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E D W A R D.



.Chiefly in ENGLAND.

. Dicimus autem

Hos quoque Felices, qui ferre incommoda vitaj,
Nee jadlare jugum, vita didicere magiftra. Juv.




Printed for A. STRAHAN, and T. CADELLJUH. and W. DATIZS

(SuccefTors to Mr. CADELL) in the Strand,


U k O f>

E D W A R D.


Virtutum enim amicitia adjutrix a natura data eft,
non vitiorum comes. CICERO.

TT is neceflary to account for the unex-
pected appearance of Edward, as men-
tioned in the laft Chapter. His fufpicions
of Clifton's defigns on Mifs Barnet had
been in fome meafure lulled ; but they had
never been extinguiihed : certain obferva-
tions that he made about this time roufed
them with more ftrength than ever, and
prompted him to a meafure which he had
often thought of before, but hitherto had al-
ways fhrunk from. His great anxiety for the
young Lady at laft overcame his reluctance,
and he determined to fpeak to her on this
very delicate fubject. He was adually
on his way to Mrs. Eafy's foj: that pur-
VOL. ii. B pofe>



pofe, when he met that Lady's butler,
who informed him, " that his miftrefs
and her daughter had gone to the city,
where they were to pafs all the fore-
noon ; that Mifs Barnet, having letters to
write, had (laid at home, and had given or-
ders to admit no vifiters, until the Ladies
fhould return from the city :" but the but-
ler added, " that probably he would be ad-
mitted notwithftanding."

Edward rejoiced at the opportunity, and
was proceeding to Mrs. Eafy's houfe, when
he was flopped by Mr. Carnaby Shadow.
Edward tried to difengage himfelf, faying,
" He had preffing bufmefs, and was in a

Carnaby. If your bufmefs is with Clifton,
you will not find him at home.

Edward. You have juft parted from
him, perhaps ?

Carnaby. No; but I know that he is at
prefent at Mrs. Eafy's.

Edward. Mrs. Eafy's ! impoflible !

Carnaby. I mall not difpute with you,
whether it is poflible or not : all I take upon
me to affirm is, that it is true,



Edward. That Mr. Clifton is now at
Mrs. Eafy's !

Carnaby. Precifely ; and what do you
find wonderful in that ?

Ed-ward. The only thing wonderful Is,
that you fhould be fo pofitive in aflerting
what you have had no opportunity of

Carnaby. Why he is always there.

Edward. And on that general idea you
aflert, that he is there now ; you ought to
remember how dearly you paid for fome-
thing of the fame kind lately.

Carnaby. I know not to what you allude.

Edward. Don't you remember your
infilling upon it, that the feal ring which
Mr. Shuffle wears weighed more than a
guinea ; and that he drew you on to bet
fifty, in fupport of your aflertion, which
you loft ?

Carnaby. Who the devil could have
thought otherwife, it is fo large and clum-
fy ; but I have been allured fmce, that he
caufed it to be made fo, on purpofe to bet ;
and that he had previoufly weighed the
B 2 ring ;


ring; but what has this to do with Clifton's
being at Mrs. Eafy's ?

Edward, Ke is not there at prefent,
furely !

Carnaby. Then he has made a fhorter
ftay than ufual j for a very few minutes ago,,
as I turned the corner into the fquare, I favv
him go in ; and what is a little fmgular, the
door was opened by a woman, who, from
the glance I had of her, had much the ap-
pearance of that knowing jade, who for-
merly attended Lady Hornbury.

Edward. Who ! Mrs. Commode ?

Carnaly. The fame fhe is a deep one.

Edward. But, if it was really Clifton
you faw

Carnaby. If! I am certain it was him.

Edward. Very well ; he has ftepped in
for a moment to fpeak to his old acquaint-
ance Mrs. Commode, arid finding the La-
dies were abroad, he has afterwards retired ;
for, depend upon it, he is not there now.

