The scene: City of London, Summer, 1744.
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'Well, sir, now there’s a thing. While you have been mincing around London, chasing the ladies these past few days, your head full of trifles and absurd fancies, Charles Stuart, the Young Pretender, has set sail from France in a frigate laden with artillery and gunpowder, and escorted, furthermore, by a sixty-four-gun French warship. What do you think of that?'