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themselves as they might in other parts of the Tower, 1 rate," said the old man, colouring deeply, and fixing the King, accompanied by the Dukes of Buckingham, his eyes on the ground. Ormond, and one or two others, walked through the The King was greatly shocked.-" Good God,” he well-known hall, in which is preserved the most said, "the gallant Major Coleby, who joined us with splendid magazine of arms in the world, and which, his four sons and a hundred and fifty men at Warringthough far from exhibiting its present extraordinary | ton !---And is this all we could do for an old Worcesstate of perfection, was even then an arsenal worthy ter friend ?” of the great nation to which it belonged.
The tears rushed thick into the old man's eyes as The Duke of Ormond, well known for his services he said, in broken accents, “Never mind me, sire; during the Great Civil War, was, as we have else. I am well enough here--a worn-out soldier rusting where noticed, at present rather on cold terms with among old armour. Where one old cavalier is bethis Sovereign, who nevertheless asked his advice on ter, there are twenty worse.-I am sorry your Mamany occasions, and who required it on the present jesty, should know any thing of it, since it grieves amongst others, when it was not a little feared, that you." the Parliament, in their zeal for the Protestant reli- With that kindness, which was a redeeming point gion, might desire to take the magazines of arms and of his character, Charles, while the old man was ammunition under their own exclusive orders. While speaking, took the partisan from him with his own Charles sadly hinted at such a termination of the hand, and put it into that of Buckingham, saying, popular jealousies of the period, and discussed with | “What Coleby's hand has borne, can disgrace neither Ormond the means of resisting or evading it, Buck- yours nor mine, ---and you owe him this atonement. ingham, falling a little behind, amused himself with Time has been with him, that, for less provocation, ridiculing the antiquated appearance and embarrassed he would have laid it about your ears. demeanour of the old warder who attended on the The Duke bowed deeply, but coloured with resentoccasion, and who chanced to be the very same that ment, and took an immediate opportunity to place the escorted Julian Peveril to his present place of confine- weapon carelessly against a pile of arms. The King ment. The Duke prosecuted his raillery with the did not observe a contemptuous motion, which, pergreater activity, that he found the old man, thongh haps, would not have pleased him, being at the morestrained by the place and presence, was rather upon meni occupied with the veteran, whom he exhorted the whole testy, and disposed to afford what sports- to lean upon him, as he conveyed him to a seat, permen call play to his persecutor. The various pieces mitting no other person to assist him. Rest there,” of ancieni armour, with which the wall was covered, he said, “my brave old friend; and Charles Stewart afforded the principal source of the Duke's wit, as he must be poor indeed if you wear that dress an hour insisted upon knowing from the old man, who, he longer.—You look very pale, my good Coleby, to have said, could best remember matters from the days of had so much colour a few minutes since.
Be not King Arthur downwards at the least, the history of vexed at what Buckingham says, no one minds his the different warlike weapons, and anecdotes of the folly.-You look worse and worse. Come, come, battles in which they had been wielded. The old man you are too much hurried by this meeting: Sit still obviously suffered when he was obliged, by repeated do not rise-do not attempt to kneel. I command questions, to tell the legends (often sufficiently ab- you to repose yourself till I have made the round of surd) which the tradition of the place had assigned these apartments." to particular relics. Far from flourishing his parti- The old cavalier stooped his head in token of acsan, and augmenting the emphasis of his voice, as quiescence in the command of his Sovereign, but he was and is the prevailing fashion of these warlike raised it not again. The tumultuous agitation of the Ciceroni, it was scarcely possible to extort from him moment had been too much for spirits which had been a single word concerning those topics on which their long in a state of depression, and health which was information is usually overflowing:
much decayed. When the King and his attendants, "Do you know, my friend,” said the Duke to him after half an hour's absence, returned to the spot where at last, " I begin to change my mind respecting
you? they had left the veteran, they found hiin dead, and I supposed you must have served as a Yeoman of the already cold, in the attitude of one who has fallen eaGuard since blutf King Henry's time, and expected to sily asleep. The King was dreadfully shocked; and hear something from you about the Field of the Cloth it was with a low and faltering voice that he directed of Gold, and I thought of asking you the colour of the body, in due time, to be honourably buried in the Anne Bullen's breastknot, which cost the Pope three Chapel of the Tower. He was then silent, until he kingdoms; but I am afraid you are but a novice in attained the steps in front of ihe arsenal, where the such recollections of love and chivalry. Art sure party in attendance upon his person began to assemthou didst not creep into thy warlike office from ble at his approach, along with some other persons some dark shop in the Tower-Hamlets, and that thou of respectable appearance, whom curiosity had athast not converted an unlawful measuring-yard into tracted. that glorious halberd ?-I warrant, thou canst not "This is dreadful,” said the King. “We must find even tell one whom this piece of antique panoply some means of relieving the distresses, and rewardpertained to ?"
