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tract the lady's real purpose---and an especial ass, "If he cannot, or will not, take the advice here now that it was over, for thinking so much about it. given, it is my opinion that you should join him, it But I can think of nothing else, and therefore I am possible, without delay, and urge, by your personal determined to think of this to some good purpose. presence and entreaty, the arguments which may
You remember Murtough O'Hara's defence of the prove ineflectual in writing. One word more, and Catholic doctrine of confession; because," by his soul, I implore of your candour io take it as it is meant. his sins were always a great burden to his mind, tili No one supposes that Mr. Fairford's zeal in his he had told them to the priest; and once confessed, friend's service, needs to be quickened by mercenary he never thought more about them.". I have tried his motives. But report says that Mr. Alan Fairford not receipt, therefore, and having poured my secret mor- having yet entered on his professional career, may, in tification into thy trusty ear, I will think no more such a case as this, want the means, though he can. about this maid of the mist,
not want the inclination, to act with promptitude.
The enclosed note, Mr. Alan Fairford must be pleased Who, with no face, as 'twere, outfaced me."
to consider as his first professional emolument; and she who sends it hopes it will be the omen of un
bounded success, though the fee come from a hand so ---Four o'clock. unknown as that of
"GREEN MANTLE." Plague on her green mantle, she can be nothing better than a fairy; she keeps possession of my head A bank note of 201. was the enclosure, and the yet! All during dinner-time I was terribly absent; whole incident left me speechless with astonishment. but, luckily, my father gave the whole credit of my I am not able to read over the beginning of my own reverie to the abstract nature of the doctrine, Vinco letter, which forms the introduction to this extraorvincentem, ergo vinco te ; upon which brocard of law dinary communication. I only know that though the Professor this inorning lectured. So I got an early mixed with a quantity of foolery, (God knows, very dismissal to my own crib, and here am I studying, in much different from my present feelings,) it gives an one sense, vincera rincentem, to get the better of the account sufficiently accurate, of the mysterious persilly passion of curiosity-I think I think it amounts son from whom this letter comes, and that I have to nothing else--which has taken such possession of neither time nor patience to separate the absurd commy imagination, and is perpetually worrying me with mentary from the text, which it is so necessary you the question-will she write or no ? She will not-should know. she will noi! So says Reason, and adds, Why should Combine this warning, so strangely conveyed, with she take the trouble to enter into correspondence with the caution impressed on you by your London cortesone, who, instead of a bold, alert, prompt gallant, pondent, Griffiths, against your visiting Englandproved a chickenhearted boy, and left her the whole with the character of your Laird of the Solway Lakes awkwardness of explanation, which he should have --- with the lawless hábits of the people on that fronmet half-way? But then, says Fancy, she will write, tier country, where warrants are not easily executed. for she was not a bit that sort of person whom you, owing to the jealousy entertained by either country Mr. Reason, in your wisdom, take her to be. She of the legal interference of the other; remember, that was disconcerted enough, without my adding to her even Sir John Fielding said to my father, that he distress by any impudent conduct on my part. And could never trace a rogue beyond the Briggend of she will write, for
Dumfries--think that ihe distinctions of Whig and By Heaven, she has written, Darsie, and with a Tory; Papist and Protestant, still keep that country vengeance !-Here is her letter, thrown into the in a loose and comparatively lawless state-think of kitchen by a cadie, too faithful to be bribed, either by all this, my dearest Darsie, and remember that, while money or whisky, to say more than that he received it, at this Mount Sharon of yours you are residing with with sixpence, from an ordinary-looking woman, as a family actually menaced with forcible interierence, he was plying on his station near the Cross.
and who, while their obstinacy provokes violence, are
by principle bound to abstain from resistance. "FOR ALAN FAIRFORD, ESQUIRE, BARRISTER. Nay, let me tell you professionally, that the legal.
