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By his alliance with Mary Fitzalan of Arundel, whom he lost within

a year of their marriage, he had one son-Philip, Earl of Arundel. To detail the circumstances of his life would far exceed our limits; but one or two incidents, taken from his later history, will be neither uninteresting nor uninstructive. The charges brought against him were-conspiring, with Cardinal Allen, to restore the Roman Catholic faith in England ; and concerting measures for quitting the realm without the queen's knowledge and permission. With regard to the conspiracy, the evidence was too much based on party jealousy, vague hearsay, and surmise, to establish anything like conviction in the minds of unprejudiced judges. But of his attempted evasion from the kingdom, the fact is abundantly clear, and is thus related.

After his liberation from the Tower, his fears of new prosecutions and imprisonment became so excited, that he hastened from London to his castle of Arundel, and there prepared to join a vessel previously engaged for his service, and then waiting for him at Little Hampton.

Walsingham, however, who had his eyes and his spies everywhere, and is proudly recorded to have “out-shot the Jesuits with their own bow, and over-reached them in their equivocation,” was already in the secret. Before the Earl could reach the coast, the captain had received private notice from the Council, and was prepared to act in accordance with his instructions. Day after day was consumed in waiting, as the skipper pretended, for“ wind.” At length, the propitious moment having arrived, Arundel, attended by two domestics, went on board, and the wind being in their favour, the vessel made rapid way, and soon cleared that beautiful coast where the castle and forest of Arundel were among the last objects that faded from his eye, and led him, reflecting on the past, to ejaculate

a fair

Quæ regio in terris nostri non plena laboris !

Continuing their course across the channel, his mind now recovered some portion of that serenity, to which he had long been a stranger. The danger of discovery was seemingly past; the treachery of friends and the machinations of enemies were alike forgotten or forgiven; and full of pleasing anticipations of the future, he resigned himself to repose, with this hope

Hæc olim meminisse juvabit.

His soothing reverie, however, was soon to be dissipated. At midnight, a rocket, or other private signal, previously agreed upon, was let off from the mast-head, whilst the vessel continued her course. But at length they were suddenly hailed by a ship of war-ordered to lay-to—and instantly boarded.

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The result is briefly told; the noble fugitive was hurried back to the shore, delivered into safe custody, carried to London, and lodged in the

Tower, where, after trial and conviction, he
was suffered to drag out an existence of
several years under all the harshness of
office, the pangs of disappointment, the
hourly sorrows of paternal solicitude, and
an exhausted constitution. Four years after-
wards this nobleman was arraigned of high-
treason, brought to his trial in Westminster
Hall before twenty-five of his peers, the
Earl of Derby being high steward on the

The “ Earl appeared in a wrought velvet gown furred with martins, laid
about with gold lace, and buttoned with gold buttons, a black satin doublet,
a pair of velvet hose, and a high black hat on his head.” He was a very tall
man, somewhat swarthy, and coming to the bar made two obeisances to the
state, and to the nobles, and others present. Being required to hold up his
hand, he raised it very high, saying, “ Here are as true a man's heart and
hand as ever came into this hall.” It was urged against him that “he was
a traitor, being a Papist; that the Queen of Scots had considered him one of
her best friends ; that Cardinal Allen_had spoken of him as the chief hope of
the Roman Catholics in England;” and that his letter to Queen Elizabeth,
written on the eve of his intended escape by sea, had plainly accused the
national justice, with regard to his father's trial. He was then remanded to the
Tower, and there languished till his death, which was evidently accelerated
by the cruel suspense in which he was kept as to the final remission or
execution of his sentence.

Thomas Howard, the celebrated Earl, was brought up under the care

of his mother, a lady of great and eminent virtues; who was not negligent,” says Sir Edward Walker, “in his education; so that Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, was wont to call him the 'Winter Pear,' and to say, that, if he lived, he would become a great and a wise man.” On the accession of James the First, he was not only restored in blood by act of parliament, but also reinstated in all such titles of honour and precedence as Philip Earl of Arundel had forfeited; and in the honour, state, and dignity of Earl of Surrey, and to such dignity of baronies as Thomas Duke of Norfolk, his grandfather, had lost by his attainder.

In Italy, where he delighted to reside, he greatly improved his natural taste and disposition, and became an excellent judge and patron of the fine arts




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75 In the parliament of this year, says Collins, Robert Lord Spencer, during the debates on the prerogative, speaking with great freedom against the government, and citing examples from history to illustrate his arguments, the Earl of Arundel interrupted him, by saying, “When those things happened, my lord, your ancestors were keeping sheep;” to which Spencer replied, “And yours, my Lord Arundel, were hatching treason.” They were both ordered to retire; and Arundel, as the aggressor, was, notwithstanding the court interest, sent to the Tower, from which he was soon released upon making his submission.

He attended King Charles at his coronation in Scotland; where all persons strove to outvie each other in the splendour of their apparel, retinue, and entertainment; but, still keeping up his own simplicity of dress and living, lost not on that account the honour and esteem due to his person and quality.—He possessed the richest gallery in Europe.

