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before his excruciated imagination. That sleep should likely,said poor Butler, overwhelmed by impossible. A thousand dreadful visions haunted to dispute with you." his imagination all night, and in the morning he was "Few folk are-few folk are, Mr. Butler, though I awaked from a feverish slumber, by the only circum- say
it, that shouldna say it," returned Bartoline,
with stance which could have added to his distress-the great delight. Now, it will be twa hours yet or visit of an intrusive ass.
ye're wanted in the schule, and as ye are no weel, r'll This unwelcome visitant was no other than Barto-sit wi' you to divert ye, and explain t'ye the nature of ine Saddletree. The worthy and sapient burgher a tillicidian. Ye maun ken, the petitioner, Mrs. had kept his appointment at MacCroskie's, with Crombie, a very decent woman, is a friend of mine, Plumdamas and soine other neighbours, to discuss and I hae stude her friend in this case, and brought the Duke of Argyle's speech, the justice of Effie her wi' credit into the court, and I doubtna that in Dean's condemnation, and the improbability of her ob- due time she will win out o't wi' credit, win she or taiņing a reprieve. This sage conclave disputed high, lose she. Ye see, being an inferior tenement or laigh and drank deep, and on the next morning Bartoline house, we grant ourselves to be burdened wi' the felt, as he expressed it, as if his head was like a "con- tillicide, that is, that we are obligated to receive the fused progress of writs."
natural water-drap of the superior tenenient, sae far To bring his reflective powers to their usual sereni- as the same fa's frae the heavens, or the roof of our ty, Saddletree resolved to take a morning's ride upon neighbour's house, and from thence by the gutters or a certain hackney, which
he, Plumdamas, and another eaves upon our laigh tenement. But the other night honest shopkeeper, combined to maintain by joint comes a Highland quean of a lass, and she flashes, subscription, for occasional jaunts for the purpose of God kens what, out at the eastmost window of Mrs. business or exercise. As Saddletree had two children MacPhail's house, that's the superior tenement. boarded with Whackbairn, and was, as we have seen, believe the auld women wad hae greed, for Luckie rather fond of Butler's society, he turned his palfrey's MacPhail sent down the lass to tell my friend Mrs. head towards Libberton,and came, as we have already Crombie that she had made the gardyloo out of the said, to give the unfortunate usher that additional wrang window, from respect for twa Highlandmen vexation, of which Imogen complains so feelingly, that were speaking Gaelic in the close below the when she says,
right ane. But luckily for Mrs. Crombie, I just "I'm sprighted with a fool
chanced to come in in time to break aff the comSprighted and anger'd worse."
muning, for it's a pity the point suldna be tried. We If any thing could have added gall to bitterness, it had Mrs. MacPhail into the Ten-Mark Court-The was the choice which Saddletree made of a subject Hieland limmer of a lass wanted to swear herself for his prosing harangues, being the trial of Effie free-but haud ye there, says 1"Deans, and the probability of her being executed. The detailed account of this important suit might Every word fell on Butler's ear like the knell of a bave lasted until poor Butler's hour of rest was com. death-bell, or the note of a screech-owl.
pletely exhausted, had not Saddletree been interrupted Jeanie paused at the door of her lover's humble by the noise of voices at the door. The woman of the abode upon hearing the loud and pompous tones of house where Butler lodged, on returning with her Saddletree sounding from the inner apartment,- pitcher from the well, whence she had been fetching "Credit me, it will be sae, Mr. Butler. Brandy can water for the family, found our heroine Jeanie Deans not save her. She maun gang down the Bow wi' standing at the door, impatient of the prolix harangue the lad in the pioted coat* at her heels.--I am sorry of Saddletree, yet unwilling to enter until he shond for the lassie, but the law, sir, maun hae its course have taken his leave.
The good woman abridged the period of hesitation Currat Lex,'
by inquiring, "Was ye wanting the gudeman or me, as the poet has it, in whilk of Horace's odes I kncw lass ?" not."