ing the fidelity of our suffering followers, or posterity The Duke pointed at random to a cuirass which will cry fie upon our memory.' hung amongst others, but was rather remarkable "Your Majesty has had often such plans agitated from being better cleaned.
in your Council," said Buckingham. "I should know that piece of iron," said the warder True, George," said the King. "I can safely bluntly, yet with some change in his voice; for I say it is nou my fault. I have thought of it for years." have known a man withinside of it who would not "It cannot be 100 well considered," said Bucking, have endured half the impertinence I have heard ham ; . besides, every year makes the task of relief spoken to-day."
easier." The tone of the old man, as well as the words, * True," said the Duke of Ormond, "by diminishattracted the attention of Charles and the Duke of ing the number of sufferers. Here is poor old Coleby Ormond, who were only two steps before the speak- will no longer be a burden to the Crown." er. They both stopped, and turned round; the for- "You are 100 severe, my Lord of Ormond,” said mer saying at the same time, -"How now, sirrah! the King, "and should respect the feelings you tres--whai answers are these ?-What man do you speak pass on. You cannot suppose that we would have of ?"
permitted this poor man to hold such a situation, had "Of one who is none now," said the warder, we known of the circumstance ?" whatever he may have been."
"For God's sake, then, sire," said the Duke of Or. The old man surely speaks of himself," said the mond, " turn your eyes, which have just rested on the Duke of Ormond, closely examining the countenance corpse of one old friend, upon the distresses of others. of the warder, which he in vain endeavoured to turn away. "I am sure I remember these features-Are • A story of this nature is current in the legends of the not you my old friend, Major Coleby?'
'Tower. The affecting circumstances are, ! beiieve, recorded
in one of the little manuals which are put into the hands of "I wish your Grace's memory had been less accu- ! visiters, but are not to be found in the later editions.
Here is the valiant old Sir Geoffrey Peveril of the you? If an honest man, Nature has forgot to label it
With every symptom of a knave complete,
If he be honest he's a devilish cheat.' of whom I have the highest accounts, as a gallani of spirit, accomplishments, and courage-Here is the "He is well known to many, sire," replied Orunfortunate House of Derby—for pity's sake, inter- mond; "and that he walks in this area with his neck fere in behalf
of these victims, whom the folds of this safe, and his limbs unshackled, is an instance, amongst hydra-plot have entangled, in order to crush them to many, that we live under the sway of the most mercideath-rebuke the fiends that are seeking to devour ful Prince of Europe." their lives, and disappoint the harpies that are gaping."Oddsfish! who is the man, my Lord Duke ?” said for their property. This very day seven-night the un- the King. "Your Grace talks mysteries--Bucking, fortunate family, father and son, are to be brought ham blushes—and the rogue himself is dumb.". upon trial for crimes of which they are as guiltless, I "That honest gentleman, please your Majesty," boldly pronounce, as any who stand in this
presence. replied the Duke of Ormond, "whose modesty makes For God's sake, sire, let us hope that, should the pre- him mute, though it cannot make him blush, is the judices of the people condemn them, as it has done notorious Colonel Blood, as he calls himself, whose others, you will at last step between the blood-hunters attempt to possess himself of your Majesty's royal and their prey.
crown, took place at no very distant date, in this very The King looked, as he really was, exceedingly Tower of London." perplexed.
