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of royal bistory ; a union begun in time since an:icipated ; but the redeep personal attachment, and con- sult was attended with disappointtinued, as long as Providence per ment. At length, however, the mitted it to last, in the peaceful public hope appeared about to be tranquillity of retirement, far from realized ; and the general anxiety those intoxicating splendours of a on the occasion became very great, court which appeared reserved for but certainly without any visible a future period of life, when, by the mixture of dread or apprehension. course of nature, they must enter The youth and uninterrupted bealth actively into them, but of which of the princess, with the regular and happy in themselves and each other, retired life wbich she bad led in they at present bad no need. It the country, presaged the most will readily be conceived that every favourable result. Alas, how soon sensible and well-informed member and how irreparably has this exof the community looked with no pectation been blighted ! Early on small anxiety to the first steps of Tuesday morning, November 4th, the royal pair, upon whom, under the Princess finding herself unwell, God, appeared to depend the hopes Sir Richard Croft, her physician, and destinies of this mighty empire, who had been in attendance three and, in a measure, of Europe at weeks, despatched messengers to large. Without being either im- apprize Dr. Baillie as well as the moral or upamiable, it yet appeared different officers of state, whose very possible, that Husbed with duty it is to be present on such health, and youth, and prosperity, occasions, and wbo arrived in the they might naturally plunge into course of the afternoon. Her the giddy vortex of fashionable Royal Highness continuing ill durdissipation ; and that thus the keen- ing the whole of Tuesday, it was ness of natural feeling, the ten- judged expedient to desire the atderness of the youthful beart, the tendance of Dr. Sims, who arrived love of simple and unsophisticated from London at three' o'clock on pleasures, and every thing con- Wednesday morning. The Prinnected with the finer parts of cess bore her protracted sufferings their character might be impair with the greatest possible patience ed. With such natural apprehen- and firmness; and from her excelsions, we cannot express how great lent constitution immediate was our gratification to perceive apprehension was as yet excited them voluntarily retiring from va- with regard to the result. The nity and splendour to exbibit an Prince Leopold appears to have example as auspicious as it was de conducted bimself with an anxious lightful, and, in their rank of life, affection and tenderness which have as rare as it was auspicious, of pri- greatly endeared him to the nation; vate and domestic virtue, of conju- or twice observing to the gal attachment, of unobtrusive cha- medical attendants, that the unrity and benevolence, with all the repining, patient, endurance of the admirable, though too often neg. Princess, while it gave him comlected qualities which were wont fort, communicated also a deep to characterize the English noble- affliction at her sufferings being so
Content and happy in them. lengthened.” At nine o'clock on selves, and regarded with the affec- Wednesday evening her Royal tion of personal esteem, rather than Highness was delivered of a deadof cold and distant homage, by the born male child, and received the pation at large, but one event seem- painful tidings with great comed wanting to render both their per- posure and resignation, expressing sonal expectations and the wisbes her entire submission to the wilī of their country complete. This of Providence.” The Prince, when event, it is well known, was some informed of the circumstance, im
mediately exclaimed, “Thank God, Among the numerous mourners thank God, the Princess is safe.” on this occasion, it would be unHer Royal Highness still remaining pardonable not to mention the composed, though greatly exhausted, husband and the royal father, each and no symptoms of danger appear of whom bas evidenced tbe most ing visible, the great officers of state affecting grief. The regent, from left Claremont at 11 o'clock, and his station in the country, could the Prince Leopold shortly after not regularly attend the funeral of retired to an adjoining apartment his daughter ; but the Prince Leoto compose bimself as far as possi- pold, to whom no such restriction ble after the distressing scene be applied, expressed his intention of had witnessed. A little after performing this last melancholy oftwelve, an unfavourable change fice. He had refused to leave the was observed in her Royal High- spot after the fatal event ; and, inness; her quiet left her; she became deed, throughout the whole scene restless and uneasy; and the me- has exhibited a most affecting and dical attendants were in conse.
interesting spectacle. And who can quence seriously alarmed. From be surprised at it? for they were balf past twelve, the restlessness in- so admirably matched, their hearts creased, and convulsions followed, so united, their union bad pretill, nature quite exhausted, this ami- sented so uninterrupted a scene of able and beloved Princess breathed British comfort, their minds and her last at half past two on the tastes were so congenial, it had morning of Thursday the 6th in- been such a home of happiness, stant; Prince Leopold being with and there was so large a promise her to the last moment.
