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ing-and saw them file past the court at Exeter. Mary only menwindows before they were half- tions herself and Mrs. Kirke, and drilled. " Sir Giles," said he, Lady Carlisle, whom I never could “they're the only cavalry we have abide; and Dormer and Bosville as that can ride." And there's no gentlemen of the chamber; and that better judge and no better soldier for a young man than Humphrey, Grace's breath came quick and whom I love as my own

short. She was still on her father's They'll win your old father his knee, but in such a posture that he peerage yet before I've done with could not see her face. She would Pem. Fill me out the claret, my have given much to be able to ask darling, and we'll drink a health to one simple question, but she dared Lady Grace!

not-no, she dared not. She held She did as she was desired, and her peace, feeling as if she was he could not have accused her of stifled. paleness now. Was it the anticipa- • The Queen were best on the tion of her exalted rank that thus Continent, pursued Sir Giles,' and brought the blood in a rush to Mary seems to think she will go ere Grace's cheeks ?

long, taking her household witá her, * Ay! if worst comes to worst, God be with them! England is proceeded the old knight, after a well rid of the half of them.' hearty pull at the claret, the rebels Grace laughed such a faint, will be glad to come to terms. I forced, miserable laugh. Poor am an old man now, sweetheart, Grace! the blow had been long . and I want to live at peace with my coming, and it had fallen at last.

neighbours. When I've had these Of course he would accompany his new levies in a good rousing fire Royal mistress abroad; of course once and again, and seen the knaves she would never, never hold their own with Cromwell and again ; of course he was nothing to his men in iron, I shall be satisfied her, and amidst all his duties and for my part. Besides, we fight un- occupations she could have no place incumbered now; the Queen's safe in his thoughts. The pertinacity enough down in the West. I heard with which she dwelt upon this confrom Mary this morning by Jermyn, solatory reflection was sufficiently who travelled here post with de- edifying; and of course sbe ought spatches; and the Queen

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foreseen it all long ago, and From Mary!' interrupted Grace, it was far better that she should her eyes sparkling and her face know the worst, and accustom herAushing once more; what says self to it at once. Oh, far better ! she? Does she talk about herself? A positive relief! And the poor -does she give you any news?' face that she put up to kiss her

She spoke in a sharp quick tone; father when he wished her .Good. and the slender fingers that rested night,' looked whiter and more on her father's glass clasped it tight drawn than ever; the footfall that round the stem.

he listened to so wistfully going up • She writes mostly of the Cause, the stairs dwelt wearily and beavily as is her wont,' replied Sir Giles, at every step. Sir Giles shook his not noticing his daughter's eager- head, finished his claret at a draught, ness. They have hopes of more and hetook himself too to his couch ; men and horses down in the West. but the old Cavalier was restless and Ay, there is a talk too of foreign uneasy, his sleep little less unbroken assistance; but for my part I put than his daughter's. little faith in that. The Queen's Alas, Gracey !-- she was his own household is much diminished, child no more. He remembered that's a good job at least. I read her so well in her white frock, totmy Bible, Grace, I hope, like a good tering across the room with her Christian, and I believe every word merry laugh, and holding his finger in it, but I have never yet seen that tight in the clasp of that warm * in the multitude of counsellors little hand; he remembered her a there is safety." Howsoever, there slender slip of girlhood, galloping is but little pomp now in the Queen's on her pony with a certain graceful

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timidity peculiarly her own, her syllable for the first ten miles of his long dark ringlets floating in the journey. breeze, ber bright eyes sparkling And Grace, too, in the train of with the exercise, and always, her kinsman, Lord Vaux, travelled frightened or confident, trusting and wearily back to his house at Boughappealing to Father' alone. He ton, which she considered her home. remembered her, scores and scores Faith, riding alongside of her, to of times, sitting on his knee as she cheer her mistress's spirits, forgot had done this evening, nestling her her own griefs--for Faith too had head upon his shoulder, and vowing lost a lover—in sympathy for the in her pretty positive way-positive lady's meek uncomplaining

sadness. always and only with him—that she • It's all along of the Captain!' would never marry and leave him, thought Faith, whose own affairs never trust her old father to any had not dimmed the natural sharphands but her own; she was sure ness of her sight; it's all along of he couldn't do without her, and if the Captain, and he ought to be he wasn't sure he ought to be! ashamed of himself, so he ought!'

