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Motley called upon her at the House Holmes: “We are not going to live in the Woods (Huis ten Bosch), the in a royal palace at the Hague, as I palace in the very heart of the beau- read in the American
newspapers. tiful park or “forest,” which every The Queen, with whom I have the tourist to the Hague visits. Every honor of being acquainted for so American who has any knowledge of many years, has placed a small house letters will notice there with pride a which belongs to her, and happens fine oil portrait of Motley hanging in just now to be vacant, at my disposione of the elegant saloons. It is a tion. I am truly glad to accept the . token of the appreciation and affec- kind offer, as furnished houses are tion which the gifted lady bore very difficult to obtain at the Hague." toward our historian. For this inter- The next letter, also to Dr. Holmes, view was the beginning of a friend- is dated at“ Kleine Loo," (Little Loo), ship which was quite intimate, and to distinguish it probably from the was enhanced after Mrs. Motley came grand summer palace of the King to join her husband, and their resi- called the “Loo,” in Gelderland. And dence was at the Hague, when the one can see to-day that pretty little Queen became a frequent visitor in a villa, just outside the “forest," almost familiar way at their house. During in the rear of the Huis ten Bosch, this same summer (1858), Motley was looking out toward the open meadows, presented to the King, a man of no yet with its white walls shimmering special literary tastes, but a hearty among a cluster of trees. It was cerlover of his country and its history, tainly a fine place for solitude and an admirer of the virtues of his great work; but rather too far away from ancestor William the Silent. He, the Archives. Motley and his family therefore, in his soldierly way appre- staid there only a few weeks. About ciated Motley's work quite as truly as May ist, (1871), moving day in Holhis more cultured wife, and Motley land as with us, they went to a house was very favorably impressed with located at No. 6, Kneuterdyk, and him.
were domiciled here for about two Now comes an interval of about
It is situated in the heart of twelve years-not a counter-part of the city, just around the corner from the ancient Twelve Years' Truce by any the Plaats; obliquely a very good view means—but one filled up with most could be obtained of the famous and portentous events in Motley's native beautiful " Vyver." An oblique view land, as in his own personal history. in the other direction would cause the We find him again at the Hague eye to rest upon the house of Barneearly in 1871. It was shortly after veld, now the Treasury Department, the unhappy termination of his mis- but without essential external change. sion to England, He writes to Dr. And while so conveniently near to
shops, bank, Royal Library (in the about two hundred steps to the right magnificent “Voorhout"), Archives, from Motley's house] to speak with Royal Palace, it was in itself a house his brother Cornelius, who of sufficient historic associations to locked in it, and whence they were satisfy the most enthusiastic student both dragged and torn to pieces by of Dutch annals. Away back in the the rabble on the square (the Plaats] beginning of the fifteenth century
which is before my eyes.” Daily it stood there: “Modern as it looks,” Motley would leave his door, pass he writes to Dr. Holmes, “ it was once under the archway of the prison gate; the residence of Frank van Borselen, so enter the “Buitenhof;" then pass the last husband and consoler of the through another archway into the unhappy Jacqueline of Bavaria. Sub- Binnenhof; behold the Hall of the sequently it belonged for a time to Knights in front of which Barneveld Count Hohenlo, who figured much in was beheaded; pass along the north the war of the Republic for independ- side of it, looking up at the very winence, and who married one of the dows of the adjoining building where daughters of William the Silent. Last, Barneveld and Grotius were kept
prisoners for three quarters of a year; pass through two more archways; pass by the Mauritshuis or National Gallery where Rembrandt's “Anatomy Lesson,” and Potter's “Bull” hang; cross the fine square of the Plein, where is a splendid statue of William the Silent; and so enter the noble old granite mansion which was the domicile or hotel of the Amsterdam delegates to the provincial estates or legislature of Holland in the days of the Republic, and which today is the depository of the Royal Archives.
