Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The Reprint Company | 1975, 1976
Transcription 72JOSCELYN
myself for lodgings with Martin Joscelyn for the rest of the night
without axing leave or favor."
These three were all seated snugly in the private room of the
latter, which adj oined his law office on one hand, and Dunbar's office
on the other. They were quietly conversing on the business of the
day, when the door was hurriedly thrown open, and a fourth party
entered, in great haste one Gideon Walker one of those men who,
with Martin Joscelyn, had succeeded, as they fancied, in leaving
Browne in a state of equal quiet and serenity.
"How now, Gid., what's the matter? Whose horse has broken
halter?" was the demand of Martin.
"Would you believe it, that d�d madman, Tom Browne, never
minding what we told him, and what he promised, has gone out, and
pushed his way to Andrew Griffith's, the very last place in the world
to go to, for a dozen or more of Hamilton's troopers have gathered
there for sleep and supper, and he's a gone coon if he trees them, or
they him! Old Weatherby's just told me about it, and he says that
Browne's got weapons again, and he's just as drunk as ever, with a
sober sort of devil in him, so that he walks as steady as a bear at a
stake, though the fever is burning in his brain, like a furnace, all the
while. He's just in the humor for a fight with all the world, and
Hamilton's men in particular; and, unless we make another trial to
get him off, there will be mince meat made to-night out of human
collops."
"What's the use?" said Dick Marvin. "Let him get what he goes
for. Ef so be he's bent on his own salvation by a short cut, in the
devil's name, let him take his own course on the broad road to
satisfaction."
"Very good doctrine in the devil's name," replied Martin; "but,
in God's name, no matter what he is, we must try once more and
save him from the devil."
"But, look you, Martin, how if he stands upon the matter of his
own salvation, and won't be saved in God's name? How then?"
"Shut up your oven, you parrot, and come along with us. What
we seek to do must be done quickly."
And the three sallied forth together, followed by the boy, Dick,
who was not to be left behind.