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if there were any letters. Jerningham produced a j all the colours of the rainbow, there is no spite in huge packet.
woman, no faith in crabtree, or pith in heart of oakWhat the devil!" said his Grace, “do you think ! Araminta's wrath alone would overburden one pair will read all these? I am like Clarence, who asked of mortal shoulders." a cup of wine, and was soused into a butt of sack. “But, my Lord Duke," said his attendant, "this I mean is there any thing which presses ?"
Settle* is so dull a rascal, that nothing he can write “This letter, your Grace,” said Jerningham, "con- will take." cerning the Yorkshire mortgage."
* Then as we have given him steel to head the “Did I not bid thee carry is to old Gatheral, my arrow," said the Duke, we will give him wings to steward ?"
waft it with-wood he has enough of his own 10 "I did, my lord,” answered the other; "but Gath-make a shaft or bolt of. Hand me my own unfinished eral says there are difficulties.".
lampoon-give it to him with the letters-let him "Lei the usurers foreclose, then-there is no diffi- make what he can of them all." culty in that; and out of a hundred manors I shall "My Lord Duke-I crave pardon-but your scarce miss one," answered the Duke. And hark Grace's style will be discovered; and though the ye, bring me my chocolate."
ladies' names are not at the letters, yet they will be Nay, my lord, Gatheral does not say it is impos- traced.” sible-only difficult.”
"I would have it so, you blockhead. Have you “And what is the use of him, if he cannot make it lived with me so long, and cannot discover that the easy? But you are all born to make difficulties," re- eclat of an intrigue is, with me, worth all the rest of plied the Duke.
it?" "Nay, if your Grace approves the terms in this But the danger, my Lord Duke?" replied Jerschedule, and pleases to sign it, Gatheral will under- ningham. "There are husbands,, brothers, friends, take for the matter," answered Jerningham.
whose revenge may be awakened.' And could you not have said so at first, you "And beaten to sleep again,” said Buckingham, blockhead ?" said the Duke, signing the paper with haughtily. "I have Black Will and his cudgel for out looking at the contents—"What other letters ? plebeian grumblers; and those of quality I can deal And remember, I must be plagued with no more with myself. lack breathing and exercise of late.”+ business."
"But yet your Grace"Billets-doux, my lord-five or six of them. This "Hold your peace, fool! I tell you that your poor left at the porter's lodge by a vizard mask.".
dwarfish spirit cannot measure the scope of mine. I "Pshaw !" answered the Duke, tossing them over, tell thee I would have the course of my life a torrent while his attendant assisted in dressing him-"an -I am weary of casy achievements, and wish for acquaintance of a quarter's standing."
obstacles, that I can sweep before my irresistible This given to one of the pages by my Lady -'s course. waiting-woman.
Another gentleman now entered the apartment. "Plague on it-a Jeremiade on the subject of per- "I humbly crave your Grace's pardon," he said; jury and treachery, and not a single new line to the "but Master Christian is so importunate for admisold tune,” said the Duke, glancing over the billet. sion instantly, that I am obliged to take your Grace's "Here is the old cant-cruel man-broken rous- pleasure. Hearen's just revenge. Why, the woman is thinking “Tell him to call three hours hence. Damn his of murder-not of love. No one should pretend to politic pate, that would make all men dance after his write upon so threadhare a topic without having at pipe !". least some novelty of expression. The despairing "I thank you for the compliment, my Lord Duke," Araminta-Lie there, sair desperate. And this-how said Christian, entering the apartment in somewhat comes it ?"
a more courtly garb, but with the same unpretending * Flung into the window of the hall, by a fellow and undistinguished men, and in the same placid and who ran off at full speed,' answered Jerningham. indifferent manner with which he had accosted Julian
"This is a better text," said the duke; " and yet it Peveril upon different occasions during his journey to is an old one too-three weeks old at least-The little London. "It is precisely my present object to pipe to Countess with the jealous lord-I should not care a you; and you may dance to your own profit, if you farthing for her, save for that same jealous lord will." Plague on't, and he's gone down to the country-this "On my word, Master Christian,” said the Duke, evening--in silence and safety-written with a quill haughtily, "the affair should be weighty, that removes pulled from the wing of Cupid-Your ladyship has ceremony so entirely from betwixt us. If it relates left him pen-feathers enough to fly away with—better to the subject of our last conversation, I must request clipped his wings when you had caught him, my lady our interview be postponed to some further opportu. - And so confideni of her Buckingham's faith-I hate nity. I am engaged in an affair of some weight." confidence in a young person-She must be taught Then turning his back on Christian, he went on with beiter-I will not go.'
his conversation with Jerningham.
