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peace be with her !-she had the ill-luck to meddle in once more, I commend you to your pillow, my pearl the matter of Somerset and Overbury, and so the of pearls, and Marguerite of Marguerites!" great earl and his lady slipt their necks out of the So saying, she kissed the reluctant cheek of her collar, and left her and some half-dozen others to young friend, or patroness, and took her departure suffer in their stead. I shall never forget the sight of with the light and stealthy pace of one accustomed her standing on the scaffold with the ruff round her to accommodate her footsteps to the purposes of des pretty neck, all done up with the yellow starch which patch and secrecy. I had so often helped her to make, and that was so Margaret Ramsay looked after her for some time, soon to give place to a rough hempen cord. Such in anxious silence. "I did ill," she at length mura sight, sweetheart, will make one loath to meddle mured, to let her wring this out of me; but she is with matters that are too hot or heavy for their hand- artful, bold, and serviceable--and I think faithful ling.'

or, if not, she will be true at least to her interest, and Out, you fool!" answered Mistress Margaret ; | that I can command. I would I had not spoken, am I one to speak to you about such criminal prac- however, I have begun a hopeless work. For what tices as that wretch died for? All I desire of you is, has he said to me to warrant my meddling in his forto get me precise knowledge of what affair brings tunes ?-Nothing but words of the most ordinary imthis young nobleman to Court.”

port-mere table-talk, and terms of course. Yet who And when you have his secret,” said Ursula, knows"-she said, and then broke off

, looking at the "what will it avail you, sweetheart ?-and yet I glass the while; which, as it reflected back a face of would do your errand, if you could do as much for me. great beauty, probably suggested to her mind a more

" And what is it you would have of me?" said favourable conclusion of the sentence than she cared Mistress Margaret.

to trust her tongue withal. " What you have been angry with me for asking before," answered Dame Ursula. I want to have some light about the story of your godfather's ghost,

CHAPTER IX. that is only seen at prayers.”

So pitiful a thing is suitor's state ! "Not for the world," said Mistress Margaret, Most miserable man, whom wicked fate "will I be a spy on my kind godfather's secrets-No, Hath brought to Court to sue, for Had I wist, Ursula-that I will never pry into, which he desires

That few have found, and many a one hath miss'd!

Full little knowest thou, that has not tried, to keep hidden. But thou knowest that I have a

What hell it is, in rueing long to bide: fortune of my own, which must at no distant day To lose good days that might be better spent; come under my own management-think of some To waste long nights in pensive discontent ; other recompense.”

To speed to-day, to be put back to-morrow;

To feed on hope, to pine with fear and sorrow; Ay, that I well know," said the counsellor-"it

To have thy Prince's grace yet want her Peers', is that two hundred per year, with your father's in- To have thy asking, yet wait many years ; dulgence, that makes you so wilful, sweetheart."

To fret thy soul with crosses and with caresIt may be so,"—said Margaret Ramsay; " mean

To eat thy heart through comfortless despairs.

To fawn, to crouch, to wait, to ride, to run, while, do you serve me truly, and here is a ring of va- To spend, to give, to want, to be undone. lue in pledge, that when my fortune is in my own

Mother Hubderd's Tale. hand, I will redeem the token with fifty broad pie- On the morning of the day on which George Heriot ces of goid.”

had prepared to escort the young Lord of GlenvarFifty broad pieces of gold;", repeated the dame; loch to the Court at Whitehall, may be reasonably "and this ring, which is a right fair one in toķen supposed, that the young man, whose fortunes were you fail not of your word !-Well,

sweetheart, if I likely to depend on this cast, felt himself more than must put my throat in peril, I am sure I cannot risk usually anxious. He rose early, made his toilet with it for a friend more generous than you; and I would uncommon care, and, being enabled, by the generosity not think of more than the pleasure of serving you, of his more plebeian countryman, to set out a very only Benjamin gets more idie every day, and our handsome person to the best advantage he obtained family''

a momentary approbation of himself as he glanced Say no more of it,” said Margaret; "we under- at the mirror, and a loud and distinct plaudit from stand cach other. And now, tell me what you know his landlady, who declared at once, that, in her judgof this young man's affairs, which made you so un- ment, he would take the wind out of the sail of every willing to meddle with them?"

gallant in the presence-so much had she been able “Of that I can say no great matter, as yet," an- to enrich her discourse with the metaphors of those swered Dame Ursula; "only I know, the most power with whom her husband dealt. ful among his own countrymen are against him, and At the appointed hour, the barge of Master George also the most powerful at the Court here. But I Heriot arrived, handsomely manned and appointed, will learn more of it; for it will be a dim print that having a tilt with his own cipher, and the arms of I will not read for your sake, pretty Mistress Mar- his company painted thereupon. garet. Know you where this gallant dwells ?"