"I wanted to speak with Mr. Butler, if he's at leiHere Butler groaned, in utter impatience of the sure,” replied Jeanie. brutality and ignorance which Bartoline had con- "Gang in by then, my woman," answered the goodtrived to amalgamate into one sentence. But Saddle- wife; and opening the door of a room, she announced tree, like other prosers, was blessed with a happy ob- the additional visiter with, "Mr. Butler, here's a lass tuseness of perception concerning the unfavourable wants to speak t'ye.”.. impression which he generally made on his auditors. The surprise of Butler was extreme, when Jeanie He proceeded to deal forth his scraps of legal know who seldom stirred half a mile from home, entered ledge without mercy, and concluded by asking Butler his apartment upon this annunciation. with great self-complacency, "Was it na a pity my "Good God!' he said, starting from his chair, father didna send me to Utrecht? Havena I missed while alarm restored to his cheek the colour of which the chance to turn out as clarissimus an ictus, as sickness had deprived it; some new misfortune auld Grunwiggin himsell ?-Whatfor dinna ye speak, must have happened !" Mr. Butler ? Wad I no hae been a clarissimus ic- "None, Mr. Reuben, but what you must hae heard tus? Eh, man?"
of—but O, ye are looking ill yoursell !"'--for "the hec I really do not understand you, Mr. Saddletree,' tic of a moment" had not concealed from her affec said Butler, thus pushed hard for an answer. His tionate eye the ravages which lingering disease and faint and exhausted tone of voice was instantly anxiety of mind had made in her lover's person. drowned in the sonorous bray of Bartoline.
'No: I am well--quite well,” said Butler, with "No understand me, man ?-Ictus is Latin for a eagerness ; " if I can do any thing to assist you, Jealawyer, is it not ?"
nie-or your father.” Not that ever I heard of," answered Butler, in the Ay, to be sure," said Saddletree ; "the family may same dejected tone.
be considered as limited to them twa now, just as if "The deil ye didna!-See, man, I got the word but Effic had never been in the tailzie, puir thing. Buy chis morning out of a memorial of Mr. Crossmylnof's Jeanie lass, what brings
you out to Libberton sae
air -see, there it is, iclus clarissimus et perti-peritissi. in the morning, and your father lying ill in the Luckmus-it's a' Latin, for it's printed in the Italian types." enbooths ?"
"O, you mean juris-consultus- Ictus is an abbrevi. "I had a message frae my father to Mr. Butler," anion for juris-consultus."
said Jeanie, with embarrassment; but instantly feel Dinna tell me, man," persevered Saddletree, ing ashamed of the fiction to which she had resorted, "there's nae abbreviates except in adjudications for her love of and veneration for truth was
almost and this is a' about a servitude of water-drap--that is quaker-like, she corrected herself-"That is to say, I to say, tillicidian, 1 (maybe ye'll say that's no Latin wanted to speak with Mr.
Butler about some busineither,) in Mary King's Close in the High Street." ness of my father's and puir Effie's." The executioner, in a livery of black or dark gray and silver it be, ye had better take my opinion on the subject
"Is it law business ?" said Bartoline; "because is tukened by law wit to a magpie. He meant probably, stillicidium,
"It is not just law business," said Jeanie, who saw to hear about) did some gude langsyne to the forbear considerable inconvenience might arise from letting of this MacCallummore, when he was Lord of Lorn ?" Mr. Saddletree into the secret purpose of her journey; "He did so," said Butler, eagerly, "and I can "but I want Mr. Butler to write a letter for me." prove it - I will write to the Duke of Argyle-report
"Very right," said Mr. Saddletree; "and if ye'll speaks him a good kindly man, as he is known for a tell me what it is about, I'll dictate to Mr. Butler as brave soldier and true patriot-1 will conjure him to Mr. Crossmyloof does to his clerk.-Get your pen and stand between your sister and this cruel fate. There ank in initialibus, Mr. Butler."
is but a poor chance of success, but we will try all Jeanie looked at Butler, and wrung her hands with means. vexation and impatience.
"We must try all means," replied Jeanie; "bụt "I believe, Mr. Saddletree," said Butler, who saw writing winna do it-a letter canna look, and pray, the necessity or getting rid of him at all events," that and beg, and beseech, as the human voice can do to Mr. Whackbairn will be somewhat affronted, if you the human heart. A 'letter's like the music that the do not hear your boys called up to their lessons." ladies have for their spinets--naething but black "Indeed, Mr. Butler, and that's as true; and I pro-scores, compared to the same tune played or sung: mised to ask a half play-day to the schule, so that It's word of mouth maun do it, or naething, Reuben. the bairns might gang and
see the hanging, which " You are right," said Reuben, recollecting his canna but have a pleasing effect on their young minds, firmness, "and I will hope that Heaven has suggestseeing there is no knowing what they may come to ed to your kind heart and firm courage the only posthernselves.--Odd so, I didna mind ye were here, Jea- sible means of saving the life of this unfortunate girl. nie Deans; but ye maun use yoursell to hear the mat- But, Jeanie, you must not take this most perilous ter spoken o'.-Keep Jeanie here till I come back, journey alone; I have an interest in you, and I will Mr. Butler; I wunna bide ten minutes."
