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“ I received your letter with indignation, and with scorn-I return you this answer, that I cannot but wonder, whence you should gather hopes from me, that I should like you,) prove treacherous to my Sovereign, since you cannot be insenşible of my former actions in his late Majesty's service, from which principle of
loyalty, I am no ways departed. . " I scorn your proffers; I disdain your
favour; I abhor your treasons; and am so far from delivering this island to your advantage, that I will keep it to the utmost of my power to your destruction.
" Take this final answer, and forbear any further solicitations; for if you trouble me with any more messengers, upon this occason, I will burn the paper, and hang the bearer. : “ This is the immutable rosolution, and shall be che undoubted practice of him who accounts it the chiefest glory to be
' his Majesty's most loyal, Castletown, and obedient subject, .July 12, 1619. (Signed) DERBY." Anecdote of the Masked Man, who cut
of the head of King Charles I. .
· "Lord S--, who commanded the English army at the battle of Dettingen, fell under the displeasure of King George II. for having given his royal master, a lesson of prudence and caution. · His lordship finding he possessed few of the requisites for a courtier, retired into Scotland ; but upon his leaving the contiTient, he received a letter, appointing place and time, upon business of the last moment. He arrived, without any attendants, but not totally divested of fear; when he entered a garret, that announced every species of misery. He perceived, by the glimmerings of an obscure lamp, an old anan, stretched out upon a bed, who had scarce any vestige of a human form.“ My Lord,” said he, “ I was impatient to see you ; and I felicitate you on the laurels you have so reocntly won; be seated, -and fear nothing from a man, who is in his hundred and twenty-fifth year.” Ile made the panegyric of this general; and condemned the injustice of his sovereign ; He then asked Lord S--, he did not want certain instruments which related to his family, his nobility, and his fortune.“ Yes,” replied his lordship, with emotion ; “ I have lost certain papers, which deprive me of a great part of my.inherit. ance.” Upon this, he gave his lordship the key of a casket, in which were deposited the writings in question. « To whom” said he, “ am I indebted for this inestimable favour?" " Oh, my dear son," replied the old man, “ come, and embrace your great grandfather.” Lord S--, was astonished at this rencounter; and was still more so, when he confessed, “ that he was the masked executioner of Charles the First. An insatiable thirst of vengeance suggested this aboininable crime; as I then looked upon this prince as my most cruel enemy, and persecutor ; I evensuspected him, of having seduced my daughter. I sacrificed my allegiance, to a thirst of revenge ; and I became the mere creature of Cromwell, who had seized upon the *reins of government; and as the last affront to Majesty, the King knew, to whom he was indebted for his executioner. I have been a fugitive-a voluntary outcast
in Europe, and Asia, for fourscore years ; · lost to my family, the world, and to myself-It appears to me, that Heaven has. permitted me to live thus long, as a punishment for my crime.
46. This casket, is the only remains of my fortune, and my past existence ; I have heard of your disgrace, and before I quitted, this miserable existence, I was willing to contribute to your welfare; the only return, I ask, is, that you will leave me to the habits of penitence, and shed a tear to the inemory of one, who has incurred: the displeasure of the Almighty.” In. vain did Lord S. endeavour to recal his ancestor to a sense of his danger, and to
press his return to Scotland ; at last, he seemed to yield to his earnest solicitations ; but on his repeating the visit the next day, he found he had quitted the spot; and notwithstanding every possible inquiry was made, his fate remains a mystery to this hour.
Anecdote of the King of Prussia.
In one of the private visits, which the great Frederick was wont to pay his soldiers, he met a jolly fellow, who had that evening deserted the service of Mars, for that of Bacchus. The monarchy entering in discourse with him, asked him, “ How he was able, out of his small stipend, to make
so large an offering to the God of wine;"> . and added, “ I assure you, comrade, my
pay is the same as yours; yet, I cannot afford it-Pray, tell me, how you can do this ?” “ Give me your hand, my lad; you seem an honest fellow, and I'll tell you the secret-to-day, I have been drinking