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which he did simply and unaffectedly, the citizen only pointing out to George Heriot the royal warrant said, "Too much courtesy, my lord duke, is often endorsed thereon,
asked him, if it were in due and the reverse of kindness."
regular form ? The worthy citizen hastily read it "I grieve you should think so, Master Heriot," over, thrust forth his hand as if to congratulate the answered the Duke; "I only meant, by my homage, Lord Glenyarloch, then checked himself, pulled out to claim your protection, sir—your patronage. You his barnacles, (a present from old David Ramsay,) are become, I understand, a solicitor of suits--a pro- and again perused the warrant with the most busimoter-an undertaker-a fautor of court suitors of ness-like and critical attention. "It is strictly cormerit and quality, who chance to be pennyless. !rect and formal,” he said, looking to the Earl of trust your bags will bear you out in your new boast."
, Huntinglen ; " and I sincerely rejoice at it." "They will bear me the farther, my lord duke," "I doubt nothing of its formality," said the Earl ; answered the goldsmith, "that my boast is but the King understands business well, and, if he small."
does not practice it often, it is only because indolence "O, you do yourself less than justice, my good obscures parts which are naturally well qualified for Master Heriot, continued the Duke, in the same the discharge of affairs. But what is next to be tone of irony; "you have a marvellous court-faction, done for our young friend, Master Heriot? You to be the son of an Edinburgh ţinker. Have the know how I am circumstanced. Scottish lords goodness to prefer me to the knowledge of the high- living at the English Court have seldom command born nobleman who is honoured and advantaged by of money; yet, unless a sum can be presently raised your patronage."
on this warrant, matters standing as you hastily That shall be my task," said Lord Huntinglen, hinted to me, the mortgage, wadset, or whatever it with emphasis. "My lord Duke, I desire you to is called, will be foreclosed. know Nigel Olifaunt, Lord Glenvarloch, representa- "It is true," said Heriot, in some embarrassment; uve of one of the most ancient and powerful baronial " there is a large sum wanted in redemption-yet, if houses in Scotland.-Lord Glenvarloch, I present it is not raised, there will be an expiry of the legal you to his Grace the Duke of Buckingham, repre- as our lawyers call it, and the estate will be evicted.' sentative of Sir George Villiers, Knight, of Brookesby, "My noble-my worthy friends, who have taken in the county of Leicester."
up my cause so undeservedly, so unexpectedly,” said The Duke coloured still more high as he bowed to Nigel, “ do not let me be a burden on your kindness. Lord Glenvarloch scornfully, a courtesy which the You have already done too much where nothing was other returned haughtily, and with restrained indig. merited." nation. “We know each other, then," said the "Peace, man, peace," said Lord Huntinglen, "and Duke, after a moment's pause; and as if he had seen let old Heriot and I puzzle this scent out. He is something in the young nobleman which merited about to open-hark to him !" more serious notice than the bitter raillery with which "My lord," said the citizen, "the Duke of Buckhe had commenced" we know each other—and ingham sneers at our city money-bags; yet they can you know me, my lord, for your enemy.
sometimes open, to prop a falling and a noble house." "I thank you for your plainness, my lord duke," “We know they can,” said Lord Huntinglenreplied Nigel"; " an open enemy is better than a "mind not Buckingham, he is a Peg-a-Ramsay-and hollow friend."
now for the remedy." “For you, my Lord Huntinglen," said the Duke, "I partly hinted to Lord Glenvarloch already," "methinks you have but now overstepped the limits said Heriot, "that the redemption money might be of the indulgence permitted to you, as the father of advanced upon such a warrant as the present, and I the Prince's friend, and my own.'
will engage my credit that it can. But then, in order "By my word, my lord duke,” replied the Earl, to secure the lender, he must come in the shoes of the "it is easy for any one to outstep boundaries, of the creditor to whom he advances payment. existence of which he was not aware. It is neither “Come in his shoes !" replied the Earl; "Why, to secure my protection nor approbation, that my son what have boots or shoes to do with this matter my keeps such exalted company.'
good friend ?" "O, my lord, we know you, and indulge you,” said " It is a law phrase, my lord. My experience has the Duke ; " you are one of those who presume for a made me pick up a few of them,” said Heriot. life-long upon the merit of one good action."
