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but te them they were rather jokes than grievances.'-1 Though she had the greatest reason, from the deference am going to tell you an anecdote now, Charles,” said Mrs. always paid to her judgment, to be conceited, she was void Herbert. “The professors and learned men of the place of the least self-conceit, and often gave up her own opinion eften came to sue Grisell's father. The best entertain to that of others. If it was to those she loved, she did it neat be could give them was a glass of alabast beer, from a desire of preferring their pleasure to her own. Of which was a better kind of ale than common. One day any one I ever knew she was the most entirely void of the Sir Patrick sent his little son Andrew, afterwards Lord least ingredient of selfishness—at all times ever considered Kimmerghame, to draw some for them in the cellar. He herself in the last place, or rather never thought of herself brought it up with all expedition ; but in the other hand at all. In nothing did the capacity of her mind appear the spigot of the barrel. "Andrew, what is that in your more than in this,-that whatever she did she could apply kand?" said his father. When Andrew saw it he ran back herself so strongly and thoroughly to it, that a by-stander with all speed; but, alas ! the beer was all run out before migiit imagine that to be her particular attachment. ke got down. This occasioned much mirth, though per- Things of the greatest moment did not make her forget haps they did not well know where to get more.”
trifles that were fit to be thought of, which she often warned * What a good affectionate family,” said George Her- her daughters of, saying, if neglected, they would become Vart to his mother. “This is the true philosophy of daily things of moment. She had a power of passing from great life, mother."
things to small ones with a readiness that was surprising ; "Yes, my dear George; and their goodness, their affec- and whatever she did the same character appeared in it,Karateness, their union was their dearest happiness for sprightliness, attention, and good humour. She possessed their prospects at this time were dark enough. They herself so thoroughly, that I have often heard her say, she pare often reduced to great hardships, by the failure of never knew what it was to find herself indisposed to do even the scauty remittances they expected from home. It any thing that she thought was proper to be done. She was ins the custom in Holland to solicit alms for the poor, by much devoted to piety and the service of God. People who poing from house to house with a bell. One evening the exercise themselves much in this way,' says Lady Murray, hell came to Sir Patrick's door, and there was no money are often observed to contract a morose way of thinking in the house, but a very small coin called an orkey, which concerning others, of which my mother had no tincture. babout the third of a penny. Every one was so ashamed Her religion improved her in charity, and patience for other of the trifle that no one would offer it, till Sir Patrick people's failings, and forgiveness of injuries; and no doubt lauself
, set them the example of pure and humble charity. was one great source of that constant cheerfulness for which Well, then, I will go with it,' he said. "We can do no she was so remarkable. She was always an early riser, and more than give all we have.""
often recommended it to us as the best time to perform our * This was like the widow's mite in the gospel, mother,” duty either to God or man.””
“Such a beautiful model, mother-and all true," said " It was, my dear, an action done in the same true unaf
Sophia. lected spirit of charity. Of Lady Grisell, as of most other
“ That, indeed, gives double value to the lesson_all Ladies
, Sophia, the latter end was like the beginning :-she true, Sophia. And what one girl has been another may be. lired to a great age, virtuous and honoured, happy and Lady Grisell Baillie is no specimen of an imaginary perfectuiversally beloved. Some other time I may tell you the tion. Now you may sing Charles his song, if you please, 1st of her story. She returned to England with her and then, if we have still leisure, George can, I am sure, mother and the Princess of Orange, after the Revolution treat us with what will delight you, some lines from Mrs. In 1988. Her father was now high in power at Court; Joanna Baillie's Legend of Lady Grisell Baillie." and she was offered the place of maid of honour; but she “ That will be delightful," cried Sophia. “I was afraid Kather chose to go to Scotland with her family. This there was no poetry about her.” ww, Sophia, was a very young girl whose services were of
« And thought of trying a verse or two yourself, I pre. a higher kind to her family than those that could be paid sume,” said George. by the little mushroom-gatherer : for, with equal affection “ Don't laugh at me, brother ; I may try to be a little kr her parents, she possessed a better education, and far like her, though, in some small things—May 1 not, moTeater power of mind. A child in years, she almost ther?" Preserved her father's life, and in so doing re-established « That will be better, Sophia, than trying the verse, Lip forumas of her family. She was even instrumental in so give us your song." training the blessings of civil and religious freedom to her Sophia's song was not very well sung. It was new to ustry."
her; but her audience were pleased with the poet, the sub“I know one of her songs, mother, made in Holland, 1ject, and the singer; and it was new to them also. She Cipsay, while she cleaned the house, and dressed the din resolved to practice it in the following week. George's ur, and did so much,” said Sophia.
reading was much finer, Mrs. Herbert smiled gently as "Sing it for me,-pray do, Sophia,” said Charles. she saw tears rush into the eyes of the young auditors.
