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when he paid me the little I had earn. are managed with more difficulty than ed in his family, bidding me go my

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.“ A more quiet and good-na She then ordered the Miss Morleys tured girl," added he, “ never came to be called. In consequence of this into a house."--The little Charlotte message, two large, clumsy, bashful hung round my neck, and told me that girls entered the room, looking as if she should never have such a governels they had been more used to handle the again.

hay-fork than the needle. Mr. Mon. When I arrived at Mrs. Masters's, fon then told me, by way of consolaand related what had passed, she com tion, that the should not require more mended me for what I had done, ad. from me than she thought was practiding, that luckily another situation of cable, as she did not expect her nieces fered itself, which might possibly make made fine ladies, but good girls. They me amends for that I had left. In the stared and coloured as if they did out family which I have in view for you,” understand what she said. continued the, “ there are no men, She then asked me my terms, wlrich servants excepted. An elderly lady Mrs. Masters had settled at my first wants a young person to instruct her setting oit: they were rather moulertwo nieces in all sorts of work, French, ate than high; as the thought such a &c. But as there are always some settlement of them would be most likedificulties upon these occafions, Mrs. ly to secure me constant employment : Monson will not take any body to be and I was quite of her opinion. Mrs. governess to her nieces, who cannot Monson made no objection to them, be well recommended from the family saying, that the girls had fortunes fufwith whom he lived last. Now, after ficient for a decent education ; adding, what you have said, Lizzy,” added however, that as she was willing to she, “ I am afraid we shall not easily make me a reasonable allowa:ice for get Mrs. Grantham to give you a good my trouble, she could not but expe& word.”

iome proofs of my capacity, and should I told her I was indeed apprehen- therefore be glad to have the sentiGive that she would not say much in ments of the family whom I served last my praise—“ Therefore,” continued in the character of a governess, I,' « if Mrs. Monson will not accept In answer to this, Mrs. Masters said of my services, I will go to my aunt ; that the midtress of that family had perhaps I may hear of some other acted a very unfriendly part with replace.”

gard to me, and that there could be, Let us try Mrs. Monfon first, of course, nu dependence on what the however : she is a woman of charac. might say.--" But if you will take my ter, and is only from age, and a love word, Madam," continued the, “ who of retirement, rendered incapable of have known her from her infancy, I making any thing of a couple of tall, can give you, I believe, intire satisfacaukward country girls, whose father tion with respect to her conduct and died lately, and left them to her care. qualifications.” Come, come,” added the, “ let us fee “ That will not do,” said Mrs. what she will say to us.”

Monson ; “ I must talk with the lady We went immediately. The lady herself.” in question received us with much po Upon this I took my leavc, giving liteness, saying, that if my behaviour up the affair ; but Mrs. Mafters, being answered my appearance, I was the of a much more sanguine disposition, very person she wanted ; adding, that infifted upon my defiring Mrs. Gran. as her nieces had been left too much tham to give me a character. I comto their own managements, she was a. plied, to oblige her, and waited upon fraid they would want a good deal of that lady, to request the favour of her looking after, growo girls being gene recommendation to Mrs. Monson. rally more obstinate, refractory, and


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Why, rcally,” replied she, “ I those imperfections, by wluich she is to think you have a monstrous assurance notoriously distinguished. It is imto expect any favour from me, but I poslible, I affure you, dear Madam, to believe Mr. Grantham will give you a express the poignant grief, the painful character, if any lady will take you emotions which pierce my heart, when upon his recommendation."

