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back to his solitary mansion, half-resolved that " He was the only friend I ever had," said next week should begin a fresh life for him, in. Leslie, warmly; "and to me he entrusted his stead of leaving him shut up in his own world, last message to you before the ship struck.” like an oyster in its shell.
“ And that,” said Janet, eagerlyThe word soon bore its fruit in another life. “ Was that he died thinking
of you to the Slowly and wearily, but resolutely still, from last. I do not know whether I ought to tell that day Janet Dennys came back to the every- you, Miss Dennys, but his death was not by day world which had almost become to her an drowning.' indistinct shadow; for we can shut ourselves “I saw it all," she answered, shuddering; out from life until it becomes a mere cloud-" and I believed that you had perished by the picture, and our dreamland brightens into a same hand. You are wondering how I knew present reality.
this. You do not know that I was about to It is no easy matter to step all at once out of marry his murderer, and that Frank himself the charmed circle of self-isolation into a life returned to warn me only a week before my of sympathy with and help for others; and wedding-day. I am not mad, indeed! I had Leslie, as he pondered over his good resolutions, no other means of discovering Bernard's vilcame to the conclusion that he wanted an ad- lang. I saw the whole scene of the shipwreck viser to assist in solving this problem. He felt as plainly as I see you now; and when we met the need of a friend, and none seemed fitter for to-day I recognized you instantly, and believed a counsellor than the young minister whose dis- tbat another visitant from the dead was before course had aroused him from his gloomy ab. me!" straction to the fact that life was something “And Bernard-where is he?" said Leslie, better than the vast Sahara it had hitherto ap- eagerly. peared to him.
“ He fled the same night, after an unsuc. It was evening before he returned from cessful attempt on my life. I told no one of his visit to Mr. "Hawthorne, with half the the warning that I had received; but nothing winter thawed out of his heart already.. The ever escaped his lynx-eye; and that night, as quiet friendliness of the young minister's we returned by the Severn-side from the ruins welcome bad set him at bis ease, and the where we had spent the day with a party of charm of his manner, no less than his earn. friends, he taxed me with an intention of breakest eloquence, had won the visitor's heart. ing off our marriage, and required from me a Unfortunately there two many. Mr. solemn promise to fulfil my engagement. I reSylvesters in the world, who conscientiously plied by accusing him of Frank's murder, and in believe that Truth is really the disagreeable proof of my assertion displayed the ring which vixen that they present to your view on every the villain had lost on the night of the shipoccasion; but Mr. Hawthorne was one of those wreck—it had beeu given to me by Frank in who have the rare gift of displaying her such as token of the truth of his words. We were alone in the graceful German fable of "The Magic by the river, and I knew that I should not es. Flute," "she appears to her adopted son, and cape him, yet I felt no fear. He offered me life bestows on him her blessing.
on condition of my silence and fulfilment of my Absorbed in his own reflections, Leslie reached promise to him, and menaced me with instant the village, and turned across the fields that led death if I refused. Finding his threats useless to the Hall, without noticing that some one was he bade me go to the death I had chosen! ! advancing in the opposite direction. The soft sank without a struggle in the deep water, and turf deadened the sound of his footsteps, and after that all was blank. I was rescued by a as he sprang over the second stile his abrupt gentleman who had witnessed the scene from appearance startled a lady who had sat down to one of the gardens sloping down to the river; rest on the bank close by. He turned to apo- and Bernard, who had been watching to assure logize, and their eyes met. Her face was quite himself of my death, took to flight on his apstrange to him; but Janet Dennys—for she proach." it was—started to her feet, believing that a There was much more to ask and to tell, and second messenger from the dead stood before the sun had set long before Leslie and Miss her, as she recognized the third man, whom she Dennys re-entered the village, passing, in their had seen in her vision at the well.
way, the gossips' corner, at which were assemLeslie saw the deathly pallor that overspread bled as usual the elders of Wickham. her face, and advanced with ready courtesy to “I towd thee he came courting her," er: offer his arm as a support; but she drew back claimed the lad, who had directed Leslie to the with a superstitious thrill, exclaiming, “Do Hall. you, too, come from the sea ?”
