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bad been told so,' (meaning that he had been told you , which he bestowed on his appearance, Nigel remained were that personage,) 'but that he could not believe, with his arms folded, and reclining against a solitary that the heir of that noble and decayed house could tree which overhung the path, making up his mind be leading an idle, scandalous, and precarious life, in to encounter a moment which he expected to be crithe eating houses and taverns of London, while the tical of his fate. But he was mistaken in supposing King's drums were beating, and colours flying in that the Prince of Wales would either address him, Germany in the cause of the Palatine, his son-in-or admit him to expostulation, in such a public place law.'-I could, your lordship is aware, do nothing as the Park. He did not remain unnoticed, however, but make an obeisance; and a gracious 'Give ye for, when he made a respectful but haughty obeisance, good day, Sir Mungo Malagrowther,' licensed me to intimating in look and manner that he was possessed fall back to your lordship. And now, my lord, if of, and undaunted by, the unfavourable opinion which your business or pleasure calls you to the ordinary, the Prince had so lately expressed, Charles returned or anywhere in the direction of the city-why, have his reverence with such a Crown, as is only given by with you; for, dootless, ye will think ye have tarried those whose frown is authority and decision. The lang enough in the Park, as they will likely turn at train passed on, the Duke of Buckingham not even the head of the walk, and return this way—and you appearing to see Lord Glenvarloch; while Lord Dalhave a broad hint, I think, not to cross the Prince's garno, though no longer incommoded by the sunpresence in a hurry."

beams, kept his eyes, which had perhaps been dazzled You may stay or go as you please, Şir Mungo,” by their former splendour, bent upon the ground. said Nigel, with an expression of calm, but deep re- Lord Glenvarloch had difficulty to restrain an insentment; but, for my own part, my resolution is dignation, to which, in the circumstances, it would taken. I will quit this public walk for pleasure of no have been madness to have given vent. He started man-still less will I quit it like one unworthy to be from his reclining poşture, and followed the Prince's seen in places of public resort. I trust that the train so as to keep them distinctly in sight; which Prince and his retinue will return this way as you ex: was very easy, as they walked slowly. Nigel observed pect; for I will abide, Sir Mungo, and beard them.” them keep their road towards the Palace, where the

** Beard them !" exclaimed Sir Mungo, in the ex- Prince turned at the gate and bowed to the noblemen treinity of surprise, -"Beard the Prince of Wales- in attendance, in token of dismissing them, and enthe heir-apparent of the kingdoms !-By my saul, tered the Palace, accompanied only by the Duke of you shall beard him yoursell then.".

Buckingham, and one or two of his equerries. The Accordingly, he was about to leave Nigel very rest of the train, having returned in all dutiful humihastily, when some unwonted touch of good-natured lity the farewell of the Prince, began to disperse theminterest in his youth and inexperience, seemed sud- selves through the Park. denly to soften his habitual cynicism.

All this was carefully noticed by Lord Glenvarloch, "The devil is in me for an auld fule!” said Sir who, as he adjusted his cloak, and drew his sword Mungo; "but I must needs concern mysell-I that belt round so as to bring the hilt closer to his hand, owe so little either to fortune or my fellow-creatures, muttered— " Dalgarno

shall explain all this to me, for must, I say, needs concern mysell- with this sprin- it is evident that he is in the secret !" gald, whom I will warrant to be as obstinate as a pig possessed with a devil, for it's the cast of his family; and yet I maun e'en fling away some sound advice

CHAPTER XVI. on him.-My dainty young Lord Glenvarloch, under

Give way–give way-I must and will have justice. stand me distinctly, for this is no bairn's-play. When And tell me not of privilege and place ; the prince said sae much to me as I have repeated to

Where I am injured there I'll sue redress.

