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tion ; and he bitterly lamented, that thought Jane : “he pities me evidently; as Jane was not at all better, Mrs. but how much more would he pity me Hanbury would not be able to hasten if he knew ! but that he shall home to receive him.

never know !” and with a sort of despeThis letter Mrs. Hanbury read to rate energy she suppressed the rising Jane, who made no comments on it; sigh, and taught herself to behave to but the next morning, when Mrs. Han- him with reserve almost bordering bury entered the room, she found her, to on coldness; and Douglas, though surher great astonishment, up and dressed, prised, and hurt at first at this change, and looking considerably improved in attributed it to the caprice incident to health ; nay, she continued mending so constant illness. rapidly during the following week, that In November, Douglas returned to she declared herself able to return to college, and in a few weeks Jane was the Lodge ; nor could Mrs. Hanbury threatened with another journey to Brishesitate one moment to believe her. Ac. tol; but being well aware that change of cordingly they set off on their return, scene would cause no change of feeling, and arrived at home the day after she begged, she entreated to be allowed Douglas.

for the present to stay where she was. The delighted Mr. Hanbury and his At the ensuing vacation, Mr. Hanbury ward hastened to the door to welcome announced Douglas's approaching visit them; but Douglas started back shocked o Jane, and being off her guard she and affrighted, when he beheld the altera- burst into tears; while the good old tion in Miss Vernon's appearance; and man felt confirmed by this circumstance when he pressed forward to assist her out in the belief which several things had of the carriage, and found she was so led him to entertain, that she had an weak that he must take her out in his aversion to Douglas, whose cold manners arms, he could not resist the impulse of could not, he fancied be very prepossessaffectionate pity as her head involunta- ing to a female, and kindly taking her rily sunk on his shoulder ; but pressing hand he told her, that if in her weak her to his heart, he said, “My dear state his ward's coming would be disgirl, little was I aware how very ill you agreeable to her, and she should feel his had been !"

presence unwelcome, he would write The action and the words had only and request him not to come. Scarcely too powerful an effect on the unhappy could Jane help screaming with appreand conscious sufferer, who, fixing on hension at this proposal ; but she as. him a look which any one but himself sured him that, on the contrary, Mr. must have understood, sighed deeply, Douglas's society would amuse her; and fainted on his bosom. But her and then she tottered into her own fainting was attributed to the fatigue of apartment. the journey; and Jane, on her recovery, “So, he is coming again!” she said saw no reason to apprehend, from the to herself, “but not for me he is not countenances of those around her, that coming to see me. However, I shall see her fatal secret was discovered.

and hear him, and he will say with a The next morning she was able to look of great kindness, My dear Miss come down stairs before dinner, and Vernon, how are you?' and 'I hope during Douglas's stay she continued to you are better than you were ;' while his do so, and even to sit up nearly as late looks tell me how much he thinks me as usual ; while Douglas, aware that by altered !” She then looked in the glass. reading he amused the invalid, forgot “Altered ! indeed I am! He once sometimes the mathematician in the thought me handsome, I have been told; man, and began to read earlier than he but (and she smiled mournfully as she had ever done before.

spoke) there is not a trace of beauty left “How kind, how generous he is !” now : still, that would not signify; for, if he knew why I was so changed, he las which had hitherto escaped her ; would, if he had ever loved me, love me and while she thought how cruelly her the better for the alteration ; and at any intended kindness to the orphan of her rate he would pity me. Pity me! pity dearest friend had been perverted by me! Pity the poor love-sick girl! Hor- circumstances, she gave way to an rible! No-never, never may I live to agony of grief, and was some time besee myself an object of such pity to him fore she could listen to the voice of conNow I can die, and die contented, so Isolation. believe myself still an object of his es- “Compose yourself, my dear, dear teem and respect; and when he comes, woman,” cried Mr. Hanbury : “you I will behave with such resolution !” know what we did was meant for the

But Douglas did not come, and Jane best, and God and Mrs. Vernon could grew daily worse; nor did he talk of require no more of us. Indeed, the coming in the ensuing vacation, and doctor must be mistaken. You know Jane was again ordered to Bristol ; but she has seen no young man often but she declared herself too weak to under- Douglas." take the journey, and the physician But Douglas !” echoed Mrs. Han himself owned that he believed it would bury ; “is not he only too likely to be be unavailing

the object of her affections ?” A few days after he had said this, and “He is not, however; for I have long had witnessed the extreme grief which thought, and I now lately have been this declaration had occasioned the kind convinced, that she dislikes him.” protectors of the unhappy orphan, he “ Dislikes him!” begged them to attend him into another “Yes! In the first place, you know room, as he had something of great im- she was much prejudiced against him portance to say to them. They obeyed, before she saw him; and I see clearly, and he told them he was perfectly con- by the distance of her manner to him vinced that Miss Vernon's disorder was for some time past, that her old precaused by mental uneasiness. “She has judices are returned. Then you see something on her mind,” said hè; “ and that I have never been able to prevail unless you can prevail on her to disclose on her to sing to him, or show her what it is, believe me, it is not in the drawings to him, though I have some. power of medicine to save her.”

times conquered her timidity on other Mr. and Mrs. Hanbury's astonish- occasions ; but she always refuses to ment equalled their distress, and the oblige him this way; and I assure you, physician proceeded to suggest the pro- that when I told her last Christmas that bability of her pining in secret and un- he was coming to see us, she burst into requited love.

tears, and looked I don't know how." " Impossible !” cried Mr. Hanbury, “Say no more, say no more, Mr. eagerly, "impossible !"

Hanbury,” cried his inore quick-sighted “Would I thought so too !” mourn- wife ; “it is then, I see, too true ! ' fully replied Mrs. Hanbury, whose long "Nay, madam, if you require any blindness was now painfully removed. further proof,” said the physician,

Mrs. Hanbury had very rigid ideas “ read these verses, which, as she lay on the subject of female delicacy, and in a restless sleep just now, dropped was not therefore able to bear for a mo- from her pillow. They are torn through, ment the idea that any woman whom she you see, and she was probably going to esteemed could be guilty of such a vio. destroy them entirely, when some one lation of it as to entertain a passion for came in and interrupted her. Read a man who had never by word, look, or them, and let me replace them before action endeavoured to inspire her with she awakes from the sleep into which it: but she now recollected a thousand she is again fallen.” instances of Jane's attachment to Doug. Mrs. Hanbury read them hastily, and

mournfully exclaimed, “I fear these this avowal of a pure and virtuous lines are only too prophetic ; and she attachment to one of the most amiable will, she must die ! for I know she will of men with great reluctance, timidity, never own the truth, and such a load of and self-condemnation ; nor did she do unshared anguish must sink her to the so till she had obtained from them both grave."

the strongest assurances that they would In vain did Mr. Hanbury declare keep her secret with all possible fidelity. he did not believe that love and Mr. Hanbury was surprised and afDouglas were the only causes of Jane's flicted too, nay perhaps mortified, at his disorder ; his wife and the physician want of discernment; but sorrow was were both against him ; and it was at tho only feeling experienced by his wife; length resolved upon that the latter and after having spoken the kindest should inform Miss Vernon that he words of consolation to the wretched knew the cause of her complaint was girl, she took the first opportunity of seated in the heart, and that if she leaving her, that she might consult wished to give herself a chance of living with her husband on what was best to she must unburthen her mind to her be done. kind and affectionate friends. He did While they were consulting together, so, and Jane heard him with a degree Douglas, who was not to be of age till of fierce indignation wholly foreign to three-and-twenty, but was now within her character ; for her extreme delicacy six weeks of his majority, wrote a few was wounded by his suspicions, and hasty lines to announce his intention of roused her to the most violent resent- coming to them the next day for a week; ment. But the feeling was too strong, and the distressed couple, convinced that and too uncongenial to her nature, they ought not to sacrifice Jane's life to to last, and she sunk almost fainting on their promise or her delicacy, took their her pillow; and then her kind adviser resolution accordingly. attacked her feelings in another way. Douglas came in high spirits ; but He represented to her the affection, they were greatly damped on hearing even parental, which the Hanburys the sad situation of the interesting entertained for her ; and told her that, orphan, for whom he felt a sort of however desirous she might be of dying, brother's love. her life was no longer at her disposal, as But his feelings then were blissful it was due to the friends who had adopted to what he experienced, when, after her, and that she ought to struggle many tears from Mrs. Hanbury, and with her feelings, and endeavour to many signs of strong emotion in his take every means of recovery, for their guardian, as they drew round the evensakes, if not for her own.

