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he ordered them to fend in the baft dinner that could be'provided upon filch fhdrt notice. He befpdke alfo a dozen a) 6f their beft wine; ind fome cordials f'ir me. 'Adding, with & [mile, that he would ftretch a little for once b), ind though in a prifon, afferted he was never setter difpofed td be merry. The waiter fdont made his appearance with preparations for dinner, 4 table was lent us by the gaoler, who feemed remarkably affiduous, the wine was difpofed in order., and two very welldrefled difhes weVe br6ught in.
My daughter had not yet heard of her poor brother's melancholy fituation, and we all feemed unwilling to damp her chearfulnefs by/ the relation. But it was in vain that 'I attempted to appear chearful, the circumftances 6f my/ unfortunate fdn broke through all efforts tA diffemble; fd that lI was at laft obliged td damp 6ur mirth by relating his misfortunes, and wifhing that he might be permitted to fhare with us in this little interval of fatisfaction. After my guefts were recovered from the confternation my account had produced, lI r equated alfo that M'r. Jenkinfon, a fellow prifoner, might be admitted, and the. gaoler granted my requeft with an air of uniifual fubwilLon. The clanking 6f my fon's irons was no fdoner heard along the pillage, than his fifter ran impatiently td meet him; while M'r. burchell, n the mean time, afwed me if my Ion's none were George; td which replying in the aiiir
a) a dozen, tin Dutzend, namlich: Flnfchen,
b) to ftretch a little for once, fich einmal tin wenig ausdthnen, d. h. einmal etwas darauf gthen lajfeu.
inative, he full continued filent. 'As Toon aj my boy entered the room, 'I could perceive he reg'uded M'r. Bur'chell with a look of afronifjjment and reverence. '„Come on," cried 'I, my f6n, though we are fallen very low, yet pr6vidence Has been pleated to grant us fome fmall relaxation from pain. Thjr fifter is reftored to us, and there is her deliverer": t» that brave man it is that "I am indebted for ye! having a daughter; give him, my boy-, the hand of friendfhip, he defervcs our warmeft gratitude."
My fon feemed all this while regard]efs 6f what 'I faid, and full continued fixed at refpeetful dlftance. — 55My 'dear br6ther," cried his fifter, „why don't you thank firry- good deliverer? the brave fhov.ld ever 16ve eacl 6ther."
He ftUl continued his filence and aftoni/iment, till our gueft at lift perceivejd hiinlelf to be known, and affiiming all his native dignity, defired my fon to come forward. Never before had 'I f<-en any thing fo truly majeftic as the air he affumed upon this occafion. The greaieft 6bject In the univerfe, fays a certain philufoplier, Is a good man ftruggling with adveifky; yet there Is Cull a greater, which is the good man that comes to relieve it. 'After he had regarded mty fon for fome time with a fuperior air,. „1 again find," faid he, „unthinking boy, that the fame crime." — But here ho „was interrupted by one 6f the gaoler's fervants, who came to inform lis that a perfon of diftinction, who had driven into town with a chariot and feveral attendants, fent his refpects to the gentleman that was with us, and begged to know when he fhould think proper I be waited upon. — „Bld the fellow wait," led our gueft, „tlll 1 fhall have leifure t6 ceive him;" and then turning to ny f''n, I again Find, Sir," proceeded he, „ihat you e guilty of the fame offence for which you ice had nrjr reproof c *), and for which the law now preparing 4ts jtifteft punifhments. ,Yoii iagine, perhaps, that k contempt for your vn fife, gives you a right to take that of lother; hut where, Sir, is the difference 'tween a duellift who hazards a life 61 no ■lue, knd the murderer who acts with greater curity? 'Is It any diminution of the gamers fraud when he alledges that he has flaked counter?"
