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natin of the expedition. When on the march to leves, and his fingers withı ink up to the knuckles. Derbi, Fergus, being questioned concerning his He looked dubiously at Waverley as he approached quarrel with Waverley, alleged as the cause, that the little green rail which fenced his desk and stool Edward was desirous of retracting the suit he liad from the approach of the vulgar. Nothing could made to his sister, the Chevalier plainly told him, give the Bailie more annoyance than the idea of that he had himself observed Miss Mac-Ivor's be- his acquaintance being claimed by any of the unliavjour to Waverley, and that he was convinced fortunate gentlemen who were now so much more Fergus was under the influence of a mistake in likely to need assistance than to afford profit. But judging of Waverley’s conduct, who, he had every this was the riel young Englishman--who knew reason to believe, was engaged to Miss Bradwar- what might be lois situation ! - he was the Baron's dine. The quarrel whicli ensued between Edward | friend too what was to be done? and the chieftain is, I hope, still in the remem While these reflections gave an air of absurd brance of the reader. These circumstances will perplexity to the poor man's visage, Waverley, reserve to explain such points of our narrative as, Hecting on the communication he was about to make according to the custom of story-tellers, we deemed to him, of a nature so ridiculously contracted with it fit to leave unexplained, for the purpose of ex the appearance of the individual, could not help citing the reader's curiosity.
bursting out a-laughing, as he checked the propenWhen Janet had once finished the leading facts sity to exclaim with Syphax of this narrative, Waverley was easily enabled to
“ Cato's a proper person to intrust apply the clew which they afforded, to other mazes of the labyrinth in which he had been engaged. To As Mr Macwheeble had no idea of any person Rose Bradwardine, then, lie owed the life which he laughing heartily who was either encircled by peril now thought he could willingly have laid down to or oppressed by poverty, the hilarity of Edward's serve her. A little reflection convinced hiin, how- countenance greatly relieved the embarrassment of ever, that to live for her sake was more convenient his own, and, giving liim a tolerably hearty welcome and agrecable, and that, being possessed of inde to Little Veolan, he asked what he would choose for pendence, she miglit share it with him eitiier in breakfast. His visitor had, in the first place, someforeign countries or in his own. The pleasure of thing for his private ear, and begred leave to bolt being allied to a man of the Baron's higlı worth, the door. Duncan by no means liked this precauand who was so much valued by his uncle Sir Eve- tion, which savoured of danger to be apprehended; rard, was also an agrecable consideration, had any. but he could not now draw back. thing been wanting to recommend the match. His ('onvinced he might trust this man, as he could absurdities, which had appeared grotesquely ludi- make it his interest to be faithful, Edward cominucrous during his prosperity, seemed, in the sunset | nicated his present situation and future schemes of his fortune, to be barinonized and assimilated to Macwheeble. The wily agent listened with apwith the noble features of his character, so as to prehension when he found Waverley was still in a aile peculiarity without exciting ridieule. His mind state of proscription--was somewhat comforted by occupied with such projects of future happiness, learning that he had a passport ---rubbed his hands Edward sought Little Veolan, the habitation of Mr with glee when he inentioned the amount of his Duncan Macwheeble.
present fortune-opened luge eyes when he heard the brilliancy of his future expectations; but when he expressed his intention to share them with Miss
Rose Bradwardine, ecstasy had almost deprived CIIAPTER LXVI.
the honest man of his senses. The Bailie started
from his three-footed stool like the Pythoness from "Now is Cupid like a child of conscience-ho makes
lier tripod ; fiung his best wig out of the windo restitution."-SHAKSPEARE.
because the block on which it was placed stood in Me Duncan Macwueelle, no longer Commis- the way of his career; chucked his cap to the ceilsary or Bailie, though still enjoying the empty name ing, caught it as it fell; whistled Tullochgorum; of the latter dignity, had escaped proscription hy danced a Highland fling with inimitable grace and an early secession from the insurgent party, and agility; and then threw himself exhausted into a by his insignificance.
