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every morning as regular as clock-work. Now there was one of the streets which was chiefly occupied by music sellers and Italian singers -for them foreigners always herd together --and this tune, which the old cow died of,' as the saying is, used to be their horror, and out came the halfpence to send him away. There was a sort of club also in that street, of larking sort of young men, and when they perceived that the others gave the old man money to get rid of his squeaking, they sent him out money, with orders to stay and play to them, so then the others sent out more for him to go away, and between the two, the old fellow brought home more money than all the cadgers and mumpers in the district. Now if you have a loud voice, I can provide you with all the rest.'-—Do you gain your livelihood by that ?'—"To be sure I do ; and I can tell you, that of all the trades going, there is none equal to it. You see, my hearty, I have been on board of a man-of-war—not that I'm a sailor, or was ever bred to the sea—but I was shipped as a landsman, and did duty in the waist and afterguard. I know little or nothing of my duty as a seaman, nor was it required in the station I was in, so I never learnt, although I was four years on board; all I learnt was the lingo and slang—and that you must contrive to learn from me. I bolted, and made my way good to Lunnun, but I should soon have been picked up and put on board the Tender again, if I hadn't got this wooden stump made, which I now carry in my hand. I had plenty of songs, and I commenced my profession, and a real good un it is, I can tell you. Why, do you know, that a'ter a good victory, I have sometimes picked up as much as two pounds a-day, for weeks running; as it is, I averages from fifteen shillings to a pound. Now, as you helped me away from that land shark, who would soon have found out that I had two legs, and have put me into limbo as an impostor, I will teach you to arn your livelihood after my fashion. You shall work with me until you are fit to start alone, and then there's plenty of room in England for both of us ; but mind, never tell any one what you pick up, or every mumper in the island will put on a suit of sailor's clothes, and the thing will be blown upon.' Of course, this was too good an offer to be rejected, and I joyfully acceded. At first, I worked with him as having only one arm, the other being tied down to my side, and my jacket sleeve hanging loose and empty, and we roared away right and left, so as to bring down a shower of coppers wherever we went. In about three weeks my friend thought I was able to start by myself, and giving me half of the ballads, and five shillings to start with, I shook hands and parted with, next to you, the best friend that I certainly ever had. Ever since I have been crossing the country in every direction, with plenty of money in my pocket, and always with one eye looking sharp out for you. My beautiful voice fortunately attracted your attention, and here I am, and at an end of my history; but if ever I am away from you, and in distress again, depend upon it I shall take to my wooden leg and ballads for my support.”
Such were the adventures of Timothy, who was metamorphosed into a precise Quaker. “ I do not like the idea of your taking up a system of deceit, Timothy. It may so happen--for who knows what may occur ?--that you may again be thrown upon your own
Now would it not be better that you should obtain a more intimate knowledge of the profession which we are now in, which is liberal, and equally profitable? By attention and study you will be able to dispense medicines and make up prescriptions as well as myself, and who knows but that some day you may be the owner of a shop like this?"
Verily, verily, thy words do savour of much wisdom," replied Tim, in a grave voice ; " and I will even so follow thy advice.”
I knew that he was mocking me in this reply, but I paid no attention to that; I was satisfied that he consented. I now made him assist me, and under my directions he made up the prescriptions. I explained to him the nature of every medicine; and I made him read many books of physic and surgery. In short, after two or three months I could trust to Timothy as well as if I were in the shop myself; and having an errand boy, I had much more leisure, and I left him in charge after dinner. The business prospered, and I was laying up money. My leisure time, I hardly need say, was spent with Mr. Cophagus and his family, and my attachment to Susannah Temple increased every day. Indeed, both Mr. and Mrs. Cophagus considered that it was to be a match, and often joked with me when Susannah was not present. With respect to Susannah, I could not perceive that I was farther advanced in her affections than after I had known her two months. She was always kind and considerate, evidently interested in my welfare, always checking in me any thing like levity-frank and confiding in her opinions and charitable to all, as I thought, except to me. But I made no advance that I could perceive. The fact was, that I dared not speak to her as I might have done to another who was not so perfect. And yet she smiled, as I thought, more kindly when I returned than at other times, and never appeared to be tired of my company. If I did sometimes mention the marriage of another, or attentions paid which would, in all probability, end in marriage, it would create no confusion or blushing on her part, she would talk over that subject as composedly as any other. I was puzzled, and I had been fifteen months constantly in her company, and had never dared to tell her that I loved her. But one day Mr. Cophagus brought up the subject when we were alone. He commenced by stating how happy he had been as a married man, that he had given up all hopes of a family, and that he should like to see Susannah Temple, his sister-in-law, well married, that he might leave his property to her children; and then he put the very pertinent question_“ Japhet—verily—thou hast done well -good business—money coming in fast-settle, Japhet-marryhave children and so on. Susannah-nice girl-good wife-pop question-all right-sly puss—won't say no-um—what d'ye say? and so on." I replied that I was very much attached to Susannah, but that I was afraid that the attachment was not mutual, and therefore hesitated to propose. Cophagus then said that he would make his wife sound his sister, and let me know the result.
