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voice was raised, whether in office or opposition, for considered as a person in disgrace. It is necessary those measures which were at once just and lenient. to place these circumstances under the reader's ob His high military talents enabled him, during the servation, both because they are connected with the memorable year 1715, to render such services to the preceding and subsequent part of our narrative. house of Hanover, as, perhaps, were too great to be The Duke was alone in his study, when one of his either acknowledged or repaid. He had employed, gentlemen acquainted him, that a country girl, fronı too, his utmost influence in softening the consequen- Scotland, was desirous of speaking with his Grace. cee of that insurrection to the unfortunate gentlemen, "A country-girl, and from Scotland !" said the whom a mistaken senise of loyalty had engaged in Duke; "what can have brought the silly fool to che affair, and was rewarded by the esteem and affec- London ?-Some lover pressed and sent to sea, or tion of his country in an uncommon degree. This some stock snnk in the South-Sea fonds, or some popularity with a discontented and warlike people, such hopeful concern, I suppose, and then nobody to as supposed to be a subject of jealousy at court, manage the matter bot MacCallummore.
Well, this where the power to become dangerous is sometimes same popularity has its inconveniences.-However, of itself obnoxious, though the inclination is not uni- show our countrywoman up. Archibald-it is ill maned with it. Besides, the Duke of Argyle's independ-ners to keep her in attendance." ent and somewhat haughty mode of expressing him- A young woman of rather low stature, and whose Sell in Parliament, and acting in public, were ill cal-countenance might be termed very modest, and calated to attract royal favour. He was, therefore, pleasing in expression, though sun-burnt, somewhat always respected, and often employed; but he was freckled, and not possessing regular features, was not a favourite of George the Second, his consort, or ushered into the splendid library. She wore the tarhis ministers. At several different periods in his life, tan plaid of her country, adjusted so as partly to the Duke might be considered as in absolute disgrace cover her head, and partly to fall back over her at court, although he could hardly
be said to be a de- shonlders. A quantity of lair hair, disposed with clared member of opposition. This rendered him great simplicity and neatness, appeared in front of the dearer to Scotland, because it was usually in her her round and good-humoured face, to which the socause that he incurred the displeasure of his sove- lemnity of her errand, and her sense of the Duke's reign, and upon this very occasion of the Porteous rank and importance, gave an appearance of deep mob, the animated and eloquent opposition which he awe, but not of slavish fear or fluttered bashfulness. had offered to the severe measures which were about The rest of Jeanie's dress was in the style of Scottish to be adopted towards the city of Edinburgh, was maidens of her own class; but arranged with that the more gratefully received in that metropolis, as it scrupulous attention to neatness and cleanliness, was understood that the Duke's interposition had which we often find united with that purity of mind, given personal offence to Queen Caroline.
of which it is a natural emblem. His conduet on this occasion, as, indeed, that of all She stopped near the entrance of the room, made the Scottish members of the legislature, with one or her deepest reverence, and crossed her hands upon two unworthy exceptions, had been in the highest de- her bosom without uttering a syllable. The Duke gree spirited. The popular tradition, concerning his of Argyle advanced towards her; and, if she admired reply to Queon Caroline, has been given already, and his graceful deportment and rich dress, decorated with some fragments of his speech against the Porteous bill the orders which had been deservedly bestowed on are still remembered. He retorted upon the Chancel. him, his courteous manner, and quick and intelligent lor, Lord Hardwicke, the insinuation that he had cast of countenance, he, on his part, was not less, or stated himself in this case rather as a party than as a less deservedly, struck with the quiet simplicity and judge :-" I appeal,” said Argyle, "to the House-to modesty expressed in the dress, manners, and coun. the nation, if I can be justly branded with the infamy tenance of his humble countrywoman. of being a jobber or a partisan. Have I been a briber “ Did you wish to speak with me, my bonny lass?!! of votes --a buyer of boroughs!-the agent of corrup- said the Duke, using the encouraging epithet which tion for any purpose, or on behalf of any party?