The young Lord of Glenvarloch received the "I heard by accident," said Margaret, as if ashamed friend, who had evinced such disinterested attachof the minute particularity of her memory upon such ment, with the kind courtesy which well became him. an occasion, -" he lodges, I think-at one Christie's Master Heriot then made him acquainted with the --if I mistake not-at Paul's Wharf-a ship-chand- bounty of his Sovereign ; which he paid over to his ler's."

young friend, declining what he had himself formerly "A proper lodging for a young baron!-Well, but advanced to him. Nigel felt all the gratitude which cheer you up, Mistress Margaret-If he has come up the citizen's disinterested friendship had deserved, a caterpillar, like some of his countrymen, he may and was not wanting in expressing it suitably. cast his slough like them, and come out a butterfly.- Yet, as the young and high-born nobleman emSo I drink good-night, and sweet dreams to you, in barked to go to the presence of his Prince, under the another parting cup of sack; and you shall hear patronage of one whose best, or most distinguished tidings of me within four-and-twenty hours. And, qualification, was his being an eminent member of She was the widow of a physician, and had been eminently the Goldsmith's Incorporation, he felt a little surbeautiful, as appears from the description of her in the poem prised, if not abashed, at his own situation; and called Overbury's Vision. There was produced in court a parcel Richie Moniplies, as he stepped over the gangway to dressed, and which she used for exhibiting fashions upon. But, take his place forward in the boat, could not help greatly to the horror of the spectators, who accounted these muttering, "It

was a changed day betwixt Master figures to be magical devices, there was on their being shown Heriot and his honest father

in the Kræmes ;-but, mult, and confusion, among the spectators and throughout the doubtless, there was a difference between clinking on hall, every one fearing hurt, as if the devil had been present, and gold and silver, and clattering upon pewter." grown angry to have his workmanship showed to such as were On they glided, by the assistance of the oars of not his own scholars.” Compare this curious, passage in the four stout watermen, along

the Thames, which then History of King James for the First Fourteen Years, 1661, with served for the principal high-road betwixt London the Aulicus Coquinarius of Dr. Heylin. Both works are published in the Secret History of King James.

and Westminster; for few ventured on horseback, through the narrow and crowded streets of the city, gether the honest citizen, to whom he owed many a and coaches were then a luxury reserved only for the dinner, to attach himself exclusively, to the young higher nobility, and to which no citizen, whatever lord, although he suspected he might be occasionally was his wealth, presumed to aspire. The beauty of in the

predicament of needing one as much as himself. the banks, especially on the northern side, where the And even the notice of this original, singular and gardens of the nobility descended from their hotels, unamiable as he was, was not entirely indifferent to in many

places, down to the water's edge, was point- Lord Gļenyarloch, since the absolute and somewhat ed out to Nigel by his kind conductor, and was constrained silence of his good friend Heriot, which pointed out in vain. The mind of the young Lord of left him at liberty to retire painfully to his own Glenvarloch was filled with anticipations, not the agitating reflections, was now relieved; while on the most pleasant, concerning the manner in which he other hand, he could not help feeling interest in the was likely to be received by that monarch, in whose sharp and sarcastic information poured upon him by behalf his family had been nearly reduced to ruin; an observant, though discontented courtier, to whom and he was, with the usual mental anxiety of those a patient auditor, and he a man of title and rank, was in such a situation, framing imaginary questions from as much a prize, as his acute and communicative the King, and over-toiling his spirit in devising an- disposition rendered him an entertaining companion swers to them.

to Nigel Olifaunt. Heriot, in the meantime, neglected His conductor saw the labour of Nigel's mind, by Sir Mungo, and avoiding every attempt by which and avoided increasing it by farther conversation; the grateful politeness of Lord Glenvarloch strove so that, when he had explained to him briefly the to bring him into the conversation, stood by, with ceremonies observed at Court on such occasions of a kind of half smile on his countenance; but whether presentation, the rest of their voyage was performed excited by Sir Mungo's wit, or arising at his expense, in silence.

