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bloody and cruel than men ; their advice is always not to spare if we are pursued; they get drunk with us, and are common to us all; and yet, if they can get any thing by it, are sure to be our betrayers.
Now, as I am a dying man, something I have done which may be of good use to the publick. I have left with an honest man (and indeed the only honeft inan I was ever acquainted with) the names of all my wicked hrethren, the present places of their abode, with a fhort account of the chief crimes they have committed; in many of which I have been their accomplice, and heard the rest from their own mouths ; I have likewise set down the names of those we call our fetters, of the wicked houses we frequent, and of those who receive and buy our stolen goods. I have folemnly charged this lonelt man, and have received his promise upon oath, that whenever he hears of any rogue, to be tried for robbing, or house-breaking, he will look into his lift, and, if he finds the name there of the thief concerned, to send the whole paper to the government. Of this I here give my companions fair and publick warning, and hope they will take it. In the
paper abovementioned, which I left with my friend, I have also set down the names of several gentlemen who have been robbed in Dublin streets for three years pait : I have told the circumstances of those robberits; and shewn plainly that nothing but the want of common courage was the cause of
their misfortune. I have therefore defired my friend, that, whenever any gentleman happens, to be robbed in the streets, he will get that relation printed and published with the first letters of those gentlemen's names, who, by their own want of bravery, are likely to be the cause of all the mischief of that kind, which may happen for the future.
I cannot leave the world without a short description of that kind of life, which I have led for some years past; and is exactly the fame with the rest of our wicked brethren,
Although we are generally fo corrupted from our childhood, as to have no sense of goodness : yet something heavy always hangs upon us, I know not what it is, that we are never easy till we are half drunk among our whores and companions; nor sleep sound, unless we drink longer than we can stand. If we go abroad in the day, a wise man would easily find us to be rogues by our faces, we have such a suspicious, fearful, and constrain. ed.countenance; often turning back, and flinking through narrow lanes and alleys. I have never failed of knowing a brother thief by his looks, though I never faw him before. Every man among us keeps his particular whore, who is, however, common to us all, when we have a mind to change. When we have got a booty, if it be in money, we divide it equally among our companions, and foon squander it away on our vices, in those houses that receive us, for the master and mistress, and the very tapster, go snacks; and
besides make us pay triple reckonings. If our plunder be plate, watches, rings, snuffboxes, and the like; we have customers in all quarters of the town to take them off. I have seen a tánkard worth fifteen pounds sold, to a fellow in street, for twenty thillings; and a gold watch for thirty. I have set down his name, and that of several others in the paper already mentioned. We have setters watching in corners, and by dead walls, to give us notice when a gentleman goes by; especially if he be any thing in drink. I believe in my confcience, that, if an account were made of a thousand pounds in ftolen goods, considering the low rates we fell thein at, the bribes we must give for concealment, the extortions of ale house reckonings, and other necessary charges, there would not remain fifty pounds clear to be divided among the robbers. And out of this we must find cloaths for our whores, besides treating them from morning to night; who in requital reward us with nothing but treachery and the pox. For when our money is gone, they are every moment threatning to inform against us, if we will not go out and look for more.
If any thing in this world be like hell, as I have heard it described by our clergy, the truest picture of it must be in the back room of one of our ale-houses at midnight; where a crew of robbers and their whores are met together after a booty, and are beginning to grow drunk; from which
time, until they are past their senses, is such a continued horrible noise of cursing, blafphemy, lewdness, fcurrility, and brutish behaviour, such roaring and confusion, such a clutter of mugs and pots at each other's heads; that Bedlam, in comparison, is a sober and orderly place. At last, they all tumble from their stools and benches, and sleep away the rest of the night; and generally the lanillord or his wife, or some other whore, who has a stronger head than the rest, picks their pockets before they wake. The misfortune is, that we can never be easy till we are drunk ; and our drunkenness constantly exposes us to be more easily betrayed and taken.
This is a short picture of the life I have led; which is more miferable than that of the poorest labourer who works for four pence a day; and yet custom is so strong, that I am confident, if I could make my escape at the foot of the gallows, I should be following the same course this very evening. So that, upon the whole, we ought to be looked upon as the common enemies of mankind i whose interest it is to root us out like wolves and other mischievous vermin, against which no fair play is required.
If I have done service to men in what I have said, I Mall hope I have done service to God; and that will be better than a filly fpeech made for me, full of whining and canting, which I utterly despise, and have