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NEED not tell you of the great quarrels, that have happened in our neighbourhood lince the death of
the late Lord Strutt* ; how the parson t, and af cunning attorney, got him to settle bis eltate upon
his cous, fin | Philip Baboon, to the great disappointment of his cou. fin* Elquire South. Some stick not to say, that the para fon and the attorney forged a will, for which they were well paid by the fanily of the Baboons: let that be as it will, it is matter of fact, that the honour and estate have continued ever Gince in the person of Pailip Baboon,
You know, that the Lord Strutts have for many years been poffeffed of a very great landed estate, well conditioned, wooded, watered, with coal, salt, tin,, copper, tron, etc. atl within themselves; that it has been the mil, fortune of that family to be the property of their stewards, tradesmen, and inferior servants, which has brought great incumbrances
them ; at the fame time, their nol a. bating of their expensive way of living has forced them to
• Charles II, of Spain died without issue, and
† Marshal of Harcourt, employed, as is supposed, by the bouse of Bourbon, prevailed upon him to make a will, by which he settled the succession of the Spanish monarchy upon
| Philip of Bourbon Duke of Anjou, though his right bad, by the most folemn renunciations, been barred in favour of • The Archduke Charles of Austria;
mortgage their best manors : it is credibly reported, that the butchers and bakers bill of a Lord Strutt, that lived two hundred years ago, are not yet paid.
When Philip Baboon came firit to the possession of the Lord Strutt's estate, bis tradesmen, as is usual upon fuch occasions, waited upon him to wish him joy and be.peak his custom : the two chief were * John Bull the clothier, and + Nic. Frog the linen-draper : they told him, that the Bulls and the Frogs had served the Lord Strutts with drapery-ware for many years; that they were honelt and fair dealers ; that their bills had never been questioned ; that the Lord Structs lived generously, and never uled to dirty their fingers with pen, ink, and counters ; that his lordchip might depend upon their honesty; that they would use him as kindly, as they had done his predeces. fors. The young Lord seemed to take all in good part, and dismissed then with a deal of seerning content,
aftur. ing then he did not intend to change any of the holourable maxims of his predeceffors.
CH A P. II.
How Bull and Frog grew jealous, that the Lord Strutt intended to give all his culiom to his grandfather Lewis
. Baboon I.
T happened unfortunately for the peace of our neigh
bourhood, that this young Lord had an old cunning, rogue, or (as the Scots call ii) a false loon, of a grandfather, that one might justly call a Jack of all trades sometimes you would see him behind his counter felling broad-cloth, sometimes meafuring linen; next day lie would be dealing in mercery-ware; high-heads, ribbons, gloves, fans, and lace, he understood to a nicety; Charles
* the English, and
+ the Dutch, congratulated Philip upon a fücceslion, which they were not able to prevent : but to disappoint the ambition of
* Lewis the XIV. and hinder the French nation, whose
Mather could not bubble a young beau better with a toy ; nay, he would descend even to the selling of tape, garters, and shoe-buckles. When shop was shut up, he would go about the neighbourhood, and earn half a crown by teaching the young men and maids to dance. By thele methods he had acquired immense riches, which he used to squander*a way at back-fword, and quarter-ftaff, and cudgel-play, in which he took great pleasure, and challenge ed all the country. You will say it is no wonder if Bull and Frog should be jealous of this fellow. "imponible (fays Frog to Bull) but this old rogue will "take the management of the young Lord's business into " his hands ; besides the rascal has good ware, and will " lerve him as cheap as any body. In that case, I leave "you to judge what must become of us and our families ; " we must starve, or turn journeymen to old Lewis Ba"boon; therefore, neighbour, I hold it adviseable, that
we writ to young Lord Strutt to know the bottom of
" It is not
* this matter,
CH A P. III.
A copy of Bull and Frog's Letter to lord Strutt.
