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without it; you looked then as if your mind were at ease; Jemmy struggled for another minute on the brink of the but now, though you have had every thing your own way' abyss. One instant more, and the unequal strife must
and he broke off abruptly and again stooped, as if in have been at an end, when a bounding step was heard search of the ground ivy, which was his favourite food. springing from the path above, and a man's voice calling • But now-what now?'
loudly to others at a distance for assistance. The terri* Don't ask me !' replied the pedlar, looking the far- fied farmer released his prey, and before the stranger mer full in the face. “You know, Richard Douglas, better reached the spot, Richard Douglas was lost amidst the than I can tell you, what there is on your mind that is mazes of the surrounding brushwood. wearing you away inch by inch to the grave. A guilty That evening Rebecca Ainsley sat alone in her cottage, conscience speaks louder than the tongues of men.' turning her wheel with unwearied industry, though little
• What right have you, old vagabond, to accuse me of a conscious of her labour. She was thinking of the past; guilty conscience ?'
of the time when with the setting sun her husband reNone in the world, but that I see it written on your turned from his labour, to share her cheerful meal; when face, that the sound of your voice betrays it, and that I her child gambolled on the green turf before their door, or know'
laughed merrily on his father's knee. •Alas,' she said, as • What do you know?'.
tears chased each other down her withered cheeks, they • More than I choose to tell you just at present.' have passed away like the bird that cleaves the autumn
' But you shall tell—I will force you to tell; were it the air and leaves no trace of its flight; but why should my last hour you had to live, you should not escape me thus.' eye be moist for them? Doubtless, like it, my good man
* You are mistaken there, Richard,' said the old pedlar. has found a blest abode, and if my boy sleeps beneath the No man on earth ever yet forced me to do a thing against salt wave, and will never return to close his mother's eyes my will, and I scorn the threats of a scoundrel.'
and follow her to the grave, the will of the Lord, not mine, * Hark you, Jemmy,' rejoined Douglas, who thought it be done. In sorrow and adversity he has never forsaken more prudent to conciliate than exasperate, “words are not me; his word has been my comfort and my law, when no necessary to prove to me that you know some trifles I earthly voice spoke rest to my troubled soul ; and the proshould prefer being forgotten; I have felt convinced of it mises of my Saviour have cheered me in the depths of erer since my brother died, and I have made many in- despair. Then why should I repine ? Joy often sits unquiries for you, in hopes that we might be able to arrange seen awaiting us, though coming sorrow casts her shadows the matter in a friendly way.'
far before.' * And pra; how may that be?' asked Jemmy.
With this consoling reflection the lonely widow pro'I am willing to purchase your secrecy for any sum ceeded with her toil, and another half hour had passed you may please to name, which is very generous on my away, and she began to think old Jenny stayed from home part, as you must be aware that you really know nothing very late, when she heard steps approaching her cottage. which can at all injure me when disclosed.'
A tall figure darkened her threshold; a faint screamı * Base, cowardly, contemptible rascal,' cried old Jemmy, burst from the lips of Rebecca as she started from her with unutterable scorn. . I spit upon your gold! you seat, upsetting her wheel in so doing; and in another mojudge others by your own black heart, and think to seal ment she was clasped in the arms of her son. my lips with the plunder of the helpless; but you shall Few were the words of their joy, but it needed not live to learn that wealth is not all men's idol, and though words to interpret their feelings; and even old Jemmy some may wallow like swine in its filth till they forget the pedlar, who, unseen by Rebecca, had followed the their fellow-creatures, their duties, and their God, there young sailor into the cottage, wiped drops from his blue are others who are not unmindful of eternity, and would eyes, which nothing but the wind had caused to shed a sooner perish like a hunted beast, than sell their soul for tear for forty years at least. Yes, he is a fine fellow; the golden wages of injustice and infamy!'
you may well be proud of him, Rebecca ; he has saved my • Peace,' cried Douglas, clenching his fist and trem- life this day,' said the old man, when their greetings were bling with rage; · peace, you old vagabond, or I'll have you over, and young Ainsley had given his mother an account taken before the next magistrate, and sent to the tread of the many accidents which had detained him so unmill as a vagrant.'
usually long at sea. You dare not !' returned the old man contemptuously. • Saved your life!' I dare not?'
