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Hannah at 48 and Hester Brown and Extract of a letter from a settler for Peggy Oldfield and partickler poor life in Van Diemen's Land.--"I am Charlotte they neednt Fear about being tould We maid a Verry pritty site all Plane for Yew may tell Them in this Wauking too and too in our Bridle land Faces dont make stumblin Blox wite Gownds with the Union Jacks and if the Hole cargo was as uggly As afore us to pay humbel Respex to ker- sin Lots wood git marrid. Deer Mary nel Arther who behaived verry Gentle- if so Be you feel disposed to cum Out manny and Complimentid us on our Your self I will aford evry Falicity 10Handsom apearences and Purlitely sed wards your happines. I dont want to he Wisht us All in the United States. hurt your Felines but since the CotchThe Salers was so gallaunt as giv three man as giv Yew up I dont think Yew chear wen we left there Ship and sed have anether String to your Bo to say tha: if so be they had not Bean without nothink of Not being so young As yew Canons they Wood have saluted us all was Ten yeer ago and Faces Will ware Round. Servents mite live Long enuff out as well as scrubbin brushes. Theirs in Lonnon without Being sich persons a verry nice yung man is quit Willin of Distinkshun. For iny hone Part, to offer to Yew providid Yew cum the cumming amung strangers and Pig in verry Next vessle for He had Maid up Pokes, prudence Dicktatid not to be his mind not to Wait beyond the Kupid askt out At the verry furst cumming and Sikey, as the ship is on the Pint in, howsumer All is settled And the of Sailing I cant rite Moor at pressent match is aproved of by Kernel Arther xcept for them has as shily shalying and the British goverment, who as sweat harts to Thretten with cumiping agread to giv me away, thems wat I to Vandemins And witch will soon sho call Honners as we used to Say at wist. wether its Clibbard love or true love. Wan thing in My faver was my voice I hav seen Enuff of Bows droping in at and my noing the song of the Plane surpentime and falling out the next Gould Ring witch the Van demons had morning after borrowin Wans wags. never Herd afore. I would recummend Wen yew see anny Frends give my all as meens cumming to Bring as men- Distant love to Them and say my being ny of the feshingoble Songs and Ballets Gone to another world dont impear my as they Can-and to get sum nogliges Mimmery but I offten Thinks of Numof music as fortnately for me I was ber 22 and the two Next Dores. yew Abel to by meens of praxtising on may Disclose my matterymonial pros• Missis Piney Forte wen the faminilly pex to betty as we hav allways had a Was at ramsgit. Of Coarse you and Deal of Confidents. And remane with betty Will xpect Me to indulge in the Gratest assurance Your affexionat Pearsonallitis about my intendid to tell Frend Susan Cale-as his to be Simco. Yew wat he is lick he is not at all lick

P. S. Deer mary Furst Match beeing Eddard as driv the Fancy bred and broke off short hope Yew will not take Noboddy else yew No. I would send it Il but I have marrid the yung Man as yew His picter Dun by himself only was to Hav waited for Yew, but As yew its no more lick him then Chork is to have never see one Annother trust yew Cheas. In spit of the Short Tim for will Not take Him to hart or abrade luv to take Roots I am convinst he

by Return of Postesses he has behaved verry Passionet, of coarse As to his Perfickly honnerable And has got a temper I cant Speek As yet I hav not

very United friend of his Hone to be Tride it. O mary littel did I think too attacht to Yew in lew of Him. adew. month ago of sending you Brid Cake

Hood's Comic Annuul. and Weddin favers wen I say this I am only Figgering in speach for Yew must Not look for sich Things from this part of the Wurld I dont mean this by Way of discurridgement Wat i meen to say

One day, bebind my lady's back,

My lord attack'd her maid, is this If yung wimmin perfers a state And stole a kiss, which she repaid, of Silly Bessy they Had better remane And gave him smack for smack. ware they

Port with such freedoms, “ Pray," says slie, was Born, but as far as

" Who kisses with the greatest glee ? Reel down rite Coarting and no non Is it my lady-is it I?” sens is concarned This is the Plaice 'Tis you no doubt,” he made reply. for my Munny a Gal has only to cum

“Why, in good truth, it must be true,'

Resumed the wanton dame, out hear And theirs duzzens to jump “For Tom, and John, and Chaplain, too, at her like Cox at Cusberris. it will All say the very same."

