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joined by some steady, associates, prepared to act "But what account did the wretched woman give whenever the occasion might require.
of Effie and the bairn ?" said Jeanie, who, during "I have no doubt I should have rescued him from this long and agitating narrative, had firmness and the very noose that dangled over his head,” he con- discernment enough to keep her eye on such points as tinued with animation, which seemed a flash of the might throw light on her sister's
misfortunes. interest which he had taken in such exploits ; "but She would give none," said Staunton ;," she said amongst other precautions, the
magistrates had taken the mother made a moonlight fitting from her house, one, suggested, as we afterwards learned, by the un- with the infant in her arms-that she had never seen happy wretch Porteous, which effectually disconcerted either of them since that the lass might have thrown my measures. They anticipated, by half an hour, the the child into the North Loch or the Quarry Holes, ordinary period for execution; and, as it had been re- for what she knew, and it was like enough she had solved amongst us, that, for fear of observation from done so." the officers of justice, we should not show ourselves "And how came you to believe that she did not upon the street until the time of action approached, speak the fatal truth ?'' said Jeanie, trembling. it followed that all was over before our attempt at á "Because, on this second occasion, I saw her rescue commenced. It did commence, however, daughter, and I understood from her, that, in fact
, and I gained the scaffold and cut the rope with my the child had been removed or destroyed during the illown hand. It was too late! The bold, stout-hearted, ness of the mother. But all knowledge to be got
from generous criminal was no more-and vengeance was her is so uncertain and indirect, that I could not collect all that remained to us-a vengeance as I then thought, any further circumstances. Only the diabolical chadoubly due from my hand, to whom Wilson had given racter of old Murdockson makes me augur the worst." Jife and liberty when he could as easily have secured "The last account agrees with that given by my his own."
poor sister," said Jeanie ; " but gang on wi' your ain "O, sir," said Jeanie, "did the Scripture never tale, sir." come into your mind, 'Vengeance is mine, and I "Of this I am certain,", said Staunton, " that will repay it?"
Effie, in her senses, and with her knowledge, never "Scripture? Why I had not opened a Bible for injured living creature-But what could I do in her five years," answered Staunton.
exculpation ?--Nothing-and, therefore, my whole Wae's me, sirs," said Jeanie"and a minister's thoughts were turned towards her safety. I was son too!"
under the cursed necessity of suppressing my feelings "It is natural for you to say so; yet do not inter- towards Murdockson; my life was in the hag's rupt
me, but let me finish my most accursed history. hand--that I cared not for; but on my life hung that The beast, Porteous, who kept firing on the people of your sister. I spoke the wretch fair; I appeared long after it had ceased to be necessary, became the to confide in her; and to me, so far as I was perobject of their hatred for having overdone his duty, sonally concerned, she gave proofs of extraordinary and of mine for having done it too well. We-that is, fidelity. I was at first uncertain whạt
measures ] I and the other determined friends of Wilson--re- ought to adopt for your sister's liberation, when the solved to be avenged; but caution was necessary, I general rage excited among the citizens of Edinburgh thought I had been marked by one of the officers, and on account of the reprieve of Porteous, suggested to therefore continued to ļurk about the vicinity of Edin- me the daring ideą of forcing the jail
, and at once burgh, but without daring to venture within the walls. carrying off your sister from the clutches of the law, At length, I visited, at the hazard of my life, the place and bringing to condign punishment a miscreant where I hoped to find my future wife and my son, who had tormented the unfortunate Wilson even in they were both gone. Dame Murdockson informed the hour of death, as if he had been a wild Indian me, that so soon as Effie heard of the mişcarriage of taken captive by a hostile tribe. I flung myself the attempt to rescue Wilson, and the hot pursuit among the multitude in the moment of fermentation after me, she fell into a brain fever; and that being so did others among Wilson's mates, who had, like one day obliged to go out on some necessary busi- me, been disappointed in the hope of glutting their ness and leave her alone, she had taken that oppor- eyes with Porteous's execution. All was organized, tunity
