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His gạrdens were destroyed- his pavilions levelled--I artificial retreat, leaving thy comrade in the hands of his splendid stables demolished--the whole pomp of the Philistines." his suburban demesne laid waste, cumbered with "May it please your Grace," said Jerningham, ruins, and intersected with the foundations of new “I did but retreat for the preservation of the bagbuildings and cellars, and the process of levelling gage. different lines for the intended streets. But the un- What! do you play at crambo with me?" said dertaking, although it proved afterwards both lucra- the Duke. "I would have you know that the comtive and successful, met with a check at the outset, mon parish fool should be whipt, were he to attempt partly from want of the necessary funds, partly from to pass pun or quodlibet as a genuine jest, even the impatient and mercurial temper of the Duke, amongst ticket-porters and hackney-chairmen.”: which soon carried him off in pursuit of some more "And yet I have heard your Grace indulge in the new object. So that, though much was demolished, jeu de mots," answered the attendant. very litile, in comparison, was reared up in the stead, "Sirrah Jerningham," answered the patron, "disand nothing was completed. The principal part of card thy memory, or keep it under correction, else it will the ducal mansion still remained uninjured; but the hamper thy rise in the world. Thou mayst perchance demesne in which it stood bore a strange analogy to have seen me also have a fancy to play at trap-ball, the irregular mind of its noble owner. Here stood a or to kiss a serving-wench, or to guzzle ale and eat beautiful group of exotic trees and shrubs, the remnant toasted cheese in a porterly whimsy; but is it fitting of the garden, amid yawning common-sewers and thou shouldst remember such follies? No more on't. heaps of rubbish. In one place an old tower threat- --Hark you; how came the long lubberly fool, Jenened to fall upon the spectator; and in another, he kins, being a master of the noble science of defence, ran the risk of being swallowed up by a modern vault. to suffer himself to be run through the body so simply Grandeur of conception could be discovered in the by a rustic swain like this same Peveril ?" undertaking, but was almost every where marred by "Please your Grace, this same Corydon is no such poverty or negligence of execution. In short, the novice. I saw the onset; and, except in one hand, I whole place was the true emblem of an understand- never saw a sword managed with such life, grace, and ing and talents run to waste, and become more dan- facility.” gerous than advantageous to society, by the want “Ay, indeed ?" said the Duke, taking his own of steady principle, and the improvidence of the pos- sheathed rapier in his hand, “I could not have thought

that. I am somewhat rusted, and have need of There were men who took a different view of the breathing. Peveril is a name of note. As well go to Duke's purpose in permitting his marsion to be thus Barns-elms, or behind Montagu House, with him as surrounded, and his demesne occupied by modern with another. His father a rumoured plotter, too. buildings which were incomplete, and ancient which The Hublic would have noted it in me as becoming a were but half demolished. They alleged, that, en- zealous Protestant. Needful I do something to maingaged as he was in so many mysteries of love and of tain my good name in the city, to atone for nonpolitics, and having the character of the most daring attendance on prayer and preaching. But your Laertes and dangerous intriguer of his time, his Grace found is fast in the Fleet; and I suppose his blundering it convenient to surround himself with this ruinous blockhead of an antagonist is dead or dying; arena, into which officers of justice could not pene- “Recovering, my lord, on the contrary,!', replied trate without some difficulty and hazard; and which Jerningham; ""the blade fortunately avoided his might afford, upon occasion, a safe and secret shelter vitals." for such tools as were fit for desperate enterprises, “D-n his vitals !" answered the Duke. "Tell and a private and unobserved mode of access to those him to postpone his recovery, or I will put him to whom he might have any special reason for receiving death in earnest. in secret.

