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be his son-Randal has been long gone, where king | King's word serve you for advancing your pitiful twa
“But not for detaining the crown jewels," said
order upon George Heriot, his well-beloved goldsmith "I mind the thing weel," said King James—"Od's and jeweller, for the sum of two hundred pounds, 10 death, man, I was just out of the clutches of the be paid presently to Nigel Olifaunt, Lord of GlenvarMaster of Glamis and his complices, and there was loch, to be imputed as so much debts due to him by never siller mair welcome to a born Prince-the mair the crown; and authorizing the retention of a carcathe shame and pity that crowned King should need net of balas rubies, with a great diamond, as described sic a petty sum. But what need he dun us for it, in a Catalogue of his Majesty's jewels, to remain in man, like a baxter at the breaking? We aught him possession of the said George Heriot, advancer of the the siller, and will pay him wi' our convenience, or said sum, and so forth, until he was lawfully contentmake it otherwise up to him, whilk is enow between ed and paid thereof. By another rescript, his Majesty prince and subject-We are not in meditatione fuge, gave the said George Heriot directions to deal with man, to be arrested thus peremptorily."
some of the monied men, upon equitable terms, for a * Alas! an it please your Majesty," said the gold- sum of money for his
Majesty's present use, not to be smith, shaking his head, “it is the poor young noble under 50,000 merks, but as much more as could conman's extreme necessity, and not hís will, thai makes veniently be procured. him importunate; for he must have money, and that And has he ony lair, this Lord Nigel of ours ?" briefly, io discharge a debt due to Peregrine Peterson, said the King. Conservator of the Privileges al Campvere, or his George Heriot could not exactly answer this queshall hereditary barony and estate of Glenvarloch tion; but believed "the young lord had studied abroad." will be evicted in virtue of an unredeemed wadset." “He shall have our own advice," said the ng,
"How say ye, man--how say ye?" exclaimed the "how to carry on his studies to maist advantage; king, impatiently; "the carle of a Conservator, the and it may be we will have him come to Court, and son of a low Dutch skipper, evict the auld estate and study with Steenie, and Babie Charles. And, now we lordship of the house of 'Olifaunt ?-God's bread, think on't, away-away, George-for the bairns will man, that maun not be-we maun suspend the dili- be coming hame presently, and we would not as yet gence by writ of favour, or otherwise."
they kend of this matter we have been treating anent. "I doubt that may hardly be," answered the citi: Propera pedem, Geordie. Clap your mule between zen, "if it please your majesty; your learned counsel your houghs, and god-den with you." in the law of Scoiland advise, that there is no remeid Thus ended the conference betwixt the gentle King but in paying the money."
Jamie and his benevolent jeweller and goldsmith. Ud's fish," said the king, "let him keep haud by the strong hand against the carle, until we can take some order about his affairs."
CHAPTER VI. “Alas !"' insisted the goldsmith, "if it like your
0, I do know him-'tis the mouldy lemon Majesty, your own pacific government, and your
Which our court wits will wet their lips withal, doing of equal justice to all men, has made main force When they would sauce their honied conversation, a kittle line to walk by, unless just within the bounds With somewhat sharper flavour.- Marry, sir, of the Highlands."
That virtue's well-nigh left him-all the juice
That was so sharp and poignant, is squeezed out; "Weel-weel-weel, man," said the perplexed mo- While the poor rind, although as sour as ever, narch, whose ideas of justice, expedience, and conve- Must season soon the draff we give our grunters, nience, became on such occasions strangely em- For two-legg'a things are weary on't. broiled; * just it is we should pay our debts, that the
The Chamberlain-A Comedy. young man may pay his; and he must be paid, and The good company invited by the hospitable citizen in verbo regis he shall be paid-but how to come by assembled at his house in Lombard-street at the "holthe siller, man, is a difficult chapter--ye maun try low and hungry hour of noon, to partake of that meal the city, Geordie."
