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" We are, I trust, no longer such," said the gold-1, "I hope yours will make a better termination, smith; "and for my guerdon, when my mediation Master Heriot," said the Lord Nigel. proves successful, and your fortunes are re-established, "I hope it will, my lord,” said the old man, with a you shall order, your first cupboard of plate from smile; " but," to use honest John Bunyan's phrase George Heriot."

therewithal the water stood in his eyes,'." it has "You would have a bad paymaster, Master Heriot,” pleased God to try me with the loss of two children; said Lord Nigel

and for one adopted child who lives--ah! wo is me! "I do not fear that,” replied the goldsmith; "and I and well-a-day !-But I am patient and thankful ; am glad to see you smile, my lord-methinks it makes and for the wealth God has sent me, it shall not you look still more like the good old lord your father; want inheritors while there are orphan lads in Auld and it emboldens me, besides, to bring out a small Reekie-I wish you good-morrow, my lord." tequest--that you would take a homely dinner with "One orphan has cause to thank you already," me to-morrow. I lodge hard by, in Lombard street. said Nigel, as he attended him to the door of his For the cheer, my lord, a mess of white broth, a fat chamber, where, resisting farther escort, the old capon well larded, a dish of beef collops for auld Scot- citizen made his escape. land's sake, and it may be a cup of right old wine, As, in going down stairs, he passed the shop where that was barrelled before Scotland and England were dame Christie stood becking, * he made civil inquiries one nation-Then for company, one or two of our own after her husband. The dame of course regretted boving countrymen-and maybe my housewife may his absence; but he was down, she said, at Deptford, find out a bonny Scots lass or so."

to settle with a Dutch ship-master. "I would accept your courtesy, Master Heriot," "Our way of business, sir," she said, “takes him said Nigel, “but I hear the city ladies of London like much from home, and my husband must be the to see a man gallant-I would not like to let down a slave of every tarry jacket that wants but a pound of Scottish nobleman in their ideas, as doubtless you oakum." have said the best of our poor country, and I rather " All business must be minded, dame," said the lack the means of bravery for the present."

goldsmith. “Make my remembrances--George He"My lord, your frankness leads me a step farther," riot of Lombard-street's remembrances--to your said master George. "I-I owed your father some goodman. I have dealt with him-he is just and moneys;-and-nay, if your lordship looks at me so punctual-true to time and engagements ;-be kind fixedly, I shall never tell my story-and, to speak to your noble guest, and see he wants nothing; plainly, for I never could carry a lie well through in Though it be his pleasure at present to lie private and my life-it is most fitting, that, to solicit this matter retired, there be those that care for him, and I have properly, your lordship should go to Court in a man- a charge to see him supplied; so that you may let ner beseeming your quality. I am a goldsmith, and me know by your husband, my good dame, how my live by lending money as well as by selling plate. I lord is, and whether he wants aught." am ambitious to put a hundred pounds to be at in- “And so he is a real lord after all ?" said the good terest in your hands, till your affairs are settled.” dame. "I am sure I always thought he looked like "And if they are never favourably settled ?" said one. But why does he not go to Parliament, then ?" Nigel

"He will, dame," answered Heriot, "to the Par* Then, my lord,” returned the citizen, “the mis- liament of Scotland, which is his own country.” carnage of such a sum will be of little consequence “Oh! he is but a Scots lord, then," said the good to me compared with other subjects of regret.' dame; "and that's the thing makes him ashamed to

“ Master Heriot," said the Lord Nigel, your take the title, as they say ?!! favour is generously offered, and shall be frankly "Let him not hear you say so, dame," replied the accepted. I must presume that you see your way citizen. through this business, though I hardly do; for I "Who, I, sir ?" answered she; "no such matter think you would be grieved to add any fresh burden my thought, sir. Scot or English, he is at any rate to me by persuading me to incur debts which I am a likely man, and a civil man; and rather than he not likely to discharge. I will therefore take your should want any thing, I would wait upon him mymoney, under the hope and trust that you will enable self, and come as far as Lombard-street to wait upon me to repay you punctually."

your worship too." "I will convince you, my lord,” said the gold

"Let your husband come to me, good dame," said emith, that I mean to deal with you as a creditor the goldsmith, who, with all his experience and from whom I expect payment; and therefore, you worth, was somewhat of a formalist and disciplinashall, with your own good pleasure, sign an acknow- rian, The proverb says, 'House goes mad when ledgment for these moneys, and an obligation to con- women gad;' and let his lordship's own man wait tent and repay me."