“O charming Lady Grisell,” cried Sophia—" I hope I • Were na my heart licht I wad dee.”
shall dream of her all night.” * Lightness of heart was, indeed, one of her many admir “ It will be better to imitate her all day, my dear," said ale qualities. Let me now engrave on your memory some Mrs. Herbert, smiling, but I don't grudge you a little Teze of her excellencies. Receive some of them as máxims, dream too."- The Mother's Art of Thinking. Cliver and Sophia. I give them in her daughter's language : Boyd.
"I will, Charles, It says,
“ Then, sir,” said one of us to the last speaker, “ I Deed A SKETCH FROM REAL LIFE.
not ask you whether you are to vote for Mr. AThe following sketch, which has just appeared in Tait's Mr. B--!" Magazine for November, is, we fear, “ower true a tale." | truth, I ha'ena' just made up my mind aboot that pairt ?
“ Troth, sir,” replied the grocer,“ to tell ye the honest Any way, it is graphic, and highly amusing ; and, as such, the story. “It's a lang time yet or the yellection, an' I'm we present an abridged edition to our readers.
thinkin' that I'll just tak' a thocht about it."
“ A thought about it, sir !" exclaimed one of us in a tone A sporting gentleman, a good shot, and a good patriot, of undisguised astonishment_“ a thought about it! How was lately returning from his hunting lodge among the can you possibly require one single thought, or hesitate one Grampians, when his vehicle was upset, somewhere, we moment in a case where the contest lies between Mr. Ashould imagine, near the place where the hostell of Mr. who has so long advocated the rights of the people, and Ebenezer Cruickshanks flourished under the guardianship who has sacrificed his time, and given his labour in the of the seven golden candlesticks, and where the march of most patriotic and indefatigable manner; all to bring about improvement has now created a thriving market town. the accomplishment of that grand work of reform, which, While Mr. Strongitharm, the blacksmith, was reducing the to carry home the matter to yourself, has made you a voler compound fractures of the dog-cart, we, says his customer, for the member of Parliament for this burgh. Why, sir, stood silently watching the labours of him and his attendant with the political feelings you have declared you possess, I Cyclops. The broad and good-natured visage of the smith, cannot understand how you could hesitate one moment in that looked as if it had been modelled in black diamond, your choice between two such candidates as Mr. Afirst began to shine over the anvil, and then, by degrees, it and Mr. B-!" even appeared to ignite by the glow of the fire it was ex “ Od, sir, I dinna ken," replied the grocer, “ there's & posed to, until at last it absolutely glowed like a piece of great deal, to be sure, in what you say. But I'm thinkin' burning charcoal, while he eagerly toiled to accomplish our I maun just tak'a thocht aboot it.” wishes. As we lounged about the place, yawning, and exe “ Hei he! he! Laukerdaisy, such a regular dull one crating our ill-luck, our attention was attracted by the you are, my dear Mr. Dallas!” exclaimed the haberdashery appearance of a fat, little, round visaged man, in an apron man, with the titter of a man-milliner. “What, man! and sleeves, who entered the smithy, having been driven bless my heart, can't you make up your mind to the right into it by a sudden and heavy shower of rain ; and, after a thing at once, without more shilly-shally ? Surely you can few of those preliminary nothings which usually serve as never go for to think for to vote for such an anti as Mr. preface to a Scotch dialogue between strangers,
B-you who have signed every reform petition that was “ I see you are reformers here, sir,” said one of us, point- sent off from this place? Why, what are you thinking ing to an old Reform Jubilee placard, fragments of which on?" still adhered to the smithy door.
