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were advantages which she svifhed for Sophia, peared like a little world to me, from the but not for me; or rather the latter, which number of its houses, and the multitude the held a neceffary part of a young Lady's of people I saw in the itreets. My education; and indeed, in her opinion, was uncle's house was a very good one, and the moft effential part of it, as it, she said, looked into the Park. The morning after gave ease and grace, a knowledge of fath- our arrival, when I came down to breakfast, jons, and a kind of small-talk, which, all I found a young Gentleman in my aunt's together, contributed to form the fine drefling-room, whom the immediately preLady.

sented to me, as the nephew and heir of my About a month after my father had de- uncle. I took very little notice of him, exclared his intention of fending me from cepting that I thought he was a good pretty home, I was ordered to pack up my cloaths, figure. He paid me many compliments, and informed, that I was to set out the next which I hardly attended to enough to apday, with my father, for my aunt's conntry- pear civil; however, I thanked him, upon feat, which was about thirty miles distance his offering to attend me to the play, opera, from our houfe. I took an affectionate ridotto, &c. for fights were what my little leave of my dear Sophia, who fhed floeds of heart lighed after, much more than admiraunfeigned tears on parting with me. tion from the men.

During our journey my father endeavour This young Gentleman was about twenty ed to give me some idea of the characters I years of age, rather tall than short, remarkwas going to live with. He told me, with ably well made, llim, and genteel ; his coma smile, .That his sister was a great fool, plexion was fair; he had light hair, and and consequently thonght herself extremely blue eyes, which expressed rather more goodwife. She was an old maid when the mar nature than sense ; he had, indeed, an inried, an epithet which she had (in common exhaustible fund of the former, nor was he with the rest of her fex) an aversion to : In in the least deficient in the latter : He was order, therefore, to get rid of it, she married lively, had some humour, and I could soon the first man that alked her the question ; perceive was not a little in love with me : your present uncle was the person ; fo, In thort, I am persuaded that I should have without holding it the lealt necessary to in- been in love with him, had not my uncle and quire into his character, disposition, &c. fhe aunt defeated their own purposes (which only informed herself of his income ; and, was our union) by making him the fpy that being found fufficient to keep her in the over, and cenfor of, all my words and acrank of life in which she had always lived, tions. I was never suffered to go any they were married. He is one of those men, public place unaccompanied by him; and, who, not being able to make themselves of when they faw any thing in me which they of any consequence abroad, are Czars in their wished to reprove, they requested him to own houses. His tyranny puts her out of thew me my errors, in the gentleft, and pohumour, and then ihe vents her spleen on liteit, terins polhble. Thus, whilft I listened the kervants, and probably will sometimes to and admired the Mentor, and friend, by upon you, my dear. However, you must what fatality I know not, the lover vanishfollow this unerring rule, which is, to act ed; I esteemed him, I valued him, I would right, and laugh at the rest ; but not so as have trufted him with my life; but, when to offend any one : What I mean by laugh. ever I thought of him as an husband, an ing, is, not to make yourself uneasy, because universal chillness feized my whole frame, fools act absurdly. Let Her follies be a and I found that, in this point of view, he lefson to you, to avoid practising what you was become my aversion. contemn in her. As he came to this period It was now the season when every body of his discourse, we arrived at my uncle's. wishes to leave the duty streets of London My aunt presented herself to us in the hall, for green fields and a porer air ; accordingand at her heels my uncle. She received ly, my uncle and his family, his nephew my father with an air of real joy, and is that Sir Charles Stanly, and myself, set out for Charlotte? faid she : Come here, my pretty

-thire, where we arrived in much better dear; she's a sweet child; I shall be amaz. health than temper, for my uncle and aunt zingly fond of her, 1 perceive ; then patted had quarelled all the way, and I had fat me on the cheek, and chucked me under the next my lover during the whole journey; chin. My uncle kissed me, saying, I was a a circumstance which was no way to his adfine young Lady. My facher, having staid vantage, and gave me great pain, as it cona week at my uncle's, took his leave. vinced me, that my d:like of him was now

We Itaid about a month in the country, increased into a contumed antipathy to his when we set out for London ; at the fight of perton: This proceeded, I believe, from which I was extremely delighted. It ap

