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was married I received a penitential letter from the afterward she had given the selfsame character of Honourable Mr. Edward Waitfort, in which he me to him; but, however, I was so much persuaded begged pardon for his passion, as proceeding from by her, I hastened on the match for fear he should the violence of his love. I triumphed when I read die before the time came: he had the same fears, it, and could not help, out of the pride of my heart, and was so pressing, I married him in a fortnight, showing it to my new spouse; and we were very resolving to keep it private a fortnight longer. merry together upon it. Alas! my mirth lasted a During this fortnight Mr. Waitfort came to make short time; my young husband was very much in me a visit: he told me he had waited on nne sooner, debt when I married him, and his first action after- but had that respect for me, he would not interrupt ward was to set up a gilt chariot and six in fine me in the first day of my affliction for my dear lord; trappings before and behind. I had married so that as soou as he heard I was at liberty to make hastily, I had not the prudence to reserve my estate another choice, he had broke off a match very adin my own bands; my ready money was lost in two vantageous for his fortune, just upon the point of nights at the Groom-porter's; and my diamond conclusion, and was forty times more in love with necklace, which was stole I did not know how, I met me than ever. I never received more pleasure in in the street upon Jenny Wheedle's neck. My plate my life than from this declaration ; but I composed vanished piece by piece: and I had been reduced my face to a grave air, and said the news of his eto downright pewter, if my officer had not been gagement had touched me to the heart, that in a deliciously killed in a Juel, by a fellow that had rash jealous fit I had married a man I never could cheated him of five hundred pounds, and afterward, at have thought on, if I had not lost all hopes of him. his own request, satisfied him and me too, by run- Good-natured Mr. Waitfort had liked to bare dropped ning him through the body. Mr. Waitfort was still down dead at hearing this, but went from me with in love, and told me so again; and, to prevent all such an air as plainly showed me he had laid all the fear of ill usage, he desired me to reserve every blame upon himself, and hated those friends that had thing in my own hands; but now my acquaintance advised him to the fatal application; he seemed as began to wish me joy of his constancy, my charms much touched by my misfortune as his own, for be were declining, and I could not resist the delight I had not the least doubt I was still passionately in love took in showing the young Airts about town it was with him. The truth of the story is, my dew busyet in my power to give pain to a man of sense ; band gave me reason to repent I had not stayed for ihis, and some private hopes he would hang himself, him; he had married me for my money, and I sont and what a glory would it be for me, and how I found he loved money to distraction ; there was no should be ep vied, made me accept of being third thing he would not do to get it; nothing he would wife to my Lord Friday. I proposed, from my rank not suffer to preserve it; the smallest expense kept and his estate, to live in all the joys of pride; but him awake whole nights; and when be paid a bill, how was I mistaken! he was neither extravagant, it was with as many sighs, and after as many delays

, nor ill-natured, nor debauched. I suffered, however, as a man that endures the loss of a limb. I heard more with him than with all my others. He was nothing but reproofs for extravagancy, whatever I splenetic. I was forced to sit whole days hearkening did. I saw very well that he would have started to his imaginary ails; it was impossible to tell what me, but for losing my jointures; and he suffered would please him; what he liked when the sun agonies between the grief of seeing me hare so shined made him sick when it rained; he had no good a stomach, and the fear that if he had made me distemper, but lived in constant fear of them all; last, it might prejudice my health. I did not doubt my good genius dictated to me to bring him ac- he would have broken my heart, if I did not break quainted with Dr. Gruel : from that day he was his, which was allowable by the law of self-defence

. always contented, because he had names for all his The way was very easy. I resolved to spend as complaints; the good doctor furnished hiin with much money as I could; and, before he was aware reasons for all his pains, and prescriptions for every of the stroke, appeared before him in a two thoa fancy that troubled him; in hot weather he lived sand pound diamond necklace : he said nothing, but upon juleps, and let blood to prevent fevers; when went quietly to his chamber, and, as it is thought

