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ed in order a great number of arms. except fome person hould interrupt • I seem,' says 1, 'to be arrived upon me; in which case I thould have made peaceable ground, for these arms ap- the best apology I was able. An apopear out of uf-, by the dust upon them.' logy will generally pass, where no in “They are cleared, Sir, once in two jury is intended. years.' • Then I fuppose the two years Every man would be deemed honest. are nearly expired? --A smile was By the precautions at the bank, one the answer.

should be inclined to think every mana I passed through two or three other rogue. Perhaps there is not an inftituapartments, when

a gentleman ap- tion cor.ducted with more wisdom. proached me— Sir, it is not cultom : The time is not very remoie, when ary for any person to appear in the the commerce and the case of the king, king's coure with his hat on. 'I beg. dom were equal, except what little was pardon, Sir; I was so attentive to the transacted by barter. These iwo pile objeds before me, I forgot I had one.' lars of the state must ever aniwer each

In the grand council room I was in- other, or some remeity must be found dulged, like other children, with the lo cure the evil. Four hundred years chair of state. The chandeliers and hasmade an amazing alteration in botha girondoles were of filver ; rather hea- The cath in currency has increased to vy, and not very elegane; and though twenty times its quantity; and comthe furniture was rich, not too rich for a merce to that number multiplied by it. fovereign prince.

felf. A want of cash was the constquence; but that want is supplied by bills of exchange.

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makes up the real. As we cannot erect II king William had performed but our commercial fabric upon bullion, we one action in his whole life, ihat action make up the defect with paper.

. The was fufficient to immortalize bis name, mort subftantial is that of the bank. infirming the bank. The company, Thuir papir alone is taken without fenfible of the unparalleled merit of objeciion. Their credit is sterling. this act, erceted a ftatue to his honour The money.changers who refort to in one of the couris. No domenic re. this temple are of ewo kinds, ihule abo gulation, no treaty with foreign states, wane, and those a ho abound. has been so beneficial to trade as the The influence of the bank is not libank.

mited to trade. One of their dotes, The building is odd, low, and regu- which is value withcut weight, in the lar, but wel adap:ed to the design. It hands of a lover, would fotien the obis an edisice which appears better to the durate heart of his mistrels; would eye delineated upon paper, than upon roll the gilt chariot, and furnih fis the ground where it lands.

fooimen in livery ; preferve a grove This vivifying body, 'replete with from the axe, uhofe master was du ped fhining particles, like that in the bea- by the tharper; purchase what one lady pers, nourishes the commercial world. Wilhes to keep, and keep another from Rays of brighe infidence, collected into the town, make one man forget bis this poini, are diffused through every tiends, and another himself. I will latitude. Private banks, dispersed purchase a good benefice, and spoil a through the British vortex, like the good preacher; remove our prefent lellir orbs, thine with borrowed light wants, and open a way to greater. B. from this grand luminary.

will not, however, as Solomon says of blic credit, when thaken by poli- money, buy all things; it can not furrical violence, as in 1745, bas been nith wisdom to line the inside of a head, zestored by the bank to its bafis. nor change one grey hair without.

Ignorant of etiquette, I entered this This desirable paper, which somedepository of riches, as I had done those times lies snug in the corner of a fruffat St. James's, much inclined to pro. box, has fallen into the hands of those ceed from one apariment to another, who have despired it ; such as the wil.

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ling lady, who, having conferred all wheels, I was no more folicitous about the favours she had to confer upon a' events than the giants before me. prince of the blood, received, in return, Entering another couri, I heard part a bank note: but as the black letters of the famous trial between commodore upon its face compofed only the word Johnstone and captain Sutton. On twenty, she instantly diffolved it in a which side right lay, is uncertain ; perglass of wine, and drank it in his pre. haps on neither, or rather, on the lawfence : an injury to herself was a favour gers.'1 The jury, however, seemed conf. to the bank. A private failor, belong- cious of their own weight, and detering to a fhip which was paid off in mined to decide as seemed right in their 1782, having received his arrears, shrew own eyes. A practice worthy of imitwo ien pound bank noies into the sea, tation. near Bristol, in each of which he had I then entered a third court, where wrapped a guinea, to make it link. As lord Loughborough presided. While the the lady would not have performed her counsel were battling each other with curious exploit in public, we may pro.' keen weapons, his lord hip was attennounce it sprang from revenge. As tively perusing a newspaper. I could the sailor would not have performed not refrain from smiling, when I conhis in private, it sprang from often. fidered he was teaching the world to tation.

