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upon his scepticism, she turned to the hesitating of their crown and of their issue, and the people of ecclesiastics who formed his council, and roused them this realm in great danger of destruction.' into some temporary opposition to the proceeding. Here, then, we find the nun and her accomplices The archbishop bent under her denunciations, and, at foundering in the labyrinths of treason. They were her earnest request, introduced her to Cardinal Wolsey, in correspondence with the pope, who had threatened then tottering on the edge of ruin, and who, in his Henry with excommunication; the nun had attested confusion and perplexity, was frightened by the her divine commission by miracles, and had been woman's menaces, and did not know what to think recognised as a saint by an archbishop of Canterbury; of her pretensions. She made herself known, too, to the regular orders of the clergy throughout the realm the papal ambassadors, and through them she went were known to regard her as inspired ; and when it so far as to threaten Pope Clement, assuming, in was recollected that the king was distinctly threatened virtue of her divine commission, an authority above with dying 'a villain's death, and that these and all principalities and powers.
similar prophecies were carefully written out, and It is matter of history, that after prolonged and were in private circulation through the country, the various negotiations with the pope, with the view matter assumed a dangerous complexion; it became to induce his holiness to annul his marriage with at once essential to ascertain how far, and among what Catherine, Henry at length accomplished the desired classes of the state, these things had penetrated. divorce, with the sanction of the English prelates, Accordingly, in the middle of November 1533, we and on his own responsibility married Anne Boleyn. hear of a commission sitting at Lambeth, composed of This proceeding, though generally acquiesced in by the Cromwell, Cranmer, and Latimer, for the purpose of nation, was nevertheless an occasion of great scandal ravelling out the threads of this strange story; from to the higher papist party, and particularly to large which, when the whole was disentangled, it appeared numbers of the clergy. Prior to the marriage, Henry that the divorced Queen Catherine, her daughter, the had taken the Lady Anne with him to the court of Princess Mary, and a large and formidable party in France, to have her there publicly recognised by the country, had come to the opinion, on the faith King Francis as the future queen of England ; and on of the aforesaid revelation, that the king had forfeited returning, having been delayed at Calais for a fort- his crown; that his death-either by visitation of God night by gales in the Channel, Te Deums were offered or by the visitation of man-was expected daily; in the churches for the king's deliverance; since, had and that whether his death took place or not, a revoluhe embarked before the storm, he might have probably tion was seemingly impending, which would place the suffered shipwreck. There was at the time great princess on the throne. No sooner were the comapprehension of such a catastrophe among his loyal missioners in possession of the general facts, than the subjects; and perhaps a sort of hope on the part of principal parties--that is to say, the nun herself, and some that he might thus be hindered from proceeding five of the monks of Christ Church at Canterburyin the course on which he was bent. On an occasion were arrested, and sent to the Tower to be examined.' of such interest, it would have hardly been becoming A common method of examining,' in those days, was in a prophetess to be unconcerned about what was by that delicate process called 'torture,' which probably going on. Accordingly, we find the Nun of Kent was, the monks endured, to bring them to confession. The with more frequency than usual, admitted to inter- nun, however, was not tortured. On her first arrest, views with angels. Under celestial instructions, as she was obstinate in maintaining her prophetic charac she said, she denounced the meeting between Henry ter; and she is said to have been detected in sending and Francis as a conspiracy against Heaven; and messages to her friends, 'to animate them to adhere declared that if the former persisted in his resolution to her and to her prophecies. But her courage shortly of marrying Anne Boleyn, she was commissioned by ebbed away under the hard reality of her position. God to tell him that he should lose his kingdom. She She began to make confession-a full confession, in did not specify the manner in which the sentence would which her accomplices joined her; and the half-combe carried into effect, but, in different revelations, fixed pleted web of conspiracy was ravelled out. They did the date of its infliction variously at one month or six not attempt to conceal that they had intended, if months after the marriage. The marriage, however, possible, to