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in the county, nor the four next to it. Come away-crowned its banks, a very pleasing accompaniment away with thee-we munna bide here."
to the landscape. It was the best trouting stream,', "I am sure I am very willing
to go to see the minis- said the beadle, whom the patience of Jeanie, and ter," said Jeanie;" for, though he read his discourse, especially the assurance that she was not about to and wore that surplice, as they call it here, I cannot become a burden to the parish, had rendered rather but think he must be a very worthy God-fearing man, communicative, "the best trouting stream n all to preach the root of the matter in the way he did.” Lincolnshire; for when you got lower, there was
The disappointed rabble, finding that there was like nought to be done wi' fly-fishing." to be no further sport, had by this time dispersed, and Turning aside from the principal entrance, he con Teanie, with her usual patience, followed her conse- ducted Jeanie towards a sort of portal connected quential and surly, but not brutal, conductor towards with the older part of the building, which was chiefly the rectory:
occupied by servants, and knocking at the door, ít This clerical mansion was large and commodious, was opened by a servant in grave purple livery, such for the living was an excellent one, and the advowson as befitted a wealthy and dignified clergyman. belonged to a very wealthy family in the neighbour- "How dost do, Tummas ?" said the beadle--"ana hood, who had usually bred up a son or nephew to how's young Measter Staunton ?". the church, for the sake of inducting him, as oppor- * Why, but poorly-but poorly, Measter Stubbs tunity offered, into this very comfortable provision. Are you wanting to see his Reverence?''. In this manner the rectory of Willingham had always Ay, ay, Tummas; please to say I ha' brought up been considered as a direct and
immediate appanage the young woman as came to service to-day with of Willingham-hall; and as the rich baronets to mad Madge Murdockson-she seems to be a decentwhom the latter belonged had usually a son, or bro- ish koind o' body; but I ha' asked her never a ques ther, or nephew, settled in the living, the utmost care tion. Only I can tell his Reverence that she is a had been taken to render their habitation not merely Scotchwoman, I judge, and as flat as the fens of respectable and commodious, but even dignified and Holland.” imposing.
Tummas honoured Jeanie Deans with such a sang, It was situated about four hundred yards from the as the pampered domestics of the rich, whether
sp village, and on a rising ground which sloped gently ritual or temporal, usually esteem it part of their upward, covered with small enclosures, or closes, privilege to bestow upon the poor, and then desired laid out irregularly, so that the old oaks and elms, Mr. Stubbs and his charge to step in till he informed which were planted in hedge-rows, fell
into perspec- his master
of their presence. live, and were blended together in beautiful irregu- The room into which he showed them was a sort larity. When they approached nearer to the house, a of steward's parlour, hung with a county map or two, handsome gate-way admitted them into a lawn, of and three or four prints of eminent persons connected narrow dimensions, indeed, but which was inter- with the county, as Sir William Monson, James spersed with
large sweet-chestnut trees and peeches, York the blacksmith of Lincoln, and the famous and kept in handsome order. The front of the house Peregrine, Lord Willoughby, in complete armour was irregular. Part of it seemed very old, and had, in looking as when he said, in the words of the
legene fact, been the residence of the incumbent in Romish below the engraving,times. Successive occupants had made considerable additions and improvements, each in the taste of his
"Stand to it, noble pikemen,
And face ye well about : own age, and without much regard to symmetry: But
And shoot ye starp, bold bowmen, these incongruities of architecture were so graduated and happily mingled, that the eye, far from being dis
Ye musquet and calliver-men, pleased with the combinations of various styles, saw
Do you prove true to me,
I'll be the foremost man in fight, nothing but what was interesting in the varied and
Said brave Lord Willoughbee." intricate pile which they exhibited. Fruit-trees displayed on the southern wall, outer staircases, various When they had entered this apartment, Tummas as places of entrance, a combination of roofs and chim- a matter of course offered, and as a matter of course neys of different ages, united to render the front, not Ms. Stubbs accepted, a summat to eat and drink, indeed beautiful or grand, but intricate, perplexed, or, being the respectable relics of a gammon of bacon 10 use Mr. Price's appropriate phrase, picturesque. and a whole whistin, or black pot of sufficient double The most considerable addition was that of the pre- ale. To these eatables Mr. Beadle seriously inclined sent Rector, who, "being a bookish man," as the himself, and (for we must do him justice) not without beadle was at the pains to inform Jeanie, to augment, an invitation to Jeanie, in which Tummas joined, that perhaps, her reverence for the person before whom his prisoner or charge would follow his good example she was to appear, had built a handsome library But although she might have stood in need of refreshand parlour, and no less than two additional bed- ment, considering she had tasted no food that day, rooms.
