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bord from the arena of this world is, | England and Scotland was very heavy, however, enveloped in a mystery, of and my sister had that morning given which scarcely anything has been my father a letter to post which was known in England, or even generally in addressed to me. He took it from his France. An account of the prince's pocket when Sir John said he was last illness has recently been given by about to stay in Warwickshire, and a very distinguished French writer, laughingly concluding that a letter from who affirms positively that Henri V. one little girl to another could hardly was poisoned, and offers certainly very be worth postage, asked if it would cogent reasons for this belief. We trouble him to drop it at my mother's subjoin in a footnote some extracts door. Sir John took it at once, but infrom his statement, by which our stead of sending it by a servant, he readers can judge for themselves how came himself and paid us very pleasfar he was right in his conclusions.1 ant visit. I was sitting on a low seat

in a corner of the room, and having The royal children passed out of our shaken hands with my mother, he came lives, and we saw them no more ; but up to me and gave me the letter with a other notable figures follow them few kind words. I raised my eyes to quickly on the stage of memory. I him as I took it, and saw a tall, quietthink that very few persons indeed can looking man, simple though dignified in now be living who remember the father manner, with somewhat heavy features, of Mr. Gladstone. I have a vivid rec- which, according to my recollection, ollection of him, as a kind action | bore no resemblance to the striking towards myself was the cause of a visit countenance of his distinguished son. he paid to my mother, with whom I That was not, I think, the only occawas when he came into the room. She sion on which I saw him, but it is was staying for a short time at Leam- the one most impressed on my memington, my father having remained in ory. I have, however, clear rememScotland. He had there met Sir John brances of other members of the Gladstone, whom he knew well, and family, especially two very old ladies heard from him that he was himself -great-aunts, I think, to Mr. Gladjust starting for Leamington. These stone — who wore the most wonderful were the days when postage between erections on their heads in the shape of

highly starched caps, with huge ruffs 1 The Comte de Chambord, sixty-three years of round their necks, and whose manners age, strong and robust, had returned from Goritz, where he had passed the winter, to Frohsdorff,

were solemn and austere to the last and was perfectly well. Suddenly on the 14th of degree, even towards their contemporaJune, 1883, he was seized with abdominal pains ries; as to me, they looked over my and violent sickness, accompanied with raging thirst. He rolled on his bed from intolerable pain, head and took not the smallest notice and said, " Je suis empoisonné.” His strong con- of me. I received, however, great stitution enabled him to rally, and he quite recov- kindness from a much nearer relation ered. The doctors, unable to account for his illness, said there must be a cancer. He answered,

of Mr. Gladstone's - his only sister. "Il n'en est rien, vous pouvez appuyer sur mon She was a good many years older than

J'ai beaucoup souffert, mais je ne myself, and had often had me with her souffre plus." On July the 14th he took food with great appetite, spoke and moved as usual, and was

as a child in her own home; but after perfectly at ease. He received congratulations on I grew up I met her again in Warwickhis recovered health on his fête day. He passed shire, and was then her almost daily several hours every day in his garden, but in the night of the 8th- of August the same symptoms companion. She was a tall, fair-haired returned with redoubled violence, and continued lady, with very winning manners, and till the 24th, when he died. The Comtesse de by that time she had become a Roman Chambord would not allow an autopsie to be made ; for although all said he had been poisoned, Catholic, and was a most ardent conshe could not bear to believe that her constant vert ; her whole conversation was on care had not prevented it. The body was, how-that subject, and it was her great desire ever, embalmed, and that enabled the five doctors who examined it to prove at least that there had to make proselytes. I went with her been no cancer.

