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“ Take the road, man? in what sense ?" said "We'll have a warrant, man," said Richie," and Richie.
the hue and cry, to boot." Even as a clerk to Saint Nicholas-as a high- “ We will have no such thing,” said Jenkin, "if I wayman, like Poins and Peto, and the good fellows am to go with you. I am not the lad to betraying any in the play and who think you was to be my cap- one to the harman-beck. You must do it by manhood tain ?--for she had the whole out ere I could speak to if I am to go with you. I am sworn to cutter's law, her-Ifancy she took silence for consent, and thought and will sell no man's blood.” me damned too unutterably to have one thought Aweel,” said Ricbie, "a wilful man must have his left that savoured of redemption-who was to be my way; ye must think that I was born and bred where captain, but the knave that you saw me cudgel ai cracked crowns were plentier than whole ones. Bethe ordinary when you waited on Lord Glenvarloch, sides, I have two noble friends here, Master Lowesa cowardly, sharking, thievish bully about town here, toffe of the Temple, and his cousin Master Ringwood, whom they call Colepepper.'
that will blithely be of so gallant a party." " Colepepper-umph-I know somewhat of that "Lowestoffe and Ringwood !" said Jenkin; "they smaik,” said Richie;" ken ye by ony chance where are both brave gallants—they will be sure company. he may be heard of, Master Jenkin ?-ye wad do me know you where they are to be found ?" a sincere service to tell me.
Ay, marry do 1,” replied Richie. , “ They are fast Why, he lives something obscurely," answered at the cards and dice, till the sma' hours, I warrant the apprentice, "on account of suspicion of some vil- them." lany-I believe that horrid murder in Whitefriars, or "They are gentlemen of trust and honour," said some such matter. But I might have heard all about Jenkin, "and if they advise it, I will try the advenhim from Dame Suddlechop, for she spoke of my ture. Go, try if you can bring them hither, since you meeting him at Enfield Chase, with some other good have so much to say with them. We must not be seen fellows, to do a robbery on one that goes northward abroad together. I know not how it is, Master Mowith a store of treasure.'
niplies,” continued he, as his countenance brightened ** And you did not agree to this fine project ?" said up, and while, in his turn, he filled the cups, but I Moniplies.
feel my heart something lighter since I have thought "I cursed her for'a hag, and came away about my of this matter." basiness," answered Jenkin.
"Thus it is to have counsellors, Master Jenkin," * Ay, and what said she to that, man? That said Richie; and truly I hope to hear you say that would startle her," said Richie.
your heart is as light as a lavrock's, and that before *Not a whit. She laughed, and said she was in you are many days aulder. Never smile and shake jest," answered Jenkin; "but I know the she-devil's your head, but mind what I tell you-and bide here jest from her earnest too well to be taken in that way. in the meanwhile, till I go to seek these gallants. I But she knows I wonld never betray her."
warrant you, cart-ropes would not hold them back Betray her! No," replied Richie; "but are ye in from such a ploy as I shall propose to them." any shape bound to this birkie Peppercull, or Colepepper, or whatever they call him, that ye suld let hun do a robbery on the honest gentleman that is tra
CHAPTER XXXVI.' velling to the north, and may be a kindly Scoi, for The thieves have bound the true men-Now, could thou and I what we know ?"
rob the thieves, and go merrily to London. Ay-going home with a load of English money,
Henry IV., Part I. said Jenkin." But be he who he will, they may rob The sun was high upon the glades of Enfield the whole world an they list, for I am robbed' and Chase, and the deer, with which it then abounded, ruined."
were seen sporting in picturesque groups among
the Richie filled up his friend's cup, to the brim, and in- ancient oaks of the forest, when a cavalier and a lady, sisted that he should drink what he called “clean on foot, although in riding apparel, sauntered slowly
" This love," he said, "is but a bairnly up one of the long alleys which were cut through matter for a brisk young fellow like yourself, Master the park for the convenience of the hunters. Their Jenkin. And if ye must needs have a whimsy, only attendant was a page, who, riding a Spanish though I think it would be safer to venture on a staid jennet, which seemed to bear a heavy cloak-bag, folwomanly body, why, here be as bonny lasses in Lon-lowed them at a respectful distance. The female, atdon as this Peg-a-Ramsay. Ye need not sigh sae tired in all the fantastic finery of the period, with deeply, for it is very true---there is as good fish in the more than the usual quantity of bugles, flounces, and Sea as ever came out of it. Now wherefore should trimmings, and holding her fan of ostrich feathers in you, who are as brisk and trig a young fellow of your one hand, and her riding-mask of black velvet in the inches as the sun needs to shine on-wherefore need other, seemed anxious, by all the little coquetry pracyou sit moping this way, and not try some bold way tised on such occasions, to secure the notice of her to better your fortune ?")"
