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to break out into a wasteful eruption. It was, there court, as the Duke of Argyle has been of late, in as fore, of the highest importance to retain some hold good health as his friends there and elsewhere could over so important a personage as the Duke of Argyle, wish him to enjoy.' and Caroline preserved the power of doing so by The Duke replied, "That he had been perfectly means of a lady, with whom, as wife of George II., well;" and added, "that the necessity of attending she might have been
supposed to be on less intimate to the public business before the 'House, as well as terms.
the time occupied by a late journey to Scotland, had It was not the least instance of the Queen's ad- rendered him less assiduous in paying his duty at the dress, that she had contrived that one of her princi- levee and drawing-room than he could have desired, pal attendants, Lady Suffolk, should unite in her own "When your Grace can find time for a duty so friperson the two apparently inconsistent characters, of volous," replied the Queen, "you are aware of your her husband's mistress, and her own very obsequious title to be well received. I hope my readiness to comand complaisant confidant. By this dexterous ply with the wish which you expressed yesterday to management the Queen secured her power against Lady Suffolk, is a sufficient proof that one of the the danger which might most have threatened it- royal family, at least, has not forgotten ancient and the thwarting influence of an ambitious rival; and if important services, in resenting something which reshe submitted to the mortification of being obliged sembles recent neglect." This was said apparently to connive at her husband's infidelity, she was at with great good-humour, and in a tone which ex. least guarded against what she might think its most pressed a desire of conciliation, dangerous effects, and was besides at liberty, now The Duke replied, "That he would account himself and then, to bestow a few civil insults upon "ber the most unfortunate of men, if he could be supposed good Howard," whom, however, in general, she capable of neglecting his duty, in modes and circumtreated with great decorum.* Lady Suffolk lay understances when it was expected, and would have been strong obligations to the Duke of Argyle, for reasons agreeable. He was deeply gratified by the honour which may be collected from Horace Walpole's Re- which her Majesty was now doing to him personalminiscences of that reign, and through her means ly; and he trusted she would soon perceive that it the Duke had some occasional correspondence with was in a matter essential to his Majesty's interest, Queen Caroline, much interrupted, however, since that he had the boldness to give her this trouble." the part he had taken in the debate concerning the "You cannot oblige me more, my Lord Duke," rePorteous mob, an affair which the Queen, though plied the Queen, " than by giving me the advantage somewhat unreasonably, was disposed to resent, ra- of your lights and experience on any point of the ther as an intended and premeditated insolence to her King's service. Your Grace is aware, that I can own person and authority, than as a sudden ebulli- only be the medium through which the matter is subtion of popular vengeance. Still, however, the com- jected to His Majesty's superior wisdom; but if it is munication retained open betwixt them, though it a suit which respects your Grace personally, it shall had been of late disused on both sides. These re- lose no support by being preferred through me. marks will be found necessary to understand the "It is no suit of mine, madam,” replied the Duke; scene which is about to be presented to the reader. nor have I any to prefer for myself personally, al
From the narrow alley which they had traversed, though I feel in full force my obligation to your Mathe Duke turned into one of the same character, but jesty. It is a business which concerns his Majesty, broader and still longer. Here, for the first time as a lover of justice and of mercy, and which, I am since they had entered these gardens, Jeanie saw convinced, may be highly useful in conciliating the persons approaching them.
