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The letters which Waverley had hitherto received from his relations in England, were not such as required any particular notice in this narrative. His father usually wrote to him with the pompous affectation of one who was too much oppressed by public affairs to find leisure to attend to those of his own family. Now and then he mentioned persons of rank in Scotland to whom he could wish his son should

pay some attention; but Waverley, hitherto occupied by the amusements which he had foånd at Tully. Veolan and Glennaquoich, dispensed with paying any atten. tion to hints so coldly thrown out, especially as distance, shortness of leave of

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absence, and so forth, furnished a ready apology. But, latterly, the burthen of Mr Richard Waverley's paternal epistles consisted in certain mysterious hints of greatness and influence which he was speedily to attain, and which would insure his son's obtaining the most rapid promotion, should he remain in the military service. Sir Everard's letters were of a different tenor. They were short; for the good Baronet was none of your illimitable corre. spondents whose manuscript overflows the folds of their large post paper, and leaves no room for the seal; but they were kind and affectionate, and seldom concluded without some allusion to our hero's steed, some question about the state of his purse, and a special enquiry after such of his- ręcruits, as had preceded him from WaverleyHonour. AuntRachael charged him to remember his principles of religion, to take care bęware of Scotch

of us health, to mists, which, she had heard, would wet: an Englishman to the skins never to go

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dut åt night without his great-coat ; and, above , his skin. 19,

11 to wear flannel near "Mr Pembroke only wrote to our herb one leiter, but it was of the bulk of 'six epistles of these degenerate days, containing, in the moderate compass of 'ten folio pages, closely written, a precis of a supplementary quarto manuscript of addenda, delenda, et corrigenda, in reference to the two tracts with which he had presented Waverley. This he considered as a mere

in the pan to stay the appétite of Edward's curiosity, until he should find an opportunity of sending down the volume itself

, which was much too heavy for the post, and which he proposed to accompany with certain interesting pamphlets, lately published by his friend in Little Britain, with whom he had kept up a sort of literary correspondence, in virtue of which the library shelves of Waverley-Honour were loaded with much' trash, and a good round bill, seldom summed in fewer than three figures, was yearly transmitted, in

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which Sir Everard Waverley of Waverley Honour, Bart., was marked Dr. to Jonathan Grubbet, bookseller and stationer Little Britain: Such had hitherto been the style of the letters which Edward had received from England, but the packet delivered to him at Glennaquoichismas of a different and more interestingscomplexion. It would be impossible for the Teader, even were I to insert the lettersgat full length, to coinprehend the real cause of their being written, without la glance into the interior of the British Cabinet at the period in question. 133 320 iv bu The ministers of the day happened (nto Ivery singular event) to be divided into two parties; the weakest of which, making up by assiduity of intrigue their in

feriority in real consequence, had of date acquired some new proselytes, and with them the hope of superseding their rivals in the favour of the sovereign, and overSpowering them in the House of Commous. Amongst others, they had thought it worthwhile ito practise upon Richard Waverley. This honest gentleman, byl a grave mysterious demeanour, an attention to the etiquette of business, as well as to its essence, a facility in making long dull speeches, consisting of truisis and common places, hashed up with a technical jargon of office, which prevented the inanity of his orations from being discojvered, acquired a certain name and credit in public life, and even established, with many, the character of a profound politician; none of your shining orators, indeed, whose talents evaporate in tropes of rhestoric and flashes of wit, but one possessed of steady parts for business, which would wearriwell, as the ladies ' saya in causing -their silks, cand ought in all reason to be agood for common and every-day use, since they were confessedly formed of no boli

day textureathtaista sitrustis - This faith had become so general, that the party in the cabinet of which we have made mention, after sounding Mr Richard

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