Ay, and of better things along with them, Mas"In faith, my lord, and if it be so," said the old ter George," replied Lord Huntinglen; “but what Earl
, “I have at least the advantage of such as pre- means it ?” siime more than I do, without having done any action Simply this," resumed the citizen; that the of merit whatever. But I mean not to quarrel with lender of this money will transact with the holder yol, my lord-we can neither be friends nor enemies of the mortgage, or wadset, over the estate of Glen-you have your path, and I have mine."
varloch, and obtain from him such a conveyance :0 Buckingham only replied by throwing on his bon, his right as shall leave the lands pledged for the net, and shaking its lofty plume with a careless and debt, in case the warrant upon the Scottish Exchescornful toss of the head. They parted thus; the quer should prove unproductive. I fear, in this un. Duke walking onwards through the apartments, and certainty of public credit, that without some such the others leaving the palace and repairing to White counter security, it will be very difficult to find so hall stairs, where they embarked on board the barge large a sum. of the citizen.
Ho la !" said the Earl of Huntinglen, “Halt there! a thought strikes me.-- What if the new cre
ditor should admire the estate as a hunting-field, as CHAPTER X.
much as my Lord Grace of Buckingham seems to Bid not thy fortune troll upon the wheels
do, and should wish to kill a buck there in the sumof yonder dancing cubes of mottled bone ;
mer season? It seems to me, that on your plan, And drown it not like Egypt's royal harlot,
Master George, our new friend will be as well entitled Dissolving ber rich pearl in the brimm'd wine cup. These are the arts, Lothario, which shrink acres
to block Lord Glenvarloch out of his inheritance as Into brief yards-bring sterling pounds to farthings, the present holder of the mortgage." Credit to infamy; and the poor gull,
The citizen laughed. "I will engage," he said, Who might have lived an honour'd, easy life, To ruin, and an unregarded grave. - The Changes.
that the keenest sportsman to whom I may apply, When they were fairly embarked on the Thames,
on this occasion, shall not have a thought beyond the Earl took from his pocket the Supplication, and, Lord Keeper, Coventry ?' He replied, The King.' Bucking i
* Buckingham, who had a frankness in his high and irascible ham replied,' It's false ; 'twas I did make you, and you shall ambition, was always ready to bid defiance to those by whom know that I, who made you, can, and will unmake you.' Cohe was thwarted or opposed. He aspired to be created Prince ventry thus answered him, "Did
I'conceive that I held my place of Tipperary in Ireland, and Lord High Constable of England. by your favour, I would presently unmake myself, by rendering Coventry, then Lord Keeper, opposed what seemed such an uns up the seals to his Majesty' Then Buckingham, in a scorn and reasonable extent of power as was annexed to the office of Con- fury, flung from him, saying, ' You shall not keep it long and
On this opposition, according to Sir Anthony Weldon, gurely, had not Felton prevented him, he had made good his * the Duke peremptorily accosted Coventry, who made you word. -WELDON'S Court / King James and Charles.
the Lord Mayor's Easter-hunt, in Epping-Forest. | space were but labour in vain ; and when I think of
of the country, that the Prince has expressed a long-
He is so," answered the Earl, -"I
pray it may I know," said Heriot," an orphan lad, a scrivener, be for the advantage of them all. The Prince is just that dwells by Temple-Bar; he can draw deeds both and equitable in his sentiments, though cold and after the English and Scoitish fashion, and I have stately in his manners, and very obstinate in his most trusted him often in matters of weight and of import- trifling purposes; and the Duke, noble and gallant, ance. I will send one of my serving-men for him, and generous and open, is fiery, ambitious, and im and the mutual deeds may be executed in your lord- petuous. Dalgarno has none of these faults, and ship's presence ; for, as things stand, there should be such as he may have of his own, may perchance be no delay." His lordship readily assented; and, as corrected by the society in which he moves.-See, they now landed upon the private stairs leading down here he comes." to the river from the gardens of the handsome hotel Lord Dalgarno accordingly advanced from the farwhich he inhabited, the messenger was dispatched ther end of the alley to the bench on which his father without loss of time.
