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The first thing, however, which he did in the morning, was, to write an answer to Sophia, which he inclosed in one to Honour. He then dispatched another to lady Bellaston, containing the abovementioned excuse; and to this he soon received the following answer:

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I am vexed that I cannot see you here this afternoon, but more concerned for the occasion; 'take great care of yourself, and have the best advice, and I hope there will be no danger.—I am so tormented all this morning with fools, that I have scarce a moment's time to write to you. Adieu. · P.S. I will endeavour to call on you this

evening at nine.—Be sure to be alone.' Mr. Jones now received a visit from Mrs. Miller, who, after some formal introduction, began the following speech: 'I am very sorry, Sir, to wait upon you on such an occasion; but I hope you will consider the ill consequence which it must 'be to the reputation of my poor girls, if my house

should once be talked of as a house of ill fame. ' I hope you won't think me therefore guilty of

impertinence, if I beg you not to bring any more • ladies in at that time of night. The clock had * struck two before one of them went away.' 'I * do assure you, Madam,' said Jones, 'the lady who

was here last night, and who staid the latest (for • the other only brought me a letter) is a woman ' of very great fashion, and my near relation. I * don't know what fashion she is of,' answered Mrs. Miller, “but I am sure no woman of virtue, unless

a very near relation indeed, would visit a young gentleman at ten at night, and stay four hours : in his room with him alone; besides, Sir, the be

haviour of her chairmen shews what she was; for they did nothing but make jests all the evening ' in the entry, and asked Mr. Partridge, in the

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' hearing of my own maid, if Madam intended to

stay with his master all night; with a great deal 'of stuff not proper to be repeated. I have really a great respect for you, Mr. Jones, upon your own account, nay, I have a very high obligation

I 'to you for your generosity to my cousin. Indeed, 'I did not know how very good you had been till

lately. Little did I imagine to what dreadful 'courses the poor man's distress had driven him. · Little did I think when you gave me the ten gui

neas, that you had given them to a highwayman! • O heavens! What goodness have you shewn? ' Ilow have you preserved this family.--The · character which Mr. Allworthy hath formerly

given me of you, was, I find, strictly true.-And • indeed, if I had no obligation to you, my obliga* tions to him are such, that, on his account, I should shew you the utmost respect in my power. -Nay, believe me, dear Mr. Jones, if my daugh' ters and my own reputation were out of the case, • I should, for your own sake, he sorry that so pretty a young gentleman should converse with these women; but if you are resolved to do it, I niust beg you to take another lodging; for I do ' not myself like to have such things carried on * under my roof; but more especially upon the ' account of my girls, who have little, heaven knows, besides their characters, to recommend

them.' Jones started and changed colour at the name of Allworthy. Indeed, Mrs. Miller,' answered he a little warmly, 'I do not take this at all ' kind. I will never bring any slander on your , · house; but I must insist on seeing what company I please in my own room; and if that gives you any offence, I shall, as soon as I am able, look · for another lodging.' 'I am sorry we must part • then, Sir, said she; 'but I am convinced Mr. All'worthy himself would never come within my

doors, if he had the least suspicion of my keep‘ing an ill house.'--~Very well, Madam,' said

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Jones. I hope, Sir,' said she, ‘you are not an

gry; for I would not for the world offend any of • Álr. Allworthy's family. I have not slept a wink 'all night about this matter.'-—'I am sorry I ' have disturbed your rest, Madam,' said Jones, 'but I beg you will send Partridge up to me im

mediately; which she promised to do, and then with a very low courtesy retired.

As soon as Partridge arrived, Jones fell upon him in the most outrageous manner.— How often,' said he, ‘am I to suffer for your folly, or rather for

my own in keeping you? Is that tongue of yours ' resolved upon my destruction?'—What have "I done, Sir?' answered affrighted Partridge. • Who was it gave you authority to mention the story of the robbery, or that the man you saw here was the person??

