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band who had deprived me of my liberty. I conjec- 1 oppressor, --for he merited either name at my hand, tured that the danger grew imminent; for I heard "You do not, then, design to murder me ?" some words and circumstances which made me aware He laughed as he replied, but it was a sort of that a rider hastily fastened his own horse to the laughter which I scarce desire to hear again. - " Else shafts of the cart, in order to assist the exhausted you think I had let the waves do their work? Bet animal which drewit, and the vehicle was now pulled remember, the shepherd saves his sheep from the forward at a faster pace, which the horses were urged torrent-is it to preserve its life?-Be silent, howto maintain by blows and curses. The men, however, ever, with questions or entreaties. What I mean 10 were inhabitants of the neighbourhood; and I had do, thou canst no more discover or prevent, than a strong personal reason to believe, that one of them, at man, with his bare palm, can scoop dry the Solway." least, was intimately acquainted with all the depths I was too much exhausted to continue the arguand shallows of the perilous paths in which we were ment; and, still numbed and torpid in all my limbs engaged. But they were in imminent danger them- permitted myself without reluctance to be placed on selves; and if so, as from the whispering and exertions a horse brought for the purpose. My formidable conto push on with the cart, was much to be apprehended, ductor rode on the one side, and another person on there was little doubt that I should be left behind as a the other, keeping me upright in the saddle. In this useless encumbrance, and that while I was in a con- manner we travelled forward at a considerable rate. dition which rendered every chance of escape imprac- and by by-roads, with which my attendant seemed as ticable. These were awful apprehensions; but it familiar as with the perilous passages of the Solway. pleased Providence to increase them to a point which At length, after stumbling through a labyrinth of my brain was scarcely able to endure.
dark and deep lanes, and crossing more than one As we approached very near to a black line, which, rough and barren heath, we found ourselves on the dimly visible as it was, I could make out to be the edge of a high-road, where a chaise and four awaited, shore, we heard two or three sounds, which appeared as it appeared, our arrival. To my great relief, we to be the report of fire-arms. Immediately all was now changed our mode of conveyance: for my dizzi. bustle among our party to get forward. Presently ness and headache had returned in so strong a degre, a fellow galloped up to us, crying out, "Ware hawk! that I should otherwise have been totally unable to ware hawk! the land-sharks are out from Burgh, and keep my seat on horseback, even with the support Allonby Tom will lose his cargo if you do not bear a which I received. hand."
My doubted and dangerous companion signed to Most of my company seemed to make hastily for me to enter the carriage-the man who had ridden the shore on receiving this intelligence. A driver was on the left side of my horse stepped in after me, and, left with the cart; but at length, when, after repeated drawing up the blinds of the vehicle, gave the signal and hair-breadth escapes, it actually stuck fast in a for instant departure. slough or quicksand, the fellow with an oath cut the I had obtained a glimpse of the countenance of my harness, and, as I presume, departed with the horses, new companion, as by the aid of a dark lantern the whose feet I heard splashing over the wet sand, and drivers opened the carriage door, and I was well nigh through the shallows, as he galloped off.
persuaded that I recognised in him the domestic of The dropping sound of fire-arms was still continued, the leader of this party, whom I had seen at his house but lost almost
entirely in the thunder of the advancing in Brokenburn on a former occasion. To ascertain surge. By a desperate effort I raised myself in the the truth of my suspicion, I asked him whether his cart, and attained a sitting posture which served only name was not Cristal Nixon. to show me the extent of my danger. There lay my "What is other folk's names to you," he replied, native land-my own England-the land where I was grumfly, “who cannot tell your own father and moborn, and to which my wishes, since my earliest age, ther?" had iurned with all the prejudices of national feeling "You know them, perhaps ?" I exclaimed eagerly. --there it lay, within a furlong of the place where I "You know them! and with that secret is connected yet was; that furlong which an infant would have the treatment which I am now receiving? It must raced over in a minute, was yet a barrier effectual to be so, for in my life have I never injured any one divide me for ever from England and from life. I Tell me the cause of my misfortunes, or raiber, help soon not only heard the roar of this dreadful torrent, me to my liberty, and I will reward you richly." but saw, by the fitful moonlight, the foamy crests of "Ay, ay," replied my keeper; "but wbat use to the devouring waves, as they advanced with the speed give you liberty, who know nothing how to use it like and fury of a pack of hungry wolves.
