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From Chambers' Journal.
in these latitudes, Lake Simcoe yields to the rigors
of winter, and becomes perfectly ice-bound for sevA NIGHT ADVENTURE ON LAKE SIMCOE.
eral months in the year. The rigor of a Canadian winter is such as to en- In the month of December, 184-, in company with chain in icy bonds, for several consecutive months, two friends, I undertook the passage of the lake the second-rate lakes of the continent. In the high- upon the ice, which had then been formed for sever latitudes of the province, the ice acquires an eral weeks. We started without dreaming of danalmost incredible thickness, defying for a long time ger, inasmuch as the roads, which had been marked the influences of spring; and when it yields at off in various directions across its surface, had been length, about the month of May, choking up the traversed for some time with perfect safety. For rivers, by which it attempts to descend in crowded two or three days previously, the thermometer had and fantastic masses, and causing inundations, at ranged at from ten to fifteen degrees below zero; all times inconvenient, and sometimes fatal both to but a marked change had suddenly taken place in life and property.
the temperature, the mercury having risen several As soon as these great bodies of fresh water are degrees. Our object was to cross from the Holland frozen, an active intercourse immediately strikes up Landing, the nearest point of the lake to Toronto, between the different points on the shores of such to the town of Bonie, on Kempenfelt Bay, on the of them as have become either wholly or partially opposite side, and lying in a northwesterly direction encircled with an industrious population. Districts from us. Night was fast setting in when we startof country which, in the summer season, are only ed; but as the moon was then about full, and the accessible to each other by toilsome and circuitous sky clear, we set out with every anticipation of a journeys, thus experience, when winter sets in, all pleasant sleigh-ride over the broad and glistening ihe advantages of a direct intercommunication. It expanse of the fettered lake. With a good horse, is during the winter season that the traffic and inter- a couple of buffalo robes, and with ample provision course between the rural districts and the towns for man and beast--for we had a journey of about reach their greatest height, the majority, particu- thirty miles before us, and there were no inns on larly of the more distant farmers, reserving their the road-we wanted nothing that could minister to visits to the different markets of the province until our comfort. No road of life, however, is smooth, the smoother and more direct roads of winter can even though it should be over ice; and we had enable them to perform their journeys with greater scarcely emerged from the low and sedgy banks of speed and less toil.
the Holland river, which was quietly emptying Fearlessly as it is generally undertaken, a jour- itself into the lake under our feet, when we encounney across one of the great frozen masses of the tered one of those rents or chasms which so freNorth American continent is not always unaccom- quently permeate large masses of ice, and which panied with danger. The following incident will sometimes serve effectually to interrupt the road, exhibit, to some extent, the nature and amount of unless the traveller is provided with the means of the peril which is thus occasionally encountered. overcoming them. These rents are formed by the
Amongst the American lakes of the second class, inability of the ice to sustain its own weight; and Lake Simcoe ranks as one of the largest. Its ex- when they occur in the winter covering of large treme length is about forty miles ; its width, at masses of water like Lake Simcoe, they frequently some points, being nearly thirty. It is situated in extend from one end of the lake to the other. The the midst of a beautiful and fertile district lying be- water, with which they are immediately filled up, tween Lakes Huron and Ontario; its distance from seldom freezes; and when the ice is covered with a the latter, due north from the city of Toronto, being thin sprinkling of snow, the eye can trace them for forty miles; whilst its northern extremity approach- miles, like the blue veins which underlie a clear es to within five-and-twenty miles of the former, and brilliant complexion. Although they are not into which its superfluous waters are discharged by always of sufficient width to offer any serious imthe river Severn, whose short course is frequently pediment to a journey, it is nevertheless a matter interrupted by successive cascades and brawling of prudence in the traveller to possess himself of rapids. The shores of the lake are such as to adequate means of crossing them. This is generstrike every beholder with their beauty, being in-ally done by attaching to the bottom of the sleigh dented with numerous bays, some of which run far two or three planks, which can be thrown over the up into the land, and retreating at many points, in chasm, should there be need, in the form of a temgraceful undulations from the water, crowned with porary bridge, over which the vehicle can be easily the and the maple, the birch, the hickory, pulled or pushed, the horse being in the mean time and the live oak of Canada. It is approached from detached from it, and having