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that we gave that custom of swearing quite up' Patrick Grant stated that the Prince walked so nimbly in the daytime, that few persons could hold out with him ; but he did not travel so well by night, when, being unaccustomed to the rough and boggy ground on the Highland hills, he was constantly getting himself immersed in some deep hole, from which his companions had to draw him out. All the time he was with the Glenmorriston men, his appetite was observed to be good. When the party were at their meals, they sat in a circle, each having his morsel on his knee. The Prince would never allow them to keep off their bonnets when in his company-probably a precaution against his rank being detected, in the event of any hostile party approaching them before they were aware. He used to give directions about their homely cookery, and sometimes tended a roast himself.
It would appear that not exactly everything said by the men was interpreted to the royal wanderer. After he had parted with them, and got into new hands, conversing about these faithful adherents, he spoke of one in particular as an uncommonly clever fellow, stating that the name this man bore among his companions was Ho Sian. In reality, this expression was Aos Ian, 'Hark you, John,' which they often had occasion to use to John Macdonell, perhaps the ablest of their number, and one to whose judgment they usually deferred in all important matters. It will amuse the reader to learn that Mr Forbes, with true Jacobite feeling, adopted the mistaken phrase of the Prince, and advised Macdonell to assume it as his ordinary name, and hand it down to his children.
In due time, the spies returned with intelligence, that the troops had returned to their camp at Fort Augustus, and that there was consequently a prospect of the Prince being able to execute his design of crossing the Great Glen, and joining Locheil in Badenoch. They therefore set out at six in the morning of the 17th, and, travelling by an unfrequented road, at ten in the forenoon reached the braes of Glenmorriston. Having passed the day on the top of a hill, they set out at night, but had not travelled above a mile, when they learned that a strong military party had been sent to the braes of Glengarry, in quest of the Prince. Upon this, it was resolved to proceed no farther, until the motions of the enemy should be further known; and they repaired to a neighbouring sheiling, where they passed the remainder of the night. In the morning of the 18th, three men were sent off towards Loch Arkaig, in Locheil's country, two of whom were to seek out, and, if possible, form an appointment for the Prince with Cameron of Clunes; while the other was to turn at Glengarry, and bring back intelligence of the inovements of the party said to be in that district, so that Charles might perhaps be able to proceed even while the meeting with Clunes was in the way of being arranged.
We have here a remarkable anecdote of the Prince, which may be best related in the language in which Mr Forbes has reported it from the mouth of Patrick Grant. When returned to Glenmorriston Braes—The Prince was pretty positive to proceed forwards sooner than the Glenmorriston men thought it safe for him; and they would by no means allow him to go, till they should think it safe for him so to do. In a word, the kind contention ran 50 high, that they threatened to turn their backs upon him, and to leave him, if he did not listen to their counsel, as they knew the country best, and what dangers might happen to him in it; and immediately insisted upon his taking some little refreshment and rest, and staying there as long as they judged it safe for him. But the Prince refused to eat or to drink, because they would not do as he desired. Upon this, they plainly told him, that if he did not eat and drink heartily, he could not well hold out with the fatigues he was obliged to undergo in his present situation; that if he should happen to turn faintish by abstaining from meat and drink too long, and then danger should come nigh them, he would not be in a condition either to get away from it, or to act his part in any shape so well as he would wish to do; and therefore they urged him more than ever-as being absolutely necessary for him--to take some refreshment and rest, which accordingly he did. The Prince said: “I find kings and princes must be ruled by their privy-council, but I believe there is not in all the world a more absolute privy-council than what I have at present,” &c. They added, they had rather tie him than comply with him, so well did they know his danger. The Prince was at last obliged to yield the point, as he found them positive to the last degree, and as they assured him, if he complied with their requests in behalf of his safety, the enemy should not get within two miles of him without being discovered. “This was the only time," said Patrick Grant,“ that we ever differed with the Prince in any one thing, and we were very sorry for it.”. It is distressing to think that, on the very day when Charles was acting thus unreasonably with his humble but faithful followers on the braes of Glenmorriston, the brave Balmerino and the gentle Kilmarnock were laying down their lives in his cause on the ensanguined scaffold of Tower-Hill.
