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at Jena, and that Herinann was the favoured lover; fur I now saw the whole truth; and my lieart bled with inther, that they had fought two separate duels on this quar- dignation and sorrow. I vowed I would make his inrel, in both of which young Hortsberg had been worsted, nocence appear : it was impossible his judges could be Though these discoveries threw some suspicion over the evi- wicked enough to condemn him. He shook his head mourndence, yet they seemed important enough to demand a se fully, and begged I would comfort his mother. cond investigation, by putting “ the question"- that is to All my efforts--all that man could do was vain. His say, by torture.

own hand had sealed his fate. He was convicted and Who could paint the looks of young Hermann when this executed. decision was announced, and he was once more asked I will hasten over what I cannot bear to think of. He " What became of Adolphe Brauer?” In a voice that went died resigned and firm. Up to the very last moment he to my heart, he called Heaven to witness that if he were

told no one of his real confession to me. But just ere his torn alive joint from joint, he could not tell more than eyes were hound, he turned to the multitude, and cried he had already revealed. They made ready again to tie loudly, " That for the sake of his father's name, and his him to the dreadful bed; but when they touched his swol-mother, who yet lived, he would not die without raising len dislocated wrists, he fairly shrieked aloud, and earnest.

his voice to declare before God that he died innocent of ly called on God for the mercy which man denied. He blood—that in the madness of torture and agony he had was bound in the rack; and I had covered my eyes, confessed to utter falsehoods merely to procure ease, for and was prepared to rush out, for I could bear to see

which he implored Heaven to pardon him! Then he prayno more, when he called out wildly, that “ if they ed in silence, and waited for the death-blow. would but untie him, and bring him water, he would con

His poor mother pined daily. She could not be prevail. fess all.” I was thunderstruck on hearing these words, ed upon to stir into the open air; and if she had now been and stood fixed to the spot, looking on him in wonder

seen as of old, gliding along the ramparts, few would have lle spoke hurriedly and confusedly,

some tale of his having had a quarrel with Brauer for supplanting recognised in her wasted features the young Widow of Bro. his friend, old Muller. He said he made some pretext on that fatal morning for their going out early, to give received a parcel from Jena, which contained a small box,

There was another sad page in this unhappy story. She him an opportunity to coinmit the murder; that a true ac. count had been given by Peter Snick, soon after whose and a letter from Franz Meyer, the Greek professor. His departure he struck Brauer heavily with a bludgeon, and daughter Sophia was dead ; her last care had been to make killed him ; that a pedlar happening to pass with a pack- up this little pacquet—her last request that he would send horse, he bribed him to take away the body, and that he it when she died, to Mary Von Korper. It contained young had never seen the man again, and did not know how he Hermann's portrait, and a note from poor Sophia. She said disposed of it; but finding the steward's hat left in the that she sent her lover's picture to the only one now on earth hurry by the pedlar, where it had fallen in the scuffie, he who knew how to love them; and that she prayed with hid it amongst the weeds, just as the old man found it. her parting breath, that Heaven might bring her to join Having signed this confession, he was taken back to prison. them where his innocence would be known to all, as it was For some time after he was gone I stood as one stupified ;

now known to them alone. my ears tingled as if I had been hearing the dizzy sounds It was many years before Mary Von Korper crossed her of a dream, or of delirium. Was young Hermann, then, threshold. At last I prevailed on her to walk slowly about really a murderer ? Impossible! I had known him from the neighbourhood of her house. She seemed slowly sinka child! But his own confession! I resolved instantly to ing into the grave; and her physician told her that exersee him in prison ; and though all approach of his friends cise was her only chance of life. One morning she expressed was denied to him, by a heavy bribe, I obtained, that very

a wish to cross some fields at the back of her house, where morning, admission to his cell.

there was a seat, in a beautiful little woodland, of When I approached the stone on which he lay heavily which she used to be fond. We proceeded onwards ; as we manacled, and looked on his sickly emaciated features, í slowly passed the corner of this wall here, where the fatal could feel only pity for him, and should have stretched out scuffle between Hermann and young Brauer had taken my hand to bim had he been guilty of a hundred murders ; place so long before, I saw an officer-standing on this very but he shrank from me, and hid his face.

