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himself. Such was my fortunate client ; Heartily glad, I bekeve, to have so good and I must allow, Darsie, that my profes- a chance of stopping his client's mouth ef. sion had need to do a great deal of good, fectually, my father ordered some cold if, as is much to be feared, it brings many meat ; to which James Wilkinson, for the individuals to such a pass.

honour of the house, was about to add the After we had been, with a good deal of brandy bottle, which remained on the sideform, presented to each other, at which board, but, at a wink from my father, suptime I easily saw by my father's manner plied its place with small beer. Peter that he was desirous of supporting Peter's charged the provisions with the rapacity of character in my eyes, as much as circum- a famished lion; and so well did the diverstances would permit, “ Alan,” he said, sion engage him, that though, while my “ this is the gentleman who has agreed to father stated the case, he looked at him reaccept of you as his counsel, in place of peatedly, as if he meant to interrupt his young Dumtoustie.”

statement, yet he always found more agree“ Entirely out of favour to my old ac- able employment for his mouth, and requaintance your father,'' said Peter, with turned to the cold beef with an avidity a benign and patronizing countenance, which convinced me he had not had such "out of respect to your father, and my an opportunity for many a day of satiating old intimacy with Lord Bladderskate. his appetite. Omitting much formal phraseOtherwise, by the Regiam Majestutem! ology, and many legal details, I will endeaI would have presented a petition and com- vour to give you, in exchange for your fiddler's plaint against Daniel Duintoustie, Advo- tale, the history of a litigant, or rather, the cate, by name and surname-I would, by history of his law-suit. all the practiques ! -I know the forms of process; and I am not to be trifled with.” My brain was like to turn at this ac

My father here interrupted my client, count of lawsuit within lawsuit, like a nest and reminded him that there was a good of chip-boxes, with all of which I was exdeal of business to do, as he proposed to pected to make myself acquainted. give the young counsel an outline of the " I understand," I said, " that Mr. state of the conjoined process, with a view Peebles claims a sum of money from Plain. to letting him into the merits of the cause, stanes--how then can he be his debtor ? disencumbered from the points of form. and if not his debtor, how can he bring a “ I have made a short abbreviate, Mr. Multiplepoinding, the very summons of Peebles," said he; “having sat up late which sets forth, that the pursuer does owe last night, and employed much of this certain monies, which he is desirous to pay morning in wading through these papers, by warrant of a judge ?." to save Alan some trouble, and I am now “ Ye know little of the matter, I doubt, about to state the result

friend,” said Jír. Peebles ; “ a Multiple“I will state it myself,” said Peter, poinding is the safest remedium juris in the breaking in without reverence upon his so- whole form of process. I have known it licitor.

conjoined with a declarator of marriage.“ No, by no means," said my father ; Your beef is excellent,” he said to my fa" I am your agent for the time."

ther, who in vain endeavoured to resume “Mine eleventh in number," said Peter: his legal disquisition; “ but something “ I have a new one every year ; I wish I highly powdered and the twopenny is uncould get a new coat as regularly." deniable; but it is small swipes_small

“Your agent for the time," resumed my swipes --more of hop than malt--with your father; " and you, who are acquainted leave I'll try your black bottle." with the forms, know that the client states My father started to help him with his the case to the agent—the agent to the own hand, and in due measure ; but, incounsel

finitely to my amusement, Peter Peebles 6. The counsel to the Lord Ordinary, got possession of the bottle by the neck, the Ordinary to the Inner House, the Pre- and my father's ideas of hospitality were sident to the Bench. It is just like the far too scrupulous to permit his attempting, rope to the man, the man to the ox, the by any direct means, to redeem it; so that ox to the water, the water to the fire-_" Peter returned to the table triumphant, with

“ Hush, for Heaven's sake, Mr. Pee- his prey in his clutch. bles,” said my father, cutting his recitation “ Better have a wine-glass, Mr. Peeshort ; " time wears on we must get to bles,” said my father, in an admonitory business—you must not interrupt the court, tone, you