“ Od, I tell ye, I maun just tak' a thought about it, Mr. Ou ay, sir,” replied our man; “ we're a' stench refor- Messer,” replied the grocer. mers here. Bless your heart, sir! we had mony a petition “ He! he he! well, deuce take me if you have not been here for Reform, baith to the Parliament an' the Lords, an' well nicknamed by the club, Dull Davy Dallas," cried the King an'a'-an' after the bull passed, od we had a the haberdasher; “ and if I might be permitted to amend percesshin an'a hantel o'flags-an'a denner, an' speeches your nong de garr, I should propose that instead of Dall that wad na' ha'e disgraced Edinbroch itsell. But here's Davy Dallas it should be Dull Davy Doulas ! Ha! Mr. Maister Messer, the haberdashery merchant, can tell ye far White,” continued he, addressing a baker who just then estbetter about it than I can. I'm sayin'- ye can tell the tered, “ you're a man of more spirit. I'll be bound you'll gentleman a'aboot our Reform Jubile, Maister Messer," act after a more bolder fashion, else I mistake you sadly. continued he, speaking to a thin, spare, and rather well. You'll give your vote for the right one at once. You'll not dressed man who then entered, puffing and blowing from hesitate long between Mr. A- and Mr. BMIU his anxious haste to escape to a shelter.
“ The Juboli ?” said Mr. Mercer, wiping his bran new « Ou, Mr. As the man for the people's rights, that's blue coat, and his velvet neck, and his gilt buttons very true," replied the baker; “ and as for the tither chap, it carefully, with a scarlet Menteith-dyed cotton pocket-hand- maun be admitted that he has done a' thing that he could kerchief. “ Oh yes, Mr. Dallas, I can tell the gentlemen to keep them frae us; but ye ken they're baith very good all about the Juboli, for you know I had the honour of gentlemen, and sac a'm just no thinkin' o' votin' at a'." being one of the Juboli Comyteee. I assure you, gentlemen, “ Angels and ministers of grace defend us! here is a it was got up with the greatest good taste-the fays and determination tenfold more extraordinary than the hesi. devices were all admirable--nothing personally offensive to tation of the other gentleman,” exclaimed one of us any one ; and as I happened to have the good fortune to “Why, sir, what in the world can have brought you, a have been present at the Juboli in Edinburgh, I was not reformer, to so strange a resolution as this." only enabled to supply all and sundry with the proper rib “A dinna ken,” replied the baker, with some little bons and badges, but I also had it in my power to give displeasure in his countenance ; a divna see that a'n just many useful hints to the Comyteee ; and although I say it obliged to answer that question. The vote, a tak' it, is who should not say it, the Juboli here was thereby render- ma nane ; an'a'm thinkin' a man may lawfully do wi' ed not unworthy of the great victory which Freedom has his nane what he likes.” achieved in Scotland."
" True, sir," replied one of us, you have the highest “ I hope you had a good turn-out of reformers ?” said authority for holding such doctrine_even that of an auone of us.
gust and noble Duke," and the speaker made a long and “ Why, sir, the whole town are reformers here," replied eloquent expostulation. Mr. Mercer; “ we set down to dinner about two hundred "My eye! there's a speech for you, Master White !” er. and fifty persons; and the speeches, toasts, and songs were claimed the haberdasher, slapping the baker's back, till the of the very first description."
twelvemonth's dusting of flour, which had gradually accu“ Then Mr. A-, the liberal candidate for these burghs, mulated in his jacket, arose and enveloped us like a mist. is sure of his election, so far as this town is concerned,' “ There's a speech for ye, my boy! what say ye to that! said we, “and Mr. B the anti-reform candidate, can Why, that would have done for our last dinner. What say have no chance ?"
ye to that, I say?" “ Not least chance in the world, sir,” replied the “ Troth, sir, a'll just tell ye the truth," replied the bahaberdasher ; “ for, as I said before, we are all reformers ker : “a ha'e not muckle to say, that's certain ; an' there's here."
nae doot muckle gude sense in what this gentleman has "Ou ay, that we are !" echoed Mr. Dallas, the grocer, said. Weel, indeed, might he speak at dinner or at hus~ a' stench reformers."
tin's aither. But possiteeveley a wuma rote !"
