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First Charles, was stoutly defended by the presence of numerous pigs, ducks, the royalist owner against a party of and fowls, who did their best to swell the Cromwell's men.

noisy chorus of clamorous voices. The modern wing of the Grange was all The farmer rode forward to give a the present Lady Randal's work. It was parting greeting to the young advenwell planned, well lighted, and covered turer. with splendid creepers to the very gable “So you are off now, I see, George ?” top. In the centre of the stonework over “ Yes; it is a hazardous experiment, the great projecting bow window, and but I am determined to try it." over the arched doorway, was the tradi- “ You are to get a famous salary, I tional wolf of the Randals, finely carved. hear ?”

George had lost sight of the Grange, A most liberal one, but that does not when an unaccountable feeling-did it tempt me. It is the opportunity I covet, originate in a doubt of the wisdom of the William, the opportunity, though I dare course he was adopting ?-led him to say you do not see its value.” turn aside from the straight path, and “ Well, I don't know.

You are return by a roundabout way to the bookish, and bookish men are not fit for vicinity of the new farm, now called the this sort of work,” waving his strong Holm Moss Farm, that a few weeks back right arm, so as to indicate the farming he had pointed out to Nelly as her future operations going on within his view. home.

“Father takes on sadly about it; but It was nearly finished, and a most what's the good of pinning a man down comfortable cheerful homestead it pro- to a life that don't suit his habits ? mised to be. The morning light rested None at all. Sooner or later he must lovingly upon it, and he found it difficult try to break loose--perhaps when he's to withdraw his gaze from a spot that so grown to be fit neither for one thing nor recently had been consecrated in his best. t'other. That's my way of looking at it, affections.

George; and I wish you all success up in What a change had his acquaintance Lunnon, where I never was, and never with Mr. Ferris wrought in his mind! care to be.” Previous to that, what inducement on “ Thank you,” said George, in a husky earth could have led him away from voice, shaking him by the hand. Nelly? All his hopes had been centred Nelly likes the town as well as you in her. To win her was the summit of do,” said the farmer; "she's none cut his ambition, and he had passed through out for a farming life, not she, no more a stormy sea of passionate emotions than thysel! So it may be all for the before he could gain her consent to share best that you give up the Holm Moss his lot in life.

yonder. I hope it may be all for the Yet here am I now deliberately best. I have done well here; and shall leaving her-the times of our meeting live and die, like my forefathers, on the in the future uncertain-and I know not old county soil, where I was born and how many of my rivals eager to distance bred. And your own brothers are pretty me in her favour! Am I doing right ? well of my mind. But you, George, or is there some fatal spell cast over me? always differed from us. You are the Should I lose her, where am I then ?" cleverest of us all, and you ought to turn

Sounds of laughter, of merry voices of out the most prosperous." men and boys, and bleating sheep, broke “I hope I shall,” said George, smiling,

reflections, and, moving but it was a very nervous smile; "and towards William Adams's well-stocked you must expect me to come down and farm, he presently came upon a lively fetch Nelly away in a carriage and four,

The stalwart farmer, on his best with white favours." black horse, was overlooking the shearing “ Bravo! That will be the style!" of his sheep, performed by a group of laughed the jovial farmer. “I will give labourers, assisted by boys and dogs, in the wedding dinner.”

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“Is that a promise ?” cried George. a jolly fine bride-cake, she shall never

“Yes, a promise; and a barrel of right cook for me again. So, farewell! Keep good ale will I have brewed for that up a bold heart, and a true one, my lad. occasion; and not a hand's turn of work Fear God, and honour the Queen, though shall any of my folk do that day, except she's but a little lassie yet.” to help to make merry. We'll have the “Farewell! and if you would be a di great barn cleared for the dancing in the friend to me, William, watch over your : evening; and if my wife doesn't make sister. You know, between ourselves, in

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difficult it is all the more necessary. If | possible to effect a change ?”—the quesa drowning man is just sinking for the tion returns. Certainly it is. Can we third time, not a moment ought to be think that God has put it out of the lost in plunging to his rescue. A person power of his rational creatures to rescue thrown accidentally into the middle of a themselves from degradation ? But if vast bog, is at first puzzled to determine you wish to change your homes and in what direction he shall strive to get families, you must first change yourselves. out, the bank being equally distant on Bethink yourselves that your wives and all sides; but who would hesitate to call children are not wholly to blame, As him a fool if he determined, on that ac- for the former, if you entertained these count, to remain in the bog.