and his guests were seated, so that Nigel had full Nigel, who had sat almost stupified while these leisure to peruse his countenance and figure. He zealous friends volunteered for him in arranging the was dressed point-device, and almost to extremity, measures by which his fortune was to be disembar- in the splendid fashion of the time, which suited well rassed, now made another eager attempt to force with his age, probably about five-and-twenty, with a upon them his broken expressions of thanks and noble form and fine countenance, in which last could gratitude. But he was again silenced by Lord Hunt- easily be traced the manly features of his father, but inglen, who declared he would not hear a word on softened by a more habitual air of assiduous courtthat topic, and proposed instead, that they should esy than the stubborn old Earl had ever condescendtake a turn in the pleached alley, or sit upon the stone ed to assume towards the world in general. In other bench which overlooked the Thames, until his son's respects, his address was gallant, free, and unencumarrival should give the signal for dinner,
bered either by pride or ceremony-far remote cer-
The old Earl was silent for a moment, and appear- ance Lord Glenyarloch to his son, as one whom he
i of the castles had summoned up.
countenance of Lord Dalgarno closely, to see if he "Does Lord Dalgarno follow the Court to New- could detect aught of that secret dislike which the market next week ?" said Heriot, by way of remov- King had, in one of his broken expostulations, seemed ing the conversation.
to intimate, as arising from a clashing of interests He proposes so, I think," answered Lord Hunt betwixt his new friend and the great Buckingham. inglen, relapsed into his reverie for a minute or two, But nothing of this was visible; on the contrary, Lord and then addressed Nigel somewhat abruptly- Dalgarno received his new acquaintance with the open
"My young friend, when you attain possession of frankness and courtesy which makes conquest at your inheritance, as I hope you soon will, I trust you once, when addressed to the feelings of an ingenuous will not add one to the idle followers of the Court, young man. but reside on your patrimonial estate, cherish your It need hardly be told that his open and friendly adancient tenants, relieve and assist your poor kinsmen, dress met equally ready and cheerful acceptation from protect the poor against subaltern oppression, and do Nigel Olifaunt. For many months, and while a youth what our fathers used to do, with fewer lights and not much above two-and-twenty, he had been rewith less means than we have."
strained by circumstances from the conversation of And yet the advice to keep the country,” said his equals. When, on his father's sudden death, he Heriot, "comes from an ancient and constant orna- left the Low Countries for Scotland, he had found ment of the Court."
himself involved, to all appearance inextricably, with "From an old courtier, indeed," said the Earl," and the details of the law, all of which threatened to end the first of my family that could so write himself in the alienation of the patrimony which should supmy gray beard falls on a cambric ruff, and a silken port his hereditary rank. His term of sincere mourndoublet-my father's descended upon a buff coat and ing, joined to injured pride, and the swelling of the a breastplate. I would not that those days of battle heart under unexpected and undeserved misfortune, returned ; but I should love well to make the oaks of together with the uncertainty attending the issue of my old forest of Dalgarno ring once more with halloo, his affairs, had induced the young Lord of Glenvarand horn, and hound, and to have the old stone- loch to live, while in Scotland, in a very private and arched hall return the hearty shout of my vassals and reserved manner. How he had passed his time in tenants, as the bicker and the quaigh walked their London, the reader is acquainted with. But this merounds amongst them. I should like to see the broad lancholy and secluded course of life was neither agreeTay once more before I die-not even the Thames able to his age nor to his temper, which was genial can match it, in my mind.".
