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11 7 six | hundred | 7 and / eighty | five, 717 the | Earl of Ar | gyle 7 | 7 was brought from the castle, | | first, 7 1 7 to the | Laigh 7 | council-house, 1 7 and thence, 7| 7 to the place of execution. 11 | | | 7 Before he | left the castle, | 7 he had

: lis | dinner | 7 at the usual | hour, 7 1 7 at | which

1 hie discoursed, 7 | not only | calmly, | 7 but even | cheerfully, | 7 with Mr. | Chateris | 7 and others.

| After | dinner | 7 he re | tired, 7 | 7 as was his | custom, 1 7 to his , bed-chamber, | where it is re | corded, 1 7 that he | slept 7 | quietly | 7 for a

| bout a ' quarter of an hour. 71 1 / While he was in | bed, 7 | one of the members of the council | came, 7 | 7 and | intimated | 7 to the 'at | tendants, | 7 a de / sire 7 | 7 to speak with him. I 17 Upon | being | told 7 | 7 that the | Earl 7 | 7 was a | sleep, 7| 7 and had | left 7 | orders | not to be dis

ៗ | turbed, 7 17 the manager | disbe | lieved the ac | count, 71 | which he considered | 7 as a de l vice 7 | 7 to a | void 7 | further questionings. Il 17 To 1 satisfy him, 17 the door of the bed

1 chamber, | 7 was half 7 | opened, | 7 and I then 7 17 he be | held, 1 7 en 1 joying a | sweet 7 17 and | tranquil | slumber, 1 7 the man, 7 | who 7 1 7 by the doom of | him 7 17 and his fellows, 1 7 was to | die 7 1 7 with | in the short 7 | space 7.17 of |

1 two .7 | hours! 7 1 1 ! Struck with the sight, 7 | 7 he | hurried | 7 out of

7 the | room, 1 | I quitted the castle | 7 with the utmost pre / cipi | tation, 1 and hid himself | 7 in the | lodgings of an ac / quaintance | 7 who I lived 7

| , I near, 7| 1 where he | threw himself | 7 upon the first 7 | bed that pre- sented itself, | 7 and had

every ap | pearance of a | man 7 | suffering | 7 the | most ex | cruciating | torture. I 1.17 His | friend, 7 ] 7 who was ap / prised of the state he was | in, ang 17 and who | naturally concluded he was ill, 7 I offers him some | wine. 7| | | 7 He re l

17 ! fused, 7 | saying, | “no, al no, | that 7 I will not

| help me. I 17 I have been at Argyle, 717 and I saw him | sleeping 17 as | pleasantly as | ever

man 7 | did 7 | 7 with | in 7 | one ? | hour 7 | 7 of Eternity, | | 7 but as for | me" 11 | }

1 7 The name of the person | 7 to whom 7 | this 7 | anecdote re | lates7 / 7 is not 7 | mentioned, 1 1 7 and the truth of it | 7 may | therefore 17 be

1 1 fairly con | sidered | 7 as | liable 1 7 to | that de gree of doubt, 7 1 7 with which 7 | men of | judgment | 7 re | ceive 7 | every species 7 of tra | ditional | history. | | | Woodrow, | 7 how ever, |

1 7 | 7 whose vel racity 17 is a | bove sus | picion, ! says, 7 | 7 he had it | 7 from the most un / ques

។ tionable 1 7 au 1 thority. | 17 It is not in it self 7 | un | likely; 1 1 7 and who is there, / 7 that

1 I would not wish it true? 7| | | What a satis | | |

/ | factory / spectacle | to a | philo / sophical | mind, 717 to see the op | pressor 1 7 in the | zenith of his | power | | envying his | victim! || | What an ac | knowledgment | 7 of the superiority of | virtue!! | | What an

an af | fecting | 7 and forcible testimony | 7 of the / value of that I peace of

mind, 7 1 7 which | Innocence | 7 a | lone 9 1 7 can

1 con | fer! 7| | 17 We know not who 7 | 7this

| man 7 | was, 7| | but when we reflect 7| 7 that the guilt 7 | 7 which | agonized him, | 7 was | probably | 7 in | curred | 7 for some I vain 7 | title, | 7 or at | least 7 1 7 for some | increase of wealth 917 which he did not want, 7 | 7 and possibly | knew not | how to enjoy; 7 1 7 our dis / gust 7 | 7 is / turned into something | like com passion, | 7 for that | very | foolish | class of men, 7 | whom the world 7 | calls 7 | wise in their | gene | ration.

