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sess all I want in my dearest wife, though I heard that my uncle should say to my mother, the other day, that he could not but admire my honesty, notwithstanding I was such a fool, (with his accustomed oath) is not following his directions: and another event took place soon after our marriage, which appeared to us not less remarkable than unexpected.
Wor. What was that Sir ?
Lov. One of the former generation of the Greedy's, a great-uncle of mine, still lives : he is an old lawyer, and is now past eighty; though he is covetous and mean, and mercenary to a proverb, yet soca after our marriage, he came to see us; and mentionell how sorry he was that the match was displeasing to my uncle, though he confessed he approved of it highly, as he believed my wife, would be a very prudent and saving woman; and had I married any of Lord Gambleton's daughters, they might have made me a spendthrift, and that he hated nothing worse. Now, as I must be very unhappy at home, on account of my mother's displeasure; and as my wife's spirits and strength were much impaired by what she had already sustained, he said he feared her life was in danger; and therefore had consulted a physician for her, who had prescribed moderate travelling, or a change of scane, without much fatigue, as her disease was more in her mind, than her body; and therefore, he ad vised me to take her, by slow journies, from place to place, that her health and spirits might be recruited. In order to cover these expences, he begged my acceptance of fifty pounds; promising, at the same time, to leave me all his property, provided he saw that I was a frugal young man ; engaging also to do all in his power to reconcile my mother to the match.
Wor. Well Sir, though your great uncle's disposition inclines him to be parsimonious and mean, yet in this respect, he behaved to you in a manner that was generous and kind.
Lov. Yes Sir, but the very next day he repented
of it: and wrote to my father, telling him he must have interest for it while he lived, though he still meant to appoint me his heir. He never was known before to do a single action, that looked either generous ar kind ; but having had several sharp contests about money matters, with my uncle, who had lately discarded me, they were quite at variance. He seemed therefore, to be willing to take me up in opposition to him. Nor did my uncle's way of living please my great-uncle at any rate ; for though he would do any thing for money, yet at times, when among the great, from family pride, he would be somewhat splendid and expensive in his style of living; and this always displeased my great-uncle exceedingly.
Wor. Ah Sir, such are the clashings of interest, found among
the vices of mankind ! But the displeaof your
mother must, have been the cause of con siderable concern to the whole of your family.
Lov. O Sir! it has entirely destroyed our family happiness ; though it is my father who has felt the most : he neither can find any happiness in my mother as his wife, nor can I find any comfort in her as a parent, while she hates
dearest Ann as much as my father loves her; and is living in perpetual hopes of her death, that another effort may be made, if possible, to get me in the mind to relish some o. this noble blond : so that at present, we are obliged to retire from home for the sake of peace. And all this is the more cutting, as it comes from a mother, who once appeared to love me very tenderly; but still she is my mother. It is too painful for my recollection !
Wor. I perceive then dear Sir, that you are almost under the necessity of a temporary banishment; and as travelling from place to place is very expensive, do Sir, let me request the favor of you and Mrs. Lovely to pass some time with us at Brookfield Hall. We are supposed to live in a salutary air ; and you have your own little vehicle to take yourself and Mrs. Lovely to different parts about the country, for the sake of moderate exercise ; you can travel about as you may like, and still make my house your headquarters. If you please Sir, as the shower seems to be over, we will adjourn to the house, and settle it with Mrs. Lovely. I am sure Mrs. Worthy and my daughters will be very happy in her company ; Mrs. Lovely's w of noble blood will be of no consequence at our house. We are no great admirers of this commodity, as it is in general found in its present degenerate state.
Lov. Dear Sir, what kindness and attention to an entire stranger! But as to support, both my father and my wife's father, are determined to join in all that is necessary to assist, during our present perplexities; and though we suppose we must retire, for the sake of peace, into some little country cot, at a distance from my mother, till matters may soften ; yet should it please God to restore her health, a very little will make us comfortable, as we are so happy with each other. But I am sure Sir, Mrs. Lovely will be quite overcome by your most kind and affectionate attention to our situation.