Look to it, every one who bars my access ; you, it was equivalent to a command not to appear

I have a heart to feel the injury, again in his presence; wherefore, take an auld man's A hand to right myself, and, by my honour advice that wishes you weel, and may be a wee thing That hand shall grasp what gray-beard Law denies me. better than he has reason to wish ony body. Jouk,

The Chamberlain. and let the jaw gae by, like a canny bairn-gang It was not long ere Nigel discovered Lord Dalgarhame to your lodgings, keep your foot frae taverns, no advancing towards him in the company of another and your fingers frae the dice-box; compound your young man of quality of the Prince's train; and as affairs quietly wi' some ane that has better favour they directed their course towards the south-eastern than yours about Court, and you will get a round corner of the Park, he concluded they were about to spell of money to carry you to Germany, or else- go to Lord Huntinglen's. They stopped, however, where, to push your fortune. It was a fortunate and turned up another path leading to the north ; and soldier that made your family four or five hundred Lord Glenvarloch conceived that this change of direcyears syne, and if you are brave and fortunate, you tion was owing to their having seen him, and their may find the way to repair it. But, take my word for desire to avoid

him. it, that in this Court you will never thrive.'

Nigel followed them without hesitation by a path When Sir Mungo had completed his exhortation, which, winding around a thicket of shrubs and trees, in which there was more of sincere sympathy with once more conducted him to the less frequented part another's situation, than he had been heretofore of the Park. He observed which side of the thicket known to express in behalf of any one, Lord Glen- was taken by Lord

Dalgarno and his companion, and Farloch replied, "I am obliged to you, Sir Mungo- he himself, walking hastily round the other verge, was you have spoken, I think, with sincerity, and I thank thus enabled to meet them face to face. you. But in return for your good advice, I heartily en- Good-morrow, my Lord Dalgarno," said Lord treat you to leave me; I observe the Prince and his Glenvarloch, sternly.. train are returning down the walk, and you may pre- "Ha! my friend Nigel," answered Lord Dalgarno, judice yourself, but cannot help me, by remaining with in his usual careless and indifferent tone, "my friend

Nigel, with business on his brow?—but you must wait "And that is true,"--said Şir Mungo; "yet, were I till we meet at Beaujeu's at noon-Sir Ewes Halditen years younger, I would be tempted to stand by mund and I are at present engaged in the Prince's you, and gie them the meeting. But at threescore and service.” upward, men's courage turns cauldrife; and they that "If you were engaged in the King's, my lord,” said canna win a living, must not endanger the small sus- Lord Glenvarloch, you must stand and answer me." tenance of their age. I wish you weel through, my "Hey-day!" said Lord Dalgarno, with an air of Jord, but it is an unequal fight." So saying, he turned great astonishment,

"what passion is this? Why, and limped away; often looking back, however, as if Nigel, this is King Cambyses vein ?-You have frehis natural spirit, even in its present subdued state, quented the theatres too much lately-Away with this aided by his love of contradiction

and of debate, ren- folly, man; go, dine upon soup and salad, drink sucdered him unwilling to adopt the course necessary for cory-water to cool your blood, go to bed at sun-down, his own security.

and defy those foul fiends, Wrath and MisconstrucThus abandoned by his companion, whose depart- tion." ure he graced with better thoughts of him than those "I have had misconstruction enough among you,”

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said Glenvarloch, in the same tone of determined dis- "The better," angwered Lord Glenvarloch; "I pleasure, “and from you, my Lord Dalgarno, in par- will cleanse them from a calumniator and a coward." ticular, and all under the mask of friendship.” He then pressed on Lord Dalgarno, and struck him

"Here is a proper business !"-said Dalgarno, turn with the flat of the sword. ing as if to appeal to Sir Ewes Haldimund; do you The fray had now attracted attention, and the cry see this angry ruffler, Sir Ewes? A month since, he went round, "Keep the peace-keep the peace dared not have looked one of yonder sheep in the face, swords drawn in the Park !-What, ho! guards! and now he is a prince of roisterers, a plucker of pi- keepers-ycomen rangers!" and a number of people geons, a controller of players and poets-and in gra- came rushing to the spot from all sides. titude for my having shown him the way to the emi- Lord Dalgarno, who had half drawn his sword on nent character which he holds upon town, he comes receiving the blow, returned it to his scabbard when hither to quarrel with his best friend, if not his only he observed the crowd thicken, and, taking Sir Ewes one of decent station."