and sociable. He hailed, therefore, with sincere pleaSurely, my lord,” said the citizen, "all this might sure, the approaches which a young man of his own be easily done-it costs but a moment's resolution, age and rank made towards him; and when he had and the journey of some brief days, and you will be exchanged with Lord Dalgarno some of those words where you desire to be-what is there to prevent you?" and signals by which, as surely as by those of free
"Habits, Master George, habits,” replied the Earl, masonry, young people recognise a mutual wish to be
which to young men are like threads of silk, so agreeable to each other, it seemed as if the two noble-
alley, marshalling onwards a man dressed in black papers, and to direct in what manner writings should buckram, who followed him with tolerable speed, con- be drawn, which might at once afford sufficient sesidering that, according to his sense of reverence and curity to those who were to advance the money, and propriety, he kept his body bent and parallel to the at the same time preserve the right of the young horizon from the moment that he came in sight of nobleman to redeem the family estate, provided he the company to which he was about to be presented, should obtain the means of doing so, by the expected "Who is this, you cuckoldy knave,” said the old reimbursement from the Scottish Exchequer, or Lord, who had retained the keen appetite and impa-otherwise. It is needless to enter into those details. tience of a Scottish Baron even during a long aliena- But it is not unimportant to mention, as an illustration from his native country; "and why does John tion of character, that Heriot went into the most Cook, with a murrain to him, keep back dinner ?" minute legal details with a precision which showed
"I believe we are ourselves responsible for this per- that experience had made him master even of the son's intrusion," said George Heriot; "this is the intricacies of Scottish conveyancing; and that the scrivener whom we desired to see.-Look up, man, Earl of Huntinglen, though far less acquainted with and see us in the face as an honest man should, in- technical detail, suffered no step of the business to stead of bearing thy noddle charged against us thus, pass over, until he had attained a general but distinct like a battering-ram."
idea of its import and its propriety. The scrivener did look up accordingly, with the ac- They seemed to be admirably seconded in their betion of an automaton which suddenly obeys the im- nevolent intentions towards the young Lord Glenpulse of a pressed spring. But, strange to tell
, not varloch, by the skill and eager zeal of the scrivenes, even the haste he had made to attend his patron's whom Heriot had introduced to this piece of busimandate, a business, as Master Heriot's message ex- ness, the most important which Andrew had ever pressed, of weight and importance--nay, not even the transacted in his life, and the particulars of which state of depression in which, out of sheer humility were moreover agitated in his presence between an doubtless, he had his head stooped to the earth, from actual Earl, and one whose wealth and character the moment he had trod the demesnes of the Earl of might entitle him to be alderman of his ward, if not Huntinglen, had called any colour into his counte- to be lord mayor, in his turn. nance. The drops stood on his brow from haste and While they were thus in eager conversation on toil, but his cheek was still pale and tallow-coloured business, the good Earl, even forgetting the calls of as before; nay, what seemed stranger, his very hair, his appetite, and the delay of dinner, in his anxiety to when he raised his head, hung down on either cheek see that the scrivener received proper instructions, as straight and sleek and undisturbed as it was when and that all was rightly weighed and considered, we first introduced him to our readers, seated at his before dismissing him to engross the necessary deeds, quiet and humble desk.
the two young men walked together on the terrace Lord Dalgarno could not forbear a stifled laugh at which overhung the river, and talked on the topics the ridiculous and puritanical figure which presented which Lord Dalgarno, the elder, and the more exitself like a starved anatomy to the company, and whis-perienced, thought most likely to interest his new pered at the same time into Lord Glenvariöch's ear-friend.
* The devil damn thee black, thou cream-faced loop, These naturally regarded the pleasures attending a Where got'st thou that goose-look ?"
court life; and Lord Dalgarno expressed much surNigel was too little acquainted with the English prise at understanding that Nigel proposed an instant stage, to understand a quotation which had already return to Scotland. grown matter of common allusion in London. Lord “You are jesting with me,” he said. “All the Dalgarno saw that he was not understood, and con- Court rings-it is needless to mince it-with the tinued, "That fellow, by his visage, should either be extraordinary success of your suit-against the higha saint, or a most hypocritical rogue--and such is my est interest, it is said, now influencing the horizon at excellent opinion of human nature, that I always sus- Whitehall. Men think of-talk of you-fix their pect the worst. But they seem deep in business. Will eyes on you-ask each other, who is this young Scotyou take a turn with me in the garden, my lord, or will tish lord, who has stepped so far in a single day? you remain a member of the serious conclave?". They augur in whispers to each other, how high and
"With you, my lord, most willingly," said Nigel; how far you may push your fortune--and all that you and they were turning away accordingly, when George design to make of it, is, to return to Scotland, eat Heriot, with the formality belonging to his station, raw oatmeal cakes, baked upon a peat-fire, have observed, thay, "as their business concerned Lord your hand shaken by every loon of a blue-bonnet Glenvarloch, he had better remain, to make himself who chooses to dub you cousin, though your relamaster of it, and witness to it.”.
