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rative, than by the duller medium of direct descrip- prietor of the hospitable mansion where it was tion; but when the story draws near its close, we solemnized, and chaplain to the Baron of Bradhurry over the circumstances, however important, wardine, had the satisfaction to unite their hands; which your imagination must have forestalled, and and Frank Stanley acted as bridesman, having leave you to suppose those things which it would be joined Edward with that view soon after his arriabusing your patience to relate at length.

val. Lady Emily and Colonel Talbot had proposed We are, therefore, so far from attempting to being present; but Lady Emily's health, when the trace the dull progress of Messrs Clippurse and day approached, was found inadequate to the jourHookem, or that of their worthy official brethren, ney. In amends, it was arranged that Edward who had the charge of suing out the pardons of Ed- Waverley and liis lady, who, with the Baron, proward Waverley and his intended father-in-law, that posed an immediate journey to Waverley-Honour, we can but touch upon matters more attractive. should, in their way, spend a few days at an estate The mutual epistles, for example, which were ex which Colonel Talbot had been tempted to purchase changed between Sir Everard and the Baron upon in Scotland as a very great bargain, and at wlich this occasion, though matchless specimens of elo- he proposed to reside for some time. quence in their way, must be consigned to merciless oblivion. Nor can I tell you at length, how worthy Aunt Rachel, not without a delicate and affection. ate allusion to the circumstances which had trans

CHAPTER LXXI. ferred Rose's maternal diamonds to the hands of Donald Bean Lean, stocked her casket with a set of “This is no mine ain house, I ken by the bigsing o't " jewels that a duchess might have en vied. Moreover, the reader will have the goodness to imagine The nuptial party travelled in great style. There that Job Houghton and his dame were suitably was a coach and six after the newest pattern, which provided for, although they could never be per- Sir Everard had presented to his nephew, that suaded that their son fell otherwise than fighting dazzled with its splendour the eyes of one half of by the young squire's side ; so that Alick, who, as Scotland; there was the family coach of Mr Rua lover of truth, had made many needless attempts brick ;- both these were crowded with ladies, and to expound the real circumstances to them, was there were gentlemen on horseback, with their serfinally ordered to say not a word more upon the vants, to the number of a round score. Neverthesubject. He indemnified himself, however, by the less, without having the fear of famine before his liberal allowance of desperate battles, grisly execu- eyes, Bailie Macwheeble met them in the road, to tions, and raw-head and bloody-bone stories, with entreat that they would pass by his house at Little which he astonished the servants'-hall.

Veolan. The Baron stared, and said his son and But although these important matters may be he would certainly ride by Little Veolan, and pay briefly told in narrative, like a newspaper report their compliments to the Bailie, but could not think of a Chancery suit, yet, with all the urgency which of bringing with them the “haill comitatus nupWaverley could use, the real time which the law tialis, or matrimonial procession.” He added, proceedings occupied, joined to the delay occasioned “ that, as he understood that the barony had been by the mode of travelling at that period, rendered sold by its unworthy possessor, he was glad to see it considerably more than two months ere Waver his old friend Duncan had regained his situation ley, having left England, alighted once more at under the new Dominus, or proprietor.” The Bailie the mansion of the Laird of Duchran to claim the ducked, bowed, and fidgeted, and then again inhand of his plighted bride.

sisted upon his invitation; until the Baron, though The day of his marriage was fixed for the sixth rather piqued at the pertinacity of his instances, after his arrival. The Baron of Bradwardine, with could not nevertheless refuse to consent, without whom bridals, christenings, and funerals, were fes- making evident sensations which he was anxious tivals of high and solemn import, felt a little hurt, to conceal. that, including the family of the Duchran, and all He fell into a deep study as they approached the the immediate vicinity who had title to be present on top of the avenue, and was only startied from it by such an occasion, there could not be above thirty observing that the battlements were replaced, the persons collected. “ When he was married," he ruins cleared away, and (most wonderful of all) that observed, “three hundred horse of gentlemen born, the two great stone Bears, those mutilated Dagons besides servants, and some score or two of High- of his idolatry, had resumed their posts over the land lairds, who never got on horseback, were pre- gateway. “ Now this new proprietor,” said he to sent on the occasion."

