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jealousy, therefore, Mrs. Gaskin repeat the time, however, that I received free odly ordered me to confine her girls permission to read what books I pleased closely to their nursery. I sometimes myself, I was requested to take care ventured, however, when so ordered, that the children might only have such to remonstrate against the upwhole- volumes put into their hands, which someness, as well as hardship, of such were fit for them at their tender age ; a rigorous proceeding, alluring her, among these the Bible, the Teftament, out of mere compassion to the poor and a good spelling-book alone were girls, as well as to myself, that they deemed proper for the infants.--. I would be quite fick for want of air. would not, for the universe," contiIn consequence of my assurances of nued the, “ when they are old enough this kind, they were permitted to walk to read a page in any casy author, in the garden in a morning, before any have them trusted with books, leit person was stirring in the house but they put improper things into their myself; and I was strictly charged heads." never to leave them a moment. Hay. I told her I would take particular ing gained this point with the greatest care with regard to their reading, and difficulty, I could not think of asking added, that mothers, in general, alfor any more favours of the same na lowed their daughters to read fome ture ; 'we were obliged, therefore, to books for improvement, such as the content ourselves with the conceflions Spectator, Guardian, Rambler, and we had obtained. The young ladies Adventurer, Histories of England, still continued to make an infantinc áp with the works of some of our moft epearance in their dress : I could not minent poets, Shakespeare, Milton, persuade Mrs. Gaskin to let them dress Pope : nay, I ventured to speak in falike other young ladies of their age, vour of the most affecting tragedies, but I took the utmost care to improve and the genteelest comedies in our lantheir minds and their manners : by guage. cultivating their mirds I hoped to "Ah, Miss Hayward,” exclaimed make them think rationally, and even she,“ you go too far- you will, 1 am a little philosophically, (if a woman may afraid, by this means, make the chil. be allowed that expression) as they dren acquainted with what it is better really wanted to be taught an indif. for them never to know. There is noference about those things which their thing so dangerous as making children mother seemed resolved they should too knowing, especially gris : I would never enjoy, at leatt while it was in not have their minds enlightened for her power to hinder them. By turn the universe. Let them be kept in ing their attention from the soilit, profound ignorance ; that is the only which too deeply engages the thoughts way to render them thoroughly obe. of most of our sex, to the librari, and dient. Besides, I would not, upon recommending those books to their any account, have them read plays and perusal which were at once replete poetry for the world ; they would with amusement and instruction, then think of spouting, and making a made them more satisfied with their figure upon the stage, before they had fituation, I may add, more happy with left their leading-strings : there are al. it than they had ever yet been. They to several papers in the volumes you discovered their satisfaction, indeed, in mentioned which will give them idcas the moft pleasing manner. Their ca of men and things. No, no, Miss pacities were good, and as Mrs. Gal. Hayward, pray don't stuff kin had a very useful collection of dren's heads with such nonsense.” books in her study, to which I had, I returned an equivocal answer to foon after my arrival, desired a key, I this extraordinary speech, telling her had the faireft opportunities to render that I would certainly endeavour to my pupils able to distinguish themselves do my duty, while her young ladies by their mental accomplishments. At were under my tuition, and then hur.
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ried away, left I should be shackled “ Write!--such babies write!-What, with some more disagreeable injunc- before they can rea: ?-al leat, bt fore tion.
they haviy to be out of their jpillingFrom that hour I trove to teach honk?
