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"were you one of the gay cavaliers of Whitehall, who those under their separate charge, and distributing tetek are, in their way, as great self-seekers as our friend what means she had for their relief, when Allan Dalgetty, should I need to plague you with inquiring M'Aulay suddenly entered the apartment. She started. A into such an amourette as this? it would be an in- for she had heard that he had left the camp upon i trigue only to be laughed at. But this is the land of distant mission; and, however accustomed she was enchantment, where nets strong as steel are wrought to the gloom of his countenance, it seemed at present out of ladies' tresses, and you are exactly the destined to have even a darker shade than usual. He stond knight to be so fettered. This poor girl is exquisitely before her perfectly silent, and she felt the necessity : beautiful, and has talents formed to captivate your of being the first to speak. romantic temper. You cannot think of injuring her "I thought," she said, with some effort, " you had ru you cannot think of marrying her?"

already set out." 'My lord,” replied Menteith, you have repeatedly My companion awaits me," said Allan; "I go real urged this jest, for so I trust it is meant, somewhat instantly." beyond bounds. Annot Lyle is of unknown birth, -a Yet still he stood before her, and held her by the ti captive,,--the daughter, probably, of some obscure out: arm, with a pressure which, though insufficient to law; a dependant on the hospitality of the M'Aulays." give her pain, made her sensible of his great personal

"Do not be angry, Menteith," said the Marquis, in- strength, his hand closing on her like the gripe of a terrupting him; you love the classics, though not manacle. educated at Mareschal-College; and you may remem. Shall I take the harp ?'' she said, in a tiinid free ber how many gallant hearts captive beauty has sub- voice; "is-is the shadow falling upon you ?' dued :

Instead of replying, he led her to the window of the Morit Ajacem, Telamone natum,

apartment, which commanded a view of the field of Forma captivæ dominum Tecmessa.

the slain, with all its horrors. It was thick spread In a word, I am seriously anxious about this-I should with dead and wounded, and the spoilers were busy not have time, perhaps," he added very gravely, “ to tearing the clothes from the victims of war and fcutrouble you with my lectures on the subject, were your dal ambition, with as much indifference as if they feelings, and those of Annot, alone interested ; but had not been of the same species, and themselves you have a dangerous rival in Allan M'Aulay; and exposed, perhaps to-morrow, to the same fate. there is no knowing to what extent he may carry his Does the sight please you ?" said M Aulay. resentment. It is my duty to tell you that the King's "It is hideous!" said 'Annot, covering her eyes service may

be much prejudiced by dissensions be with her hands; "how can you bid me look upon it?" twixt you.

“Yon must be inured to it," said he, "if you le * My lord," said Menteith, “I know what you mean main with this destined host--you will soon have to is kind and friendly; I hope you will be satisfied when search such a field for my brother's corpse-for Men I assure you, that Allan M'Aulay and I have discuss- teith's--for mine-but that will be a more indifferent ed this circumstance; and that I have explained to task-You do not love me!" him, that as it is utterly remote from my character to "This is the first time you have taxed me with entertain dishonourable views concerning this unpro- unkindness," said Annot weeping. " You are my rected female; so, on the other hand, the obscurity of brother-my preserver-my protector and can I then her birth prevents my thinking of her upon other but love you ?–But your hour of darkness is apterms. I will not disguise from your lordship, what proaching, let me fetch my harp": I have not disguised from M'Aulay,-that if Annot “Remain," said Allan, still holding her fast; be Lyle were born a lady, she should share my name and my visions from heaven or hell, or from the middle rank; as matters stand, it is impossible. This ex- sphere of disembodied spirits-or be they, as the planation, I trust, will satisfy your lordship, as it has Saxons hold, but the delusions of an overheated satisfied a less reasonable person."

fancy, they do not now influence me; I speak the Montrose shrugged his shoulders. “And, like true language of the natural, of the visible world. You champions in romance," he said, " you have agreed, love not me, Annot-you love Menteith-by him you that you are both to worship the same mistress, as are beloved again, and Allan is no more to you than idolaters do the same image, and that neither shall one of the

