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haustion. She was still insane, but was no longer
When six braw gentlemen able to express her wandering ideas in the wild notes
Kirkward shall carry ye.' vf her former state of exalted imagination. There was death in the plaintive tones of her voice, which
" Who makes the bridal bod,
Birdie, say truly ?'yet, in this moderated and melancholy mood, had
The gray headed sexton, something of the lulling sound with which a mother
That delves the cave duly.' sings her infant asleep. As Jeanie entered, she heard first the air, and then a part of the chorus and words,
"The glow-worm o'er grave and stone of what had been, perhaps, the song of a jolly harvest
Shall light tbee steady:
The owl from the steeple sing, home:
'Welcome, proud lady,"
Her voice died away with the last notes, and she
fell into a slumber, from which the experienced atAnd we are free to sport and play.
tendant assured them, that she never would awake at "The night comes on when sets the sun,
all, or only in the death agony, And labour ends when day is done.
The nurse's prophecy proved true. The poor maWhen Autumu's gone and Winter's come,
niac parted with existence, without again uttering a We hold our jovial harvest-home."
sound of any kind. But our travellers did not witness Jeanie adyanced to the bed-side when the strain this catastrophe. They left the hospital as soon as was finished, and addressed Madge by her name. Jeanie had satisfied
herself that no elucidation of her But it produced no symptoms of recollection. On sister's misfortune's was to be hoped from the dying the contrary, the patient like one provoked by inter- person.* ruption, changed her posture, and called out, with an * In taking leave of tho poor maniac, the author may here impatient tone, " Nurse--nurse, turn my face to the observe, that the first conception of the character, though after wa, that I may never answer to that name ony mair, wards greatly altered, was taken from that of a person calling and never see mair of a wicked world."
herself, and called by others, Feckless Fannie, (wenk or feeble The attendant on the hospital arranged her in her following account, fumished by the persevering kindness of
Fannie.) who always travelled with a small flock of shoep. The bed as she desired, with her face to the wall, and Mr. Train, contains probably all that can now be known of het her back to the light. So soon as she was quiet
in history, though many, among whom is the author, may remerothis new position, she began again to sing in the ber having heard of Feckless Fannie, in the days of their youth. same low and modulated strains, as if she was re- been mostly spent in searching for particulars relating to the covering the state of abstraction which the interrup- maniac called Feckless Fannie, who travelled over all Seotland tion of her visitants had disturbed. The strain, and England, between the years 1767 and 1775, and whose his however, was different, and rather resembled the tory is altogether so like a romance, that I have been at all pos music of the Methodist hymns, though the measure to her in Galloway, or in Ayrshire.
sible pains to collect every particular that can be found relative of the song was similar to that of the former :- " When Feckless Fannie appeared in Ayrshire, for the first
time, in the summer of 1769, she attracted much notice, froin "When the fight of grace is fonght,
being attended by twelve or thirteen sheep, who seemed all When the marriage vest is wrought,
endued with faculties so much superior to the ordinary race of When Faith hath chased cold Doubt away,
animals of the same species, as to excite universal astonishment And Hope but sickens at delay,
She had for each a different name, to which it answered when When Charity, imprisoned here,
called by its mistress, and would likewise obey in the most sur Longs for a more expanded sphere,
prising manner any command she thought proper to give. When Doff by robes of sin and clay ;
travelling, she always walked in front of her flock, and they Christian, rise, and come away."
followed her closely behind. When she lay down at night in The strain was solemn and affecting, sustained as disputed who should lic next to her by which means she was
the fields, for she would never enter into a house, they always at was by the pathetic warble of a voice which had kept warm, while she lay in the midst of them;
when she alnaturally been a fine one, and which weakness, if it tempted to rise from the ground, an old ram, whose name was diminished its power, had improved in softness. any that stood in his way aside, until he arrived right before hit Archibald, though a follower of the court, and a poco- mistress; he then bowed his head nearly to the ground that she curante by profession, was confused, if not affected; might lay her hands on his horns, which were very large; he the dairymaid blubbered; and Jeanie felt the tears then lifted her gently from the ground by mising his head! 11 rise spontaneously to her eyes. Even the nurse, vered she was gone, they all began to bicat most piteously, and accustomed to all modes in which the spirit can pass, would continue to do so till she returned ; they would then tes seemed considerably moved.