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ture of the Madonna and Child by an | Grant, whose subsequent career has old master, and she fell into a sort of caused his name to be remembered trance in contemplation of it, from with distinction in the arny ; but I can which we had great difficulty in rousing only speak of my personal acquaintance her. She passed away several years with him when he was a young, singulater in a convent abroad, where, I be- larly attractive man, and it is as lieve, she was living only as a boarder skilled musician that I recollect him and not as a nun.

rather than as a military hero. He

played splendidly on the violoncello, It was in Warwickshire also that I which instrument, he gravely informed made the acquaintance of Sir John me, was his wife, and it certainly Franklin while I was still quite a child. seemed to my childish intelligence as The stout, good-humored gentleman, if a very remarkable union existed bewhose image appears before me as I tween the two. He could make it exwrite his name, is associated in my press every shade of his own feelings, mind with an event in which he took whether sad or joyful, and at that pethe keenest interest - a total eclipse of riod it undoubtedly occupied much of the sun ; but the amusement afforded his time and thoughts. Later, when by a rather absurd incident connected the serious work of his profession came with it, I am afraid, engrossed my upon him, I believe he discarded it childish mind more than all the scien- altogether. The last visit that I retific explanations of the phenomenon member his having paid us called forth which Sir John Franklin was so well a characteristic trait of the Scottish paqualified to give. In those primitive ture which amused him very much. days it was held that the best mode of We were spending the summer in a witnessing the obscuration of the sun country-house in Scotland, not far from was to watch it through pieces of the lown where his regiment was quarsmoked glass, with which we were all lered. One Sunday afternoon, when I duly provided when we sallied forth to was playing on the lawn, I saw Sir an open piece of ground where nothing Hope ride up to the door to call on my impeded the view. The result was that mother. Being Sunday, every one of in the course of a few minutes the our pious Scottish servants had gone to noses of every one present were se- church, excepting the cook. He had verely blackened unconsciously to dismounted and rung the bell, and I themselves — and the appearance of had rup up to speak to him, when she the whole scientific party was irresist- appeared in answer to the visitor's ibly comic. Sir John Franklin ap- summons.

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a great gaunt peared then so full of life and energy woman, with a decidedly stern counteand high spirits, that it was difficult to nance, who looked as if she might have think of him afterwards as the worn- faced a regiment herself without alarm, out, suffering hero of that last fatal and she scowled from under the frills voyage, which held the country in sus- of her huge cap with an expression pense as to his fate, during a period which showed that she considered a cruelly long and trying to his wife, and gentleman who paid a visit on the to all who had relations among his “Sawbath” to be a most godless percompanions in the ice-bound vessels. son. She grimly admitted that her One of my cousins was of the number, mistress was at home, but added there and I well remember the sensation in was no one but herself to show him to his home when some of the relics of the drawing-room. “They have all the disastrous expedition, afterwards gone to the kirk, as it behoved them to brought back, were identified as haviugdo.” “That does not matter," said belonged to him.

Sir Hope ; “I dare say I can find my

way ; but would you kindly take my We were at that time very intimate horse round to the stable ? “ Me!" also with a soldier hero, Sir Hope she exclaimed, flinging up her arms

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me touch that fearsome beast that past - wildly enthusiastic about Greece could trample me into a jelly, and on and all that it could reproduce of the the Sawbath too ! No! not for a' the ancient glories he had studied in his airth !” “But, my good woman, he is scholarly youth. He had, however, perfectly quiet, Sir Hope said " he already taken holy orders at that time, will not hurt you. I cannot leave him and he preached one Sunday to the here loose ; do take him round.” But very small congregation of Englishshe only answered with inflexible se- speaking people who assembled to hear verity, “No' for a' the airth! I him. His bright, earnest face and natwouldna touch yon beast at the best o’ ural eloquence were very attractive ; times, forby the Sawbath !” Poor Sir and we were prepared for the inevitaHope looked perplexed; he had no ble text taken from the account of St. idea where the stables were, and he Paul's visit to Athens, which was invawanted to go into the house and see his riably chosen by every English clergyfriends. I had been in fits of laughter man who addressed us from that pulpit. at the scene, but I came to the rescue. It never seemed to occur to any of “Let me take your horse,” I said ; “I these gentlemen that they might not be am sure he will go nicely with me. .” the first who had hit on that appropri“Yes, that he will,” said Sir Hope, ate theme ; on the contrary, they gengladly putting the bridle into my hand ; erally looked round with an expression “ he will follow you as gently as possi- of serene satisfaction at their admirable ble ;” and so he did, only, as I began choice, and we simply had to listen to run when we started, the horse set patiently to the slightly varied readings off at a quick trot, and going a great of a most familiar topic. When I met deal faster than I could, it ended in his Dean Stanley again it was many years taking me triumphantly to the stables later in England, and the change which instead of the original arrangement, had passed over him was remarkable and he landed me there quite out of and somewhat sad. His bright vivacity breath, and holding on with difficulty was all gone, his manner subdued and to the connecting bridle. The last quiet; but he recalled with interest time I ever saw Sir Hope Grant was many circumstances of our intercourse on the occasion when he took leave in the sunny days we had spent toof us just as we were embarking for gether under the cloudless skies of Greece, where the next seven years of Greece. my life were spent.

