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“I am sorry to say," replied Heriot, " that he de- "I will not shrink under the weight," said Lord nies all knowledge of your lordship's motions, after Glenvarloch. * But that is not the present point.having despatched a messenger to you with some if I had that casket”baggage.”

"Your baggage stood in the little anteroom, as ! "The watermen told me they were employed by passed,” said the citizen; "the casket caught my eye. him.'

I think you had it of me.-It was my old friend S. "Waterman !" said Heriot;, "one of these proves Faithful Frugal's. Ay; he, too, had a son". to be an idle apprentice, an old acquaintance of mine Here he stopped short. -the other has escaped; but the fellow who is in “A son who, like Lord Glenvarloch's, did no cre custody persists in saying he was employed by your dit to his father.-Was it not so you would have end. lordship, and you only."

ed the sentence, Master Heriot ?" asked the young "He lies!" said Lord Glenvarloch, hastily ;-"He nobleman. told me Master Lowestoffe had sent him.--I hope "My lord, it was a word spoken rashly," answered that kind-hearted gentleman is at liberty ?".

Heriot. "God may mend all in his own good time; "He is," answered Heriot; "and has escaped with this, however, I will say, that I have sometimes envied a rebuke from the benchers, for interfering in such a my friends their fair and flourishing families; and yet matter as your lordship's. The Court desire to keep have I seen such changes when death has removed well with the young Templars in these times of com- the head, so many rich men's sons pennyless, the heirs motion, or he had not come off so well."

of so many knights and nobles acreless, that I think "That is the only word of comfort I have heard mine own estate and memory, as I shall order it, has from you," replied Nigel. "But this poor woman, a fair chance of outliving those of greater men, she and her trunk were committed to the charge of though God has given me no heir of my name. But two porters."

this is from the purpose.-Ho! warder, bring in Lord “So said the pretended waterman; but none of the Glenvarloch's baggage.” The officer obeyed. Seals fellows who ply at the wharf will acknowledge the had been placed upon the trunk and casket, but were employment.--I see the idea makes you uneasy, my now removed, the warder said, in consequence of the Lord; but every effort is made to discover the poor subsequent orders from Court, and the whole was woman's place of retreat-if, indeed, she yet lives. -- placed at the prisoner's free disposal. And now, my lord, my errand is spoken, so far as it Desirous to bring this painful visit to a conclusion, relates exclusively to your lordship; what remains, Lord Glenvarloch opened the casket, and looked is matter of business of a more formal kind." through the papers which it contained, first hastily, * Let us proceed to it without delay," said Lord and then more

slowly and accurately; but it was all Glenvarloch. "I would hear of the affairs of any in vain. The Sovereign's signed warrant had disapone rather than of my own."

peared. "You cannot have forgotten, my lord,” said He- "I thought and expected nothing better," said not, ** the transaction which took place some weeks George Heriot, bitterly. "The beginning of evil is since at Lord Huntinglen's-by which a large sum the letting out of water. Here is a fair heritage lost of money was advanced for the redemption of your I dare say, on a foul cast at dice, or a conjuring trick lordship's estate ?"

at cards !My lord, your surprise is well played. I "I remember it perfectly,” said Nigel; "and your give you full joy of your accomplishments. I have present austerity cannot make me forget your kind-seen many as young brawlers and spendthrifts, but ness on the occasion."

never so young and accomplished a dissembler. Heriot bowed gravely, and went on.—"That mo- Nay, man, never bend your angry brows on me. I ney was advanced under the expectation and hope speak in bitterness of heart, from what I remember that it might be replaced by the contents of a grant of your worthy father; and if his son hears of his deto your lordship, under the royal sign-manual, in pay- generacy from no one else, he shall hear of it from the ment of certain moneys due by thecrown to your fa- old goldsmith.” ther.-I trust your lordship understood the transac- This new suspicion drove Nigel to the very extretion at the time-I trust you now understand my re- mity of his patience; yet the motives and zeal of the sumption of its import, and hold it to be correct?"'. good old man, as well as the circumstances of sus

"Undeniably correct answered Lord Glenyarloch. picion which created his displeasure, were so excellent "If the sums contained in the warrant cannot be reco- an excuse for it, that they formed an absolute curb on vered, my lands become the property of those who the resentment of Lord Glenvarloch, and constrained paid off the original holders of the mortgage, and now him, after two or three hasty exclamations, to observe stand in their right."