Carnaly. I can only fay that I faw him
go in, and the door was fhut after him ;
he may have gone out fines, undoubtedly ;
though, if you have not juft parted with


E D W A R D.

him, I will bet you fifty pounds he is there


Edward. I do not wifh to win your
money, like Mr. Shuffle.

Carnaby. I'll bet you fifty to twenty he
is there now.

Although the pofuive manner in which
Carnaby continued his affertion, made Ed-
ward afraid that it was not without founda-
tion, he wimed to conceal from him the
impreflion he had made ; and therefore,
afiuming an air ,of pleafantry, he laid hold
of a cane which Carnaby had in his hand,
and laid, " By the way, what do you mean
by carrying a flick of this length ? no mar>
.of high ton carries one longer than a drum-
ftick ; but with this you may actually touch
the ground without flopping."

Carnaby. I acknowlege this d.oes look
a little quizical ; what I ufually carry, you
know, is a twifted cane juft a foot and a
half long, with a ball of lead at cash end j
but Tom Trinket took it from me yefter-
day, and I was juft going tp purchafe
another when you met me.

B Edward.


Edward. For heaven's fake lofe nd
time, for this one feems exceedingly for-
mal, and of a fcandalous length.

Having faid this in a ferious tone, Ed-
ward bade Carnaby adieu, turned down
a different ftreet, and having made a cir-
cuit, he came to Mrs. Eafy's houfe.

After knocking oftener than once, he
was a good deal furprifed to fee the door
opened by the very perfon mentioned by

Edward. You will let Mifs Barnet know
that I am here, and wifh to fpeak with

Mrs. Commode. All the Ladies are out,
Sir ; to be fure, they will be fo forry for
miffing you ; but they are gone to the
city, and my miftrefs faid, as fhe was
fetting out, that me did not expect to be
at home before four.

Edward. I know that Mrs. and Mifs
Eafy are gone to the eity ; but it is Mifs
Barnet I wifh to fee. She did not go with

Mrs. Commode. Mifs Barnet ' No, Sir;

Mifs Barnet did not go with them, Sir;

7 but >


but, but flie went out after they were
gone, Sir.

Edward. Who went with her ? the
footmen are with Mrs. Eafy ^ fhe would
not go alone.

Mrs. Commode. No, to be fure fhe did
not go alone, and the footmen, as you fay,
are with my miftrefs; but, Sir, fhe went
yes, Sir, fhe went j no, Sir, fhe did not go
alone, for fhe took the butler with her.

Edward. I do not know what is the
meaning of all thefe lies, Mrs. Commode ;
I have juft feen the butler ; I know that
Mifs Barnet is within, and I defire you
will go to her diredly, and let her know
that I am here, and wifh to fpeak with

Mrs. Commode. Lord, Sir, do not fpeak
fo loud; well, my dear Sir, fmce you have
feen the butler, I will tell you the real
truth ; Mifs Barnet is within, but fhe de-
fired me to deny her to every body, even,
to you, if you fhould call. I beg you
will not let her know that I told you this,
for fhe would never forgive me.

Edward. Is no body with her ?

B 4 Mrs.


Mrs. Commode. Good heavens, Sir !
who fhould be with her ? {he is not very
well, Sir; ihe is trying to get a little fleep,
Sir, and if you make fuch a noife you will
difturb her.

Edward. Is Mr. Clifton here ?

Mrs. Commode. Mr. Clifton ! Good

gracious, Sir, you quite aftonifh me. Per-
haps the butler has told you that alfo
but no, he could not, for he was not here

himfelf when Upon my word, Sir, you

put me in fuch a flutter, that I hardly know
what I am faying No, Sir, Mr. Clifton
is not here, I have not feen Mr. Clifton
this day.

Edward. No !

Mrs. Commode. No, Sir, upon my foul
and confcience; and that is what I would
not fay, if it were not true, for all the riches
and jewels of this world.

Edward. Wretch ! you opened the door
to him yourfelf.

