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The Matroni No. LXVI.

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Tas MATRO N. gusta ought to infift upon knowing

what objection her guardian can have By Mrs. Grey.

to her marrying a gentleman whose NUMBER LXVI.

merit he fo candidly acknowledges,

and whose fortune is superior to her's. Publish the following letter to let I should imagine there can be but one, Augusta's guardian see how favour

a desire of being united to her himably the speaks of him.

felf: the best knows how far that may

be agreeable to her, and whether her To Mrs. Grey.

acting contrary to his will may be atMADAM,

tended with any loss of fortune. If “ Permit me to folicit your advice the really promised her deceased paand attention in an affair that con rents never to give her hand without cerns my present peace, and future his consent, she will most probably happiness. A year is now elapsed be unhappy by breaking her word, fince I countenanced the addresses of especially if such a marriage should a gentleman, who is earnest in his in- not answer her expectations. Protreaties with me to give him my hand,

mises of this kind are serious things; which I can see no objection to, but yet if they are made at a tender age, the want of my guardian's consent. when the person hardly understands He is a very worthy man, and, this the nature of fo folemn an eng::geparticular circumstance excepted, has ment, they cannot be so binding, as done every thing confiftent with his if she was differently circumstanced, fituation, to promote my happiness; and if any undue influence is used, and has discharged the trust reposed the infringement of them muft be in him with great integrity. It would deemed allowable. For though a give me great pain to aét contrary to young lady's promises of the matrithe will of such a friend, who has told monial kind may be very proper at me, with great seriousness, that he. the time he makes them, the may, never will consent to my marriage in consequence of unforeseen changes with Augustes. When I begged to in her situation, be authorized, by know his objection, he told me he the strictest moralist, to discover a believed the gentleman deserved the change in her conduct; and even the amiable character he bears, and ac parents of a daughter, in such cirknowledged his fortune fuperior to cumstances, would ratify that conmine, and said, if I could dispense duct by their approbation, could they with the promise I made to my late be witnesses to the condition in which indalgent parent, which was, not to

The finds herself. However, as marry without the consent of my guardian has, and ought to have gaardian, I was at liberty to pursue great power, it is incumbent in Auory marriage with Augustes. Now, gusta to consult some other real, difMadam, i submit to your fuperior interested triend, one who may have a knowledge, whether I must relinquish fufficient degree of weight with her ali thoughts of a man, who is diftinguardian, to prevail on him to listen to guished by many virtues, or give him reason, and to induce him to consent my hand, as nothing but whim and to the completion of her wishes. As Caprice appears to prevent our union. he seems to have a good plea, indeed, I muit beg the favour of an aníuer as

for withholding his content; but let foon as poflible, and am,

him consider, that by continuing to Madam,

refuse his approbation, his ward may Your most humble servant,

be tempted to make the man who has AUGUSTA."

secured her's, happy, even at the ex

pence of breaking her promife: let' With regard to the contents of the him confider too, that by opposing above letter my opinion is, that Au- her choice from jealouły, caprice, or Vol. X.

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just part,

any finifter views, he acts a very un- to lessen herself; adding, that I was

and
may

drive her into a afraid that her fortune was the only situation, originating from her diso- object of her lover's attention, and bedience, for ever to be deplored., that he would not have bestowed a Young people are too apt to be thought upon her without the operathoughtless; but are not old people tion of lucrative prospects. frequently obstinate in a very repre

