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was in such places, according 10 the belief of that I sacred page which he studied. His features, far from period, (when the laws against witchcraft were still handsome, and rather harsh and

severe, had yet, from in fresh observance, and had even lately been acted their expression of habitual gravity, and contempt fo: upon) that evil spirits had power to make themselves earthly things, an expression

of stoical dignity

amids: visible to human eyes, and to practice upon the feel- their sternness. He boasted, in no small degree, the ings and senses of mankind. Suspicions, founded on attributes which Southey ascribes to the ancient such circumstances, rushed on Butler's mind, unpre- Scandinavians, whom he terms "firm to inflict, and pared as it was, by any previous course of reasoning, stubborn to endure." The whole formed a picture, to deny that which all of his time, country, and pro- of which the lights might have been given by Rem. fession, believed ; but common sense rejected these brandt, but the outline would have

required the force vain ideas as inconsistent, if not with possibility, at and vigour of Michael Angelo. least with the general rules by which the universe is Deans lifted his eye as Butler entered, and instantly governed,-a deviation from which, as Butler well withdrew it, as from an object which gave him at argued with himself, ought not to be admitted as once surprise and sudden pain. He had assumed probable upon any but the plainest and most incon- such high ground with this carnal-witted scholar, as trovertible evidence. An earthly lover, however, or a he had in his pride termed Butler, that to meet him, young man, who, from whatever cause, had the right of all men, under feelings of humiliation, aggravated of exercising such summary and unceremonious au- his misfortune, and was a consumination like that thority over the object of his

long-settled, and appa- of the dying chief in the old ballad—"Earl Percy sees rently sincerely returned affection, was an object my fall i" scarce less appalling to his mind, than those which Deans raised the Bible with his left hand, so as superstition suggested.

partly to screen his

face, and putting back his right His limbsexhausted with fatigue, his mind harassed as far as he could, held it towards Butler in that powith anxiety, and with painful doubts and recollec-sition, at the same time turning his body from him, tions, Butler dragged himself up the ascent from the as if to prevent his seeing the working of his countevalley to Saint Leonard's Crags, and presented him-nance. Butler clasped the extended hand which had self at the door of Deans's habitation, with feelings supported his orphan infancy, wept over it

, and in much akin to the miserable reflections and fears of vain endeavoured to say more than the words-"God its inhabitants.

comfort you-God comfort you!" bon vil

"He will--he doth, my friend,” said Deans, assu

ming firmness as he discovered the agitation of his

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CHAPTER XII.

guest ; "he doth now, and he will yet more, in his Then she stretch'd out her lily hand, Torle Town gude time. I have been ower proud of my suf

And for to do her best;
"Hae back thy faith and troth, Willie,

e lodhur

ferings in a gude cause, Reuben, and now I am to be God gie thy soul good rest!" ou Ballad.

tried with those whilk will turn my pride and glory

into a reproach and a hissing. How muckle better i Come in," answered the low and sweet-toned hae thought mysell than them that lay saft, fed sweet, roice he loved best to hear, as Butler tapped at the and drank deep, when I was in the moss-haggs and door of the cottage. He lifted the latch, and found moors, wi' precious Donald Cameron, and worthy Aimself under the roof of affliction. Jeanie was Mr. Blackadder, called Guessagain; and how proud unable to trust herself with more than one glance I was o' being made a spectacle to men and angels, towards her lover, whom she new met under circum- having stood on their

pillory at the Canongate afore stances so agonizing to her feelings, and at the same I was fifteen years old, for the cause of a National

time so humbling to her honest pride. It is well Covenant ! To think, Reuben, that I, whae hae been known, that much, both of what is good and bad in sae honoured and exalted in my youth, nay, when I the Scottish national character, arises out of the in- was but a haffins callant, and that hae borne testitimacy of their family connexions. "To be come of mony again' the defections o' the times yearly, honest folk," that is, of people who have borne a monthly, daily, hourly,

minutely, striving and testify, fair and unstained reputation, is an advantage as ing with uplifted hand and voice, crying aloud, and highly prized among the lower Scotch, as the em- sparing nol, against all great national snares, as the phatic counterpart, to be of a good family," is nation-wasting and church-sinking abomination of valued among their gentry. The worth and respecta- union, toleration, and patronage, imposed by the last bility of one member of a peasant's family is always woman of that unhappy race of Stewarts; also accounted by themselves and others, not only a against the infringements and invasions of the just matter of honest pride, but a guarantee for the good powers of eldership, whereanent I uttered my paper, conduct of the whole. On the

