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the country for a season, to achieve his supposed pur- hitherto followed her, whistling cheerily, with a pose of marrying Mrs. Deborah, and of letting the hedge-bill in his hand, and his hat on one side, pernews be cold, and the laugh of the neighbourhood be ceived that she turned to the stile which entered to ended, ere he brought her down as mistress of Moul- the Dobby's Walk, he showed symptoms of great trassie-Hall
. This rumour died away; and it was fear, and at length, coming to the lady's side, petithen affirmed, that he had removed to foreign parts, tioned her, in a whimpering tone, -"Don't ye now to ensure the continuance of health in so delicate a don't ye now, my lady, don't ye go yonder." constitution as that of little Alice. But when the Lady Peveril, observing that his teeth chattered in Major's dread of Popery was remembered, together his head, and that his whole person exhibited great with the still deeper antipathies of worthy Master signs of terror, began to recollect the report, that the Nehemiah Solsgrace, it was resolved unanimously, first Squire of Moultrassie, the brewer of Chesterthat nothing less than what they might deem a fair field, who had bought the estate, and then died of chance of converting the Pope would have induced melancholy for lack of something to do, (and, as the parties to trust themselves within Catholic do- was said, not without suspicions of suicide,) was minions. The most prevailing opinion was, that supposed to walk in this sequestered avenue, accomthey had gone to New England, the refuge then of panied by a large headless mastiff, which, when he many whom too intimate concern with the affairs of was alive, was a particular favourite of the exthe late times, or the desire of enjoying uncontrolled brewer. To have expected any protection from her freedom of conscience, had induced to emigrate from escort, in the condition to which superstitious fear Britain.
had reduced him, would have been truly a hopeless Lady Peveril could not help entertaining a vague trust; and Lady Peveril, who was not apprehensive idea that Bridgenorth was not so distant. The ex- of any danger, thought there would be great cruelty treme order in which every thing was maintained at in dragging the cowardiy boy into a scene which he Moultrassie-Hall seemed-no disparagement to the regarded with so much apprehension. She gave him, care of Dame Dickens the housekeeper, and the therefore, a silver piece, and permitted him to return. other persons engaged-to argue, that the master's The latter boon seemed even more acceptable than eye was not so very far off, but that its occasional the first; for ere she could return the purse into her inspection might be apprehended. It is true, that pocket, she heard the wooden clogs of her bold neither the domestics nor the attorney answered any convoy in full retreat, by the way from whence questions respecting the residence of Master Bridge they came. north ; but there was an air of mystery about them Smiling within herself at the fear she esteemed so when interrogated, that seemed to argue more than ludicrous, Lady Peveril ascended the stile, and was met the ear.
soon hidden from the broad light of the moonbeams, About five years after Master Bridgenorth had left by the numerous and entangled boughs of the huge the country, a singular incident took place. Sir elms, which, meeting from either side, totally overGeoffrey was absent at the Chesterfield races, and arched the old avenue. The scene was calculated to Lady Peveril, who was in the habit of walking excite solemn thoughts; and the distant glimmer of around every part of the neighbourhood unattended, a light from one of the numerous casements in the or only accompanied by Ellesmere, or her little boy, front of Moultrassie-Hall, which lay at some dishad gone down one evening, upon a charitable tance, was calculated to make them even melanerrand to a solitary hut, whose inhabitant lay sick of choly. She thought of the fate of that family of the a fever, which was supposed to be infectious. Lady deceased Mrs. Bridgenorth, with whom she had Peveril never allowed apprehensions of this kind to often walked in this very avenue, and who, though a stop " devoted charitable deeds;" but she did not woman of no high parts or accomplishments, had choose to expose either her son or her attendant to always testified the deepest respect, and the most the risk which she herself, in some confidence that earnest gratitude, for such notice as she had shown she knew precautions for escaping the danger, did to her. She thought of her blighted hopes--her prenot hesitate to incur.
