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Title: Richard Carvel — Complete
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RICHARD CARVEL

By Winston Churchill



CONTENTS

     Volume 1.
     I.     Lionel Carvel, of Carvel Hall
     II.    Some Memories of Childhood
     III.   Caught by the Tide
     IV.    Grafton would heal an Old Breach
     V.    \x93If Ladies be but Young and Fair\x94
      VI.    I first suffer for the Cause
     VII.   Grafton has his Chance

     Volume 2.
     VIII.  Over the Wall
     IX.    Under False Colours
     X.     The Red in the Carvel Blood
     XI.    A Festival and a Parting
     XII.   News from a Far Country

     Volume 3.
     XIII.  Mr. Allen shows his Hand
     XIV.   The Volte Coupe
     XV.    Of which the Rector has the Worst
     XVI.   In which Some Things are made Clear
     XVII.  South River
     XVIII. The Black Moll

     Volume 4.
     XIX.   A Man of Destiny
     XX.    A Sad Home-coming
     XXI.   The Gardener\x92s Cottage
     XXII.  On the Road
     XXIII. London Town
     XXIV.  Castle Yard
     XXV.   The Rescue

     Volume 5.
     XXVI.   The Part Horatio played
     XXVII.  In which I am sore tempted
     XXVIII. Arlington Street
     XXIX.   I meet a very Great Young Man
     XXX.    A Conspiracy
     XXXI.   \x93Upstairs into the World\x94
      XXXII.  Lady Tankerville\x92s Drum-major
     XXXIII. Drury Lane

     Volume 6.
     XXXIV.   His Grace makes Advances
     XXXV.    In which my Lord Baltimore appears
     XXXVI.   A Glimpse of Mr. Garrick
     XXXVII.  The Serpentine
     XXXVIII. In which I am roundly brought to task
     XXXIX.   Holland House
     XL.      Vauxhall
     XLI.     The Wilderness

     Volume 7.
     XLII.   My Friends are proven
     XLIII.  Annapolis once more
     XLIV.   Noblesse Oblige
     XLV.    The House of Memories
     XLVI.   Gordon\x92s Pride
     XLVII.  Visitors
     XLVIII. Multum in Parvo
     XLIX.   Liberty loses a Friend

     Volume 8.
     L.     Farewell to Gordon\x92s
     LI.    How an Idle Prophecy came to pass
     LII.   How the Gardener\x92s Son fought the Serapis
     LIII.  In which I make Some Discoveries
     LIV.   More Discoveries.
     LV.    The Love of a Maid for a Man
     LVI.   How Good came out of Evil
     LVII.  I come to my Own again



FOREWORD

My sons and daughters have tried to persuade me to remodel these memoirs
of my grandfather into a latter-day romance. But I have thought it wiser
to leave them as he wrote them. Albeit they contain some details not of
interest to the general public, to my notion it is such imperfections
as these which lend to them the reality they bear. Certain it is, when
reading them, I live his life over again.

Needless to say, Mr. Richard Carvel never intended them for publication.
His first apology would be for his Scotch, and his only defence is that
he was not a Scotchman.

The lively capital which once reflected the wit and fashion of Europe
has fallen into decay. The silent streets no more echo with the rumble
of coaches and gay chariots, and grass grows where busy merchants trod.
Stately ball-rooms, where beauty once reigned, are cold and empty and
mildewed, and halls, where laughter rang, are silent. Time was when
every wide-throated chimney poured forth its cloud of smoke, when every
andiron held a generous log,--andirons which are now gone to decorate
Mr. Centennial\x92s home in New York or lie with a tag in the window of
some curio shop. The mantel, carved in delicate wreaths, is boarded up,
and an unsightly stove mocks the gilded ceiling. Children romp in that
room with the silver door-knobs, where my master and his lady were wont
to sit at cards in silk and brocade, while liveried blacks entered
on tiptoe. No marble Cupids or tall Dianas fill the niches in the
staircase, and the mahogany board, round which has been gathered many a
famous toast and wit, is gone from the dining room.

But Mr. Carvel\x92s town house in Annapolis stands to-day, with its
neighbours, a mournful relic of a glory that is past.

DANIEL CLAPSADDLE CARVEL.

CALVERT HOUSE, PENNSYLVANIA, December 21, 1876.



RICHARD CARVEL



Volume 1.



CHAPTER I. LIONEL CARVEL, OF CARVEL HALL

Lionel Carvel, Esq., of Carvel Hall, in the county of Queen Anne, was no
inconsiderable man in his Lordship\x92s province of Maryland, and indeed
he was not unknown in the colonial capitals from Williamsburg to Boston.
When his ships arrived out, in May or June, they made a goodly showing
at the wharves, and his captains were ever shrewd men of judgment who
sniffed a Frenchman on the horizon, so that none of the Carvel tobacco
ever went, in that way, to gladden a Gallic heart. Mr. Carvel\x92s acres
were both rich and broad, and his house wide for the stranger who might
seek its shelter, as with God\x92s help so it ever shall be. It has yet to
be said of the Carvels that their guests are hurried away, or that one,
by reason of his worldly goods or position, shall be more welcome than
another.

I take no shame in the pride with which I write of my grandfather,
albeit he took the part of his Majesty and Parliament against the
Colonies. He was no palavering turncoat, like my Uncle Grafton, to cry
\x93God save the King!\x94 again when an English fleet sailed up the bay. Mr.
Carvel\x92s hand was large and his heart was large, and he was respected
and even loved by the patriots as a man above paltry subterfuge. He was
born at Carvel Hall in the year of our Lord 1696, when the house was,
I am told, but a small dwelling. It was his father, George Carvel, my
great-grandsire, reared the present house in the year 1720, of brick
brought from England as ballast for the empty ships; he added on, in
the years following, the wide wings containing the ball-room, and the
banquet-hall, and the large library at the eastern end, and the offices.
But it was my grandfather who built the great stables and the kennels
where he kept his beagles and his fleeter hounds. He dearly loved the
saddle and the chase, and taught me to love them too. Many the sharp
winter day I have followed the fox with him over two counties, and lain
that night, and a week after, forsooth, at the plantation of some kind
friend who was only too glad to receive us. Often, too, have we stood
together from early morning until dark night, waist deep, on the duck
points, I with a fowling-piece I was all but too young to carry, and
brought back a hundred red-heads or canvas-backs in our bags. He went
with unfailing regularity to the races at Annapolis or Chestertown or
Marlborough, often to see his own horses run, where the coaches of
the gentry were fifty and sixty around the course; where a negro, or a
hogshead of tobacco, or a pipe of Madeira was often staked at a single
throw. Those times, my children, are not ours, and I thought it not
strange that Mr. Carvel should delight in a good main between two cocks,
or a bull-baiting, or a breaking of heads at the Chestertown fair, where
he went to show his cattle and fling a guinea into the ring for the
winner.

But it must not be thought that Lionel Carvel, your ancestor, was wholly
unlettered because he was a sportsman, though it must be confessed that
books occupied him only when the weather compelled, or when on his back
with the gout. At times he would fain have me read to him as he lay
in his great four-post bed with the flowered counterpane, from the
Spectator, stopping me now and anon at some awakened memory of his
youth. He never forgave Mr. Addison for killing stout, old Sir Roger de
Coverley, and would never listen to the butler\x92s account of his death.
Mr. Carvel, too, had walked in Gray\x92s Inn Gardens and met adventure at
Fox Hall, and seen the great Marlborough himself. He had a fondness
for Mr. Congreve\x92s Comedies, many of which he had seen acted; and was
partial to Mr. Gay\x92s Trivia, which brought him many a recollection. He
would also listen to Pope. But of the more modern poetry I think Mr.
Gray\x92s Elegy pleased him best. He would laugh over Swift\x92s gall and
wormwood, and would never be brought by my mother to acknowledge the
defects in the Dean\x92s character. Why? He had once met the Dean in a
London drawing-room, when my grandfather was a young spark at Christ
Church, Oxford. He never tired of relating that interview. The hostess
was a very great lady indeed, and actually stood waiting for a word with
his Reverence, whose whim it was rather to talk to the young provincial.
He was a forbidding figure, in his black gown and periwig, so my
grandfather said, with a piercing blue eye and shaggy brow. He made the
mighty to come to him, while young Carvel stood between laughter and
fear of the great lady\x92s displeasure.

\x93I knew of your father,\x94 said the Dean, \x93before he went to the colonies.
He had done better at home, sir. He was a man of parts.\x94

\x93He has done indifferently well in Maryland, sir,\x94 said Mr. Carvel,
making his bow.

\x93He hath gained wealth, forsooth,\x94 says the Dean, wrathfully, \x93and might
have had both wealth and fame had his love for King James not turned
his head. I have heard much of the colonies, and have read that doggerel
\x91Sot Weed Factor\x92 which tells of the gluttonous life of ease you lead in
your own province. You can have no men of mark from such conditions,
Mr. Carvel. Tell me,\x94 he adds contemptuously, \x93is genius honoured among
you?\x94

\x93Faith, it is honoured, your Reverence,\x94 said my grandfather, \x93but never
encouraged.\x94

This answer so pleased the Dean that he bade Mr. Carvel dine with him
next day at Button\x92s Coffee House, where they drank mulled wine and old
sack, for which young Mr. Carvel paid. On which occasion his Reverence
endeavoured to persuade the young man to remain in England, and even
went so far as to promise his influence to obtain him preferment. But
Mr. Carvel chose rather (wisely or not, who can judge?) to come back to
Carvel Hall and to the lands of which he was to be master, and to play
the country squire and provincial magnate rather than follow the varying
fortunes of a political party at home. And he was a man much looked up
to in the province before the Revolution, and sat at the council board
of his Excellency the Governor, as his father had done before him,
and represented the crown in more matters than one when the French and
savages were upon our frontiers.

Although a lover of good cheer, Mr. Carvel was never intemperate. To the
end of his days he enjoyed his bottle after dinner, nay, could scarce
get along without it; and mixed a punch or a posset as well as any in
our colony. He chose a good London-brewed ale or porter, and his ships
brought Madeira from that island by the pipe, and sack from Spain and
Portugal, and red wine from France when there was peace. And puncheons
of rum from Jamaica and the Indies for his people, holding that no
gentleman ever drank rum in the raw, though fairly supportable as punch.

Mr. Carvel\x92s house stands in Marlborough Street, a dreary mansion
enough. Praised be Heaven that those who inherit it are not obliged to
live there on the memory of what was in days gone by. The heavy green
shutters are closed; the high steps, though stoutly built, are shaky
after these years of disuse; the host of faithful servants who kept its
state are nearly all laid side by side at Carvel Hall. Harvey and
Chess and Scipio are no more. The kitchen, whither a boyish hunger oft
directed my eyes at twilight, shines not with the welcoming gleam
of yore. Chess no longer prepares the dainties which astonished Mr.
Carvel\x92s guests, and which he alone could cook. The coach still
stands in the stables where Harvey left it, a lumbering relic of those
lumbering times when methinks there was more of goodwill and less of
haste in the world. The great brass knocker, once resplendent from
Scipio\x92s careful hand, no longer fantastically reflects the guest as
he beats his tattoo, and Mr. Peale\x92s portrait of my grandfather is gone
from the dining-room wall, adorning, as you know, our own drawing-room
at Calvert House.

I shut my eyes, and there comes to me unbidden that dining-room in
Marlborough Street of a gray winter\x92s afternoon, when I was but a lad.
I see my dear grandfather in his wig and silver-laced waistcoat and
his blue velvet coat, seated at the head of the table, and the precise
Scipio has put down the dumb-waiter filled with shining cut-glass at his
left hand, and his wine chest at his right, and with solemn pomp driven
his black assistants from the room. Scipio was Mr. Carvel\x92s butler.
He was forbid to light the candles after dinner. As dark grew on, Mr.
Carvel liked the blazing logs for light, and presently sets the decanter
on the corner of the table and draws nearer the fire, his guests
following. I recall well how jolly Governor Sharpe, who was a frequent
visitor with us, was wont to display a comely calf in silk stocking; and
how Captain Daniel Clapsaddle would spread his feet with his toes out,
and settle his long pipe between his teeth. And there were besides
a host of others who sat at that fire whose names have passed into
Maryland\x92s history,--Whig and Tory alike. And I remember a tall slip
of a lad who sat listening by the deep-recessed windows on the street,
which somehow are always covered in these pictures with a fine rain.
Then a coach passes,--a mahogany coach emblazoned with the Manners\x92s
coat of arms, and Mistress Dorothy and her mother within. And my young
lady gives me one of those demure bows which ever set my heart agoing
like a smith\x92s hammer of a Monday.



CHAPTER II. SOME MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD

A traveller who has all but gained the last height of the great
mist-covered mountain looks back over the painful crags he has mastered
to where a light is shining on the first easy slope. That light is ever
visible, for it is Youth.

After nigh fourscore and ten years of life that Youth is nearer to me
now than many things which befell me later. I recall as yesterday the
day Captain Clapsaddle rode to the Hall, his horse covered with sweat,
and the reluctant tidings of Captain Jack Carvel\x92s death on his lips.
And strangely enough that day sticks in my memory as of delight
rather than sadness. When my poor mother had gone up the stairs on my
grandfather\x92s arm the strong soldier took me on his knee, and drawing
his pistol from his holster bade me snap the lock, which I was barely
able to do. And he told me wonderful tales of the woods beyond the
mountains, and of the painted men who tracked them; much wilder and
fiercer they were than those stray Nanticokes I had seen from time to
time near Carvel Hall. And when at last he would go I clung to him,
so he swung me to the back of his great horse Ronald, and I seized the
bridle in my small hands. The noble beast, like his master, loved a
child well, and he cantered off lightly at the captain\x92s whistle, who
cried \x93bravo\x94 and ran by my side lest I should fall. Lifting me off at
length he kissed me and bade me not to annoy my mother, the tears in his
eyes again. And leaping on Ronald was away for the ferry with never so
much as a look behind, leaving me standing in the road.

And from that time I saw more of him and loved him better than any man
save my grandfather. He gave me a pony on my next birthday, and a little
hogskin saddle made especially by Master Wythe, the London saddler in
the town, with a silver-mounted bridle. Indeed, rarely did the captain
return from one of his long journeys without something for me and a
handsome present for my mother. Mr. Carvel would have had him make his
home with us when we were in town, but this he would not do. He lodged
in Church Street, over against the Coffee House, dining at that hostelry
when not bidden out, or when not with us. He was much sought after.
I believe there was scarce a man of note in any of the colonies not
numbered among his friends. \x91Twas said he loved my mother, and could
never come to care for any other woman, and he promised my father in the
forests to look after her welfare and mine. This promise, you shall see,
he faithfully kept.

Though you have often heard from my lips the story of my mother, I must
for the sake of those who are to come after you, set it down here
as briefly as I may. My grandfather\x92s bark \x91Charming Sally\x92, Captain
Stanwix, having set out from Bristol on the 15th of April, 1736, with
a fair wind astern and a full cargo of English goods below, near the
Madeiras fell in with foul weather, which increased as she entered the
trades. Captain Stanwix being a prudent man, shortened sail, knowing the
harbour of Funchal to be but a shallow bight in the rock, and worse than
the open sea in a southeaster. The third day he hove the Sally to; being
a stout craft and not overladen she weathered the gale with the loss of
a jib, and was about making topsails again when a full-rigged ship was
descried in the offing giving signals of distress. Night was coming on
very fast, and the sea was yet running too high for a boat to live, but
the gallant captain furled his topsails once more to await the morning.
It could be seen from her signals that the ship was living throughout
the night, but at dawn she foundered before the Sally\x92s boats could be
put in the water; one of them was ground to pieces on the falls. Out of
the ship\x92s company and passengers they picked up but five souls, four
sailors and a little girl of two years or thereabouts. The men knew
nothing more of her than that she had come aboard at Brest with
her mother, a quiet, delicate lady who spoke little with the other
passengers. The ship was \x91La Favourite du Roy\x92, bound for the French
Indies.

Captain Stanwix\x92s wife, who was a good, motherly person, took charge
of the little orphan, and arriving at Carvel Hall delivered her to my
grandfather, who brought her up as his own daughter. You may be sure the
emblem of Catholicism found upon her was destroyed, and she was baptized
straightway by Doctor Hilliard, my grandfather\x92s chaplain, into the
Established Church. Her clothes were of the finest quality, and her
little handkerchief had worked into the corner of it a coronet, with the
initials \x93E de T\x94 beside it. Around her neck was that locket with the
gold chain which I have so often shown you, on one side of which is the
miniature of the young officer in his most Christian Majesty\x92s uniform,
and on the other a yellow-faded slip of paper with these words: \x93Elle
est la mienne, quoiqu\x92elle ne porte pas mou nom.\x94 \x93She is mine, although
she does not bear my name.\x94

My grandfather wrote to the owners of \x91La Favourite du Roy\x92, and
likewise directed his English agent to spare nothing in the search for
some clew to the child\x92s identity. All that he found was that the mother
had been entered on the passenger-list as Madame la Farge, of Paris, and
was bound for Martinico. Of the father there was no trace whatever.
The name \x93la Farge\x94 the agent, Mr. Dix, knew almost to a certainty was
assumed, and the coronet on the handkerchief implied that the child was
of noble parentage. The meaning conveyed by the paper in the locket,
which was plainly a clipping from a letter, was such that Mr. Carvel
never showed it to my mother, and would have destroyed it had he not
felt that some day it might aid in solving the mystery. So he kept it in
his strongbox, where he thought it safe from prying eyes. But my Uncle
Grafton, ever a deceitful lad, at length discovered the key and read the
paper, and afterwards used the knowledge he thus obtained as a reproach
and a taunt against my mother. I cannot even now write his name without
repulsion.

This new member of the household was renamed Elizabeth Carvel, though
they called her Bess, and of a course she was greatly petted and
spoiled, and ruled all those about her. As she grew from childhood to
womanhood her beauty became talked about, and afterwards, when Mistress
Carvel went to the Assembly, a dozen young sparks would crowd about the
door of her coach, and older and more serious men lost their heads on
her account.

Her devotion to Mr. Carvel was such, however, that she seemed to care
but little for the attention she received, and she continued to grace
his board and entertain his company. He fairly worshipped her. It was
his delight to surprise her with presents from England, with rich silks
and brocades for gowns, for he loved to see her bravely dressed. The
spinet he gave her, inlaid with ivory, we have still. And he caused a
chariot to be made for her in London, and she had her own horses and her
groom in the Carvel livery.

People said it was but natural that she should fall in love with Captain
Jack, my father. He was the soldier of the family, tall and straight and
dashing. He differed from his younger brother Grafton as day from
night. Captain Jack was open and generous, though a little given to rash
enterprise and madcap adventure. He loved my mother from a child. His
friend Captain Clapsaddle loved her too, and likewise Grafton, but it
soon became evident that she would marry Captain Jack or nobody. He was
my grandfather\x92s favourite, and though Mr. Carvel had wished him more
serious, his joy when Bess blushingly told him the news was a pleasure
to see. And Grafton turned to revenge; he went to Mr. Carvel with the
paper he had taken from the strong-box and claimed that my mother was of
spurious birth and not fit to marry a Carvel. He afterwards spread the
story secretly among the friends of the family. By good fortune little
harm arose therefrom, since all who knew my mother loved her, and were
willing to give her credit for the doubt; many, indeed, thought the
story sprang from Grafton\x92s jealousy and hatred. Then it was that Mr.
Carvel gave to Grafton the estate in Kent County and bade him shift for
himself, saying that he washed his hands of a son who had acted such a
part.

But Captain Clapsaddle came to the wedding in the long drawing-room at
the Hall and stood by Captain Jack when he was married, and kissed the
bride heartily. And my mother cried about this afterwards, and said that
it grieved her sorely that she should have given pain to such a noble
man.

After the blow which left her a widow, she continued to keep Mr.
Carvel\x92s home. I recall her well, chiefly as a sad and beautiful woman,
stately save when she kissed me with passion and said that I bore my
father\x92s look. She drooped like the flower she was, and one spring day
my grandfather led me to receive her blessing and to be folded for
the last time in those dear arms. With a smile on her lips she rose
to heaven to meet my father. And she lies buried with the rest of the
Carvels at the Hall, next to the brave captain, her husband.

And so I grew up with my grandfather, spending the winters in town and
the long summers on the Eastern Shore. I loved the country best, and the
old house with its hundred feet of front standing on the gentle slope
rising from the river\x92s mouth, the green vines Mr. Carvel had fetched
from England all but hiding the brick, and climbing to the angled
roof; and the velvet green lawn of silvery grass brought from England,
descending gently terrace by terrace to the waterside, where lay our
pungies and barges. There was then a tiny pillared porch framing the
front door, for our ancestors never could be got to realize the Maryland
climate, and would rarely build themselves wide verandas suitable to
that colony. At Carvel Hall we had, to be sure, the cool spring house
under the willows for sultry days, with its pool dished out for bathing;
and a trellised arbour, and octagonal summer house with seats where
my mother was wont to sit sewing while my grandfather dreamed over his
pipe. On the lawn stood the oaks and walnuts and sycamores which still
cast their shade over it, and under them of a summer\x92s evening Mr.
Carvel would have his tea alone; save oftentimes when a barge would come
swinging up the river with ten velvet-capped blacks at the oars, and
one of our friendly neighbours--Mr. Lloyd or Mr. Bordley, or perchance
little Mr. Manners--would stop for a long evening with him. They seldom
came without their ladies and children. What romps we youngsters had
about the old place whilst our elders talked their politics.

In childhood the season which delighted me the most was spring. I would
count the days until St. Taminas, which, as you knew, falls on the first
of May. And the old custom was for the young men to deck themselves out
as Indian bucks and sweep down on the festivities around the Maypole on
the town green, or at night to surprise the guests at a ball and force
the gentlemen to pay down a shilling, and sometimes a crown apiece, and
the host to give them a bowl of punch. Then came June. My grandfather
celebrated his Majesty\x92s birthday in his own jolly fashion, and I had my
own birthday party on the tenth. And on the fifteenth, unless it chanced
upon a Sunday, my grandfather never failed to embark in his pinnace at
the Annapolis dock for the Hall. Once seated in the stern between Mr.
Carvel\x92s knees, what rapture when at last we shot out into the blue
waters of the bay and I thought of the long summer of joy before me.
Scipio was generalissimo of these arrangements, and was always at the
dock punctually at ten to hand my grandfather in, a ceremony in which he
took great pride, and to look his disapproval should we be late. As he
turned over the key of the town house he would walk away with a stern
dignity to marshal the other servants in the horse-boat.

One fifteenth of June two children sat with bated breath in the
pinnace,--Dorothy Manners and myself. Mistress Dolly was then as
mischievous a little baggage as ever she proved afterwards. She was
coming to pass a week at the Hall, her parents, whose place was next to
ours, having gone to Philadelphia on a visit. We rounded Kent Island,
which lay green and beautiful in the flashing waters, and at length
caught sight of the old windmill, with its great arms majestically
turning, and the cupola of Carvel House shining white among the trees;
and of the upper spars of the shipping, with sails neatly furled, lying
at the long wharves, where the English wares Mr. Carvel had commanded
for the return trips were unloading. Scarce was the pinnace brought into
the wind before I had leaped ashore and greeted with a shout the Hall
servants drawn up in a line on the green, grinning a welcome. Dorothy
and I scampered over the grass and into the cool, wide house, resting
awhile on the easy sloping steps within, hand in hand. And then away for
that grand tour of inspection we had been so long planning together. How
well I recall that sunny afternoon, when the shadows of the great oaks
were just beginning to lengthen. Through the greenhouses we marched,
monarchs of all we surveyed, old Porphery, the gardener, presenting
Mistress Dolly with a crown of orange blossoms, for which she thanked
him with a pretty courtesy her governess had taught her. Were we not
king and queen returned to our summer palace? And Spot and Silver and
Song and Knipe, the wolf-hound, were our train, though not as decorous
as rigid etiquette demanded, since they were forever running after the
butterflies. On we went through the stiff, box-bordered walks of the
garden, past the weather-beaten sundial and the spinning-house and the
smoke-house to the stables. Here old Harvey, who had taught me to
ride Captain Daniel\x92s pony, is equerry, and young Harvey our personal
attendant; old Harvey smiles as we go in and out of the stalls rubbing
the noses of our trusted friends, and gives a gruff but kindly warning
as to Cassandra\x92s heels. He recalls my father at the same age.

Jonas Tree, the carpenter, sits sunning himself on his bench before the
shop, but mysteriously disappears when he sees us, and returns presently
with a little ship he has fashioned for me that winter, all complete
with spars and sails, for Jonas was a shipwright on the Severn in the
old country before he came as a king\x92s passenger to the new. Dolly and
I are off directly to the backwaters of the river, where the new boat
is launched with due ceremony as the Conqueror, his Majesty\x92s latest
ship-of-the-line. Jonas himself trims her sails, and she sets off right
gallantly across the shallows, heeling to the breeze for all the world
like a real man-o\x92-war. Then the King would fain cruise at once against
the French, but Queen Dorothy must needs go with him. His Majesty points
out that when fighting is to be done, a ship of war is no place for a
woman, whereat her Majesty stamps her little foot and throws her crown
of orange blossoms from her, and starts off for the milk-house in high
dudgeon, vowing she will play no more.

And it ends as it ever will end, be the children young or old, for the
French pass from his Majesty\x92s mind and he runs after his consort to
implore forgiveness, leaving poor Jonas to take care of the Conqueror.

How short those summer days? All too short for the girl and boy who had
so much to do in them. The sun rising over the forest often found us
peeping through the blinds, and when he sank into the bay at night we
were still running, tired but happy, and begging patient Hester for half
an hour more.

\x93Lawd, Marse Dick,\x94 I can hear her say, \x93you an\x92 Miss Dolly\x92s been on
yo\x92 feet since de dawn. And so\x92s I, honey.\x94

And so we had. We would spend whole days on the wharves, all bustle and
excitement, sometimes seated on the capstan of the Sprightly Bess or
perched in the nettings of the Oriole, of which ship old Stanwix was
now captain. He had grown gray in Mr. Carvel\x92s service, and good Mrs.
Stanwix was long since dead. Often we would mount together on the little
horse Captain Daniel had given me, Dorothy on a pillion behind, to go
with my grandfather to inspect the farm. Mr. Starkie, the overseer,
would ride beside us, his fowling-piece slung over his shoulder and his
holster on his hip; a kind man and capable, and unlike Mr. Evans, my
Uncle Grafton\x92s overseer, was seldom known to use his firearms or the
rawhide slung across his saddle. The negroes in their linsey-woolsey
jackets and checked trousers would stand among the hills grinning at us
children as we passed; and there was not one of them, nor of the white
servants for that matter, that I could not call by name.

And all this time I was busily wooing Mistress Dolly; but she, little
minx, would give me no satisfaction. I see her standing among the
strawberries, her black hair waving in the wind, and her red lips redder
still from the stain. And the sound of her childish voice comes back to
me now after all these years. And this was my first proposal:

\x93Dorothy, when you grow up and I grow up, you will marry me, and I shall
give you all these strawberries.\x94

\x93I will marry none but a soldier,\x94 says she, \x93and a great man.\x94

\x93Then will I be a soldier,\x94 I cried, \x93and greater than the Governor
himself.\x94 And I believed it.

\x93Papa says I shall marry an earl,\x94 retorts Dorothy, with a toss of her
pretty head.

\x93There are no earls among us,\x94 I exclaimed hotly, for even then I had
some of that sturdy republican spirit which prevailed among the younger
generation. \x93Our earls are those who have made their own way, like my
grandfather.\x94 For I had lately heard Captain Clapsaddle say this and
much more on the subject. But Dorothy turned up her nose.

\x93I shall go home when I am eighteen,\x94--she said, \x93and I shall meet his
Majesty the King.\x94

And to such an argument I found no logical answer.

Mr. Marmaduke Manners and his lady came to fetch Dorothy home. He was
a foppish little gentleman who thought more of the cut of his waistcoat
than of the affairs of the province, and would rather have been bidden
to lead the assembly ball than to sit in council with his Excellency
the Governor. My first recollection of him is of contempt. He must needs
have his morning punch just so, and complained whiningly of Scipio if
some perchance were spilled on the glass. He must needs be taken abroad
in a chair when it rained. And though in the course of a summer he was
often at Carvel Hall he never tarried long, and came to see Mr.
Carvel\x92s guests rather than Mr. Carvel. He had little in common with my
grandfather, whose chief business and pleasure was to promote industry
on his farm. Mr. Marmaduke was wont to rise at noon, and knew not wheat
from barley, or good leaf from bad; his hands he kept like a lady\x92s,
rendering them almost useless by the long lace on the sleeves, and his
chief pastime was card-playing. It was but reasonable therefore, when
the troubles with the mother country began, that he chose the King\x92s
side alike from indolence and contempt for things republican.

Of Mrs. Manners I shall say more by and by.

I took a mischievous delight in giving Mr. Manners every annoyance
my boyish fancy could conceive. The evening of his arrival he and Mr.
Carvel set out for a stroll about the house, Mr. Marmaduke mincing his
steps, for it had rained that morning. And presently they came upon
the windmill with its long arms moving lazily in the light breeze, near
touching the ground as they passed, for the mill was built in the Dutch
fashion. I know not what moved me, but hearing Mr. Manners carelessly
humming a minuet while my grandfather explained the usefulness of the
mill, I seized hold of one of the long arms as it swung by, and
before the gentlemen could prevent was carried slowly upwards. Dorothy
screamed, and her father stood stock still with amazement and fear, Mr.
Carvel being the only one who kept his presence of mind. \x93Hold on tight,
Richard!\x94 I heard him cry. It was dizzy riding, though the motion was
not great, and before I had reached the right angle I regretted my
rashness. I caught a glimpse of the Bay with the red sun on it, and as
I turned saw far below me the white figure of Ivie Rawlinson, the
Scotch miller, who had run out. \x93O haith!\x94 he shouted. \x93Hand fast,
Mr. Richard!\x94--And so I clung tightly and came down without much
inconvenience, though indifferently glad to feel the ground again.

Mr. Marmaduke, as I expected, was in a great temper, and swore he had
not had such a fright for years. He looked for Mr. Carvel to cane me
stoutly: But Ivie laughed heartily, and said: \x93I wad yell gang far for
anither laddie wi\x92 the spunk, Mr. Manners,\x94 and with a sly look at my
grandfather, \x93Ilka day we hae some sic whigmeleery.\x94

I think Mr. Carvel was not ill pleased with the feat, or with Mr.
Marmaduke\x92s way of taking it. For afterwards I overheard him telling the
story to Colonel Lloyd, and both gentlemen laughing over Mr. Manners\x92s
discomfiture.



CHAPTER III. CAUGHT BY THE TIDE

It is a nigh impossible task on the memory to trace those influences by
which a lad is led to form his life\x92s opinions, and for my part I hold
that such things are bred into the bone, and that events only serve to
strengthen them. In this way only can I account for my bitterness, at
a very early age, against that King whom my seeming environment should
have made me love. For my grandfather was as stanch a royalist as ever
held a cup to majesty\x92s health. And children are most apt before they
can reason for themselves to take the note from those of their elders
who surround them. It is true that many of Mr. Carvel\x92s guests were of
the opposite persuasion from him: Mr. Chase and Mr. Carroll, Mr.
Lloyd and Mr. Bordley, and many others, including our friend Captain
Clapsaddle. And these gentlemen were frequently in argument, but
political discussion is Greek to a lad.

Mr. Carvel, as I have said, was most of his life a member of the
Council, a man from whom both Governor Sharpe and Governor Eden were
glad to take advice because of his temperate judgment and deep knowledge
of the people of the province. At times, when his Council was scattered,
Governor Sharpe would consult Mr. Carvel alone, and often have I known
my grandfather to embark in haste from the Hall in response to a call
from his Excellency.

\x91Twas in the latter part of August, in the year 1765, made memorable by
the Stamp Act, that I first came in touch with the deep-set feelings of
the times then beginning, and I count from that year the awakening of
the sympathy which determined my career. One sultry day I was wading in
the shallows after crabs, when the Governor\x92s messenger came drifting
in, all impatience at the lack of wind. He ran to the house to seek Mr.
Carvel, and I after him, with all a boy\x92s curiosity, as fast as my small
legs would carry me. My grandfather hurried out to order his barge to
be got ready at once, so that I knew something important was at hand. At
first he refused me permission to go, but afterwards relented, and about
eleven in the morning we pulled away strongly, the ten blacks bending to
the oars as if their lives were at stake.

A wind arose before we sighted Greensbury Point, and I saw a bark
sailing in, but thought nothing of this until Mr. Carvel, who had been
silent and preoccupied, called for his glass and swept her decks. She
soon shortened sail, and went so leisurely that presently our light
barge drew alongside, and I perceived Mr. Zachariah Hood, a merchant
of the town, returning from London, hanging over her rail. Mr. Hood was
very pale in spite of his sea-voyage; he flung up his cap at our boat,
but Mr. Carvel\x92s salute in return was colder than he looked for. As
we came in view of the dock, a fine rain was setting in, and to my
astonishment I beheld such a mass of people assembled as I had never
seen, and scarce standing-room on the wharves. We were to have gone
to the Governor\x92s wharf in the Severn, but my grandfather changed his
intention at once. Many of the crowd greeted him as we drew near them,
and, having landed, respectfully made room for him to pass through. I
followed him a-tremble with excitement and delight over such an unwonted
experience. We had barely gone ten paces, however, before Mr. Carvel
stopped abreast of Mr. Claude, mine host of the Coffee House, who cried:

\x93Hast seen his Majesty\x92s newest representative, Mr. Carvel?\x94

\x93Mr. Hood is on board the bark, sir,\x94 replied my grandfather. \x93I take it
you mean Mr. Hood.\x94

\x93Ay, that I do; Mr. Zachariah Hood, come to lick stamps for his
brother-colonists.\x94

\x93After licking his Majesty\x92s boots,\x94 says a wag near by, which brings a
laugh from those about us. I remembered that I had heard some talk as
to how Mr. Hood had sought and obtained from King George the office of
Stamp Distributor for the province. Now, my grandfather, God rest him!
was as doughty an old gentleman as might well be, and would not listen
without protest to remarks which bordered sedition. He had little fear
of things below, and none of a mob.

\x93My masters,\x94 he shouted, with a flourish of his stick, so stoutly that
people fell back from him, \x93know that ye are met against the law, and
endanger the peace of his Lordship\x92s government.\x94

\x93Good enough, Mr. Carvel,\x94 said Claude, who seemed to be the spokesman.
\x93But how if we are stamped against law and his Lordship\x92s government?
How then, sir? Your honour well knows we have naught against either, and
are as peaceful a mob as ever assembled.\x94

This brought on a great laugh, and they shouted from all sides, \x93How
then, Mr. Carvel?\x94 And my grandfather, perceiving that he would lose
dignity by argument, and having done his duty by a protest, was wisely
content with that. They opened wider the lane for him to pass through,
and he made his way, erect and somewhat defiant, to Mr. Pryse\x92s, the
coachmaker opposite, holding me by the hand. The second storey of
Pryse\x92s shop had a little balcony standing out in front, and here we
established ourselves, that we might watch what was going forward.

The crowd below grew strangely silent as the bark came nearer and
nearer, until Mr. Hood showed himself on the poop, when there rose a
storm of hisses, mingled with shouts of derision. \x93How goes it at St.
James, Mr. Hood?\x94 and \x93Have you tasted his Majesty\x92s barley?\x94 And some
asked him if he was come as their member of Parliament. Mr. Hood dropped
a bow, though what he said was drowned. The bark came in prettily
enough, men in the crowd even catching her lines and making them fast
to the piles. A gang-plank was thrown over. \x93Come out, Mr. Hood,\x94 they
cried; \x93we are here to do you honour, and to welcome you home again.\x94
 There were leather breeches with staves a-plenty around that plank, and
faces that meant no trifling. \x93McNeir, the rogue,\x94 exclaimed Mr. Carvel,
\x93and that hulk of a tanner, Brown. And I would know those smith\x92s
shoulders in a thousand.\x94 \x93Right, sir,\x94 says Pryse, \x93and \x91twill serve
them proper. when the King\x92s troops come among them for quartering.\x94
 Pryse being the gentry\x92s patron, shaped his politics according to the
company he was in: he could ill be expected to seize one of his own ash
spokes and join the resistance. Just then I caught a glimpse of Captain
Clapsaddle on the skirts of the crowd, and with him Mr. Swain and some
of the dissenting gentry. And my boyish wrath burst forth against that
man smirking and smiling on the decks of the bark, so that I shouted
shrilly: \x93Mr. Hood will be cudgelled and tarred as he deserves,\x94 and
shook my little fist at him, so that many under us laughed and cheered
me. Mr. Carvel pushed me back into the window and out of their sight.

The crew of the bark had assembled on the quarterdeck, stout English
tars every man of them, armed with pikes and belaying-pins; and at
a word from the mate they rushed in a body over the plank. Some were
thrust off into the water, but so fierce was their onset that others
gained the wharf, laying sharply about them in all directions, but
getting full as many knocks as they gave. For a space there was a
very bedlam of cries and broken heads, those behind in the mob surging
forward to reach the scrimmage, forcing their own comrades over the
edge. McNeir had his thigh broken by a pike, and was dragged back after
the first rush was over; and the mate of the bark was near to drowning,
being rescued, indeed, by Graham, the tanner. Mr. Hood stood white in
the gangway, dodging a missile now and then, waiting his chance, which
never came. For many of the sailors were captured and carried bodily
to the \x93Rose and Crown\x94 and the \x93Three Blue Balls,\x94 where they became
properly drunk on Jamaica rum; others made good their escape on board.
And at length the bark cast off again, amidst jeers and threats, and
one-third of her crew missing, and drifted slowly back to the roads.

From the dock, after all was quiet, Mr. Carvel stepped into his barge
and rowed to the Governor\x92s, whose house was prettily situated near
Hanover Street, with ground running down to the Severn. His Excellency
appeared much relieved to see my grandfather; Mr. Daniel Dulany was
with him, and the three gentlemen at once repaired to the Governor\x92s
writing-closet for consultation.

Mr. Carvel\x92s town house being closed, we stopped with his Excellency.
There were, indeed, scarce any of the gentry in town at that season save
a few of the Whig persuasion. Excitement ran very high; farmers
flocked in every day from the country round about to take part in the
demonstration against the Act. Mr. Hood\x92s storehouse was burned to the
ground. Mr. Hood getting ashore by stealth, came, however, unmolested to
Annapolis and offered at a low price the goods he had brought out in the
bark, thinking thus to propitiate his enemies. This step but inflamed
them the more.

My grandfather having much business to look to, I was left to my own
devices, and the devices of an impetuous lad of twelve are not always
such as his elders would choose for him. I was continually burning with
a desire to see what was proceeding in the town, and hearing one day a
great clamour and tolling of bells, I ran out of the Governor\x92s gate and
down Northwest Street to the Circle, where a strange sight met my eyes.
A crowd like that I had seen on the dock had collected there, Mr. Swain
and Mr. Hammond and other barristers holding them in check. Mounted on
a one-horse cart was a stuffed figure of the detested Mr. Hood. Mr.
Hammond made a speech, but for the laughter and cheering I could not
catch a word of it. I pushed through the people, as a boy will, diving
between legs to get a better view, when I felt a hand upon my shoulder,
bringing me up suddenly. And I recognized Mr. Matthias Tilghman, and
with him was Mr. Samuel Chase.

\x93Does your grandfather know you are here, lad?\x94 said Mr. Tilghman.

I paused a moment for breath before I answered: \x93He attended the rally
at the dock himself, sir, and I believe enjoyed it.\x94

Both gentlemen smiled, and Mr. Chase remarked that if all the other
party were like Mr. Carvel, troubles would soon cease. \x93I mean not
Grafton,\x94 says he, with a wink at Mr. Tilghman.

\x93I\x92ll warrant, Richard, your uncle would be but ill pleased to see you
in such company.\x94

\x93Nay, sir,\x94 I replied, for I never feared to speak up, \x93there are you
wrong. I think it would please my uncle mightily.\x94

\x93The lad hath indifferent penetration,\x94 said Mr, Tilghman, laughing, and
adding more soberly: \x93If you never do worse than this, Richard, Maryland
may some day be proud of you.\x94

Mr. Hammond having finished his speech, a paper was placed in the hand
of the effigy, and the crowd bore it shouting and singing to the hill,
where Mr. John Shaw, the city carpenter, had made a gibbet. There nine
and thirty lashes were bestowed on the unfortunate image, the people
crying out that this was the Mosaic Law. And I cried as loud as any,
though I knew not the meaning of the words. They hung Mr. Hood to the
gibbet and set fire to a tar barrel under him, and so left him.

The town wore a holiday look that day, and I was loth to go back to
the Governor\x92s house. Good patriots\x92 shops were closed, their owners
parading as on Sunday in their best, pausing in knots at every corner
to discuss the affair with which the town simmered. I encountered old
Farris, the clockmaker, in his brown coat besprinkled behind with powder
from his queue. \x93How now, Master Richard?\x94 says he, merrily. \x93This is no
place for young gentlemen of your persuasion.\x94

Next I came upon young Dr. Courtenay, the wit of the Tuesday Club, of
whom I shall have more to say hereafter. He was taking the air with Mr.
James Fotheringay, Will\x92s eldest brother, but lately back from Oxford
and the Temple.

The doctor wore five-pound ruffles and a ten-pound wig, was dressed in
cherry silk, and carried a long, clouded cane. His hat had the latest
cock, for he was our macaroni of Annapolis.

\x93Egad, Richard,\x94 he cries, \x93you are the only other loyalist I have seen
abroad to-day.\x94

I remember swelling with indignation at the affront. \x93I call them
Tories, sir,\x94 I flashed back, \x93and I am none such.\x94 \x93No Tory!\x94 says he,
nudging Mr. Fotheringay, who was with him; \x93I had as lief believe your
grandfather hated King George.\x94 I astonished them both by retorting that
Mr. Carvel might think as he pleased, that being every man\x92s right; but
that I chose to be a Whig. \x93I would tell you as a friend, young man,\x94
 replied the doctor, \x93that thy politics are not over politic.\x94 And they
left me puzzling, laughing with much relish over some catch in the
doctor\x92s words. As for me, I could perceive no humour in them.

It was now near six of the clock, but instead of going direct to the
Governor\x92s I made my way down Church Street toward the water. Near the
dock I saw many people gathered in the street in front of the \x93Ship\x94
 tavern, a time-honoured resort much patronized by sailors. My curiosity
led me to halt there also. The \x93Ship\x94 had stood in that place nigh on
to three-score years, it was said. Its latticed windows were swung open,
and from within came snatches of \x93Tom Bowling,\x94 \x93Rule Britannia,\x94 and
many songs scarce fit for a child to hear. Now and anon some one in the
street would throw back a taunt to these British sentiments, which went
unheeded. \x93They be drunk as lords,\x94 said Weld, the butcher\x92s apprentice,
\x93and when they comes out we\x92ll hev more than one broken head in this
street.\x94 The songs continuing, he cried again, \x93Come out, d-n ye.\x94 Weld
had had more than his own portion of rum that day. Spying me seated on
the gate-post opposite, he shouted: \x93So ho, Master Carvel, the streets
are not for his Majesty\x92s supporters to-day.\x94 Other artisans who were
there bade him leave me in peace, saying that my grandfather was a good
friend of the people. The matter might have ended there had I been older
and wiser, but the excitement of the day had gone to my head like wine.
\x93I am as stout a patriot as you, Weld,\x94 I shouted back, and flushed at
the cheering that followed. And Weld ran up to me, and though I was a
good piece of a lad, swung me lightly onto his shoulder. \x93Harkee, Master
Richard,\x94 he said, \x93I can get nothing out of the poltroons by shouting.
Do you go in and say that Weld will fight any mother\x92s son of them
single-handed.\x94

\x93For shame, to send a lad into a tavern,\x94 said old Bobbins, who had
known my grandfather these many years. But the desire for a row was so
great among the rest that they silenced him. Weld set me down, and I,
nothing loth, ran through the open door.

I had never before been in the \x93Ship,\x94 nor, indeed, in any tavern save
that of Master Dingley, near Carvel Hall. The \x93Ship\x94 was a bare place
enough, with low black beams and sanded floor, and rough tables and
chairs set about. On that September evening it was stifling hot; and the
odours from the men, and the spilled rum and tobacco smoke, well-nigh
overpowered me. The room was filled with a motley gang of sailors,
mostly from the bark Mr. Hood had come on, and some from H.M.S. Hawk,
then lying in the harbour.

A strapping man-o\x92-war\x92s-man sat near the door, his jacket thrown open
and his great chest bared, and when he perceived me he was in the act of
proposing a catch; \x91twas \x93The Great Bell o\x92 Lincoln,\x94 I believe; and
he held a brimming cup of bumbo in his hand. In his surprise he set it
awkwardly down again, thereby spilling full half of it. \x93Avast,\x94 says
he, with an oath, \x93what\x92s this come among us?\x94 and he looked me over
with a comical eye. \x93A d-d provincial,\x94 he went on scornfully, \x93but a
gentleman\x92s son, or Jack Ball\x92s a liar.\x94 Whereupon his companions rose
from their seats and crowded round me. More than one reeled against
me. And though I was somewhat awed by the strangeness of that dark,
ill-smelling room, and by the rough company in which I found myself, I
held my ground, and spoke up as strongly as I might.

\x93Weld, the butcher\x92s apprentice, bids me say he will fight any man among
you single-handed.\x94

\x93So ho, my little gamecock, my little schooner with a swivel,\x94 said he
who had called himself Jack Ball, \x93and where can this valiant butcher be
found?\x94

\x93He waits in the street,\x94 I answered more boldly.

\x93Split me fore and aft if he waits long,\x94 said Jack, draining the rest
of his rum. And picking me up as easily as did Weld he rushed out of
the door, and after him as many of his mates as could walk or stagger
thither.

In the meantime the news had got abroad in the street that the butcher\x92s
apprentice was to fight one of the Hawk\x92s men, and when I emerged from
the tavern the crowd had doubled, and people were running hither in all
haste from both directions. But that fight was never to be. Big Jack
Ball had scarce set me down and shouted a loud defiance, shaking his
fist at Weld, who stood out opposite, when a soldierly man on a great
horse turned the corner and wheeled between the combatants. I knew at
a glance it was Captain Clapsaddle, and guiltily wished myself at the
Governor\x92s. The townspeople knew him likewise, and many were slinking
away even before he spoke, as his charger stood pawing the ground.

\x93What\x92s this I hear, you villain,\x94 said he to Weld, in his deep, ringing
voice, \x93that you have not only provoked a row with one of the King\x92s
sailors, but have dared send a child into that tavern with your fool\x92s
message?\x94

Weld was awkward and sullen enough, and no words came to him.

\x93Your tongue, you sot,\x94 the captain went on, drawing his sword in his
anger, \x93is it true you have made use of a gentleman\x92s son for your low
purposes?\x94

But Weld was still silent, and not a sound came from either side until
old Robbins spoke up.

\x93There are many here can say I warned him, your honour,\x94 he said.

\x93Warned him!\x94 cried the captain. \x93Mr. Carvel has just given you twenty
pounds for your wife, and you warned him!\x94

Robbins said no more; and the butcher\x92s apprentice, hanging his head,
as well he might before the captain, I was much moved to pity for him,
seeing that my forwardness had in some sense led him on.

\x93Twas in truth my fault, captain,\x94 I cried out. The captain looked at
me, and said nothing. After that the butcher made bold to take up his
man\x92s defence.

\x93Master Carvel was indeed somewhat to blame, sir,\x94 said he, \x93and Weld is
in liquor.\x94

\x93And I\x92ll have him to pay for his drunkenness,\x94 said Captain Clapsaddle,
hotly. \x93Get to your homes,\x94 he cried. \x93Ye are a lot of idle hounds, who
would make liberty the excuse for riot.\x94 He waved his sword at the pack
of them, and they scattered like sheep until none but Weld was left.
\x93And as for you, Weld,\x94 he continued, \x93you\x92ll rue this pretty business,
or Daniel Clapsaddle never punished a cut-throat.\x94 And turning to Jack
Ball, he bade him lift me to the saddle, and so I rode with him to the
Governor\x92s without a word; for I knew better than to talk when he was in
that mood.

The captain was made to tarry and sup with his Excellency and my
grandfather, and I sat perforce a fourth at the table, scarce daring to
conjecture as to the outcome of my escapade. But as luck would have
it, the Governor had been that day in such worry and perplexity, and my
grandfather also, that my absence had passed unnoticed. Nor did my good
friend the captain utter a word to them of what he knew. But afterwards
he called me to him and set me upon his knee. How big, and kind, and
strong he was, and how I loved his bluff soldier\x92s face and blunt ways.
And when at last he spoke, his words burnt deep in my memory, so that
even now I can repeat them.

\x93Richard,\x94 he said, \x93I perceive you are like your father. I love your
spirit greatly, but you have been overrash to-day. Remember this, lad,
that you are a gentleman, the son of the bravest and truest gentleman
I have ever known, save one; and he is destined to high things.\x94 I know
now that he spoke of Colonel Washington. \x93And that your mother,\x94 here
his voice trembled,--\x93your mother was a lady, every inch of her, and too
good for this world. Remember, and seek no company, therefore, beyond
that circle in which you were born. Fear not to be kind and generous, as
I know you ever will be, but choose not intimates from the tavern.\x94 Here
the captain cleared his throat, and seemed to seek for words. \x93I fear
there are times coming, my lad,\x94 he went on presently, \x93when every man
must choose his side, and stand arrayed in his own colours. It is not
for me to shape your way of thinking. Decide in your own mind that which
is right, and when you have so decided,\x94--he drew his sword, as was his
habit when greatly moved, and placed his broad hand upon my head,--\x93know
then that God is with you, and swerve not from thy course the width of
this blade for any man.\x94

We sat upon a little bench in the Governor\x92s garden, in front of us the
wide Severn merging into the bay, and glowing like molten gold in the
setting sun. And I was thrilled with a strange reverence such as I have
sometimes since felt in the presence of heroes.



CHAPTER IV. GRAFTON WOULD HEAL AN OLD BREACH

Doctor Hilliard, my grandfather\x92s chaplain, was as holy a man as ever
wore a gown, but I can remember none of his discourses which moved me
as much by half as those simple words Captain Clapsaddle had used. The
worthy doctor, who had baptized both my mother and father, died suddenly
at Carvel Hall the spring following, of a cold contracted while visiting
a poor man who dwelt across the river. He would have lacked but three
years of fourscore come Whitsuntide. He was universally loved and
respected in that district where he had lived so long and ably, by
rich and poor alike, and those of many creeds saw him to his last
resting-place. Mr. Carroll, of Carrollton, who was an ardent Catholic,
stood bareheaded beside the grave.

Doctor Hilliard was indeed a beacon in a time when his profession among
us was all but darkness, and when many of the scandals of the community
might be laid at the door of those whose duty it was to prevent them.
The fault lay without doubt in his Lordship\x92s charter, which gave to the
parishioners no voice in the choosing of their pastors. This matter was
left to Lord Baltimore\x92s whim. Hence it was that he sent among us
so many fox-hunting and gaming parsons who read the service ill and
preached drowsy and illiterate sermons. Gaming and fox-hunting, did
I say? These are but charitable words to cover the real characters of
those impostors in holy orders, whose doings would often bring the
blush of shame to your cheeks. Nay, I have seen a clergyman drunk in the
pulpit, and even in those freer days their laxity and immorality
were such that many flocked to hear the parsons of the Methodists and
Lutherans, whose simple and eloquent words and simpler lives were worthy
of their cloth. Small wonder was it, when every strolling adventurer and
soldier out of employment took orders and found favour in his Lordship\x92s
eyes, and were given the fattest livings in place of worthier men, that
the Established Church fell somewhat into disrepute. Far be it from me
to say that there were not good men and true in that Church, but the wag
who writ this verse, which became a common saying in Maryland, was not
far wrong for the great body of them:--

       \x93Who is a monster of the first renown?
        A lettered sot, a drunkard in a gown.\x94

My grandfather did not replace Dr. Hilliard at the Hall, afterwards
saying the prayers himself. The doctor had been my tutor, and in spite
of my waywardness and lack of love for the classics had taught me
no little Latin and Greek, and early instilled into my mind those
principles necessary for the soul\x92s salvation. I have often thought with
regret on the pranks I played him. More than once at lesson-time have I
gone off with Hugo and young Harvey for a rabbit hunt, stealing two dogs
from the pack, and thus committing a double offence. You may be sure
I was well thrashed by Mr. Carvel, who thought the more of the latter
misdoing, though obliged to emphasize the former. The doctor would never
raise his hand against me. His study, where I recited my daily tasks,
was that small sunny room on the water side of the east wing; and I well
recall him as he sat behind his desk of a morning after prayers, his
horn spectacles perched on his high nose and his quill over his ear,
and his ink-powder and pewter stand beside him. His face would grow more
serious as I scanned my Virgil in a faltering voice, and as he descanted
on a passage my eye would wander out over the green trees and fields to
the glistening water. What cared I for \x93Arma virumque\x94 at such a time? I
was watching Nebo a-fishing beyond the point, and as he waded ashore
the burden on his shoulders had a much keener interest for me than that
AEneas carried out of Troy.

My Uncle Grafton came to Dr. Hilliard\x92s funeral, choosing this
opportunity to become reconciled to my grandfather, who he feared had
not much longer to live. Albeit Mr. Carvel was as stout and hale as
ever. None of the mourners at the doctor\x92s grave showed more sorrow than
did Grafton. A thousand remembrances of the good old man returned to
him, and I heard him telling Mr. Carroll and some other gentlemen, with
much emotion, how he had loved his reverend preceptor, from whom he had
learned nothing but what was good. \x93How fortunate are you, Richard,\x94
 he once said, \x93to have had such a spiritual and intellectual teacher in
your youth. Would that Philip might have learned from such a one. And
I trust you can say, my lad, that you have made the best of your
advantages, though I fear you are of a wild nature, as your father was
before you.\x94 And my uncle sighed and crossed his hands behind his back.
\x93\x91Tis perhaps better that poor John is in his grave,\x94 he said. Grafton
had a word and a smile for every one about the old place, but little
else, being, as he said, but a younger son and a poor man. I was near
to forgetting the shilling he gave Scipio. \x91Twas not so unostentatiously
done but that Mr. Carvel and I marked it. And afterwards I made Scipio
give me the coin, replacing it with another, and flung it as far into
the river as ever I could throw.

As was but proper to show his sorrow at the death of the old chaplain he
had loved so much, Grafton came to the Hall drest entirely in black. He
would have had his lady and Philip, a lad near my own age, clad likewise
in sombre colours. But my Aunt Caroline would none of them, holding it
to be the right of her sex to dress as became its charms. Her silks and
laces went but ill with the low estate my uncle claimed for his purse,
and Master Philip\x92s wardrobe was twice the size of mine. And the family
travelled in a coach as grand as Mr. Carvel\x92s own, with panels wreathed
in flowers and a footman and outrider in livery, from which my aunt
descended like a duchess. She embraced my grandfather with much warmth,
and kissed me effusively on both cheeks.

\x93And this is dear Richard?\x94 she cried. \x93Philip, come at once and greet
your cousin. He has not the look of the Carvels,\x94 she continued volubly,
\x93but more resembles his mother, as I recall her.\x94

\x93Indeed, madam,\x94 my grandfather answered somewhat testily, \x93he has
the Carvel nose and mouth, though his chin is more pronounced. He has
Elizabeth\x92s eyes.\x94

But my aunt was a woman who flew from one subject to another, and she
had already ceased to think of me. She was in the hall. \x93The dear old
home?\x94 she cries, though she had been in it but once before, regarding
lovingly each object as her eye rested upon it, nay, caressingly when
she came to the great punch-bowl and the carved mahogany dresser, and
the Peter Lely over the broad fireplace. \x93What memories they must bring
to your mind, my dear,\x94 she remarks to her husband. \x93\x91Tis cruel, as I
once said to dear papa, that we cannot always live under the old rafters
we loved so well as children.\x94 And the good lady brushes away a tear
with her embroidered pocket-napkin. Tears that will come in spite of
us all. But she brightens instantly and smiles at the line of servants
drawn up to welcome them. \x93This is Scipio, my son, who was with your
grandfather when your father was born, and before.\x94 Master Philip nods
graciously in response to Scipio\x92s delighted bow. \x93And Harvey,\x94 my
aunt rattles on. \x93Have you any new mares to surprise us with this year,
Harvey?\x94 Harvey not being as overcome with Mrs. Grafton\x92s condescension
as was proper, she turns again to Mr. Carvel.

\x93Ah, father, I see you are in sore need of a woman\x92s hand about the old
house. What a difference a touch makes, to be sure.\x94 And she takes off
her gloves and attacks the morning room, setting an ornament here and
another there, and drawing back for the effect. \x93Such a bachelor\x92s hall
as you are keeping!\x94

\x93We still have Willis, Caroline,\x94 remonstrates my grandfather, gravely.
\x93I have no fault to find with her housekeeping.\x94

\x93Of course not, father; men never notice,\x94 Aunt Caroline replies in an
aggrieved tone. And when Willis herself comes in, auguring no good from
this visit, my aunt gives her the tips of her fingers. And I imagine I
see a spark fly between them.

As for Grafton, he was more than willing to let bygones be bygones
between his father and himself. Aunt Caroline said with feeling that
Dr. Hilliard\x92s death was a blessing, after all, since it brought a
long-separated father and son together once more. Grafton had been
misjudged and ill-used, and he called Heaven to witness that the quarrel
had never been of his seeking,--a statement which Mr. Carvel was at no
pains to prove perjury. How attentive was Mr. Grafton to his father\x92s
every want. He read his Gazette to him of a Thursday, though the old
gentleman\x92s eyes are as good as ever. If Mr. Carvel walks out of an
evening, Grafton\x92s arm is ever ready, and my uncle and his worthy lady
are eager to take a hand at cards before supper. \x93Philip, my dear,\x94
 says my aunt, \x93thy grandfather\x92s slippers,\x94 or, \x93Philip, my love, thy
grandfather\x92s hat and cane.\x94 But it is plain that Master Philip has not
been brought up to wait on his elders. He is curled with a novel in his
grandfather\x92s easy chair by the window. \x93There is Dio, mamma, who has
naught to do but serve grandpapa,\x94 says he, and gives a pull at the cord
over his head which rings the bell about the servants\x92 ears in the hall
below. And Dio, the whites of his eyes showing, comes running into the
room.

\x93It is nothing, Diomedes,\x94 says Mr. Carvel. \x93Master Philip will fetch
what I need.\x94. Master Philip\x92s papa and mamma stare at each other in
a surprise mingled with no little alarm, Master Philip being to all
appearances intent upon his book.

\x93Philip,\x94 says my grandfather, gently. I had more than once heard him
speak thus, and well knew what was coming.

\x93Sir,\x94 replies my cousin, without looking up. \x93Follow me, sir,\x94 said Mr.
Carvel, in a voice so different that Philip drops his book. They went up
the stairs together, and what occurred there I leave to the imagination.
But when next Philip was bidden to do an errand for Mr. Carvel my
grandfather said quietly: \x93I prefer that Richard should go, Caroline.\x94
 And though my aunt and uncle, much mortified, begged him to give Philip
another chance, he would never permit it.

Nevertheless, a great effort was made to restore Philip to his
grandfather\x92s good graces. At breakfast one morning, after my aunt had
poured Mr. Carvel\x92s tea and made her customary compliment to the blue
and gold breakfast china, my Uncle Grafton spoke up.

\x93Now that Dr. Hilliard is gone, father, what do you purpose concerning
Richard\x92s schooling?\x94

\x93He shall go to King William\x92s school in the autumn,\x94 Mr. Carvel
replied.

\x93In the autumn!\x94 cried my uncle. \x93I do not give Philip even the short
holiday of this visit. He has his Greek and his Virgil every day.\x94

\x93And can repeat the best passages,\x94 my aunt chimes in. \x93Philip, my dear,
recite that one your father so delights in.\x94

However unwilling Master Philip had been to disturb himself for errands,
he was nothing loth to show his knowledge, and recited glibly enough
several lines of his Virgil verbatim; thereby pleasing his fond parents
greatly and my grandfather not a little.

\x93I will add a crown to your savings, Philip,\x94 says his father.

\x93And here is a pistole to spend as you will,\x94 says Mr. Carvel, tossing
him the piece.

\x93Nay, father, I do not encourage the lad to be a spendthrift,\x94 says
Grafton, taking the pistole himself. \x93I will place this token of your
appreciation in his strong-box. You know we have a prodigal strain in
the family, sir.\x94 And my uncle looks at me significantly.

\x93Let it be as I say, Grafton,\x94 persists Mr. Carvel, who liked not to be
balked in any matter, and was not over-pleased at this reference to my
father. And he gave Philip forthwith another pistole, telling his father
to add the first to his saving if he would.

\x93And Richard must have his chance,\x94 says my Aunt Caroline, sweetly, as
she rises to leave the room.

\x93Ay, here is a crown for you, Richard,\x94 says my uncle, smiling. \x93Let us
hear your Latin, which should be purer than Philip\x92s.\x94

My grandfather glanced uneasily at me across the table; he saw clearly
the trick Grafton had played me, I think. But for once I was equal to
my uncle, and haply remembered a line Dr. Hilliard had expounded, which
fitted the present case marvellously well. With little ceremony I tossed
back the crown, and slowly repeated those words used to warn the Trojans
against accepting the Grecian horse:

        \x93Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes.\x94

\x93Egad,\x94 cried Mr. Carvel, slapping his knee, \x93the lad bath beaten you on
your own ground, Grafton.\x94 And he laughed as my grandfather only could
laugh, until the dishes rattled on the table. But my uncle thought it no
matter for jesting.

Philip was also well versed in politics for a lad of his age, and could
discuss glibly the right of Parliament to tax the colonies. He denounced
the seditious doings in Annapolis and Boston Town with an air of easy
familiarity, for Philip had the memory of a parrot, and \x91twas easy to
perceive whence his knowledge sprang. But when my fine master spoke
disparagingly of the tradesmen as at the bottom of the trouble, my
grandfather\x92s patience came to an end.

\x93And what think you lies beneath the wealth and power of England,
Philip?\x94 he asked.

\x93Her nobility, sir, and the riches she draws from her colonies,\x94 retorts
Master Philip, readily enough.

\x93Not so,\x94 Mr. Carvel said gravely. \x93She owes her greatness to her
merchants, or tradesmen, as you choose to call them. And commerce must
be at the backbone of every great nation. Tradesmen!\x94 exclaimed my
grandfather. \x93Where would any of us be were it not for trade? We sell
our tobacco and our wheat, and get money in return. And your father
makes a deal here and a deal there, and so gets rich in spite of his
pittance.\x94

My Uncle Grafton raised his hand to protest, but Mr. Carvel continued:
\x93I know you, Grafton, I know you. When a lad it was your habit to lay
aside the money I gave you, and so pretend you had none.\x94

\x93And \x91twas well I learned then to be careful,\x94 said my uncle, losing
for the instant his control, \x93for you loved the spend-thrift best, and I
should be but a beggar now without my wisdom.\x94

\x93I loved not John\x92s carelessness with money, but other qualities in him
which you lacked,\x94 answered Mr. Carvel.

Grafton shot a swift glance at me; and so much of malice and of hatred
was conveyed in that look that with a sense of prophecy I shuddered
to think that some day I should have to cope with such craft. For he
detested me threefold, and combined the hate he bore my dead father and
mother with the ill-will he bore me for standing in his way and Philip\x92s
with my grandfather\x92s property. But so deftly could he hide his feelings
that he was smiling again instantly. To see once, however, the white
belly of the shark flash on the surface of the blue water is sufficient.

\x93I beg of you not to jest of me before the lads, father,\x94 said Grafton.

\x93God knows there was little jest in what I said,\x94 replied Mr. Carvell
soberly, \x93and I care not who hears it. Your own son will one day know
you well enough, if he does not now. Do not imagine, because I am old,
that I am grown so foolish as to believe that a black sheep can become
white save by dye. And dye will never deceive such as me. And Philip,\x94
 the shrewd old gentleman went on, turning to my cousin, \x93do not let thy
father or any other make thee believe there cannot be two sides to every
question. I recognize in your arguments that which smacks of his tongue,
despite what he says of your reading the public prints and of forming
your own opinions. And do not condemn the Whigs, many of whom are worthy
men and true, because they quarrel with what they deem an unjust method
of taxation.\x94

Grafton had given many of the old servants cause to remember him. Harvey
in particular, who had come from England early in the century with my
grandfather, spoke with bitterness of him. On the subject of my uncle,
the old coachman\x92s taciturnity gave way to torrents of reproach. \x93Beware
of him as has no use for horses, Master Richard,\x94 he would say; for this
trait in Grafton in Harvey\x92s mind lay at the bottom of all others. At
my uncle\x92s approach he would retire into his shell like an oyster,
nor could he be got to utter more than a monosyllable in his presence.
Harvey\x92s face would twitch, and his fingers clench of themselves as
he touched his cap. And with my Aunt Caroline he was the same. He
vouchsafed but a curt reply to all her questions, nor did her raptures
over the stud soften him in the least. She would come tripping into the
stable yard, daintily holding up her skirts, and crying, \x93Oh, Harvey,
I have heard so much of Tanglefoot. I must see him before I go.\x94
 Tanglefoot is led out begrudgingly enough, and Aunt Caroline goes over
his points, missing the greater part of them, and remarking on the depth
of chest, which is nothing notable in Tanglefoot. Harvey winks slyly
at me the while, and never so much as offers a word of correction. \x93You
must take Philip to ride, Richard, my dear,\x94 says my aunt. \x93His father
was never as fond of it as I could have wished. I hold that every
gentleman should ride to hounds.\x94

\x93Humph!\x94 grunts Harvey, when she is gone to the house.

\x93Master Philip to hunt, indeed! Foxes to hunt foxes!\x94 And he gives vent
to a dry laugh over his joke, in which I cannot but join. \x93Horsemen
grows. Eh, Master Richard? There was Captain Jack, who jumped from the
cradle into the saddle, and I never once seen a horse get the better
o\x92 him. And that\x92s God\x92s truth.\x94 And he smooths out Tanglefoot\x92s mane,
adding reflectively, \x93And you be just like him. But there was scarce a
horse in the stables what wouldn\x92t lay back his ears at Mr. Grafton, and
small blame to \x91em, say I. He never dared go near \x91em. Oh, Master
Philip comes by it honestly enough. She thinks old Harvey don\x92t know a
thoroughbred when he sees one, sir. But Mrs. Grafton\x92s no thoroughbred;
I tell \x91ee that, though I\x92m saying nothing as to her points, mark ye.
I\x92ve seen her sort in the old country, and I\x92ve seen \x91em here, and it\x92s
the same the world over, in Injy and Chiny, too. Fine trappings don\x92t
make the horse, and they don\x92t take thoroughbreds from a grocer\x92s cart.
A Philadelphy grocer,\x94 sniffs this old aristocrat. \x93I\x92d knowed her
father was a grocer had I seen her in Pall Mall with a Royal Highness,
by her gait, I may say. Thy mother was a thoroughbred, Master Richard,
and I\x92ll tell \x91ee another,\x94 he goes on with a chuckle, \x93Mistress Dorothy
Manners is such another; you don\x92t mistake \x91em with their high heads
and patreeshan ways, though her father be one of them accidents as will
occur in every stock. She\x92s one to tame, sir, and I don\x92t envy no young
gentleman the task. But this I knows,\x94 says Harvey, not heeding my red
cheeks, \x93that Master Philip, with all his satin small-clothes, will
never do it.\x94

Indeed, it was no secret that my Aunt Caroline had been a Miss Flaven,
of Philadelphia, though she would have had the fashion of our province
to believe that she belonged to the Governor\x92s set there; and she spoke
in terms of easy familiarity of the first families of her native city,
deceiving no one save herself, poor lady. How fondly do we believe, with
the ostrich, that our body is hidden when our head is tucked under
our wing! Not a visitor in Philadelphia but knew Terence Flaven, Mrs.
Grafton Carvel\x92s father, who not many years since sold tea and spices
and soap and glazed teapots over his own counter, and still advertised
his cargoes in the public prints. He was a broad and charitable-minded
man enough, and unassuming, but gave way at last to the pressure brought
upon him by his wife and daughter, and bought a mansion in Front Street.
Terence Flaven never could be got to stay there save to sleep, and
preferred to spend his time in his shop, which was grown greatly,
chatting with his customers, and bowing the ladies to their chariots.
I need hardly say that this worthy man was on far better terms than
his family with those personages whose society they strove so hard to
attain.

At the time of Miss Flaven\x92s marriage to my uncle \x91twas a piece of
gossip in every month that he had taken her for her dower, which was not
inconsiderable; though to hear Mr. and Mrs. Grafton talk they knew not
whence the next month\x92s provender was to come. They went to live in Kent
County, as I have said, spending some winters in Philadelphia, where
Mr. Grafton was thought to have interests, though it never could be
discovered what his investments were. On hearing of his marriage, which
took place shortly before my father\x92s, Mr. Carvel expressed neither
displeasure nor surprise. But he would not hear of my mother\x92s request
to settle a portion upon his younger son.

\x93He has the Kent estate, Bess,\x94 said he, \x93which is by far too good for
him. Never doubt but that the rogue can feather his own nest far better
than can I, as indeed he hath already done. And by the Lord,\x94 cried Mr.
Carvel, bringing his fist down upon the card-table where they sat,
\x93he shall never get another farthing of my money while I live, nor
afterwards, if I can help it! I would rather give it over to Mr. Carroll
to found a nunnery.\x94

And so that matter ended, for Mr. Carvel could not be moved from a
purpose he had once made. Nor would he make any advances whatsoever to
Grafton, or receive those hints which my uncle was forever dropping,
until at length he begged to be allowed to come to Dr. Hilliard\x92s
funeral, a request my grandfather could not in decency refuse. \x91Twas a
pathetic letter in truth, and served its purpose well, though it was not
as dust in the old gentleman\x92s eyes. He called me into his bedroom and
told me that my Uncle Grafton was coming at last. And seeing that I
said nothing thereto, he gave me a queer look and bade me treat them as
civilly as I knew how. \x93I well know thy temper, Richard,\x94 said he, \x93and
I fear \x91twill bring thee trouble enough in life. Try to control it, my
lad; take an old man\x92s advice and try to control it.\x94 He was in one of
his gentler moods, and passed his arm about me, and together we stood
looking silently through the square panes out into the rain, at the
ducks paddling in the puddles until the darkness hid them.

And God knows, lad that I was, I tried to be civil to them. But my
tongue rebelled at the very sight of my uncle [\x91twas bred into me, I
suppose), and his fairest words seemed to me to contain a hidden sting.
Once, when he spoke in his innuendo of my father, I ran from the room to
restrain some act of violence; I know not what I should have done. And
Willis found me in the deserted, study of the doctor, where my hot tears
had stained the flowered paper on the wall. She did her best to calm
me, good soul, though she had her own troubles with my Lady Caroline to
think about at the time.

I had one experience with Master Philip before our visitors betook
themselves back to Kent, which, unfortunate as it was, I cannot but
relate here. My cousin would enter into none of those rough amusements
in which I passed my time, for fear, I took it, of spoiling his fine
broadcloths or of losing a gold buckle. He never could be got to
wrestle, though I challenged him more than once. And he was a well-built
lad, and might, with a little practice, have become skilled in that
sport. He laughed at the homespun I wore about the farm, saying it
was no costume for a gentleman\x92s son, and begged me sneeringly to don
leather breeches. He would have none of the company of those lads with
whom I found pleasure, young Harvey, and Willis\x92s son, who was being
trained as Mr. Starkie\x92s assistant. Nor indeed did I disdain to join in
a game with Hugo, who had been given to me, and other negro lads. Philip
saw no sport in a wrestle or a fight between two of the boys from the
quarters, and marvelled that I could lower myself to bet with Harvey the
younger. He took not a spark of interest in the gaming cocks we raised
together to compete at the local contests and at the fair, and knew
not a gaff from a cockspur. Being one day at my wits\x92 end to amuse
my cousin, I proposed to him a game of quoits on the green beside the
spring-house, and thither we repaired, followed by Hugo, and young
Harvey come to look on. Master Philip, not casting as well as he might,
cries out suddenly to Hugo: \x93Begone, you black dog! What business have
you here watching a game between gentlemen?\x94

\x93He is my servant, cousin,\x94 I said quietly, \x93and no dog, if you please.
And he is under my orders, not yours.\x94

But Philip, having scarcely scored a point, was in a rage. \x93And I\x92ll
not have him here,\x94 he shouted, giving poor Hugo a cuff which sent him
stumbling over the stake. And turning to me; continued insolently: \x93Ever
since we came here I have marked your manner toward us, as though my
father had no right in my grandfather\x92s house.\x94

Then could I no longer contain myself. I heard young Harvey laugh, and
remark: \x93\x91Tis all up with Master Philip now.\x94 But Philip, whatever else
he may have been, was no coward, and had squared off to face me by the
time I had run the distance between the stakes. He was heavier than I,
though not so tall; and he parried my first blow and my second, and many
more; having lively work of it, however, for I hit him as often as I was
able. To speak truth, I had not looked for such resistance, and seeing
that I could not knock him down, out of hand, I grew more cool and began
to study what I was doing.

\x93Take off your macaroni coat,\x94 said I. \x93I have no wish to ruin your
clothes.\x94

But he only jeered in return: \x93Take off thy wool-sack.\x94 And Hugo,
getting to his feet, cried out to me not to hurt Marse Philip, that he
had meant no harm. But this only enraged Philip the more, and he swore
a round oath at Hugo and another at me, and dealt a vicious blow at my
stomach, whereat Harvey called out to him to fight fair. He was more
skilful at the science of boxing than I, though I was the better
fighter, having, I am sorry to say, fought but too often before. And
presently, when I had closed one of his eyes, his skill went all to
pieces, and he made a mad rush at me. As he went by I struck him so hard
that he fell heavily and lay motionless.

Young Harvey ran into the spring-house and filled his hat as I bent over
my cousin. I unbuttoned his waistcoat and felt his heart, and rejoiced
to find it beating; we poured cold water over his face and wrists. By
then, Hugo, who was badly frightened, had told the news in the house,
and I saw my Aunt Caroline come running over the green as fast as her
tight stays would permit, crying out that I had killed her boy, her dear
Philip. And after her came my Uncle Grafton and my grandfather, with all
the servants who had been in hearing. I was near to crying myself at the
thought that I should grieve my grandfather. And my aunt, as she knelt
over Philip, pushed me away, and bade me not touch him. But my cousin
opened one of his eyes, and raised his hand to his head.

\x93Thank Heaven he is not killed!\x94 exclaims Aunt Caroline, fervently.

\x93Thank God, indeed!\x94 echoes my uncle, and gives me a look as much as to
say that I am not to be thanked for it. \x93I have often warned you, sir,\x94
 he says to Mr. Carvel, \x93that we do not inherit from stocks and stones.
And so much has come of our charity.\x94

I knew, lad that I was; that he spoke of my mother; and my blood boiled
within me.

\x93Have a care, sir, with your veiled insults,\x94 I cried, \x93or I will serve
you as I have served your son.\x94

Grafton threw up his hands.

\x93What have we harboured, father?\x94 says he. But Mr. Carvel seized him by
the shoulder. \x93Peace, Grafton, before the servants,\x94 he said, \x93and cease
thy crying, Caroline. The lad is not hurt.\x94 And being a tall man, six
feet in his stockings, and strong despite his age, he raised Philip from
the grass, and sternly bade him walk to the house, which he did, leaning
on his mother\x92s arm. \x93As for you, Richard,\x94 my grandfather went on, \x93you
will go into my study.\x94

Into his study I went, where presently he came also, and I told him
the affair in as few words as I might. And he, knowing my hatred of
falsehood, questioned me not at all, but paced to and fro, I following
him with my eyes, and truly sorry that I had given him pain. And finally
he dismissed me, bidding me make it up with my cousin, which I was
nothing loth to do. What he said to Philip and his father I know not.
That evening we shook hands, though Philip\x92s face was much swollen, and
my uncle smiled, and was even pleasanter than before, saying that boys
would be boys. But I think my Aunt Caroline could never wholly hide the
malice she bore me for what I had done that day.

When at last the visitors were gone, every face on the plantation wore
a brighter look. Harvey said: \x93God bless their backs, which is the only
part I ever care to see of their honours.\x94 And Willis gave us a supper
fit for a king. Mr. Lloyd and his lady were with us, and Mr. Carvel told
his old stories of the time of the First George, many of which I can
even now repeat: how he and two other collegians fought half a dozen
Mohocks in Norfolk Street, and fairly beat them; and how he discovered
by chance a Jacobite refugee in Greenwich, and what came of it; nor did
he forget that oft-told episode with Dean Swift. And these he rehearsed
in such merry spirit and new guise that we scarce recognized them, and
Colonel Lloyd so choked with laughter that more than once he had to be
hit between the shoulders.



CHAPTER V. \x93IF LADIES BE BUT YOUNG AND FAIR\x94

No boyhood could have been happier than mine, and throughout it, ever
present with me, were a shadow and a light. The shadow was my Uncle
Grafton. I know not what strange intuition of the child made me think
of him so constantly after that visit he paid us, but often I would wake
from my sleep with his name upon my lips, and a dread at my heart. The
light--need I say?--was Miss Dorothy Manners. Little Miss Dolly was
often at the Hall after that happy week we spent together; and her
home, Wilmot House, was scarce three miles across wood and field by our
plantation roads. I was a stout little fellow enough, and before I was
twelve I had learned to follow to hounds my grandfather\x92s guests on my
pony; and Mr. Lloyd and Mr. Carvel when they shot on the duck points.
Ay, and what may surprise you, my dears, I was given a weak little
toddy off the noggin at night, while the gentlemen stretched their limbs
before the fire, or played at whist or loo Mr. Carvel would have no
milksop, so he said. But he early impressed upon me that moderation was
the mark of a true man, even as excess was that of a weak one.

And so it was no wonder that I frequently found my way to Wilmot House
alone. There I often stayed the whole day long, romping with Dolly at
games of our own invention, and many the time I was sent home after dark
by Mrs. Manners with Jim, the groom. About once in the week Mr. and Mrs.
Manners would bring Dorothy over for dinner or tea at the Hall. She grew
quickly--so quickly that I scarce realized--into a tall slip of a girl,
who could be wilful and cruel, laughing or forgiving, shy or impudent,
in a breath. She had as many moods as the sea. I have heard her
entertain Mr. Lloyd and Mr. Bordley and the ladies, and my grandfather,
by the hour, while I sat by silent and miserable, but proud of her all
the same. Boylike, I had grown to think of her as my possession, tho\x92
she gave me no reason whatever. I believe I had held my hand over fire
for her, at a word. And, indeed, I did many of her biddings to make me
wonder, now, that I was not killed. It used to please her, Ivie too, to
see me go the round of the windmill, tho\x92 she would cry out after I left
the ground. And once, when it was turning faster than common and Ivie
not there to prevent, I near lost my hold at the top, and was thrown
at the bottom with such force that I lay stunned for a full minute. I
opened my eyes to find her bending over me with such a look of fright
and remorse upon her face as I shall never forget. Again, walking out on
the bowsprit of the \x91Oriole\x92 while she stood watching me from the dock,
I lost my balance and fell into the water. On another occasion I fought
Will Fotheringay, whose parents had come for a visit, because he dared
say he would marry her.

\x93She is to marry an earl,\x94 I cried, tho\x92 I had thrashed another lad for
saying so. \x93Mr. Manners is to take her home when she is grown, to marry
her to an earl.\x94

\x93At least she will not marry you, Master Richard,\x94 sneered Will. And
then I hit him.

Indeed, even at that early day the girl\x92s beauty was enough to make her
talked about. And that foolish little fop, her father, had more than
once declared before a company in our dining room that it was high time
another title came into his family, and that he meant to take Dolly
abroad when she was sixteen. Lad that I was, I would mark with pain the
blush on Mrs. Manners\x92s cheek, and clinch my fists as she tried to pass
this off as a joke of her husband\x92s. But Dolly, who sat next me at a
side table, would make a wry little face at my angry one.

\x93You shall call me \x91my lady,\x92 Richard. And sometimes, if you are good,
you shall ride inside my coroneted coach when you come home.\x94

Ah, that was the worst of it! The vixen was conscious of her beauty. But
her airs were so natural that young and old bowed before her. Nothing
but worship had she had from the cradle. I would that Mr. Peale had
painted her in her girlhood as a type of our Maryland lady of quality.
Harvey was right when he called her a thoroughbred. Her nose was
of patrician straightness, and the curves of her mouth came from
generations of proud ancestors. And she had blue eyes to conquer and
subdue; with long lashes to hide them under when she chose, and black
hair with blue gloss upon it in the slanting lights. I believe I loved
her best in the riding-habit that was the colour of the red holly in our
Maryland woods. At Christmas-tide, when we came to the eastern shore, we
would gallop together through miles of country, the farmers and servants
tipping and staring after her as she laid her silver-handled whip upon
her pony. She knew not the meaning of fear, and would take a fence or a
ditch that a man might pause at. And so I fell into the habit of leading
her the easy way round, for dread that she would be hurt.

How those Christmas times of childhood come sweeping back on my memory!
Often, and without warning, my grandfather would say to me: \x93Richard,
we shall celebrate at the Hall this year.\x94 And it rarely turned out that
arrangements had not been made with the Lloyds and the Bordleys and the
Manners, and other neighbours, to go to the country for the holidays. I
have no occasion in these pages to mention my intimacy with the sons and
daughters of those good friends of the Carvels\x92, Colonel Lloyd and Mr.
Bordley. Some of them are dead now, and the rest can thank God and
look back upon worthy and useful lives. And if any of these, my old
playmates, could read this manuscript, perchance they might feel a
tingle of recollection of Children\x92s Day, when Maryland was a province.
We rarely had snow; sometimes a crust upon the ground that was melted
into paste by the noonday sun, but more frequently, so it seems to me, a
foggy, drizzly Christmas, with the fires crackling in saloon and lady\x92s
chamber. And when my grandfather and the ladies and gentlemen, his
guests, came down the curving stairs, there were the broadly smiling
servants drawn up in the wide hall,--all who could gather there,--and
the rest on the lawn outside, to wish \x93Merry Chris\x92mas\x94 to \x93de quality.\x94
 The redemptioners in front, headed by Ivie and Jonas Tree, tho\x92 they had
long served their terms, and with them old Harvey and his son; next the
house blacks and the outside liveries, and then the oldest slaves from
the quarters. This line reached the door, which Scipio would throw open
at \x93de quality\x92s\x94 appearance, disclosing the rest of the field servants,
in bright-coloured gowns, and the little negroes on the green. Then Mr.
Carvel would make them a little speech of thanks and of good-will,
and white-haired Johnson of the senior quarters, who had been with my
great-grandfather, would start the carol in a quaver. How clear and
sweet the melody of those negro voices comes back to me through
the generations! And the picture of the hall, loaded with holly and
mistletoe even to the great arch that spanned it, with the generous
bowls of egg-nog and punch on the mahogany by the wall! And the ladies
our guests, in cap and apron, joining in the swelling hymn; ay, and the
men, too. And then, after the breakfast of sweet ham and venison, and
hot bread and sausage, made under Mrs. Willis, and tea and coffee and
chocolate steaming in the silver, and ale for the gentlemen if they
preferred, came the prayers and more carols in the big drawing-room.
And then music in the big house, or perhaps a ride afield to greet the
neighbours, and fiddling and dancing in the two big quarters, Hank\x92s and
Johnson\x92s, when the tables were cleared after the bountiful feast Mr.
Carvel was wont to give them. There was no stint, my dears,--naught but
good cheer and praising God in sheer happiness at Carvel Hall.

At night there was always a ball, sometimes at Wilmot House, sometimes
at Colonel Lloyd\x92s or Mr. Bordley\x92s, and sometimes at Carvel Hall, for
my grandfather dearly loved the company of the young. He himself would
lead off the minuet,--save when once or twice his Excellency Governor
Sharpe chanced to be present,--and would draw his sword with the young
gallants that the ladies might pass under. And I have seen him join
merrily in the country dances too, to the clapping of hands of the
company. That was before Dolly and I were let upon the floor. We sat
with the other children, our mammies at our sides, in the narrow gallery
with the tiny rail that ran around the ball-room, where the sweet odour
of the green myrtleberry candles mixed with that of the powder and
perfume of the dancers. And when the beauty of the evening was led
out, Dolly would lean over the rail, and pout and smile by turns. The
mischievous little baggage could hardly wait for the conquering years to
come.

They came soon enough, alack! The season Dorothy was fourteen, we had a
ball at the Hall the last day of the year. When she was that age she had
near arrived at her growth, and was full as tall as many young ladies
of twenty. I had cantered with her that morning from Wilmot House to Mr.
Lloyd\x92s, and thence to Carvel Hall, where she was to stay to dinner. The
sun was shining warmly, and after young Harvey had taken our horses we
strayed through the house, where the servants were busy decorating, and
out into my grandfather\x92s old English flower garden, and took the seat
by the sundial. I remember that it gave no shadow. We sat silent for
a while, Dorothy toying with old Knipe, lying at our feet, and humming
gayly the burden of a minuet. She had been flighty on the ride, with
scarce a word to say to me, for the prospect of the dance had gone to
her head.

\x93Have you a new suit to wear to-night, to see the New Year in, Master
Sober?\x94 she asked presently, looking up. \x93I am to wear a brocade that
came out this autumn from London, and papa says I look like a duchess
when I have my grandmother\x92s pearls.\x94

\x93Always the ball!\x94 cried I, slapping my boots in a temper. \x93Is it, then,
such a matter of importance? I am sure you have danced before--at my
birthdays in Marlboro\x92 Street and at your own, and Will Fotheringay\x92s,
and I know not how many others.\x94

\x93Of course,\x94 replies Dolly, sweetly; \x93but never with a real man. Boys
like you and Will and the Lloyds do not count. Dr. Courtenay is at
Wilmot House, and is coming to-night; and he has asked me out. Think of
it, Richard! Dr. Courtenay!\x94

\x93A plague upon him! He is a fop!\x94

\x93A fop!\x94 exclaimed Dolly, her humour bettering as mine went down. \x93Oh,
no; you are jealous. He is more sought after than any gentleman at the
assemblies, and Miss Dulany vows his steps are ravishing. There\x92s for
you, my lad! He may not be able to keep pace with you in the chase, but
he has writ the most delicate verses ever printed in Maryland, and no
other man in the colony can turn a compliment with his grace. Shall I
tell you more? He sat with me for over an hour last night, until mamma
sent me off to bed, and was very angry at you because I had engaged to
ride with you to-day.\x94

\x93And I suppose you wish you had stayed with him,\x94 I flung back,
hotly. \x93He had spun you a score of fine speeches and a hundred empty
compliments by now.\x94

\x93He had been better company than you, sir,\x94 she laughed provokingly.
\x93I never heard you turn a compliment in your life, and you are now
seventeen. What headway do you expect to make at the assemblies?\x94

\x93None,\x94 I answered, rather sadly than otherwise. For she had touched me
upon a sore spot. \x93But if I cannot win a woman save by compliments,\x94 I
added, flaring up, \x93then may I pay a bachelor\x92s tax!\x94

My lady drew her whip across my knee.

\x93You must tell us we are beautiful, Richard,\x94 said she, in another tone.

\x93You have but to look in a pier-glass,\x94 I retorted. \x93And, besides, that
is not sufficient. You will want some rhyming couplet out of a mythology
before you are content.\x94

She laughed again.

\x93Sir,\x94 answered she, \x93but you have wit, if you can but be got angry.\x94

She leaned over the dial\x92s face, and began to draw the Latin numerals
with her finger. So arch, withal, that I forgot my ill-humour.

\x93If you would but agree to stay angry for a day,\x94 she went on, in a low
tone, \x93perhaps--\x94

\x93Perhaps?\x94

\x93Perhaps you would be better company,\x94 said Dorothy. \x93You would surely
be more entertaining.\x94

\x93Dorothy, I love you,\x94 I said.

\x93To be sure. I know that,\x94 she replied. \x93I think you have said that
before.\x94

I admitted it sadly. \x93But I should be a better husband than Dr.
Courtenay.\x94

\x93La!\x94 cried she; \x93I am not thinking of husbands. I shall have a good
time, sir, I promise you, before I marry. And then I should never marry
you. You are much too rough, and too masterful. And you would require
obedience. I shall never obey any man. You would be too strict a master,
sir. I can see it with your dogs and your servants. And your friends,
too. For you thrash any boy who does not agree with you. I want no rough
squire for a husband. And then, you are a Whig. I could never marry
a Whig. You behaved disgracefully at King William\x92s School last year.
Don\x92t deny it!\x94

\x93Deny it!\x94 I cried warmly; \x93I would as soon deny that you are an arrant
flirt, Dorothy Manners, and will be a worse one.\x94

\x93Yes, I shall have my fling,\x94 said the minx. \x93I shall begin to-night,
with you for an audience. I shall make the doctor look to himself. But
there is the dressing-bell.\x94 And as we went into the house, \x93I believe
my mother is a Whig, Richard. All the Brices are.\x94

\x93And yet you are a Tory?\x94

\x93I am a loyalist,\x94 says my lady, tossing her head proudly; \x93and we are
one day to kiss her Majesty\x92s hand, and tell her so. And if I were the
Queen,\x94 she finished in a flash, \x93I would teach you surly gentlemen not
to meddle.\x94

And she swept up the stairs so stately, that Scipio was moved to say
slyly: \x93Dem\x92s de kind of ladies, Marse Richard, I jes dotes t\x92 wait on!\x94

Of the affair at King William\x92s School I shall tell later.

We had some dozen guests staying at the Hall for the ball. At dinner my
grandfather and the gentlemen twitted her, and laughed heartily at her
apt retorts, and even toasted her when she was gone. The ladies shook
their heads and nudged one another, and no doubt each of the mothers
had her notion of what she would do in Mrs. Manners\x92s place. But when my
lady came down dressed for the ball in her pink brocade with the pearls
around her neck, fresh from the hands of Nester and those of her own
tremulous mammy, Mr. Carvel must needs go up to her and hold her at
arm\x92s length in admiration, and then kiss her on both her cheeks.
Whereat she blushed right prettily.

\x93Bless me!\x94 says he; \x93and can this be Richard\x92s little playmate grown?
Upon my word, Miss Dolly, you\x92ll be the belle of the ball. Eh, Lloyd?
Bless me, bless me, you must not mind a kiss from an old man. The young
ones may have their turn after a while.\x94 He laughed as my grandfather
only could laugh, and turned to me, who had reddened to my forehead.
\x93And so, Richard, she has outstripped you, fair and square. You are only
an awkward lad, and she--why, i\x92 faith, in two years she\x92ll be beyond
my protection. Come, Miss Dolly,\x94 says he; \x93I\x92ll show you the mistletoe,
that you may beware of it.\x94

And he led her off on his arm. \x93The old year and the new, gentlemen!\x94
 he cried merrily, as he passed the door, with Dolly\x92s mammy and Nester
simpering with pride on the landing.

The company arrived in coach and saddle, many having come so far that
they were to stay the night. Young Mr. Beall carried his bride on a
pillion behind him, her red riding-cloak flung over her ball dress.
Mr. Bordley and family came in his barge, Mr. Marmaduke and his wife in
coach and four. With them was Dr. Courtenay, arrayed in peach-coloured
coat and waistcoat, with black satin breeches and white silk stockings,
and pinchbeck buckles a-sparkle on his shoes. How I envied him as he
descended the stairs, stroking his ruffles and greeting the company with
the indifferent ease that was then the fashion. I fancied I saw his eyes
wander among the ladies, and not marking her he crossed over to where I
stood disconsolate before the fireplace.

\x93Why, Richard, my lad,\x94 says he, \x93you are quite grown since I saw you.
And the little girl that was your playmate,--Miss Dolly, I mean,--has
outstripped me, egad. She has become suddenly une belle demoiselle, like
a rose that blooms in a night.\x94

I answered nothing at all. But I had given much to know whether my
stolid manner disconcerted him. Unconsciously I sought the bluff face
above the chimney, depicted in all its ruggedness by the painter of King
Charles\x92s day, and contrasted with the bundle of finery at my side. Dr.
Courtenay certainly caught the look. He opened his snuff-box, took a
pinch, turned on his heel, and sauntered off.

\x93What did you say, Richard?\x94 asked Mr. Lloyd, coming up to me, laughing,
for he had seen the incident.

\x93I looked merely at the man of Marston Moor, sir, and said nothing.\x94

\x93Faith, \x91twas a better answer than if you had used your tongue, I
think,\x94 answered my friend. But he teased me a deal that night when
Dolly danced with the doctor, and my grandfather bade me look to my
honours. My young lady flung her head higher than ever, and made a
minuet as well as any dame upon the floor, while I stood very glum at
the thought of the prize slipping from my grasp. Now and then, in the
midst of a figure, she would shoot me an arch glance, as much as to say
that her pinions were strong now. But when it came to the country dances
my lady comes up to me ever so prettily and asks the favour.

\x93Tis a monstrous state, indeed, when I have to beg you for a reel!\x94 says
she.

And so was I made happy.



CHAPTER VI. I FIRST SUFFER FOR THE CAUSE

In the eighteenth century the march of public events was much more
eagerly followed than now by men and women of all stations, and even
children. Each citizen was ready, nay, forward, in taking an active part
in all political movements, and the children mimicked their elders. Old
William Farris read his news of a morning before he began the mending of
his watches, and by evening had so well digested them that he was primed
for discussion with Pryse, of the opposite persuasion, at the Rose and
Crown. Sol Mogg, the sexton of St. Anne\x92s, had his beloved Gazette in
his pocket as he tolled the church bell of a Thursday, and would hold
forth on the rights and liberties of man with the carpenter who mended
the steeple. Mrs. Willard could talk of Grenville and Townshend as
knowingly as her husband, the rich factor, and Francie Willard made many
a speech to us younger Sons of Liberty on the steps of King William\x92s
School. We younger sons, indeed, declared bitter war against the
mother-country long before our conservative old province ever dreamed of
secession. For Maryland was well pleased with his Lordship\x92s government.

I fear that I got at King William\x92s School learning of a far different
sort than pleased my grandfather. In those days the school stood upon
the Stadt House hill near School Street, not having moved to its present
larger quarters. Mr. Isaac Daaken was then Master, and had under him
some eighty scholars. After all these years, Mr. Daaken stands before me
a prominent figure of the past in an ill-fitting suit of snuff colour.
How well I recall that schoolroom of a bright morning, the sun\x92s rays
shot hither and thither, and split violet, green, and red by the bulging
glass panes of the windows. And by a strange irony it so chanced that
where the dominie sat--and he moved not the whole morning long save to
reach for his birches--the crimson ray would often rest on the end of
his long nose, and the word \x93rum\x94 be passed tittering along the benches.
For some men are born to the mill, and others to the mitre, and still
others to the sceptre; but Mr. Daaken was born to the birch. His long,
lanky legs were made for striding after culprits, and his arms for
caning them. He taught, among other things, the classics, of course,
the English language grammatically, arithmetic in all its branches,
book-keeping in the Italian manner, and the elements of algebra,
geometry, and trigonometry with their applications to surveying and
navigation. He also wrote various sorts of hands, fearful and marvellous
to the uninitiated, with which he was wont to decorate my monthly
reports to my grandfather. I can shut my eyes and see now that wonderful
hyperbola in the C in Carvel, which, after travelling around the paper,
ended in intricate curves and a flourish which surely must have broken
the quill.

The last day of every month would I fetch that scrolled note to Mr.
Carvel, and he laid it beside his plate until dinner was over. And then,
as sure as the sun rose that morning, my flogging would come before it
set. This done with, and another promised next month provided Mr.
Daaken wrote no better of me, my grandfather and I renewed our customary
footing of love and companionship.

But Mr. Daaken, unwittingly or designedly, taught other things than
those I have mentioned above. And though I never once heard a word of
politics fall from his lips, his school shortly became known to all good
Tories as a nursery of conspiracy and sedition. There are other ways of
teaching besides preaching, and of that which the dominie taught best he
spoke not a word. He was credited, you may well believe, with calumnies
against King George, and once my Uncle Grafton and Mr. Dulany were for
clapping him in jail, avowing that he taught treason to the young. I can
account for the tone of King William\x92s School in no other way than to
say that patriotism was in the very atmosphere, and seemed to exude
in some mysterious way from Mr. Daaken\x92s person. And most of us became
infected with it.

The dominie lived outside the town, in a lonely little hamlet on the
borders of the Spa. At two of the clock every afternoon he would dive
through School Street to the Coffee House, where the hostler would have
his bony mare saddled and waiting. Mr. Daaken by no chance ever entered
the tavern. I recall one bright day in April when I played truant and
had the temerity to go afishing on Spa Creek with Will Fotheringay, the
bass being plentiful there. We had royal sport of it that morning, and
two o\x92clock came and went with never a thought, you may be sure. And
presently I get a pull which bends my English rod near to double, and
in my excitement plunge waist deep into the water, Will crying out
directions from the shore, when suddenly the head of Mr. Daaken\x92s mare
is thrust through the bushes, followed by Mr. Daaken himself. Will stood
stock still from fright, and I was for dropping my rod and cutting, when
I was arrested by the dominie calling out:

\x93Have a care, Master Carvel; have a care, sir. You will lose him. Play
him, sir; let him run a bit.\x94

And down he leaps from his horse and into the water after me,
and together we landed a three-pound bass, thereby drenching his
snuff-coloured suit. When the big fish lay shining in the basket, the
dominie smiled grimly at William and me as we stood sheepishly by, and
without a word he drew his clasp knife and cut a stout switch from
the willow near, and then and there he gave us such a thrashing as we
remembered for many a day after. And we both had another when we reached
home.

\x93Mr. Carvel,\x94 said Mr. Dulany to my grandfather, \x93I would strongly
counsel you to take Richard from that school. Pernicious doctrines, sir,
are in the air, and like diseases are early caught by the young. \x91Twas
but yesterday I saw Richard at the head of a rabble of the sons of
riff-raff, in Green Street, and their treatment of Mr. Fairbrother hath
set the whole town by the ears.\x94

What Mr. Dulany had said was true. The lads of Mr. Fairbrother\x92s school
being mostly of the unpopular party, we of King William\x92s had organized
our cohorts and led them on to a signal victory. We fell upon the enemy
even as they were emerging from their stronghold, the schoolhouse, and
smote them hip and thigh, with the sheriff of Anne Arundel County a
laughing spectator. Some of the Tories (for such we were pleased to call
them) took refuge behind Mr. Fairbrother\x92s skirts, who shook his cane
angrily enough, but without avail. Others of the Tory brood fought
stoutly, calling out: \x93God save the King!\x94 and \x93Down with the traitors!\x94
 On our side Francie Willard fell, and Archie Dennison raised a lump on
my head the size of a goose egg. But we fairly beat them, and afterwards
must needs attack the Tory dominie himself. He cried out lustily to the
sheriff and spectators, of whom there were many by this time, for help,
but got little but laughter for his effort. Young Lloyd and I, being
large lads for our age, fairly pinioned the screeching master, who
cried out that he was being murdered, and keeping his cane for a trophy,
thrust him bodily into his house of learning, turned the great key
upon him, and so left him. He made his escape by a window and sought
my grandfather in the Duke of Marlboro\x92 Street as fast as ever his
indignant legs would carry him.

Of his interview with Mr. Carvel I know nothing save that Scipio was
requested presently to show him the door, and conclude therefrom that
his language was but ill-chosen. Scipio\x92s patrician blood was wont to
rise in the presence of those whom he deemed outside the pale of good
society, and I fear he ushered Mr. Fairbrother to the street with
little of that superior manner he used to the first families. As for Mr.
Daaken, I feel sure he was not ill-pleased at the discomfiture of his
rival, though it cost him five of his scholars.

Our schoolboy battle, though lightly undertaken, was fraught with
no inconsiderable consequences for me. I was duly chided and soundly
whipped by my grandfather for the part I had played; but he was inclined
to pass the matter after that, and set it down to the desire for
fighting common to most boyish natures. And he would have gone no
farther than this had it not been that Mr. Green, of the Maryland
Gazette, could not refrain from printing the story in his paper. That
gentleman, being a stout Whig, took great delight in pointing out that
a grandson of Mr. Carvel was a ringleader in the affair. The story was
indeed laughable enough, and many a barrister\x92s wig nodded over it at
the Coffee House that day. When I came home from school I found Scipio
beside my grandfather\x92s empty seat in the dining-room, and I learned
that Mr. Carvel was in the garden with my Uncle Grafton and the Reverend
Bennett Allen, rector of St. Anne\x92s. I well knew that something out of
the common was in the wind to disturb my grandfather\x92s dinner. Into
the garden I went, and under the black walnut tree I beheld Mr. Carvel
pacing up and down in great unrest, his Gazette in his hand, while on
the bench sat my uncle and the rector of St. Anne\x92s. So occupied was
each in his own thought that my coming was unperceived; and I paused in
my steps, seized suddenly by an instinctive dread, I know not of what.
The fear of Mr. Carvel\x92s displeasure passed from my mind so that I cared
not how soundly he thrashed me, and my heart filled with a yearning,
born of the instant, for that simple and brave old gentleman. For the
lad is nearer to nature than the man, and the animal oft scents a danger
the master cannot see. I read plainly in Mr. Allen\x92s handsome face,
flushed red with wine as it ever was, and in my Uncle Grafton\x92s looks
a snare to which I knew my grandfather was blind. I never rightly
understood how it was that Mr. Carvel was deceived in Mr. Allen;
perchance the secret lay in his bold manner and in the appearance of
dignity and piety he wore as a cloak when on his guard. I caught my
breath sharply and took my way toward them, resolved to make as brave a
front as I might. It was my uncle, whose ear was ever open, that first
heard my footstep and turned upon me.

\x93Here is Richard, now, father,\x94 he said.

I gave him so square a look that he bent his head to the ground. My
grandfather stopped in his pacing and his eye rested upon me, in sorrow
rather than in anger, I thought.

\x93Richard,\x94 he began, and paused. For the first time in my life I saw him
irresolute. He looked appealingly at the rector, who rose. Mr. Allen
was a man of good height and broad shoulders, with piercing black eyes,
reminding one more of the smallsword than aught else I can think of. And
he spoke solemnly, in a deep voice, as though from the pulpit.

\x93I fear it is my duty, Richard, to say what Mr. Carvel cannot. It
grieves me to tell you, sir, that young as you are you have been guilty
of treason against the King, and of grave offence against his Lordship\x92s
government. I cannot mitigate my words, sir. By your rashness, Richard,
and I pray it is such, you have brought grief to your grandfather in his
age, and ridicule and reproach upon a family whose loyalty has hitherto
been unstained.\x94

I scarce waited for him to finish. His pompous words stung me like the
lash of a whip, and I gave no heed to his cloth as I answered:

\x93If I have grieved my grandfather, sir, I am heartily sorry, and will
answer to him for what I have done. And I would have you know, Mr.
Allen, that I am as able as any to care for the Carvel honour.\x94

I spoke with a vehemence, for the thought carried me beyond myself,
that this upstart parson his Lordship had but a year since sent among us
should question our family reputation.

\x93Remember that Mr. Allen is of the Church, Richard,\x94 said my
grandfather, severely.

\x93I fear he has little respect for Church or State, sir,\x94 Grafton put in.
\x93You are now reaping the fruits of your indulgence.\x94

I turned to my grandfather.

\x93You are my protector, sir,\x94 I cried. \x93And if it please you to tell
me what I now stand accused of, I submit most dutifully to your
chastisement.\x94

\x93Very fair words, indeed, nephew Richard,\x94 said my uncle, \x93and I
draw from them that you have yet to hear of your beating an honest
schoolmaster without other provocation than that he was a loyal servant
to the King, and wantonly injuring the children of his school.\x94 He drew
from his pocket a copy of that Gazette Mr. Carvel held in his hand, and
added ironically: \x93Here, then, are news which will doubtless surprise
you, sir. And knowing you for a peaceful lad, never having entertained
such heresies as those with which it pleases Mr. Green to credit you, I
dare swear he has drawn on his imagination.\x94

I took the paper in amaze, not knowing why my grandfather, who had ever
been so jealous of others taking me to task, should permit the rector
and my uncle to chide me in his presence. The account was in the main
true enough, and made sad sport of Mr. Fairbrother.

\x93Have I not been caned for this, sir?\x94 said I to my grandfather.

These words seemed to touch Mr. Carvel, and I saw a tear glisten in his
eye as he answered:

\x93You have, Richard, and stoutly. But your uncle and Mr. Allen seem to
think that your offence warrants more than a caning, and to deem that
you have been actuated by bad principles rather than by boyish spirits.\x94
 He paused to steady his voice, and I realized then for the first time
how sacred he held allegiance to the King. \x93Tell me, my lad,\x94 said he,
\x93tell me, as you love God and the truth, whether they are right.\x94

For the moment I shrank from speaking, perceiving what a sad blow to
Mr. Carvel my words must be. And then I spoke up boldly, catching
the exulting sneer on my Uncle Grafton\x92s face and the note of triumph
reflected in Mr. Allen\x92s.

\x93I have never deceived you, sir,\x94 I said, \x93and will not now hide from
you that I believe the colonies to have a just cause against his Majesty
and Parliament.\x94 The words came ready to my lips: \x93We are none the less
Englishmen because we claim the rights of Englishmen, and, saving your
presence, sir, are as loyal as those who do not. And if these principles
be bad,\x94 I added to my uncle, \x93then should we think with shame upon the
Magna Charta.\x94

My grandfather stood astonished at such a speech from me, whom he had
thought a lad yet without a formed knowledge of public affairs. But I
was, in fact, supersaturated with that of which I spoke, and could
have given my hearers many able Whig arguments to surprise them had the
season befitted. There was silence for a space after I had finished, and
then Mr. Carvel sank right heavily upon the bench.

\x93A Carvel against the King!\x94 was all he said.

Had I been alone with him I should have cast myself at his feet, for it
hurt me sorely to see him so. As it was, I held my head high.

\x93The Carvels ever did what they believed right, sir,\x94 I answered. \x93You
would not have me to go against my conscience?\x94

To this he replied nothing.

\x93The evil has been done, as I feared, father,\x94 said Grafton, presently;
\x93we must now seek for the remedy.\x94

\x93Let me question the lad,\x94 Mr. Allen softly interposed. \x93Tell me,
Richard, who has influenced you to this way of thinking?\x94

I saw his ruse, and was not to be duped by it.

\x93Men who have not feared to act bravely against oppression, sir,\x94 I
said.

\x93Thank God,\x94 exclaimed my uncle, with fervour, \x93that I have been more
careful of Philip\x92s associations, and that he has not caught in the
streets and taverns this noxious creed!\x94

\x93There is no danger from Philip; he remembers his family name,\x94 said the
rector.

\x93No,\x94 quoth Mr. Carvel, bitterly, \x93there is no danger from Philip. Like
his father, he will ever believe that which best serves him.\x94

Grafton, needless to say, did not pursue such an argument, but rising,
remarked that this deplorable affair had kept him long past his dinner
hour, and that his services were as ever at his father\x92s disposal. He
refused to stay, though my grandfather pressed him of course, and with a
low bow of filial respect and duty and a single glance at the rector,
my uncle was gone. And then we walked slowly to the house and into the
dining room, Mr. Carvel leading the procession, and I an unwilling
rear, knowing that my fate would be decided between them. I thought Mr.
Allen\x92s grace would never end, and the meal likewise; I ate but little,
while the two gentlemen discussed parish matters. And when at last
Scipio had retired, and the rector of St. Anne\x92s sat sipping the old
Madeira, his countenance all gravity, but with a relish he could not
hide, my grandfather spoke up. And though he addressed himself to the
guest, I knew full well what he said was meant for me.

\x93As you see, sir,\x94 said he, \x93I am sore perplexed and troubled. We
Carvels, Mr. Allen, have ever been stanch to Church and King. My
great-grandsire fought at Naseby and Marston Moor for Charles, and
suffered exile in his name. \x91Twas love for King James that sent my
father hither, though he swore allegiance to Anne and the First George.
I can say with pride that he was no indifferent servant to either,
refusing honours from the Pretender in \x9115, when he chanced to be at
home. An oath is an oath, sir, and we have yet to be false to ours. And
the King, say I, should, next to God, be loved and loyally served by his
subjects. And so I have served this George, and his grandfather before
him, according to the talents which were given me.\x94

\x93And ably, sir, permit me to say,\x94 echoed the rector, heartily. Too
heartily, methought. And he carefully filled his pipe with choice leaf
out of Mr. Carvel\x92s inlaid box.

\x93Be that as it may, I have done my best, as we must all do. Pardon
me, sir, for speaking of myself. But I have brought up this lad from a
child, Mr. Allen,\x94 said Mr. Carvel, his words coming slowly, as if each
gave him pain, \x93and have striven to be an example to him in all things.
He has few of those faults which I most fear; God be thanked that he
loves the truth, for there is yet a chance of his correction. A chance,
said I?\x94 he cried, his speech coming more rapid, \x93nay, he shall be
cured! I little thought, fool that I was, that he would get this pox.
His father fought and died for the King; and should trouble come, which
God forbid, to know that Richard stood against his Majesty would kill
me.\x94

\x93And well it might, Mr. Carvel,\x94 said the divine. He was for the
moment sobered, as weak men must be in the presence of those of strong
convictions. My grandfather had half risen in his chair, and the lines
of his smooth-shaven face deepened visibly with the pain of the feelings
to which he gave utterance. As for me, I was well-nigh swept away by a
bigness within me, and torn between love and duty, between pity and the
reason left me, and sadly tried to know whether my dear parent\x92s life
and happiness should be weighed against what I felt to be right. I
strove to speak, but could say nothing.

\x93He must be removed from the influences,\x94 the rector ventured, after a
halt.

\x93That he must indeed,\x94 said my grandfather. \x93Why did I not send him to
Eton last fall? But it is hard, Mr. Allen, to part with the child of our
old age. I would take passage and go myself with him to-morrow were it
not for my duties in the Council.\x94

\x93Eton! I would have sooner, I believe, wrought by the side of any
rascally redemptioner in the iron mines of the Patapsco than have gone
to Eton.

\x93But for the present, sir, I would counsel you to put the lad\x92s studies
in the charge of some able and learned man, that his mind may be turned
from the disease which has fed upon it. Some one whose loyalty is beyond
question.\x94

\x93And who so fit as yourself, Mr. Allen?\x94 returned my grandfather, relief
plain in his voice. \x93You have his Lordship\x92s friendship and confidence,
and never has rector of St. Anne\x92s or of any other parish brought
letters to his Excellency to compare with yours. And so I crave your
help in this time of need.\x94

Mr. Allen showed becoming hesitation.

\x93I fear you do me greater honour than I deserve, Mr. Carvel,\x94 he
answered, a strain of the pomp coming back, \x93though my gracious patron
is disposed to think well of me, and I shall strive to hold his good
opinion. But I have duties of parish and glebe to attend, and Master
Philip Carvel likewise in my charge.\x94

I held my breath for my grandfather\x92s reply. The rector, however, had
read him, and well knew that a show of reluctance would but inflame him
the more.

\x93How now, sir?\x94 he exclaimed. \x93Surely, as you love the King, you will
not refuse me in this strait.\x94

Mr. Allen rose and grasped him by the hand.

\x93Nay, sir,\x94 said he, \x93and you put it thus, I cannot refuse you.\x94

The thought of it was too much. I ran to my grandfather crying: \x93Not
Mr. Allen, sir, not Mr. Allen. Any one else you please,--Mr. Fairbrother
even.\x94

The rector drew back haughtily. \x93It is clear, Mr. Carvel,\x94 he said,
\x93that Richard has other preferences.\x94

\x93And be damned to them!\x94 shouted my grandfather. \x93Am I to be ruled by
this headstrong boy? He has beat Mr. Fairbrother, and shall have no
skimmed-milk supervision if I can help it.\x94

And so it was settled that I should be tutored by the rector of St.
Anne\x92s, and I took my seat beside my cousin Philip in his study the very
next day.



CHAPTER VII. GRAFTON HAS HIS CHANCE

To add to my troubles my grandfather was shortly taken very ill with the
first severe sickness he had ever in his life endured. Dr. Leiden came
and went sometimes thrice daily, and for a week he bore a look so grave
as to frighten me. Dr. Evarts arrived by horse from Philadelphia, and
the two physicians held long conversations in the morning room, while I
listened at the door and comprehended not a word of their talk save when
they spoke of bleeding. And after a very few consultations, as is often
the way in their profession, they disagreed and quarrelled, and Dr.
Evarts packed himself back to Philadelphia in high dudgeon. Then Mr.
Carvel began to mend.

There were many who came regularly to inquire of him, and each afternoon
I would see the broad shoulders and genial face of Governor Sharpe in
the gateway, completing his walk by way of Marlboro\x92 Street. I loved and
admired him, for he had been a soldier himself before he came out to us,
and had known and esteemed my father. His Excellency should surely have
been knighted for his services in the French war. Once he spied me at
the window and shook his cane pleasantly, and in he walks to the room
where I sat reading of the victories of Blenheim and Malplaquet, for
chronicles of this sort I delighted in.

\x93Aha, Richard,\x94 says he, taking up the book, \x93\x91tis plain whither your
tastes lead you. Marlboro was a great general, and as sorry a scoundrel
as ever led troops to battle. Truly,\x94 says he, musing, \x93the Lord often
makes queer choice in his instruments for good.\x94 And he lowered himself
into the easy chair and crossed his legs, regarding me very comically.
\x93What\x92s this I hear of your joining the burghers and barristers, and
trouncing poor Mr. Fairbrother and his flock, and crying \x91Liberty
forever!\x92 in the very ears of the law?\x94 he asks. \x93His Majesty will have
need of such lads as you, I make no doubt, and should such proceedings
come to his ears I would not give a pipe for your chances.\x94

I could not but laugh, confused as I was, at his Excellency\x92s rally. And
this I may say, that had it pleased Providence to give me dealing
with such men of the King\x92s side as he, perchance my fortunes had been
altered.