unfortunate irritation which at present subsists They were two ladies; one of whom walked a little among his Majesty's good subjects in Scotland.". behind the other, yet not so much as to prevent her There were two parts of this speech disagreeable from hearing and replying to whatever observation to Caroline. In the first place, it removed the flatwas addressed to her by the lady who walked fore- tering notion she had adopted, that Argyle designed most, and that without her having the trouble to turn to use her personal intercession in making his peace her person. As they advanced very slowly, Jeanie with the administration, and recovering the employ. had time to study their features and appearance. ments of which he had been deprived; and next, she The Duke also slackened his pace, as if to give her was displeased that he should talk of the discontents time to collect herself, and repeatedly desired her not in Scotland as irritations to be conciliated, rather to be afraid. The lady who seemed the principal per than suppressed. son had remarkably good features, though somewhat Under the influence of these feelings, she answered injured by the small pox, that venomous scourge, hastily, " That his Majesty has good subjects
in Eng which each village Esculapius (thanks to Jenner) can land, my Lord Duke, he is bound to thank God and now tame as easily as their tutelary deity subdued the laws-that he has subjects in Scotland, I think the Python. The lady's eyes were brilliant, her teeth he may thank God and his sword." good, and her countenance formed to express at will The Duke, though a courtier, coloured slightly, and either majesty or courtesy: Her form, though rather the Queen, instantly sensible of her error, added, embonpoint, was nevertheless graceful, and the elas- without displaying the least change of countenance ticity and firmness of her step gave no room to sus- and as if the words had been an original branch of pect, what was actually the case, that she suffered the sentence--"And the swords of those real Scotchoccasionally from a disorder the most unfavourable men who are friends to the House
of Brunswick, to pedestrian exercise. Her dress was rather rich particularly that of his Grace of Argyle." than gay, and her manner commanding and noble. "My sword, madam," replied the Duke, "like that
Her companion was of lower stature, with light of my fathers, has been always at the command of brown hair and expressive blue eyes. Her features, my lawful king, and of my native country. I trust it without being absolutely regular, were perhaps more is impossible to separate their real rights and interests, pleasing than if they had been critically handsome. But the present is a matter of more private concern, A melancholy, for at least a pensive expression, for and respects the person of an obscure individual." which her lot gave too much cause, predominated “What is the affair, my Lord?'' said the Queen. when she was silent, but gave way to a pleasing and "Let us find out what we are talking about, lest we good-humoured smile when she spoke to any one. should misconstrue and misunderstand each other."
When they were within twelve or fifteen yards of "The matter, madam," answered the Duke of these ladies, the Duke made a sign that Jeanie should Argyle, "regards the fate of an unfortunate young bland still, and stepping forward himself, with the woman in Scotland, now lying under sentence of grace which was natural to him, made a profound death, for
a crime of which I think it highly probablo obeisance, which was formally, yet in a dignified that she is innocent. And my humble petition to manner, returned by the personage whom he ap- your Majesty is, to obtain your powerful intercession proached.
with the King for a pardon." "I hope," she said, with an affable and conde- It was now the Queen's turn to colour, and she did scending smile, "that I see so great a stranger at so over cheek and brow-neck and basom. She See Ilurace Walpole's Reminiscences.
paused a moment, as if unwilling to trust her voice with the first-expression of her displeasure; and on the Duke explained the singular law under which assuming an air of dignity and an austere regard of Effie Deans had received sentence of death, and control, sue at length replied, "My Lord Duke, I will detailed the affectionate exertions which Jeanie has not ask your motives for addressing to me a request made in behalf of a sister, for whose sake she was which circumstances have
rendered such an extra- willing to sacrifice all but truth and conscience. ordinary one. Your road to the King's closet, as a Queen Caroline listened with attention ; she was peer and a privy-councillor, entitled to request an au- rather fond, it must be remembered, of an argument, dience, was open, without giving me the pain of this and soon found matter in what the Duke told her for discussion. I, at least, have had enough of Scotch raising difficulties to his request. pardons."
* It appears to me, my Lord," she replied, " that The Duke was prepared for this burst of indig- this is a severe law. But still it'is adopted upon good Aation, and he was not shaken by it. He did not at grounds, I am bound to suppose, as the law of the tempt a reply while the Queen was in the first heat country, and the girl has been convicted under it. of displeasure, but remained in the same firm, yet The very presumptions which the law construes into respectful posture, which he had assumed during the a positive proof of guilt, exist in her case; and all interview. The Queen, trained from her situation to that your Grace has said concerning the possibility self-command, instantly perceived the advantage she of her innocence may be a very good argument for might give against herself by yielding to passion; and annulling the Act of Parliament, but cannot, whilo added, in the same condescending and affable tone in it stands good, be admitted in favour of any indivi. which she had opened the interview, "You must al- dual convicted upon the statute." low me some of the privileges of the sex, my Lord; The Duke saw and avoided the snare; for he was and do not judge uncharitably of me, though I am a conscious, that, by replying to the argument, he must little moved at the recollection of the gross insult and have been inevitably led to a discussion, in the course outrage done in your capital city to the royal authori- of which the Queen was likely to be hardened in her ty, at the very time when it was vested in my un- own opinion, until she became obliged, out of mere worthy person. Your Grace cannot be surprised respect to consistency, to let the criminal suffer. "Il that I should both have felt it at the time, and recol your Majesty," he said, " would condescend to hear lected it now.!
