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times thought to himself, what a hard they win to the ports o' Edinburgh, I matter it was that it should so soon be hae tint my computation.”. given away to another; and then he “ Na, if he takes care o' her, that's wiped a tear from his eye, and did not a' my dread," rejoined he, and at the speak again for a good while. Now same time kicked viciously with both the night, as was said, being very dark, heels, and applied the sapling with and the bride having made a pleasant great vigour. But “ the mair haste remark, Wat spontaneously lifted that the waur speed” is a true proverb, for dear hand from his bosom, in order to the horse, instead of mending his pace, attempt passing it to his lips, but (as slackened it, and absolutely grew so he told me himself) without the small frightened for the gutters on the moor, est hope of being permitted. But be that he would hardly be persuaded to hold, the gentle ravishment was never take one of them, even though the sapresisted ! On the contrary, as Wat re ling was sounding as loud and as thick placed the insulted hand in his bosom, on his far loin as ever did the whip of he felt the pressure of his hand gently a Leith carter. He tried this ford, and returned.

theother ford, and smelled and smelled Wat was confounded, electrified ! with long-drawn breathings. and felt as the scalp of his head had ye may snuff!” cried Jock, losing all been contracting to a point. He felt, patience; “ the deil that ye had ever in one moment, as if there had been a been foaled! Hilloa! Wat Scott, where new existence sprung up within him, are ye?" a new motive for life, and every great “ Hush, hush, for gudesake," cried and good action; and, without any the Eagle ; " ye'll raise the country, express aim, he felt a disposition to and put a' out thegither." push onward.

His horse soon began They listened for Wat's answer, and to partake of his rider's buoyancy of at length heard a far-away whistle. spirits, (which a horse always does,) The Jewel grew like a man half disso he cocked up his ears, mended his tracted, and, in spite of the Eagle's repace, and, in a short time, was far a monstrances, thrashed on his horse, head of the heavy, stagnant-blooded cursed him, and bellowed out still the beast on which the Jewel bridegroom more; for he suspected what was the and his buxom Eagle rode. She had case, that, owing to the turnings and her right arm round his waist too, of windings of his horse among the haggs, course; but her hand lacked the ex he had lost his aim altogether, and hilarating qualities of her lovely sis. knew not which way he went. Heater's ; and yet one would have thought vens! what a stentorian voice he sent that the Eagle's looks were superior through the moor before him! but he to those of most young girls outgone was only answered by the distant whisthirty.

tle, that still went farther and farther “I wish thae young fools wad take time an' ride at leisure; we'll lose them When the bride heard these loud on this black moor a'thegither, an' then cries of desperation so far behind, and it is a question how we may foregather in a wrong direction, she was mightily again,” said the bridegroom ; at the tickled, and laughed so much that she same time making his hazel sapling could hardly keep her seat on the play yerk on the hind-quarters of his horse ; at the same time, she continued nag.

urging Wat to ride, and he seeing her “ Gin the gouk let aught happen to so much amused and delighted at the that bit lassie o' mine under cloud o' embarrassment of her betrothed and night, it wad be a' ower wi' me-I sister, humoured her with equal good could never get aboon that. There are will, rode off, and soon lost all hearing some things, ye ken, Mrs Eagle, for a' of the unfortunate bridegroom. They your sneering, that a man can never came to the high road at Middleton, get aboon.”

cantered on, and reached Edinburgh “No very mony o'them, gin a chield by break of day, laughing all the way hae ony spirit,” returned the Eagle. at their unfortunate companions. In“ Take ye time, an' take a little care stead, however, of putting up at the o' your ain neck an' mine. Let them

Golden Harrow, in order to render the gang their gates. Gin Wat binna tired bridegroom's embarrassment still more o' her, an' glad to get quat o' her, or complete, at the bride's suggestion,

away:

they went to a different corner of the “ It is a question,” says Wat, “ an' city, namely, to the White Horse, Ca- I think a very natural ane." nongate. There the two spent the Ay, it is a question, to be sure," morning, Wat as much embarrassed said she ; " but it is ane that ye ken as any man could be, but his lovely ye needna hae put to me to answer, at companion in fidgets of delight at least till ye had tauld me whether ye thinking of what Jock and her sister wad marry me or no.". would do. Wat could not understand “Yes, faith, I will—there's my her for his life, and he conceived that hand on it,” says Wat. “ Now, what she did not understand herself ; but say ye?" perhaps Wat Scott was mistaken. “0, Wat, Wat !” exclaimed she, They breakfasted together; but for leaning to his arm ; “ ask the bee if all their long and fatiguing journey, it will hae the flower, ask the lamb if neither of them seemed disposed to eat it will hae the ewe that lambed it, or At length Wat ventured to say, “We'll ask the chicken if it will cower aneath be obliged to gang to the Harrow, an' the hen-Ye may doubt ony o' thae, see what's become o' our friends." but no that I wad take you, far, far,

“O no, no ! by no means !" cried she far, in preference to ony other body.” fervently ; “ I would not, for all the “I wonder ye war sae lang o' thinkworld, relieve them from such a de ing about that,” said Wat. "Yeought lightful scrape. What the two will do surely to hae tauld me sooner.” is beyond my comprehension."

“ Sae I wad if ever ye had speered " 'If ye want just to bamboozle the question,” said she. them a'thegither, the best way to do - What a stupid idiot I was !” exthat is for you and me to marry,” said claimed Wat, and rapped on the floor Wat, “an' leave them twa to shift for with his stick for the landlord. “An themselves."

it be your will, sir, we want a minis“O that wad be so grand !” said ter,” says Wat. she.

« There's one in the house, sir," Though this was the thing nearest said the landlord, chuckling with joy to honest Wat's heart of all things in at the prospect of some fun. « Keep the world, he only made the proposal a daily chaplain here-Thirlstane's by way of joke, and as such he supposed motto, 'Aye ready.' Could ye no conhimself answered. Nevertheless, the trive to do without him?" answer made the hairs of his head creep Na, na, sir, we're folks o' cononce more. “My truly, but that wad science,” said Wat; we hae comed gar our friend Jock loup twa gates at far and foul gate for a preevat but hoaince!” rejoined Wat.

nest hand-fasting." It wad be the grandest trick that “Quite right, quite right,” said my ever was played upon man,” said she landlord. “ Never saw a more comely

“It wad mak an awfu' sound in the country couple. Your business is done country,” said Wat.

for you at once ;" at the same time he “ It wad gang through the twa tapped on the hollow of his hand, as shires like a hand-bell," said she. much as to say, some reward must be

“I really think it is worth our while. forthcoming. In a few minutes he reto try't," said he.

turned, and setting the one cheek in O by a' manner o' means !” cried at the side of the door, said, with great she, clasping her hands together for rapidity,“ Could not contrive to do joy; “ for heaven's sake let us do it.” without the minister, then? Better?

Wat's breath cut short, and his vi- Kiss, an' come again-eh? what say sage began to alter. He was like to ye to that? Nove's the time—no getpop into the blessing of a wife rather ting off again. Better?--what?- Can't more suddenly than he anticipated, do without him?” and he began to wish to himself that “O no, sir," said Wat, who was the girl might be in her perfect senses. beginning a long explanatory speech, “My dear M-” said he,

but my landlord cut him short, by inserious ? would you really consent to troducing a right reverend divine, more marry me?”

than half-seas over.

He was a neat, “ Would I consent to marry you!" well-powdered, cheerful, little, old reiterated she. That is sickan a gentleman, but one who never asked question to speer!"

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of a couple than the full consent of " What shall we do now?-shall parties. About this he was very par we turn back?” said Jock. ticular, and advised them, in strong “ Turn back !" said the maid ;“cerset phrases, to beware of entering rash- tainly not, unless you hae ta’en the ly into that state ordained for the happiness of mankind. Wat thought he was “I wasna thinkin' o' that ava," said advising him against the match, but he; “ but, 0, it is an unfortunatetold him he was very particularly si like business-I dinna like their leavtuated. Parties soon came to a right ing o' us, nor can I ken what's their understanding, the match was made, meaning." the minister had his fee, and after “ They war fear'd for being catchwards he and the landlord invited ed, owing to the noise that you were themselves to the honour, and very making,” said she. particular pleasure, of dining with the “ And wha wad hae been the loser young couple at two.

gin we had been catched ? I think the What has become of Jock the Jewel loss then wad hae faun on me," said and his copartner all this while? We Jock. left them stabled in a mossy moor,