disregard his dark breihren of the long One of my friends had this authen- robe, by setting the example himfelf. tic-hiftory of the failor's folly from the Being master of the fubject in dispute, caplain himself; why, while they were and fixed in his judgment, perhaps he in converfation together, saw the very mighe view the combatants in the light man in the street at Briliol.

of two animals otien beheld in ihe. . " John,” lays the captain," do you street, which growl, pull each other remember making thipwreck of the down, and seemingly bite, yet meet and bank notes, and feeding the sea with

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friends. guineas?" "Yes, fir, "-half afhamed. It is curious to a stranger who is un“ Did you ever repent it?" "I have biaffed by custom, and often views things fince wanied the money." Perhaps as they are, to contemplate the various without pity.

ways of fighting, by which people become diftinguithed' with particular dresses. Some of these dresses appear

of the ludicrous kind. " I SHOULD be lost," says the strang There are fighting professions, beer, " in that vast metropolis." There fides that of a foldier, and implements is nothing more unlikely. A man of war, besides the sword. The coun. among men can scarcely be out of his sel at Guildhall seemed to take the utway. His eye is continually caught moft pleasure in cutting each other up, with something new. He ever seek with that keen weapon, the tongue. ing, and ever finds. It he hungers and The gown and the wig, like the painted thirts after curiosities, here he may be bodies of the ancient Britons, seemed filled.

designed to frike terror into the enemy, Entering Guild hall, on the left, they But under the enormous wig, now and were busy drawing the lottery, and the then appeared a natural head of hair ; crowd very attentive. The character- so that both the man and his subject iflic of the nation is gambling. I was appeared in a false dress. forry to see it encouraged by govern Each of the counsel retains in view, ment. Nothing so much deranges the as the result of victory, a fingular robe fortunes and the morals of a people. among the judges, perhaps among the However, this is, perhaps, the only peers.' Before I quit Guild-hall, 1 ihall species, where fraud' is not practiled. take a trip to the royal college of GreenAs I am not fond of hazard of any wich, and the cathedral of St. Paul, kind, oor had any increit in the both which happened the next day.

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The beautiful palace of Greenwich food at the head of the law, the other gives pleasure to the beholder. I at of arms; they had both done fignal tended to the fituation, the buildings, service to their country; that country ihe paintings, the dress, the manners, had heaped favours upon both, and get people, and was plcafed with all. I was debtor to both. considered its twenty five hundred in The practice of the bar is got fo habitants as an asemblage of men from much to open, as to complicate a cafe. every part of the British dominions. He raises his reputation' who says the That among them were eyes which had smartest things, not he who says the Surveyed every country on the globe, crueft. But lord Mansfield, like a luSeeing one man in a yellow coat with perior power, easily perceived the me red fleeves, You seem, says I, by the rits of a cause, carefully divided truth fingularity of your dress, to fill some from disguise, and never let fight of important office in these splendid re- equity, I was pleased, when I re. gions ?" No, fir," he replied, with the fedted he had lived to extreme age, bemodelig of one whose manners were cause his country had been benefited by foftened by long service, "the reason it fifty years. But I was sorry be bat of this dress is, I got drunk, and beat not fifty to live, that his country might my comrade. And so your drets, have a benefit to come. then, is the reward of your victory? The depredations made upon this You have not forgot the art of fight great man by lord George's mob, in ing. You have only changed your 1780, were as much to his bonour a weapon, from the sword to the fist, any act of his life. The public, in their But if you are in a dress of disgrace, calledive capacity, feldom do wrong; why do you not keep within ? They but a capricious mob, conducted by a oblige me, as an additional punishment, favourite madman, as feldom do right. to appear in public.” Why then you I surveyed this venerable fage more only fare like every one else; they all than three hours, during which time be appear in public, who can dress, like determined about nipe caules, and to you, in the garment of victory, my apprehenfion, as they ought. Pero