my poor countrywoman herself, perhaps she may "It is certainly a matter not speedily to be forgot find an advocate in your own heart, more able than
"answered the Duke. My own poor thoughts I am, to combat the doubts suggested by your under. of it have been long before your Majesty, and I must standing." have expressed myself very ill if I did not convey my The Queen seemed to acquiesce, and the Duke detestation of the murder which was committed under made a signal for Jeanie to advance from the spot such extraordinary circumstances. I might, indeed, where she had hitherto remained watching countebe so unfortunate as to differ with his Majesty's ad- nances, which were too long accustomed to suppress visers on the degree in which it was either just
or all apparent signs of emotion, to convey to her any politic to punish the innocent instead of the guilty. interesting intelligence. Her Majesty could not help But I trust your Majesty will permit me to be silent smiling at the awe-struck manner in which the quiet on a topic in which my sentiments have not the good demure figure of the little Scotchwoman advanced fortune to coincide with those of more able men. towards her, and yet more at the first sound of her * We will not prosecute
a topic on which we may broad northern accent. But Jeanie had a voice low probably differ," said the Queen. “One word, how- and sweetly toned, an admirable thing in woman, ever, I may say in private--You know our good Lady and eke besought" her Leddyship to have pity on a Suffolk is a little deaf-the Duke of Argyle, when dis poor misguided young creature," in tones so affectposed to renew his acquaintance with his master and ing, that, like the notes of some of her native songs, mistress, will hardly find many topics on which we provincial vulgarity was lost in pathos." should disagree."
"Stand up, young woman," said the Queen, but * Let me hope," said the Duke, bowing profoundly in a kind tone and tell me what sort of a barbarous to so flattering an intimation, that I shall not be so people your countryfolk are, where child-murder is unfortunate as to have found one on the present become so common as to require the restraint of laws occasion."
like yours?" "I must first impose on your Grace the duty of If your Leddyship pleases," answered Jeanie, confession," said the Queen, "before I grant you there are mony places beside Scotland, where mo. absolution. What is your particular interest in this thers are unkind to their ain flesh and blood." young woman? She does not seem" (and she scan- It must be observed, that the disputes between ned Jeanie, as she said this, with the eye of a con- George the Second, and Frederick, Prince of Wales, noisseur) "much qualified to alarm my friend the were then at the highest, and that the good natured Duchess's jealousy."
part of the public laid the blame on the Queen. She "I think your Majesty," replied the Duke, smiling coloured highly, and darted a glance of most penein his turn," will allow my taste may be a pledge for trațing character first at Jeanie, and then at the me on that score'
Duke. Both sustained it unmoved; Jeanie from “Then, though she has not much the air d'una total unconsciousness of the offence she had given, grande dame, I suppose she is some thirtieth cousin and the Duke from his habitual composure. But in in the terrible chapter of Scottish genealogy?” his heart he thought, My unlucky protegée has, with
"No, madam," said the Duke ; but I wish some this luckless answer, shot dead, by a kind of chanceof my nearer relations had half her worth, honesty, medley, her only hope of success. and affection."
Lady Suffolk, good-humouredly, and skilfully, in“Her name must be Campbell, at least ?" said terposed in this awkward crisis. You should tell Queen Caroline.
this lady," she said to Jeanie, “the particular causes "No, madam; her name is not quite so distin- which render this crime common in your country.” gaished, if I may be permitted to say so," answered "Some thinks it's the Kirk-Session--that is-It's the Duke.
the--it's the cutty-stool, if your Leddyship pleases," "Ah! but she comes from Inverary or Argyleshire?" said Jeanie looking down and curtsying. said the sovereign.
"The what ?" said Lady Suffolk, to whom the She has never been further north in her life than phrase was new, and who besides was rather deaf. Edinburgh, madam."
