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The author has stated in the preface to the Chronicles of the “In short, every answer I received only tended to increase Canongate, 1897, that he received from an anonymoun corres- my regret, and raise
my opinion of Heleo Walker, who could pondent an account of the incident upon which the following unite so much prudence with so much heroic virtue." story is founded. He is now at liberty to say, that the informa. This narrative was enclosed in the following letter to the aption was conveyed to him
by a late amiable and ingenious lady, thoi, without date or signature whose wit and power of remarking and judging of character "Sir, -The occurrence just related happened to me 26 years still survive in the memory of her friends. Her maiden name ago. Helen Walker lies buried in the churchyaru of Irongray, was Miss Helen Lawson, of Girthhead, and she was wife of about six miles from Dumfries. I once proposed that a imall Thomas Goldie, Esq., or Craigmuie, Commissary of Dumfries. monument should have been erected to commemorate so reHer comrnunication was in these words:
markable a character, but I now prefer leaving it to you to per "I had taken for summer lodgings a collage near the old Ab- petuate her memory in a moro durable manner." bes of Lincluden. It had formerly been inhabited by a lady The reader is now able to judge how far the author has imwho had pleasure in embellishing cottages, which she found proved upon, or fallen short of the pleasing and interesting Derhaps homely and even poor enough ; mine therefore possessed sketch of high principle and steady affection displayed by Helen many marks of taste and elegance unusual in this species of Walker, the prototype of the fictitious Jeanie Deans. Mrs. habitation in Scotland, where a cottage is literally what its name Goldie was unfortunately dead before the author had given his declares.
name to these volumes, so he lost all opportunity of thanking "From my cottage door I had a partial view of the old Abbey that lady for her highly valuable communication. But her before mentioned ; some of the highest arches were seen over, daughter, Miss Goldie, obliged him with the following addiand some through, the trees scattered along a lane which led tional information. down to the ruin, and the strange fantastic whapes of almost all "Mrs. Goldie endeavoured to collect further particulars of those old ashes accorded wonderfully well with the building Helen Walker, particularly concerning her journey to London, they at once shaded and ornamented.
but found this nearly impossible, as the natural dignity of her The Abbey itself from my door was almost on a level with character, and a high
sense of family
respectability, made her the cottage ; but on coming to the end of the lane, it was die. so indissolubly connect her sister's disgrace with her own exercovered to be situated on a high perpendicular bank, at the foot tions, that none of her neighbours durst ever question her upon of which run the clear waters of the Cluden, where they hasten the subject. One old woman, a distant relation of Helen's,
and to join the sweeping Nith,
who is still living, says she worked an harvest with her. but that * Whoue distant roaring swello and fa'e'
she never ventured to ask her about her sister's trial, or her
jouney !o London ;,'Helen,' she added,' was a lofty body, and As my kitchen and parlour were not very far distant, I one day used a high style o' language. The same old
woman says, that went in to purchase some chickens
from a person I heard offer every year Helen received a cheese from her sister, who lived ing them for sale. It was a little, rather stout-looking woman, at Whitehaven, and that she always sent a liberal portion of it who seemed to be between seventy and eighty years of age ; she to herself or to her father's family. This fact, though trivial in was almost covered with a tartan plaid, and her cap had over it itself, strongly marks the affection subsisting between the two a black silk hood, lied under tho chin, a piece of dress still sisters, and the complete conviction on the mind of the crimimuch in use among elderly women of that rank of life in Scotnal, that her sister had acted solely from high principle, and not land; her eyes were dark, and remarkably lively and intelligent: from any want of feeling, which another small but characterisI entered into conversation with her, and began by asking how tic trait will further illustrate. A gentleman, a relation of Mrs. she maintained hersell, &c.
Golcie's, who happened to be travelling in the North of Eng"She said that in winter she footed stockings, that is, knit land, on coming to a small inn, was shown into the parlour by feet to country people's stockings, which bears about the same a female servant, who, after cautiously shutting the door, said, relation to stocking-knitting that cobbling does to shoe-making, Sir, I'm Nelly Walker's sister.' Thus practically showing thai and is of course both less profitable and less dignified; she she considered her sister as better known by hier high conduct, likewise taught a few children to read, and in summer she whiles than even herself by a different kind of celebrity. reared a few chickens.
Mrs. Goldie was extremely anxious to have a tombstone and ** I said I could venture to guess from her face she had never an inscription upon it, erected in Irongray churchyard ; and if been married. She laughed heartily at this, and said, 'I maun Sir Walter Scott will condescend to write the last, a little subhae the queerest face that ever was seen, that ye could guess scription could be easily raised in the immediate neighbourhood, that. Now, do tell me, madam, how ye cam to think sae?', and Mrs. Goldie's wish be thus fulfilled." told her it was from her cheerful disengaged countenance. She It is scarcely necessary to add, that the request of Miss Goldio maid, 'Mem, have ye na far mnir reason to be happy than ine, will be most willingly complied with, and without the necessity wi'a gude husband and a fine family o bairns, and plenty of of any tax on the public. Nor is there much occasion to repeat every thing? for me, I'm the puirest o' a' puir bodies, and can how much the author conceives himself obliged to his unknown hardly contrive to keep
mysell alive in a' the wee bits o' ways correspondent, who thus afforded him a theme affording such a I hae tell't ye. After some more conversation, during wbich pleasing view of the moral dignity of virtue, though unaided was more and more pleased with the old woman's sensible con- by birth, beauty, or talent. If the picture has suffered in the versation, and the natvete of her remarks, she rose to go away, execution, it is from the failure of the author's powers to prewhen I asked her name. Her countenance suddenly clouded, sent in deuail the same simple and striking portrait, exhibited in and she said gravely, rather colouring, 'My name is Helen Mrs. Goldie's letter. Walker ; but your husband kens weel about me.'