which divides the day; being about the time when "To say the truth," answered Heriot, "please your modern persons of fashion, turning themselves upon gracious Majesty, what betwixt loans, and benevo- their pillow, begin to think, not without a great many Jences, and subsidies, the city is at this present”- doubts and much hesitation, that they will by and by
Dinna tell me of what the city is," said King commence it. Thither came the young Nigel, arrayed James; "our Exchequer is as dry as Dean Giles's plainly, but in a dress, nevertheless, more suitable to discourses on the penitentiary psalms–Ez nihilo his age and quality than he had formerly worn, acnihil fil-It's ill taking the breeks aff a wild High- companied by his servant Moniplies, whose outside landman-they that come to me for siller, should tell also was considerably improved. His solemn and me how to come by it--the city ye maun iry, Heriot; stern features glared forth from under a blue velvet and dinna think to be called Jingling, Geordie for bonnet, fantastically placed sideways on his head-he nothing--and in verbo regis I will pay the lad if you had a sound and tough coat of English blue broadget me the loan-I wonnot haggle on the terms; cloth, which, unlike his former vestment, would have and, between you and me, Geordie, we will redeem stood the tug of all the apprentices in Fleet-street. the brave auld estate of Glenvarloch. But wherefore The buckler and broadsword he wore as the arms of comes not the young lord to Court, Heriot-is he his condition, and a neat silver badge, bearing his comely--is he presentable in the presence ?'' lord's arins, announced that he was an appendage of
“No one can be more so," said George Heriot; aristocracy. He sat down in the good citizen's but"but":
tery, not a little pleased to find his attendance upon 'Ay, I understand ye,” said his Majesty-"I un- the table in the hall was likely to be rewarded with derstand ye-Res angusta domi-puir lad-puir lad; his share of a meal such as he had seldom partaken of. and his father a right true leal Scots heart, though Mr. David Ramsay, that profound and ingenious stiff in some opinions. Hark ye, Heriot, let the lad mechanic, was safely conducted to Lombard-street, have twa hundred pounds to fit him out. And, here according to promise, well washed, brushed, and -here-(taking the carcanet of rubies from his old cleaned, from the soot of the furnace and the forge. hat)-"ye have had these in pledge before for a larger His daughter, who came with him, was about twenty sum, ye auld Levite that ye are. Keep them in gage, years old, very pretty, very demure, yet with lively till I gie ye back the siller out of the next subsidy.' black eyes, that ever and anon contradicted the ex
"If it please your Majesty to give me such direc- pression of sobriety, to which silence, reserve, a plain tions in writing,'' said the cautious citizen.
velvet hood, and a cambric ruff, had condemned Mis"The deil is in your nicety, George," said the King; tress Margaret, as the daughter of a quiet citizen. ye are as preceese as a Puritan in form, and a mere There were also two citizens and merchants of LonNullifidian in the marrow of the matter. May not al don, men ample in cloak, and many-linked golden
chain, well to pass in the world, and experienced in ly of life and limb, though without either making their craft of merchandise, but who require no par- friends, or attaining preferment. Sometimes, indeed, ticular description. There was an elderly clergyman the King was amused with his caustic sallies, but he also, in his gown and cassock, a decent venerable had never art enough to improve the favourable opman, partaking in his manners of the plainness of the portunity; and his enemies (who were, for that matcitizens amongst whom he had his cure.
ter, the whole Court) always found means to throw These may be dismissed with brief notice; but him out of favour again. The celebrated Archie not so Sir Mungo Malagrowther, of Girnigo Castle, Armstrong offered Sir Mungo, in his generosity, a who claims a little more attention, as an original skirt of his own fool's coat, proposing thereby to character of the time in which he flourished.
