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us English folks; and this good gentleman goes as | ance, "for I was no sae absolute without means, of often down by water to Greenwich, and employs as whilk mair anon; but I thought I wad never ware a many of the barge-men and water-men of all kinds; saxpence sterling on ane of their saucy chamberlains and maintains, in his royal grace, John Taylor the at a hostelry, sae lang as I could sleep fresh and fine water poet, who keeps both a sculler and a pair of in a fair, dry, spring night. Mony a time when I Oars. And he has made a comely court at Whitehall, hae

come hame ower late, and faund the West-Port just by the river; and since the King is so good a steekit, and the waiter ill-willy, I have garr'd the sexfriend to the Thames, I cannot see, if it please your ton of St. Cuthbert's calf-ward serve me for my honour, why all his subjects, and your honour in spe- quarters. But then there are dainty green graffs in cialty, should not have satisfaction by his hands.' St. Cuthbert's kirk-yard, where ane may sleep as

"frue, dame-true-let us hope for the best ; but I if they were in a down-bed, till they hear the lavrock must take my cloak and rapier, and pray your husband singing up in the air as high as the Castle; whereas, in courtesy to teach me the way to a magistrate." and behold these London kirk-yards are causeyed

Sure, sir," said the prompt dame, "I can do that with through-stanes, panged hard and fast thegither; as well as he, who has been a slow man of his tongue and my, cloak being something thread-bare, made all his life, though I will give him his due for being but a thin mattress, so I was fain to give up my bed a loving husband, and a man as well to pass in the before every limb about me was crippled. Dead folks world as any betwixt us and the top of the lane. may sleep yonder sound enow, but deil haet else." And so there is the sitting alderman, that is always "And what became of you next ?" said his master. at the Guildhall, which is close by Paul's, and so "I jist took to a canny bulk-head, as they ca' them warrant you he puts all to rights in the city that here; that is, the boards on the tap of their bits of wisdom can mend; and for the rest there is no help outshots of stalls and booths, and there I sleepit as but patience. But I wish I were as sure of forty sound as if I was in a castle. Not but I was dispounds, as I am that the young man will come back turbed with some of the night-walking queans and safe and sound."

swaggering billies, but when they found there was Olifaunt, in great and anxious doubt of what the nothing to be gou by me but a slash of my Andrew good dame so strongly averred, flung his cloak on Ferrara, they bid

me good-night for a beggarly Scot; one shoulder, and was about to belt

on his rapier, and I was een weel pleased to be sae cheap rid o' when first the voice of Richie Moniplies on the stair, them. And in the morning, I cam daikering here, and then that faithful emissary's appearance in the but sad wark I had to find the way, for I had been chamber, put the matter beyond question. Dame east as far as the place they ca' Mile-End, though it Nelly, after congratulating Moniplies on his return, is mair like sax-mile-end." and paying several compliments to her own sa- "Well, Richie," answered Nigel, "I am glad all gacity for having foretold it, was at length pleased this has ended so well-go get something to eat. I to leave the apartment. The truth was, that, besides am sure you need it." some instinctive feelings of good breeding which “In troth do I, sir," replied Moniplies; “but, with combated her curiosity, she saw there was no chance your lordship's leave": of Richie's proceeding in his narrative while she was "Forget the lordship for the present, Richie, as I in the room, and she therefore retreated, trusting that have often told you before." her own address would get the secret out of one or "Faith," replied Richie, “I could weel forget that other of the young men, when she should have either your honour was a lord, but then I behoved to forget by himself.

that I am a lord's man, and that's not so easy. But Now, in Heaven's name, what is the matter ?" however," he added, assisting his description with said Nigel Olifaunt.--"Where have you been, or the thumb and the two forefingers of his right hand, what have you been about? You look as pale as thrust out after the fashion of a bird's claw, while the death. There is blood on your hand, and your little finger and ring-finger were closed upon the clothes are torn. What barns-breaking have you palm, " to the Court I went, and my friend that probeen at? You have been drunk, Richard, and fight- mised me a sight of his Majesty's most gracious preingi