ity of the mode of fishing practised by your friend
Joshua, is greatly doubted by our best lawyers; and "Excuse my mistake of to-day. I had accident that, if the stake-nets be considered as actually an ally learned that Mr. Darsie Latimer had an intimate unlawful obstruction raised in the channel of the friend and associate in a Mr. A. Fairford. When I estuary, an assembly of persons who shall proceed, inquired
for such a person, he was pointed out to me ria facti, to pull down and destroy them, would not, at the Cross, (as I think the Exchange of your city in the eye of the law, be esteemed guilty of a riot. So, is called,) in the character of a respectable clderly by remaining where you are, you are likely to be enman-your father, as I now understand. On inquiry gaged in a quarrel with which you have nothing to at Brown's Square, where I understood he resided, do, and thus to enable your cnemies, whoever there I used the full name of Alan, which naturally oc- may be, to execute, amid the confusion of a general casioned you the trouble of this day's visit. Upon hubbub, whatever designs they may have against further inquiry, I am led to believe that you are likely your personal safety. Black-fishers, poachers, and 10 be the person most active in the matter to which I smugglers, are a sort of gentry that will not be much am now about to direct your attention ; and I regret checked, either by your Quaker's texts, or by your much that circumstances, arising out of my own chivalry. If you are Don Quixote enough to lay lange particular situation, prevent my communicating to in rest, in defence of those of the stake-net, and of the you personally what I now apprize you of in this sad-coloured garment, I pronounce you but a lost
knight; for, as I said before, I doubt if these polent Your friend, Mr. Darsie Latimer, is in a situation redressers of wrongs, the justices and constablts will of considerable danger. You are doubtless aware, hold themselves warranted to interfere. In a word, that he has been cautioned not to trust himself in return, my dear Amadis; the adventure of the Solwas. England-Now, if he has not absolutely transgressed nets is not reserved for your worship. Come back, this friendly injunction, he has at least approached as and I will be your faithful Sancho Panza upon a more nearly to the menaced danger as he could do con- hopeful quest. We will beat about together, in search sistently with the letter of the prohibition. He has of this Urganda, the Unknown She of the Green Manchosen his abode in a neighbourhood very perilous to tle who can read this, the riddle of thy fate, better than him; and it is only by a speedy return to Edinburgh, wise Eppie of Buckhaven,* or Cassandra berseli. or at least by a removal to some more remote part of I would fain trifle, Darsie; for in debating with Scotland, that he can escape the machinations of you, jests will sometimes go farther than arguments; those whose enmity he has to fear. I must speak in but I am sick at heart, and cannot keep the ball up mystery, but my words are not the less certain ; and, If you have a moment's regard for the friendship we I believe, you know enough of your friend's fortunes have so often vowed to each other, let my wishes for to be aware, that I could not write this much without being even more intimate with them than you are.
• Well known in the Chap-Book, called the History of Buck haven.
once prevail over your own venturous and romantic | ligion openly, he had an eye that way. And both of temper. I am quite serious in thinking, that the in these are reasons why I have hesitated to recommend formation communicated to my father by this Mr. him to a youth who maybe hath not altogether so Herries, and the admonitory letter of the young lady, well founded his opinion concerning Kirk and State, bear upon each other; and that, were you here, you that they might not be changed by some sudden wind might learn something froni one or other, or from of doctrine. For I have observed ye, Master Darsie, both, that might throw light on your birth and parent to be rather tinctured with the old leaven of prelacy age. You will not, surely, prefer an idle whim to the this under your leave; and although God forbid prospect which is thus held out to you?
that you shonld be in any manner disaffected to the I would, agreeably to the hint I have received in Protestant Hanoverian line, yet ye have ever loved to the young lady's letter, (for I am confident that such hear the blawing, bleezing stories which the Hieland is her condition,) have ere now been with you to urge gentlemen tell of those troublesome times, which, if these things, instead of pouring them out upon paper. It were their will
, they had better preterinit
, as tendBut you know that the day for my trial is appointed; ing rather to shame ihan to honour. It is come to I have already gone through the form of being intro- me also by a side wind, as I may say, that you have duced to the examinators, and have gotten my titles been neighbouring more than was needful among assigned me. All this should not keep me at home, some of the pestilent sect of Quakers-a people who but my father would view any irregularity upon this own neither priest, por king, nor civil magistrate, occasion as a mortal blow to the hopes which he has nor the fabric of our law, and will not depone either cherished most fondly during his life; viz. my being in civilibus or criminalibus, be the loss to the lieges cailed to the bar with some credit. For my own what it may. Anent which heresies, it were good ye part, I know there is no great difficulty in passing read " the Snake in the Grass," or "the Foot out of these formal examinations, else how have some of the Snare,” being both well-approved tracts touching our acquaintance got through them? But, to my these doctrines. father, these formalities compose an august and seri- Now, Mr. Darsie, ye are to judge for yourself wheous solemnity, to which he has long looked forward, ther ye can safely to your soul's weal remain longer and my absenting myself at this moment woud well among these Papists and Quakers,-these defections nigh drive him distract d. Yet I shall go altogether on the right hand, and fallings away on the left; and ristracted myself, if I have not an instant assurance truly if you can confidently resist these evil examples from you that you are hastening hither-Mean while of doctrine, I think ye may as well tarry in the I have desired Hannah to get your little crib into the bounds where ye are, until you see Mr. Herries of best order possible. I cannot learn that my father Birrenswork, who does assuredly know more of your has yet written to you; nor has he spoken more of matters than I thought had been communicated to his communication with Birrenswork ; but when I any man in Scotland. I would sain have precog. let him have some inkling of the dangers you are at nosced him myself on these affairs, but found hiin present incurring, I know my request that you will unwilling to speak out, as I have partly intimated return immediately, will have his cordial support. before.
