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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 (hop 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-sword, and quarter-staff
, and cud. gel-play, io 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. “ impollible (lays 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 “ serve bim as cheap as any body. In that case, I leave you to judge what must become of us and our families ;
must starve, or turn journeymen to old Lewis Ba« boon ; therefore, neighbour, I hold it adviseable, that
Lord Strutt to know the bottom of
" It is not
writ to young " this matter,
CH A P. III.
A copy of Bull and Frog's Letter to lord Strutt.
Frogs liave served the Lord Strutts with all foris of drapery-ware time out of mind ; and whereas we are jea• lous, not without reason, that your lordship intends henceforth to buy of your grandsire old Lewis Baboon ; this is to inform your lordship, that this proceeding does not suit with the circumstances of our families, who have lived and made a good figure in the world by the generosity of the Lord Strutts. Therefore we think fit to acquaint your Lordfhip, that you must find fufficient fecu
Strong disposition to war,, from becoming too potent, an alliance was formed to " procure a reasonable fatisfaction to the “ boule of Austria for its pretensions to the Spanish succession, " and sufficient
rity * to us, our heirs and assigns, that you will not emnploy Lewis Baboon; or else we will take our remedy at law, clap an action upon you of 20,000 l, for old debes, seize and distrain your goods and chattels, which, conlidering your lordship's circumstances, will plurge you into difficulties, from which it will not be easy to extricate yourself; therefore we hope, when your lordship h is better considered on it, you will comply with the defire of
Your loving friends,
Some of Bull's friends advised him to take gentle methods with the young Lord; but John naturally loved rough play. It is impoisible to express the surprize of the Lord Strutt upon the receipt of this letter ; he was not Alush in ready, either to go to law, or clear old debts; neither could he find good bail : be offered to bring matters to a friendly accoinmodalion ; and promised, upon his word of honour, that he would not change his drapers ; but all to yo purpose, for Bull and Frog faw clearly that old Lewis would bave the cheating of liin.
CH A P. IV.
How Bull and Frog went to law with Lord Strutt abont
the premises, and were joined by the reft of the trade
L L endeavours of accommodation between Lord
Strutt and his dr.spers, proved vin; jealoulies ir. crealed, and indeed it was rumoured abroad, thai Lord Strutt had bespoke his new liveries of oid Lewis Baboon.
* " security to England and Holland for their dominions, navigation, and commerce, and to prevent the union of the
iwo inonarchies, France and Spain." To effect these purposes Queca Aonc was by
This coming to Mrs Bull's ears, when John Bull came boine, be found all his family in an uprojr.
Mrs Bull, you inust know, was very apt to be choleric. " fot, says she, you loiter about ale- houses and taverns, " spend your time at billiards, nine-pins, 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 lee how that old fox “ steals away your customers, and turns you out of your “ business every day, and you fit like an idle drove uiti
your bands in your pockets? Fie upon't ! up man,
rouze thyself; I'll tell to my shitt, before I'll be foun “ sed by that koave.” You must think Mrs Bull liad been pretty well tuned up by Frog, who chimed in with her learned barangue. Nó further delay now, but to Council learned in the law they go, who unanimously af sured them both of the justice and infallible fuccels of their law.fuit.
I told you before, that old Lewis Baboon was a sort of a Jack of all trades, which made the rest of the tradel. 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 chimpey-sweeper of Savoy, and Tom I, the Portugal dustman, put in their claiins ; and the cause was put into the hands of Humphrey Hocus the attorney
A declaration was drawn 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 " taken up the trade 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. Among her allies were
† the Duke of Savoy, and #che King of Portugal; and
John Churchill Duke of Marlborough was appointed gene. tal in chief of the confede:a:e army. VOL.V. Q
<< tirat he himlelt was more fit for a bully than a trader. " man, and went about through all the country-fairs « challenging people to fight prizes, wreitling and cul
gel-play; and abundance more to this purpose.”
The true characters of John Bull, Nic. Frog, and
OR the better understanding the following history,
the reader ought to know, that Buil, in ile main, was an honest plain-dealing fellow, choleric, bold, and of a very unconstant teniper ; he dreaded not old Lewis either at back-fivord, single faulchion, or cudgel play ; but then he was very apt to quarrel with his best friends, especially if they pretended to govern him : if you flattered hiin you might lead bim like a child.
John's temper depended very much upon the air ; his spirits rose and fell with the weather-glass. John was quick, and understood his business very well; but no man alive was more careless in looking into his accounts, or more cheated by partners, apprentices, and servants. This was occasioned by his being a boon companion, loviog his bottle and his diversion ; for, to fiy truth, no man kept a better house than John, nor fpent his money more generously, By plain and fair dealing Jobu had acquired some plumbs, and might have kept them, had it not bưen for bis unhappy law fuit.
Nic. Frog was a cunning fly whoreson, quite the reverse of John in many particulars ; covetous, frugal; minded domestic affairs; would pinch kis belly to save his pocket ; never loft a farthing by carelets servants, or bad debtors. He did not care much for any lort of diversions, except tricks of high german artists, and leger.de. main : noman exceeded Nic. in ihese ; yet it must be owned that Nic, was a fair dealer, and in that way acquired immense riches.
Hocus was an old cupping attorney; and though this was the first considerable suit that ever he was engaged in, he shewed himself fupcrior in addrels to most of his
profellion : he kept always good clerks, he loved money, was fimooth-tongued, gave good words, and feldo:n lot his temper: he was not worse than an inadel, for he
pro. vided plentifully for liis family ; but he loved himselt better than them all: the neighbours reported, thatle was hen-pecked; which was impoflible by fucb a wild fpirited woman as his wife was.
CIL A P. VI.
Of the various fuccefs of the lary fuit.
tered by the lawyers, that his fuit would not lait above a year or two at most ; tbät before that tiine le vould le in quiet poffeflion of his business : yet ten long years did Hocus steer his cause through all the meanders of the law, and all the courts. No skill, no address was want. ing;: and, to lay frulli, John did not starve his caule ; there wanted not rellow boys to fce council, lvire witnel. fes, and bribe juries : Lord Strutt was generally calt, never had one verdict in his favour ; * and John was promited that the next, and the next would be a final de. termination ; but alas! that final determination and happy conclusion was like an inchanted ifand," the nearer Tobin canie to it, the further it went from him: new trials upon new points still aro e; new doubes, new matters to be cleared ; in mort, lawyers feldom part with so good a cause till they have got the oyster, and their clients the shell. John's reidy noney', book.debts, bonds, mort. gages, all went into the lawyers pockets: then Jolin behan to borrow money upon Bank-stock and East India bonds; now and then a farm went to pot : at last
* The war was carried on against France and Spain with great suceefs, and a peace might have been concluded upon the pain. ciples of the alliance"; but a partition of the Spanish dominions in favour of the house of Austria, and an engagement that the fime perfon hould never be king of France and Spain, were not now thought sufficient.