a proud and sullen silence. At length, Master Heri"Even so, my lord,” said Heriot. “And your lord- ot resumed his lecture. ship's unhappy circumstances having, it would seem, "Hark you, my lord,” he said, “it is scarce possialarmed these creditors, they are now, I am sorry ble that this most important paper can be absolutely to say, pressing for one or other of these alternatives assigned away. Let me know in what obscure cor-possession of the land, or payment of their debt.” ner, and for what petty sum, it lies pledged--some

* They have a right to one or other," answered thing may yet be done. Lord Glenvarloch ; "and as I cannot do the last in "Your efforts in my favour are the more generous," my present condition, I suppose they must enter on said Lord Glenvarloch, as you offer them to one possession."

whom you believe you have cause to think hardly of Stay, my lord,” replied Heriot; "if you have - but they are altogether unavailing. Fortune has ceased to call me a friend to your person, at least you taken the field against me at every point. Even let shall see I am willing to be such to your father's her win the battle." house, were it but for the sake of your father's merno- 'Zouns!" exclaimed Heriot, impatiently, - you ry. If you will trust me with the warrant under the would make a saint swear! Why, I tell you, if this sign-manual, I believe circumstances do now so stand paper, the loss of which seems to sit so light on you, at Court, that I may be able to recover the money be not found, farewell to the fair lordship of Glenfor you.

varloch-firth and forest-lea and furrow-lake and "I would do so gladly,” said Lord Glenvarloch, "but stream-all that has been in the house of Olifaunt the casket which contains it is not in my possession. since the days of William the Lion !!! It was seized when I was arrested at Greenwich." "Farewell to them, then," said Nigel, —"and that

"It will be no longer withheld from you," said moan is soon made.' Heriot; "for I understand, my Master's natural "'Sdeath! my lord, you will make more moan for good sense, and some information which he has pro- it ere you die,” said Heriot, in the same tone of angry cured, I know not how, has induced him to contradict impatience. the whole charge of the attempt on his person. It is *Not I, my old friend," said Nigel. "If I mourn, entirely hushed up and you will only be proceeded Master Hariot, it will be for having lost the good opiagainst for your violence on Lord Dalgarno, commit- nion of a worthy man, and lost it, as I must say, most ted within the verge of the Palace-and that you will undeservedly." find heavy enough to answer."

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head, "make me believe that if you can.--To sum the to present a petition to the King on the part of the matter up,he said, rising from his seat, and walk- Lady Hermione.”. ing towards that occupied by the disguised female, "Mercy-a-gad !” exclaimed Heriot, "is she in the “ for our matters are now drawn into small compass, dance, too? Could she not have waited my return to you shall as soon make me believe that this masque- stir in her affairs ? But I suppose the intelligence I rading mummer, on whom I now lay the hand of pa- sent her had rendered her restless. Ah! woman, woternal authority, is a French page, who understands man lie that goes partner with you, had need of a no English

double share of patience, for you will bring none into So saying, he took hold of the supposed page's the common stock.–Well, but what on earth had cloak, and, not without some gentle degree of violence, this embassy of Monna Paula's to do with your abled into the middle of the apartment the disguised surd disguise ? Speak out." fair one, who in vain attempted to cover her face, first " Monna Paula was frightened,” answered Margawith her mantle, and afterwards with her hands; ret, “and did not know how to set about the errand, both which impediments Master Heriot removed for you know she scarce ever goes out of doors-and something unceremoniously, and gave to view the so-and so-I agreed to go with her to give her coudetected daughter of the old horologist, his own fair rage; and, for the dress, I am sure you remember I god daughter, Margaret Ramsay.

wore it at a Christmas mumming, and you thought Here is goodly gear !" he said; and as he spoke, it not unbeseeming." he could not prevent himself from giving her a slight “Yes, for a Christmas parlour," said Heriot, but shake, for we have elsewhere noticed that he was a not to go a-masking through the country in. I do resevere disciplinarian.- “How comes it, minion, that member it, minion, and I knew it even now; thai and I find you in so shameless a dress, and so unworthy your little shoe there, linked with a hint I had in the a situation ? Nay, your modesty is now mistimed-it morning from a friend, or

, one who called himself should have come sooner. Speak, or I will”- such, led to your detection."-Here Lord Glenvarloch

