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The niost minute particulars relative to our late be. loved princess being universally known, we refrain from the attempt to add any thing to the accounts of her estimable life and afflicting death, already published ; bat shall content ourselves with culling from the • CYPRESS Wreath,' twined by the bards of Britain to her immortal memory, one other sweet poetic flower expressive of feelings in which every reader must participate.—(See

also p.5.)

Of fragrant scent, and charming hue,
In Britain's royal garden grew

A lovely Rose;
And, as he passed th' enchanting place,
COBOURG the blushiug flower to grace

His bosom chose.
Still blooming in the royal bound,
The plant remained, but fenced around

New buds to bear;
Phæbus with genial glory smiled,
And zephyrs only, sweet and mild,

Waved thro' the air.
The Rose did bud; yet ere the day
Which should its beauteous hue display,

By Heaven's command
Death passed that way, in rueful hour,
And sudden snatched both bud and ftower

With icy hand.
For blooming youth, and mental worth,
We drop the pitying tear on earth,

But look above
With eye of hope; for well we knew
Death oft removes his flowers to grow

In realms of love.
Yes; there's a better world on high,
A garden planted in the sky,

For ever fair :
Still CHARLOTTE and her Son may reign

grace divine; nor Death, nor Pain,
Can enter there.

9.-LORD MAYOR'S DAY. The word mayor, if we adopt the etymology of Verstegan, comes from the antient English maier, able or potent, of the verb may or can. King Richard I, A.D. 1189, first changed the bailiffs of London into Mayors; by whose example others were afterwards appointed. See our last volume, p. 278, for some lines on this day.

11.-SAINT MARTIN. He was a native of Hungary, and for some time followed the life of a soldier; but afterwards took orders, and was made Bishop of Tours in France, in which see he continued for twenty-six years. Martin died about the year 397, much lamented, and highly esteemed for his virtues.—For a pleasing little ballad on this day, see T.T. for 1814, p. 286, and our last volume, p. 315.

13.-SAINT BRITIUS. Britius, or Brice, succeeded St. Martin in the bishopric of Tours in the year 399. He died in 444.

*13. 1817.-COUNTESS OF ALBEMARLE DIED. The following letter, written at an early age, and accompanied with a bust of Fox, was sent to Lady Albemarle by H. R. H. the Princess Charlotte, who distinguished her ladyship by peculiar marks of affection, regard, and esteem. My dear Lady Albemarle,

. I most heartily thank you for your very kind let ter, which I hasten to answer, But I must not forget that this letter must be a letter of congratulations, of congratulations the most sincere : I love you, and therefore there is no wish I do not forin for your happiness in this world.

May you have as few cares and vexations as can fall to the lot of man; and may you long be spared, and long enjoy the blessing of all others the most precious—your dear Mother*-who is not more precious to you than to me. But there is a trifle which accompanies this, which I hope you will like; and if it sometimes reminds you of me, it will be a great source of pleasure to me. I

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Lady de Clifford, one of her H. R. H.'s preceptresses.

shall be most happy to see you, for it is a long time since I had that pleasure. 'Adieu, my dear Lady Albemarle, and believe me ever • Your affectionate and sincere friend,



It is painful to add, that the demise of the estimable Countess is supposed to have arisen purely from sympathy, at the sudden and unexpected fate of the Princess, her amiable and exalted friend. Her ladyship's accouchement was not expected until the lapse of a few weeks; but, melancholy to relate, exactly seven days after the death of the illustrious Charlotte, and but three or four after the communication of the fatal intelligence, Lady Albemarle also was no more !