\x93And in any good cause, sir,\x94 I replied, \x93I would willingly give my life
to his Majesty.\x94

\x93So,\x94 said his Excellency, raising his eyebrows, \x93I see clearly you are
of the rascals. But a lad must have his fancies, and when your age I was
hot for the exiled Prince. I acquired more sense as I grew older. And
better an active mind, say I, than a sluggard partisan.\x94

At this stage of our talk came in my Uncle Grafton, and bowing low to
the Governor made apology that some of the elders of the family had not
been there to entertain him. He told his Excellency that he had never
left the house save for necessary business, which was true for once,
my uncle having taken up his abode with us during that week. But now,
thanking Heaven and Dr. Leiden and his own poor effort, he could report
his dear father to be out of danger.

Governor Sharpe answered shortly that he had been happy to hear the good
news from Scipio. \x93Faith,\x94 says he, \x93I was well enough entertained, for
I have a liking for this lad, and to speak truth I saw him here as I
came up the walk.\x94

My uncle smiled deprecatingly, and hid any vexation he might have had
from this remark.

\x93I fear that Richard lacks wisdom as yet, your Excellency,\x94 said he,
\x93and has many of his father\x92s headstrong qualities.\x94

\x93Which you most providentially escaped,\x94 his Excellency put in.

Grafton bit his lip. \x93Necessity makes us all careful, sir,\x94 said he.

\x93Necessity does more than that, Mr. Carvel,\x94 returned the Governor, who
was something of a wit; \x93necessity often makes us fools, if we be not
careful. But give me ever a wanton fool rather than him of necessity\x92s
handiwork. And as for the lad,\x94 says he, \x93let him not trouble you. Such
as he, if twisted a little in the growth, come out straight enough in
the end.\x94

I think the Governor little knew what wormwood was this to my uncle.

\x93\x91Tis heartily to be hoped, sir,\x94 he said, \x93for his folly has brought
trouble enough behind it to those who have his education and his welfare
in hand, and I make no doubt is at the bottom of my father\x92s illness.\x94

At this injustice I could not but cry out, for all the town knew, and
my grandfather himself best of all, that the trouble from which he
now suffered sprang from his gout. And yet my heart was smitten at
the thought that I might have hastened or aggravated the attack. The
Governor rose. He seized his stick aggressively and looked sharply at
Grafton.

\x93Nonsense,\x94 he exclaimed; \x93my friend Mr. Carvel is far too wise to be
upset by a boyish prank which deserves no notice save a caning. And
that, my lad,\x94 he added lightly, \x93I dare swear you got with interest.\x94
 And he called for a glass of the old Madeira when Scipio came with
the tray, and departed with a polite inquiry after my Aunt Caroline\x92s
health, and a prophecy that Mr. Carvel would soon be taking the air
again.

There had been high doings indeed in Marlboro\x92 Street that miserable
week. My grandfather took to his bed of a Saturday afternoon, and bade
me go down to Mr. Aikman\x92s, the bookseller, and fetch him the latest
books and plays. That night I became so alarmed that I sent Diomedes for
Dr. Leiden, who remained the night through. Sunday was well gone before
the news reached York Street, when my Aunt Caroline came hurrying over
in her chair, and my uncle on foot. They brushed past Scipio at the
door, and were pushing up the long flight when they were stopped on the
landing by Dr. Leiden.

\x93How is my father, sir?\x94 Grafton cried, \x93and why was I not informed at
once of his illness? I must see him.\x94

\x93Your vater can see no one, Mr. Carvel,\x94 said the doctor, quietly.

\x93What,\x94 says my uncle, \x93you dare to refuse me?\x94

\x93Not so lout, I bray you,\x94 says the doctor; \x93I tare any ting vere life
is concerned.\x94

\x93But I will see him,\x94 says Grafton, in a sort of helpless rage, for the
doctor\x92s manner baffled him. \x93I will see him before he dies, and no man
alive shall say me nay.\x94

Then my Aunt Caroline gathered up her skirt, and made shift to pass the
doctor.

\x93I have come to nurse him,\x94 said she, imperiously, and, turning to where
I stood near, she added: \x93Bid a servant fetch from York Street what I
shall have need of.\x94

The doctor smiled, but stood firm. He cared little for aught in heaven
or earth, did Dr. Leiden, and nothing whatever for Mr. and Mrs. Grafton
Carvel.

\x93I peg you, matam, do not disturp yourself,\x94 said he. \x93Mr. Carvel is
aply attended by an excellent voman, Mrs. Villis, and he has no neet of
you.\x94

\x93What,\x94 cried my aunt; \x93this is too much, sir, that I am thrust out of
my father-in-law\x92s house, and my place taken by a menial. That woman
able!\x94 she fumed, dropping suddenly her cloak of dignity; \x93Mr. Carvel\x92s
charity is all that keeps her here.\x94

Then my uncle drew himself up. \x93Dr. Leiden,\x94 says he, \x93kindly oblige me
by leaving my father\x92s house, and consider your services here at an end.
And Richard,\x94 he goes on to me, \x93send my compliments to Dr. Drake, and
request him to come at once.\x94

I was stepping forward to say that I would do nothing of the kind, when
the doctor stopped me by a signal, as much as to say that the quarrel
was wide enough without me. He stood with his back against the great
arched window flooded with the yellow light of the setting sun, a little
black figure in high relief, with a face of parchment. And he took a
pinch of snuff before he spoke.

\x93I am here py Mr. Carvel\x92s orters, sir,\x94 said he, \x93and py tose alone
vill I leaf.\x94

And this is how the Chippendale piece was broke, which you, my children,
and especially Bess, admire so extravagantly. It stood that day behind
the doctor, and my uncle, making a violent move to get by, struck it,
and so it fell with a great crash lengthwise on the landing; and the
wonderful vases Mr. Carroll had given my grandfather rolled down the
stairs and lay crushed at the bottom. Withal he had spoken so quietly,
Dr. Leiden possessed a temper drawn from his Teutonic ancestors. With
his little face all puckered, he swore so roundly at my uncle in some
lingo he had got from his father,--High German or Low German,--I know
not what, that Grafton and his wife were glad enough to pick their
way amongst the broken bits of glass and china, to the hall again.
Dr. Leiden shook his fist at their retreating persons, saying that the
Sabbath was no day to do murder.

I followed them with the pretence of picking up what was left of the
ornaments. What between anger against the doctor and Mrs. Willis, and
fright and chagrin at the fall of the Chippendale piece, my aunt was in
such a state of nervous flurry that she bade the ashy Scipio call her
chairmen, and vowed, in a trembling voice, she would never again enter
a house where that low-bred German was to be found. But my Uncle Grafton
was of a different nature. He deemed defeat but a postponement of the
object he wished to gain, and settled himself in the library with a
copy of \x93Miller on the Distinction of Ranks in Society.\x94 He appeared at
supper suave as ever, gravely concerned as to his father\x92s health, which
formed the chief topic between us. He gave me to understand that he
would take the green room until the old gentleman was past danger. Not
a word, mind you, of Dr. Leiden, nor did my uncle express a wish to go
into the sick-room, from which even I was forbid. Nay, the next morning
he met the doctor in the hall and conversed with him at some length over
the case as though nothing had occurred between them.

While my Uncle Grafton was in the house I had opportunity of marking
the intimacy which existed between him and the rector of St. Anne\x92s. The
latter swung each evening the muffled knocker, and was ushered on tiptoe
across the polished floor to the library where my uncle sat in state. It
was often after supper before the rector left, and coming in upon them
once I found wine between them and empty decanters on the board, and
they fell silent as I passed the doorway.

Our dear friend Captain Clapsaddle was away when my grandfather fell
sick, having been North for three months or more on some business known
to few. \x91Twas generally supposed he went to Massachusetts to confer with
the patriots of that colony. Hearing the news as he rode into town,
he came booted and spurred to Marlboro\x92 Street before going to his
lodgings. I ran out to meet him, and he threw his arms about me on the
street so that those who were passing smiled, for all knew the captain.
And Harvey, who always came to take the captain\x92s horse, swore that he
was glad to see a friend of the family once again. I told the captain
very freely of my doings, and showed him the clipping from the Gazette,
which made him laugh heartily. But a shade came upon his face when I
rehearsed the scene we had with my uncle and Mr. Allen in the garden.

\x93What,\x94 says he, \x93Mr. Carvel hath sent you to Mr. Allen on your uncle\x92s
advice?\x94

\x93No,\x94 I answered, \x93to do my uncle justice, he said not a word to Mr.
Carvel about it.\x94

The captain turned the subject. He asked me much concerning the rector
and what he taught me, and appeared but ill-pleased at that I had
to tell him. But he left me without so much as a word of comment or
counsel. For it was a principle with Captain Clapsaddle not to influence
in any way the minds of the young, and he would have deemed it unfair to
Mr. Carvel had he attempted to win my sympathies to his. Captain
Daniel was the first the old gentleman asked to see when visitors were
permitted him, and you may be sure the faithful soldier was below stairs
waiting for the summons.

I was some three weeks with my new tutor, the rector, before my
grandfather\x92s illness, and went back again as soon as he began to mend.
I was not altogether unhappy, owing to a certain grim pleasure I had
in debating with him, which I shall presently relate. There was much
to annoy and anger me, too. My cousin Philip was forever carping and
criticising my Greek and Latin, and it was impossible not to feel his
sneer at my back when I construed. He had pat replies ready to correct
me when called upon, and \x91twas only out of consideration for Mr. Carvel
that I kept my hands from him when we were dismissed.

I think the rector disliked Philip in his way as much as did I in mine.
The Reverend Bennett Allen, indeed, might have been a very good fellow
had Providence placed him in a different setting; he was one of those
whom his Excellency dubbed \x93fools from necessity.\x94 He should have been
born with a fortune, though I can think of none he would not have run
through in a year or so. But nature had given him aristocratic tastes,
with no other means toward their gratification than good looks,
convincing ways, and a certain bold, half-defiant manner, which went far
with his Lordship and those like him, who thought Mr. Allen excellent
good company. With the rector, as with too many others, holy orders were
but a means to an end. It was a sealed story what he had been before he
came to Governor Sharpe with Baltimore\x92s directions to give him the best
in the colony. But our rakes and wits, and even our solid men, like
my grandfather, received him with open arms. He had ever a tale on his
tongue\x92s end tempered to the ear of his listener.

Who had most influenced my way of thinking, Mr. Allen had well demanded.
The gentleman was none other than Mr. Henry Swain, Patty\x92s father. Of
her I shall speak later. He was a rising barrister and man of note among
our patriots, and member of the Lower House; a diffident man in public,
with dark, soulful eyes, and a wide, white brow, who had declined
a nomination to the Congress of \x9165. At his fireside, unknown to my
grandfather and to Mr. Allen, I had learned the true principles of
government. Before the House Mr. Swain spoke only under extraordinary
emotion, and then he gained every ear. He had been my friend since
childhood, but I never knew the meaning and the fire of oratory until
curiosity brought me to the gallery of the Assembly chamber in the Stadt
House, where the barrister was on his feet at the time. I well remember
the tingle in my chest as I looked and listened. And I went again and
again, until the House sat behind closed doors.

And so, when Mr. Allen brought forth for my benefit those arguments of
the King\x92s party which were deemed their strength, I would confront him
with Mr. Swain\x92s logic. He had in me a tough subject for conversion.
I was put to very small pains to rout my instructor out of all his
positions, because indolence, and lack of interest in the question, and
contempt for the Americans, had made him neglect the study of it. And
Philip, who entered at first glibly enough at the rector\x92s side, was
soon drawn into depths far beyond him. Many a time was Mr. Allen fain
to laugh at his blunders. I doubt not my cousin had the facts straight
enough when he rose from the breakfast table at home; but by the time he
reached the rectory they were shaken up like so many parts of a puzzle
in a bag, and past all straightening.

The rector was especially bitter toward the good people of Boston Town,
whom he dubbed Puritan fanatics. To him Mr. Otis was but a meddling
fool, and Mr. Adams a traitor whose head only remained on his shoulders
by grace of the extreme clemency of his Majesty, which Mr. Allen was at
a loss to understand. When beaten in argument, he would laugh out some
sneer that would set my blood simmering. One morning he came in late for
the lesson, smelling strongly of wine, and bade us bring our books out
under the fruit trees in the garden. He threw back his gown and
tilted his cap, and lighting his pipe began to speak of that act of
Townshend\x92s, passed but the year before, which afterwards proved the
King\x92s folly and England\x92s ruin.

\x93Principle!\x94 exclaimed my fine clergyman at length, blowing a great
whiff among the white blossoms. \x93Oons! your Americans worship his
Majesty stamped upon a golden coin. And though he saved their tills
from plunder from the French, the miserly rogues are loth to pay for the
service.\x94

I rose, and taking a guinea-piece from my pocket, held it up before him.

\x93They care this much for gold, sir, and less for his Majesty, who cares
nothing for them,\x94 I said. And walking to the well near by, I dropped
the piece carelessly into the clear water. He was beside me before it
left my hand, and Philip also, in time to see the yellow coin edging
this way and that toward the bottom. The rector turned to me with a
smile of cynical amusement playing over his features.

\x93Such a spirit has brought more than one brave fellow to Tyburn, Master
Carvel,\x94 he said. And then he added reflectively, \x93But if there were
more like you, we might well have cause for alarm.\x94



Volume 2.



CHAPTER VIII. OVER THE WALL

Dorothy treated me ill enough that spring. Since the minx had tasted
power at Carvel Hall, there was no accounting for her. On returning to
town Dr. Courtenay had begged her mother to allow her at the assemblies,
a request which Mrs. Manners most sensibly refused. Mr. Marmaduke had
given his consent, I believe, for he was more impatient than Dolly for
the days when she would become the toast of the province. But the doctor
contrived to see her in spite of difficulties, and Will Fotheringay was
forever at her house, and half a dozen other lads. And many gentlemen of
fashion like the doctor called ostensibly to visit Mrs. Manners, but in
reality to see Miss Dorothy. And my lady knew it. She would be lingering
in the drawing-room in her best bib and tucker, or strolling in the
garden as Dr. Courtenay passed, and I got but scant attention indeed. I
was but an awkward lad, and an old playmate, with no novelty about me.

\x93Why, Richard,\x94 she would say to me as I rode or walked beside her, or
sat at dinner in Prince George Street, \x93I know every twist and turn of
your nature. There is nothing you could do to surprise me. And so, sir,
you are very tiresome.\x94

\x93You once found me useful enough to fetch and carry, and amusing when I
walked the Oriole\x92s bowsprit,\x94 I replied ruefully.

\x93Why don\x92t you make me jealous?\x94 says she, stamping her foot. \x93A score
of pretty girls are languishing for a glimpse of you,--Jennie and Bess
Fotheringay, and Betty Tayloe, and Heaven knows how many others. They
are actually accusing me of keeping you trailing. \x91La, girls!\x92 said
I, \x91if you will but rid me of him for a day, you shall have my lasting
gratitude.\x92\x94

And she turned to the spinet and began a lively air. But the taunt
struck deeper than she had any notion of. That spring arrived out from
London on the Belle of the Wye a box of fine clothes my grandfather had
commanded for me from his own tailor; and a word from a maid of fifteen
did more to make me wear them than any amount of coaxing from Mr. Allen
and my Uncle Grafton. My uncle seemed in particular anxious that I
should make a good appearance, and reminded me that I should dress as
became the heir of the Carvel house. I took counsel with Patty Swain,
and then went to see Betty Tayloe, and the Fotheringay girls, and
the Dulany girls, near the Governor\x92s. And (fie upon me!) I was not
ill-pleased with the brave appearance I made. I would show my mistress
how little I cared. But the worst of it was, the baggage seemed to
trouble less than I, and had the effrontery to tell me how happy she was
I had come out of my shell, and broken loose from her apron-strings.

\x93Indeed, they would soon begin to think I meant to marry you, Richard,\x94
 says she at supper one Sunday before a tableful, and laughed with the
rest.

\x93They do not credit you with such good sense, my dear,\x94 says her mother,
smiling kindly at me.

And Dolly bit her lip, and did not join in that part of the merriment.

I fled to Patty Swain for counsel, nor was it the first time in my life
I had done so. Some good women seem to have been put into this selfish
world to comfort and advise. After Prince George Street with its gilt
and marbles and stately hedged gardens, the low-beamed, vine-covered
house in the Duke of Gloucester Street was a home and a rest. In my eyes
there was not its equal in Annapolis for beauty within and without. Mr.
Swain had bought the dwelling from an aged man with a history, dead
some nine years back. Its furniture, for the most part, was of the
Restoration, of simple and massive oak blackened by age, which I ever
fancied better than the Frenchy baubles of tables and chairs with
spindle legs, and cabinets of glass and gold lacquer which were then
making their way into the fine mansions of our town. The house was full
of twists and turns, and steps up and down, and nooks and passages and
queer hiding-places which we children knew, and in parts queer leaded
windows of bulging glass set high in the wall, and older than the reign
of Hanover. Here was the shrine of cleanliness, whose high-priestess was
Patty herself. Her floors were like satin-wood, and her brasses lights
in themselves. She had come honestly enough by her gifts, her father
having married the daughter of an able townsman of Salem, in the
Massachusetts colony, when he had gone north after his first great
success in court. Now the poor lady sat in a padded armchair from
morning to night, beside the hearth in winter, and under the trees in
summer, by reason of a fall she had had. There she knitted all the day
long. Her placid face and quiet way come before me as I write.

My friendship with Patty had begun early. One autumn day when I was a
little lad of eight or nine, my grandfather and I were driving back from
Whitehall in the big coach, when we spied a little maid of six by
the Severn\x92s bank, with her apron full of chestnuts. She was trudging
bravely through the dead leaves toward the town. Mr. Carvel pulled
the cord to stop, and asked her name. \x93Patty Swain, and it please
your honour,\x94 the child answered, without fear. \x93So you are the
young barrister\x92s daughter?\x94 says he, smiling at something I did not
understand. She nodded. \x93And how is it you are so far from home, and
alone, my little one?\x94 asked Mr. Carvel again. For some time he could
get nothing out of her; but at length she explained, with much coaxing,
that her big brother Tom had deserted her. My grandfather wished that
Tom were his brother, that he might be punished as he deserved. He
commanded young Harvey to lift the child into the coach, chestnuts
and all, and there she sat primly between us. She was not as pretty as
Dorothy, so I thought, but her clear gray eyes and simple ways impressed
me by their very honesty, as they did Mr. Carvel. What must he do but
drive her home to Green Street, where Mr. Swain then lived in a little
cottage. Mr. Carvel himself lifted her out and kissed her, and
handed her to her mother at the gate, who was vastly overcome by the
circumstance. The good lady had not then received that fall which made
her a cripple for life. \x93And will you not have my chestnuts, sir, for
your kindness?\x94 says little Patty. Whereat my grandfather laughed and
kissed her again, for he loved children, and wished to know if she would
not be his daughter, and come to live in Marlboro\x92 Street; and told the
story of Tom, for fear she would not. He was silent as we drove away,
and I knew he was thinking of my own mother at that age.

Not long after this Mr. Swain bought the house in the Duke of Gloucester
Street. This, as you know, is back to back with Marlboro. To reach
Patty\x92s garden I had but to climb the brick wall at the rear of our
grounds, and to make my way along the narrow green lane left there for
perhaps a hundred paces of a lad, to come to the gate in the wooden
paling. In return I used to hoist Patty over the wall, and we would play
at children\x92s games under the fruit trees that skirted it. Some instinct
kept her away from the house. I often caught her gazing wistfully at its
wings and gables. She was not born to a mansion, so she said.

\x93But your father is now rich,\x94 I objected. I had heard Captain Daniel
say so. \x93He may have a mansion of his own and he chooses. He can better
afford it than many who are in debt for the fine show they make.\x94 I was
but repeating gossip.

\x93I should like to see the grand company come in, when your grandfather
has them to dine,\x94 said the girl. \x93Sometimes we have grand gentlemen
come to see father in their coaches, but they talk of nothing but
politics. We never have any fine ladies like--like your Aunt Caroline.\x94

I startled her by laughing derisively.

\x93And I pray you never may, Patty,\x94 was all I said.

I never told Dolly of my intimacy with the barrister\x92s little girl over
the wall. This was not because I was ashamed of the friendship, but
arose from a fear-well-founded enough--that she would make sport of it.
At twelve Dolly had notions concerning the walks of life that most
other children never dream of. They were derived, of course, from Mr.
Marmaduke. But the day of reckoning arrived. Patty and I were romping
beside the back wall when suddenly a stiff little figure in a starched
frock appeared through the trees in the direction of the house, followed
by Master Will Fotheringay in his visiting clothes. I laugh now when I
think of that formal meeting between the two little ladies. There was
no time to hoist Miss Swain over the wall, or to drive Miss Manners back
upon the house. Patty stood blushing as though caught in a guilty act,
while she of the Generations came proudly on, Will sniggering behind
her.

\x93Who is this, Richard?\x94 asks Miss Manners, pointing a small forefinger.

\x93Patty Swain, if you must know!\x94 I cried, and added boylike: \x93And she is
just as good as you or me, and better.\x94 I was quite red in the face,
and angry because of it. \x93This is Dorothy Manners, Patty, and Will
Fotheringay.\x94

The moment was a pregnant one. But I was resolved to carry the matter
out with a bold front. \x93Will you join us at catch and swing?\x94 I asked.

Will promptly declared that he would join, for Patty was good to look
upon. Dolly glanced at her dress, tossed her head, and marched back
alone.

\x93Oh, Richard!\x94 cried Patty; \x93I shall never forgive myself! I have made
you quarrel with--\x94

\x93His sweetheart,\x94 said Will, wickedly.

\x93I don\x92t care,\x94 said I. Which was not so.

Patty felt no resentment for my miss\x92s haughty conduct, but only a
tearful penitence for having been the cause of a strife between us.
Will\x92s arguments and mine availed nothing. I must lift her over the
wall again, and she went home. When we reached the garden we found
Dolly seated beside her mother on my grandfather\x92s bench, from which
stronghold our combined tactics were powerless to drag her.

When Dolly was gone, I asked my grandfather in great indignation why
Patty did not play with the children I knew, with Dorothy and the
Fotheringays. He shook his head dubiously. \x93When you are older, Richard,
you will understand that our social ranks are cropped close. Mr. Swain
is an honest and an able man, though he believes in things I do not.
I hear he is becoming wealthy. And I have no doubt,\x94 the shrewd old
gentleman added, \x93that when Patty grows up she will be going to the
assemblies, though it was not so in my time.\x94 So liberal was he that
he used to laugh at my lifting her across the wall, and in his leisure
delight to listen to my accounts of her childish housekeeping. Her life
was indeed a contrast to Dorothy\x92s. She had all the solid qualities that
my lady lacked in early years. And yet I never wavered in my liking
to the more brilliant and wayward of the two. The week before my next
birthday, when Mr. Carvel drew me to him and asked me what I wished for
a present that year, as was his custom, I said promptly:

\x93I should like to have Patty Swain at my party, sir.\x94

\x93So you shall, my lad,\x94 he cried, taking his snuff and eying me
with pleasure. \x93I am glad to see, Richard, that you have none of Mr.
Marmaduke\x92s nonsense about you. She is a good girl, i\x92 faith, and more
of a lady now than many who call themselves such. And you shall have
your present to boot. Hark\x92ee, Daniel,\x94 said he to the captain; \x93if
the child comes to my house, the poll-parrots and follow-me-ups will be
wanting her, too.\x94

But the getting her to go was a matter of five days. For Patty was
sensitive, like her father, and dreaded a slight. Not so with Master
Tom, who must, needs be invited, too. He arrived half an hour ahead
of time, arrayed like Solomon, and without his sister! I had to go for
Patty, indeed, after the party had begun, and to get the key to the
wicket in the wall to take her in that way, so shy was she. My dear
grandfather showed her particular attention. And Miss Dolly herself,
being in the humour, taught her a minuet.

After that she came to all my birthdays, and lost some of her shyness.
And was invited to other great houses, even as Mr. Carvel had predicted.
But her chief pleasure seemed ever her duty. Whether or no such
characters make them one and the same, who can tell? She became the
light of her father\x92s house, and used even to copy out his briefs, at
which task I often found her of an evening.

As for Tom, that graceless scamp, I never could stomach him. I wondered
then, as I have since, how he was the brother of such a sister. He could
scarce bide his time until Mr. Swain should have a coach and a seat in
the country with the gentry. \x93A barrister,\x94 quoth he, \x93is as good as any
one else. And if my father came out a redemptioner, and worked his way,
so had old Mr. Dulany. Our family at home was the equal of his.\x94 All of
which was true, and more. He would deride Patty for sewing and baking,
vowing that they had servants enough now to do the work twice over. She
bore with him with a patience to be marvelled at; and I could never get
it through my head why Mr. Swain indulged him, though he was the
elder, and his mother\x92s favourite. Tom began to dress early. His open
admiration was Dr. Courtenay, his confessed hope to wear five-pound
ruffles and gold sword knots. He clung to Will Fotheringay with a
tenacity that became proverbial among us boys, and his boasts at King
William\x92s School were his father\x92s growing wealth and intimacy with the
great men of the province.

As I grew older, I took the cue of political knowledge, as I have said,
from Mr. Swain rather than Captain Daniel, who would tell me nothing. I
fell into the habit of taking supper in Gloucester Street. The meal was
early there. And when the dishes were cleared away, and the barrister\x92s
pipe lit, and Patty and her mother had got their sewing, he would talk
by the hour on the legality of our resistance to the King, and discuss
the march of affairs in England and the other colonies. He found me a
ready listener, and took pains to teach me clearly the right and wrong
of the situation. \x91Twas his religion, even as loyalty to the King was my
grandfather\x92s, and he did not think it wrong to spread it. He likewise
instilled into me in that way more of history than Mr. Allen had ever
taught me, using it to throw light upon this point or that. But I never
knew his true power and eloquence until I followed him to the Stadt
House.

Patty was grown a girl of fifteen then, glowing with health, and had
ample good looks of her own. \x91Tis odd enough that I did not fall in
love with her when Dolly began to use me so outrageously. But a lad of
eighteen is scarce a rational creature. I went and sat before my
oracle upon the vine-covered porch under the eaves, and poured out my
complaint. She laid down her needlework and laughed.

\x93You silly boy,\x94 said she, \x93can\x92t you see that she herself has
prescribed for you? She was right when she told you to show attention
to Jenny. And if you dangle about Miss Dolly now, you are in danger of
losing her. She knows it better than you.\x94

I had Jenny to ride the very next day. Result: my lady smiled on me more
sweetly than ever when I went to Prince George Street, and vowed Jenny
had never looked prettier than when she went past the house. This left
my victory in such considerable doubt that I climbed the back wall
forthwith in my new top-boots.

\x93So you looked for her to be angry?\x94 said Patty.

\x93Most certainly,\x94 said I.

\x93Unreasoning vanity!\x94 she cried, for she knew how to speak plain. \x93By
your confession to me you have done this to please her, for she warned
you at the beginning it would please her. And now you complain of it. I
believe I know your Dorothy better than you.\x94

And so I got but little comfort out of Patty that time.



CHAPTER IX. UNDER FALSE COLOURS

And now I come to a circumstance in my life I would rather pass over
quickly. Had I steered the straight course of my impulse I need never
have deceived that dear gentleman whom I loved and honoured above any in
this world, and with whom I had always lived and dealt openly. After my
grandfather was pronounced to be mending, I went back to Mr. Allen until
such time as we should be able to go to the country. Philip no longer
shared my studies, his hours having been changed from morning to
afternoon. I thought nothing of this, being content with the rector\x92s
explanation that my uncle had a task for Philip in the morning, now
that Mr. Carvel was better. And I was well content to be rid of Philip\x92s
company. But as the days passed I began to mark an absence still
stranger. I had my Horace and my Ovid still: but the two hours from
eleven to one, which he was wont to give up to history and what he was
pleased to call instruction in loyalty, were filled with other matter.
Not a word now of politics from Mr. Allen. Not even a comment from him
concerning the spirited doings of our Assembly, with which the town
was ringing. That body had met but a while before, primed to act on the
circular drawn up by Mr. Adams of Massachusetts. The Governor\x92s message
had not been so prompt as to forestall them, and I am occupied scarce
the time in the writing of this that it took our brave members to adopt
the petition to his Majesty and to pass resolutions of support to our
sister colony of the North. This being done, and a most tart reply
penned to his Excellency, they ended that sitting and passed in
procession to the Governor\x92s mansion to deliver it, Mr. Speaker Lloyd
at their head, and a vast concourse of cheering people at their heels.
Shutters were barred on the Tory houses we passed. And though Mr. Allen
spied me in the crowd, he never mentioned the circumstance. More than
once I essayed to draw from him an opinion of Mr. Adams\x92s petition,
which was deemed a work of great moderation and merit, and got nothing
but evasion from my tutor. That he had become suddenly an American in
principle I could not believe. At length I made bold to ask him why
our discussions were now omitted. He looked up from the new play he was
reading on the study lounge, with a glance of dark meaning I could not
fathom.

\x93You are learning more than I can teach you in Gloucester Street, and at
the Stadt House,\x94 he said.

In truth I was at a loss to understand his attitude until the day in
June my grandfather and I went to Carvel Hall.

The old gentleman was weak still, so feeble that he had to be carried
to his barge in a chair, a vehicle he had ever held in scorn. But he
was cheerful, and his spirit remained the same as of old: but for that
spirit I believe he had never again risen from his bed in Marlboro\x92
Street. My uncle and the rector were among those who walked by his side
to the dock, and would have gone to the Hall with him had he permitted
them. He was kind enough to say that my arm was sufficient to lean on.

What peace there was sitting once again under the rustling trees on the
lawn with the green river and the blue bay spread out before us, and
Scipio standing by with my grandfather\x92s punch. Mr. Carvel would have me
rehearse again all that had passed in town and colony since his illness,
which I did with as much moderation as I was able. And as we talked he
reached out and took my hand, for I sat near him, and said:

\x93Richard, I have heard tidings of you that gladden my heart, and they
have done more than Dr. Leiden\x92s physic for this old frame of mine. I
well knew a Carvel could never go a wrong course, lad, and you least of
any.\x94

\x93Tidings, sir?\x94 I said.

\x93Ay, tidings,\x94 answered Mr. Carvel. Such a note of relief and gladness
there was in the words as I had not heard for months from him, and a
vague fear came upon me.

\x93Scipio,\x94 he said merrily, \x93a punch for Mr. Richard.\x94 And when the glass
was brought my grandfather added: \x93May it be ever thus!\x94

I drained the toast, not falling into his humour or comprehending his
reference, but dreading that aught I might say would disturb him, held
my peace. And yet my apprehension increased. He set down his glass and
continued:

\x93I had no hope of this yet, Richard, for you were ever slow to change.
Your conversion does credit to Mr. Allen as well as to you. In short,
sir, the rector gives me an excellent good account of your studies, and
adds that the King hath gained another loyal servant, for which I thank
God.\x94

I have no words to write of my feelings then. My head swam and my hand
trembled on my grandfather\x92s, and I saw dimly the old gentleman\x92s face
aglow with joy and pride, and knew not what to say or do. The answer I
framed, alas, remained unspoken. From his own lips I had heard how
much the news had mended him, and for once I lacked the heart, nay, the
courage, to speak the truth. But Mr. Carvel took no heed of my silence,
setting it down to another cause.

\x93And so, my son,\x94 he said, \x93there is no need of sending you to Eton next
fall. I am not much longer for this earth, and can ill spare you: and
Mr. Allen kindly consents to prepare you for Oxford.\x94

\x93Mr. Allen consents to that, sir?\x94 I gasped. I think, could I have laid
hands on the rector then, I would have thrashed him, cloth and all,
within an inch of his life.

And as if to crown my misery Mr. Carvel rose, and bearing heavily on my
shoulder led me to the stable where Harvey and one of the black grooms
stood in livery to receive us. Harvey held by the bridle a blooded bay
hunter, and her like could scarce be found in the colony. As she stood
arching her neck and pawing the ground, I all confusion and shame, my
grandfather said simply:

\x93Richard, this is Firefly. I have got her for you from Mr. Randolph, of
Virginia, for you are now old enough to have a good mount of your own.\x94

All that night I lay awake, trying to sift some motive for Mr. Allen\x92s
deceit. For the life of me I could see no farther than a desire to keep
me as his pupil, since he was well paid for his tuition. Still, the game
did not seem worth the candle. However, he was safe in his lie. Shrewd
rogue that he was, he well knew that I would not risk the attack a
disappointment might bring my grandfather.

What troubled me most of all was the fear that Grafton had reaped the
advantage of the opportunity the illness gave him, and by his insidious
arts had worked himself back into the good graces of his father. You
must not draw from this, my dears, that I feared for the inheritance.
Praised be God, I never thought of that! But I came by nature to hate
and to fear my uncle, as I hated and feared the devil. I saw him with my
father\x92s eyes, and with my mother\x92s, and as my grandfather had seen him
in the old days when he was strong. Instinct and reason alike made me
loathe him. As the months passed, and letters in Grafton\x92s scroll
hand came from the Kent estate or from Annapolis, my misgivings were
confirmed by odd remarks that dropped from Mr. Carvel\x92s lips. At length
arrived the revelation itself.

\x93I fear, Richard,\x94 he had said querulously, \x93I fear that all these years
I have done your uncle an injustice. Dear Elizabeth was wont to plead
for him before she died, but I would never listen to her. I was hearty
and strong then, and my heart was hard. And a remembrance of many things
was fresh in my mind.\x94 He paused for breath, as was his habit now. And
I said nothing. \x93But Grafton has striven to wipe out the past. Sickness
teaches us that we must condone, and not condemn. He has lived a
reputable life, and made the most of the little start I gave him. He
has supported his Majesty and my Lord in most trying times. And his
Excellency tells me that the coming governor, Eden, will surely reward
him with a seat in the Council.\x94

I thought of Governor Sharpe\x92s biting words to Grafton. The Governor
knew my uncle well, and I was sure he had never sat at his Council.

\x93A son is a son, Richard,\x94 continued Mr. Carvel. \x93You will one day
find that out. Your uncle has atoned. He hath been faithful during my
illness, despite my cold treatment. And he hath convinced me that your
welfare is at his heart. I believe he is fond of you, my lad.\x94

No greater sign of breaking health did I need than this, that Mr. Carvel
should become blind to Grafton\x92s hypocrisy; forget his attempts to
prevent my father\x92s marriage, and to throw doubt upon my mother\x92s birth.
The agony it gave me, coming as it did on top of the cruel deception,
I shall not dwell upon. And the thought bursting within me remained
unspoken.

I saw less of Dorothy then than I had in any summer of my life before.
In spite of Mrs. Manners, the chrysalis had burst into the butterfly,
and Wilmot House had never been so gay. It must be remembered that
there were times when young ladies made their entrance into the world at
sixteen, and for a beauty to be unmarried at twenty-two was rare indeed.
When I went to Wilmot House to dine, the table would be always full, and
Mr. Marmaduke simpering at the head of it, his air of importance doubled
by his reflected glory.

\x93We see nothing of you, my lad,\x94 he would say; \x93you must not let these
young gallants get ahead of you. How does your grandfather? I must pay
my compliments to-morrow.\x94

Of gallants there were enough, to be sure. Dr. Courtenay, of course,
with a nosegay on his coat, striving to catch the beauty\x92s eye. And Mr.
Worthington and Mr. Dulany, and Mr. Fitzhugh and Mr. Paca, and I
know not how many other young bachelors of birth and means. And Will
Fotheringay, who spent some of his time with me at the Hall. Silver and
China, with the Manners coat-of-arms, were laid out that had not seen
the light for many along day. And there were picnics, and sailing
parties, and dances galore, some of which I attended, but heard of more.
It seemed to me that my lady was tiring of the doctor\x92s compliments, and
had transferred her fickle favour to young Mr. Fitzhugh, who was much
more worthy, by the way. As for me, I had troubles enough then, and had
become used in some sort to being shelved.

One night in July,--\x91twas the very day Mr. Carvel had spoken to me of
Grafton,--I had ridden over to Wilmot House to supper. I had little
heart for going, but good Mrs. Manners herself had made me promise, and
I could: not break my word. I must have sat very silent and preoccupied
at the table, where all was wit and merriment. And more than once I saw
the laughter leave Dorothy\x92s face, and caught her eyes upon; me with
such a look as set my beast throbbing. They would not meet my own, but
would turn away instantly. I was heavy indeed that night, and did
not follow the company into the ballroom, but made my excuses to Mrs.
Manners.

The lawn lay bathed in moonlight; and as I picked, my way over it toward
the stables for Firefly, I paused to look back at the house aglow, with
light, the music of the fiddles and the sound of laughter floating out
of the open windows. Even as I gaped a white figure was framed in the
doorway, paused a moment on the low stone step, and then came on until
it stood beside me.

\x93Are you not well, Richard?\x94

\x93Yes, I am well,\x94 I answered. I scarcely knew my own voice.

\x93Is your grandfather worse?\x94

\x93No, Dorothy; he seems better to-day.\x94

She stood seemingly irresolute, her eyes new lifted, now falling before
mine. Her slender arms bare, save for the little puff at the shoulders;
her simple dress drawn a little above the waist, then falling straight
to the white slipper. How real the ecstasy of that moment, and the pain
of it!

\x93Why do you not coarse over, as you used to?\x94 she asked, in a low tone.

\x93I am very busy,\x94 I replied evasively; \x93Mr. Carvel cannot attend to his
affairs.\x94 I longed to tell her the whole truth, but the words would not
come.

\x93I hear you are managing the estate all alone,\x94 she said.

\x93There is no one else to do it.\x94

\x93Richard,\x94 she cried, drawing closer; \x93you are in trouble. I--I have
seen it. You are so silent, and--and you seem to have become older. Tell
me, is it your Uncle Grafton?\x94

So astonished was I at the question, and because she had divined so,
surely, that I did not answer.

\x93Is it?\x94 she asked again.

\x93Yes,\x94 I said; \x93yes, in part.\x94

And then came voices calling from the house. They had missed her.

\x93I am so sorry, Richard. I shall tell no one.\x94

She laid her hand ever so lightly upon mine and was gone. I stood
staring after her until she disappeared in the door. All the way home I
marvelled, my thoughts tumultuous, my hopes rising and falling.

But when next I saw her, I thought she had forgotten.

We had little company at the Hall that year, on account of Mr. Carvel.
And I had been busy indeed. I sought with all my might to master
a business for which I had but little taste, and my grandfather
complimented me, before the season was done, upon my management. I
was wont to ride that summer at four of a morning to canter beside
Mr. Starkie afield, and I came to know the yield of every patch to a
hogshead and the pound price to a farthing. I grew to understand as well
as another the methods of curing the leaf. And the wheat pest appearing
that year, I had the good fortune to discover some of the clusters in
the sheaves, and ground our oyster-shells in time to save the crop. Many
a long evening I spent on the wharves with old Stanwix, now toothless
and living on his pension, with my eye on the glow of his pipe and my
ear bent to his stories of the sea. It was his fancy that the gift of
prophecy had come to him with the years; and at times, when his look
would wander to the black rigging in the twilight, he would speak
strangely enough.

\x93Faith, Mr. Richard,\x94 he would say; \x93tho\x92 your father was a soldier
afore ye, ye were born to the deck of a ship-o\x92-war. Mark an old man\x92s
words, sir.\x94

\x93Can you see the frigate, Stanwix?\x94 I laughed once, when he had repeated
this with more than common solemnity.

His reply rose above the singing of the locusts.

\x93Ay, sir, that I can. But she\x92s no frigate, sir. Devil knows what she
is. She looks like a big merchantman to me, such as I\x92ve seed in the
Injy trade, with a high poop in the old style. And her piercin\x92s be not
like a frigate.\x94 He said this with a readiness to startle me, and little
enough superstition I had. A light was on his seared face, and his pipe
lay neglected on the boards. \x93Ay, sir, and there be a flag astern of her
never yet seed on earth, nor on the waters under the earth. The tide is
settin\x92 in, the tide is settin\x92 in.\x94

These were words to set me thinking. And many a time they came back to
me when the old man was laid away in the spot reserved for those who
sailed the seas for Mr. Carvel.

Every week I drew up a report for my grandfather, and thus I strove by
shouldering labour and responsibility to ease my conscience of that load
which troubled it. For often, as we walked together through the yellow
fields of an evening, it had been on my tongue to confess the lie Mr.
Allen had led me into. But the sight of the old man, trembling and
tremulous, aged by a single stroke, his childlike trust in my strength
and beliefs, and above all his faith in a political creed which he nigh
deemed needful for the soul\x92s salvation,--these things still held me
back. Was it worth while now, I asked myself, to disturb the peace of
that mind?

Thus the summer wore on to early autumn. And one day I was standing
booted and spurred in the stables, Harvey putting the bridle upon
Firefly, when my boy Hugo comes running in.

\x93Marse Dick!\x94 he cries, \x93Marse Satan he come in the pinnace, and young
Marse Satan and Missis Satan, and Marse Satan\x92s pastor!\x94

\x93What the devil do you mean, Hugo?\x94

\x93Young ebony\x92s right, sir,\x94 chuckled Harvey; \x93\x91tis the devil and his
following.\x94

\x93Do you mean Mr. Grafton, fellow?\x94 I demanded, the unwelcome truth
coming over me.

\x93That he does,\x94 remarked Harvey, laconically. \x93You won\x92t be wanting her
now, your honour?\x94

\x93Hold my stirrup,\x94 I cried, for the news had put me in anger. \x93Hold my
stirrup, sirrah!\x94

I believe I took Firefly the best of thirty miles that afternoon and
brought her back in the half-light, my saddle discoloured with her
sweat. I clanked into the hall like a captain of horse. The night was
sharp with the first touch of autumn, and a huge backlog lay on the
irons. Around it, in a comfortable half-circle sat our guests, Grafton
and Mr. Allen and Philip smoking and drinking for a whet against supper,
and Mrs. Grafton in my grandfather\x92s chair. There was an easy air of
possession about the party of them that they had never before assumed,
and the sight made me rattle again, the big door behind me.

\x93A surprise for you, my dear nephew,\x94 Grafton said gayly, \x93I\x92ll, lay a
puncheon you did, not, expect us.\x94

Mr. Carvel woke with a start at the sound of the door and said
querulously, \x93Guests, my lord, and I have done my poor best to make them
welcome in your absence.\x94

The sense of change in him stung me. How different would his tone have
been a year ago!

He tattooed with his cane, which was the sign he generally made when he
was ready for bed. Toward night his speech would hurt him. I assisted
him up, the stairs, my uncle taking his arm on the other side. And
together, with Diomedes help; we undressed him, Grafton talking in low
tomes the while: Since this was, an office I was wont to perform, my
temper was now overwhelming me. But I kept my month closed. At last
he had had the simple meal Dr. Leiden allowed him, his candles were
snuffed, and my uncle and I made our way to the hall together: There my
aunt and Mr. Allen were at picquet.

\x93Supper is insupportably late,\x94 says she; with a yawn, and rings the
hand-bell. \x93Scipio,\x94 she cries, \x93why are we not served?\x94

I took a stride forward. But my uncle raised a restraining hand.

\x93Caroline, remember that this is not our house,\x94 says he, reprovingly.

There fell a deep silence; the log cracking; and just then the door
swung on its hinges, and Mr. Starkie entered with the great bunch of
keys in his hand.

\x93The buildings are all secure; Mr. Richard,\x94 he said.

\x93Very good, Starkie,\x94 I replied. I turned to Scipio, standing by the
low-boy, his teeth, going like a castanet.

\x93You may serve at the usual hour, Scipio,\x94 said I.

Supper began stiff as a state banquet. My uncle was conciliatory, with
the manners of a Crichton. My aunt, not having come from generations of
silver and self-control, flatly in a bad humour. Mr. Allen talked
from force of habit, being used to pay in such kind for his meals. But
presently the madeira, warmed these two into a better spirit. I felt
that I had victory on my side, and was nothing loth to join them at
whist, Philip and I against the rector and my aunt, and won something
like two pounds apiece from them. Grafton made it a rule never to play.

The next morning, when I returned from my inspection, I found the rector
and Philip had decamped with two of our choice horses, and that my uncle
and aunt had commanded the barge, and gone to Mr. Lloyd\x92s. I sent for
Scipio.

\x93Fore de Lawd, Marse Richard,\x94 he wailed, \x93\x91twan\x92t Scipio\x92s fault. Marse
Grafton is dry fambly!\x94 This was Scipio\x92s strongest argument. \x93I jes\x92
can\x92t refuse one of de fambly, Marse Dick; and old Marse he say he too
old now for quarrellin\x92.\x94

I saw that resistance was useless. There was nothing for it but to bide
any time. And I busied myself with bills of cargo until I heard the
horses on the drive. Mr. Allen and Philip came swaggering in, flushed
with the exercise, and calling for punch, and I met them in the hall.

\x93A word with you, Mr. Allen!\x94 I called out.

\x93A thousand, Mr. Richard, if you like,\x94 he said gayly, \x93as soon as this
thirst of mine be quenched.\x94

I waited while he drained two glasses, when he followed me into the
library, closing the door behind him.

\x93Now, sir,\x94 I began, \x93though by a chance you are my mental and spiritual
adviser, I intend speaking plain. For I know you to be one of the
greatest rogues in the colony.\x94

I watched him narrowly the while, for I had some notion he might run me
through. But I had misjudged him.

\x93Speak plain, by all means,\x94 he replied; \x93but first let me ask for some
tobacco.\x94

He filled the bowl of his pipe, and sat him down by the window. For the
moment I was silent with sheer surprise.

\x93You know I can\x92t call you out,\x94 he went on, surrounding himself with
clouds of smoke, \x93a lad of eighteen or so. And even if I could, I
doubt whether I should. I like you, Richard,\x94 said he. \x93You are
straight-spoken and commanding. In brief, sir, you are the kind of lad
I should have been had not fate pushed me into a corner, and made me
squirm for life\x92s luxuries. I hate squirming as much as another. This is
prime tobacco, Richard.\x94

He had come near disarming me; I was on the edge of a dangerous
admiration for this man of the world, and for the life of me, I could
not help liking him then. He had a fine presence, was undeniably
handsome, and his riding clothes were of the latest London cut.

\x93Are there not better methods for obtaining what you wish than those you
practise?\x94 I asked curiously.

\x93No doubt,\x94 he answered carelessly; \x93but these are well enough, and
shorter. You were about to do me the honour of a communication?\x94

This brought me to my senses. I had, however, lost much of my heat in
the interval.

\x93I should like to know why you lied to Mr. Carvel about my convictions,
Mr. Allen,\x94 I said. \x93I am not of the King\x92s party now, and never shall
be. And you know this better than another.\x94

\x93Those are strong words, Richard, my lad,\x94 said he, bringing his
eyebrows together.

\x93They are true words,\x94 I retorted. \x93Why did you lie, I say?\x94

He said nothing for a while, but his breath came heavily.

\x93I will pass it, I will pass it,\x94 he said at length, \x93but, by God! it
is more than I have had to swallow in all my life before. Look at your
grandfather, sir!\x94 he cried; \x93behold him on the very brink of the grave,
and ask me again why I lied to him! His hope of heaven is scarce less
sacred to him than his love of the King, and both are so tightly wrapped
about his heart that this knowledge of you would break it. Yes, break
his heart, I say\x94 (and he got to his legs), \x93and you would kill him for
the sake of a boyish fancy!\x94

I knew he was acting, as well as though he had climbed upon the table
and said it. And yet he had struck the very note of my own fears, and
hit upon the one reason why I had not confessed lung ago.

\x93There is more you might have said, Mr. Allen,\x94 I remarked presently;
\x93you have a cause for keeping me under your instruction, and that is
behind all.\x94

He gave me a strange look.

\x93You are too acute by far,\x94 said he; \x93your imagination runs with you. I
have said I like you, and I can teach you classics as well as another.
Is it not enough to admit that the money I get for your instruction
keeps me in champagne?\x94

\x93No, it is not enough,\x94 I said stoutly.

\x93Then you must guess again, my lad,\x94 he answered with a laugh, and left
the room with the easy grace that distinguished him.

There was armed peace the rest of my uncle\x92s visit. They departed on the
third day. My Aunt Caroline, when she was not at picquet with Mr. Allen
or quarrelling with Mrs. Willis or with Grafton himself, yawned without
cessation. She declared in one of her altercations with her lord and
master that she would lose her wits were they to remain another day, a
threat that did not seem to move Grafton greatly. Philip ever maintained
the right to pitch it on the side of his own convenience, and he chose
in this instance to come to the rescue of his dear mamma, and turned
the scales in her favour. He was pleased to characterize the Hall as
insupportable, and vowed that his clothes would be out of fashion
before they reached Rousby Hall, their next stopping-place. To do Philip
justice, he was more honest a rascal than his father, though I am of the
opinion that he had not the brain for great craft. And he had drawn from
his mother a love of baubles which kept his mind from scheming. He had
little to say to me, and I less to him.

Grafton, as may be supposed, made me distinct advances before his
departure, perceiving the unwisdom of antagonizing me unnecessarily.
He had the imprudence once to ask of me the facts and figures of the
estate; and tho\x92 \x91twas skilfully done by contrasting his own crops in
Kent, you may be sure I was on my guard, and that he got nothing.

I was near forgetting an incident of their visit which I afterwards had
good cause to remember. The morning of my talk with Mr. Allen I went to
the stables to see how he had used Cynthia, and found old Harvey wiping
her down, and rumbling the while like a crater.

\x93What think you of the rector as a representative of heaven, Harvey?\x94 I
asked.

\x93Him a representative of heaven!\x94 he snorted; \x93I\x92ve heard tell of rotten
boroughs, and I\x92m thinking Mr. Allen will be standing for one. What be
him and Mr. Grafton a-doing here, sir, plotting all kinds o\x92 crime while
the old gentleman\x92s nigh on his back?\x94

\x93Plotting?\x94 I said, catching at the word.

\x93Ay, plotting,\x94 repeated Harvey, casting his cloth away; \x93murder and all
the crimes in the calendar, I take it. I hear him and Mr. Grafton among
the stalls this morning, and when they sees me they look like Knipe,
here, caught with a fowl.\x94

\x93And what were they saying?\x94 I demanded.

\x93Saying! God only knows their wickedness. I got the words \x91Upper
Marlboro\x92 and \x91South River\x92 and \x91next voyage,\x92 and that profligate
rector wanted to know as to how \x91Griggs was reliable.\x92\x94

I thought no more of it at the time, believing it to be some of the
small rascalities they were forever at. But that name of Griggs (why,
the powers only know) stuck in my mind to turn up again.



CHAPTER X. THE RED IN THE CARVEL BLOOD

After that, when we went back to Annapolis for the winter, there was no
longer any disguise between my tutor and myself. I was not of a mind to
feign a situation that did not exist, nor to permit him to do so. I gave
him to understand that tho\x92 I went to him for instruction, \x91twas through
no fault of mine. That I would learn what I pleased and do what pleased
me. And the rector, a curse upon him, seemed well content with that; nor
could I come at his devil\x92s reason far wanting me, save for the money,
as he had declared. There were days when he and I never touched a hook,
both being out of humour for study, when he told me yarns of Frederick
of Prussia and his giant guard, of Florence and of Venice, and of the
court of his Holiness of Rome. For he had drifted about the earth like a
log-end in the Atlantic, before his Lordship gave him his present berth.
We passed, too, whole mornings at picquet, I learning enough of Horace
to quote at the routs we both attended, but a deal more of kings and
deuces. And as I may add, that he got no more of my money than did I of
his.

The wonder of it was that we never became friends. He was two men, this
rector of St. Anne\x92s, half of him as lovable as any I ever encountered.
But trust him I never would, always meeting him on the middle ground;
and there were times, after his talks with Grafton, when his eyes were
like a cat\x92s, and I was conscious of a sinister note in his dealing
which put me on my guard.

You will say, my dears, that some change had come over me, that I was no
longer the same lad I have been telling you of.

Those days were not these, yet I make no show of hiding or of
palliation. Was it Dorothy\x92s conduct that drove me? Not wholly. A wild
red was ever in the Carvel blood, in Captain Jack, in Lionel, in the
ancestor of King Charles\x92s day, who fought and bled and even gambled
for his king. And my grandfather knew this; he warned me, but he paid my
debts. And I thank Heaven he felt that my heart was right.

I was grown now, certainly in stature. And having managed one of the
largest plantations in the province, I felt the man, as lads are wont
after their first responsibilities. I commanded my wine at the Coffee
House with the best of the bucks, and was made a member of the South
River and Jockey clubs. I wore the clothes that came out to me from
London, and vied in fashion with Dr. Courtenay and other macaronies. And
I drove a carriage of mine own, the Carvel arms emblazoned thereon, and
Hugo in the family livery.

After a deal of thought upon the subject, I decided, for a while at
least, to show no political leanings at all. And this was easier of
accomplishment than you may believe, for at that time in Maryland Tory
and Whig were amiable enough, and the young gentlemen of the first
families dressed alike and talked alike at the parties they both
attended. The non-importation association had scarce made itself felt in
the dress of society. Gentlemen of degree discussed differences amicably
over their decanters. And only on such occasions as Mr. Hood\x92s return,
and the procession of the Lower House through the streets, and the
arrival of the Good Intent, did high words arise among the quality. And
it was because class distinctions were so strongly marked that it took
so long to bring loyalists and patriots of high rank to the sword\x92s
point.

I found time to manage such business affairs of Mr. Carvel\x92s as he could
not attend to himself. Grafton and his family dined in Marlboro\x92 Street
twice in the week; my uncle\x92s conduct toward me was the very soul of
consideration, and he compelled that likewise from his wife and his son.
So circumspect was he that he would have fooled one who knew him a
whit less than I. He questioned me closely upon my studies, and in my
grandfather\x92s presence I was forced to answer. And when the rector came
to dine and read to Mr. Carvel, my uncle catechised him so searchingly
on my progress that he was pushed to the last source of his ingenuity
for replies. More than once was I tempted to blurt out the whole
wretched business, for I well understood there was some deep game
between him and Grafton. In my uncle\x92s absence, my aunt never lost a
chance for an ill-natured remark upon Patty, whom she had seen that
winter at the assemblies and elsewhere. And she deplored the state our
people of fashion were coming to, that they allowed young girls without
family to attend their balls.

\x93But we can expect little else, father,\x94 she would say to Mr. Carvel
nodding in his chair, \x93when some of our best families openly espouse the
pernicious doctrines of republicanism. They are gone half mad over that
Wilkes who should have been hung before this. Philip, dear, pour the
wine for your grandfather.\x94

Miss Patty had been well received. I took her to her first assembly,
where her simple and unassuming ways had made her an instant favourite;
and her face, which had the beauty of dignity and repose even so early
in life, gained her ample attention. I think she would have gone but
little had not her father laughed her out of some of her domesticity.
No longer at Sunday night supper in Gloucester Street was the guest seat
empty. There was more than one guest seat now, and the honest barrister
himself was the most pleased at the change. As I took my accustomed
place on the settle cushion,--Patty\x92s first embroidery,--he would cry:

\x93Heigho, Richard, our little Miss Prim hath become a belle. And I must
have another clerk now to copy out my briefs, and a housekeeper soon, i\x92
faith.\x94

Patty would never fail to flush up at the words, and run to perch on her
father\x92s knee and put her hand over his mouth.

\x93How can you, Mr. Swain?\x94 says she; \x93how can you, when \x91tis you and
mother, and Richard here, who make me go into the world? You know I
would a thousand times rather bake your cakes and clean your silver! But
you will not hear of it.\x94

\x93Fie!\x94 says the barrister. \x93Listen to her, Richard! And yet she will fly
up the stairs to don a fine gown at the first rap of the knocker. Oh,
the wenches, the wenches! Are they not all alike, mother?\x94

\x93They have changed none since I was a lass,\x94 replies the quiet invalid,
with a smile. \x93And you should know what I was, Henry.\x94

\x93I know!\x94 cries he; \x93none better. Well I recall the salmon and white
your mother gave you before I came to Salem.\x94 He sighed and then laughed
at the recollection. \x93And when this strapping young Singleton comes,
Richard, \x91twould do you good to be hiding there in that cupboard,--and
it would hold you,--and count the seconds until Miss Prim has her skirt
in her hand and her foot on the lower step. And yet how innocent is she
now before you and me.\x94

Here he would invariably be smothered.

\x93Percy Singleton!\x94 says Patty, with a fine scorn; \x93\x91twill be Mr.
Eglinton, the curate, next.\x94

\x93This I know,\x94 says her father, slapping me on the shoulder, \x93this I
know, that you are content to see Richard without primping.\x94

\x93But I have known Richard since I was six,\x94 says she. \x93Richard is one of
the family. There is no need of disguise from him.\x94

I thought, ruefully enough, that it seemed my fate to be one of the
family everywhere I went.

And just then, as if in judgment, the gate snapped and the knocker
sounded, and Patty leaped down with a blush. \x93What said I say?\x94 cries
the barrister. \x93I have not seen human nature in court for naught. Run,
now,\x94 says he, pinching her cheek as she stood hesitating whether to fly
or stay; \x93run and put on the new dress I have bought you. And Richard
and I will have a cup of ale in the study.\x94

The visitor chanced to be Will Fotheringay that time. He was not the
only one worn out with the mad chase in Prince George Street, and
preferred a quiet evening with a quiet beauty to the crowded lists of
Miss Manners. Will declared that the other gallants were fools over the
rare touch of blue in the black hair: give him Miss Swain\x92s, quoth he,
lifting his glass,--hers was; the colour of a new sovereign. Will was
not, the only one. But I think Percy Singleton was the best of them all,
tho\x92 Patty ridiculed him--every chance she got, and even to his face.
So will: the best-hearted and soberest of women play the coquette.
Singleton was rather a reserved young Englishman of four and twenty,
who owned a large estate in Talbot which he was laying out with great
success. Of a Whig family in the old country, he had been drawn to that
party in the new, and so, had made Mr. Swain\x92s acquaintance. The next
step in his fortunes was to fall in love with Patty, which was natural
enough. Many a night that winter I walked with him from Gloucester
Street to the Coffee House, to sit an hour over, a battle. And there
Master Tom and Dr. Hamilton, and other gay macaronies would sometimes
join us. Singleton had a greater contempt for Tom than I, but bore with
him for his sister\x92s sake. For Tom, in addition to his other follies,
was become an open loyalist, and never missed his Majesty\x92s health,
though he knew no better than my Hugo the question at issue. \x91Twas
not zeal for King George, however, that made him drunk at one of the
assemblies, and forced his sister to leave in the midst of a dance for
very shame.

\x93Oh, Richard, is, there not something you can do?\x94 she cried, when, I
had got her back in the little parlour in Gloucester Street; \x93father
has argued and, pleaded and threatened in vain. I thought,--I thought
perhaps you might help him.\x94

\x93I think I am not one to preach, or to boast,\x94 I replied soberly.

\x93Yes,\x94 said she, looking grave; \x93I know you are wilder than you used to
be; that you play more than you ought, and higher than you ought.\x94

I was silent.

\x93And I suspect at whose door it lies,\x94 said she.

\x93\x91Tis in the blood, Patty,\x94 I answered.

She glanced at me quickly.

\x93I know you better than you think,\x94 she said. \x93But Tom has not your
excuse. And if he had only your faults I would say nothing. He does not
care for those he should, and he is forever in the green-room of the
theatre.\x94

I made haste to change the subject, and to give her what comfort I
might; for she was sobbing before she finished. And the next day I gave
Tom a round talking-to for having so little regard for his sister, the
hem of whose skirt he was not worthy to touch. He took it meekly enough,
with a barrel of pat excuses to come after. And he asked me to lend
him my phaeton, that he might go a-driving with Miss Crane, of the
theatrical company, to Round Bay!

Meanwhile I saw Miss Manners more frequently than was good for my peace
of mind, and had my turn as her partner at the balls. But I could not
bring myself to take third or fourth rank in the army that attended her.
I, who had been her playmate, would not become her courtier. Besides, I
had not the wit.

Was it strange that Dr. Courtenay should pride himself upon the
discovery of a new beauty? And in the Coffee House, and in every
drawing-room in town, prophesy for her a career of conquest such as few
could boast? She was already launched upon that career. And rumour
had it that Mr. Marmaduke was even then considering taking her home
to London, where the stage was larger and the triumph greater. Was it
surprising that the Gazette should contain a poem with the doctor\x92s
well-known ear-marks upon it? It set the town a-wagging, and left no
room for doubt as to who had inspired it.

       \x93Sweet Pandora, tho\x92 formed of Clay,
        Was fairer than the Light of Day.
        By Venus learned in Beauty\x92s Arts,
        And destined thus to conquer Hearts.
        A Goddess of this Town, I ween,
        Fair as Pandora, scarce Sixteen,
        Is destined, e\x92en by Jove\x92s Command,
        To conquer all of Maryland.
        Oh, Bachelors, play have a Care,
        For She will all your Hearts ensnare.\x94

So it ran. I think, if dear Mrs. Manners could have had her way, Dolly
would have passed that year at a certain young ladies\x92 school in New
York. But Mr. Marmaduke\x92s pride in his daughter\x92s beauty got the better
of her. The strut in his gait became more marked the day that poem
appeared, and he went to the Coffee House both morning and evening,
taking snuff to hide his emotions when Miss Manners was spoken of; and
he was perceived by many in Church Street arm in arm with Dr. Courtenay
himself.

As you may have imagined before now, the doctor\x92s profession was
leisure, not medicine. He had known ambition once, it was said, and with
reason, for he had studied surgery in Germany for the mere love of the
science. After which, making the grand tour in France and Italy, he had
taken up that art of being a gentleman in which men became so proficient
in my young days. He had learned to speak French like a Parisian, had
hobnobbed with wit and wickedness from Versailles to Rome, and then had
come back to Annapolis to set the fashions and to spend the fortune
his uncle lately had left him. He was our censor of beauty, and passed
judgment upon all young ladies as they stepped into the arena. To be
noticed by him meant success; to be honoured in the Gazette was to be
crowned at once a reigning belle. The chord of his approval once set
a-vibrating, all minor chords sang in harmony. And it was the doctor who
raised the first public toast to Miss Manners. Alas! I might have known
it would be so!

But Miss Dorothy was not of a nature to remain dependent upon a censor\x92s
favour. The minx deported herself like any London belle of experience,
as tho\x92 she had known the world from her cradle. She was not to
be deceived by the face value of the ladies\x92 praises, nor rebuffed
unmercifully by my Aunt Caroline, who had held the sceptre in the
absence of a younger aspirant. The first time these ladies clashed,
which was not long in coming, my aunt met with a wit as sharp again as
her own, and never afterwards essayed an open tilt. The homage of men
Dolly took as Caesar received tribute, as a matter of course. The doctor
himself rode to the races beside the Manners coach, leaning gallantly
over the door. My lady held court in her father\x92s box, received
and dismissed, smiled and frowned, with Courtenay as her master of
ceremonies. Mr. Dulany was one of the presidents of the Jockey Club
that year, and his horse winning the honours he presented her with his
colours, scarlet and white, which she graciously wore. The doctor swore
he would import a horse the next season on the chance of the privilege.
My aunt was furious. I have never mentioned her beauty because I never
could see it. \x91Twas a coarser type than attracted me. She was then not
greatly above six and thirty, appearing young for that age, and she knew
the value of lead in judicious quantity. At that meet gentlemen came to
her box only to tally of Miss Manners, to marvel that one so young could
have the \x91bel air\x92, to praise her beauty and addresse, or to remark
how well Mr. Durlany\x92s red and white became her. With all of which Mrs.
Grafton was fain to agree, and must even excel, until her small stock of
patience was exhausted. To add to her chagrin my aunt lost a pretty
sum to the rector by Mr. Dulany\x92s horse. I came upon her after the race
trying to coax her head-dress, through her coach door, Mr. Allen having
tight hold of her hand the while.

\x93And so he thinks he has found a divinity, does: he?\x94 I overheard her
saying: \x93I, for one, am heartily sick of Dr. Courtenay\x92s motions. Were
he, to choose, a wench out of the King\x92s passengers I\x92d warrant
our macaronies to compose odes to her eyebrows.\x94 And at that moment
perceiving me she added, \x93Why so disconsolate, my dear nephew? Miss
Dolly is the craze now, and will last about as long as another of the
doctor\x92s whims. And then you shall have her to yourself.\x94

\x93A pretty woman is ever the fashion, Aunt Caroline,\x94 I said.

\x93Hoity-toity,\x94 returned my aunt, who had by then succeeded in getting
her head-gear safe within; \x93the fashion, yes until a prettier comes
along.\x94

\x93There is small danger of that for the present,\x94 I said, smiling:
\x93Surely you can find no fault with this choice!\x94

\x93Gadzooks! If I were blind, sir, I think I might!\x94 she cried
unguardedly.

\x93I will not dispute that, Aunt Caroline,\x94 I answered.

And as I rode off I heard her giving directions in no mild tone to the
coachman through Mr. Allen.

Perchance you did not know, my dears, that Annapolis had the first
theatre in all the colonies. And if you care to search through the heap
of Maryland Gazettes in the garret, I make no doubt you will come across
this announcement for a certain night in the spring of the year 1769:

       By Permission of his Excellency, the Governor,
          at the New Theatre in Annapolis,
      by the American Company of Comedians, on Monday
    next, being the 22nd of this Instant, will be performed

              ROMEO AND JULIET.

      (Romeo by a young Gentleman for his Diversion.)
            Likewise the Farce called

              MISS IN HER TEENS.

      To begin precisely at Seven of the Clock. Tickets
    to be had at the Printing Office. Box 10s. Pit 1s 6d.
       No Person to be admitted behind the Scenes.


The gentleman to perform Romeo was none other than Dr. Courtenay
himself. He had a gentlemanly passion for the stage, as was the fashion
in those days, and had organized many private theatricals. The town was
in a ferment over the event, boxes being taken a week ahead. The doctor
himself writ the epilogue, to be recited by the beautiful Mrs. Hallam,
who had inspired him the year before to compose that famous poem
beginning:

          \x93Around her see the Graces play,
          See Venus\x92 Wanton doves,
          And in her Eye\x92s Pellucid Ray
          See little Laughing Loves.
          Ye gods! \x91Tis Cytherea\x92s Face.\x94


You may find that likewise in Mr. Green\x92s newspaper.

The new theatre was finished in West Street that spring, the old one
having proven too small for our gay capital. \x91Twas then the best in
the New World, the censor having pronounced it far above any provincial
playhouse he had seen abroad. The scenes were very fine, the boxes
carved and gilded in excellent good taste, and both pit and gallery
commodious. And we, too, had our \x93Fops\x92 Alley,\x94 where our macaronies
ogled the fair and passed from box to box.

For that night of nights when the doctor acted I received an invitation
from Dolly to Mr. Marmaduke\x92s box, and to supper afterward in Prince
George Street. When I arrived, the playhouse was lit with myriad
candles,--to be snuffed save the footlights presently,--and the tiers
were all brilliant with the costumes of ladies and gentlemen. Miss
Tayloe and Miss Dulany were of our party, with Fitzhugh and Worthington,
and Mr. Manners for propriety. The little fop spent his evening, by the
way, in a box opposite, where my Aunt Caroline gabbled to him and Mr.
Allen during the whole performance. My lady got more looks than any in
the house. She always drew admiration; indeed, but there had been much
speculation of late whether she favoured Dr. Courtenay or Fitzhugh, and
some had it that the doctor\x92s acting would decide between the two.

When Romeo came upon the stage he was received with loud applause.
But my lady showed no interest,--not she, while the doctor fervently
recited, \x93Out of her favour, where I am in love.\x94 In the first orchard
scene, with the boldness of a practised lover, he almost ignored Mrs.
Hallam in the balcony. It seemed as though he cast his burning words and
languishing glances at my lady in the box, whereupon there was a deal of
nudging round about. Miss asked for her smelling salts, and declared the
place was stifling. But I think if the doctor had cherished a hope of
her affections he lost it when he arrived at the lines, \x93She speaks,
yet she says nothing.\x94 At that unhappy moment Miss Dorothy was deep in
conversation with Fitzhugh, the audible titter in the audience arousing
her. How she reddened when she perceived the faces turned her way!

\x93What was it, Betty?\x94 she demanded quickly.

But Betty was not spiteful, and would not tell. Fitzhugh himself
explained, and to his sorrow, for during the rest of the evening she
would have nothing to do with him. Presently she turned to me. Glancing
upward to where Patty leaned on the rail between Will Fotheringay and
Singleton, she whispered:

\x93I wonder you can sit here so quiet, Richard. You are showing a deal of
self-denial.\x94

\x93I am happy enough,\x94 I answered, surprised.

\x93I hear you have a rival,\x94 says she.

\x93I know I have a dozen,\x94 I answered.

\x93I saw Percy Singleton walking with her in Mr. Galloway\x92s fields but
yesterday,\x94 said Dolly, \x93and as they came out upon the road they looked
as guilty as if I had surprised them arm in arm.\x94

Now that she should think I cared for Patty never entered my head. I was
thrown all in a heap.

\x93You need not be so disturbed,\x94 whispers my lady. \x93Singleton has a
crooked mouth, and I credit Patty with ample sense to choose between
you. I adore her, Richard. I wish I had her sweet ways.\x94

\x93But,\x94 I interrupted, when I was somewhat recovered, \x93why should you
think me in love with Patty? I have never been accused of that before.\x94

\x93Oh, fie! You deny her?\x94 says Dolly. \x93I did not think that of you,
Richard.\x94

\x93You should know better,\x94 I replied, with some bitterness.

We were talking in low tones, Dolly with her head turned from the stage,
whence the doctor was flinging his impassioned speeches in vain. And
though the light fell not upon her face, I seemed to feel her looking me
through and through.

\x93You do not care for Patty?\x94 she whispered. And I thought a quiver of
earnestness was in her voice. Her face was so close to mine that her
breath fanned my cheek.

\x93No,\x94 I said. \x93Why do you ask me? Have I ever been one to make
pretences?\x94

She turned away.

\x93But you,\x94 I said, bending to her ear, \x93is it Fitzhugh, Dorothy?\x94

I heard her laugh softly.

\x93No,\x94 said she, \x93I thought you might divine, sir.\x94

Was it possible? And yet she had played so much with me that I dared
not risk the fire. She had too many accomplished gallants at her feet
to think of Richard, who had no novelty and no wit. I sat still, barely
conscious of the rising and falling voices beyond the footlights,
feeling only her living presence at my side. She spoke not another word
until the playhouse servants had relighted the chandeliers, and Dr.
Courtenay came in, flushed with triumph, for his mead of praise.

\x93And how went it, Miss Manners?\x94 says he, very confident.

\x93Why, you fell over the orchard wall, doctor,\x94 retorts my lady. \x93La! I
believe I could have climbed it better myself.\x94

And all he got was a hearty laugh for his pains, Mr. Marmaduke joining
in from the back of the box. And the story was at the Coffee House early
on the morrow.



CHAPTER XI. A FESTIVAL AND A PARTING

My grandfather and I were seated at table together. It was early June,
the birds were singing in the garden, and the sweet odours of the
flowers were wafted into the room.

\x93Richard,\x94 says he, when Scipio had poured his claret, \x93my illness
cheated you out of your festival last year. I dare swear you deem
yourself too old for birthdays now.\x94

I laughed.

\x93So it is with lads,\x94 said Mr. Carvel; \x93they will rush into manhood as
heedless as you please. Take my counsel, boy, and remain young. Do not
cross the bridge before you have to. And I have been thinking that we
shall have your fete this year, albeit you are grown, and Miss Dolly is
the belle of the province. \x91Tis like sunshine into my old heart to see
the lads and lasses again, and to hear the merry, merry fiddling. I will
have his new Excellency, who seems a good and a kindly man, and Lloyd
and Tilghman and Dulany and the rest, with their ladies, to sit with me.
And there will be plenty of punch and syllabub and sangaree, I warrant;
and tarts and jellies and custards, too, for the misses. Ring for Mrs.
Willis, my son.\x94

Willis came with her curtsey to the old gentleman, who gave his order
then and there. He never waited for a fancy of this kind to grow cold.

\x93We shall all be children again, on that day, Mrs. Willis,\x94 says he.
\x93And I catch any old people about, they shall be thrust straight in the
town stocks, i\x92 faith.\x94

Willis made another curtsey.

\x93We missed it sorely, last year, please your honour,\x94 says she, and
departs smiling.

\x93And you shall have your Patty Swain, Richard,\x94 Mr. Carvel continued.
\x93Do you mind how you once asked the favour of inviting her in the place
of a present? Oons! I loved you for that, boy. \x91Twas like a Carvel.
And I love that lass, Whig or no Whig. \x91Pon my soul, I do. She hath
demureness and dignity, and suits me better than yon whimsical baggage
you are all mad over. I\x92ll have Mr. Swain beside me, too. I\x92ll warrant
I\x92d teach his daughter loyalty in a day, and I had again your years and
your spirit!\x94

I have but to close my eyes, and my fancy takes me back to that birthday
festival. Think of it, my dears! Near threescore years are gone
since then, when this old man you call grandfather, and some--bless
me!--great-grandfather, was a lusty lad like Comyn here. But his hand is
steady as he writes these words and his head clear, because he hath not
greatly disabused that life which God has given him.

How can I, tho\x92 her face and form are painted on my memory, tell you
what fair, pert Miss Dorothy was at that time\x92! Ay, I know what you
would say: that Sir Joshua\x92s portrait hangs above, executed but the year
after, and hung at the second exhibition of the Royal Academy. As I look
upon it now, I say that no whit of its colour is overcharged. And there
is likewise Mr. Peale\x92s portrait, done much later. I answer that these
great masters have accomplished what poor, human art can do. But Nature
hath given us a better picture. \x93Come hither, Bess! Yes, truly, you have
Dolly\x92s hair, with the very gloss upon it. But fashions have changed,
my child, and that is not as Dolly wore it.\x94 Whereupon Bess goes to the
portrait, and presently comes back to give me a start. And then we go
hand in hand up the stairs of Calvert House even to the garret, where an
old cedar chest is laid away under the eaves. Bess, the minx, well knows
it, and takes out a prim little gown with the white fading yellow, and
white silk mits without fingers, and white stockings with clocks, and
a gauze cap, with wings and streamers, that sits saucily on the black
locks; and the lawn-embroidered apron; and such dainty, high-heeled
slippers with the pearls still a-glisten upon the buckles. Away she
flies to put them on. And then my heart gives a leap to see my Dorothy
back again,--back again as she was that June afternoon we went together
to my last birthday party, her girlish arms bare to the elbow, and the
lace about her slender throat. Yes, Bess hath the very tilt of her chin,
the regal grace of that slim figure, and the deep blue eyes.

\x93Grandfather, dear, you are crushing the gown!\x94

And so the fire is not yet gone out of this old frame.

Ah, yes, there they are again, those unpaved streets of old Annapolis
arched with great trees on either side. And here is Dolly, holding her
skirt in one hand and her fan in the other, and I in a brave blue coat,
and pumps with gold buttons, and a cocked hat of the newest fashion. I
had met her leaning over the gate in Prince George Street. And, what
was strange for her, so deep in thought that she jumped when I spoke her
name.

\x93Dorothy, I have come for you to walk to the party, as we used when we
were children.\x94

\x93As we used when we were children!\x94 cried she. And flinging wide the
gate, stretched out her hand for me to take. \x93And you are eighteen years
to-day! It seems but last year when we skipped hand in hand to Marlboro\x92
Street with Mammy Lucy behind us. Are you coming, mammy?\x94 she called.

\x93Yes, mistis, I\x92se comin\x92,\x94 said a voice from behind the golden-rose
bushes, and out stepped Aunt Lucy in a new turban, making a curtsey to
me. \x93La, Marse Richard!\x94 said she, \x93to think you\x92se growed to be a
fine gemman! \x91Taint but t\x92other day you was kissin\x92 Miss Dolly on de
plantation.\x94

\x93It seems longer than that to me, Aunt Lucy,\x94 I answered, laughing at
Dolly\x92s blushes.

\x93You have too good a memory, mammy,\x94 said my lady, withdrawing her
fingers from mine.

\x93Bress you, honey! De ole woman doan\x92t forgit some things.\x94

And she fell back to a respectful six paces.

\x93Those were happy times,\x94 said Dorothy. Then the little sigh became a
laugh. \x93I mean to enjoy myself to-day, Richard. But I fear I shall not
see as much of you as I used. You are old enough to play the host, now.\x94

\x93You shall see as much as you will.\x94

\x93Where have you been of late, sir? In Gloucester Street?\x94

\x93\x91Tis your own fault, Dolly. You are changeable as the sky,--to-day
sunny, and to-morrow cold. I am sure of my welcome in Gloucester
Street.\x94

She tripped a step as we turned the corner, and came closer to my side.

\x93You must learn to take me as you find me, dear Richard. To-day I am in
a holiday humour.\x94

Some odd note in her tone troubled me, and I glanced at her quickly. She
was a constant wonder and puzzle to me. After that night at the theatre
my hopes had risen for the hundredth time, but I had gone to Prince
George Street on the morrow to meet another rebuff--and Fitzhugh. So I
had learned to interpret her by other means than words, and now her mood
seemed reckless rather than merry.

\x93Are you not happy, Dolly?\x94 I asked abruptly.

She laughed. \x93What a silly question!\x94 she said. \x93Why do you ask?\x94

\x93Because I believe you are not.\x94

In surprise she looked up at me, and then down at the pearls upon her
satin slippers.

\x93I am going with you to your birthday festival, Richard. Could we wish
for more? I am as happy as you.\x94

\x93That may well be, for I might be happier.\x94

Again her eyes met mine, and she hummed an air. So we came to the gate,
beside which stood Diomedes and Hugo in the family claret-red. A coach
was drawn up, and another behind it, and we went down the leafy walk in
the midst of a bevy of guests.

We have no such places nowadays, my dears, as was my grandfather\x92s. The
ground between the street and the brick wall in the rear was a great
stretch, as ample in acreage as many a small country-place we have in
these times. The house was on the high land in front, hedged in by old
trees, and thence you descended by stately tiers until you came to the
level which held the dancers. Beyond that, and lower still, a
lilied pond widened out of the sluggish brook with a cool and rustic
spring-house at one end. The spring-house was thatched, with windows
looking out upon the water. Long after, when I went to France, I was
reminded of the shy beauty of this part of my old home by the secluded
pond of the Little Trianon. So was it that King Louis\x92s Versailles had
spread its influence a thousand leagues to our youthful continent.

My grandfather sat in his great chair on the sward beside the fiddlers,
his old friends gathering around him, as in former years.

\x93And this is the miss that hath already broken half the bachelor hearts
in town!\x94 said he, gayly. \x93What was my prediction, Miss Dolly, when you
stepped your first dance at Carvel Hall?\x94

\x93Indeed, you do me wrong, Mr. Carvel!\x94

\x93And I were a buck, you would not break mine, I warrant, unless it were
tit for tat,\x94 said my grandfather; thereby putting me to more confusion
than Dolly, who laughed with the rest.

\x93\x91Tis well to boast, Mr. Carvel, when we are out of the battle,\x94 cried
Mr. Lloyd.

Dolly was carried off immediately, as I expected. The doctor and
Worthington and Fitzhugh were already there, and waiting. I stood by Mr.
Carvel\x92s chair, receiving the guests, and presently came Mr. Swain and
Patty.

\x93Heigho!\x94 called Mr. Carvel, when he saw her; \x93here is the young lady
that hath my old affections. You are right welcome, Mr. Swain. Scipio,
another chair! \x91Tis not over the wall any more, Miss Patty, with our
flowered India silk. But I vow I love you best with your etui.\x94

Patty, too, was carried off, for you may be sure that Will Fotheringay
and Singleton were standing on one foot and then the other, waiting for
Mr. Carvel to have done. Next arrived my aunt, in a wide calash and a
wider hoop, her stays laced so that she limped, and her hair wonderfully
and fearfully arranged by her Frenchman. Neither she nor Grafton was
slow to shower congratulations upon my grandfather and myself. Mr.
Marmaduke went through the ceremony after them. Dorothy\x92s mother drew me
aside. As long as I could remember her face had been one that revealed a
life\x92s disappointment. But to-day I thought it bore a trace of a deeper
anxiety.

\x93How well I recall this day, eighteen years ago, Richard,\x94 she said.
\x93And how proud your dear mother was that she had given a son to Captain
Jack. She had prayed for a son. I hope you will always do your parents
credit, my dear boy. They were both dear, dear friends of mine.\x94

My Aunt Caroline\x92s harsher voice interrupted her.

\x93Gadzooks, ma\x92am!\x94 she cried, as she approached us, \x93I have never in
my life laid eyes upon such beauty as your daughter\x92s. You will have to
take her home, Mrs. Manners, to do her justice. You owe it her, ma\x92am.
Come, nephew, off with you, and head the minuet with Miss Dolly!\x94

My grandfather was giving the word to the fiddlers. But whether a desire
to cross my aunt held me back, or a sense of duty to greet the guests
not already come, or a vague intuition of some impending news drawn from
Mrs. Manners and Dorothy, I know not. Mr. Fitzhugh was easily persuaded
to take my place, and presently I slipped unnoticed into a shaded
seat on the side of the upper terrace, whence I could see the changing
figures on the green. And I thought of the birthday festivals Dolly and
I had spent here, almost since we were of an age to walk. Wet June days,
when the broad wings of the house rang with the sound of silver laughter
and pattering feet, and echoed with music from the hall; and merry
June days, when the laughter rippled among the lilacs, and pansies and
poppies and sweet peas were outshone by bright gowns and brighter faces.
And then, as if to complete the picture of the past, my eye fell upon
our mammies modestly seated behind the group of older people, Aunt
Hester and Aunt Lucy, their honest, black faces aglow with such
unselfish enjoyment as they alone could feel.

How easily I marked Dorothy among the throng!

Other girls found it hard to compress the spirits of youth within the
dignity of a minuet, and thought of the childish romp of former years.
Not so my lady. Long afterwards I saw her lead a ball with the first
soldier and gentleman of the land, but on that Tuesday she carried
herself full as well, so well that his Excellency and the gentlemen
about him applauded heartily. As the strains died away and the couples
moved off among the privet-lined paths, I went slowly down the terrace.
Dorothy had come up to speak to her mother, Dr. Courtenay lingering
impatient at her side. And though her colour glowed deeper, and the wind
had loosed a wisp of her hair, she took his Excellency\x92s compliments
undisturbed. Colonel Sharpe, our former governor, who now made his home
in the province, sat beside him.

\x93Now where a-deuce were you, Richard?\x94 said he. \x93You have missed as
pleasing a sight as comes to a man in a lifetime. Why were you not here
to see Miss Manners tread a minuet? My word! Terpsichore herself could
scarce have made it go better.\x94

\x93I saw the dance, sir, from a safe distance,\x94 I replied.

\x93I\x92ll warrant!\x94 said he, laughing, while Dolly shot me a wayward glance
from under her long lashes. \x93I\x92ll warrant your eyes were fast on her
from beginning to end. Come, sir, confess!\x94

His big frame shook with the fun of it, for none in the colony could
be jollier than he on holiday occasions: and the group of ladies and
gentlemen beside him caught the infection, so that I was sore put to it.

\x93Will your Excellency confess likewise?\x94 I demanded.

\x93So I will, Richard, and make patent to all the world that she hath the
remains of that shuttlecock, my heart.\x94

Up gets his Excellency (for so we still called him) and makes Dolly a
low reverence, kissing the tips of her white fingers. My lady drops a
mock curtsey in return.

\x93Your Excellency can do no less than sue for a dance,\x94 drawled Dr.
Courtenay.

\x93And no more, I fear, sir, not being so nimble as I once was. I resign
in your favour, doctor,\x94 said Colonel Sharpe.

Dr. Courtenay made his bow, his hat tucked under his arm. But he had
much to learn of Miss Manners if he thought that even one who had been
governor of the province could command her. The music was just begun
again, and I making off in the direction of Patty Swain, when I was
brought up as suddenly as by a rope. A curl was upon Dorothy\x92s lips.

\x93The dance belongs to Richard, doctor,\x94 she said.

\x93Egad, Courtenay, there you have a buffer!\x94 cried Colonel Sharpe, as
the much-discomfited doctor bowed with a very ill grace; while I, in no
small bewilderment, walked off with Dorothy. And a parting shot of the
delighted colonel brought the crimson to my face. Like the wind or April
weather was my lady, and her ways far beyond such a great simpleton as
I.

\x93So I am ever forced to ask you to dance!\x94 said Dolly.

\x93What were you about, moping off alone, with a party in your honour,
sir?\x94

\x93I was watching you, as I told his Excellency.\x94

\x93Oh, fie!\x94 she cried. \x93Why don\x92t you assert yourself, Richard? There was
a time when you gave me no peace.\x94

\x93And then you rebuked me for dangling,\x94 I retorted.

Up started the music, the fiddlers bending over their bows with flushed
faces, having dipped into the cool punch in the interval. Away flung
my lady to meet Singleton, while I swung Patty, who squeezed my hand in
return. And soon we were in the heat of it,--sober minuet no longer, but
romp and riot, the screams of the lasses a-mingle with our own laughter,
as we spun them until they were dizzy. My brain was a-whirl as well, and
presently I awoke to find Dolly pinching my arm.

\x93Have you forgotten me, Richard?\x94 she whispered. \x93My other hand, sir. It
is I down the middle.\x94

Down we flew between the laughing lines, Dolly tripping with her head
high, and then back under the clasped hands in the midst of a fire
of raillery. Then the music stopped. Some strange exhilaration was in
Dorothy.

\x93Do you remember the place where I used to play fairy godmother, and
wind the flowers into my hair?\x94 said she.

What need to ask?

\x93Come!\x94 she commanded decisively.

\x93With all my heart!\x94 I exclaimed, wondering at this new caprice.

\x93If we can but slip away unnoticed, they will never find us there,\x94 she
said. And led the way herself, silent. At length we came to the damp
shade where the brook dived under the corner of the wall. I stooped to
gather the lilies of the valley, and she wove them into her hair as of
old. Suddenly she stopped, the bunch poised in her hand.

\x93Would you miss me if I went away, Richard?\x94 she asked, in a low voice.

\x93What do you mean, Dolly?\x94 I cried, my voice failing. \x93Just that,\x94 said
she.

\x93I would miss you, and sorely, tho\x92 you give me trouble enough.\x94

\x93Soon I shall not be here to trouble you, Richard. Papa has decided that
we sail next week, on the Annapolis, for home.\x94

\x93Home!\x94 I gasped. \x93England?\x94

\x93I am going to make my bow to royalty,\x94 replied she, dropping a deep
curtsey. \x93Your Majesty, this is Miss Manners, of the province of
Maryland!\x94

\x93But next week!\x94 I repeated, with a blank face. \x93Surely you cannot be
ready for the Annapolis!\x94

\x93McAndrews has instructions to send our things after,\x94 said she. \x93There!
You are the first person I have told. You should feel honoured, sir.\x94

I sat down upon the grass by the brook, and for the moment the sap
of life seemed to have left me. Dolly continued to twine the flowers.
Through the trees sifted the voices and the music, sounds of happiness
far away. When I looked up again, she was gazing into the water.

\x93Are you glad to go?\x94 I asked.

\x93Of course,\x94 answered the minx, readily. \x93I shall see the world, and
meet people of consequence.\x94

\x93So you are going to England to meet people of consequence!\x94 I cried
bitterly.

\x93How provincial you are, Richard! What people of consequence have we
here? The Governor and the honourable members of his Council, forsooth!
There is not a title save his Excellency\x92s in our whole colony, and
Virginia is scarce better provided.\x94

\x93In spite of my feeling I was fain to laugh at this, knowing well that
she had culled it all from little Mr. Marmaduke himself.

\x93All in good time,\x94 said I. \x93We shall have no lack of noted men
presently.\x94

\x93Mere two-penny heroes,\x94 she retorted. \x93I know your great men, such as
Mr. Henry and Dr. Franklin and Mr. Adams.\x94

I began pulling up the grass savagely by the roots.

\x93I\x92ll lay a hundred guineas you have no regrets at leaving any of us, my
fine miss!\x94 I cried, getting to my feet. \x93You would rather be a lady of
fashion than have the love of an honest man,--you who have the hearts of
too many as it is.\x94

Her eyes lighted, but with mirth. Laughing, she chose a little bunch of
the lilies and worked them into my coat.

\x93Richard, you silly goose!\x94 she said; \x93I dote upon seeing you in a
temper.\x94

I stood between anger and God knows what other feelings, now starting
away, now coming back to her. But I always came back.

\x93You have ever said you would marry an earl, Dolly,\x94 I said sadly. \x93I
believe you do not care for any of us one little bit.\x94

She turned away, so that for the moment I could not see her face, then
looked at me with exquisite archness over her shoulder. The low tones of
her voice were of a richness indescribable. \x91Twas seldom she made use of
them.

\x93You will be coming to Oxford, Richard.\x94

\x93I fear not, Dolly,\x94 I replied soberly. \x93I fear not, now. Mr. Carvel is
too feeble for me to leave him.\x94

At that she turned to me, another mood coming like a gust of wind on the
Chesapeake.

\x93Oh, how I wish they were all like you!\x94 she cried, with a stamp of her
foot. \x93Sometimes I despise gallantry. I hate the smooth compliments of
your macaronies. I thank Heaven you are big and honest and clumsy and--\x94

\x93And what, Dorothy?\x94 I asked, bewildered.

\x93And stupid,\x94 said she. \x93Now take me back, sir.\x94

We had not gone thirty paces before we heard a hearty bass voice
singing:

       \x93\x91It was a lover and his lass,
        With a hey, with a ho, with a hey nonino.\x92\x94

And there was Colonel Sharpe, straying along among the privet hedges.


And so the morning of her sailing came, so full of sadness for me. Why
not confess, after nigh threescore years, that break of day found me
pacing the deserted dock. At my back, across the open space, was the
irregular line of quaint, top-heavy shops since passed away, their
sightless windows barred by solid shutters of oak. The good ship
Annapolis, which was to carry my playmate to broader scenes, lay among
the shipping, in the gray roads just quickening with returning light.
How my heart ached that morning none shall ever know. But, as the sun
shot a burning line across the water, a new salt breeze sprang up and
fanned a hope into flame. \x91Twas the very breeze that was to blow Dorothy
down the bay. Sleepy apprentices took down the shutters, and polished
the windows until they shone again; and chipper Mr. Denton Jacques, who
did such a thriving business opposite, presently appeared to wish me a
bright good morning.

I knew that Captain Waring proposed to sail at ten of the clock; but
after breakfasting, I was of two minds whether to see the last of Miss
Dorothy, foreseeing a levee in her honour upon the ship. And so it
proved. I had scarce set out in a pungy from the dock, when I perceived
a dozen boats about the packet; and when I thrust my shoulders through
the gangway, there was the company gathered at the mainmast. They made
a gay bit of colour,--Dr. Courtenay in a green coat laced with fine
Mechlin, Fitzhugh in claret and silk stockings of a Quaker gray, and the
other gentlemen as smartly drest. The Dulany girls and the Fotheringay
girls, and I know not how many others, were there to see their friend
off for home.

In the midst of them was Dorothy, in a crimson silk capuchin, for we
had had one of our changes of weather. It was she who spied me as I was
drawing down the ladder again.

\x93It is Richard!\x94 I heard her cry. \x93He has come at last.\x94

I gripped the rope tightly, sprang to the deck, and faced her as she
came out of the group, her lips parted, and the red of her cheeks vying
with the hood she wore. I took her hand silently.

\x93I had given you over, Richard,\x94 she said, her eyes looking
reproachfully into mine. \x93Another ten minutes, and I should not have
seen you.\x94

Indeed, the topsails were already off the caps, the captain on deck, and
the men gathered at the capstan.

\x93Have you not enough to wish you good-by, Dolly?\x94 I asked.

\x93There must be a score of them,\x94 said my lady, making a face. \x93But I
wish to talk to you.\x94

Mr. Marmaduke, however, had no notion of allowing a gathering in his
daughter\x92s honour to be broken up. It had been wickedly said of him,
when the news of his coming departure got around, that he feared Dorothy
would fall in love with some provincial beau before he could get her
within reach of a title. When he observed me talking to her, he hurried
away from the friends come to see his wife (he had none himself),
and seizing me by the arm implored me to take good care of my dear
grandfather, and to write them occasionally of the state of his health,
and likewise how I fared.

\x93I think Dorothy will miss you more than any of them, Richard,\x94 said he.
\x93Will you not, my dear?\x94

But she was gone. I, too, left him without ceremony, to speak to Mrs.
Manners, who was standing apart, looking shoreward. She started when I
spoke, and I saw that tears were in her eyes.

\x93Are you coming back soon, Mrs. Manners?\x94 I asked.

\x93Oh, Richard! I don\x92t know,\x94 she answered, with a little choke in her
voice. \x93I hope it will be no longer than a year, for we are leaving all
we hold dear for a very doubtful pleasure.\x94

She bade me write to them, as Mr. Marmaduke had, only she was sincere.
Then the mate came, with his hand to his cap, respectfully to inform
visitors that the anchor was up and down. Albeit my spirits were low,
\x91twas no small entertainment to watch the doctor and his rivals at their
adieus. Courtenay had at his command an hundred subterfuges to outwit
his fellows, and so manoeuvred that he was the last of them over the
side. As for me, luckily, I was not worth a thought. But as the doctor
leaned over her hand, I vowed in my heart that if Dorothy was to be
gained only in such a way I would not stoop to it. And in my heart I
doubted it. I heard Dr. Courtenay hint, looking meaningly at her cloak,
that some of his flowers would not have appeared amiss there.

\x93Why, doctor,\x94 says my lady aloud, with a side glance at me, \x93the wisdom
of Solomon might not choose out of twenty baskets.\x94

And this was all the thanks he got for near a boat-load of roses! When
at length the impatient mate had hurried him off, Dolly turned to me. It
was not in me to say more than:

\x93Good-by, Dorothy. And do not forget your old playmate. He will never
forget you.\x94

We stood within the gangway. With a quick movement she threw open her
cloak, and pinned to her gown I saw a faded bunch of lilies of the
valley.

I had but the time to press her hand. The boatswain\x92s pipe whistled, and
the big ship was already sliding in the water as I leaped into my pungy,
which Hugo was holding to the ladder. We pulled off to where the others
waited.

But the Annapolis sailed away down the bay, and never another glimpse we
caught of my lady.



CHAPTER XII. NEWS FROM A FAR COUNTRY

If perchance, my dears, there creeps into this chronicle too much of an
old man\x92s heart, I know he will be forgiven. What life ever worth living
has been without its tender attachment? Because, forsooth, my hair is
white now, does Bess flatter herself I do not know her secret? Or does
Comyn believe that these old eyes can see no farther than the spectacles
before them? Were it not for the lovers, my son, satins and broadcloths
had never been invented. And were it not for the lovers, what joys and
sorrows would we lack in our lives!

That was a long summer indeed. And tho\x92 Wilmot House was closed, I often
rode over of a morning when the dew was on the grass. It cheered me to
smoke a pipe with old McAndrews, Mr. Manners\x92s factor, who loved to talk
of Miss Dorothy near as much as I. He had served her grandfather, and
people said that had it not been for McAndrews, the Manners fortune had
long since been scattered, since Mr. Marmaduke knew nothing of anything
that he should. I could not hear from my lady until near the first of
October, and so I was fain to be content with memories--memories and
hard work. For I had complete charge of the plantation now.

My Uncle Grafton came twice or thrice, but without his family, Aunt
Caroline and Philip having declared their independence. My uncle\x92s
manner to me was now of studied kindness, and he was at greater pains
than before to give me no excuse for offence. I had little to say to
him. He spent his visits reading to Mr. Carvel, who sat in his chair all
the day long. Mr. Allen came likewise, to perform the same office.

My contempt for the rector was grown more than ever. On my grandfather\x92s
account, however, I refrained from quarrelling with him. And, when we
were alone, my plain speaking did not seem to anger him, or affect
him in any way. Others came, too. Such was the affection Mr. Carvel\x92s
friends bore him that they did not desert him when he was no longer
the companion he had been in former years. We had more company than the
summer before.

In the autumn a strange thing happened. When we had taken my grandfather
to the Hall in June, his dotage seemed to settle upon him. He became a
trembling old man, at times so peevish that we were obliged to summon
with an effort what he had been. He was suspicious and fault-finding
with Scipio and the other servants, though they were never so busy for
his wants. Mrs. Willis\x92s dainties were often untouched, and he would
frequently sit for hours between slumber and waking, or mumble to
himself as I read the prints. But about the time of the equinoctial a
great gale came out of the south so strongly that the water rose in
the river over the boat landing; and the roof was torn from one of the
curing-sheds. The next morning dawned clear, and brittle, and blue. To
my great surprise, Mr. Carvel sent for me to walk with him about the
place, that he might see the damage with his own eyes. A huge walnut had
fallen across the drive, and when he came upon it he stopped abruptly.

\x93Old friend!\x94 he cried, \x93have you succumbed? After all these years have
you dropped from the weight of a blow?\x94 He passed his hand caressingly
along the trunk, and scarce ever had I seen him so affected. In truth,
for the instant I thought him deranged. He raised his cane above his
shoulder and struck the bark so heavily that the silver head sunk deep
into the wood. \x93Look you, Richard,\x94 he said, the water coming into his
eyes, \x93look you, the heart of it is gone, lad; and when the heart is
rotten \x91tis time for us to go. That walnut was a life friend, my son.
We have grown together,\x94 he continued, turning from me to the giant and
brushing his cheeks, \x93but by God\x92s good will we shall not die so, for my
heart is still as young as the days when you were sprouting.\x94

And he walked back to the house more briskly than he had come, refusing,
for the first time, my arm. And from that day, I say, he began to mend.
The lacing of red came again to his cheeks, and before we went back to
town he had walked with me to Master Dingley\x92s tavern on the highroad,
and back.

We moved into Marlboro\x92 Street the first part of November. I had seen my
lady off for England, wearing my faded flowers, the panniers of the fine
gentleman in a neglected pile at her cabin door. But not once had she
deigned to write me. It was McAndrews who told me of her safe arrival.
In Annapolis rumours were a-flying of conquests she had already made. I
found Betty Tayloe had had a letter, filled with the fashion in caps and
gowns, and the mention of more than one noble name. All of this being,
for unknown reasons, sacred, I was read only part of the postscript, in
which I figured: \x93The London Season was done almost before we arrived,\x94
 so it ran. \x93We had but the Opportunity to pay our Humble Respects to
their Majesties; and appear at a few Drum-Majors and Garden Fetes. Now
we are off to Brighthelmstone, and thence, so Papa says, to Spa and the
Continent until the end of January. I am pining for news of Maryland,
dearest Betty. Address me in care of Mr. Ripley, Barrister, of Lincoln\x92s
Inn, and bid Richard Carvel write me.\x94

\x93Which does not look as if she were coming back within the year,\x94 said
Betty, as she poured me a dish of tea.

Alas, no! But I did not write. I tried and failed. And then I tried to
forget. I was constant at all the gayeties, gave every miss in town a
share of my attention, rode to hounds once a week at Whitehall or the
South River Club with a dozen young beauties. But cantering through the
winter mists \x91twas Dolly, in her red riding-cloak and white beaver, I
saw beside me. None of them had her seat in the saddle, and none of them
her light hand on the reins. And tho\x92 they lacked not fire and skill,
they had not my lady\x92s dash and daring to follow over field and fallow,
stream and searing, and be in at the death with heightened colour, but
never a look away.

Then came the first assembly of the year. I got back from Bentley Manor,
where I had been a-visiting the Fotheringays, just in time to call for
Patty in Gloucester Street.

\x93Have you heard the news from abroad, Richard?\x94 she asked, as I handed
her into my chariot.

\x93Never a line,\x94 I replied.

\x93Pho!\x94 exclaimed Patty; \x93you tell me that! Where have you been hiding?
Then you shall not have it from me.\x94

I had little trouble, however, in persuading her. For news was a rare
luxury in those days, and Patty was plainly uncomfortable until she
should have it out.

\x93I would not give you the vapours to-night for all the world, Richard,\x94
 she exclaimed. \x93But if you must,--Dr. Courtenay has had a letter from
Mr. Manners, who says that Dolly is to marry his Grace of Chartersea.
There now!\x94

\x93And I am not greatly disturbed,\x94 I answered, with a fine, careless air.

The lanthorn on the chariot was burning bright. And I saw Patty look at
me, and laugh.

\x93Indeed!\x94 says she; \x93what a sex is that to which you belong. How ready
are men to deny us at the first whisper! And I thought you the most
constant of all. For my part, I credit not a word of it. \x91Tis one of Mr.
Marmaduke\x92s lies and vanities.\x94

\x93And for my part, I think it true as gospel,\x94 I cried. \x93Dolly always
held a coronet above her colony, and all her life has dreamed of a
duke.\x94

\x93Nay,\x94 answered Patty, more soberly; \x93nay, you do her wrong. You will
discover one day that she is loyal to the core, tho\x92 she has a fop of a
father who would serve his Grace\x92s chocolate. We are all apt to talk, my
dear, and to say what we do not mean, as you are doing.\x94

\x93Were I to die to-morrow, I would repeat it,\x94 I exclaimed. But I liked
Patty the better for what she had said.

\x93And there is more news, of less import,\x94 she continued, as I was
silent. \x93The Thunderer dropped anchor in the roads to-day, and her
officers will be at the assembly. And Betty tells me there is a young
lord among them,--la! I have clean forgot the string of adjectives she
used,--but she would have had me know he was as handsome as Apollo, and
so dashing and diverting as to put Courtenay and all our wits to shame.
She dined with him at the Governor\x92s.\x94

I barely heard her, tho\x92 I had seen the man-o\x92-war in the harbour as I
sailed in that afternoon.

The assembly hall was filled when we arrived, aglow with candles and
a-tremble with music, the powder already flying, and the tables in the
recesses at either end surrounded by those at the cards. A lively scene,
those dances at the old Stadt House, but one I love best to recall with
a presence that endeared it to me. The ladies in flowered aprons and
caps and brocades and trains, and the gentlemen in brilliant coats,
trimmed with lace and stiffened with buckram. That night, as Patty had
predicted, there was a smart sprinkling of uniforms from the Thunderer.
One of those officers held my eye. He was as well-formed a lad, or man
(for he was both), as it had ever been my lot to see. He was neither
tall nor short, but of a good breadth. His fair skin was tanned by the
weather, and he wore his own wavy hair powdered, as was just become the
fashion, and tied with a ribbon behind.

\x93Mercy, Richard, that must be his Lordship. Why, his good looks are all
Betty claimed for them!\x94 exclaimed Patty. Mr. Lloyd, who was standing
by, overheard her, and was vastly amused at her downright way.

\x93I will fetch him directly, Miss Swain,\x94 said he, \x93as I have done for a
dozen ladies before you.\x94 And fetch him he did.

\x93Miss Swain, this is my Lord Comyn,\x94 said he. \x93Your Lordship, one of the
boasts of our province.\x94

Patty grew red as the scarlet with which his Lordship\x92s coat was lined.
She curtseyed, while he made a profound bow.

\x93What! Another boast, Mr. Lloyd!\x94 he cried. \x93Miss Swain is the tenth I
have met. But I vow they excel as they proceed.\x94

\x93Then you must meet no more, my Lord,\x94 said Patty, laughing at Mr.
Lloyd\x92s predicament.

\x93Egad, then, I will not,\x94 declared Comyn. \x93I protest I am satisfied.\x94

Then I was presented. He had won me on the instant with his open smile
and frank, boyish manner.

\x93And this is young Mr. Carvel, whom I hear wins every hunt in the
colony?\x94 said he.

\x93I fear you have been misinformed, my Lord,\x94 I replied, flashing with
pleasure nevertheless.

\x93Nay, my Lord,\x94 Mr. Lloyd struck in; \x93Richard could ride down the devil
himself, and he were a fox. You will see for yourself to-morrow.\x94

\x93I pray we may not start the devil,\x94 said his Lordship; \x93or I shall be
content to let Mr. Carvel run him down.\x94

This Comyn was a man after my own fancy, as, indeed, he took the fancy
of every one at the ball. Though a viscount in his own right, he
gave himself not half the airs over us provincials as did many of his
messmates. Even Mr. Jacques, who was sour as last year\x92s cider over the
doings of Parliament, lost his heart, and asked why we were not favoured
in America with more of his sort.

By a great mischance Lord Comyn had fallen into the tender clutches
of my Aunt Caroline. It seemed she had known his uncle, the Honourable
Arthur Comyn, in New York; and now she undertook to be responsible for
his Lordship\x92s pleasure at Annapolis, that he might meet only those of
the first fashion. Seeing him talking to Patty, my aunt rose abruptly
from her loo and made toward us, all paint and powder and patches, her
chin in the air, which barely enabled her to look over Miss Swain\x92s
head.

\x93My Lord,\x94 she cries, \x93I will show you our colonial reel, which is about
to begin, and I warrant you is gayer than any dance you have at home.\x94

\x93Your very devoted, Mrs. Carvel,\x94 says his Lordship, with a bow, \x93but
Miss Swain has done me the honour.\x94

\x93O Lud!\x94 cries my aunt, sweeping the room, \x93I vow I cannot keep pace
with the misses nowadays. Is she here?\x94

\x93She was but a moment since, ma\x92am,\x94 replied Comyn, instantly, with
a mischievous look at me, while poor Patty stood blushing not a yard
distant.

There were many who overheard, and who used their fans and their napkins
to hide their laughter at the very just snub Mrs. Grafton had received.
And I wondered at the readiness with which he had read her character,
liking him all the better. But my aunt was not to be disabled by
this,--not she. After the dance she got hold of him, keeping him until
certain designing ladies with daughters took him away; their names
charity forbids me to mention. But in spite of them all he contrived to
get Patty for supper, when I took Betty Tayloe, and we were very merry
at table together. His Lordship proved more than able to take care of
himself, and contrived to send Philip about his business when he pulled
up a chair beside us. He drank a health to Miss Swain, and another to
Miss Tayloe, and was on the point of filling a third glass to the ladies
of Maryland, when he caught himself and brought his hand down on the
table.

\x93Gad\x92s life!\x94 cried he, \x93but I think she\x92s from Maryland, too!\x94

\x93Who?\x94 demanded the young ladies, in a breath.

But I knew.

\x93Who!\x94 exclaimed Comyn. \x93Who but Miss Dorothy Manners! Isn\x92t she from
Maryland?\x94 And marking our astonished nods, he continued: \x93Why, she
descended upon Mayfair when they were so weary for something to worship,
and they went mad over her in a s\x92ennight. I give you Miss Manners!\x94

\x93And you know her!\x94 exclaimed Patty, her voice quivering with
excitement.

\x93Faith!\x94 said his Lordship, laughing. \x93For a whole month I was her most
devoted, as were we all at Almack\x92s. I stayed until the last minute for
a word with her,--which I never got, by the way,--and paid near a guinea
a mile for a chaise to Portsmouth as a consequence. Already she has had
her choice from a thousand a year up, and I tell you our English ladies
are green with envy.\x94

I was stunned, you may be sure. And yet, I might have expected it.

\x93If your Lordship has left your heart in England,\x94 said Betty, with a
smile, \x93I give you warning you must not tell our ladies here of it.\x94

\x93I care not who knows it, Miss Tayloe,\x94 he cried. That fustian,
insincerity, was certainly not one of his faults. \x93I care not who knows
it. To pass her chariot is to have your heart stolen, and you must needs
run after and beg mercy. But, ladies,\x94 he added, his eye twinkling;
\x93having seen the women of your colony, I marvel no longer at Miss
Manners\x92s beauty.\x94

He set us all a-laughing.

\x93I fear you were not born a diplomat, sir,\x94 says Patty. \x93You agree
that we are beautiful, yet to hear that one of us is more so is small
consolation.\x94

\x93We men turn as naturally to Miss Manners as plants to the sun, ma\x92am,\x94
 he replied impulsively. \x93Yet none of us dare hope for alliance with
so brilliant and distant an object. I make small doubt those are Mr.
Carvel\x92s sentiments, and still he seems popular enough with the ladies.
How now, sir? How now, Mr. Carvel? You have yet to speak on so tender a
subject.\x94

My eyes met Patty\x92s.

\x93I will be no more politic than you, my Lord,\x94 I said boldly, \x93nor will
I make a secret of it that I adore Miss Manners full as much.\x94

\x93Bravo, Richard!\x94 cries Patty; and \x93Good!\x94 cries his Lordship, while
Betty claps her hands. And then Comyn swung suddenly round in his chair.

\x93Richard Carvel!\x94 says he. \x93By the seven chimes I have heard her mention
your name. The devil fetch my memory!\x94

\x93My name!\x94 I exclaimed, in surprise, and prodigiously upset.

\x93Yes,\x94 he answered, with his hand to his head; \x93some such thought was in
my mind this afternoon when I heard of your riding. Stay! I have it! I
was at Ampthill, Ossory\x92s place, just before I left. Some insupportable
coxcomb was boasting a marvellous run with the hounds nigh across
Hertfordshire, and Miss Manners brought him up with a round turn and a
half hitch by relating one of your exploits, Richard Carvel. And take my
word on\x92t she got no small applause. She told how you had followed a
fox over one of your rough provincial counties, which means three of
Hertfordshire, with your arm broken, by Heaven! and how they lifted you
off at the death. And, Mr. Carvel,\x94 said my Lord, generously, looking at
my flushed face, \x93you must give me your hand for that.\x94

So Dorothy in England had thought of me at least. But what booted it if
she were to marry a duke! My thoughts began to whirl over all Comyn had
said of her so that I scarce heard a question Miss Tayloe had put.

\x93Marry Chartersea! That profligate pig!\x94 Comyn was saying. \x93She would as
soon marry a chairman or a chimneysweep, I\x92m thinking. Why, Miss Tayloe,
Sir Charles Grandison himself would scarce suit her!\x94

\x93Good lack!\x94 said Betty, \x93I think Sir Charles would be the very last for
Dorothy.\x94



Volume 3.



CHAPTER XIII. MR. ALLEN SHOWS HIS HAND

So Dorothy\x92s beauty had taken London by storm, even as it had conquered
Annapolis! However, \x91twas small consolation to me to hear his Grace of
Chartersea called a pig and a profligate while better men danced her
attendance in Mayfair. Nor, in spite of what his Lordship had said, was
I quite easy on the score of the duke. It was in truth no small honour
to become a duchess. If Mr. Marmaduke had aught to say, there was an
end to hope. She would have her coronet. But in that hour of darkness I
counted upon my lady\x92s spirit.

Dr. Courtenay came to the assembly very late, with a new fashion of
pinchbeck buckles on his pumps and a new manner of taking snuff. (I
caught Fotheringay practising this by the stairs shortly after.) Always
an important man, the doctor\x92s prominence had been increased that day
by the letter he had received. He was too thorough a courtier to profess
any grief over Miss Manners\x92s match, and went about avowing that he had
always predicted a duke for Miss Dorothy. And he drew a deal of pleasure
from the curiosity of those who begged but one look at the letter.
Show it, indeed! For no consideration. A private communication from
one gentleman to another must be respected. Will Fotheringay swore the
doctor was a sly dog, and had his own reasons for keeping it to himself.

The doctor paid his compliment to the captain of the Thunderer, and to
his Lordship; hoped that he would see them at the meet on the morrow,
tho\x92 his gout forbade his riding to hounds. He saluted me in the most
friendly way, for I played billiards with him at the Coffee House
now, and he won my money. He had pronounced my phaeton to be as well
appointed as any equipage in town, and had done me the honour to
drive out with me on several occasions. It was Betty that brought him
humiliation that evening.

\x93What do you think of the soar our Pandora hath taken, Miss Betty?\x94 says
he. \x93From a Maryland manor to a ducal palace. \x91Tis a fable, egad! No
less!\x94

\x93Indeed, I think it is,\x94 retorted Betty. \x93Mark me, doctor, Dorothy will
not put up an instant with a roue and a brute.\x94

\x93A roue!\x94 cries he, \x93and a brute! What the plague, Miss Tayloe! I vow I
do not understand you.\x94

\x93Then ask my Lord Comyn, who knows your Duke of Chartersea,\x94 said Betty.

Dr. Courtenay\x92s expression was worth a pistole.

\x93Comyn know him!\x94 he repeated.

\x93That he does,\x94 replied Betty, laughing. \x93His Lordship says Chartersea
is a pig and a profligate, and I remember not what else. And that Dolly
will not look at him. And so little Mr. Marmaduke may go a-hunting for
another title.\x94

No wonder I had little desire for dancing that night! I wandered out of
the assembly-room and through the silent corridors of the Stadt House,
turning over and over again what I had heard, and picturing Dorothy
reigning over the macaronies of St. James\x92s Street. She had said nothing
of this in her letter to Betty, and had asked me to write to her. But
now, with a duke to refuse or accept, could she care to hear from
her old playmate? I took no thought of the time, until suddenly my
conscience told me I had neglected Patty.

As I entered the hall I saw her at the far end of it talking to Mr.
Allen. This I thought strange, for I knew she disliked him. Lord
Comyn and Mr. Carroll, the barrister, and Singleton, were standing by,
listening. By the time I was halfway across to them the rector turned
away. I remember thinking afterwards that he changed colour when he
said: \x93Your servant, Mr. Richard.\x94 But I thought nothing of it at the
time, and went on to Patty.

\x93I have come for a country dance, before we go, Patty,\x94 I said.

Then something in her mien struck me. Her eyes expressed a pain I had
remarked in them before only when she spoke to me of Tom, and her lips
were closed tightly. She flushed, and paled, and looked from Singleton
to Mr. Carroll. They and his Lordship remained silent.

\x93I--I cannot, Richard. I am going home,\x94 she said, in a low voice.

