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round, and looking with Celtic sa- “ It's very auld, I see,” said the gacity in the direction of the Palace, Chieftain; “nobody is alive now that enquired, with an emphasis which saw it built, and of course cannot shewed what was passing in his tell its history; so we'll only hear a mind
pack of lies about it, just as I heard " What is your opinion in a coorse auld Ferryboat tell of the woman that of la concerning the Hanoverians, beglamoured him at Roslin Castle, umph?”
when he was called into Edinburgh Mr M‘Allister being a Whig of the to testify before the Lords that my Stove school, as we have already in father was the son of his own. No, timated, replied
I wouldna give that spittle out of “ No man now has any doubt about my mouth to see it." it; we have derived some advantages Considerably disconcerted at this from them."
declaration, the advocate hurried “Ah," said the Chief, “the tevil bim across the street to the Houses mean them to give justice and ad- of Parliament, and knowing that vantages; they have neither kith nor they were then up, felt a little more kin in the country like the auld courageous, not having the fear of Stuarts, umph!- That house, umph! any of his companions before his -a Stuart would na put his meickle eyes; but in the different houses and tae into it, umph!"
apartments Roderick took no inteBy this speech the advocate was rest, only be remarked in the House reminded of the predilections of the of Lords, looking at the throneHighlanders, especially of those who “Ay, ay, the King may make a inhabited Moidart and its neigh Lord, but he canna make a Highland bourhood, and began to pull in his Chieftain,-curse take me if he can.” horns as they approached George's He then proposed to return and gate, on their way to Westminster have a gill at the Clarendon, as it Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. was a could day, and accordingly When they came in sight of the for- they walked back the road they had mer, the Chief giving a snort, said come; but on reaching Bond Street,
" Ay, and is that auld kirk, and the lawyer beheld every window the young one at its fut, what they open, filled with ladies, and a vast cal Wastmunster Abbey; and what's multitude in the street opposite the to be seen in Wastmunster Abbey ?” hotel, where Pharick was strutting
This was a flight beyond the ima- up and down the pavement as proud gination of the lawyer; it betrayed as a provost, cracking the ears of the an ignorance of which he had no con- groundlings with a pibroch that his ception a Chieftain could be guilty, grandfather had played, to the inexand he said, with ill-concealed morti- tinguishable horror of Prince Charles fication, that perhaps it would not be Edward, when he landed at Moidart. worth the seeing.
The advocate was by this time be it was now time to be thinking of coming a little alarmed; he saw that his visit to Mr Stukely, and said, the habits of the Chieftain were not « M'Goul, how long do you propose calculated for the meridian of Lon. to stay at Fenny Park; because I don; and, moreover, he began to think it will be better not to visit the think that the Clarendon Hotel was curiosities of London until you renot exactly the sort of lair which so turn; for while you are there, you wild a beast should frequent; and, may hear of something worth seeing, therefore, although his vanity was that in our haste we would neglect ?” interested in keeping him there, bis To this speech the Chieftain anScottish prudence made him anxious swered, “I have been thinking so to get him out of it, while yet his too, for I see nothing at al in London game flavour, though high, was odo- .ust now that I would give a chuckyriferous. Thus be began, after their stane for a look; and really this town return, to insinuate to the Chief, that more is not just such a civilized VOL. XXXIIJ. NO. CCVIII.
place as a shentleman should be in; “Ah, that's a goot creature! and if it's al shops and shopkeepers. Goot you'll pe such a turtle dove, I'll go Cot! and yon's St James's Palace! the morn's morning.” No wonder we had in the Highlands “Agreed,” said M'Allister;" and as so warm a side to Prince Charlie, you are not up to the way of Londen, umph."
leave the arrangements all to me.” “I am glad to hear you say so," “Now," said the Chieftain, “that's replied Mr M‘Allister; “there is in what I cal hitting the nail on the deed a great difference between head; take your own way." Edinburgh and London.”
