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these here benches, with nothing to lean Indiana, indeed, flowed fimply from the one's back against.”

glances of admiration which every where “ And who's that ?" cried Mrs Arl. met her eye ; but Eugenia attended to bery to Sir Sedley, looking Mr Dubfter every word, and every motion of Mrs fuli in the face.

Aribery, with that fort of earneftness Sir Sedley made fome answer in a which marks an intelligent child at a first whisper, which proved highly entertain- play; and Camilla, stiil more struck by ing to them both. Mr Dubster, with an the novelty of this new acquaintance, air much offended, said to Camilla: scarce permitted herself to breathe, leit

People's laughing and whispering, he should lose any thing she said. when one don't know what it's about, Mrs Arlbery perceived their youthful is not one of the politest things, I know, wonder, and felt a propenfity to increase for polite people to do; and, in my it, which strengthened all her faculties. mind, they ought to be above it." Wit she poffefsed at will; and, with ex

This resentment excited Lionel to join ertions which rendered it uncommonly in the laugh; and Mr Dubster, with brilliant, the displayed, now to them, great gravity of manner, rose, and said now to the gentlemen, with a gaiety fo to Camilla,“ When you are ready to fantastic, a raillery fo arch, a spirit of dance, ma'am, I am willing to be your fatire so seasoned with a delight in copartner, and I shan't engagé myself to quetry, and a certain negligence of air nobody else; but I shall go to t’other so enlivened by a whimsical pleasantry, end of the room till you choose to stand that she could not have failed to strike up; for I don't care to stay here, only with admiration even the most hackney. to be laughed at, when I don't know ed seekers of character; much less the what it's for."

inexperienced young creatures now pre. They now all left the table; and sented to her; who, with open eyes and Lionel eagerly begged permission to in- ears, regarded her as a phenomenon, troduce his fifters, and cousin to Mrs upon finding that the splendour of her Arlbery, who readily consented to the talents equalled the fingularity of her proposal.

Indiana advanced with pleasure into a When the room was prepared for circle of beaux, whose eyes were most dancing, Major Cerwood brought to Inafliduous to welcome hư:: Camilla, tho' diana Mr Macdersey, the young ensign, a little alarmed in being presented to a who had so improperly addressed her at lady of so fingular a deportment, had yet the ball; and, after a formal apology, a curiosity to see more of her, that wil- in his name, for what had paffed, beglingly feconded her brother's motion. ged the honour of her hand for him this And Eugenia, to whose early reflecting inorning. Indiana, flattered and fluttermind every new character and new scene ed together by this ceremony, almost opened a fresh fund for thought, if not forgot Edgar, who stood quietly but for knowledge, was charmed to take a watchfuliy aloof, and was actually give nearer view of what promised such food ing her confent, when, meeting his eye, for observation. But Mits Margland be- the recollected she was already engaged. gan an angry remonftrance against the Mr Macdersey hoped for more success proceedings of Lionel, in thus taking, another time, and Edgar advanced to out of her hands the direction of her lead his fair partner to her place. charges. What she urged, however, was Major Cerwood offered himself to Ca. vain : Lionel was only diverted by, her milla; but Mr Dubster coming forward, wrath, and the three young ladies, as, pulled him by the elbow, and making they had not requested the introduction, a stiff low bow, faid, “Sir, I ask your did not feel themselves responsible for pardon for taking the liberty of giving its taking effect.

you such a jog, but the young lady's been Lionel led them on: Mrs Arlbery half engaged to me ever so long. The Marose to return their curtsies; and gave jor looked surprised; but, observing that them a reception so full of vivacity and Camilla coloured, he bowed refpe&tfulgood humour, that they foon forgot the ly, and retreated. iil-will with which Miss Maryland had Camilla, ashamed of her beau, detertuffered them to quit her; and even lost mined not to dance at all ; though she all recollection that it belonged to them faw, with much vexation, upon the geto return to her. The satisfaction of weral dispersion, Miss Margland approach

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to claim her. Educated in all the har- speaking of; though I've buried them mony of contentment and benevolence, both. Why it was all along of my wives, she had a horror of a temper.so irascible, what with the money I had with one, that made it a penance to remain a mo- and what with the money I had with the ment in its vicinity. Mr Dubster, how- other, that I got out of business so soon." ever, left her not alone to it; when she “ You were very much obliged to positively refused his hand, he said, it them then.”. was equally agreeable to him to have Why, yes, ma'am, as to that, I only a little dish of chat with her; and can't say to the contrary, now that composedly stationed himself before her. they're gone; but I can't say I had Eugenia had already been taken out by much comfort with 'em while they livthe handsome stranger, with whom the ed. They was always a-thinking they had danced the evening before ; and Li- had a right to what they had a mind, onel, bewitched with Mrs Arlbery, en- because of what they brought me; só lifted himself entirely in her train ; and that I had enough to do to scrape a little with Sir Sedley Clarendel, and almost matter together, in cafe of outliving every man of any consequence in the them. One of 'em has not been dead room, declined all dancing for the plea- above a twelveinonth, or thereabout; sure of attending her.

