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security to appear, if required, and to make the restitution or
3. dered. “And in regard that Edward Christian, being one of A kind, able patron both to church and to statethe Deemsters or Judges in the Isle of Man, did, when ihe Court What roused their resentment but talents so great? refused to admit of the dececsed W. Christian's plea of the Act of No character's proof against enmity foul ; Indemantly, make his protestation against their illegal proceedings,
And thy fate, &c. and did withdraw himself, and come to England to solicit his Majesty and implore Aks justice, it is ordered that the Earl of Derby
4. do forthwith, by commission, &c., restore and appoint him as Thy pardon, 'tis rumour'd, came over the main, Deemster, so to remain and continue, &c. (which order was Nor late, but conceal'd by a villains in grain; disobeyed) And lastly, that Henry Nowell, Deputy Governor, 'Twas fear forced the jury to a sentence so foul ; whose fault hath been the not complying with, and yielding due
And thy fate, &c. obedience to, the order of his Majesty and this Board sent unto the the Island, 10 mont lame and impotent conclusion!) be permitted
5. to return to the Isle, and enforce the present Order of the King Triumphant stood Colcott, he wish'd for no more, in Council."
When the pride of the Christians lay welt'ring in gore, of the Earl of Derby, no farther mention occurs in this docu- To malice a victim, though steady and bold; ment. The sacrifices made by this noble family in support of
And thy fate, &c. the royal cause, drew a large share of indulgence over the exceptionable parts of their conduct; but the mortification
6. necessarily consequent on this appeal, the incessant com- With adultery stain'd, and polluted with gore, plaints of the people, and the difficulty subsequently ex. He Ronaldsway eyed, as Loghuecolly before, perienced by them in obtaining access to a superior tribu. 'Twas the land sought the culprit, as Ahab before ; nal, receive a curious illustration in an order of the King
And thy fate, &c. in council, cated 20th August, 1670, on a petition of the Earl of Derby," that the clerk of the council in waiting receive no
7. pelition, appeal, or complaint, against the lord or government of Proceed to the once fanied abode of the Nuns, The Isle of Man, without having first good security from the com- Call the Calcotts aloud, till you torture your lungs, plainant to answer costs, damages, and charges."
Their short triumpli's ended, extinct is the whole; The historical notices of this kingdom of Lilliput are curious
And thy fate, &c. and instructive with reference to other times and different cir. cumstances, and they have seemed to require little comment or
8. antiquarian remark; but to condense what may be collected For years could Robert lay crippled in bed, with regard to Edward Christian, the accomplished villain of Nor knew the world peace while he held up his head, Peveril, the insinuations of bis accuser: constitute in them. The neighbourhood's scourge in iniquity bold; selves an abundant defence. When so little can be imputed by
And thy fate, &c. such an adversary, the character must indeed be invulnerable. Tradition ascribes to him nothing but what is amiable, patri.
9. otic, honourable, and good, in all the relations of public and Not one's heard to grieve, seek the country all through, private life. He died, after an imprisonment of seven or eight Nor lament for the name that Bemacan once knew; years, the victim of incorrigible obstinacy, according to one, of The poor rather load it with curses untold ; ruthless tyranny, according to another vocabulary; but resem.
And thy fate, &c. bling the character of the Novel in nothing but unconquerable courage.
10. Treachery and ingratitude have been heaped on the me- Ballaclogh and the Criggans mark strongly their sin, mory of William Christian with sufficient profusion Regarding Not a soul of the name's there to welcome you in; the first of these crimes: if all that has been affirmed or insinu- In the power of the strangers is centred the whole ; ated in the mock trial, rested on a less questionable basis, pos
And thy fate, &c. terity would scarcely pronounce an unanimous verdict of moral and political guilt, against an association to subvert such a
11. government as is described by its own author. The peculiar The opulent Scarlett on which the sea flows, favours for which he or his family were ungrateful, are not to Is piecemeal disposed of to whom the Lord knows; be discovered in these proceedings; except, indeed, in the form
It is here without bread or defence from the cold i of " chastisements of the Almighty-blessings in disguise." But
And thy fate, &c. if credit be given to the dying words of William Christian, his efforts were strictly limited to a redress of grievances,-a pur
12. poze always criminal in the eye of the oppressor. If he had They askert then in vain, that the law sought thy blood lived and died on a larger scene, his memory would probably For all aiding the massacre never did good; have survived among the patriots and the heroes. In some of the Like the rooted-up golding deprived of its gold, manuscript narratives he is designated as a martyr for the rights They languish'd, were blasted, grew wither'd and old. and liberties of his countrymen ; who add, in their homely manner, that he was condemned without trial, and murdered
13. without remorse.