upon his master in his chamber—it is more seemly. He then took from his girdle his writing materials, God give ye good-morrow." and, writing a few lines to the purport he expressed, Good-morrow to your worship,” said the dame, pulled out a small bag of gold from a side-pouch somewhat coldly; and, so soon as the adviser was under his cloak, and, observing that it should contain out of hearing, was ungracious enough

to mutter, in a hundred pounds, proceeded to tell out the con- contempt of his council,.“ Marry quep of your advice, tents very methodically upon the table. Nigel Oli- for an old Scotch tinsmith, as you are! My husband fannt could not help intimating that this was an is as wise, and very near as old, as yourself; and if unnecessary ceremonial, and that he would take the ! please him, it is well enough; and though he is not bag of gold on the word of his obliging creditor ; just so rich just now as some folks, yet I hope to see but this was repugnant to the old man's forms of him ride upon his moyle, with a foot-cloth, and have transacting business.

his two blue-coats after him, as well as they do." "Bear with me," he said, "my good lord, -we citizens are a wary and thrifty generation; and I should lose my good name for ever within the toll of

CHAPTER V. Paul's, were I to grant quittance, or take acknowledgment, without bringing the money to actual tale. Wherefore come ye not to court

Certain 'tis the rarest sport; I think it be right now-and, body of me,” he said, There are silks and jewels glistening boking out at the window," yonder come my boys Prattling fools and wise men listening, with my mule; for I must Westward Hoe. Put Bullies among brave men justling, Four moneys aside, my lord; it is not well to be seen Beggars amongst nobles bustling;

Low-breath'd talkers, minion lispers, with such goldfinches chirping about one in the

Cutting honest throats by whispers ; lodgings of London, I think the lock of your casket Wherefore come ye not to court? be indifferent good; if not, I can serve you at an Skelton swears 'tis glorious sport.--Skelton Skeltonizeth. easy rate with one that has held thousands ;-it was It was not entirely out of parade that the benethe good old Sir Faithful Frugal's; his spendthrift volent citizen was mounted and attended in that son sold the shell when he had eaten the kernel--and manner, which, as the reader has been informed, there is the end of a city-fortune."

* Curtsying.

excited a gentle degree of spleen on the part of Dame "His son!” said Ramsay ; "Maybe he will want Christie, which, to do her justice, vanished in the something of a chronometer, or watch-few gallants little soliloquy which we have recorded. The good care to be without them now-a-days." man, besides the natural desire to maintain the ex- He may buy half your stock-in-trade, if ever he terior of a man of worship, was at present bound to comes to his own, for what I know," said his friend; Whitehall in order to exhibit a piece of valuable but, Davie, remember your bond, and use me not as workmanship to King James, which he deemed his you did when my housewife had the sheep's-head and Majesty might be pleased 10 view, or even to pur- the cock-a-leeky boiling for you as late as two of the chase. He himself was therefore mounted upon his clock afternoon." caparisoned mule, that he might the better make his "She had the more credit by her cookery,” anway through the narrow, dirty, and crowded streets; swered David, now fully awake; a sheep's head, and while one of his attendants carried under his over-boiled, were poison, according to our saying." arm the piece of plate, wrapped up in red baize, the "Well," answered Master George, “but as there other two gave an eye to its safety; for such was will be no sheep's head to-morrow, it may chance then the state of the police of the metropolis, that you to spoil a dinner which a proverb cannot mend. men were often assaulted in the public street for the It may be you may forgather with your friend, Sir sake of revenge or of plunder; and those who ap- Mungo Malogrowther, for I purpose to ask his worprehended being beset, usually endeavoured, if their ship; so, be sure and bide tryste, Davie." estate admitted such expense, to secure themselves That will I-I will be true as a chronometer," by the attendance of armed followers. And this said Ramsay. custom, which was at first limited to the nobility "I will not trust you, though," replied Heriot.and gentry, extended by degrees to those citizens of “Hear you, Jenkin boy, tell Scots Janet to tell pretty consideration, who, being understood to travel with Mistress Margaret, my god-child, she must put her a charge, as it was called, might otherwise have been father in remembrance to put on his best doublet toselected as safe subjects of plunder by the street- morrow, and to bring him to Lombard street at noon.

