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- The Parliament of Scotland, taking but even a duty, amongst many of that promise given antecedently to his confesto their consideration how much and how profession ; and in a postscript to “ Jus sion, and so he could not be said to have unjustly this kingdom was injured, by an populi,” it was told, that the sending of confest upon promise of life: after which, aspersion cast upon it for the transactions the Archbishop of St. Andrew's head to his advocates desiring that the Act of at Newcastle in anno 1647, at which time the king, would be the best present that Council might be read for proving their the King was delivered to the Parliament could be made to Jesus Chrit. Animat- exculpation, that was justly refus'd, beof England; which was called, in some ed by which principles, one Master James cause no man can make use both of writ Iristories, a selling of the king; did, by Mitchell, a profligate fellow, who, for and witnesses; and the truth was, that the an express act, condemn and reprobate scandal and ill-nature, had been thrown Act of Council, being posterior to the all that t'eaty, and declare that the saine out of the Laird of Dundas's house, confession, could not prove that the conwas no national act, but was only carried where he serv'd as chaplain, did, in July fession was emitted upon promise of life; on by some rebels, who had falsely as-1668, watch to kill that Archbishop ; till and that act design'd to annul the confessumed the name of a parliament. Nur wearied with want of opportunities, he at sion, and so could not be made use of for wanted there many even in that Parlia- last shot at him, in his own coach, upon astructing it. Probation being, thus led, ment, who protested against all that pro- the publick street, and at the foot of his and his majesty's advocate having spoke cedure, and who had the courage and ho- stairs. But Providence so order'd it that to the assise, Sir George Lockhart refus'l' nesty to cause registrate that protestation. he iniss'd him, but shot the Bishop of Orkto speak for Mitchell, being unwilling to And I must here crave leave to expostu- ney, who was in the coach with hin, leav- offend Lauderdale ;
for which many Jale with our neighbours of England, for ing the small leads in his arm; of which blam’d him in this, as they did his mainveighing so severely against our nation, wound he languish'd till his death. Mit- nagement of the process in not adducing for delivering up their king ; seeing he chell having in the crowd escapt, every the Act of Council first : and the assise was only delivered up to their Parliament, man running to the Archbishop, he lurkt (Jan. 9, 1678) having all in one voice, who first imprisoned, and thereafter mur- that night in the garden that belonged to found the pannel guilty, he was hang'!, dered him: whereas how soon even our the Lord Oxenford, in the Cowgate, and railing against the king and the council
, rebels discovered their design, they car from thence, pursu'd by his owu consci- without any contrition for his personal ried into England a splendid and mighty ence, Aed to Holland; but was, by Di- sins. army for his defence; and when his mur- vine Providence, which design'd him for • The fanaticks continuing still their inder came to their ears, they proclaimed bis a sacrifice, instigated to coine home; solencies, to that height that the orthoson their king, and sent commissioners to where, being taken at a burial, he deny'd dux clergy were forced to abandon their treat with him, and bring him home to the fact, albeit the pistol was taken about churches and homes, and fresh intelliScotland ; and when he was arrived, they him; and being brought to the Council gence coming daily of their preparations did contribute their lives and fortunes for in February, 1674, he was referred to a co rebel, even from the Lord Dundonald, his safety. And, albeit, some bigot pres- Committee; but desiring to speak with a most cautious privy councillor, and fro.nl byterians did use hin unkindly, out of the Chancellor, and he having taken him the President of the Session, who always too much kindness to their own princi- in to another room, he fell upon his knees, favour'd them, the Duke of Lauderdale ples; yet even these did very generously and confess'd the whole matter, without thought it his duty to inform the king of: oppose Cromwell, and such as had mur- asking either life or promise of any favour. the whole scheme of affairs, and of some dered their king; as is clear by the attack When his lordship return'd, Sir John Nis- offers made by the Earl of Atholl, Marr, made by General Major Monigomery, at bet, who was then Advocate and one of and others, of bringing out their HighMusselburgh, and by the Remonstrators the Committee, prest