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letter which was laid on the table for his
perusal. The reader will at once under
stand, that it was in the hand-writing of
a female, and that it was the communi
cation Barnstable had received from his
betrothed, on the cliffs. Its contents were
as follows :

" Believing that Providence may con
duct me where we shall meet, or whence
I may be able to transmit to you this ac
count, I have prepared a short statement
of the situation of Cecilia Howard and



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myself; not, however, to urge you and
Griffith to any rash or foolish hazards, but
that you may both sit down, and, after due
consultation, determine on what is proper
for our relief.

" By this time, you must understand the
character of Colonel Howard too well to
expect he will ever consent to give his
niece to a rebel. He has already sacrificed
to his loyalty, as he calls it, (but I whis
per to Cecilia, 'tis his treason,) not only
his native country, but no small part of
his fortune also. In the frankness of my
disposition, (you know my frankness, Barn-
stable, but too well !) I confessed to him,
after the defeat of the mad attempt Grif
fith made to carry off Cecilia, in Carolina,
that I had been foolish enough to enter
into some weak promise to the brother
officer who had accompanied the young
sailor in his traitorous visits to the plan
tation. Heigho ! I sometimes think it
would have been better for us all, if your
ship had never been chased into the river,
or after she was there, if Griffith had
made no attempt to renew his acquaintance

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with my cousin. The colonel received the
intelligence as such a guardian would hear
that his ward was about to throw away
thirty thousand dollars and herself on a
traitor to his king and country. I de
fended you stoutly ; said that you had no
king, as the tie was dissolved ; that Ame
rica was your country, and that your pro
fession was honourable ; but all would not
do. He called you rebel ; that I was
used to. He said you were a traitor ; that,
in his vocabulary, amounts to the same
thing. He even hinted that you were a
coward ; and that I knew to be false, and
did not hesitate to tell him so. He used
fifty opprobrious terms that I cannot re
member, but among others were the beau
tiful epithets of f disorganize!*,' ' leveller,'
' democrat,' and c jacobin.' (I hope he did
not mean a monk !) In short, he acted
Colonel Howard in a rage. But as his
dominion does not, like that of his fa
vourite kings, continue from generation to
generation, and one short year will release
me from his power, and leave me mistress
of my own actions, that is, if your fine



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promises are to be believed, I bore it all
very well, being resolved to suffer any
thing but martyrdom, rather than abandon
Cecilia. She,, dear girl, has much more to
distress her than I can have ; she is not
only the ward of Colonel Howard, but his
niece, and his sole heir. I arn persuaded
this latter circumstance makes no differ
ence in either her conduct or her feelings,
but he appears to think it gives him a
right to tyrannize over her on all occasions.
After all, Colonel Howard is a gentleman
when you do not put him in a passion, and,
I believe, a thoroughly honest man, and
Cecilia even loves him. But a man who
is driven from his country, in his sixtieth
year, with the loss of near half his fortune,
is not apt to canonize those \vho compel
the change.

" It seems that when the Howards lived
on this island, a hundred years ago, they
dwelt in the county of Northumberland.
Hither, then, he brought us, when politi
cal events, and his dread of becoming the
uncle to a rebel, induced him to abandon
America, as he says, for ever. We have
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been here ROW three months, and for two-
thirds of that time we lived in tolerable
comfort ; but latterly, the papers have
announced the arrival of the ship and your
schooner in France, and from that moment
as strict a watch has been kept over us, as
if we had meditated a renewal of the Caro
lina flight. The colonel, on his arrival
here, hired an old building, that is part
house, part abbey, part castle, and all pri
son, because it is said to have once be
longed to an ancestor of his. In this de
lightful dwelling there are many cages, that
will secure more uneasy birds than we are.
About a fortnight ago an alarm was given
in a neighbouring village, which is situated
on the shore, that two American vessels,
answering your description, had been seen
hovering along the coast ; and, as the
people in this quarter dream of nothing
but that terrible fellow, Paul Jones, it was
said that he was on board one of them.
But I believe that Colonel Howard suspects
who you really are. He was very minute
in his inquiries, I hear ; and since then,
has established a sort of garrison in the



