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liquor's no lost-it has been seldom sic claret as that, on the seventh reads the Common Prayer-book in has simmered in a saucepan, let me tell you than the ball-room, with Tam Simson, the drunken barneighbour;-and I mind the day, when, headach or ber, for his clerk." nae headach, ye wad hae been at the hinder-end of "I think I have heard of Mr. Chatterly,” said that bottle, and may be anither, if ye could have got- Tyrrel. ten it wiled out of me. But then ye had your cousin "Ye'll be thinking oʻthe sermon he has printed," to help you-Ah! he was a blithe bairn that Valen- said the angry dame, " where he compares their tine Bulmer!-Ye were a canty callant too, Maister nasty puddle of a Well yonder to the pool of Bethseda, Francie, and muckle ado I had to keep ye baith in like a foul-mouthed, fleeching, feather-headed fule as order when ye were on the ramble. But ye were a he is! He should hae kend that the place got a' its thought doucer than Valentine-But O! he was a fame in the times of black Popery; and though they bonny laddie!-wi' e'en like diamonds, cheeks like pat it in St. Ronan's name, I'll never believe for one roses, a head like a heather-tap-he was the first I that the honest man had ony hand in it; for I hae ever saw wear a crap, as they ca' it, but a' body been tellid by ane that suld ken, that he was nae Rocheats the barber now-and he had a laugh that wad man, but only a Cuddie, or Culdee, or such like.--But hae raised the dead !-What wi' flyting on him, and will ye not take anither dish of tea, Maister Francie? what wi' laughing at him, there was nae minding and a wee bit of the diet-loaf, raised wi' my ain fresh ony other body when that Valentine was in the house. butter, Maister Francie ? and no wi' greasy kitchen-Ånd how is your cousin Valentine Bulmer, Maister fee, like the seedcake down at the confectioner's yonFrancie ?"
der, that has as mony dead fees as carvy in it. Set Tyrrel looked down, and only answered with a him up for a confectioner!-Wi' a penniworth of ryesigh.
meal, and anither of tryacle, and twa or three carvyAy-and is it even sae ?" said Meg; "and has seeds, I will make better confections than ever cam the puir bairn been sae soon removed frae this fashious out of his oven." warld ?--Ay-ay-we maun a' gang ae gate-crackit “I have no doubt of that, Mrs. Dods," said the quart-stoups and geisen'd barrels-leaky quaighs are guest ; "and I only wish to know how these new we a', and canna keep in the liquor of life-Ohon, comers were able to establish themselves against a sirs !–Was the puir lad Bulmer frae Bu'mer bay, house of such good reputation and old standing as where they land the Hollands, think ye, Maister yours ?-It was the virtues of the mineral, I dare say; Francie?
--They whiles rin in a pickle tea there too, but how came the waters to recover a character all at I hope that is good that I have made you, Maister once, mistress ?", Francie ?"
"I dinna ken, sir-they used to be thought good for “Excellent, my good dame," said Tyrrel; but it naething, but here and there for a puir body's hairn, was in a tone of voice which intimated ihat she had that had gotten the cruells,* and could not afford a pressed upon a subject that awakened some unplea- penniworth of salts. But my leddy Penelope Penfea; sant reflections.
ther had fa'an ili, it's like, as nae other body ever fell “And when did this puir lad die ?" continued Meg, ill, and sae she was to be cured some gate naebody who was not without her share of Eve's qualities, was ever cured, which was naething mair than was and wished to know something concerning what reasonable--and my leddy, ye ken, has wit at wull, seemed to affect her guest so particularly; but he and has a' the wise folk out from Edinburgh at her disappointed her purpose, and at the same time awak- house at Windywa's yonder, which it is hier leddyened another train of sentiment in her mind, by turn ship's wull and pleasure to call Air-castle--and they ing again to the window, and looking upon the distant have a' their different turns, and some can clink buildings of Saint Ronan's Well. As if he had observed verses, wi' their tale, as weel as Rob Burns or Allan for the first time these new objects, he said to Mistress Ramsay-and some rin up hill and down dale, knapDods in an indifferent tone, "You have got some gay ping the chucky stanes to pieces wi' hammers, like new neighbours yonder, mistress.”
sae mony road-makers run daft—they say it is to see “Neighbours !" said Meg, her wrath beginning to how the warld was made!--and some that play on arise, as it always did upon any allusion to this sore all manner of ten-stringed instruments and a wheen subject--"Ye may ca' them neighbours, if ye like-sketching souls, that ye may see perched like craws but the deil flee awa wi' the neighbourhood for Meg on every craig in the country, e'en working at your ain Dods!"