companion, who sometimes heard her prattle withou! "I tell you, Master Moniplies," said Jenkin, "I am seeming to attend to it, and at other times interrupted as poor as any Scot among you—1 have broke my his train of graver reflections, to reply to her. indenture, and I think of running my country.'
Nay, but, my lord-my lord, you walk so fast, " A-well-a-day!" said Richie; but that maunna you will leave me behind you.-Nay, I will have hold be man–I ken weel, by sad experience, that poortith of your arm, but how to manage with my mask and takes away pith, and the man sits full still that has a my fan? Why would you not let me bring my waitrent in his breeks. But courage, man; you have ing.gentlewoman to follow us, and hold my things ? served me heretofore, and I will serve you now. If But see, I will put my fan in my girdle, soh!-and you will but bring me to speech of this same Captain, now that I have a hand to hold you with, you shall it shall be the best day's work you ever did.”
not run away from me.' "I guess where you are, Master Richard-you "Come on, then," answered the gallant, "and let would save your countryman's song purse," said Jen- us walk apace, since you would not be persuaded to kin. “I cannot see how that should advantage me, stay with your gentlewoman, as you call her, and but I reck not if I should bear a hand. I hate that with the rest of the baggage. You may perhaps see braggart, that bloody-minded, cowardly bully. If you that, though, you will not like to see." can get me mounted, I care not if I show you where She took hold of his arm accordingly; but as he the dame told me I should meet him-but you must continued to walk at the same pace, she shortly let stand to the risk, for though he is a coward himself, go her hold, exclaiming that he had hurt her hand, I know he will have more than one stout fellow with | The cavalier stopped, and looked at the pretty hand him."
and arm which she showed him, with exclamations
against his cruelty. "I dare say,' she said, baring This elegant speech was made by the Earl of Douglas, called her wrist and a part of her arm, it is all black and Tiaeman, after being wounded and made prisoner at the batile blue to the very elbow." of Shrewsbury, where " His well labouring sword
“I dare say you are a silly little fool," said the Had three times slain the semblance of the King." cavalier carelessly kissing the aggrieved arm; "it
it only a pretty incarnate which sets off the blue "There is much betwixt the cup and the lip, Nelly. veins.
I wear something about me may break the bans of "Nay, my lord, now it is you are silly,” answered that hopeful alliance, before the day is much older," the dame; but I am glad I can make you speak and answered Lord Dalgarno. laugh on any terms this morning. I am sure, if I did "Well, but my father was as good a man as old insist on following you into the forest, it was all for Davy Ramsay, and as well to pass in the world, my the sake of diverting you. I am better company than lord; and, therefore, why should you not marry me? your page, I trow.–And now, tell me, these pretty You have done me harm enough, I trow-wherefore things with horns, be they not deer ?"
should you not do me this justice ?" "Even such they be, Nelly," answered her neglect- "For two good reasons, Nelly: Fate put a husful attendant.
band on you, and the King passed a wife upon me,' "And what can the great folk do with so many of answered Lord Dalgarno. them, forsooth ?"
“Ay, my lord," said Nelly, “but they remain in "They send them to the city, Nell, where wise men England, and we go to Scotland.”. make venison pasties of their flesh, and wear their “Thy argument is better than thou art aware of," horns for trophies," answered Lord Dalgarno, whom said Lord Dalgarno. "I have heard Scottish lawour reader has already recognised.
yers say the matrimonial tie may be unclasped in our Nay, now you laugh at me, my lord,” answered happy country by the gentle
hand of the ordinary his companion; " but I know all about venison, what course of law, whereas in England it can only be ever you may think. I always tasted it once a-year burst by an act of Parliament. Well, Nelly, we will when we dined with Mr. Deputy,” she continued, sad- look into that matter; and whether we get married ly, as a sense of her degradation stole across a mind again or no, we will at least do our best to get unmarbewildered with vanity and folly, “though he would ried." not speak to me now, if we met together in the nar- "Shall we indeed, my honey-sweet lord ? and then rowest lane in the Ward!"