"Find the perYour Grace will not be so cruel !” said Jerning- son you wot of, and give him the papers; and hark ham.
ye, give him this gold to pay for the shaft of his "Thou art a compassionate fellow, Jerningham; arrow-the steel-head and peacock's wing we have but conceit must be punished."
already provided.". "But if your lordship should resume your fancy for "This is all well, my lord,” said Christian, calmly, her ?"
and taking his seat at the same time in an easy chair "Why, then, you must swear the billet-doux mis- at some distance; " but your Grace's levity is no carried," answered the Duke. And stay, a thought strikes me--it shall miscarry in great style. Hark Elkana Settle, the unworthy scribbler whom the envy of ye-Is--what is the fellow's name—the poet-is he Rochester and others tried to raise to public estimation, as a yonder ?"
rival to Dryden ; a circumstance which has beeu the means of
elevating him to a very painful species of immortality. " There are six gentlemen, sir, who, from the reams + It was the unworthy distinction of men of wit and honour of paper in their pocket, and the threadbare seams at about town, to revenge their own quarrels with inferior persons their elbows, appear to wear the livery of the Muses." by the hands of bravoes. Even in the days of chivalry, the ** Poetical once more, Jerningham. He, I mean,
knights, as may be learned from Don Quixote, turned over to
the chastisement of their squires such adversaries as were not who wrote the last lampoon," said the Duke.
dubb'd; and thus it was not unusual for men of quality in "To whom your Grace said you owed five pieces | Charles Il.'s time, to avenge their wrongs by means of private and a beating?" replied Jerningham.
assassination. Rochester writes composedly concerning a salire "The money for his satire, and the cudgel for his he falls upon me with the blunt, which is his very good weapon
imputed to Dryden, but in reality composed by Mulgrave, "If praise-Good-find him-give him the five pieces, and in wit, I will forgive him, if you please, and leave the repartee thrust the Countess's billet-doux-Hold-rake Ara- to Black Will with a cudgel" And, in conformity with this minta's and the rest of them-thrust them all into cowardly and brutal intimation, that distinguished poet was his portfolio-All will come out at the Wits' Coffee- rittians who could not be discovered, but whom all concluded
waylaid and beaten severely in Rose Street, Covent Garden, by house; and if the promulgator be not cudgelled into 1 to be the agents of Rochester's mean revenge.
match for my equanimity. It is necessary I should hell, I would it were by some new road, and in gentlespeak with you; and I will await your Grace's leisure men's company. I should not like to travel with in the apartment.'
Oates, Bedlow, and the rest of that famous cloud of Very well, sir," said the Duke, peevishly; "if an witnesses." evil is to be undergone, the sooner it is over the bei- “ Your Grace is then resolved to forego all the ter-I can take measures to prevent its being re- advantages which may arise? If the House of Derby newed. So let me hear your errand without further fall under forfeiture, the grant to Fairfax, now worthilý delay."
represented by your Duchess, revives; and you become "I will wait till your Grace's toilette is completed," the Lord and Sovereign of Man." said Christian, with the indifferent tone which was "In right of a woman,' said the Duke; "but, in natural to him... "What I have to say must be be-troth, my godly dame owes me some advantage for tween ourselves."
having lived the first year of our marriage with her "Begone, Jerningham; and remain without till and old Black Tom, her grim, fighting, puritanic I call. Leave my doublet on the couch.-How now? father. A man might as well have married the Devil's I have worn this cloth of silver a hundred times." daughter, and set up house-keeping with his father
"Only twice, if it please your Grace," replied Jer-in-law."* ningham.
"I understand you are willing, then, to join your As well twenty times-keep it for yourself, or interest for a heave at the House of Derby, my Lord give it to my valet, if you are too proud of your gen- Duke ?" tility:
As they are unlawfully possessed of my wife's "Your Grace has made better men than me wear kingdom, they certainly can expect no favour at my your cast clothes,” said Jerningham, submissively. hand. But thou knowest there is an interest at White
"Thou art sharp, Jerningham," said the Duke- hall predominant over mine." "in one sense I have, and I may again. So now, "That is only by your Grace's sufferance," said that pearl-coloured thing will do with the ribbon and Christian. George. Get away with thee.--And now that he is "No, no; I tell thee a hundred times, no," said the gone, Master Christian, may I once more crave your Duke, rousing himself to anger at the recollection. pleasure ?"