-No, mis Hayward, I do not my young pupils o'zience, and to make chuse to give my daughters any opporthen as happy as the nature of their tunity to scribble to fellow's when they fitantion would admit, under the power grow !'', and carry on intrigues.---No, of a mother who did not deserve such I will never put it into their power; amiable daughters ; and we spent our and I am sure ļhe being able to make time in a very tolerable manner. letters has been the ruin of numbers of
The Miss Gaskins were charmed poor children, who, the moment they with the variety of authors whose can scratch out any thing scarce legiworks I read to them, and gave them ble, fancy themselves w.men, and old to read ; and they told me, with the enongh to be married, when they are most grateful smiles, that they had ne scarce out of their leading-Itrings and ver kaown what happiness was till they frocks. No; the girls of the present were put under mi care, and that they age are so monstrously forward, that should never repine at being fout up mothers do not know what to do with from the world, if they could always them; they actually form schemes for have me and their books, epecially as eloping, when one would hardly imathey should be afhained to appear a gine they were old enough to know mong other people, without leing like what the meaning of the word is; I them in a pearance, &c.
will therefore take care to have my I told them, in return for the fatis children kept in ignorance. I do not faction which they expressed at my hire a governels to in.rict iny girls, conduct with regard to them, that I but to keep them from being too was fincerely happy in having it in any knowing." puwer to give thein any pleafure ; ad. As this was a mode of education ding, that though it was natural for which I had not been used to, I could moit people, especially for those who noi fo rcadily subscribe to it as Mrs. were jull of an age to be introduced Gaskin expected. It did not quite a. into the world, to wish to see and to gree with my conscience to conform be seen, I was glad to find that they ítrictly to the principles of that lady: were capable of relithing pleafures on the other hand, I really thought more eality to be obtained, and less that I thould be guilty of a breach of likely to cloy. Those who have a dity as a gətirnijs, by omitting ang talte for : ea iing," continued I, “ can thing in my power which might tend never be deltituie either of amuiment
to give my pupils pleasure, or contrior improvemennt, while it is in their bute to their improvement. I made power to procure almott any kinds of no scruple, therefore, at the carnett iabooks. There is something to be truatics of them both, to teach them learnt from almost every author." writing and aritmtiit.
Tuese new As human creatures, however, are occupations gave them no small de continually forming new withes, my light, and moft agreeably filled up their young ladies soon began to be
de time, which never, indeed, as I code firous of learning to wrill. The eldest, trived to vary their pursuits, hung hca. indeed, had made a great progrels vy upon tlieir hands. with her pen without an instructor ; While we were thus employed, and but being laudably ambitions to excel, as contented as we could be, lituated begged me to intreat her mama to let as we were under a fort of monastic her have a writing-malter. In this confinemeat, Mrs. Galkin was (acrequest Dorothea joined.
cording to the information I received This new request threw Mrs. Gakin from a talkative house maid, whole into a new agitation of spirits, " ; l'rite!” | business was to attend the nursery) said she, with looks of astonishinent going to be married to that very Mre
History of Captain Herbert and Miss Nugeot.
Timson whom I had seen with her f congratulations; indeed, my dear Lonthe int tinc I came to her house.
your Caroline is happier far than as ir iesietity was not a little ex she can express. Happy in the tender
110, po ot intelligence, ] attentions of the bcit of husbands, who
rivi vitu Mr. Thon pion was. feems only to live to increase my feli, Sachs,'hürth believed he :3 city : I now feel moit severely my fis
velikosan to w In the late Mr. ter's disappointment, and pity her unCrikin had been leit guardian, and fortunate aitachment to the too amiwhy way, the had heard, defigned by able Charles Herbert, and I much feac his father, for one of the young ladies. (from some cireunitances) that their
This explanation made me easily distress will rather be increased than conceive the reason why Mrs. Gakin abatud. kept her daughters so carefully out of Yetterday morning Mr. Nugent fight. However her deligns did not came into the parlour, where we were fucceed quite so well as she intended. all fitting at breakfast, and delivering
One morning when Mr. Thompson a letter to Charles, said, “ he begged called, the happened, not expecting leave to introduce lieutenant Herbert him that day, to be from home. Find to the company." Charles seemed ing his way, some how, up stairs, he unable to express his gratitude, and, made his appearance, to the great fur-catching the hand of his benefactor, prife and confufion of my young friends, pressed it in filence to his heart. We in the nursery. The poor girls, who all joined in congratulating the young were at their neelles, blushed like bud. | lieutenant, and the fair Augusta (mild, ding roles, and hung down their heads, delighted at his promotion. Mr. Nualhamed of being caught in their ordi- gent now left the room, and called nary infantine dreises.
