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THE X JEWEL

THE X JEWEL

A ROMANCE OF THE DAYS OF JAMES VI.

BY THE

HON. FREDERICK MONCREIFF

WILLIAM BLACKWOOD AND SONS

EDINBURGH AND LONDON

MDCCCXCVI

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22443.37.51

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

FROM
THE BEQUEST OF
EVERT JANSEN WENDELL

1018

THE X JEWEL.

CHAPTER I.

I was brought out of the Low Countries into Scotland in the year 1585—by whom I need not to say here. For though it is now more than twenty years since the things I speak of passed, and they are forgotten by some who might have remembered them, there are others still in life who remember but may not wish them to be stirred. This, however, can I say—that my coming back was known to one who required it, and whose wish it was scarce possible for me to pass by.

So, on the 3d of May in the above year, having made a quick passage from the Scheldt on a quiet

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