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to suppose are bad, though his actions have been, of his life. The furrows of the brow above the eyes towards me, unauthorized and violent."
became livid and almost black, and were bent into a This moderation, Alan thou wilt comprehend, was semicircular, or rather elliptical form, above the juncnot entirely dictated by my feelings towards the in- tion of the eyebrows. I had heard such a look described dividual of whom I complained; there were other in an old tale of diablerie, which it was my chance to reasons, in which regard for him had little share. be entertained with not long since; when this deep and It seemed, however, as if the mildness with which I gloomy contortion of the frontal muscles was not unpleaded my cause had more effect upon him than any aptly, described, as forming the representation of a thing I had yet said. He was moved to the point of small horseshoe. being almost out of countenance; and took snuff The tale, when told, awakened a dreadful vision of repeatedly, as if to gain time to stifle some degree of infancy, which the withering and blighting look now emotion.
fixed on me again forced on my recollection, but with But on Justice Foxley, on whom my eloquence was much more vivacity. Indeed I was so much surprised, particularly designed to make impression, the result and, I must add, terrified, at the vague ideas which was much less favourable. He consulted in a whis- were awakened in my mind by this fearful sign, that per with Mr. Nicholas his clerk-pshawed, hemmed, I kept my eyes fixed on the face in which it was exand elevated his eyebrows, as if in scorn of my suppli-hibited as on a frightful vision; until passing his cation. At length, having apparently made up his handkerchief a moment across his countenance, this mind, he leaned back in his chair, and smoked his mysterious man relaxed at once the look which had pipe with great energy, with a look of defiance, de- for me something so appalling. "The young man will signed to make me aware that all my reasoning was no longer deny that he has seen me before," said he to lost on him.
the Justice, in a tone of complacency: "and I trust he At length, when I stopped, more from lack of breath will now be reconciled to my temporary guardianship, than want of argument, he opened his oracular jaws, which may end better for him than he expects." and made the following reply, interrupted by his usual “Whatever I expect," I replied, summoning my interjectional ejaculations, and by long volumes of scattered recollections iogether “I see I am neither smoke:-" Hem-ay-eh--poof-And, youngster, do to expect justice nor protection from this gentleman, you think Matthew Foxley, who has been one of the whose office it is to render both to the lieges. For quorum for these twenty years, is to be come over with you, sir, how strangely you have wrought yourself such trash as would hardly cheat an apple-woman ?- | into the fate of an unhappy young man, or what Poof-poof-eh! Why, man-eh-dost thou not know interest you can pretend in me, you yourself only can the charge is not a bailable matter-and that-hum-explain.' That I have seen you before, is certain : for ay-the greatest man-poof-the Baron of Graystock none can forget the look with which you seem to have himself
, must stand committed ? and yet you pretend the power of blighting those upon whom you cast it." to have been kidnapped by this gentleman, and rob- The Justice seemed not very easy under this hint. bed of property, and what not; and-eh-poof-you"Ho !-ay,” he said ; "it is time to be going, neighwould persuade me all you want is to get away from bour. I have a maný miles to ride, and I care not to him ?-1 do believe-eh-that it is all you want. ride darkling in these parts.-You and I, Mr. Nicho. Therefore, as you are a sort of a slip-string gentle- las, must be jogging.' man, and--ay-hum-a kind of idle apprentice, and The Justice fumbled with his gloves, in endeavouring something cockbrained withal, as the honest folk of to draw them on hastily, and Mr. Nicholas bustled to the house tell me-why, you must e'en remain under get his great-coat and whip. Their landlord endeacustody of your guardian, till your coming of age, voured to detain them, and spoke of supper and beds. or my Lord Chancellor's warrant shall give you the Both pouring forth many thanks for his invitation, management of your own affairs, which, if you can seemed as if they would much rather not; and Mr. gather your brains again, you will even then not be- Justice Foxley was making a score of apologies, ay-hem-poor-in particular haste to assume." with at least a hundred cautionary hems and eh-ehs,
The time occupied by his worship’s hums, and when the girl Dorcas burst into the room, and anhaws, and puffs of tobacco smoke, together with the nounced a gentleman on justice business. slow and pompous manner in which he spoke, gave "What gentleman ?-and whom does he want?" me a minute's space to collect my ideas, dispersed as "He is cuome post on his ten toes," said the wench; they were by the extraordinary purport of this an- and on justice business to his worship loike. I'se nunciation.
