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From Chambers' Journal. could found on the dangers and hardships they
were perpetually liable to; and as they were exeFATHER BLACKHALL'S SERVICES.
crated and hunted beyond their own community. " A Brief Narrative of the Services Performed they seem to have obtained the greater privileges, to Three Noble Ladies, by Gilbert Blackhall," is immunities, and benisons within it. In his new one of the books printed by the Spalding Club in appointment, the reverend father loses none of that Aberdeen. It affords some curious peeps into the spirit of inquiry and interference regarding small state of society in the north of Scotland in the first matters for which he has already appeared so conhalf of the seventeenth century, especially those spicuous. We find him thus describing his posifamilies by whom the Catholic faith was still ad-tion in the household, and the order he thought fit hered to. The reverend father is an arrant gossip. to take concerning it. “I did eat in my chamber He is curious in the every-day pursuits, the tem- as they who were before me used to do: four pers, the occupations, nay, the clothing and feed- dishes of meat was the least that was sent to me ing, of those with whom he was concerned. More- at every meal, with ale and wine conforming : over, he was an ill-requited man. He had the which I thought superfluous; but knowing the highest possible opinion of his own merits and ex- noble disposition of the lady, who gave the order ertions : but he did not find other people ready to herself for all the tables, as well of her servants as acknowledge his claims; hence he set them forth, her own, I would not so soon utter my mind, with all due precision and minuteness, in a narra. until I should know better how my admonitions tive which fills a considerable quarto volume. would be received. I asked my man what was Had he not been a weak-minded man, occupying done with the relics of my table. He answered himself in trifles, he probably had gained a great me boldly that he sold them, and said the relics of reputation by some folio volume, written in Latin, priests were due into their men. When I did against Luther and John Knox, but we would not hire you, said I, did I promise you such casualhave had the curious pictures of national customs ties? No, sir, said he ; but it is the custom of and grotesque incidents with which his garrulous this house, as all the servants will bear witness. narrative supplies us. The first person to whom They are fools, said I, and not capable to bear we find Father Blackhall performing his services witness who give testimony to their own prejudice. is the Lady Isabel Hay, daughter of the Earl of What prejudice is that to ihee? said he. My lady Errol. This lady, after her inother's death, went doth bestow the meat upon you, and asketh no to France in 1630. A certain Mr. James Forbes count of it back again ; so what you leave, I think was her father's friend and correspondent in should be for me rather than for any other body. France, and she was, as merchants say, "con- If I did buy the meat myself, said I, was I bound signed to him." He appointed Blackhall her con- to give you all that rested over my own suffisance, fessor ; " which he did repent thereafter," as so that I could not bestow it in any other way after Blackhall says; and indeed the chief parport of you had got your suffisance of it? No, said he ; the narrative is to describe the efforts which her you might dispose of it at your own pleasure, and spiritual adviser made to protect her from the un- so doth my lady, who wills your man (to get what seasonable addresses of Mr. Forbes. There is you leave. No, said I ; my lady wills, and I likemuch curious matter in this part of the father's wise, that thou carry to the kitchen all that I narrative; but we must pass from it to another leave, both meat, bread, and drink, that all may portion of his adventures, in which we think the serve the common table; and go thou to it, and reader will probably be moro interested.