these are the first clothes I've bought Mr Dubster, unacquainted with the fince I left off my blacks.” natural high spirits of Camilla, inferred When Indiana passed them, he expres. nothing to his own disadvantage from sed his admiration of her beauy. " That her filence, but talked incessantly him- young lady, ma'am,” he said, “ cuts felf with perfect complacency, Do you all up, sure enough. She's as fine you know, ma'am,” cried he, “just as a piece of red and white as ever I fee. that elderly lady, that, I suppose, is your I could think of such a young lady as mamma, took you all away in that hur. that myself, if I did not remember that ry last night, up comes the boy with my I thought no more of my wife that was new pair of gloves! but, though I run pretty, than of my wife that was ugly, down directly to tell of it, there was no after the first month or so. Beauty goes making the old lady stop; which I was for a mere nothing in matrimony, when fool to try at; for as to women, I know once one's nsed to it. Besides, I've no their oblinacy of old. But what I grud - great thoughts at present of entering ined the most was, as soon as I come up to the state again of one while, at any again, as ill luck would have it, Toin rate, being but just got to be a little Hicks finds me my own t'other glove ! comfortable.' So there I had two pair, when I might

The fecond dance was now called, as well have had never a one!

when Mr3 årlbery, coming suudenly beObserving that Eugenia was dancing, hind Camilla, faid, in a low voice, Do

Lack-a-day!” he exclaimed, “I'll lay you know who you are talking with ?" a wager that poor gentleman has been No, ma'am!” took in, just as I was yesterday! He . A young tinker, my dear! that's thinks that young lady that's had the all !” And, with a provoking nod, she small.pox só bad, is you, ma'am! retreated. 'Twould be a fine joke if such a mistake Camilla, half ready to laugh, half to as that should get the little dame duck, cry, restrained herself with difficulty from as I call her, a husband! He'd be in a running after her; and Mr Dubster, obfine hobble when he found he'd got no serving that the abruptly turned away, thing but her ugly face for his bargain. and would listen no more, again claimThough, provided she'd had the rhino, ed her for his partner; and, upon her it would not much have signified; for, absolute refusal, surprised and affronted, as to being pretty or not, it's no great walked off in filence. She was then fi. matter in a wife. A man foon tires of nally condemned to the morose society sveing nothing but the same face, if it's of Miss Margland; and invectives against one of the bea.'

Sir Hugh for misinanagement, and LioCamilla here, in the midst of her cha- nel, with whom now that lady was ai grin, could not forbear asking him, if he open war, for impertinence, filled up the was married ? “ Yes, ma'am,” answer- rest of her time, till the company was ined he, calmly, “ I've had two wives to formed that refreihments were served in my mhare already; so I know what I'm the card.rvom. VOL. LVIII.

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Thither, immediately, every body pences of the day, with a heart panting Nocked, with as much speed and avidi- from hope of the prize, did the same ; ty, as if they had learnt to appreciate but Camilla hung back, totally unused the blessing of plenty, by the experience to hazard, upon what was unneceffary, of want. Such is the vacancy of disi- the little allowance she had been taught pated pleasure, that, never satisfied with to spend sparingly upon herself, that what it poffefses, an opening always re- something might be always in her power mains for something yet to be tried, and, to bestow upon others. The character on that something still to come, all en- of this raffle was not of that interesting joyment seems to depend.

nature, which calls forth from the af. The day beginning now to clear, the Auent and easy respect as well as aid : fashes of a large bow window were the prize belonged to no one whom adthrown up. Sir Sedley Clarendel faun- versity compelled to change what once tered thither, and instantly every body was an innocent luxury, into the means followed, as if there were no breathing of subsistence; it was the mere common any where else; declaring, while they mode of getting rid of a mere common pressed upon one another almost to fuf- bauble, which no one had thought worth focation, that nothing was so reviving as the full price affixed to it by its toyman. the fresh air; and, in a minute, not a She knew not, however, till now, how creature was to be seen in any other part hard it was to refift the contagion of exof the room.

ample, and felt a struggle in her self-deHere, in full view, ftood fundry hap. nial, that made her, when she put the less relations of the poorer part of the locket down, withdraw from the crowd, prisoners to be tried the next morning, and resolve not to look at it again. who, with supplicating hands and eyes, Edgar, who had observed her, read her implored the compallion of the com- secret conflict with an emotion which pany, whom their very calamities affem- impelled him to follow her, that he bled for amusement.

might express his admiration; but he Nobody took any notice of them; no- was stopt by Mrs Arlbery, who just then body appeared even to see them; but, hastily attacked her with, “ What have one by one, all glided gently away, and you done with your friend, the tinker, the bow-window was presently the only my dear?" empty space in the apartment.

