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say ?"

Henry, who had by this time opened his let-
ter, stood aghast.

" Hey ! why ! what now ?" said the General.
" God bless my soul — I hope — No, it is a red
seal -nothing of that sort, thank Heaven. But
speak, can't you.^ What are'you alarmed about? '

" It is inconceivable," said Henry, " I can-
not understand it."

" I am sure / cannot," said the General.

" There, there, Sir,"" said he, handing the
letter to his uncle. " Look — read — that she
should— oh! I can hardly believe it— but it is
too true."'

" W^hy ! what is all this ? I am more puzzled
than ever. Here is a letter from you, and not
to you.*"

" Yes, my own letter returned — without a


line — without one word of explanation — yes,"
said he, snatching up and examining the enve-
lope, *' actually without one word."

*' Oh, oh ! stay — I begin to understand. ' Dear
cousin,' humph! to Caroline, I. see: 'regret,' —
um (muttering the contents half aloud) — 'agree-
able circle,' — um, um — 'many happy days,' —
um-— ' near relations,' — um, um — ' seeing you
again,' — um, um — ' absence,' — um — ' our last
conversation,' — um^' best wishes always attend,'
— um, um, um — eh ! why, Harry, I'm still in
the dark — I don't understand why she should
send this letter back again."

" Nor I," said the other, faintly.

" It seems to me," said the General, " to be
a very correct, fair-spoken letter, with no offence
in it, that I can make out.*'

" Whatever it may contain. Sir, I am sure I
cannot conceive why it should be visited so

" Nor I, Harry — nor I, for the life of me.
But, my good fellow, you have been very close


and secret in your proceedings. Why did you
not tell me you were going to write ? How did
you know that I had not some message to send
to Brackingsley ?""

*' I wish I had told you, ^nth all my heart ;
indeed I bitterly regret that I wrote at all,"'

" Why, as it turas out, it seems that you had
better have let it alone. But what puzzles me
is, why they should send your letter back. Hey !
no, by George ! but I think I understand them
— ay, and so it is, as sure as fate. I see what
they have got in their heads ; and a strange
idea it is too. They think you want to make
up to Caroline. What whims good people have
sometimes ! I can tell you this, Hany, for your
comfort, that I think they have used you very

" I certainly feel myself rather ill-used,'"
said Henry ; " but if they acted from the per-
suasion which you mention, I cannot conscien-
tiously say that they were altogether mis-




" What, then you had some thoughts of put-
ting the question ?" said the General.

"I am obliged to confess, Sir, that I had my
hopes, my wishes, on that subject.*"

" Well said, my boy," replied his uncle, " a
very proper notion of yours ; and hang me if I
see the harm of it.'*

" But surel}^ Sir, with my limited means, it
would be the height of presumption to "

" Presumption ! stuff! don't talk to me of it.
I tell you again, you have been very ill used.
I know well enough what presumption is, and I
say you are a very good match for the girl.''

" My dear Sir !"

" Why, you are not such a blockhead as to
wish to contradict me ! I say you are ; and I
ought to know. As for money, I have not much,
God knows, to leave you ; but if Sir Thomas
knew all— pshaw — (as if suddenly checking
himself) — I can tell Sir Thomas, I say, that
the nephew of a very old friend, like me, is
not to be treated in this sort of manner.



Push the ink-stand nearer this way — 1 11 tell
him my mind, I promise him."

" I hope you are not going to \nite/' said his
nephew, whose sense of his wrongs began to cool
in proportion to the rising warmth of the Gene-
ral; "I had rather you would let the subject
rest. Pray do not write to Sir Thomas

" Not write to him ! — Why not, I should be
glad to know? I knew him before you were
bom, and the devil's in it if I am not to write st
letter to him.''

