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and resolved to quit his shop for 'Change-alley. Whereupon falling into company with the Jews at their club at: the fign of the Cross in Cornhill, they began to tamper with him upon the most important points of the Christiaz. faith, which he for some time zealouffy, and like a good Christian, obstinately defended. They promised him Paradise, and many other advantages hereafter ; but he: artfully insinuated, that he was more inclinable to listen to prejent gain.. They took the hint, and promised hima that immediately upon his conversion to their persuasion he should become as rich as a Jew. They made ufe likewife of feveral other.

arguments ; to wit,

That the wiseft man that ever was,, and inasmuch the richest, beyond all peradventure was a Jew, videlicet, Solomon.

That. David, the man after God's own heart,, was a Jew also. And most of the children of Ifrael are suspected for, holding the fame doctrine,

This Mr Curll at firft ftrenuoufly denied; for indeed he thought them Roman Catholics, and so far was he: from giving way to their temptations, that to convince: them of his Chriftianity he called for a pork grisking.

They new promised, if he would poison his wife, and give up his grisking, that he should marry the rich Ben Meymon's only daughter. This made fome impression:

on him.

They then talked to him in the Hebrew tongue, whichi he not understanding, it was observed, had very great weight with him

They now,.perceiving that his godliness was only gain, defifted from all other arguments, and attacked him on: his weak fide, namely, that of avarice.

Upon which John Mendez offered him an eighth of a advantageous bargain for the apostles creed, which he readily and wickedly renounced. He then fold the nine and thirty articles for a bull.* ;.

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but insisted hard upon black puddings, being a great lover thereof.

Jofhua Pereira engaged to let him share with him in his bottomrye ; upon this he was persuaded out of his Christian name ; but he still adhered to black puddings:

Sir Gideon Lopez tempted him with forty pound subfcription in Ram's bubble; for which he was content to give up the four evangelists, and he was now completed a perfect Jew, all but black pudding and circumcision ; for both of which he would have been glad to have had a dispensation.

But on the 17th of March, Mr Curll (unknown to his wife) came to the tavern aforesaid. At his entrance into the room he perceived a meagre man, with a fallow countenance, a black forky beard, and long vestment. In his right hand he held a large pair of sheers, and in his left a red-hot fearing-iron. At fight of this, Mr Curll's heart trembled within him, and fain would he retire; but he was prevented by fix Jews, who laid hands upon him, and unbuttoning his breeches, threw him upon the table, à pale pitiful

spectacle. He now intreated them in the most moving tone of voice to dispense with that unmanly ceremonial, which if they would consent to, he faithfully promised, that he would eat a quarter of paschal lamb with them the next Sunday following:

All these protestations availed him nothing; for they threatened him, that all contracts and bargains should be void unless he would submit to bear all the outward and visible signs of Judaism. :: Our apoftate hearing this, ftretched himself upon his back, spread his legs, and waited for the operation : but when he saw the high priest take up the cleft fick, he roared most unmercifully, and swore several Christian oaths, for which the Jewş rebuked him.

for transferring S. S. Atock at a future time for a certain price; but he who contracted to sell had frequently no stock to transfer, nor did he who bought intend to receive any in consequence of his bargain; the seller was therefore called a bear, in allufion to the proverb; and the buyer a bull, perhaps only as a fimilar distinction. The contract was merely a wager to be determined by the rise or fal of ftock; if it rose, the seller paid the difference to the buyer propor tioned to the sum determined by the same computation to the seller. Hawkes.

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The favour of the efluvia that issued from him, convinced the old Levite, and all his affiftants, that he needed no prefent purgation ; wherefore, without further anointing him, he proceeded in his office; when, by an unfortunate jerk upward of the impatient victim, he loft five times as much as ever Jew did before.

They, finding that he was too much circumcised, which, by the learitical lazu, is worse than not being circumcised at all, refused to stand to any of their contracts : wherefore they cast him forth from their fynagogue ; and he now remains a most piteous, woful, and miserable fight at the sign of the Old Testament and Dial in Fleetstreet; his wife, poor woman, is at this hour lamenting over him, wringing her hands, and tearing her hair ; for the barbarous Jews ftill keep, and expofe at Jonathan's and Garraway's, the memorial of her loss, and her hure band's indignity.

