Perhaps you will say so,” said he, to encounter on such an occasion as quickly, “when I tell you she has this! £30,000 in the Funds, and something • He will certainly shoot me_he like £1,700 a-year besides—not that will shoot you-he will kill us both!' I care a straw for the money-hut, in were the only words she could utter ; the eye of the world, that kind of and my blood actually froze at the thing has its eclat."

prospect before us. You

may smile if - So it has," said I, “and a very you like; but let me tell you, that an pretty eclat it is, and one that, some- outraged father, with a pair of patent how, or another, preserves its attrac- revolving pistols, is no laughing mattions much longer than most surprises ; ter. There was nothing for it, then, but I do not see the scrape after but to bolt.' She saw that as soon all."

as I did; and although she endeavoured I am coming to that,” said he, to persuade me to suffer her to return glancing timidly around the room. home alone, that, you know, I never " The affair occurred this wise : we could think of; and so, after some were at an evening party-a kind of little demurrings, some tears, and some dejeuné, it was, on the Thames-- resistance, we got to the Euston-square Charlotte came with her aunt-a station, just as the train was going. shrewish old damsel, that has no love You may easily think, that neither of for me ; in fact, she very soon saw my

us had much time for preparagame, and resolved to thwart it. Well, tion. As for myself, I have come of course, I was obliged to be most away

with ten-pound note in circumspect, and did not venture to my purse, not a shilling more have I approach her, not even to ask her to in my possession, and here we are now, dance, the whole evening. As it grew half of that sum spent already, and late, however, I either became more how we are to get on to the north, I courageous or less cautious, and I did cannot, for the life of me, conceive.' ask her for a waltz. The old lady 6. Oh! that's it,” said I, peering at bristled up at once, and asked for her him shrewdly from under my eyelids. shawl. Charlotte accepted my invita- Yes, that's it, don't you think it tion, and said she would certainly not is bad enough ;" and he spoke the retire so early; and I, to cut the mat- words with a reckless frankness, that ter short, led her to the top of the satisfied all my scruples. “I ought

We waltzed together, and to tell you,” said he, “ that my name then had a 'gallop,' and after that is Blunden ; I am a lieutenant in the some champagne, and then another Buffs, on leave; and now that you waltz ; for Charlotte was resolved to know my secret, will you lend me give the old lady a lesson—she has twenty pounds ? which, perhaps, may spirit for any thing ! Well, it was be enough to carry us forward-at growing late by this time, and we went least, it will do, until it will be safe in search of the aunt at last ; but, by for me to write for money.” Jove! she was not to be found. We “ But, what would bring you to the hunted every where for her, looked north," said I ; “why not put yourselves well in every corner of the supper- on board the mail-packet this evening, room, where it was most likely we and come to Dublin? We will marry should discover her; and at length, you there, just as cheaply; pursuit of to our mutual horror and dismay, we you will be just as difficult; and, I'd learned, that she had ordered the car. venture to say, you might choose a riage up a full hour before, and gone worse land for the honeymoon.". off, declaring that she would send “ But I have no inoney,” said he ; Charlotte's father to fetch her home, “ you forgot that," as she herself possessed no influence “ For the matter of money,” said I, over her. Here was a pretty businesss

“ make

young the old gentleman being, as Charlotte lady is going away with her own coo)often told me, the most choleric man sent-if, indeed, she is as anxious to in England. He had killed two brother get married as you are, make me the officers in duels, and narrowly escaped banker, and I'll give her away, be the being hanged at Maidstone, for shoot. bride's-maid, or any thing else you ing a waiter who delayed bringing hin please." hot water to shave-a pleasant old boy “ You are a trump," said he, helping


your mind

easy. If the

himself to another glass of my sherry; a bill for a friend, which, though he and then filling out a third, which tells you he'll meet, you always feel emptied the bottle, he slapped me on responsible for the money. the shoulder, and said, “Here's your She turned upon me an arch look. bealth ; now come up stairs."

By St. Patrick, I half regretted I had “ Stop a moment," said I, “ I must not tried number three, as, in the see her alone_there must be no tam- sweetest imaginable voice, she saidpering with the evidence.”

