Titel: Nieuwe leerwijze der Engelsche taal
Deel: Tweede cursus
Auteur: Gerdes, E.
Uitgave: Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1856
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While Mr. Gulliver was preparing to pay a visit to
the emperor of Blefuscu, a person of rank called at his
house privately, and in the night. After the common sa-
lutations were over, the worthy nobleman informed him ,
that at the instigation of Flimnap, the treasurer, Lcntoc,
the commander in chief, Lancon, the chamberlain, and
Balinuff, the grand justiciary, his majesty had resolved
upon the following articles of impeachment against him for
high treason, and other capital crimes.
1st, That he did, in defiance of a known law, under
the frivolous pretence of extinguishing a fire in the royal
palace, maliciously and traitorously make water upon
the same.
2dly, That after having seized and secured the fleet of
Blefuscu, he did refuse to destroy all the other shipping,
and to put the inhabitants to death, under a pretence of
an unwillingness to destroy the liberties and lives of an
innocent people.
3dly, That he was preparing to make a voyage to
Blefuscu , for which he had received only a verbal licence,
and thereby to aid and abet the emperor of Blefuscu
against his imperial majesty of Lilliput.
Mr. Gulliver at first thought of pleading to the articles,
and boldly standing trial ; but he recollected, that state-
trials generally terminate as the judges please to direct.
He then was strongly bent upon resistance ; for while he
had liberty, the whole strength of that empire could
hardly subdue him, and he could easily with stones pelt
the metropolis to pieces.
At last, however, he resolved to leave the island pea-
ceably , and to visit the emperor of Blefuscu. He went to
that side of the island where the fleet lay, seized upon a
large man of war, tied a cable to the prow, heaved an-
chor, and, after stripping, put his clothes into the vessel.