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the s rongest assurances of the force of his during the summer, that the could not repassion, a lubjcct which always rendered him fuse her, though the seemed to consent reodious to me. I was delighted, when I luctantly ; and made me promise not to exfound myself released froin this conversation, ceed the time. I aflured her of my obediby our arrival at —, where, after staying ence toher will, and in a few days afterwards some days, I went to my father's. I was the Lady and I set out, in her chariot, for received by him with rapture, with civility the North. The journey delighted me; by my mother, and with real joy by my for now, for the first time of my life, I felt dear Sophia. In the course of a month's the charms of liberty. In this disposition I visit which I made to my father, he took arrived at Lady Betty Russel's feat : It was frequent occafions of telling me, how re an ancient, but noble mansion, and not far joiced he was to find that I was destined from the county town, where, she told me, to be the wife of Sir Charles Stanly, "He the races would begin in a few days; and is continued my fther) every thing my added, that the propoled taking a lodging heart could with the man to be, whom I there for the week, as the fanciel the balls, would have chose for your husband; he concerts, &c. which there would be every has a fine estate, you can have no objection night during the race week, might afford me to his person, for that is handsome ; and some amusement. I was infinitely pleased his understanding is universally allowed to with the proposal, and thanked her Ladybe uncommonly cultivated for fo young a ship for her obliging attention. A few man; helides, he is perfeitly good-natured days after my arrival at Lady Betty's, I reand well-bred, and I think you feculiarly ceived a letter from Sir Charles, filled with fortunate to be the choice of lo accomplished the tenderes professions of his inviolable love a Gentleman. You, my dear, I am per- . for me; but hitherto not one of the other fuadeti, are sensible of your own happiness, fex had taught me to know, that I had a and will, I make no doubt, deserve the con heart capable of loving. in this itate of intinuance of it, by exerting our utmost endea- difference, I set out for -races.

The vours towsds making a good wite, mother, first day we went upon the course, and, ree and mistress.' Here he paused, and looked turning from the field in the evening, drank ftedfastly at me : I durit make no reply: tea, and then prepared to go to the aisembly, The awe in which I lood of my father, the On our arrival at the rooms, I was charmed deference I paid to his judgment, in short, and surprised at the beauty of the building; the consciousness that all he had said was the company was numerous and brilliant. truth, except that part of his discourse which After the Women of Quality had dance concerned myself; all these considerations minuets, I was taken out by a noble Lord, tied my tongue : And thus, by my silence, whom I had known in London.

The I confirmed him in the belief, that I had no dance done, he asked me, "Who he should • objection to the marrying Sir Charles. No send me?' (which is the phrase.). I an

time, however, was yet fixed for our nup- swered, " I knew nobody, and therefore tials, as I was thought to be much too young begged his Lordhip would chuse for me ;' to take upon me the care of a family. In he bowed, and left me :' when in an inftant this dilemma I used sometimes to flatter my. I perceived a young Gentleman, dressed in self with the hope, that time, perhaps, would white and silver, advance towards me. cure me of a caprice I could no way account I thought him, the most agreeable fi. for, and which my reason invariably con gure I had ever seen. When we had demned ; and in this disagreeable situation finished the minuet, he handed me to my of mind I continued for near two years, feat, and said, ' Madam, if you are not ene which I spent with my uncle and aunt'; du: gaged for country dances, I beg to have the ring which time nothing material happened honour of being your partner. I curt'sey'd to me. Every body knew I was engaged, assent. I found he was so much the fivouconsequently nobody made any proposals of rite of the Ladies, that he danced four mimarriage to me ; so that I spent my life in nuets to any other person's tivo, and was at one continued insipid monotony; till a Lady, last obliged to quit the room, to avoid being an intimate acquaintance of my aunt's, hap- called upon any more. As soon as the pened to come and spend a few weeks with company stood up to cousitry dances, he her in the county. She was a lively, agreeable, flew to me, took me by the hand, and placed well-bred, fennble, woman; and took such a me next to Lady Diana H-, who, I perliking to me, that, when the time came that ceived, was an acquaintance of his. After the w's to return to her own scat, which the first dance, which was fatiguing, he prowas in the North, she begged fo ardently of posed fitting down : I know not why, but I my aunt to spare ine for a couple of months dreaded his conversation, and therefore

went to seek Lady Betty, hoping that her of Lady Betty's with great attention, and presence would prevent it, between my found myself mortified, on hearing that his partner and me, trom becoming interesting; father's character was equivocal, especibut, unfortunately for me, I found her en- ally upon so important a point as that of gaged in a pariy at whist, surrounded by a probity: I however immediately checked my crowd of people, so that I could not approach sensibility on this subject, by alking myself, her ; therefore, with a palpitation at my

