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MINIE, THE MISER'S DAUGHTER.

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THB DOOM OF BUCKINGHAM:.—" The Doom of Buckingham," the heading of one of Sir Bernard Burke's sections, ia well justified by the fatality which seems to haunt the possessors of the dukedom. It was first bestowed On Humphrey de Stafford, who, with his eldest son, fell in the wars of the Roses. His second son and successor in the title was the fridnd and victim of Richard the III., in whose honour Oibber interpolated the famous line which has made the fortune of more than one provincial actor. The sad story of the third duke may also be read in Shakespeare. He had imprudently defied Wolsey, who found no difficulty m trumping up a charge of treason, upon which the duke was found guilty by hip peers and- beheaded on Tower Hill. When the Emperor Charles V. heard of this execution, he is reported to have exclaimed, "A batcher's dog has killed the finest buck in England." The ducal title became extinct by his attainder, and the revival of the barony proved only a transitory gleam, for the male lice expired towards the middle of the seventeenth century with .Roger Stafford, who during much of an unhappy life bore the name of Fludd or Floydt. His sister married a joiner, and was the mother of the Newport cobbler already mentioned as entitled to quarter the toyal arms. The first Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, fell by the knife of Felton. The death-bed of the second hasjbeen immortalised by Pope, and the moral is little weakened by the assurance ] that instead of- In the worst inn's worst room, with mat half-hung, The walls of plaster, and the fleors of dung, 1 we should read, "in a well-furnished apartment of his steward's house." Sheffield, Duke of Bucking- ham, so created in 1703, reflected quite as much lustre on the title as he derived from it; but his race ended j with his son, who died of consumption at Bo*ne before attaining his majority. — Biographical and Critical Esaayt. 1 „ « :i*jjTij n*>n i:: IV ft'•

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