that he might sign landers, to repress their designs, before at Linlithgow. They fought also two his confession which he did, and re- they were ripen’d into a rebellion. For battles for him at Dunbar and Worcester; newd his confession before the Council, it was most easy for two or three convenand suffered the greatest hardships iina- the Duke of Lauderdale, then Commis- ticles, by joining together, to make an ginable. After which, first the Earl of sioner, being present, without interceding army of ten thousand men, to whom all of Glencairn, and then the Earl of Middle- for his life on either of these occasions. that persuasion would probably gather; toun, did keep the fields under his dis- Whereupon the Council, who were jea- against whom, the king could only opplay'd banner; nor did ever bis majesty lous that he might retract his confession, pose his own standing forces, not exceedwant some Scoitis to stand in armes for order'd bim to be pursu'd criminally; ing fifteen hundred in all: nor could his him in Scotland, till it pleased God, in having only desigu'd to cut off his right majesty probably expect great assistance return of this loyalty, to make them the hand, if he should adhere to bis confes froin the militia, which consists of comgreat instruinents of encouraging General sion. But he, being persuaded that ex- mons much inclin'd to that opinion, the Monk, in his bringing home the king; trajudicial confession was not binding, re- heritors also being inclin'd to the party. having offered to assist bim with their fil'd; whereupon the Council declar'd, In return to which, the king wrote a letlives and fortunes against Lambert, and that he had forfeited any promise that was ter, commanding an host to be rais'd and having contributed three months' cess per made to him ; and being sent prisoner to led into the west, where they should take advance, for payment of his armies. And the Bass, he continu'd there till Decem- free quarter fron such as refus'd to secure so remarkable was our loyalty to the ber, 1677; at which time new discoveries the peace : but yet, to make (Oct. 27) world and anongst strangers, that his having been made of a design to kill the the western shires more inexcusable, this majesty was always called King of Scots : Archbishop, Sir George Mackenzie, his letter was direct to the Earls of Glencairn and it was believed and presumed in all Majesty's Advocate, was ordain'd to pro- and Dundonald, and the Lord Ross, to places where our nation travelled, whe- ceed against hiin; and a libel being bc communicated to them.' iher in England or beyond sea, that a given him, founded upon the 4 Act of 18 Scot was still a royalist.'
As Mr. Thomson has discovered a parl. Ja. 6. whereby the invading Privy The work contains some very acute Councillors' death, Sir George Lockhart very laudable spirit, in bringing these reflections on the union between Eng- was, at my. Jord advocate's earnest desire, Meinoirs before the public, we regret land and Scotland, and on the state of appointed to plead for him: and he hav- that he has almost rendered them a parties, religious as well as polítical. ing rais'd an exculpation, in which he of- sealed book,' by the limited number of the fanatics of his day, he says,
prove that, if he emitted any con. of copies, which, we understand, he
fession, it was upon proinise of life et spe bas printed, and by the bigh price ut •These irreligious and heterodox books venia, this was admitted to his probation which the work has been published. called “Nepthali” and “Jus populi,” and having led the Duke of Lauderdale, had made the killing of all dissenters the Chancellor, Hatten, and some others, from presbytery seem not only lawful, I they all depon’d, that they knew of no
Original Communications. legitimate reasoning, not only an ex-cow-boy--we were watched, and we
cusable act, but an absolute and impe- were parted.
much to be deprecated and deplored! poor Mary. I haunted her dwelling Collected, Methodized, and Conglomerated,
She could not say a word.
I tried to bribe the servants into kind. By W. B. L.
But, ah! how in speaking of my ness and loquacity--they were inexoCHAP. III.
beloved Mary, can the pen describe rable. Of money, I had more than an
a levity of language that so belies the ample allowance, and all that had (Concluded from p. 600.)
aching of the heart which directs it. amassed in the absence of means to A few minutes' conversation, as we How can a light idea be expressed, waste it, did I now gather together to inoved from the spot to which we had when every one that is connected with bend the stubborn hearts of the rigid thus been drawn, was sufficient for the the remembrance of her, should teem and scrupulous menials to my pur.. formation of such an acquaintance as a with woe and sorrow.
