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befter calculated for intercourse with the world than for hard and patient study. Having thus sent one son abroad from my family, and being about to send off the other in due time, you will not, I am sure, think that I can mean disregard to your parental feelings in stating what I can do for your Walter. Should his temper and character incline for active life, I think I can promise to get him a cadetship in the East India Company's service; so soon as he has had the necessary education, I will be at the expense of his equipment and passage-money; and when he reaches India, there he is completely provided, secure of a competence if he lives, and with great chance of a fortune if he thrives. ' I am aware this would be a hard pull at Mrs Scott's feelings and yours ; but recollect your fortune is small, and the demands on it numerous, and pagodas and rupees are no bad things. I can get Walter the first introductions, and if he behaves himself as becomes your son, and my nephew, I have friends enough in India, and of the highest class, to ensure his success, even bis rapid success-always supposing my recommendations to be seconded by his own conduct. If, therefore, the youth bas any thing of your own spirit, for God's sake do not condemn him to a drudgery which he will never submit to—and remember, to sacrifice bis fortune to your fondness will be sadly mistaken affection. As matters stand, unhappily you must be separated ; and considering the advantages of India, the mere circumstance of distance is completely counterbalanced. Health is what will naturally occur to Mrs Scott; but the climate of India is now well understood, and those who attend to ordinary precaution live as healthy as in Britain. And so I have said my say. Most heartily will I do my best in any way you may ultimately decide for; and as the decision really ought to turn on the boy's temper and disposition, you must be a better judge by far than any one else. But if he should resemble his father and uncle in certain indolent habits, I fear he will make a better subject for an animating Jife of enterprise than for the technical labour of an accountant's desk. There is no occasion, fortunately, for forming any hasty resolution. When you send him here I will do all that is in my power to stand in the place of a father to him, and you may fully rely on my care and tenderness. If he should ultimately stay at Edinburgh, as both my own boys leave me, I am sure I shall have great pleasure in having the nearest in blood after them with me. Pray send him as soon as you can, for at his age, and under imperfect opportunities of education, he must have a good deal to make up. I wish I could be of the same use to you which I am sure I can be to your son.

“Of public news I have little to send. The papers will tell you the issue of the Radical row for the present. The yeomanry behaved most gallantly. There is in Edinburgh a squadron as fine as ours was, all young men, and zealous soldiers. They made the western campaign with the greatest spirit, and had some hard and fatiguing duty, long night-marches, surprises of the enemy, and so forth, but no fight, for the whole Radical plot went to the devil when it came to gun and sword. Scarce any blood was shed, except in a trifling skirmish at Bonnymuir, near Carron. The rebels were behind a wall, and fired on ten hussars and as many yeomenthe latter under command of a son of James Davidson, W.S. The cavalry cleared the wall, and made them prisoners to a man. The commission of Oyer and Terminer is now busy trying them and others. The Edinburgh young men showed great spirit; all took arms, and my daughters say (I was in London at the time), that not a feasible-looking beau was to be had for love or money. Several were like old Beardie ; they would not shave their moustaches till the Radicals were put down, and returned with most awful whiskers. Lockhart is one of the cavalry, and a very good troop. It is high to hear these young fellows talk of the Raid of Airdrie, the trot of Kilmarnock, and so on, like so many moss-troopers.

The een is making an awful bustle, and though by all accounts her conduct has been most abandoned and beastly, she has got the whole mob for her partisans, who call her injured, innocent, and what not. She has courage enough to dare the worst, and a most decided desire to be revenged of him, which, by the way, can scarce be wondered at. If she had as many followers of high as of low degree in proportion), and funds to equip them, I should not be surprised to see her fat bottorn in a pair of buckskins, and at the head of an army-God mend all. The things said of her are beyond all usual profligacy. Nobody of any fashion visits her, I think myself monstrously well clear of London and its intrigues, when I look round my green fields, and recollect I have little to do, but to

- make my grass mow, And my apple tree grow.'

“I beg my kind love to Mrs Huxley. I have a very acceptable letter from her, and I trust to relain the place she proinises me in her remembrance. Sophia will be happy to hear from uncle Tom, wben Uncle Tom has so much leisure. My best compliments allend your wife and daughters, not forgetting Major Huxley and Walter. My dear Tom, it will be a happy moment when circumstances shall permit us a meeting on this side Jordan, as Tabitha says, to talk over old stories, and lay new plans. So many things have fallen out wbich I had set my heart upon strongly, that I trust this may happen amongst others.—Believe me, yours very affectionately,

WALTER SCOTT."

