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Chapter 10 Passages at New York

  • I have mentioned I was resolved to steal a march upon the Master; and this, with the complicity of Captain McMurtrie, was mighty easily effected: a boa_eing partly loaded on the one side of our ship and the Master placed on boar_f it, the while a skiff put off from the other, carrying me alone. I had n_ore trouble in finding a direction to my lord's house, whither I went at to_peed, and which I found to be on the outskirts of the place, a very suitabl_ansion, in a fine garden, with an extraordinary large barn, byre, and stable, all in one. It was here my lord was walking when I arrived; indeed, it ha_ecome his chief place of frequentation, and his mind was now filled wit_arming. I burst in upon him breathless, and gave him my news: which wa_ndeed no news at all, several ships having outsailed the NONESUCH in th_nterval.
  • "We have been expecting you long," said my lord; "and indeed, of late days, ceased to expect you any more. I am glad to take your hand again, Mackellar. _hought you had been at the bottom of the sea."
  • "Ah! my lord, would God I had!" cried I. "Things would have been better fo_ourself."
  • "Not in the least," says he, grimly. "I could not ask better. There is a lon_core to pay, and now - at last - I can begin to pay it."
  • I cried out against his security.
  • "Oh!" says he, "this is not Durrisdeer, and I have taken my precautions. Hi_eputation awaits him; I have prepared a welcome for my brother. Indeed, fortune has served me; for I found here a merchant of Albany who knew hi_fter the '45 and had mighty convenient suspicions of a murder: some one o_he name of Chew it was, another Albanian. No one here will be surprised if _eny him my door; he will not be suffered to address my children, nor even t_alute my wife: as for myself, I make so much exception for a brother that h_ay speak to me. I should lose my pleasure else," says my lord, rubbing hi_alms.
  • Presently he bethought himself, and set men off running, with billets, t_ummon the magnates of the province. I cannot recall what pretext he employed; at least, it was successful; and when our ancient enemy appeared upon th_cene, he found my lord pacing in front of his house under some trees o_hade, with the Governor upon one hand and various notables upon the other. M_ady, who was seated in the verandah, rose with a very pinched expression an_arried her children into the house.
  • The Master, well dressed and with an elegant walking-sword, bowed to th_ompany in a handsome manner and nodded to my lord with familiarity. My lor_id not accept the salutation, but looked upon his brother with bended brows.
  • "Well, sir," says he, at last, "what ill wind brings you hither of all places, where (to our common disgrace) your reputation has preceded you?"
  • "Your lordship is pleased to be civil," said the Master, with a fine start.
  • "I am pleased to be very plain," returned my lord; "because it is needful yo_hould clearly understand your situation. At home, where you were so littl_nown, it was still possible to keep appearances; that would be quite vain i_his province; and I have to tell you that I am quite resolved to wash m_ands of you. You have already ruined me almost to the door, as you ruined m_ather before me; - whose heart you also broke. Your crimes escape the law; but my friend the Governor has promised protection to my family. Have a care, sir!" cries my lord, shaking his cane at him: "if you are observed to utte_wo words to any of my innocent household, the law shall be stretched to mak_ou smart for it."
  • "Ah!" says the Master, very slowly. "And so this is the advantage of a foreig_and! These gentlemen are unacquainted with our story, I perceive. They do no_now that I am the Lord Durrisdeer; they do not know you are my younge_rother, sitting in my place under a sworn family compact; they do not know (or they would not be seen with you in familiar correspondence) that ever_cre is mine before God Almighty - and every doit of the money you withhol_rom me, you do it as a thief, a perjurer, and a disloyal brother!"
  • "General Clinton," I cried, "do not listen to his lies. I am the steward o_he estate, and there is not one word of truth in it. The man is a forfeite_ebel turned into a hired spy: there is his story in two words."
  • It was thus that (in the heat of the moment) I let slip his infamy.
  • "Fellow," said the Governor, turning his face sternly on the Master, "I kno_ore of you than you think for. We have some broken ends of your adventures i_he provinces, which you will do very well not to drive me to investigate.
  • There is the disappearance of Mr. Jacob Chew with all his merchandise; ther_s the matter of where you came ashore from with so much money and jewels, when you were picked up by a Bermudan out of Albany. Believe me, if I le_hese matters lie, it is in commiseration for your family and out of respec_or my valued friend, Lord Durrisdeer."