ABBOTSFORD, April 1, 1830. “In the evening I related how much I had been pleased, and inquired what was extraordinary in the history of the poor woman. Mr. said, there were perhaps few more remark.
TO THE BEST OF PATRONS, able people than Helen Walker. She had been left an orphan, with the charge of a sister considerably younger than hersell,
A PLEASED AND INDULGENT READER, and who was educated and maintained by her exertions. At
JEDEDIAH CLEISHBOTHAM tached to her by so many ties, therefore, it will not be easy to conceive her feelings, when she found that this only sister must
WISHES HEALTH, AND INCREASE, AND CONTENTMBAT. be tried by the laws of her country for child-murder, and upon COURTEOUS READER, being called as principal witness against her. The counsel for If ingratitude comprehendeth every vice, surely so foul a stala the prisoner told Helen, that if she could declare that her sister worst of all beseeineth him whose life has been devoted to inhad made any preparations, however slight, or had given her structing youth
in virtue and in humane letters. Therefore have any intimation on the subject, that such a statement would save I chosen, in this prolegomenon, to unload my burden of thanks her sister's life, as she was the principal witness against her. at thy feet, for the favour with which thou hast kindly enter Helen said, 'It is impossible for me to swear to a falsehood; tained the Tales of my Landlord. Certes, if thou hast chuckled and, whatever may be the consequence, I will give my oath ac. over their facetious and festivous descriptions, or hast thy mind cording to my conscience.
filled with pleasure at the strange and pleasant turns of fortune "The trial came on, and the sister was found guilty and con- which they record, verily, I have also simpered when I beheld demned; but, in Scotland, six weeks must elapse between the a second story with attics, that has arisen on the basis of my sentence and the execution, and. Helen Walker availed herself small domicile at Gandercleugh, the walls having been aforeof it. The very day of her
sister's condemnation, she got a hand pronounced by Deacon Barrow to be capable of enduring peution drawn up, stating the peculiar circumstances of the such an elevation. Nor has it been without delectation, that case, and that very night set out on foot to London.
havo endued a new coat, (snuff brown, and with metal buttons “ Without introduction or recommendation, with her simple having all nether garments corresponding thereto. We do there. sperhaps ill-expressed) petition, drawn up by some inferior clerk fore lie, in respect of each other, under a reciprocation of bee. of the court, she presented herself, in her tartan plaid and coun: fits, whereof those received by me being the most solid, (in try attire, to the late Duke of Argyle, w immediately procured respect that a new house and a new coat are better than a now the pardon she petitioned for, and Helen returned with it, on tale and an old song,) it is meet that my gratitude should be foot, just in time to save her sister.
expressed with the louder voice and more preponderating vehe. "I was so strongly interested by this narrative, that I deter.
And how should it be so expressed !--Certainly not mined immediately to proxecute my acquaintance with Helen in words only, but in act and deed. It is with this sole purpose, Walker: but as I was to leave the country next day, I was and disclaiming all intention of purchasing that pendicle or obliged to defer it till my return in spring, when the first walki poftle of land called the Carlinescroft, lying adjaceni to my gartook was to Helen Walker's cottage.
den, and measuring seven acres, three roods, and four perches, " She had died a short time before. My regret was extreme, that I have committed to the eyes of those who thought well ol and I endeavoured to obtain some account of Helen from an old the former tomes, these four additional volumes of the Tales of woman who inhabited the other end of her cottage. I inquired my Landlord. Not the less, if Peter Prayfort be minded to rent if Helen ever spoke of her past history, her journey to London, the said poftle, it is at his own choice to say so; and, peradvenec Na,' the old woman said, 'Helen was a wily body, and ture, he may meet with a purchaser : unless (gentle reader) the whene'er ony o' the neebors asked any thing about it, sho aye pleasing portraictures of Peter
Pattieson, now giver anto thee turned the conversation.'