chair, exclaiming, Lady Wauverley !--- ten thouEdward found lim in his office, immersed among sand a year, the least penny!- Lord preserve my papers and accounts. Before him was a large bicher poor understanding !"of oatmeal-porridge, and at the side thereof, a horn “ Amen, with all my heart,” said Waverley ;spoon and a bottle of two-penny. Eagerly running “ but now, Mr Macwheeble, let us proceed to busihis eye over a voluminous law-paper, le from time
This word had a somewhat sedative effect, to time shovelled an immense spoonful of these but the Bailie's head, as he expressed himself, was nutritive viands into his capacious mouth. A pot. still “ in the bees.” He mended his pen, however, bellied Dutch bottle of brandy which stood by, in- marked half a dozen sheets of paper with an ample timated either that this honest limb of the law had marginal fold, whipped down Dallas of St Martin's taken his morning already, or that he meant to sea- Styles from a shelf, where that venerable work £on his porridge with such digestive; or perhaps roosted with Stair's Institutions, Dirieton's Doubts, both circumstances might reasonally be inferred. Balfour's Practiques, and a parcel of old accountHis night-cap and morning gown had whilome been books-opened the volume at the article Contract of tartan, but, equally cautious and frugal, the of Marriage, and prepared to make what he called honest Bailie had got them dyed black, lest their a " sma' minute, to prevent parties frae resiling." original ill-omened colour might remind his visitors With some difficulty, Waverley made him comof his unlucky excursion to Derby. To sum up the prehend that he was going a little too fast. He picture, his ince was daubed with snuff up to the explained to him that he should want his assistance,
in the first place, to make his residence safe for the the Bailie's little parlour. The landlord's corkscrew time, by writing to the oficer at Tully-Veolan, that was just introduced into the inuzzle of a pint-bottle dir Stanley, an English gentleman, nearly related of claret (cribbed possibly from the cellars of Tullyto Colonel Talbot, was upon a visit of business at Veolan), when the sight of the grey pony, passing Mr Maewheeble’s, and, knowing the state of the the window at full trot, induced tlie Bailie, but country, had sent his passport for Captain Foster's with due precaution, to place it aside for the moinspection. This produced a polite answer from Enter Jock Scriever with a packet for Mr the otticer, with an invitation to Mr Stanley to dine Stanley: it is Colonel 'i'albot's seal; and Edward's with him, which was declined (as may easily be fingers tremble as he undoes it. Two official papers, supposed), under preience of business.
folded, signed, and sealed in all forinality, drop out. Waverley's next request was, that Mr Macwhee- They were hastily picked up by the Bailie, who had ble would dispatch a man and horse to the a natural respect for everything resembling a deed, past-town at whici Colonel Talbot was to address and, glancing slily on their titles, his eyes, or rahini, with directious to wait there until the post ther spectacles, are greeted with “ Protection by should bring a letter for Mr Stanley, and then to his Royal Highness to the person of Cosmo Comyne forward it to Little Veolan with all speed. In a Bradwardine, Esq. of that ilk, commonly called moment, the Bailie was in search of his apprentice Baron of Bradwardine, forfeited for his accession (ur servitor, as he was called Sixty Years silice), to the late rebellion.” The other proves to be a Jock Scriever, and in not much greater space of protection of the same tenor in favour of Edward time Jock was on the back of the white pony. Waverley, Esq. Colonel Talbot's letter was in these
* Tak care ye guide him weel, sir, for he's aye words:-been short in tlie wind since --ahem-Lord be gude to me! (in a low voice) I was gaun to come
« My Dear EDWARD, out wi'-since I rode whip and spur to fetch the “I am just arrived here, and yet I have finished Chevalier to redd Mr Wauverley and Vich Ian my business ; it has cost me sonie trouble though, Vohr; and an uncanny coup 1 gåt for my pains. as you shall hear. I waited upon his Royal High--Lord forgie your honour! I inight hae broken ness immediately on my arrival, and found him in my neck -- but troth it was in a venture, mae ways no very good humour for my purpose. Three or por ane; but this maks amends for a'. Lady Wau- four Scotch gentlemen were just leaving his levee. Ferley !-- ten thousand a-year! -- Lord be gude After he had expressed himself to me very courunto me!"