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will find it pretty strong.” you know.--Hem, hem! From this abbre- “ If the kirk is ower muckle, we can

sing mass in the quire,” said Peter, help“ Before you begin,” said Peter Pee. ing himself in the goblet out of which he bles, “ I'll thank you to order me a mor. had been drinking the small beer. “ What sel of bread and cheese, or some cauld is it, usquebaugh ?-BRANDY, as I am meat, or broth, or the like alimentary pro- an honest man! I had almost forgotten the vision; I was so anxious to see your son, name and taste of brandy.-Mr. Fairford that I could not eat a mouthful of dinner.” elder, your good health (a mouthful of

viate it appears

brandy) ---Mr. Alan Fairford, wishing you might be said—said-ugh !--- to be my well through your arduous undertaking dwelling-place. I dwell mair there than (another go-down of the comfortable li- ony gate else, and the essence of hamequor), --And now, though you have given sucken is to strike a man in his dwellinga lolerable breviate of this great lawsuit, of place-mind that, young advocate—and so whilk everybody has heard something that there's hope Plainstanes may be hanged, has walked the boards in the Outer-House, as many has for a less matter; for, my (here's to ye aguin, by way of interim de. Lords,--will Pest say to the Justiciary creet,) yet ye have omitted to speak a word bodies,-my Lords, the Parliament House of the arrestmerits."

is Peebles's place of dwelling, says he“ I was just coming to that point, Mr. being commune forum, and commune foPeebles.”

rum est commune domicilium-Lass, fetch “ Or of the action of suspension of the another glass of whiskey, and score it"charge on the bill.”

time to gae hame by the practiqnes, I “ I was just coming to that.”

cannot find the jug-yet there's twa of " Or the advocation of the Sheriff-Court them, I think. By the Regiam, Fairfordprocess."

Daddie Fairford-lend us twal pennies to " I was just coming to it."

buy sneeshing, mine is done-Macer, call " As Tweed comes to Melrose, I think," another cause. said the litigant ; and then filling his goblet The box fell from his hands, and his about a quarter full of brandy, as if in body would at the same time have fallen absence of mind, “Oh, Mr. Alan Fair- from the chair, had not I supported him. ford, ye are a lucky man to buckle to such “ This is intolerable,” said my fathera cause as mine at the very outset ! it is * Call a chairman, James Wilkinson, to like a specimen of all causes, man. By the carry this degraded, worthless, drunken Regiam, there is not a remedium juris in the beast home.”—(P. 313–318.) practiques but ye'll find a spice o't. Here's

Nevertheless, whatever be the meto your getting weel through with it-Pshut -Í am drinking naked spirits, I think. rits of this story as an episode, its But if the heathen be ower strong we'l total irrelevancy to the principal subchristen him with the brewer, (here he ject, renders its insertion here preadded a little small beer to his beverage, posterous to the highest degree of paused, rolled his eyes, winked, and pro- absurdity; and by pertinaciously inceeded,)-Mr. Fairford—the action of as. terrupting the clear flow of narrative sault and battery, Mr. Fairford, when I and of feeling, it becomes insuffercompelled the villain Plainstanes to pull ably tedious, and almost hateful, to my nose within two steps of King Charles's the reader. statue, in the Parliament Close-there I had him in a hose-net. Never man could to character is, in our opinion, the

Poverty of invention with respect tell me how to shape that process-no counsel that ever selled wind could con

most striking defect of mind visible descend and say whether it were best to in the Author of Waverley. Besides proceed by way of petition and complaint, this, however, we cannot, in our atad vindictam publicam, with consent of his tempt to estimate truly his intellecMajesty's advocate, or by action on the tual value, help noticing a second, to statute for battery pendente lite, whilk us very obvious, yet, considering the would be the winning my plea at once, and general power of his faculties, very so getting a back-door out of Court.-By unexpected mark of mortality, about the Regiam, that beef and brandy is unco the works of this illustrious writer. het at my heart, I maun try the ale again We mean—a certain childishness of (sipped a little beer); and the ale's, but fancy, most palpably displayed wherecauld, I maun e'en put in the rest of the brandy."

ever he approaches the supernatural. He was as good as his word, and pro

Compare the Witches in Macbeth ceeded in so loud and animated a style of with Meg Merrilies, Madge Wildfire, elocution, thumping the table, drinking Norna, and their congeners in these and snuffing alternately, that my father novels: is there, or is there not, abandoning all attempts to interrupt him, something about the latter which resat silent and ashamed, suffering and anxi- minds us of our nursery-tales ? is not ous for the conclusion of the scene.

