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several occasions more capacity for command than " When civil dudgeon first grew high,
men had heretofore given him credit for. And men fell out they knew not why;
Even in the midst of the civil turmoil, he fell in When foul words, jealousies, and fears,
love with, and married, a beautiful and amiable young Set folk together by the ears
lady of the noble house of Stanley; and from that William, the Conqueror of England, was, or sup- time had the more merit in his loyalty, as it divorced posed himself to be, the father of a certain William him from her society, unless at very brief intervals, Peveril
, who attended him to the battle of Hastings, when his duty permitted an occasional visit to his and there distinguished himself. The liberal-minded home. Scorning to be allured from his military duty monarch, who assumed in his charters the veritable by domestic inducements, Peveril of the Peak fought title of Gulielmus Bastardus, was not likely to let on for several rough years of civil war, and performed his son's illegitimacy be any bar to the course of his his part with sufficient gallantry, until his regiment royal favour, when the laws of England were issued was surprised and cut to pieces by Poyntz, Cromfrom the mouth of the Norman victor, and the lands well's enterprising and successful general of cavalry. of the Saxons were at his unlimited disposal. Wil. The defeated Cavalier escaped from the field of battle, liam Peveril obtained a liberal grant of property and and, like a true descendant of William the Conqueror, Jordships in Derbyshire, and became the erector of disdaining submission, threw himself into his own that Gothic fortress, which, hanging over the mouth castellated mansion, which was attacked and defendof the Devil's Cavern, so well known to tourists, ed in a siege of that irregular kind which caused the gives the name of Castleton to the adjacent village destruction of so many baronial residences during
From this feudal Baron, who chose his nest upon the course of those unhappy wars. Martindale Casthe principles on which an eagle selects her eyry, and tle, after having suffered severely from the cannon built it in such a fashion as if he had intended it, as which Cromwell himself brought against it, was at an Irishman said of the Martello towers, for the sole length surrendered when in the last extremity. Sir purpose of puzzling posterity, there was, or conceived Geoffrey himself became a prisoner, and while his lithemselves to be, descended (for their pedigree was berty was only restored upon a promise of remaining rather hypothetical) an opulent family of knightly a peaceful subject to the Commonwealth in future, rank, in the same county of Derby. The great fief his former delinquencies, as they were termed by the of Castleton, with its adjacent wastes and forests, ruling party, were severely punished by fine and seand all the wonders which they contain, had been questration. forfeited in King John's stormy days, by one William But neither his forced promise, nor the fear of farPeveril, and had been granted anew to the Lord Fer-ther unpleasant consequences to his person or prorers of that day. Yet this William's descendants, perty, could prevent Peveril of the Peak from joining though no longer possessed of what they alleged to the gallant Earl of Derby the night before the fatal have been their original property, were long distin- engagement in Wiggan-lane, where the Earl's forces guished by the proud title of Peverils of the Peak, were dispersed. Sir Geoffrey having had his share in which served to mark their high descent, and lofty that action, escaped with the relics of the royalists after pretensions.