Another reason yet-I must give a dinner, as usual, To call a new cause--I have the pleasure to tell upon my admission, to our friends; and my father, you, that Alan has passed his private Scots Law exlaying aside all his usual considerations of economy, aminations with good approbation-a great relief to has desired it may be in the best style possible. Come my mind; especially as worthy Mr. Pest told me in hither ihen, dear Darsie! or, I protest to you, I shall my ear there was no fear of the "callant," as he fasend examination, admission-dinner, and guests, to miliarly called him, which gives me great heart. His the devil, and come, in person, to fetch you with a public trials, which are nothing in comparison save a vengeance. Thine, in much anxiety, A. F. mere form, are to take place, by order of the Honour
able Dean of Faculty, on Wednesday first; and on Friday he puls on the gown, and gives a bit chack of
dinner to his friends and acquaintances, as is, you LETTER IX.
know, the custom. Your company will be wished for
there, Master Darsie, by more than him, which I ALEXANDER FAIRFORD, W. s., TO MR. DARSIE LATIMER. regret to think is impossible to have, as well by your DEAR MR. DARSIE,
engagements, as that our cousin, Peter Fairford,
comes from the west on purpose, and we have no Having been your factor loco tutorie, or rather, I place to offer him but your chamber in the wall. And, ought to say, in correctness, (since I acted without to be plain with you, after my use and wont, Master warrant from the Court,) your negotiorum gestor ; Darsie, it may be as well that Alan and you do not that connexion occasions my present writing. And meet till he is hefted as it were to his new calling. although having rendered an account of my intro- You are a pleasant gentleman, and full of daffing, missions, which have been regularly approved of, not which may well become you, as you have enough (as only by yourself
, (whom I could not prevail upon to I understand) to uphold your merry humour. If you look at more than the docket and sum total,) but regard the matter wisely, you would perchance conalso by the worthy Mr. Samuel Griffiths of London, sider that a man of substance should have a douce being the hand through whom the remittances were and stead demeanour; yet you are so far from growmade, I may, in some sense, be considered as to you ing grave and considerate with the increase of your functus officio; yet, to speak facetiously, I trust you annual income, that the richer you become, the merwill not hold me accountable as a vicious intromitter, rier I think you grow. But this must be at your own should I still consider myself as occasionally inte pleasure, so far as you are concerned. Alan, however, rested in your welfare. My motives for writing, at (overpassing my small savings,) has the world to this time, are twofold.
win; and louping and laughing, as you and he were I have met with a Mr. Herries of Birrenswork, a wont to do, would soon make the powder flee out of gentleman of very ancient descent, but who hath in his wig, and the pence out of his pocket. Neverthetime past been in difficulties, nor do I know if his less, I trust you will meet when you return from affairs are yet well redd. Birrenswork says, that he your rambles; for there is a time, as the wise man believes he was very familiar with your father, whom sayeth, for gathering, and a time for casting away; he states to have been called Ralph Latimer of Lang- it is always the part of a man of sense to take the cote-Hall, in Westmoreland ; and he mentioned fa- gathering time first. I remain, dear sir, your wellmily affairs, which it may be of the highest import: wishing friend, and obedient to command, ance to you to be acquainted with; but as he seemed
ALEXANDER FAIRFORD. to recline communicating them to me, I could not civilly urge him thereanent. Thus much I know, P.S.-Alan's Thesis is upon the title De periculo that Mr. Herries had his own share in the late des-et commodo rei renditæ, and is a very pretty piece of perate and unhappy matter of 1745, and was in trou- Latinity:--Ross-House, in our neighbourhood, is ble about it, although that is probably now over. nearly finished, and thought to excel Duff-House Moreover, although he did not profess the Popish re- in ornature.