pose; it was all, all ineffectual. Des staid Quaker maiden of sixteen could We met again, and again, and peration often accomplishes that which properly contract, or as a smitten youth again, and soon, too soon, alas! I prudence fails to effect. I resolved, of less grave conceits could in any wrought her young heart into the pur. at all hazards, to scale the garden wall, conscience desire. We soon became est love that ever dwelt in woman. and wait the occurrence of some foracquainted with each other's life, birth, Dear girl ! she loved me long, long tuitous event which might communiand parentage, and the known neigh-ere she dreamed of such a passion ; cate some, if but ever so little, intellibourhood of our dwellings and the pro- and when I at length pressed upon her gence of the girl without whom all bability of future rencontre removed the fervour of my own feelings, when I things else were black and dreary. all hesitation and restrictions froin our openly avowed the existence of the Many difficulties interposed to prevent discourse. The materiel' of her his- most ardent attachment that the soul the execution of my desigu; bot I tory was pithy and concise, aod might could experience, and orged her to the was young, desperate, and determined; have racked the inventive faculties of confession of her own, she blushed, of the value of life, I nothing knew por an ordinary novelist. Her father was and was surprised, and trembled, and cared ; therefore the loss had been triengaged in some mercantile specula- said not a word.' Oh! how touching vial, although I had known that its for. tions on the Continent, she waited his was that maiden bashfulness, bow feiture would have been the result. return in the family of some friends glowingly depicted that purity and in-The seclusion of the country, and the and distant relatives, and her name was nocence, as she yielded' to my warm stillness of night enabled me to comMary Prendergast.
intreaties, to my devoted protestations, plete my fixed purpose, and, after the It required no very mighty stretch to my solemn oath of eternal affection; intervention of many obstacles, and two of wit to imagine that these same how blessed, how for ever blessed, that or three slight umoticed contosions, I friends and relatives might possibly moment, as she told me in the silent at length found myself, in the dusk of experience some tender apprehensions, voice of her blue eye, so did she love a lovely autumn's 'evening, concealed touching the exact fitness of a young me, too.
beneath some bushes, in the garden of girl's appointment with a person whose Why should I detail the pleasures my beloved Mary. It was not of such gratitude was of so ardent a nature, which were then experienced.' Nay, I length, but I could have faintly heard and I therefore requested, as a personal could not, I could not describe that any noise which the domestics migbt and still more signal favour, that she joyousness of heart, that feeling of de have made about their occupations, would forbear to mention the occur- light, that fire of gladness which thril- but all was still and quiet, and nothing rence of an accident so light and trivial led through every veio and faculty but the deepest silence prevailed there; as that which had just happened, and then. I can, and I do sometimes bear except the casual appearance or removto allow me the enjoyment of that ex- to think of them; and then I go out al of a passing light, there was nothing quisite feeling, in placing into her and wander up and down like a beaten to indicate its habitation; once, inown hands, with renewed acknowledg. bark upon the ocean, and unseen by deed, I heard the shutting of a door, ments, the handkerchief for whicho all but the eye of heaven, weep like a but then all was still again- as ever. i and my dog felt such inextinguishable child.
had thus lain for nearly two hours, gratitude!! I know not,' she said, This could not last for ever.
without the slightest prospect of suc'if in thus meeting thee again, and in The glad times of life are but a cess in seeing or hearing of Mary; such a place, I be doing a proper thing passing breath; they are limited and the moon was shining intensely bright; -if it be unseemly, I pray thee to urge evanescent, and are gone almost before and I must have waited till its situanot what I should avoid.'- 1 brushed we feel their presence; alas ! not even tion in the heavens threw the shadow of up all the logic I was master of at this youth; light, buoyant, and unthinking a large tree, which stood close by, over appeal to my prudence, and with the youth is exempt from the common lot that part of the wall by which I had assistance of heaven and a few lucky of man. An accident, a mere accident obtained access, to enable me safely to principles of reasoning and qualities of at last effected that discovery which we retreat, when I heard the distant sound, syllogism, which neither she nor 1 had so long and so subtilly endeavour- as of a gate clapping. I was all ear, I rightly understood, happily blended io ed to avert. Mary was wrested from listened long and fervidly; I. Tistened a sweet variety of moods, simple, con- my heart and arms, at a moment when to the stillness, till confused noises, of junctive, complex, and compound, I might least have suspected the pro- voices and of things rung through my succeeded in proving, that, so far from bability. Our meetings were made head in the wildest obscurity; Ikoew unfitting, it was, in point of truth and known by the stupidity of a clownish I this was but auricular deception, and I
tried to recover the lost sense. I leant and where thou lodgest I will lodge; had and should have to experience, but my face upon my hands, and arranged thy people shall be my people, and I could not shed a tear; oh! what my straying faculties as well as I was thy God my God. Where thou diest mental and bodily anguish I was in. able. i remained in this situation un- will I die, and there will I be buried; The day was dark, and the rain pourtil the sound of a light foot-stepping the Lord do so to me, and more else, if ing down very fast, as I said before ; beat on my hearing. I raised my aught but death part thee and me.' after remaining in that position, I think head, and beheld, through the foliage How rapidly passed the few mo- it must have been an hour or longer, I of the bushes which intervened, a woments we were together; we saw the im- arose, and without knowing whither I man, walking very slowly, and as I propriety of remaining too long; and, was going, slowly pursued my way thought mournfully, through the under the pledge of" meeting in the across the dark and desolate common. paths; when she approached that part same spot on the morrow evening, we It seemed a wilderness to me; -all the in which I lay, she turned again in the parted-parted, never to meet again!
