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them leave it all ; let us but escape from this horrible should obtain legal advice as to the mode of obtainplace."
ing justice on her father o murderer. She had no We have mentioned elsewhere, that Nigel was a hesitation to charge the guilt upon Colepepper, (comvery athletic young man, and, impelled by a strong monly called Peppercull,) whom she knew to be as feeling of compassion and indignation, he showed his capable of any act of treacherous cruelty, as he was bodily strength singularly on this occasion, by seizing cowardly, where actual manhood was required. He on the ponderous strong-box, and, by means of the had been strongly suspected of iwo robberies before, rope he had cast around it, throwing it on his shoul- one of which was coupled with an atrocious murder ders, and marching resolutely forward under a weight, He had, she intimated, made pretensions to her hand which would have sunk to the earth three young gal- as the easiest and safest of obtaining possession lants, at the least, of our degenerate day. The water- of her father's wealth ; and, on her refusing his adman followed him in amazement, calling out, "Why, dresses, if they could be termed so, in the most posimaster, master, you might as well gie me t'other end tive terms, he had thrown out such obscure hints of on't!" and anon offered his assistance to support it in vengeance, as, joined with some imperfect assaults some degree behind, which after the first minute or upon the house, had kept her in frequent alarm, both two Nigel was fain to accept. His strength was al- on her father's account and her own. most exhausted when he reached the wherry, which Nigel, but that his feeling of respectful delicacy to was lying at the Temple Stairs according to appoint- the unfortunate woman forbade him to do so, could ment; and, when he pitched the trunk into it, the here have communicated a circumstance corroboraweight sank the bow of the boat so low in the water tive of her suspicions, which had already occurred to as wellnigh to overset it.
his own mind. He recollected the hint that old Hil"We shall have as hard a fare of it," said the debrod threw forth on the preceding night, that some waterman to his companion, "as if we were ferrying communication betwixt himself and Colepepper had over an honest bankrupt with all his secreted goods hastened the catastrophe. As this communication -Ho, ho! good woman, what are you stepping in related to the plan whích Hildebrod had been pleased for ?-our gunwale lies deep enough in the water to form, of promoting a marriage betwixt Nigel himwithout live lumber to boot.
self and the rich heiress of Trapbois, the fear of losing * This person comes with me,” said Lord Glenvar- an opportunity not to be regained, together with the loch; she is for the present under my protection.' mean malignity of a low-bred ruffian disappointed in
" Come, come, master," rejoined the fellow, that a favourite scheme, was most likely to instigate the is out of my commission. You must not double my bravo to the deed of violence which had been comfreight on me-she may go by land-and, as for pro- mitted. The reflection that his own name was in tection, her face will protect her from Berwick to the some degree implicated with the causes of this horLand's End."
rid tragedy, doubled Lord Glenvarloch's anxiety in " You will not except at my doubling the loading, behalf of the victim whom he had rescued, while at if I double the fare?'' said Nigel, determined on no the same time he formed the tacit resolution, that, so account to relinquish the protection of this unhappy soon as his own affairs were put upon some fooung, woman, for which he had already devised some sort he would contribute all in his power towards the inof plan, likely now to be baffled by the characteristic vestigation of this bloody affair. rudeness of the Thames watermen.
After ascertaining from his companion that she " Ay, by G-, but I will except, though," said the could form no better plan of her own, he recomfellow with the green plush jacket; "I will overload mended to her to take up her lodging for the time, at my wherry neither for love nor money-I love my the house of his old landlord, Christie the ship-chans boat as well as my wife, and a thought better." dler, at Paul's Wharf, describing the decency and
“ Nay, nay, comrade," said his mate," that is honesty of that worthy couple, and expressing his speaking no trie water language. For double fare hopes that they would receive her into their own we are bound to row a witch in her eggshell if she house, or recommend her at least to that of some bid us; and so pull away, Jack, and let us have no person for whom they would be responsible, until she more prating."
should have time to enter upon other arrangements They got into the stream-way accordingly, and, for herself. although heavily laden, began to move down the The poor woman received advice so grateful to river with reasonable specd.