to trust for his gainthe capital of Canada West by a fine macadamized ing the opposite side to the powers of leaping with road, on either side of which the forest has been which nature may have endowed him. The procleared away, the whole route being lined with ele- priety of providing ourselves with the necessary gant mansions, and comfortable and commodious materials for putting such a device into execution, farmhouses. In the social organization of Canada, was made manifest to us by this our first interrupwealth has not as yet marked out a very numerous tion, the rent which we encountered being sufficlass for its own; but the shores of Lake Simcoe cienily formidable to call into exercise all our ponare destined to be the future retreat of the wealthy toon accomplishments. We got safely across, withand refined class, to which the progress of the col- out further cost than that of a little delay, and ony will give rise. In less than fifty years it will proceeded merrily on our journey, occasionally enbe encircled with the villas and country mansions livening our way with a song, and satisfied that we of those whom circumstances will enable to retire could have but little to complain of if all our obstafrom the bustle and activities of life. Already have cles should be as easily overcome. many English families with limited means settled The shadows of evening had scarcely closed in its neighborhood, and the axe of the husbandman around us, ere the moon rose in her full-orbed is rapidly transforming the whole aspect of the cir- splendor. Adequately to describe the scene which cumjacent country. Like other lakes of its class her silvery light displayed to us is next to impossi
ble. The sky was without a cloud. As nights and the moon was at length completely obscured. advanced, the eastern horizon was bathed in that No suoner had the last gleam of light forsaken the glorious flood of pearly lustre, which the moon, in sky, than the wind began to beat around us in fitful the clear atmosphere of America, pours over earth and eddying gusts. The snow, which lay lightly and heaven. To the westward, the sky gradually upon the ice, was lifted up and thrown rudely darkened into the deepest blue ; imbedded in which, against our faces. Our position was every moment the far-off stars twinkled with a brilliancy unknown becoming more and more discouraging, and we at in our murky climate. The loneliness and stillness length began to give way to apprehensions for our of the scene were absolutely oppressive. Had I safety. Land was, in every direction, many miles been alone, the conviction would easily have settled distant, and we were hemmed in by treacherous upon me that I was that unhappy wretch, the “last chasms on every side. This was no pleasant preman.” Not a sound stirred in the air, except that dicament in which to be overtaken by the howling of our own voices, which we sometimes strained to tempests of a boisterous winter night. The darkthe uttermost, to catch, if possible, an echo; but in ness which had so suddenly succeeded to the brilvain—our appeals met with no response, and all liant moonlight, was now nearly complete, and to around us was as still as death. As far as the eye add to our discomfiture, the wind was almost dicould reach, a belt of spectral pines lined the shore, rectly in our teeth. Nothing was wanting to whose sombre and dusky forms contrasted strongly impart a climax to our perplexity but a blinding with the glistening ice. Their branches were heav- fall of snow, nor was this wanting long. A few ily laden with snow, and gleamed in the moonlight large and ominous flakes spotting the buffalo robes with myriads of pendent icicles. The more distant in which we now wrapped ourselves, gave token shores of the lake looked ghastly and shadowy; of its approach ; after which the storm rapidly prowhilst towards the north, in the direction of its gressed in its fury, when the gloom cast upon our greatest length, the vast plain of ice which we were spirits was only exceeded by the still deeper gloom traversing appeared to stretch to infinity, merging which reigned around us. Faster and faster fell into the horizon, as if it led to heaven. A lovelier the drifting snow, and more dismally howled the night never shone on earth-a more beautiful and wintry wind, as we crawled along, feeling our impressive scene was never witnessed.
steps, in momentary expectation of encountering As we were in no hurry, we proceeded at a leis- another rent in the ice, which our present position urely pace, guided in our course by a wide breach would have rendered dangerous in the extreme. It which was observable in the broad shadow that lay seemed as if the elements had conspired to torment under the high bank forming the eastern shore of us; for the snow, which now beat against us in the lake, and which we knew indicated the entrance masses, when it fell, refused to lie, but mounted to Kempenfelt Bay. It was but natural that our again on the wings of the tempest, to mingle with conversation, as we proceeded, should turn upon the falling flakes; and it was not until it had been the prospects, social, political, and economical, of whirled about for some time in furious eddies, that the magnificent country which spread around us, it was at length deposited in fantastic drifts upon and which, with few exceptions, still rioted undis- the ice. turbed in all the wild luxuriance of nature.