" That exploit is not easily forgotten," said the Buckingham, between whom and Ormond there King; “but that the fellow lives, shows your Grace's existed a constant and almost mortal quarrel, inter- clemency as well as mine." fered to effect a diversion in Charles's favour. Your “I cannot deny that I was in his hands, sire," said Majesty's royal benevolence," he said, “needs never Ormond, "and hand certainly been murdered by him, want exercise, while the Duke of Ormond is near bad he chosen to take my life on the spot, instead of your person. He has his sleeve cut in the old and destining me-I thank him for the honour to be ample fashion, that he may always have store of hanged at Tyburn. I had certainly been sped, if he ruined cavaliers stowed in is to produce at demand, had thought me worth knife or pistol, or any thing sare old raw-boned boys, with Malmsey noses, bald short of the cord. --Look at him sire! If the rascal heads, spindle shanks, and merciless histories of dared, he would say at this moment, like Caliban in Edgehill and Naseby.'
the play, 'Ho, ho, I would I had done it! " My sleeve is, I dare say, of an antique cut,” said Why, oddsfish!" answered the King, "he hath a Ormond, looking full at the Duke; " but I pin neither villanous sneer, my lord, which seems to say as þravoes nor ruffians upon it, my Lord of Bucking- much; but, my Lord Duke, we have pardoned him, ham, as I see fastened to coats of the new mode." and so has your Grace."
"That is a litele too sharp for our presence, my "It would ill have become me," said the Duke of lord," said the King.
Ormond, to have been severe in prosecuting an at"Not if I make my words good," said Ormond.- tempt on my poor life, when your Majesty was
pleased "My Lord of Buckingham, will you name the man to remit his more outrageous and insolent attempt you spoke to as you left the boat?!!
upon your royal crown. But I must conceive it as a "I spoke to no one,” said the Duke, hastily—"nay, piece of supreme insolence on the part of this bloodI mistake, I remember a fellow whispered in my ear, thirsty bully, by whomsoever he may be now backed, that one, who I thought had left London, was still to appear in the Tower, which was ihe theatre of one lingering in town. A person whom I had business of his villanies, or before me, who was well nigh the
victim of another." "Was yon the messenger ?" said Ormond, singling “It shall be amended in future," said the King.– out from the crowd who stood in the court-yaru, a "Hark ye, sirrah Blood, if you again presume to tall dark-looking man, muffled in a large cloak, wear- thrust yourself in the way you have done but now, I ing a broad shadowy black beaver hat, with a long will have the hangman's knife and your knavish ears sword of the Spanish fashion-the very Colonel, in made acquainted." short, whom Buckingham had despatched in quest of Blood bowed, and, with a coolness of impudence Christian, with the intention of detaining him in the which did his nerves great honour, he said he had country.
only come to the Tower accidentally, to communicate When Buckingham's eyes had followed the direc- with a particular friend on business of importance. tion of Ormond's finger, he could not help blushing My Lord Duke of Buckingham," he said, “knew he so deeply, as to attract the King's attention.* had no other intentions."
