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We are equally surprised at this unexpected meeting. Your cousin is an acquaintance of mine, Mrs. Miller.'

An acquaintance !' cries the man. Oh, Heaven!'

Ay, an acquaintance,' repeated Jones, and an honoured acquaintance, too. When I do not love and honour the man who dares venture every thing to preserve his wife and children from instant destruction, may I have a friend capable of disowning me in adversity."

"O you are an excellent young man !' cries Mrs. Miller: Yes, indeed, poor creature! he hath ventured every thing.If he had not had one of the best of constitutions, it must have killed him."

Cousin, cries the man, who had now pretty well recovered himself, this is the angel from Heaven whom I meant. This is he to whom, be fore I saw you, I owed the preservation of my Peggy. He it was, to whose generosity every -comfort, every support, which I have procured for 'her, was owing. He is indeed the worthiest, bravest, noblest, of all human beings. O cousin, I have obligations to this gentleman of such a nature!'

Mention nothing of obligations,' cries Jones eagerly; not a word, I insist upon it, not a word!' .(meaning, I suppose, that he would not have him betray the affair of the robbery to any person)...

If, by the trifle you have received from me, I have preserved a whole family, sure pleasure was never bought so cheap.'

O, sir!' cries the man, I wish you could this instant see my house. If any person had ever a right to the pleasure you mention, I am convinced it is yourself. My cousin tells me, she acquainted you with the distress in which she found us. That, -sir, is all greatly removed, and chiefly by your goodness.My children have now a bed to lie on

and they have-they have-eternal blessings reward

you for it--they have bread to eat. My little boy is recovered, my wife is out of danger, and I am happy. All, all owing to you, sir, and my cousin here, one of the best of women. Indeed, sir, I must see you at my house. Indeed my wife must see you, and thank you. My children too must express their gratitude.--Indeed, sir, they are not without a sense of their obligation; but what is my feeling, when I reflect to whom I owe, that they are now capable of expressing their gratitude! O, sir! the little hearts, which you have warmed, had now been cold as ice without your assistance.'

Here Jones attempted to prevent the poor man from proceeding; but, indeed, the overflowing of his own heart would of itself have stopped his words. And now Mrs. Miller likewise began to pour forth thanksgivings, as well in her own name as in that of her cousin, and concluded with saying, She doubted not but such goodness would meet a glorious reward.'

Jones answered, He had been sufficiently rewarded already. Your cousin's account, madam,' said he, hath given me a sensation more pleasing than I have ever known. He must be a wretch who is unmoved at hearing such a story: how trans porting then must be the thought of having happily acted a part in this scene! If there are men who cannot feel the delight of giving happiness to others, I sincerely pity them, as they are incapable of tasting what is, in my opinion, a greater honour, a higher interest, and a sweeter pleasure, than the ambitious, the avaricious, or the voluptuous, man can ever obtain."

The hour of appointment being now come, Jones was forced to take a hasty leave, but not before he had heartily shaken his friend by the hand, and desired to see him again as soon as possible; promising, that he would himself take the first opportu. nity of visiting him at his own house. He then stepped into his chair, and proceeded to Lady Bel

laston's, greatly exulting in the happiness which he had procured to this poor family; nor could he forbear reflecting, without horror, on the dreadful consequences which must have attended them, had he listened rather to the voice of strict justice than to that of mercy, when he was attacked on the high road.

Mrs. Miller sung forth the praises of Jones during the whole evening, in which Mr. Anderson, while he stayed, so passionately accompanied her, that he was often on the very point of mentioning the circumstances of the robbery. However, he luckily recollected himself, and avoided an indiscretion, which would have been so much the greater, as he knew Mrs. Miller to be extremely strict and nice in her principles. He was likewise well ap prised of the loquacity of this lady; and yet such was his gratitude, that it had almost got the better both of discretion and shame, and made him publish that, which would have defamed his own character, rather than omit any circumstances which might do the fullest honour to his benefactor.


MR. Jones was rather earlier than the time ap

pointed, and earlier than the lady; whose ar rival was hindered, not only by the distance of the place where she dined, but by some other cross accidents, very vexatious to one in her situation of mind. He was accordingly shown into the drawingroom, where he had not been many minutes before the door opened, and in came-no other than Sophia herself, who had left the play before the end of the first act; for this, as we have already said, being a new play, at which two large parties met, the one to damn, and the other to applaud, a violent aproar, and an engagement between the two parties,

had so terrified our heroine, that she was glad to put herself under the protection of a young gentle. man, who safely conveyed her to her chair.

As Lady Bellaston had acquainted her that she should not be at home till late, Sophia, expecting to find no one in the room, came hastily in, and went directly to a glass, which almost fronted her, without once looking towards the upper end of the room, where the statue of Jones now stood motionless. In this glass it was, after contemplating her own lovely face, that she first discovered the said statue; when instantly turning about, she perceived the reality of the vision: upon which she gave a violent scream, and scarce' preserved herself from fainting, till Jones was able to move to her, and support her in his arms.

To paint the looks or thoughts of either of these lovers is beyond my power. As their sensations, from their mutual silence, may be judged to have been too big for their own utterance, it cannot be supposed that I should be able to express them; and the misfortune is, that few of my readers have been enough in love to feel by their own hearts what passed at this time in theirs.

After a short pause, Jones, with faltering accents, said. I see, madam, you are surprised.' Surprised!' answered she; Oh heavens! indeed, I am surprised. I almost doubt whether you are the person you seem. Indeed,' cries he, my Sophia-pardou me, madam, for this once calling you so---I am that very wretched Jones, whom fortune, after so many disappointments, hath, at last, kindly conducted to you. Oh! my Sophia, did you know the thousand torments I have suffered in this long, fruitless pursuit.' Pursuit of whom?" said Sophia, a little recollecting herself, and assuming a reserved air. Can you be so cruel to ask that question? cries Jones. Need I say, of you? Of me!' auswered Sophia: hath Mr. Jones then any such im portant, business with me? To some, madam,"

cries Jones, this might seem an important busi ness,' (giving her the pocket-book.) I hope, ma dam, you will find it of the same value, as when it was lost.' Sophia took the pocket book, and was going to speak, when he interrupted her, thus:--Let us not, I beseech you, lose one of these precious moments which fortune hath so kindly sent us. O, my Sophia! I have business of a much. superior kind. Thus, on my knees, let me ask your pardon. My pardon,' cries she: sure, sir, after what is passed---you cannot expect after what I have heard' I scarce know what I say,' answered Jones. By Heavens! I scarce wish you should pardon me. O, my Sophia! henceforth never cast away a thought on such a wretch as I am. If any remembrance of me should ever intrude to give a moment's uneasiness to that tender bosom, think of my unworthiness; and let the remembrance of what passed at Upton blot me for ever from your mind.'

Sophia stood trembling all this while. Her face was whiter than snow, and her heart was throbbing through her stays. But at the mention of Upton, a blush arose in her cheeks, and her eyes, which before she had scarce lifted up, were turned upon Jones with a glance of disdain. He understood this silent reproach, and replied to it thus: O, my Sophia! my only love! you cannot hate or despise me more for what happened there, than I do myself: but yet do me the justice to think, that my heart was never unfaithful to you--that had no share in the folly I was guilty of: it was even then unalterably yours. Though I despaired of possessing you, nay, almost of ever seeing you more, I doated still on your charming idea, and could seriously love no other woman. But if my heart had not been engaged, she, into whose company I acci dentally fell at that cursed place, was not an object of serious love. Believe me, my angel, I have never seen her from that day to this; and never intend, or desire, to see her again.' Sophia, in her

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