communicate to him the privileges and immunities of That good knight knocked at Master Heriot's a professed jester-“ For," said the man of motley, door just as the clock began to strike twelve, and was Sir Mungo, as he goes on just now, gets no more seated in his chair ere the last stroke had chimed. for a good jest than just the King's pardon for havThis gave the knight an excellent opportunity of ma- ing made it. king sarcastic observations on all who came later than Even in London, the golden shower which fell himself, not to mention a few rubs at the expense of around him, did not moisten the blighted fortunes of those who had been so superfluous as to appear earlier. Sir Mungo Malagrowther. He grew old, deaf, and
Having little or no property save his bare desig- peevish-lost even the spirit which had formerly anination, Sir Mungo had been early attached to Court mated his strictures-and was barely endured by in the capacity of whipping-boy, as the office was James, who, though himself nearly as far stricken then called to King James the Sixth, and, with his in years, retained, to an unusual and even an absurd Majesty, trained to all
polite learning by his celebra- degree, the desire to be surrounded by young people. ted preceptor, George Buchanan. The office of whip- Sir Mungo, thus fallen into the yellow leaf of years ping.boy doomed its unfortunate occupant to under- | and fortune, showed his emaciated form and faded go all the corporeal punishment which the Lord's An- embroidery at Court as seldom as his duty permitted ; ointed, whose proper person was of course sacred, and spent his time in indulging his food for satire in might chance to incur, in the course of travelling the public walks, and in the aisles of Saint Paul's, through his grammar and prosody. Under the stern which were then the general resort of newsmongers rule, indeed, of George Buchanan, who did not ap- and characters of all descriptions, associating himprove of the vicarious mode of punishment, James self chiefly with such of his countrymen as he acbore the penance of his own faults, and Mungo
Ma- counted of inferior birth and rank to himself. In lagrowther enjoyed a sinecure; but James's other this manner, hating and contemning commerce, and pedagogue, Master Patrick Young, went more ceremo- those who pursued it, he nevertheless lived a good niously to work, and appalled the very soul of the deal among the Scottish artists and merchants, who youthful King by the floggings which he bestowed on had followed the court to London. To these he could the whipping-boy, when the royal task was not suit- show his cynicism without much offence ; for some ably performed. And be it told to Sir Mungo's praise, submitted to his jeers and ill-humour in deference to that there were points about him in the highest respect his birth and knighthood, which in those days consuited to his official situation. He had even in youth ferred high privileges-and others, of more sense, pia naturally irregular and grotesque set of features, tied and endured the old man, unhappy alike in his which, when distorted by fear, pain, and anger, look- fortunes and his temper. ed like one of the whimsical faces which present them- Amongst the latter was George Heriot, who, though selves in a Gothic cornice. His voice also was high- his habits and education induced him to carry aristopitched and querulous, so that, when smarting under cratical feelings to a degree which would now bę Master Peter Young's unsparing inflictions, the ex- thought extravagant, had too much spirit and good pression of his grotesque physiognomy, and the super- sense to permit himself to be intruded upon to an unhuman yells which he uttered, were well suited to authorized excess, or used with the slightest improproduce all the effects on the Monarch who deserved per freedom, by such a person as Sir Mungo, to whom the lash, that could possibly be produced by seeing he was, nevertheless, not only respectfully civil, but another and an innocent individual suffering for his essentially kind, and even generous. delict.
Accordingly, this appeared from the manner in Sir Mungo Malagrowther, for such he became, thus which Sir Mungo Malagrowther conducted himself got an early footing at Court, which another would upon entering the apartment. He paid his respects have improved and maintained. But, when he grew to Master Heriot, and a decent, elderly, somewhat too big to be whipped, he had no other means of ren; severe-looking female, in a coif, who, by the name of dering himself acceptable. A bitter, caustic, and Aunt Judith, did the honours of his house and table, backbiting humour, a malicious wit, and an envy of with little or no portion of the supercilious acidity, others more prosperous than the possessor of such which his singular physiognomy assumed when he amiable qualities, have not, indeed, always been made his bow successively to David Ramsay, and the found obstacles to a courtier's rise; but then they must two sober citizens. He thrust himself into the conbe amalgamated with
a degree of selfish cunning and versation of the latter, to observe he had heard in prudence, of which Sir Mungo had no share. His Paul's, that the bankrupt concern of Pindivide, a satire ran riot, his envy could not conceal itself, and great merchant, --who, as he expressed it, had given it was not long after his majority till he had as many the crows a pudding, and on whom he knew from quarrels upon his hands as would have required a the same authority, each of the honest citizens had cat's nine lives to answer. In one of these rencon- some unsettled claim, was like to prove a total loss tres he received, perhaps we should say fortunately, -“stock and block, ship and cargo, keel and rigging, a wound, which served him as an excuse for answer all lost, now and for ever."'. ing no invitations of the kind in future. Sir Rullion The iwo citizens grinned at each other; but, too Rattray, of Rannagullion, cut off, in mortal combat, prudent to make their private affairs the subject of three of the fingers of his right hand, so that Sir public discussion, drew their heads together, and Mungo never could hold sword again. At a later pe- evaded farther conversation by speaking in a whisriod, having written some satirical verses upon the per. Lady Cockpen, he received so severe a chastisement The old Scots knight next attacked the watchfrom some persons employed for the purpose, that he maker with the same disrespectful familiarity: "Dawas found half dead on the spot where they had thus vie," he said, "Davie, ye donnard auld idiot, have dealt with him, and one of his thighs having been ye no gane mad yet, with applying your mathematibroken, and ill set, gave him a hitch in his gaii, with cal science, as ye call it, to the Book of Apocalypse ? which he hobbled to his grave. The lameness of his I expected to have heard ye make out the sign of the leg and hand, besides that they added considerably to beast, as clear as a tout on a bawbee whistle." the grotesque appearance of this original, procured " Why, Sir Mungo," said the mechanist, after ma. him in future a personal immunity from the more king an effort to recall to his recollection what had dangerous consequences of his own humour; and he been said to him, and by whom, "it may be, that ye gradually grew old in the service of the Court in safe-I are nearer the mark than ye are yoursell aware of ;
for, taking the ten horns o' the beast, ye may easily | upon the beauties of the principal mansion of Glenestimate by your digitals”.
