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with all due formality. He read it, then solemnly Ilarity he would lead us to believe that he admires, howed to me, as an indication that he understood exposes in every page the most tortuous system it; he next proceeded to take a small sheet of pa- and in every chapter plays the most eccentric per, which he laid on the palm of his hand, and tricks. Having taken some trouble to understand began to write, using a pen made of a reed. It the peculiarities of this work-full of right and seemed to me impossible to form a single letter in wrong-truth and error-correct reasoning and this position ; but in the course of a few minutes false deductions knowledge and ignorance-corhe presented me with a translation of the manu- rect feeling and false sympathies industrious rescript in Persian, Syriac, and Turkish, and the search and the most hasty and unwarranted asserwriting of each separate character was a perfect tions—we think we have got a glimpse of somemodel. This was all I required, as it was easy to thing like the condition of its author's mind. We obtain a translation from the Turkish. But the good have no desire to be in the slightest degree un. dervish seemed to think I ought now to make my- charitable ; but there are really so many intelligent self agreeable to him, and he commenced a conversa- -and, in some respects, estimable-persons doing tion through the medium of Monsieur V , who mischief to themselves, and injury to the world of acted as interpreter. First he asked me questions science and literature, by means similar to those innumerable about myself, my family, and my employed by the author of the “ Dial of the Seawhole history past and present. Having then as- sons,' that we feel ourselves called upon to cut certained that I belonged to that very distant and deep-that we may cure. barbarous island of Great Britain, he coinposedly Gifted naturally with minds above the common begged that I would give him a distinct account of order, with quick perceptions and good memory, the government, laws, religion, and institutions of the laborious routine necessary 10 subdue those that country, with which, he assured me, he was minds to thought, is intolerable to such men ; and, wholly unacquainted. My companion laughed out having heard or read of the wonders of genius, right at my look of despair at this exorbitant de self, Hattering self, looking at his own image, mand ; and as we could distinguish from the win- sees there all the phenomena which are supposed clows the steamer which was to carry me away to mark this spontaneous development of intelliwith its chimney already smoking, he pointed it gence, and so perpetrates the eccentricities beout to the dervish as a reason for terminating our lieved to constitute some of its attributes. The visit immediately. He seemed very reluctant to knowledge obtained by desultory reading—which, let me go; but I at last arose, and having made as in the case of our author, is often mistaken for him a flowery speech, which he heard most gra- research-is put forward in a garb which is offered ciously, I prepared to go out. He then turned as the easy robings of a finished thought, but with considerable energy to Monsieur V- , and which is too often the braided blouse of ignorance asked him to bid me stop one moment. I complied, and conceit. This pernicious habit ruins everyand extending one hand towards me, while he thing within its influence :-and, on both sides of raised the other to heaven, he uttered, in the most the Atlantic, the efforts of human thought are at impressive manner, what seemed to me to be a present suffering from the disease in which the short prayer, as it commenced with the words, resemblance is substituted for the reality-the “ Allah il Allah !" The younger dervish and shadow mistaken for the substance. Monsieur V- listened to it with the greatest in the book before us, we have the sciences of reverence ; and when he had concluded, my friend meteorology, astronomy and optics, united with translated it word for word to me. It was a bless- natural history and all its allied sciences, mixed ing, solemn and fervent, which he had called down into an olla podrida, with poems on the Creation upon me; beginning with saying that, infidel as I of Lighl-The Prairie-The Song of the Sea and was, he prayed of Allah to hear him in my behalf, Isles—and The Retreat of the Berinsina; the whole and, with the beautifully figurative language of flavored with the high spice of moral reflections on the East, asking that my voyage through life to external order-whilst all within is in the most adthe eternal shore might be brightened with sun. mirable confusion. If the author, and others of his shine as gay as that which now smiled on my class, could be induced to bend their minds to humble journey to my native land ; and, above all, that the themes, and carefully and minutely examine into most secret wish of my soul might be gratified. the truths which lie at their feet, they might The solemn manner in which this prayer was achieve for themselves a triumph-they would attered by the good old man made no small impres- certainly derive a pleasure-unknown to them as sion on me, and I was not sorry to carry such a yet; and escape the disappointments to which they blessing away with me, when, a few hours after, doom themselves. “ All noble growths are slow, we left Smyrna with a calm sea and a fair wind on was a truth utiered by an American philosopher. our way to the Dardanelles.