- at once acknowledged the connexion between them as Consider my life; examine my actions in the field and country-folk; "or did you wish to see the Duchess ?" in the cabinet, and see where there lies a blot that can "My business is with your honour, my Lord-I attach to my honour. I have shown myself the friend mean your Lordship's Grace." of my country-the loyal subject of my king. I am "And what is it, my good girl ?" said the Duke, ready to do so again, without an instant's regard to the in the same mild and encouraging tone of voice. frowns or smiles of a court. I have experienced both, Jeanie looked at the attendant." Leave us, Archiand am prepared with indifference for either. I have bald," said the Duke," and wait in the ante-room." given my reasons for opposing this bill, and I have the domestic retired. "And now sit down, my good mnade it appear that it is repugnant to the interna- lass," said the Duke ; " take your breath-take your tional treaty of union, to the liberty of Scotland, and, time, and tell me what you have got to say. I guess reflectively, to that of England, to common justice by your dress, you are just come up from poor old to common sense, and to the public interest." şhall Scotland-Did you come through the streets in your the metropolis of Scotland, the capital of an inde- tartan plaid ?” pendent nation, the residence of a long line of mo- "No, sir," said Jeanie ; "a friend brought me in narchs, by whom that noble city was graced and dig- ane o' their street coaches-a very decent woman, nified shall such a city, for the fanlt of an obscure she added, her courage increasing
as she became
famiand unknown body of rioters, be deprived of its ho- liar with the sound of her own voice in such a prehours and its privileges--its gates and its guards ?- sence; your Lordship's Grace kens her-it's Mrs. and shall a native Scotsman tamely behold the ha- Glass, at the sign o' the Thistle." voc? I glory, my Lords, in opposing such unjust "O, my worthy snuff-merchant-I have always a rigour, and reckon it my dearest pride and honour chat with Mrs. Glass when I purchase my Scotch to stand up in defence of my native country, while high-dried.--Well, but your business, my bónny wothus laid open to undeserved shame, and unjust 'spolia- man-time and tide, you know, wait for no one." tion."
"Your honour-I beg your Lordship's pardon-I Other statesmen and orators, both Scottish and mean your Grace, "--for it must be noticed that this English, used the same arguments, the bill was gra- matter of addressing the Duke by his appropriate title dually stripped of its most oppressive and obnoxious had been anxiously inculcated upon Jeanie by her clauses, and at length ended in a fine upon the city friend Mrs. Glass, in whose eyes it was a matter of of Edinburgh in favour of Porteous's widow. So such importance, that lier last words, as Jeanie left that, as somebody observed at the time, the whole of the coach, were, "Mind to say your Grace;" and these fierce debates ended in making the fortune of Jeanie,
who had scarce ever in her life spoke to a per. an old cookmaid, such having been the good wo- son of higher quality than the Laird of Dumbiedikes, man's original capacity:
found great difficulty in arranging her language ac The court, however, did not forget the baffle they cording to the rules of ceremony. had received in this affair, and the Duke of Argyle, The Duke, who saw her embarrassment, sad, wita who had contributed so much to it was thereafter his usual affability, "Never mind my grace lássie i
rust speak out a plain tale,, and show you have a "I hae understood from my father, that your ho. Scotch tongue in your head.
nour's house, and especially your gudesire and his "Sir, I am muckle obliged-Sir, I am the sister of father, laid down their lives on the scaffold in the that poor unfortunate criminal, Effie Deans, who is persecuting time. And my father was honoured to ordered for execution at Edinburgh."
gie his testimony bạith in the cage and in the pillory "Ah!" said the Duke, "I have heard of that un- as is specially mentioned in the books of Peter Walker happy story, I think--a case of child-murder, under a the packman, that your honour, I daresay, kens, for special act of parliament-Duncan Forbes mentioned he uses maist partly the west-land of Scotland. And, at a: dinner the other day."
sir, there's ane that takes concern in me, that wished “Aud I was come up frae the north, sir, to see me to gang to your Grace's presence, for his gudesire what could be done for her in the way of getting a had done your gracious gudesire some good turn, as reprieve or pardon, sir, or the like of that."
ye will see frae these papers." Alas! my poor girl," said the Duke, you have With these words, she delivered to the Duke the made a long and a sad journey to very little purpose little parcel which she had received from Butler. He --Your sister is ordered for execution.'
opened it, and, in the envelope, read with some sur. But I am given to understand that there is law prise, "Muster-roll of the men serying in the troop of for reprieving her, if it is in the king's pleasure," said that godly gentleman, Captain Salathiel Bangtext.Jeanie.