She started at my supposition, hensible degree ? I am called off from which hurt her, I perceived, not a the pursuit of this fruitful subject by little, as she took no fmall pains to the reflexions rushing into my mind, affure me that I was mistaken; telling with regard to Miss Partlet, who, in me at the same time, with much earnthe most fanguine manner, still hopes eítness, that the gentleman who had to rank with the best married women made addrefies to her, was perfectly in the kingdom. I am afraid, I may disinterested, perfectly fincere in his say, that Pen has long 'lived terrified attachment to her. at the thoughts of being branded, by Well, my dear Pen, said I, we will the tittering girls of the age, for an admit what you say, and to satisfy old maid, and that she has, confe- you, allow the gentleman in question quently, been too ready to listen to to be the most ardent of lovers; but overtures from any man who had it will all his ardor lessen the risque you in his power to make them; the has, must run in giving up your little all, indeed, like many of her sex, both with a view to improve his business? old and young, fancied men in love should he prave unsuccessful and ne. with her, who never had any thoughts ceflitous, will not that all be entirely of her: and I suppose me must con loft, and will you not be reduced to a tinue to enjoy the pleasure of imagi. diftressful situation? The warmeft nation She herself, however, is of love, trust me, foon grows cold, when a different way of thinking, especial there is hardly any thing to keep it ly of a man in, what is called, a gen

and a woman who is not young, teel wholesale branch of trade, who has makes an appearance particularly deoffered his name for her fortune, plorable, in such a condition, as evewhich, tho' small, may, he supposes, ry body will be ready to throw out serve to extricate him out of some some sarcastic reflections at her, for difficulties he labours under from the launching, in the autumn of life, into prefent universal scarcity of money. a sea of trouble. Such a mode of bea But though the lady is wonderfully haviour in a young woman, continued pleased to find herlelf, at last, the I, is not to be defended; but there cbject of a tender passion, yet, as the are many more apologies to be made has also a little pride, as the comes for her than for you, who cannot from a family who pique themselves really frame one admissible excuse for upon being all gentlemen, she has the commision of fo flagrant a folly as had doubts whether he shall conde-the exposure of yourself to the neglect scend to such a degradation. She ac and ill treatment of a man younger tually called upon me this very morn than you are, and whose style of life ing for my sentiments upon to arda- is to opposite to your own, that you ous an affair. I could not help smiling cannot posibly put happiness in an to see her in so whimsical a dilemma: alliance with him, to say nothing of I was glad, however, to find an op- your giving up a decent competency, portunity to put her out of conceit and throwing yourself upon a man for with a negociation, which would, I support and protection, who does not clearly saw, come to a very difagree care a single farthing for you ; and able conclusion ; and therefore, halli- who would not cast the flightest glance ly falling in with her train of ideas, at you, but for your money. defired her to observe that a woman Here Pen’s face was in a high ought to be. pa: ticularly careful not I glow; it had rather an inflamed ap

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pearance

The Governess.

19 pearance -- the. was almoft ready to The GOVERNESS. Ay into a violent pallon ; the bit her lips, bridled, and could scarce re

(Continued from p. 692, Vol. IX.) train herself

, while I painted in the We; therefore, wrote tonkis tutor, misery of that woman who is married more clofely, if poflible, to his itudies, merely for her money. I told her

I told her that he might have fewer opportuniindeed, very plainly, that few women ties to watte his time or his money, were married for any thing else, after He wrote to my brother also, telling a certain age; and that as the perfon, him, that as so bad a use had been under conhderation, had not offered made of an allowance, by which he to make a fettlement, his views were had injured his other children, he obviourly of the interested kind, and was under a neceflity, out of prudence, that, consequentiy, his proposals to stop any further remittances;, at ought to be rejected.

leaft, till he heard a better account of To this se replied, that she had his conduct. This step, however, no doubt of his consenting to make a taken with the greatest propriety, had settlement, if a settlement was re not the desired effect : for my brother quired.

left his college, one night, without And can you have so little delicacy, acquainting any person with his deanivered I, as to think of forming an tign, and nobody could give the alliance with a man to whom such a smallest information concerning him. hint is necessary? Had he any real af- This proceeding made my father fection or esteem for you, would he more uneasy than ever: he was not not have immediately offered it of his only anxious about his fafety, but own accord ?