"I will caution his surgeon,” said Jerningham, Leaving Peveril in the Tower, we must once more "which will answer equally well." convey our readers to the levee of the Duke, who, on “Do so; and tell him he had better be on his own the morning of Julian's transference to that fortress, deathbed as cure his patient till I send him notice.-ihus addressed his minister-in-chief, and principal That young fellow must be let loose again at no rate." attendant:-"I have been so pleased with your con- “There is little danger," said the attendant. "I duct in this matter, Jerningham, that if Old Nick hear some of the witnesses have got their net flung were to arise in our presence, and offer me his best over him on account of some matters down in the imp, as a familiar in thy room, I would hold it but a north; and that he is to be translated to the Tower poor compliment."

for that, and for some letters of the Countess of Derby, “A legion of imps,” said Jerningham, bowing, as rumour goes." "could not have been more busy than I in your "To the Tower let him go, and get out as he can," Grace's service; but if your Grace will permit me to replied the Duke; "and when you hear he is fast say so, your whole plan was well nigh marred by there, let the fencing fellow recover as fast as the your not returning home till last night, or rather this surgeon

and he can mutually settle it.” morning.'

The Duke, having said this, took two or three turns And why, I pray you, sage Master Jerningham," in the apartment, and appeared to be in deep thought. said his Grace, "should I have returned home an His attendant waited the issue of his meditations at instant sooner than my pleasure and convenience leisure, being well aware that such moods, during served ?"

which his mind was strongly directed in one point, "Nay, my Lord Duke," replied the attendant, "I were never of so long duration with his patron as to know not; only, when you sent us word by Empson, prove a severe burden to his own patience, in Chiffinch's apartment, to command us to make Accordingly, after the silence of seven or eight sure of the girl at any rate, and at all risks, you said minutes, the Duke broke through it

, taking from the you would be here so soon as you could get freed of toilette a large silk purse, which seemed full of gold, the King.

"Jerningham," he said, "thou art a faithful fellow, and "Freed of the King, you rascal! What sort of it would be sin not to cherish thee. I beat the King phrase is that ?'' demanded the Duke.

at Maul on his bold defiance. The honour is enough " It was Empson who used it, my lord, as coming for me; and thou, my boy, shalt have the winnings.' from you Grace."

Jerningham pocketed the purse with due acknow"There is much very fit for my Grace to say, that ledgments. misbecomes such mouths as Empson's or your's to Jerningham," his Grace continued, "I know you repeat," answered the Duke, haughtily, but instantly blame me for changing my plans too often ; and on resumed his tone of familiarity, for his humour was my soul I have heard you so learned on the subject, as capricious as his pursuits. But I know what that I have become of your opinion, and have been thou wouldst have; first, your wisdom would know vexed at myself for two or three hours together, for what became of me since thou hadst my commands not sticking as constantly to one object, as doubtless at Chiffinch's; and next, your valour would fain I shall, when age, (touching his forehead) shall make sound another flourish of trumpets on thine own most I this same weathercock too rusty to turn with the changing breeze. But as yet, while I have spirit and some do,” said Jerningham;"but, for a strong, firm, action, let it whirl like the vane at the mast-head, concentrated indignation, I have seen none to match which teaches the pilot how to steer his course; and her.” when I shift mine, think I am bound to follow for- "Well

, we will permit her to cool. I will not face tune, and not to control her."

the affliction of a second fair one immediately. I am "I can understand nothing from all this, please tired of snivelling, and swelled eyes, and blubbered your Grace,!' replied Jerningham, save that you cheeks, for some time; and, moreover, must husband have been pleased to change some purposed mea: my, powers of consolation. Begone, and send the sures, and think that you have profited by doing so." Colonel."

"You shall judge yourself,” replied the Duke. "I 'Will your Grace permit me one other question ?" have seen the Duchess of Portsmouth.-You start. It demanded his confidant. is true, by Heaven! I have seen her, and from sworn “Ask what thou wilt, Jerningham, and then be enemies we have become sworn friends. The treaty gone." between such high and mighty powers had some " Your Grace has determined to give up Christian,". weighty articles; besides, I nad a French negotiator said the attendant. “May I ask what becomes of to deal with; so that you will allow a few hours' ab- the kingdom of Man ?!' sence was but a necessary interval to make up our “Forgotten, as I have a Christian soul !" said the matters of diplomacy.".

