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revision. It is hoped that the present edition will be found free from errors of that accidental kind.
The Author has also ventured to make some emendations of a different character, which, without being such apparent deviations from the original stories as to disturb the reader's old associations, will, he thinks, add something to the spirit of the dialogue, narrative, or description. These consist in occasional pruning where the language is redundant, compression where the style is loose, infusion of vigour where it is languid, the exchange of less forcible for more appropriate epithetsslight alterations, in short, like the last touches of an Artist, which contribute to heighten and finish the picture, though an inexperienced eye can hardly detect in what they consist.
The General Preface to the new Edition, and the Introductory Notices to each separate work, will contain an account of such circumstances attending the first publication of the Novels and Tales, as may appear interesting in themselves, or proper to be communicated to the public. The Author also proposes to publish, on this occasion, the various legends, family traditions, or obscure historical facts, which have formed the ground-work of these Novels, and to give some account of tht places where the scenes are laid, when these are altogether, or in part, real; as well as a statement of particular incidents founded on fact; together with a more copious Glossary, and Notes explanatory of the ancient customs, and popular superstitions, referred to in the Romances. Upon the whole, it is to be hoped that the Waverley Novels, in their new dress,
not be found to have lost any part of their attractions in consequence of receiving ations by the Author, and undergoing his careful revision.
BOTSFORD, January, 1829.
G EN ER AL PREFACE,
And must 1 ravel ont
Cassandra, down to the most approved works of later tines, My weaved-up follies ?
I was plunged into this great ocean of reading without compass Richard II. Act IV.
or pilot; and unless when some one had the charity to play at
chess with me, I was allowed to do nothing save read, from HAVING undertaken to give an Introductory Account of the morning to pight. I was, in kindness and pity, which was per: compositions which are here offered to the public, with Notes laps erroneous, however natural, permitted to select my subund Illustrations, the author, uuder whose name they are, now jects of study at my own pleasure, upon the same principle that for the first time collected, feels that he has the delicate task the humours of chüdren aro indulged 10 keep them out of misof speaking more of himself and his personal concerns, than chief.' As my taste and apperite were gratified in nothing else, may perhaps be either grarenal or prudent. In this particular, I indemnified myself by becoming a glutton of books. Accordhe runs the risk of presenting himself to the public in the rela- ingly, I believe I read almost all the romances, old plays, and tion that the dumb wife in the jest-book held to her husband, epic poetry, in that formidable collection, and no doubt was when, having spent half of his fortune to obtain the cure of her unconsciously amassing materials for the task in which it has imperfeccion, he was willing to have bestowed the other half to been my lot to be so much employed. restore her to her former condition. But this is a risk insepara- At the sane time I did not in all respects abuse the license ble from the task which the author has undertaken, and he can permitted me. Familiar acquaintance with the specious mira. enly promise to be as little of an egotist as the situation will cleg of fiction brought with it some degree of satiety, and I bepermit
. It is perhaps an indifferent sign of a disposition to keep gan, by degroes, to seek in histories, memoirs, voyages, and his word, that having introduced himself in the third person travels, and the like, eveots nearly is wonderful as those which singular, he proceeds in the second paragraph to make use of were the work of imagination, with the additional advantage, the first, But it appears to him that the seeming modesty con- that they were at least in a great measure true. The lapse of nected with the former mode of writing, is overbalanced by the nearly two years, during which I was left to the exorcise of my inconvenience of stiffness and allectation which attends it during own free will, was followed by a temporary residence in the a nariative of some length, and which may be observed less or country, where I was again very lonely but for the arusement more in every work in which the third person is used, from the which I derived from a good, though old-fashio:sed library. Commentaries of Cæsar, to the Autobiography of Alexander the The vague and wild use which I made of this ar vantage I canCorrector.
