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an eye intimately acquainted with the spot, was and renowned Earls of Shrewsbury, to whom already totally obliterated. There was a similar your family are probably blood relations.' reformation in the outward man of Davie 'I believe,' said the colonel, smiling, 'our Gellatley, who met them, every now and then dogs are whelps of the same litter: for my part, stopping to admire the new suit which graced if crests were to dispute precedence, I should be his person, in the same colours as formerly, but apt to let them, as the proverb says, “fight dog, bedízened fine enough to have served Touchstone fight bear.' himself. He danced up with his usual ungainly As he made this speech, at which the Baron frolics, first to the Baron, and then to Rose, took another long pinch of snuff, they had passing his hands over his clothes, crying, entered the house—that is, the Baron, Rose,
Bra', bra' Davie,' and scarce able to sing a bar and Lady Emily, with young Stanley and the to an end of his thousand-and-one-songs, for Bailie, for Edward and the rest of the party the breathless extravagance of his joy. The remained on the terrace, to examine a new dogs also acknowledged their old master with green-house stocked with the finest plants. The a thousand gambols. Upon my conscience, Baron resumed his favourite topic: However it Rose,' ejaculated the Baron, the gratitude o' may please you to derogate from the honour of thae dumb brutes, and of that puir innocent, your burgonet, Colonel Talbot, which is doubt. brings the tears into my auld een, while that less your humour, as I have seen in other schellum Malcolm—but I'm obliged to Colonel gentlemen of birth and honour in your country, Talbot for putting my hounds into such good must again repeat it as a most ancient and condition, and likewise for puir Davie. But, distinguished bearing, as well as that of my Rose, my dear, we must not permit them to be young friend Francis Stanley, which is the eagle a liferent burden upon the estate.'
and child.' As he spoke, Lady Emily, leaning upon the * The bird and bantling they call it in Derbyarm of her husband, met the party at the lower shire, sir,' said Stanley. gate, with a thousand welcomes. After the Ye're a daft callant, sir,' said the Baron, ceremony of introduction had been gone through, who had a great liking to this young man, much abridged by the ease and excellent breed- perhaps because he sometimes teased him ing of Lady Emily, she apologised for having Ye're a daft callant, and I must correct you used a little art to wile them back to a place some of these days,' shaking his great brown which might awaken some painful reflections, fist at him. ‘But what I meant to say, Colonel But as it was to change masters, we were very Talbot, is, that yours is an ancient prosapia, or desirous that the Baron
descent, and since you have lawfully and justly Mr. Bradwardine, madam, if you please,' acquired the estate for you and yours, which I said the old gentleman.
have lost for me and mine, I wish it may remain -Mr. Bradwardine, then, and Mr. Waverley, in your name as many centuries as it has done should see what we have done towards restoring in that of the late proprietor's. the mansion of your fathers to its former state. That,' answered the colonel, 'is very hand.
The Baron answered with a low bow. Indeed, some, Mr. Bradwardine, indeed.' when he entered the court, excepting that the And yet, sir, I cannot but marvel that you, heavy stables, which had been burnt down, colonel, whom í noted to have so much of the were replaced by buildings of a lighter and amor patriæ, when we met in Edinburgh, as more picturesque appearance, all seemed as much even to vilipend other countries, should have as possible restored to the state in which he had chosen to establish your Lares, or household left it when he assumed arms some months gods, procul a patriæ finibus, and in a manner before. The pigeon-house was replenished ; the to expatriate yourself. fountain played with its usual activity; and not Why really, Baron, I do not see why, to only the Bear who predominated over its basin, keep the secret of these foolish boys, Waverley but all the other Bears whatsoever, were replaced and Stanley, and of my wife, who is no wiser, on their several stations, and renewed or repaired one old soldier should continue to impose upon with so much care, that they bore no tokens of another. You must know, then, that I have so the violence which had so lately descended upon much of that same prejudice in favour of my them. While these minutiæ had been so heed native country, that the sum of money which I fully attended to, it is scarce necessary to add advanced to the seller of this extensive barony that the house itself had been thoroughly has only purchased for me a box in -shire, repaired, as well as the gardens, with the called Brerewood Lodge, with about two hun. strictest attention to maintain the original dred and fifty acres of land, the chief merit of character of both, and to rer
ve, as far as which is, that it is within a very few miles of possible, all appearance of the ravage they had Waverley-Honour.' sustained. The Baron gazed in silent wonder ; And who, then, in the name of Heaven, has at length he addressed Colonel Talbot:
bought this property?' While I acknowledge my obligation to you, • That,' said the colonel, 'it is this gentlesir, for the restoration of the badge of our man's profession to explain. family, I cannot but marvel that you have The Bailie, whom this reference regarded, and nowhere established your own crest, whilk is, who had all this while shifted from one foot to I believe, a mastive, anciently called a talbot; another with great impatience, 'like a hen,' as as the poet has it,
he afterwards said, "upon a het girdle;' and
chuckling, he might have added, like the said A talbot strong-a sturdy tyke.
