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Sev. Impudent knave! thou hast been draining draughts of insolence from yonder flagon.
Bri. Absolution followeth confession; verily I have tasted of its spiritualities; it did make me an innocent head-pillow, till I bethought me 'twere unsocial such near neighbours should be unacquainted; yet 'tis my intemperate nose should have the blame, which, quaffing as it were involuntarily inhalations of its goodly flavour, did persuade my envious mouth to become partner in the sin.
Sev. Shame to thee ; let not the evil practice grow to habit, lest this same goodly flavour should prove thy mortal enemy.
Bri. Which to my thinking, Captain, would only prove, that I were the better Christian of us two; seeing I do so love my enemy. But 'tis ever thus your abstinent Italian gentleman doth rail at the enjoyment he hath no relish in; yet I warrant thou hast a taste, and I could hit it, whilst there be some dainty bits of fair flesh behind those impracticable walls, report saith the governor's dame alone were worth raising a siege to get a sight of.
Sev. Who gave thee licence to prate after this fashion, thou unmannerly groom? I would thou wert compelled to eat thy words.
Bri. Fie! Captain, I would not wish a foe so bad a dinner; eat my words! a merry jest, i' faith.
Sev. Yet it were no jest to the unlucky dog who was caught skulking through the camp just now, with information for the enemy; he bore his errand in his mouth, but that his awkward speech 'betrayed him, and when sore pressed he swallowed it.
Bri. Surely, as doth every careful man lock up his valuables in a chest; what, I warrant, you cut his throat to look at his words.
Lev. Nay, but the doctor quickly did oblige him to impart the sum of his intelligence. Harkee, fellow, if thou hast any sober sense remaining, General Stanhope ordereth that all things be appointed to the escalade, surrenderment'is hourly expected, the signal of't will be a pistol-shot.
Bri. There would not have been any thing signal in that yesterday, but of late the town is just as mute as mice; suppose they have been muzzling all the women; alack a day! would I were once more safe on t'other side the channel.
[The signal is heard.Shout several voices.]
(Concluded from page 528, Vol. 81.) When Howard quitted Hamilton tween them; the interference of one place, it was with a firm resolution to of the superior officers soon put an sacrifice his fortune to any extent, or end to the combat, but not before even life itself, in rescuing Meliora William had, by striking his antafrom the cruel opprobrium which the gonist on the face, so injured his Earl's suspicions would have thrown nose as quite to deform it, a disupon her, though he could not but figurement which now served to allow, in his own mind, that some of mark, indubitably, to Howard, the the circumstances elicited in the evi- identity of the person, though Levidence, might seem to justify them, son did not manifest the smallest however fully himself might feel signs of the recognition being muassured of their entire falseness; and tual. on parting from Twiss, he strolled It was this very man whom into a retired part of Hyde Park, in Howard had observed engaged in order to collect his ideas, to digest deep and earnest conversation with his opinions, and to form his ar the Countess, on the night of the rangements accordingly.
