Sidor som bilder

ing the interest of the whole; we shall, Curiosities of Literature. Vol. 3, Svo. therefore, confine our specimens to a few

12s. Murray, London, 1817. passages from Mr. D'Israeli's. “AnecThe two first volumes of this amusing James J. when a Child,' (drawn up

dotes of Prince Henry, the Son of and instructive publication, have for from a manuscript memoir of him, writmany years been before the public, and ten by one of his attendants,) and from the repeated impressions they have un-bis Secret History of Charles the First, dergone, sufficiently attest the estimation and his Queen Henrietta,' which may jn which they are deservedly held. The be consulted with advantage by the third volume, which is entirely new, is futnre historian of that eventful period. not inferior to the two preceding, in the

“ Prince Henry in his cbildhood rarely variety and interesting nature of the articles which it contains ; and it ex

wept, and endured pain without a groan.

Wben a boy wrestled with him in earnest, hibits the same taste in selection and and threw him, he was not seen to whine extensive reading, which uniformly cha or weep at the hurt.' His sense of justice racterizes all Mr. D’Israeli's productions. was early; for when his playmate, the lit

The present volume comprises upwards the Earl of Mar, ill-treated one of his of thirty articles, historical, critical, bio-pages, Henry reproved his puerile friend: gìaphical, literary, and miscellaneous, I love you because you are my Lord's son and treating on the following subjects, viz. conditioned, I 'will love such an one bet,

and my cousin; but, if you be not better The Pantomimical Characters—Extem

ter,' naming the child that bad complained pore Comedies—Massinger, Milton, and of him," ihe Italian Theatre—Songs of Trades, “ His martial character was perpetually or Songs for the People Introducers of discovering itself. When asked what inExotic Flowers, Fruits, &c.-Usurers strument he liked best? he answered, 'a of the Seventeenth Century-Chidiock trumpet.' We are told that none of his Tichbourne (a Roman Catholic's Histo- age could dance with more grace, but that ry)-Elizabeth and her Parliament

he never delighted in dancing; while he Anecdotes of Prince Henry the son of pride and delight, more particularly when

performed bis heroical exercises with James I. when a child–The Diary of a

before the King, the Constable of Castile, Master of the Ceremonies-Diaries, Mo- and other ambassadors. He was instructed ral, Historical, and Critical-Licencers by his master to handle and toss the pike, of the Press—Of Anagrams and Echo to march and bold himself in an affected VersesOrthography of Proper Names style of stateliness, according to the mar-Names of our Streets—Secret History tinets of those days; but he soon rejected of Edward Vere, Earl of Oxford-An such petty and artificial fashions; yet, to cient Cookery and Cooks—Ancient and of skill in a trilling accomplishment, be

shew that bis dislike arose from no want Modern Saturnalia-Reliquiæ Gethini-would sometimes resume it only to laugh anæ- Robinson Crusoe-Catholic and at it, and instantly return to bis own natuProtestant Dramas The History of the ral demeanour. On one of these occasions Theatre during its Suppression-Drink- one of these martinets observing that they ing Customs in England-On Literary could never be good soldiers unless they Anecdotes-Condemned Poets—Acajou

always kept true order and measure in and Zirphile, of its Preface-Tom o' Bed- marching, What then must they do, lams--Introduction of Tea, Coffee, and swift-runping water?" In all things free

cried Henry, 'when they wade through a Chocolate--Charles the First's Love of dom of action from his own native impulse, the Fine Arts-Secret History of Charles he preferred to the settled rules of his I. and his Queen Henrietta-TheMinister teachers; and when bis physician told him the Cardinal Duke of Richelieu—The that he rode too fast, he replied, Must I Minister, Duke of Buckingham, Lord ride by rules of physic?' When he was Admiral, Lord General, &c. &c. &c.- cating a cold capon in cold weather, the Feltou the Political Assassin-Johnson's physician told him that that was not meat

for the weather. Hints for the Life of Pope.

