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and though I say it, you have been well paid for it. Why must the burden be taken off Frog's back, aud laid upon my shoulders ? He can drive about his own parks and. fields in his gilt chariot, when I have been forced to morto gage my estate : his note will go farther than bond. Is it not matter of fact, that from the richest tradelinan: in all the country, lan reduced to beg.and-borrow from scriveners and ulurers, that fuck the heart, blood; and, guts out of me and what is all this for? Did

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like Frog's countenance better than mine? Was nor I your old friend and relation ? Have not I presented you nobly? Have not I clads your whole family! Hüve you not? had an hundred yards at a time of the finest cloth in my shop? Why must the rest of the tradesmen be not only indemnifred from charges, but forbid to go on with their own business, and what is more their concern than mine! As to holding out this term, I appeal to your own conscience, has not that been your constant discourse these fix years, one term more and old Lewis goes to pot. If thou art so fond of my cause, be generous for once, and lend me a brace of thoufands. Ab Hocus! Hocus ! 1 I know thee ; not a sous to Save-me from goal; I trowoLook ye, gentlemen; I have lived with credit in the world, and it grieves my heart, never to stir out of my. doors but to be pulled by the fleeve by some rascally dun or other ! “ Sir, remember my bill: there is a small

concern of a thoufand pounds, I hope you think on it,, * Siro'. And to have thefe ufurers transact my debts at: coffee-houses, and ale houses, as if I were going to break up lhóp. Lord! that ever the rich, the generous John Bull, clothier; the envy of all his neighbours, should be s brought to compounds his debts for five shillings in the pound, and to have his name in an advertisement for a Itatute of bankrupt. The thought of it makes me mad. I have read somewhere in the Apocrypha, that one should not consult with a woman touching her of whom she is jealous ; nor with a merchant concerning exchange; nor with a buyer of selling ; nor with an unmerciful man of kindness, &c.' I could have added one thing more, nor with an attorney about compounding a lawafuit. The ejatment of Lord Strutt will never do.. The evidence is fcrimp; the witneffes swear backwards and forwards,

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and contradict themselves; and his tenants stick by him. One tells me, that I must carry on my fuit, because Lewis is poor ; another, because he is still too rich : whom fhall I believe! I am sure of one thing, that a peony in the purse is the best friend John can have at laft; and pho can say that this will be the last fuit I shall be engaged in Besides, if this ejectment were practicable, is it reasonable, that when Esquire South is losing his or o. ney to sharpers and pick-pockets, going about the couptry with fidiers and buffoons, and squandering his income with hawks and dogs, I should lay out the fruits of my honest industry in a law- fuit for him, only upon the hopes of being his clothier? And when the cause is over, I thall not have the benefit of my project for want of mo. ney to go to market. Look ye, gentlemen, Jobu Bull is but a plain man; but John Bull knows when he is ill used. I know the infirmity of our family; we are apt to play the boon companion, and throw away our mo• ney in our cups: but it was an unfair thing in you, gen. tlemen, to take advantage of my weakness, to keep a par. cel of roaring bullies about me day and night, with huzzas, and hunting-horns, and ringing the changes on butchers cleavers, never let me cool, and make me set my hand to papers, when I could hardly hold my pen. There will come a day of reckoning for all that proceeding. lo the mean sine, gentlemen, I beg you will let me into my affairs a little, and that you would not grudge me the finall remainder of a very great eftate.

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Esquire South's mellage and letter to Mrs Bull.
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guardians bad bitherto proved infufficient * : John and his wife could not be persuaded to bear the expence of Esquire South's law.luit. They thought it realonable,

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that since he was to have the honour and advantage, he should bear the greatest share of the charges; and re. trench what he lost to sharpers, and spent upon country dances and puppet-plays, to apply it iu that use. This was not very grateful to the Elquire ; therefore, as the last experiment, he resolved to lend Signior Benenato master of his fox-hounds, to Mrs Bull, to try what good he could do with her. This Signior Benenato had all the qualities of a fine gentleman, that were fit to charın a lady's heart ; and if any person in the world could have persuaded her, it was he. But such was her unshaken fidelity to her husband, and the constant purpose of her mind to pursue his interest, that the most refined arts of gallantry that were practised, could not seduce her heart. The necklaces, diamond crosses, and rich bracelets that were offered, she rejected with the utmost scorn and disdain. The music and serenades that were given her, sounded more ungratefully in her ears than the noise of a screech-owl; however, she received Esquire South's letter by the hands of Sigoior Benenato, with that respect which became his quality. Tise copy of the letter is as follows, in which you will oblérve he changes a little bis usual stile.

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M A D A M,
HE writ of ejectment agaiost Philip Baboon, (pre-

tended Lord Strutt) is just ready to pass ; there want but a few necessary forms, and a verdict or two more, to put me in the quiet possession of my honour and estate: I question not, but that according to your wonted generosity and goodness you will give it the finish. ing stroke; an honour that I would grudge any body but yourself. In order to ease you of some part of the char. ges, I promise to furnish pen, ink, and paper, provid.

you pay for the stamps. Besides, I have ordered my stewards to pay out of the readiest and best of my rents, five pounds ten fillings a-year, till my fuit is finished.

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By Prince Eugene, urging she continuance of the war, and offering to a propostion

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I wish you health and happiness, being with due re- · fpect,

MADAM,
Your assured friend,

SOU TH.

What answer Mrs Bull' returned to this letter, you* Thiall know in the second part, only they were at a pretty good distance in their proposals; for as Esquire South only offered to be at the charges of pen, ink, and paper, Mrs Bull refused any more than to lend her barge to' carry his council to Westminster-hall..

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THE world is much indebted to the famous Sir Hum-

phry Polelworth for his ingenious and impartiak account of John Bull's law-fuit ; yet there is just cause of complaint against him, in that he relates it only by parcels, and will not give us the whole work: this forces me, who am only the publisher, to-belpeaks the alliance of his friends and acquaintance to engage him to lay aside that Atingy humour, and gratify the curiosity of the public at

He pleads in excuse, that they are only private memoirs, wrote for his own use, is a loose ftile, to serve as a help to his ordinary conversation *. I represented to him the good reception the first part had met with ; tkat though calculated only for the meridian of Grub-itreet, it was yet taken notice of by the better fore; that the world was now sufficiently acquainted with John Bull, and interested itself in his concerns. - He anlwered, with a smile, that he had indeed some triding things to impart, chat concerned John Bull's relations and domestic affairs ; if these would satisfy me, he gave me free leave to make use of them, because they would serve to make the history of the law. fuit more intelligible. When I had look: ed over the the manuscript, I found likewise some further account of the compolition, which perhaps may not be unacceptable to such as have read the former part.

This exeuse of Sir Humphry can only relate to the second part, or fequel. of the history. See che preface to the firft part.

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