S58 TYLNEY HALL. in the course of penning the following billet to his did associate : " DEAR DEUCE-ACE, " To save troublesome explanations, read the en- closed ; seal, and deliver it ' when called for/ The game is good. I hold winning cards if you play well up to my hand. One deal, and out ! and the stakes better than a slam at SPICY ! ! ! (f A snake stopped the march of a Roman army ; but would it not be pitiful if my progress up the avenue of Tylney Hall, as its master, mind, should be stopped by a worm ? Genus, ' book-worm/ You remember a specimen at college. Moreover, with a bill of love, signed, dated, and accepted, in his hand, he stands between a certain Grace, and a certain graceless. " You must ship him off somewhere. The sea is not so confined or overstocked, but it may bear another Gull on it. I am not so interested in the venture as to require that the vessel so freighted be A 1 . " I must trouble you to stand God-father to him, in giving him an alias, and you may help him to a hundred on my account, but he has means of his own. Scare him heartily, confirm all my facts, and enforce all my arguments, I should have said back my gammon. " In serving an old pal, a wealthy one that is to be, you may do better for yourself than even by showing your pluck to pigeons at Fulham. " Thine truly, " ACE-DEUCE." The enclosure presented a curious contrast to the pre- : ceding epistle it read like the effusion of what certain old women of both sexes would denominate a very goodj moral, and decidedly serious young man. JEcce signum.
TYLNEY HALL. 35Q that I doubt while I write whether I live in a civilised country. Alas ! all my worst fears are realised, and even the wildest chimeras of doubt and terror have become real demons howling for your destruction. Within this very hour twelve men, or I should rather call them fiends in human shape, have outraged nature by pronouncing you