Tell her they are to ineet a brave young Scots lord.” As Master George Heriot paced forth westward Jenkin coughed that sort of dry short cough utterwith this gallant attendance, he paused at the shop-ed by those who are either charged with errands door of his countryman and friend, the ancient which they do not like, or hear opinions to which they horologer, and having caused Tunstall

, who was in must not enter a dissent. attendance, to adjust his watch by the real time, he Umph !" repeated Master George who, as we desired to speak with his master; in consequence of have already noticed, was something of a martinet which summons the old Time-meter came forth in domestic discipline what does umph mean ?from his den, his face like a bronze bust, darkened Will you do mine errand, or not, sirrah?": with dust, and glistening here and there with copper Sure, Master George Heriot," said the apprenfilings, and his senses so bemused in the intensity of tice, touching his cap, "I only meant, that Mistress calculation, that he gazed on his friend the gold- Margaret was not likely to forget such an invitation.'' smith for a minute before he seemed perfectly to "Why, no," said Master George ; " she is a duticomprehend who he was, and heard him express his ful girl to her godfather, though I sometimes call her invitation to David Ramsay, and pretty Mistress a jil-Airt.--And, hark ye, Jenkin, you and your comMargaret, his daughter, to dine with him next day at rade had best come with your clubs, to see your mas, noon, to meet with a noble young countryman, with- ter and her safely home; but first shut shop, and out returning any answer.

loose the bull-dog, and let the porter stay in the fore"I'll make thee speak, with a murrain to thee,” shop till your return. I will send two of my knaves muttered Heriot to himself; and suddenly changing with you; for I hear these wild youngsters of the his tone, he said aloud, — "I pray you, neighbour Temple are broken out worse and lighter than ever. David, when are you and I to have a settlement for “We can keep their steel in order with good handthe bullion wherewith I supplied you to mount yonder bats," said Jenkin, "and never trouble your servants hall-clock at Theobald's; and that other whirligig for the matter." that you made for the Duke of Buckingham ? I “Or if need be," said Tunstall, "we have swords have had the Spanish house to satisfy for the ingots, as well as the Templars." and I must needs put you in mind that you have "Fie upon it-fie upon it, young man,” said the been eight months behind-hand."

citizen ;-" An apprentice with a sword !-Marry, There is something so sharp and aigre in the de- Heaven forefend | I would as soon see him in a hat mand of a peremptory dun, that no human tympa- and feather.". num, however inaccessible to other tones, can resist “Well, sir," said Jenkin-"We will find arms fitthe application. David Ramsay started at once from ting to our station, and will defend our master and his reverie, and answered in a pettish tone, "Wow, his daughter, if we should tear up the very stones of George, man, what needs aw this din about sax score the pavement." o pounds ? Aw the world kens I can answer aw There spoke a London 'prentice bold !" said the claims on me, and you proffered yourself fair time, citizen ; "and, for your comfort, my lads, you shall till his maist gracious Majesty and the noble Duke crush a cup of wine to the health

of the Fathers of suld make settled accompis wi' me; and ye may ken the City. I have my eye on both of you-you are by your ain experience, that I canna gang rowting thriving lads, each in his own way.-God be wi' you, like an unmannered Highland stot to their doors, as Davie. Forget not to-morrow at noon." And, so ye come to mine."

saying, he again turned his mule's head westward, Heriọt laughed, and replied, "Well, David, I see a and crossed Temple-Bar, at that slow and decent demand of money is like a bucket of water about amble, which at once became his rank and civic imyour ears, and makes you a man of the world at portance, and put his pedestrian followers to no in

And now, friend, will you tell me, like a convenience to keep up with him. Christian man, if you will dine with me to-morrow at At the Temple gate he again paused, dismounted, noon, and bring pretty Mistress Margaret, my god- and sought his way into one of the small booths ocdaughter, with you, to meet with our noble young cupied by scriveners in the neighbourhood. A young countryman, the Lord of Glenvarloch ?''

man, with lank smooth hair combed straight to his "The young Lord of Glenvarloch!" said the old ears, and then cropped short, rose, with a cringing mechanist; wi' aw my heart, and blithe I will be reverence, pulled off a slouched hat, which he would to see him again. We have not met these forty years upon no signal replace on his head, and answered, -he was twa years before me at the humanity class with much demonstration of reverence, to the goldes-he is a sweet youth."

