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. Gardiner, and by other officers of The dramatic story of Douglas. (77.) ] the ship, who were near the person of the Admiral, that they did not perceive Matilda, Lady Randolph, the daughter of Mal
The PERSONS. any backwardness in the Admiral du. Matilda, Lady Randolph, the daughter of Mal
colm, a Scottish Baron, and now wife of Lord ring the action, or any marks of fear or Randolph. confufion, either from his countenance Lord Randolph, her husband. or behaviour, but that he seemed to give Anna, her maid. his orders coolly and distinętly, and did Norval, a stranger. not seem wanting in personal courage.
Glenalvon, kinsman and heir to Lord Randolph. 36. Resolved, That the Admiral appears to fall under the following part of tween the houses of Malcolm and îhe 12th article of the articles of war, Douglas; but it happened that the heir to wit, “ or shall not do his utmost to of Malcolm, having saved the life of the take or destroy every ship which it shall heir of Douglas in battle, this act of he. be his duty to engage, and to aslift and roic generosity produced a secret but inrelieve all and every of his Majesty's ships violable friendship between them. Young which it shall be his duty to alift and Malcolm having frequently boasted the relieve."
beauty of Matilda his fifter, to Douglas, 37. Resolved, As that article pofi. he became impatient to see her, and at tively prescribes death, without any al- length went to Balarmo, her father's ternative left to the discretion of the seat, under a borrowed name ; his percourt, under any variation of circum- son not being known to the father, or Atances, that he be adjudged to be shot any of the family. At Balarmo he conto death, at fuch time, and on board such tinued a considerable time; and having fhip, as the Lords Commissioners of the obtained the lady's consent to marry Admiralty shall direct: But as it appears, him, the ceremony was privately perby the evidence of Lord Robert Bertie, formed in her brother's presence, by an Lt-Col. Smith, Capt. Gardiner, and old ecclesiastic, who had been his tutor, other officers of the ship who were near and was still his father's domestic. This the person of the Admiral, that they did marriage was known only to young not perceive any backwardness in him Malcolm and the priest ; and about three during the action, or any marks of fear weeks after it had been folemnized, or confusion, either from his counte. Douglas was called from his
bride nance or behaviour, but that he seemed to fight his father's battles; and Malto give his orders coolly and distinctly, colm, his brother-in-law, notwithstandand did not seem wanting in personal ing the earnest intreaty of his sister to the courage, and from other circumstances, contrary, went with him, so also did the the court do not believe that his mif. conduct arose either from cowardice or
As soon as they were gone, old Maldisaffection ; and do therefore anani- colm was told, that the stranger who mously think it their duty moft earnestly had been so long his guest, was the to recommend him as a proper object of heir of Douglas. This threw him mercy.”
into a fit of dreadful rage ; and for some After agreeing to the last of the
reason suspecting that young Douglas
pre• ceding resolutions, Jan. 27. the sentence might have made addresses to his daughand a representation were drawn up
ter, he questioned her about him in a fu, and figned, and then the Admiral being Her answers to his questions were equi.
rious tone, and with his sword drawn. fent for, the sentence was pronounced. vocal ; and to footh his anger, she also
-What followed upon these pro- made an equivocal promise, “That she ceedings being reported to the admiralty, would never wed any of the name of our readers have seen already. [103.]
Douglas.” Within a few days, news *[The sentence and representation, in the trial, was brought to Balarmo, that the young are verbatim as inierted above, p. 45,0.]
gentlemen had both fallen in battle, to
gether with the priest; so that the lady her condition from her father, who had neither husband, brother,' nor wit- some time after died, and left her in the ness of her marriage alive.
poffeffion of his whole estate. The loss of an only brother was suffi Not long after her father's death, cient to account for her grief, without Glenalvon, the kinsman and heir of supposing that it was complicated with Lord Randolph, attempted, in disguise, any other misfortune : but the loss of a
to carry her off, and by a forced marhusband with her brother, was aggrava. riage possess himself of the barony and ted by other circumstances of distress. eftate of Malcolm. In this attempt he Within a very short time after she heard was disappointed by the accidental inher husband was dead, she found her. tervention of Lord Randolph, who reself with child. Having no witness of scued the lady from the ravisher, though her marriage, nor any friend to become without discovering who he was. For her advocate with her father, she deter- this service she thought herself obliged mined to conceal her condition.