the sublimity of the former less as" And then to come back to my pet sociated with our merely infantile process of all-my battery and assault pro- terrors, and rather such as (at least cess, when

I had the good luck to provoke in the age in which they were imahim to pull my nose at the threshold of the Court, whilk was the very thing I gined), is founded upon adult ignowanted—Mr. Pest, ye ken him, Daddie rance and superstition, than upon the Fairford ? Old Pest was for making it weakness of mind incident to childout' hamcsucken, for he said the Court hood? We have no time now for more than a hint upon this matter. and full command both of his horse and Indeed, the distinction, though per- weapon. The shouts of the fellows as they fectly intelligible, is not easily de gallopped up and down in the animating finable in words. Unless our read- exercise--their loud bursts of laughter er's delicacy of perception bear im- when any of their number caught a fall

and still louder acclamations when any of mediate testimony to the truth of our the party made a capital stroke with his remark, we doubt our ability to con- lance-gave so much animation to the vince him secundum artem. An in- whole scene, that I caught the enthusiasm stance is, perhaps, the best argument of the sport, and ventured forward a conwe could use : the descent of Halbertsiderable space on the sands. The feats of Glendinning into the bowels of the one horseman, in particular, called forth so earth with his patroness, the White repeatedly the clamorous applause of his Lady of Avenel, might, we think companions, that the very banks rang again with great propriety, have formed with their shouts. He was a tall man, Scheherezade's thousand-and-second well mounted on a strong black horse,

which he caused to turn and wind like a night's tale; it is calculated for no more mature admiration than that the others, and wore a sort of fur cap or

bird in the air, carried a longer spear than which a schoolboy bestows on the bonnet, with a short feather in it, which Arabian Entertainments, and could

gave him on the whole rather a superior only be relished at that age when we

appearance to the other fishermen. He swallow Giants and Enchanted Cas- seemed to hold some sort of authority tles as eagerly as we do our bread among them, and occasionally directed their and butter. There is also something motions both by voice and hand ; at which of the puerile taste to which we times I thought his gestures were striking, allude in the following description of and his voice uncoinmonly sonorous and Redgauntlet's first appearance; min- commanding. gled we grant, not a little incon

The riders began to make for the shore, gruously, with considerable power, over, while I lingered on the sands, with

and the interest of the scene was almost and force of descriptive genius:

my looks turned to the shores of England, I mentioned in my last, that having still gilded by the sun's last rays, and, as abandoned my fishing-rod as an unprofit. it seemed, scarce distant a mile from me. able implement, I crossed over the open The anxious thoughts which haunt me bedowns which divided me from the margin gan to muster in my bosom, and my feet of the Solway. When I reached the banks slowly and insensibly approached the river of the great estuary, which are here very which divided me from the forbidden pre. bare and exposed, the waters had receded cincts, though without any formed intenfrom the large and level space of sand, tion, when my steps were arrested by the through which a stream, now feeble and sound of a horse gallopping; and as I fordable, found its way to the ocean. The turned, the rider (the same fisherman whom whole was illuminated by the beams of the I had formerly distinguished) called out to low and setting sun, who shewed his ruddy me, in an abrupt manner, “ Soho, brofront, like a warrior prepared for defence, ther! you are too late for Bowness to-night

a huge battlemented and turretted --the tide will make presently." wall of crimson and black clouds, which I turned my head and looked at him appeared like an immense Gothic fortress, without answering; for, to my thinking, into which the Lord of day was descending. his sudden appearance (or rather I should His setting rays glimmered bright upon say his unexpected approach) had, amidst the wet surface of the sands, and the num- the gathering shadows and lingering light, berless pools of water by which it was co- something which was wild and ominous. vered, where the inequality of the ground " Are you deaf?” he added" or are had occasioned their being left by the tide. you mad ?-or have you a mind for the