varloch-the commanding site of the old castle--the My digits! you d-d auld, rusty, good-for-nothing noble expanse of the lake, stocked with wildfowl for timepiece!" exclaimed Sir Mungo, while, betwixt hawking-the commanding screen of forest, terminajest and earnest, he laid on his hilt his hand, or ra- ting in a mountain-ridge abounding with deer-and ther his claw, (for Sir Rullion's broadsword had all the other advantages of that fine and ancient baabridged it into that form,)-"D'ye mean to upbraid rony, till Nigel, in spite of every effort to the contrary, me with my mutilation ?"!!
was unwillingly obliged to sigh. Master Heriot interfered. “I cannot persuade our Sir Mungo, skilful in discerning when the withers friend David," he said, " that scriptural prophecies of those lie conversed with were wrung, observed are intended to remain in obscurity, until their unex- that his new acquaintance winced, and would willpected accomplishment shall make, as in former days, ingly have pressed the discussion ; but the cook's ihat fulfilled which was written. But you must not impatient knock upon the dresser with the haft of exert your knightly valour on him for all that." his dudgeon-knife, now gave a signal loud enough to "By my saul, and it would be throwing it away,
," be heard from the top of the house to the bottom, said Sir Mungo, laughing. “I would as soon set oui, summoning, at the same time, the serving-men to with hound and horn, to hunt a sturdied sheep; for place the dinner upon the table, and the guests to parhe is in a doze again, and up to the chin in numerals, take of it. quotients, and dividends.-Mistress Margaret, my Sir Mungo, who was an admirer of good cheer,pretty honey,” for the beauty of the young citizen a taste which, by the way, might have some weight made even Sir Mungo Malagrowther's grim features in reconciling his dignity to these city visits, -was relax themselves a little, “is your father always as tolled off by the sound, and left Nigel and the other entertaining as he seems just now ?"
guests in peace, until his anxiety to arrange himself Mistress Margaret simpered, bridled, looked to ei- in his due place of pre-eminence at the genial board ther side, then straight before her; and, having as- was duly gratified. Here, seated on the left hand of sumed all the airs of bashful embarrassment and ti- Aunt Judith, he beheld Nigel occupy the station of midity which were necessary, as she thought, to cover yet higher honour on the right, dividing that matron a certain shrewd readiness which really belonged to from pretty Mistress Margaret ; but he saw this with her character, at length replied, "That indeed her the more patience, that there stood betwixt him and father was very thoughtful, but she had heard, that the young lord a superb larded capon. he took the habit of mind from her grandfather." The dinner proceeded according to the form of the
"Your grandfather!" said Sir Mungo, ---after doubt- times. All was excellent of the kind; and, besides ing if he had heard her aright, -"Said she her grand- the Scottish cheer promised, the board displayed beef father! The lassie is distraught ! I ken nae wench and pudding, the statutory dainties of Old England. on this side of Temple-Bar that is derived from so dis- A small cupboard of plate, very choicely and beautitant a relation."