„Alas, Sir," cried 'I, „ whoever you are, ty the poor mifguided creature; for what ! has done was in Obedience, to & deluded foher, who in the bltternefs of her refemmertt quired hiin upon her bleffing to avenge her arrel. Here, Sir, is the letter1, which H ferve to convince you of her imprudence, A dimi'nifh his guilt."
He (took the letter, and haftily read it over. 'Ws,"lriid ho, „th6ugh rtot a perfect excufe,
filch a ^palliation of his fault, as induces 'to forgive him. 'And now, Sir," conned he, kindly taking nrjr fon by/ the hind,
fee you are furpiifed at finding toe here; : 'I have 6ften vlfited prlfons upon ocCafions
interefting. 1 am now come to fee juftice ie a Worthy man, for whom 'I hive the* h hncere efteem. 1 have long been a disTed fpectator of your father's benevolence, live at his little dwelling enjoyed refpect
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uncontaminated b^ flattery, and have receivd that happinefs that courts coiild not give, fri'n the amuung fimplicity round his Pueiide. Hi nephew has been apprifed 6f my intentions ii' coining here, and 'I find is arrived-, it wo: be wronging him and you to condemn liin without examination: if there be injury, therj fha.ll be redrefs; and this 'I may lay witiii': boafting, that none hive ever taxed the injuLce of Sir William Thornbill."
We now found the pel fonage »whom w had fo long entertained as an harmlefs amitGri companion was no other than the celebrate1! Sir William Thornliill, to whofe virtues iul fingiuarities fcirce any were ftrangers. • Tit poor M'r. Biirchell was in reality a man If large fortune and great , intereft, to wlwa fenates liftened^with applaufe, and whom p.ir; heard with conviction; who was the friend oi his country, but loyal to his king. My poor wife recollecting her former familiarity, feemei to fhrink witlx apprehenfion; but Sophia, vra a few moments before thought him her uw>, now perceiving the immenfe diftance to whk."; he was removed b^ fortune, was unable vi conceal her tears.
,,'Ah, Sircried mjr wife, with a plteos; afpect, „how is it pofiible that 'I can ever have your forgivenefs; the flights you received from me the laft time 'I had the honour it feeing you at 6ur houfe, and the jokes wind 'I audacioufly threw out, thefe jokes, Sir, i fear can never be forgiven."
„My dear good lady," returned he with' fmile, „If you had your joke, 'I had my anfwet 'I'll leave it to all the company if mine we" not as good as yours. T6 fay the truth, 'I l\n
i) body whom 'I am difpofed tT bs angry with prefenj but the fellow who F6 flighted m^r ttle girl here. 'I had not even time to examine ie rafcal's perfon fd as to defcribe him in an lvprtifement. Can you tell me, Sophia, nr$r ear, whether you fhould kruW him again?"
„Indeed , Sir," replied fhe, „'I can't be Sfitive; yet now (I recollect he had a large urk over one of his eye brows." „,I afk irdon , Madam," interrupted Jrfnkinfon ,- who as by, „ but be 16 good as to inform me if ic fellow wore his own red hair?" — i,Yes, think f6," cried Sophia. — ,,'And did your jnour," continued he, turning to Sir William, >bferve the length of his legs?" — „'l can't I fire of their length," cried the Baronet, Jtlt 1 am convinced of their fwiftnefs; for he it - ran me, whieh is what 'I thought few ien in the kingdom could have done." — Pleafe your honour," cried Jenkinfon, „'I now the man: it is certainly the fame; the :ft runner in 'England, he has beaten Pinire d) 6f Newcaftle e); Timothy Baxter is his ime. "I know him perfectly, and the very Lice 6f liis retreat this moment, 'If your iiiourWiiJ bid M'r. gaoler let two 6f his men > with mc, Til engage to produce him to >u in an hour at fartheft." Upon this the loler was called, who inftantly appearing, Sir i'lliam demanded if he knew him. „Yes, fcafe your honour," replied the gaoler, ,,'1 |(>w Sir William Thornhill well, and every
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