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book, in which he not only defended the revolution of the Gulls, but made a most abusive attack on the directors of the affairs of Freeland. This answer circulated with great rapidity, and it was plain that it carried its poison with it, as the turbulent part of the Freelanders began to indulge in the most unguarded expressions, and a general fear of civil commotion was excited throughout the manor.
At this crisis, a Common Hall was assembled to consider on the best mode of meeting, or averting the impending storm, of which the Lord sent a message to give the delegates dotice. Brush ridiculed the idea of an internal insurrection, which existed only in the brains of the Lord's council, whom he taxed with using the tenants as jealous-pated men treat their wives and mistresses,-alarm them with false stories that they might cruelly feast on the torture of their apprehensions, and delight in the sensibility that drowns them in tears. As to commencing hostilities against the Gulls, he asserted that it would be aiding the object of the levellers to plunge the manor into a war
whence he prognosticated the obstruction of the trade and manufactures of the Freelanders, who chiefly supported themselves by vending the fruits of their ingenuity and industry among their neighbours.
The Reader, we hope, will excuse us for making one observation on similar prognostics, which is that, true or false, the prognosticator is sure to turn them to his own advantage, for if the event verify them, they claim the merit of foresight; if it disprove them, they say they are rejoiced at finding themselves mistaken, since their country reaps a benefit. To proceed : Merryman represented the message as resembling a bill of indictment preferred against the tenants, which, however, was not a true one, as the pretended malcontents were all (he could not get rid of the theatre on the most serious occasion) men in buckram; and he declared that he would vote for the prosecution of the Steward, who would commence hostilities to re-establish the Lord of the Gulls. Hareskin recommended to the household, to govern the people by their affections, and, instead of abusing them, to redress their grievances. What a
pity it is, Reader, that such staunch patriots should ever pine for places! but as the poor Siviss, after having been long absent from home, are seized with a maladie de pays; so poor delegates no sooner enter the Common Hall than, as if there were an infection in the walls, they are seized with a maladie de bourse, and never think themselves at home, till they have got upon, or very near the Money Bench. This malady is not, however, confined to the Common Hall of the manor of Freeland; it is common in all other debating societies. But we will tell an anecdote, or rather relate the substance of one which we over heard between two such persons as we are going to describe, one evening when we had left the gallery of one of these debating societies to get some refreshment at an adjoining house of entertainment.
A STORY. A PEEP AT THE INSIDE OF ST. PAUL'S, AND THI
OUTSIDE OF ST. STEPHEN's.
" Virtus post nummos.
He soon got in---with outs not oft the case!
To send his friends word how the world far'd
mean their doorkeepers---they'd never brook it,
At last the clock struck four! Robin must go
“Now, Ralph,” quoth he, “ you'll see another show, The place where all the parl'ment men do meet.” They hurried on as fast as Ralph would trot, * Who, stunn'd with sights, his brother's haste forgot ; St. Dunstan's clock of time caus'd no small loss, Likewise the Man and Horse at Charing Cross. At length, they reach'd St. Stephen's Chapel door'Twas a full house---three hundred came and more; Quoth Ralph:- :--" To see so many men this night “Meet for the Country's good's a noble sight! "The country's good!” cried Robin with a smile.-"I thought you knew the odds 'twixt gate and stile.”-"Why isn't it then," quoth Ralph," as I suppose?" No, Ralph, they meet--to sell their Aves and Nors."
But to quit poetical digressions, and proceed with our plain prose story: Quirke, in opposition to his former friends, compared the seditious plots which were hatching against Freeland to the gunpowder plot, which would not only blow up the Lord and his household (to whom he was become no less suddenly than excessively attached), but even their property and wives! Poor Quirke! his brain seemed to have turned with his coat! The man who, in the revolution of the Thirteen Acres, had talked of