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CH A P. XXI.

SHENSTONE-GREEN IS NOT PEOPLED WITHOUT A GOOD DEAL OF TROUBLE.

By this time it appeared perfectly

plain, that I must depend only on the care and diligence of a few other friends, who, on trial, were not liv. ing in a state of gay deception; and that, where such care and diligence failed, 1 must trust to the effects of a public advertisement. I do aisure you, reader, it is more troublesome to get a town reputably populated, than to build it. This was fo sacred a. truth, in my case, that the middle of the Summer shone off before I

could;

could say Shenstone-Green was pro: perly inhabited. Whether, indeed, it was ever properly inhabited, may admit of a doubt. However, I shall not trouble the reader with any further delays on this point; but, cutting the disagreeable interval of barren application short (which is an honest author's duty), will carry him at once to the time, when, after many difficulties, my houses were mostly occupied, and my prospect of pleasure brought, apparently, to a crisis.

You are now, therefore, to sup: pose, that a sufficient number of

perfons, well chosen and cautiously recommended, are assembled upon the Green ; part of whom enjoy the irrevocable life-pension, and part are

set

set up in trade for the general good. All my views are nearly completed, as far as regards external preparation. The summer is before me. Many families, who were piping in want, are in the bosom of indulgence. The Green is in full flower. There are walks for pleasure, bowers of ease, and a church for devotion.

Though this chapter is very short, I shall end it directly ; on purpose to give you leisure to wish me joy of a great piece of work well terminated,

• C H A P.

CHAP. XXII.

THE STEWARD SHEWS HIMSELF TO

BE A MAN OF SENSE.

If you have not fufficiently revelled

in the airy luxury which you, doubtless, suppose me to partake, it would be almost a pity to disturb you with the truth. Yet, as it is the design of this narrative, not only to divert, but to warn, I must descend from visionary pleasure to mere matter of fact.

At this place, therefore, properly begins The Narrative of the good People of Shenstone-Green- A History of Human Nature ; or, The New Paradise Lost.

The

"The satisfaction with which I saw fo many happy human faces about me (for happiness really resided with us almost a whole month), is indefcribable. Many of the pensioners I had long known, others were such as came fanctified by the warmest encomiums from such as I could thoroughly credit; for, luckily, ALL my friends did not correspond with the characters in Mr. Samuel's catalogue. The trading part of our society settled apart from the circus in a comfortable way, but with due regard to subordination. The regulations of The Green were few, and those extremely delicate. All the parade of ringing the community to dinner, or to prayers, was inconlistent with my idea of indepen

dence.

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