She was born of respectable parents, and was carefully tended in her early years.
Her mother was a prudent, religious-minded woman; but she died when Julia was twelve years old. The father soon after took to drinking and gambling, and spent all the property he possessed.
His daughter was thus brought into the midst manufactured.
She tried to hide herself, but when he called her back in a gentle, but firm tone, she came immediately.
He took her kindly by the hand, and said, Julia, what does all this mean?
It is military costume, she replied.
I am an officer of state.
I am sorry thou art not more decently clad, said he. I intended to thy sincere friend, he replied; and I promise that I will never forget thee.
I make the following extract from a letter, which he wrote to her soon after: Now, Julia, listen to me, and mind what I say; for thou knowest I am thy friend.
I want thee, at all times, and upon all occasions, to be very careful of thy conduct.