uphald him a gentleman, for he speaks as good Latin "I cannot conceive, sir," I replied, by what as the schulemeaster; but, lack-a-day! he has gotsingular tenure this person claims my obedience as a ten a queer mop of a wig.' guardian; it is a barefaced imposture-I never in my The gentleman, thus announced and described, life saw him, until I came unhappily to this country, bounced into the room. But I have already written about four weeks since."
as much as fills a sheet of my paper, and my singular “Ay, sir --we-eh-know, and are aware-that- embarrassments press so hard on me, that I have poof-you do not like to hear some folk's names ; matter to fill another from what followed the intrusion and that-eh-you understand me-there are things, of-my dear Alan-your crazy client-Poor Peter and sounds and matters, conversation about names, Peebles ! and such like, which puts you off the hooks--which I have no humour to witness. Nevertheless, Mr. Darsie--or-poof-Mr. Darsie Latimer-or-poof, poof
CHAPTER VII. -eh-ay, Mr. Darsie without the Latimer-you have acknowledged as much to-day as assures me you
LATIMER'S JOURNAL, IN CONTINUATION. will best be disposed of under the honourable care of my friend here--all your confessions-besides that, I HAVE rarely in my life, till the last alarming days, poof-eh-I know hím to be a most responsible per- known what it was to systain a moment's real sorson-a-hay--ay-most responsible and honourable row. What I called such, was, I am now well conperson-Can you deny this ?"
vinced, only the weariness of mind, which, having "I know nothing of him," I repeated ; "not even nothing actually present to complain of, turns upon his name; and I have not, as I told you, 'seen him in itself, and becomes anxious about the past and the the course of my whole life, till a few weeks since." future; those periods with which human life has so
“Will you swear to that?" said the singular man, little connexion, that Scripture itself hath said, "Sufwho seemed to await the result
of this debate, secure ficient for the day is the evil thereof." as a rattlesnake is of the prey which has once felt its If, therefore, I have sometimes abused prosperity, fascination. And while he said these words in a by murmuring at my unknown birth and uncertain deep under-tone, he withdrew his chair a little be- rank in society, I will make amends by bearing my hind that of the Justice, so as to be unseen by him present real adversity with patience and courage, and, or his clerk, who sat upon the same side; while he if I can, even with gayety. What can they-dare bent on me a frown so portentous, that no one who they, do to me?-Foxley, I am persuaded, is a real has witnessed the look can forget it during the whole Justice of Peace, and country gentleman of estate,
though, (wonderful to tell !) he is an ass notwith-pouched my fce, and drucken a mutchkin of brandy, standing; and his functionary in the drab coat must and now he's ower the march, and left my cause, have a shrewd guess at the consequences of being half won half lost-as dead a heat as e'er was run accessary to an act of murder or kidnapping. Men ower the back-sands. Now, I was advised by some invite not such witnesses to deeds of darkness. I cunning laddies that are used to crack a bit law w have also--Alan, I have hopes, arising out of the me in the House, that the best thing I could do was family of the oppressor himself.' I am encouraged to to take heart o' grace and set out aster him; so I have believe that G. M. is likely again to enter on the field. taken post on my ain shanks, forby a cast in a cart, or More I dare not here say; nor must I drop a hint the like. I got wind of him in Dumfries, and now I which another eye than thine might be able to con- have run him ower to the English side, and I want a strue. Enough, my feelings are lighter than they have fugie warrant against him." been; and though fear and wonder are still around me, How did my heart throb at this information, dearthey are unable entirely to overcloud the horizon. est Alan! Thou art near me then, and I well know
Even when I saw the spectral form of the old scare- with what kind purpose; thou hast abandoned all to crow of the Parliament-House rush into the apartment fly to my assistance; and no wonder that, knowing where I had undergone so singular an examination, I thy friendship and faith, thy sound sagacity and perthought of thy connexion with him, and could almost severing disposition, my bosom's lord should now have parodied Lear
sit lightly on his throne;" that gayety should almost "Death!-nothing could have thus subdued nature involuntarily hover on my pen; and that my heart To such a lowness, but his learned lawyers.'"