The famo day I attended divine fer- haps it is not possible to say any thing vice at St. Paul's, where the bishop of greater of a judge-han, ibat his de L-preached in a black gown and citions are right. I shall repeat one. while fleeves. Ji immediately occurred Two Jews, whose names I have forto my thoughts, whether bis lordship got, fo ihall diftinguish them by those did not acquire that diftinguished dre's, of plaintiff and defendant, were refas the result of conqueft, gained by ano- dents in London, but natives of ibe ther keen weapon, termed a pen. The same place in Germany. The latter, franger 100, would be ape to suppose being in diftreffed circumstances, apthis black and while dress inferior to plied to the plaintiff for his affiftance, that which is all white; or, that two to enable him to begin bufiness. Here, eviours, like those at Greenwich, were says the plaintiff, I will lend you this

degree below one: for a speaker, in watch, it is worth fitty fillings ; fell while, addressed the Deily, but the it, and buy something more to go on bihop only the people.

with. I then entered another court in In a few days the defendant applied Guildhall, which was crowded. I again, Sir, the watch is too triding to attempted a patrage. The bar-keeper begin with, I wish you would lend me preve need me with, “ Are you an ac more goods to sell with it, as one will torney, fir ?” Something like one. help the other. " Come, fir, I do not know them all." Here are, says the plaintiff, twelve

Here lord Mansfield fat as chief; fets of fine buckles, and four fets of on bis right was lord Rodney, as his finer, worth 181. Take them, and I friend. I could not forbear contem- will you succets. pia:ing, that I had before me iwo of In a few days more, the defendant the principal characters of the age; one applied for a third affittance. It stould

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be of great service if I had some coarset ful, in preventing litigious, obfolete, goods to sell with these, which, for and even false claims ; but he also conseady money, I could buy very cheap: fidered, that time pays no debts, that I find also, it will be dangerous to fell every juft demand should be satisfied, without a licence, and I know where and that a debt once contracted is a one is to be fold for a crile.

debt till paid. Then cake these fis guineas, says the plainviff, which will accomplish your THE WILLING LADIES. with.

The defendant took the money, and We are now entering upon the faire immediately ran away to America, part of the creation; the prospects are where he refided nineteen years. beautiful, but the ground is treacherous.

In the beginning of 1784, he returned As I profefs to relate only what I faw, to London; and was quickly discovered it may faitly be supposed I prefetve the by the injured plaintiff, who sent his fame rule in this flippery chapter; and, servant, defiring to 1peak with him. perchance, may be suspected of falling:

“The defendant replied, If your But cannot a man describe the course of master has any thing to say to me, I live a river, without defcending into the at No. 9, in fuch a place!

A reamn? Besides, he who is sheltered un' The plaintiff fent a second time, der the word fixty, máy venture himself "My master says, if you will not pay among aty defcription of the fair fez, What you owe him, he will arrest you. without hazard to ibeir reputation, of "If there is any little matter hetween his own. He may retreat without any your master and me, I am willing to additional honour to his virtue. settle it at any time.

I have already remarked in the in-' The plaintiff hearing no more of his troduction, that the curiosity of an oba townsman, served him with the copy of ject confifts in its novelty. We may a writ for 271. The defendant gave be surprised to see a man eight feet bail, which brought on the trial I high; but if we fee him every day, the heard.

surprise ceases. How often have I be. Long harangues were uttered in this held aftonishment in the face of a plain case. But ihe defendant, by ftranger, at his first view of Birmingcounsel, sheltered himtelf under there ham? such as, perhaps, was mine in Lubterfuges ; the statute of limitations ; London. His features told me, he bal the money having never been demanded never seen its equal. Hence we memo on one fide, nor acknowledged on the bets of the quill relate trifles to others, other; and if the defendant, Taid they, which are wonderful to ourselves. But allowed any little matter between them, let him view Birmingham for three when they came to reckon, the balance days, and his astonishment wears off. might be on the other side.