the defeat, to join Charles II. He witnessed also the In Charles the Second's time, the representative of final defeat of Worcester, where he was a second time this ancient family was Sir Geoffrey Peveril, a man made prisoner; and, as in the opinion of Cromwell who had many of the ordinary attributes of an old, and the language of the times, he was regarded as an fashioned country gentlemen, and very few individual obstinate malignant, he was in great danger of havtraits to distinguish him from the general portrait of ing shared with the Earl of Derby his execution at that worthy class of mankind. He was proud of Bolton-le-Moor, having partaken with him the dan. small advantages, angry at small disappointments
, gers of two actions. But Sir Geoffrey's life was incapable of forming any resolution or opinion ab- preserved by the interest of a friend, who possessed stracted from his own prejudices-he was proud of influence in the councils of Oliver. This was a Mr. his birth, lavish in his housekeeping, convivial with Bridgenorth, a gentleman of middling quality, whose those kindred and acquaintances, who would allow father had been successful in some commercial adhis superiority in rank-contentious and quarrelsome venture during the peaceful reign of James I.; and with all that crossed his pretensions-kind to the who had bequeathed his son a considerable sum of poor, except when they plundered his game-a roy: money, in addition to the moderate patrimony which alist in his political opinions, and one who detested he inherited from his father. alike a Roundhead, a poacher, and a Presbyterian. The substantial, though small-sized brick building In religion Sir
Geoffrey was a high-churchman, of so of Moultrassie Hall, was but two miles distant from exalted a strain that many thought he still nourished Martindale Castle, and the young Bridgenorth atin private the Roman Caiholic tenets, which his fa- tended the same school with the heir of the Peverils. mily had only renounced in his father's time, and a sort of companionship, if not intimacy, took place that he had a dispensation for conforming in outward betwixt them, which continued during their youthful observances to the Protestant faith. There was at sports-the rather that Bridgenorth, though he did least such a scandal amongst the Puritans, and the not at heart admit Sir Geoffrey's claims of superiinfluence which Sir Geoffrey Peveril certainly ap. ority to the extent which the other's vanity would peared to possess amongst the Catholic gentlemen of have exacted, paid deference in a reasonable degree Derbyshire and Cheshire, seemed to give countenance to the representative of a family so much more anto the rumour.
cient and important than his own, without conceivSuch was Sir Geoffrey, who might have passed to ing that he in any respect degraded himself by doing his grave without farther distinction than a brass- so. plate in the chancel, had he not lived in times which Mr. Bridgenorth did not, however, carry his comforced the most inactive spirits into exertion, as a plaisance so far as to embrace Sir Geoffrey's side tempest influences the sluggish waters of the deadest during the Civil War. On the contrary, as an active ineer. When the Civil Wars broke out, Peveril of the Justice of the Peace, he rendered much assistance in Peak, proud from pedigree, and brave by constitution, arraying the militia in the cause of the Parliament, raised a regiment for the King, and showed upon I and for some time held a military commission in that
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service. This was partly owing to his religious prin- Before the Civil War, the superb battlements and ciples, for he was a zealous Presbyterian, partly to turrets of Martindale Castle looked down on the red his political ideas, which, without being absolutely brick-built Hall, as it stole out from the green plantademocratical, savoured the popular side of the great tions, just as an oak in Martindale Chase would national question. Besides, he was a moneyed man, have looked beside one of the stunted and formal and to a certain extent had a shrewd eye to his young beech-trees with which Bridgenorth had graworldly interest. He understood how to improve the ced his avenue; but after the siege which we have opportunities which civil war afforded, of advancing commemorated, the enlarged and augmented Hall his fortune, by a dexterous use of his capital; and was as much predominant in the landscape over the he was not at a loss to perceive that these were likely shattered and blackened ruins of the Castle, of which to be obtained by joining the Parliament; while the only one wing was left habitable, as the youthful King's cause, as it was managed, held out nothing beech, in all its vigour of shoot and bud, would appear to the wealthy but a course of exaction and compul- to the same aged oak stripped of its boughs, and sory loans. For these reasons, Bridgenorth became rifted by lightning, one half laid in shivers on the a decided Roundhead, and all friendly communica- ground, and the other remaining a blackened and tion petwixt his neighbour and him was abruptly ungraceful trunk, rent and splintered, and without broken asunder. This was done with the less acri- either life or leaves. Sir Geoffrey could not but feel, inony, that during the Civil War, Sir Geoffrey was that the situation and prospects of the two neighalmost constantly in the field, following the vacilla- bours were exchanged as disadvantageously for himting and unhappy fortunes of his master; while Ma- self as the appearance of their mansions; and that jor Bridgenorth, who soon renounced active military though the authority of the man in office under the service, resided chiefly in London, and only occasion- Parliament, the sequestrator, and the committeeman, ally visited the Hall.