her in her desolate condition, with an expression of The lighter vessels which passed, overtook, or thanks, brief indeed, but deeper than any thing had crossed them, in their course, failed not to assail them yet extracted from the austerity of her natural dispowith the boisterous raillery, which was then called sition. water-wit; for which the extreme plainness of Mis- Lord Glenvarloch then proceeded to inform Martha, tress Martha's features, contrasted with the youth, that certain reasons, connected with his personal safehandsome figure, and good looks of Nigel, furnished ty, called him iminediately to Greenwich, and, therethe principal topics; while the circumstance of the fore, it would not be in his power to accompany her boat being somewhat overloaded, did not escape their to Christie's house, which he would otherwise have notice. They were hailed successively, as a grocer's done with pleasure; but tearing a leaf from his tablet, wife upon a party of pleasure with her eldest ap- he wrote on it a few lines, addressed to his landlord, prentice--as an old woman carrying her grandson to as a man of honesty and humanity, in which he des school-and as a young strapping Irishman, con- scribed the bearer as a person who stood in singular veying an ancient maiden to Dr. Rigmarole's at Red- necessity of temporary protection and good advice, riffe, who buckles beggars for a tester and a dram of for which her circumstances enabled her to make Geneva. All this abuse was retorted in a similar ample acknowledgment. He therefore requested etrain of humour by Green-jacket and his compa- John Christie, as his old and good friend, to afford njon, who maintained the war of wit with the same her the shelter of his roof for a short time; or, if that alacrity with which they were assailed.
might not be consistent with his convenience, at Meanwhile, Lord Glenvarloch asked his desolate least to direct her to a proper lodging-and, finally, companion if she had thought on any place where he imposed on him the additional, and somewhat she could remain in safety with her property: She more difficult commission, to recommend her to the confessed in more detail than formerly, that her fa- counsel and services of an honest, at least a reputable ther's character had left her no friends;
and that, from and skilful attorney, for the transacting some law the time he had betaken himself to Whitefriars, to business of importance. This note he subscribed escape certain legal consequences of his eager pur- with his real name, and, delivering it to his protegee, suit of gain, she had lived a life of total seclusion; not who received it with another deeply uttered "I thank associating with the society which the place afforded, you,” which spoke the sterling feelings of her gratiand, by her residence there, as well as her father's | tude better than a thousand combined phrases, he parsimony, effectually cut off from all other company. commanded the waterman to pull in for Paul's What she now wished, was, in the first place, to 06- Wharf, which they were now approaching. tain the shelter of a decent lodging, and the counte- “We have not time," said Green-jacket; "we can. nance of honest people, however low in life, until she I not be stopping every instant."
But, upon Nigel insisting upon his commands be- , ship-chandler approached, but in a surly manner, and ang obeyed, and adding, that it was for the purpose of bearing his hand on his sword-hilt rather in the act of putting the lady ashore, the waterman declared he one who was losing habitual forbearance and caution would rather have her room than her company, and of deportment, than as alarmed by the attack of an put the wherry alongside of the wharf accordingly. antagonist inferior to himself in youth, strength, and Here two of the porters, who ply in such places, were weapons. easily induced to undertake the charge of the ponder- Bide back," he said, "Majster Christie-I say ous strong-box, and at the same time to guide the bide back, and consult your safety, man. I have owner to the well-known mansion of John Christie, evited striking you in your ain house under muckle with whom all who lived in that neighbourhood were provocation, because I am ignorant how the laws perfectly acquainted.
