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her to London, where she was going in few weeks. Eager to contribute in any degree to the happiness of this betovee child, Lord Rossmore immediately gave his consent, and acquainted Amelrosa with ir, who expressed what she really felt, her felnctance to quit him and her grandfather.

Supposing this merely proceeded from the native goodness of her heart, that. wished to shew them every attention, thonigh her inclinations were quite different, his lordship would not listen to the objections she made; and accordingly, at the appointed time, Amelrosa accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Romney in her father's post chariot, and her friend's carriage followed with their attendants. Lord Cliffden presented her previously, with the Jewels belonging to the late Lady Cliffden, which were extremely valuable, and desired she would have them new get at his expence. His lordship gave her likewise five hundred pounds to expend as she thought proper; but particularly desired,

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CHAP. XI.

My soul disdains each meaner heart,

No studied terms my passion prove;
While warm with life, this faithful heart,

Shall beat with never dying love!
And wilt thou love me, gentle youth,

When these few charms for age are flown?
Sweet maid, this heart with love and truth

Shall ever beat for thee alone!

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into the inn yard with the servants in black; and curiosity inclining them (haying nothing else to divert their attention) to look at the people in it as they got out, Amelrosa's surprise was not trifling at beholding Lord Conrade Mansforth alight, and hand out Felicité de Luneville. The nurse followed with the little boy, and in the impulse of the moment, regardless of forms, she flew from Mrs. Romney, and met them just as they were ascending the staircase to be conducted to another apartment. A faint smile diffused over their dejected and altered countenances, expressed the pleasure they felt at thus unexpectedly beholding her. Amelrosa affectionately embraced Felicité, held out her hand to Lord Conrade, and kissed repeatedly the little boy, wbo was grown more beautiful and engaging than ever, nd laughing at her shewed his white teeth, while two dimples played on his rosy cheeks. Having introduced them to Mrs. Romney, they all dined together and to enjoy each others society agreed not to go any further that day, but continue and sleep at the same inn. Amelrosa learnt from Felicité that the Marquis de Luneville's death was but too true, not being able to survive the misfortunes of his family. After his decase, she was left in the most distressed, forlorn, and miserable situation, a prey to the keenest anguish; and in this sad state, she was surprised by a visit from Lord Conrade. He related the circumstance of his lady's death, which added to her sorrow, though she was rejoiced that he had at last rescued Minette's memory from obloquy, the maid servant in whom she had confided, having at length betrayed the confidence reposed in her, by informing Felicité and the Mara quis that she had been seduced by his lordship, which intelligence proved fatal to the noble and unfortunate De Luneville. Lord Conrade now requested she would come and reside with him, his having married her sister being a sufficient

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authority for him to take her under his protection ; and he was instigated more particularly to hope she would oblige him by accepting this proposal, from a wish that his little boy might be placed under her care, and not be trusted to the guidance of servants only. To this proposition, Felicité consented, as his penitence and remorse for the injuries he had inflicted on her poor sister, were evidently sincere; and he had though too late endeavored to atone by every thing in his power for his guilty errors; but her principal inducement for complying with this request, was to have the pleasure of being with the little boy whom she valued and loved, for he was all that was left of her beloved Minette. Lord Conrade was now going to take her to Exmouth, judging that the sea bathing would be of service to her health; and the change of scene, as she had been ill and melancholy ever since the death of her father and sister, might contribute to restore her spirits. From tid

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