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affectionately mentioned in his last moments. | esting they may be to the diligent antiOn it was engraven a simple English inscrip- quary. The family correspondence is less tion. A costly and magnificent jewel, now copious and curious than that which we known as the “ Lennox Jewel,” was ordered to have met with in some other volumes of be made by the widow of Lennox as a memo- Mr. Fraser's series; but on the other rial of her late husband in another form. This interesting work of art is now the property of hand it proceeds from persons far more her present Majesty.

illustrious, and has therefore more histori.

cal value. We shall conclude this article And so ended the last of the true Earls of by borrowing from Mr. Fraser's pages Lennox. His countess, the Lady Mar- two or three of these royal autographs, garet, survived him about six years; she hitherto unpublished, and they shall apdied 'at Hackney on March 9, 1578, and pear in their original dress, which is growas interred in Westminister Abbey, where tesque and amusing. her monument has recently been restored

The eminent service of Captain Thomas to its pristine splendor.*

Crawford in the capture of Dumbarton At this period in the history of this great Castle under the regency of Lennox has family Mr. Fraser suspends his labors and been more than once alluded to in these his narrative. Upon the death of his pages. There is an amusing, letter to grandfather the earldom descended to this worthy from Hew Crawfurd of CrawKing James VI., then in the sixth year of furd John, in Lanarkshire (we presume his his age. A re-grant of it was made to the son or nephew), dated from Edinburgh in king's uncle, Lord Charles Stewart, but he 1598, in which the writer says: died four years afterwards, leaving an only zowr quhyit peis (white peas) their is nane daughter, the Lady Arabella Stewart, to be haid for the present, bot sa sone as whose romantic history fills another page I can try ony I sall send sum to zow. I in the_melancholy annals of her race. haif cofi (bought) twa pair spectakillis with When Esmé Stewart, head of the Aubigny ane kace for awcht schillingis; thay ar branch of the Lennox, came to Scotland, verie few and evill to be had in this towne the king, his cousin, took him into special as this berar saw; bot the first that cums 'favor, and he was created not only Earl, hame that is guid I sail by ane pair to zow." but Duke of Lennox, with possession Captain Thomas was a great favorite of of the family estates. His male descend- James VI., and Mr. Fraser gives us in facants ended in 1672 with Charles, the sixth simile the following curious documents. duke of the second line, upon which the The first is written in a fine, scholarlike estates devolved on King Charles II. hand when the king was but eight years as the nearest collateral heir. The male old. line of Sir John Stewart of Darnley, first Lord of Aubigny in France, terminated on HOLOGRAPH LETTER OF KING JAMES VI. the death of Prince Henry Stewart, Cardi- IN HIS NINTH YEAR, TO CAPTAIN THOMAS nal York, in 1807. The heir of line of the

CRAUFURD OF JORDANHILL, WITH TWO Dukes of Lennox is the present Lord

RATIFICATIONS, ALSO HOLOGRAPH OF THE

KING: DATED RESPECTIVELY SEPTEMBER Darnley; his ancestor, Mr. John Bligh, being the grandson of Lady Catherine

15, 1575, SEPTEMBER 5, 1584, AND MARCH

23, 1591. Stewart, a sister of the sixth duke of

Capten Craufurd: I haue hard sic report of Lennox, was created Earl of Darnley in

your gud seruice done to me from the beginthe peerage of Ireland in 1725.

ning of the weiris agains my onfreindis, as I The second volume of Mr. Fraser's sall sum day remember the same, God willing, work consists of a collection of the ancient to your greit contentment. In the main quhyle charters and correspondence of the Len- be of gud confort, and reserue you to that nox family, which are the fruits of his tyme with patience, being assurit of my fauour. elaborate researches in the muniment Faire weil. 1575: xv September. rooms of Scotland. The earliest of these

Your gud freind, JAMES R. charters date from the year 1200; and Ve aproue thir foure lynis aboue writtinn there is scarcely an incident related in with oure auin hand be this present. At Fak. these volumes of family history which is land, the fift day of September 1584. not substantiated by documentary evidence

JAMES R. still in existence. We shall not attempt I ratifie this mannis euident, being now of to introduce our readers to records of parfyte yeiris, and past all reuocation. At such venerable antiquity, however inter- Linlithqúo, the xx3 of Marche 1591.