Every trace of the road was now blotted out; and Engaged in this manner, we were insensible to as no distant landmarks were discernible for our the indications which were accumulating around us, guidance, we proceeded for some time in an uncerthat the repose of the elements was soon likely to tain course, with nothing to guide us but the direcbe disturbed. The first that we observed was the tion of the wind, which we knew to be easterly. momentary obscuration of the moon, caused by the We had every now and then to encounter heavy passage across its disk of a small cloud, dark and snow drifts, that had rapidly accumulated in our watery-looking in the centre, but fringed with light path, through which we penetrated with some difer and fleecy vapors. It passed swiftly by, and its ficulty; bui consoling ourselves with the reflection shadow spread over the frozen lake, as if it marked that, if they were toilsome, they were not dangerthe flight of an eagle. In its lower strata, the air ous, like the yawning chasms, of which we siood was motionless as betore ; but the winds were madly in constant dread. We exerted ourselves to the careering aloft, as was plainly indicated by the rapid utmost to proceed; but at length, weary and beand fitful motions of the clouds, which now mottled numbed with cold, and unable any longer to face the eastern half of the sky, whilst the horizon be- the pitiless storm, we came to a halt, without a tree yond was shrouded in an inpervious screen of dark or bush to shelter us from the tempest. Our first stormy vapor. We were sufficiently acquainted care was to protect both our horse and ourselves with the climate to know what this sudden change from its fury, which we did by turning our vehicle in the aspect of things portended; and as we had in the contrary direction to that of the wind. We still many miles before us, we became anxious for had but two buffalo robes along with us, one of the termination of our journey. The road was but which we threw over the horse, huddling under the here and there slightly traced; and should the night other in the sleigh for warmth and shelter. There become dark, our position would be very uncom- we remained for some time, in the hope that the fortable, to say the least of it. It is usual for those storm would ere long abate somewhat in its fury. who traverse the lake, to stop about half way and Nor were we disappointed in this respect. After þait their horses on the ice; but we had no longer waiting for about iwenty minutes, it sensibly retime to spare for such a detention, and proceeded laxed. It was still almost pitchy dark, bui the at an accelerated pace. We had already encoun- wind had fallen considerably, and the snow fell tered several chasms, similar to that which had first more sparingly than before.
We resumed our obstructed our course; but owing to their no great journey--if crawling along, one leading the horse, width, and aided by the light of the moon, we ea- the other moving cautiously a little in advance, to sily passed them. To overcome them in the dark, ascertain that the ice was safe, can be called a rehowever, would be quite another matter; and dark- sumption. Thus we proceeded for some time, in ness was now fast stealing around us.
utter uncertainty as to the point to which our weary The angry horizon rapidly unfolded its vapors, footsteps were leading us ; and almost sickened at the thought, that, on the most favorable calculation, by, and a dull, grayish light in the east betokened fully four miles of treacherous ice yet intervened the approach of morning ; but with it came no between us and land.