“Master Heriot," said Lord Glenvarloch, "what could not help giving a glance at the pretty foot, ever right you may have over this maiden elsewhere

, which even the staid citizen thought worth recollecwhile in my apartment she is under my protection.' tion-it was but a glance, for he saw how much the

"Your protection, my lord !-a proper protector ! - least degree of observation added to Margaret's disAnd how long, mistress, have you been under my tress and confusion. “And tell me, maiden," conlord's protection ? Speak out, forsooth !"

tinued Master Heriot, for what we have observed "For the matter of two hours, godfather," an- was by-play, --" did the Lady Hermione know of this swered the maiden, with a countenance bent to the fair work." ground, and covered with blushes, "but it was “I dared not have told her for the world," said against my will."

Margaret-"she thought one of our apprentices went "Two hours !" repeated Heriot,—"space enough with Monna Paula." bor mischief.—My lord, this is, I suppose, another vic- It may be here noticed, that the words, "our aprim offered to your character of gallantry-another prentices," seemed to have in them something of a adventure to be boasted of at Beaujeu's ordinary ? charm to break the fascination with which Lord Methinks the roof under which you first met this sil- Glenvarloch had hitherto listened to the broken, yet ly maiden should have secured her, at least, from interesting details of Margaret's history, such a fate."

"And wherefore went he not?-he had been a fitter "On my honour, Master Heriot,” said Lord Glen- companion for Monna Paula than you, I wot,” said varloch, you remind me now, for the first time, that the citizen. I saw this young lady in your family. Her features "He was otherwise employed,” said Margaret, in are not easily forgotten, and yet I was trying in vain to a voice scarce audible. recollect where I had last looked on them. For your Master George darted a hasty glance at Nigel, and suspicions, they are as false as they are injurious both when he saw his features betoken no consciousness, to her and me. I had but discovered her disguise he muttered to himself,—" It must be better than I as you entered. I am satisfied, from her whole be- feared. And so this cursed Spaniard, with her head haviour, that her presence here in this dress was in- full, as they all have, of disguises, trap-doors, ropevoluntary ; and God forbid that I had been capable ladders, and masks, was jade and fool enough to take of taking advantage of it to her prejudice."

you with her on this wildgoose errand ?- And how "It is well mouthed, my lord," said Master Heriot; sped you, I pray ?" "but a cunning clerk can read the Apocrypha

as loud "Just as we reached the gate of the Park,” replied as the Scripture. Frankly, my lord, you are come to Margaret," the cry of treason was raised. I know that pass, where your words will not be received with not what became of Monna, but I ran till I fell into out a warrant.'

the arms of a very decent serving-man, called Link"I should not speak, perhaps," said Margarel, the later; and I was fain to tell him I was your godnatural vivacity of whose temper could never be long daughter, and so he kept the rest of them from me, suppressed by any situation, however disadvanta- and got me to speech of his Majesty, as I entreated geous, "but I cannot be silent. Godfather, you do him to do." me wrong--and no less wrong to this young noble- "It is the only sign you showed in the whole matman. You say his words want a warrant. I know ter that common sense had not utterly deserted your where to find a warrant for some of them, and the little skull,” said Heriot. rest I deeply and devoutly believe without one." "His Majesty," continued the damsel, "was so

"And I thank you, maiden,' replied Nigel, " for gracious as to receive me alone, though the courtiers the good opinion you have expressed. I am at that cried out against the danger to his person, and would point, it seems, though how I have been driven to it I have searched me for arms, God help me, but the King know not, where every fair construction of my ac- forbade it. I fancy he had a hint from Linklater how tions and motives is refused me. I am the more the truth stood with me." obliged to her who grants me that right which the "Well

, maiden, I ask not what passed," said Heriot; world denies me. For you, lady, were I at liberty, 1 "it becomes not me to pry into my Master's secrets. have a sword and arm should know how to guard Had you been closeted with his grandfather the Red your reputation.”

