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test against the manner in which she had been treated.
“ These letters her Majesty instantly sent off by a courier, and it was this messenger who, on Tuesday night, on his coming to Calais, erroneously stated that he had left her Majesty at Valenciennes. This man reached Dover on Wednesday morning, and delivered his despatches the same night in London. His orders were, to return with as little delay as possible to her Majesty, and to join her at St. Omer's.
« Her Majesty remained at Villeneuve that 1 night, and the next morning pursued her route
to Melun; from thence, avoiding Paris, she went directly on to Abbeville. She reached Abbeville on Wednesday morning, and threw herself. on a bed to gain a little repose.
" During her Majesty's retirement, several English families, resident at Abbeville, requested to be permitted to pay her their personal respects. They were, however, informed of the fatigues which her Majesty had undergone, and of her inability to receive the kindnesses which were intended.
" At four o'clock a courier was sent off to St. Omer's, with instructions to have beds prepared for her Majesty and her suite ; and at six her Majesty recommenced her wearisome journey. As she was about to quit the inn, the English inhabitants already alluded to were in attendance, and as she passed through the hall
of the ion they bowed most respectfully. Her Majesty was much moved by this testimony of their affection, and uttering a few words of thanks, and gracefully returning the salute, she hurried into her carriage. .
.66 The cavalcade now commenced the last and most difficult stage of their route. From Abbeville to St. Omer's they were scarcely able to obtain a single change of horses ; and those that were procured were brought from the fields, and ridden by the ploughmen. In one instance, where the courier had called at the post-house, and . announced the approach of her Majesty, the post-master, who had but three horses in his stable, was so alarmed, that he ran off and concealed himself, and was not to be found when his services were required. It was to these delays that the late arrival of her Majesty was attributable.
“ M. Degacher, and his wife (an English woman), the keeper of the hotel, who had made every arrangement for the accommodation of their royal guest, had almost come to the conclusion that she had stopped at some other house on the road, when the well-known cracking of the postillions' whips as they drove down the street gave notice of the approach of some of the party.
" In a few seconds afterwards, Mr. Alderman Wood, who, with the Count Vasali, had come forward in order to see that every thing was in readiness, entered the inn-yard, and ordered fires and
refreshments. The worthy Alderman appeared to be a good deal fatigued, but still showed á praiseworthy activity in sécuring the comfort of his royal mistress.
“ An English gentlenian (Mr. Moreland,) who, with his family, were on their way to Paris, now, rose from his bed, and tendered the use of his rooms, which were in a retired part of the building, for the use of her Majesty ; but this was not necessary. He also expressed a hope that he might be allowed to pay his personal respects to her Majesty in the course of the day.
“ After a short interval, the renewed cracking of whips called all who were in attendance to the gate, where her Majesty and suite were seen advancing: and here a serious accident had nearly occurred, in consequence of the want of experience in the drivers. In descending the hill one of the leaders of her Majesty's carriage fell, and for a few seconds there was reason to apprehend that the carriage would have been overturned. The prompt assistance of the person's present, however, prevented this misfortunë, and her Majesty was driven safely to the inn.
“ A carpet was spread on the steps, and she immediately alighted ; and leaning on the arms of Alderman Wood and Count Vasali entered the house. She appeared to be somewhat exhausted from the fatigue she had undergone, but soon recovering herself, she resumed her wonted spirits. She ascended to her bed-chamber, accompanied by Lady Hamilton and some of her