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a mysterious journey to England, that he could not refif the temp, by the king's delire, from which tation. The boy kept grumbling; the returned more triumphant than and the other, endeavouring to apever, on the 12th of June 1670, in pease him, and to excuse hinsels
, perfect health, they entirely lost all entered the apartment of the price hopes.
cess, and conversed like the rest of I know not which of the three the courtiers, without the lead bigas first thought of it, but the chevalier, of emotion, who had retired to Italy to give vent What followed an hour after mada to his chagrin, fent to two of his a great noise in Europe. The pris friends a strong and speedy poison, cess having expired at three o'clock by a person, who did not know what the next morning, the 30th of June
, he carried.
the king was seized with the greatci Madame was then at St. Cloud, grief. It is probable that, the day and as she was accustomed every before, he had received some info: evening at seven o'clock to take a mation that the page had mes glass of succory water, one of her tioned the circumstance of D’Efiar's pages was ordered to prepare it, and being at the cupboard, or that he es he always placed it in a cupboard in tertained fome potion that Purnon, one of the antichambers, together principal maitre-d’hotel to the pria with her glass. It stood always in cess, was in the secret, because te a porcelain jar, with common water and D'Effiat had passed their infancy near it, that in case the should find together. However this may be, his it too bitter, she might mix it ac- majesty went to bed, rose up, fent cording to her taste. This anti- for Briffac, who being then among chamber was the public passage that his guards, was very much devoted conducted to the apartments of the to him, ordered him to choose fiz princess, and no person remained of the most faithful and trusts of in it, because there were several the soldiers, to seize Purnon, and others.
to convey him to his closet by the The Marquis D'Effiat had dif. back stairs; all which was executed covered all this; and on the 29th before day. When Purnon arrived, of June 1670, palling through this the king ordered Briffac and his firit antichamber, he found the oppor. valet-de-chambre to retire ; and af
. tunity he fought for, no one being fuming such a look and tone of in it, and observing also that no voice as were calculated to inspire one followed him. He therefore terror, faid, (eyeing him at the same stepped up to the cupboard, opened time from head to foot) “ My the door, threw in the poison, and friend, listen with attepsion to what hearing some one enter, took up the I am going to fay. If you contea other velfel which contained plain the whole, and tell me truly what I water, and as he was putting it defire to know, although you yourdown, the page who had the care of self may have done it, I will pardon the fuccory water, asked him ab- you, and no mention thall be made ruptly what he was doing in the of it but take care not to disguise cupboard. D'Effiat, without being the smalleft circumstance; for it you in the least embarraffed, begged paro do, your life thall pay for it beture don, and told him that being ready you quit this place. Was not No: to die with thirst, and knowing that dame poisoned ?" “ Yes, Sire," water was kept there (pointing to replied Purnon. “ Who poisoned the jar with common water) added her?” continued the king, and
is how was it done?" Purnon then faithful and wise a servant, defired
told him that it was the Chevalier an explanation. “ Why would you de Lorraine who had sent the poison defert me?” said the afflicted mo. to Beuvron and D'Effiat, and related narch. “Have you any cause of all the circumstances of the affair as complaint? Has not the dew of my above. Upon this the king repeat- benevolence fallen upon thee? Have ing the promise of pardon which he not all my flaves been ordered to had made, said to him, “ Did my make no distinction between thy ors brother know of it?” “ No, Sire," ders and mine? Are not you next answered Purnon, “ none of us my heart? Have you any thing to three were so foolish as to let him alk that I can grant? Speak, and into the secret ; he would have you fhall be fatisfied ; only do not ruined us all.” On hearing this, think of leaving me." Mitranes, the king fetched a deep figh, like a the minister, made this reply: “O man greatly oppressed, or who ex. king! I have served thee with zeal pires suddenly, adding, “ This is all and fidelity, and thou hast most am: I wished to know: but are you cer- ply rewarded me; but nature now tain you have told me the truth?” requires from me one of the most He then called Brissac, and ordered facred of its duties. I have a fon, him to conduct Purnon to some place who can only learn from me how to where he might leave him in full ferve thee, or thy successors, as I liberty,
have done. Let' me pursue this This man himself several years private duty, after all my care for after told this circumstance to Mr. the public good." Cofroes granted Joly de Fleury, who told it to me his request; but upon this condi-(i.e. the Duke of St. Simon). This tion, that he should take the young magistrate, with whom I afterwards prince with him into his retreat, and conversed upon the subject, gave educate both the youths together. me some information of which he Mitranes fet out, and after five or made no mention the first time; fix years absence, returned, and carwhich was, that a few days after ried his pupils to court. Cofroes the second marriage of Monsieur, was overjoyed to see his son again ; the king took his princess afide, and but, upon examination, he was told her this affair ; adding, that his greatly chagrined to find that he brother was innocent, and that he had not made the same progress in had too much honour to permit her his studies, as the son of Mitranes. to marry his brother, had he been In short, he was greatly inferior to guilty of such a crime.
him in point of real merit. The
king complained to the minister of A NECDOTE
this striking difference ; and his re
ply Mould be a lesson to all young OF A PERSIAN MINISTER OF
men of good dispositions.
king! my son has made a better OSROES, king of Persia, use than your's of the instructions I
had a minister of Itare, whose gave to both. My attention has haracter was so amiable, that it was been equally divided between them; lifficult to determine by whom he but my fon knows that his dependa
as moft beloved, the king or his ance must be on mankind, while I eople.