did not exactly appear. They landed at Whitehall Stairs, and entered the

In the meantime, the trio occupied a nook of the Palace after announcing their names,--the guards anteroom, next to the door of the presence-chamber, paying to Lord Glenvarloch the respect and honours which was not yet thrown open, when Maxwell

, due to his rank.

with his rod of office, came bustling into the apartThe young man's heart beat high and thick within ment, where most men, excepting those of high him as he came into the royal apartments. His rank, made way for him. He stopped beside the pareducation abroad, conducted, as it had been, on a ty in which we are interested, looked for a moment narrow and limited scale, had given him but imper- at the young Scots nobleman, then made a slight fect ideas of the grandeur of a Court; and the philo- obeisance to Heriot, and lastly, addressing. Sir Munsophical reflections which

taught him to set cere- go Malagrowther, began a hurried complaint to him monial and exterior splendour at defiance, proved, of the misbehaviour of the gentlemen.pensioners like other maxims of mere philosophy, ineffectual, at and warders, who suffered all sort of citizens, suitors, the moment they were weighed against the impres, and scriveners, to sneak into the outer apartments, don naturally made on the mind of an inexperienced without either respect or decency.-" The English,' youth, by the unusual magnificence of the scene. he said, ". were scandalized, for such a thing durst The splendid apartments through which they passed, not be attempted in the Queen's days. In her time, the rich apparel of the grooms, guards, and domes- there was then the court-yard for the mobility; and tics in waiting, and the ceremonial attending their the apartments for the nobility, and it reflects on passage through the long

suite of apartments, had your place, Sir Mungo," he added, " belonging to the something

in it trifling and commonplace as it might household as you do, that such things should not be appear to practised courtiers, embarrassing and even better ordered." alarming, to one, who went through these forms for Here Sir Mungo, afflicted, as was frequently the the first time, and who was doubtful what sort of case on such occasions, with one of his usual fits of reception was to accompany his first appearance deafness, answered, "It was no wonder the mobility before his Sovereign.

used freedoms, when those whom they saw in office Heriot, in anxious attention to save his young were so little better in blood and havings than friend from any momentary awkwardness, had taken themselves." care to give the necessary password to the warders, "You are right, sir-quite right," said Maxwell, put. grooms of the chambers, ushers, or by whatever ting his hand on the tarnished embroidery on the old name they were designated; so they passed on with knight's sleeve-"when such fellows see men in ofout interruption.

fice dressed in cast-off suits, like paltry stage-players, In this manner they passed several anterooms, it is no wonder the Court is thronged with intrufilled chiefly with guards, attendants of the Court, ders." and their acquaintances, male and female, who "Were you lauding the taste of my embroidery, dressed in their best apparel, and with eyes rounded Maister Maxwell ?" answered the knight, who appaby eager curiosity to make the most of their oppor- rently interpreted the deputy chamberlain's meantunity, stood, with beseeming modesty, ranked against ing rather from his action than his words ;-"it is of the wall, in a manner which indicated that they an ancient and liberal pattern, having been made by were spectators, not performers, in the courtly exhí- your mother's father, auld James Stitchell

, a masterbition.

fashioner of honest repute, in Merlin's Wynd, whom Through these exterior apartments Lord Glenvar, I made a point to employ, as I am now happy to reloch and his city friend advanced into a large and member, seeing your father thought fit to intermarsplendid withdrawing-room, communicating with the ry with sic a person's daughter."* presence-chamber, into which anteroom were ad- Maxwell looked stern; but conscious there was mitted those only, who, from birth, their posts in the nothing to be got of Sir Mungo in the way of amends, state or household, or by the particular grant of the and that prosecuting the quarrel with such an adverKing, had right to attend the Court, as men entitled sary.would only render him ridiculous, and make a to pay their respects to their Sovereign.

public mis-alliance of which he had no reason to be Amid this favoured and selected company, Nigel proud, he covered his resentment with a sneer ; and observed Sir Mungo Malagrowther, who, avoided and expressing his regret that Sir Mungo was become too discountenanced by those who knew who low he deaf to understand or attend to what was said to stood in Court interest and favour, was but too him, walked on, and planted himself beside the happy in the opportunity of hooking himself upon a folding-doors of the presence-chamber, at which he person of Lord Glenvarloch's rank, who was, as

yet, was to perform the duty of deputy-chamberlain, or so inexperienced as to feel it difficult to shake off an usher, so soon as they should be opened. intruder.

