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this vexed country; and so much were they famed for by marriage with a wealthy family of Quakers in
tures were also extremely agreeable, but had suffered A Quaker servant here entered the room with a a little through the ravages of that professed enemy tray, and inclining his head towards his master, but to beauty, the small-pox; a disadvantage which was not after the manner of one who bows, said com- in part counterbalanced by a well-formed mouth, posedly, " Thou art welcome home, friend Joshua, we teeth like pearls, and a pleasing sobriety of smile, expected thee not so early; but what hath befallen that seemed to wish good here and hereafter to every Solomon thy horse ?"
one she spoke to. You cannot make any of your vile "What hath befallen him, indeed !" said my friend ; inferences here, Alan, for I have given a full-length " hath he not been returned'hither by the child whom picture of Rachael Geddes ; so that you cannot say they call Benjie?".
in this case, as in the letter I have just received, that He hath,' said his domestic, "but it was after a she was passed over as a subject on which I feared strange fashion; for he came hither at a swift and to dilate. More of this anon. furious pace, and Aung the child Benjie from his back, Well, we settled to our breakfast after a blessing, upon the heap of dung which is in the stable-vard."
or rather an extempore prayer, which Joshua made "I am glad of it,” said Joshua, hastily, -"gład of upon the occasion, and which the spirit moved him it, with all my heart and spirit !-But stay, he is the to prolong rather more than I felt altogether agreechild of the widow-hath the boy any hurt?" able. Then, Alan, there was such a despatching of "Not so," answered the servant, " for he rose and the good things of the morning,
as you have not fled swiftly."
witnessed since you have seen Darsie Latimer at Joshua muttered something about a scourge, and breakfast. Tea and chocolate,, eggs, ham, and then inquired after Solomon's present condition. pastry, not forgetting the broiled fish, disappeared
"He seetheth like a steaming caldron," answered with a celerity which seemed to astonish the goodthe servant; "and Bauldie, the lad, walketh him about humoured Quakers, who kept loading my plate with the yard with a halter, lest he take cold."
supplies, as if desirous of seeing whether they could Mr. Geddes hastened to the
stable-yard to view by any possibility tire me oịt. One hint, however, personally the condition of his favourite, and I fol- I received, which put me in mind where I was. lowed, to offer my counsel as a jockey-Don't laugh, Miss Geddes had offered me some sweet-cake, which Alan; sure I have jockeyship enough to assist á at the moment, I declined ; but presently afterwards, Quaker-in this unpleasing predicament.
seeing it within my reach, I naturally enough helped The lad who was leading the horse seemed to be myself to a slice, and had just deposited it beside my no Quaker, though his intercourse with the family plate, when Joshua, mine host, not with the authorihad given him a touch of their prim sobriety of look tative air of Sancho's doctor, Tirtea Fuera, but in a and manner. He assured Joshua that his horse had very calm and quiet manner, lifted it away and re
eceived no injury, and I even hinted that the exercise placed it on the dish, observing only, “Thou didst
I have since learned that the affection of Joshua Bating this slight hint, that I was among a precise for his pony is considered as inordinate by some of his generation, there was nothing in my reception that own sect; and that he has been much blamed for was peculiar-unless, indeed, 1 were to notice the permitting it to be called by the name of Solomon, solicitous and uniform kindness with which all the or any other name whatever ; but he has gained so attentions of my new friends were seasoned, as if much respect and influence among them that they they were anxious to assure me that the neglect of overlook these foibles.
worldly compliments interdicted by their sect, only I learned from him (whilst the old servant, Jehoia- served to render their hospitality more sincere. At chim, entering and re-entering, seemed to make no length my hunger was satisfied, and the worthy end of the materials which he brought in for break- Quaker, who, with looks of great good-nature
, had fast) that his grandfather Philip, the convert of George watched my progress, thus addressed his sister :Fox, had suffered much fron the persecution to "This young man, Rachel, hath last night sojourned which these harmless devotees were subjected on all in the tents of our neighbour, whom men call the
Laird. sides during that intolerant period, and much of their I am sorry I had not met him
the evening before, for family estate had been dilapidated. But better days our neighbour's hospitality is too unfrequently exer; dawned on Joshua's father, who, connecting himself | cised to be well prepared with the means of welcome."