contrary, such a called, a 'Cry of an Howl in the Desert,' printed at melancholy stain as was now Aung on one of the the Bow-head, and sold by all flying stationers in town children of Deans, extended its disgrace to all con- and country-and nono" nected with him, and Jeanie felt herself lowered at Here he paused. It may well be supposed that once, in her own eyes, and in those of her lover. It Butler, though not absolutely coinciding in all the was in vain that she repressed this feeling, as far good old man's ideas about cburch government, had subordinate and too selssh to be mingled with her too much consideration and humanity to interrupt sorrow for her sister's

calamity. Nature prevailed; him, while he reckoned up with conscious pride his and while she shed tears for her sister's distress and sufferings, and the constancy of his testimony. On danger, there mingled with them bitter drops of grief the contrary, when he paused under the influence of for her own degradation.

the bitter recollections of the moment, Butler instantly As Butler entered, the old man was seated by the threw in his mite of encouragement. fire with his well-worn pocket Bible in his hands, the "You have been well known, my old and revered companion of the wanderings and dangers of his friend, a true and tried follower of the Cross; one youth, and bequeathed to him on the scaffold by one who, as Saint Jerome hath it, per infamiam et of those, who, in the year 1686, sealed their enthusi- bonam

famam grassari ad immortalitatem, which astic principles with their blood. The sun sent may be freely rendered, 'who rusheth on to immortal its rays through a small window

at the old man's life, through bad report and good report. You have back, and, shining motty through the reek,” to use been one of those to whom

the tender and fearful the expression of a bard of that time and country, souls cry during the midnight solitude, - Watchman, Ikumined the gray hairs of the old man, and the what of the night ?-Watchman, what of the night? woman's character, so as to enable Muschat, on false pretences, her throat almost quite through, and inflieting other wounds to obtain a divorce from her. The brutal devices to which He pleaded guilty to the indictment, for which he sufferoa these worthy accomplicer resorted for that purpose having fail. death. His associato, Campbell, was sentenced to transporta ed, they endeavoured to destroy her by administering medicine ton for his share in the

previous conspiracy. See MacLaurin's of a dangerous kind, and in extraordinary quantities.

Criminal Casos, pages 64 and 738. This purpose also failing, Nicol Muschat, or Muschet. da In memory, and at the same time execration, of the deed, Binally or the 17th October, 1720, carry his wife under cloud of Cairn, or pile of stones, long marked the spot. It is now almos Dizhit to the King's Park, adjacent to what is called the Duke's totally removed, in consequence of an alteration on the road in Walk, near Holyrood Palace, and there took her life by cutting that place.

in basda ol be

And, assuredly, this heşvy dispensation, as it comes sometimes think myself as ignorant as if I were inter not without Divine permission, so it comes not with- rusticos. Here when I arise in the morning wi' my out its special commission and use.'

mind just arranged touching what's to be done in "I

do receive it as such," said poor Deans, return. puir Effie's misfortune, and hae gotten the haill sta ing the grasp of Butler's hand; "and, if I have nottute at my finger-ends, the mob maun get up and been taught to read the Scripture in any other tongue string Jock Porteous to a dyester's beam, and ding but my native Scottish,” (even in his distress Butler's a' thing out of my head again.' Latin quotation had not escaped his notice,) "I have, Deeply as he was distressed with his own domestic nevertheless, so learned them, that I trust to bear calamity, Deans could not help expressing some in. even this crook in my lot with submission. But 0, terest in the news. Saddletree immediately entered Reuben Butler, the kirk, of whilk, though unworthy, on details of the insurrection and its consequences, I have yet been thought a polished shaft, and meet to while Butler took the occasion to seek some private be a pillar, holding, from my youth

upward, the place conversation with Jeanie Deans. She gave him the of ruling elder--what will the lightsome and profane opportunity he sought, by leaving the room, as if in think of the guide that cannot keep, his own family prosecution of some part of her morning labour. from stumbling? How will they take up their song Butler followed her in a few minutes, leaving Deans and their reproach, when they see that the children of so closely engaged by his busy visiter, that there was professors are liable to as foul backsliding as the off- little chance of his observing their absence. spring of Belial! But I will bear my cross with the The scene of their interview was an outer apartcomfort that whatever showed like goodness in me ment, where Jeanie was used to busy herself in ar. or mine, was but like the light that shines frae creep- ranging the productions of her dairy. When Butler

ng insects, on the brae-side, in a dark night-it found an opportunity of stealing after her into this kythes bright to the ee, because all is dark around it; place, he found her silent, dejected, and ready to burst out when the morn

comes on the mountains, it is but into tears. Instead of the active industry with which a puir crawling kail-worm after a'. And sae it shows, she had been accustomed, even while in the act of wiony rag of human righteousness, or formal law: speaking, to employ her hands in some useful branch work, that we may pit round us to cover our shame." of household business, she was seated listless in a