in particular, and unto the public in general, shall have lost chov
Pts whence thou hast derived so much delectation, thy then in that of Jedburgh, and his children to be taken by force from
favout in thine eyes, whereof I am no wng distrustful. And
so brainer to Isabella MacDougal, the wife of the said Walter, and he much confidence do I repose in thy continued favour, that, husband, Quaker tenets. should thy lawful occasions call thee to the town of Gander The interest possessed by Sir William Scott and Makersion was powe cleugh, a place frequented by most at one time or other in their ful enough 10 procure the iwo
following acts of the Privy Council of Scot lives, I will enrich thine eyes with a sight of those precious land, directed ugainst Walter of Raeburn as an heretic and convert to
, him to in jail,
thy palate from my bottle or strong waters, called, by the learned of Gan- the society and direction of their parents, and educated at a distance from
them, besides the assignment of a sum for their maintenance, sufficien dercleugh, the Dominie's Dribble o Drink. It is there, o highly esteemed and beloved reader, thou wilt be in those limea to be burdensome to a moderate Scottish
“Apud Edin. vigesimo Jupil 1665 able to hear testimony, through the medium of thine owo, senses, “ The Lords of his Magesty's Privy Council having receaved inforna against the children of vanity, who have sought to identify thy Lion that Scott of Raeburn, and Isobel Mackdougall, his wife, being friend and servant with I know not what inditer of vain fables ; infected with the error of Quakerism, doe endeavour to breid and who hath cumbered the world with his devices, but shrunken traine up William, Walter, and Isobel Scotta, their children, in the from the responsibility thereof. Truly, this hath been well same profession, doe therefore give order and command to Sir William termed a generation hard or faith ; since whet can a man do to Scout
of Harden, the said Raeburn's brother, to seperat and take away assert his property in a printed tome, kaving
to put his name in the saids children from the castody and society of the saids parents, , ,
and to cause educat and bring them up in his owne house, or any other the lawyers term it, and place of abode or a surety I would convenient place, and ordaines letters to be direct al the said Sir Wihave such sceptics cousider how they themselves would brook Liam's innance against Raeburn, for a maintenance to the saida chil to have their works
ascribed to others, their names and profes dren, and that the said Sir Wm. give ane account of his diligence with sions imputed as forgeries, and their very existence brought
" Edinburgh, 5th July 1666 question; even although, peradventure, it may be it is of little
" Anent a petition presented be Sir Wm Scoil of Harden, for himselt consequence to any but themselves, not only whether they are
And in name and behalf of the three children or Walter Scou of Rae living or dead,
but even whether they ever lived or no. Yet have burn, bis brother, showing that the Lords of Councill, by Ane act al my maligners carried their uncharitable cousures still further.
There cavillers have not only doubted main identity, although ef, to separat and take away kaeburn's children, from his family and thus plainly proved, but
they have impeached my veracity and education, and to breed them in come convenient place, where they the authenticity of my historical narratives 1 Verily, I can only might be free from all 'pfection in their younger years, from the prinel
. say in answer, that I have been cautelou in quoling mine autho pans or Quakerism, and, for maintenance of the said children, did rities. It is true, indeed, that if I liad hearkened with only one ordain letters to be direct against Raeburn; and, seeing the Petitioner, ear, I might have rehearsed my tale with more acceptation from in obedience to the said order, did take away the saids children, being those who love to hear but half the truth. It is, it may hap, not two sonnes and a daughter, and after some paines taken upon them altogether to the discredit of our kindly wation of Scotland, in his owne family, hes sent them to the city of Glasgow, to be bread that we are apt to take an interest, warm, yen partial, in the religion, and that it is necessary the Councill determine what shall ries describe as a perjured prelatist, is desirous that his prede: cd, as likewise that Raeburn himself, being now in the blbooth at cessors should be held moderate in their power, and just in their Edinburgh, where he dayley converses with all the Quakers who are execution of its privileges, when, truly, the unimpassioned pe prisoners there, and others who daily resort to them, whereby he in ruser of the Annals of those times shall deem them sanguinary, hardened in his pernitious opinions and principles, without all hope of violent, and tyrannical. Again, the representatives of the sur recovery, unlesse he be separat from such pernitious company, humbly fering nonconformists desire that their ancestors, the Camerother-fure, desyring that the Councel might determine upon the soume nians, shall be represented not simply as honest enthusiasts, op: of money to be payed be Raeburn, for the education of his children, to pressed for conscience-sake, but persons of fine breeding, and the petitioner, who will be countable therefore ; and that, in order to valiant heroes, Truly, the historian cannot gratify those predi: his conversion, the place of his imprisonment may be changed. The lections. He must needs describe the cavaliers as proud and high-spirited, cruel, remorseless, and vindictive; the suffering the foresaid petition, doe modifie the soume of two thousand pounds party as honourably tenacious of their opinions under persecu. Scots, to be payed yearly at the terme of Whitsunday be the said Wal. tion; their own tempers being, however, sulten, fierce, and rude;
ter Scott of kaeburn, furth of his eslate to the petitioner, for the enter their opinions absurd and extravagant, and their whole course
tainment and education of the said children, beginning the first termes of conduct that of persons whom
helleboro would better have payment therof at Whitsunday, last for the hall year preceding, and suited than prosecutions unto death for high-treason. Nathe-furder orders; and ordnines the said Walter Scou of Raeburn to be less, while such and so preposterous were the opinions on either transported from the tolbooth of Edinburgh to the prison of Jedburgh, side, there were, it cannot be doubted, men of virtue and worth where his friends and others may have occasion to convert him. And on both, to entitle either party to claim merit from its martyrs. to the effect he may be secured from the practice of other Qnakers, the
has been demanded of me, Jcdediah Cleishbotham, by what said Lords doe hereby discharge the magistrates of Jedburgh to suffer right I am entitled to constitute myself an impartial judge of any persons suspect of these principles to have access to bỉm; and in their discrepances of opinions, seeing (as it is stated) that I case any contraveen, that they secure ther persons till they be therfore must necossarily have descended from one or other of the con puniest ; and ordaines letters to be direct heirupon in form, as effeirs." tending parties and be, of course, wedded for better or for worse, Both the sons, thus harshly separated from their father, proved good according to the reasonable practice of Scotland, to its dogma scholars. The eldest, William, who carried on the line of Raeburn, ta, or opinions, and bound, as it were, by the tie matrimonial, was, like his father, a deep Orientalist; the younger, Walter, became ? or, to speak without metaphor, ex jure sanguinis, to maintain brated Dr. Pitcairn, and
Jacobite so distinguished for zenl, that he them in preference to all others.