The excellent in anything can only be attained by honest zeal and careful and untiring labor. To at
tempt to reach at one stride ihe top of the hill on Dial of the Seasons; or, a Portraiture of Nature.
which rest the giants of the earth after efforts the By Thomas Fisher, of Philadelphia. Harvey
most toilsome, is a folly which certainly involves & Darton.
its own punishinent. Let us then recommend the
author of the “ Dial of the Seasons" 10 bow himThe minds of some men are most singularly self to labor; and, connecting with his most humble constituted ; and present so many seeming anoma- tasks, the highest thoughts, to train his wandering lies that it becomes impossible to measure them by mind into truth. If this be done ere he next atany scale, or to reduce them within the limits of tempts a “ Portraiture of Nature," he will not comprehensibility. Of this peculiar order is, evi- then produce a mere caricature-mistaking it for a dently, the mind of the author of the “ Dial of the true copy-as in the present volume he has done. Seasons ;" which, so far from exhibiting the regu- 1Athenaum.
From Chambers' Journal. could found on the dangers and hardships they FATHER BLACKHALL'S SERVICES.
were perpetually liable to ; and as they were exe
crated and hunted beyond their own community, "A Brief Narrative of the Services Performed they seem to have obtained the greater privileges, to Three Noble Ladies, by Gilbert Blackhall,” is immunities, and benisons within it. In his new one of the books printed by the Spalding Club in appointment, the reverend father loses none of that Aberdeen. It affords some curious peeps into the spirit of inquiry and interference regarding small state of society in the north of Scotland in the first matters for which he has already appeared so conhalf of the seventeenth century, especially those spicuous. We find him thus describing his posifamilies by whom the Catholic faith was still ad- tion in the household, and the order he thought fit hered to. The reverend father is an arrant gossip. to take concerning it. “I did eat in my chamber He is curious in the every-day pursuits, the tem- as they who were before me used to do: four pers, the occupations, nay, the clothing and feed- dishes of meat was the least that was sent to me ing, of those with whom he was concerned. More- at every meal, with ale and wine conforming; over, he was an ill-requited man. He had the which I thought superfluous; but knowing the highest possible opinion of his own merits and ex- noble disposition of the lady, who gave the order ertions : but he did not find other people ready to herself for all the tables, as well of her servants as acknowledge his claims; hence he set them forth, her own, I would not so soon utter my mind, with all due precision and minuteness, in a narra- until I should know better how my admonitions tive which fills a considerable quarto volume. would be received. I asked my man what was Had he not been a weak-minded man, occupying done with the relics of my table. He answered himself in trifles, he probably had gained a great me boldly that he sold them, and said the relics of reputation by some folio volume, written in Latin, priests were due into their men. When I did against Luther and John Knox, but we would not hire you, said I, did I promise you such casualhave had the curious pictures of national customs ties? No, sir, said he; but it is the custom of and grotesque incidents with which his garrulous this house, as all the servants will bear witness. narrative supplies us. The first person to whom They are fools, said I, and not capable to bear we find Father Black hall performing his services witness who give testimony to their own prejudice. is the Lady Isabel Hay, daughter of the Earl of What prejudice is that to thee ? said he. My lady Errol. This lady, after her mother's death, went doth bestow the meat upon you, and asketh no to France in 1630. A certain Mr. James Forbes count of it back again ; so what you leave, I think was her father's friend and correspondent in should be for me rather than for any other body, France, and she was, as merchants say, If I did buy the meat myself, said I, was I bound signed to him.” He appointed Blackhall her con- to give you all that rested over my own suffisance, fessor; “ which he did repent thereafter," as so that I could not bestow it in any other way after Blackhall says; and indeed the chief porport of you had got your suffisance of ii? No, said he ; the narrative is to describe the efforts which her you might dispose of it at your own pleasure, and spiritual adviser made to protect her from the un- so doth my lady, who wills your man (to) get what seasonable addresses of Mr. Forbes. There is you leave. No, said I; my lady wills, and I likemuch curious matter in this part of the father's wise, that thou carry to the kitchen all that I narrative ; but we must pass from it to another leave, both meat, bread, and drink, that all may portion of his adventures, in which we think the serve the common table; and go thou to it, and reader will probably be more interested.
