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any intention in my heart but what did aim my wife husbandless, my dear children faat the joint and individual prosperity of the therless, and my poor servants masterless, king and his people, although it be my ill and separate me from my dear brother and lot to be misconstrued. I am not the first all my friends ; but let God be to you and man that hath suffered in this kind ; it is a them all in all." common portion that befalls men in this life. “After that, going to take off his doubRighteous judgment shall be hereafter: let, and make himself ready, he said, 'I here we are subject to error and misjudg. thank God I am no more afraid of death, nor ing one another."
daunted with any discouragements arising And after answering the charges of des. from my fears, but do as cheerfully put off potism and popery, he concluded—“I de. my doublet at this time as ever I did when sire heartily to be forgiven if any rude or I went to bed.' Then he put off his doubunadvised words or deeds have passed from let, and wound up his hair with his hands, me, and desire all your prayers ; and so, and put on a white cap. my Lord, farewell, and farewell all things “ Then he called, “Where is the man that in this world. The Lord strengthen my should do this last office ? meaning the exfaith and give me confidence and assurance ecutioner: "call him to me.' When he in the merits of Jesus Christ. I trust in came, and asked him forgiveness, he told God we shall all meet to live eternally in him he forgave him and all the world.heaven, and receive the accomplishment of Then kneeling down by the block, he went all happiness; where every tear shall be to prayer again himself, the Archbishop of wiped from our eyes and sad thoughts from Armagh kneeling on one side, the minister our hearts. And so God bless this kingdom, on the other. After prayer, he turned himand Jesus have mercy on my soul.” self to the minister, and spoke some few
“Then turning himself about, he saluted words softly with his hands lifted up. The all the noblemen, and took a solemn leave minister closed his hands in his. Then of all considerable persons on the scaffold, bowing himself to the earth, to lay down giving them bis hand.
his head on the block, he told the execu“And after that he said — Gentlemen, I tioner that he should first lay down his head would say my prayers, and I entreat you all to try the fitness of the block, and take it to pray with me and for me.' Then his chap- up again before he daid it down for good lain, Dr. Carr, laid the Book of Common and all; and this he did. And before he Prayer upon the chair before him, as he laid it down again, he told the execution. kaeeled down; on which he prayed almost er that he would give him warning when a quarter of an hour, and repeated the twen- to strike by stretching forth his hands: and ty-fifth psalm ; then he prayed as long or then he laid his neck on the block stretchlonger without a book, and ended with the ing forth his hands. The executioner struck Lord's Prayer. Then standing up, he spied off his head at one blow; then took the his brother, Sir George Wentworth, and cai- head up in his hands and showed it to all led him to him, and said, 'Brother, we must the people and said, 'God save the king !'” part: remernher me to my sister and to my Thus perished a victim to political and wife, and carry my blessing to my eldest religious violence, the malevolence of an son, and charge him from me that he fear oligarchy, and, we must add, the weakness God, and continue an obedient son of the of a king ;-as great a statesman and as noChurch of England, and that he approve ble a man as ever England produced. We himself a faithful subject to the king ; and have nothing to say more with respect to tell him that he should not have any private those who effected his destruction ; thanks grudge or revenge towards any concerning to them for having developed, even by such me; and bid him beware not to meddle with acts as theirs--and formed, though they Church livings, for that will prove a moth were but the blind and brute instruments and canker to him in his estate ; and wish of the work—a character which is an honhim to content himself to be a servant to or to history. Thanks to them, and honor his country, as a justice of peace in his to him. Honor to the lofty, the disintercounty, not aiming at higher preferments. ested, the energetic, the large of mind, and Convey my blessing also to my daughters pure of aim,—the statesman who had a Anne and Arabella:
charge them to fear and head and a heart. Honor to him who had serve God, and He will bless them; not the courage in evil days to defend the forgetting my little infant that knows nei. Church against her titled spoilers, and make ther good nor evil, and cannot speak for it. a swelling aristocracy feel the arm of jusself; God speak for it, and bless it.' Then tice; who could despise men's affections, said he, 'I have done ; one stroke will make good opinions, flatteries, all the ease and satisfactions of a few short days, and pass tal principle has burst forth in zeal for some through this world like a field of battle.— heroic sacred cause, and manifested to men Honor to him, and honor to all who, in what- and angels what they are, they die, and lofty ever garb, in whatever shape it may please virtue calls aloud to heaven for its spiritual the inscrutable providence of God, in differ- and native development. We wander here ent ages, in peculiar atmospheres of Church amid the shadowy beginnings of moral life, and State, to clothe and embody the one the rough essences, the aboriginal shapes, eternal, immutable, essential Good, will no- the ghostlike forerunnings of the immortal ; bly, generously recognize that, and trample we see the giant masses that sustain the upon all else, —will maintain the inherent higher world, but that is all; we witness royalty, supremacy, greatness, the height in- but the strife of subterranean elements, and effable and power divine, the universal em- hear the hollow gust, and hidden torre1.ts' pire and the adamantine base of that great roar. But patience, and a brighter day will scheme for which under varying aspects the come, which shall mould chaotic humanity Church militates on earth, but which will into form-a day of refining, purifying metonly be seen in purity and fulness above. amorphose, when virtue shall hardly recogHonor to all such, if they effect their high nize her former self. The statesman's, war. objects; and honor also, if through human rior's, poet's, student's ardent course, his wilfulness they fail. Their fall is their longings, impulses, emotions, flights, extravictory, and their death triumph. Their vagances, all the generous stirrings of heart memory supports the cause which their and rustling rushing movements upon this lives failed to do, and survives—as may earthly stage, are prophecies of a life, and Strafford's still—to inspire some statesman point straight heavenwards. The heroic is of a future age, who, with a country like but the foundation of the spiritual; and the his to save from moral barrenness and de- antagonism and mortal strise over, freed naclension, will know how to accommodate an ture shall enjoy her holiday and calm, goodexample to an altered state of things, and ness claim her paradisal being, and the wild embody its glorious spirit in a living form. scene of greatness and power melt into fra
Strafford is a true Shaksperian character, grance, melody and love. containing all the elements of high perfec. tion, only colored by a secular and political atmosphere: belonging to the world al
The WATERLOO BANQUET.-On Monday last, the though above it. The human mind ap- "hero of a hundred figlits” was once more surround. pears but in its commencement here, ed by his companions in arms, to celebrate the an. gives large promise and shows mighty pow. niversary of the glorious victory gained on the plains ers, spreads its roots, and lays its founda- Waterloo. Eighty-one noble and gallant veterans
sat at the board of their illustrious leader, where they tions; but looking up for the rich foliage were received with a soldier's welcome and the and minareted tower, a cloud intercepts hospitality of a prince. A vast number of persons, our view, and throws us back musing and among whom we observed several peers and memmelancholy upon an imperfect unfinished ters of Parliament, congregated at the entrance of
Apsley House, and saluted the several veteran offi. state of being. And yet why may not the cers on their arrival with every manifestation of hopeful and loving eye surmount in some respect. Shortly before eight o'clock Prince Albert sort the mist, and anticipate the finish and arrived, and his presence, it is needless to observe, completion. The dark elemental gas, the His Royal Highness, on alighting from his carriage,
was the signal for the most enthusiastic cheering. occult fire, the fluid trickling from its was received by the Duke of Wellington; and the mournful cell, blue clayey Jair, and sooty moment the crowd caught sight of the venerable mineral, and cold granite bed, produce this Duke, the cheering burst out with renewed might. world in which we live and breathe. Earth's The Prince was conducted by his grnce to the
grand saloon, and at eight o'clock the Duke and lower empire issues in her upper, and as the his guests entered the gallery and took their seats unsightly riches of her labyrinthal womben. at the table. The Duke of Wellington, of course, counter the magic touch of day, they spring presided, supported on the right by Prince Alberi into new being, a living glorious scene; on the left by General Washington. The banquet.
-next to whom sat the Marquess of Anglesey, and tree, herb and flower, and balmy breeze and ing table was adorned with the various costly summer skies, the painter's landscape and testimonials presented to the illustrious hero by the the poet's dream; Sabæan odors, and Hes. City of London, the Emperor of Russia, &c. The
service of plate used was alternately gold and sil. perian fruits, blest Araby and all fairy-land
ver, and the dessert service was that given to the appear. Even so in the progress of moral gallant Duke by the King of Prussia. The Duke life, of human character. Mighty spirits of Wellington wore bis uniform as Colonel of the appear and rush across the field ; they fol. Grenadier-Guards ; and Prince Albert, although low their mysterious and providential call, as Colonel of the Scots Fusilier Guards.-Court they take their side; and when the immor. Journal.
