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man, which was fitted up with every comfort and care, a nurse and another attendant being in waiting upon the sufferer. "When the Count was announced, the poor invalid had to be propped up in his bed. He was so changed by time and sickness that the Count no longer recognized the face with which his memory was familiar. The nurse and attendant having retired into an. adjoining room, the dying man (for such he was and felt himself to be) expressed his great obligation at such a visit, and spoke most gratefully of the King, whom he designated the best of masters; told the Count of all his goodness to him, and indeed of uniform benevo­lence to all who depended upon him ; mentioned that his Majesty, during the long course of his poor servant's illness, notwithstanding the circumstances that had agitated himself so long,—his numerous duties and cares, his present anxieties and forthcoming ceremonies,—had never omitted to visit his bed-side twice a day, not for a moment merely, but long enough to soothe and comfort him, and to see that he had everything necessary and comfortable, telling him of all particulars of himself that were interesting to an old and attached servant and humble friend. This account was so genuine in its style, and so affecting in its relation, that it deeply touched the heart of the listener. The dying man, feeling exhaustion, put an end to this interview by telling the Count that he only prayed to live long enough to greet his dear master after his coronation, to hear that the ceremony had been performed with due honour and without any interruption to his dignity,—and that he was then ready to die in peace.
Mrs Matthews adds, "Poor Boruwlaski returned to the Royal presence, as I have related, utterly subdued by the foregoing scene, upon which every feeling heart will, I am persuaded, make its own comment, unmixed with party spirit or prejudice."
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