teously ; ' Would you think it,' he said, “Talbot? * But you forget, Mr Macwheeble, we want the here have been half a dozen of the most respectable Baron's consent the lady's
gentlemen, and best friends to Governinent north "Never fear, l’se be caution for them - I’se gie of the Forth1,--Major Melville of Cairnvrecka!ı, you my personal warrandice-- ten thousand a-year! Rubrick of Duchran, and others,—who have fairly it dings Balmawhapple out and out-- a year's rent's wrung from me, by their downright importunity, worth a' Balmawhapple, fee and life-rent ! Lord a present protection, and the promise of a future make us thankful !"
pardon, for that stubborn old rebel whom they call To turn the current of his feelings, Edward in Baron of Bradwardine. They allege that his high quired if he had heard anything lately of the Chief- personal character, and the clemency which he tain of Glennaquoich ?
showed to such of our people as fell into the rebels' ** Not one word,” answered Macwheeble,“ but hands, should weigh in his favour; especially as that he was still in Carlisle Castle, and was soon to the loss of his estate is likely to be a severe enough be panelled for his life. I dinna wish the young gen- punishment. Rubrick has undertaken to keep him tleman ill," he said, “but I hope that they that liae at his own house till things are settled in the coungot him will keep him, and no let him back to this try; but it's a little hard to be forced in a manner Hieland border to plague us wi' black-mail, and a' to pardon such a mortal enemy to the House of manner o' violent, wrongous, and mastersu'oppres- Brunswick.' This was no favourable moment for sion and spoliation, both by himself and others of opening my business ;- however, I said I was rehis causing, sending, and hounding out:--and he joiced to learn that his Royal Highness was in the couldna tak care o' the siller when he had gotten course of granting such requests, as it emboldened it neither, but flung it a' into yon idle quean's lap me to present one of the like nature in my own a: Edinburgh -- but light come light gane. For He was very angry, but I persisted ;-I my part, I never wish to see a kilt in the country mentioned the uniform support of our three votes azais, nor a red-coat, nor a gun, for that matter, in the house, touched modestly on services abroad, unless it were to shoot a paitrick:-- they're a'tarr'd though valuable only in his Royal Highness's liave *i' ae stick. And when they have done ye wrang, ing been pleased kindly to accept them, and founded even when ye hae gotten decreet of spuiizie, op- pretty strongly ou his own expressions of friendpression, and violent profits against them, what ship and good-will. He was embarrassed, but obbetter are ye !-- they hae na a plack tv pay ye; ye stinate. I hinted the policy of detaching, on all fuDeed never extract it."
ture occasions, the heir of such a fortune as your With such discourse, and the intervening topics uncle's from the machinations of the disaffected. of business, the time passed until dinner, Macwhee. But I made no impression. I mentioned the oblible meanwhile promising to devise some mode of gations which I lay under to Sir Everard, and to introducing Edward at the Duchran, where Rose you personally, and claimed, as the sole reward of at present resided, without risk of danger or sus my services, that he would be pleased to afford me picion; which seemed no very easy task, since the the means of evincing my gratitude. I perceived Laird was a very zealous friend to Government.- that he still meditated a refusal, and, taking my Tie poultry-yard had been laid under requisition, commission from my pocket, I said (as a last and cockyleeky and Scotch collops soon reeked in resource), that as his Royal Highuess did not, un
