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her. She said, “It was indeed true, that she had behalf of the old man, and prayed an arrest of judgpractised all the arts and means she could, to dis- ment; ' for that he, the said young man, held certain pose of herself happily in marriage, but thought she lands by his, the said old man's life. Upon this, the did not come under the censure expressed in my solicitor of the upholders took an occasion to demand writings for the same ; and humbly hoped I would him also, and thereupon produced several evidences not condemn her for the ignorance of her accusers, that witnessed to his life and conversation. It apwho, according to their own words, had rather re-peared, that each of them divided their hours in presented her killing, than dead.' She further matters of equal moment and importance to themalleged, “That the expressions mentioned in the selves and to the public. They rose at the same papers written to her were become mere words, and hour : while the old man was playing with his cat, that she had been always ready to marry any of those the young one was looking out of his window; who said they died for her; but that they made their while the old man was smoking his pipe, the young escape as soon as they found themselves pitied or man was rubbing his teeth; while one was at dinner, believed.' She ended her discourse, by desiring I the other was dressing; while one was at backwould for the future settle the meaning of the words gammon, the other was at dinner; while the old * I die,' in letters of love.

fellow was talking of Madam Frances, the young one Mrs. Pindust behaved herself with such an air of was either at play, or toasting women whom he never innocence, that she easily gained credit, and was ac- conversed with. The only difference was, that the quitted. Upon which occasion, I gave it as a stand young man had never been good for any thing; the ing rule, 'that any person, who, in any letter, billet, old man, a man of worth before he knew Madam or discoursc, should tell a woman he died for her, Frances. Upon the whole, I ordered them both to should, if she pleased, be obliged to live with her, or be interred together, with inscriptions proper to their be immediately interred upon such their own con- characters, signifying, that the old man died in the fession, without bail or mainprize.'

year 1689, and was buried in the year 1709; and It happened, that the very next who was brought over the young one it was said, that he departed this before me was one of her admirers, who was indicted world in the twenty-fifth year of his death. upon that very head. A letter, which he acknow- The next class of criminals were authors in prose ledged to be his own hand, was read, in which were and verse. Those of them who had produced any the following words : 'Cruel creature, I die for you.' still-born work were immediately dismissed to their It was observable that he took snuff all the time his burial, and were followed by others, who, notwithaccusation was reading. I asked him · how he came standing some sprightly issue in their life time, had to use these words, if he were not a dead man ?' He given proofs of their death by some posthumous told me, he was in love with the lady, and did not children that bore no resemblance to their elder know any other way of telling her so; and that all brethren. As for those who were the fathers of a his acquaintance took the same method, Though mixed progeny, provided always they could prove I was moved with compassion towards him, by reason the last to be a live child, they escaped with life, but of the weakness of his parts, yet for example-sake I not without loss of limbs; for, in this case, I was was forced to answer, · Your sentence shall be a satisfied with amputation of the parts which were warning to all the rest of your companions, not to mortified. tell lies for want of wit. Upon this, he began to These were followed by a great crowd of superbeat his snuff-box with a very saucy air; and open-annuated benchers of the inns of court, senior fellows ing it again,” “Faith, Isaac,' said he, thou art a of colleges, and defunct statesmen; all whom ! very unaccountable old fellow.-Pr’ythee, who gave ordered to be decimated indifferently, allowing the the power of life and death? What a-pox hast thou rest a reprieve for one year, with a promise of a free to do with ladies and lovers ? I suppose thou wouldst pardon in case of resuscitation. have a man be in company with his mistress, and There were still great multitudes to be examined; say nothing to her. Dost thou call breaking a jest, but, finding it very late, I adjourned the court, not telling a lie ?' He was going on with this insipid without the secret pleasure that I had done my duty, common-place mirth, sometimes opening his box, and furnished out å handsome execution. sometimes shutting it, then viewing the picture on Going out of the court, I received a letter, informthe lid, and then the workmanship of the hinge, ing me, that, in pursuance of the edict of justice in when, in the midst of his eloquence, I ordered his one of my late visions, all those of the fair sex began box to be taken from him; upon which he was im- to appear pregnant who had run any hazard of it; as mediately struck speechless, and carried off stone was manifest by a particular swelling in the petticoats dead.