Obadiah Muggleton, Sin-Despise Double-knock, Certainly there is," said the Duke; ," but that is Stand-fast-in-faith Gipps, Turn-to-the-right Thwack purely in the King's breast. The crime has been but away-What the deuce is this? A list of Praise-God luy common-the Scotch crown-lawyers think it is Barebone's Parliament, I think, or of old Noll's evanright there should be an example. Then the late dis- gelical army-that last fellow should understand his orders in Edinburgh have excited a prejudice in go- wheelings to judge by his name.-But what does all vernment against the nation at large, which they this mean, my girl ?"* think can only be managed by measures of intimida- "It was the other paper, sir,” said Jeanie, somewhat tion and
severity. What argument have you, my poor abashed at the mistake. girl, except the warmth of your sisterly affection, to "O, this
is my unfortunate grandfather's hand sure offer against all this ?-What is your interest ?- enough--To all who may have friendship for the What friends have you at court ?"
house of Argyle, these are to certify, that Benjamin None, excepting God and your Grace," said Butler, of Monk's regiment of dragoons, having been, Jeanie, still keeping her ground resolutely, however. under God, the means of saving my life from four
Alas!" said the Duke, 1 could almost say with English troopers who were about to slay me, I, having old Ormond, that there could not be any, whose in no other present ineans of recompense in my power, Auence was smaller with kings and ministers. It is do give him this acknowledgment, hoping that it a cruel part of our situation, young woman-I mean may be useful to him or his during these troublesome of the situation of men in my circumstances, that times; and do conjure my friends, tenants, kinsmen, the public ascribe to them influence which they do and whoever will do aught for me, either in the not possess; and that individuals are led to expect Highlands or Lowlands, to protect and assist the said from them assistance which we have no means of Benjamin Butler
, and his friends or family, on their rendering. But candour and plain dealing is in the lawful occasions, giving them such countenance power of every one, and I must not let you imagine maintenance, and supply, as may correspond with you have resources in my influence, which do not the benefit he hath bestowed on me;' witness my exist, to make your distress the heavier-I have no hand
LORNE, means of averting your sister's fate-She must die." "This is a strong injunction–This Benjamin Bat
We must al die, sir,” said Jeanie; it is our ler was your grandfather, I suppose ?-You seem too Common doom for our father's transgressions, but young to have been his daughter." we shouldna hasten ilk other out o' the world, that's 'He was nae akin tome, sir-he was grandfather to what your honour kens better than me.
ane-to a neighbour's son--to a sincere weel-wisher “My good young woman," said the Puke, mildly, of mine, sir," dropping her little curtsy as she spoke "we are all apt to blame the law under which we "O I understand," said the Duke-"à truelove affair. immediately suffer ; but you seern to have been well He was the grandsire of one you are engaged to ?!' educated in your line of life, and you must know that "One I was engaged to, sir," said Jeanie, sighing; it is alike the law of God and man, that the murderer "but this unhappy business of my poor sister shall surely die."
"What ?" said the Duke hastily, --" he has not deBut, sir, Effie-that is, my poor sister, sir-canna serted you on that account, has he ?" be proved to be a murderer; and if she be not, and "No, sir; he wad be the last to leave a friend in the law take her life notwithstanding, wha is it that difficulties," said Jeanie;, "but I maun think for is the murderer then ?"
him, as weel as for mysell. He is a clergyman, sir, "I am no lawyer," said the Duke; "and I own I and it would not beseem him to marry the like of me, think the statute a very severe one."
wi' this disgrace on my kindred." "You are a law-maker, sir, with your leave; and, "You are a singular young woman," said the therefore, ye have power over the law," answered Duke. "You seem to me to think of every one beJeanie.
fore yourself. And have you really come up from "Not in my individual capacity," said the Duke; Edinburgh on foot, to attempt this hopeless solicita
nough, as one of a large body, I have a voice in the tion for your sister's life ?" Ingislation. But that cannot serve you-nor have I at "It was not a'thegether on foot, sir," answered present, I care not who knows it, so much personal Jeanie; "for I sometimes got a cast in a wagon. influence with the sovereign, as would entitle me to and I had a horse from Ferrybridge, and then the ask from him the most insignificant favour. What coach"could tempt you, young woman, to address yourself "Well
, never mind all that,” interrupted the Duketu me?"