there take your part of all, as the others do. And At the conclusion of his engagement with Lady if thou determine anything another way, thou shalt Isabel, he received an applicatiou from the Lady not serve me one hour longer. I told my lady Frendraught, celebraied for the suspicion under afterwards this dialogue which passed between my which she fell, a few years before, of having set man and me, whereat she did laugh well; and fire to her house, in order to burn Lord Aboyne in this did acquire me the affections of the servants, it. The horror of this event appears to have de- who grudged, but could not mend it; for they terred the reverend father from such a connexion. knew that my lady would not take notice of such Ile says--" My Lady of Frendranght did send to base things, much less correct them." me, praying me to come to her, for the frère she The people in the neighborhood seem not to had before was lately departed from this life. I have been in general Roman Catholics ; for the refused absolutely to see her, because she was sus father complains much of their importunate curipected to be guilty of the death of my lord of osity, saying that “if he but opened the window, Aboyne, who, seven years before, was burned in they ran to see him as some monstrous thing ;" the castle of Frendraught: whether she be guilty and one woman declared she hoped to wash her or not, God knoweth, for that hath not been yet hands in his heart's blood. Aboyne castle stands discovered." Fate determined that, instead of the near the village of Charlestown of Aboyne, close to suspected murderess, he should ally himself with the river Dee, and thirty miles from its mouth at the Dowager Lady Aboyne, the widow of the vic- Aberdeen. Eastward, descend fine sweeps of anatim; and he entered the service of this truly no- ble land towards the coast, while to the west beble and religious lady" about the middle of July, gins the great Highland range of the Grampians, 1638. Though the Roman Catholics were a pro- There, in the close vicinity of their strongholds, scribed body through Scotland generally, the Mar- the lands of Aboyne were subject to perpetual quis of Huntly, and some other Catholic lords in depredations by the Highland reivers of the day. the north, possessed a considerable extent of feu- The lonely widow appears to have had but a scandal power for the protection of themselves and ty retinue for so wild a neighborhood, and we find their adherents ; and such a person as Blackhall, her obliged to add to the accomplished Blackhall's if not absolutely secure, would be removed from titles of priest and chamberlain, that of captain of many causes of apprehension by such an alliance. her castle. He describes the manner in which he In addition to their claims on the respect of the repelled one of these invasions; and it is clear that people as their spiritual advisers, these priests his own prowess on the occasion has not been deg
lected by the historian. When a visitation by other money here than that which shall come out friends was of the following character, the nature of these guns, nor lodging, unless it be graves 10 of an inroad from neutrals or enemies may be an- bury you; and therefore retire yourself, that I may ticipated :
shut the gate. He retired malcontented ; and my "The very first that obliged us to make use of lady did send meat and drink at the foot of the our arms were the Marquis of Huntly's* own men Peat Hill, forbidding them to live upon her tenof Badenoch. They had been at Aberdeen getting ants, but bade them lodge in taverns, paying what arms, some forty or thereabout, with their officer, they should take; otherwise, they should not go Thomas Gordon, a proud and saucy rascal. They, far unpunished. They did so, and went away the coming up the north side of the water of Dee, came next day peaceably." to Aboyne, and presented themselves upon the The next visit was from a party of the clan Peat Hill; and Thomas Gordon, leaving the rest Cameron, who were at first perplexed by the diplothere, did come with three others to the gate, matic skill of Blackhall, but had subsequently to which I made to be kept fast. I sent Thomas yield to his warlike prowess. The marauders Cordoner, the porter, to the gate to ask what they commenced operations by plundering a tenant's desired. Thomas, the officer, answered boldly house. that they would lodge in the house, because they “So we marched with a dozen of guns, eight were my lord's men, and the house was also his; pistols, and my big carabine. Before we went out and that the night before they had lodged in the at the gate, I told them what order I desired to be place of Drum; which I knew to be false, for the kept, which was this: we must seek by all means laird of Drum was not a man to lodge such rascals to surprise them in the house plundering; and to in his house. When