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could a Dutch Aleet appear in our blood in thy veins," rejoined Bunckley, bay."
" and these are stirring times—I will “ Come, gentlemen,” cried Pomeroy, despatch Smallcraft and return." “ another bumper to the queen's sate After a short conference, Tobias landing--and one cheer more !" so say- donned his hat and cloak, the cut of ing, he knocked loudly with the steel- which, at once determined to which mounted scabbard of his sword upon party he belonged, and proceeded to the floor, and the summons was imme- the jettee at the end of the quay, and diately answered by Tobias in person. which, at low tide, afforded the only
“ Master Smallcraft,” said the ardent approach seaward to the town. There and generous Pomeroy, “thou art as he found collected, a groupe of idle loyal a man as breaks bread, and happy boatmen, fish-wives, lookers-on, and a wilt thou be, that we are, upon the numerous and noisy shoal of ragged matter, honoured with the presence of amphibious urchins, of both sexes
, the royal queen, who now, in our bay, which an unusual arrival never fails to rides on her subject waves, but not collect in a sea-port. Among the crowd under her own subject tlag as she conspicuously appeared Master Isaac should. Be stirring, master-be stir- Crabtree, a rigid puritan, who kept the ring, and fetch us goblets-pint goblets, only decent hotel in the place, in the which, to thy knowledge have never support of which he was now on the been wet with wine, or touched by lip, look-out, as a boat, which had pushed and forget not thyself.”
off from the squadron, was nearing the This command was quickly obeyed, shore. The boat was brought as close and all in readiness for the ceremonial, to the pier steps as the fallen tide would Smallcraft standing from the force of admit, and a person wrapt in a boathabit, and grateful attachment, behind cloak, and holding a small bag in his Bunckley's chair.
hand, prepared to land, when, on the “ Pledge you to the health, Pome- instant, he was assailed in such a manroy,” said Bunckley, “you have the true ner, that had he not been both active feeling in your
and determined, his reaching shore must “ Our Sovereign Lady, the Queen! have been a matter of no small ditfiand may she, our King, and old Eng. culty. He was approached, as the depth land's constitution triumph over their of the water admitted, by great and enemies, the rascally, subversive, small; three or four fish-wives conRoundhead Commons — Hip! hip! tended for him, and one Amazonian hurrah !"
endeavoured to catch him in her arms, Pomeroy quaffed his goblet to the and had nearly made prize of him, bottom, and immediately hurled it into while his cloak-bag was snatched at by the fire-place, in whicho demonstration a dozen sınall fry at once, to carry
it to of gallantry and allegiance, he was the inn. Having at length fought his followed by the rest of the party, not way through these perils, he ascended even excepting honest Tobias, who was the steps leading to the quay, and reconciled to the extravagance of the where, one on one side, and one on their action, by the conviction that it was other, stood Isaac Crabtree, and Tobias good for traile.
Smallcraft. “Let us to boat, immediately, and “Seekest thou a tarrying place bere do homage to her Majesty,” cried Po- to-night, friend, or passest thou on thy meroy.
way?" drawled out Crabtree with a « Softly, Master Pomeroy,” said nasal twang. De Lacy, for such was Bunckley, “not so fast. The town of the stranger, made no reply. Burlington, small as it is, has its mal “ If thou lackest repose and nourishcontents and factions, and the truest ment,” sang forth the chamberlain (or service we can render her Majesty, waiter) a thin, black-aviced, lank-haired whom God preserve, is by acting cau- fellow, “ thou wilt meet with it at small tiously. Tobias shall go down to the cost, and much to thy contentment, uhquay, and see how matters are toward, der the roof of worthy Master Craband we will then steer our course as the tree, a true man and a pious ; and if wind may blow."
thou be not one of the ungodly, but “ Thou art right," replied the young visited with grace to abhor popery and Cavalier, “ I carry more sail than ballast.” episcopacy, he may, perchance, admit
“ Thou hast young and honourable thee to family prayer and exhortation."