“ You are spot, his arms folded, looking towards us. Mary was then kind," said he faintly; « but cannot bear to see you—1 leaning on me, holding her face down; and just before she am not worthy of the light.” “ There is forgiveness,” I | lifted her head to speak to me, I was shocked to feel how replied, " for all sin which is repented of ; and there may light was her emaciated frame, though I was then bearing have been some palliation for yours—sudden passion-an her whole weight. As she raised and turned her head, accidental blow”– he instantly sprung up to the full stretch her eyes fell full on the stranger's features : she gave him of his shackles. “ You surely cannot think that I killed one wild earnest look, shrieked, and sunk lifeless in my him ?" cried he. “ Your own voice said it," I replied. He The stranger sprang forwards to hold her. “ Lay answered in low and half-choked accents, “ God pardon her on the grass,” said he, “ she has only fainted; run to me! What could I do? I should have died beneath their the house for water, and I will support her.” hands. The very sight of that rack maddened me. I could When I came back she was sitting on the grass, leaning not bear that second torture (holding up his crushed hands.) on the stranger, whom she introduced to me as Ernest Von I said all they wanted, for leave to die in peace; but to Harstenleit, a friend of her early days, whom she had not stain my fair name_to be beheaded as a murderer- to die seen for a long-long time ; the sudden meeting, she said, with a lie ou my lips! God pardon me! My poor, poor had been too great a shoek for her weak frame. I begged mother!"

her to let us take her home, that she might rest, and quiet

arms.

her fevered nerves. We proceeded thither the stranger habitant never forget, that this history is mournfully true, and I supporting her between us. When we entered she and no idle legend. appeared unable to bear up a moment longer, and called,

FEMALE BLUE BEARDS. faintingly, for water. Old Muller, who had watched her return with much anxiety, came himself to attend on her.

Once in every dozen or twenty years, the publicis treated

to a fresh hash up of a certain number of marvels. The She looked wildly but significantly at him, and then at me -pointed to the stranger, and gasped out rather than spoke give an earlier, though certainly not the original edition :

French papers lately gave the story subjoined, of which we -“ Seize him! He is Adolphe ; Adolphe, for whom my boy was murdered!” She fainted as the words left her toni's eating an ice, when he perceived at the next table a

“On Thursday last Mr. M—(Q. Mirabel) was at Tor. lips, and we were running towards her, when a quick move young and elegantly dressed lady, whose brilliant eyes had ment of the stranger warned us not to let himn escape. The a power of inflammation so far superior to the cooling effects undefined feeling which had made me gaze so earnestly upon of the ice, that after interchanging a few glances, he venhim was fully explained. He was, indeed, Adolphe Brauer, tured to solicit permission to see her home. She blushed for whose supposed murder my poor young friend had been assent, but added that she was cursed with so jealous a hus

band, that the slightest suspicion of frailty would be fatal executed! The conspiracy to procure the death of young to her, and she must therefore assure her new lover's distre. Hermann, by this false accusation, was clearly brought tion by blinding his eyes and conducting him home in a home to him, and he was executed for it : but the accom. hackney coach. To this he only objected inasmuch as it plice who had appeared as his father, escaped detection. would deprive him for a time of the bliss of gazing on his The poor widow only survived for a few days the shock of enchantress, and they accordingly entered a coach which this sudden discovery; and from his confession, and her time, arrived at the door of a handsome hotel in a narrow

happened to be waiting, and after driving a considerable disclosure to me, just before her death, the tissue of this street, where the gallant was unblinded and conducted into strange and mournful story was made complete.

a brilliantly lighted saloon. Here an hour had scarcely Ernest Von 'Harstenleit was the Bavarian officer, of passed, when the door opened and three gentlemen com. whom mention was made in the beginning of my story. pletely armed entered, and one of them, presenting a pistol Mary confessed that her husband's suspicions 'were not

to Mr. M.'s breast, with great politeness requested his purse

and other valuables. Mr. M. immediately complied with groundless. During his absence her heart had been won the request, giving up even his silk handkerchief, which was by the stranger, and when he returned, she had forgotten returned to him with a remark, that it might inconvenience her duty, and was in Ernest's power. Her husband's fury him to be deprived of it. A second kindly undid the breast drove Von Harstenleit ignominously from the town ; and of his shirt to give him air, forgetting, however, to return be fled, no one knew whither . During his absence, it ap- ing this operation the lady was quietly arranging her curls

the four valuable buttons by which it was fastened. Dur. peared by his own confession, that the wretch had employ in a looking glass. Mr. Med a woman, since but too notorious throughout Germany, down stairs, replaced in the coach with two of the gentle

was then conducted who entered Von Korper's service as cook, merely to poison men, and ultimately left in the middle of the Rue Foses du him.