"I tell thee that base couriesan, the Duchess of "My Lord Duke," said Christian, "you are a Portsmouth, hath impudently set herself to thwart worshipper of difficulties in state affairs, as in love and contradict me; and Charles has given me both matters.
cloudy looks and hard words before the Court. I “I trust you have been no eavesdropper, Master would he could but guess what is the offence between Christian," replied the Duke ; "it scarce argues the her and me! I would he but knew that! But I will respect due to me, or to my roof."
have her plumes plucked, or my name is not Villiers. 'I know not what you mean, my lord," replied A worthless French fille-de-joie to brave me thus !-Christian.
Christian, thou art right; there is no passion so spirito "Nay, I care not if the whole world heard what stirring as revenge. I will patronise the Plot, if it be I said but now to Jerningham. But to the matter, but to spite her, and make it impossible for the King replied the Duke of Buckingham.
to uphold her." * Your Grace is so much occupied with conquests As the Duke spoke, he gradually wrought himself over the fair and over the witty, that you have per- into a passion, and traversed the apartment with as haps forgotten what a stake you have in the little much vehemence as if the only object he had on earth Island of Man."
was to deprive the Duchess of her power and favour “Not a whit, Master Christian. I remember well with the King, Christian smiled internally to see him enough that my roundheaded father-in-law, Fairfax, approaching the state of mind in which he was most had the island from the Long Parliament; and was easily worked upon, and judiciously kept silence, until ass enough to quit hold of it at the Restoration, when, the Duke called out to him, in a pet, "Well, Sir Oraif he had closed his clutches, and held fast, like a true cle, you that have laid so many schemes to supplant bird of prey, as he should have done, he might have this she-wolf of Gaul, where are all your contrivances kept it for him and his. It had been a rare thing to now ?-Where is the exquisite beauty who was to have had a little kingdom-made laws of my own- catch the Sovereign's eye at the first glance ?-Chifhad my Chamberlain with his white stafi – 1 would finch, hath he seen her!--and what does he say, that have taught Jerningham, in half a day, to look as exquisite critic in beauty and blanc-mange, women wise, walk as stiffly, and speak as sillily, as Harry and wine?" Bennet."*
seen and approves, but has not yet heard "You might have done this, and more, if it had her; and her speech answers to all the rest. We pleased your Grace."
came here yesterday; and to-day I intend to introduce "Ay, and if it had pleased my Grace, thou, Ned Chiffinch to her, the instant he arrives from the counChristian, shouldst have been the Jack Ketch of my try; and I expect him every hour. I am but afraid of dominions."
the damsel's peevish virtue, for she hath been brought “I your Jack Ketch, my lord ?" said Christian, more up after the fashion of our grandmothers--our moihers in a tone of surprise than of displeasure.
had better sense." " Why, ay; thou hast been perpetually intriguing What! so fair, so young, so quick-witted, and so against the life of yonder poor old woman. It were a difficult ?" said the Duke. By your leave, you shall kingdom to thee to gratify thy spleen with thy own introduce me as well as Chiffinch." hands."
"That your Grace may cure her of her intractable " I only seek justice against the Countess," said modesty ? ' said Christian. Christian.
'Why," replied the Duke, "it will but teach her "And the end of justice is always a gibbet," said to stand in her own light. Kings do not love to court the Duke.
and sue; they should have their game run down for “Beit so," answered Christian. "Well
, the Count- them. ess is in the Plot."
“ Under your Grace's favour,” said Christian, “ The devil confound the Plot, as I believe he first "this cannot be-Non omnibus dormioYour Grace invented it!" said the Duke of Luckingham; "I have knows the classic allusion. If this maiden become a heard of nothing else for months. If one must go to Prince's favourite, rank gilds the shame and the sin.