Tod of Saint Andrews, as Davie Lindsay used to call Upon my word, a perfect Amadis and Oriana!" him, by my faith, I should have had my own thoughts said George Heriot. I should soon get my throat of the matter; but our Master, God bless him, is cut betwixt the knight and the princess, I suppose, douce and temperate, and Solomon in every thing, but that the beef-eaters are happily within halloo.- save in the chapter of wives and concubines." Come, come, Lady, Light-o'-Love-if you mean to "I know not what you mean, sir," answered Marmake your way with me, it must be by plain facts, garet. "His Majesty was most kind and compassionnot by speeches from romaunts and play-books. ate, but said I must be sent hither, and that the LieuHow, in Heaven's name, came you here ?".

tenant's lady, the Lady Mansel, would have a charge Sir," answered Margaret, since I must speak, I of me, and see that I sustained no wrong; and the went to Greenwich this morning with Monna Paula, King promised to send me in a tilted barge, and under

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old soldier and courtier like Sir Edward Mansel.
* But how, or why, in this apartment, nymph?" Lady Mansel received Margaret with like courtesy,
said George Heriot-"Expound that to me, for 1 and informed Master George that she was now only
think the riddle needs reading."

her guest, and no longer her prisoner.
"I cannot explain it, sir, farther, than that the Lady "She is at liberty,' she said, to return to her
Mansel sent me here, in spite of my earnest prayers, friends under your charge-such is his Majesty's
tears, and entreaties. I was not afraid of any thing, pleasure."
for I knew I should be protected. But I could have "I am glad of it, madam," answered Heriot, "but
died then-could die now-for very shame and con- only I could have wished her freedom had taken
fusion !''

place before her foolish interview with that singular
Well, well, if your tears are genuine," said Heriot, young man; and I marvel your ladyship permitted
"they may the sooner wash out the memory of your it.
fault:-Knows your father aught of this escape of My good Master Heriot," said Sir Edward, "we

act according to the commands of one better and
* I would not for the world he did,” replied she; wiser than ourselves-our orders from his Majesty
"he believes me with the Lady Hermione." must be strictly and literally obeyed; and I need not

* Ay, honest Davy can regulate his horologes better say that the wisdom of his Majesty doth more than
than his family.--Come, damsel, now I will escort ensure".
you back to the Lady Mansel, and pray her, of her "I know his Majesty's wisdom well,” said Heriot;
kindness, that when she is again trusied with a goose, yet there is an old proverb about fire and flax-well,
she will not give it to the fox to keep.--The warders let it pass.”
will let us pass to my lady's lodgings, I trust." "I see Sir Mungo Malagrowther stalking towards

"Stay but one moment,” said Lord Glenvarloch. the door of the lodging," said the Lady Mansel," with
"Whatever hard opinion you may have formed of the gait of a lame crane--it is his second visit this
me, I forgive you, for time will show that you do me morning."
wrong; and you yourself, I think, will be the first to “He brought the warrant for discharging Lord
regret the injustice you have done me. But involve Glenvarloch of the charge of treason," said Sir Ed-
not in your suspicions this young person, for whose ward.
purity of thought angels themselves should be vouch- "And from him," said Heriot, "I

heard much of
ers. I have marked every look, every gesture; and what had befallen; for I came from France only late
whilst I can draw breath, I shall ever think of her last evening, and somewhat unexpectedly."

As they spoke, Sir Mungo entered the apartment-
"Think not at all of her, my lord," answered George saluted the Lieutenant of tne Tower and his lady with
Heriot, interrupting him; "it is, I have a notion, the ceremonious civility-honoured George Heriot with a
best favour you can do her ;-or think of her as the patronizing nod of acknowledgment, and accosted
daughter of Davy Ramsay, the clock-maker, no pro- Margaret with—"Hey! my young charge, you have
per subject for tine speeches, romantic adventures, or not doffed your masculine attire yet ?"
high-Hown Arcadian compliments. I give you god- “She does not mean to lay it aside, Sir Mungo,"
dea, my lord. I think not altogether so harshly as said Heriot, speaking loud, "until she has had satis-
my speech may have spoken. If I can help-that is, faction from you, for betraying her disguise to me,
if I saw my way clearly through this labyrinth-but it like a false knight--and in very deed, Sir Mungo, I
avails not talking now. I give your lordship god-den. I think when you told me she was rambling about in
- Here, warder ! Permit us to pass to the Lady Man- so strange a dress, you might have said also that she
sel's apartment.

was under Lady Mansel's protection."
The warder said he must have orders from the Lieu- That was the King's secret, Master Heriot," said
tenant; and as he retired to procure them, the parties Sir Mungo, throwing himself into a chair with an air
remained standing near each other, but without speak- of atrabilarious importance; "the other was a well-
ing, and scarce looking at each other save by stealth, meaning hint to yourself

