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wounds of the breaking heart: in prayer his Spirit will descend upon you, and, full of faith in his unchangeable goodness, you will reap a rich reward of earthly happiness.”
Even in the parting scene one lonely beam of joy glistened in the fine blue eye of the Princess Charlotte, when she, in private, confided a letter to the care of her mother, to be delivered to an individual, who would open it with all the rapture of the lover, and who would hear from the lips of the mother, the expression of the continued attachment of her daughter.
It is not generally known that any interview took place on the continent between the Princess of Wales and Prince Leopold of Coburg; and, for the most obvious reasons, the circumstance was taken no notice of by some of the journals, and by others it was merely touched upon with that degree of delicacy which the subject required. It is, however, certain, that an interview did take place, and was attended with a high degree of satisfaction to all the parties interested.
On the day subsequently to the visit of the Princess Charlotte to Connaught-House, to take leave of her mother, Miss Mercer was permitted to go to Cranbourne-Lodge, and to remain with her Royal Highness until the following day.
The health of the Princess Charlotte continuing in a very precarious state, the necessary preparations were made for her immediate removal to the sea-side. Indeed, her indisposition was given
out as the plea for her not attending the magnificent fête which was given by her Majesty at Frogmore, in honor of the Prince Regent's birthday; but, as it was observed that her Royal Highness was well enough to take an airing for several hours in her carriage on the same morning, and visited her royal father and the Queen at the castle, the conclusions were thence drawn, that her not appearing at the fête must be ascribed to some other cause than that of indisposition; and, to those who possessed any insight into the real character of the Princess Charlotte, the solution of the question was not attended with much difficulty. The Princess Charlotte attached a very slight value to what are termed the pleasures of high life. She received no satisfaction from the cringing smile of the courtier, nor from the profuse adulation which the interested sycophant might lavish upon her. Her open, unsophisticated heart, alive to the dictates of truth, despised the unmeaning verbiage of the titled fool; and, in the fashionable grimaces of the effeminate coxcomb, she saw a degradation of the human character, and contemned the fluttering beings who practised them. It was the honest, blunt display of downright British worth that spoke to the heart of the Princess Charlotte; and the awkward salutation, and honest shake of the hand of an English farmer, were to her of higher value than the touch of the velvet hand of the essenced beau, or the dancing-school bow of the petit-maitre. The
individual who thought to worm himself into the good graces of the Princess Charlotte by fulsome or unmerited adulation, mistook his aim most completely. In the vicinity of CranbourneLodge was a poor widow, who had a numerous family, and, for those who could work, the Princess Charlotte found employment, and those who could not were entirely supported by her bounty. This act of charity was, in her presence, highly extolled, and some very inflated eulogiums were expressed on the occasion. She appeared not to pay much attention to them ; but, the rhodomontade being completed, she addressed her.self to the panegyrist, who was notorious for his parsimony, and said, “ I am not in the least surprised at the extraordinary importance which you attach to a mere common act of charity, as, practically speaking, it falls so seldom under your knowledge; but, in future, tell me of
faults, that I may mend them; my virtues will always speak for themselves.”
The Princess Charlotte was not one of those every-day characters, who seek relief to their real or imaginary afflictions, in the noise and turmoil of the ball-room, or who fly from reflection to the motley assemblies of fashionable life. That she had a deep and poignant grief rankling at her heart, was evident even to the casual observer, and was the natural consequence of the strength of her filial affection for her mother, who, being no longer allowed to enjoy the society of her
daughter, was on the eve of expatriating herself, perhaps, for eyer; for that grief, she found no alleviation in the pursuits of fashionable follies, but retired and secluded from the world, she found her consolation in the pages of the inspired writers, or in close communion with her God. As a proof of the general tendency of the thoughts of the Princess Charlotte, the following circumstance may be adduced as an ample testimony.
A clergyman of a dissenting establishment had obtained the honor of admission to the presence of the Princess Charlotte for the purpose of soliciting her patronage of a charitable institution. The Princess received him with the greatest sweetness and affability, and entered into familiar conversation with him; in the course of which she asked him his idea of a death-bed, and how to make it easy. The clergyman expressed some surprise, that her Royal Highness, who could have the benefit of much superior advice should consult him; to which she replied, that she had put the same questions to several persons; that she wished to collect different opinions, and that she had often made it the subject of conversation with her grandfather. She added, that she must ever feel greatly indebted to Lady Elgin for her pious instructions; that lady having been the first who had ever put the hymns of Dr. Watts into her hand, all of which she could repeat from memory.
T'he departure of the Princess of Wales from
the country was fast approaching, and it was an event which could not be contemplated by her afflicted daughter without the most acute sensations of grief. In her last letter to Lord Liver pool, in which she announces her desire of going abroad, she complains of the mortifications which she has met with in this country ever since she entered it, assuaged only by the affectionate protection she received from his Majesty to the last hour of his mental intelligence; deprived of his countenance she had no tie left but her daughter, and her society she was no longer permitted to enjoy. In this letter, she offers to resign the rangership of Greenwich Park in favor of the Princess Charlotte; she wishes to keep her apartments in Kensington Palace for a short time, and there are a few other requests, to all of which, a ready compliance was granted.
On the second of August, the Princess of Wales arrived at her house near Worthing, and the next evening she walked to that place, accompanied by her lady in waiting and attendants. She sat for nearly two hours on the beach; the moonbeams danced on the waves, the pleasure-boats glided at her feet, and at a distance lay at anchor the Jason frigate, which, in a few days, was to convey her to her natal shores. It was a scene at once solemn and sublime, and her Royal Highness appeared so lost in contemplation, that she heeded not the frequent admonitions of her attendants, warning her to retire from the beach