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'.“ He was one evening fitting thus at his supper, when the landlord of a little inn in the village came into the parlour with an empty phial in his hand, to beg a glass or two of fack; 'tis for a poor gentleman, I think, of the army, said the landlord, who has been taken ill at my house four days ago, and has never held up his head fince, or had a desire to taste any thing, till juft now, that he has a fancy for a glass of fack and a thin toast, I'think, says he, taking his hand from his forehead, it would comfort me.
, " If I could neither beg, borrow, or buy such a a thing,-added the landlord, I would almost steal it for the poor gentleman, he is so ill. I hope in God he will Itill mend, continued he, we are all of us concerned for him.. . · « Thou art a good-natured soul, I will answer for thee, cried my uncle Toby; and thou shalt drink the poor gentleman's health in a glass of fack thyself,--and take a couple of bottles with my service, and tell him he is heartily welcome to them, and to a dozen more if they will do him good.
“ Though I am persuaded, said my uncle Toby, as the landlord shut the door, he is a very compassionate fellowTrim,- yet I cannot help entertaining a high'opinion of his guest too; 'there must be something more than common in him, that in so short a time should win so much upon the affections of his hoft;---And of his whole family, added the corporal, for they are all concerned for him. Step after him, said my uncle Toby,- -do Trim, and ask if he knows his name? “
I have quite forgot, truly, said the landlord, coming back into the parlour with the corporal,--but I can ask his son again. Has he a son with him then ? said my uncle Toby. – A boy, replied the landlord, of about eleven or twelve years of age; - but the poor creature has tafted almost as little as his father ; he does nothing but mourn and lament for him night and day :-he has not stirred from the bed-side these two days. ..“ My uncle Toby laid down his knife and fork, and thrust his plate from before him, as the landlord gave him the account; and Trim, without being ordered, took away without laying one word, and in a few minutes after brought him. his pipe and tobacco. Rev. Jan. 1762.
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.“ - Stay in the room a little, said my uncle Toby.
“ Trim! said my uncle Toby, after he lighted his pipe, and smoaked about a dozen whiffs. Trim came in frunt of his master and made his bow ;- my uncle Toby smoaked on, and said no more.... Corporal! said my uncle Toby the corporal made his bow. My uncle Toby proceeded no farther, but finished his pipe. i : « Trim! said my uncle Toby, I have a project in my head, as it is a bad night, of wrapping myself up warm in my roquelaure, and paying a visit to this poor gentleman.-- Your honour's roquelaure, replied the corporal, has not once been had on fince the night before your honour received your wound, when we mounted guard in the trenches before the gate of St. Nicholas; and besides, it is so cold and rainy a night, that what with the roquelaure, and what with the weather, 'twill be enough to give your honour your death, and bring on your honour's torment in your groin. I fear so, replied my uncle Toby ; but I am not at rest in my mind, Trim, since the account the landlord has given me. I wish I had not known so much of this affair, — added my uncle Toby, or that I had known more of it. How fhail we manage it ? Leave it, an't please your honour, to me, quoth the corporal ;-I'll take my hat and stick, and go to the house and reconnoitre, and act accordingly; and I will bring your honour a full account in an hour.- Thou fhalt go, Trim, said my uncle Toby, and here's a shilling for thee to drink with his servant.-- I shall get it all out of him, said the corporal, fhutting the door.
" My uncle Toby filled his second pipe; and had it not been, that he now and then wardered from his point, with considering whether it was not full as well to have the curtain of the tennaile a straight line, as a crooked one, he might be said to have thought of nothing else but poor Le Fever and his boy the whole time he fmoaked it.
“ It was not till my uncle Toby had knocked the ashes out of his third pipe, that corporal Trim returned from the inn, and gave him the following account.
". I despaired at first, said the corporal, of being able to bring back your honour any kind of intelligence concerning the poor fick lieutenant. Is he in the army then ? said my uncle Toby. He is, said the corporal. And in what regiment? said my uncle Toby. I'll tell your honour, replied the corporal, every thing straight forwards, as I-learnt it. Then, Trim, I'll fill another pipe, said my uncle Toby, and not interrupt thee till thou hast done; 15 sit down at thy ease, Trim, in the window seat, and begin thy story again. The corporal made his old bow, which generally spoke as plain as a bow could speak it ---Your honour is good. And having done that, he sat down as he was ordered,—and begun the story to my uncle Toby over again in pretty near the same words. .
“ I despaired at first, said the corporal, of being able to bring back any intelligence to your honour, about the lieutenant and his son ; for when I asked where his servant was, from whom I made myself sure of knowing every thing which was proper to be asked, “ That's a right diitinction, Trim, said my uncle Toby I was answered, an' please your honour, that he had no servant with him ;-that he had come to the inn with hired horses, which, upon finding himself unable to proceed, (to join, I suppole, the regiment) he had dismissed the morning after he came.--If I get better, my dear, said he, as he gave his purse to his son to pay the man, -we can hire horses from hence. But alas! the poor gentleman will never get from hence, said the landlady to me, for I heard the death-watch'all night long; - and when he dies, the youth, his son, will certainly die with him ; for he is broken-hearted already.
