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correct thing, all cut in facettes and dishabille, was quite a journey. But diamonds at the sides, and diversified there was such a host of arm-chairs with bouquets of flowers tied by true. with soft downy cushions, such a lovers' knots in the middle. 'Twas bevy of footstools, such a goodly couple no doubt a bridal gift to some fair of ottomans, such a preponderating lady in the time of King Charles, and wardrobe, and such ample splashingthen might have gloried in a frame of room on the marble surface of the gold ; but now its glories are departed, toilette, that here you could expatiate and, for us at least, it served no higher in the morning, and could walk in purpose than to display the horrors of and out and round the chairs and tables our bristly chin. There's no position and footstools and ottomans, and back in the world more comfortable for a again, for a mile or two before breakbedroom mirror than over the fire- fast, simply while dressing. Here place; shaving can there be conducted were some famous pictures of Cupids with science and with gusto. And and Venuses, and a view of the parkevery other panel opened by some gates, and a drawing of the alcove at wonderful kind of fastening, into a the end of the long walk, and an cupboard big enough to stow away enormous sampler that must have more habiliments than ever in our taken two or three years to work, bachelor days we were likely to pos- with B. W. A.D. 1732, ending the

A quaint little goggle-eyed series of devices. Here, too, were commode, tortured into fanciful ele- some portly bottles of arquebusade gance, filled up one corner of the and elder-flower water always kept room ; and a nondescript table de over the mantel-piece, and a set of toilette occupied the other. Here, in steps, like a small flight of stairs, to a three-cornered arm-chair, the senior mount up into bed by ; but the books piece of furniture in the whole room, on the shelves were of a staid and have we watched over the flickering approved description,-Dryden's l'irashes of the wood-fed fire for hours; gil, The Spectator, and The Whole and often when we had shaken hands Duty of Man, keeping in countenance with our worthy host at ten, have we the sober black-letter Bible and Comprolonged our, vigil till early morn, mon Prayer, that held their accustomed amused with the acute ribaldry of station by the bedside. This was the Tom Jones, or lost in the intricate chamber where the neighbouring wit of Tristram Shandy. The wintry squires and their dames, when they blasts would make the old casement “ crossed the country in a carriage rattle, but we only gave the flaming and four," coming some five-andlog another turn,-crack! crack! twenty miles to dinner, used to be would go the wood, over went another lodged for the night. It had once leaf of the book, and so we continued been the nuptial chamber of our till taper and eyelid alike failed us. worthy host, but he has long since

The Yellow Room was also a capital betaken himself to a quieter and less place to take up your quarters in for expansive berth. the night; there was very pretty Up above, and on the higher storey sleeping in that vasty bed, where some of the house, runs a long gallery, from four might snore side by side, and yet one end right to the other-like the never doubt but that they were each corridor of a barrack — with bedsole occupant of the couch. But it room doors opening into it on either was somewhat melancholy to turn in side at frequent intervals. Here are there by yourself; your taper, though lodged the young ladies and gentleit burned as bright as wax cotild make men of the family; the governess and it, served to illumine only a small the tutor. The nursery is at one portion of the middle space, while in extremity, and the ladies' workingeach corner of the apartment was a room at the other. The gallery is mass of black nonentity, of darkness thickly matted all the way along; and visible, that might make you super- on its walls are hung all those prostitious and ghostlike. It was some- ductions of the arts which are not judged thing like going to bed in Westminster of sufficient excellence to be admitted Hall, and from the fireplace to the down stairs. There is an enormous bedside, when in the last 'stage of map of the estate, and a bird's-eye view of the house, and the first flower- march country had within his resipiece by aunt Mary, when she was a dence, and where he could detain little girl at school in Bath, and Mr refractory tenants or unpleasant Henry's black spaniel stuffed, under neighbours. The worthy squire has a glass case. Here, on a wet day, now turned it into his Madeira cellar, the children can take their wonted and keeps in it a hogshead of the most exercise, and have even a game at particular East India that ever left cricket if necessary; here the lady's- the island and crossed the Line. He maid and nurse-maid sit in the after- has it under his own special lock noon and work; here, any one who and key; tastes it only now and then, is a very particular friend of the and threatens to keep it in the cask family is allowed to come up and till his son comes of age. * see the children ;" here you may The real cellars themselves are goodhave a swing or a romp according as ly things to see; none of your cramped you are inclined ; and here, you can- up wee bits of things that they build not but confess, that you have found now-a-days, but where, besides the out one of the most useful and com- usual stock of beer and strong ale, fortable features of the whole edifice, for the general run of the house and