had been only exerted for the protection of the cavaUpon these visits, it was with great pleasure he re- lier and the malignant, they would have been as effec. ceived the intelligence, that Lady Peveril had shown tual if applied to procure his utter ruin; and that he much kindness to Mrs. Bridgenorth, and had actually was become a client, while his neighbour was elevagiven her and her family shelter in Martindale Castle, ted into a patron. when Moultrassie Hall was threatened with pillage There were two considerations, besides the necesby a body of Prince Rupert's ill-disciplined "Cava- sity of the case and the constant advice of his lady, liers. This acquaintance had been matured by frequent which enabled Peveril of the Peak to endure, with walks together, which the vicinity of their places some patience, this state of degradation. The first of residence suffered the Lady Peveril to have with was, that the politics of Major Bridgenorth began, Mrs. Bridgenorth, who deemed herself much honour- on many points
, to assimilate themselves to his own. ed in being thus admitted into the society of so dis- As a Presbyterian, he was not an utter enemy to tinguished a lady. Major Bridgenorth heard of this monarchy, and had been considerably shocked at the growing intimacy with great pleasure, and he deter- unexpected trial and execution of the King; as a mined to repay the obligation, as far as he could civilian and a man of property, he feared the dowithout much hurt to himself, by interfering with all mination of the military; and though he wished not his influence, in behalf of her unfortunate husband. to see Charles restored by force of arms, yet he arIt was chiefly owing to Major Bridgenorth's media- rived at the conclusion, that to bring back the heir tion, that Sir Geoffrey's life was saved after the battle of the royal family on such terms of composition as of Worcester. He obtained him permission to com- might ensure the protection of those popular immupound for his estate on easier terms than many who nities and privileges for which the Long Parliament had been less obstinate in malignancy; and, finally, had at firsi contended, would be the surest and most when, in order to raise the money to the composition, desirable termination to the mutations in state affairs the Knight was obliged to sell a considerable portion which had agitated Britain. Indeed, the Major's of his patrimony, Major Bridgenorth became the pur- ideas on this point approached so nearly those of his chaser, and that at a larger price than had been paid to neighbour, that he had well-nigh suffered Sir Geoffrey, any Cavalier under such circumstances, by a member who had a finger in almost all the conspiracies of of the Committee for Sequestrations. It is true, the the Royalists, to involve him in the unfortunate prudent committeeman did not, by any means, 'lose rising of Penruddock and Groves in the wesi, in sight of his own interest in the transaction, for the which many of the Presbyterian interest, as well as price was, after all, very moderate, and the property the Cavalier party, were engaged. And though his lay adjacent to Moultrassie Hall, the value of which habitual prudence eventually kept him out of this was at least trebled by the acquisition. But then it and other dangers, Major Bridgenorth was considered, was also true, that the unfortunate owner must have during the last years of Cromwell's domination, and submitted to much worse conditions, had the com- the interregnum which succeeded, as a disaffected mitteeman used, as others did, the full advantages person to the Commonwealth, and a favourer of which his situation gave him; and Bridgenorth took Charles Stewart. credit to himself, and received it from others, for hav- But besides this approximation to the same politiing, on this occasion, fairly sacrificed his interest to cal opinions, another bond of intimacy united the his liberality.