JAMES R. * By a slip of the pen Mr. Fraser states that this mərument is in Henry VIII's Chapel : he means, of To my speciall gud seruant Capten Crau. course, Henry VII.'s.

furd of Jordanbill.

Upon the death of Elizabeth, James ad- effectuouslie, traist cusing, that ye in the mencdressed the following letter, dated from tyme hald your self constant in my seruice, Holyrood March 27, 1603, to Ludovic, and aduerteiss your freinds and neighbouris to second Duke of Lennox (the son of Esmé do the samin and to be in readienes to serue Stewart), calling, upon him to accompany done trewlie afoir this tyme, speciallie at the

me quhan the occatioun sall offer, as ye hauo the court to England. This personage was last battall, quhair (as I am adwerteist) ye afterwards created Earl of Richmond in haue done rycht weill your deuoir, ye beand 1614 and Duke of Richmond in 1623, but on your featis, qahilk sall nocht be forgit be be died soon after his last creation without me in tyme coming. With the help of God I issue.

houp to returne agane about the xv day of

August nixt, with gud company, for the effect Dearest cousing and counsallour, we great foresaid, God willing. This I beleue ye will you hertlie wele. Hauing be our seruand lait. do, as my traist is and wes ay in yow. And lie gevin aduertisement to you of the nearnes for to mak ane end of my bill, I will commit of the death of our vmquhile dearest sister, yow to the protectioun of the eternall God. the Quene of England, and desirit yow to pre. At Carlell, the xx day of Maij 1568. pair yourselff for our seruice, and accumpany.

MARIE R. ing ws as the wechtines of that mater requirit : We haue now ressauit the certantie of hir

I pray you my lord excuss this stamp, be. deceis, and that we ar proclamit thair King of causs the Quene hes na uthir at this tyme. England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, with

To my Lord Erle of Cassillis. all solempnitie, and, thairfoir, haue thocht guid To this must be added two other docu. to gif zow aduertisement thairof, and to desire ments of more than ordinary importance, zou to addresse zourselff hither to ws, in zour which are here for the first time printed. maist cumelie and decent maner, to attend

It is well known that the marriage of vpoun and accumpany ws, and in cais ze can not, in dew tyme, be ready and prepairit be. Bothwell to his wife, Lady Jean or Jonet foir our taiking journay thither, that ze faill Gordon, was annulled, in order to enable not to follow ws with all diligence, as ze ten- him to contract marriage with the queen, der our plesour_and seruice. Sua we commit on the ground that no regular dispensation zou to God. From Halyruidhous, the xxvii had been obtained so as to enable the first of March 1603.

James R.

named persons to be united in matriniony To our dearest cousing and counsallour the by the Church, they being“ related to each Duke of Lennox.

other in the double fourth degree of conMr. Fraser has been able to add some historians that this essential dispensation

sanguinity; "and it has been held by all valuable documents to the large collection (if it ever existed) had been destroyed, of the letters of Queen Mary already | The document itself has now been found printed by Prince Labanoff and others. There are no less than twelve letters to the in the charter chest of the Duke of Suth

erland at Dunrobin. It seems that it re. Earl of Cassilis, written principally at the mained in the custody of Lady Jean, the moment of the queen's flight, when she had reached Carlisle to place herself under repudiated wife of Bothwell, and as she

married seven years afterwards, in 1973, the treacherous protection of her sister Alexander, the eleventh Earl of Sutherqueen. These letters were

printed for pri- land, she took it with her into the repositovate circulation in 1849 by Lord Ailsa, but ries of that noble house, where it has as they are little known one of them may passed to her present descendants. The be read with interest here.

dispensation was granted by John HamilLETTER, INTIMATING THE QUEEN's Flight ton, Archbishop of St. Andrews, and legate

TO CARLISLE AFTER LANGSIDE, DATED of the pope, in full ecclesiastical form. It CARLISLE, MAY 20, 1568.

