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tice nor our mercy for pecuniar consideration. Now, | ted. He took from a strong-box a bundle of parchwhat think ye should be the upshot of this ??? ments, and read passages of them with great atten

"My Lord Glenvarloch's freedom, and his resto- tion; then began to soliloquiz.e-" There is no outlet ration to your Majesty's favour," said Heriot. which law can suggest-no back-door of evasion

"I ken that," said the King, peevishly. "Ye are none-if the lands of Glenvarloch are not redeemed very dull to-day. I mean, what do you think this before it rings noon, Lord Dalgarno has them a cheap fallow Moniplies should think about the matter ?” pennyworth. Strange, that he should have been at

Surely that your Majesty is a most good and last able to set his patron at defiance, and achieve for gracious sovereign, answered Heriot.

himself the fair estate, with the prospect of which he "We had need to be gude and gracious baith," said so long flattered the powerful Buckingham.-Might the King, still more peltishly, " that have idiots about not Andrew Skurliewhitter nick him as neatly? He us that cannot understand what we mint at unless hath been my patron-true-not more than Buckingwe speak it out in braid Lowlands. See this chield ham was his; and he can be so no more, for he departs Moniplies, sir, and tell him what we have done for presently for Scotland. I am glad of it-I hate him, Lord Glenvarloch, in whom he takes such part, out and I fear him. He knows too many of my secrets of our own gracious motion, though we refused to do it -I know too many of his. But, no-no-no-I need on ony proffer of private advantage. Now, you may never attempt it, there are no means of over-reaching put it till him, as if of your own mind, whether it will him.-Well, Willie, what o'clock ?" be a gracious or a dutiful part in him, to press us for “Ele'en hours just chappit, sir."'. present payment of the two or three hundred misera- Go to your desk without, child," said the scriveble pounds for whilk we were obliged to opignorate ner.

"What to do next-I shall lose the old Earl's our jewels ? Indeed, mony men may think ye wad fair business, and, what is worse, his son's foul pracdo the part of a good citizen, if you took it on your tice. Old Heriot looks too close into business to self to refuse him payment, seeing he hath had what permit me more than the paltry and ordinary dyes. he professed to esteem full satisfaction, and consider- The Whitefriars business was profitable, but it has ing, moreover, that it is evident he hath no pressing become unsafe ever since-pah S-what brought that need of the money, whereof we have much ne- in my head just now? I can hardly hold my pencessity."

if men should see me in this way!-Willie," (calling George Heriot sighed internally. "Omy Master," aloud to the boy,) " a cup of distilled waters-Soh! thought he-“my dear Master, is it then fated you now I could face the devil.”. are never to indulge any kingly or noble sentiment, He spoke the last words aloud, and close by the without its being sullied by some afterthought of in- door of the apartment, which was suddenly opened terested selfishness!".

by Richie Moniplies, followed by two gentlemen, and The King troubled himself not about what he attended by two porters bearing money-bags. "If thought, but taking him by the collar, said, “Yeye can face the devil

, Maister Skurliewhitter," said ken my meaning now, Jingler-awa wi' ye. You Richie, ".

ye will be the less likely to turn your back are a wise man-manage it your ain gate--but forget on a sack or twa o'siller, which I have ta'en the not our present straits. The citizen made his obei- freedom to bring you. Sathanas and Mammon are sance, and withdrew.

near akin.” The porters, at the same time, ranged "And now, bairns," said the King, "what do you their load on the floor. look upon each other formand what have you got to "1-1,”-stammered the surprised scrivener—"I ask of your dear dad and gossip?"

cannot guess what you mean, sir.' "Only,” said the Prince, that it would please "Only that I have brought you the redemptionyour Majesty to command the lurking-place at the money on the part of Lord Glenvarloch, in discharge prison to be presently built up-the groans of a cap- of a certain mortgage over his family inheritance. tive should not be brought in evidence against him." And here, in good time, ccmes Master Reginald

"What! build up my lugg, Baby Charles ? And Lowestoffe, and another honourable gentleman of yet, better deaf than hear ill tales of oneself. So let the Temple, to be witnesses to the transaction." them build it up, hard and fast, without delay, the "I-I incline to think,” said the scrivener, that rather that my back is sair with sitting in it for a the term is expired." whole hour.--And now let us see what the cooks “You will pardon us, Master Scrivener," said have been doing for us, bonny bairns.”