\x93I will see if the chariot is here,\x94 I answered, surprised, but thinking
of Tom.

She stopped me.

\x93I am going with Mr. Carroll,\x94 she said.

I hope a Carvel never has to be rebuffed twice, nor to be humbled by
craving an explanation before a company. I was confounded that Patty
should treat me thus, when I had done nothing to deserve it. As I made
for the door, burning and indignant, I felt as tho\x92 every eye in the
room was upon me.\x92 Young Harvey drove me that night.

\x93Marlboro\x92 Street, Mr. Richard?\x94 said he.

\x93Coffee House,\x94 replied I, that place coming first into my head.

Young Harvey seldom took liberties; but he looked down from the box.

\x93Better home, sir; your pardon, sir.\x94

\x93D--n it!\x94 I cried, \x93drive where I bid you!\x94

I pulled down the fore-glass, though the night was cold, and began to
cast about for the cause of Patty\x92s action. And then it was the rector
came to my mind. Yes, he had been with her just before I came up, and I
made sure on the instant that my worthy instructor was responsible for
the trouble. I remembered that I had quarrelled with him the morning
before I had gone to Bentley Manor, and threatened to confess his
villany and my deceit to Mr. Carvel. He had answered me with a sneer and
a dare. I knew than Patty put honour and honesty before all else in the
world, and that she would not have suffered my friendship for a day had
she believed me to lack either. But she, who knew me so well, was not
likely to believe anything he might say without giving me the chance to
clear myself. And what could he have told her?

I felt my anger growing big within me, until I grew afraid of what I
would do if I were tempted. I had a long score and a heavy score against
this rector of St. Anne\x92s,--a score that had been gathering these years.
And I felt that my uncle was somewhere behind him; that the two of them
were plotters against me, even as Harvey had declared; albeit my Uncle
Grafton was little seen in his company now. And finally, in a sinister
flash of revelation, came the thought that Grafton himself was at the
back of this deception of my grandfather, as to my principles. Fool that
I was, it had never occurred to me before. But how was he to gain by it?
Did he hope that Mr. Carvel, in a fit of anger, would disinherit me when
he found I had deceived him? Yes. And so had left the matter in abeyance
near these two years, that the shock might be the greater when it
came. I recalled now, with a shudder, that never since the spring of my
grandfather\x92s illness had my uncle questioned me upon my politics. I was
seized with a fit of fury. I suspected that Mr. Allen would be at the
Coffee House after the assembly. And I determined to seize the chance at
once and have it out with him then and there.

The inn was ablaze, but as yet deserted; Mr. Claude expectant. He bowed
me from my chariot door, and would know what took me from the ball. I
threw him some short answer, bade Harvey go home, saying that I would
have some fellow light me to Marlboro\x92 Street when I thought proper.
And coming into the long room I flung aside my greatcoat and commanded a
flask of Mr. Stephen Bordley\x92s old sherry, some of which Mr. Claude had
obtained at that bachelor\x92s demise.

The wine was scarce opened before I heard some sort of stir at the
front, and two servants in a riding livery of scarlet and white hurried
in to seek Mr. Claude. The sight of them sufficed mine host, for he went
out as fast as his legs would go, giving the bell a sharp pull as he
passed the door; and presently I heard him complimenting two gentlemen
into the house. The voice of one I knew,--being no other than Captain
Clapsaddle\x92s; and him I had not seen for the past six months. I was just
risen to my feet when they came in at the door beside me.

\x93Richard!\x94 cried the captain, and grasped my hand in both his own.
I returned his pressure, too much pleased to speak. Then his eye was
caught by my finery.

\x93So ho!\x94 says he, shaking his head at me for a sad rogue. \x93Wine and
women and fine clothes, and not nineteen, or I mistake me. It was so
with Captain Jack, who blossomed in a week; and few could vie with him,
I warrant you, after he made his decision. But bless me!\x94 he went on,
drawing back, \x93the lad looks mature, and a fair two inches broader than
last spring. But why are you not at the assembly, Richard?\x94

\x93I have but now come from there, sir,\x94 I replied, not caring in the
presence of a stranger to enter into reasons.

At my answer the captain turned from me to the gentleman behind him, who
had been regarding us both as we talked. There are some few men in the
world, I thank God for it, who bear their value on their countenance;
who stand unmistakably for qualities which command respect and
admiration and love! We seem to recognize such men, and to wonder where
we have seen them before. In reality we recognize the virtues they
represent. So it was with him I saw in front of me, and by his air and
carriage I marked him then and there as a man born to great things. You
all know his face, my dears, and I pray God it may live in the sight of
those who come after you, for generation upon generation!

\x93Colonel Washington,\x94 said the captain, \x93this is Mr. Richard Carvel, the
son of Captain Carvel.\x94

Mr. Washington did not speak at once. He stood regarding me a full
minute, his eye seeming to penetrate the secrets of my life. And I take
pride in saying it was an eye I could meet without flinching.

\x93Your father was a brave man, sir,\x94 he said soberly, \x93and it seems you
favour him. I am happy in knowing the son.\x94

For a moment he stood debating whether he would go to the house of one
of his many friends in Annapolis, knowing that they would be offended
when they learned he had stopped at the inn. He often came to town,
indeed, but seldom tarried long; and it had never been my fortune to
see him. Being arrived unexpectedly, and obliged to be away early on the
morrow, he decided to order rooms of Mr. Claude, sat down with me at the
table, and commenced supper. They had ridden from Alexandria. I gathered
from their conversation that they were on their way to Philadelphia upon
some private business, the nature of which, knowing Captain Daniel\x92s
sentiments and those of Colonel Washington, I went not far to guess. The
country was in a stir about the Townshend duties; and there being some
rumour that all these were to be discharged save only that on tea,
anxiety prevailed in our middle colonies that the merchants of New York
would abandon the association formed and begin importation. It was of
some mission to these merchants that I suspected them.

As I sat beside Colonel Washington, I found myself growing calmer,
and ashamed of my lack of self-control. Unconsciously, when we come
in contact with the great of character, we mould our minds to their
qualities. His very person seemed to exhale, not sanctity, but virility.
I felt that this man could command himself and others. In his presence
self-command came to me, as a virtue gone out of him. \x91Twas not his
speech, I would have you know, that took hold of me. He was by no means
a brilliant talker, and I had the good fortune to see him at his ease,
since he and the captain were old friends. As they argued upon the
questions of the day, the colonel did not seek to impress by words,
or to fascinate by manner. His opinions were calm and moderate, and
appeared to me so just as to admit of no appeal. He scrupled not to use
a forceful word when occasion demanded. And yet, now and then, he had
a lively way about him with all his dignity. When he had finished his
supper he bade Mr. Claude bring another bottle of Mr. Bordley\x92s sherry,
having tested mine, and addressed himself to me.

He would know what my pursuits had been; for my father\x92s sake, what were
my ambitions? He questioned me about Mr. Carvel\x92s plantation, of which
he had heard, and appeared pleased with the answers I gave as to its
management and methods. Captain Daniel was no less so. Mr. Washington
had agriculture at his finger ends, and gave me some advice which he had
found serviceable at Mount Vernon.

\x93\x91Tis a pity, Richard,\x94 said he, smiling thoughtfully at the captain,
\x93\x91tis a pity we have no service afield open to our young men. One of
your spirit and bearing should be of that profession. Captain Jack was
as brave and dashing an officer as I ever laid eyes on.\x94

I hesitated, the tingling at the compliment.

\x93I begin to think I was born for the sea, sir,\x94 I answered, at length.

\x93What!\x94 cried the captain; \x93what news is this, Richard? \x91Slife! how has
this come about?\x94

My anger subdued by Mr. Washington\x92s presence, a curious mood had taken
its place. A foolish mood, I thought it, but one of feeling things to
come.

\x93I believe I shall one day take part in a great sea-fight,\x94 I said. And,
tho\x92 ashamed to speak of it, I told him of Stanwix\x92s prophecy that I
should pace the decks of a man-o\x92-war.

\x93A pox on Stanwix!\x94 said the captain, \x93an artful old seadog! I never
yet knew one who did not think the sun rises and sets from poop to
forecastle, who did not wheedle with all the young blood to get them to
follow a bow-legged profession.\x94

Colonel Washington laughed.

\x93Judge not, Clapsaddle,\x94 said he; \x93here are two of us trying to get the
lad for our own bow-legged profession. We are as hot as Methodists to
convert.\x94

\x93Small conversion he needed when I was here to watch him, colonel. And
he rides with any trooper I ever laid eyes on. Why, sir, I myself threw
him on a saddle before he could well-nigh walk, and \x91twere a waste of
material to put him in the navy.\x94

\x93But what this old man said of a flag not yet seen in heaven or earth
interests me,\x94 said Colonel Washington. \x93Tell me,\x94 he added with a
penetration we both remarked, \x93tell me, does your Captain Stanwix follow
the times? Is he a man to read his prints and pamphlets? In other words,
is he a man who might predict out of his own heated imagination?\x94

\x93Nay, sir,\x94 I answered, \x93he nods over his tobacco the day long. And I
will make bold to swear, he has never heard of the Stamp Act.\x94

\x93\x91Tis strange,\x94 said the colonel, musing; \x93I have heard of this second
sight--have seen it among my own negroes. But I heartily pray that this
may be but the childish fancy of an old mariner. How do you interpret
it, sir?\x94 he added, addressing himself to me.

\x93If a prophecy, I can interpret it in but one way,\x94 I began, and there I
stopped.

\x93To be sure,\x94 said Mr. Washington. He studied me awhile as though
weighing my judgment, and went on: \x93Needless to say, Richard, that such
a service, if it comes, will not be that of his Majesty.\x94

\x93And it were, colonel, I would not embark in it a step,\x94 I cried.

He laughed.

\x93The lad has his father\x92s impulse,\x94 he said to Captain Daniel. \x93But
I thought old Mr. Carvel to be one of the warmest loyalists in the
colonies.\x94

I bit my lip; for, since that unhappy deception of Mr. Carvel, I had
not meant to be drawn into an avowal of my sentiments. But I had, alas,
inherited a hasty tongue.

\x93Mr. Washington,\x94 said the captain, \x93old Mr. Carvel has ever been a good
friend to me. And, though I could not but perceive which way the lad was
tending, I had held it but a poor return for friendship had I sought
by word or deed to bring him to my way of thinking. Nor have I ever
suffered his views in my presence.\x94

\x93My dear sir, I honour you for it,\x94 put in the colonel, warmly.

\x93It is naught to my credit,\x94 returned the captain. \x93I would not, for the
sake of my party and beliefs, embitter what remains of my old friend\x92s
life.\x94

I drew a long breath and drained the full glass before me.

\x93Captain Daniel!\x94 I cried, \x93you must hear me now. I have been waiting
your coming these months. And if Colonel Washington gives me leave, I
will speak before him.\x94

The colonel bade me proceed, avowing that Captain Carvel\x92s son should
have his best assistance.

With that I told them the whole story of Mr. Allen\x92s villany. How I had
been sent to him because of my Whig sentiments, and for thrashing a Tory
schoolmaster and his flock. This made the gentlemen laugh, tho\x92 Captain
Daniel had heard it before. I went on to explain how Mr. Carvel had
fallen ill, and was like to die; and how Mr. Allen, taking advantage of
his weakness when he rose from his bed, had gone to him with the lie of
having converted me. But when I told of the scene between my grandfather
and me at Carvel Hall, of the tears of joy that the old gentleman shed,
and of how he had given me Firefly as a reward, the captain rose from
his chair and looked out of the window into the blackness, and swore
a great oath all to himself. And the expression I saw come into the
colonel\x92s eyes I shall never forget.

\x93And you feared the consequences upon your grandfather\x92s health?\x94 he
asked gravely.

\x93So help me God!\x94 I answered, \x93I truly believe that to have undeceived
him would have proved fatal.\x94

\x93And so, for the sake of the sum he receives for teaching you,\x94 cried
the captain, with another oath, \x93this scoundrelly clergyman has betrayed
you into a lie. A scheme, by God\x92s life! worthy of a Machiavelli!\x94

\x93I have seen too many of his type in our parishes,\x94 said Mr. Washington;
\x93and yet the bishop of London seems powerless. And so used have we
become in these Southern colonies to tippling and gaming parsons, that I
warrant his people accept him as nothing out of the common.\x94

\x93He is more discreet than the run of them, sir. His parishioners dislike
him, not because of his irregularities, but because he is attempting to
obtain All Saints from his Lordship, in addition to St. Anne\x92s. He is
thought too greedy.\x94

He was silent, his brow a little furrowed, and drummed with his fingers
upon the table.

\x93But this I cannot reconcile,\x94 said he, presently, \x93that the reward is
out of all proportion to the risk. Such a clever rascal must play for
higher stakes.\x94

I was amazed at his insight. And for the moment was impelled to make
a clean breast of my suspicions,--nay, of my convictions of the whole
devil\x92s plot. But I had no proofs. I remembered that to the colonel my
uncle was a gentleman of respectability and of wealth, and a member
of his Excellency\x92s Council. That to accuse him of scheming for my
inheritance would gain me nothing in Mr. Washington\x92s esteem. And
I caught myself before I had said aught of Mr. Allen\x92s conduct that
evening.

\x93Have you confronted this rector with his perfidy, Richard?\x94 he asked.

\x93I have, colonel, at my first opportunity.\x94 And I related how Mr.
Allen had come to the Hall, and what I had said to him, and how he had
behaved. And finally told of the picquet we now had during lessons, not
caring to shield myself. Both listened intently, until the captain broke
out. Mr. Washington\x92s indignation was the stronger for being repressed.

\x93I will call him out!\x94 cried Captain Daniel, fingering his sword, as was
his wont when angered; \x93I will call him out despite his gown, or else
horse him publicly!\x94

\x93No, my dear sir, you will do nothing of the kind,\x94 said the colonel.
\x93You would gain nothing by it for the lad, and lose much. Such rascals
walk in water, and are not to be tracked. He cannot be approached save
through Mr. Lionel Carvel himself, and that channel, for Mr. Carvel\x92s
sake, must be closed.\x94

\x93But he must be shown up!\x94 cried the captain.

\x93What good will you accomplish?\x94 said Mr. Washington; \x93Lord Baltimore is
notorious, and will not remove him. Nay, sir, you must find a way to get
the lad from his influence.\x94 And he asked me how was my grandfather\x92s
health at present.

I said that he had mended beyond my hopes.

\x93And does he seem to rejoice that you are of the King\x92s party?\x94

\x93Nay, sir. Concerning politics he seems strangely apathetic, which
makes me fear he is not so well as he appears. All his life he has felt
strongly.\x94

\x93Then I beg you, Richard, take pains to keep neutral. Nor let any
passing event, however great, move you to speech or action.\x94

The captain shook his head doubtfully, as tho\x92 questioning the ability
of one of my temper to do this.

\x93I do not trust myself, sir,\x94 I answered.

He rose, declaring it was past his hour for bed, and added some kind
things which I shall cherish in my memory. As he was leaving he laid his
hand on my shoulder.

\x93One word of advice, my lad,\x94 he said. \x93If by any chance your
convictions are to come to your grandfather\x92s ears, let him have them
from your own lips.\x94 And he bade me good night.

The captain tarried but a moment longer.

\x93I have a notion who is to blame for this, Richard,\x94 he said. \x93When I
come back from New York, we shall see what we shall see.\x94

\x93I fear he is too slippery for a soldier to catch,\x94 I answered.

He went away to bed, telling me to be prudent, and mind the colonel\x92s
counsel until he returned from the North.



CHAPTER XIV. THE VOLTE COUPE

I was of a serious mind to take the advice. To prove this I called for
my wrap-rascal and cane, and for a fellow with a flambeau to light me.
But just then the party arrived from the assembly. I was tempted, and
I sat down again in a corner of the room, resolved to keep a check upon
myself, but to stay awhile.

The rector was the first in, humming a song, and spied me.

\x93Ho!\x94 he cried, \x93will you drink, Richard? Or do I drink with you?\x94

He was already purple with wine.

\x93God save me from you and your kind!\x94 I replied.

\x93\x91Sblood! what a devil\x92s nest of fireworks!\x94 he exclaimed, as he went
off down the room, still humming, to where the rest were gathered. And
they were soon between bottle and stopper, and quips a-coursing. There
was the captain of the Thunderer, Collinson by name, Lord Comyn and two
brother officers, Will Fotheringay, my cousin Philip, openly pleased
to be found in such a company, and some dozen other toadeaters who
had followed my Lord a-chair and a-foot from the ball, and would have
tracked him to perdition had he chosen to go; and lastly Tom Swain,
leering and hiccoughing at the jokes, in such a beastly state of
drunkenness as I had rarely seen him. His Lordship recognized me and
smiled, and was pushing his chair back, when something Collinson said
seemed to restrain him.

I believe I was the butt of more than one jest for my aloofness, though
I could not hear distinctly for the noise they made. I commanded some
French cognac, and kept my eye on the rector, and the sight of him was
making me dangerous.

I forgot the advice I had received, and remembered only the months he
had goaded me. And I was even beginning to speculate how I could best
pick a quarrel with him on any issue but politics, when an unexpected
incident diverted me. Of a sudden the tall, ungainly form of Percy
Singleton filled the doorway, wrapped in a greatcoat. He swept the room
at a glance, and then strode rapidly toward the corner where I sat.

\x93I had thought to find you here,\x94 he said, and dropped into a chair
beside me. I offered him wine, but he refused.

\x93Now,\x94 he went on, \x93what has Patty done?\x94

\x93What have I done that I should be publicly insulted?\x94 I cried.

\x93Insulted!\x94 says he, \x93and did she insult you? She said nothing of that.\x94

\x93What brings you here, then?\x94 I demanded.

\x93Not to talk, Richard,\x94 he said quietly, \x93\x91tis no time tonight. I came
to fetch you home. Patty sent me.\x94

Patty sent him! Why had Patty sent him? But this I did not ask, for I
felt the devil within me.

\x93We must first finish this bottle,\x94 said I, offhand, \x93and then I have a
little something to be done which I have set my heart upon. After that I
will go with you.\x94

\x93Richard, Richard, will you never learn prudence? What is it you speak
of?\x94

I drew my sword and laid it upon the table.

\x93I mean to spit that eel of a rector,\x94 said I, \x93or he will bear a slap
in the face. And you must see fair play.\x94

Singleton seized my coat, at the same time grasping the hilt of my
sword with the other hand. But neither my words nor my action had gone
unnoticed by the other end of the room. The company there fell silent
awhile, and then we heard Captain Collinson talking in even, drawling
tones.

\x93\x91Tis strange,\x94 said he, \x93what hot sparks a man meets in these colonies.
They should be stamped out. His Majesty pampers these d--d Americans,
is too lenient by far. Gentlemen, this is how I would indulge them!\x94 He
raised a closed fist and brought it down on the board.

He spoke to Tories, but he forgot that Tories were Americans. In those
days only the meanest of the King\x92s party would listen to such without
protest from an Englishman. But some of the meaner sort were there:
Philip and Tom laughed, and Mr. Allen, and my Lord\x92s sycophants.
Fotheringay and some others of sense shook their heads one to another,
comprehending that Captain Collinson was somewhat gone in wine. For,
indeed, he had not strayed far from the sideboard at the assembly. Comyn
made a motion to rise.

\x93It is already past three bells, sir, and a hunt to-morrow,\x94 he said.

\x93From bottle to saddle, and from saddle to bottle, my Lord. We must have
our pleasure ashore, and sleep at sea,\x94 and the captain tipped his flask
with a leer. He turned his eye uncertainly first on me, then on my Lord.
\x93We are lately from Boston, gentlemen, that charnel-house of treason,
and before we leave, my Lord, I must tell them how Mr. Robinson of the
customs served that dog Otis, in the British Coffee House. God\x92s word,
\x91twas as good as a play.\x94

I know not how many got to their feet at that, for the story of the
cowardly beating of Mr. Otis by Robinson and the army officers had swept
over the colonies, burning like a flame all true-hearted men, Tory and
Whig alike. I wrested my sword from Singleton\x92s hold, and in a trice
I had reached the captain over chairs and table, tearing myself from
Fotheringay on the way. I struck a blow that measured a man on the
floor. Then I drew back, amazed.

I had hit Lord Comyn instead! The captain stood a yard beyond me.

The thing had been so deftly done by the rector of St. Anne\x92s--Comyn
jostled at the proper moment between me and Collinson--that none save me
guessed beyond an accident; least of all my Lord Comyn himself. He was
up again directly and his sword drawn, addressing me.

\x93Bear witness, my Lord, that I have no desire to fight with you,\x94 said
I, with what coolness I could muster. \x93But there is one here I would
give much for a chance to run through.\x94

And I made a step toward Mr. Allen with such a purpose in my face and
movements that he could not mistake. I saw the blood go from his face;
yet he was no coward to physical violence. But he (or I?) was saved by
the Satan\x92s luck that followed him, for my Lord stepped in between us
with a bow, his cheek red where I had struck him.

\x93It is my quarrel now, Mr. Carvel,\x94 he cried.

\x93As you please, my Lord,\x94 said I.

\x93It boots not who crosses with him,\x94 Captain Collinson put in. \x93His
Lordship uses the sword better than any here. But it boots not so that
he is opposed by a loyal servant of the King.\x94

I wheeled on him for this.

\x93I would have you know that loyalty does not consist in outrage and
murder, sir,\x94 I answered, \x93nor in the ridiculing of them. And brutes
cannot be loyal save through interest.\x94

He was angered, as I had desired. I had hopes then of shouldering the
quarrel on to him, for I had near as soon drawn against my own brother
as against Comyn. I protest I loved him then as one with whom I had been
reared.

\x93Let me deal with this young gamecock, Comyn,\x94 cried the captain, with
an oath. \x93He seems to think his importance sufficient.\x94

But Comyn would brook no interference. He swore that no man should
strike him with impunity, and in this I could not but allow he was
right.

\x93You shall hear from me, Mr. Carvel,\x94 he said.

\x93Nay,\x94 I answered, \x93and fighting is to be done, sir, let us be through
with it at once. A large room upstairs is at our disposal; and there is
a hunt to-morrow which one of us may like to attend.\x94

There was a laugh at this, in which his Lordship joined.

\x93I would to God, Mr. Carvel,\x94 he said, \x93that I had no quarrel with you!\x94

\x93Amen to that, my Lord,\x94 I replied; \x93there are others here I would
rather fight.\x94 And I gave a meaning look at Mr. Allen. I was of two
minds to announce the scurvy trick he had played, but saw that I would
lose rather than gain by the attempt. Up to that time the wretch had not
spoken a word; now he pushed himself forward, though well clear of me.

\x93I think it my duty as Mr. Carvel\x92s tutor, gentlemen, to protest against
this matter proceeding,\x94 he said, a sneer creeping into his voice. \x93Nor
can I be present at it. Mr. Carvel is young and, besides, is not himself
with liquor. And, in the choice of politics, he knows not which leg he
stands upon. My Lord and gentlemen, your most humble and devoted.\x94

He made a bow and, before the retort on my lips could be spoken, left
the tavern. My cousin Philip left with him. Tom Swain had fallen asleep
in his chair.

Captain Collinson and Mr. Furness, of the Thunderer, offered to serve
his Lordship, which made me bethink that I, too, would have need of some
one. \x91Twas then I remembered Singleton, who had passed from my mind.

He was standing close behind me, and nodded simply when I asked him. And
Will Fotheringay came forward.

\x93I will act, Richard, if you allow me,\x94 he said. \x93I would have you know
I am in no wise hostile to you, my Lord, and I am of the King\x92s party.
But I admire Mr. Carvel, and I may say I am not wholly out of sympathy
with that which prompted his act.\x94

It was a noble speech, and changed Will in my eyes; and I thanked
him with warmth. He of all that company had the courage to oppose his
Lordship!

Mr. Claude was called in and, as is the custom in such cases, was told
that some of us would play awhile above. He was asked for his private
room. The good man had his suspicions, but could not refuse a party
of such distinction, and sent a drawer thither with wine and cards.
Presently we followed, leaving the pack of toadies in sad disappointment
below.

We gathered about the table and made shift at loo until the fellow had
retired, when the seconds proceeded to clear the room of furniture, and
Lord Comyn and I stripped off our coats and waistcoats. I had lost my
anger, but felt no fear, only a kind of pity that blood should be shed
between two so united in spirit as we. Yes, my dears, I thought of
Dorothy. If I died, she would hear that it was like a man--like a
Carvel. But the thought of my old grandfather tightened my heart. Then
the clock on the inn stairs struck two, and the noise of harsh laughter
floated up to us from below.

And Comyn,--of what was he thinking? Of some fair home set upon the
downs across the sea, of some heroic English mother who had kept her
tears until he was gone? Her image rose in dumb entreaty, invoked by
the lad before me. What a picture was he in his spotless shirt with the
ruffles, his handsome boyish face all that was good and honest!

I had scarce felt his Lordship\x92s wrist than I knew I had to deal with a
pupil of Angelo. At first his attacks were all simple, without feint
or trickery, as were mine. Collinson cursed and cried out that it was
buffoonery, and called on my Lord not to let me off so easily; swore
that I fenced like a mercer, that he could have stuck me like a
pin-cushion twenty and twenty times. Often have I seen two animals
thrust into a pit with nothing but good-will between them, and those
without force them into anger and a deadly battle. And so it was,
unconsciously, between Comyn and me. I forgot presently that I was not
dealing with Captain Collinson, and my feelings went into my sword.
Comyn began to press me, nor did I give back. And then, before it came
over me that we had to do with life and death, he was upon me with a
volte coupe, feinting in high carte and thrusting in low tierce, his
point passing through a fold in my shirt. And I were not alive to write
these words had I not leaped out of his measure.

\x93Bravo, Richard!\x94 cried Fotheringay.

\x93Well made, gads life!\x94 from Mr. Furness.

We engaged again, our faces hot. Now I knew that if I did not carry the
matter against him I should be killed out of hand, and Heaven knows
I was not used to play a passive part. I began to go carefully, but
fiercely; tried one attack after another that my grandfather and Captain
Daniel had taught me,--flanconnades, beats, and lunges. Comyn held me
even, and in truth I had much to do to defend myself. Once I thought I
had him in the sword-arm, after a circular parry, but he was too quick
for me. We were sweating freely by now, and by reason of the buzzing in
my ears I could scarce hear the applause of the seconds.

What unlucky chance it was I know not that impelled Comyn to essay again
the trick by which he had come so near to spitting me; but try it
he did, this time in prime and seconde. I had come by nature to that
intuition which a true swordsman must have, gleaned from the eyes of
his adversary. Long ago Captain Daniel had taught me the remedy for this
coupe. I parried, circled, and straightened, my body in swift motion and
my point at Comyn\x92s heart, when Heaven brought me recollection in the
space of a second. My sword rang clattering on the floor.

His Lordship understood, but too late. Despairing his life, he made one
wild lunge at me that had never gone home had I held to my hilt. But the
rattle of the blade had scarce reached my ears when there came a sharp
pain at my throat, and the room faded before me. I heard the clock
striking the half-hour.

I was blessed with a sturdy health such as few men enjoy, and came to
myself sooner than had been looked for, with a dash of cold water. And
the first face I beheld was that of Colonel Washington. I heard him
speaking in a voice that was calm, yet urgent and commanding.

\x93I pray you, gentlemen, give back. He is coming to, and must have air.
Fetch some linen!\x94

\x93Now God be praised!\x94 I heard Captain Daniel cry.

With that his Lordship began to tear his own shirt into strips, and the
captain bringing a bowl and napkin, the colonel himself washed the wound
and bound it deftly, Singleton and Captain Daniel assisting. When Mr.
Washington had finished, he turned to Comyn, who stood, anxious and
dishevelled, at my feet.

\x93You may be thankful that you missed the artery, my Lord,\x94 he said.

\x93With all my heart, Colonel Washington!\x94 cried his Lordship. \x93I owe my
life to his generosity.\x94

\x93What\x92s that, sir?\x94

Mr. Carvel dropped his sword, rather than run me through.\x94

\x93I\x92ll warrant!\x94 Captain Daniel put in; \x93\x91Od\x92s heart! The lad has skill
to point the eye of a button. I taught him myself.\x94

Colonel Washington stood up and laid his hand on the captain\x92s arm.

\x93He is Jack Carvel over again,\x94 I heard him say, in a low voice.

I tried to struggle to my feet, to speak, but he restrained me. And
sending for his servants, he ordered them to have his baggage removed
from the Roebuck, which was the best bed in the house. At this moment
the door opened, and Mr. Swain came in hurriedly.

\x93I pray you, gentlemen,\x94 he cried, \x93and he is fit to be moved, you will
let me take him to Marlboro\x92 Street. I have a chariot at the door.\x94



CHAPTER XV. OF WHICH THE RECTOR HAS THE WORST

\x91Twas late when I awoke the next day with something of a dull ache in
my neck, and a prodigious stiffness, studying the pleatings of the bed
canopy over my head. And I know not how long I lay idly thus when I
perceived Mrs. Willis moving quietly about, and my grandfather sitting
in the armchair by the window, looking into Freshwater Lane. As my eyes
fell upon him my memory came surging back,--first of the duel, then
of its cause. And finally, like a leaden weight, the thought of the
deception I had practised upon him, of which he must have learned ere
this. Nay, I was sure from the troubled look of his face that he knew of
it.

\x93Mr. Carvel,\x94 I said.

At the sound of my voice he got hastily from his chair and hurried to my
side.

\x93Richard,\x94 he answered, taking my hand, \x93Richard!\x94

I opened my mouth to speak, to confess. But he prevented me, the tears
filling the wrinkles around his eyes.

\x93Nay, lad, nay. We will not talk of it. I know all.\x94

\x93Mr. Allen has been here--\x94 I began.

\x93And be d--d to him! Be d--d to him for a wolf in sheep\x92s clothing!\x94
 shouted my grandfather, his manner shifting so suddenly to anger that
I was taken back. \x93So help me God I will never set foot in St. Anne\x92s
while he is rector. Nor shall he come to this house!\x94

And he took three or four disorderly turns about the room.

\x93Ah!\x94 he continued more quietly, with something of a sigh, \x93I might have
known how stubborn your mind should be. That you was never one to blow
from the north one day and from the south the next. I deny not that
there be good men and able of your way of thinking: Colonel Washington,
for one, whom I admire and honour; and our friend Captain Daniel. They
have been here to-day, Richard, and I promise you were good advocates.\x94

Then I knew that I was forgiven. And I could have thrown myself at Mr.
Carvel\x92s feet for happiness.

\x93Has Colonel Washington spoken in my favour, sir?\x94

\x93That he has. He is upon some urgent business for the North, I believe,
which he delayed for your sake. Both he and the captain were in my
dressing-room before I was up, ahead of that scurrilous clergyman, who
was for pushing his way to my bed-curtains. Ay, the two of them were
here at nigh dawn this morning, and Mr. Allen close after them. And I
own that Captain Daniel can swear with such a consuming violence as to
put any rogue out of countenance. \x91Twas all Mr. Washington could do to
restrain Clapsaddle from booting his Reverence over the balustrade and
down two runs of the stairs, the captain declaring he would do for every
cur\x92s son of the whelps. \x91Diomedes,\x92 says I, waking up, \x91what\x92s this
damnable racket on the landing? Is Mr. Richard home?\x92 For I had some
notion it was you, sir, after an over-night brawl. And I profess I would
have caned you soundly. The fellow answered that Captain Clapsaddle\x92s
honour was killing Mr. Allen, and went out; and came back presently to
say that some tall gentleman had the captain by the neck, and that Mr.
Allen was picking his way down the ice on the steps outside. With that I
went in to them in my dressing-gown.

\x93\x91What\x92s all this to-do, gentlemen?\x92 said I.

\x93\x91I\x92d have finished that son of a dog,\x92 says the captain, \x91and Colonel
Washington had let me.\x92

\x93\x91What, what!\x92 said I. \x91How now? What! Drive a clergyman from my house
gentlemen?\x92

\x93\x91What\x92s Richard been at now?\x92

\x93Mr. Washington asked me to dress, saying that they had something very
particular to speak about; that they would stay to breakfast with me,
tho\x92 they were in haste to be gone to New York. I made my compliments
to the colonel and had them shown to the library fire, and hurried
down after them. Then they told me of this affair last night, and they
cleared you, sir. \x91Faith,\x92 cried I, \x91and I would have fought, too.
The lad was in the right of it, though I would have him a little less
hasty.\x92 D--n me if I don\x92t wish you had knocked that sea captain\x92s teeth
into his throat, and his brains with them. I like your spirit, sir. A
pox on such men as he, who disgrace his Majesty\x92s name and set better
men against him.\x94

\x93And they told you nothing else, sir?\x94 I asked, with misgiving.

\x93That they did. Mr. Washington repeated the confession you made to
them, sir, in a manner that did you credit. He made me compliments on
you,--said that you were a man, sir, though a trifle hasty: in the which
I agreed. Yes, d--n me, a trifle hasty like your father. I rejoice that
you did not kill his Lordship, my son.\x94

The twilight was beginning; and the old gentleman going back to his
chair was set amusing, gazing out across the bare trees and gables
falling gray after the sunset.

What amazed me was that he did not seem to be shocked by the revelation
near as much as I had feared. So this matter had brought me happiness
where I looked for nothing but sorrow.

\x93And the gentlemen are gone north, sir?\x94 said I, after a while.

\x93Yes, Richard, these four hours. I commanded an early dinner for them,
since the colonel was pleased to tarry long enough for a little politics
and to spin a glass. And I profess, was I to live neighbours with such
a man, I might come to his way of thinking, despite myself. Though I say
it that shouldn\x92t, some of his Majesty\x92s ministers are d--d rascals.\x94

I laughed. As I live, I never hoped to hear such words from my
grandfather\x92s lips.

\x93He did not seek to convince, like so many of your hotheaded
know-it-alls,\x94 said Mr. Carvel; \x93he leaves a man to convince himself. He
has great parts, Richard, and few can stand before him.\x94 He paused. And
then his smooth-shaven face became creased in a roguish smile which
I had often seen upon it. \x93What baggage is this I hear of that you
quarrelled over at the assembly? Ah, Sir, I fear you are become but a
sad rake!\x94 says he.

But by great good fortune Dr. Leiden was shown in at this instant. And
the candles being lighted, he examined my neck, haranguing the while in
his vile English against the practice of duelling. He bade me keep my
bed for two days, thereby giving me no great pleasure.

\x93As I hope to live,\x94 said Mr. Carvel when the doctor was gone, \x93one
would have thought his Excellency himself had been pinked instead of a
whip of a lad, for the people who have been here. His Lordship and Dr.
Courtenay came before the hunt, and young Mr. Fotheringay, and half a
score of others. Mr. Swain is but now left to go to Baltimore on some
barrister\x92s business.\x94

I was burning to learn what the rector had said to Patty, but it was
plain Mr. Carvel knew nothing of this part of the story. He had not
mentioned Grafton among the callers. I wondered what course my uncle
would now pursue, that his plans to alienate me from my grandfather had
failed. And I began debating whether or not to lay the whole plot before
Mr. Carvel. Prudence bade me wait, since Grafton had not consorted with
the rector openly, at least--for more than a year. And yet I spoke.

\x93Mr. Carvel!\x94

He stirred in his chair.

\x93Yes, my son.\x94

He had to repeat, and still I held my tongue. Even as I hesitated there
came a knock at the door, and Scipio entered, bearing candles.

\x93Massa Grafton, suh,\x94 he said.

My uncle was close at his heels. He was soberly dressed in dark brown
silk, and his face wore that expression of sorrow and concern he
knew how to assume at will. After greeting his father with his usual
ceremony, he came to my bedside and asked gravely how I did.

\x93How now, Grafton!\x94 cried Mr. Carvel; \x93this is no funeral. The lad has
only a scratch, thank God!\x94

My uncle looked at me and forced a smile.

\x93Indeed I am rejoiced to find you are not worried over this matter,
father,\x94 said he. \x93I am but just back from Kent to learn of it, and
looked to find you in bed.\x94

\x93Why, no, sir, I am not worried. I fought a duel in my own day,--over a
lass, it was.\x94

This time Grafton\x92s smile was not forced.

\x93Over a lass, was it?\x94 he asked, and added in a tone of relief, \x93and how
do you, nephew?\x94

Mr. Carvel saved me from replying.

\x93\x91Od\x92s life!\x94 he cried; \x93no, I did not say this was over a lass. I have
heard the whole matter; how Captain Collinson, who is a disgrace to the
service, brought shame upon his Majesty\x92s supporters, and how Richard
felled the young lord instead. I\x92ll be sworn, and I had been there, I
myself would have run the brute through.\x94

My uncle did not ask for further particulars, but took a chair, and a
dish of tea from Scipio. His smug look told me plainer than words that
he thought my grandfather still ignorant of my Whig sentiments.

\x93I often wish that this deplorable practice of duelling might be
legislated against,\x94 he remarked. \x93Was there no one at the Coffee House
with character enough to stop the lads?\x94

Here was my chance.

\x93Mr. Allen was there,\x94 I said.

\x93A devil\x92s plague upon him!\x94 shouted my grandfather, beating the floor
with his stick. \x93And the lying hypocrite ever crosses my path, by gad\x92s
life! I\x92ll tear his gown from his back!\x94

I watched Grafton narrowly. Such as he never turn pale, but he set down
his tea so hastily as to spill the most of it on the dresser.

\x93Why, you astound me, my dear father!\x94 he faltered; \x93Mr. Allen a lying
hypocrite? What can he have done?\x94

\x93Done!\x94 cried my grandfather, sputtering and red as a cherry with
indignation. \x93He is as rotten within as a pricked pear, I tell you, sir!
For the sake of retaining the lad in his tuition he came to me and lied,
sir, just after I had escaped death, and said that by his influence
Richard had become loyal, and set dependence upon Richard\x92s fear of
the shock \x91twould give me if he confessed--Richard, who never told me
a falsehood in his life! And instead of teaching him, he has gamed with
the lad at the rectory. I dare make oath he has treated your son to a
like instruction. \x91Slife, sir, and he had his deserts, he would hang
from a gibbet at the Town Gate.\x94

I raised up in bed to see the effect of this on my uncle. But however
the wind veered, Grafton could steer a course. He got up and began
pacing the room, and his agitation my grandfather took for indignation
such as his own.

\x93The dog!\x94 he cried fiercely. \x93The villain! Philip shall leave him
to-morrow. And to think that it was I who moved you to put Richard to
him!\x94

His distress seemed so real that Mr. Carvel replied:

\x93No, Grafton, \x91twas not your fault. You were deceived as much as I. You
have put your own son to him. But if I live another twelve hours I shall
write his Lordship to remove him. What! You shake your head, sir!\x94

\x93It will not do,\x94 said my uncle. \x93Lord Baltimore has had his reasons for
sending such a scoundrel--he knew what he was, you may be sure, father.
His Lordship, sir, is the most abandoned rake in London, and that
unmentionable crime of his but lately in the magazines--\x94

\x93Yes, yes,\x94 my grandfather interrupted; \x93I have seen it. But I will
publish him in Annapolis.\x94

My uncle\x92s answer startled me, so like was it to the argument Colonel
Washington himself had used.

\x93What would you publish, sir? Mr. Allen will reply that what he did
was for the lad\x92s good, and your own. He may swear that since Richard
mentioned politics no more he had taken his conversion for granted.\x94

My grandfather groaned, and did not speak, and I saw the futility of
attempting to bring Grafton to earth for a while yet.

My uncle had recovered his confidence. He had hoped, so he said, that
I had become a good loyalist: perchance as I grew older I would see the
folly of those who called themselves Patriots. But my grandfather cried
out to him not to bother me then. And when at last he was gone, of my
own volition I proposed to promise Mr. Carvel that, while he lived, I
would take no active part in any troubles that might come. He stopped me
with some vehemence.

\x93I pray God there may be no troubles, lad,\x94 he answered; \x93but you need
give me no promise. I would rather see you in the Whig ranks than a
trimmer, for the Carvels have ever been partisans.\x94

I tried to express my gratitude. But he sighed and wished me good night,
bidding me get some rest.

I had scarce finished my breakfast the next morning when I heard a loud
rat-tat-tat upon the street door-surely the footman of some person of
consequence. And Scipio was in the act of announcing the names when,
greatly to his disgust, the visitors themselves rushed into my bedroom
and curtailed the ceremony. They were none other than Dr. Courtenay and
my Lord Comyn himself. His Lordship had no sooner seen me than he ran
to the bed, grasped both my hands and asked me how I did, declaring he
would not have gone to yesterday\x92s hunt had he been permitted to visit
me.

\x93Richard,\x94 cried the doctor, \x93your fame has sprung up like Jonah\x92s
gourd. The Gazette is but just distributed. Here\x92s for you! \x91Twill set
the wags a-going, I\x92ll warrant.\x94

He drew the newspaper from his pocket and began to read, stopping now
and anon to laugh:

\x93Rumour hath it that a Young Gentleman of Quality of this Town, who is
possessed of more Valour than Discretion, and whose Skill at Fence and
in the Field is beyond his Years, crossed Swords on Wednesday Night
with a Young Nobleman from the Thunderer. The Cause of this Deplorable
Quarrel, which had its Origin at the Ball, is purported to have been
a Young Lady of Wit and Beauty. (& we doubt it not; for, alas! the Sex
hath Much to answer for of this Kind.)

\x93The Gentlemen, with their Seconds, repaired after the Assembly to the
Coffee House. \x91Tis said upon Authority that H-s L-dsh-p owes his Life to
the Noble Spirit of our Young American, who cast down his Blade rather
than sheathe it in his Adversary\x92s Body, thereby himself receiving a
Grievous, the\x92 happily not Mortal, Wound. Our Young Gentleman is become
the Hero of the Town, and the Subject of Prodigious Anxiety of all the
Ladies thereof.\x94

\x93There\x92s for you, my lad!\x94 says he; \x93Mr. Green has done for you both
cleverly.\x94

\x93Upon my soul,\x94 I cried, raising up in bed, \x93he should be put in the
gatehouse for his impudence! My Lord,--\x94

\x93Don\x92t \x91My Lord\x92 me,\x94 says Comyn; \x93plain \x91Jack\x92 will do.\x94

There was no resisting such a man: and I said as much. And took his hand
and called him \x91Jack,\x92 the doctor posing before the mirror the while,
stroking his rues. \x93Out upon you both,\x94 says he, \x93for a brace of
sentimental fools!\x94

\x93Richard,\x94 said Comyn, presently, with a roguish glance at the doctor,
\x93there were some reason in our fighting had it been over a favour of
Miss Manners. Eh? Come, doctor,\x94 he cried, \x93you will break your neck
looking for the reflection of wrinkles. Come, now, we must have little
Finery\x92s letter. I give you my word Chartersea is as ugly as all three
heads of Cerberus, and as foul as a ship\x92s barrel of grease. I tell you
Miss Dorothy would sooner marry you.\x94

\x93And she might do worse, my Lord,\x94 the doctor flung back, with a strut.

\x93Ay, and better. But I promise you Richard and I are not such fools as
to think she will marry his Grace. We must have the little coxcomb\x92s
letter.\x94

\x93Well, have it you must, I suppose,\x94 returns the doctor. And with that
he draws it from his pocket, where he has it buttoned in. Then he took a
pinch of Holland and began.

The first two pages had to deal with Miss Dorothy\x92s triumph, to which
her father made full justice. Mr. Manners world have the doctor (and all
the province) to know that peers of the realm, soldiers, and statesmen
were at her feet. Orders were as plentiful in his drawing-room as the
candles. And he had taken a house in Arlington Street, where Horry
Walpole lived when not at Strawberry, and their entrance was crowded
night and day with the footmen and chairmen of the grand monde. Lord
Comyn broke in more than once upon the reading, crying,--\x93Hear, hear!\x94
 and,--\x93My word, Mr. Manners has not perjured himself thus far. He has
not done her justice by half.\x94 And I smiled at the thought that I had
aspired to such a beauty!

\x93\x91Entre noes, mon cher Courtenay,\x92 Mr. Manners writes, \x91entre noes,
our Dorothy hath had many offers of great advantage since she hath been
here. And but yesterday comes a chariot with a ducal coronet to our
door. His Grace of Chartersea, if you please, to request a private
talk with me. And I rode with him straightway to his house in Hanover
Square.\x92\x94

\x93\x91Egad! And would gladly have ridden straightway to Newgate, in a ducal
chariot!\x94 cried his Lordship, in a fit of laughter.

\x93\x91I rode to Hanover Square,\x92 the doctor continued, \x91where we discussed
the matter over a bottle. His Grace\x92s generosity was such that I could
not but cry out at it, for he left me to name any settlement I pleased.
He must have Dorothy at any price, said he. And I give you my honour,
mon cher Courtenay, that I lost no time in getting back to Arlington
Street, and called Dorothy down to tell her.\x92\x94

\x93Now may I be flayed,\x94 said Comyn, \x93if ever there was such another ass!\x94

The doctor took more snuff and fell a-laughing.

\x93But hark to this,\x94 said he, \x93here\x92s the cream of it all:

\x93You will scarce believe me when I say that the baggage was near beside
herself with anger at what I had to tell her. \x91Marry that misshapen
duke!\x92 cries she, \x91I would quicker marry Doctor Johnson!\x92 And truly, I
begin to fear she hath formed an affection for some like, foul-linened
beggar. That his Grace is misshapen I cannot deny; but I tried reason
upon her. \x91Think of the coronet, my dear, and of the ancient name to
which it belongs.\x92 She only stamps her foot and cries out:

\x93\x91Coronet fiddlesticks! And are you not content with the name you bear,
sir?\x94 \x91Our name is good as any in the three kingdoms,\x92 said I, with
truth. \x91Then you would have me, for the sake of the coronet, joined to
a wretch who is steeped in debauchery. Yes, debauchery, sir! You might
then talk, forsooth, to the macaronies of Maryland, of your daughter the
Duchess.\x92\x94

\x93There\x92s spirit for you, my lad!\x94 Comyn shouted; \x93I give you Miss
Dorothy.\x94 And he drained a glass of punch Scipio had brought in, Doctor
Courtenay and I joining him with a will.

\x93I pray you go on, sir,\x94 I said to the doctor.

\x93A pest on your impatience!\x94 replied he; \x93I begin to think you are in
love with her yourself.\x94

\x93To be sure he is,\x94 said Comyn; \x93he had lost my esteem and he were not.\x94

The doctor gave me an odd look. I was red enough, indeed.

\x93\x91I could say naught, my dear Courtenay, to induce her to believe that
his Grace\x92s indiscretions arose from the wildness of youth. And I pass
over the injustice she hath unwittingly done me, whose only efforts are
for her bettering. The end of it all was that I must needs post back
to the duke, who was stamping with impatience up and down, and drinking
Burgundy. I am sure I meant him no offence, but told him in as many
words, that my daughter had refused him. And, will you believe me,
sir? He took occasion to insult me (I cannot with propriety repeat his
speech), and he flung a bottle after me as I passed out the door. Was he
not far gone in wine at the time, I assure you I had called him out for
it.\x92\x94

\x93And, gentlemen,\x94 said the doctor, when our merriment was somewhat
spent, \x93I\x92ll lay a pipe of the best Madeira, that our little fool never
knows the figure he has cut with his Grace.\x94



CHAPTER XVI. IN WHICH SOME THINGS ARE MADE CLEAR

The Thunderer weighed the next day, Saturday, while I was still upon
my back, and Comyn sailed with her. Not, however, before I had seen
him again. Our affection was such as comes not often to those who drift
together to part. And he left me that sword with the jewelled hilt, that
hangs above my study fire, which he had bought in Toledo. He told me
that he was heartily sick of the navy; that he had entered only in
respect for a wish of his father\x92s, the late Admiral Lord Comyn, and
that the Thunderer was to sail for New York, where he looked for a
release from his commission, and whence he would return to England. He
would carry any messages to Miss Manners that I chose to send. But
I could think of none, save to beg him to remind her that she was
constantly in my thoughts. He promised me, roguishly enough, that he
would have thought of a better than that by the time he sighted Cape
Clear. And were I ever to come to London he would put me up at Brooks\x92s
Club, and warrant me a better time and more friends than ever had a
Caribbee who came home on a visit.

My grandfather kept his word in regard to Mr. Allen, and on Sunday
commanded the coach at eight. We drove over bad roads to the church at
South River. And he afterwards declined the voluntary aid he hitherto
had been used to give to St. Anne\x92s. In the meantime, good Mr. Swain had
called again, bringing some jelly and cake of Patty\x92s own making; and
a letter writ out of the sincerity of her heart, full of tender concern
and of penitence. She would never cease to blame herself for the wrong
she now knew she had done me.

Though still somewhat weak from my wound and confinement, after dinner
that Sunday I repaired to Gloucester Street. From the window she saw
me coming, and, bare-headed, ran out in the cold to meet me. Her eyes
rested first on the linen around my throat, and she seemed all in a fire
of anxiety.

\x93I had thought you would come to-day, when I heard you had been to South
River,\x94 she said.

I was struck all of a sudden with her looks. Her face was pale, and I
saw that she had suffered as much again as I. Troubled, I followed her
into the little library. The day was fading fast, and the leaping flames
behind the andirons threw fantastic shadows across the beams of the
ceiling. We sat together in the deep window.

\x93And you have forgiven me, Richard?\x94 she asked.

\x93An hundred times,\x94 I replied. \x93I deserved all I got, and more.\x94

\x93If I had not wronged and insulted you--\x94

\x93You did neither, Patty,\x94 I broke in; \x93I have played a double part for
the first and last time in my life, and I have been justly punished for
it.\x94

\x93\x91Twas I sent you to the Coffee House,\x94 she cried, \x93where you might have
been killed. How I despise myself for listening to Mr. Allen\x92s tales!\x94

\x93Then it was Mr. Allen!\x94 I exclaimed, fetching a long breath.

\x93Yes, yes; I will tell you all.\x94

\x93No,\x94 said I, alarmed at her agitation; \x93another time.\x94

\x93I must,\x94 she answered more calmly; \x93it has burned me enough. You recall
that we were at supper together, with Betty Tayloe and Lord Comyn,
and how merry we were, altho\x92 \x91twas nothing but \x91Dorothy\x92 with you
gentlemen. Then you left me. Afterwards, as I was talking with Mr.
Singleton, the rector came up. I never have liked the man, Richard, but
I little knew his character. He began by twitting me for a Whig, and
presently he said: \x91But we have gained one convert, Miss Swain, who sees
the error of his ways. Scarce a year since young Richard Carvel promised
to be one of those with whom his Majesty will have to reckon. And he
is now become,\x92--laughing,--\x91the King\x92s most loyal and devoted.\x92 I was
beside myself. \x91That is no subject for jest, Mr. Allen,\x92 I cried; I
will never believe it of him!\x92 \x91Jest!\x92 said he; I give you my word I was
never soberer in my life.\x92 Then it all came to me of a sudden that you
sat no longer by the hour with my father, as you used, and you denounced
the King\x92s measures and ministers no more. My father had spoken of it.
\x91Tell me why he has changed?\x92 I asked, faltering with doubt of you,
which I never before had felt. \x91Indeed, I know not,\x92 replied the rector,
with his most cynical smile; unless it is because old Mr. Carvel might
disinherit a Whig. But I see you doubt my word, Miss Swain. Here is Mr.
Carroll, and you may ask him.\x92 God forgive me, Richard! I stopped Mr.
Carroll, who seemed mightily surprised. And he told me yes, that your
grandfather had said but a few days before, and with joy, that you were
now of his Majesty\x92s party.\x94

\x93Alas! I might have foreseen this consequence,\x94 I exclaimed. \x93Nor do I
blame you, Patty.\x94

\x93But my father has explained all,\x94 Patty continued, brightening. \x93His
admiration for you is increased tenfold, Richard. Your grandfather told
him of the rector\x92s treachery, which he says is sufficient to make him
turn Methodist or Lutheran. We went to the curate\x92s service to-day.
And--will you hear more, sir? Or do your ears burn? That patriots and
loyalists are singing your praises from Town Gate to the dock, and
regretting that you did not kill that detestable Captain Collinson--but
I have something else, and of more importance, to tell you, Richard,\x94
 she continued, lowering her voice.

\x93What Mr. Carroll had told me stunned me like a blow, such had been my
faith in you. And when Mr. Allen moved off, I stood talking to
Percy Singleton and his Lordship without understanding a word of the
conversation. I could scarce have been in my right mind. It was not your
going over to the other side that pained me so, for all your people are
Tories. But I had rather seen you dead than a pretender and a hypocrite,
selling yourself for an inheritance. Then you came. My natural impulse
should have been to draw you aside and there accuse you. But this was
beyond my strength. And when I saw you go away without a word I knew
that I had been unjust. I could have wept before them all. Mr. Carroll
went for his coach, and was a full half an hour in getting it. But this
is what I would tell you in particular, Richard. I have not spoken of it
to a soul, and it troubles me above all else: While Maria was getting my
cardinal I heard voices on the other side of the dressing-room door. The
supper-room is next, you know. I listened, and recognized the rector\x92s
deep tones: \x91He has gone to the Coffee House,\x92 he was saying; Collinson
declares that his Lordship is our man, if we can but contrive it. He is
the best foil in the service, and was taught by--there! I have forgot
the name.\x94

\x93Angelo!\x94 I cried.

\x93Yes, yes, Angelo it was. How did you know?\x94 she demanded, rising in her
excitement.

\x93Angelo is the great fencing-master of London,\x94 I replied.

\x93When I heard that,\x94 she said, \x93I had no doubt of your innocence. I ran
out into the assembly room as I was, in my hood, and tried to find Tom.
But he--\x94 She paused, ashamed.

\x93Yes, I know,\x94 I said hurriedly; \x93you could not find him.\x94

She glanced at me in gratitude.

\x93How everybody stared at me! But little I cared! \x91Twas that gave rise to
Mr. Green\x92s report. I thought of Percy Singleton, and stopped him in the
midst of a dance to bid him run as fast as his legs would carry him to
the Coffee House, and to see that no harm befell you. \x91I shall hold you
responsible for Richard,\x92 I whispered. \x91You must get him away from Mr.
Claude\x92s, or I shall never speak to you again.\x92 He did not wait to ask
questions, but went at once, like the good fellow he is. Then I rode
home with Maria. I would not have Mr. Carroll come with me, though he
begged hard. Father was in here, writing his brief. But I was all in
pieces, Richard, and so shaken with sobbing that I could tell him no
more than that you had gone to the Coffee House, where they meant to
draw you into a duel. He took me up to my own room, and I heard him
going out to wake Limbo to harness, and at last heard him driving away
in our coach. I hope I may never in my life spend such another hour as I
passed then.\x94

The light in the sky had gone out. I looked up at the girl before me as
she stood gazing into the flame, her features in strong relief, her
lips parted, her hair red-gold, and the rounded outlines of her figure
softened. I wondered why I had never before known her beauty. Perchance
it was because, until that night, I had never seen her heart.

I leaped to my feet and seized her hands. For a second she looked at me,
startled. Then she tore them away and ran behind the dipping chair in
the corner.

\x93Richard, Richard!\x94 she exclaimed. \x93Did Dorothy but know!\x94

\x93Dorothy is occupied with titles,\x94 I said.

Patty\x92s lip quivered. And I knew, blundering fool that I was, that I had
hurt her.

\x93Oh, you wrong her!\x94 she cried; \x93believe me when I say that she loves
you, and you only, Richard.\x94

\x93Loves me!\x94 I retorted bitterly,--brutally, I fear. \x93No. She may have
once, long ago. But now her head is turned.\x94

\x93She loves you now,\x94 answered Patty, earnestly; \x93and I think ever will,
if you but deserve her.\x94

And with that she went away, leaving me to stare after her in perplexity
and consternation.



CHAPTER XVII. SOUTH RIVER

My grandfather\x92s defection from St. Anne\x92s called forth a deal of
comment in Annapolis. His Excellency came to remonstrate, but to no
avail, and Mr. Carvel denounced the rector in such terms that the
Governor was glad to turn the subject. My Uncle Grafton acted with
such quickness and force as would have served to lull the sharpest
suspicions. He forbid the rector his house, attended the curate\x92s
service, and took Philip from his care. It was decided that both my
cousin and I were to go to King\x92s College after Christmas. Grafton\x92s
conduct greatly pleased my grandfather. \x93He has behaved very loyally in
this matter, Richard.\x94 he said to me. \x93I grow to reproach myself more
every day for the injustice I once did him. He is heaping coals of fire
upon my old head. But, faith! I cannot stomach your Aunt Caroline. You
do not seem to like your uncle, lad.\x94

I answered that I did not.

\x93It was ever the Carvel way not to forget,\x94 he went on. \x93Nevertheless,
Grafton hath your welfare at heart, I think. His affection for you as
his brother\x92s son is great.\x94

O that I had spoken the words that burned my tongue!

Christmas fell upon Monday of that year, 1769. There was to be a ball at
Upper Marlboro on the Friday before, to which many of us were invited.
Though the morning came in with a blinding snowstorm from the north, the
first of that winter, about ten of the clock we set out from Annapolis
an exceeding merry party, the ladies in four coaches-and-six, the
gentlemen and their servants riding at the wheels. We laughed and joked
despite the storm, and exchanged signals with the fair ones behind the
glasses.

But we had scarce got two miles beyond the town gate when a messenger
overtook us with a note for Mr. Carvel, writ upon an odd slip of paper,
and with great apparent hurry:

HONOURED SIR,

\x93I have but just come to Annapolis from New York, with Instructions
to put into your Hands, & no Others, a Message of the greatest Import.
Hearing you are but now set out for Upper Marlboro I beg of you to
return for half an Hour to the Coffee House. By so doing you will be
of service to a Friend, and confer a Favour upon y\x92r most ob\x92d\x92t Humble
Servant,

\x93SILAS RIDGEWAY.\x94

Our cavalcade had halted while I read, the ladies letting down the
glasses and leaning out in their concern lest some trouble had befallen
me or my grandfather. I answered them and bade them ride on, vowing that
I would overtake the coaches before they reached the Patuxent. Then I
turned Cynthia\x92s head for town, with Hugo at my heels.

Patty, leaning from the window of the last coach, called out to me as I
passed. I waved my hand in return, and did not remember until long after
the anxiety in her eyes.

As I rode, and I rode hard, I pondered over the words of this letter. I
knew not this Mr. Ridgeway from the Lord Mayor of London; but I came to
the conclusion before I had reprised the gate that his message was from
Captain Daniel. And I greatly feared that some evil had befallen my good
friend. So I came to the Coffee House, and throwing my bridle to Hugo, I
ran in.

I found Mr. Ridgeway neither in the long room nor in the billiard room
nor the bar. Mr. Claude told me that indeed a man had arrived that
morning from the North, a spare person with a hooked nose and scant
hair, in a brown greatcoat with a torn cape. He had gone forth afoot
half an hour since. His messenger, a negro lad whose face I knew, was
in the stables with Hugo. He had never seen the stranger till he met
him that morning in State House Circle inquiring for Mr. Carvel, and had
been given a shilling to gallop after me. Impatient as I was to be gone,
I sat me down in the coffee room, thinking every minute the man must
return, and strongly apprehensive that Captain Daniel must be in some
grave predicament. That the favour he asked was of such a nature as I,
and not my grandfather, could best fulfil.

At length, about a quarter after noon, my man comes in with Mr. Claude
close behind him. I liked his looks less than his description, and the
moment I clapped eyes on him I knew that Captain Daniel had never chose
such a messenger.

\x93This is Mr. Richard Carvel,\x94 said Mr. Claude.

The fellow made me a low bow, which I scarcely returned.

\x93I am sure, \x91sir,\x94 he began in a whining voice, \x93that I crave your
forbearance for this prodigious, stupid mistake I have made.\x94

\x93Mistake!\x94 I exclaimed hotly; \x93you mean to say, sir, that you have
brought me back for nothing?\x94

The man\x92s eye shifted, and he made me another bow.

\x93I scarce know what to say, Mr. Carvel,\x94 he answered with much humility;
\x93to speak truth, \x91twas zeal to my employers, and methought to you, that
caused you to retrace your steps in this pestiferous storm. I travel,\x94
 he proceeded with some importance, \x93I travel for Messrs. Rinnell and
Runn, Barristers of the town of New York, and carry letters to men of
mark all over these middle and southern colonies. And my instructions,
sir, were to come to Annapolis with all reasonable speed with this
double-sealed enclosure for Mr. Carvel: and to deliver it to him, and
him only, the very moment I arrived. As I came through your town I made
inquiries, and was told by a black fellow in the Circle that Mr.
Carvel was but just left for Upper Marlboro with a cavalcade of four
coaches-and-six and some dozen gentlemen with their servants. I am sure
my mistake was pardonable, Mr. Carvel,\x94 he concluded with a smirk; \x93this
gentleman was plainly of the first quality, as was he to whom I was
directed. And as he was about to leave town for I knew not how long, I
hope I was in the right in bidding the black ride after him, for I
give you my word the business was most pressing for him. I crave your
forgiveness, and the pleasure of drinking your honour\x92s health.\x94

I barely heard the fellow through, and was turning on my heel in
disgust, when it struck me to ask him what Mr. Carvel he sought, for I
feared lest my grandfather had got into some lawsuit.

\x93And it please your honour, Mr. Grafton Carvel,\x94 said he; \x93your uncle,
I understand. Unfortunately he has gone to his estate in Kent County,
whither I must now follow him.\x94

I bade Mr. Claude summon my servant, not stopping to question the man
further, such was my resentment against him. And in ten minutes we were
out of the town again, galloping between the nearly filled tracks of the
coaches, now three hours ahead of us. The storm was increasing, and the
wind cutting, but I dug into Cynthia so that poor Hugo was put to it to
hold the pace, and, tho\x92 he had a pint of rum in him, was near perished
with the cold. As my anger cooled somewhat I began to wonder how Mr.
Silas Ridgeway, whoever he was, could have been such a simpleton as his
story made him out. Indeed, he looked more the rogue than the ass; nor
could I conceive how reliable barristers could hire such a one. I wished
heartily that I had exhausted him further, and a suspicion crossed my
brain that he might have come to Mr. Allen, who had persuaded him to
deliver a letter to Grafton intended for me. Some foreboding beset
me, and I was once close to a full mind for going back, and slacked
Cynthia\x92s pace to a trot. But the thought of the pleasures at Upper
Marlboro\x92 and the hope of overtaking the party at Mr. Dorsey\x92s place,
over the Patuxent, where they looked to dine, decided me in pushing on.
And thus we came to South River, with the snow so thick that we could
scarce see ten yards in front of us.

Beyond, the road winds up the hill\x92around the end of Mr. Wiley\x92s
plantation and plunges shortly into the woods, gray and cold indeed
to-day. At their skirt a trail branches off which leads to Mr. Whey\x92s
warehouses, on the water\x92s edge a mile or so below. And I marked that
this path was freshly trodden. I recall a small shock of surprise at
this, for the way was used only in the early autumn to connect with
some fields beyond the hill. And then I heard a sharp cry from Hugo and
pulled Cynthia short. He was some ten paces behind me.

\x93Marse Dick!\x94 he shouted, the whites of his eyes rolled up. \x93We\x92se gwine
to be robbed, Marse Dick.\x94 And he pointed to the footprints in the snow;
\x93somefin done tole Hugo not come to-day.\x94

\x93Nonsense!\x94 I cried; \x93Mr. Wiley is making his lazy beggars cut wood
against Christmas.\x94

When in this temper the poor fellow had more fear of me than of aught
else, and he closed up to my horse\x92s flank, glancing apprehensively to
the right and left, his teeth rattling. We went at a brisk trot. We know
not, indeed, how to account for many things in this world, for with.
each beat of Cynthia\x92s feet I found myself repeating the words South
River and Marlboro, and seeking in my mind a connection to something
gone before. Then, like a sudden gust of wind, comes to me that strange
talk between Grafton and the rector, overheard by old Harvey in the
stables at Carvel Hall. And Cynthia\x92s ears were pointing forward.

With a quick impulse I loosed the lower frogs of my coat, for my sword
was buckled beneath, and was reaching for one of the brace of pistols
in my saddle-bags. I had but released them when Hugo cried out: \x93Gawd,
Marse Dick, run for yo\x92 life!\x94 and I caught a glimpse of him flying down
the road. As I turned a shot rang out, Cynthia reared high with a rough
brute of a fellow clinging to her bridle. I sent my charge full into his
chest, and as he tumbled in the snow I dug my spurs to the rowels.

What happened then is still a blurred picture in my brain. I know that
Cynthia was shot from under me before she had taken her leap, and we
fell heavily together. And I was scarcely up again and my sword drawn,
when the villains were pressing me from all sides. I remember spitting
but one, and then I heard a great seafaring oath, the first word out of
their mouths, and I was felled from behind with a mighty blow.



CHAPTER XVIII. THE \x93BLACK MOLL\x94

I have no intention, my dears, of dwelling upon that part of my
adventures which must be as painful to you as to me, the very
recollection of which, after all these years, suffices to cause the
blood within me to run cold. In my youth men whose natures shrank not
from encounter with their enemies lacked not, I warrant you, a checkered
experience. Those of us who are wound the tightest go the farthest and
strike the hardest. Nor is it difficult for one, the last of whose life
is being recorded, to review the outspread roll of it, and trace the
unerring forces which have drawn for themselves.

Some, indeed, traverse this world weighing, before they partake,
pleasure and business alike. But I am not sure, my children, that they
better themselves; or that God, in His all-wise judgment, prefers them
to such as are guided by the divine impulse with which He has endowed
them. Far be it from me to advise rashness or imprudence, as such; nor
do I believe you will take me so. But I say unto you: do that which is
right, and let God, not man, be your interpreter.

My narrative awaits me.

I came to my wits with an immoderate feeling of faintness and sickness,
with no more remembrance of things past than has a man bereft of
reason. And for some time I swung between sense and oblivion before an
overpowering stench forced itself upon my nostrils, accompanied by a
creaking, straining sound and sweeping motion. I could see nothing for
the pitchy blackness. Then I recalled what had befallen me, and cried
aloud to God in my anguish, for I well knew I had been carried aboard
ship, and was at sea. I had oftentimes heard of the notorious press-gang
which supplied the need of the King\x92s navy, and my first thought was
that I had fallen in their clutches. But I wondered that they had dared
attack a person of my consequence.

I had no pain. I lay in a bunk that felt gritty and greasy to the touch,
and my hair was matted behind by a clot of blood. I had been stripped of
my clothes, and put into some coarse and rough material, the colour and
condition of which I could not see for want of light. I began to cast
about me, to examine the size of the bunk, which I found to be narrow,
and plainly at some distance from the deck, for I laid hold upon one of
the rough beams above me. By its curvature I knew it to be a knee, and
thus I came to the caulked sides of the vessel, and for the first time
heard the rattling thud and swish of water on the far side of it. I had
no sooner made this discovery, which drew from me an involuntary groan,
when a ship\x92s lanthorn was of a sudden thrust over me, and I perceived
behind it a head covered with shaggy hair and beard, and beetling brows.
Never had I been in such a terrifying presence.

\x93Damn my blood and bones, life signals at last! Another three bells
gone, my silks and laces, and we had given you to the sharks.\x94

The man hung his lanthorn to a hook on the beam, and thrust a
case-bottle of rum toward me, at the same time biting off a great quid
of tobacco. For all my alarm I saw that his manner was not unkindly, and
as I was conscious of a consuming thirst I seized and tipped it eagerly.

\x93\x91Tis no fine Madeira, my blood,\x94 said he, \x93such as I fancy your palate
is acquainted with. Yet \x91tis as fair a Jamaica as ever Griggs put ashore
i\x92 the dark.\x94

\x93Griggs!\x94 I cried, the whole affair coming to me: Griggs, Upper
Marlboro\x92, South River, Grafton and the rector plotting in the stalls,
and Mr. Silas Ridgeway the accomplice.

\x93Ay, Griggs,\x94 replied he; \x93ye may well repeat it, the-------, I\x92ll lay a
puncheon he\x92ll be hailing you shortly. Guinea Griggs, Gold-Coast Griggs,
Smuggler Griggs, Skull-and-Bones Griggs. Damn his soul and eyes, he hath
sent to damnation many a ship\x92s company.\x94

He drained what remained of the bottle, took down the lanthorn, and left
me sufficiently terrified to reflect upon my situation, which I found
desperate enough, my dears. I have no words to describe what I went
through in that vile, foul-smelling place. My tears flowed fast when I
thought of my grandfather and of the dear friends I had left behind, and
of Dorothy, whom I never hoped to see again. And then, perchance \x91twas
the rum put heart into me, I vowed I would face the matter show this
cut-throat of a Griggs a bold front. Had he meant to murder me, I
reflected, he had done the business long since. Then I fell asleep.

I awoke, I know not how soon, to discover the same shaggy countenance,
and the lanthorn.

\x93Canst walk, Mechlin?\x94 says he.

\x93I can try, at least,\x94 I answered.

He seemed pleased at this.

\x93You have courage a-plenty, and, by G--, you will have need of it all
with that of a Griggs!\x94 He gave me his bottle again, and assisted me
down, and I found that my legs, save for the rocking of the ship, were
steady enough. I followed him out of the hole in which I had lain on to
a deck, which, in the half light, I saw covered with slush and filth.
It was small, and but dimly illuminated by a hatchway, up the which I
pushed after him, and then another. And so we came to the light of day,
which near blinded me: so that I was fain to clap my hand to mine eyes,
and stood for a space looking about me like a man dazed. The wind, tho\x92
blowing stiff, was mild, and league after league of the green sea danced
and foamed in the morning sunlight, and I perceived that I was on a
large schooner under full sail, the crew of which were littered about
at different occupations. Some gaming and some drinking, while on the
forecastle two men were settling a dispute at fisticuffs. And they gave
me no more notice, nor as much, than I had been a baboon thrust among
them. From this indifference to a captive I augured no good. Then my
conductor, whom I rightly judged to be the mate of this devil\x92s crew,
took me roughly by the shoulder and bade me accompany him to the cabin.

As we drew near the topgallant poop there sounded in my ears a noise
like a tempest, which I soon became aware was a man swearing with a
prodigious vehemence in a fog-horn of a voice. \x93Sdeath and wounds! Where
is that dog-fish of a Cockle? Damn his entrails, and he is not come
soon, I\x92ll mast-head him naked, by the seven holy spritsails!\x94 And
much more and worse to the same tune until we passed the door and stood
before him, when he let out an oath like the death-cry of a monster.

He was a short, lean man with a leathery face and long, black ropy hair,
and beady black eyes that caught the light like a cat\x92s. His looks,
indeed, would have scared a timid person into a fit; but I resolved I
would die rather than show the fear with which he inspired me. He was
dressed in an old navy uniform with dirty lace. His cabin was bare
enough, being scattered about with pistols and muskets and cutlasses,
with a ragged pallet in one corner, and he sat behind an oaken table
covered with greasy charts and spilled liquor and tobacco.

\x93So ho, you are risen from the dead, are you, my fine buck? Mr.
What-do-they-call-you?\x94 cried the captain, with a word as foul as any
he had yet uttered. \x93By the Lord, you shall pay for running my bosun
through!\x94

\x93And by the Lord, Captain What\x92s-your-name,\x94 I cried back, for the rum I
had taken had heated me, \x93you and your fellow-rascals shall pay in blood
for this villanous injury!\x94

Griggs got to his feet and seized his hanger, his face like livid marble
seamed with blue. And from force of habit I made motion for my sword,
to make the shameful discovery that I was clothed from head to foot in
linsey-woolsey.

\x93G-d---my soul,\x94 he roared, \x93if I don\x92t slit you like a herring! The
devil burn me to a cinder if I don\x92t give your guts to the sharks!\x94 And
he made at me in such a fury that I would certainly have been cut to
pieces had I not grasped a cutlass and parried his blow, Cockle looking
on with his jaw dropped like a peak without haulyards. With a stroke of
my weapon I disarmed Captain Griggs, his sword flying through the cabin
window. For I made up my mind I would better die fighting than expire at
a hideous torture, which I doubted not he would inflict, and so I took
up a posture of defence, with one eye on the mate; despite the kind
offices of the latter below I knew not whether he were disposed to
befriend me before the captain. What was my astonishment, therefore, to
behold Griggs\x92s truculent manner change.

\x93Avast, my man-o-war,\x94 he cried; \x93blood and wounds! I had more than an
eye when they brought thee aboard, else I would have killed thee like
a sucking-pig under the forecastle, as I have given oath to do. By the
Ghost, you are worth seven of that Roger Spratt whom you sent to hell in
his boots.\x94

Wherewith Cockle, who for all his terrible appearance stood in a mighty
awe of his captain, set up a loud laugh, and vowed that Griggs knew a
man when he spared me, and was cursed for his pains.

\x93So you were contracted to murder me, Captain Griggs?\x94 said I.

\x93Ay,\x94 he replied, a devilish gleam coming into his eye, \x93but I have now
got you and the money to boot. But harkye, I\x92ll stand by my half of the
bargain, by G--. If ever you reach Maryland alive, they may hang me to
the yardarm of a ship-of-the-line.\x94

And I live long enough, my dears, I hope some day to write for you the
account of all that befell me on this slaver, Black Moll, for so she was
called. \x91Twould but delay my story now. Suffice it to say that we sailed
for a fortnight or so in the West India seas. From some observations
that fell from the mouth of Griggs I gathered that he was searching for
an island which evaded him; and each day added to his vexation at not
finding it. At times he was drunk for forty hours at a stretch, when
he would shut himself in his cabin and leave his ship to the care of
Cockle, who navigated with the sober portion of the crew. And such a
lousy, brawling lot of convicts I had never clapped eyes upon. As for
me, I was treated indifferently well, though \x91twas in truth punishment
enough to live in that filthy ship, to eat their shins of beef and briny
pork and wormy biscuit, to wear rough clothes that chafed my skin. I
shared Cockle\x92s cabin, in every way as dirty a place as the den I had
left, but with the advantage of air, for which I fervently thanked God.

I think the mate had some little friendship for me, though he was too
hardened by the life he had led to care a deal what became of me. He
encouraged me secretly to continue to beard Griggs as I had begun,
saying that it was my sole chance of a whole skin, and vowing that if he
had had the courage to pursue the same course his own back had not been
checkered like a grating. He told me stories of the captain\x92s cruelty
which I dare not repeat for their very horror, and indeed I lacked not
for instances to substantiate what he said; men with their backs beaten
to a pulp, and others with ears cut off, and mouths slit, and toes
missing. So that I lived in hourly fear lest in some drunken fit
Griggs might command me to be tortured. But, fortunately, he held small
converse with me, and when sober busied himself in trying to find the
island and in cursing the fate by which it eluded him.

So I existed, and prayed daily for deliverance. I plied Cockle with
questions as to what they purposed doing with me, but he was wont to
turn sulky, and would answer me not a word. But once, when he was deeper
in his cups than common, he let me know that Griggs was to sell me to a
certain planter. You may well believe that this did not serve to liven
my spirits.

At length, one morning, Captain Griggs came out of his cabin and climbed
upon the poop, calling all hands aft to the quarterdeck. Whereupon he
proceeded to make them a speech that for vileness exceeded aught I have
ever heard before or since. He finished by reminding them that this was
the anniversary of the scuttling of the sloop Jane, which had made them
all rich a year before, off the Canaries; the day that he had sent three
and twenty men over the plank to hell. Wherefore he decreed a holiday,
as the weather was bright and the trades light, and would serve
quadruple portions of rum to every man jack aboard; and they set up a
cheer that started the Mother Careys astern.

I have no language to depict the bestiality of that day; and if I had I
would think it sin to write of it. The helm was lashed on the port tack,
the haulyards set taut, and all hands down to the lad who was the cook\x92s
scullion proceeded to get drunk. I took the precaution to have a hanger
at my side and to slip one of Cockle\x92s pistols within the band of my
breeches. I was in an exquisite\x92 agony of indecision as to what manner
to act and how to defend myself from their drunken brutality, for I well
knew that if I refused to imbibe with them I should probably be murdered
for my abstemiousness; and, if I drank, the stuff was so near to alcohol
that I could not hope to keep my senses. While in this predicament I
received a polite invitation to partake in the captain\x92s company,
which I did not see my way clear to refuse, and repaired to the cabin
accordingly.

There I found Griggs and Cockle seated, and a fair-sized barrel of rum
between them that the captain had just moved thither. By way of welcome
he shot at me a volley of curses and bade me to fill up, and through
fear of offending him I took down my first mug with a fair good grace.
Then, in his own particular language, he began the account of the
capture of the Jane, taking care in the pauses to see that my mug was
full. But, as luck would have it, he got no farther than the boarding by
the Black Moll\x92s crew, when he fell to squabbling with Cockle as to who
had been the first man over the side; and while they were settling this
difference I grasped the opportunity to escape.

The maudlin scene that met my eyes on deck defies description; some
were fighting, others grinning with a hideous laughter, and still others
shouting tavern jokes unspeakable. And suddenly, whilst I was observing
these things from a niche behind the cabin door, I heard the captain
cry from within, \x93The ensign, the ensign!\x94 Forgetting his dispute with
Cockle, he bumped past me and made his way with some trouble to the
poop. I climbed the ladder after him, and to my horror beheld him in
a drunken frenzy drag a black flag with a rudely painted skull and
cross-bones from the signal-chest, and with uncertain fingers toggle it
to the ensign haulyards and hoist to the peak, where it fluttered grimly
in the light wind like an evil augur on a fair day. At sight of it the
wretches on deck fell to shouting and huzzaing, Griggs standing leering
up at it. Then he gravely pulled off his hat and made it a bow, and
turned upon me.

\x93Salute it, ye lubberly! Ye are no first-rate here,\x94 he thundered.
\x93Salute the flag!\x94

Unless fear had kept me sober, \x91tis past my understanding why I was not
as drunk as he. Be that as it may, I was near as quarrelsome, and would
as soon have worshipped the golden calf as saluted that rag. I flung
back some reply, and he lugged out and came at me with a spring like a
wild beast; and his men below, seeing us fall out, made a rush for the
poop with knives and cutlasses drawn. Betwixt them all I should soon
have been in slivers had not the main shrouds offered themselves handy.
And up them I sprung, the captain cutting at my legs as I left
the sheer-pole, and I stopped not until I reached the schooner\x92s
cross-trees, where I drew my cutlass. They pranced around the mast and
showered me with oaths, for all the world like a lot of howling dogs
which had treed a cat.

I began to feel somewhat easier, and cried aloud that the first of
them who came up after me would go down again in two pieces. Despite my
warning a brace essayed to climb the ratlines, as pitiable an attempt as
ever I witnessed, and fell to the deck again. \x91Twas a miracle that they
missed falling into the sea. And after a while, becoming convinced
that they could not get at me, and being too far gone to shoot with any
accuracy, they tumbled off the poop swearing to serve me in a hundred
horrible ways when they caught me, and fell again to drinking and
quarrelling amongst themselves. I was indeed in an unenviable plight,
by no means sure that I would not be slain out of hand when they became
sufficiently sober to capture me. As I marked the progress of their
damnable orgy I cast about for some plan to take advantage of their
condition. I observed that a stupor was already beginning to overcome a
few of them. Then suddenly an incident happened to drive all else from
my mind.

Nothing less, my dears, than a white speck of sail gleaming on the
southern horizon!

For an hour I watched it, now in a shiver of apprehension lest it pass
us by, now weeping in an ecstasy of joy over a possible deliverance. But
it grew steadily larger, and when about three miles on our port bow I
saw that the ship was a brigantine. Though she had long been in sight
from our deck, \x91twas not until now that she was made out by a man on the
forecastle, who set up a cry that brought about him all who could reel
thither, Griggs staggering out of his cabin and to the nettings. The
sight sobered him somewhat, for he immediately shouted orders to cast
loose the guns, himself tearing the breeching from the nine-pounder next
him and taking out the tompion. About half the crew were in a liquorish
stupor from which the trump itself could scarce have aroused them;
the rest responded with savage oaths, swore that they would boil their
suppers in the blood of the brigantine\x92s men and give their corpses to
the sea. They fell to work on the port battery in so ludicrous a manner
that I was fain to laugh despite the gravity of the situation. But when
they came to rig the powderhoist and a couple of them descended into
the magazine with pipes lighted, I was in imminent expectation of being
blown as high as a kite.

So absorbed had I been in these preparations that I neglected to watch
the brigantine, which I discovered to be standing on and off in a very
undecided manner, as though hesitating to attack. My spirits fell again
at this, for with all my inexperience I knew her to be a better sailer
than the Black Moll. Her master, as Griggs remarked, \x93was no d--d
slouching lubber, and knew a yardarm from a rattan cane.\x94

Finally, about six bells of the watch, the stranger wore ship and bore
down across our bows, hoisting English colours, at sight of which I
could scarce forbear a cheer. At this instant, Captain Griggs woke to
the fact that his helm was still lashed, and bestowing a hearty kick on
his prostrate quartermaster stuck fast to the pitchy seams of the deck,
took the wheel himself, and easing off before the wind to bring the
vessels broadside to broadside, commanded that the guns be shooed to
the muzzle, an order that was barely executed before the brigantine came
within close range. Aboard her was all order and readiness; the men at
her guns fuse in hand, an erect and pompous figure of a man, in a cocked
hat, on the break of her poop. He raised his hand, two puffs of white
smoke darted out, and I heard first the shrieking of shot, the broadside
came crashing round us, one tearing through the mainsail below me,
another mangling two men in the waist of our schooner, and Griggs gave
the order to touch off. But two of his guns answered, one of which had
been so gorged with shot that it burst in a hundred pieces and sent
the fellow with the swab to perdition, and such a hell of blood and
confusion as resulted is indescribable. I saw Griggs in a wild fit of
rage force the helm down, the schooner flying into the wind. And by this
time, the brigantine having got round and presented her port battery,
raked us at a bare hundred yards, and I was the first to guess by the
tilting forward of the mast that our hull was hit between wind and
water, and was fast settling by the bow.

The schooner was sinking like a gallipot.

That day, with the sea flashing blue and white in the sun, I saw men go
to death with a curse upon their lips and a fever in their eyes, with
murder and defiance of God\x92s holy will in their hearts. Overtaken in
bestiality, like the judgment of Nineveh, five and twenty disappeared
from beneath me, and I had scarce the time to throw off my cutlass
before I, too, was engulfed. So expired the Black Moll.



Volume 4.



CHAPTER XIX. A MAN OF DESTINY

I was picked up and thrown into the brigantine\x92s long-boat with a head
and stomach full of salt water, and a heart as light as spray with the
joy of it all. A big, red-bearded man lifted my heels to drain me.

\x93The mon\x92s deid,\x94 said he.

\x93Dead!\x94 cried I, from the bottom-board. \x93No more dead than you!\x94

I turned over so lustily that he dropped my feet, and I sat up,
something to his consternation. And they had scarce hooked the ship\x92s
side when I sprang up the sea-ladder, to the great gaping of the boat\x92s
crew, and stood with the water running off me in rivulets before
the captain himself. I shall never forget the look of his face as he
regarded my sorry figure.

\x93Now by Saint Andrew,\x94 exclaimed he, \x93are ye kelpie or pirate?\x94

\x93Neither, captain,\x94 I replied, smiling as the comical end of it came up
to me, \x93but a young gentleman in misfortune.\x94

\x93Hoots!\x94 says he, frowning at the grinning half-circle about us, \x93it\x92s
daft ye are--\x94

But there he paused, and took of me a second sizing. How he got at my
birth behind my tangled mat of hair and wringing linsey-woolsey I
know not to this day. But he dropped his Scotch and merchant-captain\x92s
manner, and was suddenly a French courtier, making me a bow that had
done credit to a Richelieu.

\x93Your servant, Mr.--\x94

\x93Richard Carvel, of Carvel Hall, in his Majesty\x92s province of Maryland.\x94

He seemed sufficiently impressed.

\x93Your very humble servant, Mr. Carvel. \x91Tis in faith a privilege to be
able to serve a gentleman.\x94

He bowed me toward his cabin, and then in sharp, quick tones he gave
an order to his mate to get under way, and I saw the men turning to the
braces with wonder in their eyes. My own astonishment was as great. And
so, with my clothes sucking to my body and a trail of water behind me
like that of a wet walrus, I accompanied the captain aft. His quarters
were indeed a contrast to those of Griggs, being so neat that I paused
at the door for fear of profaning them; but was so courteously bid to
enter that I came on again. He summoned a boy from the round house.

\x93William,\x94 said he, \x93a bottle of my French brandy. And my compliments
to Mr. MacMuir, and ask him for a suit of clothes. You are a larger man
than I, Mr. Carvel,\x94 he said to me, \x93or I would fit you out according to
your station.\x94

I was too overwhelmed to speak. He poured out a liberal three fingers
of brandy, and pledged me as handsomely as I had been an admiral
come thither in mine own barge, instead of a ragged lad picked off a
piratical slaver, with nothing save my bare word and address. \x91Twas then
I had space to note him more particularly. His skin was the rich colour
of a well-seasoned ship\x92s bell, and he was of the middle height, owned
a slight, graceful figure, tapering down at the waist like a top, which
had set off a silk coat to perfection and soured the beaus with envy.
His movements, however, had all the decision of a man of action and of
force. But his eye it was took possession of me--an unfathomable, dark
eye, which bore more toward melancholy than sternness, and yet had
something of both. He wore a clean, ruffled shirt, an exceeding neat
coat and breeches of blue broadcloth, with plate burnished buttons, and
white cotton stockings. Truly, this was a person to make one look twice,
and think oftener. Then, as I went to pledge him, I, too, was caught for
his name.

\x93Paul,\x94 said he; \x93John Paul, of the brigantine John, of Kirkcudbright,
in the West India trade.\x94

\x93Captain Paul--\x94 I began. But my gratitude stuck fast in my throat and
flowed out of my eyes. For the thought of the horrors from which he
had saved me for the first time swept over me; his own kind treatment
overcame me, and I blubbered like a child. With that he turned his back.

\x93Hoots,\x94 says he, again, \x93dinna ye thank me. \x91Tis naething to scuttle a
nest of vermin, but the duty of ilka man who sails the seas.\x94 By this,
having got the better of his emotion, he added: \x93And if it has been my
good fortune to save a gentleman, Mr. Carvel, I thank God for it, as you
must.\x94

Save for a slackness inside the leg and in the hips, Macbluir\x92s clothes
fitted me well enough, and presently I reappeared in the captain\x92s cabin
rigged out in the mate\x92s shore suit of purplish drab, and brass-buckled
shoes that came high over the instep, with my hair combed clear and
tied with a ribbon behind. I felt at last that I might lay some claim to
respectability. And what was my surprise to find Captain Paul buried to
his middle in a great chest, and the place strewn about with laced and
broidered coats and waistcoats, frocks and Newmarkets, like any tailor\x92s
shop in Church Street. So strange they looked in those tropical seas
that he was near to catching me in a laugh as he straightened up. \x91Twas
then I noted that he was a younger man than I had taken him for.

\x93You gentlemen from the southern colonies are too well nourished, by
far,\x94 says he; \x93you are apt to be large of chest and limb. \x91Odds bods,
Mr. Carvel, it grieves me to see you apparelled like a barber surgeon.
If the good Lord had but made you smaller, now,\x94 and he sighed, \x93how
well this skyblue frock had set you off.\x94

\x93Indeed, I am content, and more, captain,\x94 I replied with a smile, \x93and
thankful to be safe amongst friends. Never, I assure you, have I had
less desire for finery.\x94

\x93Ay,\x94 said he, \x93you may well say that, you who have worn silk all your
life, and will the rest of it, and we get safe to port. But believe me,
sir, the pleasure of seeing one of your face and figure in such a coat
as that would not be a small one.\x94

And disregarding my blushes and protests, he held up the watchet blue
frock against me, and it was near fitting me but for my breadth,--the
skirts being prodigiously long. I wondered mightily what tailor had
thrust this garment upon him; its fashion was of the old king\x92s time,
the cuffs slashed like a sea-officer\x92s uniform, and the shoulders made
carefully round. But other thoughts were running within me then.

\x93Captain,\x94 I cut in, \x93you are sailing eastward.\x94

\x93Yes, yes,\x94 he answered absently, fingering some Point d\x92Espagne.

\x93There is no chance of touching in the colonies?\x94 I persisted.

\x93Colonies! No,\x94 said he, in the same abstraction; \x93I am making for the
Solway, being long overdue. But what think you of this, Mr. Carvel?\x94

And he held up a wondrous vellum-hole waistcoat of a gone-by vintage,
and I saw how futile it were to attempt to lead him, while in that
state of absorption, to topics which touched my affair. Of a sudden
the significance of what he had said crept over me, the word Solway
repeating itself in my mind. That firth bordered England itself,
and Dorothy was in London! I became reconciled. I had no particle of
objection to the Solway save the uneasiness my grandfather would come
through, which was beyond helping. Fate had ordered things well.

Then I fell to applauding, while the captain tried on (for he was not
content with holding up) another frock of white drab, which, cuffs and
pockets, I\x92ll take my oath mounted no less than twenty-four: another
plain one of pink cut-velvet; tail-coats of silk, heavily broidered with
flowers, and satin waistcoats with narrow lace. He took an inconceivable
enjoyment out of this parade, discoursing the while, like a nobleman
with nothing but dress in his head, or, perhaps, like a mastercutter,
about the turn of this or that lapel, the length from armpit to fold,
and the number of button-holes that was proper. And finally he exhibited
with evident pride a pair of doeskins that buttoned over the calf to be
worn with high shoes, which I make sure he would have tried on likewise
had he been offered the slightest encouragement. So he exploited the
whole of his wardrobe, such an unlucky assortment of finery as I never
wish to see again; all of which, however, became him marvellously,
though I think he had looked well in anything. I hope I may be forgiven
the perjury I did that day. I wondered greatly that such a foible should
crop out in a man of otherwise sound sense and plain ability.

At length, when the last chest was shut again and locked, and I had
exhausted my ingenuity at commendation, and my patience also, he turned
to me as a man come out of a trance.

\x93Od\x92s fish, Mr. Carvel,\x94 he cried, \x93you will be starved. I had forgot
your state.\x94

I owned that hunger had nigh overcome me, whereupon he became very
solicitous, bade the boy bring in supper at once, and in a short time
we sat down together to the best meal I had seen for a month. It seemed
like a year. Porridge, and bacon nicely done, and duff and ale, with the
sea rushing past the cabin windows as we ate, touched into colour by the
setting sun. Captain Paul did not mess with his mates, not he, and
he gave me to understand that I was to share his cabin, apologizing
profusely for what he was pleased to call poor fare. He would have it
that he, and not I, were receiving favour.

\x93My dear sir,\x94 he said once, \x93you cannot know what a bit of finery is
to me, who has so little chance for the wearing of it. To discuss with
a gentleman, a connoisseur (I know a bit of French, Mr. Carvel), is a
pleasure I do not often come at.\x94

His simplicity in this touched me; it was pathetic.

\x93How know you I am a gentleman, Captain Paul?\x94 I asked curiously.

\x93I should lack discernment, sir,\x94 he retorted, with some heat, \x93if
I could not see as much. Breeding shines through sack-cloth, sir.
Besides,\x94 he continued, in a milder tone, \x93the look of you is candour
itself. Though I have not greatly the advantage of you in age, I have
seen many men, and I know that such a face as yours cannot lie.\x94

Here Mr. Lowrie, the second mate, came in with a report; and I remarked
that he stood up hat in hand whilst making it, very much as if Captain
Paul commanded a frigate. The captain went to a locker and brought
forth some mellow Madeira, and after the mate had taken a glass of it
standing, he withdrew. Then we lighted pipes and sat very cosey with a
lanthorn swung between us, and Captain Paul expressed a wish to hear my
story.

I gave him my early history briefly, dwelling but casually upon
the position enjoyed in Maryland by my family; but I spoke of my
grandfather, now turning seventy, gray-haired in the service of King
and province. The captain was indeed a most sympathetic listener, now
throwing in a question showing keen Scotch penetration, and anon making
a most ludicrous inquiry as to the dress livery our footmen wore, and
whether Mr. Carvel used outriders when he travelled abroad. This was the
other side of the man. As the wine warmed and the pipe soothed, I spoke
at length of Grafton and the rector; and when I came to the wretched
contrivance by which they got me aboard the Black Moll, he was stalking
hither and thither about the cabin, his fists clenched and his voice
thick, breaking into Scotch again and vowing that hell were too good for
such as they.

His indignation, which seemed real and generous, transformed him into
another man. He showered question after question upon me concerning my
uncle and Mr. Allen; declared that he had known many villains, but had
yet to hear of their equals; and finally, cooling a little, gave it as
his judgment that the crime could never be brought home to them. This
was my own opinion. He advised me, before we turned in, to \x93gie the
parson a Grunt\x94 as soon as ever I could lay hands upon him.


The John made a good voyage for that season, with fair winds and clear
skies for the most part. \x91Twas a stout ship and a steady, with generous
breadth of beam, and kept by the master as clean and bright as his
porringer. He was Emperor aboard her. He spelt Command with a large C,
and when he inspected, his jacks stood to attention like man-o\x92-war\x92s
men. The John mounting only four guns, and but two of them ninepounders,
I expressed my astonishment that he had dared attack a pirate craft like
the Black Moll, without knowing her condition and armament.

\x93Richard,\x94 says he, impressively, for we had become very friendly, \x93I
would close with a thirty-two and she flew that flag. Why, sir, a bold
front is half the battle, using circumspection, of a course. A pretty
woman, whatever her airs and quality, is to be carried the same way, and
a man ought never to be frightened by appearances.\x94

Sometimes, at our meals, we discussed politics. But he seemed lukewarm
upon this subject. He had told me that he had a brother William in
Virginia, who was a hot Patriot. The American quarrel seemed to interest
him very little. I should like to underscore this last sentence, my
dears, in view of what comes after. What he said on the topic leaned
perhaps to the King\x92s side, tho\x92 he was careful to say nothing that
would give me offence. I was not surprised, for I had made a fair
guess of his ambitions. It is only honest to declare that in my soberer
moments my estimate of his character suffered. But he was a strange
man,--a genius, as I soon discovered, to rouse the most sluggish nature
to enthusiasm.

The joy of sailing is born into some men, and those who are marked for
the sea go down thither like the very streams, to be salted. Whatever
the sign, old Stanwix was not far wrong when he read it upon me, and
\x91twas no great while before I was part and parcel of the ship beneath
my feet, breathing deep with her every motion. What feeling can compare
with that I tasted when the brigantine lay on her side, the silver spray
hurling over the bulwarks and stinging me to life! Or, in the watches,
to hear the sea lashing along her strakes in never ending music! I
gave MacMuir his shore suit again, and hugely delighted and astonished
Captain Paul by donning a jacket of Scotch wool and a pair of seaman\x92s
boots, and so became a sailor myself. I had no mind to sit idle the
passage, and the love of it, as I have said, was in me. In a fortnight
I went aloft with the best of the watch to reef topsails, and trod a
foot-rope without losing head or balance, bent an easing, and could lay
hand on any lift, brace, sheet, or haulyards in the racks. John Paul
himself taught me to tack and wear ship, and MacMuir to stow a headsail.
The craft came to me, as it were, in a hand-gallop.

At first I could make nothing of the crew, not being able to understand
a word of their Scotch; but I remarked, from the first, that they were
sour and sulky, and given to gathering in knots when the captain or
MacMuir had not the deck. For Mr. Lowrie, poor man, they had little
respect. But they plainly feared the first mate, and John Paul most of
all. Of me their suspicion knew no bounds, and they would give me
gruff answers, or none, when I spoke to them. These things roused both
curiosity and foreboding within me.

Many a watch I paced thro\x92 with MacMuir, big and red and kindly, and I
was not long in letting him know of the interest which Captain Paul
had inspired within me. His own feeling for him was little short of
idolatry. I had surmised much as to the rank of life from which the
captain had sprung, but my astonishment was great when I was told that
John Paul was the son of a poor gardener.

\x93A gardener\x92s son, Mr. MacMuir!\x94 I repeated.

\x93Just that,\x94 said he, solemnly, \x93a guid man an\x92 haly\x92 was auld Paul.
Unco puir, by reason o\x92 seven bairns. I kennt the daddie weel. I mak
sma\x92 doubt the captain\x92ll tak ye hame wi\x92 him, syne the mither an\x92
sisters still be i\x92 the cot i\x92 Mr. Craik\x92s croft.\x94

\x93Tell me, MacMuir,\x94 said I, \x93is not the captain in some trouble?\x94

For I knew that something, whatever it was, hung heavy on John Paul\x92s
mind as we drew nearer Scotland. At times his brow would cloud and he
would fall silent in the midst of a jest. And that night, with the stars
jumping and the air biting cold (for we were up in the 40\x92s), and the
John wish-washing through the seas at three leagues the hour, MacMuir
told me the story of Mungo Maxwell. You may read it for yourselves, my
dears, in the life of John Paul Jones.

\x93Wae\x92s me!\x94 he said, with a heave of his big chest, \x93I reca\x92 as yestreen
the night Maxwell cam aboord. The sun gaed loon a\x92 bluidy, an\x92 belyve
the morn rose unco mirk an\x92 dreary, wi\x92 bullers (rollers) frae the west
like muckle sowthers (soldiers) wi\x92 white plumes. I tauld the captain
\x91twas a\x92 the faut o\x92 Maxwell. I ne\x92er cad bide the blellum. Dour an\x92 din
he was, wi\x92 ae girn like th\x92 auld hornie. But the captain wadna hark to
my rede when I tauld him naught but dool wad cooin o\x92 taking Mungo.\x94

It seemed that John Paul, contrary to MacMuir\x92s advice, had shipped as
carpenter on the voyage out--near seven months since--a man by the name
of Mungo Maxwell. The captain\x92s motive had nothing in it but kindness,
and a laudable desire to do a good turn to a playmate of his boyhood. As
MacMuir said, \x93they had gaed barefit thegither amang the braes.\x94 The
man hailed from Kirkbean, John Paul\x92s own parish. But he had within
him little of the milk of kindness, being in truth a sour and mutinous
devil; and instead of the gratitude he might have shown, he cursed the
fate that had placed him under the gardener\x92s son, whom he deemed no
better than himself. The John had scarce cleared the Solway before
Maxwell showed signs of impudence and rebellion.

The crew was three-fourths made of Kirkcudbright men who had known the
master from childhood, many of them, indeed, being older than he; they
were mostly jealous of Paul, envious of the command he had attained
to over them, and impatient under the discipline he was ever ready to
inflict. \x91Tis no light task to enforce obedience from those with whom
one has birdnested. But, having more than once felt the weight of his
hand, they feared him.

Dissatisfaction among such spreads apace, if a leader is but given; and
Maxwell was such a one. His hatred for John Paul knew no bounds, and,
having once tasted of his displeasure, he lay awake o\x92 nights scheming
to ruin him. And this was the plot: when the Azores should be in the
wake, Captain Paul was to be murdered as he paced his quarterdeck in the
morning, the two mates clapt into irons, and so brought to submission.
And Maxwell, who had no more notion of navigation than a carpenter
should, was to take the John to God knows where,--the Guinea coast,
most probably. He would have no more navy regulations on a merchant
brigantine, he promised them, nor banyan days, for the matter o\x92 that.

Happily, MacMuir himself discovered the affair on the eve of its
perpetration, overhearing two men talking in the breadroom, and he
ran to the cabin with the sweat standing out on his forehead. But the
captain would have none of the precautions he urged; declared he would
walk the deck as usual, and vowed he could cope single-handed with a
dozen cowards like Maxwell. Sure enough, at crowdie-time, the men were
seen coming aft, with Maxwell in the van carrying a bowl, on the pretext
of a complaint against the cook.

\x93John Paul,\x94 said MacMuir, with admiration in his voice and gesture,
\x93John Paul wasna feart a pickle, but gaed to the mast, whyles I stannt
chittering i\x92 my claes, fearfu\x92 for his life. He teuk the horns from
Mungo, priet (tasted) a soup o\x92 the crowdie, an\x92 wi\x92 that he seiz\x92t haut
o\x92 the man by baith shouthers ere the blastie (scoundrel) raught for \x91s
knife. My aith upo\x92t, sir, the lave (rest) o\x92 the batch cowert frae his
e\x92e for a\x92 the wand like thumpit tykes.\x92\x94

So ended that mutiny, by the brave act of a brave man. The carpenter
was clapt into irons himself, and given no less of the cat-o\x92-nine-tails
than was good for him, and properly discharged at Tobago with such as
had supported him. But he brought Captain Paul before the vice-admiralty
court of that place, charging him with gross cruelty, and this
proceeding had delayed the brigantine six months from her homeward
voyage, to the great loss of her owners. And tho\x92 at length the captain
was handsomely acquitted, his character suffered unjustly, for there
lacked not those who put their own interpretation upon the affair. He
would most probably lose the brigantine. \x93He expected as much,\x94 said
MacMuir.

\x93There be mony aboord,\x94 he concluded, with a sigh, \x93as\x92ll muckle gash
(gossip) when we win to Kirkcudbright.\x94



CHAPTER XX. A SAD HOME-COMING

Mr. Lowrie and Auctherlonnie, the Dumfries bo\x92sun, both of whom would
have died for the captain, assured me of the truth of MacMuir\x92s story,
and shook their heads gravely as to the probable outcome. The peculiar
water-mark of greatness that is woven into some men is often enough
to set their own community bitter against them. Sandie, the plodding
peasant, finds it a hard matter to forgive Jamie, who is taken from the
plough next to his, and ends in Parliament. The affair of Mungo Maxwell,
altered to suit, had already made its way on more than one vessel to
Scotland. For according to Lowrie, there was scarce a man or woman in
Kirkcudbrightshire who did not know that John Paul was master of the
John, and (in their hearts) that he would be master of more in days to
come. Human nature is such that they resented it, and cried out aloud
against his cruelty.

On the voyage I had many sober thoughts of my own to occupy me of the
terrible fate, from which, by Divine inter position, I had been rescued;
of the home I had left behind. I was all that remained to Mr. Carvel in
the world, and I was sure that he had given me up for dead. How had he
sustained the shock? I saw him heavily mounting the stairs upon Scipicks
arm when first the news was brought to him. Next Grafton would come
hurrying in from Kent to Marlboro Street, disavowing all knowledge of
the messenger from New York, and intent only upon comforting his father.
And when I pictured my uncle soothing him to his face, and grinning
behind his bed-curtains, my anger would scald me, and the realization of
my helplessness bring tears of very bitterness.

What would I not have given then for one word with that honest and
faithful friend of our family, Captain Daniel! I knew that he suspected
Grafton: he had told me as much that night at the Coffee House. Perhaps
the greatest of my fears was that my uncle would deny him access to Mr.
Carvel when he returned from the North.

In the evening, when the sun settled red upon the horizon, I would think
of Patty and my friends in Gloucester Street. For I knew they missed me
sadly of a Sunday at the supper-table. But it has ever been my nature
to turn forward instead of back, and to accept the twists and flings of
fortune with hope rather than with discouragement. And so, as we left
league after, league of the blue ocean behind us, I would set my face to
the forecastle. For Dorothy was in England.

On a dazzling morning in March, with the brigantine running like a
beagle in full cry before a heaping sea that swayed her body,--so I
beheld for the first time the misty green of the high shores of Ireland.
Ah! of what heroes\x92 deeds was I capable as I watched the lines come
out in bold relief from a wonderland of cloud! With what eternal life I
seemed to tingle! \x91Twas as though I, Richard Carvel, had discovered all
this colour; and when a tiny white speck of a cottage came out on the
edge of the cliff, I thought irresistibly of the joy to live there the
year round with Dorothy, with the wind whistling about our gables, and
the sea thundering on the rocks far below. Youth is in truth a mystery.

How long I was gazing at the shifting coast I know not, for a strange
wildness was within me that made me forget all else, until suddenly
I became conscious of a presence at my side, and turned to behold the
captain.

\x93\x91Tis a braw sight, Richard,\x94 said he, \x93but no sae bonnie as auld
Scotland. An\x92 the wind hands, we shall see her shores the morn.\x94

His voice broke, and I looked again to see two great tears rolling upon
his cheeks.

\x93Ah, Scotland!\x94 he pressed on, heedless of them, \x93God aboon kens what
she is to me! But she hasna\x92 been ower guid to me, laddie.\x94 And he
walked to the taffrail, and stood looking astern that two men who
had come aft to splice a haulyard might not perceive his disorder. I
followed him, emboldened to speak at last what was in me.

\x93Captain Paul,\x94 said I, \x93MacMuir has told me of your trouble. My
grandfather is rich, and not lacking in gratitude,\x94--here I paused for
suitable words, as I could not solve his expression,--\x93you, sir, whose
bravery and charity will have restored me to him, shall not want for
friends and money.\x94

He heard me through.

\x93Mr. Carvel,\x94 he replied with an impressiveness that took me aback,
\x93reward is a thing that should not be spoken of between gentlemen.\x94

And thus he left me, upbraiding myself that I should have mentioned
money. And yet, I reflected secondly, why not? He was no more nor less
than a master of a merchantman, and surely nothing was out of the common
in such a one accepting what he had honestly come by. Had my affection
for him been less sincere, had I not been racked with sympathy, I had
laughed over his notions of gentility. I resolved, however, that when
I had reached London and seen Mr. Dix, Mr. Carvel\x92s agent, he should be
rewarded despite his scruples. And if he lost his ship, he should have
one of my grandfather\x92s.

But at dinner he had plainly forgot any offence, and I had more
cause than ever to be puzzled over his odd mixture of confidence and
aloofness. He talked gayly on a score of subjects,--on dress, of which
he was never tired, and described ports in the Indies and South America,
in a fashion that betrayed prodigious powers of acute observation; nor
did he lack for wit when he spoke of the rich planters who had wined
him, and had me much in laughter. We fell into a merry mood, in Booth,
jingling the glasses in many toasts, for he had a list of healths to
make me gasp, near as long as the brigantine\x92s articles,--Inez in Havana
and Maraquita in Cartagena, and Clotilde, the Creole, of Martinico, each
had her separate charm. Then there was Bess, in Kingston, the relict
of a customs official, Captain Paul relating with ingenuous gusto a
midnight brush with a lieutenant of his Majesty, in which the fair
widow figured, and showed her preference, too. But his adoration for the
ladies of the more northern colonies, he would have me to understand,
was unbounded. For example, Miss Arabella Pope of Norfolk, in
Virginia,--and did I know her? No, I had not that pleasure, though I
assured him the Popes of Virginia were famed. Miss Pope danced divinely
as any sylph, and the very memory of her tripping at the Norfolk
Assembly roused the captain to such a pitch of enthusiasm as I had never
seen in him. Marvellous to say, his own words failed him, and he had
recourse to the poets:

          \x93Her feet beneath her petticoat
          Like little mice stole in and out,
          As if they feared the light;
          But, oh, she dances such a way!
          No sun upon an Easter-day
          Is half so fine a sight.\x94

The lines, he told me, were Sir John Suckling\x92s; and he gave them
standing, in excellent voice and elegant gesture.

He was in particular partial to the poets, could quote at will from Gay
and Thomson and Goldsmith and Gray, and even from Shakespeare, much
to my own astonishment and humiliation. Saving only Dr. Courtenay
of Annapolis I had never met his equal for versatility of speech and
command of fine language; and, having heard that he had been at sea
since the age of twelve, I made bold to ask him at what school he had
got his knowledge.

\x93At none, Richard,\x94 he answered with pride, \x93saving the rudiments at the
Parish School at Kirkbean. Why, sir, I hold it to be within every
man\x92s province to make himself what he will, and I early recognized in
Learning the only guide for such as me. I may say that I married her for
the furtherance of my fortunes, and have come to love her for her own
sake. Many and many the \x91tween-watch have I passed in a coil of rope in
the tops, a volume of the classics in my hand. And \x91my happiest days,
when not at sea, have been spent in my brother William\x92s little library.
He hath a modest estate near Fredericksburg, in Virginia, and none holds
higher than he the worth of an education. Ah, Richard,\x94 he added, with
a certain sadness, \x93I fear you little know the value of that which hath
been so lavishly bestowed upon you. There is no creation in the world to
equal your fine gentleman!\x94

It struck me indeed as strange that a man of his powers should set store
by such trumpery, and, too, that these notions had not impaired his
ability as a seaman. I did not reply. He gave no heed, however, but drew
from a case a number of odes and compositions, which he told me were
his own. They were addressed to various of his enamouritas, abounded in
orrery, and were all, I make no doubt, incredibly fine, tho\x92 not so
much as one sticks in my mind. To speak truth I listened with a very ill
grace, longing the while to be on deck, for we were about to sight the
Isle of Man. The wine and the air of the cabin had made my eyes heavy.
But presently, when he had run through with some dozen or more, he put
them by, and with a quick motion got from his chair, a light coming into
his dark eyes that startled me to attention. And I forgot the merchant
captain, and seemed to be looking forward into the years.

\x93Mark you, Richard,\x94 said he, \x93mark well when I say that my time will
come, and a day when the best of them will bow to me. And every ell of
that triumph shall be mine, sir,-ay, every inch!\x94

Such was his force, which sprang from some hidden fire within him, that
I believed his words as firmly as they had been writ down in the Book of
Isaiah. Brimming over with enthusiasm, I pledged his coming greatness in
a reaming glass of Malaga.

\x93Alack,\x94 he cried, \x93an\x92 they all had your faith, laddie, a fig for the
prophecy! Ya maun ken th\x92 incentive\x92s the maist o\x92 the battle.\x94

There was more of wisdom in this than I dreamed of then. Here lay hid
the very keynote of that ambitious character: he stooped to nothing less
than greatness for a triumph over his slanderers.

I rose betimes the next morning to find the sun peeping above the
wavy line of the Scottish hills far up the. Solway, and the brigantine
sliding smoothly along in the lee of the Galloway Rhinns. And, though
the month was March, the slopes of Burrow Head were green as the lawn of
Carvel Hall in May, and the slanting rays danced on the ruffed water. By
eight of the clock we had crept into Kirkcudbright Bay and anchored off
St. Mary\x92s Isle, the tide running ebb, and leaving a wide brown belt of
sand behind it.

St. Mary\x92s Isle! As we looked upon it that day, John Paul and I, and
it lay low against the bright water with its bare oaks and chestnuts
against the dark pines, \x91twas perhaps as well that the future was sealed
to us.

Captain Paul had conned the brigantine hither with a master\x92s hand; but
now that the anchor was on the ground, he became palpably nervous. I had
donned again good MacMuir\x92s shore suit, and was standing by the gangway
when the captain approached me.

\x93What\x92ll ye be doing now, Dickie lad?\x94 he asked kindly.

What indeed! I was without money in a foreign port, still dependent upon
my benefactor. And since he had declared his unwillingness to accept any
return I was of no mind to go farther into his debt. I thanked him again
for his goodness in what sincere terms I could choose, and told him I
should be obliged if he would put me in the way of working my passage to
London upon some coasting vessel. But my voice was thick, my affection
for him having grown-past my understanding.

\x93Hoots!\x94 he replied, moved in his turn, \x93whyles I hae siller ye shallna
lack. Ye maun gae post-chaise to London, as befits yere station.\x94

And scouting my expostulations, he commanded the longboat, bidding me be
ready to go ashore with him. I had nothing to do but to say farewell
to MacMuir and Lowrie and Auctherlonnie, which was hard enough. For the
honest first mate I had a great liking, and was touched beyond speech
when he enjoined me to keep his shore suit as long as I had want of it.

\x93But you will be needing it, MacMuir,\x94 I said, suspecting he had no
other.

\x93Haith! I am but a plain man, Mr. Carvel, and ye can sen\x92 back the claw
frae London, wi\x92 this geordie.\x94

He slipped a guinea into my hand, but this I positively refused to take;
and to hide my feelings I climbed quickly over the side and into the
stern of the boat, beside the captain, and was rowed away through the
little fleet of cobles gathering about the ship. Twisting my neck for
a parting look at the John, I caught a glimpse of MacMuir\x92s ungainly
shoulders over the fokesle rail, and I was near to tears as he shouted a
hearty \x93God speed\x94 after me.

As we drew near the town of Kirkcudbright, which lies very low at the
mouth of the river Dee, I made out a group of men and women on the
wharves. The captain was silent, regarding them. When we had got within
twenty feet or so of the landing, a dame in a red woollen kerchief
called out:

\x93What hae ye done wi\x92 Mungo, John Paul?\x94

\x93CAPTAIN John Paul, Mither Birkie,\x94 spoke up a coarse fellow with a
rough beard. And a laugh went round.

\x93Ay, captain! I\x92ll captain him!\x94 screamed the carlin, pushing to
the front as the oars were tossed, \x93I\x92ll tak aith Mr. Currie\x92ll be
captaining him for his towmond voyage o\x92 piratin\x92. He be leukin\x92 for ye
noo, John Paul.\x94 With that some of the men on the thwarts, perceiving
that matters were likely to go ill with the captain, began to chaff
with their friends above. The respect with which he had inspired them,
however, prevented any overt insult on their part. As for me, my temper
had flared up like the burning of a loose charge of powder, and by
instinct my right hand sought the handle of the mate\x92s hanger. The
beldame saw the motion.