concert; and as he passed them by About eight months previous to unnoticed, his ears caught these rethe present period, Howard, at a markable words uttered by Levison, small dinner party at Lord Annes- very emphatically, yet in an under ley's, had been seated opposite to Colo- tone,-“Six hundred and seventy nel Levison, whose features struck pounds--paid---- to-morrow mornhim, as having been, in some former ing.". The question naturally ocevent of his life, perfectly familiar curred to his mind, of what nature to him, though the recollection of could be a debt, standing between them did not appear to be associated two mere common acquaintances; with any agreeable impression. On the one party, a young and lovely hearing the name of Levison pro- female of high rank; the other, a nounced, he found that he had not questionable Colonel, for Levison been mistaken in his notion ; and had appeared to evade Howard's the whole history of their earlier enquiries respecting his regiment, acquaintauce recurred to his memory. whom Howard knew to have risen Such was Howard's extraordinary from a low origin in life, and had faculty for preserving in his mind's heard accused as an unprincipled eye any peculiarity of physiogno- gamester? The subject of the conmical expression, that he now re- fabulation, too, was evidenly a secognized Levison to have been a cret, from the retired and deserted passenger in the same vessel, which spot which they had chosen for the transported himself and his brother discussion ; and Howard fancied, William from Liverpool to New York. that there was an air of confusion The circumstance that probably had and embarrassment perceptible in served to imprint this man's coun the countenance and manner of Lady tenance so deeply in his recollection Annesley, as, on receiving a signifiwas, that he, Levison, who was then cant frown from Levison, she started Serjeant, belonging to a small com round, and addressed him. And he pany of soldiers, which had been sent felt half inclined, yet sorry, to think, out to garrison a forton the American that the sum he had heard quoted, coast, had, to beguile the tediousness was not, improbably, part of some of the voyage, as he said, engaged gambling score, existing between William in play, and succeeded in the pseudo Colonel, and the rich, depriving the youthful adventurer young, and thoughtless Countess. of what was to him, at that time, no But these impressions and ideas inconsiderable sum. But it having passed swiftly through Howard's been subsequently intimated to the mind, and, before the next morning, younger Howard, that Levison had he had dismissed every trace of so played falsely, a violent dispute, ter- unprofitable a speculation. Immeminating in blows, had arisen be- diately, however, on the discovery
his leave. :)
of the forgery, the whole occurrence endeavour to produce the veiled lady, Hashed on his recollection. The per- in black, and to trace the object of petration of a fraud in the name of her visit to the Strand. In purLord Annesley, to obtain the specific suance of this purpose, Howard resum of six hundred and seventy paired to Levison's lodgings, carrypounds, presented a coincidence too ing Cater along with him, in the remarkable to be overlooked. It hope, that he might be enabled to was under this impression that How- identify the dwelling. Cater, how. ard had requested the interview with ever, could say no farther, than that her Ladyship; and after delivering he believed it was the house at which some trißing message from Mrs. he had stopped on the eventful WedHoward, he adverted to the circum- nesday; at least, he was sure it was stance of the forgery ; observing, on that side of the street. Prist in a careless manner, yet with his A ticket on the shop-window addeeply-sunken eye
fixed on the Coun- vertised the vacancy of the first floor. teșs's varying countenance, " That Howard knocked at the door, and, forgery was a dangerous matter to on enquiring for Colonel Levison, meddle with, being denounced as was told, that he had, suddenly, a capital offence, even between a quitted his lodgings a day or two husband and wife," He saw the before ; but the landlady could not lady's cheek turn deadly pale, as in afford any information respecting a faultering voice she iterated the the cause of his removal, or the then words, “ Capital offence !” but in place of his abode. This abrupt destantly recollecting herself, she add-parture and concealment of his deed, "Oh, yes, to be sure itis--I think stination, while it disappointed and I have heard so before-a dreadful perplexed Howard, seemed to be in thing certainly." Howard had seen unison with the doubts and dark enough to satisfy himself, and took surmises that he already entertained.