the anxiety of the moment, her own sparing and ab * Mony men would hae scrupled such expense,' stemious habits, and a bashful aversion to eat in continued the parochial officer, seeing as the living company of the two strangers, induced her to decline mun go as it pleases Sir Edmund to will it; but his their courtesy. So she sate in a chair apart, while Reverence has a canny bit land of his own, and need Mr. Stubbs and Mr. Tummas, who had chosen to not look on two sides of a penny."
join his friend in consideration that dinner was to be Jeanie could not help comparing the irregular yet put back till the afternoon service was over, made a extensive and commodious pile of building before hearty luncheon, which lasted for half an hour, and her, to the " Manses" in her own country, where a might not then haye concluded, had not his Reverset of penurious heritors, professing all the while the ence rung his bell, so that Tummas was obliged to devotion of their lives and fortunes to the presbyte attend
his master. Then, and no sooner,
to save rian establishment, strain their inventions to disco- himself the labour of a second journey to the othe ver what may be nipped, and clipped, and pared from end of the house, he announced to his master the ar. a building which forms but a poor accommodation rival of Mr. Stubbs, with the other madwoman, as he even for the present incumbent, and, despite the chose to designate Jeanie, as an event which had just superior advantage of stone-masonry, must, in the taken place. He returned with an order that Mr. course of forty or fifty years, again burden their de: Stubbs and the young woman should be instantly scendants with an expense, which, once liberally and ushered up to the library. handsomely employed, ought to have freed their The beadle bolted in haste his last mouthful of fat estates from a recurrence of it for more than a cen- bacon, washed down the greasy. morsel with the last tury at least.
rinsings of the pot of ale, and immediately marshalled Behind the Rector's house the ground sloped down Jeanie through one or iwo intricate passages wnich to a small river, which, without possessing the rolled from the ancient to the more modern building, mantic vivacity and rapidity of a northern stream, into a handsome little hall, or ante-room, adjoining was, nevertheless, by its occasional appearance to the library, and out of which a glass coor opened through the ranges of willows and poplars that to the lawn.
And we will keep them out.
"Stay here,” said Stubbs, "till I tell his Reverence being accustomed to consider as an extensive collecyou are come."
tion two fir shelves, each about three feet long, which So saying he opened a door and entered the library. contained her father's treasựred volumes, the whole Without wishing to hear their conversation, Jeanie, pith and marrow, as he used sometimes to boast, of as she was circumstanced, could not avoid it; for as modern divinity. An orrery, glc bes, a telescope, and Stubbs stood by the door, and his Reverence was at some other scientific imp'ements, conveyed to Jeanie the upper end of a large room, their conversation was an impression of admiralon and wonder not unmixnecessarily audible in the ante-room.
ed with fear; for, in her ignorant apprehension, they So you have brought the young woman here at seemed rather adapted for magical purposes than any last, Mr. Stubbs. I expected you some time since. Other; and a few stuffed animals (as the Rector was You know I do not wish such persons to remain in fond of natural history) added to the impressive cha custody a moment without some inquiry into their racter of the apartment. situation."
Mr. Staunton spoke to her with great mildness "Very true, your Reverence," replied the beadle; He observed, that, although her appearance at church "but the young woman had eat nought to-day, and had been uncommon, and in strange, and, he must Boa Measter Tummas did set down a drap of drink add, discreditable society, and calculated, upon the and a morsel, to be sure."
whole, to disturb the congregation during divine wor"Thomas was very right, Mr. Stubbs; and what ship, he wished, nevertheless, to hear her own achas become of the other most unfortunate being?" count of herself before taking any steps which his
"Why," replied Mr. Stubbs, "I did think the sight duty might seem to demand. He was a justice of on her would but vex your Reverence, and soa I did peace, he informed her, as well as a clergyman. let her go her ways back to her mother, who is in "His honour" (for she would not say his reverence) trouble in the next parish."
was very civil and kind," was all that poor Jeanie "In trouble!-that signifies in prison, I suppose ?" could at first bring out. said Mr Staunton."