mature death-the despair of her self-banished husLady Peveril had set out at a late hour in the band-the uncertain fate of their orphan child, for evening, and the way proved longer than she ex- whom she felt, even at this distance of time, some pected-several circumstances also occurred to de- touch of a mother's affection. iain her at the hut of her patient. It was a broad Upon such sad subjects her thoughts were turned, autumn moonlight, when she prepared to return when, just as she attained the middle of the avenue, homeward through the broken glades and upland the imperfect and checkered light which found its which divided her from the Castle. This she con- way through the sylvan archway, showed her somesidered as a matter of very little importance, in so thing which resembled the figure of a man. Lady quiet and sequestered a country, where the road lay Peveril paused a moment, but instantly advanced ;chiefly through her own domains, especially as she her bosom, perhaps, gave one startled throb, as a had a lad about fifteen years old, the son of her debt to the superstitious belief of the times, but patient, to escort her on the way. The distance was she instantly repelled the thought of supernatural better than two miles, but might be considerably appearances. From those that were merely mortal abridged by passing through an avenue belonging to she had nothing to fear. A marauder on the game the estate of Moultrassie-Hall, which she had avoided was the worst character whom she was likely to as she came, not from the ridiculous rumours which encounter; and he would be sure to hide himself pronounced it to be haunted, but because her hus- from her observation. She advanced, accordingly, band was much displeased when any attempt was steadily; and, as she did so, had the satisfaction to made to render the walks of the Castle and Hall observe that the figure, as she expected, gave place common to the inhabitants of both. The good lady, to her, and glided away amongst the trees on the in consideration, perhaps, of extensive latitude allow- left-hand side of the avenue. As she passed the ed to her in the more important concerns of the spot on which the form had been so lately visible, family, made a point of never interfering with her and bethought herself that this wanderer of the husband's whims or prejudices; and it is a com- night might, nay must, be in her vicinity, her resopromise which we would heartily recommend to all lution could not prevent her mending her pace, and managing matrons of our acquaintance; for it is that with so little precaution, that, stumbling over surprising how much real power will be cheerfully the limb of a tree, which, twisted off by a late temresigned to the fair sex, for the pleasure of being pest, still lay in the avenue, she fell, and, as she fell, allowed to ride one's hobby in peace and quiet. screamed aloud. A strong hand in a moment after
Upon the present occasion, however, although the wards added to ber fear by assisting her to rise, and Dobby's Walk* was within the inhabited domains a voice, to whose accents she was not a stranger, of the Hall, the Lady Peveril determined to avail though they had been long unheard, said, "Is it not herself of it, for the purpose of shortening her road you, Lady Peveril ?" home, and she directed her steps accordingly. But "It is 1,” said she, commanding her astonishment when the peasani-boy, her companion, who had and fear; "and, if my ear deceive me not, I speak to * Dobby is an old English name for goblin.
"I was that man," he replied, " while oppression perstition, who now rages abroaa for victims among left me a name."
God's people." He spoke nothing more, but continued to walk "You surprise me by your language, Major Bridgebeside her for a minute or two in silence. She felt north," said the lady, who now felt rather anxious her situation embarrassing; and to divest it of that to be relieved from his company, and with that purfeeling, as well as out of real interest in the question, pose walked on somewhat hastily. He mended his she asked him, “How her god-daughter Alice now pace, however, and kept close by her side. was ?"
Know you not," said he, “that Satan hath come “Of god-daughter, madam,” answered Major down upon earth with great wrath, because his time Bridgenorth, "I know nothing; that being one of is short? The next heir to the crown is an avowed the names which have been iniroduced, to the cor- Papist; and who dare assert, save sycophants and ruption and pollution of God's ordinances. The time-servers, that he who wears it is not equally infant who owed to your ladyship (so called) her es ready to stoop to Rome, were he not kept in awe by cape from disease and death, is a healthy and thriving a few noble spirits in the Commons' House? You girl, as I am given to understand by those in whose believe not this-yet in my solitary and midnight charge she is lodged, for I have not lately seen her. walks, when I thought on your kindness to the dead And it is even the recollection of these passages, and to the living, it was my prayer that I might have which in a manner impelled me, alarmed also by the means granted to warn you—and lo! Heaven your fall, to offer myself to you in this time and mode, hath heard me." which in other respects is no way consistent with my * Major Bridgenorth," said Lady Peveril, "you present safety."
were wont to be moderate in these sentiments With your safety, Master Bridgenorth ?" said the comparatively moderate, at least, and to love your Lady Peveril; " surely, I could never have thought own religion, without hating that of others." that it was in danger!
"What I was while in the gall of bitterness and in “You have some news, then, yet to learn, ma- the bond of iniquity, it signifies not to recall," an, dam," said Major Bridgenorth ; you will hear, swered he. "I was then like to Gallio, who cared in the couse of to-morrow, reasons why I dare not for none of these things. I doated on creature-comappear openly in the neighbourhood of my own pro- forts--I clung to worldly honour and repute-my perty, and wherefore there is small judgment in thoughts were earthward-or those I turned to Hea. committing the knowledge of my present residence ven were cold, formal, pharisaical meditations-1 to any one connected with Martindale Castle."