world was a wilderness; all things same steady mood. I impatiently My heart was lighter and happier looked gloomy and unnatural, and the awaited her return, and listened to her after this interview. I had indulged in sky and the earth appeared blank and receding steps, with an uneasy irrita- hope and in illusive dreams of happi- fearful; there was no living being tion; she again returned, and seemed ness in after times, and I rose the next within sight, and I felt as though there making for the path which my secreting morning at break of day; and though I were something not right in the world, bash bordered. She passed it, and I saw ad experienced hut little sleep, I rose and it made my heart cold and icy to that it was-oh! beaven, it was Mary! refreshed, and with a brain less fever think so. It was a long time before I
But how altered! how changed that ed. It had been my sole delight to saw any thing to remind me of the exface and form! how pale and full of linger around her dwelling, while all istence of men, and when I at length sorrow did she appear. Mary dear, else were buried in quiet and repose, beheld a small cottage on the waydear Mary,' cried 1, as I moved from and I again directed my steps towards side, and heard the voires of children, my concealment; the sweet girl start the scene of our last night's transient I started, and felt shocked and unhaped, and uttered a faint cry, and then meeting. As i drew towards the spot, py at it. sprung into my arms, scarcely con- I thought I could distinguish the I was inet and aecosted by a laboure scious of the reality of my presence. sounds of voices and of things most er, who said that I looked ill and pale We spake few words, but, oh! how unusual at such an early hour, in such as death, and begged me to walk home much was said and told in the short a place. I sped quickly on, and as an to the cottage with him, and rest a litmoments we were together. She re- abrupt angle in the lane disclosed to tle. I did so; and they gave me counted to me her sufferings and priva- me her residence, oh! what a scene did bread and cream, or something I know tions, the cruel strictness of her friends, I neema carriage, laden with luggage, not what; and then I felt revived, but their heart-breaking demeanor; but at the instant departing from the door, I would not remain long, I said I must this and all these, she said, were no- and the family all risen, and tokening go on; they asked ine if I was going thing; she could bave borne it all, and farewell to those within it. The whole to, and the name startled me; it have lived upon the prospects which truth burst at onee on my inind; I was a small sea-port town, and Mary hope had given her; even this was de would have sprung forward, but I had had mentioned it as the place of her nied.