• Yes, truly, your brother, Richard Douglas, would this “No! you know it would be as much as your life is afternoon bave pitched me over St Peter's Crag, into the worth.'
river below, if your son had been one minute longer in * And what do you pretend to know, you old scoundrel, coming to my assistance.' that gives you the impudence to set me at defiance?' • What could tempt him to such a wicked deed ?'
I know that you burnt Mark Douglas's will the night "A guilty conscience-forgery first, and murder afterhe died,' returned the pedlar, whose excited feelings at wards; it's all natural in the course of things; for when length threw him off his guard; “ but you did not do the a man has once forsaken the ways of the Lord, he runs business thoroughly, and I have written evidence besides headlong down the path to perdition. You are a wronged my word to prove it.'
woman, Rebecca, and he knew that I could right you. * Then, as I live, this hour is thy last. Babbling Look at these,' and the pedlar drew from his pocket-book fool, dost thou think I will let thee escape to bring my the scraps of paper he found in the kitchen fire-place at neck to the gallows?' and with the fury of a famished Ravenshaw. . Don't you know that hand-writing ' tiger the farmer rushed upon the old man, who made Yes, truly, it is my brother Mark's. How came you faint and feeble resistance to his iron strength, as he by it?' dragged him over the thorny ground towards the brink It was once at the end of his lawful will; and these of a precipice overhanging the river, which, two hundred were the witnesses; and there is the date.' feet below the craggy rocks, lay dark and still in a silent • Where did you get all these p' inquired the widow and fathomless basin. • Now, swear that those words with amazement. shall never pass thy lips again to mortal man-give me thy * You may well wonder, Rebecca Ainsley, for the ways written testimony, and I will yet spare thy life; but if of the Lord are marvellous,' returned the old man sonot, I will send they withered body bounding from rock to lemnly. “I myself saw Richard Douglas burn the will of rock, to feed the otters in the dead man's pool! Swear.' which these scraps of paper were a part, the very night
• Never,' cried the undaunted old soldier, “threats will his brother died; and if there is any thing further want. never compel me to keep the secrets of guilt; I have niet ing to prove his villany, I can tell you that Jenny has death often, and I fear him not. It is such as thou art been this day to Mr Sharp the attorney, at M-, who who shrink dismayed before him; and with an energy made Mark Douglas's will, and that he has another copy, which surpassed the promise of his withered frame, old signed, sealed, witnessed, and dated, exactly the same;
and they have now gone to Ravenshaw farm to accuse whose names are attached to it, are ready to vouch for Richard of his evil deeds.'
its authenticity.' • It terrifies me to hear you,' cried Rebecca, as pale as • It's all a lie from beginning to end, and you might death.
just as well accuse me of forgery at once,' cried Douglas. . And why should it?' returned the pedlar, coolly; 'the And if he does not, I will, and of intent to murder fellow is a rascal, and will be hanged, no doubt, and you into the bargain,' said old Jemmy, advancing suddenly and your son soon will come into your rightful property from the shadow of the chimney, where he had hitherto without dispute.'
sat unobserved by the farmer. • I saw him take the real 'Heaven forbid !' she exclaimed. 'I would not bring will from the kitchen cupboard, and burn it after he had my own brother to the gallows for all the gold in Chris- put another there in its place; and moreover, these halftendom.