Duke; "as much forgotten as if I had never nourished Your Grace astonishes me,” said Jerningham, that scheme of royal ambition.-D-n it, we must "Christian's plan of supplanting the great lady is then knit up the ravelled skein of that intrigue.--Yet it is entirely abandoned ? I thought you had but desired but a miserable rock, not worth the trouble I have to have the fair successor here, in order to carry it on been bestowing on it; and for a kingdom-it has a under your own management.

sound indeed; but, in reality, I might as well stick a "I forget what I meant at the time," said the Duke; cock-chicken's feather into my hal, and call it a plume. "unless that I was resolved she should

not jilt me as Besides, now I think upon it, it would scarce be honshe did the good-natured man of royalty; and so I am ourable to sweep that petty royalty out of Derby's still determined, since you put me in mind of the fạir possession. I won a thousand pieces of the young Dowsabelle. But I had a contrite note from the Earl when he was last here, and suffered him to hang Duchess while

we were at the Mall. I went to see about me at Court. I question if the whole revenue her, and found her a perfect Niobe.-On my soul, in of his kingdom is worth twice as much. Easily I spite of red eyes and swelled features, and dishevelled could win it of him, were he here, with less trouble hair, there are, after all, Jerningham, some women, than it would cost me to carry on these troublesome who do, as the poets say, look lovely in affliction intrigues of Christian's." Out came the cause; and with such humility, uch "If I may be permitted to say so, please your penitence, such throwing herself on my mercy, (she Grace," answered Jerningham, although your Grace the proudest devil, too, in the whole Court,) that I is perhaps somewhat liable to change your mind, no must have had heart of steel to resist it all. In short, man in England can afford better reasons for doing Chiffinch in a drunken fit had played the babbler, and so.”. let young Saville into our intrigue. Saville plays the "I think so myself, Jerningham," said the Duke; rogue, and informs the Duchess by a messenger, who "and it may be it is one reason for my changing, luckily came a little late into the market. She

learned, One likes to vindicate his own conduct, and to find too, being a very devil for intelligence, that there had out fine reasons for doing what one has a mind to. been some jarring between the master and me about And now, once again, begone., , Or, hark ye-hark this new Phillis; and that I was most likely to catch ye-I shall need some loose gold. You may leave the bird, -as any one may see who looks on us both the purse I gave you; and I will give you an order It must have been Empson who fluted all this into her for as much, and two years' interest, on old Jacob Grace's ear; and thinking she saw how her ladyship Doublefee.” and I could hunt in couples, she entreats me to break "As your Grace pleases," said Jerningham, his Christian's scheme, and keep the wench out of the whole stock of complaisance scarcely able to conceal King's sight, especially if she were such a rare piece his mortification at exchanging for a distant order, of of perfection as fame has reported her."

a kind which of late had not been very regularly honAnd your Grace has promised her your hand to oured, the sunny contents of the purse which had uphold the influence which you have so often actually been in his pocket. Secretly but solemnly threatened to ruin ?" said Jerningham.

did he make a vow, that two years interest alone 'Ay, Jerningham; my turn was as much served should not be the compensation for this involuntary when she seemed to own herself in my power, and exchange in the form of his remuneration. cry, me mercy.--And observe, it is all one to me by As the discontented dependant left the apartment, which ladder I climb into the King's cabinet. That he met, at the head of the grand staircase, Christian of Portsmouth is ready fixed-better ascend by it than himself, who, exercising the freedom of an ancient fling it down to put up another-I hate all unneces- friend of the house, was making his wayunannounced, sary trouble."

to the Duke's dressing-apartment. Jerningham, And Christian ?" said Jerningham.

conjecturing that his visit at this crisis would be any "May go to the devil for a self-conceited ass. One thing but well-timed, or well-taken, endeavoured to p.easure of this twist of intrigue is, to revenge me of averi his purpose, by, asserting that the Duke was inthat villain, who thought himself so essential, that, disposed, and in his bedchamber; and this he said so by Heaven! he forced himself on my privacy, and loud that his master might hear him, and, if be lectured me like a schoolboy. Hang the cold blooded pleased, realize the apology, which he offered in his hypocritical vermin! If he mutters, I will have his name, by retreating into the bed-room as his last nose slit as wide as Coventry's.*-Hark ye, is the sanctuary, and drawing the bolt against intrusion, Colonel come?"