create an insurrection. The five monks eventually took place; and though several consequences -Father Bocking, Father Rich, Father Rysby, Father followed thereupon, the fulfilment of the nun's pre- Dering, and Father Goold-had assisted the nun in diction was not one of them. The one month, six inventing her 'revelations ;' and as apostles of digmonths, nine months passed over, and Henry was turbance, they had travelled about the country to still the king of England. His child—the renowned communicate them in whatever quarters they were Elizabeth-was born and was baptised, and no divine likely to be welcomed. When it is remembered that thunder had interposed; only a mere harmless verbal Archbishop Warham had been one of the foremost thunder, from a poor old man at Rome—the poor old dupes of this woman, and that even Wolsey's expope, namely, who, in his aimless vacillation, had not perience and ability had not prevented him from dared either to sanction or forbid the marriage. believing in her power, we need not be surprised to
The nun, however, and her friar advisers were find high names among those who were implicated. counting on other methods of securing the fulfilment Vast numbers of abbots and priors, and of regular of the prophecy of a more effective sort than super- and secular clergy, country gentlemen, and London natural agency. The career on which they had entered merchants, were included in the list. Fisher, Bishop was too fascinating to allow them to forsake it on the of Rochester, had 'wept for joy' at the first utterfailure of their immediate expectation. The first reve-ances of the prophetess ; and Sir Thomas More, 'who lation not being angwered by the event, a second was at first did little regard the said revelations, afterwards produced as an interpretation of it; which, however, did greatly rejoice to hear them. The nun, too, had was not published like the other, but whispered in frequently communicated with the 'the Lady Princesssecret to persons whose dispositions were known to Dowager' (the late queen, Catherine) and the Lady be unfavourable towards the king. It was now inti- Mary, her daughter. Father Goold was proved to mated that, though Henry continued king in the sight have travelled to Bugden, where Catherine resided, of the world, yet God did not acknowledge him; and with communications from the nun, “intended,' says the the disaffected were left to draw the inference, that act of attainder, to animate the said Lady Princess they were no longer bounden to be his subjects ;' to make commotion in the realm against our sovereign
which,' said the report of the commissioners, "might lord ;' and to assure her, on the strength of a recent have put the king and the queen's grace in jeopardy revelation, that her cause
conspirators, however, had deemed it prudent to wait nun herself, Richard Masters, and the five friars, being until the pope should have pronounced sentence against found guilty of high treason, were to die; the Bishop Henry for his contumacy, and absolved the English of Rochester, Father Abel, Queen Catherine's connation from its allegiance. On such sentence being fessor, and four more, were sentenced for misprision of published, the nun was in readiness to blow the trum- treason to forfeiture of goods and imprisonment. All pet of insurrection, and had already organised a corps other persons implicated, whose names did not appear, of fanatical friars, who, when the signal was given, were declared pardoued at the intercession of Queen were simultaneously to throw themselves into the Anne. midst of the people, and call upon them to rise in The chief offenders suffered at Tyburn on the 21st the name of God, and forcibly overturn the government. of April 1534, meeting death calmly, as we are told; The scheme, in the form which it had so far assumed, receiving a fate most necessary and most deserved, was indeed rather an appeal to fanaticism than a plot yet claiming from us that partial respect which is due calculated to lay hold of the deeper mind of the to all persons who will risk their lives in an unselfish country; but as an indication of the unrest and dis- cause. For the nun herself, we may feel even a less satisfaction which was stealing over the minds of men, qualified regret. Before her death, she was permitted it assumed an importance which it would not, at to speak a few words to the people, which at the other times, have received from its intrinsic character. distance of three centuries will scarcely be read without The guilt of the principal offenders, liowever, admitted emotion : of no doubt; and as soon as the commissioners were Hither am I come to die,' she said ; 'and I have satisfied that there was nothing further to be discovered, not been the only cause of mine own death, which the nun, with the monks, was brought to trial before most justly I bave deserved, but also I am the cause the Star-Chamber-a trial which was followed by an of the death of all these persons which at this time immediate conviction.