Temple, without having the least idea where he had passed It was long ere the officer ventured again on the scene; the night.” but in his new character of steward he soon regained his

The celebrated Madame du Barri, mistress of Louis XV., ascendancy over the widow, who had no suspicion of his gives a singular account of a beautiful female with whom, agency in her husband's death. Indeed, I suspect,' he was in the earlier part of her career, she became acquainted. the only man she ever really loved. The fury of young This person was a Madame de Mellaniere, who is described Hermann, who discovered their attachment, drove away as being“ tender and loving, with chestnut hair, rosy lips the disguised steward ; and the scene that ensued, hap- of inexpressible serenity." This beauty, who occupied a

on which was the most charming smile, and large blue eyes, pened just as poor Hermann had confessed, save in the ca- gentecl apartment in the Marais, Rue Porte Foin, gave tastrophe.

herself out as the widow of an officer come to Paris to soli. Burning with hatred, Adolphe fled wounded, and with cit a pension. Several admirers were attracted by her

charms, but Madame du B. observed that she seldom 14. out his hat, which had been struck off in the struggle. He tained one long. The first, a rich Englishman, was sudresumed the military dress which he had worn previous to denly recalled to his own country; the second, a Germani his assuming the disguise of a steward, and Adolphe Brauer baron, was compelled to quit Paris by his creditors; the was now no more. With the malice of a fiend, Ernest de- third, a young country gentleman, was carried off by his favised the plot, which, by the aid of a suborned villain, can, named Brown, was another ; when, after a long series

ther for fear of his marrying her. A young Anglo-Ameribrought poor Hermann to the scaffold. He would have of oglings and flirtations, he, too, one evening after supper, remained undetected, had he not madly thought Mary's declared that he was compelled to set out for St. Petersbure, love would follow him through every depth of crime. No immediately, to arrange some business for his father. This eye but hers could recognize him, and on her he relied un- disappointment seemed too severe, and Madame du B. called doubtingly.

on her friend the next morning to console her; she was not But though the sanctuary of her affections had been pol- her visitor to step in, and informed her of a horrible

dis

at home, but her maid-servant, in much agitation, begged luted-though even to the last her love remained, and the covery she had just made.-They proceeded together to struggle killed her, Mary Von Korper shrank with horror the lady's chamber, where, on pushing aside the bed, a trapfrom the assassin of her son. To clear his memory, she door was discovered in the floor. The girl pressed a spring

and raised it; an infectious odour proceeded from below, gave up her guilty love; but it was twined in the very where lay the carcasses of the various lovers of Madame de heart-strings of her life, and she survived not the sacrifice. Mellaniere, who had successively disappeared. The servant, This is the spot (said the poor man, turning to the tra- it seems, had made the discovery accidentally only a few mi.

nutes before Madame du Barri called. The latter instantly vellers) where the murder was alleged to have been com

gave information to the Lieutenant

de Police who' imme. mitted ; and here Mary begged me with her last breath to diately arrested Mr. Brown. Having clapped him into the put up this tablet. that the stranger might learn, and the in. Bastile to keep him out of harm's way, the house of Ms.