Edward,“ has shown mair gusto, as the Italians But his pride found some consolation in reflect- call it, in the short time he has bad this domain, ing, that he and his son-in-law having been so than that hound Malcolm, though I bred him here lately in arms against Government, it might give mysell, has acquired vita adhuc durante. — And matter of reasonable fear and offence to the ruling now I talk of hounds, is not yon Ban and Burcar, powers, if they were to collect together the kith, who come scouping up the avenue with Davie Gelkin, and allies of their houses, arrayed in effeir latley?” of war, as was the ancient custom of Scotland on “ I vote we should go to meet them, sir," said these occasions—“ And, without dubitation,” he Waverley, “ for I believe the present master of concluded with a sigh, “ many of those who would the house is Colonel Talbot, who will expect to see have rejoiced most freely upon these joyful espou We hesitated to mention to you at first that sals, are either gone to a better place, or are now he had purchased your ancient patrimonial proexiles from their native land."

perty, and even yet, if you do not incline to visit The marriage took place on the appointed day. lum, we can pass on to the Bailie's." The Reverend Mr Rubrick, kinsman to the pro The Baron had occasion for all his magnanimity.



However, he drew a long breath, took a long snuff, The Baron gazed in silent wonder ; at length he and observed, since they had brought him so far, addressed Colonel Talbot: he could not pass the Colonel's gate, and he would “ While I acknowledge my obligation to you, sir, be happy to see the new master of his old tenants. for the restoration of the badge of our family, I He alighted accordingly, as did the other gentlemen cannot but marvel that you have nowhere estaand ladies ;- he gave his arm to his daughter, and blished your own crest, whilk is, I believe, a masas they descended the avenue, pointed out to her tiff, anciently called a talbot; as the poet lias it, how speedily the “ Dita Pecunia of the Southron

A talbot strong - a sturdy tyke.' - their tutelary deity, he might call her- had removed the marks of spoliation.”.

At least such a dog is the crest of the martial and In truth, not only had the felled trees been re renowned Earls of Shrewsbury, to whom your famoved, but, their stumps being grubbed up, and mily are probably blood relations." the earth round them levelled and sown with grass, “I believe," said the Colonel, smiling, our dogs every mark of devastation, unless to an eye inti- are whelps of the same litter: for my part, if crests mately acquainted with the spot, was already to were to dispute precedence, I should be apt to let tally obliterated. There was a similar reformation them, as the proverb says, ' fight dog, fight bear."" in the outward man of Davie Gellatley, who met As he made this speech, at which the Baron took them, every now and then stopping to admire the another long pinch of snuff, they had entered the new suit which graced his person, in the same co- house — that is, the Baron, Rose, and Lady Emily, lours as formerly, but bedizzened fine enough to with young Stanley and the Bailie, for Edward and have served Touchstone himself. He danced up the rest of the party remained on the terrace, to with his usual ungainly frolics, first to the Baron, examine a new green-house stocked with the finest and then to Rose, passing liis hands over his clothes, plants. The Baron resumed his favourite topic: erying, “ Bra', bra' Darie," and scarce able to “ However it may please you to derogate from the sing a bar to an end of his thousand-and-one songs, honour of your burgonet, Colonel Talbot, which is for the breathless extravagance of his joy. The doubtless your humour, as I have seen in other dogs also acknowledged their old master with a gentlemen of birth and honour in your country, I thousand gambols. “Upon my conscience, Rose," must again repeat it as a most ancient and distinejaculated the Baron, “ the gratitude o' thae dumb guished bearing, as well as that of my young friend brutes, and of that puir innocent, brings the tears Francis Stanley, which is the eagle and child.” into my auld een, while that schélluin Malcolm - “ The bird and bantling they call it in Derbybut I'ın obliged to Colonel Talbot for putting my shire, sir,” said Stanley. hounds into such good condition, and likewise for “ Ye're a daft callant, sir," said the Baron, who puir Davie. But, Rose, my dear, we must not had a great liking to this young man, perhaps bepermit them to be a liferent burden upon the es cause he sometimes teazed him—“ Ye're à daft tate."

callant, and I must correct you some of these days," As he spoke, Lady Emily, leaning upon the arm shaking his great brown fist at him. “ But what of her husband, met the party at the lower gato, with I meant to say, Colonel Talbot, is, that yours is an a thousand welcomes. After the ceremony of in- ancient prosapia, or descent, and since you have troduction had been gone through, much abridged lawfully and justly acquired the estate for you and by the ease and excellent breeding of Lady Emily, yours, which I have lost for me and mine, I wish she apologized for having used a little art to wile it may remain in your name as many centuries as them back to a place which might awaken some it has done in that of the late proprietor's.” painful reflections—" But as it was to change mas “ That," answered the Colonel, “ is very handters, we were very desirous that the Baron” some, Mr Bradwardine, indeed.”