, as the girl's friend."
a situation which, in two of the party at least, was “Yes," replied Heriot, “it was done like yourself
sufficiently embarrassing. The difference of rank, -enough told to make me unhappy about her--not a
though in that age a consideration so serious, could word which could relieve my uneasiness.
not prevent Lord Glenvarloch from seeing that Mar- "Sir Mungo will not hear that remark," said the
garet Ramsay was one of the prettiest young women lady; we must change the subject. - Is there any
he has ever beheld--from suspecting, he could scarce news from Court, Sir Mungo ? you have been to
tell why, that he himself was not indifferent to her, Greenwich ?".
from feeling assured that he had been the cause of "You might as well ask me, madam," answered
much of her present distress-admiration, self-love, the Knight, "whether there is any news from hell."
and generosity, acting in favour of the same object; How, Sir Mungo, how!" said Sir Edward, mea-
and when the yeoman returned with permission to his sure your words something better-You speak of the
guests to withdraw, Nigel's obeisance to the beautiful Court of King James."
daughter of the mechanic was marked with an ex- " Sir Edward, if I spoke of the court of the twelve
pression, which called up in her cheeks as much co- Kaisers, I would say it is as confused for the present
lour as any incident of the eventful day had hitherto as the infernal regions. Courtiers of forty years
excited. She returned the courtesy timidly and irre- standing, and such I may write myself

, are as far to
solutely-clung to her godfather's arm, and left the seek in the matter as a minnow in the Maelstrom.
apartment, which, dark as it was, had never yet ap- Some folk say the King has frowned on the Prince-
peared so obscure to Nigel, as when the door closed some that the Prince has looked grave on the Duke-
behind her.

some that Lord Glenvarloch will be hanged for high
treason-and some that there is matter against Lord

Dalgarno that may cost him as much as his head's
CHAPTER XXX.

worth."
Yet though thou shouldst be dragg'd in scorn

And what do you, that are a courtier of forty
To yooder ignominious tree,

years' standing, think of it all ?" said Sir Edward
Thou shalt not want one faithful friend

Mansel.
To share the cruel fates' decree.

* Nay, nay, do not ask him, Sir Edward," said the
Ballad of Jemmy Dawson.

lady, with an expressive look to her husband.
MASTER GEORGE HERIoT and his ward, as she Sir Mungo is too witty,” added Master Heriot,
might justly be termed, for his affection to Margaret to remember that he who says aught that may be
imposed on him all the cares of a guardian, were repeated to his own prejudice, does but load a piece for
ushered by the yeoman

of the guard to the lodging of any of the company to shoot him dead with, at their
the Lieutenant, where they found him seated with his pleasure and convenience."'.
lady: They were received by both with that decorous * What!" said the bold Knight," you think I am
civility which Master Heriot's character and supposed afraid of the trepan? Why now, what if I should sa

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that Dalgarno has more wit than honesty,—the Duke show in what particulars that came to be connected more sail than ballast,—the prince more pride than with the petition of the Lady Hermione. Meanwhile, prudence,-and that the King'' The Lady Man- we return to the visit with which Sir Mungo Malasel held up her finger in a warning manner="that growther favoured the afflicted young nobleman in the King is my very good master, who has given me, his place of captivity. for forty years and more, dog's wages, videlicet, bones The Knight, after

the usual salutations, and having and beating.–Why now, all this is said, and Archie prefaced his discourse with a great deal of professed Armstrong* says worse than this of the best of them regret for Nigel's situation, sat down beside him, and, every day."

composing his grotesque features into the most " The more fool he," said George Heriot; "yet he lugubrious despondence, began his raven-song as fol. is not so utterly wrong, for folly is his best wisdom. lows:But do not you, Sir Mungo, set your wit against a "I bless God, my lord, that I was the person who fool's, though he be a court fool.”

had the pleasure to bring his Majesty's mild mes"A fool, said you ?" replied Sir Mungo, not having sage to the Lieutenant, discharging the higher prosecofully heard what Master Heriot said, or not choosing tion against ye, for any thing meditated against his to have it thought so, -" I have been a fool indeed, to Majesty's sacred person; for, admit you be prosecuted hang on at a close-fisted Court here, when men of on the lesser offence, or breach of privilege of the understanding and men of action have been making palace and its precincts, usque ad mutilationem, even fortunes in every other place of Europe. But here a to dismemberation, as it is most likely you will, yet man comes indifferently

off unless he gets a great key the loss of a member is nothing to being hanged and to turn, (looking at Sir Edward) or can beat tattoo drawn quick, after the fashion of a traitor." with a hammer on a pewter plate.-Well