abatement of the tempest. The thick air was still We had made but little progress in this way, oppressed with its heavy burden of snow, of which when, to our dismay, the wind began once more to it seemed vainly endeavoring to rid itself. But the increase in violence, and we were compelled again approach of light had deprived the scene of nine to seek what shelter we could by coming to a dead tenths of its horrors, and we lost no time in preparhalt. We had scarcely done so, however, when ing to resume our journey. our alarm took another direction. We were startled The cold had by this time, however, so enfeebled by a dull deep sound, resembling a heavy but smoth- us, that it was with difficulty we succeeded, by our ered crack, which arose to our left, and apparently conjoint efforts, in restoring the sleigh to its right in the vicinity of the shore; and which, after a mo- position. I held the horse, whilst my companions ment's cessation, was repeated, and, growing louder proceeded to reconnoitre the chasm, to select the and louder, seemed to approach the spot where we most favorable point for crossing it. Whilst they stood, and to which we were now riveted with ter- were so engaged, I had to shout occasionally to ror. For a few moments we listened, unconscious them, with all the strength that remained to me, of its cause, but recognized it, as it came nearer and to enable them to rejoin me, for the light was still nearer to us, bellowing like thunder. It seemed to faint, and the heavy snow, mingled with the drift, pass swiftly about a hundred yards in advance of soon hid us from each other. The noise thus occaus; and although still in fear, we could not refrain sioned, or something else, which it is not now neces. from mutual congratulations on having escaped the sary to ascertain, caused the horse to become restive. danger. As it receded to our right, it became fainter I tried to soothe him, but failed, and my hand was and fainter, until at length it resembled the sound not strong enough long to retain the rein. Finding of musketry heard at a distance, and finally died himself at liberty, he darted off, and ran past my away amongst the bays and promontories at the companions, who made a vain effort to stop him. upper end of the lake. The whole proceeded from We followed him for a few seconds in the direction the occurrence of one of the physical phenomena of he had taken, until at length a heavy plash warned these wintry regions. The ice had, in fact, opened us that further pursuit might be as dangerous as it another searn ; and in doing so, it roared as if it was useless. We cautiously approached the spot had been racked with pain. As it swept by, we whence the sound proceeded, but on reaching the clung instinctively to the sleigh, for the chasm might chasm, could find no trace of the poor animal, save have opened beneath our feet.
a little blood, which the feeble light enabled us 10 As this might prove a crowning difficulty to us, discern staining the snow on the opposite side, and we cautiously advanced to ascertain its extent. which showed that his head had come in violent We had not proceeded far, when we heard the contact with the ice in tumbling into the water. water beating in small ripples against the newly- We had now no alternative left but to prosecute rent ice. It was so distinct, that even the horse our journey on foot. To cross the chasm, it was seemed to recognize it; and with unerring instinct, necessary to resort to our planks; but these were recoiled a step or two from the danger. There no longer at our command, being by this time buried was now no alternative before us but to retrace our under a heavy wreath of snow. We made several steps, or to remain where we were until morning. ineffectual efforts to recover them, and at last gave Between the two, however, there could be no hesi- up the attempt in despair. Our situation was now tation, and we at once determined to remain. We more than ever hopeless. We had not sufficient could gain nothing by retreating ; for, to say noth- strength left us to overcome the chasm by a leap, ing of our having already crossed the greater por- nor were we in a condition to undertake a journey tion of the lake, there were dangers behind us sim- of five-and-twenty miles, which an attempt to reilar to those before. The width of the newly-opened trace our steps would have involved. Exhausted seam we ascertained to be about four feet at the and benumbed, and in utter despair at our situation, point where we stood. Dark and stormy as it was, we once more resorted to our buffalo skins, wrapped half that width would have deterred us from attempt-in which we again lay down under the shelter of ing to cross it. We therefore prepared to bivouac the sleigh. The storm raged wildly as before, and for the night. Retreating some distance from the although the sun had been now more than half an chasm, we unharnessed the horse, and turned the hour above the horizon, the thick atmosphere seemed sleigh on its side, to protect us from the wind and to absorb its struggling beams, and nothing but a the still drifting snow. The horse we tied by the dull grayish twilight was the result. It was again reins to the sleigh, and left him to forget the cold with extreme difficulty that we prevented one another in an ample feed of oats, which we placed before from yielding to thai drowsy lethargy which, under him. We then sat down, enveloped in our buffalo such circumstances, is the sure prelude to dissolu, skins, under the shelter of the sleigh, in which pos- tion. Our powers of resistance would have sustained ture we determined to remain until returning light us but little longer, when hope again shed its cheershould enable us to pursue our journey.