not agree that my Jeanie throws herself away. You And with this unwelcome assurance of an imme- must even, in the present circumstances, give me a diate return, he relieved them of the embarrassment husband's right to protect you, and I will go with of his presence.
you myself on this journey, and assist you to do your Reuben," said Jeanie, who saw the necessity of duty by your family! using the interval of his absence in discussing what Alas, Reuben", said Jeanie in her turn, " this had brought her there, “I am bound on a lang jour- must not be; a pardon will not gie my sister her fair ney--I am gaun to Lunnon to ask Effie's life of the fame again, or make me a bride fitting for an honest king and of the queen."
man and an usefu' minister. Wha wad mind what he Jeanie ! you are surely not yourself," answered said in the pu'pit, that had to wife the sister of a woButler, in the utmost surprise ; you go to London- man that
was condemned for sic
wickedness!" you address the king and queen!"
"But, Jeanie, pleaded her lover, “I do not believe "And what for no, Reuben ?" said Jeanie, with all and I cannot believe, that Effie has done this deed." the composed simplicity of her character ; it's but "Heaven bless you for saying sảe, Reuben !" anspeaking to a mortal man and woman when a' is swered Jeanie; "but she maun bear the blame o't, done. And their hearts maun be made of flesh and after all." biood like other folk's, and Effe's story wad melt " But that blame,,were it even justly laid on her, them were they stane. Forby, I hae heard that they does not fall on you?" are no sic bad folk as what the jacobites ca' them." "Ah, Reuben, Reuben," replied the young woman,
"Yes, Jeanie, said Butler ; "but their inagnificence "ye ken it is a blot that spreads to kith and kin.-their retinue-the difficulty of getting audience?". Ichabod-as my poor father says-the glory is depart"I have thought of a' that, Reuben, and it shall ed from our house ; for the poorest man's
house has aot break my spirit. Nae doubt their claiths will be a glory, where there are true hands, a divine hears, very grand, wi their crowns on their heads, and their and an honest farne-And the last has gane fraeus
a'. sceptres in their hands, like the great King Ahasuerus "But Jeanie, consider your word and plighted faith when he sate upon his royal throne foranent the gate to me; and would ye undertake such a journey withof his house, as we are told in Scripture. But I have out a man to protect
you ?--and who should that prothat within me that will keep my heart from failing, tector be but your husband ?" and I am amaist sure that I will be strengthened to "You are kind and good, Reuben, and wad tak speak the errand I caine for."
me wi' a' my shame, I doubina. But ye canna but * Alas! alas!" said Butler," the kings now-a-days own that this is no time to marry or be given in mar. do not sit in the gate to administer justice, as in pa- riage. Na, if that suld ever be, it maun be in another triarchal times. I know as little of courts as you do, and a better season.-And, dear Reuben, ye speak of Jeanie, by experience; but by reading and report 1 protecting me on my journey-- Alas! who will proknow, that the King of Britain does every thing by tect and take care of you ?--your very limbs tremble means of his ministers."
with standing for ten minutes on the floor; how could And if they be upright, God-fearing ministers," you undertake a journey as far as Lunnon ?" said Jeanie, "it's sae muckle the better chance for But I am strong--I ain well," continued Butler, Effie and me."
sinking in his seat totally exhausted, " at least I shall But you do not even understand the most ordi- be quite well to-morrow." Gary words relating to a court," said Butler ; " by the Ye see, and ye ken, ye maun just let me depart," ministry is meant not clergymen, but the king's off said Jeanie, after a pause; and then taking his excial servants."
tended hand, and gazing kindly in his face, she addNae doubc," returned Jeanie," he maun hae aed, “It's e'en a grief the mair to me to see you in this great number mair, I daur to say, than the Duchess way. But ye maun keep up your heart for Jeanie's has at Dalkeith, and great folk's servants are aye sake, for if she isna your wife, she will never be the mair saucy than themselves. But I'll be decently wife of living man. And now gie me the paper for put on, and I'll offer them a trifle o'siller, as if 1 MacCallummore, and bid God speed me on my way." came to see the palace. Or, if they scruple that, I'll There was something of romance in Jeanie's ven. tell them I'm come on a business of life and death, turous resolution; yet, on consideration, as it seemed and then they will surely bring me to speech of the impossible to after it by persuasion, or to give her king and queen ??
