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manner. I entreat you to reflect that this usage re- proaching the Quaker, who with lifted hands and leases me from all promises of secrecy or connivance eyes, had beheld the scene of violence, "I shall take at what I am apt to think are very dangerous prac- the liberty to arrest thce for a breach of the peace, tices, and that
altogether unbecoming thy pretended principles; and “Hark ye, Mr. Fairsord,” said Redgauntlet ; "I I believe it will go hard with thee both in a Court of must here interrupt you for your own sake. One word Justice and among thine own Society of Friends, as of betraying what you may have seen, or what you they call themselves, who will be but inditlerently may have suspected, and your seclusion is like to have pleased to see the quiet tenor of their hypocrisy in. either a very distani or a very brief termination; in sulted by such violent proceedings." either case a most undesirable one. At present, you
" I violent!" said Joshua ; " I do aught unbecomare sure of being at liberty in a very few days-per- ing the principles of the Friends! I defy thee, man, haps much sooner.::.
and I charge thee, as a Christian, to forbear vexing And my friend,” said Alan Fairford, "for whose my soul with such charges : it is grievous enough to sake I have run myself into this danger, what is to me to have seen violences which I was unable to become of him ?-Dark and dangerous man!" he prevent." exclaimed, raising his voice,, “I will not be again “Oh, Joshua, Joshua !” said Redgauntlet with a cajoled by deceitful promises
sardonic smile; "thou light of the faithful in the 'I give you my honour that your friend is well,” town of Dumfries and the places adjacent, we thou interrupted Redgauntlet; "perhaps I may permit you thus fall away from the truth? Hast thou not before to see him, if you will but submii with patience to a us all, attempted to rescue a man from the warrant fate which is inevitable."
of law ? Didst thou not encourage that drucken But Alan Fairford, considering his confidence as fellow to draw his weapon--and didst thou not thy's having been abused, first by Maxwell, and next by flourish thy cudgel in the cause? Think'st thou that the Priest, raised his voice, and appealed to all the the oaths of the injured Peter Peebles, and the conKing's lieges within hearing, against the violence scientious Cristal Nixon, besides those of such genwith which he was threatened. He was instantly tlemen as look on this strange scene, who not only seized on by Nixon and two assis:ants, who holding put on swearing as a garment, but to whom in down his arms, and endeavouring to stop his mouth, Custom-House matters oaths are literally mea: ard were about to hurry him away:
drink, -dost thou not think, I say, that these men's The honest Quaker, who had kept out of Red- oaths will go farther than thy Yea and Nay in this gauntlet's presence, now came boldly forward. matter ?"
"Friend," said he, "thou dost more than thou "I will swear to any thing," said Peter. "All is canst answer. Thou knowest me well, and thou fair when it comes to an oath ad litem." art aware, that in me thou hast a deeply injured "You do me foul wrong," said the Quaker undisneighbour, who was dwelling beside thee in the mayed by the general laugh. "I encouraged Do honesty and simplicity of his heart.”
drawing of weapons, though I attempted to more an “Tush, Jonathan,'' said Redgauntlet; "talk not unjust man by some use of argument-I brandished to me, man; it is neither the craft of a young lawyer, no cudgel, although it may be that the ancient Adam nor the simplicity of an old hypocrite, can drive me struggled within me, and caused my hand to grasp from my purpose.
mine oaken staff firmer than usual, when I saw By my faith," said the Captain, coming forward innocence borne down with violence. --But why talk I in his turn, “this is hardly fair, General; and I what is true and just to thee, who hast been a man doubt,” he added, "whether the will of my owners of violence from thy youth upwards ? Let me rather can make me a party to such proceedings.-Nay, speak to thee such language as thou canst compre never fumble with your sword-hilt, but out with it hend. Deliver these young men up to me,” he said like a man, if you are for a tilting."--He unsheathed when he had led Redgaunilet a little apart from the his hanger, and continued. - "I will neither see my crowd, "and I will not only free thee from the heary comrade Fairford, nor the old Quaker abused. Den charge of damages which thou hast incurred by thine all warrants, false or true-curse the justice-con- outrage upon my property, but I will add ransom a found the constable !--and here stands little Nanty them and for myself. What would it protit thee in Ewart to make good what he says against gentle do the youths wrong, by detaining them in captivity?" and simple, in spite of horse-shoe or horseradish "Mr. Geddes," said Redgauntlet in a tone more either.”