, it grew cloudy he generally apprehended a con- composed himself with a dose of opium. I behaved sumption; to shorted the history of this wretched myself so well upon the occasion, that to this day ! part of my life, he ruined a good constitution by believe he died of an apoplexy. Mr. Waitfort was endeavouring to mend it; and took several medi- resolved not to be too late this time, and I heard cines, which ended in taking the grand remedy from him in two days. I am almost out of my weeds which cured both him and me of all our uneasiness. at this present writing, and very doubtful whether I After his death I did not expect to hear any more of will

marry him or no. I do not think of a seventh Mr. Waitfort. I knew he had renounced me to all for the ridiculous reason you mention, but out of his friends, and been very witty upon my choice, pure morality that I think so much constancy should which he affected to talk of with great indifferency: be rewarded, though I may not do it after all, pero I gave over thinking of him, being told that he was haps. I do not believe all the unreasonable malice engaged with a pretty woman and a great fortune ; of mankind can give a pretence why I should have it vexed me a little, but not enough to make me been constant to the memory of any of the deceased

, neglect the advice of my cousin Wishwell , that came or have spent much time in grieving for

an insolent

, to see me the day my lord went into the country insignificant, negligent, extravagant, splenetic, of with Russell; she told me experimentally

, nothing covetous husband, - my first insulted me, my second put an unfaithful lover and a dear husbaná so soon was nothing to me, mythird disgusted me, the fourtia out of one's head as a new one, and at the same would have ruined me, the fifth tormented me, and time proposed to me a kinsman of hers. You the sixth would have starved me. If the other ladies understand enough of the world," said she, * to know you name would thus give in their husbands' pictures money is the must valuable consideration; he is at length, you would see they have had as little reason very rich, atid I am sure he cannot live long; he as myself to lose their hours in weeping and wailing." has a cough that must carry him off soon.' I knew

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No. 574.) FRIDAY, JULY 30, 1714. than they want, there are few rich men in any of
Noa possidentem multa vocavoris

the puliter nations, but among the middle sort of Recte beatum Rectius occupat

people, who keep their wishes within their fortunes, Somen beati, cui Deorun

and have more wealth than they know how to enjoy. Vaneribus sapienter uti, Duramque callel pauperiem pati.--Hox 4 Od. ix 4.5

Persons of a higher rank live in a kind of splendid Beliere not those that lands possess,

poverty, and are perpetually wanting, because, inAnd shining heaps of useless ore,

stead of acquiescing in the solid pleasures of life, The only lords of happiness;

they endeavour to outvie one another in shadows But rather those that know For what kind fates bestow,

and appearances. Men of sense have at all times And have the heart to use the store

beheld, with a great deal of mirth, this silly game That have the generous still to hear

that is playing over their heads, and, by contracting The hated weight of poverty.--CRKECH.

their desires, enjoy all that secret satisfaction which I was once engaged in discourse with a Rosicru- others are always in quest of. The truth is, this cian about “ the great secret.” As this kind of ridiculous chase afte. imaginary pleasures cannot men (I mean those of them who are not professed be sufficiently exposed, as it is the great source of cheats) are overrun with enthusiasm and philosophy, those evils which generally undo a nation. Let a a it was very amusing to hear this religious adeptiles- man's estate be wbat it will