fully wrought, did not escape the compliments of "She has got a godfather, however, Sir Mungo," some of the company, and an oblique sneer from Sir said George Heriot, again interfering; and I hope Mungo, as intimating the owner's excellence in his you will allow him interest enough with you, to re- own mechanical crafi. quest you will not put his pretty godchild to so deep "I am not ashamed of the workmanship, Sir Mun
go," said the honest citizen. "They say, a good "The better-the better," said Sir Mungo. "It is cook knows how to lick his own fingers; and, mea credit to her, that, bred and born within the sound thinks, it were unseemly that I, who have furnished of Bow-bell, she can blush for any thing; and, by half the cupboards in broad Britain, should have my my saul, Master George," he continued, chucking the own covered with paltry pewter."'. irritated and reluctant damsel under the chin, " she The blessing of ihe clergyman now left the guests is bonny enough to make amends for her lack of an- at liberty to attack what was placed before them; cestry--at least, in such a region as Cheapside, where, and the meal went forward with great decorum, d've mind me, the kettle cannot call the porridge- until Aunt Judith, in farther recommendation of the pot”
capon, assured her company that it was of a celeThe damsel blushed, but not so angrily as before. brated breed of poultry, which she had herself Master George Heriot hastened to interrupt the con- brought from Scotland. clusion of Sir Mungo's homely proverb, by introdu- " Then, like some of his cuontrymen, madam," cing him personally to Lord Nigel.
said the pitiless Sir Mungo, not without a glance Sir Mungo could not at first understand what his towards his landlord," he has been well larded in host said. —"Bread of Heaven, wha say ye, man ?'' England."
Upon the name of Nigel Olifaunt, Lord Glenvar- "There are some others of his countrymen," anloch, being again hollaed into his ear, he drew up, swered Master Heriot, "10 whom all the lard in and, regarding his entertainer with some austerity, England has not been able to render that good office." rebukeď him for not making persons of quality ac- Sir Mungo sneered and reddened, the rest of the quainted with each other, that they might exchange company laughed ; and the satirist, who had his courtesies before they mingled with other folks. He reasons for not coming to extremity with Master then made as handsome and courtly, a congee to his George, was silent for the rest the dinner. new acquaintance as a man maimed in foot and hand The dishes were exchanged for confections, and could do ; and, observing he had known my lord, his wine of the highest quality and flavour; and Nigel father, bid him welcome to London, and hoped he saw the entertainments of the wealthiest burgomasshould see him at Court.
ters, which he had witnessed abroad, fairly outshone Nigel in an instant comprehended, as well from by the hospitality of a London citizen. Yet there Sir Mungo's manner, as from a strict compression was nothing ostentatious, or which seemed inconof their entertainer's lips, which intimated the sup- sistent with the degree of an opulent burgher. pression of a desire to laugh, that he was dealing While the collation proceeded, Nigel, according to with an original of no ordinary description, and ac- the good-breeding of the time, addressed his discordingly, returned his courtesy with suitable punc-course principally to Mrs. Judith ;, whom he found tiliousness. Sir Mungo, in the meanwhile, gazed on to be a woman of a strong Scottish understanding, him with much earnestness; and, as the contempla- more inclined towards the Puritans than was her tion of natural advantages was as odious to him as brother George, (for in that relation she stood to that of wealth, or other adventitious benefits, he had him, though he always called her aunt,) attached to no sooner completely perused the handsome form him in the strongest degree, and sedulously attentive and good features of ihe young lord, than, like one of to all his comforts. As the conversation of this good the comforters of the Man of Uz, he drew close up to dame was neither lively nor fascinating, the young him, to enlarge on the former grandeur of the Lords lord naturally addressed himself next to the old of Glenvarloch, and the regret with which he had horologer's very pretty daughter, who sat upon his heard, that their representative was not likely to pos- left hand. From her, however, there was no extractsess the domains of his ancestry. Anon, he enlarged | ing any reply beyond the measure of a monosyllable;
and when the young gallant had said the best and | George Villiers-ay-1 have spoke with Lambe about most complaisant things which his courtesy supplied, him. the smile that mantled upon her pretty mouth was "Our Lord and our Lady! Now, how can you say so slight and evanescent, as scarce to be discern- so, father?” said his daughter, who had shrewdness ible.
enough to see that her father was touching upon Nigel was beginning to tire of his company, for dangerous ground, the old citizens were speaking with his host of com- "Why, ay, child," answered Ramsay;
the stars mercial matters in language to him totally unintelli- do but încline, they cannot compel. But well you gble, when Sir Mungo' Malagrowther suddenly woi, it is commonly said of his Grace, by those who gummoned their attention.