respectful than he had hitherto used to the Quika, The cry of "Down with all warrants !" was popu- your language is disinterested, and I respect the lar in the ears of the militia of the inn, and Nanty fidelity of your friendship. Perhaps we have mistakea Ewart was no less so. Fishers, ostlers, seamen, each other's principles and motives; but if so we smugglers, began to crowd to the spot. Crackenthorp have not at present time for explanation. Make endeavoured in vain to mediate. The attendants of yourself easy. I hope to raise your friend Darsie Lat. Redgauntlet began to handle their firearms; but their mer to a pitch of eminence which you will witness master shouted to them to forbear, and, unsheathing with pleasure ;-nay, do not attempt to answer me. his sword as quick as lightning, he rushed on Ewart The other young man shall suffer restraint a few days in the midst of his bravade, and struck his weapon probably only a few hours, -it is not more than due for from his hand with such address and force, that it his pragmatical interference in what concerned him flew three yards from him. Closing with him at the not. Do you, Mr. Geddes, be so prudent as to take your same moment, he gave him a severe fall, and waved horse and leave this place, which is growing every his sword over his head, to show he was absolutely moment more unfit for the abode of a man of peace, at his mercy.
You may wait the event in safety at Mount Sharon." “There, you drunken vagabond," he said, "I give "Friend,” replied Joshua, "I cannot comply with you your life-you are no bad fellow, if you could thy advice; I will remain here even as thy prisoner, keep from brawling among your friends.-But we all as thou didst but now threaten, rather than leave the know Nanty Ewart," he said to the crowd around, youth, who hath suffered by and through me and my with a forgiving laugh, which, joined to the awe his misfortunes, in his present state of doubtful safety. prowess had inspired, entirely confirmed their waver- Wherefore I will not mount my steed Solomon ; ing allegiance.
neither will I turn his head towards Mount Sharon, They shouted “The Laird for ever!" while poor until I see an end of this matter.". Nanty, rising from the earth, on whose lap he had “A prisoner, then, you must be,” said Redgauntlet. been stretched so rudely, went in quest of his hanger, “I have no time to dispute the matter farther with lifted it, wiped it, and, as he returned the weapon to you--but tell me for what you fix your eyes so attenthe scabbard, muttered between his teeth, " It is true tively on yonder people of mine ?! they say of him, and the devil will stand his friend "To speak the truth," said the Quaker, “I admire till his hour come; I will cross him no more.' to behold among them a little wretch of a boy called
Șo saying he slunk from the crowd, cowed and Benjie, to whom I think Saian has given the power disheartened by his defeat.
of transporting himself wheresoever mischief is going “For you Joshua Geddes,” said Redgauntlet, ap- forward; so that it may be truly said, there is no evi
in this land wherein he hath not a finger, if not a Darsie was compelled to acquiesce, sufficiently whole hand."
aware that his uncle would permít him no interview The boy, who saw their eyes fixed on him as they | with a friend whose influence would certainly be used spoke, seemed embarrassed, and rather desirous of | against his present earnest wishes, and in some meamaking his escape ; but at a signal from Redgauntlet sure contented with the assurance of Fairford's perhe advanced, assuming the sheepish look and rustic sonal safety: manner with which the jackanapes covered much Redgauntlet led them through one or two passages, acuteness and roguery.
(for the house, as we have before said, was very irre“How long have you been with the party, sirrah,” gular, and built at different times,) until they entered said Redgauntlet.
an apartment, where a man with shouldered carabine "Since the raid on the stake-nets," said Benjie, kept watch at the door, but readily turned the key for with his finger in his mouth.
their reception. In this room they found Alan FairAnd what made you follow us ?"
ford and the Quaker, apparently in deep conversation "I danredna stay at hame for the constables," re- with each other. They looked up as Redgauntlet and plied the boy.
his party entered; and Alan pulled off his hat and And what have you been doing all this time?" made a profound reverence, which the young lady,
Doing, sir ?-I'dinna ken what ye ca doing-Iwho recognised him,-though, masked as she was, he have been doing naething," said Benjie ; then seeing could not know her, -returned with some embarrasssomething in Redgauntlet's eye which was not to be ment, arising probably from the recollection of the trifled with, he added, “Naething but waiting on bold step she had taken in visiting him. Maister Cristal Nixon."
Darsie longed to speak, but dared not. His uncle " Hum !--ay--indeed ?" muttered Redgauntlet.only said, "Gentlemen, I know you are as anxious on "Must Master Nixon bring his own retinue into the Mr. Darsie Latimer's account as he is upon yours. I field ?- This must be seen to.
am commissioned by him to inform you, thai he is as He was about to pursue his inquiry, when Nixon well as you are --I trust you will all meet soon. Mean himself came to him with looks of anxious haste.time, although I cannot suffer you to be at large, you "The Father is come,” he whispered and the gentle shall be as well treated as is possible under your temmen are getting together in the largest room of the porary confinement." house, and they desire to see you. Yonder is your He passed on, without pausing to hear the answers nephew, too, making a noise like a man in Bedlam." which the lawyer and the Quaker were hastening to
"I will look to it all instantly,” said Redgauntlet. prefer; and only waving his band by way of adieu, “Is the Father lodged as I directed ?"
made his exit, with the real and the seeming lady Cristal nodded.
whom he had under his charge, through a door at the "Now, then, for the final trial,” said Redgauntlet.upper end of the apartment, which was fastened and He folded his hands-looked upwards---crossed him- guarded like that by which they entered. self-and after this act of devotion, (almost the first Redgauntlet next led the way into a very small which any one had observed him make use of,) he room; adjoining which, but divided by a partition, was commanded Nixon to keep good watch-have his one of apparently larger dimensions; for they heard horses and men ready for every emergence-look after the trampling of the heavy boots of the period, as if the safe custody of the prisoners--but treat them at several persons were walking to and fro, and conthe same time well and civilly. And these orders versing in low and anxious whispers. given, he darted hastily into the house.
“Here," said Redgauntlet to his nephew, as he disencumbered him from the riding-skiri and the mask,
"I restore you to yourself, and trust you will lay aside CHAPTER XXII.
all effeminate thoughts with this feminine dress. Do
not blush at having worn a disguise to which kings NARRATIVE CONTINUED.
and heroes have been reduced. It is when female REDGAUNTLET's first course was to the chamber of craft or female cowardice find their way into a manly his nephew. He unlocked the door, entered the apari- bosom, that he who entertains these sentiments should ment, and asked what he wanted, that he made so take eternal shame to himself for thus having resemmuch noise.
bled womankind. Follow me, while Lilias remains "I want my liberty," said Darsie, who had wrought here. I will introduce you to those whom I hope to himself up to a pitch of passion in which his uncle's see associated with you in the most glorious cause wrath had lost its terrors. “I desire my liberty, and that hand ever drew sword in." to be assured of the safety of my beloved friend, Alan Darsie paused. “Uncle," he said, “ my person is in Fairford, whose voice I heard but now."
your hands; but remember, my will is my own. I "Your liberty shall be your own within half an hour will not be hurried into any resolution of importance. from this period--your friend shall be also set at free- Remember what I have already said-what I now redoni in due time—and you yourself be permitted to peat—that I will take no step of importance but upon have access to his place of confinement."
conviction." “This does not satisfy me,” said Darsie; " I must “But canst thou be convinced, thou foolish boy, see my friend instantly; he is here, and he is here en- without hearing and understanding the grounds on dangered on my account only-I have heard violent which we act ?' exclamations-theclash of swords. You will gain no So saying, he took Darsie by the arm, and walked point with me unless I have ocular demonstration of with him to the next room-a large apartment, partly his safety."
filled with miscellaneous articles of commerce, chiefly “ Arthur-dearest nephew," answered Redgauntlet, connected with contraband trade; where, among bales "drive me not mad! Thine own fate-that of thy and barrels, sat, or walked to and fro, several gentlehouse-that of thousands--that of Britain herself, are men, whose manners and looks seemed superior to the at this moment in the scales; and you are only occupied plain riding-dresses which they wore. about the safety of a poor insignificant petrifogger!" There was a grave and stern anxiety upon their
He has sustained injury at your hands, then ?" countenances, when, on Redgauntlet's entrance, they said Darsie, fiercely: "I know he has ;, but if so, not drew from their separate coteries into one group around even our relationship shall protect you.'
