Last Remarks While On The Scaffold by Thomas Babington Macaulay

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"Millions Ready Saddled And Bridled To Be Ridden"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: After the Stuarts had been restored to England's throne and the old despotism resumed, the country still seethed with rebellion; and in 1683 the Rye House Plot was hatched. The plan was to waylay and assassinate Charles II and his brother (later James II) at Rye House Farm, as they returned from the Newmarket races. The royal party returned early, however, and the plot was frustrated. When word of the conspiracy leaked out, it served as an excuse to execute not only the plotters but a number of prominent members of their party. Among those brought to the scaffold was a brave and sincere man named Richard Rumbold, who owned Rye House Farm. He fought his...

(The entire section is 231 words.)