* Why, what a soft un you are, Mr. White !" exclaimed farmer, looking suspiciously over his shoulder, as he insert. the haberdasher; “you're one hundred per cent a worse ed his left toe into the stirrup, and threw his right leg over article than Dull David Dowlas here. I tell ye, you are as his beast. « That may a' be true eneugh that ye say, yet, soft as your own dough! But I am up to the cause of your for a' that, ane may like to bide a wee gliff till ane sees not voting, Master White. You know that Mr, B is hoo the laird gangs. son-in-law to the Earl of C; and the Earl of C “Silly averl" exclaimed Mercer, after Farmer Black had wonderful to behold! after having, all his life, for his own ridden away, “that fellow has as little sense or spirit as private purposes, pretended to be the man for the people, the cart Bassie that bears him yonder. Surely, Mr Dallas, 20 far, indeed, as to have been considered somewhat of a res you'll be ashamed not to shew more resolution than yon publican in the days of the Reign of Terror in France, at turnip-headed gaby? Come, man, take a swatch from me, the end of the last century-has now most strangely disco- and make up your mind to vote, as I mean to do, for Mr tered that his own private purposes require that he should A- and the cause of reform, which we have both tight like a Turkish Jannissary against freedom wherever stuck to so long." it appears. He is the maddest of all the mad antis now “ Na, na, Maister Messer, we'll no’ be so rash-we'll going. But, Mr. White, hark in your ear, he takes his just tak' a thought about it;" and so, with a civil bow to household bread from you, and you are afraid to lose his the party, the grocer departed. custom. But why don't you act boldly and independently, “ He ! he! he! there goes Dull Davie Dowlas !” exas I mean to do, and defy the old earl, and the old devil, claimed the haberdasher; “ depend upon it his thought has and all his works? Ah! you are as soft as your own been taken already, and he is fairly tied by the leg. The dough, Master White !"
Duke's commissioner has been with him, and deuce an“Sir," said the baker, sulkily, “a'd wish ye to keep in other raisin, or fig, or Stiltou cheese from his shop will mind, that gif a'm dough, an' soft yenoo, a may grow mair now be eaten within the doors of his Grace's mansion, if he crusty than may please your chafts, if a'm but made het does not give his vote to please the anti-reforming peer! anzuch ; sae, a'd advise you to keep your jokes mair till But, let that pass : all men are not made of stuff strong Teresell.
A say again what a said afore, an' that is, that enough to resist such friction as he has been exposed to. possiteeveley a wunna vote ava ;" and with that Mr. White Gentlemen, you are strangers here; but I am proud to say abruptly left the smithy.
you are no strangers to me; for I had the honour of seeing "He's a poor spiritless fellow that,” said the haber- you both on the hustings in Bruntsfield Links, on the grand dasher, after eyeing his retreating steps for some time, till day of the Juboli, at Edinburgh. You were pointed out to he saw he was effectually ont of all hearing. “If all re me by a friend as great and well-known reformers, and as formers were like him, indeed, what would become of the able supporters of that valuable, and enlightened, and ligreat cause ? Aweel, how goes the county, Farmer Black ?" beral, and rapidly-rising journal, Tait's Magasine ; and continued he, now addressing a stout young country-look- as such, as I reverenced you then, so I reverence you ten. ung man, who, at this moment, dismounted at the 'smithy fold more now, that my own ears have heard you utter door to have one of his horse's shoes fastened. “ How goes sentiments such as you have uttered. I see that some acthe reforma cause in the county? Is the reform candidate, cident has happened to your carriage, which, though I reD— E-, sure of his election ?”
gret it on your account, has been a great blessing to me, in - A'm thinkin' he's gey an' shure,” replied the farmer giving me the honour of so much of your company and shortly.
converse ; and if I can be of any use to you ?"“I'm sure you wish him well at all events?” said the The polite invitation was accepted; and, after giving the aberdasher,
smith and our own man our final directions, we followed ** A'm no sayin' but a do,” briefly replied Farmer Black. Mr. Mercer through his front and back-shop, into his snug " Ay, ay,” said Mercer, “ many's the good bumper of little parlour behind both, where we were introduced to punch that you and I drank together to the glorious cause his wife
, a smiling, well-favoured, black-eyed bourgeoise, of reform, on that market day, you remember, when you to whom he appeared to have been recently united. Wine stopped to take a bit chack of dinner with me, after buy- and cakes being produced, Mercer himself was soon called ing so many gowns, and shawls, and ribbons for your mo- by his business to the front shop, and we were left in comther and sisters—ay, and maybe for some other
lass, too, for fortable chit-chat with the lady; who speedily showed heraught I know to the contrary. You know you sold your self, like most of the sensible women we have met with, to now well that day; and I'm bold to say I never beheld be a keen reformer. a finer show of beauty than your large hay-cart exhibited Whilst thus agreeably engaged, we heard a sound in Ca the glorious day of the Juboli, standing at the corner of which the well-practised ear never can be deceived ; we the street ; when the old lady and the girls, all dressed in mean the sound of patrician wheels. The coach of a peer, my new gowns and finery, were placed bolt upright in it, it is true, has no more wheels than a common stage-coach thick set together, like so many pots of stock gillyflowers has; nor has it any more horses. But there is a deep, deand marygolds, as I passed by you bearing the banner, with corous, dignified roủl about such a carriage, that, even when the painting of a loom upon it
, surmounted by a trifling it is hid from our eyes, never fails to conjure up on our reju desprite of my own.”
