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Nic. Frog. What dost thou talk of us, thou meanest thyself J. Bull

. When Frog took poffeffion of any thing, it was always said to be for us, and why may not John Buil be us, as well as Nic. Frog was us? I hope John Bull is no more confined to fingularity than Nic. Frog; or, take it so, the constant doctrine that thou haft preached up for

many years, was, that thou and I are one ; and why must we be fupposed two in this case, that were always one before? it is i'r poslible that thou and I can fall out, Nic. we must trust one another; I have trusted thee. with a great many things, prithee trust me with this one trifle.

Nic. Frog. That principle is true in the main, but there is some specialty in this case, that inakes it highly inconvenient for us both,

7. Bull. Those are your jealousies, that the common enemies sow between us; how often last thou warned me of those rogues, Nic. that would make us miftruftful of one another!

Nic. Frog. This Ecclefdown-cafte is only a bone of contention.

7. Bull. It depends upon you to make it fo, for my part

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am as peaceable as a lamb. Nic. Frog. But do you consider the unwholefomeness of the air and soil, the expenses of reparations and seryants? I would scorn to accept of such a quagmire.

7. Bull. You are a great man, Nic. but in my circumstances, I muft be even content to take it as it is.

Nic. Frog. And you are really fo filly as to believe the old cheating rogue will give it you ?

7. Bull. I believe nothing but matter of fact, I ftand and fall by that, I am resolved to put him to it.

Nic. Frog. And fo relinquish the hopefulleft cause in the world, a claim that will certainly in the end make thy fortune for ever |

7. Bull. Wilt thou purchase it, Nic. ? thou shalt have a lumping pennyworth ; nay, rather than that we should differ, I'll give thee something to take it off my hands.

Nic. Frog. If thou wouldft but moderate that hasty, impatient temper of thine, thou shouldit quickly fee a better thing than all that. What shouidit thou think to find

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old Lewis turned out of his paternal estates, and the mansion-house of Clay-pool * ? Would not that do thy, heart good, to see thy old friend Nic. Frog, Lord of Clay-pool ? then thcu and thy wife and children should walk in my gardens, buy toys, drink lemonade, and now and then we thould have a country-dance.

7. Bull. I love to be plain, I'd as lieve fee myself in Ecclesdown-castle, as thee in Clay-pool. I tell you again, Lewis gives this as a pledge of his fincerity; if you won't stop proceeding to hear him, I will.

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The rest of Nit's fetches 't 'to keep John out of Ecclef

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HEN Nic. could not dissuade John by argument,

he tried to move his pity; he pretended to be sick and like to die, that he should leave his wife and children in a starving condition, if John did abandon him; that he was hardly able to crawl about the room, far less capable to look after such a troublesome business as this law-suit, and therefore begged that his good friend would not leave him. When he saw that John was still inexorable, he pulled out a case-knife, with which he used to snickersnee, and threatened to cut his own throat. Thrice he aimed the knife to his wind-pipe with a most determi. ned threatening air. “ What fignifies life, quoth be, in this

langyishing condition ? It will be fome pleasure, that my friends will revenge my

this barbarous man, that has been the cause of it.” All this while John looked sedate and calm, neither offering in the least to snatch the knife, nor stop his blow, trusting to the tenđerness Nic. had for his own person : when he perceived, that John was immoveable in his purpose, he applied himself to Lewis.

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“ from being a sharper in thy youth? What occasion “ hast thou to give up Ecclesdow.n-castle to John Bull? “ his friendship is not worth a rulh; give it me, and I'll “ make it worth thy while. If thou dislikest that pro“ position, keep it thyfelf, I'd rather thou Should have • it than he. If thou hearkenest not to my advice, take “ what follows; Esquire South and I will go on with “ our law-suit in spite of John Bull's teeth."

L. Baboor. Monsieur Bull has used me like a gentleman, and I am resolved to make good my promise, and trust him for the consequences.