him, and saluted him with a formality, which had "Peace, ungrateful and obstinate fool!" said Red- something in it of ominous melancholy. As Darsie gauntlet. Yet stay-Will you be satisfied if you see looked around the circle, he thought he could discern this Alan Fairford, the bundle of bombazine-this pre- in it few traces of that adventurous hope which urges cious friend of yours-well and sound ?-Will you, I men upon desperate enterprises; and began to believe say, be satisfied with seeing him in perfect safety, that the conspiracy would dissolve of itself, without without aitempting to speak to or converse with the necessity of his placing himself in direct opposition him?"-Darsie signified his assent. "Take hold off to so violent a character as his uncle, and incurring my arm, then,” said Redgauntlet; "and do you, niece the hazard with which such opposition must needs be Lilias, take the other; and beware, Sir Arthur, how attended. you bear yourself."
Mr. Redgauntlet, however, did not, or would not, see any such marks of depression of spirit amongst “Who hurries you iny lord ? Who is it that would his coadjutors, but met them with cheerful counte- drive this meeting forward blindfold ? I do not undernance, and a warm greeting of welcome. "Happy stand your lordship,” said Redgauntlet. to meet you here, my lord," he said, bowing low to Nay,” said Sir Richard Glendale, "at least do a slender young man. "I trust you come with the not let us fall under our old reproach of disagreeing pledges of your noble father, of B- and all that among ourselves. What my lord means, Redgauni. loyal house. -Sir Richard, what news in the west ? I let, is, that we have this morning heard it is uncer. am told you had two hundred men on foot to have tain whether you could even bring that body of men joined when the fatal retreat from Derby was com- whom you count upon; your countryman, Mr. Mas. menced. When the White Standard is again dis- Kellar, seemed, just before you came in, to doubt played, it shall not be turned back so easily, either by whether your people would rise in any force, unless the force of its enemies, or the falsehood of its you could produce the authority of your nephew." friends.-Doctor Grumball, I bow to the representa- "I might ask,” said Redgaunilet, what night tive of Oxford, the mother of learning and loyalty.-- MacKellar, or any one, has to doubt my being able to Pengwinion, you Cornishchough, has this good wind accomplish what I stand pledged for ?—But our hopes blown you North ?-Ay, my brave Cambro-Britons, consist in our unity.--Here stands my nephew.-Genwhen was Wales last in the race of honour !" tlemen, I present to you my kinsman, Sir Arthur
Such and such-like compliments he dealt around, Darsie Redgauntlet of that Ilk." which were in general answered by silent bows; but "Gentlemen,” said Darsie, with a throbbing bowhen he saluted one of his own countrymen by the som, for he felt the crisis a very painful one, Allow name of MacKellar, and greeted Maxwell of Sum- me to say, that I suspend expressing my sentiments mertrees by that of Pate-in-Peril, the latter replied, on the important subject under discussion, until I "That if Pate were not a fool, he would be Pate-in- have heard those of the present meeting." Safety;" and the former, 'a thin old gentleman, in "Proceed in your deliberations, gentlemen," said tarnished embroidery, said bluntly, “Ay, troth, Red- Redgauntlet; "I will show my nephew such reasons gauntlet, I am here just like yourself; I have liiile to for acquiescing in the result, ás will entirely remove Jose--they that took my land the last time, may take any scruples which may hang around bis mind." iny life this; and that is all I care about i:.:
Dr. Grumball now coughed, " shook his ambrosial The English gentlemen, who were still in posses-curls," and addressed the assembly.. sion of their paternal estates, looked doubtfully on “The principles of Oxford,” he said, " are well uneach other, and there was something whispered derstood, since she was the last to resign berself 10 among them of the fox which had lost his tail. the Arch-Usurper-since she has condemned, by her
Redgauntlet hastened to address them. "I think, sovereign authority, the blasphemous, atheistical and my lords and gentlemen," he said, " that I can ac- anarchial tenets of Locke, and other deluders of the count for something like sadness which has crept public mind. Oxford will give men, money, and counupon an assembly gathered together for so noble a ienance, to the cause of the rightful monarch. Bct purpose. Our numbers seem, when thus assembled, we been often deluded by foreign powers, who have ioo small and inconsiderable to shake the firm-sealed availed themselves of our zeal to stir up civil dissenusurpation of a half century. But do not count us by sions in Britain, not for the advantage of our blesed what we are in thewe and muscle, but by what our though banished monarch, but to engender disturb summons can do among our countrymen. In this ances by which they might profit, while we the small party are those who have power to raise batta- tools, are sure to be ruined. Oxford, therefore, wil lions, and ihose who have wealth to pay them. And not rise, unless our Sovereign comes in person to do not believe our friends who are absent are cold or claim our allegiance, in which case, God forbid ve indifferent to the cause. Let us once light the signal, should refuse him our best obedience.". und it will be hailed by all who retain love for the It is a very cood advice," said