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house, under the pretence of defending it
against marauders, like those who are said
to have laid my Lady Selkirk under con
tribution.

u Now, understand me, Barnstable ; on
no account would I have you risk yourself
on shore ; neither must there be blood spilt,
if you love me ; but that you may know
what sort of a place we are confined in,
and by whom surrounded, I will describe
both our prison and the garrison. The
whole building is of stone, and not to be
attempted with slight means. It has wind
ings and turnings, both internally and ex
ternally, that would require more skill
than I possess to make intelligible ; but the
rooms we inhabit are in the upper or third
floor of a wing, that you may call a tower
if you are in a romantic mood, but which,
in truth, is nothing but a wing. Would
to God I could fly with it ! If any acci
dent should bring you in sight of the dwel
ling, you will know our rooms, by the three
smoky vanes that whiffle about its pointed
roof, and, also, by the windows in that
story being occasionally open. Opposite



126 THE PILOT,

to our windows, at the distance of half a
mile, is a retired, unfrequented ruin, con
cealed, in a great measure, from observa
tion by a wood, and affording none of the
best accommodations, it is true, but shelter
in some of its vaults or apartments. I
have prepared, according to the explana
tions you once gave me on this subject, a
set of small signals, of differently coloured
silks, and a little dictionary of all the
phrases that I could imagine as useful, to
refer to, properly numbered to correspond
with the key and the flags, all of which I
shall send you with this letter. You must
prepare your own flags, and of course I
retain mine, as well as a copy of the key
and book. If opportunity should ever
offer, we can have, at least, a pleasant dis
course together ; you from the top of the
old tower in the ruins, and I from the east
window of my dressing-room ! But now
for the garrison. In addition to the com
mandant, Colonel Howard, who retains
all the fierceness of his former military
profession, there is, as his second in author
ity, that bane of Cecilia's happiness, Kit



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Dillon, with his long Savannah face,
scornful eyes of black, and skin of the
same colour. This gentleman, you know,
is a distant relative of the Howards, and
wishes to be more nearly allied. He is
poor, it is true, but then, as the colonel
daily remarks, he is a good and loyal sub
ject, and no rebel. When I asked why
he was not in arms in these stirring times,
contending for the prince he loves so
much, the colonel answers, that it is not
his profession, that he has been educated
for the law, and was destined to fill one of
the highest judicial stations in the colonies,
and that he hoped he should yet live to see
him sentence certain nameless gentlemen
to condign punishment. This was conso
ling, to be sure, but I bore it. However,
he left Carolina with us, and here he is,
and here he is likely to continue, unless
you can catch him, and anticipate his
judgment on himself. This gentleman the
colonel has long desired to see the husband
of Cecilia, and since the news of your
being on the coast, the siege has nearly
amounted to a storm. The consequences



128 THE PILOT.

are, that my cousin at first kept her room,
and then the colonel kept her there, and
even now she is precluded from leaving the
wing we inhabit. In addition to these two
principal gaolers, we have four men ser
vants, two black, and two white ; and an
officer and twenty soldiers from the neigh
bouring town are billeted on us, by parti
cular desire, until the coast is declared free
from pirates ! yes, that is the musical
name they give you and when their own
people land, and plunder, and rob, and
murder the men and insult the women,
they are called heroes ! It's a fine thing
to be able to make dictionaries, and invent
names and it must be your fault, if mine
has been framed for no purpose. I declare,
when I recollect all the insulting and cruel
things I hear in this country, of my own
and her people, it makes me lose my tem
per, and forget my sex ; but do not let my
ill humour urge you to any thing rash ;
remember your life, remember their prisons,
remember your reputation, but do not, do
not forget your

" KATHERINE PLOWDEN,"



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" P.S. I had almost forgotten to tell
you, that in the signal-book you will find
a more particular description of our prison,
where it stands, and a drawing of the
grounds/' &c.

When Griffith concluded this epistle, he
returned it to the man to whom it was ad
dressed, and fell back in his chair, in an
attitude that denoted deep reflection.

" I knew she was here, or I should have
accepted the command offered to me by
our commissioners in Paris," at length he
uttered ; " and I thought that some lucky
chance might throw her in my way ; but
this is bringing us close, indeed ! This in
telligence must be acted on, and that
promptly. Poor girl, what does she not
suffer, in such a situation !"

