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as if he had fallen on a bed of roses. In a second he was on his feet, and having taken a fancy to O'Hara, rendered him all the assistance in his power

“ Lean upon me, my hearty. that twofisted youngster, I told him to let go his lee braces, and luff all he could, or he'd be foul of the pier, but the son of a minded me no more than a dead dog would listen to a boatswain's whistle; and that clubs must put in her oar and scream like ten divils ; ! look at her clearing the wreck, to get where her

luggage is stowed away, though the tailor's singing out for some one to pull his leg. My eyes ! what a smash-the -whole broadside started ; but here comes more help; lean upon me."

Notwithstanding O'Hara had gone immediately to bed after being blooded by the Village Surgeon, in the morning a smart fever

To attempt to continue his journey would have been impossible, and obedient to professional advice, he submitted to necessity, and took up his abode at the inn,

came on.

On the eighth morning he was enabled to leave his chamber, and tired of the confinement of the past week, he resolved to discharge his medical attendant, and leisurely resume his journey. In pursuance of this resolution he was returning from the Doctor's house, when the Holyhead mail passed. Some person in it recognised him, and, on the coach stopping, a young man whom he remembered to have occasionally seen at Newbridge, presented him a letter. It was a lucky circumstance," he said, “ that he had seen Mr. O'Hara, for Mr. Thornton had earnestly requested] him to de. liver it (without delay; he had accordingly sought him at the hotel in Dublin, and finding he had not yet arrived from England, he thought he might be still in London, and, therefore, brought the packet with him.” Henry received the letter, and the coachman started the horses, and cut short all further inquiry.

O'Hara retired to his apartment, and opened the packet which, by such extraordinary accident, had reached him. The letter was from Thornton, and we shall transcribe it ver. batim :

Newbridge, April -, 1798. . “ MY DEAR O'HARA,

“ There are certain liberties which, when taken with a man's purse or person, require some apology; and, as in my late affair with young Nugent I became your representative, without having obtained or even solicited your vote and interest, I beg to assure you, that if any impropriety has occurred on my part, old affection and regard for your worthy father and brotherly feelings towards yourself, stimulated me to act as I have done, and that nothing was farther from my thoughts than any unseasonable interference in a matter which, had you been in the country, belonged exclusively to yourself. So far of apology, and now for justification. Enclosed, I transmit copies of three letters which Nugent's friend gave me after the principal was removed from the ground."

No. 1.

* Carmeen, - April, 1798.

. SIR-Having been informed of the extreme impropriety of your conduct yesterday evening to Major O'Hara, when the arrest of that gen

tleman rendered it impossible for him to notice any insult; in the absence of his son, may I request you forthwith to offer such apology as may be deemed adequate by Mr. O'Hara's friends, or give an early meeting to

Your obedient servant,

ROBERT MOUTRAY.' • Colonel Curzon, the bearer of this, will inake all necessary arrangements.'

Edward Nugent, Esq. &c. &c.'

No. 2.

Bally Carnew, April —, 98. • Sir,--Your conduct last night at Castle Carra was that of a mean and dastardly coward. To prevent the necessity of resorting to harsh measures, and giving you personal chastisement, in the absence of Mr. Henry O'Hara, I request you

will meet me at seven o'clock to-morrow morning, at Flurry Bridge.

• Mr. Fitzpatrick, my friend, will deliver this, and wait your reply. Your obedient, humble servant,

Hector DOGHERTY.' To E. Nugent, Esq. &c. &c.?

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No. 3.

Mount Pleasant, Friday.. • Mr. Reginald Maguire presints compts. to Mr. Edwerd Nugent, and is sorry to Acquaint him that his Behavour at Castel Carra was nather dacent nor Frindly, and as it will not be in the Power of my worthy Frind, the Major, to call upon at Presint, Mr. Reginald Maguire will expect Mr. Nugent will allow him that Pleasure. Mr. Reginald Maguire would Beg to recomend Dunshaughlin Hill, also wishin that sunday Morning would anser Mr. Nugent-Because he is not on Tarms with the Sherif, and He horswipt the Sub'at The election. But if Mr. Nugent has any other Engagemen, Mr. Reginald Maguire will take the Tinints with him to prevint Axcident from contankerous Creditors, and meet him

any

hour he plases on Saturday.

• P.S.—My esteemed frind, Cabtain Costello, will resave further comands.'

Edward Nugent, Esq. &c. &c. &c.'

“ Now my dear Harry, was it not lucky for all parties that the blackguard fell to my

lot, for what chance would he have had with Mou

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