During the whole of one lovely Many distinguished persons of vari- spring-tide in Athens we had the socious nationalities became known to us ety of Captain Basil Hall, an old friend while we resided in Athens ; but, as of my father's, who was a clever was to be expected on that classic soil, author of some repute in those days, there was always a large influx of En- though his name is probably scarcely glish travellers. Some amongst these, known to the present generation. He bearing well-known names, still happily came to Greece from Palestine, where survive, and may not therefore be men- he had been spending some time with tioned here; but there are others who his wife and daughters, and much as remain with us now only as illustrious he was interested in all that he saw in memories. One of these last, with beautiful Hellas, we noticed a strange whom we had much pleasant inter- preoccupation in his manner, as if his course, was Arthur Stanley, afterwards mind were intensely occupied with Dean of Westminster. He was young some secret subject, which he seemed then, and distinguished by the most never to forget even when visiting light-hearted buoyancy of disposition, sites that had the strongest claim on - always animated — always eager to his attention. My father put our carsee and know thoroughly every object riage at his disposal, and often drove

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with him to spots of which the very | which I suppose hardly a specimen name had an indescribable charm ; but could be found in these degenerate still Basil Hall would sit silent, in deep days. Suddenly he saw a mysterious thought, apparently almost unconscious light on the ceiling of his room for of his surroundings. At length one which he could not account in any way. day he revealed to my father the cause His scientific zeal was roused at once of his continual abstraction. He be- to discover the cause ; it must be a lieved that during a night he had spent reflected light, perhaps from at the Holy Sepulchre the Lord Jesus celestial phenomenon in the sky. He Christ had appeared to him there in rushed to the window and looked out, visible form. He entered into very but all was as usual in the darkened circumstantial details respecting the heavens. He extinguished his lamp, vision he maintaiued he had witnessed, thinking that its flame might have beand it was evident from his manner come singularly polarized on the ceilthat he was in a strangely excited state ing; but there was no change in the of mind. It was no surprise, there- circular light over his head except that fore, to my father, though a source of it seemed growing brighter. He tried much regret, when he heard later from every plau he could think of to explain England that Basil Hall had fallen a it, but in vain. The great man was victim to complete aberration of mind, completely puzzled — he stood gazing and did not long survive the develop- upward open-mouthed, while his acute ment of the malady.

brain intent on the mystery.