not describe better than by referring my rca'ier to the decuitory I must refer to a vory early period of my life, were I to point studies of Waverley in a similar situat' yı; the passages conout my first achievements as a tale-telter-but I believe some of cerning whose course of reading were rritated from recollec. my old schoolfellows can still bear witness that I had a distin- tions of my own." It must be understs vi that the resemblanco guished character for that talent, at a time when the applause extends no farther of my companions was my recompense for the disgraces and Time, as it glided on, brought to, blessings of confirmed punishments which the future tomarice-writer incurred for be health and personal strength, to a diaree which had never been ing idle himsell, and keeping others idle, during hours that expected or hoped for. The sever studies necessary to rendo should have been employed on our tasks. The chief enjoy-me fit for my profession vecupied the geater part of my time , ment of my holidays was to escape with a chosen friend, who and the society of my friends ani companions who were about had the same taste with myself, and alternately to' recite to each to enter life along with me, filleíf up the interval, with the usual other such wild adventures as we were able to devise. We told, amusement of young men. I vita in a situation which rendered each in tum, interminable tales of knight-crrantry and battles serious labour indispensable ; for, neither possessing, on the one and enchantments, which were continued from one day to ano band, any of those peculiar advantages which are supposed to father, as opportunity offered, without our ever thinking of bring-vour a hasty advance in the profession of the law, nor being, on ing them to a conclusion. As we observed a strict secrecy on the other hand, exposed to u rasual obstacles to interrupt my prothe subject of this intercourse, it acquired all the character of a gress, I might reasonably expect to succeed according to the concealed pleasure, and we used to select, for the scenes of our greater or less degree of truable which I should take to qualify indulgenco, long walks through the solitary and romantic envi- myself as a pléader. frons of Arthur's Seat, Salisbury Crags, Braid Hills, and similar Tamakes no part of the present story to detail how the success places in the vicinity of Edinburgh; and the recollection of or a few ballads had the feet of changing all the purposes and those holidays still forms an oasis in the pilgrimage which I tenor of my life, and of converting a pains taking lawyer of some have to look back upon. I have only to add, that my friend years' standing into a follower of literature. It is enough to still lives, a prosperous gentleman, but too much occupied with say, that I had assum. d the latter character for several years graver business, to thank me for indicating him more plainly as before I seriously thought of atteinpting a work of imagination a confident of my childish mystery.
in prose, aldiough one or two of my poetical attempts did no When boyhood advancing into youth required more serious differ from romancer, otherwise than by being written in verse. ftudies and graver cares, a long illness threw mne back on the But yet, I may observe, that about this time (now, alas! thirty kingdom of fiction, as if it were by a species of fatality. My years sinco) I had nourished the ambitious desire of composing indisposition arose, in part at least, from my having broken a a tale pf chivalry, which was to be in the style of the Castle of blood vessel ; and motion and speech were for a long time pro Otranto, with plenty of Border characters, and supernatural in. nounced positively dangerous. For several weeks I was concident. Having found unexpectedly a chapter of this intended fined strictly to my hod, during which time I was not allowed work among some old papers, I have subjoined it to this introto speak ebove a whisper, to eat more than a spoonful or two or ductory essay, thinking some readers may account as curious, boiled rice, or to have more covering than one thin counter-the first attempts at romantic composition by an author, who pane. When the reader is informed that I was at this time a has since written so much in that departinent. And those growing youth, with the spirite, appetite, and impatience of who complain, not unreasonably, of the profusion of the Tales ofteen, and suffered, of course, greatly under this severe regi- which have followed Waverley, may bless their stars at the nar. men, which the repeated return of my disorder repdered indis- row escape they have made, by the commencement of the inun pensable, he will not be surprised that I was abandoned to my dation which had so nearly taken place in the first year of the own discretion, so far as reading (my almost sole amusement) century, being postponed for fifteen years later. was concerned, and still less so, that I abused the indulgence This particular subject was never resumed, but I did not aban. which left my time so much at my own disposal.
don the idea of fictitious composition in prose, though I deter There was at this time a circulating library in Edinburgh, mined to give another turn to the style of the work. founded, I believe, by the celebrated Allau Ramsay, which, be- My raris recollections of the Highland scenery and customs sides containing a most respectable collection of books of every made eo favourablc an impression in the poem called the Lady description, was, as might have been expected, peculiarly rich of the Lake, that I was induced to think of attempting some in works of fiction. It exhibited specimens of every kind, from the rucances of chivalry, and the pondeious folios of Cyrus and • See the Fragment allude] 1o, in the Appendix, Na L.