assistance but by advice, Butler, after some further Butler shook his head. "O Jeanie, this is entirely debate, put into her hands the paper she desired, a wild dream. You can never see them but through which, with the muster-roll in which it was folded some great lord's intercession, and I think it is scarce up, were the sole memorials of the stout and
enthusipossible even then."
astic Bible Butler, his grandfather. While Builer Weel, but maybe I can get that too," said Jeanic, sought this document, Jeanie had time to take up his with a little helping from you."
pocket Bible. "I have marked a scripture," she said, From me, Jeanie, this is the wildest imagination as she again laid it down, with your kylevinc pen. of all.
be useful to us baith. And ye maun tak the " Ay, but it is not, Reuben. Havena I heard you trouble, Reuben, to write a' this to my father for, God say that your grandfather (that my father never likes help me, I have neither head nor hand for lang etior at ony tine, forby now; and I trust him entirely to horses, the traveller occupying one and his guide you, and I trust you will soon be permitted to see another, in which manner, by relays of horses from him. And, Reuben, when ye do win to the speech o' stage to stage, the journey might be accomplished in him, mind a the auld man's bits o' ways, for Jeanie's a wonderfully short time by those who could endure sake; and dinna speak o' Latin or English terms to fatigue. To have the bones shaken to pieces by a him, for he's
o' the auld warld, and downa bide to be constant change of those hacks was a luxury for the fashed wi' them, though I daresay he may be wrang. rich--the poor were under the necessity of using the And dinna ye say muckle to him, but 'set him on mode of conveyance with which nature had prospeaking himsell, for he'll bring himsell mair com vided them. fort that way. And O, Reuben, the poor lassie in With a strong heart, and a frame patient of fatigue, yon dungeon-but I needna bid your kind heart-gie Jeanie Deans, travelling at the rate of twenty miles her what comfort ye can as soon as they will let ye a-day, and sometimes further, traversed the southern see her tell her-But I maunna speak mair about part of Scotland, and advanced as far as Durham. her, for I maunna take leave o' ye wi' the tear in my Hitherto she had been either among her own ee, for that wadna be canny. --God bless ye, Reuben !" country-folk, or those to whom her bare feet and
tarTo avoid so ill an omen she left the room hastily, tan screen were objects too familiar to attract much while her features yet retained the mournful and af attention. But as she advanced, she perceived thar: fectionate smile which she had compelled them to both circumstances exposed her to sarcasm and wear, in order to support Butler's spirits.
taunts, which she might otherwise have escaped ; It seemed as if the power of sight, of speech, and and although in her heart she thought it unkind, and of reflection, had left him as she disappeared from the inhospitable, to sneer at a passing stranger on acroom, which she had entered and retired
from so like count of the fashion of her attire, yet she had the an apparition. Saddletree, who entered immediately good sense to alter those parts of her dress which afterwards, overwhelmed him with questions, which attracted ill-natured observation. Her checquered he answered without understanding
them, and with screen was deposited carefully in her bundle, and she legal disquisitions, which conveyed to him no iota of conformed to the national extravagance of wearing meaning At length the learned burgess recollected, shoes and stockings for the whole day. She conthat there was a Baron Court to be held at Loanhead fessed afterwards, that, “besides the wastrife, it was that day, and though it was hardly worth while he lang or she could walk sae comfortably with the might as weel go to see if there was ony thing doing, shoes as without them; but there was often a bit as he was acquainted with the baron-bailie, who was saft heather by the road-side, and that helped her a decent man, and would be glad of a word of legal weel on.” The want of the screen, which was advice."
drawn over the head like a veil, she supplied by a So soon as he departed, Butler flew to the Bible, bon-grace, as she called it, a large straw bonnet, the last book which
Jeanie had touched. To his like those worn by the English maidens when labour"extreme surprise, a paper, containing two or three ing in the fields. "But I thought unco shame o pieces of gold, dropped from the book. With a mysell," she said, "the first time I put on a married black-lead pencil, she had marked the sixteenth and woman's bon-grace, and me a single maiden." twenty-fifth verses of the thirty-seventh Psalm With these changes she had little, as she said, to "A little that a righteous man hath, is better than make "her kenspeckle when she didna speak," but the riches of the wicked."-"I have been young and her accent and language drew down on her so many am now old, yet have I not seen the righteous for- jests and gibes, couched in a worse patois by far waken, nor his seed begging their bread.'
