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Sir Godfrey reflected. Mr Hesketh Sir Godfrey," said the solicitor, throwadded that it was a consideration, ing it down after a second glance. “We however, wbich need not be lost sight may throw it forthwith into the fire." of in renewing leases. He took up a The new baronet raised his eyes to sheet of paper from the table, on him with some surprise.
Sir," he which the awkward handwriting of said, “I intend carrying out these the late Sir John was conspicuous, desires to the letter.” in ink of various hues and periods, or “Then it will add considerably to mere pencil-scrawls, like a fragment the difficulty of coming to any arof a journal ; yet it bore the tenor of rangement at all, Sir Godfrey !" dea rude will and testament, in the first monstrated Mr Hesketh ; but Sir place solemnly bequeathing all his Godfrey carefully folded the sheet, property, real and personal, to his and placed it in a pocket-book. brother Godfrey and his heirs. It “Indeed," added the former, slowly, was signed and dated in due form, while he again rustled among the some years before, after a fall in papers, and hesitated, hemmed, and hunting; while the rude mark of coughed at intervals—“I can scarceWelsh Will, the huntsman, and the ly perceive-in this case, Sir Godfrey subscription of the rector, in a some- -in fact, it is perhaps fortunate that what shaky hand, were obvious in Sir Henry's entail was not, nay at attestation below, confirmed by the the time could scarcely be, carried well-known seal. It was the only out. Why, I say, I mean, I see no document which the lawyer had been other practicable plan than to-to sell unaware of, and had occasioned him Stoke at once, Colonel Willoughby ! ” some surprise, evincing, as it did, Sir Godfrey sat up and stared at either the baronet's utter ignorance him, then pushed away his seat, and of law, or a touch of fitful eccen
“ Sell it?" he emphatically tricity such as in this instance ap- repeated ; " are you serious, sir ? ” peared a craze ; since, as the simplest “Why, it might possibly be done,” cottager knew, the estate had been replied the solicitor, in an abstracted entailed on the eldest brother, Sir tone" with all its burdens, to men Henry, and now fell as naturally as of sufficient means, there would bethe title itself to his remaining brother. nay, I hear that the earl himself has What had given it any importance, thought of it. Still, I should scarcely however, in the Colonel's eyes, was be disposed at once to-to accede”. the fact that it was followed on the "My good sir," interrupted the same sheet by rambling codicils, of baronet, suddenly, though with selfvarious periods, as the recollection control, “I do not intend to sell Stoke. seemed to have occurred to the The truth is, that with the sale of my writer, charging him, in the easiest commission, and some slight savings disregard of legal terms, with cer at my command, I see that I shall be tain provisions for favourite servants, able gradually to clear off these endependants or hangers-on, like the cumbrances. A little economy will half-witted dog-keeper himself-small enable us to live in the mean time on annuities to faithful domestics, or the interest of my wife's fortune, slight testimonies to friends and ac small as that is." Mr Hesketh drew quaintances, some of them far back down his glasses again, pored into the in his history, or scarcely reputable. papers, and sat silent. Last of all was a hurried mention of "You may, of course, let out the a French female name, in a particular park, too, Mr Hesketh," added the number of a particular street in baronet, pacing the room deliberately; Paris, for whom the private note " and, indeed-should a favourable book showed that a trifling pen- opportunity occur—for that matter, sion had been at intervals sent to a the house also !" French banker ; wherefore, there was The lawyer involuntarily started, no indication, nor of what more was and stared over his spectacles. “ Sell meant to be done. Above all, to the Stoke I shall not," continued Sir string of loose memoranda there was Godfrey, stopping still with folded no vestige of a signature.