to escape, and she had not seen her since. and I was chosen for the captain. I felt not-I de loaded her with reproaches, to which she listened not now feel, compunction for what was to be done, with the most provoking and callous composure;
for and has since been executed." it is one of her attributes, that, violent and fierce as "O God forgive ye, sir, and bring ye to a better she is upon most occasions,
there are some in which sense of your ways ! exclaimed Jeanie, in horror at she shows the most imperturbable calmness. I the avowal of such violent sentiments, threatened her with justice; she said I had more Amen," replied Staunton, if my sentiments are reason to fear justice than she had. I felt she was wrong. But I repeat, that, although willing to aid right, and was silenced. I threatened her with ven- the deed, I could have wished them to have chosen geance; she replied in nearly the same words, that, another leader, because I foresaw that the great and to judge by injuries received, I had more reason to general duty of the night would interfere with the fear her vengeance, than she to dread mine. She assistance which I proposed to render Effie. I gave was again right, and I was left without an answer, a commission, however, to a trusty friend to proteet I flung myself from her in indignation, and employed her to a place of safety,
so soon as the fatal proces a comrade to make inquiry in tne neighbourhood of sion had left the jail. But for no persuasions which St. Leonard's concerning your sister, but ere I re- I could use in the hurry of the moment, or which my ceived his answer, the opening quest of a well-scent- comrade employed at more length, after the mob had ed terrier of the law drove me from the vicinity of taken a different direction, could the unfortunate girl Edinburgh to a more distant and secluded place of be prevailed upon to leave the prison. His arguments concealment. A secret and trusty emissary at length were all wasted upon the infatuated victim, and he brought me the account of Porteous' condemnation, was obliged to leave her in order to attend
to his own and of your sister's imprisonment on a criminal safety. Such was his account; but, perhaps, he per énarge ; thus astounding one of mine ears, while he severed less steadily in his attempt to persuade har gratified the other.
than I would have done." "I again ventured to the Pleasance--again charged "Effie was right to remain," said Jeanie; "and I Murdockson with treachery to the unfortunate Effie love her the better for it." and her child, though I could conceive no reason, " Why will you say so ?" said Staunton. save that of appropriating the whole of the money I "You cannot understand my reasons, sir, if I bad lodged with
her. Your narrative throws light on should render them," answered Jeanie composedly mis, and shows another motive, not less powerful "they that thirst for the blood of their enemies have because less evident--the desire of wrecking ven- no taste for the well-spring
of life." geance on the seducer of her daughter,--the destroyer "My hopes," said Staunton, "were thus a second at once of her reason and reputation. Great God! time disappointed. My next efforts were to bring her how I wish that, instead of the revenge she made through her trial by means of yourself. How I urged choice of, she had delivered me up to the cord !" it and where, you cannot have forgotten. I do not biame you for your refusal; it was founded, I am con- f you have ever been lost to all self-respect, you migh vinced, on principle, and not on indifference to your at least have spared your father, and your father's sister's fate. For me, judge of me as a man frantie; house, such a disgraceful scene as this." I knew not what hand to turn to, and all my efforts "Upon my life-upon my soul, sir !" said George, were unavailing. In this coudition, and close beset throwing his feet over the side of the bed, and start on all sides, I thought of what might be done by ing from his recumbent posture. means of my family, and their influence. I fled from Your life, sir!" interrupted his father, with me. Scotland-I reached this place--my miserably wasted lancholy sternness,"What sort of life has it been? and unhappy appearance procured me from my father - Your soul! alas! what regard have you ever paid that pardon, which a parent finds it so hard to refuse to it? Take care to reform both ere offering either as even to the most undeserving son. And here I have pledges of your sincerity.” awaited in anguish of mind, which the condemned "On my honour, sir, you do me wrong," answered criminal might envy, the event of your sister's
trial." George Staunton: "I have been all that you can Without taking any steps for her relief ?" said call
me that's bad, but in the present instance you do Jeanie.
