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advantages; but we, humbled as we are, fhould yearn for them.
'And fhall thefe things be ours? 'Ours they will certainly be if we but try for them; and what is a comfort, we are fhut 6ut fr6m manj temptations that would retard our purfuit 'Only let ns tr^r f6r them , and they will certainly be ours, and what is ftill a coinfdrt, fhortly too; for if we l6ok back 6n paft life, it appears but a very Thort Tpan, and whatever we may think of the reft of life, it will yd be found of leTs duration; as we grow older, the days feem to grow fh6rter, and our intimacy with time, ever leffens the perception of hi ftay. Then let us take comfort now, for m fhall foon be at our journey's end; we fbill f6on lay d6wn the heavy burthen laid by heaven upon lis; and though death, the only- friend of the wretched, f6r a little while mocks the weary traveller with the view, and like hit horizon, ftill flies before him; yet the tint will certainly and fhortly come, when « fhall ceafe from our toil; when the luxurious g^reat ones of the world fhall no more tread us to the earth; when we fhall think with pleafure on our fufferings below; when we fhall be furrounded with all our friends , or filch as deferred our friendfhip; when our bills fhall be unutterable, and ftill, to crown all, unending.
Happier profpects begin to appear. Lit us bi inflexible, and fortune will at lift change in our favour.
VVhen 'I had thus finifhed, and my audience was retired , the gaoler, who was one of the moft humane of his 'profeffion, hoped 'I would not be difpleafed, as what he did was but his duty, obferving that he mult be obliged to remove my fon into a ftronger cell, but jhat he fhould be permitted to revTit me every morning. 'I thanked him for his clemency, and ejrafping my boy's hand, bade him farewell, and be mindful of the great duty that was before him. \
'I again, therefore, laid me down, and 6ne if my little ones fate by my bedfide reading, when M'r. Jenkinfon entering, informed me that there was news of my daughter; for that' fhe was feen by a perfon about two hours befoie in a ftrange gentleman's company and that they bad ftopt at a neighbouring village for refrofhment, and feemed as if returning to town. He had fcarce delivered this news, when the gaoler came with looks of hafte and plcafure, to inform ine, that my daughter was found. Mofes came running' in a moment after, crying out that bis fifter Sophy was below, and coming up with our old friend M'r. Burchell.
Juft as he delivered this news, my deareft girl entered, and with looks almoft wild with pleafure, ran to 'kifs me in a transport of af fection. Her mother's tears and filenee alfo fhowed her pleafure. — „Here, Papa," cried the charming girl, „here is the brave mm to whom 1 owe my delivery; to this genleman's intrepidity 'I am indebted for my hajjpinets and fafety". — 'A kifs from M'r. Burchell, whole pleafure feemed even greater than hers, interrupted what fhe was going to add.
,,'Ah, M'r. Burchell," cried "I, „this Is but a wretched habitation you now find us in; and we are now very different from what you Iaft law ils. You were ever our friend: we have long difcovererl our errors with regard to you, and repented of our ingratitude. 'After the vile iifage you then received at my hands, I am almoft afhamed to behold your tace; yet 'I hope you will forgive me, as l was deceived by^ a bale ungenerous wretch, who, under the mafk 6f fricndfliip , has undone me."
,,'It is impoffible," replied M'r. Burche//, that 'I fhould forgive you, „as you never deferved mfy refentment. '1 partly faw your delidion then, and as it was out of my power to reftrain, "I could only pity it!"
„%lt was;ever mf conjecture," cried 'I, „thit your mind was noble; but now "I And it fo. But tell me, my dear child, how haft thou been relieved, or who the ruffians were that carried thee away?"
„Indeed, Sir," replied fhe, „as to the villain who carried me off, "I am yet ignorant. For as m^r Mamma and .'I were walking out, he came behind us, and almoft before 'I could call for help, forced me into the <poft -chaife, and in an inftant the horfes drove away. 1 met i'everal on the road, to whom 1 cried out for affiftance; but they disregarded my entreaties. 'In the mean time the ruffian bimfelf ifed
every art to hinder me from crying -out; h& fluttered and threatened b^ turns, and fwore that if 'I continued but Qlent, he intended no harm. 'In the mean time "I had broken the canvas z) that he hid drawn up, and whom fhould 'I perceive'at fime diftance but your old friend M'r. Burchell, walking along with his iifual fwiftnefs, with the gre.it fuck for •which we iifed fo much to ridicule him. 'As Toon as we came within hearing, 'I called 6ut to him by name, and entreated his help. 'I repeated my exclamations feveral times, upon which, with a very loud voice, he bid the poftillion ftop; but the boy took no notice, but drove An with ftiH greater fpeed. 'I niw thought he could never overtake us, whe^i in lefs than a minute 1 faw M'r. Burchell c6tne» running up by the Tide of the horfes, and ■with one blow knock the poftillion to the ground. The horfes when he was fallen foon ft pi of theinfelves, and the ruffian ftepping out, with oaths and menaces drew his fword, and ordered him at his peril to retire; bi'it M'r. Burchell running up, fhivered his fword to pieces, and ihen purfued him f6r near a quirter 6f a mile; hilt he made his efcape. 'I •vvas at this time c6me out myfelf, willing to afflft my deliverer; hut he foon returned to me#in triumph. The poftillion, who was recovered, was going to ma e his efcape too; but M'r. Burchell ordered him at his peril to mount again, and drive back to t'wn. Finding it impoflible to refift, he reluctantly coins' canvas, der Schinn oder Vorhang, tvttcker in tinigen
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plied, though the wound he had received teemed, to me at leaft, to be dangerous. Hi continued to complain of the pain as we drove along, fo that he at laft excited M'r. Burchell's compaflion, who, at my requeft, exchanged him for another at an inn where we called on 6ur return."
„Welcome, then,** cried 'I, „my child, and thou her gallant deliverer, a th6ufan'l welcomes. Tn6' our cheer is but wretchefi, yet our hearts are ready to receive you. 'And now, M'r. Bvtrchell, as you have delivered my girl, if you think her a recompence fhe is yours, if you can fttiop to an alRance with a family fo poor as mine, take her, obtain her content, as 'I know you have her heart, and you have nune. 'And let me tell you, Sir, that 1 give* you no fmall treafure; fhe has been celebrated for beauty it is true, but tAit is not my meaning, 'I give you up a treahre in her mind."
„But I fuppofe, Sir," cried M'r. Biirchell, that you are apprized 6f my circumftances, and of my incapacity to fupport her as fhe deferves?"
,,'If your prefent objection," replied 1, be „meattt as an evafion 6f my offer, "I defift: but "I know no man f6 worthy to deferve her as you: and if 1 could give her th6ufandf, and thoufands fought her from me, yet nry boneft brave Biirchell fhould be my deareft choice."
To all this his filence alone feemed to give a mortifying refiifal, and without the leaft reply to m^r offer, he demanded if we could not be furnifhed with refreshments from the next inn, to which being anfwered in the affirmative,