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CHAPTER XLVIII. conciliatory process. Reuben had the utmost respect
Happy thou art! then happy be, for the old man's motives, and affection for his per
Nor envy me my lot ; son, as well as gratitude for his early friendship. So
Thy happy slate i envy thee, that, upon any such occasion of accidental irritation,
And peaceful col.-LADY C-Cit was only necessary to remind him with delicacy The letter, which Mrs. Butler, when retired into of his father-in-law's age, of his scanty education, her own apartment, perused with anxious wonder strong prejudices, and family distresses. The least was certainly from Effie, although it had no other of these considerations always inclined Butler to signature than the letter E.; and although the or. measures of conciliation, in so far as he could accede thography, style, and penmanship, were very far to them without compromising principle; and thus superior not only to any thing, which Effie could proour simple and unpretending heroine had the merit duce, who, though a lively girl, had been a remarkaof those peace-makers, to whom it is pronounced as bly careless scholar, but even to her more considerata a benediction, that they shall inherit
the earth. sister's own powers of composition and expression. The second crook in Mrs. Butler's lot, to use the The manuscript was a fair Italian hand, though language of her father, was the distressing circum- something stiff and constrained--the spelling and the slance, that she had never heard of her sister's safety, diction that of a person who had been accustomed to or of the circumstances in which she found herself, read good composition, and mix in good society. though betwixt four and five years had elapsed since
The tenor of the letter was as follows: they had parted on the beach of the island of Rose- "MY DEAREST Sister, neath. Frequent intercourse was not to be expected
" At many risks I venture to write to you, to inform ---not to be desired, perhaps, in their relative situa- you that I am still alive, and, as to worldly situation, tions; but Effie had promised, that, if she lived and that I rank higher than I could expect or merit. Il prospered, her sister should hear from her. She must wealth and distinction, and an honourable
rank, then be no more, or sunk into some abyss of misery, could make a woman happy, I have them all; but since she had never redeemed her pledge. Her silence you, Jeanie, whom the world might think placed far seemed strange and portentous, and wrung from beneath me in all these respects, are far happier than Jeanie, who could never forget the early years of their I am. I have had means of hearing of your welfare, intimacy, the most painful anticipation concerning my dearest Jeanie, from time to time I think 1 her fate. At length, however, the veil was drawn should have broken my heart otherwise. I have aside.
learned with great pleasure of your increasing family, One day, as the Captain of Knockdunder had We have not been worthy of such a blessing; two called in at the Manse, on his return from some infants have been successively
removed, and we are business in the Highland part of the parish, and had now childless-God's will be done? But, if we had been accommodated according to his special request, a child, it would
perhaps divert him from the gloomy with a mixture of milk, brandy, honey, and water, thoughts which make him terrible to himself and which he said Mrs. Butler compounded'' petter than others. Yet do not let me frighten you, Jeanie;
he ever a woman in Scotland," --for, in all innocent continues to be kind, and I am far better off than I matters, she studied the taste of every one
around deserve. You will wonder at my better scholarship her,--he said 19 Butler, "Py the py, minister, I have but when I was abroad, I had the best teachers, and a letter here either for your canny pody of a wife or I worked hard because my progress pleased him. He you, which I got when I was last at Glasco; the is kind, Jeanie, only he has much to distress him, postage comes to fourpence, which you may either especially when he looks backward. When I look pay me forth with, or give me tooble or quits in a hit backward myself, I have always a ray of comfort, at packcammon.