, he is a poor man if he canting on his pretended discovery." He talked of does not live within it, and naturally' sets himself to the secret as of a spirit which lived within an eme sale to any one that can give him his price. When rald, and converted every thing that was near it to Pittacus, after the death of his brother, who had left the highest perfection it is capable of. " It gives a him a good estate, was offered a great sum of money Justre," says he, “ to the sun, and water to the dia. by the King of Lydia, he thanked him for his kinda mond. It irradiates every metal, and enriches leadness, but told him he had already more by half than with all the properties of gold. It heightens smoke he knew what to do with. In short, content is equiinto flame, Aame into light, and light into glory.” valent to wealth, and luxury to poverty; or, to give He further added, "that a single ray of it dissipates the thought a more agreeable turn, “ Content is pain, and care, and melancholy, from the person on natural wealth,” says Socrates; to which I shall whom it falls. In short,” says he, “its presence add, “ Luxury is artificial poverty." I shall therenaturally changes every place into a kind of heaven." fore recommend to the consideration of those who After he had gone on for some time in this unintel are always aiming after superfluous and imaginary ligible cant, I found that he jumbled natural and enjoyments, and will not be at the trouble of conmoral ideas together into the same discourse, and tracting their desires, an excellent saying of Bion that his great secret was nothing else but content. the philosopher; namely, that “no man has so

This virtue does indeed produce, in some mea- much care as he who endeavours after the most sure, all those effects which the alchymist usually happiness.” ascribes to what he calls the philosopher's stone; In the second place, every one ought to reflect and if it does not bring riches, it does the same how much more unhappy he might be than he really thing, by banishing the desire of them. If it can-is. The former consideration took in all those who not remove the disquietudes arising out of a man's are sufficiently provided with the means to make mind, body, or fortune, it makes himn easy under themselves easy; this regards such as actually lie them. It has indeed a kindly influence on the soul under some pressure or misfortune. These may of man, in respect of every being to whom he stands receive great elevation from such a comparison as related. It extinguishes all murmur, repining, and the unhappy person may make between himself and ingratitude, towards that Being who has allotted others, or between the misfortune which he suffers, him his part to act in this world. It destroys all and greater misfortunes which might have befallen inordinate ambition, and every tendency to cor. him. mption, with regard to the community wherein he I like the story of the honest Dutchman, who, is placed. It gives sweetness to his conversation, upon breaking his leg by a fall from the mainmast, and a perpetual serenity to all his thoughts. told the standers-by, it was a great mercy that it

Among the many methods which might be made was not his neck. To which, since I am got into use of for the acquiring of this virtue, I shall only quotations, give me leave to add the saying of an mention the two following. First of all, a man old philosopher, who, after having invited some of should always consider how much he has more than his friends to dine with him, was ruffled by his wife, he wants : and secondly, how much more unhappy that came into the room in a passion, and threw he might be than he really is.

down the table that stood before them: “Every First of all a man should always consider how one,” says he, “ has his calamity, and he is a happy much he has more than he wants. I am wonder- man that has no greater than this." We find an fully pleased with the reply which Aristippus made instance to the same purpose in the Life of Doctor to one who condoled him upon the loss of a farm : Hammond, written by Bishop Fell. As this good * Why," said be, "I have three farms still, and man was troubled with a complication of distempers, you have but one; so that I ought rather to be when he had the gout upon him he used to thank afflicted for you than you for me.” On the con- God that it was not the stone; and when he had the trary, foolish men are more apt to consider what stone, that he kad not both these distempers on him they have lost than what they possess; and to fix at the same time. their eyes upon those who are richer than them- I cannot conclude this essay without observing selves, rather than on those who are under greater that there was never any system besides that of dificulties. All the real pleasures and conveni Christianity which could effectually produce in the ences of life lie in a narrow compass; but it is the mind of man the virtue I have hitherto been speakhumour of mankind to be always looking forward, ing of. In order to make us content with our preand straining after one who has got the start of them sent condition, many of the ancient philosophers in wealth and honour. For this reason, as there are tell us that our discontent only hurts ourselves, with. zone can be properly called rich who have not more out being able to make any alteration in our cir