tionship comes by Noah; drink Scots twopenny ale, *My presence is utterly needless, my good lord ;- eat half-starved red-deer venison, when you can and, my best friend, Master Heriot,” said the young kill it, ride upon a galloway, and be called my right nobleman, "I shall understand nothing the better for honourable and maist worthy lord!" cumbering you with my ignorance in these matters; "There is no great gayety, in the prospect before and can only say at the end, as I now say at the be- me, I confess," said Lord Glenvarloch, "even if your ginning, that I dare not take the helm out of the father and good Master Heriot should succeed in put. hand of the kind pilots who have already guided my ting my affairs on some footing of plausible hope. course within sight of a fair and unhoped-for haven. And yet I trust to do something for my vassals, as my Whatever you recommend to me as fitting, I shall ancestors before me, and to teach my children, as 1 sign and seal; and the import of the deeds I shall have myself been taught, to make some personal better learn by a brief explanation from Master He- sacrifices, if they be necessary, in order to maintain not, if he will bestow so much trouble in my behalf, with dignity the situation in which they are placed than by a thousand learned words and law terms by Providence.” from this person of skill.".
Lord Dalgarno, after having once or twice stifled "He is right,” said Lord Huntinglen; "our young | his laughter during this speech, at length broke out friend is right, in confiding these matters to you and into a fit of mirth, so hearty and so resistless, that, me. Master George Heriot-he has not misplaced his angry as he was, the call of sympathy swept Nigel confidence."
along with him, and, despite of himself, he could not Master George Heriot cast a long look after the two forbear to join in a burst of laughter, which he thought young noblemen, who had now walked down the al- not only causeless, but almost impertinent. ley arm-in-arm, and at length said, "He hath not, He soon recollected himself, however; and said, indeed, misplaced his confidence, as your lordship well in a tone qualified to allay Lord Dalgarno's extreme and truly says-but, nevertheless, he is not in the right mirth, " This is all well, my lord; but how am I to path; for it behooves every man to become acquainted understand your merriment? Lord Dalgarno only, with his own affairs, so soon as he hath any that are answered him with redoubled peals of laughter, and worth attending to."
at length held by Lord Glenvarloch's cloak, as if ta When he had made this observation, they applied prevent his falling down on the ground, in the ex. themselves, with the scrivener, to look into various tremity of his convulsion.
At length, while Nigel stood half abashed, half of old blue-bottles, with white heads and red noses, angry, at becoming thus the subject of his new with bucklers and broadswords, which their hands, acquaintance's ridicule, and was only restrained trembling betwixt age and strong waters, can make from expressing his resentment against the son by a no use of as many huge silver badges on their arms, sense of the obligations he owed the father, Lord to show whose fools they are, as would furnish forth Dalgarno recovered himself
, and spoke in a half- a court cupboard of plate-rogues fit for nothing but broken voice, his eyes still running with tears. "I to fill our antechambers with the flavour
of onions crave your pardon, my dear Lord Glenvarloch--ten and genievre-pah !" thousand times do I crave your pardon. But that "The poor knaves !" said Lord Glenvarloch ; last picture of rural dignity, accompanied by your "they have served your father, it may be, in the wars. grave and angry surprise at my laughing at what What would become of them were he to turn them would have made any court-bred hound laugh, that off ?'' had but so much as bayed the moon once from the "Why, let them go to the hospital,” said Dalgarno, court-yard at Whitehall
, totally overcame me. Why, or to the bridge-end, to sell switches. The King is my liefest and dearest lord, you, a young and hand- a better man than my father, and you see those who some fellow, with high birth, a title, and the name have served in his wars do so every day; or when of an estate, so well received by the King at your first their blue coats were well worn out, they would make starting, as makes your farther progress scarce mat- rare scarecrows. Here is a fellow, now, comes ter of doubt, if you know how to improve it-for the down the walk; the stoutest raven dared not come King has already said you are a 'braw lad, and well within a yard of that copper nose. I tell you, there studied in the more humane letters--you, too, whom is more service, as you will soon see, in my valet of all the women, and the very marked beauties of the the
chamber, and such a lither