“No, sir, not while a stone “This is not of the slightest force, of it stands, or a tree of it spreads, to VOL. LXXVI.-NO. CCCCLXV.
be a future object to my children! Steel-breasted to the full - wigged, Though I should not myself see it gazed down through mould and cobagain, it shall be my last breath to web. They had no slight significance them, to retain Stoke and make it for him; their old love of form and prosperous. For my own part, I am colour, in that casement, made at the accustomed to change of place. I moment something gorgeous of the have made up my mind, Mr Hesketh, bare boughs, the distant park, and the that we shall at once go abroad." very snow which had begun to fall ;
Mr Hesketh merely drew a breath, the twigs looked dipped in wine, the cleared a huskiness from his throat, bare knolls suffused themselves in and abruptly bowed a nod. He amber; while purple feathers came briefly responded to the other points down, with crimson stars and gemon which the baronet's wishes had to like crystals, thicker and faster be made known; his best ability through a rosy sky, or changing into would be directed to the whole-his gold. Though through deep unstainentire mind given to it; good hopes ed side-casements, equally alive, on might be entertained. When he the other hand, to mere truth, was began to tie up his papers and put all the natural spectacle the more them into the green tin box, lettered literally presented; the wintry nakedwhite with Willoughby of Stoke, Sirness stared in, growing spectral as Godfrey rang for refreshments, and it whitened in the muddy air, which conversed on indifferent topics. Mr drearier showed the leaden-hued fog Hesketh only desired the presence of through all its hovering spots. Only his clerk, who appeared to make a with a fondness for much light, few memoranda, and take the box; tinged greenish by the glass itself, whereupon he himself was followed to and for many-paned division of its the library door by Sir Godfrey, and, space to shape and vary it, diamondreturning a hasty nod to his cere- wise or lozenged, oval - wrought monious farewell bow, was shown or latticed — for the earliest dawn down the staircase. The long-backed and latest evening, and the peep clerk closed the chaise door carefully of church or village, for the near behind his master, and mounted the trees and clustered rookery, with the dickey beside the sober-looking driver high-hedged garden below the terrace, in drab; then the unpretending equi- full of trellis, and clipped figures of page rattled down the avenue, and live box, dark yew, and the crisp rolled past Stoke into the road to green gloss of holly; to the very Exeter.
orchard-skirt, the office-roofs and the As Colonel Willoughby paced the house-pasture on the other side of the library by himself till dinner-time, brook. It had a cheerful prospect waiting for his two sons, he felt cheer- even then—nay, the more, as winter ful in his purpose. The fine old oriel threatened ; and without any active at one end, with its ruby-red embla- fancy-in fact, with but little habit of zonry, ita ciphered device and black- imagination—Sir Godfrey felt drawn letter to, bordered all about by a as by the natural picture into a lively Baffin, was proof how those intelligence of his forefathers. Their lonte him had confided in their strong character and manly sense
The noblest apartment in it seemed to enter into him, even from ving to latticed summer par- the dusky portraits. His own mind
private oratory, and out on was cast in a somewhat old-fashioned buck terrace, that chamber mould, which though his active pro
of the great solid time of fession had done much to conceal, it the little used for years, or had rather confirmed ; and far before eglected, it had wainscot that the life of town, even within knowline darkly to the ample hearth, ledge of its stirring events and objects, book-presses and carved cabi- could he have liked to spend the rest t might yet take active know- of his days among rural scenes, amidst things extant; while a few old his family, quiet, comfortable, happy,
, sternly or complacently, giving personal heed to the estate, do ruffed and bearded to the enjoying the society of neighbours
and lace-collared, from the who might offer it, or pleased at
the sight of happiness in others. He both his wife and her child, when the loved his wife, and was fond of his house was burnt during his short abchildren, with the young circle they sence from Paris, though never afterbrought about them, and was thus wards spoken of by himself, had been rather apt to hospitality, and meetings announced in the French newspapers of relations, or the presence of any of the day, from the procès-verbal of old brother officer whatever. He had the police. A mystery had indeed also a notion of still compensating for hung over it, to Colonel Willoughby early defects of education by reading; in particular : not that there could be he had offered no obstacle to his eldest a doubt of their death, to which the son Francis studying for the church; slightest allusion had absolutely conbut he had meant that Charles, the vulsed Sir John, when they two first younger, should not follow his own met, years afterwards, nor could there profession without such knowledge of have been any object or reason for military science, such familiarity with deception — nay, Sir John, in answer the history of campaigns, and such to a formal legal question, at his sucacquaintance with models of general- cession to the estate and title, had ship, as should at once instruct him- solemnly stated his distinct knowledge self, and better qualify his boy for the that he had no lawful heir of his body career he chose. So that many im- living. The claim fell, stripped of its ages of the most attractive kind had baronetage, after the Colonel himself, sparkled before him as he paced the to cousins, the children of their room, only to be scattered ; and if he younger sister, with another name alyet remained tranquil—nay, sanguine together. And it might have been - it was because aware that the work but a bewildered mingling of times had begun, without in any way de- and persons, when feverish from ex. tracting from the future, or from obli- cess, or perhaps the dread of some gations to the past.