the porter told me this so in- do it, we must march as the Highlanders do. solent answer, I did go to the gate ; for I had the every one after another, without any words among key in my pocket, and did not give it to the por- us." ler, fearing that he might be so simple as to let Blackhall then gives all the necessary orders to them in, and we should have had more pain to put his men as to where they were to place themthem out than to hold them out. I did take with selves, so as to guard both door and windows; and me six good fellows, every one with his sword at says, “How soon we were in the court, I said his side and a light gun in his hand, and placed with a loud voice, Every one to his post; which them all on one side of the alley that goes from the was done in the twinkling of an eye. Then I outer gate, betwixt two walls to the court, every went to the door, thinking to break it up with my one three or four spaces from another, and made foot; but it was a thick double door, and the lock them turn their faces and the mouths of their guns very strong. Whilst I was at the door, one of a slanting way, not right to the port, nor to the them did come to bolt it; and I, hearing him at it, wall over against them, but a middle way betwixt did shoot a pistol at him. He said afterwards that them both, that they might see both at once. * * the ball did pass through the hair of his head :
"When I had placed them thus, and encouraged whether he said true or not, I know not. I did them, I did go to the gate with a bended pistol in go from the door to the windows, and back again, my hand ; and before I did open the wicket, I told still encouraging them, and praying them at the them to retire themselves, all but one, to speak to windows to hold their eyes still upon our enemies, me: they did so. Thomas Gordon only stayed ; and to kill such as would lay their hands to a the rest were retired only the matter of ien paces, weapon; and to those at the door to have their ready to rush in if he could have thrusted up the guns ever ready to discharge at such as would wicket fully. Then I did open it a little, so that mean to come forth without my leave ; and still I he might see my soldiers in the alley. Before he threatened to burn the house and them all in it, if did see them, I asked them what they did come they would not render themselves at my discrehere to seek? He very confidently said, We will tion; which they were loath to do, until ihey saw see my lady, who we know will give us money, the light bundles of straw that I had kindled to and lodge us; and with that was pressing in his throw upon the ihatch of the house ; although I shoulder; and I, seeing his impudence, said, As did not intend to do it, nor burn our friends with you love your life, stir not to win in, otherwise I our foes. But if Malcolm Dorward, and his wife will discharge my pistol in your heart; and you and servants, and his son John Dorward, and John shall not see my lady, nor get anything from her, Cordoner, all of whom the Highlanders had lying unless it be meat and drink without the gate ; but in bonds by them, had been out, I would not have none of yon shall come within it, and go out again made any scruple to have burnt the house and all living. Sir, said he, we are my lord's men, and the Highlanders within it, to give a terror 10 ollithis house is his, and why may we not lodge in it? ers who would be so brutal as to oppress ladies Have you an order from my lord, says I, to lodge who never wronged them. here? Let me see his order. Sir, it is my lord's “They, seeing the light of the burning straw will that we lodge in his land. Then go seek his coming in at the windows, and the keepers of the land, and lodge in it; for he hath no land nor windows bidding them surrender themselves before house here so long as my lady liveth ; but if my they be burnt, called for quarter. I wld them lord were dwelling here himself, durst you present they should not get other quarter but my discreyourselves to this gate to lodge with him? No, tion; unto which, if they would submit themselves said he, we must respect my lord. You base fel-faithfully, they would find the better quarter; if low, said I, should not ladies be respected as much not, be at their hazard. Thereupon I bade their as lords, and more? But you have not so much captain come and speak with me all alone, with honesty as to respect anybody. But put in your his gun under his arm, and the stock foremost; head, and see how we are prepared to receive but if any did press to follow him, they should kill you; and tell your neighbors that you shall get no both him and them who should press to follow
him. He did come out as I ordained, and trem* The deceased Lord Aboyne was son to this great bled as
this great bled as the leaf of a tree. I believe he thought we noble, the chief of the clan Gordon.