Lowestoffe. “You will not baffle us-it wants three quarters of noon by every clock in the city."

"I must have time, gentlemen," said Andrew, CHAPTER XXXIV.

examine the gold by tale and weight."

“Do so at your leisure, Master Scrivener," replied To this brave man the knight repairs

Lowestoffe again.
For counsel in his law affairs;

"We have already seen the conAnd found him mounted in his pew,

tents of each sack told and weighed, and we have With books and money placed for show,

put our seals on them. There they stand in a row, Like nest-eggs to make clients lay,

twenty in number, each containing three hundred And for his falee opinion pay.-Hudibras.

yellow-hammers-we are witnesses to the lawful Our readers may recollect a certain smooth- tender." tongued, lank-haired, buckram-suited, Scottish scri- 'Gentlemen," said the scrivener, "this security vener, who, in the first part of this history, appear- now belongs to a mighty lord. I pray you, abate ed in the character of a protege of George Heriot. your haste, and let me send for Lord Dalgarno-or It is to his house we are about to remove, but times rather I will run for him myself.", have changed with him. The petty booth hath be- So saying, he took up his hat; but Lowestoffe call. come a chamber of importance--the buckram suit is ed out-"Friend Moniplies, keep the door fast, and changed into black velvet; and although the wearer thou be'st a man! he seeks but to put off the time. retains his puritanical humility and politeness to cli- In plain terms, Andrew, you may send for the devil, ents of consequence, he can now look others broad if you will, who is the mightiest lord of my acquaintin the face, and treat them with a full allowance of ance, þut from hence you stir not till you have ansuperior opulence, and the insolence arising from it. swered our proposition, by rejecting or accepting the It was but a short period that had achieved these al- redemption-money fairly tendered - there it lies, take terations, nor was the party himself as yet entirely it or leave it as you will." I have skill enough to know accustomed to them, but the change was becoming that the law is mightier than any lord in Britain-I less embarrassing to him with every day's practice. have learned so much at the Temple, if I have learnAmong other acquisitions of wealth, you may see one ed nothing else. And see that you trifle not with it, of Davy Ramsay's best timepieces on the table, and lest it make your long ears an inch shorter, Master his eye is frequently observing its revolutions, while a Skurliewhitter." boy, whom he employs as a scribe, is occasionally Nay, gentlemen, if you threaten me," said the sent out to compare its progress with the clock of scrivener, " I cannot resist compulsion." Saint Dunstan.

“No threats-no threats at all, my little AnThe scrivener himself seemed considerably agita-drew," said Lowestoffe ; "a little friendly advice only

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-forget not, honest Andrew, I have seen you in Al- a word of oily compliment to me on my happy mar

riage ?-not a word of most philosophical consolation Without answering a single word, the scrivener sat on my disgrace at Court ? --Or has my mien, as a down, and drew in proper form a full receipt for the wittol and discarded favourite, the properties of the money proffered.

Gorgon's head, the turbata Paladis arma, as Majes"I take it on your report, Master Lowestoffe," he ty might say ?'' said; “I hope you will remember I have insisted “My lord, I am glad-my lord, I am sorry"'--anneither upon weight nor tale-I have been civil-if swered the trembling scrivener, who, aware of the there is deficiency, I shall come to loss."

vivacity of Lord Dalgarno's temper, dreaded the conFillip his nose with a gold piece, Richie," quoth sequence of the communication he had to make to the templar. Take up the papers, and now wend him. We merrily to dine thou wot'st where."