than her own, that she soon found it was her interDeeply impressed with the affectionate delicacy est to talk as little and as seldom as possible. She which shrouded its own generosity under the cover answered, therefore, civil salutations of chance pas. of a providential supply to his wants, he pressed the sengers with a civil curtsy, and chose, with anxious gold to his lips with more ardour than ever the metal circumspection, such places of repose as looked at was greeted with by a miser. To emulate her devout once most decent and sequestered. She found the firmness and confidence seemed now the pitch of his common people of England, although inferior in ambition, and his first task was to write an account courtesy to strangers, such as was then practised in her to David Deans of his daughter's resolution and own more unfrequented country, yet, upon the whole, journey southward. He studied every sentiment, by no means deficient in the real duties of hospitality and even every phrase which he thought could recon- | She readily obtained food, and shelter, and protection cile the old man to her extraordinary resolution. at a very moderate rate, which sometimes the geThe effect which this epistle
produced will be here- nerosity of mine host altogether declined, with a after adverted to. Butler committed it to the charge blunt apology, -"Thee hast a lang way afore thee, of an honest clown, who had frequent dealings with lass; and I'se ne'er take penny out o' a single woDeans in the sale of his dairy produce, and who man's purse; it's the best friend thou can have on readily undertook a journey to Edinburgh, to put the the road." letter into his own hands
It often happened, too, that mine hostess was struck with "the tidy, nice Scotch body, and pro
cured her an escort, or a cast in a wagon, for some CHAPTER-XXVIII.
part of the way, or gave her useful advice and recom" My native land, good night!"-LORD BYRON.
mendation respecting her resting places.
At York our pilgrim stopped for the best part of a In the present day, a journey from Edinburgh to day--partly to recruit her strength, partly because London is a matter at once safe, brief, and simple, she had the good luck to obtain a lodging in an inn however inexperienced or unprotected the travellerkept by a countrywoman, partly to indite two letNumerous coaches of different rates of charge, and ters to her father and Reuben Butler; an operation as many packets, are perpetually passing and repass- of some little difficulty, her habits being by no ing betwixt the capital of Britain and her northern means those of literary composition. That 10 her sister, so that the most timid or indolent may execute father was in the following words: such a journey upon a few hours' notice. But it was "DEAREST FATHER, different in 1737. So slight and infrequent was then "I make my present pilgrimage more heavy and the intercourse betwixt London and Edinburgh, that burdensome, through the sad occasion to reflect that men stili alive remember that upon one occasion the it is without your knowledge, which, God knows, mail from the former city arrived at the General was far contrary to my heart; for Scripture says Post-Office in Scotland, with only one letter in it.t that 'the vow of the daughter should not be bind"The usual mode of travelling was by means of post-ing without the consent of the father,' wherein it
* By dint of assiduous research I am enabled to certiorate the may be I have been guilty to tak this wearie journey Tenaer, that the name of this person was Saunders
Broadront, without your consent. Nevertheless, it was borne and that he dealt in the wholesome commodity called kirmilk, in upon my mind that I should be an instrumeni
+ The fact is certain. The single epistie was addressed to the to help my poor sister in this extremity of needces. extincioa: director of the British Linen Company.