thing of the same kind in prose. I had been a good deal in the Pastimes of the People of England," had rendered lim famiha
sent lutroduction, for the reasod already mentioned regarding It was with some idea of this kind, that, about the year 1805, the preceding fragment. It was a step in my advance towards · I threw together about one third part of the first volume of Wa-romantic composition; and to preserve the race of these is
verley. It was advertised to be published by the fute Mr. Johd in a great measure the object of thuk Essay,
, I showed my work to a critical friend, whose opinion must be expresseù in language easily comprehended ; and when,
for Scotland, and, consequently, had not entered upon the part wrecked But I was, on the other hand, so far discouraged by of the story which was finally found most interesting.
the indifferent reception of Mr. Struti's roomace, as to become Be that as it may, this portion of the mauuscript was laid satisfied that the manners of the middle ages did not posses aside in the drawers of no old writing desk, which, on my first the interest which I hud concened; avd was led to form the coming to reside at Abbotsford, in" iszi, was placed in a lumber opinion, that a romance, founded ou a Highland story, and more garret, and entirely forgotten. Thus, though I sometimes, modern events, would have a better chance of popularity than among other literary avocations, tumed my thoughts to the con- a tale of chivalry. My thoughts, therefore, returned more than tinuation of the romance which I had commenced, set as I once to the tale which I had actually commenced, and accident could not find what I had already written, after senrching such at length threw the lost sheets in my way. repositories as were within my reach, and wus tuo indolent to I happened to want some fishing-tackle for the use of a guest, attempt to write it anew from memory, I as often laid aside all when it occurred to me to search the old writing desk already thoughts of that nature.
mentioned, in which I used to keep articles of that nature I Two circumstances, in particular, recalled my recollection of got access to it with some difficulty ; and, in looking for lines theʼmislaid inanuscript. The first was the extended and well- and flies, the long-lost manuscript presented itself. i immedimeritod fame of Miss Edgeworth, whoso Irish characters have ately set to work to complete it, according to my original purgone so far to make the English familiar with the character of pose. And here I inpst frankis confess, that the mode in which their gay and kind-hearted neighbours of Ireland, that she may I conducted the story scarcely deserved the success stuch is be truly said to have done more towards completing the Union, romance afterwards attained. The tale of Waverley was put than perhaps all the legislative enactments by whicif it has been together with so little care, that I cannot boast of having followed up.
sketched any distmct plan of the work. The whole adventures Without being so presumptuous as to hope to emulate the of Waverley, in bis movements up and down the country with rich humour, pathetic tenderness, and admirable tact, which the Highland cateran Beao Lern, are managed without mach pervade the works of my accomplished friend, I felt that some skill. It suited best, however, the road I wanted to travel, ana thing might be attempted for my own country, of the same kind permitted me to introduce soine descriptions of scenery and with that which Miss Edgeworth so fortunately achieved for manners, to which the reality gave an interest which the pow. Ireland-something which might introduce her datives to those jers of the author might have otherwise failed to attain for them. of the sister kingdom, in a more favourable light than they had And though I liave been in other instances a sinner in Duis sort, becn placed hitherto, and tend to procure sympathy for mer I do not recollect any of these novels, in which I have transvirtues, and indulgence for their foibles. I thought also, that gressed so widely as in the first of the series. much of what I wanted in talent might be made up by the in- Among other unfounded reports, it has been snid, that the timate acquaintance with the subject which I could lay claim copyright of Waverley was, during the book's progress through to possess, as having travelled through most parts of Scotland, the press, offered for sale to various booksellers in London at a both Highland and Lowland, having born familiar with the very inconsiderable price. This was not the case. Moeste. elder, as well as more modern race; and having had from my Constable and Cadell, who published the work, were the only Infaney free and unrestrained communication with all ranks of persons acquainted with the contents of the publications, and my countrymen, from the Scottish peer to the Scottish plough they offered a large sum for it while in the course of suinting, man. Such ideas often occurred to me, and constituted an am- which, however, was declined, the author not choosmg to part bitious branch of my theory, however far short I may have fallen with the copyright. of it in pracuce.
