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more than the prince; that had now no more il prised when Amy came to him, and talked to temptations of poverty, or of the powerful motive him of remitting a sum of about 12,000 pistoles which Amy used with me, namely, comply and | to England, and began to think she came to put live, deny and starve. I say, I that had no | some cheat upon him ; but when he found that poverty to introduce vice, but was grown, not || Amy was but a servant, and that I came to him only well supplied, but rich, and not only rich, || myself, the case was altered. but was very rich; in a word, richer than I knew When I came to him myself I presently sax how to think of, for the truth of it was, that || such a plainness in his dealing, and such honesty thinking of it sometimes almost distracted me, ll in his countenance, that I made no scruple to tell for want of knowing how to dispose of it, and for him my whole story; viz., that I was a widok, fear of losing it all again by some cheat or trickll that I had some jewels to dispose of, and also not knowing anybody that I could commit the some money, which I had a mind to send to trust of it to.
England, and to follow there myself; but being Besides I should add, at the close of this affair, | but a woman, and having no correspondence in that the prince did not, as I may say, turn me off || London, or anywhere else, I knew not what to rudely, and with disgust, but with all the de- || do, or how to secure my effects. cency and goodness peculiar to himsell, and that He dealt very candidly with me, but advised could consist with a man reformed and struck || me, when he knew my case so particularly, to with the sense of his having abused so good a|| take bills upon Amsterdam, and to go that way lady as the late princess had been; nor did he || to England; for that I might lodge my treasure send me away empty, but did everything like in the bank there, in the most secure manner in himself; and in particular, ordered his gentleman the world, and there he could recommend me to to pay the rent of the house and all the expense a man who perfectly understood jewels, and of his two sons; and to tell me how they were would deal faithfully with me in the disposing of taken care of, and where ; and also that I might || them. at all times inspect the usage they had, and if I || I thanked him, but scrupled very much the disliked anything, it should be rectified; and il travelling so far in a strange country, and espe. having thus finished everything, he retired into |cially with such a treasure about me; that whe Lorraine, or somewhere that way, where he had | ther known or conccaled I did not know how to an estate, and I never heard of him more, I mean venture with it. Then he told me he would try not as a mistress.
to dispose of them there, that is, at Paris, and Now I was at liberty to go to any part of the convert them into money, and to get me bills for world, and take care of my money myself. The || the whole. In a few days he brought a Jew to first thing that I resolved to do was to go directly | me, who pretended to buy the jewels. As soon | to England, for there, I thought, being among as the Jew saw the jewels I saw my folly, and it my country-folks (for I esteemed myself an Eng was ten thousand to one but I had been ruided, lish woman though I was born in France) I could and perhaps put to death in as cruel a manner as better manage things than in France ; at least, || possible; and I was put in such a fright by it, that I should be in less danger of being circum- that I was once upon the point of flying for my vented and deceived; but how to get away with || life, and leaving the jewels and money too, in the such a treasure as I had with me was a difficult | hands of the Dutchman, without any bills or ans. point, and what I was greatly at a loss about. I thing else. The case was thus.
There was a Dutch merchant in Paris that | As soon as the Jew saw the jewels, be falls a was a person of great reputation for a man of jabbering, in Dutch or Portuguese, to the mersubstance and of honesty, but I had no manner chant, and I could presently perceive that they of acquaintance with him, nor did I know how to were in some great surprise. "The Jew heid his get acquainted with him, so as to discover my hands, looked at me with some horror, then circumstances to him, but at last I employed my talked Dutch again, and put himself into a tboumaid, Amy, such I must be allowed to call her, || sand shapes, twisting his body, and wringing up notwithstanding what has been said of her, be | his face this way and that way, in bis discourse; cause she was in the place of a maid servant, 1 l stamping with his feet, and throwing abroad bis say I employed my maid, Amy, to go to him, || hands, as if he was not in a rage only, but in a and she got a recommendation to him from some great fury. Then he would turn and give a loob body clse, I knew not who, so that she got access at me, like the devil. I thought I never saw any to him well enough.