sity, otherwise I wad not, for wealth or for world
gear, or for
the hail lands of Da'keith and Lugton, | And if it be God's pleasure, we that are sindered in have done the like of this, without your free will and sorrow may meet again in joy, even on this hither knowledge. O, dear father, as ye wad desire a bless- side of Jordan. I dinna bid ye mind what I said at ing on my journey, and upon your househould, speak our partin' anent my poor father and that misfortua word or write a line of comfort to yon poor prisoner. nate lassie, for I ken you will do sae
for the sake of If she has sinned, she has sorrowed and suffered, and Christian charity, whilk is mair than the entreaties ye ken better than me, that we maun forgie others, as of her that is your servant to command, we pray to be forgien. Dear father, forgive my say:
"JEANIE DEANS." ing this muckle, for it doth not become a young head
This letter also had a postscript. Dear Reuben, to instruct gray hairs; but I am sae far frae ye, that If ye think that it wad hae been right for me to have my heart yearns to ye a', and fain wad I hear that ye said mair and kinder
things to ye, just think that I had forgien her trespass, and sae I nae doubt say hae written sae, since I am sure that I wish a' that mair than may become me. The folk here are civil, is kind and right to ye and by ye. Ye will think I am and, like the barbarians unto the holy apostle, hae turned waster, for I wear clean hose and shoon every shown me much kindness; and there are a sort of day; but it's the fashion here for decent bodies, and chosen people in the land, for they hae some kirks ilka land has its ain land-law. Ower and aboon a', without organs that are 'like ours, and are called if laughing days were e'er to come back again till us, meeting-houses, where the minister preaches without ye wad laugh weel to see my round face at the far a gown. But most of the country are prelatists, end of a strae bon-grace, that looks as muckle and whilk is awfu' to think; and I saw twa men that round as the middell aisle in Libberton Kirk. But it were ministers following hunds, as bauld as Roslin sheds the sun weel aff, and keeps unceevil folk frae or Driden, the young Laird of Loup-the-dike, or ony staring as if ane were a worrycow. I sall tell ye by wild gallant in Lothian. A sorrowfu' sight to be writ how I come on wi the Duke of Argyle, when 1 hold! 0, dear father, may a blessing be with your won up to Lunnon. Direct a line, to say how ye are, down-lying and up-rising, and remember in your to me, to the charge of Mrs. Margaret Glass, tobac prayers your affectionate daughter to command, conist, at the sign of the Thistle, Lunnon, whilk, il
JEAN DEANS." it assures me of your health, will make my mind sae. A postscript bore, “I learned from a decent woman, muckle easier. Excuse bad spelling and writing, as a grazier's widow, that they hae a cure for the muir- I have ane ill pen." ill in Cumberland, whilk is ane pint, as they ca't, of The orthography of these epistles may seem to the yill, whilk is a dribble in comparison of our gawsie southron to require a better apology than
the letter Scots pint, and hardly a mutchkin, boil'd wi' sope expresses, though a bad pen was the excuse of a cerand hartshorn draps, and toomed down the crea- tain Galwegian laird for bad spelling; but, on behalf ture's throat wi' ane whorn. Ye might try it on the of the heroine, I would have them
to know, that, bauson-faced year-auld quey; and it does nae gude, thanks to the care of Butler, Jeanie Deans wrote and it can do nae ill . She was a kind woman, and spelled fifty
times better than half the women of rank seemed skeely about horned beasts. When I reach in Scotland at that period, whose strange orthogra. Lunnon, I intend to gang to our cousin Mrs. Glass, phy and singular diction form the strongest contrast the tobacconist, at the sign o' the Thistle, wha is so to the good sense which their correspondence usually reevil as to send you down your spleuchan-fu' anes intimates. a year ; and as she must be weel kend in Lunnon, I For the rest, in the tenor of these epistles, Jeanie doubt not easily to find out where she lives." expressed, perhaps, more hopes, a firmer courage, and Being seduced into betraying our heroine's con- better spirits, than she actually felt. But this was fidence thue far, we will stretch our communication with the amiable idea of relieving her father and lover a step beyond, and impart to the reader her letter to from apprehensions on her account, which she was her lover.
sensible must greatly add to their other troubles. "If "MR. REUBEN BUTLER,
they think me weel, ana 'ike to do weel,"
said the "Hoping this will find you better, this comes to poor pilgrim to herself