But as he passed out of of the self-promoted, Colonel. - To the house, noticing the number of no purpose did he renew and arge visiting tickets which were lying his questions; the woman persisted on the marble slab in the hall, he in denying all knowledge of her late desired to have Colonel Levison's inmate, but, at length, allowed, that, address; and when the porter de his man, Phillips, could tell where, livered to him a card, inscribed, his master was gone to, whom, she: “ Lieutenant-Colonel Levison, 160, expected, would call there in the Strand,” he felt as if his suspicions course of an hour, to take away a had received confirmation. Still, parcel belonging to himself, which, however, the whole was but suspi- had been left in the hasty removal. cion; and as he was careful not to. -Howard requested permission to accuse any one on such slight and await this man's arrival, which was -inefficient evidence, and, perhaps, readily granted. He had traversed being anxious, that the merit of the extent of the drawing room for bringing about the entire justifica-' nearly the space of two hours, dea: tion and exculpation of Meliora, void of any other amusement orr should rest entirely with himself, he occupation, than what his own re-1 forbore to impart his view of the flections furnished, before Phillipse: subject to Twiss, but, retired, to i made his appearance, whó, at first, forin, in solitude, a clear and com, assumed a most profound ignorance, prehensive analysis of this intricate till a liberal douceur from Howard b and enigmatical transaction. produced a marvellous effect, in una
The result of half an hour's deliz, sealing his lips, and he instantly beration was this: that the surest began to decry his late master as and readiest mode of arriving at the the most tyrannical and avaricious truth would be, to confront, with man that he had ever served. each other every person who was is now fled to France for safety,” A either accused, suspected, implicated, continued the treacherous groom. or in any degree connected with the “ I don't care who knows it; I only business in question. He already wish he might be caught, and compossessed two principal, and import- pelled to give back some part of his ant agents, in the clerk and the ill-gotten gains, the loss of which coachman. His next aim was to has made many a heartache, I yars - 1
rant." Howard, then, with a view little finesse, to bring you
in at the to induce a full share of Phillips's death. Be so kind as to return an confidence, partially disclosed the early answer to this. If I do go to object that rendered him desirous of Whitchurch, it will be in the course seeing the Colonel, and asked the of a week at farthest:* servant if he remembered the visit
“I remain, dear Sir, of the lady he described. :
" Your affectionate child, : Lady-yes ; there was but one « BRIDGET LEVISON BERESFORD. lady who visited my master; and To Michael Levison, Esq. what she had to do with him I don't know; but I believe she was his own Howard turned to the post-mark daughter at least I found a letter for information, it was nearly obli as makes me think so, though she terated; but after poring over the used to go under the name of Beres- half-effaced characters for a length ford.”; . 10 Hirnin
of time, he fancied that he could de“Beresford!" repeated Howard, cypher the remains of what had once in amazement, immediately calling been, “Saturday, July 3, Pimlico, to mind the young female whom, which was about three weeks antethus denominated, he had been ac rior to the present period. . On com. customed to see seated at the Earl's municating the result of his inspec, table. 1:
tion to Phillips, the latter recollect“ Did she come here on Wednesday ed to have seen a note lying on the morning ?” eagerly demanded he. table, but a few days previously, di
- Yes, she did, the day my master rected to Miss Beresford, at Pimlico, left town," answered Phillips. which his master had, at first, given .'" In'a hackney coach ?"
into his hands, with instructions to 6 Yes."
carry it to the office, but shortly i Drest in black?", 1..
afterward countermanded the order, rut She has been in mourning late saying, 'he would himself drop it ly," was the reply:
into the fetter-box. Phillips had 1u Tis she'tis clear-aye, I have consequently caught but a transient it-all,"exclaimed Howard ; " there view of the superscription, and the is a cruel mistakes the innocent may name, or number, of the particular suffer for the guilty---I must see this street specified in the address, he woman, where is she to be found? was totally at a loss to conjecture. what is her address ?!!!!, fotos
A map of London, and a court But to this point Phillips protest guide, were procured, when he deed, and with truth, that his intelli clared it, to the best of his memory, gence did not extend. 1
to have been Belgrave Street. It Howard desired to see the letter, was now growing late in the day, which Phillips-had-alladed to, and yet the indefatigable champion of which he now drew from his pocket. justice and humanity resolved to The contents were as follow: but; prosecute his search; and accordto Howard's severe mortification and ingly, after having anticipated Phildisappointment, it bore no date, pro- lips? fidelity and secresy, by a second bably an intentional omission, either fee, and caused him to afford a diof time or place.