lad as my page Lutin, court, desire to see, because you came from Leyden, than there is in a score of these old memorials of the were born in Scotland, and have gained a hard-con- Douglas wars,* where they cut each other's throats tested suit in England-you, I say, with a person, like for the chance of finding twelve
pennies Scots on a prince, an eye of fire, and a wit as quick, to think the persons of the slain. Marry, my lord, to make of throwing your cards on the table when the game is amends, they will eat mouldy victuals, and drink in your very hand, running back to the frozen north, stale ale, as if their bellies were puncheons - But the and marrying-let me see a tall, stalking, blue-eyed, dinner bell is going to sound-hark, it is clearing its fair-skinned, bony wench, with eighteen quarters in rusty throat, with a preliminary jowl. That is another her scutcheon, a sort of Lot's wife, newly descended clamorous relic of antiquity, that, were I master, from her pedestal, and with her to shut yourself up should soon be at the bottom of the Thames. How in your tapestried chamber! Uh, gad !-Swouns, I the foul fiend can it interest the peasants and meshall never survive the idea !"
chanics in the Strand, to know that the Earl of HunIt is seldom that youth, however high-minded, is ringlen is sitting down to dinner? But my father able, from mere strength of character and principle, to looks our way-we must not be late for the grace, or support itself against the force of ridicule. Half angry, we shall be in dis-grace, if you will forgive a quibble half mortified, and, to say truth, half ashamed of his which would have made his Majesty laugh. You more manly and better purpose, Nigel was ynable, will find us all of a piece, and, having been accustomand flattered himself it was unnecessary, to play the ed to eat in saucers abroad, I am ashamed you should part of a rigid moral patriot, in presence of a young witness our larded capons, our mountains of beef, man whose current fluency of language, as well as and oceans of brewis, as large as Highland hills and his experience in the highest circles of society, gave lochs; but you shall see better cheer to-morrow.him, in spite of Nigel's better and firmer thoughts, a Where lodge you? I will call for you. I must be temporary ascendency over him. He sought, there- your guide through the peopled desert, to certain enfore, to compromise the matter, and avoid farther chanted lands, which you will scarce discover without debate, by frankly owning, that, if to return to his own chart and pilot. Where lodge you?", country were not his choice, it was at least a matter "I will meet you in Paul's," said Nigel, a good of necessity. "His
affairs," he said, "were unsettled, deal embarrassed, " at any hour you please to name. his income precarious.”
"O, you would be private," said the young lord; “And where is he whose affairs are settled, or “Nay, fear not me-1 will
be no intruder. But we whose income is less than precarious, that is to be have attained this huge larder of flesh, fowl, and fish. found in attendance on the Court ?" said Lord Dal- I marvel the oaken boards groan not under it." garno; "all are either losing or winning. Those They had indeed arrived in the dining-parlour of who have wealth, come hither to get rid of it, while the mansion, where the table was superabundantly the happy gallants who, like you and I, dear Glenvar- loaded, and where the number of attendants, to a loch, have little or none, have every chance to be certain extent, vindicated the sarcasms of the young sharers in their spoils."
nobleman. The chaplain and Sir Mungo Malagrow "I have no ambition of that sort," said Nigel, ther, were of the party. The latter complimented "and if I had, I must tell you plainly, Lord Dalgarno Lord Glenvarloch upon the impression he had made I have not the means to do so. I can scarce as yet at Court. "One would have thought ye had brought call the suit I wear my own; I owe it, and I do no. the apple of discord in your pouch, my lord, or that blush to say so, to the friendship of yonder good man. you were the very firebrand of whilk Althea was de
"I will not laugh again, if I can help it," said Lord livered, and that she had lain-in in a barrel of gunDalgarno. “Bui, Lord ! that you should have gone powder; for the King, and the Prince, and the Duke, to a wealthy goldsmith for your habit-why, I could have been by the lugs about ye, and so have many have brought you to an honest, confiding tailor, who more, that kendna before this blessed day that there shoạid have furnished you with half-a-dozen, merely was such a man living on the face of the earth.” for love of the little word, 'lord,' which you place "Mind your victuals, Sir Mungo," said the Earl; before your name; and then your goldsmith, if he be " they get cold while
you talk." really a friendly goldsmith, should have equipped you " Troth, and that needsa, my lord,” said the with such a purse of fair rose-nobles as would have knight; "your lordship's dinners seldom scald one's bought you thrice as many suits, or done better mouth—the serving-men are turning auld, like ourthings for you."