But, far from adopting a stratagem to which he had "I expect him every moment, your Grace." had recourse on former occasions, in order to avoid "Send him up when he arrives," said the Duke. those who came upon him, though at an appointed

-"Why do you stand looking at me? What hour, and upon business of importance, Buckingham would you have ?"

called, in a loud voice, from his dressing-apartment, “Your Grace's direction respecting the young commanding his chamberlain instantly to introduce lady,” said Jerningham.

his good friend Master Christian, and censuring him 'Odd zooks," said the Duke, "I had totally for- for hesitating for an instant to do so. gotten her.-Is she very tearful ?—Exceedingly af- “Now," thought Jerningham within himself, "if ficted ?"

Christian knew the Duke as we!l as I do, he would She does not take on so violently as I have seen sooner stand the leap of a lion, like the London *The ill usage of Sir John Coventry by some of the Life 'prentice bold, than venture on my master at this moGuardsmen, in revenge of something said in Parliament concernment, who is even now in a humour nearly

as daniog the King's theatrical arnours, gave rise to what was called gerous as the animal." Coventry's Act, against cutting and maiming the person.

He then ushered Christian into his master's pre

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posure of which had an unnatural contrast with the alteration of his countenance; "Am I to conclude, that in leaving the protection of the roof

in which I CHAPTER XXXVIII.

placed her, the girl has found shelter under that of * Speak not of niceness, when there's chance of wreck." your Grace ?" The captain said, as ladies writhed their neck

Şir," replied Buckingham, gravely, "the sup"To see the dying dolphin flap the deck: "If we go down, on us these gentry sup;

position does my gallantry more credit than it deWe dine upon them, if we haul them up.

serves. Wise men applaud us when we eat the eaters,

"Oh, my Lord Duke,” answered Christian, "I am As the devil laughs when keen folks cheat the cheaters." not one whom you can imposé on by this

species of The Sea Voyage. courtly jargon. I know of what your Grace is capable; THERE was nothing in the Duke's manner towards and that to gratify the caprice of a moment, you would Christian which could have conveyed to that latter not hesitate to disappoint even the schemes at which personage, experienced as he was in the worst possible you yourself have

laboured most
busily. --Suppose

this ways of the world, that Buckingham would, at that jest played off. Take your laugh at those simple preparticular moment, rather have seen the devil than cautions by which I intended to protect your Grace's himself; unless it was that

Buckingham's reception interest, as well as that of others. Let us know the of him, being rather extraordinarily courteous towards extent of your frolic, and consider how far its conso old an acquaintance, might have excited some de- sequences can be repaired.". gree of suspicion.

On my word, Christian," said the Duke, laughing, Having escaped with some difficulty from the vague "you are the most obliging of uncles and of guardians. region of general compliments,

which bears the same Let your niece pass through as many adventures as relation to that of business that Milton informs us Boccaccio's bride of the King of Garba, you care not. the Limbo Patrum has to the sensible and material Pure or soiled, she will still make the footstool of your earth, Christian asked his Grace of Buckingham, fortune." with the same blunt plainness with which he usually An Indian proverb says, that the dart of contempt veiled a very deep and artificial character, whether he will even pierce through the shell of the tortoise; but had lately seen Chiffinch or his helpmate?

this is more peculiarly

the case when conscience tells "Neither of them lately," answered Buckingham. the subject of the sarcasm that it is justly merited. "Have not you waited on them yourself ?-I thought Christian, stung

with Buckingham's reproach, at once you would have been more anxious about the great assumed a haughty and threatening mien, totally inscheme."

consistent with that

in which sufferance seemed to "I have called once and again,” said Christian, be as much his badge as that of Shylock. You are " but I can gain no access to the sight of that im- a foul-mouthed and most unworthy lord,” he said; portant couple. I begin to be afraid they are paltering and as such I proclaim you, unless you make repawith me."

ration for the injury you have done me." " Which, by the welkin and its stars, you would "And what," said the Duke of Buckingham, "shall not be slow in avenging, Master Christian. I know I proclaim you, that can give you the least title to your puritanical principles on that point well,” said notice from such as I am? What name shall I bestow the Duke. Revenge may be well said to be sweet, on the little transaction which has given rise to such when so many grave and wise men are ready to unexpected misunderstanding ?" exchange for it all the sugar-plums which pleasures Christian was silent, either from rage or from menoffer to the poor sinful people of the world, besides the tal

conviction. reversion of those which they talk of expecting in the " Come, come, Christian," said the Duke, smiling, way of post obit."