"What reason have you for thinking your sister "It was yoursell, sir,"
innocent ?" "Myself?" he replied—"I am sure you have never Because she has not been proved guilty, as wil seen me before."
appear from looking at these papers." "No, sir; but a' the world kens that the Duke of She put into his hand a note of the evidence, and Argyle is his country's friend; and that ye fight for copies of her sister's declaration. These papers ButThe right, and speak for the right, and that there's ler had procured after her departure, and Saddletree nane like yours in our present Israel, and so they that had them forwarded to London, to Mrs. Glass's hink themselves wranged draw to refuge under your care; so that Jeanie found the documents, so necesshadow: and if ye wunna stır to save the blood of an sary for supporting her suit, lying in readiness at her innocent countrywoman of your ain, what should we arrival. cxpect frae southrons and strangers? And maybe I "Sit down in that chair, my good girl," said the And another reason for troubling your honour Duke, "until I glance over the papers." . And what is that?" asked the Duke.
She obeyed, and watched with the utmost anxiety
each change m his countenance as he cast his eye 1 close catechism on their road to the Strand, where through the papers briefly, yet with attention, and the Thistle of the good lady Aourished in full glory, making memoranda as he went along. After reading and, with its legend of Nemo me impune, distinthemi hastily over, he looked up, and
seemed about to guished a shop then well known to all Scottish folk speak, yet changed his purpose, as if afraid of com- of high and low degree. Ritting himself by giving ioo hasty an opinion, and "And were you süre aye to say your Grace to him?" read over again several passages which he had said the good old lady; "for ane should
make a dismarked as being most important. All this he did in tinction between MacCallummere and the bits of shorter time than can be supposed by men of ordinary southern bodies that they ça' lords here-there are ng talents; for his mind was of that acute and penetra- mony of them, Jeanie, as would gar ane think they ting character which discovers, with the glance of maun cost but little fash in the making-some of intuition, what facts bear on the particular point them I wadna trust wi' six pennies-worth of black that chances to be subjected to consideration. At rappee---some of them I wadna gie mysell the trouble to length he rose, after a few minutes deep reflection.- put up a hapnyworth in brown paper for.-But I hope "Young woman," said he, "your sister's case must you showed your breeding to the Duke of Argyle, for certainly be termed a hard one."
what sort of folk would he think your friends in Lon. "God bless you, sir, for that very word !" said Jeanie, don, if you had been lording him, and him a Duke ?
"It seems contrary to the genius of British law, "He didņa seem muckle to mind,” said Jeanie: continued the Duke, "to take that
for granted which he kend that I was landward bred." is not proved, or to punish with death for a crime, "Weel, weel," answered the good lady." His which, for aught the prosecutor has been able to Grace kens me weel; so I am the less anxious about show, may not have been committed at all." it. I never fill his snuff-box but he says, 'How d'ye
"God bless you, sir!" again said Jeanie, who had do, good Mrs. Glass ?-How are all our friends in the risen from her seat, and, with clasped hands, eyes North
?' or it maybe Have ye heard from the North glittering through tears, and features which trembled lately?' And you may be sure I make my best curtsy, with anxiety, drank in every word which the Duke and answer, My Lord Duke, I hope your Grace's attered.
noble Duchess, and your Grace's young ladies, are "But alas! my poor girl," he continued," what well; and I hope the snuff continues to give your good will my opinion do you, unless I could impress Grace satisfaction. And then ye will see the people nt upon those in whose hands your sister's life is pla in the shop begin to look about them; and if there's red by the law ? Besides, I am no lawyer; and I must a Scotchman, as there may be three or half-a-dozen, speak with some of our Scottish gentlemen of the aff go the hats, and
mony a look after him, and there gown about the matter."
goes the Prince of Scotland, God bless him! But "O but, sir, what seems reasonable to your honour, ye have not told me yet the very words he said t'ye.” will certainly be the same to them," answered Jeanie: Jeanie had no intention to be quite so communi.
