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The next day she took an opportunity of conversing with Mr Sampson. Expressing in the kindest manner her grate. ful thanks for his disinterested attache ment, and her joy that he had got such a provision, she hinted to him that his present mode of superintending Charles Hazlewood's studies must be inconvenient to his pupil,—that while that engagement lasted, he had better consent to a temporary separation, and reside either with his scholar, or as near him as might be. Sampson refused, as indeed she had expected, to listen a moment to this proposition-he would not quit her to be made preceptor to the Prince of Wales. I see,” he added, “ you are too proud to share my pittance; and, peradventure, I grow wearisome unto you."

“No indeed-you were my father's ancient, almost his only friend-I am not proud-God knows, I have no reason to be so-you shall do what you judge best

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in other matters; but oblige me by telling Mr Charles Hazlewood, that you had some conversation with me concerning his studies, and that I was of opinion, that his carrying them on in this house was altogether impracticable, and not to be thought of.”

Dominie Sampson left her presence altogether crest-fallen, and, as he shut the door, could not help muttering thé.“varium et mutabileof Virgil. Next day he appeared with a very rueful visage, and tendered Miss Bertram a letter.-' Mr Hazlewood,” he said, "was to discontinue his lessons, though he had generously made up the pecuniary loss—But how will he make up the loss to himself of the knowledge he might have acquired under my

instruction? Even in that one article of writing, he was an hour before he could write that brief note, and destroyed many scrolls, four quills, and some good white · paper-I would have taught him in three weeks a firm, current, clear, and legible

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hand-he should have been a calligrapher - but God's will be done."

The letter contained but a few lines, deeply regretting and murmuring against Bliss Bertram's cruelty, whọ not only refused to see him, but to permit him in the most indirect manner to hear of her health and contribute to her service. But it concluded with assurances that her severity was vain, and that nothing could shake the attachment of Charles Hazlewood.

Under the active patronage of Mrs Mac-Candlish, Sampson picked up some other scholars-very different indeed from Charles Hazlewood in rank-and whose lessons were proportionally unproductive. Still, however, he gained something, and it was the glory of his heart to carry it to Mr Mac-Morlan weekly, a slight peculium only subtracted, to supply his snuff-box and tobacco-pouch.

And here we must leave Kippletringan to look after our hero, lest our readers should fear they have lost sight of him for another quarter of a century,

CHAPTER XVI.

Our Polly is a sad slut, nor heeds what we have taught her ;
I wonder any man alive will ever rear a daughter ;
For when she's drest with care and cost, all tempting fine and

gay,
As men should serve a cucumber, she flings herself away.

Beggar's Opera.

AFTER the death of Mr Bertram, Mannering had set out upon a short tour, proposing to return to the neighbourhood of Ellangowan before the sale of that property should take place. He went, accordingly, to Edinburgh and elsewhere, and it was in his return towards the southwestern district of Scotland, in which our scene lies, that, at a post-town about a hundred miles from Kippletringan, to which he had requested his friend, Mr Mervyn, to address his letters, he received one from that gentleman, which contained

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