hen in all the glory of laying an egg—now At least such a dog is the crest of thc martial | pushed forward : "That I can, that I can, your
Honour,' drawing from his pocket a budget of | ing, for fear John Heatherblutter, or some siccan papers, and untying the red tape with a hand dare-the-deil, should tak a baff at them: then, trembling with eagerness. Here is the dispo- on the other hand, I beflumm’d them wi' Colonel sition and assignation, by Malcolm Bradwardine Talbot-wad they offer to keep up the price of Inch-Grabbit, regularly signed and tested in again' the Duke's friend ? did they na ken wha terms of the statute, whereby, for a certain sum was master ? had they na seen eneugh, by the of sterling money presently contented and paid sad example of mony a puir misguided unhappy to him, he has disponed, alienated, and conveyed body the whole estate and barony of Bradwardine, Who went to Derby, for example, Mr. MacTully-Veolan, and others, with the fortalice and wheeble ?' said the colonel to him, aside. manor-place'
O whisht, colonel, for the love o' God ! let 'For God's sake, to the point, sir-I have all that flee stick_i' the wa'. There were mony that by heart,' said the Colonel.
good folk at Derby; and it's ill speaking of "To Cosmo Comyne Bradwardine, Esq.,' halters,'—with a sly cast of his eye toward the pursued the Bailie, his heirs and assignees, Baron, who was in a deep reverie. simply and irredeemably—to be held either a Starting out of it at once, he took Macwheeble me vei de me
by the button, and led him into one of the Pray read short, sir.'
deep window recesses, whence only fragments of 'On the conscience of an honest man, colonel, their conversation reached the rest of the party. I read as short as is consistent with style.- It certainly related to stamp-paper and parchUnder the burden and reservation always' ment; for no other subject, even from the mouth
'Mr. Macwheeble, this would outlast a Rus- of his patron, and he, once more, an efficient sian winter-Give me leave. In short, Mr. one, could have arrested so deeply the Bailie's Bradwardine, your family estate is your own
reverent and absorbed attention. once more in full property, and at your absolute 'I understand your Honour perfectly; it can be disposal, but only burdened with the sum ad- dune as easy as taking out a decreet in absence.' vanced to repurchase it, which I understand is "To her and him, after my demise, and to utterly disproportioned to its value.'
their heirs-male,-but preferring the second son, 'An auld sang-an auld sang, if it please if God shall bless them with two, who is to your Honours,' cried the Bailie, rubbing his carry the name and arms of Bradwardine of hands ;-look at the rental-book.'
that Ilk, without any other name or armorial ! Which sum being advanced by Mr. Edward bearings whatsoever.' Waverley, chiefly from the price of his father's ' Tut, your Honour !' whispered the Bailie, property which I bought from him, is secured I'll mak a slight jotting the morn; it will cost to this lady your daughter, and her family by þut a charter of resignation in favorem; and I'll this marriage.
hae it ready for the next term in Exchequer.' 'It is a Catholic security,' shouted the Bailie, Their private conversation ended, the Baron 'to Rose Comyne Bradwardine, alias Wauverley, was now summoned to do the honours of Tullyin liferent, and the children of the said marriage Veolan to new guests. These were, Major in fee; and I made up a wee bit minute of an Melville of Cairnvreckan, and the Reverend Mr. antenuptial contract, intuitu matrimonij, so it Morton, followed by two or three others of the cannot be subject to reduction hereafter, as a Baron's acquaintances, who had been made donation inter virum et uxorem.'