But, nothing denying the rationality of the rule, which calls madea voluever to shave his beard till the restoration of the exiled on all now living to rule their political and religious opinions by family. This last Walter Scout was the author's
There is yet another link betwixt the author and the simple-minded those of their great-grandfathers, and inevitable as seems the and excellent Society of Friends, through a prosely te of much more one or the other horn of the dilemma betwixt which my adver- importance than Walter Scott of Raeburn. The celebrated John Swinsaries conceive they have pinned me to the wall, 1 yet spy some ton of Swinton, xixth baron in descent of that ancient and once power means of refuge, and claim a privilege to write and speak of ful family, was, with Sir William Lockhart of Lee, the person whora both parties with impartiality. For, Oye powers of logic! when Cromwell chiefly trusted in the management
of the Scottish affairs dur the Prolatists and Presbyterians of old
times went together by ing his usurpation After the Restoration, Swinton was devoted as a the ears in this unlucky country, my ancestor (venerated be his victim to the new order of things, and was brought down in the same memory!) was one of the people called Quakers, and suffered vessel which conveyed the Marquis of Argyle to Edinburgh, where that severe handling from either side, even to the extenuation of hisobleman was tried and executed. Swinton was destined to the same purse and the incarceration of his person.
fate. He had assumed the habit, and entered into the society of the Craving thy pardon, gentle Reader, for these few words con.
Quakers, and appeared as one of their number before the Parliament
of Scotland. verning me and mine, I rest, as above expressed, thy sure and
He renounced all legal defence, though several pleas obligated friend,
were open to him, and answered, in conformity to the principles of his
Hecl, that at the Ume these crimes were imputed to him, he was in the GANDERCLEUGN, (ats 1st Q April, 1818.
gall of bitterness and bond of iniquity ; but that God Almighty having
since called him to the light, he saw and acknowledged these errors, • It is an old proverb, that "many a true word is spoken in jest." The and did not refuse to pay the forfeit of them, even though, in the judg. existence of Walter Scout, third son of Sir William Scott of Harden, is ment of the Parliament, it should extend to llre itself. instructed, as it is called, by a charter under the great seal, Domino W11.
Respect to fallen greatness, and to the patience and calm resignation Selmo Scott de Herden Milit, et Waltero Scoti suo filio legitimo tertio with which man once in high power expressed himsell under such a genito, terraron de Roberton. The munificent old gentleman left all his change of fortune, found Swinton friends, family counexions, and four sont considerable estates, and settled those of Eilrig and Raeburn, sone interested considerations of Midleton' the commissioner, joined together with valuable possessions around Lessudden, upon Walter, his lo procure his safety, and he was dismissed, but after a long imprison third son, who is ancestor of the Scotts of Raebarn, and of the Author of meni, and much dilapidation of his estates. It is said, that Swinton's Waverley. He appears to have become a couvert to the doctrine of the admonitions, while confined in the Castle of Edinburgh, had a conat Luakers, or Friends, and a great assertor of their peculiar tenets. This derable share in converting to the tenets of the Friends Colonel David was probably at the time when George Fox, the celebrated apostle of the Barclay, then lying there in garrison. This
was the father of Robert *ci, made
an expedition into the south of Scotland about 1657, on which Barclay, author of the celebrated Apology for the Quakers. It may be pecasion, he boasts, that " as he first set his horse's feet upon Scottish observed among the inconsistencies of human nature, that Kirkton, ground, he felt the seed of grace to sparkle about him like lonameranle Wodrow, and other Presbyterian agthors, who have detailed the suffer parks of fire." Upon the same occasion, probably, Sir Gideon Scottings of their own sect for non-conformity with the established church, of Highehester, second son of Sir William, immediate elder brother
censure the government of the time for not exerting the civil power & Walter, and Akcestor of the author's friend and kiraman, the pre: against the peaceful enthusiasts we have treated of, and some express kent representative of the family of fladen, also embraced the tenets particular chagrin at the escnpe
of Swinton. Whatever might be hig of Qnaberism. This last convert, Gideon, entered into a controversy motives for assuming the terets of the Friends, the old man retained with the Rev. James Kirkton, author of the Secret and True History of them faithfully till the close of his life. une Church of Scotland, which is noticed by my ingenious friend Mr. Jean Swinton,
grand-daughter of Sir John Swinton, son of Jadao Charles Kirkpatricke Sharpe, in his valuable and curious edition
of that Swinton, as the Quaker was usually termed. was mother of Anne Roth work, ito, 1817. Sir William Scoti, eldest of the brothers, remained, erford, the author's mother said the defection of his two younger brethren, an orthodox member of the Presbyterian Church, and used such means for reclaiming Wal
And thus, as in the play of the Anti-Jacobin, the ghost of the author's
grandinother having arisen to speak the Epilogue, it all time to conuse of Raeburn from his beresy, uz savonred far more of persecution Clue, lest the reader should
reinonstrate that his desire to know the het persuasion. Insbit he was assisted by MacDougal of Makerston, Author of Waverley never included a wish to be acquainted with Douglas's Barcnige, page 215.
