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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. MATILDA OF SCOTLAND. 125 mandy sided with Bretcuil, in advocating the rights of the royal crusader; and the debate growing very stormy, it was cousidered more expedient to argue the momentous question ill the council-chamber. Thither the nobles and prelates adjourned; but while they were engaged in advocating, according as interest or passion swayed, the rival clahns of Robert and Henry to the vacant tlirone, the majority being inclined for the elder brother, (the brave but proverbially unready Robert,) Henry had successfully pleaded his own cause to the populace in the streets of Winchester; and they, strong in numbers, and animated with sudden affection for the English-born prince, who had promised to bestow upon them English laws and an English queen, gathered round the palace, and quickened the decision of the divided peers in council by making the name of Henry resound in their ears; and Henry, thus elected by the voice of the people, was immediately proclaimed king at Winchester. The remains of the luckless Rufus were hurried into the grave, with a sort of hunter's mass, the following morning at an early hour, in Winchester cathedral;' and Henry hastened to London, where, on Sunday, the noiies of August, the fourth day after liis brother's death, he was crowned in Westminster-abbey, by Maui'ice, bishop of London. Before the regal circlet was placed on his brow, " Henry, at the high altar at West- minster, promised to God and the people," says the Saxon Chronicle, " to annul the unrighteous acts that took place in Ills brother's reign, and he was crowned on that condition.'" Hemy promised every thing that could reasonably be de- manded of him