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course, this opinion will be hereafter expressed by those who “predict” a consequence after it has come

to pass.

The child's progress corresponded with the teacher's solicitude. As may be imagined, the leading idea of her mind tinged all her inculcations. The pictures she exhibited to the boy as representations of Popery, tended to excite his naturally strong imagination to greater development: it was said that he grew up in “ fear and trembling !”

This effect was simply sympathetic: the natural authority of the teacher implied conformity in the pupil.

Was there not danger in this ? The youth might subsequently, as his mind expanded, see reason to doubt the inculcations, which seemed to have more of the exaggeration of passion than the conviction of judgment. One doubt leads to another: where will doubting end ? Should this doubt ever occur, the reaction will be equal to the morbid excitement kept alive by the opposite cause : a stumbling man makes an effort-a violent effort at self-adjustment: there is a gravitating force which the mind resists with equal vigour; and the passions are not the least of its agents. Every one must be conscious of that indignation of the mind and the heart, at the discovery of having been deceived as to opinions or matters of fact. Few are satisfied with merely correcting the error: the impulse, once given, must be arrested by other motives.

Leonard was sent to Eton. His turn of mind A “ MODERATE" CLERGYMAN.

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was now ill adapted for a public school. Without self-confidence in manhood or childhood, the intercourse of our fellow-strugglers in the world's pilgrimage is a constant source of suspicion, whose penalty is endless unrest and alarm.

Mrs. Malcolm interfered. She requested his removal. The father held out : “ the whims of the boy must be checked : his crotchets were not to be humoured.” Leonard's health failed. He was taken from school, and soon recovered.

Then Mrs. Malcolm obtained the doctor's opinion, that the boy's constitution was unequal to the hardship of a public school : he even indulgently added

“ if Master Leonard were sent back to school, he (the conscientious doctor) would not answer for consequences !”

Mrs. Malcolm redoubled her entreaties : Mr. Devigne yielded. Perhaps his determined tone on the late occasion points to his conviction of having erred in yielding in the former.

Mr. Devigne advertised for a tutor. Amongst the innumerable host of applicants that besieged his door, within a few hours of the publication--all equal to the task : all eager “ to suit”—he selected a“ moderate” clergyman of the Church of England, according to the terms of the advertisement.

Mr. Devigne's sagacity exulted in having found the man who would counteract his sister's “ fanaticism.” He saw at a glance, like all sagacious observers, that he had found his man.

It was not “ learning.” that he required, in the

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LEONARD DEVIGNE.

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first instance; nor “moral character," in the second ; nor “gentlemanly manners," in the third : and so forth down to the beggarly stipend of a footman. No: he wanted a - moderate” man

« liberalminded” man-neither a languishing saint nor a severe penitent-but a “ moderate” man“ to stem fanaticism” in his son: and “ not over-dogmatical.” The Rev. James Bainbridge united all the qualities which the advertiser did not, and did require; and we have had Mr. Devigne's testimony to this important fact.

The Rev. James Bainbridge was installed tutor to the heir of Ringwood Hall, in the county of

Leonard was tall and slender : but his was the slenderness of the poplar, graceful withal. If the idea of mental and inner rest was not suggested by the ever-changing position of his lower extremities, whilst seated, there was pride in his erect head, which, nevertheless, occasionally drooped, as though indicating that benevolence which bends to human woe. There was high bearing, there was haughtiness in the quick mobility of his upper lip. His eyes, light hazel and brilliant, seldom ranged earthward; his glance habitually shunned the horizon : it rose upwards, like the thoughts of ambition.

He seemed to be perpetually engrossed by thought; but it was oftener the captivation of sentiment: a feeling-an emotion.

Reflection was easy, but sentiment was natural. The former was the result of study; the latter was the offspring of his peculiar disposition or early bent, or the influ

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ences that had warped his heart from childhood; for if his disposition was not born with him, he owed it to the circumstances of his training, under his respected aunt, and still more respected tutor. It were needless to state that he was dutiful to both.

To what but a generous and gushing nature shall we attribute that characteristic of the youth, which inspired love and won esteem, as often as occasion roused his heart's eloquence in behalf of suffering humanity ?

If his supposed pride, occasional sullenness, haughtiness, and concentration of thought prejudiced you against him, that eloquence from its flood-gate would overwhelm the judgment-you felt persuaded that the man's ambition might be to do good. And whose is the heart that would not wish there were thousands of such aspirants in society, where mind, heart, and body, in the whirlpool of human wretchedness, cry for a helping hand from man to man? Such was the youth.

For the rest, Leonard Devigne will describe himself: he is the third party who suspended Mrs. Malcolm's prediction.

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EXPOSTULATION.

CHAPTER III.

JESUITISM.

“ LEONARD, I have made all arrangements for your journey: you may start to-morrow.”

“ To-morrow, brother! Why so precipitate ? His wardrobe is not yet prepared.”

“I have made all arrangements, sister; he is quite ready to start as soon as possible.”

“I trust, dear brother, that you have matured this perilous step.”

Perilous !-pshaw !” And not one word have you spoken to me of the matter, before execution.” Why should I? I think the step necessary.

I knew you would object to it. I knew all your objections, and think them trivial,-absurd. Why should I expose myself to solicitations whose pestering continuance might wring from me the alteration of my purpose ?"

" And this is the return for all I have done! I received the child from his dying mother-nursed him in infancy-was in all things a mother

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