- an in-door promenade, a domestic neighbourhood, there is left room gymnasium.

enough for stowing away a hogshead We have been admitted into every brewed on the birth of each child of room in the house, big and little, up the family, and destined to remain stairs and down stairs. We know there till they each attain their onethe quaint little smoking parlour that and-twentieth year. They are fourwas, now turned into the squire's teen in number, and bear the names * office," or justice-room. Here he of those in wliose honour they were meets his steward and sits at a desk filled; there, then, is Master Thomas like any dirty cotton lord in his fac- and Miss Lucy, and Miss Susan and tory; here he keeps his guns and Master William; and so on, through fishing rods; and here, on a small the whole of the rising generation. set of shelves, are his books—"Burn's As for the wine-cellar, 'tis an unJustice," and "Taplin's Farriery;" fathomable recess; there is port and here one of his dogs is sure to be claret in it enough for the whole lying before the fire, and some aged county; and the fountain in the tenant or other is ever coming in to court might be made to run sherry for ask for some little favour or other, a week before the stock would be which the kind landlord seldom re- exhausted. A pile of champagnefuses; here he determines what fields cases stands at one end, and some shall be put down in turnips this year, dozen bins of the extra particulars are and what vagabonds shall be put in built up by themselves. It would do the stocks; in short it is the sacra- good to the heart of any man to wanrium of the house,--the place where der about these cellars for a morning. the primum mobile of the whole is And it is not far to the churchstationed ; and, in our eyes, one of just beyond the outer garden-hedge the snuggest and most useful appen- where you cross the deep ha-ba, dages of the mansion.

made to keep rabbits and cattle out, and Leading out from this room is a close to the clump of birch-trees that door that you might suppose would rise on the hill, -an ancient edifice, conduct you into a closet-but no ; it with a bit of architecture of every opens on a flight of steps, down which period that English antiquaries can you descend a little, and then find boast of. The tower" ivy-mantled," yourself at the edge of an opening according to the most approved rule ; that looks like a well. This was part the peal of bells thoroughly harmoof the ancient manor house, or castle, nious, and allowing triple-bob-majors which was destroyed in one of the to be rung on them with the full Border feuds, when the Welch and swing of the lustiest youths of the English, in the time of Owen Glyndwr, village. In the chancel is a formiused to give each other rather warm dable-looking pew, put up in Charles's reception. It then formed the dungeon time, all in black oak, with quaint or prison, which each chieftain of the figures of angels and dragons, and


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fantastic flowers, sprawling over every hostess -- but I never could get to the vacant space. Within, it is right bottom of it—only if any of the chilcomfortably carpeted and cushioned; dren or the company should by any in the midst is a stove to keep out the chance make even the most distant cool humours of the church, and to allusion to their having been near comfort the sqnire's lady on the summer-house during the day, the Christmas morning; while round the squire immediately calls out, walls of the little chapel, which the me have a glass of that port !-Mary, pew fills, are all the family monu- my love, do you remember the summents, from the stiff-necked and stiff- mer-house?”—to which the invariable ruffed knight of the days of the virgin reply i3,—"Henry, dear, I thought Queen, down to the full-bottomed you had been more sensible : you wig and portentous bands of the must not, indeed !” However, the judge in the time of George II. A gardens are truly delightful,-full of little plain white marble slab in one rich parterres, and clumps of flowering corner bears the simple inscription,- shrubs; with trim-cut walks of yew

and beech, over which the various MARIA.

kinds of the pine tribe and the cedar of 1820.

