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Text for Page 125 [06-27-1851]

              The blood of poor Mary of Scotland clings to it.  The whole career of that unhappy
queen, from the time of her setting foot on that inhospitable land, to the hall in Fother-
ingay castle was a series of unmitigated brutalities.   Will not some novelist
revenge us on John Knox, that �ruffian of the Reformation�? (Brave old Johnson
for that epithet!)   Scott might have done it & should.   The wife-killing Earl of
Leicester counselled poison, for Mary & Elizabeth desired it also; pity is it that
that villain has �scaped, & poor Tony Foster been gibbeted for him.  The echo of �the
three strokes� that severed the fair neck of poor Mary Stuart out-sound aught else in
Elizabeth�s reign.   /                         I knew not till now that the vulgar Scotch
pedant James the ^|First| deserves place in the same circle in the Inferno with 
Dante�s
preceptor Brunetto Latini.   His answer to Raleigh�s wife, when supplicating for
that noble life, is revoltingly characteristic.  �I maun hae the land, to gie to Kerr!�
The Wretch Kerr!   /        There are few things in history, of which Englishman may
be prouder, than the contrast shewn in the death of Charles Stuart & that of Louis
the 18th[16th].   Solemnly & justly was Charles tried, solemnly was he done to death; �
the �martyr� of deposition.   Poor Louis was butchered by a rabble of half mad hell-
hounds.       /            There have been but two kings of the English People. Saxon
Alfred � (what a solemn love the word carries with it!) & Cromwell.  Him
you respect, for that he was an earnest Lion-hearted Englishman, ruled his country
well & made it feared & honored.       Shakspere made Henry V, so he�s not admissable
  /   I�m sorry Shakspere had a hand in writing Henry 8.  Say what we will it is 
an apology for that incarnation of self will and tyranny.  How England feared that
monster?  What a false glitter and halo was their about right divine then? Not a
man found in broad England to take a knife and for the honor of outraged humanity
do that justifiable tyrannicide.   /    Napoleon found France a nation of enfranchised
slaves, and left them a nation of soldiers.  He deserved assassination the hour he
commenced intrigue for Royalty, and ten thousand times afterwards.  He was a 
cold-blooded, callous hearted despot; � his military skill simply that of overpowering               
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