"I do not know that," replied the Duke; "ilka man cative. She had, as the reader may have observed, buckles his belt his ain gate-you know our old Scotch some of the caution and shrewdness, as well as of proverb?-But you shall not have placed this reliance the simplicity, of her country. She answered geneon me altogether in vain. Leave these papers with rally, that the Duke had received her very compas me, and you shall hear from me to-morrow or next sionately, and had promised to interest himself in her day. Take care to be at home at Mrs. Glass's, and sister's affair, and to let her hear from him in the ready to come to me at a moment's warning. It course of the next day, or the day after. She did not will be unnecessary for you to give Mrs. Glass the choose to make any mention of his having desirea trouble to attend you ;-and, by the by, you will please her to be in readiness to attend him, far less of his to be dressed just as you are at present."
bint, that she should not bring her landlady. So 'I wad hae putten on a cap, sir," said Jeanie, "but that honest Mrs. Glass was obliged to remain satisyour honourkens it isna the fashion of my country for fied with the general intelligence above mentioned, single women; and I judged that being sae mony hun- after having done all she could to extract more. dred miles frae hame, your Grace's heart wad warm It may easily be conceived, that, on the next day, to the tartan," looking at the corner of her plaid. Jeanie declined all invitations and inducements, whe
"You judged quite right,” said the Duke. "I know ther of exercise or curiosity, to walk abroad, and con. the full value of the snood; and MacCallummore's tinued to inhale the close, and somewhat professional heart will be as cold as death can make it, when it atmosphere of Mrs. Glass's small parlour. The latter Joes not warm to the tartan. Now, go away, and flavour it owed to a certain cupboard, containing, don't be out of the way when I send.“
among other articles, a few canisters of real HavanJeanie replied, "There is little fear of that, sir, for nah, which, whether from
respect to the manufacture, I have little heart to go to see sights amang this wil- or out of a reverent fear of the exciseman, Mrs. Glass derness of black houses. But if I might say to your did not care to trust in the open shop below, and gracious honour, that if ye ever condescend to speak which communicated to the room a scent, that, howto ony ane that is of greater degree than yourseil, ever fragrant to the nostrils of the connoisseur, was though maybe it is nae civil in me to say sae, just if not very agreeable to those of Jeanie. you would think there can be nae sie odds between "Dear sirs," she said to herself, "I wonder how you an! them, as between poor Jeanie Deans from my cousin's silk manty, and her gowd watch, or ony Saint Leonard's and the Duke of Argyle; and so din- thing in the world, can be worth sitting sneezing all na be chappit back or cast down wi" the first rough her life in this little stilling room, and might walk on answer."
green braes if she liked." "I am not apt," said the Duke, laughing, "to mind Mrs. Glass was equally surprised at her cousui's rough answers much-Do not you hope too much reluctance to stir abroad, and her indifference to the from what I have promised. I will do my best, but fine sights of London. "It would always help to God has the hearts of kings in his own hand," pass away the time," she said, " to have something
Jeanie curtsied reverently and withdrew, attended to look at, though ane was in distress." But Jeanie by the Duke's gentleman, to her hackney-coach, with was unpersuadable. a respect which her appearance did not demand, but The day after her interview with the Duke was which was perhaps paid to the length of the interview spent in that "hope delayed, which maketh the heart with which his master had honoured her.
sick," Minutes glided after minutes--hours fled after hours-it became too late to have any reasonable ex
pectation of hearing from the Duke that day, yet the CHAPTER XXXVI.
hope which she disowned, she could not altogether Ascend,
relinquish, and her heart thro. bed, and her ears tin While radiant summer opens all its pride,
gled, with every casual sound in the shop below. It Thy hill, delightful Shene i Here let us sweep l'he boundless landscape. -THONSON.
was in vain. The day wore away in the anxiety of
protracter and fruitless expectation. From her kind and officious, but somewhat gos- The next morning commenced in the same niansiping friend, Mrr Glass, Jeanie underwent a very iner. But before noon, a well-dressed gentleman
entered Mrs. Glass's shop, and requested to see a from the lumbering, jolting vehicle which she had young woman from Scotland.
just left; and which, lunibering
and jolting as it was, That
will be my cousin Jeanie Deans, Mr. Archi-conveyed to one who had seldom been in a coach bald," said Mrs. Glass, with a curtsy of recognizance before a certain feeling of dignity and importance Have
you any message for her from his grace the “Young woman," said the Duke, "after thinking Duke of Argyle, Mr. Archibald ? I will carry it to her as attentively on your sister's casc as is in my power, in a moment.