cumstances; others, that whatever evil befalls us is den poverty by threats of eternal punishment, and derived to us by a fatal necessity, to which the gods enjoined to pursue our pleasures under pain of damthemselves are subject; while others very gravely nation? He would certainly imagine that we were tell the man who is miserable, that it is necessary influenced by a scheme of duties quite opposite to be should be so to keep up the harmony of the uni. those which are indeed prescribed to us. And truly, terse, and that the scheme of Providence would be according to such an imagination, he must conclude troubled and perverted were he otherwise. These, that we are a species of the most obedient creatures and the like considerations, rather silence than in the universe; that we are constant to our daty; satisfy a man. They may show him that his dis- and that we keep a steady eye on the end for which content is unreasonable, but are by no means suf. we were sent hither. ficient to relieve it. They rather give despair than But how great would be his astonishment when consolation. In a word, a man might reply to one he learned that we were beings not designed to ex; of these comforters, as Augustus did to his friend ist in this world above threescore and ten years, and who advised him not to grieve for the death of a that the greatest part of this busy species fall short person whom he loved, because his grief could not even of that age ?

How would he be lost in horror fetch him again : “ It is for that very reason,” said and admiration, when he should know that this se! the emperor, “ that I grieve."

of creatures, who lay out all their endeavours for this On the contrary, religion bears a more tender life, which scarce deserves the name of existence regard to human nature. It prescribes to every when, I say, he should know that this set of creamiserable man the means of bettering his condition; tures are to exist to all eternity in another life, for nay, it shows him that the bearing of his afflictions which they make no preparations? Nothing can as he ought to do, will naturally end in the removal | be a greater disgrace to reason, than that men, who of them; it makes him easy here, because it can are persuaded of these two different states of being, make him happy hereafter.

should be perpetually employed in providing for a Upon the whole, a contented mind is the greatest life of threescore and ten years, and neglecting to blessing a man can enjoy in this world; and if in make provision for that, which alter many myriads the present life his happiness arises from the sub- of years will be still new, and still beginning ; espeduing of his desires, it will arise in the next from cially when we consider that our endeavours for the gratification of them.

making ourselves great, or rich, or honourable, or whatever else we place our happiness in, may after

all prove unsuccessful: whereas, if we constantly No. 575.] MONDAY, AUGUST 2, 1714.

and sincerely endeavour to make ourselves hapur

in the other life, we are sure that our codearows -Nec morti esse locum

will succeed, and that we shall not be disappointed Viro. Georg iv. 223.

of our hope. No room is left for death.-DRYDEN.

The following question is started by one of the A LEWD young fellow seeing an aged hermit go schoolmen :- Supposing the whole body of the by him barefoot, “ Father,” says he, you are in a earth were a great ball or mass of the finest sand, very miserable condition if there is not another and that a single grain or particle of this sand world.”—" True, son,” said the hermit, but what should be annihilated every thousand years : Supe is thy condition if there is ?”* Man is a creature posing then that you had it in your choice to be desigoed for two different states of being, or rather happy all the while this prodigious mass of saud for two different lives. His first life is short and was consuming by this slow method, unul there was transient; his second permanent and lasting. The not a grain of it left, on condition you were to be question we are all concerned in is this, in which of uniserable for ever after ? Or, supposing that you these two lives it is our chief interest to make our might be happy for ever after on condition that you selves happy ? Or, in other words, whether we would be miserable until the whole mass of sand. should endeavour to secure to ourselves the plea- were thus annihilated at the rate of ove sand in a sures and gratifications of a life which is uncertain thousand years :—which of these two cases would and precarious, and at its utmost length of a very you make your choice? inconsiderable duration : or to secure to ourselves It must be confessed in this case, so many thou. the pleasures of a life which is fixed and settled, sands of years are to the imagination as a kind of and will never end ? Every man upon the first eternity, though in reality they do not bear so great hearing of this question, knows very well which side a proportion ti that duration which is to follow them of it he ought to close with. But however right we as a unit does to the greatest number which you can are in theory, it is plain that in practice we adhere put together in figures, or as one of those sands to to the wrong side of the question. We make pro- ibe supposed heap. Reason therefore tells us, witba visions for this life as though it were never to have out any manner of hesitation, which would be the an end, and for the other life as though it were better part in this choice. However, as I have benever to have a begining