The scene was animated by the exertions next world ?” of a number of horsemen, who were ac- “ I am a stranger," I answered, and tually employed in hunting salmon. Ay, had no other purpose than looking on at Alan, lift up your hands and eyes as you the fishing - I am about to return to the will, I can give their mode of fishing no side I came from.” name so appropriate ; for they chased the “Best make haste then,” said he. “He fish at full gallop, and struck them with that dreams on the bed of the Solway, may their barbed spears, as you see hunters wake in the next world. The sky threatens spearing boars in the old tapestry. The a blast that will bring in the waves three salmon, to be sure, take the thing more foot a-breast." quietly than the boars; but they are so So saying, he turned his horse and rode swift in their own element, that to pursue off, while I began to walk back towards the and strike them is the task of a good horse- Scottish shore, a little alarmed at what I man, with a quick eye, a determined hand, had heard ; for the tide advances with such

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rapidity upon these fatal sands, that well. into a downright hero, the head of a mounted horsemen lay aside hopes of faction, and the friend of a Prince, safety, if they see its white surge advancing appears to us a most childish attempt while they are yet at a distance from the at what Bayes would call “ an odd bank. These recollections grew more agitating,

surprize” upon the reader. Indeed, and, instead of walking deliberately, I be it forcibly reminded us of the fishergan a race as fast as I could, feeling, or

man who turns out to be Prince Pretthinking I felt, each pool of salt water gyman's father, in the tragedy written through which I splashed, grow deeper and by that celebrated critic and author. deeper. At length the surface of the sand A reader's passion for the marvellous did seem considerably more intersected with must surely be very irritable in its pools and channels full of water-either nature, if it could be excited by a that the tide was really beginning to influ- piece of mechanism so nearly reence the bed of the estuary, or, as I must sembling that which makes Mr. own is equally probable, that I had, in the Newbery's gilt story-books so dear hurry and confusion of my retreat, involved to the romantic little people who myself in difficulties which I had avoided have just laid by their rattles. In in my deliberate advance. Either way, it was rather an unpromising state of affairs, conclusion, we think this weakness for the sands at the same time turned runs through the whole class of nosofter, and my footsteps, so soon as I had vels designated par excellence the passed, were instantly filled with water. I Scotch; the Author of Waverley, began to have odd thoughts concerning the throughout his works, constantly be snugness of your father's parlour, and the trays a design rather to frighten us secure footing afforded by the pavement of as children, than to excite us as men Brown's Square and Scot's Close, when open in some degree to superstitious my better genius, the tall fisherman, ap; impressions. peared once more close to my side, he and his sable horse looming gigantic in the now that we are to attribute that mag

Is it to this spirit of childishness darkening twilight. “ Are you mad?” he said, in the

same formed in a hovel at Brokenburn-foot

nificent piece of mummery perdeep tone which had before thrilled on my ear, " or are you weary of your life ? (the fisherman's retreat), where the You will be presently amongst the quick- hero, Sir Arthur, having assumed the sands.”—I professed my ignorance of the very probable disguise of an itiway, to which he only replied, " There is nerant fiddler, is made to dance a no tiine for prating-get up behind me." mysterious cotillon with the heroine,

He probably expected me to spring from Lilias ? the ground with the activity which these Borderers have, by constant practice, ac

The preceding remarks are for the quired in all relating to horsemanship; but most part generally applicable to the as I stood irresolute, he extended his hand, entire series of this author's novels. and grasping mine, bid me place my foot Our opinion, as regards the present on the toe of his boot, and thus raised me work in particular, is decidedly an in a trice to the croupe of his horse. I was unfavourable one.

Whatever may scarce securely seated, ere he shook the be the faults or foibles of this writer's reins of his horse, who instantly sprung mind (conditions of humanity), the forward; but annoyed, doubtless, by the memory of them was always obliteunusual burthen, treated us to two or three rated in his earlier works, by the bounds, accompanied by as many flourishes transcendent powers of genius which of his hind heels. The rider sat like a tower, notwithstanding that the unexpected ter flights, this regal bird evidently

we saw there displayed. In his latplunging of the animal threw me forward upon him. The horse was soon compelled

soars with a crest less erect and a to submit to the discipline of the spur and less sounding pinion. Indeed, were his bridle, and went off at a steady hand strength of wing unabated, the samegallop; thus shortening the devious, for it

ness of those scenes which he perpewas by no means a direct path, by which tually haunts, and to which he is in a the rider, avoiding the loose quicksands, manner self-condemned, renders the made for the northern bank.

