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as it seemed, of at least equal importance with the permitted, to discharge his reckoning, and readily obknight, entered into the apartment, and began to hold tained a direction to the wicket in question. He found earnest colloquy with the publican, who thought pro- it upon the latch, as he had been taught to expect; per to carry on the conference on his side unbonneted. and perceived that it admitted him to a narrow footThis important gentleman's occupation might be path, which traversed a close and tangled thicket, deguessed from his dress. A milk-white jerkin, and signed for the cover of the does and the young fawns. hose of white kersey; a white apron twisted around Here he conjectured it would be proper to wait ; nor his body in the manner of a sash, in which, instead of had he been stationary above five minutes, when the a warlike dagger, was stuck a long-bladed knife, cook, scalded as much with heat of motion as ever he hilted with buck's horn; a white nightcap on his had been at his huge fireplace, arrived almost breathhead, under which his hair was neatly tucked, suf- less, and with his pass-key hastily locked the wicket ficiently portrayed him as one of those priests of Co- behind him. mus whom the vulgar call cooks; and the air with Ere Lord Glenvarloch had time to speculate upon which he rated the publican for having neglected to this action, the man approached with anxiety, and send some provisions to the Palace, showed that he said—"Good lord, my Lord Glenvarloch !-why will ministered to royalty itself.
you endanger yourself thus ?" "This will never answer," he said, "Master Kil- "You know me then, my friend ?" said Nigel. derkin-the King twice asked for sweetbreads, and "Not much of that, my lord-but I know your fricasseed coxcombs, which are a favourite dish of his honour's noble house well.-My name is Laurie most Sacred Majesty, and they were not to be had, Linklater, my lord.” because Master Kilderkin had not supplied them to "Linklater!" repeated Nigel. "I should recolthe clerk of the kitchen, as by bargain bound." Here lect"Kilderkin made some apology, brief, according to his "Under your lordship’s favour," he continued, "I own nature, and muttered in a lowly tone after the was 'prentice, my lord, to old Mungo Moniplies, the fashion of all who find themselves in a scrape. His flesher at the wanton West-Port of Edinburgh, which superior replied, in a lofty strain of voice,, "Do not tell I wish I saw again before I died. And, your honour's me of the carrier and his wain, and of the hen-coops noble father having taken Richie Moniplies into his coming from Norfolk with the poultry; a loyal man house to wait on your lordship, there was a sort of would have sent an express-he would have gone upon connexion, your lordship sees.' his stumps, like Widdrington. What if the King had “Ah!" said Lord Glenvarloch, "I had almost forlost his appetite, Master Kilderkin? What if his most got your name, but not your kind purpose. You tried Sacred Majesty had lost his dinner ? O Master Kil- to put Richie in the way of presenting a supplication derkin, if you had but the just sense of the dignity of to his Majesty
?" our profession, which is told of by the witty African "Most true, my lord,” replied the King's cook. "I slave, for so the King's most excellent Majesty de- had like to have come by mischief in the job; for signates him, Publius Terentius, Tanquam in speculo Richie, who was always wilful, 'wadna be guided by -in patinas inspicere jubeo."
me,' as the sang says. But nobody amongst these "You are learned, Master Linklater," replied the brave English cooks can kittle up his Majesty's most English publican, compelling, as it were with diffi- sacred palate with our own gusty Scottish dishes. So culty, his mouth to utter three or four words consecu- I e'en betook myself to my craft, and concocted a mess tively.
of friar's chicken for the soup, and a savoury hachis, A poor smatterer," said Mr. Linklater; " but it that made the whole cabal coup the crans; and, would be a shame to us, who are his most excellent instead of disgrace, I came by preferment. I am Majesty's countrymen, not in some sort to have che- one of the clerks of the kitchen now, make me thankrished those arts wherewith he is so deeply embued-ful-with a finger in the purveyor's office, and may Regis ad esemplar, Master Kilderkin, totus componi- get my whole hand in by and by.”.. tur orbis--which is as much as to say, as the King "I am truly glad," said Nigel, "to hear that you quotes the cook learns. In brief, Master Kilderkin, have not suffered on my account,--still more so at having had the luck to be bred where humanities may your good fortune." be had at the matter of an English five groats by "You bear a kind heart, my lord,” said Linklater, the quarter, I, like others, have acquired -ahem "and do not forget poor people; and, troth, I see hem! Here, the speaker's eye having fallen upon not why they should be forgotten, since the King's Lord Glenvarloch, he suddenly stopped in his learned errand may sometimes fall in the cadger's gate. I harangue, with such symptoms of embarrassment as have followed your lordship in the street, just to look induced Ned Kilderkin to stretch his taciturnity so far at such a stately shoot of ihe old oak-tree; and my as not only to ask him what he ailed, but whether he heart jumped into my throat, when I saw you sitting would take any thing:
openly in the eating-house yonder, and knew there "Ail nothing," replied the learned rival of the phi- was such danger to your person.” losophical Syrus; "Nothing-and yet I do feel a lit- “What! there are warrants against me, then ?” de giddy. I could taste a glass of your dame's aqua said Nigel. mirabilis."