When the shoots of a tree so corrupted remain, We have purposely abstained from all attempt to enlist the Like the brier or thistle, they goad us with pain ; passions in favour of the sufferings of a people, or in detesta. Deep, dark, undermining, they mimic the mole i tion of oppressions, which ought, perhaps, to be ascribed as
And thy fate, &c. much to the character of the times as to that of individuals. The naked facts of the case (unaided by the wild and plaintive
14. notes in which the maidens of the isle were wont to bewail Round the infamous wretches who spilt Cæsar's blood, "Ihes heari-rending death of fair-haired Willam) are sufficient Dead spectres and conscience in sad array stood, of themselves to awaken the sympathy of every generous mind; Not a man of the gang reach'd life's utmost goal; and it were a more worthy exercise of that despotic power over
And thy fate, &c. the imagination, so eminently possessed by the Great Uuknown, to embalm the remembrance of two such men in his immortal
15. pages, than to load their memories with crimes, such as no Perdition, too, seized them who caused thec to bleed, human being ever committed.
To decay fell their houses, their lands and their seed
And thy fate, &c.
16. fair haired William Christian. It is originally composed in the From grief all corroding, to hope I'll repair, Manx language, and consists of a series of imprecations of evil That a branch of the Christians will soon grace the chair, upon the enemies of Christian, and prophecies to the same pur. With royal instructions his foes to console; pose :
And thy fate, &c. On the Death and Murder of Recetrer: General William Christian
17. of Ronaldsway, who was shot near Hango Hill, January 2, 1662. With a book for my pillow, I dreamt as I lay,
That a branch of the Christians would hold Ronaldsway 1.
His conquests his topic with friends o'er a bowl ;
And thy fate, &c.
18. And ihy lute, William Dhóne, sickens our soul.
And now for a wish in concluding my song,
May th' Almighty withhold me from doing what's wrong 2.
Protect every mortal from enmity soul,
For thy fate, William Dhöne, sickens our soul !
1 A person named in the next stanza is said to have intercepted a par• Tradition, in accordance with the dirge of William Dhone, says that don sent from England for William Christian, found, it is said, in the the order to stop proceedings nou suspend the sentence arrived on the day foot of an old woman's stocking: The tradition is highly improbable. If preceding that of his cxecution.
Christian had been executed against the tenor of a pardon actually grani. t Earl James, although studious of kingcraft, assigns good reasons el, it would not have failed to be charged as a high aggravation in the for having never pretended to assume that title, and among others, subsequent proceedings of the Privy Council. „For doth it please a king that any of his subjects should too much love I lt may be recollected, that these verses are given throngh the medium the name, were it but to act in a play."-Peck, 436.
of a meagre translation, and are deprived of the aid of the music, otherPeck, passim. The literal Translation given to me by a young lady.
wise we should certainly think the memory of William Dhone little bonoured by his native burd.
