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she preserved her own dignity, have gained , she was sadly distressed, and was, at length, not only more general respect, but have obliged to go back to Whitehall in a cart. held the fickle heart of her husband more Though Katharine could not fix the firmly: but she not only made herself con- heart of her husband, she, nevertheless, by spicuous in the silly manners of the court, || her sweet complying temper, gained his then so much in vogue, such as masquer- esteem, and he ever treated ber with out. ading about the streets and environs of ward respect and kindness. The people London, in various disguises, but her in- became attached to her for her virtue and timacy with the Duchess of Cleveland, the good nature ; while she loved her husband most imperious and rapacious of all her tenderly, and the heart of Charles was not rivals, the whisperings and laughter that || proof against the affection she evinced for often took place between her Majesty and | him, as she lay on a sick bed, so severely this kuown and public mistress of the King, || indisposed that it was thought every breath excited the wonder of her husband, but she took would be her last. She wept diminished both his affection and respect; over the royal hand that now fondly pressed as he regarded her, which, in fact, she was her own, while Charles, mingling his tears not, as a weak-minded and unfeeling wo- with hers, besought her to live for his sake. man.
Her joy at hearing these words of comfort A curious anecdote is related by Ives, in restored her to life, but not to happiness: his Select Papers, concerning the Queen, at she had' yet to witness the triumph of suc. a fair at Audley End; where, with the || ceeding rivals, and to find, that with her Duchess of Richmond and the Duchess of danger had vanished all the transitory tenBuckingham, her Majesty went, all of them | derness of a husband she adored. disguised like country girls, with red petti- To sum up the character of Katharine of coats and waistcoats. Sir Bernard Gascoign Braganza : it was certain, according to the rode on a cart-horse before the Queen, a testimony of Lord Clarendon and other mtranger before the Duchess of Buckiug- || authentic writers, that she had beauty and ham, and Mr. Roper before the Duchess of wit sufficient to captivate the King, and Richmond. They had, however, so over- that Charles, on his first meeting with her, done their disguises, that they looked more and for some time afterwards, was highly like antique pictures than country folks ; || pleased with her; but she had too little so that they had soon a crowd after them. I experience of the world, having been eduThe Queen went to a stall, and asked for a cated in monastic seclusion; from this repair of yellow stockiugs stitched with blue, straint she was called to rule over a licenfor her sweetheart; and there her bad tious court, and to be the Queen-cousort of Euglish betrayed her, and the crowd in. a powerful monarch, but from whose king. creased: one woman, especially, having dom morality was banished, and replaced seen the Queen when dining in public, was by the most unlicensed freedom of manners, 80 proud of her knowledge, that she soon After a painful struggle, she conformed, to told who it was, which brought a still please the King, with the prevailing mode: greater crowd to stare at the Queen. The | but it was too late to regain the heart that courtly party, finding themselves discover-had irrevocably strayed from her, though ed, all got back to their horses as fast as she lived with him on easy and amicable they could ; and all those at the fair who terms till his death. She survived her had gone thither on horseback, set off be. | royal husband some years, and resided, hind them on full gallop, till they arrived during her stay in England, at Somersetat the court gate.
House; which she left on the Soth of The Queen also frequently accompanied | March, 1892, and retired to Lisbon, where the King to unknown houses, in such dis- she carried with her several very valuable guises that it was impossible they could be pictures belonging to the royal collection ; known; and in which houses tbey danced some of which, we are informed, are yet in together, having gone thither in hackney | the possession of the present family of Brachairs. Once the chairmen who carried
ganza. the Queen, not kpowing who she was, Queen Katharine died on the Sist of went away and tell her alone; at which I December, 1705.
HISTORICAL AND SELECT ANECDOTES.
