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moned to receive the dying confession of demeanor had for so many years excited the hermit.
the veneration of all around, was none And then it was first discovered that he other than whose humble piety and meek and lowly Harold, the last Saxon King of England !
from Chambers's Edinburgh Journal.
MAN AND WIFE.
BY ANNA MARIA SARGEANT.
" You wish to delay your decision until you sooner was it hinted that he was waiting for have had an opportunity of further consult- bis wife's consent, than Hutchingson's end, ing your wife, I presume?” This observa- as he had actually perceived would be the tion was addressed by a house agent to a case, was accomplished. young tradesman with whom he had for
Now, it must not be inferred, from the some time past been in treaty respecting the above-related conversation, that Mr. Peter lease of a shop.
Bradshaw was a domestic tyrant: he was “Consult my wife !” repeated Bradshaw willing to allow his wife all the home comin a tone indicative of surprise and indigna- forts his means would afford, and his manner tion. “No; I would never consult a woman towards her was not often unkind; but then upon a matter of business.”
she must never dare to express an opinion Oh, I beg your pardon,” hastily rejoin-on any subject—the preparation of the ed the wary house agent, secretly rejoicing dishes for his table or the dress of his chilat having at length discovered the weak dren, excepted. We sometimes hear menside of the man he was dealing with ; " buttion made of individuals who have but two I thought you might possibly like Mrs. ideas, and this is surely a poor allowance. Bradshaw to see the house. I know the Unhappily, Mr. Bradshaw had but one ; and ladies like to have a voice in such matters.” that one was--that it was beneath the dig,
“ I tell you I don't ask her advice in any nity of a man to take the counsel of a womatter,” the young man sharply retorted; man. His notions of the mental superiority " and to prove to you, Mr. Hutchingson, of “the lords of the creation” were so that I don't boast of an independence I do towering, that he looked down upon his not really possess, I'll strike the bargain at gentle spouse with feelings bordering on
contempt, and consequently treated her as The house agent had previously tried all he would an upper servant, whose office it the usual methods of drawing the business was to administer to his domestic comfort. to a close. He had assured him that his He on his part thought he was discharging rival draper, Mr. Dawkins, had been after his sole duty by finding her the means to it, and that several other persons were supply a liberal table and suitable appaeager to have it. These, however, had rel, and by treating her with negative kindfailed. Bradshaw still had scruples regard- ness. ing the prudence of the affair; for the rent Well, Martha, I've taken that shop in and taxes were exorbitant, and the terms Market Street,” the husband exclaimed on of the lease far from favorable ; but no returning home; and as he spoke, he threw
himself at full length (which, to own the * This sketch may appear an extravagant fiction truth, did not far exceed five feet, notwithto those who are not aware that there is extant a Life or Legend of Harold (Harl. MSS. 3776); the couch in his little back parlor.
standing his exalted idea of himself) upon which names many of the circumstances engrafted in it. His being nursed of his wounds at Winches- “What shop, my dear?” Mrs. Bradter; his pilgrimage; his yearning after his native shaw asked in surprise. land; his pious acknowledgment of an Almighty hand' in the Norman Conquest; his assuming the
“ Why, the new shop opposite the marname of Christian; and his death in a hermitage at ket-place. Didn't I tell you I thought of Chester.
“No, Peter; you once said that you had to the period at which the change took looked at it, and asked the rent, but it ap- place, “I am convinced that my want of peared much too high for our means. success here is wholly owing to the small
"I am going to try it at all events,” the capital I have, so I have been thinking of husband rejoined a little tartly, for he was taking a partner into my concern." not pleased with her vague allusion to the “ You must be cautious whom you trust, imprudence of which his conscience accused my dear Peter,” Mrs. Bradshaw quietly sim of having been guilty. “There is no- remarked. thing to be done now a days without a Oh, I have taken care to be on the great show; and I think I have stayed in right side,” her husband answered. “I have this duli street long enough.”
made a bargain which cannot be otherwise “ This shop has afforded us a comfortable than for my benefit.” maintenance for seven years, my dear,” the “ Then you have already settled the wife quietly observed.
affair !” cried the wife in surprise. “I “ The change will be for your benefit, thought you implied that you had it only in Martha,” Mr. Bradshaw interposed; “ you contemplation. Pray who may it be that will have the use of three or four additional you have made this arrangement with " rooms, and large ones, instoad of these “ With the son of my father's old friend, little pigeon-holes, so I don't see that you Smitlason. The old man is anxious to assowill have any reason to complain.” ciate his son with some steady man of busi.