fearful of his being driven, for want This last reply startled her -- the red of money, to commit a criminal acdened a second time, from thame, tion, which might be attended with and beginning to be more than half very disagreeable, if not fatal conseconvinced that she had been sporting quences: he was also particularly difin a fool's paradise, wanted few more turbed when he thought that he might, arguments to awaken her thorought himself, have occasioned the behavifrom her delusive dream, aud to ren our he so much lamented and conder her perfectly sensible of her error demned, by writing so tharp a letter in judgment, though it is certainly a to him. very arduous task to make some old The reflections which this affair maids believe themselves paft the fear occafioned, and the suspense in which for made for for. Pen, however, who he remained, after all his most diliis act deficient in underitanding upon gent enquiries, gave my father fuch other fubjects, now saw the danger disquiet, that it brought on his former to which the was exposed, fairly con- disorder, which raged with a violence feried, at length, that the found I was that excluded all hopes of his recove. in the right, and concluded with a ry. In vain did I, every hour in the queition, with the naive e of which I day, endeavour to adminiiter consowas very much diverted—“But my lation to him, to make him easy with dear Madam,” said the mortified respect to my brother, whom it was fpiniter, “ should I refuse this offer, not in his power to recall; to make I don't know when I may have a bet- him satisfied with himself, as he had ter.” To this apprehension I readily thoroughly done his duty, by atfubfcribed : the consultation of the tempting to render a beloved child morning ended, and we adjourned. sensible of his errors: a duty which

had coit him his life, and left me the (To be continued.)

moft miserable of human beings. I cannot pretend to describe, nor do I

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wish to recollect the final separation and earnestly invited me to return. between us.

I can only say, that my with her to their habitation, and to father was only disturbed in his lait make it my home ; but I could not moments by the thoughts of leaving think of accepting this effer, though me without any support, but what I for the thorteit time; not that I was could acquire by my own industry. afraid of trusting myself with Mr. He left me, however, what was infi-Graham; I was only apprehensive nitely valuable, he left me a collec- that my sister, if she fondly loved him, tion of precepts

for
my

future con might confider every mark of civility duct in life, and that collection served from him to me, as a revival of that as a fortune to me: and I derived affection which he had once pretended from it more real happiness than the to have felt for me; and of which he most affluent circumstances could have was apparently sensible enough to acbestowed on me, had I been of a dif- cuse himself for having reduced meferent way of thinking.

in consequence of his defertion, in I felt the loss of my father so keen- favour of my sister to the sad neceffity ly at first, that I thought I should of labouring for my subsistence-a nchave funk under it; but by struggling cefsity which Kitty also deplored ; with my affliction, I, at length, fo and they both declared themselves unfar got the better of it, as to be ca- happy on my account. In short they pable of employing my mind about discovered such strong signs of rethe most probable ways of procuring a morse for what they had done, that decent fubfiftence. My aunt very my distresses were doubled by them, kindly made me an offer of living and I was glad when I prevailed on with her, upon her small income, but them to leave me: it was first agreed I could not think of incroaching up between us, however, that as Kitty on her goodness: and indeed if I had had a home, and I no house at comaccepted of her kindness, the habi-mand, my father's goods, &c. would tual ease of an idle life might have be more safe with her till brother's rendered me more unwilling to work; return; and that they might then be for as her income arose from an annu divided among us three. When this ity, I could not expect to live always matter was settled I prepared to go to in a state of idieness, nor did I wilh my aunt, for a few days, to pay my to live so. My mind, indeed, was respects to her, and to consult her, as fo deeply affected by the late melan- my oldeft relation, my kindest friend, choly scenes, in which I had been en about the way of life which would be gaged, that I wanted employment; moft eligible for me to pursue. I wanted to do something which would At this moment Mrs. Mafters came prevent me from dwelling upon what to see me, and infifted upon taking was so distressing: I therefore de me home with her ; telling me that clined my good aunt's affectionate of- I might send a letter to my aunt for fer, though not without promising to her approbation : adding, at the same make her a long visit, as soon as I time, that the looked upon me as percould properly secure the little money | fectly weil qualified to be a governess my father bequeathed, between my to young ladies ; and that the thought brother, my 'litter, and myself (a- I should not only make a respectable mounting to no more than three hun appearance in tha: character, but find dred pounds) and the furniture, &c. it advantageous to me. Bcfides, E

