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Examiner (Newspaper) - March 8, 1711, London, Middlesex The EXAMINER From March to Mtrcb eft ea cum parti corporis fcalpettum atfa eft Hi medentur exfecant peftem tanquam ftrumam r I Am diverted from the general Subject of my to refle upon an Event of a very extraordinary and furprizing Nature A great in high Confidence with the under whofe Management the Weight of Af fairs at prefent is in a great tneafure fuppoled to ly fitting in in a Royal with a dozen of the Chief Officers of is tabbed at the very in the Execution of his by the Hand of a French under Examination for High The Affaffm redoubles his make fure Work j and concluding the dif goes on with theJame Rage to murder a Principal Secretary of StatfrTAnd that whole Noble Aflembly are forced to and draw their Swords in theit own as if a wild Beaft bad been let loofe among This Fact hath fome Circumftances of Aggrava tion not to be paraleld by any of the like kind we meet with in Ctfars Murder being per formed in the comes neareft to the Cafe but That was an Affair concerted by great Numbers of the chief who were Jikewife the Actors in and not the Work of a fmgle Harry the Third of France was ftabbed by an Enthufiaftick whom he fuffered to approach his while thole who attended him flood at fome His Succeflbr met the fame Fate in a where neither He nor his in fuch a were able to defend In our own Coun try we I but one Inftance of this which has made any I mean that of Feltont about fourfcore years ago But he took the oppor tunity to ftab the Duke of Buckingham in palling through a dark from one Room to another The Blow was neither feen nor and the Mur derer might have if his own Concern and as it is ufual in fuch had not that Act of Felton will admit of fome Extenuation from the Motives he is faid to have But this Attempt of Guifcard feems to have outdone them all in every heigbtning except the difference of Perfons between a King and a great Minifter For I give no Allowance at all to the difference of Sitccefs which however is yet uncer tain and depending nor think it the leaft Alleviation to the Crime whatever it may be to the I am it is ill arguing from Particulars to and that we ought not to charge upon a Nation the Crimes of a few defperate Villains it is fo unfortunate to produce Yet at the fame time it rrmft be that the French have for thefe laft been fomewhat too liberal of their Dag upon the Perfons of their greateft Men fuch as the Admiral de the Dukes of Father and and the two Kings I laft I have fonnerimes wondred bow a whofe Genius feems wholly turned to Singing and Dancing and to Vanity and Impertinence who lay fo much Weight upon Modes and Geflures whofe Eflen tialities are generally fo very fuperficial who are ufually o ferious upon and fo trifling upon what is have been capable of commuting fucb folid Villanies more fuitable to the Gravity of 3 or Silence and Thougbtfulnefe of an Italian Unlefi it that in a Nation naturally fo fail of and of fo reftlefi when any of them happen to be of a morofe and gloomy that huddle of confufed for want of ufually termi nates in Rage or Davila that Jacques Clemenifoiu a fort of whom the reft of the Fryers ufed to make Sport with But at giving his Folly a ferious it ended in and qualified him for that defperate Act of Murdering his But in the Marquis de Guifcard there feems to have been a Complication of Ingredients for fuch ah At tempt He bad committed feveral Enormities in was extremely prodigal and vicious of a melancholy and cloudy Counte fuch as in vulgar PhiGognomy is calid an III For the his Talents were very having a fort of inferior but very fmall Abilities fo that a great Man of the late by whom he was invited and with much Dif cretion raifed at firft Step from a profligate Priefl to a and Colonel of a Regiment of was forced at laft to drop him for Had fuch an Accident happened under that and to fo confiderable a Member of they would have immediately charged it upon the whole Body of thofe they are pleafed to call the This would have been Styled a High Church Principle j the Clergy would have been accufed as Promoters and Abettors of the Fact Com would have been fent to promife the Criminal his provided they might have Liberty to dircEl and diSate his Confcjfion And a Lilt would have been printed of all thofe who had been ever feen in the Murderers But the prefent Men in Power hate and defpife all fuch deteftable which they might now turn upon their Adverfaries with much more than ever thefe did nourable Negotiations with And here it may be worth obferving how unani mous a Concurrence there is between fome Perfons once in great and a French Papift both agreef ing in the great End of taking away Harlejs tho differing in their Methods The firft ceeding by the other by Violence in Guifcard feems to have the as aiming no further than His Life while the others defigned to deftroy at once boib That and His fa The Malice of both againft this Gentleman feems to have rifen from the fame his difcovering De figns agahift the It was who detected the Treafonable Correfpondence of and fecured him betimes when a certain Great Man nho fhall be out of the depth of bis fent him a Caution to make his Elcape which would certainly have Appearance of Guilt upon Hurley But when that Was prevent they would have enticed the condemned nal with Promife of a to Write and Sign an Accufation againft the Buc to jife Gregs own Expreffion HH Death vat nothing near fo igno minious would have been fuch a Life thut mutt be
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