here suffer. And yet I am not so much to be blamed, The poor girl finding herself at this conclusion, considering that it was well known unto these learned after seven years of vanity, in which she had played men that I was a poor wench without learning, and with popes and queens, and princesses and arch- therefore they might have easily perceived that the bishops, now, when the dream was thus rudely broken, things which were done by me could not proceed in in the revulsion of feeling could see nothing in herself no such sort; but their capacities and learning could but a convicted impostor. Much as we may condemn, right well judge that they were altogether feigned. we can hardly refuse to pity her. The misfortunes of But because the things which I feigned were profitable her sickness had exposed her to temptations far beyond unto them, therefore they much praised me, and bare the strength of an ordinary woman; and the guilt me in hand that it was the Holy Ghost and not I that which she passionately took upon herself, rested far did them. And I being puffed up with their praises, more truly with the knavery of the Christ Church fell into a pride and foolish fantasye with myself, and monks and the incredible folly of Archbishop Warham. thought I might feign what I would, which thing hath But the times were too stern to admit of nice dis- brought me to this case, and for the which I now cry tinctions. No immediate sentence was pronounced ; God and the king's highness most heartily mercy, but it was thought desirable, for the satisfaction of the and desire all you good people to pray to God to people, that a confession should be made in public by have mercy on me, and on all them that here suffer the nun and her companions. The Sunday following with me.' their trial, they were accordingly placed on a raised And so ended, very tragically, a singular delusion platform at Paul's Cross, by the side of the pulpit, and imposture; ended in the only way it could end, and when the sermon was over, they one by one inasmuch as it was not successful, which, had it been, delivered their "bills' or confessions to the preacher, the kingdom must have been shaken with prolonged which by him were read to the assembled crowd. The turmoil and misery, and the great event which is nun's statement ran as follows: ‘I, Dame Elizabeth called 'the Reformation' might have been indefinitely Barton, do confess that I, most miserable and wretched postponed.* person, have been the original of all this mischief, and by my falsehood I have deceived all these persons (the monks who were her accomplices), and many more;
KIRKE WEBBE, whereby I have most grievously offended Almighty God, and my most noble sovereign the king's grace.
THE PRIVATEER CAPTAIN. Wherefore, I humbly, and with heart most sorrowful, desire you to pray to Almighty God for my miserable The gloomy night-hours which, as they crept slowly sins, and make supplication for me to my sovereign for away, brought again into distinctness shadowy images his gracious mercy and pard After this acknow- of terror that
had for a time cast behind me, did ledgment, the prisoners were remanded to the Tower, and their ultimate fate reserved for the consideration anything but weaken or allay the savage irritation of parliament, which was to meet about the middle of pense at length become, that long before the first rays
which possessed me; and so insupportable did susthe ensuing month of January.
of the gray cold dawn looked in through the one, When parliament assembled, the memorable act was passed (25 Henry VIII., c. 21) declaring the abolition high-up, strongly barred aperture by which light was of the papal authority in England ; accompanied, how grudgingly admitted to the cell, I once more sprang ever, by a declaration that in separating from the out of bed and shook the snoring shoemaker till i pope the kingdom was not separating from the unity portunity, I elicited a confused, fragmentary account
got him partially awake. By dint of determined imof the faith. This arduous business finished, the case of all that to his knowledge had passed at Honfleur, of the Nun of Kent and her accomplices was proceeded with which I was the more content, that the masterwith. Their offence being plainly high treason, and fear his half-told story had evoked, was, I clearly their own confessions removing all uncertainty about
ascertained, without foundation. their guilt, the sentence which followed was inevitable. The bill of attainder was most explicit in its details,
* The details of this story are derived from state-papers and going carefully through the history of the imposture, manuscripts preserved in the Rolls House collection, and are here and dwelling on the separate acts of each offender. condensed and pieced together into a continuous narrative from On the 21st of March, after being deliberately con
Mr Froude's History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the
Death of Elizabeth. sidered by both Houses, it received the royal assent, adopted, as, in following him, it would have been sheer affectation
Mr Froude's language has been in great part and remained only to be carried into execution. The to try to relate the story in different words.