tify their joy by rubbing their sides against her petticoat, and The patient was evidently growing weaker, as was
"Feckless Fannie was not, like most other demented crea intimated by an apparent difficulty of breathing, tures, fond of fine dress; on her head she wore an old slouched which seized her from time to time, and by the hat, over her shoulders an old plaid, and carried always in her utterance of low listless moans, intimating that na-hand a shepherd's crook with any of these articles, she invature was suceumbing in the last conflict. But the ever. When she was interrogated why she set so much value or spirit of melody, which must originally have so things seemingly so insignificant, she would sometimes relate the strongly possessed this unfortunate young woman, history of her misfortune, which was briefly as follows: scemed at every interval of ease, to triumph over her England, but 1 loved my father's
shepherd, and that has been pain and weakness. And it was remarkable, that my ruin; for my father, fearing his family would be disgraced ihere could always be traced in her songs something by such an alliance, in a passion mortally wounded my lover appropriate, though perhaps only obliquely or colla" with a shot from a pistol. I arrived just in time to receive the terally so, to her present situation. Her next seemed last blessing of the dying man, and to close his eyes in death.
He bequeathed me his little all, but I only accepted these sheep to be the fragment of some old ballad :
to be my sole companions through life, and this hat, this plaid "Cauld is my bed, Lord Archibald,
and this crook, all of which I will carry until I descend into the And sad my sleep of sorrow;
grave.' But thine shall be as sad and cauld,
"This is the substance of a ballad, eighty-four lines of which My fause true love ! 'to-morrow.
I copied down lately from the recitation of an old woman in this place, who says she has seen it in print, with
a plate on the "And weep ye not, my maidens free,
title-page, representing Fannie with her sheep behind her. At Though death your mistress borrow;
this ballad is said to have been written by Lowe, the author of For he for whom I die to-day,
Mary's Dream, I am surprised that it has not been noticed by Shall die for me to-morrow."
Cromek, in his Remains of Nithsdale and Galloway Song; but
he perhaps thought it unworthy of a place in his collection, Again she changed the tune to one wilder, less there is very little merit in the composition, which want of monotonous, and less regular. But of the words room prevents me from transcribing at present. But if I thought only a fragment or two could be collected by those ou bad never seen it, I would take an early opportunity of who listened to the singular scene.
"After having made the tour of Galloway in 1769, as Fannie was
wandering in the neighbourhood of Moffat, on her way to "Proud Maisie is in the wood,
Edinburgh, where, I am informed, she was likewise well known, Walking so early ;
Old Charlie, her favourite ram, chanced to break into a kalo Sweet Robin sits on the bush
yard, which the proprietor observing, let loose a nastiff that Singing so rarely.
hunted the poor sheer to death. This was a sad misfortune ;
it seemed to renew all the pangs which she formerly felt on the Tell me, thou bonny bird,
death of her lover. She would not part from the side of her oli Wben shall I marry me l'
friend for several days, and it was with much difficulty she con was coming down from the Highlands to Edinburgh Archibald had speedily an opportunity of exercis- with his wife, and under whose charge she migh. ing this precaution. A pedler brought to Long-town journey with comfort and in safety: that evening, amongst other wares, a large broad. Jeanie remonstrated against this arrangement.-side sheet, giving an account of the "Last Speech She had been lang," she said, "frae hame-her and Execution of Margaret Murdockson, and of the father and her sister behoved to be very anxious to barbarous Murder of her Daughter, Magdalene or see her there were other friends she had that werena Madge Murdockson, called Madge Wildfire ; and of weel in health. She was willing to pay for man and her pious Conversation with his Reverence Arch- horse at Glasgow, and surely naebody wad meddle deacon Fleming;" which authentic publication had wi' sae harmless and feckless a creature as she was. apparently taken place on the day they left Carlisle, She was muckle obliged by the offer. but never and being an article of a nature peculiarly acceptable hunted deer langed for its resting-place as I do to to such country-folk as were within hearing of the find myself at St. Leonard's." transaction, the itinerant bibliopolist had forth with The groom of the chambers exchanged ook added them to his stock in trade. He found a with his female companion, which seemed so full merchant sooner than he expected; for Archibald, of meaning, that Jeanie screamed aloud-"O Mr. much applauding his own prudence, purchased the Archibald-Mrs. Dutton, if ye ken of ony thing that sented to allow him to be buried; but, still wishing to pay a ner, that she was actually stoned to death between Glasgow and tribute to his memory, she covered his grave with moss, and Anderston. fenced it round with osjers, and annually returned to the same "To the real history of this singular individual, credulity has spot, and pulled the weeds from the grave and repaired the fence. attached several superstitious appendages. It is said, that the This is altogether like a romance; but I believe it is really true farmer who was the cause of Charlie's death, shortly afterwards that she did so. The grave of Charlie is still held sacred even drowned himself in a peat-hag; and that the hand, with which by the schoolboys of the present day in that quarter. It is now, a butcher in Kilmarnock struck one of the other sheep, became perhaps, the only instance of the law of Kenneth being attended powerless, and withered to the very bone. In the summer of to, which says, The grave where anie that is slaine lieth bu- 1769, when she was passing by New Cumnock, a young man, ried, leave untilled for seven years. Repute every grave holie whose name was William Forsyth, son of a farmer in the sanie to as thou be well advised, that in no wise with thy feet thou parish, plagued her so much that she wished he might never tread upon it!