rection' where he was to be found,
left the house in the Strand, and, Dear Sir, In consequence of the without stopping to take any refreshdeath of Mrs. Beresford, I have just ment on the way, repaired strait to received a very affectionate and ur the south-westero extremity of the gent invitation
from my grandfather, metropolis. to come and be his nurse, companion, He knocked at every door, asked housekeeper, &e an offer which, with at every shop, in Belgrave-street, your permission, I propose to accept without being able to discover the Now, that the old gentleman is so object he was in quest of; but was fast hastening to his grave, I should told, to his consolation, that there conceive his resentment against you was a row of houses, not far distant, must have died away; though he called Belgrave Terrace, whither he makes no mention of you in his leto proceeded, and went through a simiter, yet his sending for me wears a lar, yet still - unsuccessful course of conciliatory aspect, and I hope, by a enquiry; though, from having heard
of another street, 'named Belgrave « Well, sir, if you will go to Place, he was not in despair. But, Isaac's warehouse, No. 91, Houndswhen he had visited, without excep- ditch, and ask to see Miss, Sarah tion, every house here also, where Cormack, she is sure to be there; every one agreed in declaring, that and I know she can tell the place they had never even heard of the where Miss Beresford is gone to live name of Beresford, Howard's spirits at; because, sir, to say the truth, began to fail. : One resource, how. Bridget, before she left town, bought ever, was still left. This unfinished part of a ticket in the lottery, a sixstreet was continued a little farther teenth I believe it was, and she told on, under the title of Upper Belgrave my sister Sarah to look after it, and Place. Of these few houses the send her word whether it came up a whole were not habitable, and not blank or a prize.” more than the half of them were in With this direction impressed on habited. At five of them Howard his recollection, Howard rose to take had reiterated his usual question, leave, and after making his acknowand received the usual answer. Two ledgments to the pretty black-eyed more only remained to rest his hope Hibernian for her information, and, on; and he actually experienced a what spoke more eloquently, putting sort of sick apprehension and ner a sovereign into her hand, hurried vous tremor, as he laid his hand on from the house ; but as it was now the knocker of the last door but growing dark he resolved not to tra
Having repeated the signal for vel any farther on his voyage of discoadmission more than once, a young very till the next day; and, harassed girl at length appeared, to answer and fatigued in the greatest degree, to his demand for Miss Beresford. returned to a coffee-house near Back
Miss Beresford, sir," replied the ingham-gate, where, having ordered girl, civilly,“ did live here, but she dinner, or more properly supper, he has just left us ; however, if you took up his abode for the night. will please to walk-in, sir,” continued Before ten o'clock on the next she, “ I will ask my mother if she morning Howard was in Houndsknows her address in the country.” ditch, where he obtained all the in
Howard was on the point of ex telligence he was in search of, nameclaiming, “God bless you, my dear,” ly, Miss Beresford's present place of buty repressing the fervent and pre- abode. The direction given to him mature benediction, he contented was simply this:--Miss B. L. Beres himself with simply expressing his ford, Mr. Beresford, Forest Farm, thanks as he followed his conductor Whitchurch, Hampshire, not more into a neat little parlour, where the than twenty-five miles from London. damsel left him, but returned in a But now a most perplexing diffifew minutes, and seating herself culty presented itself. - By, what near to him, began to be very com means could Howard hope to induce municative: “I am extremely sorry,
the young lady and her estimable sir," said she, “ that my mother is father to return to the metropolis ? quite unacquainted with Miss Beres the latter having quitted it with an ford's direction; sister knows intention, perhaps, never again to it, and if you are particularly anxi- revisit the scene of his iniquity and
disgrace; and the former consider“Yes, particularly anxious," in- ing herself finally established in her terrupted Howard.
then place of residence. It was ob“ Well then, sir, perhaps you will vious that neither of them would not mind the trouble of a long walk.” consent to appear to give testimony
“ No, no, where is your sister ?" on the benevolent principles of jussaid Howard, impatiently.
tice, charity, and a desire to clear 3. “My sister, sir, works at a ready the fame of an injured female. Had made linen warehouse in Hounds the matter been brought indeed to a ditch ; the name of the people who public and regular trial, Howard keep it is Isaacs; do
you would have been empowered to subwill remember it, sir, or shall I write pæna them as witnesses, but he was it down for you ?"
anxious, for the sake of the countess, s: "I shall not fail to remember it;" to avoid pushing the question to this assured Howard,
extremity. After pondering on the