privy to his having again acquired the estate of It is difficult to say whether the worthy his fathers. The shouts of the villagers were also Baron was most delighted with the restitution heard beneath in the court-yard; for Saunders of his family property, or with the delicacy and Saunderson, who had kept the secret for several generosity that left him unfettered to pursue days with laudable prudence, had unloosed his his purpose in disposing of it after his death, tongue upon beholding the arrival of the and which avoided, as much as possible, even carriages. the appearance of laying him under pecuniary But, while Edward received Major Melville obligation. When his first pause of joy and with politeness, and the clergyman with the astonishment was over, his thoughts turned to the most affectionate and grateful kindness, his unworthy heir-male, who, he pronounced, ‘had father-in-law looked a little awkward, as uncersold his birthright, like Esau, for a mess o'pottage.' tain how he should answer the necessary claims
But wha cookit the parritch for him ?' of hospitality to his guests, and forward the exclaimed the Bailie; 'I wad like to ken that festivity of ħis tenants. Lady Emily relieved -wha but your Honour's to command, Duncan him, by intimating, that, though she must be Macwheeble? His Honour, young Mr. Wauver- an indifferent representative of Mrs. Edward ley, put it a' into my hand frae the beginning Waverley in many respects, she hoped the --frae the first calling o' the summons, as I may Baron would approve of the entertainment she say. I circumvented them-I played at bogle had ordered, in expectation of so many guests ; about the bush wi' them–I cajoled them; and and that they would find such other accommoif I havena gien Inch-Grabbit and Jamie Éowie dations provided, as might in some degree a bonnie begunk, they ken themselves. Him a support the ancient hospitality of Tullywriter! I didna gae slapdash to them wi' our Veolan. It is impossible to describe the pleasure young bra' bridegroom, to gar them haud up the which this assurance gave the Baron, who, market; na, na ; I scared them wi' our wild with an air of gallantry half appertaining to tenantry, and the Mac-Ivors, that are but ill the stiff Scottish laird, and half to the officer settled yet, till they durstna on ony errand in the French service, offered his arm to whatsoever gang ower the doorstane after gloam- | the fair speaker, and led the way, in something
between a stride and a minuet step, into the of his estate afforded him more rapture. By large dining parlour, followed by all the rest of my honour,' he said, 'one might almost believe the good company.
in brownies and fairies, Lady Emily, when your By dint of Saunderson's directions and exer- Ladyship is in presence !!'. tions, all here, as well as in the other apartments, 'I am truly happy,' said Colonel Talbot, that had been disposed as much as possible according by the recovery of this piece of family antiquity to the old arrangement; and where new move- it has fallen within my power to give you some ables had been necessary, they had been selected token of my deep interest in all that concerns in the same character with the old furniture. my young friend Edward. But that you may There was one addition to this fine old apart. not suspect Lady Emily for a sorceress, or me ment, however, which drew tears into the Baron's for a conjuror, which is no joke in Scotland, I eyes. It was a large and spirited painting, re- must tell you that Frank Stanley, your friend, presenting Fergus Mac- Ivor and Waverley in who has been seized with a tartan fever ever their Highland dress; the scene a wild, rocky, since he heard Edward's tales of old Scottish and mountainous pass, down which the clan were manners, happened to describe to us at second descending in the background. It was taken hand this remarkable cup. My servant, Sponfrom a spirited sketch, drawn while they were in toon, who, like a true old soldier, observes everyEdinburgh by a young man of high genius, and thing and says little, gave me afterwards to had been painted on a full-length scale by an understand that he thought he had seen the eminent London artist. Raeburn himself (whose piece of plate Mr. Stanley mentioned, in the Highland chiefs do all but walk out of the possession of a certain Mrs. Nosebag, who, havcanvas) could not have done more justice to the ing been originally the helpmate of a pawnsubject; and the ardent, fiery, and impetuous broker, had found opportunity, during the late character of the unfortunate Chief of Glenna- unpleasant scenes in Scotland, to trade a little quoich was finely contrasted with the contem- in her old line, and so became the depositary of plative, fanciful, and enthusiastic expression of the more valuable part of the spoil of half the his happier friend. Beside this painting hung army. You may believe the cup was speedily the arms which Waverley had borne in the recovered ; and it will give me very great pleaunfortunate civil war. The whole piece was sure if you allow me to suppose that its value is beheld with admiration, and deeper feelings. not diminished by having been restored through
Men must, however, eat, in spite both of my means.' sentiment and virtu; and the Baron, while he A tear mingled with the wine which the assumed the lower end of the table, insisted that Baron filled, as he proposed a cup of gratitude Lady Emily should do the honours of the head, to Colonel Talbot, and The Prosperity of the that they might, he said, set a meet example to united Houses of Waverley-Honour and Bradthe young folk. After a pause of deliberation, wardine !'employed in adjusting in his own brain the It only remains for me to say, that as no wish precedence between the Presbyterian kirk and was ever uttered with more affectionate sincerity, Episcopal church of Scotland, he requested Mr. there are few which, allowing for the necessary Morton, as the stranger, would crave a bless- mutability of human events, have been, upon ing, -observing, that Mr. Rubrick, who was at the whole, more happily fulfilled. home, would return thanks for the distinguished mercies it had been his lot to experience. The dinner was excellent. Saunderson attended in full costume, with all the former domestics, who
CHAPTER LXXII. had been collected, excepting one or two that had not been heard of since the affair of Culloden.