So saying, he seized pen and paper which lay
before him, and wrote as follows : —

" My Dear Sir Thomas. — A circum-
stance has just occurred* wliich appears to me to
want a little explanation ; and as we are very
old acquaintance, and have never stood much
upon ceremony, there can be as httle objection
to my asking it, as to your giving it. You
know the whole of the case beyond a doubt, but


it will be more satisfactory to state it again. The
long and the short of it seems to be this. My
nephew writes to your daughter a very sensible
inoffensive letter, with no harm in it that I can
see ; and in a few days it is sent back without a
single word to tell him why. Now you know
very well, that among gentlemen, to send back
a man"'s letter, is ahnost equivalent to knocking
him down ; and as nobody would think of sit-
ting down tamely under such an affront, so, I
think it proper on my nephew's account, more
particularly as you are an old acquaintance, to
desire an explanation of this affair. These are
all the observations I shall make for the present.
I have no doubt but that we perfectly under-
stand each other; and least said is soonest
mended. Trusting that everything will be easily
and speedily accounted for, and with best regards
to Lady Jemiyn and Caroline,
I remain.
Ever yours, faitlifully,

John James Granby.**'


The reader, in perusing this document, en-
joys a privilege which Henry did not. As
the General was folding it up, his nephew
entreated, on the plea of his interest in the
subject, to be allowed to see what it contained,
but was repulsed with a look of good-
humoured positiveness. " No, no, my boy, for
once III be even with you ; you never told me
of your letter, and by George you shall not
see mine :'"* so saying, the General precluded all
further expostulation, by immediately sealing the

It was sent, and the subject dropped
for several hours; but the General was too
much pleased with his letter, to abstain from
resuming it : *' I wish you had seen my letter,
Harry, after all — I tliink you would have ap-
proved of what I said — it was strongly put —
I should like to be by when my old friend
receives it — ^by George it will make him look
blue. But so much the better — it will do him
good. What could he be thinking of, to use you


SO ? If he did not approve of your writing to
Caroline, he ought to have told you so before.*"
" I thought I had told you. Sir — though I
am not certain — that neither he nor Lady Jer-
myn knew that I meant to write.*"

<' The devil they did nt !— That alters the
question ; — why, my good fellow, I never knew

" Did'nt you, indeed, Sir ? I am sorry to hear
it. Then since you wrote to Sir Thomas under
a false impression, may not your letter have
been expressed a little too warmly, and
would it not be advisable to repair it by a
second ? You know, you told me yourself, just
this minute, that some parts of it were strongly

" Not a bit too strongly ; you need not alarm
yourself; there was no warmth in it; all
steady cool reasoning. I wish I had shown it
you nevertheless. Lord bless you, we are too
old friends to fall out; we understand one
another perfectly.*"


Three days did the General repose on this
comfortable persuasion, and on the fourth re-
ceived the following communication from his
very old friend.

" Sir T. Jermyn acknowledges the receipt of
General Granby's note of the 14th inst. and
takes the liberty of saying in reply, that in the
first place he does not consider himself called
upon by the features of the case, and the situa-
tion of the parties, to offer any explanation of
his own conduct in the affair in question. He
perfectly agrees with General Granby in think-
ing, that to give such an explanation, is just as
little objectionable, as it is to ask it ; but that
objection, little as it may appear in certain
quarters, is sufficient to induce him to offer a
decided negative to such a step. Convinced
that their present mutual understanding will
not be improved by an extended communica-
tion, and concurring with General Granby in
his opinion, that what is most briefly expressed


is most speedily rectified, he begs leave to de-
cline any further discussion of the existing cir-
cumstances of the case at issue. He cannot,
however, conclude without an unqualified ex-
pression of his astonishment, that the matured
judgment of General Granby should have lent
itself to the sanction of so dangerous, so un-
advised, and so unprecedented a measure."

" I hope the answer is not unfavourable,"
said Henry, who gathered very scanty materials
for hope from his uncle's countenance* " Can
you tell me the substance of what he says ?"

'^ No, hang me if I can, and I don't believe
he could himself. An old puppy ! he ought to
know better. My " note" — " features of the case"
— Then the whole style of the thing ! General
Granby-ing me all the way through. There !
look at it. — There's a pretty, formal, flourishing,
prig of a letter for you ! taken word for word,
I verily believe, out of the " Complete Letter
Writer," or some confounded book or other.
By George, I think the fellow's crazy — to


write in that manner to a man he has known
these thirty years ! I give him up ; I've
done with him ; but I Ve a very good mind
to give him a brush at parting, too."

