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concluded that the most expeditious way of becoming wealthy, would be by going into the service of the Eaft- India Company; which, after consulting with Mis. Egerton, and baving changed reiterated promises of fidelity, I resolved to do.
My family connections, and the money I could command to begin with; gave me the means of going out in a moft refpectable light ; and I embarked, though with an aching heart, not without hopes of returning to enjoy the fruits of my induttry and love.
I was abrcat about three years, during which time I gained a considerable fund of worldly knowledge, and an infight into the ways, motives, and manners of men. The facts were fome of them not very much to their honour, but they taught me to think more confiftently. I do not mean by this to censure the men of the world universally : there are many, within inv own knowledge, of the strictest probity ; but there, I have obferved, never, unless by fome accident, become suddenly rich. For my own part, I made but moderate advances ; and this flow progress, with the letters I received from Mrs. Egerton, and the continual anxiety of fo long an absence, made me resolve to return. · When I arrived in England, I found I had a legacy left me by a relation. This, added to my little flock, made, in the whole, almost eleven thousand pounds; for I had been as ftri& an ceconomist, while in India, as the natural warmth of my ten. per would permit me to be: but there are weak, indoieni, and unfortunate men in all places, that must ever be a tax on the more industrious and successful, who have some pity, fome ge. nerofity, and no excessive degree of selfishness : among which number I hope I shall always remain ; for though it is incumbent on every man to be prudent and assiduous, yet, while I feel 1 have many weaknesses myself, I trust I shall always have phi. lanthropy enough to look with an eye of pity on those of others, though I neither with to encourage their's nor my owa. .
. (To be continued.)
Some REMARKS on the PLAGUE, In a Letter from a
Gentleman at EDINBURCH. T HE fickness that lately appeared at Edinburgh, on board
one of the corn vessels that were permitted to difpente with the quarantine, hath spread some alarm antongtt chufe who are not well acquainted with pettilential disorders; and hath given rise to some reflections on the magistracy, as if they had
wantonly endangered the health of the public. But nothing can be more foreign to truth; the lord provost having acted with much pradence, in his laudable attention to the public good; and however necessary a relaxation of the strictness of quarantine was, to prevent a want of bread in this city, he did. not apply to the privy council for such relaxation 'till he had had the opioions of two eminent phyficians, and the approba. tion of the town council, and many gentlemen of the law. Nay, we are assured that his lordship did not fail to carry every information that could be procured on the subject. Haviog been informed there was a gentleman of the faculty, then in Edinburgh, who was intimately experienced in the plague, the lord provost fent to him, and asked his opinion; which being given, his lordthip desired it might be reduced to writing, which was done in the following words:
" The Right Hon. John Grieve, lord provost of the city of F.dinburgh, having desired in writing the particulars of the opinion of , concerning the communication of the plague, the following account is laid before his lordship :
“ The said having served as surgeon's mate, and fur. geon in the royal navy, from 1745 to 1763 ; and having been lome years in the Mediterranean and the Levant, and having been at Conftantinople during five weeks of a plague, and ata tended many peftiferous persons, hath had thereby many opportunities of knowing the nature and progress of that disease, the methods of guarding against it, and of examining suspected fhips," as used by the practic masters, and in the lazarettos of Leghorn, Venice, and other places; from all which he hath had good grounds for forming an opinion.
“That the plague is a contagious and speedily mortal difcase, arising from a peculiar species of animalcula,' of rapid multiplication, which foar in the air, and are inhaled with the breath ; more especially when within the atmosphere of pestiferous persons.
" That the peftilential animalcula not only lodge themselves, bue deposit their eggs, in all soft and highly porous substances, chiefly in wool and woollen manufactures, raw silk, cotton, fax, and hemp, with all goods made of them, (except linen cloth,) and may be thereby conveyed to great distances, and remain inactive, 'till heat, or other concurring circumstances, so hatch and vivify them; and then they spread the infection. ;
" That grain, iron, and wood, not affording a fit nidus for those animalcula and their eggs, cannot convey the infection.
" That wlaen any fhips, together with safe commodities, have allo on board suspected goods, chcn (if the perions on board
have been in full health during the voyage) the safe commodities may be taken out, and those which are suspected placed in a lazaretto to be opened, aired, and properly fumigated, for four. teen days ; after which time (if the persons belonging to the lazaretto remain in health) they may be safely landed.
“ That when thips are laden only with safe commodities, they may be carefully examined by a practic master, who is properly acquainted with the mode of examination, (along-fide, not in the ship,) and uses fit precautions, then it is the custom of the Levant to admit such to practic. ..
“ That ships coming from suspected places, having clean bills of health, may be admitted to practic directly ; and when they come without any bill of health from places wherein no ipfec. tion hath appeared, there can be no reason to refuse them to practic.
" However, it would be yet prudent that the blankets, rugs, and bedding of the crew, with any cotton shirts, trowsers, or handkerchiefs, be aired and fumigated in some lazaretto, before they are admitted on fhore."
