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not so great as we thought, since the tide now ebbing he recover'd the broken parts of his ship.
Coming thus to London and afterwards to court, I kissed his majesties hand, and acquainted him with some particulars concerning France. As for the present I had to deliver to her majesty from the princess of Conti, I thought fit rather to send it by one of the ladies that attended her, than to presume to demand audience of her in person : but her majesty not satisfied herewith, commanded me to attend her, and demanded divers questions of me concerning that princess and the courts in France, saying she wou'd speak more at large with me at some other time, for which purpose she commanded me to wait on her often, wishing me to advise her what present she might return back again.
Howbeit not many weeks after I return'd to my wife and family again, where I passed some time, partly in my studies and partly riding the great horse, of which I had a stable well furnish’d; no horse yet was so dear to me as the genet, I brought from France, whose love I had so gotten that he wou'd suffer none else to ride him, nor indeed any man to come near him, when I was upon him, as being in his nature a most furious horse ; his true picture may be seen in the chappel chamber in my house, where I am painted riding him, and this motto by me,
Me totum Bonitas bonum suprema
Reddas; me intrepidum dabo vel ipse. This horse as soon as ever I came to the stable wou'd neigh, and when I drew nearer him wou'd lick my hand, and ( when I suffer'd him) my cheek, but yet wou'd permit nobody to come near his heels at the same time. Sir Thomas Lucy wou'd have given me 2001. for this horse, which though I would not accept, yet I left the horse with him when I went to the Low-Countrys, who not long after died. The occasion of my going thither was thus, hearing that a war about the title of Cleave, Juliers and some other provinces betwixt the Low-Countrys and Germany shou'd be made, by the several pretenders to it, and that the French king himself wou'd come with a great army into those parts: it was now the year of our Lord 1610 when my *Lord Shandois and
* Grey Bridges Lord Chandos, made a knight of the bath at the creation of Charles Duke of York 1604; and called for his hospitality and magnificence, the king of Cotswold.
my self resolved to take shipping for the Low-Countrys, and from thence to pass to the city of Juliers, which the Prince of Orange resolved to besiege; making all hast thither we found the siege newly begun: the Low-Country army assisted by 4000 English under the command of Sir Edward Cecill. We had not been long there, when the Marshall de-Chartres instead of Henry the 4th, who was killed by that villain Ravalliac, came with a brave French army thither, in which Monsieur Balagny, I formerly mention’d, was a colonel.
My Lord Shandois lodged himself in the quarters where Sir Horace Vere was, I went and quarter'd with Sir Edward Cecill, where I was lodged next to him in a hutt I made there, going yet both by day and night to the trenches, we making our approaches to the town on one side and the French on the other. Our lines were drawn towards the point of a bulwark of the cittadel or castle, thought to be one of the best fortifications in Christiandom, and incompassed about with a deep wet ditch, we lost many men in making these approaches, the town and castle being very well provided both with great and small shot, and a garrison in it of about 4000 men besides the burghers; Sir Edward Cecill (who was a very active general) used often during this siege, to go in person in the night time, to try whether he cou'd catch any sentinells perdues; and for this purpose still desir'd me to accompany him, in performing whereof both of us did much hazard our selves, for the first sentinell retiring to the second, and the second to the third, three shots were commonly made at us, before we cou'd do any thing, though afterwards chasing them with our swords almost home unto their guards, we had some sport in the pursuit of them.
One day Sir Edward Cecill and my self coming to the approaches that Monsieur de Balagny had made towards a bullwark or bastion of that city, Monsieur de Balagny in the presence of Sir Edward Cecill and divers English and French captains then present, said “ Monsieur, on dit, que vous êtes un des plus braves de vôtre nation, et je suis Balagny, allons voir qui faira le mieux; they say, you are one of the bravest of your nation, and I am Balagny, let us see who will do best;" whereupon leaping suddenly out of the trenches with his sword drawn, I did in the like manner as suddainly follow him, both of us in the mean while striving who shou'd be foremost, which being perceiv'd by those of the bullwark and cortine opposite to us, three or four hundred shot at least, great and small, were made against us. Our running on forwards in emulation of each other was the cause that all the shots fell betwixt us and the trench from which we sallied. When Monsieur Balagny, finding such a storm of bullets, said, “ par Dieu il fait bien chaud, it is very hot here;" I answer'd briefly thus, “ Vous en ires primier, autrement je n'iray jamais; you shall go first or else I will never go;" hereupon he ran with all speed, and somewhat crouching towards the trenches, I followed after leisurely and upright, and yet came within the trenches before they on the bullwark or cortine cou'd charge again, which passage afterwards being related to the Prince of Orange, he said it was a strange bravado of Balagny, and that we went to an unayoydable death.