should beat like that of a general, responsive to the He was e'en as we have seen him of yore, Alan, drums of his advancing ally, without whose belp the when, rather to keep thee company than to follow my battle must have been lost. own bent, I formerly frequented the halls of justice. I did not suffer myself to be startled by this joyous The only addition to his dress, in the capacity of a surprise, but continued to bend my strictest attention traveller, was a pair of boots, that seemed as if they to what followed among this singular party. That might have seen the field of Sheriff-moor; so large Poor Peter Peebles had been put upon this wildgoose and heavy, that, tied as they were to the creature's chase, by some of his juvenile advisers in the Parliawearied hams with large bunches of worsted tape of ment House, he himself had intimated; but he spoke various colours, they looked as if he had been drag. with much confidence, and the Justice, who seemed ging them along, either for a wager, or by way of to have some secret apprehension of being put to penance.
trouble in the matter, and, as sometimes occurs on Regardless of the surprised looks of the party on the English frontier, a jealousy lest the superior acute whom he thus intruded himself, Peter blundered ness of their northern neighbours might overreach into the middle of the apartment, with his head their own simplicity, turned to his clerk with a percharged like a ram's in the act of butting, and saluted plexed countenance. them thus:
"Eh-oh-Nick-d-n thee-Hast thou got no“Gude day to ye, gude day to your honours-Is't thing to say? This is more Scots law, I take it, and here they sell the fugie warrants?"
more Scotsmen." (Here he cast a side glance at the I observed that, on his entrance, my friend-or owner of the mansion, and winked to his clerk.). "I enemy-drew himself back, and placed himself as if would Solway were as deep as it is wide, and we had he would rather avoid attracting the observation of then some chance of keeping of them out.” the new comer. I did the same myself, as far as I Nicholas conversed an instant aside with the supwas able; for I thought it likely that Mr. Peebles plicant, and then reported ;might recognise me, as indeed I was too frequently "The man wants a border-warrant, I think; bat among the group of young juridicial aspirants who they are only granted for debt-now he wanis one to used to amuse themselves by putting cases for Peter's catch a lawyer." solution, and playing him worse tricks; yet I was "And what for no?" answered Peter Peebles, uncertain whether I had better avail myself of our doggedly; "what for no, I would be glad to ken acquaintance to have the advantage, such as it might if a day-labourer refuses to work, ye'll grant a be, of his evidence before the magistrate, or whether warrant to gar him do out his daurg-if a weneh to make him, if possible, bearer of a letter which quean rin away from her hairst, ye'll send her back might procure me more effectual assistance. I re- to her heuk again-if sae mickle as a collia or solved, therefore, to be guided by circumstances, and a salter make a moonlight fitting, ye will cleek bim to watch carefully that nothing might escape me. I by the back-spaul in a minute of time--and yet drew back as far as I could, and even reconnoitred the the damage canna amount to mair than a creeltu door and passage, to consider whether absolure escape of coals,
and a forpit or twa of saut; and here is a might not be practicable. But there paraded Cristal chield taks leg from his engagement, and damages Nixon, whose little black eyes, sharp as those of a me to the tune of sax thousand punds sterling; basilisk, seemed, the instant when they encountered that is, three thousand that I should win, and three mine, to penetrate my purpose.
thousand mair that I am like to lose; and you that I sat down, as much out of sight of all parties as I ca' yoursell a justice canna help a poor man to catch could, and listened to the dialogue which followed—a the rinaway? A bonny like justice I am like to get dialogue how much more interesting to me than any amang ye !!! I could have conceived, in which Peter Peebles was to "The fellow must be drunk," said the clerk. be one of the Dramatis Personæ!
“Black-fasting from all but sin," replied the supp!"Is it here where ye sell the warrants ?--the fugies, cant; "I havena had mair than a monthful of cauld ye ken ?" said Peter.
water since I passed the Border, and deil a ane of yes "Hey-eh-what!" said Justice Foxley; "what the like to say to me, 'Dog, will ye drink?' devil does the fellow mean?-What would you have The Justice seemed moved by this appeal. “Hera a warrant for ?"