of several ladies in and about this great city.' I The next who appeared was a hale old fellow of must confess, I do not attribute the rising of this sixty. He was brought in by his relations, who part of the dress to this occasion, yet must own, that desired leave to bury him. Upon requiring a dis- I am very much disposed to be offended with such a tinct account of the prisoner, a credible witness new and unaccountable fashion. I shall, however, deposed, that he always arose at ten of the clock, pronounce nothing upon it, until I have examined all played with his cat until twelve, smoked tobacco that can be said for and against it. And, in the until one, was at dinner until two, then took another mean time, think fit to give this notice to the fair pipe, played at back-gammon until six, talked of one ladies who are now making up their winter suits, that Madam Frances, an old mistress of his, until eight, they may abstain from all dresses of that kind, until repeated the same account at the tavern until ten, they shall find what judgment will be passed upon then returned home, took the other pipe, and then to them; for it would very much trouble me, that they bed. I asked him, 'what he had to say for him should put themselves to any unnecessary expense; self?'—' As to what,' said he, they mention con- and I could not but think myself to blame, if I should cerning Madam Frances

hereafter forbid them the wearing of such garments, I did not care for hearing the Canterbury tale, when they have laid out money upon them, without and, therefore, thought myself seasonably inter- having given them any previous admonition. rupted by a young gentleman, who appeared in the N.B. A letter of the sixteenth instant about one of


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the fifth, will be answered according to the desire of that meet together, with the zeal and seriousness of the party, which he will see in a few days.

apostles, to extirpate common sense, and propagate infidelity. These are the wretches, who, without

any show of wit, learning, or reason, publish their No. 111.] SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1709. crude conceptions with an ambition of appearing -Procul, O! Procul, este profani!

more wise than the rest of mankind, upon no other

pretence than that of dissenting from them. One Hence, ye profane ! far hence be gone! gets by heart a catalogue of title-pages and editions ; Sheer-lane, December 23.

and, immediately, to become conspicuous, declares

that he is an unbeliever. Another knows how to The watchman, who does me particular honours, write a receipt, or cut up a dog, and forthwith argues as being the chief man in the lane, gave so very against the immortality of the soul. I have known great a thump at my door last night, that I awakened many a little wit, in the ostentation of his parts, rally at the knock, and heard myself complimented with the truth of the scripture, who was not able to read a the usual salutation of Good-morrow, Mr. Bicker- chapter in it. These poor wretches talk blasphemy staff ; good-morrow, my masters all.' The silence for want of discourse, and are rather the objects of and darkness of the night disposed me to be more scorn or pity, than of our indignation ; but the grave than ordinarily serious; and, as my attention was not disputant, that reads and writes, and spends all his drawn out among exterior objects by the avocations time in convincing himself and the world that he is of sense, my thoughts naturally fell upon myself. I no better than a brute, ought to be whipped out of a was considering, amidst the stillness of the night, government, as a blot to civil society, and a defamer what was the proper employment of a thinking of mankind. I love to consider an infidel, whether being? what were the perfections it should propose distinguished by the title of deist, atheist, or freeto itself ? and, what the end it should aim at? "My thinker, in three different lights, in his solitudes, his mind is of such a particular cast, that the falling of a afflictions, and his last moments. shower of rain, or the whistling of wind, at such a A wise man that lives up to the principles of time, is apt to fill my thoughts with something awful reason and virtue, if one considers him in his and solemn. It was in this disposition, when our solitude, as in taking in the system of the universe, bellman began his midnight homily, which he has observing the mutual dependence and harmony, by been repeating to us every winter night for these which the whole frame of it hangs together, beating twenty years, with the usual exordium;

down his passions, or swelling his thoughts with Ok! mortal man, thou that art born in sin!' magnificent ideas of Providence, makes a nobler Sentiments of this nature, which are in themselves figure in the eye of an intelligent being, than the just and reasonable, however debased by the circum- greatest conqueror amidst all the pomps and solemnitheir natural effect in a mind that is not perverted ment. His mind is incapable of rapture or elevation. stances that accompany them, do not fail to produceties of a triumph. . On the

contrary, there is not a

more ridiculous animal than an atheist in his retireand depraved by wrong notions of gallantry, polite He can only consider himself as an insignificant ness, and ridicule. The temper which I now found myself in, as well as the time of the year

, put me in figure in a landscape, and wandering up and down in mind of those lines in Shakspeare, wherein, accord- a field or a meadow, under the same terms as the ing to his agreeable wildness of imagination, he has meanest animals about him, and as subject to as total wrought a country tradition into a beautiful piece of is the

only one amongst them, who lies under the

a mortality as they; with this aggravation, that he poetry. In the tragedy of Hamlet, where the ghost vanishes upon the cock's crowing, he takes occasion apprehension of it. to mention its crowing all hours of the night about