I reflect on the connection, the unhapI made her no answer : I only curt. py union between my brother andfied.

such creature. According to ontOn my return to Mrs. Masters, I ward circumstances, and what he has told her that I feared, if she saw Mrs. been pleased to discover to us of this Monson, her conversation with her affair, it seems too apparent that a would do more harm than good. marriage is at hand, and we fear that

all our solicitations and importunities (To be continued.)

to prevent it will be insufficient and ineffectual. How happy should we be

if we could prevail on him to disen*THE MA TRO N.

gage his affections !-How joyful, if By Mrs. Grey.

we could find a way to hinder this ca

tastrophe, in which he will soon be inNUMBER LXIX.

volved !---a catastrophe, which will HE following letter, figned Ame- not only overwhe'm his friends with lia, requires an early publica Mood of tears, but in all probability he

the deepcit forrow, and cost them a tion : it is the longest which Mrs.

himself will, by so imprudent an acGrey has yet received from any of her

tion, be soon reduced froin: afluent correspondents ; but as it is of an in.

state, to a very mean aristbject conditeresting nature to many of her readers, the presents it to them without hood, from his too great reliance, or

tion, as his entine vill, in all likclia retrenchment.

doating fondness, be partly, if not To Mrs. GREY.

wholly, in the power, and at the dis“ Madam,

posal of his new companion, who, I

assure you, Madam, bids fair to be a "“ May I presume to folicit your very bad economist. Had the been of advice on the following case?

a sober and virtaous disposition, the “ My brother, who has an income meanness of her circumstances would of sool. a year, has unforturately de- not have prevented us from complying graded himself, by placing the whole with his choice ; we would readily of his affe&tions on one of the fair sex, have given our approbation, as there who is not only in very mean circum would have been then some prospect ftances, but also of a most infamous of future' happiness and conjugal afand abandoned character. His friends fection, which should always accomhave oft-times interrogated him on the

pany the facred and important solemoccasion, and with tears endeavoured nization of matrimony. The marriageto convince of his folly ; but he is'e ftate must needs be miserable, if there ver deaf to their counsel and admoni. is not an union of souls, a mutual and tions, and obstinately perlifts in his reciprocal regard : and such a regard preposterous conduct. Though he is cannot, I think, be expected, when himself no ftranger to her diffolute the minds and tempers of the two fex. character, and baie difpofition, (which es are adverse to each other.--I am indeed it would be difficult to paint in fure this is the case with respect to the colours so glaring as it deserves) yet, couple now under confideration. . O notwithstanding, he is fo excessively that my brother could see the deluenamoured of her exterior part, that ding, the treacherous heart of the base his ardent passion entirely eclipfes her woman with whom he is so infatuated! folly, and renders him blind to all That he could once discover the hy.

Tbe Matron. No. LXIX. .

199 pocrify which lurk3 under the fair has entirely captivated his heart, and cloak of sanctity !—Baleful thought ! ip soothing' him only to bring him to To give his hand to a prostitute, who. ruin--ruin irretrievable. ---Oh! that is of the mott abandoned turn, and he were fenfible of his danger! that with the most vitiated principles, is a he could withstand those fallacious althing so shocking in itself, so scanda- | lurements ! Such a change, such a relous to one of his rank, that we can formation would not only secure his not think of giving our consent to it, own welfare and reputation, but, at ror can his friends by any means com the same time, give unspeakable joy and ply with his request. 'Unhappy youth! felicity to his friends, who have his how I pity his situation !- I know his well Joing Gncerely at heart. paffion is violently Itrong for this infa “ Now, Madani, I have, without mous creature ; but I hope that tho' reserve, opened the affair to you, and it is inordinate, it is not unsurmount- hope you (whose experience in these able. When we reprove or reprehend matters has been so extensive) will him, he scenas sencible of his folly, and condescend to inform us which is the is so affectes, that tears express his belt and most eligible way of proceedgrief, and m2w the struggles of his ing in this dilemma. By so doing, you foul. It is incumbent upon every in- will probably oblige many of your dividual to reprove his friends when readers in the fame situation ; you will they are conscious of their misconduct, certainly lay the friends of this unforand to endeavour to let them right, tunate youth under unspeakable obliga-and we ought to have the welfare oftions. our friends, as well as our own, at