"Who are you, young woman?" said the clergy " Ay, truly; something like it, an it like your Rev- man, more peremptorily," and what do you do in erence.
this country, and in such company ?-We allow no "Wretched, unhappy, incorrigible woman!!' said strollers or vagrants here." the clergyman. And what sort of person is this "I am not a vagrant or a stroller, sir," said Jeanie, companion of hers ?"
a little roused by the supposition. "I am a decent Why, decent enow, an it like your Reverence," Scotch lass, travelling through the land on my own said Stubbs; "for aught I sees of her, there's no harm business and my own expenses; and I was so un of her, and she says she has cash enow to carry her happy as to fall in with
bad company, and was stopout of the county."
"Cash ? that is always what you think of, Stubbs.. who is something light-headed, let me out in the -But, has she sense?--has she her wits ?-has she morning." the capacity of taking care of herself ?"
"Bad company!" said the clergyman.. "I am afraid, "Why, your Reverence," replied Stubbs, "I cannot young woman, you have not been sufficiently anxious just say-I will be sworn she was not born at Witt- to avoid them. ham;* for Gaffer Gibbs looked at her all the time "Indeed, sir," returned Jeanic, "I have been brought of service, and he says she could not turn up a sin, up to shun evil communication. But these wicked gle lesson like a Christian, even though she had people
were thieves, and stopped me by violence and Madge Murdockson to help her-but then, as to fend- mastery." ing for hersell, why, she's a bit of a Scotch woman, "Thieves !" said Mr. Staunton; "then you charge your Reverence, and they say the worst donnot of them with robbery, I suppose ?" ihem can look out for their own turn, and she is de- "No, sir; they did not take so much as a boddle cently puton enow, and not bechounched like tother," from me." answered Jeanie; “nor did they use me ill,
Send her in here, then, and do you remain below, otherwise than by confining me." Mr. Stubbs."
The clergyman inquired into the particulars of her This colloquy had engaged Jeanie's attention so adventure, which she told him from point to point. deeply, that it was not until it was over that she ob- "This is an extraordinary, and not a very probable served that the sashed door, which we have said, led tale, young woman," resumed Mr. Staunton. "Here from the anteroom into the garden, was opened, and has been, according to your account, a great violence that there entered, or rather was borne in by two as- committed without any adequate motive. Are you sistants, a young man, of a very pale and sickly ap, aware of the law of this country-that if you lodge pearance, whom they lifted to the nearest couch, and this charge you will be bound over to prosecute this placed there, as if to recover from the fatigue of an gang?"! unusual exertion. Just as they were making this Jeanie did not understand him, and he explained arrangement, Stubbs came out of the library, and that the English law, in addition to the inconvenience summoned Jeanie to enter it. She obeyed him, not sustained by persons who have been robbed or injured, without tremor; for, besides the novelty of the situa- has the goodness to intrust to them the care and the tion to a girl of her secluded habits, she felt also as if expense of appearing as prosecutors. the successful prosecution of her journey was to de- Jeanie said, "that her business at London was pend upon the impression she should be able to make express; all she wanted was, that any gentleman on Mr. Staunton.
