The Princess Charlotte

During the residence of Her Royal Highness at
Bognor, where she had gone for the recovery of her health, an officer of

long standing in the army was arrested for a small sum, and being at a

distance from his friends, and unable to procure bail, he was on the point

of being torn from his family to be conveyed to Arundel gaol. The

circumstance came to the knowledge of the princess, who, in the momentary

impulse of generous feeling, exclaimed, "I will be his bail!" Then,

suddenly recollecting herself, she inquired the amount of the debt; which

being told her, "There," said she, handing a purse with more than the sum,

"take this to him; it is hard that he who has exposed his life in the

field of battle should ever experience the rigours of a prison."--During

the last illness of an old female attendant, formerly nurse to the Princess

Charlotte, she visited her every day, sat by her bedside, and with her own

hand administered the medicine prescribed. When death had closed the eyes

of this poor woman, instead of fleeing in haste from an object so appalling

to the young and gay in general, the princess remained and gave utterance

to the compassion she felt on viewing the remains in that state from which

majesty itself cannot be exempt. A friend of the deceased, seeing Her Royal

Highness was much affected, said, "If your Royal Highness would condescend

to touch her, perhaps you would not dream of her." "Touch her," replied the

amiable princess, "yes, poor thing! and kiss her, too; almost the only one

I ever kissed, except my poor mother!" Then bending her head over the

coffin of her humble friend, she pressed her lips to the cold cheeks, while

tears flowed from her eyes.

M. de Montesquieu being at Marseilles, hired a boat with the intention of

sailing for pleasure; the boat was rowed by two young men, with whom he

entered into conversation, and learnt that they were not watermen by trade,

but silversmiths, and that when they could be spared from their usual

business, they employed themselves in that way to increase their earnings.

On expressing his surprise at their conduct, and imputing it to an

avaricious disposition; "Oh! sir," said the young men, "if you knew our

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