DARBIE LATIMER TO ALAN FAIRFORD.
make a shift to cause you to disgorge that, and (immense spoil!) a session's fees to boot, if you look not all the sharper about you. Or if it should be other
wise, and if indeed there lurk some mystery under The plot thickens, Alan. I have your letter, and this visitation, credit me, it is one which thou canst also one from your father. The last makes it impos- pot penetrate, nor can I as yet even attempt to explain sible for me to comply with the kind request which it; since, if I prove mistaken, and mistaken I may the former urges. No-I cannot be with you, Alan; easily be, I would be fain 10 creep into Phalaris's bull, and that, for the best of all reasons–I cannot and were it standing before me ready heated, rather than ought not to counteract your father's anxious wishes. be roasted with thy raillery. Do not tax me with I do not take it unkind of him that he desires my want of confidence; for the instant I can throw any absence. It is natural that he should wish for his light on the matter thou shall have it; but while I son, what his son so well deserves--the advantage am only blundering about in the dark, I do not choose of a wiser and steadier companion than I seem to to call wise folks to see me, perchance, break my him. And yet I am sure I have often laboured hard nose
against a post. So if you marvel at this, enough to acquire that dencency of demeanour which can no more be suspected of breaking bounds, than
"E'en marvel on till time makes all things plain." an owl of catching a butterfly.
In the mean time, kind Alan, let me proceed in my But it was in vain that I have knitted my brows diurnal. till I had the headache, in order to acquire the repu- On the third or fourth day after my arrival at Mount tation of a grave, solid, and well-judging youth. Sharon, Time that bald sexton to whom I have just Your father always has discovered, or thought that referred you, did certainly limp more heavily along he discovered, a harebrained eccentricity lying folded with me than he had done at first. The quamt among the wrinkles of my forehead, which rendered morality of Joshua, and Huguenot simplicity of his me a perilous associate for the future counsellor and sister, began to lose much of their raciness with their ultimate judge. Well, Corporal Nym's philosophy novel'y, and my mode of life, by dint of being very must be my comfort—"Things must be as they may." quiet, began to feel abominably dull. It was, as thou - I cannot come to your father's house, where he say'st, as if the Quakers had put the sun in their wishes not to see me; and as to your coming hither, pockets-all around was soft and mild, and even --by all that is dear to me, I vow that if you are pleasant; but there was, in the whole routine, a uniguilty of such a piece of reckless folly-not to say formity, a want of interest, a helpless and hopeless undutiful cruelty, considering your father's thoughts languor, which rendered life insipid. No doubt, my and wishes--I will never speak to you again as long worthy host and hostess felt none of this void, this as I live! I am perfectly serious. And besides, your want of excitation, which was becoming oppressive father, while he in a manner prohibits me from re- to their guest. They had their little round of occuturning to Edinburgh, gives me the strongest reasons pations, charities, and pleasures; Rachel had her for continuing a litile while longer in this country, by poultry-yard and conservatory, and Joshua his garholding out the hope that I may receive from your old den. Besides this, they enjoyed, doubtless, their
de friend, Mr. Herries of Birrenswork, some particulars votional meditations; and, on the whole, time glided concerning my origin, with which ihat ancient recu- softly and imperceptibly on with them, though to me, sant seems to be acquainted.