Mr. Meredith. Stewart, and by all-a more numerous body--who "In troth," said Sir Richard Glendale, “it is the hate the Elector. Here I have letters from'- very keystone of our enterprise, and the only condi
Sir Richard Glendale interrupted the speaker, tion upon which I inyself and others could ever have "We all confide, Redgauntlet, in your valour and dreamt of taking up arms. No insurrection which skill-we admire your perseverance; and probably has not Charles Edward himself at its head, will nothing short of your strenuous exertions, and the ever last longer than till a single foot-company of emulation awakened by your noble and disinterested redcoats march to disperse it." conduct, could have brought so many of us, the scat- "This is my own opinion, and that of all my tered remnant of a disheartened pariy, to meet toge- family," said the young nobleman already menther once again in solemn consultation. This is only being summoned to attend a dangerous rendezvous
and I own I am somewhat surprised at a consultation.'
such as this, before something certain could have "Nothing more," said the young lord.
been stated to us on this most important preliminary ."Nothing more," said Doctor Grumball, shaking point.” his large academical peruke.
"Pardon me, my lord,” said Redgauntlet; "I have And "Only a consultation," was echoed by the not been so unjust either to myself or my friends-I others.
had no means of communicating to our distant conRedgauntlet bit his lip. "I had hopes,” he said, federates (without the greatest risk of discovery) "that the discourses I have held with the most of what is known to some of my honourable inends you, from time to time, had ripened into more matu- As courageous, and as resolved, as when, twenty rity than your words imply, and that we were here to years since, he threw hiinself into the wilds of Mo execute as well as to deliberate; and for this we stand dart, Charles Edward has instantly complied with prepared. I can raise five hundred men with my the wishes of his faithful subjects. Charles Edsrand whistle.
is in this country--Charles Edward is in this house! "Five hundred men!" said one of the Welsh squires, -Charles Edward waits but your present decision, to “Cot bless us! and, pray you, what cood could five receive the homage of those who have ever called hundred men do?''
themselves his loyal liegemen. He that would do "All that the priming does for the cannon, Mr. turn his coat, and change his note, must do so under Meredith," answered Redgauntlet; "it will enable us the eye of his sovereign. to seize Carlisle, and you know what our friends There was a deep pause. Those among the conhave engaged for in that case."
spirators whom mere habil, or a desire of preseting "Yes--but," said the young nobleman, "you must consistency, had engaged in the affair, now sav not hurry us on too fast, Mr. Redgauntlet; we are all, terror their retreat cut off; and others, who at a disI believe, as sincere and truehearted in this business lance had regarded the proposed enterprise as hope as you are, but we will not be driven forward blind- ful, trembled when the moment of actually embark. fold. We owe caution to ourselves and our families, ing in it was thus unexpectedly and almost inevitably as well as to those whom we are empowered to re- precipitated. present on this occasion."
"How now, my lords and gentlemen!" said Ret
gauntlet; "Is it delight and rapture that keep you ready to peril their all in his cause, upon the slight ihus silent? where are the eager welcomes that condition of his resigning the society of a female fashould be paid to your rightful King, who a second vourite, of whom I have seen reason to think he hath time confides his person to the care of his subjects, been himself for some time wearied. But let us not undeterred by the hairbreadth escapes, and severe press upon him rashly with our well-meant zeal. He privations of his former expedition ? I hope there is has a princely will, as becomes his princely birth, and no gentleman here that is not ready to redeem, in his we, gentlemen, who are royalists, should be the last prince's presence, the pledge of fidelity which he offer to take advantage of circumstances to limit its exered in his absence ?".