\x93An\x92 hae ye murder\x92t MacMuir, John Paul, an\x92 gien\x92s claw to a Buckskin
gowk?\x94

The knot stirred with an angry murmur: in truth they meant
violence,--nothing less. But they had counted without their man, for
Paul was born to ride greater crises. With his lips set in a line he
stepped lightly out of the boat into their very midst, and they looked
into his eyes to forget time and place. MacMuir had told me how those
eyes could conquer mutiny, but I had not believed had I trot been
thereto see the pack of them give back in sullen wonder. And so we
walked through and on to the little street beyond, and never a word from
the captain until we came opposite the sign of the Hurcheon.\x94

\x93Do you await me here, Richard,\x94 he said quite calmly; \x93I mast seek Mr.
Currie, and make my report.\x94

I have still the remembrance of that pitiful day in the clean little
village. I went into the inn and sat down upon an oak settle in a corner
of the bar, under the high lattice, and thought of the bitterness of
this home-coming. If I was amongst strangers, he was amongst worse:
verily, to have one\x92s own people set against one is heaviness of heart
to a man whose love of Scotland was great as John Paul\x92s. After a while
the place began to fill, Willie and Robbie and Jamie arriving to discuss
Paul\x92s return over their nappy. The little I could make of their talk
was not to my liking, but for the captain\x92s sake I kept my anger under
as best I could, for I had the sense to know that brawling with a lot
of alehouse frequenters would not advance his cause. At length, however,
came in the same sneering fellow I had marked on the wharf, calling
loudly for swats. \x93Ay, Captain Paul was noo at Mr. Curries, syne banie
Alan seed him gang forbye the kirk.\x94 The speaker\x92s name, I learned, was
Davie, and he had been talking with each and every man in the long-boat.
Yes, Mungo Maxwell had been cat-o\x92-ninetailed within an inch of his
life; and that was the truth; for a trifling offence, too; and cruelly
discharged at some outlandish port because, forsooth, he would not
accept the gospel of the divinity of Captain Paul. He would as soon sign
papers with the devil.

This Davie was gifted with a dangerous kind of humour which I have
heard called innuendo, and he soon had the bar packed with listeners who
laughed and cursed turn about, filling the room to a closeness scarce
supportable. And what between the foul air and my resentment, and
apprehension lest John Paul would come hither after me, I was in
prodigious discomfort of body and mind. But there was no pushing my way
through them unnoticed, wedged as I was in a far corner; so I sat still
until unfortunately, or fortunately, the eye of Davie chanced to fall
upon me, and immediately his yellow face lighted malignantly.

\x93Oh! here be the gentleman the captain\x92s brocht hame!\x94 he cried,
emphasizing the two words; \x93as braw a gentleman as eer taen frae
pirates, an\x92 nae doubt sin to ae bien Buckskin bonnet-laird.\x94

I saw through his game of getting satisfaction out of John Paul thro\x92
goading me, and determined he should have his fill of it. For, all in
all, he had me mad enough to fight three times over.

\x93Set aside the gentleman,\x94 said I, standing up and taking off MacMuir\x92s
coat, \x93and call me a lubberly clout like yourself, and we will see which
is the better clout.\x94 I put off the longsleeved jacket, and faced him
with my fists doubled, crying: \x93I\x92ll teach you, you spawn of a dunghill,
to speak ill of a good man!\x94

A clamour of \x93Fecht! fecht!\x94 arose, and some of them applauded me,
calling me a \x93swankie,\x94 which I believe is a compliment. A certain sense
of fairness is often to be found where least expected. They capsized
the fat, protesting browsterwife over her own stool, and were pulling
Jamie\x92s coat from his back, when I began to suspect that a fight was not
to the sniveller\x92s liking. Indeed, the very look of him made me laugh
out--\x91twas now as mild as a summer\x92s morn.

\x93Wow,\x94 says Jamie, \x93ye maun fecht wi\x92 a man o\x92 yere ain size.\x94

\x93I\x92ll lay a guinea that we weigh even,\x94 said I; and suddenly remembered
that I had not so much as tuppence to bless me.

Happily he did not accept the wager. In huge disgust they hustled him
from the inn and put forward the blacksmith, who was standing at the
door in his leather apron. Now I had not bargained with the smith, who
seemed a well-natured enough man, and grinned broadly at the prospect.
But they made a ring on the floor, I going over it at one end, and he
at the other, when a cry came from the street, those about the entrance
parted, and in walked John Paul himself. At sight of him my new
adversary, who was preparing to deal me out a blow to fell an ox,
dropped his arms in surprise, and held out his big hand.

\x93Haith! John Paul,\x94 he shouted heartily, forgetting me, \x93\x91tis blythe I
am to see yere bonnie face ance mair!

\x93An\x92 wha are ye, Jamie Darrell,\x94 said the captain, \x93to be bangin\x92 yere
betters? Dinna ye ken gentry when ye see\x92t?\x94

A puzzled look spread over the smith\x92s grimy face.

\x93Gentry!\x94 says he; \x93nae gentry that I ken, John Paul. Th\x92 fecht be but a
bit o\x92 fun, an\x92 nane o\x92 my seekin\x92.\x94

\x93What quarrel is this, Richard?\x94 says John Paul to me.

\x93In truth I have no quarrel with this honest man,\x94 I replied; \x93I desired
but the pleasure of beating a certain evil-tongued Davie, who seems to
have no stomach for blows, and hath taken his lies elsewhere.\x94

So quiet was the place that the tinkle of the guidwife\x92s needle, which
she had dropped to the flags, sounded clear to all. John Paul stood in
the middle of the ring, erect, like a man inspired, and the same strange
sense of prophecy that had stirred my blood crept over him and awed the
rest, as tho\x92 \x91twere suddenly given to see him, not as he was, but as he
would be. Then he spoke.

\x93You, who are my countrymen, who should be my oldest and best friends,
are become my enemies. You who were companions of my childhood are
revilers of my manhood; you have robbed me of my good name and my
honour, of my ship, of my very means of livelihood, and you are not
content; you would rob me of my country, which I hold dearer than all.
And I have never done you evil, nor spoken aught against you. As for
the man Maxwell, whose part you take, his child is starving in your very
midst, and you have not lifted your hands. \x91Twas for her sake I shipped
him, and none other. May God forgive you! He alone sees the bitterness
in my heart this day. He alone knows my love for Scotland, and what it
costs me to renounce her.\x94

He had said so much with an infinite sadness, and I read a response in
the eyes of more than one of his listeners, the guidwife weeping aloud.
But now his voice rose, and he ended with a fiery vigour.

\x93Renounce her I do,\x94 he cried, \x93now and forevermore! Henceforth I am
no countryman of yours. And if a day of repentance should come for this
evil, remember well what I have said to you.\x94

They stood for a moment when he had finished, shifting uneasily, their
tongues gone, like lads caught in a lie. I think they felt his greatness
then, and had any one of them possessed the nobility to come forward
with an honest word, John Paul might yet have been saved to Scotland.
As it was, they slunk away in twos and threes, leaving at last only the
good smith with us. He was not a man of talk, and the tears had washed
the soot from his face in two white furrows.

\x93Ye\x92ll hae a waught wi\x92 me afore ye gang, John,\x94 he said clumsily, \x93for
th\x92 morns we\x92ve paddl\x92 \x91t thegither i\x92 th\x92 Nith.\x94

The ale was brought by the guidwife, who paused, as she put it down, to
wipe her eyes with her apron. She gave John Paul one furtive glance and
betook herself again to her knitting with a sigh, speech having failed
her likewise. The captain grasped up his mug.

\x93May God bless you, Jamie,\x94 he said.

\x93Ye\x92ll be gaen noo to see the mither,\x94 said Jamie, after a long space.

\x93Ay, for the last time. An\x92, Jamie, ye\x92ll see that nae harm cams to her
when I\x92m far awa\x92?\x94

The smith promised, and also agreed to have John Paul\x92s chests sent by
wagon, that very day, to Dumfries. And we left him at his forge, his
honest breast torn with emotion, looking after us.



CHAPTER XXI. THE GARDENER\x92S COTTAGE

So we walked out of the village, with many a head craned after us and
many an eye peeping from behind a shutter, and on into the open highway.
The day was heavenly bright, the wind humming around us and playing mad
pranks with the white cotton clouds, and I forgot awhile the pity within
me to wonder at the orderly look of the country, the hedges with never a
stone out of place, and the bars always up. The ground was parcelled off
in such bits as to make me smile when I remembered our own wide tracts
in the New World. Here waste was sin: with us part and parcel of a
creed. I marvelled, too, at the primness and solidity of the houses
along the road, and remarked how their lines belonged rather to the
landscape than to themselves. But I was conscious ever of a strange wish
to expand, for I felt as tho\x92 I were in the land of the Liliputians,
and the thought of a gallop of forty miles or so over these honeycombed
fields brought me to a laugh. But I was yet to see some estates of the
gentry.

I had it on my tongue\x92s tip to ask the captain whither he was taking
me, yet dared not intrude on the sorrow that still gripped him. Time
and time we met people plodding along, some of them nodding uncertainly,
others abruptly taking the far side of the pike, and every encounter
drove the poison deeper into his soul. But after we had travelled some
way, up hill and down dale, he vouchsafed the intelligence that we were
making for Arbigland, Mr. Craik\x92s seat near Dumfries, which lies on the
Nith twenty miles or so up the Solway from Kirkcudbright. On that estate
stood the cottage where John Paul was born, and where his mother and
sisters still dwelt.

\x93I\x92ll juist be saying guidbye, Richard,\x94 he said; \x93and leave them a
bit siller I hae saved, an\x92 syne we\x92ll be aff to London thegither, for
Scotland\x92s no but a cauld kintra.\x94

\x93You are going to London with me?\x94 I cried.

\x93Ay,\x94 answered he; \x93this is hame nae mair for John Paul.\x94

I made bold to ask how the John\x92s owners had treated him.

\x93I have naught to complain of, laddie,\x94 he answered; \x93both Mr. Beck and
Mr. Currie bore the matter of the admiralty court and the delay like the
gentlemen they are. They well know that I am hard driven when I resort
to the lash. They were both sore at losing me, and says Mr. Beck: I
We\x92ll not soon get another to keep the brigantine like a man-o\x92-war, as
did you, John Paul.\x92 I thanked him, and told him I had sworn never to
take another merchantman out of the Solway. And I will keep that oath.\x94

He sighed, and added that he never hoped for better owners. In token
of which he drew a certificate of service from his pocket, signed by
Messrs. Currie and Beck, proclaiming him the best master and supercargo
they had ever had in their service. I perceived that talk lightened him,
and led him on. I inquired how he had got the \x91John\x92.

\x93I took passage on her from Kingston, laddie. On the trip both Captain
Macadam and the chief mate died of the fever. And it was I, the
passenger, who sailed her into Kirkcudbright, tho\x92 I had never been more
than a chief mate before. That is scarce three years gone, when I was
just turned one and twenty. And old Mr. Currie, who had known my father,
was so pleased that he gave me the ship. I had been chief mate of the
\x91Two Friends\x92, a slaver out of Kingston.\x94

\x93And so you were in that trade!\x94 I exclaimed.

He seemed to hesitate.

\x93Yes,\x94 he replied, \x93and sorry I am to say it. But a man must live. It
was no place for a gentleman, and I left of my own accord. Before that,
I was on a slaver out of Whitehaven.\x94

\x93You must know Whitehaven, then.\x94

I said it only to keep the talk going, but I remembered the remark long
after.

\x93I do,\x94 said he. \x93\x91Tis a fair sample of an English coast town. And I
have often thought, in the event of war with France, how easy \x91twould
be for Louis\x92s cruisers to harry the place, and an hundred like it, and
raise such a terror as to keep the British navy at home.\x94

I did not know at the time that this was the inspiration of an admiral
and of a genius. The subject waned. And as familiar scenes jogged his
memory, he launched into Scotch and reminiscence. Every barn he knew,
and cairn and croft and steeple recalled stories of his boyhood.

We had long been in sight of Criffel, towering ahead of us, whose summit
had beckoned for cycles to Helvellyn and Saddleback looming up to the
southward, marking the wonderland of the English lakes. And at length,
after some five hours of stiff walking, we saw the brown Nith below
us going down to meet the Solway, and so came to the entrance of Mr.
Craik\x92s place. The old porter recognized Paul by a mere shake of the
head and the words, \x93Yere back, are ye?\x94 and a lowering of his bushy
white eyebrows. We took a by-way to avoid the manor-house, which stood
on the rising ground twixt us and the mountain, I walking close to John
Paul\x92s shoulder and feeling for him at every step. Presently, at a turn
of the path, we were brought face to face with an elderly gentleman in
black, and John Paul stopped.

\x93Mr. Craik!\x94 he said, removing his hat.

But the gentleman only whistled to his dogs and went on.

\x93My God, even he!\x94 exclaimed the captain, bitterly; \x93even he, who
thought so highly of my father!\x94

A hundred yards more and we came to the little cottage nigh hid among
the trees. John Paul paused a moment, his hand upon the latch of the
gate, his eyes drinking in the familiar picture. The light of day was
dying behind Criffel, and the tiny panes of the cottage windows pulsed
with the rosy flame on the hearth within, now flaring, and again
deepening. He sighed. He walked with unsteady step to the door and
pushed it open. I followed, scarce knowing what I did, halted at the
threshold and drew back, for I had been upon holy ground.

John Paul was kneeling upon the flags by the ingleside, his face buried
on the open Bible in his mother\x92s lap. Her snowy-white head was bent
upon his, her tears running fast, and her lips moving in silent prayer
to Him who giveth and taketh away. Verily, here in this humble place
dwelt a love that defied the hard usage of a hard world!

After a space he came to the door and called, and took me by the hand,
and I went in with him. Though his eyes were wet, he bore himself like a
cavalier.

\x93Mother, this is Mr. Richard Carvell heir to Carvel Hall in Maryland,--a
young gentleman whom I have had the honour to rescue from a slaver.\x94

I bowed low, such was my respect for Dame Paul, and she rose and
curtseyed. She wore a widow\x92s cap and a black gown, and I saw in her
deep-lined face a resemblance to her son.

\x93Madam,\x94 I said, the title coming naturally, \x93I owe Captain Paul a debt
I can never repay.\x94

\x93An\x92 him but a laddie!\x94 she cried. \x93I\x92m thankful, John, I\x92m thankful for
his mither that ye saved him.\x94

\x93I have no mother, Madam Paul,\x94 said I, \x93and my father was killed in the
French war. But I have a grandfather who loves me dearly as I love him.\x94

Some impulse brought her forward, and she took both my hands in her own.

\x93Ye\x92ll forgive an auld woman, sir,\x94 she said, with a dignity that
matched her son\x92s, \x93but ye\x92re sae young, an\x92 ye hae sic a leuk in yere
bonny gray e\x92e that I ken yell aye be a true friend o\x92 John\x92s. He\x92s been
a guid sin to me, an\x92 ye maunna reek what they say o\x92 him.\x94

When now I think of the triumph John Paul has achieved, of the scoffing
world he has brought to his feet, I cannot but recall that sorrowful
evening in the gardener\x92s cottage, when a son was restored but to
be torn away. The sisters came in from their day\x92s work,--both
well-favoured lasses, with John\x92s eyes and hair,--and cooked the simple
meal of broth and porridge, and the fowl they had kept so long against
the captain\x92s home-coming. He carved with many a light word that cost
him dear. Did Janet reca\x92 the simmer nights they had supped here, wi\x92
the bumclocks bizzin\x92 ower the candles? And was Nancy, the cow, still
i\x92 the byre? And did the bees still give the same bonnie hiney, and were
the red apples still in the far orchard? Ay, Meg had thocht o\x92 him that
autumn, and ran to fetch them with her apron to her face, to come back
smiling through her tears. So it went; and often a lump would rise in
my throat that I could not eat, famished as I was, and the mother and
sisters scarce touched a morsel of the feast.

The one never failing test of a son, my dears, lies in his treatment of
his mother, and from that hour forth I had not a doubt of John Paul. He
was a man who had seen the world and become, in more than one meaning of
the word, a gentleman. Whatever foibles he may have had, he brought no
conscious airs and graces to this lowly place, but was again the humble
gardener\x92s boy.

But time pressed, as it ever does. The hour came for us to leave, John
Paul firmly refusing to remain the night in a house that belonged to Mr.
Craik. Of the tenderness, nay, of the pity and cruelty of that parting,
I have no power to write. We knelt with bowed heads while the mother
prayed for the son, expatriated, whom she never hoped to see again on
this earth. She gave us bannocks of her own baking, and her last words
were to implore me always to be a friend to John Paul.

Then we went out into the night and walked all the way to Dumfries in
silence.

We lay that night at the sign of the \x93Twa Naigs,\x94 where Bonnie Prince
Charlie had rested in the Mars year(1715). Before I went to bed I called
for pen and paper, and by the light of a tallow dip sat down to compose
a letter to my grandfather, telling him that I was alive and well, and
recounting as much of my adventures as I could. I said that I was going
to London, where I would see Mr. Dix, and would take passage thence for
America. I prayed that he had been able to bear up against the ordeal of
my disappearance. I dwelt upon the obligations I was under to John
Paul, relating the misfortunes of that worthy seaman (which he so little
deserved!). And said that it was my purpose to bring him to Maryland
with me, where I knew Mr. Carvel would reward him with one of his ships,
explaining that he would accept no money. But when it came to accusing
Grafton and the rector, I thought twice, and bit the end of the feather.
The chances were so great that my grandfather would be in bed and under
the guardianship of my uncle that I forbore, and resolved instead to
write it to Captain Daniel at my first opportunity.

I arose early to discover a morning gray and drear, with a mist falling
to chill the bones. News travels apace the world over, and that of John
Paul\x92s home-coming and of his public renunciation of Scotland at the
\x93Hurcheon\x94 had reached Dumfries in good time, substantiated by the
arrival of the teamster with the chests the night before. I descended
into the courtyard in time to catch the captain in his watchet-blue
frock haggling with the landlord for a chaise, the two of them
surrounded by a muttering crowd anxious for a glimpse of Mr. Craik\x92s
gardener\x92s son, for he had become a nine-day sensation to the country
round about. But John Paul minded them not so much as a swarm of flies,
and the teamster\x92s account of the happenings at Kirkcudbright had given
them so wholesome a fear of his speech and presence as to cause them to
misdoubt their own wit, which is saying a deal of Scotchmen. But when
the bargain had been struck and John Paul gone with the \x91ostler to see
to his chests, mine host thought it a pity not to have a fall out of me.

\x93So ye be the Buckskin laud,\x94 he said, with a wink at a leering group of
farmers; \x93ye hae braw gentles in America.\x94

He was a man of sixty or thereabout, with a shrewd but not unkindly face
that had something familiar in it.

\x93You have discernment indeed to recognize a gentleman in Scotch
clothes,\x94 I replied, turning the laugh on him.

\x93Dinna raise ae Buckskin, Mr. Rawlinson,\x94 said a man in corduroy.

\x93Rawlinson!\x94 I exclaimed at random, \x93there is one of your name in the
colonies who knows his station better.\x94

\x93Trowkt!\x94 cried mine host, \x93ye ken Ivie o\x92 Maryland, Ivie my brither?\x94

\x93He is my grandfather\x92s miller at Carvel Hall,\x94 I said.

\x93Syne ye maun be nane ither than Mr. Richard Carvel. Yere servan\x92, Mr.
Carvel,\x94 and he made me a low bow, to the great dropping of jaws round
about, and led me into the inn. With trembling hands he took a packet
from his cabinet and showed me the letters, twenty-three in all, which
Ivie had written home since he had gone out as the King\x92s passenger in
\x9145. The sight of them brought tears to my eyes and carried me out
of the Scotch mist back to dear old Maryland. I had no trouble in
convincing mine host that I was the lad eulogized in the scrawls, and
he put hand on the very sheet which announced my birth, nineteen years
since,--the fourth generation of Carvels Ivie had known.

So it came that the captain and I got the best chaise and pair in place
of the worst, and sat down to a breakfast such as was prepared only for
my Lord Selkirk when he passed that way, while I told the landlord of
his brother; and as I talked I remembered the day I had caught the arm
of the mill and gone the round, to find that Ivie had written of that,
too!

After that our landlord would not hear of a reckoning. I might stay a
month, a year, at the \x93Twa Naigs\x94 if I wished. As for John Paul, who
seemed my friend, he would say nothing, only to advise me privately that
the man was queer company, shaking his head when I defended him. He came
to me with ten guineas, which he pressed me to take for Ivies sake, and
repay when occasion offered. I thanked him, but was of no mind to accept
money from one who thought ill of my benefactor.

The refusal of these recalled the chaise, and I took the trouble to
expostulate with the captain on that score, pointing out as delicately
as I might that, as he had brought me to Scotland, I held it within my
right to incur the expense of the trip to London, and that I intended
to reimburse him when I saw Mr. Dix. For I knew that his wallet was not
over full, since he had left the half of his savings with his mother.
Much to my secret delight, he agreed to this as within the compass of a
gentleman\x92s acceptance. Had he not, I had the full intention of leaving
him to post it alone, and of offering myself to the master of the first
schooner.

Despite the rain, and the painful scenes gone through but yesterday, and
the sour-looking ring of men and women gathered to see the start, I
was in high spirits as we went spinning down the Carlisle road, with my
heart leaping to the crack of the postilion\x92s whip.

I was going to London and to Dorothy!



CHAPTER XXII. ON THE ROAD

Many were the ludicrous incidents we encountered on our journey to
London. As long as I live, I shall never forget John Paul\x92s alighting
upon the bridge of the Sark to rid himself of a mighty farewell address
to Scotland he had been composing upon the road. And this he delivered
with such appalling voice and gesture as to frighten to a standstill a
chaise on the English side of the stream, containing a young gentleman
in a scarlet coat and a laced hat, and a young lady who sobbed as we
passed them. They were, no doubt, running to Gretna Green to be married.

Captain Paul, as I have said, was a man of moods, and strangely affected
by ridicule. And this we had in plenty upon the road. Landlords, grooms,
and\x92ostlers, and even our own post-boys, laughed and jested coarsely
at his sky-blue frock, and their sallies angered him beyond all reason,
while they afforded me so great an amusement that more than once I was
on the edge of a serious falling-out with him as a consequence of my
merriment. Usually, when we alighted from our vehicle, the expression
of mine host would sour, and his sir would shift to a master; while his
servants would go trooping in again, with many a coarse fling that they
would get no vails from such as we. And once we were invited into the
kitchen. He would be soar for half a day at a spell after a piece of
insolence out of the common, and then deliver me a solemn lecture upon
the advantages of birth in a manor. Then his natural buoyancy would
lift him again, and he would be in childish ecstasies at the prospect of
getting to London, and seeing the great world; and I began to think that
he secretly cherished the hope of meeting some of its votaries. For
I had told him, casually as possible, that I had friends in Arlington
Street, where I remembered the Manners were established.

\x93Arlington Street!\x94 he repeated, rolling the words over his tongue; \x93it
has a fine sound, laddie, a fine sound. That street must be the very
acme of fashion.\x94

I laughed, and replied that I did not know. And at the ordinary of the
next inn we came to, he took occasion to mention to me, in a louder
voice than was necessary, that I would do well to call in Arlington
Street as we went into town. So far as I could see, the remark did not
compel any increase of respect from our fellow-diners.

Upon more than one point I was worried. Often and often I reflected that
some hitch might occur to prevent my getting money promptly from Mr.
Dix. Days would perchance elapse before I could find the man in such
a great city as London; he might be out of town at this season, Easter
being less than a se\x92nnight away. For I had heard my grandfather say
that the elder Mr. Dix had a house in some merchant\x92s suburb, and loved
to play at being a squire before he died. Again (my heart stood at
the thought), the Manners might be gone back to America. I cursed the
stubborn pride which had led the captain to hire a post-chaise, when
the wagon had served us so much better, and besides relieved him of
the fusillade of ridicule he got travelling as a gentleman. But such
reflections always ended in my upbraiding myself for blaming him whose
generosity had rescued me from perhaps a life-long misery.

But, on the whole, we rolled southward happily, between high walls and
hedges, past trim gardens and fields and meadows, and I marvelled at
the regular, park-like look of the country, as though stamped from one
design continually recurring, like our butter at Carvel Hall. The roads
were sometimes good, and sometimes as execrable as a colonial byway in
winter, with mud up to the axles. And yet, my heart went out to this
country, the home of my ancestors. Spring was at hand; the ploughboys
whistled between the furrows, the larks circled overhead, and the lilacs
were cautiously pushing forth their noses. The air was heavy with the
perfume of living things.

The welcome we got at our various stopping-places was often scanty
indeed, and more than once we were told to go farther down the street,
that the inn was full. And I may as well confess that my mind was
troubled about John Paul. Despite all I could say, he would go to the
best hotels in the larger towns, declaring that there we should meet the
people of fashion. Nor was his eagerness damped when he discovered that
such people never came to the ordinary, but were served in their own
rooms by their own servants.

\x93I shall know them yet,\x94 he would vow, as we started off of a morning,
after having seen no more of my Lord than his liveries below stairs. \x93Am
I not a gentleman in all but birth, Richard? And that is a difficulty
many before me have overcome. I have the classics, and the history, and
the poets. And the French language, though I have never made the grand
tour. I flatter myself that my tone might be worse. By the help of your
friends, I shall have a title or two for acquaintances before I leave
London; and when my money is gone, there is a shipowner I know of who
will give me employment, if I have not obtained preferment.\x94

The desire to meet persons of birth was near to a mania with him. And I
had not the courage to dampen his hopes. But, inexperienced as I was,
I knew the kind better than he, and understood that it was easier for
a camel to enter the eye of a needle, than for John Paul to cross the
thresholds of the great houses of London. The way of adventurers is
hard, and he could scarce lay claim then to a better name.

\x93We shall go to Maryland together, Captain Paul,\x94 I said, \x93and waste no
time upon London save to see Vauxhall, and the opera, and St. James\x92s
and the Queen\x92s House and the Tower, and Parliament, and perchance
his Majesty himself,\x94 I added, attempting merriment, for the notion
of seeing Dolly only to leave her gave me a pang. And the captain knew
nothing of Dolly.

\x93So, Richard, you fear I shall disgrace you,\x94 he said reproachfully.
\x93Know, sir, that I have pride enough and to spare. That I can make
friends without going to Arlington Street.\x94

I was ready to cry with vexation at this childish speech.

\x93And a time will come when they shall know me,\x94 he went on. \x93If they
insult me now they shall pay dearly for it.\x94

\x93My dear captain,\x94 I cried; \x93nobody will insult you, and least of all my
friends, the Manners.\x94 I had my misgivings about little Mr. Marmaduke.
\x93But we are, neither of us, equipped for a London season. I am but an
unknown provincial, and you--\x94 I paused for words.

For a sudden realization had come upon me that our positions were now
reversed. It seemed strange that I should be interpreting the world to
this man of power.

\x93And I?\x94 he repeated bitterly.

\x93You have first to become an admiral,\x94 I replied, with inspiration;
\x93Drake was once a common seaman.\x94

He did not answer. But that evening as we came into Windsor, I perceived
that he had not abandoned his intentions. The long light flashed on
the peaceful Thames, and the great, grim castle was gilded all over its
western side.

The captain leaned out of the window.

\x93Postilion,\x94 he called, \x93which inn here is most favoured by gentlemen?\x94

\x93The Castle,\x94 said the boy, turning in his saddle to grin at me. \x93But if
I might be so bold as to advise your honour, the \x91Swan\x92 is a comfortable
house, and well attended.\x94

\x93Know your place, sirrah,\x94 shouted the captain, angrily, \x93and drive us
to the \x91Castle.\x92\x94

The boy snapped his whip disdainfully, and presently pulled us up at the
inn, our chaise covered with the mud of three particular showers we had
run through that day. And, as usual, the landlord, thinking he was about
to receive quality, came scraping to the chaise door, only to turn with
a gesture of disgust when he perceived John Paul\x92s sea-boxes tied on
behind, and the costume of that hero, as well as my own.

The captain demanded a room. But mine host had turned his back, when
suddenly a thought must have struck him, for he wheeled again.

\x93Stay,\x94 he cried, glancing suspiciously at the sky-blue frock; \x93if you
are Mr. Dyson\x92s courier, I have reserved a suite.\x94

This same John Paul, who was like iron with mob and mutiny, was pitiably
helpless before such a prop of the aristocracy. He flew into a rage,
and rated the landlord in Scotch and English, and I was fain to put my
tongue in my cheek and turn my back that my laughter might not anger him
the more.

And so I came face to face with another smile, behind a spying-glass,--a
smile so cynical and unpleasant withal that my own was smothered. A
tall and thin gentleman, who had come out of the inn without a hat, was
surveying the dispute with a keen delight. He was past the middle age.
His clothes bore that mark which distinguishes his world from the other,
but his features were so striking as to hold my attention unwittingly.

After a while he withdrew his glass, cast one look at me which might
have meant anything, and spoke up.

\x93Pray, my good Goble, why all this fol-de-rol about admitting a
gentleman to your house?\x94

I scarce know which was the more astonished, the landlord, John Paul, or
I. Goble bowed at the speaker.

\x93A gentleman, your honour!\x94 he gasped. \x93Your honour is joking again.
Surely this trumpery Scotchman in Jews\x92 finery is no gentleman, nor the
longshore lout he has got with him. They may go to the \x91Swan.\x92\x94

\x93Jews\x92 finery!\x94 shouted the captain, with his fingers on his sword.

But the stranger held up a hand deprecatingly.

\x93\x91Pon my oath, Goble, I gave you credit for more penetration,\x94 he
drawled; \x93you may be right about the Scotchman, but your longshore lout
has had both birth and breeding, or I know nothing.\x94

John Paul, who was in the act of bowing to the speaker, remained
petrified with his hand upon his heart, entirely discomfited. The
landlord forsook him instantly for me, then stole a glance at his guest
to test his seriousness, and looked at my face to see how greatly it
were at variance with my clothes. The temptation to lay hands on the
cringing little toadeater grew too strong for me, and I picked him up
by the scruff of the collar,--he was all skin and bones,--and spun him
round like a corpse upon a gibbet, while he cried mercy in a voice to
wake the dead. The slim gentleman under the sign laughed until he held
his sides, with a heartiness that jarred upon me. It did not seem to fit
him.

\x93By Hercules and Vulcan,\x94 he cried, when at last I had set the landlord
down, \x93what an arm and back the lad has! He must have the best in the
house, Goble, and sup with me.\x94

Goble pulled himself together.

\x93And he is your honour\x92s friend,\x94 he began, with a scowl.

\x93Ay, he is my friend, I tell you,\x94 retorted the important personage,
impatiently.

The innkeeper, sulky, half-satisfied, yet fearing to offend, welcomed us
with what grace he could muster, and we were shown to \x93The Fox and the
Grapes,\x94 a large room in the rear of the house.

John Paul had not spoken since the slim gentleman had drawn the
distinction between us, and I knew that the affront was rankling in his
breast. He cast himself into a chair with such an air of dejection as
made me pity him from my heart. But I had no consolation to offer. His
first words, far from being the torrent of protest I looked for, almost
startled me into laughter.

\x93He can be nothing less than a duke,\x94 said the captain. \x93Ah, Richard,
see what it is to be a gentleman!\x94

\x93Fiddlesticks! I had rather own your powers than the best title in
England,\x94 I retorted sharply.

He shook his head sorrowfully, which made me wonder the more that a man
of his ability should be unhappy without this one bauble attainment.

\x93I shall begin to believe the philosophers have the right of it,\x94 he
remarked presently. \x93Have you ever read anything of Monsieur Rousseau\x92s,
Richard?\x94

The words were scarce out of his mouth when we heard a loud rap on the
door, which I opened to discover a Swiss fellow in a private livery,
come to say that his master begged the young gentleman would sup with
him. The man stood immovable while he delivered this message, and put an
impudent emphasis upon the gentleman.

\x93Say to your master, whoever he may be,\x94 I replied, in some heat at
the man\x92s sneer, \x93that I am travelling with Captain Paul. That any
invitation to me must include him.\x94

The lackey stood astounded at my answer, as though he had not heard
aright. Then he retired with less assurance than he had come, and John
Paul sprang to his feet and laid his hands upon my shoulders, as was his
wont when affected. He reproached himself for having misjudged me, and
added a deal more that I have forgotten.

\x93And to think,\x94 he cried, \x93that you have forgone supping with a nobleman
on my account!\x94

\x93Pish, captain, \x91tis no great denial. His Lordship--if Lordship he
is--is stranded in an inn, overcome with ennui, and must be amused. That
is all.\x94

Nevertheless I think the good captain was distinctly disappointed, not
alone because I gave up what in his opinion was a great advantage, but
likewise because I could have regaled him on my return with an account
of the meal. For it must be borne in mind, my dears, that those days
are not these, nor that country this one. And in judging Captain Paul
it must be remembered that rank inspired a vast respect when King George
came to the throne. It can never be said of John Paul that he lacked
either independence or spirit. But a nobleman was a nobleman then.

So when presently the gentleman himself appeared smiling at our door,
which his servant had left open, we both of us rose up in astonishment
and bowed very respectfully, and my face burned at the thought of the
message I had sent him. For, after all, the captain was but twenty-one
and I nineteen, and the distinguished unknown at least fifty. He took a
pinch of snuff and brushed his waistcoat before he spoke.

\x93Egad,\x94 said he, with good nature, looking up at me, \x93Mohammed was a
philosopher, and so am I, and come to the mountain. \x91Tis worth crossing
an inn in these times to see a young man whose strength has not been
wasted upon foppery. May I ask your name, sir?\x94

\x93Richard Carvel,\x94 I answered, much put aback.

\x93Ah, Carvel,\x94 he repeated; \x93I know three or four of that name. Perhaps
you are Robert Carvel\x92s son, of Yorkshire. But what the devil do you do
in such clothes? I was resolved to have you though I am forced to take a
dozen watchet-blue mountebanks in the bargain.\x94

\x93Sir, I warn you not to insult my friend,\x94 I cried, in a temper again.

\x93There, there, not so loud, I beg you,\x94 said he, with a gesture. \x93Hot as
pounded pepper,--but all things are the better for a touch of it. I had
no intention of insulting the worthy man, I give my word. I must have my
joke, sir. No harm meant.\x94 And he nodded at John Paul, who looked as if
he would sink through the floor. \x93Robert Carvel is as testy as the devil
with the gout, and you are not unlike him in feature.\x94

\x93He is no relation of mine,\x94 I replied, undecided whether to laugh or
be angry. And then I added, for I was very young, \x93I am an American, and
heir to Carvel Hall in Maryland.\x94

\x93Lord, lord, I might have known,\x94 exclaimed he. \x93Once I had the honour
of dining with your Dr. Franklin, from Pennsylvania. He dresses for all
the world like you, only worse, and wears a hat I would not be caught
under at Bagnigge Wells, were I so imprudent as to go there.\x94

\x93Dr. Franklin has weightier matters than hats to occupy him, sir,\x94 I
retorted. For I was determined to hold my own.

He made a French gesture, a shrug of his thin shoulders, which caused me
to suspect he was not always so good-natured.

\x93Dr. Franklin would better have stuck to his newspaper, my young
friend,\x94 said he. \x93But I like your appearance too well to quarrel with
you, and we\x92ll have no politics before eating. Come, gentlemen, come!
Let us see what Goble has left after his shaking.\x94

He struck off with something of a painful gait, which he explained was
from the gout. And presently we arrived at his parlour, where supper was
set out for us. I had not tasted its equal since I left Maryland. We sat
down to a capon stuffed with eggs, and dainty sausages, and hot rolls,
such as we had at home; and a wine which had cobwebbed and mellowed
under the Castle Inn for better than twenty years. The personage did not
drink wine. He sent his servant to quarrel with Goble because he had not
been given iced water. While he was tapping on the table I took occasion
to observe him. His was a physiognomy to strike the stranger, not by
reason of its nobility, but because of its oddity. He had a prodigious
length of face, the nose long in proportion, but not prominent. The eyes
were dark, very bright, and wide apart, with little eyebrows dabbed over
them at a slanting angle. The thin-lipped mouth rather pursed up, which
made his smile the contradiction it was. In short, my dears, while I
do not lay claim to the reading of character, it required no great
astuteness to perceive the scholar, the man of the world, and the
ascetic--and all affected. His conversation bore out the summary. It
astonished us. It encircled the earth, embraced history and letters
since the world began. And added to all this, he had a thousand
anecdotes on his tongue\x92s tip. His words he chose with too great a
nicety; his sentences were of a foreign formation, twisted around; and
his stories were illustrated with French gesticulations. He threw in
quotations galore, in Latin, and French, and English, until the captain
began casting me odd, uncomfortable looks, as though he wished himself
well out of the entertainment. Indeed, poor John Paul\x92s perturbation
amused me more than the gentleman\x92s anecdotes. To be ill at ease is
discouraging to any one, but it was peculiarly fatal with the captain.
This arch-aristocrat dazzled him. When he attempted to follow in the
same vein he would get lost. And his really considerable learning
counted for nothing. He reached the height of his mortification when
the slim gentleman dropped his eyelids and began to yawn. I was wickedly
delighted. He could not have been better met. Another such encounter,
and I would warrant the captain\x92s illusions concerning the gentry to go
up in smoke. Then he might come to some notion of his own true powers.
As for me, I enjoyed the supper which our host had insisted upon our
partaking, drank his wine, and paid him very little attention.

\x93May I make so bold as to ask, sir, whether you are a patron of
literature?\x94 said the captain, at length.

\x93A very poor patron, my dear man,\x94 was the answer. \x93Merely a humble
worshipper at the shrine. And I might say that I partake of its benefits
as much as a gentleman may. And yet,\x94 he added, with a laugh and a
cough, \x93those silly newspapers and magazines insist on calling me a
literary man.\x94

\x93And now that you have indulged in a question, and the claret is coming
on,\x94 said he, \x93perhaps you will tell me something of yourself, Mr.
Carvel, and of your friend, Captain Paul. And how you come to be so far
from home.\x94 And he settled himself comfortably to listen, as a man who
has bought his right to an opera box.

Here was my chance. And I resolved that if I did not further enlighten
John Paul, it would be no fault of mine.

\x93Sir,\x94 I replied, in as dry a monotone as I could assume, \x93I was
kidnapped by the connivance of some unscrupulous persons in my colony,
who had designs upon my grandfather\x92s fortune. I was taken abroad in a
slaver and carried down to the Caribbean seas, when I soon discovered
that the captain and his crew were nothing less than pirates. For one
day all hands got into a beastly state of drunkenness, and the captain
raised the skull and cross-bones, which he had handy in his chest. I
was forced to climb the main rigging in order to escape being hacked to
pieces.\x94

He sat bolt upright, those little eyebrows of his gone up full half an
inch, and he raised his thin hands with an air of incredulity. John Paul
was no less astonished at my little ruse.

\x93Holy Saint Clement!\x94 exclaimed our host; \x93pirates! This begins to
have a flavour indeed. And yet you do not seem to be a lad with an
imagination. Egad, Mr. Carvel, I had put you down for one who might say,
with Alceste: \x91Etre franc et sincere est mon plus grand talent.\x92 But
pray go on, sir. You have but to call for pen and ink to rival Mr.
Fielding.\x94

With that I pushed back my chair, got up from the table, and made him a
bow. And the captain, at last seeing my drift, did the same.

\x93I am not used at home to have my word doubted, sir,\x94 I said. \x93Sir, your
humble servant. I wish you a very good evening.\x94 He rose precipitately,
crying out from his gout, and laid a hand upon my arm.

\x93Pray, Mr. Carvel, pray, sir, be seated,\x94 he said, in some agitation.
\x93Remember that the story is unusual, and that I have never clapped eyes
on you until to-night. Are all young gentlemen from Maryland so fiery?
But I should have known from your face that you are incapable of deceit.
Pray be seated, captain.\x94

I was persuaded to go on, not a little delighted that I had scored my
point, and broken down his mask of affectation and careless cynicism. I
told my story, leaving out the family history involved, and he listened
with every mark of attention and interest. Indeed, to my surprise, he
began to show some enthusiasm, of which sensation I had not believed him
capable.

\x93What a find! what a find!\x94 he continued to exclaim, when I had
finished. \x93And true. You say it is true, Mr. Carvel?\x94

\x93Sir!\x94 I replied, \x93I thought we had thrashed that out.\x94

\x93Yes, yes, to be sure. I beg pardon,\x94 said he. And then to his servant:
\x93Colomb, is my writing-tablet unpacked?\x94

I was more mystified than ever as to his identity. Was he going to put
the story in a magazine?

After that he seemed plainly anxious to be rid of us. I bade him good
night, and he grasped my hand warmly enough. Then he turned to the
captain in his most condescending manner. But a great change had come
over John Paul. He was ever quick to see and to learn, and I rejoiced
to remark that he did not bow over the hand, as he might have done two
hours since. He was again Captain Paul, the man, who fought his way on
his own merits. He held himself as tho\x92 he was once more pacing the deck
of the John.

The slim gentleman poured the width of a finger of claret in his glass,
soused it with water, and held it up.

\x93Here\x92s to your future, my good captain,\x94 he said, \x93and to Mr. Carvel\x92s
safe arrival home again. When you get to town, Mr. Carvel, don\x92t fail to
go to Davenport, who makes clothes for most of us at Almack\x92s, and let
him remodel you. I wish to God he might get hold of your doctor. And put
up at the Star and Garter in Pall Mall: I take it that you have friends
in London.\x94

I replied that I had. But he did not push the inquiry.

\x93You should write out this history for your grandchildren, Mr. Carvel,\x94
 he added, as he bade his Swiss light us to our room. \x93A strange yarn
indeed, captain.\x94

\x93And therefore,\x94 said the captain, coolly, \x93as a stranger give it
welcome.

    \x93\x91There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
     Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.\x92\x94

Had a meteor struck at the gentleman\x92s feet, he could not have been more
taken aback.

\x93What! What\x92s this?\x94 he cried. \x93You quote Hamlet! And who the devil are
you, sir, that you know my name?\x94

\x93Your name, sir!\x94 exclaims the captain, in astonishment.

\x93Well, well,\x94 he said, stepping back and eying us closely, \x93\x91tis no
matter. Good night, gentlemen, good night.\x94

And we went to bed with many a laugh over the incident.

\x93His name must be Horatio. We\x92ll discover it in the morning,\x94 said John
Paul.



CHAPTER XXIII. LONDON TOWN

But he had not risen when we set out, nor would the illnatured landlord
reveal his name. It mattered little to me, since I desired to forget him
as quickly as possible. For here was one of my own people of quality, a
gentleman who professed to believe what I told him, and yet would do
no more for me than recommend me an inn and a tailor; while a poor
sea-captain, driven from his employment and his home, with no better
reason to put faith in my story, was sharing with me his last penny.
Goble, in truth, had made us pay dearly for our fun with him, and the
hum of the vast unknown fell upon our ears with the question of lodging
still unsettled. The captain was for going to the Star and Garter,
the inn the gentleman had mentioned. I was in favour of seeking a more
modest and less fashionable hostelry.

\x93Remember that you must keep up your condition, Richard,\x94 said John
Paul.

\x93And if all English gentlemen are like our late friend,\x94 I said, \x93I
would rather stay in a city coffee-house. Remember that you have only
two guineas left after paying for the chaise, and that Mr. Dix may be
out of town.\x94

\x93And your friends in Arlington Street?\x94 said he.

\x93May be back in Maryland,\x94 said I; and added inwardly,

\x93God forbid!\x94

\x93We shall have twice the chance at the Star and Garter. They will want
a show of gold at a humbler place, and at the Star we may carry matters
with a high hand. Pick out the biggest frigate,\x94 he cried, for the tenth
time, at least, \x93or the most beautiful lady, and it will surprise you,
my lad, to find out how many times you will win.\x94

I know of no feeling of awe to equal that of a stranger approaching for
the first time a huge city. The thought of a human multitude is ever
appalling as that of infinity itself, a human multitude with its
infinity of despairs and joys, disgraces and honours, each small unit
with all the world in its own brain, and all the world out of it! Each
intent upon his own business or pleasure, and striving the while by hook
or crook to keep the ground from slipping beneath his feet. For, if he
falls, God help him!

Yes, here was London, great and pitiless, and the fear of it was upon
our souls as we rode into it that day.

Holland House with its shaded gardens, Kensington Palace with the broad
green acres of parks in front of it stitched by the silver Serpentine,
and Buckingham House, which lay to the south over the hill,--all were
one to us in wonder as they loomed through the glittering mist that
softened all. We met with a stream of countless wagons that spoke of
a trade beyond knowledge, sprinkled with the equipages of the gentry
floating upon it; coach and chaise, cabriolet and chariot, gorgeously
bedecked with heraldry and wreaths; their numbers astonished me, for
to my mind the best of them were no better than we could boast in
Annapolis. One matter, which brings a laugh as I recall it, was the
oddity to me of seeing white coachmen and footmen.

We clattered down St. James\x92s Street, of which I had often heard my
grandfather speak, and at length we drew up before the Star and Garter
in Pall Mall, over against the palace. The servants came hurrying out,
headed by a chamberlain clad in magnificent livery, a functionary we had
not before encountered. John Paul alighted to face this personage, who,
the moment he perceived us, shifted his welcoming look to one of such
withering scorn as would have daunted a more timid man than the captain.
Without the formality of a sir he demanded our business, which started
the inn people and our own boy to snickering, and made the passers-by
pause and stare. Dandies who were taking the air stopped to ogle us with
their spying-glasses and to offer quips, and behind them gathered
the flunkies and chairmen awaiting their masters at the clubs and
coffee-houses near by. What was my astonishment, therefore, to see a
change in the captain\x92s demeanour. Truly for quick learning and the
application of it I have never known his equal. His air became the one
of careless ease habitual to the little gentleman we had met at Windsor,
and he drew from his pocket one of his guineas, which he tossed in the
man\x92s palm.

\x93Here, my man,\x94 said he, snapping his fingers; \x93an apartment at once, or
you shall pay for this nonsense, I promise you.\x94 And walked in with his
chin in the air, so grandly as to dissolve ridicule into speculation.

For an instant the chamberlain wavered, and I trembled, for I dreaded a
disgrace in Pall Mall, where the Manners might hear of it. Then fear, or
hope of gain, or something else got the better of him, for he led us
to a snug, well-furnished suite of a parlour and bedroom on the
first floor, and stood bowing in the doorway for his honour\x92s further
commands. They were of a sort to bring the sweat to my forehead.

\x93Have a fellow run to bid Davenport, the tailor, come hither as fast
as his legs will carry him. And you may make it known that this young
gentleman desires a servant, a good man, mind you, with references, who
knows a gentleman\x92s wants. He will be well paid.\x94

That name of Davenport was a charm,--the mention of a servant was
its finishing touch. The chamberlain bent almost double, and retired,
closing the door softly behind him. And so great had been my surprise
over these last acquirements of the captain that until now I had had no
breath to expostulate.

\x93I must have my fling, Richard,\x94 he answered, laughing; \x93I shall not be
a gentleman long. I must know how it feels to take your ease, and stroke
your velvet, and order lackeys about. And when my money is gone I shall
be content to go to sea again, and think about it o\x92 stormy nights.\x94

This feeling was so far beyond my intelligence that I made no comment.
And I could not for the life of me chide him, but prayed that all would
come right in the end.

In less than an hour Davenport himself arrived, bristling with
importance, followed by his man carrying such a variety of silks and
satins, flowered and plain, and broadcloths and velvets, to fill the
furniture. And close behind the tailor came a tall haberdasher from
Bond Street, who had got wind of a customer, with a bewildering lot of
ruffles and handkerchiefs and neckerchiefs, and bows of lawn and lace
which (so he informed us) gentlemen now wore in the place of solitaires.
Then came a hosier and a bootmaker and a hatter; nay, I was forgetting
a jeweller from Temple Bar. And so imposing a front did the captain wear
as he picked this and recommended the other that he got credit for
me for all he chose, and might have had more besides. For himself he
ordered merely a modest street suit of purple, the sword to be thrust
through the pocket, Davenport promising it with mine for the next
afternoon. For so much discredit had been cast upon his taste on the
road to London that he was resolved to remain indoors until he could
appear with decency. He learned quickly, as I have said.

By the time we had done with these matters, which I wished to perdition,
some score of applicants was in waiting for me. And out of them I
hired one who had been valet to the young Lord Rereby, and whose
recommendation was excellent. His name was Banks, his face open and
ingenuous, his stature a little above the ordinary, and his manner
respectful. I had Davenport measure him at once for a suit of the Carvel
livery, and bade him report on the morrow.

All this while, my dears, I was aching to be off to Arlington Street,
but a foolish pride held me back. I had heard so much of the fashion
in which the Manners moved that I feared to bring ridicule upon them in
poor MacMuir\x92s clothes. But presently the desire to see Dolly took
such hold upon me that I set out before dinner, fought my way past the
chairmen and chaisemen at the door, and asked my way of the first civil
person I encountered. \x91Twas only a little rise up the steps of St.
James\x92s Street, Arlington Street being but a small pocket of Piccadilly,
but it seemed a dull English mile; and my heart thumped when I reached
the corner, and the houses danced before my eyes. I steadied myself by a
post and looked again. At last, after a thousand leagues of wandering,
I was near her! But how to choose between fifty severe and imposing
mansions? I walked on toward that endless race of affairs and fashion,
Piccadilly, scanning every door, nay, every window, in the hope that I
might behold my lady\x92s face framed therein. Here a chair was set down,
there a chariot or a coach pulled up, and a clocked flunky bowing a
lady in. But no Dorothy. Finally, when I had near made the round of
each side, I summoned courage and asked a butcher\x92s lad, whistling as he
passed me, whether he could point out the residence of Mr. Manners.

\x93Ay,\x94 he replied, looking me over out of the corner of his eye, \x93that I
can. But y\x92ell not get a glimpse o\x92 the beauty this day, for she\x92s but
just off to Kensington with a coachful o\x92 quality.\x94

And he led me, all in a tremble over his answer, to a large stone
dwelling with arched windows, and pillared portico with lanthorns
and link extinguishers, an area and railing beside it. The flavour of
generations of aristocracy hung about the place, and the big knocker on
the carved door seemed to regard with such a forbidding frown my shabby
clothes that I took but the one glance (enough to fix it forever in my
memory), and hurried on. Alas, what hope had I of Dorothy now!

\x93What cheer, Richard?\x94 cried the captain when I returned; \x93have you seen
your friends?\x94

I told him that I had feared to disgrace them, and so refrained from
knocking--a decision which he commended as the very essence of wisdom.
Though a desire to meet and talk with quality pushed him hard, he would
not go a step to the ordinary, and gave orders to be served in our room,
thus fostering the mystery which had enveloped us since our arrival.
Dinner at the Star and Garter being at the fashionable hour of half
after four, I was forced to give over for that day the task of finding
Mr. Dix.

That evening--shall I confess it?--I spent between the Green Park and
Arlington Street, hoping for a glimpse of Miss Dolly returning from
Kensington.

The next morning I proclaimed my intention of going to Mr. Dix.

\x93Send for him,\x94 said the captain. \x93Gentlemen never seek their men of
affairs.\x94

\x93No,\x94 I cried; \x93I can contain myself in this place no longer. I must be
moving.\x94

\x93As you will, Richard,\x94 he replied, and giving me a queer, puzzled look
he settled himself between the Morning Post and the Chronicle.

As I passed the servants in the lower hall, I could not but remark an
altered treatment. My friend the chamberlain, more pompous than ever,
stood erect in the door with a stony stare, which melted the moment he
perceived a young gentleman who descended behind me. I heard him cry out
\x93A chaise for his Lordship!\x94 at which command two of his assistants
ran out together. Suspicion had plainly gripped his soul overnight, and
this, added to mortified vanity at having been duped, was sufficient for
him to allow me to leave the inn unattended. Nor could I greatly blame
him, for you must know, my dears, that at that time London was filled
with adventurers of all types.

I felt a deal like an impostor, in truth, as I stepped into the street,
disdaining to inquire of any of the people of the Star and Garter where
an American agent might be found. The day was gray and cheerless, the
colour of my own spirits as I walked toward the east, knowing that the
city lay that way. But I soon found plenty to distract me.

To a lad such as I, bred in a quiet tho\x92 prosperous colonial town, a
walk through London was a revelation. Here in the Pall Mall the day was
not yet begun, tho\x92 for some scarce ended. I had not gone fifty paces
from the hotel before I came upon a stout gentleman with twelve hours
of claret inside him, brought out of a coffee-house and put with vast
difficulty into his chair; and I stopped to watch the men stagger off
with their load to St. James\x92s Street. Next I met a squad of redcoated
guards going to the palace, and after them a grand coach and six rattled
over the Scotch granite, swaying to a degree that threatened to shake
off the footmen clinging behind. Within, a man with an eagle nose sat
impassive, and I set him down for one of the king\x92s ministers.

Presently I came out into a wide space, which I knew to be Charing Cross
by the statue of Charles the First which stood in the centre of it, and
the throat of a street which was just in front of me must be the Strand.
Here all was life and bustle. On one hand was Golden\x92s Hotel, and a
crowded mail-coach was dashing out from the arch beneath it, the horn
blowing merrily; on the other hand, so I was told by a friendly man in
brown, was Northumberland House, the gloomy grandeur whereof held my
eyes for a time. And I made bold to ask in what district were those who
had dealings with the colonies. He scanned me with a puzzling look of
commiseration.

\x93Ye\x92re not a-going to sell yereself for seven year, my lad?\x94 said he. \x93I
was near that myself when I was young, and I thank God\x92 to this day that
I talked first to an honest man, even as you are doing. They\x92ll give
ye a pretty tale,--the factors,--of a land of milk and honey, when it\x92s
naught but stripes and curses yell get.\x94

And he was about to rebuke me hotly, when I told him I had come from
Maryland, where I was born.

\x93Why, ye speak like a gentleman!\x94 he exclaimed. \x93I was informed that all
talk like naygurs over there. And is it not so of your redemptioners?\x94

I said that depended upon the master they got.

\x93Then I take it ye are looking for the lawyers, who mostly represent the
planters. And y e\x92ll find them at the Temple or Lincoln\x92s Inn.\x94

I replied that he I sought was not an attorney, but a man of business.
Whereupon he said that I should find all those in a batch about the
North and South American Coffee House, in Threadneedle Street. And he
pointed me into the Strand, adding that I had but to follow my nose to
St. Paul\x92s, and there inquire.

I would I might give you some notion of the great artery of London in
those days, for it has changed much since I went down it that heavy
morning in April, 1770, fighting my way. Ay, truly, fighting my way, for
the street then was no place for the weak and timid, when bullocks ran
through it in droves on the way to market, when it was often jammed from
wall to wall with wagons, and carmen and truckmen and coachmen swung
their whips and cursed one another to the extent of their lungs. Near
St. Clement Danes I was packed in a crowd for ten minutes while two of
these fellows formed a ring and fought for the right of way, stopping
the traffic as far as I could see. Dustmen, and sweeps, and even
beggars, jostled you on the corners, bullies tried to push you against
the posts or into the kennels; and once, in Butchers\x92 Row, I was stopped
by a flashy, soft-tongued fellow who would have lured me into a tavern
near by.

The noises were bedlam ten times over. Shopmen stood at their doors and
cried, \x93Rally up, rally up, buy, buy, buy!\x94 venders shouted saloop
and barley, furmity, Shrewsbury cakes and hot peascods, rosemary
and lavender, small coal and sealing-wax, and others bawled \x93Pots to
solder!\x94 and \x93Knives to grind!\x94 Then there was the incessant roar of
the heavy wheels over the rough stones, and the rasp and shriek of the
brewers\x92 sledges as they moved clumsily along. As for the odours, from
that of the roasted coffee and food of the taverns, to the stale fish on
the stalls, and worse, I can say nothing. They surpassed imagination.

At length, upon emerging from Butchers\x92 Row, I came upon some stocks
standing in the street, and beheld ahead of me a great gateway
stretching across the Strand from house to house.

Its stone was stained with age, and the stern front of it seemed to mock
the unseemly and impetuous haste of the tide rushing through its arches.
I stood and gazed, nor needed one to tell me that those two grinning
skulls above it, swinging to the wind on the pikes, were rebel heads.
Bare and bleached now, and exposed to a cruel view, but once caressed
by loving hands, was the last of those whose devotion to the house of
Stuart had brought from their homes to Temple Bar.

I halted by the Fleet Market, nor could I resist the desire to go into
St. Paul\x92s, to feel like a pebble in a bell under its mighty dome; and
it lacked but half an hour of noon when I had come out at the Poultry
and finished gaping at the Mansion House. I missed Threadneedle Street
and went down Cornhill, in my ignorance mistaking the Royal Exchange,
with its long piazza and high tower, for the coffeehouse I sought: in
the great hall I begged a gentleman to direct me to Mr. Dix, if he knew
such a person. He shrugged his shoulders, which mystified me somewhat,
but answered with a ready good-nature that he was likely to be found at
that time at Tom\x92s Coffee House, in Birchin Lane near by, whither I went
with him. He climbed the stairs ahead of me and directed me, puffing, to
the news room, which I found filled with men, some writing, some talking
eagerly, and others turning over newspapers. The servant there looked me
over with no great favour, but on telling him my business he went off,
and returned with a young man of a pink and white complexion, in a green
riding-frock, leather breeches, and top boots, who said:

\x93Well, my man, I am Mr. Dix.\x94

There was a look about him, added to his tone and manner, set me strong
against him. I knew his father had not been of this stamp.

\x93And I am Mr. Richard Carvel, grandson to Mr. Lionel Carvel, of Carvel
Hall, in Maryland,\x94 I replied, much in the same way.

He thrust his hands into his breeches and stared very hard.

\x93You?\x94 he said finally, with something very near a laugh.

\x93Sir, a gentleman\x92s word usually suffices!\x94 I cried.

He changed his tone a little.

\x93Your pardon, Mr. Carvel,\x94 he said, \x93but we men of business have need
to be careful. Let us sit, and I will examine your letters. Your
determination must have been suddenly taken,\x94 he added, \x93for I have
nothing from Mr. Carvel on the subject of your coming.\x94

\x93Letters! You have heard nothing!\x94 I gasped, and there stopped short
and clinched the table. \x93Has not my grandfather written of my
disappearance?\x94

Immediately his expression went back to the one he had met me with.
\x93Pardon me,\x94 he said again.

I composed myself as best I could in the face of his incredulity,
swallowing with an effort the aversion I felt to giving him my story.

\x93I think it strange he has not informed you,\x94 I said; \x93I was kidnapped
near Annapolis last Christmas-time, and put on board of a slaver, from
which I was rescued by great good fortune, and brought to Scotland. And
I have but just made my way to London.\x94

\x93The thing is not likely, Mr.--, Mr.--,\x94 he said, drumming impatiently
on the board.

Then I lost control of myself.

\x93As sure as I am heir to Carvel Hall, Mr. Dix,\x94 I cried, rising, \x93you
shall pay for your insolence by forfeiting your agency!\x94

Now the roan was a natural coward, with a sneer for some and a smirk for
others. He went to the smirk.

\x93I am but looking to Mr. Carvel\x92s interests the best I know how,\x94 he
replied; \x93and if indeed you be Mr. Richard Carvel, then you must applaud
my caution, sir, in seeking proofs.\x94

\x93Proofs I have none,\x94 I cried; \x93the very clothes on my back are borrowed
from a Scotch seaman. My God, Mr. Dix, do I look like a rogue?\x94

\x93Were I to advance money upon appearances, sir, I should be insolvent
in a fortnight. But stay,\x94 he cried uneasily, as I flung back my chair,
\x93stay, sir. Is there no one of your province in the town to attest your
identity?\x94

\x93Ay, that there is,\x94 I said bitterly; \x93you shall hear from Mr. Manners
soon, I promise you.\x94

\x93Pray, Mr. Carvel,\x94 he said, overtaking me on the stairs, \x93you will
surely allow the situation to be--extraordinary, you will surely commend
my discretion. Permit me, sir, to go with you to Arlington Street.\x94 And
he sent a lad in haste to the Exchange for a hackney-chaise, which was
soon brought around.

I got in, somewhat mollified, and ashamed of my heat: still disliking
the man, but acknowledging he had the better right on his side. True
to his kind he gave me every mark of politeness now, asked particularly
after Mr. Carvel\x92s health, and encouraged me to give him as much of my
adventure as I thought proper. But what with the rattle of the carriage
and the street noises and my disgust, I did not care to talk, and
presently told him as much very curtly. He persisted, how: ever, in
pointing out the sights, the Fleet prison, and where the Ludgate stood
six years gone; and the Devil\x92s Tavern, of old Ben Jonson\x92s time, and
the Mitre and the Cheshire Cheese and the Cock, where Dr. Johnson might
be found near the end of the week at his dinner. He showed me the King\x92s
Mews above Charing Cross, and the famous theatre in the Haymarket, and
we had but turned the corner into Piccadilly when he cried excitedly at
a passing chariot:

\x93There, Mr. Carvel, there go my Lord North and Mr. Rigby!\x94

\x93The devil take them, Mr. Dix!\x94 I exclaimed.

He was silent after that, glancing at me covertly from while to while
until we swung into Arlington Street. Before I knew we were stopped
in front of the house, but as I set foot on the step I found myself
confronted by a footman in the Manners livery, who cried out angrily to
our man: \x93Make way, make way for his Grace of Chartersea!\x94 Turning, I
saw a coach behind, the horses dancing at the rear wheels of the chaise.
We alighted hastily, and I stood motionless, my heart jumping quick and
hard in the hope and fear that Dorothy was within, my eye fixed on the
coach door. But when the footman pulled it open and lowered the step,
out lolled a very broad man with a bloated face and little, beady eyes
without a spark of meaning, and something very like a hump was on the
top of his back. He wore a yellow top-coat, and red-heeled shoes of the
latest fashion, and I settled at once he was the Duke of Chartersea.

Next came little Mr. Manners, stepping daintily as ever; and then,
as the door closed with a bang, I remembered my errand. They had got
halfway to the portico.

\x93Mr. Manners!\x94 I cried.

He faced about, and his Grace also, and both stared in wellbred
surprise. As I live, Mr. Manners looked into my face, into my very
eyes, and gave no sign of recognition. And what between astonishment and
anger, and a contempt that arose within me, I could not speak.

\x93Give the man a shilling, Manners,\x94 said his Grace; \x93we can\x92t stay here
forever.\x94

\x93Ay, give the man a shilling,\x94 lisped Mr. Manners to the footman. And
they passed into the house, and the door eras shut.

Then I heard Mr. Dix at my elbow, saying in a soft voice: \x93Now, my
fine gentleman, is there any good reason why you should not ride to Bow
Street with me?\x94

\x93As there is a God in heaven. Mr. Dix,\x94 I answered, very low, \x93if you
attempt to lay hands on me, you shall answer for it! And you shall hear
from me yet, at the Star and Garter hotel.\x94

I spun on my heel and left him, nor did he follow; and a great lump was
in my throat and tears welling in my eyes.

What would John Paul say?



CHAPTER XXIV. CASTLE YARD

But I did not go direct to the Star and Garter. No, I lacked the courage
to say to John Paul: \x93You have trusted me, and this is how I have
rewarded your faith.\x94 And the thought that Dorothy\x92s father, of all
men, had served me thus, after what I had gone through, filled me with
a bitterness I had never before conceived. And when my brain became
clearer I reflected that Mr. Manners had had ample time to learn of my
disappearance from Maryland, and that his action had been one of design,
and of cold blood. But I gave to Dorothy or her mother no part in it.
Mr. Manners never had had cause to hate me, and the only reason I could
assign was connected with his Grace of Chartersea, which I dismissed as
absurd.

A few drops of rain warned me to seek shelter. I knew not where I was,
nor how long I had been walking the streets at a furious pace. But a
huckster told me I was in Chelsea; and kindly directed me back to Pall
Mall. The usual bunch of chairmen was around the hotel entrance, but
I noticed a couple of men at the door, of sharp features and unkempt
dress, and heard a laugh as I went in. My head swam as I stumbled up the
stairs and fumbled at the knob, when I heard voices raised inside, and
the door was suddenly and violently thrown open. Across the sill stood a
big, rough-looking man with his hands on his hips.

\x93Oho! Here be the other fine bird a-homing, I\x92ll warrant,\x94 he cried.

The place was full. I caught sight of Davenport, the tailor, with a
wry face, talking against the noise; of Banks, the man I had hired,
resplendent in my livery. One of the hotel servants was in the
corner perspiring over John Paul\x92s chests, and beside him stood a man
disdainfully turning over with his foot the contents, as they were
thrown on the floor. I saw him kick the precious vellum-hole waistcoat
across the room in wrath and disgust, and heard him shout above the
rest: \x93The lot of them would not bring a guinea from any Jew in St.
Martin\x92s Lane!\x94

In the other corner, by the writing-desk, stood the hatter and the
haberdasher with their heads together. And in the very centre of the
confusion was the captain himself. He was drest in his new clothes
Davenport had brought, and surprised me by his changed appearance, and
looked as fine a gentleman as any I have ever seen. His face lighted
with relief at sight of me.

\x93Now may I tell these rogues begone, Richard?\x94 he cried. And turning
to the man confronting me, he added, \x93This gentleman will settle their
beggarly accounts.\x94

Then I knew we had to do with bailiffs, and my heart failed me.

\x93Likely,\x94 laughed the big man; \x93I\x92ll stake my oath he has not a groat to
pay their beggarly accounts, as year honour is pleased to call them.\x94

They ceased jabbering and straightened to attention, awaiting my reply.
But I forgot them all, and thought only of the captain, and of the
trouble I had brought him. He began to show some consternation as I went
up to him.

\x93My dear friend,\x94 I said, vainly trying to steady my voice, \x93I beg, I
pray that you will not lose faith in me,--that you will not think any
deceit of mine has brought you to these straits. Mr. Dix did not know
me, and has had no word from my grandfather of my disappearance. And Mr.
Manners, whom I thought my friend, spurned me in the street before the
Duke of Chartersea.\x94

And no longer master of myself, I sat down at the table and hid my face,
shaken by great sobs, to think that this was my return for his kindness.

\x93What,\x94 I heard him cry, \x93Mr. Manners spurned you, Richard! By all
the law in Coke and Littleton, he shall answer for it to me. Your
fairweather fowl shall have the chance to run me through!\x94

I sat up in bewilderment, doubting my senses.

\x93You believe me, captain,\x94 I said, overcome by the man\x92s faith; \x93you
believe me when I tell you that one I have known from childhood refused
to recognize me to-day?\x94

He raised me in his arms as tenderly as a woman might.

\x93And the whole world denied you, lad, I would not. I believe you--\x94 and
he repeated it again and again, unable to get farther.

And if his words brought tears to my eyes, my strength came with them.

\x93Then I care not,\x94 I replied; \x93I only to live to reward you.\x94

\x93Mr. Manners shall answer for it to me!\x94 cried John Paul again, and made
a pace toward the door.

\x93Not so fast, not so fast, captain, or admiral, or whatever you are,\x94
 said the bailiff, stepping in his way, for he was used to such scenes;
\x93as God reigns, the owners of all these fierce titles be fire-eaters,
who would spit you if you spilt snuff upon \x91em. Come, come, gentlemen,
your swords, and we shall see the sights o\x92 London.\x94

This was the signal for another uproar, the tailor shrieking that John
Paul must take off the suit, and Banks the livery; asking the man in the
corner by the sea-chests (who proved to be the landlord) who was to pay
him for his work and his lost cloth. And the landlord shook his fist
at us and shouted back, who was to pay him his four pounds odd, which
included two ten-shilling dinners and a flask of his best wine? The
other tradesmen seized what was theirs and made off with remarks
appropriate to the occasion. And when John Paul and my man were divested
of their plumes, we were marched downstairs and out through a jeering
line of people to a hackney coach.

\x93Now, sirs, whereaway?\x94 said the bailiff when we were got in beside one
of his men, and burning with the shame of it; \x93to the prison? Or I has a
very pleasant hotel for gentlemen in Castle Yard.\x94

The frightful stories my dear grandfather had told me of the Fleet came
flooding into my head, and I shuddered and turned sick. I glanced at
John Paul.

\x93A guinea will not go far in a sponging-house,\x94 said he, and the
bailiff\x92s man laughed.

The bailiff gave a direction we did not hear, and we drove off. He
proved a bluff fellow with a bloat yet not unkindly humour, and despite
his calling seemed to have something that was human in him. He
passed many a joke on that pitiful journey in an attempt to break our
despondency, urging us not to be downcast, and reminding us that the
last gentleman he had taken from Pall Mall was in over a thousand
pounds, and that our amount was a bagatelle. And when we had gone
through Temple Bar, instead of keeping on down Fleet Street, we jolted
into Chancery Lane. This roused me.

\x93My friend has warned you that he has no money,\x94 I said, \x93and no more
have I.\x94

The bailiff regarded me shrewdly.

\x93Ay,\x94 he replied, \x93I know. But I has seen many stripes o\x92 men in my
time, my masters, and I know them to trust, and them whose silver I must
feel or send to the Fleet.\x94

I told him unreservedly my case, and that he must take his chance of
being paid; that I could not hear from America for three months at
least. He listened without much show of attention, shaking his head from
side to side.

\x93If you ever cheated a man, or the admiral here either, then I begin
over again,\x94 he broke in with decision; \x93it is the fine sparks from the
clubs I has to watch. You\x92ll not worry, sir, about me. Take my oath I\x92ll
get interest out of you on my money.\x94

Unwilling as we both were to be beholden to a bailiff, the alternative
of the Fleet was too terrible to be thought of. And so we alighted after
him with a shiver at the sight of the ugly, grimy face of the house, and
the dirty windows all barred with double iron. In answer to a knock we
were presently admitted by a turnkey to a vestibule as black as a tomb,
and the heavy outer door was locked behind us. Then, as the man cursed
and groped for the keyhole of the inner door, despair laid hold of me.

Once inside, in the half light of a narrow hallway, a variety of noises
greeted our ears,--laughter from above and below, interspersed with
oaths; the click of billiard balls, and the occasional hammering of
a pack of cards on a bare table before the shuffle. The air was close
almost to suffocation, and out of the coffee room, into which I glanced,
came a heavy cloud of tobacco smoke.

\x93Why, my masters, why so glum?\x94 said the bailiff; \x93my inn is not such a
bad place, and you\x92ll find ample good company here, I promise you.\x94

And he led us into a dingy antechamber littered with papers, on every
one of which, I daresay, was written a tragedy. Then he inscribed
our names, ages, descriptions, and the like in a great book, when we
followed him up three flights to a low room under the eaves, having but
one small window, and bare of furniture save two narrow cots for beds, a
broken chair, and a cracked mirror. He explained that cash boarders got
better, and added that we might be happy we were not in the Fleet.

\x93We dine at two here, gentlemen, and sup at eight. This is not the Star
and Garter,\x94 said he as he left us.

It was the captain who spoke first, though he swallowed twice before the
words came out.

\x93Come, Richard, come, laddie,\x94 he said, \x93\x91tis no so bad it micht-na be
waur. We\x92ll mak the maist o\x92 it.\x94

\x93I care not for myself, Captain Paul,\x94 I replied, marvelling the more at
him, \x93but to think that I have landed you here, that this is my return
for your sacrifice.\x94

\x93Hoots! How was ye to foresee Mr. Manners was a blellum?\x94 And he broke
into threats which, if Mr. Marmaduke had heard and comprehended, would
have driven him into the seventh state of fear. \x93Have you no other
friends in London?\x94 he asked, regaining his English.

I shook my head. Then came--a question I dreaded.

\x93And Mr. Manners\x92s family?\x94

\x93I would rather remain here for life,\x94 I said, \x93than to them now.\x94

For pride is often selfish, my dears, and I did not reflect that if I
remained, the captain would remain likewise.

\x93Are they all like Mr. Manners?\x94

\x93That they are not,\x94 I returned with more heat than was necessary; \x93his
wife is goodness itself, and his daughter--\x94 Words failed me, and I
reddened.

\x93Ah, he has a daughter, you say,\x94 said the captain, casting a
significant look at me and beginning to pace the little room. He was
keener than I thought, this John Paul.

If it were not so painful a task, my dears, I would give you here some
notion of what a London sponging-house was in the last century. Comyn
has heard me tell of it, and I have seen Bess cry over the story.
Gaming was the king-vice of that age, and it filled these places
to overflowing. Heaven help a man who came into the world with that
propensity in the early days of King George the Third. Many, alas,
acquired it before they were come to years of discretion. Next me, at
the long table where we were all thrown in together,--all who could not
pay for private meals,--sat a poor fellow who had flung away a patrimony
of three thousand a year. Another had even mortgaged to a Jew his
prospects on the death of his mother, and had been seized by the
bailiffs outside of St. James\x92s palace, coming to Castle Yard direct
from his Majesty\x92s levee. Yet another, with such a look of dead hope
in his eyes as haunts me yet, would talk to us by the hour of the
Devonshire house where he was born, of the green valley and the peaceful
stream, and of the old tower-room, caressed by trees, where Queen Bess
had once lain under the carved oak rafters. Here he had taken his young
wife, and they used to sit together, so he said, in the sunny oriel over
the water, and he had sworn to give up the cards. That was but three
years since, and then all had gone across the green cloth in one mad
night in St. James\x92s Street. Their friends had deserted them, and the
poor little woman was lodged in Holborn near by, and came every morning
with some little dainty to the bailiff\x92s, for her liege lord who had so
used her. He pressed me to share a fowl with him one day, but it would
have choked me. God knows where she got the money to buy it. I saw her
once hanging on his neck in the hall, he trying to shield her from the
impudent gaze of his fellow-lodgers.

But some of them lived like lords in luxury, with never a seeming
regret; and had apartments on the first floor, and had their tea and
paper in bed, and lounged out the morning in a flowered nightgown, and
the rest of the day in a laced coat. These drank the bailiff\x92s best port
and champagne, and had nothing better than a frown or haughty look for
us, when we passed them at the landing. Whence the piper was paid I knew
not, and the bailiff cared not. But the bulk of the poor gentlemen were
a merry crew withal, and had their wit and their wine at table, and knew
each other\x92s histories (and soon enough ours) by heart. They betted away
the week at billiards or whist or picquet or loo, and sometimes measured
swords for diversion, tho\x92 this pastime the bailiff was greatly set
against; as calculated to deprive him of a lodger.

Although we had no money for gaming, and little for wine or tobacco, the
captain and I were received very heartily into the fraternity. After
one afternoon of despondency we both voted it the worst of bad policy
to remain aloof and nurse our misfortune, and spent our first evening
in making acquaintances over a deal of very thin \x93debtor\x92s claret.\x94 I
tossed long that night on the hard cot, listening to the scurrying rats
among the roof-timbers. They ran like the thoughts in my brain. And
before I slept I prayed again and again that God would put it in my
power to reward him whom charity for a friendless foundling had brought
to a debtor\x92s prison.

Not so much as a single complaint or reproach had passed his lips!



CHAPTER XXV. THE RESCUE

Perchance, my dears, if John Paul and I had not been cast by accident
in a debtor\x92s prison, this great man might never have bestowed upon
our country those glorious services which contributed so largely to
its liberty. And I might never have comprehended that the American
Revolution was brought on and fought by a headstrong king, backed by
unscrupulous followers who held wealth above patriotism. It is often
difficult to lay finger upon the causes which change the drift of a
man\x92s opinions, and so I never wholly knew why John Paul abandoned his
deep-rooted purpose to obtain advancement in London by grace of the
accomplishments he had laboured so hard to attain. But I believe the
beginning was at the meeting at Windsor with the slim and cynical
gentleman who had treated him to something between patronage and
contempt. Then my experience with Mr. Manners had so embedded itself
in his mind that he could never speak of it but with impatience and
disgust. And, lastly, the bailiff\x92s hotel contained many born gentlemen
who had been left here to rot out the rest of their dreary lives by
friends who were still in power and opulence. More than once when I
climbed to our garret I found the captain seated on the three-legged
chair, with his head between his hands, sunk in reflection.

\x93You were right, Richard,\x94 said he; \x93your great world is a hard world
for those in the shadow of it. I see now that it must not be entered
from below, but from the cabin window. A man may climb around it, lad,
and when he is above may scourge it.\x94

\x93And you will scourge it, captain!\x94 I had no doubt of his ability one
day to do it.

\x93Ay, and snap my fingers at it. \x91Tis a pretty organization, this
society, which kicks the man who falls to the dogs. None of your fine
gentlemen for me!\x94

And he would descend to talk politics with our fellow-guests. We should
have been unhappy indeed had it not been for this pastime. It seems
to me strange that these debtors took such a keen interest in outside
affairs, even tho\x92 it was a time of great agitation. We read with
eagerness the cast-off newspapers of the first-floor gentlemen. One poor
devil who had waddled (failed) in Change Alley had collected under his
mattress the letters of Junius, then selling the Public Advertiser as
few publications had ever sold before. John Paul devoured these attacks
upon his Majesty and his ministry in a single afternoon, and ere long
he had on the tip of his tongue the name and value of every man in
Parliament and out of it. He learned, almost by heart, the history of
the astonishing fight made by Mr. Wilkes for the liberties of England,
and speedily was as good a Whig and a better than the member from
Middlesex himself.

The most of our companions were Tories, for, odd as it may appear, they
retained their principles even in Castle Yard. And in those days to be a
Tory was to be the friend of the King, and to be the friend of the King
was to have some hope of advancement and reward at his hand. They had
none. The captain joined forces with the speculator from the Alley, who
had hitherto contended against mighty odds, and together they bore down
upon the enemy--ay, and rooted him, too. For John Paul had an air about
him and a natural gift of oratory to command attention, and shortly the
dining room after dinner became the scene of such contests as to call
up in the minds of the old stagers a field night in the good days of
Mr. Pitt and the second George. The bailiff often sat by the door, an
interested spectator, and the macaroni lodgers condescended to come
downstairs and listen. The captain attained to fame in our little
world from his maiden address, in which he very shrewdly separated
the political character of Mr. Wilkes from his character as a private
gentleman, and so refuted a charge of profligacy against the people\x92s
champion.

Altho\x92 I never had sufficient confidence in my powers to join in these
discussions, I followed them zealously, especially when they touched
American questions, as they frequently did. This subject of the wrongs
of the colonies was the only one I could ever be got to study at King
William\x92s School, and I believe that my intimate knowledge of it gave
the captain a surprise. He fell into the habit of seating himself on
the edge of my bed after we had retired for the night, and would hold
me talking until the small hours upon the injustice of taxing a people
without their consent, and upon the multitude of measures of coercion
which the King had pressed upon us to punish our resistance. He
declaimed so loudly against the tyranny of quartering troops upon a
peaceable state that our exhausted neighbours were driven to pounding
their walls and ceilings for peace. The news of the Boston massacre had
not then reached England.

I was not, therefore, wholly taken by surprise when he said to me one
night:

\x93I am resolved to try my fortune in America, lad. That is the land for
such as I, where a man may stand upon his own merits.\x94

\x93Indeed, we shall go together, captain,\x94 I answered heartily, \x93if we are
ever free of this cursed house. And you shall taste of our hospitality
at Carvel Hall, and choose that career which pleases you. Faith, I could
point you a dozen examples in Annapolis of men who have made their way
without influence. But you shall have influence,\x94 I cried, glowing
at the notion of rewarding him; \x93you shall experience Mr. Carvel\x92s
gratitude and mine. You shall have the best of our ships, and you will.\x94

He was a man to take fire easily, and embraced me. And, strange to say,
neither he nor I saw the humour, nor the pity, of the situation. How
many another would long before have become sceptical of my promises! And
justly. For I had led him to London, spent all his savings, and then
got him into a miserable prison, and yet he had faith remaining, and to
spare!

It occurred to me to notify Mr. Dix of my residence in Castle Yard,
not from any hope that he would turn his hand to my rescue, but that
he might know where to find me if he heard from Maryland. And I penned
another letter to Mr. Carvel, but a feeling I took no pains to define
compelled me to withhold an account of Mr. Manners\x92s conduct. And
I refrained from telling him that I was in a debtor\x92s prison. For I
believe the thought of a Carvel in a debtor\x92s prison would have killed
him. I said only that we were comfortably lodged in a modest part of
London; that the Manners were inaccessible (for I could not bring myself
to write that they were out of town). Just then a thought struck me with
such force that I got up with a cheer and hit the astonished captain
between the shoulders.

\x93How now!\x94 he cried, ruefully rubbing himself. \x93If these are thy
amenities, Richard, Heaven spare me thy blows.\x94

\x93Why, I have been a fool, and worse,\x94 I shouted. \x93My grandfather\x92s ship,
the Sprightly Bess, is overhauling this winter in the Severn. And unless
she has sailed, which I think unlikely, I have but to despatch a line to
Bristol to summon Captain Bell, the master, to London. I think he will
bring the worthy Mr. Dix to terms.\x94

\x93Whether he will or no,\x94 said John Paul, hope lighting his face, \x93Bell
must have command of the twenty pounds to free us, and will take us
back to America. For I must own, Richard, that I have no great love for
London.\x94

No more had I. I composed this letter to Bell in such haste that my hand
shook, and sent it off with a shilling to the bailiff\x92s servant, that it
might catch the post. And that afternoon we had a two-shilling bottle of
port for dinner, which we shared with a broken-down parson who had been
chaplain in ordinary to my Lord Wortley, and who had preached us an
Easter sermon the day before. For it was Easter Monday. Our talk was
broken into by the bailiff, who informed me that a man awaited me in the
passage, and my heart leaped into my, throat.

There was Banks. Thinking he had come to reproach me; I asked him rather
sharply what he wanted. He shifted his hat from one hand to the other
and looked sheepish.

\x93Your pardon, sir,\x94 said he, \x93but your honour must be very ill-served
here.\x94

\x93Better than I should be, Banks, for I have no money,\x94 I said, wondering
if he thought me a first-floor lodger.

He made no immediate reply to that, either, but seemed more uneasy
still. And I took occasion to note his appearance. He was exceeding neat
in a livery of his old master, which he had stripped of the trimmings.
Then, before I had guessed at his drift, he thrust his hand inside his
coat and drew forth a pile of carefully folded bank notes.

\x93I be a single man, sir, and has small need of this. And and I knows
your honour will pay me when your letter comes from America.\x94

And he handed me five Bank of England notes of ten pounds apiece. I took
them mechanically, without knowing what I did. The generosity of the
act benumbed my senses, and for the instant I was inclined to accept the
offer upon the impulse of it.

\x93How do you know you would get your money again, Banks?\x94 I asked
curiously.

\x93No fear, sir,\x94 he replied promptly, actually brightening at the
prospect. \x93I knows gentlemen, sir, them that are such, sir. And I will
go to America with you, and you say the word, sir.\x94

I was more touched than I cared to show over his offer, which I scarce
knew how to refuse. In truth it was a difficult task, for he pressed me
again and again, and when he saw me firm, turned away to wipe his eyes
upon his sleeve. Then he begged me to let him remain and serve me in the
sponginghouse, saying that he would pay his own way. The very thought of
a servant in the bailiff\x92s garret made me laugh, and so I put him off,
first getting his address, and promising him employment on the day of my
release.

On Wednesday we looked for a reply from Bristol, if not for the
appearance of Bell himself, and when neither came apprehension seized us
lest he had already sailed for Maryland. The slender bag of Thursday\x92s
letters contained none for me. Nevertheless, we both did our best to
keep in humour, forbearing to mention to one another the hope that had
gone. Friday seemed the beginning of eternity; the day dragged through I
know not how, and toward evening we climbed back to our little room,
not daring to speak of what we knew in our hearts to be so,--that the
Sprightly Bess had sailed. We sat silently looking out over the dreary
stretch of roofs and down into a dingy court of Bernard\x92s Inn below,
when suddenly there arose a commotion on the stairs, as of a man
mounting hastily. The door was almost flung from its hinges, some one
caught me by the shoulders, gazed eagerly into my face, and drew back.
For a space I thought myself dreaming. I searched my memory, and the
name came. Had it been Dorothy, or Mr. Carvel himself, I could not have
been more astonished, and my knees weakened under me.

\x93Jack!\x94 I exclaimed; \x93Lord Comyn!\x94

He seized my hand. \x93Yes; Jack, whose life you saved, and no other,\x94 he
cried, with a sailor\x92s impetuosity. \x93My God, Richard! it was true, then;
and you have been in this place for three weeks!\x94

\x93For three weeks,\x94 I repeated.

He looked at me, at John Paul, who was standing by in bewilderment,
and then about the grimy, cobwebbed walls of the dark garret, and then
turned his back to hide his emotion, and so met the bailiff, who was
coming in.

\x93For how much are these gentlemen in your books?\x94 he demanded hotly.

\x93A small matter, your Lordship,--a mere trifle,\x94 said the man, bowing.

\x93How much, I say?\x94

\x93Twenty-two guineas, five shillings, and eight pence, my Lord, counting
debts, and board,--and interest,\x94 the bailiff glibly replied; for he had
no doubt taken off the account when he spied his Lordship\x92s coach. \x93And
I was very good to Mr. Carvel and the captain, as your Lordship will
discover--\x94

\x93D--n your goodness!\x94 said my Lord, cutting him short.

And he pulled out a wallet and threw some pieces at the bailiff, bidding
him get change with all haste. \x93And now, Richard,\x94 he added, with a
glance of disgust about him, \x93pack up, and we\x92ll out of this cursed
hole!\x94

\x93I have nothing to pack, my Lord,\x94 I said.

\x93My Lord! Jack, I have told you, or I leave you here.\x94

\x93Well, then, Jack, and you will,\x94 said I, overflowing with thankfulness
to God for the friends He had bestowed upon me. \x93But before we go a
step, Jack, you must know the man but for whose bravery I should long
ago have been dead of fever and ill-treatment in the Indies, and whose
generosity has brought him hither. My Lord Comyn, this is Captain John
Paul.\x94

The captain, who had been quite overwhelmed by this sudden arrival of a
real lord to our rescue at the very moment when we had sunk to despair,
and no less astonished by the intimacy that seemed to exist between the
newcomer and myself, had the presence of mind to bend his head, and that
was all. Comyn shook his hand heartily.

\x93You shall not lack reward for this, captain, I promise you,\x94 cried he.
\x93What you have done for Mr. Carvel, you have done for me. Captain, I
thank you. You shall have my interest.\x94

I flushed, seeing John Paul draw his lips together. But how was his
Lordship to know that he was dealing with no common sea-captain?

\x93I have sought no reward, my Lord,\x94 said he. \x93What I have done was out
of friendship for Mr. Carvel, solely.\x94

Comyn was completely taken by surprise by these words, and by the
haughty tone in which they were spoken. He had not looked for a
gentleman, and no wonder. He took a quizzical sizing of the sky-blue
coat. Such a man in such a station was out of his experience.

\x93Egad, I believe you, captain,\x94 he answered, in a voice which said
plainly that he did not. \x93But he shall be rewarded nevertheless, eh,
Richard? I\x92ll see Charles Fox in this matter to-morrow. Come, come,\x94
 he added impatiently, \x93the bailiff must have his change by now. Come,
Richard!\x94 and he led the way down the winding stairs.

\x93You must not take offence at his ways,\x94 I whispered to the captain. For
I well knew that a year before I should have taken the same tone with
one not of my class. \x93His Lordship is all kindness.\x94

\x93I have learned a bit since I came into England, Richard,\x94 was his sober
reply.

\x93\x91Twas a pitiful sight to see gathered on the landings the poor fellows
we had come to know in Castle Yard, whose horizons were then as gray as
ours was bright. But they each had a cheery word of congratulation for
us as we passed, and the unhappy gentleman from Devonshire pressed my
hand and begged that I would sometime think of him when I was out under
the sky. I promised even more, and am happy to be able to say, my dears,
that I saw both him and his wife off for America before I left London.
Our eyes were wet when we reached the lower hall, and I was making for
the door in an agony to leave the place, when the bailiff came out of
his little office.

\x93One moment, sir,\x94 he said, getting in front of me; \x93there is a little
form yet to be gone through. The haste of gentlemen to leave us is not
flattering.\x94

He glanced slyly at Comyn, and his Lordship laughed a little. I stepped
unsuspectingly into the office.

\x93Richard!\x94

I stopped across the threshold as tho\x92 I had been struck. The late
sunlight filtering through the dirt of the window fell upon the
tall figure of a girl and lighted an upturned face, and I saw tears
glistening on the long lashes.

It was Dorothy. Her hands were stretched out in welcome, and then I had
them pressed in my own. And I could only look and look again, for I was
dumb with joy.

\x93Thank God you are alive!\x94 she cried; \x93alive and well, when we feared
you dead. Oh, Richard, we have been miserable indeed since we had news
of your disappearance.\x94

\x93This is worth it all, Dolly,\x94 I said, only brokenly.

She dropped her eyes, which had searched me through in wonder and
pity,--those eyes I had so often likened to the deep blue of the
sea,--and her breast rose and fell quickly with I knew not what
emotions. How the mind runs, and the heart runs, at such a time! Here
was the same Dorothy I had known in Maryland, and yet not the same. For
she was a woman now, who had seen the great world, who had refused both
titles and estates,--and perchance accepted them. She drew her hands
from mine.

\x93And how came you in such a place?\x94 she asked, turning with a shudder.
\x93Did you not know you had friends in London, sir?\x94

Not for so much again would I have told her of Mr. Manners\x92s conduct. So
I stood confused, casting about for a reply with truth in it, when Comyn
broke in upon us.

\x93I\x92ll warrant you did not look for her here, Richard. Faith, but you are
a lucky dog,\x94 said my Lord, shaking his head in mock dolefulness; \x93for
there is no man in London, in the world, for whom she would descend a
flight of steps, save you. And now she has driven the length of the town
when she heard you were in a sponging-house, nor all the dowagers in
Mayfair could stop her.\x94

\x93Fie, Comyn,\x94 said my lady, blushing and gathering up her skirts; \x93that
tongue of yours had hung you long since had it not been for your peer\x92s
privilege. Richard and I were brought up as brother and sister, and you
know you were full as keen for his rescue as I.\x94

His Lordship pinched me playfully.

\x93I vow I would pass a year in the Fleet to have her do as much for me,\x94
 said he.

\x93But where is the gallant seaman who saved you, Richard?\x94 asked Dolly,
stamping her foot.

\x93What,\x94 I exclaimed; \x93you know the story?\x94

\x93Never mind,\x94 said she; \x93bring him here.\x94

My conscience smote me, for I had not so much as thought of John Paul
since I came into that room. I found him waiting in the passage, and
took him by the hand.

\x93A lady wishes to know you, captain,\x94 I said.

\x93A lady!\x94 he cried. \x93Here? Impossible!\x94 And he looked at his clothes.

\x93Who cares more for your heart than your appearance,\x94 I answered gayly,
and led him into the office.

At sight of Dorothy he stopped abruptly, confounded, as a man who sees a
diamond in a dust-heap. And a glow came over me as I said:

\x93Miss Manners, here is Captain Paul, to whose courage and unselfishness
I owe everything.\x94

\x93Captain,\x94 said Dorothy, graciously extending her hand, \x93Richard has
many friends. You have put us all in your debt, and none deeper than his
old playmate.\x94

The captain fairly devoured her with his eyes as she made him a
curtsey. But he was never lacking in gallantry, and was as brave on such
occasions as when all the dangers of the deep threatened him. With an
elaborate movement he took Miss Manners\x92s fingers and kissed them, and
then swept the floor with a bow.

\x93To have such a divinity in my debt, madam, is too much happiness for
one man,\x94 he said. \x93I have done nothing to merit it. A lifetime were all
too short to pay for such a favour.\x94

I had almost forgotten Miss Dolly the wayward, the mischievous. But she
was before me now, her eyes sparkling, and biting her lips to keep down
her laughter. Comyn turned to fleck the window with his handkerchief,
while I was not a little put out at their mirth. But if John Paul
observed it, he gave no sign.

\x93Captain, I vow your manners are worthy of a Frenchman,\x94 said my Lord;
\x93and yet I am given to understand you are a Scotchman.\x94

A shadow crossed the captain\x92s face.

\x93I was, sir,\x94 he said.

\x93You were!\x94 exclaimed Comyn, astonished; \x93and pray, what are you now,
sir?\x94

\x93Henceforth, my Lord,\x94 John Paul replied with vast ceremony: \x93I am an
American, the compatriot of the beautiful Miss Manners!\x94

\x93One thing I\x92ll warrant, captain,\x94 said his Lordship, \x93that you are a
wit.\x94



Volume 5.



CHAPTER XXVI. THE PART HORATIO PLAYED

The bailiff\x92s business was quickly settled. I heard the heavy doors
close at our backs, and drew a deep draught of the air God has made for
all His creatures alike. Both the captain and I turned to the windows
to wave a farewell to the sad ones we were leaving behind, who gathered
about the bars for a last view of us, for strange as it may seem, the
mere sight of happiness is often a pleasure for those who are sad. A
coach in private arms and livery was in waiting, surrounded by a crowd.
They made a lane for us to pass, and stared at the young lady of queenly
beauty coming out of the sponging-house until the coachman snapped his
whip in their faces and the footman jostled them back. When we were
got in, Dolly and I on the back seat, Comyn told the man to go to Mr.
Manners\x92s.

\x93Oh, no!\x94 I cried, scarce knowing what I said; \x93no, not there!\x94 For the
thought of entering the house in Arlington Street was unbearable.

Both Comyn and Dorothy gazed at me in astonishment.

\x93And pray, Richard, why not\x92?\x94 she asked. \x93Have not your old friends the
right to receive you.\x94

It was my Lord who saved me, for I was in agony what to say.

\x93He is still proud, and won\x92t go to Arlington Street dressed like a
bargeman. He must needs plume, Miss Manners.\x94

I glanced anxiously at Dorothy, and saw that she was neither satisfied
nor appeased. Well I remembered every turn of her head, and every curve
of her lip! In the meantime we were off through Cursitor Street at a
gallop, nearly causing the death of a ragged urchin at the corner of
Chancery Lane. I had forgotten my eagerness to know whence they had
heard of my plight, when some words from Comyn aroused me.

\x93The carriage is Mr. Horace Walpole\x92s, Richard. He has taken a great
fancy to you.\x94

\x93But I have never so much as clapped eyes upon him!\x94 I exclaimed in
perplexity.

\x93How about his honour with whom you supped at Windsor? how about the
landlord you spun by the neck? You should have heard the company laugh
when Horry told us that! And Miss Dolly cried out that she was sure it
must be Richard, and none other. Is it not so, Miss Manners?\x94

\x93Really, my Lord, I can\x92t remember,\x94 replied Dolly, looking out of the
coach window. \x93Who put those frightful skulls upon Temple Bar?\x94

Then the mystery of their coming was clear to me, and the superior
gentleman at the Castle Inn had been the fashionable dabbler in arts and
letters and architecture of Strawberry Hill, of whom I remembered
having heard Dr. Courtenay speak, Horace Walpole. But I was then far
too concerned about Dorothy to listen to more. Her face was still turned
away from me, and she was silent. I could have cut out my tongue for my
blunder. Presently, when we were nearly out of the Strand, she turned
upon me abruptly.

\x93We have not yet heard, Richard,\x94 she said, \x93how you got into such a
predicament.\x94

\x93Indeed, I don\x92t know myself, Dolly. Some scoundrel bribed the captain
of the slaver. For I take it Mr. Walpole has told you I was carried off
on a slaver, if he recalled that much of the story.\x94

\x93I don\x92t mean that,\x94 answered Dolly, impatiently. \x93There is something
strange about all this. How is it that you were in prison?\x94

\x93Mr. Dix, my grandfather\x92s agent, took me for an impostor and would
advance me no money,\x94 I answered, hard pushed.

But Dorothy had a woman\x92s instinct, which is often the best of
understanding. And I was beginning to think that a suspicion was at the
bottom of her questions. She gave her head an impatient fling, and, as I
feared, appealed to John Paul.

\x93Perhaps you can tell me, captain, why he did not come to his friends in
his trouble.\x94

And despite my signals to him he replied: \x93In truth, my dear lady, he
haunted the place for a sight of you, from the moment he set foot in
London.\x94

Comyn laughed, and I felt the blood rise to my face, and kicked John
Paul viciously. Dolly retained her self-possession.

\x93Pho!\x94 says she; \x93for a sight of me! You seamen are all alike. For
a sight of me! And had you not strength enough to lift a knocker,
sir,--you who can raise a man from the ground with one hand?\x94

\x93\x91Twas before his tailor had prepared him, madam, and he feared to
disgrace you,\x94 the captain gravely continued, and I perceived how futile
it were to attempt to stop him. \x93And afterward--\x94

\x93And afterward?\x94 repeated Dorothy, leaning forward.

\x93And afterward he went to Arlington Street with Mr. Dix to seek
Mr. Manners, that he might be identified before that gentleman. He
encountered Mr. Manners and his Grace of Something.\x94

\x93Chartersea,\x94 put in Comyn, who had been listening eagerly. \x93Getting out
of a coach,\x94 said the captain.

\x93When was this?\x94 demanded Dorothy of me, interrupting him. Her voice was
steady, but the colour had left her face.

\x93About three weeks ago.\x94

\x93Please be exact, Richard.\x94

\x93Well, if you must,\x94 said I, \x93the day was Tuesday, and the time about
half an hour after two.\x94

She said nothing for a while, trying to put down an agitation which was
beginning to show itself in spite of her effort. As for me, I was almost
wishing myself back in the sponginghouse.

\x93Are you sure my father saw you?\x94 she asked presently.

\x93As clearly as you do now, Dolly,\x94 I said.

\x93But your clothes? He might have gone by you in such.\x94

\x93I pray that he did, Dorothy,\x94 I replied. But I was wholly convinced
that Mr. Manners had recognized me.

\x93And--and what did he say?\x94 she asked.

For she had the rare courage that never shrinks from the truth. I think
I have never admired and pitied her as at that moment.

\x93He said to the footman,\x94 I answered, resolved to go through with it
now, \x93\x91Give the man a shilling.\x92 That was his Grace\x92s suggestion.\x94

My Lord uttered something very near an oath. And she spoke not a word
more until I handed her out in Arlington Street. The rest of us were
silent, too, Comyn now and again giving me eloquent glances expressive
of what he would say if she were not present; the captain watching her
with a furtive praise, and he vowed to me afterward she was never so
beautiful as when angry, that he loved her as an avenging Diana. But I
was uneasy, and when I stood alone with her before the house I begged
her not to speak to her father of the episode.

\x93Nay, he must be cleared of such an imputation, Richard,\x94 she answered
proudly. \x93He may have made mistakes, but I feel sure he would never turn
you away when you came to him in trouble--you, the grandson of his old
friend, Lionel Carvel.\x94

\x93Why bother over matters that are past and gone? I would have borne an
hundred such trials to have you come to me as you came to-day, Dorothy.
And I shall surely see you again,\x94 I said, trying to speak lightly; \x93and
your mother, to whom you will present my respects, before I sail for
America.\x94

She looked up at me, startled.

\x93Before you sail for America!\x94 she exclaimed, in a tone that made me
thrill at once with joy and sadness. \x93And are you not, then, to see
London now you are here?\x94

\x93Are you never coming back, Dolly?\x94 I whispered; for I feared Mr.
Marmaduke might appear at any moment; \x93or do you wish to remain in
England always?\x94

For an instant I felt her pressure on my hand, and then she had fled
into the house, leaving me standing by the steps looking after her.
Comyn\x92s voice aroused me.

\x93To the Star and Garter!\x94 I heard him command, and on the way to Pall
Mall he ceased not to rate Mr. Manners with more vigour than propriety.
\x93I never liked the little cur, d--n him! No one likes him, Richard,\x94 he
declared. \x93All the town knows how Chartersea threw a bottle at him, and
were it not for his daughter he had long since been put out of White\x92s.
Were it not for Miss Dolly I would call him out for this cowardly trick,
and then publish him.\x94

\x93Nay, my Lord, I had held that as my privilege,\x94 interrupted the
captain, \x93were it not, as you say, for Miss Manners.\x94

His Lordship shot a glance at John Paul somewhat divided between
surprise, resentment, and amusement.

\x93Now you have seen the daughter, captain, you perceive it is
impossible,\x94 I hastened to interpose.

\x93How in the name of lineage did she come to have such a father?\x94 Comyn
went on. \x93I thank Heaven he\x92s not mine. He\x92s not fit to be her lackey. I
would sooner twenty times have a profligate like my Lord Sandwich for
a parent than a milk and water sop like Manners, who will risk nothing
over a crown piece at play or a guinea at Newmarket. By G--, Richard,\x94
 said his Lordship, bringing his fist against the glass with near force
enough to break the pane, \x93I have a notion why he did not choose to see
you that day. Why, he has no more blood than a louse!\x94

I had come to the guess as soon as he, but I dared not give it voice,
nor anything but ridicule. And so we came to the hotel, the red of
departing day fading in the sky above the ragged house-line in St.
James\x92s Street.

It was a very different reception we got than when we had first come
there. You, my dears, who live in this Republic can have no notion of
the stir and bustle caused by the arrival of Horace Walpole\x92s carriage
at a fashionable hotel, at a time when every innkeeper was versed in
the arms of every family of note in the three kingdoms. Our friend the
chamberlain was now humility itself, and fairly ran in his eagerness to
anticipate Comyn\x92s demands. It was \x93Yes, my Lord,\x94 and \x93To be sure, your
Lordship,\x94 every other second, and he seized the first occasion to make
me an elaborate apology for his former cold conduct, assuring me that
had our honours been pleased to divulge the fact that we had friends
in London, such friends as my Lord Comyn and Mr. Walpole, whose great
father he had once had the distinction to serve as linkman, all would
have been well. And he was desiring me particularly to comprehend that
he had been acting under most disagreeable orders when he sent for the
bailiff, before I cut him short.

We were soon comfortably installed in our old rooms; Comyn had sent
post-haste for Davenport, who chanced to be his own tailor, and for the
whole army of auxiliaries indispensable to a gentleman\x92s make-up; and
Mr. Dix was notified that his Lordship would receive him at eleven on
the following morning, in my rooms. I remembered the faithful Banks with
a twinge of gratitude, and sent for him. And John Paul and I, having
been duly installed in the clothes made for us, all three of us sat down
merrily to such a supper as only the cook of the Star and Garter, who
had been chef to the Comte de Maurepas, could prepare. Then I begged
Comyn to relate the story of our rescue, which I burned to hear.

\x93Why, Richard,\x94 said he, filling his glass, \x93had you run afoul any
other man in London, save perchance Selwyn, you\x92d have been drinking the
bailiff\x92s triple-diluted for a month to come. I never knew such a brace
of fools as he and Horry for getting hold of strange yarns and making
them stranger; the wonder was that Horry told this as straight as he
did. He has written it to all his friends on the Continent, and had he
not been in dock with the gout ever since he reached town, he would
have told it at the opera, and at a dozen routs and suppers. Beg pardon,
captain,\x94 said he, turning to John Paul, \x93but I think \x91twas your peacock
coat that saved you both, for it caught Horry\x92s eye through the window,
as you got out of the chaise, and down he came as fast as he could
hobble.

\x93Horry had a little dinner to-day in Arlington Street, where he lives,
and Miss Dorothy was there. I have told you, Richard, there has been
no sensation in town equal to that of your Maryland beauty, since Lady
Sarah Lennox. You may have some notion of the old beau Horry can be when
he tries, and he is over-fond of Miss Dolly--she puts him in mind of
some canvas or other of Sir Peter\x92s. He vowed he had been saving this
piece de resistance, as he was pleased to call it, expressly for her,
since it had to do somewhat with Maryland. \x91What d\x92ye think I met at
Windsor, Miss Manners?\x92 he cries, before we had begun the second course.

\x93\x91Perhaps a repulse from his Majesty,\x92 says Dolly, promptly.

\x93\x91Nay,\x92 says Mr. Walpole, making a face, for he hates a laugh at his
cost; nothing less than a young American giant, with the attire of Dr.
Benjamin Franklin and the manner of the Fauxbourg Saint Germain. But he
had a whiff of deer leather about him, and shoulders and back and legs
to make his fortune at Hockley in the Hole, had he lived two generations
since. And he had with him a strange, Scotch sea-captain, who had
rescued him from pirates, bless you, no less. That is, he said he was
a sea-captain; but he talked French like a Parisian, and quoted
Shakespeare like Mr. Burke or Dr. Johnson. He may have been M. Caron de
Beaumarchais, for I never saw him, or a soothsayer, or Cagliostro the
magician, for he guessed my name.\x92

\x93\x91Guessed your name!\x92 we cried, for the story was out of the ordinary.

\x93\x91Just that,\x92 answered he, and repeated some damned verse I never heard,
with Horatio in it, and made them all laugh.\x94

John Paul and I looked at each other in astonishment, and we, too,
laughed heartily. It was indeed an odd coincidence.

His Lordship continued: \x93\x91Well, be that as it may,\x92 said Horry, \x91he was
an able man of sagacity, this sea-captain, and, like many another, had
a penchant for being a gentleman. But he was more of an oddity than
Hertford\x92s beast of Gevaudan, and was dressed like Salvinio, the monkey
my Lord Holland brought back from his last Italian tour.\x92\x94

I have laughed over this description since, my dears, and so has John
Paul. But at that time I saw nothing funny in it, and winced with him
when Comyn repeated it with such brutal unconsciousness. However, young
Englishmen of birth and wealth of that day were not apt to consider the
feelings of those they deemed below them.

\x93Come to your story. Comyn,\x94 I cut in testily.

But his Lordship missed entirely the cause of my displeasure.

\x93Listen to him!\x94 he exclaimed good-naturedly. \x93He will hear of nothing
but Miss Dolly. Well, Richard, my lad, you should have seen her as Horry
went on to tell that you had been taken from Maryland, with her head
forward and her lips parted, and a light in those eyes of hers to make
a man fall down and worship. For Mr. Lloyd, or some one in your Colony,
had written of your disappearance, and I vow bliss Dorothy has not been
the same since. Nor have I been the only one to remark it,\x94 said he,
waving off my natural protest at such extravagance. \x93We have talked of
you more than once, she and I, and mourned you for dead. But I am off
my course again, as we sailors say, captain. Horry was describing how
Richard lifted little Goble by one hand and spun all the dignity out
of him, when Miss Manners broke in, being able to contain herself no
longer.

\x93\x91An American, Mr. Walpole, and from Maryland?\x92 she demanded. And the
way she said it made them all look at her.

\x93\x91Assurement, mademoiselle,\x92 replied Horry, in his cursed French;
and perhaps you know him. He would gladden the heart of Frederick of
Prussia, for he stands six and three if an inch. I took such a fancy to
the lad that I invited him to sup with me, and he gave me back a message
fit for Mr. Wilkes to send to his Majesty, as haughty as you choose,
that if I desired him I must have his friend in the bargain. You
Americans are the very devil for independence, Miss Manners! \x91Ods
fish, I liked his spirit so much I had his friend, Captain something or
other--\x91and there he stopped, caught by Miss Manners\x92s appearance, for
she was very white.

\x93\x91The name is Richard Carvel!\x92 she cried.

\x93\x91I\x92ll lay a thousand it was!\x92 I shouted, rising in my chair. And the
company stared, and Lady Pembroke vowed I had gone mad.

\x93\x91Bless me, bless me, here\x92s a romance for certain!\x92 cried Horry; \x91it
throws my \x93Castle of Otranto\x94 in the shade\x92 (\x93that\x92s some damned book he
has written,\x94 Comyn interjected).

\x93You may not believe me, Richard, when I say that Miss Dolly ate but
little after that, and her colour came and went like the red of a stormy
sunset at sea. \x91Here\x92s this dog Richard come to spill all our chances,\x92
I swore to myself. The company had been prodigiously entertained by the
tale, and clamoured for more, and when Horry had done I told how you had
fought me at Annapolis, and had saved my life. But Miss Manners sat very
still, biting her lip, and I knew she was sadly vexed that you had not
gone to her in Arlington Street. For a woman will reason thus,\x94 said his
Lordship, winking wisely. \x93But I more than suspected something to have
happened, so I asked Horry to send his fellow Favre over to the Star and
Garter to see if you were there, tho\x92 I was of three minds to let you
go to the devil. You should have seen her face when he came back to say
that you had been for three weeks in a Castle Yard sponging-house! Then
Horry said he would lend me his coach, and when it was brought around
Miss Manners took our breaths by walking downstairs and into it, nor
would she listen to a word of the objections cried by my Lady Pembroke
and the rest. You must know there is no stopping the beauty when she has
made her mind. And while they were all chattering on the steps I jumped
in, and off we drove, and you will be the most talked-of man in London
to-morrow. I give you Miss Manners!\x94 cried his Lordship, as he ended.

We all stood to the toast, I with my blood a-tingle and my brain awhirl,
so that I scarce knew what I did.



CHAPTER XXVII. IN WHICH I AM SORE TEMPTED

\x93Who the devil is this John Paul, and what is to become of him?\x94 asked
Comyn, as I escorted him downstairs to a chair. \x93You must give him two
hundred pounds, or a thousand, if you like, and let him get out. He
can\x92t be coming to the clubs with you.\x94

And he pulled me into the coffee room after him.

\x93You don\x92t understand the man, Comyn,\x94 said I; \x93he isn\x92t that kind, I
tell you. What he has done for me is out of friendship, as he says, and
he wouldn\x92t touch a farthing save what I owe him.\x94

\x93Cursed if he isn\x92t a rum sea-captain,\x94 he answered, shrugging his
shoulders; \x93cursed if I ever ran foul of one yet who would refuse a
couple of hundred and call quits. What\x92s he to do? Is he to live like a
Lord of the Treasury upon a master\x92s savings?\x94

\x93Jack,\x94 said I, soberly, resolved not to be angry, \x93I would willingly be
cast back in Castle Yard to-night rather than desert him, who might have
deserted me twenty times to his advantage. Mr. Carvel has not wealth
enough, nor I gratitude enough, to reward him. But if our family can
make his fortune, it shall be made. And I am determined to go with him
to America by the first packet I can secure.\x94

He clutched my arm with an earnestness to startle me.

\x93You must not leave England now,\x94 he said.

\x93And why?\x94

\x93Because she will marry Chartersea if you do. And take my oath upon it,
you alone can save her from that.\x94

\x93Nonsense!\x94 I exclaimed, but my breath caught sharply.

\x93Listen, Richard. Mr. Manners\x92s manoeuvres are the talk of the town, and
the beast of a duke is forever wining and dining in Arlington Street.
At first people ridiculed, now they are giving credit. It is said,\x94 he
whispered fearfully, \x93it is said that his Grace has got Mr. Manners in
his power,--some question of honour, you understand, which will
ruin him,--and that even now the duke is in a position to force the
marriage.\x94

He leaned forward and searched me with his keen gray eyes, as tho\x92
watching the effect of the intelligence upon me. I was, indeed, stunned.

\x93Now, had she refused me fifty times instead of only twice,\x94 my Lord
continued, \x93I could not wish her such a fate as that vicious scoundrel.
And since she will not have me, I would rather it were you than any man
alive. For she loves you, Richard, as surely as the world is turning.\x94

\x93Oh, no!\x94 I replied passionately; \x93you are deceived by the old liking
she has always had for me since we were children together.\x94 I was deeply
touched by his friendship. \x93But tell me how that could affect this
marriage with Chartersea. I believe her pride capable of any sacrifice
for the family honour.\x94

He made a gesture of impatience that knocked over a candlestick.

\x93There, curse you, there you are again!\x94 he said, \x93showing how little
you know of women and of their pride. If she were sure that you loved
her, she would never marry Chartersea or any one else. She has had near
the whole of London at her feet, and toyed with it. Now she has been
amusing herself with Charles Fox, but I vow she cares for none of them.
Titles, fame, estates, will not move her.\x94

\x93If she were sure that I loved her!\x94 I repeated, dazed by what he was
saying. \x93How you are talking, Comyn!\x94

\x93Just that. Ah, how I know her, Richard! She can be reckless beyond
notion. And if it were proved to her that you were in love with Miss
Swain, the barrister\x92s daughter, over whom we were said to have fought,
she would as soon marry Chartersea, or March, or the devil, to show you
how little she cared.\x94

\x93With Patty Swain!\x94 I exclaimed.

\x93But if she knew you did not care a rope\x92s end for Patty, Mr. Marmaduke
and his reputation might go into exile together,\x94 he continued, without
heeding. \x93So much for a woman\x92s pride, I say. The day the news of your
disappearance arrived, Richard, she was starting out with a party to
visit Lord Carlisle\x92s seat, Castle Howard. Not a step would she stir,
though Mr. Marmaduke whined and coaxed and threatened. And I swear to
you she has never been the same since, though few but I know why. I
might tell you more, my lad, were it not a breach of confidence.\x94

\x93Then don\x92t,\x94 I said; for I would not let my feelings run.

\x93Egad, then, I will!\x94 he cried impetuously, \x93for the end justifies it.
You must know that after the letter came from Mr. Lloyd, we thought you
dead. I could never get her to speak of you until a fortnight ago. We
both had gone with a party to see Wanstead and dine at the Spread Eagle
upon the Forest, and I stole her away from the company and led her out
under the trees. My God, Richard, how beautiful she was in the wood
with the red in her cheeks and the wind blowing her black hair! For the
second time I begged her to be Lady Comyn. Fool that I was, I thought
she wavered, and my heart beat as it never will again. Then, as she
turned away, from her hand slipped a little gold-bound purse, and as I
picked it up a clipping from a newspaper fluttered out. \x91Pon my soul, it
was that very scandalous squib of the Maryland Gazette about our duel!
I handed it back with a bow. I dared not look up at her face, but stood
with my eyes on the ground, waiting.

\x93\x91Lord Comyn,\x92 says she, presently, with a quiver in her voice, \x91before
I give you a reply you must first answer, on your word as a gentleman,
what I ask you.\x92

\x93I bowed again.

\x93\x91Is it true that Richard Carvel was in love with Miss Swain?\x92 she
asked.\x94

\x93And you said, Comyn,\x94 I broke in, unable longer to contain myself, \x93you
said--\x94

\x93I said: \x91Dorothy, if I were to die to-morrow, I would swear Richard
Carvel loved you, and you only.\x92\x94

His Lordship had spoken with that lightness which hides only the deepest
emotion.

\x93And she refused you?\x94 I cried. \x93Oh, surely not for that!\x94

\x93And she did well,\x94 said my Lord.

I bowed my head on my arms, for I had gone through a great deal that
day, and this final example of Comyn\x92s generosity overwhelmed me. Then
I felt his hand laid kindly on my shoulder, and I rose up and seized it.
His eyes were dim, as were mine.

\x93And now, will you go to Maryland and be a fool?\x94 asked his Lordship.

