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travel from himself. New to the fuggeftions of remorfe, yet unable to divert the pain of its fcorpion-fting by the fallacious juftification of comparing his own conduct with that of other men of fashion, his troubled imagination continually placed before his eyes the frightful image of an amiable wife murdered by his vicious indifference; and his thoughts were alternately occupied by curfing his own folly, and franticly addreffing Heaven to fpare a life which he now felt to be infinitely dearer than his own.
Such a fituation called for the ameliorating offices of friendship, and the fentimental, difpaffionate Fitzofborne had claimed that pious task. To abate the reader's indignation against that gentleman's conduct, I must affirm, that it was afterwards fatisfactorily proved, that the fatal paragraph which I have quoted was not communicated
to the newspaper editor in a handwri ting that bore the leaft refemblance to Edward's. I will alfo own, that his emotions during the journey to Powerf court were almoft as poignantly diftreffing as those of his fellow-traveller. Conscience, indeed, was lefs vehement in her accufations, because her "fenfibility had by frequent repreffion been rendered more callous. But the probable difappointment of thofe plans of aggrandifement which he had purfued with fuch wicked diligence, haraffed his apprehenfion; and he regretted, that human. fcience had not yet reached its fummit of perfection, by presenting to him the immortalizing elixir that would enable him to dispute with death for the poffeffion of the victim whom he had marked for a far more dreadful deflination.
END OF THE SECOND VOLUME.
Printed by A. Strahan,
TALE OF THE TIMES.
THE AUTHOR OF A GOSSIP'S STORY.
DIDICATED BY PERMISSION TO MRS. CARTER.
IN THREE VOLUMES.
-Long fhe flourished,
Grew fweet to fenfe, and lovely to the eye,
Till at the laft a cruel fpoiler came,
Cropp'd this fair rofe, and rifted all its fweetness,
THE THIRD EDITION.
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