Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XL: The Half-Breed Betrays the Tory >> Page 341

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription THE HALF-BREED BETRAYS THE TORY. 341
under a guard to Charleston, to be tried as a spy � and by
such judges as Balfour, Rawdon, and Tarleton ?"
She shuddered, but said nothing. He continued
No, my love, I must not scruple to avail myself of the help
of Blonay, whether he be true or false. Let him but help me
beyond this prison to those woods �I ask from him no more.
Let him lead me to the ambuscade. If we can convey intelli-
gence to Witherspoon, we shall provide for it. I shall with-
hold everything from Blonay that might place us in his power.
He shall know nothing of our plans, but be suffered to pursue
his own. He shall guide me beyond the prison that is all
that I require ; and as it is Barsfield's own plan which we so
far follow up, he will doubtless effect all necessary arrange-
ments for speeding me beyond the regular guards in safety.
Once let me reach the avenue, and I leave his guidance and
take the opposite path, where I propose that Witherspoon
shall place his men."
And you will, then, employ Blonay to convey this matter
to Witherspoon ?""No, no. We must have a trustier friend than Blonay for
such a business, and this is another difficulty. Blonay could
never find Witherspoon unless provided with certain passwords,
which, as they furnish the key to the very dwelling of the
swamp-fox,' I may riot confide wantonly."
Trust me, then, dear Ernest ; I will seek him �I will not
betray the trust, though they make even death the instrument
for extorting it from my lips."
True heart dear love -- I thank you for this devotion,
but I must seek an humbler agent."" Who ?"
Scipio. I will trust him, and you shall counsel him, as I
am not permitted to see him here, or to go beyond my prison.
To you will I give these words�to you will I confide all the
requisitions which I make upon Witherspoon for the object in
view, and we must then arrange with Blonay to pave the way
for my flight from the dwelling, holding him, and, through
him, his base employer, to the idea that I fly upon the first
suggestion of Blonay, having no hope of aid from without."