" I hope. Sir, you are not going to write
again," said the nephew, returning the letter to
his uncle ; " there does not seem to be anything
in this letter that you can easily take notice of."

"Do you think so.'*" said the General.
" Well, I won't write to him. I believe, after
all, nothing is so good as silent contempt. — No !
I know what I'll do," (and his eye twinkled as
if he had seized a bright idea,) " light me the
taper — I am not going to write to him — you
need not be alarmed — come ! light me the taper —
I'll pay him of^ in his own coin — by George I
will. I'll send him his own choice letter back
again ; " and chuckling at the thought, he took
the lighted taper from his nephew's hand, and
Sir T. Jermyn's note was enclosed, sealed, and
directed, in an instant.

It is not to be expected, after this, that any


farther communication, at least, by letter, should
take place between the parties. The General,
by the hasty measure which seemed to him so
able a dispensation of retributive justice, had
entirely precluded any renewal on his own part,
that did not partake of the nature of an apo-
logy; and it was far from probable that Sir T.
Jermyn, whose brief and frosty address seemed
expressly calculated to check all future corre-
spondence, should a second time incur the risk
of a similar indignity.

With the General, when the fever of resent-
ment, and the elation of successful warfare had
a little subsided, the estrangement of an old
friend began to press heavily. But by Henry
it was still more severely felt. He could not
but reproach himself with being the original
author of all the misunderstanding which had
taken place. He was separated, and he thought,
in his despair, irrevocably separated, not only
from a family with whom he had long lived in
habits of friendly communion, but from a being


whose perfections seemed to expand before his
eyes, through the mists of absence and distance,
and to whom he scarcely knew the intensity of his
attachment, till it was put thus cruelly to the test.
And to add to his affliction, while thus sadly
certain of his own feelings, he was left in me-
lancholy doubt as to the nature of Caro-
line's. He knew not with what sentiments she
had received his letter, nor how she had con-
cun-ed in its dismissal. There was ample ma-
terial for the most gloomy conjecture,' and no
favourable points in the recent occurrence
whereon to ground a cheerful presage. Imme-
diate circumstances wore an untoward and me-
nacing aspect, and when he looked far back for
consolation, he could only found his hopes upon
slender equivocal symptoms of a growing par-



This let me hope, that wlien in public view
I bring my pictures, men may feel them true";
' This is a likeness,' may they all declare,
' And I have seen him, but I know not where :
For I should mourn the mischief I had done
If as the likeness all should fix on one.


Caroline Jermyn was worthy of all the love
and admiration which she had inspiredinourhero.
Without possessing that faultless regularity of
feature, the very blamelessness of which is some-
times insipid, she united the charm of interest-
ing expression, to a face and figure which were
sufficiently good to obtain an approval from the
most fastidious eye. There was a sunny bright-
ness in her smile, the charm of which could not
be overlooked ; and her cheerful and even
spirits, and playful vivacity, were rendered still
more attractive by her unvarying sweetness of


temper. She also possessed considerable quick-
ness of perception, mixed with a candour and
good- nature, which made her ever ready to ex-
cuse those follies which she was so prompt in
discovering. She was young, and had hitherto
seen little of the world ; and society on an ex-
tended scale was still almost new to her; but
she brought with her an innate tact, the united
result of good sense and good taste and powers
of pleasing, of which she was always less aware
than those who were in her company. She had
a good deal of diffidence, and a sensitive deli-
cacy of feeling, which gave to her manner an
occasional shade of reserve ; but it was reserve
without coldness, and which did not even injure
the artless sincerity of her address ; it was a
reserve which scarcely any who witnessed it
could wish to see removed,— so well did it accord
with the graceful softness of her character. She
was totally free from affectation, and had a
shrinking dread of display, w^hich gave an in-


trinsic value to those captivating qualities which
she unconsciously exhibited.