In distresses, he must be of all creatures the most Christmas time, and to insinuate a kind of religious helpless and forlorn ; he feels the whole pressure of yeneration for that season.

a present calamity, without being relieved by the

memory of any thing that is past or the prospect of * It faded on the crowing of the cock. Some

any thing that is to come. Annihilation is the that ever 'gainst that seasons comes Wherein our Saviour's birth is celebrated,

greatest blessing that he proposes to himself, and a The bird of dawning singeth all night long.

halter or a pistol the only refuge he can fly to. But And then, they say, no spirit dares stir abroad:

if you would behold one of these gloomy miscreants The nights are wholesome; then no planets strike, the terrors, or at the approach, of death.

in his poorest figure, you must consider him under No fairy takes; no witch hath power to charm; So hallow'd and so gracious is the time.'

About thirty years ago I was a shipboard with one

of these vermin, when there arose a brisk gale, which This admirable author, as well as the best and could frighten nobody but himself. Upon the rolling greatest men of all ages, and of all nations, seems to of the ship, he fell upon his knees, and confessed to have had his mind thoroughly seasoned with religion the chaplain, that he had been a vile atheist, and as is evident by many passages in his plays, that had denied a Supreme Being ever since he came to would not be suffered by a modern audience; and his estate. The good man was astonished, and a are, therefore, certain instances that the age he report immediately ran through the ship, ' that there lived in had a much greater sense of virtue than the was an atheist upon the upper deck. Several of the present.

common seamen, who had never heard the word It is, indeed, a melancholy reflection to consider, before, thought it had been some strange fish; but that the British nation, which is now at a greater they were more surprised when they saw it was a height of glory for its councils and conquests than it man, and heard out of his own mouth, that he never ever was before, should distinguish itself by a certain believed until that day that there was a God. As he looseness of principles, and a falling-off from those lay in the agonies of confession, one of the honest schemes of thinking, which conduce to the happiness tars whispered to the boatswain, that it would be a and perfection of human nature. This evil comes good deed to heave him overboard.' But we were upon us from the works of a few solemn blockheads, now within sight of port, when of a sudden the wind



fell, and the penitent relapsed, begging all of us that the terrace, where I am enjoying a few hours sunwere present, as we were gentlemen, not to say shine, the scanty sweet remains of a fine autumn. any thing of what had passed.'

The year is almost at the lowest; so that, in all apHe had not been ashore above two days, when one pearance, the rest of my letters between this and of the company began to rally him upon his devo- spring will be dated from my parlour fire, where the tion on shipboard, which the other denied in so high little fond prattle of a wife and children will so often terms, that it produced the lie on both sides, and break in upon the connexion of my thoughts, that ended in a duel. The atheist was run through the you will easily discover it in my style. If this winter body, and after some loss of blood, became as good a should prove as severe as the last, I can tell you before Christian as he was at sea, until he found that his hand that I am likely to be a very miserable man, wound was not mortal. He is at present one of the through the perverse temper of my eldest boy. When free-thinkers of the age, and now writing a pamphlet the frost was in its extremity, you must know that most against several received opinions concerning the of the blackbirds, robins, and finches of the parish, existence of fairies.

