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t===== sight can never be effaced. Well, Signior, we will not discuss this diplomatic adventure ; whether your suspicions be just or ill founded, is it not true that no one was acquainted with your unhappy secret but those two miserable wretches who cannot now reveal it? You appear to attach much importance to public opinion; but the credit which it gives or takes away does not consist in what we know ourselves, but in what others say of us; or else there would be few men who would dare to appear in society. The death of these wretches assures you of an etermal silence, all is buried with them. O, Signior raise your eyes, look at your wise ; she still breathes, perhaps she is innocent, and I dare believe she is so, since I have had no certain proofs to the contrary. The vain attempts which you have made to deprive her of life, do they not appear to you as a kind of voucher, and speak loudly in her favor? Ah, Signior, be at the same time just and generous, and listen to your wife.”
- * in pity let me die. However, as so strange an adventure may leave." a deep impression on your remembrance, and as the fate which : I experience might induce you to accuse my husband of cruelty, or
make you believe me criminal,'
which I have not deserved, before I close my eyes on the world, this double motive compels me to iclate to you the truth.
“These two men whom you here behold, have merited the death which they have received ; the one for having related things which he could not have seen; the other not for the harm he did, but for that which he intended, in betraying, by the most atrocious ingratitude, my husband, his benefactor and mine. Sometimes this wretch would approach me in my lord’s absence ; but with a look awed him, and he always behaved with a reserve which gave me no reason to complain, and which reassured me. It is true, that on the night of the dreadful catastrophe, which has eternally ruined my happiness, I beheld him walk from behind a picture, without knowing how he could have found an entrance into my chamber. I was much terrified and surprized, and was just going to call for
help when I heard my husband's
voice at the door. As he has conducted you hither, Signior, I presume you are acquainted with the rest. Let him put a period
to a life which is now odious to me, but let him be the judge if
during the four years that we have been united, my conduct has never"before excited the 'smallest suspicion on his part ; let him apy if I had another wish than that of being beloved by him, and whether my most ardent desire was not to contribute to his felicity; but I will not justify myself; false appearances have deceived him; I ask for death, and shall regard it as a blessing. "Happy if the severity of my punishment can wipe away the faults of which I am accused'! Still happier if the woes I experience can restore. that peace to my husband, whom f yet love, notwithstanding the injustiee of his suspicions, and which if he had knowm me better, he ought never to have lost.”
The unhappy Don Alvaro wept bitterly. “Well, Signior,’ said I, will you not put an end to this torturing scene 7” At these words, quicker than lightning, he rushed towards his wife, and cut asunder the bonds which confined her.— At this sudden and unexpected movement she fell, and fainted in his arms; his emotion, and the weak state of his healh, almost placed him in the same situation; yet he exerted himself in order to assist her : when she came to herself, he covered her face with kisses, sell at her feet, manifested every mark of repentence, cursed his impetuosity, imputed it to his affection, implored her to forget his cruelty, and to pardon him.—
>Morot ticularly peace and happiness, soon restored this lovely and interesting woman, and gave the wife health, the husband joy, the domestics their speech, and the garden its wonted beauty.
THz. 11th of January, 1773, was fixed for the execution of this dreadful plan. The regiment commanded by Colonel Koller was on the night of the 16th of January ordered to be upon guard in and about the palace, and the same evening a grand ball was given at court. Matilda, with the most unsuspecting gaiety, indulged her passion for amusement ; at the hour of one in the morning, she closed the ball bydancing with Prince Frederic, and the principal leaders of her party had the honor of plnying with the king. These were the last joys of the devoted victims— the ball was concluded, and every one repaired to rest. Meanwhile such preparations were made as soon roused them again to unexpected horrors.
The clock struck three—the dreadfui hour appointed by the conspirators for ille execution of
Medical assistance, but more par- their designs. A dead silence
reigned throughout the palace.— Yoller then went round to the different posts, collected his principal officers and proceeded with them to the guard-room. He there declared that by the express orders of the King, he required their assistance to take the reigning Queen and all her adherents into custody, and commanded them to follow him. The officers were so astonished at the subject ef his harrangue, that not one of them thought of asking him to produce his orders. They aceompanied him to the QueenDowager, where Count Ranzau arrived, attended by one Guldberg, who had been employed in drawing up the plan of the conspiracy, and in writing out the necessary orders. Col. Eichstadt had in the mean time armed his dragoons, and surrounded the palace, in order to prevent the entrance of any person, and to receive the prisoners. The different parts were soon distributed among the conspirators; Ranzau was appointed to arrest the queen, Koller to secure Struensee, and the rest of the officers to take Count Brandt and the other principal leaders of the party into custody, Koller immediately hastened to the apartments of the minister, and the officers dispersed to their different posts, while Juliana, Ranzau, and Guildberg, who carried a candle before them, went to the chamber of the king.