"The door of the presence is about to open," said The knight forthwith framed his grim features to the goldsmith, in a whisper, to his young friend; a ghastly smile, and, after a preliminary and patron- my condition permits me to go no farther with you. ising nod to George Heriot, accompanied with an Fail not to present yourself boldly, according to your aristocratic wave of the hand, which intimated at birth, and offer your Supplication; which the King once superiority and protection, he laid aside alto- See Note to Chapter VI., p. 32. Sir Mungo Malagrowther.

civil sneer,

will not refuse to accept, and, as I hope, to consider over or conceal his own foibles, and had so much infavourably."

dulgence and sympathy for those of others, that his As he spoke, the door of the presence-chamber address, joined to his learning, and a certain proporopened accordingly, and, as is usual on such occa- tion of shrewd mother-wit, failed not to make a fasions, the courtiers began to advance towards it, and vourable impression on those who approached his to enter in a slow, but continuous and uninterrupted person. stream.

When the Earl of Huntinglen had presented Nigel As Nigel presented himself in his turn at the en- to his sovereign, a ceremony which the good peer trance, and mentioned his name and title, Maxwell took upon himself, the King received the young lord seemed to hesitate.. "You are not known to any very graciously, and observed to his introducer, that one,” he said. “It is my duty to suffer no one to he was fain to see them twa stand side by side; pass to the presence, my lord, whose face is unknown for I trow, my Lord Huntinglen," continued he, your to me, unless upon the word of a responsible person." ancestors, ay, and e'en your lordship's self and this

"I came with Master George Heriot," said Nigel, lad's father, have stood front to front at the sword's in some embarrassment at this unexpected interrup- point, and that is a worse posture." tion.

"Until your Majesty," said Lord Huntinglen, Master Heriot's name will pass current for much "made Lord Ochtred and me cross palms, upon the gold and silver, my lord,” replied Maxwell, with a memorable day when your Majesty feasted all the

“but not for birth and rank. I am com- nobles that were at feud together, and made them pelled by my office to be peremptory.—The entrance join hands in your presence” is impeded—I am much concerned to say it-your "I mind it weel," said the King;"I mind it weellordship must stand back.”

it was a blessed day, being the nineteen of September, "What is the matter ?" said an old Scottish noble- of all days in the year-and it was a blithe sport to see man, who had been speaking with George Heriot, how some of the carls girned as they clapped loofs after he had separated from Nigel, and who now together. By my saul, I thought some of them, came forward, observing the altercation betwixt the mair special the Hieland chiels, wad have broken out latter and Maxwell.

in our own presence; but we caused them to march "It is only Master Deputy Chamberlain Maxwell," hand in hand to the Cross, ourselves leading the said Sir Mungo Malagrowther, "expressing his joy way, and there drink a blithe cup of kindness with to see Lord Glenvarloch at Court, whose father gave ilk other, to the stanching of feud, and perpetuation him his office—at least I think he is speaking to that of amity. Auld John Anderson was Provost that purport-for your lordship kens my imperfection.” year-the carle grat for joy, and the Bailies and A subdued laugh, such as the situation permitted, Councillors danced bareheaded in our presence like passed round amongst those who heard this speci- five year-auld.colts, for very triumph." men of Sir Mungo's sarcastic temper. But the old “It was indeed a happy day," said Lord Huntinglen, nobleman stepped still more forward, saying-What!" and will not be forgotten in the history of your Ma

-the son of my gallant old opponent, Ochtred Oli- jesty's reign.” faunt?-I will introduce him to the presence my- I would not that it were, my lord,” replied the self.”

Monarch-" I would not that it were pretermitted in So saying, he took Nigel by the arm, without far- our annals. Ay, ay-B¢ati pacifici.' My English ther ceremony, and was about to lead him forward, lieges here may weel make much of me, for I would when Maxw still keeping his rod across the door, have them to know, they have gotten the only peacesaid, but with hesitation and embarrassment—"My able man that ever came of my family. If James lord, this gentleman is not known, and I have orders with the Fiery Face had come amongst you," he to be scrupulous.”

said, looking round him, “or my great grandsire, of "Tutti-taiti, man," said the old lord, "I will be Flodden memory!" answerable he is his father's son, from the cut of his "We should have sent him back to the north again," eyebrow-and thou, Maxwell, knewest his father well whispered one English nobleman, enough to have spared thy scruples. Let us pass, “At least,'' said another, in the same inaudible

So saying, he put aside the deputy chamber- tone, we should have had a man to our sovereign, lain's rod, and entered the presence-room, still hold-though he were but a Scotsman." ing the young nobleman by the arm.