This was in the morning just before I was about to walk over to the shop, and I left the house in a state of anxiety and suspense. When I arrived at the shop, I found Tim there as usual; but the colour in his face was heightened as he said to me, “ Read this, Japhet," and handed to me the “ Reading Mercury.” I read an advertisement as follows:
“ If Japhet Newland, who was left at the Foundling Asylum, and afterwards was for some time in London, will call at No. 16, Throgmorton Court, Minories, he will hear of something very much to his advantage, and will discover that of which he has been so long in search. Should this reach his eye, he is requested to write immediately to the above address, with full particulars of his situation. Should any one who reads this be able to give any information relative to the said J. N., he will be liberally rewarded.”
I sank down on the chair. « Merciful Heaven ! this can be no mistake — he will discover the object of his search.' Timothy, my dear Timothy, I have at last found out my father.”
“ So I should imagine, my dear Japhet,” replied Timothy, “ and I trust it will not prove a disappointment.”
“ They never would be so cruel, Timothy,” replied I.
“ But still it is evident that Mr. Masterton is concerned in it,” observed Timothy.
“ Why so ?" inquired I.
“ How otherwise should it appear in the Reading newspaper ? He must have examined the post-mark of my letter.”
To explain this, I must remind the reader that Timothy had promised to write to Mr. Masterton when he found me ; and he requested my permission shortly after we had met again. I consented to his keeping his word, but restricted him to saying any more than “ that he had found me, and that I was well and happy.” There was no address in the letter as a clue to Mr. Masterton as to where I might be, and it could only have been from the post-mark that he could have formed any idea. Timothy's surmise was therefore very probable; but I would not believe that Mr. Masterton would consent to the insertion of that portion of the advertisement, if there was no foundation for it.
“ What will you do, Japhet ?”.
“ Do,” replied I, recovering from my reverie, for the information had again roused up all my dormant feelings—“ Do,” replied I, " why, I shall set off for town this very morning.”
“ In that dress, Japhet ?”
“ I suppose I must,” replied I, “ for I have no time to procure another;" and all my former ideas of fashion and appearance were roused, and in full activity-my pride recovered its ascendency
“ Well,” replied Timothy, “I hope you will find your father all that you could wish."
“ I'm sure of it, Tim-I'm sure of it,” replied I; “ you must run and take a place in the first coach.” “ But you are are not going without seeing Mr. and Mrs. Cophagus,
Miss Temple,” continued Tim, laying an emphasis upon the latter name.
“Of course not,” replied I, colouring deeply. “I will go at once. Give me the newspaper,
Tim." I took the newspaper, and hastened to the house of Mr. Cophagus. I found them all three sitting in the breakfast parlour, Mr. Cophagus, as usual, reading, with his spectacles on his nose, and the ladies at work. “ What is the matter, friend Japhet?” exclaimed Mr. Cophagus, as I burst into the room, my countenance lighted up with excitement. “ Read that, sir !” said I to Mr. Cophagus. Mr. Cophagus read it. “ Hum-bad news-lose Japhet-man of fashionand so on,” said Cophagus, pointing out the paragraph to his wife, as he handed over the paper.
In the mean time I watched the countenance of Susannah-a slight emotion, but instantly checked, was visible at Mr. Cophagus's remark. She then remained quiet until her sister, who had read the paragraph, handed the paper to her. “I give thee joy, Japhet, at the prospect of finding out thy parent,” said Mrs. Cophagus. “I trust thou wilt find in him one who is to be esteemed as a man. When departest thou ?”
“ Immediately,” replied I.