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It cannot be supposed that this strange speech "I did not go so far, my lord,” answered Menteith conveyed any new information to her who was thus -"I only said in tlic present circumstances, -and addresaed. No woman ever lived who could not, in there is no prospect of their being changed, I could, the same circumstances, have discerned long since in duty to myself and family, stand in no relation to the state of her lover's mind. But by thus suddenly Annot Lyle, but as that of friend or brother-But tearing off the veil, thin as it was, Allan prepared her your lordship must excuse me; I have," said he, look- to expect consequences violent in proportion to the ing at his arm, round which he had tied his hand- enthusiasm of his character. She made an effort 10 kerchief, "a slight hurt to attend to."

repel the charge he had stated. * A wound ?" said Montrose, anxiously;, "let me "You forget," she said, "your own worth aıd noblesee it. -- Alas!' he said, "I should

have heard nothing ness when you insult so very helpless a beng, and of this had I not ventured to tent and sound another one whom fate has thrown so totally into your sorry for you—I 100 have known-Bụt what avails it impossible it is that Menteith or you can use lanto awake sorrows which have long slumbered !" guage of affection to me, beyond that of friendship.

So saying, he shook hands with his noble kins. You know from what unhappy race I have edo proman, and walked into the castle.

Annot Lyle, as was not unusual for females in the "I will not believe it," said Allan, impetuously; Highlands, was possessed of a slight degree of me never Rowed crystal drop from a polluted spring dical and even surgical skill. It may readily be be "Yet the very doubt,' pleaded' Annot, lieved, that the profession of surgery, or medicine, as make you forbear to use this language to me." a separate art, was unknown; and the few rude rules "I know," said M'Aulay, it places a bar betw which they observed were intrusted to women, or to us--but I know also that it divides you not so inse the aged, whom constant casualties afforded too rably from Menteith.-Hear me, my beloved Annot much opportunity of acquiring experience. The care leave this scene of terrors and danger-go w and attention, accordingly, of Annot Lyle, her attend- me to Kintail-1 will place you in the house of i arts, and others acting under her direction, had inade noble Lady of Seaforth-or you shall be removed her services extremely useful during this wild çam-safety to Ícolmkill, where some women yet devo paign. And most readily had these services been themselves to the worship of God, after the custon rendered to friend and foe, wherever they could be of our ancestors." must useful. She was now in an apartment of the You consider not what you ask of me," replied castle, anxiously superintending the preparation of Annot ; " to undertake such a journcy under your cole vulnerary herbs, to be applied to the wounded; re- guardianship, were to show me less scrupulous than oiving reperis from different females respecting / maiden ought. I will remain here, Allan--hele un

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may be well supposed, that the scenes in which n had passed his former life, had not much

to shine in female society. He himself sciousness that the language of the

and parade, was not proper to to look after a duty of humanity--the night of called after him, "As you are not likely to be antie

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upon the loss of the famed Gustavas ? Sa so, my lord," answered the soldier, with:

Diem clausit supremum, as we said at hal-College of Aberdeen. Better so that

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ness of other people, unless it either related to the inflicted, save by one, beside thee. Ye, they say, is art inilitary, or was somehow or other connected fated and secure against our vengeance a short ume with his own interest, in either of which cases his will show." memory was very tenacious.

My Lord Menteith," said Sir Duncan, raising “And now, my good friend of the Mist,” said he himself out of his bed, this is a proclaimed villain

can you tell me what has become of your hopeful at once the enemy of King and Parliamegt, of God grandson, as I have not seen him since he assisted and man-one of the outlawed banditti of the Mist; me to disarm after the action, a negligence which alike the enemy of your house, of the M'Aulays, and deserveth the strapado ?"

of mine. I trust you will not suffer moments, which He is not far from hence," said the

wounded out- are perhaps my last, to be embittered by his barbalaw-lift not your hand upon him, for he is man rous tiunph.!! enough w pay a yard of leathern scourge with a foot "He shall have the treatment he nerits," said of tempered steel.”

