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But although the first care of the dining-room, take care to announce community was to see the representa- tea. Thus will they institute a pertive authorities furnished and equip- petual remembrance of the King's ped with all becoming and appropriate Visit, and vindicate their own cause. magnificence, no sooner were the public interests secured, than individual
The Movement. feeling and individual loyalty prompted the most meritorious arrangements As the period when the King was exin private life. The beaux, one and pected to arrive drew near, the whole all, burning with zeal, and emulous to west began to move. The M'Ausappear with the greatest possible ad- lans and the Goroghans from Greenvantage, forth with ordered new blue ock, much to the annoyance of Mrs coats with welcome buttons, and nan- Goroghan, were obliged to come in the keen pantaloons, in exact conformity Waterloo steam-boat together ; but to the instructions in that laudable during the voyage, it was impossible proclamation which the Magistrates that any fellow-travellers could be of Edinburgh so shrewdly issued, in more cordial. On the part of the Cap. order that the shopkeepers might ob- tain and his wife, the reciprocity of tain substantial reasons to rejoice in civilities was sincere ; but the lady of the Royal Visit. They also began to the ship-owner, being a degree higher, practice walking with their coats but- was in the greatest alarm, during the toned, for it is a most remarkable whole passage to Glasgow, lest evilnatural phenomenon, that the Glas- minded fortune would force them all gow people rarely button their coats; the way in the same vehicle. Accordand many among them made them- ingly, she took a sly opportunity of selves almost unintelligible to their wbispering to her gudeman, that they friends, in the loyal endeavours to ought to hire a chaise, and gang in speak exquisite English, with a view till Edinburgh wiselike ; for since they to render themselves properly qualified were on the killy vie to see the King, a to entertain his Majesty with their pound or two, more or less, a hundred conversation when they should have years hence, would never be missed the honour of being in his company. Mr Goroghan thought so too, for he The wits no less assiduously endea- felt also the elevating and enlivening voured to construct ingenious puns; influence of the time. As soon, thereand one of the most celebrated among fore, as the lady had got his consent, them doubtless spent pights in the stu- she said, with the most sheathed softdy, solaced by the hopes of knighthood ness, to her neighbouras a reward for the pungency of the “Isna this a real exploit, Mrs Mrepartees which he expected an op- Auslan ?-I wonder how a' this multiportunity to let off at the Royal table. tude expeck to get themsels ta’en till In a word, both the public and pri- Embro'--for our part, Mr Goroghan vate character of Glasgow was felt to intends to tak a chaise ; for they say, be at hazard on this great occasion ; unless folk go in a genteel manner, and neither cost nor pains in the cor- they can hope for no manner o' civiliporate and individual capacity of her ty at the inns, there will be sic a power zealous citizens was omitted to give o'the nobles.” eclat to the part she was determined Mrs Móduslan, worthy woman, to perform in the drama of the Royal would have been as glad as her neighVisit. But some of the ladies remark- bour to have enjoyed the comforts of ed, that the gentlemen seeined to con- a chaise ; but it was a paction besider Majesty as a bowl of their own tween her and the Captain, that their ineffable beverage, only to be enjoyed total expense should not exceed a cerin male society ; for, among all their tain sum, and they had accepted an inpreparations, no regard was shown to vitation from a widow lady, Mrs Lorn the loyal curiosity of the fair sex. We of Cowal, a far-off cousin, to take their hope there is no truth in this allega- bed with her during the visit, so that tion ; but should it unfortunately be they were little likely to suffer any otherwise, all we can say is, that the thing at the inns, such as Mrs Goroladies of Glasgow have it in their ghan apprehended ; and, therefore, power to be amply revenged. Let without considering the chaise quite them only, as often as they know when so importantly as that triumphant the punch is most palatable in the lady perhaps expected, she replied -"We're gaun by the canal, in the dary passage-boats, every thing that track-boat, for they say there's no a would carry, or could be dragged, was seat to be got in ony of the coaches, put in requisition to accommodate the and that chaises are not to be had public, as the Canal Company said, without an extraordinaire diffeekwul- but as every body knew, in fact to ty, and at a rate that it would be a realize as much profit as possible from shame to hear tell o';-and as we're the occasion to themselves. no to be in the reverence o' the inns, Among those whom the skipper and it can make no odds to us, for we're his wife found seated in the inn, were to stay with Mrs Lorn o’ Cowal, the Mr Duffle, the cloth-merchant, with gudeman’s Highland relative, a most Mrs Maclecket, whom he was treat. genteel woman, living on her jointure ing with a jaunt to see the King, and in George's-Street, in the New Town.” a short plump little bustling body,
Mrs Goroghan was taken quite as Mr Sweeties the grocer, who took, as much aback by this intelligence, as he said, advantage of the sample-room she expected Mrs M Auslan to be being closed for a week, out of a loyal when she spoke of the chaise ; for she mark of respect for bis Majesty, to go was well aware of the superior advan- likewise to join in the plaudits of the tage that her neighbour would enjoy Royal Welcome. by having the benefit of a friend In a corner of the room by herself, acquainted with the localities. In con- near the door, sat a plain, demure, sequence, before the Waterloo reach- patient-looking single woman, someed the Broomielaw, there was an evi- what bard.favoured, but modest and dent change in her deportment to- calm in her demeanour, and possessed wards the Captain's wife.