“ I cannot blame thee—the ties of nature are ever powerful. I trust that thou wilt write to us, and that we soon shall see thee return."
“ Yes, yes,” said Cophagus,“ see father—shake hands—come back-heh -settle here and so on.”
" I shall not be altogether my own master, perhaps,” observed I. “ If my father desires that I remain with him, must not I obey ? But I know nothing at present. You shall hear from me. Timothy my place in the
I could not bear the idea of the word shop, and I stopped. Susannah, for the first time, looked me earnestly in the face, but she said nothing. Mr. and Mrs. Cophagus, who probably had been talking over the subject of our conversation, and thought this a good opportunity to allow me to have an éclaircissement with Susannah, left the room, saying they would look after my portmanteau and linen. “ Susannah,” said I, “
you do not appear to rejoice with me.”
“ Japhet Newland, I will rejoice at every thing which may tend to thy happiness, believe me; but I do not feel assured but that this trial may prove too great, and that thou mayest fall away. Indeed, I perceive even now that thou art excited with new ideas, and visions of pride."
“ If I am wrong, forgive me. Susannah, you must know that the whole object of my existence has been to find my father; and now that I have every reason to suppose that my wish is obtained, can you be surprised, or can you blame me, that I long to be pressed in his arms ?"
“ Nay, Japhet, for that filial feeling I do commend thee; but ask thy own heart, is that the only feeling which now exciteth thee? Dost thou not expect to find thy father one high in rank and power ? Dost thou not anticipate to join once more the world which thou hast quitted, yet still hast sighed for? Dost thou not already feel contempt for thy honest profession :-nay, more, dost thou not only long to
cast off the plain attire, and not only the attire, but the sect which in thy adversity thou didst embrace the tenets of? Ask thy own heart, and reply if thou wilt, but I press thee not so to do; for the truth would be painful, and a lie, thou knowest, I do utterly abhor.”
I felt that Susannah spoke the truth, and I would not deny it. I sat down by her. “ Susannah,” said I, “it is not very easy to change at once. I have mixed for years in the world, with you I have been but a few months. I will not deny but that the feelings you
have expressed have risen in my heart, but I will try to repress them; at least, for your sake, Susannah, I would try to repress them, for I value your opinion more than that of the whole world. You have the power to do with me as you please :—will you exert that power ?”
“ Answer me, Japhet,” replied Susannah. “ The faith which is not built upon a more solid foundation than to win the favour of an erring being like myself is but weak; that power over thee which thou expectest will fix thee in the right path, may soon be lost, and what is then to direct thee? If no purer motives than earthly affection are to be thy stay, most surely thou wilt fall. But no more of this; thou hast a duty to perform, which is to go to thy earthly father, and seek his blessing. Nay more, I would that thou shouldest once more enter into the world ; there thou mayest decide. Shouldest thou return to us, thy friends will rejoice, and not one of them will be more joyful than Susannah Temple. Fare thee well, Japhet, mayest thou prove superior to temptation. I will pray for thee-earnestly I will pray for thee, Japhet,” continued Susannah, with a quivering of her lips and broken voice, and she left the room.
I went up stairs, and found that all was ready, and I took leave of Mr. and Mrs. Cophagus, both of whom expressed their hopes that I would not leave them for ever. “Oh, no,” replied I, “ I should indeed be base, if I did.” I left them, and with Ephraim following with my portmanteau, I quitted the house. I had gone about twenty yards when I recollected that I had left on the table the newspaper with the direction whom to apply to in the advertisement, and desiring Ephraim to proceed, I returned back. When I entered the parlour, Susannah Temple was resting her face in her hands and weeping bitterly. The opening of the door made her start up; she perceived that it was me, and she turned away. “I beg your pardon, I left the newspaper," said I, stammering. I was about to throw myself at her feet, declare my sincere affection, and give up all idea of finding my father until we were married, when she, without saying a word, passed quickly by me and hastened out of the room. “ She loves me then," thought I; “thank God :-I will not go yet, I will speak to her first.” 1 sat down, quite overpowered with contending feelings. The paper was in my hand, the paragraph was again read, and I thought but of my father.
In half an hour I had shaken hands with Timothy and quitted the town of Reading. How I arrived in London, that is to say, what passed or what we passed, I know not; my mind was in such a state of excitement. I hardly know how to express the state that I was in. It was a sort of mental whirling which blinded me—round and round—from my father and the expected meeting, then to Susannah,