trade, Maister Francie; forby men that had been in "I suppose," said Tyrrel, as if he did not observe foreign parts, or said they had been there, whilk is a her displeasure, "that yonder is the Fox Hotel they ane, ye ken; and maybe twa or three draggletailed told me of ?"
misses, that wear my Leddy Penelope's follies when “The Fox!” said Meg: “I am sure it is the fox she has dune wi' them, as her queans of maids wear that has carried off a' my geese.-I might shut up her second-hand claithes. So, after her leddyship's house, Maister Francie, if it was the thing I lived by happy recovery, as they ca'd it, down cam the hail
me, that has seen a' our gentlefolk bairns, and gien tribe of wild-geese, and settled by the Well, to dine them snaps and sugar-biscuit maist of them wi' my thereout on the bare grund, like a wheen tinklers ; ain hand! They wad hae seen my father's roof-tree and they had sangs, and tunes, and healths, nae fa' down and smoor me before they wad hae gien a doubt, in praise of the fountain, as they ca'd the Well, boddle a-piece to have propped it up-but they could and of Leddy Penelope Penfeather; and, lastly, they a' link out their fifty pounds ower head to bigg a hottle behoved a' to take a solemn bumper of the spring, at the Well yonder. And muckle they hạe inade o't which, as I'm tauld, made unco havoc amang them -the bankrupt body, Sandie Lawson, hasna paid or they wan hame; and this they ca'd picknick, and them a bawbee of four terms' rent."
a plague to them! And sae the jig was begun after “Surely, mistress, I think is the Well became so her leddyship's pipe, and mony a mad measure has famous for its cures, the least the gentlemen could been danced sin syne; for down cam masons and have done was to make you the priestess.”
murgeon-makers, and preachers and player-folk, and “Me priestess! I am nae Quaker, I wot, Maister Episcopalians and Methodists, and fools and fiddlers, Francie; and I never heard of alewife that turned and Papists and pie-bakers, and doctors and drug. preacher, except Luckie Buchan in the west.* And sters; by the shop folk, that sell trash and trumpery if I were to preach, I think I have mair the spirit of a at three prices-and so up, got the bonny new Well, Scottish woman, than to preach in the very room and down fell the honest auld town of Saint Ronan's, they hae been dancing in ilka night in the week, where blithe decent folk had been heartsome eneugh Saturday itsell not excepted, and that till twal o'clock for mony a day before ony o' them were born, or ony at night. Na, na, Maister Francie; I leave the like sic vapouring fancies kittled in their cracked brains." o' that to Mr. Simon Chatterly, as they ca' the bit "What said your landlord, the Laird of Saint Roprelatical sprig of divinity from the town yonder, that nan's, to all this?" said Tyrrel. plays at cards and dances six days in the week, and "Is't my landlord ye are asking after, Maister Fran
The_foundress of a sect called Buchanites ; a species of cie?-the Laird of Saint Ronan's is nae landlord of Joanna Southcote, who long after death was expected to return and head her disciples on the road to Jerusalem.
Escrowelles, King's Evil.
mine, and I think ye might hae minded that.-Na, maybe a week's redding up, before I got the better of na, thanks be to Praise! Meg Dods is baith landlord the confusion.” and landleddy. Ill eneugh to keep the doors open as “But, dame," said Tyrrel, “this ceremonial would it is, let be facing Whitsunday and Martinmas-an be a litle hard upon strangers like myself, for how auld leather pock there is, Maister Francie, in ane of were we to find partners in these family parties of worthy Maister Bindloose the sheriff-clerk's pigeon, yours ?" holes, in his dowcot of a closet in the burgh ; and “Never you fash your thumb about that, Maister therein is baith charter and sasine, and special service Francie,” returned the landlady, with a knowing to boot; and that will be chapter and verse, speer wink.-"Every, Jack will find a Jill, gang the world when ye list.”
as it may-and, at the warst o't, better hae some "I had quite forgotten," said Tyrrel, “that the inn fashery in finding a partner for the night, than get was your own; though I remember you were a consi- yoked with ane that you may not be able to shake off derable landed proprietor."