who long for stream and cataract, it seemed absoThat gentleman mentioned the name of a family in lutely to stand still. I meditated returning to ShepWestmoreland, with which he supposes me connected. herd's Bush, and began to think, with some hankerMy inquiries here after such a family have been inef- ing, after little Benjie and the rod. The imp has fectual, for the borderers, on either side, know little ventured hither, and hovers about to catch a peep of of each other. But I shall
doubtless find some Eng-me now and then ; I suppose the little sharper is lish person of whom to make inquiries, since the con- angling for a few more sixpences. But this would founded setterlock clapped on my movements by old have been, in Joshua's eyes, a return of the washel Griffiths, prevents me repairing to England in person. Sow to wallowing in the mire, and I resolved, while I At least, the prospect of obtaining some information remained his guest,
to spare him so violent a shock :s greater here than elsewhere; it will be an apology to his prejudices. The next point was, to shorten for my making a longer stay in this neighbourhood, the time of my proposed stay, but, alas! that I felo a line of conduct which seems to have your father's to be equally impossible. I had named a week; and sanction, whose opinion must be sounder than that however rashly my promise had been pledged, it must of your wandering damoiselle.
be held sacred, even according to the letter, from If the road were paved with dangers which leads which the Friends permit no deviation. to such a discovery, I cannot for a moment hesitate All these considerations wrought me up to a kind to tread it. But in fact there is no peril in the case. of impatience yesterday evening; so that I snatched li the Tritons of the Solway shall proceed to pull up my hat, and prepared for a sally beyond the cultidown honest Joshua's tide-nets, I am neither Quixote vated farm and ornamented grounds of Mount Shaenough in disposition, nor Goliath enough in person, ron, just as if I were desirous to escape froin the to attempt their protection. I have no idea of attempt- realms of art, into those of free and unconstrained ing to prop a falling house, by putting my shoulders nature. against it. And indeed Joshua gave me a hint, that I was scarcely more delighted when I first entered the company which he belongs to, injured in the way this peaceful demesne, than I now was-such is the threatened, (some of them being men who thought instability and inconsistency of human nature ! after the fashion of the world,) would pursue the when I escaped from it to ihe open downs, which noters at law, and recover damages, in which proba- had formerly seemed so waste and dreary: The air bly his own ideas of non-resistance will not prevent I breathed félt purer and more bracing. The clouds, his participating. Therefore the whole affair will take iding high upon a summer breeze, drove, in gay sucits course as law will, as I only mean to interfere cession, over my head, now obscuring the sun, now when it may be necessary to direct the course of the letting its rays stream in transient flashes upon plaintiffs to thy chambers; and I request they may various parts of the landscape, and especially upon find thee intimate with all ihe Scottish statutes con- the broad mirror of the distant Frith of Solway. cerning salmon-fisheries, from the Lex Aquarum, I advanced on the scene with the light step of a downward.
liberated captive; and, like John Bunyan's Pilgrim, As for the Lady of the Mantle, I will lay a wager could have found in my heart to sing as I went on that the sun so bedazzled thine eyes on that memo- my way. It seemed as if my gayety had accumulated rable morning, that every thing thou didst look upon while suppressed, and that I was, in my present joyseemed green; and notwithstanding James Wilkin- ous mood, entitled to expend the savings of the preson's experience in the Fusileers, as well as his nega- vious week. But just as I was about to uplift a merry tive whistle, I will venture to hold a crown that she stave, I heard, to my joyful surprise, the voices of i$ but a what-shall-call-'um after all. Let not even three or more choristers, singing, with considerable the gold persuade you to the contrary. She may I success, the lively old catch,
“ For all our men were very rety merry,
gar call a strolling fiddler. Gazing more attentively, And all our men were drinking :
I easily discovered that though the poor musician's There were two men of mine, Three men of thine,
eyes were open, their sense was shut, and that the And three that belong'd to old Sir Thom o' Lyne ;
ecstasy with which he turned them up to Heaven, As they went to the ferry, they were very very merry, only derived its apparent expression from his own inAnd all our men were drinking.".
ternal emotions, but received no assistance from the As the chorus ended, there followed a loud and visible objects around. Beside him sat his female hearty laugh by way of cheers. Attracted by sounds companion, in a man's hat, a blue coat, which seemed which were so congenial to my present feelings, I also to have been an article of male apparel, and a inade towards the spot from which they came, --cau- red petticoat. She was cleaner, in person and in tiously however, for the downs, as had been repeated clothes, than such itinerants generally are; and, havly hinted to me, had no good name: and the attrac-ing been in her day a strapping bona roba, she did tion of the music, without rivalling that of the Syrens not even yet neglect some attention to her appearance; in melody, mighi have been followed by similarly in- wore a large amber necklace, and silver ear-rings, and convenient consequences to an incautious amateur. had her plaid fastened across her breast with a brooch
I crept on, therefore, trusting that the sinuosities of the same metal. of the ground, broken as it was into knolls and sand- The man also looked clean, notwithstanding the pits, would permit me to obtain a sight of the musi- meanness of his attire, and had a decent silk handcians before I should be observed by them. As I ad- kerchief well knotted about his throat, under which vanced, the old ditty was again raised. The voices peeped a clean owrelay. His beard, also, instead of seemed those of a man and two boys; they were displaying a grizzly stubble, unmowed for several rough, but kept good time, and were managed with days, Howed in thick and comely abundance over the too much skill to belong to the ordinary country breast, to the length of six inches, and mingled with people.