it is in the generous conduct of a sister, who forsook The playing at backgammon and draughts had me not when I was forsaken by every one. You been a frequent amusement of Mr. Whackbairn, have had your reward. You live happy in the esteem Butler's principal, when at Libberton school. The and love of all who know you, and I drag on the minister, therefore, still piqued himself on his skill at life of a miserable impostor, indebted for the marks both games, and occasionally, practised them, as of regard I receive to a tissue of deceit
and lies, which strictly canonical, although David Deans, whose no- the slightest accident may
unravel. He has produced tions of every kind were more rigorous, used to shake me to his friends, since the estate opened to him, as nis head, and groan grievously, when he espied the the daughter of a Scotchman of rank, banished on tables
lying in the parlour, or the children playing account of the Viscount of Dundee's wars that is, with the dice-boxes or backgammon men. Indeed, our Fr's old friend Clavers, you know-and he says Mrs. Butler was sometimes chidden for removing ! was educated in a Scotch convent; indeed, I lived these implements of pastime into some closet or in such a place long enough to enable me to support corner out of sight. "Let them be where they are, the character. But when a countryman approaches Jeanie,” would Butler say upon such occasions; "I me, and begins to talk, as they all do, of the various am not conscious of following this, or any other families epgaged in Dundee's affair, and to make trifling relaxation, to the interruption of my more enquiries into my connexions, and when I see his serious studies, and still more serious duties. I will eye bent on mine with such an expression of agony not, therefore, have it supposed that I am indulging my terror brings me to the very risk of detection. by stealth, and against my conscience, in an amuse: Good-nature and politeness have hitherto saved
me, ment which, using, it so little as I do, I may well as they prevented people from pressing on me with practise openly, and without any check of mind-Nil distressing questions. But how long- how long, conscire sibi, Jeanie, that is my motto; which signi- will this be the case !-And if I bring this disgrace fies, my love, the honest and open confidence which on him, he will hate me-he will kill me, for as much a man ought to entertain
when he is acting openly, as he loves me; he is as jealous of his family honour and without any sense of doing wrong.".
now, as ever he was careless about it. I have been Such being Butler's humour, he accepted the Cap-in England four months, and have often thought of tin's defiance to a two-penny hit at backgammon, writing to you; and yet, such are the dangers that and handed the letter to his wife, observing, the post- might arise from an intercepted letter, that I have mark was York, but
, if it came from her friend Mrs. hitherto forborne. But now I am obliged to run the Bickerton, she had considerably improved her hand- risk. Last week I saw your great friend, the D. of writing, which was uncommon at her years. A. He came to my box, and sate by me; and some
Leaving the gentlemen to their game, Mrs. Butler thing in the play put him in mind of you-Gracious went to order something for supper, for Captain Pun- Heaven! he told over your whole London journey to can had proposed kindly to stay the night with them, all who were in the box, but particularly to the and then carelessly broke open her letter. It was wretched creature who was the occasion of it all. not from Mrs. Bickerton, and, after glancing over the If he had known-if he could have conceived, beside first few lines, she soon found it necessary to retire whom he was sitting, and to whom the story was into her own bearoom, to read the document at told !-I suffered with courage, like an Indian at the leisure.
stake, while they are rending his fibres and boring his eyes and while he smiles applause at each well- And I maun tell the minister about it. I dinna see imagined contrivance of his torturers. It was too that she suld be sae feared for her ain bonny bargain o much for me at last, Jeanie-I fainted; and my agony a gudeman, and that I shouldna reverence Mr. Butler was imputed partly to the heat of the place, and partly just as much; and sae I'll e'en tell him, when that to my extreme sensibility; and, hypocrite all over, 1 tippling body the Captain has ta'en boat in the mornencouraged both opinions--any thing but discovery? ing. But I wonder at my ain state of mind," she Luckily he was not there. But the incident has led added, turning back, after she
had made a step or two to more alarms. I am obliged to meet your great to the
door to join the gentiemen; " surely I am no man often; and he seldom sees me without talking of sic a fule is to be angry that Efie's a braw lady, E. D. and J. D., and R. B. and D.D., as persons in while I am only a minister's wife? and yet I am as whom my amiable sensibility is interested. My petted as a bairn, when I should bless God, that has amiable sensibility !!!
