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who had resigned their places, and ser. horse, as he walked through the court to ved them with letters de cachet, exiling the gate at the top of the steps; a page them to various towns, with an injunc. of the bedchamber walked before him tion to set out in twenty-four hours ; du. with lights; the Dauphin was behind, ring which time they were not allowed with the Duke d’Ayen, the captain of to ftir out of doors, or to see any persons the guards in waiting; and several exbut those of their own households. The empts and equerries followed. officers were ordered to stay with them • The King's footmen were waiting till the moment of their departure, and for him at the coach-fide just without to accompany them fixty miles on the the gate. Close to this gate stood Daroad from Paris, after which they were mien, in a brown coat, with a great coat to let them proceed to the respective over it, the cape of which was buttoned places of their exile. The whole city up round his neck. One Selim a footof Paris was greatly alarmed at this pro- man, who was next him, seeing the King cedure. A deputation from the grand approach, and perceiving that Damien chamber waited again on the King the had his hat on, which was of an enorad of February, with a petition in be- mous fize, faid to him hastily,“ Take off half of those fixteen members ; but his your hat; do not you see the King?" Majesty's answer was, that orders had al. The words were scarce spoken when the ready been sent to reimburse them the King came up; and Damien at the same purchase-money of their employments, instant gave the blow (43.). He was and therefore it was needless to think immediately seized by the guard; who, any more about them. - The parlia. in the first transport of their zeal and rement of Rouen, capital of Normandy, sentment, burnt his legs with the torches, have come to the following resolution. which gave occasion to a report of his “ The court, all the chambers being af- legs having been pinched with hot irons. sembled, has refolved, that commissaries The Duke d’Ayen, captain of the guard, be appointed to consider of expedients hearing his shrieks, and being zealous for obtaining from the King's justice and to preserve him from being torn to pielenity, that he would be pleased to re- ces, that his accomplices might be dis. store his confidence to the parliament of covered, rushed in among the tumult, Paris, and to reunite all the members of and cried out, “ Which is he? which is it." We learn from Bourdeaux, that, on he?". Damien immediately answered, the 25th of January, the parliament of “ Scoundrel, it is l.” He was then reGuyenne came to a resolution of much scued from farther violence, and carried the same import.

to the guard-room; where he was searchWe are informed, that the French ed; but nothing was found upon him, King is perfectly recovered of his wound. but the knife, a New Testament, and a.

-The following account of the at. bout thirty-five louis-d'ores. He was tempt, and of the assassin, is taken from then conducted to the prison at Verthe Gentleman's Magazine.

failles, where a strong detachment of the “The King having been fome days at guard were appointed to do duty. Trianon, went from thence to Versailles “ In the mean time the King was caron the 5th of January in the forenoon, ried back to an apartment of the palace; to visit the royal family. About three where his wound was examined, and quarters of an hour after five o'clock in found not to be dangerous. He could the evening, being about to return, his not, however, be persuaded but that he coach was ordered to draw up to the was dying: he confessed himself; and fteps at the end of the marble court, thinking he might have forgotten fome. leading from the royal apartment. A. thing, he confeffed himself again. Hewas bout fix, the King came from his closet, also very desirous to receive the viaticum; by the stairs that came down upon the but he was at length, though with great marble court. He was supported by the difficulty, persuaded to defer that till ic Count de Brianne, and the mafter of the should be more apparently necessary.

