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would lead quite another life for the time to come. And his poor mother had almost said too much, as she knew the plan laid for the saving of his life; but I immediately checked her, by observing that false hopes, were sometimes attended with more fatal consequences, than downright despair.
Wor. But Mr. Henry, do let us hear how you succeeded with your unhappy Brother-in-law.
Hen. Oh Sir! I cannot but entertain a hope that as he has been saved from the gallows, so he will be saved from hell, but God only knows. A future day alone can prove the fact.
Mrs. Wor. Come then, I hope you will be able to tell us a more pleasing story; if so, I'll call in my daughter.–Any thing which gives her comfort, greatly promotes ours. [It is done,-Mrs. Merryman attempts to attend to the utmost of her power.]
Mrs. Wor. My dear, I called you in to hear what Mr. Henry has to say about poor William Frolic, he hopes, that by the grace of God, this awful dispensa
have been over-ruled for the salvation of his soul.
Wor. Now Mr. Henry, we are quite prepared to hear what passed between you both.
Hen. Why Sir, I perceived he was remarkably struck at the unexpected visit from Mr. Lovegood and myself; and while Edward Sparkish, his Mother and Mr. Lovegood, were in conversation with each other, he and I retired into a corner of the room : he directly burst into tears, and cried, “Oh Henry! what could influence you to come to see such a horrid wretch as I have been, before I am given over to die for my crimes, when I once did all in my power to make you as bad as myself; and then I should have had to answer for the damnation of your soul, as well as my own.-Can you forgive me?" I directly cried,
'yes, and Christ can forgive us both."--He answered, “ he has forgiven you: you have been a true penitent; but God only knows, what sort of repentance mine is, for on Saturday I am sure to die, and havo
no time to prove the sincerity of my heart, by better ways." As I could not but help crying all the time I talked to him, I could only say to him, “Oh William ! remember the thief upon
the cross.” Loveg. No wonder that you were so much affected, when you recollected the terrible attachment which subsisted between you, when you were both “ living without God in the world."
Hen. Oh Sir! that was just the point. He directly cried out, “Oh that I might be yet permitted to live, that you might take me as your companion! I hope I should prove the sincerity of my repentance, both before God and man.-But it is now too late. We have been the partakers of the crimes of that har dened desperate fellow, Sam Blood; and though we always dissuaded him against murder, yet being linked in with him, we thought it necessary, at least in appearance, to act as he directed ; and by that means we have forfeited our lives. And then he cried, “O good God, what a most wicked heart mine must be, or I could not have been so sinful and abominable all the days of my short life! I have ruined myself; I have ruined my wife : I have ruined the
peace of your family by marrying your Sister; and I fear, I shall be ruined to all eternity.”
Wor. All this sounds well.
Hen. He once said that he heard Mr. Merryman preach, soon after his conversion ; curiosity having excited him to hear one that he had frequently been with, on his different hunting expeditions, how he would act as a serious preacher of the Gospel; and conviction, he says, though he continued so wicked, never ceased to follow him after that time.
Wor. [Sighs and says] Ah dear Mr. Merryman!
[Here Mrs. Merryman's feelings were again revived, while the recollection of such a loss of one so useful as a Minister; so pleasant as a man ; so devoted as a Christian, ran throughout the company, and created among them that sympathetic silent grief, as prevented the continuation of the conversation, till
Mr. Worthy rang the bell, and ordered a glass of wine for each of the parties : this, though an unusual custom after tea at Brookfield Hall, was now acceptable, especially to the travellers, who had but just finished their journey, and whose minds were so much agitated by those very impressive events which were now the subject of conversation : the writer . also will take this opportunity to lay aside his pen, that his spirits and recollection, may be recruited, before he attempts the concluding narration of this tale of woe.
MR. WORTHY AND FAMILY, MR. LOVEGOOD AND HENRY LIT
PRISON MEDITATIONS CONTINUED.
FTER having given the present roomfull of
company time to recruit their spirits, the recommencement of the same dialogue may not be anacceptable to the reader.
Wor. As I suppose you have given us the substance of what occurred upon your first visit to the prison, we shall be glad to hear what took place afterwards.
Loveg. Why, after concluding with prayer, we went to the inn, where we passed, or meant to pass, a serious retired evening among ourselves, in order that we might communicate to Mrs. Sparkish, all the instruction and advice, her situation seemed to require.
Hen. [To Mr. Lovegood.] But Sir, you should tell what passed at your introduction of family prayer, while you were at the inn.
Loveg. Oh no, Mr. Henry, you should let that pass.
Hen. I am sure Sir, it is a pity it should, for you know it was attended with a great blessing.
Wor. Come Mr. Henry, if Mr. Lovegood won't tell his own stories, you must tell them for him. His modesty at all times stands much in his way.
Hen. Why Sir, you must know, it soon began to be rumoured about who Mr. Lovegood was, as his preaching at Locksbury, and the conversion of Mrs. Chipman, had made a considerable talk, even in those parts, which was, I suppose, the reason whythe landlady of the inn, asked him, if they should not be favoured with a sermon, at any of the Churches belonging to their Town.
Loveg. Yes Sir, but you know that was entirely out of the question, as I was under the necessity of returning to attend to my own duty at home; and if not, I fear there was no probability of gaining admission into any of the pulpits in that town; for two of the ministers are constant attendants at the assembly-room, at the George inn, where we were; and one of them is said to be quite a vociferous bully : there is a third minister whose name is Primrose, who is a very decent character ;-they say he is a distant relation of Dr. Orderly's, yet he is so far convinced that I preach faith without works, that I am quite out of his good graces also. However, by this event, I thought I had an opening to invite as many of the household as could attend to prayer; and they soon collected themselves together, and nearly filled the room; and an impressive time I must confess it was.
Wor. It is best to follow the scriptures, and “Sow beside all waters :" but there is one text you do not take into sufficient consideration.
Loveg. What is that Sir!
Wor. Ah, but you are Mr. Lovegood, and we shall never be ashamed of you.
Hen. I am sure there was no occasion to be ashamed of our Minister on that night, nor the two nights afterwards. [To Mr. Lovegood. You know, Sir, what a blessing went with every word you spoke, and with every prayer you offered up.
Loveg. Oh, Mr. Henry! you did not use me well on that occasion.
Wor. What have you done, Mr. Henry?