"I believe I must give her the trouble of stepping injustice may be done by the execution of her sendown, Mrs. Glass.
tence. So are one or two liberal and intelligent law "Jeanie-Jeanie Deans !” said Mrs. Glass, scream-yers of both countries whom I have spoken with.ing at the bottom of the little staircase, which as- Nay, pray hear me out before you thank me. I have cended from the corner of the shop to the higher already told you my personal conviction is of little regions. "Jeanie-Jeanie Deans, I say ! come down consequence, unless I could impress the same upon stairs instantly; here is the Duke of Argyle's groom others. Now I have done for you, what I would of the chambers desires to see you directly." This certainly not have done to serve any purpose of my was announced in a voice so loud, as to make all who own-1 have asked an audience of a lady whose inchanced to be within hearing aware of the important terest with the king is deservedly very high. It has communication.
been allowed me, and I am desirous that you should It may easily be supposed, that Jeanie did not tarry see her and speak for yourself. You have no occasion long in adjusting herself to attead the summons, yet to be abashed ; tell your story simply as you did to her feet almost failed her as she came down stairs. "I
must ask the favour of your company a little "I am much obliged to your Grace," said Jeanie, reway," said Archibald, with civility.
membering Mrs. Glass's charge; "and I am sure since I am quite ready, sir," said Jeanie.
I have had the courage to speak to your Grace, in poor Is my cousin going
out, Mr. Archibald ? then I Effie's cause, I have less reason to be shame-faced will hae to go wi' her, no doubt. James Rasper-Look in speaking to a leddy. But, sir, I would like to ken to the shop, James. -Mr. Archibald,", pushing a jar what to ca her, whether your grace, or your honour, towards him, "you take his Grace's mixture, I think. or your leddyship, as we say to lairds and leddies in Please to fill your box, for old acquaintance sake, Scotland, and
I will take care to mind it; for I ken while I get on my things."
leddies are full mair particular than gentlemen about Mr. Archibald transposed a modest parcel of snuff their titles of honour." from the jar to his own mull, but said he was obliged "You have no occasion to call her any thing but to decline the pleasure of Mrs. Glass's company, as Madam. Just say what you think is likely to make Tuis message was particularly to the young person, the best impression-look at me from time to time
"Particularly to the young person ?" said Mrs: if I put my hand to my cravat so," (showing her the Glass; "is not that uncommon, Mr. Archibald ? motion, you will stop; but I shall only do this But his Grace is the best judge ; and you are a steady when you say any thing that is not likely to please. person, Mr. Archibald. It is not every one that "But, sir, your Grace," said Jeanie, "if it wasna comes from a great man's house I would trust my ower mụckle trouble, wad it no be better to tell me cousin with. ---But, Jeanie, you must not go through what I should say, and I could get it by heart ?" the streets with Mr. Archibald with your tartan what "No, Jeanie, that would not have the same effect d'ye call it there upon your shoulders, as if you had that would be like reading a sermon, you know, come up with a drove of Highland cattle, Wait till which we good presbyterians think has less unctior I bring down my silk cloak. Why we'll have the than when
spoken without book," replied the Duke mob after you !"
"Just speak as plainly and bolaly to this lady, as you "I have a hackney-coach in waiting, madam," did to me the day
before yesterday; and if you can said Mr. Archibald, interrupting the officious old lady gain
her consent, I'll wad ye a plack, as we say in the from whom Jeanie might otherwise have found it north, that you get the pardon from the king." difficult to escape, "and, I believe, I must not allow As he spoke he took a pamphlet from his pocket, her time for any change of dress."
and began to read. Jeanie had good sense and tach So saying, he hurried Jeanie into the coach, while which
constitute betwixt them that which is called she internally praised and wondered at the easy man- natural good breeding. She interpreted the Duke's ner in which he shifted off Mrs. Glass's officious manœuvre as a hint that she was to ask no more offers and inquiries, without mentioning his master's questions, and she remained silent accordingly. orders, or going into any explanation whatever. The carriage rolled rapidly onwards through fertile On entering the coach, Mr. Archibald seated him- meadows, ornamented with splendid old oaks,
and self in the front seat, opposite to our heroine, and catching occasionally a glance of the majestic mirror they drove on in silence. After they had proceeded of a broad and placid river. After passing through a nearly half an hour, without a word on either side, pleasant village, the equipage stopped on a cominand at occurred to Jeanie, that the distance and time did ing eminence, where the beauty of English landscape not correspond with that which had been occupied was displayed in its utmost luxuriance. Here the by her journey on the former occasion, to and from Duke alighted, and desired Jeanie to follow him the residence of the Duke of Argyle. At length she They paused for a moment on the brow of a hill, to gaze could not help asking her taciturn companion, "Whilk on the unrivalled landscape which itpresented. A huge way they were going?"
