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in France, and in two years after I went to Italy for the recovery of my health-and when I called upon you, I tried to engage your mother to return to England with me,--she and yourself are at length come-and I have the inexpressible joy of seeing my girl every thing I wished her.
I have set down these particulars relating to my family, and self, for my Lydia, in case hereafter she might have a curiosity, or kinder motive, to know them.
In the preceding narrative, Mr. Sterne has given his memoirs nearly to the time of his de
In the winter of 1767 he came to London for the purpose of publishing his Sentimental Journey, which he had written during the summer at his curacy: his health had been for some time precarious; and, in February 1768, beginning to perceive the approaches of death, with the most affectionate solicitude, he devoted his attention to the future welfare of his daughter. After a short struggle, he submitted to its stroke on the 18th day of March, 1768, at his lodgings in Bond Street, and was interred in the most private manner on the 22d of the same month, at the new burying-ground belonging to the parish of St. George, Hanover Square. The following inscription is placed upon a tomb, erected to his memory by strangers.
o From this passage it appears that the present account of Mr. Sterne's Life and Family was written about six months only before his death.
“ Near to this Place
Lies the Body of
Aged 53 Years.
If a sound head, warm heart, and breast huinane,
This monumental stone was erected by two brother masons; for although he did not live to be a member of their society, yet as uis all-incomparable performauces evi. dently prove him to have acted by rule and square, they rejoice in this opportunity of perpetuating his bigh and irreproachable character to after ages.
W. & S.”
? It is scarcely necessary to observe that this date is
BEAUTES OF STERNE.
My uncle Toby was a man patient of injuries ;not from want of courage,—where just occasions presented, or called it forth, I know no man under whose arm I would sooner have taken shelter ;-—nor did this arise from any insensibility or obtuseness of his intellectual parts ;-he was of a peaceful, placid nature,-no jarring element in it,all was mixed up so kindly with him ; my uncle Toby bad scarce a heart to retaliate upon a fly: -G9,-says he one day at dinner, to an overgrown one which had buzzed about his nose, and tormented him cruelly all dinner time,--and which, after infinite attempts, he had caught at last-as it few by bim;—I'll not hurt thee, says my uncle Toby, rising from his chair, and going across the room, with the fly in his hand, I'll not hurt a hair of thy head :-Go, says he, lifting up the sash, and opening his hand as he spoke, to let it escape :
-go, poor devil,---get thee gone; why should I hurt thee? - This world surely is wide enough to hold thee and me.
This is to serve for parents anil governors, instead of a whole volume upon the subject.
THE Mortgager, and Mortgagée differ the one from the other, not more in length of purse, than the Jester and Jestée do, in that of
memory. But in this the comparison between them runs, as the scholiasts call it, upon all fours : (which, by the bye, is upon one or two legs more than some of the best of Homer's can pretend to); namely, That the one raises a sum, and the other a laugh at your expence, and thinks no more about it. In: terest, however, stiļl runs on in both cases ;-the periodical or accidental payments of it, just serving to keep the memory of the affair alive; till at length, in some evil hour, -pop comes the creditor upon each, and by demanding principal upon the spot, together with full interest to the very days, makes them both feel the full extent of their obligations.
As the reader (for I hate your ifs) has a thorough knowledge of human nature, I need not say more to satisfy him, that my HERO could not go on at this rate without some slight experience of these incidental mementos. To speak the truth, he had wantonly involved himself in a multitude of small look debts of this stamp, which, notwithsanding
Eugenius's frequent advice, he too much disregarded; thinking, that as not one of them was. contracted through any malignancy,--but, on the contrary, from an honesty of mind, and a mere jocundity of humour, they would all of them be cross'd out in course.
Eugenius would never admit this; and would often tell him, that one day or other he would certainly be reckoned with : and he would often, add, in an accent of sorrowful apprehension, -to the uttermost mite. To which Yorick, with his usual carelessness of heart, would as often answer with a pshaw !-and if the subject was started in the fields, -with a hop, skip, and a jump, at the end of it; but if close pent up in the social chimney-corner, where the culprit was barricado'd in, with a table and a couple of arm-chairs, and could not so readily fly off in a tangent,-Eugenius would then go on with his lecture upon discretion in words to this purpose, though somewhat better put together.
Trust me, dear Yorick, this unwary pleasantry of thine will sooner or later bring thee into scrapes and difficulties, which no after-wit .can extricate thee out of In these sallies, too oft, I see, it happens that a person laughed at, considers himself in the light of a person injured, with all the rights of such a situation belonging to him; and when thou viewest him in that light too, and reckonest up his friends, his family, his kindred, and allies, and musterest up with them the many recruits that will list under him from a sense of common danger; - tis no extravagant arithmetic to say, that for every ten jokes,- -thou hast got an hundred