*13. 1817.-RT. HON. J. P. CURRAN DIED. When Curran was called to the bar, he was without friends, without connexions, without fortune, conscious of talents far above the mob by which he was elbowed, and suffering under a sensibility which rendered him painfully alive to the mortifications he was fated to experience. After toiling for a very inadequate recompense at the sessions of Cork, and wearing, as he said himself, his teeth almost to their stumps, he proceeded to the metropolis, taking for his wife and young children a miserable lodging upon Hog-hill. Term after Term, without either profit or professional reputation, he paced the hall of the Four Courts. The first fee of any consequence that he received, was through the recommendation of Mr. Arthur Wolfe, afterwards the unfortunate but respected Lord Kilwarden. Curran's recital of this incident cannot be without its interest to the young profes sional aspirant, whom a temporary neglect may have sunk into dejection. I then lived,' said he, upon IIog-hill; my wife and children were the chief furniture of my apartments; and as to my rent, it stood pretty much the same chance of its liquidation with the national debt. Mrs. Curran, however, was a barrister's lady, and what was wanted in wealth she was well determined should be supplied by dignity. The landlady, on the other hand, had no idea of any gradation except that of pounds, shillings, and pence. I walked out one moming to avoid the perpetual altercations on the subject, with my mind, you may imagine, in no very enviable temperament. I fell into the gloom to which from my infancy I had been occasionally subject. I had a family for whom I had no dinner, and a landlady for whom I had no rent. I had gone abroad in despondence-I returned home almost in desperation. When I opened the door of my study, where Lavater alone could have found a library, the first object which presented itself was an immense folio of a brief, 20 golden guineas wrapped up beside it, and the name of Old Bob Lyons marked upon the back of it. I paid my landlady, bought a good dinner, gave Bob Lyons a share of it; and that dinner was the date of my prosperity ! Such was his own exact account of his professional advancement.--Phillips's Life of Curran.

*14. 1804—JACOB BRYANT DIED, ÆT. 99. He employed his deep and extensive learning in the noblest of purposes : he most deservedly ranks among the first men of his age; and, from having consecrated his great talents and acquisitions to the service of religion, will be ever entitled to the veneration of mankind.

17.-SAINT HUGH. Our saint was a native of Burgundy, or Gratianopolis. At first he was only a regular canon, but afterwards a Carthusian monk, and at length, through the favour of King Henry Il, was constituted Bishop of Lincoln. In this see he obtained great fame, not only for his extraordinary austerity of life and excellent economy, but for his rebuilding the cathedral from the foundation. Hugh died on this day, in the year 1200, of an ague. In 1220, he was canonized

at Rome, and his remains were taken up October 7, 1282, and deposited in a silver shrine. 20.-EDMUND, KING AND MARTYR.

RTYR. Edmund, king of the East-Angles, having been attacked by the Danes in 870, and unable to resist them, heroically offered to surrender himself a prisoner, provided they would spare his subjects. The Danes, however, having seized him, used their utmost endeavours to induce Edmund to renounce his religion; but, refusing to comply, they first beat him with clubs, then scourged him with whips, and afterwards, binding him to a stake, killed him with their arrows.

22.-SAINT CECILIA. Cecilia was a Roman lady, who, refusing to renounce her religion, was thrown into a furnace of boiling water, and scalded to death. Others say that she was stifled in a bath, a punishment frequently inflicted, at that time, on female criminals of rank. She suffered martyrdom about the year 225. Cecilia is regarded as the patroness of music, and is represented by Raffaelle with a regal in her hand.

23.-SAINT CLEMENT. Clement I was born at Rome, and was one of the first bishops of that place: this see he held about sixteen years; from the year 64 or 65 to 81.

He was remarkable for having written two Epistles, so excellent, and so highly esteemed, by the primitive Christians, that the first was for some time considered canonical. Clement was sentenced to work in the quarries, and afterwards, having an anchor fastened about his neck, was drowned in the sea.

23.-0. MART.
Old Martinmas-Day, an antient quarter-day.

25.-SAINT CATHERINE. Our saint was born at Alexandria, and received a liberal education. About the year 305, she was converted to Christianity, which she afterwards professed with the utmost intrepidity, openly reproving the

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