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he has got a sort of a pragmatical Gilly jade of a wife, that pretends to take him out of my hands: but you

and she both will find yourselves mistaken ; I will find those that hall manage her; and for him, he dares as well be hang, ed as make one step in his affsirs without my consent. If you will give me what you promised him, I will make all things easy, and stop the deeds of eje&ment against Lord Strutt: if you will not, take what follows: I shall have a good action against you for pretending to rob me of Take this warning from

Your loving friend,


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I am told, cousin Diego, you are one of those that have undertaken to manage me, and that you

have faid you will carry a green bag yourself, rather than we shall make an end of our law-suit: I will teach them and you too to manage.

D. Diego. For God's sake, Madam, why so choleric! I say this letter is some forgery ; it never entered into the head of that honeft man, Nic. Frog, to do any such thing.

Mrs Bull. I cannot abide you: you have been railing these twenty years at Esquire South, Frog, and Hocus, calling them rogues and pick-pockets, and now they are turned the honestest fellows in the world. What is the meaning of all this?

D. Diego. Pray tell me how came you to employ this Sir Roger in your affairs, and not think of your old friend Diego.

Mrs Bull. So, so, there it pinches. To tell you truth, I have employed Sir Roger in several weighty af. fairs, and have found him trusty and honest, and the poor man always scorned to take a farthing of me.

I have abundance that profes: great zeal, but they are damnable greedy of the pence. My husband and I are now in such circumstances, that we must be served upon cheaper terms than we have been.

D. Diego. Well, cousin, I find I can do no good with you; I am sorry that you will ruin yourself by trusting this Sir Roger,


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How the guardians of the deceased Mrs Bull's three

daughters came to John, and what advice they gave him; wherein are briefly treated, the characters of the three daughters: alfo John Bull's answer to the three guardians, Told you in a former chapter, that Mrs Bull, be

fore she departed this life, had blessed John with three daughters. I need not here repeat their names, neither would I willingly use any scandalous reflections upon young ladies, whose reputations ought to be very tenderly handled; but the characters of these were to well known in the neighbourhood, that it is doing themi no injury to make a short description of them.

The eldest + was a termagant, imperious, prodigal, lewd, profligate wench, as ever breathed : The used to rantipole about the houte, pinch the children, kick the servants, and torture the cats and the dogs ; she would rob her father's strong box, for money to give the young *fellows that she was fond of: she had a noble air, and something great in her mein, but such a noisome infectie ous breath, as threw all the servants that dressed her, in. to-consumptions ; if the smelt to the freshest -nose-gay, it would shrivel and wither as it had been blighted : The used to come home in her cups, and break the china and the looking glasses : and was of such an irregular temper, and so intirely given up to her paflion, that you might argue as well with the north wind, as with her Ladyship: so expensive, that the income of three dukedoms was nut. enough to supply her extravagance. Hocus loved her belt, believing her to be his own, got upon the body of Mrs Bull.

The second daughter £, born a year after her sister, was a peevish, froward, ill conditioned creature as ever was, ugly as the devil, lean, haggard, pale, with fau

* The debates in parliament were however Nill continued.
+ Polemia, war.

# Discordia, faction.



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cer eyes, a Marp nose, and hunch-backed: but active, {prightly, and diligent about her affairs. Her ill conplexion was occasioned by her bad diet, which was coffee, morning, nown, and night: The never rested quietly a-led; but used to disturb the whole family with shriek. ing out in her dreams, and plague them next day with interpreting them, for she took then all for gospel : the would cry out murder, and disturb the whole neighbourhood; and when John came running down itairs to en. quire what the matter was; nothing, forsooth, only her maid had stuck a pin wrong in her gown: she turned away one fervant for putting too much oil in her sallad, and another for putting too little falt in her water.gruel; but fuch, as by flattery had procured her esteem, he would indulge in the greatest crime. Her father had two coachmen; when one was in the coach-box, if the coach fwung but the least to one side, she used to shriek so loud, that all the street concluded she was overturned; but though the other was eternally drunk, and had over. turned the whole family, she was very angry with her father for turning him away. Then the used to carry tales and stories from one to another, till she had set the whole neighbourhood together by the ears; and this was the only diversion she took pleasure in. She never went a. broad, but she brought home such a bundle of monstrous lies, as would have amazed any mortal but such as koew her: of a whale that had swallowed a fleet of ships ; of the lions being let out of the Tower to destroy the Pro testant religion ; of the Pope's being seen in a brandyshop at Wapping; and of a prodigious strong man, that was going to throve down the cupola of St Paul's; of three millions of five pound pieces, that Esquire South had found under an old wall; of blazing Itars, Aying dragons, and abundance of such stuff. All the servants in the family made high court to her, for she domineered there, and turned out and in whom she pleased; only there was an old grudge between her and Sir Roger, whoin the mortally hated, and used to hire fellows lo iquirt kennel water upon bim, as be passed along the streeis; so that he was forced constantly to wear a surtout of oil. ed cloth, by which means he came home pretty clean, except where the surtout was a little scanty.