"Sure enough, lad," said the blacksmith, The truth flashed on his mind at once-this, meditatively; ** but who'd a-thought that Miss then, was Miss Dennys, and chance bad given Dennys would mary a furriner, even if he wor him the interview for which he had been long squire at the Hall?" wishing! But now he hesitated, fearing the Three years have passed over quiet little effect of the sad message he bore. She read his Wickham since then, bringing some changes irresolution aright, and summoned courage to even there. The children no longer run to question him.
hide themselves as the young squire comes by: “You were Frank Charlton's friend?” and even old Betsy Moor has forgotten her pre
judice, and tells you that “yon is a good young May 3rd.]
Arose at eight-tried a new dye ;
Shifted my patch from chin to eye ;
Fitted new head with ribbons blue; to speak the joyful tidings of salvation. The
Dressed and drove out at half-past two. young squire no longer sits alone in the great
Called on Miss Kitty ; plann'd to drive pew in solitary grandeur ; for last summer the
To opera at half-past five. path from the village-church was strewn with Heard “Nicolini”; Jaques Heath roses, while Mr. Hawthorne pronounced the
Clapped and encored till out of breathmarriage benediction over him and Janet Found me my chair, and on the way Dennys.
Persuaded me to name the day! Poor Miss Reeves is the only person discon. tented, as she sits among her millinery, consoling herself with her well-thumbed Byron, and the satisfactory reflection that "all men are deceivers," varied by the often-repeated wonder as to “what he could find in that wbite-faced | A LEAF FROM THE DIARY OF LADY Miss Dennys !" But the sun goes down, and the shadows
CONSTANCE, lengthen; the street is deserted, and one by one the lights of the village are extinguished; the Belgravia.]
1868.] Angel of slumber stretches his wand over reader and writer ; the meshes of the web of May 1st.] life grow fainter and fainter in the twilight, until Wickham, with all its inhabitants, fades out of
Awoke at eight-had tea in bed; its chronicler's sight. LILY SHORTHOUSE,
Rested once more my aching head;
Flirted and galloped there till two,
Then lunched and pondered what to do!
Early carriage, half-past four : Westminster.]
1712.] Oh shopping is an awful bore ! May 1st.]
Dropped some pasteboards in my way;
Drove to the Park, so full and gay ;
Talked to Sir Battered; quite a list
Of games he lost last night at whist!
Yawned, and drove home. Dress number three ;
“Bennet” brought up a cup of tea.
Carriage again, rolled out to dine,
Which meal commenced at balf-past nine ;
At twelve behold me on the road
To Lady Scamper's grand abode;
Showed myself there, then off once inore;
Danced, and drove home at half-past four.
Awoke-planned croquet in the square,
To make young “Singleton” declare !
Arose at ten, tried a new hat;
The crowns now worn are somewhat flats
The golden hair-dye suits me well,
I bought of " Atkins” in Pall Mall,
Mem. : dropped my chignon on the ride,
I wondered why my “Jannette" shied;
But knew I could not be betrayed,
As all young ladies wear one shade!
Wrote invitations for a ball,
Young “Singleton" then came to call
Goes to the opera to-night;
Ran up and dressed, with real delight.
Heard Sinico and Titians sing,
Then for two balls was on the wing.
Arrived at home by half-past three,
Young Singleton's declared to me!
R, E, THACKERAY,
BY ELIZABETH TOWNBRIDGE.
No. III.-JOHN PHILPOT CURRAN, mentioned as his first patroness; and yet, taking ADVOCATE.