You may see, doctor,

said Henry, ‘that my cook is no astronoWhere every article presents abun- mer.' And when the same physician obdant materials for selection, it is diffi- serving him eat cold and hot meat together, cult to extract a part, without impair- protested against it, 'I cannot mind that

now,' said the royal boy facetiously, reign of Britain (as he was expected to *though they sbonld have run at tilt to be) a suitable education, and his pregether in my belly.' “Born in Scotland, and beir to the filled bis office with no servility to the

ceptor, Adam Newton, appears to have crown of England, at a time wben the matual jealonsies of the two nations were capricious fancies of his royal pupil. running so high, the boy often bad occa “Desirous, however, of cherishing the sion to express the unity of affection, I generous spirit and playful humour of which was really in his heart. Being Henry, his Tutor encouraged a freedom questioned by a nobleman, whether, after of jesting with bim, which appears to have his father, he had rather be King of Eng- been carried at times to a degree of moland or Scotland? be asked, “which of them mentary irritability on the side of the was best?' being answered, that it was Eng. Tutor, by the keen humour of the boy. land, •Ther,

' said tbe Scottish-boro Prince, while the royal pupil held bis master in "would I bave both!' And once in read. equal reverence and affection, the gaiety ing this verse in Virgil,

of his temper sometimes twitched the Tros Tyriusve mihi vullo discriinine agetnr. equability or the gravity of the Preceptor. the boy said he would make use of that When Newton, wishing to set an example verse for himself, with a slight alteration, to the Prince in heroic exercises, one day thus

practised the pike, and tossing it with

sach little skill as to bave failed in the · Anglus Scotasne mibi nullodiscrimine agetur.' attempt, the young Prince telling bim of

“ Ho was careful to keep alive the same his failure, Newton obviously lost his temfeeling for another part of the British do- per, observing, that to find fault was an minions, and the young Prince appears to evil humour.' Master, I take the humour have been regarded with great affection of you.' 'It becomes not a Prince,' ob. by the Welsh; for when once the Prince served Newton. • Then,' retorted the asked a gentleman at what mark he should young Prince, doth it worse become a shoot? the courtier pointed with levity at Prince's Master!'-Some of these harmless a Welshman who was present. Will you bickerings are amusing. When bis Tutor, see then,' said the princely boy, 'bow I playing at shuffle-board with the Prince, will shoot at Welshmen? Turning his blamed him for changing so often, and back from him, the Prince shot his arrow taking up a piece, threw it on the board, in the air.- When a Welshman, who had and missed his aim, the Prince smiling, taken a large carouse, in the fulness of his exclaimed, 'Well thrown, Master;' ou heart and his head, in the presence of the which the Tator, a little vexed, said, 'he King, said that the Prince should have would not strive with a Prince at shufile40,000 Welshmen to wait upon bim, against board.' Henry observed, ‘Yet you gownse any King in Christendom; the King, not men should be best at such exercises, a little jealous, hastily inquired, •To do which are cot meet for men who are more wbat?' the little Prince turned away the stirring.' The Tator, a little irritated, momentary alarm by his facetiousness,– said, I am meet for whipping of boys." To cut off the heads of 40,000 leeks.' • You vaunt then,' retorted the Prince,

“ His bold and martial character was that which a ploughman or cart-driver discovered in minute circumstances like can do better than you.' 'I can do more,' those. Eating in the King's presence a said the Tutor, for I can govern foolish dish of milk, the King asked bim why he children.' On which the Prince, who, in ate so much child's meat? “Sir, it is also his respect for bis Tutor, did not care to man's meat,' Henry replied ;-and imme- carry the jest fartber, rose from table, and diarely after having fed heartily on a par- in a low voice to those near him said, “ He tridge, the King observed, that that meat bad need be a wise man that could do would make him a coward, according to that.'--Newton was sometimes severe in the prevalent potions of the age respecting his chastisements;

for when the Prince diet; to which the young Prince replied, was playing at Goff, and having warned “Though it be but a cowardly fowl, it shall his Tutor, who was standing by in convernot make me a coward.'-Once taking up sation, that he was going to strike the ball, strawberries with two spoons, when one

and baving lifted up the Goff-club, some might have sufficed, our infant Mars gaily one observing, ‘Beware, Sir, that you bit exclaimed, “The one I use as a rapier, not Mr. Newton;' the Prince drew back and the other as a dagger.''

the club, but smilingly obterved, “Had I

done so, I had but paid my debts.'-At It is well known that great pains were another time, when the priocely boy was taken, in order to give the future sove- amusing himself with tbe sports of a child,

his Tutor wishing to draw him to more cluded the men: it happened that an old manly exercises, amongst other things, servant, not aware of the injunction, ensaid to bim, in good humour, God send tered the apartment, on which the Prince 'you a wise wife!"

