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dirty, suotiy-nosed boy ; it was the business of balf the fervants to attend himn; the rogue * did bawl and make such a noise : sometimes he fell in the fire and burnt bis face, fometimes broke his shins clambering over the benches, often pissed a-bed, and always came in so dirty, as it lie. had been dragged thro’ the kennel at a boarding School.. He lost his money at chuck farthing, shuffle-cap, and all fours ; fold his books, pawned his linen, which we were always forced to redeem. Then the whole generation of him are so in love with bagpipes and puppet shows! I wish you kne v what my husband has paid at the pastry.cook's and contectioner's for Naples-bitcuit, tarts; custards, and sweet-meats. All.this while

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husband confidered bin as a gentleman of a good farnily, that bad failen into de. cay, gave him good education, and has fetiled him in a good creditable way of living, having procured him by hisinterest, one of the best places of the country: and what return, think you, does this fine gentleman make us ? He will hardly give me or my husband a good word, or a civil expression : instead of Sir and Madam + (which, though I say it, is our due) he calls us goudy and gutter fuch a one: says, he did us a great deal of bonour to board with us ; buffs and dings at such a rate, becaule we will not spend the little we bave left to get hin the title and estate of Lord Strutt; and then, forfooth, we shall have the honour to be his woollen-drapers. Besides, Esquire South will be Elquire South ftill; fickle, proud, and ungrateful. If he behaves himself so, when he des rends on us for his daily bread, can any man say what he will do when he is got above the world?

D. Diega. And would you lose the honour of so noble and generous an undertaking? Would you

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accept this scandalous composition, and trust that old rogue, Lewis Baboon?

Mrs Bull. Look you, friend Diego, if we law it on till Lewis turns honest, I am afraid our credit wili run low at Blackwell-ball. I wish every man had his own; but I still.lay, that Lord Struti's money shines as bright, and

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chinks as well as Esquire South's. I do not know any other hold, that we tradelinen have of these great folks, but their iolereft; bay dear and sell cheap, and I will warrant ye you will keep your customer. The worst is, that Lord Strutt's servants have got such a haunt about that old rogue's shop, that it will cost us many a firkin of strong beer to bring them back again; and the longer.' they are in a bad road, the harder it will be to get them out of it,

D. Diego. But poor Frog, what has he done! Oit my conscience, if there be an honest, fincere man in the world, it is that Frog.

Mrs Bult, I think, I need pot tell you how much Frog has been obliged to our family froin his childhood *; he carries his head-high now, but he had never been the man he is, without our help. Ever since the commencement of this law.luit, it has been the business of Hocus, in sharing our expences; to plead for Frog.

«« Poorr 6. Frog, fays he; is in bard circumstances, he has a nu.

merous family, and lives from hand to mouth ; his “ children do not eat a bit of good victuals from one " year's end to the other, but live upon falt herring, 66 lower curd, - and borecole ; he does his utmost, poor « fellow, to keep things even in the world, and has exert“ ed himfelf beyond his ability in this law-suit ; but he 6 really has not wherewithal to go on. What figuifies “ this hundred pounds ? place it upon your side of the

account ; it is a great deal to poor Frog, and a trifie to you.

This has been Hocus's constant language, and I am sure he has had obligations enough to us to“have acted another part.

D. Diego. No doubt Hocus meant all tliis for the best, bue he is a tender hearted, charitable man"; Frog is indeed in hard circuinstances,

Mrs Bull, Hard circumstances! I fwear this is pro.' voking to the last degree t. All the time of the law-fuit, as fast as I have mortgaged, l'rog has purchaled : from

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a plain tradesman with a shop, warehouse, and a country hutt, with a dirty fish-pond at the end of it, he is now grown a very rich country gentleman, with a noble landed estate, noble palaces, manors, parks, gardens, and farms, fuer than any we were ever master of. Is it not strange, when

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husband disbursed great sums every term, Frog should be purchasing some new farm or manor ? So that if this law-fuit lasts, be will be far the richest man in his country. What is worse than all this, he steals away my custoiners every day ;: twelve of the richest and the best have left my shop by his persuasion, and whom, tom my certain knowledge, he has under bonds never to re. turn again : jadge you if this be neighbourly dealing.

D. Diego. Erog is ivdeed pretty close in his dealings, but very honest : you are so touchy, and take things to hotly, I am sure there must be fome mistake in this.