They had received communi- not the power to move. I stood fixed probable embarkation. I requested he cations from her father, who had found to the spot in wildered astonishment; would tell me its distance, and the it necessary to abide for several years my eyes were rooted to the vehicle as it shortest mode of reaching it. He told in Spain, whither his engagements had rolled rapidly away. Another moment me two or three times over and over fed hiin, and who had sent home his and it was gone! Then, then did I again, before I could thoroughly comdesire that iny poor Mary should make dart forth with the swiftness of the prehend what he said; my faculties immediate arrangements to join him lightuing, over bush and bar, through were so weak and treacherous, that I there. This was too much. The field and moorland, -nothing, no obsta- could not follow half a dozen words tothought of such a separation had never cle, no impediment stopped my way, gether, before I had forgotten all that entered into my contemplations. Alas! it was all in vain! I followed, till, was said to me. They, both he and coald have raved with very madness. overcome by weakness and intensity his wife, talked together apart from Mary essayed to quell these conflicting of feeling, I fell along the road, in- me, and then they both besought me puissions. I swore that nothing should sensible and broken-hearted. I know to stay the night there, and said, that part eis ; that I lived, could lire, but not 'how long I lay, but when I re- then i should be better, and on the in her presence. I bade her remen- covered, the day seemed far advanced, morrow morning, be fitter for the jourber all that had passed between us, our and the rain was beating violently upon ney; but I would not remain. i bepromises, our mutual protestations. I the heath which stretched before me. lieve the man must have accompanied asked her if she could thus sepurate I rove with much difficulty, and sat me for some distance, but I cannot herself for ever from one who thus lov- myself down upon a 'stone which stood distinctly recollect. I know that I ed, adored, and idolized her. What near the ; I tried to collect my recol- travelled all night, it could have been did she say! Oh! never, while I live lections, and to gain the meaning of to no great distance, for it was not uncan I forget the look, the tone of voice my being there'; too soon did my me- til the morning had far advanced that with which she answered in the words móry explain all I desired to know. I reached the town, and it was not of the innocent Rnth: Think me My Breathing was short and painful, many miles that he had mentioned to not false, nor of my faith, little. We and I'seemed to have a palpable weight me as the length. I went onwards, 1 may, may meet again, and that, too, upon my heart; I felt the extent of knew not exactly wherefore, to the soon, and then we will part no more; my loss, but I could not 'weep; 1 beach, and then the few vessels which then, whither thou woest. I will go thought again, and again, of what I | I saw, somewhat recalled me to my te
collection. I asked some sailors that | The storm increased with every in- ; foundation of the city, the censors had were loitering about, if any vessel were creasing minute. The captain and his recourse to the extraordinary measure then bound for Spain? he pointed me crew were toiling and striving with the of obligiog all the young married men to one in the offing, and told me she energy of desperation, leaving no means to pledge themselves on oath to marry had just sailed, and that there was unessayed to avert the impending de- within a certain time. another nearly under weigh; he brought struction. The water was growing ra- Augustas followed the example of ine, at my request, to the master of it, pidly in the hold, and all exertions Cæsar aud augmented the penalties on with whoin I was anxious to engage as could not keep it under. All at once, bachelors, while he bestowed rewards a passenger; he had inore honesty the captain flagged, and looked around on those who had a numerous offspring than scruple, for, with the present pay- as if he would communicate something boru ia wedlock. Marriage also gave ment of the suin which I then possess which he had not power to do--and numerous advantages to fathers of ed, and the promise of the remainder there he fell upon his knees and prayed families ; they obtained the preference when arrived at our destination, he God to help us, for the vessel had in all public employments; and if they agreed to take me on board; and, sprung a leak, and no power but His had not obtained the age required by within three hours after entering the could save us. The thunder still kept law, so many years of that period were town, I was on my way to a foreign roaring on, and the transitions from dispensed with as they had children. and unkuown land. Then, day after light to utter darkness, occasioned by Distinguished places were assigned to day, I remained fixed to my own birth, the lighting, was truly horrible. In a married men in the public theatres ; and no iutreaties could move me to moment after, a deafening cry of they had precedence of their uomarcome upou deck with the few passen- lost,'-and, O Lord save us,' ried colleagues, and they were exonegers who went out with us. I only sprung tromp all parts of the ship; the rated from the discharge of several burwanted quiet and solitude, and so that waters poured into it in all directions, densome public offices. Such were I was not teased by their well-meaut rushing and splashing with a violence the immunities granted to married men assiduities, the broil and bustle of the indescribable; one more and a last among the Romaus until the reigu of scene were insufficient to affect me. lurch it gave, and then
the Einperor Constantine who modiWe had been at sea five days, when,
fied iheus in several poiots and abolished as I one evening sate brooding ou the - And then, Courteous READER, 1 the penalties imposed ou celibacy. troubles of iny heart, thinking of all awoke, and found that all this hubbub The reluctance of the Romans to that was past, and was to come ;--the bad been occasioned by nothing but matrimony is strongly contrasted not more than usual, noise and commotion the tea-kettle boiling over into the fire, only with the moderns, but also with above, mingled with a long continued whilst I had extended to five minutes soude other nations, about the same pepeal of thouder, roused me from that after the usual time, my afternoon's riod, particularly in Babylou, where an torpor and lethargy of mind which I comfortable nap.