Caroline Jermyn felt a sincere and strong at-
tachment to Henry Granby, whom she had now
known for several years. She could remember
to have liked him from the first period of their
acquaintance ; and that sentiment, which began
in girlish admiration, ripened with her years into
actual love. She, indeed, would not have given it
that name ; but how could one interpret other-
wise her eagerness to insure his good opinion;
her eye that watched his looks so timidly, yet
anxiously; her abstracted air when he was ab-
sent ; her brightening countenance when he ap-
proached ? She felt that she had derived, not
only pleasure, but advantage, from his society.
His correct taste had enabled him to enter judi-
ciously into her pursuits ; it was his pencil that
first called forth the powers of her s ; his love of
music that chiefly urged her to excel. Her lite-
rary taste had also been in a great degree


guided and encouraged by his ; and her talents,
which amply repaid their cultivation, had not
been suffered to lie waste. She was generally^
but not pedantically accomplished ; and without
being profoundly or scientifically learned, was
well informed on most tc^ics of elegant and use-
ful knowledge, and such as give a value and a
grace to the intercourse of polished society.

Lady Jerm^-n, her mother, was one of those
common, unmarked characters, which like many
simple words in every day use, are by far the
most difficult to define. Her parents moved in
the sphere of humble gentility. When young she
was a beauty, and in marrying Sir Thomas Jer-
myn, made what her friends called an excellent
match ; while his friends reproached him behind
his back, with having been caught by a pretty
face. She was a person who had few tangible
points in her character, and who had the good
fortune never to be alluded to, by those who
knew her, with any strong expression either o
admiration or dislike.

VOL. I. u


She punctually fulfilled all the ostensible du-
ties of her situation; was externally religious,
and even charitable ; and viewed with a plea-
sure which no one, I trust, would be so unge-
nerous as to envy, a long procession of charity-
school children, neatly dressed in uniform attire,
nearly the colour of the Jermyn livery, — the
modest badge of her humble benevolence. She
was not well read or higldy accomplished, but
she had plain, clear, mother wit, and a ready,
though not finished address. Like most under-
bred persons who have risen in life, she had a
considerable mania for fine people; a mania
which was often too broadly displayed: but
*' take her for all in all,"^ she was well calcu-
lated to go through the world with great re-
spectability ; for, as was happily observed by an
elderly gentleman, in the next town, far gone in
long whist and snuiF-taking, " she was a clever
body at a pinch, and always played her cards
weUr' — M oreover, the Marchioness of D — , one of
the magnates of her county, called her " a nice


obliging little woman ; " the apothecary's wife
said she was " vastly civil, but rather igh ; " the
clergyman of the parish always allowed her to
be " a very correct person ; " and the attorney
lias been known to observe with a wink, that
'' she always minded her P's and her Q's.""

It is now fit that our readers should be intro-
duced to Sir Thomas Jerm^Ti, member for the
borough of Rottentown, and one of his majesty's

justices of the peace for the county of .

We mention these offices, both because they are
essential features in his character, and because
he himself would be the last person to pardon
our omission of them ; and to the discharge of
the duties of which, he brought as small a share
of talent as was competent to fulfil them, added
to as much zeal as could influence the most effi-
cient. It was his chief ambition to be consk
dered an able active man of business. Able he
could not be, but activity was not only within
his power, but seemed even necessary to his
existence. He was a man of weak talents, but
D 9.




great vanity; fond of petty dictation and trifling
interference ; loving business for the importance
which it seemed to communicate, and the tem-
porary good which it afforded to a restless twad-
dling dread of the tedium of a leisure hour. He
liked to exert his influence even over a parish
oflicer, and to deal out admonition, if it was but
to a vagrant. He was a stirring man in a grand
jury room, and always carried things with a
high hand at a turnpike meeting. He was the
hero of the overseer of the poor of his parish,
and the constables of the district swore by hini.
But these humble honours had latterly been
superseded by others of a higher nature, for he
was ROW in Parliament ; a situation which had
for some time been the object of his ambition.

He had long cast a wishful eye towards
the representation of his own county ; but that
was already too well represented to admit
of an attack, and the health of the mem-
bers was as flourishing as their popularity.
Therefore, after pensively ruminating for some


time on this melancholy exception to the usual
instability of human affairs, he began to con-
sider that a snug little borough might answer
his purpose ; and accordingly, he was soon esta-
bhshed at a moderate expence, in the represen-
tation of the ancient borough of Rottentown,
where, instead of clamorous thousands, his con-
stituents amounted to " sweet fifteen, not one
vote more."

