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result of the conversation between him and the appointment Campbell had made,
“ For the honoured hands of Mr. P. O. a
“ There are night-hawks abroad, so that I who being on the spot immediately read cannot give you and my respected kinsman it. The letter was from Miss Vernon, and B. N. J. the meeting at the Clachan of urged upon Campbell to undertake a Aberfoil, whilk was my purpose. I pray you task, which, though without mentioning to avoid unnecessary communication with its nature, he promised to execute, and those you may find there, as it may give fu. after engaging the bailie and young this is faithful, and may be trusted, and will
ture trouble. The person who gives you Osbaldistone to meet him shortly at one guide you to a place where, God willing, I of his resorts, the Clachan of Aberfoil, he may safely give you the meeting, when I trust departed. The next day as Osbaldistone my kinsman and you will visit my poor was taking a walk in the College yard in house, where, in despite of my enemies, I Glasgow, and musing on recent events, can still promise sic cheer as any bielandman he saw three men at some distance from may gie bis friends, and where we will him, earnestly engaged in conversation; drink å solemn health to a certain D. V. and they were Rashleigh, Mac Vittie, and look to certain affairs whilk I hope to be Morris. They soon separated, and as your aidance in; and I rest, as it wont Rashleigh was turning down an avenue, among, gentlemen, your servant to com
R M. C. in deep reverie, Francis presented him. self suddenly before him. This meeting It appeared from the conversation of resulted in a duel, which was broken off the officers that they were convened for just as it was about to end fatally for the purpose of devising some method of Rashieigh, by Campbell, who sprang be. capturing Rob Roy, and putting down between them, and separating them, sent the MacGregors. Before the party finishRashleigh away, detaining Francis till his ed their conversation after supper, an cousin was beyond his reach, and then English officer with two or three files of reminding him of the Clachan of Aberfoil, soldiers entered. This officer having orand exhorting him to be punctual, took ders to arrest two persons, an old one bis leave. Francis returned to the bailie's, and a young one, and the bailie and Franand relating the whole story of the quar- cis answering to this description, and the rel with Rashleigh, the abrupt appear. suspicion being strengthened by the letter ance of Campbell
, and the origin of his from Rob Roy found on the person of acquaintance with him, even to the par- young Osbaldistone, he and his friend ticulars of the affair at Justice Ingle. were taken into custody. The next day wood's, when he was accused of robbery the Englishman and his small band took and treason, deliberated with Jarvie on up their march toward the retreat of the most probable mode of regaining the Rob Roy on the banks of Loch-Lomond, property which Rashleich had embezzled. A Righlander, the same that had served
been taken prisoner by some of Captain the loathing and contempt, with wbicb the Thorton's band, and, upon being threat. wife of MacGregor regarded this wretched ened with instant death if he did not dis- petitioner for the poor boon of existence. close the place of Mac Gregor's conceal
“ I could have bid you live," sbe said, “ had
life been to you the same weary and wasting ment, had pretended to submit and undertake to act as guide, but in fact led burden that it is to me that it is to every the troops into an ambush, by which they you could creep through the world unaffected
noble and generous mind.-But you-wretch! were all cut off, or taken prisoners. This by its various disgraces, its ineffable miseries, ambush was laid by Helen Mac Gregor, its constantly accumulating masses of crime the wise of Rob Roy. The description of and sorrow,--you could live and enjoy yourthe first appearance of the heroine on the self, while the noble-minded are betrayed top of a rock, fronting the passage of the while nameless and birthless villains tread on régular troops, and her majectic looks and the necks of the brave and the long-descended, demeanour are finely told, and form a ---you could enjoy yourself, like a butcher's stribing picture. With the rest of the cap- while the slaughter of the brave went
