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cent circumstances have too fatally loured blossoms of the horn poppytestified,) with that part of our naval The peculiar neatness of the little caforce, employed by government on bin had early attracted my attention, the preventive service. Some of the which was further interested by the vessels on the station are perpetually singular appearance of its owner. He hovering along on the coast; but in was a large tall man, of about sixty

, spite of their utmost vigilance, im- distinguished in his person by an air mense quantities of contraband goods of uncommon dignity, and by a dress

, are almost nightly landed, and no the peculiarity of which, together with where with more daring frequency his commandling carriage, and counte. than in the Isle of Wight.

nance of bold daring, always suggested In my rambles along its shores, the buccaneer of romantic legends to the inhabitants of almost every cot- my fancy. He wore large loose trowtage and fisherman's cabin, for many sers of shaggy dark-blue cloth, a sort miles round, became known to me. of woollen vest, broadly striped with I have always a peculiar pleasure in grey, for the most part open at the conversing with these people, in lis- throat and bosom, and buckled in at tening with familiar interest (to which the waist with a broad leathern belt, they are never insensible) to the de- in which two pistols were commonly tails of their feelings and opinions, stuck, and not unfrequently an old and of their family concerns. With cutlass; and over his shoulder was some of my new acquaintances I had slung a second belt of broad white ventured to expostulate on the ini- knitting, to which a powder-flask, a quitous, as well as hazardous na- leathern pouch, and often a thick short ture of their secret traffic, and many duck-gun, were suspended. A dark fur wives and mothers sanctioned, with cap was the usual covering of his head, approving looks and half-constrain- and his thick black hair was not so, ed expressions, my remonstrances much intermingled with grey, as to their husbands and sons. These streaked with locks of perfect whiteheard for the most part in sullen Notwithstanding this formiddown-looking silence, (not however able equipment, the harmless avocaexpressive of ill-will towards me,) tion of a fisherman was his ostensible or sometimes answered my arguments employment, though, to all appeara with the remark, that " Poor folks ance, not very zealously pursued; for

, must live;" that “ half of them, du- in the day-time, he was oftener to be ring the war, had earned an honest seen lying along the shore in the broad livelihood in other ways; but now they sun, or strolling by the water's edge, were turned adrift, and must do some- or cleaning the lock of his gun, under thing to get bread for their little ones; the shadow of a projecting crag,

than and, after all, while the rich and great busied with the hook and line in his folks were pleased to encourage their little boat, or mending his nets by the trade, it was plain they could not think cabin door. At almost all hours of the much harm of those who carried it on.” night, a light was seen burning at the This last was a stinging observation, cottage window, and the master of the one of those with which babes and family, with his son, was invariably. sucklings so often confound the so- absent, if (as was sometimes my, cus phistry of worldly wisdom. Amongst tom) I looked in on them after dark

, these humble families there was one, on my retnrn from some distant spot at whose cabin I stopped oftenest, and towards my own habitation, lingered longest, in my evening ram- At such an hour I was sure to find bles. The little dwelling was wedged the female inmates, (the wife and wia in a manner into a cleft of the grey dowed daughter of the man I bare rock, up which, on every slanting been describing,) in a state of visible ledge, the hand of industry had accu- perturbation, for which it was easy to mulated garden mould, and fostered a assign a cause; but I had remonstrabeautiful vegetation; and immedi- ted in vain with the infatuated husately before it, a patch of the loveliest band, and it was still more fruitless to green sward sloped down to the edge argue with the helpless women. Ri

. of the sea-sand, enamelled with aro- chard Campbell was not a native of matic wild thyme, and dotted, next the Isle of Wight, nor one trained the ocean, with tufts of thrift, centau- from his youth up to “

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s in great waters." For many ge- longings, and would not control those ations, his family had owned and of his child, especially as he had another tivated a small farm in the North son, a fine promising lad, who took England ; himself had been bred willingly to the business of the farm, a tiller of the ground, contrary to and already lightened his father's la

own wishes, for they had pointed bours. The mother grieved sore at om his

very cradle to a seafaring parting from her first-born, (what feel-, e; and all his hours of boyish pas- ings are like those of a mother to. me and youthful leisure, were spent ward her first-born ?) and the young

the briny element, close to which, Maurice was her most loving and duthe head of a small bay, or inlet, tiful child, and she had reared him ood his paternal farm. Just as he with such anxious tenderness as only ad attained his twentieth year, his mothers feel, through the perilous years ther died, leaving him (anonly child) of a sickly infancy. But the father le inheritor of all his little property, jested with her fears, and entered with ad at liberty to follow the bent of his the ardour of a boyish heart into his wn inclination. The temptation was son's enterprizing hopes; and at last rong:- Tumultuous wishes, and the youth won from her an unwilling owerful yearnings, were busy in his consent. And when she shook her head eart; but he was “ the only son of mournfully to his promises of bringis mother, and she was a widow." ing rare and beautiful things from e staid to comfort her old age, and foreign parts for her and his little cultivate his little inheritance, part- sister, coaxed a half smile into her influenced perhaps in his decision tearful looks, by concluding with, y his attachment to a pretty blue-* « And then I will stay quiet with ried girl, whose sweeter smiles re- you and father, and never want to arded his filial piety, and whose hand leave you again.”—“My Maurice left as very shortly its richer recompense. us,” said the mother, “and from that he widowed mother continued to time every thing went wrong. Before well under her son's roof, tended, like he had been gone a month, we buried aomi, by a daughter-in-law as loving my hushand's mother ; but God called

Ruth, but happier than the Hebrew her away in a good old age, so we had atron in the possession of both her no right to take on heavily at her loss, uildren.

though we felt it sorely.” In addition Many children were born to the to his own land, Campbell rented some ung couple, as likely boys and acres of a neighbouring gentleman, rls as ever the sun shone upon,” said whose disposition was restlessly litie wife of Campbell, from whom, at gious, and Campbell being unhappily fferent times, I gleaned “the sim- fiery and impetuous, disputes arose

annals” I am relating. " But God between them, and proceeded to such as very good to them. He increased lengths, that both parties finally reeir store with their increasing fami- ferred their differences to legal arbi

and provided bread for the little trement. After many tedious, and apyouths that were sent to claim it. She parently frivolous delays, particularly ver grud yed her labour, and a bet- irritating to Campbell's impatient spir nor a kinder husband than she was rit, the cause was given in favour of essed with, never woman had. To his opponent; and from that hour be sure, he had his fancies and parti- adopted the firm persuasion that imular

ways, and when he could steal a partial justice was banished from the pliday, all his delight was to spend land of his fathers. This fatal prejuon the bay that was near their farm, dice turned all his thoughts to bitterhe worse luck) for many an anxious ness,

-haunted him like a phantom in pur had she known even then, when his fields, by his cheerful hearth, in was out in his little boat shooting his once-peaceful bed, in the very emild-fowl in the dark winter's nights. braces of his children,“ who, were

ut no harm ever came to him, only born," he would tell them, in the eir ellest boy, their dear Maurice,

midst of their innocent caresses, he mother never named him without “ slaves in the land where their fathers,

“ took after his fa- had been free men.” Casper Wer's fancy for the sea, and set his

In this state of mind he eagerly art on being a sailor.” And the fa- listened to the speculative visions of is rub er jer called to mind his own youthful & few. agricultural adventurers, who

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had embarked their small capital on was yet alongside, and Campbell was an American project, and were on at last seated in her with his two sur. the point of quitting their native viving children, and their unconscious country to seek wealth, liberty, and mother, who had sunk into a state of independence, in the back settle- blessed insensibility, when the drownments of the United States. In an ing screams of her lost little ones rung evil hour, Campbell was persuaded to in her ears. Five-and-twenty persons embark his fortunes with those of the were wedged in this frail bark, with a self-expatriated emigrants. The tears cask of water, and a small bag of bisand entreaties of his wife and children cuit. An old sail had been flung down were unavailing to deter him from his with these scanty stores, which they rash purpose ; and the unhappy mo- contrived to hoist on the subsiding ther was torn from the beloved home, of the storm, towards the evening of where her heart lingered with a thou- their first day's commitment in that sand tender reminiscences, and most “ forlorn hope,” to the wide world of tenaciously in the persuasion, that if waters. Their compass had been lost her lost child was ever restored to his in the large boat, and faint indeed native country, to the once-happy a- were their hopes of ever reaching land, bode of his parents his first steps would from whence they had no means of be directed. The ship in which the computing their distance. But the unCampbells were embarked, with their sleeping eye of Providence watched five remaining children, and all their

over them, and on the fourth day of worldly possessions, performed two- their melancholy progress, a sail mathirds of her course with prosperous king towards them was descried on celerity; but as she approached her 'the verge of the horizon. It neared, destined haven, the wind, which had and the ship proved to be a homewardhitherto favoured her, became contra- bound West India trader, into which ry, and she lost sea-way for many days. the perishing adventurers were recei

. At last, a storm, which had been ga- ved with prompt humanity; and on thering with awfully gradual prepa- her reaching her appointed haven

