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was not allied to a character so worthless, though she had suffered mortification and uneasiness at the time, from the disappointment and insult she had sustained, and convinced her that what is often lamented as a misfortune, by presumptuous and erring mortals, is generally for their advantage.

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Amelrosa was playing on the harp one evening, to amuse Lord Rossmore, when Josepha entered, and asked permission to bring into the house an old woman who was travelling with her son, and being over fatigued with her journey, had fallen down in a fit at the garden gate. His lordship and Amelrosa, instantly desired every assistance might be administered to the poor woman, and some time having elapsed, Josepha returned at their desire, to inform them the woman was recovering and Amel. rosa then accompanied her nurse to see the sick person, and inquire if she wanted any pecuniary relief to proceed on her journey;

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but conceive her astonishment, when she recognized in the strangers, her old acquaintances Beatrice and Jacome, though disguised in different attire.

Their pleasure seemed to be almost un· speakable at the sight of her, and she was

rejoiced to behold them, as they had always behaved with so much humanity, and at length aided her to escape, when they had it in their power to have treated her extremely ill. Jacome now informed her, to her infinite surprise, that it was in search of herself that they were travelling, and he would explain the cause if she pleased to favor him with a private interview, having a great deal to relate, and in the meanwhile, would be much obliged to her, if any person came to inquire if they were in the house, to order the servants to say they had not been there. Amelrosa complied with his request, and desired him not to fatigue himself with talking, till he had some repose, and then went to inform Lord Rossmore of what had passed, who was impatient to hear Jacome's communica

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fast asleep, and Jacome sending word he was quite refreshed, was summoned into the presence of Lord Rossmore and Amelrosa, who made him sit down, as he was tired with his journey, and informed him, he might mention whatever he had to say before the gentlenian, for he was nearly related to her. "That I could have sworn, lady,” retorted Jacome, “ from the likeness bear to him," and proceeded.

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“ Were I not well acquainted with your gentle and humane heart, lady, I should be afraid to impart the crimes of which I have been guilty, fearful you would deliver me up to justice : but on the other hand, being committed against my own inclination, I trust to your goodness to make some allowance for a misguided 1... . About six years ago, lady, my notin. myself (my father being dead w' a boy) lived together appares; comfort; but I was then te

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many imprudent actions unknown to my mother, which kept me in constant fear lest it should reach her ears, and nearly break her heart, as she always thought welk of me, and used to boast to all her neighbours what a good son I was; therefore it would have been a dreadful blow to her in her old age, to be turned out of doors and have all her property sold to pay my debts, which I every day expected. This was the more shocking, as we lived in a creditable manner, and our dwelling was not many miles distant from the forest of Arvilla, where knowing there was plenty of game, and being fond of shooting, I took my gun one day and set off for the forest, to divert by employment, my miserable reflections. Striking into a remote part of it, and hearing something rustle among the leaves in a deep tangled thorny brake, supposing in this retired spot it must be a wolf, or some large bird, without a moment's consideration I fired. A groan immediately followed, that filled me with horror, and rush

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