• That she may govern told him be might play too; and when you and me!' said the Prince. The Tutor, the Prince was asked why he admitted observed, that he had one of his own;' this old man rather than the other men, the Prince replied, “But mine, if I have he rejoined, 'Because he had a right to one, would govern your wife, and by that be of their bumber, for Sener bis puer.' means would govern both you and me.' “ Nor was our little Prince susceptible Henry, at this early age, excelled in a of gross flattery, for when once he wore quickness of reply, combined with reflec- white shoes, and one said that he longed tion, which marks the precocity of bis to kiss his foot, the Prince said to the intellect. His Tutor having laid a wager fawning courtier, 'Sir, I am not the Pope;" with the Prince that be could not refrain the other replied that he would not kiss from standing with his back to the fire, the Pope's foot, except it were to bite off and seeing him forget himself once or his great toe. The Prince gravely retwice, standing in that posture, the Tutor joined: • At Rome you would be glad to said, “Sir, the wager is won, you have kiss his foot, and forget the rest.' failed twice;' Master,' replied Henry, “It was then the mode, when the King Saint Peter's cock crew thrice. --A Mu- or the Prince travelled, to sleep with their sician baving played a voluntary in his suite at the houses of the nobility; and the presence, was reqnested to play the same loyalty and zeal of the host were usually again. I could not for the kingdom of displayed in the reception given to the Spain,' said the musician, .for this were royal guest. It happened that in one of harder than for a preacher to repeat word these excursions the Prince's servants comby word a sermon that be bad not learnt plained that they had been obliged to go by rote.' A clergyman standing by, ob- to bed supperless, through the pinching served that he thought a Preacher might parsimony of the house, which ihe little do that: “Perhaps,' rejoined the young Prince at the time of hearing seemed to Prince, 'for a bishoprick !'

take no great notice of. The next morn" The natural facetiousness of bis tem- ing the lady of the house, coming to pay per appears frequently in the good humour her respects to him, she found him turuing with which the little Prince was accus

a volume that bad many pictures in it; tomed to treat his domestics. The Prince one of which was a paintiug of a company had two of opposite characters, who were sitting at a banquet: this he shewed her. frequently set by the ears for the sake of

• I invite you, Madam, to a feast.' To the sport; the one, Murray, nick named what feast?" she asked. “To this feast, • the taylor,' loved bis liquor; and the said the boy., What, would your highother was a stout “trencherman.' The ness give me but a painted feast ?" Fixing King desired the Prince to put an end to bis eye on her, he said, “No better, Mathese brawls, and to make the men agree; dam, is found in this house. There was and that the agreement should be written

a delicacy and greatness of spirit in this and transcribed both. Then,' said ingenious reprimand, far excelling the the Prince, "must the drunken taylor sub- wit of a child. scribe it with chalk, for he cannot write According to this anecdote-writer, it bis dame, and then I will make them appears that James 1. probably did not agree upon this condition—that the trench delight in the martial dispositions of his erman shall go into the cellar and drink son, and whose habits and opinions were, with Will Murray, and Will Murray shall in all respects, forming themselves opposite make a grcat wallet for the trencherman to his own tranquil and literary character. to carry his victuals in.'-One of his ser The writer says thal, "his Majesty, with vants having cut the Prince's finger, and the tokens of love to him, would sometimes sucking out the blood with his mouth, interlace sharp speeches, and other demonthat it might heal the more easily, the strations of fatherly severity. Henry, young Prince, who expressed no displea- who however lived, though he died early, sure at the accident, said to him plea to become a patron of ingenious men, and santly, If, which God forbid! my father, a lover of genius, was himself at least as myself, and the rest of bis kindred should much enamoured of the pike, as of the fail, you might claim the crown, for you pen. The King, to rouse him to study, have now in you the blood royal. -Our told him, that if he did not apply more little Prince once resolved on a bearty diligently to his book, bis brother, Duke game of play, and for this purpose only Charles, who seemed already attached to admitted his young gentlemen, and ex-study, would prove more able for govern

