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in fix-pences, groats, and three penny pieces. It would have done your heart good to have seen bin charge ibrough an army of lawyers, aitornies, clerks, and tradelineu sometimes with sword in hand, at other times nuzzling like an eel in the mud, When a fellow stuck like a bur, that there was no shaking himn off, he used to be mightily inquisitive about the health of biis uacles and aunis in the country ; le could call them all by their names, for he knew e 'ery body, and could tlk to them in their own way. The extremely impertinent he would fend away to fee fome ftrange light, as the dragood of Hockley in the Hole; or bid nim call the zoth of next Februiry. Now aod then you would feelinitie kitchen *, weighing the beef and butter ; paying ready money, that the maids might not run a tick ac the market, and the butchers, by bribing of thea), fell damaged and light meat. Another time be would lip into the cellar, and gauge

the caiks, In bis leiiure minutes he was posting his books, and gathering in his debts, Such frugal methods were necessary, where money was fo force, and dans fo numerous, All this while John kept his credit, could shew his head both at 'Change and Weitminstere hall; no man protested bis bill, nor refufid his bood; only the harpers and the feriveners, the lawyers and other clerks, pelted Sir Roger as he wone along. The 'quire ters were at it with their kennel water, for they were mad for the loss of their bubble, and that they could not get hiin to mortgage the ininor of Bullock's llatch. Sir Roo ger shook his ears, and nuzzied ilong, well fatified willi. in hiinf.lf, that he was doing a charitable work in rescu. ing an honest man from the claws of harpies and blood. fuckers. Mrs. Bull did all that an affectionate wile, and a good housewife could do ; yet the boundaries of vir. tues are indivisible lines; it is inpoilible to murch up close to the frontiersor fi ugality, without entering the ierritories of parsimony.. Your good housewives are apt in look into the minutest things ; cheie ore some blamed Mrs Ball for new heel-piecing of her thoést, grudging a quarier of

* Some regulations as to the purveyarice in the Queen's family. t. Too great sayings in the house of commons. U 2

a pound

a pound of foup and fund to scower the roonis; but espe. Cziby, that the would not allow her inaids and appren• lice's the benefit of John Bunyan *, the London Appren. tices, or the Seven Champions in the black letter.

CHA P. VIII.

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A continuation of the conversation hetwixt. John Ball

and his wife. His Bir!! T is a moll fad life welead, my dear, to be

lo teiled, paying interest for old debts, and till contracting new ones. However, I do not blame youfor vindicating your honour, and chastizing old Lewis: to curb the infoleni, protect the oppressed, recover one's ovi), and difend what one has, are good effects of the boliv : the only thing I want to know, is, how you came to make an end of your money, before you

finished

your luic

J. Bull. I was told by the learned in the law, that may five stood upon three fir'ın pillars ; more money for more baw0, more law for more money, and no composition. More money for more law, was plain to a demonstration, for who can go to law without inoney ? and it was plain, that any man that has money, may have law for it. The third was as evident as the ocher two; for what composition could be made with a roguo, that never kept a word he said?

Mrs.Biell. I think you are most likely to get out of. this labyrinth by the second door, by want of ready mo. ney to purchase this precious commodity ; but you leem not only to have bought too much of it, but have paid too dear for what you bought ; elle, how was it possible to run fo- inuch in debt, when, at this very time, the yearly income of what is mortgaged to those usurers,. would discharge Hocus's bills, and give you your belly. full of law for all your life, without running one fixe pence in debt? You have been bred up to business; I suppole you can cypher ; I wonder you never used your. pen and ink.

* Restraining the liberty of the press by act of parliament.

7. Bull.

*

J. Bull. Now you urge me too far : prithee, dear wire, hold thy tongue. Suppose a young heir, heedless, raw, and unexperienced, full of spirit and vigour, with a favourite passion, in the hands of money scriveners : luch fellows are like your wire drawing mills ; if they get hold i of a man's finger, they will pull in his wiole body at last, 'till they squeeze the heart, blood, and guts out of him. When I wanted money

half a dozen of these fellows were always waiting in my anti-chamber with their securi. ties ready drawn. I was tempted with the ready, some farm or other went to pot. I received with one hand, . and paid it away with the other to lawyers, that like so many hell-hounds were ready to devour me. Then the rogues would plead poverty,

and scarcity of money, which always ended in receiving ninety for the hundred. After they bad got posseffion of my best rents, they weier able to supply me with my own money. But what was worfe, when I looked into the securities, there was no · clause of redemption.

Mrs Bull. No clause of redemption, say you ? that's hard.