some kind of satisfaction for the untimely loss of a subject, it
is ordered, that the said Thomas Norris and Hugh Cannell, who At the Court at Whitehall, the 5th August, 1663. decreed this violent death, be committed and remain prisoners GEORGE CHRISTIAN, son and heir of William Christian, de- in the King's Bench, to be proceeded against in the ordinary ceased, having,
exhibited his complaint to his Majesty in Coun- course of justice, so to receive condign punishment according eil, that his father, being at a house of his in his Majesty's Isle to the merit of so heinous a fact. of Mann, was imprisoned by certain persons of that island, pre- That Richard Stevenson, Robert Calcot, and Richard Tyltending themselves to be a Court of Justice ; that he was by desley, be discharged from farther restraint, giving good secuthem accused of high treason, pretended to be committed rity to appear at this Board whensoever summoned, and not deagainst the Countess Dowager of Derby, in the year 1651 ; and part this city until full satisfaction be given, and all orders of that they thereupon proceeded to judgment, and caused him
to this Board whatsoever relating to this business fully executed be put to death, notwithstanding the act of General Pardon in the island. And in regard, that upon the examination of this and Indomnity, whereof he claimed the benefit: and his ap business, it doth appear, that Edward Christian, being one of peal to his Majesty, and humbly imploring his Majesty's prince the Deomsters or Judges in the Isle of Man, did, when the Court ly compassion towards the distressed widow and seven father- refused to admit of the deceased William Christian's plea of less children of the deceased : His Majesty was graciously the Act of Indemnity, make his protestation against their illepleased, with the advice of his Council, to order that Thomas gal proceedings, and did withdraw himself, and come into Noris and Hugh Cannell, the two judges, (by them in that England to solicit his Majesty, and implore his justice, it is island called Deemsters,) and Richard Stevenson, Robert Cal. ordered, that the Earl of Derby do forth with, by commission, cot, and Richard Tyldesley, three of the members of the pre-in due and accustomed manner, restore, constitute, and appoint tended Court of Justice, and Henry Howell, deputy of the said the said Edward Christian, one of the Deemsters or Judges of island, should be forth with sent for, and brought up by a ser- the said island, so to remain and continue in the due execution geant-at-arms here, before his Majesty in Council, to appear of the said place. and answer to such accusations as should be exhibited against And lastly, it is ordered that the said Henry Howell, Deputy: them; which said six persons being accordingly brought hither Governor, whose charge hath been the not complying with, and the fifteenth day of July last, appointed for a full hearing of the yielding due obedience to the orders of his Majesty, and this whole business, the Earl of Derby then also summoned to ap- Board, sent into this island, giving good security to appear at pear, and the Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench, and the this Board whensoever summoned, be forth with discharged Lord Chief Baron of his Majesty's Exchequer, with the King's from all further restraint, and permitted to return into the islCouncil, learned in the laws, required to be present, and all the and ; and he is hereby strictly commanded to employ the power parties called in with their counsel and witnesses, after full and authority he hath, which by virtue of his commission hearing of the matter on both sides, and the parties withdrawn, he hath in that island, in performance of, and obedience to, all the said judges being desired to deliver their opinion, did, in commands and orders of his Majesty and this Board in this presence of the King's Council, learned in the laws, declare whole business, or any way relating thereto. that the Act of General Pardon and Indemnity did, and ought
(Signed by) to be understood to, extend to the Isle of Mann, as well as into
Lord Chancellor. any other of his Majesty's dominions and plantations beyond
Earl of Carberry
Lord Treasurer. the reas; and that, being a publique General Act of Parliament,
Lord Bishop of London. it ought to have been taken notice of by the Judges in the Isle
Lord Privy Seal.
Lord Wentworth. of Mann, although it had not been pleaded, and although there
Duke of Albemarle.
Lord Ashley. were no proclamations made thereof. His Majesty being there
Earl of Berkshire. fore deeply sensible of this violation of his Act of General Par
Sir William Crompton. Earl of St. Alban.
Mr. Treasurer. don, whereof his Majesty hath always been very tender, and doth expect and require that all his subjects in all his domi
Earl of Anglesey
Mr. Vice Chamberlain.
Earl of Sandwich. nions and plantations shall enjoy the full benefit and advantage
Mr. Secretary Morice. of the same : and having this day taken the business into fur.
Earl of Bath.
Mr. Secretary Bennett. ther consideration, and all parties called in and heard, did, by
Earl of Middleton. and with the advice of the Council, order, and it is hereby or
Richard Browne, dered, that all persons any way concerned in the seizure of the
Clerk of the Council. estate of the said William Christian, deceased, or instrumental ia the ejection of the widow and children out of their houses and fortune, do take care that entire restitution is to be made of all the said estate, as well real or personal, as also all dama.
No. III. gea sustained, with full entisfaction for all profits by them re
At the Court at Whitehall, August 11th, 1663. ceived since the said estate hath been in their hands; and that, whereas the said William Christian, deceased, was one of the
Present, two lives remaining in an estate in Lancashire, that the detriment accruing by the untimely death of the said William Chris.
The King's Most Excellent Majesty. tian therein, or in like cases, shall be estimated, and in like Lord Chancellor.
Earl of Middleton. manner fully repaired. That in regard of the great trouble and Lord Treasurer.
Earl of Carberry, charges the complainants have been at in pursuit of this busi- Lord Privy Seal.
Lord Bishop of London. Dess, ordered, that they do exhibit to this Board a true account, Duke of Buckingham.
