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just come into possesion of a very rich and splendid patrimony, who paid her particular and marked attention, was most assiduous in his efforts to win and merit her sincere affection by every tenderness of delicate being towards her, and lavished very considerable sums in bestowing valuable presents upon her, at different times, of rich jewels, diamond ornament, &c. &c. to decorate her person, moved thereto by passionate regard, as well as an ardent desire to attach her heart's constancy to him through a liberal gratification of her vanity, of which she had no small share; and if con- stancy had been at all amongst the number of her qualities he could not perhaps, have adopted a more sure methods of securing it; but love of cange, avarice, and their concomitant deception, as they after developed themselves in her licentious pursuits and actions, appear as the predominant characteristics of her natal disposition.

This gentleman had made some honourable advances, and would have as honourably acquitted himself of the proposals offered, in a way most important to her advantage and fu- ture station in society, has he not. long before the close of the watering-season, discovered that she allowed familiari- ties to many, and bestowed certain favours on other, of the occupant, m the house, which induced him to change his mode of siege, as he now felt conviction that, that onlv was requisite to obtaining the same privileges with her, she had conceded with so little ceremony to several of hf. mo«  successful though less honourably inclined rival.

On this suggestion, though not without some unpleasant feelings of reluctance, for his, attachment for her, (prior to this,) was affectionately sincere, abandoning his former hoes, and intentions, (for, a.she really loved her, he hoped as well as intended,) of making her his wife, he altered his, system, of attack, and taking a new ground of approach he succeeded in carrying his point; she capitulated to his de- ires without a struggle of resistance and yeielded her person to his will more readily than he could willingly have wished, as true love is eve anxious under the circumstances to retain as much good opinion as possible of the object it has once adored.

During the remainder of the season, he freely enjoyed her