‘I, Sir?' cries Partridge. 'Now don't be guilty of a falsehood in denying it, said Jones. If I did mention such a matter,

- ' answers Partridge, 'I am sure, I thought no harm: ' for I should not have opened my lips, if it had

not been to his own friends and relations, who, I 'imagined, would have let it go no farther.' ‘But • I have a much heavier charge against you,' cries Jones, 'than this. How durst you, after all the pre'cautions I gave you, mention the name of Mr. 'Allworthy in this house?' Partridge denied that he ever had, with many oaths. How else,' said Jones, “should Mrs. Miller be acquainted that there ' was any connection between him and me? And ' it is but this moment she told me, she respected 'me on his account.'-- O Lord, Sir,' said Partridge, “I desire only to be heard out; and to be 6 sure, never was any thing so unfortunate; hear me but out, and you will own how wrongfully you have accused me. When Mrs. Honour came down ' stairs last night, she met me in the entry, and

asked me when my master had heard from Mr. * Allworthy; and to be sure Mrs. Miller heard the very words; and the moment Madam Honour

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was gone, she called me into the parlour to her.' * Mr. Partridge,' says she, “what Mr. Allworthy is * that the gentlewoman mentioned ? Is it the great * Mr. Allworthy of Somersetshire?' Upon my ' word, Madam,' says I, “I know nothing of the

matter.' 'Sure,' says she, “your master is not 'the Mr. Jones I have heard Mr. Allworthy talk of?' 'Upon my word, Madam,' says I, I know nothing of the matter.? Then,' says she, turning to her daughter Nancy, says she, as sure as ten-pence this is the very young gentle‘man, and he agrees exactly with the 'squire's description. The Lord above knows who it was

told her: for I am the arrantest villain that ever 'walked upon two legs, if ever it came out of my mouth.- I promise you, Sir, I can keep a secret when I am desired. Nay, Sir, so far was I ' from telling her any thing about Mr. Allworthy, ' that I told her the very direct contrary; for though • I did not contradict it at that moment, yet, as 'second thoughts, they say, are best; so when I

came to consider that somebody must have in' formed her, thinks I to myself, I will put an end ' to the story; and so I went back again into the parlour some time afterwards, and says I, upon my word, says I, whoever, says I, told ' this gentleman was Mr. Jones; that is, says I, 'that this Mr. Jones was that Mr. Jones, told you a confounded lie: and I beg, says I, you will never mention any such matter, says I; for my master, says I, will think I must have told you so; and I defy any body in the house ever to say • I mentioned any such word. To be certain, Sir, 'it is a wonderful thing, and I have been thinking ' with myself ever since, how it was she came to 'know it; not but I saw an old woman here t'other

day a begging at the door, who looked as like “ her we saw in Warwickshire, that caused all that ‘mischief to us. To be sure it is never good to 'pass by an old woman without giving her some

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thing, especially if she looks at you; for all the ' world shall never persuade me but that they have a great power to do mischief, and to be sure I shall never see an old woman again, but I shall think to myself, Infandum, regina, jubes renovare dolorem.'

The simplicity of Partridge set Jones a laughing, and put a final end to his anger, which had indeed seldom any long duration in his mind; and instead of commenting on his defence, he told him he intended presently to leave those lodgings, and ordered him to go and endeavour to get him others.

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CHAP. IV. Which we hope will be very attentirely perused by

young People of both Sexes. PARTRIDGE had no sooner left Mr. Jones, than Mr. Nightingale, with whom he had now contracted a great intimacy, came to him, and after a short salutation, said, “So, Tom, I hear

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had company very late last night. Upon my soul, you are a happy fellow, who have not been in town ' above a fortnight, and can keep chairs waiting at

your door till two in the morning. He then ran on with much common-place raillery of the same kind, till Jones at last interrupted him, saying, “I

suppose you have received all this information ' from Mrs. Miller, who hath been up here a little ' while ago to give me warning. The good woman

is afraid, it seems, of the reputation of her daugh'ters.' "O! she is wonderfully nice,' says Nightingale, ' upon that account; if you remember, she

( would not let Nancy go with us to the masque'rade. Nay, upon my honour, I think she's in

the right of it,' says Jones; however, I have • taken her at her word, and have sent Partridge 'to look for another lodging.' 'If you will,' says Nightingale, we may, I believe, be again toge

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