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sailed up the Sclield, in the hope of surprising Rupelmonde, and delivering her husband. On her approach to Rupelmonde, she learned that her design had been discovered, that a large force was assembled to oppose her, and that the Duke himself was in the Castle. Disappointed in her scheme, Jacoba requested that she might be permitted, from her vessel, to speak with her cousin the Duke of Burgundy; and the Duke not declining the conference, she inquired with all the anxiety that love and fear could dictate, if her husband was yet alive. — In answer to this question, the Duke gave orders, that Borselen should be brought forth on the terrace that bordered the river, when the Princess, with the ardour that was natural to her, transported with joy at the sight of a person so dear, and forgetting that she gave herself into the power of the Duke, instantly sprang from her vessel upon the shore, and ran with eagerness to embrace her husband.
Philip had now obtained the advantage which he sought; and, detaining the Princess, wrought so powerfully on her fears for her husband, that, in order to purchase his freedom and his life, she consented to yield up to the Duke of Burgundy the entire Sovereignty of all her dominion: so high a price did the ambition of the Duke require for the ransom of Borselen! Having thus obtained the object to which he had long aspired, the Duke took possession of the Stales of Jacoba; and those Provinces, accustomed to bis controul, and by his arts indisposed towards their Sovereign, submitted quietly to his Government. In return for the ample concessions of Jacoba, certain estates were assigned to her in Holland and Zealand, which she, setting no bounds to her affection for her husband, bestowed in free gift on Borselen, who was created Count of Ostervant by Philip, and decorated with the Order of the Gulden Fleece.
Thus was acquired by Philip Duke of Burgundy, and by him transmitted to his descendants, the Pruvince of Hainault, and with it the Provinces of Holland, Zealand, and Friesland. This Prince has been distinguished by the title of Philip the Good, an appellation to which he is in some degree entitled from the general mildness of his government; but impar
tial History will always reproach him with the wrongs done to the Countess of Hainault; and his unkind and ungenerous treatment of this Princess, his kinswoman; and the unfair advantage that he drew from her errors in conduct, errors that merit great indulgence, imprint a deep aud indelible stain on his memory. Jacoba, who, in place of all her pompous titles, now bore only the title of Countess of Ostervant, retired into Zealand, to taste the pleasures of a comparative!y humble station, in the society of a husband who had given her such unequivocal proofs of entire affection, and whose love she rewarded with the possession of her whole heart. Jacoba died at the age of 36, and was buried in the tomb of the Counts of Holland. During the last and happiest period of her life Jacoba used to amuse herself in framing vases of earthen ware. Many of these were afterwards found in the lake that surrounded the Castle where she resided, and were long religiously kept by the people of the country, who named them the Vases of the Lady Jacoba of Hainault.
In my next letter, I purpose concluding my observations on the Province of Hainault; and hope also, to introduce your Readers to Brussels and Waterloo.
(To be continued.)
Mr. Urban, Jan. 9.
TKN years are now elapsed since the Proprietors of the Continuation of Granger's Biography threw out a hint that it might be expedient to incorporate both Works in a new edition, to be enriched with the accounts of Portraits either wholly omitted in those works, or engraved since their publication.
The four 8vo volumes of Granger are, 1 believe, now out of priut, so that it should seem to be the time to carry into effect an enlarged edition. If the Proprietors make known their intentions, there can be no doubt but corrections and new matter would be chearfully contributed. It is a pity that the elegant amusement of collecting Portraits should be damped from the want of assistance, not only in their chronological arrangement, but in reference to their connexion with the History of the Country. Yours, &c. Steven Musgrove.
Mr. Urban, Toivcester, Jan. 1.
WITH thia 1 send a view of the Church and Parsonage of Barton Segrave, in Huxlow Hundred, co. Northampton (see Plate I.), which I have selected from a collection of drawings, by myself, of all the Churches in' the County, out of respect to the memory of Mr. Bridges the Historian, who lies buried within its walls.
How much the County of Northampton is indebted to him, his valuable History evinces, though he did not survive the completion of his labours; and much also is the County obliged to the Committee who superintended the publication of the Work; among whom Sir T. Cave, bart. Sir G. Robinson, bart. Sir W. Dolben, bart. and Rev. PelerWhalley, should particularly be noticed.
A slight sketch of the early history of thin parim, as given by Bridges, tnav suffice.