Lord Wentworth. upon oath, of all expenses and damages by them sustained in Duke of Albemarle.
Lord Berkeley. the journies of theinselves and witnesses, and of all other their Lord Chamberlain.
Lord Ashley charges in the following of this business.
Earl of Berkshire.
Sir William Crompton. And whereas Ewan Curghey, Sammual Radcliffe, and John Earl of St. Alban.
Mr. Treasurer. Casar, were by the same Court of Justice imprisoned, and had Earl of Sandwich.
Mr. Vice Chamberlain. their estates seized and confiscated, without any legal trial, it is Earl of Anglesey.
Mr. Secretary Morice. ordered, that the said Ewan Curghey, Sammual Radcliffe, and
Earl of Bathi.
Mr. Secretary Bennett. John Casar, be likewise reinstated to all their estates, real and personall, and fully repaired in all the charges and expenses To the end the world may the better take notice of his Mawhich they have been at since their first imprisonment, as well jesty's royal intention, to observe the Act of Indemnity and in the prosecution of this business, as in their journey thither, General Pardon inviolably
for the publique good and satisfacor any other way whatsoever thereunto relating. The which tion of his subjects-it was this day ordered, that a copy of the satisfaction, expenses, and all the sums of money to be raised order of this Board of the 5th inst., touching the illegal proby virtue of this order, are to be furnished by the Deemsters, ceedings in the Isle of Mann against William Christian, and Members, and Assistants of the said Court of Justice, who are putting him to death contrary to the said act of General Pardon, hereby ordered to raise all such the said sums, and thereof to be sent unto his Majesty's printer, who is commanded
forth make due payment, and give full satisfaction unto the parties with to print the same in the English letters, in folio, in such respectively hereby appointed to receive it.
manner as acts of Parliament are usually printed, and his MajesAnd to the end, the guilt of blood which hath been unjustly ty's Arms prefixed. spilt, may in some sort be expiated, and his Majesty receive
REVEREND DOCTOR DRYASDUST OF YORK,
CAPTAIN CLUTTERBUCK, RESIDING AT FAIRY-LODGE, NEAR KENNAQUHAIR, N. B.
VERY WORTHY AND DEAR SIR,
with which, in the eventful year 1746,
my uncle meant to have
espoused the cause of Prince Charles Edward ; for, indeed, so To your last letter I might have answered, with the classic, little did he esteem personal safety, in comparison of steady "Haud equidem invideo, miror magis." For though my converse, highchurch principle, that he waited but the news of the Adfrom infancy, has been with things of antiquity, yet I love not venturer's reaching London to hasten to join his standard. ghosts or spectres to be commentators thereon ; and truly your Such a doze as I then enjoyed, I find compatible with indulg. account of the conversation you held with our great parent, in ing the best and deepest cogitations which at any time arise in the crypt, or most intimate recess of the publishers at Edin my mind. I chew the cud of sweet and bitter fancy, in a state burgh, had upon me much the effect of the apparition of Hec betwixt sleeping and waking, which I consider as so highly tor's phantom on the hero of the Æneid
favourable to philosophy, that I have no doubt some of its most
distinguished systems have been composed under its influence. "Obstupui, steteruntque come."