dame de Mellaniere was invested, and the murderess secured, clasped her husband round the neck, and hung on him so together with two rascals, her accomplices. All the three, as effectually to arrest his farther progress. Much did poor including the “tender, loving" beauty, were executed. As Wattie struggle to shake off his loving, yet unwelcome to Mr. Brown, he was set at liberty, with an apology for spouse, but it was now no “go"-hia galloping was at an the mistake," and "invited” to quit France within eightend. “Confound you for an idiot,” he bitterly exclaimed, “I and forty hours. His escape appears to have been a nar never could win a guinea so easily in my life.” It is only row one ; Madame de M. had begged him to accompany necessary to add, that the explanation which immediately her on a tour into Italy, but to prevent scandal, had re followed was much more satisfactory to mine host than to quested him to pretend that he was leaving Paris on the barber's better half; and that the clergyman restored his business. “ You can come and sleep here for two Wattie to his usual good humour, by generously rewarding or three nights," was added, “and we can commence our his exertions with the well-earned guinea, journey when we please." It was by the same method that she had ensnared her former lovers, who, coming to stay with her in her apartments, brought with them their jewels, mo The joyfull receiving of JAMES THE SIXT of that ney, bills of exchange, &c., and during the night, slept the Name, King of Scotland, and QUEENE ANNE his sleep from which there was no awaking.--The fair auto Wife, into the Townes of Lyeth and Edenborough the biographer, in reflecting on the mild charms of her late first daie of May last past, 1590. Together with the friend's exterior, asks herself whether it would not be bet. Triumphs shewed before the Coronation of the said ter upon the whole, if the vices of the heart were always Scottish Queene. depicted on the countenance, but answers her own question with much naïveté, concluding, that perhaps it is better as The King arrived at Lyeth the first day of May, anno itis, since otherwise “ there would be so many ugly people 1590, with the Queene his wife and his traine in thirteene in the world.”

shippes, accompanied with Peter Munk, Admirall of Den

marke, one of the Regentes of the King, Steven Brave, a THE BARBER OF DUNSE.