  • There was a murmur of applause from the provincials.
  • "I should have remembered how a title would shine out in such a hole as this,"
  • says the Master, white as a sheet: "no matter how unjustly come by. It remain_or me, then, to die at my lord's door, where my dead body will form a ver_heerful ornament."
  • "Away with your affectations!" cries my lord. "You know very well I have n_uch meaning; only to protect myself from calumny, and my home from you_ntrusion. I offer you a choice. Either I shall pay your passage home on th_irst ship, when you may perhaps be able to resume your occupations unde_overnment, although God knows I would rather see you on the highway! Or, i_hat likes you not, stay here and welcome! I have inquired the least sum o_hich body and soul can be decently kept together in New York; so much yo_hall have, paid weekly; and if you cannot labour with your hands to bette_t, high time you should betake yourself to learn. The condition is - that yo_peak with no member of my family except myself," he added.
  • I do not think I have ever seen any man so pale as was the Master; but he wa_rect and his mouth firm.
  • "I have been met here with some very unmerited insults," said he, "from whic_ have certainly no idea to take refuge by flight. Give me your pittance; _ake it without shame, for it is mine already - like the shirt upon your back; and I choose to stay until these gentlemen shall understand me better. Alread_hey must spy the cloven hoof, since with all your pretended eagerness for th_amily honour, you take a pleasure to degrade it in my person."
  • "This is all very fine," says my lord; "but to us who know you of old, yo_ust be sure it signifies nothing. You take that alternative out of which yo_hink that you can make the most. Take it, if you can, in silence; it wil_erve you better in the long run, you may believe me, than this ostentation o_ngratitude."
  • "Oh, gratitude, my lord!" cries the Master, with a mounting intonation and hi_orefinger very conspicuously lifted up. "Be at rest: it will not fail you. I_ow remains that I should salute these gentlemen whom we have wearied with ou_amily affairs."
  • And he bowed to each in succession, settled his walking-sword, and too_imself off, leaving every one amazed at his behaviour, and me not less so a_y lord's.
  • We were now to enter on a changed phase of this family division. The Maste_as by no manner of means so helpless as my lord supposed, having at his hand, and entirely devoted to his service, an excellent artist in all sorts o_oldsmith work. With my lord's allowance, which was not so scanty as he ha_escribed it, the pair could support life; and all the earnings of Secundr_ass might be laid upon one side for any future purpose. That this was done, _ave no doubt. It was in all likelihood the Master's design to gather _ufficiency, and then proceed in quest of that treasure which he had burie_ong before among the mountains; to which, if he had confined himself, h_ould have been more happily inspired. But unfortunately for himself and al_f us, he took counsel of his anger. The public disgrace of his arrival - which I sometimes wonder he could manage to survive - rankled in his bones; h_as in that humour when a man - in the words of the old adage - will cut of_is nose to spite his face; and he must make himself a public spectacle in th_opes that some of the disgrace might spatter on my lord.
  • He chose, in a poor quarter of the town, a lonely, small house of boards, overhung with some acacias. It was furnished in front with a sort of hutc_pening, like that of a dog's kennel, but about as high as a table from th_round, in which the poor man that built it had formerly displayed some wares; and it was this which took the Master's fancy and possibly suggested hi_roceedings. It appears, on board the pirate ship he had acquired som_uickness with the needle - enough, at least, to play the part of tailor i_he public eye; which was all that was required by the nature of hi_engeance. A placard was hung above the hutch, bearing these words i_omething of the following disposition:
  • JAMES DURIE, FORMERLY MASTER OF BALLANTRAE. CLOTHES NEATLY CLOUTED.
  • * * * * *
  • SECUNDRA DASS, DECAYED GENTLEMAN OF INDIA. FINE GOLDSMITH WORK.
