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fit Tryal O/friendship. A Story. litudeof the country had renderedhin»

. (Concluded from p. »79.) \T*2l- r«"Pw«of his condition ; he

1 J Y t '"' so"nd his friendship decline, and hi*

UPON faither enquiry they learnt public spirit forsake him. Love had

that she went out alone in the no competitor but reason, and it had

plainest dress (he had, and that she almost seduced reason to 'its interest:

wasgor.e towardsthe water fide. La- f What right, fays he, can B/andsord

Ay Aubrey rose immediately in the « pretend to a heart that js another's,?

greatest consternation, and was fortu- If I hare gained Noura/y's it was not

nareenough to trace her to an India- a voluntaiy act, on my part and it

man that lay outward bound a little was not culpable on her's, for surely

way down the river. she is at her own disposal'. He was,

They found her on board the vef- however, the next moment alarmed'

fel, sollicking a passage, and surroun- B at this 'elf seduction. "Can I, fay*

ded by sailors, whom her beauty, her he, suffer myself to debate whether a

youth, the sweetness ofher address, and deposit |.u;f into my hands belongs to

the elegance" of her manner, but above me, or to him that made it i Nouraly

all the simplicity of her request, indeed, is dee, but I am bound ; ani

had, as it were, transported with if I consent to what was at first invo

wonder and admiration. She had no- luntary, from that moment it becomes

thing with her but bare necessaries, criminal. lean question the right of having left every thing of value be: V my friend in this cafe from no other

hind her except a small chrystal, iri motive but a desire to invade it • if

the shape of a heart, which she had re- my reason deseits me, my conscience

ceived as a present from Nelson. mall keep me faithful. Weakness i* a

The moment she saw Lady Aubrey misfortune, not 3 crime. Ihavefbrti

/he yielded without resistance, but ap- tudethst will sustain me undermisfor

peared a little confused at having de- tune. I can sink only under a fense of ceived her. To her reproaches, which Q guilt."

were tender and affectionate, she an- Such was the slate of Nelson's mind

fwered, That though (he was wretch- when he received his sister's letters

ed, yet (he was free. 'And do you He read it with sensations that cannot

fee nothing here, said Lady Aubrey, be expressed ; and after much debate

but misfortune?' "If I saw only my with himself, he determined to go to

own, replied Nouraly, I would have town. «• I shall, myself, says he, be

lived here for ever; it is Neson's mis- certainly more miserable after I have fortune which I dread, and it is for fi seen her than I am now; but it is her

4is fake that I would begone." happiness that is in question and not

Lady Aubrey endeavoured to per- mine. I am sure of a conouest over suade her that the evil was not without myself, and however painful'the tonremedy, and exhorted her to hide her flict, it would be a weakness and a difweaknefs from Nelson, and by the ex- grace to (bun it, since my duty reercise of her virtues to triumph over quires it of me.'* ""' it. 'This is certainly in your power, When he arrived, Nouraly, though fays (he, and nothing is wanting but r she had expected h'm with the utmost .courage to attempt it.' To this Ma- impatience, scarcely dared to appear ray replied, "That (he had courage before him ; (he came trembling and to sustain misfortune, but not to com- confused, her blood was chilled in her mit violence upon love; and that as veins, and (lie seemed to consider him lo her virtues, there was not one that as a judge, who was finally to deterwas riot already in Nelson's interest." _ mine her fate.

6!ietherefore insisted upon her liberty, \* At the same time Nelson was touched

and required to be lent away. with a tenderness, not less painful by Lady itf*4rpt was now extreamly em- its excess, to sec the rosesfadtd on her barrassed and distressed; (he saw her cheek, and the fire of her eyes extingradually pine away, always in tears, guiihed. 'Come, fays Lady Aubrey. and always entreating to be dismissed. and see if you cannot quiet the mind She therefore wrote an account of of cur young friend, and remove her their situation to her brother, and ur- Jj melancholy; she is dying with desire ged him to come to town to save the to go back' to India.' life of his charge, and to prevent her Nelson then addressed hi mselfto Nour