burnt scraps of paper are evidences of what I say.'. · But your son, Rebecca ; you forget that when you • Sufficient to bring any man to the gallows,' exclaimed have a fárm of your own, and he can look forward to a the lawyer, after he had examined the relics which the decent inheritance, he need never leave you more.' pedlar laid before him; ' and on such evidence, I should
' I had rather my eyes never beheld him again ; I had recommend that Richard Douglas be immediately arrestrather that he wandered all the rest of his days a beggar ed, and taken before a magistrate on a charge of forgery: on the wide seas, than buy him riches with his uncle's A deep curse broke from the lips of the criminal as old blood. The Lord has bid us show mercy to our enemies; Jemmy ceased speaking ; his whole frame was convulsed to forgive them their trespasses as we would be forgiven. with intense emotion, and drops of perspiration rolled from Did not the same mother bear us, did not we sit by the his forehead to the floor. To the words of the attorney be same 'father's hearth, and shall I shed his blood for paltry listened with breathless interest; and then, before any of pelf, which both my son and I can do without as we have the party was aware of his intention, he tore the forged long done. No! life is short, but the promises of the will he held into a hundred pieces, and would have fung Lord are for eternity. He is a cruel, he is a bad man, them into the fire, but Mr Sharp and William Ainsley no doubt, but God will punish him when he sees fit, by seized his arms and prevented the accomplishment of his other hands than mine, and, trust me, even now his days purpose. He struggled fearfully to free himself from are days of misery, for wealth has no salve for a guilty their grasp, but they were in the vigour of youth and conscience.'
health, whilst age and guilt had robbed him of his I believe you are right, Rebecca,' returned the pedlar; / strength; and at length, sinking between them at the feet but what you wont do, Jenny will; for she knows that in of Rebecca, he intreated her, in a tremulous voice, to the rightful will there was a snug legacy to her, which show mercy to her own flesh and blood. It was a piti. Richard was fool enough to forget; and take my word for able sight to behold the old man weeping like a child in it, though Jenny loves you, and will obey you in some all the agony of terror and conscious guilt, whilst he grothings, she loves money better, and wont consent to lose velled at the feet of his persecuted sister, whose virtuous her fifty pounds for any man or woman breathing.' poverty he had despised and insulted till then. Rebecca
• What! she could not hang a fellow-creature for fifty shrunk from this terrible spectacle of human degradation, pounds P'
and forgot in an instant all his pride and avarice had 'I would not wonder ! though she is a good body in the made her suffer.---Release him, William !' she cried, in main ; for Jenny has never rightly, had the fear of the a commanding voice, to her son; let him burn the eviLord before her eyes; she calls herself a Christian, to be dence of his guilt, and begone; others may punish him, sure, but there is many a one that does that, who walks but I never will.' in darkness; and, poor woman, till she came to live with And what will become of my legacy, if he gets off that you, she had little opportunity of learning the true nature way, I should like to know ?' cried old Jenny, in whose of sin, for Mark was not much given to religious thoughts; heart the love of money was much stronger than the love and though she went to church most Sundays in the of mercy. year, she oftener fell asleep than listened to the clergy- * If he burns that paper, all his brother's money will
go without dispute to the rightful heirs,' said Mr Sharp; * I have done what I can to lead her soul to heaven, but and although William, at his mother's bidding, released I trust the grace of God will profit her more than my his uncle from his grasp, the wary lawyer held him fast lessons,' returned the widow ; and, as she ceased speaking, by the arm, till he saw the last fragment of his iniquitous old Jenny herself entered the cottage with Mir Sharp the forgery floating, like a black cobweb, up the chimney, attorney, and, to the surprise of all, they were followed Now, sir, begone!' he said at length to the terrified by Richard Douglas.
farmer, and remember that to-morrow morning RavenHis features were pale and agitated, and he was so shaw farm must be vacant for the rightful heir.' much altered since Rebecca last saw him, that she scarcely And it was so. When Rebecca and her son, accomknew him.
panied by Mr Sharp, Jenny, and old Jemmy, went thither • Woman,' he said, in a harsh voice, as he advanced to early the next day, not a trace was to be seen of Richari wards her, “I suppose you know of this scandalous trick to Douglas; and the widow quietly took possession of her inrob me of my property and my good name; nay, I doubt heritance, full of thankfulness to the kind Provideace not you had the hatching of the scheme, and I have come which had operated so wonderful a change in her forto tell you, in the presence of Mrs Jenny, your cat’spaw, tunes. Her son never more went to sea, but, dutiful and this very busy gentleman, that unless you lay it aside and industrious, continued by his affection to cheer his instantly and entirely, I will prosecute you all together mother's passage to the grave; and old Jemmy, to whom for a conspiracy.'