der these pressing circumstances, think me worthy horses ready on the morrow to set him on his way of a favour which he had not scrupled to grant to to the Duchran along with Mr Stanley, “whilk other gentlemen, whose services I could hardly denomination, I apprehend, your honour will for judge more important than my own, I must beg the present retain," said the Bailie. leave to deposit, with all humility, my commission “ Certainly, Mr Macwheeble ; but will you not in his Royal Highness's hands, and to retire from go down to the glen yourself in the evening to meet the service. He was not prepared for this;- he your patron?” told me to take up my commission; said some “ That I wad wi' a' my heart; and mickle obhandsome things of my services, and granted my liged to your honour for putting me in mind o' my request. You are therefore once more a free man, bounden duty. But it will be past sunset afore I and I have promised for you that you will be a get back frae the Captain's, and at these unsonsy good boy in future, and remember what you owe hours the glen has a bad name- there's something to the lenity of Government. Thus you see my no that canny about auld Janet Gellatley. The prince can be as generous as yours. I do not pre- Laird he'll no believe thae things, but he was aye tend, indeed, that he confers a favour with all the ower rash and venturesome - and feared neither foreign graces and compliments of your Chevalier man nor deevil -and sae's seen o't. But right sure errant; but he has a plain English manner, and ain I Sir George Mackenyie says, that no divine the evident reluctance with which he grants your can doubt there are witches, since the Bible says request, indicates the sacrifice which he makes of thou shalt not suffer them to live; and that no lawhis own inclination to your wishes. My friend, the yer in Scotland can doubt it, since it is punishable adjutant-general, has procured me a duplicate of with death by our law. So there's baith law and the Baron's protection (the original being in Major gospel for it. An his honour winna believe the LeMelville's possession), which I send to you, as I viticus, he might aye believe the Statute-book; but know that if you can find him you will have plea- he may tak his ain way o't-it's a' ane to Duncan sure in being the first to communicate the joyful Macwheeble. However, I shall send to ask up auld intelligence. He will of course repair to the Du- Janet this e'en; it's best no to lightly then that chran without loss of time, there to ride quarantine have that character--and we'll want Davie to tura for a few weeks. As for you, I give you leave to the spit, for I'll gar Eppie put down a fat goose to escort him thither, and to stay a week there, as I the fire for your honours to your supper.” understand a certain fair lady is in that quarter. When it was near sunset, Waverley hastened to And I have the pleasure to tell you, that whatever the hut; and he could not but allow that superstiprogress you can make in her good graces will be tion had chosen no improper locality, or unfit obhighly agreeable to Sir Everard and Mrs Rachel, ject, for the foundation of her fantastic terrors. It who will never believe your views and prospects resembled exactly the description of Spenser: settled, and the three ermines passant in actual " There, in a gloomy hollow glen, she found safety, until you present them with a Mrs Edward A little cottage built of sticks and reeds,
In homely wise, and wall'd with sods around, Waverley. Now, certain love-affairs of my own
In which a witch did dwell in loathly weeds, a good many years since - interrupted some mea And wilful want, all careless of her needs; sures which were then proposed in favour of the
So choosing solitary to abide
Far from all neighbours, that her devilish deeds, three ermines passant; so am bound in honour And hellish arts, from people she might hide, to make them amends. Therefore make good use And hurt far off, unknown, whomsoever she espied." of your time, for, when your week is expired, it He entered the cottage with these verses in his will be necessary that you go to London to plead memory. Poor old Janet, bent double with age, your pardon in the law courts.
and bleared with peat-smoke, was tottering about « Ever, dear Waverley, yours most truly, the hut with a birch broom, muttering to herself
“ Puilip TALBOT." as she endeavoured to make her hearth and floor a
little clean for the reception of her expected guests. Waverley's step made her start, look up, and fall
a-trembling, so much had her nerves been on the CHAPTER LXVII.
rack for her patron's safety. With difficulty WaHappy's the rooing
verley made her comprehend that the Baron was That's not long a-doing.