would kill him there. I did take his gun from
him, and discharged it, and laid it down upon the lit may provide some further incidents worthy of earth by the side of the house. Then, after I had notice. threatened him, and reproached their ingratitude, His former patroness, the widowed and lovely who durst trouble my lady or her tenants, who Lady Aboyne, on her deathbed earnestly recomwas, and yet is, the best friend that their chief Do-mended to Blackhall's protection her daughter, the nald Cameron hath ; for, said I, he will tell you Lady Henrietta Gordon. It is in the form of a how I and another man of my lady's went to him letter to this lady that Blackhall describes his where he was hiding himself with his cousin Ewan efforts to accomplish her mother's dying exhortaCameron, in my lady's land, and brought them in tion. His main object was to secure an appointcroup to Aboyne, where they were kept secretly ment for the young lady in the household of the for three weeks, until their enemies the Covenant- queen of France, the French court being then an ers had left off the seeking of them; and you, un- asylum in which many of the decayed or oppressed thankful beasts as you are, have rendered a dis- aristocracy of Scotland found refuge. To pass pleasure to my lady for her goodness toward you. over from the north of Scotland to France was a He pretended ignorance of that courtesy done to journey accompanied by no small array of perils in his chief." Blackhall then made him swear that the early part of the seventeenth century; and it all that had been plundered from the tenants should was not the less so, that the country was now he restored, and what had been consumed should raging from end to end with the troubles arising he paid for; and also “made hin swear by the from the Covenant. The father had not proceeded soul of his father that neither he, nor none whom many miles, before he encountered a rather forhe could hinder, should ever hereafter trouble or midable adventure. Along the northwest border molest my lady or any of her tenants.” He then of Aberdeenshire, where it marches with Banffordered every man separately to come out and take shire, there is a wide, desolate moor, stretching the same oath.
over many miles of country to the foot of the " They did all come out severally, and took the mountain mass called the Buck of the Cabrach. same oath as I had commanded them; and as they It is a wild, dreary district at the present day, did come to me, I discharged their guns, to the differing probably but slightly in its outward feanumber of six or eight-and-furty, which made the tures from its state in Blackhall's time, however tenants convene to us from the parts where the different may be the guests one would find in the shots were heard; so that, before they had all primitive inn of Rhynie, which, when we last parcome out, we were nearly as many as they, armed took of its hospitalities, had as venerable an air as with swords, and targets, and guns. When they if it had been the actual house in which the folhad all made their oaths to me, I ranked our peo- lowing scene occurred. The narrative is, by the ple like two hedges, five spaces distant from one way, remarkable as illustrating the antiquity of another's rank, and but one pace every man from Finnan haddies, which must have been a highly another in that same rank, and turned the mouths esteemed dish ; otherwise they would not, as in of their guns and their faces one toward another, this instance, have been conveyed inland nearly forty so as the Highlanders might pass, two and two miles from the place where they were cured. together, betwixt their ranks: they passed so “ Passing by the muir of Rhynie," says Blackfrom the door of the hall in which they were, to hall, “ I intended to give my horse a measure of the place where their guns were lying all empty. oats there, because I had eight miles to ride over They trembled passing, as if they had been in a the Cushnie Hills, as wild a piece of ground as is fever quartern." He and his men then saw the in all Britain." He then inquires of a man coming marauders fairly off Lady Aboyne's lands, and, out of the inn if he would get good oats there; returning to Aboyne, “ told my lady the event of and “the unhappy rascal answering, said, Yes, our siege, who was very joyful that there was no sir; and good ale and beer also ; but did not tell blood shed on either side."
ine the house was full of men, as drunk as men The state of letter-writing is fully disclosed by could be. the fact, that, in the space of eleven and a half “I entered in the court, suspecting nothing; years, Lady Aboyne had only received two letters, and as I descended from my horse, a gentleman, and these were from two of her sisters. Indeed, called John Gordon, son to Leichesten, did emshe appears to have lived a most lonely, desolate brace me very kindly. He was exceedingly life. At her death, all her care seems to have drunk." been that her daughter, her only child, might be Blackhall then enters into the hall with him, brought up in the Catholic religion. For this pur- which hall he describes as being “ full of soldiers, pose she had previously charged Blackhall with as drunk as beasts, and their captain, William the care of her; and manfully did he redeem the Gordon of Tilliangus, was little better;" adding, pledge, as we find related in the chapter entitled “ that Tilliangus had got a patent to list a com* The Good Offices done to Madame de Gordon, Ipany for the then holy, but now cursed, Covenant; now Dame D'Attour to Madame ; by Gilbert and John Gordon of Leicheston was his lieutenBlackhall, priest"-which we shall make the sub-ant; and hinting that every covenanting man was ject of a separate paper.
then more loyal than the king himself.