here may pronounce respecting burglary and hameThe boat, much lightened of its load, went down sucken, and such matters; and, besides, I would not the Thames at a rate increased in proportion. But willingly hurt ye, man, e'en on the causeway, that is we must forbear to pursue her in her voyage for a free to us baith, because I mind your kindness of lang few minutes, since we have previously to mention the syne, and partly consider ye as a poor deceived creaissue of Lord Glenvarloch's recommendation. ture. But deild-n me, sir, and I am not wont to
Mistress Martha Trapbois reached the shop in per- swear, but if you touch my Scotch shouther with fect safety, and was about to enter it, when a sicken- that shule of yours, I will make six inches of my Aning sense of the uncertainty of her situation, and of drew Ferrara deevilish intimate with your guts, the singularly painful task of telling her story, came neighbour." over her so strongly, that she paused a moment at the And therewithal, though still retreating from the very threshold of her proposed place of refuge, to brandished shovel, he made one third of the basketthink in what manner she could best second the re- hilted broadsword which he wore, visible from the commendation of the friend whom Providence had sheath. The wrath of John Christie was abated, raised up to her. Had she possessed that knowledge either by his natural temperance of disposition, ur of the world, from which her habits of life had com- perhaps in part by the glimmer of cold steel, which pletely excluded her, she might have known that the fashed on him from his adversary's last action. large sum of money which she brought along with “I would do well to cry clubs on thee, and have her, might, judiciously managed, have been a pass- thee ducked at the wharf,” he said grounding his port to her into the mansions of nobles, and the palaces shovel, however, at the same time, for a paltry of princes. But, however conscious of its general swaggerer, that would draw thy bit of iron there on power, which assumes so many forms and complex- an honest citizen before his own door; but get thee ions, she was so inexperienced as to be most unne- gone, and reckon on a salt eel for thy supper, if thou cessarily afraid that the means by which the wealth shouldst ever come near my house again. I wish it had been acquired, might exclude its inheritrix from had been at the bottom of the Thames when it first shelter even in the house of an humble tradesman. gave the use of its roof to smooth-faced, oily-tongued,
While she thus delayed, a more reasonable cause double-minded Scots thieves!". for hesitation arose, in a considerable noise and alter- " It's an ill bird that fouls its own nest," replied cation within the house, which grew louder and louder his adversary, not perhaps the less bold that he saw as the disputants issued forth upon the street or lane matters were taking the turn of a pacific debate; "and before the door.
a pity it is that a kindly, Scot should ever have marThe first who entered upon the scene was a tall, ried in foreign parts, and given life to a purse-proud, raw-boned, hard-favoured man, who stalked out of pudding-headed, fat-gutted, lean-brained Southron, the shop hastily, with a gait like that of a Spaniard in een such as you, Maister Christie.
But fare ye a passion, who, disdaining to add speed to his loco- well--fare ye well for ever and a day; and, if you quarmotion by running, only condescends, in the utmost rel wi'a Scot again, man, say as mickle ill o' himsell extremity of his angry haste, to add length to his as ye like, but say nane of his patron or of his countrystride. He faced about, so soon as he was ont of the men, or it will scarce be your fiat cap that will keep house, upon his pursuer, a decent-looking, elderly, your lang lugs from the sharp abridgment of a Highplain tradesman-no other than John Christie him- | land whinger man.". self, the owner of the shop and tenement, by whom And, if you continue your insolence to me before he seemed to be followed, and who was in a state of my own door, were it but two minutes longer,” reagitation more than is usually expressed by such a torted John Christie, " I will call the constable, and person.
make your Scottish ankles acquainted with an Eng" I'll hear no more on't," said the personage who lish pair of stocks!" first appeared on the scene.—“Sir, I will hear no So saying, he turned to retire into his shop with more on it. Besides being a most false and impudent some show of victory; for his enemy, whatever might figment, as I can testify--it is Scandaalum Magnaa- be his innate valour, manifested no desire to drive tum, sir-Scandaalum Magnaatum," he reiterated matters to extremity-conscious, perhaps, that whatwith a broad accentuation of the first vowel, well ever advantage he might gain in single combat with known in the colleges of Edinburgh and Glasgow, John Christie, would be more than overbalanced by which we can only express in print by doubling the incurring an affair with the constituted authorities of said first of letters and of vowels, and which would Old England, not at that time apt to be particularly have cheered the cockles of the reigning monarch had favourable to their new fellow-subjects, in the various he been within hearing, -as he was a severer stickler successive broils which were then constantly taking for what he deemed the genuine pronunciation of the place between the individuals of two proud nations, Roman tongue, than for any of the royal preroga- who still retained a stronger sense of their national tives, for which he was at times disposed to insist so animosity during centuries, than of their late union strenuously in his speeches to Parliament.
