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ceived it with great piety and devotion; after which Father Huddleston, making him a short exhortation, left him in so much peace of mind that he looked approaching death in the face with all imaginable tranquillity and Christian resolution.
The company being then called in again, his majesty expressed the greatest kindness and tenderness for the duke that could possibly be conceived: he owned in the most public manner, the sense he had of his brotherly affection, during the whole course of his life, and particularly in this last action; he commended his great submission and constant obedience to all his commands; and asked him pardon aloud for the rigorous treatment he had so long exercised his patience with all which he said in so affectionate a manner, as drew floods of tears from all that were present. He spoke most tenderly to the queen too; and, in fine, left nothing unsaid, or undone that so small a time would allow of, either to reconcile himself to God, or to make satisfaction to those he had injured upon earth, disposing himself to die with the piety and unconcernedness becoming a Christian, and resolution becoming a king, and then his senses beginning to fail him, (which had continued perfect till about an hour before his death,) he expired betwixt eleven and twelve o'clock, on Friday morning, being the 6th of February, 1684.
One direction Charles gave to his brother while dying, was characteristic of his natural gallantry and good-nature. "The rest," said he, "will no doubt take care of themselves, but oh! do not let poor Nelly be forgotten; she must not be left to starve." The allusion was of course to Nell Gwyn, the most amiable, and certainly the least blameable of the frail company that formed his court.
James II. the most wrong-headed, and yet the most honestly intentioned of the princes of the unfortunate Stuart dynasty, died the victim of his own obstinacy, an exile at the Château of St. Germains, near Paris. We have extant a detailed account of his death, which runs thus:
On the 4th of March, 1701, the king, while in the chapel of the castle, fainted away, but after some little time, coming to himself, seemed perfectly well again in a few hours; but that day se'nnight being seized again with a paralytic fit in the morning, as he was dressing, it so affected one side, that he had difficulty to walk, and lost the use of his right hand for some time, but after blistering, emetics, &c. he began to recover the use of it again; he walked pretty well; but on Friday, the 2nd of September, he was seized again with a fainting in the chapel, just as he had been at first, which returning upon him after he was carried to his chamber, was most afflicting to the disconsolate queen, in whose arms he fell the second time; however, he was pretty well next day, but on Sunday falling into another fit, was for some time without life or motion, 'till his mouth being forced open, he vomited a great quantity of blood. This put the queen, and all the people except himself, into the last degree of trouble and apprehension. In the meantime he sent for the prince, his son, who at his first entrance, seeing the king with a pale and dying countenance, the bed covered with blood, burst out, as well as all about him, into the most violent expression of grief.
As soon as the sacrament arrived, he cried out, "the happy day is come at last ;" and, then recollecting himself, to receive the viaticum, the curate came to his bed-side and (as customary on those occasions,) asked him if he believed the real and substantial presence of our Saviour's body in the sacrament? to which he answered, "yes, I believe it,
I believe it with my whole heart;" after which having spent some time in spiritual recollection, he desired to receive the sacrament of Extreme Unction accompanying those ceremonies with exemplary piety and a singular presence of mind.
There could not be a better time than this for making a public declaration of his being in perfect charity with all the world, and that he pardoned his enemies from the bottom of his heart; and, lest his sincerity might be doubted in reference to those who had been so in a particular manner, he named the Prince of Orange, the Princess Ann, of Denmark, his daughter; and calling his confessor to take particular notice, "I forgive with all my heart the Emperor too." But in reality
he had not waited to that moment to perform that Christian duty of forgiveness of injuries; his heart had been so far from any resentment on their account, that he reckoned them his best benefactors, and often declared he was more beholden to the Prince of Orange than to all the world besides.
The next day his most Christian Majesty, Louis XIV. came to see him, and alighted at the castle gate, as others did to prevent the noise of coaches coming in the court; the king received him with the same easiness and affability as usual, and indeed was better that night; and, though the night following he had an ill fit, yet on Wednesday he voided no more blood; and, his fever abating gave great hopes of amendment: on Sunday his most Christian Majesty made him a second visit, whom, as well as all the other princes and people of distinction (who were perpetually coming) he received with as much presence of mind and civility as if he had ailed nothing; but on Monday, he falling into a drowsiness, and his fever increasing, all those hopes of recovery vanished, and the queen was by his bedside when that happened, which put her into a sort of agony too; this the king perceiving was concerned for, and notwithstanding his weak condition, said "Madam, do not afflict yourself, I am going, I hope, to be happy."
