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theo he was never out of the way: that he was extreme. ly diligent about every body's business, but his own : that the laid Timothy, while he was in the family, used to be playing roguish tricks; when his inistress's back was turned, he would loll out his tongue, make mouths, and laugh at her, walking behind her like a Harlequin, ridi. culiog her motions and gestures; but if his mistress look. ed about, he put on a grave, demure countenance, as if he had been in a fit of devotion : that he used often lo irip up stairs fo linoothly, that you could not hear hiin tread, and put all things out of order: that he would pinch the children and servants, when he met them in ibe dark, lo bard, that he left the print of his fore finger and thumb in black and blue, and then flunk into a corner, as if nobody had done it ; out of the fame malici. ous delign he used to lay chairs and joint-stools iu their way, that they might break their potes by falling over then : the more young and unexperienced he uled to teach to talk laucily, and call names : during his stay in the family, there was much plate miiling; being catched with a couple of lilver Spoons in his poeket, with their bundles wrenched off, he said, he was only going to care ry them to the goldlinith's to be niendes: that the said Timothy was hated by all the honeft servants for his illo conditioned, fplenetic tricks, but especially for lis fan. derous congue ; traducing them to their miltrels, as drunk ards, thieves, and wlore-masters: that the said Timo. sbay by lying Ilories ufed to let all tlie family together by the ears, taking delight to make them fight and quarrel; particularly one day sitting at table *, lie spoke words to inis uiteet: “ I ani of opinion, 42101h he, that little Mort « fellows, such as we are, have better hearis, and could " beat the tall fellows; I wish it came to a füir trial; I • believe thefe long fellows, as fightly as they are, “ should find their jackets well thwacked "

A parcel of tall tellows, who thought themselves affronted by the discourse, took up the quarrel, and to it they went, the tall men and the low men, which contivdes ftiii a fi&tion in the family, to the great disorder of

The original the distinction in the names of Low.churchmeu and High-church-nen.

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our titreio's affairs : le laid Timothy carried tliis frolic lo far, that he propoled to his mitrifi, that the thould entertai po lervant that was above tour tooi levew inches bigli; and for that purpote bad prepared a guuge, by wbich they were to be mealured. The good old geoile. woman was not so sinple, as to go into his project ; the began to imell a rat. “ This Trim, quoth pl., " is aa “ odd sort of a fellow; methinks lie makes a dirange fie “ gure with that rageed, tattered coat, appearing under “ his livery ; cannot be go fruce and clean, like the rest so of the fervants? the fellow has a roguish Icer with bim, “ which I do not like by any means ; belides, he has such

a twaog in his discourle, and an ungraceful way of o speaking through the nole, that one can hardly under66 ftand him ; I wish the fellow be not tainted with fome 66 bad diseafe." The witnesses tarther made oath, that the laid Timothy lay out a nights, and went abroad of. ten at unfeafonable hours ; and it was credibiy reported, he did business in another family : that he pretended to have a squeamish stomach, and couli not eat at table with the rest of the fervants, though this was but a pretence to provide some nice bit for himself; that lie refuled to dine upon

falt-fifli, only to have an opportuinty 1o eat a calf's head (his favourite dish) in private ; that ior all his lender stomach, when he was got by biinfelf, he could devour capons, turkeys, and brloins of beef, like a cor

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Two other witneffes gave the following evidence: that in his officious attendance upon his tristrels, he had tried to flip a powder into her driuk; and that be was once catched endeavouring to ftifle her with a pillow as She was asleep: that he and Pifchirnfooker were often in clole conference, and that they used to drink together at the Rose, where it seems he was well enough known by his true na ve Jack.

The prisoner had little to say in his defence ; he endeavoured to prove hinself alibi; so that the trial turned upon this fingle question, whether the faid Timoily Trim and Jack were the same person; which was proved by such plain tokens, and particulary by a mole under the left pap, that there was no withstanding the evidence ;

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therefore the worihipful Mr Jultice committed hin in order to his crial.

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How fuck's friends came to visit him in prison, and what

advice they gave him.

ACK bitherto had passed in the world for a poor,

teilow. People were strangely surprized to find him in such a roguery; that he should dilguise himlelt under a faile name, hire himself out for a fer vant to an old gen. tlewo nan, only for an opportunity to poison her. They faid, that it was more generous to protefs open enmity, thin, under a profound dillunulation, to be guilty of fuch a scandalous breach of trust, and of the lacred rights of hospitality. In Nort, the action was universally condemned by his best friends ; they told him in plain terms, that this was come as a judgment upon bin for his loose life, his gluttony, drunkennels, and avarice; for laying, aside his father's will in an old mouldy trunk, and turn. ing stock jobber, news-monger, and busy-body, meddling, with other people's affairs, thaking off his old serious friends, and keeping company with buffoons and pick. pockets, his fither's sworn enemics: that he had best Elirow himself upon the mercy of the court ; repent and change his manners. To lay truth, Jack had heard these discourses with some compunction ; lowever, he resolved to try what his new acquaintance wou d do for bim: they sent Habbakkuk Slyboots *, who delivered him the following meffare, at the peremptory commands of his trusty companions.