“ Mr Bradwardine, madam, if you please," said “ And yet, sir, I cannot but marvel that you, the old gentleman.

Colonel, whom I noted to have so much of the " - Mr Bradwardine, then, and Mr Waverley, amor patriæ, when we met in Edinburgh, as even should see what we have done towards restoring to vilipend other countries, should have chosen to the mansion of your fathers to its former state.” establish your Lares, or household gods, procul a

The Baron answered with a low bow. Indeed, patriæ finibus, and in a manner to expatriate yourwhen he entered the court, excepting that the self.” heavy stables, which had been burnt down, were “ Why really, Baron, I do not see why, to keep replaced by buildings of a lighter and more pictu- the secret of these foolish boys, Waverley and Stanresque appearance, all seemed as much as possible ley, and of my wife, who is no wiser, one old sol restored to the state in which he had left it when dier should continue to impose upon another. You be assumed arms some months before. The pigeon- must know, then, that I have so much of that same house was replenished; the fountain played with prejudice in favour of my native country, that the its usual activity; and not only the Bear who pre sum of money which I advanced to the seller of dominated over its basin, but all the other Bears this extensive barony has only purchased for me a whatsoever, were replaced on their several stations, box in shire, called Brerewoud Lodge, with and renewed or repaired with so much care, that about two hundred and fifty acres of land, the chief tey bore no tokens of the violence which had so merit of which is, that it is within a very few miles hately descended upon them. While these minu- of Waverley-Honour.” tiæ had been so heedfully attended to, it is scarce “ And who, then, in the name of Heaven, has liecessary to add, that the house itself had been bought this property ?” thoroughly repaired, as well as the gardens, with That,” said the Colonel, “it is this gentleman's the strictest attention to maintain the original cha- profession to explain.” racter of both, and to remove, as far as possible, The Bailie, whom this reference regarded, and all appearance of the ravage they had sustained. who had all this whilo shifted from one foot to an

other with great impatience, "like a hen," as he that are but ill settled yet, till they durstna on ony alterwards said, “upon a het girdle;" and chuck- errand whatsoever gang ower the door-stane after ling, he inight have added, like the said hen in all gloaming, for fear John Heatherblutter, or some the glory of laying an egg,

;- now pushed forward: siccan dare-the-deil, should tak a baff at them : “ That I can, that I can, your Honour," drawing then, on the other hand, I beflumm’d them wi' Cofrom his pocket a budget of papers, and untying lonel Talbot--wad they offer to keep up the price the red tape with a hand trembling with eager- again' the Duke's friend? did they na ken wha was ness. “ Here is the disposition and assignation, by master? had they na seen eneugh, by the sad exMalcolm Bradwardine of Inch-Grabbit, regularly ample of mony a puir misguided unhappy body"signed and tested in terms of the statute, whereby, “Who went to Derby, for example, Mr Macfor a certain sum of sterling money presently con wheeble!” said the Colonel to him, aside. tented and paid to him, he has disponed, alienated, “O whisht, Colonel, for the love o' God! let that and conveyed the whole estate and barony of Brad filee stick i' the wa'. There were mony good folk wardine, Tully-Veolan, and others, with the forta- at Derby; and it's ill speaking of halters,"— with lice and manor-place”.

a sly cast of his eye toward the Baron, who was in “For God's sake, to the point, sir - I have all a deep reverie. that by heart," said the Colonel.

Starting out of it at once, he took Macwheeble To Cosmo Comyne Bradwardine, Esq.” pursued by the button, and led him into one of the deep the Bailie,“ his heirs and assignees, simply and ir- window recesses, whence only fragments of their redeemably- to be held either a me rel de me' convereation reached the rest of the party. It cer. “ Pray read short, sir."

tainly related to stamp-paper and parchment; for “ On the conscience of an honest man, Colonel, no other subject, even from the mouth of his paI read as short as is consistent with style.- Under tron, and he, once more, an efficient one, could the burden and reservation always"

have arrested so deeply the Bailie's reverent and “ Mr Macwheeble, this would outlast a Russian absorbed attention. winter- Give me leave. In short, Mr Bradwar “I understand your honour perfectly; it can be dine, your family estate is your own once nigre in dune as easy as taking out a decreet in absence." full property, and at your absolute disposal, but “ To her and him, after my demise, and to their only burdened with the sum advanced to repurchase heirs-male,— but preferring the second son, if God it, which I understand is utterly disproportioned shall bless them with two, who is to carry the name to its value.”