HIGH LIFE

AN EPIGRAM.

THE MILLER AND SEGERY BELL.

GHOST STORIES; OR, SHADES thumb' was set. On other whimsical

OF THE DEPARTED. occasions he would get into Seger
POR THE OLIO.

church, and ring the bell to the dismay
of those who beard the twanging

sound. Sometimes a light was seen That the tongue of credulity speaks by some old vigil nurse, or shepherd through the oral tradition of aboriginal peasant, blinking through the small descent, to the sons and daughters of stone window. The owls that lived in men who have not passed the boun ry, as snugly as hares in clover, or daries of their native hamlet and local sparrows in thatch, patronised bis deinheritance is pretty evident. Ghost signs by their screeching and hooting stories ever have been, are, and will contributions; and the bats disturbed be, popular. The enlightened mind in their reveries, added supernatural that does not pin its faith to the deli- appearances by their whirring incesneature of supernatural appearances, santly through the gloom and the shais not more insensible to the fancied dowed reflections of the foliage, when theory, than the stubborn, heartfelt, the moon shone out from the vassalage believer in, and the expositor of, spirits of clouds. The miller was a hardy that walk the night and appear in the and hardened, broad-shouldered wight, bodily shape of their delegated autho- not susceptible of fear ; for, if he posrities. The climax of this story is be- sessed not a northern gift of seeing lieved by many to this day, to have ex- double, he certainly seemed to all that isted in its prime character and inter- knew him to be out of the reach of esting, but appalling, substance; and danger, and could discern more than his it is veraciously related by good tacti- neighbours; and he wore a mystery tians in memory over the brown jug in about him which none could fathom, a dark and cold evening near the haven though all acknowledged him to be a of a winter's yule. There was only very frank, good-hearted fellow; at one bell in Seger (now called Seagry) least, when it suited his purpose to be church. This bell answered the seve so. But, to give him his due, he had ral purposes for rejoicings, marriages, saved many from drowning; ground and burials. The same slatten sound the peasant's leasings for nothing (save issued forth its proclamations amid the a little toll); kept a good stock of eels wild sceneries and lonely abodes of the for the sick, and allowed plenty of fishvery few surrounding inhabitants. The ing in his domains. Hence he was not church living, which, in the present tempted into a belief of superstitious day, would not be coveted at such a agency, but took upon hiinself the valuation, was only six pounds, four- active proof of what he did, could be teen shillings per annum, but the duties explained to himself, if unsatisfactorily, were few. The doors were opened for to others. Familiar with the awful service only once every alternate Sun- howling of winter - the dangerous day ;-then the priest came a little dis- drifting snow--the iced waters and the tance to perform his work to a few roaring torrents of flooding waters money-getting farmers, and their gazing through the hatches, he regarded none sons and rosy-faced, plump, daughters. of the old wife's fables, but lived in a

A miller lived not far below the vein of humour to enjoy them by aiding church at the close of the meadows of their fantacies to escape in the medium Hungerdown, and a jocose man was of easy belief. It happened, however, he. Not very unlike the miller depict- in a village inn adventure, that Charles ed by Chaucer in his 'Canterbury May, a butcher, offered for the price Pilgrims.' This “taker of double toll' of a new sample bag, to go and watch who changed the wheat,' most hu- the reputed "ghost that disturbed the morously delighted in playing tricks bell in Seger church. This being with the monks at Dauntsey Manor.. agreed to by the facetious miller and Sometimes he would leap into his flat- the drinking party, Master Charles bottomed boat, cross the Avon, and fix twice attempted, but failed. The third it on the opposite side of the water at time he girded his marrowbones, Dodford, while he laid chains and ropes cleaver and knife, round him to the across the paths through which the bro- amusement of soine, and the consternatherhood nightly passed from vespers, tion of others of his compeers, and went and speedily returned home to his grind- forth from the village inn, like a Giing propensities, fraught with scare- deonite and man of might. More forcrow notions, either to persecute or tunate in his third enterprise, he gained frighten those on whom his ‘miller's a peep by a chink into the belfry, and