"Nay, but, Joshua," said Rachel, "if our neighbour | without being disturbed with any painful recollections hath done a kindness, thou shouldst not grudge him concerning their future destination. the opportunity; and if our young friend hath fared I will not trouble you with any account of the variill for a night, he will the better relish what Provi- ous hothouses and gardens, and their contents. No dence may send him of better provisions.".
small sum of money must have been expended in "And that he may do so at leisure,” said Joshua, erecting and maintaining them in the exquisite degree we will pray him, Rachel, to tarry a day or twain of good order which they exhibited. The family, with us: he is young, and is now but entering upon understood, were connected with that of the celebrated the world, and our habitation may, if he will, be Millar, and had imbibed his taste for flowers and for a resting-place, from which he may look abroad horticulture. But instead of murdering botanical upon the pilgrimage which he must make, and the names, I will rather conduct you to the policy, or path which he has to travel.-What sayst thou, friend pleasure-garden, which the taste of Joshua or his Latimer? We constrain not our friends to our ways, father had extended on the banks betwixt the house and thou art, I think, too wise to quarrel with us for and river. This also, in contradistinction to the pro following our own fashions; and if we should even vailing simplicity, was ornamented in an unusual give thee a word of advice, thou wilt not, I think degree. There were various compartments, the conbe angry, so that it is spoken in season.
nexion of which was well managed, and although You know, Alan, how easily I am determined by the whole ground did not exceed five or six acres, it any thing resembling cordiality-and so, though a was so much varied as to seem four times larger. little afraid of the formality of my host and hostess, The space contained close alleys and open walks; a I accepted their invitation, provided I could get some very pretty artificial waterfall; a fountain also, conmessenger to send to Shepherd's Bush for my servant sisting of a considerable jet-d'eau, whose streams and portmanteau.
glittered in the sunbeains, and exhibited a continual "Why, truly, friend,” said Joshua, “thine outward rainbow. There was a cabinet of verdure, as the frame would be improved by cleaner garments; but I French call it, to cool the summer heat, and there will do thine errand myself to the Widow Gregson's was a terrace sheltered from the north-east by a noble house of reception, and send thy lad hither with thy holly hedge, with all its glittering spears, where you clothes. Mean while Rachel will show thee these might have the full advantage of the sun in the clear little gardens and then will put thee in some way of frosty days of winter. spending thy time usefully, till our meal calls us I know that you, Alan, will condemn all this as bad together at the second hour afternoon. I bid thee and antiquated; for, ever since Dodsley has described farewell for the present, having some space to walk, the Leasowes, and talked of Brown's imitations of seeing I must leave the animal Šolomon to his refresh- nature, and Horace Walpole's late Essay on Garden. ing rest."
ing, you are all for simple nature-condemn walking With these words, Mr. Joshua Geddes withdrew. up and down stairs in the open air, and declare for Some ladies we have known would have felt, or at wood and wilderness. But ne quid nimis. I would least affected, reserve or embarrassment, at being not deface a scene of natural grandeur or beauty'
, by left to do the honours of the grounds to--it will be the introduction of crowded artificial decorations; out, Alan)-a smart young fellow-an entire stranger. yet such may, I think, be very interesting, where the She went out for a few minutes, and returned in her situation, in its natural state, otherwise has no parplain cloak and bonnet, with her beaver-gloves, pre- ticular charms. pared to act as my guide, with as much simplicity as So that when I have a country-house, (who can say if she had been to wait upon thy father. So forth I how soon ?) you may look for grottoes, and cascades, sallied with my fair Quaker.