APPENDIX.

THE DURHAM GARLAND.-IN THREE PARTS.

[The following is the Garland referred to at pages 150 and 163, in connexion with the novel of Guy Mannering. The ballad was taken down from the recitation of Mrs Young of Castle-Douglas, who, as her family informed Mr Train, had long been in the habit of repeating it over to them once in the year, in order that it might not escape from her memory. No copy of the printed broadside has as yet been recovered.]

PART. I.

1.
A worthy Lord of birth and state,
Who did in Durham live of late
But I will not declare his name,
By reason of his birth and fame.

2.
This Lord he did a hunting go,
If you the truth of all would know,
He had indeed a noble train,
Of Lords and Knights and Gentlemen.

3.
This noble Lord he left the train
Of Lords and Knights and Gentlemen ;
And hearing not the horn to blow,
He could not tell which way to go.

4.
But he did wander to and fro,
Being weary, likewise full of woe :
At last Dame Fortune was so kind
That he the Keeper's house did find.

5.
He went and knocked at the door,
He thought it was so late an hour.
The Forester did let him in,
And kindly entertained him.

6.
About the middle of the night,
When as the stars did shine most bright,
This Lord was in a sad surprise,
Being wakened by a fearful noise,

7.
Then he did rise and call with speed,
To know the reason then indeed,
Of all that shrieking and those cries
Which did disturb bis weary eyes,

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8.
I'm sorry, Sir,” the Keeper said,
That you should be so much afraid :
But I do hope all will be well,
For my Wife she is in travail.”

9.
The noble Lord was learned and wise,
To know the Planets in the skies.
He saw one evil Planet reign,
He called the Forester again.

10.
He gave him then to understand,
He'd have the Midwife hold her hand :
But he was answered by the maid,
My Mistress is delivered."

11.
At one o'clock that very morn,
A lovely infant there was born;
It was indeed a charming boy,
Which brought the man and wise much joy

12.
The Lord was generous, kind, and free,
And proffered Godfather to be;
The Goodman thanked him heartily
For his goodwill and courtesy.

13.
A Parson was sent for with speed,,
For to baptize the child indeed;
And after that, as I heard say,
In mirth and joy they spent the day.

14.
This Lord did noble presents give,
Which all the servants did receive.
They prayed God to enrich his store,
For they never had so much before.

15.
And likewise to the child he gave
A present noble, rich, and brave;
It was a charming cabinet,
That was with pearls and jewels set.

16.
And within it was a chain of gold,
Would dazzle eyes for to behold;
A richer gist, as I may say,
Was not bebeld this many a day.

17.
He charged his father faithfully,
That he himself would keep the key,
Until the child could write and read-
And then to give him it indeed :-

18.
“Pray do not open it at all
Whatever should on you befall :
For it may do my godson good,
If it be rightly understood.”

19. This Lord did not declare his name, Nor yet the place from whence he came, But secretly he did depart, And left them grieved to the heart.

PART II.

1.
The second part I now unfold,
As true a story as e'er was told,
Concerning of a lovely child,
Who was obedient, sweet, and mild.

2.
This child did take his learning so,
If you the truth of all would know,
At eleven years of age indeed,
Both Greek and Latin he could read.

3.
Then thinking of his cabinet,
That was with pearls and jewels set,
He asked his father for the key,
Which he gave him right speedily;

4.
And when he did the same unlock,
He was with great amazement struck
When he the riches did behold,
And likewise saw the chain of gold.

5.
But searching farther he did find
A paper which disturbed his mind,
That was within the cabinet,
In Greek and Latin it was writ.

6. My child, serve God that is on high, And pray to him incessantly; Obey your parents, love your king, That nothing may your conscience sting.

7. At seven years hence your fate will be, You must be hanged upon a tree; Then pray to God both night and day, To let that hour pass away.

8. When he these woeful lines did read, He with a sigh did say indeed, “ If hanging be my destiny. My parents shall not see me die :

9. “ For I will wander to and fro, I'll go where I no one do know; But first I'll ask my parents' leave, In hopes their blessing to receive.”

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