thing so frightsul in my life. But now was my case as bad as before, for At length I put in a word, “Sir," says I to when I came to him what could I do? I had | the Dutch merchant, “ what is all this discourse money and jewels to a vast value, and I might to my business? What is this gentleman in all leave all those with him ; that I might, indeed, these passions about? I wish, if he is to treat do; and so I might with several other merchants with me, he would speak that I may understand in Paris, who would give me bills for it, payable bim; or if you have business of your own beat London, but then I ran a hazard of my money;tween you that is to be done first, let me withand I had nobody at London to send the bills draw, and I will come again when you are at to, and so to stay till I had an account that they leisure." were accepted; for I had not one friend in Lon “ No, no, inadam," says the Dutchman, very don that I could have recourse to, so that, in kindly, "you must not go; all our discourse was deed, I knew not what to do.
about you and your jewels, and you shall bear it In this case I had no remedy but that I must presently; it concerns you very much, I assure trust somebody; so I sent Amy to this Dutch you."-" Concern me," says I, " what can it con-1 merchant, as I said above. He was a little sur. Ilcern me so much as to put this gentleman into
such agonies, and what makes him give such | This was an agreeable surprise to the Dutch devil's looks as he does? Why, he looks as if he merchant, who, being an honest man himself, bewould devour me."
lieved everything I said, which, indeed, being The Jew understood me presently, continuing literally true, except the deficiency of my marriin a kind of rage, and spoke in French, “ Yes, age, I spoke with such an unconcerned easiness, madam, it does concern you much, very much, that it might plainly be seen I had no guilt upon very much," repeating the words, shaking his me, as the Jew suggested. head; and then turning to the Dutchman, “ Sir," The Jew was confounded when he heard that says he,“ pray tell her what is the case ?"_“ No," || I was the jeweller's wife; but as I had raised his says the merchant, “not yet, let us talk a little passion with saying he looked at me with the further of it by ourselves;" upon which they devil's face, he studied mischief in his heart, and withdrew into another room, where still they answered, that should not serve my turn; so talked very high, but in a language I did not un- || called the Dutchman out again, when he told derstand. I began to be a little surprised at what him that he resolved to prosecute this matter the Jew had said, you may be sure, and eager to further. know what he meant, and was very impatient There was one kind chance in this affair, till the Dutch merchant came back, and that so which, indeed, was my deliverance, and that impatient, that I called one of his servants to let was, that the fool could not restrain his passion, him know I desired to spcak with him. When but must let it fly to the Dutch merchant, to he came in, I asked his pardon for being so im whom, when they withdrew a second time, he patient, but told him I could not be casy till he || told that he would bring a process against me had told me what the meaning of all this was. for the murder, and that it should cost me dear “Why, madam,” says the Dutch merchant, "the for using him at that rate; and away he went, meaning is what I am surprised at too. This desiring the Dutch merchant to tell him when I man is a Jew, and understands jewels perfectly would be there again. Had he suspected that well, and that was the rcason I sent for him, to the Dutchman would have communicated the dispose of them to him for you; but as soon as particulars to me he would never have been so be saw them, he knew the jewels very distinctly, foolish as to have mentioned that part to him. and lying out in a passion, as you see he did, But the malice of his thoughts anticipated him, told me that they were the very parcel of jewels || and the Dutch merchant was so good as to give which the English jeweller had about him, who me an account of his design, which, indeed, was was robbed going to Versailles, about eight years wicked enough in its nature; but to me it would azo, to show them the Prince de --, and that have been worse than otherwisc it would to an. it was for these very jewels that the poor gentle other; for, upon examination, I could not have man was murdered; and he is in all this agony to I proved myself to be the wife of the jeweller, so make me ask you how you came by them; and the suspicion might have been carried on with be says you ought to be charged with the rob. the better face; and then I should also have bery and murder, and put to the question to dis brought all his relations in England upon me, cover who were the persons that did it, that they who, finding by the proceedings that I was not might be brought to justice." While he said his wife, but a mistress, or, in English, a whore, this the Jew came impudently back into the room would have immediately laid claim to the jewels, without calling, which a little surprised me again. as I had owned them to be his.