"What new frolic is this, George ?" he said. "Gen- "Get you gone, you scoundrelly cut-throat,” said tlemen, bring that fellow forward. On my life a the Duke, as much impatient of Colonel Blood's truculent-looking caitiff.—Hark ye, friend, who are claim of acquaintance as a town-rake of the low and
blackguard companions of his midnight rambles, * The conspirator Blood even fought or made his way into when they accost him in daylight amidst better com: good society, and sat at good men's feasts. Evelyn's Diary
if bears, 10th May, 1671,-"Dined at Mr. Treasurer's, where dined
you dare 10 quote my name again, I will Monsieur de Grammont and several French noblemen, and one
have you thrown into the Thames." Blood, that impudent, bold fellow, that had not long ago at. Blood, thus repulsed, turned round with the most tempted to steal the Imperial crown itself out of the Tower, insolent composure, and walked away down from pretending curiosity of seeing the Regalia, when, stabbing the the parade, all men looking at him, as at some falling down. How he came to be pardoned, and even received nowned for daring and desperate villany. through all the guards, taken only by the accident of his horze strange and monstrous prodigy, so much was be re
Some into favour, not only after this, but several other exploits almost even followed him, to have a better survey of the noderstand. Some believed he becaine a spy of several parties; torious Colonel Blood, like the smaller tribe of birds being well with the sectaries and enthusiasts, and did his Ma: which keep fluttering round an owl when he appears jesty service that way, which none alive could do so well as he. in the light of the sun. But as, in the latter case, Bat it was certainly, as the boldest attempt, so the only treason these thoughtless Autterers are careful to keep out of daring, but a villnnous unmerciful look, a false countenance, reach of the beak and claws of the bird of Minerva, but very well spoken and dangerously insinuating."--EVELYN'S so none of those who followed and gazed on Blood Memoirs, vol. i. p. 413. This is one of the many occasions on which we might make him, or to endure and return the lowering and deadly
as something ominous, cared to bandy looks with ances, even in the regulation of society. What should we think glances which he shot from time to time on those of a Lord of the Treasury, who, to make up a party of French who pressed nearest to him. He stalked on in this nobles and English gentlemen of condition, should invite as a manner, like a daunted, yet sullen wolf
, afraid to stop, d'industrie? Yet Evelyn does not seem to have been shocked yet unwilling to fly, until he reached the Traitor's at the man being brought into society, but only at his remaining I gate, and getting on board a sculler which waited for unlianged.
him, he disappeared from their eyes.
Charles would fain have obliterated all recollection | indulged in one instance, rushes on in promiscuous of his appearance, by the observation, “ It were shame ravages. But the English public have always rather that such a reprobate scoundrel should be the subject resembled what is told of the slenth-dog, which, eager, of discord between two noblemen of distinction;" fierce, and clamorous in pursuit of his prey, desists. and he recommended to the Dukes of Buckingham from it so soon as blood is sprinkled upon his path. and Ormond to join hands, and forget a misunder- Men's minds were now beginning to cool-the chastanding which rose on so unworthy a subject. racter of the witnesses was more closely sifted-their
Buckingham answered carelessly, "That the Duke testimonies did not in all cases tally-and a wholeof Ormond's honoured white hairs were a sufficient some suspicion began to be entertained of men, who apology for his making the first overtures to a recon- would never say they had made a full discovery of all ciliation," and he held out his hand accordingly. But they knew, but avowedly reserved some point of eviOrmond only bowed in return, and said, "The King dence to bear on future trials. had no cause to expect that the Court would be dis- The King also, who had lain passive during the first turbed by his personal resentments, since time would burst of popular fury, was now beginning to bestir not yield him back twenty years, nor the grave restore himself, which produced a marked effect on the conhis gallant son Ossory. As to the ruffian who had duct of the Crown Counsel, and even the Judges. Sir intruded himself there, he was obliged to bim, since, George Wakeman had been acquitted in spite of by showing that his Majesty's clemency extended even Oates's direct testimony; and public attention was to the very worst of criminals, he strengthened his strongly excited concerning the event of the next hopes of obtaining the King's favour for such of his trial; which chanced to be that of the Peverils, father innocent friends as were now in prison, and in dan- and son, with whom, I know not from what concateger, from the odious charges brought against them
on nation, little Hudson the dwarf was placed at the the score of the Popish Plot."
bar of the Court of King's Bench. The King made no other answer to this insinuation It was a piteous sight to behold a father and son, ihan by directing that the company should embark who had been so long separated, meet under circumfor their return to Whitehall; and thus took leave of stances so melancholy; and many tears were shed, the officers of the Tower who were in attendance, when the majestic old man-for such he was, though with one of those well-turned compliments to their now broken with years-folded his son to his bosom, discharge of duty, which no man knew better how to with a mixture of joy, affection, and a bitter anticipaexpress; and issued at the same time strict and tion of the event of the impending trial. There was a anxious orders for protection and defence of the im- feeling in the Court that for a moment overcame every portant fortress confided to them, and all which it prejudice and party feeling. Many spectators shed contained.