, " my father will be kinder to say, that I have reached this great town safe, and am Effie, and Butler will be kinder to himself. For ! not wearied with walking, but the better for it. And ken weel that they will think mair o' me than I do o I have seen many things which I trust to tell you mysell.", one day, also the muckle kirk of this place; and all Accordingly, she sealed her letters carefully, and put around the city are mills, whilk havena muckle- them into the post-office with her own hand, after wheels nor mill-dams, but gang by the wind-strange many inquiries concerning the time in which they to behold. Ane miller asked me to gang in and see were likely to reach Edinburgh When this duty it work, but I wad not, for I am not come to the south was performed, she readily accepted her landlady's to make acquaintance with strangers. I keep the pressing invitation to dine with her, and remain tili straight road, and just beck if ony body speaks to me the next morning. The hostess, as we have said, was ceerily, and answers naebody with the tong but her countrywoman, and the eagerness with which #omen of mine ain sect. I wish, Mr. Butler, I kend Scottish people meet, communicate, and, to the exony thing that wad mak ye weel, for they hae mair tent of their power, assist each other, although it is medicines in this town of York than wad cure a' often objected to us as a prejudice and narrowness of Scotland, and surely some of them wad be gude for sentiment, seems, on the contrary, to arise from a your complaints. If ye had a kindly mother!y body most justifiable and honourable feeling of patriotism, to nurse ye, and no to let ye waste yoursell wi read- combined with a conviction, which, if undeserved, ing-whilk ye read mair than eneugh with the bairns would long since have been confuted by experience, in the schule-and to gie ye warm milk in the morn- that the habits and principles of the nation are a sort ing, I wad be mair easy for ye. Dear Mr. Butler, of guarantee for the character of the individual. At keep a good heart, for we are in the hands of Ane any rate, if the extensive influence of this national that kens better what is gude for us than we ken partiality be considered as an additional tie, binding what is for oursells. I hae nae doubt to do that man to man, and calling forth the good offices of for which I am come-I canna doubt it-I winna such as can render them to the countryman who think to doubt it-because, if I haena full assurance, happens to need them, we think it must be found 10 dow shall I bear myself with earnest entreaties in exceed, as an active and efficient motive to generosity, the great folk's presence? But to ken that ane's that more impartial and wider principle of general bepurpose is right, and to make their heart strong, is nevolence, which we have sometimes seen pleaded as the way to get through the warst day's darg. The an excuse for assisting no individual whatever. bairns' rime says, the warst blast of the borrowing Mrs. Bickerton, lady of the ascendant of the Seven days* couldna kill the three silly poor hog-lambs. Stars, in the Castle-gate, York, was deeply infected
with the unfortunate prejudices of her country, Ir. The three last dayg of March, old style, are called the Bor leed, she displayed so much kindness to Jeane, rowing
Days for as they are remarked to be unusually stormy, Deans, (because she herself, being a Merse woman tend the sphere of his rougher sway. The rhyme on the subject marched with Mid-Lothian, in which Jeanie was w quoted in Levdon's edition of the Complaynt of Scotland. born,) showed such motherly regard to ber, and such
anxiety for her further progress, that Jeanie thought | kicking out one foot
behind him to accommodate the herself safe, though by temper sufficiently cautious, adjustment of that important
habiliment, “I dares to in communicating her whole story to hier.
say the pass will be kend weel eneugh on the road, Mrs. Bickerton raised her hands and eyes at the re- an that be all." cital, and exhibited much wonder and pity. But she "But what sort of a lad was he?" said Mrs. Bickeralso gave come effectual good advice.
ton, winking to Jeanie, as proud of her knowing ostler. She required to know the strength of Jeanie's purse, "Why, what ken 1?- Jim the Rat-why he was reduced by her deposit at Libberton, and the neces- Cock o the North within
this twelvemonth-he and sary expense of her journey, to about fifteen pounds.. Scotch Wilson, Handie Dandie, as they called him"This," she said, " would do very well, providing she but he's been out o' this country a while, as I rackon: could carry it a safe to London.
but ony gentleman, as keeps the road o' this side Safe ? answered Jeanie; "I'se warrant my car- Stamford, will respect Jim's pass." rying it safe, bating the needful expenses."
Without asking further questions, the landlady fillAy, but highwaymen, lassie,” said Mrs. Bicker-1 ed Dick Ostler a bumper of Hollands. He ducked ton; "for ye are come into a more civilized, that is with his head and shoulders, scraped with his more to say, a more roguish country than the north, and advanced hoof, bolted the alcohol, to use the learned how
ye are to get forward, I do not profess to know; phrase, and withdrew to his own domains. If ye could wait here eight days, our wagons would "I would advise thee, Jeanie,” said Mrs. Bickertoa go up, and I would recommend you to Joe Broad- "an thou meetest with ugly customers o' the road, wheel, who would see you safe to the Swan and two to show them this bit paper, for it will serve thee, asNecks. And dinna sneeze at Joe, if he should be for sure thyself." drawing up wi' you," (continued Mrs. Bickerton, her A neat little supper concluded the evening. The acquired English mingling
with her national or ori exported Scotswoman, Mrs. Bickerton by name, eat ginal dialect)," he's a handy boy, and a wanter, and heartily of one or two seasoned dishes, drank some no lad better thought o' on the road; and the English sound old ale, and a glass of stiff negus; while she make good husbands enough, witness my poor man, gave Jeanie a history of her gout, admiring how
it Moses Bickerton, as is i' the kirkyard."