and fountains; nay, if you vex mie by contradiction, If the house at Mount Sharon be merely a plain perhaps I may go the length of a temple--so proroke and convenient dwelling, of moderate size, and small me not, for you see of what enormities I am capable, pretensions, the gardens and offices, though not
At any rate, Alan, had you condemned as artificial extensive, might rival an earl's in point of care and the rest of Friend Geddez's grounds, there is a willow expense.' Rachel carried me first to her own fa- walk by the very verge of the stream, so sad, so vourite resort, a poultry-yard, stocked with a variety solemn, and so silent, that it must have commanded of domestic fowls, of the more rare as well as the your admiration. The brook, restrained at the ultmore ordinary kinds furnished with every accommo- mate boundary of the grounds by a natural dam-dyke dation which may suit their various habits. A rivulet or ledge of rocks, seemed, even in its present swoln which spread into a pond for the convenience of the state, scarcely to glide along; and the pale willowaquatic birds, trickled over gravel as it passed through trees, dropping their long branches into the stream, the yards dedicated to the land poultry, which were gathered around them little coronals of the foam that thus amply supplied with the means they use for Hoated down from the more rapid stream above. The digestion.
high rock, which formed the opposite bank of the All these creatures seemed to recognise the presence brook, was seen dimly through the branches, and its of their mistress, and some especial favourites hast- pale and splintered front, garlanded with long streamened to her feei, and continued to follow.her as far as ers of briers and other creeping plants, seemed a their limits permitted. She pointed out their pecu- barrier between the quiet path which we trode, and liarities and qualites, with the discrimination of one the toiling and bustling world beyond. The path who had made natural history her study; and I own I itself,
following the sweep of the stream, made a very never looked on barn-door fowls with so much interest gentle curve; enough, however, served by its inflex, before-at least until they were boiled or roasted. I tion completely to hide the end of the walk, until could not help asking the trying question, how she you arrived at it. A deep and sullen sound, which could order the execution of any of the creatures of increased as you proceeded, prepared you for this which she seemed so careful.
termination, which was indeed only a plain root-seal, " It was painful,” she said, " but it was according from which you looked on a fall of about six or seven to the law of their being. They must die; but they feet, where the brook Alung itself over the ledge of knew not when death was approaching; and in mak. natural rock I have already mentioned, which there ing them comfortable while they lived, we contributed crossed its course. to their happiness as much as the conditions of their The quiet and twilight seclusion of this walk renexistence permitted to us."
dered it a fit scene for confidential communing; and I am not quite of her mind, Alan. I do not believe having nothing more interesting to say to my fair either pigs or poultry would admit that the chief end Quaker
, I took the liberty of questioning her about of their being was to be killed and eaten. However, the Laird; for you are, or ought to be, aware that I did not press the argument, from which my Quaker next to discussing the affairs of the heart, the fair sex seemed rather desirous to escape; for, conducting me are most interested in those of their neighbours. to the greenhouse, which was extensive, and filled I did not conceal either my curiosity, or the check with the choicest plants, she pointed out an aviary which it had received from Joshua, and I saw that which occupied the farther end, where, she said, she my companion answered with embarrassment. "! employed herself with attending the inhabitants, must not speak otherwise than truly," she said ; " and
therefcre I tell thee, that my brother dislikes, and that I know not whether it is this or a better spirit that I fear, the man of whom thou hast asked me. Per- maketh my brother Joshua determine, that though haps we are both wrong--but he is a man of violence, he will not resist force by force, neither will he yield and hath great influence over many, who, following up his right to mere threats, or encourage wrong to the trade of sailors and fishermen, become as rude as others by yielding to menaces. His partners," he the elements with which they contend. He hath no says, confide in his steadiness; and that he must not certain name among them, which is not unusual, disappoint them by yielding up their right for the their rude fashion being to distinguish each other by fear of the threats of man, whose breath is in his nicknames; and they have called him the Laird of nostrils." the Lakes, (not remembering there should be no one This observation convinced me that the spirit of the called Lord, save one only,) in idle derision; the pools old sharers of the spoil was not utterly departed even of salt water left by the tide among the sands being from the bosom of the peaceful Quaker; and I could called the Lakes of Solway."