whole lot for two shillmgs and ninepence; and he Wilt thou go on with me?
pedler, delighted with the profit of such a wholesale The moon is bright, the sea is calm,
transaction, instantly returned to Carlisle to supply And I know well the ocean paths.
himself with more. Thou wilt go on with mo! --Thažaba.
The considerate Mr. Archibald was about to comThe fatigue and agitation of these various scenes mit his whole purchase to the flames, but it was reshad agitated Jeanie so much, notwithstanding her cued by the yet more considerate dairy-damsel, who robust strength of constitution, that Archibald judged said, very prudently, it was a pity to waste so much at necessary that she should have a day's repose at the paper, which might crepe hair, pin up bonnets, and viage of Longtown. It was in vain that Jeanie her- serve many other useful purposes; and who promise self protested against any delay. The Duke of Ar-ed to put the parcel into her own trunk, and keep gyle's man of confidence was of course consequential; it carefully out of the sight of Mrs. Jeante Deans: and as he had been bred to the medical profession in Though, by the bye, she had no great notion of folk his youth, (at least lie used this expression to describe being so very nice. Mrs. Deans might have had his having, thirty years before, pounded for six months enough to think about the gallows all this time to in the mortar of old Mungo Mangleman, the surgeon endure a sight of in, without all this to do about
it." at Greenock.) he was obstinate whenever a matter Archibald reminded the dame of the dairy of the of health was in question.
Duke's very particular charge, that they should be In this case he discovered febrile symptoms, and attentive and civil to Jeanie; as also that they were having once made a happy application of that learned to part company soon, and consequently would not phrase to Jeanie's case, all further resistance became be doomed to observing any one's health or temper in vain; and she was glad to acquiesce, and even to during the rest of the journey. With which answer go to bed, and drink water-gruel, in order that she Mrs. Dolly Dutton wasobliged to hold herself satisfied. might possess her soul in quiet, and without inter- On the morning they resumed their journey, and ruption.
prosecuted it successfully, travelling through Dum. Mr. Archibald was equally attentive in another par: fries-shire, and part of Lanarkshire, until they articular. He observed that the execution of the old rived at the small town of Rutherglen, within about woman, and the miserable fate of her daughter, four miles of Glasgow. Here an express brought seemed to have had a more powerful effect upon letters to Archibald from the principal agent of the Jeanie's mind, than the usual feelings of humanity Duke of Argyle in Edinburgh. might naturally have been expected to occasion. Yet He said nothing of their contents that evening, she was obyiously a strong-minded, sensible young but when they were seated in the carriage the next woman, and in no respect subject to nervous affec- day, the faithful squire informed Jeanie, that he had tions; and therefore Archibald, being ignorant of any received directions from the Duke's factor, to whom special connexion between his master's protegée and his Grace had recommended him to carry her, if she these unfortunate persons, excepting that she had had no objection, for a stage or two beyond Glasgow, seen Madge formerly in Scotland, naturally imputed Some temporary causes of discontent had occasioned the strong impression these events had made upon tumults in thại city and the neighbourhood, which her, to her associating them with the unhappy cir- would render it unadvisable for Mrs. Jeanie Deans to cumstances in which her sister had so lately stood. travel alone and unprotected betwixt that city and He became anxious, therefore, to prevent any thing Edinburgh; whereas, by going forward a little further, occurring which might recall these associations to they would meet one of his Grace's subfactors, who Jeanie's mind.