The Dutch merchant spoke very good Eng. This thought immediately rushed into my head lish, and he knew that the Jew did not under as soon as the Dutch merchant had told me what stand English at all, so he told me the latter part wicked things were in the head of that cursed in English, at which I smiled, which put the Jew Jew, and the villain (for so I must call him) coninto his mad fit again, and, shaking his head and | vinced the Dutch merchant that he was in earmaking his devil's faces again, he seemed to nest, by an expression which showed the rest of threaten me for laughing, saying in French this his design, and that was a plot to get the rest of vas an affair I should have little reason to laugh the jewels into his hand. it, and the like. At this I laughed again, and When first he hinted to the Dutchman that Touted him, letting him see that I scorned him; | the jewels were such a man's, meaning my husnd, turning to the Dutch merchant,-“ Sir," || band, he made wonderful exclamations on account ir's I, “ that these jewels were belonging to Mr of their having been concealed so long ; where in the English jeweller (naming his name must they have lain; and what was the woman adily); in that,” says I, “this person is right; || that brought them ? and that she (meaning me) it that I should be questioned how I came to ought to be immediately apprehended and put le them, is a token of his ignorance, which, into the hands of justice ; and this was the time wever, he might have managed with a little that, as I said, he made such horrid gestures and
re manners till I had told him who I am; and looked at me so like a devil. ch he and you too will be more easy in that The merchant, hearing him talk at that rate, + when I should tell you that I am the un-|| and seeing him in earnest, said to him," Hold
v widow of that Mr ***, who was so bar- || your tongue a little, this is a thing of conseOnsly murdered going to Versailles ; and that quence ; if it be so, let you and I go into the next as not robbed of these jeweis, but of others; || room and consider of it there :" and so they with.
** having left these behind him with me lest drew, and left me. should be robbed. Had I, sir, come otherwise Here, as before, I was uneasy, and called him hem. I should not have been weak enough to || out, and, having heard how it was, gave him that e exposed them to sale here, where the thing answer, that I was his wife, or widow, which the done. but have carried them further off.” Il malicious Jew said should not serve my turn; and then it was that the Jew called the merchant | the prosecution, on your consenting to quit the out again; and in this time of his withdrawing, jewels to him; and how you will do to avoid this the merchant, finding that he was really in ear is the question which I would have you connest, counterfeited a little to be of his mind, and sider of." . entered into proposals with him for the thing !! « My misfortune. sir,” said I. " is that I have itself.
no time to consider, and I have no person to conIn this they agreed to go to an advocate, or i sider with or advise about it. I find that indocounsel, for directions how to proceed, and to licence may be oppressed by such an impudent meet again the next day, against which time the li fellow as this: he that does not value periury has merchant was to appoint me to come again with any man's life at his mercy; but, sir," said I, “ is the jewels, in order to sell them : “ No," says the
the justice such here, that while I may be in the merchant, “ I will go further with her than so; |
hands of the public, and under prosecution, he I will desire her to leave the jewels with me, to may get hold of my effects, and get my jewels show to another person, in order to get the better
into his hands ?" price for them.” “That is right," says the Jew,
“ I don't know,” says he, “ what may be done "and I'll engage she shall never be mistress of
in that case, but if not he, if the court of justico them again; they shall either be seized by us, in
shoud get hold of them, I do not know but you the king's name, or she shall be glad to give them
may find it as difficult to get them out of their up to us to prevent her being put to the tor
hands again as his, at least it may cost you hall ture.” The merchant said yes to everything he offered,
as much as they are worth; so I think it would
be a much better way to prevent their coming and they agreed to meet the next morning about
at them at all." it, and I was to be persuaded to leave the jewels
“ But what course can I take to do that." with them, and come to them the next day at four o'clock. in order to make a good bargain for
says I, “ now they have got notice that I have
them? If they get me into their hands, they them, and on these conditions they parted; but
will oblige me to produce them, or perhaps senthe honest Dutchman, filled with indignation at the barbarous design, came directly to me, and
tence me to prison till I do." told me the whole story :-“ And now, madam,"
“ Nay," says he, “as this brute says, too, put says hc, “ you are to consider immediately what you to the question, that is to the torture, on the you have to do."