And then the cruel tone of redeemed her from shame, and poverty, and guilt, as light indifference with which persons in the fashion ower likely she might hae been plunged into. able world speak together on the most affecting sub- Sitting down upon a stool at the foot of the bed, jects! To hear my guilt
, my folly, my agony, the she folded her arms upon her bosom, saying within foibles and weaknesses of my friends--even your herself, "From this place will I not rise till I am in a heroic exertions, Jeanie, spoken of in the drolling better frame of mind;" and so placed, by dint of tear style which is the present tone in fashionable life ing the veil from the motives of her little temporary Scarce all that I formerly endured is equal to this spleen against her sister, she compelled herself to be state of irritation-then it was blows and stabs- ashamed of them, and to view as blessings the adnow it is pricking to death with needles and pins.- vantages of her sister's lot, while its embarrassments He mean the D.-goes down next month to were the necessary consequences of errors long since spend the shooting-season in Scotland-he says, he committed. And thus she fairly vanquished the feel. makes a point of always dining one day at the Manse ing of pique which she naturally enough entertained, -be on your guard, and do not betray yourself
, at seeing Effie, so long the object of her care and her should he mention me--Yourself
, alas! you have pity, soar suddenly so high above her in life, as to nothing to betray--nothing to fear; you, the pure, reckon amongst the chief objects of her apprehension the virtuous, the heroine of unstained faith, unble the risk of their relationship being discovered. mished purity, what can you have to fear from the When this unwonted burst of amour propre was world or its proudest minions? It is E. whose life is thoroughly subdued, she walked down to the little ence more in your hands--it is E. whom you are to parlour where the gentlemen were finishing their Have from being plucked of her borrowed plumes, dis-game, and heard from the Captain a confirmation of covered, branded, and trodden down, first by him, the news intimated in her letter, that the Duke of perhaps, who has raised her to this dizzy pinnacle !- Argyle was shortly expected at Roseneath. The enclosure will reach you twice a-year--do not He'll find plenty of moor-fowls and plack-cock refuse it-it is out of my own allowance and may be on the moors of Auchingower, and he'll pe nae doubt twice as much when you want it. With you it may for taking a late dinner, and a ped at the Manse, as do good-with me it never can.
he has done pefore now." Write to me soon, Jeanie, or I shall remain in the He has a gude right, Captain," said Jeanie. igonizing apprehension that this has fallen into "Teil ane petter to ony ped in the kintra," answerwrong hands-Address simply to L. S. under cover, ed the Captain. And ye had petter tell your father, to the Reverend George Whiterose, in the Minster- puir body, to get his beasts a' in order, and put his Close, York. He thinks I correspond with some of tamnd Cameronian nonsense out o' his head for twa my noble Jacobite relations who are in Scotland. or three days, if he can pe so opliging; for fan I speak How high-church and jacobitical zeal would burn'in to him apout prute pestial, he answers ma out o the his cheeks, if he knew he was the agent, not of Pible, which is not using a slentleman weel, unless it Euphemia Setoun, of the honourable house of Win- be a person of your cloth, Mr. Putler." ton, but of E. D. daughter of a Cameronian cow- No one understood better than Jeanie the merit of feeder !-Jeanie, I can laugh yet sometimes--but God the soft answer, which turneth away wrath; and she protect you from such mirih.--My father-I mean only smiled, and hoped that his Grace would find your father, would say it was like the idle crackling every thing that was under her father's care to his of thorns; but the thorns keep their poignancy, they entire satisfaction. remain unconsumed.-Farewell, my dearest Jeanie But the Captain, who had lost the whole postage -Do not show this even to Mr. Butler, much less to of the letter at backgammon, was in the pouting mood any one else--I have every respect for him, but his not unusual to losers, and which, says the proverb, principles are over strict, and my case will not endure must be allowed to them. severe handling: -I rest your affectionate sister, E." * And, Master Putler, though you know I never
In this long letter there was much to surprise as meddie with the things of your kirk-sessions yet I well as to distress Mrs. Butler. That Effie-her sis. must pe allowed to say that I will not pe pleased to ter Effie, should be mingling freely in society, and allow Ailie MacClure of Deepheugh to be poonished upparently on not unequal terms, with the Duke of as a witch, in respect she only spaes fortunes, and Argyle, sounded like something so extraordinary, that does not lame, or plind, or pedevil any persons,
or she even doubted if she read truly. Nor was it less coup cadgers' carts, or ony sort of mischief; put only marvellous, that, in the space of four years, her educa- tells people good fortunes, as anent our poats killing tion should have made such progress. Jeanie's hu- so many seals and doug-fishes, whilk is very pleasant mility readily allowed that Effie had always, when to hear.” she chose it, been smarter at her book than she her- "The woman," said Butler, "is, I believe, no witch, sell was, but then she was very idle, and, upon the but a cheat; and it is only on that head that she whole, had made much less proficiency. Love, or is summoned to the kirk-session, to cause her to de fear, or necessity, however, has proved an able school- sist in future from practising her impostures upo: ig. mistress, and completely supplied all her deficiences. norant persons."