for a few years under the government of the same "I care not an ounce of rotten cheese," said John prince. Christie in reply, " what you call it-but it is TRUE; Mrs. Martha Trapbois had dwelt too long in Alsatia, and I am a free Englishman, and have right to speak to be either surprised or terrified at the altercation the truth in my own concerns; and your master is she had witnessed. Indeed, she only wondered that little better than a villain, and you are no more than the debate did not end in some of those acts of violence a swaggering coxcornb, whose head I will presently by which they were usually terminated in the Sancbreak, as I have known it well broken before on tuary. As the disputants separated from each other, lighter occasion."
she, who had no idea that the cause of the quarrel And, so saying, he flourished the paring-slovel was more deeply rooted than in the daily scenes of which usually made clean the steps of his little shop, the same nature which sie had heard of or witnessed, and which he had caught up as the readiest weapon did not hesitate to stop Master Christie in his return to of working his foeman damage, and advanced there- his shop, and present to him the letter which Lord with upon him. The cautious Scot (for such our Glen varloch had given to her. Had she been better Teaders must already have pronounced him, from his acquainted with life and its business, she would cerlanguage and pedantry) drew back as the enraged tainly have waited for a more temperate moment; and she had reason to repent of her precipitation, when, with men's devices-ahem! Weel, and if ye be an without saying a single word, or taking the trouble to honest woman,” (here he peeped under her muffler,) gather more of the information contained in the let-as an honest woman ye seem likely to be though, ter than was expressed in the subscription, the incen- let me tell you, they are a kind of cattle not so rife sed ship-chandler threw it down on the ground, in the streets of this city as I would desire them-I trampled it in high disdain, and, without addressing was almost strangled with my own band by twa rama single word to the bearer, except indeed, something pallians, wha wanted yestreen, nae farther gane, to much more like a hearty curse than was perfectly harle me into a change-house-however, if ye be a deconsistent with his own grave appearance, he retired cent honest woman," (here he took another peep at into his shop and shut the hatch-door.
features certainly bearing no beauty which could inIt was with the most inexpressible anguish that the fer suspicion,), as decent and honest ye seem to be, desolate, friendless, and unhappy female, thus beheld why, I will advise you to a decent house, where you her sole hope of succour, countenance, and protection, will get douce, quiet entertainment, on reasonable vanish at once, without being able to conceive a rea- terms, and the occasional benefit of my own counsel son; for to do her justice, the idea that her friend, and direction—that is, from time to time, as my other whom she knew by the name of Nigel Grahame, had avocations may permit.” imposed on her, a solution which might readily have May I venture to accept of such an offer from a occurred to many in her situation, never once entered stranger ?" said Martha, with natural hesitation. her mind. Although it was not her temper easily to Troth, I see nothing to hinder you, mistress," rebend her mind to entreaty, she could not help ex- plied the bonny Scot; "ye can but see the place, and claiming after the ireful and retreating ship-chandler, do after as ye think best. Besides, we are nae such
Good Master, hear me but a moment! for mer- strangers, neither ; for I know your friend, and you, cy's sake, for honesty's sake!"
it's like, 'know mine, whilk knowledge, on either Mercy and honesty from him, mistress !" said the hand, is a medium of communication between us, even Scoi, who, though he essayed not to interrupt the re- as the middle of the string connecteth its twa ends treat of his antagonist, still kept stout possession or extremities. But I will enlarge on this farther as the field of action, -"ye might as weel expect brandy we pass along, gin ye list to bid your twa lazy loons from bean-stalks, or milk from a craig of blue whun- of porters there lift up your little kist between them, stane. The man is mad, horn mad, to boot." whilk a true Scotsman might carry under his arm.
"I must have mistaken the person to whom the Let me tell you, mistress, ye will soon make a toomi letter was addressed, then;" and, as she spoke, Mis- pock-end of it in Lon'on, if you hire twa knaves to do tress Martha Trapbois was in the act of stooping to the work of ane.' lift the paper which had been so uncourteously receiv. So saying, he led the way, followed by Mistress ed. Her companion, with natural civility, anticipated Martha Trapbois, whose singular destiny, though it her purpose; but, what was not quite so much in eti- had heaped her with wealth, had left her, for the moquette, he took a sly glance at it as he was about to ment, no wiser counsellor, or more distinguished prohand it to her, and his eye having caught the sub- tector, than honest Richie Moniplies, a discarded serscription, he said, with surprise, “Glenvarloch-Nigel ving-man. Olifaunt of Glenvarloch! Do you know the Lord Glenvarloch, mistress ?" "I know not of whom you speak," said Mrs. Mar
CHAPTER XXVII. tha, peevishly: "I had that paper from one Master This way lie safety and a sure retreat ; Nigel Gram.
