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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,
"I ran it through, even from my boyish days,
IN TWO VOLUMES.
PRINTED BY J. & J. HARPER, 82 CLIFF-STREET.
MOLD BY COLLINS AND HANNAY, COLLINS AND CO., G. AND C. AND H. CARVILLE, 0. A.
ROORBACH, WHITE, GALLAHER, AND WHITE, A. T. GOODRICH, W. B. GILLEY, E.
“To make the crown a pound.”
Tи 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 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