My scrvant is, therefore, instructed to tread as is upon downAnd, as I said above, I repeat that I wondered at the Vision, my door-hinges are carefully oiled--and all appliances used to without envying you the pleasure of seeing our great progeni prevent me from being prematurely and harshly called back to tor. But it seems that he is now permitted to show himself to the broad waking-day of a laborious world. My custom, in his family more frecly than formerly; or that the old gentle. this particular, is so well known, that the very schoolboys cross man is turned somewhat garrulous in these latter days; or, in the alley on tiptoe, betwixt the hours of four aud five. My cell short, not to exhaust your patience with conjectures of the is the very dwelling of Morpheus. There is indeed a bawling cause, I also have seen the Vision of the Author of Waverley. knave of a broom-man, quem ego-But this is matter for the I do not mean to take any undue state on myself, when I ob Quarter-Sessions. serve, that this interview was marked with circumstances in As my head sunk back upon the easy-chair in the philososome degree more formally complaisant than those which at phical mood which I have just described, and the eyes of my tended your meeting with him in our worthy publisher's; for body began to close, in order, doubtless, that those of my un. yours had the appearance of a fortuitous rencontre, whereas derstanding might be the more widely opened, I was startled by mine was preceded by the communication of a large roll of pa- a knock at the door, of a kind more authoritatively boisterons pers, containing a new history, called PEVERIL OF THE PEAK. than is given at that hour by any visiter acquainted with my
I no rooner found that this manuscript consisted of a narra- habits. I started up in my seat, and heard the step of my sertive, running to the length or perhaps three hundred and thirty vant hurrying along the passage, followed by a very heary and pages in each volume, or thereabouts, than it instantly occurred measured pace, which shook the long floored gallery in such a to me from whom this boon came; and having set' myself to manner, as forcibly to arrest my attention. "A stranger, sir, peruse the written shcets, I began to entertain strong expecta just arrived from Edinburgh by the North Mail, desires to tions that I might, peradventure, next see the author himself. speak with your Reverence. Such were the words with which
Again, it seems to me a marked circumstance, that, whereas Jacob threw the door to the wall; and the startled tone in an inner apartment of Mr. Constable's shop was thought a which he pronounced them, although there was nothing par. place of sufficient solemnity for your audience, our venerable ticular in the annunciation itself, prepared me for the approach senior was pleased to afford mine in the recesses of my own of a visiter of uncommon dignity and importance. lodgings, intra parties, as it were, and without the chance of The Author of Waverley entered, a bulky and tall man, in a interruption. I must also remark, that the features, form, and travelling great coat, which covered a suit of snuff-brown, cut dress of the Eidolon, as you well term the apparition of our in imitation of that wom by the great Rambler. His flapped parent, seemed to me more precisely distinct than was vouch: hal-for he disdained the modern frivolities of a travelling cap safed to you on the former occasion. or this hereafter ; but -was bound over his head with a large silk handkerchief, so Heaven forbid I should glory or set up any claim of superiority as to protect his ears from cold at once, and from the babble over the other descendants of our common parent, from such of his pleasant companions in the public coach from which he decided marks of his preference-Lous propria sorder. I am had just alighted. There was somewhat of a sarcastic shrewdwell satisfied that the bonour was bestowed not on my person, ness and sense, which eat on the heavy penthouse of his shag. but my cloth--that the preference did not elevate Jonas Dry zy gray eyebrow-his features were in other respects largely asdust over Clutterbuck, but the Doctor of Divinity over the shaped, and rather heavy, than promising witor genius ; but he Captain. Cedant arma toge-a maxim never to be forgotten at had a notable projection of the nose, similar to that line of the any time, but especially to be remembered when the soldier is Latin poet,upon balf.pay. But I bethink me that I am keeping you all this while in the
- immodicum surgit pro cuspide rostrum." porch, and wearying you with long inductions, when you would A stout walking-stick stayed his hand--a double Barcelona prohave me properare in mediam rem. As you will, it shall be tected his neck-his belly was something prominent, "but done ; for, as his Grace is wont to say of me wittily, “No man that's not much,"-his breecles were substantial thick-settells a story so well as Dr. Dryasdust, wlien he has once got up and a pair of top-boots, which were slipped down to eaxe his to the starting post."--Jocose hoc. But to continue.
sturdy calves, did not conceal his comfortable travelling stockI had skimmed the cream of the narrative which I had re. ings of lamb's wool, wrought, not on the loom, but on wires, ceived about a week before, and that with no small cost and and after the venerable ancient fashion, known in Scotland by the pain ; for the hand of our parent is become so small and so name of ridge-and-furrow. His age seemed to be considerably crabbed, that I was obliged to use strong magnifiers, Feeling above fisty, but could not amount to threescore, which I obmy eyes a little exhausted towards the close of the second vo- served with pleasure, trusting there may be a good deal of work lume, I leaned back in my easy-chair, and began to consider had ont of him yet ; especially as a general baleness of appear whether several of the objections which have been particularly ance-the compass and strengin of his voice-the steadiness of urged against our father and patron, might not be considered as his step--the rotundity of his calf-the depth of his hem, and applying, in an especial manner, to the papers I had just pe. the sonorous emphasis of his sneeze, were all signs of a constirused " Here are figments enough,” said I to myself, "to con tution built for permanence. fuse the march of a whole history--anachronisms enough to It struck me forcibly, as I zazed on this portly person, that overset all chronology! The old gentleman hath broken all he realized, in my imagination, the Stout Gentleman in No. II., bounds-abiit--evasit-eruptt.”