a gentleman, but spend your time with Quakers and The consciousness that the slightest ray of hope or fiddlers, and such-like raff? If I was your-bem, power of struggling, was not left me, quite overcame hem, hem!" the constancy which I had hitherto maintained. My Here Cristal stopped short, just on the point, as eyes began to swim-my head grew giddy and mad it appeared, when some information was likely to with fear-I chattered and howled to the howling and escape him. I urged him once more to be my friend, roaring sea. One or two great waves already reached and promised him all the stock of money which I the cart, when the conductor of the party whom I had about me, and it was not inconsiderable, if he have mentioned so often, was, as if by magic, at my would assist in my escape. side. He sprang from his horse into ihe vehicle, cut He listened, as if to a proposition which had some the ligatures which restrained me, and bade me get interest, and replied, but in a voice rather softer than up and mount in the fiend's name.
before, " Ay, but men do not catch old birds with Seeing I was incapable of obeying, he seized me, chaff, my master. Where have you got the
rhino you as if I had been a child of six months old, threw me are so flush of?" across the horse, sprung on behind, supporting with "I will give you earnest directly, and that in bankone hand, while he directed the animal with the other. notes,” said I : but, thrusting my hand into my side In my helpless and painful posture, I was unconscious pocket, I found my pocketbook was gone. I would of the degree of danger which we incurred; but I be- have persuaded myself that it was only the numblieve at one time the horse was swimming, or nearly ness of my hands which prevented my finding it; 80; and that it was with difficulty, that my stern and but Cristal Nixon, who bears in his countenance that powerful assistant kept my head above water. I re- cynicism which is especially entertained with human member particularly the shock which I felt when the misery, no longer suppressed his laughter. animal, endeavouring to gain the bank, reared, and "Oh, ho! my young master," he said; " we have very nearly fell back on his burden. The time during taken good enough care you have not kept the means which I continued in this dreadful condition did not of bribing poor folk's fidelity. What, man, they have probably exceed two or three minutes, yet so strongly souls as well as other people
, and to make them were they marked with horror and agony, that they break trust is a deadly sin. And as for me, young seem to my recollection a much more considerable gentleman, if you would fill Saint Mary's Kirk with space of time.
gold, Cristal Nixon would mind it no more than so When I had been thus snatched from destruc. many chucky-stones." tion, I had only power to say to my protector, -or I would have persisted, were it but in hopes of his letting drop that which it concerned me to know, The room, in appearance and furniture, resernbled but he cut off further communication, by desiring me the best apartment in a farmer's house; and the winto lean back in the corner and go to sleep.
dow, two stories high, looked into a back-yard, or "Thou art cockbrained enough already," he added, court, filled with poultry. There were the usual'dn"and we shall have thy young pate addled entirely, if mestic offices about this yard. I could distinguish you do not take some natural rest.
the brewhouse and the barn, and I heard from a more I did indeed require repose, if not slumber; the remote building, the lowing of the cattle and other draught which I had taken continued to operate, and rural sounds, announcing a large and well-stocked satisfied in my own mind that no attempt on my life farm. These were sights and sounds qualified to diswas designed, the fear of instant death no longer pel any apprehension of immediate violence. Yet the combated the torpor which crept over me-I slept, building seemed ancient and strong, a part of the roof and slept soundly, but still without refreshment. was battlemented, and the walls were of great thick
When I awoke, I found myself extremely indis- ness; lastly, I observed with some unpleasant sensaposed; images of the past, and anticipations of the tions, that the windows of my chamber had been future, floated confusedly through my brain. I per- lately secured with iron stanchions, and that the serceived, however, that my situation was changed, vants who brought me victuals, or visited my apart. greatly for the better. I was in a good bed, with the ment to render other menial offices, always locked curtains drawn round it; I heard the lowered voice the door when they retired. and cautious step of attendants, who seemed to re- The comfort and cleanliness of my chamber were spect my repose ; it appeared as if I was in the hands of true English growth, and such as I had rarely seen either of friends, or of such as meant me no personal on the other side of the Tweed; the very old wainharm.
scot, which composed the floor and the panelling of I can give but an indistinct account of two or three the room, was scrubbed with a degree of labour which broken and feverish days which succeeded, but if the Scottish housewife rarely bestows on her most they were chequered with dreams and visions of ter- costly furniture. ror, other and more agreeable
objects were also some- The whole apartments appropriated to my use contimes presented. Alan Fairford will understand me sisted of the bedroom, a small parlour adjacent, when I say, I am convinced I saw G. M. during this within which was a still smaller closet, having a narinterval of oblivion. I had medical attendance, and row window, which seemed anciently to have been was bled more than once. I also remember a pain- used as a shot-hole, admitting, indeed, a very modeful operation performed on my head, where I had rate portion of light and air, but without its being posreceived a severe blow on the night of the riot. My sible to see any thing from it except the blue sky, and hair was cut short, and the bone of the skull ex- that only by mounting on a chair. There were apamined, to discover if the cranium had received any pearances of a separate entrance into this cabinet, injury.
besides that which communicated with the parlour, On seeing the physician, it would have been natural | but it had been recently built up, as I discovered, by to have appealed to him on the subject of my confine- removing a piece of tapestry which covered the fresh: ment, and I remember more than once attempting to mason-work. I found some of my clothes here, with do so. But the fever lay like a spell upon my tongue, linen and other articles, as well as my writing case, and when I would have implored the doctor's assist containing pen, ink, and paper, which enables me, ance, I rambled from the subject, and spoke I know at my, leisure, (which, God knows, is undisturbed not what--nonsense. Some power, which I was un enough,) to make this record of my confinement. It able to resist, seemed to impel me into a different may be well believed, however, that I do not trust to course of conversation from what I intended, and the security of the bureau, but carry the written sheets though conscious, in some degree, of the failure, I about my person, so that I can only be deprived of coul] not mend it; and resolved, therefore, to be pa-them by actual violence. I also am cautious to write tient, until my capacity of steady thought and expres- in the little cabinet only, so that I can hear any persion was restored to me with my ordinary health, son approach me through the other apartments, and which had sustained a severe shock from the vicissi have time enough to put aside my journal before they tudes to which I had been exposed.*
come upon me.
The servants, a stout country fellow, and a very
pretty milkmaid-looking lass, by whom I am attended, CHAPTER V.
seem of the true Joan and Hodge school, thinking of
little, and desiring nothing, beyond the very limited DARSIE LATIMER'S JOURNAL, IN CONTINUATION. sphere of their own duties and enjoyments, and hav
ing no curiosity whatever about the affairs of others. Two or three days, perhaps more, perhaps less, had Their behaviour to me, in particular, is, at the same been spent in bed, where I was carefully attended, time, very kind and very provoking. My table is and treated, I believe, with as much judgment as the abundantly supplied, and they seem anxious to comcase required, and I was at length allowed to quit my ply with my taste in that department. But whenever bed, though not the chamber. I was now more able I make inquiries beyond "what's for dinner,” the to make some observation on the place of my con- brute of a lad baffles me by his anan, and his dunna finement.
knaw, and, if hard pressed, turns his back on me . It may be here mentioned, that a violent and popular attack composedly, and leaves the room. The girl, too, preupon what the country people of this district considered as an tends to be as simple as he; but an arch grin, which invasion of their fishing right, is by no means an improbable she cannot always suppress, seems to acknowledge fiction. Shortly nfter the close of the American war, Sir James that she understands perfectly well the game which the Esk, at a place where it towed through his estate, though she is playing, and is determined to keep me in ignoit has its origin, and the principal part of its course, in Scotland. rance. Both of them, and the wench in particular, The new barrier at Netherby was considered as an encroach treat me as they would do a spoilt child, and never Scotland; and the right of erectingut being an international directly refuse me any thing which I ask, taking care, question of law betwixt the sister kingdoms, there was no court at the same time, not to make their words good by in either competent to its decision. In this dilemma, the Scots effectually granting my request. Thus, if I desire to people assembled in numbers by signal of rocket lights, and, go out, I am promised by Dorcas that I shall walk in weapons, marched to the banks of the river for the purpose of the park at night and see the cows milked, just as she pulling down the dam-dike objected to. Sir James Graham would propose such an amusement to a child. But armed many of his own people to protect his property, and had she takes care never to keep her word, if it is in her gome military from Carlisle for the same purpose. A renewal power to do so. of the Border wars had nearly taken place in the eighteenth century, when prudence and moderation on both sides saved
In the mean time, there has stolen on me insenmuch tumult, and perhaps some bloodshed. The English pro sibly an indifference to my freedom-a carelessness prietor consented that a breach should be made in his dam about my situation, for which I am unable to account, dike sufficient for the Scottish grievance.