As he pronounced these words, the door' again corner, sinking apparently under the weight of her opened, and Mr. Bartoline Saddletree entered, his own thoughts. Yet the instant he entered, she dried three-pointed hat set far back on his head, with a her eyes, and, with the simplicity and openness of her silk handkerchief beneath it, to keep it in that cool character, immediately entered on conversation. position, his gold-headed cane in his hand, and his "I am glad you have come in, Mr. Butler," said whole deportment that of a wealthy, burgher, who she, "for-for--for I wished to tell ye, that all maun might one day look to have a share in the magistracy, be ended between you and me it's best for baith our if not actually to hold the curule chair itself. sakes."

Rochefoucault, who has torn the veil from so many "Ended !" said Butler, in surprise ; "and for what foul gangrenes of the human heart, says, we find should it be ended ?-I grant this is a heavy dispensasomething not altogether unpleasant to us in the mis- tion, but it lies neither at your door nor mine-it's

an fortunes of our best friends.

Mr. Saddletree would evil of God's sending, and it must be borne; but it have been very angry had any one told him that he cannot break plighted troth, Jeanie, while they that felt pleasure in the disaster of poor Effie Deans, and plighted their word wish to keep it." the disgrace of her family, and yet there is great But, Reuben," said the young woman, looking at question whether the gratification of playing the

per- him affectionately, "I ken weel that ye think mair of son of importance, inquiring, investigating, and laying me than yourself; and, Reuben, I can only in requital down the law on the whole affair, did not offer, to say think mair of your weal than of my ain. Ye are a the least, full consolation for the pain which pure man of spotless name, bred to God's ministry, and a sympathy gave him on account of his wife's king, men say that ye will some day rise high in the kirk, woman. He had now got a piece of real judicial though poverty keep ye down e'en now. Poverty is a business by the end, instead of being obliged, as was bad back-friend, Reuben, and that ye ken ower weel; his common case, to intrude his opinion where it was but ill-fame is a waur ane, and that is a truth ye sal) neither wished nor wanted ; and felt as happy in the never learn through my means.". exchange as a boy when he gets his first new watch, " What do you mean ?" said Butler eagerly and which actually goes when wound up, and has real impatiently; or how do you connect your sister's hands and a true dial-plate. But besides this subject guilt, if guili there be, which, I trust in God, may yet for legal disquisition, Bartoline's brains were also be disproved, with our engagement?-how can that overloaded with the affair of Porteous, his violent affect you or me?''. death, and all its probable consequences to the city How can you ask me that, Mr. Butler ? Will this and community. It was what the French call l'em- stain, d'ye think, ever be forgotten, as lang, as our barras des richesses, the confusion arises from too heads are abune ihe grund? Will it not stick to us, much mental wealth. He walked in with a con- and to our bairns, and to their very bairns bairns ? sciousness of double importance, full fraught with To hae been the child of an honest man, might bae the superiority of one who possesses more informa- been saying something for me and mine; but to be tion than the company into which he enters, and who the sister of a -0, my God!"-With this excla. feels a right to discharge his learning

on them without mation her

resolution failed, and she burst into a pasmercy. * Good morning, Mr. Deans-good-morrow sionate fit of tears. to you, Mr Butler, -I was not aware that you were

The lover used every effort to induce her to com acquainted with Mr. Deans."

pose herself, and at length succeeded; but she only Butler

made some slight answer; his reasons may resumed her composure to express herself with the be readily imagined for not making his connexion same positiveness as before. No, Reuben, ru with the family, which, in his eyes, had something of bring disgrace hame to nae man's hearth; my ain tender mystery, a frequent subject of conversation distresses I can bear, and I maun bear, but there is with indifferent persons, such as Saddletree. nae occasion for buckling them on other folk's shou

