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an evil effect upon her mind. The thought that he was secure and free, brought with it the eager yearnings of a warm and affectionate heart to be with him, to rest upon the bosom of him she loved, to hear the music of his voice, to see his eyes beaming upon her with tenderness and devotion. She dared not trust herself with such meditations, for they were dangerous to her tranquillity, and were sure to end in long and bitter weeping. Then she strove to extract hope from some fruitless effort to soften the cold and obdurate heart of the king—as the alchymists of the day attempted to draw gold from lead or iron. But, even in the act, she knew it to be idle. She would gaze upon the letter she had written, beseeching this person or that, who was supposed to have influence over James, to intercede for her; and, with a sad smile, shake her head and sigh, exclaiming, ‘Vain, vain! it is all in vain!' Then she would wander round the walls of the Tower, gaze on the busy multitudes swarming freely without, picture to herself their thoughts, feelings, and occupations, trace them, in her imagination, through their daily labour, and follow them back again to the home of domestic love: and the tears would rise in her eyes, as she thought that no such home was ever to be hers.”
These maddening reflections and ceaseless regrets were too much for the fragile mind of the hapless lady. Her bright intellect was overthrown; and the temple of reason became desolate and forsaken. We will not dwell on this darksome era of the poor lady's life. Four lonely years sufficed to consummate the ruin that had begun; and at the termination of that brief space the grare closed over the broken heart of Arabella Stuart. Her mortal remains were deposited in Westminster Abbey, and her tomb placed amongst the mighty of the land.
Seymour was, afterwards, permitted to return, and made a figure, as a cavalier commander in the subse. quent reign. He was then Marquess of Hertford, and had eventually the dukedom of Somerset restored to him. His character has been finely described by Clarendon : he loved his studies and his repose; but when the civil wars broke out, he closed his volumes and drew his sword, and was both an active and a skilful general. To his life's latest hour he cherished his romantic passion for the object of his early love; and, though he married again, he christened the daughter of his second wife by the fondly remembered name of “ Arabella Stuart."
THE WESLEYS AND WELLESLEYS.
The Rev. John Wesley, founder of the sect of the Methodists, was born on the 17th of June, 1703, at Epworth, a small living in Lincolnshire, of which his father, the Rev. Samuel Westley or Wesley, was incumbent. The father, poor in this world's goods, was amply blessed in the possession of piety, sense, and learning; and his wife, Susannah, daughter of the Rev. Dr. Annesley, was remarkable for the strength alike of her intellect and her devotion. Of their children, three sons grew up to manhood—Samuel, John, and Charles; and of them Southey gives the following interesting details :
“ Charles Wesley had been elected from Westminster to Christchurch, just after his brother John obtained his fellowship at Lincoln.” There, however, “his own disposition, his early education, and the example of his parents and both his brethren," soon led Charles to embrace a life of more active devotion, “and, meeting with two or three under-graduates, whose inclinations and principles resembled his own, they associated together for the purpose of religious improvement, lived by rule, and received the sacrament weekly. They were called in derision the Sacramentarians, Bible-bigots, Biblemoths, the Holy or the Godly Club. One person, with less irreverence and more learning, observed, in reference to their methodical manner of life, that a new sect of Methodists was sprung up, alluding to the ancient school
of physicians known by that name.
There was some fitness in the name,
it obtained vogue, and it has become the appropriate designation of the sect of which (John) Wesley is the founder.
“It was to Charles Wesley and his few associates that the name was first given. When John returned to Ox. ford they gladly placed themselves under his direction; their meetings acquired more form and regularity, and obtained an accession of members.
“While Charles Wesley was at Westminster, under his brother, Samuel (who was an under master there), a gentleman of large fortune in Ireland, and of the same family name, wrote to the father, and inquired of him it he had a son named Charles, for, if so, he would make him his heir. Accordingly, his school bills, during several years, were discharged by his unseen namesake. At length, a gentleman, who is supposed to have been this Mr. Wesley, called upon him, and, after much conversation, asked him if he was willing to accompany him to Ireland; the youth desired to write to his father before he could make answer; the father left it to his own decision ; and he, who was satisfied with the fair prospects which Christchurch opened to him, chose to stay in Eng. land. John Wesley, in his account of his brother, calls this a fair escape. The fact is more remarkable than be was aware of; for the person, who inherited the property intended for Charles Wesley, and who took the name of Wesley, or Wellesley, in consequence, was the first Earl of Mornington, grandfather of the Marquis Wellesley and the Duke of Wellington. Had Charles made a different choice, there might have been no Methodists, the British Empire in India might still have been menaced from Seringapatam, and the undisputed tyrant of Europe might, at this time, have insulted and endangered us on our own shores."
THE ADVENTURES OF AN UNFORTUNATE YOUNG
The marvellous tale we are about to relate, seems too romantic for credence: but, fortunately for its corroboration, the trial in the Irish Exchequer confirmed the veracity of every statement. On its striking and extraordinary incidents, Sir Walter Scott, it is said, founded “ Guy Mannering.” We will preface the details with a brief summary of the pedigree necessary for the right elucidation of the story S
Arthur Annesley, second Viscount Valentia, in the county of Kerry, was the descendant of the ancient and knightly Nottinghamshire family of Annesley. He had succeeded his father, Sir Francis Annesley of Newport Pagnel, Bucks, who had gone over to Ireland in the reign of James I., had been a distinguished statesman there, and was eventually created Viscount Valentia. Arthur, the second Viscount, was also an eminent nobleman in Ireland, and, in addition to his Irish titles, was created a peer of England, in 1661, as Baron Annesley and Earl of Anglesey. He married Elizabeth, daughter and coheir of Sir James Altham, Knight, of Oxey, Hertfordshire, a Baron of the Exchequer, and dying in 1686, he left, with other sons and daughters, the following issue.
1. James his successor, as second Earl of Anglesey. 2. Altham. 3. Richard, in holy orders, Dean of Exeter.