tina the fat coachman, or the two splash-looking postilions, “The banner was a very bonny flag, Maister Messer,” ayd especially the two tall, handsome, lazy, cane-carrying replied the farmer ; “an' troth, when a saw ye carrying footmen he rumble behind. It is a sound, very different, 1. ve pat me in mind o' ane o' ma ain stots routing awa' indeed, from the rapid rattle, and jingle, and cracking of a *' his tail straight up on end, when the puir beasts are mail or other such coach. fiezgit wi' a flight o'clegs in a het simmer day."
" That's the voice of the Countess of C.
"whisper- Aweel, aweel," said the haberdasher, rather dashed by ed Mrs. Mercer to us ; “ she's a proper anti. I wish my this uncouth simile, and anxious to divert the attention of goodman were well quit of her! for, reformer though he lisase present from it, “ I am sure you wish the worthy be, he has no chance at all with so designing and so persebaronet, the representative of the cause of reform, every vering a woman as she is ; and, depend upon it, she is not 1. msible success.
begging him into the back-shop that way without some " A'm no saying but a do," replied the farmer.
end of her own. Hist! Listen to what they are saying!" "Well," said the haberdasher, “he's sure of your vote “ This way, my lady !—this way !” said the haber. at any rate, at the very first asking."
dasher. “We'll stop a wee till we see how the laird gangs," an 66 Mercer !” drawled out a soft but haughty voice; “I hered the farmer.
have hitherto been disposed' to patronize you ; and one of "What has the laird to do with the matter ?" demanded the best proofs of this very good disposition towards you Sahaberdasher. “ If you pay him his rent you may laugh is that which I recently exhibited by bringing my niece, at the laird.
the Marchioness of here, to give you her patron* Wha says that a dina pay him his rent P” said the age too. And now, in the same patronising disposition, I
come to desire you will give your vote, (for I understand person as Mr. Mercer, the haberdasher!" (" Proud mlux that these levelling times have given you à vote)—I say, I that she is !" was here parenthetically interjected by Mrs come to desire you will give your vote to my son-in-law Mercer; “ if the fellow has the spirit of a flea, he'll give Mr. B who, notwithstanding all I can say to him, her his mind.") “Are we, I say, to condescend to lay oar is obstinately determined to contaminate himselfamong the commands on any such person as you, and are they to the riff-raff members of that abominable sink, the Reform received with doubt and hesitation ? Reptile! if you dr. Parliament."
tain us longer with your doubts, you shall be crushed to “ Really, my lady,""stammered out the haberdasher, after the earth like a worm in our path !". what appeared to us to be a most ominous pause, “I am “ Hear the vixen!” exclaimed Mrs. Mercer. "lil deeply sensible of your ladyship’s patronage, and the patron- were he, I would give it to her in the deafest side of ber age of your ladyship's niece. I beg pardon, I mean the pahead !" tronage of the most noble the Lady Marchioness of F
“ Do not permit yourself to be excited thus, my love, by I feel all that your ladyship has so eloquently expressed. the folly of this weak, silly man," said the drawling our But, really, my lady, in times like the present, hem!--- tess. He is a stubborn blockhead, to be sure, as all hem !-in times like the present, I say-it is-it is very blockheads are. But I shall never allow such a person 2: difficult, indeed, to say what to do."