“Glad and sorry!" answered Lord Dalgarno.-"If I might choose," said Richie, it should not " That is blowing hot and cold with a witness. Hark be at yonder roguish ordinary; but as it is your plea- ye, you picture of petty larceny personified-if you aro sure gentlemen the treat shall be given wheresoever sorry I am a cuckold, remember I am only mine own, you will have it."

you knave--there is too little blood in her checks to At the ordinary," said the one Templar. have sent her astray elsewhere. Well, I will bear "At Beaujeu's," said the other; it is the only mine antlered honours as I may-gold shall gild house in London for neat wines, nimble drawers, them; and for my disgrace, revenge shall sweeten it. choice dishes, and”

Ay, revenge-and there strikes the happy hour!" And high charges," quoth Richie Moniplies.- The hour of noon was accordingly heard to peal But, as I said before, gentlemen, ye have a right from Saint Dunstan's. "Well banged, brave hamto command me in this thing, having so frankly ren- mers!" said Lord Dalgarno in triumph. "The esdered me your service in this small matter of bu- tate and lands of Glenvarloch are crushed beneath siness, without other stipulation than that of a slight these clanging blows. If my steel to-morrow prove banquet."

but as true as your iron maces to-day, the poor landThe latter part of this discourse passed in the street less lord will little miss what your peal hath cut him where immediately afterwards, they met Lord Dalgar- out from.-The papers-the papers, thou varlet! I am no. He appeared in haste, touched his hat slightly to-morrow Northward, ho! At four afternoon, I am to Master Lowestoffe, who returned his reverence bound to be at Camlet Moat, in the Enfield Chase. with the same negligence, and walked slowly on To-night most of my retinue set forward. The pa. with his companion, while Lord Dalgarno stopped pers!-Come, dispatch.” Richie Moniplies with a commanding sign, which the My lord,' the-the papers of the Glenvarloch instinct of education compelled Moniplies, though in- mortgage-1-I have them not.". dignant, to obey.

'Have them not !" echoed Lord Dalgarno-"Hast Whom do you now follow, sirrahı ?" demanded thou sent them to my lodging, thou varlet? Did I the noble.

not say I was coming hither ?-What mean you by "Whomsoever goeth before me, my lord," answer- pointing to that money? What villany have you ed Moniplies.

done for it? It is too large to be come honestly by.“No sauciness, you knave-I desire to know if "Your lordship knows best,” answered the scriveyou still serve Nigel Olifaunt ?” said Dalgarno. ner, in great perturbation. "The gold is your own.

“I am friend to the noble Lord Glenvarloch," It is-it is”answered Moniplies, with dignity.

“Not the redemption money of the Glenvarloch " True," replied Lord Dalgarno, "that noble lord | estate !" said Dalgarno. Dare not say it is, or I has sunk to seek friends among lacqueys-Neverthe- will

, upon the spot, divorce your pettifogging soul less-hark thee hither-nevertheless, if he be of the from your carrion carcass !" So saying, he seized same mind as when we last met, thou mayst show the scrivener by the collar and shook him so vehehim, that, on to-morrow, at four afternoon, I shall mently, that he tore it from the cassock. pass northward by Enfield Chase-I will be slender- My lord, I must call for help," said the trembling ly attended, as I design to send my train through caitiff

, who felt at that moment all the bitterness of Barnet. It is my purpose to ride an easy pace through the mortal agony."It was the law's act, not mine. the forest, and to linger awhile by Camlet Moat-he What could I do?" knows the place; and if he be aught but an Alsatian "Dost ask ?-why, thou snivelling, dribblet of bully, will think it fitter for some purposes than the damnation, were all thy oaths, tricks, and lies spent ? Park. He is, I understand, at liberty, or shortly to or do you hold yourself too good to utter them in my be so. If he fail me at the place nominated, he must service? Thou shouldst have lied, cozened, outseek me in Scotland, where he will find me possess sworn truth itself, rather than stood betwixt me and ed of his father's estate and lands.''