It is even true, my lord; and there are those are "I will fetch it," said Ņed, giving a nod; and his willing to blacken you as much as they can.-God back was no sooner turned, than the cook walked near forgive them, that would sacrifice an honourable the table where Lord Glenvarloch was seated, and re- house for their own base ends!" garding him with a look of significance, where more "Amen," said Nigel. was meant than met the ear, said—"You are a stran. For, say your lordship may have been a little ger in Greenwich, sir. I advise you to take the oppor-wild, like other young gentlemen"tunity to step into the Park-the western wicket was • We have little time to talk of it, my friend," said ajar when I came hither; I think it will be locked pre- Nigel. The point in question is, how am I to get sently, so you had better make the best of your way- speech of the King ?" that is, if you have any curiosity. The venison are The King, my lord!" said Linklater, in astonishcoming into season just now, sir, and there is a plea- ment why, will not that be rushing wilfully into sure in looking at a hart of grease. I always think danger-scalding yourself, as I may say, with your when they are bounding so blithely past, what a plea- own ladle ?" sure it would be, to broach their plump haunches on a “My good friend,” answered Nigel, "my, expespit, and to embattle their breasts in a noble fortifi- rience of the Court, and my knowledge of the
circation of puff-paste, with plenty of black pepper." cumstances in which I stand, tell me, that the man
He said no more, as Kilderkin re-entered with the liest and most direct road is, in my case, the surest cordial, but edged off from Nigel without waiting any and the safest. The king has both a head to appre reply, only repeating the same look of intelligence hend what is just, and a heart to do what is kind." with which he had accosted him.
" It is e'en true, my lord, and so we, his old ser Nothing makes men's wits so alert as personal yants, know," added Linklater;." but, wo's me, if you danger. Nigel took the first opportunity which his knew how many folks make it their daily and nightly host's attention to the yeoman of the royal kitchen purpose to set his head against his heart, and his
heart against his head-to make him do hard things | down by two tall greyhounds of the breed still used by because they are called just, and unjust things be the hardy deer-stalkers of the Scottish Highlands, cause they are represented as kind. Wo's me! it is but which has been long unknown in England. One with his Sacred Majesty, and the favourites who dog struck at the buck's throat, another dashed his work upon him, even according to the homely pro- sharp nose and fangs, I might almost say, into the verb that men taunt my calling with; , 'God sends animal's bowels. It would have been natural for good meat, but the devil sends cooks."
Lord Glenvarloch, himself persecuted as if by hunters, It signifies not talking of it, my good friend,” to have thought upon the occasion like the melansaid Nigel, “I must take my risk-my honour pe- choly Jacques; but habit is a strange matter, and I remptorily demands it. They may maim me, or beg- fear that his feelings on the occasion were rather gar me, but they shall not say I fled from my ac- those of the practised huntsman than of the moralist. cusers. My peers shall hear my vindication." He had no time, however, to indulge them, for mark
Your peers?" exclaimed the cook-" Alack-a-day, what befell. my lord, we are not in Scotland, where the nobles A single horseman followed the chase, upon a steed can bang it out bravely, were it even with the King so thoroughly subjected to the rein, that it obeyed the himself now and then. This mess must be cooked touch of the bridle as if it had been a mechanical imin the Star-Chamber, and that is an oven seven pulse operating on the nicest piece of machinery; so times heated, my lord ; --and yet, if you are deter- ihat, seated deep in his demi-pique saddle, and so irussmined to see the King, I will not say but you may ed up, there as to make falling almost impossible, find some favour, for he likes well any thing that is the rider, without either fear or hesitation, might in appealed directly to his own wisdom, and sometimes, crease or diminish the speed at which he rode, which, in the like cases, I have known him stick by his own even on the most animating occasions of the chase, opinion, which is always a fair one. Only mind, if you seldom exceeded three fourths of a gallop, the horse will forgive me, my lord-mind to spíce high with keeping his haunches under him, and never stretchLatin; a curn or two of Greek would not be amiss; ing forward beyond the managed pace of the acadeand, if you can bring in any thing about the judg- my. The security with which he chose to prosecute ment of Solomon, in the original Hebrew, and sea- even this favourite, and, in the ordinary case, someson with a merry jest or so, the dish will be the more what dangerous amusement, as well as ibe rest of his palatable.-Truly, I think, that, besides my skill in equipage, marked King James. No attendant was art, I owe much to the stripes of the Rector of the within sight; indeed, it was often a nice strain of flatHigh School, who imprinted on my mind that cook- tery to permit the Sovereign to suppose he had outing scene in the Heaytontimorumenos."