I am admonished by a glance at the crowded inci- confined to her chamber with nervous headache; and dents of the next four-and-twenty hours, and the Fanchette herself in a state of semi-distraction. Her rapidly narrowing space into which they must be mistress was, she feared, in the custody of justice as compressed, to give the remainder of Sicard's prolix, a presumedly fraudulent bankrupt, a rigour which disjointed story in my own words: I do so, at the the sudden closing of the establishment at St Malo, same time helping out the halting narrative with and lier flight therefrom, would no doubt justify. To information subsequently obtained.
Webbe's impatient queries as to the grounds of her Captain Webbe was apprised by a note from Madame apprehensions, Fanchette replied that since about Dupré, left for him at Les Trois Rois, mentioning that noon, madame had been in a state of wild excitement, Madame Broussard and daughter were already in going in and out as if crazed with rage or terror; that Honfleur, but, to the best of the writer's belief, were about an hour before Captain Webbe called, several not aware that Miss Wilson and herself had arrived. gendarmes had come to the hotel, and demanded to Madame Dupré had also learned through a chattering speak with Madame de Bonneville, who, after a brief servant at her lodgings in the Rue du Marché, who private parley, left the house with them, and had not was well acquainted with the people at the Toison since returned. d'Or, that Madame Broussard, calling herself Madame Webbe's explosive malediction indicated a truer de Bonneville, had been followed from St Malo by a interpretation of Madame de Bonneville's furious fiery-tempered young man, who had made quite a excitement, and hier departure in company with the scene at the hotel, and loudly accused the lady, in the gendarmes, llian Fanchette's. It had, in fact, come to hearing of several persons, of being a confederate with her knowledge that Sicard had arranged with the the scélérat Webbe'-a phrase which he had twenty French Protestant minister to celebrate the marriage times repeated. Madame Dupré added, that the of a youthful Englishman and woman, who, she wench's garrulous gossip had given rise to vague doubted not, were young Webbe and Maria Wilson; feelings of alarm and distrust in Miss Wilson's mind, although, so cleverly had Sicard managed, she was which, if not set at rest, would, to say the least, cause unable to discover the whereabout either of her ward the postponement of her marriage with Mr Harry or the captain's son. Thoroughly determined not to Webbe.
be foiled, she had at last, with much reluctance, A glimpse of Sicard as he passed a window of Les placed herself in communication with the authorities Trois Rois, not only shewed Webbe the fiery-tempered of Honfleur; and the visit of the gendarmes, whom Mr young man that had made a scene at the hotel, but Tyler had caused to be despatched in hot haste from suggested to his fertile ingenuity a ready means of Havre, was the consequence. dissipating Maria Wilson's suspicions; a result which Without further acknowledgment of Fanchette's the impressionable, enthusiastic bootmaker, after being frank communication than the before-mentioned comthoroughly crammed with instructions, cautions, and prehensive execration of human kind in general, and promises, completely achieved. All essential prelimi- Madame de Bonneville in particular, the privateer naries being arranged soon after noon, it was finally captain hurriedly left the hotel. Not a minute too settled that the wedding should take place at the soon either. The marriage-ceremony had been interFrench Protestant chapel at seven in the even- rupted almost at the commencement, and Harry Webbe ing of that same day. The bride and bridegroom torn from his fainting bride by the rude hands of being British subjects as well as Protestants, the civil, gendarmes, and marched off to prison; Madame de which should have preceded the sacerdotal ceremony, Bonneville remaining but a few minutes behind, to and would have required certain formalities to be discharge a torrent of bitter reproaches at the insensible previously complied with, was not deemed to be girl and Madame Dupré; which duty accomplished, essential by the officiating minister; and Webbe kept she seized Sicard by the arm, and marched with him of course whatever doubts he might have felt upon the out of the chapel ; greatly to that gentleman's mystisubject to himself. Madame Dupré and Miss Wilson fication and astonishment, he hardly knowing whether would be perfectly satisfied with an ecclesiastical he was taken into the custody or into the renewed good marriage, and should the civil ceremony be there- graces of his formidable relative. after found essential to its validity, it could at any Into her renewed good graces he had, after a few time be gone through with; his son, meanwhile minutes, no manner of doubt, until an hour or more the only important point-being de facto the young having elapsed, he found himself at his auberge lodgings, lady's husband. Arrangements were made for the reckoning up recent occurrences, and by the brainimmediate departure of the newly wedded pair; and clearing illumination of a quiet pipe, perceived, to his before sundown on the morrow they would, it was extreme disgust, that although he had not been perexpected, be safely landed, L'Espiègle aiding, in Jersey, mitted a word with or a glimpse of Mademoiselle safe out of adverse fortune's reach.