contemplation of his feats now much (Vol. i. p. 52–58.) less interesting. He seems as if he The idea of a fisherman hunting were chained by the foot to some irsalmon on a black horse, is orthodox removeable rock in the midst of a enough; but to invest this inglorious deep valley, where though he could personage with such a deal of mys- fly upwards, he could not fly outtery, and afterwards to convert him warde. We do not now allude to


the geographical scene of his exer- the pillory) has given me one great, tions; he has occasionally migrated advantage over him. For knowing from his native hills to the plains of that my uncle would shoot him with England, and the gardens of France. as little remorse as a woodcock, if he We speak of the general scene of but guessed at his brazen-faced asthought from which he can never tear surance towards me, &c.” Eloquence himself, the abstract collection of like this we think might well recomobjects which always present them- mend the book to the patronage selves to his mental eye, whatever of those loose-haired and limberbe his actual place of residence. But tongued Nereids, who play about the his powers are also either weakened, shores of Billingsgate, and pelt each or weakly exerted. His very last flight other with fish or hard epithets, is his very lowest ; and that perhaps whichever are most convenient. On is a rash assertion to make, in the the other hand, the much-aspersed face of St. Ronan. In plain terms, Nixon, a kind of servant of all-work Redgauntlet is as poor a work as, to Redgauntlet, so far forgets the we dare say, this author could easily vernacular idiom of his race, as upon write ; certainly so, unless he took one occasion to observe in the very much more pains to write ill, than he loftiest vein of astrological metaever did to write well. This pub- phor,-" a female influence predomilication in truth furnishes us with one nates !” slapping his thigh (we may of the purest specimens of simple suppose), like a magnanimous son of book-making that can be met with, the sock’in one of his eclatical exits. in an age, and nation, and author, This same Cristal Nixon, indeed, famous already for that species of seems to enjoy the apostolic faculty handicraft. Ii is made up altogether of speaking in a strange language of unconnected stories, one of which, whenever it suits his caprice; he not chiefly from its superior length, we unfrequently talks with a doublemust conjecture to form the principal tongue in the same paragraph. There subject. The mass also seems only are several other marks, in these voabout half licked into form. There lumes, of the most headlong hurry of are none of those bright creations here, composition, the most rapacious spiand but few of those powerful mas- rit of money-getting. In vol. iii, p. ter-strokes, with which this Artist 42, Sam Skelton is Sam Skelton, prodelighted and astonished us of yore: perly so called; in the very same he sweeps the canvas now with a page he is Jack Kelton ; and in p. hasty and a half-full pencil. Except 44, he is Jack Skelton ;-varying his in one or two instances he seems to name quite as often, but not quite as have laid on his colours with the ingeniously, as a member of the pursewash brush; some of his figures are taking brotherhood, to which honormere blotches, and it is frequently able corporation we have however impossible, from the evident precipi- no reason to believe him attached. tateness with which they have been The identity of a certain waitinggot up, to distinguish a woman from maid is also not a little precarious; a man (unless the name be written at the farm-house we knew her by above it), a servant from a lord. the appellation-Dorcas, and when Thus we find the amiable and gentle we are afterwards introduced to her Lilias coming out with several such as the woman-Cicely, we have some expressions as the following: 1. “A difficulty in recognizing our lost suspicion arose in my uncle's mind waiting-maid under the hood of her that you [her brother) might be the new title. These oversights are to youth he sought, and it was be sure umimportant, except as bestrengthened by papers and letters traying the general negligence with which the rascal Nicon did not hesi- which the novel is written. They tate to take from your pocket.” afford us tacit but certain informa2. “ The old brutal desperado [Nixon, tion, at least when coupled with to wit], whose face and mind are a other evidence, that this author was libel upon human nature, has had the much more intent on our pockets insolence to speak to his master's than his own pen, much more desirniece as one whom he was at liberty ous of gains-making than of pains-takto admire.” 3. “ The wretch's un- ing, whilst he huddled up these merparalleled insolence (Nixon is again in cenary pages. The uneasiness, be


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