ridden and distanced all the rest of the chase. Leaving that aside, my friend," said Lord Glen- Weel dụne, Bash--weel dune, Battie!" he exvarloch, "can you inform me which way I shall most claimed, as he came up. "By the honour of a King, readily get to the sight and speech of the King?'' ye are a credit to the Braes of Balwhither!-Haud my
To the sight of him readily enough,," said Link- horse, man," he called out to Nigel, without stoplater; "he is, galloping about these alleys, to see ping to see to whom he had addressed himselfthem strike the hart, to get him an appetite for a
"Haud my naig, and help me down out o' the saddle nooning--and that reminds ine I should be in the --deilding your saul, sirrah, canna ye mak haste bekitchen. To the speech of the King you will not fore these lazy smaiks come up ?-haud the rein easy come so easily, ụnless you could either meet him-dinna let hím swerve-now, haud the stirrup--that alone, which rarely chances, or wait for him among will do, man, and now we are on terra firma." So the crowd that go to see him alight. And now, saying, without casting an eye on his assistant, genfarewell, my lord, and God speed !-if I could do tle King Jamie, unsheathing the short, sharp hanger, more for you, I would offer it.""
(couteau de chasse,) which was the only thing apYou have done enough, perhaps, to endanger proaching to a sword that he could willingly endure yourself,” said Lord Glenvarloch,, "1 pray you to the sight of
, drew the blade with great satisfaction be gone, and leave me to my fate."
across the throat of the buck, and put an end at once The honest cook lingered, but a nearer burst of to its struggles and its agonies. the horns apprized him that there was no time to Lord Glenvarloch, who knew well the sylvan duty lose ; and, acquainting Nigel that he would leave the which the occasion demanded, hung the bridle of the postern-door on the latch to secure his retreat in that King's palfrey on the branch of a tree, and, kneeling direction, he bade God bless him, and farewell. duteously down, turned the slaughtered deer upon its
In the kindness of this humble countryman, flow- back, and kept the quarrée in that position, while the ing partly from national partiality, partly from a sense of King, too intent upon his sport to observe any thing long-remembered benefits, which had been scarce else, drew his couteau down the breast of the animal, thought on by those who had bestowed them, Lord secundum artem ; and, having made a cross cut, so Glenvarloch though he saw the last touch of sympa- as to ascertain the depth of the fat upon the chest, thy which he was to receive in this cold and courtly re-exclaimed, in a sort of rapture, “Three inches of gion, and felt that he must now be sufficient to him- white fat on the brisket !-prime-prime--as I am a self, or be utterly lost.
crowned sinner-and deil ane o' the lazy loons in but He traversed more than one alley guided by the mysell! Seven--aught-aught tines on the antlers. sounds of the chase, and met several of the inferior at- By G-d, a hart of aught tines, and the first of the tendants upon the King's sport, who regarded him season! Bash and Battie, blessings on the heart'sonly as one of the spectators who were sometimes root of ye ! Buss me, my bairns, buss me.” The dogs permitted to enter the Park by the concurrence of the accordingly
fawried upon him, licked him with bloody officers about the Court. Still there was no appear- jaws, and soon put him in such a state that it might ance of James, or any of his principal courtiers, and have seemed treason had been doing its full work Nigel began to think whether, at the risk of incurring upon his anointed body. “Bide doun, with a mischief disgrace similar to that which had attended the rash to ye-Bide doun, with a wanion,” cried the King, alexploit of Richie Moniplies, he should not repair to most overturned by the obstreperous caresses of the the Palace-gate, in order to address the King on his large stag-lounds.” “But ye are just like ither folks, return, when Fortune presented him the opportunity gie ye an inch and ye take an ell.–And wha may ye of doing so, in her own way.