What Jeanie least liked in the tone of the letter "I do not know," replied the gracious Duncan, was a smothered degree of egotism. "We should "what her practices or her postures are, but I pelieve have heard little about her,” said Jeanie to herself, that if the poys take hould on her to duck her in the "but that she was feared the Duke might come to Clachan purn, it will be a very sorry practice and I learn wha she was, and al about her puir friends pelieve, moreover, that if I come in thirdsman among here; but Effie, puir thing, aye looks her ain way,
and you at the kirk-sessions, you will be all in a tamn'd folk that do that think mair o' themselves than of pad posture indeed." their neighbours.--1 am no clear about keeping her Without noticing this threat, Mr. Butler replied, siller," she added, taking up a 50l. note which had "That he had not attended to the risk of ll usage fallen out of the paper to the floor. "We hae eneugh, which the poor woman might undergo at the hande and it looks unco like theftboot, or hush-money, as of the rabble, and that he would give her the necesa they ca' it; she might hae been sure that I wad say sary admonition in private, instead of bringing her be Daething wad harm her, for a' the gowd in Lunnon. I fore the assembled session." VOL III.
This," Duncan said, "was speaking like a rea- the sound of her voice, and cast of her countenance sonable shentleman;" and so the evening passed that reminded me of you-not when you look so pala peaccabiy off.
though-you haye over-fatigued yourself-you must Next morning, after the Captain had swallowed pledge me in a glass of wine." his morning draught of Athole brose, and departed She did so, and Butler observed, "It was danger in his coach and six, Mrs. Butler anew deliberated ous frattery in his Grace to tell a poor minister's wife upon communicating to her husband her sister's let- that she was like a court-beauty. ter. But she was deterred by the recollection, that, "Oho! Mr. Butler," said the Duke,, "I find you are in doing so, she would unveil to him the whole of a growing jealous : but it's rather too late in the day, dreadful secret, of which, perhaps, his public charac- for you know how long I have admired your wife ter might render him an unfit depositary. Butler al. But seriously, there is betwixt them one of those in. ready had reason to believe that Effie had eloped explicable
likenesses which we see in countenances with that same Robertson who had been a leader in that do not otherwise resemble each other." the Porteouis mob, and who lay under sentence of “The perilous part of the compliment has flown death for the robbery at Kirkaldy. But he did not off”. thought Mr. Butler. know hış identity with George Staunton, a man of His
wife, feeling the awkwardness of silence, forced birth and fortune, who had now, apparently re-as- herself to say, "That, perhaps, the lady might be her sumed his natural rank in society. Jeanie had re: countrywoman, and the language might make some spected Staunton's own confession as sacred, and resemblance." upon reflection she considered the letter of her sister "You are quite right," replied the Duke. "She is as equally
so, and resolved to mention the contents a Scotchwoman, and speaks with a Scotch accent to no one.
and now and then a provincial word drops out so On re-perusing the letter, she could not help observ- prettily, that it is quite Doric, Mr. Butler." ing the staggering and unsatisfactory condition of "I should have thought," said the clergyman, those who have risen to distinction by undue paths, "that would have sounded vulgar in the great city. and the outworks and bulwarks of fiction and false- "Not at all," replied the Duke;" you must suppose hood, by which they are under the necessity of sur- it is not the broad coarse Scotch that is spoken in the rounding and defending their precarious advantages. Cowgate of Edinburgh, or in the Gorbals. This lady But she was not called upon, she thought, to unveil has been very little in Scotland, in fact-She was eduher sister's
original history-it would restore no right cated in a convent abroad, and speaks that pure to any one, for she was usurping none-it would only court-Scotch, which was common in my younger destroy her happiness, and degrade her in the public days; but it is so generally disused now, that it sounds estimation. Had she been wise, Jeanie thought she like a different dialect, entirely