smith's question of, "How goes business, Andrew ?" “That was his father-his father--his father |-you “Aw the better for your worship's kind counteold dotard Dot-and-carry-one that you are," answer- nance and maintenance. ed the goldsmith. “A sweet youth he would have Get a large sheet of paper, man, and make a new been by this time, had he lived, worthy nobleman! pen, with a sharp neb, and fine hair stroke. Do This is his son, the Lord Nigel."

not slit the quill up too high, it's a wastrife course in

once.

your trade, Andrew-they that do not mind corn-sion attending the erection of the new pile, which pickles, never come to forpits. I have known a formed at present a labyrinth not easily traversed. learned man write a thousand pages with one quill."* The goldsmith to the Royal Household, and who, "Ah! sir," said the lad, who listened to the gold. if fame spoke true, oftentimes acted as their banker, smith, though instructing him in his own trade, with for these professions were not as yet separated from an air of veneration and acquiescence, “how sune ony each other, -was a person of too much importance pur creature like mysell may rise in the world, wi' to receive the slightest interruption from sentinel or the instruction of such a man as your worship!" porter; and, leaving his mule and two of his follow

"My instructions are few, Andrew, soon told, and ers in the outer-court, he gently knocked at a posternnot hard to practise. Be honest-be industrious-be gate of the building, and was presently admitted, frugal--and you will soon win wealth and worship., while the most trusty of his attendants followed him Here, copy me this Supplication in your best and closely, with the piece of plate under his arm. This most formal hand. I will wait by you till it is done." | man also he left behind him in an ante-room, --where

The youth lifted not his eye from the paper, and three or four pages in the royal livery, but untrussed, laid not the pen from his hand, until the task was unbuttoned, and dressed more carelessly than the finished to his employer's satisfaction. The citizen place, and nearness to a King's person, seemed to then gave the young scrivener an angel; and bidding admit

, were playing at dice and draughts, or stretchhim, on his life, be secret in all business intrusted to ed upon benches, and slumbering with half-shut eyes. him, again mounted his mule, and rode on westward A corresponding gallery, which opened from the along the Strand.

anteroom, was occupied by two gentlemen-ushers of It may be worth while to remind our readers, that the chamber, who gave each a smile of recognition the Temple-Bar which Heriot passed, was not the as the wealthy goldsmith entered. arebed screen, or gateway, of the present day; bụt No word was spoken on either side; but one of the an open railing, or palisade, which, at night, and in ushers looked first to Heriot, and then to a little door times of alarm, was closed with a barricade of posts half-covered by the tapestry, which seemed to say, as and chains. The Strand also, along which he rode, plain as a look could, "Lies your business that way?" was not as now, a continuel street although it was The citizen nodded; and the court-attendant, moving beginning already to assume that character. It still on tiptoe, and with as much caution as if the poor mght be considered as an open road, along the south had been paved with eggs, advanced to the door, ede of which stood various houses and hotels belong- opened it gently, and spoke a few words in a low ing to the nobility, having gardens behind them down tone. The broad Scottish accent of King James was to the water-side, with stairs to the river, for the heard in reply, -"Admit him instanter, Maxwell. convenience of taking boat; which mansions have Have you hairboured sae lang at the Court, and not bequeathed the names of their lordly owners to many learned, that gold and silver are ever welcome ?" of the streets leading from the Strand to the Thames. The usher signed to Heriot to advance, and the hoThe north side of the Strand was also a long line of nest citizen was presently introduced into the cabinet houses behind which, as in Saint Martin's Lane, and of the Sovereign. other points, buildings were rapidly arising; but Co- The scene of confusion amid which he found the vent-Garden was still a garden, in the literal sense of King seated, was no bad picture of the state and the word, or at least but beginning to be studded with quality of James's own mind. There was much that irregular buildings. All that was passing around, was rich and costly in cabinet pictures and valuable however, marked the rapid increase of a capital which ornaments ; but they were arranged in a slovenly had long enjoyed peace, wealth, and a regular govern- manner, covered with dust, and lost half their value, ment. Houses were rising in every direction; and or at least their effect, from the manner in which the shrewd eye of our citizen already saw the period they were presented to the eye. The table was loadnot distant, which should convert the nearly open ed with huge folios, amongst which lay light books highway on which he travelled, into a connected and of jest and ribaldry; and, amongst notes of unmerciregular street, uniting the court and the town with fully long orations, and essays on king-craft, were the city of London.