Menteith ; " let him be instantly removed." "A most improper vaunt," said Sir Dugald; "but Sir Dugald here interposed, and spoke of Ranald's I owe you some favours, Ranald, and therefore shall services as a guide, and his own pledge for his safety; let it pass."

bilt the high harsh tones of the outlaw drowned his "And if you think you owe me any thing," said the voice. outlaw, “it is in your power to requite me by granting No," said he, "be rack and gibbet the word! let me a boon."

me wither between heaven and earth, and gorge the " Friend Ranald,” answered Dalgetty, "I have read hawks and eagles of Ben-Nevis; and so shall this of these boons in silly story-books, whereby simple haughty Knight, and this triumphant Thane, never knights were drawn into engagements to their great learn the secret 1 alone can impart; a secret which prejudice; wherefore, Ranald, the more prudent would make Ardenvohr's heart leap with joy, were he knights of this day never promise any thing until in the death agony, and which the Earl of Menteith hey know that they may keep their word anent the would purchase at the price of his broad earldom... premises, without any displeasure or incommodement Come hither, Annot Lyle,” he said, raising himself to themselves. It may be, you would have me en- with unexpected strength; "fear noi the sight of him gage the female chirurgeon to visit your wound; to whom thou hast lung in infancy. Tell these proud Though you ought to consider, Ranald, that the un men, who disdain thee as the issue of mine ancient clealiness of the place where you are deposited may race, that thou art no blood of ours.--no daughter of somewhat soil the gayety of her garments, concerning the race of the Mist, but born in halls as lordly, and the preservation of which, you may have observed, cradled on couch as soft, as ever soothed infancy in women are apt to be inordinately solicitous. I lost their proudest palaces." the favour of the lady of the Grand Pensionary of "In the name of God," said Menteith, trembling Amsterdam, by touching with the sole of my boot the with emotion, "if you know aught of the birth of this train of her black velvet gown, which I mistook for lady, do thy conscience the justice to disburden if ol

foot-clotl, it being half the room distant from her the secret before departing from this world!" person."

"And bless my enemies wi:h my dying b.cat "It is not to bring Annot Lyle hither," answered said MacEagh, looking at him malignantly.-- " Such MacEagh, “but to transport me into the room where are the maxims your priests preach-but when, of she is in attendance upon the Knight of Ardenvohr. towards whom, do you practise them? Let me know Somewhat I have to say of the last consequence to first the worth of my secret ere ! part with itthem both."

What would you give, Knight of Ardenvohr, to know "It is something out of the order of due precedence," that your superstitious fasts have been vain, and said Dalgetty, to carry a wounded outlaw into the that there still remains a descendant of your house? presence of a knight; knighthood having been of - I pause for an answer-without it, I speak not one yore, and being, in some respects, still, the highest word more.".. military grade, independent always of commissioned "I could,” said Sir Duncan, his voice struggling officers, who rank according to their patents; never between the emotions of doubt, hatred, and anxiety theless, as your boon, as you call it, is so slight, I shall -"I could-but that I know ihy race are like the not deny compliance with the same.

." So saying, he Great Enemy, liars and murderers from the begin. ordered three files of men to transport MacEagh on ning-but could it be true thou tellest me, I could their shoulders to Sir Duncan Campbell's apartment, almost forgive thee the injuries thou hast done ine." and he himself hastened before to announce the cause Hear it!" said Ranald; "he hath wagered deeply of his being brought thither. But such was the acti- for a son of Diarmid--And you, gentle Thane-the vity of the soldiers employed, that they followed him report of the camp says that you would purchase with close at the heels, and, entering with their ghastly life and lands the tidings that Annot Lyle was no burden, laid MacEagh on the floor of the apartmeni. daughter of proscription, but of a race nolle in your His features, naturally wild, were now distorted by estimation as your own-Well-It is for no love I tell pain; his hands and scanty garments stained with you-The time has been that I would have exchang luis own blood, and those of others, which no kind ed this secret against liberty; I am now bartering it hand had wiped away, although the wound in his for what is dearer than liberty or life.-Annot Lyle is side liad been secured by a bandage.