This was

ing fire, Mr. Hanbury simply and attacking the grateful affectionate heart shortly related the cause of Jane's maof Jane on the right side ; and after a lady ; while in proportion as he dwelt long and dreadful struggle between on the length, truth, and ardour of delicacy and duty, Jane owned that Jane's affection, Mrs. Hanbury as fully the physician's suspicions were well expatiated on her extreme delicacy; founded, and promised solemnly to on the difficulty which they had to confide in her venerable friends.

get the secret from her; and on the At length, after many struggles, many eagerness with which she extorted a fruitless efforts, and many expressions promise from them never to reveal it. of the horror aud contempt excited in When they had done this, they ceased her by her own weakness, the poor speaking, and did not make a single self-condemned sufferer confessed to her comment. Douglas listened to the tale afflicted friends, that she had imbibed motionless as a statue, and incapable of a deep-rooted and hopeless passion for speaking a word, while his friends sat their unconscious ward ; and she made equally silent by his side; till Mr.

Hanbury, sliding a copy of the poor riage itself was at that time inconvenient, orphan's torn verses into his hand, ex- nay, even hateful to him ; as it would plained what they were, how they had interfere with all those plans so long obtained them, and told him to read the darling objects of his wishes, plans them when he was alone.

calculated to repay him for the severity Immediately after Douglas started up of his past studies, by opening to him to retire to his own room; but when he new fields of improvement and delight. reached the door he turned round, and It had for years been his intention to said, “ Allow me this night for reflec. travel over Greece, and indeed over tion."

every part of Europe, and great part of He had need of it indeed. Huma- Asia, as soon as he had taken his longnity, pity, and gratitude, called upon expected degree, and had possession of him imperiously to offer the unhappy his fortune : and he well knew that it Jane his hand, and save her from the was impossible for him to take a wife misery of dying of unrequited love. with him in some of the expeditions But then the sacrifice was a tremendous which he was most fond of projecting.

He felt for Jane, though she was But then he recollected, that if he did beautiful, amiable, and intelligent, no marry Jane, pleasure was all he gave up, sentiment resembling passion, and mar. and if he did not, he sacrificed her life.

(To be continued.)



RUTHIN.- A lecture was delivered beautiful pocket Bible was presented by (March 26), at the Free Church, Ru- the pastor, in behalf of the Sunday. thin, by the Rev. T. Spencer Hill, en- school teachers, to Thomas Henry titled, “An Evening with the Worthy, Gilbert, one of the scholars, who has Witty, and Wise," the object of which been long connected with the school, was to aid the Sunday-school Bank, to and has made himself useful to the Free which the school is indebted for a Church. The immediate occasion of measure of prosperity. It may be the presentation was his intended regratifying to know that the greater moval from Ruthin for the metropolis. part of the Interest likely to be due on the children's deposits next Christmas has been thus early provided by the NORWICH. — On Thursday evening, pecuniary results of this lecture. March the 14th, the Ladies' Working