brought nothing to the altar save straw and stubble. "Master Bridgenorth," said the lady, " you were, Heaven saw need to chastise me in love, I was stripin former times, prudent and cautious—I hope you ped of all that I clung to on earth--my worldly
honour have been misled by no hasty impression-by no rash was torn from me- I went forth an exile from the scheme-I hope"
home of my fathers, a deprived and desolate man-a interrupting you, madam,” said baffled, and beaten, and dishonoured man. But who Bridgenorth. 'I have indeed been changed-ay, shall find out the ways of Providence? Such were my very heart within me has been changed. In the the means by which I was chosen forth as a chamtimes to which your ladyship (so called) thinks pro- pion for the truth-holding my life as nothing, if per to refer, I was a man of this world-bestowing thereby that may be advanced. But this was not on it all my thoughts-all my actions, save formal what I wished to speak of. Thou hast saved the observances—little deeming what was the duty of a earthly life of my child-let me save the eternal wel. Christian man, and how far his self-denial ought to fare of yours.". extend-even unto giving all as if he gave nothing. Lady Peveril was silent. They were now apHence I thought chiefly on carnal things-on the proaching the point where the avenue terminated in adding of field to field, and wealth to wealth-of the a communication with the public road, or rather pathbalancing between party and party-securing a friend way, sunning through an unenclosed common field; here, without losing a friend there - But Heaven this the lady had to prosecute for a little way, until smote me for my apostacy, the rather that I abused a turn of the path gave her admittance into the Park the name of religion, as a self-seeker, and a most of Martindale. She now felt sincerely anxious to be blinded and carnal will-worshipper-But I thank in the open moonshine, and avoided reply to BridgeHim who hath at length brought me out of Egypt." north that she might make the more haste. But as
In our day-although we have many instances of they reached the junction of the avenue and the pubenthusiasm among us-we might still suspect one lic road, he laid his hand on her arm, and commanded who avowed it thus suddenly and broadly, of hypo- rather than requested her to stop: She obeyed. He crisy, or of insanity; but, according to the fashion pointed to a huge oak, of the largest size, which of the times, such opinions as those which Bridge - grew on the summit of a knoll in the open ground north expressed, were openly pleaded, as the ruling which terminated the avenue, and was exactly_so motives of men's actions. The sagacious Vane-the placed as to serve for a termination to the vista. The brave and skilful Harrison-were men who acted moonshine without the avenue was so strong, that, avowedly under the influence of such. Lady Peveril, amidst the flood of light which it poured on the vetherefore, was more grieved than surprised at the nerable tree, they could easily discover, from the shallanguage she heard Major Bridgenorth use, and rea- tered state of the boughs on one side, that it had sufsonably concluded, that the society and circumstances fered damage from lightning. "Remember you," he in which he might lately have been engaged, had said, "when we last looked together on that tree? I blown into a flame the spark of eccentricity which had ridden from London, and brought with me a proalways smouldered in his bosom. This was the tection from the committee for your husband; and as more probable, considering that he was melancholy I passed the spot-here on this spot where we now by constitution and descent-that he had been unfor- stand, you stood with my lost Alice-two-the last tunate in several particulars-and that no passion is two of my beloved infants gambolled before you. I more easily nursed by indulgence, than the species of leaped from my horse-to her I was a husband-to enthusiasm of which he now showed tokens. She those a father-to you a welcome and revered protectherefore answered him by calmly hoping, "That tor-What am I now to any one?" He pressed his the expression of his sentiments had not involved hand on his brow, and groaned in agony of spirit. him in suspicion or in danger."
It was not in the Laay Peveri's nature to hear "In suspicion, madam?". answered the Major; sorrow without an attempt at consolation. "Master — "for I cannot forbear giving to you, such is the Bridgenorth,” she said, "I blame no man s creed, strength of habit, one of those idle titles by which while I believe and follow my own; and I rejoice we poor potsherds are wont, in our pride, to denomi- that in yours you have soughi consolation for temnate each other-I walk not only in suspicion, but poral afflictions. But does not every Christian creed in that degree of danger, that, were your husband to teach us alike, that affliction should soften our heart?" meet me at this instant-me, a native Englishman, “Ay, woman,” said Bridgenorth, sternly, "as the treading on my own lands—I have no doubt he would lightning which shattered yonaer oak hath softened do his best to offer me to the Moloch of Romish su-l its trunk. No; the seared wood is the fitter for the
use of the workmen--the hardened and the dried-up "I am well aware, Master Bridgenorih," said Lady heart is that which can best bear the task imposed by Peveril, " that my kinswoman is a Catholic ;* but these dismal times. God and man will no longer her son is educated in the Church of England's prinendure the unbridled profligacy of the dissolute--the ciples, agreeably to the command of her deceased scoffing of the profane--the contempt of the divine husband.'' laws the infraction of human rights. The times “Is it likely," answered Bridgenorth, “that she, demand righters and avengers, and there will be no who fears not shedding the blood of the righteous, want of them.”
