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WEST OF ENGLAND MAGAZINE. No. 3D. Monday, December 3, 183-2. Halfpenny. RICHARD III. The historians who favour Richard III. for even he has met with partisans among the later writers, maintain that he was well qualified for government, had he legally obtained it 5 and that he com¬ mitted no crimes, but such as were necessary to procure him possession of the crown. But this is a poor apology, when it is confessed that he was ready to commit the most horrid crimes, which appeared necessary for this purpose; and it is certain that all his courage and capacity, qualities in which he really seems not to have been deficient, would never have made compensation to the people for the clanger of the precedent, and for the contagious example of vice and murder exalted upon the throne.