dog in the shambles, battening on garbage, tured party, the Baillie and his young around you! This enjoyment you sball not friend fell into the hands of Helen. Soon live to partake of; you shall die, base doz, after this affair, another party of High- and that before yon cloud bas pessed over landers arrived, of very different appear the sun.” ance from the party commanded by the " She gave a brief command in Gaelic to wife of MacGregor, under the guidance her attendants, two of whom seized upon the of her two sons, Robert and James, who prostrate suppliant, and hurried him to the brought the news of their father's cap- brink of a cliff which overhung the flood. ture. He had been betrayed by an invi- He set up the most piercing and dreadful tation to an interview with Rashleigh Os- cries that fear ever uttered— may well term baldistone. Upon hearing this, Helen be- them dreadful, for they haunted my sleep for came frantic with grief and rage. The years afterward. As the murderers, or exemessenger, however, who had gone with along, he recoguised me even in that mo
cutioners, call them as you will, dragged bim the invitation to Rob Roy, had been de- ment of horror, and exclaimed, in the last ar. tained by him as a hostage, and was with ticulate words I ever heard bim utter, 0, Mr. the band just come up. Burning for ven- Osvaldistone, save me !--save me!" geance, the wise of MacGregor ordered
"I was so much moved by this horrid him to be brought before her. It was the spectacle, that although in momentary ex• craven Morris. The scene which follow. pectation of sharing his fate, I did attempt to ed is the most tragical in the story, and is speak in his behalf ; but, as might have been drawn with a force of conception--a expected, my interference was sternly disredepth of passion, and an eloquence of garded. The victim was held fast by some, expression, scarcely to be equalled. We
while others, binding a large heavy stone in a piaid, tied it round his neck, and others
again eagerly stripped him of some part of his “ He fell prostrate before the female Chief, dress. Half-naked, and thus manacled, they with an effort to clasp her knees, from which hurled bim into the lake, there about twelve the drew back, as if his touch bad been pol. fect deep, drowning his last death-shriek with Jution, so that all he could do in token of the a loud halloo of vindictive triumph, abore extremily of his humiliation, was to kiss the which, however, the yell of mortal agony hem of her plaid. I never heard entreaties for was distinctly beard. The heavy burdea lile poured forth with such agony of spirit. splashed in the dark-blue waters of the lake, The ecstacy of fear was such, ihat, instead of and the Highlanders, with their pole-axes and paralyzing bis tongue, as on ordinary occa- swords, watched an instant, to guard, lest, şions, it even rendered him eloquent, and, extricating himself from the load to which be with cheeks pale as ashes, Irands compressed was attached, he might have struggled to rein agony, eyes that seemed to be taking their gain the shore. But the knot had been selast look of all mortal objects, he protested, curely bound; the victim sunk without efwith deepest oaths, bis total ignorance of any fort; the waters, which his fall had disturb. desigo on the person of Rob Roy, whom he ed, settled calmly over bim, and the unit of store he loved and honoured as his own that life for which be had pleaded so strong, soul.-In the inconsistency of his terror, he ly, was for ever withdrawn from the sun of said, he was but the agent of others, and he human existence." muttered the name of Rashleigh.-He prayed Francis Osbaldistone was sent with a but for life for life be would give all he had in the world ;-it was but a little be asked message to the leader of the forces, to life, if it were to be prolonged under tortures which MacGregor was now captive, by and privations;-he asked only breath, though Helen, denouncing terrible vengeance is it should be drawn in the damps of the lowest her husband was not released. The wescaverns of their hills.