tears; and there was even a low moaning, as of Before he parted with Ormond on their arrival at those who weep aloud. Whitehall, he turned round to him, as one who has Such as felt themselves sufficiently at ease to remade up his resolution, and said, "Be satisfied, my mark the conduct of poor little Geoffrey Hudson, who Lord Duke-our friends' case shall be looked to." was scarcely observed amid the preponderating in
In the same evening the Attorney-General, and terest created by his companions in misfortune, could North, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, had not but notice a strong degree of mortification on the orders, with all secrecy, to meet his Majesty that part of that diminutive gentleman. He had soothed evening on especial matters of state, at ihe apart- his great mind by the thoughts of playing the characments of Chiffinch, the centre of all affairs, whether ter which he was called on to sustain, in a manner of gallantry or business.
which should be long remembered in that place; and on his entrance, had saluted the numerous spectators,
as well as the Court, with a cavalier air, which he CHAPTER XLI.
meant should express grace, high-breeding, perfect Yet, Corah, thou shalt from oblivion pass ;
coolness, with a noble disregard to the issue of their Erect thyself, thou monumental brass,
proceedings. But his little person was so obscured and High as the serpent of thy metal made,
jostled aside, on the meeting of the father and son, While nations stand secure beneath thy shade! who had been brought in different boats from the Absalom and Achitophel.
Tower, and placed at the bar at the same moment, The morning which Charles had spent in visiting that his distress and his dignity were alike thrown the Tower, had been very differently employed by into the background, and attracted neither sympathy those unhappy individuals, whom their bad fate, and nor admiration. the singular temper of the times, had made the inno- The dwarf's wisest way to attract attention, would cent tenants of that state prison, and who had re- have been to remain quiet, when so remarkable an ceived official notice that they were to stand their exterior would certainly have received in its turn the trial in the Court of King's Bench at Westminster, share of public notice which he so cagerly coveted. on the seventh succeeding day. The stout old Cava- But when did personal vanity listen to the suggestions lier at first only railed at the officer for spoiling his of prudence ?-Our impatient friend scrambled, with breakfast with the news, but evinced great feeling some difficulty, on the top of the bench intended for when he was told that Julian was to be put under the his seat; and there," painting himself to stand asame indictment.
tiptoe," like Chaucer's gallani Sir Chauntielere, he We intend to dwell only very generally on the challenged the notice of the audience as he stood nature of their trial, which corresponded, in the orit-bowing and claiming acquaintance of his namesake line, with almost all those that took place during the Sir Geoffrey the larger, with whose shoulders, notprevalence of the Popish Plot. That is, one or two withstanding his elevated situation, he was scarcely infamous and perjured evidences, whose profession of yet upon a level. common informers had become frightfully lucrative, The taller Knight, whose mind was occupied in a made oath to the prisoner's having expressed them very different manner, took no notice of these adselves interested in the great confederacy of the Ca-yances upon the dwarf's part, but sat down with the tholics. A number of others brought forward facts determination rather to die on the spot than evince or suspicions, affecting the character of the parties as any symptoms of weakness before Roundheads and honest Protestants and good subjects; and betwixt Presbyterians; under which obnoxious epithets, bethe direct and presumptive evidence, enough was ing too old-fashioned to find out party designations usually extracted for justifying, to a corrupted court of a newer date, he comprehended all persons conand a perjured jury, the fatal verdict of Guilty. cerned in his present trouble.
The fury of the people had, however, now begun to By Sir Geoffrey the larger's change of position, his pass away, exhausted even by its own violence. The face was thus brought on a level with that of Sir English nation differ from all others, indeed even Geoffrey the less, who had an opportunity of pulling from those of the sister kingdoms, in being very easily him by the cloak. He of Martindale Castle, rather sated with punishment, even when they suppose it mechanically than consciously, turned his head tomost merited. Other nations are like i he tamed tiger, wards the large wrinkled visage, which, struggling which, when once its native appetite for slaughter is between an assumed air of easy importance, and an
anxious desire to be noticed, was grimacing within a This notice, from a sure hand, and received but that yard of him. But neither the singular physiognomy, morning, had put the Judge to a sore dilemma; for, the nods
and smiles of greeting and recognition into however indifferent to actual consistency, he was which it was wreathed, nor the strange little form by most anxious to save appearances. He could not but which it was supported, had at that moment the recollect how violent he had been on former occapower of exciting any recollections in the old Knight's sions in favour of these prosecutions; and being senmind; and having stared for a moment at the poor sible at the same time that the credit of the witlittle man, his bulky namesake turned away his head nesses, though shaken in the opinion of the more without farther notice.
