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girl, a Presbyterian, who either fancied they could get on very well together, or perhaps never thought about it, until, being discharged, he came home to his native place, and they took up their abode with his widowed mother, a bigotted and most disagreeably-tempered woman. She made poor Margaret's life wretched; I believe the only peaceful time she knew was when she was in this house, nursing Miss Nan: this period was also, I trust, made the means of teaching her to think of religion, not as a' matter to be held in name only, but as a power to be experienced in deed and in truth; I believe she returned to her home a sincere Christian, but then, as the hope of turning her to the chapel became less, her situation was more painful: for more than ten years she led a life of conflict, and then died of decline. Nothing could make Conolly treat her unkindly, but he was so dependant on his mother, who is pretty well off, and so anxious that she should take charge of the child, as his own health was very bad, that he could not take a very decided part: he watched over his poor wife, and received from her dying lips an injunction not to prevent their child from coming to the glebe or reading the minister's books, if she wished to do so. At the time of her mother's death a finer child than little Kate could not have been seen; she had been carefully instructed by her mother, who, like most Scotch people, was well educated, for her station. She was a most lively, intelligent little thing, and as you have some idea how close a connection fosterage forms among Irish families, you will not wonder that the foster-sisters were very great friends. Simply on account of the privileges annexed to this claim of fosterage, little Kate was allowed a greater inter
course with us, and a more unrestricted access to our schools and meetings, than her grandmother, after her father's death, would probably have otherwise permitted. Kate was early instructed in the Bible, and the first religious sentiments implanted in her mind were Protestant, and her acute judgment and lively imagination always persuaded me she would not remain in the bondage of Popery. However, about two years ago this fair appearance began to change. I had heard, indeed, some slight accounts of her grandmother's becoming more unpleasant to her on this subject as she approached womanhood, than she had been before; but I am very sure that opposition would never make such a mind as her's to yield; and it is certainly singular, that both Nanny and myself remarked, that since she became so intimate with Tennisson she has withdrawn more and more from everything connected with Protestantism. They were always intimate as children, at least during their father's lives, for old Tennisson was sergeant in the regiment with Connolly, and came back here about the same time. Certainly Kate's complete dereliction has only taken place within the last year; but she undoubtedly became more reserved in the expression of her opinions—which she used to utter with a sort of careless frankness that spoke her no true disciple of the Papal church-at the very time we might suppose these opinions would be strengthened and encouraged. Latterly she has given up the Sunday school, the Bible class, and missionary meeting, at all of which she used to be a constant attendant; and indeed I should be grieved at her state, and at poor Tennison's prospects, if I did not find she still kept her Bible, which when a resolution is made to abide entirely under priestly rule is almost always returned.
· Believe me, papa,' said Nanny, ‘Kate will never be brought under priestly rule. I do think she has reasons of her own for acting as she does; she appears more careless and giddy than I am sure she is; she has more sense than you would suppose, and I know in her heart she dislikes, and often cannot refrain from laughing at her grandmother's bigotry and superstition. Do you know,' she added, her own laughing eyes turning to me with an expression that shewed she rather enjoyed Kate's idea, ` Kate has got two cats, a mother and daughter-one she calls Papist, the other Protestant; she will not allow poor Papist to touch a bit of meat on a Friday, or a drop of milk on a great fast-day, but Protestant has full liberty all the days of tbe week; and it is really curious to hear the way in which, while seeming in childish play to address her two cats, she conveys to her grandmother's cat truths which the poor old woman would be enraged at if addressed to herself. But Kate's good humour is so great, her disposition so lively, and her contentment so perfect, that it is absolutely impossible to be angry, and even hard to be grave with her.'
"Well, my love,' said the rector, ' perbaps you know her better than I do; she certainly was, as a child, a great favourite with me; but I should have preferred a wife for Tennison who had less levity, and more decided Protestant principles than your foster-sister manifests at present. I say nothing of Christian principle, for I fear he is not in this respect decided himself; but the intermarriages of Protestants and Romanists form the abundant source of domestic misery and irreligion. However, as he has gone so far, it would be neither my duty, nor is it my desire, to interfere to prevent the step; I only wish that all were, at least, as acquiescent in it. They have been long and intimately acquainted, and so far as temporal unhappiness is concerned, I believe they would both suffer deeply were their prospects changed.
'I suppose the grandmother is not well pleased?' I remarked.
• Why, John is such “ a good match," said the rector, smiling, “that mercenary considerations would probably overcome all others in the old woman's mind if she were left to herself; but she is instigated, I suspect, by two very bad characters in this place, to oppose and annoy him in every way, so that nothing but the most patient and determined conduct on his part could have carried on the affair so far. Old Widow Connolly has got a piece of land, a house, and a cow, to all of which Kate would be heiress if she retained her favour; and the prospect of this “ fortune,” together with the glory of saving the girl from an alliance with Protestantism and Orangeism, has been sufficient to procure Kate a most persevering suitor, a very dissimilar one to John Tennisson-a Roman Catholic, and generally believed to be a Ribbonman, who is moreover one of the most disagreeable people I ever met, and to whom I am certain the grandmother never would give her support if she did not act under other influence.'
• Oh! then the danger you apprehend proceeds from this man, I suppose ?'
Mr. Delany could hardly find his object furthered by any act of violence, and therefore from his attempts, personally, I think Tennisson would be probably safe; but another circumstance has just occurred, which I think may be made a cause of quarrel at least at this fair. Tennisson has just got a farm, with a very comfortable house upon it, which bas not a little elated poor Kate in the prospect of being its mistress. Now this farm had long been sought after by one of Delany's chief friends, a man of very similar character, whose name is O'Toole; Tennisson, either not knowing or not caring for his wishes respecting it, applied also for the farm, and, as is natural to suppose, got the preference. Every day's report bears sad witness of the malignant spirit excited by such matters, even among those who are not still more exasperated by the workings of party feeling or previous animosity; and it was on account of the enmity and envy, both of which have recently been excited against this young man by this procedure of bis, in addition to other offences, that I reprobated so strongly the project on which Kate's mind was bent, that they should both go to the fair that is to be held to-morrow, nearly fifteen miles from this, to make purchases for their new abode. I represented to them both what might be the consequences; but Kate assures me, and indeed John joins himself in the assertion, that both Delany and O'Toole are become quite friendly, and intend joining the party. This seeming friendship I distrust, and their being in company only strengthens my fear that they will contrive to draw him into a quarrel, or perhaps a fight; you know what a party fight is. I fear it is only done through vanity and a desire of