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dream of going to London, and our journey as certainly succeeded; I remember upon our arrival there the first year after our marriage, she dreamt of a new coach, and at the same time put the servants in new liveries, the colours and pattern of which were circumstantially revealed to her in fleep: fonetimes, (dear creature !) the dreamt of winning large sums at cards, but I am apt to think those dreams were of the fort, which should have been interpreted by their contraries : she was not a little fond of running after conjurors and deaf and dumb fortune tellers, who dealt in figures and cast nativities, and when we were in the country my barns and outhouses were haunted with gypfies and vagabonds, who made fad havoc with our pigs and poultry: of ghosts and evil spirits she had fuch terror, that I was fain to keep a chaplain in my house to exorcise the chambers, and when business called me from home, the good man condescended so far to her fears, as to sleep in a little closet within her call in cafe she was troubled in the night ; and I must say this for my friend, that if there is any trust to be put in flesh and blood, he was a match for the best spirit that ever walked : she had all the sensibility in life towards omens and prognostics, and though I guarded every motion
and action, that mighty give any possible alarm to her, yet my unhappy awkwardnesses were always boding ill luck, and I had the grief of heart to hear her declare in her last moments, that a capital oversight I had been guilty of in handing to her a candle with an enormous winding-sheet appending to it was the immediate occasion of her death and my irreparable milfortune.
My second wife I married in meré charity and compaffion, because a young fellow, whom the was engaged to, had played her a base trick-by scandalously breaking off the match, when the wedding clothes were bought, the day appointed for the wedding and myself invited to it. Such transactions ever appeared shocking to me, and therefore to make up her loss to her as well as I was able, I put myself to extraordinary charges for providing her with everỳ thing handsome upon our marriage : she was a fine woman, loved fhew and was particularly fond of displaying here? self in public places, where she had an opportunity of meeting and mortifying the young man, who had behaved so ill to her : she took this revenge against him so often, that one day to my great surprize I discovered that she had eloped from me and fairly gone off with him. There was
something so unhandsome, as I thought, in this proceeding, that I should probably have taken legal measures for redress, as in like cafes other husbands have done, had I not been diverted from my purpose by a very civil note from the gentleman himself, wherein he says " That “ being a younger son of little or no fortune, " he hopes I am too much of a gentleman to " think of resorting to the vexatious measures “ of the law for revenging myself upon him; « and, as a proof of his readiness to make me « all the reparation in his power in an honour« able way, he begs leave to inform me, that he u thall most respectfully attend upon me with " either sword or piftols, or with both, when« ever I shall be pleased to lay my commands
upon him for a meeting, and appoint the hour and place."
After such atonement on the part. of the offen. der, I could no longer harbour any thoughts of a divorce, especially as my younger brother the parson has heirs to continue the family, and seems to think so entirely with me in the bufiness, that I have determined to drop it alto, gether, and give the parties no further moleftation; for, as my brother very properly observes, it is the part of a christian to forget and to for
give; and in truth I see no reason why I should disturb them in their enjoyments, or return evil for good to an obliging gentleman, who has taken a talk of trouble off my hands, and set me at my ease for the rest of my days; in which tranquil and contented state of mind, as becomes a man, whose inheritance is philanthropy, and whose mother's milk hath been the milk of human kindness, I remain in all brotherly, charity and good will, Your's and the world's friend,
Λυπάντα τον πλησιόν, ράδιον αυτόν άλυπον είναι.
« He, who another's peace annoys,
TO THE OBSERVER.
S I have lived long enough to repent of a
many offences, not the less irksome to my pre
fent feelings for the secrecy, with which I contrived to execute them, and as these can now be no otherwise atoned for than by a frank confession, I have resolved upon this mode of addressing myself to you. Few people chufe to display their own characters to the world in such colours as I shall give to mine, but as I have mangled so many reputations in my time without mercy, I fhould be the meanest of mankind if I fpared my own; and being now about to speak of a person, whom no man loves, I may give vent to an acrimony, at which no man can take offence. If I have been troublesome to others, I am no less uncomfortable to myself, and amidst vexations without number the greatest of all is, that there is not one, which does not originate from myself.
I entered upon life with many advantages natural and acquired; I am indebted to my parents for a liberal education, and to nature for no contemptible share of talents: my propensities were not such as betrayed me into diffipation and extravagance: my mind was habitually of a studious cast; I had a passion for books, and began to collect them at an early period of my life : to them I devoted the greatest portion of my time, and had my vanity been of a sort to be