I will think less about John Christie, for he will mar. “I warrant he would not,” said Lord Dalgarno, ry again, I warrant you, for he is well to pass; and I " because thou, Nell, wouldst dash him with a single would be glad to think he had somebody to take care look ; for I trust thou hast more spirit than to throw of him as I used to do, poor loving old man! He was away words on such a fellow as he ?"
a kind man, though he was a score of years older than Who, I!" said Dame Nelly. "Nay, I scorn the I; and I hope and pray he will never let a yonng lord proud prinçox too much for that. Do you know, he cross his honest threshold again!" made all the folk in the Ward stand cap in hand to Here the dame was once more much inclined to give him, my poor old John Christie and all ?" Here her way to a passion of tears; but Lord Dalgarno conrecollection began to overflow at her eyes.
jured down the emotion, by saying, with some asperiA plague on your whimpering,” said Dalgarno, ty-"I am weary of these April passions, my pretty somewhat harshly.-"Nay, never look pale for the mistress, and I think you will do well to preserve your matter, Nell. I am not angry with you, you simple tears for some more pressing occasion. Who knows fool. But what would you have me ihink, when you what turn of fortune may in a few minutes call for are eternally looking back upon your dungeon yon- more of them than you can render ?" der by the river, which smeli of pitch and old cheese Goodness, my lord! what mean you by such exworse than a Welshman does of onions, and all this pressions ? John CH stie (the kind heart!) used to when I am taking you down to a castle as fine as is keep no secrets from me, and I hope your lordship in Fairy Land!"
will not hide your counsel' from me ?!! "Shall we be there to-night, my lord ?" said Nelly, “Sit down beside me on this bank," said the nodrying her tears.
bleman; "I am bound to remain here for a short "To-night, Nelly ?-no, nor this night fortnight." space, and if you can be but silent, I should like to
“Now, the Lord be with us, and keep us !--But shall spend a part of it in considering how far I can, on the we not go by sea, my lord ?”—I thought everybody present occasion, follow the respectable example came from Scotland by sea. I am sure Lord Glen- which you recommend to me.' varloch and Richie Moniplies came up by sea.' The place at which he stopped was at that time lit
" There is a wide difference between coming up and tle more than a mound, partly surrounded by a ditch, going down, Nelly," answered Lord Dalgarno. from which it derived the name of Camlet Moat. A
"And so there is, for certain,” said his simple com- few hewn stones there were, which had escaped the panion, "But yet I think I heard people speaking of fate of many others that had been used in building going down to Scotland by sea, as well as coming up. different lodges in the forest for the royal keepers. Are you well avised of the way?-Do you think it These vestiges, just sufficient to show that "here in possible we can go by land, my sweet lord ?" former times the hand of man had been,” marked the
"It is but trying, my sweet lady," said Lord Dal- ruins of the abode of a once illustrious but long-forgarno. "Men say England and Scotland are in the gotten family, the Mandevilles, Earls of Essex, to same island, so one would hope there may be some whom Enfield Chase and the extensive domains adroad betwixt them by land."
jacent had belonged in elder days. A wild woodland I shall never be able to ride so far,” said the lady. prospect led the eye at various points through broad "We will have your saddle stuffed softer," said the and seemingly interminable alleys, which meeting at lord. “I tell you ihat you shall mew your city slough, this point as at a common centre, diverged from each and change from the caterpillar of a paltry lane into other as they receded, and had, therefore, been selectthe butterfly of a prince's garden. You shall have as ed by Lord Dalgarno as the rendezvous for the commany tires as there are hours in the day—as many bat, which, through the medium of Richie Moniplies, handmaidens as there are days in the week-as many he had offered to his injured friend, Lord Glenvarmenials as there are weeks in the year-and you shall loch. ride a hunting and hawking with a lord, instead of "He will surely come?" he said to himself;" cow. waiting upon an old ship-chandler, who could do no- ardice was not wont to be his faule—at least he was thing but hawk and spit."
bold enough in the Park.--Perhaps yonder churl may Ay, but you will make me your lady ?'' said Dame not have carried my message? But no-he is a sturdy Nelly.
knave one of those would prize their master's honour Ay, surely-what else ?" replied the lord—"My above their life.--Look to the palfrey, Lutin, and see lady.love."
