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call Watchie Ramsay's daughter a young leddy--de- sense of general, though unjust suspicion, should, means herself more like a leddy of pleasure than a while pondering on so painful a theme, recollect that leddy of honour."
one, at least, had not only believed him innocent, but " You do her egregious wrong, Sir Mungo,” said hazarded herself, with all her feeble power, to interNigel; " or rather you have been misled by appear- pose in his behalf. ances.'
"Poor girl !" he repeated ; " poor, rash, but gene“So will all the world be misled, my lord," replied rous maiden! your fate is that of her in Scottish stothe satirist, "unless you were doing that to disabuse ry, who thrust her arm into the staple of the door,
to them which your father's son will hardly judge it fit oppose it as a bar against the assassins who threaten
ed the murder of her sovereign. The deed of devotion “And what may that be, I pray you ?").
was useless; save to give an immortal name to her " E'en marry the lass-make her Leddy Glenvar- by whom it was done, and whose blood flows, it is loch.---Ay, ay, ye may start--but it's the course you said, in the veins of my house." are driving on. Rather marry than do worse, if the I cannot explain to the reader, whether the recolworst be not done already."
lection of this historical deed of devotion, and the “Sir Mungo,” said Nigel, “I pray you to forbear lively effect which the comparison, a little overstrainthis subject, and rather return to that of the mutila- ed perhaps, was likely to produce in favour of Mar. tion, upon which it pleased you to enlarge a short garet Ramsey, was not qualified by the concomitant while since."
ideas of ancestry and ancient descent with which that "I have not time at present,” said Sir Mungo, recollection was mingled. But the contending feelhearing the clock strike four; "but so soon as you ings suggested a new train of ideas.-"Ancestry," he shall have received sentence, my lord, you may rely thought, "and ancient descent, what are they to me? on my giving you the fullest detail of the whole so-1--My patrimony alienated-my title become a relemnity; and I give you my word as a knight and proach-for what can be so absurd as titled beggary? gentleman, that I will myself attend you on the scaf- --my character subjected to suspicion, --- I will not refold, whoever may cast sour looks on me for doing main in this country; and should I, at leaving it, proso. I bear a heart, to stand by a friend in the worst cure the society of one so lovely, so brave, and so of times.":
faithful, who should say that I derogated from the So saying, he wished Lord Glenvarloch farewell; rank which I am virtually renouncing ?" who fell as heartily rejoiced at his departure, though There was something romantic and pleasing, as he it may be a bold word, as any person who had ever pursued this picture of an attached and faithful pair, undergone his society.
becoming all the world to each other, and stemming But, when left to his own reflections, Nigel could the tide of fate arm in arm; and to be linked thus not help feeling solitude nearly as irksome as the com- with a creature so beautiful, and who had taken such pany of Sir Mungo Malagrowther. The total wreck devoted and disinterested concern in his fortunes, of his fortune, which seemed now to be rendered un- formed itself into such a vision as romantic youth avoidable by the loss of the royal warrant, that had loves best to dwell upon. afforded him the means of redeeining his paternal es- Suddenly his dream was painfully dispelled, by the tate,-was an unexpected and additional blow. When recollection, that its very basis rested upon the most he had seen the warrant he could not precisely re- selfish ingratitude on his own part. Lord of his casmember; but was inclined to think, it was in the tle and his towers, his forests and fields, his fair pacasket when he took out money to pay the miser for trimony and noble name, his mind would have rejecthis lodgings at Whitefriars. Since then, the casket ed, as a sort of impossibility, the idea of elevating to had been almost constantly under his own eye, ex- his rank the daughter of a mechanic; but, when decept during the short time he was separated from his graded from his nobility, and plunged into poverty baggage by the arrest in Greenwich Park. It might, and difficulties, he was ashamed to feel himself pot indeed, have been taken out at that time, for he had unwilling, that this poor girl, in the blindness of her no reason to think either his person or his property affection, should abandon all the better prospects of was in the hands of those who wished him well; but, her own settled condition, to embrace the precarious on the other hand, the locks of the strong-box had and doubtful course which he himself was condemnsustained no violence that he could observe, and, be- ed to. The generosity of Nigel's mind recoiled from ing of a particular and complicated construction, he the selfishness of the plan of happiness which he prothought they could scarce be opened without an in- jected ; and he made a strong effort to expel from his strument made on purpose, adapted to their peculiari- thoughts for the rest of the evening this fascinating ties, and for this there had been no time. Bul, specu- female, or, at least, not to permit them to dwell upon late as he would on the matter, it was clear that this the perilous circumstance, that she was at present the important document was gone, and probable that it only creature living who seemed to consider him as had passed into no friendly hands. "Let it be