see the morn; upon which he went home and hanged himself in * Through the storms of winter, as well as in the milder sen- his father's barn. And I doubt not many such stories may yet be son of the year, she continued her wandering course, nor could remembered in other parts where she had been." she be prevented from doing so, either by entreaty or promise of So far Mr. Train. The author can only add to this narrative reward. The late Dr. Fullarton of Rosemount, in the neighbour that Feckless
Fannie and her little flock were well known in boud of Ayr, being well acquainted with her father when in the pastoral districts. England, endeavoured, in a severe season, by every means in his In attempting to introduce such a character into fiction, tha power, to detain her at Rosemount for a few days until the wea author felt the risk of encountering a comparison with the Maria ther should become more mild; but when she found herself or Sterne; and, besides, the mechanism of the story would have rested a little, and saw her sheep fed, she raised her crook, which been as much retarded by Feckless Fannie's flock, as the night. was the signal she always gave for the sheep to follow hier, and march of Don Quixote was delayed by Sancho's tale of the off they all marched together.
sheep that were ferried over the river. But the hour of poor Fannie's dissolution was now at hand, The author has only to add, that notwithstanding the preend she seemed anxious to arrive at the spot where she was to ciseness of his friend Mr. Train's statement, there may be some terminate her mortal career. She proceeded to Glasgow, and hopes that the outrage on Feckless Fannie and her little flock While passing through that city, a crowd of idle boys, attracted was not carried to extremity. There is no mention of any trie by her singular appearance, together with the nove ty of seeing on account of it, which, had it occurred in the manner stated, ko many sheep obeying her command, began to torment hier would have certainly taken place; and the author has under with their pranks, till she became so irritated that she pelted stood that it was on the Border she was last seen, about the them with bricks and stones, which they returned in such a man-skirts of the Cheviot hills, but without her little Book
has happened at St. Leonard's, for God's sake--for strongest place in Europe, be the other what it may, pity's sake, tell me, and dinna keep me in suspense !" Sir Williain Wallace was governor of it in the old
"I really know nothing, Mrs. Deans," said the wars with the English, and his Grace is governor groom of the chamber.
just now... It is always intrusted to the best man in " And I-1-I am sure, I knows as little," said the Scotland." dame of the dairy, while some communication seemed "And does the Duke live on that high rock, then ?' to tremble on her lips, which, at the glance of Archi- demanded Jeanie. Jald's eye, she appeared to swallow down, and com- "No, no, he has his deputy-governor, who compressed her lips thereafter into
a state of extreme mands in his absence; he lives in the white house and vigilant firmness, as if she had been afraid of you see at the bottom of the rock-His Grace does its bolting out before she was aware.
not reside there himself." Jeanie saw that there was to be something con- "I think not, indeed," said the dairy-woman, upon cealed from her, and it was only the repeated as- whose mind the road, since they had left Dumfries, surances of Archibald that her father-her sister, had made no very favourable impression; "for if he all her friends were, as far as he knew, well and did, he might go whistle for a dairy-woman, an he happy, that at all pacified her alarm. From such were the only duke in England. I did not leave my respectable people as those with whom she travelled place and my friends to come down to see cows she could apprehend no harm, and yet her distress starve to death upon hills as they be at that pig-stye was so obvious, that Archibald, as a last resource, of Elfin-foot, as you call it, Mr. Archibald, or to be pulled out, and put into her hand a slip of paper, on perched up on the top of a rock, like a squirrel in his which these words were written :
cage, hung out of a three pair of stairs window." "JEANIE DEANS-You will do me a favour by Inwardly chuckling thai these symptoms of recalgoing with Archibald and my female domestic a day's citration had not taken place until the fair malecon journey beyond Glasgow, and asking them no qués- tent was, as he mentally termed it, under his thumb, tions, which will greatly oblige your friend,
Archibald coolly replied, "that the hills were none ARGYLE & GREEYWICH." of his making, nor did he know how to mend them; Although this laconic epistle, from a nobleman to but as to lodging, they would soon be in a house of whom she was bound by such inestimable obligations, the Duke's in a very pleasant island called Roseneath, silenced all Jeanie's objections to the proposed route, it where they went to wait fo. shipping to take them to rather added to than diminished the eagerness of her Inverary, and would meet the company with whom curiosity. The proceeding to Glasgow seemed now no Jeanie was to return to Edinburgh." longer to be an object with her fellow-travellers. On " An island ?' said Jeanie, who, in the course of the contrary, they kept the left-hand side of the river her various and adventurous travels, had never quitClyde, and travelled through a thousand beautiful and ted terra firma, "then I am doubting we maun gang changing views down the side of that noble stream, in ane of these boats ; they look unco sma', and the till, ceasing to hold its inland character, it began to waves are something rough, and" assume that of a navigable river.
