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Chapter 21
Squire Gawky comes to lodge with my master--is involved in a troublesome affair, out of
which he is extricated by me--he marries my master's daughter--they conspire against
me--I am found guilty of theft, discharged--deserted by my friends, I hire a room in St.
Gile's--where, by accident, I find the lady to whom I paid my addresses in a miserable
condition--I relieve her
When I enjoyed myself at large in this temper of mind, Lavement let his first floor to my
countryman and acquaintance, Squire Gawky, who by this time had got a lieutenancy in
the army, and such a martial ferocity in his appearance that I was afraid he would
remember what happened between us in Scotland, and atone for his breach of
appointment then by his punctuality now; but whether he had actually forgot me, or was
willing to make me believe so, he betrayed not the least symptom of recognition at sight
of me, and I remained quite cured of my apprehension; though I had occasion not long
after to be convinced, that howsoever his externals might be altered, he was at bottom
the same individual Gawky, whom I have already described. For coming home late one
night from the house of a patient, I heard a noise in the street, and as I approached.
perceived two gentlemen in custody, of three watchmen. The prisoners, who were
miserable, disfigured with dirt, complained bitterly of the loss of their hats and wigs; and
one of them, whom by his tongue I know to be a Scotchman, lamented most piteously,
offering a guinea for his liberty, which the watchman refused, alleging that one of his
companions was wounded grievously, and that he must stand to the consequence. My
prejudice in favour of my native country was so strong, that I could not bear to see
anybody belonging to it in distress, and therefore, with one blow of my faithful cudgel,
knocked down the watchman who had hold of the person for whom I was chiefly
concerned. He was no sooner disengaged, than he betook himself to his heels, and left
me to maintain the dispute as I should think proper; and, indeed, I came off but scurvily,
for, before I could avail myself of my speed, I received a blow on the eye, from one of
the other two, that had well nigh deprived me of the use of that organ. However, I made
shift to get home, where I was informed of Captain Gawky's being robbed and abused
by a company of footpads, and was ordered by my master to prepare an emollient
glyster and paregoric draught, in order to allay and compose the ferment of his spirits,
occasioned by the barbarous treatment he had undergone, while he took twelve ounces
of blood from him immediately.
When I inquired into the particulars of this adventure, and understood by the servant
that he came in just before me, without hat and wig, I made no scruple of believing him
to be the person I had released, and was confirmed in my belief upon hearing his voice,
to which (before that event) I had long been a stranger.
My eye being considerably swelled and inflamed, I could not reflect upon my enterprise
without cursing my own folly, and even resolving to declare the truth the truth of the
whole story in order to be revenged on the cowardly wretch for whom I had suffered: