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Chronicle I

Chronicle I

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And, during these things, there came a man unto the servants of

the Regerrt.

public accounts as one of those sinecures which ought to be abolished, which opinion

was confirmed by the commissioners of military inquiry. The Perceval adroinistra-

tiou defended, as well asthey were able, this appointment; but the national feeling

was so decidedly against it, that a resolution for the abolition of the place at length

passed by 115 votes against 112. Colonel M'Mahon was remunerated lor bis loss by

the post of keeper of the privy purse and private secretary to the Prince Regent.

This arrangement gave as much offence as the other. On the 23d of March, Mr.
Ward questioned the chancellor of the exchequer on the duties and salary of a place

with theexistence ol which he was unacquainted, when he was informed that the same

office had been held under the late king, admitting, however, that this was Hot till

after his Majesty's deprivation of sight.

Moreover, he persecuted Wrtbffe anew.]—The time-serving character of politicians

was strikingly evinced by the conduct pursued towards the Princess of Wales on the

establishment of the regency. Up to this time, Mr. Perceval and his colleagues had

acted in tbti most honourable manner towards her Royal Highness. They had cleared

her of every imputation,—restored in r to the Court,—replaced ber in a palace, and

had done all her mosi sanguine wishes could have anticipated. But on the appoint-
ment of the recency, it seems, they acted under a different feeling. While the Prince

her husband, was exalted to the rank, power, and s-pl ;udoirr', of a king, the Princess

was suffered to remain in her former comparatively obscure and penurious state. No

Mfps were taken for the iucrc.sr ol bci income; she again became exposed to the
malignant calumnies of'her enemies, while her maternal feelings were outraged by

the most odious restrictions^!! her intercourse with her daughter. This new storm of

persecution was carried on with the on nu tiauee or connivance of her former friends

and legal advisers, and the only reason that could be assigned for their apathy was,

that their present master was the vindictive persecutor of hor Royal Highness, whereas

George III. had always been her guardian and protector.



George the Third.




And, behold, he had been journeying with merchandize into afar

country, where -he had fallen amongst thieves, who had evil intreated

him, and stripped him of his all.

And he said unto the servants of the Regent, Are ye not ap-

pointed to administer justice unto the people ?

Therefore, I pray ye to receive my petition, that ye may ex-

amine into my cause, and judge between me and those who have

oppressed me.

For, lo !

I have- suffered wrongfully these many years, even in

the sight of my own countrymen.

Aad he besought them many days, saying unto them, redress my

wrongs, and avenge me of mine adversary.

And they communed one with another, and said, What are this

man's wrongs unto us, for do we not live at our ease? Why, then,

should he disturb our repose?

And they said unto him, Begone ; and see that thou trouble us

not again.

And when the man saw that his cause was rejected, he was wrath

with the servants of the regent


And he straightway went into the Sanhedrim, where he abided

many days.

x\nd, lo, when he beheld the chief of the servants of the regent,

his indignation kindled at the sight of him ;

And he drew forth an instrument and slew him, so that he died,

©yen as he entered the threshold of the Sanhedrim.

Moreover, when he had so done, he sat himself down quietly.

But the assembly were in great confusion, and they cried out one

and all, Who is he that hath done this deed ?

And he answered and said unto them, Behold, I am the man ;

therefore, do with me according to your pleasure.

And they bound him hand and foot, and they delivered him into

the hands of the keeper of a strong prison ; and they set a guard

over him, so that he might not escape from their hands.



Gforge the Third.

And they led him into the judgement-hall, where he was condemned

to die ; for verily he had shed the hlood of man.

But, nevertheless, none of these things moved him ;

tor he re-

garded not deatli as an enemy, hut he welcomed him even as his

friend ; for his days, alas ! had been few and evil.

And when the people beheld him, they marvelled, and many of

them even wept for his fate.

For they said, He died not as the coward died ; yea, but as a man

died he.

And, behold, fear and trembling came upon the rest of the ser-

vants of the regent ; for their hearts smote them, and they were in

great dread lest there should be more Bellinghams in the land ; and

they, therefore, resigned their places, and fled even every one of

them unto his house.

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