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again! Papa, do let me bave one ride with second letter, which arrived in Hollingford you! Please do. I am sure we can man- the very day before Mrs. Gibson was to reage it somehow."

turn. They had settled between themAnd * somehow" it was managed. selves that two letters would show the right “ Somehow” all Molly's wishes came to amount of good feeling and proper underpass; there was only one little drawback to standing in the Gibson family: more would this week of holiday and happy intercourse have been extravagant; only one would with her father. Everybody would ask them have been a mere matter of duty. There out to tea. They were quite like bride aud had been rather a question between Miss bridegroom; for the fact was, that the late Browning and Miss Phæbe as to which perdinners which Mrs. Gibson had introduced son the second letter (supposing it came) into her own house, were a great inconve- was to be addressed. It would be very nience in the calculations of the small tea- conjugal to write twice to Mr. Gibson ; and drinking; at Hollingford. How ask people yet it would be very pretty if Molly came to tea at six, who dined at that hour ? in for her share. How, when they refused cake and sand- “ You've had another letter, you say, my wiches at half past eight, how induce other dear," asked Miss Browning. “I dare say people who were really hungry to commit Mrs. Gibson has written to you this time?” a vulgarity before those calm and scornful “ It is a large sheet, and Cynthia has eyes ? So there had been a great lull of in- written on one half to me, and all the rest vitations for the Gibsons to Hollingford tea- is to papa.” parties. Mrs. Gibson, whose object was to “ A very nice arrangement, I am sure. squeeze herself into “county society,” had And what does Cynthia say? Is she enjoytaken this being left out of the smaller fes- ing herself ?” tivities with great equanimity; but Molly Oh, yes, I think so. They have had a missed the kind homeliness of the parties io dinner-party, and one night when mamma which she had gone from time to time as was at Lady Cumnor's, Cynthia went to the long as she could remember; and though, play with her cousins.” as each three-cornered note was brought in, “Upon my word! and all in one week ? she grumbled a little over the loss of I do call that dissipation. Why, Thursday another charming tête-à-tête with her fath- would be taken up with the journey, and er, she really was glad to go again in the Friday with resting, and Sunday is Sunday old way among old friends. Miss Browning all the world over; and they must have and Miss Phæbe were especially compassion- written on Tuesday: Well! 'I hope Cynate towards her in her loneliness. If they thia won't find Hollingford dull, that's all, had had their will she would have dined when she comes back.” there every day; and she had to call upon “I don't think it's likely,” said Miss Phethem very frequently in order to prevent be, with a little simper and a knowing look, their being hurt at her declining the din- which sate oddly on her kindly innocent ners. Mrs. Gibson wrote twice during her face. “ You see a great deal of Mr. Presweek's absence to her husband. That piece ton, don't you, Molly !” of news was quite satisfactory to the Miss “Mr. Preston!” said Molly, flushing up Brownings, who had of late months held with surprise. “No! not much. He's been themselves a great deal aloof from a house at Ashcombe all winter, you know! He where they chose to suppose that their pres- has but just come back to settle here. ence was not wanted. In their winter eve- What should make you think so !” pings they had often talked over Mr. Gib- “Oh! a little bird told us," said Miss son's household, and having little besides Browning Molly knew that little bird conjectures to go upon, they found the sub- from her childhood, and had always hated ject interminable, as they could vary the it, and longed to wring its neck. Why possibilities every day. One of their won- should not people speak out and say that ders was how Mr. and Mrs. Gibson really they did not mean to give up the name of got on together; another was whether Mrs. their informant ? But it was a very favourGibson was extravagant or not. Now two ite form of fiction with the Miss Brownings, letters during the week of her absence and to Miss Phæbe it was the very acme of showed what was in those days considered wit. a very proper amount of conjugal affection. “ The little bird was flying about one day Yet not too much — at elevenpence half- in Heath Lane, and it saw Mr. Preston and penny postage. A third letter would have a young lady — we won't say who — walkbeen extravagant. Sister looked to sister ing together in a very friendly manner,

that with an approving nod as Molly named the is to say, he was on horseback; but the path