whose music had entertained me in the summer, took As I have taken upon me to censure the faults of refuge under my roof. Upon this, my care was, to rise the age and country in which I live, I should have every morning before day, to set open my windows thought myself inexcusable to have passed over this for the reception of the cold and the hungry, whom, crying one, which is the subject of my present dis- at the same time, I relieved with a very plentiful course. I shall, therefore, from time to time, give alms, by strewing corn and seeds upon the floors and my countrymen particular cautions against this dis- shelves. But Dicky, without any regard to the laws temper of the mind, that is almost become fashion- of hospitality, considered the casements as so many able, and by that means more likely to spread. I traps, and used every bird as a prisoner at discretion. have somewhere either read or heard a very memora- Never did tyrant exercise more various cruelties. ble sentence, that a man would be a most insup- Some of the poor creatures he chased to death about portable monster, should he have the faults that are the room; others he drove into the jaws of a bloodincident to his years, constitution, profession, family, thirsty cat! and even in his greatest acts of mercy, religion, age, and country;' and yet every man is in either clipped the wings, or singed the tails, of his danger of them all. For this reason, as I am an old innocent captives. You will laugh, when I tell you man, I take particular care to avoid being covetous, I sympathized with every bird in its misfortunes; and telling long stories. As I am choleric, I forbear but I believe you will think me in the right for not only swearing, but all interjections of fretting, bewailing the child's unlucky humour. On the other as pugh? or pish? and the like. As I am a layman, hand, I am extremely pleased to see his younger I resolve not to conceive an aversion for a wise and brother carry a universal benevolence towards every a good man, because his coat is of a different colour thing that has life. When he was between four and from mine. As I am descended of the ancient family five years old, I caught him weeping over a beautiful of the Bickerstaffs, I never call a man of merit an butterfly, which he chanced to kill as he was playing upstart. As a protestant, I do not suffer my zeal so with it, and I am informed, that this morning he far to transport me, as to name the pope and the has given his brother three-halfpence, which was his devil together. As I am fallen into this degenerate whole estate, to spare the life of a tom-tit. These age, I guard myself particularly against the folly I are at present the matters of greatest moment within have been now speaking of. And, as I am an my observation, and I know are too trifling to be Englishman, I am very cautious not to hate a communicated to any but so wise a man as yourself, stranger, or despise a poor Palatine.

and from one who has the happiness to be

• Your most faithful, and most obedient servant.'

The best critic that ever wrote, speaking of some No. 112.) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1709. passages in Homer which appear extravagant or fri.

Accedat suavitas quædam oportet sermonum, atque volous, says, indeed, that they are dreams, but the morum haudquaquam, mediocre condimentum ami- dreams of Jupiter. My friend's letter appears to me citie tristitia autem, et in omni re severitas absit. in the same light. One sces him in an idle hour; Habet illa quidem gravitatem, sed amicitia remissior but at the same time in the idle hour of a wise man. esse debet, et liberior, et dulcior, et ad omnem comi- A great mind has something in it too severe and for. tatem facilitatemque proclivior. Cic. De Amicitia. bidding, that is not capable of giving itself such little

relaxations, and of condescending to these agreeable There should be added a certain sweetness of dis- ways of trifling. Tully, when he celebrates the course and manners, which is no inconsiderable sauce friendship of Scipio and Lælius, who were the to friendship. But by all means throw out sadness greatest as well as the politest men of their age, re and severity in every thing. There is something of presents it as a beautiful passage in their retirement, gravity indeed in it; but friendship requires a greater that they used to gather up shells on the sea shore, remissness, freedom, and pleasantness, and an incli- and amuse themselves with the variety of shape and nation to good temper and affability.

colour which they met with in those little unregarded Sheer-lane, December 26.

works of nature. The great Agesilaus could be a

companion to his own children, and was surprised by As I was looking over my letters this morning, I the ambassadors of Sparta, as he was riding among chanced to cast my eye upon the following one, them upon a hobby-horse. Augustus, indeed, had no which came to my hands about two months ago from play-fellows of his own begetting; but is said to have an old friend of mine, who, as I have since learned, passed many of his hours with little Moorish boys at was the person that writ the agreeable epistle in- a game of marbles, not unlike our modern taw. serted in my paper of the third of the last month. There is, methinks, a pleasure in seeing great men It is of the same tum with the other, and may be thus fall into the rank of mankind, and entertain looked upon as a specimen of right country letters. themselves with diversions and amusements that are

agreeable to the very weakest of their species. I This sets out to you from my summer-housc upon must frankly confess, that it is to me a beauty in



Cato's character, that he would drink a cheerful to the tom-tit. For my own part, I am excluded all bottle with his friend; and I cannot but own, that I conversation with animals that delight only is a have seen with great delight one of the most cele- country life, and am therefore forced to entertain brated authors of the last age feeding the ducks in myself as well as I can with my little dog and cat. St. James's park. By instances of this nature, the They both of them sit by my tire every night, exheroes, the statesmen, the philosophers, become, as pecting my coming home with impatience; and, at it were, familiar with us, and grow the more amiable, my entrance, never fail of running up to me, and the less they endeavour to appear awful. A man bidding me welcome, each of them in his proper who always acts in the severity of wisdom, or the language. As they have been bred up together from haughtiness of quality, seems to move in a personated their infancy, and seen no other company, they have part. It looks too constrained and theatrical, for a learned each other's manners, so that the dog often man to be always in that character which distin- gives himself the airs of a cat, and the cat, in several guishes him from others; besides that the slacken- of her motions and gestures, affects the behaviour of ing and unbending our minds on some occasions the little dog. When they are at play, I often make makes them exert themselves with greater vigour one of them: and sometimes please myself with and alacrity, when they return to their proper and considering how much reason and instinct are natural state.

