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now lying off the Essex coast. I then wrote that letter to entice you from home, and thus enable me to get possession of your wife's person undisturbed. I had a carriage and two fleet horses in readiness to carry her away on board ship, and, had it not been for yonder officer's timely interference, you would, perhaps, have never seen her again. And now my story is finished," said Mansfield, sinking back, exhausted. "Take, my Lord, for you are the eldest son of my father, and his rightful heir, take the title and wealth which have been so long withheld from you. May you both in your virtue be as happy in their possession as I have been unhappy! I am growing weaker and weaker, farewell!"

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He never spoke more.

With saddened hearts, Tom and Alice watched his last moments. Their unexpected good fortune was forgotten in the contemplation of their brother's unhappy end.

Presently he opened his eyes again. The power of speech was gone, but he moved his hand feebly towards them, and looked up mournfully into their faces. Tom and Alice took the hand and pressed it warmly by turns.

"God bless you, brother, God bless you! and forgive you, as heartily as I do," said Tom.

A faint smile of joy passed over his features. The lips moved as if in prayer. Then the expres- | sion faded slowly away, and the features settled down, little by little, to the calmness of death. He was gone, but so quietly, that it was impossible to

tell the moment when he died.

"Farewell to an erring spirit!" said Tom; "God be merciful to him, and us!”

"Amen!" whispered a soft sweet voice by his

side.

Already several years have the rightful heir of Esdale, and his young and lovely wife, lived in possession of the old Scottish hall of their fathers. Two young and healthy branches have sprung from their union. They are loved, honoured, and blessed, far and near; and all agree in saying, "that these are happy times, since the rightful Lord has come to his own."

THE END

CHISWICK PRESS :-PRINTED BY C. WHITTINGHAM,

TOOKS COURT, CHANCERY LANE.

A CATALOGUE

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NEW WORKS IN GENERAL LITERATURE

PUBLISHED BY

LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, LONGMANS, AND ROBERTS

39 PATERNOSTER Row, LONDON.

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