sence, was as gude as his word, and carried me into Fighting I have been," said Richard,"in a small the back offices, where I got the best breakfast I have way; but for being drunk, that's a job ill to manage had since we came here, and it did me gude for the in this town, without money to come by liquor; and rest of the day; for as to what I have eaten in this as for barns-breaking, the deil a thing's broken but accursed town, it is aye sauced with the disquieting my head. It's not made of iron, I wot, por my thought that it maun be paid for. After a', there was claithes of chenzie-mail; so a club smashed the tane but beef banes and fat brose; but king's cauff, your and a claught damaged the tither.. Some misleard honour kens, is better than ither folk's corn; at rascals abused my country, but I think I cleared the ony rate, it was a' in free awmous.-But I see," he causey of them. However, the haill hive was ower added, stopping short, " that your honour waxes immony for me at last, and I got this eclipse on the patient." crown, and then I was carried beyond my kenning, By no means, Richie," said the young nobleman, to a sma' booth at the Temple-Port, where they sell with an air of resignation, for he well knew his domesthe whirligigs and mony-go-rounds that measure out tic would not mend his pace for goading; "you have time as a man wad measure a tartan web; and then suffered enough in the embassy to have a right to they bled me, wold I nold I, and were reasonably tell the story in your own way. Only, let me pray civil, especially an auld countryman of ours, of whom for the name of the friend who was to introduce you more hereafter.”

into the King's presence. You were very mysteriAnd at what o'clock might this be ?'' said Nigel. ous on the subject, when you undertook, through his "The twa iron carles yonder, at the kirk beside the means, to have the Supplication put into his Majesty's Port, were just banging out sax o' the clock.” own hands, since those sent heretofore, I have every

“And why came you not home as soon as you reason to think, went no farther than his secretarecovered ?" said Nigel.

In troth, my lord, every why has its wherefore, “Weel, my lord,” said Richie, "I did not tell you and this has a gude ane," answered his follower. his name and quality at first, because I thought you "To come hame, I behoved to ken whare hame was; would be affronted at the like o' him having to do in now, I had clean tint the name of the wynd, and the your lordship’s affairs. But mony a man climbs up mair I asked, the mair the folk leugh, and the farther in court by waur help. It was just Laurie Linklater, they sent me wrang; sae I gave it up till God should one of the yeomen of the kitchen, that was my fasend daylight to help me; and as I saw mysell near ther's apprentice lang syne.” a kirk at the lang run, I e'en crap in to take up my A yeoman of the kitchen--a scullion !" exclaimed night's quarters in the kirk-yard.

Lord Nigel, pacing the room in displeasure. In the church-yard ?" said Nigel - "But I need "But, consider, sir,” said Richie, composedly, "that not ask what drove you to such a pinch."

a' your great friends hung back, and shunned to own "It wasna sae much the want o' siller, my Lord you, or to advocate your petition ; and then, though I Nigel,” said Richie, with an air of mysterious import- I am sure I wish Laurie a higher office, for your lord

ry's."

ship's sake and for mine, and specially for his ain, and then Richie,' says he, in a very laigh tone, '! sake, being a friendly lad, yet your lordship must con- would tell it to nane but a wise man like yoursell, but sider, that a scullion, if a yeoman of the King's most the King has them about him wad corrupt an angel royal kitchen may be called a scullion, may weel rank from heaven; but I could have gi'en you avisement with a master-cook elsewhere; being that king's how to have guided him, but now it's like after meat cauff, as I said before, is better than"

mustard.'—' Aweel, aweel, Laurie,' said I, 'it may be "You are right, and I was wrong," said the young as you say: but since I am clear of the tawse and the nobleman. “I have no choice of means of making porter's lodge, sifflicate wha like, deil hae Richie Momy case known, so that they be honest."

niplies if he come sificating here again.'—And so Laurie is as honest a lad as ever lifted a ladle,' away I came, and I wasna far by the Temple Port, said Richie; "not but what I dare to say he can lick or Bar, or whatever they ca' it, when I met with the his fingers like other folk, and reason good. But, in misadventure that I tauld you of before." fine, for I see your honour is waxing impatient, he "Well, my honest Richie," said Lord Nigel, "your brought me to the palace, where a' was astir for the attempt was well meant, and not so ill conducted, I King going out to hunt or hawk on Blackheath, I think, as to have deserved so bad an issue; but go to think they ca'd it. And there was a horse stood with your beef and mustard, and we'll talk of the rest all the quarries about it, a bonny gray as ever was afterwards." foaled; and the saddle and the stirrups, and the curb "There is nae mair to be spoken, sir," said his foland bit, o burning gowd, or silver gilded at least; lower, "except that I met ane very honest, fair-spoken, and down, sir, came the King,