And now somebody had come Faith, like the rest of her class, and taken away, all this affection was not particular as to the amount from him that he considered his of blame she laid upon the absent; by right; and she was no longer and with the happy impartiality of his child- his very own — and her sex, invariably considered and never would be again. Sir Giles proclaimed the man to be in the could not have put his thoughts ex- wrong. In this instance she con. plicitly into words, but he had a demned Humphrey without the dim consciousness of the fact, and slightest hesitation. It was clear it saddened while it almost angered he had left her young mistress withhim. Though he slept but little he out distinctly promising marriage, was up and astir long before day. and when she contrasted such lukebreak; and the God bless thee, warm negligence with the ardent Gracey!' which was always his last passages of leave-taking that had word at parting with his daughter, been reciprocated by Dymocke and was delivered more hoarsely and herself, she could scarcely contain solemnly than his wont. The pale her indignation. If Hugh had face with its red eyelids haunted used me so,' thought Faith, and the him as he rode; and except once to colour rose to her cheeks as she give a beggar an alms, and once to dwelt on the possible injustice, as swear testily at his best horse for a sure as I've two hands I'd have stumble, Sir Giles never uttered a scratched his eyes out!



the Trismegistus himself in propria perlast fifteen or twenty years in sonâ. And yet something very like almost every branch of human both has been obtained. The pounds knowledge bave been so great as to of Birs Nimroud are yielding up to occasion serious inconvenience to the Layard, Rawlinson, and other inwriters of extensive works, particu- defatigable inquirers their long larly when their volumes appear at buried treasures of Assyrian and an interval of a year or more.

A Babylonian annals. For the novel writer on astronomy, chemistry, or we must refer our readers to an in. any other scientific subject, must teresting and agreeable article in expect to have to modify or even to the last number of the Cambridge contradict in his latter volumes Essays.t many of the statements made in the The learned and laborious author earlier ones, and may esteem him. of the work at the head of our list, self fortunate if he is not obliged of which the third and penultimate to recast them entirely. It does not volume has just appeared, seems in appear that this has been so much

his own opinion to have reaped all the case with those writers who have the benefit without suffering any addressed themselves to modern of the inconveniences of that ad. history; at least we have not heard vance in historical knowledge of that either Lord Macaulay or Mr. which we have been speaking. All Prescott (whose death we have had recent discoveries and elucidations, so recently to lament) have in their and they have been numerous, ap, later researches found reason to pear to have confirmed the learned recal, or even to alter, any of their Baron in the hypotheses he had former opinions or accounts. Fresh formed and the conclusions he had materials are however so rapidly adopted; or if they have had in. accumulating, State-paper offices fluence at all, it has been in the and other hitherto neglected repo- way of extending whatever was sitories of historical documents are paradoxical in his views, and causnow being so carefully ransacked, ing him to form further hypotheses that it cannot be but many new and come to fresh conclusions of facts must come to light with im. a startling and singular description. portant bearing on many received Earlier Egyptian history is an theories and opinions on these extremely dry subject. The general subjects.

reader who embarks upon it finds If there was one subject on which himself immediately involved in a we might have supposed that all maze of Sothiac cycles, Phænix furtber information was denied us, years, the great and lesser Panegy. it would be the history of those dis- ries, and other astronomical and tant ages of the world, the very chronological terms of a very record of whose existence has alarming appearance. About as inhitherto been preserved only by the teresting and agreeable to contemincidental allusions of the Sacred plate as the scaffolding of a modern volume, and whose events have been building, they fulfil the same functill lately only commemorated by tions to the historical edifice, and shapeless mounds and unintelligible cannot be taken down till the sculptures. We could hardly expect foundations are secure, which is far to have the ransacking of a Chal- from the case at present. We will, dean State-paper office. A romantio therefore, pass very cursorily over novel of the times of the Pharaoh the subject of Baron Bunsen's two who exalted Joseph would seem as earlier volumes, which comprise likely a discovery as that of Hermes what he calls the Old Empire, last

* Egypt's Place in Un rsal History: an Historical Investigation. In Five Books. By C. C. J. Baron Bunsen, D.Ph., D.C.L., DD.D. Translated from the German by Charles H. Cottrell, M.A. Vol. 3. London: Longman. 1859.

The Genealogies of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, reconciled with each other, and shown to be in harmony with the true chronology of the times. By Lord Arthur Hervey, M.A., Rector of Ickworth. Cambridge: Macmillan. 1853.

+ Hieratic Papyri. By C. W. Goodwin.


Materials for Egyptian Annals.



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ing between 1076 to 1286 years, and To these have been added certain the Middle Period, or shepherd fragmentary lists and notices coldomination, of about goo years, and lected out of Herodotus, Eratosthecome at once to the New Empire, nes, and Diodorus ; and these are which is treated of in the third supposed to be corroborated in many volume before us.

instances by the rows of royal names We must only remark that this deciphered on the monuments. The earlier history is founded almost ingenuity of subsequent writers has exclusively on certain lists of dynas. been employed in piecing out these, ties obtained at second-hand from so as to form a connected whole. Manetho, a writer who lived in Thus Manetho having begun his Egypt about the third century B.c. lists with :1 Dynasty-Thinites

8 kings 253 years.

Memphites 9


274 Elephantinites 8

248 Memphites


203 70

70 days. 8

27 9 Heracleopolites 19

409 19

185 Diospolites 17

59 7

160 &c.

