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THE SETTLERS IN THE WOODS.
BY JOHN GALT, Esq.
* FAS., HON. LS, P., HON. NHS, M., &c.
AUTHOR OF " THE ANNALS OF THE PARISH,',
THE AYRSHIRE LEGATLES,
* I ran it through, even from my boyish days,
IN TWO VOLUMES.
PRINTED BY J. & J. HARPER, 82 CLIFF-STREET.
SOLD BY COLLINS AND HANNAY, COLLINS AND CO.&. AND C. AND H. CARVILLE, 0. A.
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• To make the crown a pound.”
Toe next day was a great day in Babelmandel : I rose with the crowing of the cock, and despatched my son Charles on horseback to Judiville, to request uncle Hoskins to come to me immediately. I roused Mrs. Hoskins, to prepare for us the best breakfast and dinner that the means of the village could afford. I directed the two girls to be decked in their fairest frocks, and all the house to be trimmed up and put in order ; and I dressed myself in my best suit of black, which is the colour I always wear-it saves money, when relations happen to bequeath the misfortune of going into mourning. But, when all these orders were given, Charles off, and the preparations stirring, a cold thought came into my head : “What if all this story of the bankers be only an invention of Baillie Waft ?”'. It is not possible to describe what I then suffered; but, nevertheless, I resolved to go through the business as if all he had said was gospel ; and accordingly, as soon as I had dressed myself, I walked leisurely towards the store to open it for the day,
swinging the key of the door on the fore-finger of my right y hand as I went along.
I had not proceeded above two hundred yards, when I beheld John Waft coming from his own house towards the road : he