me injustice. By my honour, you do!". "To the last I hoped her case might terminate more "Your honour !" said his father, and turned from favourably; and it is only two days since that the him, with a look of the most upbraiding contemps fatal tidings reached me. My resolution was instant- to Jeanie. “From you, young woman, I neither ask ly taken. I mounted my best horse with the purpose nor expect any explanation ; but, as a father alike of making the utmost haste to London, and there and as a clergyman, I request your departure from compounding with Sir Robert Walpole for your sis- this house. If your romantic story has been other ter's safety, by surrendering to him, in the person of than a pretext to find admission into it, (which, from the heir of the family of Willingham, the notorious the society in which you first appeared I may be perGeorge Robertson, the accomplice of Wilson, the mitted to doubt,) you will find a justice of peace within breaker of the Tolbooth prison, and the well-known two miles, with whom, more properly than with me, leader of the Porteous mob."
you may lodge your complaint." "But would that save my sister ?" said Jeanie, in " This shall not be," said George Staunton, startastonishment.
ing up to his feet. Sir, you are naturally kind and "It would, as I should drive my bargain,” said | humane you shall not become cruel and inhospitable Staunton. "Queens love revenge as well as their sub- on my account. Turn out that eaves-dropping ras jects--Little as you seem to esteem it, it is a poison cal," pointing to Thomas, " and get what harishorn which pleases all palates, from the prince to the pea- drops, or what better receipt you have against faintsant. Prime ministers love no less the power of pleasinging, and I will explain to you in two words the con: sovereigns by, gratifying their passions. The life of nexion betwixt this young woman and me. She shall an obscure village girl? Why, I might ask the best of not lose her fair character through me. I have done the crown-jewels for laying the head of such an inso- too much mischief to her family already, and I know lent conspiracy at the foot of her majesty, with a cer- 100 well what belongs to the loss of fame." tainty of being gratified. All my other plans have "Leave the room, Sir," said the Rector to the ser failed, but this could not-Heaven is jusi, however, vant; and when the man had obeyed, he carefully and would not honour me with making this volun- shut the door behind him. Then addressing his son Lary atonement for the injury I have done your sister, he said sternly, "Now, sir, what new proof of your [had not rode ten miles, when my horse, the best and infamy have you to impart to me?", most sure-footed animal in this
country, fell with me Young Staunton was about to speak, but it was one on a level piece of road, as if he had been struck by a of those moments when persons, who, like Jeanie cannon-shot. I was greatly hurt, and was brought Deans, possess the advantage of a steady courage and back here in the miserable condition in which you unruffled temper, can assume the superiority over now see me.
more ardent but less determined spirits. As young Staunton had come to the conclusion, the "Sir," she said to the elder Staunton, "ye have an servant opened the door, and, with a voice which undoubted right to ask your ain son to render a reason seemed intended rather for a signal, than merely the of his conduct. But respecting me, I am but a waymnouncing of a visit, said, "His Reverence, sir, is faring traveller, no ways obligated or indebted to you, coming up stairs to wait upon you."
unless it be for the meal of meat which in my ain “For God's sake, hide yourself
, Jeanie," exclaimed country, is willingly gien by rich or, poor, accordStaunton, in that dressing closet !"
ing to their ability to those who need it, and for "No, sir,” said Jeanie;" as I am here for nae ill, I which, forby that, I am willing to make payment, canna
take the shame of hiding mysell fráe the mas- if I didna think it would be an affront to offer siller ter o'the house."
in a house like this--only I dinna ken the fashions of * But, good Heavens!" exclaimed George Staunton, the country." do but consider"
This is all very well, young woman,” said the Ere he could complete the sentence, his father en- Rector, a good deal surprised, and unable to conjec tered the apartment.
tyre whether to impute Jeanie's language to simplicity or impertinence-"this may be all very well--but
let me bring it to a point. Why do you stop this CHAPTER XXXIV.
young man's mouth, and prevent his communicating
to his father and his best friend, an explanation (since And now, will pardon, comfort, kindness, draw
he says he has one) of circumstances which seem in The youth from vice? 'will lionour, duty, law 2-CRABBE. themselves not a little suspicious ?'' JEANIE arose from her seat, and made her quiet re- He may tell of his ain affairs what he likes," anverence, when the elder Mr. Staunton entered the swered Jeanie;" but my family and friends have nae apartment. His astonishment was extreme at find- right to hae ony stories told anent them without their ing his son in such company,
express desire; and, as they canna be here to speak for 'I perceive, madam," he said, " I have made a themselves, I entreat ye wadna ask Mr. George Robmistake respecting, you, and ought to have left the I mean Staunton, or whatever his name is, ony ques task of interrogating you, and of righting your tions anent me or my folk; for I maun be free to tell wrongs, to this young man, with whom, doubtless, you, that he will neither have the bearing of a Christ you have been formerly acquainted."
