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THE SONS OF GEORGE THE THIRD.
EORGE the Third, intending that his second son Frederick, Bishop of Osnaburg, and afterwards Duke of York, should enjoy the advantages of foreign travel, and a Prussian military education, sent him, accompanied by Col. Greville, to the continent, in the year 1781. Nothing could be more affecting than the parting between his royal highness, and the other members of his august family. Both their Majesties wept, and the Prince of Wales was so much affected at being now deprived, for so long an expected period, of the sole companion of his youth, that he was unable to give vent to his feelings by words, and could only express them by tears, which burst from him in spite of his manly resolution to restrain them.
LOUIS PHILIPPE, KING OF THE FRENCH.
AD. de Genlis says: "At the commencement of the Revolution, my eldest pupil, the Duke de Chartres, gave utterance to a first impulse of generosity and greatness of soul, that I must not pass over in silence. It was mentioned in his presence, that a decree had passed annulling the rights of Primogeni
ture he turned to the Duke de Montpensier, his next brother, and embracing him said, "Ah, how delighted I am to hear it!"
THE DAUPHIN, SON OF LOUIS
and neglect had brought the un
fortunate Louis the Seventeenth to the last stage of weakness and disease, M. Pelletan, the physician who was ordered to attend him, expressed himself in animated and indignant terms to the municipal officers who were present, upon the causes that had led to the state in which he found the patient. The young prince, who thought that his sister, Madame Royale, was still a prisoner in a neighbouring apartment, begged the physician to speak very low: "My sister," said he, " may hear you, and she would be very sorry if she knew I was ill."
LETTER OF CHARLES DUKE OF YORK, TO HIS BROTHER PRINCE HENRY.
THE following is probably the earliest letter written by Prince Charles (Charles the First): the signature only is his.
SWEET, SWEET Brother,
you for your letter, I will keep it better than all my graith: and I will send my pistolles by Maister Newton. I will give anie thing that I have to you; both my hors, and my books, and my pieces, and my cross-bowes, or anie thing that you would have. Good Brother loove me, and I shall ever loove and serve you.
Your loving brother to be commanded,
HOPE you are in good helth and merry, as I am, God be thanked. In your absence I visit sometimes your stable, and ride your great horses, that at your return I may wait on you in that noble exercise. committing you to God, I rest,
Your loving and dutifull brother,
To my brother the Prince.
IHIL possit mihi esse gratius, Frater charissime, tuo ad nos reditu; te enim frui, tecum equitare, tecum venari, summæ erit mihi voluptati. Ego jam lego Erasmi Colloquia, ex quibus et Latinæ linguæ
puritatem et morum elegantiam discere posse me confido. Vale. Tua Celsnis frater amantissimus,
CAROLUS, Eb. et Alb. Dux.
PRINCE WILLIAM, SON OF HENRY
HEN William, son of Henry the First, was eighteen years old, he accompanied his father to Normandy, that he might be acknowledged by the barons of that duchy, as his successor. Henry was returning to England with a numerous train, and many ships; one of which, called the White Ship, was allotted to the prince and his retinue. The prince had ordered some wine to be given to the ship's crew, of which they drank so freely that many of them became intoxicated. The rest of the fleet had meanwhile sailed, and Fitz-stephen, the commander of the White Ship, crowding all his sails, and plying all his oars, to overtake them, the vessel suddenly struck upon a rock. A boat was immediately let down, into which the prince and some of the young nobles were hurried; and they might have reached the shore in safety, had not the prince insisted on going back to rescue his sister Maud, the Countess of Perche, whose shrieks he heard from
the ship, where all was terror and confusion. As soon as the boat approached the vessel, so many persons jumped into it, that it instantly sunk, and every creature perished. Thus died Prince William, with many of the young nobles, and several ladies of rank.
CATO THE YOUNGER.
HEN Cato was but a child, he was asked one day whom he loved most, and he answered, "My brother Cæpio." The person who put the question then asked him, whom he loved next, and again he said, his brother: whom in the third place, and still it was his brother, and so on, as long as he put the question to him. This affection increased with his years, insomuch, that when he was twenty years old, if he supped, if he went out into the country, if he appeared in the Forum, Cæpio must always be with him.