Francesco Melzi d’Eril (1753-1816), later vice-president of the Napoleonic Italian Republic, here probably commenting on the reforms of Joseph II’s reign.
Original text here, the translation is mine.
Frederick II of Prussia, Histoire de mon temps, Chapter II
Let us take a moment to appreciate: a.) Frederick reporting a comment remarking that Frederick himself should be “excommunicated in politics”; b.) the epic struggle of “Pomeranian good sense” vs “Italian sagacity”.