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us, and every Talbot has turned a soldier as naturally as a young duck takes to the water. Well, I entered the army, admired my uniform, and was admired by the young ladies. Before I received my lieutenant's commission, my father, the old gentleman, died, and left me a younger brother's fortune of four hundred per annum ; but, as my uncle said,
It was quite enough for a Talbot, who would push himself forward in his profession, as the Talbots had ever done before him.' I soon found out that my income was not sufficient to enable me to continue in the Guards, and my uncle was very anxious that I should exchange into a regiment on service. I therefore, by purchase, obtained a company in the 23rd, ordered out to reduce the French colonies in the West Indies, and I sailed with all the expectation of covering myself with as much glory as the Talbots had done from time immemorial. We landed, and in a short time the bullets and grape were flying in all directions, and then I discovered, what I declare never for a moment came into my head before, to wit—that I had mistaken my profession."
“ How do you mean, Talbot ?"
“ Mean! why, that I was deficient in a certain qualification, which never was before denied to a Talbot-courage."
“ And you never knew that before ?"
“ Never, upon my honour; my mind was always full of courage. In my mind's eye I built castles of feats of bravery, which should eclipse all the Talbots, from him who burnt Joan of Arc, down to the present day. I assure you, that surprised as other people were, no one was more surprised than myself. Our regiment was ordered to advance, and I led on my company, but the bullets flew like hail. I tried to go on, but I could not; at last, notwithstanding all my endeavours to the contrary, I fairly took to my heels. I was met by the commanding officer-in fact, I ran right against him. He ordered me back, and I returned to my regiment, not feeling at all afraid. Again I was in the fire, again I resisted the impulse, but it was of no use, and at last, just before the assault took place, I ran away as if the devil was after me. Wasn't it odd ?”
“ Very odd, indeed,” replied I, laughing.
“ Yes, but you do not exactly understand why it was odd. You know what philosophers tell you about volition ; and that the body is governed by the mind, consequently obeys it; now, you see, in my case, it was exactly reversed. I tell you, that it is a fact, that in mind I am as brave as any man in existence; but I had a cowardly carcass, and what is still worse, it proved the master of my mind, and ran away with it. I had no mind to run away; on the contrary, I wished to have been of the forlorn hope, and had volunteered, but was refused Surely, if I had not courage I should have avoided such a post of danger. Is it not so ?"
" It certainly appears strange that you should volunteer for the forlorn hope, and then run away."
“ That's just what I say. I have the soul of the Talbots, but a body which don't belong to the family, and too powerful for the soul.”
“ So it appears. Well, go on.”
“ It was go off, instead of going on. I tried again that day to mount the breach, and as the fire was over, I succeeded ; but there was a mark against me, and it was intimated that I should have an opportunity of redeeming my character."
« Well ?"
“ There was a fort to be stormed the next day, and I requested to lead my company in advance. Surely that was no proof of want of courage ? Permission was granted. We were warmly received, and I felt that my legs refused to advance; so what did I do—I tied my sash round my thigh, and telling the men that I was wounded, requested they would carry me to the attack. Surely that was courage ?"
“ Most undoubtedly so. It was like a Talbot."
“ We were at the foot of the breach ; when the shot flew about me, I kicked and wrestled so, that the two men who carried me were obliged to let me go, and my rascally body was at liberty. I say unfortunately, for only conceive, if they had carried me wounded up the breach, what an heroic act it would have been considered on my part; but fate decided it otherwise. If I had lain still when they dropped me, I should have done well, but I was anxious to get up the breach, that is, my mind was so bent; but as soon as I got on my legs, confound them if they didn't run away with me, and then I was found half a mile from the fort with a pretended wound. That was enough; I had a hint that the sooner I went home the better. On account of the family I was permitted to sell out, and I then walked the streets as a private gentleman, but no one would speak to me. I argued the point with several, but they were obstinate, and would not be convinced; they said that it was no use talking about being brave, if I ran away.”
“ They were not philosophers, Talbot.”
“ No, they could not comprehend how the mind and the body could be at variance. It was no use arguing—they would have it that the movements of the body depended upon the mind, and that I had made a mistake—and that I was a coward in soul as well as body."
