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The Speculatist; A Collection of Letters and Essays, Moral and Political, Serious and Humorous Upon Various Subjects

The Speculatist; A Collection of Letters and Essays, Moral and Political, Serious and Humorous Upon Various Subjects

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Excerpt from book: A Dialogue, Between Julius Caefar and Jack Shepherd: C JE. S A R. HOW now, Wretch.' What Madnefs has infpired thee. with the Thought of fwel- ling into a Comparifon with me ? ; Shep:. Look youj Sir, I have been as excellent in my Way, as you in yoursj perhaps more fo: And4 as we are now in a Place where Glory is our beft Portion, I can fee no Reafon why an Equality in Merit Ihould not be a Foundation for an Equality in Fame. Cef. And is it poflible? Gods! what do I hear ? Are all my Battles compared to Street- Jlobberies? All my Sieges to Burglaries ? And muft all the Actions of my Life be tarnHhedby a vile Comparifon with a Slave, whofe higheft Character is that of a Gaol-Breaker ? Shep. Softly, good Cefar. Is it more a Crime to pick a Lock, than unhinge a Conftitution ? Are a Pair of Fetters more facred than the Liberty of the People ? And is it more difhonour- ble to flip thrdugh the Hands of a Gaoler, than break thro' the Laws of one's Country ? Cef. Now, Friend, I have caught thee: Waft not thou made a publick Spectacle of Infamy for Breach of thy Country Laws ? Shep. I was ; and 'tis there (if any where) I have an Advantage o'er thee: I only infringed The S P E c u La 11 s T. 4P the Laws, not overturned them. I did not grow too big a Villain for them to punifh me, as you did, and therefore was punifhed in an extraordinary Manner j but, furely in fair Rea- fening, 'tis the Crime, not the Punifhment, that is fcandalous. Cef. That I am ready to grant. But, pr'ythee, what are my Grimes ? Sbep. O Lord, Sir, I want Memory to repeat them. Ufurping a Tyranny, enflaving your Country, deftroying the eftablifhed Plan of Government, invading Foreigners whofe Freedom you had no Right to difturb, and perplexing Citizens whole Liberties you were o- bliged t...
Book Details
ISBN-13: 9780217397766
Publisher: General Books
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Returnable: N
Spine Width: 3 mm
Width: 186 mm
ISBN-10: 021739776X
Publisher Date: 05 Feb 2012
Height: 242 mm
No of Pages: 64
Series Title: English
Weight: 132 gr
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