Thus good things and bad are con- would have sufficed. Suffering is the founded to evil purposes, by those who best school of philosopby; it brings make war upon institutions, and always the peasant and the monarch on the ally with revolution the subversion of same form of instruction, while the wholesome authority.
greatest trial to, and proudest consum* It is not a fitting place for a cava- mation of Christian discipline, is to be lier to set foot in," whispered Small- found in prosperity. o how beauticraft.
ful and how powerful an evidence to De Lacy, measuring him from head the perfect composition of our Church to foot with a scrutinising eye, replied, Liturgy is the supplication—" In all “ I thank you for your caution, friend, time of our tribulation, in all time of and will put you to a little trouble on our WEALTH; in the hour of death, and my account. I pray you conduct me in the day of judgment, good Lord deto the house of one Tobias Smallcraft, liver us!” The association is all suitaa worthy and loyal merchant of this ble to a state of Christian militancy, town."
and, in the reference to wealth, speaks “ No other man in Burlington an more than volumes, the most elaboswers to that sir-name but myself,” said rately written, to the corrupting influSmallcraft, bowing low, "and my name ence of prosperity on the human mind. is also Tobias, of which you may cer De Lacy was about to seek Smallcraft, tify yourself from any By-stander." to arrange about his Royal Mistress's
* I require no such evidence,” said reception, when the honest old man De Lacy, “ lead on, I pray you, to entered, bearing in his hand a small
silver soup-dish, under which a lamp The crowd dispersed when they saw fed with spirits was burning. “ I have the fish hooked, and as De Lacy and made bold, noble Sir,” said the worthy Smallcraft proceeded, the latter stated Tobias, “ to bring you a basin of shellthe circumstance of Sir J. Bunckley fish soup. It is such as my old master, and friends being then at his house. Heaven rest his soul, and praised be
“ Young Bunckley at your house,” its mercy he lives not in these false said De Lacy, “ this begins well—it is times, was wont to say, deprived the to this gentleman, through you, that I Mediciner of his fee.” While our am specially directed.”
hero was discussing the savoury and On arriving at the house, the Colonel envigorating cheer, he began also to was announced, and on his entrance discuss the matter of the Queen bewas greeted by the cavaliers with a coming the guest of her humble but warmth which bespoke no Janus-faced eminently loyal subject.
“ This fair politics. After brief conference be- house of yours," said the Colonel, tween De Lacy and Bunckley, the latter appears the only one in Burlington took upon himself to be the bearer of capable of affording meet accommodaa despatch to the Earl of Newcastle, tion.” “ In blessed hour, then, was it then at York, to procure with speed a erected,” ejaculated the humble collosufficient escort for the Queen, without quist. Little did the good man dream which it would have been hazardous of those adverse chances which unexfor her to land. Bunckley's horse was pectedly prostrate the fabrics of present soon ready, and on the instant he set fortune and happiness, as well as those out for head quarters. After his de- aerial creations which spring up under parture, a conference took place as to the wand of hope. “ But," continued where and how her Majesty should be Smallcraft,“ how her Majesty's proper lodged on landing, as her weak state ease can be consulted here," and he would not permit her proceeding on looked about on the apartment, which her journey without rest ; nor to go was the best in the house, as if he would even so far as Sir J. Bunckley's resi- have exclaimed with Macbeth, what dence, although only seven miles dis a sorry sight.