The worthy burgher, in the plenitude of self-import-thers. I will bear my load alone the back is made ance now sate down upon a chair, wiped his brow, for the burden.". collected his breath, and made the first experiment of A lover is by charter wayward and suspicious; and thie resolved pith of his lungs, in a deep and dignified Jeanie's readiness to renounce their engagement, unsigh, resembling a groan in sound and intonation der pretence of zeal for his peace of mind and respect. Awfu' times these, neighbour Deans, awfu' times!" ability of character, seemed to poor Butler to form a

"Sinfu,' shamefu', heaven-daring times," answered portentous combination with the commission of the Teans, in a lower and more subdued tone.

stranger he had met with that morning. His voice ** For my part,".. continued Saddletree, swelling faltered as he asked, "Whether nothing but a sense with importance,' " what between the distress of my of her sister's present distress occasioned her to talk friends and my puir auld country, ony wit that ever in that

manner ?" I had may he said to have abandoned me, sae that I And what else can do sae?" she replied with sim

Bay ?"

come."

there's

Butler paused, and looking at her fixedly-“I am dued by a deep sense of his lions, so much sub

plicity.. "Is it not ten long years since we spoke to- | you not let me be your assistant-your protector, or gether in this way?".

at least your adviser ?" "Ten years?" said Butler. "It's a long time "Just because I cannot, and I dare not,” answered sufficient perhaps for a woman to weary''

Jeanie." But hark, what's that? Surely my father " To weary of her auld gown,” said Jeanie, "and is no weel?" to wish for a new ane, if she likes to be brave, but In fact, the voices in the next room became obstrenot long enough to weary of a friend-The eye may perously loud of a sudden, the cause of which vocifewish change, but the heart never."

ration it is necessary to explain before we go further. "Never ?" said Reuben, -" that's a bold promise." When Jeanie and Butler retired, Mr. Saddletrer

"But not more bauld than true," said Jeanie, with entered upon the business which chiefly interested the same quiet simplicity, which attended her manner the family. In the commencement of their conver, in joy and grief, in ordinary affairs, and in those sation he found old Deans, who, in his usual state of which most interested her feelings.

, was charged," he said, "with a message to you, Jeanie." disgrace, that he heard without replying to, or per

"Indeed! From whom? Or what can ony ane haps without understanding, one or two learned dis have to say to me?"

quisitions on the nature of the crime imputed to her "It is from a stranger," said Butler, affecting to charge and on the steps which ought to be taken in speak with an indifference which his voice belied consequence. His only answer ai each pause was "A young man whom I met this morning in the "I am no misdoubting that you wuss us weel--your Park."

wife's our far-awa cousin." “Mercy!" said Jeanie, eagerly; "and what did he Encouraged by these symptoms of acquiescence.

Saddletree, who, as an amateur of the law, had o That he did not see you at the liour he expected, supreme deference for all constituted authorities, but required you should meet him alone at Muschat's again recurred to his other topic of interest, the mur. Cairn this night, so soon as the moon rises." der, namely, of Porteous, and pronounced a severe * Tell him," said Jeanie, hastily, "I shall certainly censure on the parties concerned.

"These are kittle times-kitile times, Mr. Deans, . May I ask," said Butler, his suspicions increasing when the people take the power of life and death oui at the ready alacrity of the answer, “who this man of the hands of the rightful magistrate into their ain is to whom you are so willing to give the meeting at rough grip. I am o opinion, and so I believe will a place and hour so uncommon?"

Mr. Crossmyloof and the Privy-Council, that this Folk maun do muckle they have little will to do, rising in effeir of war, to take away the life of a rein this world," replied Jeanie.

prieved man, will prove little better than perduellion." “Granted,' said her lover; "but what compels "If I hadna that on my mind whilk is ill to bear, you to this ?-who is this person? What I saw of Mr. Saddletree," said Deans, "I wad make bold to him was not very favourable--who, or what is he?'' dispute that point wi' you."

"I do not know!" replied Jeanie, composedly. How could ye dispute what's plain law, man?" "You do not know ?! said Butler, stepping impa- said Saddletree, somewhat contemptuously; tiendly through the apartment-"You purpose to meet no a callant that e'er carried a pock wia psocess a young man whom you do not know, at such a time, in't

, but will tell you that perduellion is the wairst and in a place so lonely-you say you are compelled and maist virulent kind of treason, being an open to do this—and yet you say you do not know the per- convocating of the king's lieges against his

authoson who exercises such an influence over you !-rity, (mair especially in arms, and by touk of drum, Jeanie, what am I to think of this ?".

to baith whilk accessories my een and lugs bore wit* Think only, Reuben, that I speak truth, as if Iness,) and muckle worse than lese-majesty, or the were to answer at the last day.-I do not ken this concealment of a treasonable purpose-It winna bear man-I do not even ken that I ever saw him; and a dispute, neighbour."'. yet I must give him the meeting he asks-there's life "But it will, though," retorted Douce Davie Deans; and death upon it.".