"That's the stool of repentance, madam, if it please Then my conjectures are all ended," said the your Leddyship," answered Jeanie, "for light life Queen, and your Grace must yourself take the and conversation, and for breaking the seventh comtrouble to explain the affair of your protegée. mand." Here she raised her eyes to the Dukr, saw
With that precision and easy brevity which is only his hand at his chin, and, totally unconscious of what acquired by habitually conversing in the higher ranks she had said out of joint, gave double effect to the of society, and which is the diametrical opposite of innuendo, by stopping short and looking embarrassed. that protracted style of disquisition,
As for Lady Suffolk, she retired like a covering *Which souires call potter, and which men call prose,". party, which, having interposed betwixt their retreat
ing friends and the enemy, have suddenly drawn on "I would pray to be directed and guided what was themselves a fire unexpectedly severe.
the line of duty, madam," answered Jeanie. The deuce take the lass, thought the Duke of Argyle "Yes, and take that which suited your own incli. w himself; there goes another shot,and she has hit nations," replied her Majesty.. with both barrels right and left!
"If it like you, madam," said Jeanie, “I would hae Indeed the Duke had hiniself his share of the con- gaen to the end of the earth to save the life of John fusion, for, having acted as master of ceremonies to Porteous, or any other unhappy man in his condition; this innocent offender, he felt much in the circum- but I might lawfully doubt how far I am called upon stances of a country squire, who, having introduced to be the avenger of his blood, though it may become nis spaniel into a well-appointed drawing-room, is the civil magistrate to do so. He is dead and gane doomed to witness the disorder and damage which to his place, and bey that have slain him must anarises to china and to dress-gowns, in consequence swer for their ain act. But my sister--my puir sister of its untimely frolics. Jeanie's last chance-hit, how- Efie, still lives, though her days and hours are num. ever, obliterated the ill impression which had arisen bered !-She still lives, and a word of the King's from the first; for her Majesty had not so lost the feels mouih might restore her to a broken-hearted auld ings of a wife in those of a Queen, but that she could man, that never, in his daily and nightly exercise, enjoy a jest at the expense of her good Suffolk." forgot to pray that his Majesty might be blessed with She turned towards the Duke of Argyle with a smile, a long and a prosperous reign, and that his throne which marked that she enjoyed the triumph, and ob- and the throne of his posterity, might be established versed, “the Scotch are a rigidly moral people." Then in righteousness. O, madam, if ever ye kend what it again applying herself to Jeanie, she asked, how she was to sorrow for and with a sinning and a suffering travelled up from Scotland.
creature, whose mind is sae tossed that she can be "Upon my foot mostly, madam," was the reply. neither ca'd fit to live or die, have some compassion
"What, all that immense way upon foot?-How on our misery!--Save an honest house from disho far can you walk in a day ?"
nour, and an unhappy girl, not eighteen years of age "Five and twenty miles and a bittock,"
from an early and dreadful death! Alas! it is not And what ?" said the Queen, looking towards the when we sleep soft and wake merrily ourselves, that Duke of Argyle.
we think on other people's sufferings. Our hearts ara *. And about five miles more," replied the Duke. waxed light within us then, and we are for righting
" I thought I was a good walker," said the Queen, our ain wrangs and fighting our ain battles. But " but this shames me sadly."
when the hour of trouble comes to the mind or to the "May your Leddyship never hạe sae weary a heart, body-and seldom may it visit your Leddyship-and that ye canna be sensible of the weariness of the when the hour of death comes, that comes to high limbs!” said Jeanie.
and low-lang and late may it be yours-0, my LedThat came better off, thought the Duke ; it's the dy, then it isna what we hae dune for oursells,
but first thing she has said to the purpose.
what we hac dune for others, that we think on maist "And I didna just a'thegether walk the hail way pleasantly. And the thoughts that ye hae intervened neither, for I had whiles the cast of a cart, and I had to spare the puir thing's life will be sweeter in that the case of a horse from Ferrybridge and divers other hour, come when it may, than if a word of your mouth ensements," said Jeanie, cutting short her story, for she could hang the haill Porteous mob at the tail of ao observed the Duke made the sign he had fixed upon. tow."