“ Rest content," said tant. At length it was determined that De Lacy, “ her Majesty will be too the Queen should, for the night, be happy once more to touch British lodged at Smallcraft's, and the cavaliers ground in safety to feel any privation ; departed for the purpose of sending the sad necessities of her voyage will such supplies as might lessen the defi- render the cleanliness and quiet of your ciencies of honest Tobias's means of house more than equivalent to the Teception for his Royal guest. Little greatest luxuries under different cir
cumstances." Aye, good Sir," ob- De Lacy on shore ; and by the starserved Tobias, misery makes the light he could perceive the peaked best of us acquainted with strange bed- hats, short cloaks and staid demeanour fellows ;” and,” rejoined De Lacy, of some of the adverse party; he, “ remember its advantages with its in- therefore, loosed his cloak and claspflictions—it physics the soul.” An im- ed his sword, but they opened out mediate want, that of a pilot to guide quietly, to the by your fair leave, the ship in, was anticipated by the
fore- nasters" of Peter Oakshaft, and De thought and zeal of Smallcraft.“ Peter Lacy's boat's crew being in readiness, Oakshaft,” said the humble host, “is they embarked without molestation. married to my dame's kinswoman, and At ten o'clock that evening, Sir J. I will 'gage soul and body for him—his Bunckley arrived at the Earl of Newbearing, rough though it be, covers a castle's quarters, having been less than shrewd conduct." " I thank you hear- four hours on the journey. The Earl tily," returned the Colonel, “ thou art was engaged at play with some of his an Englishman of sterling stamp.”. “I officers, among whom were Generals have seen days,” answered Tobias, Goring and King ; the former of whom “ never-to-be-forgotten ; days of order, commanded the horse, and the latter and peace, and respect for authority, the foot, immediately under him; and and therefore days of happiness—alas! he was so deeply interested in the too good to have lasted! To what game, that the grave and solemn Chamworse, noble Sir, may evil advisers yet berlain had to repeat his message, bring this ill-fated land." The old man's which was whispered to him ere it eyes became dimmed
with the moisture caught his attention. Bunckley was which memory drew from a feeling and admitted and received by the Earl as a faithful heart, as he continued, “ the an old and loyal acquaintance. Gefountain of my humble prosperity, my neral Goring was appointed to conduct late ever honoured master, early the escort, consisting of three huntaught me to reverence those institu- dred horse ; he requested Bunckley's tions which, to my poor mind, require company and guidance through the what modification they may, if they night, acquainting the gallant Cavalier, are thus roughly handled, all will be that at day-break he might press forswept away in one common ruin.” ward to report to their royal mistress
De Lacy and Smallcraft now set for- the approach of the escort. The Knight ward to the quay, and were met at the had scarcely time to partake of the redoor by a stout man wrapt in a sea- mains of a venison pasty, and recruit man's short coat. This is the pilot I his spirits with a bottle of Burgundy, spoke of," said Tobias, "you can com- when, a fresh steed having been promune with him as you proceed to the vided for Bunckley, the whole party ship, he will do your bidding without commenced their joyous march. At fear or question, but I must caution day-break, by which time General Goyou, under favour, not to speak until ring was perfectly ascertained of his you are fairly seaward—these stones further way, Bunckley spurred forward, we tread on may have ears, and and, arrived at Burlington, took boat, tongues will not be wanting. We know provided by the provident care of not what cunning device these false Smallcraft, and was speedily alongknaves may entertain to our discom- side the queen’s vessel. Springing up fiture, though, to my poor mind, they the gang-way, the active and successful cannot propound much impediment, partisans,encountered Colonel De Lacy, having no force nearer than Scarboro', and grasping his hand exultingly exand I trust, ere to-morrow's sun be at plained the issue of his mission, and the his height, we shall see our cavaliers proximity of Goring and his party. from York." “ What distance may it Communication of these circumstances be thither?" asked De Lacy. “ Thirty- was made to the queen. Oakshaft nine miles," answered Smallcraft, “and took his station at the helm ; two seaif he met no mishap, my young master is men who understood English, were put half way now—we will to work during at the wheel, the capstan was manned, the night. Meanwhile, honoured Sir, and under Oakshaft's safe pilotage the God give you good speed."
ship was carried as close to the quay There was a small crowd collected as her draught of water would permit. about the ship's boat, which brought Every preparation was now made for
disembarking, and the escort having posite, and, therefore, is it that so few arrived and lined the quay on each know when they are really well. The side, the royal standard was hoisted. poor repine that they are not wealthy, A gaily decorated and well-manned being ignorant of the artificial wants barge, of which De Ruyter took the and listless satiety which wealth creates helm, received its royal freight, and for its possessors
' ; while the abuse of was rowed away to the pier-steps, the abundant sources of happiness by where, under a salute from the ship, which the higher orders are surroundwhich was answered by the horse mus- ed, too often makes their days a tissue quetry, General Goring, upon his knee, of the keenest cares, their nights sleepdid homage and hailed her majesty's less, their bodies diseased, and life a return. The queen, who was in a burden! Would the lowliest peasant state of extreme exhaustion, feebly, consider this, he would be contented but graciously noticed her gallant ser with his lot, and bless God that he was vant, and was borne on a litter to seek not born to splendid misery. Could the repose and convalescence she so the humblest housewife, enjoying the much needed, under the humble roof sweet and sanative airs of England's of the loyal Tobias Smallcraft. After free and open champaign, look upon taking a composing draught, which England's queen shut in the close cabin Dame Smallcraft was well skilled to of a Dutch ship, and suffering in mind prepare, the sweet and refreshing clean- and body, she would pity her crown, and liness with which she was surrounded, feel more than reconciled to her own soon delivered the careworn princess homely, but clean and white coif, odorto the all-powerful relief of high and ous of her little garden's bloom, and the low, a deep and long sleep.