of many years' continuance of that The instantaneous effect of this happiness, that, independent of podistressing event upon the public litical prospects, the sudden event mind can scarcely be described. must bave left indeed a painful For several days nothing else was void in his heart. May be despoken or thought of; every place rive consolation from that Source of amusement was closed ; even wbence alone it can be obtained, and business of importance was in many where we trust he may be enabled cases suspended; the daily jour- to seek it!--His conduct to the nals were filled with the mournful Princess has been truly exemplary. subject; the press, teemed with Their chief daily pleasure appears eulogies and regrets ; the sable em- to have been mutual instruction. blems of real and unaffected grief Her Royal Highness had read much, were every where visible; and not and with discrimination, especially a heart seemed to respond to any since her marriage; and one of her other theme, but the virtues, the most pleasing occupations was to accomplishırents, and the untimely accompany her illustrious consort loss of the lamented Princess. The in bis study of the English lansensation was not confined to our
guage, in which he was own shores; for, as far as details gent, that he has been able to read have arrived, the subjects of his our best writers on history and juMajesty, wherever residing, have risprudence. It appears, also, that evinced the same lively grief wbich they were strict observers of the afflicted their fellow countrymen Sabbath, and that the Prince reat home; and have exbibited to gularly read to her, after the the nations of Europe, that, what. Church service, one of our stanever may be our minor differences, dard English sermons. It is also loyalty and attachment to the reign- a matter placed beyond doubt, that ing family are still ruling principles they had established the daily woramong us. The foreign courts ship of God in their family, which have issued the usual orders for was regularly attended by every stale mourning.
branch of their household.
Even in death (for the Princess the kingdom participated in the remained sensible to the last) she general grief; and never did we evidenced her affection for her witness a sorrow so deep, so uniconsort by keeping her eyes con- versal, so overpowering. On no stantly fixed upon him, and fre- fast or thanksgiving day have we quently extending her hand to meet ever observed in the metropolis so his. Various other little incidents complete a cessation of all temhave transpired, all of which prove poral concerns. Every public ofthe reality and strength of their fice, every private establishment, mutual attachment. Every thing was entirely closed up.
The streets connected with the Princess, ap- were free from every bustle, but pears endeared to bim by fond re- that of the general population, collections. For some time the clothed in mourning, hastening to bonnet and cloak which she wore the places of worship. So sublime in her last pedestrian excursion and affecting an illustration of nawith him, were kept constantly be- tional sensibility has been rarely fore his eyes. They were bung exhibited to the world. Uninfluby her hands upon a screen in the enced by any mandate of temporal sitting parlour : nor would the authority, and prompted only by Prince either allow them to be re- their unfeigned sorrow, and, we moved, or any person whatever to trust, their
profound reliance upon touch them.
the consolations of religion, all The funeral obsequies took place ranks and classes voluntarily suson Wednesday, the 19th of Novem- pended their affairs, and with humber, at Windsor, whither the re. ble, awful earnestness, filled our mains of the mother and child had temples to supplicate the Throne been conveyed in melancholy pro- of Mercy. A whole people thus cession the day before. We must prostrate before God, that they pass over the remainder of the might express the anguish of their ceremonial, which was conducted hearts, implore forgiveness of the with all the magnificence due to past, and mercy for the future, the occasion. Amidst the illustri
was a spectacle which we hope will ous personages who were present not be forgotten. We doubt not as mourners, and all of whom, this is but a specimen of what as well as the vast concourse of prevailed throughout every part of spectators, testified the deepest the United Kingdom. The sad sosympathy and distress, every look lemnity at Windsor was matter of was fixed on one individual, who precedent and necessary form, never raised his eyes from the cof- which the high rank of the Heiress fin in which was deposited the of Britain demanded : it might have object of all his earthly hopes and been ordered, and it must bave enjoyments. As soon as the ser- been executed, whether the heart vice was concluded, the desolate went with it or not; but far difsurvivor returned to Claremont, ferent was the case with that new where he intends, it is said, (after and voluntary homage which was a short journey to the Continent, paid to a beloved Princess by a in order to recover his health and inourning nation. spirits,) to reside during the re- The whole of these circumstances mainder of bis life, and to carry evidence very strongly the general on those improvements upon the feeling of the nation, that the loss estate wbich he had projected with sustained has been of no ordinary one who must never behold their kind. In ascertaining, however, its completion.
real extent, it is necessary to abWindsor was not, however, the stract for a moment from our contemonly scene of mourning on this plation the peculiar circumstances solemn occasion. Every part of which have rendered, and that justly, the decease of the Princess a succession of short reigns, or even Charlotte more affecting than any a long minority, is no inconsider. event of a similar kind with which able evil; to say nothing of the we are acquainted. The rank and keen disappointment of exchanging personal attractions of her Royal such a certainty as appeared before Highness, ber recent marriage, and us, for an uncertainty, which, all the touching incidents connect- though it may be eventually overed with her life and death, have ruled by Providence for good, cancast around her toinb a melancholy not fail in the mean time to afflict interest beyond what could have the mind of every wise and disinbeen expected to arise from a terested lover of his country. We merely national calamity. But, even certainly do not ever expect to see independently of those parts of this Red and White Roses disputing the dispensation of Providence which throne of Great Britain—the laws more immediately apply to the and usages of the nation are too feelings and the heart, and which, well settled and recognised to renperhaps, have been a principal der such ominous forebodings at all cause of the national sympathy so probable; and we think much that feelingly exhibited on the occasion, has been said respecting the diffiwe think, that, upon the most fair culties attending the succession, and unexaggerated estimate, the at once visionary and mischievloss of such a Princess, at such a ous :-yet, after all, the calamity season, is far beyond the measure is doubtless most serious in its asof a common deprivation. In a pect; and, if we were specifically moral point of view, we had augur- called upon to conjecture one of ed much benefit to the country the probable causes of tbis Divine from the future influence of those infliction, we should scarcely hesivirtues whicb have endeared the tate to enumerate the late public youthful pair to the nation at large; discontents and symptoms of disand had hoped, that, under such affection to the government of the exalted patronage, a taste for re- country. At a time when the na. tired and domestic pleasures, and tion had risen to the height of its all the amenities of a truly rational, splendour, and when the return of and peaceful, and charitable life, universal peace called for the most might have become even fashion- grateful acknowledgments for the able in the higher ranks of the Bri. Divine mercies, we perceived on tish Court.