“ Well, what did you do ?" • “Oh, I did nothing! I had a great mind to knock them down, but as I knew my body would not assist me, I thought it better to leave it alone. However, they taunted me so, by calling me fighting Tom, that my uncle shut his door upon me as a disgrace to the family, saying, he wished the first bullet had laid me dead-very kind of him-at last my patience was worn out, and I looked about to find whether there were not some people who did not consider courage as a sine quâ non. I found that the Quakers' tenets were against fighting, and therefore courage could not be necessary, so I have joined them, and I find that, if not a good soldier, I am at all events a very respectable Quaker ; and now you have the whole of my story-and tell me if you are of my opinion."
“ Why, really it's a very difficult point to decide. I never heard such a case of disintegration before. I must think upon it."
“ Of course you will not say a word about it, Newland.":
“ Never fear, I will keep your secret, Talbot. How long have you worn the dress?".
“ Oh, more than a year. By-the-bye, what a nice young person that Susannah Temple is. I've a great mind to propose for her."
“ But you must first ascertain what your body says to it, Talbot," replied I, sternly. “I allow no one to interfere with me, Quaker or not."
“ My dear fellow, I beg your pardon, I shall think no more about her,” said Talbot, rising up, as he observed that I looked very fierce. “I wish you a good morning. I leave Reading to-morrow. I will call on you, and say good-bye, if I can;" and I saw no more of Friend Talbot, whose mind was all courage, but whose body was so renegade.
About a month after this, I heard a sailor with one leg, and a handfull of ballads, singing in a most lachrymal tone,
“ Bless your honour, shy a copper to Poor Jack, who's lost his leg in the sarvice. Thanky, your honour,” and he continued,
“ It's nonsense for trifles, I own, to be piping,
But they who can't pity-why I pities they,
“ Back your main topsail, your worship, for half a minute, and just assist a poor dismantled craft, who has been riddled in the wars. • 'Tis a furious lion. Long life to your honour — In battle so let it.'
“ Buy a song, young woman, to sing to your sweetheart, while you sit on his knee in the dog-watch
“But duty appeased, 'tis the heart of a lamb." I believe there are few people who do not take a strong interest in the English sailor, particularly in one who has been maimed in the defence of his country. I always have, and as I heard the poor disabled fellow bawling out his ditty, certainly not with a very remarkable voice or execution, I pulled out the drawer behind the counter, and took out some halfpence to give him. When I caught his eye I beckoned to him, and he entered the shop. “Here, my good fellow," said I, “although a man of peace myself, yet I feel for those who suffer in the wars ;” and I put the money to him.
" May your honour never know a banvan day," replied the sailor; “ and a sickly season for you, into the bargain."
“ Nay, friend, that is not a kind wish to others," replied I.
The sailor fixed his eyes earnestly upon me, as if in astonishment, for until I had answered he had not looked at me particularly.
“ What are you looking at ?" said I.
“ Good heavens !” exclaimed he. “It is-yet it cannot be !" “ Cannot be ! what friend ?”.
He ran out of the door, and read the name over the shop, and then came in, and sank upon a chair outside of the counter. “Japhet-I have found you at last !” exclaimed he, faintly.
“ Good Heaven! who are you?"
He threw off his hat, with false ringlets fastened to the inside of it, and I beheld Timothy. In a moment I sprang over the counter, and was in his arms. “Is it possible," exclaimed I, after a short silence on both sides, “ that I find you, Timothy, a disabled sailor ?"
“ Is it possible, Japhet,” replied Timothy, “ that I find you a broadbrimmed Quaker ?"
“ Even so, Timothy. I am really and truly one.”
“ Then you are less disguised than I am,” replied Timothy, kicking off his wooden leg, and letting down his own, which had been tied up to his thigh, and concealed in his wide blue trowsers. “I am no more a sailor than you are, Japhet, and since you left me have never yet seen the salt water, which I talk and sing so much about."
“ Then thou hast been deceiving, Timothy, which I regret much.”