What his father was to me? And instantly heart, which I could not very well account changed the discourse. The next morning for, I was obliged to seat myself upon a

Mr. Williams waited upon us, and I saw bench, when, as it may be supposed, my part- him every day during my stay at --: He ner placed himself next me. I began the had engaged my affections before I myself had conversation by observing, that the weather any suspicions that my attachmert' to him was very hot. He replied, " That he never was of any other nature than that of liking danced but for the sake of having an agreeable his company; but, having once drawn his partner, especially in hot weather as he thought picture in my mind's eye, his personal charms the exercise much tuo violent; adding, that, did not fail to heighten the colouring, and if he had been so unhappy as to have found such a picture, placed in a heart, on which no me engaged that night, he should, most cer- prior impression had been made, mult natutainly, not have danced at all.' I bowed to rally produce a powerful effect. It did fo; this compliment. He continued the conver for I found, with no small shame and tersation, by observing the effects of fympa- ror, that being separated from him would be thy, which he proved from being forcibly painful to me; however, I flattered myself ftruck at the firit fight of one amiable objeét with the hopes, that I should conquer my more than another : He said, “That the weakness, by absence from the objcct cf it: heart decided its choice en tyrant, and that Accordingly, I had virtue and strength ekometimes so despoticly, as to subdue both dough left to press Lady Betty to leave reason and prudence in the pursuit : How which the willingly complied with. happy, then, (continued he) mult that per- On the morning of our departure, Mr. Wild fon be, whose judgment and reason both ap- liams handed us into the coach, and, with prove of thechoice,

which his heart, from an ir a look full of inexpressible tenderness, seized resistible impulse,had been compelled to make. my hand, saying, May you, dear Madam, Here he paused, as seeming to wait my re enjoy, in your solitude, that peace, of which, ply. I said, " That a paffion, such as he bad I fear, you have for ever robbed my breast. been describing, founded only on the senses, To this harangue I made no answer, but by could not, I apprehended, be of any dangerous a blush. He then addressed Lady Betty, tel. consequence, as it would probably be of very ling her, That he purposed spending a few Mhort duration.' Sofaying, I rose from my seat, weeks with a friend of his, who lived in her telling him, that Lady Betty mult have now neighbourhood, when he hoped she would finished her party; and indeed the foon join- give him leave to have the honour of paying ed us, and made a third in the conversation. his respects to her, and Miss Rutland, She seemed much pleased with my partner, (which was me.) She bowed, and, with who paid her all imaginable respect and atten- the most gracious air, assured him, That the tion ; be handed us to our coach, wilhed us Mould be extremely glad to see him, for bis a good night, and took his leave. I had own fake, as well as for that of her old learnt his name at the tea-table, where he friend's, his amiable mother; and added, feemed to be known to every body but me.

that the should etteem it as a favour, if he In the coach, as we went home, Lady Betty would come and spend a few days with her arked me, • How I liked Mr. Williams' at her feat. Mr. Williams thanked her I replied, Very well; and added, I think Lady/hip for the honour she did him, and he is a well-bred agreeable young Gentle- told her that he accepted of her obliging man. He is, I find, (faid Lady Betty) invitation with the greatest pleasure. the only son of andld acquaintance of mine ; On my arrival at Lady Betty's seat, I his father, I am told, is immensely rich; the found letters from my father, my aunt, and means by which he became fo he must an- Sir Charles Stanly; the two first desiring me fiver for himself : As to the mother of the to return, without fail, at the expiration of young Gentleman, I have known her from my two months leave of absence, because my my infancy, and she is a sensible, worthy father and mother were to accompany my woman as' lives; the young man is very like uncle, aunt, and self to London, in order to his mother in person ; I hope he has her assist at the celebration of my nuptials with mind too, and, in that case, he has nothing Sit Charles, which they had fixed for an left to wish for,' I listened to this discourse early month in the approaching winter.