judicious, was, amongst the bulk of the people out of Julian Peveril, the dwarf's more recent acquaint-doors, as strong as ever, he had a difficult part to ance, had, even amid his own anxious feelings, room play. His conduct, therefore, during the whole trial, for sympathy with those of his little fellow-sufferer. resembled the appearance of a vessel about to go upon As soon as he discovered that he was at the same another tack, when her sails are shivering in the terrible bar with himself, although he could not con- wind, ere they have yet caught the impulse which is ceive how their causes came to be conjoined, he ac- to send her forth in a new direction. In a word, he knowledged him by a hearty shake of the hand, which was so uncertain which side it was his interest to the old man returned with affected dignity and real favour, that he might be said on that occasion to gratitude. "Worthy youth," he said, "thý presence have come nearer a state of total impartiality than he is restorative, like the nepenthe of Homer, even in was ever capable of attaining, whether before or this syncope of our mutual fate. I am concerned to afterwards. This was shown by his bullying now see that your father hath not the same alacrity of soul the accused, and now the witnesses, like a mastiff as that of ours, which are lodged within smaller com- 100 much irritated to lie still without baying, but unpass; and that he hath forgotten an ancient comrade certain whom he shall first bite. and fellow-soldier, who now stands beside him to The indictment was then read; and Sir Geoffrey perform, perhaps, their last campaign."
Peveril heard, with some composure, the first part of Julian briefly replied, that his father had much to it, which stated him to have placed his son in the occupy him. But the little man-who, to do him household of the Countess of Derby, a recusant Papist, justice, cared no more (in his own phrase) for immi- for the purpose of aiding the horrible and blood-thirsty nent danger or death, than he did for the puncture of Popish Plot-with having had arms and ammunition a flea's proboscis-did not so easily renounce the se- concealed in his house–and with receiving a blank cret object of his ambition, which was to acquire the commission from the Lord Stafford, who had sufnotice of the large and lofty Sir Geoffrey Peveril, who, fered death on account of the Plot. But when the being at least three inches taller than his son, was in charge went on to state that he had communicated for so far possessed of that superior excellence, which the same purpose with Geoffrey Hudson, sometimes the poor dwarf, in his secret soul, valued before all called Sir Geoffrey Hudson, now, or formerly, in the other distinctions, although, in his conversation, he domestic service of the Queen Dowager, he looked at was constantly depreciating it. "Good comrade and his companion as if he suddenly recalled him to renamesake," he proceeded, stretching out his hand, membrance, and broke out impatiently.These lies so as again to reach the elder Peveril's cloak, "I fo- are too gross to require a moment's consideration. I saw you at Naseby, fighing as if you had as many thing but what was loyal and innocent with my noble
, arms as the fabled Briareus.
kirsman, the late Lord Stafford-I will call him so in The Knight of Martindale, who had again turned spite of his misfortunes-and with my wife's relation, his head towards the little man, and had listened, as the Honourable Countess of Derby. But what likeliif endeavouring to make something out of his dis- hood can there be that I should have colleagued with course, here interrupted him with a peevish “Pshaw!" a decrepit buffoon, with whom I never had an in
"Pshaw!" repeated Sir Geoffrey the less; “Pshaw stant's communication, save once at an Easter feast, is an expression of slight esteem, -nay, of contempt, when I whistled a hornpipe, as he danced on a trencher in all languages; and were this a befiting place' to amuse the company?"}
But the Judges had now taken their places, the The rage of the poor dwarf brought tears in his criers called silence, and the stern voice of the Lord eyes, while, with an affected laugh, he said, that inChief Justice (the notorious Scroggs) demanded what stead of those juvenile and festive passages, Sir Geofthe officers meant by permitting the accused to com- frey Peveril might have remembered his charging municate together in open court.
