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pected event from the weak state of her health. I dont know he will choose to leave the house again, under such circumstances, though none of us can have a doubt respecting the affectionate willingness of his mind.
Sir Thos. Why, I am told, Mr. Lovely stands very high in the Judge's favour, on account of his excellent character, and engaging conduct; and as it is the same Judge who favoured me with a visit when he went this circuit on the last summer assizes, I will venture to write myself on the behalf of these unhappy creatures. I know the Judge to be a very considerate and merciful man : he will be glad to hear of any circumstances which lessens their guilt.
Wor. Well then Mr. Littleworth, that no time may be lost, we will write directly, and state these favourable circumstances, and send the letters by this night's post.
Far. O Sir! but if young 'Squire Lovely should be called from home, or the letter should miscarry, had I not better send my dear child Harry with the letters?
Wor. It will be certainly the safest, and at the same time it will look more respectful. And if our worthy Minister could go too, it would be the better still.
Loveg. Oh Sir! you are for sending me upon every errand.
Wor. Because no one is so fit. And I am sure it would be a great satisfaction to Mr. Henry Littleworth, if you could but attend him with your counsel and advice.
Far. Aye, that it would, and I am sure he will sadly need such company. Dear child! what must he feel, when he goes to see those poor creatures in irons, and locked up in a goal like so many wild beasts, when he recollects what a wicked blade he was, before he felt the converting grace of God in his own heart. [To Mr. Lovegood.] And oh Sir! what a blessing it might be to the souls of these poor
thoughtless creatures, now they have brought themselves into such trouble, if you could but go and tell them of the free grace and mercy of Jesus Christ to poor perishing sinners, and how blessedly he can change their hearts.
Looeg. Oh Mr. Littleworth, your son will know how to talk upon that subject from his own experience better than I should.
Wor. Well I find at times, we must come to a point with you directly. It is now Monday, and Saturday being the market-day, is the appointed time for their execution; therefore not an hour can be lost. I shall send for a chaise from Mapletov, and you shall both be off by six o'clock to-morrow morning, that you may if possible see Mr. Lovely by noon: we will this very evening draw up the petition, Sir Thomas, and I will sign it: and I am sure Mr. Lovely will take it immediately to the Judge, if possible : perhaps he will have to follow him some way through the circuit, though I dare say he'll soon overtake him.
Loveg. Indeed Sir, you put too much upon me.
Wor. No Sir, nor half enough. I know the defects of your disposition better than you know them yourself: your modesty and diffidence cramp your zeal, and limit your usefulness; how wrong you did in resisting the overtures of Mr. Lovely, to be his Sheriff's Chaplain, though he has certainly fixed on a very proper person, in appointing young Mr. Brightman to that office.
Loveg. Ah Sir! if there had not been a Mr. Brightman in the case, I might have accepted the appointment: and you know how well he can perform the office.
Wor. I believe, whenever you are appointed to a Bishoprick, no man upon earth will say with a better conscience, “ nolo episcopari," than yourself.
Loveg. Under such positive orders, I must obey; and, as I can return again to my station by the next Sunday, I am not inclined to arge another objection.
Far. Oh Sir, the Lord be praised! the Lord be praised ! I'll go home directly and tell Harry to get ready as fast as he can, and he shall tell Patty what we are about. Poor Girl! she is ready to break her heart.
Wor. [To Mr. Lovegood.] But wont you drop us a short prayer before we part. [Lovegood complies, and only uses the following collect :]
“ Prevent us O Lord, in all our doings, with thy most gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy name, and, finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Wor. [After prayer.] Sir, you are never too long in prayer, but now you have been much too short.
Loveg. Yes Sir, but time directed us to comprise much in a little ; and if God prevents,* or goes before us in all our doings, we cannot have a better guide ; and while we ask that all our works may be begun, continued, and ended in him, we can neither request, nor receive a greater blessing, and then we shall certainly glorify his holy name. They all retire.
i Such is the original meaning of the word, from Prævenio, to he before.
MR. WORTHY AND FAMILY, MR. LOVEGOOD, AYD HENRY
NO O other alteration in the plan settled in the for
mer dialogue took place, than that by the humble request of Mrs. Sparkisb, she might be permitted to take a part in the same chaise procured for Mr. Lovegood and Mr. H. Littleworth, by the benevolent Mr. Worthy, that she might know how far the present attempt to save her son's life might succeed; or else bathe him in her tears, before he was given over into the hands of the executioner for death.
On the return of Henry and Mr. Lovegood, they hoth went to Mr. Worthy's by his peculiar desire. Mrs. Sparkish alighted at her own house, as they passed through Mapleton to Brookfield Hall; they did not arrivo till late on the Saturday afternoon; the dialogue thus began:
Wor. (To Mr. Lovegood.] How do you do my good Sir? [to Henry.] How are you Mr. Henry? we have scarcely finished our tea, will you take a cup with us?
[They accept it; and while the tea was handeď about, the conversation continued.]
Wor. We have followed you with many an anxious thought, since you left us. I almost fear by your looks to ask what has been the result.
Loveg. Sir, I never was so agitated in all my life, what I have seen this morning, and indeed all through, has almost entirely overset me.
Wor. What, then have all of them been left to suffer?
Loveg. Oh no, Sir, Sam Blood alone was, and I think very deservedly, given over to death : he was a most desperate, hardened, bloody-minded man.
Wor. Our Judges are very merciful. They will always save lives if they can ; though justice must not always sleep, or we should not be permitted to sleep in our beds.
Loveg. Sir, we have just proved that to be the case, as it respects poor Frolic and Sparkish.—But still, to see a fellow-creature hung up by the neck like a dog, as unfit to live, what a mortifying event! what a proof of the fall ! The first man born into the world by natural generation, was as bad as he could be. A murderer of his righteous brother.
Mrs. Wor. But Sir, we are solicitous to hear a more regular narration of these events.
Loveg. Madam, it begins to be late, and it is Saturday evening, and Mrs. Lovegood and the children will be anxious to see me as soon as may be.
Mrs. Wor. But Sir, we will send word to Mrs. Lovegood that you are returned safe, though we would not wish to detain you long, while you give us a short detail of the result of your journey.
Loveg. Well, then Mr. Henry, you must assist me, if I omit any circumstances which are material.
Hen. Sir, I dare say you will remember most of them-I never shall forget what I have seen. If it had not been for the grace of God, William Frolic and I, who have been such sinners together, might have been hanged together on that very day on which Sam Blood was called to suffer.
Mrs. Wor. [To Mrs Merryman.] My dear, won't the story be too much for you, as your spirits are so weak ?
Mrs. Mer. Oh my dear Mr. Merryman! how hu