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in a decripit old age, when it has furnished three years career; if you wed a princess. of too great a house, she will think she: does you a favour, if she becomes your consort. This would be a ruinous expence for you, and you would derive no other advantage from it, than being the slave of your father-in-law.
But, if you chuse a wife of a character, nearly resembling your own, you will live more happy, because, in such a case, you must enjoy more tranquillity; and the cause of jealousy, which great princes always give to their halves, will not be troublesome to you.
Respect your mother, the author of your life; the more áitention you pay 10, her, the more estimable will you be. Always submit to be in the wrong; should you
happen to have any difference together. · Gratitude towards parents knows no bounds;
we are blamed for shewing too little, but never for having discovered too much.
I do not enter into a wide detail respecting indifferent matters, and which are, therefore, purely arbitrary. The tender attachment I have for you is such, that I shall always take a sincere part in your contentment, and that I shall hear of the applauses and benedictions bestowed on you by your subjects with inexpressible joy. Every opportunity of proving useful to you shall be seized by me with the greatest cagerness.
In a word, there is no happiness, my dear duke, I do not wish you, as there is aone of which you are not worthy.
Anecdote of Sir Walter Raleigh.
Raleigh, during his military proceedings in Ireland, observing that the Irish kerns, upon any remove of the English camp, . flocked in parties bither, to glean whatever they left behind, lingered one day, and lay in ambush to receive them. They
came with their wonted punctuality and greediness, but, in the midst of their operations, Sir Walter fell upon them, in so advantageous a manner, that, he surrounded them all with his men, and took every rebel upon the spot, who was not slain in making resistance. Among the prisoners, there was one loaded with withers, who, on being asked how he intended to employ them, answered boldly, to hang up the English churls. Well, replied Raleigh, they shall now serve for an Irish kern, and immediately ordered him to be tucked up with one of his own neck-bands. We read of another Irish rebel, but of greater Fank, named Brien O'Rourke, who, being afterwards condemned to the gallows, shewed great concern at his going to swing in a common halter, and earnestly petitioned, not for a pardon, or the preservation of his life, but a change in the instrument of death : he only desired to die in a withy instead of a rope. On being asked, why he was desirous of so insignificant a distinc
tion, he answered, for a distinction of life, which has been paid to many of my countrymen, who have been indulged in it.
Anecdote of the Pope, with Sarcasms against him, on the Defeat of the Spanish Armada.
There were two medals struck upon this occasion, the device of one was, a fleet flying under sail; with this inscription, venit, vidit, fugit : the other, which was designed more particularly for the honour of the Queen, representing fire-ships, and a fleet all in the utmost hurry and confusion, with this motto, du.x femina facti. Even the wits of Rome, would not let slip such a favourable opportunity of playing off their jokes at the holy father. They affixed to the statue of Pasquin, the following advertisement :
Pontificein mille annorum indulgentias; largiturum esse de plenito dine potestatis sua, si quis certo sibi indicaverit quid sit
factum de classe Hispanica, quo abierit ;
Anecdote of Anne of Cleves from Stowe.
· The lady Eleanor Rutland, Lady Catherine Edgecumbe, and Lady Rochford were artfully silting Anneof Cleves, to know whe.ther her Majesty was breeding. The Queen, with arch simplicitv, said, that the King, when they went to bed, took her by the