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heard him. 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 show and beggary. For it was fully proved, that notwithstanding the boasts and appearance which he made, he was not worth a groat: nay, that 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 him very attentively; till upon hearing his name they found he was a notorious Knight of the post, being kept in pay, to give his testimony on all occasions where it was wanted. This was the EXAMINER; a person who had abused almost every man in England, that deserved well of his country. He called Goodman Fact a lyar, a feditious perfon, a traytor, and a rebel ; and so much incensed the honest man, that he would certainly have knocked him down if he could have come at him. It was allowed by every body, that fo foul-mouthed a witness never appeared in any cause. Seeing several persons of great eminence, who had maintained the cause of Goodman Fact, he called them ideots, blockheads, villains, knaves, infidels, atheists, apostates, fiends and devils ; never did man show fo much eloquence in ribaldry. The Court was at length fo justly provoked with this fellow's behaviour, who spared no age, nor sex, nor profession, which had nown 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 overhearing the word Pillory repeated twice or thrice,
funk away privately, and hid himself among the people.
After a full hearing on both sides, Count Tarif was cast, and Goodman Faet got his caufe; but the Court sitting late, did not think it fit at that time to give him costs, or indeed to enter into that matter. The honest man immediately retir'd, after having assured his friends, that at any time when the Count fhould 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 Faet's success created in the city of London ; there was nothing to be feen 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 publick demonftrations of joy.
N° 1. Thursday, September 14.
Nescia mens hominum fati fortisque future,
H E design of this work is to cen
sure the writings of others, and to T give all persons a rehearing, who
have suffered under any unjust sentence of the Examiner. As that
Author has hitherto proceeded, his paper would have been more properly entitled the Executioner : at least his examination is like that which is made by the rack and wheel. I have always admired a Critic that has discovered the beauties of an author, and never knew one who made it his business to lash the faults of other writers, that was not guilty of greater himself ;