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. Flora Americae Septentrionalis, or, A systematic arrangement and description of the plants of North America [electronic resource] : containing, besides what have been described by preceding authors, many new and rare species, collected during twelve years travels and residence in that country. Botany. fl â V^l it ! i il ^ 1. 89 MATILDA OF FLANDERS. The personal history of this prince will be found in the memoirs of his two queens, Matilda of Scotland, and Adelicia of Louvaine. There is great confusion among historians and genealogists respecting the names of the daughters of Matilda and the Conqueror, and the order of their birth. William of Malmes- bury, who wrote in the reign of Henry I., when enumerating the daughters of the Conqueror, says, " Ceciha the abbess of Caen still survives." The generality of historians mention Constance, the wife of Alan duke of Bretagne, as the second daughter of tliis illustrious pair. Ordericus Vitalis, a con- temporary, calls her the third,' and Agatha the second daughter. Of Agatha he relates the following interesting particulars: " This princess, who had been formerly affianced to Harold, was demanded of her father in miuriage by Alphonso king of Galicia, but manifested the greatest repugnance to this aUiance.'' She told her father "that her heart was devoted to her first spouse, and that she should consider it an abomination if she gave her hand to another. She had seen and loved her Saxon betrothed, and she revolted from a union with the foreign monarch whom she had never seen;" and bursting into tears, she added, with passionate emotion, " that she prayed that the Most High would rather take her to him- self, than allow her ever to be transported into Spain." Her prayer was granted, and the reluctant bride died on her journey to her unknown lord. Her remains were conveyed to her native land, and interred at Bayeux, in the church of St. Mary the perpetual Virgin.^ Sandford calls this princ