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“ The prisoner was many times exa.. would have taken him with him to Pe. mined concerning his motives and his tersburg; but four days after he had been a accomplices. His answers to this part of hired, he found means to rob him of 240

his examination are kept impenetrably louis-d'ores, and made off undiscovered. secret; but as many people have been He was pursued to Arras, whence he taken into custody, there is reason to sup. was traced to St Omer's, Dunkirk, Brusa pose that some important discoveries sels, and other places; but was not overhave been made, and that more are ex. taken. On the 31st of December last, pected, the prisoners that were in the he returned to Paris, by the Brussels Baftile having been removed to Vinc' ftage-coach, and went to see his wife, cennes to make room for those who may who was then cook to Madame Bau. hereafter be seized on Damien's ac. dinelli. He continued at Paris till the count. Among those who have been 3d of January, contrary to the remonseized already, are the wife and daugh- frances of his wife and his daughter, ter of the criminal, and his brother and who were not ignorant either of the his brother's wife, who were both fer- robbery he had committed, or the pura vants to members of parliament, though suit that had been made after him. in different families, and who have ac “On the evening of the 3d of Ja. quired very good characters in their fta- nuary, he took leave of them, and said tions. He has another brother settled he would go where-ever chance should

at St Omer's, and a fifter, the widow of direct him. From that time to the 5th .

a joiner at Arras. One of his uncles was of January, the day he committed the long house-steward, or maistre de hotel, fact, he sculked about from place to to a college of Jesuits, where he acqui- place between Paris and Versailles; and, red a considerable fum, with which he as he says, did not resolve upon the at. purchased an estate in Piccardy, where tempt till the very day on which it was he now lives.

made. He pretends, however, that he " The discoveries that have been did not rob the Ruflian merchant, but made with respect to his person and cire that he went to Brussels to see his rela. cumstances, are in substance as follows. tions, and transact some private affairs; -His name is Robert Francis Damien. alledging that the money found upon He is the son of Pierre Joseph Damien, him was his own, and that he had saved who is yet alive. He was born in the it out of his wages. It is remarked, that

suburbs of Arras, called the Fauxbourg his answers fhew him to have had an e*

St Catherine en Moulin-les- Arras, and is ducation much superior to his rank. about forty-two years of age. He was with respect to his character, as a man, formerly a servant to the college of Je. his whole life appears to have been one suits in St James's ftreet, Paris. This perpetual transition from debauchery to place he left in 1738; when he married fanaticism, and from fanaticism to de.

woman of Metz, named Elisabeth bauchery, and his behaviour since his Mello now about fifty years of age; confinement perfectly agrees with such by whom he has one daughter, who is a life. He appears sometimes perfectly now eighteen years old, and subsists by composed, and sleeps as long and as painting dolls for children. Since his foundly as if he suffered nothing, and marriage he has lived as a servant with had nothing to suffer : at other times, many families in Paris, where he has al. he starts into sudden and outrageous parways passed for a bachelor, and went by fions, and attempts to destroy himself athe name of Flamand; particularly with gainst the walls of his dungeon, or with Madame de la Bourdonnois, to whom the chains that have been put upon his he was recommended by the rector of arms and legs. His health has been the Jesuits college; and with Madame much impaired by the inflammation caude Si Reuse, who dismissed him about a fed by burning his legs, and by some year ago. In July last, he entered into violent emetics and cathartics, that were the service of a Ruffia merchant; who administered the night he was seized,

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upon a supposition that he might have never permitted to see the criminal, nor swallowed poison. It is also said, that even permitted to enter the prison, withhaving, in one of his furious fits, at. qut a written order from the first pretempted to bite off his tongue, an order fident. He was removed in the night had been given to draw out his teeth, for greater secrecy and fecurity; and all which was immediately executed. perions were forbidden to come into the

“ On the 17th of January, at three itreets, or even to appear at their win. quarters of an hour after ten at night, dows, while he was pafling, under pain Damien was removed from Versailles to of being fired at by the guards. Paris. The prisoner was put into a coach “ The same morning at ten o'clock, and four, with one of the King's fur- the criminal was examined by the first geons, and two of the provoft's guard: president of parliament, and several af. in another coach and four was a man filtants, and his examinacion lasted till who had been seized upon suspicion as four in the afternoon. his accomplice, with three of the pro • The substance of his examination voft's officers; and four more of these was registered the fame day in the prooficers followed in a third. These per office; where the knife with which coaches were preceded by a detachment he wounded the King is also deposited, of the marthal's guard, with their fire. and all his other moveables." arms ready to present. The way was We are informed, that the French lined with other detachments of the King, in writing to his daughter, the fame guard; fixty grenadiers, commard. Duchess of Parma, concerning his re. ed by four lieutenants and eight fub- covery, expresled himself in the followlieutenants, mounted upon the King's ing terms. The wound of my body horses, attended the coaches; and eight is healed, but has left so deep a wound serjeants, each arned with a firelock, in my mind, that I would willingly part marched at each of the coach-doors. with life, to efface so great a blot from

