This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1802 Excerpt: ... very advanced age, V.--MONSIEUR LINGUET. This gentleman, on his release from the Bastile, published an highly coloured description of that prison, universally read and believed; to which was subjoined an erroneous plan cf the building. Of Of this author and his publication, (in the notes on" the life of Voltaire, supposed to be drawn up by a noj ble friend,) we find the following remarks. "It is my duty to tell the public, that this castle, terrible as it is, by no means resembles that Bastile, which Linguet has described in a violent fit of resentment. This man, during the stay he made in it, was what he always has been through life, unsociable, peevish, and never speaking but to quarrel with those whOj were about him in any capacity. "The work he published on the Bastile, after he was released from it, would have made a very sensible impression upon the mind of Louis XVI., whose heart is good, had he spoken with moderation and truth.---But he lied in essential thing?, as well as in those which are not so; and this is perhaps the reason why his work sailed of success. "He has lied in speaking os the walls, which he says are 1 2 feet thick; whereas they are only 6. "He has lied, in speaking of the food of the pri-t soners, which he asserts is only four ounces of meat a day. This is salse: I can even affirm that they will always be well fed there, when the minister who has the department, following the example of him who now fills it, will condescend to look into it. "He has lied, in speaking of the daily allowance of wood given to each prisoner in winter. "He "He has lied, in affirming that they poison those whom they wish to get rid of. "He has lied, in insinuating that they.had murdered a person underneath his...
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