mingled miserable roundels and ballads by the Royal He next passed Charing-Cross, which was no | 'Prentice, as he styled himself, in the art of poetry, longer the pleasant solitary village at which the and schemes for the general pacification of Europe, judges were wont to breakfast on their way to West- with a list of the names of the King's hounds, and minster Hall, but began to resemble the artery through remedies against canine madness. which, to use Johnson's expression, pours the full His Majesty's dress was of green velvet, quilted tide of London population." The buildings were so full as to be dagger-proof-which gave him the rapidly increasing, yet certainly gave not even a faint appearance of clumsy and ungainly protuberance; idea of its present appearance.

while its being buttoned awry, cominunicated to his At last Whitehall received our traveller, who pass- figure an air of distortion. Over his green doublet ed under one of the beautiful gates designed by Hol- he wore a sad-coloured nightgown, out of the pocket bein, and composed of lesselated brick-work, being of which peeped his hunting-horn. His high-crowned the same to which Moniplies had profanely likened gray hat lay on the floor, covered with dust, but enthe West-Port of Edinburgh, and entered the ample circled by a carcanet of large balas rubies; and he precincts of the palace of Whitehall, now full of all wore a blue velvet nightcap, in the front of which the confusion attending improvement.

was placed the plume of a heron, which had been It was just at the time when James,-little sus- struck down by a favourite hawk in some critical pecting that he was employed in constructing a pa- moment of the flight, in remembrance of which the lace from the window of which his only son was to King wore this highly honoured feather. pass in order that he might die upon a scaffold before But such inconsistencies in dress and appointments it, was busied in removing the ancient and ruinous were mere outward types of those which existed in buildings of De Burgh, Henry VIII., and Queen the royal character; rendering it a subject of doubt Elizabeth, to make way for the superb architecture amongst his contemporaries, and bequeathing it as a on which Inigo Jones exerted all his genius. The problem to future historians. He was deeply learned, King, ignorant of futurity, was now engaged in without possessing useful knowledge ; sagacious in pressing on his work ; and, for that purpose, still many individual cases, without having real wisdom; maintained his royal apartments at Whitehall, arnidst fond of his power, and desirous to maintain and qugthe rubbish of old buildings, and the various confu- ment it, yet willing to resign the direction of that, • A biblical commentary by Gill, which, if the author's me and bold assertor of his rights in words, yet one who

and of himself, to the most unworthy favourites; a big quarto pages, and must therefore have filled more pages of ma. tamely saw them trampled on in deeds; a lover of nuscript than the number mentioned in the text, has this qua- negotiations, in which he was always outwitted; train at the end of the volume

and one who feared war, where conquest might have "With one good pen I wrote this book, Made of a gray goose quill;

been easy. He was fond of his dignity, while he was

perpetually degrading it by undue familiarity; capable And a pen I leave it still."

of much public labour, yet often neglecting it for the Vol. IV. D

A pen it was when it I took,

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meanest amusement; a wit, though a pedant; and a "It has naething in it tending to papistrie?" said
scholar, though fond of the conversation of the the King, looking graver than his wont.
ignorant and uneducated. Even his timidity of tem- Surely not, please your Majesty," said Heriot;
per was not uniform; and there were moments of "I were not wise to bring any thing to your presence
his life, and those critical, in which he showed the that had the mark of the beast."
spirit of his ancestors. He was laborious in trifles, "You would be the mair beast yourself to do so,
and a trifler where serious labour was required; de- said the King; "it is weel kend that I wrestled wi'
yout in his sentiments, and yet too often profạne in Dagon in my youth, and smote him on the ground-
his language ; just and beneficent by nature, he yet sill of his own temple; a gude evidence that I should
gave way to the iniquities and oppressions of others. be in time called, however unworthy, the Defender of
He was penurious respecting money which he had to the Faith. But here comes Maxwell

