Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Joscelyn: A Tale of the Revolution >> Chapter II: Malcontents in Council >> Page 25

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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
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viperous malignant, who has been writing the most audacious letters
to the people about the king."
"Who would have thought it? And I thought him little better
than a simpleton."
"One of the best heads in the country ! I tried him once, a
year ago; and before I knew where I was, he had wormed his way
into my memory and brain, in such a manner that he came very
near plucking out from its hiding place one of my most valuable
secrets. Simpleton, indeed! I, too, was simpleton enough to think
him one, and came near paying the penalty. Were he not a cripple,
and so deformed, you would find him one of the most dangerous
malignants on Savannah river."
Here the conference may end for us, not that it stopped here.
It was continued throughout the day at intervals, and late into the
night, when Cameron, who was laying perdu, and did not dare to
show himself in the neighborhood, was conveyed by Browne, under
the cover of the darkness, across the Savannah river, whence he
made his way up to his princely domain of "Lochaber," on Little
Run, preparatory to an excursion among the Cherokees, where he
was even then busy in subsidizing for the cause of his Majesty.
Young Walter Dunbar did not reappear to his father that day
or night. He had left the place, in fact, after a brief conference
with his sister. The old man was especially uneasy, as for two days
more he could see nothing of the son. Meanwhile, we may do the
youth the justice to say, that whatever might be his employments,
he was not surely engaged upon the matter or manner of his speech.