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And fo pointing to Frog to say fomething, to the great

furprize of all the company, Frog was leized with a dead e pally in the tongue. Joha begin to ask him lome plain questions, and wlionped and bollowed in his ear, Let's

come to the point. Nic! who wouldnt thou have to is be Lord Strutt? Wouldit thou have Philip Baboon ?" Nic. (hook his head, and laid nothing, " Wilt thou “ then have Esquire South to be Lord Strutt?” Nic. Mook his head a second time. " Tben who the devil " wilt thou have? lay something or another.”

Nic. Opened his mouth, and pointed to his tongue, and cried, " A, a, a, a !” wbich was as much as to lay be could not tpeak. John Bull.] “ fhall I serve Philip Baboon “ with broad.cloth, and accept of the composition that “ he offers, with the liberty of his parks and lith-pond: ?" Then Nic. roared like a bull, 0, 0, 0, 0!” Jobu Bull.] 66 If thou wilt not let me have them, wilt ibou “ take them thyfelf?" The Nic grinnel, cackled, and laughed, till he was like to kill hinself, and seemed to be to pleased, that he fell a frisking and dancing about the roon, John Bull.] “ Shall I leave all this

matter to thy management, Nic. and about « liness ?” Then Nic. got up a glass, and drank to John, shaking him by the hand, till he had like to have Thook bis Moulder out of joint. John Bull.] " derstand thee, Nic. but I shall make thee speak be“ fore I go.” Then Nic. put his finger in his cheek, and made it cry Buck; which was as much as to lay, I care not a farthing for thee John Bull.] “ I have done Nic. “ if thou wilt not speak, I'll make my own terms with «old Lewis bere.” Then Nic. lolled out his tongue, and turned up his bum to hiin; which was as much as to




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lay, kiss

Jolin perceiving that Frog would not speak, turns to old Lewis : “ Since we cannot make this obstipate fellow « (peak, Lewis, pray condescend a little to his humour, «s and let down thy meaning upon paper, that he may 66 answer it in another scrap.'

" I am infinitely forry, quoth Lewis, that it happens " 10 un ortunately; for playing a little at cudgels the " other day, a fellow bas given me such a rap'over the “ right-aring that I am quise lame: I have lost the use VOL, V.


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“ of my fore-finger and my thumb, so that I cannot hold

my pen.”
J. Bull, “ That's all one, let me write for you."

Lewis, “ But I have a misfortune, that I cannot read s any body's hand but my own.”

J. Bull.“ Try what you can do with your left-hand."

Lewis.“ That's impossible ; it will make such a scraud, 6. that it will not be legible."

As they were talking of this matter, in came Esquire South *, all dressed up in feathers and ribbons, stark Itar. ing mad, brandishing his sword, as if he would have cut off their heads; crying, “ Room, room, boys, for the

grand Elquire of the world! the flower of Esquires ! “ What! covered in my presence? I'll crush your

fouls, “ and crack you like lice!" With that he had like to have struck Jihu Bull's hat into the fire ; but John, who was pretty itrong-fifted, gave him such a squeeze as made his eyes water. He went on still in his mad prauks; " When I am Lord of the universe, the sun shall pro6 strate and adore me! Thou, Frog, fhalt be my bai. " liff ; Lewis my taylor; and thou, Joho. Bull, shalt be my

fool !" All this while Frog langhid in his feeve, gave the Esquire t'other noggan of brandy, and clapped bim op the back, which made him ten times madder.

Poor John stood in amaze, talkivg thus to himself: Well, John, thou art got into rare company! One “ has a dumb devil, the other a mad devil, and the third

a {pirit of infirmity. An honest man bas a fine tine « on't among fuchs rogues. What art thou asking of " them, after all? Some nighty boon one would think! " only to fit quietly at thy own fire-side. 'Sdeath, what " have I to do with such fellows ! John Bull, after all 166 bis loftes and crosses, can live better without them, ihan they can without him. Would to God I lived “ a thousand Jeagues off them! but the devil's in's, • John in, and John Bull must get out as well as 66 be cin."

As he was talking to himself, be občerved Frog and

• The Archdoke was not become Emperor of Germany; being i:nanimously elected upon the death of Joseph thc fist.


old Lewis edging towards one anorher to whisper

*: lo that John was forced to sit with his arıms a-kimbo, to keep them afunder.

Some people advised John to blood Frog under the tongue, or to take away his bread and butter, which : would certainly make hiin speak; to give Equire South hellebor«; as for Lewis, some were for emollient pula teffes, others for opening his aruns with an incision-kulife.

