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1856 Excerpt: ... murder. Kirkaldi of the Grange, Murray of
Tullibardin, and Lord Lindsay of the Byres, successively accepted
this challenge; but Bothwell always found some pretext by which to
elude the combat. To her head, in good place; but to her heart We
have very little faith in the heart of Elizabeth; the most wicked
woman, with genius, will affect to have the best heart in the
world. Thus it Tu with Elizabeth. "To clear herself from suspicion,
it was incumbent on the queen to bring the real assassins to
justice. This had been remarked to her by Elizabeth; it had been
urged in the most impressive terms by her ambassador at Paris, and
it had, on more than one occasion, been acknowledged by Mary
herself. But how, her adversaries ask, did she proceed? She refused
the reasonable petition of her father-in-law; she granted Bothwell
a collusive trial; and she persisted in maintaining his innocence
on the credit of an acquittal, which, to every impartial observer,
furnished additional confirmation of his guilt. Would she have
acted in a manner so fatal to her reputation, had she not been
impelled by some powerful motive, such as consciousness of crime,
or a licentious passion for the person of the murderer? In reply,
her advocates remark, that she was a young and defenceless woman in
the hands of a faction; that she could receive no information,
could adopt no measure, but through the medium of her council; and
that this council was composed of the very persons who had planned
the murder, or directed its execution, or given bonds to screen the
perpetrators from punishment. It was no wonder, then, if under such
circumstances, and surrounded by such interested and unprincipled
advisers, she was taught to believe that Bothwell was innocent,
that the accusation had been sug...
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