DOMESTIC LIFE OF NAPOLEON. kept him aloof from the crowd around him,
elbowing, pushing, and scrambling for profit
and place; and which offered a passive reNapoléon et Marie Louise, Souvenirs His-sistance to the contagion of fashionable
toriques de M. le Baron Meneval, ancien manners; detracted from his qualities as a Secrétaire du portefeuille de Napoleon, &c. chronicler. His observation does not ap(Historical Recollections of Napoleon pear to have been keen, nor his memory and Maria Louisa). 2 vols. Paris. 1843.
retentive. of the thousand noticeable This is an addition to the number of me- traits of character in Napoleon, and remoirs of the Emperor of France, by indi- mark ble occurrences of his private life, viduals in his service and attached to his which Meneval must have had peculiar opperson, from which the future biographer portunities of witnessing, his book contains and historian will draw materials: for the but few; and they are for the most part life of that extraordinary man is yet to be trivial in themselves, and poorly told. The written. The work of Sir Walter Scott, style of the whole book indeed is meager, admirable in parts, is, as a whole, a crude and destitute of that vivacity, lightness, compilation, swelled hastily to its enormous and happy art of story telling, for which bulk to meet financial difficulties. He gave French memoir-writers have ever been prehimself no time to weigh conflicting au. eminent. thorities, with the load of which his own The author tells us that he wrote these biographer describes bim oppressed and memoirs in compliance with the wish of overwhelmed; and the result was a pro- the emperor himself. Napoleon, he says, duction of the most unequal kind, in which in his last moments at St. Helena, among we find clear and animated narrative, other recommendations in the instructions graphic description, depth of thought, and left to his executors, expressed his desire eloquence of language, blended with loose that certain persons, of whom M. Meneval and prolix composition, trivial details treat- was one, should undertake to give his son ed at disproportioned length, and apoc- just ideas on facts and circumstances of ryphal stories told as if they were ascer- great interest to him. M. Meneval adds, tained facts. It may be remarked that that so long as the emperor's son lived, reamong all the memoirs and other books, serve was imposed on him; but that, since towards a life of Napoleon, which have ap- the young prince's death it was no longer peared in France, that country has not yet necessary to remain silent. There is someproduced the life itself, while England has thing here which we do not understand ; an produced several. Apparently the French inconsistency arising probably from want are better aware than the English, of the of clearness in the author's language. The difficulties of the task.
circumstances most interesting to the From the Baron Meneval's opportunities young prince must uaturally have been the bis memoirs ought to have been more in- union between his parents and their ultimate structive as well as more interesting than separation ; and these (as is shown by its they are. From the year 1802 to the ca-title) properly form the subject of M. Metastrophe of Waterloo, he was attached to neval's book. the person of Napoleon, whose favor and
“ To conform as much as possible to the emconfidence he enjoyed without interrup. peror's desire, which I look upon as a command, tion: a circumstance which says much for I have thought it proper to choose the times the usefulness no less than the fidelity of which followed his second marriage. The narhis services. His name is never mentioned rative which I publish is intended to recall some by his contemporaries as involved in the scattered traits of his private history during that tracasseries and intrigues of the imperial period; not to paint the conqueror and the leg. court; he seems to have conducted himself islator, but Napoleon in his privacy, as a hus
band and a father.” with straightforwardness and singleness of purpose. His book also gives that idea of An interesting subject : which in M. Mehis character. It is written with simpli- neval's hands might have been more intercity, and is as free from the tinsel of French esting than he has made it, had be better fine writing as from the easy style of|known how to gather and to use the mateFrench fine morals. There is nothing of rials within his reach. “Napoleon et Ma"la jeune France” in the pages of M. Me- rie-Louise” is prefaced by an “introducneval; a rare merit in a French literary tion" containing some of the least known production of the present day. But the circumstances, anterior to the year 1810, quietness of temper, which made him a of which M. Meneval was himself an eye. correct and plodding functionary; which I witness. This part of the work is exceedingly barren: almost every thing worth