now safe from personal danger; and when her mind
had admitted that joyful news, it was equally hard When the first rapturous sensation occasioned to make her believe that he was not to enter again by these excellent tidings had somewhat subsided, upon possession of liis estate. “ It behoved to be," Edward proposed instantly to go down to the glen she said, “ he wad get it back again; naebody wad to acquaint the Baron with their import. But the be sae gripple as to tak his gear after they had cautious Bailie justly observed, that if the Baron gi'en him a pardon: and for that Inch-Grabbit, I were to appear instantly in public, the tenantry and could whiles wish mysell a witch for his sake, if I villagers might become riotous in expressing their werena feared the Enemy wad tak me at my word." joy, and give offence to “the powers that be,” a Waverley then gave her some money, and promised sort of persons for whom the Bailie always had that lier fidelity should be rewarded. “How can unlimited respect. He therefore proposed that Mr I be rewarded, sir, sae weel, as just to see my auld Waverley should go to Janet Gellatley's, and bring maister and Miss Rose come back and bruik their the Baron up under cloud of night to Little Veolan, ain?" where he might once more enjoy the luxury of a Waverley now took leave of Janet, and soon stood good bed. In the meanwhile, he said, he himself beneath the Baron's Patmos. At a low whistle, he would go to Captain Foster, and show him the Ba- observed the veteran peeping out to reconnoitre, ron's protection, and obtain his countenance for like an old badger with his head out of his hole. harbouring, him that night,--- and he would have “Ye hae come rather early, my good lad," said he,
descending ; “ I question if the red-coats hae beat tocherless daughter, no one can blame me for dethe tattoo yet, and we're not safe till then.” parting from."
"Good news cannot be told too soon," said Wa. “ Now, Heaven be praised !” thought Edward, Ferley; and with infinite joy communicated to him “that Sir Everard does not hear these scruples !the happy tidings.
the three ermines passant and rampant bear would The old man stood for a moment in silent devo- certainly have gone together by the ears.” He then, tion, then exclaimed,“ Praise be to God!--I shall with all the ardour of a young lover, assured the see my bairn again."
Baron, that he sought for his happiness only in “And never, I hope, to part with her more,” said Rose's heart and hand, and thought himself as Warerley.
happy in her father's simple approbation, as if lie " I trust in God, not, unless it be to win the had settled an earldom upon his daughter. means of supporting her; for my things are but in They now reached Little Veolan. The goose was a bruckle state ;- but what signifies warld's gear?” smoking on the table, and the Bailie brandished his
“ And if,” said Waverley modestly, " there were knife and fork. A joyous greeting took place bea situation in life which would put Miss Bradwar-tween him and his patron. The kitchen, too, had dine beyond the uncertainty of fortune, and in the its company. Auld Janet was established at the rank to which she was born, would you object to it, ingle-nook; Davie had turned the spit to his immy dear Baron, because it would make one of your mortal honour; and even Ban and Buscar, in the friends the happiest man in the world?” The Baron liberality of Macwheeble's joy, had been stuffed to turned, and looked at him with great earnestness. the throat with food, and now lay snoring on the « Yes," continued Edward, “ I shall not consider floor. my sentence of banishment as repealed, unless you The next day conducted the Baron and his young will give me permission to accompany you to the friend to the Duchran, where the former was exDuchran, and
pected, in consequence of the success of the nearly The Baron seemed collecting all his dignity to uuanimous application of the Scottish friends of make a suitable reply to what, at another time, he Government in his favour. This had been so genewould bave treated as the propounding a treaty of ral and so powerful, that it was almost thought his alliance between the houses of Bradwardine and estate might have been saved, had it not passed Waverley. But his efforts were in vain; the father into the rapacious hands of his unworthy kinsman, was too mighty for the Baron; the pride of birth whose right, arising out of the Baron's attainder, and rank were swept away: in the joyful surprise, could not be affected by a pardon from the crown. a slight convulsion passed rapidly over his features The old gentleman, however, said, with his usual as he gave way to the feelings of nature, threw his spirit, he was more gratified by the hold he posarms around Waverley's neck, and sobbed out, - sessed in the good opinion of his neighbours, than " My son! my son !--if I had been to search the he would have been in being “rehabilitated and reworld, I would have made my choice here.” Ed. stored in integrum, had it been found practicable." ward returned the embrace with great sympathy of We shall not attempt to describe the meeting of feeling, and for a little while they both kept silence. the father and daughter,-- loving each other so At length it was broken by Edward. “But Miss affectionately, and separated under such perilous Bradwardine?"
