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that is to say, the charge, the expense, the tra- to think we should take up our constant resivail, &c.
ll dence there, which I was not very averse to, The next year I made him amends, and brought || it being my native country, and I spoke the him a son, to his great satisfaction; it was a || language perfectly well, so that we took a good charming child, and did very well. After this, || house in Paris, and lived very well there; and my husband, as he called himself, came to me || I sent for Amy to come over to me, for I lived one evening, and told me he had a very difficult || gallantly, and my gentleman was two or three thing happened to him, which he knew not what times going to keep me a coach, but I declined to do in, or how to resolve about, unless I would it, especially at Paris; but as they have those make him easy; this was, that he must go over | conveniences by the day there, at a certain to France for about two months.
rate, I had an equipage provided for me when"Well, my dear,” says I, “and how shall I ever I pleased, and I lived here in very good make you easy?”
figure, and might have lived higher if I pleased. “Why, by consenting to let me go,” says he || But in the middle of all this felicity, å dread“upon which condition, I will tell you the occa- || ful disaster befel me, which entirely unhinged sion of my going, that you may judge of the | all my affairs, and threw me back into the same necessity there is for it on my side;" then to state of life that I was in before; with this one make me easy in his going, he told me he would happy exception, however, that whereas before make his will before he went, which should be to I was poor, even to misery, now I was not only my full satisfaction.
provided for, but very rich. I told him the last part was so kind that I My gentleman had the name in Paris for a could not decline the first part, unless he would very rich man, and, indeed, he was so, though give me leave to add, that if it was not putting not so immensely rich as people imagined: but him to an extraordinary expense. I would go over that which was fatal to him, was, he generally along with him.
carried a shagreen case in his pocket, especially He was so pleased with this offer that he told when he went to court, or the houses of any of me he would give me full satisfaction for it, and the princes of the blood, in which he had jewels accept of it too; so he took me to London with
of very great value. him the next day, and there he made his will, It happened one day, that being to go to Ver. and shewed it to me, and sealed it before proper sailles to wait upon the Prince of he came witnesses, and then gave it to me to keep. In up into my chamber in the morniog, and laid out this will he gave me a thousand pounds to a per-| his jewel case, because he was not going to show son that we both knew very well, in trust, to pay | any jewels, but to get a foreign will accepted, it, with the interest from the time of his decease, which he had received from Amsterdam; so when to me or my assigns; then he willed the payınent | he gave me the case, he said, “My dear, I think of my jointure, as he called it, viz., his bond of || I need not carry this with me, because it mar be a hundred pounds after his death ; also he gave || I may not come back till night, and it is too me all my household stuff, plate, &c.
much to venture." I returned, “Then, my dear, This was a most engaging thing for a man to you shall not go." "Why?" says he. "Because, do to one under my circumstances; and it as they are too much for you, so you are too would have been hard, as I told him, to deny much for me to venture, and you shall not go, him anything, or to refuse to go with him any || unless you will promise me not to stay so as to where. So we settled everything as well as welcome back in the night." could, left Amy in the house, and for his other Il “I hope there's no danger," said he, “secing I business, which was in jewels, he had two men || have nothing about me of any value; and therehe entrusted, whom he had good security for, | fore, lest I should, take that too," says he, and who managed for him, and corresponded with | gives me his gold watch, and a rich diamond, him.
which he had in a ring, and always wore on his Things being thus concerted, we went away | finger, to France, arrived safe at Calais, and by easy « Well, but my dear," says I, “you make me journies came in eight days more to Paris, where more uneasy now than before: if you apprehend we lodged in the house of an English merchant no danger, why do you use this caution? and i! of his acquaintance, and were very courteously you apprehend there is danger, why do you go entertained.