, hending under
give from his own hand, yet inconsiderately and his burden, like the Golden Ass of Apuleius."
unboundedly profuse of that which he did not see, Heriot hastened to relieve the usher, and to place
In a word, those good qualities which displayed the embossed salver, for such it was, and of extra-
themselves in particular cases and occasions, were ordinary dimensions, in a light favourable for his
not of a nature sufficiently firm and comprehensive Majesty's viewing the sculpture.
to regulate his general conduct; and, showing them- " Saul of my body, man,' said the King, “it is a
selves as they occasionally did, only entitled James curious piece, and, as I think, fit for a King's chalmer;
to the character bestowed on him by Sully—that he and the subject, as you say, Master George, vera
was the wisest fool in Christendom.

adequate and beseeming-being, as I see, the judgThat the fortunes of this monarch might be as ment of Solomon-a prince in whose paths it woel little of a piece as his character, he, certainly the becomes a' leeving monarchs to walk with emulaleast able of the Stewarts, succeeded peaceably to tion.” that kingdom, against the power of which his pre- "But whose footsteps," said Maxwell, "only one decessors had, with so much difficulty, defended his of them-if a subject may say so much-hath ever native throne; and, lastly, although his reign ap- overtaken." peared calculated to ensure to Great Britain that "Haud your tongue for a fause fleeching loon !" lasting tranquillity and internal peace which so much said the King, but with a smile on his lace that suited" the King's disposition, yet, during that very showed the fiattery had done its part. Look at the reign, were sown those seeds of dissension, which, bonny piece of workmanship, and haud your clalike the teeth of the fabulous dragon, had their har- vering tongue.-And whase handiwork may it be, vest in a bloody and universal civil war.*

Geordie ?"
Such was the monarch, who, saluting Heriot by "It was wrought, sir," replied the goldsmith, " by
the name of Jingling Geordie, (for it was his well- the famous Florentine, Benvenuto Cellini, and de-
known custom to give nicknames to all those with signed for Francis the First of France; but I hope
whom he was in terms of familiarity,) inquired what it will find a fitter master.'
new clatter-traps he had brought with him, to cheat "Francis of France !" said the King; "send Solo-
his lawful and native Prince out of his siller. mon, King of the Jews, to Francis of France !--Body

"God forbid, my siege," said the citizen," that I of me, man, it woud have kythed Cellini mad, had he
should have any such disloyal purpose. I did but bring never done ony thing else out of the gate. Francis!-
a piece of plate to show to your most gracious Majes- why, he was a fighting fule, mana mere fighting
ty, which, both for the subject and for the work-fule,-got himsell ta'en at Pavia, like our ain David
manship, I were loath to put into the hands of any at Durham lang syne ;-if they could hae sent him
subject until I knew your Majesty's pleasure anent it." Solomon's wit, and love of peace, and godliness,

"Body o' me, man, let's soe it, Heriot; though, by they wad hae dune him a better turn. But Solomon
my saul, Steenie's service o' plate was sae dear should sit in other gate company than Francis of
a bargain, I had maist pawned my word as a Royal France."
King to keep my ain gold and silver in future, and let "I trust that such will be his good fortune," said
you, Geordie, keep yours."

Heriot.
"Respecting the Duke of Buckingham's plate," "It is a curious and very artificial sculpture,” said
şaid the goldsmith, "your Majesty was pleased to the King, in continuation;" but yet, methinks, the
direct that no expense should be spared, and”. carnifex, or executioner there, is brandishing his

“What signifies what I desired, man? when a gulley ower near the King's face, seeing he is within wise man is with fules and bairns, he maun e'en reach of his weapon. I think less wisdom than play at the chucks. But you should have had mair Solomon's wad have taught him that there was sense and conşideration ihan to gie Babie Charles danger in edge-tools, and that he wad haye bidden and Steenie their ain gate; they wad hae floored the the smaik either sheath his shabble, or stand farther very rooms wi' silver, and 'I wonder they didna." back."

George Heriot bowed, and said no more. He George Heriot endeavoured to alleviate this objecknew his master too well to vindicate himself other- tion, by assuring the king that the vicinity betwixt wise than by a distant allusion to his order; and Solomon and the executioner was nearer in appear. James, with whom economy was only a transient ance than in reality, and that the perspective should and momentary twinge of conscience, became im- be allowed for. mediately afterwards desirous to see the piece of Gang to the deil wi' your prospective, man,” said plate which the goldsmith proposed to exhibit, and the King; "there canna be a waur prospective for a despatched Maxwell to bring it to his presence. In lawfa' king, wha wishes to reign in luve, and die in the meantime he demanded of the citizen whence he peace and honour, than to have naked swords flashhad procured it.

ing in his een. I'am accounted as brave as maist "From Italy, may it please your Majesty," replied folks; and yet I profess to ye I could never look on a Heriot.

bare blade without blinking and winking.. But * The dress of this monarch, together with his personal appear price of it, man?"