not help confessing internally that Joshua had the "Has he no other revenue than he derives from right, when he averred that there was as much couthese sands ?" I asked.
rage in sufferance as in exertion. "That I cannot answer," replied Rachel ; "men As we approached the further end of the willow say that he wants not money, though he lives like an walk, the sullen and continuous sound of the dashing ordinary fisherman, and that he imparts freely of his waters became still more and more audible, and at means to the poor around him. They intimate that length rendered it difficult for us to communicate with he is a man of consequence, once deeply engaged in each other. The conversation dropped, but apparently the unhappy affair of the rebellion, and even still too my companion continued to dwell upon the apprehenmuch in danger from the government to assume his sions which it had excited. At the bottom of the own name. He is often absent from his cottage at walk, we obtained a view of the cascade, where the Broken-burn-cliffs, for weeks and months.''
voln brook flung itself in foam and tumult over the "I should have thought,” said I, that the govern- natural barrier of rock which seemed in vain to atment would scarce, at this time of day, be likely in tempt to bar its course. I gazed with delight, and, proceed against any one even of the most obnoxious turning to express my sentiments to my companion, rebels. Many years have passed away”'
I observed that she had folded her hands in an atti"It is true," "she replied; "yet such persons may tude of sorrowful resignation, which showed her understand that their being connived at depends on thoughts were far from the scene which lay before their living in obscurity. But indeed there can nothing her. When she saw that her abstraction was obcertain be known among these rude people. The truth served, she resumed her former placidity of manner; is not in them--most of them participate in the un- and having given me sufficient time to admire this lawful trade betwixt these parts and the neighbouring termination of our sober and secluded walk, proposed shore of England; and they are familiar with every that we should return to the house through her brospecies of falsehood and deceit.''
ther's farm.. "Even we Quakers, as we are called, "It is a pity," I remarked, "that your brother should have our little pride," she said ;'"and my brother have neighbours of such a description, especially as I Joshua would not forgive me, were I not to show thee understand he is at some variance with them.' the fields which he taketh delight to cultivate, after
"Where, when, and about what matter ?" answered the newest and best fashion; for which, I promise Miss Geddes, with an eager and timorous anxiety, thee, he hath received much praise from good judges, which made me regret having touched on the subject, as well as some ridicule from those who think it folly
I told her, in a way as little alarining as I could to improve on the customs of our ancestors.' devise, the purport of what had passed betwixt this As she spoke, she opened a low door, leading through Laird of the Lakes and her brother, at their morning's a moss and ivy-covered wall, the boundary of the interview.
pleasure-ground, into the open fields; through which "You aftright me much," answered she; "it is this we moved by a convenient path, leading, with good very circumstance which has scared me in the watches taste and simplicity, by stile and hedge-row, through of the night. When my brother Joshua withdrew pasturage, and arable, and woodland; so that, in all from an active share in the commercial concerns of ordinary weather, the good man might, without even my father, being satisfied with the portion of worldly soiling his shoes, perform his perambulation round the substance which he already possessed, there were one farm. There were seats also, on which to rest; and or two undertakings in which he retained an interest, though not adorned with inscriptions, nor quite so either because his withdrawing might have been pre- frequent in occurrence as those mentioned in the acjudicial to friends, or because he wished to retain some count of the Leasowes, their situation was always mode of occupying his time. Amongst the more im- chosen with respect to some distant prospect to be portant of these, is a fishing station on the coast, commanded, or some home view to be enjoyed. where, by certain improved modes of erecting snares, But what struck me most in Joshua's domain, was opening at the advance of the tide, and shutting at the quantity and the tameness of the game. The hen the reflux, many more fish are taken than can be de- partridge scarce abandoned the roost at the foot of stroyed by those who, like the men of Broken-burn, the hedge where she had assembled her covey, though use only the boat-net and spear, or fishing-rod. They the path went close beside her; and the hare, reinaincomplain of these tide-nets, as men call them, as an ing on her form, gazed at us as we passed, with her innovation, and pretend to a right to remove and de- full dark eye, or, rising lazily and hopping to a little stroy them by the strong hand. I fear me, this man distance, stood erect to look at us with more curiosity of violence, whom they call the Laird, will execute than apprehension. I observed to Miss Geddes the these his threats, which cannot be without both loss extreme tameness of these timid and shy animals, and and danger to my brother."