The next day he continued in the same lethargic way, and seemed to take little notice of any thing except when prayers were read, which he was always attentive to, and, by the motion of lips, seemed to pray continually himself. On Tuesday the 13th, about three o'clock, his most Christian Majesty came a third time, to declare his resolution in reference to the prince, which in his former visits he had said nothing of, nor indeed had he determined that matter before. Upon which Louis went into the king, and coming to the bed-side, said, “Sir, I am come to see how your Majesty finds yourself to-day;" but the king, not hearing, made no reply; upon which one of his servants telling him that the King of France was there, he roused himself up, and said, "Where is he?" Upon which the King of France said, "Sir I am here, and come to see how you do ;" so then the king began to thank him for all his favours, and particularly for the care and kindness he had shewn during his sickness. To which his most Christian Majesty replied, "Sir that is but a small matter, I have something to acquaint you with, of greater consequence." Upon which the king's servants, imagining he would be private, (the room being full of people) began to retire, which his most Christian Majesty perceiving, said out aloud, "Let nobody withdraw," and then went on, "I am come, Sir, to acquaint you, that whenever it shall please God to call your Majesty out of this world, I will take your family into my protection, and will treat your son, the
Prince of Wales, in the same manner I have treated you, and acknowledge him, as he then will be, King of England;" upon which all that were present, as well French as English, burst forth into tears, not being able any other way to express that mixture of joy and grief with which they were so surprisingly seized; some, indeed threw themselves at his most Christian Majesty's feet: others, by their gestures and countenances, (much more expressive on such occasions than words and speeches,) declared their gratitude for so generous an action; with which his most Christian Majesty was so much moved, that he could not refrain weeping himself.
The next day the king found himself better, so the prince was permitted to come to him, which he was not often suffered to do, it being observed, that when he saw him, it raised such a commotion in him, as was thought to do him harm; as soon therefore, as he came into the room, the king, stretching forth his arms to embrace him, said, “I have not seen you since his most Christian Majesty was here, and promised to own you when I was dead. I have sent my Lord Middleton to Marly, to thank him for it." Thus did this king talk of his approaching death, not only with indifference, but satisfaction, when he found his son and family would not be sufferers by it; and so composed himself to receive it with greater cheerfulness, if possible, than before; nor was that happy hour far from him now, for the next day he grew much weaker, was taken with continual convulsions, or shaking in the hands, and the day following, being Friday the 16th of September, about three in the afternoon, rendered his soul into the hands of his Redeemer, the day of the week and hour, wherein our Saviour died, and on which he always practised a particular devotion to obtain a happy death.
THE ROLL OF BATTLE ABBEY.
LANE, OF DE LA LONE. From this when we find those who could overcome Norman, the Lanes of Staffordshire its seductive influence. And such seem claim descent, a family illustrious in his- to have been the family of De Lovetot. tory for the part they took in the pre. But few of their transactions have come servation of King Charles II. After the down to us, but none which leave a blot battle of Worcester, Col. John Lane, upon their memory, and some which the head of the House, received the show that they had a great and humane fugitive Prince at his mansion of Bentley, regard for the welfare of those whom whence his Majesty was conveyed in dis- the arrangements of Providence had guise by the Colonel's eldest sister, Jane made more immediately dependent on Lane to her cousin Mrs. Norton's resi- them. One of their first cares was to dence near Bristol. This loyal lady plant churches on their domains, and married in the sequel Sir Clement Fisher their religious zeal is still further disof Packington, in Warwickshire, and re- played by the foundation and endowceived, after the Restoration, an annual ment of the splendid monastery of pension of £1000 for life. From her Worksop. The last of the male line of brother, the cavalier Colonel Lane, (to the Lovetots, William, Lord of Hallamwhom was granted, in augmentation of shire, died between the 22nd and 27th his paternal coats, an especial badge of years of the reign of Henry II., leaving honour, viz. the arms of England in a an only daughter, Matilda or Maud, then canton, with, for crest, a strawberry roan of very tender age. This lady was heir to horse, bearing between his fore legs, the her father's large possessions,and,through Royal Crown,) lineally descends the pre- her mother, was nearly allied to the great sent JOHN NEWTON LANE, Esq. of house of Clare. Her wardship fell to King's Bromley Manor, co. Stafford. the king, but Henry seems to have left LOVETOT. Not long after the Con- it to his son and successor, Richard quest, we find William de Lovetot pos-Coeur de Lion, to select the person to sessed of Hallam, Attercliffe, Sheffield. whom her hand should be given, and and other places in Yorkshire, and we therefore to appoint to what new family subsequently trace his family, for three the fair lordship of Sheffield should degenerations, as feudal Lords of Hallam- volve. As might be expected, Richard shire. Little attention has