cise. I am as much surprised and hurt as you can be, "I, at least," said the young nobleman, resolutely, to find that he has made her the companion of this and laying his hand on liis sword, “will not be thai journey, increasing every chance of ireachery and
If Charles is come to these shores, I will detection. But do not let us insist upon a sacrifice so be the first to give him welcome, and to devote my humiliating, while he has scarce placed a foot upon life and fortune to his service."
the beach of his kingdom. Let us act generously by “Before Cot," said Mr. Meredith, “I do not see our Sovereign; and when we have shown whai we that Mr. Redcantlet has left us anything else to do.” will do for him, we shall be able, with better face, to
“Siay,” said Summertrees, there is yet_one state what it is we expect him to concede.' other question. Has he brought any of those Irish "Indeed, I think it is but a pity," said MacKellar, rapparees with him, who broke the neck of our last ". when so many pretty gentlemen are got together, glorious affair ?"
that they should part without the flash of a sword “Not a mun of them,” said Redgauntlet.
among them.'' "I trust,” said Dr. Grumball, that there are no "I should be of that gentleman's opinion,” said Catholic priests in his company? I would not intrude Lord "had I nothing to lose but my life ; on the private conscience of my Sovereign, but, as but I frankly own, that the conditions on which our an unworthy son of the Church of England, it is my family agreed to join having been, in this instance, duty to consider her security.”
left unfulfilled, I will not peril the whole fortunes "Not a Popish dog or cat is there, to bark or mew of our house on the doubtful fidelity of an artful about his Majesty,” said Redgauntlet. “Old Shaftes- woman. bury himself could not wish a prince's person more “I am sorry to see your lordship,” said Redsecure from Popery--which may not be the worst gauntlet," take a course, which is more likely to religion in the world, notwithstanding.--Any more secure your house's wealth than to augment its hondoubts
, gentlemen ? can no more plausible reasons be discovered for postponing the payment of our duty, " How am I to understand your language, sir ?" and discharge of our oaths and engagements ? Mean said the young nobleman, haughtily. time your King waits your declaration-by my faith "Nay, gentlemen,” said Dr. Grumball, interpohe hath but a frozen reception !"
sing," do not let friends quarrel; we are all zeal"Redgauntlet,” said Sir Richard Glendale, calmly, ous for the cause--but truly, although I know the "your reproaches shall not goad me into any thing license claimed by the great in such matters, and can, of which my reason disapproves. That I respect I hope, make due allowance, there is, I may say, an my engagement as much as you do, is evident, since indecorum in a prince who comes to claim the alleI am here, ready to support it with the best blood in giance of the Church of England, arriving on such my veins. But has the King really come hither en- an errand with such a companion-si non caste, caute, tirely unattended ?"
tamen." · He has no man with him but young
"I wonder how the Church of England came to be de-camp, and a single valet-de-chambre."
so heartily attached to his merry old namesake,” said "No man ;-but, Redgauntlet, as you are a gentle- Redgauntlet. man, has he no woman with him ?".
Sir Richard Glendale then took up the question, Redgauntlet cast his eyes on the ground and re- as one whose authority and experience gave him plied, “I am sorry to say--he has."
right to speak with much weight. The company looked at each other, and remained 'We have no leisure for hesitation," he said; "it siient for a moment. At length Sir Richard pro- is full time that we decide what course we are to ceeded. "I need not repeat to you, Mr. Redgaunt. I feel as much as you, Mr. Redgauntlet, the delicacy let, what is the well-grounded opinion of his Majes- of capitulating with our Sovereign in his present conly's friends concerning that most unhappy connexion; dition. But I must also think of the total ruin of the there is but one sense and feeling aniongst us upon cause, the confiscation and bloodshed which will the subject. I must conclude that our humble re- take place among his adherents, and all through the monstrances were communicated by you, sir, to the infatuation with which he adheres to a woman who King ?".
is the pensionary of the present minister, as she was “ In the same strong terms in which they were for years Sir Robert Walpole's. Let his Majesty couched,” replied Redgauntlet. “I love his Majesty's send her back to the continent, and the sword on cause more than I fear his displeasure."