Do you doubt it ?” He hesitated for a second, and sur- I wish I could, thought I to myself. reped me from head to foot, and whe- No matter, it was too late for regrets, ther it was the number of my double and so I ascertained, in a very few chins, or the rotundity of my waist- minutes, that she corroborated every coast, divested his mind of any jealous portion of the statement, and was as scraples; but he smiled coolly, and deeply interested in the success of the said, “ So you shall, old buck—we will adventure as himself. never quarrel about that.”

" That will do," said I. “ He is a Up stairs we went accordingly, and lucky fellow - I always heard the into a handsome drawing-room on the Buffs were;" and with that I descended first floor, at one end of which, with to the coffee-room, where the young her head buried in her hands, the man awaited me with the greatest young lady was sitting.

anxiety. “ Charlotte," said he, "this gentle- “ Are you satisfied ?” cried he, as I man is kind enough to take an interest entered the room. in our fortunes, but he desires a few Perfectly," was my answer. “And words with you alone."

now let us lose no more time ; it I wared my hand to him to prevent wants but a quarter to seven, and we his making any further explanation must be on board in ten minutes." and as a signal to withdraw-he took As I have already remarked, my the hint and left the room.

fellow-travellers were not burdened Now, thought I, this is the second with luggage, so there was little diffiact of the drama—what the deuce am culty in expediting their departure; I to do here. In the first place, some and in half an hour from that time might deem it my duty to admonish we were gliding down the Mersey, and the young damsel on the impropriety gazing on the spangled lamps which of the step, to draw an afilicting pic- glittered over that great city of soap, ture of her family, to make her weep sugar, and sassafras, train-oil, timber, bitter tears, and end by persuading and tallow. The young lady soon her to take a first-class ticket in the went below, as the night was chilly ; up-train. This would be the grand but Blunden and myself walked the parento-moral line, and I shame to deck until near twelve o'clock, chatconfess it, it was never my forte. Se- ting over whatever came uppermost, condly, I might pursue the inquiry and giving me an opportunity to persuggested by myself, and ascertain her ceive that, without possessing any rereal sentiments. This might be called markable ability or cleverness, he was the amico-auxiliary line. Or, lastly, I one of those off-hand, candid, clearmight try a little what might be done on headed, young fellows, who, when myown score, and not see £30,000 and trained in thu admirable discipline of £1,700 a-year squandered by a cigar- the mess, become the excellent speci. smoking lieutenant in the Buffs. As mens of well-conducted, well-mannered there may be different opinions about gentlemen our army abounds with. this line, I shall not give it a name. We arrived in due course in DubSuffice it to say, that, notwithstanding lin. I took my friends up to Morrisa sly peep at as pretty a throat, and son's, drove with them after breakfast as well-rounded an instep as to a fashionable milliner's, where the tempted a “government Mercury," I young lady, with an admirable taste, sewas true to my trust, and opened the lected such articles of dress as she cared negociation on the honest footing. for, and I then saw them duly mar

“Do you love him, my little dar- ried. I do not mean to say that the ling," said I; for somehow consola- ceremony was performed by a bishop, tion always struck me as own-brother or that a royal duke gave her away; to love-making. It is like endorsing neither can I state that the train of


carriages comprised the equipages of thing, I think would have gone quietly the leading nobility. I only vouch for back by the next train, but, by Jove, I the fact that a little man, with a black couldn't satisfy my conscience that so eye and a sinister countenance, read a lovely a girl should be treated in such ceremony of his own composing, and a manner. I rallied his courage ; took made them write their names in a him over to Ireland in the packet, and great book, and pay thirty shillings got them married next morning.' for his services; after which I put a fifty- “ Have I caught you at last, you pound note into Blunden's hand, saluted old, meddling scoundrel,” cried a voice, the bride, and, wishing them every hoarse and discordant with passion, health and happiness, took my leave. from the opposite side, and at the

They started at once with four post- same instant a short, thick-set, old ers for the north, intending to cross man, with shoulders like a Hercules, over to Scotland. My engagements sprung at me; with one hand he induced me to leave town for Cork, clutched me by the throat, and with and in less than a fortnight I found at the other he pummelled my head my club, a letter from Blunden, in- against the panel of the conveyance, closing the fifty pounds, with a thou- and with such violence, that many sand thanks for my prompt kindness, people in the next carriage averred and innumerable affectionate reminis. that they thought we had run into the cences from Madame. They were as down train. So sudden was the old happy as.