Nic. Frog. Then I tell thee thou art an old doting fool---With that, Nic. bounced up with a spring equal to that of one of your nimbleft tumblers or rope-dancers, and fell foul upon John Bull, to snatch the cudgel he had in his hand *, that he might thwack Lewis with it: Joha held it fast, so that there was no wrenching it from him. At last 'Squire South buckled too, to aslift his friend Nic: John haled on one side, and they two on the other; fometimes they were like to pull John over; then it went all of a sudden again on John's fide; fo they went feefawing up and down, from one end of the room to the other. Down tumbled the tables, bottles, glasses, and tobacco-pipes: the wine and the tobacco were all spilt about the room, and the little fellows were almost trod under foot, till more of the tradesmen joining with Nic and the 'Squire, John was hardly able to pull against them all, yet would he never quit hold of his trusty cudgel: which by the contrary force of two fo great powers broke short in his hands f. Nic. seized the longer end, and with it began to baftinado old Lewis, who had sunk into a corner, waiting the event of this squabble. Nic. came up to him with an insolent menacing air, so that the old fellow was forced to {kuttle out of the room, and retire behind a dung-cart. He called to Nic. “ Thou in“ folent jackanapes ! time was when thou durft not have “ used me so, thou now takeft me unprovided, but, old “and infirm as I am, I shall find a weapon by and by ** to chastise thy impudence."

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f The separation of the army.

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When John Bull had recovered his breath, he began to parley with Nic. “ I'riend Nic. I am glad to find thee “ To strong after thy great complaints : really thy moti

ons, Nic. are pretty vigorous for a consumptive man. “ As for thy worldly affairs, Nic. if it can do thee any • service, I freely make over to thee this profitable lawfuit, and I defire all these gentlemen to bear witness to “ this my act and deed. Yours be all the gain, as mine “ has been the charges ; I have brought it to bear finely: “ however, all I have laid out upon it goes for nothing, or thou shalt have it with all its appurtenances, I ask nothing but leave to

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home.” Nic. Frog. The counsel are fee’d, and all things prepared for a trial, thou ihalt be forced to stand the isfue: it ihall be pleaded in thy name as well as mine: go

home if thou canst, the gates are fhut, the turnpikes locked *, and the roads barricadoed.

J. Bull. Even these very ways, Nic. that thou toldest me, were as open to me as thyself: if I can't pass with my own equipage, what can I expect for my goods and waggons? I am denied pasiage through those very grounds that I have purchated with my own money ; however, I am glad I have inade the experiment, it anay serve me in some stead.

· John Bull was so overjoyed that he was going to take pofleffion of Ecclefdown, that nothing could vex him. “ Nic. quoth he, I am juit a-going to leave thee, « cast a kind look upon me at parting.

Nic. looked four and grum, and would not open his mouth,

J. Bull. I wish thee all the success that thy heart

can desire, and that these honest gentlemen of the long 66 robe

may have their belly full of law.” Nic. could stand it no longer, but flung out of the room with disdain, and beckoned the lawyers to follow him.

7. Bull. B’ay, B’uy, Nic. not one poor smile at

parting; won't you make your day day, Nic. b’uy “ Nic?" With that Jchn marched out of the common road cross the country to take posseflion of Ecclefdown.

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* Difficulty of the march of part of the army to Dunkirk.
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Of the great joy that John exprefed when he get 1000

Jion of Ecclejdoun*.

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Hen John had got into his castle, he seemed like

Ulyfies upon his plank after he had been weil soused in falt-watcr; who, as Homer fays, was as glad as a judge going to sit down to dinner, after hearing a long cause upon the bench. I dare say John Bull's joy was equal to that of either of the two; he fipped from room to room ; ran up stairs and down stairs, from the kitchen to the garrets, and from the garrets to the kitchen; he peeped into every cranny; sometimes he admired the beauty of the architecture, and the vast solidity of the maron's work; at other times he commended the symmetry and proportion of the rooms. He walked about the gardens : he bathed himself in the canal, swimming, diving, and beating the liquid element, like a milk-white fwan. The hail reounded with the sprightly violin, and the martial hautboy. The family tript it about and capered, like hail-Jones bounding from a marIle floor. Vine, ale, and October flew about as plentifully as kenncl-water : then a frolick took john in the head to call up some of Nic. Frog's pensioners, that had been so mutinous in his family.

7. Bull. Are you glad to see your master in Ecclefdown-caitle?

All. Yes, indeed, Sir.
J. Eull. Extremely glad ?
All. Extremely glad, Sir.
5. Bull. Swear to me, that you are fo.

Then they began to damn and fink their fouls to the lowest pit of hell, if any person in the world rejoiced more than they did.

7. Bull. Now, hang me if I don't believe you are a parcel of perjured rascals ; however, take this bumper of October to your master's health.

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