at all?" My gentleman's business was with some per-' “There is no danger," says he, “if I do not sons of the first rank, and to whom he had sold stay late, and I do not design to do so." some jewels of very great value, and received "Well, but promise me then that you will a great sum of money in specie; and, as he not,” says I, “or else I cannot let you go." told me privately, he gained 3,000 pistoles by “I will not indeed, my dear," says he, unless his bargain, but would not suffer the most in- | I am obliged to it; I assure you I do not intendi timate friend he had there to know what he it; but if I should, I am not worth robbing now, had received; for it is not so safe a thing in for I have nothing about me but about six pistoles Paris to have a great sum of money in keep- || in my little purse, and that little ring," showing me ing as it might be in London.
a small diamond ring, worth about ten or twelve We made this journey much longer than we || pistoles, which he put upon his finger, in the room intended, and my gentleman sent for one of his l of the rich one he usually wore. managers in London to come over to Paris I still pressed him not to stay late, and be said with some diamonds, and sent him back to Lon- || he would not. “But if I am kept late," says he. don again to fetch more; then other business | “beyond my expectation, I will stay all night, an: fell into his hands so unexpectedly, that I began ll come next morning." This seemed a very good.
caution; but still my mind was very uneasy about 1 and only waited, as I might say, to receive the him, and I told him so, and entreated him not to dismal news, which I had brought to me about go; I told him I did not know what might be the five o'clock in the afternoon, reason, but that I had a strange terror upon my ll I was in a strange country, and though I had a mind about his going, and that, if he did go, I pretty many acquaintances, had but very few was persuaded some harm would attend him ; he friends that I could consult on this occasion. All smiled, and returned, “ Well, my dear, if it possible inquiry was made after the rogues that should be so, you are now richly provided for, all had been thus barbarous, but nothing could be that I have here I give to you.” And with that heard of them ; nor was it possible that the foot. he takes up the casket or case, “ Here,” says he, man could make any discovery of them by his " hold your hand, there is a good estate for you description, for they knocked bim down imme. in this case ; if anything happens to me it is all diately, so that he knew nothing of what was your own, I give it you for yourself;" and with that done afterwards. The coacliman was the only he put the casket, the fine ring, and his gold man that could say anything, and all his account watch all into my hands, and the key of his scru. amounted to no more than this, that one of them toire besides, adding, “And in my scrutoire there i had soldier's clothes, but he could not remember is some money, it is all your own."
the particulars of his mounting, so as to know Istarted at him as if I was frighted, for I thought what regiment he belonged to; and as to their all his face looked like a death's head; and then, faces, that he could know nothing of, because immediately, I thought I perceived his head all they had all of them masks on. bloody, and then his clothes looked bloody too! I had him buried as decently as the place would and immediately it all went off, and he looked permit a protestant stranger to be buried, and as he really did; immediately I fell a-crying, and made some of the scruples and difficulties on that hung about him,-"My dear,” said I, “I am account easy, by the help of money to a certain frighted to death, you shall not go, depend upon person, who went impudently to the curate of it some mischief will befal you.” I did not tell the parish of St Sulpitius, in Paris, and told him, him how my vapourish fancy had represented that the gentleman that was killed was a catholic; him to me, that I thought was not proper ; be that the thieves had taken from him a cross of sides, he would only have laughed at me, and gold, set with diamonds, worth 6,000 livres; that would have gone away with a jest about it; but bis widow was a catholic, and had sent by him 60 I pressed him seriously not to go that day, or, if | crowns to the church of for masses to be he did, to promise me to come home to Paris said for the repose of his soul. Upon all which, again by day-light. He looked a little graver though not one word of it was true, he was then than he did before, told me he was not ap- | buried with all the ceremonies of the Roma prehensive of the least danger, but if there was, church. he would either take care to come in the day, or, I think I almost cried myself to death for him, as he said before, would stay all night.