produce of honest and independent Every good in life, derives much of labour exercised in health. its value from comparison with its op
O! rest thee, thou sad one,
Forgetting thy sorrow ;
Too soon comes the morrow.
o sleep thee, unshaken
By dream of the foe ;
To life-lasting woe.
CONSERVATIVE POLICY IN PARLIAMENT.
It might be supposed from the title the motions of their opponents than by of this article, that it was our present the peculiarities of their own situation. purpose to enter into a minute detail of The principles of warfare are the same, the course of policy pursued on each or nearly so, whether the scene be laid occasion by the Conservative party in in the benches of St. Stephen's, or the the legislature, with an historical survey plains of Waterloo ; whether the attack of the consequences of that policy, to to be resisted, consist in the unprincipled the causes of success or defeat in each assertions and unconstitutional measures particular instance. Such a treatise of a Whig Ministry, or the impetuous would certainly tend to afford valuable charge of a body of French dragoons. instruction to the members of this party We may therefore illustrate our obserfor the direction of their future efforts, vations by a comparison drawn from by displaying the errors and omissions military affairs, and observe that per i of which its leaders were guilty, and sons engaged in the defence of a by avoiding which, success might be besieged place, are much less likely secured on similar occasions in future. to observe the advantages or disBut it were impossible to comprise so advantages of their own situation or extensive a subject, involving so many that of the enemy, than that enemy minute parliamentary details, within the is to perceive the wisest and most bounds of this Magazine, and if it were judicious points of attack; while it even possible to do so, few of our is obvious that this advantage posreaders would be sufficiently interested sessed by the besiegers will increase as to read it to the end. Our present de- their fears of a sally on the part of the sign is therefore of a much more garrison are removed. Thence also limited nature, and we hope that as results the well-known fact, that it is much, or perhaps more, advantage may much more difficult to sustain a defenbe derived from a distant and general sive than an offensive war; as in the view of the line of policy pursued in former case it is necessary not only to the defence of the constitution, than observe all the actual motions of the could be deduced from any minute his- enemy, but to calculate and guard torical detail. We are the more strongly against all their probable designs, while induced to form this opinion, as it is in the latter it is merely requisite to well known that nothing is more diffi- plan the method and choose the time cult to persons involved in the daily for the attack, both of which are at practice of any given line of conduct, their own disposal. We shall proceed or in the active pursuit of any art or
to make a few remarks on the general science, than to observe the great and line of policy pursued for some years vital advantages or defects of the course past by the Conservative party in Par. which they are in the habit of adopting. liament, and to notice some of its chief As their attention is engaged by, so defects to their consequences. We their observation is confined to, the have the less hesitation in stating our parts, while they have seldom lei- opinion on this subject, as we know that sure to survey the whole of a system ; no one in any degree acquainted with and it frequently occurs in consequence, the individuals composing that party, that persons who are not to the same, or can for a moment suppose that any of nearly the same degree, acquainted with these defects, if such exist, can be atthe practice, are much better qualified to tributed to a want of zeal, of integrity, estimate the theory of political contests. or of noble and disinterested attach
It is worthy of observation that this ment to those valuable institutions, to remark applies with the greatest force the defence of which they are so faithto persons engaged in a defensive war; fully and so steadily devoting their abithat the members of a Conservative, lities and their time. Nor can these are much more liable than those of an faults in policy be attributed to any innovating party to overlook great de- defects of talent in those individuals, fects in the system upon which they as although the present display of abiact: their attention is engaged more by lities may be, and certainly