be, friend ?” he said, now finding leisure to take a He was in one of those long walks by which the nearer view of Nigel, and observing what in his first Park was traversed, when he heard, first a distant emotion of sylvan delight had escaped him, –"Ye are rustling, then the rapid approach of hoofs shaking the nane of our train, man. In the name of God, what firm earth on which he stood; then a distant halloo, the devil are ye?" warned by which he stood up by the side of the ave- An unfortunate man, sire," replied Nigel. nue, leaving free room for the passage of the chase. "I dare say that," answered the King, snappishly The stag, reeling, covered with foam, and blackened "or I wad have seen naething of you. My lieges keep with sweat, his nostrils expanded as he gasped for a' their happiness to themselves; but let bowls row breath, made a shift to come up as far as where Nigel wrang wi' them, and I am sure to hear of it." stood, and, without turning to bay, was there pulled And to whom else can we carry our complaints
but to your Majesty, who is Heaven's vicegerent over by the arms which were taken from Lord Glenvarus ?" answered Nigel.
loch's person; and not Mhic-Allastar-More* hiinself Right, man, right-very weel spoken," said the could repel with greater scorn and indignation, the King; but you should leave Heaven's vicegerent insinuations that they were worn for any sinister some quiet on earth, too."
purposes. " If your Majesty will look on me," (for hitherto the Away with the wretch-the parricide-the bloodyKing had been so busy, first with the dogs, and then minded villain!” was echoed on all hands; and the with the mystic operation of breaking, in vulgar phrase, King, who naturally enough set the same value on cutting up the deer, that he had scarce given his as- his own life at which it was, or seemed to be, rated sistant above a transient glance) “ you will see whom by others, cried out, louder than all the rest, “Ay, necessity makes bold to avail himself of an opportu-ay-away with him. I have had enough of him, and nity which may never again occur.”'
so has the country. But do him no bodily harmKing James looked; his blood left his cheek, though and, for God's sake, sirs, if ye are sure that ye have it continued stained with that of the animal which thoroughly disarmed him, put up your swords, dirks, lay at his feet, he dropped the knife from his hand, and skenes, for you will certainly do each other a cast behind him a faltering eye, as if he either medita- mischief." led flight or looked out for assistance, and then ex- There was a speedy sheathing of weapons at the claimed, -"Glen varlochides! as sure as I was christen- King's command; for those who had hítherto been ed James Stewart. Here is a bonny spot of work, and brandishing them in loyal bravado, began thereby me alone, and on foot too !" he added, bustling to get to call to mind the extreme dislike which his Maupon his horse.
jesty nourished against naked steel, a foible which "Forgive me that I interrupted you, my liege," seemed to be as constitutional as his timidity, and said Nigel, placing himself between the King and was usually ascribed to the brutal murder of Rizzio the steed; "hear me but a moment!!'
having been perpetrated in his unfortunate mother's I'll hear ye best on horseback," said the King: presence before he yet saw the light. "I canna hear a word on foot, man, not a word ; and At this moment, the Prince, who had been huntit is not seemly to stand cheek-for-chowl confronting ing in a different part of the then extensive Park, and us that gate. Bide out of our gate, sir, we charge had received some hasty and confused information you on your allegiance.— The deil's in them a', what of what was going forward, came rapidly up, with can they be doing ?”.
one or two noblemen in his train, and amongst others By the crown which you wear, my liege," said Lord Dalgarno. He sprung from his horse, and Nigel, " and for which my ancestors have worthily asked eagerly if his father were wounded. fought, I conjure you to be composed, and to hear Not that I am sensible of, Baby Charles--but a me but a moment!"
wee matter exhausted, with struggling single-handed That which he asked was entirely out of the mo with the assassin.---Steenie, fill us a cup of winenarch's power to grant. The unidity which he show the leathern bottle is hanging at our pommel.-Buss ed was not the plain downright cowardice, which me, then, Baby Charles," continued the monarch, like a natural impulse, compels a man to flight, and after he had taken this cup of comfort ;t. “O man, the which can excite little but pity or contempt, but a Commonwealth and you have had a fair escape from much more ludicrous, as well as more mingled sen- the heavy and bloody loss of a dear father; for we sation. The poor King was frightened at once and are pater patriæ, as well as pater familias. -Quis angry, desirous of securing his safety, and at the desiderio sit pudor aut modus tam cari capitis !--Wo same time ashamed to compromise his dignity; so is me, black cloth would have been dear in England, that without attending to what Lord Glenvarloch and dry een scarce !". endeavoured to explain, he kept making at his horse, And, at the very idea of the general grief which and repeating, We are a free King, man--we are a must have attended his death, the good natured free King-we will not be controlled by a subject.--In monarch cried heartily himself. the name of God
what keeps Steenie? And, praised "Is this possible ?" said Charles, sternly; for his be his name, they are coming-Hillo, ho-here, here pride was hurt at his father's demeanour on the one -Steenie, Steenie!"