  • Underneath this, when he had a job, my gentleman sat withinside tailor-wis_nd busily stitching. I say, when he had a job; but such customers as cam_ere rather for Secundra, and the Master's sewing would be more in the manne_f Penelope's. He could never have designed to gain even butter to his brea_y such a means of livelihood: enough for him that there was the name of Duri_ragged in the dirt on the placard, and the sometime heir of that proud famil_et up cross-legged in public for a reproach upon his brother's meanness. An_n so far his device succeeded that there was murmuring in the town and _arty formed highly inimical to my lord. My lord's favour with the Governo_aid him more open on the other side; my lady (who was never so well receive_n the colony) met with painful innuendoes; in a party of women, where i_ould be the topic most natural to introduce, she was almost debarred from th_aming of needle-work; and I have seen her return with a flushed countenanc_nd vow that she would go abroad no more.
  • In the meanwhile my lord dwelled in his decent mansion, immersed in farming; _opular man with his intimates, and careless or unconscious of the rest. H_aid on flesh; had a bright, busy face; even the heat seemed to prosper wit_im; and my lady - in despite of her own annoyances - daily blessed Heaven he_ather should have left her such a paradise. She had looked on from a windo_pon the Master's humiliation; and from that hour appeared to feel at ease. _as not so sure myself; as time went on, there seemed to me a something no_uite wholesome in my lord's condition. Happy he was, beyond a doubt, but th_rounds of this felicity were wont; even in the bosom of his family he broode_ith manifest delight upon some private thought; and I conceived at last th_uspicion (quite unworthy of us both) that he kept a mistress somewhere in th_own. Yet he went little abroad, and his day was very fully occupied; indeed, there was but a single period, and that pretty early in the morning, while Mr.
  • Alexander was at his lesson-book, of which I was not certain of th_isposition. It should be borne in mind, in the defence of that which I no_id, that I was always in some fear my lord was not quite justly in hi_eason; and with our enemy sitting so still in the same town with us, I di_ell to be upon my guard. Accordingly I made a pretext, had the hour change_t which I taught Mr. Alexander the foundation of cyphering and th_athematic, and set myself instead to dog my master's footsteps.
  • Every morning, fair or foul, he took his gold-headed cane, set his hat on th_ack of his head - a recent habitude, which I thought to indicate a burnin_row - and betook himself to make a certain circuit. At the first his way wa_mong pleasant trees and beside a graveyard, where he would sit awhile, if th_ay were fine, in meditation. Presently the path turned down to the waterside, and came back along the harbour-front and past the Master's booth. As h_pproached this second part of his circuit, my Lord Durrisdeer began to pac_ore leisurely, like a man delighted with the air and scene; and before th_ooth, half-way between that and the water's edge, would pause a little, leaning on his staff. It was the hour when the Master sate within upon hi_oard and plied his needle. So these two brothers would gaze upon each othe_ith hard faces; and then my lord move on again, smiling to himself.
  • It was but twice that I must stoop to that ungrateful necessity of playin_py. I was then certain of my lord's purpose in his rambles and of the secre_ource of his delight. Here was his mistress: it was hatred and not love tha_ave him healthful colours. Some moralists might have been relieved by th_iscovery; I confess that I was dismayed. I found this situation of tw_rethren not only odious in itself, but big with possibilities of furthe_vil; and I made it my practice, in so far as many occupations would allow, t_o by a shorter path and be secretly present at their meeting. Coming down on_ay a little late, after I had been near a week prevented, I was struck wit_urprise to find a new development. I should say there was a bench against th_aster's house, where customers might sit to parley with the shopman; and her_ found my lord seated, nursing his cane and looking pleasantly forth upon th_ay. Not three feet from him sate the Master, stitching. Neither spoke; nor (in this new situation) did my lord so much as cut a glance upon his enemy. H_asted his neighbourhood, I must suppose, less indirectly in the bar_roximity of person; and, without doubt, drank deep of hateful pleasures.
  • He had no sooner come away than I openly joined him. "My lord, my lord," sai_, "this is no manner of behaviour."
  • "I grow fat upon it," he replied; and not merely the words, which were strang_nough, but the whole character of his expression, shocked me.
  • "I warn you, my lord, against this indulgency of evil feeling," said I. "_now not to which it is more perilous, the soul or the reason; but you go th_ay to murder both."
  • "You cannot understand," said he. "You had never such mountains of bitternes_pon your heart."
  • "And if it were no more," I added, "you will surely goad the man to som_xtremity."
  • "To the contrary; I am breaking his spirit," says my lord.
  • Every morning for hard upon a week my lord took his same place upon the bench.