his hair, with was but beginning to exhibit a touch
of age. To sum up his appearance, the loose garment " Jack look'd at the sun, and cried, Fire, fire, fire ; which I have described, was secured around him by Jem stabled his keffel in Birkendale mire ;
a large old-fashioned belt, with brass studs, in which Tom startled a call, and halloo'd for a stag; Will mounted a gate-post instead of his nag ;
hung a dirk, with a knife and fork, its usual accomFor all our men were very very merry,
paniments. Altogether, there was something more And all our men were drinking;
wild and adventurous-looking about the man, than I Thero were two men of mine, Three men of thine,
could have expected to see in an ordinary modern And three that belong'd to old Sir Thom o' Lyne
crowder; and ihe bow which he now and then drew As they went to the ferry they were very very merry,
across the violin, to direct his little choir, was deFor all our men were drinking."
cidedly that of no ordinary performer.
You must understand that many of these observaThe voices, as they mixed in their several parts, tions were the fruits of after remark; for I had scarce and ran through them, untwisting and again entwin- approached so near as to get a distinct view of the ing all the links of the merry old catch, seemed to party, when my friend Benjie's lurching attendant, have a little touch of the bacchanalian spirit which which he calls by the appropriate name of Hemp, they celebrated, and showed plainly that the musi- began to cock his tail and ears, and, sensible of my cians were engaged in the same joyous revel as the presence, flew, barking like a fury, to the place where menyie of old Sir Thom o' Lyne." At length I came I had meant to lie concealed till I heard another song. within sight of them, three in number, where they sat I was obliged, however, to jump on my feet, and incosily niched into what you might call a bunker, a timidate Hemp, who would otherwise have bit me, little sand-pit, dry and snug, and surrounded by its by two sound kicks on the ribs, which sent him howlbanks, and a screen of whins in full bloom.
ing back to his master. The only one of the trio whom I recognised as a Little Benjie seemed somewhat dismayed at my personal acquaintance was the notorious little Benjie, appearance; but, calculating on my placability, and who, having just finished his staye, was cramming a remembering, perhaps, that the ill-used Solomon was huge luncheon of pie-crust into his mouth with one no palfrey of mine, he speedily affected great glee, and hand, while in the other he held a foaming tankard, almost in one breath assured the itinerants that I his eyes dancing with all the glee of a forbidden revel; was a grand gentleman, and had plenty of money, and his features, which have at all times a mischiev- and was very kind to poor folk ;” and informed me ous archness of expression, confessing the full sweet- that this was "Willie Steenson-Wandering Willie ness of stolen waters, and bread eaten in secret. the best fiddler that ever kittled thairm with horse
There was no mistaking the profession of the male hair.' and female, who were partners with Benjie in these The woman rose and curtsied; and Wandering merry doings. The man's long loose-bodied great Willie sanctioned his own praises with a nod, and the coat, (wrap-rascal as the yulgar term it,) the fiddle-ejaculation, “ All is true that the little boy says." case, with its straps, which lay beside him, and a I asked him if he was of this country. small knapsack which might contain his few neces- “This country!'' replied the blind man-"I am of saries; a clear gray eye; features which, in contend- every country in broad Scotland, and a wee bit of ing with
many a storm, had not lost a wild and care-England to the boot. But yet I am, in some sense, less expression of glee, animated at present, when he of this country; for I was born within hearing of the was exercising for his own pleasure the arts which roar of Solway. Will I give your honour a touch of he usually practised for bread,
-all announced one of the auld bread-winner ?"!! those peripatetic followers of Orpheus, whom the vul- He preluded as he spoke, in a manner which really
excited my curiosity; and then taking the old tune of * The original of this cateh is to be found in Cowley's witty Galashiels for his theme, he graced it with a number in the second and revised edition, called the Cutter of Coleman which, it was wonderful to observe how his sightless comedy of the Guardian, the first edition. It does not exist of wild, complicated, and beautiful variations; during "CAPTAIN BLADE. Ha, ha, boys, another catch.
face was lighted up, under the conscious pride and
heartfelt delight in the exercise of his own very conAnd all our men toere mery rery merry,
siderable powers. And all our men ucre drinking.