Haldimund by the arm, walked hastily away, only "I renounce such hollow friendship, my lord," said saying to Lord Glenvarloch as they left him, " You Lord Glenvarloch ; "I disclaim the character which, shall dearly abye this insult-we will meet again.”. even to my very face, you labour to fix upon me, A decent-looking elderly man, who observed that ere we part I will call you to a reckoning for it." Lord Glenvarloch remained on the spot, taking com

“My lords both,” interrupted Sir Ewes Haldimụnd, passion on his youthful appearance, said to him, “Are "let me remind you that the Royal Park is no place you aware this is a Star-Chamber business, young to quarrel in."

gentleman, and that it may cost you your right hand? I will make my quarrel good,” said Nigel, who -Shift for yourself before the keepers or constables did not know, or in his passion

might not have
recol, come up-Get into Whitefriars

or somewhere, for lected, the privileges of the place," wherever I find sanctuary and concealment, till you can make friends my enemy:

or quit the city." "You shall find quarrelling enough,” replied Lord The advice was not to be neglected. Lord GlenDalgarno, calmly," so soon as you assign a sufficient varloch made hastily towards the issue from the cause for it. Sir Ewes Haldimund, who knows the Park by Saint James's Palace, then Saint James's Court, will warrant you that I am not backward on Hospital. The hubbub increased behind him; and such occasions. But of what is it that you now com- several peace-officers of the Royal Household came plain, after having experienced nothing save kindness up to apprehend the delinquent. Fortunately for from me and my family?"

Nigel, a popular edition of the cause of the affray had "Of your family I complain not,” replied Lord Glen- gone abroad. It was said that one of the Duke of varloch ; "they have done for me all they could, more, Buckingham's companions had insulted a stranger far more, than I could have expected, but you, my gentleman from the country, and that the stranger lord, have suffered me, while you called me your had cudgelled him soundly: "A favourite, or the comfriend, to be traduced, where a word of your mouth panion of a favourite, is always odious to John Bull, would have placed my character in its true colours, who has, besides, a partiality to those disputants, and hence the injurious message which I just now who proceed, as lawyers term it, par voye du fait

, received from the Prince of Wales. To permit the and both prejudices were in Nigel's favour. "The misrepresentation of a friend, my lord, is to share in officers, therefore, who came to apprehend him, could the slander."

learn from the spectators no particulars of his appear"You have been misinformed, my Lord Glenvar- ance, or information concerning the road he had loch," said Sir Ewes Haldimund ; "I have myself taken ; so that, for the moment, he escaped being often heard Lord Dalgarno defend your character, and arrested. regret that your exclusive attachment to the pleasures What Lord Glenvarloch heard among the crowd of a London life prevented your paying your duty re- as he passed along, was sufficient to satisfy him, that gularly to the King and Prince."

in his impatient passion he had placed himself in a "While he himself,” said Lord Glenvarloch, "dis- predicament of considerable danger. He was no suaded me from presenting myself at Court." stranger to the severe and arbitrary proceedings of

“I will cut this matter short,” said Lord Dalgarno, the Court of Star-Chamber, especially in cases of with haughty coldness. "You seem to have con breach of privilege, which made it the terror of all ceived, my lord, that you and I were Pylades and men; and it was no farther back than the Queen's Orestes--a second edition of Damon and Pythias- time that the punishment of mutilation had been Theseus and Pirithous at the least. You are mis- actually awarded and executed, for some offence of taken, and have given the name of friendship to what, the same kind which he had just committed. He on my part, was mere good-nature and compassion had also the comfortable reflection, that, by his violent for a raw and ignorant countryman, joined to the quarrel with Lord Dalgarno, he must now forfeit the cumbersome charge which my father gave me re- friendship and good offices of that nobleman's father specting you. Your character, my lord, is of no one's and sister, almost the only persons of consideration drawing, but of your own making. I introduced you in whom he could claim any interest; while all the where, as in all such places, there was good and in- evil reports which had been put in circulation condifferent company to be met with-your habits, or cerning his character, were certain to weigh heavily taste, made you prefer the worse. Your holy horror against him, in a case where much must necessarily at the sight of dice and cards degenerated into the depend on the reputation of the accused. To a youthcautious resolution to play only at those times, and ful imagination, the idea of such a punishment as with such persons, as might ensure your rising a win: mutilation seems more ghastly than death itself; and ner-no man can long do so, and continue to be held every word which he overheard among the groups a gentleman. Such is the reputation you have made which he met, mingled with, or overtook and passed, for yourself, and you have no right to be angry that I announced this as the penalty of his offence. He do not contradict in society what yourself know to be dreaded to increase his pace for fear of attracting true. Let us pass on, my lord; and if you want farther suspicion, and more than once saw the ranger's explanation, seek some other time and fitter place." officers so near him, that his wrist tingled as if already