with all his nobles, weel-put-on gentleman, or rather burgher, as I think, dressed out in his hunting-suit of green, doubly laced that was in the whigmaleery man's backshop; and and laid down with gowd. I minded the very face o' when he learned wha I was, behold he was a kindly him, though it was lang since I saw him. But my Scot himsell, and, what is more, a town's-bairn o' the crtie, lad, thought I, times are changed since ye came gude town, and he behoved to compel me to take this fleeing down the backstairs of auld Holyrood-House, Portugal piece, to drink, forsooth-my certie, thought in grit fear, having your breeks in your hand without I, we ken better, for we will eat it-and he spoke of time to put them on, and Frank Stewart, the wild paying your lordship a visit. Earl of Both well, hard at your haunches; and if auld You did not tell him where I lived, you knave ?" Lord Glenvarloch hadna cast his mantle about his said the Lord Nigel, angrily. "'Sdeath! I shall have arm, and taken bluidy wounds mair than ane in your every clownish burgher from Edinburgh come to gaze behalf

, you wald not have craw'd sae crouse this day; on my distress, and pay a shilling for having seen the and so saying, I could not but think your lordship's Motiont of the poor Noble!" sifflication could not be less than most acceptable; "Tell him where you lived ?" said Richie, evading and so I banged in among the crowd of lords. Laurie the question ; "How could I tell him what I kendna thought me mad, and held me by the cloak-lap till mysell? If I had minded the name of the wynd, I the cloth rave in his hand; and so I banged in right need not have slept in the kirkyard yestreen.” before the King just as he mounted, and crammed the "See, then, that you give no one notice of our lodgSifflication into his hand, and he opened it like in ing," said the young nobleman; "those with whom amaze; and just as he saw the first line, I was mind- I have business I can meet at Paul's, or in the Court ed to make a reverence, and I had the ill luck to hit of Requests." his jaud o' a beast on the nose with my hat, and scaur "This is steeking the stable-door when the steed the creature, and she swarved aside, and the King, is stolen,” thought Richie to himself; “but I must that sits na mickle better than a draft-pock on the put him on another pin." ; saddle, was like to have gotten a clean coup, and that So thinking, he asked the young lord what was in might have cost my craig a raxing--and he Aung the Proclamation which he still held folded in his down the paper amang the beast's feet, and cried, hand; "for, having little time to spell at it," said he, Away wi' the fause loon that brought it! And they your lordship well knows I ken nought about it but grippit me, and cried Treason; and I thought of the the grand blazon at the tap-the lion has gotten a Ruthvens that were dirked in their ain house, for, it claught of our old Scottish shield now, but it was as may be, as small a forfeit. However, they spak only weel upheld when it had a unicorn on ilk side of it.", of scourging me, and had me away to the porter's Lord Nigel read the Proclamation, and he coloured lodge to try the tawse on my back, and I was crying deep with shame and indignation as he read; for the mercy as loud as I could; and the King, when he had purport was, to his injured feelings, like the pouring righted himsell on the saddle, and gathered his breath, of ardent spirits upon a recent wound. cried to do me nae harm; for, said he, he is ane of our "What deil's in the paper, my lord ?" said Richie, ain Norland stots, I ken by the rowt of him,--and unable to suppress his curiosity as he observed his they a' laughed and rowted loud eneugh. And then master change colour; "I wadna ask such a thing, he said, Gie him a copy of the Proclamation, and let only the Proclamation is not a private thing, but is him go down to the North by the next light collier, meant for a' men's hearing." before waur come o't. So they let me go, and rode 'It is indeed meant for all men's hearing,” replied out, a' sniggering, laughing, and rounding in ilk ither's Lord Nigel, " and it proclaims the shame of our lugs. A sair life I had wi' Laurie Linklater; for he country, and the ingratitude of our Prince." said it wad be the ruin of him. And then, when I told "Now the Lord preserve us! and to publish it in him it was in your matter, he said if he had known London, too!" ejaculated Moniplies. before he would have risked a scauding for you, be- Hark ye, Richard,” said Nigel Olifaunt, "in this cause he minded the brave old Lord, your father. And paper the Lords of the Council set forth, that, 'in conthen he showed how I suld have done,-and that I sideration of the resort of idle persons of low condition suld have held up my hand to my brow, as if the forth from his Majesty's kingdom of Scotland to hiş grandeur of the King and his horse-graith thegither English Court-filling the same with their suits and had casten the glaiks in my een, and mair jackanape supplications, and dishonouring the royal presence tricks I suld hae played, instead of offering the Siffi- with their base, poor, and beggarly persons, to the cation, he said, as if I had been bringing guts to a disgrace of their country in the estimation of the bear.* 'For,' said he, 'Richie, the King is a weel- English; these are to prohibit the skippers, masters natured and just man of his ain kindly nature, but he of vessels, and others, in every part of Scotland, from has a wheen maggots that maun be cannily guided; bringing such miserable creatures up to Court, under