THE LATE CHARLES FOX.
four persons there must have flowed a WHEN Mr. Fox was travelling once
considerable quantity of blood, and we through Wales, in order to embark for see no blood in your house." “Oh," he Ireland, the extreme poverty that appear-replied, “ these immaterial beings have no ed in every part of the country gave him blood." This explanation was enough ; occasion to exercise his talents for ridicule, || and it is still talked of in Tripolizza as a as well as his wit. In Carparvonshire | most noble act of heroism. particularly, he observed, that from the sterility of the place, and the variety of
FREDERIC THE GREAT, AND GENERAL mountains in it, he had no doubt, that goats were there as plentiful as black-ber- When the then Emperor of Germany, ries. A country farmer who was in the || and Frederic of Prussia met at Neisse, the stage coach at the time, replied, that they || principal officers of both sovereigos were lay under the same disadvantage in this invited to a grand entertainment. Genecountry, that was found to have been of || ral Laudohn was among the guests, and great detriment to other parts of England, || sat down at the bottom of the table. But for they could not keep a goat or a sheep, the King of Prussia who observed it, calfor the devouring Foxes, that pestered || led him, and said, “Come up here, General there. This remark seemed to divide | Laudohn, I would always rather see you itself so naturally between Charles and his | at my side than opposite me." creditors, that it threw a damp on his hilarity for the remainder of the day. JEU D'ESPRIT ON
ING THEIR NAMES ON THE RUINS OY
ANECDOTE OP A PICTURE BUYER. Some years ago, a gentleman sold the “ Fair Albion smiling sees her son depart, greatest part of his family pictures at a
To trace the birth and oursery of art; very small price; the size of them not Noble his object, glorions is his aim, suiting his rooms. In his travels round
He comes to Athens, and he writes--bis name!" an auction room of pictures a short time
Lord Byron answered this epigram in the back, he saw the head of an old man, that following manner :pleased him so much, that he gave a very “ This modest bard, like many a bard unknown, large som for it. On enquiry of the dealer Rhymes on our names, but wisely hides his whose property it was, and as to the man.
own ; ner in which he came by the picture, l. But yet, whoe'er he be, to say no worse,
His Name would sound much better than bis he found out that he had, without knowing
verse." it, beeu buying his own grandfather.
ANECDOTE OF WILLIAM III.
After the victory of Nervinde in 1693, During Mr. Turner's late voyage to gained by the Marshal de Luxembourg the Levant, a Cephaloniste doctor came over King William, a French refugée in one evening to take punch with him, when the King's service, to flatter the sovereign, be was at Tripolizza, ayd amused lisand to enfeeble the glory of Luxembourg, party with the story of a Turkish priest praised very much his good fortune, with. whom he had lately beard in a coffee- out mentioning his military talents. “Hold house boasting of having killed eighty-four your tongue, Sir," replied King William evil spirits, by whom he had been infested. nobly, “ he has been too long a lucky * But,” said his acquaintances, to whom General, to be nothing else but a lucky he was relating his exploits, "from eighty. General."
“ I am not," this excellent Prince used || produced as a witness, at the age of ninety, to say, “ for a commonwealth after my at Westminster Hall, in a civil suit. From death, nor will I be a Doge of Venice || Westminster Hall he had the curiosity to whilst I live."
go into the llouse of Lords; and standing at the bar, Lord Bathurst, then one of
Queen Anne's twelve new created peers, In the environs of Constantinople, the went to the bar and conversed with Mr. Sultan has a beautiful palace, situated in | Cromwell; and happening to ask him how a delightful plain : and two or three times | long it was since he had been in that in a year his women are all brought to the house; “Never my Lord,” answered plain to enjoy air and exercise. On these | Richard,“ since I sat in that chair," pointoccasions the eunuchs are posted on all the ing to the throne. hills that overtop it, lest any one should obtain a distant view of these objects of jealousy. During one of these fêtes,
DULITY. a Greek, galloping along the road, which, Our Henry IV. exhorted all his subjects, on a sudden turn, skirted the hill where it in four proclamations, to apply themselves overlooked the plain, obtained, involun- with the utmost diligence to the discovery tarily, a momentary glimpse of the wo- of the philosopher's stone: that by such men ; he would instantly have retired, means the nation might be relieved from but before he could effect his retreat he its debts. He encouraged the clergy in was cut in pieces by the eunuchs.
particular to this pursuit, by the repre.
sentation “ that as they were so fortunate ANECDOTE OF GEORGE 1.