The young my Harry to attend him. gentleman, who was exceedingly picas Charles now opened the letter, which ing in his person, and amiable in his accompanied his commission; a sudden manners, advanced towards nie, with gloom overspread his countenance, great politeness, and apologizing for his Augufta trembled, and I was alarmed; intrusion said, he had long wished to at last he threw down the letter, and fce the Miss Gaskins, with whom he clasping his hands, cried, “O Augushad some right to be acquainted, and ta !"' and fainted on the fopha on which that as he had been denied that fatis. he was sitting. I initantly seized the faction by their mother, he had taken letter, and found it contained an order a resolution to wait no longer : he had for his joining his regiment immediresolved to see them himself, being not ately, which is at present in Ireland. only related to them, but authorised I now assisted Augusta in endeavour. by his father's zeint to seek a connec-ing to recover her lover, in which at. tion with the daughters of his guardian. tempt we at length succeeded, without (To be continued. )
alarming any of the family.
I Itrove to console the despairing
lovers, on their approaching feparation; The History of Captain Herbert and I even went so far as to advise them to Mijs AUGUSTA NUGENT,
banish a passion from their breasts, In a Series of Letters.
which seemed to promise nothing in (Continued from Page 511.)
return for harbouring it but a series
of misfortunes; but all my rhetoric LET TER XIV. was vain. They rcsolved to cherish Mrs. Nugent to Miss Sidney.
the troublesome guelt, and vowed eter
nal conftancy to each other.
Calle Nugent, It occurred to me that Mr. Nugent UGUSTA has informed you, had some fufpicion of their attachment, ation, and I impatiently expect your ing Charles from his house. A fort
poor Charles is
night is all the time that is allowed Do not you admire the stile of this him to prepare for his journey, and I billet, it carries with it almost the air tremble at the thoughts of my sweet of an excuse for the young man, and I Augufta's fufferings. I fometimes am surprised at myself on recolle&ting think of making Mr. Nugent acquaint- it. It is owing to the horrible reluced with their mutual affection, and tance I have to this rencontre, of begging him, on my knees, to be pro which the effects seem to me ominous. pitious; but indeed it is a wild scheme, In a word it will always prove unhapfor he is so prepossessed in favour of lord ny to me, though I should prove vicWilton, that it would be impoffible to torious. You may assure yourself I make him give up his favourite idea of shall manage this estimable youth as seeing his daughter distinguished with much as I can, for I shall never fora title.
give myself if I should kill him. I in. I know not how to conduct myself, tend only to disarm him, without takor what it will be best to do to restore ing any other advantage of my skill in my sweet Augufta's peace : I wish an affair in which he is but a novice, you was here to advise me.
and in which I have already been too Adieu, I will write again as soon as successful. However as events are un
before that time, certain, and arms sometimes quit us as it is probable, I shall not have leisure, daily servants, I subjoin a short lift of as I am wholly employed in preaching my debts, which I beg you would diffortitude and resignation to my discharge in case of any accident. I consolate friends.
heartily wish I may break both my Farewell, dear Louisa, legs to night, to avoid the affair of Believe me, your's, &c. the morrow-morning.
CAROLINA NUGENT. (To be continued.)
From Mad. NORTHON to the Countess de The TRUE POINT OF HONOUR.