they owed so much, ever found a kind welcome at Rasen'I know of no conspiracy-I have not been a hatcher shaw. As he grew more infirm, his visits gradually beof any scheme,' returned Rebecca, calmly.
came longer and more frequent, and when his extreme • This may be fine talking, but it wont do,' replied the old age made him unequal to pursue his accustomed farmer, who fancied from Rebecca's gentleness that rambles, he settled for the rest of his life into a comfortbullying might yet free him from his difficulty. “Do you able arm chair by the kitchen fireside, till death sundare assert to ine that you have not instigated this old moned him to find the reward of his virtuous life, in the witch to threaten me with a charge of forgery, and God presence of his Maker: knows what besides?'
Richard Douglas, in all the misery of disappointed * I beg your pardon, sir,' said the attorney ; 'we never avarice, retired to the farm he formerly occupied at about mentioned forgery, for we have no proof of it; I only pro- ten miles distance. But his evil deeds pursued him. Od posed to you that this will in my possession should be Jenny took care that his guilt should be known far and proved and acted upon in preference to that you hold in wide; and in less than a month there was not a farmyour hand, as it bears later date, and the witnesses, i house in the county where the tale had not been re
peated, with many and various additions, and though he country-scat, the American indulges in the following rehad escaped the punishment of the law, he was subjected flections on the morale of English dinner parties :- It to another scarcely less severe. Wherever he went-at was now ten o'clock. Our carriages were all in waiting, fair, at market, at church, in the quiet lanes or on the the night was fine, the road good, and we got back to village green, the finger and the voice of scorn were raised town at midnight from this agreeable dinner-party; a perpetually against him. No one would buy his corn or delightful form of society of which the English are chiefly his cattle; no one that could get work anywhere else fond, and all the unwritten arcana of which they underwould degrade themselves by receiving his wages; the stand; a form of society where restraint and ease go hand very children hooted him if he dared to appear beyond in hand, to unite the pleasures of conversation in its his own premises.
lighter spheres with the rational enjoyments of the table, At first he resolved to bear all this stoutly, and flat- heightening and refining both; and where, as the conditered himself if he showed no signs of flinching that it tion of the conversation being general, there niust be a would pass away. But even his hard heart at length sunk disciplined forbearance, under the golden requisition of beneath the weight of this moral excommunication, and which none talk too much. This, indeed, points to a driven almost to madness, one autumn evening after his high state of manners; and what training to produce it ! return with his unsold corn from the neighbouring market, How often have the young and unpractised held back, where be rushed from his house, and wandered he knew not all are listening while only one speaks, lest they should whither. Days passed away, but his servants received fail in the apt thought and proper expression of it! These no tidings of the wretched man, and nearly a week had are sensibilities, this the kind of culture, out of which elapsed, when some village children who were gathering such society grows, until at last, as the effect of both, it blackberries on the steep banks round the dead man's becomes an unconstrained and natural scene, where there pool, were terrified by the sight of a corpse, which a re- is no jarring, blended with one of intellectual accomplishceding flood had left entangled among the brushwood. ments and grace; a scene, not for conflict of minds, not On a nearer examination it proved to be the body of for bending the bow of Ulysses, but for easy colloquy and Richard Douglas; but whether he had died by his own evil reciprocal pleasure ; where the strife is that of concession, act, or the punishment of his offended God had at length if there be any strife; where some minds, to be sure, fallen on him, no man ever knew. As he died without a will be superior to others; some able to sparkle and others will, his sister inherited the whole of his long-hoarded not; but none struggling for mastery, or breathing a conwealth, and Rebecca Ainsley and her son long lived to en- tentious spirit; where wit itself must be as the lightning joy their prosperity with virtue and religion, whilst Richard of a summer's evening, diffusing gleams which never Douglas was mouldering in an unlettered grave.
burn. To reconcile with all these restraints mental enjoyments in a sphere peculiarly its own and eminently
delightful, is the end aimed at, and are the general chaTHE AMERICAN AMBASSADOR IN racteristics of dinner-parties in England in their enLONDON.*
lightened and polished circles.'