PRAY E R.

[ To Save the stamp *. ] EEP us, we beseech thee, from the hands of such

the blood of black puddings, yet thirst they vehemently after the blood of white anes. And that we may avoid such like calamities, may all good and well-disposed Christians be warned by this unhappy wretch's woful example, to abominate the hairons fin of avarice, which, sooner ar later, will draw them into the cruel clutches of Satan, Papifts, Jews, and stockjobbers. Amen.

* All forms of prayer and thanksgiving, books of devotion, &c. being excepted in the statute of 12 Anne (1712) charging pamphlets and papers contained in half a Theet with one halfpenny, and every such paper, being one whole sheet, with a stamp-duty of one penny for cvery copy. Hawkes.

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GOD's Ř E VENGE against PUNNING,

Shewing the miserable fates of persons addicted to

this crying fin, in court and town.

Anifold have been the judgments, which heaven,

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ful people, has inflicted on whole nations. For when the degeneracy becomes common, it is but juft the punishment thould be general : of this kind, in our own unfortunate country, was that deftructive pestilence, whose mortality was so fatal, as to sweep away, if Sir William Petty may be believed, five millions of Christian souls, besides women and Jews.

Such also was that dreadful conflagration ensuing, in this famous metropolis of London, which confumed, according to the computation of Sir Samuel Morland, one hundred thousand houses, not to mention churches and ftables.

Scarce had this unhappy nation recovered these funeft difafters, when the abomination of playhouses rose

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in this land : from hence hath an inundation of obscenity flowed from the court and overspread the kingdom: even infants disfigured the walls of holy temples with exorbitant representations of the members of generation ; nay, no sooner had they learned to fpell, but they had wickedness enough to write the names thereof in large capitals: an enormity observed by travellers to be found in no country-but England.

But when whoring and Popery were driven hence by the happy revolution ; ftill the nation fo greatly of fended, that Socinianism, Arianism, and Whiftonism triumphed in our streets, and were in a manner become univerfal.

And yet still, after all these visitations, it has pleased heaven to visit us with a contagion more epidemical, and of confequence more fatal : this was foretold to us, first, by that unparallelled eclipse in 1714: fecondly, by the dreadful corrufcation in the air this present year : and,

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thirdly, by the nine comets seen -at once over Soho{quare, by Mrs Katharine Wadlington, and others ; a contagion that first crept in amongst the first quality, descended to their footmen, and infused itself into their la-* dies : I mean the wofül practice of PUNNING. This

does occasion the corruption of our language, and therein E of the word of God translated into our language, which certainly every fober Christian muft tremble at.

Now, such is the enormity of this abomination, that our very nobles commit punning not only over tea, and in taverns, but

even on the Lord's day, and in the King's chapel : therefore to deter men from this evil practice, I shall give fome true and dreadful examples of God's revenge against punsters.

The Right Honourable but it is not safe to ina fert the name of an eminent nobleman in this paper, yet I will venture to say, that such a one has been seen ; which is all we can say, considering the largeness of his sleeves : this young nobleman was not only a flagitious punfter himself, but was accessory to the punning of others, by confent, by provocation, by connivance, and by defence of the evil committed ; for which the Lord mercifully spared his neck, but as a mark of reprobation wried his nose.

Ancther nobleman of great hopes, no less guilty of the same crime, was made the punisher of himself with his own hand, in the loss of five hundred pounds at box and dice ; whereby this unfortunate young gentleman incurred the heavy displeasure of his aged grandmother.

A third of no less illustrious extraction, for the same vice, was permitted to fall into the arms of a Delilah, who may one day cut off his curious hair, and deliver him up to the Philistines.

Colonel F-, an ancient gentleman of grave deportment, gave into this sin so early in his youth, that whenever his tongue endeavours to speak common sense, he hesitates so, as not to be understood.

Thomas Pickle, gentleman, for the same crime banished to Minorca,

Muley Hamet, from a healthy and hopeful officer in the army, turned a miserable invalid at Tilbury-fort.

Euftace, Esq; for the murder of much of the king's English in Ireland, is quite deprived of his reason,

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