I am, Madam, heart. A word of advice is sometimes

Your obedient servant, necefTary, and when it is administered

AMELIA." with candour and judgment, it sometimes opens the eyes of a person, and The above-mentioned case is one of brings on a reformation. However, if the most delicate, perhaps, in the whole it preves ineffe&tual, and if those whom line of domestic conduct. I agree enwe advise will not hearken to our ad. tirely with Amelia, that it must make monitions ; if they will not receive a family very unhappy to see a near good counsel, but reject it, and despise and doar relation upon the brink of our good intentions, they only are cul- ruining himself by marrying a woman pable, and we may rest satisfied that unworthy of him in every respect ; a we have discharged our duty towards woman with whom he mut, necessarithem. Nothing, I am sure, which we ly, render his own life miserable in a can suggest any way likely to reform very short time. It is in the highest my brother's conduct has been neg-degree friendly to endeavour to make lected. Every expedient that art can such a man sensible of the risque he devisc, that we thought in any shape ne runs by entering into fo dangerous an cessary to disolve the unfortunate con- alliance, but when once an artful fe-. Dection abovementioned has been incef- male has gained a consider ble ascendfantly tried; but instead of abating his ancy over a man, it is hardly possible imprudent passion, we find, to our great to make him behold her in her true mortification, that we only add fuel to colours; and, perhaps, if the could be the fire ; only increase it ; and we exhibited to him, in the right point of fear, Madam, that his affections are view, he would not have sufficient unalterably fixed. What pity that such Arength of mind to break off his conardent love fhould be placed upon an nection with her. With regard to Aobject fo undeserving of it? My bro- melia's brother, I know but one way ther is blind to his own interest, to his to save him from the apprehended deown good, and will, I fear, launch in. Itruction, as he feems not totally in-. to a scene of life that will utterly un- rendible of the errors of his fair fedo him. The fyren's enchanting voice ducer. By throwing another.wo:nia ...,

in his way, his friends may, by chance, from me for so many months distractturn the tide of his affections, and ed him. I laughed at this speech, give them another course. Men who and told him that when he had been are subícep:ible of tender impresions, in London a few weeks, he would see are soon canglit by female allurements; so many objects so much more worthy and the passion for variety is so predo- his attention than I was, that in a minant, that even this brother of A. Thort time he would think of me with melia, though apparently devoted to as inuch indifference as he did of many ruin, may be drawn from the gulph in other ladies.-“ Never,” said he, to which he is going to precipitate“ can I love any but yourself: give himself, if the counter-attractions be me but hope, and I swear never to fufficiently powerful.

marry any other.".

.“ Hold, (faid I) The following letter came to my

make no rash vowz : you very well hands with the preceding one, and know that your parents would never many of my female readers will, no consent to our union. What a return doubt, feel themselves interested in the would it be for the numberless favours perufal of it.

I have received from them, if I was, To Mrs. GREY.

without fortune, to marry their fon !

Believe me, a few months will alter “ My dear Mrs. Grey,

your sentiments.”—The dance was “ I had the misfortune, when I was just beginning, and I flew to my place very young, to lose my father and mo

to prevent his answering me. The ther, and was placed under the care ofenach foon afterwards came, and conan aunt. I am very fenfible of the veyed us home.--" I proteft, (cried great obligations I am under to her my aunt, whilst we were at supper) I for the care she took of my education : believe you have made a conquest of I have now lived with her two years, our young neighbour : I think if you during which space of time, till lait can catch him you will do well: but night, we never differed in opinion : the old man muít not know of it.”the occation of our now doing so is as “ And do you think, Madam, (said I) follows.