distinct from our mowould have chosen seclusion and privacy, in place of dern patois." public life and gayety; but the power of choice might Notwithstanding her anxiety, Jeanie could not help not be hers. The money, she thought, could not be admiring within herself, how the most correct judges returned without her seeming haughty and unkind. of life and manners can be imposed on by their own She resolved, therefore, upon re-considering this preconceptions, while the Duke proceeded thus: point, to employ it as occasion should serve, either in "She is of the unfortunate house of Winton, I beeducating her children better than her own means lieve; but, being bred abroad, she had missed the opcould compass, or for their future portion. Her sister portunity of learning her own pedigree, and was had enough was strongly bound to assist Jeanie obliged to me for informing her, that she must crby any means in her power, and the arrangement was tainly come of the Setons of Windygoul. I wish you so natural and proper, that it ought not to be de- could have seen how prettily she blushed at her own clined out of fastidious or romantic delicacy: Jeanie ignorance. Amidst her noble and elegant manners, accordingly wrote to her sister, acknowledging her there is now and then a little touch of bashfu.ness letter, and requesting to hear from her as often as she and conventual rusticity, if I may call it so, that could. In entering into her own little details of news, makes her quite enchanting. You see at once the chiefly respecting domestic affairs, she experienced a rose that had bloomed untouched amid the chaste singular vacillation of ideas; for sometimes she apolo- precincts of the cloister, Mr. Butler." gized for mentioning things unworthy the notice of a True to the hint, Mr. Butler failed not to start with lady of rank, and then recollected that every thing his which concerned her should be interesting to Effie. "Ut flos in septis secretus nascitur hortis," &c. Her letter, under the cover of Mr. Whiterose, she com- while his wife could hardly persuade herself that all mitted to the post-office at Glasgow, by the inter- this was spoken of Effie Dears, and by so competeni vention of a parishioner who had business at that city; a judge as the Duke of Argyle, and had she been ae
The next week brought the Duke to Roseneath, and quainted with Catullus, would have thought the for. shortly afterwards he intimated his intention of sport-tunes of her sister had reversed the whole passage. ing in their neighborhood, and taking his bed at the She was, however, determined to obtain some in. Mansę; an honour which he had once or twice done demnification for the anxio'is feelings of the moment
, to its inmates on former occasions.
by gaining all the intelligence she could; and there Effie proved to be perfectly right in her anticipa-fore ventured to make some inguiry, about the hustions. The Duke had hardly set himself down at Mrs. band of the lady his Grace admired so much. Butler's right hand, and taken upon himself the task He is very rich," replied the Duke; "of an ancient of carving the excellent " barn-door chucky," which family, and has good manners;
but he is far from behad been selected as the high dish upon this honoura-ing such a general favourite as his wife. Some people ble occasion, before he began to speak of Lady Staun- say he can be very pleasant-I never saw him so; tur ton of Willingham, in Lincolnshire, and the great should rather judge him reserved, and gloomy, and noise which her wit and beauty made in London. For capricious. He was very wild in his youth, hey say, much of this Jeanie was, in some measure, prepared and has bad health; yet he is a good-looking man -but Effie's wit! that would never have entered into enough-a great friend of your Lord High Commisher imagination, being ignorant how exactly raillery sioner of the Kirk, Mr. Butler." in the Ingher rank resembles flippancy among their "Then he is the friend of a very worthy and hoinferiors.
nourable nobleman," said Butler. She has been the ruling belle-the blazing star- Does he admire his lady as much as other people tre universal toast of the winter," said the Duke; do ?" said Jeanie, in a low voice. and is really the most beautiful creature that was "Who - Sir George? 'They sav he is very fond of seen at court upon the birth-day.'
her," said the Duke;. "but I observe she trenibles a The birth-day! and at court :- Jeanie was anni- little when he fixes his eye on her," and that is no hilated, remembering well her own presentation, all good sign--But it is strange how I am haunted by its extraordinary circumstances, and particularly the this resemblance of yours to Lady Staunton, in look cause of i.
and tone of voice. One would almost swear you were "I mention this lady, particularly to you, Mrs. But- sisters. 'er," said the Duke, “because she has something in Jeanie's distress became uncontrollable, and be
yond concealment. The Duke of Argyle was much the war under his old friend, and behaved very well disturbed, good-naturedly ascribing
it to his having upon several occasions. And as for their leader, as unwittingly called to her remembrance her family no one doubted his courage, it was generally supposmisfortunes. He was too well-bred to attempt to ed that Donacha had found out the mode of conciliapologize; but hastened to change the subject, and ating his favour, a thing not very uncommon in that arrange certain points of dispute which had occurred age and country. This was the more readily believbetwixt Duncan of Knock and the minister, acknow- ed, as David Deans's cattle (being the property of the ledging that his worthy substitute was sometimes a Duke) were left untouched, when the minister's cows little too obstinate, as well as too energetic, in his were carried off by the thieves. Another attempt executive measures.