“I was hearing this account, continued the corporal, when the youth came into the kitchen, to order the thin toast the · landlord spoke of ;- but I will do it for my father myself, said the youth. Pray let me fave you the trouble, young gentleman, said I, taking up a fork' for the purpose, and offering him my chair to sit down upon by the fire, whilft I did it. I believe, Sir, said he, very modestly, I can please him best myself. I am sure, said I, his honour will not like the toast the worse for being toasted by an old soldier. The youth took hold of my hand, and instantly burit into tears.-- Poor youth ! said my uncle Toby,—he has been bred up from an infant in the army, and the name of a soldier, Trim, founded in his ears like the name of a friend ;
I wish I had him here. “ I never in the longest march, said the corporal, had so great a mind to my dinner, as I had to cry with him for company : — what could be the matter with me, an' please your honour ? Nothing in the world, Trim, said my uncle Toby, blowing his nose, - but that thou art a good-natured
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« When I gave him the toast, continued the corporal, I. thought it was proper to tell him I was Captain Shandy's fervant, and that your honour (though a stranger) was extremely concerned for his father; and that if there was any thing in your house or cellar (And thou might'st have added my purse too, faid my uncle Toby) he was heartily welcome to it: - he made a very low bow, (which was meant to your honour) but no answer,- for his heart was full--lo he went up ftairs with the toast. I warrant you, my dear, said I, as I opened the kitchen door, your father will be well again. -Mr. Yorick's curate was smoaking a pipe by the kitchen fire, ---but said not a word good or bad to comfort the youth.--I thought it wrong, added the corporal.- I think so too, said my uncle Toby.
" When the lieutenant had taken his glass of fack and toast, he felt himself a little revived, and sent down into the kitchen, to let me know, that in about ten minutes he should be glad if I would step up stairs.--I believe, said the landlord, he is going to say his prayers,—for there was a book laid upon the chair by his bed fide, and as I shut the door, I saw his son take up a cushion.
.“ I thought, said the curate, that you gentlemen of the army, Mr. Trim, never said your prayers at all.-I heard the poor gentleman fay his prayers last night, said the landlady, very devoutly, and with my own ears, or I could not have believed it. Are you sure of it ? replied the curate. A foldier, an' please your reverence, said I, prays as often (of his own accord) as a parson ;-and when he is fighting for his king, and for his own life, and for his honour too, he has the most reafon to pray to God, of any one in the whole world- 'Twas well said of thee, Trim, said my uncle Toby.
But when a soldier, said I, an' please your reverence, has been standing for twelve hours together in the trenches, up to his knces in cold water,—or engaged, said I, for months together in long and dangerous marches ;-harrassed, perhaps, in his rear to-day ;harrassing others to-morrow;-detached here; --countermanded there ;-resting this night out upon his arms ;-beat up in his shirt the next ;-benumbed in his joints; perhaps without straw in his tent to kneel on ;-muft say his prayers how and when he can. I believe, said I, for I was piqued, quoth the corporal, for the reputation of the army, I believe, an' please your reverence, said I, that when a soldier gets time to pray, he prays as heartily as a parfon,-though not with all his fuss and hypocrisy.-Thou
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fhould'st not have said that, Trim, said my uncle Toby,- for God only knows who is a hypocrite, and who is not :-at the great and general review of us all, corporal, at the day of judgment, (and not till then)-it will be seen who has done their duties in this world,-and who has not; and we Thall be advanced, Trim, accordingly. I hope we shall, said Trim.--It is in the Scripture, said my uncle Toby, and I will shew it thee to-morrow:--in the mean time we may depend upon it, Trim, for our comfort, said my uncle Toby, that God Almighty is so good and just a governor of the world, that if we have but done our duties in it, it wilt never be enquired into whether we have done them in a red coat or a black one. I hope not, said the corporal But go on, Trim, said my uncle Taby, with thy story.
" When I went up, continued the corporal, into the lieutenant's room, which I did not do till the expiration of the ten minutes, -he was lying in his bed with his head raised upon his hand, with his elbow upon the pillow, and a clean white pillow, and a clean white cambrick handkerchief beside it. The youth was just stooping down to take up the cushion, upon which I supposed he had been kneeling,—the book was laid upon the bed, and as he rose, in taking up the cushion with one hand, he reached out his other to take it away at the same time. -Let it remain there, my dear, faid the lieutenant.
- He did not offer to speak to me, till I had walked up close to his bed side. If you are Captain Shandy's servant, said he, you must present my thanks to your master, with my little boy's thanks along with them, for his courtesy to me ;-if he was of Levens's, - said the lieutenant, -I told him your honour was. Then, said he, I served three campaigns with him in Flanders, and remember him,-but 'tis most likely, as I had not the honour of any acquaintance with him, that he knows nothing of me. You will tell him, however, that the person his good nature has laid under obligations to him, is one Le Feuer, a lieutenant in Angus's - but he knows me not, said he, a second time, musing ;-~possibly he may my story-added he-pray tell the captain, I was the ensign at Breda, whose wife was moit unfortunately killed with a musket-shot, as ine lay in my arms in my tent.
I remember the story, an't pleale yout honour, said I, very well. - Do you so? said he, wiping his eyes with his handkerchief, - then well may I.-In saying this, he drew a little ring out of his bosom, which seemed