who afforded such a subject of varying speculation to our most As these thoughts passed through my mind, I fell into a fit amusing and
elegant Utopian traveller, Master Geoffrey Crayon. of musing, which is not uncommon with me after dinner, when Indeed, but for one little trait in the conduct of the said Stout I am altogether alone, or have no one with me but my curate. Gentleman-I mean the gallantry towards his landlady, a thing I was awake, however; for I remember seeing, in the embers of which would greatly derogate from our Senior's character-1 the fire, a representation of a mitre, with the towers of a ca. should be disposed to conclude that Master Crayon had, on thedral in the background; moreover, I recollect gazing for a that memorable occasion, actually passed his time in the vicicertain time on the comely countenance of Dr. Whiterose, my nity of the Author of Waverley. But our worthy patriarch, be uncle by the mother's side-the same who is mentioned in The it spoken to his praise, far from cultivating the society of the HEART OF Mid-LOTUTAN-whose portrait, graceful in wig and fair sex, seems, in avoiding the company of womankind, rather canonicals, hangs above my mantel-piece. Farther, I remember to imitate the humour of our friend and relation, Master Jonamarking the flowers in the frame of carved oak, and casting than Oldbuck, as I was led to conjecture, from a circumstance my eye on the pistols which hang beneath, being the fire-arms which occurred immediately after his entrance.
Having acknowledged his presence with fitting thanks and | indignation, when, in travelling through Greece, he chances to gratulations, I proposed to my venerated visiter, as the refresh- see a Turkish kiosk rising on the ruins of an ancient temple.
bent best suited to the hour of the day, to summon my cousin Author. But since we cannot rebuild the temple, a kiosk may and housekeeper, Miss Catharine Whiterose, with the tea-equi. be a pretty thing, may it not! Not quite correct in architecpage: but he rejected my proposal with disdain, worthy of the ture, strictly and classically criticised; but presenting someLaird of Monkbarns. "No scandal-broth," he exclaimed; "nothing uncommon to the eye, and something fantastic to the imunidea'd woman's chatter for me. Fill the frothed tankard- agination, on which the spectator gazes with pleasure of the slice the fatied rump--I desire no society but yours, and no same description which arises from the perusal of an Eastern refreshment but what the cask and the gridiron can supply.' tale.
The beefsteak, and toast, and tankard, were speedily got Dryasdust. I am unable to dispute with you in metaphor, sir; but ready; and whether an apparition, or a bodily presentation, iny I must say, in discharge of my conscience, that you stand much visiter displayed dexterity as a trencherman, which might have censured for adulterating the pure sources of historical knowattracted the envy of a hungry hunter, after a fox.chase of ledge. You approach them, men say, like the drunken yeoman, forty miles. Neither did he fail to make some deep and solemn who, once upon a time, pollutert the crystal spring which sup. appeals, not only to the tankard aforesaid, but to two decanters plied the thirst of his family, with a score of sugar loaves and a of London particular Madeira and old Port; the first of which hogshead of rum; and thereby converted a simple and wholeI had extracted from its ripening place of depositation, within some beverage into a stupifying, brutifying, and intoxicating reach of the genial warmth of the oven; the other, from a deep fluid ; sweeter, indeed, to the taste, than the natural lymph, crypt in mine own ancient cellar, which whilom may have held but, for that very reason, more seductively dangerous. the vintages of the victors of the world, the arch being com- Author. I allow your metaphor, Doctor; but yet, though good posed of Roman Brick I could not help admiring and conpunch cannot supply the want of spring water, it is, when mogratulating the old gentleman upon the vigorous appetite which destly used, no malum ta se; and I should have thought it a he displayed for the genial cheer of old England. “Sir," was shabby thing of the parson of the parish, had he helped to drink his reply, "I must eat as an Englishman, to qualify myself for out the well on Saturday night, and preached against the honest aking my place at one of the most select companies of right hospitable yeoman on Sunday morning. I should have answered English spirits, which ever girdled in, and liewed asunder, a him, that the very flavour of the liquor should have put him at mountainous sirloin, and a generous plum-pudding."