pasele of the file has since mode d'ithe unless it be the consequence of weakness and loss of taken the matter into its own disposal, and entirely swept away blood. I have read of men who, immured as I am, the dam-dike in question.
have surprised the world by the address with which Vol. IV
they have successfully overcome the most formidable round again-or, thof you were a bit off the hooks, obstacles to their escape; and when I have heard he would no more cheat you than"such anecdotes, I have said to myself
, that no one "Well
, well, we will deal, my girl, you may depend who is possessed only of a fragment of freestone, or a on't. But tell me now, were I to give you a letter, rusty nail, to grind 'down rivets and to pick locks, what would you do to get it forward ?" having his full leisure to employ in the task, need "Why, put it into Squire's own bag that hangs in continue the inhabitant of a prison. Here, however, hall," answered poor Dorcas. “Whalelse could I do? I sit, day after day, without a single effort to effect He sends it to Brampton, or to Carloisle, or where it my liberation.
pleases him, once a-week, and that gate." Yet my inactivity, is not the result of despondency, "Ah!" said I; "and I suppose your sweet-heart but arises, in pari at least, from feelings of a very John carries it?" different cast. My story, long a mysterious one, "Noa--disn't now—and Jan is no sweetheart of seems now upon the verge of some strange develop- mine, ever since he danced at his mother's feast with ment; and I feel a solemn impression that I ought io Kitty Rutledge, and let me sit still; that a did." wait the course of events, to struggle against which is "It was most abominable in Jan, and what I could opposing my feeble efforts to the high will of fate. never have thought of him," I replied. Thou, my Alan, wilt treat as timidity this passive "O, but a did though-a let me sit still on my seat, acquiescence, which has sunk down on me like a be- Ia did." numbing, torpor; but if thou hast remembered by "Well, well, my pretty May, you will get a handwhat visions my couch was haunted, and dost but somer fellow than Jan-Jan's not the fellow for you, think of the probability that I am in the vicinity, | I see that.” perhaps under the same roof with G. M., thou wilt “Noa, noa,” answered the damsel; "but he is weel acknowledge that other feelings than pusillanimity aneugh for a' that, mon. But I carena a bution for have tended in some degree to reconcile me to my him; for there is the miller's son, that suitored me fate.
last Appleby Fair, when I went wi' oncle is a gway Still I own it is unmanly to submit with patience canny lad as you will see in the sunshine.' to this oppressive confinement. My heart rises against Ay, a fine stout fellow-Do you think he would it, especially when I sit down to record my sufferings carry my letter to Carlisle ?") in this Journal; and I am determined, as the first "To Carloisle! 'Twould be all his life is worth; step to my deliverance, to have my letters sent to the he maun wait on clap and hopper, as they say. Odd, post-house.
his father would brain hini if he went to Carlois.e.
bating to wrestling for the belt, or sic loike. But I I am disappointed. When the girl Dorcas, upon ha' more bachelors than him; there is the schoolwhom I had fixed for a messenger, heard me talk of master can write almaist as well as tou cans, sending a letter, she willingly offered her services, mon.' and received the crown which I gave her, (for my " Then he is the very man to take charge of a letpurse had not taken flight with the more valuable ter; he knows the trouble of writing one. contents of my pocketbook,) with a smile which Ay, marry does he, an tou comest to that, mon; showed her whole set of white teeth.