&c. Mr. Poole is of opinion that the which these investigators have been 180 dynasty is contemporaneous compelled to work, really amount with the 3rd; the 2nd with the 4th, to. Let us assume that these lists 5th, 9th, and 11th; and the 6th with are neither fictitious nor hopelessly the roth and 12th; aview which is en- corrupted, and taking an analogous tirely different to that of the Baron, instance in modern times, let us who does not believe in contempo- try to obtain a criterion of what raneous dynasties as a general rule, such information is worth.

If we but believes with Syncellus, that the take the case of France, undoubtthirty dynasties of Manetho, from edly the most homogeneous country Menes to the Persian conquest, can of modern times, its annals after be formed into an intelligible series, this fashion might stand thus. We lasting about 3555 years.


the names of the kings, Let us pause a moment here, and unnecessary for consider what these materials, with ment:1 Dynasty--Merovingians 17 kings, reigning 299 years. Carlovingians



341 Valois


261 Bourbon



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8 Dynasty-Plantagenets 8 kinys, reigning 158 years.


118 Stuarts

85 Navarrese


606 Burgundians

19 13


600 For many of these called them. it may easily be conceived what selves kings of France. If we, lastly, chance the most painstaking stu. imagine that almost the only piece dent would have of unravelling such of sculpture referring to these a tangled web. epochs which had been preserved The case becomes, however, dif. should chance to be a bas-relief ferent as soon as not merely names, representing the coronation of but events are recorded in the docu. Henry VI. of Lancaster at Paris ; ments referred to, and those which

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are sculptured on existing moru- herds, and in twelve campaigns ments are still better authority. A carried the terror of his arms over king may often represent upon the Asia Minor as far as Mesopotamia. buildings he erects what is his- The chief of Carchemish, and the torically false : he may carve a glo. Hittites, then in possession of Palesrious victory on the walls of his tine, were vanquished. This conpalace, when he really suffered an queror is supposed by Sir G. Wilkin. ignominious defeat; but still the son to be the Pharaoh of the Exodus; fact of there being such a represen- but the Baron considers him the king tation, is very good evidence of the who eighty years previously comexistence of the king whose deeds it menced the harsh servitude related celebrates. We may safely take in Holy Writ. His severities were it for granted that monarchs in continued by his successors, Ame. those days seldom took the trouble nophis II., Tuthmosis IV., Amenoof glorifying any one but themselves, phis III., and Horus, who all disand perhaps their own immediate tinguished themselves more by their predecessors.

buildings than their battles. We therefore think that while Great, however, as was the glory very

little reliance can be placed on of this dynasty, it was exceeded by the ingenious arrangements which that of thenineteenth, or the Ramses, Baron Bunsen and others have made which followed it. Sothis, the second of the earlier Egyptian annals, king of this line, erected the most which rest 80 much on Manetho's magnificent apartment in the world, lists alone, and of which the Pyra- the great hall at Karnak, upon the mids are almost the sole historical walls of which are portrayed in long monuments, somewhat more respect processions the numerous nations is due to his New Empire, which com- he subdued. Amongst them figure mences with the eighteenth dynasty. the tribes of Ethiopia and Nubia, His historical account of it has been the Berbers of North Africa, the very carefully and laboriously com- Shepherds or Philistines, so lately piled ; and a short abstract will be the conquerors of Egypt; people interesting.

from Cyprus and Mesopotamia ; The New Empire, then, com- and many tribes whose local habimenced at the period when Egypt tation it is impossible to fix. This emerged from her long night of sub- inference, however, the Baron draws jection to the hated race of the from the multitude of names all Shepherd Kings. The deliverer of from a limited tract of country, his country, and the first king of bounded in fact by Mesopotamia to his line, was Amosis. Under him the north, and Ethiopia to the the seat of the native power seems south-that no great kingdom had to have been Thebes, while the in- begun to exist in those regions, and truders were still established at that consequently the conquests of Memphis and Lower Egypt. Their Sothis were anterior to the rule of hold, indeed, had lasted too long to the Israelites in Palestine. There be easily shaken off. Amosis was was no nation capable of bringing once successful in driving them together a force which could resist from their capital, but troubles break- these incursions, even Nineveh and ing out in Ethiopia, he was forced Babylon were made tributary with. to abandon it; and the Shepherds out any difficulty; for it was not retained it throughout the remain- till one hundred and twenty years der of his reigo, and that of his later that Ninus laid the foundation successor Tuthmosis. Tuthmosis II. of the great Assyrian Empire. finally succeeded in expelling them Ramses II., the son of Sothis, is from Memphis, but the contest was perhaps, after Sesostris, with whom not over, for they retired to the he is sometimes improperly confortified city of Avaris, where they founded, the most celebrated of long resisted the utmost efforts of Egyptian kings; but in point of the Egyptians. The reign of Tuth. fact his renown is owing to his mosis Ill., the most celebrated of father's exploits, and the prosperous the kings of his race, now succeeded. state in which he inherited the In his long and glorious reign, he kingdom. Indeed, he was far from at last drove out the invading Shep. warlike himself, and his campaigns

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