Frogs have served the Lord Strutts with all sorts of Irapery-ware time out of mind ; and whereas we are jeaous, not without reason, that your lordship in tends henceforth to buy of your grandfire old Lewis Baboon this is to inform your lordship, that this proceeding does Sot fuit with the circumstances of our families, who have lived and made a good figure in the world by the genetolity of the Lord Strutts. Therefore we think fit to acquaint your Lordship, that you must find sufficient fecu
Strong disposition to war,, from becoming too potent, an alliance was formed to "
procure a reasonable fatisfaction to the hople of Austria for its pretensions to the Spanish succession, "and fufficient
word of honour, that he would not change bis drapers; Ats, as
to us, our heirs and assigns, that you will not eno 2010 ploy Lewis Baboon; or else we wiil take our remedy at law, clap an action upon you of 20,000 l, for old debes
, low, seize and distrain your goods and chatiels, which, cote sidering your lord hip's circunstances, will plunge you ka fourcina into difficulties, from which it will not be caly to estricate yourself; therefore we hope, when your lordship paling his better considered on it, you will comply with the delire of
Your loving friends,
JOHN BULL, Sands
NIC. FROG.felia Some of Bull's friends advised bin to take gentle mermell thods with the young Lord; but John naturally loved med bare rough play. It is impossible to exprels the furprize of the samedi Lord Struct upon the receipt of this letter; he was not an bora Auh in ready, either to go to law, or clear old debts; nei. ther could be find good bail : be offered to bring matters to a friendly accoinmodation ; and promised, upon his but all to no purpose, for Bull and Frog faw clearly that old Lewis would have the cheating of lin.
CH A P. IV.
How Bull and Frog went to law with Lord Strutt aboak
the premises, and were joined by the reft of the trade
L L endeavours of accommodation between Lord the
Strutt and liis drapers, proved vain ; jealoulius ideatina creased, and indeed it was ruinoured abroud, the Lord thar Strutt had bespoke his new liveries of oid Lewis Baboon.
* security to England and Holland for their dominions, odvization, and commerce, and to p.cvent the union of the “ two inonarchies, France and Spain." To cffcet these fur. poles Queen Aonc was by
This coming to Mrs Bull's * ears, when John Bull came hoine, be found all his family in an uprojr. Mrs Bull, you must know, was very apt to be choleric.
" You “ fot, lays she, you loiter about ale-houses and taverns, “ spend your time at billiards, nine-pios, or puppet-shows,
or Asunt about the streets in your new gilt chariot, ne. ver minding me nor your numerous family. Don't
you hear how Lord Strutt has bespoke his liveries at “ Lewis Baboon's shop? Don't you see how that old fox “ steals away your customers, and turns you out of your “ busmets every day, and you lit like an idle drove uit
your bands in your pockets? Fie upon't ! up mall,
rouze thyself ; I'll tell to my shitt, before I'll be fou“ sed by that knave.” You must think Mrs Bull liad been pretty well tuned up by Frog, who chimed in with her learned barangue. No further delay now, but to council learned in the law they go, wlio unanimously al. sured them both of the justice and infallible fuccels of their law-suit.
I told you before, that old Lewis Baboon was a fort of a Jack of all trades, which made the rest of the tradef. men jealous, as well as Bull and Frog; they hearing of the quarrel were glad of an opportunity of joining against old Lewis Baboon, provided that Bull and Frog would bear the charges of the suit; even lying Ned t, the chimney-sweeper of'Savoy, and Tom I, the Portugal duftman, put in their claiins ; and the cause was put into the hands of Humphrey Hocus the attorney **.
A declaration was drawu up to shew, “ That Bull and “ Frog had undoubted right by prescription to be dra.
pers to the Lord Strutts ; that there were several old “ contracts to that purpose; that Lewis Baboon had
the ifade of clothier and draper, without fere “ ving his time or purchasing his freedom ; that he fold “ goods, that were not marketable, without the stamp;
* the parliament precipitated into the war as a principal. A-
John Churchill Duke of Marlborough was appointed genc.