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obeisance ; Euphorion stretched forth his hand; he feized it between his, and reverently pressed it to his lips. Their meeting was not interrupt. ed by a word, and the filence was only broken by my lord, who told Gemellus in a low voice, that his father had consented to his requests and. he had no longer cause to apprehend a separation from his friend : The honeft lawyer now could no longer repress his ecstacy, but running to Gemellus, who met his embrace with open arms, fhowered a flood of tears upon his neck, and received the tribute of gratitude and affect tion in return upon his own.
When their spirits were a little composed, Gemellus requested to see his brother; a summons was accordingly issued, and Geminus made his entrance, The contrast which this meeting exhibited, spoke in stronger terms than language can fupply the decided preference of a public and liberal fyltem of education, to the narrow maxims of private and domestic tuition. On Gemellus's part al was candour, openness and cordiality; he hoped all childish differences were forgiven; for his fhare, if he called them to remembrance, it was only to regret, that he had been so long feparated from a brother, who was naturally, so dear to him; for the remainder of their lives he persuaded himfelf they should be twins in affection, as well as in birth. On the side of Geminus there was some acting, and fome nature ; but both were specimens of the worst fort ; hypocrisy played his part but awkwardly, and naturė gave a forry sample of her performances.
A few words will suffice to wind up their histories, so far at least as they need be explained: Euphorion died soon after, this interview; Geminus inherited his fortune, and upon his very first coming to London was cajoled into a disgraceful marriage with a cast-off mistress, whom he became acquainted with ; duped by a profligate and plundered by sharpers, he made a miserable waste both of money and reputation, and in the event became a pensioner of his brother. Gemellus with great natural talents, improved by education and experience, with an excellent nature and a laudable ambition, feconded by a very powerful connection, foon rose to a distinguished fituation in the state, where he yet continues to act a conspicuous part, to the honour of his country, and with no less reputaçion to himself.
Tantum religio potuit suadere malorum.
Such cruelties religion could persuade.
REMEMBER to have read an account
in a foreign Gazette of a dreadful fire, which broke out so suddenly in a house, where a great many people were affembled, that five hundred perfons perished miserably in the flames: The compiler of this account subjoins at the foot of the above melancholy article, that it is with fatisfaction he can assure his readers, all the above persons were Jews.
Thele poor people seem the butt, at which all fects and perfuafions level their contempt: They are sojourners and aliens in every kingdom on carth, and yet few. have the hospitality to give them a welcome. I do not know any good reason why these unhappy wanderers are so treated, for they do not intrude upon the labourer or manufacturer; they do not burthen the state with their poor, and here at least they neither till the earth, nor work at any craft, but content them
selves in general to hawk about a few refuse manufactures, and buy up a few cast-off clothes, which no man mechinks would envy them the monopoly of.
It is to the honour of our nation, that we tolerate them in the exercise of their religion, for which the Inquisition would tie them to a ftake and commit them to the flames. In some parts of the world the burning of a few makes a festival for all good Christians ; it brings rain and plenty in seasons of drought and famine; it makes atonement for the sins of the people, and mitigates the wrath of an avenging Providence. Wherever they are obliged to conceal their religion, they generally overact their hypocrisy, and crowd their houses with faints and virgins, whilst crucifixes, charms and relicks are hung in numbers round their necks. The son of Jewish parents is brought up in the most rigid exercises of mortification and penance, and when the destined moment is in near approach, when the parent must impart the dreadful secret of his faith, every contrivance is put in practice to disgust and weary him with the laborious functions of their ostensible religion: When this preparatory rigour is perceived to take effect, and the age of the son is ripe for the occasion, the father takes him into the inmost chamber of
his house, faftens all the doors, surveys every avenue with the most mysterious attention, and drawing his sword with great folemnity, throws himself on his knees at his feet, and laying open his breast, invites him to thrust the point to his heart--for know, my fon, he cries, I am a Jew, as all my fathers were : Kill me therefore on the fpot, or conform to the religion of your anceffors, for you are damned as a Catholic, if, knowing what you know, you neglect to betray me! This, as I have reason to believe, is no feigned anecdote, but a true account of thofe fecreț meafures, which many Jewish families to this hour purfue for continuing the practice of their religion and securing themselves from discovery, where the consequences would be fo fatal,
Having thus, by way of prelude, briefly informed my readers what these miserable people are suffering in some countries, where they are fecretly fettled, I shall now proceed to lay before them a letter, which I have lately received from one of that persuasion, complaining of certain indignities and vexations from the humours of our coinmon people, which, although they are but trifles compared to what I have been describing, are nevertheless unbecoming the character of fo illuminated and benevolent a nation as we have the honour to belong to.