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sending back your copy, you will send the original. I think you may do this; and it is the last thing. “ I am, “ Your faithfullest servant, “ G. BURNET."
Lord Cavendish having sent him a proposition, by Sir James Forbes, to change clothes with him, and remain in prison, whilst he made his escape, he, in a smiling way, sent his thanks to him, but said he would make no escape. He probably thought that flight would look like a confession of guilt, and might prejudice his associates, and injure the great cause to which his whole life had been devoted. He said he was very glad he had not fled, for he could not have lived from his children, and wife, and friends: that was all the happiness he saw in life. He was glad that some (probably alluding to Lord Grey) who had not lived so as to be fit to die, had escaped. Of Lord Essex, he said, he was the worthiest, the justest, the sincerest, and the most concerned for the public of any man he ever knew. He ascribed his last fatal act, in great part, to Lord Essex’s regret for having
introduced Lord Howard to him. When he spoke of his wife, the tears would
sometimes come into his eyes, and he would
Tressam, you always find me out iIi a newplace.”
, In such discourse Lord Russell spent his time, till the day previous to his execution. At the hours ‘of meals he talked of the news of the day,
and the politics of; Europe, in the style he had ,
usually done. But Friday being the day he had fixed for receiving the sacrament, he determined to pass the day as he would have done the Sunday, had he lived so long. The sacrament was given him early in the morning (his servant receiving it with him) by the Dean of Canterbury (Tillotson) After he had received it, the Dean asked him if he believed all the articles of the Christian religion, as taught by the church of England. He answered, “ Yes, truly.” Then he asked him if he forgave all persons. That, he
' ‘said, he did from his heart. Then the Dean "told
him, he hoped he would discharge his conscience in full and free confession. He said that he had done it. Upon which the Dean left him ; and Dr. Burnet, in the‘ course of ,the morning, preached two sermons to him. In the interval he told him, he could not pretend to such high joys and longings as Dr. B. had spoken of, but on an 'entire resignation of himself to the will of God, and a perfect serenity of mind. He said he was sometimes troubled because he had not those
longings which were felt by Mr. Hampden, a friend for whom he had great kindness and esteem. Mr. Hampden had, a few days before, given him, from Mr. Baxter, his book of Dying Thoughts, then lately published, from which he derived great comfort. He said he ‘was much concerned at the cloud which seemed to’be over his country ; but he hoped his death would
do more service than his life could have done.’ After dinner, he signed the copies of his paper, .
and desired it might be sent to the press. He then received a few of his friends, and took his last leave of his children. On this occasion, the fondness of a father did not prevent him from
maintaining the constancy of his temper. A
little before he went to eat his supper, he said to Lady Russell, “ Stay and sup with me; let us eat our last earthly food together.” He talked very cheerfully during supper on various subjects, and particularly of his two daughters. He mentioned several passages of dying men with great freedom of spirit ; and when a note was sent to his wife, containing a new project for his preservation, he turned it into ridicule, in such a manner, that those who were with him, and were not themselves able to contain their. griefs, were amazed. They could not conceive how his heart, naturally so tender, could resist the impression of their sorrow. In the day time he