" What a beautiful hand she writes !'*
exclaimed Barnstable ; " 'tis as clear, and
as pretty, and as small as her own delicate
fingers. Griff, what a log-book she would
keep !"

" Cecilia Howard touch the coarse
leaves of a log-book !" cried the other, in
amazement ; but perceiving Barnstable to
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be poring* over the contents of his mistress's
letter, he smiled at their mutual folly, and
continued silent. After a short time spent
in cool reflection, Griffith required of his
friend the nature and circumstances of his
interview with Katherine Plowden. Barn-
stable related it, briefly, as it occurred,
in the manner already known to the
reader.

" Then/' said Griffith, " Merry is the
only one, besides ourselves, who knows of
this meeting, and he will be too chary of
the reputation of his kinswoman to mention
it."

" Her reputation needs no shield, Mr.
Griffith," cried her lover ; " 'tis as spotless
as the canvas above your head, and "

" Peace, dear Richard ; I entreat your
pardon ; my words may have conveyed
more than I intended ; but it is important
that our measures should be secret, as well
as prudently concerted."

" We must get them both off," returned
Barnstable, forgetting his displeasure the
moment it was exhibited, " and that too
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head to leave the coast. Did you ever get
a sight of his instructions, or does he keep
silent ?"

" As the grave. This is the first time
we have left port, that he has not convers
ed freely with me on the nature of the
cruise; but not a syllable has been exchang
ed between us on the subject, since we
sailed from Brest."

u Ah ! that is your Jersey bashfulness,"
said Barnstable ; " wait till I come along
side him, with my eastern curiosity, and I
pledge myself to get it out of him in an
hour."

" 'Twill be diamond cut diamond, I
doubt," said Griffith, laughing ; " you will
find him as acute at evasion, as you can
possibly be at a cross-examination."

" At any rate, he gives me a chance to
day ; you know, I suppose, that he sent for
me to attend a consultation of his officers,
on important matters."

" I did not," returned Griffith, fixing
his eyes intently on the speaker ; " what
has he to offer ?"

" Nay, that you must ask your pilot ;



132 THE PILOT.

for while talking to me, the old man would
turn and look at the stranger, every mi
nute, as if watching for signals how to
steer."

" There is a mystery about that man,
and our connection with him, that I can
not fathom," said Griffith. But I hear
the voice of Manual, calling for me ; we
are wanted in the cabin. Remember, you
do riot leave the ship without seeing me
again."

" No, no, my dear fellow, from the
public, we must retire to a private consul
tation."

The young men arose, and Griffith,
throwing off the round-about in which he
had appeared on deck, drew on a coat of
more formal appearance, and taking a
sword carelessly in his hand, they proceeded
together, along the passage already de
scribed, to the gun-deck, where they en
tered, with the proper ceremonials, into
the principal cabin of the frigate.






tito

CHAPTER VII.

" Sempronius, speak. "
Cato.

THE arrangements for the consultation
were brief and simple. The veteran com
mander of the frigate received his officers
with punctilious respect, and pointing to
the chairs that were placed around the
table, which was a fixture in the centre of
his cabin, he silently seated himself, and
his example was followed by all, without
further ceremony. In taking their stations,
however, a quiet, but rigid observance was
paid to the rights of seniority and rank.
On the right of the captain was placed
Griffith, as next in authority ; and oppo
site to him, was seated the commander of
the schooner. The officer of marines, who
was included in the number, held the next



134 THE PILOT.

situation in point of precedence, the same
order being observed to the bottom of the
table, which was occupied by a hard-fea
tured, square built athletic man, who held
the office of sailing-master. When order
was restored, after the short interruption of
taking their places, the officer who had
required the advice of his inferiors, opened
the business on which he demanded their
opinions.

" My instructions direct me, gentle
men," he said, u after making the coast of
England to run the land down "

The hand of Griffith was elevated re
spectfully for silence, and the veteran
paused, with a look that inquired the rea
son of his interruption.

" We are not alone," said the lieutenant,
glancing his eye towards the part of the
cabin where the pilot stood, leaning on
one of the guns, in an attitude of easy in
dulgence.