tell. / who, even in her imperial days, came little ing which it contains having been told over before the public, and, since her separation and over again. Throughout the whole from Napoleon, has been almost wholly lost book, Napoleon is painted en beau ; there sight of by the world, except as the occais not a shade in the picture; a fault which sional subject of vague rumors and calumis not less wearisome because there is nies, from which M. Meneval vindicates no wilful dishonesty in it, but simply the her. natural feeling of affection which lingers The Archduchess Maria Louisa was the in the heart of an old and faithful servant, eldest daughter of the late Emperor Frantowards the memory of a master who had cis the Second, and Maria Theresa of Naloved and trusted him, and in whose fall the ples. She was educated in the usual mansunshine of his own life had passed away ber of the royal family of Austria. Brought for ever. The same amiable feeling height up under the eye of their parents till their ened the author's prejudice, no doubt, marriage, the Archduchesses live in comagainst his master's great and fatal enemy, plete retirement, at a distance from court, England; but it is not the less absurd and and with no society but that of their ladies tiresome to have him to talk continually, af- and attendants, whom they are accustomed ter the ordinary French fashion, of our perfi- to treat with great kindness and familiarity. dy, ambitious rapacity, and so forth; and to Maria Louisa's education was carefully atobserve the gravity with which he seems tended to. She spoke several languages, to have swallowed any absurd story that and had even learned Latin, a living lancould by possibility make Englishmen ap. guage in Hungary. She was an excellent pear odious or ridiculous. One of bis im- musician, and was accomplished in drawportant anecdotes is, that during the nego ing and painting. One circumstance in iiation of the treaty of Amiens, our pleni- this mode of education is worth noticing: potentiary Lord Cornwallis every day after dinner retired to his room, along with his
“ The most minute precautions were taken to natural son Captain Nightingale, and passed sions which might affect their purity of mind.
preserve the young Archduchesses from impresthe evening over the bottle till both were The intention, doubtless, was laudable; but the regularly carried dead-drunk to bed. He means employed were not very judicious. Intells, however, another story, more to the stead of keeping improper books altogether out honor of that excellent nobleman ; though of the way of the princesses
, the plan had been to us it possesses as much novelty, and may pages of these books, but lines, and even single
adopted of cutting out with scissors, not only possibly have as much authority, as the words, the sense of which was deemed improother.
per or equivocal. Such a blundering censor"The following trait of loyauté was a worthy ship was calculated to produce the opposite terinination to the mission of this respectable effect to what was intended: the expunged pasminister. The protocol of the last diplomatic sages, which might have remained unnoticed meeting had been settled, the definitive treaty thousand ways by young imaginations, the more
had they been lei alone, were interpreted in a agreed on, and an appointment made for its signature next day at the Hotel de Ville On the
active that they were stimulated by curiosity. night before the day of signature, a courier from The evil meant to be prevented was thus inLondon brought Lord Cornwallis an order to creased. On the other hand, their books bemodify some articles of the treaty, relative to came, to the royal pupils, objects of indifference the balance in favor of England of the sum due -bodies without souls, deprived of all interest for the subsistence of the prisoners of war. The after the mutilations they had undergone. The article of the protocol on this subject had been Archduchess Maria Louisa, after she became settled between the two ministers. Lord Corn- empress, confessed that her curiosity had been wallis had declared to Joseph Bonaparte, that, excited by the absence of these passages, and happen what might, it should not prevent the that, when she had obtained the control of her signature of the treaty: at the moment when it own reading, her first idea was to seek, in comwas about to be signed, he received from his plete copies of the works, the expunged pasgovernment this order to insist on an additional sages, in order to discover what it was that had payment to England. Holding however that been concealed from her.” his word was pledged, he declared that he could When the youthful Archduchess first not retract; and the treaty was signed with so-heard of her projected marriage with the lemnity, while the hall resounded with the ac- French Emperor, she looked upon herself clamations of the spectators.”
