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kind, and virtuous woman most frequent by the arm; “I will be heard, you shall ly fixes her affections upon the exact not cast me off for this Jerrold: listen to reverse of her own disposition, and seeks me, when I say that before Harry Jerrold the love of some ingrate, wholly ignorant, should become your husband, I would”— or incapable of feeling the pure and “ For heaven's sake, Matthew, do not fervent passion which silently yet strongly grasp my arm so, and as for Harry Jer. works its way.
rold, he has done nothing to merit your Mary was now in her sixteenth year, and ill will.” one would almost have ventured to assert, “Not to merit my ill will!- I could that nature had for once erred in placing curse him as the foulest thing on earth, a girl of her manners, appearance, and I could—but mark me; I have said it, disposition, in such a situation : she was and I say it again, you shall never be one of those interesting creatures, that the wife of Harry Jerrold." His looks one feels insensibly drawn to admire, grew fiercer as his passion strengthened, and yet not positively handsome: one to and Mary being alarmed, strove to discommand respect and admiration, with- engage her hand, but it was too firmly out seeking to require it,-so much so grasped for her to succeed : a distant indeed, as to be the only person who had moan of thunder increased her alarm, ever been known to fix for an instant and she besought Matthew to let her go, the wild passion of Harry Jerrold. as she was still some distance from
That Harry was the favourite, was home. Matthew looked around, he no secret to Matthew, and his wild un- saw the storm gathering-it suited his governable fury at times burst forth in passions, it might vent its fury, what the most bitter denunciations against his cared he!- he looked towards the vessel rival; but Harry heeded them not, nor saw preparations on board to shift their in fact scarcely anything save his boon anchorage, and not a moment was to be companions. Now as Matthew was re- lost in getting on board. lated to the captain, he had influence “ Far, far from home-ay, and from enough whilst the vessel lay off Black Harry Jerrold-curse him, but I will Pool to obtain leave for himself and pay him for his favours,” he looked once some of his companions to go on shore; more around—no one was near-no waythe idea of some mischief lurking within farer to overlook the road—none but his him, though it had not formed itself into companions. —"Mary” said he, “by fair any plan, had prompted him to ask per- means you would never be mine, by foul mission; but something at times ran you shall, for mine from this time you through his mind of meeting and reveng. must be;" and almost as quickly as he had ing himself upon Harry Jerrold, for he spoken, he caught her in his arms, and well knew his companions were to be stepping into the boat, bid the men lay relied upon at any extremity; but Harry's on as though every devil in Erebus were good fortune for once prevailed; he was at their backs : they needed no further absent from the neighbourhood, and not bidding, and in a few minutes were likely to return for some days, and to alongside, Mary forced on board, and add to Matthew's annoyance, Mary also the vessel, with as much canvass as she had gone to a neighbour's, and would dared carry, standing out with a driving not return for some hours: so to drown wind direct for the Atlantic. his annoyance he sat with his companions Had Matthew Brain reflected for a drinking hard until it was time to return moment as to what his reception on to the vessel, or else, as one of the most board would be, he might have hesitated sober observed on looking out of the win- in taking such a step; not that he much dow, there was a chance from the appear- feared the captain would have thrown ance of the sky, of their being left behind. any impediment in his way, for they
They had reached the boat and were were too closely connected to quarrel about steppingin, when Matthew observed about such a trifle as a silly love-sick coming along the path a figure, that was girl, but in the present instance, the too firmly fixed in his remembrance to captain's power on board was limited be for an instant mistaken-he sprang solely to sailing the ship, for it so hapforward, and in an instant was at the side pened that the owner of the vessel was of Mary Willis ; but she seemed in no on board, going out as passenger to way pleased at the meeting; the evening America. Mr. Stanley, the owner, was was drawing on, and the path was lonely, one of the wealthiest merchants in and she liked neither the appearance of Liverpool, and though young, was still Matthew nor his companions, all of whom a steady man of business. At his father's were far from sober.