At length this able mini- never could conceal from your's er demanded his dismiffion. Cose that men would be dependant on pes, however, unwilling to lose to him."
ANECDOTE the messenger, he looked towards the
lady, who immediately fainted. The OF THE LATE KING OF PRUSSIA.
king and his attendants took the hinc HE great Frederick was fully which had been so kindly given, and
sensible of the contagious na- returned to the camp before the Poles ture of Liberty; he knew that the gained the least intelligence of the spirit of Freedom was epidemical, affair. and he did not chuse to employ his
ANECDOTE fubjects in any way that would put them in mind of the disorder. When
OF CARDINAL FLEURY. Dr. Franklin applied to him to lend HEN Cardinal Fleury was his affistance to Ameriea, “ Pray,
preceptor Louis XIV. Doctor," said the old veteran, Marshal de Villeroy was his go pray,
Doctor, what is the object vernor. The latter having fome. they mean to attain?” “ Liberty, thing to communicate to the car. Sire,” replied the American philo- dinal, respecting the prince, wrote fopher; Liberty, that Freedom a note to him on the subject, but as which is the birthright of man.” he wrote very badly, the cardinal His majesty, after a fhort pause, could not understand a single word made this kingly answer :," I was of it. Upon this, he fent a message born a prince, I am become a king; to Marshal de Villeroy, informing and I will not use the power which him that he could not make out I possess, to the ruin of my own what he meant, and begged him to trade. I was born to command communicate his intentions in a the people to obey !"
more legible manner. The marshal
wrote a second letter, much more ANECDOTE
legible and correct; upon receiving
which, the prelate wrote back, that OF CHARLES XII, OF SWEDEN.
he at length understood his inten. T the time King Charles XII. tions ; but, for the honour of both,
laid fiege to Warsaw, he left he thought it would be prudent to the camp, with a very few attend- keep the affair secret, left it fhould ants, and rode privately to the city be laid in Europe, that the king of to see an opera, which was to be France had a governor who could performed that evening. The sub- not write, and a preceptor who ject probably had attracted him; it could not read ! was the representation of a battle between the Polish and Swedish ar
ANECDOTE mies, the former of which, upon this occafion was certain of success. OF THE PRINCE OF DENMARK. At the end of the mock fight, one Roningsburg Castle, where the “ We are undone now!" the king Denmark, was so long confined, is replied, “ Let the Poles obrain the now the chief refidence of the queer battle on the stage, but the Swedes dowager; who, since the prioce has in the field.” His voice was heard taken
the executive part of the go. by Lady Koningsmark, who had vernment, is never permitted to apformerly been his mistress ; she knew pear at court but on public days, him at once, and with great anxiety. The queen-dowager complained of dispatched a page to apprise him of this confinement to the prince, who his danger. When the king received in return observed to her, That the
judge, and gave satisfaction in the uthe presence of the late Mar
time was past, when she herself had Speaker, " did not his lordship shew deemed it a fit residence for a queen, him the mace, and strike him dumb and that queen his mother. with terror?" "No," it was re
plied, “his lordship did not; but ANECDOTE he swore, by G-d, that if he had LORD CHANCELLOR NORTH
been in his private coach, he would INGTON,
have got out, and beat the dand
rascal to a jelly.”
