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could not repress some threats of ven. geance, however vague and impotent, and finally acquainted his son with his pleasure that he should testify his sense of the ill treatment he had sustained, by throwing up his commission as soon as the letter reached him.". This, he said, was also his uncle's desire, as he would himself intie mate in due course
Accordingly, the next letter which Edward opened was from Sir Everard. His brother's disgrace seemed to have removed from his well-natured bosom all recollection of their differences; and, remote as he was from every means of learning that Richard's disgrace was in reality only the just, as well as natural conse: quence of his own unsuccessful intrigues, the good, but credulous baronet, at once set it down as a new and enormous rini stance of the injustice of the existing go, vernment. It was true, he said, and he must not disguise it even from Edward, that. his father could not have sustained such
an insult as was now, for the first time, of fered to one of his house, unless he had subjected himself to it by accepting of an employment under the present system. Sir Everard had no doubt that he now both saw and felt the magnitude of this error, and it should be his (Sir Everard's) business, to take care that the cause of his regrèt should not extend itself to pecuni. ary consequences. It was enough for a Waverley to have sustained the public disgrace; the patrimonial injury could easily be obviated by the head of their family. But it was both the opinion of Mr Richard Waverley and his own, that Edward, the representative of the family of WaverleyHonour, should not remain in a situation which subjected him also to such treatment as that with which his father had been stigmatized. He requested his nephew therefore to take the fittest, and, at the same time, the most speedy opportunity, of transmitting his resignation to the War Office, and hinted, moreover, that little ceremony was necessary where so little had been used to his father. He sent multitudinous greetings to the Baron of Bradwardine. * A letter from aunt Rachael spoke out even more plainly. She considered the disgrace of brother Richard as the just reward of his forfeiting his allegiance to a lawful, though exiled sovereign, and taking the oaths to an alien ; a concession which her grandfather, Sir Nigel Waverley, refused to make, either to the roundhead parliament or to Cromwell, when his life and fortune stood in the utmost extremity. She hoped her dear Edward would follow the footsteps of his ancestors, and as speedily as possible get rid of the badge of servitude to the usurping fa- mily, and regard the wrongs sustained by his father as an admonition from Heaven, that every desertion of the line of loyalty. becomes its own punishment. She also concluded with her respects to Mr Bradwardine, aud beyged Waverley would in.
form her whether his daughter, Miss Rose, was old enough to wear a pair of very handsome ear-rings, which she proposed to send as a token of her affection. The good lady also desired to be informed whether Mr Bradwardine took as much Scotch snuff, and danced as unweariedly, as he did when he was at Waverley-Honour about. thirty years ago.'* "
.. ' These letters, as might have been expected, highly excited Waverley's indigflation. From the desultory style of his studies, he had not any fixed political opinion to place in opposition to the movements of indignation which he felt at his father's supposed wrongs. Of the real cause of his disgrace, Edward was totally ignorant; nor had his habits at all led him to investigate the politics of the period in which he lived, or remark the intrigues in which his father had been so actively engaged. Indeed, any impressions which he had accidentally adopted concerning the parties of the times, were (owing to
the society in which he had lived at War verley-Honour,) of a nature, rather unfa; vourable to the existing government and dynasty. He entered, therefore, without hesitation, into the resentful feeling of the relations who had the best title to dictate his conduct; and not perhaps the less willingly when he remembered the tædium of his quarters, and the inferior figure which he had made among the officers of his regiment. If he could have had any doubt upon the subject, it would have been decided by the following letter from his commanding officer, which, as it is very short, shall be inserted verbatim : .
“ Having carried somewhat beyond the line of my duty, an indulgence which even the lights of nature, and much more those of Christianity, direct towards errors,which may arise from youth and inexperience, and that altogether without effect, I am reluctantly compelled, at the pesent cris