“ With all these accommodations," answered the Tear followed tear down Jeanie's cheeks, as, her Queen, you must have had a very fatiguing jour- features, glowing, and quivering with emotion, she ney, and I fear to little purpose; since if the King pleaded her sister's cause with a pathos which was at were to pardon your sister, in all probability it would once simple and solemn. do her little good, for I suppose your people of Edin "This is eloquence," said her Majesty to the Duke burgh would hang her out of spite.".
of Argyle. “Young woman," she continued, addressShe will sink herself now outright, thought the ing herself to Jeanie, "I cannot grant a pardon to Duke.
your sister--but you shall not want my warm inter But he was wrong. The shoals on which Jeanie cession with his Majesty. Take this housewife case, had touched in this delicate conversation lay under she continued, puting a small embroidered needle ground, and were unknown to her; this rock was case into Jeanie's hands; "do not open it now, but above water, and she avoided it.
at your leisure you will find something in it which "She was confident," she said, "that baith town will remind you that you have had an interview with and country wad rejoice to see his Majesty taking Queen Caroline." compassion on a poor unfriended creature."
Jeanie, having her suspicions thus confirmed, drop"His Majesty has not found it so in a late instance," ped on her knees, and would have expanded herselt said the Queen; "but, I suppose, my Lord Duke would in gratitude; but the Duke, who was upon thorng advise him to be guided by the votes of the rabble lest she should say more or less than just enough, themselves, who should be hanged and who spared." touched his chin once more.
“No, nadam," said the Duke;." but I would advise "Our business is, I think, ended for the present, his Majesty to be guided by his own feelings, and my Lord Duke," said the Queen, "and, I trust, te those of his royal consort; and then, I am sure, pu- your satisfaction. Hereafter I hope to see your nishment will only attach itself to guilt, and even then Grace more frequently, both at Richmond and St. with cautious reluctance."
James's-Come, Lady Suffolk, we must wish his "Well, my Lord," said her Majesty, "all these fine Grace good morning. speeches do not convince me of the propriety of so They exchanged their parting, reverences, and the soon showing any mark of favour to your-I suppose Duke, so soon as the ladies had turned their backs I must not say rebellious ?--but at least, your very assisted Jeanie to rise from the ground, and conducted disaffected and intractable metropolis. "Why, the her back through the avenue, which she trod with whole nation is in a league to screen the savage and the feeling of one who walks in her sleep. abominable murderers of that unhappy man; otherwise, how is it possible but that, of so many perpetrators, and engaged in so public an action for such a length of time, one at least must have been recog
CHAPTER XXXVIII. aised ? Even this wench, for aught I can tell, may be
So soon as I can win the offended King, a depository of the secret.-Hark you, young woman,
I will be known your advocate --Cymbeline. nad you any friends engaged in the Porteous mob?" The Duke of Argyle led the way in silence to the
"No, madam," answered Jeanie, happy that the small postern by which they had been admitted into question was so framed that she could, with a good Richmond Park, so long the favourite residence of conscience, answer it in the negative.
Queen Caroline. It was opened by the same half"But I suppose, "continued the Queen, "if you were seen janitor, and they found themselves beyond the possessed of such a secret, you would hold it matter precincts of the royal demesne. Still not a word was of conscience to keer ': to yourself ?"
spoken on either side. The Duke probably wished to
allow his rustic protegée time to recrut her faculties, “Aha! then, if the Laird starts, I suppose my friend dazzled and sunk with colloquy sublime; and betwixt Butler must be in some danger ?" what she had guessed, had heard, and had seen, "O no, sir," answered Jeanie much more readily, Jeanie Deans's mind was too much agitated to per- but at the same time biushing much more deeply. mit her to ask any questions.
Well, Jeanie," said the Duke, "you are a girl may They found the carriage of the Duke in the place be safely trusted with your own matters, and I shall where they had left it; and when they resumed their inquire no further about them. But as to this same places, soon began to advance rapidly on their return pardon, I must see to get it passed through the proto town.
per forms; and I have a friend in office who will
, for "I think, Jeanie," said the Duke, breaking silence, auld lang syne, do me so much favour. And then, you have every reason to congratulate yourself on Jeanie, as I shall have occasion to send an express he issue of your interview with her Majesty." down to Scotland, who will travel with it safer and
" And that leddy was the Queen hersell ?" said more swiftly than you can do, I will take care to hay Jeanie; " I misdoubted it when I saw that your ho- it put into the proper channel ; meanwhile, you may nour didna put on your hat And yet I can hardly write to your friends, by post, of your good success. believe it, even when I heard her speak it hersell." " And does your Honour think," said Jeanie, " that
"It was certainly Queen Caroline," replied the will do as weel as if I were to take my fap in my lap, Dake.