he is, to rob me of my temper. I do not even allow my « What, Mr. Mercer!" exclaimed a new voice, pitched obstinate poodle to do that ; though, it must be conlesande in a much higher key, which our prologa, Mrs. Mercer, at he has more than once tried me pretty severely.” once informed us was that of the marchioness ; “ What, “ Ladies, ladies !” exclaimed Mercer, in a perturbed to: Mr. Mercer! can you have any doubt how to act in a case that spoke his extreme agitation. “ Heaven knows I am where the Countess of C -, where my aunt the Coun- the last man in the world that would think-nay, that tess of C condescends so far as to advise you?" would dream of offending you, but-but-but, really,
“ No, no, not exactly doubt, my lady marchioness,—not what can a man do ?" exactly doubt," replied Mr. Mercer, in a subdued tone, be " I say, with all the distinctness of utterance of which traying considerable trepidation; and then, after a pause, I am mistress," continued the countess ;." and our family during which he appeared to have somewhat collected him- have always been remarkable for distinctuess of utteranici self, “ At all events, I cannot doubt that it must always and, of all our family, no one has been more remarkable be my duty to obey the smallest wishes of two ladies of for that quality than myself;—I say, with all the distintrank, so high and noble, and especially of two such ho- ness of utterance of which I am mistress, give me your prin noured patronesses as the Countess of C and the mise that you will vote for my son-in-law, Mr. BMarchioness of F - But, really, noble ladies, in shall not only withdraw from you my patronage, and that these times,--one's country-something must be sacrificed of all the members of my family, but the marchioness shield for the good of one's country!"
withdraw hers, and we shall blast the reputation of your “ A haberdasher talking of his country! There is the goods, oppose their introduction by the influence of our se• march of intellect for you! There is reform with a ven- perior lon, abolish the borough balls; and, finally, bria geance! why, I shall next expect to see your man of mus. down a person who was a shopman with the so justly cele lins and of ginghams keep his French cook! Where can brated firm of Dyde and Scribe, to set up under our fostri. such people have learned to talk of their country? But, ing surveillance in opposition to you ; and you are, doule indeed, when we have such Chancellors and Premiers as less, sufficiently acquainted with the political economy of Brougham and Grey, who actually talk as if the common this paltry place, to know whether or not it has customer herd of the canaille were of the same blood, as well as flesh, enough to make the new man rich, and to keep you from as we of the Upper House, it is no wonder that we should starving at the same time !" have a haberdasher giving us a discourse upon his country, “ Horrible old witch!" muttered Mra. Mercer ; ( what as if it were John Kemble' himself arisen from the dead to a demon she is. Have a care of me! heard ye ever the like perform the character of Cato of Utica !"
of her?" “ Let me talk to him, my love !" drawled out the coun “ A-hem! Your ladyship deals rather hardly with me, tess. “ I shall not waste much time with him, I promise said Mercer ; “ or rather, I should say, you are pleased ten, you, though I shall even condescend to reason with him. perhaps, just a little disposed to, it may be, to have stre: Mercer ! you—are-an-extremely foolish man; a haber- amusement at my expense. But-hut really, ’pon my hea dasher, as my niece, Lady F—-says, has no business in nour, I am really much at a loss what to say. But supthe world with his country, except to live in it, and to pay po e that, just to please you, honourable ladies, I shoul.] its taxes. He should attend to his muslins, and his silks, resolve that I should keep neutral, and not vote at all?" and his counter, and all that ; but that he should interfere “ What, sir," exclaimed the marchioness, in her highest with politics, is a thing absolutely quite shocking. On the key, “ not vote at all! do you call that pleasing us? Bv contrary, he should always be ready to listen to any lady all that is good we shall not bate you one atom of our deof quality who deigas to patronize him, as I and my niece, mands; vote for Mr. B and have our patronage : the Mārchioness of — patronize you, Mercer ; to show vote for Mr. A—, or remain neuter, and take our hun his gratitude to whom he should always be ready to vote as viest vengeance as your reward. Is that plain and interhis patronesses bid him, through thick and through thin ; ligible ?" but, as to politics, a haberdasher in a small borough like “Come, come, my love,” said the countess, “ you are two this should never have any thing to do with politics, and hasty with this imbecile. He is a poor silly creature ; buze still less with his country. Then say at once that you you should remember that our Bible teaches us to have mercy will vote for my son-in-law, Mr. B and don't be so
upon the weak. I see that our arguments have at length rude-do you hear, Mercer ?-as to give me any farther begun to operate upon him, as the continual dropping of a trouble."
