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contempt I could give it both by accent and action. At the conclusion of the essay my uncle Antony shut the book and demanded what I thought of the author_" Hang him," I exclaimed, “ poor, Grub-ftreet Garreteer ; the “ fellow is too contemptible for your notice ; « he can neither write, nor reason; he is a mere u ignoramus, and does not know the commoneft “ rules of logic: he has no feature of a critic « about him, but the malice of one:"-" Hold

your tongue,” cried Antony, no longer able to contain himself, “you are a booby; I will u maintain it to be as fine an essay as ever was “ written."-With these words he snatched up the magazine and departed : I saw no more of him that night, and early next morning was presented by a servant with the following billet « The Grub-ftreet Garreteer finds himself no “ longer fit company for the fagacious Mr. " William Simper; therefore desires him without u loss of time to seek out better fociety than u that of a mere ignoramus, who does not know the

rules of logic; one rule however he * makes bold to lay down, which is, Never again " to see the face of an impertinent upstart, called « William Simper, whilst he remains on this Hearth.” A. S,

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by my unlucky mistake between the hen and her egg, my case would have been desperate, but that I had yet one string left to my bow, and this was my aunt Mrs. Susanna Simper, who lived within a few miles of my uncle, but in such declared hoftility, that I promised myself a favorable reception, if I could but flatter her animosity with a sufficient portion of invective; and for this I deemed myself very tolerably qualified, having so much good-will towards the business, and no light inducements to spur me to it.

My aunt, who was an aged maiden, and a valetudinarian, was at my arrival closeted with her apothecary: upon his departure I was admitteil to my audience, in which I acquitted mylelf with all the address I was master of: my aunt heard my story through without interrupting me by a single word; at last, fixing her eyes upon mc, she said, “ 'Tis very well, child ; you

« have said enough; your uncle's character I « perfectly understand; look well to your own, “ for upon that will depend the terms you and I “ shall be upon.”-She now took up a phial from the table and surveying it for some time, said to me." Here is a noftrum recommended “ by my apothecary, that promises great things, “ but perhaps contains none of the wondrous

properties it professes to have : the label says 6 it is a carminative, fedative mixture; in « other words, it will expel vapours and spasmsy

and quiet the mind and spirits : Do you “ think it will make good what it promises ?"So whimsical a question put to me at such a moment confounded me not a little, and I only murmured out in reply, that I hoped it would 66 Take it then," said my aunt, “ as you have 6 faith in it; swallow it yourself, and when I see

how it operates with you, I may have more o confidence in it on my own account."--I was now in a more awkward dilemma than ever, fer she had emptied the dose into a cup, and ten. dered it to me in so peremptory a manner, that, not knowing how to excuse myself, and being naturally fubmiffive, I filently took the cup with a trembling hand, and swallowed its abominable contents. VOL, Y.

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* Much good may it do you, child," cried she, you have done more for me than I " would for any doctor in the kingdom : " Don't you find it nauseous to the palate ?" I confelt that it was very nauseous. And did

you think yourself in need of such a medi“ cine?"-"1 did not perceive that I was." « Then you did not swallow it by your own « choice, but my desire!"-I had no hesitation in acknowledging that. - " Upon my word, « child,” she replied, “ you have a very accom“ modating way with you.” I was now fighting with the curled drug, and had all the dilliculty in life to keep it where it was. My aunt saw my distrek, and smiling at it demanded if I was not fick: I confelt I was rather discomposed in my Aomach with the draught.-" I don't doubt it," the replied ; “ but as you have so civilly made “ yourself fick for my lake, cannot you Aatter « me so far as to be well, when I request it?". I was just then struggling to keep the nausca down, and though I could not answer, put the best face upon the matter in my power.

A maid-Servant came in upon my aunt's ringing her bell.." Betty," said the, “take

away these things g. this doctor will poison us u with his dofcs."-"Foh !" cricd the wench,

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how it smells !” « Nay, but only put your lips « to the cup,” faid the mistress, « there is « enough left for you to taste it."-" I taste it! ** I'll not touch it, I want none of his nafty phy« fic.” “Well, but though you don't want it,” rejoined the mistress, “ taste it nevertheless, if it

be only to Aatter my humour.”--« Excuse “ me, madam,” replied Betty, “I'll not make « myself fick to flatter any body.”-“Humph !» eried my aunt, “how this wench's want of man“ ners must have shocked you, nephew William! . " you swallowed the whole dose at a word, she,

though my servånt, at my repeated command * would not touch it with her lips; but these s low-bred ereatúrès have a will of their own.”

There was something in iny aunt's manner I did not understand; she puzzled me, and I thought it best to keep myself on the reserve, and wait the further developement of her humour in filence.

We went down to supper; it was elegantly ferved, and my aunt particularly recommended two or three dishes to me; her hofpitality embartaffed me not a little, for my stomach was by na means reconciled ; yet I felt myself bound in

good manners to eat of her dishes and com. . mend their cookery; this I did, though forely

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