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In vain to deserts thy retreat is made ;
The crusaders under Richard Plantagenet and Philip de, Valois, amounting to 100,000 warriors and pilgrims, assemble in the plains of Vezelai, 1190. They separated on the last of the month at Lyons, the French king taking the road to Genoa, Richard that to Marseilles.
Louis IX. of France sails from Aigues Mortes upon his fatal crusade, against the infidels of Tunis in Africa, 1270.
Charles II. signs his charter incorporating “ The Governors of the Charity for the relief of poor Widows and Children of Clergymen," 1678 ; with license to possess any estate not exceeding the value of £2000. The governors, after the accession of Dr. Turner's noble donation, obtained an augmentation of the license to an income of £5000, dated 16th December 1714.
The great battle on the banks of the Boyne, in Kildare, 1690. James fled upon his discomfiture to France : Drogheda and Dublin surrendered. " And if King William be returning we may say of him as Cæsar said, · Veni, vidi, vici ;' but, to alloy much of this, the French fleet rides in our channel (24th June, 0, S.), ours not daring to interfere, and the enemy threatening to land.” King William returned to England on the 15th of August, leaving Lord Sydney “ Governor of what is conquered in Ireland, which is near three parts.”
The town of Athlone on the Shannon is taken by storm under General Ginkell, afterwards Earl of Athlone, 1691. The celebrated Colonel Grace was governor.
Harley, Earl of Oxford, is acquitted by his peers, and released from his confinement (during two years) in the Tower, 1717. It was the signal for the retirement of this worthy steersman from public life.
Sir Eyre Coote defeats Hyder Ally, at Porto Novo, near Cuddalore, with a very unequal force. Upon the 27th of August he drove this powerful invader from all his posts, and from the field, after the hard contest of a day, 1781. Hyder was the father of the famed Tippoo Sabeb.
A good name is the embalming of princes.-King Charles I.