for I abandoned myself to all the excesses of But all these promises came to nothing, for he grief; and indeed I loved him to a degree inex. Wis set upon in the open day, and robbed by pressible; and considering what kindness he had three men on horseback, masked, as he went; shown me at first, and how tenderly he had used and one of them, who it seems rifled him while me to the last, what could I do less ? the rest stood to stop the coach, stabbed him in Then the manner of his death was terrible and the body with a sword, so that he died immedi- | frightful to me, and, above all, the strange notices ately. He had a footman behind the coach, whom || I had of it. I had never pretended to the second. they knocked down with the stock, or butt-end Ti sight, or anything of the kind, but certainly if any of a carbine. They were supposed to kill him one ever had such a thing, I had it at this time, because of the disappointment they met with in for I saw him as plainly in all those terrible not getting his case or casket of diamonds, which shapes as above-first, as a skeleton, not dead they knew he carried about him; and this was only, but rotten and wasted ; secondly, as killed, supposed, because, after. they killed him, they and his face bloody; and thirdly, his clothes made the coachman drive out of the road a long bloody, and all within the space of one minute, way over the heath, till they came to a conveni- l or indeed of a very few moments. ent place, where they pulled him out of the coach!! These things amazed me, and I was a good and searched his clothes more narrowly than while as one stupid ; however, after some time I they could do while he was alive.
| began to recover and look into my affairs. I had But they found nothing but his little ring, six the satisfaction not to be left in distress or in pistoles, and the value of about seven livres in danger of poverty. On the contrary, besides Emall moneys.
what he had put into my hands fairly in his life. This was a dreadful blow to me, though I can. Il time, which amounted to a very considerable ut say I was so surprised as I should otherwise |value, I found above 700 pistoles in gold in his
ve been, for all the while he was gone my 1\scrutoire, of which he had given me the key; and ind was oppressed with the weight of my own | I found foreign bills accepted for about 12,000 boughts, and I was so sure that I should never livres, so that, in a word, I found myself possessed
e him any more, that I think nothing could be of almost 10,0001. sterling in a very few days after sc it. The impression was so strong, that I | the disaster. ink nothing could make so deep a wound that The first thing I did upon this occasion was to is imaginary ; and I was so dejected and dis. send a letter to my maid, as I still called her, nsolate, that when I received the news of his | Amy, wherein I gave her an account of my dis. saster, there was no room for any extraordinary ! aster, how my husband, as she called him (for I eration in me. I cried all that day, eat nothing, never called him so) vas murdered; and as I did
not know how his relations, or his wife's friends, I should have observed, in the account of his might act upon that occasion, I ordered her to con- dwelling with me so long at — , that he never vey away all the plate, linen, and other things of passed for anything there but a lodger in the value, and to secure them in a person's hands house ; and though he was landlord, that did not that I directed her to, and then to sell or dispose alter the case. So that at his death, Amy coming of the furniture of the house, if she could, and so, to quit the house, and give them the key, there without acquainting anybody with the reason of was no affinity between that and the case of their her going, withdraw; sending notice to his head master who was newly killed. manager at London, that the house was quitted l I got good advice at Paris from an empinent by the tenant, and they might come and take lawyer, a counsellor of the parliament there, and possession of it for the executors. Amy was so | laying my case before him, he directed me to dexterous, and did her work so nimbly, that she make a process in dower upon the estate, for gutted the house, and sent the key to the said making good my new fortune upon matrimony, manager, almost as soon as he had notice of the which accordingly I did; and, upon the whole, misfortune that befel their master.
the manager went back to England well satisfied Upon their receiving the surprising news of that he had gotten the unaccepted bill of exhis death, the head manager came over to Paris, change, which was for two thousand five hundred and came to the house; I made no scruple of pounds, with some other things, which together calling myself Madame
the widow of amounted to seventeen thousand livres; and thus Monsieur - the English jeweller; and as I I got rid of him. spoke French naturally, I did not let him know I was visited with great civility on this sad but that I was his wife, married in France, and occasion of the loss of my husband, as they that I had not heard that he had any wife in thought him, by a great many ladies of quality. England, but pretended to be surprised, and ex And the Prince of to whom it was reported claimed against him for so base an action; and he was carrying the jewels, sent his gentleman that I had good friends in Poictou, where I was with a handsome compliment of condolence to born, who would take care to have justice done me; and his gentleman, whether with or without me in England out of his estate.