once upon his guard ; and that, if he had taken a drop over I inquired, but with all deference and modesty, whither he much, he ought to blame his own imprudence more than the was bound, and to what distinguished Society he applied a hospitality of his entertainer. description so general. I shall proceed in humble imitation of Dryasdust. I profess I do not exactly see how this applies. your example, to give the subsequent dialogue in a dramatic Author. No ; you are one of those numerous disputants, who form, nnless when description becomes necessary.
will never follow their metaphor a step farther than it goes Author of Waverley. To whom should I apply such a descrip- their own way. I will explain. A poor fellow, like myself, tion, save to the only Society to whom it can be thoroughly ap- weary with ransacking his own barren and bounded imaginas plicable-those unerring judges of old books and old wine--the tion, looks out for some general subject in the huge and boundRoxburgh Club of London? Have you not heard that I have less field of history, which holds fortli examples of every kind been chosen a member of that Society of select Bibliomaniacs ? ---lights on some personage, or some combination of circum
Dryaxdi. (Rummaging in his pockel.) I did hear something stances, or some striking trait of manners, which he thinks of it from Captain Clutterbuck, who wrote to me--ay, here is may be advantageously used as the basis of a fictitious narrative his letter-that such a report was current among the Scottish-bеdizens it with such colouring as his skill suggests--omaantiquaries, who were much alarmed lest you should be seduced ments it with such romantic circumstances as may heighten the into the heresy of preferring English beef to seven-year-old general effect-invests it with such shades of character, as will black-faced mutton. Maraschino to whiskey, and turtle-soup to best contrast with ench other--and thinks, perhaps, he has cock-a-leekie; in which case, they must needs renounce you as done some service to the public, if he can present to them a a lost man-" But," adds our friend, looking at the letter-his lively fictitious picture, for which the original anecdote or cir. hand is rather of a military description, better used to handle cumstance which he made free to press into his service, only the sword than the pen-“ Our friend is so much upon the furnished a slight sketch. Now I cannot perceive any harm in SHUN”-the shun, I think it is --" that it must be no light this. The stores of history are accessible to every one ; and temptation which will withdraw him from his incognito." are no more exhausted or impoverished by the hints thus bor
Author. No light temptation, unquestionably; but this is a rowed from them, than the fountain is drained by the water powerful one, to hol ob with the lords of the literary which we substract for domestic purposes. And in reply to tho treasures of Althorpe and Hounet, in Madeira negus, brewed by sober charge of falsehood, against a narrative announced posi the classical Dibdin-to share those profound debates which tively to be fictitious, one can only answer, by Prior's exclastamo accurately on each "small volume, dark with tarnished mation, gold," its collar, pot ors. 8. but of R. R.-to toast the immortal memory of Caxton, Valdarar, Pynson, and the other fathers of
« Odzooks, must one swear to the truth of a song ?" that great art which has made all, and each of us, what we are. Ther, my dear son, are temptations, to which you see me now Dryasdust. Nay; but I fear me that you are here eluding the in the act of resigning that quiet chimney-corner of life in charge. Men do not seriously accuse you of misrepresenting which, unknowing and unknown--save by means of the hope history; although I assure you I have seen some grave treatises, ful family to which I have given birth-1 proposed to wear out in which it was thought necessary to contradict your assertions. the end of life's evening gray
Author. That certainly was to point a discharge of artillery So saying, our venerable friend took another emphatic touch against a wreath of morning mist. of the tankard, as if the very expression had suggested that
Dryasdist. But besides, and especially, it is said that you are specific remedy against the evils of life, recommended in the in danger of causing history to be neglected-readers being concelebrated response of Johnson's anchorite
tented with such frothy and superficial knowledge as they ac
quire from your works, to the effect of inducing them to neg. * Come, my lad, and drink some beer."
lect the severer and more accurate sources of information. When he had placed on the table the silver tankard, and Author, I deny the consequence. On the contrary, I rather fetched a deep sigh to collect the respiration which the long hope that I have turned the attention of the public on various draught had interrupted, I could not help echoing it, in a note points, which have received elucidation from writers of more $0 pathetically compassionate, that he fixed luis eyes on me | learning and research, in consequence of my novels having atwith surprise. “How is this?" said he, somewhat angrily: tached some interest to them. I might give instances, but I hate "do you, the creature of my will, grudge' me my prefermenti vanity---I hate vanity. The history of the divining rod is well Have I dedicated to you, and your fellows, the best hours of my known-it is a slight valueless twig in itself, but indicates, by life for these seven years past; and do you presume to grumble its motion, where veins of precious metal are concenled below or repine, because, in those which are to come, I seek for the carth, which afterwards enrich the adventurers by whom some enjoyment of life in society so congenial to my pursuits?" they are laboriously and carefully wrought. I claim no more I humbled myself before the offended Senior, and professed my merit for my historical hints; but this is something. innocence in all that could possibly give him displeasure. He Dryasdu31. We severer antiquaries, sir, may grant that this is seemed partly appeased, but still bent on me an eye of suspicion, true; to wit, that your works may occasionally have put men while he questioned me in the words of old Norton, in the ball of solid judgment upon researches which they would not per: lad of the Rising in the North Country.”