• Bennet, Earl of Arlington, was one of Charles's most at. But to any under Majesty, she must noi vail topsail. tached courtiers during his exile. After the Restoration, he "Why, thou suspicious fool, I was but in jesi," said was employed in the ministry, and the name of Bennet supplies the Duke. its initial B to the celebrated word Cabal. But the King was
"Do you think I would interfere to spoil supposed to have lost respect for him; and several persons at
a plan so much to my own advantage as that which court took the liberty to mimic his person and behaviour, which you have laid before me?" was stiff and formal. Thus it was a common jest for some courtier to put a black patch on his nose, and strut about with * Mary, daughter of Thomas Lord Fairfax, was wedded to a wbite staff in his hand, to make the King merry. But, not the Duke of Buckingham, whose versatility rendered him as withstanding, he retained his office of Lord Chamberlain and capable for a time of rendering himself agrecable to his fatherhis seat in the Privy Council, till his death in 1685.
in-law, though a rigid Presbyterian, as to the gay Charles II.
“ He ha
Christian smiled and shook his head. "My lord,” | him as high as he can any one who is no such purihe said, “I know your Grace as well, or better per- tanic fool as himself.". haps, than you know yourself. To spoil a well- "Well, most Christian Christian," said the Duke, concerted intrigue by some cross stroke of your own, “I have heard your commands at length. I will would give you more pleasure than to bring it to a endeavour to stop the earths under the throne, that successful termination according to the plans of neither the lord, knight, nor squire in question, shall others. But Shaftesbury, and all concerned, have find it possible to burrow there. For the fair one, I determined that our scheme shall at least have fair must leave Chiffinch and you to manage her introplay. We reckon, therefore, on your help; and-duction to her high destinies, since I am not to be forgive me when I say so-we will not permit our trusted. Adieu, most Christian Christian.” selves to be impeded by your levity and fickleness of He fixed his eyes on him, and then exclaimed, as purpose.
he shut the door of the apartment,-“ Most profligate "Who?-1 light and fickle of purpose ?" said the and damnable villain! And what provokes me most Duke. “You see me here as resolved as any of you, of all, is the knave's composed insolence. Your Grace to dispossess the mistress, and to carry on the Plot; will do this-and your Grace will condescend to do these are the only two things I live for in this world. that-A pretty puppet I should be, to play the second No one can play the man of business like me, when I part or rather the third, in such a scheme! No, they please, to the very filing and labelling of my letters. shall all walk according to my purpose, or I will cross I am regular as a scrivener."
them. I will find this girl out in spite of them, and " You have Chiffinch's letter from the country; he judge if their scheme is likely to be successful. If so, told me he had written to you about some passages she shall be mine-mine entirely, before she becomes betwixt him and the young Lord Saville.",
the King's; and I will command her who is to guide He did so-he did so, said the Duke, looking Charles.-- Jerningham,”* (his gentleman entered,) among his letters; " but I see not his letter just now cause Christian to be dogged wherever he goes, for -I scarcely noted the contents-I was busy when it the next four-and-twenty hours, and find out where came--but I have it safely."
he visits a female newly come to town.-You smile, "You should have acted on it," answered Chris- you knave ?" tian. "The fool suffered himself to be choused out of his secret, and prayed you to see that my
lord's * The application of the very respectable old English name of messenger got not to the Dutchess with some des- ham, has proved or force sufficient to wake the resentment or patches which he sent up from Derbyshire, betraying the dead, who had in early days worn that illustrious surname, our mystery."
-for the author received by post the following expostulation The Duke was now alarmed, and rang the bell on the subject :hastilyJerningham appeared.'"Where is the letter I had from Master Chitfinch some hours since ?"
" To the learned Clerk and worshipful Knighe, Sir Walter Scotl.
give these : "If it be not amongst those your Grace has before
"Mye mortal frame has long since mouldered into dust, and you, I know nothing of it,” said Jerningham. "I saw the young saplingo that was planted on the daye of mye funeral, none such arrive.”
is now a doddered oak, standinge hard bye the mansion of the "You lie, you rascal,” said Buckingham; "have familie. The windes doe whistle thro' its leaves, moaninge
among its moss.covered branches, and awakening in the soules you a right to remember better than I do?"
of iny descendants, that pensive melancholy which leads back If your Grace will forgive me reminding you, you to the contemplating those that are gone ! --1, who was once the have scarce opened a letter this week," said his gen- courtly damo, thnt held high revelry in these gaye bowers, am tleman.
now light as the blast! "Did you ever hear such a provoking pascal!" said or by producing the noise of rustlinge silkes, or the slow tread
"If I essaye, from vain affection, to make my name be thought the Duke. “He might be a witness in the Plot. He of a midnight foot along the chapel Hoor, alas! I only scare the has knocked my character for regularity entirely on simple maidens, and my wearie etforts (how wearie none alive the bead with his damned counter-evidence."
can tell) are derided and jeered at, by my knightlie descend
Once indeed-but it boots not to burthen your ear with "Your Grace's talent and capacity will at least this particular, nor why I am still sad and aching, between remain unimpeached,” said Christian; "and it is earth and heaven!