there take your part of all, as the others do. And At the conclusion of his engagement with Lady if thou determine anything another way, thou shalt Isabel, he received an application from the Lady not serve me one hour longer. I told my lady Frendraught, celebrated for the suspicion under afterwards this dialogue which passed between my which she fell, a few years before, of having set man and me, whereat she did laugh well; and fire to her house, in order to burn Lord A boyne in this did acquire me the affections of the servants, it. The horror of this event appears to have de- who grudged, but could not mend it; for they terred the reverend father from such a connexion. knew that my lady would not take notice of such He says—"My Lady of Frendraught did send to base things, much less correct them.” me, praying me to come to her, for the frère she The people in the neighborhood seem not to had before was lately departed from this life. I have been in general Roman Catholics ; for the refused absolutely to see her, because she was sus- father complains much of their importunate curipected to be guilty of the death of my lord of osily, saying that “ if he but opened the window, Aboyne, who, seven years before, was burned in they ran to see him as some monstrous thing ;' the castle of Frendraught: whether she be guilty and one woman declared she hoped to wash her or not, God knoweth, for that hath not been yet hands in his heart's blood. Aboyne castle stands discovered.” Fate determined that, instead of ihe near the village of Charlestown of Aboyne, close to suspected murderess, he should ally himself with the river Dee, and thirty miles from its mouth at the Dowager Lady Aboyne, the widow of the vic- Aberdeen. Eastward, descend fine sweeps of aratim; and he entered the service of “this truly no- ble land towards the coast, while to the west beble and religious lady” about the middle of July, gins the great Highland range of the Grampians, 1638. Though the Roman Catholics were a pro- There, in the close vicinity of their strongholds, scribed body through Scotland generally, the Mar- the lands of Aboyne were subject to perpetual quis of Huntly, and some other Catholic lords in depredations by the Highland reivers of the day. the north, possessed a considerable extent of feu- The lonely widow appears to have had but a scandal power for the protection of themselves and ty retinue for so wild a neighborhood, and we find their adherents; and such a person as Blackhall, her obliged to add to the accomplished Blackhall's if not absolutely secure, would be removed from titles of priest and chamberlain, that of captain of many causes of apprehension by such an alliance. her castle. He describes the manner in which he In addition to their claims on the respect of the repelled one of these invasions ; and it is clear that people as their spiritual advisers, these priests I his own prowess on the occasion has not been neg
lected by the historian. When a visitation by other money here than that which shall come out friends was of the following character, the nature of these guns, nor lodging, unless it be graves 10 of an inroad from neutrals or enemies may be an-bury you; and therefore retire yourself, that I may ticipated :
shut the gate. He retired malcontented ; and my " The very first that obliged us to make use of lady did send meat and drink at the foot of the our arms were the Marquis of Huntly's* own men/ Peat Hill, forbidding them to live upon her tenof Badenoch. They had been at Aberdeen getting ants, but bade them lodge in taverns, paying what arms, some forty or thereabout, with their officer, they should take; otherwise, they should not go Thomas Gordon, a proud and saucy rascal. They, far unpunished. They did so, and went away the coming up the north side of the water of Dee, came next day peaceably." to Aboyne, and presented themselves upon the The next visit was from a party of the clan Peat Hill; and Thomas Gordon, leaving the rest Cameron, who were at first perplexed by the diplothere, did come with three others to the gate, matic skill of Blackhall, but had subsequently to which I made to be kept fast. I sent Thomas yield to his warlike prowess. The marauders Cordoner, the porter, to the gate to ask what they commenced operations by plundering a tenant's desired. Thomas, the officer, answered boldly house. that they would lodge in the house, because they “So we marched with a dozen of guns, eight were my lord's men, and the house was also his ; / pistols, and my big carabine. Before we went out and that the night before they had lodged in the at the gate, I told them what order I desired to be place of Drum ; which I knew to be false, for the kept, which was this: we must seek by all means laird of Drum was not a man to lodge such rascals to surprise them in the house plundering; and to in his