"Mr. Archibald," said Mrs. Dutton, "I will not "You are not for gaun intill Glasgow then ?" said consent to it; I was never engaged to leave the Jeanie, as she observed that the drivers made no mo- country, and I desire you will bid the boys drive tion for inclining their horses' heads towards the an- round the other way to ihe Duke's house.". cient bridge, which was then the only mode of access "There is a safe pinrace belonging to his Grace, to St. Mungo's capital.
ma'am, close by," replied Archibald," and you need "No," replied Archibald; "there is some popular be under no apprehensions whatsoever." commotion, and as our Duke is in opposition to the " But I am under apprehensions," said the damsel court, perhaps we might be too well received; or and I insist upon going round by land, Mr. Archi. they might take it in their heads to remember that bald, were it ten miles about." the Captain of Carrick came down upon them with "I am sorry I cannot oblige you, madam, a: his Highlandmen in the time of Shawfield's mob in Roseneath happens to be an island." 1725, and then we would be too ill received. And, "If it were ten islands," said the incensed dame at any rate, it is best for us, and for me in particular, " that's no reason why I should be drowned in going who may be supposed to possess his Grace's mind over the seas to it." upon many particulars, to leave the good people of "No reason why you should be drowned, certainly the Gorbals to act according to their own imagina- ma'am," answered the unmoved groom of the cham tions, without either provoking or encouraging them bers, "but an admirable good one why you canno. by my presence."
proceed to it by land." And, fixed his master's man To reasoning of such tone and consequence Jeanie dates to perform, he pointed with his hand, and the had nothing to reply, although it seemed to her to drivers, turning off the high-road, proceeded toward. contain fully as much self-importance as truth. a small hamlet of fishing huts, where a shallor
The carriage meantime rolled on the river ex- somewhat more gaily decorated than any which panded itself, and gradually assumed the dignity of they had yet seen, having a flag which displayed an estuary, or arm of the sea. The influence of the boar's
head, crested with a ducal coronet, waited advarcing and retiring tides became more and more with two or three seamen, and as many Highlanders. evident, and in the beautiful words of him of the The carriage stopped, and the men began to unlaurel wreath, the river waxed
yoke their horses, while Mr. Archibald gravely super"A broader and a broader stream.
intended the removal of the baggage from the car.
riage to the little vessel. "Has the Caroline been The Cormorant stands upon its shoals,
long arrived ?" said Archibald to one of the scamen. His black and dripping wings
"She has been here in five days from Liverpool, Half open'd to the wind."
and she's lying down at Greenock," answered the "Which way lies Inverary?" said Jeanie, gazing fellow. on the dusky ocean of Highland hills, which now, "Let the horses and carriage go down to Greenock piled above each other, and intersected by many a then," said Archibald," and be embarked there for lake, stretched away on the opposite side of the river Inverary when I send notice- they may stand in my to the northward. "Is yon high castle the Duke's cousin's Duncan Archibald thc stabler's.-Ladies, hoose ?"
he added, "I hope you will get yourselves ready, we "That's Mrs. Deans ?-Lud help thee," replied Ar- must not lose the tide." chibald, "that's the old Castle of Dunbarton, the
* Mrs. Deans," said the Cowslip of Inverary, "you nult tax, Among the troope brought in to restore order, was rather than go into that there painted egg-shell. - Fel
In 1725, there was a great riot in Glasgow on account of the may do as you please--but I will sit here all'night, one of the independent companies of Highlanders levied in ar low-fellow!". (this was addressed to a Highlander
cahiru, and distinguished, in a lampoon of the period, as who was lifting a travelling trunk) "that trunk is Carpbell of Carrick and his Highland thieves." It was called min, and that there band-box, and that pillion mail
, directed against 'Daniel Campbell, Esq. of Shqwfield, M. P., venture to touch one of them, it shall be at your peril."
Provost of the town.
The Celt kept his eye fixed on the speaker, then "Well," said Mrs. Dutton, "it is a beautiful thing turned his head towards Archibald, and receiving to have learned to write and read, for one can always no countervailing signal, he shouldered the port say such fine words whatever should befall them." manteau, and without further notice of the distressed Archibald, rejoicing in the impression which his damsel, or paying any attention
to remonstrances, vigorous measures had made upon the intractable which probably he did not understand, and would dairymaid, now applied himself, as a sensible and certainly have equally disregarded whether he under- good-natured man, to secure by fair means the asstood them or not, moved off with Mrs. Dutton's cendency which he had obtained by some wholesome Wearables, and deposited the trunk containing them violence, and he succeeded so well in representing to safely in the boat.
her the idle nature of her fears, and the impossibility The baggage being stowed in safety, Mr. Archibald of leaving her upon the beach, enthroned in an empty handed Jeanie out of the carriage, and, not without carriage, that the good understanding of the party some tremor on her pary, she was transported through was completely revived ere they landed at Roseneath the surf and placed in the boat. He then offered the same civility to his fellow-servant, but she was resolute in her refusal to quit the carriage, in which she now remained in solitary state, threatening all con.
