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I cannot leave this Subject, without being dill anxious, with relation to the Disrespect they accuse me of to my Royal Mistress. All that can be wrested to my Disadvantage, is, That the Queen is concern'd when any thing is to be imputed to Her Servants; but I deny that, and persist in it, that it is no manner of Diminution of the Wisdom of a Prince, that he is obliged to act by the Information of others.
If I might make an abrupt Digression from great Things to small, I should on this Occasion mention a little Circumstance which happen'd to the late King William. He had a French Man who took care of the Gun-Dogs, whose Business it was also to charge and deliver the Piece to the King. This Minister forgot to bring out Shot into the Field, but did not think fit to let so passionate a Man and eager a Sportsman as the King know his Offence, but gave his Majesty the Gun loaded only with Powder. When the King misled his Aim, this impudent Cur stood Chattering, Admiring, Commending the King's Skill in shooting, andholdingup his Hands, he had never seen Sa Majeste" miss before in his whole Life. This Circumstance was no manner of Argument to those (who afterwards found out the Fellow's Iniquity) against the King's Reputation for a Quick Eye, and Shooting very finely. I am, with Respect to the Borough, add Your self,
S I R., v
and most Obedient Servant,
E 3 Richard Steele, THE
Represented in the
Tresent State ofDu N KIRK*
LETTER to the EXAMINER, In Defence os Mr. S le.
• Summant vim ejjfe it* omnibus it's arbitriis,
in ambus adderetur, ex fide bona. Tull3
Represented in the
Tresent State of D U N KIR K.
IDesigned yon this Trouble ever since the 24th of May last, in cafe all should not prove true in your Paper which came out that Day: You therein sall upon my mortified Friend Dick Steele, and endeavour to make an unfortunate Man ridiculous, by ending that your Paper with what you Inscribe,
ji most humble Address or Memorial presented to R. S. Esq; by the Sieur Tugghe. You make Tugghe say, 4 1 can now inform you, Sir, with 'Tears and a Heart full of Anguish, That
• Dunkirk is Demolish'd. Not only the Mar4 tial Works, that struck Terror on all the Be
• holders, and were thought Impregnable against 4 all Valour, except Tour Mightiness'*, but the 4 Mole, Dikes, Basons and Harbour, are all
• levelled and destroyed; a Spectacle full of
E j 4 Hot