wbole anceatry. ett Jool sted i Soe
It was a fine summer day, and our little school had
obtained a half holiday, by the intercession of a good. BEING INTRODUCTORY.
humoured visiter. I expected by the coach a new So down thy hill, romantic Ashbourn, glides
number of an interesting periodical publication, and The Derby dilly, carrying six insides. FRERE.
walked forward on the highway to meet it, with the The times have changed in nothing more (we fol- impatience which Cowper has described as actualow as we were wont the manuscript of Peter Pat- ring the resident in the country when longing for tieson) than in the rapid conveyance of intelligence intelligence from the mart of news: and communication betwixt one part of Scotland and
"The grand debate, another. It is not above twenty or thirty years, ac- The popular harangue.--the tart reply, cording to the evidence of many credible witnesses The logic, and the wisdom, and the wit, now alive, since a little miserable horse-cart, per- And the loud laugh-I long to know them all ;forming with difficulty a journey of thirty miles per
I burn to set the imprison 'd wranglers free,
And give them voice and utterance again, diem, carried our mails from the capital of Scotland to its extremity. Nor was Scotland much more de- It was with such feelings that I eyed the approach ficient in these accommodations, than our richer of the new coach, lately established on our road, and sister had been about eighty years before. Fielding, known by the name of the Somerset, which, to say in his Tom Jones, and Farquhar, in a little farce the truth, possesses some interest for me, even when called the Stage-Coach, have ridiculed the slowness it conveys no such important information. The of these vehicles of public accommodation. Accord: distant tremulous sound of its wheels was heard just ing to the latter authority, the highest bribe could as I gained the summit
of the gentle ascent, called only induce the coachman to promise to anticipate the Goslin-brae, from which you command an extenby half an hour the usual time of his arrival at the sive view down the valley of the river Gander. The Bull and Mouth.
public road, which comes up the side of that stream, But in both countries these ancient, slow, and sure and crosses it at a bridge about a quarter of a mile modes of conveyance, are now alike unknown: mail
. from the place where was standing, runs partly coach races against mail-coach, and high-flyer against through enclosures and plantations, and
partly through high-flyer, through the remote districts of Britain. open pasture land. It is a childish amusement per And in our village alone, three post-coaches, and four haps--but my life has been spent with children, and coaches with men armed, and in scarlet cassocks, why should not my pleasures be like theirs ?-childish thunder through the streets each day, and rivalin bril- as it is then, I must own I have had great pleasure liancy and noise the invention of the celebrated tyrant: in watching the approach of the carriage, where the Derens, qui nimbos et non imitabile Fulmen,
openings of the road permit it to be seen. The gay Ære et corripedum palsu, simularat, equorum.