the youngest, the sole surviving child of the Knight "Are you,” he said, raising his head painfully to- of Ardenvohr, who alone was saved when all in his wards the couch where lay stretched his late antago- halls besides was given to blood and ashes." nist," he whom men call ihe Knight of Ardenvohr !"! "Can this man speak truth ?" said Annot Lyle.

"The same," answered Sir Duncan, -"what would scarce knowing what she said. "or is this some you with one whose hours are now numbered ?" strange delusion ?

"My hours are reduced to minutes," said ihe out “Maiden,” replied Ranald" hadst thou dwelt law; "the more grace, if I bestow them in the ser- longer with us, thou wouldst have better learnt to vice of one, whose hand has ever been against me know how to distinguish the accents

of truth. To as mine has been raised higher against him." that Saxon lord, and to the Knight of Arden vohe, i

Thine luigher against me!-Crushed worm!" | will yield such proofs of what I have spoken, that in said the Knight, looking down on miserable credulity shall stand convinced. Meantime, with adversary.

draw-I loved thine infancy, I hate not thy youth"Yes," answered the outlaw, in a firm voice, "my no eye hates the rose in its blossom, though it arm hath been highest. In the deadly contest betwixt groweth upon a thorn, and for thee only do I some us, the wounds I have dealt have been deepest, though thing regret what is soon to follow. But he chat thine have neither been idle nor unfelt. I am Ranald would avenge him of his foe must not reck though MacEagh-I am Ranald of the Misi-the night that the guiltless be engaged in the ruin.", I gave thy castle to the winds in one huge blaze of He advises well, Annot,” said Lord Menteith; fire, is now matched with the day in which you have “in God's name retire! if-if there be aught in this fallen under the sword of my fathers.--Remember the your meeting with Sir Duncan must be more prepa injuries thou gast done sur tribe--never were such I red for both your sakes."

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"I will not part from my father, if I have found | Tarry not their answer, but vanish like the lightning one!" said Annot—" I will not part from him under when the black cloud swallows it.--- And now depart, circumstances so terrible."

beloved son of my best beloved ! I shall never more And a father you shall ever find in me," mur- see thy face, nor hear the light sound of thy foot. mured Sir Duncan.

step-yet tarry an instant and hear my last charge. Then,” said Menteith, "I will have MacEagh re- Remernber the fate of our race, and quit not the moved into an adjacent apartment, and will collect ancient manners of the Children of the Mist. We the evidence of his tale myself. Sir Dugald Dalgetty are now a struggling handful, driven from every vale will give me his attendance and assistance."

by the sword of every clan, who rule in the possesWith pleasure, my lord," answered Sir Dugald. sions where their forefathers hewed the wood and -"I will be your confessor, or assessor-either or drew the water for ours. But in the thicket of the both. No one can be so fit, for I had heard the wilderness, and in the mist of the mountain, Kenneth, whole story, a month ago at Inverary castle-but son of Eracht, keep thou unsoiled the freedom which onslaughts like that of Ardenvohr confuse each other I leave thee as a birthright. Barter it not neither for in my memory, which is besides occupied with mat- the rich garment, nor for the stone-roof, nor for the ters of more importance."

covered board, nor for the couch of down-on the rock Upon hearing this frank declaration, which was or in the valley, in abundance or in famine-in the made as they left the apartment with the wounded leafy summer, and in the days of the iron winterman, Lord Menteith darted upon Dalgetty a look of Son of the Mist! be free as thy forefathers. Own no extreme anger and disdain, to which the self-conceit lord-receive no law-take no hire-give no stipend of the worthy commander rendered him totally in- build no hut--enclose no pasture--sow no grain; sensible.