“I am not complaining, Peter,” she re- nees, and is willing to put a thousand pounds turned; “I am only fearful that you will into the concern, which will be an excellent find it difficult to meet the expenses from thing to stock my new shop, and will enable your profits ; besides which, we must, you me to extend my connexion." know, have this house on our hands three “ A thousand pounds, will I think, be a years longer.”
poor recompense for having a young man of “ I shall easily find a tenant,” he care- George Smithson's habits as a partner in lessly replied ; adding, “and I have taken your business," Mrs. Bradshaw observed. the other for twenty-one years.
It is not often that I interfere in such Twenty-one years !” exclaimed the wife matters,” she pursued;
" but if you take in astonishment and alarm; but seeing that my advice, Peter, you will have nothing to the gathering storm was about to break, she do with him.' dared not add more.
“And why not, pray ?” her husband When some persons have done that which sharply asked. “I have known the father their consciences decide to be wrong, they these twenty years, and his character has not unfrequently have recourse to a fit of always stood high for integrity." passion, as the only means of silencing the “That may be ; but it does not follow remonstrances of those who have most cause that the son will not bring you into trouble. to complain ; and to this refuge Mr. Brad- You know he has caused his father a shaw fled, knowing that he had no argu- great deal of unhappiness by his imprudence ments to trust to.
His wife being too gen- and extravagance; and it appears to me to tle to resist, and too wise for strife, suffered be like rushing into ruin with your eyes it to have its vent without a word of retort. open to have any connection with him.; Thus it shortly subsided into a calm.
"You are too severe upon the young Another month found the family settled man, Martha,” Mr. Bradshaw interposed, in their new abode; and the usual methods with an inflection of voice which indicated of advertising informed “Mr. Bradshaw's that his judgment was more than half confriends and the public that he had removed vinced by her argument. He has been a from. No. 7 Church Street, to 50 Market little extravagant in his youth ; but now he Street, where he hoped, by offering the has sowed his wild oats, his father hopes he best articles at a very moderate price, to will settle down into more steady habits.” merit their continued patronage and sup- It is quite natural that the father should port ;' but notwithstanding this announce- hope so; but not that you, my dear Peter, ment, the expected influx of customers did should depend on such slender foundations not follow, at least in proportion to the in a matter which may be so very serious. additional expenditure of the shopkeeper, My own observation,” she added, “has and his spirits consequently fell.
led me to remark that a disobedient, ex“ Martha, my dear,” he one day said, travagant youth, seldom makes a steady, addressing his wife a few weeks subsequent persevering man.'
“Oh, you always look on the dark side favored individual. This circumstance of the picture, Martha; you are always caused Mrs. Bradshaw considerable uneasiprognosticating evil. For my part, I like ness Unhappily for her own prospects, to hope the best.” This speech was ac- she had no reason to alter the opinion she companied with one or two of those nervous had formed concerning the young man. movements which often attend unsound She foresaw that poverty and misery must arguments ; but Mrs. Bradshaw, who was be the termination of the carcer he was really much concerned at the new step of pursuing, and she trembled lest her niece imprudence her husband was about to take, should be involved in the ruin he was bringthought it right to be more than usually ing upon himself, and she feared on them tenacious in maintaining her ground. All, also. She made several appeals to her however, was vain. “Pshaw-stuff!” mut- husband, begging him, as he valued the tered Mr. Bradshaw. It was all he could say, happiness of his brother's child, to waru for he had not even a lame leg to stand upon. her of the precipice on which she stood ; Mr. Peter Bradshaw's once small and but he was deaf to her pleadings.
66 Carocomparatively unpretending concern now line is old enough to choose a husband for assumed the more substantial appella- herself, and I shan't interfere in the mattion of a firm, though it had really less ter,” he on one occasion angrily returned. ground for so doing : and fresh placards“ I would not, certainly, have any hand in and advertisements announced“that Messrs. making up the mateh, because people might Bradshaw and Smithson would now be say that I wanted to keep her money in my able to offer the public goods of superior own hands for the use of the firm ; but she quality at a before unbeard-of price." But shall, certainly, do as she pleases.” The neither the plate-glass, the pulling, nor the wife had next recourse to arguments with partner, had the desired effect of enticing the young lady herself; but Miss Caroline fresh people to inspect the wares; and thought her own judgment superior in such many of those who had been regular cus- matters to that of her good aunt. Mrs. tomers at the late shop in Church Street Bradshaw then tried to delay a union which discontinued dealing, thinking that, in she could not prevent. She represented to order to make so much show, the articles her husband that if he withheld his consent must really be inferior. To add to Mr. for twelve months, he would by that time Bradshaw's distress, the house he had before see how the young man conducted himself occupied did not let, nor did it seem likely in the connection he had already formed to do so till the lease had expired, owing with the family, and thus have a better to its being in want of a thorough repair. opportunity of judging whether there was
Just at this period the attention of the any prospect of happiness for his niece. family was called to an affair of a different Poor Mr. Bradshaw's prejudices concerning nature. Mr. Bradshaw's eldest brother the superior judgment of his own sex came had died some years previously, and made again into full play.