Camilla, laughing, though extremely Camilla, contented with having al- ashamed, faid, the knew nothing at all ready presented her mite, and Eugenia about him. with having given her's in commission, 66 You talked with him, then, by way retired unaffectedly with the rest, while of experiment, to see how you might Miss Margland, shrugging up her shoul- like him ?” ders, and declaring, there was no end of “ No, indeed! I merely anfwered beggars, pompoully added, " However, him when I could not help it; but still we gave before we came in."

I thought, at a ball, gentlemen only Presently, a paper was handed about, would present themselves.' to collect half guineas for a raffle. A “ And how many couple,” said Mrs beautiful locket, set round with pearls, Arlbery, smiling, “ do you calculate ornamented at the top with a little knot would, in that case, ftand of small brilliants, and very elegantly She then ordered one of the beaux shaped, with a space left for a braid of who attended her, to bring her a chair, hair, or a cypher, was produced; and, and told another to fetch her the locket. as if by magnetic power, attracted into Edgar was again advancing to Camilla, almost every hand the capricious coin, when Lionel, whose desire to obtain the which distress but the moment before good graces of Mrs Arlbery, had fugbad repelled.

gested to him an anticipation of her comMiss Margland lamented she had only mands, pushed forward with the locket. guineas or silver, but suffered Edgar to Well," really, it is not ugly," cried be her paymaster; privately resolving, fhe, taking it in her hand; “ Have you that, if the won the locket, she would put in yet, Miss Tyrold ?" remember the debt : Eugenia, amused No, ma'am.” in secing the humour of ail that was go- " O, I am vastly glad of that; for ing forward, readily put in; Indiana, fa- now we will try our fortune together.”. tisfied her uncle would repay the ex- Camilla, though secretly blushing at

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what she felt was an extravagance, could 5. The abuses in granting pardon to not withstand this invitation: The gave capital convicts. her half.guinea.

6. The system of hulks. Edgar, disappointed, retreated in fi. 7. The want of proper penitentiary lence.

houses, for the employment and reformaThe money being collected, and the tion of convicts. games of the raffers taken down, infor- In the first chapter, the author takes mation was given, that the prize was a general view of the causes of the into be thrown for in three days time, at crease of crimes. As this subject is of one o'clock at noon, in the shop of a the greatest importance, we shall give bookseller at Northwick."

his sentiments at length: A Treatise on the Police of the Metropolis; fo multiplied and increased those various

In developing the causes which have explaining the various Crimes and Misuemeanours which at present are

offences and public wrongs which are at felt as a preffure upon the Communi- present felt to press so hard upon focie. ty; and suggesting Remedies for their ty, it may be truly affirmed in the first prevention. By a Magistrate. 8vo. 6s.

instance, much is to be imputed to dea boards. Dilly.

ficient and inapplicable La:ws, and to ait

ill-regulated Police. THE depredations committed in and “ Crimes of every description have about the metropolis amount, according their origin in the vicious and immoral to this active and intelligent magistrate, habits of the people;-in the want of atto the incredible sum of 2,000,000l. an- tention to the education of the inferior nually; which he arranges under the fol- orders of society ;-and in the deficiency lowing heads :

of the system, which has been established 1. Small thefts

L. 710,000 for guarding the morals of this useful 2. Thefts upon the rivers and

class of the community. quays

500,000 “ Innumerable temptations occur in 3. Thefts in the dock yards and

a great capital where crimes are reforta on the Thames

300,000 cd to, in order to supply imaginary 4. Burglaries, highway robbe

wants and improper gratifications, which ries, &c.

220,000 are not know'n in lefser societies; and 5. Coining base money 200,000 against which the laws have provided 6. Forging bills, swindling, &c.

70,000 few applicable remedies in the way of

- prevention. Total estimate, L. 2,000,000 “ The improvident, and even the luxe The introduction to this truly impor- urious modes of living, which prevails tant work contains some very fenible too generally among various claffes of observations on the imperfection of our the lower ranks of the people in the mecriminal laws. The author afcribes the tropolis, leads to much misery and to infecurity which the public experiences many crimes. with regard to life and property, and the " Accustomed from their earliest ininefficacy of the Police in preventing fancy to indulge themselves in eating crimes, to the following causes:

many articles of expenfive food in its feaa 1. The imperfections in our criminal fon*, and poffeffing little or no knowcode; and, in many instances, its defi- ledge of that kind of frugality and care ciency with regard to regulations and which enables well-regulated families to provisions applicable to the prefent ftate. make every thing go as far as poflible, of society.