Accordingly the advocate ordered “I'll tell you al about it. Edin- a post-chaise and four to be at the brough has a caller air, which is a door betimes in the morning, and good health, but London has none at directed the bill to be made out by al; but as for my pheesit, it will just the hour of departure. All was done be till I have gotten the compliment as he directed, but next day when the that ould Fenny Parc has promised bill was presented, he was petrified in his letter."
to see the charge made for the serMr M‘Allister had learned by this vants, who, in addition to salmon at time something of the story, and had half a guinea the pound, and game guessed a little of the M'Goul's er- in those days at as much a brace, rand; not at all apprehending it rest with roast beef and plum-pudding ed on so slender a foundation, he said, ordered by Donald, consisted of with perfect sincerity,“ How much every delicacy the house could afdo you expect?”
ford. “That,” said the Chieftain, “is all “My God,” said he, "did you or in ascurity; the minister, and he's a der the servants to be treated in this lang head, said it was worth a goot manner ?". five thousand pound; but, Mr M'Allis. “Oh, ay, I just, poor lads, desired ter, I am a moderate man, and I have them to get a butt of salmon and been counting that I'll be very well grouse-just the things, ye know paid with a three thousand, the which well, they are used to at home.” I will accept when he gives it. You “Oh, very well, I have nothing to see, Mr M'Allister, three thousand say to it; and as I am more au fait to pounds would do very well, as I have the ways of the English, I shall be been laying it out. First, you see, purse-bearer, and settle for the bill the castle, good Got, she is a leaky in the meantime.” material, and stands goot for five “You are a very condescending hundred. I'll have six bees' scaps man, Mr M‘Allister. Ay, just puy the for a policy on a farm before the paper, and we'll make a count and door; they will cost a power of mo- reckoning py and py." ney. Elspa tells me, that at Montrose, Mr M'Allister, who had volunteerwbere she was, they cost more than ed his services as purse-bearer, setthree pound a-piece. But, Mr M'Allis- tled the bill, and they embarked in ter, I will not make a parade to you the carriage, the Chief and Mr Mof what I have laid out the three Allister mounting inside; Pharick and thousand pounds for, and expenses. Donald were already seated in their · The advocate, pleased to be rid of kilts on the bar outside. As soon as the details, replied, “No doubt you the Chieftain and the lawyer were will find a use for the money. M'Goul, seated, bang to went the door, smack you will want to be on your guard in went the whips, off went the chaise, bringing so large a sum to town.” and in starting, Pharick and Donald,
“Ou aye,” said the Chief, “ I have by the laws of gravity, tumbled back, been making my calculations on that, and the wind turned theskirts of their and if you, Mr M'Allister, would con- philabegs, as the chaise passed with descend to help me, I would be great increasing velocity up Bond Street, Jy obliged.”
and along Oxford Street, to the "Every thing that I can do to serve amazement of the irreverent popu. the M'Goul, he may count upon; and lace. before Parliament meets, as I have The Edinburgh lawyer was speecha few days' spare time, I would ad- less, and did not know where to hide vise you to make out your visit, and his face. I will go with you."
“ Lads," said the Chieftain, "are
you a seven wonder of the world, ma- much, without entering into the M. king yourselfs Ben Nevis and Carry?” Goul's feeling, let it suffice to say
One of the post-boys, an old man, that his companion, M'Allister, was hearing his voice, looked behind and infinitely delighted; and no wonder, exclaimed to his neighbour coolly, for among the guests invited to meet “Look, Tom, I never seed an all in the Chief, was an opulent biscuitmy eye and Betty Martin afore.” baker, retired from Wapping, who
Matters were, however, soon put to was to be, according to his lady, next rights. Pharick and Donald recovered week pricked for sheriff of the their position, the lawyer's terrors county; also a most warm slop-seller, were appeased, and the Chief obser- who had bought the property of the ved sedately that he had heard of old family of Oakes, a family that accidents in a post.chaises before. had been settled at Castle Grim, in
When the party got out on the the neighbourhood, since the Conhigh-road, Mr M'Allister was so quest at least. Besides them there mucked of his change by the turn, was a sleeky tallow-chandler, who pikes, that he was under the neces- had made a sudden fortune by a spesity of applying to the M'Goul for a culation in Russia tallow. But it few shillings, but the Chief had none would be tedious to enumerate all in his pocket. All this confirmed our the guests who came in their own far-forecasting friend in opinion carriages to meet the great Highland that a Chief who carried no money Chief, of whose coming Mr M'Allisin his pocket must have a long purse; ter had the preceding night thought and acting on this persuasion he con- it expedient to give Mr Stukely due tinued his liberality anew, by chan notice, and was the cause, in conseging his own last guinea; but