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from fatigue. Lady Emily is to be your nurse, and Spontoon and I your attendants. You bear the name of a near relalion of mine, wham none of my present people ever saw, except Spontoon, so there will be no immediate danger. So pray feel your head ache and your eyes grow heavy as soon as possible, that you may be put upon the sick list; and, Emily, do you order an apartment for Frank Stanley, with all the attentions which an invalid may require.”
In the morning the Colonel visited his guest. “ Now," said he, “ I have some good news for you. Your reputation as a gentleman and officer is effectually cleared of neglect of duty, and accession to the mutiny in Gardiner's regiment. I have had a correspondence on this subject with a very zealous friend of yours, your Scottish parson, Morton; his first letter was addressed to Sir Everard ; but I relieved the good Baronet of the trouble of answering it. You must know, that your freebooting acquaintance, Donald of the Cave, has at length fallen into the hands of the philistines. He was driving off the cattle of a certain proprietor, called Killan- something or other
". The same--now the gentleman being, it seems, a great farmer, and having a special value for his breed of cattle, being, moreover, rather of a timid disposition, had got a party of soldiers to protect his property. So Donald run his head unawares into the lion's mouth, and was defeated and made prisoner. Being ordered for execution, his conscience was assailed on the one hand by a Catholic priest, on the other by your friend Morton. He repulsed the Catholic chiefly on account of the doctrine of extreme unction, which this economical gentleman considered as an excessive waste of oil. So his conversion from a state of impenitence fell to Mr. Morton's share, who, I dare say, acquitted himself excellently, though, I suppose, Donald made but a queer kind of Christian after all. He confessed, however, before a magistrate, one Major Melville, who seems to have been a correct, friendly sort of person, his full intrigue with Houghton, explaining particularly how it was carried on, and fully acquitting you of the least accession to it. He also mentioned his rescuing you from the hands of the volunteer officer, and sending you, by orders of the Pret-Chevalier, I meanas a prisoner to Doune, from whence he understood you were carried prisoner to Edinburgh. These are particulars which cannot but tell in your favour. He hinted that he had been employed to deliver and protect you, and rewarded for doing so, but he would not confess by whom, alleging, that though he would not have minded breaking any ordinary oath to satisfy the curiosity of Mr. Morton, to whose pious admonitions he owed so much, yel, in the present case, he had been sworn to silence upon the edge of
his dirk', which, it seems, constituted, in his opinion, an inviolable obligation." “And what is become of him?”
Oh, he was hanged at Stirling after the rebels raised the siege, with his lieutenant, and four plaids besides; he having the advantage of a gallows more lofty than his friends."
“ Well, I have little cause either to regret or rejoice at his death; and yet he has done me both good and harm to a very considerable extent.”
“ His confession, at least, will serve you materially, since it wipes from your character all those suspicions which gave the accusalion against you a complexion of a nature different from that with which so many unfortunate gentlemen, now, or lately, in arms against the government, may be justly charged. Their treason-I must give it its name, though you participate in its guilt-is an action arising from mistaken virtue, and therefore cannot be classed as a disgrace, though it be doubtless highly criminal. Where the guilty are so numerous, clemency must be extended to far the greater number; and I have little doubt of procuring a remission for you, providing we can keep you out of the claws of justice, till she has selected and gorged upon her victims; for in this, as in other cases, it will be according to the vulgar proverb, First come, first served.' Besides, government are desirous at present to intimidate the English Jacobites, among whom they can find few examples for punishment. This is a vindiclive and timid feeling which will soon wear off, for, of all nations, the English are least blood-thirsty by nature. But it exists at present, and you must, therefore, be kept out of the way in the mean time."