pretence of making you confess who were the I told him, if I was sure to have justice, I murderers of your husband." would not fear all that such a rogue could do to
“ Confess !' said I, “ how can I confess what I me : but bow such things were carried on in I know nothing of?" France I knew not. I told him the greatest dif
“ If they come to have you on the rack," said ficulty would be to prove our marriage, for that he,“ they will make you confess you did it yourit was done in England, and in a remote part of self whether you did it or no, and then you are England too, and, which was worse, it would be
cast.” hard to produce authentic vouchers of it, because
The very rack frighted me to death almost, and we were married in private. “But, as to the
|| I had no spirit left in me.“ Did it myself,” said death of your husband, madam, what can be
lli, “ that's impossible!" said to that ?” said he. “ Nay," said I, “what “ No, madam,” says he, “ 'tis far from imposcan they say to it? In England,” added I, “if sible; the most innocent people in the world they would offer such an injury to any one, they have been forced to confess themselves guilty of must prove the fact, or give just reason for their what they never heard of, much less had any suspicions. That my husband was murdered, hand in." that every one knows; but that he was robbed, Il “ What then must I do," said I, “what would or of what, or how much, that none knows, no, you advise me to?" not myself; and why was I not questioned for it " Why," says he, " I would advise you to be then? I have lived in Paris ever since, lived gone; you intended to go away in four or five publicly, and no man had yet the impudence to days, and you may as well go in two days; and suggest such a thing of me."
if you can do so, I shall manage it so that he “ I am fully satisfied of that," says the mer. shall not suspect your being gone for sereral chant; “but as this is a rogue, who will stick at days.” Then he told me how the rogue would nothing, what can we say? And who knows what have me ordered to bring the jewels the next day he may swear ? Suppose he should swear that for sale ; and that then he would have me appra. he knows your husband had those particular hended; how he made the Jew believe he would jewels with him the morning when he went join with him in his design, and that he (the out, and that he showed them to him, to con merchant) would get the jewels into his hands. sider their value, and wliat price he should ask “ Now," says the merchant, “I will give you the Prince de *** for them."
bills for the money you desired immediately, “ Nay, by the same rule," said I, “ he may land such as shall not fail of being paid; take swear that I murdered my husband, if he finds your jewels with you, and go this very evening it for his turn."_" That is true," said he, “and | to St Germain en Lay; I'll send a man thithar if he should do so, I do not see what could save with you, and from thence he shall guide you to you; but," added he, “I have found out his morrow to Rouen, where there lics a ship of more immediate design ; his design is to have mine, just ready to sail for Rotterdam; fou you carried to the Châtelet, that the suspicion shall have your passage in that ship on my acmay appear just, and to get the jewels out of count, and I will send orders for him to sail as your hands, if possible ; then, at last, to drop soon as you are on board, and a letter to my
friend at Rotterdam to entertain and take care When I came to him he had everything ready of you."
as I wanted, and as he had proposed. As to my This was too kind an offer for me, as things money, he gave me first of all an accepted bill, stood, not to be accepted, and be thankful for ; payable at Rotterdam, for four thousand pistoles, and as to going away I had prepared everything and drawn from Genoa upon a merchant at Rot. for parting, so that I had little to do but go back, terdam, payable to a merchant at Paris, and take two or three boxes and bundles, and such endorsed by him to my merchant; this he assured things, and my maid Amy, and be gone.
me would be punctually paid, and so it was, to a Then the merchant told me the measures he day: the rest I had in other bills of exchange, bad resolved to take to delude the Jew, while drawn by himself upon other merchants in Hol. made my escape, which were very well con- || land. Having secured my jewels too, as well as trived indeed. “ First," said he, “ when he | I could, he sent me away the same evening in a comes to-morrow I shall tell him that I proposed | friend's coach, which he had procured for me, to to you to leave the jewels with me, as we agreed, St Germain's, and the next morning to Rouen. but that you said you would come and bring | He also sent a servant of his own, on horseback, them in the afternoon, so that we must stay for | with me, who provided everything for me, and you till four o'clock; but then, at that time, I who carried his orders to the captain of the ship, will show a letter from you, as if just come in, which lay about three miles below Rouen, on wherein you shall excuse your not coming, for the river, and by his direction I went immedithat some company came to visit you, and pre- || ately on board. The third day after I was on vented you; but that you desire me to take care | board the ship went away, and we were out that the gentleman be ready to buy your jewels; at sea the next day after that ; and thus I took and that you will come to-morrow at the same my leave of France, and got clear of an ugly hour, without fail.