capable of delighting cach other. Thus, you see, As this innocent way of passing a leisure hour is I have communicated to you, the material ocnot only consistent with a great character, but very currences in my family, with the same freedom graceful in it; so there are two sorts of people to that you use to me, as I am, with the saine whom I would most carnestly recommend it. The sincerity and affection, first are those who are uneasy out of want of thought;

“ Your most faithful humble servant, the second are those who are so out of a turbulence

ISAAC BICKERSTAFF." of spirit. The first are the impertinent, and the second the dangerous part of mankind. It grieves me to the very heart, when I see several

No 113.] THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1709. young gentlemen, descended of honest parents, run up and down, hurrying from one end of the town to

-Ecce iterum Crispinus ! the other, calling in at every place of resort, without Once more Crispinus comes upon the stage. being able to fix a quarter of an hour in any, and in a particular haste without knowing for what. It

Hay-murket, December 23. would, methinks, be some consolation, if I could per- Whereas the gentleman that behaved himself in suade these precipitate young gentlemen to compose a very disobedient and obstinate manner at his this restlessness of mind, and apply themselves to late trial in Sheer-lane, on the twentieth instädt. any amusement, how trivial soever, that might give and was carried off dead upon taking away of them employment, and keep them out of harm's his snuff-box, remains still unburied; the company way. They cannot imagine how great a relief it of upholders, not knowing otherwise how they should would be to them, if they could grow sedate enough be paid, have taken his goods in execution, to to play for two or three hours at a game of push-pin. defray the charge of his funeral. His said effects But these busy, idle animals are only their own tor- are to be exposed to sale by auction, at their mentors. The turbulent and dangerous are for em- office in the Hay-market, on the fourth of January broiling councils, stirring up seditions, and subvert- next, and are as follows: ing constitutions, out of a mere restlessness of A very rich tweezer case, containing trelse temper, and an insensibility of all the pleasures of instruments for the use of each hour in the day. life that are calm and innocent. It is impossible for Four pounds of scented snuff, with three gii a man to be so much employed in any scene of snuff-boxes; one of them- with an invisible hinge, action, as to have great and good affairs enough to and a looking-glass in the lid. fill up his whole time; there will still be chasms and Two more of ivory, with the portraitures on empty spaces, in which a working mind will employ their lids of two ladies of the town; the origina's itself to its own prejudice, or that of others, unless it to be seen every night in the side-boxes of the can be at ease in the exercise of such actions as are playhouse. in themselves indifferent. How often have I wished, A sword, with a steel diamond hilt, never drawn for the good of the nation, that several famous poli- but once at May-fair. ticians could take any pleasure in feeding ducks! I Six clean packs of cards, a quart of orangelook upon an able statesman out of business, like a flower water, a pair of French scissars, a tooth-pick huge whale, that will endeavour to overturn the ship, case, and an eye-brow brush. unless he has an empty cask to play with.

A large glass-case, containing the linea and But to return to my good friend and corres- cloaths of the deceased; among which are, two pondent: I am afraid we shall both be laughed at, embroidered suits, a pocket perspective, a dozen when I confess, that we have often gone out into the piar of red heeled shoes, three pair of red sik field to look upon a bird's nest; and have more than stockings, and an amber-hcaded cane. once taken an evcniug's walk together, on purpose The strong box of the deceased," wherein were to see the sun set. I shall conclude with my answer found, five billet-doux, a Bath shilling, a crooked to his foregoing letter :

şixpence, a silk garter, a lock of hair, and three “ DEAR SIR,

broken fans.

A press for books; containing, on the upper “I thank you for your obliging letter, and your shelf, kindness to the distressed, who will doubtless express Three bottles of diet-drink. their gratitude to you themselves the next spring. Two boxes of pills. As for Dick, the tyrant, I must desire you will put a A syringe, and other mathematical instruments stop to his proceedings; and, at the same time, take On the second shelf are several miscellancous çare that his little brother be no loser by his mercy works; as.

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cult points that may arise in the trial, Tailors' bills.