I hesitated, sadly torn between duty and inclination. John Paul could,
indeed, go to America without me. Next the thought came over me in a
flash that my grandfather might be ill, or even dead, and there would
be no one to receive the captain. I knew he would never consent to spend
the season at the Star and Garter at my expense. And then the image of
the man rose before me, of him who had given me all he owned, and gone
with me so cheerfully to prison, though he knew me not from the veriest
adventurer and impostor. I was undecided no longer.

\x93I must go, Jack,\x94 I said sadly; \x93as God judges, I must.\x94

He looked at me queerly, as if I were beyond his comprehension, picked
up his hat, called out that he would see me in the morning, and was
gone.

I went slowly upstairs, threw off my clothes mechanically, and tumbled
into bed. The captain had long been asleep. By the exertion of all the
will power I could command, I was able gradually to think more and more
soberly, and the more I thought, the more absurd, impossible, it seemed
that I, a rough provincial not yet of age, should possess the heart of
a beauty who had but to choose from the best of all England. An hundred
times I went over the scene of poor Comyn\x92s proposal, nay, saw it
vividly, as though the whole of it had been acted before me: and as I
became calmer, the plainer I perceived that Dorothy, thinking me dead,
was willing to let Comyn believe that she had loved me, and had so eased
the soreness of her refusal. Perhaps, in truth, a sentiment had sprung
up in her breast when she heard of my disappearance, which she mistook
for love. But surely the impulse that sent her to Castle Yard was not
the same as that Comyn had depicted: it was merely the survival of the
fancy of a little girl in a grass-stained frock, who had romped on the
lawn at Carvel Hall. I sighed as I remembered the sun and the flowers
and the blue Chesapeake, and recalled the very toss of her head when she
had said she would marry nothing less than a duke.

Alas, Dolly, perchance it was to be nothing more than a duke! The
bloated face and beady eyes and the broad crooked back I had seen that
day in Arlington Street rose before me,--I should know his Grace of
Chartersea again were I to meet him in purgatory. Was it, indeed,
possible that I could prevent her marriage with this man? I fell asleep,
repeating the query, as the dawn was sifting through the blinds.

I awakened late. Banks was already there to dress me, to congratulate me
as discreetly as a well-trained servant should; nor did he remind me
of the fact that he had offered to lend me money, for which omission
I liked him the better. In the parlour I found the captain sipping his
chocolate and reading his morning Chronicle, as though all his life he
had done nothing else.

\x93Good morning, captain.\x94 And fetching him a lick on the back that nearly
upset his bowl, I cried as heartily as I could:

\x93Egad, if our luck holds, we\x92ll be sailing before the week is out.\x94

But he looked troubled. He hemmed and hawed, and finally broke out into
Scotch:

\x93Indeed, laddie, y\x92ell no be leaving Miss Dorothy for me.\x94

\x93What nonsense has Comyn put into your head?\x94 I demanded, with a stitch
in my side; I am no more to Miss Manners than--\x94

\x93Than John Paul! Faith, y\x92ell not make me believe that. Ah, Richard,\x94
 said he, \x93ye\x92re a sly dog. You and I have been as thick these twa months
as men can well live, and never a word out of you of the most sublime
creature that walks. I have seen women in many countries, lad, beauties
to set thoughts afire and swords a-play,--and \x91tis not her beauty alone.
She hath a spirit for a queen to covet, and air and carriage, too.\x94

This eloquent harangue left me purple.

\x93I grant it all, captain. She has but to choose her title and estate.\x94

\x93Ay, and I have a notion which she\x92ll be choosing.\x94

\x93The knowledge is worth a thousand pounds at the least,\x94 I replied. \x93I
will lend you the sum, and warrant no lack of takers.\x94

\x93Now the devil fly off with such temperament! And I had half the
encouragement she has given you, I would cast anchor on the spot, and
they might hang and quarter me to move me. But I know you well,\x94 he
exclaimed, his manner changing, \x93you are making this great sacrifice
on my account. And I will not be a drag on your pleasures, Richard, or
stand in the way of your prospects.\x94

\x93Captain Paul,\x94 I said, sitting down beside him, \x93have I deserved this
from you? Have I shown a desire to desert you now that my fortunes have
changed? I have said that you shall taste of our cheer at Carvel Hall,
and have looked forward this long while to the time when I shall take
you to my grandfather and say: \x91Mr. Carvel, this is he whose courage
and charity have restored you to me, and me to you.\x92 And he will have
changed mightily if you do not have the best in Maryland. Should you
wish to continue on the sea, you shall have the Belle of the Wye,
launched last year. \x91Tis time Captain Elliott took to his pension.\x94

The captain sighed, and a gleam I did not understand came into his dark
eyes.

\x93I would that God had given me your character and your heart, Richard,\x94
 he said, \x93in place of this striving thing I have within me. But \x91tis
written that a leopard cannot change his spots.\x94

\x93The passage shall be booked this day,\x94 I said.

That morning was an eventful one. Comyn arrived first, dressed in a suit
of mauve French cloth that set off his fine figure to great advantage.
He regarded me keenly as he entered, as if to discover whether I had
changed my mind over night. And I saw he was not in the best of tempers.

\x93And when do you sail?\x94 he cried. \x93I have no doubt you have sent out
already to get passage.\x94

\x93I have been trying to persuade Mr. Carvel to remain in London, my
Lord,\x94 said the captain. \x93I tell him he is leaving his best interests
behind him.\x94

\x93I fear that for once you have undertaken a task beyond your ability,
Captain Paul,\x94 was the rather tart reply.

\x93The captain has a ridiculous idea that he is the cause of my going,\x94 I
said quickly.

John Paul rose somewhat abruptly, seized his hat and bowed to his
Lordship, and in the face of a rain sallied out, remarking that he had
as yet seen nothing of the city.

\x93Jack, you must do me the favour not to talk of this in John Paul\x92s
presence,\x94 I said, when the door had closed.

\x93If he doesn\x92t suspect why you are going, he has more stupidity than I
gave him credit for,\x94 Comyn answered gruffly.

\x93I fear he does suspect,\x94 I said.

His Lordship went to the table and began to write, leaving me to the
Chronicle, the pages of which I did not see. Then came Mr. Dix, and
such a change I had never beheld in mortal man. In place of the would-be
squire I had encountered in Threadneedle Street, here was an unctuous
person of business in sober gray; but he still wore the hypocritical
smirk with no joy in it. His bow was now all respectful obedience. Comyn
acknowledged it with a curt nod.

Mr. Dix began smoothly, where a man of more honesty would have found the
going difficult.

\x93Mr. Carvel,\x94 he said, rubbing his hands, \x93I wish first to express my
profound regrets for what has happened.\x94

\x93Curse your regrets,\x94 said Comyn, bluntly. \x93You come here on business.
Mr. Carvel does not stand in need of regrets at present.\x94

\x93I was but on the safe side of Mr. Carvel\x92s money, my Lord.\x94

\x93Ay, I\x92ll warrant you are always on the safe side of money,\x94 replied
Comyn, with a laugh. \x93What I wish to know, Mr. Dix,\x94 he continued, \x93is
whether you are willing to take my word that this is Mr. Richard Carvel,
the grandson and heir of Lionel Carvel, Esquire, of Carvel Hall in
Maryland?\x94

\x93I am your Lordship\x92s most obedient servant,\x94 said Mr. Dix.

\x93Confound you, sir! Can you or can you not answer a simple question?\x94

Mr. Dix straightened. He may have spoken elsewhere of asserting his
dignity.

\x93I would not presume to doubt your Lordship\x92s word.\x94

\x93Then, if I were to be personally responsible for such sums as Mr.
Carvel may need, I suppose you would be willing to advance them to him.\x94

\x93Willingly, willingly, my Lord,\x94 said Mr. Dix, and added immediately:
\x93Your Lordship will not object to putting that in writing? Merely a
matter of form, as your Lordship knows, but we men of affairs are held
to a strict accountability.\x94

Comyn made a movement of disgust, took up a pen and wrote out the
indorsement.

\x93There,\x94 he said. \x93You men of affairs will at least never die of
starvation.\x94

Mr. Dix took the paper with a low bow, began to shower me with
protestations of his fidelity to my grandfather\x92s interests, which
were one day to be my own,--he hoped, with me, not soon,--drew from his
pocket more than sufficient for my immediate wants, said that I should
have more by a trusty messenger, and was going on to clear himself of
his former neglect and indifference, when Banks announced:

\x93His honour, Mr. Manners!\x94

Comyn and I exchanged glances, and his Lordship gave a low whistle. Nor
was the circumstance without its effect upon Mr. Dix. With my knowledge
of the character of Dorothy\x92s father I might have foreseen this visit,
which came, nevertheless, as a complete surprise. For a moment I
hesitated, and then made a motion to show him up. Comyn voiced my
decision.

\x93Why let the little cur stand in the way?\x94 he said; \x93he counts for
nothing.\x94

Mr. Marmaduke was not long in ascending, and tripped into the room as
Mr. Dix backed out of it, as gayly as tho\x92 he had never sent me about
my business in the street. His clothes, of a cherry cut velvet, were as
ever a little beyond the fashion, and he carried something I had never
before seen, then used by the extreme dandies in London,--an umbrella.

\x93What! Richard Carvel! Is it possible?\x94 he screamed in his piping voice.
\x93We mourned you for dead, and here you turn up in London alive and well,
and bigger and stronger than ever. Oons! one need not go to Scripture
for miracles. I shall write my congratulations to Mr. Carvel this day,
sir.\x94 And he pushed his fingers into my waistcoat, so that Comyn and
I were near to laughing in his face. For it was impossible to be angry
with a little coxcomb of such pitiful intelligence.

\x93Ah, good morning, my Lord. I see your Lordship has risen early in
the same good cause, I myself am up two hours before my time. You will
pardon the fuss I am making over the lad, Comyn, but his grandfather
is my very dear friend, and Richard was brought up with my daughter
Dorothy. They were like brother and sister. What, Richard, you will not
take my hand! Surely you are not so unreasonable as to hold against
me that unfortunate circumstance in Arlington Street! Yes, Dorothy has
shocked me. She has told me of it.\x94

Comyn winked at me as I replied:--

\x93We shan\x92t mention it, Mr. Manners. I have had my three weeks in prison,
and perhaps know the world all the better for them.\x94

He held up his umbrella in mock dismay, and stumbled abruptly into a
chair. There he sat looking at me, a whimsical uneasiness on his face.
\x93We shall indeed mention it, sir. Three weeks in prison, to think of
it! And you would not so much as send me a line. Ah, Richard, pride is a
good thing, but I sometimes think we from Maryland have too much of
it. We shall indeed speak of the matter. Out of justice to me you
must understand how it occurred. You must know that I am deucedly
absentminded, and positively lost without my glass. And I had somebody
with me, so Dorothy said. Chartersea, I believe. And his Grace made me
think you were a cursed beggar. I make a point never to have to do with
\x91em.\x94

\x93You are right, Mr. Manners,\x94 Comyn cut in dryly; \x93for I have known them
to be so persistently troublesome, when once encouraged, as to interfere
seriously with our arrangements.\x94

\x93Eh!\x94 Mr. Manners ejaculated, and then came to an abrupt pause, while I
wondered whether the shot had told. To relieve him I inquired after Mrs.
Manners\x92s health.

\x93Ah, to be sure,\x94 he replied, beginning to fumble in his skirts; \x93London
agrees with her remarkably, and she is better than she has been for
years. And she is overjoyed at your most wonderful escape, Richard, as
are we all.\x94

And he gave me a note. I concealed my eagerness as I took it and broke
the seal, to discover that it was not from Dorothy, but from Mrs.
Manners herself.

   \x93My dear Richard\x94 (so it ran), \x93I thank God with your dear
   Grandfather over y\x92r Deliverance, & you must bring y\x92r Deliverer,
   whom Dorothy describes as Courtly and Gentlemanly despite his
   Calling, to dine with us this very Day, that we may express to him
   our Gratitude. I know you are far too Sensible not to come to
   Arlington Street. I subscribe myself, Richard, y\x92r sincere Friend,

                    \x93MARGARET MANNERS.\x94

There was not so much as a postscript from Dolly, as I had hoped.
But the letter was whole-souled, like Mrs. Manners, and breathed the
affection she had always had for me. I honoured her the more that she
had not attempted to excuse Mr. Manners\x92s conduct.

\x93You will come, Richard?\x94 cried Mr. Marmaduke, with an attempt at
heartiness. \x93You must come, and the captain, too. For I hear, with
regret, that you are not to be long with us.\x94

I caught another significant look from Comyn from between the window
curtains. But I accepted for myself, and conditionally for John Paul.
Mr. Manners rose to take his leave.

\x93Dorothy will be glad to see you,\x94 he said. \x93I often think, Richard,
that she tires of these generals and King\x92s ministers, and longs for
a romp at Wilmot House again. Alas,\x94 he sighed, offering us a pinch of
snuff (which he said was the famous Number 37), \x93alas, she has had a
deal too much of attention, with his Grace of Chartersea and a dozen
others would to marry her. I fear she will go soon,\x94 and he sighed
again. \x93Upon my soul I cannot make her out. I\x92ll lay something handsome,
my Lord, that the madcap adventure with you after Richard sets the
gossips going. One day she is like a schoolgirl, and I blame myself for
not taking her mother\x92s advice to send her to Mrs. Terry, at Campden
House; and the next, egad, she is as difficult to approach as a crowned
head. Well, gentlemen, I give you good day, I have an appointment at
White\x92s. I am happy to see you have fallen in good hands, Richard. My
Lord, your most obedient!\x94

\x93He\x92ll lay something handsome!\x94 said my Lord, when the door had closed
behind him.



CHAPTER XXVIII. ARLINGTON STREET

The sun having come out, and John Paul not returning by two,--being
ogling, I supposed, the ladies in Hyde Park,--I left him a message and
betook myself with as great trepidation as ever to Dorothy\x92s house. The
door was opened by the identical footman who had so insolently offered
me money, and I think he recognized me, for he backed away as he told
me the ladies were not at home. But I had not gone a dozen paces in my
disappointment when I heard him running after me, asking if my honour
were Mr. Richard Carvel.

\x93The ladies will see your honour,\x94 he said, and conducted me back into
the house and up the wide stairs. I had heard that Arlington Street was
known as the street of the King\x92s ministers, and I surmised that Mr.
Manners had rented this house, and its furniture, from some great man
who had gone out of office, plainly a person of means and taste. The
hall, like that of many of the great town-houses, was in semi-darkness,
but I remarked that the stair railing was of costly iron-work and
polished brass; and, as I went up, that the stone niches in the wall
were filled with the busts of statesmen, and I recognized among these,
that of the great Walpole. A great copper gilt chandelier hung above.
But the picture of the drawing-room I was led into, with all its
colours, remains in the eye of my mind to this day. It was a large room,
the like of which I had never seen in any private residence of the New
World, situated in the back of the house. Its balcony overlooked the
fresh expanse of the Green Park. Upon its high ceiling floated Venus and
the graces, by Zucchi; and the mantel, upon which ticked an antique and
curious French clock, was carved marble.

On the gilt panels of the walls were wreaths of red roses. At least
a half-dozen tall mirrors, framed in rococos, were placed about, the
largest taking the space between the two high windows on the park side.
And underneath it stood a gold cabinet, lacquered by Martin\x92s inimitable
hand, in the centre of which was set a medallion of porcelain, with
the head in dark blue of his Majesty, Charles the First. The chairs and
lounges were marquetry,--satin-wood and mahogany,--with seats and backs
of blue brocade. The floor was polished to the degree of danger, and
on the walls hung a portrait by Van Dycke, another, of a young girl, by
Richardson, a landscape by the Dutch artist Ruysdael, and a water-colour
by Zaccarelli.

I had lived for four months the roughest of lives, and the room brought
before me so sharply the contrast between my estate and the grandeur and
elegance in which Dorothy lived, that my spirits fell as I looked about
me. In front of me was a vase of flowers, and beside them on the table
lay a note \x93To Miss Manners, in Arlington Street,\x94 and sealed with
a ducal crest. I was unconsciously turning it over, when something
impelled me to look around. There, erect in the doorway, stood Dolly,
her eyes so earnestly fixed upon me that I dropped the letter with a
start. A faint colour mounted to her crown of black hair.

\x93And so you have come, Richard,\x94 she said. Her voice was low, and tho\x92
there was no anger in it, the tone seemed that of reproach. I wondered
whether she thought the less of me for coming.

\x93Can you blame me for wishing to see you before I leave, Dolly?\x94 I
cried, and crossed quickly over to her.

But she drew a step backward.

\x93Then it is true that you are going,\x94 said she, this time with a plain
note of coldness.

\x93I must, Dorothy.\x94

\x93When?\x94

\x93As soon as I can get passage.\x94

She passed me and seated herself on the lounge, leaving me to stand like
a lout before her, ashamed of my youth and of the clumsiness of my great
body.

\x93Ah, Richard,\x94 she laughed, \x93confess to your old play mate! I should
like to know how many young men of wealth and family would give up
the pleasures of a London season were there not a strong attraction in
Maryland.\x94

How I longed to tell her that I would give ten years of my life to
remain in England: that duty to John Paul took me home. But I was dumb.

\x93We should make a macaroni of you to amaze our colony,\x94 said Dolly,
lightly, as I sat down a great distance away; \x93to accept my schooling
were to double your chances when you return, Richard. You should have
cards to everything, and my Lord Comyn or Mr. Fox or some one would
introduce you at the clubs. I vow you would be a sensation, with your
height and figure. You should meet all the beauties of England, and
perchance,\x94 she added mischievously, \x93perchance you might be taking one
home with you.\x94

\x93Nay, Dolly,\x94 I answered; \x93I am not your match in jesting.\x94

\x93Jesting!\x94 she exclaimed, \x93I was never more sober. But where is your
captain?\x94

I said that I hoped that John Paul would be there shortly.

\x93How fanciful he is! And his conversation,--one might think he had
acquired the art at Marly or in the Fauxbourg. In truth, he should have
been born on the far side of the Channel. And he has the air of the
great man,\x94 said she, glancing up at ms, covertly. \x93For my part, I
prefer a little more bluntness.\x94

I was nettled at the speech. Dorothy had ever been quick to seize upon
and ridicule the vulnerable oddities of a character, and she had all
the contempt of the great lady for those who tried to scale by pleasing
arts. I perceived with regret that she had taken a prejudice.

\x93There, Dorothy,\x94 I cried, \x93not even you shall talk so of the captain.
For you have seen him at his worst. There are not many, I warrant you,
born like him a poor gardener\x92s son who rise by character and ability
to be a captain at three and twenty. And he will be higher yet. He
has never attended any but a parish school, and still has learning to
astonish Mr. Walpole, learning which he got under vast difficulties. He
is a gentleman, I say, far above many I have known, and he is a man.
If you would know a master, you should see him on his own ship. If you
would know a gentleman, you have been with me in his mother\x92s cottage.\x94
 And, warming as I talked, I told her of that saddest of all homecomings
to the little cabin under Criffel\x92s height.

Small wonder that I adored Dorothy!

Would that I could paint her moods, that I might describe the strange
light in her eyes when I had finished, that I might tell how in an
instant she was another woman. She rose impulsively and took a chair at
my side, and said:--

\x93\x91Tis so I love to hear you speak, Richard, when you uphold the absent.
For I feel it is so you must champion me when I am far away. My dear old
playmate is ever the same, strong to resent, and seeing ever the best in
his friends. Forgive me, Richard, I have been worse than silly. And will
you tell me that story of your adventures which I long to learn?\x94

Ay, that I would. I told it her, and she listened silently, save only
now and then a cry of wonder or of sympathy that sounded sweet to my
ears,--just as I had dreamed of her listening when I used to pace the
deck of the brigantine John, at sea. And when at length I had finished,
she sat looking out over the Green Park, as tho\x92 she had forgot my
presence.

And so Mrs. Manners came in and found us.

It had ever pleased me to imagine that Dorothy\x92s mother had been in her
youth like Dorothy. She had the same tall figure, grace in its every
motion, and the same eyes of deep blue, and the generous but well-formed
mouth. A man may pity, but cannot conceive the heroism that a woman of
such a mould must have gone through who has been married since early
girlhood to a man like Mr. Manners. Some women would have been driven
quickly to frivolity, and worse, but this one had struggled year after
year to maintain an outward serenity to a critical world, and had
succeeded, tho\x92 success had cost her dear. Each trial had deepened a
line of that face, had done its share to subdue the voice which had once
rung like Dorothy\x92s; and in the depths of her eyes lingered a sadness
indefinable.

She gazed upon me with that kindness and tenderness I had always
received since the days when, younger and more beautiful than now, she
was the companion of my mother. And the unbidden shadow of a thought
came to me that these two sweet women had had some sadness in
common. Many a summer\x92s day I remembered them sewing together in the
spring-house, talking in subdued voices which were hushed when I came
running in. And lo! the same memory was on Dorothy\x92s mother then, half
expressed as she laid her hands upon my shoulders.

\x93Poor Elizabeth!\x94 she said,--not to me, nor yet to Dorothy; \x93I wish that
she might have lived to see you now. It is Captain Jack again.\x94

She sighed, and kissed me. And I felt at last that I had come home after
many wanderings. We sat down, mother and daughter on the sofa with their
fingers locked. She did not speak of Mr. Manners\x92s conduct, or of my
stay in the sponging-house. And for this I was thankful.

\x93I have had a letter from Mr. Lloyd, Richard,\x94 she said.

\x93And my grandfather?\x94 I faltered, a thickness in my throat.

\x93My dear boy,\x94 answered Mrs. Manners, gently, \x93he thinks you dead. But
you have written him?\x94 she added hurriedly.

I nodded. \x93From Dumfries.\x94

\x93He will have the letter soon,\x94 she said cheerfully. \x93I thank Heaven
I am able to tell you that his health is remarkable under the
circumstances. But he will not quit the house, and sees no one except
your uncle, who is with him constantly.\x94

It was what I expected. But the confirmation of it brought me to my feet
in a torrent of indignation, exclaiming:

\x93The villain! You tell me he will allow Mr. Carvel to see no one?\x94

She started forward, laying her hand on my arm, and Dorothy gave a
little cry.

\x93What are you saying, Richard? What are you saying?\x94

\x93Mrs. Manners,\x94 I answered, collecting myself, \x93I must tell you that
I believe it is Grafton Carvel himself that is responsible for my
abduction. He meant that I should be murdered.\x94

Then Dorothy rose, her eyes flashing and her head high.

\x93He would have murdered you--you, Richard?\x94 she cried, in such a storm
of anger as I had never seen her. \x93Oh, he should hang for the thought of
it! I have always suspected Grafton Carvel capable of any crime!\x94

\x93Hush, Dorothy,\x94 said her mother; \x93it is not seemly for a young girl to
talk so.\x94

\x93Seemly!\x94 said Dorothy. \x93If I were a man I would bring him to justice,
and it took me a lifetime. Nay, if I were a man and could use a sword--\x94

\x93Dorothy! Dorothy!\x94 interrupted Mrs. Manners.

Dorothy sat down, the light lingering in her eyes. She had revealed more
of herself in that instant than in all her life before.

\x93It is a grave charge, Richard,\x94 said Mrs. Manners, at length. \x93And your
uncle is a man of the best standing in Annapolis.\x94

\x93You must remember his behaviour before my mother\x92s marriage, Mrs.
Manners.\x94

\x93I do, I do, Richard,\x94 she said sadly. \x93And I have never trusted him
since. I suppose you are not making your accusation without cause?\x94

\x93I have cause enough,\x94 I answered bitterly.

\x93And proof?\x94 she added. She should have been the man in her family.

I told her how Harvey had overheard the bits of the plot at Carvel Hall
near two years gone; and now that I had begun, I was going through with
Mr. Allen\x92s part in the conspiracy, when Dorothy startled us both by
crying:

\x93Oh, there is so much wickedness in the world, I wish I had never been
born!\x94

She flung herself from the room in a passion of tears to shock me. As if
in answer to my troubled look, Mrs. Manners said, with a sigh:

\x93She has not been at all well, lately, Richard. I fear the gayety
of this place is too much for her. Indeed, I am sorry we ever left
Maryland.\x94

I was greatly disturbed, and thought involuntarily of Comyn\x92s words.
Could it be that Mr. Manners was forcing her to marry Chartersea?

\x93And has Mr. Lloyd said nothing of my uncle?\x94 I asked after a while.

\x93I will not deny that ugly rumours are afloat,\x94 she answered. \x93Grafton,
as you know, is not liked in Annapolis, especially by the Patriot party.
But there is not the slightest ground for suspicion. The messenger--\x94

\x93Yes?\x94

\x93Your uncle denies all knowledge of. He was taken to be the tool of
the captain of the slaver, and he disappeared so completely that it was
supposed he had escaped to the ship. The story goes that you were seized
for a ransom, and killed in the struggle. Your black ran all the way to
town, crying the news to those he met on the Circle and in West Street,
but by the mercy of God he was stopped by Mr. Swain and some others
before he had reached your grandfather. In ten minutes a score of men
were galloping out of the Town Gate, Mr. Lloyd and Mr. Singleton ahead.
They found your horse dead, and the road through the woods all trampled
down, and they spurred after the tracks down to the water\x92s edge.
Singleton recalled a slaver, the crew of which had been brawling at the
Ship tavern a few nights before. But the storm was so thick they could
not see the ship\x92s length out into the river. They started two fast
sloops from the town wharves in chase, and your uncle has been moving
heaven and earth to obtain some clew of you. He has put notices in the
newspapers of Charlestown, Philadelphia, New York, and even Boston, and
offered a thousand pounds reward.\x94



CHAPTER XXIX. I MEET A VERY GREAT YOUNG MAN

The French clock had struck four, and I was beginning to fear that,
despite my note, the captain\x92s pride forbade his coming to Mr. Manners\x92s
house, when in he walked, as tho\x92 \x91twere no novelty to have his name
announced. And so straight and handsome was he, his dark eye flashing
with the self-confidence born in the man, that the look of uneasiness I
had detected upon Mrs. Manners\x92s face quickly changed to one of surprise
and pleasure. Of course the good lady had anticipated a sea-captain of
a far different mould. He kissed her hand with a respectful grace, and
then her daughter\x92s, for Dorothy had come back to us, calmer. And I was
filled with joy over his fine appearance. Even Dorothy was struck by
the change the clothes had made in him. Mrs. Manners thanked him very
tactfully for restoring me to them, as she was pleased to put it, to
which John Paul modestly replied that he had done no more than another
would under the same circumstances. And he soon had them both charmed by
his address.

\x93Why, Richard,\x94 said Dorothy\x92s mother aside to me, \x93surely this cannot
be your sea-captain!\x94

I nodded merrily. But John Paul\x92s greatest triumph was yet to come. For
presently Mr. Marmaduke arrived from White\x92s, and when he had greeted me
with effusion he levelled his glass at the corner of the room.

\x93Ahem!\x94 he exclaimed. \x93Pray, my dear, whom have you invited to-day?\x94 And
without awaiting her reply, as was frequently his habit, he turned to
me and said: \x93I had hoped we were to have the pleasure of Captain Paul\x92s
company, Richard. For I must have the chance before you go of clasping
the hand of your benefactor.\x94

\x93You shall have the chance, at least, sir,\x94 I replied, a fiery
exultation in my breast. \x93Mr. Manners, this is my friend, Captain Paul.\x94

The captain stood up and bowed gravely at the little gentleman\x92s blankly
amazed countenance.

\x93Ahem,\x94 said he; \x93dear me, is it possible!\x94 and advanced a step, but
the captain remained immovable. Mr. Marmaduke fumbled for his snuff-box,
failed to find it, halted, and began again, for he never was known
to lack words for long: \x93Captain, as one of the oldest friends of Mr.
Lionel Carvel, I claim the right to thank you in his name for your
gallant conduct. I hear that you are soon to see him, and to receive his
obligations from him in person. You will not find him lacking, sir, I\x92ll
warrant.\x94

Such was Mr. Marmaduke\x92s feline ingenuity! I had a retort ready, and I
saw that Mrs. Manners, long tried in such occasions, was about to pour
oil on the waters. But it was Dorothy who exclaimed:

\x93What captain! are you, too, going to Maryland?\x94

John Paul reddened.

\x93Ay, that he is, Dolly,\x94 I cut in hurriedly. \x93Did you imagine I would
let him escape so easily? Henceforth as he has said, he is to be an
American.\x94

She flashed at me such a look as might have had a dozen different
meanings, and in a trice it was gone again under her dark lashes.

Dinner was got through I know not how. Mr. Manners led the talk, and
spoke more than was needful concerning our approaching voyage. He was at
great pains to recommend the Virginia packet, which had made the fastest
passage from the Capes; and she sailed, as was no doubt most convenient,
the Saturday following. I should find her a comfortable vessel, and he
would oblige me with a letter to Captain Alsop. Did Captain Paul know
him? But the captain was describing West Indian life to Mrs. Manners.
Dorothy had little to say; and as for me, I was in no very pleasant
humour.

I gave a deaf ear to Mr. Marmaduke\x92s sallies, to speculate on the nature
of the disgrace which Chartersea was said to hold over his head. And
twenty times, as I looked upon Dolly\x92s beauty, I ground my teeth at
the notion of returning home. I have ever been slow of suspicion, but
suddenly it struck me sharply that Mr. Manners\x92s tactics must have a
deeper significance than I had thought. Why was it that he feared my
presence in London?

As we made our way back to the drawing-room, I was hoping for a talk
with Dolly (alas! I should not have many more), when I heard a voice
which sounded strangely familiar.

\x93You know, Comyn,\x94 it was saying, \x93you know I should be at the
Princess\x92s were I not so completely worn out. I was up near all of last
night with Rosette.\x94

Mr. Marmaduke, entering before us, cried:--

\x93The dear creature! I trust you have had medical attendance, Mr.
Walpole.\x94

\x93Egad!\x94 quoth Horry (for it was he), \x93I sent Favre to Hampstead to fetch
Dr. Pratt, where he was attending some mercer\x92s wife. It seems that
Rosette had got into the street and eaten something horrible out of the
kennel. I discharged the footman, of course.\x94

\x93A plague on your dog, Horry,\x94 said my Lord, yawning, and was about to
add something worse, when he caught sight of Dorothy.

Mr. Walpole bowed over her hand.

\x93And have you forgotten so soon your Windsor acquaintances, Mr.
Walpole?\x94 she asked, laughing.

\x93Bless me,\x94 said Horry, looking very hard at me, \x93so it is, so it
is. Your hand, Mr. Carvel. You have only to remain in London, sir, to
discover that your reputation is ready-made. I contributed my mite. For
you must know that I am a sort of circulating library of odd news which
those devils, the printers, contrive to get sooner or later--Heaven
knows how! And Miss Manners herself has completed your fame. Yes, the
story of your gallant rescue is in all the clubs to-day. Egad, sir, you
come down heads up, like a loaded coin. You will soon be a factor in
Change Alley.\x94 And glancing slyly at the blushing Dolly, he continued:

\x93I have been many things, Miss Manners, but never before an instrument
of Providence. And so you discovered your rough diamond yesterday, and
have polished him in a day. O that Dr. Franklin had profited as well
by our London tailors! The rogue never told me, when he was ordering me
about in his swan-skin, that he had a friend in Arlington Street, and a
reigning beauty. But I like him the better for it.\x94

\x93And I the worse,\x94 said Dolly.

\x93I perceive that he still retains his body-guard,\x94 said Mr. Walpole;
\x93Captain--\x94

\x93Paul,\x94 said Dolly, seeing that we would not help him out.

\x93Ah, yes. These young princes from the New World must have their suites.
You must bring them both some day to my little castle at Strawberry
Hill.\x94

\x93Unfortunately, Mr. Walpole, Mr. Carvel finds that he must return to
America,\x94 Mr. Marmaduke interjected. He had been waiting to get in this
word.

Comyn nudged me. And I took the opportunity, in the awkward silence that
followed, to thank Mr. Walpole for sending his coach after us.

\x93And pray where did you get your learning?\x94 he demanded abruptly of the
captain, in his most patronizing way. \x93Your talents are wasted at sea,
sir. You should try your fortune in London, where you shall be under
my protection, sir. They shall not accuse me again of stifling young
genius. Stay,\x94 he cried, warming with generous enthusiasm, \x93stay, I have
an opening. \x91Twas but yesterday Lady Cretherton told me that she
stood in need of a tutor for her youngest son, and you shall have the
position.\x94

\x93Pardon me, sir, but I shall not have the position,\x94 said John Paul,
coolly. And Horry might have heeded the danger signal. I had seen it
more than once on board the brigantine John, and knew what was coming.

\x93Faith, and why not, sir? If I recommend you, why not, sir?\x94

\x93Because I shall not take it,\x94 he said. \x93I have my profession, Mr.
Walpole, and it is an honourable one. And I would not exchange it, sir,
were it in your power to make me a Gibbon or a Hume, or tutor to his
Royal Highness, which it is not.\x94

Thus, for the second time, the weapon of the renowned master of
Strawberry was knocked from his hand at a single stroke of his
strange adversary. I should like to describe John Paul as he made that
speech,--for \x91twas not so much the speech as the atmosphere of it. Those
who heard and saw were stirred with wonder, for Destiny lay bare that
instant, just as the powers above are sometimes revealed at a single
lightning-bolt. Mr. Walpole made a reply that strove hard to be
indifferent; Mr. Marmaduke stuttered, for he was frightened, as little
souls are apt to be at such times. But my Lord Comyn, forever natural,
forever generous, cried out heartily:--

\x93Egad, captain, there you are a true sailor! Which would you rather have
been, I say, William Shakespeare or Sir Francis?\x94

\x93Which would you rather be, Richard,\x94 said Dolly to me, under her
breath, \x93Horace Walpole or Captain John Paul? I begin to like your
captain better.\x94

Willy nilly, Mr. Walpole was forever doing me a service. Now, in order
to ignore the captain more completely, he sat him down to engage Mr.
and Mrs. Manners. Comyn was soon hot in an argument with John Paul
concerning the seagoing qualities of a certain frigate, every rope and
spar of which they seemed to know. And so I stole a few moments with
Dorothy.

\x93You are going to take the captain to Maryland, Richard?\x94 she asked,
playing with her fan.

\x93I intend to get him the Belle of the Tye. \x91Tis the least I can do. For
I am at my wits\x92 end how to reward him, Dolly. And when are you coming
back?\x94 I whispered earnestly, seeing her silent.

\x93I would that I knew, Richard,\x94 she replied, with a certain sadness that
went to my heart, as tho\x92 the choice lay beyond her. Then she changed.
\x93Richard, there was more in Mr. Lloyd\x92s letter than mamma told you of.
There was ill news of one of your friends.\x94

\x93News!\x94

She looked at me fixedly, and then continued, her voice so low that I
was forced to bend over:

\x93Yes. You were not told that Patty Swain fell in a faint when she heard
of your disappearance. You were not told that the girl was ill for a
week afterwards. Ah, Richard, I fear you are a sad flirt. Nay, you may
benefit by the doubt,--perchance you are going home to be married.\x94

You may be sure that this intelligence, from Dorothy\x92s lips, only
increased my trouble and perplexity.

\x93You say that Patty has been ill?\x94

\x93Very ill,\x94 says she, with her lips tight closed.

\x93Indeed, I grieve to hear of it,\x94 I replied; \x93but I cannot think that my
accident had anything to do with the matter.\x94

\x93Young ladies do not send their fathers to coffee-houses to prevent
duels unless their feelings are engaged,\x94 she flung back.

\x93You have heard the story of that affair, Dorothy. At least enough of it
to do me justice.\x94

She was plainly agitated.

\x93Has Lord Comyn--\x94

\x93Lord Comyn has told you the truth,\x94 I said; \x93so much I know.\x94

Alas for the exits and entrances of life! Here comes the footman.

\x93Mr. Fox,\x94 said he, rolling the name, for it was a great one.

Confound Mr. Fox! He might have waited five short minutes.

It was, in truth, none other than that precocious marvel of England who
but a year before had taken the breath from the House of Commons, and
had sent his fame flying over the Channel and across the wide Atlantic;
the talk of London, who set the fashions, cringed not before white
hairs, or royalty, or customs, or institutions, and was now, at one and
twenty, Junior Lord of the Admiralty--Charles James Fox. His face was
dark, forbidding, even harsh--until he smiled. His eyebrows were heavy
and shaggy, and his features of a rounded, almost Jewish mould. He put
me in mind of the Stuarts, and I was soon to learn that he was descended
from them.

As he entered the room I recall remarking that he was possessed of the
supremest confidence of any man I had ever met. Mrs. Manners he greeted
in one way, Mr. Marmaduke in another, and Mr. Walpole in still another.
To Comyn it was \x93Hello, Jack,\x94 as he walked by him. Each, as it were,
had been tagged with a particular value.

Chagrined as I was at the interruption, I was struck with admiration.
For the smallest actions of these rare men of master passions so compel
us. He came to Dorothy, whom he seemed not to have perceived at first,
and there passed between them such a look of complete understanding that
I suddenly remembered Comyn\x92s speech of the night before, \x93Now it is
Charles Fox.\x94 Here, indeed, was the man who might have won her. And yet
I did not hate him. Nay, I loved him from the first time he addressed
me. It was Dorothy who introduced us.

\x93I think I have heard of you, Mr. Carvel,\x94 he said, making a barely
perceptible wink at Comyn.

\x93And I think I have heard of you, Mr. Fox,\x94 I replied.

\x93The deuce you have, Mr. Carvel!\x94 said he, and laughed. And Comyn
laughed, and Dorothy laughed, and I laughed. We were friends from that
moment.

\x93Richard has appeared amongst us like a comet,\x94 put in the ubiquitous
Mr. Manners, \x93and, I fear, intends to disappear in like manner.\x94

\x93And where is the tail of this comet?\x94 demanded Fox, instantly; \x93for I
understood there was a tail.\x94

John Paul was brought up, and the Junior Lord of the Admiralty looked
him over from head to toe. And what, my dears, do you think he said to
him?

\x93Have you ever acted, Captain Paul?\x94

The captain started back in surprise.

\x93Acted!\x94 he exclaimed; \x93really, sir, I do not know. I have never been
upon the boards.\x94

Mr. Fox vowed that he could act: that he was sure of it, from the
captain\x92s appearance.

\x93And I, too, am sure of it, Mr. Fox,\x94 cried Dorothy; clapping her hands.
\x93Persuade him to stay awhile in London, that you may have him at your
next theatricals at Holland House. Why, he knows Shakespeare and Pope
and--and Chaucer by heart, and Ovid and Horace,--is it not so, Mr.
Walpole?\x94

\x93Is not what so, my dear young lady?\x94 asked Mr. Walpole, pretending not
to have heard.

\x93There!\x94 exclaimed Dolly, pouting, when the laughter had subsided; \x93you
make believe to care something about me, and yet will not listen to what
I say.\x94

I had seen at her feet our own Maryland gallants, the longest of whose
reputations stretched barely from the James to the Schuylkill; but here
in London men were hanging on her words whose names were familiarly
spoken in Paris, and Rome, and Geneva. Not a topic was broached by Mr.
Walpole or Mr. Fox, from the remonstrance of the Archbishop against
masquerades and the coming marriage of my Lord Albemarle to the rights
and wrongs of Mr. Wilkes, but my lady had her say. Mrs. Manners seemed
more than content that she should play the hostess, which she did
to perfection. She contrived to throw poisoned darts at the owner of
Strawberry that started little Mr. Marmaduke to fidgeting in his seat,
and he came to the rescue with all the town-talk at his command. He knew
little else. Could Mr. Walpole tell him of this club of both sexes just
started at Almack\x92s? Mr. Walpole could tell a deal, tho\x92 he took the
pains first to explain that he was becoming too old for such frivolous
and fashionable society. He could not, for the life of him, say why he
was included. But, in spite of Mr. Walpole, John Paul was led out in the
paces that best suited him, and finally, to the undisguised delight
of Mr. Fox, managed to trip Horry upon an obscure point in Athenian
literature. And this broke up the company.

As we took our leave Dorothy and Mr. Fox were talking together with
lowered voices.

\x93I shall see you before I go,\x94 I said to her.

She laughed, and glanced at Mr. Fox.

\x93You are not going, Richard Carvel,\x94 said she.

\x93That you are not, Richard Carvel,\x94 said Mr. Fox.

I smiled, rather lamely, I fear, and said good night.



CHAPTER XXX. A CONSPIRACY

\x93Banks, where is the captain?\x94 I asked, as I entered the parlour the
next morning.

\x93Gone, sir, since seven o\x92clock,\x94 was the reply. \x93Gone!\x94 I exclaimed;
\x93gone where?\x94

\x93Faith, I did not ask his honour, sir.\x94

I thought it strange, but reflected that John Paul was given to whims.
Having so little time before him, he had probably gone to see the sights
he had missed yesterday: the Pantheon, which was building, an account
of which had appeared in all the colonial papers; or the new Blackfriars
Bridge; or the Tower; or perhaps to see his Majesty ride out. The
wonders of London might go hang, for all I cared. Who would gaze at the
King when he might look upon Dorothy! I sighed. I bade Banks dress me in
the new suit Davenport had brought that morning, and then sent him off
to seek the shipping agent of the Virginia packet to get us a cabin. I
would go to Arlington Street as soon as propriety admitted.

But I had scarce finished my chocolate and begun to smoke in a pleasant
revery, when I was startled by the arrival of two gentlemen. One was
Comyn, and the other none less than Mr. Charles Fox.

\x93Now where the devil has your captain flown to?\x94 said my Lord, tossing
his whip on the table.

\x93I believe he must be sight-seeing,\x94 I said. \x93I dare swear he has taken
a hackney coach to the Tower.\x94

\x93To see the liberation of the idol of the people, I\x92ll lay ten guineas.
But they say the great Mr. Wilkes is to come out quietly, and wishes no
demonstration,\x94 said Mr. Fox. \x93I believe the beggar has some sense,
if the--Greek--would only let him have his way. So your captain is a
Wilkite, Mr. Carvel?\x94 he demanded.

\x93I fear you run very fast to conclusions, Mr. Fox,\x94 I answered,
laughing, tho\x92 I thought his guess was not far from wrong.

\x93I\x92ll lay you the ten guineas he has been to the Tower,\x94 said Mr. Fox,
promptly.

\x93Done, sir,\x94 said I.

\x93Hark ye, Richard,\x94 said Comyn, stretching himself in an arm-chair; \x93we
are come to take the wind out of your sails, and leave you without an
excuse for going home. And we want your captain, alive or dead. Charles,
here, is to give him a commission in his Majesty\x92s Navy.\x94

Then I knew why Dorothy had laughed when I had spoken of seeing her
again. Comyn--bless him!--had told her of his little scheme.

\x93Egad, Charles!\x94 cried his Lordship, \x93to look at his glum face, one
might think we were a couple of Jews who had cornered him.\x94

Alas for the perversity of the heart! Instead of leaping for joy, as
no doubt they had both confidently expected, I was both troubled and
perplexed by this unlooked-for news. Oak, when bent, is even harder
to bend back again. And so it has ever been with me. I had determined,
after a bitter struggle, to go to Maryland, and had now become used
to that prospect. I was anxious to see my grandfather, and to confront
Grafton Carvel with his villany. And there was John Paul. What would he
think?

\x93What ails you, Richard?\x94 Comyn demanded somewhat testily.

\x93Nothing, Jack,\x94 I replied. \x93I thank you from my heart, and you, Mr.
Fox. I know that commissions are not to be had for the asking, and I
rejoice with the captain over his good fortune. But, gentlemen,\x94 I
said soberly, \x93I had most selfishly hoped that I might be able to do
a service to John Paul in return for his charity to me. You offer him
something nearer his deserts, something beyond my power to give him.\x94

Fox\x92s eyes kindled.

\x93You speak like a man, Mr. Carvel,\x94 said he. \x93But you are too modest.
Damn it, sir, don\x92t you see that it is you, and no one else, who has
procured this commission? Had I not been taken with you, sir, I should
scarce have promised it to your friend Comyn, through whose interest you
obtain it for your protege.\x94

I remembered what Mr. Fox\x92s enemies said of him, and smiled at the
plausible twist he had given the facts.

\x93No,\x94 I said; \x93no, Mr. Fox; never that. The captain must not think that
I wish to be rid of him. I will not stand in the way, though if it is
to be offered him, he must comprehend that I had naught to do with the
matter. But, sir,\x94 I continued curiously, \x93what do you know of John
Paul\x92s abilities as an officer?\x94

Mr. Fox and Comyn laughed so immoderately as to bring the blood to my
face.

\x93Damme!\x94 cried the Junior Lord, \x93but you Americans have odd consciences!
Do you suppose Rigby was appointed Paymaster of the Forces because
of his fitness? Why was North himself made Prime Minister? For his
abilities?\x94 And he broke down again. \x93Ask Jack, here, how he got into
the service, and how much seamanship he knows.\x94

\x93Faith,\x94 answered Jack, unblushingly, \x93Admiral Lord Comyn, my father,
wished me to serve awhile. And so I have taken two cruises, delivered
some score of commands, and scarce know a supple jack from a can of
flip. Cursed if I see the fun of it in these piping times o\x92 peace, so I
have given it up, Richard. For Charles says this Falkland business with
Spain will blow out of the touch-hole.\x94

I could see little to laugh over. For the very rottenness of the service
was due to the miserable and servile Ministry and Parliament of his
Majesty, by means of which instruments he was forcing the colonies to
the wall. Verily, that was a time when the greatness of England hung
in the balance! How little I suspected that the young man then seated
beside me, who had cast so unthinkingly his mighty powers on the side of
corruption, was to be one of the chief instruments of her salvation! We
were to fight George the Third across the seas. He was to wage no less
courageous a battle at home, in the King\x92s own capital. And the cause?
Yes, the cause was to be the same as that of the Mr. Wilkes he reviled,
who obtained his liberty that day.

At length John Paul came in, calling my name. He broke off abruptly at
sight of the visitors.

\x93Now we shall decide,\x94 said Mr. Fox. \x93Captain, I have bet Mr. Carvel ten
guineas you have been to the Tower to see Squinting Jack (John Wilkes)
get his liberty at last.\x94

The captain looked astonished.

\x93Anan, then, you have lost, Richard,\x94 said he. \x93For I have been just
there.\x94

\x93And helped, no doubt, to carry off the champion on your shoulders,\x94
 said Mr. Fox, sarcastically, as I paid the debt.

\x93Mr. Wilkes knows full well the value of moderation, sir,\x94 replied the
captain, in the same tone.

\x93Well, damn the odds!\x94 exclaimed the Junior Lord, laughing. \x93You may
have the magic number tattooed all over your back, for all I care. You
shall have the commission.\x94

\x93The commission?\x94

\x93Yes,\x94 said Fox, carelessly; \x93I intend making you a lieutenant, sir, in
the Royal Navy.\x94

The moment the words were out I was a-tremble as to how he would take
the offer. For he had a certain puzzling pride, which flew hither and
thither. But there was surely no comparison between the situations of
the master of the Belle of the Wye and an officer in the Royal Navy.
There, his talents would make him an admiral, and doubtless give him the
social position he secretly coveted. He confounded us all by his answer.

\x93I thank you, Mr. Fox. But I cannot accept your kindness.\x94

\x93Slife!\x94 said Fox, \x93you refuse? And you know what you are doing?\x94

\x93I know usually, sir.\x94

Comyn swore. My exclamation had something of relief in it.

\x93Captain,\x94 I said, \x93I felt that I could not stand in the way of this.
It has been my hope that you will come with me, and I have sent this
morning after a cabin on the Virginia. You must know that Mr. Fox\x92s
offer is his own, and Lord Comyn\x92s.\x94

\x93I know it well, Richard. I have not lived these three months with you
for nothing.\x94 His voice seemed to fail him. He drew near me and took my
hand. \x93But did you think I would require of you the sacrifice of leaving
London now?\x94

\x93It is my pleasure as well as my duty, captain.\x94

\x93No,\x94 he said, \x93I am not like that. Yesterday I went to the city to see
a shipowner whose acquaintance I made when he was a master in the West
India trade. He has had some reason to know that I can handle a ship.
Never mind what. And he has given me the bark \x91Betsy\x92, whose former
master is lately dead of the small-pox. Richard, I sail to-morrow.\x94


In Dorothy\x92s coach to Whitehall Stairs, by the grim old palace out of
whose window Charles the Martyr had walked to his death. For Dorothy had
vowed it was her pleasure to see John Paul off, and who could stand
in her way? Surely not Mr. Marmaduke! and Mrs. Manners laughingly
acquiesced. Our spirits were such that we might have been some honest
mercer\x92s apprentice and his sweetheart away for an outing.

\x93If we should take a wherry, Richard,\x94 said Dolly, \x93who would know of
it? I have longed to be in a wherry ever since I came to London.\x94

The river was smiling as she tripped gayly down to the water, and the
red-coated watermen were smiling, too, and nudging one another. But
little cared we! Dolly in holiday humour stopped for naught. \x93Boat, your
honour! Boat, boat! To Rotherhithe--Redriff? Two and six apiece, sir.\x94
 For that intricate puzzle called human nature was solved out of hand by
the Thames watermen. Here was a young gentleman who never heard of the
Lord Mayor\x92s scale of charges. And what was a shilling to such as he!
Intricate puzzle, indeed! Any booby might have read upon the young man\x92s
face that secret which is written for all,--high and low, rich and poor
alike.

My new lace handkerchief was down upon the seat, lest Dolly soil her
bright pink lutestring. She should have worn nothing else but the hue of
roses. How the bargemen stared, and the passengers craned their necks,
and the longshoremen stopped their work as we shot past them! On her
account a barrister on the Temple Stairs was near to letting fall
his bag in the water. A lady in a wherry! Where were the whims of the
quality to lead them next? Past the tall water-tower and York Stairs,
the idlers under the straight row of trees leaning over the high river
wall; past Adelphi Terrace, where the great Garrick lived; past the
white columns of Somerset House, with its courts and fountains and
alleys and architecture of all ages, and its river gate where many a
gilded royal barge had lain, and many a fine ambassador had arrived in
state over the great highway of England; past the ancient trees in the
Temple Gardens. And then under the new Blackfriars Bridge to Southwark,
dingy with its docks and breweries and huddled houses, but forever
famous,--the Southwark of Shakespeare and Jonson and Beaumont and
Fletcher. And the shelf upon which they stood in the library at Carvel
Hall was before my eyes.

\x93Yes,\x94 said Dolly; \x93and I recall your mother\x92s name written in faded ink
upon the fly-leaves.\x94

Ah, London Town, by what subtleties are you tied to the hearts of those
born across the sea? That is one of the mysteries of race.

Under the pointed arches of old London Bridge, with its hooded shelters
for the weary, to where the massive Tower had frowned for ages upon the
foolish river. And then the forest of ships, and the officious throng of
little wherries and lighters that pressed around them, seeming to say,
\x93You clumsy giants, how helpless would you be without us!\x94 Soon our own
wherry was dodging among them, ships brought hither by the four winds
of the seas; many discharging in the stream, some in the docks then
beginning to be built, and hugging the huge warehouses. Hides from
frozen Russia were piled high beside barrels of sugar and rum from the
moist island cane-fields of the Indies, and pipes of wine from the sunny
hillsides of France, and big boxes of tea bearing the hall-mark of the
mysterious East. Dolly gazed in wonder. And I was commanded to show her
a schooner like the Black Moll, and a brigantine like the John.

\x93And Captain Paul told me you climbed the masts, Richard, and worked
like a common seaman. Tell me,\x94 says she, pointing at the royal yard of
a tall East Indiaman, \x93did you go as high as that when it was rough?\x94

And, hugely to the boatman\x92s delight, the minx must needs put her
fingers on the hard welts on my hands, and vow she would be a sailor
and she were a man. But at length we came to a trim-built bark lying off
Redriff Stairs, with the words \x93Betsy, of London,\x94 painted across her
stern. In no time at all, Captain Paul was down the gangway ladder and
at the water-side, too hand Dorothy out.

\x93This honour overwhelms me, Miss Manners,\x94 he said; \x93but I know whom to
thank for it.\x94 And he glanced slyly at me.

Dorothy stepped aboard with the air of Queen Elizabeth come to inspect
Lord Howard\x92s flagship.

\x93Then you will thank me,\x94 said she. \x93Why, I could eat my dinner off your
deck, captain! Are all merchantmen so clean?\x94

John Paul smiled.

\x93Not all, Miss Manners,\x94 he said.

\x93And you are still sailing at the ebb?\x94 I asked.

\x93In an hour, Richard, if the wind holds good.\x94

With what pride he showed us over his ship, the sailors gaping at the
fine young lady. It had taken him just a day to institute his navy
discipline. And Dolly went about exclaiming, and asking an hundred
questions, and merrily catechising me upon the run of the ropes. All was
order and readiness for dropping down the stream when he led us into
his cabin, where he had a bottle of wine and some refreshments laid out
against my coming.

\x93Had I presumed to anticipate your visit, Miss Manners, I should have
had something more suitable for a lady,\x94 he said. \x93What, you will not
eat, either, Richard?\x94

I could not, so downcast had I become at the thought of parting. I
had sat up half the night before with him in restless argument and
indecision, and even when he had left for Rotherhithe, early that
morning, my mind had not been made. My conscience had insisted that I
should sail with John Paul; that I might never see my deaf grandfather
on earth again. I had gone to Arlington Street that morning resolved to
say farewell to Dorothy. I will not recount the history of that defeat,
my dears. Nay, to this day I know not how she accomplished the matter.
Not once had she asked me to remain, or referred to my going. Nor had
I spoken of it, weakling that I was. She had come down in the pink
lutestring, smiling but pale; and traces of tears in her eyes, I
thought. From that moment I knew that I was defeated. It was she herself
who had proposed going with me to see the Betsy sail.

\x93I will drink some Madeira to wish you Godspeed, captain,\x94 I said.

\x93What is the matter with you, Richard?\x94 Dolly cried; \x93you are as sour
as my Lord Sandwich after a bad Newmarket. Why, captain,\x94 said she, \x93I
really believe he wants to go, too. The swain pines for his provincial
beauty.\x94

Poor John Paul! He had not yet learned that good society is seldom
literal.

\x93Upon my soul, Miss Manners, there you do him wrong,\x94 he retorted, with
ludicrous heat; \x93you, above all, should know for whom he pines.\x94

\x93He has misled you by praising me. This Richard, despite his frank
exterior, is most secretive.\x94

\x93There you have hit him, Miss Manners,\x94 he declared; \x93there you have hit
him! We were together night and day, on the sea and on the road, and,
while I poured out my life to him, the rogue never once let fall a hint
of the divine Miss Dorothy. \x91Twas not till I got to London that I knew
of her existence, and then only by a chance. You astonish me. You speak
of a young lady in Maryland?\x94

Dorothy swept aside my protest.

\x93Captain,\x94 says she, gravely, \x93I leave you to judge. What is your
inference, when he fights a duel about a Miss with my Lord Comyn?\x94

\x93A duel!\x94 cried the captain, astounded.

\x93Miss Manners persists in her view of the affair, despite my word to the
contrary,\x94 I put in rather coldly.

\x93But a duel!\x94 cried the captain again; \x93and with Lord Comyn! Miss
Manners, I fondly thought I had discovered a constant man, but you make
me fear he has had as many flames as I. And yet, Richard,\x94 he added
meaningly, \x93I should think shame on my conduct and I had had such a
subject for constancy as you.\x94

Dorothy\x92s armour was pierced, and my ill-humour broken down, by this
characteristic speech. We both laughed, greatly to his discomfiture.

\x93You had best go home with him, Richard,\x94 said Dolly. \x93I can find my way
back to Arlington Street alone.\x94

\x93Nay; gallantry forbids his going with me now,\x94 answered John Paul; \x93and
I have my sailing orders. But had I known of this, I should never have
wasted my breath in persuading him to remain.\x94

\x93And did he stand in need of much persuasion, captain?\x94 asked Dolly,
archly.

Time was pressing, and the owner came aboard, puffing,--a round-faced,
vociferous, jolly merchant, who had no sooner got his breath than he
lost it again upon catching sight of Dolly.

While the captain was giving the mate his final orders, Mr. Orchardson,
for such was his name, regaled us with a part of his life\x92s history. He
had been a master himself, and mangled and clipped King George\x92s English
as only a true master might.

\x93I like your own captain better than ever, Richard,\x94 whispered Dolly,
while Mr. Orchardson relieved himself of his quid over the other side;
\x93how commanding he is! Were I to take passage in the Betsy, I know I
should be in love with him long before we got to Norfolk.\x94

I took it upon myself to tell Mr. Orchardson, briefly and clearly as I
could, the lamentable story of John Paul\x92s last cruise. For I feared it
might sooner or later reach his ears from prejudiced mouths. And I ended
by relating how the captain had refused a commission in the navy because
he had promised to take the Betsy. This appeared vastly to impress him,
and he forgot Dorothy\x92s presence.

\x93Passion o\x92 my \x91eart, Mr. Carvel,\x94 cried he, excitedly,

\x93John Paul\x92s too big a man, an\x92 too good a seaman, to go into the navy
without hinflooence. If flag horfocers I roots of is booted haside to
rankle like a lump o\x92 salt butter in a gallipot, \x91ow will a poor Scotch
lieutenant win hadvancement an\x92 he be not o\x92 the King\x92s friends? \x91Wilkes
an\x92 Liberty,\x92 say I; \x91forever,\x92 say I. An\x92 w\x92en I see \x91im goin\x92 to the
Tower to be\x92old the Champion, \x91Captain Paul,\x92 says I, \x91yere a man arfter
my hown \x91eart.\x92 My heye, sir, didn\x92t I see \x91im, w\x92n a mere lad, take the
John into Kingston \x91arbour in the face o\x92 the worst gale I hever seed
blowed in the Caribbees? An\x92 I says, \x91Bill Horchardson, an\x92 ye Never
\x91ave ships o\x92 yere own, w\x92ich I \x91ope will be, y\x92ell know were to look
for a marster.\x92 An\x92 I tells \x91im that same, Mr. Carvel. I means no
disrespect to the dead, sir, but an\x92 John Paul \x91ad discharged the Betsy,
I\x92d not \x91a\x92 been out twenty barrels or more this day by Thames mudlarks
an\x92 scuffle hunters. \x91Eave me flat, if \x91e\x92ll be two blocks wi\x92 liquor
an\x92 dischargin\x92 cargo. An\x92 ye may rest heasy, Mr. Carvel, I\x92ll not do
wrong by \x91im, neither.\x94

He told me that if I would honour him in Maid Lane, Southwark, I should
have as many pounds as I liked of the best tobacco ever cured in Cuba.
And so he left me to see that the mate had signed all his lighter bills,
shouting to the captain not to forget his cockets at Gravesend. Dolly
and I stood silent while the men hove short, singing a jolly song to
the step. With a friendly wave the round figure of Mr. Orchardson
disappeared over the side, and I knew that the time had come to say
farewell. I fumbled in my waistcoat for the repeater I had bought that
morning over against Temple Bar, in Fleet Street, and I thrust it into
John Paul\x92s hand as he came up.

\x93Take this in remembrance of what you have suffered so unselfishly for
my sake, Captain Paul,\x94 I said, my voice breaking. \x93And whatever befalls
you, do not forget that Carvel Hall is your home as well as mine.\x94

He seemed as greatly affected as was I. Tears forced themselves to his
eyes as he held the watch, which he opened absently to read the simple
inscription I had put there.

\x93Oh, Dickie lad!\x94 he cried, \x93I\x92ll be missing ye sair three hours
hence, and thinking of ye for months to come in the night watches. But
something tells me I\x92ll see ye again.\x94

And he took me in his arms, embracing me with such fervour that there
was no doubting the sincerity of his feelings.

\x93Miss Dorothy,\x94 said he, when he was calmer, \x93I give ye Richard for a
leal and a true heart. Few men are born with the gift of keeping the
affections warm despite absence, and years, and interest. But have no
fear of Richard Carvel.\x94

Dorothy stood a little apart, watching us, her eyes that faraway blue of
the deepening skies at twilight.

\x93Indeed, I have no fear of him, captain,\x94 she said gently. Then, with a
quick movement, impulsive and womanly, she unpinned a little gold brooch
at her throat, and gave it to him, saying: \x93In token of my gratitude for
bringing him back to us.\x94

John Paul raised it to his lips.

\x93I shall treasure it, Miss Manners, as a memento of the greatest joy of
my life. And that has been,\x94 gracefully taking her hand and mine, \x93the
bringing you two together again.\x94

Dorothy grew scarlet as she curtseyed. As for me, I could speak never a
word. He stepped over the side to hand her into the wherry, and embraced
me once again. And as we rowed away he waved his hat in a last good-by
from the taffrail. Then the Betsy floated down the Thames.



CHAPTER XXXI. \x93UPSTAIRS INTO THE WORLD\x94

It will be difficult, my dears, without bulging this history out of all
proportion, to give you a just notion of the society into which I fell
after John Paul left London. It was, above all, a gaming society.
From that prying and all-powerful God of Chance none, great or small,
escaped. Guineas were staked and won upon frugal King George and his
beef and barley-water; Charles Fox and his debts; the intrigues of
Choiseul and the Du Barry and the sensational marriage of the Due
d\x92Orleans with Madame de Montesson (for your macaroni knew his Paris
as well as his London); Lord March and his opera singer; and even
the doings of Betty, the apple-woman of St. James\x92s Street, and the
beautiful barmaid of Nando\x92s in whom my Lord Thurlow was said to be
interested. All these, and much more not to be repeated, were duly set
down in the betting-books at White\x92s and Brooks\x92s.

Then the luxury of the life was something to startle a provincial, even
tho\x92 he came, as did I, from one of the two most luxurious colonies
of the thirteen. Annapolis might be said to be London on a small
scale,--but on a very small scale. The historian of the future need look
no farther than our houses (if any remain), to be satisfied that we had
more than the necessities of existence. The Maryland aristocrat with his
town place and his country place was indeed a parallel of the patrician
at home. He wore his English clothes, drove and rode his English horses,
and his coaches were built in Long Acre. His heavy silver service came
from Fleet Street, and his claret and Champagne and Lisbon and Madeira
were the best that could be bought or smuggled. His sons were often
educated at home, at Eton or Westminster and Oxford or Cambridge.
So would I have been if circumstances had permitted. So was James
Fotheringay, the eldest of the family, and later the Dulany boys, and
half a dozen others I might mention. And then our ladies! \x91Tis but
necessary to cite my Aunt Caroline as an extreme dame of fashion, who
had her French hairdresser, Piton.

As was my aunt to the Duchess of Kingston, so was Annapolis to London.
To depict the life of Mayfair and of St. James\x92s Street during a season
about the year of grace 1770 demands a mightier pen than wields the
writer of these simple memoirs.

And who was responsible for all this luxury and laxity? Who but the
great Mr. Pitt, then the Earl of Chatham, whose wise policy had made
Britain the ruler of the world, and rich beyond compare. From all
corners of the earth her wealth poured in upon her. Nabob and Caribbee
came from East and West to spend their money in the capital. And
fortunes near as great were acquired by the City merchants themselves.
One by one these were admitted within that charmed circle, whose motto
for ages had been \x93No Trade,\x94 to leaven it with their gold. And to keep
the pace,--nay, to set it, the nobility and landed gentry were sore
pressed. As far back as good Queen Anne, and farther, their ancestors
had gamed and tippled away the acres; and now that John and William,
whose forebears had been good tenants for centuries, were setting their
faces to Liverpool and Birmingham and Leeds, their cottages were empty.
So Lord and Squire went to London to recuperate, and to get their share
of the game running. St. James\x92s Street and St. Stephen\x92s became their
preserves. My Lord wormed himself into a berth in the Treasury, robbed
the country systematically for a dozen of years, and sold the places
and reversions under him to the highest bidder. Boroughs were to be
had somewhat dearer than a pair of colours. And my Lord spent his
spare time--he had plenty of it--in fleecing the pigeons at White\x92s
and Almack\x92s. Here there was no honour, even amongst thieves. And young
gentlemen were hurried through Eton and Oxford, where they learned
to drink and swear and to call a main as well as to play tennis and
billiards and to write Latin, and were thrust into Brooks\x92s before
they knew the difference in value between a farthing and a banknote: at
nineteen they were hardened rake, or accomplished men of the world, or
both. Dissipated noblemen of middle age like March and Sandwich, wits
and beaus and fine gentlemen like Selwyn and Chesterfield and Walpole,
were familiarly called by their first names by youngsters like Fox and
Carlisle and Comyn. Difference of age was no difference. Young Lord
Carlisle was the intimate of Mr. Selwyn, born thirty years before him.

And whilst I am speaking of intimacies, that short one which sprang
up between me and the renowned Charles Fox has always seemed the most
unaccountable: not on my part, for I fell a victim to him at once. Pen
and paper, brush and canvas, are wholly inadequate to describe the
charm of the man. When he desired to please, his conversation and the
expression of his face must have moved a temperament of stone itself.
None ever had more devoted friends or more ardent admirers. They saw his
faults, which he laid bare before them, but they settled his debts again
and again, vast sums which he lost at Newmarket and at Brooks\x92s. And not
many years after the time of which I now write Lord Carlisle was paying
fifteen hundred a year on the sum he had loaned him, cheerfully denying
himself the pleasures of London as a consequence.

It was Mr. Fox who discovered for me my lodgings in Dover Street, vowing
that I could not be so out of fashion as to live at an inn. The brief
history of these rooms, as given by him, was this: \x93A young cub had
owned them, whose mamma had come up from Berkshire on Thursday, beat him
soundly on Friday, paid his debts on Saturday, and had taken him back
on Sunday to hunt with Sir Henry the rest of his life.\x94 Dorothy came one
day with her mother and swept through my apartments, commanded all the
furniture to be moved about, ordered me to get pictures for the walls,
and by one fell decree abolished all the ornaments before the landlady,
used as she was to the ways of quality, had time to gasp.

\x93Why, Richard,\x94 says my lady, \x93you will be wanting no end of pretty
things to take back to Maryland when you go. You shall come with me
to-morrow to Mr. Josiah Wedgwood\x92s, to choose some of them.\x94

\x93Dorothy!\x94 says her mother, reprovingly.

\x93And he must have the Chippendale table I saw yesterday at the
exhibition, and chairs to match. And every bachelor should have a punch
bowl--Josiah has such a beauty!\x94

But I am running far ahead. Among the notes with which my table was
laden, Banks had found a scrawl. This I made out with difficulty to
convey that Mr. Fox was not attending Parliament that day. If Mr. Carvel
would do him the honour of calling at his lodging, over Mackie\x92s Italian
Warehouse in Piccadilly, at four o\x92clock, he would take great pleasure
in introducing him at Brooks\x92s Club. In those days \x91twas far better for
a young gentleman of any pretensions to remain at home than go to London
and be denied that inner sanctuary,--the younger club at Almack\x92s. Many
the rich brewer\x92s son has embittered his life because it was not given
him to see more than the front of the house from the far side of Pall
Mall. But to be taken there by Charles Fox was an honour falling to few.
I made sure that Dolly was at the bottom of it.

Promptly at four I climbed the stairs and knocked at Mr. Fox\x92s door.
The Swiss who opened it shook his head dubiously when I asked for his
master, and said he had not been at home that day.

\x93But I had an appointment to meet him,\x94 I said, thinking it very
strange.

The man\x92s expression changed.

\x93An appointment, sir! Ah, sir, then you are to step in here.\x94 And to my
vast astonishment he admitted me into a small room at one side of
the entrance. It was bare as poverty, and furnished with benches, and
nothing more. On one of these was seated a person with an unmistakable
nose and an odour of St. Giles\x92s, who sprang to his feet and then sat
down again dejectedly. I also sat down, wondering what it could mean,
and debating whether to go or stay.

\x93Exguse me, your honour,\x94 said the person, \x93but haf you seen Mister
Fox?\x94

I said that I, too, was waiting for him, whereat he cast at me a
cunning look beyond my comprehension. Surely, I thought, a man of Fox\x92s
inherited wealth and position could not be living in such a place!
Before the truth and humour of the situation had dawned upon me, I heard
a ringing voice without, swearing in most forcible English, and the door
was thrown open, admitting a tall young gentleman, as striking as I have
ever seen. He paid not the smallest attention to the Jew, who was bowing
and muttering behind me.

\x93Mr. Richard Carvel?\x94 said he, with a merry twinkle in his eye.

I bowed.

\x93Gad\x92s life, Mr. Carvel, I\x92m deuced sorry this should have happened.
Will you come with me?\x94

\x93Exguse me, your honour!\x94 cried the other visitor.

\x93Now, what the plague, Aaron!\x94 says he; \x93you wear out the stairs. Come
to-morrow, or the day after.\x94

\x93Ay, \x91tis always \x91to-morrow\x92 with you fine gentlemen. But I vill bring
the bailiffs, so help me--\x94

\x93Damn \x91em!\x94 says the tall young gentleman, as he slammed the door and so
shut off the wail. \x93Damn \x91em, they worry Charles to death. If he would
only stick to quinze and picquet, and keep clear of the hounds*, he need
never go near a broker.\x94

   [* \x93The \x93hounds,\x94 it appears, were the gentlemen of sharp practices at
   White\x92s and Almack\x92s.--D. C. C.]

\x93Do you have Jews in America, Mr. Carvel?\x94 Without waiting for
an answer, he led me through a parlour, hung with pictures, and
bewilderingly furnished with French and Italian things, and Japan and
China ware and bronzes, and cups and trophies. \x93My name is Fitzpatrick,
Mr. Carvel,--yours to command, and Charles\x92s. I am his ally for offence
and defence. We went to school together,\x94 he explained simply.

His manner was so free, and yet so dignified, as to charm me completely.
For I heartily despised all that fustian trumpery of the age. Then came
a voice from beyond, calling:--

\x93That you, Carvel? Damn that fellow Eiffel, and did he thrust you into
the Jerusalem Chamber?\x94

\x93The Jerusalem Chamber!\x94 I exclaimed.

\x93Where I keep my Israelites,\x94 said he; \x93but, by Gad\x92s life! I think they
are one and all descended from Job, and not father Abraham at all. He
must have thought me cursed ascetic, eh, Fitz? Did you find the benches
hard? I had \x91em made hard as the devil. But if they were of stone, I vow
the flock could find their own straw to sit on.\x94

\x93Curse it, Charles,\x94 cut in Mr. Fitzpatrick, in some temper, \x93can\x92t you
be serious for once! He would behave this way, Mr. Carvel, if he were
being shriven by the Newgate ordinary before a last carting to Tyburn.
Charles, Charles, it was Aaron again, and the dog is like to snap at
last. He is talking of bailiffs. Take my advice and settle with him.
Hold Cavendish off another fortnight and settle with him.\x94

Mr. Fox\x92s reply was partly a laugh, and the rest of it is not to be
printed. He did not seem in the least to mind this wholesale disclosure
of his somewhat awkward affairs. And he continued to dress, or to be
dressed, alternately swearing at his valet and talking to Fitzpatrick
and to me.

\x93You are both of a name,\x94 said he. \x93Let a man but be called Richard, and
I seem to take to him. I\x92 faith, I like the hunchback king, and believe
our friend Horry Walpole is right in defending him, despite Davie Hume.
I vow I shall like you, Mr. Carvel.\x94

I replied that I certainly hoped so.

\x93Egad, you come well enough recommended,\x94 he said, pulling on his
breeches. \x93No, Eiffel, cursed if I go en petit maitre to-day. How does
that strike you for a demi saison, Mr. Buckskin? I wore three of \x91em
through the customs last year, and March\x92s worked olive nightgown tucked
under my greatcoat, and near a dozen pairs of shirts and stockings. And
each of my servants had on near as much. O Lud, we were amazing-like
beef-eaters or blower pigeons. Sorry you won\x92t meet my brother,--he that
will have the title. He\x92s out of town.\x94

Going on in this discursory haphazard way while he dressed, he made me
feel much at home. For the young dictator--so Mr. Fitzpatrick informed
me afterward--either took to you or else he did not, and stood upon no
ceremony. After he had chosen a coat with a small pattern and his feet
had been thrust into the little red shoes with the high heels, imported
by him from France, he sent for a hackney-chaise. And the three of us
drove together to Pall Mall. Mr. Brooks was at the door, and bowed from
his hips as we entered.

\x93A dozen vin de Graves, Brooks!\x94 cries Mr. Fox, and ushers me into
a dining room, with high curtained windows and painted ceiling, and
chandeliers throwing a glitter of light. There, at a long table,
surrounded by powdered lackeys, sat a bevy of wits, mostly in blue and
silver, with point ruffles, to match Mr. Fox\x92s costume. They greeted
my companions uproariously. It was \x93Here\x92s Charles at last!\x94 \x93Howdy,
Charles!\x94 \x93Hello, Richard!\x94 and \x93What have you there? a new Caribbee?\x94
 They made way for Mr. Fox at the head of the table, and he took the seat
as though it were his right.

\x93This is Mr. Richard Carvel, gentlemen, of Carvel Hall, in Maryland.\x94

They stirred with interest when my name was called, and most of them
turned in their chairs to look at me. I knew well the reason, and felt
my face grow hot. Although you may read much of the courtesy of that
age, there was a deal of brutal frankness among young men of fashion.

\x93Egad, Charles, is this he the Beauty rescued from Castle Yard?\x94

A familiar voice relieved my embarrassment.

\x93Give the devil his due, Bully. You forget that I had a hand in that.\x94

\x93Faith, Jack Comyn,\x94 retorted the gentleman addressed, \x93you\x92re already
famous for clinging to her skirt.\x94

\x93But cling to mine, Bully, and we\x92ll all enter the temple together. But
I bid you welcome, Richard,\x94 said his Lordship; \x93you come with two of
the most delightful vagabonds in the world.\x94

Mr. Fox introduced me in succession to Colonel St. John, known in St.
James\x92s Street as the Baptist; to my Lord Bolingbroke, Colonel
St. John\x92s brother, who was more familiarly called Bully; to Mr.
Fitzpatrick\x92s brother, the Earl of Upper Ossory, who had come up to
London, so he said, to see a little Italian dance at the Garden; to
Gilly Williams; to Sir Charles Bunbury, who had married Lady Sarah
Lennox, Fox\x92s cousin, the beauty who had come so near to being queen of
all England; to Mr. Storer, who was at once a Caribbee and a Crichton;
to Mr. Uvedale Price. These I remember, but there are more that escape
me. Most good-naturedly they drank my health in Charles\x92s vin de grave,
at four shillings the bottle; and soon I was astonished to find myself
launched upon the story of my adventures, which they had besought me
to tell them. When I had done, they pledged me again, and, beginning to
feel at home, I pledged them handsomely in return. Then the conversation
began. The like of it I have never heard anywhere else in the world.
There was a deal that might not be written here, and a deal more that
might, to make these pages sparkle. They went through the meetings, of
course, and thrashed over the list of horses entered at Ipswich, and
York, and Newmarket, and how many were thought to be pulled. Then
followed the recent gains and losses of each and every individual of
the company. After that there was a roar of merriment over Mr.
Storer cracking mottoes with a certain Lady Jane; and how young
Lord Stavordale, on a wager, tilted the candles and set fire to the
drawing-room at Lady Julia\x92s drum, the day before. Mr. Price told of the
rage Topham Beauclerk had got Dr. Johnson into, by setting down a mark
for each oyster the sage had eaten, and showing him the count. But Mr.
Fox, who was the soul of the club, had the best array of any. He related
how he had gone post from Paris to Lyons, to order, among other things,
an embroidered canary waistcoat for George Selwyn from Jabot. \x93\x92 Et
quel dessin, monsieur?\x92 \x91Beetles and frogs, in green.\x92 \x91Escargots!
grenouilles!\x92 he cries, with a shriek; \x91Et pour Monsieur Selwyn!
Monsieur Fox badine!\x92 It came yesterday, by Crawford, and I sent it to
Chesterfield Street in time for George to wear to the Duchess\x92s. He has
been twice to Piccadilly after me, and twice here, and swears he will
have my heart. And I believe he is now gone to Matson in a funk.\x94

After that they fell upon politics. I knew that Mr. Fox was already
near the head of the King\x92s party, and that he had just received a
substantial reward at his Majesty\x92s hands; and I went not far to guess
that every one of these easy-going, devil-may-care macaronies was a
follower or sympathizer with Lord North\x92s policy. But what I heard was
a revelation indeed. I have dignified it by calling it politics. All was
frankness here amongst friends. There was no attempt made to gloss over
ugly transactions with a veneer of morality. For this much I honoured
them. But irresistibly there came into my mind the grand and simple
characters of our own public men in America, and it made me shudder to
think that, while they strove honestly for our rights, this was the type
which opposed them. Motives of personal spite and of personal gain were
laid bare, and even the barter and sale of offices of trust took place
before my very eyes. I was silent, though my tongue burned me, until one
of the gentlemen, thinking me neglected, said:

\x93What a-deuce is to be done with those unruly countrymen of yours, Mr.
Carvel? Are they likely to be pacified now that we have taken off all
except the tea? You who are of our party must lead a sorry life among
them. Tell me, do they really mean to go as far as rebellion?\x94

The blood rushed to my face.

\x93It is not a question of tea, sir,\x94 I answered hotly; \x93nor yet of
tuppence. It is a question of principle, which means more to Englishmen
than life itself. And we are Englishmen.\x94

I believe I spoke louder than I intended, for a silence followed my
words. Fox glanced at Comyn, who of all of them at the table was not
smiling, and said:

\x93I thought you came of a loyalist family, Mr. Carvel.\x94

\x93King George has no more loyal servants than the Americans, Mr. Fox, be
they Tory or Whig. And he has but to read our petitions to discover it,\x94
 I said.

I spoke calmly, but my heart was thumping with excitement and
resentment. The apprehension of the untried is apt to be sharp at
such moments, and I looked for them to turn their backs upon me for an
impertinent provincial. Indeed, I think they would have, all save Comyn,
had it not been for Fox himself. He lighted a pipe, smiled, and began
easily, quite dispassionately, to address me.

\x93I wish you would favour us with your point of view, Mr. Carvel,\x94 said
he; \x93for, upon my soul, I know little about the subject.\x94

\x93You know little about the subject, and you in Parliament!\x94

I cried.

This started them all to laughing. Why, I did not then understand. But I
was angry enough.

\x93Come, let\x92s have it!\x94 said he.

They drew their chairs closer, some wearing that smile of superiority
which to us is the Englishman\x92s most maddening trait. I did not stop
to think twice, or to remember that I was pitted against the greatest
debater in all England. I was to speak that of which I was full, and the
heart\x92s argument needs no logic to defend it. If it were my last word, I
would pronounce it.

I began by telling them that the Americans had paid their share of the
French war, in blood and money, twice over. And I had the figures in my
memory. Mr. Fox interrupted. For ten minutes at a space he spoke, and
in all my life I have never talked to a man who had the English of King
James\x92s Bible, of Shakespeare, and Milton so wholly at his command.
And his knowledge of history, his classical citations, confounded me.
I forgot myself in wondering how one who had lived so fast had acquired
such learning. Afterward, when I tried to recall what he said, I laughed
at his surprising ignorance of the question at issue, and wondered where
my wits could have gone that I allowed myself to be dazzled and turned
aside at every corner. As his speech came faster he twisted fact into
fiction and fiction into fact, until I must needs close my mind and bolt
the shutters of it, or he had betrayed me into confessing the right
of Parliament to quarter troops among us. Though my head swam, I clung
doggedly to my text. And that was my salvation. He grew more excited,
and they applauded him. In truth, I myself felt near to clapping. And
then, as I stared him in the eye, marvelling how a man of such vast
power and ability could stand for such rotten practices, the thought
came to me (I know not whence) of Saint Paul the Apostle.

\x93Mr. Fox,\x94 I said, when he had paused, \x93before God, do you believe what
you are saying?\x94

I saw them smiling at my earnestness and simplicity. Fox seemed
surprised, and laughed evasively,--not heartily as was his wont.

\x93My dear Mr. Carvel,\x94 he said, glancing around the circle, political
principles are not to be swallowed like religion, but taken rather like
medicine, experimentally. If they agree with you, very good. If not,
drop them and try others. We are always ready to listen to remedies,
here.\x94

\x93Ay, if they agree with you!\x94 I exclaimed. \x93But food for one is poison
for another. Do you know what you are doing? You are pushing home
injustice and tyranny to the millions, for the benefit of the thousands.
For is it not true, gentlemen, that the great masses of England are
against the measures you impose upon us? Their fight is our fight. They
are no longer represented in Parliament; we have never been. Taxation
without representation is true of your rotten boroughs as well as of
your vast colonies. You are helping the King to crush freedom abroad in
order that he may the more easily break it at home. You are committing a
crime.

\x93I tell you we would give up all we own were the glory or honour of
England at stake. And yet you call us rebels, and accuse us of meanness
and of parsimony. If you wish money, leave the matter to our colonial
assemblies, and see how readily you will get it. But if you wish war,
persist in trying to grind the spirit from a people who have in them
the pride of your own ancestors. Yes, you are estranging the colonies,
gentlemen. A greater man than I has warned you\x94

And with that I rose, believing that I had given them all mortal
offence. To my astonishment several got to their feet in front of me,
huzzaing, and Comyn and Lord Ossory grasped my hands. And Charles Fox
reached out over the corner of the table and pulled me back into my
chair.

\x93Bravo, Richard Carvel!\x94 he cried. \x93Cursed if I don\x92t love a man who
will put up a fight against odds. Who will stand bluff to what he
believes, and won\x92t be talked out of his boots. We won\x92t quarrel with
any such here, my buckskin, I can tell you.\x94

And that is the simple story, my dears, of the beginning of my
friendship with one who may rightly be called the Saint Paul of English
politics. He had yet some distance to go, alas, ere he was to begin
that sturdy battle for the right for which his countrymen and ours will
always bless him. I gave him my hand with a better will than I had ever
done anything, and we pressed our fingers numb. And his was not the only
hand I clasped. And honest Jack Comyn ordered more wine, that they might
drink to a speedy reconciliation with America.

\x93A pint bumper to Richard Carvel!\x94 said Mr. Fitzpatrick.

I pledged Brooks\x92s Club in another pint. Upon which they swore that
I was a good fellow, and that if all American Whigs were like me, all
cause of quarrel was at an end. Of this I was not so sure, nor could
I see that the question had been settled one way or another. And that
night I had reason to thank the Reverend Mr. Allen, for the first and
last time in my life, that I could stand a deal of liquor, and yet not
roll bottom upward.

The dinner was settled on the Baptist, who paid for it without a
murmur. And then we adjourned to the business of the evening. The great
drawing-room, lighted by an hundred candles, was filled with gayly
dressed macaronies, and the sound of their laughter and voices in
contention mingled with the pounding of the packs on the mahogany and
the rattle of the dice and the ring of the gold pieces. The sight was
dazzling, and the noise distracting. Fox had me under his especial care,
and I was presented to young gentlemen who bore names that had been the
boast of England through the centuries. Lands their forebears had won by
lance and sword, they were squandering away as fast as ever they could.
I, too, was known. All had heard the romance of the Beauty and Castle
Yard, and some had listened to Horry Walpole tell that foolish story of
Goble at Windsor, on which he seemed to set such store. They guessed at
my weight. They betted upon it. And they wished to know if I could spin
Mr. Brooks, who was scraping his way from table to table. They gave me
choice of whist, or picquet, or quinze, or hazard. I was carried away.
Nay, I make no excuse. Tho\x92 the times were drinking and gaming ones, I
had been brought up that a gentleman should do both in moderation. We
mounted, some dozen of us, to the floor above, and passed along to a
room of which Fox had the key; and he swung me in on his arm, the others
pressing after. And the door was scarce closed and locked again, before
they began stripping off their clothes.

To my astonishment, Fox handed me a great frieze coat, which he bade me
don, as the others were doing. Some were turning their coats inside out;
for luck, said they; and putting on footman\x92s leather guards to save
their ruffles. And they gave me a hat with a high crown, and a broad
brim to save my eyes from the candle glare. We were as grotesque a set
as ever I laid my eyes upon. But I hasten over the scene; which has long
become distasteful to me. I mention it only to show to what heights of
folly the young men had gone. I recall a gasp when they told me they
played for rouleaux of ten pounds each, but I took out my pocket-book as
boldly as tho\x92 I had never played for less, and laid my stake upon the
board. Fox lost, again and again; but he treated his ill-luck with
such a raillery of contemptuous wit, that we must needs laugh with him.
Comyn, too, lost, and at supper excused himself, saying that he had
promised his mother, the dowager countess, not to lose more than a
quarter\x92s income at a sitting. But I won and won, until the fever of it
got into my blood, and as the first faint light of that morning crept
into the empty streets, we were still at it, Fox vowing that he never
waked up until daylight. That the best things he said in the House came
to him at dawn.



CHAPTER XXXII. LADY TANKERVILLE\x92S DRUM-MAJOR

The rising sun, as he came through the little panes of the windows,
etched a picture of that room into my brain. I can see the twisted
candles with their wax smearing the sticks, the chairs awry, the tables
littered with blackened pipes, and bottles, and spilled wine and tobacco
among the dice; and the few that were left of my companions, some with
dark lines under their eyes, all pale, but all gay, unconcerned, witty,
and cynical; smoothing their ruffles, and brushing the ashes and snuff
from the pattern of their waistcoats. As we went downstairs, singing a
song Mr. Foote had put upon the stage that week, they were good enough
to declare that I should never be permitted to go back to Maryland. That
my grandfather should buy me a certain borough, which might be had for
six thousand pounds.

The drawing-room made a dismal scene, too, after the riot and disorder
of the night. Sleepy servants were cleaning up, but Fox vowed that they
should bring us yet another bottle before going home. So down we sat
about the famous old round table, Fox fingering the dents the gold had
made in the board, and philosophizing; and reciting Orlando Furioso in
the Italian, and Herodotus in the original Greek. Suddenly casting his
eyes about, they fell upon an ungainly form stretched on a lounge, that
made us all start.

\x93Bully!\x94 he cried; \x93I\x92ll lay you fifty guineas that Mr. Carvel gets the
Beauty, against Chartersea.\x94

This roused me.

\x93Nay, Mr. Fox, I beg of you,\x94 I protested, with all the vehemence I
could muster. \x93Miss Manners must not be writ down in such a way.\x94

For answer he snapped his fingers at the drowsy Brooks, who brought the
betting book.

\x93There!\x94 says he; \x93and there, and there,\x94 turning over the pages; \x93her
name adorns a dozen leaves, my fine buckskin. And it will be well to
have some truth about her. Enter the wager, Brooks.\x94

\x93Hold!\x94 shouts Bolingbroke; \x93I haven\x92t accepted.\x94

You may be sure I was in an agony over this desecration, which I was so
powerless to prevent. But as I was thanking my stars that the matter had
blown over with Bolingbroke\x92s rejection, there occurred a most singular
thing.

The figure on the lounge, with vast difficulty, sat up. To our amazement
we beheld the bloated face of the Duke of Chartersea staring stupidly.

\x93Damme, Bully, you refushe bet like tha\x92!\x94 he said. \x93I\x92ll take doshen of
\x91em-doshen, egad. Gimme the book, Brooksh. Cursh Fox--lay thousand d--d
provinshial never getsh \x91er--I know--\x94

I sat very still, seized with a loathing beyond my power to describe to
thick that this was the man Mr. Manners was forcing her to marry. Fox
laughed.

\x93Help his Grace to his coach,\x94 he said to two of the footmen.

\x93Kill fellow firsht!\x94 cried his Grace, with his hand on his sword, and
instantly fell over, and went sound asleep.

\x93His Grace has sent his coach home, your honour,\x94 said one of the men,
respectfully. \x93The duke is very quarrelsome, sir.\x94

\x93Put him in a chair, then,\x94 said Charles.

So they fearfully lifted his Grace, who was too far gone to resist, and
carried him to a chair. And Mr. Fox bribed the chairmen with two guineas
apiece, which he borrowed from me, to set his Grace down amongst the
marketwomen at Covent Garden.

The next morning Banks found in my pockets something over seven hundred
pounds more than I had had the day before.

I rose late, my head swimming with mains and nicks, and combinations
of all the numbers under the dozen; debated whether or no I would go to
Arlington Street, and decided that I had not the courage. Comyn settled
it by coming in his cabriolet, proposed that we should get the air
in the park, dine at the Cocoa Tree, and go afterwards to Lady
Tankerville\x92s drum-major, where Dolly would undoubtedly be.

\x93Now you are here, Richard,\x94 said his Lordship, with his accustomed
bluntness, \x93and your sea-captain has relieved your Quixotic conscience,
what the deuce do you intend to do?

\x93Win a thousand pounds every night at Brooks\x92s, or improve your time
and do your duty, and get Miss Manners out of his Grace\x92s clutches? I\x92ll
warrant something will come of that matter this morning.\x94

\x93I hope so,\x94 I said shortly.

Comyn looked at me sharply.

\x93Would you fight him?\x94 he asked.

\x93If he gave me the chance.\x94

His Lordship whistled. \x93Egad, then,\x94 said he, \x93I shall want to be there
to see. In spite of his pudding-bag shape he handles the sword as well
as any man in England. I have crossed with him at Angelo\x92s. And he has a
devilish tricky record, Richard.\x94

I said nothing to that.

\x93Hope you do--kill him,\x94 Comyn continued. \x93He deserves it richly.
But that will be a cursed unpleasant way of settling the
business,--unpleasant for you, unpleasant for her, and cursed unpleasant
for him, too, I suppose. Can\x92t you think of any other way of getting
her? Ask Charles to give you a plan of campaign. You haven\x92t any sense,
and neither have I.\x94

\x93Hang you, Jack, I have no hopes of getting her,\x94 I replied, for I was
out of humour with myself that day. \x93In spite of what you say, I know
she doesn\x92t care a brass farthing to marry me. So let\x92s drop that.\x94

Comyn made a comic gesture of deprecation. I went on: \x93But I am going
to stay here and find out the truth, though it may be a foolish
undertaking. And if he is intimidating Mr. Manners--\x94

\x93You may count on me, and on Charles,\x94 said my Lord, generously; \x93and
there are some others I know of. Gad! You made a dozen of friends and
admirers by what you said last night, Richard. And his Grace has a few
enemies. You will not lack support.\x94

We dined very comfortably at the Cocoa Tree, where Comyn had made an
appointment for me with two as diverting gentlemen as had ever been my
lot to meet. My Lord Carlisle was the poet and scholar of the little
clique which had been to Eton with Charles Fox, any member of which (so
\x91twas said) would have died for him. His Lordship, be it remarked in
passing, was as lively a poet and scholar as can well be imagined.
He had been recently sobered, so Comyn confided; which I afterwards
discovered meant married. Charles Fox\x92s word for the same was fallen.
And I remembered that Jack had told me it was to visit Lady Carlisle at
Castle Howard that Dorothy was going when she heard of my disappearance.
Comyn\x92s other guest was Mr. Topham Beauclerk, the macaroni friend of
Dr. Johnson. He, too, had been recently married, but appeared no more
sobered than his Lordship. Mr. Beauclerk\x92s wife, by the way, was
the beautiful Lady Diana Spencer, who had been divorced from Lord
Bolingbroke, the Bully I had met the night before. These gentlemen
seemed both well acquainted with Miss Manners, and vowed that none but
American beauties would ever be the fashion in London more. Then we all
drove to Lady Tankerville\x92s drum-major near Chesterfield House.

\x93You will be wanting a word with her when she comes in,\x94 said Comyn,
slyly divining. Poor fellow! I fear that I scarcely appreciated his
feelings as to Dorothy, or the noble unselfishness of his friendship for
me.

We sat aside in a recess of the lower hall, watching the throng as they
passed: haughty dowagers, distorted in lead and disfigured in silk and
feathers nodding at the ceiling; accomplished beaus of threescore or
more, carefully mended for the night by their Frenchmen at home; young
ladies in gay brocades with round skirts and stiff, pear-shaped bodices;
and youngsters just learning to ogle and to handle their snuff-boxes.
One by one their names were sent up and solemnly mouthed by the footman
on the landing. At length, when we had all but given her up, Dorothy
arrived. A hood of lavender silk heightened the oval of her face, and
out from under it crept rebellious wisps of her dark hair. But she was
very pale, and I noticed for the first time a worn expression that gave
me a twinge of uneasiness. \x91Twas then I caught sight of the duke, a
surly stamp on his leaden features. And after him danced Mr. Manners.
Dolly gave a little cry when she saw me.

\x93Oh! Richard, I am so glad you are here. I was wondering what had become
of you. And Comyn, too.\x94 Whispering to me, \x93Mamma has had a letter from
Mrs. Brice; your grandfather has been to walk in the garden.\x94

\x93And Grafton?\x94

\x93She said nothing of your uncle,\x94 she replied, with a little shudder at
the name; \x93but wrote that Mr. Carvel was said to be better. So there!
your conscience need not trouble you for remaining. I am sure he would
wish you to pay a visit home.

\x93And I have to scold you, sir. You have not been to Arlington Street for
three whole days.\x94

It struck me suddenly that her gayety was the same as that she had worn
to my birthday party, scarce a year agone.

\x93Dolly, you are not well!\x94 I said anxiously.

She flung her head saucily for answer. In the meantime his Grace,
talking coldly to Comyn, had been looking unutterable thunders at me.
I thought of him awaking in the dew at Covent Garden, and could scarce
keep from laughing in his face. Mr. Marmaduke squirmed to the front.

\x93Morning, Richard,\x94 he said, with a marked cordiality. \x93Have you met
the Duke of Chartersea? No! Your Grace, this is Mr. Richard Carvel. His
family are dear friends of ours in the colonies.\x94

To my great surprise, the duke saluted me quite civilly. But I had the
feeling of facing a treacherous bull which would gore me as soon as ever
my back was turned. He was always putting me in mind of a bull, with his
short neck and heavy, hunched shoulders,--and with the ugly tinge of red
in the whites of his eyes.

\x93Mr. Manners tells me you are to remain awhile in London, Mr. Carvel,\x94
 he said, in his thick voice.

I took his meaning instantly, and replied in kind.

\x93Yes, your Grace, I have some business to attend to here.\x94

\x93Ah,\x94 he answered; \x93then I shall see you again.\x94

\x93Probably, sir,\x94 said I.

His Lordship watched this thrust and parry with an ill-concealed
delight. Dorothy\x92s face was impassive, expressionless. As the duke
turned to mount the stairs, he stumbled clumsily across a young man
coming to pay his respects to Miss Manners, and his Grace went sprawling
against the wall.

\x93Confound you, sir!\x94 he cried.

For the ducal temper was no respecter of presences. Then a title was a
title to those born lower, and the young man plainly had a vast honour
for a coronet.

\x93I beg your Grace\x92s pardon,\x94 said he.

\x93Who the deuce is he?\x94 demanded the duke petulantly of Mr. Manners,
thereby setting the poor little man all a-tremble.

\x93Why, why,--\x94 he replied, searching for his spyglass.

For an instant Dolly\x92s eyes shot scorn. Chartersea had clearly seen and
heeded that signal before.

\x93The gentleman is a friend of mine,\x94 she said.

Tho\x92 I were put out of the Garden of Eden as a consequence, I itched to
have it out with his Grace then and there. I knew that I was bound
to come into collision with him sooner or later. Such, indeed, was my
mission in London. But Dorothy led the way upstairs, a spot of colour
burning each of her cheeks. The stream of guests had been arrested until
the hall was packed, and the curious were peering over the rail above.

\x93Lord, wasn\x92t she superb!\x94 exclaimed Comyn, exultingly, as we followed.
In the drawing-room the buzzing about the card tables was hushed a
moment as she went in. But I soon lost sight of her, thanks to Comyn. He
drew me on from group to group, and I was duly presented to a score
of Lady So-and-sos and honourable misses, most of whom had titles, but
little else. Mammas searched their memories, and suddenly discovered
that they had heard their parents speak of my grandfather. But, as it
was a fair presumption that most colonial gentlemen made a visit home at
least once in their lives, I did not allow the dust to get into my eyes.
I was invited to dinners, and fairly showered with invitations to balls
and drums and garden parties. I was twitted about the Beauty, most often
with only a thin coating of amiability covering the spite of the remark.
In short, if my head had not been so heavily laden with other matters,
it might well have become light under the strain. Had I been ambitious
to enter the arena I should have had but little trouble, since
eligibility then might be reduced to guineas and another element not
moral. I was the only heir of one of the richest men in the colony,
vouched for by the Manners and taken up by Mr. Fox and my Lord Comyn.
Inquiries are not pushed farther. I could not help seeing the hardness
of it all, or refrain from contrasting my situation with that of the
penniless outcast I had been but a little time before. The gilded rooms,
the hundred yellow candles multiplied by the mirrors, the powder, the
perfume, the jewels,--all put me in mind of the poor devils I had left
wasting away their lives in Castle Yard. They, too, had had their times
of prosperity, their friends who had faded with the first waning of
fortune. Some of them had known what it was to be fawned over. And how
many of these careless, flitting men of fashion I looked upon could feel
the ground firm beneath their feet; or could say with certainty what
a change of ministers, or one wild night at White\x92s or Almack\x92s, would
bring forth? Verily, one must have seen the under side of life to know
the upper!

Presently I was sought out by Mr. Topham Beauclerk, who had heard of the
episode below and wished to hear more. He swore at the duke.

\x93He will be run through some day, and serve him jolly right,\x94 said he.
\x93Bet you twenty pounds Charles Fox does it! His Grace knows he has the
courage to fight him.\x94

\x93The courage!\x94 I repeated.

\x93Yes. Angelo says the duke has diabolical skill. And then he won\x92t fight
fair. He killed young Atwater on a foul, you know. Slipped on the wet
grass, and Chartersea had him pinned before he caught his guard. But
there is Lady Di a-calling, a-calling.\x94

\x93Do all the women cheat in America too?\x94 asked Topham, as we approached.

I thought of my Aunt Caroline, and laughed.

\x93Some,\x94 I answered.

\x93They will game, d--n \x91em,\x94 said Topham, as tho\x92 he had never gamed in
his life. \x93And they will cheat, till a man has to close his eyes to
keep from seeing their pretty hands. And they will cry, egad, oh so
touchingly, if the luck goes against them in spite of it all. Only last
week I had to forgive Mrs Farnham an hundred guineas. She said she\x92d
lost her pin-money twice over, and was like to have wept her eyes out.\x94

Thus primed in Topham\x92s frank terms, I knew what to expect. And I found
to my amusement he had not overrun the truth. I lost like a stoic, saw
nothing, and discovered the straight road to popularity.

\x93The dear things expect us to make it up at the clubs,\x94 whispered he.

I discovered how he had fallen in love with his wife, Lady Diana, and
pitied poor Bolingbroke heartily for having lost her. She was then
in her prime,--a beauty, a wit, and a great lady, with a dash of the
humanities about her that brought both men and women to her feet.

\x93You must come to see me, Mr. Carvel,\x94 said she. \x93I wish to talk to you
of Dorothy.\x94

\x93Your Ladyship believes me versed in no other subject?\x94 I asked.

\x93None other worth the mention,\x94 she replied instantly; \x93Topham tells me
you can talk horses, and that mystery of mysteries, American politics.
But look at Miss Manners Dow. I\x92ll warrant she is making Sir Charles see
to his laurels, and young Stavordale is struck dumb.\x94

I looked up quickly and beheld Dolly surrounded by a circle of admirers.

\x93Mark the shot strike!\x94 Lady Di continued, between the deals; \x93that time
Chartersea went down. I fancy he is bowled over rather often,\x94 she said
slyly. \x93What a brute it is. And they say that that little woman she has
for a father imagines a union with the duke will redound to his glory.\x94

\x93They say,\x94 remarked Mrs. Meynel, sitting next me, \x93that the duke has
thumbscrews of some kind on Mr. Manners.\x94

\x93Miss Manners is able to take care of herself,\x94 said Topham.

\x93\x91On dit\x92, that she has already refused as many dukes as did her Grace
of Argyle,\x94 said Mrs. Meynel.

I had lost track of the cards, and knew I was losing prodigiously. But
my eyes went back again and again to the group by the doorway, where
Dolly was holding court and dispensing justice, and perchance injustice.
The circle increased. Ribands, generals whose chests were covered with
medals of valour, French noblemen, and foreign ambassadors stopped for
a word with the Beauty and passed on their way, some smiling, some
reflecting, to make room for others. I overheard from the neighbouring
tables a spiteful protest that a young upstart from the colonies
should turn Lady Tankerville\x92s drum into a levee. My ears tingled as I
listened. But not a feathered parrot in the carping lot of them could
deny that Miss Manners had beauty and wit enough to keep them all at
bay. Hers was not an English beauty: every line of her face and pose of
her body proclaimed her of that noble type of Maryland women, distinctly
American, over which many Englishmen before and since have lost their
heads and hearts.

\x93Egad!\x94 exclaimed Mr. Storer, who was looking on; \x93she\x92s already
defeated some of the Treasury Bench, and bless me if she isn\x92t rating
North himself.\x94

Half the heads in the room were turned toward Miss Manners, who was
exchanging jokes with the Prime Minister of Great Britain. I saw a
corpulent man, ludicrously like the King\x92s pictures, with bulging gray
eyes that seemed to take in nothing. And this was North, upon whose
conduct with the King depended the fate of our America. Good-natured he
was, and his laziness was painfully apparent. He had the reputation of
going to sleep standing, like a horse.

\x93But the Beauty contrives to keep him awake,\x94 said Storer.

\x93If you stay among us, Mr. Carvel,\x94 said Topham, \x93she will get you a
commissionership for the asking.\x94

\x93Look,\x94 cried Lady Di, \x93there comes Mr. Fox, the precocious, the
irresistible. Were he in the Bible, we should read of him passing the
time of day with King Solomon.\x94

\x93Or instructing Daniel in the art of lion-taming,\x94 put in Mrs. Meynel.

There was Mr. Fox in truth, and the Beauty\x92s face lighted up at sight of
him. And presently, when Lord North had made his bow and passed on,
he was seen to lead her out of the room, leaving her circle to go to
pieces, like an empire without a head.



CHAPTER XXXIII. DRURY LANE

After a night spent in making resolutions, I set out for Arlington
Street, my heart beating a march, as it had when I went thither on my
arrival in London. Such was my excitement that I was near to being run
over in Piccadilly like many another country gentleman, and roundly
cursed by a wagoner for my stupidity. I had a hollow bigness within
me, half of joy, half of pain, that sent me onward with ever increasing
steps and a whirling storm of contradictions in my head. Now it was:
Dolly loved me in spite of all the great men in England. Why, otherwise,
had she come to the sponging-house? Berating myself: had her affection
been other than that of a life-long friendship she would not have come
an inch. But why had she made me stay in London? Why had she spoken so
to Comyn? What interpretation might be put upon a score of little acts
of hers that came a-flooding to mind, each a sacred treasure of memory?
A lover\x92s interpretation, forsooth. Fie, Richard! what presumption to
think that you, a raw lad, should have a chance in such a field! You
have yet, by dint of hard knocks and buffets, to learn the world.

By this I had come in sight of her house, and suddenly I trembled like a
green horse before a cannon. My courage ran out so fast that I was
soon left without any, and my legs had carried me as far as St. James\x92s
Church before I could bring them up. Then I was sure, for the first
time, that she did not love me. In front of the church I halted,
reflecting that I had not remained in England with any hope of it, but
rather to discover the truth about Chartersea\x92s actions, and to save
her, if it were possible. I turned back once more, and now got as far as
the knocker, and lifted it as a belfry was striking the hour of noon. I
think I would have fled again had not the door been immediately opened.

Once more I found myself in the room looking out over the Park, the
French windows open to the balcony, the sunlight flowing in with the
spring-scented air. On the table was lying a little leather book,
stamped with gold,--her prayerbook. Well I remembered it! I opened it,
to read: \x93Dorothy, from her Mother. Annapolis, Christmas, 1768.\x94 The
sweet vista of the past stretched before my eyes. I saw her, on such a,
Mayday as this, walking to St. Anne\x92s under the grand old trees, their
budding leaves casting a delicate tracery at her feet. I followed her up
the aisle until she disappeared in the high pew, and then I sat beside
my grandfather and thought of her, nor listened to a word of Mr. Allen\x92s
sermon. Why had they ever taken her to London?

When she came in I sought her face anxiously. She was still pale; and
I thought, despite her smile, that a trace of sadness lingered in her
eyes.

\x93At last, sir, you have come,\x94 she said severely. \x93Sit down and give an
account of yourself at once. You have been behaving very badly.\x94

\x93Dorothy--\x94

\x93Pray don\x92t \x91Dorothy\x92 me, sir. But explain where you have been for this
week past.\x94

\x93But, Dolly--\x94

\x93You pretend to have some affection for your old playmate, but you do
not trouble yourself to come to see her.\x94

\x93Indeed, you do me wrong.\x94

\x93Do you wrong! You prefer to gallivant about town with Comyn and Charles
Fox, and with all those wild gentlemen who go to Brooks\x92s. Nay, I have
heard of your goings-on. I shall write to Mr. Carvel to-day, and advise
him to send for you. And tell him that you won a thousand pounds in one
night--\x94

\x93It was only seven hundred,\x94 I interrupted sheepishly. I thought she
smiled faintly.

And will probably lose twenty thousand before you have done. And I shall
say to him that you have dared to make bold rebel speeches to a Lord of
the Admiralty and to some of the King\x92s supporters. I shall tell your
grandfather you are disgracing him.\x94

\x93Rebel speeches!\x94 I cried.

\x93Yes, rebel speeches at Almack\x92s. Who ever heard of such a thing! No
doubt I shall hear next of your going to a drawing-room and instructing
his Majesty how to subdue the colonies. And then, sir, you will be sent
to the Tower, and I shan\x92t move a finger to get you out.\x94

\x93Who told you of this, Dolly?\x94 I demanded.

\x93Mr. Fox, himself, for one. He thought it so good,--or so bad,--that he
took me aside last night at Lady Tankerville\x92s, asked me why I had let
you out of Castle Yard, and told me I must manage to curb your tongue.
I replied that I had about as much influence with you as I have with Dr.
Franklin.\x94

I laughed.

\x93I saw Fox lead you off,\x94 I said.

\x93Oh, you did, did you!\x94 she retorted. \x93But you never once came near me
yourself, save when I chanced to meet you in the hall, tho\x92 I was there
a full three hours.\x94

\x93How could I!\x94 I exclaimed. \x93You were surrounded by prime ministers and
ambassadors, and Heaven knows how many other great people.\x94

\x93When you wish to do anything, Richard, you usually find a way.\x94

\x93Nay,\x94 I answered, despairing, \x93I can never explain anything to you,
Dolly. Your tongue is too quick for mine.\x94

\x93Why didn\x92t you go home with your captain?\x94 she asked mockingly.

\x93Do you know why I stayed?\x94

\x93I suppose because you want to be a gay spark and taste of the pleasures
of London. That is, what you men are pleased to call pleasures. I can
think of no other season.\x94

\x93There is another,\x94 I said desperately.

\x93Ah,\x94 said Dolly. And in her old aggravating way she got up and stood in
the window, looking out over the park. I rose and stood beside her, my
very temples throbbing.

\x93We have no such springs at home,\x94 she said. \x93But oh, I wish I were at
Wilmot House to-day!\x94

\x93There is another reason,\x94 I repeated. My voice sounded far away, like
that of another. I saw the colour come into her cheeks again, slowly.
The southwest wind, with a whiff of the channel salt in it, blew the
curtains at our backs.

\x93You have a conscience, Richard,\x94 she said gently, without turning. \x93So
few of us have.\x94

I was surprised. Nor did I know what to make of that there were so many
meanings.

\x93You are wild,\x94 she continued, \x93and impulsive, as they say your father
was. But he was a man I should have honoured. He stood firm beside his
friends. He made his enemies fear him. All strong men must have enemies,
I suppose. They must make them.\x94

I looked at her, troubled, puzzled, but burning at her praise of Captain
Jack.

\x93Dolly,\x94 I cried, \x93you are not well. Why won\x92t you come back to
Maryland?\x94

She did not reply to that. Then she faced me suddenly.

\x93Richard, I know now why you insisted upon going back. It was because
you would not desert your sea-captain. Comyn and Mr. Fox have told me,
and they admire you for it as much as I.\x94

What language is worthy to describe her as she was then in that pose,
with her head high, as she was wont to ride over the field after
the hounds. Hers was in truth no beauty of stone, but the beauty of
force,--of life itself.

\x93Dorothy,\x94 I cried; \x93Dorothy, I stayed because I love you. There, I have
said it again, what has not passed my lips since we were children. What
has been in my heart ever since.\x94

I stopped, awed. For she had stepped back, out on the balcony. She
hid her head in her hands, and I saw her breast shaken as with sobs. I
waited what seemed a day,--a year. Then she raised her face and looked
at me through the tears shining in her eyes.

\x93Richard,\x94 she said sadly, \x93why, why did you ever tell me? Why can we
not always be playmates?\x94

The words I tried to say choked me. I could not speak for sorrow, for
very bitterness. And yet I might have known! I dared not look at her
again.

\x93Dear Richard,\x94 I heard her say, \x93God alone understands how it hurts me
to give you pain. Had I only foreseen--\x94

\x93Had you only foreseen,\x94 I said quickly.

\x93I should never have let you speak.\x94

Her words came steadily, but painfully. And when I raised my eyes she
met them bravely.

\x93You must have seen,\x94 I cried. \x93These years I have loved you, nor could
I have hidden it if I had wished. But I have little--to offer you,\x94 I
went on cruelly, for I knew not what I said; \x93you who may have English
lands and titles for the consenting. I was a fool.\x94

Her tears started again. And at sight of them I was seized with such
remorse that I could have bitten my tongue in two.

\x93Forgive me, Dorothy, if you can,\x94 I implored. \x93I did not mean it. Nor
did I presume to think you loved me. I have adored,--I shall be content
to adore from far below. And I stayed,--I stayed that I might save you
if a danger threatened.\x94

\x93Danger!\x94 she exclaimed, catching her breath.

\x93I will come to the point,\x94 I said. \x93I stayed to save you from the Duke
of Chartersea.\x94

She grasped the balcony rail, and I think would have fallen but for my
arm. Then she straightened, and only the quiver of her lip marked the
effort.

\x93To save me from the Duke of Chartersea?\x94 she said, so coldly that my
conviction was shaken. \x93Explain yourself, sir.\x94

\x93You cannot love him!\x94 I cried, amazed.

She flashed upon me a glance I shall never forget.

\x93Richard Carvel,\x94 she said, \x93you have gone too far. Though you have been
my friend all my life, there are some things which even you cannot say
to me.\x94

And she left me abruptly and went into the house, her head flung back.
And I followed in a tumult of mortification and wounded pride, in such
a state of dejection that I wished I had never been born. But hers was a
nature of surprises, and impulsive, like my own. Beside the cabinet she
turned, calm again, all trace of anger vanished from her face. Drawing
a hawthorn sprig from a porcelain vase I had given her, she put it in my
hand.

\x93Let us forget this, Richard,\x94 said she; \x93we have both been very
foolish.\x94

Forget, indeed! Unless Heaven had robbed me of reason, had torn the past
from me at a single stroke. I could not have forgotten. When I reached
my lodgings I sent the anxious Banks about his business and threw myself
in a great chair before the window, the chair she had chosen. Strange to
say, I had no sensation save numbness. The time must have been about
two of the clock: I took no account of it. I recall Banks coming timidly
back with the news that two gentlemen had called. I bade him send
them away. Would my honour not have Mrs. Marble cook my dinner, and be
dressed for Lady Pembroke\x92s ball? I sent him off again, harshly.

After a long while the slamming of a coach door roused me, and I was
straightway seized with such an agony of mind that I could have cried
aloud. \x91Twas like the pain of blood flowing back into a frozen limb.
Darkness was fast gathering as I reached the street and began to walk
madly. Word by word I rehearsed the scene in the drawing-room over the
Park, but I could not think calmly, for the pain of it. Little by little
I probed, writhing, until far back in my boyhood I was tearing at the
dead roots of that cherished plant, which was the Hope of Her Love. It
had grown with my own life, and now with its death to-day I felt that
I had lost all that was dear to me. Then, in the midst of this abject
self-pity, I was stricken with shame. I thought of Comyn, who had borne
the same misfortune as a man should. Had his pain been the less because
he had not loved her from childhood? Like Comyn, I resolved to labour
for her happiness.

What hour of the night it was I know not when a man touched me on the
shoulder, and I came to myself with a start. I was in a narrow street
lined by hideous houses, their windows glaring with light. Each seemed
a skull, with rays darting from its grinning eye-holes. Within I caught
glimpses of debauchery that turned me sick. Ten paces away three women
and a man were brawling, the low angry tones of his voice mingling with
the screeches of their Billingsgate. Muffled figures were passing and
repassing unconcernedly, some entering the houses, others coming out,
and a handsome coach, without arms and with a footman in plain livery,
lumbered along and stopped farther on. All this I remarked before I took
notice of him who had intercepted me, and demanded what he wanted.

\x93Hey, Bill!\x94 he cried with an oath to a man who stood on the steps
opposite; \x93\x91ere\x92s a soft un as has put \x91is gill in.\x94

The man responded, and behind him came two more of the same feather, and
suddenly I found myself surrounded by an ill-smelling crowd of flashy
men and tawdry women. They jostled me, and I reached for my sword, to
make the discovery that I had forgotten it. Regaining my full senses, I
struck the man nearest me a blow that sent him sprawling in the dirt. A
blade gleamed under the sickly light of the fish-oil lamp overhead, but
a man crashed through from behind and caught the ruffian\x92s sword-arm and
flung him back in the kennel.

\x93The watch!\x94 he cried, \x93the watch!\x94

They vanished like rats into their holes at the shout, leaving me
standing alone with him. The affair had come and gone so quickly that I
scarce caught my breath.

\x93Pardon, sir,\x94 he said, knuckling, \x93but I followed you.\x94

It was Banks. For a second time he had given me an affecting example of
his faithfulness. I forgot that he was my servant, and I caught his hand
and pressed it.

