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the sake of friendship (a relation which the did not disdain to have with me) she was fond even of that equality which she thought belonged to it. She grew uneasy to be treated by me with the form and ceremony due to her rank ; nor could she bear from me the sound of words which implied in them distance and superiority. It was this turn of mind, which made her one day propose to me, that whenever I should happen to be absent from her, we might in all our letters write ourselves by feigned names, such as would import nothing of distinction of rank between us. Morley and FREEMAN were the names her fancy hit upon'; and she left me to chuse by which of them I would be called. 'My frank, open temper naturally led me to pitch upon FREEMAN, and so the PRINCESS took the other; and from this time Mrs. MORLEY and Mrs. FREEMAN began to converse as equals, made so by affection and friendship.

Soon after the decease of king CHARLES the second lord CLARENDON was appointed lord-lieutenant of Ireland, to which country


his lady was to go with him. The PRINCESS received a sensible joy from this event ; not only as it released her from a person very disagreeable to her, but as it


her an opportunity of promoting me to be first lady of her bed-chamber ; which she immediately did, with a satisfaction to herself that was not to be concealed.

During her father's whole reign she kept her court as private as she could, confiftent with her station. What were the designs of that unhappy PRINCE every body knows. They came soon to thew themselves undirguised, and attempts were made to draw his daughter into them. The King indeed used no harshness with her; he only discovered his wishes, by putting into her hands some books and papers, which he hoped might induce her to a change of religion ; and had the had any inclination that way, the chaplains about her were such divines as could have said but little in defence of their own religion, or to secure her against the pretences of popery, recommended to her by a father and a king.


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Lord TYRCONNEL also, who had married my sister, took some pains with me, to engage me, if possible, to make use, for the same end, ofthat great favour which he knew I enjoyed with the PRINCESS: but all his endeavours proved vain ; and it was not long before all the danger blew over, the projects of that reign being effectually disappointed, almost as soon as they were openly avowed.

Upon the landing of the PRINCE, of Orange in 1688, the KING went down to Salisbury to his army, and the PRINCE of Denmark with him; but the news quickly came from thence, that the PRINCE of Denmark had left the KING, and was gone over to the PRINCE of Orange, and that the KING was coming back to London, This put the PRINCESS into a great fright.

Spil 90) She sent for me, told me, her distress, and declared," That rather than see her father The would jump out at window. This was her very expression. SI! A little before, a note had been left with me, to inform me where I might find the bishop of London, (who in chat critical time


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abfconded) if her ROYAL HIGHNESS should have occasion for a friend. The PRINCESS, on this alarm, immediately sent me to the bishop. I acquainted him with her resolution to leave the court, and to put herself under his care. It was hereupon agreed, that, when he had advised with his friends in the city, he should come about midnight in a hackney coach to the neigh, bourhood of the Cockpit, in order to convey the PRINCESS to some place where the might be private and safe,

The PRINCESS went to bed at the usual time to prevent suspicion. I came to her foon after ; and by the back-stairs which went down from her closet, her ROYAL HIGHNESS, my lady FITZHARDING, and I, with one servant,walked to the coach, where we found the bishop and the earl of DORSET, They conducted us that night to the bilhop's house in the city, and the next day, to my lord Dorset's at Copt-hall. From thence we went to the earl of NORTHAMPTON'S, and from thence to Nottingham, where the country gathered about the PRINCESS ; nor


did she think herself safe, till she saw that she was surrounded by the PRINCE of 0range's friends.

The most remarkable thing that happened to the PRINCESS during her stay at this place, was a letter she received from lord CLARENDON. It was full of compliments, and at the same time full of complaints, that she had not told him of a thing he liked fo well, that he might have had a share in it. How well these complaints and the earnestness be soewed (in a consultation held at Windsor, before the PRINCE of Orange came to London).to have King JAMES sent to the Tower, agreed with his conduct afterwards, I shall leave to the world to judge.

As this flight of the PRINCESS to Nottingham has by some been ignorantly, not to say, maliciously, imputed to my policy and premeditated contrivance, I thought it necessary to give this short, but exact relation of it. It was a thing fudden and unconcerted; nor had I any share in it, farther than obeying my mistress's orders in the particulars I have mentioned; though in1.5


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