to marry her deliverer, though she told It was, however, necessary, that she him she could never love him; and he should have some confident, because she declaring he would content himself with would stand in need of some assistance; “ decent affection, and complaisant The therefore communicated her secret to kindness," the marriage took place. a nurse, but to no other. This nurse The lady, however, though eighteen had a fifter, who lived not very far di- years had now paft, since the lost her ftant; and as soon as Matilda was deli. first husband, continued incessantly to vered, which happened without the lament him ; and under the notion of knowledge of any in the family, the commemorating the death of her bronurse set out with the infant, to carry it ther, always wore mourning on the annito her sister's, and left the mother alone. versary of his misfortune. Whether the filter, to whom the child In the mean time, Glenalvon, who was to have been carried, was to be ac- is represented to be shrewd and subtle, quainted whose it was; whether she did had made a declaration of his passion not know with whom this sister that to Lady Randolph, and she had threatbrought it lived, and would therefore ened to acquaint her Lord with it; he suspect whose it was, does not appear; therefore, to prevent his being disinhebut from that time the mother heard no. rited for his perfidy, and to gain imme. thing either of the nurse or child, or diate possession of Lord Randolph's estate, a caket of valuable jewels, which the hires four desperadoes to assassinate him. nurse, for some reason that does not ap Such is the fituation of Lord and Lapear, was to carry to her filter's with dy Randolph, and their kinsman Glenthe child,
alvon, when the dramatic action begins. As the woman set out with the child Act I. The audience are acquainted and jewels in December, in the dead of with Lady Randolph's story, in a conthe night, after incessant wind and rain; versation between her and her maid, as she was alone, on foot, and had the whom she happens now first to make her river Carron to cross; it was supposed confident; and with Glenalvon's fitushe was drowned in attempting to ford ation and designs, by a soliloquy of his it; as at that season, especially after own. Lord Randolph reproaches his sudden and violent rain, it must have lady for with-holding even the decent been much swelled.
affection, and complaisant kindness, The lady, though she was left with, which was all he hoped from the living, out any affiftance, but such as the could and giving up her whole heart to the afford to herself, and must have suffered dead; and acquaints her, that he is setunspeakable distress of mind, from a ting out for the camp, whither the Scotfruitless expectation of her nurse's return tish chiefs have been fummoned by the from so interesting and hazardous a fer- King, to appose the Danes, from whom vice, was yet fo fortunate as to conceal an invasion was daily expected.
Act II. Lord Randolph having been from her power to ruin him, by disattacked alone by the assassins whom clofing his secret to her lord ; and comGlenalvon had hired to dispatch him, is mands him at his peril, not to practise fuccoured by a young ftranger, who dif- any thing against the stranger, to whom patched two of the assassins, and put the the declares herself a friend. Glenala other two to flight. Lord Randolph von ruminating on this event, becomes returns to the cattle with the stranger ; jealous of Norval, and determines to and having acquainted his lady with seek the servant, who in his danger dewhat had happened, the inquires who serted him; that in concert with him, if his deliverer is. To this the stranger re- he can be corrupted, he may attempt plies, That his name is Norval, the on- some farther mischief. sy son of a shepherd on the Grampian Act III. A man is seized lurking hills: That the humble obscurity of his near the castle, who is supposed to be birth, did not prevent his desire of fig. one of the villains that affaulted Lord nalizing himself by arms; and that he Randolph ; and several jewels of confioften urged his father to permit him to derable value, supposed to be the fpoils follow some of the Scottish chiefs to bat. of some other victim, are found upon tle, but had always been refused : That him. These jewels being shewn to a few nights before, a band of robbers Anna, Lady Randolph's woman, she had carried off their sheep; that he ho- discovers that they have belonged to vered near them with his bow and ar- the family of Douglas by the creft
. She rows, and having marked the road they therefore immediately carries them to took, was returning back, when he met her lady; who supposing the man on his friends with a chosen troop of fifty whom they had been found, must have men ; and putting himself at the head been the murderer of the nurse and her of this company, he led the pursuit, on child, comes in haste to examine him. vertook, and routed the enemy, having The man declares, that of the attempt killed the chief with an arrow from his to assassinate Lord Randolph, he is toown bow, and armed himself with his tally innocent; and gives the following target and sword. After he returned in account of his getting possession of the triumph from this expedition, he heard jewels. that the chiefs had been summoned by That about eighteen years before, the King, to oppose the Danes ; and be- he was tenant to Malcolm, Lord Balaring then determined to leave his father, mo, her