“ Now I do perceive that you are a Quaker," replied Tim; “but do not blame me until you have heard my story. Thank God, I have found you at last. But tell me, Japhet, you will not send me away will you ? If your dress is changed, your heart is not. Pray answer me, before I say any thing more. You know I can be useful here."
“ Indeed, Timothy, I have often wished for you since I have been here, and it will be your own fault if I part with you. You shall assist me in the shop; but you must dress like me.”
“ Dress like you! have I not always dressed like you ? When we started from Cophagus's, were we not dressed much alike ? did we not wear spangled jackets together ? did I not wear your livery, and belong to you? I'll put on any thing, Japhet—but we must not part again.”
“ My dear Timothy, I trust we shall not; but I expect my assistant here soon, and do not wish that he should see you in that garb. Go to a small public-house at the farther end of this street, and when you see me pass, come out to me, and we will walk out into the country, and consult together."
“ I have put up at a small house not far off, and have some clothes there ; I will alter my dress, and meet you. God bless you, Japhet.”
Timothy then picked up his ballads, which were scattered on the floor, put up his leg, and putting on his wooden stump, hastened away, after once more silently pressing my hand.
In half an hour my assistant returned, and I desired him to remain in the shop, as I was going out on business. I then walked to the appointed rendezvous, and was soon joined by Tim, who had discarded his sailor's disguise, and was in what is called a shabby genteel sort of dress. After the first renewed greeting, I requested Tim to let me know what had occurred to him since our separation.
“ You cannot imagine, Japhet, what my feelings were when I found, by your note, that you had left me. I had perceived how unhappy you had been for a long while, and I was equally distressed, although I knew not the cause. I had no idea until I got your letter, that you had lost all your money; and I felt it more unkind of you to leave me then, than if you had been comfortable and independent. As for looking after you, that I knew would be useless ; and I immediately went to Mr. Masterton, to take his advice as to how I should proceed. Mr. Masterton had received your letter, and appeared to be very much annoyed. “ Very foolish boy,” said he, “but there is nothing that can be done now. He is mad, and that is all that can be said in his excuse. You must do as he tells you, I suppose, and try the best for yourself. I will help you in any way that I can, my poor fellow," said he, “ so don't cry." I went back to the house and collected together your papers, which I sealed up. I knew that the house was to be given up in a few days. I sold the furniture, and made the best I could of the remainder of your wardrobe, and other things of value that you had left ; indeed, every thing, with the exception of the dressing-case and pistols, which belonged to Major Carbonnell, and I thought you might perhaps some day like to have them."
“ How very kind of you, Timothy, to think of me in that way. I shall indeed be glad ; but no—what have I to do with pistols or silver dressing-cases now?, I must not have them, but still I thank you all the same."
“ The furniture and every thing else fetched 4301., after all expenses were paid.” : “ I am glad of it, Timothy, for your sake ; but I am sorry, judging by your present plight, that it appears to have done you but little
“ Because I did not make use of it, Japhet. What could I do with all that money? I took it to Mr. Masterton, with all your papers, and the dressing-case and pistols :-he has it now ready for you when you ask for it. He was very kind to me, and offered to do any thing for me, but I resolved to go in search of you. I had more money in my pocket when you went away than I generally have, and with the surplus of what you left for the bills, I had twelve or fourteen pounds. So I wished Mr. Masterton good-bye, and have ever since been on my adventures in search of my master.”
“ Not master, Timothy, say rather of your friend."
“ Well, of both if you please, Japhet; and very pretty adventures I have had, I assure you, and some very hair-breadth escapes.”
“ I think, when we compare notes, mine will be found the most eventful, Timothy ; but we can talk of them, and compare notes another time. At present, whom do you think I am residing with ?"
“ A Quaker, I presume."
“ You have guessed right so far; but who do you think that Quaker is ?”
“ There I'm at fault.” “ Mr. Cophagus."
At this intelligence Timothy gave a leap in the air, turned round on his heel, and tumbled on the grass in a fit of immoderate laughter. “ Cophagus !-a Quaker!" cried he at last. “Oh! I long to see him. Snuffle, snuffle-broad brims-wide skirts—and so on. Capital !"