  • It was a pleasant place, under the green acacias, with a sight upon the ba_nd shipping, and a sound (from some way off) of marines singing at thei_mploy. Here the two sate without speech or any external movement, beyond tha_f the needle or the Master biting off a thread, for he still clung to hi_retence of industry; and here I made a point to join them, wondering a_yself and my companions. If any of my lord's friends went by, he would hai_hem cheerfully, and cry out he was there to give some good advice to hi_rother, who was now (to his delight) grown quite industrious. And even thi_he Master accepted with a steady countenance; what was in his mind, Go_nows, or perhaps Satan only.
  • All of a sudden, on a still day of what they call the Indian Summer, when th_oods were changed into gold and pink and scarlet, the Master laid down hi_eedle and burst into a fit of merriment. I think he must have been preparin_t a long while in silence, for the note in itself was pretty naturall_itched; but breaking suddenly from so extreme a silence, and in circumstance_o averse from mirth, it sounded ominously on my ear.
  • "Henry," said he, "I have for once made a false step, and for once you hav_ad the wit to profit by it. The farce of the cobbler ends to-day; and _onfess to you (with my compliments) that you have had the best of it. Bloo_ill out; and you have certainly a choice idea of how to make yoursel_npleasant."
  • Never a word said my lord; it was just as though the Master had not broke_ilence.
  • "Come," resumed the Master, "do not be sulky; it will spoil your attitude. Yo_an now afford (believe me) to be a little gracious; for I have not merely _efeat to accept. I had meant to continue this performance till I had gathere_nough money for a certain purpose; I confess ingenuously, I have not th_ourage. You naturally desire my absence from this town; I have come round b_nother way to the same idea. And I have a proposition to make; or, if you_ordship prefers, a favour to ask."
  • "Ask it," says my lord.
  • "You may have heard that I had once in this country a considerable treasure,"
  • returned the Master; "it matters not whether or no - such is the fact; and _as obliged to bury it in a spot of which I have sufficient indications. T_he recovery of this, has my ambition now come down; and, as it is my own, yo_ill not grudge it me."
  • "Go and get it," says my lord. "I make no opposition."
  • "Yes," said the Master; "but to do so, I must find men and carriage. The wa_s long and rough, and the country infested with wild Indians. Advance me onl_o much as shall be needful: either as a lump sum, in lieu of my allowance; or, if you prefer it, as a loan, which I shall repay on my return. And then, if you so decide, you may have seen the last of me."
  • My lord stared him steadily in the eyes; there was a hard smile upon his face, but he uttered nothing.
  • "Henry," said the Master, with a formidable quietness, and drawing at the sam_ime somewhat back - "Henry, I had the honour to address you."
  • "Let us be stepping homeward," says my lord to me, who was plucking at hi_leeve; and with that he rose, stretched himself, settled his hat, and stil_ithout a syllable of response, began to walk steadily along the shore.
  • I hesitated awhile between the two brothers, so serious a climax did we see_o have reached. But the Master had resumed his occupation, his eyes lowered, his hand seemingly as deft as ever; and I decided to pursue my lord.
  • "Are you mad?" I cried, so soon as I had overtook him. "Would you cast away s_air an opportunity?"
  • "Is it possible you should still believe in him?" inquired my lord, almos_ith a sneer.
  • "I wish him forth of this town!" I cried. "I wish him anywhere and anyhow bu_s he is."
  • "I have said my say," returned my lord, "and you have said yours. There let i_est."
  • But I was bent on dislodging the Master. That sight of him patiently returnin_o his needlework was more than my imagination could digest. There was never _an made, and the Master the least of any, that could accept so long a serie_f insults. The air smelt blood to me. And I vowed there should be no neglec_f mine if, through any chink of possibility, crime could be yet turned aside.
  • That same day, therefore, I came to my lord in his business room, where he sa_pon some trivial occupation.
  • "My lord," said I, "I have found a suitable investment for my small economies.
  • But these are unhappily in Scotland; it will take some time to lift them, an_he affair presses. Could your lordship see his way to advance me the amoun_gainst my note?"
  • He read me awhile with keen eyes. "I have never inquired into the state o_our affairs, Mackellar," says he. "Beyond the amount of your caution, you ma_ot be worth a farthing, for what I know."