thou let him not loose, and cast thy falcon glance Ay, but I mean your lady-wife," said Nelly. down every avenue to mark if any one comes.-Buck "Truly, Nell, in that I cannot promise to oblige you. ingham has undergone my challenge, but the proud A lady-wife," continued Dalgarno, "is a very different minion pleads the King's paltry commands for refu thing from a lady-love."
sing to answer me. If I can baffle this Glenvarloch, "I heard from Mis. Suddlechop, whom you lodged or slay him-If I can spoil him of his honour or his me with since I left poor old John Christie, that Lord life, I shall go down to Scotland with credit sufficient Glenvarloch is to marry David Ramsay the clock-to gild over past mischances. I know my dear counmaker's daughter ?"
trymen-they never quarrel with any one who brings
them home either gold or martial glory, much more if | which was lost in mounting John Christie behind he has both gold and laurels."
one of their party, might have saved Lord Dalgarno As he thus reflected, and called to mind the disgrace from his fate. Thus his criminal amour became the which he had suffered, as well as the causes he ima- indirect cause of his losing his life; and thus "our gined for hating Lord Glenvarloch, his countenance pleasant vices are made the whips to scourge us." altered under the influence of his contending emotions, The riders arrived on the field at full gallop the moto the terror of Nelly, who, sitting unnoticed at his ment after the shot was fired; and Richie, who had feet, and looking anxiously in his face, beheld the his own reasons for attaching himself to Colepepper, cheek kindle, the mouth become compressed, the eye who was bustling, to untie the portmanteau from the dilated, and the whole countenance express the des- page's saddle, pushed against him with such violence perate and deadly resolution of one who awaits an as to overthrow him, his own horse at the same time instant and decisive encounter with a mortal enemy. stumbling and dismounting his rider, who was none The loneliness of the place, the scenery so different of the first equestrians. The undaunted Richie immefrom that to which alone she had been accustomed, diately arose, however, and grappled with the ruffian the dark and sombre air which crept so suddenly
over with such good-will, that, though a strong fellow, the countenance of her seducer, his command impo- and though a coward now rendered desperate,
Monising silence upon her, and the apparent strangeness plies got him under, wrenched a long knife from his of his conduct in idling away so much time without hand, dealt him a desperate stab with his own weaany obvious cause, when a journey of such length lay pon, and leaped on his feet; and, as the wounded before them, brought strange thoughts into her weak man struggled to follow his example, he struck him brain. She had read of women, seduced from their upon the head with the butt-end of a musketoon, matrimonial duties by sorcerers allied to the hellish which last blow proved fatal. powers, nay, by the Father of Evil himself
, who, after "Bravo, Richie!" cried Lowestoffe, who had himself conveying his victim into some desert remote from engaged at sword-point with one of the ruffians, and human kind, exchanged the pleasing shape in which soon put him to flight,-"Bravo! why, man, there he gained her affections, for all his natural horrors. lies Sin, struck down like an ox, and Iniquity's' throat She chased this wild idea away as it crowded itself cut like a calf.” upon her weak and bewildered imagination ; yet she "I know not why you should upbraid me with my might have lived to see it realized allegorically, if not up-bringing, Master Lowestoffe," answered Richie, literally, but for the accident which presently followed. with great composure; " but I can tell you, the
shamThe page, whose eyes were remarkably acute, at bles is not a bad place for training one to this work." length called out to his master, pointing with his The other Templar now shouted loudly to them, -finger at the same time down one of the alleys, that "If ye be men, come hither-here lies Lord Dalgarno, horsemen were advancing in that direction. Lord murdered !" Dalgarno started up, and shading his eyes with his Lowestoffe and Richie ran to the spot, and the page hand, gazed eagerly down the alley, when, at the took the opportunity, finding himself now neglected same instant, he received a shot, whích, grazing his on all hands, to ride off in a different direction and hand, passed right through his brain, and laid him a neither he, nor the considerable sum with which his lifeless corpse at the feet, or rather across the lap, of horse was burdened, were ever heard of from that the unfortunate victim of his profligacy. The coun-moment. tenance, whose varied expression she had been watch- The third ruffian had not waited the attack of the ing for the last five minutes, was convulsed for an Templar and Jin Vin, the latter of whom had put instant, and then stiffened into rigidity for ever. down old Christie from behind him that he might ride Three ruffians rushed from the brake from which the the lighter; and the whole five now stood gazing with shot had been fired, ere the smoke was dispersed. horror on the bloody corpse of the young nobleman, One, with many imprecations, seized on the page; and the wild sorrow of the female, who tore her hair another on the female, upon whose cries he strove by and shrieked in the most disconsolate manner, until the most violent threats to impose silence; whilst the her agony was at once checked, or rather received a third began to undo the burden from the page's horse. new
direction, by the sudden and unexpected appearBut an instant rescue prevented their availing them-ance of her husband, who, fixing on her a cold and selves of the advantage they had obtained.