father ; but falling to decay, and repair to the camp, he set out with was turned out of his house by the Baonly one servant, and in his way, hap- ron's servants: That, with his family, pened to pass the castle of Balarmo, juft he took shelter in a little hovel on the as the attempt was made on Lord Ran- banks of the Carron, where he subfifted dolph, whom he determined to assist, by fishing : That in the depth of a dark though his servant, in a panic, deserted tempestuous night, in the midst of winhim when he most needed his help. Lord ter, he heard a cry of one in danger ; Randolph, whose good will to the ftran- and rising, ran to see what was the matger is increased by this story, promises ter: the voice immediately ceased ; and to take care of him as a soldier of for- looking about in the eddy of a pool, tene, and place him next in honour and where whatever Aloated on the water command to Glenalvon in his own cian. was generally brought, he saw a basket, He then offers to conduct him to the in which he found an infant, and a camp, and tells his lady, that he will great treasure in gold and jewels. He return in the evening. Lady Randolph was tempted by this treasure to conceal foreseeing that Glenalvon would be. the child; he therefore brought it up as come jealous of this new favourite, and his own ; and that their new-acquired endeavour to do him ill offices with Lord -wealth might be enjoyed without suspiRandolph, takes an opportunity to ex- cion, they removed to another part of ert the influence which she derived the country; and buying some feep
and cattle, increased their stock by de- trusted, gets it into his poffeffion, and grees. When the child grew up, he uses it as an inftrument to provoke was inclined to trust him with the secret Lord Randolph's jealousy ; urging also of his birth, having no heir of his own; his lady's zealous and sudden attachbut his wife prevented him. As the ment to the stranger, and her dismissing man was proceeding in his story, Lady a man supposed to have been one of Randolph interrupts him, by several those that had attempted his life. As a impatient questions, tending to resolve farther proof, he proposes to fend the the doubts which had risen in her mind, billet as directed, and to observe, conwhether it was not her child that the cealed in fome convenient place, wh ftranger had brought up, and whether happens at the interview. Lord Ranhe was yet alive. Among other que. dolph agrees, and this step is taken. stions, she asks his name; and upon his Glenalvon then remarks, that young telling her it is Norval, her doubts are minds are not elated with any honour or at an end; and she knows immediately, good fortune fo suddenly, or so extrathat the youth who had defended her vagantly, as with unexpected favours Lord, was her son. This discovery from women much superior in rank produces such effects upon her, that the and fortune. If Norval therefore, says man discovers her interest in his story, he, whom you found this morning diffiand declares, that the youth having left dent, modest
, and unaffuming, is now him to go to the camp, he followed him haughty, turbulent, and captious; conwith the jewels, that by binding them clude that your suspicions are juft ; and I upon his arm, they might be challen- will try his fpirit by some ironical counged, and his real parentage by that fel. if he is no more that low-born means be discovered. The lady, con- Norval, who owes his change of forfiding in his fidelity, satisfies her ser- tune wholly to your favour, he will vants, that he is not the person they sup- shrink from me, overawed and abashed; posed, and directs him to go to an her. but if he is the favourite of the first lady mit in a cottage on the cliffs of Carron, in Scotland, he will turn upon me like and wait there till she sends for him to the lion upon the hunter. give his testimony before the King, and Lord Randolph consents to this expeput her son in poffefsion of his honours riment; and Norval being elated, not and estate. In the mean time Glenal. by any criminal favour of Lady Ranvon, having practised on the servant of dolph, but by the knowledge of his young Norval, and found that for mo. birth, and being allo warned to beware ney he would say and swear any thing, of Glenalvon as a villain, is prepared to determines, with his assistance, to make fall by the snare that is laid for him. Lord Randolph jealous of this youth Lord Randolph retires, and Glenal. with his lady, that when he had set the von succeeds to the utmost of his wishes. husband and wife at enmity with each Norval, impatient of the least indignity, other, he might find it less difficult to instantly takes fire ; and just as he has infipuate himself between them. drawn upon Glenalvon, and defied him
Act IV. Lady Randolph, in an ac- to a duel, Lord Randolph appears: but cidental meeting with her son, acquaints though the proof that had been propohim with his birth, and bids him beware fed of his being criminally beloved by of Glenalvon. She acquaints him also, Lady Randolph, has been now given, that before this accidental interval hapa and Lord Randolph's suspicions arising pened, she had given a billet to his fer. from other circumstances confirmed; yet vant for him, appointing him to meet he mediates between both parties withher privately at night, and directs him out any seeming emotion; and admoto give her a second meeting according nishing them both to suspend the resenta to that appointment.