Blackhall, when he went into the hall, kept his The leading features in Father Blackhall's his- valise in his own hand, because there was in it a tory, at least the sole ground on which his memory suit of mass clothes, which might have discovered has been resuscitated by the printing of a substan- him; and as he was about to salute the company, rial quarto volume, is the services he performed to “ the captain, in a commanding way, said, Who “ three noble ladies," as they are minutely set are you, sir? which did presently heat my blood. forth by himself. In the preceding article we And as I thought he spoke disdainfully to me, I have given whatever appeared curious or enter-answered in that same tone, saying, This is a taining in his intercourse with the second of his question indeed, sir, to have been asked at my fontnoble employers. We now examine the third man, if you had seen him coming in to you. He book of his circumstantial history, in the hope that said it was a civil demand. I said it might pass for such to a valet, but not to a gentleman. He said | name, and call it wrong, but not affront; for a man it was civil, and I said it was not. Leicheston who is resolved to die in defending his own honor, seeing us both very hot, and ready to come to may receive wrong indeed, but not an affront; and blows, taking me by the hand, said, Go with me, as to me, I never yet received an affront, nor do I sir, to a chamber, and let this company alone;" to think to be so base as ever to receive any." Then, which Blackhall agrees; but the captain follows after further demonstrations of cordiality between thern, refuses to drink with them, but sits down, Blackhall and the captain, the soldiers are brought and again reiterates his demand, when Blackhall in unarmed, to testify their friendship also ; and tells him that, if at first the request had been Blackhall says, “I did take each of them by the made with kindness, it would have been complied hand very kindly, and drank to them, and they to with, but having been made in a disdainful man-me. They were in all five-and-twenty; and a ner, and refused, he could not now with honor minister called Mr. Patrick Galloway, who had grant it, lest it should seem that fear, not com- been lately banished out of Ireland, in the insurplaisance, had been the cause ; adding, “And I am rection that the Irish made against the Scotch in resolved not to do anything prejudicial to my the north of Ireland ; whereby ye may judge if I honor, neither for fear of death nor hope of re- would not have been a good prize to these soldiers ward ; but at the next meeting, whensoever it is, of the unholy covenant. They would have been I shall freely tell you, for then I hope our party better rewarded for taking a priest nor (than) for a will not be so unequal as it is now, and therefore lord.” He then diverges to the praise of John will not then be ascribed to fear or baseness, as it Gordon of Leicheston, who had stood by him so is now,
stanchly in his extremity, saying, “ He was a very With this answer he went from us to his gallant gentleman, and as personable a man as was company; and, as we thought (that is, Leicheston of any name in Scotland ; tall, well-proportioned, and I,) if not contented, at least paid with reason. with a manly countenance, which his generous In the mean time Leicheston did call for Finnan heart did not belie. For without any other oblihaddocks (or fish like whitings, but bigger and gation, but only because he did casually meet me firmer.) The mistress did give four to her ser- in the court, and civilly did bring me in by the vant to roast for us. When they were roasted, hand to their company, he resolved to share with the captain did take them from her, and ate them me of life or death, and did embrace my cause up, with his soldiers. The servant came and told as if it had been his own ; showing no less interas that the captain would not suffer her to roast est for my life than he would have done for his any for us, nor bring us those she had roasted for own." us. Whereupon I said to the mistress, in great When the worthy father had accomplished the anger, Goodwife, I pray you give me some had object of his mission, he joyfully prepared to leave docks, and I will go into your hall and roast them, France ; but if, in his native country, he met with or some better thing for them, for I will not be so dissipated, quarrelsome people, he was exposed in braved by your captain. My money is as good as that where he was now sojourning to greater danhis, and therefore I will have haddocks for my ger from a multitudinous array of robbers. “I money, or know wherefore not. She said, You passed on my way," says he, "asking in the vilshall have, sir, but you shall not go in among lages, as I passed, if they did hear anything of them who are bent to kill you. I pray God deliver voleurs [robbers) on the great way. Their my house from murder. I would give all I have answer was commonly, It is marvellous how you in the world to have you safe out of my house. I have escaped them, for the way is all covered with shall go and roast the haddocks, and bring them to them. These were no comfortable news to me, you myself; which she did, and we did eat them, who had all my money upon me in gold.” But if and drink to the health of one another without any it was practicable for one man so to fortify himtrouble; for our resolution was taken, to sell our self as to be impregnable to multitudes, Blackhall skins at the dearest rate that we could, if it be- had done so. Behold his account of his travelling hoved us to die; for Liecheston had already arsenal. " I had behind my saddle a great cloak. sworn to die or live with me."