ian or a gentleman, if he answers you against my It's unwitting on my part that I am here," said express
desire." Jeanie; "the servant told me his master wished to This is the most extraordinary thing I ever ma. speak with me."
with," said the Rector, as, after fixing his eyes keenly "There goes the purple coat over my ears," mur- on the placid, yet modest countenance of Jeanie, he mured Tummas. D-n her, why must she needs turned them suddenly upon his son. "What have speak the truth, when she could have as well said you to say, sir ?"). any thing else she had a mind?"
"That I feel I have been too hasty in my promise George," said Mr. Staunton," if you are still-as sir," answered George Staunton ; "I have no rithe to make any communications respecting the affairs expressed her gratitụde with so much singleness of of this young person's family without her assent." heart, that he
was induced to ask her whether she The elder Mr. Staunton turned his eyes from one wanted the pecuniary means of prosecuting her jourto the other with marks of surprise.
ney. She thanked him, but said she had enough for "This is more, and worse, I fear," he said, address- her purpose ; and, indeed, she had husbanded her ing his son, "than one of your frequent and disgrace- stock with great care. This reply served also to reful connexions--I insist upon knowing the mystery.' move some doubts, which naturally enough still
I have already said, sir," repliea his son, rather floated in Mr. Staunton's mind, respecting her cha sullenly, "that I have no title to mention the affairs racter and real purpose, and satisfied him, at least of this young woman's, family without her consent." that money, did not enter into her scheme of decep
"And I hae nae mysteries to explain, sir," said tion, if an impostor she should prove. He next ren Jeanie," but only to pray you, as a preacher of the quested to know what part of the city she wished to gospel and a gentleman, to permit me to go safe to go to. the next public house on the Lunnon road."
"To a very decent merchant, a cousin omy ain "I shall take care of your safety," said young a Mrs. Glass, sir, that sells snuff
and tobacco, at the Staunton; "you need ask that favour from no one. sign o' the Thistle, somegate in the town.".
"Do you say so before my face ?" said the justly- Jeanie communicated this intelligence with a feel Incensed father. Perhaps, sir, you intend to fill up ing that a connexion so respectable ought to give her the cup of disobedience and profligacy by forming a consequence in the eyes of Mr. Staunton; and she low and disgraceful marriage ? But let me bid you was a good deal surprised when he answered, deware."
And is this woman your only acquaintance in "If you were feared for sic a thing happening wi' London, my poor girl? and have you really no better me, sir," sair Jeanie, “I can only say that not for knowledge where she is to be found ?" all the land that lies between the twa ends of the rain- "I was gaun to see the Duke of Argyle, forby Mrs. bow wad I be the woman that should wed your son." Glass," said Jeanie; "and if your honour thinks it
"There is something very singular in all this," would be best to go there first, and get some of his said the elder Staunton; "follow me into the next Grace's folk to show me my cousin's shop"room, young woman."
"Are you acquainted with any of the Duke of Ar"Henr me speak first," said the young man. "Igyle's people ?" said the Rector. have but one word to say. I confide entirely in your No, sir. prudence; tell my father as much or as little of these "Her brain must be something touched after all matters as you will, he shall know neither more nor or it would be impossible for her to rely on such inless from me."