would, out of Christian charity, protect her to some It is true, it was difficult to suppose on what pre- town where she could hire horses and a guide; and, text a person travelling on her own business, and at finally," she thought, " it would be her father's mind her own charge, could be interrupted upon her route. that she was not free to give testimony in an English But the violent detention she had already undergone, court
of justice, as the land was not under a direct was sufficient to show that there existed persons at gospel dispensation." no great distance, who had the interest, the inclina- Mr. Staunton stared a little, and asked if her father tion, and the audacity, forcibly, to stop her journey, was a Quaker. and she felt the necessity of having some countenance "God forbid, sir,” said Jeanie-"He is nae schise and protection, at least till she should get beyond matic nor sectary, nor ever treated for sic black com. their reach. While ihese things passed through her modities as theirs, and that's weel kend o' him." mind much faster than our pen and ink can record, "And what is his name, pray?" said Mr. Staunton, ou even the reader's eye collect the meaning of its "David Deans, sir, the cowfeeder at Saint Leoptraces, Jeanie found herself in a handsome library, ard's Craigs, near Edinburgh." and in presence of the Rector of Willingham. The A deep groan from the anteroom prevented tho well-furnished presses and shelves which surrounded Rector from replying, and, exclaiming, “Good God! the large and handsome apartment, contained more that unhappy boy!" he left Jeanie alone, and has books than Jeanie imagined existed in the world, tened into
the outer apartment. • A proverbial and punning expression in that county, to inti-tered the library for the best
part of an hour
Some noise and bustle was heard, but no one en 3x tha. a person is not very clever..
" The better sign of him, young woman. There Fantastic passions' maddening brawl !
are men here, well to pass in the world, would not And shame and terror over all i
want their share of a Leicester plover, and that's a Deeds to be hid which were not hid,
bag-pudding, if fasting for three hours would
make Which, all confused, I could not know Whether I suffer'd or I did,
all their poor children read the Bible from end to end. for all seem'd guilt, remorse, or wo;
Take thou the book, then, for my eyes are something My own, or others, still the same
dazed, and read where thou listest--it's the only book Life-stilling fear, soul-stilling shame.-COLERIDGE. thou canst not happen wrong in." DURING the interval while she was thus left alone, Jeanie was at first tempted to turn up the parable Jeanie anxiously revolved in her mind what course of the good Samaritan, but her conscience checked was best for her to pursue. She was impatient to her, as if it were an use of Scripture, not for her own continue ner journey, yet she feared she could not edification, but to work upon the mind of others for safely adventure to do so while the old hag and her the relief of her worldly afflictions, and under this assistants were in the neighbourhood, without risk. scrupulous sense of duty, she selected, in preference, ing a repetition of their violence. She thought she a chapter of the prophet Isaiah, and read it, notwithcould collect from the conversation which she had standing her northern accent and tone, with a devout partly overheard, and also from the wild confessions propriety, which greatly edified Mrs. Dalton. of Madge Wildfire, that her mother had a deep and "Ah!" she said, "an all Scotch women were sic revengeful motive for obstructing her journey if pos- as thou !--but it was our luck to get born devils of sible. And from whom could she hope for assist thy country, I think--every one worse than t'other. ance if not from Mr. Staunton? His whole appear if thou knowest of any tidy lass like thysell, that ance and demeanour seemed to encourage her hopes. wanted a place, and could bring a good character, His features were handsome, though marked with a and would not go laiking about to wakes and fairs, deep cast of melancholy; his tone and language were and wore shoes and stockings all the day round, gentle and encouraging; and, as he had served in why, I'll not say but we might find room for her at the army for several years during his youth, his air the Rectory. Hast no cousin or sister, lass, that such retained that easy frankness which is peculiar to the an offer would suit ?" profession of arms. He was, besides, a minister of This was touching upon a sore point, but Jeanie the gospel; and although a worshipper, according was spared the pain of replying, by the entrance of to Jeanie's notions, in the court of the Gentiles, and the same man-servant she had seen before. so benighted as to wear a surplice ; although he read "Measter wishes to see the young woman from the Common Prayer, and wrote down every word of Scotland," was Tummas's address. his sermon before delivering it, and although he "Go to his Reverence, my dear, as fast as you can was, moreover, in strength of lungs, as well as pith and tell him all your story--his Reverence is a kind and marrow of doctrine, vastly inferior to Boanerges man," said Mrs. Dalton. "I will fold down the leaf, Stormheaven, Jeanie still thought he must be a very and make you a cup of tea, with some nice muffin, different person from Curate ķiltstoup, and other against
you come down, and that's what you seldom prelatical divines of her father's earlier days, who see in Scotland, girl.” used to get drunk in their canonical dress, and hound "Measter's waiting for the young woman,” said out the dragoons against the wandering Camero- Tummas impatiently. nians. The house seemed to be in some disturbance,"Well, Mr. Jack-sauce, and what is your business but as she could not suppose she was altogether for- to put in your oar ?-And how often must I tell you gotten, she thought it better to remain quiet in the to call Mr. Staunton his Reverence, seeing as he is a apartment where she had been left, till some one dignified clergyman, and not be meastering, meastershould take notice of her.
ing him, as if he were a little petty squire?" The first who entered was, to her no small delight, As Jeanie was now at the door, and ready to acone of her own sex, a motherly-looking aged person company Tummas, the footman said nothing till he of a housekeeper.
