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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Atlantic Essays, A charge with Prince Rupert. (search)
ng's sake, and always finding his own side the right one. He could not have much charity for the most generous opponents; he certainly had noue at all for those who (as he said) printed malicious and lying pamphlets against him almost every morning, in which he found himself saluted as a nest of perfidious vipers, a night-flying dragon prince, a flapdragon, a caterpillar, a spider, and a butterbox. He was the King's own nephew,--great-grandson of William the Silent, and son of that Elizabeth Stuart from whom all the modern royal family of England descends. His sister was the renowned Princess Palatine, the one favorite pupil of Descartes, and the chosen friend of Leibnitz, Malebranche, and William Penn. From early childhood he was trained to war; we find him at fourteen pronounced by his tutors fit to command an army,--at fifteen, bearing away the palm in one of the last of the tournaments,--at sixteen, fighting beside the young Turenne in the Low Countries,--at nineteen, headin