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After her father king James's accession to the throne, the Anne. princess, during his whole reign, kept her court as private as 1701-2.

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and he even then expressed a át a higher with queen or prin-
particular fondness for me. This cess. And, if from hence I may
inclination increased with our draw any glory, it is, that I
years. I was often at court, both obtained and held this
and the princess always diftin place without the assistance of
guished me by the pleasure the flattery ; a charm, which in
took to honour me, preferably truth her inclination for me,
to others, with her conversation together with my unwearied
and confidence. In all her par: application to serve and amuse
ties for amusement, I was sure,' her, rendered needless; but
by her choice, to be one ; and which, had it been otherwise,
so desirous she became of having my temper and turn of mind
me always near her, that, upon would never have suffered me to
her marriage with the prince of employ.
Denmark in 1683, it was, at Young as I was, when I first
her own earnest requelt to her fa- became this, high favourite, I
ther, I was made one of the la. laid it down for a maxim, that
dies of her bed-chamber. flattery was falfhood to my trust,

What conduced to render me and ingratitude to my greatest
the more agreeable to her in this friend; and chat I did not de.
ftation was, doubtless, the dif- serve so much favour, if I could
like she had conceived to most not venture the loss of it by
of the other persons about her, speaking the truth, and by pre-
and particularly to her first lady ferring the real interest of my
of the bed-chamber, the coun- mistress before the pleasing her
tess of Clarendon; a lady, whose fancy, or the facrificing to her
discourse and manner (though passion. From this rule I never
the princess thought they agreed swerved. And, though my tem-
very well together) could not per and my notions in most
poflibly recommend her to so things were widely different
young a mistress: for Me looked from those of the princess, yet,
like a mad-woman, and talked during a long course of years,
like a scholar. Indeed her he was so far from being dif-
highness's court was throughout pleased with me for openly
so oddly composed, that I think speaking my sentiments, that
it would be making myself no she sometimes professed a desire,
great compliment, if I mould and even added her command,
say, her chusing to spend more that it should be always conti.
of her time with me, than with nued, promising never to be of-
any of her other servants, did fended at it, but to love me the
"no discredit to her taste. Be better for my frankness.
that as it will, it is certain the Favour with a princess upon
at length diftinguished me by so these terms, engaged me to her
high a place in her favour, as in the manner that it ought; I
perhaps no person ever arrived mean, by a sentiment which I

chuse

Anne. The could, consistent with her station. When the king's designs 1701-2. were discovered, and Popish counsels began to prevail, attempts

were made to draw the princess into them. The king indeed used no harshness with her; he only discovered his withes, by put. ting into her hands fome books and papers, which he hoped

might

chufe to call Honour, rather tains of honour or fountains of
than Gratitude or Duty, be- riches ; prerogatives which the
cause, while it employs all the poffeffors would have always
justice and affection of these, it uppermost in the thoughts of
seems to express a more disin- those who are permitted to ap-
terested principle of action. For proach them.
I can truly affirm, that I never. The princess had a different
considered myself on any occa- taste. A friend was what the
fion where her interest or glory molt coveted ; and for the fake
was concerned, nor had I any of friendship (a relation which
idea of a misery which I would she did not disdain to have with
not have sooner incurred, than me) she was fond even of that
the inward shame of being con- Equality which the thought be.
scious of a failure in this respect. longed to it. She grew uneasy
The facts themselves, which I to be treated by me with the
am going to relate, will in a form and ceremony due to her
great degree evince the truth of rank; nor could the bear from
what I say ; and that the prin- me the sound of words which
cess was perfectly persuaded of implied in them distance and
it, is, I think, fufficiently ma. fuperiority. It was this turn of
nifest both from her letters to mind, which made her one day
me, and from that unreserved propose to me, that, whenever
intimacy of friendlhip, in which I mould happen to be absent
we for many years lived toge. from her, we might in all our
ther.

letters write ourselves by feigned Kings and princes, for the names, such as would import most part, imagine they have a nothing of distinction of rank dignity peculiar to their birth between us. Morley and Freeand station, which ought to man were the names her fancy raise them above all connexion hit upon ; and the left me to of friendship with an inferior. chuse by which of them I would Their passion is to be admired be called. My frank open temand feared, to have subjects aw- per naturally led me to pitch fully obedient, and servants upon Freeman, and so the prin. blindly obsequious to their plea. cess took the other ; and from sure. "Friendship is an offensive this time Mrs. Morley and Mrs. word, it imports a kind of Freeman began to converse as equality between the parties ; it equals, made so by affection and suggests nothing to the minds friendship. Conduct of the of crowns or thrones, high ti.' duchess of Marlborough, p.9, tles or immense revenues, foun- &c.'

nel achill, to me great favoravours proved firm to the

fametenill, to engage hens with his literis Lord Tyrcom 335

efs ; but all cateat favour he kole, to make use the lady 190

OF ENGLAND. might induce her to a change of religion (i). Lord Tyrcon- Anne. nel also took some pains with his sister-in-law, the lady 1701-2. Churchill, to engage her, if possible, to make use, for the fame end, of that great favour he knew the enjoyed with the princess; but all these endeavours proved fruitless, and the prince and princess of Denmark remained firm to their religion.

Though the queen, after she had declared herfelf with child, declined giving the princess of Denmark any fatisfaction in that matter, yet it does not appear that she thought it an impofture; nor did she, in her letter to the queen, when she left the ccurt, give the least hint of such a suspicion. Upon the landing of the prince of Orange, in 1688, the king went down to Salisbury to his army, and the prince of Denmark with him : But the news quickly came from thence, that the prince of Denmark had deserted the king and joined the prince of Orange, and that the king was returning to London. The princess was so struck with the apprehensions of the king's displeasure, that she told the lady Churchill, she could not bear the thoughts of it, and declared, rather than see her father, she would jump out at the window. The bishop of London (who, in that critical time, absconded) was then lodged secretly in Suffolk-ftreet. The princess immediately sent the lady Churchill (who knew where he was) to concert measures with the bishop, how the should with- of Marib. draw from the court. It was agreed, that he should come about midnight in a hackney.coach near the Cockpit, in order to convey the princess to some place where the might be private and safe.

The princess went to bed at the usual time to prevent furpicion. Lady Churchill came to her foon after; and, with her and lady Fitzharding, and one servant, the princess, by the back-stairs which went down from her closet, walked to the coach, where they found the bishop and the earl of Dorfet. They conducted them that night to the bishop's house in the city, and the next day to the lord Dorset's at CoptHall, from whence they went to Nottingham, where the country gathered about the princess, and forming themselves

into

(i) The duchess of Marlbo- little in defence of their own rerough observes here, that, had ligion, or to secure her against the princess had any inclination the pretences of Popery, recomto change her religion, the mended to her by a father and a chaplains about her were such king. • Conduct of the duchess divines as could have said but • of Marlborough, p. 15.

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