To her Jeanie explained her situa- got into the passage, when he muttered, " There are ton in a few words, and begged her assistance. more masters than one in this
house, and I think we The dignity of a housekeeper did not encourage too shall have a mistress too, an Dame Dalton carries it much familiarity with a person who was at the Rec-thus." tory on justice-business, and whose character might Tummas led the way through a more intricate seem in her eyes somewhat precarious; but she was range of passages than Jeanie had yet threaded, and civil, although distant,
ushered her into an apartment which was darkened "Her young master," she said, " had had a bad by the closing of most of the window shutters, and aceident by a fall from his horse, which made him in which was a bed with the curtains partly drawn liable to fainting fits; he had been taken very ill just Here is the young woman, sir," said Tummas. now, and it was impossible his Reverence could see "Very well," said a voice from the bed, but not Jeanie for some time; but that she need not fear his that of his Reverence; " be ready to answer the bell, doing all that was just and proper in her behalf the and leave the room." instant he could get her business attended to."-She "There is some mistake,” said Jeanie, confounded concluded by offering to show Jeanie a room, where at finding herself in the apartment of an invalid; she might remain
till his Reverence was at leisure. " the servant told me that the minister"Our heroine took the opportunity to request the Don't trouble yourself," said the invalid, "there means of adjusting and changing her dress.. is no mistake. I know more of your affairs than my
The housekeeper, in whose estimation order and father, and I can manage them better.-Leave the cleanliness ranked' high among personal virtues, room, Tom." The servant obeyed.--"We must not, gladly complied with a request so reasonable; and said the invalid, " lose time, when we have little to the change of dress which Jeanie's bundle furnished lose. Open the shutter of that window." made so important an improvement in her appear- She did so, and, as he drew aside the curtain of ance, that the old lady hardly knew the soiled and his bed, the light fell on his pale countenance, as, disordered traveller, whose attire showed the violence turband with bandages, and dressed in a nightslie had sustained in the neat, clean, quiet-looking gown, he lay, seemingly exhausted, upon the bed. little Scotchwoman, who now stood before her. En- 'Look at me," he said, " Jeanie Deans; can you couraged by such a favourable alteration in her ap- not recollect me?". pearance, Mrs. Dalton ventured to invite Jeanie to No, sir," said she, full of surprise. "I was never partake of her dinner, and was equally pleased with in this country before." the decent propriety of her conduct during that meal. "But I may have been in yours. Think-recollect.
"Thou canst read this book, canst thou, young I should faint did I name the name you are most woman?said the old lady, when their meal was dearly bound to loathe and to detest. Think-10concluded, laying her hand upon a large Bible, member!"
"I hope sae, madam," said Jeanie, surprised at the A terrible recollection fashed on Jeanie, which question; "my father wad hae wanted mony a thing, every tone of the speaker confirmed, and which has ere I had wanted that schuling."
next words rendered certainty.
"Be composed-remember Muschat's Cairn, and the fated-propensity to vices ihat were strangers in the moonlight night!"