and arms of Bradwardine of that Ilk, without any “ An auld sang-an auld sang, if it please your other name or armorial bearings whatsoever." honours,” cried the Bailie, rubling his lands ; “ Tut, your lionour!” wliispered the Bailie, “I'll “i look at the rental book."

mak a slight jotting the morn; it will cost but a " Which sum being advanced by Mr Edward charter of resignation in farorem; and I'll lae it Waverley, chiefly from the price of his father's ready for the next term in Exchequer.” property which I bought from him, is secured to Their private conversation ended, the Baron was his lady your daughter, and her family by this mar now summoned to do the honours of Tully-Veolan riage."

to new guests. These were, Major Melville of “It is a catholic security,” shouted the Bailie,“ to Cairnvreckan, and the Reverend Mir Morton, folRose Comyne Bradwardine, alias Wauverley, in lowed by two or three others of the Baron's acliferent, and the children of the said marriage in quaintances, who had been made privy to his have fee; and I made up a wee bit minute of an ante- ing again acquired the estate of his fathers. The nuptial contract, intuitu matrimonij, so it cannot be shouts of the villagers were also heard beneath in subject to reduction hereafter, as a donation inter the court-yard; for Saunders Saunderson, who had virum et uxorein.

kept the secret for several days with landable pruIt is difficult to say whether the worthy Baron dence, had unloosed his tongue upon beholding the was most delighted with the restitution of his family arrival of the carriages. property, or with the delicacy and generosity that But, while Edward received Major Melville with left him unfettered to pursue his purpose in dis- politeness, and the clergyman with the most afposing of it after his death, and which aroided, as fectionate and grateful kindness, his father-in-law much as possible, even the appearance of laying him looked a little awkward, as uncertain how he should under pecuniary obligation. When his first pause of answer the necessary claims of hospitality to liis joy and astonishment was over, his thoughts turned guests, and forward the festivity of his tenants. to the unworthy heir-male, wlio, be pronounced, Lady Emily relieved him, by intimating, that, “ had sold his birth-right, like Esau, for a mess though she must be an indifferent representative o' pottage."

of Mrs Edward Waverley in many respects, she * But wha cookit the parritch for him?" ex. hoped the Baron would approve of the entertainclaimed the Bailie; “I wad like to ken that - wha ment she had ordered, in expectation of so many but your honour's to command, Duncan Macwhee- guests; and that they would find such other acble? His honour, young Mr Wauverley, put it a'commodations provided, as might in some degree into my hand frae the beginning - frae the first support the ancient hospitality of Tully-Veolan. calling o' the summons, as I may say. I circum. It is impossible to describe the pleasure which this vented them - I played at bogle about the bush assurance gave the Baron, who, with an air of galwi' them - I cajoled them; and if I havena gien lantry half appertaining to the stiff Scottish laird, Inch-Grabbit and Jamie Howie a bonnie begunk, and half to the officer in the French service, offered they ken themselves. Him a writer! I didna gae his arm to the fair speaker, and led the way, in slapdash to them wi' our young bra' bridegroom, something between a stride and a minuet step, into to gar them haud up the market: na, na; I scared the large dining parlour, followed by all the rest of them wi' our wild tenantry, and the Mac-Ivors, the good company.

