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her husband (who had been detained by the bulinels of his profession, which is that of a physician) was announced, I marked the emotion of her fpirits. She presented him to her brother, with an air that seemed to demand his approbation of her choice; nor was she disappointeu : the appearance of the young man was too prepossessing to fail of making an immediate interest in the favour of my friend, whose sentiments were no sooner perceived by his sister, who eagerly watched them in the ex. pression of his countenance, than her eyes iparkled with delight.-In a few minutes more, my friend had the pleasure of embracing his two brothers : the eldest, who is a year his senior, is now priest of the neighbouring village. A man of mild aspect, and gentle manners. At an early age, he made a sacrifice of ambition to love, and married a young woman, whose dower was made up of beauty and good teniper. .. Of the numerous offspring with which she has presented him, the two eldest reside with their grandfather--the youngest has but two days seen the light; and all the others their uncles have promised to provide for. So that the good man looks with a smiling aspect upon futurity,
The youngest brother of my friend, is a .. Professor of the Art of Surgery. A dapper little gentleman, with a Imart wit, and perfumed handkerchief. His brother Henry fays, he is a little affected by a disorder called Puppyism, but that he has suíficient stamina in his constitution to conquer the disease ; which, it seems, is a very common one at his tinie of life.
Never did Calli*, in the progress of his · eventful journey, behold a happier circle
than that which now surrounded the hearth of Mr. Denbeigh. When I saw them fit down at the supper-table, I begali to think the custom of social meals not altogether so ridiculous as I had hithertó considered it. At the conclusion of the repaft, the cordial with of health was mutually exchanged ; and a glass filled with generous wine, was prelied to the lips of each, in token of fincerity. Tlie cheerful song went round : every voice was in unison to strains of joy, and every countenance was irradiated with the smile of satisfaction. Before they parted for the night, the old gentleman, according to a very strange cufton of his own, knelt down in the middle of his family, and while the tear of joy ftrayed dow'il bis venerable cheeks, ofered up the sacri
fice of thanksgiving to the throne of the · Eternal!
Alas! this poor gentleman is not fufficiently enlightened to perform poojah to System. He has never been convinced, that vice and virtue are only qualities of imagination; and is deplorably ignorant of all theories, fave that of a good conscience.-Nor has his wi'e advanced one step farther than himfelf, towards throwing off the prejudices of Christianity. And what is still worfe -the manner in which they have rivetted these prejudices, in the minds of their children, fcárcely admits a hope, that any of them will ever become converts to Atheism, or have sufficient spirit to exchange the morality of their Shafter, for the doctrine of external circumstances. On making enquiry of my friend concerning the cause of this phenomena, he informed me, that his father and mother, who were of different sects of Christians, agreed, that the religion taught their children should not be indebted for its support to the peculiar dogmas of either; but should chiefly rest on the authority of that Shafter, which has so deeply iocurred the displeasure of the philolophers.-His mother was the daughter of a priest of the feet of Diflenters, who had bestowed such particular pains on the 201 ) cultivation of her understanding, as actually qualified her for conducting the education of her own children.
It is, perhaps, to this uncommon and extraordinary circumstance, that the children of Mr. Denbeigh are indebted for : many of those peculiarities which at present distinguish their characters. It is from this caufe, that the daughters have become learned, without losing their humility: that they are gay, without be. iog frivolous : that in converfation, their sprightliness is free from the lightness of vanity, and their sensoriousness from the arrogance of self-conceit. Mrs. Denbeigh, not considering the preservation of ignorance absolutely necessary towards the perfe&tion of the female character, never sent her daughters to the seminaries that are established for that purpose, but suffered them from infancy to partake with their brothers in every advantage of solid instruction.-Being early taught to make a just estimate of things, they learned how to value the performance of every duty; nor was their intention towards those annexed by custom to their situation, le:Tened from a consideration of their fimplicity. In their minds the torch of knowledge was too fully lit, to lead to the dangerous path of singularity, into which unwary females have by its