“ We'll come bétter speed wanting surrounded with haggs, and bogs, and the beast," said she ; " I wadna wonmires, every one of which would have der that we are in Edinburgh afore taken a horse over the back; at least

them yet.” so Jock's great strong plough-horse Wearied and splashed with mud, supposed, for he grew that he abso- the two arrived ai the Harrow-inn á lutely refused to take one of them. little after noon, and instantly made Now, Jock's horse happened to be inquiries for the bride and best man. wrong, for I know the moor very well, A description of one man answers well and there is not a bog on it all, that enough for another to people quite inwill hold a horse still. . But it was the different. Such a country gentleman same thing in effect to Jock and the as the two described, the landlady said, Eagle—the horse would have gone had called twice in the course of the eastward or westward along and along day, and looked into both rooms, withthe sides of these little dark stripes, out leaving his name. They were both which he mistook for tremendousquage sure it was W and rested content. mires; or if Jock would have suffer. The gentleman came not back, so Jock ed him to turn his head homeward, and the Eagle sat and looked at one he would, as Jock said, have gals another. "They will be looking at loped for joy; but northwards to the grand things o'this grand town," wards Edinburgh the devil a step said the maid. would he proceed. Jock thrashed him “ Ay, maybe," said Jock, in maniat one time, stroked his mane at an fest discontent. “ I couldna say what other, at one time coaxed, at another they may be looking at, or what they cursed him, till, ultimately, on the may be doing. When focks gang ower horse trying to force his head home the march to be married, they should ward in spite of Jock's teeth, the lat gang by themselves twa. But some ter, in high wrath, struck him a blow wadna be tauld sae.' on the far ear with all his might. This “I canna comprehend where he had the effect of making the animal has ta'en my sister to, or what he's dotake the motion of a horizontal wheel, ing wi' her a' this time," said the or millstone. The weight of the riders Eagle. fell naturally to the outer side of the “ I canna say,” said Jock, his chacircle-Jock held by the saddle, and grin still increasing, a disposition the Eagle held by Jock-till down which his companion took care to checame the whole concern with a thump rish, by throwing out hints and insion the moss. “ I daresay, that beast's nuations that kept him constantly in gane mad the night,” said Jock; and, the fidgets, and he seemed to be ruing rising, he made a spring at the bridle, heartily of all bis measures. A late for the horse continued still to reel; hour arrived, and the two having had but, in the dark, our hero missed his a sleepless night and toilsome day, orhold-off went the horse, like an arrow dered some supper, and separate apartout of a bow, and left our hapless ments for the night. They had not couple in the inidst of a black moor. yet sat down to supper, when the land

lord requested permission for two gen- ly prettier. More animation, too. tlemen,

acquaintances of his, to take a Girls from the same country-side have glass together in the same room with always a resemblance.” our two friends, which being readily “Sir, did you say you dined with a granted, who should enter but the bride from our country-side?” said identical landlord and parson who had Jock. so opportunely buckled the other cou “ Did so did so." ple! They had dined with Wat and “What was the bridegroom like?" his bride, and the whisky-toddy had “ A soft soles-milk-and-water." elicited the whole secret from the hap “ And his name? You will not tell, py bridegroom. The old gentlemen maybe,-a W and an S?” were highly tickled with the oddity of 6. The same—the same-mum the adventure, and particularly with W.S., writer to the signet. T'he same. the whimsical situation of the pair at An M and a T, too. You understand. the Harrow, and away they went at Mum.” length on a reconnoitring expedition, “Sir, I'll be muckle obliged to you, having previously settled on the mea- gin ye'll tak me to where they are. I sures to be pursued.

hae something to say to them,” said My landlord of the White Horse Jock, with great emphasis. soon introduced himself to the good “Oh! you are the father, are you ? graces of the hapless couple by his afa Minister, I'll take you a bet this is the fability, jokes, quips, and quibbles, bride's father and sister. You are too and Jock and he were soon as intimate late, sir ; far too late. They are bedas brothers, and the maid and he as ded long ago !" sweethearts, or old intimate acquaint “ Bedded ? Where bedded ?” cried ances. He commended her as the most Jock. beautiful, handsome, courteous, and “In a hotel, sir,” cried the other, in accomplished country-lady he ever the same tone. had seen in his life, and at length “ In hot hell, sir, did you say ? asked Jock if the lady was his sister. Dinna be in a rage, sir. That is a No, she was not. Some near relation, dreadfu' answer. But an ye'll tak me perhaps, that he had the charge of.- to where they are bedded, I sall gar No.-" Oh ! Beg pardon-perceive him come ower the bed like a lampervery well-plain--evident-wonder at eel-that's a'. my blindness," said my landlord of “ What! make a fool of both yourthe White Horse" sweetheart- self and others ? No, no, the case is sweetheart? Hope'tis to be a match ? past redemption pow. A father is to Not take back such a flower to the be pitied: but' wilderness unplucked-unappropria Sir, you mistak'-I'm not her fac ted that is—to blush unseen-waste ther.” sweetness on the desert air? What? “ What! not her father? Hope Hope so ? Eh? More sense than that, you are not the injured husband, sir ? I hope?"