house. When the porter told me this so in- do it, we must march as the Highlanders do. solent answer, I did go to the gate ; for I had the every one after another, without any words among key in my pocket, and did not give it to the por- us." ter, fearing that he might be so simple as to let Blackhall then gives all the necessary orders to them in, and we should have had more pain to put his men as to where they were to place themthem out than to hold them out. I did take with selves, so as to guard both door and windows; and mé six good fellows, every one with his sword at says, “How soon we were in the court, I said his side and a light gun in his hand, and placed with a loud voice, Every one to his post; which them all on one side of the alley that goes from the was done in the twinkling of an eye. Then I ooter gate, betwixt two walls to the court, every went to the door, thinking to break it up with my one three or four spaces from another, and made foot ; but it was a thick double door, and the lock them turn their faces and the mouths of their guns very strong. Whilst I was at the door, one of a slanting way, not right to the port, nor to the them did come to bolt it; and I, hearing him at it, wall over against them, but a middle way betwixt did shoot a pistol at him. He said afterwards that them both, that they might see both at once. * * the ball did pass through the hair of his head :
“When I had placed them thus, and encouraged whether he said true or not, I know not. I did them, I did go to the gate with a bended pistol in go from the door to the windows, and back again, my hand ; and before I did open the wicket, I told still encouraging them, and praying them at the them to retire themselves, all but one, to speak to windows to hold their eyes still upon our enemies, me: they did so. Thomas Gordon only stayed; and to kill such as would lay their hands to a the rest were retired only the matter of ien paces, weapon ; and to those at the door to have their ready to rush in if he could have thrusted up the guns ever ready to discharge at such as would wicket fully. Then I did open it a little, so that mean to come forth without my leave; and still I he might see my soldiers in the alley. Before he threatened to burn the house and them all in it, if did see them, I asked them what they did come they would not render themselves at my discrehere to seek? He very confidently said, We will tion; which they were loath to do, until ihey saw see my lady, who we know will give us money, the light bundles of straw that I had kindled 10 and lodge us; and with that was pressing in his throw upon the thatch of the house ; although I shoulder; and I, seeing his impudence, said, As did not intend to do it, nor burn our friends with you love your life, stir not to win in, otherwise Il our foes. But if Malcolm Dorward, and his wife will discharge my pistol in your heart; and you and servants, and his son John Dorward, and John shall not see my lady, nor get anything from her, Cordoner, all of whom the Highlanders had lying unless it be meat and drink without the gate ; but in bonds by them, had been out, I would not have none of you shall come within it, and go out again made any scruple to have burnt the house and all living. Sir, said he, we are my lord's men, and the Highlanders within it, to give a lerror to oththis house is his, and why may we not lodge in it? ers who would be so brutal as to oppress ladies Have you an order from my lord, says I, to lodge who never wronged them. here? Let me see his order. Sir, it is my lord's “They, seeing the light of the burning straw will that we lodge in his land. Then go seek his coming in at the windows, and the keepers of the land, and lodge in it; for he hath no land nor windows bidding them surrender themselves before house here so long as my lady liveth ; but if my they be burnt, called for quarter. I wld then lord were dwelling here himself, durst you present they should not get other quarter but my discreyourselves to this gate to lodge with him? No, tion ; uinto which, if they would submit themselves said he, we must respect my lord. You base fel- faithfully, they would find the better quarter; if low, said I, should not ladies be respected as much not, be at their hazard. Thereupon I bade their as lords, and more? But you have not so much captain come and speak with me all alone, with honesty as to respect anybody. But put in your his gun under his arm, and the stock foremost ; head, and see how we are prepared to receive but if any did press 10 follow him, they should kill you; and tell your neighbors that you shall get no both him and them who should press to follow
him. He did come out as I ordained, and trem* The deceased Lord Aboyne was son to this great
sorost bled as the leaf of a tree. I believe he thought we noble, the chief of the clap Gordon.
