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pon fuch occasions) by peaching his partner ; and being extremely forward to bring him to the gallows. Jack was accused as the contriver of all the ropuery * Aud indeed it happened unfortunaiely for the poor fellow, that he was known to bear a most inveterate Ipight against the old gentlewoman; and confequently, that never any ill accident happened to her, but he was suspected to be at the bottom of it. If the pricked her finger, Jack, lo be sure, laid the pin in the way; it some noise in the street difturbed her reit, who could it be but Jack in some of his nocturnal rambles? If a fervant ran uway, Jack had deb.juci ed him : every ille tittle-tattle that went about, Jack was always fuspected for the author of it: however, all was nothing to this last affair of tle temperating, mo. derating powder.
The bue and cry went after Jack to appreliend him dead or alive, where ever he coulj be found. The coustables looked out for him in all his ufual haunts ; but to no pirpose. Where d'ye think they found him at last ? Even Imoaking his pipe very quietly at his brother Martin's ; frown whence he was carried with a past mob at his berls before the worshipful Mr. Jufiice Overdo. Several of his neigl bours made oath, thai of late the prisoner t bad been observed to lead a very diffolute life, renoun. annig even his utual bypocrily, and the pretences to sobrie. ?y: that be frequented taverns and eating houses, and had bien ofien guilty of drunkennels and gluttony at my L.ord-Mayor's table: that he had been seen in the company of lewd women : that he had transferred his usual care of ihe engroffed copy of his father's will, to bapka bills, orders for tallies, and debentures I: thefe he now affirmed, with more literal truth, to be meat ll, drink, and cloth, the philofopher's fione, and the universal medicine i 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.
of the manners of the diffepters changed from their former Nrietness.
| Dealing much in stock jobbing.
those that called his father a cheating rogue, and his will a forgery * : that he not only fat quietly and beard his father railed at, but often chimed in with the discourli', and hugged the authors as his boson friends; Thut, inJiead of asking for blows t at the corners of the fireets, he now bestowed them as plentifully as he begged them before. In thort, that he was grown a mere rake ; and had nothing left in him of old Jack, except his fpight to John Bull's mother,
Another witpels 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.
6 Damn " this numb-skull of mine, quoth he, that I could not “ light on it looner. As long as I go in this ragged tat“ tered coat, I am lo well known, that I am hunted away
from the old woman's door by every barking cur “s about the house; they bid me defiance. There's no “ doing mischief as an open enemy; I must find forme
way or other of getting within doors, and then I shall " have better opportuuities of playing my pranks, besides 06 the benefit of good-keeping:
Two witnesses fwore li, iliat several years ago, there came to their mistress's door a young fellow in a tartereit coat, that went by the name of Timothy Trim, whom they did in their conscience believe to be the very prisoner, resembling liitty in shape, stature, and the features of his countenance: that the laid Timothy Trim being taken into che family, clapped their mistress's livery over his own tattered coat : that the said Timothy was extreinely officious about their mistress's perlon, endeavouring by Aattery and tale-bearing to let her against the rest of the fervants: no body was lo ready to fetch any thing that was wanted, to reach what was dropl : that he uled to shove and e:bow his fellow-fei vants to get near his mistress, especially when inoney was a-paying or receiving i
* Herding with deists and atheists.
+ Getting into places and church preferments by occasional conformity.
| Betraying the interests of the church, when got into preferments, ; X 3
theo be 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 wouid loll out bis tongue, make mouths, and Jaugh at her, walking behind her like a Harlequin, ridi. culiog her motions and gestures; but if bis 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 trip up stairs fo linoothly, that you could not hear bin tread, and put all things out of order: that he would pinch the children and servants, when he met them in the dark, lo hard, that he left the print of his fore finger and thumb in black and blue, and then flunk into a corner, as if no body had done it ; out of the same malici. ous design he used to lay chairs and joint.fools iu tl.eir way, that they might break their notes by falling over then : the more young and unexperienced he uled 10 teach to talk laucily, and call names : during his stay in the family, there was much plate miiiing; being catched with a couple of silver Spoons in his pocket, with their bundles wrenched off, he said, he was only going to care ry them to the goldlimith's to be nended: that the said Timothy was hated by all the honeft servants for his ill. conditioned, fplenetic trick, but especially for Lis fanderous congue; traducing them to their mitress, as drunk. ards, thieves, and wliore-masters: that the luid Timo. shy by lying tories ufed to let all the family together by! the ears, taking delighit to make them fight and quarrel; particularly one day sitting at table *, le spoke words to ibis vifest : « Lam of opinion, quoth he, that little Mhort « fellows, such as we are, have better hearis, ind could " beat the tall fellows ; I wish it came to a fuir trial; I “ believe thefe long fellows, as fightly as they are, “ Mhould find their jackets well thuacked "
A parcel of tall tellows, who thought themselves affronted by the discourse, took up the quarrel, and to it they weni, the tall men and the low men, which contides ftill a fi&tion in the family, to the great disorder of
The original of the distinction in the names of Low.churchpicu a nd High-church-mea.
