The Fortunate Foundlings, By Eliza Fowler Haywood

 -  He had no near relations, and those
distant ones who claimed an almost forgotten kindred were not in a
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He Had No Near Relations, And Those Distant Ones Who Claimed An Almost Forgotten Kindred Were Not In A Condition To Abandon Their Progeny.

- The thing appeared strange to him; but all his endeavours to give him any farther light into it being

Unsuccessful; he began to imagine the parents of the children had been compelled by necessity to expose them, and had had only wrote in this mysterious manner to engage a better reception: he also accounted in his mind for their being left with him, as, he being a batchelor, and having a large estate, it might naturally be supposed there would be fewer impediments to their being taken care of, than either where a wife was in the case, or a narrow fortune obliged the owner to preserve a greater oeconomy in expences.

Being at last convinced within himself that he had now explained this seeming riddle, he took no farther trouble about whose, or what these children were, but resolved to take care of them during their infancy, and afterwards to put them into such a way as he should find their genius's rendered them most fit for, in order to provide for themselves.

On his leaving the county, he ordered his housekeeper to furnish every thing needful for them as often as they wanted it, and to take care they were well used by the women with whom he had placed them; and delivered these commands not in a cursory or negligent manner, but in such terms as terrified any failure of obedience in this point would highly incur his displeasure.

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