His personal appearance and character are thus drawn : “ He was tall of stature, and of shape and proportion rather goodly than neat; his

countenance was majestical and grave; his visage long ; his eyes large, black, and piercing; a hooked


and moles on his cheeks ; his complexion was brown, his hair thin both on his head and beard: he was of stately presence and gait, so that any man who saw him, though in never so ordinary a habit, could not but conclude him to be a great person : his garb and fashion drawing more observation than

did the rich apparel of others; it being a common saying of James Hay, Earl of Carlisle, ‘ Here comes the Earl of Arundel in his plain stuff and trunk hose, with his beard in his teeth, that looks more like a nobleman than any of us.'”

He was more learned in men and manners than in books, yet understood the Latin very well, was master of the Italian ; and a great favourer of learned men, such as Sir Robert Cotton, Sir Henry Spelman, Mr. Camden, Mr. Selden, and other antiquaries. He was a great master of order and ceremony, and knew, and kept greater distance towards his sovereign than any person of that time, and expected no less from his inferiors; often complaining, that the too great affability of the king, and the French garb of the court, would bring majesty into contempt. In council he was grave and succinct, rather discharging his conscience and honour, than complying with varticular interests; and so was never at the head of business, or principal in



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favour; contenting himself to be as it were the supporter of ancient nobility and gentry, and to interpose in their behalf.—He was a Protestant in religion, but no bigot or puritan; and professed more to affect moral virtues, than nice questions and controversies. He was most faithful and affectionate to his lady, indulgent to his children. His recreations were,—the education of his grandchildren; conversation with them ; overlooking his rare collections ; and when not diverted by business, pleasing himself in retirement to the country.”

The anecdote of the earl's presenting old Parr to King Charles may possibly be new to some of our readers. Parr at that time had lived and

enjoyed twice three score years and ten,' without manifesting either infirmity of mind or body. He was one day the subject of conversation at Court; and Arundel was authorised to present this living chronicle of the kings of England to his majesty. Introduced to the royal presence, King Charles ad

dressed him with much affability, and said—“Well, Parr, you have lived much longer than other men; pray, what have you done more than other men ?” “ Done, your highness?” said Parr; “I think I may say without vanity that I have done more than other men-I did penance after I had passed my hundredth year.”—The following is told of his son Lord Mowbray :

“At a committee of the House of Lords,” says Clarendon, “in the afternoon, in some debate, passion arose between the Earl of Pembroke, then lord chamberlain of the household, and the Lord Mowbray, eldest son of the Ear] of Arundel; and from angry and disdainful words, an offer or attempt of blows was made ; for which misdemeanour they were the next day both sent to the Tower by the House of Lords. The king, taking advantage of this miscarriage, and having been incensed by the carriage of the Earl of Pembroke, sent to him for his staff, and bestowed it upon the Earl of Essex.”

It is certain that Arundel faithfully adhered to the king, serving as a volunteer in his army, till he was sent for by his father to join him at Padua, where, after some stay in that city, and when on the point of returning home, his father, who resolved to follow him, became suddenly indisposed and died. Whereupon his lordship immediately gave orders for embalming his remains; brought them over with him to England, where he found the king's affairs in a deplorable condition.




Thomas, (son and heir to Henry, Earl of Arundel, who was Earl of Arundel, Surrey, and Norfolk, after travelling into Italy, died at Padua, unmarried, The family honours and estate descended to Henry his brother, sixth Duke of Norfolk, who, being desirous of improving his natural abilities by travel, set out from London in February 1664, with his brother Edward to visit Constantinople, in compliance with an invitation from Count Lesley, whom the Emperor Ferdinand had nominated his ambassador extraordinary to the Sublime Porte His Lordship was received, in every city and town in his way through Germany, with the honours due to his birth and fortune. At Vienna, he was immediately presented to his Imperial Majesty, and had

nour being a frequent guest with the Emperor and Empress; as contained in his “relation of a journey from London to Vienna, and thence to Constantinople.”

After his Lordship's return to England, in 1665, he was created Doctor of the Civil Law at Oxford, having been a munificent benefactor to that University, by his gift of the famous Marmora Arundeliana*.

HENRY, seventh Duke of Norfolk, was of Magdalen-College, Oxford, where he took the degree of master of arts. In his father's life-time, he was summoned to Parliament, by the title of Lord Mowbray, and next day, being introduced into the House of Peers, took his place at the upper end of the Barons' bench. On the accession of James II., he signed the order, dated at Whitehall, for

proclaiming him King of England. And by his Majesty's being Sovereign of the Order of the Garter, his stall, as Duke of York, became vacant; when, at a chapter held at Whitehall, Norfolk was elected of that most noble Order, and installed at Windsor, the same year. He was then appointed Colonel of the twelfth regiment of foot: but, in the course of next year, resigned his command. Bishop Burnet relates, That the King giving the Duke of Norfolk the sword of state to carry before him to the Chapel Royal, where service was to be performed, the Duke went with it as far as the door of the Chapel, and there with a profound obeisance, made a dead halt. Observing this, the King said to him, My lord, your father would


* Arundelian Marbles, called also the Parian from the Earl of Arundel, who procured them from Chronicle, are ancient stones on which is inscribed, the East, or from this Earl, his grandson, who, as in capital letters, a chronicle of the city of Athens, above stated, presented them to the University of supposed to have been engraved in the island of Oxford. Paros, 264 years before Christ. They take their name

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