glancing of the equipage, its diminished and toy-like
appearance at a distance, contrasted with the rapidity Now and then, to complete the resemblance, and of its motion, its appearance and disappearance at to correct the presumption of the venturous cha- intervals, and the progressively increasing sounds rioteers, it does happen that the career of these dash- that announce its nearer approach, have all to the ing rivals of Salmoneus meets with as undesirable idle and listless spectator, who has nothing more and violent a termination as that of their prototype. important to attend to, something of awakening in, It is on such occasions that the Insides and Outsides, terest. The ridicule may attach to me, which is to use the apropriate vehicular phrases, have reason to flung upon many an honest citizen, who watches rue the exchange of the slow and safe motion of the from the window of his villa the passage of the stageancient Fly-coaches, which, compared with the cha-coach, but it is a very natural source of amusement riots of Mr. Palmer, so ill deserve the name. The notwithstanding, and many of those who join in the ancient vehicle used to settle quietly down, like a ship laugh are perhaps not unused to resort to ii in secret. scuttled and left to sink by the gradual influx of the On the present occasion, however, fate had decreed waters, while the modern is smashed to pieces with that I should not enjoy the consummation of the the velocity of the same vessel hurled against break- amusement by seeing the coach rattle past me as I ers, or rather with the fury of a bomb bursting at the sat on the turf, and hearing the hoarse grating voice conclusion of its career through the air. The late of the guard as he skimmed forth for my grasp the ingenious Mr. Pennant, whose humour it was to set expected packet, without the carriage checking its his face in stern opposition to these speedy convey course for
an instant. I had seen the vehicle thunder ances, had collected, I have heard, a formidable list down the hill that leads to the bridge with more than of such casualties, which, joined to the imposițion its usual impetuosity, glittering all the while by of innkeepers, whose charges the passengers had no flashes from a cloudy tabernacle of the dust which i time to dispate, the sauciness of the coachman, and had raised, and leaving a train behind it on the road the uncontrolled and despotic authority of the tyrant resembling a wreath of summer mist. But it did not called the Guard, held forth a picture of horror, to appear on the top of the nearer bank within the usual which murder, theft, fraud, and peculation, lent all space of three minutes, which frequent observation their dark colouring. But that which gratifies the had enabled me to ascertain was the medium timu impatience of the human disposition will be practised for crossing the bridge and mounting the ascent. in the teeth of danger, and in defiance of admonition; When double that space had elapsed, I became alarm. and, in despite of the Cambrian antiquary, mail-ed, and walked hastily forward. As I came in sight: coaches not only roll their thunders round the base of the bridge, the cause of delay was too manifest, Tor of Penman-Maur and Cader-Edris, but
the Somerset had made a summerset in good earnest, Frighted Skiddaw hears afar
and overturned so completely, that it was literally The rattling of the unscythed car.
resting upon the ground, with the roof undermost And perhaps the echoes of Ben-Nevis may soon be and the four wheels in the air. The "exertions ok awakened by the bugle, not of a warlike chieftain, but of the guard of a mail-coach.
* His Honour Gilbert Goslinn of Ganderclough; for love be precise in matters of importance.-3. C.
the guard and coachraan," both of whom were grate those means of recommendation which are necessary fully commemorated in the newspapers, having suc- passports to the hospitality of an inn. ceeded in disentangling the horses by cutting the I ventured to call the atiention of the two dashing harness, were now proceeding to extricate the insides young, blades, for such they seemed, to the desolate by a sort of summary and Cæsarean process of deli-1 condition of their fellow-traveller. They took the very, forcing the hinges from one of the doors which hint with ready good-nature.. they could not open otherwise. In this manner were "O, true, Mr. Bunover," said one of the youngsters, two disconsolaie damsels set at liberty from the "you must not remain on the pavé here; you must go womb of the leathern conveniency. As they imme- and have some dinner with us-Halkit and I must diately began to settle their clothes, which were a have a post-chaise to go on, at all events, and we will little deranged, as may be presumed, I concluded they set you down wherever suits you best." had received no injury, and did not venture to obtrude The poor man, for such his dress, as well as his difmy services at their toilette, for which, I understand, fidence, bespoke him, made the sort of acknowledging I have since been reflected upon by the fair sufferers bow by which says a Scotchman, "It's 100 muck The outsides, who must have been discharged from honour for the like of me;' and followed humbly their elevated situation by a shock resembling the behind his gay patrons, all three besprinkling the springing of a mine, escaped, nevertheless, with the dusty road as they walked along with the moisture of usual allowance of scratches and bruises, excepting their drenched garments, and exhibiting the singular three, who, having been pitched into the river Gan- and somewhat ridiculous appearance of three persons der, were dimly seen contending with the tide, like suffering from the opposite extremeof humidity, while the relics of Æneas's shipwreck,
the summer sun was at its height, and every thing Rari apparent nanies in gurgile vasto.
else around them had the expression of heat and
drought. The ridicule did not escape the young gen. I applied my poor exertions where they seemed to tlemen themselves, and they had made what might be most needed, and with the assistance of one or be received as one or two tolerable jests on the subtwo of the company who had escaped unhurt, casily ject before they had advanced far on their peregrisucceeded in fishing out two of the unfortunate pas-nation. sengers, who were stout active young fellows; and “We cannot complain, like Cowley,” said one of but for the preposterous length of their great-coats, them, that Gideon's fleece remains dry, while all and the equally fashionable latitude and longitude of around is moist; this is the reverse of the miracle." their Wellington trousers, would have required little "We ought to be received with gratitude in this assistance from any
one. The third was sickly and good town we bring a supply of what they seem to elderly, and might have perished but for the efforts need most," said Halkit. used to preserve him.
