To the Right Honourable the Speaker and Commons of Great Britain
In Parliament assembled,
The Petition of Nicolas Facio Duillier humbly sheweth;

That, by a singular Providence of God Almighty, the Petitioner, in the Year 1686, took an expensive Iourney from Geneva to Holland, with a Design of acquainting the Prince of Orange, afterward King of England, with a most secret but most dangerous Plot against His Life or Liberty. That both the Prince and the States being perswaded and convinced of the greatness of the Danger; proper and sufficient measures were taken by them, to prevent the Effects of it. That althô this happened upward of forty Years ago, yet the Influence thereof, on the very Constitution and Publick affairs, and on Places and Offices both in Church and State, and on the whole People in Great Britain and its Dependencies, is exceeding great to this very Day, and it is hoped will continue so for Ages to come. That Your Petitioner having acted in this, by a pure motive of Duty and Generosity, thô at the Peril of his own Life; he neglected to reap the Recompenses, which he was in a fair way to have received in Holland, from the Prince himself, and from the States; or, in England, from the same Prince, after the Crown was settled upon Him. But that several considerable Losses having much reduced Your Petitioner in his Circumstances, he cannot, in common Iustice to his Creditors, and to himself or his Executors, but lay the matter before this Honourable House; that, examining thorowly the Truth of it, and taking the Premises into consideration, They may have such regard to them, and give him such Relief, as, in Their Wisdom, this Honourable House shal think fit: That so Your Petitioner may ever pray &c

Nicolas Facio Duillier.

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