was made to renew the same act of rapine, and the Mr. Butler admitted his general merits, but said, cattle were in the act of being driven off when
But"He would presume to apply
to the worthy gentle I ler, laying his profession aside in a case of such neman the words of the poet to Marrucinus Asinius, cessity, put himself at the head of some of his neigh,
bours, and rescued the creagh, an exploit at which Non bolle uteris in joco atque vino.""
Deans attended in person, notwithstanding his exThe discourse being thus turned on parish-busi- treme old age, mounted on a Highland pony, and ness, nothing further occurred that can interest the girded with an old
broadsword, likening himself (for reader.
pedition) to David, the son of Jesse, when he reco
vered the spoil of Ziklag from the Amalekites. This CHAPTER XLIX.
spirited behaviour had so far a good effect, that Don
ach dhu na Dunaigh kept his distance for some time upon my head they placed a fruitless crown,
to come; and, though his distant exploits were fre And put a barren sceptre in my gripe,
quently spoken of, he did not exercise any depredaThence to be wrench'd by an unlineal hand, No son of mine succeeding.-Macbela.
tions in that part of the country. He continued Arter this period, but under the most strict pren year 1751, when, if the fear of the second David had
to flourish, and to be heard of occasionally, until the cautions against discovery, the sisters corresponded kept him in check, fate released him from that re year. Those of Lady Staunton spoke of her hus straint, for the venerable patriarch of St. Leonard's band's health and spirits as being deplorably uncer David Deans died full of years and of honour. He tain ; her own seemed also to be sinking, and one of is believed, for the exact time of his birth is not known the topics on which she most frequently dwelt was to have lived upwards of ninety years; for he used violen, had taken some aversion at the next heir, ledge, which happened about
the time of the battle
of whom he suspected of having irritated his friends Bothwell-bridge. It was said that he even bore arms against him during his absence; and he declared, he there; for once, when a drunken Jacobite laird wish. hospital, ere that fetch-and-carry tell-tale should in the lugs out of his head,” David informed him with a herit an acre of it.
" Had he but a child," said the unfortunate wife; peculiar austerity of countenance, that, if he liked to some motive for living and for exertion. But Hea- required the interference of Butler to preserve the
peace, ven has denied us a blessing which we have not de
He expired in the arms of his beloved daughter, served."
thankful for all the blessings which Providence had Such complaints, in varied form, but turning, fre- vouchsafed to him while in this valley of strife and quently on the same topic, filled the letters which toil—and thankful also for the trials he had been vipassed from the spacious but melancholy halls of sited with ; having found them, he said, needful to Willingham, to the quiet and happy parsonage at mortify that spiritual pride and confidence in his own chese fruitless repinings. John, Duke of Argyle and aid most sorely
beset him. He prayed in the most Greenwich, died in the year 1743, universally lament- affecting manner for Jeanie, her husband, and her ed, but by none more than by the Butlers, to whom family, and that her affectionate duty
to the puir auld his benevolence had been so distinguished. He was man might purchase her length of days here, and succeeded by his brother Duke Archibald, with happiness hereafter; then, in a pathetic petition, too whom they had not the same intimacy; but who well understood by those who knew his family circontinued the protection which his brother had ex- cumstances, he besought the Shepherd of souls, while tended towards them. This, indeed, became more gathering his flock, not to forget the little one that necessary than ever; for, after the breaking out and had strayed from the fold, and even then might be in suppression
of the rebellion in 1745, the peace of the the hands of the ravening wolf. He prayed for the country, adjacent to the Highlands, was considerably national Jerusalem, that peace might be in her land, disturbed. Marauders, or men that had been driven and prosperity in her palaces--for the welfare of the to that desperate mode of life, quartered themselves honourable House of Argyle, and for the conversion in the fastnesses nearest to the Lowlands, which of Duncan of Knockdunder. After this he was siwere their scene of plunder; and there is scarce a lent, being exhausted, nor did he again utter any thing glen in the romantic and now peaceable Highlands of distinctly. He was heard, indeed, to mutter somePerth, Stirling, and Dunbartonshire, where one or thing about national defections, right-hand extremes, more did not take up their residence.