high notions of domestic comfort when We know something of that large class you married them, you were either very of operatives whose personal and domes- blind or very imprudent to make choice tic condition has a strong moral resem- of persons so ill able to carry them out; blance to that of the man in the bog; but if you have acquired these notions we know, also, that many are dissatisfied by reflection and intercourse with other with it, that they are inwardly vexed men since your marriage, have you taken and sorry to think of their own igno- all likely means to instil them into the rance, and the wretchedness of their minds of your partners, whose oppor. homes. Often do they look round them tunities for improvement are necessarily with an aching heart; they are tormented less then yours? Here is the starting by a desire to see things different, but post of improvement,-a mutual underthey do not know where to begin. Some- standing between husband and wife, a times the very desire of improvement sort of holy alliance, based on affection, aggravates the evil; it makes them guided by knowledge, and aiming to propeevish and angry; they scold pell-mell, mote the welfare of themselves and their

“demonstration" at every fault, offspring both for this world and the with the addition perhaps of a weekly next. "blowing-up” for the general good. The We suppose this first step taken; not, effect of such a course is very evident. perhaps, the full establishment of this The wife soon entrenches herself in a conjugal compact, for so important a sense of injustice; the children, unable to piece of diplomacy must be the fruit of understand what can possess their well- time, but the first overtures made on the meaning, but hasty parent, lose no time part of the husband; what will be the in ranging themselves by her side. Thus second step? Yes. What else can be two parties are formed inside the house, done ? Our pen here must be content to one conservative, the other revolutionary, borrow facts, for the question is one and, as it happens in politics, both de- which can only be answered by a woman. structive. One has no wish to amend, Here is a fireside- -we see it while we the other wishes to amend, but knows write-so deeply are its happy images not how; and by his ill-timed measures | impressed upon our minds. The bell bas on behalf of an improved domestic con- rung for dinner, the factory "hands” are dition, renders its attainment impos- trooping out of the broad blue gatessible.

the cottage door opens, and happy chil. “But,” we hear at once from half a dren run to clasp the knees of their father. dozen voices, “What can we do ?” We Here are no make-shift preparations will tell you. In the first place, if you going on; the steak does not lie there can only fume and fret and scold, do raw upon the table, a child is not being nothing. It is bad enough for a man to hastily despatched for a quartern loaf. be smothered in a bog, but it is worse to The hearth does not resemble a Mount disappear in a paroxysm of useless rage- Vesuvius of ashes, with a crater of ex. if the sad end can be avoided, let him piring cinders at the top; brooms and labour to avoid it, but if not, let him brushes, shawls and bonnets, dust-rags wisely meet it with decency. “But is it and platters, do not bestrew the apart

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ment. On the contrary, everything wears possess, a dictionary and a copy of Shaks. an aspect of cleanliness, quietude, and peare, any man by giving one hour every comfort. Peep in again at the hour of evening to the task may soon read like a evening, when those welcome shades have clerk, and perhaps understand what he again dismissed the workman to his fire- reads better. But even this will not be side. There you are sure to find him; the last step. There is something higher first with his children playing their last than knowledge—there is religion, which game around his chair before yielding to is only another name for true wisdom. the standing orders of the house respect- A man who neglects the duties which he ing bed; and, when their prattlings are owes to himself, will not be very likely to hushed in slumber, in confidential chat remember those he owes to God. He with the partner of his joys and sorrows, who is indolent in what relates to this or perhaps half-buried in a book from world, cannot be expected to cast an eye which he reads now and then the more upon the concerns of a momentous future. interesting paragraphs for her amuse- On this subject we shall only request the ment. She has toiled hard all day, not reader to think seriously and practically only with her hands, but with her head, for himself; for ourselves we are conto secure this hour or two of leisure in vinced that true piety and a regular disthe evening-and she works daily, harder charge of the duties of religion, are very than he is aware; for how dull is 'mas- closely connected with every other kind culine understanding in all that pertains of excellence. to the management of a house ?—but When from any cause we are in cir

. then, as we have heard her say, with a cumstances of discomfort, our first im. husband so industrious, so cheerful, so pulse is to throw the blame on others, ór ever-indulgent, so willing to forego any to soothe ourselves by thinking of imacomfort for her happiness, a wife must be ginary remedies. After all, how much something more or less than a woman if has Providence put in our own power ; how she does not strain all her energies to little dependent are we for the essentials make him happy too.