Know only, that I still walk this placo (as those that must serve yourself and your friends. If I mye playmate, your great-grandmother, does hers.) I sit in my
wouted chair, tho' now it stands in a dusty garret. I frequent might advise, you will hasten to Court, and lay some
my lady's room, and I have hushed her wailing babes, when all foundation for the impression we wish to make. If the cunning of the nurse has failed. I sit at the window where your Grace can take the first word, and throw out a so long a succession of honourable dames have presided their hint to crossbite Saville, it will be well. But above daye, and are passed away! But in the change that centuries
brought, honor and truth have remained ; and, as adherents to all, keep the King's ear employed, which no one can King Harry's cldest daughter, as true subjects to her succes: do so well as you. Leave Chiffinch to fill his heart sors, as faithful followers of the unfortunate Charles and his with a proper object. Another thing is, there is a posteritie, and as loyal and attached servauntes of the present blockhead of an old Cavalier, who must needs be a lied in honour, and uncontaminated in aught untitting its an: bustler in the Countess of Derby's behalf-he is fast cient knightlie origin. You, noble and learned sir, whose quill in hold, with the whole tribe of witnesses at his is as the trumpet arousinge the slumberinge soule to feelings of haunches."
lontie chivalrie,- you, Sir Knight, who feel and doe honour to "Nay, then, take him, Topham.”
your noble lineage, wherefore did you say, in your chronicle or historie of the brave knight, Feveril
of the Peake, that my lord "Topham has taken him already, my lord," said of Buckingham's servaunte was a Jerningham !!! a vile varlet Christian; "and there is, besides, a young gallant, to a viler noble ! Many honourable families have, indeed, shot a son of the said Knight, who was bred in the house and spread from the parent stock into wilde entangled mazes, hold of the Countess of Derby, and who has brought it so pleased Providence, that mye worshipful husband, good letters from her to the Provincial of the Jesuits, and Sir Harry's line, has fowed in one coutined, but clear deep others in London."
steam, down to mye well-beloued son, the present Sir George "What are their names ?'' said the Duke, dryly.
Jerningham (by just clair Lorde Stafforde :) and if any of your
courtly ancestors that hover round your bed, could speak, they Sir Geoffrey Peveril of Martindale Castle, in Der- would tell you that the Duke's valet was not Jerningham, but byevire, and his son Julian."
Sayer or Sims.--Act as you shall think mete hereon, but de. “What! Peveril of the Peak?" said the Duke, -"a fend the honoured names of those whose champion you so well stout old Cavalier as ever swore an oath-A Worces- deserve to be.
“J, JERNINGHAM.” ter-man, too-and, in truth, a man of all work, when blows were going? I will not consent to his ruin,
Having no mode of knowing how to reply to this ancient Christian. These fellows must be flogged off such dignitary, I am compelled to lay the blame of my error upou false scents-flogged in every sense, they must, and wicked example which has misiod me ; and to plead that I should will be, when the nation comes to its eye-sight again." never have been guilty of so great a misnomer, but for the au
thority of one Oliver Goldsmith, who, in an elegant dialogue "It is of more than the last importance in the mean
between the Lady Blarney and Miss Carolina Wilhelmina Ame. time, to the furtherance of our plan,” said Christian, lia Skeges, makes the former assure Miss Skeggs as a fact, that "that your Grace should stand for a space between the next morning my lord called out three times to his valet.de them and the King's favour. The youth hath influ- chambre, “ Jernigan, Jernizan, Jernigan! bring me my gar. ence with the maiden, which we should find scarce sioned the offence rendered, for which I make this imperfect, lavourable to our views; besides, her father holds yet respectful apulogs.
