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he keeps them in very good order, and will suffer nobody to sleep in it besides himself; for if by chance he has been surprised into a short nap at sermon, upon recovering out of it he stands up and looks about him, and, if he sees anybody else nodding, either ; wakes them himself, or sends his servant to them. Several other of the old Knight's particularities break out upon these occasions: sometimes he will be lengthening out a verse in the singing Psalms half a minute after the rest of the congregation have done 10 with it; sometimes, when he is pleased with the matter of his devotion, he pronounces “Amen" three or four times to the same prayer; and sometimes stands up when everybody else is upon their knees, to count the congregation, or see if any of his tenants 15 are missing.

I was yesterday very much surprised to hear my old friend, in the midst of the service, calling out to one John Matthews to mind what he was about, and not disturb the congregation. This John Matthews it seems is remarkable for being an idle fellow, and at that time was kicking his heels for his diversion. This authority of the Knight, though exerted in that odd manner which accompanies him in all circumstances of life, has a very good effect upon the parish, 25


who are not polite enough to see anything ridiculous in his behavior; besides that the general good sense and worthiness of his character makes his friends

observe these little singularities as foils that rather 5 set off than blemish his good qualities.

As soon as the sermon is finished, nobody presumes to stir till Sir Roger is gone out of the church. The Knight walks down from his seat in the chancel be

tween a double row of his tenants, that stand bowing 10 to him on each side, and every now and then inquires

how such an one's wife, or mother, or son, or father do, whom he does not see at church, which is understood as a secret reprimand to the person that is absent.

The chaplain has often told me, that upon a cate15 chising-day, when Sir Roger has been pleased with a

boy that answers weli, ne has ordered a Bible to be given him next day for his encouragement, and sometimes accompanies it with a flitch of bacon to his

mother. Sir Roger has likewise added five pounds a 20 year to the clerk's place; and that he may encourage

the young fellows to make themselves perfect in the church service, has promised, upon the death of the present incumbent, who is very old, to bestow it

according to merit. 25 The fair understanding between Sir Roger and his chaplain, and their mutual concurrence in doing goodin is the more remarkable, because the very next village is famous for the differences and contentions that rise between the parson and the squire, who live in a perpetual state of war. The parson is always preaching 5 at the squire, and the squire, to be revenged on the parsor: never comes to church. The squire has made all his tenants atheists and tithe-stealers; while the parson instructs them every Sunday in the dignity of his order, and insinuates to them in almost every ser- 10 mon that he is a better man than his patron. In short, matters are come to such an extremity, that the squire has not said his prayers either in public or private this half year; and that the parson threatens him, if he does not mend his manners, to pray for 15 him in the face of the whole congregation.

Feuds of this nature, though too frequent in the country, are very fatal to the ordinary people; who are so used to be dazzled with riches, that they pay as much deference to the understanding of a man of 20 an estate as of a man of learning; and are very hardly brought to regard any truth, how important soever it may be, that is preached to them, when they know there are several men of five hundred a year who do not believe it.


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In my first description of the company in which 1 pass most of my time, it may be remembered that I mentioned a great affliction which my friend Sir Roger

had met with in his youth: which was no less than a ; disappointment in love. It happened this evening

that we fell into a very pleasing walk at a distance from his house; as soon as we came into it, “It is," quoth the good old man, looking round him with a

smile," very hard, that any part of my land should 10 be settled upon one who has used me so ill as the

perverse Widow did; and yet I am sure I could not see a sprig of any bough of this whole walk of trees, but I should reflect upon her and her severity. She

has certainly the finest hand of any woman in the 15 world. You are to know this was the place wherein

I used to muse upon her; and by that custom I can never come into it, but the same tender sentiments revive in my mind as if I had actually walked with

that beautiful creature under these shades. I have 20 been fool enough to carve° her name on the bark of

several of these trees; so unhappy is the condition of men in love to attempt the removing of their passion by the methods which serve only to imprint it deeper,

She has certainly the finest hand of any woman in the world."

Here followed a profound silence; and I was not displeased to observe my friend falling so naturally into a discourse which I had ever before taken notice 5 he industriously avoided. After a very long pause he entered upon an account of this great circumstance in his life, with an air which I thought raised my idea of him above what I had ever had before; and gave me the picture of that cheerful mind of his, 10 before it received that stroke which has ever since affected his words and actions. But he went on as follows:

“I came to my estate in my twenty-second year, and resolved to follow the steps of the most worthy of 15 my ancestors who have inhabited this spot of earth before me, in all the methods of hospitality and good neighborhood, for the sake of my fame, and in country sports and recreations, for the sake of my health. In my twenty-third year I was obliged to serve as sheriff 20 of the county; and in my servants, officers, and whole equipage, indulged the pleasure of a young man (who did not think ill of his own person) in taking that public occasion of showing my figure and behavior to advantage. You may easily imagine to yourself what



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