as to transform bread and wine into the On this King arriving at St. James's, be | body and blood of Christ, it would be very was shown the park and canal, &c. belong- || easy for them to convert a base metal into ing to himself. Lord Chetwynd, the one of nobler quality." ranger of the park, sent his Majesty next No sovereign was more addicted to alday, a brace of carp from the above-men- chymy than the Emperor Rodolph II. ; he tioned canal; for which the King was told, was wholly absorbed in it, and there. it would be expected he should give the || fore, invited to his court the oracle of the servant five guineas. “This is a strange art, the celebrated Sendivog, to assist him country," said George, “ The ranger of in his operations. The Emperor Leopold my park, has sent me a fine brace of carp || 1. had also many of these artists about out of my own canal, and I must give him. Augustus, Elector of Saxony, was five guineas to his servant, for my own carp
reputed to have made greater proficiency taken from the canal in my own park!" in alchymy than any of these Princes. The
Margrave John, of Brandenburg, received ANECDOTE OF THE DUKE OF CUMBER:
from his favourite study the surname of the LAND, SON OF GEORGE II.
Alchymist, and he was prouder of this title One day during his childhood, the Duke, than of the electoral dignity. then Prince William, had displeased the Queen, and she sent him up to his chamber. When he appeared again he was
EXAMPLE OF MADAME BARNEVELOT. very sullen. “ William," said the Queen,
When the virtuous and venerable Bar. “What have you been doing?"-“ Read- nevelot, under the mock form of a trial ing."
." “Reading wbat?"_" The Bible." and a legal conviction, fell a sacrifice to “And what did you read there?"_“About the political intrigues of Maurice, Prince Jesus and Mary.”—“And what about of Orange, the latter declared that a parthem?"_“Why, that Jesus said to Mary, don should be granted him if requested by woman! what hast thou to do with me?" his family; but neither he nor they would
condescend to an act that would imply his ANECDOTE OP RICHARD CROMWELL.
guilt, and he was executed. Some time Richard CROMWELL, who succeeded after a real conspiracy against the life of his father Oliver in the protectorship, was Maurice was entered into by two sons of this
DIGNIFIED FEMALE FORTITUDE IN THE
excellent man, one son escaped, but the pardon of her husband._"I did not ask other was condemned to die. On this pardon for my husband, because he was occasion his high minded mother threw innocent!" she replied with a noble comherself at the feet of Maurice to beg bis posure; “I ask it for my son, because he is life, when the Prince expressed his surprise | guilty." Such is the consistent and reguthat she would stoop to such a request for lated pride of principle. her son, after having refused to ask the
THE CORRESPONDENCE OF CAROLINE.
humiliating situation appear to me in its Bury, Suffolk, Oct. 1, 18. full form, when I am even now obliged to You were perfectly correct, my dear counterfeit the hand of a stranger, jo gain sister ; this letter of Beauchamp's had such the attention of one whom I had hoped an effect upon my bealth as to prevent my
was not more endeared to me, than I to writing before to you ; for undetermined ber, and to ask of her to be forgiven with. low to act with regard to one I so dearly out the least knowledge of an offence. Joved, I worked myself up into such a
From your conduct, Madam, in Moninouthcomplete state of irritability, that at length, sbire, I have nothing to hope for, but that it threw me into a fit of illness. You you will be offended at this language from chide me, my dear Margaret, for my
one, who you may now conceive has no silence, but you will, I am sure, forgive right to speak in such terms to you.me when I tell you that I should probably Alas! Madam, the most cruel taskmaster have recovered much sooner than I did allows his slave, at least, to complain, had got my over anxiety to relieve you
while he revenges himself by bestowing from suspense contributed to retard that
some further cruelty. Do not, my dear care, which, for your sake, I was so de lady, do not ask me how I dare make an sirous to hasten. I will, however, while avowal of my love for you, but ask yourassuring you that I am very much myself
self if there was never in my behaviour again, lay before you this tremendous
something more attentive than what might letter, which, perhaps, did I reject all be the result of mere esteem; and then ideas of propriety, should have been the having asked yourself if you were not fully barbinger of joy, rather than per ex
conscious of this, demand of your heart if ity and ennui; courage then and you
you did not acknowledge this preference, shall read :
and why it suffered me to continue this
behaviour, unless it meant to return my BEAUCHAMP, TO
passion ; for never will I believe that you
