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foolish, but we had no lamps, when a fat Lord at the table below. I supthe cry arose that the King was coming. pose he was her gudeman, by the freeThen first came ae lord, and syne an. dom of her speech, for she was plainother, and then the Duke of York ly making a remonstrance to him on bounced among us with a troubled her being so neglected, for among all countenance, walking backwards and the ladies round her, both right and forwards like a ramping lion, which left, to a great expanse, there was not made us all sit with quaking hearts, as a single gentleman, because they were you may well think ; next came the Peeresses, and placed there to sit in King himsel, honest man, talking to state for a help to the show; and then his nobles, and they had all faces of I saw his lordship put some eatable great terror. It was just a prodigy to article on a trencher, and it was handsee what a fear they were in; but his ed up to pacify her ladyship, and some Majesty was never dismayed, keeping of her adjacent kimmers. up a blithe heart. However, we began In this stage of the procedure, duamong ourselves to dread that surely ring his Majesty's absence, I had leisomething was the matter ; and by sure for a conversation with the Docand by it spunkit out that the King tor and the Mistress anent what they had been shot at, with a treasonable had seen in the Abbey, the which I gun that went off without powther. will set down in their own words, my Oh! what I suffered, to know and hear faculty of memory not being of that that we were sitting on a Gunpowder sort which enables me to give a comPlot, and that Mr Clinker, with me pendious narration, but, as MrSweeties and my five dochters, might be flying said, by way of encouragement to me in the air, clapping our hands in de- to proceed with the enditing of this spair, like peelings of onions, before we book" a great talent in transcribing kent whar we were. But the King saw the personalities of my heroes and the distress that all the ladies were in, heroines.” and put on a jocose demeanour, and “ Aweel, Doctor," quoth I, talked to his lords as they put the what did you see, and how were ye robes about his shoulders,-the crown entertained with the anointing ?" The
he put himsel on his own head with Doctor shook his head in a solemn | his own hands, and when he had done manner, and cogitated some time be
so, he turned round to let us all see fore he made reply, then he answered him, and he really looked like a king and said, “ It would not become me, as he was, and his tongue never lay." Mr Duffle, to find fault with what the
I'll no take it upon me to say that King did in the midst of all his gothe behaviour of his present Majesty, vernment, as he can do no wrong, and in the latter particular, was like his may be, in my presbyterian simplicity father's, for he is a newer fashioned and ignorance, I am no of a capacity man, and hasna yet had such an expe- to judge ; but if yon doing was not rience of kingcraft; but if in other and popery--the seven-headed ten-horned more serious concerns, he can port him- popery, that rampauged over the back self as much to the purpose as the auld of common sense so long in this land, King, we can thole with him, though the darkness of night is the light of he should na just speak so much to day to my eyes, and we are not sitting the entertainment of his people. here in the earthly bunkers of this
In the mean time, the Peers and Pre- grand auld ancient Hall, but are the lates, and the minuter members of the mere bubbles of a vision of sleep, and procession, took their seats at the table; all this pomp and garniture around and I could see that the Bishops and of no more substance than the wrack Aldermersoon began tomake long arms of vanity that floats in some poor towards the eatables, which meand Doc- dreaming natural's fantastical imagitor Pringle thought a most voracious nation. O Mr Duffle, a heavy hand thing of them, and not well bred to- has been laid on my spirit this forewards his sacred and anointed Ma- noon; to see and witness the Protesjesty, who was undergoing such a tant King of a Protestant people, crossgreat fatigue that day for their advan- ed and creeshed with such abominatage and renown to all parts of the tions of idolatry, and a paternostring of earth. I likewise observed a Peeress rank and henious papistry, that ought from her seat in the front of the laft to have been stoned out of the midst of opposite to me, speaking vehemently to the Christian congregation that was sinning by witnessing the same. I I may see religion and this kingdom tried to the uttermost of my ability to flourish in happiness,'—the which was keep the wonted composure of my as good a speech as King David himmind, and to note in my remembrance self could have made to the Children the circumstantialities, but one new of Israel, and far better than a profane head of the beast made its appearance liturgy out of a book. Then King after another, till I quaked with terror. Charles, having made an end of speakI could scarcely abide to look at that ing, was conveyed by his nobles to the speaking horn the Archbishop of Can- Kirk of Scone, which was fittingly preterbury, who, after all, said no great pared for the occasion, and Mr Robert things :' as for the prelate that preach- Douglas, a minister of Edinburgh, and ed, I think he read every word, al- Moderator of the General Assembly, though holding