my revenge! But mark me,” he continued ; "I know "Humph!" muttered Richie ; "there go twa words more of your pranks than would hang thee. A line 10 that bargain."

from me to the Attorney-General, and thou art He even meditated a joke on the means which he sped.” was conscious he possessed of baffling Lord Dalgar- “What would you have me to do, my lord ?'' said no's expectations; but there was something of keen the scrivener. All that art and law can accomplish, and dangerous excitement in the eyes of the young I will try." noblemen, which prompted his discretion for once to Ah, are you converted ? do so, or pity of your rule his wit, and he only answered

life!" said the lord; "and remember I never fail "God grant your lordship may well brook your my word. -Then keep that accursed gold,” he connew conquest-when you get it. I shall do your er- tinued. "Or, stay, I will not trust you-send me this rand to my lord-whilk is to say," he added internal- gold home presently to my lodging. I will still forly, " he shall never hear a word of it from Richie. I ward to Scotland, and it shall go hard but that I am not the lad to put him in such hazard."

hold out Glenvarloch Castle against the owner, by Lord Dalgarno looked at him sharply for a mo- means of the ammunition he has himself furnished. ment, as if to penetrate the meaning of the dry ironi- Thou art ready to serve me?" The scrivener professcal tone, which, in spite of Richie's awe, mingled ed the most implicit obedience. with his answer, and then waved his hand, in signal "Then remember, the hour was passed ere pay. he should pass on. He himself walked slowly till the ment was tendered—and see thou hast witnesses of trio were out of sight, then turned back with hasty trusty memory to prove that point." steps to the door of the scrivener, which he had pass- .". Tush, my lord, I will do more," said Andrew, reed in his progress, knocked, and was admitted. viving- I will prove that Lord Glenvarloch's friends

Lord Dalgarno found the man of law with the mo threatened, swaggered, and drew swords on me.ney-bags still standing before him; and it escaped Did your lordship think I was ungrateful enough to poi his penetrating glance, that Skurliewhitter was have suffered them to prejudice your lordship, save disconcerted and alarmed at his approach.

that they had bare swords at my throat ?”. How now, man," he said ; "what! hast thou not Enough said,” replied Dalgarno; "you are per




fect-mind that you continue so, as you would avoid serve my turn? Why one of these bags will do for my fury., I leave my page below--get porters, and let the present.” them follow me instantly with the gold.”.

"I swear to you that these bags of money are not So saying, Lord Dalgarno left the scrivener's ha at my disposal. bitation.

Not honestly, perhaps," said the captain, but Skurliewhitter, having despatched his boy to get that makes little difference betwixt us.' porters of trust for transporting the money, remained "I swear to you," continued the scrivener, " they alone and in dismay, meditating by what means he are in no way at my disposal-they have been de could shake himself free of the vindictive and fero- livered to me by tale-I am to pay them over to Lord cious nobleman, who possessed at once a dangerous Dalgarno, whose boy waits for them, and I could knowledge of his character, and the power of ex: not skelder one piece out of them, without risk of hue posing him, where exposure would be ruin. He had and cry." indeed acquiesced in the plan, rapidly sketched, for Can you not put off the delivery ?" said the bravo, obtaining possession of the ransomed estate, but his his huge hand still fumbling with one of the bags, as experience foresaw that this would be impossible; if his fingers longed to close on it. while, on the other hand, he could not anticipate the "Impossible," said the scrivener," he sets forward various consequences of Lord Dalgarno's resent to Scotland to-morrow. ment, without fears, from which his sordid soul re- "Ay!" said the bully, after a moment's thoughtcoiled. To be in the power, and subject both to the hu- " Travels he the north road with such a charge ?" mours and the extortions of a spendthrift young lord, He is well accompanied," added the scrivener just when his industry had shaped out the means of "but yet”fortune, -it was the most cruel trick which fate could “ But yet-but what ?" said the bravo. have played the incipient usurer.