Driven from all her fubterfuges, the
woman was unable for two feconds to utter
a fyllable, and burft into tears ; but on
feeing Edward determined to pafs her, and


go up flairs, me laid hold of his arm,
faying, " O, dear Sir, I could not help it,
indeed I could not, for Mr. Clifton afTured
me, that he had fomething of importance
to communicate to Mifs Barnet; and fo,
altho' fhe had defired me to deny her to
every body "

Edward. Mifs Barnet did not know of
his coming ?

Mrs* Commode. Indeed, Sir, no more
than the child unborn.

Edward. I don't know what to believe
well, go up ftairs, arid let her know
that I wifh to fee her, go up, I fay,
directly, or I go without you.

As Edward was going, the woman ran
before, and when fhe came to the door of
the room in which Clifton and Mifs Barnet
were, me flood for fome time muffling with
her feet, and making a noife upon the floor,
a ceremony fhe had learnt at Lady Horn-
bury's, where it was eftablifhed as a matter
of etiquette, before the door of any room
was opened, in which two perfons of dif-
ferent fexes were known to be.



As Edward flood at a little diftance, with-
out interrupting her, Mrs. Commode ima-
gined that he began to hefitate, and had
fome dread of entering the room, on which
it ftruck her to make another attempt to
prevent his going in; fhe ftepped back,
faying in a low voice, " I beg, my dear
Sir, that you will not perfift, you know
what a furious man Mr. Clifton fometimes
is j he has piftols with him, and he fwore
to me that he would fhoot the firft man
through the head who "

Before fhe had finifhed this remon-
ilrance, Edward feizing her by the arm,
fwung her with violence from him, and
entered the room, where he found Mifs
Barnet and Clifton, as was mentioned

When Mr. Clifton left the Ladies, and
was retiring, Mrs. Commode met him at
the bottom of the ftairs, begg'd to fpeak to
him in her own room, and there fhe
affirmed, " that Edward had certainly
dog'd him to the houfe ; that as foon as
he entered, he declared that he knew of
fylr. Clifton's being with Mifs Barnet ; that



he had forced bis way up flairs, in fpite
of all fhe could urge to prevent him; that
he had fpoken in very difrefpeclful terms
of Mifs Barnet, and had even gone the
length of threatening Mr. Clifton."

The rage in which Clifton was, pre-
vented him from perceiving fully the im-
probability of this ftatement, altho* he did
not believe literally all fhe faid ; he fuf-
pected, however, that the foundation was
true, which increafed his anger to fuch a
degree, that as foon as he returned to his
own houfe, he wrote the following note,
aqd fent it to Edward's chambers :

ct You have behaved to me in a manner
not to be born; as you muft know to what
I allude, I enter into no detail, nor will I
liften to the maxims of pedants, or any
kind of reafoning that does not accord
with the fentiments of a Gentleman,
who feels himfelf injured. I mall expect
you to-morrow morning at feven in Hyde*

A fhort time after Mr. Clifton had left
Mrs. Eafy's, Edward had withdrawn, ab-
forbed in reflection on the incidents that


12 E D W A R D.

had juft pafled ; he walked flowly to the
Temple. He was convinced that the
fources of Clifton's and of Mifs Barnet's
conduct were directly oppofjte ; that be had
acted from premeditation, and Jke from
want of reflection. He rejoiced in the
thought of having extricated her from a
fituation of fome danger ; the danger he
apprehended proceeded from her having
no fufpicion of Clifton's defigns; the mo-
ment that me mould have any idea of
them, he believed her danger would be at
an end ; he came to the refolution there-
fore of giving her fuch a hint as would
roufe her fufpicion, with which he knew
pride and indignation would alfo arife for
her protection. He determined likewife to
fet out that very evening for Barnet-hall,
and to lay open his thoughts to Mrs. Barnet :
on his way he ordered a poft-chaife to the
Temple-gate, and then proceeded to his
chambers. He found Clifton's note on the
table ; the perufal vexed him exceedingly,
he threw it down, walked with hafty fteps
through the room, took it up, perufed it
again and again, and after fome minutes
14 4 of