forth in the very pre- preached a most weighty sermon from sence of the King's Majesty, who, Second Kings, chap. xi. verses 12 and oppressed with the burden of his 17; and, after the blessing, the King royal robes, endured all as well as renewed the Covenants. First, the be could. Two or three times I National Covenant, then the Solemn could plainly see, by the help of a League and Covenant were distinctly pocket spy-glass a lady lent me, that read; at the close of which the King, his Majesty was not overly content with kneeling down upon his bended knees, some of the doctrines, which gave me and holding up his right hand, did pleasure, although, considering they take upon him, as it were, at the foots were but matter of morality, I think stool of his Maker, the solemn vows he need not have fashed himself about anent the same. ony such feckless ware of the episco- “When this was done, he then as. palian inefficacy, than which nothing cended a stage in the middle of the can be more innocent in a temporal kirk, and the Lord Lyon presented point of view, although, as you know, bim as the King of Scotland to the and every true believer knows, it is as people; and the people having testideadly venom in a spiritual. In short, fied their acceptance of him as such, Mr Duffle, I have no broo of this he again descended from the stage, Coronation. But let the sin of it and, falling on his knees, the great corest at the doors of them that ad. ronation oath was administered in an vised it; as for me and my house, awful manner; to the which his Mawe will fear God, and honour the jesty replied, ' By the Eternal and AlKing. But of one thing I am most mighty God, who liveth and reigneth thankful, to wit, that the papistry of for ever, I shall observe and keep all this doing is an English work, and can that is contained in this oath, -at bring neither sin nor disgrace upon the which there was silence and dread in Canaan of Scotland, where the Corona- the kirk, and a sensible manifestation tion of the Kings was ever a most de- of the devout simplicity of our true vout and religious solemnity, as I have and reformed religion. specially read in the account of what “Having taken the oath, King Charles was done at Scone, on the new year's was then invested with the types and day of Anno Domini 1651, at the symbols of royalty; but there was no crowning of King Charles, the second creeshy papistry practised there, every of that name,-a prince who, accord- thing was done in a spirit of meaning ing to all history, was not one of the and of understanding, the nobles, one soundest Protestants,—but who never- by one, touching the crown on the theless conducted himself on that oc- king's head, and saying aloud, to the casion in a most sincere manner, say- hearing of the people, . By the Etering to the Lord Chancellor, when that nal and Almighty God, who liveth and pious man told him, with all due for- reigneth for ever, I shall support thee mality, how his good subjects desired to my uttermost;' and then, holding he might be crowned as the righteous up their right hands towards heaven, and lawful heir of the crown and king- swore to be loyal and true subjects, dom, 'I do esteem,' said King Charles, and faithful to the crown,
the affections of my good people more “But what ensued was the grandest than the crowns of many kingdoms, solemnity of all, and to the which there and shall be ready, by God's assist was no comparison in the wearysome ance, to bestow my life in their de paternostering of this day. When the fence; wishing to live no longer, than nobility had sworn their allegiance, the Lord Lyon went forth and decla- "Mr Duffle," said she, “I have got red the obligatory oath to the people; no gude o't ; for the Doctor, at every and all present lifting up their right new o'ercome o' the ceremony, panted hands, stretched thern towards the with an apprehension; and when he king, who was seated on his throne on saw the 'nointing, I was in a terrificathe stage, and cried with one loud and tion that he would speak loud out, and universal voice, ‘By the Eternal and get us both sent to the Tower of LonAlmighty God, who liveth and reign- don for high treason. But, Mr Duffle, eth for ever, we become your liege do ye ken the freet of yon doing wi® men, and truth and faith shall bear the oil on the palms of the hand ? It's unto you, and live and die with you, my opinion that it's an ancient charm against all manner of folks whatsoever, to keep the new King in the kingdom; in your service, according to the Na- for there is no surer way to make a new tional Covenant, and Solemn League cat stay at hame, than to creesh her and Covenant.'
paws in like manner,-as we had an “ Then the minister addressed him- experience
of, after our flitting from the self with the earnest voice of a ser- Manse to Hydrabad-house, as we call vant of the King of Kings and the our pew place, in memory of the Cornal's Lord of Glory, and pointed out to the legacy; for Miss Mally Glencairn made poor frail human creature that had us a present of one of Miss Nanny been thus invested with the ensigns Pedian's black kittlings, which is a and homages of sovereignty, how he radical sorrow, like Miss Nanny's own was obligated, as the temporal type hardware self,--thieving baith in panand representative of Him to whom try and parlour, when it can get in. all thrones and princedoms pertaineth, Howsomever, Mr Duffle, this business to ettle, to the utmost of his ability, must have cost a power of money, and to do that which would be pleasant in considering the King's great straits, the sight of his heavenly Master, with- and the debt that he and his ministers out whose favour he could hope for owe to the pesents, out of which, I do neither homage nor honour nor pros- assure you, we were glad to get our perity, but only confusion of face and twa three pounds, for they were never sorrow of heart for ever.