J. Bull. No great matter, for I cannot pay them.' They had got a worse trick than that, the same man bought and sold to himself, paid the money, and gave the acquittance; the same man was butcher and grafier, brewer and butler, cook and poulterer. There is something still worse than all this; there came twenty bills upon me at once, which I had given money to discharge ; ; I was like to be pulled to pieces by brewer, butcher, and baker ; even my herb-woman dundeil me as I went along the streets. (Thanks to my friend Sir Roger, else I mult have

gone to goal.). When I asked the meaning of this, , I was told, the money went to the lawyers ; counsel won't : tick, Sir í Hocus was urging : my book-keeper fat foto ting all day, playing at put and all fours : in short, by griping ufurers, devouring lawyers, and negligent fervanis, I am brought to this pafs.

Mrs Bull. This was hard usage! but methinks, the least reflektion might have retrieved you. .

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• Methods of preying upon the necessities of the govern«;

1. B«l!.:.

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66 lim yours.

J. Bull. It is true : yet consider my circumstances ; my honour was engaged, and I did not koow how to get out ; besides, I was for five years often drunk, always muddled; they carried me froin tavern to tavery ; to ale. houses and brandy. Thops, and brought me acquainted with such strange dogs! “ There goes the prettiest fel. “ low in the world *, lays one, for managing a jury; make

There's another can pick you up witnek “ les : Terjeant such-a one has a silver tongue at the « bar." I believe, in time, I should have retained every single person within the inos of court. The night after a. trial, I treated the lawyers, their wives and daughters, with fiddles, hautboys, druins, and trumpets. I was always liot-beaded ; then they placed me in the middle, the attornies and their clerks dancing about me, whoop. ing, and hollowing, Long live Johii Bull, the glory and Support of the law ?

Mrs. Bull. Really, Hubbard, you went through a very potable courle.

Ž. Bull. One of the things that first alarmed ine, was, that they shewed a spite t against my poor old mo. ther, “ Lord, quoth I, what makes you fo jealous of a

poor, old, innocent gentlewoman, that minds only her prayers, and her practice of piety: she never ined.

of your concerns ? Foh, say they, to see “ a handtome, brisk, genteel, young fellow, so much governed by a doating old woman! why don't you go

and fuck the bubby? Do you conlider (he keeps you out of a good jointure! She has the best of your estate “ fettled upon her for a rent.charge : hang her, old thief, “ turn her out of doors, foize ber land, and let her go v to law if the dares.' “ Soft and fair, gentlemen, “ quoth I; my mother's my mother ; our family

are not of an unnatural temper. Though I don't “ take all her advice, I won't leize her jointure ; long

may The enjoy iç, good woman ; I don't grudge it “ her, she allows me now and then a brace of hun. « dreds for my law fuit ; that's pretty fair,” About this time the old gentlewoman fellill of an odd sort of a dis

* Hiring still more troops.
† Railing against the church,

temper

“ dles in any

temper*; it began with a coldness and numb’dness in her limbs, which by degrees affected the nerves (I think the pbysicia os call them), seized the brain, and at last ended in a lethargy. It betrayed itself at first in a sort of indifference and carelessness in all her actions, coldness to her best friends, and an aversion. to stir or go about the common offices of life. She, that was the cleanlieft creature in the world, never shrunk now, if you set a closeAtool under her nose. She, that would sometimes rattle off her servants pretty sharply, now, if the law them drink, or heard them talk profanely, never took any no• tice of it. loftead of her usual charities to deferving per. sonst, she threw away her money upon roaring, swearing bullies and beggars, that went about the ftreets. “ What

is the matter with the old gentlewoman, said every “body, she never uled to do in this manuer ?" At last the listemper grew more violentt, and threw her down. right into raving fits; in which she shreeked out so loud, that the disturbed the whole neighbourhood. In her fits she called upon Sir William : “ Oh! Sir William ll, " thou hast betrayed me! killed me! stabbed me! fuld

me to the cuckold of Dover-street! See, see, Clum “ with his bloody knife! leize him, seize hiin, stop « him !

Behold the fury with her bissing snakes! “ Where's my fon John! Is he well, is he well! poor

man, I pity him;" and abundance more of luch strange Ruff, that no-body could make any thing of. I knew little of the matter ; for when I enquired about her health, the answer so that she was in a good mo. “ derate way.” Physicians were sent for in baite : Sir Roger, with great difficulty, brought Ratcliff; Garth came upon the first message. There were several others calied in ; but, as usual upon such occasions, they differ. ed {trangely at the consultation. At last they divided into two parties, one fided with Garth, the other with Rat,

Carelessness in forms and discipline. + Disposing of some preferments to libertine and unprincipled perfons.

The too violent clamour about the danger of the church. | Sir William, a cant name of Sir Humphrey's, for Lord Trcafurer Godolphin.

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