have the skill to cast nativities, that there was a noThat amiable personage had for some time with table conjunction of Mars and Saturn-the apparent drawn from the company into the recess of a pro- or true time of which, reducing the calculations of jecting window, so formed and placed, as to com- Eichstadius made for the latitude of Oranienburgh mand a view of the door of the house, and of the to that of London, gives seven hours, fifty-five mi
This situation was probably preferred by nutes, and forty-one seconds”. Sir Mungo on account of the number of objects 'Hold your peace, old soothsayer," said Heriot, which the streets of a metropolis usually offer, of a who at that instant entered the room with a calm kind congenial to the thoughts of a splenetic man. and steady countenance; your calculations are true What he had hitherto seen passing there, was pro- and undeniable when they regard brass and wire, and bably of little consequence; but now a trampling of mechanical force; but future events are at the pleasure horse was heard without, and the knight suddenly of Him who bears the hearts of Kings in his hands." exclaimed, -"By my faith, Master George, you had "Ay, but, George," answered the watchmaker, better go look to shop; for here comes Knighton, “there was a concurrence of signs at this gentlethe Duke of Buckingham's groom, and two tellows man's birth, which showed his course would be a after him, as if he were my Lord Duke himself." strange one. Long has it been said of him, he was
"My cash-keeper is below," said Heriot, without born at the very meeting of night and day, and disturbing himself, "and he will let me know if his under crossing and contending influences that may Grace's commands require my immediate attention." affect both us and him. "Umph!--cash-keeper ?'' muttered Sir Mungo to
Full moon and high sea, himself; "he would have had an easy office when I
Great man shalt thou be ; first kend ye.-But,” said he, speaking aloud, will
Red dawning, stormy sky, you not come to the window, at least ? for Knighton
Bloody death shalt thou die.'" has trundled a piece of silver-plate into your house- "It is not good to speak of such things,” said ha! ha! ha!-trundled it upon its edge, as a callan' Heriot, "especially of the great; stone walls have would drive a hoop. I cannot help, laughing-ha! ears, and a bird of the air shall carry the matter." ha! ha!-at the fellow's impudence."
Several of the guests seemed to be of their host's “I believe you could not help laughing,” said opinion. The two merchants took brief leave, as if George Heriot, rising up and leaving the room, "if under consciousness that something, was wrong. Four best friend lay dying."
Mistress Margaret, her body-guard of 'prentices beBitter that, my lord-ha?” said Sir Mungo, ad- ing in readiness, plucked her father by the sleeve, dressing Nigel. "Our friend is not a goldsmith for and, rescuing him from a brown study, (whether nothing-he hath no leaden wit. But I will go down referring to the wheels of Time, or to that of Forand see what comes on't."
tune, is uncertain,) wished good-night to her friend Heriot, as he descended the stairs, met his cash- Mrs. Judith, and received her godfather's blessing, keeper coming up, with some concern in his face.- who, at the same time, put upon her slender finger a "Why, how now, Roberts,” said the goldsmith, ring of much taste and some value; for he seldom " what means all this, man?"
suffered her to leave him without some token of his "It is Knighton, Master Heriot, from the court- affection. Thus honourably dismissed, and accomKnighton, the Duke's man. He brought back the panied by her escort, she set forth on her return to salver you carried to Whitehall, Aung it into the en- Fleet-street. trance as if it had been an old pewter platter, and Sir Mungo had bid adieu to Master Heriot as he bade me tell you, the king would have none of your came out from the back compting-room, but such trumpery."
was the interest which he took in the affairs of his "Ay, indeed !" said George Heriot-"None of my friend, that, when Master George went up stairs, he trumpery!-Come hither into the compling-room, could not hielp walking into that sanctum sanctorum, Roberts. -Sir Mungo," he added, bowing to the to see how master Roberts was employed. The knight, who had joined, and was preparing to follow knight found the cash-keeper busy in making exthem, “I pray your forgiveness for an instant." tracts from those huge brass-clasped leathern-bound
In virtue of this prohibition, Şir Mungo, who, as manuscript folios, which are the pride and trust of well as the rest of the company, had overheard what dealers, and the dread of customers whose year of passed betwixt George Heriot and his cash-keeper, grace is out. The good knight leant his elbows on saw himself condemned to wait in the outer business- the desk, and said to the functionary in a condoling Toon, where he would have endeavoured to slake tone of voice, -" What! you have lost a good cushis eager curiosity by questioning Knighton; but tomer, I fear, Master Roberts, and are busied in that emissary of greatness, after having added to the making out his bill of charges ?". uncivil message of his master some rudeness of his Now, it chanced that Roberts, like Sir Mungo himown, had again scampered westward, with his satel- self, was a little deaf, and, like Sir Mungo, knew also lites at his heels.