Have you no curiosity to see what is in the and slip my ways hame again on my ain errand ?" Tittle pocket-book ?"
"Much better, certainly, said the Duke. "You Do you think the pardon will be in it sirl" said know the roads are not very safe for a single woman Jeanie, with the eager animation of hope.
to travel." " Why, no," replied the Duke; "that is unlikely, Jeanie internally acquiesced in this observation. They seldom carry these things about them, unless And I have a plan for you besides. One of the they were likely to be wanted ; and, besides, her Ma- Duchess's attendants, and one of mine--your aç. jesty told you it was the King, not she, who was to quaintance Archibald- are going down to Inverary in
a light calash, with four horses I have bought, and That is true too," said Jeanie; " but I am so there is room enough in the carriage for you to 99 confused in my mind-But does your honour think with them as far as Glasgow, where Archibald will there is a certainty of Effie's pardon then ?" conti- find means of sending you safely to Edinburghnued she still holding in her hand the unopened And in the way, I beg you will teach the woman as pocket-book.
much as you can of the mystery of cheese-making, Why, kings are kittle cattle to shoe behind, as for she is to have a charge in the dairy, and I dare we say in the north," replied the Duke ; " but his swear youre as tidy about your milk-pail as about wife knows his trim, and I have not the least doubt your dress." that the matter is quite certain."
Does your honour like cheese ?" said Jeanie "O God be praised! God be praised !" ejaculated with
a gleam of conscious delight as she asked the Jeanie; "and may the gude leddy never want the question. heart's ease she has gien me at this moment-And 'Like it " said the Duke, 'whose good-nature God bless you too, my Lord! without your help I anticipated what was to follow,-"cakes and cheese wad ne'er hae won near her."
are a dinner for an emperor, let alone a Highlandman." The Duke let her dwell upon this subject for a con- Because," said Jeanie, with modest confidence, siderable time, curious, perhaps, to see how long the and great and evident self-gratulation, we have feelings of gratitude would continue to supersede been thought so particular in making cheeee, that those of curiosity, But so feeble was the latter feel some folk think it as gude as the real Dunlop; and ing in Jeanie's mind, that his Grace, with whom, if your Honour's Grace wad but accept a stane or perhaps, it was for the time a little stronger, was iwa, blithe, and fain, and proud it wad: make us ! obliged once more to bring forward the subject of the But maybe ye may like the, ewe-milk, that is, the Queen's present. It was opened accordingly, In Buckholmside* cheese better, or maybe the
gaitmilk, the inside of the case were the usual assortment of as ye come frae the Highlands-and I canna pretend silk and needles, with scissors, tweezers, &c.; and just to the same skeel them; but my cousin Jean, in the pocket was a bank-bill for fifty pounds. ihat lives at Lockermachus in Lammermuir, I could The Duke had no sooner informed Jeanie of the speak to her, and". value of this last document, for she was unaccus- "Quite unnecessary," said the Duke; "the Dunlop tomed to see notes for such sums, than she expressed is the very cheese of which I am so fond, and I will her regret at the mistake which had taken place, take it as the greatest favour you can do me 10 send
For the hussy itsell," she said, "was a very valuable one to Caroline-Park. But remember, be on honoui thing for a keepsake, with the Queen's name written with it, Jeanie, and make it all yourself, for I am a in the inside with her ain hand doubtless-Caroline- real good judge." as plain as could be, and a crown drawn aboon it." "I am not feared,” said Jeanie, confidently, "that
She therefore tendered the bill to the Duke, re- I may please you Honour; for I am sure you look questing him to find some mode of returning it to the as if you could hardly find fault wi' ony body that did royal owner.