whether on the field or scaffold, will regard the "I deny not the existence of much evil,” said Lady sanction of her promise when her religion bids her Peveril, compelling herself to answer, and beginning break it? Or, if she does, what shall your son be the at the same iime to walk forward; "and from hear- better, if he remain in the mire of his father? What say, though not, I thank Heaven, from observation, I are your Episcopal tenets but mere Popery, save that am convinced of the wild debauchery of the times. ye have chosen a temporal tyrant for your Pope, But let us trust it may be corrected without such vio- and substitute a mangled mass in English for that lent remedies as you hint at. Surely the ruin of a which your predecessors pronounced in Latin? second civil war-though I trust your thoughts go But why speak I of these things to one who hath not that dreadful length-were at best a desperate ears indeed, and eyes, yet cannot see, listen to, or alternative."
understand, what is alone worthy to be heard, seen, * Sharp, but sure," replied Bridgenorth. "The and known? Pity, that what hath been wrought so blood of the Paschal lamb chased away the destroy- fair and exquisite in form and in disposition, should be ing angel--the sacrifices offered on the threshing-floor yet blind, deaf, and ignorant, like the things which of Araunah, stayed the pestilence. Fire and sword perish!" are severe remedies, but they purge and purify." "We shall not agree on these subjects, Master
Alas! Major Bridgenorth," said the lady, "Wise Bridgenorth,” said the lady, anxious still to escape and moderate in your youth, can you have adopted in from this strange conference, though scarce knowyour advanced life the thoughts and language of ing what to apprehend; "once more, I must bid you those whom you yourself beheld drive themselves and farewell." the nation to the brink of ruin ?"
"Stay yet an instant," he said, again laying his "I know not what I then was--you know not hand on her arm; "I would stop you if I saw you what I now am,” he replied, and suddenly broke off; rushing on the brink of an actual precipice-let me for they even then came forth into the open light, prevent you from a danger still greater. How shall and it seemed asif, feeling himself under the lady's eye, I work upon your unbelieving mind? Shall I tell you he was disposed to soften his tone and his language that the debi of bloodshed yet remains a debt to be
Ac the first distinct view which she had of his paid by the bloody house of Derby? And wilt thou person, she was aware that he was armed with a send thy son to be among those from whom it shall short sword, a poniard, and pistols at his belt-pre- be exacted ?" cautions very unusual for a man who formerly had "You wish to alarm me in vain, Master Bridgeseldom, and only on days of ceremony, carried a north,' answered the lady; "what penalty can be walking rapier, though such was the habitual and exacted from the Countess for an action which I have constant practice of gentlemen of his station in life. already called a rash one, has been long since levied.” There seemed also something of more stern deter- “You deceive yourself,” retorted he, sternly:mination than usual in his air, which indeed had "Think you a paltry sum of money, given to be always been rather sullen than affable; and ere she wasted on the debaucheries of Charles, can atone for could repress the sentiment, she could not help say. the death of such a man as Christian--a man precious ing, "Master Bridgenorth, you are indeed changed?" alike to heaven and to earth? Not on such terms is
"You see but the outward man,” he replied; the the blood of the righteous to be poured forth! Every change within is yet deeper. But it was not of myself hour's delay is numbered down as adding interest to that I desired to talk-I have already said, that as the grievous debt, which will one day be required from you have preserved my child from the darkness of that blood-thirsty woman." the grave, I would willingly preserve yours from that At this moment the distant tread of horses was more utter darkness, which, I fear, hath involved the heard on the rock on which they beld this singular path and walks of his father."
dialogue. Bridgenorth listened a moment, and then “I must not hear this of Sir Geoffrey," said the said, "Forget that you have seen me-name not my Lady Peveril; "I must bid you farewell for the pre- name to your nearest or dearest-lock my counsel in sent; and when we again meet at more a suitable time, your breast-profit by it
, and it shall be well with you." I will at least listen to your advice concerning Julian, So saying, he turned from her, and, plunging although I should not perhaps incline to it."
through a gap in the fence, regained the cover of his "That more suitable time may never come,” repli- own wood, along which the path still led. ed Bridgenorth. "Time wanes, eternity draws nigh. The noise of horses advancing at full trot, now Hearken! It is said to be your purpose to send the came nearer; and Lady Peveril was aware of several young Julian to be bred up in yonder bloody island, riders, whose forms rose indistinctly on the summit under the hand of your kinswoman, that cruel mur of the rising ground behind her. She became also deress, by whom was done to death a man more visible to them; and one or two of the foremost made worthy of vital existence than any that she can towards her at increased speed, challenging her as boast among her vaunted ancestry. These are cur- they advanced with the cry of “Stand! Who goes rent tidings-are they true?".
