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his judicious choice. The Baronet immediately attended, and was enamoured with the charming simplicity of Miss P
Martin now exhausted his imagination for an expedient to carry
her off, but Old Argus was too attentive. The farmer had more than sufficient reason to suspect his design, and after Martin had paid Miss
Pseveral visits, in which he paid the most ardent declaration of his passion in a stile superior to that of a rustic, and to which her father had often listened, the latter came to this short explanation, “if he meant honourably to declare himself at once." 'A categorical answer was required immediately, and Martin found himself so circumstanced, that he must either give up his prize, or submit to the hard terms prescribed. He boldly accepted, and they were actually married
They set out to consummate their nuptials at Hertford, where Sir James was planted.After
supper the bride and bridegroom retired to rest, and when the candles were extinguished, the Baronet came forward from his retreat in an adjacent room, and supplied Martin's place.The deluded fair one found too late the deception. Martin decamped early in the morning, and left his master in possession of his prey.
Terrified and ashamed at her situation, over. whelmed with sorrow, she had not fortitude to resist the tempting offers the Baronet made her, and yielded to his proposal of retiring to a pleasant villa he had in that neighbourhood,
Martin was not always successful in these infamous pursuits, as the following story will prove. Miss M-, a beautiful young lady, had not long been married to Mr. Dn, a gentleman of small fortune, whose chief expectations were founded on levee dangling, hitherto without success. Sir James thought he should find an easy conquest in Mrs. Dhaving written a passionate epistle to her, in which he gave her a carte blanche, Martin was dispatched with it to attend her. By dint of bribery he gained admission in the absence of her husband and brother. Mrs. D-n was at first greatly astonished at the contents of the letter; but having recovered her presence of mind, bid him return in an hour, when she would give him an answer. Martin highly elated at this imaginary success, flew to his master with the joyful tidings, and returned most punctually at the time appointed. A trusty servant in the house was admitted into the secret, and Martin was introduced to the lady
this is my
in the presence of her husband and brother.
Sir," said she to Martin, who was greatly confounded, pointing to her husband, secretary, with whom I entrust all my secrets, and he will give you a proper answer.” Mr. Den now produced the letter, and asked him if he had not delivered that paper to his wife. Martin instantly fell upon his knees, and implored mercy, declared he was ignorant of the contents of the billet, or he would certainly never have brought it; but this palliation had no effect, the servants were called, and he received a proper chastisement for his insolence and villainy, which now confines him to his bed, where he may probably remain some weeks; and Mr. Dan is in search of Sir James, in order to bestow a similar reward on him.
LEXANDER LEIGHTON, a Doctor of
Divinity, a Scotchman, and a zealous Puritan, by desire of some of his friends had written and published a book, entitled, “ Zion's Plea against Prelacy.” It contained some warm imprudent invectives against the prelates, and
the conduct of those in power. Soon after the publication of the work, without an information upon oath, or legal proof who was the author, Leighton, as he was coming from church, was arrested by two high commissioned pursuivants. They dragged him to the house of Laud, where he was kept till seven in the evening without food. Laud returning at this time in great pomp and state, with Corbet, Bishop of Oxford, Leighton demanded to be heard. The haughty Laud did not deign to see him, but sent him to Newgate. He was clapped into irons, and confined in an uninhabitable apartment, where, notwithstanding the weather was cold, and snow and rain beat in, there was no convenient place to make a fire. From Tuesday night to Thursday noon he was unsupplied with food, and in this infernal dwelling was kept fifteen weeks, without any friend, not even his wife being suffered to come near him. His own house was in the mean time rifled by the officers of the high-commissioned court, his wife and children treated by these ruffians with great barbarity, himself denied a copy of the commitment, and the Sheriffs of London refused to bail him, at his wife's petition. At the end of fifteen weeks he was served with a subpæna. Keath, the Attorney General, on an assurance that he should come off well, extorted a confession from him that he was the author of the book. An information was immediately lodged against him in the star-chamber, by Heath. He confessed the writing of the book, but with no such intention as the information suggested. He pleaded, that his aim was to remonstrate against certain grievances in church and state, under which the people suffered, to the end that the parliament might take them into consideration, and give such redress, as might be for the honour of the King, the quiet of the people, and the peace of the church. This answer not being admitted as satisfactory, the following cruel sentance was, by this tyrannical court, ponounced against him, though sick and absent, viz.
“That he should pay a fine of ten thousand pounds to his majesty's use; and in respect that the defendant had heretofore entered into the ministry, and the court of star-chamber did not use to inflict any corporal or ignominious punishment upon any person so long as they
continued in orders, the court referred him to the high commission, there to be degraded of his ministry; that done, for farther punishment, and example to others, the delinquent to be brought to the pillory at Westminster (the