so," an object of kindness. said Nigel to himself ; "I am scarcely worse off re- He could not, however, succeed in banishing her specting my prospects of fortune, than when I first from his slumbers, when, after having spent a weary reached this accursed city. But to be hampered with day, he betook himself to a perturbed couch. The cruel accusations, and stained with foul suspicions- form of Margaret mingled with the wild inass of to be the object of pity of the most degrading kind to dreams which his late adventures had suggested; and yonder honest citizen, and of the malignity of that even when, copying the lively narrative of Sir Mungo, envious and atrabilarious courtier, who can endure fancy presented to him the blood bubbling and hissthe good fortune and good qualities of another no more ing on the heated iron, Margaret stood behind him than the mole can brook sunshine-this is indeed a like a spirit of light, to breathe healing on the wound. deplorable reflection ; and the consequences must At length nature was exhausted by these fantastic stick to my future life, and impede whatever my head, creations, and Nigel slept, and slept soundly, until or my hand, if it is left me, might be able to execute awakened in the morning by the sound of a wellin my favour."
known voice, which had often broken his slumbers The feeling, that he is the object of general dislike about the same ho and dereliction, seems to be one of the most unendurably painful to which a human being can be subjected. The most atrocious criminals, whose nerves have not
CHAPTER XXXI. shrunk from perpetrating the most horrid cruelty, endure more from the consciousness that no man
Marty, come up, sir, with your gentle blood
Here's a red stream beneath this coarse blue doublet, will svinpathize with their sufferings, than from ap- That warms the heart as kindly as if drawn prehension of the personal agony of their impending From the far source of old Assyrian kings, punishment; and are known often to attempt to palli- Who first made mankind subject to their sway.-Old Play ate their enormities, and sometimes altogether to de- The sounds to which we alluded in our last, wei. ny what is established by the clearest proof, rather no other than the grumbling tones of Richie Moni than to leave life under the general ban of humanity. plies's voice. It was no wonder that Nigel, labouring under the This worthy like some other persons who rank high in their own opinion, was very apt, when he Annex what you will," said Lord Glenvarloch, could have no other auditor, to hold conversation for you are pretty sure to take your own way, with one who was sure to be a willing listener-I whether you make any conditions or not. Since you mean with himself. He was now brushing and ar- will not leave me, which were, I think, your wisest ranging Lord Glenvarloch's clothes, with as much causseh Yerns as you like yourself."
you must, and I suppose will, serve me only composure and quiet assiduity as if he had never been on out of his service, and grumbling betwixt whiles to "All that I ask, my lord,” said Richie, gravely, ibe following purpose : "Humph-ay, time cloak and with a tone of great moderation, "is to have the and jerkin were through my hands-I question if uninterrupted command of my own motions, for cerhorsehair has been passed over thein since they and tain important purposes which I have now in hand, I last parted. The embroidery finely frayed too-and always giving your lordship the solace of my compathe gold buttons of the cloak-By my conscience, ny and attendance at such times as may be at once and as I am an honest man, there is a round dozen of convenient for me, and necessary for your service." them gane! This comes of Alsatian frolics-God “Of which, I suppose, you constitute yourself sole keep us with his grace, and not give us over to our judge," replied Nigel
, smiling. own devices!-I see no sword-but that will be in Unquestionably, my lord,” answered Richie, respect of present circumstances.”
gravely; "for your lordship, can only know what Nigel for some time could not help believing that yourself want; whereas I, who see both sides of the he was still in a dream, so improbable did it seem picture, ken both what is the best for your affairs, that his domestic, whom he supposed to be in Scot- and what is the most needful for my own." land, should have found him out, and obtained ac- "Richie, my good friend," said Nigel, “I fear this cess to him, in his present circumstances. Looking arrangement, which places the master much under through the curtains, however, he became well as the disposal of the servant, would scarce suit us if sured of the fact, when he beheld the stiff and bony we were both at large ; but a prisoner as I am, I may length of Richie with a visage charged with nearly be as well at your disposal as I am at that of so double its ordinary degree of importance, employed many other persons; and so you may come and go sedulously, in brushing his master's cloak, and re- as you list, for I suppose you will not take my advice, freshing himself with whistling or humming from to return to your own country, and leave me to my interval to interval, some snatch of an old melancho- fate.” ly Scottish ballad-tune. Although sufficiently con- "The deil be in my feet if I do," said Moniplies,, vinced of the identity of the party, Lord Glenvarloch "I am not the lad to leave your lordship in foul could not help expressing his surprise in the super- weather, when I followed you and fed upon you fluous question-"In the name of Heaven, Richie, is through the whole summer day. And besides, there this you ?"