there ?" The foremost who came up, however, ex"I do not blame you, Master Bridgenorth, for claimed, “Mercy on us if it be not my lady!" and thinking harshly of my cousin of Derby," said Lady Lady Perevil, at the same moment recognized one of Peveril; nor do I altogether vindicate the rash ac- her own servants. Her husband rode up immediately tion of which she hath been guilty. Nevertheless, in afterwards, with,.“ How now, Dame Margaret ? her habitation, it is my husband's opinion and my What makes you abroad so far from home, and at an own, that Julian may be trained in the studies and hour so late ?" accomplishments becoming his rank, along with the Lady Perevil mentioned her visit at the cottage, but young Earl of Derby."
did not think it necessary to say aught of having seen "Under the curse of God, and the blessing of the Major Bridgenorth ; afraid, perhaps, that her husband Pope of Rome," said Bridgenorth. "You, lady, so might be displeased with that incident. quicksighted in matters of earthly prudence, are you "Charity is a fine thing, and a fair," answered Sin blind to the gigantic pace at which Rome is moving Geoffrey ; " but I must tell you, you do ill, dame, to to regain this country, once the richest gem in her wander about the country like a quacksalver, at the usurped tiara? The old are seduced by gold--the call of every old woman who has a colic-fit; and at youth by pleasure-the weak by Aattery-cowards by this time of night especially, and when the land is so fear-and the courageous by ambition. A thousand unsettled besides." baits for each taste, and each bait concealing the * I have elsewhere nnticed that this is a deviation from the truth same deadly hook.
-Charlutte, Countess of Derby, was a Huguenot.
"I am sorry to hear that it is so," said the lady. I occurred to Lady Peverii's mind, she did not suffer "I had heard no such news."
them to weigh with her in opposition to the advan"News!" repeated Sir Geoffrey; "why, here has | tages which the patronage of the Countess of Derby a new plot broken out among the Roundheads, worse secured to her son, than Venner's by a butt's length ;* and who should The plan seemed to be in every respect successful; be so deep in it as our old neighbour Bridgenorth! and when, from tune to time, Julian visited the There is a search for him everywhere; and I promise house of his father, Lady Peveril had the satisfaction you, if he is found, he is like to pay old scores!" to see him on every occasion, improved in person and
"Then I am sure, I trust he will not be found," in manner, as well as ardent in the pursuit of more said Lady Perevil.
solid acquirements. In process of time he became a “Do you so ?" replied Sir Geoffrey: "Now I, on gallant and accomplished youth, and travelled for my part, hope that he will; and it shall not be my some time upon the continent with the young Earl. fault if he be not; for which effect I will presently This was the more especially necessary for the enride down to Moultrassie, and make strict search, larging of their acquaintance with the world; because according to my duiv; there shall neither rebel nor the Countess had never appeared in London, or at the traitor earth so near Martindale Castle, that I will Court of King Charles, since her flight to the Isle of assure them. And you, my lady, be pleased for once Man in 1660; but had resided in solitary and aristoto dispense with a pillion, and get up, as you have cratic state, alternately on her estates in England and done before, behind Saunders, who shall convey you in that island. safe home.
This had given to the education of both the young The lady obeyed in silence; indeed, she did not men, otherwise as excelent as the best teachers dare to trust her voice in an attempt to reply, so much could render it, something of a narrow and restricted was she disconcerted with the intelligence she had characterį, but though the disposition of the young just heard.
Earl was lighter and more volatile than that of JuliShe rode behind the groom to the Castle, where she an, both the one and the other had profited, in a conawaited in great anxiety the return of her husband. siderable degree, by the opportunities afforded them. He came back at length : but, to her great relief, It was Lady Derby's strict injunction to her son, now without any prisoner. He then explained more fully returning from the continent, that he should not apthan his haste had before permitted, that an express pear at the Court of Charles. But having been for had come down to Chesterfield, with news from some time of age, he did not think it absolutely necesCourt of a purposed insurrection amongst the old sary to obey her in this particular; and bad remained Commonwealth men, especially those who had serv- for some time in London, partaking the pleasures of ed in the army; and that Briugenorth, said to be the gay Court there, with all the ardour of a young lurking in Derbyshire, was one of the principal con- man bred up in comparative seclusion. spirators.