the morn. "Maybe I am,' replied Meg, "maybe I am not; And does that sometimes happen' ?” asked the and if I be, what for no ?-But as to what the Laird, stranger. whose grandfather was my father's landlord, said to Happen -and is't amang the Well folk that ye the new doings yonder-he just jumped at the ready mean?' exclaimed the hostess. "Was it not the last penny, like a cock at a grosert, and feu'd the bonny season, as they ca't, no farther gane, that young Sir holm beside the Well, that they ca'd the Saint-Well- Bingo Binks, the English lad wi' the red coal, that holm, that was like the best land in his aught, to be keeps a mail-coach, and drives it himsell, gat cleekit carved, and biggit, and howkit up, just at the plea- with Miss Rachel Bonnyrigg, the auld Leddy Loupsure of Jock Ashler the stane-mason, that ca's him- engirth's lang-legged daughter-and they danced sae sell an arkiteck—there's nae living for new words in lang thegither, that there was mair said than suld this new warld neither, and that is another vex to hae been said about it—and the lad would fain hae auld folk such as me. - It's a shame o' the young louped back, but the auld leddy held him to his tackle, Laird, to let his auld patrimony gang the gate it's like and the Commissary Court and somebody else made to gang, and my heart is sair to see't, though it has her Leddy Binks in spite of Sir Bingo's heart-and he but little cause to care what comes of him or his." has never daured take her to his friends in England,
" Is it the same Mr. Mowbray,” said Mr. Tyrrel, but they have just wintered and summered it at the “who still holds the estate ?-the old gentleman, you Well ever since-and that is what the Well is good know, whom I had some dispute with
“ About hunting moorfowl upon the Spring-well- And does Clara,-I mean does Miss Mowbray, head muirs ?" said Meg. "Ah, lad ! honest Mr. Bind- keep company with such women as these ?" said loose brought you neatly off there-No, it's no that Tyrrel, with a tone of interest which he checked as honest man, but his son John Mowbray--the t'other he proceeded with the question. has slept down-by in Saint Ronan's Kirk for these six “What can she do, puir thing?" said the dame. or seven years.”
"She maun keep the company that her brother keeps, * Did he leave," asked Tyrrel, with something of a for she is clearly dependent. ---But, speaking of than faltering voice, no other child than the present I ken what I have to do, and that is no little before Laird ?
it darkens. I have sat clavering with you ower lang, “No other son,” said Meg; " and there's e'en Maister Francie." eneugh, unless he could have left a better ane.' And away she marched with a resolved step, and
He died then," said Tyrrel, “excepting this son, soon the clear octaves of her voice were heard in without children ?"
shrill admonition to her handmaidens. “By your leave, no," said Meg; "there is the lassie
Tyrrel paused a moment in deep thougật, then Miss Clara, that keeps house for the Laird, if it can took his hat, paid a visit to the stable, where his be ca'd keeping house, for he is almost aye down at horse saluted him with feathering ears, and that low the Well yonder-so a sma' kitchen serves them at amicable neigh, with which that animal acknowledges the Shaws."
the approach.of a loving and beloved friend. Having Miss Clara will have but a dull time of it there seen that the faithful creature was in every respect during her brother's absence?" said the stranger. attended to, Tyrrel availed himself of the continued
"Out no!-he has her aften jinketing about, and and lingering twilight, to visit the old Castle, which, back and forward, wi' a' the fine flichtering fools upon former occasions, had been his favourite evethat come yonder; and clapping palms wi' them, and ning walk. He remained while the light permited, linking at their dances and daffings. I wuss nae ill admiring the prospect we attempted to describe in come o't, but it's a shame her father's daughter the first chapter, and comparing, as in his former should keep company wi' a' that scauff and raff of reverie, the faded hues of the glimmering landscape physic-students, and writers' prentices, and bagmen, to those of human life, when early youth and hope and siclike trash as are down at the Well yonder." have ceased to gild them.
“You are severe, Mrs. Dods," replied the guest. A brisk walk to the inn, and a light supper on "No doubt Miss Clara's conduct deserves all sort of a Welsh rabbit and the dame's home-brewed, were freedom."