fore intimated, our reason might in such case be so Should a spirit of superior rank, who is a stranger overset by the imagination, as to dispose some perto human nature, accidentally alight upon the earth, sons to sink under the consideration of the great and take a survey of its inhabitants, what would his length of the first part of this duration, and of the notions of us be Would not be think that we were great distance of that second duration which is to a species of beings made for quite different ends succeed it. The mind, I say, might give itself up and purposes than what we really are ? Must not to that happiness which is at band, considering that ne imagine that we were placed in this world to get it is so very near, and that it would last so very riches and honours ? Would not he think that it long. But when the choice we actually have before was our duty to toil after wealth, and station, and us is this, whether we will choose to be happy for title? Nay, would not he believe we were forbid- the space of only threescore and ten, nay, perhaps

of only twenty or ten years, I might say of only 4 The indicative for the potential mood. day or an hour, and miserable to all eternity; of

on, the contrary, miserable for this short term of dress, behaviour, conversation, and all the little inFears, and happy for a whole eternity: what words tercourses of life. In these cases there is a certain are sufficient to express that folly and want of con. deference due to custom; and notwithstanding there sideration which in such a case makes a wrong may be a colour of reason to deviate from the mul. choice?

titude in some particulars, a man ought to sacrifice I bere put the case even at the worst, by sup- his private inclinations and opinions to the practice posing, what seldom happens, that a course of virtue of the public. It must be coniessed that good sense makes us miserable in this life : but if we suppose, often makes a humourist; but then it unqualifies him as it generally happens, that virtue would make us from being of any moment in the world, and renders more happy even in this life than a contrary course him ridiculous to persons of a much inferior underof vice, how can we sufficiently admire the stupidity standing, or madness of those persons who are capable of I have heard of a gentleman in the north of making so al.surd a choice ?

England, who was a remarkable instance of this Every wise man, therefore, will consider this life foolish singularity. He had laid it down as a rule only as it may couduce to the happiness of the within himself, to act in the most indifferent parts other, and cheerfully sacrifice the pleasures of a few of life according to the most abstracted notions of years to those of an eternity.

reason and good sense, without any regard to fashion or example. This humour broke out at first in many

little oddnesses : he had never any stated hours for No. 576.) WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 1714. his dinner, supper, or sleep; because, said he, we Nitor in adversum: nec me, qui cætera, vincit

ought to attend the calls of nature, aud not set our Impetus; et rapido contrarius evehor orbi.

appetites to our meals, but bring our meals to our OVID, Met. ii. 72.

appetites. In his conversation with country gentleI steer against their motions, nor am I

men he would not make use of a phrase that was not Borne back by all the current of the sky.-ADDIsox.

strictly true: he never told any of them that he was I REMEMBER a young man of very lively parts, his humble servant, but that he was his well-wisher; and of a sprightly turn in conversation, who had and would rather be thought a mal-content thaa only one fault, which was an inordinate desire of drink the king's health when he was not dry. He appearing fashionable. This ran him into many would thrust his head out of his chamber-window amours, and consequently into many distempers. every morning, and after having gaped for fresh air He never went to bed until two o'clock in the about half an hour, repeat tiîty verses as loud as he morning, because he would not be a queer fellow; could bawl them, for the benefit of his lungs: to and was every now and then knocked down by a which end he generally took them out of Homerconstable to signalize his vivacity. He was initi- the Greek tongus, especially in that author, being ated into half a dozen clubs before he was one- more deep and sonorous, and more conducive to and-twenty; and so improved in them his natural expectoration than any other. He had many other gaiety of temper, that you might frequently trace particularities, for which he gave sound and philohim to his lodgings by a range of broken windows, sophical reasons. As this humour still grew upon and other the like monuments of wit and gallantry him, he chose to wear a turban instead of a periwig; To be short, after having fully established his re- concluding very justly that a bandage of clean linen putation of being a very agreeable rake, he died of about his head was much more wholesome, as well old age at five-and-twenty.

