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mon sense might have dictated, when he observed rebellion thickening all round him. He returns an absolute refusal, and throws up bis commission."! ..." He had been already deprived of it: : " But he regrets that the measure had anticipated his resignation. His baggage is seized at his quarters, and at Tully-Veolan, and is found to contain a stock of pestilent jacobitical pamphlets, enough to poison a whole country, besides the un, printed lucubrations of his worthy friend and tutor Mr Pembroke."...!! ..
“He says he never read them." ;..; :"In an ordinary case I should believe him, for they are as stupid and pedantic in composition as mischicvous in their te. nets.. But can you suppose any thing but value for the principles they maintain, would išduce a young man of his age to lug such : trash about with him? Then, when news arrive of the approach of the rebels, he sets out in a sort of disguise, refusing to tell his name; and, if that old
fanatic tell truth, attended by a very suspicious character, and mounted on a horse known to have belonged to Glennaquoich, and bearing on his person letters from his family expressing high rancour against the house of Brunswick, and a copy of verses in praise of one Wogan, who abjured the service of the parliament to join the Highland insurgents, when in arms to restore the house, of Stuart, with a body of Eng lish cavalry--the very counterpart of his own plot and summed up with a Go thou and do likewise, from that loyal subject, and most a safe and peaceable character, Fergus Mac-Ivor of Glendaquoich, Vich Ian Vohr, and so forth. And, lastly," continued Major Melville, warming in the detail of his largúments," where do we find this second edition of Cavalier Wogan? Why, truly, in the very track most proper for execution of his design, and pistolling the first of the king's subjects who ventures to question his intentions.” 1 Mr Morton prudently abstained from argument, which he perceived would only harden the magistrate in his opinion, and barely asked how he intended to dispose of the prisoner?
"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) liere in your own house, out of harm's way, till this storm blow over?" ; :;.in. ::" 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 have just learned that the commander-inchief, who marched into the Highlands to seek out and disperse the insurgents, has declined giving them battle at Corryerick, and marched on northwards with all the disposable force of government to Invers. ness, John-o-Groat's House, or the devil, for what I know, leaving the road to the low country open and undefended to the Highland army."
"Good God! Is the man a coward, a traitor, or an idiot?"!!
“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 circumstances of importance, as I, my dear parson, to occupy your pulpit:*! Ini ?
This important public intelligence naturally diverted the discourse from Waverley for some time; at length, however, the subject was resumed.
46. I believe," said Major Melville, « that I must give this young man in charge to some of the detached parties of armed volänteers, who were lately sent out to overawe the disaffected districts. They are nów recalled towards Stirling, and a small
body comes this way to-niorrow or 'next · day, commanded by the westland-man
what's his name?-You saw him, and said he was the very model of one of Crom. well's military saints."
.“Gillbillan, 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 cannot 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 eharacter 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."