The stranger moved not at this direct
hint ; neither did his eye change from its
close survey of a chart that lay near him
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voice to tones of cautious respect, as he
replied

" 'Tis only Mr. Gray. His services
will be necessary on the occasion, and
therefore nothing need be concealed from
him."

Glances of surprise were exchanged
among the young men, but Griffith bow
ing his silent acquiescence in the decision
of his superior, the latter proceeded

u I was ordered to watch for certain
signals from the headlands that we made,
and was furnished with the best of charts,
and such directions as enabled us to stand
into the bay we entered last night. We
have now obtained a pilot, and one who
has proved himself a skilful man ; such a
one gentlemen, as no officer need hesitate
to rely on, in any emergency, either on
account of his integrity or his knowledge."

The veteran paused, and turned his
looks on the countenances of the listeners,
as if to collect their sentiments on this im
portant point. Receiving no other reply
than the one conveyed by the silent incli
nations of the heads of his hearers, the



136 . THE PILOT*

commander resumed his explanations,
referring to an open paper in his hand

" It is known to you all, gentlemen,
that the unfortunate question of retaliation
has been much agitated between the two
governments, our own and that of the
enemy. For this reason and certain poli
tical purposes, it has become an object of
solicitude with our commissioners in Paris,
to obtain a few individuals of character
from the enemy, who may be held as a
check on their proceedings, at the same
time it brings the evils of war from our
own shores, home to those who have caused
it. An opportunity now offers to put this
plan into execution, and I have collected
you, in order to consult on the means."

A profound silence succeeded this unex
pected commuuication of the object of
their cruise. After a short pause, their
captain added, addressing himself to the
sailing-master.

" What course would you advise me to-
pursue, Mr. Boltrope ?"

The weather-beaten seaman who was
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culties of a knotty point, with his opinion,
laid one of his short bony hands on the
table, and began to twirl an inkstand with
great industry, while with the other he
conveyed a pen to his mouth, which was
apparently masticated with all the relish
that he could possibly have felt, had it been
a leaf from the famous Virginian weed.
But perceiving that he was expected to
answer, after looking first to his right
hand, and then to his left, he spoke as
follows, in a hoarse, thick voice, in which
the fogs of the ocean seemed to have
united with sea damps and colds, to de
stroy every thing like melody

u If this matter is ordered it is to be
done, I suppose," he said ; " for the old
rule runs, c obey orders if you break
owners ;' though the maxim, which says,
6 one hand for the owner, and t'other for
yourself/ is quite as good, and has saved
many a hearty fellow from a fall that
would have balanced the purser's books.
Not that I mean a purser's books are not
as good any other man's books, but that
when a man is dead, his account must be



138 THE PILOT.

closed, or there will be a false muster.
Well, if the thing is to be done, the next
question is, how is it to be done ? There
is many a man that knows there is too
much canvas on a ship, who can't tell
how to shorten sail. Well, then, if the
thing is really to be done, we must either
land a gang to seize them, or we must
show false lights and sham colours, to lead
them off to the ship. As for landing, Cap
tain Munson, I can only speak for one
man, and that is myself, which is to say,
that if you run the ship with her jib-boom
into the king of England's parlour win
dows, why, I'm consenting, nor do I care
how much of his crockery is cracked in so
doing ; but as to putting the print of my
foot on one of his sandy beaches, if I do,
that is always speaking for only one man,
and saving your presence, may I hope to

be d d."

The young men smiled as the tough old
seaman uttered his sentiments so frankly,
rising with his subject, to that which with
him was the climax of all discussion ; but
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proved scholar from the same rough school,
appeared to understand his arguments en
tirely, and without altering a muscle of his
rigid countenance, he required the opinion
of the junior lieutenant.

The young man spoke firmly, but mo
destly, though the amount of what he said
was not much more distinct than that ut
tered by the master, and was very much
to the same purpose, with the exception,
that he appeared to entertain no per
sonal reluctance to trusting himself on dry
ground.

The opinions of the others grew gradu
ally more explicit and clear, as they as
cended in the scale of rank, until it came
to the turn of the captain of marines to
speak. There was a trifling exhibition of
professional pride about the soldier, in de
livering his sentiments on a subject that
embraced a good deal more of his peculiar
sort of duty than ordinarily occurred in
the usual operations of the frigate.