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is raised above the road, just where there is up, for by the striking of the church clock the little wooden bridge over the brook”. she had just found out that it was later than

“ Perhaps Molly is in the secret, and we she had thought, and she knew that her faought not to ask her about it,” said Miss ther would be at home by this time. She bent Phæbe, seeing Molly's extreme discomfiture down and kissed Miss Browning's grave and and annoyance.

passive face. " It can be no great secret,” said Miss How you are growing, Molly!” said Browning, dropping the little bird formula, Miss Phæbe, anxious to cover over her sisand assuming an air of dignified reproval ter's displeasure." As tall and as straight at Miss Phæbe's interruption, “for Miss as a poplar-tree !” as the old song says. Hornblower says Mr. Preston owns to be- “ Grow in grace, Molly, as well as in ing engaged "

good looks !” said Miss Browning, watching " At any rate it is not to Cynthia, that I her out of the room. As soon as she was know positively,” said Molly with some ve- fairly gone, Miss Browning got up and shut hemence. “ And pray put a stop to any the door quite securely, and then sitting down such reports; you don't know what mis. near her sister, she said, in a low voice, chief they may do. I do so hate that kind " Phæbe, it was Molly herself that was of chatter!” It was not very respectful of with Mr. Preston in Heath Lane that day Molly to speak in this way, to be sure, but when Mrs. Goodenough saw them togethshe thought only of Roger; and the distress er!” any such reports might cause, should he ev- “Gracious goodness me!” exclaimed er hear of them (in

the centre of Africa !) Miss Phæbe, receiving it at once as gospel. made her colour up scarlet with vexation. How do


know? “ Heighty-teighty! Miss Molly! don't “By putting two and two together. Did you remember that I am old enough to be you not notice how red Molly went, and your mother, and that it is not pretty beha- then pale, and how she said she knew for a viour to speak so to us — - to me! • Chatter' fact that Mr. Preston and Cynthia Kirkto be sure. Really, Molly

patrick were not engaged ?" “I beg your pardon,” said Molly, only “ Perbaps not engaged; but Mrs. Goodhalf-penitent.

enough saw them loitering together, all by " I daresay you did not mean to speak so their own two selves" to sister,” said Miss Phæbe, trying to make " Mrs. Goodenough only crossed Heath peace.

Lane at the Shire Oak, as she was riding in Molly did not answer all at once. She her phæton,” said Miss Browning, sentencounted to explain how much mischief tiously. “ We all know what a coward she might be done by such reports.

is in a carriage, so that most likely she had * But don't you see,” she went on, still only half her wits about her, and her eyes are flushed by vexation,“ how bad it is to talk none of the best when she is standing steady of such things in such a way ? Supposing on the ground. Molly and Cynthia have one of them cared for some one else, and got their new plaid shawls just alike, and that might happen, you know; Mr. Preston, they trim their bonnets alike, and Molly is for instance, may be engaged to some one grown as tall as Cynthia since Christmas. else ?"

was always afraid she'd be short and stum* Molly! I pity the woman! Indeed I py, but she's now as tall and slender as any do. I have a very poor opinion of Mr. one need be. I'll answer for it, Mrs. GoodPreston," said Miss Browning, in a warning enough saw Molly, and took her for Cyntone of voice; for a new idea had come into thia." her head.

When Miss Browning "answered for it” Well, but the woman, or young lady, Miss Phæbe gave up doubting. She sate would not like to hear such reports about sometime in silence revolving her thoughts. Mr. Preston."

Then she said : “ Perlaps not. But for all that, take my “ It would not be such a very bad match word for it, he's a great flirt, and young after all

, sister.” She spoke very meekly, ladies had better not have much to do with awaiting her sister's sanction to her opinhim.”

ion. “ I daresay it was all accident their meet- “ Phæbe, it would be a bad match for ing in Heath Lane," said Miss Phæbe. Mary Preston's daughter. If I had known

“I know nothing about it," said Molly, what I know now we'd never have had him " and I daresay I have been impertinent, to tea last September.” only please don't talk about it any more. I Why, what do you know now ? ” asked have my reasons for asking you." She got Miss Phæbe.


