Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 22 MELLIClIAMPE.
Proctor demanded of him, first, if the soldiers had properly
assisted him in the last offices to his mother ; and next, his
present business. Blonay had few words, and his reply was
brief.
" The old woman didn't want much help, and we soon put
her away. About what I want now, major, it a'n't much, and
it'll be a smart bit of time 'fore I come back to trouble you a gin."
Why; where do you propose to go ?" demanded the Briton.
I'm thinking to go up along by Black river, and so up into
Williamsburgh, and perhaps clear away to old Kaddipahi
Lynch's creek, as they calls it now. I don't know bow long I
may be gone, and it's to. get a paper from you that I'm come."" To Black river and Lynch's creek-;-- why, know you not
that the rebels are as thick as hops in that quarter ? What
carries you there ?"
There's a chap in that quarter stands indebted to me, and
I wants he should settle, seeing pay-day's come and gone long
ago. I a'n't 'fear'd of the rebels, for I'm used to the woods
and swamps, and 'taint often I'll be in their company. I'll
keep out of harm's way, major, as long as I can; and when I
can't keep out any longer, why, then I'll stand a shot, and
have done with it."
And what sort of paper is it that you desire from me?"
asked Proctor.
Why, sir a little protection like, that'll be good agin our
own people, and stand up for my loyalty. You can say I'm a
true friend to his majesty, and how you knows me ; and that'll
be enough, when you put your own name to it in black and
white."
But to show that to a rebel will be fatal to you. How will
you determine between them ?"
Every man has his own mark, major, same as every tree ;
and where the mark don't come up clear to the eye, it will to
the feel or the hearing. I'm a born hunter, major, and must
take my chance. I a'n't afear'd."
And yet, Blonay, I should rather not give you a passport
to go in that quarter. Can you not wait until Lord Cornwal-
lis takes that route ? Is your claim so very considerable ?"