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As for the third *, she was a thief, and a common mercenary prostitute, and that without


follicitation from nature, for she owned she had no enjoyment. She had no respect of persons, a prince or a porter was all one, according as they paid; yea, she would leave the finest gentleman in the world to go to an ugly pocky fellow for fi perce more. In the practice of her profession She had amassed vast magazines of all sorts of things ; she had above five hundred luits of fine cloaths, and yet went abroad like a cynder-wench: se robbed and starved all the servants, so that no body could live near her,

So much for John's three daughters, which you will say were rarities to be fond of: yet nature will shew it. felf; no body could blaine their relations for taking care of then : and therefore it was that Hocus, with two other of the guardians, thought it their duty to take care of the interest of the three girls, and give John their best advice before he compounded the law. fuit.

Hoons. What makes you to shy of late, my god friend!. There is no-body loves you better than I, nor bas taken more pains in your affairs : as I hope to be fa. ved I would do any thing to serve you ; I would crawl upon all fours to férve you'; I have spent my health and paternal estate in your service. I have, indeed, a finall pittance left, with which I might retire, and with as good a conscience as any man ; but the thonghts of this disgrace. ful composition so touches me to the quick, that I cantot sleep: after I had brought the cause to the last stroke, tbat one verdict more had quite ruined old Lewis, and Lord Strutt, and put you in the quiet possession of every ting; then to compound! I cannot bear it. This cause was my favourite, I had set my heart upon it ; it is like an only child ; I cannot endure it should miscarry; for God's sake consider only to what a dismal condition old Lewis is brought. He is at an end of all his cash ; his attorneys have hardly one trick left : they are at an end of all their chicane ; besides, he has both his law and his daily bread now upon trust. Hold out only one term longer, and I will warrant you, before the next we shall have him in the fiect. I will bring him to the pillory;

• Usuria, usury.

his ears shall pay for his perjuries. For the love of God do not compound: let me be damned if you have a friend in the world, that loves you better than I: there is nobody can say I am covetous, or that I have


interest to pursue, but yours.

2d Guardian. There is nothing fo plain, as that this Lewis has a design to ruin- all his neighbouring tradefmen; and at this time he has such a prodlgious incomegn by his trade of all kinds, that if there is not some stop put to his exorbitant riches, he will monopolize every thing : no-body will be able to fell a yard of drapery or mercery ware but himfelf. I then hold it. adviseable, that you continue the law-fuit, and burst hiin at once. My concern for the three poor motherless children obliges me to give you this advice ; for their-cstates, poor girls! depend epon the success of this cause.

3d Guardian. I own this writ of ejectment has cost. dear; but then consider it is a jewel well worth the

pur. chafing at the price of all you have. None but Mr Bull's declared enemies can say, he has any other fecurity for his cloarbing tradė, but the ejectment of Lord Strutt.. The only question then that remains to be decided, is, who fhuil Itand the expences of the suit ? To which the anfwer is as plain ; who but he that is to have tbe advantage of the sentence! When Elquire South has got poffeffion of his title and honour, is not Jahn Bull 10 be his clothier? Who then, but John, ought to put him in pofflion! Ak but any indifferent gentleman, who ought to bear his charges at law? and he will readily answer, his tradesmen. I do therefore-affirm, and I will go-to death with it, that, being his clothier, you ought to put him in quiet poffeffion of his estate, and, with the la:ne generous fpirit you have begun it, compleat the good work. If you perlift in the bad measures you are now in, what must become of the three poor orphans? My heart bleeds for the poor girls.

foon Bull. You are all very eloquent persons ; but give me leave to tell you, you express a great deal more concern for the thiree girls than for me ; I-think my intereft ought to be considered in the first place. As for you, Hocus, I cannot but say you have managed my, law-fúit with great address, and much to my honour;


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