“And now, my young springald,” said the King to Why, I must know you, man," he said ; "I must Lord Glenvarloch," where have you been spending know you. I knew your father well

, man, and I have your calf-time?" broke a lance and crossed a blade with him; and it is At Leyden, of late, may it please your Majesty," to my credit that I am living to brag of it.' He was answered Lord Nigel. king'ş-man, and I was Queen's-man, during the ", Aha! a scholar,” said the King; "and by my Douglas wars-young fellows both, that feared neither saul, a modest and 'ingenuous youth, that hath not fire nor steel; and we had some old feudal quarrels forgotten how to blush, like most of our travelled besides, that had come down from father to son, with Monsieurs. We will treat him comformably:", our seal-rings, two-handed broadswords, and plate- Then drawing himself up, coughing slightly, and coats, and the crests on our burgonets."

looking around him with the conscious importance "Too loud, my Lord of Huntinglen,” whispered a of superior learning, while all the courtiers who ungentleman of the chamber- "the King !- the King!” derstood, or understood not, Latin, pressed eagerly

The old Earl (for such he proved) took the hint, forward to listen, the sapient monarch prosecuted and was silent; and James, advancing from a side his inquiries as follows:door, received in succession the compliments of stran- Hem! hem! Saloe bis, quaterque salde, Glendargers, while a little group of favourite courtiers, or of- lochides noster ! Nuperumne ab Lugduno Batavorum ficers of the household, stood around him, to whom Britanniam rediisli? he addressed himself from time to time. Some

The young nobleman replicd, bowing lowmore pains had been bestowed on his toilet than upon Imo, Rex augustissima-biennium fere apud the occasion when we first presented the monarch Lugdunenses moratus sum.' to our readers; but there was natural awkward- James proceeded

ness about his figure which prevented his clothes Biennium dicis ? bene, bene, optume factum est| from sitting handsomely, and the prudence or timidi- Non uno die, quod dicunt,-intelligisti, Domine ty of his disposition had made him adopt the custom Glenvarlochiensis? Aha!" already noticed, of wearing a dress so thickly quilted Nigel replied by a reverend bow, and the King, turno as might withstand the stroke of a dagger, which adding to those behind him, said ed an ungainly stiffness to his whole appearance, Adolescens quidem ingenui vultus ingenuique pucontrasting oddly with the frivolous, ungraceful, and doris." "Then resumed his learned queries. Et quid fidgeting motions with which he accompanied his hodie Lugdunenses loquuntur, Vossius vester nihilne conversation. And yet, though the King's deport- nori scripsit?-nihil certe, quod doleo, typis recenter ment was very undignified, he had a manner so kind, edidil." familiar, and good-humoured, was so little apt to veil “ Valet quidem Vossius, Rez benevole," replied Ni

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, "asl senet veneratissimus annum agit, ni fallor, "I have already offered my humble Supplication to septuagesimum."

your Majesty's Secretary of State," said Lord GlenVirum, mehercle, vix tam grandædum credide- varloch-, but it seems” rin," replied the Monarch. "Et Vorstius iste?- "That he would not receive it, I warrant ?'' said the Arminii improbi successor æque ac sectator-Herosne King, interrupting him; “by my saul, our Secretary adhuc, ut cum Homero loquar, Zwòs dori kal éri 20ovi kens that point of king-craft, called refusing, better

than we do, and will look at nothing but what he likes Nigel, by, good fortune, remembered that Vorstius, himsell- I think I wad make a better Secretary to him the divine last mentioned in his Majesty's queries than he to me.- Weel, my lord, you are welcome to about the state of Dutch literature, had been engaged London; and, as ye seem an acute and learned youth, in a personal controversy with James, in which the I advise ye to turn your neb north ward as soon as ye King had taken so deep an interest, as at length to like, and settle yoursell for a while at Saint Andrews, hint in his public correspondence with the United and we will be right glad to hear that you prosper in States, that they would do well to apply the secular your studies.- Incumbile remis fortiter." arm to stop the progress of heresy by violent measures While the King spoke thus, he held the petition of against the Professor's person–a demand which their the young lord carelessly, like one who

