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animal in the ereation, and surpassed by none.
Sir, yours, &c. &c.
I HAVE broke open my letter to inform you, that I niissed the opportunity of sending it by the messenger, who I expected would have called upon me in his return through this village to York; so it has lain a week or ten days by me I am not sorry for the disappointment, because something has since happened, in continuation of this affair, which I am thereby enabled to transmit to you all under one trouble.
When I finished the above account, I thought (as did every soul in the parish) Trim had met with so thorough a rebuff from Johu the parish-clerk, and the townsfolks, who all took against him, that Trim would be glad to be quiet, and let the matter rest.
But, it seems, it is not half an hour ago since Trim sallied forth again, and, having borrowed a sow-gelder's horn, with hard blowing he got the whole town round him, and endeavoured to raise a disturbance, and fight the whole battle over again--alleged that he had been used in the last fray worse than a dog, not by John the parish clerk, for he should not, quoth Trim, báve valued him a rush single hands—but all the town sided with him, and twelve men in buckram set upon me, all at once, and kept me in play at sword's point for three hours together.
Besides, quoth Trim, there were two misbegot. ten knaves in Kendal Green, who lay all the while
in anıbush in John's own house, and they all sixteen came upon my back, and let drive at me all together-a plague, says Trim, of all cowards.
Trim repeated this story above a dozen times, which made some of the neighbours pity him, thinking the poor fellow crack-brained, and that he actually believed what he said.
After this, Trim dropped the affair of the breeches, and began a fresh dispute about the reading-desk, which I told you had occasioned some small dispute between the late parson and John some years ago.—This reading-desk, as you will observe, was but an episode woven into the main story by-the-by, for the main affair was the battle of the breeches and the great-coat.
However, Trim being at last driven out of these two citadels he has seized hold, in his retreat, of this reading-desk, with a view, as it seems, to take shielter behind it.
I caunot say but the man has fought it out obstinately enough, and, had his cause been good, I should have really pitied him. For when he was
ven out of the great watch-coat, you see lie did not run away ; no--he retreated behind the breeches; and, when he could make nothing of it behind the breeches, he got behind the readingdesk. To what other hold Trim will next retreat, the politicians of this village are not agreed. Somo think his next move will be towards the rear of thre parson's boot; but, as it is thought he cannot make a long stand there, others are of opinion, that Trim will once more in his life get hold of the parson's horse, and charge upon him, or perhaps behind him: but as the horse is not easy to be
caught, the more general opinon is, that, when he is driven out of the reading-desk, he will make his Jast retreat in such a manner, as, if possible, to gain the close-stool, and defend himself behind it to the very last drop.
It Trim should make this movement, by my advice he should be left beside his citadel, in full possession of the field of battle, where 'tis certain he will keep every body a league off, and may hop by himself till he is weary. Besides, as Trim seems bent on purging himself, and may have abundance of foul humours to work off, I think it cannot be better placed.
But this is all speculation—Let me carry you back to matter of fact, and tell you what kind of stand Trim has actually made behind the said desk:
Neighbours and townsmen all, I will be sworn before my lord mayor, that John and his nineteen men in buckram have abused me worse than a dog; for tliey told you I play'd fast and go loose with the late parson and him, in that old dispute of theirs about the reading-desk, and that I made matters worse between them, and not better.?
Of this charge Trim declared he was as innocent as the child that was unborn-that he would be book-sworn he had no hand in it.
He produced a strong witness, and moreover insinuated, that Jolin himself, instead of being angry for what he had done in it, lad actually thanked lim-Aye, Trim, says the wight in the plush breeches, but that was, Trim, the day before John found thee out. Besides, Trim, there is nothing in that, for the very year that you was made town's pounder, thou knowest well that I both thanked thee myself, and moreover gave thee a gcod warm supper for turning John Lund's cows and horses out of my hard corn close, which if thou hadst not done, (as thou toldst me) I should have lost my whole crop; whereas John Lund and Thomas Patt, who are both here to testify, and are both willing to take their oaths on't, that thou thyself wert the very man who set the gate open-and after all, it was not thee, Trim, 'twas the blacksmith's poor lad who turned them out so that a man may be thanked and rewarded too, for a good turn which he never did, nor ever did intend.
Trim could not sustain this unexpected strokeso Trim marched off the field without colours flying, or his horn sounding, or any other ensigns of honour whatever- Whether after this Trim intends to rally a second time—or whether he may not take it into his head to claim the victory-none but Trim himself can inform you.
However, the general opinion upon the whole is this, that in three several pitch'd battles, Trim has been so trimm'd as never disastrous hero was trimm'd before
OBSERVATIONS ON LIFE.
BEFORE an affliction is digested, consolation ever comes too soon ;-and after it is digested-it comes too late : there is but a mark between these two, as fine almost as a hair, for a comforter to take aim at.
How did Garrick speak the soliloquy last night? --Oh, against all rule--my lord-most ungrammatically! betwixt the substantive and the adjective, which should agree together in number, case, and gender, he made a breach thus, stopping, as if the point wanted settling;--and betwixt the nominative case, which your lordship knows should govern the verb, he suspended his voice in the epilogue a dozen times, three seconds and three fifths by a stop-watch, my lord, each time-Admirable grammarian !-But in suspending his voice -was the sense suspended likewise? did no expression of attitude or countenance fill up the chasm? Was the eye silent? Did you narrowly