"I did but suspect a fresh rival to Araminta and J father-bast not her father's fears. Art thou sure of the little Countess," said Jerningham.
the character of this woman to whom my child is in"Away to your business, knave," said the Duke, trusted ?" "and lei me think of mine.-To subdue a Puritan in "Am I sure of my own ?-Am I sure that my name Esse--a King's favourite in Posse—the very muster is Christian-yours Bridgenorth ?- Is it a thing I am of western beauties-that is point first. The impu- likely to be insecure in ?-Have I not dwelt for many dence of this Manx mongrel to be corrected-ihe years in this city ?-Do I not know this Court ?-- And pride of Madame la Duchesse to be pulled down-am I likely to be imposed upon ? For I will not think an important state intrigue to be furthered, or baffed, you can fear my imposing upon you." as circumstances render most to my own honour and “Thou art my brother," said Bridgenorth-"the glory-I wished for business but now, and I have got blood and bone of my departed Saint-and I am deenough of it. But Buckingham will keep his own termined that I will trust thee in this matter.". steerage-way through shoal and through weather." “Thou dost well," said Christian; "and who knows
what reward may be in store for thee?-I cannot look
upon Alice, but it is strongly borne in on my mind, CHAPTER XXIX.
that there will be work for a creature so excellent beMark you this, Bassanio
yond ordinary women. Courageous Judith freed BeThe devil can quote scripture for his purpose.
ihulia by her valour, and the comely features of Esther Merchant of Venice.
inade her a safeguard and a defence to her people in AFTER leaving the proud mansion of the Duke of the land of captivity, when she found favour in the Buckingham, Christian, full of the deep and treache- sight of King Ahasuerus." rous schemes which he meditated, hastened to the 9 Be it with her as Heaven wills," said Bridgenorth; city, where, in a decent inn, kept by a person of his "and now tell me what progress there is in the great own persuasion, he had been unexpectedly summoned work." to meet with Ralph Bridgenorth of Moultrassie. He "The people are weary of the iniquity of this Court," was not disappointed-ihe Major had arrived that said Christian; and if this man will continue to morning, and anxiously expected him. The usual reign, it must bc by calling to his councils men of angloom of his countenance was darkened into a yet other stamp. The alarm excited by the damnable deeper shade of anxiety, which was scarcely relieved, practices of the Papists, has called up men's souls, and even while, in answer his inquiry after his daughter, awakened their eyes to the dangers of their state.Christian gave the most favourable account of her He himself-for he will give up brother and wife to sealth and spirits, naturally and unaffectedly inter- save himself—is not averse to a change of measures; mingled with such praises of her beauty and her dis- and though we cannot at first see the Court purged as position, as were likely to be most grateful to a father's with a winnowing fan, yet there will be enough of the ear.
good to control the bad-enough of the sober party to But Christian had too much cunning to expațiate compel the grant of that universal toleration, for which on this theme, however soothing. He stopped short we have sighed so long, as a maiden for her beloved. exactly at the point where, as an affectionate relative, Time and opportunity will lead the way to more he might be supposed to have said enough. "The thorough reformation, and that will be done without lady,'' he said, "with whom he had placed Alice, was stroke of sword, which our friends failed to establish delighted with her aspect and manners, and undertook on a sure foundation, even when their victorious blades to be responsible for her health and happiness. He were in their hands." had not, he said, deserved so little confidence at the May God grant it !" said Bridgenorth ; "for I fear hand of his brother, Bridgenorth, as that the Major me I should scruple to do aught
which should once should, contrary to his purpose, and to the plan which more unsheath the civil sword; but welcome all that they had adjusted together, have hurried up from the comes in a peaceful and parliamentary way. country, as if his own presence were necessary for “Ay,” said Christian,..and which will bring with Alice'a protection.”.
it the bitter amends, which our enemies have so long "Brother Christian," said Bridgenorth in reply, "I merited at our hands. How long bath our brother's must see my child-I must see this person with whom blood cried for vengeance from the altar !-Now shall she is intrusted."