Yonder lie danger, shame, and punishment. "Nigel Grahame !-umph.-0, ay, very true-I had Most welcome danger then-Nay, let me say, forgot," said the Scotsman. "A tall, well-set young
Though spoke with swelling heart-welcome e'en shame;
And welcome punishment-for, call me guilty, man, about my height; bright blue eyes like a hawk's;
I do but pay the tax that's due to justice; a pleasant speech, something leaning to the kindly And call me guiltless, then that punishment north-country accentuation, but not much, in respect Is shame to those alone who do inflict it.-The Tribunal. of his having been resident abroad ?"
We left Lord Glenvarloch, to whose fortunes our "All this is true-and what of it all ?" said the story chiefly attaches itself, gliding swiftly down the daughter of the miser.
Thames. He was not, as the reader may have ob"Hair of my complexion ?"
served, very affable in his disposition, or apt to enter 'Yours is red,” replied she,
into conversation with those into whose company he "I pray you, peace," said the Scotsman. “I was was casually thrown. This was, indeed, an error in going to say-of my complexion, but with a deeper his
conduct, arising less from pride, though of that shade of the chestnut. Weel, mistress, if I have feeling we do not pretend to exculpate him, than from guessed the man aright, he is one with whom I am, a sort of bashful reluctance to mix in the conversaand have been, intimate and familiar, ---nay, I may tru; tion of those with whom he was not familiar. It is ly say I have done him much service in my time, and a fault only to be cured by experience and knowledge may live to do him more. I had indeed a sincere good of the world, which soon teaches every sensible and will for him, and I doubt he has been much at a loss acute person the important lesson, that amusement, since we parted; but the fault is not mine. Where- and, what is of more consequence, that information fore, as this letter will not avail you with him to whom and increase of knowledge, are to be derived from it is directed, you may believe that Heaven hath sent the conversation of every individual whatever, with it to me, who have a special regard for the writer-I whom he is thrown into a natural train of communave, besides, as much mercy and honesty within me nication. For ourselves, we can assure the reader as man can weel make his bread with, and am wil
--and perhaps if we have ever been able to afford ling to aid any distressed creature, that is my friend's him amusement, it is owing in a great degree to this friend, with my counsel, and otherwise, so that I am cause that we never found ourselves in company not put to much charges, being in a strange country, with the stupidest of all possible companions in a like a poor lamb that has wandered from its ain na- post-chaise, or with the most arrant cumber-corner tive hirsel, and leaves a tait of its woo' in every d-d that ever occupied a place in the mail-coach, without Southron bramble that comes across it." While he finding, that, in the course of our conversation with spoke thus, he read the contents of the letter, without him, we had some ideas suggested to us, either grave waiting for permission, and then continued, -"And or gay, or some information communicated in the so this is all that you are wanting, my dove ? nothing course of our journey, which we should have regretmore than safe and honourable lodging, and susten- ted not to have learned, and which we should be sorance, upon your own charges ?"
ry to have immediately forgotten. But Nigel was "Nothing more," said she. "If you are a man and somewhat immured wiihin the Bastile of his rank, as a Christian, you will help me to what I need so much." some philosopher (Tom Paine, we think) has happily
"A man 1 am," replied the formal Caledonian, enough expressed that sort of 'shyness which men of "e'en sie as ye see me ; and a Christian I may call dignified situations are apt to be beset with, rather myself
, though unworthy, and though I have heard from not exactly knowing how far, or with whom, litile pure doctrine since I came hither-a' polluted they ought to be familiar, than from any real touch
of aristocratic pride. Besides, the immediate pressure to your own country; you will be equally out of my of our adventurer's own affairs was such as exclu- reach either way. But it is fair to put the choice besively to engross his attention.
fore you. Hé sat, therefore, wrapt in his cloak, in the stern My choice is made," said Nigel. "I have told you of the boat, with his mind entirely bent upon the thrice already it is my pleasure to be landed at Greenprobable issue of the interview with his Sovereign, wich.”' which it was his purpose to seek; for which abstrac- "Write it on a piece of paper," said the waterman, tion of mind he may be fully justified, although, per- "that such is your positive will; I must have somehaps, by questioning the watermen who were trans- thing to show to my employers, that the transgression porting him down the river, he might have discovered of their orders lies with yourself, not with me." matters of high concernment to him.