, sirs, I must “I should feel the shame of having deserved such make as much haste back on mine errand as if I were a punishment,” answered Nigel, "more than the pain a fee'd messenger.-Sir Edward and my lady, I leave of undergoing it."' my commendations with you—and my good-will Doubtless, my lord, the having, as you say, dewith you, Master Heriot-and for this breaker of served it, must be an excruciation to your own mind," bounds, if you will act by my counsel, some macera- replied his tormentor; a kind of mental and metation by fasting, and a gentle use of the rod, is the best physical hanging, drawing, and quartering, which cure for her giddy fits."

may be in some measure equipollent with

the exter"If you propose for Greenwich, Sir Mungo," said nal application of hemp, iron, fire, and the like, to the the Lieutenant, “I can spare you the labour-the outer man. King comes immediately to Whitehall."

“I say, Sir Mungo," repeated Nigel, " and beg you And that must be the reason the council are sum- to understand my words, that I am unconscious of moned to meet in such hurry,” said Sir Mungo. any error, save that of having arms on my per"Well-I will, with your permission, go to the poor son when I chanced to approach that of my Sovelad Glenvarloch, and bestow some comfort on him." reign.

The Lieutenant seemed to look up, and pause for a Ye are right, my lord, to acknowledge nothing," moment as if in doubt.

said Sir Mungo.'."'We have an old proverb, --Con" The lad will want a pleasant companion, who fess, and so forth. And indeed, as to the weapons, can tell him the nature of the punishment which he his Majesty has a special ill-wili at all arms whatis to suffer, and other matters of concernment. I soever, and more especially pistols; but, as I said, will not leave him unul I show him how absolutely there is an end of that matter. I wish you as well he hath ruined himself from feather to spur, how de- through the next, which is altogether unlikely." plorable is his present state, and how small his Surely, Sir Mungo,answered Nigel, "you yourchance of mending it.”'

self might say something in my favour concerning "Well, Sir Mungo," replied the Lieutenant, "if you the affair in the Park. None knows better than you really think all this likely to be very consolatory to the that I was at that moment urged by wrongs of the party concerned, I will send a warder to conduct you." most heinous nature, offered to me by Lord Dalgarno,

And I," said George Heriot, will humbly pray many of which were reported to me by yourself, much of Lady Mansel, that she will lend some of her hand to the inflammation of my passion." maiden's apparel to this giddy-brained girl; for I shall “Alack-a-day!-Alack-a-day!" replied Sir Munforfeit my reputation if I walk up Tower-hill with her go, “I remember but too well how much your choler in that mad guise--and yet the silly lassie looks not was inflamed, in spite of the various remonstrances so ill in it neither."

which I made to you respecting the sacred nature of "I will send my coach with you instantly,” said the place. Alas! alas! you cannot say you leaped the obliging lady.

into the mire for want of warning." "Faith, madam, and if you will honour us by such "I see, Sir Mungo, you are determined to rememcourtesy, I will gladly accept it at your hands," said ber nothing which can do me service," said Nigel. the citizen, “for business presses hard on me, and " Blithely would I do ye service," said the Knight; the forenoon is already lost, to little purpose."

" and the best whilk I can think of is, to tell you the The coach being ordered' accordingly, transported process of the punishment to the whilk you will be the worthy citizen and his charge to his mansion in indubitably subjected, I having had the good fortune Lombard Street. There he found his presence was to behold it performed in the Queen's time, on a anxiously expected by the Lady Hermione, who had chield that had written a pasquinado. I was then in just received an order to be in readiness to attend upon my Lord Gray's train, who lay leaguer here, and bethe Royal Privy Council in the course of an hour; ing always covetous of pleasing and profitable sights, and upon whom, in her inexperience of business, and I could not dispense with being present on the occalong retirement from society and the world, the inti- sion." mation had made as deep an impression as if it had "I should be surprised indeed,” said Lord Glennot been the necessary consequence of the petition varloch, "if you had so far put restraint upon your which she had presented to the King by Monna Paula. benevolence, as to stay away from such an exhibiGeorge Heriot gently blamed her for taking any steps tion.” in an affair so important until his return from France, Hey! was your lordship praying me to be present especially as he had requested her to remain quiet, in a letter which accompanied the evidence he had trans