that cruel Frenchwoman find that neither lapse of "To what purpose ?" answered Christian. "Have years, nor her powerful friends, nor the name of Stanyou not often confessed that the over excess of the ley, nor the Sovereignty of Man, shall stop the stern carnal affection which you have entertained for your course of the pursuer of blood. Her name shall be daughter, hath been a snare to you?-Have you not, struck from the noble, and her heritage shall another more than once, been on the point of resigning those take.” great designs which should place righteousness as a "Nay, but, brother Christian,” said Bridgenorth, counsellor beside the throne, because you desired to art thou not over eager in pursuing this thing ?-It gratify your daughter's girlishi passion for this descend- is thy duty as a Christian to forgive thine enemies.' ant of your old persecutor-this Julian Peveril ?'' Ay, but not the enemies of Heaven-not those
“I own it," said Bridgenorth; "and worlds would who shed the blood of the saints," said Christian, I have given, and would yet give, to clasp that youth his eyes kindling with that vehement and fiery exto my bosom, and call him my son. The spirit of his pression which at times gave to his uninteresting mother looks from his eye, and his stately step is as countenance the only character of passion which it that of his father, when he daily spoke comfort to me ever exhibited. "No, Bridgenorth, he continued, in my distress, and said, "The child liveth.'" “I esteem this purpose of revenge holy-I account
"But the youth walks,” said Christian, “after his it a propitiatory sacrifice for what may have been own lights, and mistakes the meteor of the marsh for evil in my life. I have submitted to be spurned by the Polar star. Ralph Bridgenorth, I will speak 10 the haughty--I have humbled myself to be as a thee in friendly sincerity. Thou must not think to servant; but in my breast was the proud thought, serve both the good cause and Ba Obey, if thou I, who do this--do ít that I may avenge my brother's wilt, thine own carnal affections, summon this Julian blood." Peveril to thy house, and let him wed thy daughter- "Still, my brother," said Bridgenorth, "although But mark the reception she will meet with from the I participate thy purpose, and have aided thee against proud old knight, whose spirit is now, even now, as this Moabitish woman, I cannot but think thy relittle broken with his chains, as after the sword of the venge is more after the law of Moses than after the Saints had prevailed at Worcester. Thou wilt see thy law of love." daughter spurned from his feet like an outcast." "This comes well from thee, Ralph Bridgenorth,"
"Christian," said Bridgenorth, interrupting him, answered Christian; "from thee, who hast just "thou dost urge me hard, but thou dost it in love, my smiled over the downfall of thine own enemy brother, and I forgive thee-Alice shall never be "If you mean Sir Geoffrey Peveril," said Bridgespurned.-But this friend of thine-this lady--thou north, "I smile not on his ruin. It is well he is art my child's uncle; and after me, thou art next to abased; but if it lies with me, I may humble his her in love and affection-Still, thou art not her I pride, but will never ruin his house."
"You know your purpose bc31,” said Christian; I therefore, his gecming godliness brought him worldly "and I do justice, brother Bridgenorth, to the purity gain, his secret pleasures compensated for his outward of your principles; but men who see with but worldly austerity; until the restoration, and the Countess's eyes, would discern little purpose of mercy in the violent proceedings against his brother, interrupted strict magistrate and severe creditor and such have the course of both. He then Hed from his native you been to Peveril."
island, burning with the desire of revenging his And, brother Christian,” said Bridgenorth, his brother's death-the only passion foreign to his own colour rising as he spoke, “neither do I doubt your gratification which he was ever known to cherish, purpose, nor deny the surprising address with which and which was also at least partly selfish, since it you have procured such perfect information concern- concerned the restoration of his own fortunes. ing the purposes of yonder woman of Ammon. But He found easy access to Villiers, Duke of Buckingit is free to me to think, that in your intercourse with ham, who, in right of his Duchess, claimed such of the Court, and with courtiers, you may, in your carna! the Derby estates as had been bestowed by the Parliaand worldly policy, sink the value of those spiritual ment on his celebrated father-in-law, Lord Fairfax. gifts, for which you were once so much celebrated His influence at the Court of Charles, where a jest among the brethren."
was a better plea than a long claim of faithful service, "Do not apprehend it,” said Christian, recovering was so successfully exerted, as to contribute greatly his temper, which had been a little ruined by the to the depression of that loyal and ill-rewarded previous discussion. “Let us but work together as family. But Buckingham was incapable, even for heretofore; and I trust each of us shall be found his own interest, of pursuing the steady course which doing the work of a faithful servant to that good Christian suggested to him; and his vacillation probold cause for which we have heretofore drawn the ably saved the remnant of the large estates of the Earl sword.”
of Derby. So saying, he took his hat, and bidding Bridgenorth Mean time, Christian was too useful a follower to farewell, declared his intention of returning in the be dismissed. From Buckinghain, and others of the evening.