"I tell ye it will bear a dispute-I never like your " Will you not tell your father, or take him with cauld, legal, forinal doctrines, neighbour Saddletree. you?'' said Butler.

I haud unco little by the Parliament House, since the " I cannot,” said Jeanie; "I have no permission." awfu' downfall of the hopes of honest folk that fol. "Will you let me go with you? I will wait in the lowed the Revolution.", Park till nightfall

, and join you when you set out.' But what wad ye hae had, Mr. Deans ?” said ** It is impossible,” said Jeanie; "there maunna be Saddletree, impatiently; "dinna ye get baith liberty mortal creature within hearing of our conference." and conscience made fast, and settled by tailzie on

" Have you considered well the nature of what you you and your heirs for ever?", are going to do?-the time—the place-an unknown "Mr. Saddletree," retorted Deans, "I ken ye aro and suspicious character ?-Why, if he had asked to one of those that are wise after the manner of this Bee you in this house, your father sitting in the next world, and that ye haud your part, and cast in your mom, and within call, at such an hour, you should portion, wi' the lang-heads and lang gowns, and keep have refused to see him."

with the smart witty-pated lawyers of this our land "My weird maun be fulfilled, Mr. Butler; my life -Weary on the dark and dolefu' cast that they hae and my safety are in God's hands, but I'll not spare gien this unhappy kingdom, when their black hands to risk either of them on the errand I am gaun to do." of defection were clasped in the red hands of our

*Then, Jeanie,” said Butler, much displeased, "we sworn murtherers: when those who had numbered must indeed break short off, and bid farewell

. When the towers of our Zion, and marked the bulwarks of there can be no confidence homini a man anu ais our Reformation, saw their hope turn into a anare plighted wife on such a momentous topic, it is a sign ana xeir rejoicing into weeping.". that she has no longer the regard for him that makes "I canna understand this, neighbour, answered their engagement safe and suitable."

Saddletree. "I am an honest presbyterian of the Jeanie looked at him and sighed. "I thought," Kirk of Scotland, and stand by her and the General abe said, " that I had brought myself 10 hear this Assembly, and the due administration of justice by parting-but-but-I did not ken that we were to the fifteen Lords o' Session and the five Lords part in onkirdness. But I am a woman and you are Justiciary." i man-it may be different wi' you—if your mind is Oụt upon ye, Mr. Saddletree !” exclaimed David, made easier by thinking sae hardly of me, I would who, in an opportunity of giving his testimony on not ask you to think otherwise."

the offences and backslidings of the land, forgot for "You are,” said Butler, "what you have always a moment his own domestic calamity-"oni upor been-wiser, better, and less selfish in your native your General Assembly, and the back o' my hand to kelings, than I can be, with all the

helps philosophy your Court o' Session!What is the tane but a waecan give to a Christian.-But why-why will you per- fu' bunch o' cauldrife professors and ministers, that severo in an undertaking so desperate? Why will / sate bien and warm when the persecuted remnans

were warstling wi' hunger, and cauld, and fear of let him tell me what a plough-gate of land 18, and death, and danger of fire and sword, upon wet brae- I'll tell him if I have one or no. Surely the pursuer sides, peat-haggs, and flow-mosses, and that now is bound to understand his own libel, and his own creep out of their holes, like blue-bottle flees in a statute that he founds upon. Titius pursues Me blink of sunshine, to take the pu’pits and places of rius for recovery of ane black horse lent to Mævius better folk-of them that witnessed, and testified, -surely he shall have judgment; but if Titius purand fought, and endured pit, prison-house, and trans- sue Mævius for ane scarlet or crimson horse, doabtportation beyona seas ?-Abonny bike there's o' less he shall be bound to show that there is sic ane them!- And for your Court o' Session"

