She earnestly entreated to go, and promised to change her dress immediately.
He accordingly waited till she was ready, and then spent more than an hour walking round the grounds with her. She told him the history of her life, and wept bitterly over the retrospect of her erroneous course.
It seemed a great relief to have some one to whom she could open her over-burdened heart.
She was occasionally incoherent, but the fresh air invigorated her, and the quiet talk soothed her perturbed feelings.
At parting, she said, ‘I thank you. I thought I hadn't a friend in the world.
I was afraid everybody had forgotten me.’
‘I am 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.
Never suffer thyself to use vulgar or profane language.
It would grieve me, and I am sure thou dost not wish to do that.
Besides, it is very degrading, and very wicked.
Be discreet, sober, and modest.
Be kind, courteous, and obliging to all. Thou wilt make many friends by so doing, and wilt feel more cheerful and happy thyself.
Do be a lady.
I know thou canst, if thou wilt.
More than all, I want thee to be ’