we know too much of each other to make a quarrel You may jest, my lord,” said Christian," but safe. Hate each other we may-circumvent each still

other-it is the way of Courts--but proclaim !-a fico But still you will be revenged on Chiffinch, and for the phrase." his little commodious companion. And yet the task "I used it not," said Christian, "till your Grace may be difficult-Chiffinch has so many ways of drove me to extremity. You know, my lord, I have obliging his master-his little woman is such a con- fought both at home and abroad; and you should not venient pretty sort of a screen, and has such winning rashly think that I will endure any indignity which little ways of her own, that, in faith, in your case, blood can wipe away." would not meddle with them. What is this refusing "On the contrary," said the Duke, with the same their door, man? We all do it to our best friends civil and sneering manner, "I can confidently assert, now and then, as well as to duns and dull company." that the life of half a score

of your friends would seem If your Grace is in a humour of rambling thus very light to you, Christian, if their existence interfered, wildly in your talk," said

Christian, "you know my I do not say with your character, as being a thing of old faculty of patience-I can wait till it be your much less consequence, but with any advantage which pleasure to talk more seriously.”

their existence might intercept.-Fie, upon it, man, “Seriously!” said his Grace_" Wherefore not ?- we have known each other long. I never thought I only wait to know what your serious business may you a coward ; and am only glad to see I could strike

a few sparkles of heat out of your cold and constant "In a word, my lord, from Chiffinch's refusal to disposition. I will now, if you please tell you at once see me, and some vain calls which I have made at the fate of the young lady, in which I pray you to your Grace's mansion, I am afraid either that our believe that I am truly interested." plan has miscarried, or that there is some intention "I hear you, my Lord Duke," said Christian. to exclude me from the further conduct of the matter." "The curl of your upper-lip, and your eyebrow, does Christian pronounced these words with considerable not escape me. Your Grace knows the French proemphasis.

verb,, 'He laughs best who laughs last.' But I hear That were folly, as well as treachery," returned you." the Duke, "to exclude from the spoil the very engineer "Thank Heaven you do," said Buckingham; " for who conducted the attack. But hark ye, Christian- your case requires haste, I promise you, and involves I am sorry to tell bad news without preparation; but no laughing

matter. Well, then, hear a simple truth, as you insist on knowing the worst, and are not on which (if it became me to offer any pledge for ashamed to suspect your best friends, out it must what I assert to be such) I could pledge life, fortune, come.-Your niece left Chiffinch's house the morning and honour. It was the morning before last, when before yesterday."

meeting with the King at Chiffinch's unexpectedlyChristian staggered, as if he had received a severe in fact I had looked in to fool an hour away, and to blow; and the blood ran to his face in such a current learn how your scheme advanced I saw a singular of passion, that the Duke concluded he was struck-scene. Your niece terrified little Chiffinch-(the hen with an apoplexy. But, exerting the extraordinary Chiffinch, I mean ;) bid the King defiance to his teeth, command which he could maintain

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the guardianship of a young fellow of little mark or was the only means of deceiving him. Victoria ! my likelihood, excepting a tolerable personal presence, dear Jerpingham, I am prouder of cheating Christian, and the advantage of a most unconquerable impu- than I should have been of circumventing a minister dence. Egad, I can hardly help laughing to think of state." how the King and I were both

baffled'; for I will not "Your Grace holds his wisdom very high,” said the deny, that I had tried to trifle for a moment with the attendant. fair Indamora. But, egad, the young fellow swooped "His cunning, at least I do, which in Court affairs, her off from under our noses, like my own Drawcan- often takes the weather-gage of wisdom, -as in Yarsir clearing off the banquet from the two Kings of mouth Roads a herring-buss will baffle a frigate. He Brentford. There was a dignity in the gallant's shall not return to London if I can help is until all swaggering, retreat which I must try to teach Mo- these intrigues are over." hun;* it will suit his part admirably;"