severe look, said, in a tone suited to his mannerIt may easily be supposed that Richie Moniplies, “Ay, woman! thou
takest on sadly for the loss of thy having secured the assistance of the two Templars, paramour." --- Then, looking on the bloody corpse of ready enough to join in any thing which promised ahim from whom he had received so deep an injury, fray, with Jin Vin to act as their guide, had set off, he repeated the solemn words of Scripture, -" Vengallantly mounted and well armed, under the belief geance is mine, saith the Lord, and I will repay it. that they would reach Camlet Moat
hast injured, will be first to render thee
looking on it for a moment, seemed to rehighwaymen of those days, they meant to ensure flect on what he had next to perform. As the eye of robbery by previous murder. An accident also hap- the injured man slowly passed from the body of the pened to delay them a little while on the road. În seducer to the partner and victim of his crime, who riding through one of the glades of the forest, they had sunk down to his feet, which she clasped without found a man dismounted and sitting, under a tree, venturing to look up, his features, naturally coarse groaning with such bitterness of spirit, that Lowe- and saturnine, assumed a dignity of expression which stoffe could not forbear asking if he was hurt. In overawed the young Templars, and repulsed the offianswer, he said he was an unhappy man
in pursuit of cious forwardness of Richie Moniplies, who was at his wife, who had been carried off by a villain; and first eager to have thrust in his advice and opinion. as he raised his countenance, the eyes of Richie, to "Kneel not to me, woman," he said, “but kneel to his great astonishment, encountered the visage of the God thou
hast offended, more
couldst John Christie.
offend such another worm as thyself. How often have "For the Almighty's sake, help me, Master Moni- I told thee, when thou wert at the gayest and the plies !” he said, "I have learned
my wife is but a short lightest, that pride goeth before destruction, and a mile before, with that black villain Lord Dalgarno." haughty spirit before a fall? Vanity brought folly,
"Have him forward by all means," said Lowe- and folly brought sin, and sin hath brought death, his stoffe ; a second Orpheus seeking his Eurydice ! - original companion. Thou must needs leave duty, Have him forward-we will save Lord Dalgarno's and decency, and domestic love, to revel it gaily with purse, and ease him of his mistress-Have him with the wild and with the wicked; and there
thou liest, us, were it but for the variety of the adventure. I like a crushed worm, writhing
beside the lifeless body owe his lordship a grudge for rooking me. We have of thy paramour. Thou hast done me much wrongten minutes good. But it is dangerous to calculate closely in matters my house
, and peace from my fireside–But thou wert of life and death. In all probability the minute
or two my first and only love, and I will not see thee an ut
ter castaway, if it lies with me to prevent it.-Gentle that the scrivener had carried off the writings along men, I render ye such thanks as a broken-hearted with him. We may here observe, that fears similar man can give.-Richard, commend me to your lio- to those of Skurliewhitter freed London for ever from nourable master. I added gall to the bitterness of the presence of Dame Suddlechop, who ended her his affliction, but I was deluded.-Rise up, woman, career in the Rasp-haus, (viz. Bridewell,) of Amsterand follow me."
dam. He raised her up by the arm, while, with stream- The stout old Lord Huntinglen, with a haughty ing eyes, and bitter sobs, she endeavoured to ex- carriage and unmoistened eye, accompanied the funepress her penitence. She kept her hands spread ral procession of his only son to its last abode; and over her face, yet suffered him io lead her away; and perhaps the single tear which fell at length upon the it was only as they turned around a brake which coffin, was given less to the fate of the individual, concealed the scene they had left, that she turned than to the extinction of the last male of his ancieni back, and casting one wild and hurried glance to- race. wards the corpse of Dalgarno, uttered a shriek, and, clinging to her husband's arm, exclaimed wildly, “ Save me--save me! They have murdered him."