troductions.-Well," said he aloud, "I'must not inHis father darted to him a glance of indignation, quire into the cause of your journey, and so I cannot which softened into sorrow as he saw him sink down be fit to give you advice how to manage it. But the on the couch, exhausted with the scene he had un- landlady of the house where the coach stops is a very dergone. He left the apartment, and Jeanie followed decent person ; and as I use her house sometimes, 1 him, George Staunton raising himself as she passed will give you a recommendation to her." the door-way, and pronouncing the word, "Remem- Jeanie thanked him for his kindness with her best ber!" in a tone as monitory as it was uttered by curtsy, and said, "That with his honour's line, and Charles I. upon the scaffold. The elder Staunton ane from worthy, Mrs. Bickerton, that keeps the Se led the way into a small parlour, and shut the door. ven Stars at York, she did not doubt to be well taken
"Young woman," said he, "there is something in out in Lunnon." your face and appearance that marks both sense and "And now," said he, "I presume you will be desi. simplicity, and, if I am not deceived, innocence also rous to set out immediately." Should it be otherwise, I can only say, you are the "If I had been in an inn, sir, or any suitable restmost accomplished hypocrite I have ever seen.-I ing-place," answered Jeanie, "I wad not have preask to know no secret that you have unwilling. sumed to use the Lord's day for travelling; but as ! ness to divulge, least of all those which concern my am on a journey of mercy, I trust my doing so will son. His conduct has given me too much unhap- not be imputed. piness to permit me to hope comfort or satisfaction "You may, if you choose, remain with Mrs. Dal from him. If you are such as I suppose you, believe ton for the evening; but I desire you will have no me, that whatever unhappy circumstances may have further correspondence with my son, who is not a connected you with
George Staunton, the sooner you proper counsellor for a person of your age, whatever break them through the better."
your difficulties may be." "I think I understand your meaning, sir," replied "Your honour speaks ower truly in that," saig Jeanie; "and as ye are sae frank as to speak o the Jeanie; "it was not with my will that I spoke wi young gentleman in sic a way, I must needs say him just now, and-not to wish the gentleman on that it is but the second time of my speaking
wi' him thing
but gude- I never wish to see him between the in our lives, and what I hae heard frae him on these een again." twa occasions has been such that I never wish to "If you please," added the Rector," as you seem to hear the like again."
be a seriously disposed young woman, you may al"Then it is your real intention to leave this part tend family worship in the hall this evening.' of the country, and proceed to London?" said the "I thank your honour,” said Jeanie;" but I am Rector.
doubtful if my attendance would be to edification." "Certainly, sir; for I may say, in one sense, that "How!" said the Rector; "so young, and already the avenger of blood is behind me; and if I were but unfortunate enough to have doubts upon the duties of assured against mischief by the way".
religion!" "I have made inquiry," said the clergyman, “after God forbid, sir," replied Jeanie; "it is not for the suspicious characters you described. They have that; but I have been bred in the faith of the suffering left their place of rendezvous; but as they may be remnant of the presbyterian doctrine in Scotland, and lurking in the neighbourhood, and as you say you I am doubtful if I can lawfully attend upon your fa kave special reason to apprehend violence from them, shion of worship, seeing it has been testified against I will put you under the charge of a steady person, by many precious souls of our kirk, and specially by who will protect you as far as Stamford, and see you my worthy father," into a light coach, which goes from thence to Lon- 'Well, my good girl," said the Rector, with a goodhon."
humoured smile, "far be it from me to put any force A coach is not for the like of me, sir," said Jea- upon your conscience; and yet you ought to recollect ale; to whom the idea of a stage-coach was unknown, that the same divine grace dispenses its streams to as, indeed, they were then only used in the neigh- other kingdoms as well as to Scotland. As it is as bourhood of London.
essential to our spiritual, as water to our earthly Mr. Staunton briefly explained that she would find wants, its springs, various in character, yet alike efnmat mode of conveyance more commodious, cheaper, cacious in virtue, are to be found in abundance through and more safe, than travelling on horseback. She l out the Christian world."
"Ah, but,” said Jeanie, though the waters may be see me, and your conduct may be natural-but is it alike, yet, with
your worship's leave the blessing upon wise? I have expressed my anxiety to repair your them may not be equal. It would have been in vain sister's misfortunes at the expense of my honour, for Naaman the Syrian leper to have bathed in Phar- my family's honour--my own life; and you think mo phar and Abana, rivers of Damascus, when it was too debased to be admitted even to sacrifice what I only the wators of Jordan that were sanctified for the have remaining of honour, fame, and life, in her cause.