'thegither it is a brave piece ;-and what is the ance, is thus described by a contemporary :

"He won of a middle stature, more corpulent through (i. e. by The goldsmith replied by observing, that it was
means of] his clothes than in his body, yet fat enough. His
legs were very weak, having had, as was thought, some foul play

not his own property, but that of a distressed counin his youth, or rather before he was born, that he was not able

tryman. to stand at seven years of age. That weakness made him ever

Whilk you mean to mak your excuse for asking Jeaning on other men's shoulders. His walk was even circular the double of its worth, I warrant ?" answered the dress now laid aside.) He would make a great deal hold King; "I ken the tricks of your burrows-town with God in his passion, both with cursing and swearing, and a merchants, man." strain higher verging on blasphemy; but would, in his better "I have no hopes of baffling your Majesty's sagatemper, say, he hoped God would not impute them as sins, and city," said Heriot; "the piece is really what I say, lay them to his charge, seeing the proceeded from passion, and the price a hundred and fifty pounds sterling, if it daily make thus bold with God." --DALZELL'S Sketches of Scottish pleases your Majesty

to make present payment. History, p. 86.

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witches and warlocks to raise them !" said the irri- ding your hand into your pouch, bring forth your suptated Monarch. "My saul, Jingling Geordie, ye are plication, and place it reverentially in our open palm." minded that your purse shall

jingle to a bonny tune! The goldsmith, who had complied with great accu-How am I to tell you down a hundred and fifty racy with all the prescribed points of the ceremonial, punds for what will not weigh as many merks? and here completed it, to James's no small astonishment, ye ken that my very household servitors, and the by placing in his hand the petition of the Lord of officers of my mouth, are sax months in arrear!" Glenvarloch. " What means this, ye fause loon?"

The goldsmith stood his ground against all this said he, reddening and sputtering; "hae I been teach-
objurgation, being what he was well accustomed to, ing you the manual exercise, that ye suld present
and only answered, that, if his Majesty liked the your piece at our ain royal body ?-Now, by this light
piece, and desired to possess it, the price could be I had as lief that ye had bended a real pistolet against
easily settled. It was true that the party required me, and yet this hae ye done in my very cabinet,
the money, but he, George Heriot, would advance it where nought suld enter but at my ain pleasure."
on his Majesty's account, if such were his pleasure, "I trust your Majesty," said Heriot, as he conti-
and wait his royal conveniency for payment, for that nued to kneel," will forgive my exercising the lesson
and other matiers; the money, meanwhile, lying at you condescended to give me in the behalf of a friend ?"
the ordinary usage.

"Of a friend !" said the King ; so much the "By my honour," said James, "and that is speak- waur-so much the waur, I tell you. If it had been ing like an honest and reasonable tradesman. We something to do yoursell good there would have been maun get another subsidy frae the Commons, and some sense in it, and some chance that you wad not that will make ae compung of it. Awa wi' it, Max- have come back on me in a hurry; but a man may well-awa wi' it

, and let it be set where Steenie have a hundred friends, and petitions for every ane and Babie Charles shall see it as they return from o' them, ilk ane after other." Richmond.–And now that we are secret, my good "Your Majesty, I trust,” said Heriot, "will judge auld friend Geordie, I do truly opine, that speaking of me by former experience, and will not suspect me of Solomon and ourselves, the haill wisdom in the such presumption.” country left Scotland, when we took our travels to “I kenna," said the placable monarch; the the Southland here."

world goes daft, I think-sed semel insanivimus omGeorge Heriot was courtier enough to say, that nes--thou art my old and faithful servant, that is the " the wise naturally follow the wisest, as stags follow truth; and were't any thing for thy own behoof, their leader."

man, thou shouldst not ask twice. But, troth, Stee** Troth I think there is something in what thou nie loves me so dearly, that he cares not that any sayest,” said James; " for we ourselves, and those one should ask favours of me but himself. - Maxof our court and household, as thou thyself, for well," (for the usher had re-entered after having carexample, are allowed by the English, for as self- ried off the plate,) "get into the ante-chamber wil opinioned as they are, to pass for reasonable good your lang lugs.-In conscience, Geordie, I think as that wits; but the brains of those we have left behind are thou hast been mine ain auld fiduciary, and wert my all astir, and run clean hirdie-girdie, like sae mony goldsmith when I might say with the Ethnic poet warlocks and witches on the Devil's Sabbath-e'en.'