Clémence, he had been pumped dry of every particular Ten minutes previous to the appointed hour, Harry known to him concerning Webbe, concerning me, Webbe and Jacques Sicard left Les Trois Rois, and William Linwood, and my whereabout, which the Madame Dupré and Maria Wilson their lodgings wily woman was desirous of ascertaining. That inforin the Rue du Marché in close carriages, arriving at mation determined her to prevent at all hazards my the Calvinist chapel at nearly the same time. The escape to England with the proofs of her crime in my minister was in attendance; and the trembling bride, possession. A primâ facie case to sustain an accusation clinging to rather than leaning upon Madame Dupré of robbery was easily made out; and Jacques Sicard for support, advanced with the bridegroom and Maitre was recklessly included therein, when, on the morrow, Sicard, who was to give the bride away, towards the the desperate woman heard that he had suddenly set altar.
out for Havre, after a stolen interview with Clémence. Meanwhile, the carriage had no sooner driven off Active search, untiringly urged by the two officers who from Les Trois Rois, than Captain Webbe sallied forth were maltreated in the mêlée at La Belle Poule, was in the direction of Le Toison d'Or, for the purpose of made for M. Baptiste, but without the slightest gleam announcing his vexatiously delayed arrival to his good of success; and the gendarmes were fain to content friend Madame de Bonneville, and especially to keep, themselves with the recapture of Webbe the younger. in nautical phrase, that dangerous lady well in tow, The morning found me still anxiously, not to say till Mr and Mrs Harry Webbe had left Honfleur many despondently considering the chances of the future; leagues behind them.
a debate which was before long joined in, though not The privateer captain's star was not that evening much enlightened by Maître Sicard. After breakfast, in the ascendant. Madame was out; mademoiselle we adjourned to the quadrangle, which served for a
common exercise-ground. Harry Webbe was not with that white flag, studded with golden fleur de lis, the prisoners there, amongst whom we soon noticed waving and glittering in the morning sunlight; and I a certain agitation of a hopefully expectant, if not was half-unconsciously whistling the first bars of the positively exultant kind, presently explained to arise old royalist air of Vive Henri Quatre, when I was from a generally entertained conviction that the last politely invited by my friend the sergent de ville to hour of the empire had at length struck-a consum- return to my cell. mation which suggested a more or less well-founded My mother awaited me there; and her joyous hope that the restoration would signalise its advent to aspect-joy-heightened by preceding grief and tears power by an act of clemency that would reach many -confirmed my mounting spirits. The streets, she of the inmates of that abode of crime and suffering. said, were full of gaily dressed folk, making holiday In proof of the correctness of the general belief, a of the assured downfall of the imperial régime; and large white flag, 'le pavillon sans tâche,' as legitimists white cockades, it was said, were in the pockets of nine loved to call it, which flew out from the summit of out of ten of the fickle populace; though, from dread the tower of St Thomas's Church at Ingouville, of General Véray and his exasperated soldiers, not as was pointed to.