CHAPTER XLII. cerned or unconcerned with actions for wages and
Did Fortune guide, board-wages, damages and expenses, and numbering Or rather Destiny, our bark, to which on her fingers the gowns and other habiliments,
We could appoint no port, to this best place 1-FLEICHER from which she seemed in the act of being separated The islands in the Frith of Clyde, which the daily for ever. Mr. Archibald did not give himself the passage of so many smoke-pennoned steam-boats trouble of making many remonstrances, which, in- now renders so easily accessible, were, in our fathers deed, seemed only to aggravate the damsel's indigna- times, secluded spots, frequented by no travellers, and tion, but spoke two or three words to the Highlanders few visitants of any kind. They are of exquisite, yet in Gaelic; and the wily mountaineers, approaching varied beauty, Arran, a mountainous region, or Alpine the carriage cautiously, and without
giving the island, abounds with the grandest and most romantic slightest intimation of their intention, at once seized scenery. Bute is of a softer and more woodland chathe recusant so effectually fast that she could neither racter. The Cumrays, as if to exhibit a contrast to resist nor struggle, and hoisting her on their shoul- both, are green, level, and bare, forming the links of ders in nearly an horizontal posture, rushed down a sort of natural bar, which is drawn along the mouth with her to the beach, and through the surf, and, of the Frith, leaving large intervals, however, of ocean. with no other inconvenience than ruffling her gar- Roseneath, a smaller isle, lies much higher up the ments a little deposited her in the boat; but in a Frith, and towards its western shore, near the openstate of surprise, mortification, and terror, at her ing of the lake called the Gare-Loch, and not far from sudden transportation, which rendered her absolutely Loch Long and Loch Seant, or the Holy-Loch, which mute for two or three minutes. The men jumped in wind from the mountains
of the Western Highlands themselves; one tali fellow remained till he liad to join the estuary of the Clyde.. pushed off the boat, and then tumbled in upon his In these isles the
severe frost winds, which tyran. companions. They took their oars and began to pull nize over the vegetable creation during a Scottish from the shore, then spread their sail, and drove spring, are comparatively little felt; nor, excepting merrily across the frith.
the gigantic strength of Arran, are they much exposed "You Scotch villain !" said the infuriated damsel to the Atlantic storms, lying
land-locked and protectto Archibald, "how dare you use a person like me in ed to the westward by the shores of Ayrshire. Acthis way?"
cordingly, the weeping-willow, the weeping-birch, "Madam," said Archibald, with infinite composure, and other trees of early and pendulous shools, fou"it's high time you should know
you are in the Duke's rish in these favoured recesses in a degree unknown country, and that there is not one of these fellows but in our eastern
districts; and the air is also said to would throw you out of the boat as readily
as into it, possess that mildness which is favourable to conof such were his Grace's pleasure."
sumptive cases. * Then the Lord have mercy on me!" said Mrs. The picturesque beauty of the island of Roseneath, Dutton. "If I had had any on myself, I would never in particular, had such recommendations, that the have engaged with you."
Earls and Dukes of Argyle, from an early period, "It's something of the latest to think of that now, made it their occasional residence, and had their Mrs. Dutton," said Archibald; "but I assure you, temporary accommodation in a fishing or huntingyou will find the Highlands have their pleasures. lodge, which succeeding improvements have since You will have a dozen of cow-milkers under your transformed into a palace. It was in its original own anthority at Inverary, and you may throw any simplicity, when the little bark, which we left iraof them into the lake, if you have a niind, for the versing
the Frith at the end of last chapter, approachDuke's head people are almost
as great as himself." |ed the shores of the isle. This is a strange business, to be sure, Mr. Archi- When they touched the landing-place, which was bald," said the lady; "but I suppose I 'must make partly
shrouded by some old low but wide-spreading the best on't-Are you sure the boat will not sink ? oak-trees, intermixed with hazel-bushes, two or three it leans terribly to one side, in my poor mind." figures were seen as if awaiting their arrival. To
"Fear nothing," said Mr. Archibald, taking a most these Jeanie paid little attention, so that it was with important pinch of snuff; "this same ferry on Clyde a shock of surprise almost electrical, that, upon being knows us very well, or we know it
, which is all the carried by the rowers out of the boat to the shore, she same; no fear of any of our people meeting with any was received in the arms of her father! accident. We should have crossed from the opposite It was too wonderful to be believed--too much like shore, but for the disturbances at Glasgow, which a happy dream to have the stable feeling of realitymade it improper for his Grace's people to pass She extricated herself from his close and affectionate through the city."