as they quence, of the distinguished recepwere to get three thousand pounds, tion which the M'Goul met with. it gave him no anxiety, especially as After the greetings and introducat this time they entered the gates tions were over, the chaise away, of Fenny Park, and Pharick began to Pharick like a turkey - cock strut put his drone in order, which when ting in the sun before the mansion, done, they approached the house, he regaled the guests with a tune on playing like desperation bis Chief his pipes, which they declared was and master's favourite air, which had most beautiful. But they then benot certainly been composed by Dr gan to retire within doors, where Arne or Handel. The unmelodious Mrs Cracklings, the tallow.chandler's potes drew all the household and the wife, enquired at Mr M'Allister, as other guests to the door; and as if by she took his arm in ascending to the instinct, and the coming sound of the drawing-room, what was the name pipes, the quondam sheriff came of the poor hanimal that the servant forth and received our hero at the tickled and tortured in such a comiportal. Great demonstrations of ho- cal manner. nour and welcome were made, in so
INTEGRITY is very inconvenient, opulence alone is a monstrous poor notwithstanding the lawyers have thing; nothing can be more conduendeavoured, by all the means in cive to the glory of any people than their power, to establish a morality the contrary sentiment. They indeed in which it should have no place. commit a solecism who maintain that However, this is not the proper time those who have made their own forfor discussing that point; but as we tunes are not as great among manwish to say a few sound and sober kind as those of wbom Providence things interesting to this great com- has taken some pains in the making, mercial country, we could not bit or to whom old hereditary rank bas upon a more pregnant apophthegm, been instrumental in giving refineespecially as our observations refer ment in manners, and accomplishto the company assembled at Fenny ments in education, in addition to all Park. Far is it from us and ours to the advantages which make the give in to the vulgar opinion that others purse-proud. But in a coun
try like this, where the thrift of trade ed Mr Cracklings, who sat near him, should be encouraged above all with a full, true, and particular acthings, it is highly proper that suc- count of the hospitable boards of cessful drudging industry should be Edinburgh. duly honoured, and raised to a level, When the dinner was withdrawn, at least, with talent and long de- and the dessert placed on the table, scended riches.
and Mr M‘Allister had remarked that The party at old Mr Stukely's, ci- toast-drinking had gone quite out of devant sheriff, was of this descrip- fashion, or made some other equally tion, and almost peculiar to the hap- pertinent and philosophical stricture, py realm of England. The gentle, the conversation became more desul. men had, by their patience and per- tory; in the course of which, Mr severance, and some of them by a Cracklings entertained our hero and magnanimous observance of our the general company with a funny opening aphorism, raised themselves anecdote concerning a d d exfrom a base condition to rank in their ciseman that was poking his nose expenditure with the nobles of the where an exciseman's nose should land, and to buy them out in their not be. What he said was exceedingancient patrimonial inheritances. ly diverting,- the company laughed Their ladies had all the graces that loud and long, and Mr M'Allister dewould have been conspicuous in a clared that his sides were sore. low estate; we need not therefore During the recital the Chief sat sisay that a party so select was agree- lent and solemn, because he scarcely able to our hero.
understood a word of what Mr CrackMr M'Allister was at first highly ling was telling; but when that genpleased with the whole party. He tleman made an end, turning round ascertained that they had come all to him, he said, in their own carriages, which was a “ I daresay, Mr M'Goul, you have great thing in the eyes of an Edin- no excisemen in your part of the burgh lawyer; and that the least fore country?' tune of the gentlemen might be es. “ Ou,” replied he, without moving timated at a plum, while the colloa muscle of his face, and with an air quial language of the ladies had of the utmost indifference," they put something in it very racy and peculiar. one o' thae things till us, but we kilt
The same things did not increase it.” the admiration of the M'Goul, but The company were instantaneoughe was delighted to be surrounded ly struck dumb. Mr M'Allister reby persons among whom he under marked to Mrs Cracker, which she stood the Duke would have been but no doubt understood, that he never an ordinary man. It was true, that saw the sublime of contempt beneither Mr Cracker the biscuit-baker, fore. nor Mr Cracklings the tallow-chan- Mr Cracklings immediately after dler, were chieftains; but he thought said to the unconscious Chiefthat this was more to be ascribed to “ Served him right." Sassenach polity, than to any defect “Umph !” said the M'Goul. which he could perceive in their Mr M'Allister then took up the manners, their language, or their ar strain, and told a story of an old worogance.