Now entered Sponloon with an anxious countenance. By his re
"As the heathen' deities contracted an indelible obligation if they swore by Styx, the Scottish Highlanders had usually some peculiar solemnity attached to an oath wbich they intended should be binding on them. Very frequently it consisted in laying their hand, as they swore, on their own drawn dirk; which dagger, becoming a party to the transaction was invoked to punish any breach of faith. But, by whatever ritual the oath was sanctioned, the party was extremely desirous to keep secret what the especial oath was, which be considered as irrevocable. This was a matter of great convenience, as he felt no scruple in breaking his asseveration, when made in any other form than that which he accounted as peculiarly solemn; and therefore readily granted any engagement which bound bim no longer than he inclined. Whereas, if the oath which he accounted inviolable was once publicly known, no party, with whom be might have occasion to contract, would bave rested satisfied with any other. Louis XI. of France practised the same sopbistry, for he also had a peculiar species of oath, the only one which he was ever known to respect, and which, therefore, he was very unwilling to pledge. The only engagement which that wily tyrant accounted binding upon him, was an oath by the Holy Cross of Saint Lo d'Angers, which contained a portion of the True Cross. If he prevaricated after taking this oath, Louis believed he should die within the year. The Constable Saint Paul, being invited to a personal conference with Louis, refused to meet the king unless he would agree to ensure bim safe conduct under sanction of this oath. But, says Comines, the king replied, he would never again pledge that engagement to mortal man, though he was willing to take any other oath which could be devised. The treaty broke off, therefore, after much chaffering concerning the nature of the vow which Louis was to takeSuch is the difference between the dictales of superstition and those of conscience.
gimental acquaintances he had traced out Madam Nosebag, and found her full of ire, fuss, and fidget, at discovery of an impostor, who had travelled from the north with her under the assumed name of Captain Butler of Gardiner's dragoons. She was going to lodge an information on the subject, to have him sought for as an emissary of the Pretender; but Spontoon (an old soldier), while he pretended to approve, contrived to make her delay her intenlion. No time, however, was to be lost : the accuracy of this good dame's description might probably lead to the discovery that Waverley was the pretended Captain Butler ; an identification fraught with danger to Edward, perhaps to his uncle, and even to Colonel Talbot. Which way to direct his course was now, therefore, the question.
“ To Scotland,” said Waverley.
" To Scotland ?" said the Colonel; “ with what purpose? not lo engage again with the rebels, I hope?”
“No-I considered my campaign ended, when after all my efforts, I could not rejoin them; and pow, by all accounts, they are gone to make a winter campaign in the Highlands, where such adherents as I am would rather be burdensome than useful. Indeed, it seems likely that they only prolong the war to place the Chevalier's person out of danger, and then to make some terms for themselves. To burden them with my presence would merely add another party, whom they would not give up, and could not defend. I understand they left almost all their English adherents in garrison at Carlisle, for that very reason :- and on a more general view, Colonel, lo confess the truth, though it may lower me in your opinion, I am heartily tired of the trade of war, and am, as Fletcher's Humorous Lieutenant says, even as weary of this fighting”
Fighting! pooh, what have you seen but a skirmish or two? -Ah! if you saw war on the grand scale--sixty or a hundred thousand men in the field on each side!”
“I am not at all curious, Colonel-Enough, says our homely proverb, is as good as a feast. The plumed troops and the big war used to enchant me in poetry ; but the night marches, vigils, couches under the wintry sky, and such accompaniments of the glorious trade, are not at all to my taste in practice :--Chen for dry blows, I had my fill of fighting at Clifton, where I escaped by a hair's-breadth half a dozen times ; and you, I should think”-
“ Had enough of it at Preston ? you mean to say," answered the Colonel, laughing; “but 'lis my vocalion, Hal.”
“ It is not mine though,” said Waverley; “ and having honourably got rid of the sword, which I drew only as a volunteer, I am
quite satisfied with my military experience, and shall be in no hurry to take it up again."
“ I am very glad you are of that mind, -bul then what would you do in the north?”
“In the first place, there are some sea-ports on the eastern coast of Scotland still in the hands of the Chevalier's friends; should I gain any of them, I can easily embark for the Continent.”
“Good-your second reason ?”
“Why, to speak the very truth, there is a person in Scotland upon whom I now find my happiness depends more than I was always aware, and about whose situation I am very anxious."