by a diversified mode of cookery and 2. The want of a properly digeftect good management:-Afíailed also by the and energetic system of Police, and of numerous temptations held out by frauan adequate fund for giving effect to the dulent lotteries, and places of public re. exertions of magiftrates in detecting criminals, and for rewarding officers of * The chief consumption of oysters, crabs, justice, and others, for useful services.

lobsters, pickled salmon, &c. when firit in 3. The want of a public prosecutor season, and when prices are high, is by the for the crown, to prevent frauds in the lowest classes of the people.The middle ranks, administration of criminal justice. and those immediately under them, abftain

4. The unnecessary feverity and fangenerally from such indulgencies until the guinary nature of punishments.

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sort and amusement; and, above all, by comfortably in their own dwellings ;the habit of spending a great deal of va- destroying their health ;-wafting their luable time, as well as money, unneceflatime, and rearing up their children to be rily in public-houses; and often allured prostitutes and thieves before they know by low gaming, to squander more than that it is a crime." they can afford, there is scarce an inftance of accommodating the income to Sermons, by George Hill, D. D. F. R. S. Ed. the expenditure, even in the best of

Principal of St Mary's College in the

University of St Andrews, one of the times, with a considerable body of the loweft orders of the people inhabiting

Ministers of that City, and one of his Mathe capital : and hence a melancholy

jelty's Chaplins in Ordinary for Scotland. 8vo. 6s. boards.

Bell and Bradfute. conclulion is drawn, warranted by a generally assumed fact, “ that above twen

WE shall barely mention the contents of ty thousand individuals rise every morn

this very eloquent volume. ing in this great metropolis, without Tue first discourse, preached on the Doc. knowing how, or by what means, they tor's admisfion as minister of St Andrew's

, are to be supported during the passing is a caution against a fondness "for novelty, day, or where they are to lodge on the and an exhortation to be satisfied with be: fucceeding night.

ing put in remembrance of things already “ Poverty is no where to be found known, and “ established in the present

truth. cloathed, in so great a degree, with the

The second sermon is a general ilgarb and emblems of the extremeft mi- lustration of the distind charaders of vir. sery and wretchedness, as in London.

tue expressed in the text, Whatsoever things • Develope the history of any given

are true, bonefl, &c. The means employed number of these miserable fellow-mor- by Providence for supporting a regard to tals, and their diftreffes will be found, virtuous condua to secure a competent share

virtue in the world, and the tendency of almost in every instance, to have been of earthly blessings, are well represented in occasioned by extravagance, idleness, the third and fourth fermons. The fiftb, which profligacy, and crimes :-and that their is divided into two parts, is an interesting chief support is by thieving in a little exhibition of the character of Daniel, under way. « Allured and deceived by the facili- and piety. In the fixth fernion, on religious

the two distinguishing features of wisdom ties which the pawnbrokers and the old- resignation, the considerations, which religion iron shops hold out, in enabling the la- offers to support the mind under the pressure bouring people, when they marry, and of affliction, are pathetically displayed. In the first enter upon life in the metropolis, seventh, a contraft is drawn betweeń the to raise money upon whatever can be characters of John the Baptist and Jesus offered as a pledge, or for sale ; the first Christ, and inftrudive lessons are hence destep with too many, is generally to dif- duced concerning the nanner, in which our pose of wearing-apparel and houshold intercourse with the world may be beít rengoods, which is frequently done upon dered beneficial to ourselves and others. the least pressure, rather than forego the Prophecies in the Old Testament relative to usual gratification of a good dinner or a the Melliah, and his character as an instruchot supper.-Embarrassments are speedi. tur, pattern, and Redeemer, are the subjects ly the confequence of this line of con- of the eighth discourse, which is written in an duct, which is too often followed up by animated strain of oratory. The same subidleness and inactivity. The ale-house ject is pursued, in the same eloquent manner, is resorted to as a desperate remedy, through the ninth sermon, divided into two where the idle and the diffclute will al- parts. The tenth fermon is an interesting ilways find associates, who being unwil- lustration and improvement of the history of ing to labour, resort to crimes for the future state, as ariớng from the renoval of

Stephen's martyrdon. The happiness of the purpose of supplying an unnecessary ex- all occasions of distress, is in the eleventh sertravagance. *** it is truly melancholy to reflect up- which is what, in the service of the Church of

niou popularly described. In the twelftb, on the abject condition of that nume- Scotland, is called a lecture, or commentary rous class of profligate parents, who, on a considerable portion of Scripture with xvith their children, are constantly to be refledions, Dr H. explains and applies that found in the tap-rooms of public houses, part of the sermon on the mount, which fpending, in two days, as much of their condemns ostentation in almfgiving and 1:arnings as would support them a week prayer. The ibirteenth, which was preacheit

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