let the deer of the mountain be thy flocks and herds if these fail thee, prey upon the goods of our oppres

sors-of the Saxons, and of such Gael as are Saxons CHAPTER XXII.

in their souls, valuing herds and flocks more than I am as free as nature first made man,

honour and freedom. Well for us that they do som Ere the base laws of servitude began,

it affords the broader scope for our revenge. Remem. When wild in woods the noble savage ran.

ber those who have done kindness to our race, and Conquest of Granada.

pay their services with thy blood, should the hour The Earl of Menteith, as he had undertaken, so require it. If a Maclan shall come to thee with the he proceeded to investigate more closely the story head of the king's son in his hand, shelter

him, told by Ranald of the Mist, which was corroborated though the avenging army of the father were behind by the examination of his two followers, who had him; for in Glencoe and Ardnamurchan, we have assisted in the capacity of guides. These declarations dwelt in peace in the years that have gone by, The he carefully compared with such circumstances con- sons of Diarmid-the race of Darnlinvarach-the cerning the destruction of his castle and family as riders of Menteith-my curse on thy head, Child of Sir Duncan Campbell was able to supply; and it may the Mist if thou spare one of those names, when the be supposed he had forgotten nothing relating to an time shall offer for cutting them off! and it will come event of such terrific importance. It was of the last anon, for their own swords shall devour each other, consequence to prove that this was no invention of and those who are scattered shall Ay to the Mist, and the outlaw's, for the purpose of passing an impostor perish by its Children. Once more, begone-shake as the child and heiress of Ardenvohr.

the dust from thy feet against the habitations of men, Perhaps Menteith, so much interested in believing whether banded together for peace or for war. Farethe tale, was not altogether the fittest person to be well, beloved ! and mayest thou die like thy forefaintrusted with the investigation of its truth; but the thers, ere infirmity, disease, or age, shall break thy examinations of the Children of the Mist were simple, spirit-Begone!-begone !--live free-requite kindaccurate, and in all respects consistent with each ness-avenge the injuries of thy race!" other. A personal mark was referred to, which was The young savage stooped, and kissed the brow of known to have been borne by the infant child of Sir his dying parent, but accustomed from infancy to Duncan, and which appeared upon the left shoulder suppress every exterior sign of emotion, he parted of Annot Lyle. It was also well remembered, that without tear or adieu, and was soon far beyond the when the miserable relics of the other children had limits of Montrose's camp. been collected, those of the infant had no where been Sir Dugald Dalgetty, who was present during the found. Other circumstances of evidence, which it is latter part of this scene, was very little edified by the annecessary to quote, brought the fullest conviction conduct of MacEagh upon the occasion. 'I cannot not only to Menteith, but to the unprejudiced mind think, my friend Ranald," said he, "that you are in of Montrose, that in Annot Lyle, an humble depen. the best possible road for a dying man. Storms, on dent, distinguished only by beauty and talent, they slaughts, massacres, the burning of suburbs, are were in future to respect the heiress of Ardenvohr. indeed a soldier's daily work, and are justified by the While Menteith hastened to communicate the result necessity

of the case, seeing that they are done in the of these inquiries to the persons most interested, the course of duty; for burning of suburbs, în particular, vutlaw demanded to speak with his grand-child, whom it may be said that they are traitors, and cut-throats be usually called his son. "He would be found," he to all fortified towns. Hence it is plain, that a soldier said, " in the outer apartment, in which he himself is a profession peculiarly favoured by Heaven, seeing had been originally deposited.'

that we may hope for salvation, although we daily Accordingly, the young savage, after a close search, commit actions of so great violence. But then, Ra. was found lurking, in a corner

, coiled up among some nald, in all the services of Europe, it is the custom of rotten straw, and brought to his grandsire.