Danish Lorde, and sundry other the Lordes of the same

countrey, where at theyr arrival they were welcommed by A clergyman possessing an uncommon share of wit and the Duke of Lennox, the Earle of Bothwell, and sundry humour, had occasion to lodge for the night, in company other the Scottish Nobility. At their landing, one M. with some friends, at the inn of a town, which, for certain James Elpheston, a Senator of the Colledge of Justice, with reasons, we shall denominate Dunse. Requiring the ser a Latine oration welcommed them into the countrey, which vices of a barber, he was recommended by the waiter to Waldone, the King went on to the church of Lyeth, where they ter Drou, who was represented as excellent at cracking a had a sermon preached by Maister Patrick Gallowey, in joke, or telling a story. This functionary being forthwith English, importing a thanksgiving for their safe arrivall, introduced, made such a display of his oral and manual and so they departed to their lodging, where they expected dexterity, as to leave on the mind as well as the body of his the coming in of the rest of the nobility, together with such customer, a very favourable impression, and induce the lat. preparation as was to bee provided in Edenborough and the ter to invite him to sit down to a friendly glass. The mu- Abbey of the Holy Roode House. tual familiarity which the circulation of the bottle pro This performed, and the nobility joyning to the township duced, served to show off the barber in his happiest mood; of Edenborough, they receaved the King and Queene from and the facetious clergyman, amid the general hilarity, the town of Lyeth, the King riding before, and the Queene thus addressed him: “ Now, Wattie, I engage to give you behinde him in her chariot, with her maides of honour of a guinea, on the following terms that you leap backwards ech side of her Majestie's one. Her chariot was drawne with and forwards over your chair for the space of half an hour eight horses, capparisoned in velvet, imbrodered with silver -leisurely, yet regularly--crying out at every leap, . Here and gold, very rich, her highnesse Maister of her housholde, goes I, Wattie Dron, barber of Dunse;'--but that, should and other Danish ladies on the one side, and the Lorde HAyou utter anything else during the time, you forfeit the re- milton on the other, together with the rest of the nobility, ward." Wattie, though no doubt surprised at the absurdity and after her chariot followed the Lord Chancelour's wife, of the proposal, yet, considering how easily he could earn the Lady Bothwell, and other the ladies, with the burgescs the guinea, and the improbability that such an opportunity of the towne and others round about her, as of Edinborough, would ever again present itself, agreed to the stipulations. of Lyeth, of Fishrow, of Middleborow, of Preston, of DalThe watch was set, and the barber having stripped off his kith, &c., all the inhabitants being in armour, and giving a coat, leaning with one hand on the back of the chair, com- volle of shotte to the King and Queene in their passage, in, menced leaping over the seat, uniformly repeating, in an joy of their safe arrivall. In this manner they passed to the esulting tone, the words prescribed. After matters had gone Abbey of Holy Roode House, where they remained untill the on thus smoothly for about five minutes, the clergyman seventeenth of May, upon which day the Queene was crowned rung the bell, and thus accosted the waiter:“What is the 'in the said Abbey Church, after the sermon was ended by reason, Sir, you insult me, by sending a mad fellow like Maister Robert Bruce and M. David Linsey, with great that, instead of a proper barber, as you pretended he was ?" triumphes. The coronation ended, she was conveide to her Barber-(leaping)—“ Here goes I, Wattie Dron, barber of chamber, being led by the Lord Chancelour, on the one side Dunse." Waiter—" Oh! Sir, I don't know what is the and the Embassador of Englande on the other, sixe ladies matter, I never saw him in this way all my life-Mr. bearing uppe her trainne, having going before her twelve Dron, Mr. Dron, what do you mean ?” Barber_ Here heraultes in their coates of armes, and sundrye trumpets goes I, Wattie_"-Waiter" Bless me, Mr. Dron, recol. still sounding. The Earl of Angus bare the sworde of lect these are gentlemen ; how can you make such a fool of honor, the L. Hamilton the scepter, and the Duke of Lenox yourself?" Barber-" Here goes I-"Landlord—(entering the crowne. Thus was that day spent in joy and mirth. in haste)" What the Devil, Sir, is all this the fellow is Uppon Tuesday the nineteenth of May, her Majesty made madhow dare you, Sir, insult gentlemen in my house by her entry into Edinborough in her chariot, with the Lordes such conduct ?" Barber" Here goes 1, Wattie Dron" and Nobility giving their attendance, among the which ther Landlord I say, Bob, run for his wife, for this can't were sixe and thirty Danes on horsebacke with foote clothes, be put up with-gentlemen, the man is evidently deranged, every of them being accompanied with some Scottish Lorde and I hope you will not let my house be injured in any way or Knight, and all the ladies following the chariot. At her by this business.”. “ Here goes—" —wife pushing in coming to the south side of the yardes of the Canogit, along “Oh! Wattie, Wattie, what's this that's come ower ye? the parke wall, being in sight of the Castle, they gave her Do you not ken your ain wife?" Barber" Here goes I," thence a great volle of shotte, with their banners and aunWifer weeping)“ Oh! Wattie, if ye care na for me, cientes displaied upon the walles. Thence shee came to the mind your bairns at hame, and come awa' wi' me.” Bar- West Port, under the which her highnesse staied, and had an ber- Here goes I, Wat" The afflicted wife now oration to wolcome her to the towne, uttered in Latine by

one Maister John Russell, who was thereto appointed by the

SELF-SUPPORTING EDUCATION. towneshippe, whose sonne also being placed uppon the toppe An American publication states, that several flourishing of the Portehead, and was let downe by a devise made in a schools have been established in various parts of the United globe, which being come somewhat over her Majestie's heade, States, in which the pupils have been enabled to defray the enopened at the toppe into foure quarters, where the childe ap- tire expense of their sustenance and tuition, by the exertion pearing in the resemblance of an angell delivered her the of a very few hours' manual labour daily. They are founded keyes of the towne in silver, which done, the quarters closed,

on the principle “ That every lad of ordinary health and and the globe was taken uppe agayne, so as the childe was pacity, can, if proper facilities are afforded, support himself no more seen there. She had also a canapie of purple velvet, by manual labour, while attaining his education.” The folloseembrodered with gold, carried over her by sixe ancient ing exampls are given of the successful application of this printownes-men. There were also threescore young men of the ciple: “ At a flourishing institution in the State of New Yorking towne lyke Moores, and clothed in cloth of silver, with forty students are now receiving their board in exchange for chaines about their neckes, and bracelets about their armes,