he beheld as he declared on the vera bious and twofold offices. Time intercity of a butcher, that he saw with his vened, and delayed the threat for own eyes and in his own person, six awhile. But after years brought the forms in white merrily dancing round trial to a nearer result. And, ere the the bellrope that hung from the tower miller gave up the natural ghost,' he to the ground. Indeed, assisted by made a disclosure of the anatomical the moonlight, he moreover averred, and artificial proportions of the supposthat he could recognise the counte- ed one, to his only son. Though the nances of those persons deceased clerkly sexton was accurately informed whom he knew familiarly, when living, of this, he was literally afraid to toll This sage declaration succeeded, and the bell on the occasion of the funeral, so terrified the people round the vici- and the grave-digger trembled so fearnity, when the sight he saw was so fully during the interment, that he confidently circulated, that his wager started away from the rope ere it was was immediately decided over heavy concluded, and the lumps of clay were potions of the strongest beer in the cel. thrown on the coffin without the bell lar. It is needless to observe, that the ringing the foul fiends of the air out well pleased miller was the challenger of the presence of the dirge. The bell to May's courage ; and that he, by the still remains in 'single blessedness ;' aid of sacks, tied by a cross of wood and, like the heads of many in the purto the rope of each sack at the top, lieus of Segery, is as cracked as needs pulled by himself through a hole by a be. string, deceived the adventurer, and so

LO V E. startled him from his post of observation, as to make his retreat hurried

First Love is like the Violet, and inevitable.

Which shuns the searching eye: After this development, and appa

It loves the shade, and rudely plucked, rently an admissible fact known only

Will fade away and die:

But e'en in death, and fading bloom, to the miller, as yet, many were de Breathes fragrance from its early tomb. sirous but afraid of witnessing the

The Love we know in after years ghost dance round the bell-rope. Ano

Is like the full-blown Rose, ther bold adventurer, however, in the Careless who sees its heart's deep core, magnanimous person of Robert Carey, Proud of the tint it shows, a fariner, ventured thither for a siinilar

Each passer-by a leaf now claims,

Till but a scentless stem remains. wager, caparisoned with a reaping

AUGUSTA. hook and threshing flail, (for it was a sine qua non that he should go alone) A SKETCH ON THE ROAD.* saw, to his maddened surprise, the

Come, sweet lase, let's take a cheerful glass. identical ghosts dancing their gay

Beggars' Opera. round in merry moonlit pleasure. But, “ There-take that,” said the stout when the bell rung, as he said, the man in the dicky, putting a small coin ghosts, save one, sunk into the ground; into the hand of the cad," and rememand this one, slid op the rope into the ber, a man never loses anything by bell and disappeared. He was also civility.” He then addressed himself allowed, on his own credence, to win to his next neighbour, a rather pretty the wager, the value of which the miller young woman; and they got into a gave him cheerfully, he having played conversation which lasted with little ina new trick of ghostly domain by the termission from Castle-square, Brighton, sack deception.

to the inn at Crawley. The weather Numerous other devices the jocular was cold, and with a remark on its semiller performed till age clove lines verity, he descended from the dickey across bis forehead and the neighboura and entered the inn, from which he hood ceased to be alarmed, but by the emerged again in a few minutes carryfertility of their imagination. The ing a large goblet of hot brandy and belief, nevertheless, was confirmed as water. With wary feet he ascended the cloud of mystery spread over their the ladder, and gallantly offered the ignorance, that a clangorous ghost in- glass to the young female he had chatted habited the bell. The clerkly sexton with ; but she declined even sipping it, having had words with the miller re and his politeness went no further, specting it, the latter declared if it though there was another female lookwould be possible, he would visit the ing quite as raw and cold on the oppobell himself after his death, as a kind site seat. With the clumsy caution of of posthumous regard and assist in a bear, he began to descend backwards, haunting him, if a survivor, in his du