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“ Miss Hornblower told me many things; man may take too much wine occasionally, some that I don't think you ought to hear, without being a drunkard. Don't let me Phæbe. He was engaged to a very pretty hear you using such coarse words, Phæbe !” Miss Gregson, at Henwick, where he comes Miss Phæbe was silent for a time after from; and her father made inquiries, and this rebuke. heard so much that was bad about him, that Presently she said, “I do hope it was not he made his daughter break off the match, Molly Gibson.” and she's dead since !"

“ You may hope as much as you like, but “ How shocking!” said Miss Phæbe, du- I'm pretty sure it was. However, we'd betly impressed.

ter say nothing about it to Mrs. Good“ Besides, he plays at billiards and he bets enough; she has got Cynthia into her head, at races, and some people do say he keeps and there let her rest. Time enough to set race-horses."

reports afloat about Molly when we know “ But is not it strange that the earl keeps there's some truth in them. Mr. Preston him on as his agent ?

might do for Cynthia, who's been brought “ No! Perhaps not. He's very clever up in France, though she has such pretty about land, and very sharp in all law af- manners; but it may have made her not fairs; and my Lord is not bound to take particular. He must not, and he shall not, notice - if indeed he knows — of the man- have Molly, if I go into church and forbid ner in which Mr. Preston talks when he has the banns myself; but I'm afraid — I'm taken too much wine."

afraid there's something between her and * Taken too much wine. Oh, sister, is he him. We must keep on the look-out, Phea drunkard ? and we have had him to tea!” be. I'll be her guardian angel, in spite of

“ I did not say he was a drunkard, Phee- herself.” be," said Miss Browning, pettishly. “ A



And yet, 'tis well. If we can name a thing, As musing through the garden walks I go,

We name it and pass on to what is next; Amidst a blaze of flowers (those sweet earth. But, having not this substitute to bring, flames),

Are by the wonder fixed.
I often feel it as my loss to know
So little of their names.

When heaven grows dim, and faith seeks to reI know the lily, and I know the rose;

Its image of our everlasting dower, Lad's-love and wallflower - very little more ;

I know no arguments so sweet as through Nothing but what the hunble cotiage grows

The blossom of a flower: In plots before the door.

A wicket.gate to heaven — whereof death The peppermint that scents the shady nook, Is the great entrance closed to mortal eyes

The honeysuckle tangling round the porch And, from the little portals, that sweet breathe
Yes, and the ancient thyme our grandmas took The air of paradise !
On Sabbath to the church.

For surely it is spirit that entreats
I know the gorse and heather of the moors, Sweet recognition of the spirit thus ;
The bluebell and daisy of the leas,

Something mysteriously divine that meets Its purple cousin of the cliffy shores,

Divinity in us. That loves the salt sea-breeze,

Among the garden-flowers, bee-like, I glide ; But myriad beauties of the garden, and

And though their names to me sealed letters Those breathers of the glass-encompassed air, prove, I cannot name - can only gazing stand They have a speech that never is denied As in a thinking prayer.

To hearts that simply love.


From the Spectator. Sir Francis, 12th September, 1810, succeedTHE BARINGS. *

ed him in the baronetcy, then withdrew

from the house. Henry, the third son, was A new family at last! In the long roll passionately devoted to gambling, and was of houses whose rise we have described

so successful in it that he several times broke 'there are many who owe their original great- the

Entreprise Générale des Jeux” at ness to trade, but among the political fami- Paris. But some scandal being created by lies of the land, the men who fill Cabinets

of the heads of such an establishment and are thought of for high office, there is but this one belonging strictly to the order as the Barings passing night after night in

the great gambling-houses, an understandof merchant princes. The earliest ancestor ing was come to for his withdrawal from the to whom they can be traced is Peter Baring, firm. Alexander Baring, the second son, who lived between the years 1660 and 1670 who thus remained at the head of the merat Gröningen, in the Dutch province of cantile establishment, was born 27th OctoOveryssel, the same province which pro- ber, 1774. He received a portion of his duced the ducal house of the Bentincks. education in Hanover, and completed it in One of his descendants, Francis Baring, England. He commenced his mercantile was pastor of the Lutheran Church at

career in the house of Messrs. Hope, where Bremen, and in his clerical capacity came over to London. His son John Baring Mr. Peter Cæsar Labouchere (who became

a friendship sprang up-between him and being well acquainted with cloth-making, a partner in that house), which led to the settled at Lark beer, in Devonshire, and marriage of the latter in 1796 to Alexander there set up an establishment for that manu- Baring's sister Dorothy. Their eldest son is facture. He married Elizabeth, daughter the present Lord Taunton. When the of John Vowler, Esq., of Bellair, and had Messrs. Hope returned to England in consefour sons and a daughter. The eldest son, quence of the occupation of Holland by the John, and the third son, Francis, established French under Pichegru, Alexander Baring themselves under the firm of John and left the house, and determined to visit the Franeis Baring at London, originally with United States of America. At his depara view of facilitating their father's trade in ture his father confined his advice to two disposing of his goods, and to be in a posi- recommendations, - one of which was to tion to import the raw material required, purchase no uncultivated land, and the other such as wool, dye-stuffs, &c., themselves not to marry a wife there. The reasons be directly from abroad. The elder brother

gave for this advice were that uncultivated afterwards withdrew, and retired to Exeter, lands can be more readily bought than sold and the house passed under the firm name again, and a wife is best suited to the home of Francis Baring, and afterwards under in which she was brought up, and cannot be that of Baring Brothers and Co., and rose formed or trained a second time. However, gradually to the highest commercial rank. Alexander Baring had not passed one year Francis Baring was born April 18, 1740, in the United States before he forgot both and became the intimate friend of Lord points of his father's advice. He purchased Shelburne, and his adviser in financial inat- large tracts of land in the western part of ters during his Ministry. The Minister the State of Pennsylvania, and laid out a styled him the “ Prince of Merchants,” and not inconsiderable capital (100,000 dols. at such was his recogpized ability and influence the least) in the then Territory and now in that capacity that William Pitt was glad State of Maine, under the annexed condito conciliate him by a baronetcy. (May 29, tion of bringing a number of settlers thither 1793). He married in 1766 Harriet, daugh- within a certain term of years. He also ter of William Herring, Esq., of Croydon, married, in 1798, Anna, eldest daughter of cousin and co-heiress of Thomas Herring, Mr. William Bingham, of Philadelphia, who Archbishop of Canterbury, and by her had was at that time considered the richest man five sons and five daughters. His three eld- in the United States, and was a member of est sons, Thomas, Alexander, and Henry the Senate. On the death of her father entered, into the London establishment. his wife brought Mr. Baring a fortune of The eldest, Thomas, who on the death of 900,000 dols. The house of Baring now

entered on monetary operations on a gigan[* We are indebted for the principal part of our tic scale and of European importance. In information respecting the early history of this family to Mr. Vincent Notte's “ Fifty Years in Both 1818 Alexander Baring was enabled to perHemispheres; or, Reminiscences of a Merchant's form a great national service to France. Life" (1851), the facts detailed in which are under. His house had taken a loan for that Governstood to have been submitted to the revision of the late Lord Ashburton.]