auction of unmarried ladies used to take had all along experienced. I then
place annually. The virgins of mar. perceiverl the violent motion of the ves
riageable age in every district were assel, and almost uliconsciously went up and the various means of obtaining sembled on a certain day of every year. to witness a scene which proinised well
The most beautiful were first put up, to harmonize with iny own struggles; (FOR THE LITERARY CHRONICLE.)
and the man wlio bade the largest sum of heavens! what a scene presented itself! The treasures of the deep are not so precious money guioed possession of her. The the wild ocean throwing its furious As are the concealed comforts of a man
second in personal appearance followed, waters up towards the sky—the white Lock’d up in woman's love. I scent the air lightning pouring down from the of blessings, when I come but near the and the purchasers gratified thengselves
with handsome wives according to the cloud and springing from, wave to What a delicious breath marriage sends forth depth of their purses. wave, to imineasurable distance the The violet's bed 's not sweeter. Honest wed- But alas ! it seems that there were horrible roaring of the billows, which
in Babylon some ladies for whom do Is seemed to vie in strength with the on which the spring's chaste Howrs cake de- money was likely to be offered, yet these thunder, as it increased with every com- light
also were disposed of, so provident were ing moment--the hoarse voices of the To cast their modest odours."
the Babylonians of furnishing each wocrew, and their uncouth and violent
Middleton's Women beware Women. man with a husband. When all the esticulations--the cries of the women, So important was the marriage state beautiful virgins were sold, the crier and the creaking of the vessel, as they considered among the Romans, both ordered the most deformed to stand up; broke upon the ear at intervals. It in a moral and a political view, that and after he had openly demanded who seemed as if the world itself had been they not only rewarded those who mar- would marry ber with a small sum, she dissolved in the tottering of the uni- ried, but decreed penalties against men was at leogth adjudged to the man who verse! Such a display of elementary who remained in a state of celibacy. would be satisfied with the least; and strife and fearfuļ uproar must have been Fines were first levied on unmarried in this manner the money arising from overpowering and benumbing to any men about the year of Rome 350 ; and the sale of the handsome womeu served spectator, except me; but I, though when pecuniary forfeitures failed to as a portion to those who were either of amazed, regarded it with, I inight al- ensure their obedience to these connu- disagreeable looks, or that bad any
say, indifference; my feeling and bial edicts, their contumacious neglect other fault or imperfection. perception to all external things, whe- of the fair sex was punished by degra. To come at once to our own times, ther in repose or in cominotion, were dation from their tribe. Celibacy con- it would appear that there is no necesnow altogether callous; and I looked tioued, however, to gain ground in sity for laws to encourage matrimony, on unconcernedly as to consequences, Rome; and to counteract its effects, or to tax celibacy, since, to use a homely whether of good or of evil tendency. I we find that, in the year 518 from the provincial phrase, 'more people nowy
marry than boil the pot on Sundays.' tioned. In France and England it is formed that eleven of the twelve The union, 100, is effectæd without the no uncommon thing for gentlemen to matches had been solemnized, and Babylonian inoile of an auction, though advertize for wives, and ladies for hus- that the young gentlemen of eight there is frequently a very spirited com- bands, and both in London and Paris couples of the eleven, had declared, perition for a female; and those of ei- there are offices where negociations of that their diffidence was so great, that ther sex who are not fortunate enough this nature are carried on; but the they certainly should not have adto get suited often adopt singular me- inost singalar method of all is, that dressed their respective wives, if the thods.
