y young lady to want a portion; but, however, he would do his best for her--he would that very day secure her a dower, by paying an annual sum, which he could do without feeling the difference in his income--"Or," added he, "if I should, surely the sweet lamb will make me abundance of amends for such a trifling privation."
With much tenderness and sincere pleasure, Mrs. Harewood commended him for the resolution, and continued to chat on the inexhaustible subject of their children's welfare, until the fond father, starting up, declared that he should be too late; he was accustomed to the utmost regularity, and to atone for his delay he set out at full speed.
It was now July, and the weather was excessively hot. It was Mr. Harewood's custom to leave his horse at livery-stables about a mile from the office; and on dismounting at the stables, he found that a messenger had been dispatched for him, as his presence was particularly required. Already heated, he now hastened forward on foot, and just bef