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“ before whom that morning the greatest in “ England would have stood discovered; all “ crying, What is the matter? He said, A small “ matter, I warrant you. They replied, Yes • indeed, high treason is a small matter! Com« ing to the place where he expected his coach, “ it was not there; so he behoved to return the “ same way through a world of gazing people. " When at last he had found his coach, and “ was entering it, James Maxwell told him, My 66 Lord, you are my prisoner, and must go in “ my coach ; fo he behoved to do. For some “ days too many went to see him ; but since, “ the Parliament has commanded his keepers to 66 be straiter. Poursuivants are dispatched to “ Ireland, to open all the ports, and to pro" claim, that all who had grievances might 66 come over.”
FIRST EARL OF CORK.
. DR. WALLER, in his funeral sermon on the death of the Earl's seventh daughter, the Coun. tess of Warwick, says, “ She was truly excel“ lent and great in all respects ; great in the
" honour “ honour of her birth, being born a lady and a s vertuofa both, seventh daughter of that emi“.nently honourable Richard the first Earl of “ Corke, who being born a private Gentleman, “ and a younger brother of a younger brother, " to no other heritage than this device and 66 motto, which his humble gratitude inscribed “ on all the palaces he built,
« God's Providence is my inheritance ;" “ by that Providence, and by his diligent and 56 wise industry, he raised such an honour and “ estate, and left such a family as never any sub66 ject of these three kingdoms did; and that
with so unspotted a reputation of integrity, " that the most invidious scrutiny could find no :56 blot, though it winnowed all the methods of “ his rising most severely, which the good Lady " Warwick hath often told me with great con“ tent and satisfaction.
“ This noble Lord, by his prudent and pious “ confort; (no lesse an ornament and honour to " their descendants than herself,) was blessed “ with five sonnes, of which he lived to 'fee four “ Lords and Peers of the kingdom of Ireland ; 66 and a fifth (more than these titles speak) a fove“ reign, and peerlesse, in a larger province (that 5 of universal nature), subdued and made obse
" quious to his inquisitive mind * ;-and eight “ daughters. And that you may know how all “ things were extraordinary in this great per“ fonage, it will, I hope, be neither unpleasant " nor impertinent to add a short story I had “ from his daughter's (Lady Warwick's) own « mouth.
“ Master Boyle, (afterwards Earl of Corke,) “ who was then a widower, came one morning 66 to wait on Sir Jeoffery Fenton, Secretary of " Ştate for Ireland ; who being engaged in bu“siness, and not knowing who it was that des “ fired to speak to him, for a while delayed him e accesse, which time he spent pleasantly with “ the Secretary's daughter, then a child in the « nurse's arms. But when Sir Jeoffery came 6 and saw whom he had made stay somewhat “ too long, he civilly excused it. But Master “ Boyle replied, he had been very well em" ployed, and had spent his time much to his « satisfaction in courting his daughter, if he «' might obtaine the honour of being his son-in66 law. At which Sir Jeoffery smiled, (so hear « one who had been formerly married move for 66. a wife carried in arms, and under two years " old,) and asked him if he could stay for her ;
* The Honourable Robert Boyle, one of the greatest natural philosophers that any country has ever produced.
s to which he frankly answered him that he 56 would, and Sir Jeoffrey as generously pro
mised him that he should have his consent. “ And they both kept their words afterwards “ very honourably.”.
BISHOP BEDELL. This excellent Prelate, to whom the Irish are indebted for the translation of the Bible into their language, was Bishop of Kilmore in Ireland. Like the late Bishop Berkeley, he would never be translated from one See to another, thinking with him, that his church was his wife, and his diocese his children, from whom he should never be divorced.
“ Bilhop Bedell lived with his clergy,” says his Biographer, “as if they had been his brethren. “ When he went his visitations, he would not " accept of the invitations that were made to " him by the great men of the country, but “ would needs eat with his brethren, in such
poor inns, and of such coarse fare, as the o places afforded. He went about always on c foot when he was at Dublin, (one fervant only « attending him,) except upon public occasions, " that obliged him to ride in procession with his
“ brethren. He never kept a coach in his life, “ his strength always enabling him to ride on “ horseback. Many poor Irish families about “ him were maintained out of his kitchen, and “ in the Christmas-time he had the poor always “ eating with him at his own table, and he “ brought himself to endure both the fight of 6 their rags and their rudeness. He by his will “ ordered that his body should be buried in a “ church-yard, with this inscription :
DEPOSITUM GULIELMI QUONDAM
EPISCOPI KILMORENSIS. :-“ He did not like,” continues his Biographer, “ the burying in a church ; for as, he observed, " there was much both of superstition and pride « in it, so he believed it was a great annoyance « to the living, where there was so much of the “ steam of dead bodies rising about them. He " was likewise much offended at the rudeness
which the crouding the dead bodies in a small “ parcel of ground occasioned; for the bodies “ already laid there, and not yet quite rotten, “ were often raised and mangled; so that he “ made a Canon in his Synod against burying cc in churches, and recommended that burying6 places should be removed out of towns. In “ this he was imitated by the Cardinal de Lo“ menie, Archbishop of Sens, who published, “ fome years ago, a very eloquent mandement s on the subject."