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Mr Morton prudently abstained from argument, which he perceived would only harden the magistrate in his opinion, and bately asked how he intended to dispose® of the prisoner s ): 280;, ;?; bio ** It is a question of some difficulty, con sidering the state of the country.”!

« Could you ́ not detain him (being such a gentleman-like young man) here in your own house, out of harm's way, till this storm blow over


o em by se je primo " My good friend; neither your house nor mine will be long out of harm's way, even were it legal to confine him here. I bave just learned that the commander-inchief, who marched into the Highlands to seek out and disperse the insurgents, hage: declined giving the battle at Corryerick," and marched on northwards with all the disposable force of government to Inver. hess, John-op-Gróat's House, or the devil, for what I know," teaving the road to the * lów country open and undefended to the Highland army."

4. Good God !: Is the man a coward, a traitor, or an idiotari,

g & bo None of the three, I believe. He has the common-place courage of a common soldier, is honest enough, does what he is commanded, and understands what is told him, but is as fit to act for himself, in cir.. cumstances of importance, as I, my dear parson, to occupy your, pulpit,”eszmeitas

This important public intelligence, patus rally diverted the discourse from Waverley, for some time, at length, however, the subject was resumed, so od Pliva 981:

** I believe," said Major Melville, " that. I must give this young înan in charge tor: some of the detached parties of armed vo--; lunteers, who were lately sent out to overg. awę, the disaffected districts. They are. now, recalled towards Stirling and a small , 6 body. comes thịs way to-porrow or next, days commanded by the westland-mans what's his name Ar-You saw him, and said he was the very model of one of Gromso well's military saints.”

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."Gillfillan, the Cameronian. I wish the young gentleman may be safe with him. Strange things are done in the heat, and hurry of minds in so agitating a crisis, and I fear Gillfillan is of a sect which has suffered persecution without learning mercy.”

“ He has only to lodge Mr Waverley in Stirling Castle: I will give strict injunctions to treat him well. , I really can, not devise any better mode for securing him, and I fancy you would hardly advise me to encounter the responsibility of setting him at liberty.”

“But you will have no objection to my seeing him to-morrow in private ?"

“ None, certainly; your loyalty and character is my warrant. But with what view do you make the request?"

“Simply to make the experiment whether he may not be brought to communicate to me some circumstances which may hereafter be useful to alleviate, if not to exculpate, his conduct."

The friends now parted and retired to rest, each filled with the most anxious reAections on the state of the country is **;** 2004 modern E 61.061.95 Cen. « 121, ; o

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WAVERLEY awoke in the morning from troubled dreams and unrefreshing slumbers, to a full consciousness of the horrors of his situation. How it might terminate he knew not. He might be delivered up to military law, which, in the midst of civil war, was not likely to be scrupulous in the choice of its victims, or the quality of the evidence. Nor did he feel much more comfortable at the thoughts of a trial before a Scottish court of justice, where he knew the laws and forms differed in many respects from those of England, and had been taught to believe, however erroneously, that the liberty and rights of the subject were less carefully protected. A


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