may be brave days behind, for a' that has come and * Ånd wha else suld it be, my lord ?" answered gane yet; for Richie; "I dreamna that your lordship’s levee in this
" It's hame, and it's hame, and it's hame we fain would be, place is like to be attended by ony that are not bound- Though the cloud is in the lift, and the wind is on the lea; en thereto by duty."
For the sun through the mirk blinks blithe on mine ee, " I am rather surprised," answered Nigel, " that it
Says, I'll shine on ye yet in our ain country!!” should be attended by any one at all-especially by Having sung this stanza in the manner of a balladyou, Richie; for you know that we parted, and I singer, whose voice has been cracked by matching thought you had reached Scotland long since.” his windpipe against the bugle of the north blast,
"I crave your lordship's pardon, but we have not Richie Moniplies aided Lord Glenvarloch to rise, atparted yet, nor are soon likely so to do; for there tended his toilet with every possible mark of the most gang twa folk's votes to the unmaking of a bargain, solemn and deferential respect, then waited upon as to the making of ane. Though it was your lord- him at breakfast, and finally withdrew, pleading that ship's pleasure so to conduct yourself that we were he had business of importance, which would detain like to have parted, yet it was not, on reflection, my him for some hours. will to be gone. To be plain, if your lordship does Although Lord Glenvarloch necessarily expected not ken when you have a good servant, I ken when to be occasionally annoyed by the self-conceit and I have a kind master; and to say truth, you will be dogmatism of Richie Moniplies's character, yet he easier served now than ever, for there is not much could not but feel the greatest pleasure from the firm chance of your getting out of bounds."
and devoted attachment which this faithful follower "I am indeed bound over to good behaviour," said | bad displayed in the present instance, and indeed Lord Glenvarloch, with a smile; "þut I hope you promised himself an alleviation of the ennui of his will not take advantage of my situation to be too se- imprisonment, in having the advantage of his servi. vere on my follies, Richie ?"
ces. It was, therefore, with pleasure that he learned "God forbid, my lord-God forbid !" replied Richie, from the warder, that his servant's attendance would with an expression betwixt a conceited consciousness be allowed at all times when the general rules of the of superior wisdom and real feeling="especially in fortress permitted the entrance of strangers, consideration of your lordship’s having a due sense of In the meanwhile, the magnanimous Richie Monithem. I did indeed remonstrate, as was my humble ples had already reached Tower Wharf. Here, after duty, but I scorn to cast that up to your lordship now looking with contempt on several scullers by whom
- Na, na, I am myself an erring creature-very con- he was plied, and whose services he rejected with a scious of some small weaknesses-there is no perfec- wave of his hand, he called with dignity,. “First tion i man."
oars!" and stirred into activity several lounging Tri“But Richie,” said Lord Glenvarloch, "although I tons of the higher order, who had not, on his first am much obliged to you for your proffered service, it appearance, thought it worth while to accost him can be of little use to me here, and may be of prejudice with proffers of service. He now took possession to yourself."
of a wherry, folded his arms within his ample cloak, Your lordship shall pardon me again," said Richie, and sitting down in the stern with an air of imporwhom the relative situation of the parties had in- tance, commanded them to row to Whitehall stairs. vested with ten times his ordinary dogmatism; "but Having reached the palace in safety, he demanded to as I will manage the matter, your lordship shall be see Master Linklater, the under-clerk of his Majesgreatly benefited by my service, and I myself no ty's kitchen. The reply was, that he was not to be whit prejudiced.”