how to make the most of it; so that he answered In the meanwhile, the name of the Duke of Buck at cross purposes, -"I humbly crave your pardon, ingham, the omnipotent favourite both of the King Sir Mungo, for not having sent in your bill of charge and the Prince of Wales, had struck some anxiety sooner, but my master bade me not disturb you. "I into the party which remained in the great parlour. will bring the items together in a moment.” So say.. He was more feared than beloved, and, if not abso- ing, he began to turn over the leaves of his book of lutely of a tyranical disposition, was accounted fate, murmuring, “Repairing ane silver seal-new haughty, violent, and vindictive. It pressed on Nigel's clasp to his chain of office-ane over-gilt brooch to heart, that ke himself, though he could not conceive his hat, being a Saint Andrew's cross, with thistles how, nor why, might be the original cause of the -a copper gilt pair of spurs,-this to Daniel Driver, resentment of the Duke against his benefactor. The we not dealing in the article." others made their comments in whispers, until the He would have proceeded; but Sir Mungo, not sounds reached Ramsay, who had not heard a word prepared to endure the recital of the catalogue of his of what had previously passed, but plunged in those own petty debts, and still less willing to satisfy them studies with which he connected every other inci- on the spot, wished the book-keeper, cavalierly, gooddent and event, took up only the catchword, and night, and left the house without farther ceremony, Teplied" The Duke--the Duke of Buckingham- | The clerk looked after him with a civil city sneer, and
immediately resumed the more serious labours which was not the least shade of vital red to enliven feaSir Mungo's intrusion had interrupted.*
tures, which were exquisitely formed, and might, but for that circumstance, have been termied transcen
dently beautiful. Her long black hair fell down over CHAPTER VII.
her shoulders and down her back, combed smoothly
and regularly, but without the least appearance of Things needful we have thought on; but the thing of all most needful--that which Scripture terms,
decoration or ornament, which looked very singular As if alone it merited regard,
at a period when head-gear, as it was called, of one The one thing needful-that's yet unconsider'd.
sort or other, was generally used by all ranks. Her The Chamberlain.
dress was of pure white, of the simplest fashion, and When the rest of the company had taken their de- hiding all her person excepting the throat, face, and parture from Master Heriot's house, the young Lord hands. Her form was rather beneath than above of Glenvarloch also offered to take leave; but his host the middle size, but so justly proportioned and detained him for a few minutes, until all were gone elegantly made, that the spectator's attention was excepting the clergyman.
entirely withdrawn from her size. In contradiction My lord,” then said the worthy citizen, "we have of the extreme plainness of all the rest of her attire, had our permitted hour of honest and hospitable pas- she wore a necklace which a duchess might have time, and now I would fain delay you for another envied, so large and lustrous were the brilliants of and graver purpose, as it is our custom, when we which it was composed; and around her waist a have the benefit of good Mr. Windsor's company, zone of rubies of scarce inferior value. that he reads the prayers of the church for the even- When this singular figure entered the apartment, ing before we separate. Your excellent father, my she cast her eyes on Nigel, and paused, as if uncerlord, would not have departed before family worship tain whether to advance or retreat. The glance - I hope the same from your lordship.
which she took of him seemed to be one rather of : With pleasure, sir," answered Nigel; "and you uncertainty and hesitation, than of bashfulness or add in the invitation an additional obligation to those timidity. Aunt Judith took her by the hand, and led with which you have loaded me. When young men her slowly forward-her dark eyes, however, conforget what is their duty, they owe deep thanks to tinued to be fixed on Nigel, with an expression of the friend who will remind them of it."