An anecdote of the Persian ambassador, told at this More than ten years ago, Mr Rush, American resident dinner, is worth preserving :—'It was mentioned, that at the court of London, published an entertaining work, two of his servants having offended him lately in Longiving an account of his abode in this country, and don, he applied to the British Government for permission detailing his experiences of England and the English. to cut off their heads. On learning that it could not be
granted, he gravely remonstrated! In the sequel, he was He has just given to the world a continuation of his for- ill able to comprehend how the laws of England could mer production, published, it appears, in consequence of deny his request. Finding, however, that his hands the unsettled state of the relations between America and were tied up, he told his servants “it was all one; they Great Britain, and in the laudable hope that a narrative | must consider their heads as being off, for off they would of former negotiations, amicably conducted, may contri- , come when he got them back to Persia !"
The multiplied subdivisions of British society, and the bute to allay irritation among the rulers and people strength of the barriers by which one class is divided from of both nations. These political tendencies and dis- another, seldom escape the notice of any foreigner. At cussions belong not to our province. They are, however, Mr (now Sir Robert) Inglis's, Mr Rush met Wilberforce, interspersed with very sensible reflections on the man- and the conversation suggests the following sensible ners of the upper ranks in this country, and some de- all took part as the wine went round, or rather as it
observations :— The erening was rich in topics, in which lightful social anecdotes of our leading statesmen and seemed forgotten. Johnson's life and character among courtiers, calculated to throw light on the habits and them; and I might have been surprised to learn that Mr amusements of a class of people whose character is known Wilberforce knew nothing of Johnson personally, although to their countrymen at large only in its official phase. they were cotemporary, if I had not remarked since being As the work itself may escape the notice of many of our liamentary men, however literary, as well as private per
in England, how separate as a class their public and parreaders, we think they will feel both amused and inte- sons who are literary, are from the class of authors. The rested by a few extracts from its pages.
cause becomes obvious when you get a close view of the Mr Rush seems to have been on very friendly terms multiplied subdivisions of society in London. English with Lord Castlereagh, and his lordship is a great favour- statesmen and orators, and men of literary attainments ite with the American minister, who passes a high eulo- in that large class where permanent fortunes are posgium on his memory. The following admirable sentiment of the former, it is the necessary auxiliary of public life;
sessed, pursue literature as an accomplishment. To some of that unfortunate statesman is worthy of all commen- strength alone, in the vast competition of strong minds, dation :- Let us strive so to regulate our intercourse not being sufficient without something to give it polish. in all respects, as that each nation may be able to do its To the mere men of fortune, literature becomes, very utmost towards making the other rich and happy.” When largely, the needful ornament of private life, so many returning from dinner at Foot's Cray, Lord Castlereagh's title by itself, to distinction; whilst the professional
persons having permanent wealth, that it disappears, as a
author pursues literature as a profession. A more marked A Residence at the Court of London, comprising Incidents, illustration of the separation of the two classes could not Oficial and Personal, from 1819 to 1825; amongst the former, Nego- easily be selected perhaps, than that such a man as Mr between the United States and Great Britain. By Richard Rush. Wilberforce should never have met Dr Johnson, both Second Series. 2 vols. Bentley.
being social in their habits. Johnson, it is true, being in
advanced life (though he was still in full fame, writing yond that which I had witnessed in the House of Comhis Lives of the Poets), and Wilberforce in early life; at He acquiesced; but added, that some of its chief which epoch to each it was, that they were cotemporary. speakers had been formed in the House of Commons. I Their political creed was also much the same. There is replied, that perhaps that might account for what bad doubtless more of approximation now between these two also struck me so far, in listening to the debates of each classes in England, than in Johnson's time, and prior to House-namely, that the average speaking among the his time. Their still nearer approach might improve Peers was best. He agreed to it, as a present fact; reauthors in their intercourse with the world, and strengthen marking, that another reason perhaps was, that the House literature and science in the circles of influence and power; of Peers, for its numbers, was better stocked with men each class lending aid to the other, as in all intercourses thoroughly educated.' among the enlightened.'