death, which had recently occurred, it Mary,” said he, grasping her tightly was deemed necessary either that himself or partner should proceed to the colo- sonance with his feelings, for them to nies, for the purpose of arranging some part, and his original idea of sending her business, which during the last few years back by the first ship, was abandoned. had not been carried on to the satisfac- The space of three years may be tion of the principals, and as Mr. Stanley briefly run over : Mr. Stanley had placed had no connexions in England to make Mary in the house of a respectable him particularly desirous of remaining, gentlewoman, and the first masters the he had determined to become for two or colony could produce, had been emthree years, or until such time as their ployed to impart to her the various acbusiness should be put in proper train, complishments of the day: the traces of the resident partner in America. the former Mary had rapidly vanished;
Much as the captain wished to screen the timid air, and somewhat rustic man. his relation, he found it impossible to do ners, had given place to a more dignified so in the present instance, without run- carriage, and polished manners; and ning too great a risk himself; for Mr. Mr. Stanley saw with pleasure, that Stanley, as he well knew, was by no there was nothing to be feared from the means a man to be trifled with, and any impromptu acts of one not early initiated attempt at concealment would be as in the elegancies of society, and that hazardous as it would be little likely to with such a partner through life, he succeed. When Mr. Stanley appeared could be truly happy; but of this he on deck the following morning (for being had not spoken to her, nor did he inindisposed, he had retired early to rest tend, until some time after their return on the preceding evening), he was in- to England, which at the expiration of formed by the captain of what had taken three years from their first arrival in place: his indignation was unbounded, America had taken place. that so atrocious an act should have been How different was her situation on committed on board a vessel belonging her arrival in England, to that in which to him, and much was he grieved to find she had been previously to her abrupt it quite impracticable to have the poor departure ; then she was the humble degirl sent on shore, the vessel during the pendent of a relation, now the mistress night having been driven too far out, to of an establishment, and surrounded with leave the least chance of their running all the elegancies and luxuries to make into any port, All that could be done, life desirable. Mr. Stanley was a conunder the circumstances, to render her stant visitor, and though she felt for him situation as comfortable as possible, was all the warmth of esteem and gratitude ordered by Mr. Stanley, together with the that woman could feel for man, she felt, strictest injunctions that Matthew Brain that elsewhere, a still warmer feeling should be discharged from the ship the existed,-she had truly loved Harry Jermoment she arrived in port; nor was rold, he had been the bright object of the captain best pleased at the intimation all her fondest hopes, and she would have conveyed at the same time, that the dis- looked forward to the day of her becomcipline must have been very bad, to have ing his wife, as the happiest of her existallowed such a circumstance to have ence; and strange to say, time had in taken place.
nowise obliterated these feelings. Her Thrown so strangely in Mr. Stanley's return to her native land, had brought protection as Mary had been, she became back with greater strength the current to him an object of much solicitude: her of her former feelings; during her abeonduct under the trying circumstance sence she had never heard from him, or in which she was placed, he could not even whether he still existed, but perhaps too much admire, and as he became he had forgotten her, and the affections more acquainted with her manners and she had hoped would be only her own, disposition, he bitterly regretted that might now be lavished upon another ; her mind had not received its due ex- she felt she must once again see pansion, by the aid of talented instruc- him, and look again upon that scene
To be in the company, for some where so many happy days had been weeks, of a woman for whom we feel in- passed. The residence Mr. Stanley had terested, and whose manners, simple and procured for her, was situated near unaffected as they may be, are still the Liverpool, and at no great distance from more attractive, from all want of effort Black Pool, and she determined once in the art of pleasing, is a dangerous more to visit a spot so fondly remembered situation for any man; and so it was to by her. She sent word to Mr. Stanley Mr. Stanley, for being arrived in Ame- of her intention, and proceeded to put rica, he found it would be little in con- her plan into execution.