  • "I have been a long while in your service, and never told a lie, nor yet aske_ favour for myself," said I, "until to-day."
  • "A favour for the Master," he returned, quietly. "Do you take me for a fool, Mackellar? Understand it once and for all, I treat this beast in my own way; fear nor favour shall not move me; and before I am hoodwinked, it will requir_ trickster less transparent than yourself. I ask service, loyal service; no_hat you should make and mar behind my back, and steal my own money to defea_e."
  • "My lord," said I, "these are very unpardonable expressions."
  • "Think once more, Mackellar," he replied; "and you will see they fit the fact.
  • It is your own subterfuge that is unpardonable. Deny (if you can) that yo_esigned this money to evade my orders with, and I will ask your pardo_reely. If you cannot, you must have the resolution to hear your conduct go b_ts own name."
  • "If you think I had any design but to save you - " I began.
  • "Oh! my old friend," said he, "you know very well what I think! Here is m_and to you with all my heart; but of money, not one rap."
  • Defeated upon this side, I went straight to my room, wrote a letter, ran wit_t to the harbour, for I knew a ship was on the point of sailing; and came t_he Master's door a little before dusk. Entering without the form of an_nock, I found him sitting with his Indian at a simple meal of maize porridg_ith some milk. The house within was clean and poor; only a few books upon _helf distinguished it, and (in one corner) Secundra's little bench.
  • "Mr. Bally," said I, "I have near five hundred pounds laid by in Scotland, th_conomies of a hard life. A letter goes by yon ship to have it lifted. Have s_uch patience till the return ship comes in, and it is all yours, upon th_ame condition you offered to my lord this morning."
  • He rose from the table, came forward, took me by the shoulders, and looked m_n the face, smiling.
  • "And yet you are very fond of money!" said he. "And yet you love money beyon_ll things else, except my brother!"
  • "I fear old age and poverty," said I, "which is another matter."
  • "I will never quarrel for a name. Call it so," he replied. "Ah! Mackellar, Mackellar, if this were done from any love to me, how gladly would I clos_pon your offer!"
  • "And yet," I eagerly answered - "I say it to my shame, but I cannot see you i_his poor place without compunction. It is not my single thought, nor m_irst; and yet it's there! I would gladly see you delivered. I do not offer i_n love, and far from that; but, as God judges me - and I wonder at it too! - quite without enmity."
  • "Ah!" says he, still holding my shoulders, and now gently shaking me, "yo_hink of me more than you suppose. 'And I wonder at it too,'" he added, repeating my expression and, I suppose, something of my voice. "You are a_onest man, and for that cause I spare you."
  • "Spare me?" I cried.
  • "Spare you," he repeated, letting me go and turning away. And then, frontin_e once more. "You little know what I would do with it, Mackellar! Did yo_hink I had swallowed my defeat indeed? Listen: my life has been a series o_nmerited cast-backs. That fool, Prince Charlie, mismanaged a most promisin_ffair: there fell my first fortune. In Paris I had my foot once more hig_pon the ladder: that time it was an accident; a letter came to the wron_and, and I was bare again. A third time, I found my opportunity; I built up _lace for myself in India with an infinite patience; and then Clive came, m_ajah was swallowed up, and I escaped out of the convulsion, like anothe_Eneas, with Secundra Dass upon my back. Three times I have had my hand upo_he highest station: and I am not yet three-and-forty. I know the world as fe_en know it when they come to die - Court and camp, the East and the West; _now where to go, I see a thousand openings. I am now at the height of m_esources, sound of health, of inordinate ambition. Well, all this I resign; _are not if I die, and the world never hear of me; I care only for one thing, and that I will have. Mind yourself; lest, when the roof falls, you, too, should be crushed under the ruins."
  • As I came out of his house, all hope of intervention quite destroyed, I wa_ware of a stir on the harbour-side, and, raising my eyes, there was a grea_hip newly come to anchor. It seems strange I could have looked upon her wit_o much indifference, for she brought death to the brothers of Durrisdeer.
  • After all the desperate episodes of this contention, the insults, the opposin_nterests, the fraternal duel in the shrubbery, it was reserved for some poo_evil in Grub Street, scribbling for his dinner, and not caring what h_cribbled, to cast a spell across four thousand miles of the salt sea, an_end forth both these brothers into savage and wintry deserts, there to die.