As his Grace spoke, the Colonel, after whom he had This is incomprehensible, my Lord Duke," said repeatedly made inquiry, was announced by a genteChristian, who by this time had recovered all his usual man of his household." "He met not Christian, did coolness; "you cannot expect me to believe this. he ?" said the Duke hastily. Who dared be so bold as to carry off my niece in "No, my lord,” returned the domestic, "the Colosuch a manner, and from so august a presence? And nel came by the old garden staircase." with whom, a stranger as he must have been, would "I judged as much," replied the Duke; "'tiş an she wise and cautious as I know her, have consented owl that will not take wing in daylight, when

there to depart in such a manner ?–My lord, I cannot is a thicket left to skulk under. Here he comes from believe this."

threading lane, vault, and ruinous alley, very near as "One of your priests, my most devout Christian," ominous a creature as the fowl of ill augury which he replied the Duke, "would answer, Die, infidel, in resembles." thine unbelief; but I am only a poor worldling sin- The Colonel, to whom no other appellation seemed ner, and will add what mite of information I can. to be given than that which belonged to his military The young fellow's name, as I am given to under station, now entered the apartment. He was tall, stand, is Julian, son of Sir Geoffrey, whom men call strongly built, and past the middle period of life, and Peveril of the Peak."

his countenance, but for the heavy cloud which dwelt "Peveril of the Devil, who hath his cayern there!" upon it, might have been pronounced a handsome said Christian, warmly; "for I know that gallant, one. While the Duke spoke to him, either from huand believe him capable of any thing bold and des- mility or some other cause, his large serious

eye was perate. But how could he intrude himself into the cast down upon the ground; but he raised it when royal presence? Either Hell aids him, or Heaven he answered, with a keen look of earnest observalooks nearer into mortal dealings than I have yet be- tion. His dress was very plain, and more allied to lieved. If so, may God forgive us, who deemed he that of the Puritans than of 'the Cavaliers of the thought not on us at all!"

time; a shadowy black hat like the Spanish sombreAmen, most christian Christian," replied the ro, a large black mantle or cloak, and a long rapier, Duke. “I am glad to see thou hast yet some touch gave him something the air of a Castilione, to which of gộace that leads thee to augur so.' But Empson, his gravity and stiffness of demeanour added conthe hen Chiffinch, and half a dozen more, saw the siderable strength. swain's, entrance and departure. Please examine “Well, Colonel,” said the Duke, "we have been these witnesses with your own wisdom, if you think long strangers--how have matters gone with you ?” your time may not be better employed in tracing the As with other men of action in quiet times," anfugitives. I believe he gained entrance as one of some swered the Colonel, or as a good war-caper* that dancing or masking party. Rowley, you know, is lies high and dry in a muddy-creek, till seams and accessible to all who will come forth to make him planks are rent and riven." sport. So in stole this termagant tearing gallant, like "Well, Colonel," said the Duke, ."I have used your Samson among the Philistines, to pull down our fine valour before now, and I may again; so that I shall scheme about our ears."

speedily see that the vessel is careened, and under"I believe you, my lord,” said Christian ; "I can- goes a thorough repair." not but believe you; and I forgive you, since it is your "I conjecture, then," said the Colonel, " that your nature, for making sport of what is ruin and destruc- Grace has some voyage in hand ?". tion. But which way did they take ?"

"No, but

there is one which I want to interrupt," “To Derbyshire, I should presume, to seek her replied the Duke. father," said the Duke. “She spoke of going into *?Tis but another stave of the same tune.-Well, the paternal protection, instead of yours.. Master my lord, I listen," answered the stranger: Christian. Something had chanced at Chiffinch's, Nay,” said the Duke, "it is but a trifling matter to give her cause to suspect that you had not altoge- after all. You know Ned Christian ?" ther provided for his daughter in the manner which "Ay, surely, my lord,” replied the Colonel, "we her father was likely to approve of.”.

have been long known to each other." Now, Heaven be praised,” said Christian," she "He is about to go down to Derbyshire to seek a knows not her father is come to London ! and they certain niece of his, whom he will scarcely find there. must be gone down either to Martindale Castle, or to Now, I trust to your tried friendship to interrupt his Moultrassie Hall; in either case they are in my power return to London. Go with him, or meet him, cajole -I must follow them close. I will return instantly him, or assail him, or do what thou wilt with himto Derbyshire-I am undone if she meet her father only keep him from London for a fortnight at least, until these errors are amended. Adieu, my lord. I and then I care little how soon he comes. forgive the part which I fear your Grace must have "For by that time, I suppose,” replied the Colonel, had in balking our enterprise-it is no time for mu- any one may find the wench that thinks her worth tual reproaches."