“I choose to hold this trinker in my hand for the At any rate, Nigel remained silent till the wherry present," said Nigel, showing his pistol, “and will approached the town of Greenwich, when he com- write you the acquittance when I go ashore." manded the men to put in for the nearest landing. “I would not go ashore with you for a hundred place, as it was his purpose to go ashore there, and pieces," said the waterman. “Il luck has ever atdismiss them from farther attendance.
tended you, except in small gaming; do me fair jusThat is not possible," said the fellow with the tice, and give me the testimony I desire. If you are green jacket, who, as we have already said, seemed afraid of foul play while you write it, you may hold to take on himself the charge of pilotage. "We must my pistols, if you will.” He offered the weapons to go," he continued, " to Gravesend, where a Scottish Nigel accordingly, who, while they were under his vessel, which dropt down the river last tide for the control, and all possibility of his being taken at advery purpose, lies with her anchor a-peak, waiting to vantage was excluded, no longer hesitated to give the carry you to your own dear northern country. Your waterman an acknowledgment, in the following hammock is slung, and all is ready for you, and you terms :talk of going ashore at Greenwich, as seriously as if "Jack in the Green, with his mate, belonging to such a thing were possible!"
the wherry called the Jolly Raven, have done iheir "I see no impossibility," said Nigel, "in your land- duty faithfully by me, landing me at Greenwich by my ing me where I desire to be landed'; but very little express command; and being themselves willing and possibility of your carrying me any where I am not desirous to carry me on board the Royal Thistle, predesirous of going.'
sently lying at Gravesend.”. Haying finished this ac. “Why, whether do you manage the wherry, or we, knowledgment, which he signed with the letters, N. master i asked Green-jacket, in a tone betwixt jest O. G. as indicating his name and title, he again reand earnest; “I take it she will go the way we row quested to know of the waterman, to whom he deliher."
vered it, the name of his employers. Ay,” retorted Nigel, “but I take it you will row “Sir,' replied Jack in the Green, "I have respected her on the course I direct you, otherwise your chance your secrei, do not you seek to pry into mine. It of payment is but a poor one.'
would do you no good to know for whom I am taking Suppose we are content to risk that,” said the un- this present trouble; and, to be brief, you shall not daunted waterman, "I wish to know how you, who know it-and, if you will fight in the quarrel, as you talk so big-I mean no offence, master, but you do said even now, the sooner we begin the better. Only talk big-would help yourself in such a case ?!! this you may be cock-sure of, that we designed you
"Simply thus," answered Lord Glenyarloch-"You no harm, and that, if you fall into any, it will be of saw me, an hour since, bring down to the boat a trunk your own wilful seeking.” As he spoke, they apthat neither of you could lift. If we are to contest proached the landing-place, where Nigel instantly the destination of our voyage, the same strength | jumped ashore. The waterman placed his small mailwhich tossed that chest into the wherry, will suffice trunk on the stairs, observing that there were plenty to fling you out of it; wherefore, before we begin the of spare hands about, to carry it where he would. scuffle, I pray you to remember, that, whither I would "We part friends, I hope, my lads," said the young there I will oblige you to carry me.”
nobleman, offering at the same time a piece of money Gramercy for your kindness," said Green-jacket; more than double the usual fare, to the boatmen. "and now mark me in return.' My comrade and I "We part as we met," answered Green-jacket; are two men-and you, were you as stout as George "and, for your money, I am paid sufficiently with this a-Green, can pass but for one; and two, you will al- bit of paper. Only, if you owe me any love for the cast low, are more than a match for one. You mistake I have given you, I pray you not to dive so deep into in your reckoning, my friend.”