He was angry at him his executor, and also the guardian of what he termed his wife's pertinacity in his only daughter. The interest of the groundloss apprehensions, and persisted in money was to be appropriated to the young saying he sbould let the young people follow lady's board and education till she became their own course. The result was, that of age, when it was to be at her own dispo- Miss Caroline Bradshaw became Mrs. sal. Miss Caroline Bradshaw had been | Smithson on tho very day that she attained brought up at a boarding-school in the sub- her majority. urbs of London, and remained there after The young couple had arranged, though her education was decmed finished, till without the consent, or even the knowledge, within a few months of the expiration of of Mr. Bradshaw, to invest the greater part her minority, at which time it was proposed of the bride's fortune in establishing a busiby her uncle that she should take up her ness in London. The fact was, that Smithresidence in his house. As his fair ward son was not at all pleased with the subordihad, in addition to a pretty face, the at-nate position he held in the firm. He traction of fifteen hundred pounds, Mr. wanted to have the entire management; Bradshaw had, during those few months, and, above all, that the money should pass several overtures for her hand; but, to the through his hands, which Mr. Bradshaw dismay of the rival candidates, it was at had hitherto wisely prevented. length discovered that Mr. George Smith- sal to spend the honeymoon in town did not son, who was amongst the number, was the awaken surprise or suspicion ; but this was
the preparatory step for the plan being dering on insanity. His naturally weak put into execution.
mind sank under an accumulated load of Three weeks after his niece's marriage, sufferings, which, in spite of his inordinate Mr. Bradshaw received a letter from his self-esteem, he could not but feel had been young partner, stating that he had just had brought on by his own want of prudent forethe offer of a dashing shop in Regent Street thought. He was really distressed beyond on very advantageous terms; that they measure at the contemplation of the misery wished, therefore, to take up their resi- in which it had involved his gentle wife and dence in London, instead of returning to innocent children; his niece’s distress, too, B-; and that, in the event of Mr. and consequent illness, gave additional Bradshaw approving of the arrangement, poignancy to the stroke. He could not but he and his beloved Caroline were quite feel that he had not fulfilled the part of a willing that the profits of the concern father or guardian towards her; and that should be equally shared with their dear her premature death, or the horrors of her uncle. All he desired was, he said, to future life, would be alike owing to this have the superintendence of the London fact. Mrs. Bradshaw was the only person business left wholly to himself. Mrs. Brad- capable of action, and she in this emershaw, with her customary penetration, per- gency displayed an energy of character ceived that this was likely to involve them which was little expected, but which could in stiil greater trouble. She foresaw that alone be of any avail in saving her family it would enable Smithson to make what use from a total wreck. Her kind and juhe pleased of his partner's name; and now dicious treatment of the unhappy young that he was removed from under their eye, wife restored her, in a short space of it was likely that he would become niore time, to some measure of health; and her improvident and reckless than ever. She prudent counsel then induced her to make again ventured to expostulate with her hus- an effort for self-support, by means of the band, representing how much better it education which she had received. The would be to dissolve the firm at once, and task of soothing the irritated feelings, and thus save himself from absolute ruin. Had calming the perturbed spirit of her husthis advice come from any other quarter, it band, was less casy; yet this she in time is probable that Mr. Bradshaw would have had the happiness of accomplishing. She seen and acknowledged its wisdom. Indeed, did not, it must be told, do it by vaunting as it was, he had his misgivings; but the her superior. judgment and forethought, fact of its being urged by his wife, and taxing him with being the cause of all was a sufficient reason why he should pursue the evils which had befallen them. She a contrary course. The result was, that at did not even vaguely allude to his folly, or the expiration of a few months, the names to her having foretold the event. She of Bradshaw and Smithson appeared in the merely endeavored to show him that, howGazette amongst the list of bankrupts; ever unprosperous his circumstances might and a very inconsiderable dividend had be, her affection was unchanged, and her they to offer, for Smithson had given bills desire to share his fortunes unabated. She upon the credit of the firm to a large bore his petulance with calmness, and his amount, having in the meantime launched only half-subdued pride with patience, tryout into expenses which a capital of five ing to soften the rigor of their present thousand, instead of fifteen hundred pounds, situation, and selecting opportunities for would scarcely justify. Nor was this all offering wholesome advice, and forming juHe had, during his residence in London, dicious plans for the future. Though weakformed connections with several dissolute minded and imprudent in the extreme, young men, who, being like himself, in Bradshaw was not an unprincipled man. want of sufficient means to gratify their Notwithstanding the late unhappy affair, extravagant desires, occasionally had re-his character for integrity was not imcourse to fraudulent acts in order to supply peached. Mrs. Bradshaw, therefore, ad. those means.