Being informed that several dead men, in and And an almanack for the year scventeen hundred. about this city, do keep out of the way and abscond, On the third shelf,

for fear of being buried; and, being willing to A bundle of letters unopened, indorsed in the respite their interment, in consideration of their hand of the deceased, “ Letters from the old families, and in hopes of their amendment, I shall Gentleman."

allow them certain privileged places, where they Lessons for the flute.

may appear to one another, without causing any Toland's “ Christianity not mysterious: and let or molestation to the living, or receiving any, a paper filled with patterns of several fashionable in their own persons, from the company of upstuffs.

holders. Between the hours of seven and nine On the lower shelf.

in the morning, they may appear in safety at One shoe.

St. James's coffee-house, or at White's, if they A pair of snuffers.

do not keep their beds, which is more proper for A French grammar.

men in their condition. From nine to eleven, I A mourning hatband; and half a bottle of allow them to walk from Story's to Rosamond's usquebaugh

pond in the park, or in any other public walks There will be added to these goods, to make which are not frequented by the living at that a complete auction, a collection of gold snuff- time. Between eleven and three, they are to vanish, boxes and clouded canes, which are to continue and keep out of sight until three in the afternoon, in fashion for three months after the sale.

at which time they may go to the Exchange until The whole are to be set up and prized by five; and then, if they please, divert themselves Charles Bubbleboy, who is to open the auction at the Hay-market, or Drury-lane, until the play with a speech.

begins. It is further granted in favor of these I find I am so very unhappy, that while I persons, that they may be received at any table am busy in correcting the folly and vice of one where there are present more than seven in numsex, several esorbitances break out in the other. ber: provided that they do not take upon them I have not thoroughly examined their new fashioned to talk, judge, commend, or find fault with any petticoats, but shall set aside one day in the next speech, action, or behaviour of the living. In week for that purpose. The following petition on which case, it shall be lawful to seize their persons this subject was presented to me this morning : at any place or hour whatsoever, and to convey “ The humble petition of William Jingle, Coach- their bodies to the next undertaker's; any thing in

maker and Chair-maker, of the liberty of this advertisement to the contrary notwithstanding.

No. 114.] SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1709. “ Showeth,

Ut in vita, sic in studiis, pulcherrimum et human“ That upon the late invention of Mrs. Catharine issimum existimo, severitatem comitatemque miscere, Croosstitch, mantua-maker, the petticoats of ladies ne illa in tristitiam, hæc in petulantiam procedat. were too wide for entering into any coach or

Plin. Epist. chair which was in use before the said invention.

• That, for the service of the said ladies, your pe- As in a man's life, so in his studies, I think it the titioner has built a round chair, in the form of a most beautiful and humane thing in the world, so to lantern, six yards and a half in circumference, with mingle gravity with pleasantry, that the one may not a stool in the centre of it; the said vehicle being so sink into melancholy, nor the other rise up into contrived, as to receive the passenger by opening in wantonness. two in the middle, and closing mathematically when

Sheer-lane, December, 30. she is seated.

. That your petitioner has also invented a coach I was walking about my chamber this morning for the reception of one lady only, who is to be let in in a very gay humour, when I saw a coach stop at at the top.

my door, and a youth about fifteen alighting out of * That the said coach has been tried by a lady's it, whom I perceived to be the eldest son of my woman in one of these full petticoats, who was let bosom friend that I gave some account of in my down from a balcony, and drawn up again by pul- paper of the seventeenth of the last month. I felt á lies, to the great satisfaction of her lady, and all sensible pleasure rising in me at the sight of him, my who beheld her.

acquaintance having begun with his father when he • Your petitioner, therefore, most humbly prays, was just such a stripling, and about that very age. that, for the encouragement of ingenuity and useful when he came up to me, he took me by the hand, inventions, he may be heard before you pass sentence and burst out in tears. I was extremely moved, and upon the petticoats aforesaid.

immediately said, “Child, how does your father do ?' ' And your petitioner, &c.' He began to reply, ‘My mother But could not go I have likewise received a female petition, signed on for weaping. I went down with him into the by several thousands, praying that I would not any coach, and gathered out of him, 'that his mother longer defer giving judgment in the case of the pet- was then dying, and that, while the holy man was ticoat, many of them having put off the making of doing the last offices to her, he had taken that time new cloaths, until such time as they know what ver- to come and call me to his father, who, he said, would dict will pass upon it. I do therefore, hereby certify certainly break his heart, if I did not go and comfort to all whom it may concern, that I do design to set him.' The child's discretion in coming to me of his apart Tuesday next for the final determination of own head, and the tenderness he showed for his that matter, having already ordered a jury of matrons parents, would have quite overpowered me, had I not




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