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case, when I look upon the Debtor fide, I find such innumerable Articles,

that I want Arithmetick to cast them EL up; but when I look upon the CrediDe

tor-fide, I find little more than blank Paper. Now though I am very well satisfied that it is not in my power to ballance. Accounts with my Maker, I am resolved however to turn all my future Endeavours that way. You must not therefore be surprized, my Friend, if you hear that I am betaking my self to a more thoughtful kind of Life, and if I meet you no more in this place.

I could not but approve so good a Resolution, notwithstanding the Loss I shall suffer by it. Sir ANDREW has since explained himself to me more at large in the following Letter, which is just come to my hands.

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Friends at the Club have 6 always rallied me, when I have talk

ed of retiring from Business, and re• peated to me one of my own Sayings, · Tbat a Merchant has never enough till be 6 bas

got a little more; I can now inform C

you, that there is one in the World VOL. XIV. N


who thinks he has enough, and is des termined to pass the remainder of his Life in the Enjoyment of what he has. You know me so well, that I need not tell you, I mean, by the En. joyment of my Poffeffions, the making of them useful to the Publick. As

the greatest part of my Estate has been 6 hitherto of an unfteddy and volatile

nature, either toft upon Seas or fu. “ctuating in Funds; it is now fixed

and settled in substantial Acres and Tenements. I have removed it from the Uncertainty of Stocks, Winds and Waves, and disposed of it in a 6 considerable Purchase. This will give 6 me great opportunity of being cha16 ritable in my way, that is, in setting (my poor Neighbours to work, and

giving them a comfortable Subsistence < out of their own Industry. My Gar

dens, my Fifh-ponds, my Arable and 6. Pasture Grounds shall be my several • Hospitals, or rather Work-houses, in (which I propose to maintain a great

many indigent Perfons, who are now starving in my Neighbourhood: I

have got a fine Spread of Improve6 able Lands, and in my own Thoughts 6 am already plowing up some of them,


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fencing others; planting Woods, and draining Marshes. In fine, as I have my share in the Surface of this Island, Lam resolved to make it as beautiful a Spot as any in her Majesty's Dominions; at least there is not an Inch

of it which thall not be cultivated to the best advantage, and do its utmost for its Owner. As in my Mercantile Employment I so disposed of my Affairs, that from whatever Corner of the Compass the Wind blew, it was bringing home one or other of

my Ships; I hope, as a Husbandman, to contrive it fog that not a Shower of Rain, or a Glimpse of

Sunfhine, shall fall upon my Estate 6 without bettering some part of it, and

contributing to the Products of the Season. You know it has hitherto been my Opinion of Life, that it is

thrown away when it is not some way ufeful to others. But when I am ri

ding out by my self, in the fresh Air 4 on the open Heath that lyes by my House, I find feveral other Thoughts

growing, up in me. I am now of 0. 4 pinion, that a Man of my Age may find Business enough on himself, by fetting his Mind in order, preparing

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! it for another World, and reconciling

it to the Thoughts of Death. I muft • therefore acquaint you, that besides • those usual Methods of Charity, of

which I have before spoken, I am at this very Instant finding out a convenient Place where I may build an Alms-house, which I intend to endow very handsomly, for a dozen superanuated Husbandmen. It will be a great pleasure to me to say my Prayers twice a day with Men of

my own Years, who all of them, as well as my self, may have their Thoughts taken up how they shall die, rather than

how they shall live. I remember an e excellent Saying that I learned at • School, Finis coronat opus. You know • best whether it be in Virgil or in Horace, it is my Business to apply it. • If your Affairs will permit you to

take the Country Air with me fome

times, you shall find an Apartment « fitted up for you, and shall be every • Day entertained with Beef or Muc• ton of my own feeding; Fish out

of my own Ponds; and Fruit out of

my own Gardens. You shall have • free Egress and Regress about my House, without having any Questions


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asked you, and in a word such a hearty Welcome as you may expect from

Your mof fincere Friend

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and bumble Servant,



THE Club, of which I am Member, being entirely difpersed, I shall consult my Reader next Week, upon a Project relating to the Institution of a new one.

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