and left-hand fallings off; but, as May Hettly observa The
prime pest of the parish of Knocktarlitie was ed, his head was carried at the time, and it is probaa certain Donacha dhu na Dunaigh, or Black Dun- ble that these expressions occurred to him merely out can the Mischievous, whom we have already casu- of general habit, and that he died in the full spirit of ally mentioned. This fellow had been originally a charity with all men. About an hour afterwards he tinkler or caird, many of whom stroll about these slept in the Lord.php no bodong districts; but when all police was disorganized by the Notwithstanding her father's advancea age, his civil war, he threw up his profession, and from half death was a severe shock to Mrs. Butler. Much of thief became whole robber, and being generally at her time had been dedicated to attending to his health the head of three or four active young fellows, and and his wishes, and she felt as if part of her business De himself artful, bold, and well acquainted with the in the world was ended, when the good old man was passes, he plied his new profession with emolument no more. His wealth, which came nearly to fifteen to himself, and infinite plague to the country, hundred pounds, in disposable capital, served to raise
All were convinced that Duncan of Knock could the fortunes of the family at the Manse. How to have put down his namesake Donacha any morning dispose of this sum for the best advantage of his faae had a mind; for there were in the parish a set of mily, was matter of anxious
consideration to Butler sont young men, who had joined Argyle's banner in "If we put it on heritable bond, we shall numbe
ose the interest ; for there's that bond over Louns asking me very sair I wad maybe tell you, and then I beck's land, your father could neither get principal am sure I would do wrong." nor interest for it-If we bring it into the funds, we "But tell me," said Butler, “is it any thing that disshall maybe lose the principal and all, as many did in tresses your own mind ?” the South Sea scheme. The little estate of Craig- "There is baith weal and wo come aye wi' warld's sture is in the market-it lies within two miles of the gear, Reuben; but ye maun ask me naething mairManse, and Knock says his Grace has no thought to This siller binds me to naething, and can never be buy it. But they ask 25001.
, and they may, for it is speered back again. worth the money; and were 1 to borrow the balance, Surely," said Mr. Butler, when he had again the creditor might call it up ruddenly,or in case of my counted over the money, as if to assure himself that death my family might be distressed."
the notes were real, "there was never a man in the * And so, if we had mair siller, we might buy that world had a wife like mine-a blessing seems to folbonny pasture-ground, where the grass comes so ear- low her." 'v? asked Jeanie.
"Never," said Jeanie, "since the enchanted prin"Certainly, my dear; and Knockdunder, who is a cess in the bairns' fairy' tale, that kamed gold nobles good judge, is strongly advising me to it.- To be sure out o' the tae side of her haffit locks, and Dutch dolIt is his nephew that is selling it."
lars out o' the tother. But gang away now, minister, "Aweel, Reuben," said Jeanie, "ye maun just look and put by the siller, and dinna keep the notes wampup a text in Scripture, as ye did when ye wanted siller ishing in your hand' that gate, or I shall wish them before-just look up a text in the Bible."
in the brown pigg again, for fear we get a black cast "Ah, Jeanie,” said Butler, laughing and pressing about them--we're ower near the hills in these times her hand at the same time, the best people in these to be thought to hae siller in the
betimes can only work miracles once."