the looking for." You speak truth, Master Christian," said the “Thou mayst think her worth the looking for thyDuke, “and I wish you all success. Can I help you self, Colonel," rejoined the Duke; "I promise you with men or horses, or money?".

she hath many a thousand stitched to her petticoat; "I thank your Grace,” said Christian, and hastily such a wife would save thee from skeldering on the left the apartment.

public." The Duke watched his descending footsteps on the "My lord, I sell my blood and my sword, but not staircase, until they could be heard no longer, and my honour," answered the man sullenly; "if I then exclaimed to Jerningham, who entered, Vic- marry, my

bed may be a poor, but it shall be an hotoria! victoria! magna est veritas et prævalebit!--nest one.' Had I told the villain a word of a lie, he is so familiar "Then thy wife will be the only honest matter in with all the regions of falsehood-his

whole life has thy possession, Colonel —at least since I have known been such an absolute imposture, that I had stood de: you," replied the Duke. tected in an instant; but I told him truth, and that "Why, truly, your Grace may speak your pleasure Then a noted actor.

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on that point. It is chiefly your business, which I proceedings of us who are of the pure porcelain clay have done of late; and if it were less strictly honest of the earth." than I could have wished, the employer was to blame “In the name of heaven, my lord, let me then ask as well as the agent. But for marrying a cast-off you,” said Jerningham, "what meril you claim, or mistress, the man (saving your Grace, to whom I am what advantage you expect, from having embroiled bound) lives not who dares propose it to me.". every thing in which you are concerned to a degree

The Duke laughed loudly. 'Why, this is mine which equals the chaos of the blind old Roundhead's Ancient Pistol's vein," he replied.

poem which your Grace is so fond of? To begin with "Shall I Sir Pandarus of Troy berome,

the King. In spite of good-humour, he will be inAnd by my side wear steel 7-then Lúcifer take all !'" censed at your repeated rivalry.". "My breeding is too plain to understand ends of His Majesty defied me to it.” playhouse verse, my lord," said the Colonel sullenly. "You have lost all hopes of the Isle, by quarrelling "Has your Grace no other service to command me; with Christian." None-only I am told you have published a Nar

"I have ceased to care a farthing about it,” replied rative concerning the Plot.

the Duke. "What should ail me, my lord ?'' said the Colonel;

"In Christian himself, whom you have insulted, and "I hope I am a witness as competent as any that has to whose family

you intend dishonour, you have lost yet appeared ?"

a sagacious, artful, and cool-headed instrument and "Truly, I think so to the full,” said the Duke; adherent,” said the monitor. 'and it would have been hard, when so much profit

"Poor Jerningham !" answered the Duke; "Chrisable mischief was going, if so excellent a Protestant tian would say as much for thee, I doubt not, wert as yourself had not come in for a share."

thou discarded to-morrow. It is the common error "I came to take your Grace's commands, not to of such tools as you and he to think themselves inbe the object of your wit,” said the Colonel.

dispensable. As to his family, what was never honGallantly spoken, most resolute and most imma- ourable cannot be dishonoured by any connexion with culate

Colonel! As you are to be on full pay in my my house." service for a month to come, I pray your acceptance offended as he will be when he learns why, and

"I say nothing of Chiffinch,” said Jerningham, of this purse, for contingents and equipments, and you shall have my instructions from time to time.” by whom, his scheme has been ruined, and the lady

"They shall be punctually obeyed, my lord,” said spirited away-He and his wife, I say nothing of the Colonel; “I know the duty of a subaltern

officer. them." I wish your Grace a good morning."