CHAPTER XXXVII. Lowestoffe was much moved by what he had wit
Jacques. There is, sure, another flood toward, and these nessed; but he was ashamed, as a town-gallant, of couples are coming to the ark !-Here comes a pair of very his own unfashionable emotion, and did a force to strange beasts. - As You Like Il. his feelings when he exclaimed, "Ay, let them go- The fashion of such narratives as the present, the kind-hearted, believing, forgiving husband-the changes like other earthly things. Time was thai liberal, accommodating spouse. 0 what a generous the tale-teller was obliged to wind up his story by a creature is your true London husband !-Horns hath circumstantial description of the wedding, bedding, and he, but, tame as a faited ox, he goreth not. I should throwing the stocking, as the grand catastrophe to like to see her when she hath exchanged her mask which, through so many circumstances of doubt and and riding.beaver for her peaked hat and muffler. ifficulty nad at length happily conducted his hero We will visit them at Paul's Wharf, coz-it will be a and heroine. Not a circumstance was then omitted, convenient acquaintance."
from the manly ardour of the bridegroom, and the "You had better think of catching the gipsy thief, modest blushes of the bride, to the parson's new surLutin," said Richie Moniplies ; " for, by my faith, he plice, and the silk tabinet mantua of the bridesmaid. is off with his master's baggage and the siller." But such descriptions are now discarded, for the same
A keeper, with his assistants, and several other reason, I suppose, that public marriages are no longer persons, bad now come to the spot, and made hụe fashionable, and that, instead of calling together their and cry after Lutin, but in vain. To their custody friends to a feast and a dance, the happy couple elope the Templars surrendered the dead bodies, and af- in a solitary post-chaise, as secretly as if they meant ter going through some formal investigation, they to go to Gretna-Green, or to do worse. I am not returned, with Richard and Vincent, to London, ungrateful for a change which saves an author the where they received great applause for their gallantry. trouble of attempting in vain to give a new colour to --Vincent's errors were easily expiated, in considera- the common place description of such matters; but, tion of his having been the means of breaking up notwithstanding, I find myself forced upon it in the this band of villains; and there is some reason to present instance, as circumstances sometimes compel think, that what would have diminished the credit of a stranger to make use of an old road which has the action in other instances, father added to it in the been for some time shut up. The experienced reader actual circumstances, namely, that they came too may have already remarked, that the last chapter late to save Lord Dalgarno.
was employed in sweeping out of the way all the un. George Heriot, who suspected how matters stood necessary and less interesting characiers, that I with Vincent, requested and obtained permission from might clear the floor for a blithe bridal. his master to send the poor young fellow on an im- In truth, it would be unpardonable to pass over portant piece of business to Paris. We are unable to slightly what so deeply interested our principal pertrace his fate farther, but believe it was prosperous, sonage, King James. "That learned and good-huand that he entered into an advageous partnership moured monarch made no great figure in the politics with his fellow-apprentice, upon old David Ramsay of Europe; but then, to make amends, he was proretiring from business, in consequence of his daugh- digiously busy, when he could find a fair opportunity ter's marriage. That eminent antiquarian, Dr. Dry- of intermeddling with the private affairs of his loving asdust, is possessed of an antique watch, with a silvet subjects, and the approaching marriage of Lord Glendial-plate, the mainspring being a piece of catgut in-varloch was matter of great interest to him. He had stead of a chain, which bears the names of Vincent been much struck (that is, for him, who was not very and Tunstall, Memory-Monitors.
accessible to such emotions) with the beauty and em Master Lowestofte failed not to vindicate his cha- barrassment of the pretty Peg-a-Ramsay, as he called racter as a man of gayety, by inquiring, after John her, when he first saw her, and he glorified himself Christie and Dame Nelly; but greatly to his surprise, greatly on the acuteness which he had displayed in (indeed to his loss, for he had wagered ten pieces that detecting her disguise, and in carrying throngh the he would domesticate himself in the family,) he found whole inquiry which took place in consequence of it. the good-will, as it was called, of the shop, was sold, He laboured for several weeks, while the courtship the stock auctioned, and the late proprietor and his was in progress, with his own royal eyes, so as wellwife gone, no one knew whither. The prevailing be-. nigh to wear out, he declared, a pair of her father's lief was, that they had emigrated to one of the new best barnacles, in searching through old books and settlements in America.