every side a rebellious murmur, In a political point of view which, not content with venting also, we looked forward with great itself upon a few real or supposed hopes to the future government grievances, went to the full and of a Queen who, in many very im- awful length of desiring a comportant respects, bade fair to dig- plete revolution in the government nify and adorn the throne of her an- of the country. Perhaps some of cestors. The inconveniences, also, those misguided men, who “ would which may everMually arise with not have a king to reign over them," respect to the succession to the may be induced, by the general Crown (though they appear to have terror, expressed at the very apprebeen greatly magnified) are by no hension (certainly a most groundmeans unimportant. In a family less apprehension of such a calaso numerous as the royal house. mity, to consider at once the absurhold, many of whom are not be- dity and the wickedness of their yond the middle stages of life, it is seditious machinations. Possibly not probable that the country will these alarms of the public, with ever require to be indebted to a what has appeared from the press, foreign nation for a king to sway as well as the numerous and weighty its sceptre; yet, on the other hand, discourses which on the day of general mourning were delivered on earth, and to forget a hereafter, from the pulpit, falling on minds this mournful scene appeals as with already prepared and softened by the voice of inspiration. If youth, sympatby, may create more deep or bealth, or the anxious love and and lasting reflections respecting our solicitude of a parent and hustrue duties and our solid interests, band, if the tears and affections than would have occurred to us dur- of a nation, could have saved her, ing years of uninterrupted prosperi- she had not fallen: who then shall ty. If what we have lately felt and plead exemption from a certain and heard shall bave tended to in. speedy, and perhaps, like hers, an vigorate sound and truly British untimely, grave ? But a few weeks principles, even the present blight- since, amidst all the gay and sparking of our hopes may become the ling lovers of pleasure,
of grandeur, promise of a new spring to our or ambition, who but would gladly greatness, and a blessing of no bave exchanged places with her vulgar or transient magnitude. who now lies lifeless in the tomb
But there is still a more import- of her fathers ? Alas! how soon ant view in which a Christian is the phantom dissolved ! Youth, observer must regard this national and rank, and vigour were uncalamity. Wbat a lesson has it availing. Without notice or warning, taught us of the vanity of all earthly though we would trust not withgrandeur, and the supreme import- out preparation; “one was taken ance of securing a blissful en- and the other left.” We looked, trance into a world where chance and all was gay, and bopeful, and and change are unknown ! With enchanting ;-in a moment the ilwhat new interest, if possible, bas lusion vanisbed, and a pallid corpse it invested every thing relating to only remained of all that we had death and to eternity !Of what so loved, and envied, and admired. service at this moment are all the Perhaps such an extraordinary distinctions of birth, and the trap- providence, such a palpable proof pings of a court, to her whom we of the frail and transitory nature deplore, and who, at the Eternal of all earthly blessings, such a pubThrone, can have nothing to plead lic and overwhelming appeal to but that same “ Blood of Sprink. our bopes, and fears, and sympaling" which was shed as much for thies was wanted to teach us a the peasant as the prince. Arrayed lesson which it is the great object in the righteousness of a Redeemer, of the world at large to forget. how blessed the summons, even We cannot easily forget this. We thus in early youth, to meet the wish we were as certain that the Omniscient Judge, and to enter warning conveyed by it would not into the joy of our Lord! Destitute be neglected ; and that the young, of this, how awful and irremediable the gay, the thoughtless--and how the reverse ! We have witnessed an much more the sick and the aged ! event which comes home to every -may be excited to serious reflecheart, and which we are seriously tion upon the mostimportant, because disposed to hope will not be suf- the only permanent and eternal, fered to plead in vain. If ever object of human concern. Happy any national calamity called upon is it for man, amidst all the uncerus “to remember our days, that tainties of life, that the Blood of we may apply our hearts unto wis- a Redeemer is still availing to dom," it is this. To the immediate pardon sin, and to cleanse from members of a court, who, enve. its impurities! Happy is it that loped with worldly fascinations, no one who penitently applies are, perhaps more than almost any for mercy through faith in a cru: other class of persons, liable to be cified i aviour, shall be excluded tempted to seek their happiness from its enjoyment! The world
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