sea of verdure, with crossing and intersecting promonMy Lord Duke will inform you himself, madam,"tories of massive and tufted groves, was tenanted by answered Archibald, with the same solemn courtesy numberless flocksand herds, which seemed to wander which marked his whole demeanour. Almost as he unrestrained andunbounded through the rich pastures. spoke, the hackney-coach drew up, and the coach: The Thames, here turreted with villas, and there garman dismounted and opened the door. Archibald landed with forests, moved on slowly and placidly, got out, and assisted Jeanie to get down. She found like the mighty monarch of the scene, to whom
all herself in a large turnpike road, without the bounds its other beauties were but accessories, and bore on his of London, upon the other side of which road was bosom an hundred barks and skills, whose white sa is drawn up a plain chariot and four horses, the panels and gaily fluttering pennons gave life to the whole without arms, and the servants without liveries. The Duke of Argyle was, of course, familiar with
You have been punctual, I see, Jeanie," said the this scene; but to a man of taste it must be always Duke of Argyle, as Archibald opened the carriage new. Yet, as he paused and looked on this inimita door "You must be my companion for the rest of the ble landscape, with the feeling of delight which it way Archibald will remain here with the hackney must give to the bosom of every admirer of nature, coach till your return."
his thoughts naturally reverted to his own more Ere Jeanie could make answer, she found herself, grand, and scarce less beautiful, domains of Inverary to her no small astonishment, seated by the side of a -“This
is a fine scene," he said to his companion, duke, in a carriage which rolled forward at a rapid curious, perhaps, to draw out her senuments;" we vet smooth rater very different in both particulars I have nothing like it in Scotland." 14,
"It's braw rich feeding for the cows, and they have being her enemies, and towards political opponents a fine breed of cattle here," replied Jeanie; but i with the same degree of circumspection, as if they like just as weel to look at the craigs of Arthur's might again become friendly to her measures. Since Seat, and the sea coming in ayont them, as at a' thae Margaret of Anjou, no queen-consort had exercised muckle trees."
such weight in the political affairs of England, and The Duke smiled at a reply, equally professional the personal address which she displayed on many and national, and made a signal for the carriage to occasions, had no small share in reclaiming from remain where it was. Then adopțing an unfrequent, their political heresy many of those determined tories, ed foot-path, he conducted Jeanie, through several who, after the reign of the Stewarts had been extin complicated mazes, to a postern-door in a high brick guished in the person of Queen Anne, were disposed wall. It was shut; but as the Duke tapped slightly rather to transfer their allegiance to her brother the at it, a person in waiting within, after reconnoitering Chevalier de St. George, than to acquiesce in the through a small iron grate contrived for the purpose, settlement of the crown on the Hanover family. He unlocked the door, and admitted them. They enter- husband, whose most shining quality was courage in ed, and it was immediately closed and fastened be the field of battle, and who endured the
office of hind them. This was all done quickly, the door so King of England, without ever being
able to acquire instantly closing, and the person who opened it so English habits,
or any familiarity with English dise suddenly disappearing, that Jeanie could not even positions, found the utmost assistance from the adcatch a glimpse of his exterior.
dress of his partner; and while he jealously affected They found themselves at the extremity of a deep to do every thing according to his own will and pleaand narrow alley, carpeted with the most verdant sure, was in secret prudent enough to take and follow and close-shaven turf, which felt like velvet under the advice of his more adroit consort. He intrusted their feet, and screened from the sun by the branches to her the delicate office of determining the various of the lofty elms, which united over the path, and degrees of favour necessary to attach the wavering caused it to resemble, in the solemn obscurity of the or to confirm such as were already
friendly, or to relight which they admitted, as well as from the range gain those whose good-will had been lost. of columnar stems, and intricate union of their arched With all the winning address of an elegant, ånd, branches, one of the narrow side aisles in an ancient according to the times, an accomplished woman, Gothic cathedral.