that if Mr. Thornton did love nie, that “ About a mile and a half from 118 I would be so ungrateful as to marry there lives a family of the name of him without the consent of his father? Thornton, who have, from my child. Would tliat be a proper return to hood, always treated me with great make them for the friend lip they have kindness : this family confiits of a always treated me with ?"_" Yes, gentleman and his two children, a fon surely, Miss, (replied my aunt) and I and a daughter : being much of the inolt, if ever he does offer to marry same age, we have spent most part of you, that you will encourage him.' our time together. I have been parti “ Never, while I live, will I, without cularly noticed by Mr. Henry Thorn- the approbation of his friends,” anton, and till last night I always thought swered 1. My aunt looked displeased. that notice proceeded from friendship I then lighted my candle, and went to only. I will

confess that of all the men bed, where I consulted my pillow, to I ever saw, I admired him moft. Yel know what method I Mould pursue. terday this family dired with us, and In this situation, I am acquainted with weat with us to a inontbly ball, which nobody so proper to apply to as your. we have, during spring, at a town a self. Your advice, my dear Mrs. few miles distant from the village where Grey, is, therefore, most fincerely, we live. Mr. Thornton was my part wined for, and shall be followed by ner. In the course of the evening he

Your great admirer, told me that his father had determin. ed to send him to the Temple ; that

ELIZA." he had no objection to studying the law, but that she idea of being parted


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Matilda ; or, the Female Recluse,

201 On this letter Eliza may expect the time here, she was removed to superMATRON’s observations in her naxt intend her father's house. number.

Though Matilda was not what may

M. G.Atri&tly be called handsome, yet the (To be continued.)

was possessed of chat which rendered her generally admired. She was fenfible and agreeable; totally devoid of

affectation and conceit. Μ Α Τ Ι Ι D A ;

good-breeding made her fit for any company ; ber many good qualities

ensured her the applause of all. She The FEMALE RECLUSE.

visited, in moderation, the different An ANECDOT

amusements in vogue ; but she ciid not

visit them often enough to make her. EMOTE from the busy world, self cheap to the public eye. As me

in the windings of a pleasant rit often steals from the notice of the wood, adorned with rocks of a stupen-world, so Matilda, when the found dous height, and watered by a pure herself more and more admired, reitream, which, issuing from the top of tired from the general éclat; not that a romantic cliff, runs bubbling down the was indiferent to praise, but the its fide, and forms a beautiful natural knew the fatal mistake which many a cascade, is placed a pretty cottage, young, innocent girl has made, in litwhich wears the appearance of fimpli- tening to fiattedy under its appearance. city, though, at the same time, a cer. She, therefore; prudently preferred tain elegance discovers itself, which the affectionate smile that brightened plainly bespeaks the owner to possess the countenance of a parent, and a few a refinement in tafte above the com- partial friends, to the empty applause mon level.

of the multitude. She obtained this faIn this delightful retreat, far from tistaction, and thought herself happy: the follies of a gay world, dwells the But it was not long before she was de. youthful Matilda. She was born in the prived of this heart-felt felicity by the great metropolis, the only darling child unrelenting hand of death. The faof a fond father, who, having the mil-ther of Matilda was summoned to pay fortune of lofing an affectionate wife, his share in the univerfal debt. Withi rested all his hopes of present happi- an unaffected sorrow the dutiful daughness on the intant daughter she had ter mourned over the last remains of lefi him.

an affectionate parent : but after the With unwearied care he endeavour-firft effusions of grief were over, reaed to form her mind, even in the ten- son resumed her empire. She confidereit infancy, to virtue. He taught dered, indeed, with regret, that the her to believe in, and depend on an in- was left a wanderer, young and inexfinitely wise and kind providence. He perienced, on the wide world, deprived inflructed her, by his precepts, to of that friend, who should have guided practice love and charity to all man- her unguarded steps. kind : he did more, he set her the ex The orphan wept, but the Christian ample. He implanted in her breaft triumphed. Her principles would not che rudiments of useful knowledge ; permit her to be cast down : her for. nor were the fashionable accomplish titude did not forsake her in the hour ments forgotten : at a proper age she of trial, for “ she sorrowed not as was sent to a boarding school, not those who have no hope.” As she many miles distant from the town, possified a great sensibility of heart, where religion and morality are as the certainly felt much : but her feelItrongly recommended to the atten, ings were to herself. In the company tion of the scholars, as politeness and of her friends the appeared calm, coielegance. After the had spent some I lected, and composed. Vol. X.



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