Wor. O Sir! don't mention any thing about these matters. I don't know what comfort there can be in life, but as we act for the mutual good of each other. True Christianity is sure to produce real politeness, without the assistance of the affectation of the world. Though their sort of politeness is in general, little better than refined hypocrisy : yet we are commanded to“ be given to ho pitality,” and “ to be pitiful and courteous." I must therefore, insist upon it, that you allow me, without any further ceremony, to make you and Mrs. Lovely our guests, while you continue in these parts. To a day laborer.] Here Jolin, go directly to the Golden Lion, and ask for Mr. Lovely's servant, and tell him to bring his master's horses and carriage, and all their packages, immediately to my house.
Lov. Oh dear Sir! this is quite too much !--I am afraid my poor dear wife will feel herself entirely
thrown out of that humble contemplative state of raw tirement we wish to enjoy, by her being introduced into your house.
Wor. O Mrs. Lovely will find just the contrary, within half an hour after she has really commenced our guest: we have nothing to do with the fulsome formal parade of the world at our house. [To the laborer.] Why don't you go John ?
John. An't please your honor, I'll go directly.
Lov. Sir, if you insist upon such an extraordinary act of hospitality, I should be glad to go with him, as I have some matters to settle with my servant on this remove.
Wor. Well Sir, then I shall go to the house, and tell Mrs. Worthy and Mrs. Lovely how we have setLed matters, and shall expect your speedy return.
Mr. Worthy and Mr. Lovely immediately separated. But as there are still a variety of events which may: require an abridgment to prevent repetition, the reader will excuse the dress of dialogue, while he is further informed, that Mr. Worthy accordingly went home, and in the fulness of his benevolent heart, addressed Mrs. Lovely rather too abruptly for the tender feelings of her delicate and sentimental mind: telling her that he had heard every circumstance respecting them; and that he was quite in raptures at the fidelity and integrity of Mr. Lovely's conduct; and begged their acceptance of every token in his power of their hospitality and esteem. He insisted upon it that they should adjourn from the Golden Lion immediately, and be their guests, at least for some days; and that after they had received a short sample of their sin cere and sympathetic regard, they should judge for themselves, how long they might further favor thenu with their company:
This so won upon the mind of Mrs. Lovely, that she conld scarcely support herself under the strong impressions of gratitude she felt, from this instance
of truly Christian benevolence. Her husband just then came in, and found her scarcely able to speak, and in tears, from the influence this had upon her most grateful and affectionate disposition.
The cause of this was immediately explained to laim. Let the reader's imagination next describe the feelings of this very sincere and affectionate youth ; thus engaged in wiping away each tear as it dropt from her eye, while he had enough to do to quell the like sympathetic tear, as it involuntarily forced itself through the same sluices of his affection: and then let him judge whether Mr. Lovely would have been a happier man, had he neglected one of such a mind, for the sake of either of the three unsentimental baubles, whichever it might have been, that through the mere pride, extravagance, or covet ousness of the parties, was designed to have been en tailed upon him.
Thus Mr. and Mrs. Lovely commenced the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Worthy, while the honest landlord of the Golden Lion parted with them with considera ble regret. They could not however help remarking, in the course of the evening's conversation, how very orderly all their little matters were conducted at tủe public house, and that it was the first house they ever remembered of that sort, in which they heard the private voice of family prayer.
In the course of the evening conversation, Mr. Lovely started some queries concerning a young woman, who appeared quite of a dejected turn of, mind, and asked whether it was from some deep af fliction, or, it should rather appear, from some melan choly derangement. But when Mr. Worthy began to tell the story of Mrs. Chipman, as it has been before related to the reader, it was soon found too strong a contrast of what had passed between Mr. and Mrs. Lovely, for their tender minds to bear, especially as related to the feelings of Mrs. Chipman, since she bad been made sensible of the evil consequences of sin. The conversation, therefore took another turn,