* Wilson informs us that when Colonel Grey, a Scotæman who

affected the buff dress even in the time of peace, appeared in mitted to her from Paris. She could only plead in that military garb at Court, the King, seeing him with a case of answer the influence which her immediately stirring pistols at his girdle, which he never greatly liked, told him, in the matter was likely to have on the affair of her merrily, he was now so fortified, that, if he were but well vic: kinsman Lord Glenvarloch, for she was ashamed to af James vi, apud KENNET'S History of England, vol. ii. p. acknowledge how much she had been gained on by 389. In 1612, the tenth year of James's reign, there was a nimour the eager importunity of her youthful companion. abroad that a shipload of pocket-pistols had been exported from The motive of Margaret's eagerness was, of course, Spain, with

a view to a general massacre of the Protestants. the safety of Nigel; but we must leave it to time to persons from carrying pistols under a foot long in the barrel.

– # The celebrated Court Jester.

Ibid. p. 690.

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at your own execution ?" answered the Knight. As you say, my lord,” answered Sir Mungo, "the "Troth, my lord, it will be a painful sight to a friend, loss is chiefly in appearance. Nature has been very but I will rather punish myself than baulk you. It is bountiful to us, and has given duplicates of some a pretty pageant, in the main a very pretty pageant. organs, that we may endure the loss of one of them, The fallow

came on with such a bold face, it was a should some such circumstance chance in our pilpleasure to look on him. He was dressed all in white, grimage. See my poor dexter, abridged to one io signify harmlessness and innocence. The thing thumb, one finger, and a stump, by the blow of my was done on a scaffold at Westminster-most likely adversary's weapon, however, and not by any carnyours will be at Charing. There were the Sheriff's ficial knife. Weel, sir, this poor maimed hand doth and the Marshal's men, and what not-the execu- me, in some sort, as much service as ever; ari, adtioner, with his cleaver and mallet, and his man, with a mit yours to be taken off by the wrist, you have still pan of hot charcoal, and the irons for cautery. He was your left hand for your service, and are better off than a dexterous fallow that Derrick. This man Gregory the little Dutch dwarf here about town, who threads is not fit to jipper a joint with him ; it might be worth a needle, limns, writes, and tosses a pike, merely by your lordship's while to have the loon sent to a barber- means of his feet, without ever a hand to help him. surgeon's, to learn some needful scantling of anato- "Well, Sir Mungo," said Lord Glenvarloch, " this my-it may be for the benefit of yourself and other is all no doubt very consolatory; but I hope the King unhappy sufferers, and also a kindness to Gregory." will spare my hand to fight for him in battle, where,

"I will not take the trouble," said Nigel.—" If the notwithstanding all your kind encouragement, I could laws will demand my hand, the executioner may get spend my blood much more cheerfully than on a it off as he best can. If the King leaves it where it scaffold.' is, it may chance to do him better service."

It is even a sad truth," replied Sir Mungo, that * Vera noble-vera grand, indeed, my lord," said your lordship was but too like to have died on a scafSir Mungo; "it is pleasant to see a brave man suffer. fold-not a soul to speak for you but that deluded This fallow whom I spoke of-this Tubbs, or Stubbs, lassie, Maggie Ramsay." or whatever the plebeian was called, came forward "Whom mean you ?" said Nigel, with more inteas bold as an emperor, and said to the people, 'Good rest than he had hitherto shown in the Knight's comfriends, I come to leave here the hand of a true Eng- munications. lishman,' and clapped it on the dressing-block with Nay, who should I mean, but that travestied as much ease as if he had laid it on his sweetheart's lassie whom we dined with when we honoured Heshoulder; whereupon Derrick the hangman, adjust- riot the goldsmith ? Yeken best how you have made ing, d'ye mind me, the edge of his cleaver on the very interest with her, but I saw her on her knees to the joint, hit it with the mallet with such force, that the King for you, . She was committed to my charge, to hand flew off as far from the owner as a gauntlet bring her up hither in honour and safety. Had I had which the challenger casts down in the tilt-yard. my own will, I would have had her to Bridewell, to Well, sir, Stubbs, or Tubbs, lost no whit of counte- flog the wild blood out of her--a cutty quean, to think nance, until the fallow clapped the hissing-hot iron of wearing the breeches, and not so much as married on his raw stup. My lord, it fizzed like a rasher yet!" of bacon, and the fallow set up an elritch screech, 'Hark ye, Sir Mungo Malagrowther," answered which made some think his courage was abated; but Nigel, “ I would have you talk of that young person not a whit, for he plucked off his hat with his left with fitting respect." hand, and waved it, crying, 'God save the Queen, “With all the respect that befits your lordship's and confound all evil counsellors! The people gave paramour, and Davy Ramsay's daughter, I shall cerhim three cheers, which he deserved for his stout tainly speak of her, my lord,” said Sir Mungo, assumheart; and, truly, I hope to see your lordship suffer ing a dry tone of irony. with the same magnanimity."*