of happiness upon any one except that But the second step wilt not be the influential but often-forgotten" Being, last. All who try will find that it is whose lodging-place is our own head and easier to go on than to begin. The more heart. How much, too, is it in the power they do in the way of domestic improve of any person to effect if he will only ment, the more easily will the work be seriously set to work. If the reader done. It is the habit of reflection, and per- should find in these remarks anything haps of dipping now and then into some suited to himself, will he permit useful book, which first makes them dis- urge him with all our might to go and satisfied with their low condition, and put the lesson in practice. We ask him the first result of any improvement in to do it for his own sake. It is a serions this respect will be the strengthening of thing for any man to live less rationally that habit. Books will become a neces- or less happily than he might do, and sary article of existence, just to the mind that for years. We ask him do 'so for what food is to the body. Perhaps they the sake of his wife and children. They cannot read, or but imperfectly; but are his second self, for whose welfare he they have a mind, and a mind, perhaps, has entered himself as bail in the sight which in point of native power is equal of earth and heaven. We ask him to do to that of the first statesman or philoso- so for the sake of society both present pher of the age. Not read! why reading and future, for he is one of its creatorsis just the understanding of the signs of he does something towards making the thought, and a person who can think moral world either better or worse, haphimself, and wishes to know the thoughts pier or more miserable. And, finally, we of others, will surely master them. With ask whether such powerful motives were five sound senses, such a judgment and ever yet presented to the mind of any memory as every good workman must man, and rejected without folly.

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MADAME DE STAEL'S MARRIAGE. sidered as ultra-romantic, it must be re

membered that whatever the general ideas At the age of eleven she was a forward on the subject, the changes which child. Her father's guests, who were preceded the Revolution introduced a some of the most distinguished men of greater freedom even in the matter of the day, such as Marmontel and the Baron marriage, and that about this time it was de Grimm, historians of another genera- much more customary than it had ever tion, took great notice of her. On one been to allow girls when of a reason. occasion the Abbé Raynal held her little able age to make a choice among their hands for a long time and talked to her as suitors. if she had been a woman; and, little These thronged around Madlle. Necker doubt, she answered him in the same with her eighty thousand pounds in cash strain. She amused herself, even at this and large expectancies; but as we have age, with writing comedies and tragedies, said, the religion was an obstacle with and, like every great writer, began her most. Among the Protestant vocation very early in life.

bers of the corps diplomatique was a But the girl grew into a woman. 'In young Swede, named Eric Magnus, Baron England, she might have come out early de Staël-Holstein. He was secretary to the as an authoress, have captivated a man Swedish embassy; he was

great faworthy of her mind, and been happy or vourite with Gustavus III. of Sweden, unhappy, according to the measure of her who encouraged his suit, and promised to dreams. In France she was spared the make him his ambassador on the first necessity of choosing. Probably, as vacancy, if he succeeded in winning the Necker's only daughter, she might have hand of the daughter of a powerful mihad an embarras de choix. Anyhow, nister like Necker; further, he was young she was not allowed to interfere in the and handsome ; and further, he had no matter.

quality, but an easy--too easy-temper Now Paris or France contained scores to recommend him. When we remember of men of good means, and good possi- the romantic, one may say sentimental, tion-nay, if the Neckers had cared for character of the author of “ Corinne” it, of rank—who would have been happy to and “Delphine;" when we find in her offertheir hands to the minister's daughter. works an almost English tone of feeling Will any one doubt it, when he is told in regard to domestic matters, we may that her dot was the enormous sum of well wonder that she should have coneighty thousand pounds, and reminded sented so easily to the proposition of her that the tenth part of that is considered father to marry a young man for whom a good marriage portion for a French girl she felt no kind of affection. But though even in the present day? But it was not some people have called Madame de Staël equally easy to find a young French Pro- more than half English, lookiug at her testant combining these advantages-for works, we have only to examine her life such the Neckers, with all their Calvinisin, to be persuaded that she was perfectly considered them; and indeed it may be French. She took a French view of the observed that worldliness and other-world- sacred bond of matrimony. Filial love liness often unite in the same individual. has always held a higher place in France One would have hoped from Necker, with than conjugal affection. Madlle. Neeker his love of English institutions, and from was wrapped up in her father, whom she Madame Necker, with her high Spartan regarded as the greatest man of his day, principles, that they, at least, would have and she accepted the husband he proposed regarded marriage in some nobler light as a matter of course. There was only than as a mere contract of mutual com- one condition to be made-he was never mercial benefit; and if any one plead that to ask her to leave France. To this this view of the sacred tie was so com- the young baron readily consented, and pletely that the whole French nation, that the marriage took place in 1786. to take any other would have been con

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