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bread, he termed the prayers and importurities of suck a starving multitude, the CLAMOURS OF FACTION.

As soon as the Count was driven out of this devicet he affrmed roundly in the court, that Fact was not an Englishman by birth, but that' he was of Dutch extraction, and born in Holland. In consequence of this affertion, he began to rally the poor plaintiff, under the title of MYN HEER VAN FACT; which took pretty well with the simpletons of his party, but the men of sense did not think the jest worth all their lands and tenements.

When the Count had finished his speech, he desired leave to call in his witneffes, which was granted : wben immediately there came to the bar a man with a hat down over his eyes in such a manner that it was impollible to see his face.

He spoke in the spirit, nay, in the very language of the Count, repeated his arguments, and confirmed his assertions.

Being asked his name ; he said the world called him MERCATOR; but ás for his true name, his age, his lineage, his religion, his place of abode, they were particulars, which for certain reasons he was obliged to conceal. The court found him such a falfe, shuffling, prevaricating rascal, that they set him aside as a perion unqualified to give his testimony in a court of justice; advising him at the same time, as he tendered his ears, to forbear uttering such notorious falfhoods as he had then published. The witness however perfilted in his contumacy, telling them that he was sorry to find, that notwithstanding what he had said, they were resolved to be as arrant fools as their forefathers had been for a hundred years before them.

There came up another witness, who spoke much to the reputation of Count Tariff. This was a tall, black, blustering person, dressed in a Spanish habit, with a plume of feathers on his head, a Gollilio about his neck, and a long Toledo sticking out by his side ; his garments were so covered with tinsel and spangles, that at a distance he seemed to be made up of silver and gold,


He called himself Don Assiento, and mentioned several nations that had fought his friendship ; but declared that he had been gained over by the Count ; and that he was come into these parts to enrich every one that heard hiin. The court was at first very well pleased with his figure, and the promises he made them; but upon examination, found him a true Spaniard: nothing but.fhew and beggary. For it was fully proved, that notwithstanding the boasts and appearance whichi he made, he was not worth a groat: nay,


upon casting up his annual expences, with the debts and incumbrances which lay upon his estate, he was worse than nothing.

There appeared another witness in favour of the Count, who spoke with so much violence and warmth, that the court began to listen to himn very attentively ; until upon hearing his name they found he was a notorious Knight of the Poft, being kept in pay, to give his testimony or all occasions where it was wanted, This was the EXAMINER; a perfon who had abused almost every man in England, that deserved well of his country. He called goodman Fact a lyar, a feditious person, a traitor, and a rebel ; and so much incensed the honest man, that he would certainly have knocked him down if he could have come at himn. It was allowed by every body, that fo foul-mouthed a witness never appeared in any cause. Seeing several perfons of great eminence, who had maintained the cause of goodman Fact, he called them idiots, blockheads, villains, knaves, infidels, atheists, apoftates, fiends and devils; never did man show so niuch eloquence in ribaldry. The court was at length so juftly provoked with this fellow's behaviour, who spared no age, nor sex, nor profession, which had shown any friendship or inclination for the plaintiff, that several began to whisper to one another, it was high time to bring him to punishment. But the witness over-hearing the word pillory repeated twice or thrice, slunk away privately, and hid himself among the people.


After full hearing on both sides, Count Tariff was cast, and goodman Fact got his cause ; but the court sitting late, did not think it fit at that time to give him cofts, or indeed to enter into that matter. The honest man immediately retired, after having assured his friends, that at any time when the Count thould appear on the like occasion, he would undertake their defence, and come to their assistance, if they would be at the pains to find him out.

It is incredible, how general a joy goodman Facł's success created in the City of London; there was nothing to be seen or heard the next day, but shaking of hands, congratulations, reflexions on the danger they had escaped; and gratitude to those who had delivered them from it.

The night concluded with balls, bonfires, ringing of bells, and the like public demonftrations of joy.

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