A Detection of the Love-letters Lately Attributed in Hugh Campbell's Work to Mary Queen of Scots; Wherein His Plagiarisms are Proved, and His Fictions Fixed


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第 30 頁 - It has now been fashionable, for near half a century, to defame and vilify the house of Stuart, and to exalt and magnify the reign of Elizabeth. The Stuarts have found few apologists, for the dead cannot pay for praise ; and who will, without reward, oppose the tide of popularity?
第 38 頁 - It is in vain at present to seek for improbabilities in Nicholas Hubert's dying confession, and to magnify the smallest difficulties into a contradiction. It was certainly a regular judicial paper, given in regularly and judicially, and ought to have been canvassed at the time, if the persons whom it concerned had been assured of their innocence.
第 44 頁 - An English Whig, who asserts the reality of the popish plot, an Irish Catholic, who denies the massacre in 1641, and a Scotch Jacobite, who maintains the innocence of Queen Mary, must be considered as men beyond the reach of argument or reason, and must be left to their prejudices.
第 11 頁 - ... myself but as the steward of a glorious relict. I do believe however that there are joys in my power to bestow infinitely more powerful to you than this, but I think not my heart and person sufficient rewards for the merits of my Bothwell, and long for the happy hour when I may give a kingdom in dowry with my love ; till then I cannot say my joy is complete, nor will I ever rest till this, the supreamest desire my soul can know, is accomplished. I am now going to Council, where I have ordered...
第 26 頁 - ... reaped all the profit of his designs, and threw all the odium on the Queen. I write to you with infinitively more tranquillity of mind than that with which my last was dictated. Murray has well retrieved his character, and more contributed to my felicity than heretofore to my vexation. The Bishop of Orkney, from whom I least expected it, is wholly on our side ; and 'tis the Earl to whom we are indebted for this change in his behaviour : I put myself among the obliged , because I am really so,...
第 23 頁 - I shajl indulge myself in sympathy with those ecstasies which I flatter myself you will feel at the receipt of so unexpected an information. Make all the convenient speed you can to town ; I now long with double impatience for your presence ; it is not Bothwell, a man whose freedom with me love alone could authorise — but my intended husband and future king, that I shall now embrace.
第 13 頁 - ... all the circumstances of this unexpected blow. I can only tell you that I am as ever wholly devoted to the interests of my dear Bothwell, and will yet some way or other compleat his happiness or sink in the attempt. If you have any advice, which may be of service in this exigence, let it be speedy, for never had I more need of consolation. Yours, MR...
第 24 頁 - LETTER THE TENTH. This was occasioned on the first contrivance of the pretended ravishment, as Buchanan terms it, and discovers also that Murray and Morton had a hand in this, as well as in the murder of the King, though Murray made this action appear wholly the Queen's own act, when the affair was examined into by the delegates of Queen Elizabeth at York. I received yours at a time when I was overwhelmed in grief that scarce the flowing tears would give me leave to read it. Need had I, my dear Bothwell,...
第 16 頁 - Causin, who, to render it improbable that the Queen should love him, speaks of his person and behaviour with the utmost contempt, calling him a man of desperate fortune, and capable of the most mean and vile actions. I BELIEVE you are now perfectly convinced that there was an absolute necessity for my marriage, though the regret with which yon behold me in another's arms, will not permit you to acknowledge it.
第 19 頁 - Pity me, pray for me, and never cease to love me. LETTER THE SEVENTH. There is little contained in this, any more than a confirmation of the foregoing one ; viz. that Morton and Murray were the first proposers of the murder of the King, and that Bothwell was no more than their agent in the affair, as indeed is manifest enough in their being the persons who make a kind of mock-accusation, that they might have a better opportunity of clearing him by a form of judicature. That I answered yours no sooner...