, ration, burst over her with tremend- (Portsmouth) Campbell

, with his ous fury. Three days and nights she companions in misfortune

, and the drove before it, but on the fourth her remnant of his once-flourishing famimasts and rigging went overboard, and ly, once more set foot on British earth. before the wreck could be cut away, a He had saved about his person a smal

! plank in the ship's side was stove in part of his little property; by the floating timbers. In the con- whole residue was insufficient to equip fusion which had assembled every soul them for a second attempt

, had he on deck, the leak was not discovered even been so obstinately bent on the till the water in the hold had gained prosecution ofhistrans-Atlanticscheme to a depth of many feet; and though as to persist in it against (what apthe pump was set to work immediate- peared to him) the declared will o! ly, and for a time kept going by the, the Almighty.' Once, in his younger almost superhuman exertions of crew days, he had visited the Isle of Wight

, and passengers, all was unavailing; and the remembrance of its stone cote and to betake themselves to the boats tages, and

beautiful bays

, was yet fresh was the last hurried and desperate re

in his mind. He crossed over with his Campbell had succeeded in family, and a few weeks put him in lowering his three youngest children possession of a neat cabin and small into one of them, already crowded fishing-boat ; and for a time the

little with their fellow-sharers in calamity, family was subsisted in frugal comfort and was preparing to send down his by the united industry of the father eldest son and daughter, and to de- and son. scend himself with their mother in his in the island, their daughter (matured arms, when a woman pressing before to lovely womanhood) married a mea him with despairing haste, leapt down spectable and enterprizing young woman into the crowded boat, which upset in the owner of a pilot vessel. In the an instant, and the perishing ery of course

of three years

, she brought her twenty drowning creatures mingled husband as many children, and during with the agonizing shriek of parents

, that time all went well with them husbands, and children, from the deck but her William's

occupation, a fuentes of the sinking ship. The other boat tive one in time of war, exposed him to

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uent and fearful dangers, and was threatened by a pulmonary affec, mpestuous winter's night, ha- tion, to try the effects of a winter at entured out to the assistance of the back of the island, and I was shing vessel, his own little ves- agreeably surprised to find them inhaundered in the attempt, and the bitants of a beautiful villa,“ a coting's tide floated her husband's tage of humility,” about three miles e to the feet of his distracted wife, from my own cabin at the Undere stood on the sea-beach watch, cliff. They were agreeable and aca. every white sail that became vi- complished women; and a few hours e through the haze of the grey- spent in their company formed a pleaded dawn.

sing and not unfrequent variety in my he forlorn widow and her orphan solitary life; and in the dearth of soes found a refuge in the humble ciety incident to their insulated rein of her father, and he and his treat, my fair friends condescended to

redoubled their laborious exer- tolerate, and even to welcome the ec-ns for their support. But these centric old bachelor with their most ere heavy claims, and the little fa- gracious smiles. One November evenily but just contrived to live, barely ing my ramble had terminated at their applied with the coarsest necessaries. abode, and I had just drawn my chair Vhen temptation assails the poor man into the cheerful circle round the teay holding out to his grasp the means table, when a powdered footman enf lessening the hardships and priva- tered, and spoke a few words in a mysions of those dear to him as his own terious half whisper to the elder lady, Coul, is it to be wondered at that he who smiled and replied,

Oh, telí o often fails, when others, without her to come in ; there is no one here he same excuses to plead, set him the of whom she need be apprehensive." xample of yielding? Campbell (ha- The communication of which assuing first been seduced into casual and rance quickly ushered into the room considerable ventures) was at last my new acquaintance Margaret Campnrolled in the gang of smugglers, who bell. An old rusty black bonnet was arried on their perilous trade along drawn down lower than usual over her

he coast; and from that time, though face, and her dingy red cloak (under visomparative plenty revisited his cote which she carried some bulky parcel) de esage, the careless smile of innocent se- was wrapped closely round a figure

**surity no longer beamed on the fea- that seemed endeavouring to shrink ranures of its inmates. Margaret strug- itself into the least possible compass. his led long with well-principled firm- At sight of me she half started, and migraless against the infatuation of her hus- dropt her eyes with a fearful curtsey.