been paid by chose the son of one of his companions our genealogists to the origin of this in arms; and Maud de Lovetot was bepotent house, but certain it is that its towed on Gerard de Furnival, a young benign influence laid the foundation of Norman knight, son of another Gerard the prosperity which that district of de Furnival, distinguished at the siege Yorkshire enjoys to this day. The feudal of Acre. Thus the Furnivals became chieftain of the time of our early Nor- possessed of the Lordship of Hallamman Kings in his baronial hall, presents shire which eventually passed through not at all times an object which can be the marriage of their heiress to the Talcontemplated with satisfaction by those bots, Earls of Shrewsbury, and from who regard power but as a trust, to be them to the Howards, Dukes of Norfolk. administered for the general good. With MALET. William, Lord Malet de authority little restricted by law or Greville was one of the great barons usage, he had the power of oppressing as who accompanied the Conqueror, and well as benefitting the population by had, in charge, to protect the remains of which he was surrounded, and many the fallen monarch, Harold, and to see doubtless were the hearts which power them decently interred after the Battle. so excessive seduced. It is gratifying His son, Robert, Lord Malet, possessed
at the general survey, thirty-two Lord- Earl of Essex. Of these proceedings ships in Yorkshire, three in Essex, one King Stephen, having information, in Hampshire, two in Notts, eight in Lin- seized upon the Earl in the court, colnshire, and two hundred and twenty- then at St. Albans, some say after a one in Suffolk. The near kinsman of this bloody affray, in which the Earl of Robert, William Malet, Lord of the Arundel, being thrown into the water Honour of Eye in Suffolk, was one of with his horse, very narrowly escaped the subscribing witnesses to Magna drowning; certain it is, that to regain Charta; and from him lineally derives his liberty, the Earl of Essex was conthe present SIR ALEXANDER MALET, strained, not only to give up the Tower Bart. of Wilbury House, Wilts. of London, but his own Castles of MALEHERBE. The descendants of Walden and Blessey. Wherefore, being this knight were seated at Fenyton in transported with wrath, he fell to spoil the county of Devon, as early as the and rapine, invading the king's demense reign of Henry II., and continued there lands and others, plundering the abbeys for thirteen generations, when the of St. Albans and Ramsay: which last heiress married Ferrers, and afterwards having surprised at an early hour in the Kirkham. The arms of the Malherbes morning, he expelled the monks therewere, or a chev. gu. between three nettle from, made a fort of the church, and leaves erect ppr. referential to the family sold their religious ornaments to reward his soldiers; in which depredations he MAUNDEVILE. Upon the first arri- was assisted by his brother-in-law, Wilval in England of the Conqueror, there liam de Say, a stout and warlike man, was amongst his companions a famous and one Daniel, a counterfeit monk. At soldier, called Geffray de Magnavil, so last, being publicly excommunicated for designated from the town of Magnavil his many outrages, he besieged the in the Duchy of Normandy, who obtained Castle of Burwell, in Kent, and going as his share in the spoil of Conquest, unhelmed, in consequence of the heat divers fair and wide spreading domains of the weather, he was shot in the head in the counties of Berks, Suffolk, Mid- with an arrow, of which wound he soon dlesex, Surrey, Oxford, Cambridge, afterwards died. This noble outlaw had Herts, Northampton, Warwick and married Rohesia, daughter of Alberic de Essex. The grandson of this richly Vere, Earl of Oxford, Chief Justice of gifted noble, another GEOFFREY DE England, and had issue, Ernulph, MANDEVILLE, was advanced by King Geoffrey, William and Robert; and by Stephen to the Earldom of Essex, but a former wife, whose name is not mennevertheless, when the Empress Maud tioned, a daughter Alice, who married raised her standard, he deserted his John de Lacy, constable of Chester. Of Royal benefactor, and arrayed himself his death, Dugdale thus speaks :—“Also under the hostile banner. In requital, that for these outrages, having incurred the Empress confirmed to him the the penalty of excommunication, he custody of the Tower of London, granted happened to be mortally wounded, at a the hereditary Sheriffalty of London, little town, called Burwell; whereupon, Middlesex and Herts, and bestowed with great contrition for his sins, and upon him all the lands of Eudo Dapifer making what satisfaction he could, there in Normandy, with the office of steward, came at last some of the knights temas his rightful inheritance, and numerous plars to him, and putting on him the other valuable immunities, in a covenant habit of their order, with a red cross, witnessed by Robert, Earl of Gloucester carried his dead corpse into their orchard, and several other powerful nobles, at the old Temple, in London, and cofwhich covenant contained the singular fining it in lead hanged it on a crooked clause, "that neither the Earl of Anjou, tree. Likewise, that after some time, the Empress's husband, nor herself, nor by the industry and expenses of William, her children, would ever make peace whom he had constituted Prior of Walwith the burgesses of London, but with den, his absolution was obtained from the consent of him the said Geoffrey, Pope Alexander III., so that his body because they were his mortal enemies.' was received among Christians, and Besides this, he had a second charter, divers offices celebrated for him; but dated at Westminster, recreating him that when the prior endeavoured to take