" Then Emily was right, and there is a love affair in the case after all ? And which of these two pretty Scolchwomen, whom you insisted upon my admiring, is the distinguished fair? not Miss Glen--I hope."
“Ah, pass for the other ; simplicily may be improved, but pride and conceil never. Well, I don't discourage you; I think it will please Sir Everard, from what he said when I jested with him about il: only I hope that intolerable papa, with his brogue, and his snuff, and his Lalin, and his insufferable long stories about the Duke of Berwick, will find it necessary hereafter to be an inhabitant of foreign parts. But as lo the daughter, though I think you might find as filling a malch in England, yet if your heart be really set upon this Scotch rose-hud, why the Baronet has a great opinion of her father and of his family, and he wishes much to see you married and settled, both for your own sake and for that of the three ermines passant, which may otherwise pass away altogether. But I will bring you his mind fully upon the subject, since you are debarred correspondence for the present, for I think you will not be long in Scotland before me.”
“ Indeed! and what can induce you lo think of returning to Scotland ? No relenting longings towards the land of mountains and floods, I am afraid.”
“None, on my word ; but Emily's health is now, thank God, reestablished, and, to tell you the truth, I have little hopes of concluding the business which I have at present most at heart, until I can have a personal interview with his Royal Highness the Commander-in-Chief; for, as Fluellen says, 'the duke doth love me well, and I thank heaven I have deserved some love at his hands.' I am now going out for an hour or two to arrange matters for your departure ; your liberty extends to the next room, Lady Emily's parlour, were you will find her when you are disposed for music, reading, or conversation. We have taken measures to exclude all servants but Spontoon, who is as true as sleel."
In about two hours Colonel Talbot returned, and found his young
friend conversing with his lady; she pleased with his manners and information, and he delighted at being restored, though but for a moment, to the society of his own rank, from which he had been for some time excluded.
“And now," said the Colonel, "hear my arrangements, for there is little time to lose. This youngster, Edward Waverley, alias Williams, alias Captain Butler, must continue to pass by his fourth alias of Francis Stanley, my nephew : he shall set out to-morrow for the North, and the chariot shall take him the first Iwo stages. Spontoon shall then attend him; and they shall ride post as far as Huntingdon ; and the presence of Spontoon, well known on the road as my servant, will check all disposition to inquiry. At Huntingdon you will meet the real Frank Stanley. He is studying at Cambridge, but, a little while ago, doublful if Emily's health would permit me to go down to the North myself, I procured him a passport from the secretary of state's office to go in my stead, As he went chiefly to look after you, bis journey is now unnecessary. He knows your story ; you will dine together at Huntingdon; and perhaps your wise heads may hit upon some plan for removing or diminishing the danger of your farther progress northward. And now (taking out a morocco case), let me put you in funds for the campaign.” “ I am ashamed, my dear Colonel,"—
Nay,” said Colonel Talbot, you should command my purse in any event; but this money is your own. Your father, considering the chance of your being attainted, left me his trustee for your advantage. So that you are worth above L 15,000, besides Brerewood Lodge-a very independent person, I promise you. There are bills here for L 200 ; any larger sum you may have, or credit abroad, as soon as your motions require it."
The first use which occurred to Waverley of his newly acquired wealth, was to write to honest Farmer Jopson, requesting his acceptance of a silver tankard on the part of his friend Williams, who had not forgotten the night of the eighteenth December last. He begged him at the same time carefully to preserve for him his Highland garb and accoutrements, particularly the arms, curious in themselves, and to which the friendship of the donors gave additional value. Lady Emily underlook to find some suitable token of remembrance, likely to flatter the vanity and please the taste of Mrs. Williams; and the Colonel, who was a kind of farnier, promised to send the Ulswater patriarch an excellent team of horses for cart and plough.
One happy day Waverley spent in London; and, travelling in the manner projected, he met with Frank Stanley at Huntingdon. The two young men were acquainted in a minute.
“I can read my uncle's riddle,” said Stanley ;“ the cautious old