follows, therefore, from the discovery of Traist cusing, Forsamekle as I for the salftie this instrument, that the marriage of Bothof my bodie, findand na suir acces nor place well to Lady Jean Gordon was perfectly within my realme to retire me at this tyme, as legal and canonical, and that the grounds ye may knaw, I wes constraignit to leue the on which it was dissolved were false. samin and to pas in this cuntrey of Ingland, That being the case, his subsequent mar. quhair I assuir yow I haue bene rycht weill riage with the queen was no marriage at ressauit and honorablie accompaigned and all, but an adulterous connection between traicted. I haue deliberit to pas fortherward in France to pray the King, my gude broder,

two persons, both previously married, who to support and help me to delyuer and releue procured their freedom by the murder of my realme of sic rebellionis, troublis and op- the husband of the one, and the betrayal pressionis that now regnis within the samin, of the wife of the other. The discovery and to depart furth of this toun the xxiiij day of the dispensation completes the evidence of this instant moneth. Thairfore I pray yow 1 of the inexpressible turpitude and guilt of the whole transaction. Its existence was | living precisely up to his income, and had first noticed by Dr. John Stuart in the nothing to spare for such contingencies as second Report of the Commissioners for illness, nor anything to spend on Dick's Historical Manuscripts in the year 1871. education. At the same time, Miss de Lady Jean Gordon long survived all these Berenger having said vaguely that no events, and died in the year 1629 at the doubt little Dick would soon have a govage of eighty-four. It is curious that the erness, a widow lady, a friend of hers, who wife of Bothwell should have lived far into lived half a mile off, came and proposed the reign of Charles I.

advantageous terms, if her son might come Another remarkable document, now as a day pupil, and take his lessons with printed apparently for the first time, is the Dick. Her boy, she said, was lonely; he revocation by Mary Queen of Scots of her was delicate; he was her only child. resignation of the crown of Scotland in Might he ride over on his pony? She favor of her son. This instrument was was sure they should agree

about terms. drawn up in 1568, but the copy existing in on this hint Miss de Berenger spoke the charter chest of the Earl of Hadding again, and got leave from Felix to write to ton is not dated or signed. It consists of Mrs. Snaith; which she did, proposing to a vigorous and voluminous denunciation the poor woman to come and live in a of the traitors who caused “this mon- little cottage then vacant, and pay twenty strous and unnaturall defection and revolt pounds a year for the education of the two of our detestabill subjects,” especially children. James, callit Erle Morray, quhome we of Mrs. Snaith did not often laugh, but she ane spurious bastard (althocht namit our laughed heartily when she got that letter; brother) promovit fra ane religious monk felt as if she had been politely invited to to Erle and Lord,” etc., and constitutes step into the lion's den, and put it aside, James, Duke of Chatelherault, the univer- taking nearly a fortnight for considering sal and only protector, regent, and gov- the precise terms in which she could de. ernor of the realm. The whole document cline it. is extremely curious, for it contains, in But lo, at the end of that term scarlet language more vituperative than judicial, fever broke out in the farmhouse where the whole of Mary's case against her ene- Miss Price the governess lived, and she mies; but it is far too long to be quoted in felt at once a longing desire to get away this place.

from the place. She only took her little We now take leave of Mr. Fraser by cottage by the week; she could hire a cart offering him our thanks for the instruction to carry away her furniture to the station. and amusement he has afforded us, and She had spent a good deal of money on we hope that he will long continue this her late trip to the shore, and could not series of portly volumes; the more so, possibly afford another. How cheap this as we have heard that he is now engaged plan was - how easy! And, after all, no in examining the papers of the great house one but her herself had any power over the of Scott of Buccleuch, which cannot fail to children; no one could possibly prevent be of uncommon interest, especially in her taking them away again from these regard of the events of the seventeenth De Berengers whenever she chose. century.

She drew out the letter again. There was no time to be lost; one more day brought her news of another case of fever, and without loss of an hour she wrote a

respectful letter to Miss de Berenger, setSARAH DE BERENGER.

ting forth that she would appear with the BY JEAN INGELOW.

children the very next evening, and what little furniture she had should come with

her. This plan of Miss de Berenger's ap- Miss de Berenger had seldom been peared to her nephew so preposterous, that happier. She rushed to accept the widow's he gave it no better reception than a some proposition, then she flew to arrange mat. what ironical smile; then he finished his ters with Miss Thimbleby, which she did breakfast, and what more his aunt had to in such a satisfactory fashion, that this say he heard without receiving the sense. young lady was to receive a small salary Yet, in less than one month, he was glad for her services, together with vegetarian to carry out the whole scheme, almost to board, lodging, and leave to educate the the letter.

little sister; Felix, on his part, taking the In about a week he found that he was remainder of what Mrs. Snaith and the

CHAPTER VIII.