ing light into our souls. A solitary gleam of wan We were obliged, however, frequently to spring and siruggling sunlight suddenly passed over us, to our feet, and move briskly about, in order to but was instantly swallowed up again by the driftcounteract the insidious and benumbing effects of ing clouds. It was an omen of good, and we hailed the cold, 10 which one of my companions, despite it with a feeble shout. With renewed prospects of of remonstrance, was fast giving way. Determined life and future happiness in store for us, our enerto rescue him from the dangerous lethargy which gies once more revived, and we sprang instantly to was stealing over him, and finding persuasion use our feet. The spell of the storm was broken ; it less, I resorted to the device of provocation. By had spent its fury, and torn itself to pieces in its degrees I managed to rouse him into a towering wrath. The vapory masses, which had shrouded passion, which restored his languid circulation; the heavens and deluged earth with snow, were rent and saved him, by arousing him to a state of physi- asunder on all sides; the sky gradually lightened cal activity. The weary hours at length crawled of its burden ; and in half an hour's time, over the vast surface of the lake-to which the myriad snow- “ Yes, my love, it was ; but do not be alarmed wreaths now imparted as stormy an appearance as on that account, for no one will harm you," said its unchained waters had ever worn when lashed old Amy in an encouraging tone. into billows by the wind-the shadows of the broken “ And was not good King Henry VI. murdered and fast-drifting clouds were sporting themselves in here also by that same wicked Richard ?" continued the dazzling sunlight.
the little girl, whose imagination was full of the It is unnecessary to prolong the recital. After records of the deeds of blood that had been perpeconsiderable search, we discovered a point at which trated in this fatally celebrated place, many of we could safely cross the chasm which had so un- which had been related to her by Bridget Holdseasonably yawned across our pathway during the worth, the housekeeper, since her father had been night. We had not proceeded far on our way imprisoned in the Tower on a charge of high treatowards Bonie, when, to our inexpressible joy, we son. perceived a sleigh making directly towards us. It “ But do you think they will murder papa, was driven by our warm-hearted friend Mr. nurse?” pursued the child, as they began to ascend to visit whom was the object of our journey. Aware the stairs leading to the apartment in which the of our intention to make a night passage of the lake, unfortunate nobleman was confined. our non-arrival, coupled with the storm which had “ Hush-hush! dear child, you must not talk occurred, gave rise to apprehensions in his mind of these things here,” said Amy, “or they will which induced him to start off in search of us. The shut us both up in a room with bolts and bars, inrelief which his appearance gave us was more than stead of admitting us to see my lord your father.” seasonable. We jumped into his sleigh, and made Lady Lucy pressed closer to her nurse's side, for land at as rapid a pace as the loose deep snow, and was silent till they were ushered into the room with which the ice was now covered, would permit where her father was confined, when, forgetting us. On arriving at our journey's end, we inured everything else in her joy at seeing him again, she ourselves gradually, as was but prudent, to the sprang into his arms, and almost stifled him with warmth of the house; and when, shortly after her kisses. wards, seated by the large, crackling, blazing log- Lord Preston was greatly affected at the sight of fire, which leaped and roared in the ample chimney his little daughter ; and overcome by her passionate around which we were ranged, its comfortable demonstrations of fondness, his own anguish at the heat, together with the happy faces and cordial thought of his approaching separation from her, and welcomes of those around us, made us forget for a the idea of leaving her an orphan at her tender age, time the miseries of the night, and the painful ap- (for she had only just completed her ninth year, prehensions of the morning.
and had lost her mother,) he clasped her to his
bosom, and bedewed her innocent face with his From Chambers' Journal. tears. LADY LUCY'S PETITION.