-tush man," replied he; "thou speak'st to us as if "It is to apprehend a young lawyer that is in medi, thou wert in presence of one of thine own beggarly tatione fuge ; for he has la'en my memorial and justices-get down stairs-get something to eai, man, pleaded my cause, and a good fee I gave him, and as (with permission of my friend to make so free in his muckle brandy as he could drink that day at his fa- house,) and a mouthful to drink, and I will warrant ther's house-he loes the brandy ower weel for sae we get ye such justice as will please ye." youthful a creature.' "And what has this drunken young dog of a lawyer Peter Peebles, making his bow;
"I winna refuse your neighbourly offer," said Poor
muckle grace be done to you, that you are come to me--eh-ha? Has wi' your honour, and wisdom to guide ye in this exhe robbed you? Not unlikely, if he be a lawyermeh traordinary cause." --Nick--ha?!' said Justice Foxley:
When I saw Peter Peebles about to retire from the "He has robbed me of himself
, sir," answered room, I could not forbear an effort to obtain from him Peter; "of his help, comfort, aid, maintenance, and such evidence as might give me some credit with the assistance, whilk, as a counsel to a client, he is bound Justice. I stepped forward, therefore, and, saluting to yield me ratione officii-that is it, ye see. He has | him, asked him remembered me?"
" After a stare or two, and a long pinch of snuff, re- gimlet used to breed in my house, and the girded cask collection seemed suddenly to dawn on Peter Peebles. of brandy that ye drank and ne'er thought of paying "Recollect ye!" he said; "by my troth do 1.-Haud for it, (not that I minded it muckle in thae days, him a grip, gentlemen !--constables, keep him fast! though I bave felt a lack of it sinsyne,) why I will where that ill-deedy hempy is, ye are sure that Alan waste an hour on ye at ony time.-And where is Fairford is not far off.-Haud him fast, Master Con Captain Redginlet now? he was a wild chap, like stable; I charge ye wi' him, for I am mista'en if he is yoursell
, though they are nae sae keen after you poor not at the bottom of this rinaway business. He was bodies for these some years bygane; the heading and aye getting the silly callant Alan awa wi' gigs, and hanging is weel ower now-awful job-awful job--horse, and the like of that, to Roslin, and Prestonpans, will ye try my sneeshing?" and a' the idle gates he could think of. He's a rina- He concluded his desultory speech by thrusting out way apprentice, that ane."
his large bony paw, filled with a Scottish mull of "Mr. Peebles," I said, "do not do me wrong. I am huge dimensions, which Herries, who had been stand sure you can say no harm of me justly, but can satisfy ing like one petrified by the assurance of this unexthese gentlemen, if you will, that I am a student of pected address, rejected with a contemptuous motion law in Edinburgh-Darsie Latimer by name." of his hand, which spilled some of the contents of the
"Me satisfy! how can I satisfy the gentlemen," box. answered Peter, " that am sae far from being satisfied “Aweel, aweel," said Peter Peebles, totally unmysell? I ken naething about your name, and can abashed by the repulse, "e'en as ye like, a wilful only testify, nihil novit in causa.
man maun hae his way; but," he added, stooping A pretty witness you have brought forward in down, and endeavouring to gather the spilt snuff from your favour," said Mr. Foxley. But-ha-ay—I'll the polished floor, "I canna afford to lose my sneeshask him a question or two.-Pray, friend, will you take ing for a' that ye are gumple-foisted wi' me. your oath to this youth being a runaway apprentice?'' My attention had been keenly awakened, during
Sir," said Peter, “I will make oath io ony thing in this extraordinary and unexpected scene. I watchreason; when a case comes to my oath it's a won ed, with as much attention as my own agitation percause : But I am in some haste to prie your worship’s mitted me to command, the effect produced on the good cheer;" for Peter had become much more re- parties concerned. It was evident that our friend, spectful in his demeanour towards the Justice, since Peter Peebles, had unwarily let out something which he had heard some intimation of dinner.
altered the sentiments of Justice Foxley and his “You shall have-eh-hum-ay-a bellyful, if it be clerk towards Mr. Herries, with whom, until he was possible to fill it. First let me know if this young known and acknowledged under that name, they had man be really what he pretends.-Nick, make his af- appeared to be so intimate. They talked with each fidavit."
other aside, looked at a paper or two which the "Ou, he is just a wud harum-scarum creature, that clerk selected from the contents of a huge black wad never take to his studies; daft, sir, clean daft." pocketbook and seemed under the influence of fear
“Deft!" said the Justice;'"what d'ye mean by and uncertainty, totally at a loss what line of conduct deft-eh?"