she informed me that their confidence arose from pro“Mr. Geddes," said I, "ought to apply to the civil |tection in the summer, and relief during the winter. magistrate; there are soldiers at Dumfries who would "They are pets,” she said, "of my brother, who be detached for his protection.”.
considers them as the better entitled to this kindThou speakest, friend Latimer," answered the ness that they are a race persecuted by the world in lady, "as one who is still in the gall of bitterness and general He denieth himself,” she said,
even the bond of iniquity. God forbid that we should endea company of a dog, that these creatures may here at vour to preserve nets of fax and stakes of wood, or least enjoy undisturbed security. Yet this harmless or the Mammon of gain which they procure for us by humane propensity, or humour, hath given offence,” the hands of men of war, and at the risk of spilling she added, to our dangerous neighbour.” human blood!"
She explained this, by telling me that my host of “I respect your scruples," I replied ; " but since
such the preceding
night was remarkable for his attachis your way of thinking, your brother ought to avert ment to field sports, which he pursued without much the danger by compromise or submission."
regard to the wishes of the individuals over whose "Perhaps it would be best,” answered Rachel; "but property he followed them. The undefined mixture what can I say? Even in the best-trained temper of respect and fear with which he was generally liere may remain some leaven of the old Adam; and I regarded, induced most of the neighbouring land
holders to connive at what they would perhaps in his family, who has so lately made Themis his bow, another have punished as a trespass; but Joshua and declined the honour of following her father. Geddes would not permit the intrusion of any one You laugh at me for my airdrawn castles; but conupon his premises, and as he bad before offended fess, have they not surer footing, in general, than (wo several country neighbours, who, because he would words spoken by such a man as Herries ? And yetneither shoot himself nor permit others to do so, and yet -- I would rally the matter off, Alan; but in compared him to the dog in the manger, so he now dark nights, even the glow-worm becomes an object aggravated the displeasure which the Laird of the of lustre, and to one plunged in my uncertainty and Lakes had already conceived against him, by posi- ignorance, the slightest gleam that promises intellitively debarring him from pursuing his sport over gence, is interesting. My life is like the subterranean his grounds-"So that," said Rachel Geddes, “I river in the Peak of Derby, visible only where it sometimes wish our lot had been cast elsewhere than crosses the celebrated cavern. I am here, and this in these pleasant borders, where if we had less of much I know; but where I have sprung from, or beauty around us, we might have had a neighbour-whither my course of life is like to tend, who shall hood of peace and good-will."
tell me? Your father, too, seemed interested and We at length returned to the house, where Miss alarmed, and talked of writing; would to heaven he Geddes showed me a small study, containing a little may !-I send daily to the post-lown for letters. collection of books, in two separate presses.
"These,” said she, pointing to the smaller press, "will, if thou bestowest thy leisure upon them, do
LETTER VIII. thee good; and these," pointing to the other and larger cabinet, can, I believe, do thee little harm.
