Edward Barnett; a Neglected Child of South Carolina, Who Rose to Be a Peer of Great Britain,—and the Stormy Life of His Grandfather, Captain Williams eBook

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‘It will do,’ said his grandfather.  ’Good Mrs. Ally will procure you the necessary attire.  She can be trusted fully, and I will reconcile her and Johnson, so that we can all work in concert.  Those papers secured, with the evidence of Violetta and the dying deposition of your nurse, with the evidence of the lady who took charge of your mother, and who is also alive and in London, I doubt not soon to see you in the enjoyment of your rights.  It will be a strange anomaly—­an American a British peer.’

’And then, dear grandfather, you will allow me to repay you, in a small measure, by my affection and care of your declining years, for all the anxiety you have endured in securing my interests.’

’Not to me, young man, not to me.  My lot on earth is cast.  I am here a fugitive, in danger of a felon’s doom.  I shall return to honest, plain America, and there devote the remainder of my life to succoring the poor and afflicted.  Do you likewise here, remembering that you are but the steward of your wealth.  Let the former oppressions of your house be forgotten in your good deeds.  Let your voice be heard in the high court of which you will be a member, whenever the artizan and the laborer need a defender from the foul enactments that are there consummated.  Let your passions be subjected to the control of religion and morality—­let no avaricious knave oppress the hard-toiling farmer in your name, but see to these things yourself.  Let your ear be easy of access, and your heart be open, and then, my Lord, I shall be more than repaid, you will have had a nobler vengeance than any man could give you, and will earn in truth a right to bear the proud motto which your fathers arrogated to themselves, emblazoned, not on your escutcheon, but in the hearts of grateful men—­

Second to none in deeds of charity."’

CHAPTER VIII.

The end of two victims.

Walter Waters, or Captain Williams, as he called himself now, and in fact He had come to England ostensibly as the commander of a trading vessel, had determined to effect the escape of Horace Hunter.  That his own plans might not be disarranged by any violence towards the Earl, he had on an accidental meeting in the West Indies promised Hunter a more full revenge if he waited for three years; and feeling that his capture had in some measure been owing to his appointment, he revolved in his mind many plans for his rescue.  His trial had taken place, and as the evidence was conclusive, he was condemned to death.  As his friends were now permitted to see him, Walter with his daughter to whom and his father he had made himself known in private, although he still stopped at Mrs. Ally’s when not in London, obtained permission to visit the doomed man.  Who shall attempt to portray the feelings of Mary Waters, as in company with the parent so long mourned as dead, she set forth

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