yet openly displayed. · Drapeau de Capucin!' growled one of the jail This at length accomplished revolution in French officers—most of whom were old soldiers--as he passed state-affairs,' said my mother, 'not only assures your us, and noticed the object we were gazing at, 'may be safety, but that of Henry Webbe; which, as my welcomed by Capuchins ; but the flag of France still indiscretion led to his recapture, I am most heartily waves over the ramparts and the Hôtel de Ville, and glad of. It was only,' she added, 'in the first moments will continue to wave over them for a long time to of bewildering surprise caused by the intelligence of come yet, traitors and cowards notwithstanding.' your arrest that your father and I were disquieted by
It is well known, I may be here permitted to remind the accusation of robbery-a charge which of course the reader, that the soldiery of France refused to you know from the prison authorities has been already believe, even when disbelief seemed impossible, in formally withdrawn.' the final defeat of the empire-a sad illustration of Indeed, I know nothing of the kind.' which feeling was the battle of Toulouse, fought by “There is no doubt, at all events, of the fact. We Marshal Soult after he had been formally, though not had it,' said my mother, looking furtively around, and officially, apprised of his fallen master's abdication. sinking her voice to a whisper, 'from Captain Webbe General Véray, a Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour, himself, who called on us soon after it was light this and military commandant at Havre, was well known morning.' to be as stubbornly sceptical upon that point as the 'From Captain Webbe himself! You astonish me.' marshal, and sternly resolved, moreover, to guard You can't, my dear boy, be more astonished than the trust confided to him by Napoleon till la force we were to find that “le bon campagnard, Pierre majeure wrenched the sword of authority from his Bonjean, from the neighbourhood of La Heve, called grasp. It thus happened, that whilst everybody in to inquire after the young monsieur whose life he had Havre, himself included, well knew that the French the honour to assist in saving," was ubiquitous, indomitsenate had solemnly proclaimed the new government, able Kirke Webbe! Kind, excellent Father Meudon General Véray remained only the more fanatically came in whilst we were talking together, and Webbe, resolved than ever to act as if Louis XVIII. was still with that instinctive sagacity which never misses a a proscribed exile, and the soil of France unprofaned favourable chance, instantly avowed himself to be the by the footstep of a single hostile soldier. It was notorious Captain Webbe, of the late Scout privateer ; this, I knew, which excited the fears of Father Meudon. and having thus thrown himself upon the reverend Still, the passionate declaration of the prison official father's honour, so improved his opportunity, that they did not seem to me to confirm the good man's fears. left our house together, in furtherance of some plan The clergy of St Thomas, I must have mentally to render Harry Webbe's deliverance doubly sure.' argued, would not have hoisted the Bourbon banner The sergent de ville entered to say that the ten unless perfectly assured of impunity; and the blessed minutes granted to madame, without the usual previous consequences to myself and mine of the change of reference to superior authority, were expired, and that dynasty, and all which that change involved, so lifted it was absolutely necessary she should go forthwith. me, that I sprang forward with a joyous shout to Cannot my son leave this dreadful place with me?' greet poor Harry Webbe, who at that moment dismally she asked; 'the charge upon which he was apprehended emerged into the yard.