not less than three, nor more than four hours' labour per das; set with diamonds and other precious stones, verie gorgeous at the Maine Wesleyan Seminary, 130 students generally to the eie, who went before the chariot betwixt the horsemen paid their board by their labour; some all their expenses and it, everie one with a white staffe in his hande to keepe and others even more than this ; while, at the Theological off the throng of people, where also rid the Provost and Seminary at Maysville, (East Tennesse,) by the labour of an Baileeses of the towne with foote clothes to keepe the people hour and a half in a day, the expenses of comfortable board in good order, with most of the inhabitants in their best are defrayed, and a weekly saving is made by the institution, araie to doe the like. In this order her Grace passed on the of one dollar on each labourer!" At Philadelphia there is Bow Street, where was erected a table, whereupon stood a

a chartered school, under the care of the Rev. John Monteith, globe of the whole worlde, with a boy sitting thereby, who consisting of thirty-three scholars (ten of whom are educatrepresented the person of a King, and made her an oration, ing for the Gospel ministry,) and who have nearly paid the which done, she went up the Bowe, wher were cast forth a

expense of their board and tuition by their manual labour. number of banqueting dishes as they came by, and comming Every student is required to spend three or four hours daily to the butter trone, there were placed nine maidens bravely in useful labour. The arts in which they have been emarraid in cloth of silver and gold, representing the nine ployed are carpenter work, gardening, and farming. The Muses, who sung verie sweete musicke, where a brave youth objectstcontemplated, and so far attained by the union of played upon the organs, which accorded excellentlie with the manual with mental exertion, are, the establishment of singing of their psalmes, whereat her Majestie staied awhile, health ; the formation of industrious and economical haand thence passed downe through the high gate of Edinbo- bits; the facility of education afforded to the poor ; and the rough, which was all decked with tapistry from the top to cherishing of a manly independence of feeling. [Of course the bottom ; at her Graces coming to the Tolboth, there stood much, if not the whole of the success, in a pecuniary point of on high the four vertues, as first, Justice with the ballance in view, which is said to have attended the adoption of this one hand, and the sword of justice in the other; then Tem- system in America, is owing to the great demand for, and perance, having in the one hand a cup of wine, and in the consequent high price of labour in that country, But, though other a cup of water ; Prudence, holding in her hand a ser

we cannot expect the moderate and recreative labour of pent and a dove, declaring that men ought to be as wise as

children to defray the expense of their education in any of the serpent to prevent mischief, but as simple as a dove eyther the old countries of Europe, it has, for a long time, foriheda in wrath or malice. The last is Fortitude, who held a bro- part of every good theory of education, that the pupils should ken pillar in her hand, representing the strength of a king- learn at least some of the useful arts, such as the domestic dome.

arts for the females, in which they are, in these manufacturThus she passed on to the crosse, uppon the toppe whereof ing times woefully deficient, she had a psalm sung in verie good musick before her comming to the churche, which done, her Majestie came forth of

ELIZABETH'S PROGRESSES. her chariot, and was conveyed unto S. Giles Church, where she heard a sermon preached by M. Robert Bruce. That

RALEIGH's magnificence in dress was carried to excess, ended with praiers for her highnesse, she was conveied againe probably as much to gratify Elizabeth, who had a passion to her chariot. Against her coming forth, there stood upon for finery, and loved to be surrounded by a brilliant court, the top of the crosse a table covered, whereupon stood cups as from personal predilection. He wore a suit of silver of gold and silver full of wine, with the Goddesse of Corne armour at the tourneys; his stord-hilt and belt were stad. and Wine sitting thereat, and the corne on heapes by her, ded with diamonds, pearls, and rubies ; his court-dress on who in Latine cried that there should be plentie thereof in occasions of state was said to be covered with jewels to the her time, and on the side of the crosse sate the God Bacchus value of L.60,000; and even his shoes glittered with prp. upon a punchion of wine, drinking and casting it up by cups cious stones. It was in this splendid apparel that he waited full upon the people, besides other of the townesmen that cast on his royal mistress as captain of her guard during those apples and nuts among them, and the crosse itself ranne cla- visits to the houses of the nobility, known by the name of ret wine upon the caulsway for the royaltie of that daię. Progresses. It has been alleged against the queen, that Thence her Grace rode downe the gate to the sault trone, such excursions impoverished the peerage; and, under the whereupon sate all the Kings heretofore of Scotland, one of pretence of conferring an envied distinction, were really iti. them lying along at their feete, as if he had bene sick, whom tended to check the overgrown wealth of the aristocracy, certain souldiers seemed to awake at her Majesties comming: whilst they enriched the royal household. But this is conwhereupon he arose and made her an oration in Latine. sidering the matter too deeply. Her object was, in the first Which ended, she passed down to the neather bow, which instance, to become acquainted with her kingdom, to con. was beautified with the marage of a King and his Queene, firm and increase her popularity by travelling amongst her with all their nobilitie about them, among whom at her people, exhibiting her glory