drop of water is said, by degrees, to perforate the hardest “ I am sure, my lady,” stammered out the haberdasher, rock; and thus we perceive the powerful effect of sound “ I am sure, my lady,-!_!_I do not know what to say. reason, when properly directed and applied, and converted Your ladyship speaks-both your ladyships speak like in fitting language. So now, Mercer, call my footman: members of the House of Com, I mean of the House of and, as you show us to the carriage, give me the satisfaction Lords like Peers of Parliament, I should say. Any thing of hearing you say that you have at last come to the deterso eloquent I have never heard in my life before ; but, mination of supporting my son-in-law Mr. Breally-1-1-1 do not know what to say."
my footman, I say; Charles, the man's name is Charles." “ But I know what you must say,” replied the shrill Here Mrs. Mercer half opened the parlour door, that she and impetuous marchioness. “ You must pledge yourself might the better rear, and at the same time see the parties to vote for Mr. B and there's an end on't! What, as they moved through the front shop towards the door sir, are two women of quality, such as my aunt and my- where the carriage was standing. Mr. Mercer followel self, to condescend thus to signify their pleasure to such a l the two peeresses, bowing with great humiliation, and pals
and trembling like an aspen leaf. “ Call Charles, I say !" “Well, you'll give it to me, wont ye?" said the candidate. continued the countess, sating herself in one of the chairs “ May a ax wha ye are, sir ?" demanded Strongitharm. of the front shop. “ Charles, where is my book of « Oh! I'm Mr. B you know, who has now repledges?"
presented this district of burghs in Parliament for these « Here, my lady."
eight years back.” & Then write down in it that Mercer here-your “ Od, sir, ye mun ha'e been young begun wi' the Parlyname is Joseph, I believe ?"
mentin' business," replied the smith, “but muckle though “ No, my lady," replieil the subdued haberdasher, in an a ha'e read o' the newspapers, a ha'e never seen o' your doin' homble tone, iny name is Dick."
ony thing, either for the gude o' the country in general, or * Ay! ay! true," continued she; “ Richard Mercer. for this hamewald pairt o' the warld in parteecler ; though Charles, write down that Richard Mercer, (we cannot be they tell me ye ha'e gotten a gude fifteen hunder a-year o' too particular in such matters of business,) I say that the nation's money ; an' for what, a'm sure a kenna." Richari Mercer, haberdasher and silk merchant, number “ That, my good friend, was merely the salary of a la
what is your number ?"" Fifteen, my lady." borious office, of which the present men have deprived me," " That Richard Mercer, haberdasher and silk merchant, replied the candidate, in a somewhat subdued tone. dealer in shawls and laces, number fifteen, High Street, “A kenna whaure the labour o't lay than," said the pledges himself to qualify and vote for Mr. B smith, drily ; "a can only say, that a dinna think muckle Har let me see it; yes, right enough ; that will do. Ando' laborin frae sax o'clock till sax o'clock wi' this bit forenow, Mr. Jercer, have you any particularly rich lace hammer i' my hand, an'a dinna get the fifteenth part o' reils at present ? I think you occasionally commission that siller for ma pains. They tell me that your warksuch trifles. Let us see your last parcel; ay, that will shop's in Lunnon-an'a'm sure a never saw that the wark do; vastly pretty, indeed! llum! some of them vulgar o't ever stoppit ye frae saumont-fishing i’ the spring ; nor enough in pattern, too; but, on the whole, not at all bad frae deuk shootin' i' the loch a' the simmer ; nor frae mur. for such a shop in a country town. Put the whole parcel derin' the poor muirfools nor paitricks, i' the autumn; nor into the earriage; I may find use for them all."
frae ridin' after the fox, a' the rest o' the year, Whaure * Miy troth, that is a wholesale bargain, indeed," mut- the labor o't can be than, is mair nor a can find oot. Jater d Mrs. Mercer; “ but when shall we see the colour of bor eneuch did you indeed tak' whanever Lord John Rusher ladyship's money?"
sell, or ony o'thae pawtriotic chields, spak aboot reform. Mr. Mercer came sneaking back into the little parlour, Ma certy, whatever sport was in play at the time, ye gaed aod swooped himseif down in an easy chair, with a visage aff an' left it in an auld hurry. An a' to do what, think sarely humiliated by mortification and chagrin. His lady ye? By ma soul, for nae ither purpose but to gi'e your hardly allowed him to be seated ere she opened upon him. silent vote against a' thing that was raisonable ; just that * Well, Dick, this is a precious business."