Well, if the offerer be despised, the victim is still "Well," said the Rector, "we will not enter upon equally at hand; and perhaps there may be justice in the great debate betwixt our national churches at the decree of Heaven, that I shall not have the mepresent. We must endeavour to satisfy you, that at lancholy credit of appearing to make this sacrifice out least, amongst our errors, we preserve Christian cha- of my own free good-will
. You, as you have declined rity, and a desire to assist our brethren."
my concurrence, must take the whole upon yourself
. He then ordered Mrs. Dalton into his presence, and Go, then, to the Duke
of Argyle, and,
when other arconsigned Jeanie to her particular charge, with direc- guments fail you, tell him you have it in your power tions to be kind to her, and with assurances, that, to bring to condign punishment the most active conearly in the morning, a trusty guide and a good horse spirator in the Porteous mob. He will hear you on should be ready to conduct her to Stamford. He
then this topic, should he be deaf to every other. Make took a serious and dignified, yet
kind leave of her, your own terms, for they will be at your own making. wishing her full success in the objects of her journey, You know where I am to be found, and you may be which he said he doubted not were laudable, from assured I will not give you the dark side of the hill, the soundness of thinking which she had displayed as at Muschat's Cairn; I have no thoughts of stirring in conversation.
from the house I was born in; like the hare, I shall Jeanie was again conducted by the housekeeper to be worried in the seat I started from. I repeat itacr own apartment. But the evening was not des- make your own terms. I need not remind you to ask lined to pass over without further torment from your sister's life, for that you will do of course; but young Staunton. A paper was slipped into her hand make terms of advantage for yourself-ask wealth by the faithful Tummas, which intimated his young and reward-office and income for Butler-ask any master's desire, or rather demand, to see her instantly, thing, you will get any thing-and all for delivering and assured her he had provided against interruption to the hands of the executioner a man most deserving
"Tell your young master," said Jeanie, openly, and of his office;-one who, though young in years, is old regardless of all the winks and signs by which
Tum- in wickedness, and whose
desire is, after mas strove to make her comprehend that Mrs. Dalton the storms of an unquiet life, to sleep and be at rest. was not to be admitted into the secret of the corres- This extraordinary letter was subscribed with the pondence that I promised faithfully, to his worthy initials G. S. father that I would not see him again."
Jeanie read it over once or twice with great atten * Tummas," said Mrs. Dalton, "I think you might tion, which the slow pace of the horse, as he stalked be much more creditably employed, considering the through a deep lane, enabled her to do with facility. coat you wear, and the house you live in, than to be When she had perused this billet, her first employ. carrying messages between your young master and ment was to tear it into as small pieces as possible, girls that chance to be in this house."
and disperse these pieces in the air by a few at a "Why, Mrs. Dalton, as to that, I was hired to time, so that a document containing
so perilous a carry messages, and not to ask any questions about secret might not fall into any other person's hand. them; and it's not for the like of me to refuse the The question how far, in point of extremity, she young gentleman's bidding, if he were a little wildish was entitled to save her sister's life by sacrificing or so. If there was harm meant, there's no harm that of a person who, though guilty towards the done, you see,
state, had done her no injury, formed the next ear“However," said Mrs. Dalton, "I gie you fair warn-nest and most painful subject of consideration. In ing, Tummas Ditton, that an I catch thee at this work one sense, indeed, it seemed as if denouncing the again, his Reverence shall make a clear house of you." guilt of Staunton, the cause of her sister's errors
Tummas retited, abashed and in dismay: The rest and misfortunes, would have been an act of just, and of the evening passed away without any thing worthy even providential retribution. But Jeanie, in the of notice.
strict and severe tone of morality in which she was Jeanie enjoyed the comforts of a good bed and a educated, had to consider not only the general aspect sound sleep with grateful satisfaction, after the perils of a proposed action, but its jusiness and fitness in and hardships of the preceding day; and such was relation to the actor, before she could be, according her fatigue, that she slept soundly until six o'clock, to her own phrase, free to enter upon it. What right when she was awakened by Mrs. Dalton, who ac had she to make a barter between the lives of Staunquainted her that her guide and horse were ready, and ton and of Effie, and to sacrifice the one for the în attendance. She hastily rose, and, after her morn- safety of the other? His guilt--that guilt for which ing devotions, was soon ready to resume her travels. he was amenable to the laws-was a crime against The motherly care of the housekeeper had provided the public indeed, but it was not against her. an early breakfast, and, after
she had partaken of this Neither did it seem to her that his share in the refreshment, she found herself safe seated on a pillion death of Porteous, though her mind revolted at the behind a stcut Lincolnshire peasant, who was, besides, idea of using violence to any one, was in the relation armed with pistols, to protect her against any violence of a common murder, against the perpetrator of which which might be offered.