The Duke of Buckingham galloped up, followed by * This is the Highland patronymic of the late gallant Chief of several courtiers and attendants of the royal chase, Glengarry. The allusion in the text is to an unnecessary alarm and con menced with his usual familiarity, -- " I see George iv., at the sight of the pistols which the Chief wore as Fortune has graced our dear dad, as usual.-- But a part of his Highland dress. The circumstance produced some what's this?"
confusion, which was talked of at the time. All who knew What is it? It is treason for what I ken," said Glengarry (and the author knew him well) were aware that his the King ? " and a' your wyte, Steenie. Your dear principles were of devoted loyalty to the person of his sovereign. dad and gossip might have been murdered, for what of the Court and State of England, London, 1697, 9; 70, observes you care.
"Murdered? Secure the villain!” exclaimed the and drinking, not ordinary French and Spanish wines, but strong Duke. " By Heaven, it is Olifaunt himself!" A do these wines'; and
to that purpose, he was attended by a special zen of the hunters dismounted at once, letting their officer, who was, as much as he could be, always at hand to fill horses run wild through the park. Some seized the King's cup in hunting when he called for it. I have beard roughly on Lord Glenvarloch, who thought it fully to
my father say, that, hunting with the King, after the King had
drank of the wine, he also drank of it; and though he was offer resistance, while others busied themselves with young, and of a healthful disposition, it so deranged his head the King. Are you wounded, my liege-are you that it spoiled his pleasure and disordered him for three days wounded ?"
after. Whether it was from drinking these wines, or from some Not that I ken of," said the King, in the pa- was trussed on horseback, and as he was set, so would he ride,
other cause, the king became so lazy and so unwieldy, that he roxysm of his apprehension, (which, by the way, without stirring himself in the saddle ; nay, when his bat was might be pardoned in one of so timorous a temper, set upon his head he would not take the trouble to alter
it, but and who, in his time, had been exposed to so many it sate as it was put on;".
The trussing, for which the demi-pique saddle of the day afstrange attempts, "Not that I ken
of-but search forded particular facility, is alluded to in the text ; and the himsearch him. I am sure I saw fire-arms under author, among other nicknacks of antiquity
possesses a leathern his cloak. I am sure I smelled powder-I am dooms Mask, like those carried by sportsmen, which is labelled, " King
James's Hunting Bottle," with what authenticity is uncertain. sure of that."
Coke seems to have exaggerated the King's taste for the bottle. Lord Glenvarloch's cloak being stripped off, and Welldon says James was not intemperate in his drinking ; his pistols discovered, a shout of wonder and of execration on the supposed criminal purpose, arose from he had any turn to do with him, made him
sometimes overtaken, the crowd now thickening every moment. Not that it is true he drank very often, which was rather out of a custom celebrated pistol, which, though resting on a bosom than any delight; and his drinks were of that kind for strength, as gallant and as loyal as Nigel's
, spread such causeless alarm among knights and dames at a late high tish ale, that had he not had a very strong brain,
he might have solemnity--not that very pistol caused more tempo- above four spoonfuls, many times not above one or two."-Secret rary consternation than was so groundlessly excited | History of King James, vol. ii., p. 3. Edin. 181.1
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hand, while, on the other, he felt the resentment of as a good countenance, a happy presence, and much son and a subject, at the supposed attempt on the calm firmness in his look and speech. I cannot think King's life. "Let some one speak who has seen he would altempt a crime so desperate and useless." what happened-My Lord of Buckingham!”
"I profess neither love nor favour to the young "I cannot say, my lord," replied the Duke, “that I man, answered Buckingham, whose high-spirited saw any actual violence offered to his Majesty, else ambition bore always an open character; "but I I should have avenged him on the spot.".
cannot but agree with your Highness, that our dear You would have done wrong, then, in your zeal, gossip hath been something hasty in apprehending George," answered the Prince; "such offenders were personal danger from him."* better left to be dealt with by the laws. But was the By my saul, Steenie, ye are not blate to say so!" villain not struggling with his Majesty ?".