I received at the fame time both the
which you dispatched by express. You (Translated from tbe French.)
were very right, dear lady, in thinkBy a Lady.
ing that they would be received too (Continned from p. 40) late to prevent the dreadful calamity L E T T E R XLVII.
with which we were threatened, and
which I cannot think of even now I be MARQUIS in Reply.
without trembling. Providence alone
could succour us, and has favoured us VOU have got the start of me, I with extraordinary bleffings, of which offer any apology to Miss d’Erlac, to your express back. whom I have not said half that the I shall retain him fome days, to redeserves, but to remind you that if cover him from his fatigue, which has you find yourself hurt by the words Aung him into a fever. These lines which escaped me againft yourself, I are only to apprise you that we are offer you that fatisfaction which is almost on the point of seeing all out due to a man of honour. I will wait misfortunes happily terminated. The for you
to-morrow at fix in the morn detail of those events, which have ing in the wood of Boulogne : I shall brought us to this crisis, requires be by myself, and shall have no other more time and composure than I have arms but my sword.
at present; but I could not bear to The Marquis De Vleave you in that anxiety of suspence
The true Point of Honour.
583 which your predilection for him can words. Let me inform you by what not fail of producing.
degrees he arrived at this pitch of blind
nels and criminality. LET TER XLIX.
Miss d'Erlac, for the fake of having
more of Northon's company, pretendSecond Letter from Mad. NORTHON 10ed to be indisposed, and retired to her the Countess de Solmes *.
apartment about eight o'clock : so that WHEN I wrote you the letter it was but nine when the marquis left which you ought to have received two it; and about that time her mother days ago, I was under the apprehen was going to supper, attended by all fion of lofing my nephew : the surge. her servants, in the dining room. Her ons could not say any thing certain daughter was so alarmed at the appearof his wounds. They said indeed, ance of the marquis, that she had not that they thought his life was in no
power to open her mouth; but when danger, on which account I may hope she recovered she fell into a form of for better days, and should be glad to rage, which would have vented itself make you participate in my joy, after upon her woman, if she had not taken having deposited all my sufferings in
care to get out of the way. Her woyour bosom.
man, irritated at her mistresses ill-treatI know not what my brother has ment, not to mention the fear of loling written to you when he sent back the her pension, notwithltanding the marexpress, as we were assiduous in conquis's promises, determined to be recealing our misfortunes from him-venged in the most singular manner. however he has assured me that his let
You know that Mad. d'Erlac, and ter was composed in such a manner as
the rest of ihe family, knew not that to give you no cause for concern.
Northon was in their house, and pasa I have received your's--you expect fed his days and nights there. This I should enter into a minute detail : mischievous creature, in order to renthe flattering news which you have der this secret as public as possible, received appear with an air of perplex. laid to one of the men servants, “ Run ity, and occation suspicions which your immediately to my mistress, and tell valet cannot disperse. This does not her that her daughter is dying : I shall surprise me, my friend ; I am even a.
run for the physician myself.” The itonithed that we have had power e
man trembled all the way he went up nough to write, at a time when we Itairs, told the news without the leart were the victims of the most poignant precaution, to Mad. d’Erlac, who ran alarms : but all is for the belt for the immediately to her daughter's chammolt brilliant day has succeeded those ber, followed by all her domestics. of horror.
Mad. started back with fear on seeing If you require a proof, the narrative Northon in her daughter's chamber at which follows is sufficient; I have re
that hour. You will certainly be shockceived it from the mouth of my dear ed at the effrontery of the creature. nephew, who has experienced a relur. She was fitting on her fopha, supportreason both of the body and the soul. ing her head by one of her hands, and The marquis de V's letter left says to her mother, “ How came you you in the molt critical situation to be informed fo foon of the danger Northon was so far overcome by vice I have been in, and which must have as to write him a challenge. My hand destroyed me if this gentleman, surtrembles while I write the horrible prised at finding your door open at this
hour, had not followed the secret im.
pulse, which forced him to come up to • There f.em to be several letters wantina my apartment? But the narrative of as here appears a fortnight's interval betwein this and the first letter of Mad. Northon Bc.
what I have undergone ought to be fides which that of the Countess Secms to be confided to nobody's ears but your's; aiting likewisc.
lend away the fervants, and let them