In order to reconcile the Countess to this transAfter some time, this report of a conspiracy seemed gression of her authority, (for he continued to enter. to die away like many others of that period. The tain for hur the profound respect in which he had warrants were recalled, but nothing more was seen been educated,) Lord Derby agreed to make a long or heard of Major Bridgenorth; although it is proba- sojourn with her in her favourite island, which he ble he might safely enough have shown himself as abandoned almost entirely to her management. openly as many did who lay under the same circum- Julian Peveril had spent at Martindale Castle a stances of suspicion.t
good deal of the time which his friend had bestowed About this time also, Lady Perevil, with many in London ; and at the period to which, passing over tears, took a temporary leave of her son Julian, who many years, our story has arrived, as it were, per salwas sent, as had long been intended, for the purpose tum, they were both living, as the Countess's guesis, of sharing the education of the young Earl of Derby. in the Castle of Rushin, in the venerable Kingdom of Although the boding words of Bridgenorth sometimes Man.
*The celebrated insurrection of the Anabaptists and Fish Mo- which he demanded to see their authority, Peebles laid his hand narchy men in London, in the year 1661.
on his sword, and told him it was better authority than any ever Persecution of the Puruons. -!! is naturally to be supposed, granted by Cromwell. They suffered him, however, to depart, that the twenty years' triumph of the puritans, and the violence which he partly owed to the valour of his landlady, who sate down towards the malignants, as they were wont to call the cavaliers, at the table-end betwixt him and danger, and kept his antagonists had generated many grudges and feuds in almost every neighbour at some distance. hood, which the victorious royalists failed not to act upon, so soon
He was afterwards accused of having assembled some troopers, as the Restoration gave them a superiority. Captain Hodgson, a from his having been accidentally seen riding with a soldier, froni parliamentary officer who wrote his own memoirs, gives us many which accusation he also escaped. Finally, he fell under suspi instances of this, I shall somewhat compress his long-winded ac- cion of being concerned in a plot, of which the scene is called count of his sufferings.
Sowerby. On this charge he is not explicit, but the grand jury It was after the King's return to London, one night a parcel of found the bill ignoramus. armed men comes to my house at Coalley Hall, near Halifax, and After this the poor Roundhead was again repeatedly accused in an unseasonable hour in the niglit demands entrance, and my and arrested ; and the last occasion we shall notice occurred on servants having soine discourse with them on the outside, they uth September, 1662, when he was disannel by bis old friend Mr. gave threatening language, and put their pistols in at the windows. Peebles, at the head of a party. He demanded to see the warrant : My wife being with child, 1 ordered the doors to be opened, and on which he was answered as formerly, by the quarter-master lay. they came in. After they had presented a pistol to my breast, they ing his hand on his sword hilt, saying it was a better onder than showed me their nuthority to apprehend me, under the hands and Oliver used to give. At length a warrant was produced, and House seals of two knights and deputy-lieutenants, for speaking trea- son submitting to the search, they took from his dwelling house sonable words against the King.!". The ci-devant captain was better than 201. value in fowling pieces, pistols, muskels. cartritis, conveyed to prison at Bradford, and bail refused. His prosecutor and such like. A quarrel ensuel about his buff coat, which Hode proved to be one Daniel Lyster, brother to the peace-officer who son refused to deliver, alleging they had no authority to take his hraded the troop for his apprehension. It sccins that the prisoner wearing apparel. To this he remained constant, even upon the Hodgson had once in former days bound over to his good behaviour personal threats of Sir John Armytage, who called him rebel and this Daniel Lyster, tben accused of adultery and other debauched traitor, and said, " If I did not send the buff coat with all sped, habits. "After the King came in," says Hodgeon, this man he would commit me to jail. I told him," says Hodgson, I was meets me, and demands the names of those that informed against no rebel, and he did not well to call me so before ihese soldiers him, and a copy of their information. I told him that the business and gentlemen. to make me the mark for every one to shoot at was over, and that it was not reasonable to rip up old troubles, on The buff coat was then peremptorily demanded, and at length which be threatened me, and said he would have them. The san,' scized by open force. One of Sir John Armytage's brethren wore he said, 'now shines on our side of the bedzc.'". Such being his it for many years after, making good Prince Henry's obervation accuser, Hodgson was tried for having said, “There is a crown that a buff jerkin is a most sweet robe of durance. An apent of provided, but the King will never wear it;" to which was added, Sir John's came to compound for this garment of proof. Hoogthat he alleged he had never been a tumcoat,-- never took the son says he would not have taken ten pounds for it. Sir John oath of allegiance, and never would do." Little or no part of the would have given about four, but insisting on the owner's receipt charge was proved, while on the contrary it was shown that the for the money, which its former possessor was unwilling to grant, pr secutor had been heard to say, that it times ever changed, he the tory magistrate kept both sides, and Hodgson never received
muld sit on Hodgson's skirts. In fine, Hodgson escaped for live satisfaction. months' imprisonment, about thirty pounds expenses, and the ne- We will not prosecute Mr. Hodgson's tale of petty grierances cessity of swallowing the oath of allegiance, which seems to have any farther Enough has been said to display the melancholy been a bitter pill.