to adopt. "Just Fifish," replied Peter ; "wowf-a wee bit by Herries made a different and a far more interesting the East-Nook or sae; it's a common case-the tae figure. However little Peter Peebles might resemble half of the warld thinks the tither daft. I have met the angel Ithuriel, the appearance of Herries, his high with folk in my day, that thought I was daft mysell; and scornful demeanour, vexed at what seemed deand, for my part, I think our Court of Session clean tection, yet fearless of the consequences, and regarddaft
, that have had the great cause of Peebles against ing the whispering magistrate and his clerk with Plainstanes before them for this score of years, and looks in which contempt predominated over anger have never been able to ding the bottom out of it or anxiety, bore, in my opinion, no slight resem
blance to "I cannot make out a word of his cursed brogue,"
" the regal port said the Cumbrian justice; "can you, neighbour-eh?
And fader splendour wan" What can he mean by, deft?".
with which the poet has invested the detected King “He means mad," said the party appealed to, of the Powers of the Air. thrown off his guard by impatience of this protracted As he glanced round, with a look which he had endiscussion.
deavoured to composé to haughty indifference, his “Ye have it-ye have it,” said Peter; "that is, not eye encountered mine, and, I thought, at the first clean skivie, but
glance sunk beneath it. But he instantly rallied his Here he stopped, and fixed his eye on the person he natural spirit, and returned me one of those extraoraddressed with an air of joyful recognition." Ay, ay, dinary looks, by which he could contort so strangely Mr. Herries of Birrenswork, is this your ainsell in the wrinkles on his forehead. I started; but, angry blood and bane? I thought ye had been hanged at at myself for my pusillanimity, I answered him by a Kennington Common, or Hairiebie, or some of these look of the same kind, and, catching the reflection of places, after the bonny ploy ye made in the forty- my countenance in a large antique mirror which stood five."
before me, I started again at the real or imaginary "I believe you are mistaken, friend,” said Herries, resemblance which my countenance, at that moment, sternly, with whose name and designation I was thus bore to that of Herries. Surely my fate is somehow made unexpectedly acquainted.
strangely interwoven with that of this mysterious “The deil a bit," answered the undaunted Peter individual. I had no time at present to speculate upon Peebles; “I mind ye weel, for ye lodged in my house the subject, for the subsequent conversation demanded the great year of forty-five, for a great year it was; all my attention. the Grand Rebellion broke out, and my cause--the The Justice addressed Herries, after a pause of great cause--Peebles against Plainstanes, et per con- about five minutes, in which all parties seemed at ira-was called in the beginning of the winter Ses- some loss how to proceed. He spoke with embarsion, and would have been heard, but that there was rassment, and his faltering voice, and the long intera surcease of justice, with your plaids, and your vals which divided his sentences seemed to indicate piping, and your nonsense.
fear of him whom he addressed. ""I tell you, fellow," said Herries, yet more fiercely, "Neighbour," he said, "I could not have thought "you have confused me with some of the other fur- this; or, if l-eh-did think-in a corner of my own niture of your crazy pate."
mind as it were--that you, I say—that you might “Speak like a gentleman, sir," answered Peebles; have unluckily engaged in-eh-the matter of the "these are not legal phrases, Mr. Herries of Birrens- forty-five—there was still time to have forgot all work. Speak in form of law, or I shall bid ye gude-that." day, sir. I have nae pleasure in speaking to proud "And is it so singular that a man should have been folk, though I am willing to answer ony thing in a out in the forty-five ?” said Herries, with contemptulegal way, so if you are for a crack about auld lang- ous composure ;-"your father, I think, Mr. Foxley, syne, and the splores that you and Captain Red- was out with Derwentwater in the fifteen."