1. Non mea renidet in domo lacunar--for faith they had "I am sorry to hear this, my liege,” said Heriot. pillaged my mither's auld house sae, that beechen "May it please your Grace to say what our country- i bickers, and treen trenchers, and latten platters, men have done to deserve such a character ?" were whiles the best at our board, and glad we were

* They are become frantic, man-clean brain- of something to put on them, without quarrelling
crazed," answered the King. "I cannot keep them with the metal of he dishes. D'ye mind, for thou
out of the Court by all the proclamations that the wert in maist of onr complots, how we were fain to
heralds roar themselves hoarse with. Yesterday, send sax of the Blue-banders to harry the Lady of
nae farther gane, just as we were mounted, and about Loganhouse's dowcot and poultry-yard, and what an
to ride forth, in rushed a thorough Edinburgh gutter- awtu' plaint the poor dame made against Jock of
blood-a ragged rascal, every dud upon whose back Milch, and the thieves of Annandale, wha were as
was bidding good-day to the other, with a coat and sackless of the deed as I am of the sin of murder ?!!
hat that would have served a pease-bogle, and, with- "It was the better for Jock," said Heriot; "for, if
out havings or reverence, thrusts into our hands, like I remember weel, it saved him from a strapping up
a sturdy beggar, some Supplication about debts at Dumfries, which he had weel deserved for other
owing by our gracious mother, and siclike trash; misdeeds.'
whereat the horse şpangs on end, and, but for our Ay, man, mind ye that ?" said the King; "but he
admirable sitting, wherein we have been thought to had other virtues, for he was a tight huntsman,
excel maist sovereign princes, as well as subjects, moreover, that Jock of Milch, and could halloo to a
in Europe, I promise you we would have been laid hound till all the woods rang again. But he came to
endlang on the causeway.”

an Annandale end at the last, for Lord Tothorwald "Your Majesty," said Heriot," is their common ran his lance out through him.-Cocksnails, man, father, and therefore they are the bolder to press into when I think of these wild passages, in my conscience your gracious presence.

I am not sure but we lived merrier in auld Holyrood "I ken I am pater patric well enough," said in those shifting days, than now when we are living James; “but one would think they had a mind to at heck and manger. Cantabit vacuus-we had but Squeeze my puddings out, that they may divide the little to care for." inheritance. Ud's death, Geordie, there is not a loon "And if your Majesty please to remember,” said among them can deliver a Supplication, as it suld be the goldsmith, "the awful task we had to gather done in the face of majesty."

silver-vessail and gold-work enough to make some "I would I knew the most fitting and beseeming show before the Spanish Ambassador." mode to do so," said Heriot, "where it but to instruct "Vera true," said the King, now in a full tide of our poor countrymen in betier fashions."

gossip, " and I mind not the name of the right leal " By my halidome," said the King, "ye are a ceevi- lord iha, helped us with every unce he had in his leezed fellow, Geordie, and I carena if I fling awa as house, tha, his native Prince might have some cremuch time as may teach ye. And, first, see you, sir dit in the eyes of them that had the Indies at their ye shall approach the presence of majesty thus- beck." shadowing your eyes with your liand, to testify that "I think, if yoʻir Majesty," said the citizen, "will you are in the presence of the Vicegerent of Heaven. cast your eye on th," paper in your hand, you will re--Vera weel, George, that is done in a comely man. collect his name.' ner.-Then, sir, ye sall kneel, an make as if ye would * Ay!" said the King, "say ye sae, man ?-Lord kiss the hem of our garment, the latch of our shoe, Glenvarlock, that was his name indeed -Justus et teor such like.-Very weel enacted-whilk we, as being nax propositi-A just man, but as obstinate as bait, willing to be debonair and pleasing towards our lieges, ed bull. He stood whiles against us, that Lord Randal prevent thus-and motion to you to rise ;--whilk Olifaunt of Glenvarloch, but he was a loving and a having a boon to ask, as yet you obey not' but gli- I leal subject in the main. But this supplicator maun

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