twa days the same,-it must be allow. “ Far different, ye see, Mr Duffle," ed that it is a piece of dreadful excontinued the worthy Doctor, travagance. But the Lord Londonthe old simplicity of our Presbyterian derry, that was the Lord Castlereagh, Coronation, and deeper the spirit of its is surely a genteel man-none more symbolic ritual sank into the hearts of so among all the Lords and I would the worshipping wituesses. However, fain hope he knows where the moas King George is a member of the ney is to be had to pay the expence. English Church, I'll no find fault with There he is yonder-that's him with what has been done to him this day. the grand cap of white feathers, and the But I think it was surely a great omis- blue velvet cloke, to denote that he's in sion in the ceremonial, that there was the King's servitude.- I hope he's no no recognition of him by the people, ordained to be one of the auld bluenor covenant, on their part, to be to gowns.-See what a fine band of diahim, in all straits and perils, true and monds he has on his cap. A gentlefaithful lieges; for it, in a manner, man told me they were pickit out of must leave him in doubt whether they the lids of the snuff-boxes that he and are yet with a right sincerity his sub- his lady got from the Emperor Alexjects, the which it is the main business ander and the King of France, for of a Coronation to verify before the putting Boney out of the way, that world.”
was sic a potentate to them all. But, When the Doctor had made an Mr Duffle, how is it possible sic a stack end of this edifying account of our of duds as the King is, to fight in Scottish national way of crowning the state at the head of his armies, when Kings in times past, I turned round to required, for his crown and kingdom ? Mrs Pringle, who was sitting at my Howsomever, I spose, as by law nowright hand, sucking an oranger, with a-days he is not allowt to go to the wars, her satin gown kilted up to save it the Parliament winks at him. But from the accidental drops of the juice, can ye think, Mr Duffle, that it's posand inquired at her what was her opi- sible all the diamonds on the leddies' nion of the crowning in the Abbey. heads here are precious stones ?—The
King's crown, I am told, is sprit new, sordid custom of making the royal angotten for the occasion, as the old one cient feast of the King of the realin a was found, on an examine, to hae mony pay show, like the wax-work of Solofalse jewels put in to delude the people, mon in all his glory. the true ones being purloined in times When the Hall was cleared in this of trouble. But now that the Coro manner, a bustle about the throne annation's played and done, can you nounced that the King was again cotell me, Mr Duffle, what's the use o't; ming, so we all stood up, and the for I hae been sitting in a consterna- trumpets sounding, in came his Mation, trying to guess the meaning of jesty, with his orbs and sceptres, and a' this going out, and up and doon, took his seat again at the table. Then and changing swords, and helping the the lower doors were thrown open, King off and on wi' his clothes first and in rode three noble peers on horsewi his stockings and syne wi his back, followed by a retinue of servishoone,' as the sang of Logan Water tors on foot, bearing golden tureens sings. - It may be what the Doctor and dishes, which, after some palaver, calls a haryglyphical ceremony, but were placed on the King's table. Duharyglyphical or rabbitifical, I doubt ring this scene, the learned gentlemen it would take wiser men than Pha- of the daily press, above and behind raoh's or the Babylonian soothsayers me, were busily writing, which Dr to expound it. To be sure it's a fine Pringle observing, inquired what they show, that cannot be denied; but it were doing, and when I explained it would have been a more satisfaction to hiin, as I had been told, he noted to the people, had his Majesty pa- that the ambassadors of the allied raded up and down the streets like powers were placed over against them, your King Crispianus at Glasgow.” and said, that the thing put him in
While Mrs Fringle was thus dis- mind of Belshazzar's feast, the newscoursing, in her discanting way, in paper reporters being to them as the high satisfaction and glee, taking every hand-writing on the wall, " MENE, now and then a suck of her oranger, MENE, TEKEL UPHARSIN,” said the the Head Lord Chamberlain came with Doctor, in so solemn a manner, that I his staff in his hand, arrayed in his wished the ambassadors could have robes of crimson-velvet, and wearing heard it, as it might have been to them his coronet on his head, and ordered for a warning to their masters; no the Hall to be cleared, turning out, by doubt, however, they were dismayed his own bodily command, every one enough to see the liberty of the press that lingered on the floor, more par- so far ben, and for the first time, too, ticularly the Earl Marshal's flunkies; in a station of recognised honour at for it seems that the Lord Chamber- a Coronation. lain, as I read in my old Magazine, is When the golden dishes were set obligated, at a royal Coronation, to have before the King, they stood sometime a gaw in the Earl's back, and takes untouched, for his Majesty would not this method to show his power and permit them to be uncovered, till one supremacy within the bounds of the of the ministers was got to say the Hall. But the ceremony was, I could grace. Then the lids were taken off, see, not relished by those in the Earl when, lo and behold! as Mrs Pringle Marshals livery, for the most part of judiciously observed, they contained them being gentlemen disguised for the but commonalities ; and surely, as she occasion, had hoped, under that mas- said, there ought to have been, at least, querading, to bave egress and ingress one pie of singing blackbirds, on such both to Hall and Abbey. However, a great occasion. However, the King the disgrace was inflicted in a very tasted but little of them ; it was theregenteel manner, by the Lord Gwydir, fore supposed that he had got a rewho performed the part of Lord Cham- freshment behind the scenes. But we berlain, throughout the whole ploy, know not the truth of this suppose, with the greatest ability. Nothing, in- and, at the time, I could not but comdeed, of the kind was ever so well passionate his Majesty in being oblidone before ; for his lordship, unlike gated to eat before such a multitude. his corruptpredecessors, making a profit it would have spoiled my dinner, and of the office, did all in his power to ren- the thought of such discomfort made der it suitable to the nobility of the Doctor Pringle, as he told me himself, three kingdoms, and suppressed the pray inwardly that the Lord might never make him a king; a very need a complexity of sense, as there is in less prayer, in my opinion, considering that type and image of the old contenthe reverend doctor's great simplicity tious times of the monarchy, shewn of parts and talents in the way of po- forth in the resurrection of a champion licy.