our uitrefo's affairs : le laid Timothy carried tliis frolic fo tar, that he proposed to bis mitrifi, that the should entertain no lervant that was above tour tooi leven inches bigh; and for that purpole had prepared a guide, by which they were to be neafured. The good olu geotlewoman was not so fanple, as to go into his project ; que began to fiell a rat. This Trim, qzloth die,“ is an u odd sort of a fellow; methioks lie makts a tiranige fie
gure with that ragged, tattered coat, appearing under “ his livery; cannot he go fruce and clean, like the rest s of the fervants? the fellow has a roguish leer with bim, “ which I do not like by any means ; belides, he has such
a twang in his discourle, and an ungraceful way of “ speaking through the nole, that one can hardly urder" Itand bim ; I wish the fellow be not tainted with some “ bad disease.” The witnesses farther made oath, that the laid Timothy lay out a nights, and went alıroad of tep at unseafovable hours ; and it was credibly reported, be did business in another family : that he pretended to have a fqueamil stomach, and could not eat at table with the rest of the servants, though this was but a pretence to provide fome nice bit for himlelf; that lie refuled to dine upon falt-fish, only to have an opportuiaty 1o eat a calf's head (his favouriie dish) io private ; that for all his lender stomach, when he was got by himself, he could devour capons, turkeys, and dirloins of beef, like a cor
Two other witneffes gave the following evidence: that in his officious attendance upon bis tiltrels, he had tried to flip a powder into lier drink; and that be was once catched endeavouring to ftifle her with a pillow as she was alleep: that he and Ptfchirnfooker were often in clole conference, and that tliey used to drink togetlier at the Rose, where it leenis he was well enough known by liis true na ve Jack.
The prisoner had little to say in his defence ; he endea. voured to prove himself alibi ; so that the trial turned upon this fingle question, whether the faid Timothy Trim and Jick were the same person; which was proved by fuch plain tokens, and particulary by a mole under the pap, that there was no wittftanding the evideoce ;
therefore the worshipful Mr Justice committed hin'in order to his crial.
CH A P. XII.
How Jack's friends came to visit him in prison, and what
advice they give him. ACK hitherto had passed in the world for a poor,
tople, well meaning, halt: witted, crack-brained teilow. People were strangely furprized to find him in such a roguery; that he should dilguise himlelt under a faile name, hire himself out for a lervant to an old gen. tlewo nan, only for an opportunity to poison her. They faid, that it was more generous to protels open enmity, than, under a profound ditlinulation, to be guilty of such a scandalous breach of trust, and of the lacred rights of hofpitality. In short, the action was universally code demned by his best friends ; they told him in plain terms, that this was come as a judgment upon bim for his loole life, his glisttony, drunkennels, and avarice; for laying aside his father's will in an old mouldy trunk, and turning stock jobber, news-monger, and busy-body, meddling with oilier people's affairs, shaking off his old serious friends, and keeping company with buffoons and pickpockers, his fither's sworn enemies : that he had best ilrow bio felf upon the mercy of the court ; repent and change bis manners. To lay truth, Jack had heard these discourses with forme compunction ; lowever, he relolved to try what his new acquaintance wou d do for him : 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: matters have not been carried on with due secrecy; how• ever we must make the best of a bad bargain : thou art in the utmost jeopardy, that is certain ; bang, draw, and
* Habbakkuk Slyboots, a certain great man who perfuaded the dissenters to confint to the bill against occasional conformity, as being for their interest.