ment of 27,238,938 francs 5 per cent. rente,




at 67 francs, and thereby had freed Franceford, and sat for several years, but did not from the intended cordon of Russian, Prus- succeed in making any political position, sian, and Austrian armies of 50,000 each for being a bad speaker, and inheriting a five years. But the Paris Bourse received natural stutter from his father. He marsome severe blows by the fall of the State ried in 1833 Clare Hortensė, daughter of paper from 67 to 58. The cause of this was Maret, Duke of Bassano, Napoleon's first a fall of 30 per cent. in the price of goods Secretary of State, and settling at Paris, which accompanied the sudden reduction of bought one of the most magnificent resifour millions of pounds sterling in the Eng; dences on the Place Vendôme for 1,600,000 lish paper circulation on the part of the francs, and has just (1864) succeeded to the Bank of England, and numerous mad specu- family peerage of Ashburton. It was the lations in the London and Paris funds. The death of Mr. Holland, the manager of the loan taken by Baring and Co. was concluded Barings, that brought about in 1825 a conin two portions, one of 14,925,500 francs at siderable change in the composition of the 66 francs 50 centimes, and the other of 12, mercantile firm. John, third son of Sir 313,438 francs at 67. The rente fell to 58 Thomas Baring (elder brother of Alexanfrancs before the contracting parties had der Baring), had, two years before this time, the last portion in their hands. The whole formed a commission-house in partnership Paris Bourse was violently agitated, the con- with Mr. Joshua Bates, of Boston, under tractors saw that under such circumstances the firm of Bates & Baring. John Baring the strength was lacking to sustain so heavy had brought into this firm 20,0001., and Mr. an emission of State paper, and that there Bates about as much. Mr. Bates's ability would be any number of failures in case so and experience now led (on the advice of large an additional sum were put in circula- Mr. Labouchere) to an arrangement by tion. Pretty nearly everybody lost their which the firm of' Bates & Baring was dispresence of mind except Alexander Baring. solved, and those gentlemen entered the He persuaded the Duc de Richelieu to house of Baring & Co. At the same time annul the contract for the last half of the Mr. Thomas Baring, second son of Sir loan, and prevailed on the bankers associated Thomas Baring, who had entered the house with him to relinquish it on their part. Mr. of Hope, at Amsterdam, but had found there Baring on this occasion brought, it is said, no occupation suited to his talent and busithe money power which he possessed over ness spirit, also entered the London_house the plenipotentiaries at the Congress of Aix, of which his uncle, Mr. Alexander Baring

Metternich, Nesselrode, Hardenberg, &c., was the head. In 1828 Alexander Baring, to bear on Richelieu to induce him to con- who had now devoted himself to politics, sent to this measure.

resolved to retire from the house he had By his American wife Alexander Baring hitherto conducted, and his son-in-law, Mr. bad four sons, the second of whom, Francis, Humphrey St. John Mildmay, entered it. born in May, 1800, the favourite of his There were thus five associates in the house father and mother, was intended by the - Francis Baring, H. St. John Mildmay, former to follow in his footsteps, and become Joshua Bates, and the two brothers, Thomas the leading spirit of the firm in the next and John Baring: No business was to be generation. With this purpose he was in- entered into without the assent of three troduced into the London house, and allowed partners, and as it was foreseen that the son to transact several important matters in and son-in-law of Alexander Baring would America and elsewhere on his own responsi- be likely to vote together, leaving to Mr. bility. But although described as being Bates the casting vote, an arrangement was of a fine, manly, independent character, and made by which Francis and John Baring generally liked, he had not the judgment were removed from all participation in any to conduct mercantile enterprises, and was new business, and were to be called upon so unlucky in all his speculations that at last, for their votes only when the active managwhile retaining the nominal headship of the ers — Thomas Baring, Mildmay, and Bates firm, it was reduced by a new arrangement could not agree. The real head of the and his own disposition to a merely nominal commercial house is now Mr. Thomas Barpartnership, He once bought all the land ing, who has for several years represented round the lake in which the city of Mexico Huntingdon in Parliament, and attached stands, and his bills were honoured by his himself strongly to the Tory party, though father, who, however, prevailed on the Mexi- always declining to accept office on the plea can Government to cancel the contract as of his commercial engagements. dangerous to the military security of the During his lifetime Alexander Baring was capital. He entered Parliament for Thet- one, at any rate, of the heads of the political


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