imposition, which could yet scarcely It was as he sat down that his occur to the wildest brain, that had mind reverted to the singular paper secretly prompted this odd expedient found amongst his brother's confused to the late baronet. documents. He took it from his It was quite a different recollection, pocket-book and read it again, chiefly known only to himself, that troubled to fix on memory the defined provi- Sir Godfrey ; nor bad that any bearsions for servants or acquaintances, ing on his mere interests as a prowhich the lawyer had already taken prietor or holder of a title. Amongst note of, with charge for their fulfil- the persons involved in that fatal acment. The principal piece of manu- cident at Paris had been his brother's script only struck him with some pain- valet, a young German or Swiss, preful emotion, as a strange symptom of viously in his own service in the regiwarmth in that heart, now cold, which ment, with so much fidelity and usehad so long lost the guidance of a fulness, that when the young man clear brain. It did indeed revive his purchased his own discharge to avoid recollection of perhaps the chief folly going abroad, Captain Willoughby in his brother's life, well enough had left him with the strongest reknown to the family, as necessarily to commendations to his brother. Yet Mr Hesketh ; it had been the cause, years after the event, in the thick of probably, of every subsequent impru- the American Revolution, when thinkdence, and of all that gloomy disap- ing of no one less, had Colonel Wilpointment which could afterwards but loughby for a moment imagined that turn for its solace to field sports and by the flash of fire from the muskets jovial riot. It was not of the once of his men, against a crowd of colonial rumoured kind, from any unsuccessful militia, he saw the very features of suit in rivalry with a brother, but a this servant, his heavy forehead, light mad runaway marriage (when still blue eyes, and broad chin, only plain Mr John Willoughby, of sport- changed by a yellow beard. It seemed ing reputation) with beautiful a fancy of the most absurd kind; yet young actress, passionately admired it clung to him, recurring with each by him, as by others like him; and the thought of either event: he never shocking event which had destroyed breathed it, yet the more was it like
the hint of some disagreeable mystery, rious pantomime, to convey to passing some inscrutable circumstance, or hid- acquaintance that the lawyer was den plot and disguise, of which he within. himself might have been the innocent As for Stoke Manor, it was soon occasion, so that its vile instrument vacant; left to the care of the housemight yet hover near him by the mere keeper, the old butler, and a couple of attraction of his name. His good under-servants. The hounds were sense, however, showed him that, in sold off; so also the horses, save two eighteen years since the occurrence, which Sir Godfrey took along with no fact had ever transpired to corro- him. The lodge was kept by the garborate such a notion; and he ceased dener, who might have found it a sineto think of it, only refolding the paper, cure, but for his having the whole and returning it carefully to his grounds to mind, added to his own pocket-book, as well as the small young children, whose mother worked private memorandum which referred all day at the Hall. Welsh Will, the to the French banker, and to the little dog-keeper, went to live in the village, pension of Suzanne Deroux, 48 Rue croaking and grumbling, because he Chrétienne, l'île-de-Cité.
had a good-for-nothing wife, who Now it was natural that his lawyer, wasted his pension; he croaked and as he was driven from Stoke Gate, had grumbled also against a bad surgeon, thought of the same curious docu- a bad lawyer, and a bad parson, of ment, with far greater inquisitiveness, whom, however, no one could ever though with less satisfactory results. hear the names from him. There was Sitting bolt upright by himself in the something always odd about Welsh chaise, Mr Hesketh might have been Will; he had had an undutiful son seen to peer sharply back at Stoke too, though not by his present wife, it Manor, where it rose through leafless seemed, -about whom he often talked, woods, smoking faintly and heavily; because he had broken his indentures the snow just mottling its many dark at Mr Hesketh's office in Exeter, old roofs, and the icicles hanging by years before, and run away; though its fretted timber eaves, to make them Will had expected great things of still richer; yet with no glitter in the him, and got him there to be out of frosted panes of its broad old-fashioned idleness, through his master's good casements, many-framed, and filling at word. It was a thing that had hitherto intervals the whole face of some pro- seemed to grieve him little, till he jecting gable - the mullioned panel- came back to his wife. And Mr Heslings of the lower window, in sumptu- keth one day suddenly questioned him ous Tudor fashion, or the brassy out on the point; but the late huntsman ward gleam of its red-stained oriel in was sullen 38 pped hound, and the library, looking indeed picturesque as close.