families of the Castle and the Hall. Major BridgeSir Geoffrey Peveril was of the same opinion, and north, fortunate, and eminently so, in all his worldly the rather that Mr. Bridgenorth seemed to bear his transactions, was visited by severe and reiterated exaltatic. vith great moderation, and was disposed misfortunes in his family, and became, in this parto show him personally the same deference in his ticular, an object of compassion to his poorer and present sunshine of prosperity, which he had exhi- more decayed neighbour. Betwixt the breaking bited formerly in their early acquaintance. It is but out of the Civil War and the Restoration, he lost justice to Major Bridgenorth to observe, that in this successively a family of no less than six children, conduct he paid respect as much to the misfortunes apparently through a delicacy of constitution, which as to the pretensions of his far-descended neighbour, cut off the little prattlers at the early age when they and that, with the frank generosity of a blunt English- must wind themselves around the heart of the paman, he conceded points of ceremony, about which rents. he himself was indifferent, merely because he saw In the beginning of the year 1658, Major Bridgethat his doing so gave pleasure to Sir Geoffrey. north was childless ; ere it ended, he had a daughter,
Peveril of the Peak did justice to his neighbour's indeed, but her birth was purchased by the death of delicacy, in consideration of which he forgot many an affectionate wife, whose constitution had been things. He forgot that Major Bridgenorth was alrea- exhausted by maternal grief, and by the anxious and dy in possession of a fair third of his estate, and had harrowing reflection, that from her the children they various pecuniary claims affecting the remainder, to had lost derived that delicacy of health, which proved the extent of one-third more. He endeavoured even unable to undergo the tear and wear of existence. to forget, what it was still more difficult not to re- The same voice which told Bridgenorth that he was member, the altered situation in which they and their father of a living child, (it was the friendly voice of mansions now stood to each other.
Lady Peveril,) communicated to him the melancholy intelligence that he was no longer a husband. The Yet such was Lady Peveril's influence over the prefeelings of Major Bridgenorth were strong and deep, judices of her husband, that he was induced to conrather than hasty and vehement; and his grief assum- nive at the ceremony taking place in a remote gardened the form of a sullen stupor, from which neither the house, wliich was not properly within the precincts of friendly remonstrances of Sir Geoffrey, who did not the Castle-wall. The lady even dared to be present fail to be with his neighbour at this distressing con- while the ceremony was performed by the reverend juncture, even though he knew he must meet the Master Solsgrace, who had once preached a sermon Presbyterian pastor, nor the ghostly exhortations of of three hours length before the House of Comthis latter person, were able to rouse the unfortunate mons, upon a thanksgiving occasion after the relief widower.
of Exeter. Sir Geoffrey Peveril took care to be abAt length Lady Peveril, with the ready invention of sent the whole day from the Castle, and it was only a female sharpened by the sight of distress and the from the great interest which he took in the washing, feelings of sympathy, țried on the sufferer one of perfuming, and as it were purification of the sumthose experiments by which grief is often awakened mer-house, that it could have been guessed he knew from despondency into tears. She placed in Bridge- any thing of what had taken place in it. north's arms the infant whose birth had cost him so But, whatever prejudices the good Knight might dear, and conjured him to remember that his Alice entertain against his neighbour's form of religion, was not yet dead, since she survived in the helpless they did not in any way influence his feelings towards child she had left to his paternal care.
him as a sufferer under severe affliction. The mode “ Take her away-take her away!" said the un- in which he showed his sympathy was rather singu happy man, and they were the first words he had lar, but exactly suited the character of both, and the spoken; "let me not look on her-it is but another terms on which they stood with cach other. blossom that has bloomed to fade, and the tree that Morning after morning the good Baronet made bore it will never flourish more!"
Moultrassie Hall the termination of his walk or ride, He almost threw the child into Lady Peveril's arms, and said a single word of kindness as he passed. placed his hands before his face, and wept aloud. Sometimes he entered the old parlour where the proLady Peveril did not say "be comforted," but she prietor sat in solitary wretchedness and despondency: ventured to promise that the blossom should ripen lo but more frequently, (for Sir Geoffrey did not preteni fruit.
to great talents of conversation,) he paused on the "Never, never!" said Bridgenorth ; "take the un- terrace, and stopping or balting his horse by the lathappy child away, and let me only know when I shall ticed window, said aloud to the melancholy inmate, wear black for her-Wear black !" he exclaimed, “How is it with you, Master Bridgenorth ?" (the interrupting himself, "what other colour shall I wear Knight would never acknowledge his neighbour's during the remainder of my life?"
