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as he has begun, will, I venture to predict, prove such a person as the present age glories in considering you that is to say, one whom for his admirable qualities and attainments mankind must unite to venerate as something more than human. Farewell."

Of the further history of this surprising youth, it is to be lamented that we have no particulars.


THIS virtuous and accomplished Prince, who was the delight and hope of the British nation, was the eldest son of James the Sixth, King of Scotland, and the first of that name King of England.

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He was born in the castle of Stirling, February 19, 1594, and his baptism was celebrated with uncommon splendour the sixth of September that year. On that occasion, Queen Elizabeth sent the Earl of Sussex as her representative; and the King of Denmark, the States of Holland, and the Dukes of Brunswick and Mecklenburg, likewise sent their Ambassadors to attend the ceremony.

The infant Prince being brought to the Queen's chamber, and laid in a stately bed, the Ambassadors entered the chamber; and the Countess of Mar, accompanied by many other ladies, took up the Prince and delivered him to the Duke of Lenox, who presented him to the Ambassadors.

The Earl of Sussex being first in rank, received him, and carried him in

his arms to the chapel, the rest following in their order; after whom came the ladies of honour, the chief nurse, and-others of inferior quality. Before them went the several lords of the court. Over the English Ambassador was carried a canopy, supported by four noblemen. On their entrance into the chapel, the King rose from his seat, and at the door of the choir, received the Ambassadors who were conducted to their places. The ceremony began by a sermon by one of the Chaplains; after which the Bishop of Aberdeen preached on the same subject in Latin. After this, the Bishop being prepared to administer the sacrament of baptism, the Earl of Sussex arose and followed the King, the rest proceeding in order to the place where the Bishop stood; the Duke of Lenox

carrying the Prince in his arms, and having delivered him again to the Earl of Sussex, the Bishop baptised him by the names of Henry Frederick, which names were proclaimed aloud, by the sound of trumpets.

The ceremony being ended, the procession returned to the Prince's chamber, where he was crowned and created Prince and Great Steward of Scotland, and Lord of the Isles. A considerable number of knights were then made, and silver and gold coins distributed among the people. The -ambassadors, with their train, and the noblemen present, were royally feasted and entertained for several days with plays and other public spectacles.

The chief care of the Prince's person was entrusted to the Countess of

Mar; and though, owing to the severity of her temper, she did not show any indulgence to her illustrious charge, he always treated her with affection and reverence.

The nobleness of his mind very early displayed itself: for when he was but a little above five years of age, and a son of the Earl of Mar fell out with one of his Highness's pages and ill-used him, the Prince reproved him for it, saying, "I love you, because you are my Lord's son, and my cousin; but if you are not better natured and behaved, I will love this page better."

His courage and intrepidity were also as remarkable. Being asked very young, what instrument of music he liked best? he answered, a trum

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