pain of fine and imprisonment.'" I am certain this prudential advice is not original on Mr. "I

marle the skipper took us on board,” said Richie. Linklater's part, but I am not at present able to produce my au- “Then you need not marvel how you are to get back petition presented by some supplicant who paid no compli

. again,” said Lord Nigel, "for here is a clause which ments to his horse, and expressed no admiration at the splen: says, that such idle suitors are to be transported back dour of his furniture, saying, "Shall a king cumber himself to Scotland at his Majesty's expense, and punished about the petition of a beggar, while the beggar disregards the for their audacity with stripes, stocking, or incarceraking's splendour ?" It is, I think, Sir John Harrington who retion, according to their demerits—that is to say, I supcommends, as a cure mode to the king's favour, to praise the paces of the royal palfrey.

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pose, according to the degree of their poverty, for I yours that your lordship was in this city in prosecusee no other demerit specified.”

tion of some business of importance, it is my duty, "This will scarcely,” said Richie, “square with our it is my pleasure,-to wait on the son of my respected old proverb

patron; and, as I am somewhat known both at the 'A King's face

court and in the city, to offer him such aid in the Should give grace'

furthering of his affairs, as my credit and experience But what says the paper farther, my lord ?"

may be able to afford.” "O, only a small clause which especially concerns "I have no doubt of either, Master Heriot,” said us, making some still heavier denunciations against Lord Nigel," and I thank you heartily, for the goodthose suitors who shall be so bold as to approach the will with which you have placed them at a stranger's Court, under pretext of seeking payment of old debts disposal; but my business at court is done and ended, due to them by the King, which, the paper states, is, and I intend to leave London, and, indeed, the isl. of all species of importunity, that which is most odious and, for foreign travel and military service. I may to his Majesty."

add, that the suddenness of my departure occasions "The King has neighbours in that matter," said my having little time at my disposal." Richie ; " but it is not every one that can shift off that Master Heriot did not take the hint, but sat fast, sort of cattle so easily as he does."

with an embarrassed countenance, however, like one Their conversation was here interrupted by a knock- who had something to say that he knew not exactly ing at the door. Olifaunt looked out at the window, how to make effectual. At length he said, with a and saw an elderly respectable person whom he knew dubious smile, “You are fortunate, my lord, 'in haynot. Richie also peeped, and recognised, but, recog. ing so soon despatched your business at court. nising chose not to acknowledge, his friend of the Your talking landlady informs me you have been preceding evening, Afraid that his share in the visit but a fortnight in this city. It is usually months and might be detected, he made his escape out of the years ere the Court and a suitor shake hands and apartment under pretext of going to his breakfast ; part. and left their landlady the task of ushering Master My business," said Lord Nigel, with a brevity George into Lord Nigel's apartment, which she per- which was intended to stop farther discussion, "was formed with much courtesy.

summarily despatched."

Still Master Heriot remained seated, and there

was a cordial good-humour added to the reverence CHAPTER IV.

of his appearance, which rendered it impossible for Ay, sir, the clouted shoe hath ofttimes craft in't, 'Lord Nigel to be more explicit in requesting his abAs says the rustic proverb; and your citizen, In's grogram suit, gold chain, and well-black'd shoes,

"Your lordship has not yet had time,” said the Bears under his flat cap of times a brain Wiser than burns beneath the cap and feather,

citizen, still attempting to sustain the conversation, Or seethes within the statesman's velvet nightcap.