in a coat-of-mail, challenging to single At this time, I discerned a very combat. clever and genteel manner of acting on In this conjuncture of the ploy, we the part of the Lord Londonderry, were put to a dreadful amazement, by who was one of the grandest sights in a lady of an Irish stock, as I heard, the show. In marching up the Hall 'taking it into her head to be most awwith the rest, he took his stance on fully terrified at the sight of a Highthe platform whereon the throne was land gentleman in his kilt, and holding placed, and in the wonderment of the his pistol in his hand. The gentleman time forgot to take off his cap of fea- was Glengarry, than whom,
as is well thers, although then before the pre- known, there is not, now-a-days, a sence of the King's Majesty. Some chieftain of a more truly Highland spifriend at his Lordship's elbow obser- rit ; indeed it may be almost said of ving this, gave him a jog, to put him him, as I have read in a book, it was in mind that it might be thought ill said of one Brutus, the ancient Roman, breeding. Any common body like me that he is one of the last of the chief would have been sorely, put out at tains, none caring more for the hardy committing such an oversight; but his mountain race, or encouraging, by his Lordship, with great ready wit, shew- example, the love of the hill and heaing what a pawky diplomatic he is, ther. Well, what does the terrified instead of taking off his cap on the madam do, but set up a plastic to spot, feigned to have some turn to do disarm Glengarry, thinking that he was on the other side of the platform; so going to shoot the King, and put to he walked past in front of the King, death all the blood royal of the Guelf and making his Majesty as beautiful a family, making a clean job o't for the bow as any gentleman could well do, bringing in of the Stewarts again. took off his cap, and held it, for the Then she called to her a Knight of remainder of the time, in his hand. the Bath, and a young man of a slen
The first part of the banquet being der nature, one of the servitors, and ended, the sound of an encouraging bade them arrest Glengarry. It was trumpet was heard--and in came the well for them all that the Macdonell Champion on horseback, in the war. knew something of courts, and the like apparel of polished armour, ha- dues of pedigree, and bridled himself ving on his right hand the Duke of at this hobbleshow ; but it was just a Wellington, and on his left, the de- picture, and a contrast to be held in puty of the Earl Marshal. But it remembrance, to see the proud and does not accord with the humility of bold son of the mountain---the noble my private pen to expatiate on such that a King, cannot make, for its past high concerns of chivalry; and I was the monarch's power to bestow the besides just tormented the whole time honour of a chieftainship, even on the by Mrs Pringle, speering the meaning Duke of Wellington, as all true Highof every thing, and demonstrating her landers well know ;-I say, it was a surprise, that the Duke of Welling- show to see him, the lion of the rock, ton could submit to act such a play- submitting himself calmly as a lamb to actor's part. Really it's a great vexa- those " silken sons of little men," and tion to have to do with either men or the whole tot of the treason proving women of such unicorn minds as Mrs but a lady's hysteric.* Pringle, where there is any thing of
The particulars of this ludicrous affair are excellently described in a letter from Colonel Macdonell himself, published in answer to a paragraph in that sagacious newspaper, The Times, entitled “ A Mysterious Circumstance." When the “ mysterious circumstance" was first read in Edinburgh, it was at once known that it could only apply to Glengarry ; but a Highlander thought otherwise from the pistol not being loaded, saying, By Gote, it could na be Glengarry, for she's aye loaded.”_We subjoin the letter.
“ SIR_The alarm expressed by a lady on seeing me in Westminster Hall on the day of his Majesty's coronation, and the publicity which her ladyship judged it becoming to