into account bis own great natural truth and
openness of character, we can scarcely believe “He was born to be a great man;" such was that such was really the fact, as he himself the constant declaration of the mother of John speaks openly of the Rev. Mr. Bosye, Rector of Philpot Curran, even at a time when no prospect Newmarket, as his first friend, describing even whatever existed of the fulfilment of her pro- how he was coaxed to the Rectory by him, phecy. Fulfilled, however, it was, although not through the bribe of a few sweet-cakes-how he exactly in accordance with her wishes; for when taught him grammar, and the rudiments of in after-years people congratulated her on the classical knowledge, and finally sent him to a brilliant professional successes of her distin- school kept in Middleton, about twelve miles guished son, she would answer petulantly, from the city of Cork, by a Doctor Carey, to “Never tell me about his eloquence; my hope which kindness he confesses “ I felt indebted always was that it should be written on my for all my after-success in life.” While in tombstone, ‘ Here lies the mother of a bishop'." speaking of Mrs. Aldworth, he says "she would To this proud fond mother the object of our have been the best and most generous woman present 'sketch remaiñed tenderly attached in the world if nature had supplied her with throughout his life, delighting in tracing all his three hands. It is impossible that, stintedly wonderful natural gifts to her, as the parent furnished as she is, she could accomplish the from whom he inherited them, and insisting she great purposes of her heart : she is not pre. should share his good fortune by causing her pared for so large a charity; for while one hand to become an inmate of his home; although, as holds the petition of the poor, the other is ena matter of course, owing to early, associations, gaged in wiping away the tears that flow for her habits were plain and unsuited to those of their distresses, and not having a third to put his family, and when her own good sense caused into her pocket, she is thus rendered incapable her to withdraw from it for their mutual comfort, of relieving them.” However, he was always on it was upon a respectable allowance from him, good terms with, and kindly received by this which never failed her to the end. It was from family during his vacations, as well as by the her he took his second name, Philpot, she being Wrixons, Beechers, and other people of rank in a member of a respectable family of that name that neighbourhood. And here it was that, at in the County of Cork. His father was senes- the wake of a wealthy old bachelor of the midchal of the court in the little town of Newmar- dle class, he had been often heard to declare he ket, also in the County Cork where he was formed his first idea of what true eloquence born, and perhaps the best account we can give could be. It was founded on the keen or of him will be in his (Curran’s) own words in funeral oration of a beautiful majestic woman, reply to a medical man whom he consulted in once the favourite niece of the deceased, but London, towards the close of his life, who asked now the widow of the man of her own choice, him if his father had ever suffered from gout. whom she had married in opposition to the will “My father left me neither money nor malady; of the uncle then lying dead before her, and who the only inheritance I ever got from him was bad even in his last moments refused to forgire a large stock of excellent advice, and so careful her, or make any provisions for her or her was I of it, that I never broke bulk, never used ehildren. Left as they were in poor circumstances any part of it, and it is very likely to descend while the relatives who had benefited by bis to posterity in the very same manner in which will made many lamentations over him, praisit was left." There are many stories told of the ing at the same time his generosity and other early development of his wonderful intelligence good qualities, she listened in silence; but when and wit; among others, that of his taking the they ceased, she rose, and walking slowly from place of the man who speaks for Punch behind the distant part of the room in which she sat, the screen, on an occasion of that humorous she approached the corpse, and laid her hand and welcome individual's visit to his native town, upon its icy forehead, and after a pause, during and puzzling all the inhabitants by his intimate which all present waited breathlessly, expecting knowledge of their short-comings in many ways; to hear from her some terrible outburst of until, winding up the fun by caricaturing the anger and disappointment, she spoke coldly and parish priest, the poor showman was hunted calmly the following words, addressing herself from the village, and thus consequently ended solely to the deceased : the occupation of the young mimic and satirist “Those of my kindred who have uttered for the time being. A Mrs. Aldworth, a mem- praises, and poured them forth with their tears ber of the distinguished family of the New- to your memory, did that which by force of market Aldworths, has been very frequently obligation they were bound to do. They have
been benefited; they have in their different de country-some to her glory, as others to her grees profited by the bounty you could no longer shame. Burgh (Burkel], Yelverton, the eldest withhold. You forgot in your life the exercise Emmett, Hoare, Lord Clonmell, Keller, Lord of that generosity by which your memory might Clare, and a host of others; the last-named now be held regarded and embalmed in the (Lord Clare), he was often heard to say, should hearts of disinterested affections. Such conso- never have got before him, but that “the falation, however, as these purchased praises can ther had pre-occupied the ground for the son impart to your spirit, I would not by any im- by one stage.” As is usual with young barpiety tear from you'; cold in death is this head, risters, he was for some time almost briefless ; but not colder than your heart when living, travelling the Munster circuit he scarcely made through which no thrill of nature did ever vi- his expenses ; and it was during one of these brate. This has thrown the errors of my youth, excursions that he met and formed an attachand of an impulse too obedient to that affection ment to the young lady who soon afterwards which I still cherish, into poverty and sorrow, became his wife, and from whom after a long heightened beyond hope by the loss of him who union, when their children were in fact grown is now in Heaven, and still more by the tender up, he parted under very unhappy circumpledges he has left after him on earth. But stances. Against the man, a clergyman too, I shall not add to these reflections the and a trusted friend who was the cause of this bitter remorse of inflicting even a merited unhappiness, he brought an action, and got calumny; and because my blood coursed through heavy damages ; but he never claimed them, your veins, I shall not have your memory scored nor did he sue for a divorce. It has been said or tortured by the expression of my disappoint- very frequently, that he was not himself free Inentor of the desolation which sweeps through my from blame in his domestic life, and that as the heart. It therefore becomes me to say, your head of a family he was neglectful and severe ; faith and honour in the other relations of life perhaps feeling in his own conscience that such were just and exact, and that these may have was really the case might have tempered his imposed a severity on your principles and man- justice with mercy; but it is certain that, long ners. The tears which now swell to my eyes after their separation, when, believing herself to are those I cannot check; but they rise like bub- be dying, she sent to beg that he would see and bles on the mountain stream--they burst, never forgive her, he did not refuse her request, and more to reappear.”
