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this qualifying reflection was passing through his mind, he was suddenly summoned by Mannering to assist in calculating some proportions relating to a large and splendid house, which was to be built on the site of the New Place of Ellangowan, in a style corresponding to the magnificence of the ruins in its vicinity. Among the various rooms in the plan, the Dominie observed, that one of the largest was entitled The Library; and close beside was a snug, well-proportioned chamber, entitled, Mr Sampson's Apartment.—" Prodigious, prodigious, prodigious!" shouted the enraptured Dominie.
Mr Pleydell had left the party for some time; but he returned, according to promise, during the Christmas recess of the Courts. He drove up to Ellangowan when all the family were abroad but the Colonel, who was busy with plans of buildings and pleasure-grounds, in which he was well skilled, and took great delight.
"Ah ha!" said the Counsellor, " so here you are! Where are the ladies? where is the fair Julia ?"—
"Walking out with young Hazlewood, Bertram, and Captain Delaserre, a friend of his, who is with us just now. They are gone to plan out a cottage at Derncleugh.—Well, have you carried through your law business?"
"With a wet finger; got our youngster's special service retoured into Chancery. We had him served heir before the macers."
"Macers? who are they?"
"Why, it is a kind of judicial Saturnalia. You must know, that one of the requisites to be a macer, or officer in attendance upon our Supreme Court, is, that they shall be men of no knowledge."
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"Now, our Scottish legislature, for the joke's sake I suppose, have constituted those men of no knowledge into a peculiar court for trying questions of relationship and descent, such as this business of Bertram, which often involve the most nice and complicated questions of evidence."
"The devil they have? I should think that rather inconvenient." ,
"O, we have a practical remedy for the theoretical absurdity. One or two of the judges act upon such occasions as prompters and assessors to their own doorkeepers. But you know what Cujacius says, 'Multa sunt in moribus dissentanea, multa sine rationed However, this Saturnalian court has done our business; and a glorious batch of claret we had afterwards at Walker's. Mac-Morlan will stare when he sees the bill."
"Never fear," said the Colonel, "we'll face the shock, and entertain the country at my friend Mrs Mac-Candlish's to boot."
"And choose Jock Jabos for your master of horse?"
"Perhaps I may."
"And where is Dandie, the redoubted Lord of Liddesdale?"
"Returned to his mountains ; but he has promised Julia to make a descent in summer, with the goodwife, as he calls her, and I don't know how many children."
"O, the curly-headed yarlets! I must come to play at Blind Harry and Hy Spy with them.—But what is all this?" taking up the plans;—" Tower in the centre to be an imitation of the Eagle Tower at Caernarvon— carps de logis—the devil!—wings—wings? Why, the house will take the estate of Ellangowan on its back, and fly away with it!"
"Why then, we must ballast it with a few bags of Sicca rupees."
"Aha! sits the wind there? Then I suppose the young dog carries off my mistress Julia?" "Even so, Counsellor."
"These rascals, the post nati, get the better of us of the old school at every turn. But she must convey and make over her interest in me to Lucy."
"To tell you the truth, I am afraid your flank will be turned there too."
"Here has been Sir Robert Hazlewood upon a visit to Bertram, thinking, and deeming, and opining"
"O Lord ! spare me the worthy Baronet's triads!"
f Well, sir; he conceived that as the property of Singleside lay like a wedge between two farms of his, and was four or five miles separated from Ellangowan, something like a sale, or exchange, or arrangement might take place, to the mutual convenience of both parties."
"Well, and Bertram''
"Why, Bertram replied, that he considered the original settlement of Mrs Margaret Bertram as the arrangement most proper in the circumstances of the family, and that therefore the estate of Singleside was the property of his sister."
"The rascal!" said Pleydell, wiping his spectacles, "he'll steal my heart as well as my mistress—St puis t"
"And then Sir Robert retired, after many gracious speeches; but last week he again took the field in force, with his coach and six horses, his laced scarlet waistcoat, and best bob-wig—all very grand, as the good-boy books say."
"Ay! and what was his overture?"
"Why, he talked with great form of an attachment on the part of Charles Hazlewood to Miss Bertram."
"Ay, ay; he respected the little god Cupid when
"No—we parried that. Singleside-house is to be
"And do you yourself propose to continue at Wood-
"Only till we carry these plans into effect. See,
"And, being next door to the old castle, you may
"No, no, my dear Counsellor! Here ends The