of Calmer meditation, he pronounced with
ftrong emphafis, " No, no coafideration
(hall drive me to meet him to-morrow.
This (hall not turn me from my purpofe of
vifiting Mrs. Bar net, -he fliall have a little
time at lead for reflection."
Edward then wrote what follows :
" You mud be fenfible that all you can
accufe me of is, that I endeavoured to pre-
vent the perpetration of a piece of trea-
chery. I am as averfe to any attack on
your life, as I am unwilling to fubject you
to endlefs remorfe. Without regarding
whether thefe are the maxims of pedants,
or not, I avow them to be mine; and there-
fore it is more on your account than my
own, that I decline meeting you to-
morrow. I am going to the country, and
{hall not return for a few days."

Having folded up and direcled this, he
wrote what follows, in a difguife-d hand to
Mifs Barnet :

" Without pretending to know whether
Mifs Barnet would at any rate favour the
addreiTes of Mr. Clifton, the, friend, who



fends her this note, fubmits it to her own
good fenfe to decide, whether or not it is
prudent to permit him to continue his affi-
duities, in cafe he never has mentioned,
what alone ought to be their object.

"Mifs B. ought to beware of the woman
Mrs. Eafy lately took into her fervice."

In writing this laft note Edward had di-
guifed his hand, becaufe he thought the
admonition would be lefs offenfive to the
young Lady, and would have a better effect
if me believed it to come from fome other
perfon than him.

Having fent both letters, he ftepped into
the poft-chaife, and proceeded towards



Non ille pro cans amicis,

Aut patria timidus perira. Ho RAT.

TT was between one and two o'clock in
the morning, when Edward arrived at
the gate of Mr. Barnet's houfe. As the laft
poft-houfe was at the diftance of only four
miles ; the poftillion had been ordered to
return without unharneffing ; Edward did
not allow him to enter, left Mr. and Mrs.
Barnet fhould be difturbed by the chaife
driving thro' the court. The moon at
that moment (hone very bright, though the
preceding part of the night had been dark
and cloudy. As foon as the poftillion had
driven away, Edward was going to ring the
bell at the outer gate, when he perceived a
man haftening towards him ; he had taken
nothing into the chaife with him, except
his piftol?, and thofe he had in his bands.
When the man came nearer, he called,
"Who comes ? ft op and anfwer."



" If I am not miftaken, I hear Mr. Ed-
ward's voice," cried the man.

" What is this you, Kick ?" replied Ed-
\vard ; " what bufmefs can my old friend
have out of his bed at this unfeafonable
hour ?"

u Ah ! Sir, poor Margery was feized
fuddenly with a violent pain in her
ilomach two hours ago; I have given
her every thing I could devife, to afford
her relief, without effect; but I remem-
bered, that (he was taken in the fame
way about eight months fmce, and Madam
Earner, who, you well know, has no
kind of pride, called to fee her, and imme-
diately after fent her fome drops which
removed the pain, and fo I was going to
try to get a word of the houfekeeper, who
perhaps can give me the fame drops, or if
fhe cannot, I know that Madam herfelf
will not grudge being waked, to give relief
to a fellow Chriftian.

Edward now perceiving that the gate was
open, " This is horridly carelefs," laid he,
as he entered the court; " but let us turn
round to the back door, and try to raife the



houfekeeper, by knocking at her win-

At that moment they heard a kind of
buftle in the rooms above.

" My life for it," faid the foldier, " there
are thieves in the houfe ; this door is open

Hufli, Nick," faid Edward, " take this
piftol and follow me, but make no

As they afcended a private flair, the noife
of the buftle increafed ; when they came
to the top, they perceived light in Mr.
Barnet's room, and then heard his voice
begging pitioufly for his life.