The origin of the story of Waverles, and the porticular facis But it was not only the triumphs of Miss Edgeworth which on which it is founded, are given in the separate introduction worked in me emulation, and distarbed my indolence. I chanced prefixed to that romance in this edition, and require no not.ce actually to engage in a work which formed a sort of essas in this place.. piece, and gave me hope that I might in time become free of Waverley was published in 1814, and as the title-page was the crant of romance-writing, and be esteemed 1 tolerable without the name of the author, the work was left to win its workman.
way in the world without any of the usual recommendations. In the year 1867–8, I undertook, at the request of John Mur. Its progress was for some time slow; but aftor the first two or as, Esq. of Albemarle street, to arrange for publication some three months, its popularity had increased in a degree which posthumous productions of the late Mr. Joseph Surutt, distin- must have satisfied the expectations of the author, bad these fuished as an artist and an antiquary, amongst which was an un- been far more sanguine than be ever entertained. finished romance, entitled, " Queen-Hoo-Hall.” The scene or Groat anxiety war expressed to loarn the name of the authos, the tale was laid in the reign of Henry VI., and the work was but on this no authentic information could be attained. My written to illustrate the manners, customs, and language of the original motive for publishing the work anonymously, was the people of England during that period. The extensive acquaint- conseiousness that it was an experiment og the public taste anre which Mr. Strutt had acquired with such subjects in com- which might very probably fail, and therefore there was no oO piling his laborious " Horda Angel Cynnan," his "Royal and Ecclesiastical Antiquities," and his " Essay on the Sports and
• See Appendiz, No. !I.
casion to take on myself the personal risk or discoufiture. Forzablest down to that of fools. This risk was in some degree pro thuis purpose cousiderable precautions were used to preserve se veuted by the mask which I wore; and my own stores of selfcrecy. My old friend and schoolfellow, Mr. James Ballantyne, conceit were left to their natural course, without being enhanced who printed these novels, had the exclusive task of correspond by the partiality of friends, or adulation of Natterers. ing with the author, who thus had not only the advantage of If I am asked further reasons for the conduct I have long oba his professional talents, but also of his critical abilities. The served, I can only resort to the explanation supplied by a critic original manuscript, or, as it is technically called, copy, was as friendly as he is intelligent; namely, that the mental organic transcribed upder Mr. Ballantyne's eye by contidential persons ;zation of thio Novelist must be characterized, to speak craniolo. nor was there an instance of treachery during the many years zically, by an extraordinary development of the passion for in which these precautions were resorted to, although various delitescency | I the rather suspect some natural disposition of individuals were employed at different times. Double proof- this kind; for, from the instant I perceived the extreme curiosisheets were regularly printed off. One way forwarded to the ty manifested on the subject, I felt a secret satisfaction in bafauthor by Mr. Ballantyne, and the alterations which it received fing it, for which, when its unimportance is considered, I do were, by his own liand, copied upon the other proof-sheet for not well know how to account. the use of the printers, so that even the corrected proofs of the My desire to remain concealed, in the character of the author author were never seen in the printing-ottico; and thus the cu- of these povels, subjected me occasionally to awkward embarriosity of such enger inquirers as made the most minute investi- rassments, as it sometimes happened that those who were sufgation, was extirely at fault.