only delayed Mighty Mightinesses' principles of universal tolera- till the supplicant's back was turned, to throw it away, tion induced them to elude, though with some diffi- or at least lay it aside to be no more looked at. The culty. Knowing all this, Lord Glenvarloch, though petitioner, who read this in his cold and indifferent a courtier of only five minutes' standing, had address looks, and in the manner in which he twisted and enough to reply

crumpled together the paper, arose with a bitter sense Virum quidem, haud diu est, hominem videbam- of anger and disappointment, made a profound obeirigere autem quis dicat qui sub fulminibus eloquentiæ sance, and was about to retire hastily. But Lord Huntuæ Rex magne, jamdudum pronus jacet, et prostra- tinglen, who stood by him, checked his intention by tus.

an almost imperceptible touch upon the skirt of his This last tribute to his polemical powers completed cloak, and Nigel

, taking the hint, retreated only a few James's happiness, which the triumph of exhibiting steps from the royal presence, and then made a pause. his erudition had already raised to a considerable In the meantime, Lord Huntinglen kneeled before height.

James, in his turn, and said —"May it please your He rubbed his hands, snapped his fingers, fidgeted, Majesty to remember, that upon one certain occasion chuckled, exclaimed— Euge! belle ! optime!? and you did promise to grant me a boon every year of turning to the Bishops of Exeter and Oxford, who your sacred life.” stood behind him, he said, -"Ye see, my lords, no "I mind it weel, man," answered James, "I mind bad specimen of our Scottish Latinity, with which it weel, and good reason why-it was when you unlanguage we would all our subjects of England were clasped the fause traitor Ruthven's fangs from about as well embued as this, and other youths of honour- our royal throat, and drove your dirk into him like a able birth, in our auld kingdom; also, we keep the true subject. We did then, as you remind us, (whilk genuine and Roman pronunciation, like other learned was unnecessary,) being partly' beside ourselves with nations on the continent, sae that we hold commu- joy at our liberation, promise we would grant you a ning with any scholar in the universe, who can but free boon every year; whilk promise, on our coming speak the Latin tongue; whereas ye, our learned sub- to menseful possession of our royal faculties, we did jects of England, have introduced into your universi-confirm, restrictiré always and conditionaliter, that ties, otherwise most learned, a fashion of pronouncing your lordship's demand should be such as we, in our like unto the nippit foot and clippit foot of the bride royal discretion, should think reasonable." in the fairy tale, whilk manner of speech (take it not Even so, gracious Sovereign," said the old Earl, amiss that I be round with you) can be understood "and may I yet farther crave to know if I have ever by no nation on earth saving yourselves; whereby exceeded ihe bounds of your royal benevolence ?" Latin, quoad Anglos, ceaseth to be communis lingua, “By my word, man, no!" said the King; "I cannot the general dragoman, or interpreter, between all the remember you have asked much for yourself, if it be wise men of the earth.”

not a dog, or a hawk, or a buck out of our park at The Bishop of Exeter bowed, as in acquiescence to Theobald's, or such like. But to what serves this the royal censure; but he of Oxford stood upright, as preface?" mindful over what subjects his see extended, and as "To the boon which I am now to ask of your being equally

willing to become food for fagots in de Grace," said Lord Huntinglen ; " which is, that your fence of the Latinity of the university, as for any ar- Majesty would be pleased, on the instant, to look at ticle of his religious creed.

the placet of Lord Glenvarloch, and do upon it what The King, without awaiting an answer from either your just and royal nature shall think meet and prelate, proceeded to question Lord Nigel,

but in the just, without reference to your Secretary or any other vernacular tongue, -"Weel, my likely Alumnus of the of your Council.”. Muses, and what make you so far from the north ?" By my saul, my lord, this is strange," said the

** To pay my homage to your Majesty," said the King; "ye are pleading for the son of your enemy!" young nobleman, kneeling on one knee, "and to lay "Of one who was my enemy till your Majesty made before you," he added, "this my humble and dutiful him my friend,” answered Lord Huntinglen. Supplication.".

“Weel spoken, my lord !" said the King;."and with The presenting of a pistol would certainly have a true Christian spirit. And, respecting the Supplistartled King James more, but could (setting apart cation of this young man, I partly guess where the the fright) hardly have been more unpleasing to his matter lies; and in plain troth I had promised to indolent disposition.

