Memoir of Queen Adelaide, Consort of King William IV.

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Search full-text index. Available Indexes Full-text Catalog Full view only. Advanced full-text search Advanced catalog search Search tips. Search HathiTrust. Tools Cite this Export citation file. Published In an instant after alarm was given, however, the life-buoy was floating on the waters, a boat was pulling lustily towards the seaman, and the Howe slipped her tow ropes, and made a circuit astern to pick up rescued and rescuers.

Ward, meanwhile, had by skilful swimming, gained fast hold of the buoy, and was brought on board little the worse for his plunge and his temporary peril. Queen Adelaide was more moved by this accident than the man was himself.

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On the following Sunday, the Queen was better able than she had previously been, to turn the accident to some account, for Ward's own benefit. Her Majesty had attended the usual service on board, and had listened to another sermon from the ship's chaplain, this time on a subject as unappropriate as that of the preceding Sunday: — "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission," Heb.

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If this message disconcerted him more than his fall into the Bay of Biscay, he soon recovered that self-possession which no man loses long, who has a proper feeling of self-respect. Besides, the widowed Queen, in her intercourse with persons of humble station, wore habitually that air —. She spoke to the listening sailor kindly, on his late peril, and the position in which it suddenly placed him near to impending death.

A few words like these, wisely and tenderly offered, were likely to be more beneficial to a man like Ward, than a whole course of the chaplain's sermons on doctrinal points in the Epistle to the Hebrews; and I cannot but hope that the artists of the next generation, when Time shall have poetized the costume of the incident, will not forget this picturesque passage in the life of the Queen and the man-of-war's-man. And now, as they glided by the coast of Portugal, on the evening of Monday, the 18th of October, there was dancing on board, and again on the Wednesday evening.

Princesses waltzed with commanders, the Grand-Duchess tripped it on the poop with a knight, and the midshipmen went dashingly at it with the maids of honour, while the gun-room officers stood by awaiting their turn. On the fore part of the quarterdeck, as many of the ship's company as were so minded, got up a dance among themselves; and the suffering Queen below heard the echoes of the general gladness, and was content.

On the following Friday, the Howe was close to Belem Castle, and was towed into the Tagus by the steam-frigate Terrible. The King-Consort of Portugal came down in a state barge to receive the Queen, whom he escorted to the palace of the Necessidades, landing amid a roar of artillery and welcomed by loyal demonstrations as the illustrious traveller passed on her way to the Queen regnant, Donna Maria. There, on the 8th of May, , the Queen Dowager may be said to have "done a foolish thing," in altering her will without legal assistance in the method of alteration.

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On that day, alone and unadvised, Her Majesty took out her old and duly attested will, of the 14th August, , and inscribed on the back thereof this remarkable endorsement: — "This will is cancelled, 8th May, My heirs are my brother and sister, and their heirs after them. My executors, Lord Howe and the Hon. Cooper, are requested to pay off all what I directed in my codicil, and then to divide my property equally between my brother and sister. This is my last will and request. It was the will of a Queen, but it stood for nothing in the eye of the law.

The endorsement was brought under notice of the Prerogative Court; the Judge, Sir Herbert Jenner Furst, declared it to be of no effect. It was a mere unattested memorandum; and he pronounced, as the legal phrase is, for the original will. Of greater interest is the subjoined document, which pleasantly contrasts with the wills of many of her lady predecessors, whose minds were engaged on the disposal of their state beds, their mantles, and their jewellery, to the exclusion of all other subjects.

Thus wrote the dying Queen Adelaide: —. They are to be removed to St. George's Chapel, Windsor, where I request to have as private and quiet a funeral as possible. Retrieved 26 May James's, May 6". The London Gazette : 1. May Old and New London. Retrieved 3 December Date accessed: 3 February The tradition persists of foreign ambassadors being formally accredited to "the Court of St James's ", even though they present their credentials and staff, upon their appointment, to the Monarch at Buckingham Palace.

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