No time can be better than the present,” said under the blade of the dismembering knife. At length Lord Glenvarloch, whose resentment was now ex- he got out of the Park, and had a little more leisure cited to the uttermost by the cold blooded and insult to consider what he was next to do. ing manner in which Dalgarno vindicated himself, Whitefriars, adjacent to the Temple, then well

po place fitter than the place where we now stand. known by the cant name of Alsatia, had at this time, Those of my house have ever avenged insult, at the and for nearly a century afterwards, the privilege of moment, and on the spot, where it was offered, were a sanctuary, unless against the writ of the Lord Chiet it at the foot of the throne.--Lord Dalgarno, you are Justice, or of the Lords of the Privy-Council. Indeed, a villain ! draw and defend yourself.". At the same as the place abounded with desperadoes of every detime he unsheathed his rapier.

scription,-bankrupt citizens, ruined gamesters, irreAre you mad ?" said Lord Dalgarno, stepping claimable prodigals, desperate duellists, bravoes, hoback; "we are in the precincts of the Court." micides, and debauched profligates of every descrip

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boy was ordered to keep close watch, and admit no I though the league is between states of unequal qualione; and Lowestoffe, by example and precept, press- ty, and I may myself say that I have treated of suned his noble guest to partake of his hospitality. His dry weighty affairs, and have been a negotiator well frank and forward manners, though much differing approved on both sides.-But hark-hark-what is from the courtly ease of Lord Dalgarno, were calcu- that?" lated to make a favourable impression; and Lord The sound by which Master Lowestoffe was in: Glenvarloch, though his experience of 'Dalgarno's terrupted, was that of a distant horn, winded loud and perfidy had taught him to be cautious of reposing keenly, and followed by a faint and remote huzza. faith in friendly professions, could not avoid testify: There is something doing,” said Lowestotle, in ing his gratitude to the young Templar, who seemed the Whitefriars at this moment. That is the signal so anxious for his safety and accommodation. when their privileges are invaded by tipstaff or bailiff;

You may spare your gratitude any great sense of and at the blast of the horn they all swarm out to obligation, my lord," said the Templar. "No doubt the rescue, as bees when their hive is disturbed.-I am willing to be of use to any gentleman that has Jump, Jim,” he said, calling out to the attendant, cause to sing Fortune my foe, and particularly proud "and see what they are doing in Alsatia.-That basto serve your lordship's turn; but I have also an old tard of a boy," he continued, as the lad, accustomed grudge, to speak Heaven's truth, at your opposite, to the precipitate haste of his master, tumbled rather Lord Dalgarno."

than ran out of the apartment, and so down stairs, "May I ask upon what account, Master Lowe-"is worth gold in this quarter-he serves six masters stoffe ?" said Lord Glenvarloch.