"In this order they arrived at Seve; the annals of my reign.". - Many where the fixty grenadiers fell into the threatening letters have been found rear, and fixty other grenadiers took dropt both at Paris and Versailles, imtheir place about the coach. They pro. porting, that though Damien has failed ceeded through the villages of Illi and in his attempt, there are not wanting Vaugirard, a company of Swiss guards others of equal resolucion, who are not lining the way. At Vaugirard, the e- discouraged, nor will be prevented in scort was joined by a conpany of gre. their design, by his ill success. nadiers of the French guards. They en- the Dauphin has been threatened. It tered Paris by the bar of Seve, passed by is said he received a letter, the purport the Croixrouge, and through the ftreets of which was, to inform him of his beof Tour, Bussy, Dauphine, le Pont Neuf, ing poisoned, but that the poisoner, and the quay called Orfeores.

touched with remorse for so execrable a “ About three o'clock in the morning crime, had, in order to atone for it, sent the three coaches arrived at the Con- him inclosed an infallible antidote. This, ciergerie; where the criminal was taken we are told, proved, upon examination, out of the coach, and being put into a to be rank poison. There have been kind of hammock, was carried up to the great commotions in many parts of tower of Montgomery; where he was France; and according to late accounts, guarded by four serjeants, who continue every thing at Paris continued in the ute with him night and day; eight other most confufion. ferjeants are posted in the upper part of On the 3d of February, M. Mathe tower, and below were a corps of chault, keeper of the seals, and the ten French guards. In the court-yard Count d'Argenson, minister at war, was another guard of feventy men, were dismified from their several emwhich was relieved every twenty-four ployments by the follo,ring letters de hours. The officers of the guard are cacbiég

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Monsieur Machault, Though I am France, particularly that of Artois, persuaded of your probity, and the up where the rivers fwelled so greatly and rightness of your intentions, the present suddenly. that churches, houses,' bridsituation of affairs obliges me to demand ges, mills, persons, and cattle, were your resignation of the post of secretary carried away by the violence of the rorof state for the marine, Depend still on rent, and the corn-fields were torn up my protection and friendship. If you and ruined in an astonishing manner. have any favours to ask for your chil. The same calamity wa severely felt dren, you may do it at all times. It in the UNITED PROVINCES, where most is proper that you should itay some of the bridges were washed away, soine time at Arnonville. (Signed,] Louis. hundreds of vessels crushed to pieces by

- P.S. I reserve to you your pension the ice, many of the inhabitants with of minister of 20,000 livies, and the their cattle drowned, and large tracts of honours of keeper of the feals.” ground laid under water.

Five more Mons. d'Argenson, Having no fur- men of war have been put into comther occasion for your services, I order mission by the admiralty of Amsterdam, you to resign to me your post of secre two of 60 guns, two of 50, and one of tary at war, and your other employ- 40. A resolution has been taken by ment, and to retire to your estate at the States-General to augment their Ormes.- (Signed,] Louis."