bag, in which were my new clothes and cloak, and The captain is then represented as returning to a new hat ; and at the top of my saddle two Dutch thein, sitting down and renewing his first demand, pistols, with wheelworks; and at my two sides to which he receives the same answer, and departs iwo Scotch pistols, with snap-works; and a very in great wrath to his soldiers. Then Leicheston's wide musket, charged with nine pistol balls, hangservant comes and tells his master, in Irish, that ing from my neck; and a good sword at my side.” they were making ready to compel Blackhall to It was not to be wondered at that, so accoutred, tell who he was, or kill him ; upon which Leiches- robber after robber passed him unmolested ; but it ton and Blackhall take measures for their recep- must be remembered, that we have only his own lion. But the captain having delayed to come, word for the statement, that they had ever any deBlackhall sent Leicheston to show him that it sign to meddle with him. The following is one would be a blot against his honor to bring twenty of his escapes :inen against two, and offering rather to fight with “When I was passing Fleurie, the taverners, bim hand to hand. Whereupon the captain was as their custom is, cried, Monsieur, we have good highly delighted with his courage, and said, “I wine and good oats; will you give your horse a did never meet with a man of greater resolution, measure of oats? to whom I answered, My horse wherefore I shall honor him wheresoever I shall hath dined, and myself also : I will not light down. see him; and tell him I need not fight combats to Then a strong, young fellow did come out of a show my courage : it is well enough known in tavern, who said to me, Monsieur, it is very this country where I live, and I believe so be his dangerous for you to go through the wood alone where he is known." And shortly after the cap- in these times: if you will stay but a litile, my tain came to Blackhall, and said, “I am come to master is in the tavern drinking a chopin with crave your pardon for the affront that we have another gentleman; they will convoy you through done. Good sir, said I, be pleased to change the the wood. I answered him, saying, I do not fear any man, neither in the wood nor out of it ; and you to the port, but to send you to them by shiptherefore I will not stay one moment for any com- wreck, that they may get the spoil of her. And pany. I suspected that they might be voleurs ; and to show that this is their meaning, said he, if the he also then said, Since you have so good courage, ship come well to the port, or eschew shipwreck, I will go with you. The way, said I, is free to they get up in anger, crying, The devil stick her, all men. But why do you not wait upon your she is away from us !" master, to come with him, seeing, as you say, the After a multitude of difficulties and dangers, danger is so great? Oh, said he, they are two, which we cannot follow out in detail, the father well mounted, and fear no voleurs. I believe you, returned with his ward to France ; and here he said I. So we went on until we entered into the found a new impediment in her intractable, wood, and then my fellow redoubled his pace, haughty temper. With true Highland pride, the to come nearer to me; which I seeing, turned the damsel thought that crowned heads were her only mouth of my musket towards him, and commanded earthly superiors; and in the palaces of the French him to stay there. Wherefore that! said he. nobility, as different from her own rude home as a Because I will so, said I: thou shalt not make me peer's mansion in London is from a farmer's cotthy prey. Therefore, if thou advance but one foot, tage at the present day, her Highland blood boiled I shall discharge my musket into thy belly. He against the etiquettes and deferences to which the stood, and said, You need not fear, having so good highest of the young nobility of France gave ima baton in thy hand. I fear no man, said I ; but I plicit obedience. Being placed in the family of will make thee fear if thou remove one foot for- ihe Countess of Brienne, to be trained for attendward until I be out of the wood. In the mean time ance at court, we are told that “ Both the count I was ever advancing forward, and mine eye and countess, for the queen's sake, were very civil towards him. So, seeing that I did hold my gun to her ; but the more they honored her, the less bent towards him, he turned his back to me, and did she respect them. Whether that proceeded went into the thick of the wood, and I did not see from