which I now lay my hand shall instantly be unsheath"But, apparently, our humble expostulation has ed, and, I trust, many hundred others at the same produced no effect. This lady, who has crept into moment." his bosom, has a sister in the Elector of Hanover's The other persons present testified their unanimous Court, and yet we are well assured that every point acquiescence in what Sir Richard Glendale had said. of our most private communication is placed in her "I see you have taken your resolutions, gentle. keeping."
men," said Redgauntlet; "unwisely, I think, because Varium et mutabile semper femina,” said Dr. I believe that, by softer and more generous proceedGrumball.
ings, you would have been more likely to carry a “She puts his secrets into her work-bag," said point which I think as desirable as you do. But what Maxwell; "and out they fly whenever she opens is to be done if Charles should refuse, with the init. If I must hang, I would wish it to be in some- flexibility of his grandfather, to comply with this what a better rope than the string of a lady's request of yours? Do you mean to abandon him to hussey."
his fate?!! "Are you, too, turning dastard, Maxwell ?" said "God forbid !” said Sir Richard, hastily; "and Redgauntlet in a whisper.
God forgive you, Mr. Redgauntlet, for breathing such "Not I," said Maxwell ; "let us fight for it, and let a thought. No! I for one will, with all duty and them win and wear us; but to be betrayed by a brim- bunuility, see him safe back to his vessel, and defend stone like thai
him with my life, against whoever shall assail him. "Be temperate, gentlemen,” said Redgauntlet; "the But when I have seen his sails spread, my next act foible of which you complain so heavily has always will be to secure, if I can, my own safety, by retiring been that of kings and heroes; which I feel strongly to my house; or, if I find our engagement, as is 100 confident the King will surmount, upon the humble i probable, has taken wind, by surrendering myself entreaty of his best servants, and when he sec3 them to the next Jusuce of Peace, and giving security
; as aid
hold. that hereafter I shall live quiet, and submit to the It was the upper loft of one of those cottages which ruling powers."
made additions to the Old Inn, poorly furnished, dusty, Again the rest of the persons present, intimated their and in disorder; for rash as the enterprise might be agreement in opinion with the speaker.
considered, they had been still careful not to draw *** Well, gentlemen,” said Redgauntlet, “it is not for the attention of strangers by any particular attentions me to oppose the opinion of every one; and I must do to the personal accommodation of the Prince. He you the justice to say, that the King has, in the present was seated, when the deputies, as they might be instance, neglected condition of your agreement, termed, of his remaining adherents, entered; and as which was laid before him in very distinct terms. he rose, and carne forward and bowed in acceptance The question now is, who is to acquaint him with the of their salutation, it was with a dignified courtesy result of this conference ? for I presume you would / which at once supplied whatever was deficient in er: not wait on him in a body to make the proposal, that ternal pomp, and converted the wretched garret into he should dismiss a person from his family as the price a saloon worthy of the occasion. of your allegiance."
“It is needless to add, that he was the same personI think Mr. Redgauntlet should make the explana- age already introduced in the character of Father tion," said Lord
As he has, doubtless, done Buonaventure, by which name he was distinguished justice to our remonstrances by communicating them at Fairladies. His dress was not different from what to the King, no one can, with such propriety and force, he then wore, excepting that he had a loose riding. state the natural and inevitable consequence of their coat of camlei, under which he carried an efficient being neglected."
cut-and-thrust 'sword, instead of his walking rapier, "Now, I think,” said Redgauntlet, that those and also a pair of pistols. who make the objection should state it; for I am Redgauntlet presented to him successively the young confident the King will hardly believe, on less author- Lord and his kinsman, Sir Arthur Darsle Red ity than that of the heir of the loyal House of BM gauntlet, who trembled as, howing and kissing his that he is the first to seek an evasion of his pledge to hand, he found himself surprised into what might be join him."
construed an act of high treason, which yet he saw "An evasion, sir!" repeated Lord - fiercely. no safe means to avoid. "I have borne too much from you already, and this I Sir Richard Glendale seemed personally known to will not endure. Favour me with your company to Charles Edward, who received him with a mixture the downs yonder."