We shall conclude with the following entertaining acDining one day with the Duke of Wellington, and the count of the after-dinner pastimes at Gloucester House, conversation naturally turning to military matters, his then the residence of the lamented Canning : Grace remarked that the British army was the most ex- * It would not have been easy to assemble a company pensive in Europe, and the Dutch next. General Moreau better fitted to make a dinner-party agreeable, or to have was spoken of; who fell at Dresden. I said that when he brought them together at a better moment. Parliament was in the United States, I had once passed an evening having just risen, Mr Canning, and his two colleagues of in his company; and that he spoke of his sensations of the cabinet, Mr Huskisson and Mr Robinson, seemed like delight on gaining his first victory, saying that he then birds let out of a cage. There was much small talk, some 'felt on a level with his profession. The Duke remarked, of it very sprightly. Ten o'clock arriving, with little disthat were he to speak of his feelings when it had been his position to rise from table, Mr Canning proposed that we fortune to gain a battle, he would say that they had gene- should play • Twenty Questions. This was new to me rally been painful; for there was grief for those who had and the other members of the diplomatic corps present, fallen; and next, it imposed instantly the necessity of though we had all been a good while in England. The doing more, as no commander could remain quiet after game consisted in endeavours to find out your thoughts victory; a larger view opened to him, often causing by asking twenty questions. The questions were to anxiety from the difficulties to be overcome for insuring put plainly, though in the alternative if desired; the anfurther advantages. I said that it was a remark of Mo- swers to be also plain and direct. The object of your reau's, made on the same occasion, that the fault with thoughts not to be an abstract idea, or any thing so most commanders, however brave, was backwardness in occult, or scientific, or technical, as not to be supposed to taking the last step to bring on a battle, especially when enter into the knowledge of the company; but something armies were large, arising from deep moral anxiety; and, well known to the present day, or to general history. after all, the uncertainties of the issue. The Duke said it might be any name of renown, ancient or modern, it was a just remark. The Archduke Charles of Austria man or woman; or any work or memorial of art well being spoken of, the Duke repeated in effect what I had known, but not a mere event, as a battle, for instance. heard him say to my distinguished countryman, General These were mentioned as among the general rules of the Harper, of Maryland-namely, that he probably had more game, serving to denote its character. It was agreed military science than any of the generals of Europe co- that Mr Canning, assisted by the Chancellor of the Ex. temporary with him. The conversation proceeding, the chequer, who sat next to him, should put the questions ; Duke remarked, in this connexion, that a general might and that I, assisted by Lord Granville, who sat next to stand too much upon the rules of science while an engage- me, should give the answers. Lord Granville and myself ment was going on; there could not be too much attention were, consequently, to have the thought or secret in to them in all his arrangements beforehand, he said ; but common; and it was well understood, that the discovery the battle once begun, the main thing to think of was of it, if made, was to be the fair result of mental interhard fighting."