every one is called to aid the public magistrate. That They trudged on in silence for a mile or two along violent action was blended with many circumstances, a country road, which conducted them, by hedge and which, in the eyes of those of Jeanie's rank in life, it gate-way, into the principal highway, a litile beyond they did not altogether deprive it of the character of Grantham. At length her master of the horse asked guilt, softened, at least, its most atracious features. her whether her name was not Jean, or Jane, Deans. The anxiety of the government to obtain conviction She answered in the affirmative, with some surprise of some of the offenders, had but served to increase *Then here's a bit of a note as concerns you," said the public feeling which connected the action, though the man, handing it over his left shoulder. "Its from violent and irregular, with the idea of ancient nationai young master, as Jejudge, and every man about Will- independence. The rigorous procedure adopted or prongharn is fain to pleasure him either for love or fear; posed against the city of Edinburgh, the ancient me for he'll come to be landlord at last, let them say what tropolis of Scotland-the extremely unpopular and they like."
injudicious measure of compelling the Scottish clerJeanie broke the seal of the note, which was ad-gy, contrary to their principles and sense of duty, to dressed to her, and read as follows:
promulgate from the pulpit the reward offered for the "You refuse to see me. I suppose you are shocked discovery of the perpetrators of this slaughter, had at my character: þut, in painting myself such as I produced on the public mind the opposite consequenam, you should give me credit for my sincerity. ices from what were intended; and Jeanie felt coa. am at least, no hypocrite. You refuse, however, to scious, that whoever should lodge information, conVol. III H
cerning that event, and for whatsoever purpose it intolerable inmate. And as the young men of his might be done, it would be considered as an act of own rank would not endure the purse-proud insotreason against the independence of Scotland. With lence of the Creole, he fell into that taste for low sothe fanaticism of the Scotch presbyterians, there was ciety, which is worse than "pressing to death, whipalways mingled a glow of national feeling, and Jea: ping, or hanging.". His father sent him abroad, but nie trembled at the idea of her name being handed he only returned wilder and more desperate than bedown to posterity with that of the "fause Monteath", fore. It is true, this unhappy youth was not without and one or two others, who, having deserted and his good qualities. He had lively wit, good temper, betrayed the cause of their country, are damned to reckless generosity, and manners which, while he perpetual remembrance and execration among its was under restraint, might pass well in society. But peasantry. Yet, to part with Efe's life once more, all these availed him nothing. He was so well acwhen a word spoken
might save it, pressed severely quainted with the turf, the gaming-table, the cockon the mind of her affectionate sister.
pit, and every worse rendezvous of folly and dissipa. "The Lord support and direct me!" said Jeanie, tion, that his mother's fortune was spent before he "for it seems to be his will to try me with difficulties was twenty-one, and he was soon in debt and in disfar beyond my ain strength."
tress. His early history may be concluded in the While this thought passed through Jeanie's mind, words of our British Juvenal, when describing a si her guard, tired of silence, began to show some incli-milar
character :nation to be communicative. He seemed a sensible,
Headstrong, determined in his own career, steady peasant, but not having more delicacy or pru
He thought reproof unjust, and truth severe. dence than is common to those in his situation, he, The soul's disease was to its crisis come, of course, chose the Willingham family as the subject He first abused and then abjured his home; of his conversation. From this man Jeanie learned
And when he chose a vagabond to be,
Ho inade his shame his glory, “P'll be free?" some particulars of which she had hitherto been ignorant, and which we will briefly recapitulate for the "And yet 'tis pity on Measter George, too,"con. information of the reader.
