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while.' The man was not unwilling to oblige me, and got down to help me in,

“ I never had seen poverty and misery till this moment; I never had an idea of the degree of wretchedness which the laws of England permit a set of men called parish officers to inflict upon the poor. I will not shock you, my dear friend, with a description of the wretched state of these poor creatures, a woman and three helpless children-Of their disease I could not know much, but it seemed to me to arise from poverty and want of necessary food. The little afsistance I could give them on our melancholy way was but their due ; for how dreadful was the peril from which their chancing to pass had saved me! I arrived once more at Skipton, and returned to the inn, from whence I had gone

with the wretch Darnell, on his promise to restore me to my mother.'

The entrance of Glenmorris now occafioned an interruption; and Delmont

seeing

seeing Medora much affected at his melancholy looks (which too truly told that he had heard nothing of her mother) he would not suffer her to continue her narrative till the following day, when Glenmorris again going out on the same anxious enquiry, Delmont listened with eagerness to its continuance.

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C H A P. XI.

Speranza mia cára non ti ho ferdúto, vedro

il t’uo fembiánte, i tuoi abiti, la tua ombra; ti amero, telo dirò a te fteffo. Quali sono i torménti a cui úna tal felicità non ripári?

AS

s I was now," said Medora, “in

the house of a person who had before shewn every disposition to protect me, and who now was willing to promote my safe return to London by a conveyance she pointed out, I endeavoured to calm my spirits, and to recover the terror and fatigue I had undergone, before I began my journey, which it was determined I should do by a coach, on the driver of which Mrs. Tarbat said she could rely, and which was to set out at eleven o'clock the next night from her house, coming from a more northern town to London; I therefore obtained some repose during that night, and

the

the next day, on the evening of which I was to depart, I employed myself in writing a narrative of what had happened to me since I was cheated into quitting the hotel, and I anticipated the fatisfaction it would give to my mother and to you, my dear friend, when you found that I had 'exerted in some degree, and as I hoped successfully, fortitude which did not discredit her instructions and your confidence."

“ In this occupation, which I found tranquillised my mind, I employed myself till towards evening, then having occafion for some more writing materials, and no one answering my bell, I ventured along an open gallery, which was carried Found in the inn yard, to call a fervant, when casting my eyes towards the bar windows, which were open, and opposite the place where I stood, I faw a gentleman who struck me as being so like you, Delmont, that my astonishment, mingled with doubt, with hope, and fear, hardly left

me

me the power of moving. I looked steadily at the person; his back was towards me; but he moved a few paces, and his air, his walk, were surely your's. At that moment one of the housemaids paffed me; I eagerly enquired of her if she knew who that gentleman was ?

-Oh! yes Miss,' answered the girl, “ It is one Squire Delmont, as his farvents have been a telling below; he's come out of Ireland, and is a going up to London, He only stops a bit here. This was enough for me to hear I confidered no farther-To me there was only one Del. mont in the world—I ran down stairs, and exclaiming, Delmont, my dear, dear friend! I took the arm of him whom I believed to be that dear friend with the familiarity my mother's approbation had authorised; with all the trembling earneftness so naturally inspired by the delight of seeing you again, and of knowing with what joy you would afford me that protection which would end my perils and

my fears. Ah! judge then how se.

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