This was discovered just at vised that they should return to their late the time his commercial affairs were finally residence in Church Street, which was still settled; and the consequence was, that he untenanted, and recommence business on a was obliged to fly the country, leaving his small scale, trusting to the generosity of unhappy wife in a most destitute and hope their former customers for a renewal of less condition.
their favors. She went on to say that she Poor Mr. Bradshaw was in a state bor- would cheerfully confine the household expenditure within the limits of their profits, ing anxiously after their luggage, some whatever they might be; and not only so, greeted by beloved and familiar faces, but proposed, if possible, laying aside some others seemingly lonely, and with little of portion of those profits for the purpose of worldly wealth to look after-when a smart paying at least a part of the debts they had rap on the shoulder, and a hearty “ How themselves incurred. Bradshaw listened, do you do, my old friend?” from a voice the for the first time in his life, with something tones of which were not unknown to him, like complacency to this prudent counsel. aroused him from his contemplations, and He was too well satisfied with the plan to he the next moment recognised the features raise even an objection; and though his of an old schoolmate." Bradshaw, my pride would not allow him to acknowledge dear fellow !” exclaimed the traveller, now it, he was really much pleased with the bending to seize him by the band, and part she had taken in the whole matter. shaking it with earnestness; “ I'm glad to Mrs. Bradshaw, too unostentatious to feel see you—glad to see you; on my word, this any desire for commendation, was satisfied is an unexpected pleasure." with accomplishing what she felt to be right, “ It is so on my part as well as on yours, though she would certainly have been my good friend,” our hero returned, surveypleased with an expression of approbation, ing with a pleased expression the almost and she immediately set about the necessary gigantic form of his quondam play-fellow. preparations for removal.
" I lost sight of you when I settled in B had, for nearly a century, been London," the traveller resumed; "but one of those quiet country towns in which I've often thought of you. We used to be the only variations known are the deaths of cronies at school, you know.” the elder members of the families, and
“Yes,” Bradshaw rejoined, with a very the younger ones springing up into their undignified “he-he-he!” “ You used places--the changes of the seasons and the to fight my battles, correct all my exercises, alternations of day and night. The inhabit- and work my sums, for I never had mueb ants had gone on for so many years in the taste for such things." same routine of events, that they looked “No, nor ability neither," thought his upon anything which prognosticated ad- auditor; but he loved bis little protégé, vancement as an absolute evil. This state from the very fact of his having always looked of things, however, had its day, and also up to him as a protector and friend, and its termination ; for a railway was just at was really pleased with having met him again. this period brought so near to the place, 66 Come home and take supper with me, that it was deemed requisite to have a sta- and I'll introduce you to my good lady," tion there; and such a circumstance of Bradshaw continued. " I've been an uncourse turned the heads of half the inhabit-lucky wight, but I'm getting on pretty comants, by exciting a desire for speculation. fortably now. How has the world treated As in all other revolutions, the results were you ?" various : to some it wrought evil, to others Oh, I've managed at least to avoid good. In this instance, however, the pre- failure ; but I'll accept of your kind invitaponderance was of the latter ; and amongst tion when I've secured a bed at the inn, those individuals who benefited was Mr. and then we'll make matual revelations." Peter Bradshaw. His small unpretending “ Make our house your home for the shop by degrees assumed a more substan- night,” exclaimed the draper: “we can tial and stylish appearance; and three years find you a bed; and I see,” glancing at the subsequently to the period when we com- carpet-bag his friend held in his hand—“I menced our narrative, at which time his see you have your luggage with you. Let lease bad expired, he was able to renew it us go home at once. on highly advantageous terms. The fact " But are you sure that my stay will not was whispered, and not without some be deemed an intrusion by Mrs. Bradground, though he would not own its truth, shaw?" the traveller hesitatingly interposthat he on this occasion consulted his wifeed; adding," it is not, I know, always regarding the length of time it would be agreeable to ladies to perform the rites of most prudent to extend it.
hospitality for a stranger, without any preMr. Bradshaw was one evening strolling, vious intimation of a visit.” business hours being over, in the precincts "i Mrs. Bradshaw never thinks of opposof the railway station, amusing himself by ing anything I do or say,” the little man watching the passengers alight-some look- pompously returned.