Libanus rear their heads in sombre

luxuriance. You may walk, I forget But at this I have often observed that how many miles, in the garden, withthe good lady of the house never looks; out going over the same ground twice and once, during the sermon, I saw the in the same direction ; but the garsquire, while listlessly gazing upon it, dener is apt to exaggerate on this allow the tears to glide down his head. There is enough variety to checks as though he was a child. occupy the most fastidious for an

There's a summer-house at the end afternoon, and beauty enough to of the nut walk, so hidden by bushes occupy the lover of nature for a and winding patlis, that it is hard to week. find the entrance, a low squat-look- Time passes happily and swiftly in ing kind of a place, built in the Dutch a home like this; rides and fieldfashion, with four windows, one in sports, and public business, take up each side, and with a dome on the mornings of the gentlemen ; the top; it stands close by a pond, and fine arts, the interchange of neighis all grown over with ivy. Indeed, bouring courtesies, and the visiting of when you arrive at the door, you have the village give occupation to the to remove the clematis and damask ladies. Hospitality, and the sweetest rose twigs with your hand, cre you display of domestic elegance, shed an can obtain an entrance. On the walls indescribable charm over the cheerful are numerous names commemorated evenings passed in their society,--the both witlı pencil and knife; and in family are the honour and main stay particular, under a true lover's knot, of the parish, and, indeed, of many are deeply cut the letters M and H. an adjoining one ; while the house and It is a standing joke at the squire's grounds are the pride and boast of all table between himself and the amiable that side of the county.


The ship’s surgeon was a favourite Incrative or agreeable situation of with us all; he was a pale sickly surgeon to a sailing packet. As little man, of some five or six-and- he seldom spoke on any subject, and thirty years of age, with lank yellow scarcely ever of himself, it was some hair, and very little of it, even such time before we discovered, that, in the as it was. He was so quiet and un- pursuit of professional advancement, assuming, that he rarely joined in the he had for a short period given his conversation, but he listened with services to the unfortunate British great attention, cven to the dullest Legion, during the late civil war in among the narrators, and whenever any Spain. With great difficulty we thing pathetic was brought forward, a persuaded the modest little man to misty twinkling was sure to be visible give us the benefit of some of his rein the tender-hearted little doctor's collections, while an actor in those small green eyes. The qualities of his scenes of stirring and melancholy head were unfortunately not equal to interest. He commenced timidly, those of his heart; every effort lie but warmed with his theme as it conhad made to establish himself in a tinued, and although somewhat dispractice had failed ; in these attempts cursive and unconnected in his narhe had consumed the pittance of his rative, he did not fail to interest his inheritance, and he was now obliged hearers. Thus he spoke. to obtain a living in the not very



My father had been a medical drawers, when one of the boys who officer in the East India Company's used to annoy me most came into the service, but died while I was still

He saw that my clothes were very young. My mother was left not very new, though they were as with me and two sisters, many years well brushed and as tidily packed as if older than myself, to provide for, out they had been better; and my linen was, of her widow's pension, and a small perhaps, a little coarse, but then my sum of money her husband had saved mother had mended it all very neatly, during his stay in India. We took and had it washed as white as snow up our abode in an humble but neat before I left home. He teased me house, not far from London, and as about having such “poor things," as soon as I was of sufficient age, I was he called them, and threw some dirty set to work to prepare myself for my water upon them. This made me late father's branch of the service, as very angry, but when he laughed at inexpensively as possible.

