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genuine and undissembled feelings of his young friend.
Edward now enquired if Mr Morton knew what was likely to be his destination.
" Stirling Castle,” replied his friend; " and so far I am well pleased for your sake, for the governor is a man of honour and humanity. But I am more doubtful of your treatment upon the road; Major Melville is involuntarily obliged to intrust the custody of your person to another.”.
"I am glad of it. I detest that coldblooded calculating Scotch magistrate. I hope he and I shall never meet more: he had neither' sympathy with my innocence nor with my wretchedness; and the petrifying accuracy with which he attended to every form of civility, while he tortured me by his questions, his suspicions, and his inferences, was as tormenting as the racks of the Inquistiơn. Do not vindicate him, my dear sir, for that I cannot bear with patience; tell me rather who is to
have the charge of so important a state prisoner as I am ?" ' “ I believe a person called Gillfillan, one of the sect who are termed Cameronians."
“I never heard of them before." . i “ They claim to represent the more strict and severe presbyterians, who, in Charles Second's and James.Second's days, refused to profit by the toleration, or indulgence, as it was called, which was extended to others of that religion. They held conventicles in the open fields, and, being treated with great violence and cruelty by the Scottish government, more than once took arms during these reigns. They take their name from their leader, Richard Cameron."
"I recollect ;-but did not the triumph of presbytery at the Revolution extinguish that sect?” . · "By no means; that great event fell yet far short of what they proposed, which was nothing less than the complete esta
blishment of the church upon the grounds of the old Solemn League and Covenant. Indeed, I believe they scarce knew what they wanted; but being then a numerous body of men, and not unacquainted with the use of arms, they kept themselves together as a separate party in the state, and at the time of the Union had nearly formed a most unnatural league with their old enemies, the Jacobites, to oppose that important national measure. Since that time their numbers have gradually diminished; but a good many are still to be found in the western counties, and several, with a better temper than in 1707, have now taken arms for government. This person, whom they call Gifted Gilfillan, has been long a leader among them, and now heads a small party, which will pass here to-day or to-morrow on their march toward Stirling, under whose escort Major Melville proposes you shall travel. I would willingly speak to Gilfillan in your behalf; but, having deeply imbibed all the preju
dices of his sect, and being of the same fierce disposition, he would pay little regard to the remonstrance of an Erastian divine, as he would politely term me.And now, farewell, my young friend; for the present I must not weary out the Major's indulgence, that I may obtain his permission to visit you again in the course of the day.”
Things mend a little.
ABOUT noon Mr Morton returned and brought an invitation from Major Melville that Mr Waverley would honour him with his company to dinner, notwithstanding the unpleasant affair which detained him at Cairnvreckan, from which he should heartily rejoice to see Mr Waverley completely extricated. The truth was, that Mr Morton's favourable report and opi. nion had somewhat staggered the preconceptions of the old soldier concerning Edward's supposed accession to the mutiny in the regiment; and in the unfortunate state of the country, the mere suspicion of disaffection, or an inclination to join the insurgent Jacobites, might infer crimina