stimulants of livelier, at least more resigned thoughts "I am saying naething against her conduct,” said -and the Blue bedroom, to the honours of which he the dame; " and there's nae ground to say ony thing had been promoted, received him a contented if not that I ken of–But I wad hae like draw to like, Mais- a cheerful tenant. ter Francie, I never quarrelled the ball that the gentry used to hae at my bit house a gude wheen years bygane-when they came, the auld folk in their
CHAPTER III. coaches, wi' lang-tailed black horses, and a wheen galliard gallants on their hunting horses, and mony a decent leddy behind her ain goodman, and mony a
There must be government in all society
Bees have their Queen, and stag-herds have their leader; bonny smirking lassie on her pownie, and wha sae Rome had her Consuls, Athens had her Archons, happy as they-And what for no? And then there And we, sir, have our Managing Committee. was the farmers' ball, wi' the tight lads of yeomen
The Album of St. Rener's with the bran new blues and the buckskins—These FRANCIS TYRREL was, in the course of the next day, were decent meetings—but then they were a' ae formally settled in his old quarters, where he anman's bairns that were at them, ilk ane kend ilk other nounced his purpose of remaining for several days. --they danced farmers wi' farmers' daughters, at the The old-established carrier of the place brought his tane, and gentles wi' gentles blood, at the t'other, un- fishing-rod and travelling-trunk, with a letter to Meg, less maybe when some of the gentlemen of the Kill- dated a week previously, desiring her to prepare to renakelty Club would gie me a round of the floor my- ceive an old acquaintance. This annunciation, though sell, in the way of daffing and fun, and me no able to something of the latest, Meg received with great comAyte on them for laughing-I am sure I never grudged placency
, observing it was a civil attention in Maister these innocent pleasures, although it has cost me Tirl; and that John Hislop, though he was not just
sae fast, was far surer than ony post of them a', or out stirring my shanks for the matter," answered express either. She also observed with satisfaction, Nelly Trotter; "they will e'en say that ye are ae auld that there was no gun-case along with her guest's fule, and me anither, that may hae some judgment in baggage; "for that weary gunning had brought him cock-bree or in scate-rumples, but mauna fash our and her into trouble--the lairds had cried out upon't, beards about ony thing else." as if she made her house a howff for common fowlers "Wad they say sae, the frontless villains! and me and poachers; and yet how could she hinder twa daft been a housekeeper this thirty year!" exclaimed Meg; hempie callants from taking a start and an ower. “I wadna hae them say it to my face! But I am no loup?* They had been ower the neighbour's ground speaking without warrant--for what an I had spoken they had leave on up to the march, and they werena to the minister, lass, and shown him ane of the loose just to ken meiths when the moorfowl got up.” skarts of paper that Maister Tirl leaves fleeing about
In a day or two, her guest fell into such quiet and his room?-and what an he had said he had kend solitary habits, that Meg, herself the most restless and Lord Bidmore gie five guineas for the waur on't? and bustling of human creatures, began to be vexed, for a' the warld kens he was lang tutor in the Bidmore want of the trouble which she expected to have had family.” with him, experiencing, perhaps, the same sort of feel- * Troth,” answered her gossip, “I doubt if I was to ing from his extreme and passive indifference on all tell a' this they would hardly believe me, mistress; points, that a good horseman has for the over-patient for there are sae mony judges amang them, and they steed, which he can scarce feel under him. His walks think sae muckle of themsells, and sae little of other were devoted to the most solitary recesses among the folk, that unless ye were to send down the bit picture, neighbouring woods and hills—his fishing rod was I am no thinking they will believe a word that I can often left behind him, or carried merely as an apology tell them." for sauntering slowly by the banks of some little “No believe what an honest woman says-let abee brooklet--and his success so indifferent, that Meg to say twa o' them ?" exclaimed Meg; "O the unsaid the piper of Peeblest would have caught a creelfu' believing generation !-Weel, Nelly, since my back is before Maister Francie made out the half-dozen; so up, ye sall tak down the picture, or sketching, or whatthat he was obliged, for peace's sake, to vindicate his ever it is, (though I thought sketchers* were aye character, by killing a handsome salmon.