spoken withal, being then employed in cooking a ** I see not how that can be, my friend,” said Lord mess of cock-a-leekie for the King's own mouth. Glenvarloch, "since even as to your pecuniary af- "Tell him," said Moniplies, "that it is a dear coun fairs"
tryman of his, who seeks to converse with him or Touching my pecuniars, my lord,” replied Richie, matter of high import." "I am indifferently weel provided ; and, as it chances, "A dear countryman ?” said Linklater, when this my living here will be no burden to your lordship, or dis- pressing message was delivered to him. "Well, let tress to myself. Only I crave permission to annex cer- him come in and be d-d, that I should say sae! tain conditions to my servitude with your lordship.” This now is some red-headed, long-legged, gillieget
white-foot frae the West Port, that, hearing of my hope and eagerness, and some touch of suspicious promotion, is come up to be a turn-broche, or deputy fear. Gie me them-gie me thein-before ye speak scullion, through my interest. It is a great hinder- a word, I charge you, on your allegiance." ance to any man who would rise in the world, to Richie took a box from his bosom, and, stooping have such friends to hang, by his skirts, in hope of on one knee, presented it to his Majesty, who hastily being towed up along with him.-Ha! Richie Moni- opened it, and having ascertained that it contained a plies, man, is it thou?, And what has brought ye certain carcanet of rubies, with which the reader was here? If they should ken thee for the loon that formerly made acquainted, he could not resist falling scared the horse the other day !"
into a sort of rapture, kissing the gems, as if they "No more o' that, neighbour,” said Richie, -"I had been capable of feeling, and repeating again and am just here on the auld errand-I maun speak' with again with childish delight, “ Onyr cum prole, siler. the King.".
que -- Onyx cum prole! Ah, my bright and bonny "The King? Ye are red wud," said Linklater ; sparklers, my heart loups light to see you again. then shouted to his assistants in the kitchen, "Look He then turned to Richie, upon whose stoical counteto the broches, ye knaves-pisces purga-Salsamen-nance his Majesty's demeanour had excited something ta fac macerentur pulchre-I will make you under- like a grim smile, which James interrupted his rejoistand Latin, ye knaves, as becomes the scullions of cing to reprehend, saying, “Take heed, sir
, you are not King James. !! Then in a cautious tone, to Richie's to laugh at us-we are your anointed Sovereign." private ear, he continued, “Know ye not how ill God forbid that I should laugh!" said Richie, your master came off the other day? I can tell you composing his countenance into its natural rigidity. that job made some folk shake for their office." "I did but smile, to bring my visage into coincidence
"Weel, but, Laurie, ye maun befriend me this time, and conformity with your Majesty's physiognomy." and this wee bit sifHication slipped into his Ma- Ye speak as a dutiful subject, and an honest jesty's ain most gracious hand. I promise you the man, ," said the King; "but what deil's your name, contents will be most grateful to him.”
"Richie," answered Linklater, "you have certain- “Even Richie Moniplies, the son of auld Mungo ly sworn to say your prayers in the porter's lodge, Moniplies, at the West Port of Edinburgh, who had with your back bare; and twa grooms, with dog. the honour to supply your Majesty's mother's royal whips, to cry amen to you.
table, as weel as your Majesty's, with flesh and other Na, na, Laurie, iad,” said Richie, "I ken better vivers, when time was." what belangs lo sifications than I did yon day; and “Aha!" said the King, laughing,-for he possessed, ye will say that yoursell, if ye will but get that bit as a useful attribute of his situation, a tenacious note to the King's hand."
memory, which recollected every one with whom he "I will have neither hand nor foot in the matter,"' was brought into casual contaci, -"Ye are the selfsaid the cautious Clerk of the Kitchen; " but there is same traitor who had weelnigh coupit us endlang on his Majesty's mess of cock-a-leekie just going to be the causey of our ain court-yard ? but we stuck by served to him in his closet-I cannot prevent you our mare.' Equam memento rebus in arduis serrare. from putting the letter between the gilt bowl and the Weel, be not dismayed, Richie; for, as many men platter; his sacred Majesty will see it when he lifts have turned traitors, it is but fair that a traitor, now the bowl, for he aye drinks out the broth."
and then, suld prove to be, contra expectanda, a true "Enough said,” replied Richie, and deposited the man. How cam ye by our jewels, man ?-cam ye on paper accordingly, just before a page entered to carry the part of George Heriot ?! away the mess to his Majesty.
In no sort,” said Richie. "May it please your "Åweel, aweel, neighbour," said Laurence, when Majesty, I come as Harry Wynd fought, utterly for the mess was taken away, "if ye have done ony my own hand, and on no man's errand; as, indeed, thing to bring yoursell to the withy, or the scourging I call no one master, save Him that made me, your post, it is your ain wilful deed.”
most gracious Majesty who governs me, and the "I will blame no other for it,” said Richie; and noble Nigel Olifauni, Lord of Glenvarloch, who mainwith that undismayed pertinacity of conceit, which tained me as lang as he could maintain himself, poor made a fundamental part of his character, he abode nobleman!" the issue, which was not long of arriving.
