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gentleman abusing his man in that coat which a month or two before was the most pleasing distinction he was conscious of in himself. He would turn his discourse still more pleasantly upon the ladies' bounties of this kind; and I have heard him say he knew s a fine woman, who distributed rewards and punishments in giving becoming or unbecoming dresses to her maids.
But my good friend is above these little instances of good-will, in bestowing only trifles on his servants; 10 a good servant to him is sure of having it in his choice very soon of being no servant at all. As I before observed, he is so good an husband,' and knows so thoroughly that the skill of the purse is the cardinal virtue of this life, - I say, he knows so well that 15 frugality is the support of generosity, that he can often spare a large fine when a tenement falls, and give that settlement to a good servant who has a mind to go into the world, or make a stranger pay the fine to that servant, for his more comfortable maintenance, 20 if he stays in his service.
A map of honor and generosity considers it would be miserable to himself to have no will but that of another, though it were of the best person breathing, and for that reason goes on, as fast as he is able, to 25 put his servants into independent livelihoods. The greatest part of Sir Roger's estate is tenanted by persons who have served himself or his ancestors. It
was to me extremely pleasant to observe the visitants i from several parts to welcome his arrival into the
country; and all the difference that I could take notice of between the late servants who came to see him, and those who stayed in the family, was that
these latter were looked upon as finer gentlemen and 10 better courtiers.
This manumission and placing them in a way of livelihood, I look upon as only what is due to a good servant, which encouragement will make his successor
be as diligent, as humble, and as ready as he was. 15 There is something wonderful in the narrowness of
those minds which can be pleased, and be barren of bounty to those who please them.
One might, on this occasion, recount the sense that great persons in all ages have had of the merit of their 20 dependents, and the heroic services which men have
done their masters in the extremity of their fortunes; and shown to their undone patrons that fortune was all the difference between them ; but as I design this
my speculation only as a gentle admonition to thank25 less masters, I shall not go out of the occurrences of common life, but assert it as a general observation, that I never saw, but in Sir Roger's family, and one or two more, good servants treated as they ought to be. Sir Roger's kindness extends to their children's children, and this very morning he sent his coachman's s grandson to prentice. I shall conclude this paper with an account of a picture in his gallery, where there are many which will deserve my future observation.
At the very upper end of this handsome structure I saw the portraiture of two young men standing in a 10 river, the one naked, the other in a livery. The person supported seemed half dead, but still so much alive as to show in his face exquisite joy and love towards the other. I thought the fainting figure resembled my friend Sir Roger; and looking at the 15 butler, who stood by me, for an account of it, he informed me that the person in the livery was a servant of Sir Roger's, who stood on the shore while his master was swimming, and observing him taken with some sudden illness, and sink under water, jumped in and 20 saved him. He told me Sir Roger took off the dresso he was in as soon as he came home, and by a great bounty at that time, followed by his favor ever since, had made him master of that pretty seat which we saw at a distance as we came to this house. I remem- 25 bered, indeed, Sir Roger said there lived a very worthy gentleman, to whom he was highly obliged, without mentioning anything further. Upon my looking a
little dissatisfied at some part of the picture, my 5 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 saved his master. Sy pluser
VII. SIR ROGER AND WILL WIMBLE.
As I was yesterday morning walking with Sir Roger 10 before his house, a country fellow brought him a huge
fish, which, he told him, Mr. William Wimble had caught that very morning; and that he presented it, with his service to him, and intended to come and dine with him. At the same time he delivered a letter, which
my 15 friend read to me as soon as the messenger left him.
“I desire you to accept of a jack, which is the best I have caught this season.
I intend to come and stay with you a week, and see how the perch 20 bite in the Black River. I observed with some
concern, the last time I saw you upon the bowlinggreen, 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 serve you all the time you are in the country. I have not been out of the saddle for six days last past, having been at Eton with Sir John's eldest son.
He takes to his learning hugely. “I am, sir, your humble servant,
“ WILL WIMBLE."
This extraordinary letter, and message that accompanied it, made me very curious to know the character and quality of the gentleman who sent them, 10 which I found to be as follows. Will Wimble is younger brothero to a baronet, and descended of the ancient family of the Wimbles. He is now between forty and fifty; but being bred to no business and born to no estate, he generally lives with his elder brother as superintendent 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 versed in all the little handicrafts of an idle man: he makes a may-flyo to a miracle, and fur- 20 nishes the whole country with angle-rods. As he is a good-natured, officious fellow, and very much esteemed upon account of his family, he is a welcome guest at every house, and keeps up a good correspon