stamp, he did not affect to conceal the laxity of his "Fare thee weii!" said Bridgenorth; "to that morals; but, towards the numerous and powerful cause wilt thou find me ever a true and devoted ad-party to which he belonged, he was able to disguise herent. I will act by that counsel of thine, and will them by a sceming gravity of exterior, which he never not even ask thee—though it may grieve my heart as laid aside. Indeed, so wide and absolute was then a parent-with whom, or where, thou hast intrusted the distinction betwixt the Court and the city, that a my child. I will try to cut off, and cast froin me, man might have for some time played two several even my right hand, and my right eye; but for thee, parts, as in two different spheres, without its being Christian, if thou dost deal otherwise than prudently discovered in the one that he exhibited himself in a and honestly in this matter, it is what God and man different light in the other. Besides, when a man of will require at thy hand.”.
talent shows himself an able and useful partisan, his "Fear not me,” said Christian, hastily, and left the party will continue to protect and accredit hiin, in spite place, agitated by reflections of no pleasant kind. of conduct the most contradictory to their own prin
"I ought to have persuaded him to return,” he ciples. Some facts are, in such cases, denied--some said, as he stepped out into the street. “Even his are glossed over-and party zeal is permitted to cover hovering in this neighbourhood may spoil the plan at least as many defects as ever doth charity. on which depends the rise of my fortunes-ay, and Edward Christian had often need of the partial of his child's. Will men say I have ruined her, when indulgence of his friends; but he experienced it, for he I shall have raised her to the dazzling height of the was eminently useful. Buckingham, and other courDuchess of Portsmouth, and perhaps made her tiers of the same class, however dissolute in their mother to a long line of Princes? Chiffinch hath lives, were desirous of keeping some connexion with vouched for opportunity; and the voluptuary's fortune the Dissenting or Puritanic party, as it was termed; depends on his gratifying the taste of his master for thereby to strengthen themselves against their opvariety. If she makes an impression, it must be a ponents at Court. In such intrigues, Christian was a deep, one; and once seated in his affections, 1 fear notable agent; and at one time had nearly procured not her being supplanted.-What will her father say ? an absolute union between a class which professed the Will he, like a prudent man, put his shame in his most rigid principles of religion and morality, and the pocket, because it is well gilded? or will he think it latitudinarian courtiers, who set all principle at defifitting to make a display of moral wrath and parental ance. frenzy? I fear the latter-He has ever kept too strict Amidst the vicissitudes of a life of intrigue, during a course to admit his conniving at such license. But which Buckingham's ambitious schemes and his own what will his anger avail?-I need not be seen in the repeatedly sent himn across the Atlantic, it was Edmatter-those who are, will care little for the resent- ward Christian's boast that he never lost sight of his ment of a country Puritan. And after all, what I am principal object-revenge on the Countess of Derby. labouring 10 bring about is best for himself, the He maintained a close and intimate correspondence wench, and, above all, for me, Edward Christian.” with his native island, so as to be perfectly informed
With such base opiates did this unhappy wretch of whatever took place there; and he stimulated, on stifle his own conscience, while anticipating the dis- every favourable opportunity, the cupidity of Buckgrace of his friend's family, and the ruin of a near ingham to possess himself of this peity kingdom, by relative, committed in confidence to his charge. procuring the forfeiture of its present Lord. It was The character of this man was of no coinmon de- not difficult to keep his patron's wild wishes alive on scription; nor was it by an ordinary road that he this topic, for his own mercurial imagination attached had arrived at the present climax of unfeeling and particular charms to the idea of becoming a sort of infamous selfishness.
sovereign even in this little island; and he was, like Edward Christian, as the reader is aware, was the Catiline, as covetous of the property of others, as he brother of that William Christian, who was the prin- was profuse of his own, cipal instrument in delivering up the Island of Man But it was not until the pretended discovery of the to the Republic, and who became the victim of the Papist Plot that the schemes of Christian could be Countess of Derby's revenge on that account. Both brought to ripen; and then, so odious were the Ca. had been educated as Puritans, but William was a tholics in the eyes of the credulous people of England, soldier, which somewhat modified the strictness of that, upon the accusation of the most infamous oi his religious opinions; Edward, a civilian, seemed to mankind, common informers, the scourings of jails, entertain these principles in the utmost rigour. But and the refuse of the whipping-post, the most atro it was only seeming. The exactness of deporțment, cious charges against persons of the highest ranks which procured him great honour and influence and fairest character, were readily received and among the sober party, as they were wont to term credited. themselves, covered a voluptuous disposition, the This was a period which Christian did not fail to gratification of which was sweet to him as stolen improve. He drew close his intimacy with Bridgewaters, and pleasant as bread eaten in secret. While, north, which had indeed never been interrupted, and VOL. IV.