-four of them in distinct Numbers, and you would "O, my lord,” replied the Templar, "it was for a think him present like a fairy at the mere wish of hap that chanced after you left the ordinary, one him that for the time most needs his attendance. No evening about three weeks since-at least I think scout in Oxford, no gip in Cambridge, ever matched you were not by, as your lordship always left us be- him in speed and intelligence. He knows the step of fore deep play began-I mean no offence, but such a dun from that of a client, when it reaches the very was your lordship's custom--when there were words | bottom of the staircase; can tell the trip of a pretty between Lord Dalgarno and me concerning a certain wench from the step of a bencher, when at the upper game at gleek, and a certain mournival of aces held end of the court; and is, take him all in all-But I by his lordship, which went for eight-tib, which see your lordship is anxious-May I press another went for fifteen-twenty-three in all. Now I held cup of my kind grandmother's cordial, or will you king and queen, being three-a natural towser, ma- allow me to show you my wardrobe, and act as your king fifteen-and tiddy, nineteen. We vied the ruff, valet or groom of the chamber ?" and revied, as your lordship may suppose, till the

Lord Glenvarloch hesitated not to acknowledge stake was equal to half my yearly exhibition, fifty as that he was painfully sensible of his present situafair yellow canary birds as e'er chirped in the bottom tion, and anxious to do what must needs be done for of a green silk purse. Well, my lord, I gained the his extrication. cards, and lo you! it pleases his lordship to say that

The good-natured and thoughtless young Templar we played without tiddy; and as the rest stood by readily acquiesced, and led the way into his little bed-1 and backed him, and especially the sharking French- room, where, from bandboxes, portmanteaus, mailman, why, I was obliged to lose more than I shall / trunks, not forgetting an old walnut-tree wardrobe, gain all the season.-So judge if I have not a crow he began to select the articles which he thought best io pluck with his lordship. Was it ever hea there suited effectually to disguise his guest in venturing was a game at gleek at the ordinary before, without into the lawless and turbulent society of Alsatia. counting tiddy ?-marry quep upon his lordship!Every man who comes there with his purse in his hand, is as free to make new laws as he, I hope

CHAPTER XVII. since touch pot touch penny makes every man equal." As Master Lowestoffe ran over this jargon of the

Come hither, young one,-Mark me! Thou art now

Mongst men o' the sword, that live by reputation gaming-table, Lord Glenvarloch was both ashamed More than by constant income-Single suited and mortified, and felt a severe pang of aristocratic They are, I grant you; yet each single suit pride, when he concluded in the sweeping clause that

Maintains, on the rough guess, a thousand followersihe dice, like the grave, levelled those distinguishing

And they be men, who, hazarding their all,

Needful apparel, necessary income, points of society, to which Nigel's early prejudices And human body, and imm ftal soul, clung perhaps but too fondly. It was impossible,

Do in the very deed but hazard nothinghowever, to object any thing to the learned reasoning

So strictly is that ALL bound in reversion ;

Clothes to the broker, income to the usurer, of the young Templar, and therefore Nigel was con- And body to disease, and soul to the foul fiend ; tented to turn the conversation, by making some in- Who laughs to see Soldadoes and Fooladoes, quiries respecting the present state of Whitefriars.

Play better than himself his game on earth.-The Mohocks. 'There also his host was at home.

"Your lordship,” said Reginald Lowestoffe, “must "You know, my lord," said Master Lowestoffe, be content to exchange your decent and court-be" that we Templars are a power and a dominion seeming rapier, which I will retain in safe keeping, within ourselves, and I am proud to say that I hold for this broadsword, with an hundred weight of rusty some rank in our republic-was treasurer to the Lord iron about the hilt, and to wear these huge-paned of Misrule last year, and am at this present moment slops, instead of your civil and moderate hose. We in nomination for that dignity myself. In such cir- allow no cloak, for your ruffian always walks in cumstances, we are under the necessity of maintain- cuerpo; and the tarnished doublet of bald velvet, ing an amicable intercourse with our neighbours of with its discoloured embroidery, and I grieve to Alsatia, even as the Christian Stateș find themselves speak it—a few stains from the blood of the grape, often, in mere policy, obliged to make alliance with will best suit the garb of a roaring boy. I will leave the Grand Turk, or the Barbary States."

you to change your suit for an instant, till I can help "I should have imagined you gentlemen of the to truss you. Temple more independent of your neighbours," said Lowestoffe retired, while slowly, and with hesiLord Glenvarloch.