"You need not,” said the Duke; "for were they So saying, he pocketed the purse, without either even fit persons to speak to me about, the Duchess of affecting hesitation, or expressing gratitude, but Portsmouth has bargained for their disgrace." merely as a part of a transaction in the regular way

"Then this bloodhound of a Colonel

, as he calls of business, and stalked from the apartment with the himself, your Grace cannot even lay him on a quest same sullen gravity which marked bis entrance. which is to do you service, but you must do him such “Now, there goes a scoundrel after my own heart," indignity at the same time, as he will not fail to resaid the Duke; a robber from his cradle, a mur-member, and be sure to fly at your throat should he derer since he could hold a knife, a profound hypo- ever have an opportunity of turning on you." crite in religion, and a worse and deeper hypocrite in " and yours, Jerninghain, is a low-lived apprehension.

said the Duke; plish any villany, and would cut the throat of his bro- Beat your spaniel heartily if you would have him ther, did he dare to give the villany he had so acted under command. Ever let your agents see you know its right name.-Now, why stand you amazed, good what they are, and prize them accordingly. A rogue, Master Jerningham, and look on me as you would who must needs be treated as a man of honour, is apt on some monster of Ind, when you had paid you to get above his work. Enough, therefore, of your shilling to see it, and were staring out your penny advice and censure, Jerningham ; we differ in every worth with your eyes as round as a pair of spectacles ? particular. Were we both engineers, you would spend Wink, man, and save them, and then let thy tongue your life in watching some old woman's wheel, which untie the mystery."

spins flax by the ounce; I must be in the midst of the "On my word, my Lord Duke," answered Jerning- most varied and counteracting machinery, regulating ham, "since I am compelled to speak, I can only say, checks and counter-checks, balancing weights, provthat the longer I live with your Grace, I am the more ing springs and wheels, directing and controlling a at a loss to fathom your motives of action. Others hundred combined powers." lay plans, either to attain profit or pleasure by their

And your fortune, in the mean while ?" said Jer. execution; but your Grace's delight is to counteract ningham; “pardon this last hint, my lord." your own schemes, when in the very act of perform- "My fortune," said the Duke, "is too vast to be ance; like a child--forgive me--that breaks its fa- hurt by a petty wound; and I have, as thou knowest, yourite toy, or a man who should set fire to the house a thousand salves in store for the scratches and he has half built."

scars which it sometimes receives in greasing my "And why not, if he wanted to warm his hands at machinery." the blaze ?" said the Duke.

" Your Grace does not mean Dr. Wilderhead's * Ay, my lord,” replied his dependant; "but what powder of projection ?" if, in doing so, he should burn his fingers ?–My lord,

Pshaw! he is a quacksalver, and mountebank, it is one of your noblest qualities, that you will some

and beggar.". times listen to the truth without taking offence; but

"Or Solicitor Drownland's plan for draining the were it otherwise, I could not, at this moment, help fens?" speaking out at every risk.”.

"He is a cheat--oidelicet, an attorney." "Well

, say on, I can bear it,” said the Duke, throw- "Or the Laird of Lackpelf's sale of Highland ing himself into an easy-chair, and using his toothpick woods ?” with graceful indifference and equanimity;." I love to

"He is a Scotsman,” said the Duke, -"videlicet, bear what such potsherds as thou art, think of the both cheat and beggar.' • Of Blood's Narrative, Roger North takes the following no mansion-house ?” said Jerningham,

"These streets here, upon the site of your noble tice, -" There was another sham plot of one Netterville. • And here the good Colonel Blood, that stole the Duke of Or- "The architect's a bite, and the plan's a bubble. I mond, and, if a timely rescue had not come in, had hanged him am sick of the sight of this rubbish, and I will soon at Tyburn, and afterwards stole the crown, though he was not replace our old alcoves, alleys, and flowerpots, by an be, the virtuous Colonel, as this sham plot says, was to have Italian garden and a new palace." been destroyed by the Papists. It seems these Papists would "That my lord, would be to waste, not to improve jet no eminent Protestant be safe. But some amends were your fortune," said his domestic. made to the Colonel by sale of the narrative, licensed Thomas Blood. It would have been strange is so much mischief were

"Clodpate, and muddy spirit that thou art, thou stirring, and he had not come in for a snack."-Eccmen, edit hast forgot the most hopeful scheme of all-the South 1711, p. 311.

Sea Fisheries—their stock is up 50 per cent. already

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