Altho' I cannot agree with you in supposing that I shall never again be exposed to Misfortunes as unmerited
as those I have already experienced, yet to avoid the imputation of Obstinacy or ill-nature, I will gratify the curiosity of your daughter; and may the fortitude with which I have suffered the many afflictions of my past Life, prove to her a useful lesson for the support of those which may befall her in her own.
A plot of this kind would, doubtless, satisfy the moral sense, but it would inspire neither pity nor fear; for pity is aroused by unmerited
misfortune, fear by the misfortune of a man like ourselves.
I can say, as any strong, chesty drinker can say, that all that leaves me alive to- day on the planet is my unmerited
luck--the luck of chest, and shoulders, and constitution.
Henceforth we have to follow the spectacle of a man who was a mere whip-top for calamity; on whose unmerited
misadventures not even the humourist can look without pity, and not even the philosopher without alarm.
Indeed, my heart was overcharged with joy when I read in your letter those kindly words about myself, as well as a not wholly unmerited
recognition of my sentiments.
The haste with which these measures were carried into execution did not admit of those preparations for their comfort, which, if unmerited
by their disloyalty, were at least due in pity to the severity of their punishment.
All these may be unmerited
suspicions; but it certainly is a circumstance strongly corroborative of them, that Mr.
Here my little friend's sense of his unmerited
misfortunes overpowered him, and he began to cry.
It is true, indeed, his goodness once allowed me the liberty of calling him by a much nearer name; but as this was only a voluntary act of goodness, I can complain of no injustice when he thinks proper to deprive me of this honour; since the loss cannot be more unmerited
than the gift originally was.
Both might have been influenced by early impressions; for, if the son of the loyal and gallant soldier bowed in implicit obedience to the will of his sovereign, the descendant of the persecuted followers of Penn looked back with a little bitterness to the unmerited
wrongs that had been heaped upon his ancestors.
There, indeed, lay real pleasure, for there she was giving up the sweetest hours of the twentyfour to his comfort; and feeling that, unmerited
as might be the degree of his fond affection and confiding esteem, she could not, in her general conduct, be open to any severe reproach.
I have no words to tell the rapture it was to me; but I hope that in some more articulate being, if it should ever be my unmerited
fortune to meet that 'sommo poeta' face to face, it shall somehow be uttered from me to him, and he will understand how completely he became the life of the boy I was then.