sage proved ineffectual; but, neverthe"It is impossible to describe the scorn, less, as the troops were crossing a deep
and narrow stream, on their way to a old debt. Mr. Osbaldistone and the Baillie place of more security than the station now thought about returning home; and they then occupied, where Rob was to be after visiting the abode of Mac Gregor, put to death the next morning, he per- on the romantic shore of Loch Lomond, suaded the Highland trooper, behind where Heien gave to Frank a ring from whom he rode, to assist in disencumber- Diana Vernon, as the pledge of her al. ing him of his bonds, and effected his fection, they proceeded by water to the escape. Great exertion was made to re- foot of the lake, whither their horses had capture him, but in vain. As Osbaldistone been conducted by Dougal, the trusty sat on his horse, where the troop had left turnkey, and were now waiting for them. him, when they dispersed for the recovery Upon their arrival in Glasgow, Frank of their prisoner, he heard some of the found his faiher there. The meeting behorsemen, as they returned from the pur- tween them was tender and affectionate; suit, ask after himself
, and threaten to the father had forgotten his disgust, in blow his brains out if they fell in with view of the real and enterprise his son him, for they said he had given to Mac had so recently displayed in the recoGregor the knife with which he had cut very of his property, and his greeting was the cord that bound him. Hearing this, warm and fond. Owen partook in the he thought it best to make good his re- joy. The elder Osbaldistone had just retreat also. As he was returning, on foot, turned from Holland, with his credit rein a cold, moon-light night, to rejoin the newed and extended, by the success of Mac Gregors and the Baillie, on the side his speculations on the Continent; and of a high heathy hill he was overtaken by having made a deserved return to the two persons mounted on horseback. One scoundrel house of Mac Vittie, Mac Fin of the persons was Diana Vernon. She and company, by closing his concerns had only time to deliver to him his fa- with them for ever, and putting all his ther's
property, which Rashleigh had been business nto the hands of Nico Jarvie, compelled to give up, and to bid him who had proved himself so honest a man farewell and be happy; which she did and true a friend, he and Frank and Owwith the utmost tenderness of manner, en set out on their return to London. and passed on. This scene is exquisitely Their departure was hastened by the touching, and the description of the effect breaking out of the rebellion in behalf of produced upon Frank-the hysterica pas- the Stuart family, which had been thus sio that subdued him-admirable for its suddenly brought to a head by the treatruth and force.
chery and intrigues of Rashleigh. In the Osbaldistone had proceeded on his way course of this contest, old Sir Hildebrand but a short time, after this interview, when Osbaldistone lost his five eldest sons, the words~ a braw night, Maister Os- Thorncliff being killed in a quarrel with a baldistone,--we have met at the mirk Northumbrian officer, on the first day of hour before now"-announced the well- the muster, and the rest meeting with known voice of Mac Gregor. During the their deaths in the peculiar road of their interesting conversation that ensued until vices and follies. Rashleigh he had disin. their arrival at the village of Aberfoil, herited, in favour of his nephew Francis. Frank learned of MacGregor, that the The old gentleman himself was taken letter, which Diana gave him in the blank prisoner and thrown into Newgate as a envelope, was from the person who was captive rebel. The account of the joyous her companion in her present journey, old knight's last days is a fine specimen and that he had for a long time resided of the pathetic. at Osbaldistone Hall, though unknown to Upon the extinction of the family of all but Sir Hildebrand, Rashleigh, Miss Sir Hildebrand, the father of Francis Vernon, and himself. He also learned wished him to act upon the will of his that the robbery of Morris was com- uncle, and he accordingly set off once mitted by Mac Gregor and Rashleigh,— more for Osbaldistone Hall. The will of that Rashleigh had turned suspicion Sir Hildebrand was lodged with Justice upon him, and that it was through the Inglewood; Francis therefore went first influence of Diana Vernon that he had to him. The old Justice received him been rescued from the snare. At the with great cordiality, and enabled him to Clachan, or village of Aberfoil, they enter into immediate possession of the found Baillie Nicol Jarvie. The good estate. Baillie was much rejoiced to hear of the From Justice Inglewood he learns that recovery of the property: and he also had Diana Vernon is not married, but that the satisfaction of receiving a thousand she has gone, or is going to a convent, merks from Mac Gregor, in discharge of an that the person who was travelliog with
jer through the Highiands, when he net tions and resistless energy. And, alher and regained his father's property at though he reader may grow somewhat her hands, was no other than her father, impatient, as he proceeds in the first peand, also, that her father was no other rusal of the work, at not meeting with than the priest Vaughan. Diana had not the great object of his curiosity, yet when yet taken the veil, for upon his arrival at he discovers that he has been for a long the Hall, he finds her there, with her fa- time near at hand, and even in his prether, awaiting an expected opportunity sence, the retroactive effect augments his to retire to France.
pleasure on the whole, and enhances his Rashleigh, who had undertaken to set admiration of the singular individual who aside his father's will, once more comes can thus elude knowledge, and yet be in to make disturbance, and procuring a constantly leaving the most formidable warrant, through the instrumentality of tokens of his proximity. a profligate attorney, causes Sir Frede- Rashleigh appears most like a pure inrick Vernon and Diana to be arrested for vention of any character in the whole treason, and Francis Osbaldistone for mis- piece. He is not the offspring of circumprision of treason. As he is taking thein stances-not produced by the influences off in the old family coach of Osbaldis- of the times-nor does he derive any of tone Hall, they are rescued by Rob Roy his qualities from his parentage, or from and a small party of the Mac Gregors, his private relations and individual purwho had come, by appointment, to con- suits. He is a sort of abstraction of great, vey Sir Frederick and his daughter to but bad qualities. Richly endowed with some port where they might embark for talents, of singular energy of will, of the the continent. In the affray, Rob kills most restless disposition, and acting upon Rashleigh with his own hands, and with principles wholly selfish, the chief use of his death every thing becomes quiet. his introduction is to connect Rob Roy
Old Sir Frederick Vernon, not long with the rest of the personages of the after his retreat to France, dies, and story, and furnish him with ample opFrank, with full consent of his father, portunity to act. If it were not for Rashgoes to France to find Diana, whom he leigh and his doings, Rob would have litbrings home his wife. Baillie Nicol tle occasion for the display of some of Jarvie had before this taken “the las- the most admirable traits of his characsock, Mattie" to wife, and he lived on ter--his fidelity-his generosity-his asprosperously to a good old age. Rob tonishing presence of mind-his boldness Roy continued to maintain himself on in devising schemes, and his celerity in his native hills, and levy black mail, un- executing them—his never-slumbering til, notwithstanding his violent life, he circumspection-his magnanimity and was gathered to his fathers at an ad- his honour. The portrait of the Mac vanced age, about the year 1786. Gregor is painted in such strong co
Such is a general outline of the story lours-is made up of such broad masses of “ Rob Roy.” The quotations we have of light and shade-that it requires the made are but a very small portion of the deep and dark ground of Rashleigh's fine passages which we might have intro- character to give it proper relief and enaduced ; and we have given them, rather ble it to produce the most striking effect. because they helped us in the abstract of Baillie Nicol Jarvie is a most amusing, the story, than to furnish specimens of honest, downright, upright, loquacious, the work.
valiant weaver, residing in the Salt-MarThe character of Rob Roy is drawn ket, Glasgow. He is of great importance with great strength and precision, and to the progress
of the story, and
his chaexhibits the finest specimen of the moun-racter is happily conceived and well sustaineer that we have ever seen. Some tained. may, perhaps, complain that Rob is not As for Andrew Fainservice, though he introduced earlier in the narrative. But stands a striking proof of the author's this would be a complaint grounded on a versatile talents, extensive range of obname rather than a fact, for although he servation, and skill in character, yet we does not appear under his distinguishing cannot but consider him an excrescence appellation till very late in the story, yet, upon the story, which he neither aids under the disguise of a less redoubtable nor ornaments.' He is a sort of receptacle title, in the very outset
, he gives to the which the author has prepared for the machine a motion, which, like the ripple purpose of collecting in it all the meanest over the back of Leviathan before he
ex- traits of the Lowland Scotch character. bibits his scaly strength upon the sur
The character of Diana Vernon is of face, clearly indicates his huge propor- the most fascinating kind. Her wit and
her wisdom--her frankness and her to speak at all. There are many dignity-her intrepidity-her generosi- phrases, in the course of the work, taken ty-her filial piety –her hard fate in be- from Shakspeare, not on account of poing doomed either to marry a man whom 'verty, but for the sake of ornament, and she scorns, or be shut up in a convent, of manifesting the author's attachment when she was so fitted to enjoy and or- to the old bard: knowing his own opunament society; and, added to all, her lence, he was not afraid to borrow. personal beauty, render her, in our esti- Thus have we endeavoured to give mation, one of the most interesting and some account (how inadequate it is, we delicious females upon record.