A POSTSCRIPT, WHICH SHOULD HAVE BEEN The cellars were stocked with wine which was pronounced to be superb, and it had been contrived that the Bear of the Fountain, in the Our journey is now finished, gentle reader ; court-yard, should (for that night only) play and if your patience has accompanied me through excellent brandy punch for the benefit of the these sheets, the contract is, on your part, strictly lower orders.
fulfilled. Yet, like the driver who has received When the dinner was over, the Baron, about to his full hire, I still linger near you, and make, propose a toast, cast a somewhat sorrowful look with becoming diffidence, a trifling additional upon the sideboard, -which, however, exhibited claim upon your bounty and good nature. You much of his plate, that had either been secreted are as free, however, to shut the volume of the or purchased by neighbouring gentlemen from one petitioner, as to close your door in the face the soldiery, and by them gladly restored to the of the other. original owner.
This should have been a prefatory chapter, 'In the late times,' he said, 'those must be but for two reasons :—First, that most novel thankful who have saved life and land : yet, readers, as my own conscience reminds me, are when I am about to pronounce this toast, í apt to be guilty of the sin of omission respecting cannot bụt regret an old heir-loom, Lady Emily that same matter of prefaces ;-Secondly, that it -a poculum potatorium, Colonel Talbot is a general custom with that class of students,
Here the Baron's elbow was gently touched to begin with the last chapter of a work; so that, by his major domo, and, turning round, he after all, these remarks, being introduced last in beheld, in the hands of Alexander ab Alexandro, order, have still the best chance to be read in the celebrated cup of Saint Duthac, the Blessed their proper place. Bear of Bradwardine! I question if the recovery There is no European nation which, within
the course of half a century, or little more, has | Rebellion by the late venerable author of Douglas. undergone so complete a change as this kingdom The Lowland Scottish gentlemen, and the subof Scotland. The effects of the insurrection of ordinate characters, are not given as individual 1745—the destruction of the patriarchal power portraits, but are drawn from the general habits of the Highland chiefs—the abolition of the of the period (of which I have witnessed some heritable jurisdictions of the Lowland nobility remnants in my younger days), and partly and barons—the total eradication of the Jacobite gathered from tradition. party, which, averse to intermingle with the It has been my object to describe these persons, English, or adopt their customs, long continued not by a caricatured and exaggerated use of the to pride themselves upon maintaining ancient national dialect, but by their habits, manners, Scottish manners and customs--commenced this and feelings; so as in some distant degree to innovation. The gradual influx of wealth and emulate the admirable Irish portraits drawn by extension of commerce, have since united to Miss Edgeworth, so different from the 'Teagues' render the present people of Scotland a class of and dear joys' who so long, with the most perbeings as different from their grandfathers as fect family resemblance to each other, occupied the existing English are from those of Queen the drama and the novel. Elizabeth's time. The political and economical I feel no confidence, however, in the manner effects of these changes have been traced by in which I have executed my purpose. Indeed, Lord Selkirk with great precision and accuracy. so little was I satisfied with my production, that But the change, though steadily and rapidly I laid it aside in an unfinished state, and only progressive, has, nevertheless, been gradual, and found it again by mere accident among other like those who drift down the stream of a deep waste papers in an old cabinet, the drawers of and smooth river, we are not aware of the pro- which I was rummaging in order to accommogress we have made, until we fix our eye on date a friend with some fishing-tackle, after it the now distant point from which we have been had been mislaid for several years. Two works drifted.--Such of the present generation as can upon similar subjects, by female authors, whose recollect the last twenty or twenty-five years of genius is highly creditable to their country, the eighteenth century, will be fully sensible of have appeared in the interval ; I mean Mrs. the truth of this statement ;-especially if their Hamilton's Glenburnie, and the late account of acquaintance and connections lay among those Highland superstitions. But the first is conwho, in my younger time, were facetiously called fined to the rural habits of Scotland, of which it ' folks of the old leaven,' who still cherished a has given a picture with striking and impressive lingering, though hopeless, attachment to the fidelity; and the traditional records of the rehouse of Stuart. This race has now almost spectable and ingenious Mrs. Grant of Laggan, entirely vanished from the land, and with it, are of a nature distinct from the fictitious narradoubtless, much absurd political prejudice—but tive which I have here attempted. also many living examples of singular and disin- I would willingly persuade myself that the terested åttachment to the principles of loyalty preceding work will not be found altogether which they received from their fathers, and of old uninteresting. To elder persons it will recall Scottish faith, hospitality, worth, and honour. scenes and characters familiar to their youth;