ence from the questions and answers, not of signs passing, In reference to the style of speaking in the House of or hocus pocus of any description. With these as the Commons, Mr Rush quotes an observation he heard from preliminaries, and the parties sitting face to face, on opSir James Mackintosh, that the true light in which to posite sides of the table, we began the battle. consider it, was as animated conversation on public busi- First question (by Mr Canning).-Does what sca ness,' and that it was rare for any speech to succeed in have thought of belong to the animal or vegetable kipzthat body which was raised on any other basis.'. This dom? Answer-To the vegetable. view of the matter was subsequently confirmed by Mr "Second question.—Is it manufactured, or unmanufæCanning :
tured ? Manufactured. "I mention to him Sir James Mackintosh's remark; “Third.—Is it a solid or a liquid? A solid. (Hor he accedes to it; says it is true as a general rule, that could it be a liquid, said one of the company, slyly, unless their speaking must take conversation as its basis, rather vegetable soup!] than any thing studied or stately. The House was a Fourth. Is it a thing entire in itself, or in parts ? business-doing body, and the speaking must conform to Entire. its character: it was jealous of ornament in debate, which, • Fifth.-Is it for private use or public? Public. if it came at all, must come as without consciousness. "Sixth.—Does it exist in England, or out of it? Iu There must be method also; but this should be felt in England. the effect, rather than seen in the manner; no formal Seventh.-Is it single, or are there others of the same divisions, set exordiums, or perorations, as the old rheto- kind ? Single. ricians taught, would do. First, and last, and every * Eighth.-Is it historical, or only existent at present? where, you must aim at reasoning; and if you could be Both. eloquent, you might at any time, but not at an appointed Ninth.-For ornament or use ? Both. time. To this effect he expressed himself, though I do • Tenth.-Has it any connexion with the person of the injustice to his language. Foremost as a speaker in the King ? No. House of Commons for his day, perhaps in its most bril- • Eleventh. Is it carried, or does it support itself: liant sphere of oratory, I listened with interest whilst such The former. a master casually alluded to its rules. I spoke of the • Twelfth.—Does it pass by succession ? [Neither lar! House of Lords ; ' remarking, that in that body, indeed, I Granville nor myself being quite certain on this point had anticipated a style of speaking somewhat more like the question was not answered; but, as it was thozhi conversation, not only from its fewer numbers, but com- that the very hesitation to answer might serve to shed ponent materials; but that, to my observation, as yet its light upon the secret, it was agreed that the question oratory seemed rather elaborate and ambitious, with much should be counted as one, in the progress of the game. that would seem to indicate painstaking, in a degree be- * Thirteenth.-Was it used at the coronation? Yes.
'Fourteenth.-In the Hall or Abbey ? Probably in in times past to a German minstrel, musician, and poet, both ; certainly in the Hall.
whose fainily name is now no longer on record. He was Fifteenth.-Does it belong specially to the ceremony called Henreich, and his verses (none of which, we beof the coronation, or is it used at other times? It is used lieve, exist at this day) being always in praise of the at other times.
fair,' and above all, of her he was wont to call “Mary,' Sixteenth.-Is it exclusively of a vegetable nature, or he was surnamed Henreich Frauenlob—which signifies, is it not, in some parts, a compound of a vegetable and a the woman's poet.' When Henreich took his departure mineral ? Exclusively of a vegetable nature.
from Mayence, depressed and poor in circumstances, to "Seventeenth.– What is its shape? [This question try his fortune in a foreign land, alone and without friends, was objected to as too particular; and the company in- save his romances and talents, he left behind him a young clining to think so, it was withdrawn; but Mr Canning girl-one who looked forward with the fondest solicitude saying it would be hard upon him to count it, as it was for his return; watching the elements on all stormy withdrawn, the decision was in his favour on that point, nights, pale and oppressed at heart, and who, at such and it was not counted.]
times, unceasingly prayed for him. If we desire the Seventeenth (repeated).—Is it decorated or simple ? cares, the loves, the charities of human nature, they must [We made a stand against this question also, as too par- be looked for in woman. After a tedious and painful ticular; but the company not inclining to sustain us this absence of more than three years, Henreich returned, time, I had to answer it, and said that it was simple.) rich and of good reputation. But before his arrival Mary
* Eighteenth.—Is it used in the ordinary ceremonial of had heard the name of her lover much talked of in the the House of Commons or House of Lords ? No. town of Mayence, and always mixed up with praise
Nineteenth.—Is it ever used by either House ? No. and admiration of his great genius and virtues : but a