along with him at Wiggan-Lane. It may here be observed, that this celebrated per- "On my word,” said Sir Geoffrey, after a moment's sonage was, upon the present occasion, at a great loss recollection, "I will do you justice, Master Hudsonhow to proceed. A calm, dignified, judicial demeanour, I believe you were there-I think I heard you did good was atno time the characteristic of his official conduct service. But you will allow you might have been near He always ranted and roared either on the one side one, without his seeing you. or the other; and of late, he had been much unsettled A sort of tiiter ran through the Court at the simpliwhich side to take, being totally incapable of any city of the larger Şir Geoffrey's testimony, which the thing resembling impartiality. At the first trials for dwarf endeavoured to control, by standing on his tip the Plot, when the whole stream of popularity ran toes, and looking fiercely around, as if to admonish against the accused, no one had been so loud as the laughers that they indulged their mirth at their Scroggs; to attempt to impeach the character of own peril. But perceiving that this only excited fur Oates or Bedlowe, or any other leading witness, he ther scorn, he composed himself into a semblance of treated as a crime more heinous than it would have careless contempt, observing, with a smile, that no been to blaspheme the Gospel on which they had one feared the glance of a chained lion; a magnificent been sworn it was a stifling of the Plot, or discre- simile, which rather increased than diminished the diting of the King's witnesses-a crime not greatly, if mirth of those who heard it. at all, short of high treason against the King himself. Against Julian Peveril there failed not to be charged
Bui, of late, a new light had begun to glimmer upon the aggravated fact, that he had been bearer of letters the understanding of this interpreter of the laws. Sa- between the Countess of Derby and other Papists and gacious in the signs of the times, he began to see that priests, engaged in the universal, treasonable conspithe tide was turning; and that Court favour at least, racy of the Catholics; and the attack of the house at and probably popular opinion also, were likely, in a Moultrassie-Hall,-with his skirmish with Chiffinch, short time, to declare against the witnesses, and in and his assault, as it was termed, on the person of favour of the accused.
John Jenkins, servant of the Duke of Buckingham, The opinion which Scroggs, had hitherto enter- were all narrated at length, as so many open and tained of the high respect in which Shaftesbury, the overt acts of treasonable import. To ihis charge patron of the plot, was held by Charles, had been Peveril contented himself with pleading-Not Guilty. definitively shaken by a whisper from his brother His little companion was not satisfied with so simple North to the following effect: "His Lordship has no a plea; for when he heard it read, as a part of the more interest at Court than your footman."
charge applying to him, that he had received from an
agent of the Plot a blank commission as Colonel of as his son-the latter of whom was a member of her regiment of grenadiers, he replied, in wrath and scorn, family. Of Hudson he only recollected of having that if Goliath of Gath had come to him with such a heard one of the Fathers say, "that though but a proposal, and proffered him the command of the whole dwarf in stature, he would prove a giant in the cause sons of Anak in a body, he should never have had of
the Church." occasion or opportunity to repeat the temptation to When he bad ended his evidence, there was a pause, another. "I would have slain him," said the little nntil the Judge, as if the thought had suddenly ocman of loyalty, "even where he stood."
curred to him, demanded of Dr. Oates, whether he The charge was stated anew by the Counsel for the had ever mentioned
the name of the Countess of Crown, and forth came the notorious Doctor Oates, Derby in any of the previous informations which he rustling in the full silken canonicals of priesthood, for had lodged before the Privy
Council, and elsewhere, it was at a time when he affected no small dignity of upon this affair? exterior decoration and deportment.