are conscious) of the last as well as of the Helen Mac Gregor is a bold, rude preceding works of the author of Waverfragment sketched with great spirit; she ly. If we have spoken, almost withoat is a fit wife for Rob Roy, acting most qualification, in their praise, it was beheroically and speaking most eloquently. cause we were, almost without exception,
Of Francis Osbaldistone, we have pleased with what they contained ; and if only room to say, that we were happy to we could be instrumental in extending find his many merits and his love reward- the popularity of these works, we should ed by the possession of Diana Vernon: congratulate ourselves upon our good of the other persons, though there are se- fortune, and regard it as an indication of veral among them that have contributed the prevalence of a correct, discerning much to our pleasure, we have not room taste in the public.
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There is no country in the world where plans sessions are not wanting in talent, and there are for the improvement of the condition of society men, in every one of them, whom we should not . meet so little obstruction as in this. With us, be afraid to commit to the hazard of a contest errors derive no veneration from their antiquity, with the ablest of whom we have heard in the and prejudice acquires, comparatively speaking, United Kingdoms. Our administration of jusbut little authority from custom.
tice, in its higher departments, is without a stain ; We are yet a “recent people,"—10 use the and our judicial benches are occupied by inen, language of Mr. Burke-we bavė “not yet har- whose superiors are not now to be found in Westdened into the bone of manhood ;" we have not minster-Hall. a little of the enthusiasm of youth-we have a
But what we most delight in is the condition of great deal of its activity and enterprise ;-and we have not a single mark about us of the timidity, union of qualities not easily kept together
our society, which presents a most uncommon the decrepitude, or the decay of age. There are
simplicity and refinement. We have not the yet among us not a few who were born in an age so much ruder than this, that we should hardly pomp and splendour of aristocracy, but we are
without its effeminacy, its licensed voluptuous. believe it could have been so near us, but for
ness, and its unfeeling oppression. Wealth with the living evidences of the fact-born under po
us is not without its power, but it has not yet en: litical and religious institutions which they had rolled or pensioned its classes of sycophants and no power to alter-when the means of education parasites. There are no artificial bars or obwere small, and the ability to employ them was structions to turn talent aside from the path of partial and occasional-when the principal em
distinction—and though honour and favour are ployment of the labourer was in the tillage of not always exactly apportioned to virtue, yet fields recently cleared, and in subduing the fo- we think that there is no country where it is so rests which skirted them ; when that of the soldier
sure to find friends, and so secure of its reward. was in hunting down the savages who inhabited Now we think it manifest that this state of things those forests; when science and learning were indicates great degree of excitement and acconsidered as having hardly any thing to do with tivity in the public mind, and is itself at once society at large; when the knowledge of medi
the prosperous and auspicious result of that accine was little more than the knowledge of tivity. We have exbibited all the zeal which the names of remedies and diseases; and when marks a reformation, and all the spirit which justices of the peace were almost identified with
characterizes a revolution, without the bigotry of justice itself.
the one, or the violence of the other. We have The change which has since taken place has not been afraid to trust our most important interbeen extraordinary; we think, unparalleled. ests to the practical result of our own theories ; Our armies and our ships have presented more but we have not disregarded the lights of experie than one spectacle to the polished warriors of ence, or the authority of precedent. Our public Europe not less surprising than that which met and our social character' has been perhaps as the eyes of Fitz-James, when the followers of much distinguished by the sobriety and discretion Rhoderick Dhu rose, at his signal, from the brake which belong to age, as by the impulse and geneand copse wood that a moment before seemed rosity which swell the veins, and expand the bothe only tenants of the broken and barren de- som of youth. Our fathers were placed in a clivity which they occupied. Our learned pro. state of things entirely new ; we, their children,