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§ 2. His Contributions to The Examiner

This was The Examiner (to be distinguished from other periodicals of that name), of which between thirty and forty numbers appear to have been published up to the spring of 1712. According to the general account, Bolingbroke’s first and most important contribution to this journal appeared in no. X, and contained an attack on Marlborough’s conduct of the war, with a fierce attack on the duchess. This description, however, does not apply to the number in question; but elsewhere is reprinted what is called “St. John’s Letter to The Examiner,” which inveighs against the whigs, their clubs, their journals, and their literary champions such as “the Hector of Sarum” (Burnet), and speaks of the subjection of the queen “to an arbitrary junto, and to the caprice of an insolent woman.” No. XVII of this Examiner, it may be added, contains a letter which attacks the duke under the thin disguise of “Crassus,” but makes no special attack upon the duchess.