mentand for the cabinet, and that himself , papal dispensation. The Queen stopped would be only fit for field-exereises and her journey, and wrote to inform the King military affairs. To his father, the little of the occasion. Charles, who was then Prince made no reply: but, when his 10. waiting for her at Canterbury, replied, tor one day reminded him of what his that if Henrietta did not instantly proceed, father had said, to stimulate our young he would return alone to London. Hen. Prince to literary diligence, Henry asked, rietta doubtless sigbed for the Pope and whether he thought his brother would the penance, but she set off the day she prove so good a scholar? His tutor re received the King's letter. The King, plied, that he was so likely to prove. either by his wisdom or his impatience,

Then,' rejoived our little Prince, will detected the aim of the Roman Pontiff, mahe Charles Archbishop of Canterbury.'. who, had he been permitted to arrest the

“Our Henry was devoutly pious and progress of a Queen of England for sixrigid, in never permitting betore him any teen days in the face of all Europe, would licentious language or manners, It is weil thus have obtained a tacit supremacy over known that James 1. had a habit of swear a British Monarch." ing,-innocent expletives in conversation, which, in truth, only expressed the warmth

"By the marriage-contract, Henrietta

was to be allowed a household establishof his feelings; but, in that age, when ment, composed of her own people; and Paritanism had already possessed half the this bad been contrived to be not less than nation, an oath was considered as nothing a small French colony, exceeding three short of blasphemy. Henry once made a hundred persons. It composed, in fact, a keen allusion to this verbal frailty of bis French faction, and looks like a covert father's; for wiren he was told that some project of Richelieu's to further bis inhawks were to be sent to him, but it was irigues here, by opening a perpetual cor- . thought the King would intercept some respondence with the discontented Cathoof them, the little Prince replied, “He may lics of England. In the instructions of do as be pleases, for be shall not be put to Bassompierre, one of the alleged objects the oath for the matter.' The King once of the marriage is the general good of the asking him, what were the best verses he Catholic religion, by affording some relief had learned in the first book of Virgil, the to those English who professed it. If, little Prince aoswered, These :

bowever, that great Statesman ever caterRex erat Ænas nobis quo justior alter

tained this political design, the simplicity Nec pietate fuit, nec bello major et armis. and pride of the Roman Priests here com“Such are a few of the puerile anecdotes zeal they dared to extend their domestic

pletely overturned it; for in their blind of a Prince who died in early youth, glean: tyranny over Majesty itself. ed from a contemporary manuscript, by an eye and ear witness. They are trifies, but The French party had not long resided trifles consecrated by his name. They are

here, ere the mutual jealousies between genuine, and the philosopher knows how the two nations broke ont. All the Engto value the indications of a great and helish who were not Catholics, were soon roic character. There are among them dismissed from their attendance on the some, which may occasion an juaitentive Queen, by herself; while Charles was reader to forget, that they are all the

compelled by the popular cry, to forbid speeches and the actions of a child !", any English Catholics to serve the Queen, The secret history of Charles I. and

or to be present at the celebration of her

The King was even obliged to em. bis Queen Henrietta is drawn froin

ploy poursuivants or king's messengers, to manuscript letters of the times, and stand at the door of her chapel to seize on from the printed" Ambassades du Mare- any of the English who entered there, chal Bassompierre.” They shew bow while on these occasions the French would bigotted she was to the Romish faith, raw their swords to defend these conand how faithfully she educated her cealed Catholics. •The Queen and her's' two sons in its tenets ; but they also became an odious distinction in the na

tion. . Such were the indecept scenes exshew that Charles I. was by no means the weak, axorious monarch he is re

hinited in public; they were not less re

served in private. The following anec. presented by many writers.

