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to get others to help me, never once thinking of asking Him from whom all truth comes, till compelled by necessity; and scarcely had I prayed, when the very book which was to remove my doubts was given me. I then went to learn

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a short lesson in thorough bass. After breakfast, I walked about half an hour, entreating the Lord to put in my heart that spirit by which I might best write to His glory, and for the good of others. When I think of my own blindness, and of the unawakened state of my conscience, I feel writing for the public like a blind man undertaking to teach the knowledge of colours; but when I again consider that, if the Lord calls me, He can overrule my ignorance, and will guide and support me, if I am but willing, I feel encouraged.'

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CHAP. V.

1806-1807.

"Let a man get but one glimpse of the King in His beauty, and then the forms and shapes of things here, are but the types of an invisible loveliness, types which he is content should break and fade."

ROBERTSON.

"Be not over exquisite

To cast the fashion of uncertain evils,

For grant they be so, while they rest unknown,
What need a man forestall his date of grief ?"

MILTON.

IN 1806, the subject of this Memoir married Mr. Lambert Schimmel Penninck, of Berkeley Square, Bristol. This gentleman belonged to a branch of the noble Dutch family of that name, the head of which, the late Count SchimmelPenninck, was for many years Stadtholder of Holland.

"I really feel very joyful," Mrs. Galton wrote, while this marriage was in prospect, "in the unexpected conference with the Mores. They speak with much interest, and very favourably, of the SchimmelPenninck family. They consider it as being uncommonly intellectual. The principal person in question they represent very favourably, sensible, amiable, well read, but not brilliant. They appeared, however,

a little surprised at his presumption. Hannah More in particular expressed herself fully and liberally. She observed that, though her mode of thinking differed materially from his, she was confident of his being a religious and a very worthy man."

This marriage took place on the twenty-ninth of September. Her mother's letters afford some pleasant notices of her early married life. In the October following, Mrs. Galton writes to Mr. SchimmelPenninck:

"MY DEAR SIR,

"Your two very kind and satisfactory letters have delighted me. I thank you for them again and again. Had Bonaparte declared peace and good will to men, it would not have afforded me half the delight. I am telling you this during the twilight of the morning; I can scarcely see to write; so that my acknowledgments, although entirely sincere, are, I fear, scarcely intelligible.

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Pray give my love to Mary Anne. I think of her very often in the day. Has she assumed the dignity of a married lady, and learnt to behave like Mrs. Schimmel Penninck? When she returns to Bristol, I shall picture her to myself in her domestic capacity, ordering boiled hares and roasted turbots. But whether the dinners be boiled or roasted, I shall fancy you very cheerful together. I hope a bright

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sun may shine upon your prospects, and that occasional clouds, should they arise, may be soon dispersed like the passing vapours which sometimes sadden even summer's sky. You possess my best wishes. Were I a fairy, they should be accompanied by the choicest blessings; but blessings must be looked for from higher Hands; so all that remains in human power is to deserve them. I perceive that I am writing a sermon, which is not my design; lest you fancy, after all, that your mother is a "Quaker Preacher.'"

Again, December 2nd, 1806, Mrs. Galton says:

"Madame de Sevigné, I am persuaded, would begin a letter upon such an occasion thus :

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"Mon chèr fils, permettez que je vous embrasse.' How can I, although not a French woman, begin otherwise? I am delighted with a letter which I have just received from Mr. Galton, in which he says Mr. SchimmelPenninck confirms me more and more in the favourable opinion I have always entertained of him; and Mary Anne's account proves him to be a most affectionate husband and worthy man.' Dear Mr. Schimmel Penninck, pray do not be angry with me for telling you all this. I must tell you, for although I endeavour to be silent, I find I must speak. I must positively speak, in order to thank you for your most kind and affectionate

attentions to dear Mary Anne.

I do thank you

again and again. Pray tell her not to be outdone ; be sure to let her know that half my friendship is transferred to you, and that she must behave very handsomely to preserve the rest. I hope, some time coming to see how

or other, to have the pleasure of she behaves, and all the virtues I am sure that she will practise in her household. Tell her, if you please, that Mrs. Madden is in love with her, and in love with you, and with her situation, and that she is as happy as possible with the kindest possible master and mistress. Mrs. Madden will find, and everybody will find, that Mary Anne's good qualities will come out like the stars, one after another, so that you must not be vain, after all, and fancy that I think you too good for her. I am delighted, however, with my son and my daughter, and I hope they believe it. Pray give my love to Mr. Galton. I was upon the point of writing to him; but somehow my pen, in spite of every effort, has written to you. Mr. Galton will now bring a new pleasure, the pleasant account of Mary Anne, with all the circumstances of her situation, her house, and all that surrounds her. .. I have lately received a letter from Kitty. Pray tell Mary Anne that her friend is in the Inferno,' with Virgil and Dante. I shall send a parcel to-morrow, containing a clue that will help her into 'Purgatory,' and after to the 'Paradiso,'

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