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Horatio can ever acquire, with his present habits and feelings. He is noble-minded, energetic, and enterprising; besides, he is amiable, and daily strives to cultivate those affections which will render him always happy and useful. The world will be the better for the influence Henry will exert in it; but it will be, I am confident, the very reverse with Horatio. He is destitute of all those qualities which would endear him to me, even as a common friend; how, then, father, can I expect to look upon him as the chosen companion of my future life ? how can I think of being united to such a person, in the nearest of all relations ? My heart revolts at the idea! Father, I must plead with you to allow me, in this case, to act in opposition to your wishes. If you continue to insist upon my acting a part so contrary to my own convictions of right, I shall be forced to disobey you.'

Then,' said the father, you will do it at the peril of my severe displeasure.'

Rebecca did not reply to this expression of her cruel parent, except with her tears, which flowed profusely. She left his presence in a few moments, feeling that she had incurred his bitter displeasure, and unburdened her full heart to her tender and sympathizing mother. This lady mingled her tears with those of her daughter, yet strove to impart comfort by inspiring her with the hope that her father would yet relent.

· Would that he might,' responded Rebecca, in a disheartened tone of voice, ' yet I dare not expect anything so favorable. His mind is fully made up, upon this subject. He is determined that I shall become the wife of Horatio.' She then reclined her head upon her mother's

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neck, and wept aloud. Her mother encouraged her to be cheerful, and wait patiently a while. It is possible, said she, light may, after all, shine unexpectedly to illumine your prospects.'

'I will try to hope so, my dear mother,' said the daughter; but father has forbidden Henry to visit me at home, and has told me not to meet him anywhere, designedly. I feel tempted to disobey this injunction; would it be wrong for me to do so ?'

• I think there is no necessity for your doing this, my child,' said Mrs. Dunbar; doubtless you will meet each other providentially. I cannot advise you to do anything that would provoke your father, as he now feels.'

Rebecca was silent, while she resolved, mentally, to ascertain the opinion of Henry, and be governed by what he thought was right. It was not long ere she met him unexpectedly at the house of a friend, one who longed to see the happiness of this interesting couple consummated by their union.

This friend scrupled not to suggest the propriety of a marriage between the parties taking place, clandestinely, so far, at least, as the father was concerned ; thinking, perhaps, that after the first gust of his anger was past, when he knew that they were indissolubly united, his feelings would be pacified towards them.

Henry did not reject this proposal, though he esteemed it rather a forlorn expediency to resort to. He proposed taking such a step to Rebecca. She hesitated at first, but being assured by Henry that she should, at any rate, return to her parent's dwelling, as soon as they were married, she consented to comply with his wishes. She

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did not acquaint her mother with her intentions, lest that judicious parent should disapprove of the measure adopted; but, for the first time in her life, ventured to act upon her individual responsibility.

Never, perhaps, was a runaway couple more excusable, or entitled to more charity, than were Henry and Rebecca, as they rode to an adjoining state, where the marriage ceremony could be performed lawfully, without the intention of the parties having been previously made known to the community. They were pronounced man and wife,' received a testimonial of the fact to take with them from the clergyman, and returned to the home of the friend before mentioned, in a few hours after Rebecca left her home.

Many young ladies, situated as was this unfortunate girl, would have at once told a kind mother, as was hers, all that she had done ; but Rebecca knew that it would occasion this dear parent regret, to learn that she had resorted to such a step, and for that reason resolved not to inform her of it, until after the lapse of a few days, at least.

Henry and Rebecca both wished to have her father know that they were married, yet dreaded the moment when a knowledge of the fact should reach him. They agreed together, that it would be best to live separately, as before. In doing so, however, they were not happy. The bare thought that they were thus acting the part of deceivers, notwithstanding their strong inducements to do so, disturbed them, and preyed upon the spirits of the hitherto confiding and ingenuous daughter. Often did she weep, in view of her father's unkindness,

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and wish that he possessed a heart to enjoy the blessings so lavishly bestowed upon him by a benign Providence.

It is presumed that Rebecca is already forgiven for the erring, premature step she has taken, by the reader, who sees in his or herself, faults, if not as glaring as the one under consideration, yet such as call for the exercise of that charity which vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, thinketh no evil, believeth all things, hopeth all things. It is also believed, that even the callous-hearted father will be regarded with a more softened feeling, as his history is further traced, and the deep anguish of his soul seen, in enduring the afflictions which the indulgence of avarice had procured for him.

CHAPTER XIII.

Secret revealed - Sternness of Mr. Dunbar Its effect upon Re

becca's health - James exposed to Danger from the Turks Sickness of Rebecca-Dr. Felton-Reconciliation-Death of Rebecca -Remorse of her Father.

Mrs. Dunbar was quick to perceive the uneasiness of her daughter, but imputed it to the stern treatment the gentle girl daily received from her father; and dreamed not that there was in her breast a feeling of self-reproach commingling with that of sorrow.

It has been said that Rebecca was lovely; it was true, also, of her that

• Outward loveliness was index fair
Of purity within

She had been the almost constant companion of her mother, and by her cheerfulness and innocent vivacity had beguiled that loved friend of many an hour of sad reflection. The least change in her was, therefore, a source of anxiety to Mrs. Dunbar, who would, if possible, to benefit her dear child, have sacrificed even life itself.

This lady affectionately communicated her feelings to her one day, as they sat together in the sitting-room. Rebecca, who well understood the character of this loved parent, was not altogether unprepared to learn the fact,

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