military rank of Major ;) "I just looked in to bid you "I will take the child for a season," said Lady keep a good heart, man, and to tell you that Julian is Peyeri], "since the sight of her is so painful to you; well, and little Alice is well, and all are well at Marand the little Alice shall share the nursery of our tindale Castle." Julian, until it shall be pleasure and not pain for you A deep sigh, sometimes coupled with "I thank to look on her."
you, Sir Geoffrey ; my grateful duty waits on Lady * That hour will never come,” said the unhappy Peveril,” was generally Bridgenorth's only answer. father ; "her doom is written-she will follow the But the news was received on the one part with the rest-God's will be done.---Lady, I thank you-I trust kindness which was designed upon the other ; it graher to your care; and I thank God that my eye shall dually became less painful and more interesting; the not see her dying agonies."
lattice window was never closed, nor was the leathern Without detaining the reader's attention longer easy-chair which stood next to it, ever empty, when on this painful theme, it is enough to say that the the usual hour of the Baronet's momentary visit apLady Peveril did undertake the duties of a mother proached. At length the expectation of that passing to the little orphan; and perhaps it was owing, in a minute became the pivot upon which the thoughts of great measure, to her judicious treatment of the in- poor Bridgenorth turned during all the rest of the fant, that its feeble hold of life was preserved, since day. Most men have known the influence of such the glimmering spark might probably have been alto- brief but ruling moments at some period of their lives. gether smothered, had it, like the Major's former chil. The moment when a lover passes the window of his aren, undergone the over-care and over-nursing of a mistress-the moment when the epicure hears the mother rendered nervously cautious and anxious by so dinner-bell, is that into which is crowded the whole many successive losses. The lady was the more ready interest of the day--the hours which precede it are to undertake this charge, that she herself had lost two spent in anticipation; the hours which follow, in reinfant children ; and that she attributed the preserva- fection on what has passed ; and fancy dwelling on tion of the third, now a fine healthy child of three each brief circumstance, gives to seconds the durayears old, to Julian's being subjected to rather a dif- tion of minutes, to minutes that of hours. Thus ferent course of diet and treatment than was then seated in his lonely chair, Bridgenorth could catch at generally practised. She resolved to follow the same a distance the stately step of Sir Geoffrey, or the regimen with the little orphan, which she had ob- heavy tramp of his war-horse, Black Hastings, which served in the case of her own boy; and it was equally had borne him in many an action; he could hear the successful. By a more sparing use of medicine, by hum of " The King shall enjoy his own again, or the a bolder admission of fresh air, by a firm, yet cautious habitual whistle of " Cuckolds and Roundheads," die attention to encourage rather than to supersede the into the reverential silence, as the Knight approachexertions of nature, the puny infant, under the care ed the mansion of affliction; and then came the of an excellent nurse, gradually improved in strength strong hale voice of the huntsman-soldier with its and in liveliness.
usual greeting; Sir Geoffrey, like most men of his frank and good- By degrees the communication became something Datured disposition, was naturally fond of children, more protracted, as Major Bridgenorth's grief, like and so much compassionated the sorrows of his all human feelings, lost its overwhelming violence, neighbour, that he entirely forgot his being a Pres- and permitted him to attend, in some degree, to byterian, until it became necessary that the infant what passed around him, to discharge various duties should be christened by a teacher of that persuasion. which pressed upon him, and to give a share of at
This was a trying case-the father seemed incapa- tention to the situation of the country, distracted as ble of giving direction; and that the threshold of it was by the contending factions whose strife only Martindale Castle should
be violated by the heretical terminated in the Restoration. Still, however, though step of a dissenting clergyman, was matter of horror slowly recovering from the effects of the shock which to its orthodox owner. He had seen the famous he had sustained, Major Bridgenorth felt himself as Hugh Peters, with a Bible in one hand and a pistol in yet unable to make up his mind to the effort necesthe other, ride in triumph through the court-door sary to see his infant; and though separated by so when Martindale was surrendered ; and the bitter- short a distance from the being in whose existenco ness of that hour had entered like iron into his soul. he was more interested than in any thing the world
afforded, he only made himself acquainted with the would you had been no Presbyterian, neighbour-a
"I always meant to be so, Sir Geoffrey,” said
CHAPTER II. man ? Take the true s'de once in your life, and mend past mistakes. The King is all lenity, man--all Why then, we will have bellowing of beeves, royal nature and mercy. I will get your full pardon.”