Mrs Bull. A plaguy one indeed! You know, and have often told me of it, how Hocus, and those rogues. kept my husband Jolin Bull drunk for five years together with punch and strong waters ; Kam sure he never went one night sober to bed, till they got him to sign the strangest Jeed, that.ever you law in your life. The me. thods they took to manage bin I will tell you another time ; at present I will read only she writing. ARTICLES of AGREEMENT betwixt

John BULI,.clothier, and NICHOLAS FROG, linen. draper *

1. That for maintaining the ancient goud correspondence and friendship between the said parties, 1 Nicholas Frog do folemnly engage and promise to keep peace in John Bull's family; that neither his wife, children, nor

a treaty which had been concluded by the Lord Townfhend at the Hague between the Queen and the States, in 1909, for securing the Protestant succession, and for sect ling a barrier før Holland against F ance. And it was resolved, that several articles of this treaty were destructive to the trade and interest of Great Britain, that Lord Townsbend had no authority to agree. to them, and that he and all those, who advised ratifying the treaty, were enemies to their country.

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serv ints give him any trouble, disturbance, or moleftation whatloever, but to oblige then all to do their duty quietly in their respective stations : and whereas the fai John Bull, from the affured confidence that be bas in my friendship, has appointed me executor of his lalt- vill and testament, and guardian to his children, I do undertake for me, my heirs and alligos, to see the came duly executed and pertor.ned, ani that it shall be unalterable in all its parts, by John Ball, or any body elle : for that purpose it thull be lawsill and allowable for me to enter his house at any hour of the day or night ; to break open bars, bolts, and doors, chests of drawers, and itrog boxes, in order to lecure the peace of my friend John Bull's family, and to see his will duly executed.

II. In conlideration of which kind neighbourly office of Nicholas Frog, in that he has been pleased to accept of the aforesaid trust, I John Dull, having duly considered, that my friend, Nicholas Frog, at this time lives in a marshy loil and unwbolelome air, infested with fogo and damps, destructive of the health of himself, wife, and children ; do bind and oblige me, my heirs and alluns to purchase for the said Nicholas Frog, with the best and readiest of my cath, bonds, morigages, goods, and chattles, a landed eltate, with parks, gardens, palacesy rivers, fields, and outlets, consisting of as large ex: tent as the laid Nicholas Frog thall think lit. And whereas the said Nicholas Frog is at present hemmed in too close by the grounds of Lewis Baboon, master of the science of defence, I the said John Bull do oblige myself, with the readiest of my cash, to purchase and inclose the said grounds, for as may fields and acres as the said Nicholas Mall think fit; to the extent that the said Nicholas may have free egress and regress, without lett or molcita. tion, suitable to the demands of bimself and family.

III. Furthermore, the said Jolin Bull obliges himeli to make the country neighbours of Nicholas Frog, allot a certain part of yearly rents to pay for the repairs of the faid landed estate, to the intent that his good friend Nicholas Frog may be eafed of all charges.

IV. And whereas the faid Nicholas Frog did contract with the decealed Lord Strutt about certain liberties, privileges, and immunities, formerly in the poffeffion of the said John Bull; I the said John Bull do freely by there 1 prelenis, renounce, quit, and make over to the said Ni.

cholas, the liberties, privileges, and immunities contracted for, in as full a manner as if they never had belonged to me.

V. The faid John Ball obliges hinself, his heirs and alligus, not to fell one rag of broad or coarse cloib to any gentleman within the neighbourhood of the said Nicholas, except in fuchi quantities, and at such rates, as the said Nicholas shall think fit,

Signed and sealed,

JOHN BULL,
NIC. FROG,

The reading of this paper put Mrs Bull in such a pallion,

that she fell downright into a fit, and they were forced to give her a good quantity of the spirit of hartshori before she recovered.

D. Dieg. Why in such a passion, cousin ? considering your circunstances at that time, I do not think this

such an unrealonable contract. You see Frog, for all. E this, is religioully true to his bargaiu ; be fcorns to hearken to any composition without your privacy.

Mrs Bull. You know the contrary *• Read that letter. [Reads the superscription.] For Lewis Baboon, master of the noble science of defence,

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SIR,
UNDERSTAND, that you are, at this time, treat.

ing with my friend John Bull, about restoring the Lord Strutt's custo:1, and besides allowing him certain privileges of parks and fish-ponds ; ! wonder how you, that are a man that knows the world, can talk with that Comple fellow. He has been my bubble these twenty years, and, to my certain knowledge, understands no more of his own affairs than a child in swadling cloathis. I know

* In the mean time the Dutch were secretly negotiating with France,

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