The Marquess del Campo

: Presence Of Mind.

When the attempt was made upon the life of George
III., by Margaret Nicholson, who attempted to stab him as he was going to

St. James's to hold a levee, a council was ordered to be held as soon as

the levee was over. The Marquess del Campo, the Spanish ambassador, being

apprised of that circumstance, and knowing that the council would detain

the king in town three or four hours beyond the usual time, took post

horses, and set
off for Windsor. Alighting at the castle, he called upon a

lady there with whom he was acquainted. The queen, finding that the king

did not return at the usual time, and understanding that the marquess was

in the palace, sent to ask him if he had been at the levee. He replied that

he had, and that he had left his majesty in perfect health, going to

council. When the king arrived, he, of course, told her majesty the

extraordinary occurrence of the morning. The queen expressed great surprise

that the Marquess del Campo, who had been nearly three hours in the palace,

had not mentioned the subject to her; he was then sent for, when he told

their majesties, that finding upon his arrival at the castle, that no

rumour of the attempt upon the life of his majesty had reached the queen,

he did not think it expedient to apprise her of it till his majesty's

arrival gave full assurance of his safety; but, at the same time, fearing

that some incorrect and alarming reports might be brought down, he deemed

it right to remain in the palace, in order in that case, to be able to

remove all apprehensions from her majesty's mind, by acquainting her with

the real facts. The king, taking the ambassador graciously by the hand,

complimented him on his presence of mind, and assured him, that he scarcely

knew a man in the world to whom he was so much obliged.