George Heriot to be good to the lad-But then, here And is it even so, man?" said he;" and can no the shoe pinches. Steenie and Baby Charles cannot single man, were it but for the rarity of the case, ever abide him--neither can your own son, my lord ; ard come up frae Scotland, excepting ex proposito--on set so, methinks, he had better go down to Scotland bepurpose, to see what he can make out of his loving fore he comes to ill luck by them." sovereign? It is but three days syne that we had weel- + The credit of having rescued Jamos I, from the dagger of nigh lost our life, and put three kingdoms into dule- Alexander Ruthven, is here fictitiously ascribed to an imaginary weeds, from the over haste of a clumsy-handed pea- 1 his preserver was John Ramsay, afterwards created Earl of sant, to thrust a packet into our hand, and now we Holderness, who stabbed the younger Ruthven with his dagger are beset by the like impediment in our very Court. while he was struggling with the King. Sir Anthony Weldon To our Secretary with that gear, my lord -10 our Se- informs us, that, upon the annual return of the day, the King's cretary with that gear."

deliverance was commemorated by an anniversary feast. The

time was the fifth of August, "upon which," proceeds the sa• Leat any lady or gentleman should suspect there is aught of titical historian, " Sir John 'Ramsay, for his good service in mystery concealed under the sentences printed in Italics, they that preservation, was the principal guest, and so did the King will be pleased to understand that they contain only a few com- grant him any boon he would ask that day. But he had such limonplace Latin phrases, relating to the state of letters in Hol- mitation made to his asking, as made his suit as unprofitable, &s land, which neither deserve, nor would endure a literal trans- the action for which he asked it for was unserviceable to the latioa.

King.".
Vol. IV.

My son, an it please your Majesty, so far as he is..." You are my own native and noble Prince," said concerned, shall not direct my doings," said the Earl, Huntinglen, as he knelt to kiss the royal hand just

nor any wild-headed young man of them all." and generous, whenever you listen to the workings

"Why, neither shall they mine," replied the Monof your own heart.” arch; "by my father's saul, none of them all shall Ay, ay,” said the King, laughing good-naturedly, play Rex with me, I will do what I will, and what I as he raised his faithful servant from the ground, aught, like a free King."

"that is what ye all say when I do any thing to please Your Majesty will then grant me my boon ?" said ye. There there, take the sign-manual, and away the Lord Huntinglen.

with you and this young fellow. I wonder Steenie Ay, marry will l-marry will 1,” said the King; and Baby Charles have not broken in on us before "but follow me this way, man, where we may be more now.' private."

Lord Huntinglen hastened from the cabinet, foreHe led Lord Huntinglen with rather a hurried step seeing a scene at which he was unwilling to be prethrough the courtiers, all of whom gazed earnestly on sent, but which sometimes occurred when James this unwonted scene, as is the fashion of all courts roused himself so far as to exert his own free will, on similar occasions. The King passed into a little of which he boasted so much, in spite of that of his cabinet, and bade, in the first moment, Lord Hun- imperious favourite Steenie, as he called the Duke of tinglen lock or bar the door ; but countermanded his Buckingham, from a supposed resemblance betwixt his direction in the next

, saying,—"No, no, no--bread overy handsome countenance, and that with which the life, man, I am a free King-will do what I will and Italian artists represented the proto-martyr Stephen, what I should I am justus et tenax propositi, man In fact, the haughty favourite, who had the unusual -nevertheless, ķeep by the door, Lord Huntinglen, good fortune to stand as high in the opinion of the in case Steenie should come in with his mad humour.' heir-apparent as of the existing monarch, had con

"O my poor master !" groaned the Earl of Hun- siderably diminished in his respect towards the lattinglen. When you were in your own cold country, ter; and it was apparent, , to the more shrewd couryou had warmer blood in your veins."