from going abroad. raly, and endeavoured, by gentle re

Nelson, however, was in a condition proaches, to engage her to explain not les« to be pitied himself. The so- hers«)f in the presence of hi* sister. 'Gent. Mag. Jvly 1765.) ' J r~ ' *r "^J buJ but he could not get her to open her considers you as his other self, and lie lips; Lady Aubrey, therefore, perceiv- has confided you to me in his absence, ing her presence 10 be a restraint up- wishing no happiness at his return but on h-r, left the room. that ot making you bis wise." "Tbis, "What is the matter, Ncuraly, fays . then, (aid NouraUy, with a loi-k of saNelson, what have they done to you -, tisf'action, is the impediment to my what is this that you have taken to having you j but make yourself easy i heait?" "Don't you know, says she? there is an end of it." Are not you sensible that my joy and "How do you mean, said Nelson?" sorrow can have but one cause? You "Why, said Ncuraly, I here solemnly said you would be my friend, but sure- swear to you that I will never marry ly you treat me with unkindness: I Blandsord: It is impossible, and Elan.tlifre but in you, and you leave me to ~sord himself will confess it : I revere die. Yet I know this is not your B him as a father, he has no right to refault, they make you do it \ and they quire more, nor have I more to give: , Would make me renounce and forget It is not in our power to love whom sou 5 they reproach and terrify me. we will, and what is not in our power I ask but one favour of you, said (lie, can never lie our duty; much lets is it throwing herself on her knees before our duty to pretend a love that we do fiim, and that is, to tell me who I of- not feel, and consent to a violation, by fend by loving you, what duty I vio- Q surrendering the person without the late, and what misfortune I produce? heart. We are disposed of by necessity Is it possible there can be any laws so and not by choice : Nature has given unjust and cruel as to prohibit me you graces that compel me to love, from making the molt worthy use of a.nd has given me a foul adapted to my heart and understanding? Must I feel all their power." "Alas, said love nobody in the world! and if I Nelson, bow much have I to answer may love.can I make a better choice?" for to my friend!" "Of what, said "My dear Nouraly, said Nelson, my p Nourah, can your friend comphin? friendship for you Is sincere and ten- what has he loll? what have you fader In the highest-degree j it would ken from him? I never loved him be unjust not to let you know it." b>it as a parent, and as a parent I love "You revive me, fays Nouraly. you him still: I love you as myself, nay still now talk reason." B'jt, said Nelson, b»t'er, and these passions are by no though I should think myself the bap- means incompatible. But Blandsord pied man in the world to be the oli- has made a deposit of me in your ject of your choice, yet it is a happi E hands as his property, it is not youu nesit to which I have no right, and but he that is unjust." Alas, saief which I must not consent to enjoy." Nisan, it is I that oMige you to re"Alas, said Nourah, I do not under- claim what you have taken from him j stand you." "When my friend con- yon would be his if you was not mine, fided you to my care he was dear to and the gutrdian is the raviflier :'* you, laid Nelson." "So he is still, re- "Think more equitably, said Nouraly, plied Nouraly." "Yon had placed F I was my own, and I am now your's; vour happiness, said Nison, in him s" this right could be transferred only by "I thought it wa:. there, Did Noura- myself and I have tramserred it to bf." "You loved him, said Nelson, you. You give Friendfliip prerogamore than any other person in the lives to which it has no right; and world :" " Ah, said Nouraly, but that then yon exercise them as delegated to ■was before I knew you." '• But, fays you. What is it to me whether I landNelson, your deliverer, Blandsord, loves ford injures me in person, or by a sub'you, and heis,besides, your henefact- " stitute; whetheryou or he deprive me or, the person to whom you was con- of my liberty I am. equally a stave, ided by a dying father, and theiefore You sacrifice nature itlelf to friendhe ha3 a right to be loved by you." ship, nay more, you saciifice love ; but "The benefits I have received from has love no rights among you ? have bins, fays Nouraly, are ever present to you no law in savour of the feeling my thoughts, and the love that I bore mind ? have you no principle that is to my father I have transferred to Jj violated by inflicting misery upon him. «' Very well, said Nelson, let me those that love, that misery to which a then inform you that he has resolved love sot those that injure alone renders to unite you to him by a tie yet more them obnoxious. Her emotion here tender and more sacred than libera- stopped her voice, and almost her "y and gratitude cstt ever form. He breath j Wlson, who saw her in danger

