupted Priscilla.—“ I reached Penzance," said || by the entrance of Miss Beachcroft. he, “somewhat late in the evening, and “My dear good people, how melancholy as both my servant and myself were well you look," exclaimed the flippant girl; mounted, I resolved to continue forwards “Bellasis, I am rejoiced to see you, have you without stopping; Ishould otherwise doubt-heard of my poor dear aunt? Well, who less have beard of this lamented event, as would bave thought it? Do you remember I have since found that Penzance is full of how well she looked the day we all went nothing else. I proceeded forwards, there together to Lady Arminias? But I forgot, fore, already anticipating the cheerful fire, you were not of the party. Well, we must and general carol of joy, which usually all die, and no one knows when or where. awaited the visitor at the hospitable house But mamma sent me down to desire that of Lady Priscilla. L at length reached the you would stay dinner; she knows you are.
here, and she knows too that you are too “Dearest Agnes, what should forbid our well pleased with each other not to excuse inmediate anion ?" said he. " I have her absence. And so, good people, for mentioned in my letter the only foible in the present farewell! I must go to Bing. Ilie otherwise wholly-faultless character of ley's, in Piccadilly, to look at a new fancy the Captain. He is resolved that together dress. She was the prettiest tasie. Well, with his name I shall procure that boundfarewell, I shall meet you again at dinner, less wealth which shall again restore his and I csigage you to-morrow to accompany family to their former pleasure. He has Agnes and myself to take a second look at proposed himself our union, as he liad my fancy dyess. But farewell for the pres previously learned from Lady Priscilla sent."
that you were her intended heiress." With these words she ran out of the Agnes here informed him of his error,
“ What a pity," said Bellasis, and the clause of Lady Priscilla's will, by " that so much good humour and under which the three hundred thousand pounds standing should be thrown away and lost was settled, only jointly, on herself and in tlie levities of fashionable dissipation.” Mr. Beachcroft, and that she was to lose
Lady Beachcroft here entered the apart-il the whole of her share, if consenting to ment, and as Bellasis could no longer con an union with any odier. verse with Agnes, he requested her to give Before Bellasis had time to answer, Lady him a private interview on the following Beachcroft entered the room, and the morning, to which she consented without conversation for the remainder of the visit scruple.
became general. Bellas's was at length In her impatience to see Bellasis, Agnes compelled to depart, without any further arose ea'lier than usual on the morning explanation with Agres. Lady Beachfuilowing her visit to the Opera. Every cruft civilly invited him to repeat his visit sound at the door quickened the motion of
as often as his leisore would admit. her heart. Bellasis did not appear till a In no very pleasing mood of mind did Jate hoạr, aud Agnes was about to receive | Agnes accompany Miss Beachcroft to their liim with some appearance of indignation, ll room to dress for dinner. * Agnes," said when he excused bimself as having been the latter young lady, “I have a secret detained at one of the public offices.
you; what will you give me for it :" " The Captain, my fa:lier," said he, “ Nay," replied Agnes, “ I cannot tell “bad a fracas at the theatre with a Ba- its worth till I know it." sonet."
“ I have more than one," said slie; “ I hope the affair has gone no farther," “ but I'll tell you them a'l in order. 113 said Agnes.
the first place, they, you will never have " It bas terminated without danger," | my brother, Mr. Beachcroft. ln the secontinued Bellasis ; “ as the quarrel oc cond place, my brother, Mr. Beacheioit, curied in so public a place, the gentlemen will never leave you; and in the third were observed, and watched home by the place, you will be married wheiber you police officers. The meeting, the duel, will or not, before the month is out." was fixed for six this morning ; the parties Agnes reproved her for this trifling. met, and each fired their first pistol. The “ Nay, nay, my Lady Miralse]," re. Captain's ball went through Sir Harry's | sumed Miss Beachcroft, “ you will find hat, the Baronei's passed away with still what I say is true; you know you cannot less effect. The police officers came up, marry without your guardian's conserit; and the parties were conducted before a but he it seems is resolved to have you magistrate : every thing was at length married whether you consent or not. I terminated to the general satisfaction, and can assure you the business is resolved mothing further can ensue.”.
upon, for I overheard every thing." The conversation now took a more par “And what did you overhear :" said ticular direction; Bellasis condoled with | Agnes. Agnes on the loss of Lady Prisciila, and Be secret, and I'll tell you, Agnes; for then insensibly proceeded in the subject of upon my word I love you as well as I should bis passione
Wa sister of any own, and therefore will do
as much for you, even against my own gacy unless you married my brother.father. Well, Mirabel and my father had 'Yes, says my father, “the money, in case of a long conversation this morning in the her refusal to this intended union, is to be library, and you was the subject. The divided between my son and me. I speak library is separated from the eloset in the candidly, Mirabel, it is to my interest to Dext tvom only by a waivscot partition; prevent the union, and thus to obtain my the closet is large enough to lie snug in, share of the legacy, to which I think I and there is more than one hole in the have the better litle, as Lady Priscilla was wainscot. My father, I can assure you, my sister. Assist me in this, and I will thinks he's very safe and silent, and con- engage that the fortune of Agnes shall be cealed in his library, but I know more worth fifty thousand pounds." than one of his secrets, and I'll tell them “ And what said Mirabel?" demanded you all some time. Why, would you be- | Agnes. lieve it, my dear, he is not even so true to “ Why an agreement was immediately my mother as he ought to be, for I have made, and after some delay you are to be. seen my lady's maid in the library with
come my Lady Mirabel." him, when he has locked the door, and
“ I hope they will ask my consent first," commanded the servants not to suffer bim said Agnes. to be interrupted in his important occu- “ No, indeed," replied Miss Beaclicroft, pations."