"to visit the places of amusement,-the play-houses, Read me my Riddle.

and other places to which youth resort. But I see in The young Scottish nobleman received the citizen your lordship's hand one of the new-invented plots with distant politeness, expressing that sort of re- 1 of the piece, t which they hand about of late-May I serve by which those of the higher ranks are some ask what play?" times willing to make a plebeian sensible that he is “Oh! a well-known piece,” said Lord Nigel, iman intruder. But Master George seemed neither dis- patiently throwing down the Proclamation, which he pleased nor disconcerted. He assumed the chair, had hitherto been twisting to and fro in his hand, which, in deference to his respectable appearance, an excellent and well-approved piece-'A Nero Lord Nigel offered to him, and said, after a moment's Way to Pay Old Debts. pause, during which he had looked attentively at the Master Heriot stooped down, saying, "Ah! my young man, with respect not unmingled with emo-old acquaintance, Philip Massinger;" but, having tion-"You will forgive me for this rudeness, my opened the paper and seen the purport, he looked at lord; but I was endeavouring to trace in your youth- Lord Nigel with surprise, saying, "I trust your lordful countenance the features of my good old lord, ship does not think this prohibition can extend either your excellent father."

to your person or your claims ?” There was a moment's pause ere young Glenvar- " I should scarce have thought so myself,” said loch replied, still with a reserved manner, -- "I have the young nobleman ; "but so it proves. His Mabeen reckoned like my father, sir ; and am happy to jesty, to close this discourse at once, has been pleased see any one that respects his memory. But the bu- to send me this Proclamation, in answer to a resiness which calls me to this city is of a hasty as well spectful Supplication for the repayment of large loans as a private nature, and"

advanced by my father for the service of the state, in "I understand the hint, my lord," said Master the King's útmost emergencies." George, "and would not be guilty of long detaining "It is impossible !" said the citizen-"it is absoyou from business, or more agreeable conversation. lutely impossible !-If the King could forget what My errand is almost done when I have said, that my was due to your father's memory, still he would not name is George Heriot, warmly befriended, and in- have wished-would not, I may say, have dared-to troduced into the employment of the Royal Family of be so flagrantly unjust to the memory of such a man Scotland, more than twenty years since, by your ex- as your father, who, dead in the body, will long live cellent father; and that, learning from a follower of in the memory of the Scottish people.

* The English agreed in nothing more unanimously than in cen- "I should have been of your opinion," answered suring James on account of the beggarly rabble which not only Lord Nigel, in the same tone as before; " but there says Osborne, "which, through his whole reign, like a fluent is no fighting with facts." spring, were found still crossing the Tweed." Yet it is certain, What was the tenor of this Supplication ?" said from the number of proclamations published by the Privy Coun Heriot ; or by whom was it presented ? Somecil in Scotland, and bearing marks of the King's own diction, thing strange there must have been in the contents, that he was sensible of the whole inconveniences and unpopu. larity attending the importunate crowd of disrespectable suitors,

or else" and as desirous to get rid of them as his Southern subjects could "You may see my original draught," said the young be. But it was in vain that his Majesty argued with his Scottish lord, taking it out of a small travelling strong-box subjects on the disrespect they were bringing on their native country and sovereign, by causing the English to suppose there

the technical part is by my lawyer in Scotland, a were no well.nurtured or independent gentry in Scotland, they skilful and sensible man; the rest is my own, drawn who presented themselves being, in the opinion and conceit

of I hope, with due deference and modesty.". all beholders, “but idle rascals, and poor miserable bodies." It was even in vain that the vessels which brought up this un.

Master Heriot hastily cast his eye over the draught. welcome cargo of petitioners were threatened with fine and con

"Nothing," he said, can be more well-tempered fiscation: the undaunted suitors continued to press forward, and, and respectful. Is it possible the King can have as one of the proclamations says, many of them under pretence of treated this petition with contempt ?" requiring payment of "auld debts due to them by the King, which, it is observed with great naivele, is, of all kinds of im: Lord of Glenvarloch, "and sent me for answer that

"He threw it down on the pavement," said the portunity, most unpleasing to his Majesty." The expressions in the text are selected from these curious proclamations.

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Proclamation, in which he classes me with the pau- “There is nae occasion for leasing-making about pers and mendicants from Scotland, who disgrace the matter," answered Moniplies, firmly; "his Mahis court in the eyes of the proud English-that is all. jesty e'en flung it frae him as if it had dirtied his Had not my father stood by him with heart, sword, fingers." and fortune, he might never have seen the Court of You hear, sir,” said Olifaunt, addressing Heriot. England himself."