ficiently intimate with mo, would put the question in direct But although the cause of concealing the author's name in the terms. In this case, only one of three courses could be followfirst instance, when the reception of Waverloy was doubtful, ed. Either I must have surrendered my secret,-or haye re was natural enough, it is more difficult, it may be thought, to turned an equivocating answer,--ør, finally, must have stoutly account for the same desire for secrecy during the subsequent and boldly denied the fact. The first was a sacrifice which I editions, to the amount of betwixt eleven and twelve thousand conceive no one had a right to force from me, since I alone was copies, which followed each other close, and proved the suc concerned in the matter. The alternativo of rendering a doubt. cess of the work, I am sorry I can give little satisfaction to ful answer must have left me open to the degrading suspicion quories on this subject. I have already stated elsewhere, that I that I was not unwilling to assume the merit (if there was any) can render little better reason for choosing to remain anony- which I dared not absolutely lay claim to; or those who might mous, than by saying with Shylock, that such was my humour. think more justly of me, must have received such an equivocal It will be obsorved, that I had not the usual stimulus for desi- answer as an indirecı avowal. I therefore considered myself ring personal reputation, the desire, namely, to flor amidst the entitled, like an accused person put upon trial, to refuse giving conversation of men. Of literary fame, whether merited or un- my own evidence to my own conviction, and flatly to deny all deserved, I had already as much as miglit have contented a that could not be proved against me. At the same time, mind more ambitious than mine; and in entering into this new usually qualified my denial by státing, that, had I been the contest for reputation, I might be said rather to endanger what author of these works, I would have felt myself quite entitled I had, than to have any considerable chance of acquiring more to protect my secret by refusing my own evidence, when it I was affected, too, by none of those motives which, at an earlier was asked for to accomplish a discovery of what I desired to period of life, would doubtless have operated upon me. My conceal. friendships were formed,--my place in society fixed,--my life The real truth is, that I never expected or hoped to disguise had attained its middle course. My condition in society was my connexion with these novels from any one who lived on higher perhaps than I deserved, certainly as high as I wished, terms of intimacy with me. The number of coincidences which and there was scarco any degree of literary success which necessarily existed between narratives recounted, modes of ex could have greatly altored or improved my personal con pression, and opinions bronched in these Tales, and such as dilion
we;d used by their author in the intercourse of private life, I was not, therefore, touched by the spur of ambition, usually must have been far too great to permit any of my familiar ac. stimulating on such occasions; and yet I ought to stand excul. I quaintances to doubt the identity betwixt their friend and the pated from the charge of ungracious or unbecoming indifference Author of Waverley; and I believe, thoy were all morally con to public applause. I did not the less feel gratitude for the pub- vinced of it. But while I was myself silent, their belief could lic favour, although I did not proclaim it,-as the lover who not weigh much more with the world than that of others; their wears his mistress' favour in his bosom, is as proud, though not opinions and reasoning were liable to be taxed with partiality, 80 vain of possessing il, as another who displays the token of or confronted with opposing arguments and opinions ; and the her grâce upon his bannet. Far from such an ungracious stare question was not so much, whether I should be generally acof mind, i have seldom felt more satisfaction than when, re- knowledged to be the author, in spite of my own denial, as turning from a pleasure voyage, I found Waverley in the zenith whether even my own avowal of the works, if such should be of popularity, and public curiosity in full cry after the name of made, would be sufficient to put me in undisputed possession of the author. The knowledge that I had the public approbation, that character. was like having the property of a hidden treasure, not less I have been often asked concerning supposed cases, in which gratifying to the owner than if all the world knew that it was I was said to have been placed on the verge of discovery; but, his own. Another advantage was connected with the secrecy as I maintained my point with the composure of a lawyer of which I observed. I could appear, or retreat from the stage at thirty years' standing, I never recollect being in pain or confu. pleasure, without attracting any personal notice or attention,sion on the subject. In Captain Medwyn's Conversations of other than what might be founded on suspicion only. In my Lord Byron, the reporter states himself to have asked my noble own person also, as a succesaful"author in another departinent and highly-giflod friend, "If he was certain about these novels or literature, I might have boen charged with too frequent in-being Sir Walter Scott's ?" To, which Lord Byron replied, trusions ou the public patience; but the Author of Waverley Scott as much as owned himself the Author of Waverley to was in this respect as impassable to the critic as the Ghost of me in Murray's shop. I was talking to him about that novel, Hamlet to the partiran of Marcellus, Perhaps the curiosity of and lamented that its author had not carried back the story the public, irritated by the existence of a secret, and kept afloat nearer to the time of the Revolution-Scott, entirely of his by the discussionk which took place on the subject from time to guard, replied, “Ay, I might have done so; but—' there he time, went a good way to maintain an unabaved interest in these stopped. It was in vain to attehipt to correct himself; he lookfrequent publications. There was a mystery concerning the au. ed confused, and relieved his embarrassment by a precipitate thor, which oach new novel was expocted to assist in uoravel- retreat. There no recollection whatever of this scene taking ling, although it might in other respects rank lower than its place, and I should have thought that I was more likely to bave predecessors.