only it takes him four hours to write as mony lines. But when, with the purpose of gaining some intel- Tan, it is a great round hand loike, that one can ligence respecting my prezent place of abode, I asked, read easily, and not loike your honour's, that are to which post-town she was to send or carry the loike midge's taes. But for ganging to Carloise, letter, a stolid "Anan" showed me she was either he's dead foundered, man, as cripple as Eckie's ignorant of the nature of a post-office, or that, for the mear." present, she chose to seen so.--"Simpleton !" I said, "In the name of God," said I, "how is it that you with some sharpness.
propose to get my letter to the post ?" "O Lord, sir!" answered the girl, turning pale, Why, just to put it into Squire's bag loike" reitewhich they always do when I show any sparks of rated Dorcas; "He sends it by Cristal Nixon to posi, anger, --" Don't put yourself in a passion !—I'll put as you call it, when such is his pleasure." the letter in the post.'
Here I was then, not much edified by having ob"What! and not know the name of the post- tained a list of Dorcas's bachelors; and by finding town ?" said I, out of patience. "How on earth do myself with respect to any information which I de you propose to manage that ?"
sired, just exactly at the point where I set out. It "La you there, good master. What need you was of consequence to me, however, to accustom the frighten a poor girl that is no schollard, bating what girl to converse with me familiarly. If she did so, she learned at the Charity-School, of Saint Bees ?'' she could not always be on her guard, and something,
“Is Saint Bees far from this place, Dorcas ?-Do I thought, might drop from her which I could turn to you send your letters there ?'' said 1, in a manner as advantage. insinuating, and yet careless, as I could assume. “Does not the Squire usually look into his letter:
“Saint Bees!-La, who but a madman-begging bag, Dorcas ?" said I, with as much indifference as I your honour's pardon--it's a matter of twenty years could assume. since fader lived at Saint Bees, which is twenty, or "That a does," said Dorcas; "and a threw out a forty, or I dunna know not how many miles from letter of mine to Raff Miller, because a said'this part, to the West, on the coast-side; and I would "Well, well, I won't trouble him with mine," said not have left Saint Bees, but that fader"
I, "Dorcas; but, instead, I will write to himself, "Oh, the devil take your father!" replied I.
Dorcas. But how shall I address him ? To which she answered, "Nay, but thof your hon- "Anan?'' was again Dorcas's resource. our be a little how-come-so, you shouldn't damn "I mean how is he called ?-What is his name?" folk's faders; and I won't stand to it, for one.". "Sure your honour should know best," said Doreas.
"Oh, I beg you a thousand pardons-I wish your "I know?-The devil !-You drive me beyond father no ill in the world-he was a very honest man patience." in his way
"Noa, noa! donna your honour go beyond pa. “ Was an honest man!" she exclaimed; for the tience-donna ye now," implored the wench. Cumbrians are, it would seem, like their neighbours for his neame, they say he has mais nor
ane in Westthe Scotch, ticklish on the point of ancestry, -"He moreland and on the Scottish side. But he is but is a very honest man, as ever led nag with halter on seldom wi' us, excepting in the cocking season; and head to Staneshaw-Bank Fair-Honest !-He is a then we just call him Squoire loike; and so do my horse-couper.”
measter and dame." “Right, Right," I replied; “I know it-I have And is he here at present?" said I. neard of your father-as honest as any horse-couper "Not he, not he; he is a buck-hoonting, as they of them all. Why, Dorcas, I mean to buy a horse of tell me, somewhere up the Patterdale way; but he him."
comes and gangs like a flap of a whirlwind, or sic Ah, your honour," sighed Dorcas, "he is the man loike.". to serve your honour well--if ever you should get I broke off the conversation, after forcing on Dor
* And cas a little silver to buy ribands, with which she was demanded an interview with me. You have required so much delighted, that she exclaimed, God! Cristal to be carried before a inagistrate. Your first wish Nixon may say his worst on thee; but thou art a civil shall be granted--perhaps the second also. Mean gentleman for all him; and a quoit man wi' woman while, be assured that you are a prisoner for the time, folk loike."