"And lost half of his estate," answered Foxley, been ungenerous enough to trouble a gentleman under with more rapidity than usual ; "and was very near misfortune, on account of political opinions and dis-hem--being hanged into the boot. But this is putes, which have been long ended by the success of another guess job--for-en-fifteen is not forty-five; the reigning powers. I trust, my good friend, you and my father had a remission, and you, I take in will not endanger yourself, by taking any other view have not."
of the subject than you have done ever since we were "Perhaps I have," said Herries, indifferently; "or, acquainted ?" if I have not, I am but in the case of half a dozen The Justice answered with more readiness, as well others whom government do not think worth looking as more spirit than usual, “Neighbour Ingoldsbyafter at this time of day, so they give no offence or what you say-is-eh-in some sort true; and when disturbance."
you were coming and going at markets, horse-races, “But you have given both, sir," said Nicholas Fag- and cock-fights, fairs, hunts, and such like-it wasgot, the clerk, who, having some petty provincial situ- eh-neither my business nor my wish to dispel - I say ation, as I have since understood, deemed himself to inquire into and dispel the mysteries which hung bound to be zealous for government. "Mr. Justice about you ; for while you were a good companion in Foxley cannot be answerable for letting you pass the field, and over a bottle now and then-I did not free, now your name and surname have been spoken-en-think it necessary to ask-into your private plainly out. There are warrants out against you from affairs. And if I thought you were-ahem-somewhat the Secretary of State's office."
unfortunate in former undertakings, and enterprises, "A proper allegation, Mr. Attorney! that, at the and connexions, which might cause you to live unseldistance of so many years, the Secretary of State iledly and more private, I could have-eh-sery little should trouble himself about the unfortunate relics of pleasure-to aggravate your case by interfering, or rea ruined cause!' answered Mr. Herries.
quiring explanations, which are often more easily asked "But if it be so," said the clerk, who seemed to than given. But when there are warrants and witassume more confidence upon the composure of Her- nesses to names-and those names, christian and surries's demeanour;,"and if cause has been given by the name, belong to-eh-an attainted person-charged conduct of a gentleman himself
, who hath been, it is I trust falsely-with-ahem-taking advantage of alleged, raking up old matters, and mixing them with modern broils and heart-burnings to renew our civil new subjects of disaffection-1 say, if it be so, I disturbances, the case is altered; and I must--ahern should advise the party, in his wisdom, to surrender -do my duty," himself quietly into the lawful custody of the next The Justice got on his feet as he concluded this Justice of Peace-Mr. Foxley, suppose-where, and speech, and looked as bold as he could. I drew close by whom, the matter should be regularly inquired beside him and his clerk, Mr. Faggot, thinking the into. I am only putting a case,” he added, watching moment favourable for my own liberation, and intiwith apprehension the effect which his words were mated to Mr. Foxley my determination to stand by likely to produce upon the party to whom they were him. But Mr. Herries only laughed at the menache addressed.
posture which we assumed. "My good neighbour," “And were I to receive such advice," said Herries, said he, "you talk of a witness-Is yon crazy beggar with the same composure as before" putting the a fit witness in an affair of this nature ?" case, as you say, Mr. Faggot-I should request to see “But you do not deny that you are Mr. Herties of the warrant which countenanced such a scandalous Birrenswork, mentioned in the Secretary of State's proceeding."
warrant ?" said Mr. Foxley. Mr. Nicholas, by way of answer, placed in his “How can I deny or own any thing about it?** hand a paper
, and seemed anxiously to expect the said Herries, with a sneer. "There is no such warconsequences wbich were to ensue. Mr. Herries rant in existence now; its ashes, like the poor traitor looked it over with the same equanimity as before, whose doom it threatened, have been dispersed to the and then continued, “And were such a scrawl as four winds of heaven. There is now no warrant in this presented to me in my own house, I would the world." throw it into the chimney, and Mr. Faggot upon the But you will not deny,” said the Justice, " that top of it."
you were the person named in it; and that-eh-your Accordingly, seconding the word with the action, own act destroyed it ?": he Aung the warrant into the fire with one hand, “I will neither deny my name nor my actions, and fixed the other, with a stern and irresistible gripe Justice," replied Mr. Herries, " when called upon by on the breast of the attorney, who, totally unable to competent authority to avow or defend them. Boti contend with him, in either personal strength or will resist all impertinent attempts either to intrude mental energy, trembled like a chicken in the raven's into my private motives, or to control my person. I clutch. He got off
, however, for the fright; for am quite well prepared to do so ; and I trust that you, Herries, having probably made him fully sensible of my good neighbour and brother sportsman, in your the strength of his grasp, released him with a scorn-expostulation, and my friend Mr. Nicholas Faggo! ful laugh.