of considerable intelligence of counteOn the arrival of the steam-boat at nance, and a serious observant eye. She the landing-place, the skipper, accus- was dressed in a sober-coloured pelisse, tomed to be handy and active on si- and her straw-hat, without any flower milar occasions, soon got his lady and or bows, was tied with a blue-andluggage on shore, and was under way white ribbon, the livery of the time, for Port-Dundas long before Mr Goro- and which showed that she also inghan had made a bargain with a porter tended to partake of the metropolitan to carry his lady's trunk to the Black revelries. In one hand she had a bundle Bull ; for, in these scrimp-o'-profit neatly pinned in a silk handkerchief, times, the ship-owner was naturally and in the other an umbrella, carefully anxious to make an agreement on the enclosed in a canvass case.—
e. She was lowest possible terms, a circumstance no other than the celebrated Miss which (as his lady said to him through Nanny Eydent, the Irvine seamstress, her teeth) was a black-burning shame who, on the advice of Mrs Pringle, to think o'when she was wi' him ; was going to Edinburgh to get some and certainly every one must sympa- insight for the benefit of her country thize with her mortification, at seeing customers, of the fashions expected to such a work made between a shilling be introduced at Holyrood. Between and eighteen pence before Mrs M'Aus- her and Mrs M'Auslan some acquaintlan, whom she had so lately humbled ance was soon formed; and that by boasting of the superiority of style in addition to other particulars, had in which they were to ensure defer- the satisfaction to learn, that Miss ence and homage from the Edinburgh Nanny was not only provided by the waiters. But there is no managing, in Reverend Doctor himself with letters public, husbands of a certain tempe- to his son Andrew, the advocate, to rament, and Mrs Goroghan was oblig- facilitate her inquiries ; but had likeed to submit to her lot.
wise, by the instrumentality of Mrs Notwithstanding, however, all the Pringle, obtained introductions from alertness of Captain M'Auslan, before Sir Andrew Wylie, to several of the he and his mistress reached Port-Dun- most distinguished personages in the das, the track-boat, which they had ex- royal suite. By all which, Mrs M'Auspected to overtake, was gone, and they lan perceived that Miss Nanny was were compelled to go into the ina, and a most desirable acquaintance, and wait among a crowd of other passen- might be of the most essential service gers till another boat would arrive,- in assisting her to see many ceremofor, by this time, the whole canal was nies to which otherwise she could alive, and, in addition to all the ordi- scarcely hope for access.
While they were conversing on these children, and weavers from Paisley, topics, the sound of a horn announced who had abjured reform. the arrival of the boat ; and Captain M'Auslan taking the trunk in his own
Edinburgh. hands, called to his wife and Miss Nanny to follow, by which alertness EDINBURGH presented one univerand activity they were among the first sal scene of preparation-never were a safely seated in the track-boat, which people more important than the sage was almost instantly crowded with citizens of the Good Town.” The passengers, and drawn off from the magistrates were seen hurrying to and banks of the canal, that no more might fro with pregnant faces-never were get on board ; for the Captain of the public functionaries more laden with hoat having some business to settle the consequentialities of their trusts. in the office before his departure, was Their voices were as the voices of oraobliged to keep her waiting about half cles, and the Delphian response from an hour after every body that she could the municipal abysms of wisdom, was safely take was seated.
ever and anon the same : for still, as In the meantime, as the passengers,
the anxious votaries of loyalty throngwho had thus secured their speedy con- ed to the shrine of the Council-chamveyance, were sitting on the deck and ber, to know their destiny in the events in the cabin, all talking of the King, a with which the future was so big, the vast number of disappointed strangers, reply was, “ Bide awee, and we'll see.” clamorous for a boat, gathered on the In the meantime, writers and wribanks, and Mr L****, to pacify their ters' clerks were seen trembling in the importunity, ordered, at their own ur- breeze, dressed in the Celtic garb, that gent request, one of the dung gabarts their peeled, white, ladylike legs might to be drawn out, and a few planks pla- acquire the heathery complexion of ced on her for seats.—Into this the loyal Highland houghs. throng joyously leaped, happy to be so But neither Colonel Davie nor Sir quickly and so well accommodated ; Walter, nor Fadladeen himself, had and before she was ready to move, who half so much to do in preparing for the should make their appearance on the reception of his Majesty, as Mrs Lorn banks of the canal, but Mr and Mrs of Cowal, the jointured lady in George Goroghan, with à porter sweating Street, Captain M'Auslan's Argylland smoking under the load of their shire cousin. According to the hospitrunk.