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My lover's letter was that of a man of sense, minutes ensued; and I perceived paleness and elevated with the hope of thortly poliching dejection spread themselves over Mr. Willithe woman he loved; his style was pallio- am's face. During the rest of the day, I nate, but delicate. I was feized with an uni- carefully avoided looking at him, since I versal tremor on perusing these letters ; and found pity was nearly allied to love; neiI felt inyself in a state of terror and despon- ther he, nor I, were very lively, but we dency. In this situation of mind I flung both strove to appear so, till the clock struck myself into a great chair ; but my reveries twelve, when we took leave of each other, were soon interrupted by the entrance of La- and retired into our apartments. As soon dy Betty and Mr. Williams, who might ea as I found myself alone, I recollected the fily observe my confusion, which was, in- conversation which had passed that afternoon, deed, very great. She preffed him to stay and was pleased that Lady Betty had told dinner, which, with great politenets, he decli- Mr. Williams that I was going to be mar, ned, saying, ' That he had given his word to ried. I hoped that this information, joined return to his friend's house, in order to meet to the resolution I had formed of avoiding

company, who were invited to dine ever being left alone with him, would secure there, intirely upon his account. Lady me from any farther pursuits in life, on the Betty then reminded him of the promise he topic of love. My heart seemed to exult, had inade her at of spending two or in thus thinking itself free from danger ; and three days with her ; he bowed, and she in- yet I found an unusual weight upon my spi. fifted upon his fixing the time ; which, af rits : I sighed involuntarily, and felt that I ter fome compliments of thanks, he did for was unhappy, without being able to account the Thursday following. On naming the for the reason of my being so. The next day, he fixed his cyes upon me, as if he de- moming however, let me into the secret. I fired to read in my face, whether I fould be was fitting with a pensive air in a summerpleased or displeased at having him in the houte of the garden, upon the only chair in house with me. My eyes met his, and I the place, when, all of a sudden, I perceived felt myself blush.

Mr. Williams at my feet; an universal tremor The interval between Mr. William's vi- Seized my nerves, when, starting from my fit, and the time appointed for his retuin, feat, I exclaimed, Good God, Sir, how was five days, during which period I had came you here? What do you mean?' He à continual dread upon my fpirits. I fin- held me fast by the hand, and forcibly cerely wished for the power of avoiding him, re-feated me in the chair, saying, 'Parlon by leaving the house of Lady Betty; but me, charming Miss Rutland, if my dethis could not be done, without avowing my fpair offends you ; I came only to obtain weakness for him ; a humiliation, which your pity, or to expire at your feet.' I my vanity would not consent to, though my interrupted him with some vivacity, tel. reason strongly urged the necessity of luch a ling him, “ That he knew my hand was confession. I wrote, however, to Sir Charles engaged to another, and therefore I looked Stanly, in a more obliging style than usual, upon this declaration of his love of me, as vainly imagining that I fortified myself a an insult done to my honour.' So saying, gainst my weakness, by binding those chains with an air of resentment I rose from my itill stronger, which both duty and reason chair. He still hold me with a convultive called upon to regard as indisoluble. galp; and, with a voice which betrayed the In this state of security I law Mr. Willians agitation of his ipirits, said, “ Yes, cruel girl, ärrive without any sensible emotion in my I did know that your hand was engaged to heart; I was even chearfuller than usual another, but, till this moment, I was not in his company, for which reason he was certain that your heart was fo too.' At more serious; and I rallied him upon his these words I fighed involuntarily, and my gravity ; upon which Lady Betty laid with eyes, I believe, lost some part of their leveria smile, Miss Ruiland is in the right to ty: I assumed, however, courage enough to laugh as long as the can; for, though I am lay, “Sir, I inlift upon your letting me go; perfuaded the will be happy in her choice, I have no account to render you of my priyet inatrimony is apt to make one grow feri vate sentiments ; let it fuffice for you to ous in time. When Mr. Williams, in a know, that I never can be yours.' Upon low faultering voice, aked, " Is the young which I quitted the summer-house abrupdy, Lady fo near being married, Madam ; and, with a precipitate step, hurried to my • Yes, Sir (replied the) it is no secret that