The Rev. J. R. Kilsby Jones, so well Committee for Sierra Leone, in conknown throughout the Principality, nexion with Westbeech House, Norhaving recently visited Ruthin in order wich, and a few friends, partook of tea to preach in Welsh, an arrangement was and supper at the house of Mrs. Walter made with him before his departure to H. Pigg, Secretary to the Committee, preach an English sermon in the Free and daughter of the Rev. J. J. J. Church. The bellman announced the Kempster. The meeting had a tendency service to the inhabitants of the town. to encourage each other in their “work Mr. Jones delivered a beautiful and of faith, and labour of love," and to enoriginal sermon on “Man Worth,” on list the sympathies of such as were the occasion.

privileged, although not members, to On Sunday afternoon, April 7th, a share in the evening's entertainment.

It was a season of social enjoyment, and Arbiter of human destinies yet to acduring the evening, the meeting was complish the greatest good for Africa. enlivened by the singing and playing In his last letter from the colony, the on the pianoforte of several pieces of Rev. S. Priddy says: “We are going sacred music.

on well, thank God. Our chapel in the The ladies will shortly forward a box city (Freetown) is well attended, and of articles which they have just com- our Church is increasing in members. pleted for the mission.

The villages and mission station are

going on quietly and progressively. Mr. SIERRA LEONE.—Our correspondence Priddy has recently visited Bompey, with the Sierra Leone Churches is kept and was most kindly received by the up month after month as usual ; every

king. His majesty expressed great mail brings tidings of the spread of the gladness at the attention paid to him Gospel and the extension of the kingdom and his subjects by our Society. At of Christ in the midst of our coloured present he and his people are a little fellow men in Africa. Ethiopia is unsettled. They have been involved in stretching out her hands unto God. war with neighbouring tribes, which

The reported murder of Dr. Living. has disturbed the peace and order of his stone will make many sad hearts in kingdom; but he hopes soon that everySierra Leone. It was my privilege to thing will be amicably settled, and that make his acquaintance there, where I the Gospel will then run and be gloriheard from his own lips his views and fied in every part of his empire. He feelings concerning the vast continent of has invited Mr. Priddy to pay him Africa, to the exploration and elevation another visit when the country is quiet, of which he consecrated his noble life. I to make arrangements for the spread of shall not soon forget the enthusiasm of the Gospel, and the establishment of the people of the colony on his arrival. schools, which he gladly accepted. It All the people, from his Excellency the will be remembered that Mr. Priddy Governor to the humblest person, sought our missionary in Bompey for to do him honour. The few days he several years, during the reign of the spent in our midst were red-letter days late chief ; and it was not until he was in our African history, and when he left driven away by intestine wars, and his for the interior, many an earnest prayer own life was frequently in jeopardy, was sent up to God by Sierra Leone that he left his post of toil, and even Christians on his behalf. Since then his then he left with the intention of retravels and explorations have contri- turning as soon as there was an opening. buted most largely to our geographical That opening seems now at hand. God intelligence, and shed the brightest grant that it may be great and effeclustre on the page of African dis- tual ! coveries. Indeed he has made his life I hope to be able to furnish our sublime by his extensive scientific know- friends with a more ample report in the ledge, lion-hearted courage, self-sacri- next Magazine.

J. TROTTER. ficing toil, invincible perseverance, lofty Basingstoke, April 9. purpose, unassuming Christianity, and wonderful success. Most earnestly do I OBITUARY.—Died, on the 15th March, hope that the account of his death is at her father's residence, New Shoreham, fiction ; but the very report of the death near Brighton, Sussex, aged 25 years, of such a brave man has already chilled Fanny Pickford, the second and dearly. the hearts of thousands, for his life beloved daughter of the Rev. Christopher seemed to be charmed, and we believed Knowles, late of Bath, deeply and dethat he was predestinated by the Great servedly regretted by all who knew her.


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