While the party rested at this place, Patrick Grant and Alexander Chisholm went out to forage for provisions, and in the course of their walk, met the Laird of Glenmorriston (Grant), who had been in the Prince's army, and had had his house burnt and his lands pillaged in consequence. Glenmorriston asked them where they now lived, as they were seldom seen—what they were doing and how did they obtain the means of subsistence. "What is become,' said he, of the Prince? I have heard that he has passed the braes of Knoydart. Even this gentleman, whom habit had trained them to regard with the greatest respect, they would not disclose any of their secrets, merely remarking that, as the enemy were plundering the country, it were a pity not to share in the spoil; and that they accordingly did so, and made a shift to live upon it. On their return to the Prince, they informed him of this interview, and said that, if his Royal Highness pleased, they would bring Glenmorriston to see him, he being a faithful and trusty friend. The Prince said, he was so well pleased with his present guard, that he wanted none other; and that he had experienced poor folks to be as faithful and firm as any men, rich or high, could be.
On the 19th, the man who was to bring intelligence from Glengarry came back, reporting that that district was clear of troops. The Prince, therefore, with his party, now ten in number, set out in the afternoon, under the benefit of a fog, and passing through Glenmorriston and the minor vale of Glenluing, arrived late at night on the braes of Glengarry. When they came to the Garry Water, it was found breast-deep with the rain; nevertheless, they crossed it in safety, and ascending the hill for about a mile, tarried there for the remainder of the night, in the open air, notwithstanding that it rained heavily. Early in the morning (August 20), the heavy rain still continuing, they advanced six Highland miles across hills and moors; and about ten in the forenoon came to the hill above Auchnasaul, where the two inessengers had been appointed to meet them on their return from Cameron of Clunes. They passed the day in a most inconvenient habitation, it raining as heavy within as without.' Towards the afternoon, after they had begun to despair of the return of their messengers, and were deliberating what should be done, the two men came in, bringing a message from Clunes to Glenaladale, to the effect that he could not wait upon him immediately, but had directed that the party should lodge for that night in a certain wood two miles off, where he would meet them in the morning.
Two of the men, Patrick Grant and Alexander Macdonell, were now despatched to reconnoitre their proposed lodging-place; and finding it suitable, they quickly returned to bring forward the party. Their provisions were now reduced to half a peck of meal, and they had starvation staring them in the face. By the greatest good-fortune, Patrick shot a large hart at the place where they were to pass the night; so that when the Prince and the rest arrived, they had one of the finest meals they had as yet enjoyed.
Charles now fell under the care of other friends, and some days after dismissed all the Glenmorriston men except one, Patrick Grant, whom he kept for some time longer, and carried along with him, but only till he had got his purse replenished, so as to be able to send his preservers a pecuniary acknowledgment of their services. Grant returned to their haunt in Glenmorriston with twenty-four guineas, being at the rate of three guineas to each man.
The Glenmorriston men remained for some time longer in arms against the government, but ultimately resumed their ordinary occupations. It has often been stated, that one of them came to be hanged for stealing a cow; but this is a mistake, arising from a person of the same name as one of them having pretended to be the Glenmorriston man, in order to excite interest in his behalf, when condemned to that fate in 1754. Hugh Chisholm survived to 1812, and to the last day of his life would never allow any one to shake his right hand—that hand having been honoured with the royal gripe on parting from Prince Charles.
REAL HISTORY OF A SLAVE-BOY.
It is a pleasant sight to behold the labour of cane-cutting in the summer season, on the plantation fields of Antigua, one of the sweetest of all the fertile spots of earth in the Spanish main. So at least thought Mr Henry Paget, as he rode slowly behind the row of chattering negroes, male and female, busy at the task we have mentioned, on his aunt's estate, which the young gentleman had come all the way from England to visit, and in some respects to put in order. As he gazed on the scene before him, he almost felt sorry at the thought of his approaching departure, to rejoin his family in Britain. With their large cutting - bills in their hands, a long line of