ALAN FAIRFORD TO DARSIE LATIMER. Some of our people do indeed hold, that every writer Thou mayst clap thy wings and crow as thoa who is not with us is against us; but brother Joshua pleasest. You go in search of adventures, but advenis mitigated in his opinions, and correspondeth with lures come to me unsought for; and oh! in what a our friend John Scot of Amwell, who hath himself pleasing shape came mine, since it arrived in the form constructed verses well approved of even in the of a client-and a fair client to boot! What think you world. I wish thee many good thoughts till our of that, Darsie, you who are such a sworn squire of family meet at the hour of dinner."
dames? Will this not match my adventures with Left alone, I tried both collections; the first con- thine, that hunt salmon on horseback, and will
it not, sisted entirely of religious and controversial tracts, besides, eclipse the history of a whole tribe of Broadand the latter formed a small selection of history, brims? But I must proceed methodically. and of moral writers, both in prose and verse. When I returned to-day from the college, I was
Neither collection promising much amusement, surprised to see a broad grin distending ihe adust thou hast, in these close pages, the fruits of my countenance of the faithful James Wilkinson, which, tediousness; and truly, I think, writing history (one's as the circumstance seldom happens above once self being the subject) is as amusing as reading that a-year, was matter of some surprise. Moreover, he of foreign countries, at any time.
had a knowing glance with his eye, which I should Sam, still more drunk than sober, arrived in due have as soon expected from a dumb-waiterman arttime with my portmanteau, and enabled me to put cle of furniture, to which James, in his usual state, my dress into order, better befitting this temple of may be happily assimilated. "What the devil is the cleanliness and decorum, where (to conclude) I be- maiter, James ?” lieve I shall be a sojourner for more days than one.* "The devil may be in the matter, for aught I ken,"
P.S.-I have noted your adventure, as you home-said James, with another provoking grin; "for here bred youths may perhaps term it, concerning the has been a woman calling for you, Maister Alan." visit of your doughty Laird. We travellers hold A woman calling for me?'' said I in surprise ; for such an incident of no great consequence, though it you know well, that excepting old Aunt Peggy, who may serve to embellish the uniform life of Brown's comes to dinner of a Sunday, and the still older Lady Square. But art thou not ashamed to attempt to Bedrooket, who calls ten times a-year for the quarterly interest one who is seeing the world at large, and payment of her jointure of four hundred merks, a festudying human nature on a large scale, by so bald male scarce approaches our threshold, as my father a narrative? Why, what does it amount to, after visits all his female clients at their own lodgings. all, but that a Tory Laird dined with a Whig James protested, however, that there had been a lady Lawyer ? no very uncommon matter, especially as calling, and for me." As bonny a lass as I have seen, you state Mr. Herries to have lost the estate, though added James, " since I was in the Fusileers, and kept retaining the designation. The Laird behaves with company with Peg Baxter." Thou knowest all haughtiness and impertinence-nothing out of cha- James's gay recollections go back to the period of his racter in that: Is not kicked down stairs, as he ought military service, the years he has spent in ours having to have been, were Alan Fairford half the man that probably been dull enough. he would wish his friends to think him.-Ay, but "Did the lady leave no name nor place of adthen, as ihe young lawyer, instead of showing his dress?".. friend the door, chose to make use of it himself, he "No," replied James; "but she asked when you overheard the Laird aforesaid ask the old lawyer wad be at hame, and 'I appointed her for twelve concerning Darsie Latimer-no doubt earnestly in: o'clock, when the house wad be quiet, and your faquiring after the handsome, accomplished inmate of ther at the Bank."