Broaching of barrels, brandishing of spigots ;
Blood shall flow freely, but it shall be gore "What means all this?" said Bridgenorth-"Is all
of herds and flocks, and venison and poultry, well with you-all well at Martindale Castle, Sir Join'd to the brave heart's-blood of John-a-Barleycorn!
Old Play Geoffrey ?!!"
"Well as you could wish them, Alice and Julian WHATEVER rewards Charles might have condeand all. But I have news worth twenty of that, scended to bestow in acknowledgment of the sufferMonk has declared at London against those stinking ings and loyalty of Peveril of the Peak, he had none scoundrels the Rump. Fairfax is up in Yorkshire- in his disposal equal to the pleasure which Provifor the King--for the King, man ! Churchmen, dence had reserved for Bridgenorth on his return to Presbyterians, and all, are in butf and bandelier for Derbyshire. The exertion to which he had been sumKing Charles. I have a letter from Fairfax to secure moned, had had the usual effect of restoring to a cerDerby and Chesterfield, with all the men I can make, tain extent the activity and energy of his character, D-n him, fine that I should take orders from him! and he felt it would be unbecoming to relapse into But never mind that-all are friends now, and you the state of lethargic melancholy from which it had and I, good neighbour, will charge abreast, as good rcused him. Time also had its usual effect in mitineighbours should. See there! read-read-read- gating the subjects of his regret; and when he had and then boot and saddle in an instant.
passed one day at the Hall, in regretting that he could Hey for cavaliers-ho for cavaliers,
not expect the indirect news of his daughter's health, Pray for cavaliers,
which Sir Geoffrey used to communicate in his almost
daily call, he reflected that it would be in eyery res-
peci becoming that he should pay a personal vísit at
Martindale Castle, carry thither the remembrances After thundering forth this elegant effusion of loyal of the knight to his lady, assure her of his health, enthusiasm, the sturdy Cavalier's heart became too and satisfy himself respecting that of his daughter. full. He threw himself on a seat, and exclaiming, He armed' himself for the worst-he called to recol"Did ever I think to live to see this happy day!" he lection the thin cheeks, faded eye, wasted hand, palwept to his own surprise, as much as to that of lid lip, which had marked the decaying health of all Bridgenorth.
his former infants. Upon considering the crisis in which the country "I shall see," he said, "these signs of mortality was placed, it appeared to Major Bridgenorth, as it once more-I shall once more see a beloved being to had done to Fairfax, and other leaders of the Presby, whom I have given birth, gliding to the grave which terian party, that their frank embracing of the royal | ought to enclose me long before her. No matter-it interest was the wisest and most patriotic measure is unmanly so long to shrink from that which must which they could adopt in the circumstances, when be-God's will be done !'' all ranks and classes of men were seeking refuge He went accordingly, on the subsequent morning, from the uncertainty and varied oppression attending to Martindale Castle, and gave the lady the welcome the repeated contests between the factions of West- assurances of her husband's safety, and of his hopes minster Halland of Wallingford House. Accordingly, of preferment. he joined with Sir Geoffrey, with less enthusiasm in- For the first, may Almighty God be praised !" deed, but with equal sincerity, taking such measures said the Lady Peveril; "and beihe other as our graas seemed proper to secure their part of the country cious and restored sovereign may will it. We are on the King's behalf, which was done as effectually great enough for our means, and have means suffiand peaceably as in other parts of England. The cient for contentment, though not for splendour. neighbours were both at Chesterfield, when news And now I see, good Master Bridgenorth, the folly of arrived that the King had landed in England ; and putting faith in idle presentiments of evil. So often Sir Geoffrey instantly announced his purpose of wail-had Sir Geoffrey's repeated attempts in favour of the ing upon nis Majesty, even before his return to the Stewarts led him into new misfortunes, that when, castle of Martindale.