embrace, and held him at arm's length, to satisfy Are you not afeard, Mrs. Deans," said the dairy- her mind that it was no illusion. But the form vestal, addressing Jeanie, who sat, not in the most was indisputable-Douce David Deans himself, in comfortable state of mind, by the side of Archibald, his best light-blue Sunday's coal, with broad pietalwho himself managed the helm - Are you not afeard buttons, and waistcoat and breeches of the same his of these wild men with their naked knees, and of this strong
gramashes or leggins of thick gray cloth - the nut-shell of a thing, that seems bobbing up and down very copper buckles--the broad Lowland blue bonnet, like a skimming-dish in a milk-pail ?"
thrown back as he lifted his eyes to Heaven in speech. "No-no-madam," answered Jeanie, with some less gratitude-the gray locks that stragglen from bra hesitation, "I am not feared; for I hae seen Hieland- neath it down his weather-beaten "haffets" -the bald men before, though I never was sae near them; and and furrowed forehead--the clear blue eye, that, unor the danger of the deep waters, I trust there is a dimmed by years, gleamed bright and pale from un Providence by sea as well as by land."
der its shaggy gray pent-house-the features. 11sial'so stern and stoical, now melted into the unwonted these expressions. Jeanie would fain have asked expression of rapturous joy, affection, and gratitude more circumstances relating to her sister's departure, were all those of David Deans; and so happily did but the tone of her father's
prohibition was positive. they assort together, that, should I ever again see my She was about to mention her interview with Staunfriends Wilkie or Allan, I will try to borrow or steal ton at his father's rectory; but, on hastily running from them a sketch of this very scene.
over the particulars in her memory, she thought that. Jeanie-my ain Jeanie-my best-my maist duti- on the whole they were more likely to aggravate than ful bairn-the Lord of Israel be thy father, for I am diminish his distress of mind. She turned, therefore nardly worthy of thee! Thou hast redeemed our cap- the discourse from this painful subject, resolving tc tivity-brought back the honour of our house-Bless suspend further inquiry until she should see Butler, thee, my bairn, with mercies promised and purchas- from whom she expected to learn the particulars ct ed !-But He has blessed thee, in the good of which her sister's elopement. He has made thee the instrument."
when was she to see Butler ? was a question These words broke from him not without tears, she could not forbear asking herself, especially while though David was of no melting mood. Archibald her father, as if eager to escape from the subject of had, with delicate attention, withdrawn the specta- his youngest daughter, pointed to the opposite shore tors from the interview, so that the wood and setting of Dunbartonshire, and asking Jeanie "if it werena sun alone were witnesses of the expansion of their a pleasant abode ?" declared to her his intention of feelings.
removing his earthly tabernacle to that country, in "And Effie?-and Effie, dear father!" was an ea- respect he was solicited by his Grace the Duke of ger interjectional question which Jeanie repeatedly Argyle, as one well skilled in country labour, and a threw in among her expressions of joyful thankful that appertained to focks and herds, to superintend ness.
a store-farm, whilk his Grace had taen into his aid "Ye will hear-ye will hear,” said David hastily, hand for the improvement of stock." and ever and anon renewed his grateful acknowledg. Jeanie's heart sunk within her at this declaration. ments to Heaven for sending Jeanie safe down from "She allowed it was a goodly and pleasant land, and the land of prelatic deadness and schismatic heresy: sloped bonnily to the western sun ; and she doubtedna and had delivered her from the dangers of the way, that the pasture might be very, gude, for the grass and the lions that were in the path.
looked green, for as drouthy as the weather had been. "And Effie?" repeated her affectionate sister again But it was far frae hame, and she thought she wad be and again. "And-and"-(fain would she have said often thinking on the bonny spots of turf, sae fu' of Butler, but she modified the direct inquiry)—"and gowans and yellow king-cups, amang the Crags at Mr. and Mrs. Saddletree-and Dumbiedikes—and a' St. Leonard's." friends ?"