"For shame, James ! how can you think my fa* In explanation of this circumstance, I cannot help adding a ther's being at home or abroad could be of consenote not very necessary for the reader, which yet I record with quence?-The lady is of course a decent person ?" pleasure, from recollection of the kindness which it evinces. In carly youth I resided for a considerable time in the vicinity
"I'se uphaud her that, sir-she is nane of your of the beautiful village of Kelso, where my life passed in a whew"'-[Here James supplied a blank with a low very solitary manner. I had few acquaintances, scarco any whistle)" but I didna ken--my maister makes an companions, and books, which were at the time almost essen
unco wark if a woman comes here." tial to my happiness, were difficult to come by. It was then that I was particularly indebted to the liberality and friend. I passed into my own room, not ill-pleased that my benevolence and charity. Her deceased husband had been a proper to rebuke James for having so contrived it. I ship of an old lady of the Society of Friends, eminent for her father was absent, notwithstanding I had thought it property, a snall and well-selected library. This the kind old disarranged my books, to give them the appearance lady permitted me to rummage at pleasure, and carry home of a graceful confusion on the table, and laying my what volumes I chose, on condition that I should take, at the foils (useless since your departure) across the mantelsame time, some of the tracts printed for encouraging and ex: piece, that the lady might see I was tam Marte quam any assurance that I would read these performances, being too Mercurio-I endeavoured to dispose my dress so as justly afraid of involving me in a breach of promise, but was to resemble an elegant morning dishabillegave my merely desirous that I should have the chance of instruction hair the general shade of powder which marks the within my reach, in case whim, curiosity, or accident, might gentleman-laid my watch and seals on the table, to induce me to have recourse to it.
hint that I understood the value of time; and when I had made all these arrangements--of which I am a to say that they are much to be depended upon, little ashamed when I think of them-I had nothing yet": better to do than to watch the dial-plate till the index The lady arose. "I am truly sensible of your kindpointed to noon: Five minutes elapsed, which I al- ness, sir; and I have no doubt of your talents. I will lowed for variation of clocks-five minutes more ren- / be very plain with you—it is you whom I came to dered me anxious and doubtful--and five minutes visit; alihough, now that we have met, I find it will more would have made me impatient.
be much better that I should commit my communiLaugh as thou wilt; but remember, Darsie, I was a cation to writing.” lawyer, expecting his first client-a young inan, how "I hope, madam, you will not be so cruel-so tanstrictly bred up I need noi remind you, expecting a talizing, I would say. Consider, you are my first private interview with a young and beautiful woman. client-your business my first consultation--do not do But ere the third term of five minutes had elapsed, the me the displeasure of withdrawing your confidence door-bell was heard to tinkle low and modestly, as if because I am a few years younger than you seem to touched by some timid hand.
have expected-My attention shall make amends for James Wilkinson, swist in nothing, is, as thou my want of experience." knowest, peculiarly slow in answering the door-bell; "I have no doubt of either," said the lady, in a and I reckoned on five minutes good, ere his solemn grave tone, calculated to restrain the air of gallantry step should have ascended the stair. Time enough, with which I had endeavoured to address her. * But thought I, for a peep through the blinds, and was has when you have received my letter, you will find good tening to the window accordingly. But I reckoned reasons assigned why a written communication will without my host; for James, who had his own curi- best suit my purpose. I wish you, sir, a good mornosity as well as I was lying perdu in the lobby, ready ing." And she left the apartment, her poor baffled to open at the first tinkle; and there was, "This way, counsel scraping, and bowing, and apologizing for ma'am-Yes, ma'am-The lady, Mr. Alan," before I any thing that might have been disagreeable to her, could get to the chair in which I proposed to be dis- although the front of my offence seems to be my covered, seated in all legal dignity. The conscious- having been discovered to be younger than my father. ness of being half caught in the act of peeping, joined The door was opened-out she went--walked along to that native air of awkward bashfulness of which I the pavement, turned down the close, and put the sun, am told the law will soon free me, kept me standing I believe, into her pocket when she disappeared, so on the floor in some confusion; while the lady, dis- suddenly did dulness and darkness sink down on the concerted on her part, remained on the threshold of square, when she was no longer visible. I stood for the room. James Wilkinson, who had his senses a moment as if I had been senseless, not recollecting most about him, and was perhaps willing to prolong what a fund of entertainment I must have supplied his stay in the apartment, busied himself in setting a to our watchful friends on the other side of the green. chair for the lady, and recalled me to my good breed - Then it darted on my mind that I might dog her, and ing by the hint. I invited her to take possession of it, ascertain at least who or what she was. Off I setand bid James withdraw.