“ I believe they do not think that a very “ Bit tell me," said Agnes,
necessary preliminary; but I have told they said about me, for I am only con- you all I know, for they went out together cerned with my own affairs."
to St. James's Coffee-house to conclude “ Well then, after compliments and so the affair." forth,” rejoined Miss Beachcroft, “ my This conversation was interrupted by father asked the wretch, Mirabel you know | Lady Beachcroft, who invited them, as I mean, whether he loved you as much as the day was fine, to accompany her to he appeared, and whether be thought he Kensington Gardens; the coach was at could reconcile himself to take you with- the door, and they accordingly departed out a farthing? And Mirabel said cau- together. didly enough (hang them all, I say, these
The day was brilliant, and the Gardens men are candid enough to one another, full
. Lady Beachcroft happened to meet extravagant as their compliments are to an old friend, thc Dowager Countess of our faces), and so Mirabel said, no ; that Shuffleton. Agnes and Miss Beachcroft he certainly intended at length to marry, walked at some distance behind, that they but that he had a mortgage on his estate, might not interrupt the conversation of which he expected to be enabled to pay the two dear friends. Wearied with the off by his wiie's fortune."
length of their walk, and sceing one of the “Well, and what's all this to me," said covered seats before them, Agues and Miss Agnes; “ how am I concerned with this :" Beachcroft turned into it, when Agnes met
" You shall hear,” said Miss Beach. an eye which almost rendered her mocroft, “ if you will have but patience, but I tionless with terror, though she knew not you must let me tell my story my own what she had to fear. It was that of the way. Well, and then my father asked stranger who had observed her with such a him how much his mortgage was, and fixed gaze in the theatre. The fellow seized Sir Ilarry said, thirty thousand pounds. her hand. “ Now then," exclaimed he, Then what would you say to a wife of “ who are you, what are you, whence are fifty thousand, said my father; an estate you?-Speak, for I must know.” worth thirty thousand, and twenty thou. These words, and the action which ac. sand in noney. And Sir Harry asked, if || companied them, were spoken so quick, you would have that, and my father said that had Agnes been enabled to have rehe would ensure it him: and then they turned any answer, she would not have looked over Lady Priscilla's will. And Sir known what to have said. Miss Beachcroft, Harry started when he came to the clause after the terror of the moment, cailed out which cut you off of your share of the le- for assistance. The fellow looked out, and
seeing Lady Beachcroft and her compa. dignation; the Baronet, however, ap. nion, and some gentlemen at the further peared undaunted, and Agnes saw that it extremity of the walk, betook himself to would be an aitair of no inconsiderable flight, and was in a moment concealed , difficulty to rid herself of so importunate amongst the trees.
a suitor. Agncs had nearly recovered her terror When Agnes was again alone, she could when Lady Beachcroft approached. Upon not but reflect on the singular occurrer ce hearing what had occurred, they concluded in the Garden : the more she meditated on that she had been assaulted by a maniac. the subject, the less was she enabled to This conjecture still further augmented understand it. A secret presentiment the terror of Agnes and Miss Beachcroft, persuaded her that the incident was of and her mother, at their joint request, more importance than it appeared, and bastened to reiurn to their coach, but not she found it difficult to persuade herself before she had accepted for herself, Agnes, that the man who had addressed her was and her daughter, an invitation to the but a maniac. She could make nothing Countess of Shuffleton's rout on the fol. of it, however, and therefore endeavoured lowing night.
to banish the subject from her mind. Upon Agnes' return home, she had time She happened at this moment to throw to reflect upon her situation in the family her eyes upon her dressing-table, and saw of Sir George. She well understood the a letter addressed to herself. Opening it interested designs of her guardian, and as
with some curiosity, she found its conthe surest method of defeating the pro.
tents as follows:posed alliance, she resolved, without fur. “ All is not gold that glitters, beware ; her delay, to declare her decided repug. no more at present from a nance to the union with Mr. Beachcroft,
“ FRIEND IN NEED." and thus at once surrender all right to the iuvidious legacy. She was persuaded that Agnes read it again and again, she enthis would satisfy Sir George, who was deavoured to conjecture the writer; cononly seeking the same ends by other jecture, however, was vain. It was evi. means.