as cleanly, than the caul of a wig, which is soiled by There is indeed vothing which betrays a man into frequent perspirations. He afterwards judiciously so many errors and inconveniences as the desire of observed, that the many ligatures in our English not appearing singular; for which reason it is very dress must naturally check the circulation of the necessary to form a right idea of singularity, that blood; for which reason he made his breeches and we may know when it is laudable, and when it is his doublet of one continued piece of cloth, after vicious. In the first place, every man of sense will the manner of the hussars. In short, by following agree with me, that singularity is laudable when, in the pure dictates of reason, he at length departed contradiction to a multitude, it adheres to the dic- so much from the rest of his countrymen, and inLaces of conscience, morality, and honour. In these deed from his whole species, that his friends would cases we ought to consider that it is not custom, but have clapped him into Bedlam, and have begged duty, which is the rule of action ; and that we should his estate: but the judge, being informed that he be oply so far sociable, as we are reasonable crea- did no harm, contented himself with issuing out a tures. Truth is nevertheless so for not being attended commission of lunacy against him, and putuing his

: and it is the nature of actions, not the number estate into the hands of proper guardians. of actors, by which we ought to regulate our be- The fate of this philosopher puts me in mind of a havionr. Singularity in concerns of this kind is to remark in Monsieur Fontenelle's “Dialogues of the be looked upou as heroic bravery, in which a man Dead.” “The ambitious and the covetous," says leaves the species only as he soars above it. What he, are madmen to all intents and purposes as greater instance can there be of a weak and pusil- much as those who are shut up in dark rooms; but laoimuus temper, than for a man to pass his whole they have the good luck to have numbers on their life in opposition to his own sentiments ? or not dare side; whereas the frenzy of one who is given up for to be what he thinks he ought to be?

a lunatic is a frenzy hors d'æuite;" that is, in other Singularity, therefore, is only vicious when it words, something which is singular in its kind, and makes men act contrary to reason, or when it puts does not fall in with the madness of a multitude. them upon distinguishing themselves by trifles. As The subject of this essay was occasioned by a for the first of these, who are singular in any thing letter which I received not long since, and which, that is irreligious, immoral, or dishonourable, I for want of room at present, I shall insert in my believe every one will easily give them up. I shall next paper. tberefore speak of those only who are remarkable for their singularity in things of no importance; as id SPECTATOR--Nos. 83 & 84.

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No. 577.] FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 1714. not seem altogether easy: I took notice that the

butler was never after this accident ordered to leave Et furere incipiasJuv. Sat. vi. 613.

the bottle upon the table after dinner. Add to this, This might be borne with, if you did not rave,

that I frequently overheard the serrants mentioa

me by the pame of the crazed gentleman, the genThe letter mentioned in my last paper is as tleman a little touched, the mad Londoner, and the follows:

like. This made me think it high time for me to “SIR,

shift my quarters, which I resolved to do the first “ You have so lately decried that custom, too handsome opportunity; and was confirined it this much in use among most people, of making them- resolution by a young lady in the neighbourhood selves the subjects of their writings and conversation, who frequently visited us, and who one day, after that I had some difficulty to persuade myself to give having heard all the fine things I was able to say, you this trouble, until I had considered that though was pleased with a scornful smile to vid me.' go to I should speak in the first person, yet I could not sleep.' be justly charged with vanity, since I shall not add “The first minute I got to my lodgings in toat; my name: as also, because what I shall write will I set pen to paper to desire your opinion, whether