“Why do you cry, dear papa ?" asked the innocent child, who was herself weeping at the sight
of his distress. “And why will you not leave this Our attention has been drawn to this little piece gloomy place, and come home to your own hall by an obliging correspondent, who considers it, and again ?"* with reason, as worth preservation. It appeared “ Attend to me, Lucy, and I will tell you the some years ago in a magazine-we think the cause of my grief,” said her father, seating the “ Pocket Magazine”- -now out of print.
little girl on his knee. “ I shall never come home
again, for I have been condemned to die for high “And is my dear papa shut up in this dismal treason, which means an offence against the king, place to which you are taking me, nurse ?” asked and I shall not leave this place till they bring me ihe Lady Lucy Preston, raising her eyes fearfully forth on Tower Hill, where they will cut off my to the Tower of London, as the coach in which she head with a sharp axe, and set it up afterwards was seated with Amy Gradwell, her nurse, drove over Temple-Bar or London Bridge." under the gateway. She trembled, and hid her At this terrible intelligence Lady Lucy screamed face in Amy's cloak, when they alighted, and she aloud, and hid her face in her father's bosom, which saw the soldiers on guard, and the sentinels with she wetted with her tears. their crossed partisans before the portals of that “Be composed, my dear child,” said Lord Prespart of the fortress where the prisoners of state ton," for I have much to say to you, and we may were confined, and where her own father, Lord never meet again on this side the grave." Preston, of whom she was come to take her last No, no! dear papa,” cried she ; "they shall farewell, was then confined under sentence of not kill you, for I will cling so fast about your death.
neck, that they shall not be able to cut your head “ Yes, my dear child,” returned Amy sorrow-off; and I will tell them all how good and kind fully, "my
father is indeed within these you are, and then they will not want to kill you." sad walls. You are now going to visit him; shall My dearest love, this is all simple talking," you be afraid of entering this place, my dear?" said Lord Preston. “ I have offended against the
"No," replied Lady Lucy resolutely ; "I am law as it is at present established, by trying to have not afraid of going to any place where my dear my old master, King James, restored to the throne,
and therefore I must die. Do not you remember, Yet she clung closer to the arms of her attend- Lucy, I took you once to Whitehall to see King ant as they were admitted into the gloomy pre- James, and how kindly he spoke to you?” cincts of the buildings, and her little heart fluttered “Oh yes, papa ; and I recollect he laid his hand fearfully as she glanced around her, and she whis- upon my head, and said I was like what his daughpered to her nurse, “ Was it not here that the two ter the Princess of Orange was at my age," reyoung princes, Edward V. and his brother Richard | plied Lady Lucy with great animation. Duke of York were murdered by their cruel uncle, “Well, my child, very shortly after you saw Richard Duke of Gloucester ?"
King James at Whitehall, the Prince of Orange,
A TALE FOUNDED ON FACTS.
who married his daughter, camc over to England, which he gave to his daughter, telling her that she and drove King James out of his palace and king- was to go the next day to Hampton Court, propdom, and the people made him and the Princess of erly attended, and to obtain a sight of Lady ClarOrange king and queen in his stead.”
endon, who was there in waiting upon the queen, “ But was it not very wicked of the Princess of . and deliver that letter to her with her own hand. Orange to join with her husband to take her fath- He then kissed his child tenderly, and bade her er's kingdom from him? I am very sorry King farewell. Though the little girl wept at parting James thought me like her,” said Lady Lucy ear- with her father, yet she left the Tower with a far nestly.
more composed mind than she entered it ; for she “ Hush-hush! my love, you must not talk so had formed her resolution, and her young heart of the Princess of Orange, for perhaps she consid- was full of hope. She had silently committed her ered she was doing right in depriving her father of cause to God, and she trusted that he would dishis dominions, because he had embraced the Cath- pose the event prosperously for her. olic religion, and it is against the law for a king of The next morning before the lark had sung her England to be a Catholic. Yet I confess I did not matins, Lady Lucy was up, and dressed in a suit believe she would have consented to sign the of deep mourning, which Amy had provided as the death-warrants of so many of her father's old ser- most suitable garb for a daughter whose only survants, only on account of their faithful attachment viving parent was under the sentence of death. to him," said Lord Preston with a sigh.