dently one who feared discovery; the But what then was to be the end of her orthography was not altogether what it love for Bellasis, she knew not; she only is ought to have been. It could not be a knew that justice, honour, and even com- servant in the house, for Agnes knew mon honesty, required her immediate sa. none of them who were in any manner crifice of the legacy, the conditions of likely to take any interest in her concerns. which she was so firmly resolved not to And to whom could it allude? of this she ful6l. Full of this resolution, she inquired
was equally ignorant. She was in some whether Sir George was in his library, | doubt whether she should shew the billet that she might inform him of her inter- to Miss Beachcroft, but at length decided tions, but learned that he had gone on a in the negative, as that young lady, howa visit out of town, and was not expected ever cheerful in her humour, and ever home till the evening of the following | frendly to ber, was so volatile, that she day. Agnes thought it more advisable | would have published this incident through to await bis return, than to signify her in- the family. Agnes resolved, moreover, 10 tention to Lady Beachcroft, who concerned embarrass herself no longer with conjecherself with little but her fashionable dis- ture, but to wait till the event, or some sipation.
progress towards it, should explain what Sir Harry was again a guest at dinner, she at present so vainly endeavoured to and the only gentleman present. Agnes, develope. thought that the offensive freedom of his In thoughts like these Agnes passed a manders daily increased. Having an op- sleepless night, and arose pale, and faportunity of a few moments, he again tigued in spirits as in strength, on the earnestly declared his passion, and so- | following morning, licited her pity accoriling to the usual Upon entering the breakfast parlour, to forms. Agnes again repelled him with in- her mingled indignation and surprix,
Mirabel caught her in bis arms, and sa- Why, that was what I thought of," luted her. Lady Beachcroft only smiled, said she, “ for a long time; and only see and Sir Harry, without deigning even an how I settled it. Bless me, I shall never get apology, carelessly left the room. Lady through the story. Hark! they are all Beachcroft rallied her on the blush of in- | belovi staiis, I do believe, constable and dignation which mantled over her face ; | all; you must take it all on yourself, or I but Agnes, educated in the modesty of | am ruined for ever." nature, could not reconcile herself to li
Agnes was really alarmed, and intreated berties, which a woman of fashion would her to explain herself more intelligibly. think sufficiently punished by a tap of her “ Well then, I sent my maid Lyddy,' fan.
said she, “ to pawn my necklace. You Sir George had not yet returned; Sir must know there is a famous Jew who Harry was to accompany them to the rout takes in diamonds and trinkets of ladies of in the evening, and therefore again dined fashion. Well, I told Lyddy to go to with them. Agnes was impatient for the this Jew, and if any questious were asked return of Sir George, that by satisfying to say it was her own. I forgot, you know, his cupidity by the voluntary surrender of child, that Lyddy has no business with a the legacy, she might escape the perse
necklace of such value. But all would cution of Mirabel's further addresses. have been very well if the girl had gone
Sir George, however, returned not, to the right person; for the Jew is a man though it was already a late hour, and the of fashion, let me tell you, and is accusdinner had waited some time. Whilst comed to these things. But instead of Agnes was meditating in her mind the || that hey, did you ever see any one part she had to act, Miss Beachcroft ab. so horribly flushed as I am, or is it your ruptly entered the room. My de rest | glass, child " Agnes," exclaimed she, “ save me, or 1 “ Well, but finish your story,” said am ruined. I shall never be able to shew || Agnes. my face again."
“ Well, instead of going to the right " What has happened ?" said Agnes, Jew, as I was saying, you must kyow she alarmed, “ for Heav'ns sake keep me not
went to the first pawnbroker she met, and in suspense. Let me know the worst." so the fellow stopt her, and asked how she
“ Well, promise me, that you will take came by the necklace; and to make short it upon yourself."
of the matter, took the poor girl up, and “ Let me know it first,” said she,
she is now in prison. Lord help me, what you cannot expect me to answer you."
is to be done?" “ Well, then," said she,“ promise me
“ How did you know all this?" said not to scold, and not to look with a long
Agnes. grave accusing face, and I'll tell it you.
Why the girl sent me this letter by a Bless my soul," continued she, sealing | porter, she has kept my secret. Now I'll herself at the dressing table, “ what a vile tell you how we must manage it: you glass; why I do protest that I look most
know our necklaces are precisely the same. horrible in it."
Here, you must let me put your's on, and “ Well, but you forget that you are
you must acknowledge mine as your's, and ruined," said Agnes, smiling.
father is so miserable, and so “ Ob dear, yes, and so I am, my dear, close with you, that he compels you to if you do not assist me, my dear. Come, pledge your jewels; and you know he dare I'll tell you how it is; you must know i| not, at least he will not scold you as be took a band last night with the Dowager would ine, should he discover me." Rubout, and whilst mamma's back was
Before Agnes could reply, Lady Beachturned, we agreed to treble stakes; and so, croft interrupted the conversation, by would you believe it, I have lost a hundred summoning them to dinner. and twenty pounds." “ Good Heavens,” exclaimed Agnes,
[To be continued.] " how do you mean to pay it :"