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MI E j! DI RS,
N my 22d year I found a violent aiñection for my cou<langer of fuceceding, if I had tot tipon that account begun my travels into foreign countries.
A LITTLE after my return into England, at a private meeting with my uncle Francii, I refused the offer of his estate, and prevailed upon him not to disinherit his son Ned.
Niem. Nerer to tell this to Neil, lest he hould think hardly of his deceafed father; though he continucs to speak ill of me for this
reason. PREVINTED a scardalous law-fuit betrixt my nephew Harry and his mother, by allowing her under-hand, out of my own pocket, so much money yearly as the disputa was about.
PROCURED a benefice for a young divine, who is fister's sun to the good old man wiro was my tutor, and hath been dead twenty years. Gave ten pounds to poor Vírs my
friend H 's widow.
111e17:. To retrench one dih at my table, till I liare fetched it up again.
Mem. T:) repair my house and finish my gardens, in order to employ poor people after harvest-time. ORDERED John to let out Goodman D.
's sheep that were pourded, by night: but not to let his fellowservants know it.
PREVAILED upon NI. T. Esq; not to take the law of the farmer's fun for shooting a partridge, and to give him his gun again.
Paid the apothecary for curing an old woman that con. icfied herself a witch.
GAVE away my favourite dog for biting a beggar.
MADE the minister of the pariih and a Wiig justice of one mind, by putting them to explain their nctions to one another.
Mem. To tura ost Per for snooting a doe while she was eating acorns out of his hand, VOL. VIII,
When my ncighbour John, who hath often injured - ine, comes to make his requests to-morrow:
!cm. I have forgiven him. Lain up my chariot, and sold my horses, to relieve the poor in a scarcity of corn. In the same year remitted to my tenants a fifth part
of their rents.
As I was airing to-clay, I fell into a thought that warmed my heart, and shall, I hope, be the better for it as long as I live.
Ilem. To charge my son in private to erect no monument for me; but not to put
Monday, November 22.
Sed mihi vel tellus optem prius iina dehiscat,
Virg. Æn. 4. V. 24.
AM obliged to my friend, the love-casuist, for the
communicate to the public in his own words.
· Mr SPECTATOR,
OU may remember, that I lately transmitted to
you an account of an ancient custom, in the manors of East and West Enborne, in the county of Berks,
' and elsewhere. If a customary tenant die, the widov • shall have what the law calls her free-bench, in all his
copy-hold lands, dum fola. et cafta fuerit ; that is, . while the lives single and chaste; but if the commits incontinency, the forfeits her estate: yet if she will come into the court riding backward upon a black ram, with his tail in her hand, and say the words fol. lowing, the steward is bound by the custom to re-admit. her to her free-bench.
Here I anil,
Riding upon a lluik ruzin,
my land again,
• After having informed you,
lord Coke observes, that this is the most frail and flippery tenure of • any in England, I fhall tell you, since the writing of that
letter, I have, according to my promisc, been at great * pains in searching out the records of the Black Ram; "and have at last met with the proceedings of the court
baron, held in that behalf for the space of a whole day. « The record faith, that a strict inquisition having been 'made into the right of the tenants to their several estates, by a crafty old steward, he found that many of the lands
of the manor were, by default of the several widows, ' forfeited to the lord, and accordingly would have enstered on the premises : upon which the good women de• fired the benefit of the ram. The steward, after ha• ving perused their several pleas, adjourned the court to
Barnaby-bright, that they might have day enough be<fore them.
• The court being set, and filled with a great concourse of people, who came from all parts to see the solemni
ty, the first who entered was the widow Frontly, who • had made her appearance in the last year's cavalcade. « The register observes, that finding it an easy pad-ram, U 2
upon â vicious
* andi foreseeing she might have further occafion for it, ' fhe purchased it of the steward.
• Mrs Sarah Dainty, rebiet of Mr John Dainty, (who was the greatest prude in the parish), came next in the
proceflion. She at first made some difficulty of taking r the tail in her hand; and was observed in pronouncing * the form of pennance, to soften the two most emphatical • words into Clincum Clancum : but the stoward took
care to make her speak plain English, before he would * let her hercher land again.
• The third widow that was brought to this worldly shame, being mounted
had the niif. * fortune to be thrown by him ; upon which she hoped to * be excused from going through the rest of the ceremony: but the steward being well versed in the law, observed very wisely upon this occasion, that the breaking of the rope does not hinder the execution of the criminal.
“The fourth lady upon record was the widow Ogle, a * famous coquette, who had kept half a score young
fel* lows off and on for the space of two years; but having 'been more kind to her carter Jolin, she was introduced • with the huzzas of all her lovers about her.
Mrs Salle, appearing in her weeds, which were * very new and freih, and of the same colour with her
whinsical palfry, made a very decent figure in the fo• lemnity.
' ANOTHER, who had been summoned to make her appearance, was excused by the steward, as well know
ing in his heart, that the good squire himself had qualisfied her for the ram.
'MRS Quick, having nothing to object against he in* dictment, pleaded her belly. But it was remembered that she made the same excuse the
before. l'pon which the steward observed, that she might so contrive it, as never to do the service of the manor.
• The widow Fidget being cited into court, infifted r that she had done no more since the death of her huf. · band, than what she used to do in his lifetime; and
withal desired Mr Steward to consider his own wife's case, if he should chance to die before her.
"The next in order was a dowager of a very corpu• lent make, who would have been excused as not finding
any ram that was able to carry her; upon which thu • steward commuted her punishment, and ordered her to • make her entry upon a black ox.
"The widow Mla/kavell, a woman who had long lived with a most unblemished character, having turned! • off her old chambermaid in a pet, was by that revenge'ful creature brought in upon the black rain nine timc3 :: • the same day.
«SEVERAL widows of the neighbourhood, being brought upon their trial, they thewed that they did not hold of • the manor, and were discharged accordingly.
* A PRETTY young creature who closed the procession came ambling in, with so bewitching an air, that the • steward was observed to cast a sheep's eye upon her, and o married her within a month after the death of his wife.
.N.B. Mes Touchwood appeared, according to funmons, but had nothing laid to her charge; having li‘ved irreproachably since the decease of her husband, who s left her a widow in the sixty-ninth year of her age.
I am, SIŘ, &c.
Wednesday, November 24,
sludire, atque ingam jubec componere, quisquis Ambitione malı, aut argenti pallet amore, Quisquis luxuria
Hor. Sat. 3. 1. 2. v.776 Sit still, and hear, those whom proud thoughts do swell, Thoje that look pale by loving coin too well; Whom luxury corrupts.
ANKIND is divided into two parts, the busy and
the idle. The busy world may be divided into the virtuous and the vicious. The vicious again into the covetous, the ambitious, and the sensual. The idle
part of mankind are in a fiate inferior to any one of these. · Al! the other are engaged in the pursuit of happiness, though often misplaced, and are therefore more likely to be atten