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By EMILY CLARK,
GRAND-DAUGHTER OF THE LATE COLONEL FREDERICK,

And Author of
IANTHE AND ERMINA MONTROSE.

- Say, ah where,
In what sequester'd desert, hast thou drawn
The kindest aspect of delighted heaven?
Into such beauty spread, and blown so fair;
Tho' poverty's cold wind, and crushing rain,
Beat keen, and heavy, on thy tender years ?

Thomson.

VOL. III.

LONDON:
PRINTED AT THE

Binerva-Press,
FOR LANE, NEWMAN, AND CO.
LEADENHALL-STREET,

1805. ,
220628.

THE

BANKS OF THE DOURO.

CHAP. I.

“ Envy! foul fiend, whose dusky wings distil
Corrosive dews on the sky, fearful bud
Of merit unassurd, that scarcely dares
Unfold its delicately-tinctur'd hue,
Even to the vernal ray; far be thy flight
And baneful intercourse from those I love."

THE carriage did not come to take Amelrosa to Devonshire-place the following day, nor the day after either; and alarmed at the circumstance, she sent one of Mrs. Stanhope's footmen with a note, to enquire the cause. An hour of anxious VOL. III. : B

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expectation passed, and at length a note was returned from her Ladyship, mentioning, that she was so extremely ill, that she was forbid by her physicians to see any person, or even to write ; adding likewise, that if she continued in the same nervous state, she would not be permitted to read a letter. However, she desired Amelrosa 'not to make herself uneasy on account of these restrictions, as the first moment she found herself well enough, she would certainly send for her.

As she perused these lines, Amelrosa

thought her heart would have broke at not being suffered to approach her ladyship, when' thus alarmingly indisposed ; for, who could be so proper to be with Lady

Archdale as herself, who had resided with - her from early infancy, and was attached by the warmest ties of gratitude. Though not apt to be suspicious, she could not avoid thinking, that keeping her thus at a distance, was a scheme of some of the

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mercenary persons about her, who were all eagerly waiting for a handsome legacy, to estrange her ladyslip from her ; under the apprehension that Lady Archdale would leave her a good fortune, that would be detrimental to their interest. Lord Oswell, she well knew was jealous of her, as she was a favorite of Julia's and her mother's; and she had been informed that Mr. Kennedy, Lady Archdale's lawyer, in whom she had great confidence, was his lordship's friend. Her ladyship was unacquainted with this circumstance, and Amelrosa could not suspect him of being her enemy, as he was always very kind and attentive.

His lordship had lately been very eager in his inquiries after Lady Archdale's health, which being visibly on the decline, gave him a prospect of having a considerable sum of money bequeathed to him, if he conducted himself with decency. Denham, she was convinced, would rejoice at B 2

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