was absolutely on his way to her lodgings, when It is to this day the tradition of his a messenger met him to say she was out of native county that young Curran was pre- danger; and so spared him an interview which sent in Kilworth when this inagnificent would have no doubt tried them both very burst of natural feeling was spoken, and that the severely. At his death it was found that he hearing of it was his first inducement to cultivate had provided for her in his will, slenderly perhis genius in that way, with a success that has haps, but still sufficiently to keep her from never been equalled, not to say surpassed. wanting the necessaries, and some of the comHowever, as we have already said, he himself forts of life. among; his intimates has frequently declared One of the first tokens of the estimation such to be the fact.
in which he soon came to be held by On the 16th of June, 1767, he entered Trinity his professional brethren, was the fact of his College as a sizar, and obtained the second being chosen, by the advice of Mr. Toler, afterplace; that he was very poor it need scarcely be wards Lord Norbury, to act as agent for Mr. Daniel said, and quite unable to keep up an appearance Toler, bis elder brother, in the Tipperary election of equal to the wealthier students of his time. the day. “I will take the ball at the first hop,'' Il dressed and slovenly then through necessity, he exclaimed, when he got the message, which as he was all through his life from habit and happened to find him playing ball in the Racquet carelessness of insignificant presence, and with Court of Newmarket, his native town. In the a face plain almost to ugliness, proud and ec. conduct of this election he was eminently succentric, it is not probable that he much sought cessful, and, strange to say, spite of the unspatheir society, nor could they afterwards re- ring invective used on both sides, obtained the member, when he became celebrated, anything friendship of the opposite candidate, who afterremarkable in him during his collegiate career. wards forwarded his interests by every means Hewas never remarked as one devoted to study, in his power. or as one anxious for scholastic degrees; and It would take us far beyond the limits of this yet, without apparent effort, he must while there slight sketch to trace the career of the great have acquired an immense amount of classical Irish Advocate systematically from its comlearning. Virgil, Horace, and Homer, were his mencement to its close; it must therefore suffice favourite authors not only then, but throughout to state here, that soon after the political vichis life; the bible being also the subject of tory fought for, and obtained so ably on the his serious consideration, and his allusions to Tipperary hustings, we find bim, notwithstandit in his speeches were frequent and appropriate. ing the drawbacks always attending the openAfter eating the usual number of dinners in the ing career of a young lawyer, but also, in his Middle Temple, London, he was called to the case, despite small means, obscure birth, and Irish bar in 1775, then filled by men whose the positive personal enmity displayed towards names are still fresh in the annals of their | him by some of the judges of his day, fully established at the bar as its most brilliant orna- | address in favour of Oliver Bond, on whose trial ment. The ill-tempered and unpopular Judge he cross-examined Reynolds, the informer of Robinson, whose knowledge of law was as '98,* of whom he afterwards said, “His heart is narrow as his intellect; Lord Clonmell, the rene- so utterly hardened, that it is not in the arm of gade Irishman, the coarse, unprincipled, clever- man to drive a wedge into it.” His oration in duelling bully; and Lord Clare, fearless, tyranni. favour of Lady Pamela Fitzgerald and her cal, haughty, unscrupulous, and sarcastic, with children, the widow and orphans of Lord Ed. the latter of whom he exchanged shots, in con- ward, spoken at the bar of the house.