animal in rerum natura. No man can be bound to “Ye may say what ye will o'the General Assem- plead to nonsense—that is to say, to a charge which bly,” said Saddletree, interrupting him, "and let cannot be explained or understood,-(he's wrang them clear them that kens them; but as for the there--the better the pleadings the fewer understand Lords o' Session, forby that they are my next door them,)--and so the reference unto this undefined neighbours, I would have ye ken, for your ain regu- and unintelligible measure of land is, as if a penalty lation, that to raise scandal anent them, whilk is was inflicted by statute for any man who suld hunt termed, to murmur again them, is a crime sui ge- or hawk, or use lying-dogs, and wearing a sky-bluo neris-sui generis, Mr. Deans-ken ye what that pair of breeches, without having''But I am wea. amounts to "

rying you, Mr. Deans, we'll pass to your ain business, “I ken little o' the language of Antichrist," said -though this case of Marsport against Lackland Deans; "and I care less than little what carnal has made an unco din in the Outer-house. Weel, courts may call the speeches of honest men. And here's the dittay against puir Effie: Whereas it is as to murmur again them, it's what a' the folk that humbly meant and shown to us,' &c. (they are words loses their pleas, and nine tenths o'them that win of mere style,), that where, by the laws of this and them, will be gay sure to be guilty in. Sae I wad every other well-regulated realm, the murder of any hae ye ken that I haud a' your gleg-tongued advo- one more especially of an infant child, is a crime of cates, that sell their knowledge for pieces of silver, ane high nature, and severely, punishable: And and your worldly-wise judges, that will gie three whereas, without prejudice to the foresaid genedays of hearing in presence to a debate about the peel. rality, it was, by ane act made in the second session ing of an ingan, and no ae haif-hour to the gospel of the First Parliament of our most High and Dread testimony, as legalists and formalists, countenan- Soveraigns William and Mary, especially enacted, cing, by sentences, and quirks, and cunning terms that ane woman who shall have concealed her conof law, the late begun courses of national defections dition, and shall not be able to show that she hath --nion, toleration, patronages, and Yerastian

pre- called for help at the birth, in case that the child latic oaths. As for the soul and body-killing Court shall be found dead or amissing, shall be deemed o' Justiciary"

and held guilty of the murder thereof; and the said The habit of considering his life as dedicated to facts of concealment and pregnancy being found bear testimony in behalf of what he deemed the suf- proven or confessed, shall sustain the pains of law fering and deserted cause of true religion, had swept accordingly; yet, nevertheless, you Effie, or Euphehonest David along with it thus far; but with the mia Deans? mention of the criminal court, the recollection of the "Read no further !” said Deans, raising his head disastrous condition of his daughter rushed at once up; "I would rather ye thrust a sword into my heart on his mind; he stopped short in the midst of his than read a word further!". triumphant declamation, pressed his hands against Weel, neighbour," said Saddletree, "I thought it his forehead, and remained silent.

wad hae comforted ye to ken the best and the warst Saddletree was somewhat moved, but apparently o't. But the question is, what's to be dune ?" not so much so as to induce him to relinquish the Nothing, answered Deans firmly, "but to abide privilege of prosing in his turn, afforded him by Da- the dispensation that the Lord sees meet to send us. vid's sudden silence. “Nae doubt, neighbour," he o, if it had been His will to take

