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QUEEN ADELAIDE'S LODGE.
Home Park. The avenues in Bushy Park, nine in number, are formed by chesnut and lime trees, of singular beauty and magnificence. In the delicious retirement afforded by the Lodge in this charming domain, her Majesty, Adelaide, the Queen Dowager, spent many years as Duchess of Clarence; exhibiting to the ladies of England an admirable pattern of domestic excellence, and exercising, as it regarded the surrounding neighbourhood, a liberality as judicious as it was munificent. As one instance among many of this liberality, it may be mentioned, that a new parsonage house being required for the parish of Teddington, her Majesty contributed the sum of one hundred pounds towards that object.
On the death of George the Fourth, and the consequent accession to the throne of King William the Fourth, Adelaide, Duchess of Clarence, became, on the 26th of June, 1830, Queen-Consort of England ; and amid the splendour of a regal court, as previously in the tranquil shades of Busly Park,
“A silent virtue mark'd her way;
A pure unsullied light
And led her steps aright.”
Being dignified without pride, cheerful without levity, and bountiful without extravagance,” Queen Adelaide's influence in the exalted sphere to which, by the providence of God, she was thus raised, was in the highest degree beneficial; nor was that salutary influence confined within the precincts of the court; on the contrary, it caused itself to be felt among all ranks and orders in the community. Female influence is powerful under all circumstances; and society in England is so constituted, that, either for good or evil, the example of an English queen must be potent. Admirably did the wife of King William the Fourth acquit herself under a responsibility so onerous. Throughout the seven years during which she shared the throne of William the Fourth, Queen Adelaide afforded to the women of this country an example of various excellence, of which the benefit is still, and will, doubtless, long continue to be felt in our national tastes and manners, and in the habits of our English homes.
On the twentieth day of June, 1837, the death of King William left his consort a widow; and since that period, the Queen Dowager, with that propriety of feeling by which she has ever been distinguished, has continued to reside, for the most part, in this country, and to use, for the benefit of the English people, the affluence with which the grateful respect of the legislature has endowed her. As affording a proof of the munificent spirit of this illustrious lady, we may mention the building and endowing of a church at Malta, for the use of the English residents in that island. It is not, however, only on great occasions, that her liberality is called into exercise. Her hand
Open as day to melting charity ;"
and her whole life is a course of benevolence.
Together with her piety, her liberality, and her other noble qualities, the QUEEN Dowager retains, in all their simplicity, her former tastes and habits. At Marlborough
House, at her favourite residence of Witley Court, near Worcester, as at her LODGE AT Bushy PARK, her household arrangements are distinguished by an air of refined and elegant propriety; and she is beloved no less than respected by all who have access to her presence.
“ And thus we learn to love her name,
And claim her as our own;
First deck'd her with a crown.”
FRANCES DIANA MANNERS SUTTON.
A musing face is thine, fair child !
A face of gentle thought;
Some brighter vision sought;
To those of mortal clay,
That cheer'd thine infant day.
Young children's dreams are very sweet;
Glimpses and songs of heaven
And strange surprise is given,
And almost opes the eye, ,
Whose wings are flitting by.
Surely some happy memory
Of such fair dreams is thine ;
So radiantly shine
As through the summer-hours,
And wreathe the blooming flowers.