"What think you of that, now, for threescore and CITTER. One man of mine. DOGREL. Tuo men of mine.
twa ?" BLADE. Three men of mine.
I expressed my surprise and pleasure. CUTTER. And one man of mine.
A rant, man-an auld rant,” said Willie; " OMNES. As we were ny lhe way we were drunk, drunk, damnadly thing like the music ye hae in your ball-houses and And all our men were very very merry, &c."
your playhouses in Edinbro'; but it's weel aneugh
anes in a way at a dike-side. --Here's another-ii's Such are the words, which are somewhat altered and amplified in the text. The play was acted in presence of Charles
no a Scots tune, but it passes for ane-Oswald made IL, then Prince of Wales, in 1641. The catch in the text has
it himsell, I reckon-he has cheated mony ane. but been happily set to music.
he canna cheat Wandering Willie."
He then played your favourite air of Roslin Castle, strel declined this invitation also. He was engaged with a number of beautiful variations, some of which for the night, he said, to a dance in the neighbourI am certain were almost extempore.
hood, and vented a round execration on the laziness "You have another fiddle there, my friend,” said or drunkenness of his comrade, who had not appeared I-"Have you a comrade ?" But Willie's ears were at the place of rendezvous. deaf, or his attention was still busied with the tune. “I will go with you instead of him," said I, in a
The female replied in his stead, “O ay, sir-troth a sudden whim; "and I will give you a crown to inwe have a partner-a gangrel body like oursells. No troduce me as your comrade." but my hinny might have been better if he had liked; “ You gang instead of Rob the Rambler! My cerfor mony a bein nook in mony a braw house has been tie, freend, ye are no blate!" answered Wandering offered to my hinny Willie, if he wad but just bide Willie
, in a tone which announced death to my frolic. still and play to the gentles.”.
But Maggie, whom the offer of the crown had not "Whishi, woman! whisht!" said the blind man, escaped, began to open on that scent with a maunangrily, shaking his locks; "dinna deave the gentle dering sort of lecture. "O Willie! hinny Willie, man wi' your havers. Stay in a house and play to whan will ye learn to be wise? There's a crown to the gentles !-strike up when my leddy pleases, and be win for naething but saying ae man's name instead lay down the bow when my lord bids! Na, na, of anither. And, wae's me! I hae just a shilling of that's nae life for Willie.-Look out, Maggie--peer this gentleman's gieing, and a bodle of my ain; and ye out, woman, and see if ye can see Robin coming.- wunna bend your will sae muckle as to take up the Deil be in him! he has got to the lea-side of some siller that's fung at your feet! Ye will die the death smuggler's punch-bowl, and he wunna budge the of a cadger's powney in a wreath of drift! and what night, I doubi."
can I do better than lie doun and die wi' you ? for ye That is your consort's instrument," said I -"Will winna let me win siller to keep either you or mysell you give me leave to try my skill ?" I slipped at the leevin." same time a shilling into the woman's hand.
"Haud your nonsense tongue, woman," said Wil"I dinna ken whether I dare trust Robin's fiddle lie, but less absolutely than before. 'Is be a real to ye," said Willie, bluntly. His wife gave him a gentleman, or ane of the player.men ?".. twitch. Hout awa, Maggie,” he said, in contempt "l'se uphaud him a real gentleman," said the woof the hint; "though the gentleman may hae gien ye man. siller, he may have nae bow-hand for a' that, and I'll “I'se uphaud ye ken little of the matter," said no trust Robin's fiddle wi' an ignoramus.-But that's Willie; "let us see haud of your hand, neebor, gin ye no sae muckle amiss," he added, as I began to touch like.” the instrument; "I am thinking ye have some skill I gave him my hand. He said to himself, " Ay, o' the craft."