here, in his humble advice and petition that I should "Deforcement-spulzie-stouthrief-masterful res- surrender myself will consider yourselves as having cue!' exclaimed Peter Peebles, scandalized at the amply discharged your duty to King George and Goresistance offered to the law in the person of Nicholas vernment.” Faggot. But his shrill exclamations were drowned The cold and ironical tone in which he made this in the thundering voice of Herries, who, calling upon declaration; the look and attitude, so nobly expressive Cristal Nixon, ordered him to take the bawling fool of absolute confidence in his own superior strength down stairs, fill his belly, and then give him a guinea, and energy, seemed to complete the indecision which and thrust him out of doors. Under such injunctions, had already shown itself on the side of those whom Peter easily suffered himself to be withdrawn from he addressed. the scene.
The Justice looked to the Clerk-the Clerk to the Herries then turned to the Justice, whose visage, Justice; the former had, en d, without bringing forth wholly abandoned by the rubicund hue which so lately an articulate syllable; the latter only said, As the beamed upon it, hung out the same pale livery as that warrant is destroyed, Mr. Justice, I presume you do of his dismayed clerk. "Old friend and
acquaint- not mean
to proceed with the arrest
"Hum-ay-why no-Nicholas-it would not be friendly errand, to convince this silly young man of quite advisable--and as the Forty-five was an old the right which I have over his person for the present affair-and--hem--as my friend here will, I hope, see I trust you do not intend to make your visit the pre- his error-that is, it he has not seen it already-and text of disquieting me about other matters? All the renounce the Pope, the Devil, and the Pretenderworld knows that I have been living at large, in these I mean no harm, neighbour-I think we as we northern counties, for some months, not to say years, have no posse, or constables, or the like should orand might have been apprehended at any time, had der our horses-and, in one word, look the matter the necessities of the state required, or my own be over.' haviour deserved it. But no English magistrate has "Judiciously resolved," said the person whom this
decision affected; "but before you go, I trust you will When this was arranged, the party took leave of drink and be friends ?"
each other, with much formality on the part of Squire Why," said the Justice, rubbing his brow, "our Foxley, amongst whose adieus the following phrase business has been-hem-rather a thirsty one.' was chiefly remarkable :-"I presume you do not in
"Cristal Nixon," said Mr. Herries, "let us have a tend to stay long in these paris ?" cool tankard instantly, large enough to quench the "Not for the present, Justice, you may be sure; thirst of the whole commission."
there are good reasons to the conirary. But I have While Cristal was absent on this genial errand, no doubt of arranging my affairs, so that we shall there was a pause, of which I endeavoured to avail speedily have sport together again. myself, by bringing back the discourse to my own He went to wait upon the Justice to the court-yard;
Sir," said to Justice Foxley, "I have and, as he did so, commanded Cristal Nixon to see no direct business with your late discussion with Mr. that I returned into my apartment. Knowing it would Herries, only just thus far-You leave me, a loyal be to no purpose to resist or tamper with that stubsubject of King George, an unwilling prisoner in the born functionary, I obeyed in silence, and was once hands of a person whom you have reason to believe more a prisoner in my former quarters. unfriendly to the King's cause. I humbly submit that this is contrary to your duty as a magistrate, and that you ought to make Mr. Herries aware of the illegality
CHAPTER VIII. of his proceedings, and take steps for my rescue, either upon the spot, or, at least, as soon as possible after
LATIMER'S JOURNAL IN CONTINUATION. you have left this case'
I spent more than an hour, after returning to the "Young man,” said Mr. Justice Foxley, "I would apartment which I may call my prison, in reducing have you remember you are under the power, the law- to writing the singular circumstances which I had ful power.ahem-of your guardian."
just witnessed. Methought I could now form some “He calls himself so, indeed," I replied; "but he guess at the character of Mr. Herries, upon whose has shown no evidence io establish so absurd a claim; name and situation the late scene had thrown consiand if he had, his circumstances, as an attainted derable light ;-one of those fanatical Jacobites, traitor excepted from pardon, would void such a right, doubtless, whose arms, not twenty years since, had if it existed do therefore desire you, Mr. Justice, shaken the British throne, and some of whom, though and you, his clerk, to consider my situation, and af- their party daily diminish in numbers, energy and ford me relief at your peril."