Had she desired it, Mr. Stanley's looked to see who was the intruder, and carriage and servants would have been dimmed and confused as his recollection at her disposal ; but this suited not her was by drink, he did not fail to repurpose, she wished to appear as she had cognize one for whom he had once felt been when living at Black Pool, and more than his ordinary feelings towards throwing aside her rich dresses, and woman-kind. jewels, assumed the coarse and simple “ By heavens,” he exclaimed, “am I dress of her early days.
asleep or awake! it canvot be, and yet What a crowd of feelings, recollections it is, as I am alive-wbat, Mary Willis.” and associations, came rushing across “ Then you have not forgotten me, her mind, as she looked again upon the Harry Jerrold.”— “ Three Bells !" The sign still waved to “ Forgotten you girl, oh no—not forand fro with the same hoarse creak, gotten you; but bless me, it is long since sounding to her ears as the sweetest mu- you left us: been seeking your fortune at sic; the stunted tree, looking sea-ward, Liverpool, eh! Susan there comes from with its crazy bench and table, and the Liverpool-nice place, isn't it; but, sit gaunt-looking post, stretching out its you down, girl, sit you down." arms to shew the traveller where the “No, Harry, I have not been seeking road branched off to Poulton, were still my fortune at Liverpool, nor was it there, unscathed by time; but the house willingly I ever left this spot. I have seemed changed for the worse, the neat been far away, and it is but a few days tidy appearance was gone, the frequent since I have returned to England.” white-washing and the gay green paint- “Ah! well, well, say no more about it. ing of the wood-work, seemed alike I am glad you are come back at any forgotten ; it seemed to have sunk into rate; come, take a glass of this, girl; it's an ordinary pot-house. The name of the right sort;" and he essayed with un“ Martha,” under the sign, had been · steady hand to pour out a glass of spirits obliterated with badly matched paint, from the bottle beside him, but Mary and a large “ Harry i inserted in its declined. place : but perhaps, as she thought the “What, not drink with me! why Susan place itself might not be changed, the there, drinks as hard as I do-don't you, style in which she had of late lived, slut ? " might have jaundiced her opinions; but But Susan didn't like the new comer, the interior itself seemed to keep equal and she turned her nose up, with a toss pace with the exterior, all seemed going of the head, not deigning any other to rack and ruin; she gently opened the reply. door of a room (for no one seemed about “Now you know you do, and so no the house) that she remembered as the nonsense about it," and as for your little sitting room of the family, and tossing your head up in that fashion, it here her heart beat and throbbed as she won't do, 'cause you see I know what it recognised seated at a table, Harry means; and if I say you and Mary there Jerrold himself. An exclamation scarcely shall live together, and be good friends, suppressed was rising to her lips, but she why you see I'll have it done, do you mastered her feelings; a hasty glance hear me?” sufficed to shew her the position of Nay, Harry,” said Mary, her voice affairs; a young but coarse, vulgar-look- faltering as she uttered the word, “ I am ing and debauched woman, of features not come to be the ca of quarrel bestill handsome, but fast fading from the twixt yourself and wife.” effects of hard living, was seated opposite “My wife-she's no wife of mine, I to him; and as for Harry, the change don't like such lumber; she's my mishad been great indeed! The ruddy hue tress, and so shall you be: the house is had left his cheeks, whilst the dull pale large enough for you both, I should of the drunkard had assumed its place; think.” and the dress was carelessly put on, the “ Your mistress !” exclaimed Mary, stockings hanging about the ancles, and risingshoes, rivalling in appearance the muddy “ To be sure, take my word for it, a roads they had so largely robbed ; before wise man never gets married-why how them were placed bottles and glasses, to the girl looks.” which they seemed to have paid frequent Mary did indeed look at him, as visits, and Harry was on the point of well as the rising tears which filled her commencing, in a hoarse cracked voice, eyes would allow her; the deep bitter his favourite drinking song, when the feelings of disappointment were not to opening of the door checked him. He be controlled; the bright and sunny day
dreams of years had been dispelled; the Salt's biographer, we are pained to see, objects she had looked up to, and clothed besides making a very prolix, dull, and with all that the fancy of her imagina- meagre book, has made another attempt tion could paint, as most to be admired to depreciate Bruce, and fix again upon and loved, were in an instant dashed to his name the stigma of mendacity, which the ground.