(says M. Meneval) as a victim devoted to Passing the introductory chapters, we the Minotaur. She had grown up with proceed to the book itself, in which, as its feelings of dread and aversion towards the title indicates, Maria Louisa holds a prin man who had been so terrible an enemy to cipal place. It contains a good deal of her family and country. It was an ordinary new information respecting this princess, I amusement with her and her brother and sisters, to draw up in line a troop of little | side holding her by the hand, while the groom wooden or waxen figures to represent the held the bridle of her horse; he thus calmed French army, placing at their head the ug; did honor to her teacher, the lessons were con
her fears and encouraged her. When her skill liest and most forbidding figure they could tinued in a private alley of the park. The emfind; and then to make an attack on this
peror, when he had a moment's leisure after formidable enemy, running him through breakfast, ordered the horses, mounted himself, with pins, and beating and abusing him till in his silk stockings and shoes, and cantered by they had taken full vengeance for the inju. the empress's side. He urged her horse and ries he had done their house. As soon, nade him gallop, laughing heartily at her cries, however, as she found the matter deter- but taking care that there should be no danger, mined on, her quiet disposition and Aus. by having servants stationed all along the path,
ready to stop the horse and prevent a fall. trian habits of obedience, made her willing “Meanwhile the king of Rome grew in to resign herself to her destiny. She en- strength and beauty under the watchful eye of deavored to learn the character of her fu- Madame de Montesquiou, who loved him as her iure husband, and was entirely occupied own child. He was carried every morning to by the wish to please before she had ever his mother, who kept him till it was time to seen him.
dress. During the day, in the intervals between M. Meneral gives full details of the mar. see him in his apartment and sat by him at her
her lessons in music and drawing, she went to riage, and all its ceremonies and festivities, needlework. Sometimes, followed by the nurse dull as such things always are. He des. who carried the child, she took him to his father cribes, after the following fashion, the per- while he was busy. The entry to his cabinet son of the bride :
was interdicted to every body, and the nurse
could not go in. The emperor used to ask Ma“Maria Louisa was in all the brilliancy of ria Louisa to bring in the child herself, but she youth; her figure was of perfect symmetry; her seemed so much afraid of her own awkwardness complexion was heightened by the exercise of in taking him from the nurse, that the emperor her journey and by timidity; a prolusion of hastened to take him from her, and carried him beautiful chestnut hair surrounded a round, off covering him with kisses. That cabinet, fresh countenance, over which her mild eyes dif- which saw the origin of so many mighty plans, fused a charming expression; her lips, somewhat so many vast and generous schemes of adminthick, belonged to the features of the Austrian istration, was also witness to the effusions of a royal family, as a slight convexity of nose dis- father's tenderness. How often have I seen the tinguishes the Bourbons; her whole person had emperor keeping his son by him, as if he were an air of ingenuousness and innocence, and a impatient to teach him the art of governing ! plumpness, which she did not preserve after her whether, seated by the chimney on his favorite accouchment, indicated the goodness of her sofa, he was engaged in reading an important health."
document, or whether he went to his bureau to
sign a despatch, every word of which required Among the emperor's rich presents, and to be weighed, his son, seated on his knees, or attentions to his young consort, nothing is pressed to his breas, was never a moment away said about the oft-repeated circumstance of from him. Sometimes, throwing aside the his having, in anticipation of her arrival
, down on the floor beside this beloved son, play
thoughts which occupied his mind, he would lie bad her chamber at St. Cloud made so com
ing with him like another child, attentive io plete a fac-simile of that which she had every thing that could please or amuse him. quitted at Schønbrunn, that she started on "The emperor had a sort of apparatus for entering it, thinking she had been trans trying military maneuvres : it consisted of ported by magic back to her paternal home. pieces of wood fashioned to represent battalions, At all events the story, if not true, was ben regiments, and divisions. When he wanted to
try some new combinations of troops, or some trovato. The description given by M. Meneval of on the carpet.' While he was seriously occupied
new evolution, he used to arrange these pieces the domestic life of the imperial pair, after with the disposition of these pieces, working out the birth of their ill-fated son, is so pleasing some skilful manœuvre which might ensure the a family picture that we shall extract a success of a battle, the child, lying at his side, few of its features.
would often overthrow his troops, and put into
confusion his order of battle, perhaps at the “The emperor appeared happy. He was most critical moment. But the emperor would affable in his family, and affectionate to the em- recommence arranging his men with the utmost press. If he found her looking serious he amused good humor. her with lively talk, and disconcerted her grav- ". The emperor breakfasted alone. Madame ity by a hearty embrace; but in public he treat- de Montesquiou every morning took the boy to ed her with great respect, and a dignity not his father's breakfast-table. He took him on his inconsistent with polished familiarity.
knee, and amused bimself with giving him mor“The emperor wished her to learn to ride on sels to eat, and putting the glass to his lips. horseback. Her first lessons were taken in the One day he offered him a bit of something he riding-school at St. Cloud. He walked by her had on his plate, and, when the child put for.