Twentieth.-Is generally stationary or movable? noble confidence and well-grounded affection old her Morable. The whole number of questions being now ex- that neither profit nor glory could impart half as much hausted, there was a dead pause. The interest had gone joy to her friend as the first welcome from the maiden on increasing as the game advanced, until, coming to the who had constantly borne him in mind, and had waited last question, it grew to be like neck-and-neck at the so long. close of a race. Mr Canning was evidently under concern When Henreich saw afar off the smoke ascend from lest he should be foiled, as by the law of the game be the houses of the town, he stopped, overcome with emowould have been, if he had not now solved the enigma. tion, and, sitting down on a grass bank of the river, He sat silent for a minute or two; then, rolling his rich gave vent to a simple but melancholy strain, not uneye about, and with his countenance a little anxious, and mingled with sensations of pleasure. 'Tis said, in an accent by no means over-confident, he exclaimed,
• The melody "I think it must be the wand of the Lord High-Steward!' Of his small lute gave easo to Petrarch's wound.' And it was—EVEN SO. This wand is a long, plain, white The next day, towards sunset, the bells of the church of staff, not much thicker than your middle finger, and, as Mayence rang a cheerful peal, announcing, it should seem, such, justifies all the answers given. In answering the the intended nuptials of Henreich and Mary, which were ninth question, Lord Granville and I, who conferred to
to take place the following morning. At this moment gether in a whisper as to all answers not at once obvious, the lovers were walking in the long shady alley that remembered that some quaint old English writers say winds beside the shelving borders of the Rhine. They that the Lord High-Steward carried his staff to beat off sat down on a carpet of gay green'sward, and passed intruders from his Majesty's treasury! When at the long and fugitive moments, looking at one another in twelfth, Mr Canning illustrated the nature of his question silence—so full were their hearts, and so inexpressible by by referring to the rod of the Lord Chamberlain, which words were their feelings. he said did not pass by succession, each new incumbent
The purple glow which the setting sun had left on the procuring, as he supposed, a new one for himself, I said horizon, was now burning pale and yellow, and the deep that it was not the Lord Chamberlain's rod; but the very shades of twilight were advancing from one end of heaven mention of this was 'burning,' as children say when they to the other. Both seemed to feel that it was time play hide-and-seek ; and in answering that it was not, I to return. Mary, wishing to preserve the recollection of had to take care of my emphasis. The questions were this happy day, pointed with her hand to some of those not put in the rapid manner in which they will be read; little blue flowers which were growing upon the banks of but sometimes after considerable intervals, not of silence the river. Henreich, readily conceiving her meaning, --for they were enlivened by occasional remarks thrown gathered some of these flowers, but, in so doing, his foot in by the company, all of whom grew intent upon the slipped, and he was immersed in the water. Twice was pastime as it advanced, though Mr Canning alone put the the river stirred into motion, and twice he re-appeared, questions, and I alone gave out the answers. It lasted
struggling for life, his eye-balls starting from his head upwards of an hour, the wine ceasing to go round. On 'with beamless stare,' and twice did the insatiate element Mr Canning's success, for it was touch-and-go with him, engulph its victim. He would have cried out, but the there was a burst of approbation, we of the diplomatic waters choked him. At the second time of reaching the corps saying, that we must be very careful not to let him surface, he turned a last look on the bank where he had ask us too many questions at the Foreign Office, lest he left Mary standing, and raising one arm, he threw her should find out every secret that we bad!'
the flowers (which a nervous contraction still retained in his hand), but this movement again overwhelmed him—
and FORGET ME NOT.
“A dreary giddiness dissolved his brain.' You know those little wild flowers, with pale blue- The river holds on its course, and "turns in black eddies coloured petals and green-pointed leaves, that are found round'—the waters closed on him, and in an instant growing on the margins of rivers and lakes, their roots in became smooth and confluent as a mirror! Then all the water-which the least
breath of air agitates, and the was still, as if the fearful chasm had just been made a rippling of the current frets into motion. Botanists have grave as if the spirits of doom had been appeased by named them Myosotis Scorpioides. The following is the a sacrifice !' reason why they are called Vergis mein nicht; that is to Thus perished Henreich Frauenlob. say, ' Forget me not. There is a tomb at Mayence, the Poor Mary continued a spinster, and died one of the name engraved on it being long since worn out; it is used sisters of a religious community. They have translated for the
same purpose that, in the early age of Christen- the eloquent but speechless adieu of Henreich, and named dom, the Potter's Field was applied to-namely, to bury the little blue flower, Vergis mein nicht; that is to say, strangers in. But the general belief is, that it belonged | ' Forget me not.'-Odd Fellow.