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me, I would see no company but his wife, and three young children. On alighting, I was conducted into a very elegant dining-room; and the gentleman went to call his lady, to whom he obligingly introduced me. After mutual compliments, fixing my eyes on the lady, I was perfuaded The greatly resembled the young gentleman whom my
friend suspected to be a woman ; and I obferved she looked at me very earnestly, not without betraying some modeft blushes. As dinner was not quite ready, I spoke to the lady as follows. “ Madam, I am much obliged to this gentleman and you, for the polite and courteous reception you are giving to a stranger. But, Madam, the more I look at you, I cannor but flatter myfelf I have seen you, or one very much resembling you, some years ago, in a city far distant from this, though in another dress. As your complexion and features very much resemble a lovely gentleman whom I have seen, I will be obliged to you, if you will be so good as inform me whether
: my fufpicions are just or not. Perhaps you may also recollect having seeo me. I beg pardon, Madam, if I am in a mistake.” . To this the lady, smiling, replied, “ Yes, Sir, you have seen me frequently; and I have been oftener than once in your company. The day before I left the city you refer to, I was in your friend Mr
T's room, being invited by Mr M, and heard him, with - very great pleasure, deliver a most excellent fpeech to the gentlemen there affembled. That speech had fuch an effect upon me, that I refolved immediately to execute a resolution I had previously made to return to my own country, and throw off my disguise." I answered, "Madam, I rejoice at the pleasant opportunity of seeing you again, though in a very different dress: My dear deceafed friend began to fufpect, from certain cir
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cumstances in your behaviour, that you was a woman, and defired me to call for you next day at your lodgings, and invite you to visit him again. I called accordingly for you in the after, noon, but found you had left the town in the forenoon." I then repeated to her what had palfed betwixt Mr Tons and me, with the dif. COU of the maid of the house where she lodged, relating to her. Upon which she replied, “Your excellent friend's suspicions were well founded ; and the account the girl gave you was literally true. As I hope you will continue with us for fome time, I shall, after dinner, give you a parti. cular account of my life, with the reasons for dif. guigng my sex, and pursuing masculine ftudies. I made my acknowledgments in the moft obli, ging manner I could ; and told her Ladyfhip, I would do myself the pleasure, if it would not be inconvenient, to lodge with them that and the following day. She thanked me for the favour, as the politely called it.
Afier dinner, the attendants and children being removed, and none remaining but the gentleman, lady, and me; fhe addreffed me as follows.
“ Sir, as my husband was intimately acquainte ed with all the transactions of my life, bé being a few years older than me; I don't scruple to fatisfy your curto fly in his presence. You will, no doubt, be much surprised to find, that a young woman appeared in man's apparel, and, in that dress, spent fome years in the study of learning; and be curious to know what were my niorives for acting so very extraordinary a párt. I shall therefore endeavour to gratify that curiofing which such an odd phænomenon cannot fail to excite.
"My father is a gentleman of character and fortune, and lives in the neighbourhood; nd
my husband is my coufin-german. My father has a numerous family of children, and I am his eldest daughter, but not his first-born, as I have a brother older than me. I from birth a lively, brisk, and handsome girl ; and was be. loved by my cousin, now my husband, from my tender years, as he was brought up with me. I don't know how it happened, but so it was, that I was never happy but in his company. I had naturally an averfion to dolls, and such play, things and entertainments as girls are addicted to. I therefore partook of all the diversions and recreations that my cousin amused himself with; apd be was equally fond of me.. I hated the fe male drels, and was always flovenly, in it. Pelicoats, stays, and caps were a burden to me ; and fo was the needle. I often wilhed that I had been a boy like him ; and sometimes fecretly put on
I pearance, to the fatisfaction and entertainment of my coutig. As soon as I was capable of speak ring, I was sent to the same school with him, and, -chiefly by his affidance, I soon learned to read English perfectly. When I was seven years of -age, 48 ny father and mother wère, continually chiding me for the fovenliness of my dress, which was become more and more irksome to me, and as they well knew I had a genius and a yaftambirion for learning, having made some progress vip Latin under the direction of my dear coulin ; Lone day took occasion 19 tell my father, that I hated nothing more than petticoats, and every other part of womens dress; that I never expect ed to make any sgure as a girl, but hoped I might do, it as a boy; that I had no taste for female amusements, but my fole delight was in books. I expressed my defire, that he would .condescend to humour me in my design of pro
fecuting literary studies; that as I abhorred a girl's dress, he would order proper boy's cloaths to be made for me, and, to conceal the change, put me to a grammar-school at some distance, a. long with my coufin, who would take care of me. He answered, “ Thou art a masculine girl indeed, and must at any rate be a boy. I shall confider your proposal, and talk of it to your mother; and, if she will consent, I shall indulge your inclination.” The fame day mamma rallied me a good deal on my whimsical proposal, as she called it ; and used a variety of arguments to diffuade me from my design. But all the could say was ineffectual to divert me from my favourite project. My cousin was consulted, who gave cheerfully into the scheme. It was then resolved, that we thould both be fent to a town where all branches of education are taught by very able masters. In a day or two after, as soon as I had rose out of bed in a morning, mamma privately
dressed me in a suit of cast cloaths belonging to : my coufin ; and finding that both the and I liked
my appearance in that dress, and that it was poffible my sex might be effeétually concealed, called papa, who was exceedingly fond of me in my boyish apparel. Being stript of these cloaths, much against my inclination, I was told, to my comfort, that I and my cousin fhould be sent away early next morning. Accordingly my mother awaked me at three that morning, and dressed me in my boy's cloaths. The chaise being ordered to-attend at the garden-door, papa, my coufin, and I, went into it; and the first day we travelled ' near fifty miles. Next morning, having arrived at a large town, my father fent for a tailor, and ordered him instantly to get ready for me two new suits of cloaths, of such colours as I myself fancied. They were brought to our lod
gings in the evening, together with shoes, stocko ings, shirts, and every thing I stood in need of. The following morning we prosecuted our journey, and, about noon, arried at the place of our deftination. As my name is Fanny, I, at my father and coufin's defire, affumed that of Francis, and took the firname of my coufin, who is nephew to my mother, and was to pass as his broiher. My father procured us lodgings in a respectable and religious family, rècoinmending to the landlord, a worthy Presbyterian ctergyman, to instruct us carefully in the principles of Christianity, and fuperintend our behaviour; and ordered us constantly to lie in feparate beds; which order we religioufly observed. Having placed us at school, settled every thing relating to our edu. cation and board, and given us his blefling, aecompanied with wholefome advices and fervent prayers, he set out on his return home. On his arrival it was given out, that I had gone to Lon.' don to live with a rich aunt, a widów; and that my cousin was sent to a distant fchool. To prevent all discoveries, he had ordered a stranger to drive the chaise; fo that no one in the family, no not my eldest brother, was priey to the project.
:“ We continued at school above fix years, in which time we made confiderable progress in learning, having been taught Latin, Greek, French, Italian, writing, arithmetic, and feveral branches of the mathematics; and my dear hufband cannot refuse to own, that I was as diligent, and made as good progress, as he. We lived in perfect love and friendship, as if we had had one common soul, ftudying to please and oblige one another. Between the sixth and seventh year, when I was on the eve of the fourteenth year of my age, we mutually signed a paper, importing, that as we had dearly loved one another from our