made of airn,) and shame wi' it the conceited crew Tyrrel's painting, as Meg called it, went on equally that they are. -But see and bring't back wi' ye again, slowly: He often, indeed, showed her the sketches Nelly, for it's a thing of value ; and trustna it out o which he brought from his walks, and used to finish your hand, that I charge you, for I lippen no muckle at home; but Meg held them very cheap. What sig; to their honesty.-And Nelly, ye may tell them he has nified, she said, a wheen bits of paper, wi' black and an illustrated poem-illustrated-mind the word, white scaris upon them, that he ca'd bushes, and trees, Nelly—that is to be stuck as fou o' the like o' that, as and craigs ?-Couldna he paint them wi' green, and ever turkey was larded wi' dabs o' bacon." blue, and yellow, like the other folk ? "Ye will never Thus furnished with her credentials, and acting the mak your bread that way, Maister Francie. Ye suld part of a herald betwixt two hostile countries, honest munt up a muckle square of canvass, like Dick Tinto, Nelly switched her little fish-cart downwards to St. and paint folks ainsells, that they like muckle better Ronan's Well. to see than ony craig in the haill water; and I wadna In watering-places, as in other congregated assemmuckle objeck even to some of the Wallers coming up blies of the human species, various kinds of governand sitting to ye. They waste their time waur, I wis- ment have been dictated, by chance, caprice, or and, I warrant, ye might make a guinea a-head of convenience; but in almost all of them, some sort them. Dick made twa, but he was an auld used of direction has been adopted, to prevent the conhand, and folk maun creep before they gang.” sequences of anarchy. Sometimes the sole power
In answer to these remonstrances, Tyrrel assured has been vested in a Master of Ceremonies; but this, her, that the sketches with which he busied himself like other despotisms, has been of late unfashionable were held of such considerable value, that very often and the powers of this great officer have been much an artist in that line received much higher remune- limited even at Bath, where Nash once ruled with unration for these, than for portraits or coloured draw- disputed supremacy. Committees of management, ings. He added, that they were often taken for the chosen from among the most steady guests, have been purpose of illustrating popular poems, and hinted as in general resorted to, as a more liberal mode of sway, if he himself were engaged in some labour of that and to such was confided the administration of the nature.
infant republic of St. Ronan's Well. This little senate, Eagerly did Meg long to pour forth to Nelly Trotter, it must be observed, had the more difficult task in disthe fish woman,--whose cart formed the only neutral charging their high duties, that, like those of other channel of communication between the Auld Town republics, their subjects were divided into two jarring and the Well, and who was in favour with Meg, be- and contending factions, who every day eat, drank, cause, as Nelly passed her door in her way to the danced, and made merry together, hating each other Well, she always had
the first choice of her fish,--the all the while with all the animosity of political party, merits of her lodger as an artist. Luckie Dods had, endeavouring by every art to secure the adherence of in truth, been so much annoyed and bullied, as it were, each guest who arrived, and ridiculing the absurdities with the report of clever persons, accomplished in all and follies of each other, with all the wit and bittersorts of excellence, arriving day after day at the Hotel, ness of which they were masters. that she was overjoyed in this fortunate opportunity At the head of one of these parties was no less a to triumph over them in their own way, and it may personage than Lady Penelope Penfeather, to whom be believed that the excellences of her lodger lost no- the establishment owed its fame, nay, its existence; thing by being trumpeted through her mouth. and whose influence could only have been balanced
“I maun hae the best of the cart, Nelly--if you and hy that of the Lord of the Manor, Mr. Mowbray of me can gree--for it is for ane of the besi of painters. St. Ronan's, or, as he was called usually by the comYour fine folk down yonder would gie their lugs to pany who affected what Meg called knapping Englook at what he has been doing-he gets gowd in lish, The Squire, who was leader of the opposite goupins, for three downright skarts and three cross faction. anes-And he is no an ungrateful loon, like Dick The rank and fortune of the lady, her pretensions Tinto, that had nae sooner my good five-and-twenty to beauty as well as talent, (though the former was shillings in his pocket than he gaed down to birl it something faded,) and the consequence which she awa at their bonny hottle yonder, but'a decent quiet arrogated to herself as a woman of fashion, drew lad, that kens when he is weel aft
, and bides still at round her painters and poets, and philosophers, and the auld howff--And what for no?–Tell them all men of science, and lecturers, and foreign adventurers, this, and hear what they will say tillit."
et hoc genus omne. Indeed, mistress, I can tell ye that already, with- On the contrary, the Squire's influence, as a man of * The usual expression for a slight encroachment on a neigh. I who actually kept greyhounds and pointers, and at
family and property in the immediate neighbourhood, bour's property. 1 The said piper was famous at the mystery.
Skates are called sketchers in Scotland,
least talked of hunters and of racers, ascertained him stalled First Physician and Man of Science, which the support of the whole class of bucks, half and last qualification he could apply to all purposes, from whole bred, from the three next counties; and if more the boiling of an egg to the giving a lecture. He inducements were wanting, he could grant his favour- was, indeed, qualified, like many of his profession, to ites the privilege of shooting over his moors, which is spread both the bane and antidote before a dyspeptic enough to turn the head of a young Scottishman at patient, being as knowing a gastronome as Dr. Redany time. Mr. Mowbray was of late especially sur-gill himself, or any other worthy physician who has ported in his pre-eminence, by a close alliance with written for the benefit of the cuisine, from Dr. MonSir Bingo Binks, a sapient English Baronet, who, criefi' of Tippermalloch, to the late Dr. Hunter of ashamed, as many thought to return to his own York, and the present Dr. Kitchiner of London. But country, had set him down at the Well of St. Ronan's, pluralities are always invidious, and therefore the to enjoy the blessing which the Caledonian Hymen Doctor prudently relinquished the office of caterer and had so kindly forced on him in the person of Miss head-carver to the Man of Taste, who occupied reguRachel Bonnyrigg. As this gentleman actually drove a larly, and ex officio, the head of the table, reserving to regular-built mail-coach, not in any respect differing himself the occasional privilege of criticising, and a from that of his Majesty, only that it was more fre principal share in consuming the good things which quently overturned, his influence with a certain set the common entertainment afforded. We have only was irresistible, and the Squire of St. Ronan's, hav- to sum up this brief account of the learned Doctor. ing the better sense of the two, contrived to reap the by informing the reader that he was a tall, lean, full benefit of the consequence attached to his friend- beetle-browed man, with an ill-made black scratchship.
wig, that stared out on either side from his lantern These two contending parties were so equally ba- jaws. He resided nine months out of the twelve at lanced, that the predominance of the influence of St. Ronan's, and was supposed to make an indifeither was often determined by the course of the sun. ferent good thing of it-especially as he played whist Thus, in the morning and forenoon, when Lady Pe- to admiration. nelope led forth her herd to lawn and shady bower, First in place, though perhaps second to the Docwhether to visit some ruined monument of ancient tor in real authority, was Mr. Winterblossom; a civil times, or eat their pic-nic luncheon, to spoil good sort of person, who was nicely precise in his address, paper with bad drawings, and good verses with repe- wore his hair cued, and dressed with powder, had tition--in a word,
knee-buckles set with Bristol stones, and a seal-ring " To rave, recite, and madden round the land,"
as large as Sir John Falstaff's. In his heyday he had
a small estate, which he had spent like a gentleman, her ladyship's empire over the loungers seemed un- by mixing with the gay world. He was, in short, one controlled and absolute, and all things were engaged of those respectable links that connect the coxcombs in the tourbillon, of which she formed the pivot and of the present day with those of the last age, and centre. Even the hunters, and shooters, and hard could compare, in his own experience, the follies of drinkers, were sometimes fain reluctantly to follow in both. In latter days, he had sense enough to extricate her train, sulking, and quizzing, and fouting at her himself from his course of dissipation, though with solemn festivals, besides encouraging the younger impaired health and impoverished fortune. nymphs to giggle when they should have looked sen. Mr. Winterblossom now lived upon a moderate antimental. But after dinner the scene was changed nuity, and had discovered a way of reconciling his and her ladyship's sweetest smiles, and softest invita- economy with much company and made dishes, by tions, were often insufficient to draw the neutral part acting as perpetual president of the table-d'hote ai of the company to the tea-room; so that her society the Well. Here he used to amuse the society by tellwas reduced to those whose constitution or finances ing stories about Garrick, Foote, Bonnel Thornton, rendered early retirement from the dining-parlour a and Lord Kelly, and delivering his opinions in malmatter of convenience, together with the more devoted ters of taste and vertu. An excellent carver, he knew and zealous of her own immediate dependents and how to help each guest to what was precisely his due; adherents. Even the faith of the latter was apt to be and never failed to reserve a proper slice as the redebauched. Her ladyship's poet-laureate, in whose ward of his own labours. To conclude, he was posbehalf she was teazing each new-comer for subscrip- sessed of some taste in the fine arts, at least in paint. tions, got sufficiently independent to sing in her lady: ing and music, although it was rather of the technical ship's presence, at supper, a song of rather equivoca! kind, than that which warms the heart and elevates meaning; and her chief painter, who was employed the feelings. There was, indeed, about Winterblosupon an illustrated copy of the Loves of the Plants, som, nothing that was either warm or elevated. He was, at another time, seduced into such a state of po: - was shrewd, selfish, and sensual; the last two of valour, that, upon her ladyship's administering her which qualities he screened from observation, under usual dose of criticism upon his works, he not only a specious varnish of exterior complaisance. Therebluntly disputed her judgment, but talked something fore, in his professed and apparent anxiety to do the of his right to be treated like a gentleman.
