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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1813 edition. Excerpt: ...his again coming into admi.
nistration; even their catholic majesties will have suifered too
much from his pernicious counsels, ever to desire his return. In a
word, any peace made by the cardinal will be only an armistice of
uncertain duration; nor can we depend upon any treaty, till we make
it with a spanish minister, whose system is directly opposite, as
well in regard to France in particular, as to Europe in general." A
plan was accordingly formed by the courts of England and France, to
effect his downfall, the execution of which was left to the regent;
because, to consummate skill in the arts of intrigue, he united the
most effectual means for influencing the spanish court. He easily
gained d'Aubenton, who was alienated from Alberoni, for
endeavouring to supplant him by an italian adherent, fatherdi
Castro. The confessor accordingly indisposed Philip against the
person and conduct of the minister. He depicted his plans as
extravagant in themselves, and hostile to the interests of Spain,
and expatiated on the dis ' order introduced into every department
of the state, to keep the sovereign in dependence, and ignorant of
the real situation of aifairs. This attack was seconded by private
representations from Platania and Caraccioli, two sicilian abbots
of good family, high in the confidence of Philip; and finally, by
memorials from Ripperda, who, after renouncing his religion and
country to establish himself in Spain, had obtained too Lord
Stanhope to Cardinal du Bois, Hanover, Aug. 22, l'7l9. Hardwicke
Papers. distinguished a portion of the royal favour, not to become
can. xxx. the object of jealousy and displeasure to the minister.
These united representations made a considerable impression on the
mind of a sovereign...
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