was possible that she, whose fathers and mothers for Jeanie hastened to say, that she could not possibly many generations had been farmers in Lammermuir, wait for the setting forth of Joe Broadwheel; being could have come by a disorder so totally unknown to internally by no means gratified with the idea of be-them. Jeanie did not
choose to offend her friendly coming the object of his attention during the journey. landlady, by speaking her mind on the probable
ori. 'Aweel, lass," answered the good landlady, " then gin of this complaint; but she thought on the flesh thou must pickle in thine ain poke-nook, and buckle pots of Egypt, and, in spite of all entreaties to better thy girdle thine ain gate. But take my advice, and fare, made her evening meal upon vegetables, with a hide thy gold in thy stays, and keep a piece or two glass of fair water. and some silver, in case thou be'st spoke withal; for Mrs. Bickerton assured her, that the acceptance of there's as wud lads haunt within a day's walk from any reckoning was entirely out
of the question, furhence, as on the Braes of Doun in Perthshire. And, nished her with credentials to her correspondent in lass, thou maunna gang staring through Lunnon, London, and to several inns upon the road where she asking wha kens Mrs. Glass at the sign of the Thistle; had some influence or interest, reminded her of the marry, they would laugh thee to scorn. But gang precautions she should adopt for concealing her mothou to this honest man," and she put a direction ney, and as she was to depart early in the morning, into Jeanie's hand," he kens maist part of the spon- took leave of her very affectionately, taking her word sible Scottish folk in the city, and he will find out that she would
visit her on her return to Scotland, your friend for thee."
and tell her how she had managed, and that summum Jeanie took the little introductory letter with sin- bonum for a gossip, "all how and about it." This cere thanks; but, something alarmed on the subject Jeanie faithfully promised. of the highway robbers, her mind recurred to what Ratcliffe had mentioned to her, and briefly relating the circumstances which placed a document so extra
CHAPTER XXIX. ordinary in her hands, she put the paper he had given her into the hand of Mrs. Bickerton.
And Need and Misery, Vice and Danger, bind, The Lady of the Seven Stars did not, indeed, ring In sad alliance,
each degraded mind. a bell, because such was not the fashion of the time, As our traveller set out early on the ensuing morn but she whistled on a silver-call, which was hung by ing to prosecute her journey, and was in the act of her side, and a tight serving-maiden entered the room. leaving the inn-yard, Dick Ostler, who either had
"Tell Dick Ostler to come here," said Mrs. Bick- risen early or neglected to go to bed, either circumerton.
stance being equally incident to his calling, hollaed Dick Ostler accordingly made his appearance;, -a out after her, -^ The top of the morning to you, Mog. queer, knowing, shambling animal , with a hatchet- gie! Have a care o Gunnerby, Hill
, young one face, a squint, a game-arm, and a limp.
Robin Hood's dead and gwone, but there be takers "Dick Ostler," said Mrs. Bickerton, in a tone of yet in the vale of Bever." Jeanie looked at him as if autnority that showed she was (at least by adoption) to request a further explanation, but, with a leer, a Yorkshire too, “thou knowest most people and most shuffle, and a shrug, inimitable (unless by Emery) things o' the road."
Dick turned again to the raw-boned steed which ha "Eye, eye, God help me, mistress,” said Dick, was currying, and sung as he employed the comb and shrugging his shoulders betwixt a repentant and a brush,knowing expression-"Eye! I ha' know'd a thing "Robin Hood was a yeoman good, or twa i ma day, mistress." He looked sharp and
And his bow was of trusty yew laughed-looked grave and sighed, as one who was And if Robin said
stand on the King's lea-land, prepared to take the matter either way.
Pray, why should not we say so too?" Kenst thou this wee bit paper amang the rest, Jeanie pursued her journey without further inquiry, man?" said Mrs. Bickerton, handing him ihe protec- for there was nothing in Dick's manner that inclined tion which Ratcliffe had given Jeanie Deans. her to prolong their conference. A painful day's
When Dick looked at the paper, he winked with journey brought her to Ferrybridge, the best inn, then one eye, extended his grotesque mouth from ear to ear, and since, upon the great northern road; and an in like a navigable canal, scratched his head powerfully troduction from Mrs. Bickerton, added to her own and then said, "Ken ?-ay--maybe we ken summat, simple and quiet manners, so propitiated the landlady an it werena for harm o him, mistress."
of the Swan in her favour, that the good dame pro"None in the world," said Mrs. Bickerton; "only cured her the convenient accommodation of a pillion a dram of Hollands to thyself, man, and thou wilt and post-horse then returning to Tuxford, so that she Break.”
accomplished, upon the second day after leaving "Why, then," sa. Dick, giving the head-band of York, the longest journey she had yet made. She ou breeches a knowing hoist yith one hand, and I was a good deal fatigued by a mode of travelling to