A fingular Instance of what MIRACLES RELIGIOUS * AFFECTATION and IMPUDENCE will effea.
To the P R IN T E R.
Spa, May 9, 1783. COME time since there came to this village, in the full fea.
fon, his royal highness prince Justinian, with his princess, and the young prince their son, about twenty-two years of age. His highness wore on his coat the sun and two stars, finely embroidered, and shewed a printed book of his pedigree, from the emperor Juftinian down to his own precious person, and that of his son. The princess, too, is the daughter of some crruar bead.
They came into this village in a miserable chaise ; por did their baggage, trunk, and all they had, weigh above afry pounds : they put up at the best inn, ordered expensive dinners, and the best wines, without making, as is customary on the code tinent, any agreement ; invited people to dine, played at cards, and wetted bis thumb on his lips, when bis bigbness dealt ; yet it was-wbo pould visil, dine, and be acquainted with the prince fuftinian? At ten o'clock every morning the curtains were let down, while the two princes and their royal household were a
prayers, which continued for a full hour. At church, or when the host went by, nothing was to be seen but the whites of their eyes ; and, would you believe it, Mr. Printer, without money to pay for a poft letter, (for his highness's letters of credit were not arrived, they lived here in a most expensive manner for eleven months, and went away openly, in broad day-light, under the eyes and noses of the gaping inhabitants and creditors of a poor distressed village, (for such this is,) without the least interruption. They then took up their abode at Liege, where the young prince fell desperately in love with a lady of one of the first families in the principality ; and though her mother was told they were impostors, yet the piety of these people on one hand, and title on the other, carried it. The young prince married the now young princess, and, after the marriage, the prince's father got himself made a citizen of a small neighbouring republic : but the bishop of Liege, who knew all along what their highnesses' real rank was, turned them out of his principality. His highness was therefore obliged to retire to his own little republic, where he is now carrying on a prosecution against the bishop of Liege, for degrading him.
I should have observed, that Justinian wrote a congratulatory letter to the king of Prussia on New-Year's-Day, to which he received a polite answer ; with that letter, and his affected fimplicity, (though at bottom a shrewd clever fellow,) this valet de chambre, and the princess, (who was a cook in Italy, and whose natural son, the prince, is by her master,) have worked miracles,
X WANDERER. P. S. Prince Juftinian's manner of dealing at cards, pats me in mind of a fellow who calls himself a gentleman, and who now lives at Bath. This gentleman had got a circle of Bath beaux about him, and was observing how wrong it was in the master of the ceremonies to admit such low under-bred people into the pablic rooms, as were daily to be seen there, and then (elevating his elbow) put his nose between his , fore and middle finger, squeezed out the contents, and wiped it on his coat, and added, Low dogs, quite unacquainted with the manners or address of people of fashion.
EXTRAORDINARY ANECDOTE of an ENGLISH SAILOR.
I the principal doctrines of the religion of the Bramins. To this opinion an English failor was indebted for his life, which
the Indian's, on the Malabar coatt, were about to take away, Being out a shooting one day, and unacquainted with the my. thology of the country, he killed a bird, which those people sank among their gods of the first class. An Indian faw him, and accused him of deicide. The inhabitants of the neigh.bouring villages immediately affembled, seized the facrilegious European, and condemned him to death. He had not che least hopes of escaping his fentence, as the enraged Indians seemed fully determined to avenge their god ; when a Jew, who by chance had heard of the Englithman's misfortune, prefled thro' the croud, and pretended to proftrate himself on the earth, in order to pray. He said to the prifoner, "You have only one way left to escape death; try it, and say to chefe people, - My father died some time ago; his body was thrown imo che fea, and his soul passed into the body of a fish. As I was walking on the sea-shore, the fish, my father, appeared on the surface the water. At this instant, the bird that I killed darted at him, with an intention to devour him before my eyes.-Could I fater this I fhot him, only to prevent his murdering my father."
The Englishman repeated the above speech to che Indian, They were satisfied with this justification, and quietly suffered him to go about his bofiness.
ANECDOTE of MR. FOOTE. THAT celebrated wit, being in company, in one of tis
1 rural excursions, with some gentlemen who supposed hia ignorant of their acquaintance with his name, they were in. clined to jest with him. For this purpose, one of them took oc. casion to animadvert on the great variety of surnames, the start·ness, insignificancy, and whimsicality of some, and the length, . fullness, and dignity of others ; and then proposed, that as the company were unacquainted with each other's names, each fhould disclose his own, and he who owned the thorteit and most insignificant, should discharge the reckoning. The humourit, aware that they knew him, and consequently apprized of the intended trick, agreed to the proposal ; but upon lele conditions: Their names Mould be written, in the same fized hand, by the waiter, who was to be a stranger to the business, and he wbole appellation measured the least, to be the lorer, while the loogett should entitle its owner to partake of a handsome fupper at the joint expence of the rest. This being premised, the waiter was Tummoned, their several names committed to paper, and ma. fured, when one appeared to be an iach, one an inch and a brali.