order, hinted as if his highness did intend to I should have observed that, as soon as the have visited me himself, but that some accident, news was public, of a man being murdered, and which he made a long story of, had prevented that he was a jeweller, fame did me the fa him. vour to publish presently, that he was robbed | By the concourse of ladies and others that of his casket of jewels, which he always carried thus came to visit me, I began to be much known; about him. I confirmed this, among my daily land as I did not forget to set myself out with all lamentations for his disaster, and added, that he possible advantage, considering the dress of a had with him a fine diamond ring, which he was widow, which in those days was a most frightful known to wear frequently about him, ralued at thing; I say, as I did this from my own vanity, 100 pistoles, a gold watch, and a great quantity for I was not ignorant that I was very handof diamonds of inestimable value in his casket; some; I say, on this account I was soon made which jewels he was carrying to the Prince of very public, and was known by the name of la -- to show some of them to him; and the belle veuve de Poictou, or the pretty widow of prince owned that he had spoken to him to bring | Poictou. As I was very well pleased to see my. some such jewels, to let him see them. But I self thus handsomely used in my affliction, it sorely repented this part afterwards, as you shall soon dried up all my tears; and though I ap hear.
peared as a widow, yet, as we say in England, it This rumour put an end to all inquiry after his was a widow comforted. I took care to let the jewels, his ring, or his watch; and as for the 700 || ladies see, that I knew how to receive them, and pistoles, that I secured. For the bills that were that I was not at a loss how to behave to any of in hand, I owned I had them, but that as, I said, them; and in short I began to be very popular I brought my husband 30,000 livres portion, I || there ; but I had an occasion afterwards which claimed the said bills, which came not to above made me decline that kind of management, as 12,000 livres, for my amende; and this, with the you shall hear presently. plate, and the household stuff, was the principal About four days after I had received the cen. of all his estate which they could come at. As pliments of condolence from the Prince - the to the foreign bill, which he was going to Ver gentleman he had sent before came to tell me | sailles to get accepted, it was really lost with him; | that his highness was coming to give me a vist but his manager who had remitted the bill to him, I was indeed surprised at that, and perfectly at a by way of Amsterdam, bringing over the second || loss how to behave. However, as there was do bill, the money was saved, as they call it. which remedy, I prepared to receive him as I could would otherwise have been also gone; the thieves It was not many minutes after, but he was at the ! who robbed and murdered him, were to be sure door, and came in, introduced by his own gen afraid to send anybody to get the bill accepted, tleman, as above, and afterwards by my woman for that would undoubtedly have discovered them.
Amy. By this time my maid Amy was arrived, and He treated me with abundance of civility, and she gave me an account of her management, and condoled handsomely the loss of my husband, and how she had secured everything, and that she likewise the manner of it. He told me be unhad quitted the house, and sent the key to the derstood he was coming to Versailles to himsell, head manager of his business, and let me know | to show him some jewels; that it was true how much she made of everything, very punc- l that he had discoursed with him about jewels tually and honestly.
:l but could not imagine how any villains should
hear of his coming at that time with them ; || may in return make you forget all your sorrows;'
ness's most obedient servant; and after giv.ng You may be sure I behaved with a due sense my most humble duty to his highness, with the of so much goodness, and offered to kneel to kiss utmost acknowledgements of the obligation, &c. his hand, but he took me up and saluted me, and I went to a little cabinet, and taking out some sit down again (though before he made as if he money, which made a little sound in taking it was going away), making me sit down by him. out, offered to give him five pistoles.