The philofophers will tell us, that Lord Mansfield, in a small diftinct one half of our fpecies were born for voice, obferved, a balance was not like the other, and that human nature is ly to esilt on the other side, because it every where nearly the fame. This appeared from the trial, that this was fpecies, however, differs widely from the only transaction of property be- habie in different places. The manner tween them. That the plainuff could in which the iwo fexes approached each not cally demand his money, while the other in London, surprited me, as being other resided in America. That bis different from whai I had ever obacknowledging there might be some served. little maiter between them, was

Before I had been one hour there, a knowledging the debt, by which the genileman remarked,

two ladies ftatute of limitations was done away. were palling along. “They were girls

Though his lord ship ilid not express of the town.” I replied, You must himself upon this li acute, it was ealy to be mistaken, they appea: ladies of lec he couldered it as cztremely use. beauty, elegance, and modely." I

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could have laughed at his ignorance. A female should ever appear in a fe But before I had been one day, he had male character. Charms" tendered in reason, I found, to laugh at mine. the vulgar ftile, ceale to be charms

These transitory meteors rise, like We should not see, but guess. the stars, in the evening; are nearly as

(To be continued.) numerous; and, like them, shine in their only suit. They hawk their charms to

Masonry. a crowded market, where the purchasers are few.—Many attempts are made An Address to the Brethren of St. John's for one customer gained. They cling Lodge, No. 534 Larcafie. Diliver. 10 vnes arms like the Lilliputian thips ed at their commem ration of the Fej

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tival of St. John, Dec. 28, 1795. By Some of the finest women I saw in the Rev. James Wulfon. London were of this class. I converfed with many of them. They could all On quitting the chair at the period Most of them assured me, they had not exprefling my fincerest thanks to you, a penny in the world. I considered my worthy and relpecied BRETHAUS, them as objects of pity more than of for your kind attention to all my repunishment; and would gladly have commendations ; your ready obedience given a trifle to each, but found it could to all my official directions; and

your not be done for less than ten thousand candid indulgence to all my humble

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but well-meant, endeavours to proOfåll professions, this seems the moft more the prosperity and happiness of deplorable, and the most industrioully this now flourishing Lodge." I'canzot pursued. That diligence is exerciled fufficiently applaud your temperance to ftarve in this, which would enable and regularity, both in and after Lodge them to live in another.

hours; than which nothing teads mort Many causes tend to furnish the to the credit of our a fociations in the freets of London with evening game; eyes of a cenforious world. The rapid as, being deltitute of protection in early progrefs also made by several of our years; being trepanned by the artful of noviciate brothers demands my warmour fex, or the inore ariful of their eft approbation; and their example own; accidental ditiress, without proso will, I hope, fimulate others to a

fimi. pect of relief; disappointment of plac- lar application. Suffer me moreover es, or of love. But the principal cause to express the satisfaction I feel; in is idleness. To the generality of the surrendering the distinguished office world, eafe is preferable to labour. you honoured me with into the hands Perhaps it is difficult to produce an in- of the CHIEF MAGISTRATE of this anftance of a girl, of an industrious turn, cient and opulent borough ; a man going upon the town. It is feldom an whose integrity of principle, and whole act of choice, but of necesiry. Iucli- laudable zeal and activity in every un ration feems no part of the excitement. dertaking, I have learned to This is much the same as in the reit of and admire from long friendship, and women. It is not the man they want, even domellic intimacy. but the money. They suffer what they As at my entrance upon this Station, do not relish, 10 procure the bread they I obtruded a few masonic obfervations do. In the connexions between the upon your attention; fo your kind is: sexes, the heart is not of the party. dulgence then has emboldened Their language, like that of the leech, treipass upon your patience with a fer is, give : "and like it, they squander more, upon my quitting it

, although their profits and become leán.' Their they may have been already difcuffed price is various, but always a little by much abler brethren. more than they can gel.

The three degrees into which Ma There is a small degree of delicacy sonry is divided, feems to have an ob sequifite even in the most abandoned. vicus and api coincidence with the phrat

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