-confound it, every one wretch's attack, and so infuriate withis happy for a week or a fortnight, so al, it took the united force of the other I crushed the letter-pitched it into passengers to detach him from my the fire-was rather pleased with my- neck ; and even then, as they drew him self for what I had done, and thought off, he kicked at me like a demon. no more of the whole transaction. Never has it been my lot to witness

Here then my tale should have an sich an outbreak of wrath ; and, inend, and the moral is obvious. Indeed deed, were I to judge from the sympI am not certain but some may prefer toms it occasioned, the old fellow had it, to that which the succeeding por- better not repeat it, or assuredly apotion conveys, thinking that the codicil plexy would follow. revokes the body of the testament. That villain—that old ruffian," However that may be, here goes for it. said he, glaring at me with flashing

It was about a year after this adven- eyeballs, while he menaced me with ture, that I made one of a party of his closed fist, “that cursed, meddling six, travelling up to London by the scoundrel is the cause of the greatest “Grand Junction.” The company were calamity of my life." chatty, pleasant folk, and the conver- “ Are you her father, then,” arti. sation, as often happens among utter culated I faintly, for a misgiving came strangers, became anecdotic; many over me that my boasted benevolence good stories were told in turn, and might prove a mistake. many pleasant comments made her father ?” The words were not them, when at length it occurred to out, when he dashed at me once more, me to mention the somewhat-singular and were it not for the watchfulness rencontre I have already narrated, of the others, inevitably had finished me. as having happened to myself.

“ I've heard of you, my old buck," Strange enough,” said I, “ the said I, affecting a degree of ease and last time I journied along this line, security, my heart sadly belied, “ I've nearly this time last year, a very re- heard of your dreadful temper already markable occurrence took place. I --I know you can't control yourself. happened to fall in with a young offi. I know all about the waiter at Maid. cer of the Buffs, eloping with an ex- stone. By Jove, they did not wrong you, ceedingly pretty girl ; she had a large and I am not surprised at your poor fortunu, and was in every respect a daughter leaving you"--but he would great catch ;' he ran away with her not suffer me to conclude, and once from an evening party, and never re- more his wrath boiled over, and all membered until he arrived at Liver- the efforts of the others were barely pool, that he had no money for the sufficient to calm him into a semblance journey. In this dilemma, the young of reason. fellow, rather spooney about the whole There would be an end to my nar

• Are you


rative if I endeavoured to convey to the Highlands, and returned to Blunmy reader the scene which followed, den-Hall two months after, where the or recount the various outbreaks of old gentleman welcomed them with passion, which ever and anon inter- affection and forgiveness. About a rupted the old man, and induced him fortnight after their return, it was to diverge into sundry little by-ways deemed necessary to make inquiry as of lamentation over his misfortune, to the circumstances of her estate and and curses upon my meddling interfer- funded property, when the young lady ence. Indeed his whole narrative was fell upon her knees-wept bitterlyconducted more in the staccato style said she had not a sixpence—that the of an Italian opera father, than in the whole thing was a “ruse ;" that she had homely wrath of an English parent. paid five pounds for a choleric father, The wind-up of these dissertations three, ten, for an aunt, warranted to being always, to the one purpose, as wear “satin ;'' in fact, that she had been with a look of scowling passion, di- twice married before, and had heavy rected towards me, he said, “ Only misgivings that the husbands were still wait 'till we reach the station, and living. see if I won't do for you.”

There was nothing left for it but His tale, in few words, amounted to compromise. “ I gave her,” said he, this. He was the Squire Blunden- “five hundred pounds to go to the de the father of the lieutenant in the vil, and I registered, the same day, “ Buffs." The youth had formed an a solemn oath, that if I ever met attachment to a lady, whom he had ac- this same Tramp, he should carry the cidentally met in a Margate steamer. impress of my knuckles on his face to The circumstances of her family and the day of his death.” fortune were communicated to him in The train reached Harrow as the confidence by herself, and although old gentleman spoke. I waited until she expressed her conviction of the it was again in motion, and flinging utter impossibility of obtaining her wide the door, I sprang out, and from father's consent to an untitled match, that day to this, have strictly avoided she as resolutely refused to elope with forming acquaintance with a white him. The result, however, was as we lace bonnet, even at a distance, or have seen ; she did elope—was mar- ever befriending a lieutenant in the ried_they made a wedding tour in Buffs.