the dying soldier not to vaunt him of such doings, “ Kenneth," said the old outlaw," hear the last or to recommend them to his fellows; but, on the words of the sire of thy

father. A Saxon soldier, and contrary, to express contrition for the same, and to Allan of the Red-hand, left this camp within these repeat, or have repeated to him, some comfortable few hours, to travel to the country of Caberfae. Pur- prayer; which, if you please, I will intercede with sue them as the bloodhound pursues the hurt deer- his Excellency's chaplain to prefer on your account. swim the lake-climb the mountain-thread the forest It is otherwise no point of my duty to put you in mind -tarry not until you join them; and then the coun- of those things; only it may be for the ease of your tenance of the lad darkened as his grandfather spoke, conscience to depart more like a Christian, and less and he laid his hand upon a knife which stuck in the like a Turk, than you seem to be in a fair way of thong, of leather that confined his scanty plaid. doing.”. *No!' said the old man; "it is not by thy hand he The only answer of the dying man-(for as such must fall. They will ask the news from the camp- Ranald MacEagh might now be considered)was a say to them that Annot Lyle of the Harp is discovered request to be raised to such a position that he might to be the daughter of Duncan of Ardenvohr; that the obtain a view from the window of the castle. The Thane of Menteith is to wed her before the priest; deep frost mist, which had long settled upon the top and that you are sent to hid guests to the bridal of the mountains, was now rolling down each rugged

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glen and gully, where the craggy ridges showed their one way or another, and that this fair Briseis were black and irregular outline, like desert islands rising removed from our camp before the return of our Highabove the ocean of yapour. Spint of the Mist!" | land Achilles, Allan M'Aulay.-1 fear some fatal feud said Ranald MacEagh," called by our race our father, in that quarter, Menteith-and I believe it would be and our preserver-receive into thy, tabernacle of best thai Sir Duncan be dismissed on his parole, and clouds, when this pang is over, him whom in life thou that you accompany him and his daughter as his hast so often sheltered." So saying, he sunk back escort. The journey can be made chiefly hy water, into the arms of those who upheld him, spoke no far- so will not greatly incommode his wound—and you: ther word, but turned his face to the wall for a short own, my friend, will be an honourable excuse for the space. .

absence of some time from my camp. I believe," said Dalgetty,"my friend Ranald will “Never !" said Menteith. Were I to forfeit the pe found in his heart to be little better than a hea- very hope that has so lately dawned upon me, never then.” And he renewed his proposal to procure him will I leave your Excellency's camp while the royal the assistance of Dr. Wisheart, Montrose's military standard is displayed. I should deserve that this chaplain; "a man," said Sir Dugald, “ very clever trifling scratch should gangrene and consume my In his exercise, and who will do execution on your sins sword-arm, were I capable of holding it as an excuse m less time than I could smoke a pipe of tobacco." for absence at this crisis of the King's affairs." Saxon," " said the

to me no On this, then, you are determined ?" said Monan enemy against whom weapons were of no avail - As fixed as Ben-Nevis," said the young noblewhom the ball missed, and against whom the arrow shivered, and whose bare skin was as impenetrable "You must, then,” said Montrose,"lose no time to sword and dirk as thy steel garment?-Heardst in seeking an explanation with the Knight of Arden "thou ever of such a foe?!!

vohr. If this provę favourable, I will talk myself "Very frequently, when I served in Germany," with the elder M'Aulay, and we will devise means to replied Sir Dugald. “There was such a fellow at employ his brother at a distance from the army until Ingolstadt; he was proof both against lead and steel. he shall be reconciled to his present disappointment. The soldiers killed him with the buts of their mus- Would to God some vision would descend upon his kets."

imagination fair enough to obliterate all traces of This impassible foe,” said Ranald, without re- Annot Lyle! That perhaps you think impossible, garding the

Major's interruption," who has the blood Menteith ?--Well, cach to his service; you to that of ccarest to me upon his hands-to this man I have Cupid, and I to that of Mars." now bequeathed agony of mind, jealousy, despair, They parted, and in pursuance of the scheme arand sudden death, or a life more miserable ihan ranged, Menteith, early on the ensuing, morning, death itself. Such shall be the lot of Allan of the sought a private interview with the wounded Knight Red-hand, when he learns that Annot weds Men- of Ardenvohr, and communicated to him his suit for teith; and I ask no more than the certainty that it is the hand of his daughter. Of their mutual attach So, to sweeten my own bloody end by his hand." ment Sir Duncan was aware, but he was not prepared

