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keep up the Figure of Master of the Fortune which was so handsomly enjoyed by that honest plain Man. I cannot (with respect to the great Obligations I have, be it fpoken) reflect upon his Character, but I am con

firmed in the Truth which I have, I ' think, heard spoken at the Club, to 6. wit, That a Man of a warm and well

disposed Heart with a very small Capacity, is highly superior in human Society to him who with the great

eft Talents is cold and languid in his 6. Affections. But, alas! why do I 'make a Difficulty in speaking of my

worthy Ancestor's Failings? His little Absurdities and Incapacity for the Conversation of the Politeft Men are · dead with him, and his greater Qua"lities are even now useful to him. I

know not whether by naming those ( Disabilities I do not enhance his Me

rit, since he has left behind him a Reputation in his Country which would be worth the Pains of the wifest Man's whole Life to arrive at. By the way I must observe to you, that many

of your Readers have mistook that Passage in your Writings, wherein Sir ROGER is reported to have

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enquired into the private Character of
the
young

Woman at the Tavern. I
know you mentioned that Circum-
ftance as an Instance of the Simplici-
ty and Innocence of his Mind, which
made him imagine it a very easy thing
to reclaim one of those Criminals, and
not as an Inclination in him to be
guilty with her. The less discerning
of
your

Readers cannot enter into that Delicacy of Description in the

Character: But indeed my chief Bu“siness at this time is to represent to you

my present State of Mind, and the • Satisfactions I promise to my self in

the Possession of my new Fortune. I

have continued all Sir Roger's •

Servants, except such as it was a Re? lief to dismiss into little Beings with

in my Manor: Those who are in a List of the good Knight's own Hand to be taken care of by me, I have quartered upon such as have taken new Leases of me, and added so many Ad

vantages during the Lives of the Per“ fons fo quartered, that it is the Inte

rest of those whom they are joined (with, to cherish and befriend'them

upon all Occasions. I find a confiderable Sum of ready Money, which

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'I am laying out among my Depen-
dants at the common Interest, but
with a Design to lend it according to
their Merit, rather than according to
their Ability. I shall lay a Tax upon
such as I have highly obliged, to be
come Security to me for such of their
own poor Youth, whether Male or
Female, as want Help towards getting
into some Being in the World. I
hope I shall be able to manage my
Affairs so, as to improve my Fortune
every Year, by doing Acts of Kind-
ness. I will lend my Money to the
Use of none but indigent Men, fecu-
red by such as have ceased to be indi-
gent by the Favour of my Family or
my self. What makes this the more
practicable, is, that if they will do
any one Good with my Money, they
are welcome to it upon their own Se-
curity: And I make no Exception
against it, because the Persons who
enter into the Obligations, do it for
their own Family. I have laid out
< four thousand Pounds this way, and it
is not to be imagined what a Crowd

of People are obliged by it. In Cases (where Sir ROGER has recommended, I have lent Money to put out Chil

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dren, with a Clause which makes yoid the Obligation, in case the Infant dies before he is out of his Apprenticeship; by which means the Kindred and Masters are extremely careful of breeding him to Industry, that he may repay it himself by his Labour, in three Years Journeywork after his Time is out, for the Use of his Securities. Opportunities of this kind are all that have occurred since I came to my

Estate; but I assure you I will pre"serve a constant Disposition to catch (at all the Occasions I can to promote

the Good and Happiness of my Neighbourhood.

BUT give me leave to lay before you a little Establishment which has grown out of my paft Life, that, I doubt not, will administer great Satis faction to me in that part of it, whatever that is, which is to come.

"THERE is a Prejudice in favour of the Way of Life to which a Man has been educated, which I know not « whether it would not be faulty to overcome: It is like a Partiality to the Interest of one's own Country before ( that of any other Nation. It is from one Habit of Thinking, grown upon

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me from my Youth spent in Arms , that I have ever held Gentlemen, who have preserved Modefty, Good-nature, Justice, and Humanity in a Soldier's Life, to be the most valuable and worthy Persons of the human Race. To pass through imminent Dangers, suffer painful Watchings, frightful Alarms, and laborious Marches for the greater part of a Man's Time, and pass the rest in a Sobriety conformable to the Rules of the most virtuous civil Life, is a Merit too great to deserve

the Treatment it usually meets with among the other part of the World.

But I assure you, Sir, were there not very many who have this Worth, we could never have seen the glorious Events which we have in our Days." I need not say more to illustrate the Character of a Soldier, than to tell you he is the very contrary to him you ob

serve. loud, faucy, and over-bearing in 6 a red Coat about Town. But I was going to tell you, that in honour of the Profession of Arms, I have set a

part a certain Sum of Money for a «Table for such Gentlemen as have fer

ved their Country in the Army, and will please from time to time: to fo

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