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widow lady were to pay, so as to reim | little boy, who, with his legs hanging down, burse himself for his outlay, and pay also sat regarding it with a sheepish and shamefor the small quantity of cheap furniture faced air, as one so used to be accused, that had to be bought, his main advantage when any sort of mischief had been perbeing that he was to get his little brother petrated, that he was expecting every motaught and looked after for nothing. ment to hear the loss of the basket confi.

It was an anxious and trying day for dently laid at his door. Mrs. Snaith that took her, her children, Just then a youth, who had been hired and her goods, to the new home. Several to weed, came clattering across the paved times during the course of it imagination yard in his hobnailed boots. transported her among the people she was “I forgot the loft,” said Jolliffe ; and going to. How would they receive her? she put her head out at the casement winWhat questions would they ask? She dow.

Andrew, you go and look in the thought of them as excited also, as busy loft over the stable if the big clothes-bas. about her affairs, for Miss de Berenger ket is there." had assured her that the little, cottage “I know it can't be there, mem," anshould be swept down for her, and that swered the boy. she should find a comfortable supper ready “ I didn't ask you what you knew,” said there for herself and her little charge. Mrs. Jolliffe, with the dignity of full con

There was a certain amount of bustle, viction. “If it's not in a likely place, it and some excitement also, that day at the stands to reason that it must be in an un. parsonage ; not in the minds of Felix or likely. You

go

and do as I bid you." his brother, for they were gone out for the

Yes, mem,

"said the boy; and he burst day; and not concerning Mrs. Snaith. If into a chuckling laugh, and instantly was she could have known what it was that grave again. effaced her from their thoughts, it would “That boy Andrew is the awkwardest have helped her, as such things always do, in the parish,” continued Mrs. Jolliffe ; to realize how small the place was that she “but when I say the basket couldn't have filled in creation.

gone without hands, I don't mean but what It is hard, sometimes, when one had his hands are clean, in a manner of speak. thought that one's self and one's affairs ing." were filling the minds of others, to find “ It ain't there,” said Andrew, returning, that one has been utterly forgotten; but it and chuckling again. Whereupon he was is positively humbling to discover, as is reproved by all parties for things in gensometimes our lot, what a small, what an eral, including his having been frequently utterly worthless thing it was that blotted seen to laugh even at bis work, as if Us out.

nothing was of any account; which, they However, in this case, it cannot be said observed, had very probably emboldened to have been a small thing - quite the some tramp to carry off the missing article. contrary. It was a very large thing; there He was then made to fetch the lightest was the oddness of the matter. And how wheelbarrow from the potato garden, and so large a thing could possibly be lost, in that the clothes for the wash were missing, or mislaid, in such a scantily solemnly wheeled away. furnished house, was the whole mystery. The soft shadows of evening were comThe thing, in short, for sake of which Mrs. ing on, and everything about the parsonage Snaith passed out of mind, was a clothes was very still, when Miss de Berenger basket.

caine bustling up to the kitchen door, callJolliffe, the servant, had looked all over ing for Dick. for it, and was out of breath. A girl who “ I cannot find him anywhere, Jolliffe. had been blamed, and had wept in conse. I want him to come this minute, and see quence, was now helping the others to his little cousins. They have just arrived express the common astonishment, and at the cottage with their nurse, and I told counting off on her fingers, as Jolliffe enu. them they should see him.” merated them, all the places, likely and Jolliffe had been leaning out at the dairy unlikely, that had been looked into in window, talking to a market gardener, who vain.

also kept a shop in the neighboring town, A large bundle of clothes, ready tied up in which he sold both fruit and grocery, to be put into this basket, was lying in the and with whom Felix, under Miss de Be. mean time on the clean kitchen floor, and renger's advice, had made an agreement the washerwoman sat in judgment upon it, to exchange some of. his superfluous fruit deciding that it was too heavy to be car- for tea and other groceries.