The village is situate on a gentle ascent, and bounded by Warkton on the North, on the West by Kettering, from which it is divided by the rivulet Ise, on the South by Burton Latimer, and on the East by Cranford. In Bridges's lime it contained 19 families j but before the iuclosiire, which was early in the seventeenth century, the town wa» considerably larger. The village derived its additional name from the family of Serave, the most eminent member of which was Nicholas de Segrave, who I Edward IV. was Marshal of Kog 1.
land, and obtained license to make a caslle of his manor-house at Barton.
At the time Mr. Bridges wrote his History, he held this manor, with a considerable estate here, which his father had purchased about 16C5. The Duke of Montague was then lord paramount.
"The Church, dedicated to St. Botolpb, consists of a body and South aile leaded, and chancel covered with slate. At the upper end of the South aile is the burial-place of the Bridges family. Between the church and chancel is a low broad embattled tower (built on four spacious Saxon arctics) in which are four bell?. The Church and Chancel, including die Tower, are 314 feet long, the body and aile 148 feet broad. The tower and body of the Church, except the upper part, which by the difference Of the stone appears to have been raised, are very old. The South aile is more modem. The window of the North side lias been apparently altered, to answer the window of the South aile. To the South are plain marks of a cross aile."
The Porch was rebuilt in 1804, under the direction of the Hon. and Rev. R. B. Stopford. When forming the paved way to that entrance, a stone coffin was discovered, with a cross, &c. on its lid, which has been placed in the Church. The North door-way of the Church, inside the Porch, is of Saxon workmanship, with a curious sculpture over it, worthy the attention of the Antiquary. The following monumental inscriptions are not in Bridges's History:
"Johannem Bridges, Armig. Literarum et Literatorum amantUsimum, ingenti Librorum supellectile . superbientem, et qucdam de Palriis Antiquitatibus cogitantem, placuit D. O. M. in pulverem et terrain diruere, ubi omnia ista pereunt. Natus Binfieldiae in agro Berch. mtrtalitatis exuvias deposuit apud Hospit. Lincoln, S Salutis MDCCXX1V. Aimo J/EtatisLVHI.
Hoc Marmor Sepulchrale
Brooke Bridges propriis Sumptibus
poni curavit A. D. MDCCLUI."
2. "Jnfra hunc fornicem sepulchralera
cineres suos deponi voluit
Johannes Bridges, Aruiiger,
Gulielmi armigeri filius unicus,
Jobannis viri aummalaude digni,
Gent. Mag. March, 181".
rerumque reconditarum indagatoris studiosiss.mi,
8. M. S.
Near this tablet,
under the initial letters
of their names,
lie buried Catherine and Jane, daughter
of Jeffery Ekins, Rector of this church,
by Susannah his wife. They both died in the month of March,
bring cut off in the prime of their youth
by a malignant fever,
which appearing in various shapes,
and eluding every method of cure,
seemed to threaten destruction
to the whole family,
till its progress was effectually stopt
by the hand of God alone. In thankfull remembrance of so great
and to the memory of bis dear children,
this stone is inscribed
by their affectionate father.
Jeffery Ekins, the Father,
having been almost 50 years
Rector of this church,
died Aug. 26, 1773, and lyes buried
near the remains of his children.
Susannah Ekins, Widow,
died June 15, 1790, aged 89.
Interred at G. Berksd. Hants.
4. In memory of
the Rev. Joshua Stephenson, A. M.
24 years Rector of this parish,
who died on Easter Sunday,
April 8, 1798,
aged 68 years.
In the same grave
are deposited the remains
of Ann his wife,
daughter of Sir John Robinson,
of Cranford, in this county, bart.
who died at Northampton, on Sunday
Aug. 12, 1810, in the 83d yearof her age;
they left two sons to deplore their'loss.
5. Near to this place lyeth the
body of Thomas Brudenell,
Gent, son of Edmund Brudenell,
late of this town, esq.
He dyed June the 8th, A. D. 1754,
in the 76th year of his age. Patrons since Bridges wrote:— Duke of Montagu j Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry. The incumbents: Rev. G. Ekins, died 1788$ succeeded by Rev. J. Ekins, who was rector 50 years, and died 1773 i Rev. Joshua Stephenson, buried April 14, 1798; when he was succeeded by the present rector, the Hon. and Rev. R. B. Stopford.
TheworthyHistorian.JohnBndges, esq. was buried March 25, 1724. He left 10/. to the poor of this parish.
Mr. Wilcox left a legacy, by will, to the poor of Barton, to continue lor 12 year» from his death: the last payment was made in 1806. A legacy of 1/. 10s. left by Capt. Ekins to the poor of Barton, is paid to the rector, for their use, by Mr. Morer, of