\x93You have saved my life at the risk of your own,\x94 I said; \x93I shall not
forget it.\x94

But Banks had been too well trained to lose sight of his position. He
merely tipped his hat again and said imperturbably:

\x93Best get out of here, your honour. They\x92ll be coming again directly.\x94

\x93Where are we?\x94 I asked.

\x93Drury Lane, sir,\x94 he replied, giving me just the corner of a glance;
\x93shall I fetch a coach, sir?\x94 No, I preferred to walk. Before we had
turned into Long Acre I had seen all of this Sodom of London that it
should be given a man to see, if indeed we must behold some of the
bestiality of this world. Here alone, in the great city, high and low
were met equal. Sin levels rank. The devil makes no choice between my
lord and his kitchen wench who has gone astray. Here, in Sodom, painted
vice had lain for an hundred years and bred half the crime of a century.
How many souls had gone hence in that time to meet their Maker! Some
of these brazen creatures who leered at me had known how long ago!--a
peaceful home and a mother\x92s love; had been lured in their innocence
to this place of horrors, never to leave it until death mercifully
overtakes them. Others, having fallen, had been driven hither by a cruel
world that shelters all save the helpless, that forgives all save the
truly penitent. I shuddered as I thought of Mr. Hogarth\x92s prints, which,
in the library in Marlboro\x92 Street at home, had had so little meaning
for me. Verily he had painted no worse than the reality. As I strode
homeward, my own sorrow subdued by the greater sorrow I had looked upon,
the craving I had had to be alone was gone, and I would have locked
arms with a turnspit. I called to Banks, who was behind at a respectful
distance, and bade him come talk to me. His presence of mind in calling
on the watch had made even a greater impression upon me than his
bravery. I told him that he should have ten pounds, and an increase of
wages. And I asked him where I had gone after leaving Dover Street, and
why he had followed me. He answered this latter question first. He had
seen gentlemen in the same state, or something like it, before: his
Lordship, his late master, after he had fought with Mr. Onslow, of the
Guards, and Sir Edward Minturn, when he had lost an inheritance and a
reversion at Brooks\x92s, and was forced to give over his engagement to
marry the Honourable Miss Swift. \x93Lord, sir,\x94 he said, \x93but that was
a sad case, as set all London agog. And Sir Edward shot hisself at
Portsmouth not a se\x92nnight after.\x94

And he relapsed into silence, no doubt longing to ask the cause of my
own affliction. Presently he surprised me by saying:

\x93And I might make so bold, Mr. Carvel, I would like to tell your honour
something.\x94

I nodded. And he hawed awhile and then burst out:

\x93Your honour must know then that I belongs to the footman\x92s club in
Berkeley Square, where I meets all the servants o\x92 quality--\x94

\x93Yes,\x94 I said, wondering what footman\x92s tale he had to tell.

\x93And Whipple, he\x92s a hintimate o\x92 mine, sir.\x94 He stopped again.

\x93And who may Whipple be?\x94

\x93With submission, sir. Whipple\x92s his Grace o\x92 Chartersea\x92s man--and,
you\x92ll forgive me, sir--Whipple owns his Grace is prodigious ugly, an\x92
killed young Mr. Atwater unfair, some think. Whipple says he would give
notice had he not promised the old duke--\x94

\x93Drat Whipple!\x94 I cried.

\x93Yes, sir. To be sure, sir. His Grace was in a bloody rage when he found
hisself in a fruit bin at Covent Carding. An\x92 two redbreasts had carried
him to the round house, sir, afore they discovered his title. An\x92 since
his Grace ha\x92 said time an\x92 time afore Whipple, that he\x92ll ha\x92 Mr.
Carvel\x92s heart for that, and has called you most disgustin\x92 bad names,
sir. An\x92 Whipple he says to me: \x91Banks, drop your marster a word, an\x92
you get the chance. His Grace\x92ll speak him fair to\x92s face, but let him
look behind him.\x92\x94

\x93I thank you again, Banks. I shall bear in mind your devotion,\x94 I
replied. \x93But I had nothing to do with sending the duke to Covent
Garden.\x94

\x93Ay, sir, so I tells Whipple.\x94

\x93Pray, how did you know?\x94 I demanded curiously.

\x93Lord, sir! All the servants at Almack\x92s is friends o\x92 mine,\x94 says he.
\x93But Whipple declares his Grace will be sworn you did it, sir, tho\x92 the
Lord Mayor hisself made deposition \x91twas not.\x94

\x93Then mark me, Banks, you are not to talk of this.\x94

\x93Oh, Lord, no, your honour,\x94 he said, as he fell back. But I was not so
sure of his discretion as of his loyalty.

And so I was led to perceive that I was not to be the only aggressor in
the struggle that was to come. That his Grace did me the honour to
look upon me as an obstacle. And that he intended to seize the first
opportunity to make way with me, by fair means or foul.



Volume 6.



CHAPTER XXXIV. HIS GRACE MAKES ADVANCES

The next morning I began casting about as to what I should do next.
There was no longer any chance of getting at the secret from Dorothy, if
secret there were. Whilst I am ruminating comes a great battling at
the street door, and Jack Comyn blew in like a gust of wind, rating me
soundly for being a lout and a blockhead.

\x93Zooks!\x94 he cried, \x93I danced the soles off my shoes trying to get in
here yesterday, and I hear you were moping all the time, and paid me no
more attention than I had been a dog scratching at the door. What! and
have you fallen out with my lady?\x94

I confessed the whole matter to him. He was not to be resisted. He
called to Banks for a cogue of Nantsey, and swore amazingly at what he
was pleased to term the inscrutability of woman, offering up consolation
by the wholesale. The incident, he said, but strengthened his conviction
that Mr. Manners had appealed to Dorothy to save him. \x93And then,\x94 added
his Lordship, facing me with absolute fierceness, \x93and then, Richard,
why the devil did she weep? There were no tears when I made my avowal.
I tell you, man, that the whole thing points but the one way. She loves
you. I swear it by the rood.\x94

I could not help laughing, and he stood looking at me with such a
whimsical expression that I rose and flung my arms around him.

\x93Jack, Jack!\x94 I cried, \x93what a fraud you are! Do you remember the
argument you used when you had got me out of the sponging-house? Quoting
you, all I had to do was to put Dorothy to the proof, and she would toss
Mr. Marmaduke and his honour broadcast. Now I have confessed myself, and
what is the result? Nay, your theory is gone up in vapour.\x94

\x93Then why,\x94 cried his Lordship, hotly, \x93why before refusing me did she
demand to know whether you had been in love with Patty Swain? \x91Sdeath!
you put me in mind of a woman upon stilts--a man has always to be
walking alongside her with encouragement handy. And when a proud
creature such as our young lady breaks down as she hath done, \x91tis
clear as skylight there is something wrong. And as for Mr. Manners, Hare
overheard a part of a pow-wow \x91twixt him and the duke at the Bedford
Arms,--and Chartersea has all but owned in some of his drunken fits that
our little fop is in his power.\x94

\x93Then she is in love with some one else,\x94 I said.

\x93I tell you she is not,\x94 said Comyn, still more emphatically; \x93and you
can write that down in red in your table book. Gossip has never been
able to connect her name with that of any man save yours, when she went
for you in Castle Yard. And, gemini, gossip is like water, and will get
in if a crack shows. When the Marquis of Wells was going to Arlington
Street once every day, she sent him about his business in a fortnight.\x94

Despite Comyn\x92s most unselfish optimism, I could see no light. And in
the recklessness that so often besets youngsters of my temper, on
like occasions, I went off to Newmarket next day with Mr. Fox and Lord
Ossory, in his Lordship\x92s travelling-chaise and four. I spent a very gay
week trying to forget Miss Dolly. I was the loser by some three hundred
pounds, in addition to what I expended and loaned to Mr. Fox. This young
gentleman was then beginning to accumulate at Newmarket a most execrable
stud. He lost prodigiously, but seemed in no wise disturbed thereby.
I have never known a man who took his ill-luck with such a stoical
nonchalance. Not so while the heat was on. As I write, a most ridiculous
recollection rises of Charles dragging his Lordship and me and all who
were with him to that part of the course where the race was highest,
where he would act like a madman; blowing and perspiring, and whipping
and swearing all at a time, and rising up and down as if the horse was
throwing him.

At Newmarket I had the good--or ill-fortune to meet that incorrigible
rake and profligate, my Lord of March and Ruglen. For him the goddess
of Chance had smiled, and he was in the most complaisant humour. I was
presented to his Grace, the Duke of Grafton, whose name I had no reason
to love, and invited to Wakefield Lodge. We went instead, Mr. Fox and
I, to Ampthill, Lord Ossory\x92s seat, with a merry troop. And then we had
more racing; and whist and quinze and pharaoh and hazard, until I was
obliged to write another draft upon Mr. Dix to settle the wails: and
picquet in the travelling-chaise all the way to London. Dining at
Brooks\x92s, we encountered Fitzpatrick and Comyn and my Lord Carlisle.

\x93Now how much has Charles borrowed of you, Mr. Carvel?\x94 demanded
Fitzpatrick, as we took our seats.

\x93I\x92ll lay ten guineas that Charles has him mortgaged this day month,
though he owns as much land as William Penn, and is as rich as Fordyce.\x94

Comyn demanded where the devil I had been, though he knew perfectly. He
was uncommonly silent during dinner, and then asked me if I had heard
the news. I told him I had heard none. He took me by the sleeve, to the
quiet amusement of the company, and led me aside.

\x93Curse you, Richard,\x94 says be; \x93you have put me in such a temper that I
vow I\x92ll fling you over. You profess to love her, and yet you go betting
to Newmarket and carousing to Ampthill when she is ill.\x94

\x93Ill!\x94 I said, catching my breath.

\x93Ay! That hurts, does it? Yes, ill, I say. She was missed at Lady
Pembroke\x92s that Friday you had the scene with her, and at Lady
Ailesbury\x92s on Saturday. On Monday morning, when I come to you for
tidings, you are off watching Charles make an ass of himself at
Newmarket.\x94

\x93And how is she now, Comyn?\x94 I asked, catching him by the arm.

\x93You may go yourself and see, and be cursed, Richard Carvel. She is in
trouble, and you are pleasure-seeking in the country. Damme! you deserve
richly to lose her.\x94

Calling for my greatcoat, and paying no heed to the jeers of the company
for leaving before the toasts and the play, I fairly ran to Arlington
Street. I was in a passion of remorse. Comyn had been but just.
Granting, indeed, that she had refused to marry me, was that any reason
why I should desert my life-long friend and playmate? A hundred little
tokens of her affection for me rose to mind, and last of all that
rescue from Castle Yard in the face of all Mayfair. And in that hour of
darkness the conviction that something was wrong came back upon me
with redoubled force. Her lack of colour, her feverish actions, and the
growing slightness of her figure, all gave me a pang, as I connected
them with that scene on the balcony over the Park.

The house was darkened, and a coach was in front of it.

\x93Yessir,\x94 said the footman, \x93Miss Manners has been quite ill. She is now
some better, and Dr. James is with her. Mrs. Manners begs company will
excuse her.\x94

And Mr. Marmaduke? The man said, with as near a grin as he ever got,
that the marster was gone to Mrs. Cornelys\x92s assembly. As I turned away,
sick at heart, the physician, in his tie-wig and scarlet cloak, came
out, and I stopped him. He was a testy man, and struck the stone an
impatient blow with his staff.

\x93\x91Od\x92s life, sir. I am besieged day and night by you young gentlemen. I
begin to think of sending a daily card to Almack\x92s.\x94

\x93Sir, I am an old friend of Miss Manners,\x94 I replied, \x93having grown up
with her in Maryland--\x94

\x93Are you Mr. Carvel?\x94 he demanded abruptly, taking his hat from his arm.

\x93Yes,\x94 I answered, surprised. In the gleam of the portico lanthorn he
scrutinized me for several seconds.

\x93There are some troubles of the mind which are beyond the power of
physic to remedy, Mr. Carvel,\x94 said he. \x93She has mentioned your name,
sir, and you are to judge of my meaning. Your most obedient, sir. Good
night, sir.\x94

And he got into his coach, leaving me standing where I was, bewildered.

That same fear of being alone, which has driven many a man to his cups,
sent me back to Brooks\x92s for company. I found Fox and Comyn seated at
a table in the corner of the drawing-room, for once not playing, but
talking earnestly. Their expressions when they saw me betrayed what my
own face must have been.

\x93What is it?\x94 cried Comyn, half rising; \x93is she--is she--\x94

\x93No, she is better,\x94 I said.

He looked relieved.

\x93You must have frightened him badly, Jack,\x94 said Fox.

I flung myself into a chair, and Fox proposed whist, something unusual
for him. Comyn called for cards, and was about to go in search of a
fourth, when we all three caught sight of the Duke of Chartersea in the
door, surveying the room with a cold leisure. His eye paused when in
line with us, and we were seized with astonishment to behold him making
in our direction.

\x93Squints!\x94 exclaimed Mr. Fox, \x93now what the devil can the hound want?\x94

\x93To pull your nose for sending him to market,\x94 my Lord suggested.

Fox laughed coolly.

\x93Lay you twenty he doesn\x92t, Jack,\x94 he said.

His Grace plainly had some business with us, and I hoped he was coming
to force the fighting. The pieces had ceased to rattle on the round
mahogany table, and every head in the room seemed turned our way, for
the Covent Garden story was well known. Chartersea laid his hand on
the back of our fourth chair, greeted us with some ceremony, and said
something which, under the circumstances, was almost unheard of in
that day: \x93If you stand in need of one, gentlemen, I should deem it an
honour.\x94

The situation had in it enough spice for all of us. We welcomed him with
alacrity. The cards were cut, and it fell to his Grace to deal, which
he did very prettily, despite his heavy hands. He drew Charles Fox, and
they won steadily. The conversation between deals was anywhere; on the
virtue of Morello cherries for the gout, to which his Grace was already
subject; on Mr. Fox\x92s Ariel, and why he had not carried Sandwich\x92s cup
at Newmarket; on the advisability of putting three-year-olds on the
track; in short, on a dozen small topics of the kind. At length, when
Comyn and I had lost some fifty pounds between us, Chartersea threw down
the cards.

\x93My coach waits to-night, gentlemen,\x94 said he, with some sort of an
accent that did not escape us. \x93It would give me the greatest pleasure
and you will sup with me in Hanover Square.\x94



CHAPTER XXXV. IN WHICH MY LORD BALTIMORE APPEARS

His Grace\x92s offer was accepted with a readiness he could scarce have
expected, and we all left the room in the midst of a buzz of comment.
We knew well that the matter was not so haphazard as it appeared, and on
the way to Hanover Square Comyn more than once stepped on my toe, and
I answered the pressure. Our coats and canes were taken by the duke\x92s
lackeys when we arrived. We were shown over the house. Until now--so his
Grace informed us--it had not been changed since the time of the fourth
duke, who, as we doubtless knew, had been an ardent supporter of the
Hanoverian succession. The rooms were high-panelled and furnished in
the German style, as was the fashion when the Square was built. But some
were stripped and littered with scaffolding and plaster, new and costly
marble mantels were replacing the wood, and an Italian of some renown
was decorating the ceilings. His Grace appeared to be at some pains that
the significance of these improvements should not be lost upon us; was
constantly appealing to Mr. Fox\x92s taste on this or that feature. But
those fishy eyes of his were so alert that we had not even opportunity
to wink. It was wholly patent, in brief, that the Duke of Chartersea
meant to be married, and had brought Charles and Comyn hither with a
purpose. For me he would have put himself out not an inch had he not
understood that my support came from those quarters.

He tempered off this exhibition by showing us a collection of pottery
famous in England, that had belonged to the fifth duke, his father.
Every piece of it, by the way, afterwards brought an enormous sum at
auction. Supper was served in a warm little room of oak. The game was
from Derresley Manor, the duke\x92s Nottinghamshire seat, and the wine, so
he told us, was some of fifty bottles of rare Chinon he had inherited.
Melted rubies it was indeed, of the sort which had quickened the blood
of many a royal gathering at Blois and Amboise and Chenonceaux,--the
distilled peasant song of the Loire valley. In it many a careworn clown
had tasted the purer happiness of the lowly. Our restraint gave way
under its influence. His Grace lost for the moment his deformities, and
Mr. Fox made us laugh until our sides ached again. His Lordship
told many a capital yarn, and my own wit was afterwards said to be
astonishing, though I can recall none of it to support the affirmation.

Not a word or even a hint of Dorothy had been uttered, nor did
Chartersea so much as refer to his Covent Garden experience. At length,
when some half dozen of the wine was gone, and the big oak clock had
struck two, the talk lapsed. It was Charles Fox, of course, who threw
the spark into the powder box.

\x93We were speaking of hunting, Chartersea,\x94 he said. \x93Did you ever know
George Wrottlesey, of the Suffolk branch?\x94

\x93No,\x94 said his Grace, very innocent.

\x93No! \x91Od\x92s whips and spurs, I\x92ll be sworn I never saw a man to beat him
for reckless riding. He would take five bars any time, egad, and sit any
colt that was ever foaled. The Wrottleseys were poor as weavers then,
with the Jews coming down in the wagon from London and hanging round
the hall gates. But the old squire had plenty of good hunters in the
stables, and haunches on the board, and a cellar that was like the
widow\x92s cruse of oil, or barrel of meal--or whatever she had. All the
old man had to do to lose a guinea was to lay it on a card. He never
nicked in his life, so they say. Well, young George got after a rich
tea-merchant\x92s daughter who had come into the country near by. \x91Slife!
she was a saucy jade, and devilish pretty. Such a face! so Stavordale
vowed, and such a neck! and such eyes! so innocent, so ravishingly
innocent. But she knew cursed well George was after the bank deposit,
and kept him galloping. And when he got a view, halloa, egad! she was
stole away again, and no scent.

\x93One morning George was out after the hounds with Stavordale, who told
me the story, and a lot of fellows who had come over from Newmarket. He
was upon Aftermath, the horse that Foley bought for five hundred pounds
and was a colt then. Of course he left the field out of sight behind. He
made for a gap in the park wall (faith! there was no lack of \x91em), but
the colt refused, and over went George and plumped into a cart of winter
apples some farmer\x92s sot was taking to Bury Saint Edmunds to market. The
fall knocked the sense out of George, for he hasn\x92t much, and Stavordale
thinks he must have struck a stake as he went in. Anyway, the apples
rolled over on top of him, and the drunkard on the seat never woke up,
i\x92 faith. And so they came to town.

\x93It so chanced, egad, that the devil sent Miss Tea Merchant to Bury to
buy apples. She amused herself at playing country gentlewoman while papa
worked all week in the city. She saw the cart in the market, and ate
three (for she had the health of a barmaid), and bid in the load, and
George with it. \x91Pon my soul! she did. They found his boots first. And
the lady said, before all the grinning Johns and Willums, that since
she had bought him she supposed she would have to keep him. And, by Gads
life! she has got him yet, which is a deal stranger.\x94

Even the duke laughed. For, as Fox told it, the story was irresistible.
But it came as near to being a wanton insult as a reference to his
Grace\x92s own episode might. The red came slowly back into his eye. Fox
stared vacantly, as was his habit when he had done or said something
especially daring. And Comyn and I waited, straining and expectant, like
boys who have prodded a wild beast and stand ready for the spring. There
was a metallic ring in the duke\x92s voice as he spoke.

\x93I have heard, Mr. Carvel, that you can ride any mount offered you.\x94

\x93Od\x92s, and so he can!\x94 cried Jack. \x93I\x92ll take oath on that.\x94

\x93I will lay you an hundred guineas, my Lord,\x94 says his Grace, very
off-hand, \x93that Mr. Carvel does not sit Baltimore\x92s Pollux above twenty
minutes.\x94

\x93Done!\x94 says Jack, before I could draw breath.

\x93I\x92ll take your Grace for another hundred,\x94 calmly added Mr. Fox.

\x93It seems to me, your Grace,\x94 I cried, angry all at once, \x93it seems to
me that I am the one to whom you should address your wagers. I am not
a jockey, to be put up at your whim, and to give you the chance to lose
money.\x94

Chartersea swung around my way.

\x93Your pardon, Mr. Carvel,\x94 said he, very coolly, very politely; \x93yours
is the choice of the wager. And you reject it, the others must be called
off.\x94

\x93Slife! I double it!\x94 I said hotly, \x93provided the horse is alive, and
will stand up.\x94

\x93Devilish well put, Richard!\x94 Mr. Fox exclaimed, casting off his
restraint.

\x93I give you my word the horse is alive, sir,\x94 he answered, with a mock
bow; \x93\x91twas only yesterday that he killed his groom, at Hampstead.\x94

A few moments of silence followed this revelation. It was Charles Fox
who spoke first.

\x93I make no doubt that your Grace, as a man of honour,\x94--he emphasized
the word forcibly,--\x93will not refuse to ride the horse for another
twenty minutes, provided Mr. Carvel is successful. And I will lay your
Grace another hundred that you are thrown, or run away with.\x94

Truly, to cope with a wit like Mr. Fox\x92s, the duke had need for a longer
head. He grew livid as he perceived how neatly he had been snared in his
own trap.

\x93Done!\x94 he cried loudly; \x93done, gentlemen. It only remains to hit upon
time and place for the contest. I go to York to-morrow, to be back
this day fortnight. And if you will do me the favour of arranging
with Baltimore for the horse, I shall be obliged. I believe he intends
selling it to Astley, the showman.\x94

\x93And are we to keep it?\x94 asks Mr. Fox.

\x93I am dealing with men of honour,\x94 says the duke, with a bow: \x93I need
have no better assurance that the horse will not be ridden in the
interval.\x94

\x93\x91Od so!\x94 said Comyn, when we were out; \x93very handsome of him. But I
would not say as much for his Grace.\x94

And Mr. Fox declared that the duke was no coward, but all other epithets
known might be called him. \x93A very diverting evening, Richard,\x94 said he;
\x93let\x92s to your apartments and have a bowl, and talk it over.\x94

And thither we went.

I did not sleep much that night, but \x91twas of Dolly I thought rather
than of Chartersea. I was abroad early, and over to inquire in Arlington
Street, where I found she had passed a good night. And I sent Banks
a-hooting for some violets to send her, for I knew she loved that
flower.

Between ten and eleven Mr. Fox and Comyn and I set out for Baltimore
House. When you go to London, my dears, you will find a vast difference
in the neighbourhood of Bloomsbury from what it was that May morning
in 1770. Great Russell Street was all a sweet fragrance of gardens,
mingling with the smell of the fields from the open country to the
north. We drove past red Montagu House with its stone facings and dome,
like a French hotel, and the cluster of buildings at its great gate. It
had been then for over a decade the British Museum. The ground behind
it was a great resort for Londoners of that day. Many a sad affair was
fought there, but on that morning we saw a merry party on their way to
play prisoner\x92s base.

Then we came to the gardens in front of Bedford House, which are now
Bloomsbury Square. For my part I preferred this latter mansion to the
French creation by its side, and admired its long and graceful lines.
Its windows commanded a sweep from Holborn on the south to Highgate on
the north. To the east of it, along Southampton Row, a few great houses
had gone up or were building; and at the far end of that was Baltimore
house, overlooking her Grace of Bedford\x92s gardens. Beyond Lamb\x92s Conduit
Fields stretched away to the countryside.

I own I had a lively curiosity to see that lordly ruler, the proprietor
of our province, whose birthday we celebrated after his Majesty\x92s. Had
I not been in a great measure prepared, I should have had a revulsion
indeed.

When he heard that Mr. Fox and my Lord Comyn were below stairs he
gave orders to show them up to his bedroom, where he received us in a
night-gown embroidered with oranges. My Lord Baltimore, alas! was not
much to see. He did not make the figure a ruler should as he sat in his
easy chair, and whined and cursed his Swiss. He was scarce a year over
forty, and he had all but run his race. Dissipation and corrosion had
set their seal upon him, had stamped his yellow face with crows\x92 feet
and blotted it with pimples. But then the glimpse of a fine gentleman
just out of bed of a morning, before he is made for the day, is unfair.

\x93Morning, Charles! Howdy, Jack!\x94 said his Lordship, apathetically. \x93Glad
to know you, Mr. Carvel. Heard of your family. \x91Slife! Wish there were
more like \x91em in the province.\x94

This sentiment not sitting very well upon his Lordship, I bowed, and
said nothing.

\x93By the bye,\x94 he continued, pouring out his chocolate into the dish,
\x93I sent a damned rake of a parson out there some years gone. Handsome
devil, too. Never seen his match with the women, egad. \x91Od\x92s fish--\x94
 he leered. And then added with an oath and a nod and a vile remark:
\x93Married three times to my knowledge. Carried off dozen or so more. Some
of \x91em for me. Many a good night I\x92ve had with him. Drank between us one
evening at Essex\x92s gallon and half Champagne and Burgundy apiece. He got
to know too much, y\x92 know,\x94 he concluded, with a wicked wink. \x93Had to
buy him up pack him off.\x94

\x93His name, Fred?\x94 said Comyn, with a smile at me.

\x93\x91Sdeath! That\x92s it. Trouble to remember. Damned if I can think.\x94 And he
repeated this remark over and over.

\x93Allen?\x94 said Comyn.

\x93Yes,\x94 said Baltimore; \x93Allen. And egad I think he\x92ll find hell a hotter
place than me. You know him, Mr. Carvel?\x94

\x93Yes,\x94 I replied. I said no more. I make no reservations when I avow I
was never so disgusted in my life. But as I looked upon him, haggard
and worn, with retribution so neat at hand, I had no words to protest or
condemn.

Baltimore gave a hollow mirthless laugh, stopped short, and looked at
Charles Fox.

\x93Curse you, Charles! I suppose you are after that little matter I owe
you for quinze.\x94

\x93Damn the little matter!\x94 said Fox. \x93Come, get you perfumed and dressed,
and order up some of your Tokay while we wait. I have to go to St.
Stephens. Mr. Carvel has come to buy your horse Pollux. He has bet
Chartersea two hundred guineas he rides him for twenty minutes.\x94

\x93The devil he has!\x94 cried his Lordship, jaded no longer. \x93Why, you must
know, Mr. Carvel, there was no groom in my stables who would sit him
until Foley made me a present of his man, Miller, who started to ride
him to Hyde Park. As he came out of Great Russell Street, by gads life!
the horse broke and ran out the Tottenham Court Road all the way to
Hampstead. And the fiend picked out a big stone water trough and tossed
Miller against it. Then they gathered up the fragments. Damme if I like
to see suicide, Mr. Carvel. If Chartersea wants to kill you, let him try
it in the fields behind Montagu House here.\x94

I told his Lordship that I had made the wager, and could not in honour
withdraw, though the horse had killed a dozen grooms. But already he
seemed to have lost interest. He gave a languid pull at the velvet
tassel on his bell-rope, ordered the wine; and, being informed that
his anteroom below was full of people, had them all dismissed with the
message that he was engaged upon important affairs. He told Mr. Fox
he had heard of the Jerusalem Chamber, and vowed he would have a like
institution. He told me he wished the colony of Maryland in hell; that
he was worn out with the quarrels of Governor Eden and his Assembly, and
offered to lay a guinea that the Governor\x92s agent would get to him that
day,--will-he, nill-he. I did not think it worth while to argue with
such a man.

My Lord took three-quarters of an hour to dress, and swore he had not
accomplished the feat so quickly in a year. He washed his hands and face
in a silver basin, and the scent of the soap filled the room. He rated
his Swiss for putting cinnamon upon his ruffles in place of attar of
roses, and attempted to regale us the while with some of his choicest
adventures. In more than one of these, by the way, his Grace of
Chartersea figured. It was Fox who brought him up.

\x93See here, Baltimore,\x94 he said, \x93I\x92m not squeamish. But I\x92m cursed if I
like to hear a man who may die any time between bottles talk so.\x94

His Lordship took the rebuke with an oath, and presently hobbled down
the stairs of the great and silent house to the stable court, where
two grooms were in waiting with the horse. He was an animal of amazing
power, about sixteen hands, and dapple gray in colour. And it required
no special knowledge to see that he had a devil inside him. It gleamed
wickedly out of his eye.

\x93\x91Od\x92s life, Richard!\x94 cried Charles, \x93he has a Jew nose; by all the
seven tribes I bid you \x91ware of him.\x94

\x93You have but to ride him with a gold bit, Richard,\x94 said Comyn, \x93and he
is a kitten, I\x92ll warrant.\x94

At that moment Pollux began to rear and kick, so that it took both the
\x91ostlers to hold him.

\x93Show him a sovereign,\x94 suggested Fox. \x93How do you feel, Richard?\x94

\x93I never feared a horse yet,\x94 I said with perfect truth, \x93nor do I fear
this one, though I know he may kill me.\x94

\x93I\x92ll lay you twenty pounds you have at least one bone broken, and ten
that you are killed,\x94 Baltimore puts in querulously, from the doorway.

\x93I\x92ll do this, my Lord,\x94 I answered. \x93If I ride him, he is mine. If he
throws me, I give you twenty pounds for him.\x94

The gentlemen laughed, and Baltimore vowed he could sell the horse to
Astley for fifty; that Pollux was the son of Renown, of the Duke
of Kingston\x92s stud, and much more. But Charles rallied him out by
a reference to the debt at quinze, and an appeal to his honour as a
sportsman. And swore he was discouraging one of the prettiest encounters
that would take place in England for many a long day. And so the horse
was sent to the stables of the White Horse Cellar, in Piccadilly, and
left there at my order.



CHAPTER XXXVI. A GLIMPSE OF MR. GARRICK

Day after day I went to Arlington Street, each time to be turned away
with the same answer: that Miss Manners was a shade better, but still
confined to her bed. You will scarce believe me, my dears, when I say
that Mr. Marmaduke had gone at this crisis with his Grace to the York
races. On the fourth morning, I think, I saw Mrs. Manners. She was much
worn with the vigil she had kept, and received me with an apathy to
frighten me. Her way with me had hitherto always been one of kindness
and warmth. In answer to the dozen questions I showered upon her, she
replied that Dorothy\x92s malady was in no wise dangerous, so Dr. James had
said, and undoubtedly arose out of the excitement of a London season. As
I knew, Dorothy was of the kind that must run and run until she dropped.
She had no notion of the measure of her own strength. Mrs. Manners hoped
that, in a fortnight, she would be recovered sufficiently to be removed
to one of the baths.

\x93She wishes me to thank you for the flowers, Richard. She has them
constantly by her. And bids me tell you how sorry she is that she is
compelled to miss so much of your visit to England. Are you enjoying
London, Richard? I hear that you are well liked by the best of company.\x94

I left, prodigiously cast down, and went directly to Mr. Wedgwood\x92s, to
choose the prettiest set of tea-cups and dishes I could find there. I
pitied Mrs. Manners from my heart, and made every allowance for her talk
with me, knowing the sorrow of her life. Here was yet another link
in the chain of the Chartersea evidence. And I made no doubt that
Mr. Manner\x92s brutal desertion at such a time must be hard to bear. I
continued my visits of inquiry, nearly always meeting some person of
consequence, or the footman of such, come on the same errand as myself.
And once I encountered the young man she had championed against his
Grace at Lady Tankerville\x92s.

Rather than face the array of anxieties that beset me, I plunged
recklessly into the gayeties--nay, the excesses--of Mr. Charles Fox and
his associates. I paid, in truth, a very high price for my friendship
with Mr. Fox. But, since it did not quite ruin me, I look back upon
it as cheaply bought. To know the man well, to be the subject of his
regard, was to feel an infatuation in common with the little band of
worshippers which had come with him from Eton. They remained faithful to
him all his days, nor adversity nor change of opinion could shake their
attachment. They knew his faults, deplored them, and paid for them. And
this was not beyond my comprehension, tho\x92 many have wondered at it. Did
he ask me for five hundred pounds,--which he did,--I gave it freely, and
would gladly have given more, tho\x92 I saw it all wasted in a night when
the dice rolled against him. For those honoured few of whom I speak
likewise knew his virtues, which were quite as large as the faults,
albeit so mingled with them that all might not distinguish.

I attended some of the routs and parties, to all of which, as a young
colonial gentleman of wealth and family, I was made welcome. I went to
a ball at Lord Stanley\x92s, a mixture of French horns and clarionets and
coloured glass lanthorns and candles in gilt vases, and young ladies
pouring tea in white, and musicians in red, and draperies and flowers ad
libitum. There I met Mr. Walpole, looking on very critically. He was
the essence of friendliness, asked after my equerry, and said I had
done well to ship him to America. At the opera, with Lord Ossory and
Mr. Fitzpatrick, I talked through the round of the boxes, from Lady
Pembroke\x92s on the right to Lady Hervey\x92s on the left, where Dolly\x92s
illness and Lady Harrington\x92s snuffing gabble were the topics rather
than Giardini\x92s fiddling. Mr. Storer took me to Foote\x92s dressing-room
at the Haymarket, where we found the Duke of Cumberland lounging. I was
presented, and thought his Royal Highness had far less dignity than the
monkey-comedian we had come to see.

I must not forget the visit I made to Drury Lane Playhouse with my Lords
Carlisle and Grantham and Comyn. The great actor received me graciously
in such a company, you may be sure. He appeared much smaller off the
boards than on, and his actions and speech were quick and nervous. Gast,
his hairdresser, was making him up for the character of Richard III.

\x93\x91Ods!\x94 said Mr. Garrick, \x93your Lordships come five minutes too late.
Goldsmith is but just gone hence, fresh from his tailor, Filby, of Water
Lane. The most gorgeous creature in London, gentlemen, I\x92ll be sworn.
He is even now, so he would have me know, gone by invitation to my Lord
Denbigh\x92s box, to ogle the ladies.\x94

\x93And have you seen your latest lampoon, Mr. Garrick?\x94 asks Comyn,
winking at me.

Up leaps Mr. Garrick, so suddenly as to knock the paint-pot from Gast\x92s
hand.

\x93Nay, your Lordship jests, surely!\x94 he cried, his voice shaking.

\x93Jests!\x94 says my Lord, very serious; \x93do I jest, Carlisle?\x94 And turning
to Mr. Cross, the prompter, who stood by, \x93Fetch me the St. James\x92s
Evening Post,\x94 says he.

\x93\x91Ods my life!\x94 continues poor Garrick, almost in tears; \x93I have loaned
Foote upwards of two thousand pounds. And last year, as your Lordship
remembers, took charge of his theatre when his leg was cut off. \x91Pon my
soul, I cannot account for his ingratitude.\x94

\x93\x91Tis not Foote,\x94 says Carlisle, biting his lip; \x93I know Foote\x92s mark.\x94

\x93Then Johnson,\x94 says the actor, \x93because I would not let him have my
fine books in his dirty den to be kicked about the floor, but put my
library at his disposal--\x94

\x93Nay, nor Johnson. Nor yet Macklin nor Murphy.\x94

\x93Surely not--\x94 cries Mr. Garrick, turning white under the rouge. The
name remained unpronounced.

\x93Ay, ay, Junius, in the Evening Post. He has fastened upon you at last,\x94
 answers Comyn, taking the paper.

\x93\x91Sdeath! Garrick,\x94 Carlisle puts in, very solemn, \x93what have you
done to offend the Terrible Unknown? Talebearing to his Majesty, I\x92ll
warrant! I gave you credit for more discretion.\x94

At these words Mr. Garrick seized the chair for support, and swung
heavily into it. Whereat the young lords burst into such a tempest of
laughter that I could not refrain from joining them. As for Mr. Garrick,
he was so pleased to have escaped that he laughed too, though with a
palpable nervousness.

   [Note by the editor. It was not long after this that Mr. Garrick\x92s
   punishment came, and for the self-same offence.]

\x93By the bye, Garrick,\x94 Carlisle remarked slyly, when he had recovered,
\x93Mrs. Crewe was vastly taken with the last \x91vers\x92 you left on her
dressing-table.\x94

\x93Was she, now, my Lord?\x94 said the great actor, delighted, but scarce
over his fright. \x93You must know that I have writ one to my Lady
Carlisle, on the occasion of her dropping her fan in Piccadilly.\x94
 Whereupon he proceeded to recite it, and my Lord Carlisle, being
something of a poet himself, pronounced it excellent.

Mr. Garrick asked me many questions concerning American life and
manners, having a play in his repertory the scene of which was laid in
New York. In the midst of this we were interrupted by a dirty fellow who
ran in, crying excitedly:

\x93Sir, the Archbishop of York is getting drunk at the Bear, and swears
he\x92ll be d--d if he\x92ll act to-night.\x94

\x93The archbishop may go to the devil!\x94 snapped Mr. Garrick. \x93I do not
know a greater rascal, except yourself.\x94

I was little short of thunderstruck. But presently Mr. Garrick added
complainingly:

\x93I paid a guinea for the archbishop, but the fellow got me three
murderers to-day and the best alderman I ever clapped eyes upon. So we
are square.\x94

After the play we supped with him at his new house in Adelphi Terrace,
next Topham Beauclerk\x92s. \x91Twas handsomely built in the Italian style,
and newly furnished throughout, for Mr. Garrick travelled now with a
coach and six and four menservants, forsooth. And amongst other things
he took pride in showing us that night was a handsome snuffbox which the
King of Denmark had given him the year before, his Majesty\x92s portrait
set in jewels thereon.

Presently the news of the trial of Lord Baltimore\x92s horse began to be
noised about, and was followed by a deluge of wagers at Brooks\x92s and
White\x92s and elsewhere. Comyn and Fox, my chief supporters, laid large
sums upon me, despite all my persuasion. But the most unpleasant part
of the publicity was the rumour that the match was connected with the
struggle for Miss Manners\x92s hand. I was pressed with invitations to
go into the country to ride this or that horse. His Grace the Duke of
Grafton had a mount he would have me try at Wakefield Lodge, and was far
from pleasant over my refusal of his invitation. I was besieged by young
noblemen like Lord Derby and Lord Foley, until I was heartily sick of
notoriety, and cursed the indiscretion of the person who let out the
news, and my own likewise. My Lord March, who did me the honour to lay
one hundred pounds upon my skill, insisted that I should make one of a
party to the famous amphitheatre near Lambeth. Mr. Astley, the showman,
being informed of his Lordship\x92s intention, met us on Westminster Bridge
dressed in his uniform as sergeant major of the Royal Light Dragoons
and mounted on a white charger. He escorted us to one of the large boxes
under the pent-house reserved for the gentry. And when the show was over
and the place cleared, begged, that I would ride his Indian Chief. I
refused; but March pressed me, and Comyn declared he had staked his
reputation upon my horsemanship. Astley was a large man, about my build,
and I donned a pair of his leather breeches and boots, and put Indian
Chief to his paces around the ring. I found him no more restive, nor as
much so, as Firefly. The gentlemen were good enough to clap me roundly,
and Astley vowed (no doubt because of the noble patrons present) that he
had never seen a better seat.

We all repaired afterwards for supper to Don Saltero\x92s Coffee House and
Museum in Chelsea. And I remembered having heard my grandfather speak of
the place, and tell how he had seen Sir Richard Steele there, listening
to the Don scraping away at the \x93Merry Christ Church Bells\x94 on his
fiddle. The Don was since dead, but King James\x92s coronation sword and
King Henry VIII.\x92s coat of mail still hung on the walls.

The remembrance of that fortnight has ever been an appalling one.
Mr. Carvel had never attempted to teach me the value of money. My
grandfather, indeed, held but four things essential to the conduct of
life; namely, to fear God, love the King, pay your debts, and pursue
your enemies. There was no one in London to advise me, Comyn being but a
wild lad like myself. But my Lord Carlisle gave me a friendly warning:

\x93Have a care, Carvel,\x94 said he, kindly, \x93or you will run your
grandfather through, and all your relations beside. I little realized
the danger of it when I first came up.\x94 (He was not above two and twenty
then.) \x93And now I have a wife, am more crippled than I care to be,
thanks to this devilish high play. Will you dine with Lady Carlisle in
St. James\x92s Place next Friday?\x94

My heart went out to this young nobleman. Handsome he was, as a picture.
And he knew better than most of your fine gentlemen how to put a check
on his inclinations. As a friend he had few equals, his purse being ever
at the command of those he loved. And his privations on Fox\x92s account
were already greater than many knew.

I had a call, too, from Mr. Dix. I found him in my parlour one morning,
cringing and smiling, and, as usual, half an hour away from his point.

\x93I warrant you, Mr. Carvel,\x94 says he, \x93there are few young gentlemen not
born among the elect that make the great friends you are blessed with.\x94

\x93I have been fortunate, Mr. Dix,\x94 I replied dryly.

\x93Fortunate!\x94 he cried; \x93good Lord, sir! I hear of you everywhere with
Mr. Fox, and you have been to Astley\x92s with my Lord March. And I have a
draft from you at Ampthill.\x94

\x93Vastly well manoeuvred, Mr. Dix,\x94 I said, laughing at the guilty change
in his pink complexion. \x93And hence you are here.\x94

He fidgeted, and seeing that I paid him no attention, but went on with
my chocolate, he drew a paper from his pocket and opened it.

\x93You have spent a prodigious sum, sir, for so short a time,\x94 said he,
unsteadily. \x93\x91Tis very well for you, Mr. Carvel, but I have to remember
that you are heir only. I am advancing you money without advices from
his Worship, your grandfather. A most irregular proceeding, sir, and one
likely to lead me to trouble. I know not what your allowance may be.\x94

\x93Nor I, Mr. Dix,\x94 I replied, unreasonably enough. \x93To speak truth, I
have never had one. You have my Lord Comyn\x92s signature to protect you,\x94
 I went on ill-naturedly, for I had not had enough sleep. \x93And in case
Mr. Carvel protests, which is unlikely and preposterous, you shall have
ten percentum on your money until I can pay you. That should be no poor
investment.\x94

He apologized. But he smoothed out the paper on his knee.

\x93It is only right to tell you, Mr. Carvel, that you have spent one
thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven odd pounds, in home money, which
is worth more than your colonial. Your grandfather\x92s balance with me
was something less than one thousand five hundred, as I made him a
remittance in December last. I have advanced the rest. And yesterday,\x94
 he went on, resolutely for him, \x93yesterday I got an order for five
hundred more.\x94

And he handed me the paper. I must own that the figures startled me. I
laid it down with a fine show of indifference.

\x93And so you wish me to stop drawing? Very good, Mr. Dix.\x94

He must have seen some threat implied, though I meant none. He was my
very humble servant at once, and declared he had called only to let me
know where I stood. Then he bowed himself out, wishing me luck with the
horse he had heard of, and I lighted my pipe with his accompt.



CHAPTER XXXVII. THE SERPENTINE

Whether it was Mr. Dix. that started me reflecting, or my Lord
Carlisle\x92s warning, or a few discreet words from young Lady Carlisle
herself, I know not. At all events, I made a resolution to stop
high play, and confine myself to whist and quinze and picquet. For
I conceived a notion, enlarged by Mr. Fox, that I had more than once
fallen into the tender clutches of the hounds. I was so reflecting
the morning following Lord Carlisle\x92s dinner, when Banks announced a
footman.

\x93Mr. Manners\x92s man, sir,\x94 he added significantly, and handed me a little
note. I seized it, and, to hide my emotion, told him to give the man his
beer.

The writing was Dorothy\x92s, and some time passed after I had torn off the
wrapper before I could compose myself to read it.

\x93So, Sir, the Moment I am too ill to watch you you must needs lapse into
Wilde & Flity Doings, for thus y\x92rs are call\x92d even in London. Never
Mind how y\x92r Extravigancies are come to my Ears Sir. One Matter I have
herd that I am Most Concerned about, & I pray you, my Dear Richard do
not allow y\x92r Recklessness & Contemt for Danger to betray you into a
Stil more Amazing Follie or I shall be very Miserable Indeed. I have
Hopes that the Report is at Best a Rumour & you must sit down & write me
that it is Sir that my Minde may be set at Rest. I fear for you Vastly
& I beg you not Riske y\x92r Life Foolishly & this for the Sake of one who
subscribes herself y\x92r Old Playmate & Well-Wisher Dolly.

\x93P.S. I have writ Sir Jon Fielding to put you in the Marshallsee or New
Gate until Mr. Carvel can be tolde. I am Better & hope soon to see you
agen & have been informed of y\x92r Dayly Visitts & y\x92r Flowers are beside
me. D. M.\x94


In about an hour and a half, Mr. Marmaduke\x92s footman was on his way back
to Arlington Street in a condition not to be lightly spoken of. During
that period I had committed an hundred silly acts, and incidentally
learned the letter by heart. I was much distressed to think that she had
heard of the affair of the horse, and more so to surmise that the gossip
which clung to it must also have reached her. But I fear I thought most
of her anxiety concerning me, which reflection caused my hand to shake
from very happiness. \x93Y\x92r Flowers are beside me,\x94 and, \x93I beg you not
Riske y\x92r Life Foolishly,\x94 and \x93I shall be very Miserable Indeed\x94 But
then: \x93Y\x92r Old Plamate & Well Wisher\x94! Nay, she was inscrutable as ever.

And my reply,--what was that to be? How I composed it in the state of
mind I was in, I have no conception to this day. The chimney was clogged
with papers ere (in a spelling to vie with Dolly\x92s) I had set down my
devotion, my undying devotion, to her interests. I asked forgiveness for
my cruelty on that memorable morning I had last seen her. But even
to allude to the bet with Chartersea was beyond my powers; and as for
renouncing it, though for her sake,--that was not to be thought of.
The high play I readily promised to avoid in the future, and I signed
myself,--well, it matters not after seventy years.

The same day, Tuesday, I received a letter from his Grace of Chartersea
saying that he looked to reach London that night, but very late. He
begged that Mr. Fox and Lord Comyn and I would sup with him at the Star
and Garter at eleven, to fix matters for the trial on the morrow. Mr.
Fox could not go, but Comyn and I went to the inn, having first attended
\x93The Tempest\x94 at Drury Lane with Lady Di and Mr. Beauclerk.

We found his Grace awaiting us in a private room, with Captain Lewis,
of the 60th Foot, who had figured as a second in the duel with young
Atwater. The captain was a rake and a bully and a toadeater, of course,
with a loud and profane tongue, and he had had a bottle too many in the
duke\x92s travelling-coach. There was likewise a Sir John Brooke, a country
neighbour of his Grace in Nottinghamshire. Sir John apparently had no
business in such company. He was a hearty, fox-hunting squire who had
seen little of London; a three-bottle man who told a foul story and went
asleep immediately afterwards. Much to my disappointment, Mr. Manners
had gone to Arlington Street direct. I had longed for a chance to speak
a little of my mind to him.

This meeting, which I shall not take the time to recount, was near to
ending in an open breach of negotiations. His Grace had lost money
at York, and more to Lewis on the way to London. He was in one of his
vicious humours. He insisted that Hyde Park should be the place of the
contest. In vain did Comyn and I plead for some less public spot on
account of the disagreeable advertisement the matter had received. His
Grace would be damned before he would yield; and Lewis, adding a more
forcible contingency, hinted that our side feared a public trial. Comyn
presently shut him up.

\x93Do you ride the horse after his Grace is thrown,\x94 says he, \x93and I
agree to get on after and he does not kill you. \x91Sdeath! I am not of the
army,\x94 adds my Lord, cuttingly; \x93I am a seaman, and not supposed to know
a stirrup from a snaffle.\x94

\x93\x91Od\x92s blood!\x94 yelled the captain, \x93you question my horsemanship, my
Lord? Do I understand your Lordship to question my courage?\x94

\x93After I am thrown!\x94 cries his Grace, very ugly, and fingering the
jewels on his hilt.

Sir John was awakened by the noise, and turning heavily spilled the
whole of a pint of port on the duke\x92s satin waist coat and breeches.
Whereat Chartersea in a rage flung the bottle at his head with a curse,
which it seems was a habit with his Grace. But the servants coming in,
headed by my old friend the chamberlain, they quieted down. And it was
presently agreed that the horse was to be at noon in the King\x92s Old
Road, or Rotten Row (as it was then beginning to be called), in Hyde
Park.

I shall carry to the grave the memory of the next day. I was up betimes,
and over to the White Horse Cellar to see Pollux groomed, where I found
a crowd about the opening into the stable court. \x93The young American!\x94
 called some one, and to my astonishment and no small annoyance I was
greeted with a \x93Huzzay for you, sir!\x94 \x93My groat\x92s on your honour!\x94

This good-will was owing wholly to the duke\x92s unpopularity with all
classes. Inside, sporting gentlemen in hunting-frocks of red and green,
and velvet visored caps, were shouldering favoured \x91ostlers from the
different noblemen\x92s stables; and there was a liberal sprinkling of the
characters who attended the cock mains in Drury Lane and at Newmarket.
At the moment of my arrival the head \x91ostler was rubbing down the
stallion\x92s flank.

\x93Here\x92s ten pounds to ride him, Saunders!\x94 called one of the
hunting-frocks.

\x93Umph!\x94 sniffed the \x91ostler; \x93ride \x91im is it, yere honour? Two hunner
beast eno\x92, an\x92 a Portugal crown i\x92 th\x92 boot. Sooner take me chaunces o\x92
Tyburn on \x91Ounslow \x91Eath. An\x92 Miller waurna able to sit \x91im, \x91tis no for
th\x92 likes o\x92 me to try. Th\x92 bloody devil took th\x92 shirt off Teddy\x92s back
this morn. I adwises th\x92 young Buckskin t\x92 order \x91s coffin.\x94 Just
then he perceived me, and touched his cap, something abashed. \x93With
submission, sir, y\x92r honour\x92ll take an old man\x92s adwise an\x92 not go near
\x91im.\x94

Pollux\x92s appearance, indeed, was not calculated to reassure me. He
looked ugly to exaggeration, his ears laid back and his nostrils as big
as crowns, and his teeth bared time and time. Now and anon an impatient
fling of his hoof would make the grooms start away from him. Since
coming to the inn he had been walked a couple of miles each day, with
two men with loaded whips to control him. I was being offered a deal
of counsel, when big Mr. Astley came in from Lambeth, and silenced them
all.

\x93These grooms, Mr. Carvel,\x94 he said to me, as we took a bottle in
private inside, \x93these grooms are the very devil for superstition. And
once a horse gets a bad name with them, good-by to him. Miller knew
how to ride, of course, but like many another of them, was too damned
over-confident. I warned him more than once for getting young horses
into a fret, and I\x92m willing to lay a ten-pound note that he angered
Pollux. \x91Od\x92s life! He is a vicious beast. So was his father, Culloden,
before him. But here\x92s luck to you, sir!\x94 says Mr. Astley, tipping
his glass; \x93having seen you ride, egad! I have put all the money I can
afford in your favour.\x94

Before I left him he had given me several valuable hints as to the
manner of managing that kind of a horse: not to auger him with the spurs
unless it became plain that he meant to kill me; to try persuasion
first and force afterwards; and secondly, he taught me a little trick of
twisting the bit which I have since found very useful.

Leaving the White Horse, I was followed into Piccadilly by the crowd,
until I was forced to take refuge in a hackney chaise. The noise of the
affair had got around town, and I was heartily sorry I had not taken the
other and better method of trying conclusions with the duke, and slapped
his face. I found Jack Comyn in Dover Street, and presently Mr. Fox came
for us with his chestnuts in his chaise, Fitzpatrick with him. At Hyde
Park Corner there was quite a jam of coaches, chaises, and cabriolets
and beribboned phaetons, which made way for us, but kept us busy bowing
as we passed among them. It seemed as if everybody of consequence that
I had met in London was gathered there. One face I missed, and rejoiced
that she was absent, for I had a degraded feeling like that of being the
favourite in a cudgel-bout. And the thought that her name was connected
with all this made my face twitch. I heard the people clapping and saw
them waving in the carriages as we passed, and some stood forward before
the rest in a haphazard way, without rhyme or reason. Mr. Walpole with
Lady Di Beauclerk, and Mr. Storer and Mr. Price and Colonel St. John,
and Lord and Lady Carlisle and Lady Ossory. These I recognized. Inside,
the railing along the row was lined with people. And there stood Pollux,
bridled, with a blanket thrown over his great back and chest, surrounded
still by the hunting-frocks, who had followed him from the White Horse.
Mixed in with these, swearing, conjecturing, and betting, were some to
surprise me, whose names were connected with every track in England: the
Duke of Grafton and my Lords Sandwich and March and Bolingbroke, and
Sir Charles Bunbury, and young Lords Derby and Foley, who, after
establishing separate names for folly on the tracks, went into
partnership. My Lord Baltimore descended listlessly from his cabriolet
to join the group. They all sang out when they caught sight of our
party, and greeted me with a zeal to carry me off my feet. And my Lord
Sandwich, having done me the honour to lay something very handsome upon
me, had his chief jockey on hand to give me some final advice. I believe
I was the coolest of any of them. And at that time of all others the
fact came up to me with irresistible humour that I, a young colonial
Whig, who had grown up to detest these people, should be rubbing noses
with them.

The duke put in an appearance five minutes before the hour, upon a bay
gelding, and attended by Lewis and Sir John Brooke, both mounted. As
a most particular evidence of the detestation in which Chartersea was
held, he could find nothing in common with such notorious rakes as March
and Sandwich. And it fell to me to champion these. After some discussion
between Fox and Captain Lewis, March was chosen umpire. His Lordship
took his post in the middle of the Row, drew forth an enamelled repeater
from his waistcoat, and mouthed out the conditions of the match,--the
terms, as he said, being private.

\x93Are you ready, Mr. Carvel?\x94 he asked.

\x93I am, my Lord,\x94 I answered. The bells were pealing noon.

\x93Then mount, sir,\x94 said he.

The voices of the people dropped to a hum that brought to mind the long
forgotten sound of the bees swarming in the garden by the Chesapeake. My
breath began to come quickly. Through the sunny haze I saw the cows
and deer grazing by the Serpentine, and out of the back of my eye
handkerchiefs floated from the carriages banked at the gate. They took
the blanket off the stallion. Stall-fed, and excited by the crowd, he
looked brutal indeed. The faithful Banks, in a new suit of the Carvel
livery, held the stirrup, and whispered a husky \x93God keep you, sir!\x94
 Suddenly I was up. The murmur was hushed, and the Park became still as a
peaceful farm in Devonshire. The grooms let go of the stallion\x92s head.

He stood trembling like the throes of death. I gripped my knees as
Captain Daniel had taught me, years ago, when some invisible force
impelled me to look aside. From between the broad and hunching shoulders
of Chartersea I met such a venomous stare as a cattle-fish might use to
freeze his prey. Cattle--fish! The word kept running over my tongue.
I thought of the snaky arms that had already caught Mr. Marmaduke, and
were soon, perhaps, to entangle Dorothy. She had begged me not to ride,
and I was risking a life which might save hers.

The wind rushing in my ears and beating against my face awoke me all at
once. The trees ran madly past, and the water at my right was a silver
blur. The beast beneath me snorted as he rose and fell. Fainter and
fainter dropped the clamour behind me, which had risen as I started,
and the leaps grew longer and longer. Then my head was cleared like a
steamed window-pane in a cold blast. I saw the road curve in front of
me, I put all my strength into the curb, and heeling at a fearful angle
was swept into the busy Kensington Road. For the first time I knew what
it was to fear a horse. The stallion\x92s neck was stretched, his shoes
rang on the cobbles, and my eyes were fixed on a narrow space between
carriages coming together. In a flash I understood why the duke had
insisted upon Hyde Park, and that nerved me some. I saw the frightened
coachmen pulling their horses this way and that, I heard the cries of
the foot-passengers, and then I was through, I know not how. Once more
I summoned all my power, recalled the twist Astley had spoken of, and
tried it. I bent his neck for an inch of rein. Next I got another inch,
and then came a taste--the smallest taste--of mastery like elixir. The
motion changed with it, became rougher, and the hoof-beats a fraction
less frequent. He steered like a ship with sail reduced. In and out we
dodged among the wagons, and I was beginning to think I had him, when
suddenly, without a move of warning, he came down rigid with his feet
planted together, and only a miracle and my tight grip restrained me
from shooting over his head. There he stood shaking and snorting, nor
any persuasion would move him. I resorted at last to the spurs.

He was up in the air in an instant, and came down across the road. Again
I dug in to the rowels, and clung the tighter, and this time he landed
with his head to London. A little knot of people had collected to watch
me, and out stepped a strapping fellow in the King\x92s scarlet, from the
Guard\x92s Horse near by.

\x93Hold him, sir!\x94 he said, tipping. \x93Better dismount, sir. He means
murder, y\x92r honour.\x94

\x93Keep clear, curse you!\x94 I cried, waving him off. \x93What time is it?\x94

He stepped back, no doubt thinking me mad. Some one spoke up and said it
was five minutes past noon. I had the grace to thank him, I believe.
To my astonishment I had been gone but four minutes; they had seemed
twenty. Looking about me, I found I was in the open space before old
Kensington Church, over against the archway there. Once more I dug in
the spurs, this time with success. Almost at a jump the beast took me
into the angle of posts to the east of the churchyard gate and tore up
the footpath of Church Lane, terrified men and women ahead of me taking
to the kennel. He ran irregularly, now on the side of the posts, now
against the bricks, and then I gave myself up.

Heaven put a last expedient into my head, that I had once heard Mr.
Dulany speak of. I braced myself for a pull that should have broken the
stallion\x92s jaw and released his mouth altogether. Incredible as it may
seem, he jarred into a trot, and presently came down to a walk, tossing
his head like fury, and sweating at every pore. I leaned over and patted
him, speaking him fair, and (marvel of marvels!) when we had got to the
dogs that guard the entrance of Camden House I had coaxed him around and
into the street, and cantered back at easy speed to the church. Without
pausing to speak to the bunch that stood at the throat of the lane, I
started toward London, thankfulness and relief swelling within me. I
understood the beast, and spoke to him when he danced aside at a wagon
with bells or a rattling load of coals, and checked him with a word and
a light hand.

Before I gained the Life Guard\x92s House I met a dozen horsemen, amongst
them Banks on a mount of Mr. Fox\x92s. They shouted when they saw me,
Colonel St. John calling out that he had won another hundred that I
was not dead. Sir John Brooke puffed and swore he did not begrudge his
losses to see me safe, despite Captain Lewis\x92s sourness. Storey vowed
he would give a dinner in my honour, and, riding up beside me, whispered
that he was damned sorry the horse was now broken, and his Grace\x92s
chance of being killed taken away. And thus escorted, I came in by the
King\x92s New Road to avoid the people running in the Row, and so down to
Hyde Park Corner, and in among the chaises and the phaetons, where there
was enough cheering and waving of hats and handkerchiefs to please the
most exacting of successful generals. I rode up to my Lord March, and
finding there was a minute yet to run I went up the Row a distance and
back again amidst more huzzaing, Pollux prancing and quivering, and
frothing his bit, but never once attempting to break.

When I had got down, they pressed around me until I could scarce
breathe, crying congratulations, Comyn embracing me openly. Mr. Fox
vowed he had never seen so fine a sight, and said many impolitic things
which the duke must have overheard.... Lady Carlisle sent me a red rose
for my buttonhole by his Lordship. Mr. Warner, the lively parson with my
Lord March, desired to press my hand, declaring that he had won a dozen
of port upon me, which he had set his best cassock against. My Lord
Sandwich offered me snuff, and invited me to Hichinbroke. Indeed, I
should never be through were I to continue. But I must not forget my old
acquaintance Mr. Walpole, who protested that he must get permission to
present me to Princess Amelia: that her Royal Highness would not rest
content now, until she had seen me. I did not then know her Highness\x92s
sporting propensity.

Then my Lord March called upon the duke, who stood in the midst of
an army of his toadeaters. I almost pitied him then, tho\x92 I could not
account for the feeling. I think it was because a nobleman with so great
a title should be so cordially hated and despised. There were high words
along the railing among the duke\x92s supporters, Captain Lewis, in his
anger, going above an inference that the stallion had been broken
privately. Chartersea came forward with an indifferent swagger, as if to
say as much: and, in truth, no one looked for more sport, and some
were even turning away. He had scarce put foot to the stirrup, when
the surprise came. Two minutes were up before he was got in the saddle,
Pollux rearing and plunging and dancing in a circle, the grooms shouting
and dodging, and his Grace cursing in a voice to wake the dead and Mr.
Fox laughing, and making small wagers that he would never be mounted.
But at last the duke was up and gripped, his face bloody red, giving
vent to his fury with the spurs.

Then something happened, and so quickly that it cannot be writ fast
enough. Pollux bolted like a shot out of a sling, vaulted the railing as
easily as you or I would hop over a stick, and galloping across the lawn
and down the embankment flung his Grace into the Serpentine. Precisely,
as Mr. Fox afterwards remarked, as the swine with the evil spirits ran
down the slope into the sea.

An indescribable bedlam of confusion followed, lords and gentlemen,
tradesmen and grooms, hostlers and apprentices, all tumbling after, many
crying with laughter. My Lord Sandwich\x92s jockey pulled his Grace from
the water in a most pitiable state of rage and humiliation. His side
curls gone, the powder and pomatum washed from his hair, bedraggled and
muddy and sputtering oaths, he made his way to Lord March, swearing by
all divine that a trick was put on him, that he would ride the stallion
to Land\x92s End. His Lordship, pulling his face straight, gravely informed
the duke that the match was over. With this his Grace fell flatly
sullen, was pushed into a coach by Sir John and the captain, and drove
rapidly off Kensington way, to avoid the people at the corner.



CHAPTER XXXVIII. IN WHICH I AM ROUNDLY BROUGHT TO TASK

I would have gone to Arlington Street direct, but my friends had no
notion of letting me escape. They carried me off to Brooks\x92s Club, where
a bowl of punch was brewed directly, and my health was drunk to three
times three. Mr. Storer commanded a turtle dinner in my honour. We were
not many, fortunately,--only Mr. Fox\x92s little coterie. And it was none
other than Mr. Fox who made the speech of the evening. \x93May I be strung
as high as Haman,\x94 said he, amid a tempest of laughter, \x93if ever I saw
half so edifying a sight as his Grace pitching into the Serpentine,
unless it were his Grace dragged out again. Mr. Carvel\x92s advent has been
a Godsend to us narrow ignoramuses of this island, gentlemen. To the
Englishmen of our colonies, sirs, and that we may never underrate or
misunderstand them more!\x94

\x93Nay, Charles,\x94 cried my Lord Comyn. \x93Where is our gallantry? I give you
first the Englishwomen of our colonies, and in particular the pride of
Maryland, who has brought back to the old country all the graces of the
new,--Miss Manners.\x94

His voice was drowned by a deafening shout, and we charged our glasses
to drain them brimming. And then we all went to Drury Lane to see Mrs.
Clive romp through \x91The Wonder\x92 in the spirit of the \x93immortal Peg.\x94 She
spoke an epilogue that Mr. Walpole had writ especial for her, and
made some witty and sarcastic remarks directed at the gentlemen in our
stagebox. We topped off a very full day by a supper at the Bedford Arms,
where I must draw the certain.

The next morning I was abed at an hour which the sobriety of old age
makes me blush abed think of. Banks had just concluded a discreet
discourse upon my accomplishment of the day before, and had left for
my newspapers, when he came running back with the information that Miss
Manners would see my honour that day. There was no note. Between us
we made my toilet in a jiffy, and presently I was walking in at the
Manners\x92s door in an amazing hurry, and scarcely waited for a direction.
But as I ran up the stairs, I heard the tinkle of the spinet, and the
notes of an old, familiar tune fell upon my ears. The words rose in my
head with the cadence.

          \x93Love me little, love me long,
          Is the burthen of my song,
          Love that is too hot and strong
          Runneth soon to waste.\x94

That simple air, already mellowed by an hundred years, had always been
her favourite. She used to sing it softly to herself as we roamed the
woods and fields of the Eastern Shore. Instinctively I paused at the
dressing-room door. Nay, my dears, you need not cry out, such was the
custom of the times. A dainty bower it was, filled with the perfume of
flowers, and rosy cupids disporting on the ceiling; and china and silver
and gold filigree strewn about, with my tea-cups on the table. The
sunlight fell like a halo round Dorothy\x92s head, her hands strayed over
the keys, and her eyes were far away. She had not heard me. I remember
her dress,--a silk with blue cornflowers on a light ground, and the
flimsiest of lace caps resting on her hair. I thought her face paler;
but beyond that she did not show her illness.

She looked up, and perceived me, I thought, with a start. \x93So it is
you!\x94 she said demurely enough; \x93you are come at last to give an account
of yourself.\x94

\x93Are you better, Dorothy?\x94 I asked earnestly.

\x93Why should you think that I have been ill?\x94 she replied, her fingers
going back to the spinet. \x93It is a mistake, sir. Dr. James has given
me near a gross of his infamous powders, and is now exploiting another
cure. I have been resting from the fatigues of London, while you have
been wearing yourself out.\x94

\x93Dr. James himself told me your condition was serious,\x94 I said.

\x93Of course,\x94 said she; \x93the worse the disease, the more remarkable the
cure, the more sought after the physician. When will you get over your
provincial simplicity?\x94

I saw there was nothing to be got out of her while in this baffling
humour. I wondered what devil impelled a woman to write one way and talk
another. In her note to me she had confessed her illness. The words
I had formed to say to her were tied on my tongue. But on the whole I
congratulated myself. She knew how to step better than I, and there were
many awkward things between us of late best not spoken of. But she kept
me standing an unconscionable time without a word, which on the whole
was cruelty, while she played over some of Dibdin\x92s ballads.

\x93Are you in a hurry, sir,\x94 she asked at length, turning on me with
a smile, \x93are you in a hurry to join my Lord March or his Grace of
Grafton? And have you writ Captain Clapsaddle and your Whig friends at
home of your new intimacies, of Mr. Fox and my Lord Sandwich?\x94

I was dumb.

\x93Yes, you must be wishing to get away,\x94 she continued cruelly, picking
up the newspaper. \x93I had forgotten this notice. When I saw it this
morning I thought of you, and despaired of a glimpse of you to-day.\x94
 (Reading.) \x93At the Three Hats, Islington, this day, the 10th of May,
will be played a grand match at that ancient and much renowned manly
diversion called Double Stick by a sect of chosen young men at that
exercise from different parts of the West Country, for two guineas given
free; those who break the most heads to bear away the prize. Before the
above-mentioned diversion begins, Mr. Sampson and his young German will
display alternately on one, two, and three horses, various surprising
and curious feats of famous horsemanship in like manner as at the Grand
Jubilee at Stratford-upon-Avon. Admittance one shilling each person.\x92
Before you leave, Mr. Richard,\x94 she continued, with her eyes still on
the sheet, \x93I should like to talk over one or two little matters.\x94

\x93Dolly--!\x94

\x93Will you sit, sir?\x94

I sat down uneasily, expecting the worst. She disappointed me, as usual.

\x93What an unspeakable place must you keep in Dover Street! I cannot send
even a footman there but what he comes back reeling.\x94

I had to laugh at this. But there was no smile out of my lady.

\x93It took me near an hour and a half to answer your note,\x94 I replied.

\x93And \x91twas a masterpiece!\x94 exclaimed Dolly, with withering sarcasm;
\x93oh, a most amazing masterpiece, I\x92ll be bound! His worship the French
Ambassador is a kitten at diplomacy beside you, sir. An hour and a half,
did you say, sir? Gemini, the Secretary of State and his whole corps
could not have composed the like in a day.\x94

\x93Faith!\x94 I cried, with feeling enough; \x93and if that is diplomacy, I
would rather make leather breeches than be given an embassy.\x94

She fixed her eyes upon me so disconcertingly that mine fell.

\x93There was a time,\x94 she said, with a change of tone, \x93there was a time
when a request of mine, and it were not granted outright, would have
received some attention. This is my first experience at being ignored.\x94

\x93I had made a wager,\x94 said I, \x93and could not retract with honour.\x94

\x93So you had made a wager! Now we are to have some news at last. How
stupid of you, Richard, not to tell me before. I confess I wonder what
these wits find in your company. Here am I who have seen naught but dull
women for a fortnight, and you have failed to say anything amusing in a
quarter of an hour. Let us hear about the wager.\x94

\x93Where is little to tell,\x94 I answered shortly, considerably piqued. \x93I
bet your friend, the Duke of Chartersea, some hundreds of pounds I could
ride Lord Baltimore\x92s Pollux for twenty minutes, after which his Grace
was to get on and ride twenty more.\x94

\x93Where did you see the duke?\x94 Dolly interrupted, without much show of
interest.

I explained how we had met him at Brooks\x92s, and had gone to his house.

\x93You went to his house?\x94 she repeated, raising her eyebrows a trifle;
\x93and Comyn and Mr. Fox? And pray, how did this pretty subject come up?\x94

I related, very badly, I fear, Fox\x92s story of young Wrottlesey and the
tea-merchant\x92s daughter. And what does my lady do but get up and turn
her back, arranging some pinks in the window. I could have sworn she was
laughing, had I not known better.

\x93Well?\x94

\x93Well, that was a reference to a little pleasantry Mr. Fox had put up
on him some time before. His Grace flared, but tried not to show it. He
said he had heard I could do something with a horse (I believe he made
it up), and Comyn gave oath that I could; and then he offered to bet
Comyn that I could not ride this Pollux, who had killed his groom.
That made me angry, and I told the duke I was no jockey to be put up to
decide wagers, and that he must make his offers to me.\x94

\x93La!\x94 said Dolly, \x93you fell in head over heels.\x94

\x93What do you mean by that?\x94 I demanded.

\x93Nothing,\x94 said she, biting her lip. \x93Come, you are as ponderous as Dr.
Johnson.\x94

\x93Then Mr. Fox proposed that his Grace should ride after me.\x94

Here Dolly laughed in her handkerchief.

\x93I\x92ll be bound,\x94 said she.

\x93Then the duke went to York,\x94 I continued hurriedly; and when he came
back we met him at the Star and Garter. He insisted that the match
should come off in Hyde Park. I should have preferred the open roads
north of Bedford House.\x94

\x93Where there is no Serpentine,\x94 she interrupted, with the faintest
suspicion of a twinkle about her eyes. \x93On, sir, on! You are as
reluctant as our pump at Wilmot House in the dry season. I see you were
not killed, as you richly deserved. Let us have the rest of your tale.\x94

\x93There is very little more to it, save that I contrived to master the
beast, and his Grace--\x94

\x93--Was disgraced. A vastly fine achievement, surely. But where are you
to stop? You will be shaming the King next by outwalking him. Pray, how
did the duke appear as he was going into the Serpentine?\x94

\x93You have heard?\x94 I exclaimed, the trick she had played me dawning upon
me.

\x93Upon my word, Richard, you are more of a simpleton than I thought you.
Have you not seen your newspaper this morning?\x94

I explained how it was that I had not. She took up the Chronicle.

\x93\x91This Mr. Carvel has made no inconsiderable noise since his arrival
in town, and yesterday crowned his performances by defeating publicly
a noble duke at a riding match in Hyde Park, before half the quality of
the kingdom. His Lordship of March and Ruglen acted as umpire.\x92 There,
sir, was I not right to beg Sir John Fielding to put you in safe keeping
until your grandfather can send for you?\x94

I made to seize the paper, but she held it from me.

\x93\x91If Mr. Carvel remains long enough in England, he bids fair to share
the talk of Mayfair with a certain honourable young gentleman of
Brooks\x92s and the Admiralty, whose debts and doings now furnish most
of the gossip for the clubs and the card tables. Their names are both
connected with this contest. \x91Tis whispered that the wager upon which
the match was ridden arose--\x92\x94 here Dolly stopped shortly, her colour
mounting, and cried out with a stamp of her foot. \x93You are not content
to bring publicity upon yourself, who deserve it, but must needs drag
innocent names into the newspapers.\x94

\x93What have they said?\x94 I demanded, ready to roll every printer in London
in the kennel.

\x93Nay, you may read for yourself,\x94 said she. And, flinging the paper in
my lap, left the room.

They had not said much more, Heaven be praised. But I was angry and
mortified as I had never been before, realizing for the first time
what a botch I had made of my stay in London. In great dejection, I was
picking up my hat to leave the house, when Mrs. Manners came in upon
me, and insisted that I should stay for dinner. She was very white, and
seemed troubled and preoccupied, and said that Mr. Manners had come back
from York with a cold on his chest, but would insist upon joining the
party to Vauxhall on Monday. I asked her when she was going to the
baths, and suggested that the change would do her good. Indeed, she
looked badly.

\x93We are not going, Richard,\x94 she replied; \x93Dorothy will not hear of
it. In spite of the doctor she says she is not ill, and must attend at
Vauxhall, too. You are asked?\x94

I said that Mr. Storer had included me. I am sure, from the way she
looked at me, that she did not heed my answer. She appeared to hesitate
on the verge of a speech, and glanced once or twice at the doors.

\x93Richard, I suppose you are old enough to take care of yourself, tho\x92
you seem still a child to me. I pray you will be careful, my boy,\x94 she
said, with something of the affection she had always borne me, \x93for your
grandfather\x92s sake, I pray you will run into no more danger. I--we are
your old friends, and the only ones here to advise you.\x94

She stopped, seemingly, to weigh the wisdom of what was to come next,
while I leaned forward with an eagerness I could not hide. Was she to
speak of the Duke of Chartersea? Alas, I was not to know. For at that
moment Dorothy came back to inquire why I was not gone to the cudgelling
at the Three Hats. I said I had been invited to stay to dinner.

\x93Why, I have writ a note asking Comyn,\x94 said she. \x93Do you think the
house will hold you both?\x94

His Lordship came in as we were sitting down, bursting with some news,
and he could hardly wait to congratulate Dolly on her recovery before he
delivered it.

\x93Why, Richard,\x94 says the dog, \x93what do you think some wag has done now?
They believe at Brooks\x92s \x91twas that jackanapes of a parson, Dr. Warner,
who was there yesterday with March.\x94 He drew a clipping from his pocket.
\x93Listen, Miss Dolly:

       \x93On Wednesday did a carter see
        His Grace, the Duke of Ch-rt--s-a,
        As plump and helpless as a bag,
        A-straddle of a big-boned nag.
        \x93Lord, Sam!\x94 the carter loudly yelled,
        On by this wondrous sight impelled,
        \x93We\x92ll run and watch this noble gander
        Master a steed, like Alexander.\x94
         But, when the carter reached the Row,
        His Grace had left it, long ago.
        Bucephalus had leaped the green,
        The duke was in the Serpentine.
        The fervent wish of all good men
        That he may ne\x92er come out again!\x92\x94

Comyn\x92s impudence took my breath, tho\x92 the experiment interested me not
a little. My lady was pleased to laugh at the doggerel, and even Mrs.
Manners. Its effect upon Mr. Marmaduke was not so spontaneous. His smile
was half-hearted. Indeed, the little gentleman seemed to have lost his
spirits, and said so little (for him), that I was encouraged to corner
him that very evening and force him to a confession. But I might have
known he was not to be caught. It appeared almost as if he guessed my
purpose, for as soon as ever the claret was come on, he excused himself,
saying he was promised to Lady Harrington, who wanted one.

Comyn and I departed early on account of Dorothy. She had denied a dozen
who had left cards upon her.

\x93Egad, Richard,\x94 said my Lord, when we had got to my lodgings, \x93I made
him change colour, did I not? Do you know how the little fool looks to
me? \x91Od\x92s life, he looks hunted, and cursed near brought to earth.
We must fetch this thing to a point, Richard. And I am wondering what
Chartersea\x92s next move will be,\x94 he added thoughtfully.



CHAPTER XXXIX. HOLLAND HOUSE

On the morrow, as I was setting out to dine at Brooks\x92s, I received the
following on a torn slip of paper: \x93Dear Richard, we shall have a good
show to-day you may care to see.\x94 It was signed \x93Fox,\x94 and dated at
St. Stephen\x92s. I lost no time in riding to Westminster, where I found a
flock of excited people in Parliament Street and in the Palace Yard. And
on climbing the wide stone steps outside and a narrower flight within I
was admitted directly into the august presence of the representatives of
the English people. They were in a most prodigious and unseemly state of
uproar.

What a place is old St. Stephen\x92s Chapel, over St. Mary\x92s in the Vaults,
for the great Commons of England to gather! It is scarce larger or more
imposing than our own assembly room in the Stadt House in Annapolis.
St. Stephen\x92s measures but ten yards by thirty, with a narrow gallery
running along each side for visitors. In one of these, by the rail, I
sat down suffocated, bewildered, and deafened. And my first impression
out of the confusion was of the bewigged speaker enthroned under the
royal arms, sore put to restore order. On the table in front of him lay
the great mace of the Restoration. Three chandeliers threw down their
light upon the mob of honourable members, and I wondered what had put
them into this state of uproar.

Presently, with the help of a kind stranger on my right, who was
occasionally making shorthand notes, I got a few bearings. That was the
Treasury Bench, where Lord North sat (he was wide awake, now). And there
was the Government side. He pointed out Barrington and Weymouth and
Jerry Dyson and Sandwich, and Rigby in the court suit of purple velvet
with the sword thrust through the pocket. I took them all in, as some of
the worst enemies my country had in Britain. Then my informant seemed
to hesitate, and made bold to ask my persuasion. When I told him I was a
Whig, and an American, he begged the favour of my hand.

\x93There, sir,\x94 he cried excitedly, \x93that stout young gentleman with the
black face and eyebrows, and the blacker heart, I may say,--the one
dressed in the fantastical costume called by a French name,--is Mr.
Charles Fox. He has been sent by the devil himself, I believe, to ruin
this country. \x91Ods, sir, that devil Lord Holland begot him. He is but
one and twenty, but his detestable arts have saved North\x92s neck from
Burke and Wedderburn on two occasions this year.\x94

\x93And what has happened to-day?\x94 I asked, smiling.

The stranger smiled, too.

\x93Why, sir,\x94 he answered, raising his voice above the noise; \x93if you have
been in London any length of time, you will have read the account, with
comment, of the Duke of Grafton\x92s speech in the Lords, signed Domitian.
Their Lordships well know it should have been over a greater signature.
This afternoon his Grace of Manchester was talking in the Upper House
about the Spanish troubles, when Lord Gower arose and desired that the
place might be cleared of strangers, lest some Castilian spy might lurk
under the gallery. That was directed against us of the press, sir, and
their Lordships knew it. \x91Ad\x92s heart, sir, there was a riot, the house
servants tumbling everybody out, and Mr. Burke and Mr. Dunning in the
boot, who were gone there on the business of this house to present a
bill. Those gentlemen are but just back, calling upon the commons
to revenge them and vindicate their honour. And my Lord North looks
troubled, as you will mark, for the matter is like to go hard against
his Majesty\x92s friends. But hush, Mr. Burke is to speak.\x94

The horse fell quiet to listen, and my friend began to ply his shorthand
industriously. I leaned forward with a sharp curiosity to see this great
friend of America. He was dressed in a well-worn suit of brown, and
I recall a decided Irish face, and a more decided Irish accent, which
presently I forgot under the spell of his eloquence. I have heard it
said he had many defects of delivery. He had none that day, or else I
was too little experienced to note them. Afire with indignation, he told
how the deputy black rod had hustled him like a vagabond or a thief, and
he called the House of Lords a bear garden. He was followed by Dunning,
in a still more inflammatory mood, until it seemed as if all the King\x92s
friends in the Lower House must desert their confederates in the
Upper. No less important a retainer than Mr. Onslow moved a policy of
retaliation, and those that were left began to act like the Egyptians
when they felt the Red Sea under them. They nodded and whispered in
their consternation.

It was then that Mr. Fox got calmly up before the pack of frightened
mercenaries and argued (God save the mark!) for moderation. He had the
ear of the house in a second, and he spoke with all the confidence--this
youngster who had just reached his majority--he had used with me before
his intimates. I gaped with astonishment and admiration. The Lords, said
he, had plainly meant no insult to this honourable house, nor yet to
the honourable members. They had aimed at the common enemies of man, the
printers. And for this their heat was more than pardonable. My friend at
my side stopped his writing to swear under his breath. \x93Look at \x91em!\x94
 he cried; \x93they are turning already. He could argue Swedenborg into
popery!\x94

The deserters were coming back to the ranks, indeed, and North and Dyson
and Weymouth had ceased to look haggard, and were wreathed in smiles. In
vain did Mr. Burke harangue them in polished phrase. It was a language
North and Company did not understand, and cared not to learn. Their
young champion spoke the more worldly and cynical tongue of White\x92s and
Brooks\x92s, with its shorter sentences and absence of formality. And even
as the devil can quote Scripture to his purpose, Mr. Fox quoted history
and the classics, with plenty more that was not above the heads of the
booted and spurred country squires. And thus, for the third time, he
earned the gratitude of his gracious Majesty.

\x93Well, Richard,\x94 said he, slipping his arm through mine as we came out
into Parliament Street, \x93I promised you some sport. Have you enjoyed
it?\x94

I was forced to admit that I had.

\x93Let us to the \x91Thatched House,\x92 and have supper privately,\x94 he
suggested. \x93I do not feel like a company to-night.\x94 We walked on for
some time in silence. Presently he said:

\x93You must not leave us, Richard. You may go home to see your grandfather
die, and when you come back I will see about getting you a little
borough for what my father paid for mine. And you shall marry Dorothy,
and perchance return in ten years as governor of a principality. That
is, after we\x92ve ruined you at the club. How does that prospect sit?\x94

I wondered at the mood he was in, that made him choose me rather than
the adulation and applause he was sure to receive at Brooks\x92s for the
part he had played that night. After we had satisfied our hunger,--for
neither of us had dined,--and poured out a bottle of claret, he looked
up at me quizzically.

\x93I have not heard you congratulate me,\x94 he said.

\x93Nor will you,\x94 I replied, laughing.

\x93I like you the better for it, Richard. \x91Twas a damned poor performance,
and that\x92s truth.\x94

\x93I thought the performance remarkable,\x94 I said honestly.

\x93Oh, but it was not,\x94 he answered scornfully. \x93The moment that
dun-coloured Irishman gets up, the whole government pack begins to whine
and shiver. There are men I went to school with I fear more than Burke.
But you don\x92t like to see the champion of America come off second best.
Is that what you\x92re thinking?\x94

\x93No. But I was wondering why you have devoted your talents to the
devil,\x94 I said, amazed at my boldness.

He glanced at me, and half laughed again.

\x93You are cursed frank,\x94 said he; \x93damned frank.\x94

\x93But you invited it.\x94

\x93Yes,\x94 he replied, \x93so I did. Give me a man who is honest. Fill up
again,\x94 said he; \x93and spit out all you would like to say, Richard.\x94

\x93Then,\x94 said I, \x93why do you waste your time and your breath in defending
a crew of political brigands and placemen, and a king who knows not the
meaning of the word gratitude, and who has no use for a man of ability?
You have honoured me with your friendship, Charles Fox, and I may take
the liberty to add that you seem to love power more than spoils. You
have originality. You are honest enough to think and act upon your own
impulses. And pardon me if I say you have very little chance on that
side of the house where you have put yourself.\x94

\x93You seem to have picked up a trifle since you came into England,\x94 he
said. \x93A damned shrewd estimate, I\x92ll be sworn. And for a colonial! But,
as for power,\x94 he added a little doggedly, \x93I have it in plenty, and
the kind I like. The King and North hate and fear me already more than
Wilkes.\x94

\x93And with more cause,\x94 I replied warmly. \x93His Majesty perhaps knows
that you understand him better, and foresees the time when a man of your
character will give him cause to fear indeed.\x94

He did not answer that, but called for a reckoning; and taking my arm
again, we walked out past the sleeping houses.

\x93Have you ever thought much of the men we have in the colonies?\x94 I
asked.

\x93No,\x94 he replied; \x93Chatham stands for \x91em, and I hate Chatham on my
father\x92s account. That is reason enough for me.\x94

\x93You should come back to America with me,\x94 I said. \x93And when you had
rested awhile at Carvel Hall, I would ride with you through the length
of the provinces from Massachusetts to North Carolina. You will see
little besides hard-working, self-respecting Englishmen, loyal to a king
who deserves loyalty as little as Louis of France. But with their eyes
open, and despite the course he has taken. They are men whose measure of
resolution is not guessed at.\x94

He was silent again until we had got into Piccadilly and opposite his
lodgings.

\x93Are they all like you?\x94 he demanded.

\x93Who?\x94 said I. For I had forgotten my words.

\x93The Americans.\x94

\x93The greater part feel as I do.\x94

\x93I suppose you are for bed,\x94 he remarked abruptly.

\x93The night is not yet begun,\x94 I answered, repeating his favourite words,
and pointing at the glint of the sun on the windows.

\x93What do you say to a drive behind those chestnuts of mine, for a breath
of air? I have just got my new cabriolet Selwyn ordered in Paris.\x94

Soon we were rattling over the stones in Piccadilly, wrapped in
greatcoats, for the morning wind was cold. We saw the Earl of March and
Ruglen getting out of a chair before his house, opposite the Green Park,
and he stopped swearing at the chairmen to wave at us.

\x93Hello, March!\x94 Mr. Fox said affably, \x93you\x92re drunk.\x94

His Lordship smiled, bowed graciously if unsteadily to me, and did not
appear to resent the pleasantry. Then he sighed.

\x93What a pair of cubs it is,\x94 said he; \x93I wish to God I was young again.
I hear you astonished the world again last night, Charles.\x94

We left him being assisted into his residence by a sleepy footman, paid
our toll at Hyde Park Corner, and rolled onward toward Kensington,
Fox laughing as we passed the empty park at the thought of what had so
lately occurred there. After the close night of St. Stephen\x92s, nature
seemed doubly beautiful. The sun slanted over the water in the gardens
in bars of green and gold. The bright new leaves were on the trees, and
the morning dew had brought with it the smell of the living earth. We
passed the stream of market wagons lumbering along, pulled by sturdy,
patient farm-horses, driven by smocked countrymen, who touched their
caps to the fine gentlemen of the court end of town; who shook their
heads and exchanged deep tones over the whims of quality, unaccountable
as the weather. But one big-chested fellow arrested his salute, a scowl
came over his face, and he shouted back to the wagoner whose horses were
munching his hay:

\x93Hi, Jeems, keep down yere hands. Mr. Fox is noo friend of we.\x94

This brought a hard smile on Mr. Fox\x92s face.

\x93I believe, Richard,\x94 he said, \x93I have become more detested than any man
in Parliament.\x94

\x93And justly,\x94 I replied; \x93for you have fought all that is good in you.\x94

\x93I was mobbed once, in Parliament Street. I thought they would kill me.
Have you ever been mobbed, Richard?\x94 he asked indifferently.

\x93Never, I thank Heaven,\x94 I answered fervently.

\x93I think I would rather be mobbed than indulge in any amusement I know
of,\x94 he continued. \x93Than confound Wedderburn, or drive a measure against
Burke,--which is no bad sport, my word on\x92t. I would rather be mobbed
than have my horse win at Newmarket. There is a keen pleasure you wot
not of, my lad, in listening to Billingsgate and Spitalfields howl
maledictions upon you. And no sensation I know of is equal to that of
the moment when the mud and sticks and oranges are coming through the
windows of your coach, when the dirty weavers are clutching at your
ruffles and shaking their filthy fists under your nose.\x94

\x93It is, at any rate, strictly an aristocratic pleasure,\x94 I assented,
laughing.

So we came to Holland House. Its wide fields of sprouting corn, its
woods and pastures and orchards in blossom, were smiling that morning,
as though Leviathan, the town, were not rolling onward to swallow
them. Lord Holland had bought the place from the Warwicks, with all
its associations and memories. The capped towers and quaint facades and
projecting windows were plain to be seen from where we halted in the
shaded park, and to the south was that Kensington Road we had left, over
which all the glory and royalty of England at one time or another had
rolled. Under these majestic oaks and cedars Cromwell and Ireton had
stood while the beaten Royalists lashed their horses on to Brentford.
Nor did I forget that the renowned Addison had lived here after his
unhappy marriage with Lady Warwick, and had often ridden hence to
Button\x92s Coffee House in town, where my grandfather had had his dinner
with Dean Swift.

We sat gazing at the building, which was bathed in the early sun, at the
deer and sheep grazing in the park, at the changing colours of the young
leaves as the breeze swayed them. The market wagons had almost ceased
now, and there was little to break the stillness.

\x93You love the place?\x94 I said.

He started, as though I had awakened him out of a sleep. And he was no
longer the Fox of the clubs, the cynical, the reckless. He was no longer
the best-dressed man in St. James\x92s Street, or the aggressive youngster
of St. Stephen\x92s.

\x93Love it!\x94 he cried. \x93Ay, Richard, and few guess how well. You will not
laugh when I tell you that my happiest days have been passed here, when
I was but a chit, in the long room where Addison used to walk up and
down composing his Spectators: or trotting after my father through these
woods and gardens. A kinder parent does not breathe than he. Well
I remember how he tossed me in his arms under that tree when I had
thrashed another lad for speaking ill of him. He called me his knight.
In all my life he has never broken faith with me. When they were
blasting down a wall where those palings now stand, he promised me I
should see it done, and had it rebuilt and blown down again because I
had missed the sight. All he ever exacted of me was that I should treat
him as an elder brother. He had his own notion of the world I was going
into, and prepared me accordingly. He took me from Eton to Spa, where I
learned gaming instead of Greek, and gave me so much a night to risk at
play.\x94

I looked at him in astonishment. To say that I thought these relations
strange would have been a waste of words.

\x93To be sure,\x94 Charles continued, \x93I was bound to learn, and could
acquire no younger.\x94 He flicked the glossy red backs of his horses with
his whip. \x93You are thinking it an extraordinary education, I know,\x94 he
added rather sadly. \x93I hav a-told you this--God knows why! Yes, because
I like you damnably, and you would have heard worse elsewhere, both of
him and of me. I fear you have listened to the world\x92s opinion of Lord
Holland.\x94

Indeed, I had heard a deal of that nobleman\x92s peculations of the public
funds. But in this he was no worse than the bulk of his colleagues. His
desertion of William Pitt I found hard to forgive.

\x93The best father in the world, Richard!\x94 cried Charles. \x93If his former
friends could but look into his kind heart, and see him in his home,
they would not have turned their backs upon him. I do not mean such
scoundrels as Rigby. And now my father is in exile half the year in
Nice, and the other half at King\x92s Gate. The King and Jack Bute used
him for a tool, and then cast him out. You wonder why I am of the King\x92s
party?\x94 said he, with something sinister in his smile; \x93I will tell you.
When I got my borough I cared not a fig for parties or principles. I
had only the one definite ambition, to revenge Lord Holland. Nay,\x94 he
exclaimed, stopping my protest, \x93I was not too young to know rottenness
as well as another. The times are rotten in England. You may have virtue
in America, amongst a people which is fresh from a struggle with the
earth and its savages. We have cursed little at home, in faith. The
King, with his barley water and rising at six, and shivering in chapel,
and his middle-class table, is rottener than the rest. The money he
saves in his damned beggarly court goes to buy men\x92s souls. His word is
good with none. For my part I prefer a man who is drunk six days out of
the seven to one who takes his pleasure so. And I am not so great a fool
that I cannot distinguish justice from injustice. I know the wrongs of
the colonies, which you yourself have put as clear as I wish to hear,
despite Mr. Burke and his eloquence.

   [My grandfather has made a note here, which in justice should be
   added, that he was not deceived by Mr. Fox\x92s partiality.--D. C. C.]

And perhaps, Richard,\x94 he concluded, with a last lingering look at the
old pile as he turned his horses, \x93perhaps some day, I shall remember
what you told us at Brooks\x92s.\x94

It was thus, boyishly, that Mr. Fox chose to take me into his
confidence, an honour which I shall remember with a thrill to my dying
day. So did he reveal to me the impulses of his early life, hidden
forever from his detractors. How little does the censure of this world
count, which cannot see the heart behind the embroidered waistcoat! When
Charles Fox began his career he was a thoughtless lad, but steadfast to
such principles as he had formed for himself. They were not many, but,
compared to those of the arena which he entered, they were noble. He
strove to serve his friends, to lift the name of a father from whom he
had received nothing but kindness, however misguided. And when he saw at
length the error of his ways, what a mighty blow did he strike for the
right!

\x93Here is a man,\x94 said Dr. Johnson, many years afterwards, \x93who has
divided his kingdom with Caesar; so that it was a doubt whether the
nation should be ruled by the sceptre of George the Third or the tongue
of Fox.\x94



CHAPTER XL. VAUXHALL

Matters had come to a pretty pickle indeed. I was openly warned at
Brooks\x92s and elsewhere to beware of the duke, who was said upon various
authority to be sulking in Hanover Square, his rage all the more
dangerous because it was smouldering. I saw Dolly only casually before
the party to Vauxhall. Needless to say, she flew in the face of Dr.
James\x92s authority, and went everywhere. She was at Lady Bunbury\x92s drum,
whither I had gone in another fruitless chase after Mr. Marmaduke.
Dr. Warner\x92s verse was the laughter of the company. And, greatly to my
annoyance,--in the circumstances,--I was made a hero of, and showered
with three times as many invitations as I could accept.

The whole story got abroad, even to the awakening of the duke in Covent
Garden. And that clownish Mr. Foote, of the Haymarket, had added some
lines to a silly popular song entitled \x91The Sights o\x92 Lunnun\x92, with
which I was hailed at Mrs. Betty\x92s fruit-stall in St. James\x92s Street.
Here is one of the verses:

       \x93In Maryland, he hunts the Fox
        From dewy Morn till Day grows dim;
        At Home he finds a Paradox,
        From Noon till Dawn the Fox hunts him.\x94

Charles Fox laughed when he heard it. But he was serious when he came to
speak of Chartersea, and bade me look out for assassination. I had Banks
follow me abroad at night with a brace of pistols under his coat, albeit
I feared nothing save that I should not have an opportunity to meet the
duke in a fair fight. And I resolved at all hazards to run Mr. Marmaduke
down with despatch, if I had to waylay him.

Mr. Storer, who was forever giving parties, was responsible for this
one at Vauxhall. We went in three coaches, and besides Dorothy and Mr.
Marmaduke, the company included Lord and Lady Carlisle, Sir Charles and
Lady Sarah Bunbury, Lady Ossory and Lady Julia Howard, two Miss Stanleys
and Miss Poole, and Comyn, and Hare, and Price, and Fitzpatrick, the
latter feeling very glum over a sum he had dropped that afternoon to
Lord Harrington. Fox had been called to St. Stephen\x92s on more printer\x92s
business.

Dolly was in glowing pink, as I loved best to see her, and looked
divine. Comyn and I were in Mr. Manners\x92s coach. The evening was
fine and warm, and my lady in very lively spirits. As we rattled over
Westminster Bridge, the music of the Vauxhall band came \x93throbbing
through the still night,\x94 and the sky was bright with the reflection
of the lights. It was the fashion with the quality to go late; and
so eleven o\x92clock had struck before we had pulled up between Vauxhall
stairs, crowded with watermen and rough mudlarks, and the very
ordinary-looking house which forms the entrance of the great garden.
Leaving the servants outside, single-file we trailed through the dark
passage guarded by the wicketgate.

\x93Prepare to be ravished, Richard,\x94 said my lady, with fine sarcasm.

\x93You were yourself born in the colonies, miss,\x94 I retorted. \x93I confess
to a thrill, and will not pretend that I have seen such sights often
enough to be sated.\x94

\x93La!\x94 exclaimed Lady Sarah, who had overheard; \x93I vow this is
refreshing. Behold a new heaven and a new earth, Mr. Carvel?\x94

Indeed, much to the amusement of the company, I took no pains to hide my
enthusiasm at the brilliancy of the scene which burst upon me. A great
orchestra rose in the midst of a stately grove lined on all four sides
with supper-boxes of brave colours, which ran in straight tiers or
swept around in circles. These were filled with people of all sorts and
conditions, supping and making merry. Other people were sauntering under
the trees, keeping step with the music. Lamps of white and blue and red
and green hung like luminous fruit from the branches, or clustered in
stars and crescents upon the buildings.

\x93Why, Richard, you are as bad as Farmer Colin.\x94

         \x93\x91O Patty! Soft in feature,
          I\x92ve been at dear Vauxhall;
          No paradise is sweeter,
          Not that they Eden call.\x92\x94

whispered Dolly, paraphrasing.

At that instant came hurrying Mr. Tom Tyers, who was one of the
brothers, proprietors of the gardens. He was a very lively young fellow
who seemed to know everybody, and he desired to know if we would walk
about a little before being shown to the boxes reserved for us.

\x93They are on the right side, Mr. Tyers?\x94 demanded Mr. Storer.

\x93Oh, to be sure, sir. Your man was most particular to stipulate the pink
and blue flowered brocades, next the Prince of Wales\x92s.\x94

\x93But you must have the band stop that piece, Mr. Tyers,\x94 cried Lady
Sarah. \x93I declare, it is too much for my nerves. Let them play Dibbin\x92s
Ephesian Matron.\x94

\x93As your Ladyship wishes,\x94 responded the obliging Mr. Tyers, and sent
off an uniformed warder to the band-master.

As he led us into the Rotunda, my Lady Dolly, being in one of her
whimsical humours, began to recite in the manner of the guide-book, to
the vast diversion of our party and the honest citizens gaping at us.

\x93This, my lords, ladies, and gentlemen,\x94 says the minx, \x93is that
marvellous Rotunda commonly known as the \x91umbrella,\x92 where the music
plays on wet nights, and where we have our masquerades and ridottos.
Their Royal Highnesses are very commonly seen here on such occasions.
As you see, it is decorated with mirrors and scenes and busts, and with
gilded festoons. That picture was painted by the famous Hogarth. The
organ in the orchestra cost--you must supply the figure, Mr. Tyers,--and
the ceiling is at least two hundred feet high. Gentlemen from the
colonies and the country take notice.\x94

By this time we were surrounded. Mr. Marmaduke was scandalized and
crushed, but Mr. Tyers, used to the vagaries of his fashionable patrons,
was wholly convulsed.

\x93Faith, Miss Manners, and you would consent to do this two nights more,
we should have to open another gate,\x94 he declared. Followed by the mob,
which it seems was part of the excitement, he led us out of the building
into the Grand Walk; and offered to turn on the waterfall and mill,
which (so Lady Sarah explained to me) the farmers and merchants fell
down and worshipped every night at nine, to the tinkling of bells. She
told Mr. Tyers there was diversion enough without \x93tin cascades.\x94 When
we got to the Grand Cross Walk he pointed out the black \x93Wilderness\x94 of
tall elms and cedars looming ahead of us. And--so we came to the
South Walk, with its three triumphal arches framing a noble view of
architecture at the far end. Our gentlemen sauntered ahead, with their
spy-glasses, staring the citizens\x92 pretty daughters out of countenance,
and making cynical remarks.

\x93Why, egad!\x94 I heard Sir Charles say, \x93the wig-makers have no cause to
petition his Majesty for work. I\x92ll be sworn the false hair this good
staymaker has on cost a guinea.\x94

A remark which caused the staymaker (if such he was) such huge
discomfort that he made off with his wife in the opposite direction, to
the time of jeers and cock-crows from the bevy of Vauxhall bucks walking
abreast.

\x93You must show us the famous \x91dark walks,\x92 Mr. Tyers,\x94 says Dorothy.

\x93Surely you will not care to see those, Miss Manners.\x94

\x93O lud, of course you must,\x94 chimed in the Miss Stanleys; \x93there is no
spice in these flaps and flies.\x94

He led us accordingly into Druid\x92s Walk, overarched with elms, and dark
as the shades, our gentlemen singing, \x93\x91Ods! Lovers will contrive,\x92\x94 in
chorus, the ladies exclaiming and drawing together. Then I felt a soft,
restraining hold on my arm, and fell back instinctively, vibrating to
the touch.

\x93Could you not see that I have been trying to get a word with you for
ever so long?\x94

\x93I trust you to find a way, Dolly, if you but wish,\x94 I replied, admiring
her stratagem.

\x93I am serious to-night.\x94 Indeed, her voice betrayed as much. How well
I recall those rich and low tones! \x93I said I wished you shut up in the
Marshalsea, and I meant it. I have been worrying about you.\x94

\x93You make me very happy,\x94 said I; which was no lie.

\x93Richard, you are every bit as reckless and indifferent of danger as
they say your father was. And I am afraid--\x94

\x93Of what?\x94 I asked quickly.

\x93You once mentioned a name to me--\x94

\x93Yes?\x94 I was breathing deep.

\x93I have forgiven you,\x94 she said gently. \x93I never meant to have referred
to that incident more. You will understand whom I mean. You must know
that he is a dangerous man, and a treacherous. Oh!\x94 she exclaimed, \x93I
have been in hourly terror ever since you rode against him in Hyde Park.
There! I have said it.\x94

The tense sweetness of that moment none will ever know.

\x93But you have more reason to fear him than I, Dorothy.\x94

\x93Hush!\x94 she whispered, catching her breath; \x93what are you saying?\x94

\x93That he has more cause to fear me than I to dread him.\x94

She came a little closer.

\x93You stayed in London for me, Richard. Why did you? There was no need,\x94
 she exclaimed; \x93there was no need, do you hear? Oh, I shall never
forgive Comyn for his meddling! I am sure \x91twas he who told you some
ridiculous story. He had no foundation for it.\x94

\x93Dorothy,\x94 I demanded, my voice shaking with earnestness, \x93will you
tell me honestly there is no foundation for the report that the duke is
intriguing to marry you?\x94

That question was not answered, and regret came the instant it had left
my lips--regret and conviction both. Dorothy joined Lady Carlisle before
our absence had been noted, and began to banter Fitzpatrick upon his
losings.

We were in the lighted Grove again, and sitting down to a supper of
Vauxhall fare: transparent slices of ham (which had been a Vauxhall joke
for ages), and chickens and cheese cakes and champagne and claret,
and arrack punch. Mr. Tyers extended the concert in our favour. Mrs.
Weichsell and the beautiful Baddeley trilled sentimental ballads which
our ladies chose; and Mr. Vernon, the celebrated tenor, sang Cupid\x92s
Recruiting Sergeant so happily that Storer sent him a bottle of
champagne. After which we amused ourselves with catches until the space
between our boxes and the orchestra was filled. In the midst of this
Comyn came quietly in from the other box and took a seat beside me.

\x93Chartersea is here to-night,\x94 said he.

I started. \x93How do you know?\x94

\x93Tyers told me he turned up half an hour since. Tom asked his Grace to
join our party,\x94 his Lordship laughed. \x93Duke said no--he was to be here
only half an hour, and Tom did not push him. He told me as a joke, and
thinks Chartersea came to meet some petite.\x94

\x93Any one with him?\x94 I asked.

\x93Yes. Tall, dark man, one eye cast,--that\x92s Lewis. They have come on
some dirty work, Richard. Watch little Marmaduke. He has been fidgety as
a cat all night.\x94

\x93That\x92s true,\x94 said I. Looking up, I caught Dorothy\x92s eyes upon us,
her lips parted, uneasiness and apprehension plain upon her face. Comyn
dropped his voice still lower.

\x93I believe she suspects something,\x94 he said, rising. \x93Chartersea is
gone off toward the Wilderness, so Tom says. You must not let little
Marmaduke see him. If Manners gets up to go, I will tune up Black-eked
Susan, and do you follow on some pretext. If you are not back in a
reasonable time, I\x92ll after you.\x94

He had been gone scant three minutes before I heard his clear voice
singing, \x93in the Downs\x94, and up I got, with a precipitation far from
politic, and stepped out of the box. Our company stared in surprise.
But Dorothy rose clear from her chair. The terror I saw stamped upon her
face haunts me yet, and I heard her call my name.

I waited for nothing. Gaining the Grand Walk, I saw Mr. Marmaduke\x92s
insignificant figure dodging fearfully among the roughs, whose hour it
was. He traversed the Cross Walk, and twenty yards farther on dived into
an opening in the high hedge bounding the Wilderness. Before he had made
six paces I had him by the shoulder, and he let out a shriek of fright
like a woman\x92s.

\x93It is I, Richard Carvel, Mr. Manners,\x94 I said shortly. I could not keep
out the contempt from my tone. \x93I beg a word with you.\x94

In his condition then words were impossible. His teeth rattled again,
and he trembled like a hare caught alive. I kept my hold of him, and
employed the time until he should be more composed peering into the
darkness. For all I knew Chartersea might be within ear-shot. But I
could see nothing but black trunks of trees.

\x93What is it, Richard?\x94

\x93You are going to meet Chartersea,\x94 I said.

He must have seen the futility of a lie, or else was scared out of all
contrivance. \x93Yes,\x94 he said weakly.

\x93You have allowed it to become the talk of London that this filthy
nobleman is blackmailing you for your daughter,\x94 I went on, without
wasting words. \x93Tell me, is it, or is it not, true?\x94

As he did not answer, I retained a handful of the grained silk on his
shoulder as a measure of precaution.

\x93Is this so?\x94 I repeated.

\x93You must know, I suppose,\x94 he said, under his breath, and with a note
of sullenness.

\x93I must,\x94 I said firmly. \x93The knowledge is the weapon need, for I, too,
am going to meet Chartersea.\x94

He ceased quivering all at once.

\x93You are going to meet him!\x94 he cried, in another voice. \x93Yes, yes, it
is so,--it is so. I will tell you all.\x94

\x93Keep it to yourself, Mr. Manners,\x94 I replied, with repugnance, \x93I have
heard all I wish. Where is he?\x94 I demanded.

\x93Hold the path until you come to him. And God bless--\x94

I shook my head.

\x93No, not that! Do you go back to the company and make some excuse for
me. Do not alarm them. And if you get the chance, tell Lord Comyn where
to come.\x94

I waited until I saw him under the lights of the Grand Walk, and fairly
running. Then I swung on my heel. I was of two minds whether to wait
for Comyn, by far the wiser course. The unthinking recklessness I had
inherited drove me on.



CHAPTER XLI. THE WILDERNESS

My eyes had become accustomed to the darkness, and presently I made out
a bench ahead, with two black figures starting from it. One I should
have known on the banks of the Styx. From each came a separate oath as I
stopped abreast them, and called the duke by name.

\x93Mr. Carvel!\x94 he cried; \x93what the devil do you here, sir?\x94

\x93I am come to keep an appointment for Mr. Manners,\x94 I said. \x93May I speak
to your Grace alone?\x94

He made a peculiar sound by sucking in his breath, meant for a sneering
laugh.

\x93No,\x94 says he, \x93damned if you shall! I have nothing in common with you,
sir. So love for Miss Manners has driven you mad, my young upstart. And
he is not the first, Lewis.\x94

\x93Nor the last, by G--,\x94 says the captain.

\x93I have a score to settle with you, d--n you!\x94 cried Chartersea.

\x93That is why I am here, your Grace,\x94 I replied; \x93only you have twisted
the words. There has been foul play enough. I have come to tell you,\x94 I
cried, boiling with anger, \x93I have come to tell you there has been foul
play enough with a weakling that cannot protect himself, and to put an
end to your blackmail.\x94

In the place of an oath, a hoarse laugh of derision came out of him. But
I was too angry then to note its significance. I slapped his face--nay,
boxed it so that my palm stung. I heard his sword scraping out of the
scabbard, and drew mine, stepping back to distance at the same instant.
Then, with something of a shudder, I remembered young Atwater, and a 380
brace of other instances of his villany. I looked for the captain. He
was gone.

Our blades, the duke\x92s and mine, came together with a ring, and I felt
the strength of his wrist behind his, and of his short, powerful arm.
The steel sung with our quick changes from \x91quarte\x92 to \x91tierce\x92. \x91Twas
all by the feeling, without light to go by, and hatred between us left
little space for skill. Our lunges were furious. \x91Twas not long before
I felt his point at my chest, but his reach was scant. All at once
the music swelled up voices and laughter were wafted faintly from
the pleasure world of lights beyond. But my head was filled, to the
exclusion of all else, with a hatred and fury. And (God forgive me!)
from between my teeth came a prayer that if I might kill this monster, I
would die willingly.

Suddenly, as I pressed him, he shifted ground, and there was Lewis
standing within range of my eye. His hands were nowhere--they were
behind his back! God alone knows why he had not murdered me. To keep
Chartersea between him and me I swung another quarter. The duke seemed
to see my game, struggled against it, tried to rush in under my guard,
made a vicious lunge that would have ended me then and there had he not
slipped. We were both panting like wild beasts. When next I raised my
eyes Lewis had faded into the darkness. Then I felt my head as wet as
from a plunge, the water running on my brow, and my back twitching.
Every second I thought the sting of his sword was between my ribs. But
to forsake the duke would have been the maddest of follies.

In that moment of agony came footsteps beating on the path, and by tacit
consent our swords were still. We listened.

\x93Richard! Richard Carvel!\x94

For the second time in my life I thanked Heaven for that brave and loyal
English heart. I called back, but my throat was dry and choked.

\x93So they are at their d--d assassins\x92 tricks again! You need have no
fear of one murderer.\x94

With that their steels rang out behind me, like broadswords, Lewis
wasting his breath in curses and blasphemies. I began to push Chartersea
with all my might, and the wonder of it was that we did not fight with
our fingers on each other\x92s necks. His attacks, too, redoubled. Twice
I felt the stings of his point, once in the hand, and once in the body,
but I minded them as little as pinpricks. I was sure I had touched him,
too. I heard him blowing distressedly. The casks of wine he had drunk
in his short life were telling now, and his thrusts grew weaker. That
fiercest of all joys--of killing an enemy--was in me, when I heard a cry
that rang in my ears for many a year afterward, and the thud of a body
on the ground.

\x93I have done for him, your Grace,\x94 says Lewis, with an oath; and added
immediately, \x93I think I hear people.\x94

Before I had reached my Lord the captain repeated this, and excitedly
begged the duke, I believe, to fly. Chartersea hissed out that he would
not move a step until he had finished me, and as I bent over the body
his point popped through my coat, and the pain shot under my shoulder. I
staggered, and fell. A second of silence ensued, when the duke said with
a laugh that was a cackle:

\x93He won\x92t marry her, d--n him!\x94 (panting). \x93He had me cursed near
killed, Lewis. Best give him another for luck.\x94

I felt his heavy hand on the sword, and it tearing out of me. Next came
the single word \x93Dover,\x94 and they were gone. I had not lost my senses,
and was on my knees again immediately, ripping open Comyn\x92s waistcoat
with my left hand, and murmuring his name in an agony of sorrow. I was
searching under his shirt, wet with blood, when I became aware of voices
at my side. \x93A duel! A murder! Call the warders! Warders, ho!\x94

\x93A surgeon!\x94 I cried. \x93A surgeon first of all!\x94

Some one had wrenched a lamp from the Grand Walk and held it, flickering
in the wind, before his Lordship\x92s face. Guided by its light, more
people came running through the wood, then the warders with lanthorns,
headed by Mr. Tyers, and on top of him Mr. Fitzpatrick and my Lord
Carlisle. We carried poor Jack to the house at the gate, and closed the
doors against the crowd.

By the grace of Heaven Sir Charles Blicke was walking in the gardens
that night, and, battering at the door, was admitted along with the
constable and the watch. Assisted by a young apothecary, Sir Charles
washed and dressed the wound, which was in the left groin, and to our
anxious questions replied that there was a chance of recovery.

\x93But you, too, are hurt, sir,\x94 he said, turning his clear eyes upon
me. Indeed, the blood had been dripping from my hand and arm during the
whole of the operation, and I began to be weak from the loss of it. By
great good fortune Chartersea\x92s thrust, which he thought had ended my
life, passed under my armpit from behind and, stitching the skin, lodged
deep in my right nipple. This wound the surgeon bound carefully, and
likewise two smaller ones.

The constable was for carrying me to the Marshalsea. And so I was forced
to tell that I had quarrelled with Chartersea; and the watch, going
out to the scene of the fight, discovered the duke\x92s sword which he
had pulled out of me, and Lewis\x92s laced hat; and also a trail of blood
leading from the spot. Mr. Tyers testified that he had seen Chartersea
that night, and Lord Carlisle and Fitzpatrick to the grudge the duke
bore me. I was given my liberty.

Comyn was taken to his house in Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, in Sir
Charles\x92s coach, whither I insisted upon preceding him. \x91Twas on the way
there that Fitzpatrick told me Dorothy had fainted when she heard the
alarm--a piece of news which added to my anxiety. We called up the
dowager countess, Comyn\x92s mother, and Carlisle broke the news to her,
mercifully lightening me of a share of the blame. Her Ladyship received
the tidings with great fortitude; and instead of the torrent of
reproaches I looked for, and deserved, she implored me to go home and
care for my injuries lest I get the fever. I believe that I burst into
tears.

His Lordship was carried up the stairs with never a word or a groan from
his lips, and his heart beating out slowly.

We reached my lodgings as the watchman was crying: \x93Past two o\x92clock,
and a windy morning!\x94

Mr. Fitzpatrick stayed with me that night. And the next morning, save
for the soreness of the cuts I had got, I found myself well as ever. I
was again to thank the robustness of my health. Despite the protests
of Banks and Fitzpatrick, and of Mr. Fox (who arrived early, not having
been to bed at all), I jumped into a chaise and drove to Brook Street.
There I had the good fortune to get the greatest load from my mind.
Comyn was resting so much easier that the surgeon had left, and her
Ladyship retired two hours since.

The day was misting and dark, but so vast was my relief that I imagined
the sun was out as I rattled toward Arlington Street. If only Dolly were
not ill again from the shock, I should be happy indeed. She must have
heard, ere then, that I was not killed; and I had still better news to
tell her than that of Lord Comyn\x92s condition. Mr. Fox, who got every
rumour that ran, had shouted after me that the duke and Lewis were set
out for France. How he knew I had not waited to inquire. But the report
tallied with my own surmise, for they had used the word \x93Dover\x94 when
they left us for dead in the Wilderness.

I dismissed my chaise at the door.

\x93Mr. Manners waits on you, sir, in the drawing-room,\x94 said the footman.
\x93Your honour is here sooner than he looked for,\x94 he added gratuitously.

\x93Sooner than he looked for?\x94

\x93Yes, sir. James is gone to you but quarter of an hour since with a
message, sir.\x94

I was puzzled.

\x93And Miss Manners? Is she well?\x94

The man smiled.