"And distribute it with unparalleled generusity," When the two great-coated gentlemen had extrica- replied his companion ; "performing the part of three ted themselves from the river, and shaken their ears water-carts for the benefit of their dusty roads." like huge water-dogs, a violent altercation ensued be "We come before them, too,'' said Halkit, “in full twixt them and the coachman and guard, concerning professional force-counsel and agent"the cause of their overthrow. In the course of the "And client," said the young advocate, looking squabble, I observed that both my new acquaintances behind him. And then added, lowering his voice belonged to the law, and that their professional that looks as if he had kept such dangerous com. sharpness was likely to prove an over-match for the pany too long.". surly and official tone of the guardians of the vehicle. It was, indeed, too true, that the humble follower The dispute ended in the guard assuring the pas- of the gay young men had the threadbare appearance sengers that they should have seats in a heavy coach of a worn-out litigant, and I could not but binile at which would pass that spot in less than half an hour, the conceit, though anxious to conceal my mirth from providing it were not full
. Chance seemed to favour the object of it. this arrangement, for when the expected vehicle ar When we arrived at the Wallace Inn, the elder of rived, there were only two places occupied in a car- the Edinburgh gentlemen, and whom I understood riage which professed to carry six. The two ladies to be a barrister, insisted that I should remain and who had been disinterred out of the fallen vehicle take part of their dinner; and their inquiries and were readily admitted, but positive objections were demands speedily put my landlord and his whole staled by those
previously in possession to the admit family in motion to produce the best cheer which the tance of the two lawyers, whose wetted, garments larder and cellar afforded, and proceed to cook it to being much of the nature of well-soaked spunges, the best advantage, a science in which our entertainthere was every reason to believe they would
refund ers seemed to be admirably skilled. In other respects a considerable part of the water they had collected, they were lively young men, in the hey-day of youth to the inconvenience of their fellow-passengers. On and good spirits, playing the part which is common the other hand, the lawyers rejected a seat on the to the higher classes of the law at Edinburgh, and roof, alleging that they had only taken that station which pearly resembles that of the young templars for pleasure for one stage, but were entitled in all re- in the days of Steele and Addison. An air of giddy spects to free egress and regress
from the interior,
with the good sense, taste, and in which their contract positively referred. After some formation which their conversation exhibited; and altercation, in which something was said upon the it seemed to be their object to unite the character
of edict Naula, caupones, stabularii, the coach went men of fashion and lovers of the polite arts. A fine off, leaving the learned gentlemen to abide by their gentleman, bred up in the thorough idleness and inaction of damages,
anity of pursụin, which I understand is absolutely They immediately applied to me to guide them to necessary to the character in perfection, might in all the next village and the best inn; and from the ac- probability have traced a linge of professional pedancount I gave them of the Wallace-Head, declared try which marked the barrister in spite of his efforts, they were much better pleased to stop there than to and something of active bustle in his companion, and go forward upon the terms of that impudent scoun- would certainly have detected more than a fashionadrel the guard of the Somerset. All that they now ble mixture of information and animated interest in wanted was a lad to carry their travelling bags, who the language of both. But to me, who had no pre was easily procured from an adjoining cottage; and tensions to be so crițical, my companions seemed w they prepared to walk forward, when they found there for a very happy mixture of good-breeding and libewas another passenger in the same deserted situa- ral information, with a disposition to lively rattle, ion with themselves. This was the elderly and sick- pun, and jest, amusing to a grave man, because it is ly-looking person, who had been precipitated into the what he himself can least easily command. tiver along with the two young lawyers. He, it seems, The thin pale-faced man, whom their good-nature had been too modest to push his own plea against had brought into their society, looked out of place, as Die cuachman when he saw that of his betters reject, well as out of spirits; sate on the edge of his seat, ed, and now remained behind with a look of timid and kept the chair at two feet distance from the table anxiety, plainly intimating that he was deficient in I thus incommoding himself considerably in conveying
the victuals to his mouth, as if by way of penance for "Not entirely, my friend," said Hardie; "a prison partaking of them in the company of his superiors. is a world within itself, and has its own business, A short time after dinner, declining all entreaty to griefs, and joys, peculiar to its circle. Its inunates partake of the wine, which circulated freely round, he are sometimes short-lived, but so are soldiers on serinformed himself of the hour when the chaise had vice; they are poor relatively to the world without been ordered to attend; and saying he would be in but there are degrees of wealth and poverty among readiness, modestly withdrew from the apartment. them, and so some are relatively rich also. They
"Jack," said the barrister to his companion, "I cannot stir abroad, but neither can the garrison of a remember that poor fellow's face; you spoke more besieged fort, or the crew of a ship at sea; and they truly than you were aware of; he really is one of my are not under a dispensation quite so desperate as clients, poor man.
either, for they may have as much food as they have "Pour man!" echoed Halkit-"I suppose you mean money to buy, and are not obliged to work whether ne is your one and only client ?''.
they have food or not." "That's not my fault, Jack," replied the other, But what variety of incident," said I, (not withwhose name I discovered was Hardie. "You are to out a secret view to my present task,) "could possi. give me all your business, you know; and if you have bly be derived from such a work as you are pleased none, the learned gentleman here knows nothing can to talk of ?”. come of nothing.'