being, as you must be aware, formally withdrawn.' In such a state of nervous terror was he, that he It is true, madame,' replied the officer, that the staggered back with a faint cry of alarm, not imme- charge of robbery has been withdrawn; but-but'diately recognising me, or at least not my purpose in the man, I noticed, avoided my mother's eyebut so boisterously accosting him. Recovering himself, there are certain formalities to be observed which will he held out his cold shaking hand, and with a sickly at least delay monsieur's deliverance.' smile returned my greeting. I told him of the great My mother's glance rested for a moment disquietedly news, but it failed to excite a throb of hope in his upon the man's partly averted face, and then resolutely fear-palsied heart; and when, taking him aside, I putting away, as it were, the vaguely uneasy feeling explained to him, as Father Meudon had to me, that excited by his manner, she embraced me, and withdrew; his breach of parole would not, if he were brought remarking that Father Meudon would see me shortly, to trial before the Bonapartist authorities, be visited and by that time she hoped the formalities spoken of upon him capitally, or even with severity, except to would have been complied with. punish him for the death of Le Moine and his supposed It was about half an hour afterwards when M. subsequent entry into France as a Bourbon spy; the Meudon entered the cell, and startled me by his strange falsity of which charge he could, if necessary, demon- air and manner; and the more so, that he evidently strate, without destroying or jeopardising me, by strove to appear cheerful and unconcerned. It would simply appealing to the testimony of Auguste Le Moine not do. The expression of bonhomie habitual with himself for its disproof-he turned sadly, impatiently him had vanished, and been replaced by the palely away; and I plainly saw that to trust in his firmness gleaming lustre which the soul, in presence of a great or manly feeling, in the trying ordeal to which he catastrophe or a mighty deed—the light of battle, for might, after all, be subjected, was in very truth to lean instance, seen on the charging soldier's face-seldom upon a broken reed.
fails to impress upon the most common-place features., All the more welcome, therefore, was the sight of His greeting, too, was confused and awkward. Seating
himself upon Sicard's bed, he first mechanically offered Surely,' I exclaimed bewilderedly—surely the me his unopened tabatière, and immediately returned general, tête de fer as he may be, will not dare to it to his pocket, without observing that I had no display his Bonapartist feelings by a murder—for a opportunity of helping myself to a pinch, if so inclined: murder it would be-in the face of a government that next, as hastily drawing forth two letters, he gave me will hold him responsible for the atrocious deed ?' one, saying:
Let us not, my young friend, deceive ourselves,' 'It is sent to you by Le Capitaine Webbe. This is said the reverend father. The sentence which may for his son. I will deliver it whilst you are reading doom both you and your young countryman in the next your own; and return almost immediately.'
cell to a bloody death, would not be an illegal—at all This was Webbe's note:
events, not a grossly illegal one. More than that, the MY DEAR LINWOOD—“Finis coronat opus." I new government has vital need of the support of the think that was how we used to write it when I military chieftains, who have won so much glory for sported yellow stockings, and the o'erarching heavens France, so much renown and power for themselves ; shone, and dripped, at their sweet will, upon my hatless and you may be sure that much less legally justifiable head:
: yes, Finis coronat opus, freely rendered by it's deeds than the putting to death, by sentence of courtthe last deal and the last broadside which wins the martial, of two Englishmen-one who had broken his rubber and the battle. Quite true; and it affords me military parole, the other a traitorous spy, it would be much pleasure to inform you that the final, crowning said—would not subject one of those celebrities to so stroke of our long tussle with the Féron has been the much as a reprimand. General Véray has, be assured, formal, explicit withdrawal of the charge of " vol avec no responsibility to fear. Still, do not be too much cast effraction” preferred against you and the bootmaker; down. My military friend, Colonel Durand, has influshe having lodged in the greffier's office at Honfleur, a ence with the general; and I must invoke his good circumstantial declaration upon oath, that the articles offices without further delay. Farewell. God bless she missed, and believed you to have stolen, have since you.' been found: it would have been absurd, you will He left me stunned, struggling as it were to break admit, for Captain