" If the mafk had not dropt t that might
have done," cried a fellow, as he raifed a
hanger to ftrike at Barnet's throat ; " but
fince you know me, damn me if I "

Before he could finilh the fentence, his
hand was ihattered by a brace of bullets ;
the hanger dropt guiltlefs on the floor, and
the fellow ran off by another door.

On entering the room, and feeing Bar-
nefs danger, Edward had fired his piftol
thus fortunately.
VOL. ii. c - He


He then eagerly afked, What was be-
come of Mrs. Barnet. Her hufband, all
ihaking with terror, could give no an-

A voice was heard, exclaiming, " Spare
his life, you {hall have more money, you
fhall never be profecuted ;'* and Mrs.
Barnet herfelf rufhed into the room. Her
furprize and joy were unfpeakable at the
fight of Edward and her hufband unhurt.
" Be compofed, Madam," faid the former,
the villain is fled.*'

" Oh ! Sir,'* cried fhe recolleding her-
felf, and turning with a look of terror to
the door, " have a care, there are more."

" Where ?" exclaimed Edward.

" In my dreffing-room," fhe anfwered.

He then feized the hanger, which lay on
the floor, but as he attempted to go, Mrs.
Barnet held him, crying, " You fhall not
leave us, you will make them defperate,
they will murder you."

" Do you ftay and guard Mr. and Mrs.
Barnet, and truft this piece of duty to me,
Mr. Edward," faid the foldier, holding up
his piftol, as he moved out of the room.



Edward however, bolting the door, at
which he had entered, immediately fol-
lowed the foldier.

As he entered the dreffing-room, he
heard two piftols fired, and faw the foldier
with his head and arms out of the win-

" The rafcal was too nimble for me,"
faid the foldier, turning round to Edward,
" he dropt from the window, as I entered
the room, but he did not get off fhot free,
for by the light of the moon, I faw him
ftagger after I fired; he was helped to the
gate by another, who ran out of the houfe ;
I believe I winged that rafcal alfo, for he
gave a confounded bounce, when I fired
the fecond piftol."

" How came you by a fecond piftol ?"
faid Edward.

*' I faw it lying on the floor, I fired it at
random, it happened luckily to be charged,
and fo, pleafe your honour, whether the
villains have got any gold I cannot tell,
but I am certain they have carried off a
little lead with them, and I heartily wifli
it were twice as much for their fakes."

c 2 Having


Having acquainted Mrs. Barnet wkh
what had juft parted, and after fpeaking
words of comfort and encouragement to
her hufband, who was ftill in fome degree
of flupor, Edward, followed by the foldier,
went down (lairs ; they found the houfe-
keeper gagged, in fuch manner that the
woman was almoft choaked, and her
hands tied fo tight, that the blood was
ready to burft from her fingers. They
found a footman bound and gagged alfo,
but fo flightly, as to put him to very
little pain or inconveniency.

Here it will be proper to account for
the flate in which Edward found th



Si tibi fimplichas uxoria, deditus uni

Ell animus : fubmitte cupu; cervice parata

Ferre jugum :

Nil unqiuro invits. donabis conjuge. JUVEN.

/-T-* H E Mulatto, who bought Mr. Barnet's
fine houfe, lived at it more than ever;
befides the two fphinxes, the canal, and
the Belvidere, this villa could now boaft of
a variety of pther ornaments, derived from
the tafte of three Ladies, who hacj fuc-
ceflively been miftrefles of it and of the
Mulatto. As the ideas of thefe Ladies,
refpecjting the beautiful in gardening and
rural fcenery, were very different, thp villa
itfelf, if not the moft magnificent, was
one of the moft curious in England.