would kill him there. I did take his gun from
him, and discharged it, and laid it down upon the lit may provide some further incidents worthy of earth by the side of the house. Then, after I had notice. threatened him, and reproached their ingratitude, His former patroness, the widowed and lovely who durst trouble my lady or her tenants, who Lady Aboyne, on her deathbed earnestly recomwas, and yet is, the best friend that their chief Do-mended to Blackhall's protection her daughter, the nald Cameron hath ; for, said I, he will tell you Lady Henrietta Gordon. It is in the form of a how I and another man of my lady's went to him letter to this lady that Blackhall describes his where he was hiding himself with his cousin Ewan efforts to accomplish her mother's dying exhortaCameron, in my lady's land, and brought them in tion. His main object was to secure an appointcroup to Aboyne, where they were kept secretly ment for the young lady in the household of the for three weeks, until their enemies the Covenant- queen of France, the French court being then an ers had left off the seeking of them; and you, un- asylum in which many of the decayed or oppressed thankful beasts as you are, have rendered a dis- aristocracy of Scotland found refuge. To pass pleasure to my lady for her goodness toward you. over from the north of Scotland to France was a He pretended ignorance of that courtesy done to journey accompanied by no small array of perils in his chief." Blackhall then made him swear that the early part of the seventeenth century; and it all that had been plundered from the tenants should was not the less so, that the country was now he restored, and what had been consumed should raging from end to end with the troubles arising he paid for; and also “made hin swear by the from the Covenant. The father had not proceeded soul of his father that neither he, nor none whom many miles, before he encountered a rather forhe could hinder, should ever hereafter trouble or midable adventure. Along the northwest border molest my lady or any of her tenants.” He then of Aberdeenshire, where it marches with Banffordered every man separately to come out and take shire, there is a wide, desolate moor, stretching the same oath.
over many miles of country to the foot of the " They did all come out severally, and took the mountain mass called the Buck of the Cabrach. same oath as I had commanded them; and as they It is a wild, dreary district at the present day, did come to me, I discharged their guns, to the differing probably but slightly in its outward feanumber of six or eight-and-furty, which made the tures from its state in Blackhall's time, however tenants convene to us from the parts where the different may be the guests one would find in the shots were heard; so that, before they had all primitive inn of Rhynie, which, when we last parcome out, we were nearly as many as they, armed took of its hospitalities, had as venerable an air as with swords, and targets, and guns. When they if it had been the actual house in which the folhad all made their oaths to me, I ranked our peo- lowing scene occurred. The narrative is, by the ple like two hedges, five spaces distant from one way, remarkable as illustrating the antiquity of another's rank, and but one pace every man from Finnan haddies, which must have been a highly another in that same rank, and turned the mouths esteemed dish ; otherwise they would not, as in of their guns and their faces one toward another, this instance, have been conveyed inland nearly forty so as the Highlanders might pass, two and two miles from the place where they were cured. together, betwixt their ranks: they passed so “ Passing by the muir of Rhynie," says Blackfrom the door of the hall in which they were, to hall, “ I intended to give my horse a measure of the place where their guns were lying all empty. oats there, because I had eight miles to ride over They trembled passing, as if they had been in a the Cushnie Hills, as wild a piece of ground as is fever quartern." He and his men then saw the in all Britain." He then inquires of a man coming marauders fairly off Lady Aboyne's lands, and, out of the inn if he would get good oats there; returning to Aboyne, “ told my lady the event of and “the unhappy rascal answering, said, Yes, our siege, who was very joyful that there was no sir; and good ale and beer also ; but did not tell blood shed on either side."