my own family. But go on." Jeanie sunk down on a chair, with clasped hands, Jeanie passed slightly over her journey in company and gasped in agony,
with Madge, having no inclination to repeat what "Yes, here I lie," he said, “like a crushed snake, might be the effect of mere raving on the part of her writhing with impatience at my incapacity of motion companion, and therefore her tale was now closed. -here I lie, when I ought to have been in Edinburgh, Young Staunton lay for a moment in profound me trying every means to save a life that is dearer to me ditation, and at length spoke with more composure than my own. How is your sister ?-how fares it than he had yet displayed during their interview with her ?-condemned to death, I know it, by this "You are a sensible, as well as a good young woman, time! O, the horse that carried me safely on a thou Jeanie Deans, and I will tell you more of my story sand errands of folly and wickedness, that he should than I have told to any one.---Story did I call it ?-it have broke down with me on the only good mission is a tissue of folly, guilt, and misery. But take notice I have undertaken for years! But I must rein in I do it because I desire your confidence in return my passion-my frame cannot endure it, and I have that is, that you will act in this dismal matter by my much to say. Give me some of the cordial which advice and direction. Therefore do I speak." stands on that table.-Why do you tremble? But "I will do what is fitting for a sister and a daughter, you have too good cause. -Let it stand-I need it not." and a Christian woman to do," said Jeanie; but
Jeanie, however reluctant, approached him with do not tell me any of your secrets-It is not good that the cup into which she had poured the draught, and I should come into your counsel, or listen to the doccould not forbear saying, “There is a cordial for the trine which causeth to err." mind, sir, if the wicked will turn from their trans- "Simple fool!” said the young man. "Look at gressions, and seek to the Physician of souls.". me. My head is not horned, my foot is not cloven,
Silence !" he said sternly—and yet I thank you. my hands are not garnished with talons; and, since But tell me, and lose no time in doing so, what you I am not the very devil himself, what interest can are doing in this country? Remember, though I any one else have in destroying the hopes with which have been your sister's worst enemy, yet I will serve you comfort or fool yourself ? Listen to me patiently, her with the best of my blood, and I will serve you and you will find that when you have heard my courfor ber sake; and no one can serve you to such pur: sel, you may go to the seventh heaven with it in your pose, for no one can know the circumstances so well pocket, if you have a mind, and not feel yourself an 50 speak without fear."
ounce heavier in the ascent." "I am not afraid, sir," said Jeanie, collecting her At the risk of being somewhat heavy, as explanaspirits. "I trust in God; and if it pleuses Him to cions usually prove, we must here endeavour to comredeem my sister's captivity, it is all I seek, whoso- bine into a distinct narrative, information which the ever be the instrument. But, sir, to be plain with invalid communicated in a manner at once too ciryou, I dare not use your counsel, unless I were en- cumstantial, and too much broken by passion to ad abled to see that it accords with the law which I mit of our giving his precise words. Part of it, indeed, must rely upon."
he read from a manuscript, which he had perhaps The devil take the puritan !" cried George Staun-drawn up for the information of his relations after ton, for so we must now call him,-"I beg your par- his decease. don; but I am naturally impatient, and you drive me "To make my tale short-this wretched hag-this mad! What hạrm can it possibly do you to tell me Margaret Murdockson, was the wife of a favourite in what situation
your sister stands, and your own servant of my father she had been my nurse ; - her expectations of being able to assist her? It is time husband was dead; she resided in a cottage near this enough to refuse my advice when I offer any which place; she had a daughter who grew up, and was You may think improper. I speak calmly to you, then a beautiful but very giddy girl; her mother en. though 'tis against my nature :--but don't
urge me to deavoured to promote her marriage with an old and impatience-it will only render me incapable of serv- wealthy churl in the neighbourhood ;--the girl saw ing Effie."