adopted in America by means of a above scheine had not been introduced. One of the most chivalrous methods lottery. In No. 127 of the Literary Gentlemen under twenty, and ladies we ever heard of to obtain a wife was Chronicle, there is mentioned an in- under fifteen, were excluded as unmarthat adopted by king Sigar. Avilda, stance of a young man seeking a wife | riageable.? the daughter of the King of Gothland, and a fortune by this means; and a re- We shall now close this desultory pacontrary to the manner and disposition cent traveller in the United States per with an amusing anecdote ofa differof her sex, exercised the profession of gives a curious account of a similar ent description from any we have yet piracy, and was scouring the seas with plan being put in actual practice. quoted. It is related by Sir Walter a powerful fleet while a sovereigo was • On the 21st day of December Scott, in the Border Antiquities of offering sacrifices to her beauty at the last,' says he, I was passing through England and Scotland:'shrine of love. King Sigar perceiving the state of South Carolina, and • In the 17th century, the greater that this masculine lady was not to be in the eveniny arrived in the su- part of the property lying pon the gained by the usual arts of lovers, took burbs of the town of where River Ettricke, belonged to Scott of the extraordinary resolution of ad. I had an acquaintance, on whom I Harden, who made his principal residressing her in a mode more agreeable called. I was quickly informed that dence at Oakwood Tower, a borderto her humour. He fitted out a fleet, the family was invited to a wedding in house of strength still remaining upon went in quest of her, engaged her in a a neighbouring house; and on being that river. William Scott, (afterfurious batile which continued two requested, I changed any clothes and wards Sir William) son of the head of days without intermission, and thus went with them. As soon as the young this family, undertook an expedition guined possession of a heart to be con- couple were married, the company was against the Murrays, of Elibank, whose quered only by valour.
seated, and a profound silence ensued. property lay at a few miles distant. A still more romantic story is re- A young lawyer then arose, and ad. He found his enemy upon their guard, lated of an Englishnan, who sought dressed the coinpany very handsomely, was defeated, and made prisoner in the the hand of a very charming lady with and in finishing his discourse, begged act of driving off the cattle, which he whom he was passionately in love, but leave to offer a New Scheme of Matri- had collected for that purpose. Our she constantly refused hiin. As he had mony, which he believed would be be- hero, Sir Gidean Murray, conducted reason to believe she loved him, he en- neficial : and, on obtaining leave, he his prisoner to the castle, where his latreated to know the reason why she proposed,–
dy received him with congratulations refused her consent to their union. The •That one man in the company should upon his victory, and inquiries con. lady, subdued by his constancy, told be selected as president; that this pre- cerning the fate to which he destined him that her only motive for refusing sident should be duly sworn to keep his prisoner: -“The gallows," anhim, was that having by an accident entirely secret all the communications swered Sir Gidean, for he is said allost a ley she had it replaced by a that should be forwarded to hiin in his ready to have acquired the honour of wooden one; and she feared that sooner official department that night; and that knighthood, “ to the gallows with the or later this circumstance would chill each unmarried gentleman and lady marauder."--" Hout nu, Sir Gidean," his affection for her. This she declared should write his or her name on a piece answered the considerate matron in her her only motive. The lover protested of paper, and under it place the per- venacular idiom,“ would you bang that this would never make him son's name which they wished to marry; the winsome young Laird of Harden c!vange his love; but she persisted in then hand it to the president for in- when ye have three ill-favoured daughrefusing to marry him. Fired with love spection : and if any gentleman and ters to marry ?"—“ Right,” answered which,
lady had reciprocally chosen each the baron, who catched at the idea, “ be • The more thou damm'st it up, the more it other, the president was to inform each shall either marry our daughter, burus,'
of the result; and those who had not nickle-mouthed Mey, or strap for it.” and determined that nothing should been reciprocal in their choice kept en. Upon this alternative being proposed obstruct his design, he, under the pre- tirely secret.
to the prisoner, he, upon the first view text of going a distant voyage, left his • After the appointment of the pre- of the case, stoutly preferred the giblady and hustened to Paris, where he sident, communications were accord- bet to “ mickle-mouthed Meg," for had one of his own legs amputated. ingly handed up to the chair, and it such was the nickname of the young When he recovered he returned to was found that twelve young gentle lady, whose real name was Agnes. London, went to the lady and told men and ladies had male reciprocal But at length, when he was literally her that there was now no obstacle to choices; but whom they had chosen, led forth for execution, and saw no their union, for that he was equally remained a secret to all but themselves other chance of escape, he retracted his mutilated as herself. The lady con and the president. The conversation ungallant resolution, and preferred the quered by such a proof of affection, at changed, and the company respectively typical noose of matrimony to the litelast consented to inarry him. retired.
ral cord of heinp. Such is the tradiOur modern lovers go much easier • Now hear the conclusion. I was tion established in both families, and to work, than attempting to subdue the passing through the same place on the often jocularly referred to upon the obdurate fair in the way we have men. | i4th of March following, and was in- ' borders. It inay be necessary to add,