the gray head to rest said, "it's a sair thing to hae to do wi' courts o' law, before this awful visitation on my house and name! anless it be to improve ane's knowledge and prac. But His will be done. I can say that yet, though I tique, by waiting on as a hearer; and touching this can say little mair.", unhappy affair of Effie-ye'll hae seen the díttay, * Bui, neighbour,” said Saddletree, "ye'll retain doubiless ?" He dragged out of his pocket a bundle advocates for the puir lassie? it's a thing maun needs of papers, and began to turn them over. This is be thought of.no it--this is the information of Mungo Marsport, "If there was ae man of them," answered Deans, of that ilk, against Captain Lackland, for coming that held fast his integrity-but I ken them weel on his lands of Marsport with hawks, hounds, lying- they are a carnal, crafty, and warld-bunting self. dogs, nets, guns, cross-bows, hagbuts of found, or seekers, Yerastians, and Arminians, every ane o' other engines more or less for destruction of game, them.” sic as red-deer, fallow-deer, cappercailzies, gray-fowl, "Hout tout, neighbour, ye maunna take the warld moor-fowl, paitricks, herons, and sic like; he the at its word,” said Saddletree; "the very deil is no said defender not being ane qualified person, in terms sae ill as he's ca'd; and I ken mair than ae advooate of the statute sixteen hundred and twenty-ane; that that may be said to hae some integrity as weel as their is, not having ane plough-gate of land. Now, the neighbours; that is, after a sort of fashion o’ their ain." defences proponed say, that non constat at this pre- "It is indeed but a fashion of integrity that ye will sent what is a plough-gate of land, whilk uneer- find amang. them," replied David Deans, and a fatainty is sufficient to elide the conclusions of the shion of wisdom, and fashion of carnal leaming libel. But then the answers to the defences, (they gazing, glancs.g-glasses they are, fit only to fing the are signed by Mr. Crossmyloof, but Mr. Younglad glaiks ir folk's een, wi' their pawky policy, and earthly drew them,) they propone, that it signifies naething, ingine, their flights and refinements, and periods of in hoc statu, what or how muckle a plough-gate of eloquence, frae heathen emperors and popish canons. land may be, in respect the defender has nae lands They canna, in that daft trash ye were reading to me, whatsoc'er, less or mair. 'Sae grant a plough-gate' sae muckle as ca' men that are sae ill-starred as to be (here Saddletree read from the paper in his hand), amang their hands, by ony name o' the dispensation "to be less than the nineteenth part of a guse's o'grace, but maun new baptize them by the names of grass,'-(I trow Mr. Crossmyloof put in that-I ken the accursed Titus, wha was made the instrument of his style ) – of a guse's grass, what the better will burning the holy Temple, and other sic like heathens." the defender be, seeing he hasna a divot-cast of land "It's Tishius," interrupted Saddletree, "and no Tin Scotland ?- Adrocatus for Lackland duplies, that tus. Mr. Crossmyloof cares as little about Titus or the nihil interest de possessione, the pursuer must put Latin learning as ye do.-But it's a case of necessity bis case under the statute'-(now, this is worth your –she maun hae counsel. Now, I could speak to Me notice, neighbour, ) --and must show, formaliter et Crossmyloof-he's weel kend for a round-spun Pres. specialiter, as well as goeraliter, what is the quali- byterian, and a ruling elder to boot." Acacia that defender Lackland does not possess- "He's a rank Yerastian," replied Deans; "one Q

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the public and polititious warldly-wise men that stude "Ye're a silly callant, Reuben," answered Deang up to prevent ane general owning of the cause in the “with your bits of argument. Can a man touch pitch day of power."

and noi be detiled? Or what think ye of the brave What say ye to the auld Laird of Cuffabout ?" and worthy champions of the Covenant, that wadna said Saddletree; "he whiles thumps the dust out of a sae muckle as hear a minister speak, be his gifts and case gay and weel."

graces as they would, that hadna witnessed against "He the fanse loon!" answered Deans-"he was the enormities of the day? Nae lawyer shall ever in his bandaliers to hae joined the ungracious High-speak for me and mine that hasna concurred in the landers in 1715, an they had ever had the luck to cross testimony of the scattered, yet lovely remnant, which the Firth."

abode in the clifts of the rocks." "Weel, Arniston ? there's a clever chield for ye!'' So saying, and as if fatigued, both with the arger said Bartoline, triumphantly:

ments and presence of his guesis, the old man arose, * Ay, to bring popish medals in till their very library and seeming to bid them adieu with a motion of his from that schismatic woman in the north, the Duchess head and hand, went to shut himself up in his sleep of Gordon,"

ing apartment “Weel, weel, but somebody ye maun hae-What Ii's thrawing his daughter's life awa,” said Sadthink ye o' Kittlepunt ?"

dletree to Butler, "to hear him speak in that daft

igate. "He's an Arminian."

Where will he ever get a Cameronian advocate? Or Woodsetter ?"

wha ever heard of a lawyer's suffering either for as " He's, I doubt, a Cocceian."

religion or another? The lassie's life 18 clean Aung "Auld'Whilliewhaw?"

awa.” He's ony thing ye like."

During the latter part of this debate, Dumbiedikes 'Young Næmmo ?"

had arrived at the door, dismounted, hung the pony's "He's naething at a'.

bridle on the usual hook, and sunk down on his ordi" Ye're ill to please, neighbour," said Saddletree; nary settle. His eyes, with more than their usual ( hae run ower the pick, o' them for you, ye maun animation, followed first one speaker, then another,

en choose for yoursell; but bethink ye that in the will he caught the melancholy sense of the whole from naltitude of counsellors there's safety:-What say Saddletree's last words. He rose from his seat, ye to try young Mackenyie? he has a' his uncle's stumped slowly across the room, and, coming close Practiques at the tongue's end."

