tracted that his remittances were not punctually made.
On the 1st of August, 1714, ensued the downfall of the Tories and
the degradation of Prior. He was recalled, but was not able to
return, being detained by the debts which he had found it necessary
to contract, and which were not discharged before March, though his
old friend Montague was now at the head of the Treasury. He
returned, then, as soon as he could, and was welcomed on the 25th of
March by a warrant, but was, however, suffered to live in his own
house, under the custody of the messenger, till he was examined
before a committee of the Privy Council, of which Mr. Walpole was
chairman, and Lord Coningsby, Mr. Stanhope, and Mr. Lechmere were
the principal interrogators, who, in this examination, of which
there is printed an account not unentertaining, behaved with the
boisterousness of men elated by recent authority. They are
represented as asking questions sometimes vague, sometimes
insidious, and writing answers different from those wh
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