table custom in Edinburgh, Mrs Lorn On reaching the Black-Bull, it seems was in the practice of holding one anthey had found that not a chaise por nual general meeting of her dinner horse could be got; eighteen of the best creditors, but out of respect to his Mahorses were engaged for the public jesty, and in order to display her style authorities, and the Glasgow common- and taste before the expected droves alty had themselves bired every other of her west-country kindred, she rein the town. In a word, the Ship- solved, from the first moment that the owner and his lady had no choice but royal intention of visiting Scotland to proceed forth with to Port-Dundas was made known, to celebrate the visit to catch the track-boat. They, how- by an extra and extraordinary banever, as we have said, arrived too late, quet; and it happened that the same and were in consequence constrained by morning on which the M'Auslans left necessity, in the very view of the M Greenock, a woman came to the door Auslans, who laughed outright at the with a goose to sell, an incident not circumstance, instead of triumphing certainly very extraordinary, but out in a chariot, to make the best of their of it such disasters ensued to Mrs way in a dung-boat. But we must Lorn, that when the Captain and his not attempt with such circumstantial- wife arrived, she was sitting in her bedity to detail the whole progress of the room. The moment, however, that she visit ; let it therefore suffice, that be- heard their voices in the lobby, she sides the canal, all the roads from Glas- came flaunting forth, with a large gow to Edinburgh were like so many patch of brown paper on her forehead, webs of printed calico, stamped with to give them a hearty welcome ; and the figures of coaches and carriages, as she conducted them into the dihorses and noddies, men, women, and ning-room, she gave the following ac
count of the accident that had disfigu- same house, and up the same common red ber face.
stair which led to the residence of the “ A kintra wife,” said she, “and a hospitable Mrs Lorn-of whose congoose came to our door to sell. The sequence and consideration they redevil was surely in the beast, but I ceived a most mortifying and aughad no notion it was a brute of the mentative account from their landmale speshie, but took it in my hand lady, calculated by implication to swell by the neck, to fin' the weight, and to her own importance as a tenant of the draw my fingers o'er its ribs, to feel same edifice. This, however, instead that it was fit for the spit; but although of reconciling, as it was intended, Mrs I had been actually thrappling the Goroghan, to the exorbitant rent decreature, it couldna hae been mair manded for the apartments, was gall desperate, for it flapped its wings in a and worm wood to her spirit, and made most outstrapolous manner, and, flee- her wish a thousand times that she ing out o'my grip, came raging like a had not come to Edinburgh at all, fiery dragon, as if it would hae de- rather than to have been so exposed voured me on the spot, so that in try- to the upsetting M-Auslans, and the ing to get away frae the rabiator, I chagrin of this feeling was sharpened fell o'er a stool, and hurt my brow on into anguish by the preparations for the corner o' a chair. Really, I can Mrs Lorn's banquet, of which the assure you, Mrs M'Auslan, that I ne'er sounds and the savour commenced at got sit a terrification, for I had no vo- so early an hour next morning, as lition that it was in the nature o' ony terally to disturb her rest. feathered fowl to be so venomous; but Just as the morning gun was fired how sever, I gart the woman from the Castle, a single knock was down a sixpence on the price, on ac- heard at Mrs Lorn's door by the uncount of the detriment I had gotten; happy Mrs Goroghan, whose slumbers and indeed, had I been in a condition had been disturbed by the sound of to prig, I might bae got mair, for the cannon. This was the announcepoultry at this time, I understand, is ment of tasty Jenny, who was hired likely to be very moderate ; for the to assist in the savoury mysteries of King's ain hen-man, as Mrs Carmichael the festal rites. As soon as she entells me, has brought down just a most tered the kitchru, Mrs Goroghan extraordinaire cargo, and forstalls a' could sleep no more ; indeed the sound the profit that was her right to reap of ripping the ribs of the grate, the frae his Majesty's visit.”
jingling with the pot-lids, kettles, and After this explanation, Mrs Lorn fire-irons, which Jenny instantaneously inquired with great cordiality into the made, cried “ Sleep no wore !” to all bealth and adventures of her visitors, the house. and told them, that as the King was Soon after eight o'clock a hasty so soon expected, she intended to have breakfast was dispatched, and Mrs her Banquet next day, that it might Lorn hastened to the fish-market ; and not interfere with the royal pagean- Mrs M'Auslan having offered her aid tries, which her friends had of course for insight, took a part with tasty all come to see. “ On this account, Jenny in ornamenting the jellies and Mrs M-Auslan,” said she, " ye'll hae to those other light and cold confections put up with an inconvenience, which wbich are addressed more to the eye I hope ye'll excuse, and make yourself than the appetite, and which Mrs as easy as at home, and the Captain Lorn had judiciously prepared the can go aboot, and make his observes, preceding day. and learn for us all the news.”