Nay, I meant nothing," said the scrivener. Wlnile the scrivener was in this fit of anxious anti- " Thou didst-thou hadst the wind of some good cipation, one knocked at the door of the apartment; thing," replied Colepepper ; “I saw thee pause like and, being, desired to enter, appeared in the coarse a setting dog. Thou wilt say as httle, and make as riding-cloak of uncut Wiltshire cloth, fastened by a sure a sign, as a well-bred spaniel." broad leather belt and brass buckle, which was then 'All I meant to say, captain, was, that his sergenerally worn by graziers and countrymen. Skur- vants go by Barnet, and he himself

, with his page, Tie whitter, believing he saw in his visiter a country pass through Enfield Chase, and he spoke to me yesclient who might prove profitable, had opened his terday of riding a soft pace. mouth to request him to be seated, when the stran. "Aha !-Comest thou to me there, my boy ?". ger, throwing back his frieze hood which he had “And of resting''-continued the scrivener,drawn over his face, showed the scrivener features ing a space

at Camlet

Moat." well imprinted in his recollection, but which he never Why, this is better than cock-fighting!" said the saw without a disposition to swoon.

captain. "Is it you ?" he said, faintly, as the stranger re- I see not how it can advantage you, captain," said placed the hood which concealed his features. the scrivener. "But, however, they cannot ride fast, Who else should it be ?” said his visiter.

for his page rides the sumpter-horse, which carries all " Thou son of parchment, got betwixt the inkhom

that weight," pointing to the money on the table. the stuff'd process-bag-that mayest call

"Lord Dalgarno looks sharp to the world's gear.' The pen thy father, and the ink thy mother,

That horse will be obliged to those who may The wax thy brother, and the sand thy sister,

ease him of his burden," said the bravo; "and, egad, And the good pillory thy cousin AlliedRise, and do reverence unto me, thy better !"

he may be met with.-He hath still that page that

same Lutin-that goblin? Well, the boy hath set "Not yet down to the country,” said the scrivener, game for me ere now. I will be revenged, too, for I after every warning? Do not think your grazier's owe him a grudge for an old score at the ordinary. cloak wiil bear you out, captain-no, nor your scraps Let me see Black Peltham, and Dick Shakebag of stage-plays."

we shall want a fourth-I love to make sure, and the "Why, what would you have me to do ?” said the booty will stand parling, besides what I can bucket captain—" Would you have me starve? If I am to them out of. Well, scrivener, lend me two pieces. -Ay, you must eke my wings with a few feathers. Bravely done-nobly imparted ! Give ye good den." You can spare them, I think."

And wrapping his disguise closer around him, away "You had means already-- you have had ten pieces he went. --What is become of them ?"

When he had left the room, the scrivener wrung “Gone,' answered Captain Colepepper-"Gone, his hands, and exclaimed, "More blood-more blood? no matter where I had a mind to bite, and I was bit- I thought to have had done with it, but this time ten, that's all-I think my hand shook at the thought there was no fault with me none_and then I shall of t'other night's work, for I trowled the doctors like have all the advantage. If this ruffian falls, there is a very baby."

tryce with his tugs at my purse-strings; and if Lord And you have lost all, then ?-Well, take this and Dalgarno dies—as is most likely, for though as much be gone," said the scrivener.

afraid of cold steel as a debtor of a dun, this fellow is What

, two poor smelts! Marry, plague of your a deadly shot from behind a bush, then am I in a bounty !—But remember, you are as deep in as I." thousand ways safe--safe-safe."