the other morning, I saw him once more dressed in "Who knows, neighbour,” he said, " whether Şir his fatal armour, and heard the sound of his trumpet, Geoffrey Peveril will ever return to Martindale? Titles which had been so long silent, it seemed to me as must be going amongst them yonder, and I have de- if I saw his shroud, and heard his death-knell. I served something among the rest.--Lord Peveril say this to you, good neighbour, the rather because would sound well-or stay, Earl of Martindale-no, I fear your own mind has been harassed with anticinot of Martindale-Earl of the Peak. Meanwhile, pations of impending calamity, which it may please trust your affairs to me-I will see you secured-I1God to avert in your case as it has done in mine
and here comes a sight which bears good assurance, the tear of joy in his eye showed how gladly he of it."
would accept Lady Peveril's proposal, he could not The door of the apartment opened as she spoke, help stating the obvious inconveniences attendant and two lovely children entered. The eldest, Julian upon her scheme, though it was in the tone of one Peveril, a fine boy betwixt four and five years old, who would gladly hear them overruled. "Madam,”. led in his hand, with an air of dignified support and he said, "your kindness makes me the happiest and attention, a little girl of eighteen months, who rolled most thankful of men; but can it be consistent with and tottered along, keeping herself with difficulty your own convenience Sir Geoffrey has his opinions upright by the assistance of her elder, stronger, and on many points, which have differed, and probably masculine companion.
do still differ, from mine. He is high-born, and I Bridgenorth cast a hasty and fearful glance upon of middling parentage only. He uses the Church Serthe countenance of his daughter, and, even in that vice, and I the Catechism of the Assembly of Divines glimpse, perceived, with exquisite delight, that his at Westminster" fears were unfounded. He caught her in his arms, "I hope you will find prescribed in neither of pressed her to his heart, and the child, though at first them," said the Lady Peveril, " that I may not be a alarmed at the vehemence of his caresses, presently, mother to your motherless child. I trust, Master as if prompted by nature, smiled in reply to them. Bridgenorth the joyful Restoration of his Majesty, a Again he held her at some distance from him, and work wrought by the direct hand of Providence, may examined her more attentively; he satisfied himself be the means of closing and healing all civil and rethat the complexion of the young cherub he liad in ligious dissensions among us, and that, instead of his arms was not the hectic tinge of disease, but the showing the superior purity of our faith, by persecuclear hue of ruddy health; and that, though her little ting those who think otherwise from ourselves on frame was slight, it was firm and springy.
doctrinal points, we shall endeavour to show its real I did not think that it could have been thus," he Christian tendency, by emulating each other in acsaid
, looking to Lady Peveril, who had sat observing tions of good-will towards man, as the best way of the scene with great pleasure'; "but praise be to God showing our love to God.” in the first instance, and next, thanks to you, madam, "Your Ladyship speaks what your own kind heart who have been bis instrument."
dictates," answered Bridgenorth, who had his own Julian must lose his playfellow now, I suppose ?'' share of the narrow-mindedness of the time; "and said the lady;,“ but the Hall is not distant, and I will sure am I, that if all who call themselves loyalists see my little charge often. Dame Martha, the house and cavaliers, thought like you--and like my friend keeper at Moultrassie, has sense, and is careful. I Sir Geoffrey," -(this he added after a moment's will tell her the rules I have observed with little Alice, pause, being perhaps rather complimentary than sinand"
cere) -"we, who thought it our duty in time past to "God forbid my girl should ever come to Moul- take arms for freedom of conscience, and against artrassie," said Major Bridgenorth, hastily; "it has bitrary power, might now sit down in peace and conbeen the grave of her race. The air of the low tentment. But I wot not how it may fall. You have grounds suited them nol-or there is perhaps a fate sharp and hot spirits amongst you; I will not say connected with the mansion. I will seek for her our power was always moderately used, and revenge some other place of abode."
