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Letter , written after the Battle of Waterloo-, by the Queen of Westphalia to her Father * the King of Wirtemhurg . ( A Literal Translation . ) [ We extract the following" Letter , exhibiting a raqp example of conjugal fidelity
and affection , from Sir Robert Wilson ' s recent publication , entitled ^ - " A Sketch of the Military and Political Power of Russia , in the year 1817 . " Svo . The gallant Author ' s name is Toucher sufficient for the document . Ed . ]
* ' Sire and Father , * ^^ TOUR esty requested me to jL descend this morning into your apartment . For the first time in my life I declined the happiness of being in your presence : I knew the subject
of the interview ; and fearing that my mind might not be sufficiently collected , I have dared to t&ke the liberty of developing the motives of my conduct , and making an appeal to your paternal affection .
' * Your Majesty knows the whole truth . Yes , Sire , the Prince Jerome , your son-in-law , my husband and the fether of my child , is with me ! Yes , Sire t I have withdrawn an instant from the palace of my King , to
succour the husband to whom my life is attached . My thoughts have accompanied him to the war—my care has preserved him in a long and painful journey * where his existence was ofteti fftenaced . My arms have embraced him in hfs misfortune with
ttrore tenderness than even in the time of oar J > rosperity ! " The Prince Jerome is not the husband of my own choice . I received him from your hatid , when his house reigned over great kingdoms—when his head wore a crown .
Soon the sentiments of my heart cherished a ? nd confirmed the bonds Which your policy bad commanded . " Marriage and nature impose duties which are not subject to the vicissitudes of fortune : 1 know their
extensive obligations , and I know also how to fulfil them : I was a queen—I # ih still a wife and a mother ! The change of policy among princes , in overthrowing the French empire , has fclso destroyed the throne , on which your goodness , and the Prince my husband , had seated me . We were obliged to submit to the force of circumstances ! The august Maria Louisa
afforded me a great example of resignation ; but our situation is dissimilar . Public interest ni ^ y command sac rifices of permanent duration , or which may cease when the interests of a new policy render other changes inevitable *
" Although chance has elevated us above the generality of mankind , we are much more to be pitied . A variable will controuls our destiny ; but there its power ceases—it is impotent against the obligations Providence
poses on us . " The husband which God and yxm yourself gave me—the child whom I have borne in my bosom—comprise my existence . I have shared a throne with this husband , I will partake with him exile and misfortune : violence
alone shall separate me from hint . But ^ O my King ! O my father ! I know your heart , your justice , and the excellence of your principles : 1 know what these principles have been at all times on the subject of those domestic duties which should be respected by the Princes of your House .
" I do not ask your Majesty , from affection for me , to make any change in that system of conduct which has been adopted in conformity with the determinations of the most powerful Princes of Europe ; but I throw myself at your feet to implore
permission that my husband and myself may remain near your person : but , O my father ! if that must not be , let us at least be restored to your favour before we remove to a foreign soil . It is only after having received some proof of your paternal love , that I can feel
strength sufficient to appear before you . If we must go this very evening , let us depart with the assurance of your affection and protection in a happier time . Our misfortunes most
have a period : policy will not always command iti respect to us that which is humiliating , nor delight in the ruin and degradation of so many Princes , acknowledged in former treaties , and who have been allied to the most
ancient and illustrious houses of Europe . Is not their blood mingled with ours ? Pardon me , my father and my Sovereign ! for having thus expressed myself ; but condescend , by a single word , to let me know that it has not been received with dipleasurfe *"
Extracts From New Publications.
EXTRACTS FROM NEW PUBLICATIONS .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1817, page 579, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2469/page/7/