to them, accepting with condehighnesse presence there arose a youth who applied the same scension and delight their homage, and repaying it with to the marriage of the King and herselfe, and so blessed that offices of trust and emolument.

When Cecil entertained marriage. Which done, there was let downc unto her from her at Theobalds in 1591, it was in expectation of being the top of the porte in a silke string a box covered with pur- promoted to the secretaryship, though he was then only ple velvet, whereupon was embroidered an A. for Anna, (her gratified with the hononr of knighthood. When the Earl Majestie's name,) set with diamonds and precious stones, of Hertford received his royai mistress at Elvetham, the esteemed at twentie thousand crownes, which the townshippe magnificence he displayed was not thought by him too high gave for a present to her highnesse; and then, after singing a price to regain her favour, which had been tong with: of some psalmes, with verie good musicke, her Grace departed drawna It was the age of solemn pageantry and splendid to the Abbey for that night,

devices. Masques, triumphs, and drainatic exhibitious, in

Her en

which there was a singular combination of Pagan imagery to persuade her from this melancholy humour, but I found and mythology, with Gothic romances, were the chief | it was too deep rooted in her heart, and hardly to be reamusements of the period. The business, as Bishop Hurd moved." She soon became obstinately silent; and not only has well described it, was to welcome the queen to the pa- rejected nourishment, but forbore her sleep, refusing to go laces of her nobles, and at the same time to celebrate the to bed ; being persuaded if she once lay down she should glory of her government; and what more elegant way of never rise again. The cushions were laid on the floor of her complimenting a great prince than through the veil of fic- chamber; and there she sat a week, day and night, show. tion; or how could they better entertain a learned one than ing an utter carelessness of all that was passing around her. by having recourse to the old poetical story? Nor are the On the 23d of March, the day before she died, the chief masque-makers to be lightly censured for intermixing clas- members of her council thought it right to introduce that sical fable with Gothic fancies,-a practice sanctioned by subject to which the queen had invariably shown a great the authority of Chaucer, Spenser, and Milton, and often aversion, the succession to the throne ; and their interro. accomplished with much grace and ingenuity. Elizabeth gations brought out from the expiring princess a flash of was in no usual degree acquainted with the writers of her wonted spirit and severity :-“ I told you," said she to Greece and Rome, and well able to appreciate such allu- the lord-high-admiral, who occupied the right side of the sions. She took delight in music, and loved the studied bed, whilst Cecil stood at the foot, “ that my seat had been magnificence of those pageants, their intricate mechanism, the seat of kings; and I will have no rascal to succeed me! their lofty conceits, and the incense of high-flown adulation Trouble me no more. He who comes after me must be a addressed to her. The taste of the gravest men of the times king. I will have none but our cousin of Scotland.” Soon gave a countenance to such pastimes. Sir Thomas Moore after this she became speechless, but made signs that her did not think it beneath him to compose pageants; and a chaplains and the Archbishop of Canterbury should pray letter of Lord Bacon is preserved, in which this philosopher with her. Sir Robert Carey, who went into the chamber appears as the representative of a dozen young gentlemen with them, has left us an affecting account of her behaviour. of Gray's Inn, who declare their willingness to furnish a " I sat upon my knees,” says he, “ full of tears to see that masque, since the proposal of a joint one by the four inns heavy sight. The bishop kueeled down by her, and exaof court had failed. Some idea of the magnificence of the mined her first of her faith ; and she so punctually answered presents made on such occasions may be formed from an all his several questions, by lifting up her eyes and holding account, in the Sidney Papers, of the queen's dining at Kew, up her hand, as it was a comfort to all the beholders. the seat of Sir John Puckering, lord-keeper.