tinued the honest boor, "for he has an open hand, The father of George Staunton had been bred a and winna let a poor body want an he has it." soldier, and, during service in the West Indies, had The yirtue of profuse generosity, by which, indeed, married the heiress of a wealthy planter. By this they themselves are most directly advantaged, is lady he had an only child, George Staunton, the un- readily admitted by the vulgar as a cloak for many happy young man who has been so often mentioned sins. in this narrative. He passed the first part of his early At Stamford our heroine was deposited in safety by youth under the charge of a doting mother, and in her communicative guide. She obtained a place in the society of negro slaves, whose study it was to the coach, which, although termed a light one, and gratify his every caprice. His father was a man of accommodated with no fewer than six horses, only worth and sense; but as he alone retained tolerable reached London on the afternoon of the second day. health among the officers of the regiment he belonged The recommendation of the elder Mr. Staunton proto, he was much engaged with his duty. Besides, cured Jeanie a civil reception
at the inn where the Mrs. Staunton was beautiful and wilful, and enjoyed carriage stopped, and, by the aid of Mrs. Bickerton's but delicate health ; so that it was difficult for a man correspondent, she found out her friend and relative of affection, humanity, and a quiet disposition, to Mrs. Glass, by whom she was kindly received and struggle with her on the point of her over-indulgence hospitably entertained. to an only child. Indeed, what Mr. Staunton did do towards counteracting the baneful effects of his wife's system, only tended to render it more pernicious; for every restraint imposed on the boy in his father's
CHAPTER XXXV. presence, was compensated by treble license during My name is Argyle, you may well think it strange, his absence. So that George Staunton acquired,
To live at the court and never to change.---Ballad. even in childhood, the habit of regarding his father Few names deserye more honourable mention in the as a rigid censor, from whose severity he was de history of Scotland, during this period, than that of sirous of emancipating himself as soon and abso- John, Duke of Argyle and Greenwich. His talents lutely as possible.
as a statesman and a soldier were generally admitted; When he was about ten years old, and when his he was not without ambition, but without the illwind had received all the seeds of those evil weeds ness that attends it"--without that irregularity of which afterwards grew apace, his mother died, and thought and aim, which often excites great men, in his father, half heart-broken, returned to England. his peculiar situation, (for it was a very peculiar one) "To sum up her imprudence and unjustifiable indul- to grasp the means of raising themselves to power, gence, she had contrived to place a considerable part at the risk of throwing a kingdom into confusion. of her fortune at her son's exclusive control or dis- Pope has distinguished him as posal; in consequence of which management, George Argyle, the state's whole thunder born to wield, Staunton had not been long in England till he learn- And shake alike the senate and the field. ed his independence, and how to abuse it. His fa- He was alike free from the ordinary, vices of states ther had endeavoured to rectify the defects of his edu- men, namely, falsehood, and dissimulation; and from cation by placing him in a well-regulated seminary, those of warriors, inordinate and violent thirst after But although he showed some capacity for learning, self-aggrandizement his riotous conduct soon became intolerable to his Scotland, his native country, stood at this time in teachers. He found means (too easily afforded to all a very precarious and doubtful situation. She was youths who have certain expectations) of procuring indeed united to England, but the cement had not such a command of money as enabled him to antici- had time to acquire consistence. The irritation of pate in boyhood the frolics and follies of a more ma ancient wrongs still subsisted, and betwixt the fretful ture age, and, with these accomplishments, he was jealousy of the Scottish, and the supercilious disdain returned on his father's hands as a profligate boy, of the English, quarrels repeatedly occurred, in the whose example might ruin a hundred.
course of which the national league, so important to The elder Mr. Staunton, whose mind, since his the safety of both, was in the utmost danger of being wife's death, had been tinged with a melancholy, dissolved. Scotland had, besides, the disadvantage watch certainly his son's conduct did not tend to dis- of being divided into intestine factions, which hated pel, had taken orders, and was inducted by his bro each other bitterly, and waited but a signal to break iher Sir William Staunton into the family living of forth into action. Willingham. The revenue was a matter of conse- In such circumstances, another man, with the ta quence to him, for he derived little advantage from lepts and rank of Argyle, but without a mind so hap the estate of his late wife; and his own fortune was pily regulated, would have sought to rise from the that of a younger brother.
earth in the whirlwind, and direct its fury. He chose He took his son to reside with him at the rectory; a course more safe and more honourable. dut he soon found that his disorders rendered him an Scanng above the petty distinctions of faction, mis