RottentowTi was a government borough,
and, tlierefore, his politics were ministerial.
In fact, his pohtics had long wavered ; and
though he thought it vastly more spirited
to dissent, and nothing easier than the art of
railing, yet, as most of his connections were on
the ministerial side, and a comfortable borough
was opportunely offered him from that quarter,
saddled only vaxh. the obligation of uniformly
voting for measures of Avhich, after all, he could
not see the great atrocity— under these circum-
stances he thought it as advisable as it was
easy, to range himself under the banners of the


administration. But though bound hand and
foot by his political patrons, he still struggled
for independence. The reality he disregarded,
but he liked the name, and in order to obtain it,
adopted a plan of proceeding, which many
cleverer men might, in all probability, never have
thought of. His vote was the minister's, but his
voice was his own. It was his practice, therefore,
after supporting Government overnight, to ba-
lance the account by sporting what are commonly
called liberal sentiments the next morning. Some
short-sighted persons may think this inconsistent.
or even dishonest ; but in the Baronet's opinion
it was a line of conduct which happily blended
the policy of a Machiavel with the integrity of
a Cato.

So much for the politics of Sir Thomas Jer-
myn. His religion was of a kind well calculated
for worldly wear. Like the best coat of a Lon-
don shopman, it made its appearance only on a
Sunday, and was carefully laid by on the inter-
vening week days. He was loyally orthodox.

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— could utter many undeniable truisms about
" Church and King"^ — and drank that toast
even in tavern port, with seeming satisfaction.
He thought religion was a good thing, and
ought to be kept up, and that, like cheap soup,
it was " excellent for the poor."^ He saw it
made them orderly and respectful, punctual as
tenants, and industrious as workmen. What it
did for their betters he could not tell; but if it
made his tenants puU off their hats and pay
their rents, it was at any rate worth encouraging
in them. But let it not be supposed that he
was lax or careless. He had his scruples upon
many points of church discipline. He objected
to lay impropriations, — ^being a titheholder ;
thought that clergymen should never shoot,— ^for
he had a choice pheasant-cover near his rector''s
glebe ; and was morally convinced that they
ought not to be on the commission of the peace,
— for, of two neighbouring clerical justices, the
one had often presumed to differ in opinion


from him, and the other had three times refused
to convict his poachers.

In his relations of neighbour, landlord, mas*
ter, husband, and father, he might also be
viewed with considerable advantage. As a
neighbour he shone. Nobody gave more or
better dinners ; and he uniformly included
every one to whom it was worth his while to be
civil. — As a landlord he had his bright points.
He gave kind words and as much as they
could eat, to all who came full-handed on
his rent-day, and never distrained where
there was very little stock. As a father, he was
fond and indulgent, but had never bestowed
on his child the slightest portion of attention
or instruction. This, however, arose not so
much from indifference, as because he thought
the tuition of a girl quite out of his hne. Had
she been a boy, he would have questioned her in
the Latin Grammar, and looked over the school
accounts, and corrected the holiday task, (if he
could) with a great deal of pleasure ; but he was


no modem linguist, nor had much taste for female
accomplishments. In short, as long as she
smiled and looked pretty, and was well dressed,
he took it for granted that all went on well,
and gave himself ver}* little trouble about her.
He was an easy master to the few old ser-
vants who '• knew his way C and a dex-
terous old Swiss boasted, with truth, that he
cooild manage him completely. This was a
power which Lady Jermyn also possessed in a
very laudable degree, and which she exercised
in a manner which did much credit to her skill.
Like a good wife, she had made it her pride to
understand her husband thoroughly. She knew
all his weak points ; and this, considering their
number, was no small praise. But she made no
silly display of her authority, and generally
managed him without his knowing it. She
seems to have had in view the advice of Pope,
who commends a wife,

** Who never answers till her husband cools,
** And if she rules him, never shows she rules,"
D 3


But this, as she had never read Pope, only
proves that " great wits jump."^

Thanks to her good management. Sir Tho-
mas and his lady went on as well together as any
pair could naturally be expected to do, whose

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