What!” “You mistak, sir ; you mistak. “ One that should have been so, My case is a very particular ane,” said however.” Jock.

" What! should have been an in. “I wish it were mine, though," said jured husband? O Lord !" he of the White Horse.

About this stage of the conversa“Pray, sir, are you a married man?" tion, a letter was handed in “ to Miss said the Eagle.

Tod, at the Golden Harrow;" but the “Married? Oh yes, mim, married bearer went off, and waited no answer. -to a white horse," returned he. The contents were as follows:

* To a grey mare, you mean," said the Eagle

DEAR SISTER, "Excellent! superlative !" exclaim This cometh to let you know, that ed my landlord.“ Minister, what I have married Wat, thinking you think you of that? I'm snubbed-cut and Jock had turned on the height, down-shorn to the quick! Delight and that he had taken the rue; so I ful girl. I declare she is something fa thought, after leaving the country to Foured like the young country bride be married, I could never set up my we dined with to-day. What say you, face in it again, without a man ; for minister ? Prettier, though-decided you know a woman leaving home with

a man, as we both have done, can ne- berally around. The matter was disver be received into a church or fa- cussed in all its bearings. The minis mily again, unless she be married on ster made it clearly out, that the him; and you must consider of this; thing had been fore-ordained, and it for if you are comed to Edinburg with was out of their power to counteract a man, you need never go home again. it. My landlord gave the preference John hath used me very bad, and to the Eagle in every accomplishment. made me do the thing I may rue, but Jock's heart grew mellow, while the I could not help it. I hope he will die maid blushed

and wept; and, in short, an old batchelor, as he is, and never they went to their beds that night á taste the joys of the married state. married couple, to the great joy of the We will remain here another night, Eagle's heart; for never one doubted for some refreshment, and then I go that the whole scheme was a contrihome to his mother. This business vance of her own. A bold stroke to will make a terrible noise in the coun get hold of the man with the money. try. I would not have gone home a She knew Wat would grip to her sismaiden for all the whole world.” ter at a word or hint, and then the

Jewel had scarcely an alternative. He When the Eagle read this, she as took the disappointment and affront sumed symptoms of great distress, and so much to heart, that he removed after much beseeching and great at- with his Eagle to America, at the tention by the two strangers, she hand. Whitsunday following, where their ed the letter to Jock, shewing him success was beyond anticipation, and that she could never go home again where they were both living at an adafter what had happened. He scratchvanced age about twelve years ago, ed his head often, and acknowledged without any surviving family. It is a that “Maggy's was a ticklish case,' pity I should have been so long with and then observed that he would see this story, which forms such a parti. what was to be done about it to-mor- cular era in the Shepherd's Love Ca. row. My landlord called for a huge lendar. bowl of punch, which he handed li Altrive Lake, January 27, 1825.

AMERICAN WRITERS.*

No. V.

- We rejoice. We begin, this hour, only evidence worth appealing to, to see the end of our labour.— A little of his abilities may be found, as more time—a few more pages--and we we have said before, in the FEpromise all, who have stood by us in DERALIST.-(See, as above.) – We our late pilgrimage to that other world, should not forget, however, a conover the seas--a long, long holyday.- vincing, bold, generous memorial of This paper will complete our specula- his, in favour of religious freedom, tions for the present, if not for ever, caused by an act of the Virginia Leupon the affairs-men-literature, so gislature, in abridgement, or properly called- of North America.

speaking, destruction thereof, about

1785 :- nor his political corresponMADISON-JAMES. Late President dence with Mr Rose-our minister at of the United States—predecessor of Washington; with Mr Munroe, the James Munroe, the actual President: actual President ; with Mr Pinkney, (See Hamilton, Vol. XVII. p. 56. the minister of America, at our court : with Vol. XVI. p. 509. SKETCHES - Papers wherein the abilities of Mr of the PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES): Madison, as a negotiator--if nothing -A very able-very cautious-very else--are abundantly conspicuous.artful man.-The chief-perhaps the He is a good, plain writer ; talks to

* Errors in our last-P. 54, 57, 58—for Hally read Holly: p. 58_IRVING, for totally reproduced here, lately reproduced here : p. 68-add, after the word more, 15th line from the bottom-while these men are forgotten : p. 56-HUNTER, for he could not get up a better book : read, he could nou get up a better book.

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