tation, Nigel obeyed his instructions. He felt disYou do us something too much honour, my lord,” | pleasure and disgust at the scoundrelly disguise which said the Templar; "the Alsatians and we have some he was under the necessity of assuming; but when common enemies, and we have, under the rose, some he considered the bloody consequences which law common friends. We are in the use of blocking all attached to his rash act of violence, the easy and bailiffs out of our bounds, and we are powerfully aided indifferent temper of James, the prejudices of his son, by our neighbours, who tolerate not a rag þelonging the overhearing influence of the Duke of Bucking to them within theirs.- Moreover, the Alsatians have ham, which was sure to be thrown into the scale -I beg you to understand me-the power of protect against him; and, above all, when he reflected that ing or distressing our friends, male or female, who he must now look upon the active, assiduous, and may be obliged to seek sanctuary within their bounds. insinuating Lord Dalgarno, as a bitter enemy, reason In short, the two communities serve each other, I told him he was in a situation of peril which autho

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rized all honest means, even the most unseemly in partly of Duke Hildebrod's predecessors in his high qutward appearance, to extricate himself from so office, whom he lias associated with him to prevent dangerous a predicament.

the envy attending sovereign and sole authority, I While he was changing his dress, and musing on must présently introduce your lordship, that they may these particulars, his friendly host re-entered the admit you to ihe immunities of the Friars, and assign sleeping apartnient “Zounds!" he said, “my lord, you a place of residence." it was well you went not straight into that same Does their authority extend to such regulation ?" Alsatia of ours at the time you proposed, for the said Lord Glenvarloch. hawks have stooped upon it. Here is Jem come "The council account it a main point of their priviback with tidings, that he saw a pursuivant there leges, my lord," answered Lowestoffe ; "and in fact, with a privy-council warrant, and half a score of it is one of the most powerful ineans by which they yeoman assistants armed to the teeth, and the horn support their authority. For when Duke Hildebrod which we heard was sounded to call out the posse and his senate find a topping householder in the Friars of the Friars. Indeed, when old Duke Hildebrod becomes discontented and lactious, it is but assigning saw that the quest was after some one of whom he him, for a lodger, some fat bankrupt, or new resiknew nothing, he permitted, out of courtesy, the denier, whose circumstances require refuge, and whose man-catcher 10 search through his dominions, quite purse can pay for it, and the malecontent becomes as certain that they would take little by their motions; tractable as a lamb. As for the poorer refugees, they for Duke Hildebrod is a most judicious potentate. let them shift as they can; but the registration of their Go back, you bastard, and bring us word when all names in the Duke's entry-book, and the payment of is quiet.'

garnish conforming to their circumstances, is never And who may Duke Hildebrod be?" said Lord dispensed with; and the Friars would be a very unGlenvarloch.

safe residence for the stranger who should dispute "Nouns! my lord,” said the Templar, "have you these points of jurisdiction." lived so long on the town, and never heart of the "Well

, master Lowestofle," said Lord Glenvarloch, valiant, and as wise and politic as valiant, I uke Iil- "I must be controlled by the circumstances which debrod, grand protector of the liberties of A satia? I dictate to me this state of concealment-of course, I thought the man had never whirled a die but was am desirous not to betray my name and rank." familiar with his fame."

"It will be highly advisable, my lord,” said Lowe"Yet I have never heard of him, Master Lowe stoffe; "and is a case thus provided for in the statutes stoffe," said Lord Glenvarloch ; "or, what is the same of the republic, or monarchy, or whatsoever you call thing, I have paid no attention to aught that may it: -He who desires that no questions shall be asked have passed in conversation respecting him." him concerning his name, cause of refuge, and the