" It appears to me, Sir, that the success
of this expedition depends altogether upon
the manner in which it is conducted. 5 *



140 THE PILOT.

After this lucid opening, the soldier hesi
tated a moment, as if to collect his ideas
for a charge that should look down all op
position, and proceeded. " The landing,
of course, will be effected on a fair beach,
under cover of the frigate's guns, and
could it be possibly done, the schooner
should be anchored in such a manner as to
throw in a flanking fire on the point of
debarkation. The arrangements for the
order of march must a good deal depend
on the distance to go over : though I
should think, Sir, an advanced party of
seamen, to act as pioneers for the column
of marines, should be pushed a short dis
tance in front, while the baggage and bag
gage-guard might rest upon the frigate,
until the enemy was driven into the inte
rior, when it could advance without dan
ger. There should be flank-guards, under
the orders of two of the oldest midship
men ; and a light corps might be formed
of the top-men to co-operate with the ma
rines. Of course, Sir, Mr. Griffith will
lead, in person, the musket-men and board
ers, armed with their long pikes, whom I



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presume he will hold in reserve, as I trust
my military claims and experience entitle
me to the command of the main body."

" Well done, field-marshal !" cried Barn-
stable, with a glee that seldom regarded
time or place ; " you should never let salt
water mould your buttons, but in Wash
ington's camp, ay ! and in Washington's
tent, you should swing your hammock in
future, Why, Sir, do you think we are
about to invade England? "

" I know that every military movement
should be executed with precision, Captain
Barnstable," returned the marine. " I am
too much accustomed to hear the sneers of
the sea-officers, to regard what I know
proceeds from ignorance. If Captain Mun-
son is disposed to employ me and my com
mand in this expedition, I trust he will
discover that marines are good for some
thing more than to mount guard or pay
salutes." Then, turning haughtily from
his antagonist, he continued to address
himself to their common superior, as if
disdaining further intercourse with one
who, from the nature of the case,



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must be unable to comprehend the force
of what he said. " It will be prudent,
Captain Munson, to send out a party to
reconnoitre, before we march ; and as it
may be necessary to defend ourselves, in
case of a repulse, I would beg leave to re
commend that a corps be provided with
entrenching tools, to accompany the expe
dition. They would be extremely useful,
Sir, in assisting to throw up field-works ;
though, I doubt not, tools might be found
in abundance in this country, and labour
ers impressed for the service, on an emer
gency."

This was too much for the risibility of
Barnstable, who broke forth in a burst of
scornful laughter, which no one saw pro
per to interrupt ; though Griffith, on turn
ing his head to conceal the smile that was
gathering on his own face, perceived the
fierce glance which the pilot threw at the
merry seaman, and wondered at its signi
ficance and impatience. When Captain
Munson thought that the mirth of the
lieutenant was concluded, he mildly de
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so exceedingly with the plans of the
marine.

" 'Tis a chart for a campaign ! " cried
Barnstable, u and should be sent off ex
press to Congress, before the Frenchmen
are brought into the field ! "

" Have you any better plan to propose,
Mr. Barnstable ? " inquired the patient
commander.

" Better ! ay, one that will take no time,
and cause no trouble to execute it," cried
the other ; " 'tis a seaman's job, Sir, and
must be done with a seaman's means."

" Pardon me, Captain Barnstable," in
terrupted the marine, whose jocular vein
was entirely absorbed in his military pride,
u if there be service to be done on shore,
I claim it as my right to be employed/ 7

" Claim what you will, soldier ; but how
will you carry on the war with a parcel of
fellows who don't know one end of a boat
from the other," returned the reckless
sailor. " Do you think, that a barge or a
cutter is to be beached in the same man
ner you ground firelock, by word of com
mand ? No, no, Captain Manual I ho-



144 THE PILOT.

nour your courage, for I have seen it tried,
but d e if"

" You forget we wait for your project,
Mr. Barnstable," said the veteran.

" I crave your patience, sir; but no pro
ject is necessary. Point out the bearings
and distance of the place where the men
you want are to be found, and I will take


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