By dint of Saunderson's directions and exertions, has fallen within my power to give you some token all liere, as well as in the other apartments, had of my deep interest in all that concerns my young been disposed as much as possible according to the friend Edward. But that you may not suspect old arrangement; and where new moveables had | Lady Emily for a sorceress, or me for a conjuror, been necessary, they had been selected in the same which is no joke in Scotland, I must tell you that character with the old furniture. There was one Frank Stanley, your friend, who has been seized addition to this fine old apartment, however, which with a tartan fever ever since he heard Edward's drew tears into the Baron's eyes. It was a large tales of old Scottish mariners, happened to describe and spirited painting, representing Fergus Mac to us at second hand this remarkable cup. My Ivor and Waverley in their Highland dress; the servant, Spontoon, who, like a true old soldier', scene a wild, rocky, and mountainous pass, down observes everything and says little, gave me afterwirich the clan were descending in the background. wards to understand that lie thought he had seen It was taken from a spirited sketch, drawn while the piece of plate Mr Stanley mentioned, in the they were in Edinburgh by a young man of high possession of a certain Mrs Nosebag, who, having genius, and had been painted on a full-length scale been originally the helpmate of a pawnbroker, had by an eminent London artist. Raeburn himself found opportunity, during the late unpleasant scenes (whose Highland Chiefs do all but walk out of the in Scotland, to trade a little in her old line, and so canvass), could not have done more justice to the became the depositary of the more valuable part of subject; and the ardent, fiery, and impetuous cha- the spoil of half the army. You may believe the racter of the unfortunate Chief of Glennaquoich cup was speedily recovered; and it will give me was finely contrasted with the contemplative, fan- very great pleasure if you allow me to suppose ciful, and enthusiastic expression of his happier that its value is not diminished by having been refriend. Beside this painting hung the arms which stored through my means.” Waverley had bome in the unfortunate civil war. A tear mingled with the wine which the Baron The whole piece was beheld with admiration, and filled, as he proposed a cup of gratitude to Colonel deeper feelings.

Talbot, and “The Prosperity of the united Houses Blen must, however, eat, in spite both of senti- of Waverley-Honour and Bradwardine !"ment and vertu; and the Baron, while lie assumed It only remains for me to say, that as no wish the lower end of the table, insisted that Lady Emily was ever uttered with more affectionate sincerity, should do the honours of the head, that they inight, there are few which, allowing for the necessary he said, set a meet example to the young jolk. Af- mutability of human events, liave been, upon the ter a pause of deliberation, employed in adjusting whole, more happily fulfilled. in his own brain the precedence between the Presbyterian kirk and Episcopai church of Scotland, he requested Mr Morto!), as the stranger, would crave a blessing, -observing, that Mr Rubrick, who was

CHAPTER LXXII. at home, would return thanks for the distinguished mercies it had been his lot to experience. The

A Postscript, which should have been a Preface. dinner was excellent. Saunderson attended in full Our journey is now finished, gentle reader; and estume, with all the former domestics, who had if your patience has accompanied me through these been collected, excepting one or two, that had not sheets, the contract is, on your part, strictly fulbeen heard of since the affair of Culloden. The filled. Yet, like the driver who has received liis cellars were stocked with wine which was pro- full hire, I still linger near you, and make, with benounced to be superb, and it had been contrived coming diffidence, a trifling additional claim upon tha: the Bear of the Fountain, in the court-yard, your bounty and good nature. You are as free, should (for that night only) play excellent brandy however, to shut the volume of the one petitioner, punch for the benefit of the lower orders.

as to close your door in the face of the other. When the dinner was over, the Baron, about to This should have been a prefatory chapter, but propose a toast, cast a somewhat sorrowful look for two reasons :—First, that most novel readers, apon the sideboard, -- which, however, exhibited as my own conscience reminds me, are apt to be much of liis plate, that had either been secreted, guilty of the sin of omission respecting that same or purchased by neighbouring gentlemen from the inatter of prefaces;--Secondly, that it is a general soldiery, and by themi gladly restored to the origi- custoon with that class of students, to begin with Lal owner.

the last chapter of a work; so that, after all, these * In the late times," he said, “ those must be remarks, being introduced last in order, have still thankful who have saved life and land; yet, wiren the best chance to be read in their proper place. I am about to pronounce this toast, I cannot but There is no European nation, which, within the recret an old leir-loom, Lady Emily-a pocu'tin course of half a century, or little more, has unfit turium, Colonel Talbot”

dergone so co! a change as this dom of Here the Baron's elbow was gently touched by Scotland. The effects of the insurrection of 1715, his Major Domo, and, turning round, le belield, - the destruction of the patriarchal power of the in the hands of Alexander ab Alexandro, the ce- llighland chiefs, -- tlie abolition of the heritable lebrated cup of Saint Duthac, the Blessed Bear of jurisdictions of the Lowland nobility and barons,Bradwardine! I question if the recovery of his the total eradication of the Jacobile party, which, estate afforded liim more rapture. “ By iny ho averse to interiningle with the English, or adop: nour," he said, “one might almost believe in their customs, long continued to pride themselves brownies and fairies, Lady Emily, when your lady- upon maintaining ancient Scottish manners and ship is in presence !"