ine the house was full of men, as drunk as men The state of letter-writing is fully disclosed by could be. the fact, that, in the space of eleven and a half “I entered in the court, suspecting nothing; years, Lady Aboyne had only received two letters, and as I descended from my horse, a gentleman, and these were from two of her sisters. Indeed, called John Gordon, son to Leichesten, did emshe appears to have lived a most lonely, desolate brace me very kindly. He was exceedingly life. At her death, all her care seems to have drunk." been that her daughter, her only child, might be Blackhall then enters into the hall with him, brought up in the Catholic religion. For this pur- which hall he describes as being “ full of soldiers, pose she had previously charged Blackhall with as drunk as beasts, and their captain, William the care of her; and manfully did he redeem the Gordon of Tilliangus, was little better;" adding, pledge, as we find related in the chapter entitled “ that Tilliangus had got a patent to list a com* The Good Offices done to Madame de Gordon, Ipany for the then holy, but now cursed, Covenant; now Dame D'Attour to Madame ; by Gilbert and John Gordon of Leicheston was his lieutenBlackhall, priest"-which we shall make the sub-ant; and hinting that every covenanting man was ject of a separate paper.
then more loyal than the king himself.
Blackhall, when he went into the hall, kept his The leading features in Father Blackhall's his- valise in his own hand, because there was in it a tory, at least the sole ground on which his memory suit of mass clothes, which might have discovered has been resuscitated by the printing of a substan- him; and as he was about to salute the company, rial quarto volume, is the services he performed to “ the captain, in a commanding way, said, Who “ three noble ladies," as they are minutely set are you, sir? which did presently heat my blood. forth by himself. In the preceding article we And as I thought he spoke disdainfully to me, I have given whatever appeared curious or enter-answered in that same tone, saying, This is a taining in his intercourse with the second of his question indeed, sir, to have been asked at my fontnoble employers. We now examine the third man, if you had seen him coming in to you. He book of his circumstantial history, in the hope that said it was a civil demand. I said it might pass for such to a valet, but not to a gentleman. He said | name, and call it wrong, but not affront; for a man it was civil, and I said it was not. Leicheston who is resolved to die in defending his own honor, seeing us both very hot, and ready to come to may receive wrong indeed, but not an affront; and blows, taking me by the hand, said, Go with me, as to me, I never yet received an affront, nor do I sir, to a chamber, and let this company alone;" to think to be so base as ever to receive any." Then, which Blackhall agrees; but the captain follows after further demonstrations of cordiality between thern, refuses to drink with them, but sits down, Blackhall and the captain, the soldiers are brought and again reiterates his demand, when Blackhall in unarmed, to testify their friendship also ; and tells him that, if at first the request had been Blackhall says, “I did take each of them by the made with kindness, it would have been complied hand very kindly, and drank to them, and they to with, but having been made in a disdainful man-me. They were in all five-and-twenty; and a ner, and refused, he could not now with honor minister called Mr. Patrick Galloway, who had grant it, lest it should seem that fear, not com- been lately banished out of Ireland, in the insurplaisance, had been the cause ; adding, “And I am rection that the Irish made against the Scotch in resolved not to do anything prejudicial to my the north of Ireland ; whereby ye may judge if I honor, neither for fear of death nor hope of re- would not have been a good prize to these soldiers ward ; but at the next meeting, whensoever it is, of the unholy covenant. They would have been I shall freely tell you, for then I hope our party better rewarded for taking a priest nor (than) for a will not be so unequal as it is now, and therefore lord.” He then diverges to the praise of John will not then be ascribed to fear or baseness, as it Gordon of Leicheston, who had stood by him so is now,