man who sold nappy ale at a road. In due time dinner was served up; side public-house, who, when a trathe ornamented table and “the cost. veller said that it had an odd taste, ly piles of food," greatly exceeded “ It may be so," quoth she, “but the any vision that had ever gratified the worst thing that goes into my barrel eyes of the M'Goul; and heremarked is the gauger's rod.” From this disto the lady whose arm he had taken quisition concerning exciseable arin descending to the dining-room, ticles Mr Cracker remarked on the that it was “by Cot, a feast petter state of the weather, some pattering than a wedding in the Highlande." of rain happening at that time to
While knives and forks were busy, sound on the window, adding, that the conversation was general. The he pitied the poor who had such a Chief maintained a becoming taci. comfortless prospect as the rising turnity, and Mr M'Allister entertain, markets before them.
“ I don't pity them at all,” said an- Kean or Mr Macready, there would other gentleman who was present; not be a dry eye in the theatre. “ haven't they the parish and the But Mr M'Allister, instead of reworkhouse ? Don't disturb yourself, ceiving this compliment as any trimy dear sir, on their account. In bute of respect to his powers of stowhat country are the poor so well ry-telling, inwardly thought the off as they are in England ? Mr whole party very tasteless, and said M'Goul,” said he, addressing the to himself that it would be some time Chief, “ I've heard that you have no before he would be found casting his poor's rates in Scotland-is that true?" pearls before swine.
“ Umph !” said the Chieftain, The ladies then withdrew, and the “ poor's rates! Are they shell-fish? gentlemen closing ranks, Mr MacWe have no oysters."
Allister gave old Mr Stukely a hint Not exactly understanding what he that he must let the M‘Goul have as said, the gentleman, as if to make much claret as he chose. The table himself more intelligible, added was accordingly abundantly sup“What becomes of the poor with plied, but by and by the other guests
separately went away, leaving only “Ou,” says the M'Goul," they all the landlord, Mr M'Allister, and the die."
M'Goul, to whom the wine was as The ladies thought this a little too well water, to ply the decanters. The highly flavoured, and were moving consequence was, that Mr Stukely, to go away, but they were pressed not accustomed to such potations, to remain, both by Mr Cracker and tumbled off his chair mortal, and was Mr Cracklings.
carried off by the servants. Mr Mr M'Allister, as an indemnifica. M'Allister at this endeavoured to clap tion, then told them of the minister's his hands, but the one went soundprayer, which he had been bursting less and ineffectual past the other, to relate, reminded of it by the re- which the Chief observing, gave a mark of Mr Cracker occasioned by shout of triumph, and, rising up, the shower on the window; and ace snapped bis fingers victoriously, and cordingly he began mimicking an taking hold of Mr M'Allister, dragged old Celtic minister, who was suppli- him, as it were, by the cuff of the cating for weather suitable to gather neck to the drawing-room. But in and barn the fruits of the earth. somehow the lawyer, peering and « At this moment,” said the story. rosy as he was, escaped from his teller, “a squally shower came blat- clutches, and with professional prutering on the windows of the church; dence sought his bed, while the Macthe minister paused, and looked as. Goul went to the ladies exulting, and tonished ; at last he sat down on the walked up and down the drawingpulpit seat in despair, and cried out, room crying* Weel, weel, gude Lord, rain awa, “ Py Cot! py Cot!” and spoil all the poor folk's corn, Then he sat down by Mrs Crackand see what tou'll make by that.”” lings, and said to her, “ Goot Cot,
But instead of the laugh which had they thought to fill me fou, but gratified the advocate on former oc- Heigbland blood knows betters; casions, there was a solemn pause; though I had been all claret wine to and Mrs Cracker, his neighbour, said the very pung, by Cot, he wasn't the it was most pathetical, and she was M'Goul that would have been fou; sure, if rehearsed on the stage by Mr curse take me if he would.”
Next morning the advocate, ha. Thus he acquired a lever by which ving recovered from the orgies of he knew that he could dislodge the the preceding night, rose much in Chief when he pleased; he had only his usual; and when one of the ser- to relate to him their professions, to vants brought the shaving-water into make him feel how much they were the room, he entered into conversa- beneath his consideration. tion with him respecting the rank It accounted also to him, at least and consideration of the other guests. he thought so, for the silent manner