is sweet to the race of fallen Adam." " That you shall not, under your favour be it Come, Master Bridgenorth," said the Lady Pespoken, Major Bridgenorth," answered the lady. veril, gayly, "these evil omenings do but point out "If you do so, we must suppose that you are under conclusions, which, unless they were so anticipated, paluing my qualities as a nurse. If she goes not to are most unlikely to come to pass. You know what her father's house, she shall not quit mine. I will Shakspeare says :keep the little lady as a pledge of her safety and my "To fly the boar before the boar pursues, own skill; and since you are afraid of the damp o
Were to incense the boar to follow us, the low grounds, I hope you will come here frequently
And make pursuit wlien he did mean no chase. to visit her."
But I crave your pardon--it is so long since we have This was a proposal which went to the heart of met, that I forgot you love no playbooks.". Major Bridgenorth. It was precisely the point which "With reverence to your ladyship," said Bridgehe would have given worlds to arrive at, but which north, "I were much to blame did I need the idle he saw no chance of attaining.
words of a Warwickshire stroller, to teach me my It is too well known, that those whose families are grateful duty to your ladyship on this occasion, which long pursued by such a fatal disease as existed in his appoints me to be directed by you in all things which become, it may be said, superstitious respecting its my conscience will permit." fatal effects, and ascribe to place, circumstance, and Since you allow me such influence, then," replieo individual care, much more perhaps than these can the Lady Peveril, “I shall be moderate in exercising in any case contribute to avert the fatality of consti- it, in order that I may, in my domination at least, tutional distemper. Lady Peveril was aware that give you a favourable impression of the new order of this was peculiarly the impression of her neighbour; things. So, if you will be a subject of mine for one that the depression of his spirits, the excess of his day, neighbour, I am going, at my lord and husband's care, the feverishness of his apprehensions, the recommand, to issue out my warrants to invite the whole straint and gloom of the solitude in which he dwelt, neighbourhood to a solemn feast at the Castle, on were really calculated to produce the evil which Thursday next; and I not only pray you to be permost of all he dreaded. She pitied him, she felt for sonally present yourself, but to prevail on your worhim, she was grateful for former protection received thy pastor, and such neighbours and friends, high and at his hands-she had become interested in the child low, as may think in your own way, to meet with the itself. What female fails to feel such interest in the rest of the neighbourhood, to rejoice on this joyful ochelpless creature she has tended? And to sum the casion of the King's Restoration, and thereby to show whole up, the dame had a share of human vanity; that we are to be henceforward a united people." and being a sort of Lady Bountiful in her way, (for The parliamentarian Major was considerably emthe character was not then confined to the old and barrassed by this proposal." He looked upwards and the foolish,) she was proud of the skill by which she downwards and around, cast his eye first to the oakhad averted the probable attacks of hereditary malady, carved ceiling, and anon fixed it upon the floor; then so inveterate in the family of Bridgenorth. It needed threw it around the room till it lighted on his child, not, perhaps, in other cases, that so many reasons the sight of whom suggested another and a better should be assigned for an act of neighbourly hu- train of reflections than ceiling and Aoor had been manity; but civil war had so lately torn the country able to supply: asunder, and broken all the usual ties of vicinage "Madam," he said, "I have long been a stranger and good neighbourhood, that it was unusual to see to festivity, perhaps from constitutional melancholy, them preserved among persons of different political perhaps from the depression which is natural to a deopinions.
solate and deprived man, in whose ear mirth is marMajor Bridgenorth himself felt this; and while red, like a pleasant air when performed on a mis