OF GEORGS THE SECOND. confiderable abilities, was an upright N the
quis of Rockingham, the Duke high office he enjoyed; but, in pri- of Richmond, father of the present vate life, he was the very reverse duke, and some other noblemen, of every thing which would seem with whom his majesty sometimes to produce dignity in a public conversed with great familiarity ; station. In his youth, he was a the subject of the legality of putprofelled debauchee ; and the fen- ting to death Charles the First was timents and language of that cha- started; a subject of discuffion cer=' racter were retained by him to the tainly very delicate for a royal ear. latest moments of existence. On bis The greatest part of the company return home from the administration condemned it in the strongest terms. of justice, he would not hesitate to After hearing their reasoning fome swear at his fervants, and be in- time, his majesty said, “ Gentledecent with his company; indeed, men, I do not know what you may the state coach was not always con- think of this matter, but I'do think fidered as sacred to chaste and decent dat he was put to death by all de speech; and the uneasiness of that little law.dat he had left dem !" rumbling machine, when his lordfhip's feet have been tender from
ANECDOTE: the gout, has called forth very
OF LORD MANSFIELD. strong exclamations, in the prefence even of the mace and seals. Modern biographer, desirous Some of his friends have been so of writing, among others, free as to declare, they had actually the Life of Lord Mansfield, in seen an oath upon his lips, when treated his lordship to furnish him he presided on the woolfack, though with materials, in addition to those it was never known to escape farther, which he already had, as he wished One occasion was, however, marked to perpetuate the memory of so great with language too expressive to pass a luminary of the law. The answer unnoticed. The Speaker Onslow was was truly noble. “My success in complaining, on his arrival later life is not very remarkable. My than usual at the House of Com. father was a man of rank and fa. mons, on fome day of important thion : carly in life I was introduced bufiness, that he had been stopped in into the best company, and my cirParliament Street, owing to the ob. cumstances enabled me to support stinacy of a carman; and was told the character of a man of fortune. that the lord chancellor had expe. To these advantages I owe chiefly rienced a considerable delay from my success; and, therefore, my Life the same cause : “ Well," said the cannot be very interesting. But if
in his own defence.” The unfortunate claim the first shot. Mr. Swift and young woman was questioned by the Sir William Browne immediately agreed jury.
that Col. Lenox should fire bili. The FORTUNE.
parties having taken their ground, Col. Among the various viciffitudes of Lenox asked if Mr. Swift was reads? fortune, the following may be relied on. On his anfivering that he was, Col. One Payne, an old jobbing carpenter, Lenox fired, and the ball took place in who lived in a garret' in Chethire Rents, the body of Mr. Swift, whole piftol, Blackfriars, London, and who was near
on his receiving the wound, went of being obliged to apply to the parish for without effect. The parties then quicrelief, has, within these few days, come
ted the ground. to a fortune of ten thousand pounds, by
It is but justice to add, that both a very diftant relation dying without a gentlemen behaved with the utmost de will. He is now gone into the country gree of coolness and intrepidity. to take possession of the estate, having fold his effects, confisting of a straw
MURDER. bed, four iron bars as a grate, and a
A dcfperate affray happened June 18, bird-cage, to a broker in Fleet Lane. at the end of Gray's-Inn Lane, between
à serjeant of the Coldfucam regiment DUELLING.
and a haymaker. The haymaker ftruck The 19th of June, a duel was fought the serieant with his fork, and a foldier between Capt. Tongue, of his Majesty's in company run the haymaker through 6th regiment, and Capt. Paterson, of the body with his bayonet, which killed the India Company's military, in which him on the spot. Capt. Tongue was wounded in the The cases of Thomas Gordon and fide. The cause of the quarrel origi- Winifred Gordon, son and mother, nated in the street. Capt. Tongue ac convicted of murder at the last North. knowledged himlelf the aggressor. ampton allizes, are rather fingular.
The evening of July 1, in conse. The facts were, that the father, mother, quence of some exprellions reflecting on and fun, retiring from London to that the character of Lieut. Col. Lenox, country, the father fill following the published in a pamphlet, with the name business of a furgeon and apothecary, of Theophilus Swift, Esq. Col. Lenox became obnoxious, for no other reason called on Mr. Swift, and demanded than that the country people considered fatisfaction. They met next afternoon them as foreigners, not being born in in a field near the Uxbridge road; Mr. the country. There were frequently Swift attended by Sir William Augus. little quarrels between the neighbours tus Browne, and Lieut. Col. Lenox and them, till at last a justice's warrant by Lieut. Col. Phipps. Sir William was obtained for a suppoled alault Browne observing that Col. Lenox's made by the father. The conitable pistols had fights, proposed that a pistol came to their house to take the father hould be exchanged on each side, as on the warrant; the mother and son Mr. Swift had given up the point of told the constable that he was nut a meeting with swords, which had been home. The constable knew he was at originally suggested by him, but ob- home; he went away, and returned in ječied to by Col. Phipps. A pistol was a Mort time with some other people, accordingly exchanged. Col. Phipps who were going to make a forcible then asked Sir William Browne what entry. The mother and son, with a distance he proposed; Sir William gun, opposed them. After a stone had mentioned ten paces, which were mea- been flung to the windows, the mother is fured by the seconds. Col. Lenox and reported to have said to the fon, “ Fire! Mr. Swift being called to take their fire!” which he did, and killed the ground, Sir William Browne alked in constable on the spot. They were tried what manner Col. Lenox and Mr. before Baron Thoinfon at the laft Swift were to fire, whether at the same aflizes, and were both found guilty. A time or not? Cul. Pripps stated, that, point was reserved for the opinion of from the degree of the injury, he con the Judges. The case of the fon was, ceived that Col. Lenox had a right to whether it was necessary to prove the