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POOR TUB-WOMAN TTTP1 mother of^ queeks lif a small parish, a few leagues distant from ft young and beautiful girl of sixteen sumrnl eobbing as though her heart would break Anfl^" had good reason, poor child for in her mother had just breathed her last. I^X! r00ai stood the undertaker and one of the DariS. V°T They heeded not the sobs and lamentation- girl, for tbey were used to such scenes K J? £ en summoned hither by some friends ne^hb^ and were considering with characteristic sagenesa t^ causes which had led to the present state oMncrea^d res. srs* ss b»»^uP "»omeBto( h«li(e7to"te°ephoa Jack Forsyth (that was the girl'a fafW\ .r, had been left with £ 300 fortune; but ^hi }*7 8a,d' Sered it all before he died, and ?«>?^uaQ- child to come on the parish. And such waT the promoting causes, they assured each other present increase of pauperism and na„« f tbe still further affirmed, could never be cheeK8m' I7 dued so long as people were allowed to ?0r 8ub" pleased, and throw away the moSy k°nd V had given them. ntt Providence Ellen Forsyth, despite the frantic grief, could not well avoid listening to l™ her of these interesting worthies, and SV.A refnarks solved that, come what might, 8h« „Sfccretly re- become a burden to the parish. ever would fore, was the form of her dearly-bei6_,j,00ae,r» ^re- mitted to the dust, then she disposed of com- of furniture the house afforded «Afti y .articlea parish beadle, who had defrayed the flll! ,Wlfch fn the first instance in behalf of th .exPen8es narish beadle should, and turned haw paWsh. as a in the direction of London. She res°lutely deal of London, though she had #1 ?d a great After a journey of four or five hours LI n there- sore, she reached a low inn ia thi and fo°t- town. It was during the troubloU8 tim ^8 of Charles; and, coming with no the first found it impossible to obtain a situati. tion' girl. The little money she possessed K a 8epvant exhausted, and no other opportunity n 61°g at ^enSth she engaged her services to a wealf^1^08 iteelf' carry out beer from a brewhouse-_k^ rewer« to sequence, one of those persona who a^m]ng' in con- tub-women. re denominated Mr. Peasley, the brewer, who han single gentleman, observing a good-WV?ened to be a most menial and degrading of occutwr g ^tfl inthia instantly into hw employ as a servant her If Ellen waa attractive in the mean u- woman, she became positively irresistihi e,of a tub- in the neat ga^b of a servant-girl, nu ° fche brewer and intelligent—modest likewise, yet 8Pr*ghtly served and the brewer, whose heart » n and unre- found himself day by day beconv 8UscePtible, entangled in the meshes of l0ve A ln3ensibly could not fail to perceive that a* -V he existed, in a social sense, between him^ic richest commoners in England, and 00e of the girl, who had neither money nor friend P0or servant not even respectable antecedents to 8' and perhaps But she was superior to all the b«H C°?lmend her. blandishments of that dissolute peri„^ctlTe arts and it impossible, by presents and promiJl 1 and finding from the paths of virtue, the a ^Pt her able to restrain his passion 1 no before the incorrigible Ellen, and offf° ted himself and fortune, which she, considering ?.her hia hand generosity of the proposal, kindly acU. love and Bllen Forsyth, now the wife of pted. and possessed of charms that the Iovfii^eal% citteen, land might have coveted, soon becaml1 ladJ in the and flattered by many, and hated j;6 ^urted, petted, portion by the remainder, who had Wi 8anQe Ppo- her progress from the low calling Qf „0ualJ regarded a coach-and-four, and tjie arms and A>^U °man of the prince of the brewers of Rustless purse who was more tj>an double the age ftf u p«asley, while she was aa yet a young woman died her undisputed heir to the bulk of hit 25> leaving rendered ber more than ever the obilv0perty. which fortune-hunting persecutions. J E °* flattery and The business of the brewery was of and no one but those far beneath 'he-C°Ur8e> dropped; and maliciously inclined, presumed t** 8°cial dignity antecedents, or to recollect aught of tl° ^tion her she had first appeared in the real lif6 at Period when low life as a tub-woman. Of course th 68 of London and earls to whom she nodded thro, V°rds» dukes, window, had no disposition to know » Lher carriage dalous a matter, so long as the of so scan- widow was willing to receive their at? and beautiful encourage them with her seductive and to still greater triumphs. "Wiles to hope for On the death of Mr. Peasley, a lawyer, named Hyde, was recommendB^aainent young ing and dashing widow as a 8l,i( ^e bloom- arrange her husband's affairs. Now e Person to work without a precedent—and the W°Velista do not with the page, or the father's secret^y f&lla « love the Bame; and the miss with the mun ^hich is all monsieur, who gives twelve lessons ? or the bachelor uncle with the housekeeper ?.nch the riches and poor relations in abundant u^h he has with the barmaid, who treats him tl' op the cstler oia the oly; and pray@ why should it oin-and-watet on the sly; and pray, why should it .n'and-water for thfl widow of a wealthy brewer t flut of P^ce with the handsome and einbitioujin love ploys ? It is all the work of a*8ociaH0riley she em- if the affinities be right; in proof,0"1 tell you add that the widow of the brewer did f i ieh> m< Hyde attorney, which was all pronli 111 love wit! yer an<j businees 1 like, and to work up the usual, or rather unusual, climax, Hyde, who regarded the widow's fortune as too substantial an affair to be trifled with, readily followed suit—loved, proposed, and was accepted. Hold!" says the reader. This transaction is no romance! It smacks too much of the world and —Change Alley!" True, it is difficult to rid ourselves of the old im- pression of love in a cottage, princely troubadors and similar moonshine—at least when compared to the present matter-of-fact narration. But the world of the real is not less stereotyped in representation than the world of the ideal; it is all the same yester- day, to-day, and for ever. Circumstances mav modify passion, refine intellect, purify thought, but in reality, human nature remains the same in Botany Bay, or' China, or at the Antipodes. Twenty years ago,' we remember to have seen Miss M'Crea murdered in statuary, and the other day we saw her again, a little faded, it is true, as naturally might be expected after constantly undergoing the process of being murdered for so long a period by a malicious savage in red daub and feathers; and as you look, are you not morally satisfied she is the same unfortunate lady, of the same identical plaster and wax that yonr grandfather saw, and that your grandson is positively certain to see, and to regard with the same admiration and awe that you yourself once regarded it ? Suffice it to say, or rather let it be sufficient to add, that the lawyer and the brewer's widow were married, and that Hyde, afterwards the great Earl of Clarendon, became, by issue of this marriage, father-in-law of James II. • go that the poor tub-woman was mother to the queen- mother of Mary and Anne.

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