" Hush !" said the sagacious citizen; this fellow But by whom was this supplication presented, my is not ill named-he has more plies than one in his lord ?" said Heriot; "for the distaste taken at the cloak.--Stay, fellow," for Moniplies, muttering somemessenger will sometimes extend itself to the mes- what about finishing his breakfast, was beginning to sage.

shamble towards the door, "answer me this farther " By my servant," said the Lord Nigel ; " by the question-When you gave your master's petition to man you saw, and, I think, were kind to.'

his Majesty, gave you nothing with it ?" * By your servant, my lord ?" said the citizen; "he Ou, what should I give wi' it, ye ken, Master seems a shrewd fellow, and doubtless a faithful; but George ?". surely"

"That is what I desire and insist to know," replied "You would say,” said Lord Nigel," he is no fit his interrogator. messenger to a King's presence ?--Surely he is not; “Weel, then-I am not free to say, that maybe I but what could I do? Every attempt I had made tó might not just slip into the King's hand a wee bit lay my case before the King had miscarried, and my siffication of mine ain, along with my lord's-just to peutions got no farther than the budgets of clerks save his Majesty trouble--and that he might consider and secretares; this fellow pretended he had a friend them baith at ance." in the household that would bring him to the King's A supplication of your own, you varlet !" said his presence-and so"

"I understand,” said Heriot; "but, my lord, why Ou dear, ay, my lord,” said Richie-"puir bodies should you not, in right of your rank and birth, have hae their bits of siftlications as weel as their betters." appeared, at conrt, and required an audience, which And pray, what might your worshipful petition could not have been denied to you ?"

import ?" said Master Heriot.-—"Nay, for Heaven's The young lord blushed a little, and looked at his sake, my lord, keep your patience, or we shall never dress, which was very plain; and, though in perfect learn the truth of this strange matter.--Speak out, good order, had the appearance of having seen ser- sirrah, and I will stand your friend with my lord."

“It's a lang story to tell--but the upshot is, that "I know not why I should be ashamed of speak- it's a scrape of an auld accompt due to my father's ing the truth,” he said, after a momentary hesita- yestate by her Majesty the King's maist gracious tion,-"I had no dress suitable for appearing at mother, when she lived in the Castle, and had suncourt

. I am determined to incur no expenses which dry providings and furnishings forth of our booth, I cannot discharge; and I think you, sir, would not whilk nae doubt was an honour to my father to supadvise me to stand at the palace-door, in person, and ply, and whilk, doubtless, it will be a credit to his deliver my petition, along with those who are in very Majesty to satisfy, as it will be grit convenience to deed pleading their necessity, and begging an alms. me to receive the saam."

" That had been, indeed, unseemly," said the citi- " What string of impertinence is this?” said his zen; “but yet, my lord, my mind runs strangely that master. there must be some mistake.-Can I speak with your Every word as true as e'er John Knox spoke," domestic ?"

said Richie; "here's the bit double of the sitllica", I see little good it can do," answered the young tion." lord, “but the interest you take in my misfortunes Master George took a crumpled paper from the $ms sincere, and therefore"- He stamped on fellow's hand, and said, muttering betwixt his teeth the floor, and in a few seconds afterwards Moniplies -"Humbly showeth-um-um-his Majesty's maist appeared, wiping from his beard and mustaches the gracious mother-um-um-justly addebted and ow. crumbs of bread, and the froth of the ale-pot, which ing the sum of fifteen merks-the compt whereof plainly showed how he had been employed. "Will followeth- -Twelve nowte's feet for jellies--ane your lordship grant permission," said Heriot, "that lamb, being Christmas--ane roasted capín in grease I ask your groom a few questions?"

for the privy chalmer, when my Lord of Bothwell ." His lordship's page, Master George," answered suppit with her Grace.--I think, my lord, you can Moniplies, with a pod of acknowledgment,, "if you hardly be surprised that the King gave this petition a are minded to speak according to the letter." brisk reception; and I conclude, Master Page, that

"Hold your saucy tongue," said his master, "and you took care to present your own supplication bereply distinctly to the questions you are to be asked." fore your master's?!!