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she had not seen Dick for a long time, the regard of it's being so close to the old gardener following:

churchyard, I'll tell you. It's in the old “ Wherever can the dear child be !” she clothes-basket.” exclaimed. “I should have looked after Jolliffe's surprise made her good-temhim before, if I hadn't had those lettices pered. Again she came under the tree, on my mind. They've all come to their and looked up. “This must be one of the hearts at once; the dairy floor is all over dear child's antics,” she observed ; “but green things that master cut for fear their however in the world did he get it up there? heads should spread.”

Must be fifteen feet high. What a borrid “ That comes of the vegetable ladies,” dangerous trick !” observed the gardener. “I'm sure I don't “I don't see that," answered Mr. Bolton. grudge anything its growth, not but “He can climb like a cat. What he's what I shall lose by all those apricots done is this: he's drawn it up, do you see, being ripe together.”

by that long dangle of clothes-line to the " Wherever can the dear child be !” fork where those three branches spread repeated Jolliffe. “ Master Dick !” she out, and there, as he stood above, he's shouted, “where are you? Come, it's managed to land it pretty steady, and he's supper time, and your aunt wants you, tied it with the rope in and out among the lovey."

boughs, and then he's fetched the stable A childish whoop answered, and was lantern." echoed from the old church tower, which “ And that boy Andrew helped him, I'll was close to the garden.

be bound !” exclaimed Mrs. Jolliffe. “I “ I can't tell where he is,” she observed; shouldn't wonder if he's in it now.

;

Master “ the sound seemed to come from all Dicky dear, you'll speak to your own Jolly, round.” Then she turned to the east, and won't you? exclaimed, “ Why, goodness ! — why, good A good deal of creaking was now heard gracious me, if ever I saw anything so in the wicker-work of the basket, but there strange in my life, Mr. Bolton! There's was no answer. ever so many stars shining in the chestnut- “Oh, well, Mr. Bolton," remarked Mrs. tree.

Jolliffe, in a high-raised voice, “it's a clear Mr. Bolton looked. There stood the case that he ain't here; I'd better go in great horse-chestnut tree, in all the splen- and tell his brother that he's lost.dor of its rich, deep foliage, and there A good deal more creaking, and somecertainly was a light shining between the thing like a chuckle, was now beard in the leaves. Not the moon, for she hung a basket, and presently over the edge peered yellow crescent, that yielded no light at the face of a great owl, a favorite comall; not Venus, for she, of all stars, was panion of the child's. the only one out; but a warm orange, It was dusk now under the tree, and the steady light that illuminated the whole creature's eyes glared in the light of the centre of the tree, and shone through the lantern. Mrs. Jolliffe, being startled, leaves as well as between them.

called him a beast; but he looked far The soft veil of the gloaming came on, more like the graven image of a cherub on and made this light every moment brighter; a tomb, for nothing of him could be seen while such a silence seemed to gather and but his widespread wings and his face, rise from under the trees, that Jolliffe and while he looked down and appeared to her companion, as they slowly and cau- think the visit of these two persons intiously approached, did not care to speak. trusive and unseasonable. Then the woman bung, back, the light “Well, old goggle-eyes," quoth Mr. Bollooked so strange; and the man went ton, “so you're there too, are you? If you under, looked up, and came back with a know where your master is, which appears smile.

likely — for you're as cunning as many “I'll give you two guesses regarding Christians, and full as ugly - you'd better what's up in that tree !” he exclaimed. tell him that, as sure as fate, we're going

“Can't I see that it's a light?” cried to fetch his brother out if he doesn't come Mrs. Jolliffe, with much impatience. “I down.” don't see, though you have bought the “ Ay, that we are," added Mrs. Jolliffe. fruit off the very walls, that I've any call “Why, it'll be dark presently, and how is to pick out answers for your riddles in he to get down in the dark ? " master's own garden, at this time o' night.” The round, rosy face of little Dick was

“Of course it's a light,” replied Mr. now reared up beside the face of the owl. Bolton, “but what's the light in ? Well, He looked like a cherub too, but with a if you don't like to come any nigher, in difference.

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