“Glenvarlochides again !" exclaimed the King; In a few minutes Maxwell himself arrived in the "by my honour he lies in ambush for us at every corapartment, and demanded hastily who had placed a ner!-Maxwell knocks at the door. It is George writing on the King's trencher. Linklater denied all Heriot come to tell us he cannot find these jewels.knowledge of it; but Richie Moniplies, stepping bold- Get thee behind the arras, Richie-stand close, manly forth, pronounced the emphatical confession, “I sneeze not-cough not-breathe not!-Jingling Georam the man.
die is so damnably ready with his gold-ends of wis"Follow me, then," said Maxwell, after regarding dom, and sae accursedly backward with his gold-ends him with a look of great curiosity.
of siller, that, by our royal saul, we are glad to get a They went up a private staircase, -even that pri- hair in his neck." vate staircase, the privilege of which at Court is ac- Richie got behind the arras, in obedience to the counted a nearer road to power than the grandes en commands of the good-natured King, while the Motrees themselves. Arriving in what Richie described narch, who never allowed his dignity to stand in the as an “ill redd-up" anteroom, the usher made a sign way of a frolic, having adjusted, with his own hand, to him to stop, while he went into the King's closet, the tapestry, so as to complete the ambush, com. Their conference was short, and as Maxwell opened manded Maxwell to tell him what was the matter the door to retire, Richie heard the conclusion of it. without. Maxwell's reply was so low as to be lost by
"Ye are sure he is not dangerous ?-I was caught Richie Moniplies, the peculiarity of whose situation by once.-Bide within call, but not nearer the door than no means abated his curiosity and desire to gratify it within three geometrical cubits. If I speak loud, start to the uttermost. to me like a falcon-If I speak loun, keep your lang Let Geordie Heriot come in," said the King; and, lugs out of ear-shot--and now let him come in." as Richie could observe through a slit in the tapestry,
Richie passed forward at Maxwell's mute signal, the honest.citizen, if not actually agitated, was, at and in a moment found himself in the presence of least, discomposed. The King, whose talent for wit, the King. Most men of Richie's birth and breeding, or humour, was precisely of a kind to be gratified by and many others, would have been abashed at find such a scene as ensued, received his homage with ing, themselves alone with their sovereign. But coldness, and began to talk to him with an air of Richie Moniplies had an opinion of himself too high serious dignity, very different from the usual indecoto be controlled by any such ideas; and having made rous levity of his behaviour. "Master Heriot," he his stiff reverence, he arose once more into his per- said, "if we aright remember, we opignorated in your pendicular height, and stood before James as stiff as hands certain jewels of the Crown, for a certain sum a hedge-stake.
of money–Did we, or did we not." 'Have ye gotten them, man? have ye gotten “My most gracious Sovereign,” said Heriot; "inthem ?" said the King, in a fluttered state, betwixt disputably your Majesty was pleased to do so."
“ The property of which jewels and cimelia remain- stares as if he took his native prince for a warlock ! ed with us," continued the King, in the same solemn us that are the very malleus maleficarum, the contundtone,“ subject only to your claim of advance there ing and contriturating hammer of all witches, sorceupon ; which advance being repaid, gives us right to rers, magicians, and the like; he thinks we are taking repossession of the thing opignorated, or pledged, or a touch of the black art oursells !-But gang thy way, laid in wad. Voetius, Vinnius, Groenwigeneus, Pa- honest Geordie; thou art a good plain man, but nane genstecherus,--all who have treated de Contractu of the seven sages of Greece; gang thy way, and Opignerationis, --consentiunt in eundem, -gree on mind the soothịast word which you spoke, small the same point. The Roman law, the English com- time syne, that there is one in this land that comes mon law, and the municipal law of our ain ancient near to Solomon, King of Israel, in all his gifts, exkingdom of Scotland, though they split in mair par-cept in his love lo strange woman, forby the daughter ticulars than I could desire, unite as strictly in this as of Pharaoh." the three strands of a twisted rope."