documents, for the purpose of establishing the bride's Lady Dalgarno received the news of her unworthy pretensions to a noble, though remote descent, and husband's death with a variety of emotions, among thereby remove the only objection which envy might which, horror that he should have been cut off in the conceive against the match. In his own opinion, at middle career of his profligacy, was the most promi- least, he was eminently successful; for, when Sir ninent. The incident greatly deepened her melan- Mungo Malagrowther one day, in the presence-chamcholy, and injured her health, already shaken by pre-. ber, took upon him to grieve bitterly for the bride's vious circumstances. Repossessed of her own for- lack of pedigree, the monarch cut him short with, tune by her husband's death, she was anxious to do “Ye may save your grief for your ain next occasions justice to Lord Glenvarloch, by treating for the re- Sir Mungo; for, by our royal saul, we will uphauld covery of the mortgage. But the scrivener, having her father, Davy Ramsay, to be a gentleman of nine taken fright at the late events, had left the city and descents, whase great gudesire came of the auld marabsconded, so that it was impossible to discover into tial stock of the House of Dalwolsey, than whom betwhose hands the papers had now passed. Richard ter men never did, and better never will, draw sword Moniplies was silent, for his own reasons; the Tem- for King and country. Heard ye never of Sir Wilplars, who had witnessed the transaction, kept the liam Ramsay of Dalwolsey, man, of whom John sucret at his request, and it was universally believed Fordoun saith, -' He was bellicosissimus, nobilissi
mus ?' –His castle stands to witness for itself, not get the Prince and Buckingham despatched on an ex. three miles from Dalkeith, man, and within a mile of pedition to Newmarket, in order that he might find Bannockrig. Davy Ramsay came of that auld and an opportunity in their absence of indulging himself honoured stock, and I trust he hath not derogated in his own gossiping, coshering habits, which were from his ancestors by his present craft. They all distasteful to Charles, whose femper inclined to for wrought wi' steel, man; only the auld knights drilled mality, and with which even the favourite, of late. holes wi' their swords in their enemies' corslets, and had not thought it worth while to seem to sympa. he saws nicks in his brass wheels. And I hope it is thize. When the levee was dismissed, Sir Mungo as houourable to give eyes to the blind as to slash Malagrowther seized upon the worthy citizen in the them out of the head of those that see, and to show us court-yard of the Palace, and detained him, in spite of how to value our time as it passes, as to fling it away all his efforts, for the purpose of subjecting him to in drinking, brawling, spear-splintering, and such- following scrutiny: like unchristian doings. And you maun understand, "This is a sair job on you, Master George--the King that Davy Ramsay is no mechanic, but follows a must have had little consideration--this will cost you liberal art, which approacheth almost to the act of a bonny penny, this wedding-dinner ?” creating a living being, seeing it may be said of a "It will not break me, Sir Mungo,"answered Heri- ! watch, as Claudius saith of the sphere of Archimedes, ot; "the King hath a right to see the table which une Syracusan
his bounty hath supplied for years, well covered for a 'Inclusus variis famulatur spiritus astris,
single day." Et vivum certis moubus urget opus.'"
Vera irue, vera true-we'll have a' to pay, I doubt, "Your Majesty had best give auld Davy a coat-of- less or mair-a sort of penny-wedding it will prove arms, as well as a pedigree," said Sir Mungo. where all men contribute to the young folk's main
"It's done, or ye bade, Sir Mungo," said the King; tenance, that they may not have just four bare legs * and I trust we, who are the fountain of all earthly in a bed thegether. What do you purpose to give, Mashonour, are free to spirt a few drops of it on one so ter George ?-we begin with the city when money is near our person, without offence to the Knight of Cas- in question." dr Girnigo. We have already spoken with the learn- Only a trifle, Sir Mungo-I give my god-daughter ei men of the Herald's College, and we propose to the marriage-ring; it is a curious jewel - I bought it grant him an augmented coat-of-arms, being his pa- in Italy ; ii belonged to Cosmo de Medici. The bride ternal coat, charged with the crown-wheel of a watch will not need my help-she has an estate which bein chief, for a difference; and we propose to add Time longed to her maternal grandfather." and Eternity, for supporters, as soon as the Garter “ The auld soap-boiler," said Sir Mungo; "it will King-al-arms shall be able to devise how Eternity is need some of his suds to scour the blot out of the to be represented."'.