Soon 7 | after this short repose, 7 1 7 Ar | gyle 1 7 was brought 7 | 7 ac | cording to | order, 1 7 to the | Laigh 7 | council-house, | 7 from | which 7 | place 7 | 7 is ! dated | 7 the | letter to his I wife, 7 | 17 and from thence 7 | 7 to the place of exe | cution. 17 On the scaffold | 7 he had some dis | course, 7| 7 as well with Mr. | Annand, 1 7 a

al minister | 7 ap | pointed by | Government | 7 to at

tend him, | as with Mr. Chateris. . | He de 1 sired | both of them | 7 to pray for him, | 7 and prayed him I self 7 | 7 with | much 7 | fervour | 7 and de 1 votion. | | 17 The speech which he made to

1 the people 1 7 was such as I might be ex | pected

1 7 from the passages al / ready re | lated. 7 The same 7 | mixture of | firmness | 7 and mild

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1 ness | 7 is con / spicuous in every | part of it. [ ]

17 “We ought not,” | 7 said 7 | he 7 17 " to des pise 7 1 7 our af | flictions, | nor to , faint 7 | under

1 them. I 1 1 7 We should not | suffer ourselves / 17

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7 to be ex | asperated | 7 against the | instruments

1 7 of our / troubles, / nor by | fraudulent | 7 or | pusil | lanimous com | pliance, | bring 7 | guilt 7

| upon our / selves; 7| | faint 7 | hearts 7 | 7 are | usually | false 7 | hearts, 7| | choosing / sin, 71 rather than | suffering." | 17 He offers his

1 prayers | 7 for the three 7 | kingdoms | 7 of England, Scotland | 7 and Ireland, I and that an | 7

| | end 7 | 7 may be I put 7 1 7 to their | present 7 | trials. ! | | Having | then 7 | asked 7 | pardon | 7 for his own 7 | faults, 7 | both of | God and | man, 7 17 he would have concluded, | 7 but | being re! minded | 7 that he had said 7 | nothing | of the royal | family, I 7 he | adds, 7 1 7 that he re , fere,

7 17 in | this 7 | matter | 7 to | what he had said at

| his / trial | 7 con cerning the | test; 7 1 7 that he

I prayed 7 1 7 there / never might be wanting | one 7 of the royal | family 1 7 to sup | port the Protestant re I ligion; / 1 7 and if | any of them | |

/ 7 had swerved from the true 7 | faith, 7 | 7 he prayed 7 | God 7 | 7 to turn their hearts; 7 |

1 7 but at / any rate | 7 to save his | people | 7 from their machi | nations. | | | When he had | ended,

1 17 he | turned to the south 7 | side of the scaffold

1 17 and said, 71 | “Gentlemen, | 7 I pray you, | do not miscon | struct | 7 my be haviour | this 7

1 | day. 7 | 171 | freely for | give 7 | all men | their

7 | wrongs and | injuries | done a gainst | me, 7 | 7 as | I de sire 7 1 7 to be for / given of God.” 7 |

fl 1 17 He then em | braced his friends, 7 1 1 1

1 gave some | tokens 7 of his remembrance | 7 to

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his son-in-law, | Lord 7 | Maitland, 1 7 for his | daughter and I grand-children, | | stript himself | 7 of part of his ap | parel, | 7 of which he | likewise | made 7 | presents, I 7 and laid his head 7 | ng

1 1 upon the block. 71 1

1 | Having | uttered a short 7 | prayer, | 7 he gave the signal | 7 to the | executioner, / which was I instantly o | beyed, 7 17 and his head 7 | severed from his body. || |

1 Such were the last 7 | hours 7 | 7 and such the | final close 7 17 of this / great 7 | man's 7 | life.

1 7| 1 | May the | like 7 | happy se | renity, 7 in such | dreadful | circumstances, | 7 and a | death 7 | equally | glorious, | 7 be the | lot of all, 7 | 7 whom

| tyranny 1 7 of what | ever description | 7 or del nomi | nation, | 7 shall in | any | age, 7 | 7 or in

ng any | country, | | call to | expiate their virtues | 7 on the scaffold! | |

A MOONLIGHT SCENE.

POPE'S HOMER.-ILIAD VIII. V. 673.

7 The | leader | spoke. 7 1 1 7 From | all his | host

a | round 7 1 Shouts of ap | plause 7 17 a long the shores re |

1 sound. 7 1 Each from the | yoke 7 1 7 the / smoking / steeds un

| ty’d, 71 7 And | fix'd their headstalls | 7 to his chariot 1

1 side. 7 1 1 1

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