me frequently--she was familiar with me, as our There was in the looks and words of this unhappy connexion seemed to permit-and 1-in a word, i young man a sort of restrained eagerness and impe- wronged her cruelly-It was not so bad as your sistuosity, which seemed to prey upon itself, as the im- ter's business, but it was sufficiently villanous-her patience of a fiery steed fatigues itself
with churning folly should have been her protection. Soon after upon the bit. After a moment's consideration, it oc- this I was sent abroad-To do my father justice, if I curred to Jeanie that she was not entitled to withhold have turned out a fiend, it is not his fault-he used from bim, whether on her sister's account or her own, the best means. When I returned, I found the the account of the fatal consequences of the crime wretched mother and daughter had fallen into diswhich he had committed, nor to reject such advice, grace, and were chased from this country.-My deep Deing in itself lawful and innocent, as he might be share in their shame and misery was discovered-my able to suggest in the way of remedy. Accordingly, father used very harsh language-we quarrelled. 1 in as few words as she could express it, she told the left his house, and led a life of strange adventure, history of her sister's trial and condemnation, and of resolving never again to see my father or my father's her own journey as far as Newark. He appeared to home. listen in the utmost agony of mind, yet repressed "And now comes the story!- Jeanic, I put my life every violent symptom of emotion, whether by ges- into your hands, and not only my own life, which, ture or sound, which might have interrupted the God knows, is not worth saving, but the happiness speaker, and, stretched on his couch like the Mexican of a respectable old man, and the honour of a family monarch on his bed of live coals, only the contor- of consideration. My love of low society, as such tions of his cheek, and the quivering of his limbs, gavc propensities as I was cursed with are usually termed, indication of his sufferings. To much of what she was, I think, of an uncommon kind, and indicated said he listened with stifled groans, as if he were nature, which, if not depraved by early debauchery, wnly hearing those miseries confirmed, whose fatal would have been fit for better things. I did not so reality he had known before; but when she pursued much delight in the wild revel, the low humour, the her tale througla the circumstances which had inter- unconfined liberty of those with whom I associated, rupted her journey, extreme surprise and earnest as in the spirit of adventure, presence of mind in attention appeared to succeed to the symptoms of re- peril, and sharpness of intellect which they displayed morse which he had before exhibited. He questioned in prosecuting their maraudings upon the revenue, or Jeanie closely concerning the appearance of the two similar adventures. Have you looked round this men, and the conversation which she had overheard rectory ?-is it not a sweet and pleasant retreat ?" between the taller of them and the woman.
Jeanie, alarmed at this sudden change of subject; When Jeanie mentioned the old woman having replied in the affirmative. alluded to her foster-son-"It is too true," he said; Well! I wish it had been ten thousand fathoms
and the source from which I derived food, when an under ground, with its church-lands, and tithes, and Infart must have comprunicated to me the wretched all that
belongs to it! Had it not been for this cursed rectory, I should have been permitted to follow the predatory habits, with which she had already been bent of my own inclinations and the profession of too familiar. Our first meeting was stormy; but I arms, and half the courage and address that I have was liberal of what money I had, and she forgot, or displayed among smugglers and deer-stealers would seemed to forget, the injury her daughter had received. have secured me an honourable rank among my con- The unfortunate girl herself seemed hardly even to temporaries. Why did I not go abroad when I left know her seducer, far less to retain any sense of the this house !-Why did I leave it at all!-why-But it injury she had received. Her mind is totally alienated, came to that point with me that it is madness to look which, according to her mother's account, is some back, and misery to look forward."
times the consequence of an unfavourable confineHe paused, and then proceeded with more compo- ment. But it was my doing. Here was another sure.
stone knitted round my neck to sink me into the pit * The chances of a wandering life brought me un- (of perdition. Every look every word of this poor happily
to Scotland, to embroil myself in worse and creature-her false spirits-her imperfect recollections more criminal actions than I had yet been concerned -her allusions to things which she had forgotten, but in. It was now I became acquainted with Wilson, which were recorded in my conscience, were stabs of a remarkable man in his station of life; quiet, com a poniard-stabs did I say?-they were tearing with posed, and resolutę, firm in mind, and uncommonly hot pincers, and scalding the raw wound with burnstrong in person, gifted with a sort of rough eloquence ing sulphur- they were to be endured, however, and which raised him above his companions. Hitherto they were endured. I return to my prison thoughts. I had been
It was not the least miserable of them that your • As dissolute as desperate, yet through both
sister's time approached. I knew her dread of you Were seen some sparkles of a better hope."
and of her father. She often said she
would die a
thousand deaths ere you should know her shame But it was this man's misfortune, as well as mine, yet her confinement must be provided for. I knew that, notwithstanding the difference of our rank and this woman Murdockson was an infernal hag, but I education, he acquired an extraordinary and fascina- thought she loved me, and that money would make ting influence over me, which I can only account for her true. She had procured a file for Wilson, and a by the calm determination of his character being su- spring-saw for me, and she undertook readily to take perior to the less sustained impetuosity of mine, charge of Effie during her illness, in which she had Where he led, I felt myself bound to follow; and skill enough to give the necessary assistance. I gave strange was the courage and address which he dis- her the money which my father had sent me. It was played in his pursuits. While I was engaged in des- settled that she should receive Effie into her house in perate adventures, under so strange and dangerous a the meantime, and wait for further directions from preceptor, I became acquainted with your unfortunate me, when I should efiect my escape. I communicated sister at some sports of the young people in the sų- this purpose, and recommended the old hag to poor burbs, which she frequented by stealth-and her ruin Effie by a letter, in which I recollect that I endea. proved an interlude to the tragic scenes in which I voured to support the character of Macheath under was now deeply engaged. Yet this let me say—the condemnation-a fine, gay, bold-faced ruffian, who is villany was not premeditated, and I was firmly re- game to the last. Such, and so wretchedly poor, solved to do her all the justice which marriage could was my ambition ! Yet I had resolved to forsake the do, so soon as I should be able to extricate myself courses I had been engaged in, should I be su fortufrom my unhappy course of life, and embrace some nate as to escape the gibbet. My design was to marone more suited to my birth. I had wild visions- ry your sister, and go over to the West Indies. I visions of conducting her as if to some poor retreat, had still a considerable sum of money left, and i and introducing her at once to rank and fortune she trusted to be able in one way or other, to provide for never dreamt of. A friend, at my request, attempted myself and my wife. & negotiation with my father, which was protracted We made the attempt to escape, and by the obst for some time, and renewed at different intervals.nacy of Wilson, who insisted upon going first, i! At length, and just when I expected my father's par- totally miscarried. The undaunted and self-denied don, he learned by some means or other my infamy, manner in which he sacrificed himself to redeem his painted in even exaggerated colours, which was, God error, and accomplish my escape from the Tolbooth knows, unnecessary. He wrote me a letter--how it Church, you must have heard of--all Scotland rang found me out, I know not-enclosing me a sum of with it.' 'It was a gallant and extraordinary deed money, and disowning me for ever. I became des All men spoke of it-all men, even those who mos! perate--I became frantic-I readily joined Wilson in condemned the habits
and crimes of this self-devotea a perilous smuggling adventure in which we miscar- man, praised the heroism of his friendship. I havo ried, and was willingly blinded by his logic to consi- many vices, but cowardice, or want of gratitude, are der the robbery of the officer of the customs in Fife none of the number. I resolved to requite his geneas a fair and honourable reprisal. Hitherto I had ob- rosity, and even your sister's safety became a second served a certain line in my criminality, and stood free ary consideration with me for the time. To effect of assaults upon personal property, but now I felt a Wilson's liberation was my principal object, and I wild pleasure in disgracing myself as much as pos-doubted not to find the means. sible.
" Yet I did not forget Effie neither. The blood * The plunder was no object to me. I abandoned hounds of the law were so close after me, that I dared that to my comrades, and only asked the post of not trust myself near any of my old haunts, but old danger. I remember well, that when I stood with Murdockson met me by appointment, and informed my drawn sword guarding the door while
they com- me that your sister had happily been delivered of a mitted the felony, I had not a thought of my own boy. I charged the hag to keep her patient's mind safety. I was only meditating on my sense of sup- easy, and let her want for nothing that money could posed wrong from my family, my impotent thirst of purchase, and I retreated to Fife, where, among my vengeance, and how it would sound in the haughty old associates of Wilson's gang, I hid myself in those ears of the family of Willingham, that one of their places of concealment where the men engaged in that descendants, and the heir apparent of their honours,' desperate trade are used to find security for themselves should perish by the hands of the hangman for rob and their uncustomed goods. Men who are disobebing a Scottish gauger of a sum not equal to one fifth dient both to human and divine laws, are not always part of the money I had in my pocket-book. We insensible to the claims of courage and generosity. were taken-I expected no less. We were condemned We were assured that the mob of Edinburgh, strongly -chat also I looked for. But death, as he approached moved with the hardships of Wilson's situation, and nearer, looked grimly; and the recollection of your the gallantry of his conduct, would back any bold atsister's destitute condition determined me on an effort tempt that might be made to rescue him even from to save my life.- I forgot to tell you, that in Edinburgh the foot of the gibbet. Desperate as the attempt secmI again met the woman Murdockson and her daugh-ed, upon my declaring myself ready to lead the onset ter. She had followed the camp when young, and on the guard, I found no want of followers, who enaad now, under pretence of a trifling traffic, resumed gaged to stand by me, and returned to Loibain, soon