the pockets of the next apprentice that you find fool * It is you who mistake,” answered Vigel, who be enough to play the cavalier.–And you, you greedy gan to grow warm; it is I who am three to two, swine," said he to his companion, who still had a sirrah-I carry two men's lives at my girdle." longing eye fixed on the money which Nigel continued
So saying, he opened his cloak and showed the two to offer, "push off, or, if I take a stretcher in hand, pistols which he had disposed at his girdle. Green- I'll break the knave's pate of thee." The fellow pushjacket was unmoved at the display.
ed off, as he was commanded, but still could noi help “I have got," said he, "a pair of barkers that will muttering, “This was entirely out of waterman's match yours," and he showed that he also was armed rules." with pistols; "so you may begin as soon as you list.'' Glenvarloch, though without the devotion of the
"Then," said Lord Glenvarloch, drawing forth and" injured Thales" of the moralist, to the memory of cocking a pistol, “the sooner the better. Take notice, that great princess, had now attained I hold you as a ruffian, who have declared you will put force on my person; and that I will shoot you
"The hallow'd soil which gave Eliza birth," through the head if you do not instantly put me ashore whose halls were now less respectably occupied by at Greenwich."
her successor. It was not, as has been well shown The other waterman, alarmed at Nigel's gesture, by a late author, that James was void either of parts lay upon his oar; but Green-jacket replied coolly-- or of good intentions; and his predecessor was at
Look you, master, I should not care a tester to ven- least as arbitrary in effect as he was in theory. But, ture a life with you on this matter; but the truth is, while Elizabeth possessed a sternness of masculine I am employed to do you good, and not to do you sense and determination which rendered even her
weaknesses, some of which were in themselves suffi" By whom are you employed ?" said the Lord Glen- ciently ridiculous, in a certain degree respectable, varloch; "or who dare concern themselves in me, or James, on the other hand, was so utterly devoid of my affairs, without my authority ?"
“firm resolve," so well called by the Scottish bard, * As to that," answered the waterman, in the same tone of indifference, "I shall not show my commis
“The stalk of carle-hemp in man," sion. For myself, I care not, as I said, whether you that even his virtues and his good meaning became land at Greenwich to get yourself hanged, or go down laughable, from the whimsical uncertainty of his to get aboard the Royal Thistle, to make your escape l conduct; so that the wisest things he ever said, and
the best actions he ever did, were often touched with nor my Lord Duke of Lennox, nor Lord Dalgarno, a strain of the ludicrous and fidgety character of the --nay, I am sure, sir, if I touched you this time, ii man. Accordingly, though at different periods of his was your fault, not mine.-But a single drop of the reign he contrived to acquire with his people a certain styptic, another little patch that would make a degree of temporary popularity, it never long outlived doublet for a flea, just under the left moustache; it the occasion which produced it; so true it is
, that the will become you when you smile, sir, as well as a mass of mankind will respect a monarch stained dimple; and if you would salute your fair mistresswith actual guilt, more than one whose foibles ren- but I beg pardon, you are a grave gentleman, very der him only ridiculous.
grave to be so young.-Hope I have given no ottence; To return from this digression, Lord Glenvarloch it is my duty to entertain customers--my duty, sir,
eceived, as Green-jacket had assured him, the and my pleasure-Sir Munko Malcrowther?--yes, offer of an idle bargeman to transport his baggage sir, I dare say he is at this moment in Ned's eating. where he listed; but that where was a question of house, for few folks ask him out, now Lord Hunt. momentary doubt. At length, recollecting the ne- inglen is gone to London. You will get touched cessity that his hair and beard should be properly again-yes, sir--there you shall find him with his can arranged before he attempted to enter the royal pre- of single ale, stirred with a sprig of rosemary, for he sence, and desirous, at the same time, of obtaining never drinks strong potations, sir, unless to oblige some information of the motions of the Sovereign Lord Huntinglen-take heed, sir-or any other perand of the Court, he desired to be guided to the next son who asks him forth to breakfast-bui single beer barber's shop, which we have already mentioned as he always drinks at Ned's, with his broiled bone of the place where news of every kind circled and cen- þeef or mutton -or, it