ran down the close where she was no longer to be My visiter was undeniably a lady, and probably seen, and demanded of one of the dyer's lads whether considerably above the ordinary rank-very modest, he had seen a lady go down the close, or had observed too, judging from the mixture of grace and timidity which way she turned. with which she moved, and at my entreaty sat down. "A leddy!"'--said the dyer, staring at me with his Her dress was, I should suppose, both handsome and rainbow countenance. Mr. Alan, what takes you fashionable; but it was much concealed by a walk-out, rinning like daft, without your hat?" ing-cloak of green silk, fancifully embroidered ; in "The devil take my hat!" answered I, running which, though heavy for the season, her person was back, however, in quest of it; snatched it up, and enveloped, and which, moreover, was furnished with again sallied forth. "But as I reached the head of the
close once more, I had sense enough to recollect that The devil take that hood, Darsie! for I was just all pursuit would be now in vain. Besides, I saw my able to distinguish that, pulled as it was
over the face, friend, the journeyman dyer, in close confabulation it concealed from me, as I was convinced, one of the with a pea-green personage of his own profession, prettiest countenances I have seen, and which, from a and was conscious, like Șcrub, that they talked of sense of embarrassment, seemed to be crimsoned me, because they laughed consumedly. "I had no with a deep blush. I could see her complexion was mind, by a second sudden appearance, io confirm the beautiful-her chin finely turned-her lips coral-and report that Advocate Fairford was "gaen daft," which her teeth rivals to ivory. But further the deponent had probably spread from Campbell's close-foot to sayeth not; for a clasp of gold, ornamented with a the Meal-market Stairs; and so slunk back within sapphire, closed the envious mantle under the incog- my own hole again. nita's throat, and the cursed hood concealed entirely My first employment was to remove all traces of the upper part of the face.
that elegant and fanciful disposition of my effects, I ought to have spoke first, that is certain ; but ere from which I had hoped for so much credit; for I was I could get my phrases well arranged, the young lady, now ashamed and angry at having thought an instant rendered desperate, I suppose, by my hesitation, opened upon the mode of receiving a visit which had comthe conversation herself.
menced so agreeably, but terminated in a manner so “I fear I am an intruder, sir-I expected to meet an unsatisfactory. I put my folios in their places-tbrew elderly gentleman.”
the soils into the dressing-closet-tormenting myself This brought me to myself. “My father, madam, all the while with the fruitless doubt, whether I had perhaps. But you inquired for Alan Fairford-my missed an opportunity or escaped a stratagem, or father's name is Alexander."
whether the young person had been really startled, " It is Mr. Alan Fairford, undoubtedly, with whom as she seemed to intimate, by the extreme youth of I wished to speak," she said, with greater confusion; her intended legal adviser. The mirror was not un“but I was told that he was advanced in life.”. paturally called in to aid ; and that cabinet-counsel
Some mistake, madam, I presume, betwixt my lor pronounced me rather short, thick-set, with a cast father and mysell-our Christian names have the of features fitter, I trust, for the bar than the ballsame initials, though the terminations are different. not handsome enough for blushing virgins to pine for -I-I-I would esteem it a most fortunate mistake my sake, or even to invent sham cases to bring them if I could have the honour of supplying my father's to my chambers-yet not ugly enough, either, to scare place in any thing that could be of service to you." those away who came on real business-dark, to be which she seemed undetermined whether to rise or to be said in favour of that complexion.
"? You are very, obliging, sir." A pause, during sure, but nigri sunt hyacinthi--there are pretty things sit still.
At length-as common sense will get the better in I am just about to be called to the bar, madam,” all cases, when a man will but give it fair play-I said I, in hopes to remove her scruples to open her began to stand convicted in my own mind, as an ass case to me;. and if my advice or opinion could be before the interview, for having expected too muchof the slightest use, although I cannot presume an ass during the interview, for having failed to ex
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