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not carry it on myself, to communicate my ideas on the subject to some more opulent philosopher, by whose means the benefit of the discovery might be still given. to the world. "Ah! my friend," interrupted I, " I now see that you have no regard for me, or you would have given me the enviable pleasure, the delight of being able to say to myself, that I toox ignorant as I am, I too have contributed my feeble aid to the advancement of Science, and the benefit of Society."' "you are very good," returned the' Doctor, " and, I have no doubt of your generosity. But _ as the action of heat evaporates fluids, so does the borowing of money, in my opinion, destroy the independence of the foul: that independence which gives life and energy to virtue, without which, it becomes incapable of being exerted to any trujy useful purpose, No; what I cannot effect by the means which Divine Providence has put into my power, I think is not intended by Providence that I should effect at all."
"I was therefore quietly employing myself in unfixing that great retort; when this morning, a letter was brought me from my agent in the country, informing me of his having obtained for me, from a neighbouring Squire, the sum of iifty pounds; for damages done me, by takingthrough mistake, a piece of my ground into one of his inclosures. Which sum, -he inclosed to me in a letter. Thus, you fee, my dilemma is quite at an endI shall now go on with spirit; and as I need lose no more time, I am just going into the city, to give the necessary directions to the work-people ,* who, if they are any Avay diligent, may have the whole apparatus completely finished in a week." As he spoke, I contemplated with delight, the glow of pleasure which animated his finely expressive countenance; a pleasure so different from the sparkling extacy of passion, that merely to have beheld it, would have been sufficient to convince the most devoted sensualist of the superiority of mind, over every enjoyment of mere sense.
Having accepted my offer of attending him, we were just about to depart, when, prevented by the entrance of a Lady, whose air and manner had in them somewhat so interesting, that the unseasonableness of the interruption was soon forgotten. Grief and anxiety were painted on her countenance. Eveiy feature was labouring with ill-suppressed emotion, and when she attempted to speak,the tremor of her voice prevented her words from being distinctly heard. I,
however, soon gathered from her brokea sentences, and the sympathetic replies of the philosopher. That (he was the wife of an old school-fellow, one of his early and esteemed friends—That she had been bora to affluence, bin forfeited the favour of her family by her marriage ? her husband having virtue and talents, but no fortune. His talents, however, had been turned to food account; he had employed himself in drawing plans of the estates of the affluent, which his taste taught him to embellish in such a manner, as gratifiedthe vanity of his employers, by the admiration it excked.. He was contented with the profit, while they enjoyed the praise.
"We were doing charmingly," said the Lady, " and had the prospect of soon getting above the world, and paying off all the little debts, which at Our first setting out in life, necessity had compelled us to contract. When in the beginning of last Summer, my husband was seized with a fever, which lasted seven weeks; and left him so weak, that many more elapsed, before he was able to go abroad. During that time, he lost some of his most advantageous situations; gentlemen who had employed him, having in the time of his illness, contracted with others. Winter came on, and no funds were pro
vided against its wants; my husband, whose tenderness and affection for his family, seemed to be encreased by the difficulty be found in procuring their support, had a genius fruitful in resources. In those months, when the season necessarily put a stop to his employments, he wrote for the printer of a periodical publication, in which work, he taught me to assist him; and thus by our united endeavours, we contrived still to keep up a decent appearance; and to maintain with frugality our four little ones, whose innocent endearments repaid all our trouble, and made us when we fat down to our little meal, forget the labour by which it had been earned. Ah! my poor babes! it is your sufferings, that, more than his own, now rings your father's heart!
"But where is now my friend?"' interrupted Severan, " Is he well? What can I do to serve him? Where can I see him?"
"Alas! he is in prison ]*' returned the Lady. "He is in a loathsome; dismal prison f—deprived of light, of liberty, of every comfort, and enjoyment; and. his dear children, his pretty darlings, of whom he used to be so fond, they too must gor must be nursed in the abode of misery, and made familiar with every species of wretchedness !"—Here tears came to her
relief, and for some time choaked herutterance.
At length, recovering herself, and assuming an air of dejected composure, "I beg your pardon," continued she, (observing the marks of sensibility, that overspread the benignant countenance of our friend)—" I did not mean to distress you, but it is so few that can feel for one's affliction ;—and the voice of sympathy . is ib grateful to the wounded heart—that I could not deny myself the consolation of speaking to you. But things may yet go better.—My husband has enough owing to him, to enable him to pay every one. Eut the misfortune is, that his debtors are all people of fortune, whose favour would be for ever lost, by an untimely application for money; and should the news of his having been imprisoned for debt, once get abioad, he is mined for ever! ao person of fashion will ever employ him more!
"I cannot think so," said the Doctor, with his wonted mildness; " we see daily instances of the high favour that is shewn to people of ruined circumstances; many of whom I have known, even when worthless and depraved, to meet with attention and support from people of elevated rank and fafliion r"