ment of any private injury, till they had Glenalvon having corrupted the ser. both exerted themselves in the common vant with whom this billet had been in- cause, by represling the Dane, goes VOL. XIX.
with them to the entertainment which he To this, after some hesitation, he had ordered at his castle, that the even. consents; but Lady Randolph, with a ing before he marched against the ene tenderness natural to a mother, just partmy might be spent chearfully.
ing with a son, who being prompt to enACT v. It is now midnight, the terprise, and going to a camp, she might banquet is over, and Norval, though pollibly see no more, expresses the ute fupposed to have retired to his chamber, most solicitude for his safety, and gives repairs to che wood, where Lady Ran. him a parting embrace. Just as they dolph had appointed to meet him. Into are separating, Lord Randolph and this wood, at this hour, she contrives to Glenalvon come near enough to discover follow him, instead of retiring with her them by moon-light. Lord Randolph's lord, who was to leave her early in the jealousy being now confirmed, he goes morning
after Douglas, and commands GlenalNorval, whom it is now fit to call von not to follow him, because he will Douglas, comes first to the place of af. engage no man upon onequal terms. fignation; where he meets his foster. Glenalvon, who had contrived this mise father, who had been fent to wait at chief only to gain an opportunity to dethe hermitage by Lady Randolph till he stroy Lord Randolph without suspicion, should hear from her.' The old man ac- draws, and follows him. Lady Ranquaints him, That instead of continuing dolph, alarmed by the noise of the renwith the hermit, as he had been ordercounter, turns back; and being suppoed, he strolled out in the evening, to fed to see Lord Randolph engaged with indulge the pleasure which every man Douglas, she calls out to him to spare feels in visiting walks and groves, with her ion. No notice is taken of her by which he has been familiar in his youth, Lord Randolph: but Douglas, hearing and from which he had been long ab- his mother's voice, comes up to her with fent: That he overheard a conversation a lword in each hand; he tells her, that between Glenalvon and Lord Ran. having just disarmed Lord Randolph, dolph, in which Lady Randolph and Glenalvon came behind him, and young Norval were often named in a wounded him in the back; but that he threatening tone; a strange discovery instantly turned upon him, and killed was mentioned, and revenge threaten- him. Lord Randolph, who appears to ed. Norval supposes the discovery have been a neutral spectator of the renmentioned by Lord Randolph and Glen- counter between Douglas and Glenal. alvon, to be that of Douglas's birth; von, does not follow Douglas to Lady and that a scheme was formed to cut Randolph, but stays by Glenalvon, him off, that he might not recover his who soon after expires, curfing the paternal estate, of which Lord Ran. hand by which he fell.' In the mean dolph was in possession, and to which time it appears, that the wound which Glenalvon was heir. Norval, after he Douglas had received, is mortal; and has given Douglas this intelligence, re. just as he expires, Lord Randolph en
and his mother coming to the ters, with Anna; who is supposed, be. place appointed soon after, he tells her tween the death of Glenalvon and Dou. what he has heard. She immediately glas, to have found time to acquaint concludes, as Norval had done, that Lord Randolph with Douglas's relation Douglas is' discovered to be her son, to his lady, and Glenalvon's treachery. and that fome attempt will be made to He expresses the utmost distress at what destroy him. In this attempt the feems has happened ; and Lady Randolph, to think Lord Randolph himselt may be who had fallen into a swoon on the engaged; and therefore urges Dougias death of her son, recovers, and recol. to fly to the camp, and claim his kin- lecting her ficuation, runs off distracted, dred to Lord Dougías, which he may and is followed by Anna; who foon afsupport by producing the jewels, and ter returns, with an account, that Lady which she will confirm.
Randolph had thrown herself from a