The Mulatto's firfl miflrefs, who was a
native of Kew, had a great partiality for
Chinefe ornaments, and fpon after his pur-
chafing the houfe, Ihe had prevailed on
her lover to rear a pngoda contiguous to
c 7 the


the room in the beech-tree. To the ex-
ceffive fondnefs which fhe fhewed for this
fabric, the Mulatto made no objection ;
but he could not bear with equal indif-
ference a partiality which fhe afterwards
betrayed for Pompey the footman, for-
merly mentioned ; on which account the
Lady was difmifled, notwithstanding her
being in a flate of pregnancy. She had be-
fore obtained a fettlement for herfelf and
for the child, of which fhe was fafely deli-
vered a few months after. The Mulatto,
with all the warmth of a father, fent for
the infant, which proved to be a very
promifing girl, though of a complexion a
fhade darker than he expected.

The Lady who came in her place,
though born in a different part of the
country, had been educated at the fame
fcbool with her predeceflbr. During her
reign the pagoda was neglected. This
Lady having read the Caftle of Otranto,
became as enamoured of Gothic, as the
other had been of Chinefe, buildings. Under
her aufpices a fac fimile of that celebrated
fabric was erected oppofite to the pagoda.



The Lady was fond of doing the honours
of this little caftle to the Mulatto's ac-
quaintance, when they vifited his villa,
particularly to a handfome young Weft-
Indian who came oftener than any, and
who in return for fo much attention car-
ried her with him fome time after to the
Continent. Prlma avitlfa non deficit alter.
The Mulatto in a very fhort time brought
another Lady to fupply the place of her,
who had been fo unexpectedly torn from
his arms. Of her we (hall fpeak prefently;
but it will be firft neceffary to make the
reader acquainted with the valet- de-

The Mulatto, who was exceedingly fond
of whatever was glittering and fhewy, had
engaged this fellow chiefly on account of
the gaudinefs of his drefs, and brifk eafe of
his manners : he would have preferred a
Frenchman, if he himfelf had underftood
French; but as he loved to converfe with
his valet, while his hair was dreffing, he
was under the neceffity of contenting him-
felf with an Englimman, and thought him-
felf fortunate in having found one who in
c 4 drefs


drefs and manners refembled a Frenchman,
more than a:iy fervant out of livery in

This man's appointments were more lu-
crative than thofe of four Welch curates,
or than the pay of a captain in the army ;
yet he never could lay up a fix-pence ;
what renders this more remarkable is, that
he fpent none of his money in gaming.
Frocke, waiftcoats, and filk {lockings coft
him nothing; on the contrary, befides a
large wardrobe for his perfcnal ufe, he had
always fome to fell ; his great expence was
in rings, buckles, fnuff-boxeb, fwitches,
feals, watch-chains, fmelling-bottles, fhirt-
pins, and other articles equally indifpenf-
able : no black prince on the coaft of
Guinea ever had a greater pafTion for toys,
buvvbles, and trinkets of all forts, than this
fame Englifh valet.

All his wages, perquifites, and petty lar-
cenies were no more than fuflkient to fup-
ply him in the necciTaries above men-
tioned. The Mulatto's new rniftrefs
grudged him the laft article ; fhe was of
opinion that the whole rctti/tg department


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in the Mulatto's eft abli foment belonged
exclufively to herfelf, and (he watched him
fo clofely, that, in fpite of all his induftry,
the poor man, unable to make his revenue
fquare with his expences, ran into debt.

Nature feemed to have intended this
fellow for nothing worfe than a coxcomb ;
had he been permitted to avail himfelf of
all thofe little advantages, which he confi-
dered as the lawful perquifites of office,
he might have continued to pafs for an
honed man, at lead as honed as many
in fuperior, as well as equal fituations,
who are fuffered to take the fame advan-
tages unmolefted. Finding himfelf thus
cramped, he began to meditate on ways
and means of relieving himfelf, that h
had not before been driven to exercife.
But before he had had time to put any
of thefe in execution, an incident occurred
which gave the man hopes of getting free
of this everlafting fpy upon his actions,
and being reftorcd to his former emo-

The Mulatto's ccnftitution was a good
deal broken by his manner of living ; he



was fubjecl: to low fpirits, and fometimes
to the moft violent exceffes of rage, parti-
cularly when he had drank too much wine,

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