He did not offer to follow me. Miss Rutland has been some time engaged As soon as my fpirits became a little calm, I to Sir Charles Stanly ; and I learn from tried to regulate and examine into the mulher friends, that the wedding is shortly to titude of ideas, which had rushed impetube confummated. Here a filence of some vully upon my imagination during the Icene

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in the garden. At length, I found myself you than he; and, though I am doomed to much more at my eafe than I had been for be wretched for life, I inost fincerely with some time: In consequence of which, I you happy in each other ; but forgive me if went down to dinner, with an air of gaiety I doubt of that's being the case. His excess and good-humour, which, no doubt, fur- of fondness will ever be a reproach to you prised Mr. Williams; and must have indi- for your coldness, whilft that coldness will cared to him, that the scene which paft be- be a perpetual dagger to his heart. You t.veen us, in the morning, had not offended may suppose that I argue thus froin an inme so highly, as I had endeavoured to make terested motive, but I give you my word of him believe it did. Hereby perhaps encou. honour, that I prefer your happiness to my raged, he found an opportunity, in the even- own ; and, if I really thought that you ing, to flip into my hands a billet, requesting would be happy in marrying Sir Chates, I a quarter of an hour's audience, in the same fiould find some consolation from your teliplace the next day. I concluded without city; but I see you falling a facrifice to fenhelitation, that it would be better to meet timents, which, though noble, are yet fallahim, in order to put an end to his hopes, cious, and to which you will infallibly die a than, by avoiding him, leave him to form martyr. Your heart was formed to love what conjectures he pleased upon my fenti- with vivacity; its delicate sensibility will ments, with regard to what had palled be- furnish an eternal source of misery, unless you twixt us. I therefore resolved to go to the are united to the man you love, with tenderrendezvous the next morning,

ness; and are beloved by him with rapture.' I found him waiting for me. He appear. Here he sighed, and I perceived a tear fti að ed more calm than the day before, and much from his eye. I was moved. He continued : more dejected. He began, by expressing his 'I beg, on my knees, that you

would honour sensibility of my condeicension, in thus hav me with your friend/hip; command my ing complied with his requeft; he then de- life, my fortune, they are both yours, and fcanted much upon the impossibility of a de- rest assured, that I will never more trouble licatę mind's finding its felicity in a union of you with a hopelefs passion. But, if any hands, to which the heart subscribed with re unforeseen accident should happen to break luctance. Here he paused, and looked full off your intended nuptials, may I hope, diupon me. I knew the picture, and trembled vine Charlotte, that you will then fuffer me when I threw my eyes over it ; I lighed, to make my addresses to you ?" I replied, and answered, “By what means, Sir, you • You do me honour, Sir, bút you talk of have read my secret thoughts, I know not : impossibilities.' I then observed, " That our I will not pretend to disavow the invincible conversation had already been of a confideracoolness of my heart towards Sir Charles Stan- ble length, and, for that reason, proposed our ly; I confess I could never teach it to love returning to the house. He faid, • I obey; hin; but it honours, values, and esteems but, dear, lovely girl, say that you accept of him above all his sex ; and I hope that du me as a friend, and, as such, promise to conty, reason, and time, will inspire the rest. fide in me.' 1 answered, precipitately, ' I Here Mr. Williams seized my hand, fay- do - I will,'—He killed my hand, and we ing, 'Well, lovely Charlotte, I must do juf- separated. The next day he took his lerve tice to Sir Charles's merit by acknowledging, of us. that I know no man who is more worthy of

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Obfervation om Cauteries, applied to the HEAD, at the Part where the

Coronal joins with the Sagittal Suture, by Cæson. Gramm, Physician and Professor in the University of Keil. From the Ephemerides of the Curious.

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HEN authors point out the diffe- ries to the arms, the legs, and thighs, are customary to apply cauteries, they never for to the head; and tho' very great advantages get the head, and particularly the part of the accrue from this remedy in a great number head, where the junction of the coronal fu- of diseases, the fick are here fo averse from the ture is with the sagittal. This remedy, they remedy, that it is very difficult to persuade have assured us, they employed with success, them to it. It has been particularly fucceffin some very grievous and chronic diseases: ful with me in an inveterate and scorbutic But in our duchy of Holstein, though caute. megrim, with which a young Gentl. woman


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