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As for the third *, she was a thief, and a common mercenary prostitute, and that without any follicitation from nature, for she owned she had no enjoyment. She bad no respet 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 felo low for a perce more.
In the practice of her profeffion She had amassed vast magazines of all forts of thiugs ; she had above five hundred luits of fine cloaths, and yet went abroad like a cynder-wench: she robbed and starved all the servants, fo that no-body could live near her,
So much for John's three daughters, which you will fay were rarities to be fond of: yet nature will shew it. Elf; 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 interelt of the three girls, and give John their best advice before he compounded the law. fuit.
Hocus. What makes you fo fhy of late, my good friend?. There is no-body loves you better than 1, nor has taken more pains in your affairs : as I hope to be fa. yed I would do any thing to serve you ; I would crawl upon all fours to serve you ; I have spent my health and paternal estate in yonr service. I have, indeed, a finall pittance left, with which I might retire, and with as good a conscience as any man ; but the thoughts of this disgrace. ful composition so touches me to the quick, that I cantot feep: after I had brought the cause to the last stroke,
bat one verdiet more had quite ruined old Lewis, and Lord Strutt, and put you in the quiet poffeffion of every thing; then to compound! I cannot bear it. This cause
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 ; belides, 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-alt his neighbouring tradefo men; and at this time he has such a prodigious incom@gma by his trade of all kinds, that if there is not some stopers put to his exorbitant riches, he will monopolize every ching : 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-suit, and burst hiin at once. My concern for the three poor motherless children obliges me to give you this advice ; for their-estates, poor girls! depend pon the success of this cause.
3d Guardian. I own this writ of ejectment has costa dear; but then consider it is a jewel well worth the pur* chaling at the price of all you have. None but Mr Bull's declared enemies can say, he has any other fecurity for bis cloathing trade, but the: ejectment of Lord Strut is The only question then that remains to be decided, ise who shall stand the expences of the suit ?. To which the answer is as plain ; who but he that is to have the advantage of the sentence! When Elquire South has ant poffeffion of his title and honour, is not Jaho Bull 10 be his clothier? Who then, but John, ought to put him in pofl mion! Aik but any indifferent gentleman, who ought to bear his charges at law ? and he will readily anfwer, 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 faine generous fpirit you have begun it, coinpleat the good work. If you persilt in the bad measures you are now in, what mult become of the three poor orphaos? My heart bleeds for the poor girls.
John 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 canpot but say you have managed my lawofüit with great address, and much to my honour;
and though I say it, you have been well paid for it. Why must the burden be taken off Frog's back, and laid upon my shoulders ? He can Jrive about his own parks and fields in his gilt chariot, when I have been forced to morto gage my estate : bis note will go farther than
bond. Is it not matter of fact, that from the richest tradelinan: in all the country, I any reduced to beg.and-borrow from scriveners and ufurers, that suck the heart, blood; and, guts out of me? and what is all this for? Did
like Frog's countenance better than mine?: Was not I your : old friend and relation ? Have not I presented you nobly? Have not I clad: your whole family? Hæve you not: had an hundred yards at a time of the finest cloth in my shop? : Why must the rest of the tradelmen be not only indemnified 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 six years, one terni more and old Lewis goes to pot. If thou art fo fond of iny cause, be generous for once, and lend me a brace of thousands. Ab- Hocus ! Hocus ! I know thee ; not a sous to fave-me from goal; I trow.. Look 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, . « Sir.. And to have thefe ufurers transact my debts at: coffee-houses, and ale houses, as if I were going to break up shop. Lord! that ever the rich, the generous John Bull, clothier; the envy of all his neighbours, should be brought to compounds his debts for five shillings in the pound, and to have his name in an advertisement for a statute of bankrupt. The thought of it makes me mada I have read somewhere in the Apocrypha, that one should not consult with a woman touching her of whom me 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 componnding a lawafuit. The ejectinent of Lord Strutt will never do. The evidence is. scrimp; the witneffes swear backwards and forwards,
my affairs a little, and that you would not grudge me rewrit
and contradi&t themselves; and his tenants stick by him. Onc tells me, that I must carry on my fuit, because Lewis is poor ; another, because he is still too rich: whon shall I believe? I am sure of one thing, that a peony in the purse is the best friend John can have at last; 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 roney to sharpers and pick-pockets, going about the coun. try with fidiers and buffoons, and squandering his income with hawks and dogs, I should lay out the fruits of my honeft industry in a law-luit for him, only upon the hopes that 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, John Bull is but a plain man ; but John Bull knows when be is ill vfed. I know the infirmity of our family; we are apt to play the boon companion, and throw away our money in our cups: but it was an unfair thing in you, gen- soiafir tlemen, to take advantage of my weakness, to keep a parcel 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 fet my little hand to papers, when I could hardly hold my pen. There will come a day of reckoning for all that proceeding. In the mean tine, gentlemen, I beg you will let me into
the finall remainder of a very great eftate.
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guardians had bitherto proved insufficient * : John and his wife could not be persuaded to bear the expence
' of Esquire South's law.fuit. They thought it realonable,
* But as all attempts of the party to preclude the treaty were ineffcctual, and complaints were made of the deficiencies of the house of Austria, the Archduke sent a message and letter.
that since he was to have the honour and advantage, he should bear the greatest share of the charges; and retrench what he loft to sharpers, and spent upon country dances and puppet-plays, to apply it to that use. This was not very grateful to the Esquire ; 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 upshaken 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, rounded more ungratefully in her ears than the noise of a screech-owl; however, the received Esquire South's letter by the hands of Signior Benenato, with that respect which became his quality. The copy of the letter is as follows, in which you will oblerve he changes a little his usual stile.
tended Lord Strutt) is just ready to pais : there want but a few necessary forms, and a verdiet or two more, to put me in the quiet possession of my honour and estate: I question not, but that according to your wonted generolity and goodness you will give it the finish. ing stroke; an honour that I would grudge any body but yourself. In order to ease
of the charges, I promise to furnish pen, ink, and paper, provid. ed 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 shillings a-year, till my fuit is finished.
By Prince Eugene, urging the continuance of the war, and offering to bear a proportion of the expence.