If that be the case," said the Major, " there's no for so early a declaration on the part of Menteith. more to be said ; but I shall take care as few people He said, at first, that he had already, perhaps, insee you as possible, for I cannot think your mode of dulged too much in feelings of personal happiness, at departure can be at all creditable or exemplary to a a time when his clan had sustained so great a loss Christian army So saying, he left the apartment, and humiliation, and that he was unwilling, thereand the son of the Mist soon after breathed his last fore, farther to consider the advancement of his own

Menteith, in the meanwhile, leaving the new-found house at a period so calamitous. On the more urgent relations to their mutual feelings of mingled emotion, suit of the noble lover, he requested a few hours to was eagerly discussing with Montrose the conse deliberate and consult with his daughter, upon a quences of this discovery, "I should now see," said question so highly important. the Marquis, "even had'I not before observed it, that The result of this interview and de.iberation was your interest in this discovery, my dear Menteith, has favourable to Menteith. Sir Duncan Campbell be no small reference to your own happiness. You love came fully sensible that the happiness of his new. this new-found lady, -your affection is returned. found daughter depended upon a union with her lover; In point of birth, no exceptions can be made; in and unless such were now formed, he saw that Ari every other respect, her advantages are equal to those gyle would throw a thousand obstacles in the way which you yourself possess-think, however, a mo- of a match in every respect acceptable to himself. ment. Sir Duncan is a fanatic--Presbyterian, at Menteith's private character was so excellent, and least-in arms against the King; he is only with us such was the rank and consideration due to his for. in the quality of a prisoner, and we are, I fear, but at tune and family, that they outbalanced, in Sir Dun. the commencement of a long civil war. Is this a can's opinion, the difference in their political opinions. time, think you, Mentieth, for you to make proposals Nor could he have resolved, perhaps, had his own for his heiress? Or what chance is there that he will opinion of the match been less favourable, to decline now listen to it?"

an opportunity of indulging the new-found child of Passion, an ingenious, as well as an eloquent advo- his hopes. There was, besides, a feeling of pride cate, supplied the young nobleman with a thousand which dictated his determination. To produce the answers to these objections. He reminded Montrose Heiress of Ardenvohr, to the world as one who had that the Knight of Ardenvohr was neither a bigot in been educated a poor dependant and musician in the politics nor religion. He urged his own known and family of Darnlinvarach, had something in it that was proved zeal for the royal cause, and hiņted that its humiliating. To introduce her as the betrothed bride, influence might be extended and strengthened by his or wedded wife, of the Earl of Menteith, upon an wedding the heiress of Ardenvohr. He pleaded the attachment formed during her obscurity, was a wardangerous state of Sir Duncan's wound, the risk rant to the world that she had at all times been which must be run by suffering the young lady to be worthy of the rank to which she was elevated. carried into the country of the Campbells, where, in It was under the influence of these considerations case of her father's death, or continued indisposition, that Sir Duncan Campbell announced to the lovers she must necessarily be placed under the guardian- his consent that they should be married in the chapel ship of Argyle, an event fatal to his (Menteith's) of the Castle, by Montrose's chaplain, and as prihopes, unless he conld stoop to purchase his favour vately as possible. But when Montrose should break by abandoning the King's party.

up from Inverlochy, for which orders were expected Montrose allowed the force of these arguments, in the course of a very few days, it was agreed that and owned, although the matter was attended with the young Countess should depart with her father to difficulty, yet it seemed consistent with the King's his Castle, and remain there until the circumstances service that it should be concluded as speedily as of the nation permitted Menteith to retire with possible.

honour from his present military employment. His "I could wish,” said he "that it were all settled in resolution being once taken, Sir Duncan Campbel.

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