"Dinna speak on't, Jeanie,” said her father ; "I "A' weel-a' weel, praise to His name !"
wish never to hear it named mair-that is, after the "And--and Mr. Butler-he wasna weel when I rouping is ower, and the bills paid. But I brought a gaed awa?!!
the beasts ower-by that I thought ye wad like besi. He is quite mended-quite weel,” replied her fa- There is Gowans, and there's your ain brockit cow, ther.
and the wee hawkit ane, that ye ca'd - I needna tell "Thank God—but 0, dear father, Effie?-Effie?", ye how ye ca'd it-but I couldna bid them sell the
"You will never see her mair, my bairn," answered petted creature, though the sight o't may, sometimes Deans in a solemn tone-"You are the ae and only gie us a sair heart—it's no the poor dumb creature's leaf left now on the auld tree-heal be your portion !" lault-And ane or twa beasts mair I hae reserved, and
“She is dead !-She is slain !-It has come ower I caused them to be driven before the other beasts, late!' exclaimed Jeanie, wringing her hands. that men might say, as when the son of Jesse re
"No, Jeanie," returned Deans, in the same grave turned from battle. This is David's spoil. 21 melancholy tone. "She lives in the flesh, and is at Upon more particular inquiry, Jeanie found new freedom
from earthly restraint, if she were as much occasion to admire the active beneficence of her alive in faith, and as free from the bonds of Satan." friend the Duke of Argyle. While establishing a sort
“The Lord protect us!” said Jeanie --Can the of experimental farm on the skirts of his immense unhappy bairn hae left you for that villain ?" Highland estates, he had been somewhat at a loss to
"It is ower truly spoken," said Deans--" She has find a proper person in whom to vest the charge of it. left her auld father, that has wept and prayed for her The conversation his Grace had upon country mat--She has left her sister, that travailed and toiled for ters with Jeanie Deans during their return from Richher like a mother-She has left the bones of her mo- mond, had impressed him with a belief that the
father, ther, and the land of her people, and she is ower the whose experience and success she so frequently quor march wi' that son of Belial-She has made a moon- ed, must be exactly the sort of person whom he wantlight fitting of it.” He paused, for a feeling be- ed. When the condition annexed to Effie's pardon, twixt sorrow and strong resentment choked his utter- rendered it highly probable that David Deans would
choose to change his
place of residence, this idea "And wi' that man?-that fearfu' man?" said again occurred to the Duke more strongly, and as he Jeanie." And she has left us to gang aff wi' him? was an enthusiast equally in agriculture and in bene- Effie, Effie, wha could hae thought it
, after sic a volence, he imagined he was serving the purposes of deliverance as you had been gifted wi' !"
both, when he wrote to the gentleman in Edinburgh "She went out from us, my bairn, because she was intrusted with his affairs, to inquire into the charae not of us," replied David.'" She is a withered branch ter of David Deans, cowfeeder, and so forth, at St. will never bear fruit of grace---a scape-goat gone forth Leonard's Crags; and if he found him such as he into the wilderness of the world, to carry wi her, as I had been represented, to engage him without delay, trust, the sins of our little congregation. The peace and on the most liberal terms, to superintend his of the warld gang wi' her, and a better peace when fancy-farm in Dunbartonshire. she has the grace to turn to it! If she is of His elect- The proposal was made to old David by the gened, His ain hour will come. What would her mother tleman so commissioned, on the second day after his have said, that famous and memorable matron, Re- daughter's pardon had reached Edinburgh. His resobecca M'Nanght, whose memory is like a flower of lution to leave St. Leonard's had been already formed, sweet savour in Newhattle, and a pot of frankincense the honour of an express invitation from the Duke of an Lugton? But be it sae-let her part-let her gang Argyle to superintend a department where so much her gate-let her bite on her aiņ bridle-The Lord skill and diligence was required, was in itself exkens his time--She was the bairn of prayers, and tremely flattering; and the more so, because honest may not prove an utter castaway. But never, Jeanie David, who was not without an excellent opinion of --never more let her name be spoken between you his own talents, persuaded himself thal, by accepting und me--She hath passed from us like the brook this charge, he would in some sort reply the great fa which vanisheth when the summer waxeth warm, your he had received at the hands of the Argyle as patient Joo saith--let her pass, and be forgotten." family. The appointments, including the right of There was a melancholy pause which followed sufficient grazing for a small stock of his own were