of

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6/ suffocation, and had not time to still more amiable, and more disposed call her sifter, made haste to untye the to love me than b«foie, by your uribbands that straitened her breast, ample and instuiction.' and though fear rendered him at first: Nelson sent this letter to his sister,

insensible to the beauties thathe unco- j^ read it fays he, in a no:e that inclosed vered, yet the moment (he revived he it, and let it also be lead by Neural)-, felt alt their force: He caught her in what a lesson is it for me, and what a his arnn, and feeling herself pressed reproach to her i to his bosom, she looked up with a It is then all over said Neural), when

start of love and joy. In this situati- she had rend this letter, I never can be on, his virtue for a moment, was over- Nelson's.; but let him not expect to beborne. "Live, fays he, my dear co>ne another's. The liberty of lovNeurafy /" "Do you wish me to live, „ ing him, is what I can never give up. said (he, tenderly? then you mult Having taken her resolution, her with me to love." "Ah! no, said mind acquii ed some degree of serenity, he, I should then be unfaithful to to which Nelson'% was wholly a stranger. friendship, and unworthy of life. My He spent his days and nights in a perfriend, aJas, foresaw and foretold my petual struggle between duty and in* danger, but I despised his caution, dination, his duty always prevailing, and confided too much in my own though his inclination lost none of its strength. Pity me, my dear Nnuraly; strength.

suffer me to fly from you, and conquer c It was not pc ssible that nature should

niyself." "You wish me then to die, long sustain this conflict without inju

faid tfourafy" and the conflict of her ry, he lost his chcarfulnels, his appemind returning, (he fainted,and funk me,and hisreft, a stow fever cameon,

down at his knees. He thought her which, without ary violent symptoms,

dying, and was about to catch her in silently and (lowly undermined the

His arms, but his sister just then com- foundations of life, ing into the room, he drew back: In the mean time Blandford was

"Take care of her, said he, it is fit " expected every day, and it was neces

that I only should die." He then re* sary to conceal from him the mischief

tired and left them together. that had happened in his absence*.

When Nourafy came again to her- This however could not bedone if Nau

felf, (he asleed eagerly what was be- mly could not be persuaded to dissem

come of Neson, and was at fii ft greatly ble, and who could persuade her to

afflicted to hear that he had left the dissemble on this occasion but Nelson. ttouse: A little reflection, however, E He came then once more to London,

gave her new comfort and new hope. but so alteied that he could scarcely

She had discovered, by a thousand in- be known. At the sight of him, his

cidents, that her love was returned filter was overwhelmed with grief and

with equal tenderness and ardour; (he apprehension, and Nouralj was still

therefore resolved, when Blandsord more sensibly affected; he endeavoured

came back, to tell him all that had however, to persuade them lie was

happened, believing him to be too well, but.this effort only encreased

just and too generous to make a bad his disorder, and it was at length so use of his poweri * violent, that he could bear up under

Soon after Neljbit'i return to the it no longer. This produced a new

country, he received a letter from his contest between Lady Juliet and Nou~

friend, to acquaint him that he was ray. Nouraly would not stir from hit

coming home i " I hope sa;s he, in bed-side, and infilled that they (hould

the conclusion of I.is letter', than in permit her to attend and watch by

less than thiee months I (hall be again him: At length, however, they got

united to all that I hold dear in the heraway, inpitytoherand piudence to world i you must forgive me if I con- G him, but (he was not abie to take the

nect you wi'h the amiable and tender rest which they intended her, me (pent

Nouraly. My heart, which was long the whole night in cretping about the

yours alone, is now divided between apartment of the fitk, or luting fixed

youandher. It gives me the greatest like a statue at the doer, with tears in

pleasure to reflect, ihat I (hall owe the her eyes, her foul upon hei lips, and

improvement of her mind to the care her ear attentive to the least noise, of yon and your sifter; that love will H which terrified her like the cry of fire. be indebted to friendship; that I (hall Nelson perceived that his sitter suffci

possess in that dear girl, a benefaction ed her to see him with great unwil

of yours, and that ihe w>') be made lingncfs, - Do not afflict he., !a>s he

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