said the King, "Do I not ken the smell of pouther, "I cannot term it so, my lord," said the Duke, think ye? Who else nosed out the Fifth of Novem who, with many faulis, would have disdained an un-ber, save our royal selves? Cecil, and Suffolk, and truth ; "he seemed to desire to detain his Majesty, all of them, were at fault, like sae mony mongrel who, on the contrary, appeared to wish to mount his tikes, when I puzzled it out; and irow ye that I canhorse; but they have found pistols on his person,
not smell pouther? Why; 'sblood, man, Joannes contrary to the proclamation, and, as it proves to be Barclaius thought my ingine was in some measure Nigel Olifaunt, of whose ungoverned disposition your inspiration, and terms his history of the plot, Series Royal Highness has seen some samples, we seem to patefacli dirinitus parricidii; and Spondanus, in be justified in apprehending the worst.
like manner, saith of us, Divinitus erasit.'' Nigel Olifaunt!" said the Prince; "can that un- "The land was happy in your Majesty's escape," happy man so soon have engaged' in a new tres- said the Duke of Buckingham, "and noi less in the pass? Let me see those pistols."
quick wit which tracked that labyrinth of treason by "Ye are not so unwise as to meddle with such so fine and almost invisible a clew." snap-haunces, Baby Charles ?” said James-"Do 'Saul, man, Steenie, ye are right! There are few not give him them, Steenie-I command you on youths have sic true judgment as you, respecting the your allegiance! They may go off of their own ac- wisdom of their elders; and, as for this fause, traitorcord, whilk often befalls. You will do it, then ?- ous smaik, I doubt he is a hawk of the same nest. Saw ever man sic wilful bairns as we are cumbered Saw ye not something papietical about him? Let with !-Havena we guardsmen and soldiers enow, them look that he bears not a crucifix, or some sic but you must unload the weapons yoursell-you, Roman trinket, about him.” the heir of our body and dignities, and sae mony men scene described in the foregoing chapter, although it be neveraround that are paid for venturing life in our cause.
theless true that the similarity is in all respects casual, and that But without regarding his father's exclamations, the author knew not of the existence of the painting till it was Prince Charles, with the obstinacy which characsold, amongst others, with the following description attached to
a . terised him in trifles, as well as matters of conse
“FREDERIGO ZUCCHERO. quence, persisted in unloading the pistols with his own hand, of the double bullets with which each
"Scene as represented in the Fortunes of Nigel, by Frederigo Zuc.
chero, the King's painter. was charged. The hands of all around were held “This extraordinary picture, which, wdependent of its picto. up in astonishment at the horror of the crime sup- rial merit, has been esteemed a great literary curiosity, repreposed to have been intended, and the escape which sents most faithfully the meeting, in Greenwich Park, between was presumed so narrow.
King James and Nigel Oliphaunt, as described in the Fortunes
of Nigel, showing that the author must have taken the anecdote Nigel had not yet spoken a word-he now calmly from authenticated facts. In the centre of the picture sits King desired to be heard.
James on horseback, very erect and suffly. Between the King " To what purpose ?" answered the Prince coldly. and Prince Charles, who is on the left of the picture, the Duke “You knew yourself accused of a heavy offence, and, eagerly towards the culprit, Nigel Oliphaunt, who is standing instead of rendering yourself up to justice, in terms on the right side of the picture. He grasps with his right hand of the proclamation, you are yourself on his Majesty's presence, and armed with seems somewhat confused and alarmed. Behind Nigel, his ser:
vant is restraining two dogs which are barking fiercely: Nigel unlawful weapons.
and his servant are both clothed in red, the livery of the Oli. "May it please you, sir," answered Nigel," "I wore phaunt family, in which, to this day, the town officers of Perth these unhappy weapons for my own defence; and are clothed, there being an old Charter, granting to the Oli not very many hours since they were necessary to Perth in their livery. The Duke of Buckingham is in all reprotect the lives of others."
spects equal in magnificence of dress to the King or the Prince. "Doubtless, my lord,” answered the Prince, still The only difference that is marked between him and royalty is, calm and unmoved, -"your late mode of life, and the their hats. In Lelitia Aikin's Memoirs of the Reign of King associates with whom you have lived, have made James, will be found a letter from Sir Thomas Howard to Lord you familiar with scenes and weapons of violence. L. Harriugton, in which he recommends the latter to come to But it is not to me you are to plead your cause."
court, mentioning that his Majesty has spoken favourably of "Hear me-hear me, noble Prince!" said Nigel, is likely to find favour in the King's eyes. He tells him to wear
him. He then proceeds to give him some advice, by which he eagerly. Hear me! You-even you yourself—may a bushy ruff, well starched ; and after various other directions one day ask to be heard, and in vain.
as to his dress, he concludes, but above all things fail not to “How, sir," said the Prince, haughtily—"how am
praise the roan jennet whereon the King doth daily ride.' In I to construe that, my lord ?".