could trifle with the misery of another, MADAM,–] scarce need, I believe, in- for any selfish gratification. Oh! Caroform you that there are two kinds of regard line, Caroline! for I can no longer prowhich are felt by one sex for the other; ceed in this constrained manner, tell me one founded on convenience only, and the how it is, when I live only in your preother in a fancied selection of some object, sence, how is it you can banish yourself which alone seems necessary to the hap: from one who so dearly, so tenderly, and piness of the other; mine, unfortunately, respectfully loves you; subjecting youris the latter case. I say unfortunately, self to a thousand mortifications from an because it compels me to smother every unfeeling world. Oh! it angers me to feeling of pride, without any apparent madness to think how daringly you have hope or recompense, and to endeavour by tempted fortune. Tell me then, I conjure every means, however humiliating, 10 at- you, tell me, or at least tell your sister to lain, that object, without which, life seems inform me, why you withdraw from me, barely worth possessing. Must not my why you have separated from one who
long since gave you his heart, without the , Beauchamp, he is sure of me, and why chance of receiving yours or making any should he care further about me terms with your victory. If the crime Surely, my dear papa had a stronger rea. were absence from your house, on a late son for his dislike, than what was merely unhappy occasion, which your sister seems caused by absence; and his cross old lord to hint at, when I was imperiously detain- l of a father, can I ever condescend to enter ed by the commands of an only parent, a family where the principal branch of it should you not have felt some pity for one dislikes me; besides, he will never consent suffering for his deference to a father's that his son should marry the daughter of commands, which you must have known a man who was a servitor in the same rent my heart; and should I have appeared college in which he was a gentleman commore amiable in your eyes to have dared
It is very true he could not leave all his indignation and have thrown myself | his father at such a time, and yet I could at your feet. No, Caroline, I should not, almost think that he would never have knowing, as you well do, the paroxysms of found me in a better humour to pardon anger into which my unhappy parent | disobedience to a father; perhaps my poor works himself, when he finds himself op papa would have given him his blessing. posed even in the most trifling concern, and then no compunctious visitings could and knowing, as surely you must have have annoyed us. known, how lately a paralytic affection had Not to answer his letter you will say injured his frame, you could not wish me would be very rude, and yet in what manto sacrifice one who doats on me to dis- ner am I to set about, or rather to compose traction, spite of the violence of his tem- one? You alone can tell how he became per; one who, though he would fell me to | acquainted with my address; and yet, alas ! the earth for a fancied disobedience, would | if I were to pour out all my indigna. be the first to lay violent bands upon him• tion to you, foolish girl as you are, you self as a punishment for his irritability. Be would only laugh at it. How unhappy then, I conjure you, the dear kind angel | are people circumstanced as I am-never be you were once to me, who doats on your lieved in any of my most serious protestavery shadow, and tell me how I have uf- tions. Alas! this courtship is like a game of fended; and if there be propitiation to be chess; and mine is an adversary who will worked on this side the grave, I would || require my whole attention. I must look endeavour to compass heaven and earth to sharp about me, move and then look again obtain your forgiveness, and swear to re- or he pops his castle or queen upon my place myself in your esteem. Let me then, poor queen, and I am undone. Even my I adjure you, hear from you soon, and anxiety may make him a stale mate, and he save from despair the bleeding heart of will march out with all the honours of him who was once your
Oh! Margaret, it is now that I feel my
unfortunate situation, the dissimilarity of There, my dear sister, there is this letter our situations in life requires so much the which has so terribly agonised me, and has more caution with regard to Beauchamp, kept up such conflicting emotions in my for who will give me the credit of sincerity breast, so as to drive out every other con- if I withdraw. Alas! my dear papa, may sideration ; yet every other consideration I be suffered to act as you would wish me, seems to hang upon it. I know, my dear do you look down upon me; alas! you sister, how you would advise me to act || cannot and be happy, for were you to witwith all that candour I am so ready to em
ness my struggles, heaven could scarce be ploy. But, oh! this man almost drives me heaven to thee. Adieu, Margaret, my mind out of my senses. Shall I coufess I have is not yet made up, when it is I will inform still a regard for him, that I cannot, which you; till then, I remain your affectionate I find but too true, give my heart to ano- sister, ther? Why then, the way is clear, for this