of dignity and affection, and seemed to sympathize Redgauntlet laughed scornfully, and was about to with the tears which rushed into that gentleman's follow the fiery young man, when Sir Richard again eyes as he bid bis Majesty welcome to his native interposed. Are we to exhibit," he said, "the last kingdom. syinptoms of the dissolution of our party, by turning Yes, my good Sir Richard," said the unfortunate our swords against each other?-Be patient Lord Prince, in a tone melancholy, yet resolved, “Charles
; in such conferences as this, much must pass Edward is with his faithful friends once moreno! unquestioned which might brook challenge elsewhere. perhaps, with his former gay hopes which undervaluai There is a privilege of party as of parliament-men danger, but with the same deiermined contempt of cannot, in emergency, stand upon picking phrases. - the worst which can befall him, in claiming his 0# Gentlemen, if you will extend your confidence in rights and those of his country.” ine so far, I will wait upon his majesty, and I hope I rejoice, sire--and yet, alas! I must also gTÉ TE,
and Mr. Redgauntlet will accompany to see you once more on the British shores," sari Sir me. I trust the explanation of this unpleasant matter Richard Glendale, and stopped short-a tumult of will prove entirely satisfactory, and that we shall find contradictory feelings preventing his farther utitiran ourselves at liberty to render our homage to our Sove- " It is the call of my faithful and suffering people reign without reserve, when I for one will be the first which alone could have induced me to take otce to peril all in his just quarrel.".
more the sword in my hand. For my own part, ST Redgauntlet at once stepped forward, "My lord,” Richard, when I have reflected how many of my lon! he said, “if my zeal made me say any thing in the and devoted friends perished by the sword and k slightest degree offensive, I wish it unsaid, and ask proscription, or died indigent and neglected in a forest. your pardon. A gentleman can do no more.' land, I have often sworn that no view to my person
“I could not have asked Mr. Redgauntlet to do so aggrandizement should again induce me to autae a much," said the young nobleman, willingly accepting tiile which has cost my followers so dear. But sus the hand which Redgauntlet offered. "I know no so many men of worth and honour conceive the cause man living from whom I could take so much reproof of England and Scotland to be linked with that of without a sense of degradation, as from himself." Charles Stewart, I must follow their brave example,
..“Let me then hope, my lord, that you will go with and, laying aside all other considerations, once more Sir Richard and me to the presence. Your warm stand forward as their deliverer. I am, however, blood will heat our zeal-our colder resolves will come hither upon your invitation ; and as you 17 temper yours.
so completely acquainted with circumstances ioshd The young lord smiled, and shook his head. “Alas! my absence must necessarily have rendered me a Mr. Redgauntlet,” he said, “I am ashamed to say, stranger, I must be a mere tool in the hands of that in zeal you surpass us all. But I will not refuse my friends. I know well I never can refer my this mission, provided you will permit Sir Arthur, your implicitly to more loyal hearis or wiser heads than nephew, also to accompany us.'
Herries Redgauntlet, and Sir Richard Glendale. Giv My nephew?" said Redgauntlet, and seemed to me your advice, then: how we are to proceed, and hesitate, then added, "Most certainly.-I trust,” he decide upon the fate of Charles Edward. said, looking at Darsie, "he will bring to his Prince's Redgauntlet looked a: Sir Richard, as if to s presence such sentiments as fil the occasion."
Can you press an additional or unpleasant cond It seemed however to Darsie, that his uncle would tion at a moment like this?" And the other state rather have left him behind, had he not feared that his head and looked down, as if his resolution he night in that case have been influenced by, or unaltered, and yet as feeling all the delicacy of the might perhaps himself influence, the unresolved con- situation. federates with whom he must have associated during There was a silence, which was broken br the his absence.
unfortunate representative of an unhappy dynasty. "I will go,” said Redgauntlet, "and request ad- with some appearance of irritation. “This is strange mission."
gentlemen," he said; "you have sent for rne fra In a moment after he returned, and without speak- the bosom of my family, to head an adventure of ing, motioned for the young nobleman to advance. doubt and danger ;, and when I come, your own He did so, followed by Sir Richard Glendale and minds seem to be still irresolute. I had not expecied Darsie, Redgauntlet hiniself bringing up the rear. A this on the part of two such men. short passage and a few steps brought them to the For me, sire," said Redgauntlet, "the steel of my door of the temporary presence-chamber, in which sword is not truer than the temper of my mind." the Royal Wanderer was to receive their homage. "My Lord 's and mine are equally so," sau