On the death of my father, Kitty liza, continued she, you were natucame immediately to see me. During rally born a governets ; have you not his illnefs she was at a distance upon a been one to all your lifiers? more tour with some of Mr. Graham's re especially to that ungrateful, deceitlations, Mr. Graham, also, accom- | ful girl, Kitty?” I told her I would panied her to the vicarage, where we be anything the pleased, provided she hadonce known fo many happy hours, I would not be fo fevere upon my fifter,

who

my

I was

The Life of Mrs. Ann Baynard.

21 who was really not half so much in daughters, the eldest of whom was afault as Mr. Graham, if a man could bout thirteen years old. “ The worst be reasonably blamed for chusing the of i is, Lizzy,” said she, “Mrs. mod amiable woman for his wife. Grantum being a woman of low ex"Not the most amiable, Lizzy,” re traction, and having been bred up in plied fhe, hastily: “ the moit beau

a very vulgar manner, will not have pful, if you please, but not the most

a proper reliih for your refined atlovely, for all that: far from it.” tainments, and yet ihe will have her In spite of my grief, I could not help children educated, in opposition to smiling at Mrs. Masters's eagerness nature, more politely than the, herto pay me a compliment, and, at lait, self was, and by so doing, will only consented to go home with her, after teach them to defpise their mother: having written to my aunt. but there is no making people see received by her whole family with as themselves; and as Grantum has acmuch pleasare as I had been upon any quired a good fortune by trade, he is former viût : they all ftrove to amuse desirous of purchasing gentility for his me, and to make me forget that I had daughters." any occasion for forrow; while Mrs. Agreeably to Mrs. Masters’s recomMasters bufied herself in finding out a mendation, I was received by Mrs. family that wanted a young person to Grantum with civility, mingled with infract their daughters, in French, haughtiness. She did not ask me a nee le work, &c. &c. The young single question with regard to my beladies, following the example of their ing capable of inftructing her daughmother, in discovering an alacrity to ters, but only dwelt upon my being of serve me, advised me to apply myself a good family, and upon my having to music, as they thought that I always lived like a gentlewoman, deLight, with my natural taste, im- claring, that she could not bear to have prove myself enough to make it of a vulgar person about her girls. use to me. At first I did not liten to

(To be continued ) che advice of these young ladies, recollecting the reasons which both my father and mother had urged against the ftudy of mulic; but Mrs. Masters Epitome of the Life of Mrs. ANN very juály observed," that when they

BAY NARD. disapproved of my being fond of it, he [From Dr. GIBBONS' Memoirs of emidid not foresee that it could be of any

neatly Pious Women, Vol. II.] service to me---but now,” added she, “ I think that if you can make your.

HIS sensible, learned, and pious self capable of giving the slightest in gentlewoman was born at Pref. structions to the children who may be ton, in Lancashire, and was the belov. committed to your care, you will find ed daughter, and only child, of Dr. it a profitable accomplishment.” Edward Baynard, fellow of the coldid not, however, immediately at- lege of Physicians in London, a gentend to my mulic, not imagining that tleman of a very ancient and respectaI should have time to make any figure ble family, by Ann his wife, daughwith it; but having always had a

ter frong inclination that way, 'I, insenfibly, fell into it, and as it diverted

• Mr Collier, in his great Historical Di&iomy attention from what only made

nary, derives his descent from the famous me unhappy, I was prompted to pur-Ralph Buynurd, who came into England with fue it with avidity.

King William the first, and who, for his conDaring my stay with Mrs. Masters, duct and courage at the battle at Hastings, was which was not long, as the foon heard rewarded by the Conqueror with cighty.five of a family where a young person was

lord'hips, wh ch are 1pecified in Dugdale's Bawanted to act as governess to fourronage

, Vol. I, p. 461. He made a great figure at that time, as appears frong foveral of our

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