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Wedn. Night, March 1. ATR Fowler set out yesterday for Glou
cestershire, where he has an estate. He V proposes to go from thence to Caermarthen, to the worthy Sir Rowland. He paid a vifit to Mr Reeves, and desired him to present to me his best wishes and respects. He declared, that he could not possibly take leave of me, though he doubt. ed not but I would receive him with goodness, as he called it. But it was that which cut him to the heart : So kind, and so cruel, he said, he could not bear it. VOL. II. - A
- I hope peor Mr Fowler will be more happy than I could make him. Methinks, I could have been half-glad to have seen him before he went: And yet but half-glad; since, had he shewn much concern, I should have been pained.
Take now, my dear, an account of what passed this day in St James's-square.
There were at Sir Charles Grandison's, besides Lord and Lady L. the young Lord G. one of Mifs Grandison's humble servants; Mr Everard Grandison; Mifs Emily Jervois, a young lady of about fourteen, a ward of Sir Charles; and Dr Bartlett, a divine ; of whom more by and by.
Sir Charles conducted us into the drawingroom adjoining to the dining-room, where only were his two lifters. They received my cousins and me with looks of love,
rri" : I will tell you, said Sir Charles, your company, before I present them to you. Lord L. is a good man. I honour him as such ; and love him as my fifter's husband.
Lady L. bowed, and looked round her, as if she took pride in her brother's approbation of her Lord.
L Ó - i Mr Everard Grandison, proceeded he, is a sprightly man. He is prepared to admire you, Miss Byron. You will not believe, perhaps, half the handsome things he will say to you; but yet will be the only person who hears them that will not. · Lord G. is a modest young man: He is gen. teel, well-bred; but is so much in love with a cer: tain young lady, that he does not appear with that dignity in her eye (why blushes my Charlotte ?] that otherwise, perhaps, he might.
Are not you, Sir Charles, a modest man? - No comparisons, Charlotte. Where there is a double prepoffeffion; no comparisons !-But Lord G. Miss Byron, is a good kind of young man.
You'll not dislike him, though my fifter is pleafeed to think
No comparisons, Sir Charles.
That's fair, Charlotte. I will leave Lord G. to the judgment of Mifs Byron. Ladies can better, account for the approbation and dilikes of ladies, than we men can... · Dr Bartlett you'll also see. He is learned, prudent, humble. You'll read his heart in his countenance the momerit he fmiles upon you. Your grandpappa, madam, had fine curling silver hair, had he not? The moment I heard that you owed obligation to your grandfather's care and delight in you, I figure to myself, that he was just fuch a man, habit excepted : Your grandfather was not a clergyman, I think. When I have friends whom I have a strong defire to please, I always endeavour to treat them with Dr Bartlett's company. . He has but one fault; he speaks too little : But were he to speak much, every one else would wish to be filent
My ward Emily Jervois is an amiable girl. Her father was a good man but not happy in his nuptials. He bequeathed to my care, on his death: bed, at Florence, this his only child. My sister loves her. I love lter for her own fake as well as for her father's. She has a great fortune: And I have had the happinefs to recover large fums, which ber tather gave over for loft. . He was an Italian merchant, and driven out of England by the unhappy temper of his wife. I have had some trouble with her; and, if the be living, expect more.
Unhappy temper of his wife, Sir. Charles! You are very mild in your account of one of the most abandoned of women. · Well, but, Charlotte, I am only giving brief hints of Emily's story, to procure for her an interest in Mifs "Byron's favour, and to make their A 2
first acquaintance easy to each other. Emi. ly wants no preposseflion in Miss Byron's favour. She will be very ready herself to tell her whole story to Miss Byron. Mean time, let us not say all that is just to say of the mother, when we are speaking of the daughter.
I stand corrected, Sir Charles.
Emily, madam (turning to me), is not constantly resident with us in town. She is fond of being every where with my Charlotte.
And where you are, Sir Charles, said Miss Grandison.
Mr Reeves whispered a question to Sir Charles, which was seconded by my eyes; for I guessed what it was : Whether he had heard any thing further of Sir Hargrave?
Don't be anxious, said Sir Charles. All must be well. People, long used to error, don't, without reluctance, submit to new methods of proceeding. All must be well.
Sir Chiarles, stepping out, brought in with him Mifs Jervois. The gentlemen seemed engaged in conversation, said he. But I know the impatience of this young lady to pay her respects to Miss Byron.
He presented her to us: This dear girl is my Emily. Allow me, madam, whenever Miss Grandison shall be absent, to claim for her the benefit of your instruction, and your general countenance, as the fall appear worthy of it.
There are not many men,, my Lucy, who can make a compliment to one lady, without robbing, or, at least, depreciating another. How often have you and I observed, that a polite brother is à black swan?
I saluted the young lady, and told her, I should be fond of embracing every opportunity that should offer to commend myself to her favour.“· Miss Emily Jervois is a lovely girl. She is tall,