"Why, then,” said Lowestoffe-"but, first, let me like, may escape the usual interrogations upon payhave the honour of trussing you. Now, observe, I ment of double the garnish otherwise belonging to have left several of the points untied, of set purpose; his condition. Complying with this essential stipulaand if it please you to let a small portion of your tion, your lordship may register yourself as King of shirt be seen betwixt your doublet and the band of Bantam if you will, for not a question will be asked your upper stock, it will have so much the more of you. But here comes our scout, with news of rakish effect, and will attract you respect in Alsatia, peace and tranquillity. Now, I will go with your where linen is something scarce. Now, I tie some lordship myself, and present you to the council of Alof the points carefully asquint, for your ruffianly satia, with all the influence which I have over them gallant never appears too accurately trussed-so." as an office-bearer in the Temple, which is not slight;

Arrange it as you will, sir," said Nigel; "but let for they have come halting oft upon all occasions me hear at least something of the conditions of the when we have taken part against them, and that they unhappy district into which, with other wretches, I well know. The time is propitious, for as the council am compelled to retreat."

is now met in Alsatia, so the Temple walks are quiet. "Why, my lord,” replied the Templar, “our neigh- Now, my lord, throw your cloak about you, to hide bouring state of Alsatia, which the law calls the your present exterior. You shall give it to the boy at Sanctuary of Whitefriars, has had its mutations and ihe foot of the stairs that go down to the Sanctuary; revolutions like greater kingdoms; and, being in and as the ballad says that Queen Eleanor sunk at some sort a lawless, arbitrary government, it follows, Charing-Cross and rose at Queenhithe, so you shall of course, that these have been inore frequent than sink a nobleman in the Temple Gardens, and rise an our own better regulated commonwealth of the Alsatian at Whitefriars." Templars, that of Gray's Inn, and other similar as- They went out accordingly, attended by the little sociations, have had the fortune to witness. Our scout, traversed the gardens, descended the stairs, and traditions and records speak of twenty revolutions at the bottom the young Templar exclaimed, -"And within the last twelve years, in which the aforesaid now let us sing, with Ovid, state has repeatedly changed from absolute despot

In nova fert animus mutatas dicere formas'ism to republicanism, not forgetting the intermediate Off, off, ye lendings!" he continued, in the same vein. stages of oligarchy, limited monarchy, and even “Via, ihe curtain that shadowed Borgia !-But how gynocracy; for I myself remember Alsatia governed now, my lord ?” he continued, when he observed Lord for nearly nine months by an old fishwoman. Then Glenvarloch was really distressed at the degrading it fell under the dominion of a broken attorney, who change in his situation, "I trust you are not offended was dethroned by a reformado captain, who, proving at my rattling folly ? I would but reconcile you to tyrannical, was deposed by a hedge-parson, who was your present circunıstances, and give you the tone of succeeded, upon resignation of his power, by Duke this strange place. Come, cheer up, I trust it will Jacob Hildebrod, of that name the first, whom Hea- only be your residence for a very few days." ven long preserve.'

Nigel was only able to press his hand, and reply in ** And is this potentate's government,” said Lord a whisper, "I ain sensible of your kindness. I know Glenvarloch, forcing himself

to take some interest in I must drink the cup which my own folly has filled the conversation, "of a despotic character ?" for me. Pardon me, that, at the first taste I feel its

"Pardon me, my lord," said the Templar; "this bitterness." said sovereign is too wise to incur, like many of his Reginald Lowestoffe was bustlingly officious and predecessors, the odium of wielding so important an good-natured; but, used to live a scrambling, rakişi authority by his own sole will. He has established course of life himself, he had not the least idea of the a council of state

, who regularly meet for their morn- extent of Lord Glenvarloch's mental sufferings, and ing's draught at seven o'clock; convene a second thought of his temporary concealment as if it were time at eleven for their ante-meridiem, or whet;

and, merely the trick of a wanton boy, who plays at hideassembling in solemn conclave at the hour of two and-seek with his tutor. With the appearance of the afternoon, for the purpose of consulting for the good place, too, he was familiar-but on his companion it of the commonwealth, are so prodigal of their labour produced a deep sensation. in the service of the state, that they seldom separate The ancient Sanctuary at Whitefriars lay considerbefore midnight. Into this worthy senate, composed / ably lower than the elevated terraces and gardens of

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