To their great disappointment #
- --they found the door locked, and none of the keys and picklocks with which they were provided would open it. The loss of a moment was of consequence to the undertaking. Ranzau flew to the apartment of the page in waiting,
| entered the room with great noise,
affected the utmost consternation, and ordered him to repair immediately, to the chamber of the monarch. Phe affrighted page hastened to the assistance of his master, and at the door found queen Juliana, Prince Frederic, and
Ranzau, who commanded him to
open it immediately. The unusual hour, the known characters of the persons, and their anxious impatience, excited his suspicions, and he refused to comply. The queen's consternation was inexpressible, the Prince trembled, while Ranzau and Guldberg, whose candie fell from his shaking hands, did not venture to take the keys from the page by force ; he was strong and resolute, and they wished to make no noise. Ranzau therefore endeavoured to ef
fect that by fear, which he could
not by persuasion; he told him that the whole town was up in arms; that the rebels were ready to break into the palace ; that the guards could not withstand their fury; and that no time was to be lost if they wished to save the life of the monarch. The queen and her son joined in affecting the utiaost solicitude for the safety of the kiog. The page war, first
moved and then alarmed; the promise of a considerable reward completely overturned his resolution ; he yielded, and led the queen and her suite into the chamber of the sleeping monarch. The curtains of his bed were furiously torn open; he awoke suddenly, and started. No time was left "him to recover from his fright— Ranzau denounced ruin and death —placed every, image of terror before the eyes of the monarch, and his fruitful brain supplied him with new images of unreal horror; he painted the rage of a reheilious nation, conspired to shake off the yoke which the queen and Struensee had imposed, crying aloud for justice, and determined to be satisfied with nothing less than the death of the victims they demanded. “What a dreadful Inisfortune ! whither shall I flee ?” cried the king, half dead with fear — help me, advise me, tell me what I shall I do.’ “Sign these orders,' returned Ranzau, with doubic story : “tois alone ean save the ki: o, his royal palaçc, and his pro, c.' The papers lay ready
upon the table, and the queen },eld the pen, the instrument of the destruction of the king's best fiends, and of her complete revenge. The king took it with trembling hand; but the moment le espied, upon the first paper, the name of his queer, Matilda,
lic threw it away with vehemence; it was as if this name,
indifferent to him, at once roused the dormant passions of his mind. He endeavoured forcibly to rise, but was as forcibly prevented : another torrent of menaces and terrors was poured out upon him. Ranzau accumulated the most horrid falshoods: “The people,’ cried he, “are at the gates of the palace, fire and sword in their hands, and dire vengeance in their hearts; escape will soon be in vain; the palace will soon be in. flames, and the monarch the first victim of their fury.’ The king's courage could not repel this second' attack; fear overpowered. him, tears ran down his cheeks, his hand trembled, he guided the pen without knowing it, sign col the orders, and Ranzau hurrick to see them executed.
entered the ci... .2: ... . . . . which the hilister lay. Struensee was roused by the noise with which the Colonel approached ; he knew him immediately ; and equally frightened and astonished, he asked him by whose authority he dared to enter his chamber at so improper an hour? “I will tell you that immediately, cried Koller; ‘lise this instant.” He then seized him by thc throat, and
| which ...d so long segmcd wholly i sãook him so long and so violenti.
ly, that resistance was vain ; he surrendered, and was carried to the prison ready prepared for him in the citadel.
But the most dreadful scene of all was still to be acted. Ranzau, accompanied by Eichstadt, and a few other officers, repaired to the chamber where slept the beautiful and amiable queen Matilda.The noise occasioned by their entrance into the anti-chamber alarmed her, and she called her attendants. Pale and trembling they entered the apartment; fear had rendered them incapable of answering her questions. Terrified by these appearances, she rose to enquire herself into the cause of their terror; when one of them informed her that Count Ramzau, accompanied by a train of officers, had entered the antichamber, aud desired to be announced to her in the name of the king. ‘ Ranzau !' cried she, “and in the name of the King : Run. to Struensee, and call him to my [. assistance.” She was then informed that Struensee had been secured and carried to prison. * I am betrayed, I am undone, I am lost, forever! But, added she, 100re composedly, “let the traitors | come in ; I am prepared to meet my fate.' . Half dressed, she met them with the most undaunted fortitude. Ranzau respectfully addressed her, and read the orders of the king : she heard him with
out interruption, desired to read - -- - - - - o
them herself, and Ranzau delivered the papers to her. Having read it quite through without betraying the least sign of fear, she threw it upon the ground with contempt and cried—“The character of treachery in you, and of weakness in the king, is so strongly stamped upon this whole transaction, that I shall not obey these orders." Ranzau entreated her to conform to the commands of the monarch. “Commands !' cried she with indignation, “ commands of which he himself is ignorant– commands forced by the most vilainous treachery from foolish im- . becility; such commands shalt. never be obeyed by a queen.’— Upon this Ranzau grew more ssrious in his exposiulations, and informed her that his orders must be obeyed, and without loss of time. ‘Till I have seen the king,' returned she, ‘your orders shall not be executed upone. Bring me to him immediately; I must, I will see him.” She then sepped towards the door, but Ranzau stopped her : he grew impatient, and his entreaties were changed into threats. “.Wretch 1” cried the enraged princess, ‘is this the language of a subject to his queen? Go, thou most contemptible of beings go from my sight, covered with your own infamy, but never feared by me!' The pride of Ranzau was touched ; he cast. an enraged look at his officers, fraught with a dreadful meaning ; and the boldest of them: stepped,