If Heriot was surprised at seeing the jewels so un"May it please your Majesty," replied Heriot, "it expectedly produced at the moment the King was requires not so many learned authorities to prove to upbraiding him for the loss of them, this allusion to any honest man, that his interest in a pledge is deter- the reflection which had escaped him while convermined when the money lent is restored."
sing with Lord Glenvarloch, altogether completed Weel, sir, I proffer restoration of the sum lent, his astonishment; and the King was so delighted and I demand to be repossessed of the jewels pledged with the superiority which it gave him at the moment, with you. I gave ye a hint, brief while since, that that he rubbed his hands, chuckled, and, finally, his this would be essential to my service, for, as approach- sense of dignity giving way to the full feeling of triing events are like to call us into public, it would umph, he threw himself into his easy-chair, and seem strange if we did not appear with those orna- laughed with unconstrained violence till he lost his ments, which are heirlooms of the Crown, and the breath, and the tears ran plentifully down his cheeks absence whereof is like to place us in contempt and as he 'strove to recover it. Meanwhile, the royal suspicion with our liege subjects."
cachinnation was echoed out by a discordant and Master George Heriot seemed much moved by portentous laugh from behind the arras, like that of this address of his Sovereign, and replied with emo- one who, little accustomed to give way to such emocon, " I call Heaven to witness, that I am totally tions, feels himself at some particular impulse unable harmless in this matter, and that I would willingly either to control or to modify his obstreperous mirth. lose the sum advanced, so that I could restore those Heriot turned his head with new surprise towards the jewels, the absence of which your Majesty so justly place, from which sounds so unfitting the presence laments. Had the jewels remained with me, the ac- of a monarch seemed to burst with such emphatic count of them would be easily rendered; but your clamour.* Majesty will do me the justice to remember, that, The King, too, somewhat sensible of the indecorum, by your express order, I transferred them to another rose up, wiped his eyes, and calling,-" Todlowrie, person, who advanced a large sum, just about the come out o’your den," he produced from behind the tune of my departure for Paris. The money was arras the length of Richie Moniplies, still laughing pressingly wanted, and no other means to come by it with as unrestrained mirth as ever did gossip at a occurred to me. I told your Majesty, when I brought country christening. "Whisht, man, whishi, man," the ncedful supply, that the man from whom the said the King; "ye needna niches that gait, like a moneys were obtained, was of no good repute; and cusser at a caup o' corn, e'en though it was a pleasing your most princely answer was, smelling to the gold jest, and our ain framing. And yet to see Jingling - Non oleh it smells not of the means that have got-Geordie, that hauds himself so much the wiser than ten it."
other folk--to see him, ha! ha! ha!--in the vein of · Weel, man," said the King, "but what needs a' Euclio apud Plautum, distressing himself to recover this din ? If ye gave my jewels in pledge to such a what was lying at his elbowone, suld ye not, as a liege subject, have taken care that the redemption was in our power? And are
* The practical jest of Richie Moniplies going behind the arras we to suffer the loss of our cimelia by your neglect, James might be supposed to approve of. It was customary for
to get an opportunity of teasing Heriot, was a pleasantry such as besides being exposed to the scorn and censure of our those who knew his humour to contrive jests of this kind for heges, and of the foreign ambassadors ?"
his amusement. The celebrated Archie Armstrong, and another My Lord and liege King," said Heriot, “God jester called Drummond, mounted on other people's backs, used knows, if my bearing blame or shạme in this matter narch's great amusement.
to charge each other like knights in the tilt yard, to the mo. would keep it from your Majesty, it were my duty to
of the same kind, taken from endure both, as a servant grateful for many benefits; Webster upon Witchcraft. The author is speaking of the fabut when your Majesty considers the violent death culty called ventriloquism.
“But to make this more plain and certain, we shall add a of the man himself, the disappearance of his daughter, story of a notable impostor, or ventriloquist, from the testimony and of his wealth, I trust you will remember that I of Mr. Ady, which we have had confirmed from the mouth of warned your Majesty, in humble duty, of the pos- hath been (saith he) credibly reported, that there was a man in sibility of such casualties, and prayed you not to the court in King James his days, that could act this imposture urge me to deal with him on your behalf."
so lively, that he could call the king by name, and cause the But you brought me nae better means," said the King to look round about him, wondering who it was that King-"Geordie, ye brought me nae better means.