ay, here are fingers that have seen canny service. To confirm him in this favourable opinion, I began Then running his hand over my hair, my face, and to execute such a complicated flourish as I thought my dress, he went on with his soliloquy;, “Ay, ay, must have turned Crowdero into a pillar of stone with muisted hair, braid-claith o' the best, and seenteen envy and wonder. I scaled the top of the finger-board, hundred linen on his back, at the least o' it.-And to dive at once to the bottom-skipped with flying how do ye think, my braw birkie, that ye are to pass fingers, like Timotheus, from shift to shift-struck for a tramping fiddler ?'' arpeggios and harmonic tones, but without exciting "My dress is plain," said 1,-indeed I had chosen any of the astonishment which I had expected. my most ordinary suit, out of compliment to my Qua
Willie indeed listened to me with considerable at- ker friends, -"and I can easily pass for a young tention ; but I was no sooner finished, than he imme- farmer out upon a frolic. Come, I will double the diately mimicked on his own instrument the fantastic crown I promised you." complication of tones which I had produced, and Damn your crowns !" said the disinterested man made so whimsical a parody of my performance, that, of music. I would like to have a round wi you, although somewhat angry, I could not help laughing that's certain ;-but a farmer, and with a hand ihat heartily, in which I was joined by Benjie, whose re- never held pleugh-stilt or peitle, that will never do. verence for me held him under no restraint; while Ye may pass for a trades-lad from Dumfries or a the poor dame, fearful, doubtless, of my taking offence student upon the ramble, or the like o' that. But hark at this familiarity, seemed divided betwixt her conju- ye, lad; if ye expect to be ranting amang the queans gal reverence for her Willie, and her desire to give him o' lasses where ye are gaun, ye will come by the waur, a hint for his guidance.
I can tell ye; for the fishers are wild chaps, and will At length the old man stopped of his own accord, bide nae taunts. and, as if he had sufficiently rebuked me by his mi
I promised to be civil and cautious; and, to smooth mickry, he said, " But for a that, ye will play very the good woman, 1 slipped the promised piece into her weel wi' a little practice and some gude teaching. hand. The acute organs of the blind man detected But ye maun learn to put the heart into it, man-to this little manœuvre. put the heart into it.”
Are ye at it again wi' the siller, ye jaud? I'll be I played an air in simpler taste, and received more sworn ye wad rather hear ae twalpenny clink against decided approbation.
another, than have a spring from Rory Dall,* if he "That's something like it, man. Od, ye are a cle- was coming alive again, anes errand. Gang doun the ver birkie !"
gate to Lucky Gregson's, and get the things ye want, The woman touched his coat again. "The gentle- and bide there till ele’en hours in the morn; and if ye man is a gentlernan, Willie--ye maunna speak that see Robin, send him on to me." gate to him, hinny."
Am I no gaun to the ploy, then ?" said Maggie, "The deevil I maunna!" said Willie; "and what in a disappointed tone. for maunna I ?-If he was ten gentles, he canna draw
"And what for should ye ?" said her lord and masa bow like me, can he ?".
ter ; "to dance a' night, l’se warrant, and no to be "Indeed I cannot, my honest friend," said I; "and fit to walk your tae's-length the morn, and we have if you will go with me to a house hard by, I would be ten Scots miles afore us? Na, na. Stable the steed, glad to have a night with you."
and pit your wife to bed, when there's night wark to Here I looked round, and observed Benjie smother- do:'' ing a laugh, which I was sure had mischief in it. I Aweel, aweel, Willie hinnie, ye ken best; but 0, seized him suddenly by the ear, and made him con- take an unco care o yoursell, and mind ye hae nae fess that he was laughing at the thoughts of the re- the blessing o' sight." ception which a fiddler was likely to get from the "Your tongue gars me whiles tire of the blessing Quakers at Mount Sharon. I chucked him from me, of hearing, woman," replied Willie, in answer to this not sorry that his mirth had reminded me in time of tender exhortation. what I had for the moment forgotten; and invited the But I now put in for my interest. "Hollo, good itinerant to go with me to Shepherd's Bush, from folks, remember that I am to send the boy to Mount which I proposed to send word to Mr. Geddes that I Sharon, and if you go to the Shepherd's Bush, honest should not return home that evening. But the min- • Blind Rorie, a famous performer, according to tradition.