  • But such a thought was distant from my mind; and while all the provincial_ere fluttered about me by the unusual animation of their port, I passe_hroughout their midst on my return homeward, quite absorbed in th_ecollection of my visit and the Master's speech.
  • The same night there was brought to us from the ship a little packet o_amphlets. The next day my lord was under engagement to go with the Governo_pon some party of pleasure; the time was nearly due, and I left him for _oment alone in his room and skimming through the pamphlets. When I returned, his head had fallen upon the table, his arms lying abroad amongst the crumple_apers.
  • "My lord, my lord!" I cried as I ran forward, for I supposed he was in som_it.
  • He sprang up like a figure upon wires, his countenance deformed with fury, s_hat in a strange place I should scarce have known him. His hand at the sam_ime flew above his head, as though to strike me down. "Leave me alone!" h_creeched, and I fled, as fast as my shaking legs would bear me, for my lady.
  • She, too, lost no time; but when we returned, he had the door locked within, and only cried to us from the other side to leave him be. We looked in eac_ther's faces, very white - each supposing the blow had come at last.
  • "I will write to the Governor to excuse him," says she. "We must keep ou_trong friends." But when she took up the pen, it flew out of her fingers. "_annot write," said she. "Can you?"
  • "I will make a shift, my lady," said I.
  • She looked over me as I wrote. "That will do," she said, when I had done.
  • "Thank God, Mackellar, I have you to lean upon! But what can it be now? What, what can it be?"
  • In my own mind, I believed there was no explanation possible, and non_equired; it was my fear that the man's madness had now simply burst forth it_ay, like the long-smothered flames of a volcano; but to this (in mere merc_o my lady) I durst not give expression.
  • "It is more to the purpose to consider our own behaviour," said I. "Must w_eave him there alone?"
  • "I do not dare disturb him," she replied. "Nature may know best; it may b_ature that cries to be alone; and we grope in the dark. Oh yes, I would leav_im as he is."
  • "I will, then, despatch this letter, my lady, and return here, if you please, to sit with you," said I.
  • "Pray do," cries my lady.
  • All afternoon we sat together, mostly in silence, watching my lord's door. M_wn mind was busy with the scene that had just passed, and its singula_esemblance to my vision. I must say a word upon this, for the story has gon_broad with great exaggeration, and I have even seen it printed, and my ow_ame referred to for particulars. So much was the same: here was my lord in _oom, with his head upon the table, and when he raised his face, it wore suc_n expression as distressed me to the soul. But the room was different, m_ord's attitude at the table not at all the same, and his face, when h_isclosed it, expressed a painful degree of fury instead of that hauntin_espair which had always (except once, already referred to) characterised i_n the vision. There is the whole truth at last before the public; and if th_ifferences be great, the coincidence was yet enough to fill me wit_neasiness. All afternoon, as I say, I sat and pondered upon this quite t_yself; for my lady had trouble of her own, and it was my last thought to ve_er with fancies. About the midst of our time of waiting, she conceived a_ngenious scheme, had Mr. Alexander fetched, and bid him knock at his father'_oor. My lord sent the boy about his business, but without the least violence, whether of manner or expression; so that I began to entertain a hope the fi_as over.
  • At last, as the night fell and I was lighting a lamp that stood there trimmed, the door opened and my lord stood within upon the threshold. The light was no_o strong that we could read his countenance; when he spoke, methought hi_oice a little altered but yet perfectly steady.
  • "Mackellar," said he, "carry this note to its destination with your own hand.
  • It is highly private. Find the person alone when you deliver it."
  • "Henry," says my lady, "you are not ill?"
  • "No, no," says be, querulously, "I am occupied. Not at all; I am onl_ccupied. It is a singular thing a man must be supposed to be ill when he ha_ny business! Send me supper to this room, and a basket of wine: I expect th_isit of a friend. Otherwise I am not to be disturbed."
  • And with that he once more shut himself in.
  • The note was addressed to one Captain Harris, at a tavern on the portside. _new Harris (by reputation) for a dangerous adventurer, highly suspected o_iracy in the past, and now following the rude business of an Indian trader.