“Not so, by Heaven? answered the scrivener ; We willingly drop the curtain over him and his "I only thought of easing the old man of some papers reflections. and a trifle

of his gold, and you took his life.” Were he living," answered Colepepper," he would rather have lost it than his money.-But that

CHAPTER XXXV. is not the question, Master Skurliewhitter-you undid We are not worst at once- the course of evil the private bolts of the window when you visited him Begins so slowly, and from such slight source, about some affairs on the day ere he died-s0 satisfy

An infant's hand might stem its breach with clay ;

But let the stream get deeper, and philosophy, yourself, that, if I am taken, I will not swing alone. Ay, pad religion too,-shall strive in vain Þity Jack Hempsfield is dead, it spoils the old catch, To turn the headlong torrent-Ou Play. * And three merry men, and three merry men,

The Templars had been regaled by our friend Richie

Moniplies in a private chamber at Beaujeu's, where he As ever did sing three parts in a string,

mighi be considered as good company; for he had exAll under the triple tree.'

changed his serving-man's cloak and jerkin for a grave "For God's sake, speak lower," said the scrivener; yet handsome sait of clothes, in the fashion of the "is this a place or time to make your midnight times, but such as might have befitted an older man catches heard ?-But how much will serve your turn? than himselt. He had positively declined presenting I tell you I am but ill provided.”.

himself at the ordinary, a point to which his compaYou tell me a lie, then," said the bully—"a mo nions were very desirous to have brought him, for it palpable and gross lie. -How much, d'ye say, will will be easily believed that such wags as Lowestoffe

And three merry men are we,

and his companion were not indisposed to a little mer- "I believe I could forgie ye, for you did me a good riment at the expense of the raw and pedantic Scots- turn once, in plucking me out of it," said the Scot. man; besides the chance of easing him of a few

“Beshrew my fingers, then, if they did so," replied pieces, of which he appeared to have acquired consi- the stranger. I would your whole country lay there, derable command. But not even a succession of mea- along with you; and Heaven's curse blight the hand sures of sparkling sack, in which the little brilliant that helped to raise them !-Why do you stop my atoms circulated like motes in the sun's rays, had the way ?" he added fiercely. least effect on Richie's sense of decorum. He retain- Because it is a bad one, Master Jenkin,” said Ried the gravity of a judge, even while he drank like a chie. "Nay, never start about it, man-you see you are fish, partly from his own natural inclination to good known. Alack-a-day! that an honest inan's son liquor, partly in the way of good fellowship towards should live to start at hearing himself called by his his guests. When the wine began to make some in- own name !" Jenkin struck his brow violently with novation on their heads, Master Lowestoffe, tired, per- his clenched fist., haps, of the humours of Richie, who began to become Come, come," said Richie, "this passion availeth yet more stoically contradictory and dogmatical than nothing. Tell me what gate go you?" even in the earlier part of the entertainment proposed "To the devil!" answered Jin Vin. to his friend to break up their debauch and join the "That is a black gate, if you speak according to the gamesters.

letter," answered Richie; " but if metaphorically, The drawer was called accordingly, and Richie dis- there are worse places in this great city than the Decharged the reckoning of the party, with a generous vil Tavern ; and I care not if I go thíther with you, remuneration to the attendants, which was received and bestow a pottle of burnt sack on you-it will corwith cap and knee, and many assurances of—"Kind- rect the crudities of my stomach, and form a gentle ly welcome, gentlemen."

preparative for the leg of a cold pullet." "I grieve we should part so soon, gentlemen," said I pray, you, in good fashion, lo let me go," said Richie to his companions,-"and I would you had Jenkin. You may mean me kindly, and I wish cracked another quart ere you went, or stayed to take you to have no wrong at my hand; but I am in the some slight matter of supper, and a glass of Rhenish. humour to be dangerous to myself, or any one." I thank you, however, for having graced my poor col- "I will abide the risk,” said the Scot, "if you will lation thus far; and I commend you to fortune, in but come with me; and here is a place convenient, a your own courses, for the ordinary neither was, is, nor howff nearer than the Devil, whilk is but an ill-omenshall be, an element of mine."

ed drouthy name for a tavern. This other of the "Fare thee well, then," said Lowestoffe," most Saint Andrew is a quiet place, where I have ta'en sapient and sententious Master Moniplies. May you my whetter now and then when I lodged in the soon have another mortgage to redeem, and may I neighbourhood of the Temple with Lord Glenvarloch. be there to witness it ; and may you play the good What the deil's the matter wi' the man, garr'd him fellow as heartily as you have done this day." gie sic a spang as that, and almaist brought himself