every year and every subsequent traveller “Harry,” she said, her voice partak- in Abyssinia has done something to ing the emotion of her feelings, “I did
Even Salt himself was comnot expect this from you ; it is true I pelled to confirm Bruce's statements by sought you here; it was in error; the reiterating them, at the very moment Harry Jerrold of former days exists no when he affected to question and to sneer; longer. I have conjured up in my mind the truth was mighty, and he could not a being that does not exist, and the fault prevail against it. By reading Mr. Hall's has been mine, in not sooner seeing that weak and disingenuous cavils, we were I have been so long in love with an ob- induced to take up Captain Head's Life ject, existing only in my imagination. of Bruce, and we were much struck with Your insult, sir, I forgive, for we shall the honest eloquence of his vindication. never meet again."
We feel confident that our readers will Harry rose from his seat to speak, but be pleased with the extract; and, if it it was too late; he and Susan were alone does not awaken a sympathy for Br and the stupefaction of his brain was which would rejoice his spirit, could he such, that he seemed scarcely aware take cognizance now of mundane events, whether he had been dreaming ; but if we are grievously mistaken. annoyed or not, he turned again to the bottle, poured out a large glass, which Frank and open in society, Bruce, in dehaving swallowed, and drawing in his scribing his adventures, generally related breath after it, exclaimed, “ ah well, those circumstances which he thought women are strange creatures, there's no were most likely to amuse people by the understanding them.”
contrast they afforded to the European But little remains to add. When Mr. fashions, customs, and follies of the day. Stanley heard the story of Mary's jour- Conscious of his own integrity, and ney, he laughed heartily at the idea of not suspecting that in a civilized country her finding such a being as the fancy of the statements of a man of honour ould her now educated mind had made of be disbelieved, he did not think it necesHarry Jerrold, and wondered that she sary gradually and cautiously to prepare had not sooner perceived her error: his hearers for a climate and scenery altohowever, to prevent any future such gether different from their own; but, as wanderings, and to have her more under if from a balloon, he at once landed them his control, he thought it prudent to in Abyssinia, and suddenly shewed them place her under the restraint of a wife, a vivid picture, to which he himself had which he did by almost immediately been long accustomed. They had asked making her Mrs. Stanley.
for novelty; in complying with their
request, he gave them good measure, and NOTICE OF NEW BOOKS. told them of people who wore rings in
their lips instead of their ears- who BRUCE, THE TRAVELLER.
anointed themselves not with bear's grease We have been lately reading, or rather or pomatum, but with the blood of cows skimming, a life of Henry Salt, recently —who, instead of playing tunes upon published. The writer, a Mr. Halls, them, wore the entrails of animals as appears to have been a very intimate ornaments—and who, instead of eating friend of the traveller; and tries hard to hot putrid meat, licked their lips over arrest the progress of his name and bleeding living flesh. He described deactions to that oblivion which is their bauchery dreadfully disgusting, because certain destiny. The fact is, Mr. Salt it was so different from their own. He was by no means a remarkable man, and told them of men who hunted each other did nothing remarkable ; and he will be --of mothers who had not seen ten winremembered, more from his unjust and ters--and he described crowds of human ungenerous attempts, in conjunction with beings and huge animals retreating in Lord Valentia, to retard the slow, but terror before an army of little flies !