melancholy by which he felt strangely affected. Even While they talked together in this manner, the when she was seated on the vacant stool, which was serving-men had removed the folding tables, brought placed there probably for her accommodation, she forward a portable reading-desk, and placed chairs again looked on him more than once with the same and hassocks for their master, their mistress, and pensive, lingering, and anxious expression, but withthe noble stranger. Another low chair, or rather a out either shyness or embarrassment, not even so sort of stool, was placed close beside that of Master much as to call the slightest degree of complexion Heriot; and though the circumstance was trivial, into her cheek. Nigel was induced to notice it, because, when about So soon as this singular female had taken up the to occupy that seat, he was prevented by a sign from prayer-book, which was laid upon her cushion, she the old gentleman, and motioned to another of some- seemed immersed in devotional duty; and although what more elevation. The clergyman took his sta- Nigel's attention to the service was so much disturbtion behind the readi esk. The domestics, a led by this extraordinary apparition, that he looked numerous family both of clerks and servants, includ- towards her repeatedly in the course of the service, ing Moniplies, attended with great gravity, and were he could never observe that her eyes or her thoughts accommodated with benches.
strayed so much as a single moment from the iask The household were all seated, and, externally at in which she was engaged. Nigel himself was less least, composed to devout attention, when a low attentive, for the appearance of this lady seemed so knock was heard at the door of the apartment; Mrs. extraordinary, that, strictly as he had been bred up Judith looked anxiously at her brother, as if desiring by his father to pay the most reverential attention to know his pleasure. He nodded his head gravely, during performance of divine service, his thoughts in and looked to the door. Mrs. Judith immediately spite of himself were disturbed by her presence, and crossed the chamber, opened the door, and led into he earnestly wished the prayers were ended, that his the apartment a beautiful creature, whose sudden and curiosity might obtain some gratification. When the singular appearance might have made her almost service was concluded, and each had remained, acpass for an apparition. She was deadly pale--there cording to the decent and edifying practice of ihe
church, concentrated in mental devotion for a short • It will perhaps be recognised by some of my countrymen, that the caustic Scottish knight, as described in the preceding chap space, the mysterious visitant arose ere any other
person stirred; and Nigel remarked that none of the spectable baronet. who was to be met with in Edinburgh
society domestics left their places, or even
moved, until she about twenty-five or thirty years ago. It is not by any means to had first kneeled on one knee to Heriot, who seemed be inferred, that the living person resembled the imaginary one in the course of life ascribed to him, or in his personal attri.
to bless her with his hand laid on her head, and a butes. But his fortune was little adequate to his rank and the melancholy solemnity of look and action. She then antiquity of his family ; and, to avenge himself of this disparity, bended her body, but without kneeling, to Mrs. Judith, the worthy baronet lost no opportunity of making the more and having performed these two acts of reverence, avowed sons of fortune feel the edge of his
satire. This he had she left the room ; yet just in the act of her departure and usually introduced his most severe things by an affected she once more turned her penetrating eyes on Nigel mistake of what was said around him. For example, at a pub- with a fixed look, which compelled him to turn his lic meeting of a certain county, this worthy gentleman had chosen own aside. When he looked towards her again, he to display a laved coat, of such a pattern as had not been seen in society for the better part of a century. The young men who
saw only the skirt of her white mantle as she left the were present amused themselves with rallying him on his taste, apartment. when he suddenly singled out one of the party :-"Auld d'ye The domestics then rose and dispersed themselves think my coat-auld fashioned ?-indeed it canna be new ; but it was the wark of a braw tailor, and that was your grandfather --wine, and fruit, and spices, were offered to Lord who was at the head of the trade in Edinburgh about the begin: Nigel and to the clergyman, and the latter took his ning of last century." Upon another occasion, when this leave. The young lord would fajn have accompanied type of Sir Mungo Malagrowther happened to hear a nobleman, him, in hope to get some explanation of the apparithe high chief of one of those Border clans who were accused tion' which he had beheld, but he was stopped by his tions of Meum and Tuum, addressing a gentleman of the same host, who requested to speak with him in his comptname, as if conjecturing there should be some relationship ing-room. between them, he volunteered to ascertain the nature of the con
I hope, my lord,” said the citizen, "that your nexion by saying, that the “Chief's ancestors had stolen the cows, and the other gentleman's ancestors had killed thern," – preparations for attending Court are in such forwardfame ascribing the origin of the latter family to a butcher. itness that you can go thither the day after to-morrow. inay be well imagined, that among a people that have been It is, perhaps, the last day, for some time that his general acquaintance with all the daws and specks
in the shields Majesty will hold open court for all who have preof the proud the pretending, and the nouveaux riches, must have tensions by birth, rank, or office, to attend upon him. had the same scope for amusement as a monkey in a china shop. On the subsequent day he goes to Theobald's, where