• Athenæum.

the lip.

till within four steps of the ground, markable keeping with his wild and when unluckily imagining that he had fanciful character and life, I believe." reached the bottom, he stepped off, On returning to the main party, and goblet and all. After a dismal jolt, but finding all unhurt," It is wonderful which did not make him leave his hold that it is so," said the lieutenant. “Let of the glass, and some desperate floun us thank God;" and, accordingly, the dering to save himself and the brandy soldier said a short prayer, which, and water, he brought up suddenly at though given in rather a blunt military last with his back against the wall of style, was yet honestly sincere before the inn. Up to this point he had mi- God. They then found that their priraculously retained the whole of the soners had escaped. Finally, it was mixture ; but this unexpected shock settled that, for the remainder of the from behind, robbed him of the object night, the whole of them should repair of all his struggles, the flight of the together to the next inn, which was cherished fluid was clearly indicated by only a mile or two distant. Meanwhile, a dark stripe across the dust, terminat- Bucke was tying a red spotted handing like the burst of a rocket in a bright kerchief round his head, as a substitute silver spoon, on the other side of the for his hat, which somehow he had road.

lost ; and the want of which (for he was There is many a slip between the dickey and very careful of of his health,) he was

beginning to be at leisure now sorely The empty glass hung in his hand to feel. droopingly, but was never replenished; “ Come, you little curly-headed rohe put the money into the goblet, gave gue, I have taken a fancy for you," said it io the waiter without speaking, the lieutenant, sitting down to get one pointed to the spoon over the way, and of the landlord's children on his back ; doggedly remounted to his seat in the and the varlet, probably from the quick dickey. Possibly the demon of mischief tact of childhood, which saw that he was at work within me, or it might be was a presiding master of safety among an inpulse to avenge the slight of the them all, instantly left his mother, and other female, but as he took his seat sprawled manfully up upon the solagain, I could not help pointing to the dado's back, who arose with his burdark track on the road, and quoting his den. The party then set forward, with own sentiment: “ Yon see,” said I, “a Bucke in ihe van-a curious figure, man never loses anything by civility.” clipped as his head was by the red He answered by a grunt, turning him- spotted handkerchief, whose coufineself a little towards the opposite side, ment of his hair gave double sway to and I remarked, that from Crawley even his large red nose; whilst ever and unto Brixton, where he got down, he anon he stood still, violently to shake never bestowed a word, no, not even a the little urchin on his back, who, find“good evening,” on the former partner ing himself quite at home, was spring; in his gossip :

ing and spurring at a great rate, and Gloomy he sat apart, nor speech vouchsafed

at the same time taking improper liberTo Eve, late partner in colloquial love.

ties with the lieutenant's whiskers.

They reached the inn, and gained THE SCARLET WITCH. admittance. The kind-hearted Bucke Concluded from page 399.

saw the children fed and carefully put

to bed; then whispering to Douglas DOUGLAS and Bucke were looking at that he had still duties to do ere morn. the ship, which was now fast bearing ing, but that he would join him there down the white frith. A distinct flash at breakfast, he left the house. was seen from her side, and in the “ Being now thoroughly well,” said twinkling of an eye the shore was again Bucke, next morning, explaining to torn up not more than five yards from Douglas how he had been led so timetheir feet,

ously to interefere on the preceding “Diana has a long arin, I'll war- night at the Anchor Inn, "I left Lonrant · her,” observed the lieutenant ; don, eager to see you.' On reaching “ but I think we shall have no more of your house in the afternoon, your sisher. As for her poor captain's body, ter told me that you were away to visit I suspect it is needless now to think of your friend Lieutenant Bucke, at bis getting it.”

country house, which she named, and "A handful of black ashes is all that that you had got a letter from him the remains of him now,” said Douglas. day before, requesting you to do so. I His rite of sepulture has been in re was amazed ; but thinking that it was

