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possessed, in his power, than he ceased to disguise his dislike; plunged into every astravagance, and frequently beat and otherwise ill-treated her, till the poor woman unable to support such cruel usage (that she often repeated was a punishment for her conduct to Miss de Merida) expired a twelvemonth after her unfortunate marriage of a broken heart.
Sir Robert Glenholme did not long survive the nnion of Montague and Amelrosa, and his nephew to oblige Lord Rossmore, immediately after this event took place, quitted the army. During the first years of their marriage, Sir Montague and Lady Glenholme generally went every winter to London, where the latter frequently met with many of ber old acquaintance; and among the number with Mrs. Stanhope and Catherine. The superiority of her rank, and the magoificent, but not extra. vagant style in which she lived, again ex
cited and augmented the malice and envy that had only. lately slumbered in their breasts from not seeing her. They ought indeed to have rejoiced at the prosperity of one so deserving, as far from wishing to exult over them from the advantages she enjoyed, though her peace of mind had for some time been destroyed by their machinations, she forgave and pitied them; considering it as the greatest misfortune in the world to possess a slanderous, envious, and treacherous disposition, which she concluded must be a sufficient torment to the possessor, independent of any other punishment.
Miss Stanhope, after persuading her mother to live beyond their income to supply her profuseness, when she was overwhelmed with debts, ran off with the footman, and left Mrs. Stanhope in the greatest distress. Her creditors seized on the whole of her remaining property, and destitute, she must have perished for want
of of the common necessaries of life, had not Lady Glenholine, hearing of her affliction, with that gentle and delicate benevolence that increases the benefit, instantly relieved her; and rendered the remnant of her days comfortable, respectable and tranquil, while she blessed the benificent being she had once strove to injure irreparably. .
Mrs. Stanhope's daughter, about sixteen months after her disproportionate marriage, died in an obscure village in Cumberland, (after giving birth to a little girl who lived but a few hours,) surrounded with poverty and affliction, and deserted by her husband.
The knowledge of her unhappy and miserable destiny, though she had sought it herself, caused tears of divine compassion to flow from the eyes of Lady Glenholme; who lamented not being soon enough acquainted with her sorrows to have alleviated them, and softened the melancholy catas
trophe trophe as much as possible, to her mother, to avoid acutely wounding her maternal feelings.
Beatrice and Jacome ever remained most faithfully and ardently attached to their lady and her family, and were truly happy; blessing the hour that conducted Lady Glenhulme to the Moorish palace. Their excellent mistress remembered to the latest moment of existence, the lessons of misfortune she had early received ; and that to a stranger, whose memory she revered and loved, she was indebted for education and support, when thrown an outcast in her infancy, on the bounty of a poor and uninstructed peasant.
To her children she would repeatedly relate the sorrows that marked her youth, inculcating to them, and impressing on their minds by that method, the necessity of being humane and charitable. She would likewise observe, that from her
narrative, OF THE DOURO. narrative, they might learn never to distrust Providence'; as the keenest afflictions if unmerited, and the conscience pure, may at length be happily terminated ; while from adversity, the best and most useful instructions were to be gained ; and more particularly, to be humble and devoid of vanity, the unfortunate only knowing the plain language of truth, as few people will take the trouble to flatter them.