circumstances. Still less shall we attempt to ana“ She had never a will but her old father's; be- lyze the deep blush of Rose, at receiving the comsides, you are a likely youth, of honest principles, pliments of Waverley, or stop to inquire whether and high birth ; no, she never had any other will she had any curiosity respecting the particular than mine, and in my proudest days I could not cause of his journey to Scotland at that period. have wished a mair eligible espousal for her than We shall not even trouble the reader with the hunithe nephew of my excellent old friend, Sir Ever- drum details of a courtship Sixty Years since. It ard.—But I hope, young man, ye deal na rashly in is enough to say, that, under so strict a martinet as this matter? I hope ye hae secured the approbation the Baron, all things were conducted in due form. of your ain friends and allies, particularly of your He took upon himself, the morning after their aruncle, who is in loco parentis ? Ah! we maun tak rival, the task of announcing the proposal of Waheed o' that." Edward assured him that Sir Eve- verley to Rose, which she heard with a proper rard would think himself highly honoured in the degree of maiden timidity. Fame does, however, flattering reception his proposal had met with, and say, that Waverley had, the evening before, found that it had his entire approbation; in evidence of five minutes to apprize her of what was coming, which, he put Colonel Talbot's letter into the Ba- while the rest of the company were looking at three ron's hand. The Baron read it with great atten- twisted serpents, which formed a jet d'eau in the tion. “Sir Everard,” he said, “ always despised garden. wealth in comparison of honour and birth; and in My fair readers will judge for themselves; but, deed he hath no occasion to court the Dira Pecunia. for my part, I cannot conceive how so important an Yet I now wish, since this Malcolm turns out such affair could be communicated in so short a space of a parricide, for I can call him no better, as to time ;-at least, it certainly took a full hour in the think of alienating the family inheritance — I now Baron's mode of conveying it. wish (his eyes fixed on a part of the roof which Waverley was now considered as a received was visible above the trees) that I could have left lover in all the forms. He was made, by dint of Rose the auld hurley-house, and the riggs belang- smirking and nodding on the part of the lady of ing to it.- And yet," said he, resuming more cheer. the house, to sit next Miss Bradwardine at dinner, fully, “it's may be as weel as it is; for, as Baron to be Miss Bradwardine's partner at cards. If he of Bradwardine, I might have thought it my duty came into the room, she of the four Miss Rubricks in insist upon certain compliances respecting name who chanced to be next Rose, was sure to rocollect and bearings, whilk now, as a landless laird wi'athat her thimble, or her scissors, were at the other
end of the room, in order to leave the seat near- qualities, only rendered liim the more dangerous ; est to Miss Bradwardine vacant for his occupation. that he was enlightened and accomplished, made And sometimes, if papa and mamma were not in his crime the less excusable ; that he was an enthe way to keep them on their good behaviour, thusiast in a wrong cause, only made him the more the misses would titter a little. The old Laird of fit to be its martyr. Above all, he had been the Duchran would also have his occasional jest, and means of bringing many hundreds of men into the the old lady her remark. Even the Baron could field, who, without him, would never have broken not refrain; but here Rose escaped every embar- the peace of the country. rassment but that of conjecture, for his wit was " I repeat it," said the Colonel, “ though Heaven usually couched in a Latin quotation. The very knows with a heart distressed for him as an indifootmen sometimes grinned too broadly, the maid- vidual, that this young gentleman has studied and servants giggled mayhap too loud, and a provoking fully understood the desperate game which he has air of intelligence seemed to pervade the whole fa- played. He threw for life or death, a coronet or a mily. Alice Bean, the pretty maid of the cavern, coffin; and he cannot now be permitted, with juswho, after her father's misfortune, as she called it, tice to the country, to draw stakes because the dice had attended Rose as fille-de-chambre, smiled and have gone against him." smirked with the best of them. Rose and Edward, Such was the reazoning of those times, held even however, endured all these little vexatious circum- by brave and humane inen towards a vanquished stances as other folks have done before and since, enemy. Let us devoutly hope, that, in this respect and probably contrived to obtain some indemniti at least, we shall never see the scenes, or hold cation, since they are not supposed, on the whole, the sentiments, that were general in Britain Sixty to have been particularly unhappy during Waver Years since. ley's six days' stay at the Duchran.