As soon as Mrs Lorn returned, with Such was the cordial welcome with the assistance of the maid, she began which the M-Auslans were received to dress the table ; but in placing the by their relation. In the meantime, the covers it was soon seen that by no Goroghans, mortified to the heart, had possible arrangement could it be made also reached the metropolis, and could to receive the number of the expected obtain no admission into any hotel guests. This dilemma, however, the whatever, but were obliged to seek genius of Mrs Lorn soon overcame ; private lodgings, with wbich, after a she saw that by removing one of the long search, they were at last accom- circular ends, and inserting between modated by Mrs Rippet, who occu- it and the middle piece, her turn-over pied the upper flat and garrets of the tea-table, sufficient room would be ob
tained, and this was done accordingly. tre of the table.–Fortunately, the da. The maid was then dispatched to the mage done was not material, and Mrs baker for rolls ; considering how much Lorn was enabled to return to the was that day to be done, it was very drawing-room, when dinner soon after thoughtless of the girl not to recollect was announced. to bring them with her when she Never were the guests of Mrs carried the pyes and puddings to the Lorn half so smartly served, for, in bakehouse.
addition to her own two maids, she In due time all things were comple- had a footman, who, on some account ted, and Mrs Lorn and Mrs M'Auslan or another, had been recently diswere dressed, to be in readiness to re- charged from his former situation. It ceive the guests ; but still Mrs Lorn was, indeed, as she remarked to her had a world of things to think of, friend, Mrs M'Auslan, a pleasure to and went into the kitchen to reiterate see the ability of his servitude. But her injunctions that nothing should in the very heyday of the banquet, be neglected. The soup at that mo- a bruit arose in the street, and prement being taken off the fire, she dipt sently it was rumoured that the royal in the ladle to taste that it was pro- squadron was in sight. Instantly the perly seasoned ; but just as she was whole of Mrs Lorn's guests deserted blowing to cool it, a thundering knock the dinner-table, and were hastening at the door announced the arrival of to the Calton-hill, when it was ascerthe first of the company.
tained to be a false alarm. Before permitting the door to be the party was so much disturbed, that opened, Mrs Lorn retreated to the the ladies did not return to the table, drawing-room, and before the guests but went at once to the drawing-room, entered, she was sitting with her hands where they were soon joined by the crossed, seemingly as cool as a duch- gentlemen ; for it is not the custom in ess, though her face was like that of Edinburgh, or elsewhere, for gentlethe north-west moon.
Scarcely, how- men to indulge long at the wine in ever, had the strangers beon seated, the houses of dowagers. when the maid, who had acquired by As soon as Mrs Lorn saw they had this time a complexion that rivalled all left the dining-room, she returned the grate, and her aris besmeared thither to put away the decanters ; with soot, came in for a bottle of but Spruce, the footman, was already ketchup which stood in a closet be- laudably employed in that careful ofhind the sofa where the guests were fice. Mrs Lorn, however, observed sitting, and which was neglected to on the tray on which he was placing have been taken out before, so that the glasses, two cut tumblers, which they were obliged to rise to give her had been set down for water, with the admission.
dessert ; but instead of water, they The guests successively arrived.- seemed to her to be filled with some Mrs Lorn had not before entertained more generous liquor. such a numerous company-all, too, “ What's that in the twa crystal kith and kin, who had come to see tumblers ?" said she, in a tone of minthe King ; and to whom she was gled anxiety and alarm. anxious to afford a view of metropo- “ Table-beer,” was the ready reply. litan magnificence. Every peal on the “Wha could be drinking beer with knocker was a larum to the writhing their fruit ?" observed the lady ; " let spirit of Mrs Goroghan ; but at last the me taste it.” series ceased, and Mrs Lorn, seeing all Spruce turned up the corner of his her guests arrived, rang the bell, and eye, and showed more than the tip of formally ordered dinner to be taken his tongue as he presented one of the up ; and that nothing might be set tumblers. dowu amiss, before permitting it to be “ As I'm to be trusted,” said Mrs announced, she went out to take a view Lorn," it's my old Madeira wine !" of the table, when, to her horror and But the fellow, in the meantime, consternation, she beheld the cat, in had nimbly quitted the room with the total contempt of the great stake of tray, and in setting it down in the character which she had in the ban- kitchen, whipt off the wine in the quet, actually in the fact of licking other tumbler. The consequence of the whipt cream that adorned the ceu. which was that Mrs Lorn found her