pride, thinking that and much more was due him any more. Then the peasant, who all the unto her, or from inadvertency, not reflecting upon time had kept a good distance from me, but so as their civilities, which is called a kind of brutality, he did both see and hear what was passing be- I know not; God knoweth. But what I have twixt us, said, God be blessed, sir, who inspired seen with my own eyes, and heard with mine ears, you with His grace to distrust this voleur, and that I write here, and nothing more ; for I have hold him back from you; for if you had suffered seen my Lady of Brienne sit in her own carriage, him to come near you, he would undoubtedly have without her gate, upon the street, fretting a whole got hold of your clothes, and pulled you down quarter of an hour for Mademoiselle de Gordon, from your horse, and stabbed you. Behold, he is sending and sending over and over again for her to hiding himself in the wood : you have saved your go to the mass ; and which did highly displease own life and mine ; for how soon he had killed me, when she was at the carriage, stepped into it, you, he would have killed me also, for fear I might not opening her mouth to make any excuse for have discovered him hereafter."
making the lady stay for her, no more than if she On his way back to Scotland, the father was had been mistress of the carriage, and the lady wrecked on the coast of Holy Island ; and he gives but only her servant. This I have, with much the following most expressive account of the state grief, seen more than two or three times ; and that of society among a people who profit by ship- lady did complain to me of her as often as I did go wrecks :-“The country people convened the next to see her." day, to take the goods which the sea had cast to We must conclude with a specimen of the exthe land ; amongst which there was a caseful of tremities to which the damsel's pride reduced her, castor-hats, with gold hat-bands, for which the notwithstanding the anxiety of her courtly friends minister of the parish, a Scotsman, named Lind- to serve her ; premising, for the reader's comfort, say, and a gentleman dwelling near the island, did that the whole ended in her being received into the fight; and the minister did sore wound the gentle-queen's household. fnan; and the common people did get away the “ When they arrived at St. Germain, the queen case, and broke it, and every one took away what knew not how to dispose of her, because the numhe could get of it, whilst the church and the state ber of her filles (maids of honor) was complete, were fighting for it in vain." He then mentions, and Madame de Brienne would not meddle with " that the tempest having ceased, we went aher any more. The queen told her that she, walking in the island, and did go to the governor, having no vacant place for her, would place her Robin Rugg, a notable good fellow, as his great with Madame la Princesse. She answered her red nose, full of pimples, did give testimony. He majesty very courageously, saying she had never made us breakfast with him, and gave us very done anything to displease her relatives, who, ahe good sack, and did show us the tower in which he knew, would be highly displeased, hearing that lived, which is no strength at all, but like the she, who came to France to wait upon her watch-towers upon the coast of Italy. We did majesty, had descended to serve the Princess of lake him with us to our inn, and made him the Condé ; and prayed her majesty to excuse her, if best cheer that we could. He was a very civil she refused io do what her relatives would disand jovial gentleman, and good company; and avow in her. The queen did not take it ill of her, among the rest of his merry discourses, he told us this her generous answer, but did pray monsieur how the common people there do pray for ships the prince, and madame, to keep her with them as which they see in danger. They all sit down on a friend, until she could take her to herself, which their knees, and hold up their hands, and say, very at the present she could not do. They, to oblige devoutly, Lord, send her to us ; God, send her to the queen, did accept of her as a friend, and made us! You, said he, seeing them upon their knees, her sit at their own table, where she remained in and their hands joined, do think that they are pray- that posture until the princes-0 wit, Conde, ing for your safety ; but their minds are far from Conti, and Longueville-were sent prisoners to that. They pray God, not to save you, or send Bois de Vincienne; and then the princess would