sells, my lord, and it is far between the kitchen and do not understand these fashions, my lord,” the ha'." said Nigel, his displeasure mastering his shame; With this little explosion of his spleen, Sir Mungo "were I to attend the Court of my Sovereign, it remained satisfied, until the dishes were removed, should be when I could maintain, without shifting when fixing his eyes on the brave new doublet of or borrowing, the dress and retinue which my rank Lord Dalgarno, he complimented him on his econorequires."
my, pretending to recognise it as the same which his Which my rank requires !” said Lord Dalgarno, repeating his last words; "that, now, is as good as
* The cruel civil wars waged by the Scottish barons during if my father har spoke it. I fancy you would
love to in them by the celebrated James Douglas Earl of Morton. Both
the minority of James VI., had this name from the figure made move to Court with him, followed by a round score I sides executed their prisoners without mercy or favour.
You are not for the manner nor the times.
father had worn in Edinburgh in the Spanish am- | most splendid account of them to the buxom Dame bassador's time. Lord Dalgarno, too much a man Nelly, who rejoiced to hear that the sun at length of the world to be moved by any thing from such a was shining upon what Richie called “the right side quarter, proceeded to crack some nuts with great de- of the hedge.” liberation, as he replied, that the doublet was in some sort his father's, as it was likely to cost him fifty pounds some day soon. Sir Mungo forth with pro
CHAPTER XI. ceeded in his own way to convey this agreeable intelligence to the Earl, observing that his son was They have their vices now most like to virtues ; a better maker of bargains than his lordship, for he
You cannot know them apart by any difference, had bought a doublet as rich as that his lordship
They wear the same clothes, eat the same meat
Sleep i' the self same beds, ride in those coaches, wore when the Spanish ambassador was at Holy- Or, very like, four horses in a coach, rood, and it had cost him but fifty pounds Scots ;- As the best men and women.-BEN JONSON. " that was no fool's bargain, my lord.”.
On the following morning, while Nigel, his break"Pounds sterling, if you please, Sir Mungo," an- fast finished, was thinking how he should employ swered the Earl calmly; "and a fool's bargain it is, the day, there was a little bustle upon the stairs n all the tenses. Dalgarno was a fool when he which attracted his attention, and presently entered hought I will be a fool when
I pay-and you, Sir Dame Nelly, blushing like scarlet, and scarce able to Mungo, craving your pardon, are a fool in præsenti, bring out— A young nobleman, sir-no one less,” for speaking of what concerns you not."'.
she added, drawing her hand slightly over her lips, So saying, the Earl addressed himself to the serious "would be so saucy-a young nobleman, sir, to wait business of the table, and sent the wine around with on you !!! a profusion which increased the hilarity, but rather And she was followed into the little cabin by Lord threatened the temperance, of the company, until Dalgarno, gay, easy, disembarrassed, and apparently, their joviality was interrupted by the annunciation as much pleased to rejoin his new acquaintance as if that the scrivener had engrossed such deeds as re- he had found him in the apartments of a palace. quired to be presently executed.