I cou'd relate divers things of note concerning my self, during the siege, but do forbear, least I shou'd relish too much of vanity; it shall suffice that my passing over the ditch unto the wall, first of all the nations there, is set down by William Croft, master of arts and soldier, who hath written and printed the History of the Low-Countrys.
There happened during this siege a particular quarrel betwixt me and the Lord* of Walden, eldest son to the Earl of Suffolk, Lord Treasurer of England at that time, which I do but unwillingly relate, in regard of the great esteem I have of that noble family, howbeit to avoid misreports I have thought fit to set it down truly; that lord having been invited to a feast in Sir Horace Vere's quarters, where (after the Low-Country manner there was liberal drinking, returned not long after to Sir Edward Cecill's quarters, at which time, I speaking merrily to him, upon some slight occasion, he took that offence at me, which he would not have done at another time, insomuch that he came towards me in a violent manner, which I perceiving did more than half way meet him; but the company were so vigilant upon us that before any blow past we were separated; howbeit because he made towards me, I thought fit the next day to send him a challenge, telling him that if he had any thing to say to me, I wou'd meet him in such a place as no man shou'd interrupt us.
* Theophilus Lord Howard of Walden, eldest son of Thomas Earl of Suffolk, whom he succeeded in the title, and was knight of the garter, constable of Dover-castle, and captain of the band of pensioners.
Shortly after this Sir Thomas Payton came to me on his part, and told me my lord wou'd fight with me on horseback with single sword, and said he, I will be his second : where is yours? I replied that neither his lordship nor myself brought over any great horses with us ; that I knew he might much better borrow one than my self: howbeit as soon as he shewed me the place, he shou'd find me there on horseback or on foot; whereupon both of us riding together upon two geldings to the side of a wood, Payton said he chose that place, and the time break of day the next morning; I told him I wou'd fail neither place nor time, though I knew not where to get a better horse than the nag I rid on; and as for a second I shall trust to your nobleness, who I know will see fair play betwixt us, though you come on his side: but he urging me again to provide a second, I told him I cou'd promise for none but myself, and that if I spoke to any of my friends in the army to this purpose, I doubted lest the business might be discover'd and prevented.
He was no sooner gone from me, but night drew on, my self resolving in the mean time to rest under a fair oak all night; after this, tying my horse by the bridle unto another tree, I had not now rested two hours, when I found some fires nearer to me than I thought was possible in so solitary a place, whereupon also having the curiosity to see the reason hereof, I got on horseback again, and had not rode very far when by the talk of the soldiers there, I found I was in the Scotch quarter, where finding in a stable a very fair horse of service, I desired to know whether he might be bought for any reasonable sum of money, but a soldier replying it was their captain's, Sir James Areskin's chief horse, I demanded for Sir James, but the soldier answering he was not within the quarter, I demanding then for his lieutenant, whereupon the soldier courteously desired him to come to me; this lieutenant was called Montgomery, and had the reputation of a gallant man; I told him that I wou'd very fain buy a horse, and if it were 'possible the horse I saw but a little before ; but he telling me none was to be sold there, I offer'd to leave in his hands a 100 pieces, if he wou'd lend me a good horse for a day or two, he to restore me the money again when I deliver'd him the horse in good plight, and did besides bring him some present as a gratuity.
The lieutenant, though he did not know me, suspected I had some private quarrel, and that I desired this horse to fight on, and thereupon told me, Sir, whosoever you are, you seem to be a person of worth, and you shall have the best horse in the stable; and if you have a quarrel and want a second, I offer my self to serve you upon another horse, and if you will let me go along with you upon these terms, I will ask no pawn of you for the horse. I told him I wou'd use no second, and I desired him to accept 100 pieces, which I had there about me, in pawn for the horse, and he shou'd hear from me shortly again; and that though I did not take his noble offer of coming along with me, I shou'd evermore rest much obliged to him; whereupon giving him my purse with the money in it, I got upon his horse and left my nag besides with him.
(To be resumed.)
A FRENCH singer, in the seventeenth century, one of the numerous instances in which a stage heroine, fortified by public favour, and presuming on the magic of a melodious voice, defied the laws and institutions of a country by which she was supported, and committed, with impunity, crimes which would have doomed a common, unaccomplished desperado, to ignominious death.
This romantic and indecorous adventurer,—for I hesitate in calling her a female who dressed, fought, made love, and conquered like a man,-married at an early age M. Maupin, whom, fortunately for the husband, she quitted a few months after their nuptials, seduced by the superior attractions of a fencing master, who taught her the use of the small sword, a weapon which she afterwards handled with destructive dexterity against many antagonists.
Being invited to make an excursion to Marseilles, her performances, at the theatre of that city, were received with unbounded applause; and, strange to tell, she prevailed on a beautiful young woman, the only child of a wealthy merchant in that city, to elope with her at midnight from her father's house. The fugitives being pursued, they took refuge in a convent; but the rigid discipline and correct manners expected in such societies did not suit La Maupin ;