their best; and weel is it my part, I trow, to do mine." 'No, no, Jeanie," said the Duke," there is no mis- This discourse introduced a topic upon which the cake in the case. Her Majesty
knows you have been put two travellers, though so different in rank and eduto great expense, and she wishes to make it up to you.' cation, found each a good deal to say. The Duke,
"I am sure she is even ower gude," said Jeanie, besides his other patriotic qualities, was a distin and it glads me muckle that I can pay back Dum- guished agriculturist, and proud of his knowledge in biedikes his siller, without distressing my father, how that department. He entertained Jeanie with his nest man."
observations on the
different breeds of cattle in Scot. * Dumbiedikes? What, a freeholder of Mid-Lo- land, and their capacity for the dairy, and received so thian, is he not ?" said his Grace, whose occasional much information from her practical experience in residence in that county made him acquainted with return, that he promised her a couple of Devonshire most of the heritors, as landed persons are termed in cows in reward for the lesson. In short, his mind Scotland" He has a house not far from Dalkeith, was so transported back to his rural employments and wears a black wig and a laced hat ?".
amusements that he sighed when his carriage stop "Yes, sir," answered Jeanie, who had her reasons ped opposite to the old hackney-coach, which Archifor being brief in her answers upon this topic. bald had kept in attendance at the place where they "Ah! my old friend Dumbie ! said the Duke; "I had left it
. While the coachman again bridled his have tnrice seen him fou, and only once heard the lean cattle, which had been indulged with a bite of sound of his voice-Is he a cousin of yours, Jeanie ?" 'No, sir,-my Lord."
• The hilly pastures of Buckholm, which the author now "Then he must be a well-wisher, I suspect ?".
"Not in the frenzy of a dreamer's eye," eyes, --my Lord," answered Jeanie, blushing, are famed for producing the best ewe-milk cnoese in the souls with hesitation,
musty hay, the Duke cautioned Jeanie not to be too be obeyed, and -But you have had a far drive, Mr. communicative to her landlady concerning what had Archibald, as I guess, by the time of your absence, and passed. "There is," he said, " no use of speaking of I guess" (with an engaging smile) "you winna be matters :ill they are actually settled ; and you may the waur o' a glass of the right Rosa Solis.". refer the good lady to Archibald, if she presses you "I thank you, Mrs. Glass," said the great man's hard with questions. She is his old acquaintance, great man, but I am under the necessity of returnand he knows how to manage with her.".
ing to my Lord directly." And making his adieus He then took a cordial farewell of Jeanie, and told civilly to both cousins, he left the shop of the Lady of her to be ready in the ensuing week to return to Scot. the Thistle. and-saw her safely, established in her hackney- "I am glad your affairs have prospered so well, coach, and rolled off in his own carriage, humming Jeanie, my love," said Mrs. Glass ; " though, indeed, a stanza of the ballad which he is said to have com- there was little fear of them so soon as the Duke of posed :
Argyle was so condescending as to take them into " At the sight of Dunbarton once again,
hand. I will ask you no questions about them, be I'll cock up my bonnet and march amain,
cause his Grace, who is most considerate and proWith my claymore hariging down to my heel,
dent in such matters, intends to tell me, all that you To whiang at the bannocks of barley meal."
ken yourself, dear, and doubtless a great deal more Perhaps one ought to be actually a Scotchman to so that any thing that may lie heavily on your mind conceive how ardently, under all distinctions of rank may be imparted to me in the meantime, as you see and situation, they feel their mutual connexion
with it is his Grace's pleasure that I should be made aceach other as natives of the same country. There quainted with the whole matter forth with, and wheare, I believe, more associations common to the in-ther
you or he tells it, will make no difference in the habitants of a rude and wild, than of a well-cultivated world, ye ken. If I ken what he is going to say be. and fertile
country; their ancestors have more seldom forehand, I will be much more ready to give my adchanged their place of residence; their mutual recol- vice, and whether you or he tell me about it, cannot lection of remarkable objects is more accurate; the much signify after allmy dear. So you may just say high and the low
are more interested in each other's whatever you like, only mind I ask you no questions welfare; the feelings of kindred and relationship are about it.” more widely extended, and, in a word, the bonds of Jeanie was a little embarrassed. She thought that patriotic affection, always honourable even when a the communication she had to make was perhaps the little too exclusively strained, have more influence on only means she might have in her power to gratify men's feelings and actions.