laughed than to appear confused, for I certainly never hoped to I may perhaps be thought guilty of affectation, should I allego impose upon Lord Byron in a case of the kind; und from the as one reason of my silence, a secret dislike to enter og personal manner in which he uniformly expressed himself, I know his discussions concerning my own litorary labours. It is in every opinion was entirely formed, and that any disclamations of case a dangercus intercourse for an author to be dwelling con mine would only have savoured of affectation. I do not mean tiquaily among those who make his writings a frequent and fa- to insinuate that the incident did not happen, but only that it miliar subject of conversation, but who must necessarily be par. could hardly have occurred exactly upder the circumstances tial judges of works composed in their own society. The habits narrated, without my recollecung something positive on the of welf-importance, which are thus acquired by authors, are subject. In another part of the same volume, Lord Byron is rehjąlily injurious to a well-regulated mind; for the cup of flae ported to have expressed a supposition that the cause of my not tery, if it dous not like that of Circe, reduce men to the level of avowing myself the Author of Waverley, may have been some beasta, ia gure, if eagerly drained, to bring the best and the surmine that the reigning family would liave been displeased
with the work. I can only say, it is the last apprehension Is to the task. Henever, I believe, wrote a single line of the pio should have entertained, as indeed the inscription to these jected work ; and Lonly have the melancholy pleasure or prevolumnes sufficiently proves. The sufferers of that melancholy serving in the Appendix, ** the simple anecdote on which be period have, during the last and present reign, been honoured proposed to found it both with the sympathy and protection of the reigning family, To this I may add, I can easily conceive than there may have whose magnanimity can well pardon a sigh from others, and been circunstances which gave a colour to the general report of bestow ono themselves, to the memory of brave'opponents, who my brother being interested in these works; and in particular did nothing in hate, but all in honour,
that it might derive strength from my having occasion to remit While those who were in habitual intercourse with the real to him, in consequence of certain family transactions, some author had little hesitation in assigning the literary property to considerable sums of money about that period. To which it is him, others, and those critics of no mean rank, employed them to be added, that if any person chanced to evince particuln selves in investigating with persevering patience any characte curiosity on such a subject, my brother was likely enough to ristic features which might seem to betray the origin of these divert himself with pracusing on their credulity. Dovels. Amongst these, one gentleman, equally remarkable for It may be mentioned, that while the paternity of these novels the kind and liberal tone of his criticism, the acuteness of his was from time to time warmly disputed in Britain, the foreign reasoning, and the very gentlemanlike manner in which he con- booksellers expressed no hesitation on the mater, bul affixed, ducted his inquiries, displayed not only powers of accurate in my name to the whole of the novels, and to some besides 19 vestigation, but a temper of mind deserving to be employed on which I had no claim. a subject of much gator importance ; and I have no doubt The volumés, therefore, to which the present pages form a mado converts to his opinion of almost all who thought the Preface, are entirely the composition of the author by wbom point wortliy of consideration, or those letters, and othor at they are now ncknowledged, with the exception, alwaysor tempts of the samo kind, the author could not complain, though avowed quotations, and such uppremeditated and involuntary his incognito was endangered. He had challenged the public plagiarisms as can scarce bę guarded against by any one who to a game at bo-peep, and if he was discovered in his " hiding. has read and written a grent deal. · The original manuscripts holo," he must submit to the shame of detection.
are all in oxistence, and entirely written (hortesco referens) to Various roports were of course circulated in various ways; the author's own hand, excepting during the years 1918 and some founded on an juaccurate rehearsal of what may have 1819, when, being affected with severe illness, be was obliged la been pastly real, some on circumstances having no concern employ the assistance of a friendly amanuensis. whatever with the subject, and others on the invention of somo The number of persons to whom the secret was nocessarily importunato persons, who might perhaps imagine, that the intrusted, or communicated by chance, amounted, I should readicst toode of forcing the author to disclose himself, was to think, to twenty at least, to whom I am greatly obliged for the assigo some disbonourable and discreditable cause for his silence. fidelity with which they observed their trust, until the derange
It may be easily supposed that this sort of inquisition was ment of the affairs of my publishers, Messrs. Constable and Co., treated with contempt by tho person whom it principally re- and the exposure of their accompt books, which was the necexgarded ; as, among all the rumours that were current, there was sary consequence, rendered secrecy no longer posrible. The only one, and that a unfounded as the others, which had never- particulars attending the avowal have been laid before the pub theless some alliance to probability, and indeed might have lic in the Introduction to the Chronicles of the Canongate. proved in some degree true.