business, which, had it gone on, might have “ When to-morrow comes, we shall wait at the ruined me, and sent me back as naked to Engtime, but you not appearing, I shall seem most land as I was a little before I left it. dissatisfied, and wonder what can be the reason ; And now Amy and I were at leisure to look and so we shall agree to go the next day to get || upon the mischiefs that we had escaped ; and out a process against you; but the next day in had I had any religion, or any sense of a Supreme the morning, I'll send to give him notice that Power managing, directing, and governing both you have been at my house, but he not being || causes and events of this world, such a case as there you have made another appointment, and this would have given anybody room to have that I desire to speak with him. When he comes | been very thankful to the Power who had not I'N tell him that you appear perfectly blind as to only put such a treasure into my hands, but given your danger, and that you appeared much dis me such an escape from the ruin that threatened appointed that he did not come, though you me; but I had none of those things about me; could not meet the night before : and obliged me I had, indeed, a grateful sense upon my mind, of to have him here to-inorrow at three o'clock. the generous friendship of my deliverer, the When to-morrow comes," says he, “ you shall || Dutch merchant, by whom I was so faithfully send word that you are taken so ill that you || served, and by whom, as far as relates to second cannot come out for that day, but that you will causes, I was preserved from destruction. not fail the next; and the next day you shall I say, I had a grateful sense upon my mind of neither come nor send, nor let us ever hear any | his kindness and faithfulness to me, and I resolved more of you; for by that time you shall be in | to shew him some testimony of it, as soon as I Holland, if you please."
came to the end of my rambles. I had paper in. I could not but approve of all his measures, deed, for my money, and he had shewed himself seeing they were so well contrived, and in so very good to me, in conveying me away, as above; friendly a manner, for my benefit; and as he but I had not seen the end of things yet, for reemed to be so very sincere, I resolved to put unless the bills were paid, I might still be a my life in his hands. Immediately I went to my |greater loser by my Dutchman, and he might, odgings, and sent away Amy with such bundles | perhaps, have contrived all that affair of the Jew 3 l had prepared for my travelling. I also sent to put me in a fright, and get me to run away, everal parcels of my fine furniture to the mer | and that, as if it were to save my life; that if the hant's house to be laid up for me, and bringing bills should be refused, I was cheated with a wit
e key of my lodgings with me, I came back to ness, and the like. But these were but surmises, s house. Here we finished our matters of mo and, indeed, were perfectly without cause, for -y, and I delivered into his hands seven thou. the honest man acted as honest men always do, id eigut hundred pistoles in bills and money, | with an upright and disinterested principle, and copy of an assignment on the town house of with a sincerity not often to be found in the
ris, for four thousand pistoles, at 3 per cent. || world. What gain he made by the exchange erest attested, and a procuration for receiving | I was just, and was nothing but what was his e interest half-yearly, but the original I kept || due, and was in the way of his business; but self.
otherwise he made no advantage of me at could have trusted all I had with him, for was perfectly honest, and had not the least When I passed in the ship between Dover and V of doing me any wrong. Indeed, after it | Calais, and saw beloved England once more under so apparent that he had, as it were, saved my view ; England, which I counted my native
life, or, at least, saved me from being ex- | country, being the place I was bred in, though ed or ruined, after this, I say, how could not born there ; a strange kind of joy possessed ubt him anything ?