customs, - commenced this imovation. The gra" I am truly happy," said Colonel Talbot," that dual intlux of wealth, and extension of commerce, Ly the recovery of this piece of family antiquity, it lave since united tv render the present people of

Scotland a class of beings as different from their author of Douglas. The Lowland Scottish gentlegrandfathers as the existing English are from those men, and the subordinate characters, are not given of Queen Elizabeth's time. The political and eco as individual portraits, but are drawn from the nomical effects of these changes have been traced general habits of the period (of which I have witby Lord Selkirk with great precision and accu nessed some remnants in my younger days), and racy. But the change, though steadily and ra- partly gathered from tradition. pidly progressive, has, nevertheless, been gradual; It has been my object to describe these persons, and, like those who drift down the stream of a deep not by a caricatured and exaggerated use of the and smooth river, we are not aware of the progress national dialect, but by their habits, manners, and we have made, until we fix our eye on the now feelings; so as in some distant degree to emulate distant point from which we have been drifted.- the admirable Irish portraits drawn by Miss EdgeSuch of the present generation as can recollect the worth, so different from the “ Teagues” and “ dear last twenty or twenty-five years of the eighteenth joys," who so long, with the most perfect family century, will be fully sensible of the truth of this resemblance to each other, occupied the drama and statement ;-- especially if their acquaintance and the novel. connexions lay among those, who, in my younger I feel no confidence, however, in the manner in time, were facetiously called “ folks of the old lea- which I have executed my purpose. Indeed, so ven,” who still cherished a lingering, though hope- little was I satisfied with my production, that I laid less, attachment to the house of Stuart. This race it aside in an unfinished state, and only found it has now almost entirely vanished from the land, again by mere accident among other waste papers and with it, doubtless, much absurd political pre- in an old cabinet, the drawers of which I was rumjudice — but also, many living examples of singu- maging, in order to accommodate a friend with lar and disinterested attachment to the principles some fishing tackle, after it had been mislaid for of loyalty which they received from their fathers, several years. Two works upon similar subjects, and of old Scottish faith, hospitality, worth, and by female authors, whose genius is highly credithonour.

able to their country, have appeared in the interIt was my accidental lot, though not born a I mean Mrs Hamilton's Glenburnie, and the Highlander (which may be an apology for much late account of Highland Superstitions. But the bad Gaelic), to reside, during my childhood and first is confined to the rural habits of Scotland, of youth, among persons of the above description ; which it has given a picture with striking and imand now, for the purpose of preserving some idea pressive fidelity; and the traditional records of the of the ancient manners of which I have witnessed respectable and ingenious Mrs Grant of Laggan, the almost total extinction, I have embodied in arc of a nature distinct from the fictitious narrative imaginary scenes, and ascribed to fictitious cha- which I have here attempted. racters, a part of the incidents which I then re I would willingly persuade myself, that the preceived from those who were actors in them. Indeed, ceding work will not be found altogether unintethe most romantic parts of this narrative are pre- resting. To elder persons it will recall scenes and cisely those which have a foundation in fact. The characters familiar to their youth ; and to the rising exchange of mutual protection between a Highland generation the tale may present some idea of the gentleman and an officer of rank in the king's ser manners of their forefathers. vice, together with the spirited manner in which Yet I heartily wish that the task of tracing the the latter asserted his right to return the favour he evanescent manners of his own country had em. had received, is literally true. The accident by a ployed the pen of the only man in Scotland who musket-shot, and the heroic reply imputed to Flora, could have done it justice, -of him so eminently relate to a lady of rank not long deceased. And distinguished in elegant literature, - and whose scarce a gentleman who was“ in hiding,” after the sketches of Colonel Caustic and Umphraviile are battle of Culloden, but could tell a tale of strange con. perfectly blended with the finer traits of national cealments, and of wild and liair's-breadth 'scapes, character. I should in that case have had more as extraordinary as any which I have ascribed to pleasure as a reader, than I shall ever feel in the my heroes. Of this, the escape of Charles Edward pride of a successful author, should these sheets himself

, as the most prominent, is the most strik- confer upon me that envied distinction. And as I ing example. The accounts of the battle of Preston have inverted the usual arrangement, placing these and skirmish at Clifton, are taken from the narra remarks at the end of the work to which they refer, tive of intelligent eye-witnesses, and corrected from I will venture on a second violation of forin, by the History of the Rebellion by the late venerable closing the whole with a Dedication ;












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