called him, whereas he that called him stood before him in his I was like a deserted man; what could I do but grip was known, the King, in his inerriment, would sometimes take
presence, with his face towards him. But after this imposture to the first siller that offered, as a drowning man occasionally this impostor to make sport upon some of his courgrasps to the willow-wand that comes readiest ?- tiers, as, for instance :And now, man, what for have ye not brought back caused to come before him in his private room, (where no man
“There was a knight belonging to the court, whom the King the jewels? they are surely above ground, if ye wad was but the king, and this knight and the impostor,) and reigned make strict search."
some occasion of serious discourse with the knight; but when * All strict search has been made, may it please the King began to speak, and the knight bending his attention your Majesty," replied the citizen; "hue and cry has calling the knight by name, Sir John, Sir John , come away, been sent out everywhere, and it has been found im- Sir John; at which the knight began to frown that any man possible to recover them.'
Difficult, ye mean, Geordie, not impossible," re- still listening to the King's discourse, the voice came again, plied the King; " for that whilk is impossible, is that Sir John began to swell with anger, and looked into the ather naturally so, exempli gratia, to make two into next rooms to see who it was that dared to call him so impor. three; or morally so, as to make what is truth false- tunately, and could not find out who it was, and having chid hood; but what is only difficult may come to pass, The King had no sooner begun to speak as formerly, but the with assistance of wisdom and patience; as, for ex- voice came again, Sir John, come away, your fack stayeth for ample, Jingling Geordie, look here!" And he display; you." At that Sir John began to stamp with
look: ed the recovered treasure to the eyes of the astonished ed out
and returned several times to the
could not be jeweller, exclaiming, with great triumph,“What say ye so often troubled him, till the King had sported enough."-WEB. to that, Jingler?-By my sceptre and crown, the man I STER On Witchcrafi, p. 124.
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The following is an
'Perii, interii, occidi-quo curram ? quo non curram- show some favour to the noble Lord Glenvarloch, Tene, tene-quem quis ? nescio-pihil video.'
presently prisoner in your royal Tower of London." Ah! Geordie, your een are sharp enough to look after How, man-how, man-how, man !" exclaimed gowd and silver, gems, rubies, and the like of that, the King, reddening and stammering, but with emoand yet ye kenna how to come by them when they tions more noble than those by which he was someare lost.-Ay, ay-look at them, man-look at them— times agitated--"What is that you dare to say to us? they are a' right and tight, sound and round, not a -Sell our justice !-sell our mercy!-and we a crowndoublet crept in amongst them."
ed King, sworn to do justice to our subjects in the George Heriot, when his first surprise was over, gate, and responsible for our stewardship to Him that was too old a courtier to interrupt the King's imagi- is over all kings?”—Here he reverently looked up, nary triumph, although he darted a look of some dis- touched his bonnet
, and continued, with some sharppleasure at honest Richie, who still continued on what ness, "We dare not traffic in such commodities, şir; is usually termed the broad grin. He quietly examined and, but that ye are a poor ignorant creature, that the stones, and finding them all perfect, he honestly have done us this day some not unpleasant service, and sincerely congratulated his Majesty on the reco- we wad have a red iron driven through your tongue, very of a treasure which could not have been lost in terrorem of others.-Awa with him, Geordie,-pay without some dishonour to the crown; and asked to him, plack and bawbee, out of our moneys in your whom he himself was to pay the sums for which they hands, and let them care that come ahint." had been pledged, observing, that he had the money Richie, who had counted with the utmost certainty by him in readiness.
upon the success of this master-stroke of policy, was "Ye are in a deevil of a hurry, when there is paying like an architect whose whole scaffolding at once in the case, Geordie,” said the King.-"What's a' the gives way under him. He caught, however, at what haste, man ? The jewels were restored by an honest, he thought might break his fall. Not only the sum kindly countryman of ours. There he stands, and for which the jewels were pledged,” he said, but the wha kens if he wants the money on the nail, or if he double of it, if required, should be placed at his Mamight not be as weel pleased 'wi' a bit rescript on jesty's command, and even without hope or condition our treasury some six months hence ?. Ye ken that of repayment, if only". our Exchequer is even at a low ebb just now, and But the King did not allow him to complete the ye cry pay, pay, pay, as if we had all the mines of sentence, crying out with greater vehemence than Ophir."
before, as if he dreaded the stability of his own good * Please your Majesty," said Heriot, "if this man resolutions, -"Awa wi' him-swith awa wi' him! It has the real right to these moneys, it is doubtless at is time he were gane, if he doubles his bode that gate. his will to grant forbearance, if he will. But when I And, for your life, letna Steenie, or ony of them, hear remember the guise in which I first saw him, with a a word from his mouth; for wha kens what trouble tattered cloak and a broken head, I can hardly con- that might bring me into! Ne inducas in tentationen ceive it.--Are not you Richie Moniplies, with the - Vade retro, Sathanas !– Amen." King's favour?"