He then began to talk with me more familiarly; He drew back, but with the greatest respect, told me he hoped I was not left in bad circum: and told me he humbly thanked me, but that he stances; that Mr - was reputed to be very || durst not take a farthing; that his highness would rich, and that he had gained lately great sums || take it so ill of him, he was sure he would never of some jewels, and he hoped, he said, that I || see his face more ; but that he would not fail to had still a fortune agreeable to the condition I acquaint his highness what respect I had offered; had lived in before.
and added, “ I assure you, madam, you are more I replied, with some tears which I confess | in the good graces of my master, the Prince of were a little forced, that I believed if Mr
than you are aware of; and I believe you had lived, we should have been out of danger | will hear more of him.” I want, but that it was impossible to estimate Now I began to understana nim,
Now I began to understand him, and resolved the loss which I had sustained, besides that of || if his highness did come again, he should see me the life of my husband. That, by the opinion || under no disadvantage, if I could help it. I told of those that knew something of his affairs, and him, if his highness did me the honour to see me of what value the jewels were which he intended | again, I hoped he would not let me be surprised have shown to his highness, he could not have ll as I was before; that I wou
Il as I was before; that I would be glad to have less about him than the value of a hundred thou some little notice of it, and would be obliged to sand livres. That it was a fatal blow to me, and him if he would procure it me. He told me, he to his whole family, especially that they should be was very sure that when his highness intended lost in such a manner.
to visit me, he should be sent before, to give me His highness returned, with an air of concern, notice of it, and that he would give me as much that tar, he was very sorry for it; but he hoped, if Ill warning of it as possible.
led in Paris, I might find ways to restore my He came several times after this, on the same rtune; at the same time he complimented me l errand, that is, about the settlement, the grant pon my being very handsome, as he was pleased | requiring several things yet to be done, for making to cal
all it, and that I could not fail of admirers. it payable without going every time to the prince I stood
ood up and humbly thanked his highness, but again for a fresh warrant. The particulars of this told
him I had no expectations of that kind; that part I did not understand; but as soon as it was I thought I should be obliged to go over to Eng- 11 fin
I finished, which was above two months, the gento look after my husband's effects there, || tleman came one afternoon, and said his highness I was told were considerable ; but that 1 || designed to visit me in the evening ; but desired
know what justice a poor stranger would || to be admitted without ceremony. aniong them; and as for Paris, my fortune I prepared not my rooms only, but myself; and
impaired, I saw nothing before me but when he came in there was nobody appeared in to go back to Poictou to my friends, where some
the house but his gentleman and my maid Amy, my relations, I hoped, might do something
and of her I bid the gentleman acquaint his high. for me, and added, that one of my brothers was
ness that she was an English woman; that she
did not understand a word of French, and that He stood up, and taking me by the hand,
she was one also that might be trusted. o a large looking-glass which made up the pier in the front
When he came into my room, I fell down at in the front of the parlour, “ Look there,
his feet, before he could come to salute me, and mad lam," said he, “is it fit that that face," pointing
with words that I had prepared full of duty and my figure in the glass, “should go back to
respect, thanked him for his bounty and goodness olctou ? No, madam," says he, “ stay and
| to a poor desolate woman, oppressed under the gentleman of quality happy, that ll weight of so terrible a disaster, and refused to
did set being so impaired, I say
an abbot at
rise till he would allow me the honour to kiss his I said I was already made happy in the favour of a hand.
person of such rank, and had nothing to ask of Lenez-vous donc,” says the prince, taking me his bighness out that he would believe me infi. in his arms, “I design more favours for you than || nitely obliged. this trifle ;" and going on, he added, “ you shall After he had eaten, he poured the sweetmeats for the future find a friend where you did not || into my lap; and the wine being out, he called Jook for it, and I resolve to let you see how kind || his gentleman again to take away the table, who, I can be to one who is to me the most agrceable at first, only took the cloth and the remains of creature on earth."