the careful way my mother had My progress was not very rapid, packed them, my passion got the although I was by no means better of me, and I tried to put him idle boy ; indeed, on the contrary, I out of the room. I was but a weak did my very utmost to get on, as tlieboy, however, and he was a strong best way to reward my poor mother one, so he beat me till I was not for the strict economy that enabled able to stir, and then threw all my me to be kept at school. On account neat clothes out over the floor and of my steady ways, the other boys stamped upon them. This made a often teased me, and laughed at me great impression on me at the time; a good deal, but being convinced I do not think I shall ever altogether that I was doing what was right, I forget it, but I am very proud to feel bore it as I best could.

that I soon forgave it, and the day However, on one occasion I did came some years after when I had give way to bad temper; on return- the power to do this boy a great ing to school after the vacation, I was kindness; I gladly did what I could about to unpack my little trunk, and for him, but he proved himself altoarrange its contents, in the chest of gether ungrateful for it.



In due time I left school, and glad to have heard that he had done entered upon the study of medicine; well; besides, there was my profesit was necessary for me to work hard sional vanity interested in the busifor my final examination, not being ness; it so happened, however, that as I before said, naturally very quick I never heard any thing more of my in learning. When the time came I patient. was so frightened and anxious, that I At last, I began to fear that my could scarcely answer a word, and al- gilt sign-board, advertisement and all, though, perhaps, better prepared than had fairly failed; no one called for some of those who passed, I was turned me. I was very unhappy to be such a back. My poor mother was much burthen to my mother, instead of grieved at this, but tried to cheer me helping her on, as I had hoped to do; on to better success next time. I but she never complained of this; she was also greatly discouraged; never- knew I would willingly work if I had theless I sat down patiently to begin the opportunity, and as she said, my studies over again, and at last "I could not make the people break succeeded in getting my certificates. their arms.

My next step was to place over our While thinking over my affairs, one door a board, bearing my name in gilt January morning, at the door of the letters, with “Surgeon" underit,and a surgery, a young man passed by, hand with a finger pointing round the whose face appeared familiar : he first corner to the little side door where looked at me, then at the sign-board, the patients were to enter. I also put and at once claimed acquaintance an advertisement in a newspaper, and as an old school-fellow. I invited told those among the neighbours with him in, and we sat down together ; whom we were acquainted that I had he asked me if I was getting on well, now started in business. Being of a and had many patients. I told him hopeful disposition, I expected that no, but did not omit to say that some every day some lucky chance would months before I had set an old man's occur to bring me at once into great arm with great skill. As we talked practice; as I had often read and on, however, it came out that, in spite heard of this having happened with of my old man's arm, I was in very other people. But a long time passed low estate, and willing to undertake away, and no sudden occasion arrived any honest labour, to get my bread, where my help was called for; ex- and help my mother. After a little cept, indeed, one frosty morning thought, he asked me if I should like when a poor old man slipped on the to be a military surgeon. I supposed pavement close by our house, and he was bantering me as they used to broke his arm. Seeing “Surgeon "over do at school, for I had no great friends my door, some people carried the to get me such promotion ; but he sufferer there, and as I was in wait- seemed serious, and said, “I think I ing, left him in my charge. I took can get you a commission as surgeon great pains with this my first case, in the army, that is, in General but was very nervous about it, feel- Evans' army in Spain.” I had not ing sure that all eyes were upon me ;

heard or read of that General at the besides, the poor old man told me time, for I never saw newspapers, that, if the use of his arm were not except the old one, in which my adsoon restored to him, he should be vertisement was printed. I was, driven to go to the workhouse. He however, rejoiced to hear of this could not move that day, so I made opening, and when my old schoolup a sort of bed for him in the sur- fellow left me, promising to let me gery ; the following evening his son know in a day or two as to what he came for him, and took him away. could do for me, I went straight to I had no money to give him, but see- my mother to tell her of my good foring that his shoes were very bad, I tune. She, good soul! did nothing let him have a pair of mine, that were but cry all the evening, and try to not quite worn out; he then went dissuade me from going; but I had his way, after having thanked me made up my mind, come what might, heartily. I pitied the poor old man to be a burthen upon her no longer. I very much, and would have been did not tell her this as a reason, for it

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