by competent authority, and that such authority is There is no sense in being too quiet with women supported by adequate power. Beware, therefore, of folk, so I added a kiss with my crown piece; and I struggling with a force sufficient to crush
but cannot help thinking, that I have secured a partisan abandon yourself to that train of events by which we in Dorcas. At least she blushed, and pocketed her little are both swept along, and which it is impossible that compliment with one hand, while, with the other, she either of us can resist.' adjusted her cherry-coloured ribands, a little disur- These mysterious words were without signature of dered by the struggle it cost me to attain the honour any kind, and left me nothing more important to do of a salute.
than to prepare myself for the meeting which they As she unlocked the door to leave the apartment, promised. For that purpose I must now break off, she turned back, and looking on me with a strong ex- and make sure of the manuscript, --so far as I can, in pression of compassion, added the remarkable words, my present condition, be sure of any thing, -by con"La--be’st mad or no, thou'se a mettled lad, after cealing it within the lining of my coat, so as not to be all."
found without strict search. There was something very ominous in the sound of these farewell words, which seemed to afford me a clew to the pretext under which I was detained in
CHAPTER VI. confinement. My demeanour was probably insane enough, while I was agitated at once by the frenzy
LATIMER'S JOURNAL, IN CONTINUATION. incident to the fever, and the anxiety arising from my The important interview expected at the conclusion extraordinary situation. But is it possible they can of my last took place sooner than I had calculated; now establish any cause for confining me, arising out for the very day I received the letter, and just when of the state of my mind ?
my dinner was finished, the Squire, or whatever he is If this be really the pretext under which I am re- called, entered the room so suddenly, that I almost strained from my liberty, nothing but the sedate cor- thought I beheld an apparition. The figure of this rectness of my conduct can remove the prejudices man is peculiarly noble and stately, and his voice has which these circumstances may have excited in the that deep fulness of accent which implies unresisted minds of all who have approached me during my authority. I had risen involuntarily as he entered; illness. I have heard-dreadful thought !-of men we gazed on each other for a moment in silence, whichi who for various reasons, have been trepanned into was at length broken by my visiter. the custody of the keepers of private madhouses, and "You have desired to see me," he said. “I am whose brain, after years of misery, became at length here; if you have aught to say, let me hear it; my unsettled, through irresistible sympathy with the time is too brief to be consumed in childish dumbwretched beings among whom ihey were classed. show." This shall not be my case, if, by strong internal reso- "I would ask of you,” said I, “by what authority lution, it is in human nature to avoid the action of ex- I am detained in this place of confinement, and for terior and contagious sympathies.
what purpose ?" Mean time I sat down to compose and arrange my "I have told you already,” said he," that my authoughts, for my purposed appeal to my jailer-so I thority is sufficient, and my power equal to it; this is musi call him-whom I addressed in the following all which it is necessary for you at present to know." manner; having at length, and after making several "Every British subject has a right to know why he copies, found language to qualify the sense of resent suffers restraint," I replied; "nor can he be deprived ment which burned in the first draughts of my letter, of liberty without a legal warrant-Show me that by and endeavoured to assume a tone more conciliating. which you confine me thus." I mentioned the two occasions on which he had cer- "You shall see more," he said ; "you shall see the tainly saved my life, when at the utmost peril; and I magistrate by whom it is granted, and that without added, that whatever was the purpose of ihe restraint a moment's delay." now practised on me, as I was given to understand, This sudden proposal fluttered and alarmed me; I by his authority, it could not certainly be with any felt, nevertheless, that I had the right cause, and review to ultimately injuring me. He might, I said, solved to plead it boldly, although I could well have have mistaken me for some other person; and I gave desired a little further time for preparation. He him what account I could of my situation and edu- turned, however, threw open the door of the apartcation, to correct such an error. I supposed it next ment, and commanded me to follow him. I felt possible, that he might think me too weak for tra- some inclination, when I crossed the threshold of velling, and not capable of taking care of myself; my prison-chamber, to have turned and run for it; and I begged to assure him that I was restored to but I knew not where to find the stairs-had reason perfect health, and quite able to endure the fatigue of to think the outer-doors would be secured-and, to a journey. Lastly, I reminded him
in firm though conclude, so soon as I had quitted the room to follow measured terms, that the restraint which I sustained the proud step of my conductor, I observed that I was an illegal one, and highly punishable by the laws was dogged by Cristal Nixon, who suddenly appeared which protect the liberties of the subject. I ended by within two paces of me, and with whose great perdemanding, that he would take me before a magis- sonal strength, independent of the assistance he trate; or, at least, that he would favour me with a might have received from his master, I saw no personal interview, and explain his meaning with re-chance of contending. I therefore followed, unregard to me.