you, an' the pairty that gied you that laborious an’ ill-paid Bat we pass the conjugal dialogue, which ends by Mr. office o' your's that ye spak o', might haud doon puir fouk's Jercer exclaiming in rage
heads, an' prevent sic like as me frae ha'ein' that sma' voice "1'11 tell ye what it is, Mrs. Mercer," said he, striking in the nation, to the whilk, a tak' it, common sense wud the table with his fist, “ by the great oath, this is a subject say that they are fairly enteetled.” which no wonan shall dare to remark upon in my pre “You are a very sensible man, Mr. Strongitharm," said sace; and, damnation, ma'am, my wifu shall never speak the candidate ; “though some of your views are not altoof it, if she would have her head on the same pillow, or gether correct, or quite in harmony with mine. But, howunder the same roof with mine, else my name is not Dick ever much I may have opposed reform from conscientious Mercer !"
motives, I am free to confess, that, since it has now become * Mr. Mercer," said we, rising abruptly to take our de- the law of the land, no one can be more disposed to see that parture, we drink to your good health, and many thanks it is fairly administered than I shall be." for your polite hospitality. Do not stir, sir ; pray do not « Weel, sir, that may be very true," replied the smith; Etir." But the haberdasher did stir, to accompany us to “ but a'm for pitten a chield to the new reform bellyses, te door, with his habitual professional attention. And wha had some hand in settin' them up, an' wha best kens oh! what did he behold and hear when he reached it ? hoo to work them. In short, sir, to save ye frae blawin' Oa the narrow pavement iu front of his shop stood a little ony mair o' the wund oot o' yours, a maun just honestly ring of burghers, among whom we noticed Dull David tell ye, that a canna' gi'e ma vote to a gentleman, wha, Dallas the grocer, and ihe well-powdered Mr. White, the gif he had had his nane wull, wad never ha'e letten me ha'e baker; while farmer Black was sitting in his saddle, and ony vote to gi'e.” laning over the kennel, listening with eager attention. A
you have been canvassed already by Mr. shout of laughter was at that moment arising from the A I suppose," said Mr. B, in a pettish tone. group in the midst of which one of the haberdasher's shop " Na, Maister A. nor nae ane else has been naur mm was in the act of finishing a waggish detail of the oc me," replied the smith ; “ye're the very first that ever spak tertences which we have so recently narrated.
till me aboot ony siccan a business. But whether Mr. We returned to Mr. Strongitharm's, just in time to wit-A comes till me or no', a mean to gi'e him ma vote, In another scene, which, after what had passed, was quite as bein' the best man we can get for our turn; and, gif we refreshing to us, as it will, no doubt, be to our readers. can get him to gang to Parliament to do oor wark, a'm The last touch had been given to our refitted vehicle, and thinkin' that oor burghs wull be muckle obliged till tur worthy iron M.D. had received our grateful commenda- him." tiora for his expertness and expedition ; when, as we were “ But, Mr. Strongitharm," said the candidate, somewhat about to pay him for his very moderate charge, a light ba-moved, “ you seem to forget, sir, that although you never rouchette, with four post-horses, and a brace of postilions, saw me before, the whole horses of my stud, hunters, hacks trofe up to the door of the smithy. On the box in front, and all, have been shod in your smithy for nearly two 2 seated Mr. B_ the present and would-be future years past." meuber for the district of burghs we were then in ; and in “ That may be, sir," coolly replied the smith, "a'm sure the interior appeared the heads of two individuals, the one I ha'e been very proud o' your custom; an' mair nor that, olderiy and the other younger. Mr. B sprang from a'm proud eneuch to believe that your horses were the best the box with great alacrity, and entering the smithy, ad- shod horses in a' the country side. But what has horsedressed Mr. Strongitharm with a familiar yet haughty shoein' to do wi' the makin'o' members o' Parliament ?" bod
" Why--hoy-whoy, nothing very directly, indeed," "You're are a voter, my good fellow, a'n't ye ?” said the candidate, taken a good deal aback by the sudden.
*A believe a wull ha'e a vote, sir, after a ha'e quali- ness of the honest smith's question ; “but-but you know fetal," replied the smith, in a plain, simple, yet respectful | it is in my power to send my horses to be shod somewhere