CH A P. XI f. The apprehending, examination, and imprisonment of Jack

for fufpicion of poisoning,

HE atten:iie reader caunot have forgot, that the

rupted by a mesage fro.n Frog. I have a natural conpallion for curiosity, being much troubled with the di. Itemper myself'; therefore to gratify that uneasy itching leofation in my readcr, I have procured the following account of that matter.

Yan Puli birifuoker came off (as rogues usually do.U

* Some attempts of fecret negotiation between the French and the Dutch.

+ The receiving the holy sacrament as administcred by the church of England once at least in every year, having been made a necessary qualification for places of trust and profir, many of the diffiniers came to the altar merely for this purpose. A bill to prevent this practice had been three times brought into the house and rejected, under the title of A bill to prevent occasional ecuformity. But the Earl of Nottingham having brought it in a fourth time under another game, and with ihe addition of such clauses as were said to enlarge the toleration, and to be a further, fecurity to the protestant fuccession, the whigs, whose cause the Earl then appeared to espouse, were persuaded to concur ; some, because they were indeed willing that the bill should pass, and others, because they believed the Earl of Oxford would at last procure it to be thrown out. The four fullowing chapters contain the history of this transaction,

pon such occasions) by peaching his partner ; and being extremely forward to bring him to ile gallows. Jack was accured as the contriver of all the roguery *. Aud indeed it happened unfortunaiely for the poor fellow, that he was known to bear a most inveterate Ipight against the old gentlewoman; and contequently, that never any ill accident happened to her, but he was fufpeted to be at the bottom of it. If the pricked her finger, Jack, lo be sure, laid ihe piu in the way; it fome noise in the street difturbed her reit, who could it be but Jack in some of his nocturnal rainbles? If a fervant ran úway, Jick had deb.juci ed bin : every ille tittle-tattle that went about, Jack was always fufpected for the author of it: however, all was nothing to this last affair of the temperating, ino. derating powder.

The live and cry went after Jack io appreliend him dead or alive, where ever he coulj be found. The constables looked out for bim in all his usual haunts; but to no purpose. Where d’ye think they found hiin at last! Even inoaking his pipe very quietly at his brother Martin's; froin whence be was carried with a vast mob at bis I.cris before the worhiptul Mr. Justice Overdo. Several of his neigi bours made oath, thai of late the prisoner t biad been observed to lead a very diffolute life, renoun. cing even his usual bypocrily, and the pretences to fobre. ?*: that he frequented taverns and eating houses, and had bien ofien guilty of drunkennels and gluttony at my Lucru-Mayor's table: that he had been leen in the company of lewd women : that he had transferred his usual care of the enigroffed copy of his father's will, to bapk. bills, orders for tallies, and debentures $: thefe le now affirmed, with more literal truth, to be meat ll, drink, and cloth, ihe philosopher's fione, and the universal medicine : that he was so far from thewing his cufto. inary reverence to the will, that he kept company with

* All the misfortunes of the church charged upon the Pres. byterian party

The manners of the difíenters changed from their former Arietness.

Dealing much in stock jcbbing, || Tale of Tub.




those that called his father a cheating rogue, and his will a forgery * : that he not only lit quietly and beard his father railed at, but often chimed in wich the Jilcourti, and hugged the authors as his bofoin friends;, infiead of asking for blows t at the corners of the lireets, he nov beltowed them as plentitully as he begged them before. In Thort, that he was grown a inere rake ; and had nothing left in him of old Jack, except his spight to John Buli's mother.

Another witels made oath, That Jack had been over• heard bragging of a trick t he had found out to manage the old formal jade, as he used to call her.

" Dawn “ this numb-skull of mine, quoth be, that I could not

light on it looner. As long as I go in this ragged tat"tered coat, I ani lo well known, that I am hunted away

from the old woman's door by every barking cur “ about the house; they bid me defiance. There's no doing mischief as an open enemy; I must find fome

way or other of getting within dours, and then I th :) " have better opportouities of playing my prauks, besides " the benefit of good-keeping:

Two witnesses fwore li, iliat several years ago, there canse to their mistress's door a young fellow in a tartered coat, that went by the name of Timothy Trim, whom they diù in their contcience believe to be the very prisoner, relembling liith in th:ape, stature, and the features of his countenance : that the laid Timothy Trim being taken into the family, clapped their mistress's livery over his own tattered coat: that the said Timothy was extrcinely officious about their mistress's perlon, endeavouring by flattery and tale-bearing to let her against the reit of clie lervants: no body was lo ready to fetch any thing that was wanted, to reach what was dropt : that he uled to thove and e:bow his fellow-fei vants to get near his mnie stress, especially when inoney was a-paying or receiving;

Herding with deists and atheists. + Tale of a Tub.

Getting into places and church preferments by occasional con


| Betraying the interests of the church, when got into prefer


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