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ter ; convinced of the folly of not keeping up a good understanding with those among whom we are destined to live. '
After this I lived in the utmost harmony with my fellow.laborers, aad soon acquired considerable in. fluence among them. I proposed some alterations in the laws of the chapel, which I carried without opposition. My example prevailed with several of them to renounce their abominable practice of bread and cheese with beer ; and they procured, like me, from a ntighboring house, a good bason of warm gruel, in which was a small slice of butter, with toasted bread and nutmeg. This was a much bet. ter breakfast, which did not cost more than a pint of beer, namely, three-hall-pence, and at the same time preserved the head clearer. Those who continued to gorge themselves with beer, often lost their credit with the publican, from neglecting to pay their score. They had then recourse to me, to become security for them ; their light, as they used to call it, being out. I attended at the pay ta. ble every Saturday evening, to take up the little sum which I had made myself answerable for; and which sometimes amounted to nearly thirty shillings a week.
This circumstance, added to my reputation of being a tolerable good gabber, or, in other words, skilful in the art of Burlesque, kept up my imposetance in the chapel. I had besides recommended myself to the esteem of my master by assiduous ap. plication to business, never observing Saint Mon. dar. My extraordinary quickness in composing al. way's procured ne such work as was most urgent, and which is commonly best paisi ; and thus my time passed away in a very pleasani manucr.
My lodging in little Britain being too far from the printing-house, I took anoiher in Duke-street, opposite the Roman Chapel. It was the back of an Ialian warehouse. The house was kept by a wie dow, who had a daughter, a servant, and a shop bov; but the latter slept out of the house. After sending to the people with whom I lodged in Little Britain, to enquire into my character, she agreed to take m : at the same price, three-and-six-pence a week; contenting herself she said, wiih so litile, be. cause tbe security she would derive, as they were all women, from having a man lodge in the house.
She was a woman rather advanced in life, the daughter of a clergyman. She had been educated a Protestant ; but h-r husband, whose memory she highly revered, had converted her to the Ca holic religion. She had lived in the habits of intimacy with persons of distinction ; of which she knew various anecdotes as far back as the time of Charles II. Being subject to fis of the gout, which often confined her to her room, she was sometimes disposed to see company. Hers was so amusing to me, that I was glad to pass the evening with her as often as she desired it. Our supper consisted only of half an anchovy a piece, upon a slice of bread and butter, with half a pint of ale between us. But the entertainment was in her conversation.
The early hours I kept, and the little trouble loccasioned in the family, inade her loath to part with me, and when I mentioned another lodging I had fnund, nearer the printing-house, at two shillings a week, which fell in with my plan of saying, she persuaded me to give it up, making herself an abate. ment of two shillings: and thus I continued to Indge wiih her, during the remainder of my abode in London, at eighteen pence a week.
In the garret of the house there lived, in the most retired manner, a lady seventy years of age, of whoin I received the following account from my landladi. She was a Roman Catholic. In her early years she had been sent to the continent, and en. tered a convert with ihe design of becoming a nun; but the climate not agreeing with her constitution, sh: was obliged to return to England, whire, as thi re were no monasteries, she made a vow to lead a monastic life, in as rigid a manner as circun. stances would permit. She accordingly disposed of all her property to be applied to charitable uses, reserving to herself only twelve pounds 4 year, and ol his small pittance she gave a part to the poor, lise inz on water-gruel, and never making ise of fire but tv boil it. She hall lived in this garrot a great' ma. ny years, without paying rent to the successive Ca. tholic inhabitants that had kept the house ; who ina deed considered her abode with them as a blessing.
A priest came every day to confess her. I ask.: ed her, said my landladly, how, living as she dil, she couli find so much emplovment for a confessor ? To whi h she answered, that it was impossible to avoid vain thoughts.
I was once permitted to visit her. She was cheerful and police, and her conversation agreeable. Her apartment was neat; but the whole furniture consisted of a mattrass, a table, on which were a crida cifix and a book, a chair, which she gave me te sit on, and over the mantle piece a piiture of St. V.-Tonica displaying her handkerchief, on which was seen the miraculous iinpression of the face of Christ, w'ich she explained to me with great gravity:Her countenance was pale, but had never experienced sickness; and I mar adduce her as another proof how lille is sufficient to maintain life and health.
At the printing-house I contracted an intimacy with a sensible young man of ihe name of Wigite, who, as his parents were in good circumstances, hii received a better education than is commin wih. printers. He was a tol ralle latin scholar, spoke French fluently, and was fond of reading. I caught him, as well as a friend of his, to swim, bv taking them twice only into the river; after which they stood in need of no farther assistance. We one day mad.. a party to go by water to Chelsea, in order to sre ihe College and Don Soltero's coriosities. On our return, at :he request of the company, whose curiosity W's gate had excited, I undressed mrself, and leaped into the river. I swam from near Chel. sea to Blackfriars Bridge, exhibiting, during my course, a variety of feats of activity and address, both upon the surface of the water, as well as under. it. This sight occasioned much astonishment and pleasure to those to whom it was new. In my youth I took great delight in this exercise. I knew, and could execute, all the evolutions and positions of Thevenot; and I added to them some of my own invention, in which I endeavored to unite gracefulness and utility. I took a pleasure in displaving them all on this occasion, and was highly
flattered with the admiration they excited. :. Wygate, besides his being desirous of perfecting himself in this art, was the more attached to me from there being, in other respects, a conformity in our tastes and studies. He at length proposed to me to make the tour of Europe with him, maina taining ourselves at the same time by working at our profession. I was on the point of consenting, when I mentioned it to inv friend Denham, with whom I was glad to pass an hour whenever I had leisure. He dissuaded me from the project, and advised me
to return to Philadelphia, which he was about to do himsell. I must relate in this place a trait of this worthy man's character,
He had formerly been in business at Bristol, but failing, he compounded with his creditors, and departed for America, whore, by assicuous application as a merchant, he acquired in a few years a very considerable fortune. Returning to England in the same vessel with myself, as I have related above, he invited all his old creditors to a feast. When asseinbled, he thanked them for the readiness with ühich they had received his small composition ; and while they expected nothing more than a single entertainment, each found uprler his plate, wheu it came to be removed, a drafi l oi a banker for the residue of his debt, with interest. " He told me it was his intention to carry back with hia to Philadelphia a great quantity of goods, in order to open a store ; and he off red to take me with him in the capacity of clirk, to keep his books, in which he would instruct me, copy litters, and superintenil the store. He added, that, as soon as I had acquired a knowledge of mercantile transac. tions, he would improve mr situation, by sending me wich a cargo of corn and floor to the Amrican islands, and by procuring me other lucrative coms missions ; so that, with good management and economy, I might in tiine begin business with ad. vantage for m sulf.
Irelished these proposals. Lndon began to tire me, the agreeable hours I had passed at Phila.. delphia prosenied themselves to my mind, and I wish-d to see them revive. I consequenik en, gaged myself to Mr. Denham, at a salary of fifty , pounds a vear. This was indeed less than I earne ed as a compositor, but then I had a much fairer