His sequence of a severe parliamentary attack which speech delivered before the Lord Lieutenant and he made on him, when, as Mr. Fitzgibbon, he Privy Council in Dublin in 1790, on the right filled the office of Attorney General, under the of election of the Lord Mayor. That in the vice-Royalty of the Duke of Rutland,* were case of the crown versus Judge Johnson, in his acknowledged enemies; yet without violating which he made the touching and well-known the respect due to the Crown, he never cowered appeal to Lord Avonmore, which resulted in before these its unworthy representatives, ever their reconciliation, the friendship of their lives displaying towards them, and all others with having been for the first and only time interwhom he came in contact in the discharge of rupted in, 1800 by the vote given by his old his duty, invincible courage and uncompromis- friend on the question of the union. His speech ing honesty. An enlightened and incorruptible in favour of Catholic Emancipation in 1796. patriot, ever the fearless champion of the peo- And lastly his powerful address, said to be the ple's rights, when their wrongs were manifold very outpouring of his own agonized feelings and heavy, and at a time too when it was indeed, on the occasion of his advocacy of the Rev. in his unhappy country,
M. Massey, against the Marquis of Head fort in
1804, for criminal conversation, and for whom “ Treason to love her, and death to defend," he obtained damages of ten thousand pounds.
Curran first took his seat in Parliament in he was always true to the principles he pro- 1783, for the Borough of Kilbeggan, having for fessed; and when his friend, the good and be: his colleague Flood, the celebrated orator of loved Lord Kilwarden, afterwards sacrificed the Irish house, whose speeches usually took so in mistake for Lord Norbury, by the justly amusingly personal a turn, at least amusing to iniuriated people, waited on him at an early those not personally concerned in the attack. period, and even pressed him to accept the He was returned for this borough, without position of Solicitor General, he declined an being himself consulted by its patron Lord office which he looked on as a bribe, beld out Longueville, who first knew of his election by to win him from his allegiance to his country. a friend stopping bim in the street to ask for As a cross-examiner Curran stands unrivalled ; a frank; but discovering soon after that, as a in whatever corner of the heart or conscience return for the distinction thus conferred, he of the witness the truth lurked, no matter how was expected to speak and vote exactly as Lord closely veiled or cautiously withheld, he was Longueville wished, he immediately expended always successful in drawing it forth; he was the few hundreds he possessed, and which he master of all the weapons to be used on the could ill spare from the wants of an increasing occasion, whether it was to be an open or a family, in the purchase of another borough, covert attack, ridicule or seriousness, encour- which he at once placed at the disposal of agement to a bashful witness or indignant sar- his lordship, as an equivalent for the one held casm to bear down the insolence of a brazen by him, thus showing early in his parliamentary one; while the jurics whom he addressed were
career, to use his own words on another and literally amazed by the wonders of his eloquence, far later occasion, that “at no period of his and on some occasions even trembled to commit life did he ever entertain an idea of becoming their reason to its guidance. We can here hodman to any political architect." merely mention a few among the
most celebrated During his whole parliamentary career, his of these magnificent appeals. That in defence place was on the Opposition benches; a Whig in of the brothers Sheares of Cork, delivered at principle, but never a slavish one, as he always midnight, after a day of incessant fatigue in reserved to himself the right of forming his own their defence, Toler (Lord Norbury) the Attorney opinion on any question brought forward for General, declining to wait until morning. That discussion ; he seldom spoke at any great length in defence of Hamilton Rowan, for libel spoken in the house, usually coming in late, and in presence of an armed guard, and, it is said, in rather tired after passing the day in court; but absolute danger of his life, as, in the course of his part in the debate was telling, and of great its delivery, be more than once claimed the protection of the bench against the Orangemen of the day, with whom the court was filled, yet enacted in our Irish law courts P fresh Reynoldses
* How often are the same disgraceful scenes to be declaring, at the same time, "they might murder, but should never intimidate him.” His
confessedly paid agents of the government of the day, dead to all sense, not to say of
honour, but of decency,
coming shamelessly forward to prosecute the enthusi* Curran was "out" on three other occasions-once astic boys they had themselves entrapped by the conwith a Colonel Sellinger in Cork, once with his friend nivance of the very same government which now imBully Egan, and once with some third person. prisoned and transported them,