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man, who has now left the room, could but go with
Wor. An excellent thought my dear Sir; for though we are always very sorry to part with Mr. Lovegood; yet, for the good of others, I should suppose such an event is by no means impracticable; and I dare say, if Mr. Lovegood can but procure the assistance of Mr. Goodman, who is at present disengaged, having been turned out of his curacy by his Rector, he on his own part will have no objection.
Mrs. Lov. Dear Sir! what a joy it will be to us both, to be favoured with such a companion ! As we are all of us but slender, and as we must travel posts we shall find quite sufficient room in the chaise.
Lov. Oh Sir! if this plan can be accomplished, how happy it will make us! Perhaps Mr. Saveall, the Rector of Grediton, might lend him his pulpit. I cannot think there are a set of people upon the earth that want such preaching more than they do ; the town is full of the most wretched worldly-minded misers that ever existed; excepting my dear wife's father, who is not a native, and a very few more, they are almost all alike.
Mrs. Lov. Why you know my dear, if Mr. Sveall will not let Mr. Lovegood preach, your father may succeed with Doctor Nescience, though he would not have so large a congregation in the village of Fairfield. But oh how happy should I be! if the people in our parts were but to hear what we have heard, since our visit to Brookfield !
Lov. Ab my dear! instead of talking about getting pulpits for Mr, Lovegood, we must first see if we can get him to go with us. We shall have no tinie to accomplish such a plan, unless we set about it directly; for though the days are long, yet we have a journey of above sixty miles before us.
Wor. Then Sir, we must make the more speed, that we may see what can be done ; perhaps we may
settle matters in less time than you think for. [Mr. Lovegood is again immediately called in.]
Wor. Come Sir, wipe your eyes, and hear the proposal we have to make to you.
Loveg Sir, I cannot stand it, if Mr. Lovely addresses me in such a manner.
Wor. Well Sir; but be is going to address you on another subject, and in another manner.
Lov. Will you my dear Sir, go with us to Grediton ? Mrs. Lov. O dear Sir! don't say no.
I beseech you, come with us !
Loveg. But what must I do about my Church? And then there is poor Mrs. Lovegood, and her little ones.
Wor. Oh Sir! there is Mr. Goodman, I dare say he is still disengaged; I will send a note to him, if you will write it, and order a man and horse to go with it to Mapleton directly. And as to Mrs. Lovegood, we will be sure to pay her due attendance till your return.-Nothing can make these dear young people so happy, as to be favoured with your company; you must go with them.
Loveg. Really Sir, such a hasty proposal quite staggers me. Still I feel much inclined to go, but I wish to consider a little.
Wor. O Sir! for the present you must put consideration quite out of the question. These dear young people will want a friend and an adviser with them, and there is no one that can do so well-But I must not say too much before your face.
Loveg. Sir, you know I cannot be absent above a week or ten days.
Wor. [To Mr. Lovely.] Sir, that Mr. Lovegood may not interrupt time by his talk, you write a note directly to Mr. Goodman, and request him, in the name of us all, to serve Mr. Lovegood's church next Sunday: : you know him, as he diped with us on Friday last, but be sure it does not fall into the hands of Mr. Dolittle, or Mr. Spiteful. [They all smile.]
Loveg. Dear Sir, you press matters very close upon me.
But will it be worth while to take so long a journey for so short a time?
Wor. Why, suppose you were to be absent two Sundays instead of one, if Mr. Goodman can supply for you : though we are sorry to part with you, yet you can never do good but at one place at the same time. If I had your old, honest friend Mr. Slapdash here, I should not have bad half the trouble to have persuaded bim to take the same journey, under the same providential calls.
Loveg. Ab Mr. Slapdash! Dear honest man, I know how I want his constitutional zeal. And I love him for what I have not got.
Wor. Then borrow some of mine ; you know at times, a rapid fit overtakes me. Come, come, go home directly to Mrs. Lovegood, pack up your little matiers, and by that time my servant will have returned with an answer; and depend upon it, that all is right in a way of providence, if Mr. Goodman can supply for you till your return; if he cannot, I shall agree with you, that your parochial situation providentially prevents the journey.
Lovelys. [Both together.] Oh do, do, dear Sir, go home directly, and prepare for the journey ; we do not care if we travel all night, if we can but have you with us.
Loveg. Well, well, I find I must submit. I will go home and return as soon as I can. The Lord direct us!
The dialogue thas concluded. A copy of Mr. Lovely's note to Mr. Goodman, shall be laid before the reader.
DEAR SIR, “If you can show the greatest instance of your truly trristian affection, to a poor bewildered yonth, who begins to find his way out of a labyrinth of errors, through the blessing of God on Mr. Lovegood's preaching and coversation, may I burnbly request you to serve his church for him, while he favours me with his presence, and pious advice to Grediton, where I am called immediately to attend, by a letter directed to be written to me, by the dying request of iny great-uncle Dear Sir, accept this small token* of respect, as you have suffered so much from your virtuous, and steady conduct, on behalf of our blessed Redeemer's gospel.
I am Sir,
Matters were thus speedily settled, Mr. Goodman engaged to supply for Mr. Lovegoud, whereby he seemed fully satisfied that he should take the journey. This greatly softened many painful sensations, respecting the separation. A few sympathetic tears were indeed dropt between Mrs. Lovely and Miss Worthy, who began to feel themselves as much united, as thoogh they had been sisters; and after all things were thus completely settled, a very appropriate, though short prayer, was offered up, and the following parting hymn was sung, which Mr. Lovegood being possessed of a ready knack of rhyming, gave out as an extempore production on this occasion :
Holy Saviour! Israel's guide !
The present was a five-pound note.
Guarded by the cheerful light
O'er our souls divinely move,
Let thy providence direct,
Soon after this, the chaise drove to the door. Henest Edward, of the Golden Lion, came up with it that he might take his last farewel of this most pleasant pair, thanking God that ever he should have been favoured with such guests, and sending after them a thousand blessings wherever they might go. The final salutation between the families next took place, intermixed with many tears; after which the chaise drove off with its most valuable contents, learing the writer a little respite, till Mr. Lovegood's return from Grediton, when a farther narration of events may be expected by the reader.