Presently, however, he became aware Another of my father's old friends that the receptacle in which the wise who came to visit us in Athens was the brain was enclosed had a sensation of widow of Sir Humphry Davy, a most unpleasant warmth, while an odor, vivacious old lady, who was much apparently due to the frizzling of hair, more given to sentiment than to was making itself strongly felt. Inscience. I am afraid I must own that voluntarily he snatched off his nightshe afforded me a good deal of wicked cap, and then discovered that he had amusement from the extremely senti- set fire to the tassel thereof in bending mental relations she succeeded in es- over the lamp while engaged in an tablishing with my kind old father, to experiment, and the strange circle of which he submitted with much patient light was at once explained, to his no good-humor. I think she must have small indignation. been attracted by him when she had Sir Walter Scott gives an admirable known him many years before in his résumé of the history and character of youth ; but she would insist on spend- Lady Davy in his journal (vol. i., p. ing most of her time seated with him 107), to which we may refer our readin a bower in the garden, and vehe- ers for further details of her eccenmently dismissed any of the junior tricities. members of the family who ventured near the favored spot. To our young At the time when we resided in eyes they seemed a very ancient couple Athens it was the home also of a splento be engaged in so romantic a flirta- did old soldier, whose name, it is to be tion ; but my father met our sarcastic hoped, has not been forgotten in Encongratulations by assuring us that she gland General Sir Richard Church. told him many good stories, and amused Previous to his residence in Greece he him very much. One of these in con- had been appointed to suppress brignection with her celebrated husband andage in Italy, and had accomplished was comical enough. Sir Humphry his onerous task with indomitable courwas alone in his room one evening age and admirable judgment. The attired in a dressing-gown and a night- most notable incidents of his striking cap, constructed on the ancient conical career have already been published in pattern, with a tassel for the apex, of the pages of “ Maga,” so I will speak of him only as we knew him came back to us exclaiming, “ It is refined courtly gentleman, somewhat nothing in the world but a sheep lying reserved and holding aloof from gen- full length in the middle of the road. eral society, but charming to those Here, you cowardly fellows,” he added whom he allowed to be his friends. in Greek to the grooms, “ go and lift it To me personally, a mere young girl, out of the way at once," which they he was exceptionally kind. I used to did, slinking past the general in his ride out every evening, and in that manifest wrath with great trepidation. country an escort in addition to the General Church occupied a very high groom was indispensable. During one position in the estimation of those whole year my father was unable to go who had the pleasure of knowing him with me, and, to my great delight, our in Athens, as well as in all parts of ambassador, Sir Edmund (afterwards Greece. The noble history of his past Lord) Lyons, arranged that I was to ac- career had won for him a great reputacompany him whenever he had time for tion, and his presence was eagerly dehis evening ride. He was a delightful sired at court and in Athenian society companion, and nothing could exceed generally, where the corps diplomatique his good-natured kindness to me, while and their adherents had infused a the pleasure of those happy evenings strong foreign element; but he did not was enhanced by the fact that General easily lend himself to the universal Church very frequently joined us. On desire for his company. He led a very one occasion his characteristic energy retired life, associating almost excludisplayed itself in an amusing little sively with his friends at the English incident. As it was much too hot in Embassy, but his name still lives in Attica to go out before the sun had set, Greece as an honored memory. Enthe greater part of our ride was per- gland lost one of her finest old soldiers formed in starlight only, if there was when Sir Richard Church was laid in no moon to brighten our way. One his last resting-place. night, when it seemed unusually dark, I saw Lord Lyons once again many I was riding between the two gentle- years later when he came to Oxford to men, and was startled by our horses, receive the degree of D.C.L. honoris all three, suddenly stopping and refus- causâ. He called on us after the Ening to advance an inch on the road ; an cenia, and when he saw me he turned obstacle of some kind there evidently to me, saying, “Shall we take a ride was, and in the complete darkness it together to Kephissia” (a village near was unwise to force the horses to go on Athens) — he said it with a rather sad till we could ascertain what it was. smile, for since those bright days of The gentlemen called to the three my youth, long past, he had himself groons, following each of us respec- gone through the vicissitudes of the tively, to go forward and examine the Crimean war, where he did distinmystery. Mine an Italian, the guished service, and he felt that the other two were Greeks, but not one of weight of years would soon incapacitate them had the courage to move. They him for the active devotion to his would have faced a band of soldiers, queen and country he had always disbut a mysterious enemy, who might be played; and so it proved too soon. demoniacal, was not to be lightly en- He was most tenderly cared for at the countered by the superstitious men. last by his daughter, the Duchess of General Church gave vent to an ex. Norfolk, and passed away in strong clamation which, if they had under- faith and hope to the realms unseen. stood it, would have rendered them tolerably ashamed of themselves, and Another notable personage who was flinging himself off his horse, he put often in Athens while we were there, the bridle into Lord Lyons's hand and seems never to have been known and went quickly forward ; then we heard appreciated for his intellectual qualihim burst into a fit of laughter, and he ties, though his position, as ultimately

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