Il my mind, and I had such a longing desire to be
there that I would have given the master of the || and crying out she was undone! She was unship twenty pistoles to have stood over and set || done! She should be drowned! They were all me on shore in the Downs; and when he told || lost! Thus she ran about the cabin like a mad me he could not do it, that is, that he durst not || thing, and as perfectly out of her senses as any do it, if I would have given him an hundred pis- || one in such a case could be supposed to be. I toles, I secretly wished that a storm would rise || was frighted myself, but when I saw the girl in that might drive the ship over to the coast of such a terrible agony, it brought me a little to England, whether they would or not, that I might || myself, and I began to talk to her, and put her be set on shore anywhere upon English ground. || in a little hope. I told her there was many a
This wicked wish had not been out of my || ship in a storm that was not cast away, and I thoughts above two or three hours, but the mas. hoped we should not be drowned ; that it was ter steering away to the north, as was his course true the storm was very dreadful, but I did not to do, we lost sight of land on that side, and only see that the seamen were so much concerned as had the Flemish shore in view on our right hand, | we were, and so I talked to her as well as I could, or, as seamen call it, the starboard side ; and though my heart was full enough of it, as well as then, with the loss of the sight, the wish for land- || Amy's; and death began to stare me in my face, ing in England abated, and I considered how | ay, and something else too, that was to say, confoolish it was to wish myself out of the way of science, and my mind was very much disturbed : my business; that if I had been on shore in Eng- || but I had nobody to comfort ine, but Amy, being land, I must go back to Holland on account of || in so much worse a condition, that is to say, so my bills, which were so considerable, and hav. || much more terrified at the storm than I was. I ing no correspondence there, that I could not have || had something to do to comfort her. She was managed it without going myself. But we had as I have said, like one distracted, and went rar. not been out of sight of England many hours || ing about the cabin, crying out she was undone ! before the weather began to change, the winds | undone ! she should be drowned, and the like; whistled and made a noise, and the seamen said and at last, the ship giving a jerk, by the force, i to one another that it would blow hard at night. || suppose, of sorne violent wave, it threw poor Amy It was then about two hours before sunset, and quite down, for she was weak enough before with we were passed by Dunkirk, and I think they said || being sea-sick, and as it threw her forward the we were in sight of Ostend ; but the wind grew | poor girl struck her head against the bulk-head, high, and the sea swelled, and all things looked as the seamen call it, of the cabin, and laid ber terrible, especially to ns that understood nothing | as dead as a stone upon the floor or deck, that is but just what we saw before us; in short, night || to say, she was so to all appearance, came on, and very dark it was, the winds fresh- || I cried out for help, but it had been all one to ened and blew harder and harder, and about two have cried out on the top of a mountain where hours within night it blew a terrible storm. nobody had been within five miles of me, for the
I was not quite a stranger to the sea, having || seamen were so engaged, and made so much come from Rochelle to England when I was a || noise, that nobody heard me or came near me, I child, and gone from London, by the river | opened the great cabin door, and looked into the Thames, to France afterwards, as I have said. || steerage to cry for help, but there, to increase But I began to be alarmed a little with the terri- || my fright, were two seamen on their knees at ble clamour of the men over my head, for I had il prayers, and only one man who steered, and be never been in a storm, and so had never seen the || made a groaning noise too, which I took to be like, or heard it ; and once offering to look out || saying his prayers, but it seems it was answering at the door of the steerage, as they called it, it to those above, when they called to him to teli struck me with such horror--the darkness, the || him which way to steer. fierceness of the wind, the dreadful height of the || Here was no help for me, or for poor Amy, and waves, and the hurry the Dutch sailors were in, there she lay so still and in such a condition that whose language I did not understand one word || I did not know whether she was dead or alire. of, neither when they cursed or when they prayed || In this fright I went to her, and lifted her a little -I say, all these things together filled me with | way up, setting her on the deck, with her back to terror, and, in short, I began to be very much || the boards of the bulk-head; and I got a bottle frightened.
out of my pocket, and I held it to her nose, rub. When I was come back into the great cabin, bed her temples, and what else I could do, but || there sat Amy, who was very sea-sick, and I had still Amy shewed no signs of life, till I felt for her a little before given her a sup of cordial water to pulse, but could hardly distinguish her to be help her stomach. When Amy saw me come alive. However, after a great while, she began back and sit down without speaking, for so I did, to revive, and in about half an hour she came to she looked two or three times up at me, and at herself, but remembered nothing at first of what last she came running to me. “Dear madam," ||had happened to her for a good while more. says she, "what is the matter? What makes you 1 When she recovered more fully, she asked me look so pale? Why, you an't well-what is the where she was. I told her she was in the ship matter ? ” I said nothing still, but held up my yet, but God knows how long it might be. * Why, hands two or three times. Amy doubled her im- | madam,” says she, “is not the storm over?" "No, portunities ; upon that I said no more but “ Stepno, Amy," says I. "Why, madam," savs she, it to the steerage door, and look out as I did ; " so l was calm just now," (meaning when she was in she went away immediately, and looked too, as I the swooning fit occasioned by her fall). “Calm, had bidden her, but the poor girl came back again | Amy,” says 1, “it is far from being calm ; it may in the greatest amazement and horror that ever be it will be calm by and by, when we are all I saw any poor creature in, wringing her bands drowned, and gone to heaven." “ Heaven, ma