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In vain may heroes fight and patriots rave,
Oh that such bulky bribes as all might see,
confound, Or water all the quorum ten miles round? A statesman's slumbers how this speech would spoil! “Sir, Spain has sent a thousand jars of oil ; Huge bales of British cloth blockade the door; A hundred oxen at your levee roar.”
2 This is said to have happened to Sir Christopher Musgrave, as he was coming out at the back door, after having been closeted with King William II.
Poor avarice one torment more would find, Nor could profusion squander all in kind: Astride his cheese Sir Morgan might we meet ; And Worldly crying coals from street to street, Whom with a wig so wild and mien so maz’d, Pity mistakes for some poor tradesman craz’d. Had Colepepper's' whole wealth been hops and Could he himself have sent it to the dogs ? [hogs, His Grace will game: to White's a bull be led, With spurning heels and with a butting head: To White's be carried, as to ancient games, Fair coursers, vases, and alluring dames. Shall then Uxorio, if the stakes he sweep, Bear home six whores, and make his lady weep? Or soft Adonis, so perfum'd and fine, Drive to St. James's a whole herd of swine ? Oh filthy check on all industrious skill, To spoil the nation's last great trade,-quadrille! Since then, my lord, on such a world we fall, What say you? B. Say? Why, take it, gold and all.
P. What riches give us let us then inquire : Meat, fire, and clothes. B. What more? P. Meat,
clothes, and fire. Is this too little ? would you more than live? Alas ! 'tis more than Turner* finds they give.
8 Sir William Colepepper, Bart., who ruined himself at the gaming-table.
4 A person who, possessing hundred thousand pounds, laid down his coach, because interest was reduced from five to four per cent.
Alas ! 'tis more than (all his visions past)
[heart. Bond' damns the poor, and hates them from his
6 See the character of this nobleman, in the first of these Epistles, p. 100.
6 A citizen, known by the name of Vulture Hopkins, on account of his rapacity. He left his very large fortune so as not to be inherited till after the second generation ; but the Chancery set aside his will, and gave it to the heir at law.
7 See note 4, p. 75.
8 Japhet Crook, alias Sir Peter Stranger, lost his ears for having forged a conveyance of an estate to himself.
9 The Duchess of Richmond (La Belle Stuart of Gram. mont) left legacies and annuities for the maintenance of her
1 “Damn the poor!” was the exclamation of Bond, one of the Directors of the Charitable Corporation established to lend money to the poor upon pledges. That “God hates the poor,” and “that every man in want is either knave or fool,” &c. were the genuine apophthegms of some of the persons here mentioned.
The grave Sir Gilbert holds it for a rule
Yet, to be just to these poor men of pelf,
B. Who suffer thus, mere charity should own, Must act on motives powerful though unknown.
P. Some war, some plague or famine, they foreSome revelation hid from you and me. [see, Why Shylock wants a meal the cause is found; He thinks a loaf will rise to fifty pound. What made directors cheat in South-sea year? To live on venison, when it sold so dear. Ask you why Phrynè the whole auction buys? Phrynè foresees a general excise. Why she and Sappho raise that monstrous sum ? Alas ! they fear a man will cost a plum.
Wise Petersees the world's respect for gold, And therefore hopes this nation may be sold.
2 Peter Walter, an attorney, who acquired an immense fortune, and purchased Stalbridge Park, near Sherborne.
Glorious ambition ! Peter, swell thy store,
The crown of Poland, venal twice an age,
hate ? A wizard told him in these words our fate : “At length corruption, like a general flood, (So long by watchful ministers withstood) Shall deluge all; and avarice, creeping on, Spread like a low-born mist and blot the sun; Statesman and patriot ply alike the stocks, Peeress and butler share alike the box, And judges job, and bishops bite the town, And mighty dukes pack cards for half a crown:
8“ The two persons here mentioned,” says Pope in a note,
“ were of quality, each of whom in the Mississippi despised to realize above three hundred thousand pounds; the Gentleman, with a view to the purchase of the crown of Poland, the Lady on a vision of the like royal nature. They since retired into Spain, where they are still in search of gold in the mines of the Asturias." They were Mr. Gage, and Lady Mary Herbert, daughter of the Marquis of Powis.
4 Sir John Blunt, one of the first projectors of the South Sea Company, and one of the chief directors of the famous scheme of 1720. He was a Dissenter of a very religious deportment, and used to declaim against avarice in the great.