e surly answers, - while through the grey, motionless and kney of his lad now, but air, down from immensity, came wan- that
taken him to break dering and wafting the large snow
the Sir John had had a flakes, like feathers of sheltering
the boy forlog parHis cold eye lit as he gazel
If old Sir liad had only at its look of substa
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is in the
Rk, as one Then drawing del
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could show, eyes behind
uncovered, trimmed gle
Finally, in saw food
of himself from Mr Heske
de said to have
mole catching, then on
velling tinker. began sink. The
red a lazy, weedy, o spread about to atly to Deanstoke,
the farmers, who
had quite expected higher rents un- ary woods it rose fronting the blast, der lawyer Hesketh, learnt his in- amidst tossing boughs and the last clination to leniency: though he was leaves still flying. The impression firm at present against granting fresh almost fixed itself, even while summer leases.
embowered it from sight, that an unAnd the Manor House had a melan- common secret, yet to be known, lay choly aspect : the emptiness made its hidden in Stoke Manor. As for the windows gloomily mysterious ; it gave family, they were already established the house a great spectral air, like a in Paris, by the time the winter had ghost itself, when through the Janu
THE BATTLE OF LEPANTO.
The military history of the world beautiful isle of Cyprus, all required scarcely affords episodes more inter- strong garrisons and strict vigilance esting than are to be found in the to protect them from the attacks, often long and sanguinary struggles be- sudden and treacherous, of the Turks, tween the Venetian and the Turk. to whom it was a constant eyesore to At the present day, when we behold behold the banner of the Cross wayTurkey, fallen in the scale of nations, ing within sight of their coasts. After indebted for existence to foreign sup. Venice, Spain was the maritime power port, we look back as upon a dream that had most to fear from the aggresor a fable to a time when her power sive and invading policy of Mahomet's was perilous to Christendom,
when successors. Her Italian and African the most puissant nations of Europe possessions, especially Naples and were fain to league together to repel Sicily, could hardly be considered safe her encroachments, whilst others, –if not from conquest, at least from adopting a less hardy resolve, courted great molestation—at a time when her alliance, and even purchased the Grand Seignior, having seized uptranquillity by tribute to the Infidel. on Rhodes and grievously assaulted Venice, the geographical position of Malta, displayed his Crescent flag at whose dominions rendered her one the gates of Rome and Marseilles, of the first objects of the Turk's am- sheltering under it numerous galleys bition, and peculiarly exposed her to and whole fleets of corsairs, who caphis assaults, held a very unequal con- tured ships in the very Tiber's mouth, duct in the contests that occurred and into whose Infidel hands a pope during the sixteenth and seventeenth once nearly fell. Under Mahomet II., centuries. We find her alternately Bajazet II., and Selim I., surnamed waging heroic warfare, and accepting the Ferocious, the Turkish power shameful peace, on terms that lost her made immense strides. Bajazet innearly all the points of her costly vaded the dominions of Venice, and contests and not unfrequent victories. obtained from the republic by treaty, Her island possessions in the eastern in exchange for the island of CephaMediterranean had become, by Turk- lonia, the important fortresses of ish conquests on the European and Lepanto, Modon, Coron, Durazzo, African continents, the advanced and Navarino. By the conquest of posts of the Christian world-posts Egypt and subjection of the Mameperilously situated, and which could lukes, Selim inherited the tribute paid be secured to her only by maritime by the Venetians for the free navigasuperiority. Corfu, Cephalonia, Zante, tion of the Nile. But it was under Candia, and, still farther east, at short Soliman, styled the Magnificent, that distance from the Syrian shore, the the Ottoman power made enormous
Historia del Combate Nadal de Lepanto, y juicio de la importancia y consecuencias de aquel suceso; obra premiada por volo unánime de la Real Academia
de la Historia, en el concurso de 1853. Su autor Don CAYETANO ROSELL. Madrid, 1853.