power, reiained still an inclination to renew the al"Here is a young fellow now," said the Justice, tempt they had found so desperate. He was indeed with much embarrassed looks, "thinks that I carry perfectly different from the sort of zealous Jacobites the whole statute law of England in my head and a whom it had been my luck hitherto to meet with, posse comitatus to execute them in my pocket! Why, Old ladies of family over their hyson, and gray-haired what good would my interference do ?-but-hum- lairds over their punch, I had ofien heard utter a little eh-I will speak to your guardian in your favour.” harmless treason; while the former remembered hav
He took Mr. Herries aside, and seemed indeed to ing led down a dance with the Chevalier, and the latter urge something upon him with much earnestness; recounted the feats they had performed at Preston, and perhaps such a species of intercession was Clifton, and Falkirk. which, in the circumstances, I was entitled to expect The dissaffection of such persons was too unim, from him.
portant to excite the attention of government. I had They often looked at me as they spoke together; heard, however, that there still existed partisans of and as Cristal Nixon entered with a huge four-pottle the Stewart family, of a more daring and dangerous tankard, filled with the beverage his master had de- description; men who, furnished with gold from manded, Herries turned away from Mr. Foxley some- Rome, moved secretly and in disguise, through the what impatiently, saying with emphasis, "I give you various classes of society, and endeavoured to keep my word of honour, that you have not the slighiest alive the expiring zeal of iheir party. reason to apprehend any thing on his account. He I had no difficulty in assigning an important post then took up the tankard, and saying aloud in Gae- among this class of persons, whose agency and exlic, Slaint an Rcy,''* just tasted the liquor, and ertion are only doubted by those who look on the surhanded the tankard to Justice Foxley, who, to avoid face of things, to this Mr. Herries, whose mental the dilemma of pledging him to what might be the energies, as well as his personal strength and activity, Pretender's health, drank to Mr. Herries' own, with seemed to qualify him well to act so dangerous a part; much pointed solemnity, but in a draught far less and I knew that, all along the Western Border, both moderate.
in England and Scotland, there are so many NonThe clerk imitated the example of his principal, and jurors, that such a person may reside there with ab, I was fain to follow their example, for anxiety and solute safety, unless it becomes, in a very especial fear are at least as thirsty as sorrow is said to be. In degree, the object of the government to secure his a word, we exhausted the composition of ale, sherry, person; and which purpose, even then, might be dislemon juice, nutmeg, and other good things, stranded appointed by early intelligence, or, as in the case of upon the silver bottom of the tankard, the huge toast, Mr. Foxley, by the unwillingness of provincial maas well as the roasted orange, which had whilome gistrates to interfere in what is now considered an floated jollily upon the brim, and rendered legible Dr. invidious pursuit of the unfortunate. Byrom's celebrated lines engraved thereon
There have, however, been rumours lately, as if the
present state of the nation, or at least of some dis"God bless the King !-God bless the Faith's defender! God bless-No harm in blessing the Pretender.
contented provinces, agitated by a variety of causes, Who that Pretender is, and who that King,
but particularly by the unpopularity of the present adGod bless us all!--is quite another thing."
ministration, may seem to this species of agitators a
favourable period for recommencing their intrigues; I had time enough to study this effusion of the Ja- while, on the other hand, government may not, at cobite muse, while the Justice was engaged in the such a crisis, be inclined to look upon them
with the somewhat tedious ceremony of taking leave. That contempt which a few years ago would have been of Mr. Faggot was less ceremonious; but I suspect their most appropriate punishment. something besides empty compliment passed betwixt That men should be found rash enough to throw him and Mr. Herries; for I remarked that the latter away their services and lives in a desperate cause, is slipped a piece of paper into the hand of the former, nothing new in history, which abounds with instances which might perhaps be a little atonement for the of similar devotion-that Mr. Herries is such an enrashness with which he had burnt the warrant, and thusiast, is no less evident; but all this explains not imposed no gentle hand on the respectable minion of his conduct towards me. Had he sought to make me the law by whom it was exhibited ; and I observed a proselyte to his ruined cause, violence and compulthat he made this propitiation in such a manner as to sion were arguments very unlikely to prevail with any be secret from the worthy clerk's principal.
generous spirt. But even if such were his object, of * The King's hoalth.
what use to him could be the acquisition of a single Vol. IV