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three The reasons of dismissing those two of 50, seven of 40, and one of 36. The ministers so fuddenly, and of the great city of Amsterdam ftill opposes the augdifference observable in the style of the mentation of their land-forces. letters, is not known to the public; nor, As to PLANTATION affairs, a letter according to very late advices, was ic from Halifax in Nova Scotia, daied certain who were to succeed to the em- Nov. 6. bears, that a vessel sent by that

ployments vacated. It has been said, government to Louisburg, capital of Cape į that M. Pellitier, formerly first president Breton, as a dag of truce, being return

of the parliament, has had the offer of ed, reported, that the French there the seals, but refused them; nay, some were in great want of provisions of all have asserted, that no one inclines to kinds, particularly bread, and that even accept of them, because the former horse beef sold at 18 pence a pound. keeper was removed on account of his Letters from Philadelphia advise, that refusing to affix them to a deed of a bad the assembly there have voted 75,000 l.

Sterling for the common service, and The French have sent orders to Brest passed a bill for raising an useful miand Rochefort for the equipping of litia. twenty-fix men of war, viz. eighteen Private letters from Virginia bear, from 80 to 64 guns, and eight from 50 that the Earl of Loudon had concerted to 30, which they say will be divided such proper measures, in conjunction into several squadrons. They write with Sir William Johnson, and the rest from Paris, that the Toulon squadron of the commanding officers in North Afailed the 27th of January on a secret merica, as to have an army of 30,000 expedition, and that of M. de Beaufre- men next campaign, besides parties mont, consisting of four ships from 80 of Indians in the British interest. We to 64 guns, and three of 30, put to sea are told that the officers of the provinthe 31 It of that month from Brest for cials are, for the future, to rank with St Domingo.

those of the troops from G. Britain, According to advices from Bourdeaux, and that all the forces there are now 4twelve privateers were to be lanched nited as one body. there within the month of January, one

ENGLAND. of them to carry 50 guns, and the least 24.

The melting of the winter snow did In the gazette of Feb, 12. was insertvaft damage in several provinces of ed the following advertisement. Vol. XIX.

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, when public notice shall be given the experienced zeal and affection of his that they are ready to be delivered at the bank. faithful Commons, that they will chear

And all persons, before the tickets are to be fully affist him in forming and maindelivered, may subscribe at the bank for number of tickets above twenty, paying down taining an army of observation, for the full price, if under one hundred, and half the just and necessary defence and prethe price if above one hundred.

fervation thereof, and enable his MaThe day of the second payment to be on or jefty to fulfil his engagements with the before the ift of June, on which subscriptions King of Prussia, for the security of the receipts are to be given..

The prizes to be paid at any time after the empire, against the irruption of fo. 20th of January 1758.

reign armies, and for the support of

the common cause. And notice is given, of date Feb. 16.

G.R. That books are opened at the bank of

This message was referred, nem. con. England for taking subscriptions to the to the supply committee: to whom the lottery; that all persons may subscribe treaty between his Majesty and the for any number of tickets under a hun. King of Prussia, figned at Weftminfter, dred, and not less than twenty, upon Jan. 16. 1756, was next day referred ; paying the full price of a guinea per and the house immediately resolved itticket; and that such as subscribe for a felf into the faid committee, and came hundred tickets or upwards, may pay to the following resolution, which was only half a guinea a ticket at the time

reported next federunt, Feb. 21. viz. of subscribing, and the remainder on or

" That a sum not exceeding 200,000 l. before the ift of June next. On the 15th of February the King in forming and maintaining, during the

be granted to his Majesty, to aslift him gave the royal afsent to

present year, an army of observation, An act for granting to his Majesty a fum not for the just and necessary defence and exceeding 1,050,005 l. 5 s. to be raised by way preservation of his Majesty's electoral of lottery. An act to discontinue

dominions, and those of his allies, and the duties

upon - imported, &c. (57.]

towards enabling his Majesty to fulfil An act to prohibit the exportation of his engagements with the King of Pruf.

from America, &c. [58] fia, for the security of the empire 2An act for punishing mutiny and defertion; gainst the irruption of foreign armies, and for the better payment of the army and and for the support of the common their quarters.

An act for the speedy and effe&tual recruiting cause." Which resolution being read of his Majesty's land-forces and marines. [61.] a second time, was agreed to by the

To two road-lills and three private bills, which house nem. con. rela.e all to England.

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