Lord Clifford, a zealous Lancastrian during the memorable wars of the White and the Red Roses, in revenge for the death of his father who was killed by the Duke of York . . . determined to shew no mercy to any of the house of York, . . . He barbarously murdered the youngest child of the Duke of York, . . . On this subject, Shakespeare has introduced a . . . scene in his third part of King Henry the VI. ACT I. SCENE III. Clifford. The sight of any of the house of York/ Is as a fury to torment my soul;/ And till I root out their accursed kin,/ And leave not one alive, I live in Hell./ Therefore--/ (He lifts his hand.) Rutland. O let me pray before I take my death,/ To thee I pray, Sweet Clifford, pity me! Clifford. Such pity as my rapier's point affords. Rutland. I never did thee harm: Why wilt thou slay me? Clifford. Thy father hath. Rutland. But 'twas ere I was born./ Thou hast one son, for his sake pity me/ Lest in revenge thereof,--as God is just,/ He be as miserably slain as I./ Ah, let me live in prison all my days,/ and when I give occasion of offence,/ Then let me die, for now thou hast no cause. Clifford. No cause./ Thy father slew my father, therefore, die./ (Clifford stabs him.) [P. 6.]
Exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Mr. C.B. Leslie's Picture, The Murder of Rutland; with a Series of originals and copies from his commencement in the Arts and also of Mr. Allston's Celebrated Pictures, of the Dead Man Restored to Life, by touching the Bones of the Prophet Elisha, and Donna Mencia, in the Robbers Cave--from Gil Blas. Together with many Valuable Paintings in addition to the Stationary Pictures of the Academy. October, 1816. Philadelphia: Printed by John Bioren, No. 33 Chestnut Street. 1816.