Oates seemed rather surprised at the question, and This singular man, who, aided by the obscure in-coloured with anger, as he answered, in his peculiar trigues of the Catholics themselves, and the fortuitous mode of pronunciation, "Whoy, no, maay laard." circumstance of Godfrey's murder, had been able to "And, pray, Doctor," said the Judge, "how came cram down the public throat
such a mass of absurdity so great a revealer of mysteries as you have lately as his evidence amounts to, had no other talent for proved, to have suffered so material a circumstance imposture than an impudence which set conviction as the accession of this powerful family to the Plot to and shame alike at defiance. A man of sense or re- have remained undiscovered ?" flection, by trying to give his plot an appearance of "Maay laard," said Oates, with much effrontery, more probability, would most likely have failed, as aye do not come here to have my evidence queswise men often do in addressing the multitude, from tioned as touching the Plaat." not daring to calculate upon the prodigious extent of "I do not question your evidence, Doctor," said their credulity, especially where the figments
presented Scroggs, for the time was not arrived that he dared to them involve the fearful and the terrible.
treat him roughly; "nor do I doubt the existence of Oates was by nature choleric; and the
credit he had the Plaat, since it is your pleasure to swear to it. I
This notorious personage, such as we have described and being afraid the aice would not bear him and his
the current changing against culpate the Countess of Derby. "He had seen," as him, but was determined to pay the score with effronhe said, " that honourable lady when he was at the tery. "All men knaw at what coast and praice I Jesuits College at Saint Omer's. She had sent for have given
my evidence, which has been always, under him to an inn, or auberge, as it was there termed Gaad, the means of awakening this poor naation to the sign of the Golden Lamb; and had ordered him the dangerous state in which it staunds. Many here to breakfast in the same room with her ladyship ; and knaw that I have been obliged to faartify my ladging afterwards told him, that, knowing he was trusted by at Whitehall against the bloody Papists. It was not the Fathers of the Society, she was determined that to be thought
that I should have brought all the story he should have a share of her secrets also; and there-out at aance. I think your wisdom would have advised withal, that she drew from
her bosom a broad sharp-me otherwise."* pointed knife, such as butchers kill sheep with, and "Nay, Doctor," said the Judge, “it is not for me demanded of him what he thought of it for the pur to direct you in this affair; and it is for the Jury to pose ; and when he, the witness, said for what pur- believe you or not; and as for myself, I sit here to do pose, she rapt him on the fingers with her fan, called justice to both-the Jury have heard your answer to him a dull fellow, and said it was designed to kill the my question." King with.
Doctor Oates retired from the witness-box redHere Sir Geoffrey Peveril could no longer refrain his dening like a turkey-cock, as one totally unused to indignation and surprise. "Mercy of Heaven!” he have such accounts questioned as he chose to lay said, "did ever any one hear of ladies of quality carry-before the courts of justice; and there was, perhaps ing butchering knives about them, and telling every for the first time, amongst the counsel an1 solicitors, scurvy companion she meant to kill the King with as well as the templars and students of law there them?--Gentlemen of the Jury, do but think if this is present, a murmur, distinct and audible, unfavourareasonable--though, if the villain could prove by any ble to the character of the great father of the Popish honest evidence, that my Lady of Derby ever let such Plot. a scum as himself come to speech of her, I would be- Everett and Dangerfield, with whom the reader is lieve all he can say."
already acquainted, were then called in succession "Sir Geoffrey," said the Judge, "rest you quiet-to sustain the accusation. They were subordinate You must not fly out-passion helps you not here--the informers-a sort of under-spur-leathers, as the cant Doctor must be suffered to proceed."
term went-who followed the path of Oates, with all Doctor Oates went on to state, how the lady com- deference to his superior genius and invention, and plained of the wrongs the House of Derby had sus made their own fictions chime in and
harmonize with tained from the King, and the oppression of her his, as well as their talents could devise. But as their religion, and boasted of the schemes of the Jesuits
* It was on such terms that Dr. Oates was pleased to claim and seminary priests; and how they would be furthe extraordinary privilege of dealing out the information which thered by her noble kinsman of the House of Stanley. he chose to communicate to a court of justice. The only sense He finally averred that both the Countess and the in which his story of the fox, stone, and goose, could
be appliFathers of the seminary abroad, founded much upon extent of his countrymen's credulity before supplying it with a the talents and courage of Sir Geoffrey Peveril and full meal. VOL. IV.