sides, ye mann gree wi' Knockdunder, that has the “We will see," said Jeanie composedly; and going selling of the lands and dinna you be simple and let to the closet in which she kept her honey, her sugar, him ken o' this
windfa', but keep him to the very lowher pots of jelley, her vials of the more ordinary me: est penny, as if ye had to borrow siller to make the dicines, and which
served her, in short, as a sort of price up. store-room, she jangled vials and gallipots, till, from In the last admonition Jeanie showed distinctly, out the darkest nook, well flanked by a triple row of that, although she did not understand how to secure bottles and jars, which she was under the necessity the money which came into her hands otherwise of displacing, she brought a cracked brown cann, than by saving and hoarding it, yet she had some with a piece of leather tied over the top. Its contents part of her father David's shrewdness, even upon seemed to be written papers, thrust in disorder into worldly subjects. And Reuben Butler was a prudent this uncommon secrétaire. But from among these man, and went and did even as his wife had advised Jeanie brought an old clasped Bible, which had been him. David Dean's companion in his earlier wanderings, The news quickly went abroad into the parish thar and which he had given to his daughter when the the minister had bought Craigsture; and some wish. failure of his eyes had compelled him to use one of a ed him joy, and some were sorry it had gane out of larger print. This she gave to Butler, who had been the auld name. However, his clerical brethren, looking at her motions with some surprise, and de- understanding that he was under the necessity of gosired him to see what that book could do for him.- ing to Edinburgh about the ensuing Whitsunday, 1o He opened the clasps, and to his astonishment a par- get together David Deans's cash to make up the purcel of 501. bank-notes dropped out from betwixt the chase-money
of his new acquisition, took the oppor, leaves, where they had been separately lodged, and tunity to name him their delegate to the General Huttered upon the floor. "I dinna think to hae tauld Assembly, or Convocation of the Scottish Church, you o' my wealth, Reuben," said his wife, smiling at which takes place usually in the latter end of the his surprise, still on my deathbed, or maybe on some month of May. family pinch; but it wad be better laid out on yon bonny grass-holms, than lying useless here in this anld pigg."
CHAPTER L. “How on earth came ye by that siller, Jeanie ?Why, here is more than a thousand pounds," said
But who is this? what thing of sea or land
Female of sex it seems Butler, lifting up and counting the notes.
That so bedeck'd,
ornate, and gay, "If it were ten thousand, it's a' honestly come by," Comes this way sailing 2-MILTON. said Jeanie; "and troth I kenna how muckle there is Not long after the incident of the Bible and the o't, but it's a there that ever I got.-And as for how bank notes, Fortune showed that she could surprise I came by it, Reuben-it's weel come by, and honest. Mrs. Butler as well as her husband. The minister ly, as I said before-And it's mair folk's secret than in order to accomplish the various pieces of business, mine, or ye wad hae kend about it lang syne; and as which his unwonted visit to Edinburgh rendered for ony thing else, I am not free to answer mair ques- necessary, had been under the necessity of setting tions about it, and ye maun just ask me nane." out from home in the latter end of the month of Feb.
"Answer me but one," said Butler. "Is it all ruary,, concluding justly, that he would find the freely and indisputably your own property, to dispose space betwixt his departure and the term of Whitof it as you think fit ?-Is it possible no one has a supdạy (24th May, short enough for the purpose of daim in so large a sum except you ?!!
bringing forward those various debtors of old David "It was mine, free to dispose of it as I like," an- Deans, out of whose purses a considerable part of swered Jeanie; '"and I have disposed of it already, the price of his new purchase was to be made good. for now it is yours, Reuben-You are Bible Butler Jeanie was thus in the unwonted situation of innow, as weel as your forbear, that my puir father had habiting a lonely house, and she felt yet more solita. eic an ill will at. Only, if ye like, I wad wish Femie ry from the death of the good old man, who used to get a gude share o't when we are gane."
to divide her cases with her husband. Her children * Certainly, it shall be as you choose-But who on were her principal resource, and to them she paid carth ever pitched on such a hiding-place for temporal constant attention. troasures?"
It happened, a day or two after Butler's departure, "That is just ane o' my auld-fashioned gates, as that, while she was engaged in some domestic duyou ca' them, Reuben. I thought if Donacha Dhu ties, she heard a dispute among the young folk, was to make an outbreak upon us, the Bible was the whích, being maintained with obstinacy, appeared to last thing in the house he wad meddle wi-but an call for her interference. All came to their natural ony mar siller should drap in, as it is not unlikely, 1 umpire with their complaints. Femie, not yet ten shall een pay it ower to you, and ye may lay it out years old, charged Davie and Reubie with an attempt vour ain way."
to take away her book by force; and David and Reu And I positively must not ask you how you have ben replied, the elder, "That it was not a book for some by all this money ?" said the clergyman. Femie to read," and Reuben, "Thal it was abou:
Indeed, Reuben, you must not; for if you were had woman."