\x93Very well, sir, thank your honour.\x94

To add to my surprise, Mr. Marmaduke was pacing the drawing-room in a
yellow night-gown. He met me with an expression I failed to fathom, and
then my eye was held by a letter in his hand. He cleared his throat.

\x93Good morning, Richard,\x94 said he, very serious,--very pompous, I
thought. \x93I am pleased to see that you are so well out of the deplorable
affair of last night.\x94

I had not looked for gratitude. In truth, I had done nothing for him,
and Chartersea might have exposed him a highwayman for all I cared,--I
had fought for Dolly. But this attitude astonished me. I was about to
make a tart reply, and then thought better of it.

\x93Walter, a decanter of wine for Mr. Carvel,\x94 says he to the footman.
Then to me: \x93I am rejoiced to hear that Lord Comyn is out of danger.\x94

I merely stared at him.

\x93Will you sit?\x94 he continued. \x93To speak truth, the Annapolis packet came
in last night with news for you. Knowing that you have not had time to
hear from Maryland, I sent for you.\x94

My brain was in such a state that for the moment I took no meaning from
this introduction. I was conscious only of indignation against him for
sending for me, when for all he knew I might have been unable to leave
my bed. Suddenly I jumped from the chair.

\x93You have heard from Maryland?\x94 I cried. \x93Is Mr. Carvel dead? Oh, tell
me, is Mr. Carvel dead?\x94 And I clutched his arm to make him wince.

He nodded, and turned away. \x93My dear old friend is no more,\x94 he said.
\x93Your grandfather passed away on the seventh of last month.\x94

I sank into a chair and bowed my face, a flood of recollections
overwhelming me, a thousand kindnesses of my grandfather coming to mind.
One comfort alone stood forth, even had I gone home with John Paul, I
had missed him. But that he should have died alone with Grafton brought
the tears brimming to my eyes. I had thought to be there to receive his
last words and blessing, to watch over him, and to Smooth his pillow.
Who had he else in the world to bear him affection on his death-bed? The
imagination of that scene drove me mad.

Mr. Manners aroused me by a touch, and I looked up quickly. So quickly
that I surprised the trace of a smile about his weak mouth. Were I to
die to-morrow, I would swear to this on the Evangels. Nor was it the
smile which compels itself upon the weak in serious moments. Nay, there
was in it something malicious. And Mr. Manners could not even act.

\x93There is more, Richard,\x94 he was saying; \x93there is worse to come. Can
you bear it?\x94

His words and look roused me from my sorrow. I have ever been short of
temper with those I disliked, and (alas!) with my friends also. And now
all my pent-up wrath against this little man broke forth. I divined his
meaning, and forgot that he was Dorothy\x92s father.

\x93Worse?\x94 I shouted, while he gave back in his alarm. \x93Do you mean that
Grafton has got possession of the estate? Is that what you mean, sir?\x94

\x93Yes,\x94 he gasped, \x93yes. I pray you be calm.\x94

\x93And you call that worse than losing my dearest friend on earth?\x94 I
cried. There must have been an infinite scorn in my voice. \x93Then your
standards and mine are different, Mr. Manners. Your ways and mine are
different, and I thank God for it. You have played more than one double
part with me. You looked me in the face and denied me, and left me to go
to a prison. I shall not repeat my grandfather\x92s kindnesses to you, sir.
Though you may not recall them, I do. And if your treatment of me was
known in Maryland, you would be drummed out of the colony even as Mr.
Hood was, and hung in effigy\x94

\x93As God hears me, Richard--\x94

\x93Do not add perjury to it,\x94 I said. \x93And have no uneasiness that I shall
publish you. Your wife and daughter have saved you before,--they will
save you now.\x94

I paused, struck speechless by a suspicion that suddenly flashed into my
head. A glance at the contemptible form cowering within the folds of the
flowered gown clinched it to a conviction. In two strides I had seized
him by the skin over his ribs, and he shrieked with pain and fright.

\x93You--you snake!\x94 I cried, in uncontrollable anger. \x93You well knew
Dorothy\x92s spirit, which she has not got from you, and you lied to her.
Yes, lied, I say. To force her to marry Chartersea you made her believe
that your precious honour was in danger. And you lied to me last night,
and sent me in the dark to fight two of the most treacherous villains in
England. You wish they had killed me. The plot was between you and his
Grace. You, who have not a cat\x92s courage, commit an indiscretion! You
never made one in your life, Tell me,\x94 I cried, shaking him until his
teeth smote together, \x93was it not put up between you?\x94

\x93Let me go! Let me go, and I will tell!\x94 he wailed in the agony of my
grip. I tightened it the more.

\x93You shall confess it first,\x94 I said, from between my teeth.

Scarce had his lips formed the word yes, when I had flung him half
across the room. He tripped on his gown, and fell sprawling on his
hands. So the servant found us when he came back with the tray. The
lackey went out again hastily.

\x93My God!\x94 I exclaimed, in bitterness and disgust; \x93you are a father, and
would sell both your daughter and your honour for a title, and to the
filthiest wretch in the kingdom?\x94

Without bestowing upon him another look, I turned on my heel and left
the room. I had set my foot on the stair, when I heard the rustle of a
dress, and the low voice which I knew so well calling my name.

\x93Richard.\x94

There at my side was Dorothy, even taller in her paleness, with sorrow
and agitation in her blue eyes.

\x93Richard, I have heard all.--I listened. Are you going away without a
word for me?\x94 Her breath came fast, and mine, as she laid a hand upon
my arm. \x93Richard, I do not care whether you are poor. What am I saying?\x94
 she cried wildly. \x93Am I false to my own father? Richard, what have you
done?\x94

And then, while I stood dazed, she tore open her gown, and drawing forth
a little gold locket, pressed it in my palm. \x93The flowers you gave me
on your birthday,--the lilies of the valley, do you remember? They are
here, Richard. I have worn them upon my heart ever since.\x94

I raised the locket to my lips.

\x93I shall treasure it for your sake, Dorothy,\x94 I said, \x93for the sake of
the old days. God keep you!\x94

For a moment I looked into the depths of her eyes. Then she was gone,
and I went down the stairs alone. Outside, the rain fell unheeded on
my new coat. My steps bent southward, past Whitehall, where the martyr
Charles had met death so nobly: past the stairs to the river, where she
had tripped with me so gayly not a month since. Death was in my soul
that day,--death and love, which is the mystery of life. God guided me
into the great Abbey near by, where I fell on my knees before Him and
before England\x92s dead. He had raised them and cast them down, even as He
was casting me, that I might come to know the glory of His holy name.



Volume 7.



CHAPTER XLII. MY FRIENDS ARE PROVEN

At the door of my lodgings I was confronted by Banks, red with
indignation and fidgety from uneasiness.

\x93O Lord, Mr. Carvel, what has happened, sir?\x94 he cried. \x93Your honour\x92s
agent \x91as been here since noon. Must I take orders from the likes o\x92
him, sir?\x94

Mr. Dix was indeed in possession of my rooms, lounging in the chair
Dolly had chosen, smoking my tobacco. I stared at him from the
threshold. Something in my appearance, or force of habit, or both
brought him to his feet, and wiped away the smirk from his face. He put
down the pipe guiltily. I told him shortly that I had heard the news
which he must have got by the packet: and that he should have his money,
tho\x92 it took the rest of my life: and the ten per cent I had promised
him provided he would not press my Lord Comyn. He hesitated, and drummed
on the table. He was the man of business again.

\x93What security am I to have, Mr. Carvel?\x94 he asked.

\x93My word,\x94 I said. \x93It has never yet been broken, I thank God, nor my
father\x92s before me. And hark ye, Mr. Dix, you shall not be able to say
that of Grafton.\x94 Truly I thought the principal and agent were now well
matched.

\x93Very good, Mr. Carvel,\x94 he said; \x93ten per cent. I shall call with the
papers on Monday morning.\x94

\x93I shall not run away before that,\x94 I replied.

He got out, with a poor attempt at a swagger, without his customary
protestations of duty and humble offers of service. And I thanked Heaven
he had not made a scene, which in my state of mind I could not have
borne, but must have laid hands upon him. Perhaps he believed Grafton
not yet secure in his title. I did not wonder then, in the heat of my
youth, that he should have accepted my honour as security. But since I
have marvelled not a little at this. The fine gentlemen at Brooks\x92s
with whom I had been associating were none too scrupulous, and regarded
money-lenders as legitimate prey. Debts of honour they paid but tardily,
if at all. A certain nobleman had been owing my Lord Carlisle thirteen
thousand pounds for a couple of years, that his Lordship had won at
hazard. And tho\x92 I blush to write it, Mr. Fox himself was notorious in
such matters, and was in debt to each of the coterie of fashionables of
which he was the devoted chief.

The faithful Banks vowed, with tears in his eyes, that he would never
desert me. And in that moment of dejection the poor fellow\x92s devotion
brought me no little comfort. At such times the heart is bitter. We look
askance at our friends, and make the task of comfort doubly hard for
those that remain true. I had a great affection for the man, and had
become so used to his ways and unwearying service that I had not the
courage to refuse his prayers to go with me to America. I had not a
farthing of my own--he would serve me for nothing--nay, work for me.
\x93Sure,\x94 he said, taking off my coat and bringing me my gown,--\x93Sure,
your honour was not made to work.\x94 To cheer me he went on with some
foolish footman\x92s gossip that there lacked not ladies with jointures who
would marry me, and be thankful. I smiled sadly.

\x93That was when I was Mr. Carvel\x92s heir, Banks.\x94

\x93And your face and figure, sir, and masterful ways! Faith, and what more
would a lady want!\x94 Banks\x92s notions of morality were vague enough, and
he would have had me sink what I had left at hazard at Almack\x92s. He
had lived in this atmosphere. Alas! there was little chance of my
ever regaining the position I had held but yesterday. I thought of the
sponging-house, and my brow was moist. England was no place, in those
days, for fallen gentlemen. With us in the Colonies the law offered
itself. Mr. Swain, and other barristers of Annapolis, came to my mind,
for God had given me courage. I would try the law. For I had small hopes
of defeating my Uncle Grafton.

The Sunday morning dawned brightly, and the church bells ringing brought
me to my feet, and out into Piccadilly, in the forlorn hope that I might
see my lady on her way to morning service,--see her for the last time in
life, perhaps. Her locket I wore over my heart. It had lain upon hers.
To see her was the most exquisite agony in the world. But not to see
her, and to feel that she was scarce quarter of a mile away, was beyond
endurance. I stood beside an area at the entrance to Arlington Street,
and waited for an hour, quite in vain; watching every face that passed,
townsmen in their ill-fitting Sunday clothes, and fine ladies with the
footmen carrying velvet prayerbooks. And some that I knew only stared,
and others gave me distant bows from their coach windows. For those that
fall from fashion are dead to fashion.

Dorothy did not go to church that day.

It is a pleasure, my dears, when writing of that hour of bitterness, to
record the moments of sweetness which lightened it. As I climbed up to
my rooms in Dover Street, I heard merry sounds above, and a cloud of
smoke blew out of the door when I opened it.

\x93Here he is,\x94 cried Mr. Fox. \x93You see, Richard, we have not deserted you
when we can win no more of your money.\x94

\x93Why, egad! the man looks as if he had had a calamity,\x94 said Mr.
Fitzpatrick.

\x93And there is not a Jew here,\x94 Fox continued. \x93Tho\x92 it is Sunday,
the air in my Jerusalem chamber is as bad as in any crimps den in
St. Giles\x92s. \x91Slife, and I live to be forty, I shall have as many
underground avenues as his Majesty Louis the Eleventh.\x94

\x93He must have a place,\x94 put in my Lord Carlisle.

\x93We must do something for him,\x94 said Fox, \x93albeit he is an American and
a Whig, and all the rest of the execrations. Thou wilt have to swallow
thy golden opinions, my buckskin, when we put thee in office.\x94

I was too overwhelmed even to protest.

\x93You are not in such a cursed bad way, when all is said, Richard,\x94 said
Fitzpatrick. \x93Charles, when he loses a fortune, immediately borrows
another.\x94

\x93If you stick to whist and quinze,\x94 said Charles, solemnly, giving me
the advice they were forever thrusting upon him, \x93and play with system,
you may make as much as four thousand a year, sir.\x94

And this was how I was treated by those heathen and cynical macaronies,
Mr. Fox\x92s friends. I may not say the same for the whole of Brooks\x92s
Club, tho\x92 I never darkened its doors afterwards. But I encountered my
Lord March that afternoon, and got only a blank stare in place of a bow.

Charles had collected (Heaven knows how!) the thousand pounds which he
stood in my debt, and Mr. Storer and Lord Carlisle offered to lend me
as much as I chose. I had some difficulty in refusing, and more still in
denying Charles when he pressed me to go with them to Richmond, where he
had rooms for play over Sunday.

Banks brought me the news that Lord Comyn was sitting up, and had been
asking for me that day; that he was recovering beyond belief. But I was
resolved not to go to Brook Street until the money affairs were settled
on Monday with Mr. Dix, for I knew well that his Lordship would insist
upon carrying out with the agent the contract he had so generously and
hastily made, rather than let me pay an abnormal interest.

On Monday I rose early, and went out for a bit of air before the scene
with Mr. Dix. Returning, I saw a coach with his Lordship\x92s arms on the
panels, and there was Comyn himself in my great chair at the window,
where he had been deposited by Banks and his footman. I stared as on one
risen from the dead.

\x93Why, Jack, what are you doing here?\x94 I cried.

He replied very offhand, as was his manner at such times:

\x93Blicke vows that Chartersea and Lewis have qualified for the College of
Surgeons,\x94 says he. \x93They are both born anatomists. Your job under the
arm was the worst bungle of the two, egad, for Lewis put his sword, pat
as you please, between two of my organs (cursed if I know their names),
and not so much as scratched one.\x94

\x93Look you, Jack,\x94 said I, \x93I am not deceived. You have no right to be
here, and you know it.\x94

\x93Tush!\x94 answered his Lordship; \x93I am as well as you.\x94 And he took snuff
to prove the assertion. \x93Why the devil was you not in Brook Street
yesterday to tell me that your uncle had swindled you? I thought I was
your friend,\x94 says he, \x93and I learn of your misfortune through others.\x94

\x93It is because you are my friend, and my best friend, that I would not
worry you when you lay next door to death on my account,\x94 I said, with
emotion.

And just then Banks announced Mr. Dix.

\x93Let him wait,\x94 said I, greatly disturbed.

\x93Show him up!\x94 said my Lord, peremptorily.

\x93No, no!\x94 I protested; \x93he can wait. We shall have no business now.\x94

But Banks was gone. And I found out, long afterward, that it was put up
between them.

The agent swaggered in with that easy assurance he assumed whenever he
got the upper hand. He was the would-be squire once again, in top-boots
and a frock. I have rarely seen a man put out of countenance so easily
as was Mr. Dix that morning when he met his Lordship\x92s fixed gaze from
the arm-chair.

\x93And so you are turned Jew?\x94 says he, tapping his snuffbox. \x93Before you
go ahead so fast again, you will please to remember, d--n you, that Mr.
Carvel is the kind that does not lose his friends with his fortune.\x94

Mr. Dix made a salaam, which was so ludicrous in a squire that my Lord
roared with laughter, and I feared for his wound.

\x93A man must live, my Lord,\x94 sputtered the agent. His discomfiture was
painful.

\x93At the expense of another,\x94 says Comyn, dryly. \x93That is your motto in
Change Alley.\x94

\x93If you will permit, Jack, I must have a few words in private with Mr.
Dix,\x94 I cut in uneasily.

His Lordship would be damned first. \x93I am not accustomed to be thwarted,
Richard, I tell you. Ask the dowager if I have not always had my way. I
am not going to stand by and see a man who saved my life fall into the
clutches of an usurer. Yes, I said usurer, Mr. Dix. My attorney, Mr.
Kennett, of Lincoln\x92s Inn, has instructions to settle with you.\x94

And, despite all I could say, he would not budge an inch. At last I
submitted under the threat that he would never after have a word to say
to me. By good luck, when I had paid into Mr. Dix\x92s hand the thousand
pounds I had received from Charles Fox, and cleared my outstanding
bills, the sum I remained in Comyn\x92s debt was not greatly above seven
hundred pounds. And that was the end of Mr. Dix for me; when he had
backed himself out in chagrin at having lost his ten per centum, my
feelings got the better of me. The water rushed to my eyes, and I
turned my back upon his Lordship. To conceal his own emotions he fell to
swearing like mad.

\x93Fox will get you something,\x94 he said at length, when he was a little
calmed.

I told him, sadly, that my duty took me to America.

\x93And Dorothy?\x94 he said; \x93you will leave her?\x94

I related the whole miserable story (all save the part of the locket),
for I felt that I owed it him. His excitement grew as he listened, until
I had to threaten to stop to keep him quiet. But when I had done, he saw
nothing but good to come of it.

\x93\x91Od\x92s life! Richard, lad, come here!\x94 he cried. \x93Give me your hand.
Why, you ass, you have won a thousand times over what you lost. She
loves you! Did I not say so? And as for that intriguing little puppy,
her father, you have pulled his teeth, egad. She heard what you said to
him, you tell me. Then he will never deceive her again, my word on\x92t.
And Chartersea may come back to London, and be damned.\x94



CHAPTER XLIII. ANNAPOLIS ONCE MORE

Three days after that I was at sea, in the Norfolk packet, with the
farewells of my loyal English friends ringing in my ears. Captain
Graham, the master of the packet, and his passengers found me but a poor
companion. But they had heard of my misfortune, and vied with each other
in heaping kindnesses upon me. Nor did they intrude on my walks in the
night watches, to see me slipping a locket from under my waistcoat--ay,
and raising it to my lips. \x91Twas no doubt a blessing that I had lesser
misfortunes to share my attention. God had put me in the way of looking
forward rather than behind, and I was sure that my friends in Annapolis
would help me to an honest living, and fight my cause against Grafton.

Banks was with me. The devoted soul did his best to cheer me, tho\x92
downcast himself at leaving England. To know what to do with him gave
me many an anxious moment. I doubted not that I could get him into
a service, but when I spoke of such a thing he burst into tears, and
demanded whether I meant to throw him off. Nor was any argument of mine
of use.

After a fair and uneventful voyage of six weeks, I beheld again my
native shores in the low spits of the Virginia capes. The sand was very
hot and white, and the waters of the Chesapeake rolled like oil under
the July sun. We were all day getting over to Yorktown, the ship\x92s
destination. A schooner was sailing for Annapolis early the next
morning, and I barely had time to get off my baggage and catch her. We
went up the bay with a fresh wind astern, which died down at night.

The heat was terrific after England and the sea-voyage, and we slept on
the deck. And Banks sat, most of the day, exclaiming at the vast scale
on which this new country was laid out, and wondering at the myriad
islands we passed, some of them fair with grain and tobacco; and at the
low-lying shores clothed with forests, and broken by the salt marshes,
with now and then the manor-house of some gentleman-planter visible on
either side. Late on the second day I beheld again the cliffs that mark
the mouth of the Severn, then the sail-dotted roads and the roofs of
Annapolis.

We landed, Banks and I, in a pinnace from the schooner, and so full was
my heart at the sight of the old objects that I could only gulp now and
then, and utter never a word. There was the dock where I had paced up
and down near the whole night, when Dolly had sailed away; and Pryse the
coachmaker\x92s shop, and the little balcony upon which I had stood with
my grandfather, and railed in a boyish tenor at Mr. Hood. The sun cast
sharp, black shadows. And it being the middle of the dull season, when
the quality were at their seats, and the dinner-hour besides, the
town might have been a deserted one for its stillness, as tho\x92 the
inhabitants had walked out of it, and left it so. I made my way, Banks
behind me, into Church Street, past the \x93Ship\x94 tavern, which brought
memories of the brawl there, and of Captain Clapsaddle forcing the
mob, like chaff, before his sword. The bees were humming idly over the
sweet-scented gardens, and Farris, the clock-maker, sat at his door, and
nodded. He jerked his head as I went by with a cry of \x93Lord, it is Mr.
Richard back!\x94 and I must needs pause, to let him bow over my hand.
Farther up the street I came to mine host of the Coffee House standing
on his steps, with his hands behind his back.

\x93Mr. Claude,\x94 I said.

He looked at me as tho\x92 I had risen from the dead.

\x93God save us!\x94 he shouted, in a voice that echoed through the narrow
street. \x93God save us!\x94

He seemed to go all to pieces. To my bated questions he replied at
length, when he had got his breath, that Captain Clapsaddle had come
to town but the day before, and was even then in the coffee-room at his
dinner. Alone? Yes, alone. Almost tottering, I mounted the steps, and
turned in at the coffee-room door, and stopped. There sat the captain at
a table, the roast and wine untouched before him, his waistcoat thrown
open. He was staring out of the open window into the inn garden beyond,
with its shade of cherry trees. Mr. Claude\x92s cry had not disturbed his
reveries, nor our talk after it. I went forward. I touched him on the
shoulder, and he sprang up, and looked once into my face, and by some
trick of the mind uttered the very words Mr. Claude had used.

\x93God save us! Richard!\x94 And he opened his arms and strained me to his
great chest, calling my name again and again, while the tears coursed
down the furrows of his cheeks. For I marked the furrows for the first
time, and the wrinkles settling in his forehead and around his eyes.
What he said when he released me, nor my replies, can I remember now,
but at last he called, in his ringing voice, to mine host:

\x93A bottle from your choicest bin, Claude! Some of Mr. Bordley\x92s. For he
that was lost is found.\x94

The hundred questions I had longed to ask were forgotten. A peace stole
upon me that I had not felt since I had looked upon his face before.
The wine was brought by Mr. Claude, and opened, and it was mine host who
broke the silence, and the spell.

\x93Your very good health, Mr. Richard,\x94 he said; \x93and may you come to your
own again!\x94

\x93I drink it with all my heart, Richard,\x94 replied Captain Daniel. But he
glanced at me sadly, and his honest nature could put no hope into his
tone. \x93We have got him back again, Mr. Claude. And God has answered our
prayers. So let us be thankful.\x94 And he sat down in silence, gazing at
me in pity and tenderness, while Mr. Claude withdrew. \x93I can give you
but a sad welcome home, my lad,\x94 he said presently, with a hesitation
strange to him. \x93\x91Tis not the first bad news I have had to break in my
life to your family, but I pray it may be the last.\x94 He paused. I knew
he was thinking of the black tidings he had once brought my mother.
\x93Richard, your grandfather is dead,\x94 he ended abruptly.

I nodded wonderingly.

\x93What!\x94 he exclaimed; \x93you have heard already?\x94

\x93Mr. Manners told me, in London,\x94 I said, completely mystified.

\x93London!\x94 he cried, starting forward. \x93London and Mr. Manners! Have you
been to London?\x94

\x93You had my letters to Mr. Carvel?\x94 I demanded, turning suddenly sick.

His eye flashed.

\x93Never a letter. We mourned you for dead, Richard. This is Grafton\x92s
work!\x94 he cried, springing to his feet and striking the table with his
great fist, so that the dishes jumped. \x93Grafton Carvel, the prettiest
villain in these thirteen colonies! Oh, we shall hang him some day.\x94

\x93Then Mr. Carvel died without knowing that I was safe?\x94 I interrupted.

\x93On that I\x92ll lay all my worldly goods,\x94 replied Captain Daniel,
emphatically. \x93If any letters came to Marlboro\x92 Street from you, Mr.
Carvel never dropped eyes on \x91em.\x94

\x93What a fool was I not to have written you!\x94 I groaned.

He drew his chair around the table, and close to mine.

\x93Had the news that you escaped death been cried aloud in the streets,
my lad, \x91twould never have got to your grandfather\x92s ear,\x94 he said, in
lower tones. \x93I will tell you what happened, tho\x92 I have it at second
hand, being in the North, as you may remember. Grafton came in from Kent
and invested Marlboro\x92 Street. He himself broke the news to Mr. Carvel,
who took to his bed. Leiden was not in attendance, you may be sure, but
that quack-doctor Drake. Swain sent me a message, and I killed a horse
getting here from New York. But I could no more gain admittance to your
grandfather, Richard, than to King George the Third. I was met in the
hall by that crocodile, who told me with too many fair words that I
could not see my old friend; that for the present Dr. Drake denied him
everybody. Then I damned Dr. Drake, and Grafton too. And I let him know
my suspicions. He ordered me off, Richard--from that house which has
been my only home for these twenty years.\x94 His voice broke.

\x93Mr. Carvel thought me dead, then.\x94

\x93And most mercifully. Your black Hugo, when he was somewhat recovered,
swore he had seen you killed and carried off. Sooth, they say there was
blood enough on the place. But we spared no pains to obtain a clew of
you. I went north to Boston, and Lloyd\x92s factor south to Charleston. But
no trace of the messenger who came to the Coffee House after you could
we find. Hell had opened and swallowed him. And mark this for consummate
villany: Grafton himself spent no less than five hundred pounds in
advertising and the like.\x94

\x93And he is not suspected?\x94 I asked. This was the same question I had put
to Mrs. Manners. It caused the captain to flare up again.

\x93\x91Tis incredible how a rogue may impose upon men of worth and integrity
if he but know how to smirk piously, and never miss a service. And then
he is an exceeding rich man. Riches cover a multitude of sins in the
most virtuous community in the world. Your Aunt Caroline brought him
a pretty fortune, you know. We had ominous times this spring, with the
associations forming, and the \x91Good Intent\x92 and the rest being sent
back to England. His Excellency was at his wits\x92 end for support. It was
Grafton Carvel who helped him most, and spent money like tobacco for the
King\x92s cause, which, being interpreted, was for his own advancement. But
I believe Colonel Lloyd suspects him, tho\x92 he has never said as much to
me. I have told Mr. Swain, under secrecy, what I think. He is one of
the ablest lawyers that the colony owns, Richard, and a stanch friend
of yours. He took your case of his own accord. But he says we have no
foothold as yet.\x94

When I asked if there was a will the captain rapped out an oath.

\x93\x91Sdeath! yes,\x94 he cried, \x93a will in favour of Grafton and his heirs,
witnessed by Dr. Drake, they say, and another scoundrel. Your name does
not occur throughout the length and breadth of it. You were dead. But
you will have to ask Mr. Swain for those particulars. My dear old friend
was sadly gone when he wrote it, I fear. For he never lacked shrewdness
in his best days. Nor,\x94 added Captain Daniel, with force, \x93nor did he
want for a proper estimation of Grafton.\x94

\x93He has never been the same since that first sickness,\x94 I answered
sadly.

When the captain came to speak of Mr. Carvel\x92s death, the son and
daughter he loved, and the child of his old age in the grave before
him, he proceeded brokenly, and the tears blinded him. Mr. Carvel\x92s last
words will never be known, my dears. They sounded in the unfeeling ears
of the serpent Grafton. \x91Twas said that he was seen coming out of his
father\x92s house an hour after the demise, a smile on his face which he
strove to hide with a pucker of sorrow. But by God\x92s grace Mr. Allen had
not read the prayers. The rector was at last removed from Annapolis, and
had obtained the fat living of Frederick which he coveted.

\x93As I hope for salvation,\x94 the captain concluded, \x93I will swear there is
not such another villain in the world as Grafton. The imagination of a
fiend alone could have conceived and brought to execution the crime he
has committed. And the Borgias were children to him. \x91Twas not only the
love of money that urged him, but hatred of you and of your father. That
was his strongest motive, I believe. However, the days are coming, lad,
when he shall have his reward, unless all signs fail. And we have had
enough of sober talk,\x94 said he, pressing me to eat. \x93Faith, but just
now, when you came in, I was thinking of you, Richard. And--God forgive
me! complaining against the lot of my life. And thinking, now that you
were taken out of it, and your father and mother and grandfather gone,
how little I had to live for. Now you are home again,\x94 says he, his eyes
lighting on me with affection, \x93I count the gray hairs as nothing. Let
us have your story, and be merry. Nay, I might have guessed you had been
in London, with your fine clothes and your English servant.\x94

\x91Twas a long story, as you know, my dears. He lighted his pipe and laid
his big hand over mine, and filled my glass, and I told him most of that
which had happened to me. But I left out the whole of that concerning
Mr. Manners and the Duke of Chartersea, nor did I speak of the
sponging-house. I believe my only motive for this omittance was a
reluctance to dwell upon Dorothy, and a desire to shield her father for
her sake. He dropped many a vigorous exclamation into my pauses, but
when I came to speak of my friendship with Mr. Fox, his brow clouded
over.

\x93\x91Ad\x92s heart!\x94 he cried, \x93\x91Ad\x92s heart! And so you are turned Tory, and
have at last been perverted from those principles for which I loved you
most. In the old days my conscience would not allow me to advise you,
Richard, and now that I am free to speak, you are past advice.\x94

I laughed aloud.

\x93And what if I tell you that I made friends with his Grace of Grafton,
and Lord Sandwich, and was invited to Hichinbroke, his Lordship\x92s seat?\x94
 said I.

His honest face was a picture of consternation.

\x93Now the good Lord deliver us!\x94 he exclaimed fervently. \x93Sandwich!
Grafton! The devil!\x94

I gave myself over to the first real merriment I had had since I had
heard of Mr. Carvel\x92s death.

\x93And when Mr. Fox learned that I had lost my fortune,\x94 I went on, \x93he
offered me a position under Government.\x94

\x93Have you not friends enough at home to care for you, sir?\x94 he said,
his face getting purple. \x93Are you Jack Carvel\x92s son, or are you an
impostor?\x94

\x93I am Jack Carvel\x92s son, dear Captain Daniel, and that is why I am
here,\x94 I replied. \x93I am a stouter Whig than ever, and I believe I might
have converted Mr. Fox himself had I remained at home sufficiently
long,\x94 I added, with a solemn face. And, for my own edification, I
related how I had bearded his Majesty\x92s friends at Brooks\x92s, whereat he
gave a great, joyful laugh, and thumped me on the back.

\x93You dog, Richard! You sly rogue!\x94 And he called to Mr. Claude for
another bottle on the strength of that, and we pledged the Association.
He peppered me with questions concerning Junius, and Mr. Wilkes, and Mr.
Franklin of Philadelphia. Had I seen him in London? \x93I would not doubt
a Carvel\x92s word,\x94 says the captain, \x93(always excepting Grafton and his
line, as usual), but you may duck me on the stool and I comprehend why
Mr. Fox and his friends took up with such a young rebel rapscallion as
you--and after the speech you made \x91em.\x94

I astonished him vastly by pointing out that Mr. Fox and his friends
cared a deal for place, and not a fig for principle; that my frankness
had entertained rather than offended them; and that, having a taste for
a bit of wild life and the money to gratify it, and being of a tolerant,
easy nature withal, I had contrived to make many friends in that set,
without aiming at influence. Whereat he gave me another lick between the
shoulders.

\x93It was so with Jack,\x94 he cried; \x93thou art a replica. He would have made
friends with the devil himself. In the French war, when all the rest of
us Royal Americans were squabbling with his Majesty\x92s officers out of
England, and cursing them at mess, they could never be got to fight with
Jack, tho\x92 he gave them ample provocation. There was Tetherington,
of the 22d foot,--who jeered us for damned provincials, and swaggered
through three duels in a week,--would enter no quarrel with him. I can
hear him say: \x91Damn you, Carvel, you may slap my face and you will, or
walk in ahead of me at the general\x92s dinner and you will, but I like you
too well to draw at you. I would not miss your company at table for all
the world.\x92 And when he was killed,\x94 Captain Daniel continued, lowering
his voice, \x93some of them cried like women, Tetherington among \x91em,--and
swore they would rather have lost their commissions at high play.\x94

We sat talking until the summer\x92s dusk grew on apace, and one thing this
devoted lover of my family told me, which lightened my spirits of the
greatest burden that had rested upon them since my calamity befell me.
I had dwelt at length upon my Lord Comyn, and upon the weight of his
services to me, and touched upon the sum which I stood in his debt. The
captain interrupted me.

\x93One day, before your mother died, she sent for me,\x94 said he, \x93and
I came to Carvel Hall. You were too young to remember. It was in
September, and she was sitting on the seat under the oak she loved so
well,--by Dr. Hilliard\x92s study.

\x93The lace shawl your father had given her was around her shoulders,
and upon her face was the smile that gave me a pang to see. For it had
something of heaven in it, Richard. She called me \x91Daniel\x92 then for the
second time in her life. She bade me be seated beside her. \x91Daniel,\x92 she
said, \x91when I am gone, and father is gone, it is you who will take care
of Richard. I sometimes believe all may not be well then, and that he
will need you.\x92 I knew she was thinking of Grafton,\x94 said the captain.
\x93\x91I have a little money of my own, Daniel, which I have saved lately
with this in view. I give it into your charge, and if trouble comes to
him, my old friend, you will use it as you see fit.\x92

\x93It was a bit under a thousand pounds, Richard. And when she died I put
it out under Mr. Carroll\x92s direction at safe interest. So that you
have enough to discharge your debt, and something saved against another
emergency.\x94

He fell silent, sunk into one of those reveries which the memory of my
mother awoke in him. My own thoughts drifted across the sea. I was again
at the top of the stairs in Arlington Street, and feeling the dearest
presence in the world. The pale oval of Dorothy\x92s face rose before me
and the troubled depths of her blue eyes. And I heard once more the
tremble in her voice as she confessed, in words of which she took no
heed, that love for which I had sought in vain.

The summer dusk was gathering. Outside, under the cherry trees, I
saw Banks holding forth to an admiring circle of negro \x91ostlers. And
presently Mr. Claude came in to say that Shaw, the town carpenter, and
Sol Mogg, the ancient sexton of St. Anne\x92s, and several more of my old
acquaintances were without, and begged the honour of greeting me.



CHAPTER XLIV. NOBLESSE OBLIGE

I lay that night in Captain Clapsaddle\x92s lodgings opposite, and slept
soundly. Banks was on hand in the morning to assist at my toilet, and
was greatly downcast when I refused him this privilege, for the first
time. Captain Daniel was highly pleased with the honest fellow\x92s
devotion in following me to America. To cheer him he began to question
him as to my doings in London, and the first thing of which Banks must
tell was of the riding-contest in Hyde Park, which I had omitted. It is
easy to imagine how this should have tickled the captain, who always had
my horsemanship at heart; and when it came to Chartersea\x92s descent into
the Serpentine, I thought he would go into apoplexy. For he had put on
flesh with the years.

The news of my return had spread all over town, so that I had a deal
more handshaking to do when we went to the Coffee House for breakfast.
All the quality were in the country, of course, save only four gentlemen
of the local Patriots\x92 committee, of which Captain Daniel was a member,
and with whom he had an appointment at ten. It was Mr. Swain who arrived
first of the four.

This old friend of my childhood was a quiet man (I may not have
specified), thin, and a little under stature, with a receding but
thoughtful forehead. But he could express as much of joy and welcome in
his face and manner as could Captain Daniel with his heartier ways.

\x93It does me good to see you, lad,\x94 he said, pressing my hand. \x93I heard
you were home, and sent off an express to Patty and the mother last
night.\x94

\x93And are they not here?\x94 I asked, with disappointment.

Mr. Swain smiled.

\x93I have done a rash thing since I saw you, Richard, and bought a little
plantation in Talbot, next to Singleton\x92s. It will be my ruin,\x94 he
added. \x93A lawyer has no business with landed ambitions.\x94

\x93A little plantation!\x94 echoed the captain. \x93\x91Od\x92s life, he has bought
one of his Lordship\x92s own manors--as good an estate as there is in the
province.\x94

\x93You overdo it, Daniel,\x94 said he, reprovingly.

At that moment there was a stir in the doorway, and in came Mr. Carroll,
the barrister, and Mr. Bordley and Colonel Lloyd. These gentlemen gave
me such a welcome as those warm-hearted planters and lawyers knew how to
bestow.

\x93What, he!\x94 cried Mr. Lloyd, \x93I\x92m stamped and taxed if it isn\x92t young
Richard Carvel himself. Well,\x94 says he, \x93I know one who will sleep
easier o\x92 nights now,--one Clapsaddle. The gray hairs are forgot,
Daniel. We had more to-do over your disappearance than when Mr.
Worthington lost his musical nigger. Where a deuce have you been, sir?\x94

\x93He shall tell us when we come back,\x94 said Mr. Bordley. \x93He has brought
our worthy association to a standstill once, and now we must proceed
about our business. Will you come, Richard? I believe you have proved
yourself a sufficiently good patriot, and in this very house.\x94

We went down Church Street, I walking behind with Colonel Lloyd, and so
proud to be in such company that I cared not a groat whether Grafton
had my acres or not. I remembered that the committee all wore plain and
sober clothes, and carried no swords. Mr. Swain alone had a wig. I had
been away but seven months, and yet here was a perceptible change. In
these dignified and determined gentlemen England had more to fear than
in all the mobs at Mr. Wilkes\x92s back. How I wished that Charles Fox
might have been with me.

The sun beat down upon the street. The shopkeepers were gathered at
their doors, but their chattering was hushed as the dreaded committee
passed. More than one, apparently, had tasted of its discipline. Colonel
Lloyd whispered to me to keep my countenance, that they were not
after very large game that morning,--only Chipchase, the butcher.
And presently we came upon the rascal putting up his shutters in much
precipitation, although it was noon. He had shed his blood-stained smock
and breeches, and donned his Sunday best,--a white, thick-set coat,
country cloth jacket, blue broadcloth breeches, and white shirt. A
grizzled cut wig sat somewhat awry under his bearskin hat. When he
perceived Mr. Carroll at his shoulder, he dropped his shutter against
the wall, and began bowing frantically.

\x93You keep good hours, Master Chipchase,\x94 remarked Colonel Lloyd.

\x93And lose good customers,\x94 Mr. Swain added laconically.

The butcher wriggled.

\x93Your honours must know there be little selling when the gentry be
out of town. And I was to take a holiday to-day, to see my daughter
married.\x94

\x93You will have a feast, my good man?\x94 Captain Daniel asked.

\x93To be sure, your honour, a feast.\x94

\x93And any little ewe-lambs?\x94 says Mr. Bordley, very innocent.

Master Chipchase turned the colour of his meat, and his wit failed him.

\x93\x91Fourthly,\x92\x94 recited Mr. Carroll, with an exceeding sober face,
\x93\x91Fourthly, that we will not kill, or suffer to be killed, or sell, or
dispose to any person whom we have reason to believe intends to kill,
any ewe-lamb that shall be weaned before the first day of May, in any
year during the time aforesaid.\x92 Have you ever heard anything of that
sound, Mr. Chipchase?\x94

Mr. Chipchase had. And if their honours pleased, he had a defence to
make, if their honours would but listen. And if their honours but knew,
he was as good a patriot as any in the province, and sold his wool to
Peter Psalter, and he wore the homespun in winter. Then Mr. Carroll
drew a paper from his pocket, and began to read: \x93Mr. Thomas Hincks,
personally known to me, deposeth and saith,--\x94

Master Chipchase\x92s knees gave from under him.

\x93And your honours please,\x94 he cried piteously, \x93I killed the lamb,
but \x91twas at Mr. Grafton Carvel\x92s order, who was in town with his
Excellency.\x94 (Here Mr. Swain and the captain glanced significantly at
me.) \x93And I lose Mr. Carvel\x92s custom, there is twelve pounds odd gone a
year, your honours. And I am a poor man, sirs.\x94

\x93Who is it owns your shop, my man?\x94 asks Mr. Bordley, very sternly.

\x93Oh, I beg your honours will not have me put out--\x94

The wailing of his voice had drawn a crowd of idlers and brother
shopkeepers, who seemed vastly to enjoy the knave\x92s discomfiture.
Amongst them I recognized my old acquaintance, Weld, now a rival
butcher. He pushed forward boldly.

\x93And your honours please,\x94 said he, \x93he has sold lamb to half the Tory
gentry in Annapolis.\x94

\x93A lie!\x94 cried Chipchase; \x93a lie, as God hears me!\x94

Now Captain Clapsaddle was one who carried his loves and his hatreds to
the grave, and he had never liked Weld since the day, six years gone by,
he had sent me into the Ship tavern. And when Weld heard the captain\x92s
voice he slunk away without a word.

\x93Have a care, Master Weld,\x94 says he, in a quiet tone that boded no good;
\x93there is more evidence against you than you will like.\x94

Master Chipchase, after being frightened almost out of his senses, was
pardoned this once by Captain Daniel\x92s influence. We went thence to Mr.
Hildreth\x92s shop; he was suspected of having got tea out of a South River
snow; then to Mr. Jackson\x92s; and so on. \x91Twas after two when we got
back to the Coffee House, and sat down to as good a dinner as Mr. Claude
could prepare. \x93And now,\x94 cried Colonel Lloyd, \x93we shall have your
adventures, Richard. I would that your uncle were here to listen to
them,\x94 he added dryly.

I recited them very much as I had done the night before, and I warrant
you, my dears, that they listened with more zest and eagerness than did
Mr. Walpole. But they were all shrewd men, and kept their suspicions,
if they had any, to themselves. Captain Daniel would have me omit
nothing,--my intimacy with Mr. Fox, the speech at Brooks\x92s Club, and the
riding-match at Hyde Park.

\x93What say you to that, gentlemen?\x94 he cried. \x93Egad, I\x92ll be sworn he
deserves credit,--an arrant young spark out of the Colonies, scarce
turned nineteen, defeating a duke of the realm on horseback, and
preaching the gospel of \x91no taxation\x92 at Brooks\x92s Club! Nor the favour
of Sandwich or March could turn him from his principles.\x94

Modesty, my dears, does not permit me to picture the enthusiasm of these
good gentlemen, who bore the responsibility of the colony of Maryland
upon their shoulders. They made more of me than I deserved. In vain did
I seek to explain that if a young man was but well-born, and had a full
purse and a turn for high play, his principles might go hang, for all
Mr. Fox cared. Colonel Lloyd commanded that the famous rose punch-bowl
be filled to the brim with Mr. Claude\x92s best summer brew, and they drank
my health and my grandfather\x92s memory. It mattered little to them that I
was poor. They vowed I should not lose by my choice. Mr. Bordley offered
me a home, and added that I should have employment enough in the days
to come. Mr. Carroll pressed me likewise. And big-hearted Colonel Lloyd
desired to send me to King\x92s College, as was my grandfather\x92s wish,
where Will Fotheringay and my cousin Philip had been for a term. I might
make a barrister of myself. Mr. Swain alone was silent and thoughtful,
but I did not for an instant doubt that he would have done as much for
me.

Before we broke up for the evening the gentlemen plied me with questions
concerning the state of affairs in England, and the temper of his
Majesty and Parliament. I say without vanity that I was able to
enlighten them not a little, for I had learned a deeper lesson from the
set into which I had fallen in London than if I had become the confidant
of Rockingham himself. America was a long way from England in those
days. I regretted that I had not arrived in London in time to witness
Lord Chatham\x92s dramatic return to politics in January, when he had
completed the work of Junius, and broken up the Grafton ministry. But
I told them of the debate I had heard in St. Stephen\x92s, and made them
laugh over Mr. Fox\x92s rescue of the King\x92s friends, and the hustling of
Mr. Burke from the Lords.

They were very curious, too, about Mr. Manners; and I was put to much
ingenuity to answer their queries and not reveal my own connection with
him. They wished to know if it were true that some nobleman had flung a
bottle at his head in a rage because Dorothy would not marry him, as Dr.
Courtenay\x92s letter had stated. I replied that it was so. I did not add
that it was the same nobleman who had been pitched into the Serpentine.
Nor did I mention the fight at Vauxhall. I made no doubt these things
would come to their ears, but I did not choose to be the one to tell
them. Mr. Swain remained after the other gentlemen, and asked me if I
would come with him to Gloucester Street; that he had something to say
to me. We went the long way thither, and I was very grateful to him
for avoiding Marlboro\x92 Street, which must needs bring me painful
recollections. He said little on the way.

I almost expected to see Patty come tripping down from the vine-covered
porch with her needlework in her hand, and the house seemed strangely
empty without her. Mr. Swain had his negro, Romney, place chairs for
us under the apple tree, and bring out pipes and sangaree. The air was
still, and heavy with the flowers\x92 scent, and the sun was dipping behind
the low eaves of the house. It was so natural to be there that I scarce
realized all that had happened since last I saw the back gate in the
picket fence. Alas! little Patty would never more be smuggled through it
and over the wall to Marlboro\x92 Street. Mr. Swain recalled my thoughts.

\x93Captain Clapsaddle has asked me to look into this matter of the will,
Richard,\x94 he began abruptly. \x93Altho\x92 we thought never to see you again,
we have hoped against hope. I fear you have little chance for your
property, my lad.\x94

I replied that Captain Daniel had so led me to believe, and thanked him
for his kindness and his trouble.

\x93\x91Twas no trouble,\x94 he replied quickly. \x93Indeed, I wish it might have
been. I shall always think of your grandfather with reverence and with
sorrow. He was a noble man, and was a friend to me, in spite of my
politics, when other gentlemen of position would not invite me to their
houses. It would be the greatest happiness of my life if I could restore
his property to you, where he would have had it go, and deprive that
villain, your uncle, of the fruits of his crime.\x94

\x93Then there is nothing to be got by contesting the will?\x94 I asked.

He shook his head soberly.

\x93I fear not at present,\x94 said he, \x93nor can I with honesty hold out any
hope to you, Richard. Your uncle, by reason of his wealth, is a man of
undue influence with the powers of the colony. Even if he were not so, I
doubt greatly whether we should be the gainers. The will is undoubtedly
genuine. Mr. Carvel thought you dead, and we cannot prove undue
influence by Grafton unless we also prove that it was he who caused your
abduction. Do you think you can prove that?\x94

\x93There is one witness,\x94 I exclaimed, \x93who overheard my uncle and Mr.
Allen talking of South River and Griggs, the master of the slaver, in
the stables at Carvel Hall.\x94

\x93And who is that?\x94 demanded Mr. Swain, with more excitement than I
believed him capable of.

\x93Old Harvey.\x94

Your grandfather\x92s coachman? Alas, he died the day after Mr. Carvel, and
was buried the same afternoon. Have you spoken of this?\x94

\x93Not to a soul,\x94 said I.

\x93Then I would not. You will have to be very careful and say nothing,
Richard. Let me hear what other reasons you have for believing that your
uncle tried to do away with you.\x94

I told him, lucidly as possible, everything I have related in these
pages, and the admission of Griggs. He listened intently, shaking his
head now and then, but not a word out of him.

\x93No,\x94 he said at length, \x93nothing is there which will be admitted, but
enough to damn him if you yourself might be a witness. I will give you
the law, briefly: descendible estates among us are of two kinds, estates
in fee simple and estates in fee tail. Had your grandfather died without
a will, his estate, which we suppose to be in fee simple, would have
descended to you as the son of his eldest son, according to the fourth
of the canons of descent in Blackstone. But with us fee simple estates
are devisable, and Mr. Carvel was wholly within his right in cutting off
the line of his eldest son. Do you follow me?\x94

I nodded.

\x93There is one chance,\x94 he continued, \x93and that is a very slim one. I
said that Mr. Carvel\x92s estate was supposed to be in fee simple.
Estates tail are not devisable. Our system of registration is far from
infallible, and sometimes an old family settlement turns up to prove
that a property which has been willed out of the direct line, as in
fee simple, is in reality entailed. Is there a possibility of any such
document?\x94

I replied that I did not know. My grandfather had never brought up the
subject.

\x93We must bend our efforts in that direction,\x94 said the barrister. \x93I
shall have my clerks make a systematic search.\x94

He ceased talking, and sat sipping his sangaree in the abstracted manner
common to him. I took the opportunity to ask about his family, thinking
about what Dolly had said of Patty\x92s illness.

\x93The mother is as well as can be expected, Richard, and Patty very
rosy with the country air. Your disappearance was a great shock to them
both.\x94

\x93And Tom?\x94

He went behind his reserve. \x93Tom is a d--d rake,\x94 he exclaimed, with
some vehemence. \x93I have given him over. He has taken up with that
macaroni Courtenay, who wins his money,--or rather my money,--and your
cousin Philip, when he is home from King\x92s College. How Tom can be son
of mine is beyond me, in faith. I see him about once in two months, when
he comes here with a bill for his satins and his ruffles, and along face
of repentance, and a lot of gaming debts to involve my honour. And that
reminds me, Richard,\x94 said he, looking straight at me with his clear,
dark eyes: \x93have you made any plans for your future?\x94

I ventured to ask his advice as to entering the law.

\x93As the only profession open to a gentleman,\x94 he replied, smiling a
little. \x93No, you were no more cut out for an attorney, or a barrister,
or a judge, than was I for a macaroni doctor. The time is not far away,
my lad,\x94 he went on, seeing my shame and confusion, \x93when an American
may amass money in any way he chooses, and still be a gentleman, behind
a counter, if he will.\x94

\x93I do not fear work, Mr. Swain,\x94 I remarked, with some pride.

\x93That is what I have been thinking,\x94 he said shortly. \x93And I am not a
man to make up my mind while you count three, Richard. I have the place
in Talbot, and no one to look after it. And--and in short I think you
are the man.\x94

He paused to watch the effect of this upon me. But I was so taken aback
by this new act of kindness that I could not say a word.

\x93Tom is fast going to the devil, as I told you,\x94 he continued. \x93He
cannot be trusted. If I die, that estate shall be Patty\x92s, and he may
never squander it. Captain Daniel tells me, and Mr. Bordley also, that
you managed at Carvel Hall with sense and ability. I know you are very
young, but I think I may rely upon you.\x94

Again he hesitated, eying me fixedly.

\x93Ah,\x94 said he, with his quiet smile, \x93it is the old noblesse oblige. How
many careers has it ruined since the world began!\x94



CHAPTER XLV. THE HOUSE OF MEMORIES

I was greatly touched, and made Mr. Swain many awkward acknowledgments,
which he mercifully cut short. I asked him for a while to think over
his offer. This seemed to please rather than displease him. And my first
impulse on reaching the inn was to ask the captain\x92s advice. I thought
better of it however, and at length resolved to thrash out the matter
for myself.

The next morning, as I sat reflecting, an overwhelming desire seized me
to go to Marlboro\x92 Street. Hitherto I could not have borne the sight of
the old place. I gulped down my emotion as the gate creaked behind me,
and made my way slowly to the white seat under the big chestnut behind
the house, where my grandfather had been wont to sit reading his prints,
in the warm weather. The flowers and the hedges had grown to a certain
wildness; and the smell of the American roses carried me back-as odours
will-to long-forgotten and trivial scenes. Here I had been caned many a
day for Mr. Daaken\x92s reports, and for earlier offences. And I recalled
my mother as she once ran out at the sound of my cries to beg me off. So
vivid was that picture that I could hear Mr. Carvel say: \x93He is yours,
madam, not mine. Take him!\x94

I started up. The house was still, the sun blistering the green paint of
the shutters. My eye was caught by those on the room that had been hers,
and which, by my grandfather\x92s decree, had lain closed since she left
it. The image of it grew in my mind: the mahogany bed with its poppy
counterpane and creamy curtains, and the steps at the side by which
she was wont to enter it; and the \x91prie-dieu\x92, whence her soul had been
lifted up to God. And the dresser with her china and silver upon it,
covered by years of dust. For I had once stolen the key from Willis\x92s
bunch, crept in, and crept out again, awed. That chamber would be
profaned, now, and those dear ornaments, which were mine, violated. The
imagination choked me.

I would have them. I must. Nothing easier than to pry open a door or
window in the north wing, by the ball-room. When I saw Grafton I would
tell him. Nay, I would write him that day. I was even casting about me
for an implement, when I heard a step on the gravel beside me.

I swung around, and came face to face with my uncle.

He must have perceived me. And after the first shock of my surprise had
passed, I remarked a bearing on him that I had not seen before. He was
master of the situation at last,--so it read. The realization gave him
an easier speech than ever.

\x93I thought I might find you here, Richard,\x94 he said, \x93since you were not
at the Coffee House.\x94

He did not offer me his hand. I could only stare at him, for I had
expected anything but this.

\x93I came from Carvel Hall to get you,\x94 he proceeded smoothly enough.
\x93I heard but yesterday of your return, and some of your miraculous
adventures. Your recklessness has caused us many a trying day, Richard,
and I believe killed your grandfather. You have paid dearly, and have
made us pay dearly, for your mad frolic of fighting cut-throats on the
highroad.\x94

The wonder was that I did not kill him on the spot. I cannot think what
possessed the man,--he must have known me better.

\x93My recklessness!\x94 I shouted, fairly hoarse with anger. I paid no heed
to Mr. Swain\x92s warning. \x93You d--d scoundrel!\x94 I cried, \x93it was you
killed him, and you know it. When you had put me out of the way and
he was in your power, you tortured him to death. You forced him to die
alone with your sneering face, while your shrew of a wife counted cards
downstairs. Grafton Carvel, God knows you better than I, who know you
two well. And He will punish you as sure as the crack of doom.\x94

He heard me through, giving back as I came forward, his face blanching
only a little, and wearing all the time that yellow smile which so
fitted it.

\x93You have finished?\x94 says he.

\x93Ay, I have finished. And now you may order me from this ground you
have robbed me of. But there are some things in that house you shall not
steal, for they are mine despite you.\x94

\x93Name them, Richard,\x94 he said, very sorrowful.

\x93The articles in my mother\x92s room, which were hers.\x94

\x93You shall have them this day,\x94 he answered.

It was his way never to lose his temper, tho\x92 he were called by the
vilest name in the language. He must always assume this pious grief
which made me long to throttle him. He had the best of me, even now, as
he took the great key from his pocket.

\x93Will you look at them before you go?\x94 he asked.

At first I was for refusing. Then I nodded. He led the way silently
around by the front; and after he had turned the lock he stepped aside
with a bow to let me pass in ahead of him. Once more I was in the
familiar hall with the stairs dividing at the back. It was cool after
the heat, and musty, and a touch of death hung in the prisoned air.
We paused for a moment on the landing, beside the high, triple-arched
window which the branches tapped on windy winter days, while Grafton
took down the bunch of keys from beside the clock. I thought of my dear
grandfather winding it every Sunday, and his ruddy face and large figure
as he stood glancing sidewise down at me. Then the sound of Grafton\x92s
feet upon the bare steps recalled the present.

We passed Mr. Carvel\x92s room and went down the little corridor over the
ball-room, until we came to the full-storied wing. My uncle flung open
the window and shutters opposite and gave me the key. A delicacy not
foreign to him held him where he was. Time had sealed the door, and when
at last it gave before my strength, a shower of dust quivered in the
ray of sunlight from the window. I entered reverently. I took only
the silverbound prayer-book, cast a lingering look at the old familiar
objects dimly defined, and came out and locked the door again. I said
very quietly that I would send for the things that afternoon, for my
anger was hushed by what I had seen.

We halted together on the uncovered porch in front of the house, that
had a seat set on each side of it. Marlboro\x92 Street was still, the wide
trees which flanked it spreading their shade over walk and roadway. Not
a soul was abroad in the midday heat, and the windows of the long house
opposite were sightless.

\x93Richard,\x94 said my uncle, staring ahead of him, \x93I came to offer you a
home, and you insult me brutally, as you have done unreproved all your
life. And yet no one shall say of me that I shirk my duty. But first I
must ask you if there is aught else you desire of me.\x94

\x93The black boy, Hugo, is mine,\x94 I said. I had no great love for Hugo,
save for association\x92s sake, and I had one too many servants as it was;
but to rescue one slave from Grafton\x92s clutches was charity.

\x93You shall have him,\x94 he replied, \x93and your chaise, and your wardrobe,
and your horses, and whatever else I have that belongs to you. As I was
saying, I will not shirk my duty. The memory of my dear father, and of
what he would have wished, will not permit me to let you go a-begging.
You shall be provided for out of the estate, despite what you have said
and done.\x94

This was surely the quintessence of a rogue\x92s imagination. Instinctively
I shrank from him. With a show of piety that \x91turned me sick he
continued:

\x93Let God witness that I carry out my father\x92s will!\x94

\x93Stop there, Grafton Carvel!\x94 I cried; \x93you shall not take His name in
vain. Under this guise of holiness you and your accomplice have done the
devil\x92s own work, and the devil will reward you.\x94

This reference to Mr. Allen, I believe, frightened him. For a second
only did he show it.

\x93My--my accomplice, sir!\x94 he stammered. And then righting himself: \x93You
will have to explain this, by Heaven.\x94

\x93In ample time your plot shall be laid bare, and you and his Reverence
shall hang, or lie in chains.\x94

\x93You threaten, Mr. Carvel?\x94 he shouted, nearly stepping off the porch in
his excitement.

\x93Nay, I predict,\x94 I replied calmly. And I went down the steps and out
of the gate, he looking after me. Before I had turned the corner of
Freshwater Lane, he was in the seat, and fanning himself with his hat.

I went straight to Mr. Swain\x92s chambers in the Circle, where I found the
good barrister and Captain Daniel in their shirt-sleeves, seated between
the windows in the back room. Mr. Swain was grave enough when he heard
of my talk with Grafton, but the captain swore I was my father\x92s son
(for the fiftieth time since I had come back), and that a man could no
more help flying at Grafton\x92s face than Knipe could resist his legs; or
Cynthia his back, if he went into her stall. I had scarce finished my
recital, when Mr. Renwick, the barrister\x92s clerk, announced Mr. Tucker,
which caused Mr. Swain to let out a whistle of surprise.

\x93So the wind blows from that quarter, Daniel,\x94 said he. \x93I thought so.\x94

Mr. Tucker proved to be the pettifogger into whose hands Grafton had put
his affairs, taking them from Mr. Dulany at Mr. Carvel\x92s death. The man
was all in a sweat, and had hardly got in the door before he began to
talk. He had no less astonishing a proposition to make than this, which
he enunciated with much mouthing of the honour and sense of duty of
Mr. Grafton Carvel. His client offered to Mr. Richard Carvel the estate
lying in Kent County, embracing thirty-three hundred acres more or less
of arable land and woodland, with a fine new house, together with the
indented servants and negroes and other chattels thereon. Mr. Richard
Carvel would observe that in making this generous offer for the welfare
of his nephew, Mr. Tucker\x92s client was far beyond the letter of his
obligations; wherefore Mr. Grafton Carvel made it contingent upon the
acceptance of the estate that his nephew should sign a paper renouncing
forever any claims upon the properties of the late Mr. Lionel Carvel.
This condition was so deftly rolled up in law-Latin that I did not
understand a word of it until Mr. Swain stated it very briefly in
English. His quiet laugh prodigiously disconcerted the pettifogger, who
had before been sufficiently ill at ease in the presence of the great
lawyer. Mr. Tucker blew his nose loudly to hide his confusion.

\x93And what say you, Richard?\x94 said Mr. Swain, without a shade of accent
in his voice.

I bowed my head. I knew that the honest barrister had read my heart
when he spoke of noblesse oblige. That senseless pride of cast, so
deep-rooted in those born in our province, had made itself felt. To be
a factor (so I thought, for I was young) was to renounce my birth. Until
that moment of travail the doctrine of equality had seemed very pretty
to me. Your fine gentleman may talk as nobly as he pleases over his
Madeira, and yet would patronize Monsieur Rousseau if he met him; and he
takes never a thought of those who knuckle to him every day, and clean
his boots and collect his rents. But when he is tried in the fire,
and told suddenly to collect some one else\x92s rents and curse another\x92s
negroes, he is fainthearted for the experiment. So it was with me when
I had to meet the issue. I might take Grafton\x92s offer, and the chance
to marry Dorothy was come again. For by industry the owner of the Kent
lands would become rich.

The room was hot, and still save for the buzzing of the flies. When I
looked up I discovered the eyes of all three upon me.

\x93You may tell your client, Mr. Tucker, that I refuse his offer,\x94 I said.

He got to his feet, and with the customary declaration of humble
servitude bowed himself out.

The door was scarce closed on him when the captain had me by the hands.

\x93What said I, Henry?\x94 he cried. \x93Did I not know the lad?\x94

Mr. Swain did not stir from his seat. He was still gazing at me with a
curious expression. And then I saw the world in truer colour. This good
Samaritan was not only taking me into his home, but would fight for
my rights with the strong brain that had lifted him out of poverty and
obscurity. I stood, humbled before him.

\x93I would accept your kindness, Mr. Swain,\x94 I said, vainly trying to
steady my voice, \x93but I have the faithful fellow, Banks, who followed
me here from England, dependant on me, and Hugo, whom I rescued from my
uncle. I will make over the black to you and you will have him.\x94

He rose, brushed his eyes with his shirt, and took me by the arm. \x93You
and the captain dine with me to-day,\x94 says he. \x93And as for Banks, I
think that can be arranged. Now I have an estate, I shall need a trained
butler, egad. I have some affairs to keep me in town to-day, Richard.
But we\x92ll be off for Cordon\x92s Pride in the morning, and I know of one
little girl will be glad to see us.\x94

We dined out under the apple tree in Gloucester Street. And the captain
argued, in his hopeful way, that Tucker\x92s visit betrayed a weak point
in Grafton\x92s position. But the barrister shook his head and said that
Grafton was too shrewd a rogue to tender me an estate if he feared
me. It was Mr. Swain\x92s opinion that the motive of my uncle was to put
himself in a good light; and perhaps, he added, there was a little
revenge mixed therein, as the Kent estate was the one Mr. Carvel had
given him when he cast him off.

A southerly wind was sending great rolls of fog before it as Mr. Swain
and I, with Banks, crossed over to Kent Island on the ferry the next
morning. We traversed the island, and were landed by the other ferry on
the soil of my native county, Queen Anne\x92s. In due time we cantered past
Master Dingley\x92s tavern, the sight of which gave me a sharp pang, for
it is there that the by-road turns over the bridge to Carvel Hall and
Wilmot House; and force of habit drew my reins to the right across the
horse\x92s neck, so that I swerved into it. The barrister had no word of
comment when I overtook him again.

\x91Twas about two o\x92clock when we came to the gate Mr. Swain had erected
at the entrance to his place; the land was a little rolling, and partly
wooded, like that on the Wye. But the fields were prodigiously unkempt.
He drew up, and glanced at me.

\x93You will see there is much to be done with such fallows as these,\x94
 said he. \x93The lessees from his Lordship were sportsmen rather than
husbandmen, and had an antipathy to a constable or a sheriff like a
rat to a boar cat. That is the curse of some of your Eastern Shore
gentlemen, especially in Dorchester,\x94 he added; \x93they get to be
fishmongers.\x94

Presently we came in sight of the house, long and low, like the one in
Gloucester Street, with a new and unpainted wing just completed. That
day the mist softened its outline and blurred the trees which clustered
about it. Even as we swung into the circle of the drive a rounded and
youthful figure appeared in the doorway, gave a little cry, and stood
immovable. It was Patty, in a striped dimity gown with the sleeves
rolled up, and her face fairly shone with joy as I leaped from my horse
and took her hands.

\x93So you like my surprise, girl?\x94 said her father, as he kissed her
blushing face.

For answer she tore herself away, and ran through the hall to the broad
porch in front.

\x93Our barrister is come, mother,\x94 we heard her exclaiming, \x93and whom do
you think he has brought?\x94

\x93Is it Richard?\x94 asked the gentler voice, more hastily than usual.

I stepped out on the porch, where the invalid sat in her armchair. She
was smiling with joy, too, and she held out her wasted hands and drew me
toward her, kissing me on both cheeks.

\x93I thank God for His goodness,\x94 said she.

\x93And the boy has come to stay, mother,\x94 said her husband, as he stooped
over her.

\x93To stay!\x94 cries Patty.

\x93Gordon\x92s Pride is henceforth his home,\x94 replied the barrister. \x93And now
I can return in peace to my musty law, and know that my plantation will
be well looked after.\x94

Patty gasped.

\x93Oh, I am so glad!\x94 said she, \x93I could almost rejoice that his uncle
cheated him out of his property. He is to be factor of Gordon\x92s Pride?\x94

\x93He is to be master of Gordon\x92s Pride, my dear,\x94 says her father,
smiling and tilting her chin; \x93we shall have no such persons as factors
here.\x94

At that the tears forced themselves into my own eyes. I turned away,
and then I perceived for the first time the tall form of my old friend,
Percy Singleton.

\x93May I, too, bid you welcome, Richard,\x94 said he, in his manly way; \x93and
rejoice that I have got such a neighbour?\x94

\x93Thank you, Percy,\x94 I answered. I was not in a state to say much more.

\x93And now,\x94 exclaims Patty, \x93what a dinner we shall have in the
prodigal\x92s honour! I shall make you all some of the Naples biscuit Mrs.
Brice told me of.\x94

She flew into the house, and presently we heard her clear voice singing
in the kitchen.



CHAPTER XLVI. GORDON\x92S PRIDE

The years of a man\x92s life that count the most are often those which may
be passed quickest in the story of it. And so I may hurry over the first
years I spent as Mr. Swain\x92s factor at Gordon\x92s Pride. The task that
came to my hand was heaven-sent.

That manor-house, I am sure, was the tidiest in all Maryland, thanks to
Patty\x92s New England blood. She was astir with the birds of a morning,
and near the last to retire at night, and happy as the days were long.
She was ever up to her elbows in some dish, and her butter and her
biscuits were the best in the province. Little she cared to work
samplers, or peacocks in pretty wools, tho\x92 in some way she found
the time to learn the spinet. As the troubles with the mother country
thickened, she took to a foot-wheel, and often in the crisp autumn
evenings I would hear the bumping of it as I walked to the house, and
turn the knob to come upon her spinning by the twilight. She would have
no English-made linen in that household. \x93If mine scratch your back,
Richard,\x94 she would say, \x93you must grin and bear, and console yourself
with your virtue.\x94 It was I saw to the flax, and learned from Ivie
Rawlinson (who had come to us from Carvel Hall) the best manner to
ripple and break and swingle it. And Mr. Swain, in imitation of the
high example set by Mr. Bordley, had buildings put up for wheels and the
looms, and in due time kept his own sheep.

If man or woman, white or black, fell sick on the place, it was Patty
herself who tended them. She knew the virtue of every herb in the big
chest in the storeroom. And at table she presided over her father\x92s
guests with a womanliness that won her more admiration than mine. Now
that the barrister was become a man of weight, the house was as crowded
as ever was Carvel Hall. Carrolls and Pacas and Dulanys and Johnsons,
and Lloyds and Bordleys and Brices and Scotts and Jennings and Ridouts,
and Colonel Sharpe, who remained in the province, and many more families
of prominence which I have not space to mention, all came to Gordon\x92s
Pride. Some of these, as their names proclaim, were of the King\x92s side;
but the bulk of Mr. Swain\x92s company were stanch patriots, and toasted
Miss Patty instead of his Majesty. By this I do not mean that they
lacked loyalty, for it is a matter of note that our colony loved King
George.

I must not omit from the list above the name of my good friend, Captain
Clapsaddle.

Nor was there lack of younger company. Betty Tayloe, who plied me
with questions concerning Dorothy and London, but especially about the
dashing and handsome Lord Comyn; and the Dulany girls, and I know not
how many others. Will Fotheringay, when he was home from college, and
Archie Brice, and Francis Willard (whose father was now in the Assembly)
and half a dozen more to court Patty, who would not so much as look at
them. And when I twitted her with this she would redden and reply: \x93I
was created for a housewife, sir, and not to make eyes from behind a
fan.\x94 Indeed, she was at her prettiest and best in the dimity frock,
with the sleeves rolled up.

\x91Twas a very merry place, the manor of Gordon\x92s Pride. A generous bowl
of punch always stood in the cool hall, through which the south winds
swept from off the water, and fruit and sangaree and lemonade were on
the table there. The manor had no ball-room, but the negro fiddlers
played in the big parlour. And the young folks danced till supper time.
In three months Patty\x92s suppers grew famous in a colony where there was
no lack of good cooks.

The sweet-natured invalid enjoyed these festivities in her quiet way,
and often pressed me to partake. So did Patty beg me, and Mr. Swain.
Perhaps a false sense of pride restrained me, but my duties held me all
day in the field, and often into the night when there was curing to be
done, or some other matters of necessity. And for the rest, I thought I
detected a change in the tone of Mr. Fotheringay, and some others, tho\x92
it may have been due to sensibility on my part. I would put up with no
patronage.

There was no change of tone, at least, with the elder gentlemen. They
plainly showed me an added respect. And so I fell into the habit, after
my work was over, of joining them in their suppers rather than the sons
and daughters. There I was made right welcome. The serious conversation
spiced with the wit of trained barristers and men of affairs better
suited my changed condition of life. The times were sober, and for those
who could see, a black cloud was on each horizon. \x91Twas only a matter
of months when the thunder-clap was to come-indeed, enough was going on
within our own province to forebode a revolution. The Assembly to which
many of these gentlemen belonged was in a righteous state of opposition
to the Proprietary and the Council concerning the emoluments of colonial
officers and of clergymen. Honest Governor Eden had the misfortune to
see the justice of our side, and was driven into a seventh state by his
attempts to square his conscience. Bitter controversies were waging
in the Gazette, and names were called and duels fought weekly. For
our cause \x93The First Citizen\x94 led the van, and the able arguments and
moderate language of his letters soon identified him as Mr. Charles
Carroll of Carrollton, one of the greatest men Maryland has ever known.
But even at Mr. Swain\x92s, amongst his few intimate friends, Mr. Carroll
could never be got to admit his \x91nom de guerre\x92 until long after
\x91Antilon\x92 had been beaten.

I write it with pride, that at these suppers I was sometimes asked to
speak; and, having been but lately to England, to give my opinion upon
the state of affairs there. Mr. Carroll honoured me upon two occasions
with his confidence, and I was made clerk to a little club they had, and
kept the minutes in my own hand.

I went about in homespun, which, if good enough for Mr. Bordley, was
good enough for me. I rode with him over the estate. This gentleman
was the most accomplished and scientific farmer we had in the province.
Having inherited his plantation on Wye Island, near Carvel Hall, he
resigned his duties as judge, and a lucrative practice, to turn all his
energies to the cultivation of the soil. His wheat was as eagerly sought
after as was Colonel Washington\x92s tobacco.

It was to Mr. Bordley\x92s counsel that the greater part of my success
was due. He taught me the folly of ploughing with a fluke,--a custom to
which the Eastern Shore was wedded, pointing out that a double surface
was thus exposed to the sun\x92s rays; and explained at length why there
was more profit in small grain in that district than heavy tobacco. He
gave me Dr. Eliot\x92s \x93Essays on Field Husbandry,\x94 and Mill\x92s \x93Husby,\x94
 which I read from cover to cover. And I went from time to time to visit
him at Wye Island, when he would canter with me over that magnificent
plantation, and show me with pride the finished outcome of his
experiments.

Mr. Swain\x92s affairs kept him in town the greater part of the twelve
months, and Mrs. Swain and Patty moved to Annapolis in the autumn. But
for three years I was at Cordon\x92s Pride winter and summer alike. At
the end of that time I was fortunate enough to show my employer such
substantial results as to earn his commendation--ay, and his confidence,
which was the highest token of that man\x92s esteem. The moneys of the
estate he left entirely at my order. And in the spring of \x9173, when the
opportunity was suddenly offered to buy a thousand acres of excellent
wheat land adjoining, I made the purchase for him while he was at
Williamsburg, and upon my own responsibility.

This connected the plantation on the east with Singleton\x92s. It had been
my secret hope that the two estates might one day be joined in marriage.
For of all those who came a-courting Patty, Percy was by far the best.
He was but a diffident suitor; he would sit with me on the lawn evening
after evening, when company was there, while Fotheringay and Francis
Willard made their compliments within,--silly flatteries, at which Patty
laughed.

Percy kept his hounds, and many a run we had together\x92 in the sparkling
days that followed the busy summer, when the crops were safe in the
bottoms; or a quiet pipe and bottle in his bachelor\x92s hall, after a
soaking on the duck points.

And this brings me to a subject on which I am loth to write. Where Mr.
Singleton was concerned, Patty, the kindest of creatures, was cruelty
itself. Once, when I had the effrontery to venture a word in his behalf,
I had been silenced so effectively as to make my ears tingle. A thousand
little signs led me to a conclusion which pained me more than I can
express. Heaven is my witness that no baser feeling leads me to hint of
it here. Every day while the garden lasted flowers were in my room, and
it was Banks who told me that she would allow no other hands than her
own to place them by my bed. He got a round rating from me for violating
the pledge of secrecy he had given her. It was Patty who made my shirts,
and on Christmas knitted me something of comfort; who stood on the
horse-block in the early morning waving after me as I rode away, and at
my coming her eyes would kindle with a light not to be mistaken.

None of these things were lost upon Percy Singleton, and I often
wondered why he did not hate me. He was of the kind that never shows a
hurt. Force of habit still sent him to Gordon\x92s Pride, but for days he
would have nothing to say to the mistress of it, or she to him.



CHAPTER XLVII. VISITORS

It was not often that Mr. Thomas Swain honoured Gordon\x92s Pride with his
presence. He vowed that the sober Whig company his father brought there
gave him the vapours. He snapped his fingers at the articles of the
Patriots\x92 Association, and still had his cocked hats and his Brussels
lace and his spyglass, and his top boots when he rode abroad, like any
other Tory buck. His intimates were all of the King\x92s side,--of the
worst of the King\x92s side, I should say, for I would not be thought to
cast any slur on the great number of conscientious men of that party.
But, being the son of one of the main props of the Whigs, Mr. Tom went
unpunished for his father\x92s sake. He was not uncondemned.

Up to 1774, the times that Mr. Swain mentioned his son to me might
be counted on the fingers of one hand. It took not a great deal of
shrewdness to guess that he had paid out many a pretty sum to keep Tom\x92s
honour bright: as bright, at least, as such doubtful metal would polish.
Tho\x92 the barrister sought my ear in many matters, I never heard a
whimper out of him on this score.

Master Tom had no ambition beyond that of being a macaroni; his
easy-going nature led him to avoid alike trouble and responsibility.
Hence he did not bother his head concerning my position. He appeared
well content that I should make money out of the plantation for him to
spend. His visits to Gordon\x92s Pride were generally in the late autumn,
and he brought his own company with him. I recall vividly his third
or fourth appearance, in October of \x9173. Well I may! The family was
preparing to go to town, and this year I was to follow them, and take
from Mr. Swain\x92s shoulders some of his private business, for he had been
ailing a little of late from overwork.

The day of which I have spoken a storm had set in, the rain falling in
sheets. I had been in the saddle since breakfast, seeing to an hundred
repairs that had to be made before the cold weather. \x91Twas near the
middle of the afternoon when I pulled up before the weaving house. The
looms were still, and Patty met me at the door with a grave look, which
I knew portended something. But her first words were of my comfort.

\x93Richard, will you ever learn sense? You have been wet all day long, and
have missed your dinner. Go at once and change your clothes, sir!\x94 she
commanded severely.

\x93I have first to look at the warehouse, where the roof is leaking,\x94 I
expostulated.

\x93You shall do no such thing,\x94 replied she, \x93but dry yourself, and march
into the dining room. We have had the ducks you shot yesterday, and some
of your experimental hominy; but they are all gone.\x94

I knew well she had laid aside for me some dainty, as was her habit.
I dismounted. She gave me a quick, troubled glance, and said in a low
voice:

\x93Tom is come. And oh, I dare not tell you whom he has with him now!\x94

\x93Courtenay?\x94 I asked.

\x93Yes, of coarse. I hate the sight of the man. But your cousin, Philip
Carvel, is here, Richard. Father will be very angry. And they are making
a drinking-tavern of the house.\x94

I gave Firefly a slap that sent her trotting stable-ward, and walked
rapidly to the house. I found the three of them drinking in the hall,
the punch spilled over the table, and staining the cards.

\x93Gad\x92s life!\x94 cries Tom, \x93here comes Puritan Richard, in his broad rim.
How goes the crop, Richard? \x91Twill have to go well, egad, for I lost an
hundred at the South River Club last week!\x94

Next him sat Philip, whom I had not seen since before I was carried off.
He was lately come home from King\x92s College; and very mysteriously, his
father giving out that his health was not all it should be. He had not
gained Grafton\x92s height, but he was broader, and his face had something
in it of his father. He had his mother\x92s under lip and complexion.
Grafton was sallow; Philip was a peculiar pink,--not the ruddy pink of
heartier natures, like my grandfather\x92s, nor yet had he the peach-like
skin of Mr. Dix. Philip\x92s was a darker and more solid colour, and I have
never seen man or woman with it and not mistrusted them. He wore a red
velvet coat embroidered with gold, and as costly ruffles as I had ever
seen in London. But for all this my cousin had a coarse look, and his
polished blue flints of eyes were those of a coarse man.

He got to his feet as Tom spoke, looking anywhere but at me, and came
forward slowly. He was loyal to no one, was Philip, not even to his
father. When he was got within three paces he halted.

\x93How do you, cousin?\x94 says he.

\x93A little wet, as you perceive, Philip,\x94 I replied.

I left him and stood before the fire, my rough wool steaming in the
heat. He sat down again, a little awkwardly; and the situation began to
please me better.

\x93How do you?\x94 I asked presently.

\x93I have got a devilish cold,\x94 said he. \x93Faith, I\x92ll warrant the doctor
will be sworn I have been but indifferent company since we left the
Hall. Eh, doctor?\x94

Courtenay, with his feet stretched out, bestowed an amiable but languid
wink upon me, as much as to say that I knew what Mr. Philip\x92s company
was at best. When I came out after my dinner, they were still sitting
there, Courtenay yawning, and Tom and Philip wrangling over last night\x92s
play.

\x93Come, my man of affairs, join us a hand!\x94 says the doctor to me. \x93I
have known the time when you would sit from noon until supper.\x94

\x93I had money then,\x94 said I.

\x93And you have a little now, or I am cursed badly mistook. Oons! what do
you fear?\x94 he exclaimed, \x93you that have played with March and Fox?\x94

\x93I fear nothing, doctor,\x94 I answered, smiling. \x93But a man must have a
sorry honour when he will win fifty pounds with but ten of capital.\x94

\x93One of Dr. Franklin\x92s maxims, I presume,\x94 says he, with sarcasm.

\x93And if it were, it could scarce be more pat,\x94 I retorted. \x93\x91Tis Poor
Richard\x92s maxim.\x94

\x93O lud! O my soul!\x94 cries Tom, with a hiccup and a snigger; \x93\x91tis time
you made another grand tour, Courtenay. Here\x92s the second Whig has got
in on you within the week!\x94

\x93Thank God they have not got me down to osnabrig and bumbo yet,\x94 replies
the doctor. Coming over to me by the fire, he tapped my sleeve and added
in a low tone: \x93Forbearance with such a pair of asses is enough to make
a man shed bitter tears. But a little of it is necessary to keep out of
debt. You and I will play together, against both the lambs, Richard. One
of them is not far from maudlin now.\x94

\x93Thank you, doctor,\x94 I answered politely, \x93but I have a better way to
make my living.\x94 In three years I had learned a little to control my
temper.

He shrugged his thin shoulders. \x93Eh bien, mon bon,\x94 says he, \x93I dare
swear you know your own game better than do I.\x94 And he cast a look up
the stairs, of which I quite missed the meaning. Indeed, I was wholly
indifferent. The doctor and his like had passed out of my life, and I
believed they were soon to disappear from our Western Hemisphere. The
report I had heard was now confirmed, that his fortune was dissipated,
and that he lived entirely off these young rakes who aspired to be
macaronies.

\x93Since your factor is become a damned Lutheran, Tom,\x94 said he, returning
to the table and stripping a pack, \x93it will have to be picquet. You
promised me we could count on a fourth, or I had never left Inman\x92s.\x94

It was Tom, as I had feared, who sat down unsteadily opposite. Philip
lounged and watched them sulkily, snuffing and wheezing and dipping into
the bowl, and cursing the house for a draughty barn. I took a pipe
on the settle to see what would come of it. I was not surprised that
Courtenay lost at first, and that Tom drank the most of the punch. Nor
was it above half an hour before the stakes were raised and the tide
began to turn in the doctor\x92s favour.

\x93A plague of you, Courtenay!\x94 cries Mr. Tom, at length, flinging down
the cards. His voice was thick, while the Selwyn of Annapolis was never
soberer in his life. Tom appealed first to Philip for the twenty pounds
he owed him.

\x93You know how damned stingy my father is, curse you,\x94 whined my cousin,
in return. \x93I told you I should not have it till the first of the
month.\x94

Tom swore back. He thrust his hands deep in his pockets and sank into
that attitude of dejection common to drunkards. Suddenly he pulled
himself up.

\x93\x91Shblood! Here\x92s Richard t\x92 draw from. Lemme have fifty pounds,
Richard.\x94

\x93Not a farthing,\x94 I said, unmoved.

\x93You say wha\x92 shall be done with my father\x92s money!\x94 he cried. \x93I call
tha\x92 damned cool--Gad\x92s life! I do. Eh, Courtenay?\x94

Courtenay had the sense not to interfere.

\x93I\x92ll have you dishcharged, Gads death! so I will!\x94 he shouted. \x93No
damned airs wi\x92 me, Mr. Carvel. I\x92ll have you know you\x92re not wha\x92 you
once were, but, only a cursht oversheer.\x94

He struggled to his feet, forgot his wrath on the instant, and began to
sing drunkenly the words of a ribald air. I took him by both shoulders
and pushed him back into his chair.

\x93Be quiet,\x94 I said sternly; \x93while your mother and sister are here you
shall not insult them with such a song.\x94 He ceased, astonished. \x93And as
for you, gentlemen,\x94 I continued, \x93you should know better than to make a
place of resort out of a gentleman\x92s house.\x94

Courtenay\x92s voice broke the silence that followed.

\x93Of all the cursed impertinences I ever saw, egad!\x94 he drawled. \x93Is this
your manor, Mr. Carvel? Or have you a seat in Kent?\x94

I would not have it in black and white that I am an advocate of
fighting. But a that moment I was in the mood when it does not matter
much one way or the other. The drunken man carried us past the point.

\x93The damned in--intriguing rogue\x92sh worked himself into my father\x92s
grashes,\x94 he said, counting out his words. \x93He\x92sh no more Whig than me.
I know\x92sh game, Courtenay--he wants t\x92 marry Patty. Thish place\x92ll be
hers.\x94

The effect upon me of these words, with all their hideous implication of
gossip and scandal, was for an instant benumbing. The interpretation
of the doctor\x92s innuendo struck me then. I was starting forward, with
a hand open to clap over Tom\x92s mouth, when I saw the laugh die on
Courtenay\x92s face, and him come bowing to his legs. I turned with a
start.

On the stairs stood Patty herself, pale as marble.

\x93Come with me, Tom,\x94 she said.

He had obeyed her from childhood. This time he tried, and failed
miserably.

\x93Beg pardon, Patty,\x94 he stammered, \x93no offensh meant. Thish factor
thinks h\x92 ownsh Gordon\x92s now. I say, not\x92ll h\x92 marries you. Good fellow,
Richard, but infernal forward. Eh, Courtenay?\x94

Philip turned away, while the doctor pretended to examine the silver
punch-ladle. As for me, I could only stare. It was Patty who kept her
head, and made us a stately curtsey.

\x93Will you do me the kindness, gentlemen,\x94 said she, \x93to leave me with my
brother?\x94

We walked silently into the parlour, and I closed the door.

\x93Slife!\x94 cried Courtenay, \x93she\x92s a vision. What say you, Philip? And I
might see her in that guise again, egad, I would forgive Tom his five
hundred crowns!\x94

\x93A buxom vision,\x94 agreed my cousin, \x93but I vow I like \x91em so.\x94 He had
forgotten his cold.

\x93This conversation is all of a piece with the rest of your conduct,\x94
 said I, hotly.

The candles were burning brightly in the sconces. The doctor walked to
the glass, took snuff, and burnished his waistcoat before he answered.

\x93Sure, a fortune lies under every virtue we assume,\x94 he recited. \x93But
she is not for you, Richard,\x94 says he, tapping his box.

\x93Mr. Carvel, if you please,\x94 I replied. I felt the demon within me. But
I had the sense to realize that a quarrel with Dr. Courtenay, under
the circumstances, would be far from wise. He had no intention of
quarrelling, however. He made me a grand bow.

\x93Mr. Carvel, your very obedient. Hereafter I shall know better than to
forget myself with an overseer.\x94 And he gave me his back. \x93What say you
to a game of billiards, Philip?\x94

Philip seemed glad to escape. And soon I heard their voices, mingling
with the click of the balls. There followed for me one of the bitterest
half hours I have had in my life. Then Patty opened the hall door.

\x93Will you come in for a moment, Richard?\x94 she said, quite calmly.

I followed her, wondering at the masterful spirit she had shown. For
there was Tom all askew in his chair, his feet one way and his hands
another, totally subdued. What was most to the point, he made me an
elaborate apology. How she had sobered his mind I know not. His body was
as helpless as the day he was born.

Long before the guests thought of rising the next morning, Patty came to
me as I was having the mare saddled. The sun was up, and the clouds were
being chased, like miscreants who have played their prank, and were now
running for it. The sharp air brought the red into her cheeks. And for
the first time in her life with me she showed shyness. She glanced up
into my face, and then down at the leaves running on the ground.

\x93I hope they will go to-day,\x94 said she, when I was ready to mount.

I began to tighten the girths, venting my feelings on Firefly until the
animal swung around and made a vicious pass at my arm.

\x93Richard!\x94

\x93Yes.\x94

\x93You will not worry over that senseless speech of Tom\x92s?\x94

\x93I see it in a properer light now, Patty,\x94 I replied. \x93I usually do--in
the morning.\x94

She sighed.

\x93You are so--high-strung,\x94 she said, \x93I was afraid you would--\x94

\x93I would--?\x94

She did not answer until I had repeated.

\x93I was very silly,\x94 she said slowly, her colour mounting even higher,\x94 I
was afraid that you would--leave us.\x94 Stroking the mare\x92s neck, and with
a little halt in her voice, \x93I do not know what we should do without
you.\x94

Indeed, I was beginning to think I would better leave, though where I
should go was more than I could say. With a quick intuition she caught
my hand as I put foot in the stirrup.

\x93You will not go away!\x94 she cried. \x93Say you will not! What would poor
father do? He is not so well as he used to be.\x94

The wild appeal in her eyes frightened me. It was beyond resisting. In
great agitation I put my foot to the ground again.

\x93Patty, I should be a graceless scamp in truth,\x94 I exclaimed. \x93I do not
forget that your father gave me a home when mine was taken away, and has
made me one of his family. I shall thank God if I can but lighten some
of his burdens.\x94

But they did not depart that day, nor the next; nor, indeed, for a week
after. For Philip\x92s cold brought on a high fever. He stuck to his bed,
and Patty herself made broth and dainties for him, and prescribed him
medicine out of the oak chest whence had come so much comfort. At first
Philip thought he would die, and forswore wine and cards, and some other
things the taste for which he had cultivated, and likewise worse vices
that had come to him by nature.

I am greatly pleased to write that the stay profited the gallant Dr.
Courtenay nothing. Patty\x92s mature beauty and her manner of carrying off
the episode in the hall had made a deep impression upon the Censor. I
read the man\x92s mind in his eye; here was a match to mend his fortunes,
and do him credit besides. However, his wit and his languishing
glances and double meanings fell on barren ground. No tire-woman on the
plantation was busier than Patty during the first few days of his stay.
After that he grew sulky and vented his spleen on poor Tom, winning more
money from him at billiards and picquet. Since the doctor was too much
the macaroni to ride to hounds and to shoot ducks, time began to hang
exceeding heavy on his hands.

Patty and I had many a quiet laugh over his predicament. And, to add
zest to the situation, I informed Singleton of what was going forward.
He came over every night for supper, and to my delight the bluff
Englishman was received in a fashion to make the doctor writhe and snort
with mortification. Never in his life had he been so insignificant a
person. And he, whose conversation was so sought after in the gay season
in town, was thrown for companionship upon a scarce-grown boy whose
talk was about as salted, and whose intellect as great, as those of the
cockerouse in our fable. He stood it about a se\x92nnight, at the end of
which space Philip was put on his horse, will-he-nill-he, and made to
ride northward.

I sat with my cousin of an evening as he lay in bed. Not, I own, from
any charity on my part, but from other motives which do me no credit.
The first night he confessed his sins, and they edified me not a little.
On the second he was well enough to sit up and swear, and to vow that
Miss Swain was an angel; that he would marry her the very next week and
his father Grafton were not such a stickler for family.

\x93Curse him,\x94 says his dutiful and loyal son, \x93he is so bally stingy with
my stipend that I am in debt to half the province. And I say it myself,
Richard, he has been a blackguard to you, tho\x92 I allow him some little
excuse. You were faring better now, my dear cousin, and you had not
given him every reason to hate you. For I have heard him declare more
than once \x91pon my soul, I have--that he would rather you were his friend
than his enemy.\x94

My contempt for Philip kept me silent here. I might quarrel with
Grafton, who had sense enough to feel pain at a well deserved thrust.
Philip had not the intelligence to recognize insult from compliment. It
was but natural he should mistake my attitude now. He leaned forward in
his bed.

\x93Hark you, Richard,\x94 whispers he, with a glance at the door, \x93I might
tell you some things and I chose, and--and it were worth my while.\x94

\x93Worth your while?\x94 I repeated vaguely.

He traced nervously the figures on the counterpane. Next came a rush of
anger to redden his face.

\x93By Gad, I will tell you. Swear to Gad I will.\x94 Then, the little
cunning inherited from his father asserting itself, he added, \x93Look you,
Richard, I am the son of one of the richest men in the colony, and I
get the pittance of a backwoods pastor. I tell you \x91tis not to be borne
with. And I am not of as much consideration at the Hall as Brady, the
Irish convict, who has become overseer.\x94

I little wondered at this. Philip sank back, and for some moments eyed
me between narrowed lids. He continued presently with shortened breath:

\x93I have evidence--I have evidence to get you back a good share of the
estate, which my father will never miss. And I will do it,\x94 he cries,
suddenly bold, \x93I will do it for three thousand pounds down when you
receive it.\x94

This was why he had come with Tom to Talbot! I was so dumfounded that
my speech was quite taken away. Then I got up and began pacing the room.
Was it not fair to fight a scoundrel with his own weapons? Here at last
was the witness Mr. Swain had been seeking so long, come of his own free
will. Then--Heaven help me!--my mind flew on. As time had passed I had
more than once regretted refusing the Kent plantation, which had put
her from whom my thought never wandered within my reach again. Good Mr.
Swain had erred for once. \x91Twas foolish, indeed, not to accept a portion
of what was rightfully mine, when no more could be got. And now, if what
Philip said was true (and I doubted it not), here at last was the chance
come again to win her without whom I should never be happy. I glanced at
my cousin.

\x93Gad\x92s life!\x94 says he, \x93it is cheap enough. I might have asked you
double.\x94

\x93So you might, and have been refused,\x94 I cried hotly. For I believe that
speech of his recalled me to my senses. It has ever been an instinct
with me that no real prosperity comes out of double-dealing. And
commerce with such a sneak sickened me. \x93Go back to your father,
Philip, and threaten him, and he may make you rich. Such as he live by
blackmail. And you may add, and you will, that the day of retribution is
coming for him.\x94



CHAPTER XLVIII. MULTUM IN PARVO

I lost no time after getting to Annapolis in confiding to Mr. Swain the
conversation I had had with my cousin Philip. And I noticed, as he sat
listening to my account in the library in Gloucester Street, that the
barrister looked very worn. He had never been a strong man, and
the severe strain he had been under with the patriots\x92 business was
beginning to tell.

He was very thoughtful when I had finished, and then told me briefly
that I had done well not to take the offer. \x93Tucker would have made
but short work of such evidence, my lad,\x94 said he, \x93and I think Master
Philip would have lied himself in and out a dozen times. I cannot think
what witness he would have introduced save Mr. Allen. And there is
scarcely a doubt that your uncle pays him for his silence, for I am told
he is living in Frederick in a manner far above what he gets from the
parish. However, Philip has given us something more to work on. It may
be that he can put hands on the messenger.\x94

I rose to go.

\x93We shall bring them to earth yet, Richard, and I live,\x94 he added. \x93And
I have always meant to ask you whether you ever regretted your decision
in taking Gordon\x92s Pride.\x94

\x93And you live, sir!\x94 I exclaimed, not heeding the question.

He smiled somewhat sadly.

\x93Of one thing I am sure, my lad,\x94 he continued, \x93which is that I have
had no regrets about taking you. Mr. Bordley has just been here, and
tells me you are the ablest young man in the province. You see that more
eyes than mine are upon you. You have proved yourself a man, Richard,
and there are very few macaronies would have done as you did. I am
resolved to add another little mite to your salary.\x94

The \x93little mite\x94 was of such a substantial nature that I protested
strongly against it. I thought of Tom\x92s demands upon him.

\x93I could afford to give you double for what you have made off the
place,\x94 he interrupted. \x93But I do not believe in young men having too
much.\x94 He sighed, and turned to his work.

I hesitated. \x93You have spent time and labour upon my case, sir, and have
asked no fee.\x94

\x93I shall speak of the fee when I win it,\x94 he said dryly, \x93and not
before. How would you like to be clerk this winter to the Committee of
Correspondence?\x94

I suppose my pleasure was expressed in my face.

\x93Well,\x94 said he, \x93I have got you the appointment without much
difficulty. There are many ways in which you can be useful to the party
when not helping me with my affairs.\x94

This conversation gave me food for reflection during a week. I was
troubled about Mr. Swain, and what he had said as to not living kept
running in my head as I wrote or figured. For I had enough to hold me
busy.

In the meantime, the clouds fast gathering on both sides of the Atlantic
grew blacker, and blacker still. I saw a great change in Annapolis. Men
of affairs went about with grave faces, while gay and sober alike were
touched by the spell. The Tory gentry, to be sure, rattled about in
their gilded mahogany coaches, in spite of jeers and sour looks. My Aunt
Caroline wore jewelled stomachers to the assemblies,--now become dry and
shrivelled entertainments. She kept her hairdresser, had three men in
livery to her chair, and a little negro in Turk\x92s costume to wait on
her. I often met her in the streets, and took a fierce joy in staring
her, in the eye. And Grafton! By a sort of fate I was continually
running against him. He was a very busy man, was my uncle, and had a
kind of dignified run, which he used between Marlboro\x92 Street and the
Council Chamber in the Stadt House, or the Governor\x92s mansion. He
never did me the honour to glance at me. The Rev. Mr. Allen, too, came
a-visiting from Frederick, where he had grown stout as an alderman upon
the living and its perquisites and Grafton\x92s additional bounty. The
gossips were busy with his doings, for he had his travelling-coach and
servant now. He went to the Tory balls with my aunt. Once I all but
encountered him on the Circle, but he ran into Northeast Street to avoid
me.

Yes, that was the winter when the wise foresaw the inevitable, and the
first sharp split occurred between men who had been brothers. The old
order of things had plainly passed, and I was truly thankful that my
grandfather had not lived to witness those scenes. The greater part of
our gentry stood firm for America\x92s rights, and they had behind them the
best lawyers in America. After the lawyers came the small planters
and most of the mechanics. The shopkeepers formed the backbone of King
George\x92s adherents; the Tory gentry, the clergy, and those holding
office under the proprietor made the rest.

And it was all about tea, a word which, since \x9167, had been steadily
becoming the most vexed in the language. The East India Company had put
forth a complaint. They had Heaven knows how many tons getting stale
in London warehouses, all by reason of our stubbornness, and so it was
enacted that all tea paying the small American tax should have a rebate
of the English duties. That was truly a master-stroke, for Parliament to
give it us cheaper than it could be had at home! To cause his Majesty\x92s
government to lose revenues for the sake of being able to say they had
caught and taxed us at last! The happy result is now history, my dears.
And this is not a history, tho\x92 I wish it were. What occurred at Boston,
at Philadelphia, and Charleston, has since caused Englishmen, as well
as Americans, to feel proud. The chief incident in Annapolis I shall
mention in another chapter.

When it became known with us that several cargoes were on their way
to the colonies, excitement and indignation gained a pitch not reached
since the Stamp Act. Business came to a standstill, plantations lay
idle, and gentry and farmers flocked to Annapolis, and held meetings and
made resolutions anew. On my way of a morning from Mr. Swain\x92s house
to his chambers in the Circle I would meet as many as a dozen knots of
people. Mr. Claude was one of the few patriots who reaped reward out of
the disturbance, for his inn was crowded. The Assembly met, appointed
committees to correspond with the other colonies, and was prorogued
once and again. Many a night I sat up until the small hours copying
out letters to the committees of Virginia, and Pennsylvania, and
Massachusetts. The gentlemen were wont to dine at the Coffee House, and
I would sit near the foot of the table, taking notes of their plans.
\x91Twas so I met many men of distinction from the other colonies. Colonel
Washington came once. He was grown a greater man than ever, and I
thought him graver than when I had last seen him. I believe a trait of
this gentleman was never to forget a face.

\x93How do you, Richard?\x94 said he. How I reddened when he called me so
before all the committee. \x93I have heard your story, and it does you vast
credit. And the gentlemen tell me you are earning laurels, sir.\x94

That first winter of the tea troubles was cold and wet with us, and the
sun, as if in sympathy with the times, rarely showed his face. Early in
February our apprehensions concerning Mr. Swain\x92s health were realized.
One day, without a word to any one, he went to his bed, where Patty
found him. And I ran all the way to Dr. Leiden\x92s. The doctor looked at
him, felt his pulse and his chest, and said nothing. But he did not rest
that night, nor did Patty or I.

Thus I came to have to do with the good barrister\x92s private affairs. I
knew that he was a rich man, as riches went in our province, but I had
never tried to guess at his estate. I confess the sums he had paid out
in Tom\x92s behalf frightened me. With the advice of Mr. Bordley and
Mr. Lloyd I managed his money as best I could, but by reason of
the non-importation resolutions there was little chance for good
investments,--no cargoes coming and few going. I saw, indeed, that
buying the Talbot estate had been a fortunate step, since the quantities
of wheat we grew there might be disposed of in America.

When Dr. Leiden was still coming twice a day to Gloucester Street, Mr.
Tom must needs get into a scrape with one of the ladies of the theatre,
and come to me in the Circle chambers for one hundred pounds. I told
him, in despair, that I had no authority to pay out his father\x92s money.
\x93And so you have become master, sure enough!\x94 he cried, in a passion.
For he was desperate. \x93You have worked your way in vastly well, egad,
with your Whig committee meetings and speeches. And now he is on his
back, and you have possession, you choose to cut me off. \x91Slife, I know
what will be coming next!\x94

I pulled him into Mr. Swain\x92s private room, where we would be free of
the clerks. \x93Yes, I am master here,\x94 I replied, sadly enough, as he
stood sullenly before me. \x93I should think you would be ashamed to own
it. When I came to your father I was content to be overseer in Talbot,
and thankful for his bounty. \x91Tis no fault of mine, but your disgrace,
that his son is not managing his business, and supporting him in the
rights of his country. I am not very old, Tom. A year older than you, I
believe. But I have seen enough of life to prophesy your end and you do
not reform.\x94

\x93We are turned preacher,\x94 he says, with a sneer.

\x93God forbid! But I have been in a sponging-house, and tasted the lowest
dregs. And if this country becomes free, as I think it will some day,
such as you will be driven to England, and die in the Fleet.\x94

\x93Not while my father lives,\x94 retorts he, and throws aside the oiled
silk cape with a London name upon it. The day was rainy. I groaned. My
responsibility lay heavy upon me. And this was not my first scene with
him. He continued doggedly:--\x93You have no right to deny me what is not
yours. \x91Twill be mine one day.\x94

\x93You have no right to accuse me of thoughts that do not occur to men of
honour,\x94 I replied. \x93I am slower to anger than I once was, but I give
you warning now. Do you know that you will ruin your father in another
year and you continue?\x94

He gave me no answer. I reached for the ledger, and turning the pages,
called off to him the sums he had spent.

\x93Oh, have done, d--n it!\x94 he cried, when I was not a third through. \x93Are
you or are you not to give me the money?\x94

\x93And you are to spend it upon an actress?\x94 I should have called her by a
worse name.

\x93Actress!\x94 he shouted. \x93Have you seen her in The Orphan? My soul, she
is a divinity!\x94 Then he shifted suddenly to whining and cringing. \x93I am
ruined outright, Richard, if I do not get it.\x94

Abjectly he confessed the situation, which had in it enough material
for a scandal to set the town wagging for a month. And the weight of it
would fall; as I well knew, upon those who deserved it least.

\x93I will lend you the money, or, rather, will pay it for you,\x94 I said, at
last. For I was not so foolish as to put it into his hands. \x93You shall
have the sum under certain conditions.\x94

He agreed to them before they were out of my mouth, and swore in a dozen
ways that he would repay me every farthing. He was heartily tired of the
creature, and, true to his nature, afraid of her. That night when the
play was over I went to her lodging, and after a scene too distressing
to dwell upon, bought her off.

I sat with Mr. Swain many an hour that spring, with Patty sewing at the
window open to the garden. Often, as we talked, unnoticed by her father
she would drop her work and the tears glisten in her eyes. For the
barrister\x92s voice was not as strong as it once was, and the cold would
not seem to lift from his chest. So this able man, who might have sat
in the seats of Maryland\x92s high reward, was stricken when he was needed
most.

He was permitted two visitors a day: now \x91twas Mr. Carroll and Colonel
Lloyd, again Colonel Tilghman and Captain Clapsaddle, or Mr. Yaca and
Mr. Bordley. The gentlemen took turns, and never was their business so
pressing that they missed their hour. Mr. Swain read all the prints, and
in his easier days would dictate to me his views for the committee, or
a letter signed Brutes for Mr. Green to put in the Gazette. So I became
his mouthpiece at the meetings, and learned to formulate my thoughts and
to speak clearly.

For fear of confusing this narrative, my dears, I have referred but
little to her who was in my thoughts night and day, and whose locket I
wore, throughout all those years, next my heart. I used to sit out under
the stars at Gordon\x92s Pride, with the river lapping at my feet, and
picture her the shining centre of all the brilliant scenes I had left,
and wonder if she still thought of me.

Nor have I mentioned that faithful correspondent, and more faithful
friend, Lord Comyn. As soon as ever I had obtained from Captain Daniel
my mother\x92s little inheritance, I sent off the debt I owed his Lordship.
\x91Twas a year before I got him to receive it; he despatched the money
back once, saying that I had more need of it than he. I smiled at this,
for my Lord was never within his income, and I made no doubt he had
signed a note to cover my indebtedness.

Every letter Comyn writ me was nine parts Dolly, and the rest of his
sheet usually taken up with Mr. Fox and his calamities: these had fallen
upon him very thick of late. Lord Holland had been forced to pay out a
hundred thousand pounds for Charles, and even this enormous sum did not
entirely free Mr. Fox from the discounters and the hounds. The reason
for this sudden onslaught was the birth of a boy to his brother Stephen,
who was heir to the title. \x93When they told Charles of it,\x94 Comyn wrote,
\x93said he, coolly: \x91My brother Ste\x92s son is a second Messiah, born for
the destruction of the Jews.\x92\x94

I saw no definite signs, as yet, of the conversion of this prodigy,
which I so earnestly hoped for. He had quarrelled with North, lost his
place on the Admiralty, and presently the King had made him a Lord of
the Treasury, tho\x92 more out of fear than love. Once in a while, when he
saw Comyn at Almack\x92s, he would desire to be remembered to me, and he
always spoke of me with affection. But he could be got to write to no
one, said my Lord, with kind exaggeration; nor will he receive letters,
for fear he may get a dun.

Alas, I got no message from Dorothy! Nor had she ever mentioned my name
to Comyn. He had not seen her for eight months after I left England,
as she had been taken to the Continent for her health. She came back to
London more ravishing than before, and (I use his Lordship\x92s somewhat
extravagant language) her suffering had stamped upon her face even more
of character and power. She had lost much of her levity, likewise. In
short, my Lord declared, she was more of the queen than ever, and the
mystery which hung over the Vauxhall duel had served only to add to her
fame.

Dorothy having become cognizant of Mr. Marmaduke\x92s trickery, Chartersea
seemed to have dropped out of the race. He now spent his time very
evenly between Spa and Derresley and Paris. Hence I had so much to
be thankful for,--that with all my blunders, I had saved her from his
Grace. My Lord the Marquis of Wells was now most conspicuous amongst her
suitors. Comyn had nothing particular against this nobleman, saying that
he was a good fellow, with a pretty fortune. And here is a letter,
my dears, in which he figures, that I brought to Cordon\x92s Pride that
spring:

                  \x9310 SOUTH PARADE, BATH,
                    \x93March 12, 1774.

   \x93DEAR RICHARD:--Miss Manners has come to Bath, with a train behind
   her longer than that which followed good Queen Anne hither, when she
   made this Gehenna the fashion. Her triumphal entry last Wednesday
   was announced by such a peal of the abbey bells as must have cracked
   the metal (for they have not rung since) and started Beau Nash
   a-cursing where he lies under the floor. Next came her serenade by
   the band. Mr. Marmaduke swore they would never have done, and
   squirmed and grinned like Punch when he thought of the fee, for he
   had hoped to get off with a crown, I warrant you. You should have
   seen his face when they would accept no fee at all for the beauty!
   Some wag has writ a verse about it, which was printed, and has set
   the whole pump-room laughing this morning.

   \x93She was led out by Wells in the Seasons last night. As Spring she
   is too bewildering for my pen,--all primrose and white, with the
   flowers in her blue-black hair. Had Sir Joshua seen her, he would
   never rest content till he should have another portrait. The Duc de
   Lauzun, who contrived to get two dances, might give you a
   description in a more suitable language than English. And there was
   a prodigious deal of jealousy among the fair ones on the benches,
   you may be sure, and much jaundiced comment.

   \x93Some half dozen of us adorers have a mess at the Bear, and have
   offered up a prize for the most appropriate toast on the beauty.
   This is in competition with Mrs. Miller. Have you not heard of her
   among your tobacco-hills? Horry calls her Mrs. \x91Calliope\x92 Miller.
   At her place near here, Bath Easton Villa, she has set up a Roman
   vase bedecked with myrtle, and into this we drop our bouts-rimes.
   Mrs. Calliope has a ball every Thursday, when the victors are
   crowned. T\x92other day the theme was \x91A Buttered Muffin,\x92 and her
   Grace of Northumberland was graciously awarded the prize. In faith,
   that theme taxed our wits at the Bear,--how to weave Miss Dolly\x92s
   charms into a verse on a buttered muffin. I shall not tire you with
   mine. Storer\x92s deserved to win, and we whisper that Mrs. Calliope
   ruled it out through spite. \x91When Phyllis eats,\x92 so it began, and I
   vow \x91twas devilish ingenious.

   \x93We do nothing but play lasquenet and tennis, and go to the
   assembly, and follow Miss Dolly into Gill\x92s, the pastry-cook\x92s,
   where she goes every morning to take a jelly. The ubiquitous Wells
   does not give us much chance. He writes \x91vers de societe\x92 with the
   rest, is high in Mr. Marmaduke\x92s favour, which alone is enough to
   damn his progress. I think she is ill of the sight of him.

   \x93Albeit she does not mourn herself into a tree, I\x92ll take oath your
   Phyllis is true to you, Richard, and would live with you gladly in a
   thatched hut and you asked her. Write me more news of yourself.

                  \x93Your ever affectionate
                         \x93COMYN


   \x93P.S. I have had news of you through Mr. Worthington, of your
   colony, who is just arrived here. He tells me that you
   have gained a vast reputation for your plantation, and likewise that
   you are thought much of by the Whig wiseacres, and that you hold
   many seditious offices. He does not call them so. Since your
   modesty will not permit you to write me any of these things, I have
   been imagining you driving slaves with a rawhide, and seeding
   runaway convicts to the mines. Mr. W. is even now paying his
   respects to Miss Manners, and I doubt not trumpeting your praises
   there, for he seems to like you. So I have asked him to join the
   Bear mess. One more unfortunate!

   \x93P.S. I was near forgetting the news about Charles Fox. He sends
   you his love, and tells me to let you know that he has been turned
   out of North\x92s house for good and all. He is sure you will be
   cursed happy over it, and says that you predicted he would go over
   to the Whigs. I can scarce believe that he will. North took a
   whole week to screw up His courage, h-s M-j-sty pricking him every
   day. And then he wrote this:

   \x93\x91Sir, his Majesty has thought proper to order a new Commission of
   the Treasury to be made out, in which I do not see your name.\x92 Poor
   Charles! He is now without money or place, but as usual appears to
   worry least of all of us, and still reads his damned Tasso for
   amusement.
                       \x93C.\x94

Perchance he was to be the Saint Paul of English politics, after all.



CHAPTER XLIX. LIBERTY LOSES A FRIEND

Mr. Bordley\x92s sloop took Mr. Swain to Gordon\x92s Pride in May, and placed
him in the big room overlooking the widening river. There he would lie
all day long, staring through the leaves at the water, or listening to
the sweet music of his daughter\x92s voice as she read from the pompous
prints of the time. Gentlemen continued to come to the plantation, for
the barrister\x92s wisdom was sorely missed at the councils. One day, as
I rode in from the field, I found Colonel Lloyd just arrived from
Philadelphia, sipping sangaree on the lawn and mopping himself with his
handkerchief. His jolly face was troubled. He waved his hand at me.

\x93Well, Richard,\x94 says he, \x93we children are to have our first whipping.
At least one of us. And the rest are resolved to defy our parent.\x94

\x93Boston, Mr. Lloyd?\x94 I asked.

\x93Yes, Boston,\x94 he replied; \x93her port is closed, and we are forbid any
intercourse with her until she comes to her senses. And her citizens
must receive his gracious Majesty\x92s troopers into their houses. And if a
man kill one of them by any chance, he is to go to England to be tried.
And there is more quite as bad.\x94

\x93\x91Tis bad enough!\x94 I cried, flinging myself down. And Patty gave me a
glass in silence.

\x93Ay, but you must hear all,\x94 said he; \x93our masters are of a mind to
do the thing thoroughly. Canada is given some score of privileges. Her
French Roman Catholics, whom we fought not long since, are thrown a
sop, and those vast territories between the lakes and the Ohio and
Mississippi are given to Quebec as a price for her fidelity. And so, if
the worst comes to worst, George\x92s regiments will have a place to land
against us.\x94

Such was the news, and though we were some hundreds of miles from
Massachusetts, we felt their cause as our own. There was no need of
the appeal which came by smoking horses from Philadelphia, for the
indignation of our people was roused to the highest pitch. Now Mr. Swain
had to take to his bed from the excitement.

This is not a history, my dears, as I have said. And time is growing
short. I shall pass over that dreary summer of \x9174. It required no very
keen eye to see the breakers ahead, and Mr. Bordley\x92s advice to provide
against seven years of famine did not go unheeded. War was the last
thing we desired. We should have been satisfied with so little, we
colonies! And would have voted the duties ten times over had our rights
been respected. Should any of you doubt this, you have but to read the
\x93Address to the King\x94 of our Congress, then sitting in Philadelphia.
The quarrel was so petty, and so easy of mending, that you of this
generation may wonder why it was allowed to run. I have tried to tell
you that the head of a stubborn, selfish, and wilful monarch blocked the
way to reconciliation. King George the Third is alone to blame for that
hatred of race against race which already hath done so much evil. And
I pray God that a great historian may arise whose pen will reveal the
truth, and reconcile at length those who are, and should be, brothers.

By October, that most beautiful month of all the year in Maryland, we
were again in Annapolis: One balmy day \x91twas a Friday, I believe, and a
gold and blue haze hung over the Severn--Mr. Chase called in Gloucester
Street to give the barrister news of the Congress, which he had lately
left. As he came down the stairs he paused for a word with me in the
library, and remarked sadly upon Mr. Swain\x92s condition. \x93He looks like a
dying man, Richard,\x94 said he, \x93and we can ill afford to lose him.\x94

Even as we sat talking in subdued tones, the noise of a distant
commotion arose. We had scarce started to our feet, Mr. Chase and I,
when the brass knocker resounded, and Mr. Hammond was let in. His wig
was awry, and his face was flushed.

\x93I thought to find you here,\x94 he said to Mr. Chase. \x93The Anne Arundel
Committee is to meet at once, and we desire to have you with us.\x94
 Perceiving our blank faces, he added: \x93The \x91Peggy Stewart\x92 is in this
morning with over a ton of tea aboard, consigned to the Williams\x92s.\x94

The two jumped into a chaise, and I followed afoot, stopped at every
corner by some excited acquaintance; so that I had the whole story,
and more, ere I reached Church Street. The way was blocked before the
committee rooms, and \x91twas said that the merchants, Messrs. Williams,
and Captain Jackson of the brig, were within, pleading their cause.

Presently the news leaked abroad that Mr. Anthony Stewart, the brig\x92s
owner, had himself paid the duty on the detested plant. Some hundreds of
people were elbowing each other in the street, for the most part quiet
and anxious, until Mr. Hammond appeared and whispered to a man at the
door. In all my life before I had never heard the hum of an angry crowd.
The sound had something ominous in it, like the first meanings of a wind
that is to break off great trees at their trunks. Then some one shouted:
\x93To Hanover Street! To Hanover Street! We\x92ll have him tarred and
feathered before the sun is down!\x94 The voice sounded strangely like
Weld\x92s. They charged at this cry like a herd of mad buffalo, the weaker
ones trampled under foot or thrust against the wall. The windows of Mr.
Aikman\x92s shop were shattered. I ran with the leaders, my stature and
strength standing me in good stead more than once, and as we twisted
into Northwest Street I took a glance at the mob behind me, and great
was my anxiety at not being able to descry one responsible person.

Mr. Stewart\x92s house stood, and stands to-day, amid trim gardens, in
plain sight of the Severn. Arriving there, the crowd massed in front of
it, some of the boldest pressing in at the gate and spreading over the
circle of lawn enclosed by the driveway. They began to shout hoarsely,
with what voices they had left, for Mr. Stewart to come out, calling him
names not to be spoken, and swearing they would show him how traitors
were to be served. I understood then the terror of numbers, and
shuddered. A chandler, a bold and violent man, whose leather was covered
with grease, already had his foot on the steps, when the frightened
servants slammed the door in his face, and closed the lower windows. In
vain I strained my eyes for some one who might have authority with them.
They began to pick up stones, though none were thrown.