The preliminary advertisement has given a sketch of the pw I allude to a roport which ascribed a great part, or the whole, pose of this edition. I have some reason to fear, thnt the notes of these novels, to the late Thomas Scott, Esq., of the 70th Re- which accompany the tales, as now published, may be thought giment, then stationed in Canada. Those who remember that too miscellaneous and too egotistical. It inay be some apology gentleman will readily grant, that, with general talents at least for this, that the publication was intended to be posthumdus, equal to those of his elder brother, he added a power of social and still more, that old men may be permitted to speak long, humour, and a deep insight into human character, which ren because they cannot in the course of nature bave long time to dered him an universally delightful member of society, and that speak. In preparing the present edition, I have done all that i the babit of composition alone was wanting to render him can do to explain the nature of my materials, and the use I have equally successful as a writer. The Author of Waverley was made of them; nor is it probable that I shall again repine on so persuaded of the truth of this, that he wannly pressed his even read these tales. I was therefore desirous rather to exceed brother to make such an experiment, and willingly undertook in the portion of new and explanatory matter which is added to all the trouble of correcting and superintending the press. Mr. this edition, than that the reader should have reason to com Thomas Scott seemed at first very well disposed to embrace the plain that the information communicated was of a general and proposal, and had even-fixed on a subject and a hero. The latter merely nominal charncter. It remains to be tried whether the was a person well known to both of us in our boyish years, from public (like a child to whom a watch is shown) will, afer having displayed some strong traits of character. Mr. T. Scout having been satiated with looking at the outside, acquire some had determined to represeqt his youthful acquaintance as emi- new interest in the object when it is opened, and the internal grating to America, and encountering the dangers and hardships inachinery displayed to them. of the Now World, with the same dauntless spirit which he That Waverley and its successors have had their day of fa. had displayed when a boy in his native country. Mr. Scott vour and popularity must be admitted with sincere grutitude ; would probably have been highly successful, being familiarly and the author has studied (with the prudence of a beauty whose acquainted with the manners of the native Indians, of the old reign has been rather long) to supply, by the assistance of art," French settlers in Canada, and of the Brulés or Woodsmen, and the charms which novelty no longer affords. The publishers 'having the power of observing with accuracy what, I have no have endeavoured to gratify the honourable partiality of the doubt, he could have sketched with force and expression. In public for the encouragement of British art, by illustrating this shor, the author believes his brother would have made himself edition with designs by the most eminent living artişts.'. distinguished in that striking field, in which, since that period, To moy distinguished countryman, David Wilkie, to Edwin Mr. Cooper has achieved so many triumphs. But Mr. T. Scott Landseer, who has exercised his talents so much on Scottish was already affected by bad health, which wholly unfitted him subjects and seenery, to Messrs. Leslie and Newton, my thanks for literary labour, even if he could have reconciled his patience are due, from a friend as well as an author. Nor am I less
obliged to Mesers. Cooper, Kidd, and other artists of distinc• The following is the 'dedicatiod alluded to :-"To the King's Mosetion, to whom I am les personally knowa, for tho ready zen) Gracious Majesty. Siro-The author of this Collection of Works of fic with which they have devoted their talents to the same purpose: tion would not have presumed to solicit for them your Majesty'e augast Farther explanation respecting the edition, is the business of putronage, were it not that the perusal bas been supposed, in some in the publishers, not of the author; and here, therefore, the latter stances, to have succeeded in amusing hours of relaxation, or relieving has accomplished his task of Introduction and explanation. If those of languar, pain, or anxiety' ; and Uierefore must have so far aided like a spoiled child, he has sometimes abused or trifted wità the warmest winh of your Majesty's heart, by contributing, in however the indulgence of the public, he feels himself entitled to full beimall a degree, to the happiness of your people. They are therefore lief, when he exculpates himself from the charge of having lumably dedicated love your Majesty, agreeably to your gracious permis- been at any time insensible of their kindness, sion, by your Majesty's dutiful subject, Walter Scott. Abbotsford, lel Iruvary, 1829."
ANBOTSFORD, 1st January, 1829. twelters up the Author of Waverley ; Rodwell & Martin, London, 1822
• Seo Appendix, No. II.