stanchly in his extremity, saying, “ He was a very With this answer he went from us to his gallant gentleman, and as personable a man as was company; and, as we thought (that is, Leicheston of any name in Scotland ; tall, well-proportioned, and I,) if not contented, at least paid with reason. with a manly countenance, which his generous In the mean time Leicheston did call for Finnan heart did not belie. For without any other oblihaddocks (or fish like whitings, but bigger and gation, but only because he did casually meet me firmer.) The mistress did give four to her ser- in the court, and civilly did bring me in by the vant to roast for us. When they were roasted, hand to their company, he resolved to share with the captain did take them from her, and ate them me of life or death, and did embrace my cause up, with his soldiers. The servant came and told as if it had been his own ; showing no less interas that the captain would not suffer her to roast est for my life than he would have done for his any for us, nor bring us those she had roasted for own." us. Whereupon I said to the mistress, in great When the worthy father had accomplished the anger, Goodwife, I pray you give me some had object of his mission, he joyfully prepared to leave docks, and I will go into your hall and roast them, France ; but if, in his native country, he met with or some better thing for them, for I will not be so dissipated, quarrelsome people, he was exposed in braved by your captain. My money is as good as that where he was now sojourning to greater danhis, and therefore I will have haddocks for my ger from a multitudinous array of robbers. “I money, or know wherefore not. She said, You passed on my way," says he, "asking in the vilshall have, sir, but you shall not go in among lages, as I passed, if they did hear anything of them who are bent to kill you. I pray God deliver voleurs [robbers) on the great way. Their my house from murder. I would give all I have answer was commonly, It is marvellous how you in the world to have you safe out of my house. I have escaped them, for the way is all covered with shall go and roast the haddocks, and bring them to them. These were no comfortable news to me, you myself; which she did, and we did eat them, who had all my money upon me in gold.” But if and drink to the health of one another without any it was practicable for one man so to fortify himtrouble; for our resolution was taken, to sell our self as to be impregnable to multitudes, Blackhall skins at the dearest rate that we could, if it be- had done so. Behold his account of his travelling hoved us to die; for Liecheston had already arsenal. " I had behind my saddle a great cloak. sworn to die or live with me."
bag, in which were my new clothes and cloak, and The captain is then represented as returning to a new hat ; and at the top of my saddle two Dutch thein, sitting down and renewing his first demand, pistols, with wheelworks; and at my two sides to which he receives the same answer, and departs iwo Scotch pistols, with snap-works; and a very in great wrath to his soldiers. Then Leicheston's wide musket, charged with nine pistol balls, hangservant comes and tells his master, in Irish, that ing from my neck; and a good sword at my side.” they were making ready to compel Blackhall to It was not to be wondered at that, so accoutred, tell who he was, or kill him ; upon which Leiches- robber after robber passed him unmolested ; but it ton and Blackhall take measures for their recep- must be remembered, that we have only his own lion. But the captain having delayed to come, word for the statement, that they had ever any deBlackhall sent Leicheston to show him that it sign to meddle with him. The following is one would be a blot against his honor to bring twenty of his escapes :inen against two, and offering rather to fight with “When I was passing Fleurie, the taverners, bim hand to hand. Whereupon the captain was as their custom is, cried, Monsieur, we have good highly delighted with his courage, and said, “I wine and good oats; will you give your horse a did never meet with a man of greater resolution, measure of oats? to whom I answered, My horse wherefore I shall honor him wheresoever I shall hath dined, and myself also : I will not light down. see him; and tell him I need not fight combats to Then a strong, young fellow did come out of a show my courage : it is well enough known in tavern, who said to me, Monsieur, it is very this country where I live, and I believe so be his dangerous for you to go through the wood alone where he is known." And shortly after the cap- in these times: if you will stay but a litile, my tain came to Blackhall, and said, “I am come to master is in the tavern drinking a chopin with crave your pardon for the affront that we have another gentleman; they will convoy you through done. Good sir, said I, be pleased to change the the wood. I answered him, saying, I do not fear