It was my accidental lot, though not born a and to the rising generation the tale may present Highlander (which may be an apology for much some idea of the manners of their forefathers. bad Gaelic), to reside during my childhood and Yet I heartily wish that the task of tracing youth among persons of the above description; the evanescent manners of his own country had —and now, for the purpose of preserving some employed the pen of the only man in Scotland idea of the ancient manners of which I have who could have done it justice--of him so emi: witnessed the almost total extinction, I have nently distinguished in elegant literature-and embodied in imaginary scenes, and ascribed to whose sketches of Colonel Caustic and Umphrafictitious characters, a part of the incidents which ville are perfectly blended with the finer traits I then received from those who were actors in of national character. I should in that case them. Indeed, the most romantic parts of this have had more pleasure as a reader than I shall narrative are precisely those which have a founda- ever feel in the pride of a successful author, tion in fact. The exchange of mutual protection should these sheets confer upon me that envied between a Highland gentlemen and an officer distinction. And as I have inverted the usual of rank in the king's service, together with the arrangement, placing these remarks at the end spirited manner in which the latter asserted his of the work to which they refer, I will venture right to return the favour he had received, is on a second violation of form, by closing the literally true. The accident by a musket-shot, whole with a dedication :and the heroic reply imputed to Flora, relate to a lady of rank not long deceased. And scarce a gentleman who was 'in hiding' after the battle of Culloden but could tell a tale of strange concealments, and of wild and hair's-breadth 'scapes,
OUR SCOTTISH ADDISON as extraordinary as any which I have ascribed to my heroes. Of this, the escape of Charles
HENRY MACKENZIE, Edward himself, as the most prominent, is the most striking example. The accounts of the battle of Preston and skirmish at Clifton are taken from the narrative of intelligent eye-witnesses and corrected from the History of the
BEING RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED
AN UNKNOWN ADMIRER
NOTES TO WAVERLEY.
knows how) which drew after it a train of the most imNOTE A, p. 16.—BRADSHAIGH LEGEND.
portant and happy consequences. He thought he saw an There is a family legend to this purpose, belonging to unusual blaze of light fall upon the book which he was the knightly family of Bradshaigh, the proprietors of reading, which he at first imagined might happen by some Haighhall, in Lancashire, where, I have been told, the accident in the candle; but lifting up his eyes, he appreevent is recorded on
a painted glass window. The hended to his extreme amazement that there was before German ballad of the 'Noble Moringer' turns upon a him, as it were suspended in the air, a visible representation similar topic. But undoubtedly many such incidents may of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross, surrounded on all have taken place, where, the distance being great, and the sides with a glory; and was impressed as if a voice, or intercourse infrequent, false reports concerning the fate of something equivalent to a voice, had come to him, to this the absent Crusaders must have been commonly circulated, effect (for he was not confident as to the words), “Oh, and sometimes perhaps rather hastily credited at home. sinner! did I suffer this for thee, and are these thy
returns !” Struck with so amazing a phenomenon as this, Note B, p. 20.-Titus Livius.
there remained hardly any life in him, so that he sunk
auwn in the arm-chair in which he sat, and continued, he The attachment to this classic was, it is said, actually knew not how long, insensible.' displayed in the manner mentioned in the text by an 'With regard to this vision, says the ingenious Dr. unfortunate Jacobite in that unhappy period. He escaped Hibbert, 'the appearance of our Saviour on the cross, and from the jail in which he was confined for a hasty trial the awful words repeated, can be considered in no other and certain condemnation, and was retaken as he hovered light than as so many recollected images of the mind, around the place in which he had been imprisoned, for which, probably, had their origin in the language of some which he could give no better reason than the hope of urgent appeal to repentance that the colonel might have recovering his favourite Titus Livius. I am sorry to add, casually read, or heard delivered. From what cause, that the simplicity of such a character was found to form however, such ideas were rendered as vivid as actual imno apology for his guilt as a rebel, and that he was pressions, we have no information to be depended upon. condemned and executed.