Webbe and the Féron to have through a horrible dream--hardly the less horrible fought à l'outrance till, like the Kilkenny cats, they that I felt it to be a dream--a fantasy as far as it had mutually devoured each other; and the final concerned myself; the instinctive, unreasoning conresult is, that my son, whom the Restoration, and not viction of my own ultimate deliverance, before spoken one hour too soon, gives back to life and love-a of, not having been sensibly shaken by M. Meudon's handsome present you will acknowledge, if he be not revelation. Of Harry Webbe's doom, on the other exactly Achilles redivivus-will yet espouse Maria hand, I felt an equally unreasoning presentimentWilson; and Monsieur le Bottier de Paris même may, doom which, it would be said, I had largely, my for any opposition on the part of Madame de Bonne- mother in a less degree, helped to bring upon him ville, raise Miss Lucy Hamblin to the dignity of and impelled by that strong unreasoning presentiment, Madame Sicard. Further, and to you the most inter- I hastened—the cell-doors being left open during esting item of all, Madame de Bonneville, née Louise several hours of the day to afford the prisoners access Féron, will make a frank circumstantial avowal of the to the yard—as soon as I had sufficiently rallied my fact and manner of the abduction of Mrs Waller's child; faculties, to warn and advise with the unfortunate upon the reasonable condition of being guaranteed young man. against a criminal prosecution. Thus then terminates We had, I found, exchanged characters, or at least with a flourish of trumpets our tragi-comedy, the moods of mind and temper. He was now as cock-agreen curtain ringing down upon—The Recovery of hoop as not long before downcast and despairing. His the Lost One; A Wedding-two possibly; and an father's letter, conveyed to him by M. Meudon, had uproarious tag, of “Long life to Captain Webbe, and wrought that change, confidently assuring him, as it may he live till he dies an admiral"--an aspiration did, that a brief interval only would elapse before he which certainly beats the oriental compliment, “ May was liberated. he live a thousand years," into fits.'
Colonel Durand,' said he, who is well known for * And I am quite sure, my dear Linwood, that you his “legitimate” leanings, will, my father tells me, will not wantonly jeopardise so every way satisfactory supersede General Véray in the command here before a solution of the difficulties in which those dear to you we are many hours older. All shadow of peril will have been so long involved, by any premature boyish then have passed away, and I shall be free to immeboast of your volunteered part in an affair, the real diately consummate the-the'hero of which, but for the fortunate Napoleon-catas He checked the ebullition of his jubilant thoughts, trophe, would, there can be little question, have been and looked away, as if half afraid that I should observe, despatched, before he was many hours older, with perhaps resent, the triumphant, almost insolent radimilitary honours, to paradise. Yours more sincerely ancy which lit up his handsome countenance. than you believe,
K. W. Free to consummate what?' I sharply asked. I had scarcely finished reading this curious epistle "To consummate a blessed purpose, Linwood'-he when Father Meudon reappeared, looking as painfully had sufficiently subdued himself to calmly reply-'the pre-occupied as before.
accomplishment of which I shall mainly owe to your *This letter,' said I, 'from Le Capitaine Webbe is chivalrous generosity-my marriage, namely, with written in more hopeful characters than those which I Maria Wilson.' imperfectly read upon that ominous brow of yours, Indeed! There has, however, been already one Father Meudon.'
slip between your lip and that cup, and there may Since that letter was written,' he replied, 'I have be another.' met with Monsieur Tyler, and gathered from the out “There is no fear, my dear Linwood. To-morrow, or pourings of his unchristian rage that the vieux tête possibly to-day-who knows !-I shall be the happiest de fer, General Véray, is resolved to avenge the death of men; thanks to you in a great degree. Let me of his friend, Le Moine, upon the young Englishman add, whilst I think of it,' he went on to say, 'that who broke his parole, should that deed of blood be the after calmly thinking over the suggestion you made last exercise of his authority. I come,' added Father this morning, as to the course of conduct I was bound Meudon, 'from your mother whom the general's for your sake to pursue, in the event of a court-martial vindictive fury chiefly threatens, and I must not lose taking place-of which there is now, thank God, no one precious moment in seeking to shield you from so fear-I fully resolved, come what come may, never to cruel, so untimely a doom.'
divulge that Le Moine fell by your hand.'