Infinite," replied the young advocate. "What"You seem to have brought something to nothing ever of guilt, crime, imposture, folly, unheard-of mis. though, in the case of that honest man. He looks as fortunes, and unlooked for change of fortune, can be if he were just about to honour with his residence the found to chequer life, my Last Speech of the Tolbooth HEART OF MID-LOTHIAN,".
should illustrate with examples sufficient to gorge “You are mistaken-he is just delivered from it.-even the public's all-devouring appetite for the wonOur friend here looks for an explanation. Pray, Mr. derful and horrible. The inventor of fictitious nar. Pattieson, have you been in Edinburgh ?”
ratives has to rack his brains for means to diversify I answered in the affirmative.
his tale, and after all
can hardly hit upon characters "Then you must have passed, occasionally at least, or incidents which have not been used again and I bough probably not so faithfully as I am doomed to again, until they are familiar to the eye of the reader, 10, through a narrow intricate passage, leading out so that the development, enlèvement, the desperate of the north-west corner of the Parliament Square, wound of which the hero never dies, the burning and passing by a high and antique building, with tur- fever from which the heroine is sure to recover, berets and iron grates,
come a mere matter of course. I join with my hoMaking good the saying odd,
nest friend Crabbe, and have an unlucky propensity Near the church and far from God"
to hope when hope is lost, and to rely upon the cork Mr. Halkit broke in upon his learned counsel, to jacket, which carries the heroes of romance safe contribute his moiety to the riddle—"Having at the through all the billows of affliction." He then dedoor the sign of the Red Man"
claimed the following passage, rather with too much "And being on the whole," resumed the counsellor, than too little emphasis : interrupting his friend in his turn, a sort of place
"Much have I fear'd, but am no more afraid, where misfortune is happily confounded with guilt, When some chaste beauty, by some wretch betray'd, where all who are in wish to get out”
Is drawn away with such distracted speed, "And where none who have the good luck to be
That she anticipates a dreadful deed.
Not go do 1--Let solid walls impound out, wish to get in,” added his companion.
The captive fair, and dig a moat around; "I conceive you, gentlemen,” replied I; "you mean Let there be brazen locks and bars of stcel, the prison."
And keepers cruel, such as never feel ;
With not a single note the purse supply, "The prison," added the young lawyer-"You have
And when she begs, let men and maids deny hit it-the very reverend Tolbooth itself; and let me Be windows there from which she dares pot fall, tell you, you are obliged to us for describing it with And help so distant, 'tis in vain to call ; so much modesty and brevity; for with whatever
Still means of freedom will some Power devise, amplifications we might have chosen to decorate the
And from the baffled ruffian snatch his prize." subject, you lay entirely at our mercy, since the "The end of uncertainty," he concluded, “is the Fathers Conscript of our city have decreed, that the death of interest; and hence it happens that no one venerable edifice itself shall not remain in existence now reads novels." to confirm or to confute us."
"Hear him, ye gods!" returned his companion. “Then the Tolbooth of Edinburgh is called the "I assure you, Mr. Pattieson, you will hardly visit Heart of Mid-Lothian ?" said I.
this learned gentleman, but you are likely
to find the "So termed and reputed, I assure you.”
new novel most in repute lying on his table, -snugly "I think," said 1, with the bashful diffidence with intrenched, however, beneath Stair's Institutes, or an which a man lets slip a pun in the presence of his open volume of Morrison's Decisions." superiors, "the metropolitan county may, in that "Do I deny it?" said the hopeful jurisconsult, " or case, be said to have a sad heart."
wherefore should I, since it is well known these Da* Right as my glove, Mr. Pattieson," added Mr. lilahs seduce my wisers and my betters? May they Hardie; "and a close heart, and a hard heart-Keep not be found lurking amidst the multiplied memorials it up, Jack."
of our most distinguished counsel, and even peeping And a wicked heart, and a poor heart," answered from under the cushion of a judge's arm-chair ? Our Halkit, doing his best.
seniors at the bar, within the bar, and even on the "And yet it may be called in some sort a strong bench, read novels; and, if not belied, some of them heart, and a high heart,", rejoined the advocate. have written novels into the bargain. I only say, "You see I can put you both out of heart."
that I read from habit and from indolence, not froni "I have played all my hearts," said the younger real interest; that, like Ancient Pistol devouring his zentleman.
leek, I read and swear till I get to the end of the nar* Then we'll have another lead," answered his rative. But not so in the real records of human va companion. And as to the old and condemned Tol-garies-not so in the State Trials, or in the Books of booth, what pity the same honour cannot be done to Adjournal, where every now and then you read new it as has been done to many of its inmates. Why pages of the human heart, and turns of fortune far should not the Tolbooth have its 'Last Speech, Con- beyond what the boldest novelist ever attempted to fession, and Dying Words? The old stones would produce from the coinage of his brain.". be just as conscious of the honour as many a poor "And for such narratives," I asked, "you suppose devil who has dangled like a tassel at the west ena the history of the Prison of Edinburgh might afford of it, while the hawkers were shouting a confession appropriate materials ?"}, tre culprit had never heard of."
'In a degree unusually ample, my dear sır, said "I am afraid," said I, “if I might presume to give Hardie-" Fill your glass, however, in the mean my opinion, it would be a tale of unvaried sorrow while. Was it not for many years the place in which and guilt."
the Scottish parliament met? Was it no: James