And truly, if it like your pageship,” said the citi- Troth did I not,” answered Moniplies, "I thought zen, "for you may remember I have a gift to discover to have given my lord's first, as was reason gude; falset."

and besides that, it wad have redd the gate for my Weel, weel, weel,” replied the domestic, some- ain little bill. But what wi' the dirdum an' confuwhatembarrassed, in spite of his effrontery—" though sion, an' the loupin here and there of the skeigh brute I think that the sort of truth that serves my master, of a horse, I believe I crammed them baith into his may weel serve ony ane else.”

hand cheek-by-jowl, and maybe my ain was bune"Pages lie to their masters by right of custom, most; and say there was aught wrang, I am sure I said the citizen; and you write yourself in that had a the fright and a' the risk”. band, though I think you be among the oldest of such “And shall have all the beating, you rascal knave," springalds, but to me you must speak truth, if you said Nigel; "am I to be insulted and dishonoured by would not have it end in the whipping-post.' your pragmatical insolence, in blending your base

" And that's e'en a bad resting-place," said the concerns with mine ?" well-grown page;

90 come away with your ques- “ Nay, nay, nay, my lord,” said the good-humourtions. Master George."

ed citizen, interposing, "I ha been the means of "Well, then," demanded the citizen, "I am given bringing the fellow's blunder to light-allow me into understand that you yesterday presented to his terest enough with your lordship to be bail for his Majesty's hand a supplication, or petition, from this bones. You have cause to be angry, but still I think honourable lord, your master.'

the knave mistook more out of conceit than of pur* Troth, there's nae gainsaying that, sir," replied pose; and I judge you will have the better service of Moniplies; " there were enow to see it besides me. him another time, if you overlook this fault-Get you

And you pretend that his Majesty Aung it from gone, sirrah-I'll make your peace." him with contempt ?" said the citizen. " Take heed,

Na, na,” said Moniplies, keeping his ground for I have means of knowing the truth; and you firmly, '“ if he likes to strike a lad that has followed were better up to the neck in the Nor-Loch, which him for pure love, for I think there has been little you like so well, than tell a leasing where his Ma- servant's fee between us, a' the way frae Scotland, jesty's name is concerned."

just let my lord be doing, and see the credit he will get by it and I would rather (mony thanks to you may be merited," answered Nigel, still with some reinough, Master George) stand by a lick of his baton, serve; "yet I hardly know how I have deserved this than it suld e'er be said a stranger came between us.' interest.

Go, then," said his master, " and get out of my “First let me satisfy you that it is real," said the sight.

citizen; “I blame you not for being unwilling to creAweel I wot that is sune done,” said Moniplies, dit the fair professions of a stranger in my inferior retiring slowly; "I did not come without I had been class of society, when you have met so little friendca'd. for-and I wad have been away half an hour ship from relations, and those of your own rank, since with my gude will, only Maister George keepit bound to have assisted you by so many ties. But me to answer his interrogation, forsooth, and that mark the cause. There is a mortgage over your fahas made a' this stir."

ther's extensive estate, to the amount of 40,000 merks, And so he made his grumbling, exit, with the tone due ostensibly to Peregrine Peterson, the Conservator much rather of one who has sustained an injury, than of Scottish Privileges

at Campvere. who has done wrong.

"I know nothing of a morigage," said the young “There never was a man so plagued as I am with lord ; " but there is a wadset for such a sum, which, a malapert knave !—The fellow is shrewd, and I have if unredeemed, will occasion the forfeiture of my whole found him faithful-I believe he loves me, too, and he paternal estate, for a sum not above a fourth of its has given proofs of it-but then he is so uplifted in value-and it is for that very reason that I press the his own conceit, so self-willed, and so self-opinioned, King's government for a setilement of the debts due that he seems to become the master and I the man; to my father, that I may be able to redeem my land and whatever blunder he commits, he is sure to make from this rapacious creditor." as loud complaints, as if the whole error lay with me, “A wadset in Scotland,” said Heriot, "is the same and in no degree with himself.”'

with a mortgage on this side of the Tweed; but you Cherish him, and maintain him, nevertheless," are not acquainted with your real creditor. The Consaid the citizen; " for believe my gray hairs, that servator Peterson only lends his name to shroud no affection and fidelity are now rarer qualities in a ser- less a man than the Lord Chancellor of Scotland, vitor, than when the world was younger. Yet, trust who hopes, under cover of this debt, to gain posseshim, my good lord, with no commission above his sion of the estate himself, or perhaps to gratify a yet birch or breeding, for you see yourself how it may more powerful third party. He will probably suffer chance to fall."

