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the carriage, and a page and a footman in the rumble.
My lady appeared very melancholy during the whole of the journey, and well she might, hurried thus from home at such an inclement time of the year, and without the comfort of a husband's company and protection. His lordship crossed the channel, however, in the same packet with us, having in the interval amused himself somewhere or other on the road. We had a tremendous passage. I could not avoid observing how much more alarmed Lord Kilcromar seemed to be during the tempest, than his delicate and gentle lady.
At length we landed on the pier at Dublin, and drove at once to the residence of the Honourable Mrs. Henbury, the aunt of Lady Kilcromar.
After a few days, dedicated to recovering himself from the effects of the rough passage, Lord Kilcromar started off, without deeming it at all necessary to state to his lady where he was going
We remained three weeks at Mrs. Henbury's without Lady Kilcromar receiving any intelligence from her truant lord. She was accustomed to this sort of treatment, but her aunt was highly indignant at his utter neglect of her excellent niece.
One evening I was kindly invited by the governess of Mrs. Henbury's daughter to accompany her and her young charge to the theatre. It was eleven o'clock when we returned home, and we were surprised to see a carriage and four standing at the door, and servants packing luggage upon it.
Entering the hall, I was informed that Lady Kilcromar had been expressing a wish to see me the moment I returned. I hurried up stairs, and as I opened the dressing-room door, what was my surprise to see Lord Kilcromar.
He was pacing up and down the room, and impatiently hurrying his lady, who was on her knees pushing some things into a trunk.
As soon as he saw me, he called out “Come, don't stand staring there, but lose not a moment in helping your lady to pack up."
I obeyed, and as I begged her to sit down while I would finish the box, I perceived that her eyes were swollen, while big tears continued streaming down her pale cheeks.
“ Come, come, don't be whimpering in this manner, but put on your bonnet, Lady Kilcromar. You know I have not a moment to lose."
She obeyed him, and then placing her hand on his arm, she said in a low and gentle voice, “Do oblige me, George, do pray let me take Theresa with me.”
“You are enough to provoke a saint, my lady,” replied her lord, in an angry tone; “] have told you once before, and I now tell you again, that she shall not go with you. I will take no one but James."
Lady Kilcromar saw that entreaties were useless, and her husband ringing the bell violently for a servant to take down the luggage, the man was followed by Mrs. Henbury, who looked exceedingly distressed and angry. “Surely, my lord,” she said, “ you cannot be in earnest in wishing your wife to go so long a journey without a proper female to accompany her.”
“I am in earnest,” answered his lordship roughly, and turning to his wife, said, “If you linger a moment longer, I go without you.”
This had the desired effect, the fond and timid wife giving her aunt a hasty embrace, and begging her to take care of mt, of whom she took a kind farewell, she hurried after her selfish lord, who had seated himself in the carriage, which instantly drove off at a rapid rate.
“ Brute !” exclaimed Mrs. Henbury, as she took her last look at the departing vehicle. “Poor dear Fanny, thou hast a hard lot.”
I was so astonished at the transactions of the last balf hour, that I felt quite bewildered, hardly knowing to whom I might venture to apply for information on the subject.
I returned to my chamber, where in about half an hour the governess joined me, having been sent by Mrs. Henbury to explain the cause of Lady Kilcromar's sudden departure.
It appeared that her lord had been fighting a duel, had killed his antagonist, and was flying from justice. He had not, however, told all when he hurriedly related to his agonized wife the above reasons for his hasty flight. He had, in addition, seduced the wife of his murdered friend, with whom he had been staying since our arrival in Ireland. The following morning we were roused by the officers of justice, who had traced Lord Kilcromar to Mrs. Henbury's house in Dublin. His lordship having had several hours' start of his pursuers, escaped with his faithful wife to France, but he eventually fell a victim to his profligacy. Two years afterwards he was himself killed in a duel. I believe no one but his fond wife felt the slightest regret for the loss of so thoroughly bad a man and faithless a husband.