hapa have otherwise thought of undertaking. But this will leave
you still accountable for misleading the young, the indolent, Author. What wouldst thou have, Francis Norton ?
and the giddy, by thrusting into their hands, works, which, Thou art my youngest son and heir ;
while they have so much the appearance of conveying infor Something lies brooding at thy heari Whate'er it be, to me declare.
mation, as may prove perhaps a salve to their consciences for
employing their leisure in the perusal, yet leave their giddy Dryasdysi. Craving, then, your paternal forgiveness for my brains contented with the crude, uncertain, and often false presumption, I only sighed at the possibility of your venturing statements, which your novels abound with. yourself amongst a body of critics, to whom, in the capacity of Author. It would be very unbecoming in me, reverend sir, to skiiful antiquaries, the investigation of truth is an especial duty, accuse a gentleman of your cloth of cant; but, pray, is there and who may therefore visit with the more severe censure those not something like it in the pathos with which you enforce aberrations, which it is so often your pleasure to make from the these dangers? I aver, on the contrary, that by introducing the path of true history.
busy and the youthful to “truths severe in fairy fiction dress. Author. I understand you. You mean to say these leameded," I am doing a real service to the more ingenious and the persons will have but litile toleration for a romance, or a ficti- more apt among them; for the love of knowledge wants but a tous narrative, founded upon history?
beginving--the least spark will give fire when the train is proDryasdust. Why, sir, I do rather apprehend, that their respect perly prepared ; and having been interested in fictitious adfor Uje foundation will be auch, that they may be apt to quar: ventures, ascribed to an historical period and characters, the rel with the inconsistent nature of the superstructure ; just as every classical traveller pours forth expressions of sorrow and
+ The Doctor has denied the author's title to shelter himself under
this quotation : but the author continues to think himself entitled to all • The author has pride in recording, that he had the honour to be elect the shelter, which, threadbare as it is, it may yet be able to afford him. ed a member of this distinguished association, merely as the Author of the truth severe applies not to the nurrative itself, but to the moral it Waverley, without any other designation; and it was an additional in. conveys, in which the author has not been thought deficient.
The dncernent to throw off the mask of nu anonymons author, that it gives "fairy fiction is the conduct of the story which the tale is li rented to biz a right to occupy the vacant chair at thai festive board.
reader begins host to be anxious to learn what the facts really Dryasdur!. A worse fault is, that your manners are even more
But even where the mind of the more careless reader remains parison to your Caineronian.
nied that any such had been admitted-I pointed to the empty Dryasdust. And you, worthy sir, are ambitious to render a decanters, and he-he--he had the assurance to intimate that similar service to posterity ?
such vacancies were sometimes made when I had no better Author. May the saints foresend I should be guilty of such company than my own. I do not know what to make of this unfounded vanity! I only show wbat has been done when there doubtful matter, but will certainly imitate your example, in were giants in the land. We pigmies of the present day, may placing this dialogue, with my present letter, at the head of at least, however, do something; and it is well to keep a pat. PEVERIL OF THE PEAK. I am, tern before our eyes, though that pattern be inimitable. Dryasdust Well, sir, with me you must have your own
Dear Sir, course ; and for reasons well known to you, it is impossible for me to reply to you in argument. But I doubt if all you have
Very much your faithful and said will reconcile the public to the anachronisms of your pre. sent volumes. Hero you have a Counters of Derby fetched out
obedient servant, or her cold grave, and saddled with a set of adventures dated twenty years after her death, besides being given up as a Ca.
JONAS DRYASDCST. tholic, when she was in fact a zealous Huguenot.
Author. She may sue me for damages, as in the case Dido | Michaelmas-day, 1822, versus Virgil.