her friendly and hospitable kinswoman. But her pruThe rumbling hackney.coach which tumbled over dence instantly suggested that her secret interview the (then) execrable London pavement, at a rate very with Queen Caroline, which seemed to pass undifferent from that which had conveyed the ducal car- der a certain sort of mystery, was not a proper subriage to Richmond, at length deposited Jeanie Deans ject for the gossip of a woman like Mrs. Glass, of and her attendant at the national sign of the Thistle. whose heart she had a much better opinion than of Mrs. Glass, who had been in long and anxious ex: her prudence. She, therefore, answered in general, pectation, now rushed, full of eager curiosity and that the Duke had had the extraordinary kindness to open-mouthed interrogation, upon our heroine, who make very particular inquiries into her sister's bad was positively unable to sustain the overwhelming affair, and that he thought he had found the means cataract of her questions, which burst forth with the of putting it a' straight again, but that he proposed to sublimity of a grand gardyloo :-"Had she seen the tell all that he thought about the matter to Mrs. Glass Duke, God bless him--the Duchess--the young la- herself. dies ?--Had she seen the King, God bless him--the This did not quite satisfy the penetrating mistress Queen--the Prince of Wales-the Princess or any of the Thistle.
Searching as her own small rappee, of the rest of the royal family?-Had she got her sis- she, in spite of her promise, urged Jeanie with still ter's pardon ?-Was it out and out-or was it only a further questions. "Had she been a' that time at Arcommutation of punishment ?-How far had she gyle-house? Was the Duke with her the whole time? gone-where had she driven to-whom had she seen and had she seen the Duchess ? and
had she seen --what had been said-what had kept her so long?" the young ladies
and specially Lady Caroline
CampSuch were the various questions huddled upon each bell ?" -To these questions Jeanie gave the general other by a curiosity so eager, that it could hardly wait reply, that she knew so little of the town that she for its own gratification. Jeanie would have been could not tell exactly where she had been; that she more than sufficiently embarrassed by this overbear had not seen the Duchess to her knowledge; that ing tide of interrogations, had not Archibald, who had she had seen two ladies, one of whom, she underprobably received from his master a hint to that pur stood,,bore the name of Caroline; and more, she pose, advanced to her rescue. "Mrs. Glass," said said, she could not tell about the matter. Archibald, "his Grace desired me particularly to say, "It would be the Duke's eldest daughter, Lady that he would take it as a great favour if you would Caroline Campbell--there is no doubt
of that,” said ask the young woman no questions, as he wishes to Mrs. Glass; but doubtless, I shall know more par explain to you more distinctly than she can do how ticularly through his Grace.- And so, as the cloth is her affairs stand, and consult you on some matters laid in the little parlour above stairs, and it is past which she cannot altogether so well explain. The three o'clock, for I have been waiting this hour for Duke will call at the Thistle to-merrow or next day you, and I have had a snack myself; and, as they for that purpose."
used to say in Scotland in my time I do not ken u *His Grace is very condescending," said Mrs. the word be used now there is ill-talking between a Glass, her zeal for inquiry, slaked for the present by full body and a fasting." the dexterous administration of this sugar-plum"his Grace is sensible that I am in a manner accountable for the conduct of my young kinswoman, and no doubt his Grace is the best judge how far he should
CHAPTER XXXIX. intrust her or me with the management of her affairs. Heaven first sont letters to some wretch's aidHis Grace is quite sensible of that," answered
Some banish'd lover, or some captive maid.-POPE. Archibald, with national gravity, "and will certainly By dint of unwonted labour with the pen, Jeanie rust what he has to say to the most discreet of the Deans contrived to indite, and give to the charge of two; and therefore, Mrs. Glass, his Grace relies you the postman on the ensuing day, no less than three will speak nothing to Mrs. Jean Deans, either of her letters, an exertion altogether strange to her habits own affairs or hei sister's, until he sees you himself
. insomuch so, that, if milk had been plenty, she
would He desired me to assure you, in the mean while, that rather
have made thrice as many Dunlop cheeses, all was going on as well as your kindness could wish, The first of them was very brief. It was addressed Mrs Glass."
to George Staunton, Esq. at the Rectory, Willing "His Grace is very kind--very considerate, cer: ham, by Grantham, the address being part of the ainly Mr Archibald-his Grace's commands shall information which she had extracted from the com