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There was particularly a man with

shock head of hair, and two “ wooden legs, who accosted me yef

terday, in God's name, to give him

a shilling. By the splendour of his “ demand, (being eleven times more " than ordinary beggars have the im“ pudence to ask) I am persuaded he “ would like to lay his stumps upon The Green. If I had given him any

encouragement, he would certainly “ have undertaken to hop to you in « about forty eight hours; nay, he “ worked away upon his timber ten « or a dozen paces to show me how « he could move; but I have let him

flip through my fingers. If you 6 think he is a prize, sir, I will con“ trive to pick him up and pack him cs in a cart; or,

if your

Honour o chooses.


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chooses, in a coach, as I come " back. Even in this pot-house,

(where I am using the vileft pen « and most polluted paper upon the “ most virtuous subject) there are “ half a score as pretty, that is to

say, as ugly, objects for the pen“ fion as you could wish. I do not 66 believe there are twelve ounces of « wholesome human flesh amongst the “ ten; and, to all appearance, not 66 above a shirt and an half, were one 16 to tack all their flips of linen toge6 ther. If these would not be glad

of your Honour's patronage, I do 36 not know who would. From what " has been said then, fir, you will “ perceive that I could get a number 66 of recruits (and almost all such as " are too frightful for any hospital

" but

“ but your Honour's) as I go along: " Fail not then to let me know the « bounds of my authority, and I re

main, in the mean time,

Your Honour's

“ Most faithful servant and steward,

“Samuel SARCASM.”

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In answer to this characteristic epistle, I only desired Mr. Samuel to do as he was directed, and send me, for the future, more business than wit. After this, he proceeded in his journey. Two months passed before I heard any further tidings; but at the end of that period, I received Mr. Samuel's second epistle, which you will find in the next chapter.

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"CH A P. XX.





THINKING you have already

been at some small expence in -6 the building of Shenftone-Green, I * have been fparing of making your * Honour pay postage. I forbore to " write till writing was necessary. It ** seems to be particularly fo.at present.

“ I shall set out by observing that “ I have delivered all your letters to

your great friends, most of whom


very little

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" are fo charmed with your Honour's

scheme, that, instead of recom.“ mending others, they would, with

little persuasion, accept of “ your offer themselves. In short, “ fir, I have in the course of this

original journey seen more of the « world than I ever saw in all the “ former parts of my life. Yer I “ knew men before. Why London ..66 is a sort of Shenstone-Green-I mean, “ sir, the court quarter--and the

King of England is only another “ Sir Benjamin Beauchamp. His

- Majesty, like your Honour, pro.66 videth his fine folks with a house “ and an annuity for--doing nothing ; " and they are so tired with the

fatigue of that employment, that I 1.6 fee plainly they would turn them5

66 selves

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