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« In this chapel are also the bodies of “ the Earl of Kilmarnock and Lord Balme. “ rino inclosed in leaden coffins, and who “ suffered for rebellion in the year 1746;
“ as did also the following year, Simon ** Lord Lovat, who was inferred in the “ fame ground.”
The observations concluded here, and Mr. Richardson retook the way home-ward with his children, who were greatly pleased with their afternoon's rarnble.
.“ My dear papa,” said Mary, as they “ walked along, “though I have been “ greatly amused with what I have seen, " and interested with what you have told
us, yet I fhould like to know every par“ ticular: respecting those remarkable cha“racters; will you not favour us by relat“ ing fomething more concerning them?”
“ The task would be too arduous for nie, Mary; therefore I must refer you to " the History of England, which will in“ form you fully of these events; and let " me tell you, that a man or woman that is
“ unacquainted with the history of their “ own country, makes a very humiliating « appearance in a company where the sub“ ject may chance to be discussed? I would " therefore have you begin as fpeedily as “ possible, in order to remove that incono venience.”
“ My dear Sir," replied Charles, “with « your leave I will take it from your li“ brary to-morrow morning; I was ac" customed to read it to my mother, but “ have totally neglected it since."
“ You will do well," answered Mr. « Richardson, “and pursue it with atren" tion, it will at once amuse and instruct « you ; fhew you the instability of human “ grandeur : and that a crown dazzling in “ Thew, is frequently but a weight of cares - to its poffeffor.”
Thus they conversed until they reached home, when the children, having faluted their father, retired to their apartments.
- C H A P. VI.
A Walk to Islington.--- A Roman Incampment. ---Queen Elizabeth alarmed by Beggars.--A Meeting with two Sailors. .
The day following, all the lessons being - performed, Mr. Richardson informed his
children that, as the day was remarkably fine, he would gratify them with a walk to I Dington; and that their next excursion Mould be dictated by Mary. .
This arrangement made, they proceeded towards the fields, conversing cheerfully by the way, until they reached the town, which their father informed them was, in the time of William the First, called Isendon, or Inedon; and that, in the fields to the N. W. of a house of entertainment, called White Conduit-house, from a stone conduit near it, was an inclosure called the Reed Mote, or Six Acre. Field supposed to have been a Roman camp, and probably that from wnich Suetonius Paulinus sallied. when he routed Boadicea, Queen of the Iceni, who in confequence poisoned herfelf.
“ These are a people, papa,” said Mary, " that I do not recollect hearing of.”
" I must again refer you to the History “ of England,” replied he ; “ but thus far " I will inform you, they were the ancient “ inhabitants of Suffolk, Norfolk, Cam“ bridgeshire, and Huntingdonshire.”
“ The situation of this village, confider“ ing its vicinity to London, is very plea66 sant,” said Charles.
" It was thought so much fo,” answered “ Mr. Richardson, “ by Queen Elizabeth, " that she frequently rode here of an even“ ing. In one of these excursions she was “ surrounded by such a number of beg“ gars as greatly alarmed her, and caused « the Recorder to search into it, when he "s apprehended the next morning seventy“ four; many of whom were known rogues, " and were in consequence sent to Bride“ well, and punished.--I must nor here, “ Charles, neglect to inform you, that, on
“ the West side of this village, is a fine 6 reservoir, called the New River Head, “ from which the water is conveyed. by
means of pipes, to supply the greater “ part of the inhabitants of London.”
By this time they had reached the town and again entered the fields when their attention was attracted by two young failors, apparently not above sixtcen or seventeen years of age, one of whom had lost a leg, and feen.ed, by the difficulty with which he walked, and his leaning on his companion, as if his wound was not perfectly healed : what increased their curiosity was, that he frequently burst into tears; and that his companion not only supported but appeared to speak to him in moft foothing terms.----- Poor boy !” said Charles ; " don't you think, Sir, he appears to walk “ in great pain ?"
“ I fear he does,” replied Mr. Richardfon, “ and will therefore speak to them ; “ if any thing can be done to folace him, “ I will readily perform it."