Then the good man told her plainly what she was, and what tertainment was great and costly. At her first lighting she she was to come to ; and though she had been long a great had a fine fan presented her, with a handle garnished with queen here upon earth, yet shortly she was to yield an acdiamonds. When she was in the middle way between the count of her stewardship to the King of kings. He then garden-gate and the house, there came running towards her began to pray, and all who were present joined in the reone with a nosegay in his hand, and delivered it to her with sponses ; after which, his knees being weary, he blessed her a short, well-penned speech ; it had in it a very rich jewel, and prepared to depart, when the queen by signs requested with pendants of unfirled diamonds, valued at L.400 at him to continue in prayer. Having done so for a consideraleast. After dinner, in her private chamber, he gave her a ble time, he once more rose up to depart; but the dying fair pair of virginals, and in her bed-chamber presented her princess again laid her hand upon his, and mutely besought with a fine gown and a jupin, which things were pleasing to him not to leave her, appearing to have the greatest comher highness; and to grace his lordship the more, she of fort in his fervent petitions. Soon after she became insenherself took from him a salt, a spoon, and a fork of fair sible; and, as it grew late, all left the apartment except agate.” During her reign, she visited Secretary Cecil at the women.” She expired about three in the morning on Theobalds twelve times; each of these royal favours cost | Thursday the 24th of March, in the same chamber where him from L.2000 to L.3000 ; nor did she hesitate to re her grandfather Henry VII. breathed his last.-Edinmain a month or six weeks, receiving strangers and ambas-burgh Cabinet Library, Life of Sir Walter Raleigh. sadors, and entertained as bountifully as if she had been in one of her own palaces.-Edinburgh Cabinet Library. GASTRONOMIC PRECEPTS AND ANECDOTES. Life of Sir Walter Raleigh.

VEGETABLES are Policies of Assurance against the fire DEATH OF QUEEN ELIZABETH.

of the stomach.

Guests, badly arranged at table, lose their value, as ciBY PATRICK FRASER TYTLER, ESQ.

phers which are placed one after the other, without a figure EARLY in January, 1602, the queen, who for some time preceding them. had been in a declining state, was seized with a severe cold. The Emperor Geta passed three consecutive days at table, She had been forewarned by Dr. Dee, the famous astrologer whilst a series of courses were brought in whose names beand mathematician, whom she highly esteemed, to beware gan with each letter of the alphabet. The Roman Empire of Whitehall, and accordingly removed to Richmond, call. would never have been disturbed, if all the Cæsars had eming it the “ warm box to which she could best trust her ployed their time in occupations as harmless. sickly old age." The air of the country seemed to revive Henry VIII., with all his faults, at least deserves well her, and for some weeks her health improved ; but the of all good feeders. He respected eating and drinking, and malady returned in the end of February; and, on the 15th made a baron of a cook who sent him up a mackarel exquiof March, she was so ill that the lords of council were sitely boiled. sent for. They found her sunk in a deep melancholy, to The Romans would willingly have pardoned Pope Adrian which no entreaties could persuade her to take food or VI., the old preceptor of Charles V., his weak and false medicine. At this sad moment Sir Robert Carey, her policy, but they could not tolerate the infamy of his palate. warden on the borders, to whom she was much attached, This Pontiff, says Paulus Jovias, was especially detested, arrived; and, though very weak, the queen requested to

because he was fond of stock-fish. see him. " I found her," says he, in his Memoirs, “ in M. de Chateaubriand has given us a touching description one of her withdrawing chambers, sitting low upon her of the effects of the bell which calls the faithful to prayers. cushions. She called me to her; I kist her hand, and told This illustrious writer would have perfected his subject, had her it was my chiefest happiness to see her in safety and in he added to this eulogium one on the bell which summons health, which I hoped might long continue. She took me us to dinner. by the hand and wrung it hard, and said, -- No, Robin ; I That all o'erpowering, overwhelming krell, am not well ;' and then discoursed with me of her indispo. That tocsin of the soul —the Dinner BELL. sition, and that her heart had been sad and heavy for ten Your real gourmand always has his wits about him. One or twelve days; and in her discourse she fetched not so few of the right class being invited to dine with a lady, who as forty or fifty great sighs.--I used the best words I could I picqued herself greatly upon etiquette, offered to cut up a

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