honours of the table, to the most pụnctilious point of These feuds were taken up by the Managing Com- good breeding, he never permitted the attendants mittee, who interceded for the penitent offenders on upon the public taste to supply the wants of others, the following morning, and obtained their re-esta- until all his own private comforts had been fully blishment
in Lady Penelope's good graces, upon arranged and provided for. moderate terms. Many other acts of moderating au- Mr. Winterblossom was also distinguished for posthority they performed, much to the assuaging of fac: sessing a few curious engravings, and other specition, and the quiet of the Wellers; and so essential mens of art, with the exhibition of which he occawas their government to the prosperity of the place, sionally beguiled a wet morning at the public room. that, without them, St. Ronan's spring would proba- They were collected," viis el modis," said the Man bly have been speedily deserted. We must, therefore, of Law, another distinguished member of the Comgive a brief sketch of that potential Committee, which mittee, with a knowing cock of his eye to his next both factions, acting as if on a self-denying ordinance, neighbour. had combined to invest with the reins of government. Of this person little need be said. He was a large
Each of its members appeared to be selected, as boned, loud-voiced, red-faced man, named Meikle Fortunio, in the fairy tale, chose his followers, for his wham; a country writer, or attorney, who managed peculiar gifts. First on the list stood the MAN OF the matters of the Squire much to the profit of one or MEDICINE, Dr. Quentin Quackleben, who claimed other,-if not of both. His nose projected from the right to regulate medical matters at the spring, upon front of his broad vulgar face, like the stile of an old the principle which, of old, assigned the property
of a sun-dial, twisted all of one side. He was as great newly-discovered country to the bucanier who com- a bully in his profession, as if it had been military inmitted the earliest piracy on its shores. The acknow- stead of civil : conducted the whole technicalities conledgment of the Doctor's merit, as having been first cerning the cutting up the Saint's-Well-haugh, so to proclaim and vindicate the merits of these healing much lamented by Dame Dods, into building-stances, fountains, had occasioned his being universally in- land was on excellent terms with Doctor Quackleben,
who always recommended him to make the wills of every one in his own sphere, for the public benefit of his patients.
the whole community, After the Man of Law comes Captain Mungo MacTurk, a Highland lieutenant on half-pay, and that of ancient standing; one who preferred toddy of
CHAPTER IV. the strongest to wine, and in that fashion and cold drams finished about a bottle of whisky per diem, whenever he could come by it. He was called the
Thus painters write their names at Co.-PRIOR. Man of Peace, on the same principle which assigns The clamour which attends the removal of dinner to constables, Bow-street runners, and such like, who from a public room had subsided; the clatter of plates, carry bludgeons to break folk's heads, and are per- and knives and forks--the bustling tread of awkward petutually and officially employed in scenes of riot, boobies of country servants, kicking each other's the title of peace-oflicers-that is, because by his shins, and wrangling, as they endeavour to rush out valour he compelled others to act with discretion of the door three abreast-the clash of glasses and The Captain was the general referee in all those abor- tumblers, borne to earth in the tumult-the shrieks tive quarrels, which, ai a place of this kind, are so of the landlady--the curses, not loud, but deep, of the apt to occur at night, and to be quietly settled in the landlord-had all passed away; and those of the morning; and occasionally adopted a quarrel himself
, company who had servants, had been accommodated by way of taking down any guest who is unusually by their respective Ganymedes with such remnants pugnacious. This occupation procured Captain Mac- of their respective bottles of wine, spirits, &c., as the Turk a good deal of respect at the Well; for he was said Ganymedes had not previously consumed, while precisely that sort of person, who is ready to fight the rest, broken into such observance by Mr. Winterwith any one, --whom no one can find an apology blossom, waited patiently until the worthy president's for declining to fight with, --in fighting with whom own special and multifarious commissions
had been considerable danger was incurred, for he was ever executed by a tidy young woman and a lumpish lad, and anon showing that he could snuff a candle with the regular attendants belonging to the house, but a pistol ball, -and lastly, through fighting with whom whom he permitted to wait on no one, till, as the no eclat or credit could redound to the antagonist. hymn says, He always wore a blue coat and red collar, had a
"All his wants were well supplied." supercilious taciturnity of manner, ate sliced leeks "And Dinah-my bottle of pale sherry, Dinahwith his cheese, and resembled in complexion a place it on this side-there's a good girl ;---and, Toby Dutch red-herring.
-get my jug with the hot water--and let it be boiling Still remains to be mentioned the Man of Religion- -and don't spill it on Lady Penelope, if you can help the gentle Mr. Simon Chatterly, who had strayed to it, Toby.". St. Ronan's Well from the banks of Cam or Isis, and “No-for her ladyship has been in hot water towho piqued himself, first on his Greek, and secondly, day already,' said ihe Squire; a sarcasm to which on his politeness to the ladies. During all the week Lady Penelope only replied with a look of contempt. days, as Dame Dods has already hinted, this reverend "And, Dinah, bring the sugar--the soft East India gentleman was the partner at the whist-table, or in sugar, Dinah-and a lemon, Dinah, one of those the ball-room, to what maid or matron soever lacked which came fresh to-day-Go fetch it from the bar, a partner at either; and on the Sundays, he read Toby--and don't tumble down stairs, if you can help prayers in the public room to all who chose to attend. it.-And, Dinah-stay, Dinah-the nutmeg, Dinah, He was also a deviser of charades, and an unriddler and the ginger, my good girl-And, Dinah--put the of riddles; he played a little on the Aute, and was cushion up behind my back-and the footstool to my Mr. Winterblossom's principal assistant in contriving foot, for my toe is something the worse of my walk those ingenious and romantic paths, by which, as by with your ladyship this morning to the top of Belthe zig-zagg which connect military parallels, you videre." were enabled to ascend to the top of the hill behind Her ladyship may call it what she pleases in com the hotel, which commands so beautiful a prospect, mon parlance, said the writer; " but it must stand at exactly that precise angle of ascent, which entitles Munt-grunzie in the stamped paper, being so nomia gentleman to offer his arm, and a lady to accept it, nated in the ancient writs and evidents thereof.". with perfect propricty.
"And, Dinah,” continued the president, "lift up There was yet another member of this Select Com- my handkerchief-and-a bit of biscuit, Dinah-and mittee, Mr. Michael Meredith, who might be termed --and I do not think I want any thing else-Look to the Man of Mirth, or, if you please, the Jack Pudding the company, my good girl.-I have the honour to to the company, whose business it was to crack the drink the company's very good health-Will your best joke, and sing the best song,-he could. Un- ladyship honour me by accepting a glass of negus ? luckily, however, this functionary was for the present I learned to make negus from old Dartineuf's son.obliged 10 absent himself from St. Ronan's; for, not He always used East India sugar and added a tamarecollecting that he did not actually wear the privi- rind-it improves the flavour infinitely:-Dinah, see leged motley of his profession, he had passed some your father sends for some tamarinds --Dartineuf jest upon Captain Mac-Turk, which cut so much to knew a good thing almost as well as his father-I the quick, that Mr. Meredith was fain to go to goat- met him at Bath in the year-let me see-Garrick whey quarters, at some ten miles distance, and re- was just taking leave, and that was in," &c. &c. &c. main there in a sort of concealment, until the affair And what is this now, Dinah ?" he said, as she put should be made up through the mediation of his into his hand a roll of paper. brethren of the Committee.
"Something that Nelly Trotter" (Trotting Nelly, Such were the honest gentlemen who managed the as the company called her)" brought from a sketchaffairs of this rising settlement, with as much impar- ing gentleman that lives at the woman's' (thus tiality as could be expected. They were not indeed bluntly did the upstart minx describe the reverend without their own secret predilections; for the lawyer Mrs. Margaret Dods) " at the Cleikum of Aultoun and the soldier privately inclined to the party of the yonder" - A name, by the way, which the inn had Squire, while the parson, Mr. Meredith, and Mr. acquired from the use which the saint upon the signWinterblossom, were more devoted to the interests post was making of his pastoral crook. of Lady Penelope; so that Doctor Quackleben alone, "Indeed, Dinah?'' said Mr. Winterblossom, gravely who probably recollected that the gentlemen were as taking out his spectacles, and wiping them before he liable to stomach complaints, as the ladies to nervous opened the roll of paper; "some boy's daubing, I disorders, scemed the only person who preserved in suppose, whose pa and ma wish to get him into the word and deed the most rigid neutrality. Never- Trustees' School, and so are beating about for a little theless, the interests of the establishment being very interest.–But I am drained dry- I put three lads in much at the heart of this honourable council, and each last season; and if it had not been my particular feeling his own profit, pleasure, or comfort, in some interest with the secretary, who asks my opinion now degree involved, they suffered not their private affec- and then, I could not have managed it. But giff-gaff
; tions to interfere with their public duties, but acted, I say I.-Eh! What, in the devil's name, is this?-Here