The Kennedies





Mr. Pennant, in his Tour in Scotland, relates the following
circumstance, which shows that a sense of honour may prevail in those who

have little regard to moral obligation:--After the battle of Culloden, in

the year 1745, a reward of thirty thousand pounds was offered to any one

who should discover or deliver up the young Pretender. He had taken refuge

with the Kennedies, two common thieves, who protected him with the greatest

fidelity, robbed for his support, and often went in disguise to Inverness

to purchase provisions for him. A considerable time afterwards one of these

men, who had resisted the temptation of thirty thousand pounds from a

regard to his honour, was hanged for stealing a cow of the value of thirty

shillings.





A young woman, named La Blonde, was in the service of M. Migeon, a furrier,

in the Rue St. Honore, in Paris; this tradesman, though embarrassed in his

affairs, was not deserted by his faithful domestic, who remained at his

house without receiving any salary. Migeon, some years afterwards died,

leaving a wife and two young children without the means of support. The

cares of La Blonde were now transferred to the assistance of the distressed

family of her deceased master, for whose support she expended fifteen

hundred francs, the fruit of her labour, as well as the produce of rent

from her small patrimony. From time to time this worthy servant was offered

other situations, but to all such offers she replied by the inquiry, "Who

will take care of this family if I desert them?" At length the widow

Migeon, overcome with grief, became seriously ill. La Blonde passed her

days in comforting her dying mistress, and at night went to take care of

the sick, in order to have the means of relieving her wants. The widow

Migeon died on the 28th of April, 1787. Some persons then proposed to La

Blonde to send the two little orphans to the poor house; but the generous

girl, indignant at this proposition, replied, "that at Ruel, her native

country, her two hundred livres of rent would suffice for their subsistence

and her own."





The Horse Dealer The Ladies of Beauvais facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Feedback