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by the cause through which this calamity had come upon him. I cannot disguise from you my feelings upon this occasion; they were most painfully unfavourable to you. Having, by' my family interest, which you probably know is not inconsiderable, succeeded in obtaining Sir Everard's release, I set out for Scotland. I saw Colonel G a man whose fate alone is sufficient to render this insurrection for ever execrable. In the course of conversation with him, I found, that, from late circumstances, from a re-examination of the persons engaged in the mutiny, and from his original good opinion of your character, he was much softened towards you; and I doubted not, that if I could be so' fortunate as to discover you, all might yet have been well. But this unnatural rebellion has ruined all.
« I have, for the first time, in a long and active military life, seen Britons disgrace themselves by a panic flight, and that before a foe without either arms or discipline: and now I find the heir of my dearest friend-the son, I may say, of his affections--sharing a triumph, for which he ought the first to have blushed. Why should I lament G-! his lot was happy, compared to mine.»
There was so much dignity in Colonel Talbot's manner, such a mixture of military pride and manly sorrow, and the news of Sir Eve
rard's imprisonment was told in so deep a tone of feeling, that Edward stood mortified, abashed, and distressed, in presence of the prisoner, who owed to him his life not many hours before. He was not sorry when Fergus interrupted their conference a second time.
« His Royal Highness commanded Mr Waverley's attendance.» Colonel Talbot threw upon Edward a reproachful glance, which did not escape the quick eye of the Highland chief. « His immediate attendance,» he repeated with considerable empbasis. Waverley turned again towards the Colonel.
« We shall meet again,» he said; «in the meanwhile, every possible accommodation »--
« I desire none,» said the Colonel; « let me fare like the meanest of those brave men, who, on this day of calamity, have preferred wounds and captivity to flight; I would almost exchange places with one of those who have fallen, to know that my words have made a suitable impression on your
mind.» « Let Colonel Talbot be carefully secured,» said Fergus to the Highland officer who commanded the guard over the prisoners; « it is the Prince's particular command; he is a prisoner of the utmost importance.»
« But let him want no accommodation suitable to his rank,» said Waverley.
« Consistent always with secure custody,»
reiterated Fergus. The officer signified his acquiescence in both commands, and Edward followed Fergus to the garden gate, where Callum Beg, with three saddle-horses, awaited them. Turning his head, he saw Colonel Talbot re-conducted to his place of confinement by a file of Highlanders; he lingered on the threshold of the door, and made a signal with his hand towards Waverley, as if enforcing the language he had held towards him.
« Horses,» said Fergus, as he mounted, «are now as plenty as blackberries; every man may have them for catching. Come, let Callum adjust your stirrups, and let us to Pinkiehouse as fast as these ci-devant dragoon-horses chuse to carry us.»
« I was turned back, » said Fergus to Edward, « by a message from the Prince. But, I suppose, you know the value of this most noble Colonel Talbot as a prisoner. He is held one of the best officers among the red-coats; a special friend and favourite of the Elector himself, and of that dreadful hero, the Duke of Cumberland, who has been summoned from his triumphs at Fontenoy, to come over and devour us poor Highlanders alive. Has he been telling you how the bells of St James's ring? Not ‘turn again, Whittington, 'like those of Bow, in the days of yore ? » « Fergus?»
Nay, I cannot tell what to make of you; you are blown about with every wind of doctrine. Here have we gained a victory, anparalleled in history-and your behaviour is praised by every living mortal to the skies
-and the Prince is eager to thank you in person-and all our beauties of the White Kose are pulling caps for
the preux chevalier of the day, are stooping on your horse's neck like a butter-woman riding to market, and looking as black as a funeral ! »
«I am sorry for poor Colonel -_'s death; he was once very kind to me.»
«Why, then, be sorry for five minutes, and then be glad again; his chance to-day may
be ours to-morrow; and what does it signify? The next best thing to victory is honourable death; but it is a pis-aller, and one would rather a foe had it than one's self.»
« But Colonel Talbot has informed me that my
father and uncle are both imprisoned by government on my account. »
« We'll put in bail, my boy; old Andrew Ferrara shall lodge his security; and I should like to see him put to justify it in Westminsterhall !
« Nay, they are already at liberty, upon bail of a more civic description.»
« Then why is thy 'noble spirit cast down, Edward ? Dost think that the Elector's ministers are such doves as to set their enemies at liberty at this critical moment, if they could or durst confine and punish them? Assure thyself that either they have no charge against your relations on which they can continue