In 1876 Motley, having now pubJOHN DE WITT.
lished all his works, made a final visit
to Holland. His wife had died in not least, it was the residence of John 1874; the fatal disease that carried De Witt, who walked out through him off was upon him and had made the garden just two centuries ago him a physical wreck, incapacitated (1672] towards the prison, a stone's from pursuing his cherished work, throw from here [the Gevangenpoort, not yet completed. He was the guest
of the Queen at the palace in the friends near each other in death. The Woods. It was August, 1876; in May, beautiful portrait hangs to-day a 1877, came the death-stroke that laid silent witness of their friendship; a
brilliant historian low before tribute of Holland's best and highest old age
had come to bless and crown to the American who told so well the his days. A few weeks later, in June, heroic story of her past. 1877, the Queen breathed her last.
LEONARD IRVING, Thus were these two accomplished
Some interesting facts myself there can be no impropriety The
have been recently in soliciting their patronage and Documen- brought out in connec- assistance for a collection of Ameritary History tion with a proposed can State papers, which, from its eviof our
plan for the compilation dent utility, they will not deem unCountry. and publication by Con- worthy of either. The design of it is
gress of the Documen- to furnish materials for a good history tary History of our Country. Hav- of the United States, which may now ing in view so comparatively recent be very well done, for so rapid has a period as that of the Revolutionary been our political progress that we era no one unfamiliar with the mat
can easily recur to the first step taken ter can form any adequate idea of on the continent, and clearly point out the richness and variety of the his- our different advances from persecutorical material in existence, and not tion to comparative liberty and from yet published. It is scattered through thence to independent empire. In this the various State archives, historical particular we have the advantage of societies, in public libraries and in
every nation upon earth, and gratiprivate collections, as well as in the tude to heaven and to our virtuous several departments of the govern- fathers, justice to ourselves and a bement.
coming regard to posterity strongly
urge us to an improvement of it It is interesting to note that as far
before time and accident deprive us back as 1778, the subject was brought
of the means. to the attention of Congress, as will be seen by the following memorial
The undertaking will appear, at letter.
first view, to be too great for an unPHILADELPHIA, July 11, 1778. assisted individual, and experience The Honorable Henry Laurens, Esq., has convinced me that although sevPresident of Congress.
eral years incessant application has Sir: Viewing Congress as the produced an important collection, friends of science as
the yet so numerous are the materials guardians of our liberties, I flatter and so much dispersed that a whole
life would be insufficient to complete March 2, 1833, Congress authorized it in the way in which I have hitherto the Secretary of State to contract been obliged to proceed. I now pro- with Matthew St. Clair Clarke and pose to visit each State for that pur- Peter Force for the publication of a pose, and must request of Congress a work, entitled, “The Documentary certificate of their approbation of my History of the American Revolution.” design, should they approve of it, The work was begun while Edward and a recommendation to the several Livingston was Secretary of State, in governors and presidents, grant me 1833, and was continued until Mr. free access to the records of their Marcy's time (1853,) at which date respective States, and permission to only nine volumes were published. extract from them such parts as may The work was limited to twenty volfall within the limits of my plan. To umes, but was practically abandoned, enable them to judge of the nature it is believed, by the failure of Mr. of the collection I beg leave to in- Marcy to examine the material which close the titles of some of the mate- Mr. Force submitted for a tenth volrials of which it is to consist, which
Scholars have never ceased please to lay before them, and believe to deplore the discontinuance of this me to be, sir, your most obedient and work, and efforts have been made very humble servant,
from time to time to cause its reEBEN'R HAZZARD. sumption. This letter was referred to a com
If then, in 1778, under all the admittee, of which Samuel Adams and
verse circumstances surrounding that Richard Henry Lee were members.
period, the Continental Congress orA favorable report was made, and in
dered that to be done, which it is accordance with certain resolutions,
now proposed to do, would it be prepatronage and facilities were extended
sumptuous for historical scholars, to Mr. Hazzard. Two volumes only
and the people for their posterity, to were published by him, but it is curi
ask Congress to undertake it now? ous that not a single document relat
Many of the records of the eventful ing to the rise and progress of the Rev
story are moldering or perishing. olution was included. Mr. Hazzard
Beyond a comparatively few reprints was soon after appointed postmaster
of the correspondence of the men of general and owing to the pressure of ministerial duties and private engage
the revolutionary period by private ments abandoned the work, and no
enterprise, the compilation by several
States of records of their soldiers, one ever undertook to complete it.
the publications of the various hisMore than fifty years passed before torical societies and the noteworthy the matter was again taken up. On efforts by individual scholars, no at.