may be, lamb at the season-ired. He was speedily shown the way to such an but not pork, though Ned is famous for his griskins. emporium of intelligence, and soon found he was But the Scois never eat pork--strange that! some likely to hear all he desired to know, and much more, folk think they are a sort of Jews. There is a rewhile his head was subjected to the art of a nimble semblance, sir,-Do you not think so ? Then they tonsor, the glibness of whose tongue kept pace with call our most gracious Sovereign the second Solothe nimbleness of his fingers, while he ran on, without mon, and Solomon, you know, was king of the Jews; stint or stop, in the following excursive manner :- so the thing bears a face, you see. I believe, sir, you
"The Court here, master ?-yes, master--much will find yourself trimmed now to your content. I to the advantage of trade--good custom stirring. His will be judged by the fair mistress of your affections. Majesty loves Greenwich-hunts every morning in Crave pardon--no offence, I trust. Pray, consult the the Park-all decent persons admitted that have the glass--one touch of the crisping tongs, to reduce this entries of the Palace --no rabble-frightened the straggler. - Thank your munificence, sir-hope your King's horse with their hallooing, the uncombed custom while you stay in Greenwich. Would you slaves.--Yes, sir, the beard more peaked ? Yes, mas- have a tone on that ghittern, to put your temper ter, so it is worn. I know the last cut-dress several in concord for the day?-Twang, twang-wang, of the courtiers--one valet-of-the-chamber, two pages wang, dillo. Something out of tune, sir-100 many of the body, the clerk of the kitchen, three running hands to touch it--we cannot keep these things like footmen, two dog-boys, and an honourable Scottish artists. Let me help you with your cloak, sir-yes, knight, Sir Munko Malgrowler.”
sir-You would not play yourself, sir, would you ? Malagrowther, I suppose ?” said Nigel, thrusting Way to Sir Munko's eating-house ?-Yes, sir; but it in his conjectural emendation, with infinite difficulty, is Ned's eating-house, not Sir Munko's.- The knight, betwixt two clauses of the barber's text.
to be sure, eats there, and that makes it his eatingYes, sir- Malerowder, sir, as you say, sir-hard house in some sense, sir-ha, ha! Yonder it is, renames the Scots have, sir, for an English mouth. moved from over the way, new whitewashed
poorts, know him-bating the loss of his fingers, and the Ned himself, sir-worth a thousand pounds, they say lameness of his leg, and the length of his chin. Sir, -better singeing pigs' faces than irimming courtiers it takes me one minute, twelve seconds, more time --but ours is the less mechanical vocation.-Fareto trim that chin of his, than any chin that I know well, sir; hope your custom." So saying, he at in the town of Greenwich, sir." But he is a very length permitted Nigel to depari, whose ears, so long comely gentleman, for all that; and a pleasant--a tormented with his continued babble, tingled when it very pleasant gentleman, sir-and a good-humoured, had ceased, as if a bell had been rung close to them saving that he is so deaf he can never hear good of for the same space of time. any one, and so wise, that he can never believe it; Upon his arrival at the eating-house, where he probui he is a very good-natured gentleman for all that, posed to meet with Sir Mungo Malagrowther, from except when one speaks too low, or when a hair whom, in despair of better advice, he trusted to returns awry.--Did I graze you, sir? We shall put it ceive some information as to the best mode of introto rights in a moment, with one drop of styptic-my ducing himself into the royal
presence, Lord Glenvarstyptic, or rather my wife's, sir-She makes the water loch sound, in the host with whom he communed, herself. One drop of the styptic, sir, and a bit of the consequential taciturnity of an Englishman well black taffeta patch, just big enough to be the saddle to pass in the world. Ned Kilderkin spoke as a to a fea, sir-Yes, sir, rather improves than other banker writes, only touching the needful. Being wise. The Prince had a patch the other day, and so asked if Sir Mungo Malagrowther was there? he rehad the Duke; and, if you will believe me, there are plied, No. Being interrogated whether he was exseventeen yards three quarters of black taffeta al- | pected ? he said, Yes. And being again required to ready cut into patches for the courtiers."
say when he was expected, he answered, Preseptly. " But Sir Mungo Malagrowther ?" again interject- As Lord Glenvarloch next inquired, whether he him ed Nigel, with difficulty.
self could have any breakfast ? the landlord wasted
* The Scots, till within the lost generation, disliked swine's commons, but raising his head at the same time