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& quietly at home, on his Highland estatė; whithet We meant to set out on his return the following day.' He spoke much of this strong attachment to the retirement and innocent pleastures of a cotxñtry kife

, and ospa tiated in glowing terms on the wild beauties of the Highland country where his residence was situated. Having thus done all'in his power to excite Amherst's curiosity," 2311)

If I mistake not, Mr Oakenwold,” said he, "you told me, when I had first the good for tune to meet with you, that the object of your voyage to Scotland was chiefly to gratify curiosity. Now, if you mean to do poor Caledonia justice, you must not leave her without visiting some of her grander scenes ; for though not "an unsiglithy bymph; she is coy, and must be followed into the innermost recesses of her wildest mountains, before she will condescend to unveil her charms. If you will deign to hoñour my humblé mansion withi your presence for a time, and Vouchsafe' to accept of the meagre hospitality I can afford,



and above all, af, you will condescend to accomexpressing, in general terms, his doubts that it would not be in his power to go immediately, but make out a visit to Mr Macgillivray before leav

After ruminating, during the course of the evening, upon the issue of his interview with would be perhaps as well that he should accept of the civility of the Highland laird ; seeing that Malcolm would only keep up & more lively and continued state of irritation in him, without improving his hopes, or brightening the present intelligence of his having left that part of the country would rather be soothing to her uncle, on whom he knew that he had no chance of workpany me tomorrow, you will confer a lasting obligation on me to be treasured up with that I already owe your father." ! ! ! 1: Amherst hesitated to accept so (sudden an invitation ; but he returned a polite reply to it

, throwing out a hope that he should be able to ing the country. Lord Eaglesholme, he began to think that it his present vieinity to the habitation of Miss gloom of his prospects

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tional and well-placed entréatý, taided perhaps by circumstances over which he had no control. He was firmly persuaded, that any attempt to move him at present would not only be fruitless, but would rather have the effect of fortifying him in the strong determination he appeared to have taken. For these reasons, he finally resolved to accept of Mr Macgillivray's invitation, and after consulting with Cleaver, he took an immediate opportunity of communicating to the Highland laird his compliance with his kind wishes:

Macgillivray received it with much apparent joy. The arrangements for the journey were soon made. A servant was immediately dispatched to one of Sir Alisander's tenants, to procure two stout horses for Amherst. i i

OʻGollochar received his master's orders to pack up with manifest dismay. With a doleful visage, and still more doleful voice, he ventured to ask, whether his honour was going to travel and on being informed as to the fact, he began . ji

9o “What, in the name of wonder, is the meaning of all this, Cornelius?" said his master ** Och! and does your honour think it nothing,

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now, to lave Aiglesholme Castle and all its pretty woods, its nate drawbridge, and iligant towers."

I did not indeed expect that you would have expressed regtet (at leaving a place, where not very long ago I had so much difficulty in persuading you to remainii bie ypad vi in

“Aye, in troth, your honour," replied he ;. but sure enough now, that was before your honour laid all them ghosts and goblins that bothered me so o'nights." ali

“ I understand you now," said Amherst ; “I laid one set of ghosts, the cause of

your terror, and you chose, immediately afterwards, to raise a fair, or rather, perhaps, I should have said a dark spirit for your own amusement.”

Why, troth, and sure enough, your honour has hit it there ! She is dark to be sure, But though she be an outlandish Frenchwoman, I'll be bound she is as warm-hearted as if she had been born in the couldest bog in all Ireland.”

Here the poor fellow had recourse to the scrap of a red handkerchief he held in his hand, to wipe away a tear that was about to fall. Amherst, though so much in want of comfort himself, did not feel the less for his faithful follower, whom he

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immediately endeavoured to sooth- and comfort, by 'assuring him, that he did hot anticipate that his present expedition would be of very ildig duration, and that, at all events, he should take care to secure him plenty of opportunity to bring his love affairs to a happy and honourable issue, before he shbuld bid adieu to Scotland. 11.'

OʻGollochar's mind was apparently muchtelieved by these assurances on the part of his master. But still he did not seem to be quite satisfied.

“Och, then, dear master!" said he, "gure I thought your honour would have maybe had some small matter o business, to settle over yonder yeresilf, afore you could think of laiving the castle in this soort o' fashion. All the Mounseers and Seignours, not forgetting Mr Robertson, who, for a matter o' that, is neither one nor the other, were so fond o' your honour, and so plaised widyerecivil ways, and your spaking to them each in his own lingo, that seeing all things going on so swimmingly in the parlour, made every soul of us mérly in the hall, all with the hopes of the duld castle being spunked up wid' a merry wedding.".'176

Amherst was so suddenly taken by these simple

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