tiers, that James endured' his domination rather from The King hastily looked over the petition or memo- habit, timidity, and a dread of encountering his storrial, every now and then glancing his eye towards the my passions, than from any heartfelt continuation door, and then sinking it hastily on the paper, asha- of regard towards him, whose

greatness had been med that Lord Huntinglen, whom he respected, the work of his own hands. To save himself the should suspect him of timidity,

pain of seeing what was likely to take place on the "To grant the truth,” he said, after he had finished Duke's return, and to preserve the King from the adhis hasty perusal, “this is a hard case; and harder ditional humiliation which the presence of such a witthan it was represented to me, įhough I had some ness must have occasioned, the Earl left the cabinet inkling of it before. And so the lad only wants pay- as speedily as possible, having first carefully pocketment of the siller due from us, in order to reclaim his ed the important sign-manual. paternal estate? But then, Huntinglen, the lad will No sooner had he entered the presence-room, than have other debts--and why burden himsell with sae he hastily sought Lord Glenvarloch, who had withmony acres

of barren woodland ? let the land gang, drawn into the embrasure of one of the windows, man, let the land gang; Steenie has the promise of from the general gaze of men who seemed disposed it from our Scottish Chancellor-it is the best hunt only to afford him the notice which arises from suring ground in Scotland-and Baby Charles and prise and curiosity, and, taking him by the arm, withSteenie want to kill a buck there this next year-they out speaking, led him out of the presence-chamber maun hae the land--they maun hae the land; and into the first anteroom. Here they found the worthy our debt shall be paid to the young man plack and goldsmith, who approached them with looks of cubawbee, and he may have the spending of it at our riosity, which were checked by the old lord, who said Court; or if he has such an eard hunger, wouns! hastily, -"All is well. --Is your barge in waiting

?" man, we'll stuff his stomach with English land, Heriot answered in the affirmative. "Then,” said which is worth twice as much, ay, ten times as much Lord Huntinglen, "you shall give me a cast in it, as as these accursed hills and heughs, and mosses and the watermen say, and I, in requital, will give you muirs, that he is so keen after."

both your dinner; for we must have some conversaAll this while the poor King ambled up and down tion together." the apartment in a piteous state of uncertainty, which They both followed the Earl without speaking, and was made more ridiculous by his shambling circular were in the second anteroom when the important mode of managing his legs, and his ungainly fashion annunciation of the ushers, and the hasty murmur on such occasions of fidaling with the bunches of with which all

made ample way as the company reribands which fastened the lower part of his dress. peated to each other, -"The Duke-the Duke!" made

Lord Huntinglen listened with great composure, them aware of the approach of the omnipotent faand answered," An it please your Majesty, there vourite. was an answer yielded by Naboth when Åhab covet- He entered, that unhappy minion of court favour, ed his vineyard - The Lord forbid that I should give sumptuously dressed in the picturesque attire which the inheritance of my fathers unto thee."

will live for ever on the canvass of Vandyke, and “Ey, my lord-ey, my lord !", ejaculated James, which marks so well the proud age, when aristocrawhile all the colour mounted both to his cheek and cy, though undermined and nodding to its fall

, still, nose; "I hope ye mean not to teach me divinity ?- by external show and profuse expense, endeavoured Ye need not fear, my lord, that I will shun to do jus- to assert its paramount superiority over the inferior tice to every man; and, since your lordship will give orders. The handsome and commanding counteme no help to take up this in a more peaceful man- nance, stately form, and graceful action and manners ner-whilk, methinks, would be better for the young of the Duke of Buckingham, made him become that man, as I said before, --why-since it maun be so picturesque dress beyond any man of his time. At 'sdeath, I am a free King, man, and he shall have his present, however, his countenance seemed discompomoney and redeem his land, and make a kirk and a sed, his dress a little more disordered than became miln of it, an he will.". So saying, he hastily wrote the place, his step hasty, and his voice imperative. an order on the Scottish Exchequer for the sum in All marked the angry spot upon his brow, and bore question, and then added, " How they are to pay it

, back so suddenly to make way for him, that the Earl see not; but l warrant he will find money on the of Huntinglen, who affected no extraordinary haste order among the goldsmiths, who can find it for eve on the occasion, with his companions, who could ry one but me.--And now you see, my Lord of Hun- not, if they would have decently left him, remained tinglen, that I am neither an untrue man, to deny you as it were by themselves in the middle of the room, the boon whilk I became bound for, nor'an Ahab, to and in the very path of the angry favourite. He covet Naboth's vineyard; por a mere nose-of-wax, touched his cap sternly as he looked on Huntinglen, to be twisted this way and that, by favourites and but unbonneted to Heriot, and sunk his beaver, with counsellors at their pleasure. I think you will grant its shadowy plume, as low as the floor, with a pronow that I am none of those ?"

found air of mock respect. In returning his greeting.

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