picture of the country after the civil war, and to show the state of About the middle of June, 1662, Captain Hodgson was again ar- irritability and oppression which must have extended itseli over rested in a summary manner by one Peebles ar torney, quarter- the face of England, since there was scarcely a county in web master to Sir John Armytazo's troop of horse-militia, with about battles had not been fought, and deep injuries sustained, during the twelve other cavaliers, who used him rudely, called him rebel and ascendency of the roundheads, which were not afterwards retali traitor, and seemed to wish to pick a quarrel with him, upon ated by the vengcanco of the cavaliers.
with which the other asserted a more noisy claim to Mona-long hid from those who roam the main. -Collins.
attention. Christmas, too, closed, and the steeples
no longer jangled forth a dissonant peal. The wren, The Isle of Man in the middle of the seventeenth to seek for which used to be the sport dedicated to century, was very different, as a place of residence, the holytide, was left unpursued and unslain. Party from what it is now. Men had not then discovered spirit had come among these simple people, and deits merit as a place of occasional refuge from the stroyed their good-humour, while it left them their storms of life, and the society to be there met with ignorance. Even the races, a sport generally intewas of a very uniform tenor. There were no smart resting to people of all ranks, were no longer perfellows whom fortune had tumbled from the seat of formed, because they were no longer attractive. The their barouches--no plucked pigeons, or winged gentlemen were divided by feuds hitherto unknown, rooks--no disappointed speculators-no ruined mi- and each seemed to hold it scorn to be pleased with nors-in short, no one worth talking to. The society the same diversions that amused those of the oppoof the island was limited to the natives themselves, site faction. The hearts of both parties revolted from and a few merchants, who lived by contraband trade. the recollection of former days, when all was peace The amusements were rare and monotonous, and among them, when the earl of Derby, now slaughthe mercurial young Earl was soon heartily tired of tered, used to bestow the prize, and Christian, since his dominions. The islanders also, become too wise so vindictively executed, started horses to add to the for happiness, had lost relish for the harmless and amusement.* somewhat childish sports in which their simple an- Julian was seated in the deep recess which led to a cestors had indulged themselves. May was no longer latticed window of the old Castle; and, with his ushered in by the imaginary contest between the arms crossed, and an air of profound contemplation, Queen of returning winter and advancing spring; the was surveying the long perspective of ocean, which listeners no longer sympathized with the lively music rolled its successive waves up to the foot of the rock of the followers of the one, or the discordant sounds on which the ancient pile is founded. The Earl was
* Waldron mentions the two popular festivities in the Isle of for the said plate, but such as was foaled within the said Man which are alluded to in the text, and vestiges of them are, I island, or in the Calfe of Mann. believe,
still to be traced in this singular island. The Contest of "3d. That euery horse, gelding, or mair, that is designed to run, Winter and Summer seems directly derived from the Scandina- shall be entred at or before the viiij th day of July, with his vians, long the masters in Man, as Olaus Magnus mentions a si- masters name and his owne, if he be generally knowne by any, milar festival among the northern nations. On the first of May, or els his collour, and whether borse, mair, or folding, and be says, the country is divided into two bands, the captain of one that to be done at the x comprs. office, by the cleark of the of which hath the name and appearance of Winter, is clothed in rolls for the time being, skins of beasts, and he and his band armed with fire forks. They " 4th. That euery person that puts in either horse, mair, or geldfling about ashes, by way of prolonging the reign of Winter ; while ing, shall, at the time of their entring, depositt the sume of another band, whose captain is called Florro, represent Spring, fiue shill. apiece into the hands of the said clerk of the rolls, with green boughs, such as the season offers. These parties skir: which
is to goe towards the augmenting of the plate for the Inish in sport, and the mimic contest concludes with a general year following, besides one hill. apiece to be giuen by them feast.--History of the Northern Nations by OLAUS, Book xv., to the said clerk of the rolls, for entering their names, and Chap. 2.