sistingly, and in silence, along one or two passages of Perhaps this letter was expressed in a tone too much greater length than consisted with the ideas I humble for the situation of an injured man, and I am had previously entertained of the size of the house. inclined to think so when I again recapitulate its At length a door was Aung open, and we entered a tenor. But what could I do? I was in the power of large, old-fashioned parlour, having coloured glass in one whose passions seem as violent as his means of the windows, oaken panelling on the wall, a huge gratifying them appear unbounded. I had reason, too, grate, in which a large fagot or two smoked under io believe this to thee, Alan) that all his family did an arched chimney-piece of stone, which bore some not approve of the violence of his conduct towards armorial device, whilst the walls were adorned with me; my object, in fine, was freedom, and who would the usual number of heroes in armour, with large not sacrifice much to attain it?
wigs instead of helmets, and ladies in sacques, smellI had no means of addressing my letter excepting, ing to nosegays. "For the Squire's own hand.” He could be at no Behind a long table, on which were several books, great distance, for in the course of twenty-four hours sat a smart underbred-looking man, wearing his own
received an answer. It was addressed 10 Darsie hair tied in a club, and who, from the quire of paper Latimer, and contained these words :-"You have laid before him, and the pen which he handled at my entrance, seemed prepared to officiate as clerk. “So you were called Darsie in your infancy," said As I wish to describe these persons as accurately as the Justice; "and hum-ay-when did you first take possible, I may add, he wore a dark-coloured coat, the name of Latimer?'' corduroy breeches, and spatterdashes. At the upper "I did not take it, sir; it was given to me." end of ihe same iable, in an ample easy-chair, co- “I ask you," said the lord of the mansion, but with vered with black leather, reposed a fat personage, less severity in his voice than formerly, whether about fifty years old, who either was actually a coun- you can remember that you were ever called Latimer
, try justice, or was well selected to represent such a until you had that name given you in Scotland ?" character. His leathern breeches were faultless in "I will be candid; I cannot recollect an instance make, his jockey boots spotless in the varnish, and a that I was so called when in England, but neither can handsome and flourishing pair of boot-garters, as I recollect when the name was first given me; and they are called, united the one part of his garments if any thing is to be founded on these queries and my to the other; in fine, a richly-laced scarlet waistcoat, answers, I desire my early childhood may be taken into and a purple coat, set off the neat though corpulent consideration.” figure of the little man, and threw an additional " Hum--ay-yes,” said the Justice;, “ all that rebloom upon his plethoric aspect. I suppose he had quires consideration shall be duly
considered. Young dined, for it was two hours past noon, and he was man-eh-I beg to know the name of your father and amusing himself, and aiding digestion, with a pipe of mother ?" tobacco. There was an air of importance in his man- This was galling a wound that has festered for ner which corresponded to the rural dignity of his years, and I did not endure the question so patiently exterior, and a habit which he had of throwing out as those which preceded it; but replied, " I demand, a number of interjectional sounds, uttered with a in my turn, to know if I am before an English Justice strange variety of intonation, running from bass up of the Peace ?". to treble in a very extraordinary manner, or breaking “His worship Squire Foxley, of Foxley Hall, has off his sentences with a whiff of his pipe, seemed been of the quorum these twenty years," said Master adopted to give an air of thought and mature delibe- Nicholas. ration to his opinions and decisions. Notwithstand- " Then he ought to know, or you, sir, as his clerk, ing all this, Alan, it night be dooted, as our old Pro- should inform him," said 1, "that I am the complainer fessor used to say, whether the Justice was any thing in this case, and that my complaint ought to be heard more than an ass. Certainly, besides a great defer- before I am subjected to cross-examination." ence for the legal opinion of his clerk, which might Humph-hoy-what, ay—there
is something in be quite according to the order of things, he seemed that, neighbour," said the poor Justice, who, blown to be wonderfully under the command of his brother about by every wind of doctrine, seemed desirous to Squire, if squire either of them were, and indeed much attain the sanction of his brother Squire. more than was consistent with so much assumed "I wonder at you, Foxley,” said his firm-minded consequence of his own.