In obedience to the royal mandate, George Heriot "Even sae, Master Heriot-of the ancient and ho- hurried the abashed petitioner out of the presence and nourable house of Castle Collop, near to the West out of the Palace; and, when they were in the Pa. Port of Edinburgh," answered Richie.
lace-yard, the citizen, remembering with some resent"Why, please your Majesty, he is a poor serving- ment the airs of equality which Richie had assumed man," said Heriot. “This money can never be ho- towards him in the commencement of the scene nestly at his disposal.".
which had just taken place, could not forbear to reta"What for no ?" said the King. "Wad ye have liate, by congratulating him with an ironical smile on naebody spraickle up the brae but yoursell, Geordie? his favour ai Court, and his improved grace in preYour ain cloak was thin enough when ye cam here, senting a supplication. though ye have lined it gay and weel. And for ser- "Never fash your beard about that, Master George ving-men, there has mony a red-shank come over the Heriot,” said Richie, totally undismayed; "but tell Tweed wi' his master's wallet on his shoulders, that me when and where I am to sifflicate you for eight now rustles it wil his six followers behind him. There hundred pounds sterling, for which these jewels stood stands the man himsell; speer at him, Geordie."
engaged" His may not be the best authority in the case," The instant that you bring with you the real owner answered the cautious citizen.
of the money," replied Heriot; "whom it is important Tut, tut, man,” said the Ķing, "ye are over scru- that I should see on more accounts than one. pulous. The knave deer-stealers have an apt phrase, "Then will I back to his Majesty," said Richie Non est inquirendum unde venit YENISON. He that | Mopiplies, stoutly, "and get either the money or the brings the gudes hath surely a right to dispose of the pledge back again. I am fully commissionate to act gear.-Hark ye, friend, speak the truth and shame the in that matter.' deil. Have ye plenary powers to dispose on the re- "It may be so, Richie," said the citizen, "and perdemption-money as to delay of payments, or the like, chance it may not be so neither, for your tales are not ay or no ?"
all gospel; and, therefore, be assured I will see that "Full
power, an it like your gracious Majesty," an- it is so, ere. I pay you that large sum of money. I swered Richie Moniplies; "and I am maist willing to shall give you an acknowledgment for it, and I will subscrive to whatsoever may in ony wise accommo- keep it prestable at a moment's warning. But, my date your Majesty anent the redemption-money, trust- good Richard Moniplies, of Castle Collop, near the ing your Majesty's grace will be kind to me in one West Port of Edinburgh, in the meantime I am bound sma' favour.
to return to his Majesty on matters of weight." So Ey, man,” said the king, "come ye to me there ? speaking, and mounting the stair to re-enter the paI thought ye wad e'en be like the rest of them. One lace, he added, by way of summing up the whole, would think our subjects' lives and goods were all our "George Heriot is over old a cock to be caught with ain, and holden of us at our free will; but when we chaff.” stand in need of ony matter of siller from them, which Richie stood petrified when he beheld him re-enter chances more frequently than we would it did, deil a the Palace, and found himself, as he supposed, left in boddle is to be had, save on the auld terms of giff-gaff
. the lurch. -"Now, plague on ye,” he muttered, " for It is just niffer for niffer.-Aweel, neighbour, what is a cunning auld skin Hint! that, because ye are an hoit that ye want-some monopoly, I reckon? Or it nest man yoursell, forsooth, must nerds deal with all may be a grant of kirk-lands and teinds, or a knight- the world as if they were knaves. But deil be in me hood, or the like? Ye maun be reasonable, unless ye if ye beat me yet !–Gude guide us! yonder comes propose to advance more money for our present oc- Laurie Linklater next, and he will be on me about the
sifflication.- I winna stand him, by Saint Andrew!** My liege," answered Richie Moniplies," theowner So saying, and changing the haughty stride with of these moneys places them at your Majesty's com- which he had that morning entered the precincts
of mand, free of all pledge or usage as long as it is your the Palace, into a skulking shamble, he retreated for pleasure, providing your Majesty will condescend to his wherry, which was in attendance, with speed