"Nay, gentlemen, it is merely of your grace to and me on the causeway?" say so--but, if you would but hear me speak a few "Do not name that false Scot's name to me," said words of admonition respecting this wicked ordi- Jin Vin, "if you would not have me go mad !-I was nary

happy before I saw him-he has been the cause of all "Reserve the lesson, most honourable Richie," the ill that has befallen me-he has made a knave said Lowestoffe, "until I have lost all my money, and a madman of me!" showing, at the same time, a purse indifferently well " If you are a knave,” said Richie, "you have met provided "and then the lecture is likely to have some an officer-if you are daft, you have met a keeper ; weight.!'.

but a gentle officer and a kind keeper. Look you, "And keep my share of it, Richie," said the other my gude friend, there has been twenty things said Templar, showing an almost empty purse, in his turn, about this same lord, in which there is no more truth " till this be full again, and then I will promise to hear than in the leasings of Mahound. The warst they you with some patience.'

can say of him

is, that he is not always so amenable Ay, ay, gallants," said Richie, "the full and the to good advice as I would pray him, you, and every empty gang a' ae gate, and that is a gray one-but the young man, to be. Come wi' me-just come ye wi time will come.

me; and, if a little spell of siller and a great deal of "Nay, it is come already," said Lowestoffe ; " they excellent counsel can relieve your occasions, all I have set out the hazard table. Since you will pe- can say is, you have had the luck to meet one capable remptorily not go with us, why, farewell, Richie.". of giving you both, and maist willing to bestow them.''

"And farewell, gentlemen,” said Richie, and left The pertinacity of the Scot prevailed over the sulthe house, into which they had returned.

lenness of Vincent, who was indeed in state of agi: Moniplies was not many steps from the door, when tation and incapacity to think for himself, which led a person, whom, lost in his reflections on gaming, or him to yield the more readily to the suggestions of dinaries, and the manners of the age, he had not ob- another. He suffered himself to be dragged into the served, and who had been as negligent on his part, small tavern which Richie recommended, and where ran full against him; and, when Richie desired to they soon found themselves seated in a snug niche, know whether he meant "ony incivility," replied by a with a reeking pottle of burnt sack, and a paper of curse on Scotland, and all that belonged to it. A less sugar betwixt them. Pipes and tobacco were also round reflection on his country would, at any time, provided, but were only used by. Richie, who had have provoked Richie, but more especially when he adopted the custom of late, as adding considerably to had a double quart of Canary and better in his pate. the gravity and importance of his manner, and affordHe was about to give a very rough answer, and to ing, as it were, a bland and pleasant accompanisecond his word by action, when a closer view of his ment to the words of wisdom which flowed from his antagonist changed his purpose.

tongue. After they had filled their glasses and drunk "You are the vera \ad in the warld,” said Richie, them in silence, Richie repeated the question, whi“whom I most wished to meet."

ther his guest was going when they met so fortu"And you," answered the stranger, or any of nately. your beygarly countrymen, are the last sight I should "I told you," said Jenkin, "I was going to deever wish to see. You Scots are ever fair and false, struction-I mean to the gaming-house. I am reand an honest man cannot thrive within eyeshot of solved to hazard these two or three pieces, to get as

much as will pay for a passage with Captain Sharker, "As to our poverty, friend,” replied Richie " that is whose ship lies at Gravesend, bound for Americaas Heaven pleases; but touching our falset, I'll prove and so Eastward, ho !-I met one devil in the way to you that a Scotsman bears as leal and true a heart already, who would have tempted me from my purto his friend as ever beat in English doublet.”. pose, but I spurned him from me-you may be ano

"I care not whether he does or not," said the gal-ther' for what I know.-What degree of Jamnation lant. "Let me go-why

keep you hold of my cloak? do you propose for me,” he added wildly, "and what Let me go, or I will thrust you into the kennel.” is the price of it?"


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