This vision was certainly attended with one of the most important of consequences connected with the Christian
dispensation--the conversion of a sinner. And hence no Note C, p. 22.-NICHOLAS AMHURST.
single narrative has, perhaps, done more to confirm the Nicholas Amhurst, a noted political writer, who con. superstitious opinion that apparitions of this awful kind ducted for many years a paper called the Craftsman, under cannot arise without a divine fiat. Dr. Hibbert adds in the assumed name of Caleb d'Anvers. He was devoted to a note-'A short time before the vision, Colonel Gardiner the Tory interest, and seconded with much ability the had received a severe fall from his horse. Did the brain attacks of Pulteney on Sir Robert Walpole. He died in receive some slight degree of injury from the accident, so 1742, neglected by his great patrons, and in the most as to predispose him to this spiritual illusion ?'-Hibbert's miserable circumstances.
Philosophy of Apparitions, Edinburgh, 1824, p. 190. ‘Amhurst survived the downfall of Walpole's power, and had reason to expect a reward for his labours. If we excuse Bolingbroke, who had only saved the shipwreck of
Nore E, p. 23.--Scottish Inns. his fortunes, we shall be at a loss to justify Pulteney, who The courtesy of an invitation to partake a traveller's could with ease have given this man a considerable income. meal, or at least that of being invited to share whatever The utmost of his generosity to Amhurst, that I ever heard liquor the guest called for, was expected by certain old of, was a hogshead of claret! He died, it is supposed, landlords in Scotland even in the youth of the author. In of a broken heart; and was buried at the charge of his requital, mine host was always furnished with the news of honest printer, Richard Franklin.'-Lord Chesterfield's the country, and was probably a little of a humorist to Characters Reviewed, p. 42.
boot. The devolution of the whole actual business and
drudgery of the inn upon the poor gudewife, was very Note D, p. 23.-COLONEL GARDINER.
common among the Scottish_Bonifaces. There was in
ancient times, in the city of Edinburgh, a gentleman of I have now given in the text, the full name of this gallant good family, who condescended, in order to gain a liveliand excellent man, and proceed to copy the account of his hood, to become the nominal keeper of a coffeehouse, one remarkable conversion, as related by Dr. Doddridge. of the first places of the kind which had been opened in
* This memorable event,' says the pious writer, happened the Scottish metropolis. As usual, it was entirely managed towards the middle of July, 1719. The major had spent by the careful and industrious Mrs. B; while her husthe evening (and, if I mistake not, it was the Sabbath) in band amused himself with field sports, without troubling some gay company, and had an unhappy assignation with his head about the matter. Once upon a time, the prea married woman, whom he was to attend exactly at twelve. mises having taken fire, the husband was met walking The company broke up about eleven; and not judging it up the High Street loaded with his guns and fishing-rods, convenient to anticipate the time appointed, he went into and replied calmly to some one who inquired after his bis chamber to kill the tedious hour, perhaps with some wife, 'that the poor woman was trying to save a parcel of amusing book, or some other way. But it very accidentally crockery and some trumpery books ;' the last being those happened that he took up a religious book, which his good which served her to conduct the business of the house, mother or aunt had, without his knowledge, slipped into There were many elderly gentlemen in the author's his portmanteau. It was called, if I remember the title
younger days, who still held it part of the amusement of a exactly, “The Christian Soldier, or Heaven taken by journey 'to parley with mine host,' who often resembled, Storm," and it was written by Mr. Thomas Watson. in his quaint humour, mine Host of the Garter in the Guessing by the title of it that he would find some phrases | Merry Wives of Windsor; or Blague of the George in of his own profession spiritualised in a manner which he the Merry Devil of Edmonton. Sometimes the landlady thought might afford him some diversion, he resolved to took her share of entertaining the company. In either dip, into it; but he took no serious notice of anything it case the omitting to pay them due attention gave dishad in it; and yet while this book was in his hand, an pleasure, and perhaps brought down a smart jest, as on impression was made upon his mind (perhaps God only the following occasion :