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lation only as a gentle admonition to thankless masters, I fhall not go out of the occurrences of common life, but affert it as a general obfervation, that I never faw but in Sir Roger's family, and one or two more, good fervants treated as they ought to be. Sir Roger's kindness extends to their children's children; and this very morning he fent his coachman's grandfon to 'prentice. I fhall conclude this paper with an account of a picture in his gallery, where there are many which will deferve my future obfervation.

At the very upper end of this handsome structure I faw the portraiture cf two young men standing in a river, the one naked, the other in a livery. The perfon fupported feemed half dead, but ftill fo much alive as to fhew in his face exquifite joy and love towards the other. I thought the fainting figure refembled my friend Sir Roger; and looking at the butler, who ftood by me, for an account of it, he informed me that the perfon in the livery was a fervant of Sir Roger's, who stood on the shore while his master was fwimming; and obferving him taken with fome fudden illness, and fink under water, jumped in and faved him. He told me Sir Roger took off the drefs he was in as foon as he came home, and by a great bounty at that time, followed by his favour ever fince, had made him mafter of that pretty feat which we faw at a diftance as we came to this houfe. I remembered indeed Sir Roger faid there lived a very worthy gentleman, to whom he was highly obliged, without mentioning any thing further. Upon my looking a little diffatisfied at fome part of the picture, my attendant informed me that it was against Sir Roger's will, and at the earnest request of the gentleman himself, that he was drawn in the habit in which he had faved his master. R

No. CVIII. WEDNESDAY, JULY 4. Gratis anhelans, multa agendo nihil agens. PHÆDR. Out of breath to no purpose, and very bufy about nothing. As I was yesterday morning walking with Sir Roger

before his houfe, a country-fellow brought him a


huge fish, which, he told him, Mr. William Wimble had caught that very morning; and that he prefented it, with his fervice to him, and intended to come and dine with him. At the fame time he delivered a letter, which my friend read to me as foon as the messenger left him.

"Sir Roger,

"I DESIRE you to accept of a jack; which is the " beft I have caught this feafon. I intend to come and "ftay with you a week, and fee how the perch bite in "the Black River. I obferved with fome concern, the "last time I faw you upon the bowling-green, that your "whip wanted a lash to it; I will bring half a dozen with me that I twisted last week, which I hope will ferve "you all the time you are in the country. . I have not "been out of the faddle for fix days laft paft, having "been at Eton with Sir John's eldest fon. He takes to his learning hugely. I a am,


"Sir, your humble fervant,
"William Wimble."

This extraordinary letter, and meffage that accompanied it, made me very curious to know the character and quality of the gentleman who sent them; which I found to be as follows: Will Wimble is younger brother to a baronet, and defcended of the ancient family of the Wimbles. He is now between forty and fifty; but being bred to no bufinefs, and born to no eftate, he generally lives with his elder brother as fuperintendant of his game. He hunts a pack of dogs better than any man in the country, and is very famous for finding out a hare. He is extremely well verfed in all the little handicrafts of an idle man: he makes a May-fly to a miracle; and furnishes the whole country with angle-rods. As he is a good-natured officious fellow, and very much efteemed upon account of his family, he is a welcome gueft at every houf, and keeps up a good correfpondence among all the gentlemen about him. He carries a tuliproot in his pocket from one to another, or exchanges a puppy between a couple of friends that live perhaps in the oppofite

oppofite fides of the county. Will is a particular favourite of all the young heirs; whom he frequently obliges with a net that he has weaved, or a fetting-dog that he has "made" himself. He now and then prefents a pair of garters of his own knitting to their mothers or fitters; and raifes a great deal of mirth among them, by enquiring as often as he meets them how they wear? Thefe gentleman - like manufactures and obliging little humours make Will the darling of the country.