This picture King Janes is represented on the identical roan jen
net. In the back ground of the picture are seen two or three "If not on earth, sir," replied the prisoner, "yet to suspicious looking figures, as if watching the success of some Heaven we must all pray for patient and favourable plot. These may have been put in by the painter, to flatter
King, by making it be supposed that he had actually escaped,
or successfully combated, some serious plot. The King is at " True, my lord,” said the Prince, bending his head tended by a numerous band of courtiers and attendants, all of with haughty acquiescence; "nor would I now
re- whom seem moving forward to arrest the defaulter. The paintfuse such audience to you, could it avail you. But ing of this picture is extremely good, but the drawing is very you shall suffer no wrong. We will ourselves look Gothic, and there is no attempt at the keeping of perspective.
The picture is very dark and obscure, which considerably adds into your case.'
to the interest of the scene." Ay, ay," answered the King, "he hath made ap- + The fears of James for his personal safety were often excited pellatio ad Cæsarem--we will interrogate Glenvarlo without serious grounds. On one occasion, having been induced chides ourselves, time and place fitting; and, in the to visita.coal pit on the coast of Fife, he was conducted a little meanwhile, have him and his weapons away, for I island, or what was such at full tide down which a shaft had am weary of the sight of them.”
been sunk. James, who conceived his life or liberty aimed at, In consequence of directions hastily given, Nigel when he found himself on an islet surrounded by the sea, instead was accordingly removed from the presence, where, scene, cried Treason with all his misht, and could not be pacified however, his words had not altogether fallen to the till he was rowed ashore. At Lochmaben he look an equally ground. “This is a most strange matter, George,"
causeless alarm from a still slighter circumstance. Some ten. said the Prince to the favourite; “this gentleman hath table as a delicacy; but the King, who was not familiar with
disses, a fish peculiar to the Loch, were presented to the royal * I cannot here omit mentioning, that a painting of the old their appearance, concluded they were poisoned, and broke up school is in existence, having a remarkable resemblance to the the banquet " with most admired disorder."
"It would ill become me to attempt the exculpation also had a glimpse of his waterman in the green jacket. of this unhappy man,” said Lord Dalgarno, consi- He had no time for remarks, being placed in a boat dering the height of his present attempt, which has with the pursuivant and two yeomen of the guard, made all true men's blood curdle in their veins. Yet and rowed up the river as fast as the arms of six stout I cannot avoid intimating, with all duo submission to watermen could pull against the tide. They passed his Majesty's infallible judgment, in justice to one the groves of masts which even then astonished the who showed himself formerly only my enemy, though stranger with the extended commerce of London, and he now displays himself in much blacker colours, that now approached those low and blackened walls of this Olifaunt always appeared to me more as a Puri- curtain and bastion, which exhibit here and there a tan than as a Papist."
piece of ordnance, and here and there a solitary sen"Ah, Dalgarno, art thou there, man?" said the tinel under arms, but have otherwise so little of the King. “And ye behooved to keep back, too, and leave military terrors of a citadel. A projecting low-browed us to our own natural strength and the care of Pro- arch, which had lowered over many an innocent, and vidence, when we were in grips with the villain!" many a guilty head, in similar circumstances, now
Providence, may it please your most Gracious spread its dark frowns over that of Nigel.* The boat Majesty, would not fail to aid, in such a strait, the was put close up to the broad steps against which the care of three weeping kingdoms" said Lord Dalgarno. tide was lapping its lazy wave. The warder on duty
"Surely, man--surely,' replied the King" but a looked from the wicket, and spoke to the pursuivant sight of your father, with his long whinyard, would in whispers. In a few minutes the Lieutenant of the have been a blithe matter a short while syne; and in Tower appeared, received, and granted an acknow future we will aid the ends of Providence in our favour, ledgment for the body of Nigel, Lord Glenvarloch. by keeping near us two stout beef-eaters of the guard. --And so this Olifaunt is a Puritan ?-not the less like to be a Papist, for all that--for extremities meet, as
CHAPTER XXVIII. the scholiast proveth. There are, as I have proved in Ye towers of Julius! London's lasting shame; my book, Puritans of papistical principles-it is just a With many a foul and midnight murder fed !--GRAY. new tout on an auld horn."