acquaintance; how can you render the young man Ho-ha-ay-so-so-Hum-humph-this is the justice unless you know who he is ?", young man, I suppose-Hum-ay-seems sickly- 'Ha--yes--egad that's true,” said Mr. Justice ForYoung gentleman, you may sit down."
ley; "and now-looking into the matter more closely I used the permission given, for I had been much -- there is, eh, upon the whole-nothing at all in what more reduced by my illness than I was aware of, he says-so, sir, you must tell your father's name, and and felt myself really fatigued, even by the few paces surname.' I had walked, joined to the agitation Í suffered. " It is out of my power, sir; they are not known
And your name, young man, is-humph-ay-ha to me, since you must needs know so much of my --what is it?"
private affairs." Darsie Latimer."
The Justice collected a great afflatus in his cheeks, “Right-ay-humph-very right. Darsie Latimer which puffed them up like those of a Dutch cherub, is the very thing-ha--ay--where do you come from?" while his eyes seemed flying out of his head, from the "From Scotland, sir," I replied.
effort with which he retained his breath. He then "A native of Scotland-a-humph-eh-how is it?" blew it forth with, — " Whew !-Hoom-poof-ha :I am an Englishman by birth, sir."
not know your parents, youngster ?—Then I must “Right-ay-yes, you are so. But pray, Mr. Dar- commit you for a vagrant, I warrant you. Отпе sie Latimer, have you always been called by that ignotum pro terribili, as we used to say at Appleby name, or have
ou any other ?--Nick, write down school; is, every one that is not known to the his answers, Nick.'
Justice, is a rogue and a vagabond. Ha:-ay, you As far as I remember, I never bore any other," may sneer, sir; but I question if you would have known was my answer. "How, no ?-well I should not have thought so
the meaning of that Latin unless I had told you."
I acknowledged myself obliged for a new edition of Hey, neighbour, would you?''
the adage, and an interpretation which I could never Here he looked towards the other Squire, who had have reached alone and unassisted. I then proceeded thrown himself into a chair; and, with his legs to state my case with greater confidence. The Justice stretched out before him, and his arms folded on his was an ass, that was clear; but it was scarcely posbosom, seemed carelessly attending to what was go-sible he could be so utterly ignorant as not to know ing forward. He answered the appeal of the Justice what was necessary in so plain a case as mine. I by saying, that perhaps the young man's memory did therefore informed him of the riot which had been not go back to a very early period.
committed on the Scottish side of the Solway Frith; Ah-eh-ha-you hear the gentleman--Pray, how explained how I came to be placed in my present far may, your memory be pleased to run back to :- situation; and requested of his worship to sei me at umph :
liberty. I pleaded my cause with as much earnestness "Perhaps, sir, to the age of three years, or a little as I could, casting an eye from time to time upon the farther."
opposite party, who seemed entirely indifferent to all And will you presume to say, sir," said the Squire, the animation with which I accused him. drawing himself suddenly erect in his seat, and exert- As for the Justice, when at length I had ceased as ing the strength of his powerful voice, "that you then really not knowing what more to say in a case so very bore your present name?”
plain, he replied, "Ho-ay-ay-yes-wonderful! and I was startled at the confidence with which this so this is all the gratitude you show to this good genquestion was put, and in vain rummaged my memory tleman for the great charge and trouble he hath had for the means of replying. "At least," I said, “I with respect to and concerning of you ?" always remember being called Darsie; children, at "He saved my life, sir, I acknowledge, on one octhat early age, seldom get more than their Christian casion certainly, and most probably on two; but his name."
having done so gives him no right over my person. .“0, I thought so," he replied, and again stretched I am not, however, asking for any punishment or himself on bis seat, in the same lounging posture as revenge ; on the contrary, I am content to part friends before.
with the gentleman, whose motives I am unwilling