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such time as they know what verdict will pass upon it. I do therefore hereby certify to all whom it may concern, that I do design to set apart Tuesday next for the final determination of that matter, having already ordered a jury of matrons to be impanelled, for the clearing up of any difficult points that may arise in the trial.
*' Being informed that several dead men in and about "this city do keep out of the way and abscond, for sear "of being buried; and being willing to respite their "interment, in'consideration of their families, and in "hopes of their amendment, I shall allow them certain "privileged places, where they may appear to one ano"ther, without causing any let or molestation to the *\ living, or receiving any in their own persons from *V the company of Upholders. Between the hours of "seven and nine in the morning, they may appear in "safety at Saint James's Coffe-house, or at White's, if "they do not keep their beds, which is more proper "for men in their condition. From nine to eleven, I ** allow them to walk from Story's la Rosamond's-pond. '* in the Park, or in any other public walks which are ** not frequented by the living at that time. Between "eleven and three, they are to vanish, and keep out «• of fight until three in the afternoon, at which time '« they may go to the Exchange until five; and then, if *\ they please, divert themselves at the Hay-market, or Drury-lane, until the play begins. It is further "granted in favour of these persons, that they may be "received at any table, where there are more present *' than seven in number: Provided, that they do not take *' upon them to talk, judge, commend, or find fault "with any speech, action, or behaviour, of the living. •* In which case it shall be lawful to seize their persons "at any place or hour whatsoever, and to convey their "bodies to the next Undertaker's; any thing in this •« advertisement to the contrary notwithstanding."
overpowered me, had I not resolved to fortify myself for the seasonable performances of those duties which. I owed to my friend. As we were going I could not bat reflect upon the character of that excellent woman, and the greatness of his grief for the loss of one who has ever been the support to him under all other afflictions. How, thought I, will he be able to bear the hour of her death, that could not, when I was lately with him, speak of a sickness, which was then past, without sorrow. We were now got pretty far into Wejiminstir, and arrived at my friend's house. At the door of it I met Favoxiu;, not without a secret satisfaction to find he had been there. I had formerly conversed with him at his house; and as he abounds with that fort of virtue and knowledge which makes religion beautiful, and never leads the conversation into the violence and rage of party-disputes, I listened to him with great pleasure. Our discourse chanced to be upon the subject of death, which he treated with such a strength of reason, and greatness of Soul, that instead of being terrible, it appeared to a mind rightly cultivated, altogether to be contemned, or rather to be desired. As I met him at the door, I saw in his face a certain glowing of grief and humaifity, heightened with an air of fortitude and resolution, which, as I afterwards found, had such an irresistible force, as to suspend the pains of the dying, and the lamentation of the nearest friends who attended her. I went up directly to the room where she lay, and was met at the entrance by my friend, who, notwithstanding his thoughts had been composed a little before, at the sight of me turned .away his face and wept. The little family of children renewed the expressions of their sorrow according to their several ages and degrees of understanding. The eldest Daughter was in tears, busied in attendance upon her mother; others were kneeling about the bedside: And what troubled me most was, to fee a little Boy, who was too young to know the reason, weeping only because his sisters did. The only one in the room who seemed resigned and comforted, was the dying person. At my approach to the bedside, lhe told me, with a low broken
with whom he used to enjoy them. This additional satisfaction, from the taste of pleasures in the society of one we love, is admirably described in Milton, who represents Eve, though in Paradise itself, no farther pleaseid with" the beautiful objects around her, than as she sees them in company with Adam, in that passage so inexpressibly charming. ,
With thee conversing, I forget all time,
The variety of images in this passage is infinitely pleasing, and the recapitulation of each particular image, with a little varying of the expression, makes one of the finest turns of words that I have ever seen: Which I rather mention, because Mr. Dryden has said in his preface to Juvenal, that he could meet with no turn of words in Milton.
It may be further observed, that though the sweetness of these verses has something in it of a pastoral, yet 'it excels.th£ ordinary kind, as much as the scene of it is above an ordinary field or meadow. I might here, since I am accidentally led into this subject, shew several passages in Milton that have as excellent turns of this nature, as any of our Englijb Poets whatsoever; but shall