, not, to say the best, redound to my praise, but is upon the evidence before you, I ain mad or vol. only designed to remove a prejudice conceived can bring certificates that I behuve myself suberly ugainst me, as I hope, with very little foundation. before company, and I hope there is at least some My short history is this :

merit in withdrawing to be mad. Look you, Sir

, I I have lived for some years last past altogether am contented to be esteemed a little touched as they in London, until about a month ago an acquaint- phrase it, but should be sorry to be madder than tuy ance of mine, for whom I have done some small neighbours ; therefore, pray let me be as much in services in town, invited me to pass part of the my senses as you can afford. I know I could bring summer with him at his house in the country. Iyourself as an instance of a man who has confessed accepted his invitation, and found a very hearty talking to himself; but yours is a particular case, welcome. My, friend, an honest plain man, not and cannot justify me, who have not kept silence being qualitied to pass away his time without the any part of my life. What if I should own mysell reliefs of business, has grafted the farmer upon the in love? You know lovers are always allowed the gentleman, and brought himself to submit even comfort of soliloquyBut I will say no more upon to the servile parts of that employment, such as this subject, because I have long since observed the inspecting his plough, and the like. This neces- ready way to be thought mad is to contend that you sarily takes up some of his hours every day; and, as are not so; as we generally conclude that nan I have no relish for such diversions, I used at these drunk who takes pains to be thought sober.' I will times to retire either to my chamber or a shady walk therefore leave myself to your determination; but near the house, and entertain myself with some am the more desirous to be thought in my senses

, agreeable author. Now, you must know, Mr. Spec- that it may be no discredit to you when I assure you tator, that when I read, especially if it be poetry, it that I have always been very much is very usual with me, when I meet with any passage

“ Your Admirer. or expression which strikes me much, to pronounce

“P.S. If I must be mad, I desire the young lady it aloud, with that tone of the voice which I think may believe it is for her." agreeable to the sentiments there expressed; and to this I generally add some motion or action of the

The humble Petition of John a Nokes arit body. It was not long before I was observed by

John a Styles, some of the family in one of these heroic fits, who

* Sheweth, thereupon received impressions very much to my

“That your petitioners have had causes dependdisadvantage. This, however, I did not soon dising in Westminster hall above five hundred years

, cover, nor should have done probably, had it nou and that we despair of ever seeing them brought to been for the following accident. I had one day shut an issue; that your petitioners have not been inmyself up in my chamber, and was very deeply volved in these lawsuits out of any litigious temper engaged in the second book of Milton's Paradise of their own, but by the instigation of contentious Lost. I walked to and fro with the book in my persons; that the young lawyers in our inns of court hand; and, to speak the truth, I fear I made no are continually setting us together by the ears, and little poise; when, presently coming to the following think they do us no hurt, because they plead for us lines

without a fee; that many of the gentlemen of the On a sudden open fly,

robe have no other clienis in the world besides us With impetuous recoil and jarring sound,"

two; that when they have nothing else to do, they Th' infernal doors, and on their hinges grate make us plaintiffs and defendants, though they were

never retained by either of us; that they traduce, I in great transport threw open the door of my condemn, or acquit us, without any manner of the chamber, and found the greatest part of the family gard to our reputations and good names in the world

, standing on the outside in a very great consterna- Your petitioners, therefore, being thereuuto encoution. I was in no less confusion, and begged pardon raged by the favqurable reception which you lately for having disturbed them; addressing myself par- gave to our kinsman Blank, do humbly pray that ticularly to comfort one of the children who received you will put an end to the controversies whieb bare an unlucky fall in this action, while he was too been so long depending between us your said petiintently surveying my meditations through the key- tioners, and that our enmity nray not endure from kole." To be short, after this adventure ( easily generation to generation; it being our resolution to observed that great part of the family, especially the live hereafter as it becoineth men of peaceable women and children, looked upon me with some dispositions. apprehensions of fear; and my friend himself, * And your petitioners, as ia duty bound, shall though he still continued his civilities to me, did. (ever pray," &c.

Harsh thunder, &c.

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