dote of saying a grace before the King, " When Henrietta was on her way to

at his own table, in a most indecorons race England, a Legate from Rome arrested her run between the Catholic priest and the at Amiens, requiring the Princess to un- King's chaplain, is given in a manuscript dergo a penance, which was to last sixteen letter of the times. days, for marrying Charles without the 6 • The King and Queen dining together Vol. IX. No, 53. Lit. Pan. N. S. Feb. 1,



in the presence, Mr. Hacket (chaplain to and entities, that I have more trouble 10 the Lord Keeper Williams) being then to make them agree than I shall find to acsay grace, the Confessor would have pre- commodate the dillerences between the vented him, but that Hacket shoved him two Kings. Their continual bickerings, away; whereupon the Confessor weut to and ofteu their vituperative language, octhe Queen's side, and was about to say casion the English to entertain the most grace again, but that the King palling the contemptible and ridiculous opinions of our disbes unto him, and the carvers falling to nation. I shall not, therefore, insist on their business hindered. When dinner this point, unless it shall please his Majesty was done, the Confessor thought, standing to renew it.' by the Queen, to have been before Mr.

“ The French Bishop was under the age Hacket, but Mr. Hacket again got the of thirty, apd bis authority was imagined start. The Confessor, nevertheless, begins to have been irreverently treated by two his grace as loud as Mr. Hacket, with beautiful viragos in that civil war of such a confusion, that the King in great words which was raging; one of whoni, passion ivstantly rose from the table, and, Madame St. George, was in high favour, taking the Queen by the band, retired and most intolerably hated by the Eng. into tho bed-chamber. It is with difli.

!ish. Yet such was English gallautry, calty we conceive how such a scene of that the King presented this lady on her priestly indiscretion should have been dismission with several thousand pounds suffered at the table of an English Sove- and jewels. There was sonething incoureign.”

ceivably ludicrous in the notions of the * One of the articles in the contract of Englisli

, of a Bishop hardly of age, and the marriage was, that the Queen should have gravity of whose character was probably a chapel at St. James's, to be built and iarnished by French gesture an-l vivacity. consecrated by her French Bishop; the This French establishment was daily growPriests became very importunate, declaringing in expence and number; a manuscript that without a chapel mass could not be letter of the times states that it cost the performed with the state it ought before a Queen. The King's answer is uot that of a King 240l. a day, and had increased from

three-score persons to four hundred and man inclined to Popery. •If the queen's clo forty, besides cbildren! set, where they now say mass, is not large enough, let them have it in the great deuly appeared, and, summoning the

It was one evening that the King snd. chamber; and, if the great chamber is

French household, commanded them to not wide enough, they might use the gar- take their instant departure--the carriages den; and, if the garden would not serve

were prepared for their removal. In doing their turn, then was the park the fittest

this, Charles had to resist the warmest iu-. place.

treatics, and even the vehement auger of .. The French Priests and the whole the Queeni, who is said in her rage to have party feeling themselves slighted, and broken several papes of the window of sometimes worse treated, were breeding the aparlment to which the King dragged perpetual quarrels among themselves, grew

her, and confined her from them. weary of England, and wished themselves

"The scene which took place among away; but many having purchased their the French people, at the sudden announce places with all their fortune, would have ment of the King's determination, was rebeen ruined by the breaking up of the markably indecorous. They instantly few establishment. Bassompierre alludes to to take possession of all the Queen's wardthe broils and clamours of these French robe and jewels; they did not leave her, strangers, which exposed them to the it appears, a change of linen, since it was laughter of the English Court; and one cannot but smile in observing, in one of with difficulty sbe procured one as a fathe dispatches of this great mediator be ters of the times. One of their extraordi

vour, according to some manuscript let. tween two Kings and a Queen, addressed nary expedients was that of inventing bills; to the Minister, that one of the greatest for which they pretended they had enobstacles which he had found in this diffi- gaged themselves on account of the Queen, cult negotiation, arose from the bed-cham-io ihe amount of 10,000l. which the Queen ber women! The French King being at first owned to, but afterwards acknow. desirous of having two additional women

ledged the debts were fictitious ones. to attend the English Queen, his sister, the Among these items was one of 400t. for Ambassador declares, that it would be necessaries for her Majesty; an Apothemore expedient rather to diminish than to cary's bill for drugs of sool.; and another increase the number; for they all live so of 1501. for the Bishop's unholy water,' as ill together, with such rancorous jealousies the writer expresses it. The young French

« FöregåendeFortsätt »