  • What my lord should have to say to him, or he to my lord, it passed m_magination to conceive: or yet how my lord had heard of him, unless by _isgraceful trial from which the man was recently escaped. Altogether I wen_pon the errand with reluctance, and from the little I saw of the captain, returned from it with sorrow. I found him in a foul-smelling chamber, sittin_y a guttering candle and an empty bottle; he had the remains of a militar_arriage, or rather perhaps it was an affectation, for his manners were low.
  • "Tell my lord, with my service, that I will wait upon his lordship in th_nside of half an hour," says he, when he had read the note; and then had th_ervility, pointing to his empty bottle, to propose that I should buy hi_iquor.
  • Although I returned with my best speed, the Captain followed close upon m_eels, and he stayed late into the night. The cock was crowing a second tim_hen I saw (from my chamber window) my lord lighting him to the gate, both me_ery much affected with their potations, and sometimes leaning one upon th_ther to confabulate. Yet the next morning my lord was abroad again early wit_ hundred pounds of money in his pocket. I never supposed that he returne_ith it; and yet I was quite sure it did not find its way to the Master, for _ingered all morning within view of the booth. That was the last time my Lor_urrisdeer passed his own enclosure till we left New York; he walked in hi_arn, or sat and talked with his family, all much as usual; but the town sa_othing of him, and his daily visits to the Master seemed forgotten. Nor ye_id Harris reappear; or not until the end.
  • I was now much oppressed with a sense of the mysteries in which we had begu_o move. It was plain, if only from his change of habitude, my lord ha_omething on his mind of a grave nature; but what it was, whence it sprang, o_hy he should now keep the house and garden, I could make no guess at. It wa_lear, even to probation, the pamphlets had some share in this revolution; _ead all I could find, and they were all extremely insignificant, and of th_sual kind of party scurrility; even to a high politician, I could spy out n_articular matter of offence, and my lord was a man rather indifferent o_ublic questions. The truth is, the pamphlet which was the spring of thi_ffair, lay all the time on my lord's bosom. There it was that I found it a_ast, after he was dead, in the midst of the north wilderness: in such _lace, in such dismal circumstances, I was to read for the first time thes_dle, lying words of a Whig pamphleteer declaiming against indulgency t_acobites:- "Another notorious Rebel, the M-r of B-e, is to have his Titl_estored," the passage ran. "This Business has been long in hand, since h_endered some very disgraceful Services in Scotland and France. His Brother, L-D D-R, is known to be no better than himself in Inclination; and th_upposed Heir, who is now to be set aside, was bred up in the most detestabl_rinciples. In the old Phrase, it is SIX OF THE ONE AND HALF A DOZEN OF TH_THER; but the Favour of such a Reposition is too extreme to be passed over."
  • A man in his right wits could not have cared two straws for a tale s_anifestly false; that Government should ever entertain the notion, wa_nconceivable to any reasoning creature, unless possibly the fool that penne_t; and my lord, though never brilliant, was ever remarkable for sense. Tha_e should credit such a rodomontade, and carry the pamphlet on his bosom an_he words in his heart, is the clear proof of the man's lunacy. Doubtless th_ere mention of Mr. Alexander, and the threat directly held out against th_hild's succession, precipitated that which had so long impended. Or else m_aster had been truly mad for a long time, and we were too dull or too muc_sed to him, and did not perceive the extent of his infirmity.
  • About a week after the day of the pamphlets I was late upon the harbour-side, and took a turn towards the Master's, as I often did. The door opened, a floo_f light came forth upon the road, and I beheld a man taking his departur_ith friendly salutations. I cannot say how singularly I was shaken t_ecognise the adventurer Harris. I could not but conclude it was the hand o_y lord that had brought him there; and prolonged my walk in very serious an_pprehensive thought. It was late when I came home, and there was my lor_aking up his portmanteau for a voyage.
  • "Why do you come so late?" he cried. "We leave to-morrow for Albany, you and _ogether; and it is high time you were about your preparations."
  • "For Albany, my lord?" I cried. "And for what earthly purpose?"
  • "Change of scene," said he.
  • And my lady, who appeared to have been weeping, gave me the signal to obe_ithout more parley. She told me a little later (when we found occasion t_xchange some words) that he had suddenly announced his intention after _isit from Captain Harris, and her best endeavours, whether to dissuade hi_rom the journey, or to elicit some explanation of its purpose, had alik_roved unavailing.