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“it is yourself. My cousin tells me, she acquaint‘ed you with the distress in which she found us. “That, Sir, is all greatly removed, and chiefly by your goodness. Viy 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 reco'vered; my wife is out of danger, and I am happy. All, all owing to you, Sir, and to my cousin here, one of the best of women. Indeed, Sir, I must

I 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 beart 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 re' warded 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 transporting 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.

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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 opportunity of visiting him at his own house. He then stept into his chair, and proceeded to lady Bellaston'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 apprised 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 pub, lish that which would havędefamed his own character, rather than omit any circumstances which might do the fullest honour to his benefactor.

CHAP. XI. In which the Reader will be surprised. MR. Jones was rather earlier than the time ap; pointed, and earlier than the lady; whose arrival 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 shewn into the draw.

ing-room, 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 uproar, 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 gentleman, 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 past at this time in theirs. After a short pause, Jones, with faltering ac

"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, pardon me, Madam, for this once

calling you so, I am that very wretched Jones, ! whom fortupe, after so many disappointments,

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hath, at last, kindly conducted to you. Oh! my 'Sophia, did you know the thousand torments I

have suffered in this long, fruitless pursuit.'—'Pur'suit 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?' answered Sophia: Hath Mr, Jones then any such important business ' with me?' “To some, Madam,' cries Jones, this

might seem an important business,' (giving her the pocket-book.) 'I hope, Nadam, 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 be.

seech 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 past, 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 ! lienceforth 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 remem'brance of what past 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 bate or despise me more for what happened there, than I 'do myself: but yet dome the justice to think, that 'my heart was never unfaithful to you. That had

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i 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 com

pany I accidentally 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 heart

, was very glad to hear this; but forcing into her face an air of more coldness than she had yet assuined; Why,' said she, 'Mr. 'Jones, do you take the trouble to make a defence ' where you are not accused ? If I thought it worth while to accuse you, I have a charge of unpardonable nature indeed.' What is it, for heaven's

sake?' answered Jones, trembling and pale, expecting to hear of his amour with lady Bellaston,

Oh,' said shie,“ how is it possible! can every thing noble, and every thing base, be lodged together in the same bosom?' Lady Bellaston, and the ignominious circumstance of having been kept, rose again in his mind, and stopt his mouth from any reply. Could I have expected,' proceeded Sophia, *such treatment from you? Nay, from any gentleman, from any man of honour? To have my name traduced in public; in inns, among the ' meanest vulgar! to have any little favours that

my unguarded heart may have too lightly be'trayed me to grant, boasted of there ! nay, even 'to hear that you had been forced to fly from my • love!'

Nothing could equal Jones's surprise at these words of Sophia; but yet, not being guilty, he was much less embarrassed how to defend himself, than if she had touched that tender string, at which his conscience had been alarmed. By some examination he presently found, that her supposing him guilty of so shocking an outrage against his love,

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