The servants, who had been informed of their “I have heard that the Princess of Orange is of young lady's intention to solicit the queen for her a merciful disposition," said old Amy Gradwell, father's pardon, were all assembled in the entrance advancing towards her master ; " and perhaps she hall to see her depart; and as she passed through might be induced to spare your life, my lord, if them, leaning on her nurse's arm, and attended by your pardon were very earnestly intreated of her her father's confidential secretary and the old butby some of your friends."
ler, they shed tears, and bade God bless her, and " Alas! my good Amy, I have no one who will prosper her in her design. undertake the perilous office of soliciting the royal Lady Lucy, arrived at Hampton Court, was ingrace for an attainted traitor, lest they should be troduced into the Countess of Clarendon's apartsuspected of favoring the cause of King James." ments before her ladyship was out of bed, and
“Dear papa ! let me go to the queen and beg having told her artless tale with great earnestness, for your pardon,” cried Lady Lucy with a crim- delivered her father's letter. Lady Clarendon, soned cheek and a sparkling eye. “ I will so beg who was wife to the queen's uncle, was very kind and pray her to spare your life, dear papa, that she to her young god-daughter, but plainly told her will not have the heart to deny me.
she must not reckon on her influence with the “ Simple child !” exclaimed her father, “what queen, because the Earl of Clarendon was in disghould you be able to say to the queen that would grace, on account of being suspected of carrying be of any avail ???
on a correspondence with King James, his brother“God would teach me what to say, and he has in-law; therefore she dared not to solicit the queen power also to touch her heart with pity for a child's on behalf of her friend Lord Preston, against distress, and to open her ear to my earnest peti- whom her majesty was so deeply exasperated, that tion."
she had declared she would not show him any Her father clasped her to his bosom, but said, mercy, “ Thou wouldst be afraid of speaking to the queen, “Oh!" said the little girl," if I could only see even if thou shouldst be admitted to her presence, the queen myself, I would not wish any one to my child."
speak for me, for I should plead so earnestly to her “ Why should I be afraid of speaking to the for my dear papa's life, that she could not refuse queen, papa ?—for even if she would be angry with me, I'm sure. me, and answer harshly, I should be thinking too
“Poor child! what could you say to the queen?" much of you, father, to mind it ; or if she were to asked the countess compassionately. send me to the Tower, and cut off my head, she “Only let me see her and you shall hear,” recould only kill my body, but would have no power joined Lady Lucy. at all to hurt my soul, which is under the protec- “Well, my love, it were a pity but what thou tion of One who is greater than any king or queen shouldst have the opportunity," said Lady Clarenupon earth."
don; “ but much I fear thy little heart will fail “ You are right, my child, to fear God, and to thee; and when thou seest the queen face to face, have no other fear," said her father. “It is he thou wilt not be able to utter a syllable.". who hath perhaps put it into your heart to plead “God will direct the words of my lips," said the with the queen for my life ; which, if it be his little girl, with tears in her eyes. pleasure to grant, I shall feel it indeed a happiness The countess was impressed with the piety and for my child to be made the instrument of my filial tenderness of her little god-daughter, and she deliverance from the perils of death, which now hastened to rise and dress, that she might conduct encompass me ; but if it should be otherwise, His the child into the palace-gallery, where the queen will be done! He hath promised to be a father to usually passed an hour in walking, after her return the fatherless, and he will not forsake my good and from chapel, which she attended every morning. dutiful child when I am low in the dust."
Her majesty had not left the chapel when Lady * But how will Lady Lucy gain admittance to Clarendon and Lady Lucy entered the gallery ; and the queen's presence, my lord ?' asked old Amy, her ladyship endeavored to divert the anxious imwho had been a weeping spectator of the scene patience of her little friend by pointing out to her between the father and the child.
the portraits with which it was adorned. "I will write a letter to her godmother, the “I know that gentleman well,” said the child, Lady Clarendon, requesting her to accomplish the pointing to a noble whole-length portrait of James II. matter."
“ That is the portrait of the deposed King James, He then wrote a few hasty lincs to that lady, / Queen Mary's father,” observed the countess, sigh