Glenvarloch shield-I have heard that estate was no "I would make him twice as muckle as Timc,'*
great things.” said Archie Armstrong, the Court fool, who chanced "It is as good as some posts at Court, Sir Mungo, to be present when the King stated this dilemma. which are coveted by persons of high quality,” replied
"Peace, man-ye shall be whippet," said the King, George Heriot. in return for this hint; "and you, my liege subjects of Court favour, said ye ? Court favour, Master England, may weel take a hint from what we have Heriot ?" replied Sir Mungo, choosing, then to use said, and noi be in such a hurry to laugh at our Scot. his malady of misapprehension; " Moonshine in tish pedigrees, though they be somewhat long deri- water, poor thing, if that is all she is to be tochered ved, and dishcult to be deduced. Ye see that a man of with-I am truly solicitous about them.” right gentle blood may, for a season, lay by his gentry, "I will let you into a secret," said the citizen, and yet ken where to find it, when he has occasion for " which will relieve your tender anxiety. The dowit. It would be as unseemly for a packman, or ped- ager Lady Dalgarno gives a competent fortune to the ler, as ye call a travelling-nierchant, whilk is a trade bride, and settles the rest of her estate upon her to which our native subjects of Scotland are special nephew the bridegroom." ly addicted, to be blazing his genealogy in the faces of
Ay, say ye sae ?" said Sir Mungo, "just to show those to whom he sells a bawbee's worth of riband, her regard to her husband that is in the tomb-lucky as it would be to him to have a beaver on his head, and that her nephew did not send him there ; it was a a rapier by his side, when the pack was on his shoul. strange story that death of poor Lord Dalgarnoders. Na, na-he hings his sword on the cleek, some folk think the poor gentleman had much wrong. lays his beaver on the shelf, puts his pedigree into his Little good comes of marrying the daughter of the pocket, and gangs as doucely and cannily about his house you are at feud with ; indeed, it was less poor peddling craft as if his blood was nae better than ditch- Dalgarno's fault, than theirs that forced the match water ; but lut our pedler be transformed, as I have on him; but I am glad the young folk are to have kend it happen mair than ance, into a bein thriving something to live on, come how it like, whether by merchant, then ye shall have a transformation, my charity or inheritance. But if the Lady Dalgarno lords.
were to sell all she has, even to her very wylie-coat, * In nova fert animus mutatus dicere formas'
she canna gie them back the fair Castle of GlenvarOut he pulls his pedigree, on he buckles his sword, loch--that is lost and gane-lost and gane.”' gives his beaver a brush, and cocks it in the face of "It is but too true," said George Heriot; all creation. We mention these things at the mair cannot discover what has become of the villain Anlength, because we would have you all to know, that drew Skurliewhitter, or what Lord Dalgarno has it is not without due consideration of the circumstan- done with the mortgage. ces of all parties, that we design, in a small and pri- Assigned it away to some one, that his wife might vate way, to honour with our own royal presence the not get it after he was gane; it would have disturbed marriage of Lord Glenvarloch with Margaret Ram- him in his grave, to think Glenvarloch should get say, daughter and heiress of David Ramsay, our horo- that land back again,” said Sir Mungo; " depend on loger, and a cadet only thrice removed from the an- it, he will have ta'en sure measures to keep that noble cient house of Dalwolsey. We are grieved we cannot lordship out of her grips or her nevoy's either.”, have the presence of the noble Chief of that House at “ Indeed it is but too probable, Sir Mungo,” said the ceremony; but where there is honour to be won Master Heriot; " but as I am obliged to go and look abroad, the Lord Dalwolsey is seldom to be found at after many things in consequence of this ceremony, home. Sic fuil, est, et erit.-Jingling Geordie, as ye I must leave you to comfort yourself with the reflecstand to the cost of the marriage-feast, we look for tion.". good cheer.”
“ The bride-day, you say, is to be on the thirtieth Heriot bowed, as in duty bound. In fact, the King of the instant month ?" said Sir Mungo, hollaing who was a great politician about trifles, had maneu
+ The penny-wedding of the Scots, now disused even among vred greatly on this occasion, and had contrived to the lowest ranks, was a peculiar species of merry-making,
which, if the wedded pair were popular, the guests who con. • Chaucer says, there is nothing new but what it has been vened, contributed considerable sums under pretence of paying old. The reader has here the original of an anecdote which has for the bridal festivity, but in reality to set the married folk since been fathered on a Scottish Chief of our own time.
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