T. HOOD.

merely a mistake on her part, I said no- lieutenant how he had been decoyed thing farther about it, beyond inquiring by the letter, and by what means he where Lieutenant Bucke's cottage was. had been cast into that deep sleep, all Finding that it was in the way to my of which, doubtless, had been contrived native village, which I was anxious to by Diana Clement. see, I set out again, resolved to call at “But wherefore ?" asked the lieutenthe said villa, to get you, if possible, ant ;_" can you guess a reason for it ?” to go with me onward to my native “Scarcely,” answered Douglas ;place, there to stay with me for a day 6 but we shall have her, if possible, or two; after which, I meant to return to-day, and know all. And, by the and abide with you for a few weeks. way, we ought iinmediately to go beOn reaching the gate of the way which fore the magistrate, and state the sinled up to the coltage, I saw through the gular affairs of the night. Jenkins' shade a chaise standing at a little dis- death is a serious matter. Has she tance, but, taking no farther heed of been long in this part of the country, it, I passed up the avenue. On coming can you tell me? Do you think she in front of the house, I saw the door took this cottage for the inere purpose opened, and Diana Clement herself of more conveniently managing ihis mylook out, with a lamp in her hand, sterious plot ?" which shewed me her face. In a mo Probably she did,” replied Bucke, ment, ere she could observe me, I re " but I know nothing distinctly. Ina tired behind a tall shrub, scarcely deed, ! merely knew that she was away knowing what I was about, being in from London. But now let us take truth almost stupified at seeing the dan. Martin and the rest of our party with gerous Diana in such a place. The us, and go to the magistrate." next minute made me sensible that I It remains now only to say what had done well in thus concealing mye became of the young Scarlet Witch, self; for out you came, carried by two after her plan of revenge against Hinfellows, in one of them Miss Clement's ton Douglas had been so thoroughly lamp enabled me to recognise Jenkins. defeated. In the same way, when once or twice When Lieutenant Bucke left the she advanced the light near your face, inn so unexpectedly, on the night, or I saw and knew your features, which, rather morning, of Douglas's rescue, he appearing to me very pale, made me went straight to her house, and, having suppose you were dead. From a brief told his name, and said that he had conversation which ensued betwixt matters of life and death to communicate Clement and Jenkins, I learned that to Miss Clement, he gained admittance. you were to be taken down to Martin's He was shewn into a room by his old Anchor, there to lie till midnight, and friend Vaulpas ; and Diana herself, then be taken on board some ship. The her face awfully pale, came shooting lady then retired into the house with rapidly forward, and met him with, her lainp; and Jenkins and bis asso Your errand, sir ?" ciate carried you down the avenue, and Ere Bucke, who was startled, could put you into the chaise which I had be- reply, she burst out into a long fit of fore observed. This I saw, having cau- laughter, and then sat down exhausted tiously followed them; and now I went

on a sofa. to the next village, and finding there a “Madam-madam," said the soldier, justice of the peace, I stated enough evidently much offended, “Mr. Jenof the matter to him to make him see kins has shot himself-Hinton Douglas the necessity of issuing a warrant for is not on board a ship : 1 presume I the apprehension of Jenkins and his need not say any thing farther ?" companion, and the recovery of your Up started the lady, her whole frame body, it being my firm belief that you in a mom nt changed from the relaxahad been murdered by Jenkins, and tion of laughter to a locked and intense that your body was to be taken out to energy. She looked at Bucke with such sea and then thrown overboard, that no earnestness that her face seemed gratraces of you might ever be found. Ác- dually attenuated to spirituality. Then cordingly, I joined the officers who bore came trembling; but she hurried the warrant, and, having raised two or through the room as if making a violent three more men with fire-arms, we has- effort to check her emotion and appear tened down to Martin's, and were in at ease. good time. We were stoutly resisted “ Prythee, Mr. Bucke," said she, but you know the rest."

stopping full before him, remove that Douglas, in his lurn, stated to the handkerchief from your head, else the

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