Habbakkuk. Dear Jack, I am sorry for thy misfortune: mátters have cot been carried on with due seciecy; how• ever we must make the best of a bad bargain : thou art in the utmost jeopardy, that is certain ; bang, draw, and quarter, are the gentlest things they talk of. However, thy faithful friends, ever watchful for thy security, bid me cell thee, that they have one infallible expedient leti to live thy life: thou inust know, we have got into some understanding with the enemy, by the means of Don Diego; he alsures us there is no mercy for thee, and that there is only one way left to elcape; it is indeed soinewhat out of the cominon road; however, be assured it is the result of most mature deliberation.

* Habbakkuk Slyboots, a certain great man who perfuaded the dissenters to consent to the bill agaiolt occafional conformity, as being for their intereft.

quarter, up, to enquire who is to cut biin dowo, Hab. Thou suspicious creature! if thou must needs know it, I tell thee it is Sir Roger +: he has been in

Jack. Prithee tell me quickly, for my heart is funk down into the very bottom of my belly.

Hab. It is the unanimous opinion of your friends, that you make as if you hunged yourself * ; they will give it out that you are quite dead, and convey your body out of prison in a bier; and Jobo Bull, being buried with his law.fuit, will not enquire further into the matter.

Jack, How d’ye mean, make as if I hanged myself?

Hab. Nay, you must really havg yourselt up, in a true genuine rope, that there may appear no trick in it, and leave the rest to your friends.

Jack. Truly this is a matter of some concern ; and my friends, I hope, won't take it ill, if I evquire a little in. to the means by which they intend to deliver me : rope, and a noose are no jefting matters !

Hab. Why so mistrustful ? best thou ever found us falle to thee? I tell thee, there is one ready to cut thee down,

Jack. May I prefume to ask who it is, that is entrust. ed with lo important an office ?

Hab. Is there no end of thy bow's and thy why's? That's a secret.

Jack, A fecret, perhaps, that I inay be safely trusted witb, for I am not like to tell it again, I tell you plainly, it is no strange thing for a man, before he liangs him. felf

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• Consent to the bill against occafonal conformity. † It was given out, that the Earl of Oxford would opporo the occasional bill, and fo lose his credit with the tories; and the diflenters did believe he would not suffer it to pass.

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tears ever since thy misfortune, Don Diego and we have: laid it so, that he is to be in the next room, and before the rope is well about thy neck, relt fatisfied, be will break in and cut thee down : fcar not, old boy ; we'll duit, I'll warrant thee.

Jack. So I must hang myself up, upon hopes that Sr. Roger will cut me down, and all this upon the eredit of Dou Diego: a fine stratagem indeed to have my life, that depends upon hanging, Don Diego, and Sir Roger !

Hub. I tell thee there is a mysiery in all this, my friend, a piece of profound policy ; if ihoa kuewest what good this will do to the common cause, thy heart would leap for joy: I am sure thou wouldit not delay the ex-periment one moment.

Jnck, This is to the tune of all for the better. What's your cause to me, when I am hanged ?

Hab. Refractory mortal! If thou wilt not trust thy friends, take what follows; know assuredly, before next ful-mount, that thou wilt be hung op. in chains, or thy quarters percbing upon the most coufpicuous places of the kingdom. Nay, I don't believe they will be contene ted with hanging; they talk of impaliog, or breaking on the wheet; and thou chufelt that, before a gentle fufpende ing of thyself for one minute. Hanging is not so painful a thing as thou ima inelt. I have spoke with several, that have undergone it; they all agree it is no manger of uneasiness : be sure thou take good notice of the lymptoms, the relation will be curious. It is but a kick or two with thy heels, and a wry-nouth or lo :- Sir Roger will be with thee in the twikiing of an eye.

Jack. But what if Sir Roger should not come; will my friends be there to fuccour me?

Hab. Doubt it rot; I will provide every thing against to-morrow morning ; do tlou keep thy own secret ; fay nothing: I tell thee, it is absolutely ncceffary for the common good, tliut tlou fiouldlt go through this orerition.

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