Nigel was greatly disposed to have made a serious "I thank you, Sir Mungo," said Nigel, who had quarrel of it, but with Sir Mungo such an affair would not been able to forbear some natural feelings of an have been ridiculous; he smothered his resentment, unpleasant nature during this lively detail, -* I have therefore, and conjured him to tell what he had heard no doubt the exhibition will be a very engaging one and seen respecting this young person. to you and the other spectators, whatever it may Simply, that I was in the anteroom when she prove to the party principally concerned."

had audience, and heard the King say, to my, great Vera engaging," answered Sir Mungo, "vera in- perplexity,' Pulchra sane puella ; and Maxwell, who teresting-vera interesting indeed, though not alto- hath but indifferent Latin ears, thought that his Magether so much so as an execution for high treason. jesty called on him by his own name of Sawney, and I saw Digby, the Winters, Fawkes, and the rest of thrust into the presence, and there I saw our Sovethe gunpowder gang, suffer for that treason, whilk reign James, with his own hand, raising up the lassie, was a vera grand spectacle, as well in regard to their who, as I said heretofore, was travestied in man's sufferings, as to their constancy in enduring." attire. I should have had my own thoughts of it,

"I am the more obliged to your goodness, Sir but our gracious Master is auld, and was nae great Mungo," replied Nigel, that has induced you, al- gillravager amang the queans even in his youth; and though you have lost the sight, to congratulate me on he was comforting her in his own way, and saying, my escape from the hazard of making the same edi-Ye needna greet about it, my bonnie woman, fying appearance."

Glenvarlochides shall have fair play; and, indeed, *This execution, which so captivated the imagination of Sir when the hurry was off our spirits, we could not be Mungo Malagrowther, was really a striking one. The criminal, lieve that he had any design on our person. And & furious and bigoted Puritan, had published a book in very touching his other offences, we will look wisely and Aleneon, which he termed an union of a daughter of God with closely into the matter.' So I got charge to take the a son of antichrist. Queen Elizabeth was greatly incensed at young fence-louper to the Tower here, and deliver the frerdom assumed in this work, and caused the author Stubbs her to the charge of Lady Mansel; and his Majesty with Page the publisher, and one Singleton the printer, to be charged me to say not a word to her about your oftried on an act passed by Philip and Mary against the writer fences, for, said he, the poor thing is breaking her and although there was an opinion strongly entertained by law heart for him."! yers, that the act was only temporary, and expired with Queen Mary, Stubbs and Page received sentence to have their right opinion to the prejudice of this young lady, which

And on this you have charitably founded the Wrist being divided by a cleaver driven through the joint by you have now thought proper to express ?" said Lord force of a mallet. The printer was pardoned. I remember," Glenvarloch. ways the historian Camden, "being then present, that Stubbs,

"In honest truth, my lord,' replied Sir Mungo, when his right hand was cut off, plucked off his hat with the left, and said, with a loud voice, God save the Queen !' The

what opinion would you have me form of a wench faaltitude standing about was deeply silent, either out of horror who gets into male habiliments, and goes on her of this new and unwonted kind of punishment, or out of com- knees to the King for a wild young nobleman? I able repute, or eise out of hatred to the marriage, which most wot not what the fashionable word may be, for the men prexa zed would be the overthrow of religion." --CAMDEN'S phrase changes, though the custom abides. But Arrels for the year 1581.

truly I must needs think this young leddy-if you

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