Sir Roger was proceeding in the character of him, when we faw him make up to us with two or three hazletwigs in his hand that he had cut in Sir Roger's woods, as he came through them, in his way to the house. I was very much pleased to obferve on one fide the hearty and fincere welcome with which Sir Roger received him, and on the other, the fecret joy which his guest discovered at the fight of the good old knight. After the firft falutes were over, Will defired Sir Roger to lend him one of his fervants to carry a fet of fhuttle-cocks he had with him in a little box to a lady that lived about a mile off, to whom it feems he had promifed fuch a prefent for above this half year. Sir Roger's back was no fooner turned, but honeft Will began to tell me of a large cock-pheasant that he had fprung in one of the neighb. ring woods, with two or three other adventures of the fame nature. Odd. and uncommon characters are the game that I look for, and most delight in; for which reafon I was as much pleafed with the novelty of the perfon that talked to me, as he could be for his life with the fpringing of the pheafant, and therefore liftened to him with more than ordinary attention.

In the midst of this difcourfe the bell rung to dinner, where the gentleman I have been fpeaking of had the pleature of feeing the huge jack he had caught, ferved up for the first dish in a most sumptuous manner. Upon our fitting down to it he gave us a long account how he had hooked it, played with it, foiled it, and at length drew it out upon the bank; with feveral other particulars that lafted all the firft courfe. A difh of wild fowl that came afterwards furnished conversation for the rest of the dinner,

dinner, which concluded with a late invention of Will's for improving the quail-pipe.

Upon withdrawing into my room after dinner, I was fecretly touched with compallion towards the honest gentleman that had dined with us; and could not but confider with a great deal of concern, how fo good an heart and fuch bufy hands were wholly employed in trifles; that fo much humanity fhould be fo little beneficial to others, and fo much induftry fo little advantageous to himfelf. The fame temper of mind and application to affairs might have recommended him to the public efteem, and have raised his fortune in another station of life. What good to his country or himfelf might not a trader or merchant have done with fuch uteful though ordinary qualifications!

Will Wimble's is the cafe of many a younger brother of a great family, who had rather fee their children ftarve like gentlemen than thrive in a trade or profeffion that is beneath their quality. This humour fills feveral parts of Europe with pride and beggary. It is the happiness of a trading nation, like ours, that the younger fons, though incapable of any liberal art or profeffion, may be placed in fuch a way of life as may perhaps enable them to vie with the beft of their family; accordingly we find feveral citizens that were launched into the world with narrow fortunes, rifing by an honeft industry to greater eftates than thofe of their elder brothers. It is not improbable but Will was formerly tried at divinity, law, or phyfic; and that finding his genius did not lie that way, his parents gave him up at length to his own inventions. But certainly, however improper he might have been for ftudies of a higher nature, he was perfectly well turned for the occupations of trade and commerce. As I think this is a point which cannot be too much inculcated, I fhall defire my reader to compare what I have here written with what I have faid in my twenty-firft fpeculation.


No. CIX.



Abnormis fapiens


Of plain good fenfe, untutor'd in the schools.

WAS this morning walking in the gallery, when Sir Roger entered at the end oppofite to me, and advancing towards me, faid he was glad to meet me among his relations the de Coverleys, and hoped I liked the converfation of fo much good company, who were as filent as myfelf. I knew he alluded to the pictures; and as he is a gentleman who does not a little value himself upon his ancient defcent, I expected he would give me fome account of them. We were now arrived at the upper end of the gallery, when the knight faced towards one of the pictures, and as we ftood before it, he entered into the matter, after his blunt way of faying things, as they occur to his imagination, without regular introduction, or care to preferve the appearance of chain or thought.

"It is," faid he, "worth while to confider the force "of drefs; and how the perfons of one age differ from "thofe of another, merely by that only. One may ob"ferve alfo, that the general fashion of one age has been "followed by one particular fet of people in another, "and by them preferved from one generation to another. "Thus the vast jetting coat and fmall bonnet, which


was the habit in Harry the Seventh's time, is kept on “in the yeomen of the guard; not without a good and "politic view, because they look a foot taller, and a foot " and a half broader; besides that, the cap leaves the "face expanded, and confequently more terrible, and "fitter to ftand at the entrance of palaces.

"This predeceffor of ours, you fee, is dreffed after "this manner; and his cheeks would be no larger than "mine, were he in a hat as I am. He was the laft man "that won a prize in the tilt-yard, which is now a com

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