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AUGUST, 1848.

CARISBROOKE. The pretty village of Carisbrooke, represented in our engraving, is chiefly remarkable for its castle, which is of great antiquity, and occupies an elevated and commanding situation, from which the prospect on all sides is striking and beautiful. It dates from the sixth century, since which great alterations and additions have been made; though its present appearance is truly venerable.

The entrance is by a bridge on the west side; after which, passing over a second bridge, we arrive at a strong machiolated gate with a portcullis, flanked by two round towers, in which there are prison-rooms. The passage into the castle-yard is through this old gateway. On the right hand, as we enter the area, is the chapel of St. Nicholas, and behind it a cemetery, now converted into a garden. The chapel was erected in 1738, on the ruins of an ancient one.

On the left hand are the ruins of the buildings where King Charles the First was imprisoned. The stone-work of a window with an upright iron bar, such as is seen in old built houses in country villages, is still remaining. In this room he partook of the little repose his sufferings permitted; and through this window, it is said, he endeavored to make his escape: the particulars are thus related

by Clarendon. “One Osborne, a gentleman by birth, was recommended to Colonel Hammond, (the then governor of the island,) to be employed in some post about the king, and was accordingly appointed his gentleman usher. The affability and gentle behaviour of this monarch insensibly gained his esteem; it at length increased to that pitch, that he put a small billet into one of his majesty's gloves, which it was his office to hold, signifying his devotion to his service; at first the king was fearful of treachery, but at length, convinced of his sincerity, admitted him to his confidence.

" This man was addressed by one Rolph, a captain in the garrison, a person of low extraction and ordinary abilities, but of an enterprising temper. He proposed enticing the king from the castle, under pretence of procuring his escape, in order to murder him, which he said would be agreeable to the parliament, and the means of gaining for themselves comfortable establishments. Of this, Osborne acquainted his majesty, who desired him to keep up the correspondence, hoping to convert the wicked intentions of this man into the means of flight; Osborne therefore seemed to fall in with Rolph's design.

“In the mean time, the king recommended it to him to sound one Dowcett, and another soldier he had formerly known; both these not only embraced his party, but likewise brought over some of their brethren, who were to be sentinels near the place where the king was to get out, and this was at a window secured by an iron bar, for the cutting of which he was provided with both a saw and a file.

“His majesty, with great labor, sawed this bar asunder, and on the appointed night, Osborne waited to receive him. But in the interim, one of the soldiers, not suspecting Rolph's true intentions, mentioned to him some particulars which made him suspect he was likely to be the dupe of his own artifices ; he therefore directed this soldier to re

main on his post, and he, with some others on whom he could rely, stood by him, armed with pistols.

“At midnight the king came to the window ; but in getting out, discerning more than the ordinary sentinels, he suspected his design was discovered, shut the window, and retired to his bed. Rolph immediately went and acquainted the governor with this attempt, who, going into the king's chamber, found him in bed, the window bar cut in two and taken out.”

The church which forms a prominent object in our engraving was founded in 1064, and dedicated to St. Mary; it is a handsome stone building. It has a fine gothic tower, with eight large pinnacles, which gives it an air of grandeur, and contains a peal of eight musical bells. In this church are some monuments worthy of notice, particu-larly a wooden tablet to the memory of a merchant-seaman, on which there is an allegorical allusion to his profession.

At the entrance of the village, issuing from a bank, is a never-failing spring of most pellucid water, to which some medical properties have been attributed.

THE LIVING RILL. The last number describes the awakening of Miss Loveday, on the first morning after she had taken Barbara into her room, and gives an account of her reflections upon seeing the little girl so deeply interested in reading her Bible. At length she spoke, wishing the child a good morning, in tones so kind, so cheerful, as the younger had not heard for many months.

In sweet and happy obedience to the call, Barbara sprang instantly towards her, and was by Emmeline's bed the next instant, intimating, by the expression of her countenance, that she would have kissed her, had she dared.

This advance was no sooner perceived, than met in all graciousness by the elder, who said, “So then you have already used your liberty, my little one, and have actually risen with the sun, to

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