The appearance of this volume has not surprised us ; nor have we been disappointed by its contents. It offers the version given by an ambitious and enterprizing party, of certain passages in the struggle which was carried on in Ireland, in the past century, between the adherents and champions of legitimate government and its adversaries. It offers the version given by a party, who, very naturally, account that struggle glorious—and who regard those who

fell in it, on their side, patriots and martyrs-exulting in the thought, that the principle for which they suffered has eventually triumphed-and giving vent to their feelings in language of eulogium, warm as might be looked for, upon the memories they respect, and of equally unmeasured reprobation upon the acts and names of those whom they regard as, not merely personal opponents, but also implacable and unscrupulous ene


The Leading State Trials in Ireland, from the Year 1794 to 1803; with Introduction and Notes. By Thomas M'Nevin, Esq., Barrister at Law. 8vo, JAMES DUFFY. Dublin, 1844.

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were so.

mies to a cause, which they assume law denominated treason. to be that of reason, and justice, and nized party, or faction, openly put forliberty.

ward a claim for what were styled We ought not to be surprized to equality and reform, while, under the find such ideas entertained by persons cover of this demand, they sought to who have seen the claims, which had separate Ireland from Great Britain, no prospect of success in past days, and to render it an independant reexcept in the enterprizes of treason, public ; the government and legislaacknowledged now as rights, and con- ture resisted the open demand, and ceded in such a form, and under such put down the more dangerous concircumstances, as not to conciliate one spiracy. It does not follow that, beprejudice of the party which has ex- cause late or present governments torted them. It is not wonderful that have adopted a policy of concession, it those who have seen “ universal eman- was culpable in former governments cipation," parliamentary and municipal to resist-nor is the success, which has reform, wrung from the Protestant favoured Mr. O'Connell's system of peerage and democracy of England - agitation, a proof that the condemned shall hold in high esteem the memory conspirators of the last century were of the brave men who contended for unfairly tried, or that they suffered these great objects, at a time when the unjustly. contest seemed calamitous and hope- Mr. M.Nevin is not of our opinion less—and that they shall pour oppro- respecting the case of these daring brium on the memories of those who

He thinks they have been foully could so sternly and su cruelly resist misrepresented. demands, which are now acknowledged to have been reasonable and just_or,

" The Report,"t he writes, “of the at least, have been conceded, as if they

Commons Committee of Secresy in 1798

has given a version of the foundation There are two considerations, how- and original objects of the United Irishever, by which persuasions such as men. There are few state papers which, these ought to be modified. The assuming a line of philosophic candour, triumphs achieved by, or in favour of, contains more misrepresentation and the Roman Catholic party in Ireland,

direct falsehood than this Report. have been won under circumstances

Speaking of the institution of the society, different from those under which they

it says:-* The Society under the name

of United Irishmen, it appears, was in. were aimed at in the last century;

stituted in 1791; its founders held forth and the agencies through which they

what they termed Catholic emancipa. have been attained had an air of legiti. tion and parliamentary reform, as the macy about them. Concessions to the ostensible objects of their union; but it democratical principle, and to the Ro- clearly appeared, from the letter of man Catholic church, which are only Theobaid Wolfe Tone accompanying “ trebly hazardous” now, might have

their original constitution, as transbeen ruinous before the act of Union :

mitted to Belfast for adoption, that, from

its commencement the real purpose of the conspiracies through which the

those who were at the head of the instiattainted patriots of 1798 contemplated

tution was to separate Ireland from the attainment of their ends, were not

Great Britain, and to subvert the estabprecisely of the same description with lished constitution of this kingdom; in the movements which bave been, more corroboration of which, your committee recently, successful: it does not there- have annexed to this Report several of fore, necessarily follow that the con- their early publications, particularly a spirators of the last century were right prospectus of the society which appeared in their purposes, and in their prose

in 1791, as also the plan of reform which cution of them-or that the govern

they recommended to the people.' Tone ment of that day was wrong in resist

was, from the commencement of his ing demands which it would have been

career, a republican. He conceived that

parliamentary reform was unattainable pernicious to grant, urged forward,

as long as a connection with England as they were, in manner, and

existed; and from the earliest period of through an instrumentality which the his political career, he struggled, either


+ Introduction, p. ii

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