what was to eat, away; and laying another cloth, I was dressed in a kind of half mourning, had set the table on one side of the room with a noble turned off my weeds, and my head, though I had / service of plate on it, worth at least 200 pistoles. yet no ribbands nor lace, was so dressed as failed Then, having set the two decanters again upon not to set me out with advantage enough, for I the table, filled, as before, he withdrew, for I began to understand his meaning: and the prince | found the fellow understood his business very professed I was the most beautiful creature on well, and his lord's business too. earth. “ And where have I lived," says he, “and About half an hour after, the prince told me how ill have I been served that I should never till that I offered to wait a little before, but if I now be shown the finest woman in France ?" ! would now take the trouble, he would give me
This was the way in all the world the most leave to give him some wine; so I went to the likely to break in upon my virtue if I had been table, filled a glass of wine, and brought it to him mistress of any, for I was now become the vainest. on a fine salver, which the glasses stocd on, and creature upon earth, and particularly of my brought the bottle or decanter of water in my beauty, which, as other people admired, so I be- || other hand, to mix it as he thought fit. came every day more foolishly in love with my. He smiled, and bid me look on that salver, self than before.
which I did, and admired it much, for it was a He said some very kind things to me after this, very fine one indeed. “You may see," said be, and sat down with me for an hour or more, when “I resolve to have inore of your company, for my getting up, and calling his gentleman by name, servant shall leave you that plate for my use." I he threw open the door. “A boire," says he, told him I believed his highness would not take upon which his gentleman immediately brought it ill that I was not furnished fit to entertain a up a little table covered with a fine damask cloth, | person of his rank, and that I would take great the table no bigger than he could bring in his care of it, and value myself infinitely upon the two hands, but upon it was set two decanters, honour of his highness's visit. one of champagne and the other of water, six It now began to grow late, and he began to silver plates, and a service of finc sweetmeats intake notice of it. *. But," says he, “I cannot fine China dishes, on a set of rings standing up I leave you; have you not a spare lodging for one about twenty inches high, one above another. || night? I told him I had but a homels lodging Below were three roasted partridges and a quail. to entertain such a guest. He said somethiog As soon as his gentleman had set it all down, he exceeding kind on that head, but not fit to reordered him to withdraw. “Now," says the peat, adding, that my company would make him prince, “ I intend to sup with you."
amends. When he had sent away his gentleman, I stood About midnight he sent his gentleman on an up and offered to wait on his highness, while he errand, after telling him aloud that he intended eat, but he positively refused, and told me, “ No, to stay here all night. In a little time bis gento-morrow you shall be the widow of Monsieur | tleman brought him a night-cown slinners
- the jeweller, but to-night you shall be my caps, a neckcloth, and shirt, which he gave me mistress. Therefore, sit here,” says he, "and to carry into his chamber, and sent his min eat with me, or I will get up and serve.”
home; and then, turning to me, said I should do I would then have called up my woman Amy, || him the honour to he his chamberlain of the but I thought that would not be proper neither; household and bis dresser also. I sýniled, and so I made my excuse that since his highness told him I would do myself the honour to wait would not let his own servant wait, I would not on him upon all occasions. presume to let my woman come up; but if he | About one in the morning, while his gentleman would please to let me wait, it would be my was yet with him, I begged leave to withdraw, honour to fill his highness's wine; but, as before, I supposing he would go to bed; but he took the he would by no means allow me. So we sat and || hint, and said, “I am not going to bed yet, pras eat together.
let me sce you again." “Now, madam," says the prince, "give me I took this time to undress me, and to come leave to lay aside my character; let us talk to- in a new dress, which was in a manner tone dis. gether with the freedom of equals; my quality habille, but so fine, and all about me so clean sets me at a distance from you, and makes you and so agreeable, that he seemed surprised. “] ceremonious; your beauty exalts you to more thought,” says he, "you could not have dressed than an equality. I must then treat you as lovers to more advantage than you had done before ; do thcir mistresses, but I cannot speak the lan- / but now," says he, "you charm me a thousand guage; it is enough to tell you how agreeable times inore, if that be possible." you are to me, how I am surprised at your beauty, | “It is only a loose babit, ny lord," said I, and resolve to make you happy, and to be happy that I may the better wait on your highness." with you."
He pulled me to him. “Your are perfectly oblig. I Knew" not what to sảy to him for a good | ing," says he, “and," sitting on the bed-side, "no while, but blushed, and looking up towards him, ll you shall be a princess, and know what it is to