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and lie down with the lamb. I never spend an idle penny, or an idle moment; though my fa. mily is numerous, my children were never a burden to me. That good woman there, .fir," pointing to his wise, "puts her hand to the laboring oar: she brings up our children at home in such a sober industrious manner, that our neighbors, as foon as they are capable of earning a penny, are glad to take them off our hands. I am proud to say, fir, they have no little pilfering tricks, as many children have. • Train up a child in the way he should go,' Is our way, fir, and I am certain both iny wife and I have felt the benefit of the text, for our children are kind and affectionate towards each other, dutiful to us their parents, and obliging and civil to their employers. Ah, fir, the richest man in England is not happier than I am, when I return home of an evening, wearied by the heat and labor of the day, to be received with looks of kindness by my wife, as she is preparing our frugal supper, whilst two or three of my little babies climb my knees to fondle me round the neck.” Again the traveller groaned piteously; but Rogers went on.
66 I was born to a pretty fortune, fir; but by the villainy of my father's brother I lost my inheritance. My uncle, Charles Rogers, through the indulgence of his mother, proved to be a very malicious child, and as he grew up to man's estate, the faults of the child became hardened vices in the man, insomuch that his wicked behavior broke his mother's
heart. My own dear mother, sir, like the parents of Samuel, taught me betimes to fear the Lord; yet my grandfather was so much offended at my father's marrying her, that he made his will, and cut him off with a shilling. He and my poor mother died within a twelvemonth of each other, and left me pennyless by the time all their debts were paid. I was then about twelve years of age, and my Betty's father kindly took me to live with him. He soon received a message from my grandfather, with a present of twenty guineas to pay for my board, saying, he was very ill, and that he would send for me when he was better. The next news I heard of him was that he was dead; and though he had promised to make a will in my favor, yet none was to be found, although one of his old servants declared he had signed a great sheet of parchment, which a lawyer had been writing by my grandfather's bed side, Eve. ry body now judged my uncle Charles very hardly, as having made away with this last will, because he brought forward the old one, wherein my grandfather had left his whole property to him. Some kind friends of my father wishing to see justice done by me, commenced an action against both him and the lawyer, who was known to be a rogue, and ready to do any dirty work
“ The trial was brought on at the next aflizes, when my uncle employed such arts in securing the witnessesg that a verdict was given againit me. After some months, however, my uncle fent me twenty guineas, that I might be put apprentice to a carpenter; but desired he might never be troubled about me again. Accordingly I was bound out; but my master proved one of those negligent tradesmen who loved his ease bett?r than his work : by neglecting his bufinels, his business began to neglect him. He broke at length for a considerable Tum of money, and was thrown into prison, where he died foon after of the jail distemper; so at the end of the third year of my apprenticeship, I was once more left to seek for bread. I returned again to my Betty's father, who got me em · ployment under his master. I was about one and twenty when I married, and then I and my wife followed my master's son into this country, who had an estate left him and with him I have worked ever since, and with truth I can say, I have never received an unkind, word from him, for he never saw me drunk, not even at sheeptheering or at harvest-home. My Betty's pious meekness, sir, iras (weetened all my toil, whilst the dutiful behavior of my children has fulfilled every wish of my heart.
heart. Whether my cruel uncle be dead or living I know not; but be it as it may, I do not envy bim his ill
gotten wealth, and I can only pray that he may repent him of his fins, before sickness brings him to a death bed; for it is a horrible thing, lir, to have the conscience racked with despair when the body is afiliated with pain.”
“Look, Richaid,” cried Betty Rogers,
you are talking on, and on, whilft I am sure the poor gentleman is going into a fit.” The gentleman at that instant gave a deep groan, and would have fallen from his chair if Rogers had not caught him in his arms; his wife fnatching up the little mug of tea, which she ftill kept warm in the ashes, the put it to the stranger's lips, begging him to take a sip, as she was sure it would do him good; whilst her husband, on the other hand, begged him to eat a bit of the toast. The gentleman could but just make shift to say, “ My good people you are too kind to me." 6 Not at all, sir," faid Rogers, “ we do no more for you, than we would for our worst enemy.”
660 God," cried the traveller, 6 what will become of me? My fight fails me, my flesh trembles, and my joints ach; I freeze and burn at the same moment.”
Poor dear gentleman !" said Betty Rogers, wiping her eyes, “ I am afraid he is going lightheaded; do pray, fir, drink a drop more of the tea,” “and eat a bit of the toast also," anIwered Richard. 6 I dare not taste it, my good friends,” replied the gentleman, “ for í feel as if it would choak me were I to attempt it; but tell me, I pray, is there not fomewhere a text of Scripture which says, “If thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink; for, in so doing, thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head?'- Rogers, Rogers, thou wilt say indeed thou art heaping coals of fire on my head, when thou art told I am thy wicked uncle Charles !"
Here Roger and his wife had nearly fwooned away with astonishment. “Then I am heartily glad to fee you, uncle,” cried Rogers, " and if you have already done me wrong I forgive you with all my foul, as I hope to be forgiven myfelf.” Here Mr. Rogers's grief appeared so great, he seemed almost beside himself. “ But do not be surprised," cried he, as foon as he could speak, " to see me here; it is not by accident; this is the second attempt I have made, Rogers, to visit thy humble dwelling; but more of that hereafter." In about a quarter of an. hour, Mr. Rogers, after shedding bier tears, spoke as follows:
“ My neighbors, Richard, have long believed me to be a very happy man, seeing that I pos. sessed an abundance of the good things of this world, but what man ever yet was happy, . who carried secret guilt in his bofom? Thy grandfather, on his death-bed, became duly sensible of his unforgiving spirit towards thy poor father, for no other crime had he committed than hay. ing married a woman who brought him no money; he therefore resolved that the last bu. finess of his life should be doing an act of justice towards thee, his only fon; accordingly he sent for his attorney, made a new will, bequeathing thee that property which he would have given hy father had he been living; he also desired