engrossing these articles. Waldron gives an account of a festival in Wales exactly similar: "5th. That euery horse, mair, or gelding, shall carry horseman's
* In almost all the great parishes, they choose from among the weight, that is to say, ten stone weight, at fourteen pounds to danghters of the inost wealthy farmers, a young maid, for the each stone, besides sadle and bridle. Queen of May. She is drest in the gayest and best manner they 6th. That euery borse, mair, or gelding, shall have a person for can, and is attended by about twenty others, who are called maids its tryer, to be named by the owner of the said horse, mair, or of honour. She has also a young man, who is her captain, and gelding, which tryers are to have the command of the scales has under his command a good number of inferior officers. In and weights, and to see that euery rider doe carry full
weight, opposition to her, is the Queen of Winter, who is a man drest in according as is mentioned in the foregoing article, and espewoman's clothes, with woollen hoods, fur tippets, and loaded cially that the winning rider be soe with the usual allowance with the warmest and heaviest habits, one upon another; in the of one pound for. same manner are those, who represent ber attendants, drest ; nor 7th. That a person be assigned by the tryers to start the runingo is she without a captain and troop for hor defence. Both being horses, who are to run for the said plate, betwixt the howers egnipt as proper emblems of the beauty of the spring, and the of one and three of the clock in the afternoon. deformity of the winter, they set forth from their respective quar- "8th. That euery rider shall leave the two first powles which are ers; the one preceded by violins and flutes, the other with the sett upp in Macybraes close, in this manner following, that is ough music of the tongs and cleavers. Both companies march to say, the first of the said two powles upon his right hand, till they meet on a common, and then their trains engage in a and the other upon his left hand and the two powles by the moek battle. If the Queen of Winter's forces get the better, 80 rockes are to be left upon the left hand likewise ; and the fifth far as to take the Queen of May prisoner, she is ransomed for as powle, which is sett up at the lower end of the Conney-warmuch as pays the expenses of the day. After this ceremony, ren, to be left alsoe upon the left hand, and soe the tuming Winter and her company letire, and divert themselves in a barn, powle next to Wm. Looreyes house to be left in like manner and the others remain on the green, where having danced a con- upon the left hand, and the other two powles, leading to the siderable time, they conclude the evening with a feast ; the queen at one table with her maids, the captain with his troop at another.
are to be left by the time on the right hand ; all which powies
as aforesaid, excepting only the There are seldom less than fifty or sixty persons at each board, distance-powle, which may be rid on either hand, at the disbut not more than three or four knives. Christmas is ushered in cretion of the rider," &c. &c. &c. with a form much less meaning,
and infinitely more fatiguing. On the 24th of December, towards evening, all the servants in
* July 14th, 1687. general have a holiday; they go not to bed all night, but ramble " The names of the persons who have entered their horses to about till the bells ring in all the churches, which is at twelve run for the within plate for this present year, 1687. o'clock; prayers being over,
they go to hunt the wren, and after "Ro. Heywood, F89. Governor of this Isle. hath enhaving found one of these poor birds, they kill her, and lay her on treed ane bay.gelling, called by the name of Loggera bier with the utmost solemnity, bringing her to the parish church, head, and hath depositted towards the augmenting of l. 8. d. and burying her with a whimsical kind of solemnity, singing the plate for the next year,
00 05 00 dirges over her in the Manx language, which they call her knell; “Captain Tho. Hudiston hath entred one white geldafter which Christmas begins. There is not a bam unoccupied ing, called Snowball, and hath depositted,
00 05 00 the whole twelve days, every parish hiring fiddlers at the public "Mr. William Faigler hath entred his gray gelding, charge ; and all the youth, nay, sometimes people well advanced called the Gray-Carraine, and depositted, in years, making no scruple to be among these nocturnal dancers." Mr. Nicho. Williams hath entred one gray stone -WALDRON'S Description of the Isle of Man, folio, 1731. horse, called the Yorkshire gray, and depositted, 00 05 00 With regard to horse-racing in the Isle of Man, I am furnished
ps Christian hath entred one ding, with a certified copy of the rules on which that sport was con- called the Dapplegray, and hath depositted,
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"28th July, 1687. entered a horse for the prize. I am indebted for this curiosity to
"MEMORANDUM, my kind friend, the learned Dr. Dibdin.
“That this day the above plate was run for by the foremencioned
horse, and the same was fairly won by the right worship u1 INSULA Articles for the plate chich is to be run for in governor's horse at the two first heates. MONE. } the said island, being of the value of five pounds sterling, (the fashion included.) given by the
" 17th August, 1888. Right Honourable William Earl of Derby, Received this day the above
which I am to po Lord of the said Isle, &-c.
to my master to augment ye plate, by me, JOHN WOOD
"It is my good-will and pleasure yt ye 2 prizes formerly grant ad "låt. The said plate is to be run for upon the 28th day of July, in (by me) for hors runing
and shouting, shall continue as they had, euery year, whiles his honour is pleased to allow the same, to be run, or shot for, and soe to continue dureing my good will and (being the day of the nativity of the Honourable James Lord pleasure. Given under my hand at Lathom, ye 12th of July. 1808 Strange,) except it happen upon a Sunday, and if soe, the said
DER BY plate is to be run for upon the day following.
"To my governor's deputy-governor, and ye u. That noe horse, gelding, or mair, shall be admitted to run rest of my officers in my Isle of Man."
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