hand and son ; but, flushed with suc- “ Ah, Margaret !” I exclaimed, too bez e tess, and emboldened by association well divining the object of her dark

in sovith numbers, they resisted her anxi- ling embassy. But the lady of the house Amorus remonstrances; and at last, heart- encouraged her to advance, laughingDick of fruitless opposition, and shrink- ly saying, “Oh, never mind Mr. 7 bolnilad been for so many years the affec- he shakes his head so awfully-Well, of the story ng from the angry frown of him who he will not inform against us, though

ionate sharer of her joys and sorrows, have you brought the tea ?"-" And

he first passively acquiesced in their the lace, and the silk scarfs ?” chimed bisa beroceedings, and in the end was per- in the younger ladies, with eager cu

uaded to contribute her share towards riosity sparkling in their eyes, as they Wethering them, by secretly disposing almost dragged the important budget,

with their own fair hands, from beDuring my abode in the Isle of neath the poor woman's cloak. “ Have Wight, I had become acquainted with you brought our scarfs at last? what wo or three families resident within a time we have been expecting them !" few miles of the spot where I had Yes, indeed," echoed Lady Mary; aken up my habitation. With one of and, depending on your promise of jhese (consisting of a widow lady of procuring me some, I have been quite ank and her two grown-up daughters) distressed for tea—There is really no

had been previously acquainted in dependance on your word, Mrs CampLondon, and at other places. They had bell; and yet I have been at some been recommended by the medical ad- pains to impress you with a just sense riser of the youngest daughter, who of your Christian duties, amongst

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which you have often heard me re-exorbitantly dear. “ Ay, but," obo mark, (and I am sure the tracts I have served the prudent mother, " you given you inculcate the same lesson,) were in such a hurry, or you might that a strict attention to truth is one have made better bargains; but it's of the most essential-Well ! where's always the way--and yet I winked the tea?"-" Oh ! my lady,” answer- and winked at you both. I should ed the poor woman, with a humbly have got those things half as cheap deprecating tone and look, “ if you again.' did but know what risks we run to Indulgently tender as I am inclined get these things, and how uncertain to be to the little whims and foibles of our trade is, you would not wonder the sex, I could not, on the present that we cannot always oblige our cus- occasion, refrain from hinting to my tomers só punctually as we would fair friends a part of what was passing wish I have brought the silks and in my mind. At first they laughed scarfs for the young ladies, but the at my quizzical scruples, and replied tea

" What! no tea yet? Real- to them with the common-place rely it is too bad, Mrs Campbell; I mark, that “ the few things they ocmust try if other people are not more casionally purchased could make no to be depended on.”—“ Indeed, my difference ; for that the people would lady, we have tried hard to get it for smuggle all the same, and find enyour ladyship ; but there's such a couragement from others, if not from sharp look-out now, and the Ranger them.” And when I pressed the ques. has been lying off the island for this tion a little further, suggesting to their week past, our people haven't been able consciences whether all who encouraged to get nothing ashore, and yet I am the trade were not, in a great measure, sure my husband and son have been answerable for the guilt incurred, and upon the watch along the beach, and the lives lost in the prosecution of it

, in the boat these three nights in all they bade me not talk of such borrid this dreadful weather; and to-night, things, and huddled away their recent though it blows a gale, they're out purchases in a sort of disconcerted siagain ;” and the poor woman cast a lence, that spoke any thing rather than tearful shuddering glance towards the remorse of conscience and purposeul window, against which the wind beat reformation. My “sermonizing," as dismally, accompanied with thick dri- it was termed, seemed to have thrown ving sleet, that half obscured the a spell over the frank sociability that glimpses of a sickly moon.

usually enlivened our evening coteries

. The lady was pacified by these as- Conversation languished—the piano surances, that the foreign luxury was out of tune---and the young 14should be procured for her that night, dies not in a singing mood. Their if human exertions, made at the perií mamma broke her netting-thread of human life, could succeed in land- every three minutes, and, from a dising it. The silks, &c. were examined sertation on the degenerate rottenness and approved of by the young ladies, of modern cotton, digressed insensibly and finally taken and paid for, after into a train of serious observations on some haggling about " the price of the dangers impending blood," as the purchase-money might and State, from the machinations of too justly have been denominated. evangelical reformers—ever and anon Mrs Cambell received it with a deep when the storm waxed louder and sigh, and, humbly curtseying, with louder, interspersing her remarks with drew from the presence, not without pathetic complaints of the perverse(involuntarily, as it were) stealing an ness with which the very elements abashed glance towards my counte- seemed to conspire with Government nance as she passed me. She was no against the safe landing of the presooner out of the room than her fair cious bales. customers began to expatiate, with The storm did rage fearfully, and rapturous volubility, on the beauty its increasing violence warned me to and cheapness of their purchases-an tetrace my homeward way, before inconsistency of remark that puzzled the disappearance of a yet glimmering me exceedingly, as, not five minutes moon should leave me to pursue before, while bargaining with the sel in total darkness. Flapping my ler, they had averred her goods to be over my eyes, and wrapping myself


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