Queen Caroline possessed the masculine soul of the
policy could not always temper her expressions of CHAPTER XXXVII.
displeasure, although few were more ready at repair-1 beseech you
ing any false step of this kind, when her prudence These tears beseech you, and these chaste hands woo you, came up to the aid of her passions. She loved the That never yet were heaved but to things holy
real possession of power, rather than the show of it, Things like yourself
You are a God above us;
always desired that the king should have
and whatever she did herself that was either wise or EXCOURAGED as she was by the courteous manners the full credit as well as the advantage of the meaof her poble countryman, it was not without a feel- sure, conscious that, by adding to his respectability ng of something like terror that Jeanie felt herself she was most likely to maintain her own. And so in a place apparently so lonely, with a man of such desirous was she to comply with all his tastes, that, high rank. That she should have been permitted to when threatened with the gout, she had repeatedly wait on the Duke in his own holise, and have been had recourse to checking the fit, by the use of the there received to a private interview, was in itself an cold
bath, thereby endangering her life, that she might uncommon and distinguished event in the annals of be able to attend the king in his walks. a life so simple as hers; but to find herself his tra- It was a very consistent part of Queen Caroline's velling companion in a journey, and then suddenly character, to keep up many private correspondences to be left alone with him in so secluded a situation, with those to whom in public she seemed unfavourhad something in it of awful mystery. A romantic able, or who, for various reasons, stood ill with the heroine might have suspected and dreaded the power court. By this means she kept in her hands the of her own charms; but Jeanie was too wise to let thread of many a political intrigue, and, without such a silly thought intrude on her mind. Still, how- pledging herself to any thing, could often prevent ever, she had a most eager desire to know where she discontent from becoming hatred, and opposition now was, and to whom she was to be presented. from exaggerating itself into rebellion. If by any
She remarked that the Duke's dress, though still accident her correspondence with such persona such as indicated rank and fashion, (for it was not chanced to be observed or discovered, which she the custom of men of quality at that time to dress took all possible pains to prevent, it was represented themselves like their own coachmen or grooms) was as a mere intercourse of society, having no reference nevertheless plainer than that in which she had seen to politics, an answer with which even the prime him upon a former occasion, and was divested, in minister, Sir Robert Walpole, was compelled to reparticular, of all those badges of external decoration main satisfied, when he discovered that the Queen which intimated superior consequence. In short, he had given a private audience to Pulteney, afterwards was attired as plainly as any gentleman of fashion Earl of Bath, his most formidable and most inveterate could appear in the streets of London in a morning; enemy, and this circumstance helped to shake an opinion In thus maintaining occasional intercourse with which Jeanie began to entertain, that, perhaps, he several persons who seemed most alienated from the intended she should plead her cause in the presence crown, it may readily be supposed, that Queen Caroof royalty itself. "But, surely," said she to herself, I line had taken care not to break entirely with the
he wad hae putten on his braw star and garter, an Duke of Argyle. His high birth, his great talents, he had thought of coming before the face of Majesty the estimation in which he was held in his own and after a', this is mair like a gentleman's policy country, the great services which he had rendered the than a royal palace."
house of Brunswick in 1715, placed him high in that There was some sense in Jeanie's reasoning; yet rank of persons who were not to be rashly neglected. she was not sufficiently mistress either of the cir- He had, almost by his single and unassisted talents, cumstances of etiquette, or the particular relations stopped the irruption of the banded force of all the which existed betwixt the government and the Duke Highland chiefs; there was little doubt, that, with of Argyle, to form an accurate judgment. The Duke, the
slightest encouragement, he could put them all in as we have said, was at this time in open opposition motion, and renew the civil war; and it was wel to the administration of Sir Robert Walpole, and known that the most flattering overtures had been was understood to be out of favour with the royal transmitted to the Duke from the court of St. Ger family, to whom he had rendered such important mains. The character and temper of Scotland were services. But it was a maxim of Queen Caroline, to still little known, and it was considered as a volcano, bear herself towards her political friends with such which might, indeed, slumber for a series of years.. caution, as if there was a possibility of their one day I but was still liable, at a moment the least expected