Nigel, on the contrary, (for youth is slave to such George Heriot rose from the table, observing, that circunstances) was discountenanced and mortified wine-cups and legal documents were unseemly neigh- at being surprised by so splendid a gallant in a chambours. The Earl asked the scrivener, if they had ber, which, at the moment the elegant and highlaid a trencher and set a cup for him in the buitery ? dressed cavalier appeared in it, seemed to its inhabitand received the respectful answer, that Heaven for- ant, yet lower, narrower, darker, and meaner, than it bid he should be such an ungracious beast as to eat had ever shown before. He would have made some or drink until his lordship's pleasure was performed. apology for the situation, but Lord Dalgarno cut him "Thou shalt eat before thou goest," said Lord shortHuntinglen; "and I will have thee try, moreover, "Not a word of it,” he said, "not a single wordwhether a cup of sack cannot bring some colour in- I know why you ride at anchor here--but I can keep to these cheeks of thine. It were a shame to my counsel-so pretty a hostess would recommend worse household, thou shouldst glide out into the Strand quarters.” after such a spectre-fashion as thou now wearest. "On my word-on my honour,”-said Lord GlenLook to it, Dalgarno, for the honour of our roo is varlochconcerned.''
"Nay, nay, make no words of the matter," said Lord Dalgarno gave directions that the man should Lord Dalgarno; "I am no tell-tale, nor shall I cross be attended to. Lord Glenvarloch and the citizen, your walk; there is game enough in the forest, thank in the meanwhile, signed and interchanged, and thus Heaven, and I can strike a doe for myself.” closed a transanction, of which the principal party All this he said in so significant a monner, and the concerned understood little, save that it was under explanation which he had adopted seemed to put the management of a zealous and faithful friend, who Lord Glenvarloch's gallantry on so respectable a undertook that the money should be forthcoming, footing, that Nigel ceased to try to undeceive him; and the estate released from forfeiture, by payment of and less ashamed, perhaps, (for such is human weak the stipulated sum for which it stood pledged, and ness) of supposed vice than of real poverty, changed that at the term of Lambmas, and at the hour of the discourse to something else, and left poor Dame Doon, and beside the tomb of the Regent Earl of Nelly's reputation and his own at the mercy of the Muray, in the High Kirk of Saint Giles, at Edin-young courtier's misconstruction. burgh, being the day and place assigned for such re- He offered refreshments with some hesitation. demption.
Lord Dalgarno had long since breakfasted, but had When this business was transacted, the old Earl just come from playing a set of tennis, he said, and would fain have renewed his carouse; but the citi- would willingly taste a cup of the pretty hostess's zen, alleging the importance of the deeds he had single beer. This was easily procured, was drunk, about him, and the business he had to transact be- was commended, and, as the hostess failed not to times the next morning, not only refused to return to bring the cup herself, Lord Palgarno profited by the table, but carried with him to his barge Lord Glen- opportunity to take a second and more attentive view varloch, who might, perhaps, have been otherwise of her, and then gravely drank to her husband's found more tractable.
health, with an almost imperceptible nod to Lord When they were seated in the boat, and fairly once Glenvarloch. Dame Nelly was much honoured, more afloat on the river, George Heriot looked back smoothed her apron down with her hands, and said seriously on the mansion they had left-"There live,'' Her John was greatly and truly honoured by their he said, "the old fashion and the new. The father lordships-he was a kind, pains-taking man for his is like a noble old broadsword; but harmed with family, as was in the alley, or indeed, as far north as rust, from neglect and inactivity; the son is your Paul's Chain." modern rapier, well mounted, fairly gilt, and fashion- She would have proceeded probably to state the ed to the taste of the time-and it is time must evince difference betwixt their ages, as the only alloy to if the metal be as good as the show... God grant it their nuptial happiness; but her lodger, who had no prove so, says an old friend to the family."
mind to be farther exposed to his gay friend's raillery, Nothing of consequence passed betwixt them, un- gave her, contrary to his wont, a signal to leave the ti Lord Glenvarloch, landing at Paul's Wharf, took room. leave of his friend the citizen, and retired to his own Lord Dalgarno looked after her, then looked at apartment; where his attendant Richie, not a little Glenvarloch, shook his head, and repeated the well elevated with the events of the day, and with the hos- known lines, pitality of Lord Huntinglen's housekeeping, gave a "My lord, beware of jealousy-,
It is the green-eyed monster which doth make * As each covenant in those days of accuracy had a special The meat it feeds op.' place nominated for execution, the tomb of the Regent Earl of Murray in Sainz Giles's Church was frequently assigned for the But come,” he said, changing his tone, “I know not
why I should worry you thus--I who have so many