Soch is the exclamation of Gray. Bandello, long Here the King was reminded by the Prince, who before him, has said something like it; and the same dreaded perhaps that he was going to recite the whole sentiment must, in some shape or other, have freBasilicon Doron, that it would be best to move to quently occurred to those, who, remembering the fate wards the Palace, and consider what was to be done of other captives in that memorable state-prison, for satisfying the public mind, in whom the morning's may have had but too much reason to anticipate their adventure was likely to excite much speculation. As own. The dark and low arch, which seemed, like they entered the gate of the Palace, a female bowed the entrance to Dante's Hell, to forbid hope of reand presented a paper, which the King received, and, gress--the muttered sounds of the warders, and petwith a sort of groan, thrust it into his side pocket. ty formalities observed in opening and shutting the The Pnnce expressed some curiosity to know its con- grated wicket-the cold and constrained salutation tents. “The valet in waiting will tell you them,” said of the Lieutenant of the
fortress, who showed his the King," when I strip off my cassock. D'ye think, prisoner that distant and measured respect which auBaby, that I can read all that is thrust into my hands ? ihority pays as a tax to decorum, all struck upon NiSee to me, man,"—(he pointed to the pockets of his gel's heart, impressing on him the cruel consciousness great trunk breeches, which were stuffed with papers) of captivity. -"We are like an ass-that we should so speak-- "I am a prisoner," he said, the words escaping from stooping betwixt two burdens. Ay, ay, Asinus fortis him almost unawares ; "I am a prisoner, and in the accumbens inter terminos, as the Vulgate hath it-Tower !". Ay, ay, Vidi terram quod esset optima, et supposui The Lieutenant bowed-"And it is my duty," he humerum ad portandum, et factus sum tributis ser- said, to show your Lordship your chamber, where, tiens-I saw this land of England, and became an I am compelled to say, my orders are to place you overburdened king thereof."
under some restraint." "I will make it as easy as my "You are indeed well loaded, my dear dad and gos. duty permits." sip," said the Duke of Buckingham, receiving the pa- Nigel only bowed in return to this compliment, and pers which King James emptied out of his pockets. followed the Lieutenant to the ancient buildings on
* Ay, ay," continued the monarch; "take them to the western side of the parade, and adjoining to the you per aversionem, bairns-the one pouch stuffed chapel, used in those days as a state-prison, but in with petitions, t'other with pasquinadoes ; a fine time ours as the mess-room of the officers of the guard we have on't. On my conscience, I believe the tale upon duty at the fortress. The double doors we of Cadmus was hieroglyphical, and that the dragon's unlocked, the prisoner ascended a few steps, followteeth whilk he sowed were the letters he invented. ed by the Lieutenant, and a warder of the higher Ye are laughing, Baby Charles ?- Mind what I say.- class. They entered a large, but irregular, low-roofWhen I came here first frae our ain country, where ed, and dark apartment, exhibiting a very scanty prothe men are as rude as the weather, by my conscience, portion of furniture. The warder had orders to light England was a bieldy bit; one would have thought a fire, and attend to Lord Glenvarloch's commands the King had little to do but to walk by quiet waters, in all things consistent with his duty; and the Lieuper aquam refectionis. But, I kenna how or why, the tenant, having made his reverence with the customplace is sair changed-read that libel upon us and on ary compliment, that he trusted his lordship would our regimen. The dragon's teeth are sown, Baby not long remain under his guardianship, took his leave. Charles ; I pray God they bearna their armed harvest Nigel would have asked some questions of the warin your day, if Í suld noi live to see it. God forbid Ider, who remained to put the apartment into order, should, for there will be an awful day's kemping at but the man had caught the spirit of his office. He the shearing of them."
seemed not to hear some of the prisoner's questions, “I shall know how to stifle the crop in the blade, though of the most ordinary kind, did not reply to ha, George ?" said the Prince, turning to the favourite others, and when he did speak, it was in a short and with a look expressive of some contempt for his fa- sullen tone, which, though not positively disrespectful, ther's apprehensions, and full of confidence in the was such as at least to encourage no farther commusuperior firmness and decision of his own counsels. nication.
While this discourse was passing, Nigel, in charge Nigel leit him, therefore, to do his work in silence, of a pursuivant-at-arms, was pushed and dragged and proceeded to amuse himself with the melancholy through the small town, all the inhabitants of which, having been alarmed by the report of an attack on the the Thames, was, as its name imties, that by which persons
* Traitor's Gate, which opens from the Tower of London to King's life, now pressed forward to see the supposed accused of state offences were conveyed to their prison. When traitor. Amid the confusion of the moment, he could the tide is making, and the ancient gate is beheld from within descry the face of the victualler, arrested into a stare rees,
but it is now much inju".d in appearance, being half buie of stolid wonder, and that of the barber grinning be- up with masonry to support a steam-enging, or something of tha . twixt horror and eager curiosity. He thought that he sort.