up to Saddletree's ear, said, in a tremulous, anxious What, sir, wad ye speak to me," exclaimed the voice, “Will-will siller do naething for them, Mr. sturdy presbyterian in excessive wrath, "about a man Saddletree?" that has the blood of the saints at his fingers' ends? "Umph!" said Saddletrec, looking grave, -"siller Didna his eme die and gang to his place wi' the name will certainly do it in the Parliament House, if ony of the Bluidy Mackenyie? and winna he be kend by thing can do it; but whare's the siller to come frae? that name sae lang as there's a Scots tongue to speak Mr. Deans, ye see, will do naething; and though the word ? If the life of the dear bairn that's under Mrs. Saddletree's their far-awa friend, and right good a suffering dispensation, and Jeanie's, and my ain, weel-wisher, and is well disposed to assist, yet she and a' mankind's, depended on my asking sic a slave wadna like to stand to be bound singuli in solidum Satan to speak'a word for me or them, they should to such an expensive wark. An ilka friend wad bear a' gae down the water thegither for Davie Deans !". a share o' the burden, something might be dune

It was the exalted tone in which he spoke this ilka ane to be liable for their ain input-I wadna liko last sentence that broke up the conversation between to see the case fa' through without being pled-: Butler and Jeanie, and brought them both "ben the wadna be creditable, for a' that daft whig body house,” to use the language of the country. Here says. they found the poor old man half frantic between I'll – I will-yes,” (assuming fortitude,) "I will be grief and zealous ire against Saddletree's proposed answerable," said Dumbiedikes, "for a score of punds measures, his cheek inflamed, his hand clenched, and sterling." And he was silent, staring in astonishhis voice raised, while the tear in his eye, and the ment at finding himself capable of such unwonted occasional quiver of his accents, showed that his resolution and excessive generosity: utmost efforts were inadequate to shaking off the "God Almighty bless ye, Laird !' said Jcanie, in a consciousness of his misery. Butler, apprehensive transport of gratítude. of the consequences of his agitation to an aged and "Ye may ca' the twenty punds thretty,” said Dumfeeble frame, ventured to utter to him a recommenda- biedikes, looking bashfully away from her, and 10tion to patience.

wards Saddletree. I am patient,” returned the old man, sternly,-- "That will do bravely," said Saddletree, rubbing

more patient than any one who is alive to the woful his hands; "and ye sall’hae a' my skill and know þackslidings of a miserable time can be patient; and ledge to gar the siller gang far-I'll tape it out wee] in so much, that I need neither sectarians, nor sons, -I ken how to gar the birkies tak short fees, and be nor grandsons of sectarians, to instruct my gray hairs glad o' them too-it's only garring them trow ye hae how to bear my cross.'

twa or three cases of importance coming on, and "But, sir," continued Butler, taking no offence at they'll work cheap to get custom. Let me alane for the slur cast on his grandfather's faith, we must whillywhaing an advocate:--it's nae sin to get as ase human means. When you call in a physician, muckle frae them for our siller as we can--after a you would not, I suppose, question him on the nature it's

but the wind o' their mouth-it costs them nae of his religious principles ?"

"Wad I no? answered David-" But I wad, Idler, horse-milliner, and harness-maker, we are out though ; and if he didna satisfy

, me that he had a unconscionable sums just for barkened hides and right sense of the right-hand and left-hand defections leather." of the day, not a goutte of his physic should gang "Can I be of no use ?" said Butler. "My means, through my father's son.'

alas! are only worth the black coat I wear; but I It is a danger us thing to trust to an illustration. am young-I owe much to the family-Can I do Butler had done so and miscarried; but, like a gallant nothing?" soldier when his musket misses fire,'he stood his " Ye can help to collect evidence, sir,” said Saddleground, and charged with the bayonet.-" This is too tree; "if we could but find ony ane to say she had ngid an interpretation of your duty, sir. The sun gien' the least hint o' her condition, she wad be shines, and the rain descends, on the just and unjust, brought afl' wi' a wat finger--Mr. Crossmyloof tellid and they are placed together in life in circumstances me sae. The crown, says he, canna be craved to which frequently render intercourse between them prove a positive-was't a positive or a negative they mdispensable, perhaps that the evil may have an couldna be ca'd to prove?-it was the tane or the opportunity of being converted by the good, and per- tither o' then, I am sure, and it maksna muckle mat haps, also, that the righteous might among other ter whilk. Wherefore, says he, the libel maun he re. trials, be subjected to that of occasional converse dargued by the panel proving her defences. And :1 with the profane."

canna be done oth pvise."

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