In sure redemption of poor Bruce's memory short, he told them the truth, the whole from the undeserved weight of ignominy truth, and nothing but the truth ; but under which it has so long suffered, than the mind of man, like his stomach, can by any other of his performances. Mr. only contain a certain quantity, and the dose which Bruce gave to his hearers declared to Sir John Hawkins, “ that was more than they had power to retain. when he first conversed with Mr. Bruce,
The facts he related were too strong, the Abyssinian traveller, he was very they required to be diluted, and this base much inclined to believe that he had been office Bruce haughtily refused to perform; there, but that he had afterwards altered his he had given them plain wholesome food opinion!” In Johnson's preface, accord
- he did not profess to give them diges- ingly, he evidently, at the expense of tion.
Bruce's reputation, extols the Portuguese At that time (to say nothing about traveller, as one who “has amused his the present day), the English public in- reader with no romantic absurdities or dolently allowed itself, with regard to incredible fictions. He appears by his particular regions of the world, to be led modest and unaffected narrative to have and misled by a party of individuals, described things as he saw them, to have who dogmatically dictated what idle copied nature from the life, and to have theory was to be believed, and what consulted his senses, not his imagination. solid information was to be disbelieved. He meets with no basilisks that destroy These brazen images Bruce refused to with their eyes, his crocodiles devour worship. In their presence he main their prey without tears, and his cataracts tained his statements, - they frowned fall from the rock without deafening the upon him with pompous incredulity. neighbouring inhabitants. With just indignation, he sneered at These round, rigmarole sentences were their garret life—their port-wine opin- rolled against Bruce, a man who had ions : they knew their power--and fancy- patiently visited three quarters of the ing that, like buffaloes, their strength lay globe, by Johnson, one of the most prein their heads, they deliberately herded judiced men of his age, who, himself a together to run him down.
traveller, had not temper enough to “ It is universally known,” states the travel in a hack-chaise to Aberdeen! Gentleman's Magazine for 1789, “that Bruce concludes his preface in the doubts have been entertained, whether following remarkable words: Mr. Bruce was ever in Abyssinia.” The “ I have only to add, that were it proBaron de Tott, speaking of the sources bable, as in my decayed state of health it of the Nile, says,
A traveller named is not, that I should live to see a second Bruce, it is said, has pretended to have edition of this work, all well-founded, discovered them. I saw at Cairo, the judicious remarks suggested should be servant who was his guide and companion gratefully and carefully attended to; but during the journey, who assured me that I do solemnly declare to the public in he had no knowledge of any such discovery.” general, that I never will refute or answer
any cavils, captious or idle objections, To the persuasions of his friends Bruce such as every new publication seems unat last yielded, and as soon as he resolved avoidably to give birth to, nor ever reply to undertake the task, he performed it to those witticisms and criticisms that with his usual energy and application, appear in newspapers and periodical In about three years he submitted the writings. What have written I have work, nearly finished, to his very con- written. My readers have before them, stant and sincere friend, the Hon. Daines in the present volumes, all that I shall Barrington. In the meanwhile his ene- ever say, directly or indirectly, upon the mies triumphantly maintained a clamour subject; and I do, without one moment's against him, and in his study he was anxiety, trust my defence to an impartial, assailed by the most'virulent accusations of well-informed, and judicious public." exaggeration and falsehood--all descrip- Now, if the public had been really tions of people were against him; from “ impartial, well-informed, and judiciDr. Johnson, the great lexicographer and what a favourable impression it moralist of the day, down to the witty would have formed of a work appearing Peter Pindar ; heavy artillery as well under circumstances which so peculiarly as musketry were directed against Bruce entitled it to belief. The author was not at Kinnaird.
only of good family, but he was a man When Bruce's work was completed, who, having entailed his estate, was evijust before it was printed, and while dently proud of his family, and consepublic attention was eagerly expecting it, quently not very likely wilfully to disJohnson translated and published the grace it. He had received a liberal travels in Abyssinia of the Jesuit, Jerome education, inherited an independent forLubo. In the Gentleman's Magazine tune, and for a number of years had for 1789, it is stated, that Johnson had deliberately prepared himself for the