It was finally arranged that Edward should go to Waverley-Honour to make the necessary arrange
CHAPTER LXVIII. ments for his marriage, thence to London to take the proper measures for pleading his pardon, and To-morrow? O that's sudden !- Spare him! spare him!
SHAKSPEARE return as soon as possible to claim the hand of his plighted bride. He also intended in his journey EDWARD, attended by his former servant Alick to visit Colonel Talbot; but, above all, it was his Polwarth, who had re-entered his service at Edinmost important object to learn the fate of the un- burgh, reached Carlisle while the commission of fortunate Chief of Glennaquoich; to visit him at Oyer and Terminer on his unfortunate associates Carlisle, and to try whether anything could be done was vet sitting. He had pushed forward in haste, for procuring, if not a pardon, a commutation at -- not, alas ! with the most distant hope of saving least, or alleviation, of the punishment to which he Fergus, but to see him for the last time. I ought was almost certain of being condemned;-- and, in to have mentioned, that he had furnished funds case of the worst, to offer the miserable Flora an for the defence of the prisoners in the most liberal asylum with Rose, or otherwise to assist her views manner, as soon as he heard that the day of trial in any mode which might seem possible. The fate was fixed. A solicitor, and the first counsel, acof Fergus seemed hard to be averted. Edward cordingly attended; but it was upon the same had already striven to interest his friend, Colonel footing on which the first physicians are usually Talbot, in his behalf; but had been given distinctly summoned to the bedside of some dying man of to understand, by his reply, that his credit in mat- rank ;- the doctors to take the advantage of some ters of that nature was totally exhausted.
incalculable chance of an exertion of nature, the The Colonel was still in Edinburgh, and pro- | lawyers to avail themselves of the barely possible posed to wait there for some months upon business occurrence of some legal flaw. Edward pressed confided to him by the Duke of Cumberland. He into the court, which was extremely crowded; but was to be joined by Lady Emily, to whom easy by his arriving from the north, and his extreme travelling and goat's whey were recommended, and eagerness and agitation, it was supposed he was a who was to journey northward, under the escort relation of the prisoners, and people made way for of Francis Stanley. Edward, therefore, met the him. It was the third sitting of the court, and Colonel at Edinburgh, who wished him joy in the there were two men at the bar. The verdict of kindest manner on his approaching happiness, Guilty was already pronounced.
Edward just and cheerfully undertook many commissions which glanced at the bar during the momentous pause our hero was necessarily obliged to delegate to his which ensued. There was no mistaking the stately charge. But on the subject of Fergus he was in- form and noble features of Fergus Mac-Ivor, al. exorable. He satisfied Edward, indeed, that his though his dress was squalid, and his countenance interference would be unavailing; but besides, Colo- tinged with the sickly yellow hue of long and close nel Talbot owned that he could not conscientious- imprisonment. By his side was Evan Maccomly use any influence in favour of that unfortunate bich. Edward felt sick and dizzy as he gazed on gentleman. “ Justice,” he said, “ which demanded them; but he was recalled to himself as the Clerk somne penalty of those who had wrapped the whole of Arraigns pronounced the solemn words: “ Fer. nation in fear and in mourning, could not perhaps gus Mac-Ivor of Glennaquoich, otherwise called have selected a fitter victim. He came to the field Vich Ian Vohr, and Evan Mac-Ivor, in the Dhu with the fullest light upon the nature of his attempt. of Tarrascleugh, otherwise called Evan Dhu, otherHe had studied and understood the subject. His wise called Evan Maccombich, or Evan Dhu Macfather's fate could not intimidate him; the lenity combich -- you, and each of you, stand attainted of the laws which had restored to him his father's of high treason. What have you to say for your property and rights could not melt him. That he selves why the Court should not pronounce judg: was brave, generous, and possessed masiy good ment against you, that you die according to law?"