Suddenly a figure appeared at an upper window,--a thin and wasted woman
dressed in white, with sad, sweet features. It was Mrs. Stewart. Without
flinching she looked down upon the upturned faces; but a mob of that
kind has no pity. Their leaders were the worst class in our province,
being mostly convicts who had served their terms of indenture. They
continued to call sullenly for \x93the traitor.\x94 Then the house door
opened, and the master himself appeared. He was pale and nervous, and
no wonder; and his voice shook as he strove to make himself heard. His
words were drowned immediately by shouts of \x93Seize him! Seize the d--d
traitor!\x94 \x93A pot and a coat of hot tar!\x94

Those who were nearest started forward, and I with them. With me \x91twas
the decision of an instant. I beat the chandler up the steps, and took
stand in front of the merchant, and I called out to them to fall back.

To my astonishment they halted. The skirts of the crowd were now come to
the foot of the little porch. I faced them with my hand on Mr. Stewart\x92s
arm, without a thought of what to do next, and expecting violence. There
was a second\x92s hush. Then some one cried out:

\x93Three cheers for Richard Carvel!\x94

They gave them with a will that dumfounded me.

\x93My friends,\x94 said I, when I had got my wits, \x93this is neither the
justice nor the moderation for which our province is noted. You have
elected your committee of your free wills, and they have claims before
you.\x94

\x93Ay, ay, the committee!\x94 they shouted. \x93Mr. Carvel is right. Take him to
the Committee!\x94

Mr. Stewart raised his hand.

\x93My friends,\x94 he began, as I had done, \x93when you have learned the
truth, you will not be so hasty to blame me for an offence of which I am
innocent. The tea was not for me. The brig was in a leaky and dangerous
state and had fifty souls aboard her. I paid the duty out of humanity--\x94

He had come so far, when they stopped him.

\x93Oh, a vile Tory!\x94 they shouted. \x93He is conniving with the Council.
\x91Twas put up between them.\x94 And they followed this with another volley
of hard names, until I feared that his chance was gone.

\x93You would best go before the Committee, Mr. Stewart,\x94 I said.

\x93I will go with Mr. Carvel, my friends,\x94 he cried at once. And he
invited me into the house whilst he ordered his coach. I preferred to
remain outside.

I asked them if they would trust me with Mr. Stewart to Church Street.

\x93Yes, yes, Mr. Carvel, we know you,\x94 said several. \x93He has good cause to
hate Tories,\x94 called another, with a laugh. I knew the voice.

\x93For shame, Weld,\x94 I cried. And I saw McNeir, who was a stanch friend of
mine, give him a cuff to send him spinning.

To my vast satisfaction they melted away, save only a few of the idlest
spirits, who hung about the gate, and cheered as we drove off. Mr.
Stewart was very nervous, and profuse in his gratitude. I replied that
I had acted only as would have any other responsible citizen. On the way
he told me enough of his case to convince me that there was much to
be said on his side, but I thought it the better part of wisdom not to
commit myself. The street in front of the committee rooms was empty, and
I was informed that a town meeting had been called immediately at the
theatre in West Street. And I advised Mr. Stewart to attend. But through
anxiety or anger, or both, he was determined not to go, and drove back
to his house without me.

I had got as far as St. Anne\x92s, halfway to the theatre, when it suddenly
struck me that Mr. Swain must be waiting for news. With a twinge I
remembered what Mr. Chase had said about the barrister\x92s condition, and
I hurried back to Gloucester Street, much to the surprise of those I met
on their way to the meeting. I was greatly relieved, when I arrived, to
find Patty on the porch. I knew she had never been there were her father
worse. After a word with her and her mother, I went up the stairs.

It was the hour for the barrister\x92s nap. But he was awake, lying back
on the pillows, with his eyes half closed. He was looking out into the
garden, which was part orchard, now beginning to shrivel and to brown
with the first touch of frosts.

\x93That is you, Richard?\x94 he inquired, without moving. \x93What is going
forward to-day?\x94

I toned down the news, so as not to excite him, and left out the
occurrence in Hanover Street. He listened with his accustomed interest,
but when I had done he asked no questions, and lay for a long time
silent. Then he begged me to bring my chair nearer.

\x93Richard,--my son,\x94 said he, with an evident effort, \x93I have never
thanked you for your devotion to me and mine through the best years of
your life. It shall not go unrewarded, my lad.\x94

It seemed as if my heart stood still with the presage of what was to
come.

\x93May God reward you, sir!\x94 I said.

\x93I have wished to speak to you,\x94 he continued, \x93and I may not have
another chance. I have arranged with Mr. Carroll, the barrister, to take
your cause against your uncle, so that you will lose nothing when I am
gone. And you will see, in my table in the library, that I have left
my property in your hands, with every confidence in your integrity, and
ability to care for my family, even as I should have done.\x94

I could not speak at once. A lump rose in my throat, for I had come to
look upon him as a father. His honest dealings, his charity, of which
the world knew nothing, and his plain and unassuming ways had inspired
in me a kind of worship. I answered, as steadily as I might:

\x93I believe I am too inexperienced for such a responsibility, Mr. Swain.
Would it not be better that Mr. Bordley or Mr. Lloyd should act?\x94

\x93No, no,\x94 he said; \x93I am not a man to do things unadvisedly, or to let
affection get the better of my judgment, where others dear to me are
concerned. I know you, Richard Carvel. Scarce an action of yours has
escaped my eye, though I have said nothing. You have been through the
fire, and are of the kind which comes out untouched. You will have Judge
Bordley\x92s advice, and Mr. Carroll\x92s. And they are too busy with the
affairs of the province to be burdened as my executors. But,\x94 he added
a little more strongly, \x93if what I fear is coming, Mr. Bordley will
take the trust in your absence. If we have war, Richard, you will not be
content to remain at home, nor would I wish it.\x94

I did not reply.

\x93You will do what I ask?\x94 he said.

\x93I would refuse you nothing, Mr. Swain,\x94 I answered. \x93But I have heavy
misgivings.\x94

He sighed. \x93And now, if it were not for Tom, I might die content,\x94 he
said.

If it were not for Tom! The full burden of the trust began to dawn upon
me then. Presently I heard him speaking, but in so low a voice that I
hardly caught the words.

\x93In our youth, Richard,\x94 he was saying, \x93the wrath of the Almighty is
but so many words to most of us. When I was little more than a lad, I
committed a sin of which I tremble now to think. And I was the fool to
imagine, when I amended my life, that God had forgotten. His punishment
is no heavier than I deserve. But He alone knows what He has made me
suffer.\x94

I felt that I had no right to be there.

\x93That is why I have paid Tom\x92s debts,\x94 he continued; \x93I cannot cast
off my son. I have reasoned, implored, and appealed in vain. He is like
Reuben,--his resolutions melt in an hour. And I have pondered day and
night what is to be done for him.\x94

\x93Is he to have his portion?\x94 I asked. Indeed, the thought of the
responsibility of Tom Swain overwhelmed me.

\x93Yes, he is to have it,\x94 cried Mr. Swain, with a violence to bring on a
fit of coughing. \x93Were I to leave it in trust for a time, he would have
it mortgaged within a year. He is to have his portion, but not a penny
additional.\x94

He lay for a long time breathing deeply, I watching him. Then, as he
reached out and took my hand, I knew by some instinct what was to
come. I summoned all my self-command to meet his eye. I knew that the
malicious and unthinking gossip of the town had reached him, and that he
had received it in the simple faith of his hopes.

\x93One thing more, my lad,\x94 he said, \x93the dearest wish of all--that you
will marry Patty. She is a good girl, Richard. And I have thought,\x94 he
added with hesitation, \x93I have thought that she loves you, though her
lips have never opened on that subject.\x94

So the blow fell. I turned away, for to save my life the words would not
come. He missed the reason of my silence.

\x93I understand and honour your scruples,\x94 he went on. His kindness was
like a knife.

\x93No, I have had none, Mr. Swain,\x94 I exclaimed. For I would not be
thought a hypocrite.

There I stopped. A light step sounded in the hall, and Patty came in
upon us. Her colour at once betrayed her understanding. To my infinite
relief her father dropped my fingers, and asked cheerily if there was
any news from the town meeting.

On the following Wednesday, with her flag flying and her sails set, the
Peggy Stewart was run ashore on Windmill Point. She rose, a sacrifice to
Liberty, in smoke to heaven, before the assembled patriots of our city.

That very night a dear friend to Liberty passed away. He failed so
suddenly that Patty had no time to call for aid, and when the mother
had been carried in, his spirit was flown. We laid him high on the hill
above the creek, in the new lot he had bought and fenced around. The
stone remains:

                HERE LIETH

            HENRY SWAIN, BARRISTER.
            BORN MAY 13, 1730 (O.S.);
             DIED OCTOBER 19, 1774.
           Fidus Amicis atque Patrice.

The simple inscription, which speaks volumes to those who knew him, was
cut after the Revolution. He was buried with the honours of a statesman,
which he would have been had God spared him to serve the New Country
which was born so soon after his death.



Volume 8.



CHAPTER L. FAREWELL TO GORDON\x92S

I cannot bear to recall my misery of mind after Mr. Swain\x92s death. One
hope had lightened all the years of my servitude. For, when I examined
my soul, I knew that it was for Dorothy I had laboured. And every letter
that came from Comyn telling me she was still free gave me new heart
for my work. By some mystic communion--I know not what--I felt that she
loved me yet, and despite distance and degree. I would wake of a morning
with the knowledge of it, and be silent for half the day with some
particle of a dream in my head, lingering like the burden of a song with
its train of memories.

So, in the days that followed, I scarce knew myself. For a while (I
shame to write it) I avoided that sweet woman who had made my comfort
her care, whose father had taken me when I was homeless. The good in me
cried out, but the flesh rebelled.

Poor Patty! Her grief for her father was pathetic to see. Weeks passed
in which she scarcely spoke a word. And I remember her as she sat in
church Sundays, the whiteness of her face enhanced by the crape she
wore, and a piteous appeal in her gray eyes. My own agony was nigh
beyond endurance, my will swinging like a pendulum from right to wrong,
and back again. Argue as I might that I had made the barrister no
promise, conscience allowed no difference. I was in despair at the trick
fate had played me; at the decree that of all women I must love her
whose sphere was now so far removed from mine. For Patty had character
and beauty, and every gift which goes to make man\x92s happiness and to
kindle his affections.

Her sorrow left her more womanly than ever. And after the first sharp
sting of it was deadened, I noticed a marked reserve in her intercourse
with me. I knew then that she must have strong suspicions of her
father\x92s request. Speak I could not soon after the sad event, but I
strove hard that she should see no change in my conduct.

Before Christmas we went to the Eastern Shore. In Annapolis fife and
drum had taken the place of fiddle and clarion; militia companies were
drilling in the empty streets; despatches were arriving daily from the
North; and grave gentlemen were hurrying to meetings. But if the war was
to come, I must settle what was to be done at Gordon\x92s Pride with all
possible speed. It was only a few days after our going there, that I
rode into Oxford with a black cockade in my hat Patty had made me, and
the army sword Captain Jack had given Captain Daniel at my side. For
I had been elected a lieutenant in the Oxford company, of which Percy
Singleton was captain.

So passed that winter, the darkest of my life. One soft spring day, when
the birds were twittering amid new-born leaves, and the hyacinths and
tulips in Patty\x92s garden were coming to their glory, Master Tom rode
leisurely down the drive at Gordon\x92s Pride. That was a Saturday, the
29th of April, 1775. The news which had flown southward, night and day
alike, was in no hurry to run off his tongue; he had been lolling on the
porch for half an hour before he told us of the bloodshed between the
minute-men of Massachusetts and the British regulars, of the rout of
Percy\x92s panting redcoats from Concord to Boston. Tom added, with the
brutal nonchalance which characterized his dealings with his mother and
sister, that he was on his way to Philadelphia to join a company.

The poor invalid was carried up the stairs in a faint by Banks and
Romney. Patty, with pale face and lips compressed, ran to fetch the
hartshorn. But Master Tom remained undisturbed.

\x93I suppose you are going, Richard,\x94 he remarked affably. For he treated
me with more consideration than his family. \x93We shall ride together,\x94
 said he.

\x93We ride different ways, and to different destinations,\x94 I replied
dryly. \x93I go to serve my country, and you to fight against it.\x94

\x93I think the King is right,\x94 he answered sullenly.

\x93Oh, I beg your pardon,\x94 I remarked, and rose. \x93Then you have studied
the question since last I saw you.\x94

\x93No, by G-d!\x94 he cried, \x93and I never will. I do not want to know your
d--d principles--or grievances, or whatever they are. We were living an
easy life, in the plenty of money, and nothing to complain of. You take
it all away, with your cursed cant--\x94

I left him railing and swearing. And that was the last I saw of Tom
Swain. When I returned from a final survey of the plantation; and a talk
with Percy Singleton, he had ridden North again.

I found Patty alone in the parlour. Her work (one of my own stockings
she was darning) lay idle in her lap, and in her eyes were the unshed
tears which are the greatest suffering of women. I sat down beside her
and called her name. She did not seem to hear me.

\x93Patty!\x94

She started. And my courage ebbed.

\x93Are you going to the war--to leave us, Richard?\x94 she faltered.

\x93I fear there is no choice, Patty,\x94 I answered, striving hard to keep my
own voice steady. \x93But you will be well looked after. Ivie Rawlinson is
to be trusted, and Mr. Bordley has promised to keep an eye upon you.\x94

She took up the darning mechanically.

\x93I shall not speak a word to keep you, Richard. He would have wished
it,\x94 she said softly. \x93And every strong arm in the colonies will be
needed. We shall think of you, and pray for you daily.\x94

I cast about for a cheerful reply.

\x93I think when they discover how determined we are, they will revoke
their measures in a hurry. Before you know it, Patty, I shall be back
again making the rounds in my broad rim, and reading to you out of
Captain Cook.\x94

It was a pitiful attempt. She shook her head sadly. The tears were come
now, and she was smiling through them. The sorrow of that smile!

\x93I have something to say to you before I go, Patty,\x94 I said. The words
stuck. I knew that there must be no pretence in that speech. It must be
true as my life after, the consequence of it. \x93I have something to
ask you, and I do not speak without your father\x92s consent. Patty, if I
return, will you be my wife?\x94

The stocking slipped unheeded to the floor. For a moment she sat
transfixed, save for the tumultuous swelling of her breast. Then she
turned and gazed earnestly into my face, and the honesty of her eyes
smote me. For the first time I could not meet them honestly with my own.

\x93Richard, do you love me?\x94 she asked.

I bowed my head. I could not answer that. And for a while there was no
sound save that of the singing of the frogs in the distant marsh.

Presently I knew that she was standing at my side. I felt her hand laid
upon my shoulder.

\x93Is--is it Dorothy?\x94 she said gently.

Still I could not answer. Truly, the bitterness of life, as the joy of
it, is distilled in strong drops.

\x93I knew,\x94 she continued, \x93I have known ever since that autumn morning
when I went to you as you saddled--when I dreaded that you would leave
us. Father asked you to marry me, the day you took Mr. Stewart from the
mob. How could you so have misunderstood me, Richard?\x94

I looked up in wonder. The sweet cadence in her tone sprang from a
purity not of this earth. They alone who have consecrated their days to
others may utter it. And the light upon her face was of the same source.
It was no will of mine brought me to my feet. But I was not worthy to
touch her.

\x93I shall make another prayer, beside that for your safety, Richard,\x94 she
said.

In the morning she waved me a brave farewell from the block where she
had stood so often as I rode afield, when the dawn was in the sky.
The invalid mother sat in her chair within the door; the servants were
gathered on the lawn, and Ivie Rawlinson and Banks lingered where they
had held my stirrup. That picture is washed with my own tears.

The earth was praising God that Sunday as I rode to Mr. Bordley\x92s. And
as it is sorrow which lifts us nearest to heaven, I felt as if I were in
church.

I arrived at Wye Island in season to dine with the good judge and his
family, and there I made over to his charge the property of Patty and
her mother. The afternoon we spent in sober talk, Mr. Bordley giving me
much sound advice, and writing me several letters of recommendation to
gentlemen in Congress. His conduct was distinguished by even more of
kindness and consideration than he had been wont to show me.

In the evening I walked out alone, skirting the acres of Carvel Hall,
each familiar landmark touching the quick of some memory of other days.
Childhood habit drew me into the path to Wilmot House. I came upon it
just as the sunlight was stretching level across the Chesapeake, and
burning its windows molten red. I had been sitting long on the stone
steps, when the gaunt figure of McAndrews strode toward me out of the
dusk.

\x93God be gude to us, it is Mr. Richard!\x94 he cried. \x93I hae na seen ye\x92re
bonny face these muckle years, sir, sync ye cam\x92 back frae ae sight o\x92
the young mistress.\x94 (I had met him in Annapolis then.) \x93An\x92 will ye be
aff to the wars?\x94

I told him yes. That I had come for a last look at the old place before
I left.

He sighed. \x93Ye\x92re vera welcome, sir.\x94 Then he added: \x93Mr. Bordley\x92s
gi\x92en me a fair notion o\x92 yere management at Gordon\x92s. The judge is
thinking there\x92ll be nane ither lad t\x92 hand a candle to ye.\x94

\x93And what news do you hear from London?\x94 I asked, cutting him short.

\x93Ill uncos, sir,\x94 he answered, shaking his head with violence. He had
indeed but a sorry tale for my ear, and one to make my heart heavier
than it was. McAndrews opened his mind to me, and seemed the better for
it. How Mr. Marmaduke was living with the establishment they wrote of
was more than the honest Scotchman could imagine. There was a country
place in Sussex now, said he, that was the latest. And drafts were
coming in before the wheat was in the ear; and the plantations of
tobacco on the Western Shore had been idle since the non-exportation,
and were mortgaged to their limit to Mr. Willard. Money was even loaned
on the Wilmot House estate. McAndrews had a shrewd suspicion that
neither Mrs. Manners nor Miss Dorothy knew aught of this state of
affairs.

\x93Mr. Richard,\x94 he said earnestly, as he bade me good-by, \x93I kennt Mr.
Manners\x92s mind when he lea\x92d here. There was a laird in\x92t, sir, an\x92 a
fortune. An\x92 unless these come soon, I\x92m thinking I can spae th\x92 en\x92.\x94

In truth, a much greater fool than McAndrews might have predicted that
end.

On Monday Judge Bordley accompanied me as far as Dingley\x92s tavern, and
showed much emotion at parting.

\x93You need have no fears for your friends at Gordon\x92s Pride, Richard,\x94
 said he. \x93And when the General comes back, I shall try to give him a
good account of my stewardship.\x94

The General! That title brought old Stanwix\x92s cobwebbed prophecy into my
head again. Here, surely, was the war which he had foretold, and I ready
to embark in it.

Why not the sea, indeed?



CHAPTER LI. HOW AN IDLE PROPHECY CAME TO PASS

Captain Clapsaddle not being at his lodgings, I rode on to the Coffee
House to put up my horse. I was stopped by Mr. Claude.

\x93Why, Mr. Carvel,\x94 says he, \x93I thought you on the Eastern Shore. There
is a gentleman within will be mightily tickled to see you, or else his
protestations are lies, which they may very well be. His name? Now, \x91Pon
my faith, it was Jones--no more.\x94

This thing of being called for at the Coffee House stirred up unpleasant
associations.

\x93What appearance does the man make?\x94 I demanded.

\x93Merciful gad!\x94 mine host exclaimed; \x93once seen, never forgotten, and
once heard, never forgotten. He quotes me Thomson, and he tells me of
his estate in Virginia.\x94

The answer was not of a sort to allay my suspicions.

\x93Then he appears to be a landowner?\x94 said I.

\x93\x91Ods! Blest if I know what he is,\x94 says Mr. Claude. \x93He may be
anything, an impostor or a high-mightiness. But he\x92s something to
strike the eye and hold it, for all his Quaker clothes. He is swarth and
thickset, and some five feet eight inches--full six inches under your
own height. And he comes asking for you as if you owned the town between
you. \x91Send a fellow to Marlboro\x92 Street for Mr. Richard Carvel, my good
host!\x92 says he, with a snap of his fingers. And when I tell him the news
of you, he is prodigiously affected, and cries--but here\x92s my gentleman
now!\x94

I jerked my head around. Coming down the steps I beheld my old friend
and benefactor, Captain John Paul!

\x93Ahoy, ahoy!\x94 cries he. \x93Now Heaven be praised, I have found you at
last.\x94

Out of the saddle I leaped, and straight into his arms.

\x93Hold, hold, Richard!\x94 he gasped. \x93My ribs, man! Leave me some breath
that I may tell you how glad I am to see you.\x94

\x93Mr. Jones!\x94 I said, holding him out, \x93now where the devil got you
that?\x94

\x93Why, I am become a gentleman since I saw you,\x94 he answered, smiling.
\x93My poor brother left me his estate in Virginia. And a gentleman must
have three names at the least.\x94

I dropped his shoulders and shook with laughter.

\x93But Jones!\x94 I cried. \x93\x91Ad\x92s heart! could you go no higher? Has your
imagination left you, captain?\x94

\x93Republican simplicity, sir,\x94 says he, looking a trifle hurt. But I
laughed the more.

\x93Well, you have contrived to mix oil and vinegar,\x94 said I. \x93A landed
gentleman and republican simplicity. I\x92ll warrant you wear silk-knit
under that gray homespun, and have a cameo in your pocket.\x94

He shook his head, looking up at me with affection.

\x93You might have guessed better,\x94 he answered. \x93All of quality I have
about me are an enamelled repeater and a gold brooch.\x94

This made me suddenly grave, for McAndrews\x92s words had been ringing
in my ears ever since he had spoken them. I hitched my arm into the
captain\x92s and pulled him toward the Coffee House door.

\x93Come,\x94 I said, \x93you have not dined, and neither have I. We shall
be merry to-day, and you shall have some of the best Madeira in the
colonies.\x94 I commanded a room, that we might have privacy. As he
took his seat opposite me I marked that he had grown heavier and more
browned. But his eye had the same unfathomable mystery in it as of yore.
And first I upbraided him for not having writ me.

\x93I took you for one who glories in correspondence, captain,\x94 said I;
\x93and I did not think you could be so unfaithful. I directed twice to you
in Mr. Orchardson\x92s care.\x94

\x93Orchardson died before I had made one voyage,\x94 he replied, \x93and
the Betsy changed owners. But I did not forget you, Richard, and was
resolved but now not to leave Maryland until I had seen you. But I burn
to hear of you,\x94 he added. \x93I have had an inkling of your story from the
landlord. So your grandfather is dead, and that blastie, your uncle, of
whom you told me on the John, is in possession.\x94

He listened to my narrative keenly, but with many interruptions. And
when I was done, he sighed.

\x93You are always finding friends, Richard,\x94 said he; \x93no matter what
your misfortunes, they are ever double discounted. As for me; I am like
Fulmer in Mr. Cumberland\x92s \x91West Indian\x92: \x91I have beat through every
quarter of the compass; I have bellowed for freedom; I have offered to
serve my country; I have\x92--I am engaging to betray it. No, Scotland
is no longer my country, and so I cannot betray her. It is she who has
betrayed me.\x94

He fell into a short mood of dejection. And, indeed, I could not but
reflect that much of the character fitted him like a jacket. Not the
betrayal of his country. He never did that, no matter how roundly they
accused him of it afterward.

To lift him, I cried:

\x93You were one of my first friends, Captain Paul\x94 (I could not stomach
the Jones); \x93but for you I should now be a West Indian, and a miserable
one, the slave of some unmerciful hidalgo. Here\x92s that I may live to
repay you!\x94

\x93And while we are upon toasts,\x94 says he, bracing immediately, \x93I give
you the immortal Miss Manners! Her beauty has dwelt unfaded in my memory
since I last beheld her, aboard the Betsy.\x94 Remarking the pain in my
face, he added, with a concern which may have been comical: \x93And she is
not married?\x94

\x93Unless she is lately gone to Gretna, she is not,\x94 I replied, trying to
speak lightly.

\x93Alack! I knew it,\x94 he exclaimed. \x93And if there\x92s any prophecy in my
bones, she\x92ll be Mrs. Carvel one of these days.\x94

\x93Well captain,\x94 I said abruptly, \x93the wheel has gone around since I saw
you. Now it is you who are the gentleman, while I am a factor. Is it the
bliss you pictured?\x94

I suspected that his acres were not as broad, nor his produce as
salable, as those of Mount Vernon.

\x93To speak truth, I am heartily tired of that life,\x94 said he. \x93There is
little glory in raising nicotia, and sipping bumbo, and cursing negroes.
Ho for the sea!\x94 he cried. \x93The salt sea, and the British prizes. Give
me a tight frigate that leaves a singing wake. Mark me, Richard,\x94 he
said, a restless gleam coning into his dark eyes, \x93stirring times are
here, and a chance for all of us to make a name.\x94 For so it seemed ever
to be with him.

\x93They are black times, I fear,\x94 I answered.

\x93Black!\x94 he said. \x93No, glorious is your word. And we are to have an
upheaval to throw many of us to the top.\x94

\x93I would rather the quarrel were peacefully settled,\x94 said I, gravely.
\x93For my part, I want no distinction that is to come out of strife and
misery.\x94

He regarded me quizzically.

\x93You are grown an hundred years old since I pulled you out of the sea,\x94
 says he. \x93But we shall have to fight for our liberties. Here is a glass
to the prospect!\x94

\x93And so you are now an American?\x94 I said curiously.

\x93Ay, strake and keelson,--as good a one as though I had got my sap in
the Maine forests. A plague of monarchs, say I. They are a blotch upon
modern civilization. And I have here,\x94 he continued, tapping his pocket,
\x93some letters writ to the Virginia printers, signed Demosthenes, which
Mr. Randolph and Mr. Henry have commended. To speak truth, Richard, I
am off to Congress with a portmanteau full of recommendations. And I was
resolved to stop here even till I secured your company. We shall sweep
the seas together, and so let George beware!\x94

I smiled. But my blood ran faster at the thought of sailing under such
a captain. However, I made the remark that Congress had as yet no army,
let alone a navy.

\x93And think you that gentlemen of such spirit and resources will lack
either for long?\x94 he demanded, his eye flashing.

\x93Then I know nothing of a ship save the little I learned on the John,\x94 I
said.

\x93You were born for the sea, Richard,\x94 he exclaimed, raising his glass
high. \x93And I would rather have one of your brains and strength and
handiness than any merchant\x92s mate I ever sailed with. The more
gentlemen get commissions, the better will be our new service.\x94

At that instant came a knock at the door, and one of the inn negroes
to say that Captain Clapsaddle was below, and desired to see me. I
persuaded John Paul to descend with me. We found Captain Daniel seated
with Mr. Carroll, the barrister, and Mr. Chase.

\x93Captain,\x94 I said to my old friend, \x93I have a rare joy this day in
making known to you Mr. John Paul Jones, of whom I have spoken to you
a score of times. He it is whose bravery sank the Black Moll, whose
charity took me to London, and who got no other reward for his faith
than three weeks in a debtors\x92 prison. For his honour, as I have told
you, would allow him to accept none, nor his principles to take the
commission in the Royal Navy which Mr. Fox offered him.\x94

Captain Daniel rose, his honest face flushing with pleasure. \x93Faith, Mr.
Jones,\x94 he cried, when John Paul had finished one of his elaborate bows,
\x93this is well met, indeed. I have been longing these many years for a
chance to press your hand, and in the names of those who are dead and
gone to express my gratitude.\x94

\x93I have my reward now, captain,\x94 replied John Paul; \x93a sight of you is
to have Richard\x92s whole life revealed. And what says Mr. Congreve?

       \x93\x91For blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds,
        And tho\x92 a late, a sure reward succeeds.\x92

\x93Tho\x92 I would not have you believe that my deed was virtuous. And you,
who know Richard, may form some notion of the pleasure I had out of his
companionship.\x94

I hastened to present my friend to the other gentlemen, who welcomed him
with warmth, though they could not keep their amusement wholly out of
their faces.

\x93Mr. Jones is now the possessor of an estate in Virginia, sirs,\x94 I
explained.

\x93And do you find it more to your taste than seafaring, Mr. Jones?\x94
 inquired Mr. Chase.

This brought forth a most vehement protest, and another quotation.

\x93Why, sir,\x94 he cried, \x93to be

       \x91Fixed like a plant on his peculiar spot,
        To draw nutrition, propagate, and rot,\x92

is an animal\x92s existence. I have thrown it over, sir, with a right good
will, and am now on my way to Philadelphia to obtain a commission in the
navy soon to be born.\x94

Mr. Chase smiled. John Paul little suspected that he was a member of the
Congress.

\x93This is news indeed, Mr. Jones,\x94 he said. \x93I have yet to hear of the
birth of this infant navy, for which we have not yet begun to make
swaddling clothes.\x94

\x93We are not yet an infant state, sir,\x94 Mr. Carroll put in, with a shade
of rebuke. For Maryland was well content with the government she
had enjoyed, and her best patriots long after shunned the length of
secession. \x93I believe and pray that the King will come to his senses.
And as for the navy, it is folly. How can we hope to compete with
England on the sea?\x94

\x93All great things must have a beginning sir,\x94 replied John Paul,
launching forth at once, nothing daunted by such cold conservatism.
\x93What Israelite brickmaker of Pharaoh\x92s dreamed of Solomon\x92s temple?
Nay, Moses himself had no conception of it. And God will send us
our pillars of cloud and of fire. We must be reconciled to our great
destiny, Mr. Carroll. No fight ever was won by man or nation content
with half a victory. We have forests to build an hundred armadas, and I
will command a fleet and it is given me.\x94

The gentlemen listened in astonishment.

\x93I\x92 faith, I believe you, sir,\x94 cried Captain Daniel, with admiration.

The others, too, were somehow fallen under the spell of this remarkable
individuality. \x93What plan would you pursue, sir?\x94 asked Mr. Chase,
betraying more interest than he cared to show.

\x93What plan, sir!\x94 said Captain John Paul, those wonderful eyes of his
alight. \x93In the first place, we Americans build the fastest ships in the
world,--yours of the Chesapeake are as fleet as any. Here, if I am not
mistaken, one hundred and eighty-two were built in the year \x9171.
They are idle now. To them I would issue letters of marque, to harry
England\x92s trade. From Carolina to Maine we have the wood and iron to
build cruisers, in harbours that may not easily be got at. And skilled
masters and seamen to elude the enemy.\x94

\x93But a navy must be organized, sir. It must be an unit,\x94 objected
Mr. Carroll. \x93And you would not for many years have force enough, or
discipline enough, to meet England\x92s navy.\x94

\x93I would never meet it, sir,\x94 he replied instantly. \x93That would be the
height of folly. I would divide our forces into small, swift-sailing
squadrons, of strength sufficient to repel his cruisers. And I would
carry the war straight into his unprotected ports of trade. I can name
a score of such defenceless places, and I know every shoal of their
harbours. For example, Whitehaven might be entered. That is a town of
fifty thousand inhabitants. The fleet of merchantmen might with the
greatest ease be destroyed, a contribution levied, and Ireland\x92s coal
cut off for a winter. The whole of the shipping might be swept out of
the Clyde. Newcastle is another likely place, and in almost any of the
Irish ports valuable vessels may be found. The Baltic and West Indian
fleets are to be intercepted. I have reflected upon these matters for
years, gentlemen. They are perfectly feasible. And I\x92ll warrant you
cannot conceive the havoc and consternation their fulfilment would
spread in England.\x94

If the divine power of genius ever made itself felt, \x91twas on that May
evening, at candle-light, in the Annapolis Coffee House. With my own
eyes I witnessed two able and cautious statesmen of a cautious province
thrilled to the pitch of enthusiasm by this strange young man of eight
and twenty. As for good Captain Daniel, enthusiasm is but a poor word to
express his feelings. A map was sent for and spread out upon the
table. And it was a late hour when Mr. Chase and Mr. Carroll went
home, profoundly impressed. Mr. Chase charged John Paul look him up in
Congress.

The next morning I bade Captain Daniel a solemn good-by, and rode away
with John Paul to Baltimore. Thence we took stage to New Castle on
the Delaware, and were eventually landed by Mr. Tatlow\x92s stage-boat at
Crooked Billet wharf, Philadelphia.

   A BRIEF SUMMARY, WHICH BRINGS THIS BIOGRAPHY TO THE FAMOUS
   FIGHT OF THE BON HOMME RICHARD AND THE SERAPIS

          BY DANIEL CLAPSADDLE CARVEL

Mr. Richard Carvel refers here to the narrative of his experiences in
the War of the Revolution, which he had written in the year 1805 or
1806. The insertion of that account would swell this book, already
too long, out of all proportion. Hence I take it upon myself, with
apologies, to compress it.

Not until October of that year, 1775, was the infant navy born. Mr.
Carvel was occupied in the interval in the acquirement of practical
seamanship and the theory of maritime warfare under the most competent
of instructors, John Paul Jones. An interesting side light is thrown
upon the character of that hero by the fact that, with all his supreme
confidence in his ability, he applied to Congress only for a first
lieutenancy. This was in deference to the older men before that body. \x93I
hoped,\x94 said he, \x93in that rank to gain much useful knowledge from those
of more experience than myself.\x94 His lack of assertion for once cost him
dear. He sailed on the New Providence expedition under Commodore Hopkins
as first lieutenant of the Alfred, thirty; and he soon discovered that,
instead of gaining information, he was obliged to inform others. He
trained the men so thoroughly in the use of the great guns \x93that they
went through the motions of broadsides and rounds exactly as soldiers
generally perform the manual exercise.\x94

Captain Jones was not long in fixing the attention and earning the
gratitude of the nation, and of its Commander-in-Chief, General
Washington. While in command of the Providence, twelve four-pounders,
his successful elusions of the \x91Cerberus\x92, which hounded him, and
his escape from the \x91Solebay\x92, are too famous to be dwelt upon here.
Obtaining the Alfred, he captured and brought into Boston ten thousand
suits of uniform for Washington\x92s shivering army. Then, by the bungling
of Congress, thirteen officers were promoted over his head. The
bitterness this act engendered in the soul of one whose thirst for
distinction was as great as Captain Jones\x92s may be imagined. To his
everlasting credit be it recorded that he remained true to the country
to which he had dedicated his life and his talents. And it was not until
1781 that he got the justice due him.

That the rough and bluff captains of the American service should have
regarded a man of Paul Jones\x92s type with suspicion is not surprising.
They resented his polish and accomplishments, and could not understand
his language. Perhaps it was for this reason, as well as a reward for
his brilliant services, that he was always given a separate command. In
the summer of 1777 he was singled out for the highest gift in the power
of the United States, nothing less than that of the magnificent frigate
\x91Indien\x92, then building at Amsterdam. And he was ordered to France in
command of the \x91Ranger\x92, a new ship then fitting at Portsmouth. Captain
Jones was the admiration of all the young officers in the navy, and was
immediately flooded with requests to sail with him. One of his first
acts, after receiving his command, was to apply to the Marine Committee
for Mr. Carvel. The favour was granted.

My grandfather had earned much commendation from his superiors. He had
sailed two cruises as master\x92s mate of the Cabot, and was then serving
as master of the Trumbull, Captain Saltonstall. This was shortly after
that frigate had captured the two British transports off New York.

Captain Jones has been at pains to mention in his letters the services
rendered him by Mr. Carvel in fitting out the Ranger. And my grandfather
gives a striking picture of the captain. At that time the privateers,
with the larger inducements of profit they offered, were getting all the
best seamen. John Paul had but to take two turns with a man across the
dock, and he would sign papers.

Captain Jones was the first to raise the new flag of the stars and
stripes over a man-o\x92-war. They got away on November 14, 1777, with a
fair crew and a poor lot of officers. Mr. Carvel had many a brush with
the mutinous first lieutenant Simpson. Family influence deterred the
captain from placing this man under arrest, and even Dr. Franklin found
trouble, some years after, in bringing about his dismissal from
the service. To add to the troubles, the Ranger proved crank and
slow-sailing; and she had only one barrel of rum aboard, which made the
men discontented.

Bringing the official news of Burgoyne\x92s surrender, which was to cause
King Louis to acknowledge the independence of the United States, the
Ranger arrived at Nantes, December 2. Mr. Carvel accompanied Captain
Jones to Paris, where a serious blow awaited him. The American
Commissioners informed him that the Indien had been transferred to
France to prevent her confiscation. That winter John Paul spent
striving in vain for a better ship, and imbibing tactics from the French
admirals. Incidentally, he obtained a salute for the American flag.
The cruise of the Ranger in English waters the following spring was a
striking fulfilment, with an absurdly poor and inadequate force, of the
plan set forth by John Paul Jones in the Annapolis Coffee House. His
descent upon Whitehaven spread terror and consternation broadcast
through England, and he was branded as a pirate and a traitor. Mr.
Carvel was fortunately not of the landing party on St. Mary\x92s Isle,
which place he had last beheld in John Paul\x92s company, on the brigantine
John, when entering Kirkcudbright. The object of that expedition, as is
well known, was to obtain the person of the Earl of Selkirk, in order to
bring about the rescue of the unfortunate Americans suffering in British
prisons. After the celebrated capture of the sloop-of-war Drake, Paul
Jones returned to France a hero.

If Captain Jones was ambitious of personal glory, he may never, at
least, be accused of mercenary motives. The ragged crew of the Ranger
was paid in part out of his own pocket, and for a whole month he
supported the Drake\x92s officers and men, no provision having been made
for prisoners. He was at large expense in fitting out the Ranger, and he
bought back at twice what it was worth the plate taken from St. Mary\x92s
Isle, getting but a tardy recognition from the Earl of Selkirk for such
a noble and unheard-of action. And, I take pride in writing it, Mr.
Carvel spent much of what he had earned at Gordon\x92s Pride in a like
honourable manner.

Mr. Carvel\x92s description of the hero\x92s reception at Versailles is
graphic and very humorous. For all his republican principles John Paul
never got over his love of courts, and no man was ever a more thorough
courtier. He exchanged compliments with Queen Marie Antoinette, who was
then in the bloom of her beauty, and declared that she was a \x93good girl,
and deserved to be happy.\x94

The unruly Simpson sailed for America in the Ranger in July, Captain
Jones being retained in France \x93for a particular enterprise.\x94 And
through the kindness of Dr. Franklin, Mr. Carvel remained with him. Then
followed another period of heartrending disappointment. The fine ship
the French government promised him was not forthcoming, though Captain
Jones wrote a volume of beautiful letters to every one of importance,
from her Royal Highness the Duchess of Chartres to his Most Christian
Majesty, Louis, King of France and Navarre. At length, when he was
sitting one day in unusual dejection and railing at the vanity of courts
and kings, Mr. Carvel approached him with a book in his hand.

\x93What have you there, Richard?\x94 the captain demanded.

\x93Dr. Franklin\x92s Maxims,\x94 replied my grandfather. They were great
favourites with him. The captain took the book and began mechanically to
turn over the pages. Suddenly he closed it with a bang, jumped up, and
put on his coat and hat. Mr. Carvel looked on in astonishment.

\x93Where are you going, sir?\x94 says he.

\x93To Paris, sir,\x94 says the captain. \x93Dr. Franklin has taught me more
wisdom in a second than I had in all my life before. \x91If you wish to
have any business faithfully and expeditiously performed, go and do it
yourself; otherwise, send.\x92\x94

As a result of that trip he got the Duras, which he renamed the \x91Bon
homme Richard\x92 in honour of Dr. Franklin. The Duras was an ancient
Indiaman with a high poop, which made my grandfather exclaim, when he
saw her, at the remarkable fulfilment of old Stanwix\x92s prophecy. She was
perfectly rotten, and in the constructor\x92s opinion not worth refitting.
Her lowest deck (too low for the purpose) was pierced aft with three
ports on a side, and six worn-out eighteen-pounders mounted there. Some
of them burst in the action, killing their people. The main battery,
on the deck above, was composed of twenty-eight twelve-pounders. On the
uncovered deck eight nine-pounders were mounted. Captain Jones again
showed his desire to serve the cause by taking such a ship, and not
waiting for something better.

In the meantime the American frigate \x91Alliance\x92 had brought Lafayette to
France, and was added to the little squadron that was to sail with the
\x91Bon homme Richard\x92. One of the most fatal mistakes Congress ever made
was to put Captain Pierre Landais in command of her, out of compliment
to the French allies. He was a man whose temper and vagaries had
failed to get him a command in his own navy. His insulting conduct and
treachery to Captain Jones are strongly attested to in Mr. Carvel\x92s
manuscript: they were amply proved by the written statements of other
officers.

The squadron sailed from L\x92Orient in June, but owing to a collision
between the Bon homme Richard and the Alliance it was forced to put back
into the Groix roads for repairs. Nails and rivets were with difficulty
got to hold in the sides of the old Indianian. On August 14th John Paul
Jones again set sail for English waters, with the following vessels:
Alliance, thirty-six; Pallas, thirty; Cerf, eighteen; Vengeance, twelve;
and two French privateers. Owing to the humiliating conditions imposed
upon him by the French Minister of Marine, Commodore Jones did not have
absolute command. In a gale on the 26th the two privateers and the Cerf
parted company, never to return. After the most outrageous conduct off
the coast of Ireland, Landais, in the \x91Alliance\x92, left the squadron
on September 6th, and did not reappear until the 23d, the day of the
battle.

Mr. Carvel was the third lieutenant of the \x91Bon homme Richard\x92, tho\x92
he served as second in the action. Her first lieutenant (afterwards the
celebrated Commodore Richard Dale) was a magnificent man, one worthy in
every respect of the captain he served. When the hour of battle arrived,
these two and the sailing master, and a number of raw midshipmen, were
the only line-officers left, and two French officers of marines.

The rest had been lost in various ways. And the crew of the \x91Bon homme
Richard\x92 was as sorry a lot as ever trod a deck. Less than three
score of the seamen were American born; near four score were British,
inclusive of sixteen Irish; one hundred and thirty-seven were French
soldiers, who acted as marines; and the rest of the three hundred odd
souls to fight her were from all over the earth,--Malays and Maltese
and Portuguese. In the hold were more than one hundred and fifty English
prisoners.

This was a vessel and a force, truly, with which to conquer a fifty-gun
ship of the latest type, and with a picked crew.

Mr. Carvel\x92s chapter opens with Landais\x92s sudden reappearance on the
morning of the day the battle was fought. He shows the resentment and
anger against the Frenchman felt by all on board, from cabin-boy
to commodore. But none went so far as to accuse the captain of the
\x91Alliance\x92 of such supreme treachery as he was to show during the
action. Cowardice may have been in part responsible for his holding
aloof from the two duels in which the Richard and the Pallas engaged.
But the fact that he poured broadsides into the Richard, and into
her off side, makes it seem probable that his motive was to sink the
commodore\x92s ship, and so get the credit of saving the day, to the
detriment of the hero who won it despite all disasters. To account for
the cry that was raised when first she attacked the Richard, it must be
borne in mind that the crew of the \x91Alliance\x92 was largely composed of
Englishmen. It was thought that these had mutinied and taken her.



CHAPTER LII. HOW THE GARDENER\x92S SON FOUGHT THE \x93SERAPIS\x94

When I came on deck the next morning our yards were a-drip with a clammy
fog, and under it the sea was roughed by a southwest breeze. We were
standing to the northward before it. I remember reflecting as I paused
in the gangway that the day was Thursday, September the 23d, and that we
were near two months out of Groix with this tub of an Indiaman. In
all that time we had not so much as got a whiff of an English frigate,
though we had almost put a belt around the British Isles. Then straining
my eyes through the mist, I made out two white blurs of sails on our
starboard beam.

Honest Jack Pearce, one of the few good seamen we had aboard, was
rubbing down one of the nines beside me.

\x93Why, Jack,\x94 said I, \x93what have we there? Another prize?\x94 For that
question had become a joke on board the \x91Bon homme Richard\x92 since the
prisoners had reached an hundred and fifty, and half our crew was gone
to man the ships.

\x93Bless your \x91art, no, sir,\x94 said he. \x93\x91Tis that damned Frenchy Landais
in th\x92 Alliance. She turns up with the Pallas at six bells o\x92 the middle
watch.\x94

\x93So he\x92s back, is he?\x94

\x93Ay, he\x92s back,\x94 he returned, with a grunt that was half a growl; \x93arter
three weeks breakin\x92 o\x92 liberty. I tell \x91ee what, sir, them Frenchies is
treecherous devils, an\x92 not to be trusted the len\x92th of a lead line. An\x92
they beant seamen eno\x92 to keep a full an\x92 by with all their \x91takteek\x92.
Ez fer that Landais, I hearn him whinin\x92 at the commodore in the round
house when we was off Clear, an\x92 sayin\x92 as how he would tell Sartin on
us when he gets back to Paree. An\x92 jabberin to th\x92other Frenchmen as
was there that this here butter-cask was er King\x92s ship, an\x92 that the
commodore weren\x92t no commodore nohow. They say as how Cap\x92n Jones be
bound up in a hard knot by some articles of agreement, an\x92 daresn\x92t
punish him. Be that so, Mr. Carvel?\x94

I said that it was.

\x93Shiver my bulkheads!\x94 cried Jack, \x93I gave my oath to that same, sir.
For I knowed the commodore was the lad t\x92 string \x91em to the yard-arm
an\x92 he had the say on it. Oh, the devil take the Frenchies,\x94 said Jack,
rolling his quid to show his pleasure of the topic, \x93they sits on their
bottoms in Brest and L\x92Oriong an\x92 talks takteek wi\x92 their han\x92s and
mouths, and daresn\x92t as much as show the noses o\x92 their three-deckers in
th\x92 Bay o\x92 Biscay, while Cap\x92n Jones pokes his bowsprit into every
port in England with a hulk the rats have left. I\x92ve had my bellyful o\x92
Frenchies, Mr. Carvell save it be to fight \x91em. An\x92 I tell \x91ee \x91twould
give me the greatest joy in life t\x92 leave loose \x91Scolding Sairy\x92 at that
there Landais. Th\x92 gal ain\x92t had a match on her this here cruise, an\x92 t\x92
my mind she couldn\x92t be christened better, sir.\x94

I left him patting the gun with a tender affection.

The scene on board was quiet and peaceful enough that morning. A knot
of midshipmen on the forecastle were discussing Landais\x92s conduct, and
cursing the concordat which prevented our commodore from bringing him
up short. Mr. Stacey, the sailing-master, had the deck, and the coasting
pilot was conning; now and anon the boatswain\x92s whistle piped for
Garrett or Quito or Fogg to lay aft to the mast, where the first
lieutenant stood talking to Colonel de Chamillard, of the French
marines. The scavengers were sweeping down, and part of the after guard
was bending a new bolt-rope on a storm staysail.

Then the--fore-topmast crosstrees reports a sail on the weather quarter,
the Richard is brought around on the wind, and away we go after
a brigantine, \x93flying like a snow laden with English bricks,\x94 as
Midshipman Coram jokingly remarks. A chase is not such a novelty with us
that we crane our necks to windward.

At noon, when I relieved Mr. Stacey of the deck, the sun had eaten up
the fog, and the shores of England stood out boldly. Spurn Head was
looming up across our bows, while that of Flamborough jutted into the
sea behind us. I had the starboard watch piped to dinner, and reported
twelve o\x92clock to the commodore. And had just got permission to \x93make
it,\x94 according to a time-honoured custom at sea, when another \x93Sail,
ho!\x94 came down from aloft.

\x93Where away?\x94 called back Mr. Linthwaite, who was midshipman of the
forecastle.

\x93Starboard quarter, rounding Flamborough Head, sir. Looks like a
full-rigged ship, sir.\x94

I sent the messenger into the great cabin to report. He was barely
out of sight before a second cry came from the masthead: \x93Another sail
rounding Flamborough, sir!\x94

The officers on deck hurried to the taffrail. I had my glass, but not
a dot was visible above the sea-line. The messenger was scarcely back
again when there came a third hail: \x93Two more rounding the head, sir!
Four in all, sir!\x94

Here was excitement indeed. Without waiting for instructions, I gave the
command:

\x93Up royal yards! Royal yardmen in the tops!\x94

We were already swaying out of the chains, when Lieutenant Dale appeared
and asked the coasting pilot what fleet it was. He answered that it was
the Baltic fleet, under convoy of the Countess of Scarborough, twenty
guns, and the Serapis, forty-four.

\x93Forty-four,\x94 repeated Mr. Dale, smiling; \x93that means fifty, as English
frigates are rated. We shall have our hands full this day, my lads,\x94
 said he. \x93You have done well to get the royals on her, Mr. Carvel.\x94

While he was yet speaking, three more sail were reported from aloft.
Then there was a hush on deck, and the commodore himself appeared. As he
reached the poop we saluted him and informed him of what had happened.

\x93The Baltic fleet,\x94 said he, promptly. \x93Call away the pilotboat with Mr.
Lunt to follow the brigantine, sir, and ease off before the wind. Signal
\x91General Chase\x92 to the squadron, Mr. Mayrant.\x94

The men had jumped to the weather braces before I gave the command, and
all the while more sail were counting from the crosstrees, until
their number had reached forty-one. The news spread over the ship; the
starboard watch trooped up with their dinners half eaten. Then a faint
booming of guns drifted down upon our ears.

\x93They\x92ve got sight of us, sir,\x94 shouted the lookout. \x93They be firing
guns to windward, an\x92 letting fly their topgallant sheets.\x94

At that the commodore hurried forward, the men falling back to the
bulwarks respectfully, and he mounted the fore-rigging as agile as any
topman, followed by his aide with a glass. From the masthead he sung out
to me to set our stu\x92nsails, and he remained aloft till near seven bells
of the watch. At that hour the merchantmen had all scuttled to safety
behind the head, and from the deck a great yellow King\x92s frigate could
be plainly seen standing south to meet us, followed by her smaller
consort. Presently she hove to, and through our glasses we discerned
a small boat making for her side, and then a man clambering up her
sea-ladder.

\x93That be the bailiff of Scarborough, sir,\x94 said the coasting pilot,
\x93come to tell her cap\x92n \x91tis Paul Jones he has to fight.\x94

At that moment the commodore lay down from aloft, and our hearts beat
high as he walked swiftly aft to the quarterdeck, where he paused for
a word with Mr. Dale. Meanwhile Mr. Mayrant hove out the signal for the
squadron to form line of battle.

\x93Recall the pilot-boat, Mr. Carvel,\x94 said the commodore, quietly. \x93Then
you may beat to quarters, and I will take the ship, sir.\x94

\x93Ay, ay, sir.\x94 I raised my trumpet. \x93All hands clear ship for action!\x94

It makes me sigh now to think of the cheer which burst from that
tatterdemalion crew. Who were they to fight the bone and sinew of the
King\x92s navy in a rotten ship of an age gone by? And who was he, that
stood so straight upon the quarter-deck, to instil this scum with love
and worship and fervour to blind them to such odds? But the bo\x92suns
piped and sang out the command in fog-horn voices, the drums beat the
long roll and the fifes whistled, and the decks became suddenly alive.
Breechings were loosed and gun-tackles unlashed, rammer and sponge laid
out, and pike and pistol and cutlass placed where they would be handy
when the time came to rush the enemy\x92s decks. The powder-monkeys tumbled
over each other in their hurry to provide cartridges, and grape and
canister and doubleheaded shot were hoisted up from below. The trimmers
rigged the splinter nettings, got out spare spars and blocks and ropes
against those that were sure to be shot away, and rolled up casks of
water to put out the fires. Tubs were filled with sand, for blood is
slippery upon the boards. The French marines, their scarlet and white
very natty in contrast to most of our ragged wharf-rats at the guns,
were mustered on poop and forecastle, and some were sent aloft to
the tops to assist the tars there to sweep the British decks with
handgrenade and musket. And, lastly, the surgeon and his mates went
below to cockpit and steerage, to make ready for the grimmest work of
all.

My own duties took me to the dark lower deck, a vile place indeed, and
reeking with the smell of tar and stale victuals. There I had charge of
the battery of old eighteens, while Mr. Dale commanded the twelves on
the middle deck. We loaded our guns with two shots apiece, though I had
my doubts about their standing such a charge, and then the men stripped
until they stood naked to the waist, waiting for the fight to begin.
For we could see nothing of what was going forward. I was pacing up and
down, for it was a task to quiet the nerves in that dingy place with
the gun-ports closed, when about three bells of the dog, Mr. Mease, the
purser, appeared on the ladder.

\x93Lunt has not come back with the pilot-boat, Carvel,\x94 said he. \x93I have
volunteered for a battery, and am assigned to this. You are to report to
the commodore.\x94

I thanked him, and climbed quickly to the quarterdeck. The \x91Bon homme
Richard\x92 was lumbering like a leaden ship before the wind, swaying
ponderously, her topsails flapping and her heavy blocks whacking against
the yards. And there was the commodore, erect, and with fire in his eye,
giving sharp commands to the men at the wheel. I knew at once that no
trifle had disturbed him. He wore a brand-new uniform; a blue coat with
red lapels and yellow buttons, and slashed cuffs and stand-up collar, a
red waistcoat with tawny lace, blue breeches, white silk stockings, and
a cocked hat and a sword. Into his belt were stuck two brace of pistols.

It took some effort to realize, as I waited silently for his attention,
that this was the man of whose innermost life I had had so intimate
a view. Who had taken me to the humble cottage under Criffel, who had
poured into my ear his ambitions and his wrongs when we had sat together
in the dingy room of the Castle Yard sponging-house. Then some of those
ludicrous scenes on the road to London came up to me, for which the
sky-blue frock was responsible. And yet this commodore was not greatly
removed from him I had first beheld on the brigantine John. His
confidence in his future had not so much as wavered since that day. That
future was now not so far distant as the horizon, and he was ready to
meet it.

\x93You will take charge of the battery of nines on this deck, Mr. Carvel,\x94
 said he, at length.

\x93Very good, sir,\x94 I replied, and was making my way down the poop ladder,
when I heard him calling me, in a low voice, by the old name: \x93Richard!\x94

I turned and followed him aft to the taffrail, where we were clear of
the French soldiers. The sun was hanging red over the Yorkshire Wolds,
the Head of Flamborough was in the blue shadow, and the clouds were like
rose leaves in the sky. The enemy had tacked and was standing west, with
ensign and jack and pennant flying, the level light washing his sails
to the whiteness of paper. \x91Twas then I first remarked that the Alliance
had left her place in line and was sailing swiftly ahead toward the
Serapis. The commodore seemed to read my exclamation.

\x93Landais means to ruin me yet, by hook or crook,\x94 said he.

\x93But he can\x92t intend to close with them,\x94 I replied. \x93He has not the
courage.\x94

\x93God knows what he intends,\x94 said the commodore, bitterly. \x93It is no
good, at all events.\x94

My heart bled for him. Some minutes passed that he did not speak, making
shift to raise his glass now and again, and I knew that he was gripped
by a strong emotion. \x93\x91Twas so he ever behaved when the stress was
greatest. Presently he lays down the glass on the signal-chest, fumbles
in his coat, and brings out the little gold brooch I had not set eyes on
since Dolly and he and I had stood together on the Betsy\x92s deck.

\x93When you see her, Richard, tell her that I have kept it as sacred as
her memory,\x94 he said thickly. \x93She will recall what I spoke of you when
she gave it me. You have been leal and true to me indeed, and many a
black hour have you tided me over since this war\x92 began. Do you know how
she may be directed to?\x94 he concluded, with abruptness.

I glanced at him, surprised at the question. He was staring at the
English shore.

\x93Mr. Ripley, of Lincoln\x92s Inn, used to be Mr. Manners\x92s lawyer,\x94 I
answered.

He took out a little note-book and wrote that down carefully. \x93And now,\x94
 he continued, \x93God keep you, my friend. We must win, for we fight with a
rope around our necks.\x94

\x93But you, Captain Paul,\x94 I said, \x93is--is there no one?\x94

His face took on the look of melancholy it had worn so often of late,
despite his triumphs. That look was the stamp of fate.

\x93Richard,\x94 replied he, with an ineffable sadness, \x93I am naught but a
wanderer upon the face of the earth. I have no ties, no kindred,--no
real friends, save you and Dale, and some of these honest fellows whom I
lead to slaughter. My ambition is seamed with a flaw. And all my life
I must be striving, striving, until I am laid in the grave. I know that
now, and it is you yourself who have taught me. For I have violently
broken forth from those bounds which God in His wisdom did set.\x94

I pressed his hand, and with bowed head went back to my station,
profoundly struck by the truth of what he had spoken. Though he fought
under the flag of freedom, the curse of the expatriated was upon his
head.

Shortly afterward he appeared at the poop rail, straight and alert, his
eye piercing each man as it fell on him. He was the commodore once more.

The twilight deepened, until you scarce could see your hands. There was
no sound save the cracking of the cabins and the tumbling of the blocks,
and from time to time a muttered command. An age went by before the
trimmers were sent to the lee braces, and the Richard rounded lazily to.
And a great frigate loomed out of the night beside us, half a pistolshot
away.

\x93What ship is that?\x94 came the hail, intense out of the silence.

\x93I don\x92t hear you,\x94 replied our commodore, for he had not yet got his
distance.

Again came the hail: \x93What ship is that?\x94

John Paul Jones leaned forward over the rail.

\x93Pass the word below to the first lieutenant to begin the action, sir.\x94

Hardly were the words out of my mouth before the deck gave a mighty
leap, a hot wind that seemed half of flame blew across my face, and
the roar started the pain throbbing in my ears. At the same instant the
screech of shot sounded overhead, we heard the sharp crack-crack of
wood rending and splitting,--as with a great broadaxe,--and a medley
of blocks and ropes rattled to the deck with the \x91thud of the falling
bodies. Then, instead of stillness, moans and shrieks from above and
below, oaths and prayers in English and French and Portuguese, and in
the heathen gibberish of the East. As the men were sponging and ramming
home in the first fury of hatred, the carpenter jumped out under the
battle-lanthorn at the main hatch, crying in a wild voice that the old
eighteens had burst, killing half their crews and blowing up the gundeck
above them. At this many of our men broke and ran for the hatches.

\x93Back, back to your quarters! The first man to desert will be shot
down!\x94

It was the same strange voice that had quelled the mutiny on the John,
that had awed the men of Kirkcudbright. The tackles were seized and
the guns run out once more, and fired, and served again in an agony of
haste. In the darkness shot shrieked hither and thither about us like
demons, striking everywhere, sometimes sending casks of salt water over
the nettings. Incessantly the quartermaster walked to and fro scattering
sand over the black pools that kept running, running together as the
minutes were tolled out, and the red flashes from the guns revealed
faces in a hideous contortion. One little fellow, with whom I had had
many a lively word at mess, had his arm taken off at the shoulder as he
went skipping past me with the charge under his coat, and I have but to
listen now to hear the patter of the blood on the boards as they carried
him away to the cockpit below. Out of the main hatch, from that charnel
house, rose one continuous cry. It was an odd trick of the mind or soul
that put a hymn on my lips in that dreadful hour of carnage and human
misery, when men were calling the name of their Maker in vain. But as
I ran from crew to crew, I sang over and over again a long-forgotten
Christmas carol, and with it came a fleeting memory of my mother on the
stairs at Carvel Hall, and of the negroes gathered on the lawn without.

Suddenly, glancing up at the dim cloud of sails above, I saw that we
were aback and making sternway. We might have tossed a biscuit aboard
the big Serapis as she glided ahead of us. The broadsides thundered, and
great ragged scantlings brake from our bulwarks and flew as high as the
mizzen-top; and the shrieks and groans redoubled. Involuntarily my
eyes sought the poop, and I gave a sigh of relief at the sight of the
commanding figure in the midst of the whirling smoke. We shotted our
guns with double-headed, manned our lee braces, and gathered headway.

\x93Stand by to board!\x94

The boatswains\x92 whistles trilled through the ship, pikes were seized,
and pistol and cutlass buckled on. But even as we waited with set
teeth, our bows ground into the enemy\x92s weather quarter-gallery. For the
Richard\x92s rigging was much cut away, and she was crank at best. So
we backed and filled once more, passing the Englishman close aboard,
himself being aback at the time. Several of his shot crushed through the
bulwarks in front of me, shattering a nine-pounder and killing half of
its crew. And it is only a miracle that I stand alive to be able to
tell the tale. Then I caught a glimpse of the quartermaster whirling
the spokes of our wheel, and over went our helm to lay us athwart the
forefoot of the \x91Serapis\x92, where we might rake and rush her decks.
Our old Indiaman answered but doggedly; and the huge bowsprit of the
Serapis, towering over our heads, snapped off our spanker gaff and
fouled our mizzen rigging.

\x93A hawser, Mr. Stacey, a hawser!\x94 I heard the commodore shout, and saw
the sailing-master slide down the ladder and grope among the dead and
wounded and mass of broken spars and tackles, and finally pick up a
smeared rope\x92s end, which I helped him drag to the poop. There we found
the commodore himself taking skilful turns around the mizzen with the
severed stays and shrouds dangling from the bowsprit, the French marines
looking on.

\x93Don\x92t swear, Mr. Stacey,\x94 said he, severely; \x93in another minute we may
all be in eternity.\x94

I rushed back to my guns, for the wind was rapidly swinging the stern
of the Serapis to our own bow, now bringing her starboard batteries into
play. Barely had we time to light our snatches and send our broadside
into her at three fathoms before the huge vessels came crunching
together, the disordered riggings locking, and both pointed northward to
a leeward tide in a death embrace. The chance had not been given him to
shift his crews or to fling open his starboard gun-ports.

Then ensued a moment\x92s breathless hush, even the cries of those in
agony lulling. The pall of smoke rolled a little, and a silver moonlight
filtered through, revealing the weltering bodies twisted upon the
boards. A stern call came from beyond the bulwarks.

\x93Have you struck, sir?\x94

The answer sounded clear, and bred hero-worship in our souls.

\x93Sir, I have not yet begun to fight.\x94

Our men raised a hoarse yell, drowned all at once by the popping of
musketry in the tops and the bursting of grenades here and there about
the decks. A mighty muffled blast sent the Bon homme Richard rolling to
larboard, and the smoke eddied from our hatches and lifted out of the
space between the ships. The Englishman had blown off his gun-ports.
And next some one shouted that our battery of twelves was fighting them
muzzle to muzzle below, our rammers leaning into the Serapis to send
their shot home. No chance then for the thoughts which had tortured us
in moments of suspense. That was a fearful hour, when a shot had scarce
to leap a cannon\x92s length to find its commission; when the belches of
the English guns burned the hair of our faces; when Death was sovereign,
merciful or cruel at his pleasure. The red flashes disclosed many an act
of coolness and of heroism. I saw a French lad whip off his coat when a
gunner called for a wad, and another, who had been a scavenger, snatch
the rammer from Pearce\x92s hands when he staggered with a grape-shot
through his chest. Poor Jack Pearce! He did not live to see the work
\x91Scolding Sairy\x92 was to do that night. I had but dragged him beyond
reach of the recoil when he was gone.

Then a cry came floating down from aloft. Thrice did I hear it, like
one waking out of a sleep, ere I grasped its import. \x93The Alliance! The
Alliance!\x94 But hardly had the name resounded with joy throughout the
ship, when a hail of grape and canister tore through our sails from aft
forward. \x93She rakes us! She rakes us!\x94 And the French soldiers tumbled
headlong down from the poop with a wail of \x93Les Anglais font prise!\x94
 \x93Her Englishmen have taken her, and turned her guns against us!\x94 Our
captain was left standing alone beside the staff where the stars and
stripes waved black in the moonlight.

\x93The Alliance is hauling off, sir!\x94 called the midshipman of the
mizzen-top. \x93She is making for the Pallas and the Countess of
Scarborough.\x94

\x93Very good, sir,\x94 was all the commodore said.

To us hearkening for his answer his voice betrayed no sign of dismay.
Seven times, I say, was that battle lost, and seven times regained
again. What was it kept the crews at their quarters and the officers
at their posts through that hell of flame and shot, when a madman could
scarce have hoped for victory? What but the knowledge that somewhere
in the swirl above us was still that unswerving and indomitable man who
swept all obstacles from before him, and into whose mind the thought of
defeat could not enter. His spirit held us to our task, for flesh and
blood might not have endured alone.

We had now but one of our starboard nine-pounders on its carriage, and
word came from below that our battery of twelves was all but knocked to
scrap iron, and their ports blown into one yawning gap. Indeed, we did
not have to be told that sides and stanchions had been carried away, for
the deck trembled and teetered under us as we dragged \x91Scolding Sairy\x92
from her stand in the larboard waist, clearing a lane for her between
the bodies. Our feet slipped and slipped as we hove, and burning bits of
sails and splinters dropping from aloft fell unheeded on our heads and
shoulders. With the energy of desperation I was bending to the pull,
when the Malay in front of me sank dead across the tackle. But, ere I
could touch him, he was tenderly lifted aside, and a familiar figure
seized the rope where the dead man\x92s hands had warmed it. Truly, the
commodore was everywhere that night.

\x93Down to the surgeon with you, Richard!\x94 he cried. \x93I will look to the
battery.\x94

Dazed, I put my hand to my hair to find it warm and wringing wet. When
I had been hit, I knew not. But I shook my head, for the very notion of
that cockpit turned my stomach. The blood was streaming from a gash in
his own temple, to which he gave no heed, and stood encouraging that
panting line until at last the gun was got across and hooked to the
ring-bolts of its companion that lay shattered there. \x93Serve her
with double-headed, my lads,\x94 he shouted, \x93and every shot into the
Englishman\x92s mainmast!\x94

\x93Ay, ay, sir,\x94 came the answer from every man of that little remnant.

The Serapis, too, was now beginning to blaze aloft, and choking
wood-smoke eddied out of the Richard\x92s hold and mingled with the powder
fumes. Then the enemy\x92s fire abreast us seemed to lull, and Mr. Stacey
mounted the bulwarks, and cried out: \x93You have cleared their decks, my
hearties!\x94 Aloft, a man was seen to clamber from our mainyard into the
very top of the Englishman, where he threw a hand-grenade, as I thought,
down her main hatch. An instant after an explosion came like a, clap of
thunder in our faces, and a great quadrant of light flashed as high as
the \x91Serapis\x92s\x92 trucks, and through a breach in her bulwarks I saw men
running with only the collars of their shirts upon their naked bodies.

\x91Twas at this critical moment, when that fearful battle once more was
won, another storm of grape brought the spars about our heads, and that
name which we dreaded most of all was spread again. As we halted in
consternation, a dozen round shot ripped through our unengaged side,
and a babel of voices hailed the treacherous Landais with oaths and
imprecations. We made out the Alliance with a full head of canvas, black
and sharp, between us and the moon. Smoke hung above her rail. Getting
over against the signal fires blazing on Flamborough Head, she wore ship
and stood across our bows, the midshipman on the forecastle singing out
to her, by the commodore\x92s orders, to lay the enemy by the board. There
was no response.

\x93Do you hear us?\x94 yelled Mr. Linthwaite.

\x93Ay, ay,\x94 came the reply; and with it the smoke broke from her and the
grape and canister swept our forecastle. Then the Alliance sailed away,
leaving brave Mr. Caswell among the many Landais had murdered.

The ominous clank of the chain pumps beat a sort of prelude to what
happened next. The gunner burst out of the hatch with blood running down
his face, shouting that the Richard was sinking, and yelling for quarter
as he made for the ensign-staff on the poop, for the flag was shot away.
Him the commodore felled with a pistol-butt. At the gunner\x92s heels were
the hundred and fifty prisoners we had taken, released by the master
at arms. They swarmed out of the bowels of the ship like a horde of
Tartars, unkempt and wild and desperate with fear, until I thought that
the added weight on the scarce-supported deck would land us all in the
bilges. Words fail me when I come to describe the frightful panic of
these creatures, frenzied by the instinct of self-preservation. They
surged hither and thither as angry seas driven into a pocket of a
storm-swept coast. They trampled rough-shod over the moaning heaps of
wounded and dying, and crowded the crews at the guns, who were powerless
before their numbers. Some fought like maniacs, and others flung
themselves into the sea.

Those of us who had clung to hope lost it then. Standing with my back
to the mast, beating them off with a pike, visions of an English
prison-ship, of an English gallows, came before me. I counted the
seconds until the enemy\x92s seamen would be pouring through our ragged
ports. The seventh and last time, and we were beaten, for we had not men
enough left on our two decks to force them down again. Yes,--I shame
to confess it--the heart went clean out of me, and with that the pain
pulsed and leaped in my head like a devil unbound. At a turn of the hand
I should have sunk to the boards, had not a voice risen strong and clear
above that turmoil, compelling every man to halt trembling in his steps.

\x93Cast off, cast off! \x91The Serapis\x92 is sinking. To the pumps, ye fools,
if you would save your lives!\x94

That unerring genius of the gardener\x92s son had struck the only chord!

They were like sheep before us as we beat them back into the reeking
hatches, and soon the pumps were heard bumping with a renewed and a
desperate vigour. Then, all at once, the towering mainmast of the
enemy cracked and tottered and swung this way and that on its loosened
shrouds. The first intense silence of the battle followed, in the midst
of which came a cry from our top:

\x93Their captain is hauling down, sir!\x94

The sound which broke from our men could scarce be called a cheer. That
which they felt as they sank exhausted on the blood of their comrades
may not have been elation. My own feeling was of unmixed wonder as I
gazed at a calm profile above me, sharp-cut against the moon.

I was moved as out of a revery by the sight of Dale swinging across to
the Serapis by the main brace pennant. Calling on some of my boarders, I
scaled our bulwarks and leaped fairly into the middle of the gangway of
the Serapis.

Such is nearly all of my remembrance of that momentous occasion. I had
caught the one glimpse of our first lieutenant in converse with their
captain and another officer, when a naked seaman came charging at me. He
had raised a pike above his shoulder ere I knew what he was about, and
my senses left me.



CHAPTER LIII. IN WHICH I MAKE SOME DISCOVERIES

The room had a prodigious sense of change about it. That came over me
with something of a shock, since the moment before I had it settled that
I was in Marlboro\x92 Street. The bare branches swaying in the wind outside
should belong to the trees in Freshwater Lane. But beyond the branches
were houses, the like of which I had no remembrance of in Annapolis.
And then my grandfather should be sitting in that window. Surely, he
was there! He moved! He was coming toward me to say: \x93Richard, you are
forgiven,\x94 and to brush his eyes with his ruffles.

Then there was the bed-canopy, the pleatings of which were gone, and it
was turned white instead of the old blue. And the chimney-place! That
was unaccountably smaller, and glowed with a sea-coal fire. And the
mantel was now but a bit of a shelf, and held many things that seemed
scarce at home on the rough and painted wood,--gold filigree; and China
and Japan, and a French clock that ought not to have been just there.
Ah, the teacups! Here at last was something to touch a fibre of my
brain, but a pain came with the effort of memory. So my eyes went
back to my grandfather in the window. His face was now become black as
Scipio\x92s, and he wore a red turban and a striped cotton gown that was
too large for him. And he was sewing. This was monstrous!

I hurried over to the tea-cups, such a twinge did that discovery give
me. But they troubled me near as much, and the sea-coal fire held
strange images. The fascination in the window was not to be denied, for
it stood in line with the houses and the trees. Suddenly there rose up
before me a gate. Yes, I knew that gate, and the girlish figure leaning
over it. They were in Prince George Street. Behind them was a mass of
golden-rose bushes, and out of these came forth a black face under a
turban, saying, \x93Yes, mistis, I\x92se comin\x92.\x94

\x93Mammy--Mammy Lucy!\x94

The figure in the window stirred, and the sewing fell its ample lap.

\x93Now Lawd\x92a mercy!\x94

I trembled--with a violence unspeakable. Was this but one more of those
thousand voices, harsh and gentle, rough and tender, to which I had
listened in vain this age past? The black face was hovering over me
now, and in an agony of apprehension I reached up and felt its honest
roughness. Then I could have wept for joy.

\x93Mammy Lucy!\x94

\x93Yes, Marse Dick?\x94

\x93Where--where is Miss Dolly?\x94

\x93Now, Marse Dick, doctah done say you not t\x92 talk, suh.\x94

\x93Where is Miss Dolly?\x94 I cried, seizing her arm.

\x93Hush, Marse Dick. Miss Dolly\x92ll come terectly, suh. She\x92s lyin\x92 down,
suh.\x94

The door creaked, and in my eagerness I tried to lift myself. \x91Twas
Aunt Lucy\x92s hand that restrained me, and the next face I saw was that of
Dorothy\x92s mother. But why did it appear so old and sorrow-lined? And why
was the hair now of a whiteness with the lace of the cap? She took my
fingers in her own, and asked me anxiously if I felt any pain.

\x93Where am I, Mrs. Manners?\x94

\x93You are in London, Richard.\x94

\x93In Arlington Street?\x94

She shook her head sadly. \x93No, my dear, not in Arlington Street. But you
are not to talk.\x94

\x93And Dorothy? May I not see Dorothy? Aunt Lucy tells me she is here.\x94

Mrs. Manners gave the old mammy a glance of reproof, a signal that
alarmed me vastly.

\x93Oh, tell me, Mrs. Manners! You will speak the truth. Tell me if she is
gone away?\x94

\x93My dear boy, she is here, and under this very roof. And you shall see
her as soon as Dr. Barry will permit. Which will not be soon,\x94 she added
with a smile, \x93if you persist in this conduct.\x94

The threat had the desired effect. And Mrs. Manners quietly left the
room, and after a while as quietly came back again and sat down by the
fire, whispering to Aunt Lucy.

Fate, in some inexplicable way, had carried me into the enemy\x92s country
and made me the guest of Mr. Marmaduke Manners. As I lay staring
upward, odd little bits of the past came floating to the top of my mind,
presently to be pieced together. The injuries Mr. Marmaduke had done
me were the first to collect, since I was searching for the cause of
my resentment against him. The incidents arrived haphazard as magic
lanthorn views, but very vivid. His denial of me before Mr. Dix, and his
treachery at Vauxhall, when he had sent me to be murdered. Next I felt
myself clutching the skin over his ribs in Arlington Street, when I had
flung him across the room in his yellow night-gown. That brought me to
the most painful scene of my life, when I had parted with Dorothy at the
top of the stairs. Afterward followed scraps of the years at Gordon\x92s
Pride, and on top of them the talk with McAndrews. Here was the secret I
sought. The crash had come. And they were no longer in Mayfair, but must
have taken a house in some poorer part of London. This thought cast me
down tremendously.

And Dorothy! Had time changed her? \x91Twas with that query on my lips I
fell asleep, to dream of the sun shining down on Carvel Hall and Wilmot
House; of Aunt Hester and Aunt Lucy, and a lass and a lad romping
through pleasant fields and gardens.

When I awoke it was broad day once more. A gentleman sat on the edge of
my bed. He had a queer, short face, ruddy as the harvest moon, and he
smiled good-humouredly when I opened my eyes.

\x93I bid you good morning, Mr. Carvel, for the first time since I have
made your acquaintance,\x94 said he. \x93And how do you feel, sir?\x94

\x93I have never felt better in my life,\x94 I replied, which was the whole
truth.

\x93Well, vastly well,\x94 says he, laughing, \x93prodigious well for a young
man who has as many holes in him as have you. Do you hear him, Mrs.
Manners?\x94

At that last word, I popped up to look about the room, and the doctor
caught hold of me with ludicrous haste. A pain shot through my body.

\x93Avast, avast, my hearty,\x94 cries he. \x93\x91Tis a miracle you can speak,
let alone carry your bed and walk for a while yet.\x94 And he turned to
Dorothy\x92s mother, whom I beheld smiling at me. \x93You will give him the
physic, ma\x92am, at the hours I have chosen. Egad, I begin to think we
shall come through.

\x93But pray remember, ma\x92am, if he talks, you are to put a wad in his
mouth.\x94

\x93He shall have no opportunity to talk, Dr. Barry,\x94 said Mrs. Manners.

\x93Save for a favour I have to ask you, doctor,\x94 I cried.

\x93\x91Od\x92s bodkins! Already, sir? And what may that be?\x94

\x93That you will allow me to see Miss Manners.\x94

He shook with laughter, and then winked at me very roguishly.

\x93Oh!\x94 says he, \x93and faith, I should be worse than cruel. First she comes
imploring me to see you, and so prettily that a man of oak could not
refuse her. And now it is you begging to see her. Had your eyes been
opened, sir, you might have had many a glimpse of Miss Dolly these three
weeks past.\x94

\x93What! She has been watching with me?\x94 I asked, in a rapture not to be
expressed.

\x93\x91Od\x92s, but those are secrets. And the medical profession is
close-mouthed, Mr. Carvel. So you want to see her? No,\x94 cries he, \x93\x91tis
not needful to swear it on the Evangels. And I let her come in, will you
give me your honour as a gentleman not to speak more than two words to
her?\x94

\x93I promise anything, and you will not deny me looking at her,\x94 said I.

He shook again, all over. \x93You rascal! You sad dog, sir! No, sir, faith,
you must shut your eyes. Eh, madam, must he not shut his eyes?\x94

\x93They were playmates, doctor,\x94 answers Mrs. Manners. She was laughing a
little, too.

\x93Well, she shall come in. But remember that I shall have my ear to the
keyhole, and you go beyond your promise, out she\x92s whisked. So I caution
you not to spend rashly those two words, sir.\x94

And he followed Mrs. Manners out of the room, frowning and shaking his
fist at me in mock fierceness. I would have died for the man. For a
space--a prodigious long space--I lay very still, my heart bumping like
a gun-carriage broke loose, and my eyes riveted on the crack of the
door. Then I caught the sound of a light footstep, the knob turned, and
joy poured into my soul with the sweep of a Fundy tide.

\x93Dorothy!\x94 I cried. \x93Dorothy!\x94

She put her finger to her lips.

\x93There, sir,\x94 said she, \x93now you have spoken them both at once!\x94

She closed the door softly behind her, and stood looking down upon me
with such a wondrous love-light in her eyes as no man may describe.
My fancy had not lifted me within its compass, my dreams even had not
imagined it. And the fire from which it sprang does not burn in humbler
souls. So she stood gazing, those lips which once had been the seat of
pride now parted in a smile of infinite tenderness. But her head she
still held high, and her body straight. Down the front of her dress
fell a tucked apron of the whitest linen, and in her hand was a cup of
steaming broth.

\x93You are to take this, Richard,\x94 she commanded. And added, with a touch
of her old mischief, \x93Mind, sir, if I hear a sound out of you, I am to
disappear like the fairy godmother.\x94

I knew full well she meant it, and the terror of losing her kept me
silent. She put down the cup, placed another pillow behind my head with
a marvellous deftness, and then began feeding me in dainty spoonfuls
something which was surely nectar. And mine eyes, too, had their feast.
Never before had I seen my lady in this gentle guise, this task of
nursing the sick, which her doing raised to a queenly art.

Her face had changed some. Years of trial unknown to me had left an
ennobling mark upon her features, increasing their power an hundred
fold. And the levity of girlish years was gone. How I burned to question
her! But her lips were now tight closed, her glance now and anon seeking
mine, and then falling with an exquisite droop to the coverlet. For the
old archness, at least, would never be eradicated. Presently, after she
had taken the cup and smoothed my pillow, I reached out for her hand. It
was a boldness of which I had not believed myself capable; but she did
not resist, and even, as I thought, pressed my fingers with her own
slender ones, the red of our Maryland holly blushing in her cheeks. And
what need of words, indeed! Our thoughts, too, flew coursing hand in
hand through primrose paths, and the angels themselves were not to be
envied.

A master might picture my happiness, waking and sleeping, through the
short winter days that came and went like flashes of gray light. The
memory of them is that of a figure tall and lithe, a little more rounded
than of yore, and a chiselled face softened by a power that is one
of the world\x92s mysteries. Dorothy had looked the lady in rags, and
housewife\x92s cap and apron became her as well as silks or brocades.
When for any reason she was absent from my side, I moped, to the quiet
amusement of Mrs. Manners and the more boisterous delight of Aunt Lucy,
who took her turn sewing in the window. I was near to forgetting the use
of words, until at length, one rare morning when the sun poured in,
the jolly doctor dressed my wounds with more despatch than common, and
vouchsafed that I might talk awhile that day.

\x93Oh!\x94 cries he, putting me as ever to confusion, \x93but I have a guess
whom my gentleman will be wishing to talk with. But I\x92ll warrant, sir,
you have said a deal more than I have any notion of without opening your
lips.\x94

And he went away, intolerably pleased with his joke.

Alas for the perversity of maiden natures! It was not my dear nurse who
brought my broth that morning, but Mrs. Manners herself. She smiled at
my fallen face, and took a chair at my bedside.

\x93Now, my dear boy,\x94 she said, \x93you may ask what questions you choose,
and I will tell you very briefly how you have come here.\x94

\x93I have been thinking, Mrs. Manners,\x94 I replied, \x93that if it were known
that you harboured one of John Paul Jones\x92s officers in London, very
serious trouble might follow for you.\x94

I thought her brow clouded a little.

\x93No one knows of it, Richard, or is likely to. Dr. Barry, like so many
in England, is a good Whig and friend to America. And you are in a part
of London far removed from Mayfair.\x94 She hesitated, and then continued
in a voice that strove to be lighter: \x93This little house is in Charlotte
Street, Mary-le-Bone, for the war has made all of us suffer some. And
we are more fortunate than many, for we are very comfortable here, and
though I say it, happier than in Arlington Street. And the best of our
friends are still faithful. Mr. Fox, with all his greatness, has never
deserted us, nor my Lord Comyn. Indeed, we owe them much more than I can
tell you of now,\x94 she said, and sighed. \x93They are here every day of the
world to inquire for you, and it was his Lordship brought you out of
Holland.\x94

And so I had reason once more to bless this stanch friend!

\x93Out of Holland?\x94 I cried.

\x93Yes. One morning as we sat down to breakfast, Mr. Ripley\x92s clerk
brought in a letter for Dorothy. But I must say first that Mr. Dulany,
who is in London, told us that you were with John Paul Jones. You
can have no conception, Richard, of the fear and hatred that name has
aroused in England. Insurance rates have gone up past belief, and the
King\x92s ships are cruising in every direction after the traitor and
pirate, as they call him. We have prayed daily for your safety, and
Dorothy--well, here is the letter she received. It had been opened
by the inspector, and allowed to pass. And it is to be kept as a
curiosity.\x94 She drew it from the pocket of her apron and began to read.

                  \x93THE TEXEL, October 3, 1779

   \x93MY DEAR Miss DOROTHY: I would not be thought to flutter y\x92r Gentle
   Bosom with Needless Alarms, nor do I believe I have misjudged y\x92r
   Warm & Generous Nature when I write you that One who is held very
   High in y\x92r Esteem lies Exceeding Ill at this Place, who might by
   Tender Nursing regain his Health. I seize this Opportunity to say,
   my dear Lady, that I have ever held my too Brief Acquaintance with
   you in London as one of the Sacred Associations of my Life. From
   the Little I saw of you then I feel Sure that this Appeal will not
   pass in Vain. I remain y\x92r most Humble and Devoted Admirer,

                  \x93JAMES ORCHARDSON.\x94


\x93And she knew it was from Commodore Jones?\x94 I asked, in astonishment.

\x93My dear,\x94 replied Mrs. Manners, with a quiet smile, \x93we women have a
keener instinct than men--though I believe your commodore has a woman\x92s
intuition. Yes, Dorothy knew. And I shall never forget the fright she
gave me as she rose from the table and handed me the sheet to read,
crying but the one word. She sent off to Brook Street for Lord Comyn,
who came at once, and, in half an hour the dear fellow was set out for
Dover. He waited for nothing, since war with Holland was looked for
at any day. And his Lordship himself will tell you about that rescue.
Within the week he had brought you to us. Your skull had been trepanned,
you had this great hole in your thigh, and your heart was beating but
slowly. By Mr. Fox\x92s advice we sent for Dr. Barry, who is a skilled
surgeon, and a discreet man despite his manner. And you have been here
for better than three weeks, Richard, hanging between life and death.\x94

\x93And I owe my life to you and to Dorothy,\x94 I said.

\x93To Lord Comyn and Dr. Barry, rather,\x94 she replied quickly. \x93We have
done little but keep the life they saved. And I thank God it was given
me to do it for the son of your mother and father.\x94

Something of the debt I owed them was forced upon me.

They were poor, doubtless driven to make ends meet, and yet they had
taken me in, called upon near the undivided services of an able surgeon,
and worn themselves out with nursing me. Nor did I forget the risk
they ran with such a guest. For the first time in many years my heart
relented toward Mr. Marmaduke. For their sakes I forgave him over and
over what I had suffered, and my treatment of him lay like a weight upon
me. And how was I to repay them? They needed the money I had cost them,
of that I was sure. After the sums I had expended to aid the commodore
with the \x91Ranger\x92 and the \x91Bon homme Richard\x92, I had scarce a farthing
to my name. With such leaden reflections was I occupied when I heard
Mrs. Manners speaking to me.

\x93Richard, I have some news for you which the doctor thinks you can bear
to-day. Mr. Dulany, who is exiled like the rest of us, brought them. It
is a great happiness to be able to tell you, my dear, that you are now
the master of Carvel Hall, and like to stay so.\x94

The tears stole into her eyes as she spoke. And the enormity of those
tidings, coming as they did on the top of my dejection, benumbed me. All
they meant was yet far away from my grasp, but the one supreme result
that was first up to me brought me near to fainting in my weakness.

\x93I would not raise your hopes unduly, Richard,\x94 the good lady was
saying, \x93but the best informed here seem to think that England cannot
push the war much farther. If the Colonies win, you are secure in your
title.\x94

\x93But how is it come about, Mrs. Manners?\x94 I demanded, with my first
breath.

\x93You doubtless have heard that before the Declaration was signed at
Philadelphia your Uncle Grafton went to the committee at Annapolis and
contributed to the patriot cause, and took very promptly the oath of the
Associated Freemen of Maryland, thus forsaking the loyalist party--\x94

\x93Yes, yes,\x94 I interrupted, \x93I heard of it when I was on the Cabot. He
thought his property in danger.\x94

\x93Just so,\x94 said Mrs. Manners, laughing; \x93he became the best and most
exemplary of patriots, even as he had been the best of Tories. He sent
wheat and money to the army, and went about bemoaning that his only son
fought under the English flag. But very little fighting has Philip done,
my dear. Well, when the big British fleet sailed up the bay in \x9177,
your precious uncle made the first false step in his long career of
rascality. He began to correspond with the British at Philadelphia, and
one of his letters was captured near the Head of Elk. A squad was sent
to the Kent estate, where he had been living, to arrest him, but he made
his escape to New York. And his lands were at once confiscated by the
state.\x94

\x93\x91Then they belong to the state,\x94 I said, with misgiving.

\x93Not so fast, Richard. At the last session of the Maryland Legislature a
bill was introduced, through the influence of Mr. Bordley and others, to
restore them to you, their rightful owner. And insomuch as you were even
then serving the country faithfully and bravely, and had a clean and
honourable record of service, the whole of the lands were given to you.
And now, my dear, you have had excitement enough for one day.\x94



CHAPTER LIV. MORE DISCOVERIES

All that morning I pondered over the devious lane of my life, which had
led up to so fair a garden. And one thing above all kept turning and
turning in my head, until I thought I should die of waiting for its
fulfilment. Now was I free to ask Dorothy to marry me, to promise her
the ease and comfort that had once been hers, should God bring us safe
back to Maryland. The change in her was little less than a marvel to
me, when I remembered the wilful miss who had come to London bent upon
pleasure alone. Truly, she was of that rare metal which refines, and
then outshines all others. And there was much I could not understand.
A miracle had saved her from the Duke of Chartersea, but why she had
refused so many great men and good was beyond my comprehension. Not a
glimpse of her did I get that day, though my eyes wandered little from
the knob of the door. And even from Aunt Lucy no satisfaction was to be
had as to the cause of her absence.

\x93\x91Clare to goodness, Marse Dick,\x94 said she, with great solemnity,
\x93\x91clare to goodness, I\x92se nursed Miss Dolly since she was dat high, and
neber one minnit obher life is I knowed what de Chile gwine t\x92 do de
next. She ain\x92t neber yit done what I calcelated on.\x94

The next morning, after the doctor had dressed my wounds and bantered me
to his heart\x92s content, enters Mr. Marmaduke Manners. I was prodigiously
struck by the change in him, and pitied him then near as much as I had
once despised him. He was arrayed in finery, as of old. But the finery
was some thing shabby; the lace was frayed at the edges, there was a
neat but obvious patch in his small-clothes, and two more in his coat.
His air was what distressed me most of all, being that of a man who
spends his days seeking favours and getting none. I had seen too many of
the type not to know the sign of it.

He ran forward and gave me his hand, which I grasped as heartily as my
weakness would permit.

\x93They would not let me see you until to-day, my dear Richard,\x94 he
exclaimed. \x93I bid you welcome to what is left of our home. \x91Tis not
Arlington Street, my lad.\x94

\x93But more of a home than was that grander house, Mr. Manners.\x94

He sighed heavily.

\x93Alas!\x94 said he, \x93poverty is a bitter draught, and we have drunk deep of
it since last we beheld you. My great friends know me no more, and will
not take my note for a shilling. They do not remember the dinners and
suppers I gave them. Faith, this war has brought nothing but misery, and
how we are to get through it, God knows!\x94

Now I understood it was not the war, but Mr. Marmaduke himself, which
had carried his family to this pass. And some of my old resentment
rekindled.

\x93I know that I have brought you great additional anxiety and expense,
Mr. Manners,\x94 I answered somewhat testily. \x93The care I have been to Mrs.
Manners and Dorothy I may never repay. But it gives me pleasure to feel,
sir, that I am in a position to reimburse you, and likewise to loan you
something until your lands begin to pay again.\x94

\x93There the Carvel speaks,\x94 he cried, \x93and the true son of our generous
province. You can have no conception of the misfortunes come to me out
of this quarrel. The mortgages on my Western Shore tobacco lands are
foreclosed, and Wilmot House itself is all but gone. You well know, of
course, that I would do the same by you, Richard.\x94

I smiled, but more in sadness than amusement. Hardship had only degraded
Mr. Marmaduke the more, and even in trouble his memory was convenient
as is that of most people in prosperity. I was of no mind to jog his
recollection. But I wanted badly to ask about his Grace. Where had my
fine nobleman been at the critical point of his friend\x92s misfortunes?
For I had had many a wakeful night over that same query since my talk
with McAndrews.

\x93So you have come to your own again, Richard, my lad,\x94 said Mr.
Marmaduke, breaking in upon my train. \x93I have felt for you deeply, and
talked many a night with Margaret and Dorothy over the wrong done you.
Between you and me,\x94 he whispered, \x93that uncle of yours is an arrant
knave, whom the patriots have served with justice. To speak truth, sir,
I begin myself to have a little leaning to that cause which you have so
bravely espoused.\x94

This time I was close to laughing outright. But he was far too serious
to remark my mirth. He commenced once more, with an ahem, which gave me
a better inkling than frankness of what bothered him.

\x93You will have an agent here, Richard, I take it,\x94 said he. \x93Your
grandfather had one. Ahem! Doubtless this agent will advance you all
you shall have need of, when you are well enough to see him. Fact is, he
might come here.\x94

\x93You forget, Mr. Manners, that I am a pirate and an outlaw, and that you
are the shielder of such.\x94

That thought shook the pinch of Holland he held all over him. But he
recovered.

\x93My dear Richard, men of business are of no faction and of no nation.
Their motto is discretion. And to obtain the factorship in London of a
like estate to yours one of them would wear a plaster over his mouth,
I\x92ll warrant you. You have but to summon one of the rascals, promise him
a bit of war interest, and he will leave you as much as you desire, and
nothing spoken.\x94

\x93To talk plainly, Mr. Manners,\x94 I replied, \x93I think \x91twould be the
height of folly to resort to such means. When I am better, we shall see
what can be done.\x94

His face plainly showed his disappointment.

\x93To be sure,\x94 he said, in a whining tone, \x93I had forgotten your friends,
Lord Comyn and Mr. Fox. They may do something for you, now you own
your estate. My dear sir, I dislike to say aught against any man. Mrs.
Manners will tell you of their kindness to us, but I vow I have not been
able to see it. With all the money at their command they will not loan
me a penny in my pressing need. And I shame to say it, my own daughter
prevents me from obtaining the money to keep us out of the Fleet. I know
she has spoken to Dulany. Think of it, Richard, my own daughter, upon
whom I lavished all when I had it, who might have made a score of grand
matches when I gave her the opportunity, and now we had all been rolling
in wealth. I\x92ll be sworn I don\x92t comprehend her, nor her mother either,
who abets her. For they prefer to cook Maryland dainties for a living,
to put in the hands of the footmen of the ladies whose houses they once
visited. And how much of that money do you suppose I get, sir? Will you
believe it that I--\x94 (he was shrieking now), \x93that I, the man of the
family, am allowed only my simple meals, a farthing for snuff, and not a
groat for chaise-hire? At my age I am obliged to walk to and from their
lordships\x92 side entrances in patched clothes, egad, when a new suit
might obtain us a handsome year\x92s income!\x94

I turned my face to the wall, completely overcome, and the tears
scalding in my eyes, at the thought of Dorothy and her mother bending
over the stove cooking delicacies for their livelihood, and watching at
my bedside night and day despite their weariness of body. And not a
word out of these noble women of their sacrifice, nor of the shame and
trouble and labour of their lives, who always had been used to every
luxury! Nothing but cheer had they brought to the sickroom, and not a
sign of their poverty and hardship, for they knew that their broths
and biscuit and jellies must have choked me. No. It remained for this
contemptible cur of a husband and father to open my eyes.

He had risen when I had brought myself to look at him. And as I hope for
heaven he took my emotion for pity of himself.

\x93I have worried you enough for one day with my troubles, my lad,\x94 said
he. \x93But they are very hard to bear, and once in a while it does me good
to speak of them.\x94

I did not trust myself to reply.

It was Aunt Lucy who spent the morning with me, and Mrs. Manners brought
my dinner. I observed a questioning glance as she entered, which I took
for an attempt to read whether Mr. Marmaduke had spoke more than he
ought. But I would have bitten off my tongue rather than tell her of my
discoveries, though perhaps my voice may have betrayed an added concern.
She stayed to talk on the progress of the war, relating the gallant
storming of Stony Point by Mad Anthony in July, and the latest Tory
insurrection on our own Eastern Shore. She passed from these matters to
a discussion of General Washington\x92s new policy of the defensive,
for Mrs. Manners had always been at heart a patriot. And whilst I lay
listening with a deep interest, in comes my lady herself. So was it
ever, when you least expected her, even as Mammy had said. She curtseyed
very prettily, with her chin tilted back and her cheeks red, and asked
me how I did.

\x93And where have you been these days gone, Miss Will-o\x92the-Wisp, since
the doctor has given me back my tongue?\x94 I cried.

\x93I like you better when you are asleep,\x94 says she. \x93For then you are
sometimes witty, though I doubt not the wit is other people\x92s.\x94

So I saw that she had tricked me, and taken her watch at night. For I
slept like a trooper after a day\x92s forage. As to what I might have said
in my dreams--that thought made me red as an apple.

\x93Dorothy, Dorothy,\x94 says her mother, smiling, \x93you would provoke a
saint.\x94

\x93Which would be better fun than teasing a sinner,\x94 replies the minx,
with a little face at me. \x93Mr. Carvel, a gentleman craves the honour of
an audience from your Excellency.\x94

\x93A gentleman!\x94

\x93Even so. He presents a warrant from your Excellency\x92s physician.\x94

With that she disappeared, Mrs. Manners going after her. And who should
come bursting in at the door but my Lord Comyn? He made one rush at me,
and despite my weakness bestowed upon me a bear\x92s hug.

\x93Oh, Richard,\x94 cried he, when he had released me, \x93I give you my oath
that I never hoped to see you rise from that bed when we laid you there.
But they say that love works wondrous cures, and, egad, I believe that
now. \x91Tis love is curing you, my lad.\x94

He held me off at arm\x92s length, the old-time affection beaming from his
handsome face.

\x93What am I to say to you, Jack?\x94 I answered. And my voice was all but
gone, for the sight of him revived the memory of every separate debt of
the legion I owed him. \x93How am I to piece words enough together to thank
you for this supreme act of charity?\x94

\x93\x91Od\x92s, you may thank your own devilish thick head,\x94 said my Lord Comyn.
\x93I should never have bothered my own about you were it not for her. Had
it not been for her happiness do you imagine I would have picked you out
of that crew of half-dead pirates in the Texel fort?\x94

I must needs brush my cheek, then, with the sleeve of my night-rail.

\x93And will you give me some account of this last prodigious turn you have
done her?\x94 I said.

He laughed, and pinched me playfully.

\x93Now are you coming to your senses,\x94 said he. \x93There was cursed little
to the enterprise, Richard, and that\x92s the truth. I got down to Dover,
and persuaded the master of a schooner to carry me to Rotterdam. That
was not so difficult, since your Terror of the Seas was locked up safe
enough in the Texel. In Rotterdam I had a travelling-chaise stripped,
and set off at the devil\x92s pace for the Texel. You must know that the
whole Dutch nation was in an uproar--as much of an uproar as those boors
ever reach--over the arrival of your infamous squadron. The Court Party
and our ambassador were for having you kicked out, and the Republicans
for making you at home. I heard that their High Mightinesses had given
Paul Jones the use of the Texel fort for his wounded and his prisoners,
and thither I ran. And I was even cursing the French sentry at the
drawbridge in his own tongue, when up comes your commodore himself.
You may quarter me if wasn\x92t knocked off my feet when I recognized the
identical peacock of a sea-captain we had pulled out of Castle Yard
along with you, and offered a commission in the Royal Navy.\x94

\x93Dolly hadn\x92t told you?\x94

\x93Dolly tell me!\x94 exclaimed his Lordship, scornfully. \x93She was in a state
to tell me nothing the morning I left, save only to bring you to England
alive, and repeat it over and over. But to return to your captain,--he,
too, was taken all aback. But presently he whipt out my name, and I his,
without the Jones. And when I told him my errand, he wept on my neck,
and said he had obtained unlimited leave of absence for you from the
Paris commissioners. He took me up into a private room in the fort,
where you were; and the surgeon, who was there at the time, said that
your chances were as slim as any man\x92s he had ever seen. Faith, you
looked it, my lad. At sight of your face I took one big gulp, for I had
no notion of getting you back to her. And rather than come without you,
and look into her eyes, I would have drowned myself in the Straits of
Dover.

\x93Despite the host of troubles he had on his hands, your commodore
himself came with us to Rotterdam. Now I protest I love that man, who
has more humanity in him than most of the virtuous people in England who
call him hard names. If you could have seen him leaning over you, and
speaking to you, and feeling every minute for your heart-beats, egad,
you would have cried. And when I took you off to the schooner, he gave
me an hundred directions how to care for you, and then his sorrow bowled
him all in a heap.\x94

\x93And is the commodore still at the Texel?\x94 I asked, after a space.

\x93Ay, that he is, with our English cruisers thick as gulls outside\x92
waiting for a dead fish. But he has spurned the French commission they
have offered him, saying that of the Congress is good enough for him.
And he declares openly that when he gets ready he will sail out in the
Alliance under the Stars and Stripes. And for this I honour him,\x94 added
he, \x93and Charles honours him, and so must all Englishmen honour him
when they come to their senses. And by Gads life, I believe he will get
clear, for he is a marvel at seamanship.\x94

\x93I pray with all my heart that he may,\x94 said I, fervently.

\x93God help him if they catch him!\x94 my Lord exclaimed. \x93You should see the
bloody piratical portraits they are scattering over London.\x94

\x93Has the risk you ran getting me into England ever occurred to you,
Jack?\x94 I asked, with some curiosity.

\x93Faith, not until the day after we got back, Richard,\x94 says he, \x93when
I met Mr. Attorney General on the street. \x91Sdeath, I turned and ran
the other way like the devil was after me. For Charles Fox vows that
conscience makes cowards of the best of us.\x94

\x93So that is some of Charles\x92s wisdom!\x94 I cried, and laughed until I was
forced to stop from pain.

\x93Come, my hearty,\x94 says Jack, \x93you owe me nothing for fishing you out
of Holland--that is her debt. But I declare that you must one day pay
me for saving her for you. What! have I not always sworn that she loved
you? Did I not pull you into the coffee-room of the Star and Garter
years ago, and tell you that same?\x94

My face warmed, though I said nothing.

\x93Oh, you sly dog! I\x92ll warrant there has been many a tender talk just
where I\x92m sitting.\x94

\x93Not one,\x94 said I.

\x93\x91Slife, then, what have you been doing,\x94 he cries, \x93seeing her every
day and not asking her to marry you, my master of Carvel Hall?\x94

\x93Since I am permitted to use my tongue, she has not come near me, save
when I slept,\x94 I answered ruefully.

\x93Nor will she, I\x92ll be sworn,\x94 says he, shaken with laughter.

\x93\x91Ods, have you no invention? Egad, you must feign sleep, and seize her
unawares.\x94

I did not inform his Lordship how excellent this plan seemed to me.

\x93And I possessed the love of such a woman, Richard,\x94 he said, in another
tone, \x93I think I should die of happiness. She will never tell you how
these weeks past she has scarce left your side. The threats combined of
her mother and the doctor, and Charles and me, would not induce her
to take any sleep. And time and time have I walked from here to Brook
Street without recognizing a step of the way, lifted clear out of myself
by the sight of her devotion.\x94

What was my life, indeed, that such a blessing should come into it!

\x93When the crash came,\x94 he continued, \x93\x91twas she took command, and \x91tis
God\x92s pity she had not done so long before. Mr. Marmaduke was pushed
to the bottom of the family, where he belongs, and was given only
snuff-money. She would give him no opportunity to contract another
debt, and even charged Charles and me to loan him nothing. Nor would she
receive aught from us, but\x94 (he glanced at me uneasily)--\x93but she and
Mrs. Manners must take to cooking delicacies--\x94

\x93Yes, yes, I know,\x94 I faltered.

\x93What! has the puppy told you?\x94 cried he.

I nodded. \x93He was in here this morning, with his woes.\x94

\x93And did he speak of the bargain he tried to make with our old friend,
his Grace of Chartersea?\x94

\x93He tried to sell her again?\x94 I cried, my breath catching. \x93I have
feared as much since I heard of their misfortunes.\x94

\x93Yes,\x94 replied Comyn, \x93that was the first of it. \x91Twas while they were
still in Arlington Street, and before Mrs. Manners and Dorothy knew. Mr.
Marmaduke goes posting off to Nottinghamshire, and comes back inside the
duke\x92s own carriage. And his Grace goes to dine in Arlington Street for
the first time in years. Dorothy had wind of the trouble then, Charles
having warned her. And not a word would she speak to Chartersea the
whole of the dinner, nor look to the right or left of her plate. And
when the servants are gone, up gets my lady with a sweep and confronts
him.

\x93\x91Will your Grace spare me a minute in the drawing-room?\x92 says she.

\x93He blinked at her in vast astonishment, and pushed back his chair. When
she was come to the door, she turns with another sweep on Mr. Marmaduke,
who was trotting after.

\x93\x91You will please to remain here, father,\x92 she said; \x91what I am to say
is for his Grace\x92s ear alone.\x92

\x93Of what she spoke to the duke I can form only an estimate, Richard,\x94 my
Lord concluded, \x93but I\x92ll lay a fortune \x91twas greatly to the point. For
in a little while Chartersea comes stumbling down the steps. And he
has never darkened the door since. And the cream of it is,\x94 said Comyn,
\x93that her father gave me this himself, with a face a foot long, for me
to sympathize. The little beast has strange bursts of confidence.\x94

\x93And stranger confidants,\x94 I ejaculated, thinking of the morning, and of
Courtenay\x92s letter, long ago.

But the story had made my blood leap again with pride of her. The
picture in my mind had followed his every sentence, and even the very
words she must have used were ringing in my ears.

Then, as we sat talking in low tones, the door opened, and a hearty
voice cried out:

\x93Now where is this rebel, this traitor? They tell me one lies hid in
this house. \x91Slife, I must have at him!\x94

\x93Mr. Fox!\x94 I exclaimed.

He took my hands in his, and stood regarding me.

\x93For the convenience of my friends, I was christened Charles,\x94 said he.

I stared at him in amazement. He was grown a deal stouter, but my eye
was caught and held by the blue coat and buff waistcoat he wore. They
were frayed and stained and shabby, yet they seemed all of a piece with
some new grandeur come upon the man.

\x93Is all the world turning virtuous? Is the millennium arrived?\x94 I cried.

He smiled, with his old boyish smile.

\x93You think me changed some since that morning we drove together to
Holland House--do you remember it after the night at St. Stephen\x92s?\x94

\x93Remember it!\x94 I repeated, with emphasis, \x93I\x92ll warrant I can give you
every bit of our talk.\x94

\x93I have seen many men since, but never have I met your equal for a most
damnable frankness, Richard Carvel. Even Jack, here, is not half so
blunt and uncompromising. But you took my fancy--God knows why!--that
first night I clapped eyes on you in Arlington Street, and I loved you
when your simplicity made us that speech at Brooks\x92s Club. So you have
not forgotten that morning under the trees, when the dew was on the
grass. Faith, I am glad of it. What children we were!\x94 he said, and
sighed.

\x93And yet you were a Junior Lord,\x94 I said.

\x93Which is more than I am now,\x94 he answered. \x93Somehow--you may
laugh--somehow I have never been able to shake off the influence of your
words, Richard. Your cursed earnestness scared me.\x94

\x93Scared you?\x94 I cried, in astonishment.

\x93Just that,\x94 said Charles. \x93Jack will bear witness that I have said
so to Dolly a score of times. For I had never imagined such a single
character as yours. You know we were all of us rakes at fifteen, to
whom everything good in the universe was a joke. And do you recall the
teamster we met by the Park, and how he arrested his salute when he saw
who it was? At another time I should have laughed over that, but it cut
me to have it happen when you were along.\x94

\x93And I\x92ll lay an hundred guineas to a farthing the fellow would put his
head on the block for Charles now,\x94 cut in his Lordship, with his hand
on Mr. Fox\x92s shoulder. \x93Behold, O Prophet,\x94 he cried, \x93one who is become
the champion of the People he reviled! Behold the friend of Rebellion
and \x91Lese Majeste\x92, the viper in Britannia\x92s bosom!\x94

\x93Oh, have done, Jack,\x94 said Mr. Fox, impatiently, \x93you have no more
music in your soul than a cow. Damned little virtue attaches to it,
Richard,\x94 he went on. \x93North threw me out, and the king would have
nothing to do with me, so I had to pick up with you rebels and
traitors.\x94

\x93You will not believe him, Richard,\x94 cried my Lord; \x93you have only to
look at him to see that he lies. Take note of the ragged uniform of the
rebel army he carries, and then think of him \x91en petite maitre\x92, with
his cabriolet and his chestnuts. Egad, he might be as rich as Rigby were
it not for those principles which he chooses to deride. And I have seen
him reduced to a crown for them. I tell you, Richard,\x94 said my Lord, \x93by
espousing your cause Charles is become greater than the King. For he
has the hearts of the English people, which George has not, and the
allegiance of you Americans, which George will never have. And if you
once heard him, in Parliament, you should hear him now, and see the
Speaker wagging his wig like a man bewitched, and hear friends and
enemies calling out for him to go on whenever he gives the sign of a
pause.\x94

This speech of his Lordship\x92s may seem cold in the writing, my dears,
and you who did not know him may wonder at it. It had its birth in an
admiration few men receive, and which in Charles Fox\x92s devoted coterie
was dangerously near to idolatry. During the recital of it Charles
walked to the window, and there stood looking out upon the gray
prospect, seemingly paying but little attention. But when Comyn had
finished, he wheeled on us with a smile.

\x93Egad, he will be telling you next that I have renounced the devil and
all his works, Richard,\x94 said he.

\x93\x91Oohs, that I will not,\x94 his Lordship made haste to declare. \x93For they
were born in him, and will die with him.\x94

\x93And you, Jack,\x94 I asked, \x93how is it that you are not in arms for the
King, and commanding one of his frigates?\x94

\x93Why, it is Charles\x92s fault,\x94 said my Lord, smiling. \x93Were it not for
him I should be helping Sir George Collier lay waste to your coast
towns.\x94



CHAPTER LV. \x93THE LOVE OF A MAID FOR A MAN\x94

The next morning, when Dr. Barry had gone, Mrs. Manners propped me up in
bed and left me for a little, so she said. Then who should come in
with my breakfast on a tray but my lady herself, looking so fresh and
beautiful that she startled me vastly.

\x93A penny for your thoughts, Richard,\x94 she cried. \x93Why, you are as grave
as a screech-owl this brave morning.\x94

\x93To speak truth, Dolly,\x94 said I, \x93I was wondering how the commodore is
to get away from the Texel, with half the British navy lying in wait
outside.\x94

\x93Do not worry your head about that,\x94 said she, setting down the tray;
\x93it will be mere child\x92s play to him. Oh but I should like to see your
commodore again, and tell him how much I love him.

\x93I pray that you may have the chance,\x94 I replied.

With a marvellous quickness she had tied the napkin beneath my chin, not
so much as looking at the knot. Then she stepped to the mantel and took
down one of Mr. Wedgwood\x92s cups and dishes, and wiping them with her
apron, filled the cup with fragrant tea, which she tendered me with her
eyes sparkling.

\x93Your Excellency is the first to be honoured with this service,\x94 says
she, with a curtsey.

I was as a man without a tongue, my hunger gone from sheer
happiness--and fright. And yet eating the breakfast with a relish
because she had made it. She busied herself about the room, dusting here
and tidying there, and anon throwing a glance at me to see if I needed
anything. My eyes followed her hither and thither. When I had finished,
she undid the napkin, and brushed the crumbs from the coverlet.

\x93You are not going?\x94 I said, with dismay.

\x93Did you wish anything more, sir?\x94 she asked.

\x93Oh, Dorothy,\x94 I cried, \x93it is you I want, and you will not come near
me.\x94

For an instant she stood irresolute. Then she put down the tray and came
over beside me.

\x93Do you really want me, sir?\x94

\x93Dorothy,\x94 I began, \x93I must first tell you that I have some guess at
the sacrifice you are making for my sake, and of the trouble and danger
which I bring you.\x94

Without more ado she put her hand over my mouth.

\x93No,\x94 she said, reddening, \x93you shall tell me nothing of the sort.\x94

I seized her hand, however it struggled, and holding it fast, continued:

\x93And I have learned that you have been watching with me by night, and
working by day, when you never should have worked at all. To think that
you should be reduced to that, and I not know it!\x94

Her eyes sought mine for a fleeting second.

\x93Why, you silly boy, I have made a fortune out of my cookery. And fame,
too, for now am I known from Mary-le-bone to Chelsea, while before my
name was unheard of out of little Mayfair. Indeed, I would not have
missed the experience for a lady-in-waiting-ship. I have learned a deal
since I saw you last, sir. I know that the world, like our Continental
money, must not be taken for the price that is stamped upon it. And as
for the watching with you,\x94 said my lady, \x93that had to be borne with
as cheerfully as might be. Since I had sent off for you, I was in duty
bound to do my share toward your recovery. I was even going to add
that this watching was a pleasure,--our curate says the sense of duty
performed is sure to be. But you used to cry out the most terrifying
things to frighten me: the pattering of blood and the bumping of bodies
on the decks, and the black rivulets that ran and ran and ran and never
stopped; and strange, rough commands I could not understand; and the
name of your commodore whom you love so much. And often you would repeat
over and over: \x91I have not yet begun, to fight, I have not yet begun to
fight!\x92\x94

\x93Yes, \x91twas that he answered when they asked him if he had struck,\x94 I
exclaimed.

\x93It must have been an awful scene,\x94 she said, and her shoulders
quivered. \x93When you were at your worst you would talk of it, and
sometimes of what happened to you in London, of that ride in Hyde Park,
or--or of Vauxhall,\x94 she continued hurriedly. \x93And when I could bear it
no longer, I would take your hand and call you by name, and often quiet
you thus.\x94

\x93And did I speak of aught else?\x94 I asked eagerly.

\x93Oh, yes. When you were caliper, it would be of your childhood, of your
grandfather and your birthdays, of Captain Clapsaddle, and of Patty and
her father.\x94

\x93And never of Dolly, I suppose.\x94

She turned away her head.

\x93And never of Dolly?\x94

\x93I will tell you what you said once, Richard,\x94 she answered, her voice
dropping very low. \x93I was sitting by the window there, and the dawn was
coming. And suddenly I heard you cry: \x91Patty, when I return will you be
my wife?\x92 I got up and came to your side, and you said it again, twice.\x94

The room was very still. And the vision of Patty in the parlour of
Gordon\x92s Pride, knitting my woollen stocking, rose before me.

\x93Yes,\x94 I said at length, \x93I asked her that the day before I left for the
war. God bless her! She has the warmest heart in the world, and the most
generous nature. Do you know what her answer was, Dorothy?\x94

\x93No.\x94 \x91Twas only her lips moving that formed the word. She was twisting
absently the tassel of the bed curtain.

\x93She asked me if I loved her.\x94

My lady glanced up with a start, then looked me searchingly through and
through.

\x93And you?\x94 she said, in the same inaudible way.

\x93I could answer nothing. \x91Twas because of her father\x92s dying wish I
asked her, and she guessed that same. I would not tell her a lie, for
only the one woman lives whom I love, and whom I have loved ever since
we were children together among the strawberries. Need I say that that
woman is you, Dorothy? I loved you before we sailed to Carvel Hall
between my grandfather\x92s knees, and I will love you till death claims
me.\x94

Then it seemed as if my heart had stopped beating. But the snowy apron
upon her breast fluttered like a sail stirring in the wind, her head was
high, and her eyes were far away. Even my voice sounded in the distance
as I continued:

\x93Will you be the mistress of Carvel Hall, Dorothy? Hallowed is the day
that I can ask it.\x94

What of this earth may excel in sweetness the surrender of that proud
and noble