his creature Peterson to take possession, and when " It is but too evident, Master Heriot," said the the odium of the transaction shall be forgotten, the young nobleman; " and I am sorry I have done in- property and lordship of Glenvarloch will be conveyed justice to my sovereign, and your master. But I am, to the great man by his obsequious instrument, under like a true Scotsman, wise behind hand--the mistake cover of a sale, or some similar device." has happened--my Supplication has been refused, Can this be possible ?” said Lord Nigel ; "the and my only resource is to employ the rest of my Chancellor wept when I took leave of him--called means to carry Moniplies and myself to some coun- me his cousin--even his son-furnished me with letterscarp, and 'die in the battle-front like my ances- ters, and, though I asked him for no pecuniary assisttors."

ance, excused himself unnecessarily for not pressing “It were better to live and serve your country like it on me, alleging the expenses of his rank and his your noble father, my lord,” replied Master George. large family. No, I cannot believe a nobleman would

Nay, nay, never look down or shake your head- carry deceit so far." the King has not refused your Supplication, for he "I am not, it is true, of noble blood," said the citihas not seen it-you ask but justice, and that his zen; "but once more I bid you look on my gray hairs, place obliges him to give to his subjects-ay, my lord, and think what can be my interest in dishonouring and I will say that his natural temper doth in this them with falsehood in affairs in which I have no inhold bias with his duty."

terest, save as they regard the son of my benefactor. I were well pleased to think so, and yet”- Reflect also, have you had any advantage from the said Nigel Olifaunt,-"I speak not of my own Lord Chancellor's letters ?" wrongs, but my country hath many that are unre- "None," said Nigel Olifaunt, "except cold deeds dressed.

and fair words. I have thought, for some time, their My lord,” said Master Heriot, “I speak of my only object was to get rid of me--one yesterday pressed royal master, not only with the respect due from a money on me when I talked of going abroad, in order subject-the gratitude to be paid by a favoured ser that I might not want the means of exiling myself.” vant, but also with the frankness of a free and loyal “Right," said Heriot; “rather than you fled not, Scoisman. The King is himself well disposed to they would themselves furnish wings for you to fly hold the scales of justice even; but there are those withal.” around him who can throw without detection their "I will to him this instant,” said the incensed youth, own selfish wishes and base interests into the scale."and tell him my mind of his baseness." You are already a sufferer by this, and without your "Under your favour," said Heriot, detaining him, knowing it."

you shall not do so. By a quarrel you would become "I am surprised, Master Heriot,” said the young the ruin of me your informer; and though I would lond, to hear you, upon so short an acquaintance, venture half my shop to do your lordship a service, I talk as if you were familiarly acquainted with my think you would hardly wish me to come by damage,

when it can be of no service to you." My lord,” replied the goldsmith, "the nature of The word shop sounded harshly in the ear of the my employment affords me direct access to the inte- young nobleman, who replied hastily—"Damage, şir? rior of the palace; I am well known to be no meddler --so far am I from wishing you to incur damage, that in intrigues or party affairs, so that no favourite has I would to Heaven you would cease your fruitless as yet endeavoured to shut against me the door of offers of serving one whom there is no chance of ultithe royal closet; on the contrary, I have stood well mately assisting!" with each while he was in power, and I have not "Leave me alone that,” said the citizen;"you shared the fall of any. But I cannot be thus connect- have now erred as far on the bow-hand. Permit me ed with the Court, without hearing, even against my to take this Supplication-I will have it suitably enwill, what wheels are in motion, and how they are grossed, and take my own time (and it shall be an checked or forwarded. Of course, when I choose to early one) for placing it, with more prudence, I trust, seek such intelligence, I know the sources in which than that used by your follower, in the king's handit is to be traced. I have told you why I was in- I will almost answer for his taking up the matter as terested in your lordship's fortunes. It was last night you would have him-but should he fail to do so, even only that I knew you were in this city, yet I have then I will not give up the good cause. been able, in coming hither this morning, to gain for Sir," said the young nobleman, "your speech is you some information respecting the impediments to so friendly, and my own state so helpless, that I know your suit.'

not how to refuse your kind proffer, even while I blush “Sir, I am obliged by your zeal, however little it to accept it at the hands of a stranger."

affairs."

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