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take a farm ; for as you may suppose, a house of this description is enough for one pair of eyes to look arter.” ..- Well, but a husband has two pair, you know, Mrs. Maurice," I replied, smiling, “and whilst be is in the field, you are looking after the domestic.concerns; and I should conceive, on a road where there is so much posting, it is an admirable plan for an innkeeper to have a farm."
“ Posting, indeed !” rejoined my landlady; "yes, sir, but they are all posting the contrary road; and instead of the gentlefolks spending the summer at their country seats, as they used, to do, they must all forsooth go to France ! God forgive me for saying so, but I wish Boney would come back, and make them all prisoners.”
" That wish does not seem likely to benefit the trade of posting, Mrs. Maurice."-" At any rate, sir, it would put a stop to it,” rejoined Mrs. Maurice, " and prevent folks from spending all their ready money in foreign countries, whilst honest tradesmen in their own are starving, and the labouring poor destitute of employment.'
For the sake of argument, I observed, that the poor seldom derived occupation from gentlemen of landed property, but manufacturers or agriculturists. “Why, lord bless ye, sir! to my certain knowledge there used to be twelve or fourteen hands employed at Sir George Huntley's, only in keeping up the gardens, and weeding and trimming the shrubberies; and for the last two summers, Sir George has only allowed his gardener two men under him. Then, when my lady was down, she used to do a world of kindness. There was not a cottager's family for three or four miles round, that she did not visit. And as for skim-milk and ve-" getables, the poor might have it for fetching. For my part, I have reason to rue the day tbat we made peace with the French; for Huntley Hall used to be crowded with company, and their horses and carriages were always sent to the Three Kings; but, Lord bless ye, sir, no one knows where the shoe pinches, but them that wear it.”
As Mrs. Maurice made this declaration, her husband entered the apartment, and corroborated his wife's assertions, lamenting there was not a heavy fine levied upon every per. son who went to Paris. “No longer ago, sir,” said he, " than last Monday se'nnight, I took a bill of fifteen pounds to a gentleman, which had been two years
standing, which I entreated bim to settle, as I had some very heavy payments; he desired me to call the next evening, faithfully promising to discharge it; but about two hours before the time appointed, I received a note, informing me, he had been invited to accompany, a friend in a tour; to Paris, and consequently should want his ready money to defray his travelling expenses.'
I fear there are too many industrious tradesmen in a simi. lar predicament to poor Maurice; and was I at the head of the legislature, I would levy a heavy tax upon every individual who, from idle curiosity crossed the channel. Having said sufficient to convince my landlady I was not totally, destitute of conversational abilities, 1 requested to be shewn into my accustomed room; and after an excellent night's rest, fortified with a good breakfast on the following morning, resumed my peregrination.
That distress which Mrs. Maurice asserted to exist amongst the labouring poor in ber neighbourhood, I had the mortification of perceiving was actually general; for in cottages where I had been accustomed to behold content and sufficiency, I saw nothing but pictures of poverty and wretched. ness! To the unfavourableness of a season which the husbandman annually looks forward to as the means of laying up a little store for sickness or necessity, this appearance may doubtless, in some measure, be attributed; yet the greater evil proceeds from the total want of employment for naval and military men, In one cottager's family alone, who resides about two miles from Mrs. Clavering's, the truth of this observation was strikingly exemplified ; for no less than three of the sons, who bave for the last eight or nine years been fighting for their country, are now balf starving for want of employment. This distress arises not from idleness, but from total want of occupation ; the whole family are reinarkable for integrity, industry, and regularity of habits, yet a scene of greater poverty and wretchedness, thank God, it has been seldom my fate to witness. In making this declaration, I wish my readers to understand, that I am not alluding to those scenes of extreme wretchedness, where vice combined with poverty, hides its“ diminished head; but I mean to confine my description to the cottage of an industrious peasant, accustomed by his daily labour to supply his family's necessities. This cottage had, for years past, attracted my attention for the peculiar order and uti. sity of the little garden which ran parallel with it; the pigs, in a small inclosure detached from the garden, looked fat and sleeky, and even their sty presented a pattern of cleanliness.
To be continued.
Dr. JOHNSON and the COUNTRY CLUB.
Mr. Murphy relates the following singular story of Dr. Johnson :- When first the Rambler came out in separate numbers, as they were the object of attention to multitudes of people, they happened, as it seems, particularly to attract the notice of a society who met every Saturday evening during the summer, at Romford, in Essex, and were known by the name of The Bowling-green Club. These men, seeing one day the character of Leviculus the fortune hunter, or Tetrica the old maid, another day some account of a person who spent his life in hoping for a legacy, or of bim who is always prying into other folks' affairs, began sure enough to think they were betrayed; and that some of the coterie sat down to divert himself by giving to the public the portrait of all the rest. Filled with wrath against the traitor of Romford, one of them resolved to write to the printer, and enquire the author's name; Samuel Johnson was the reply. No more was necessary; Samuel Johuson was the name of the curate, and soon did each begin to load him with reproaches for turning his friends into ridicule in a manner so cruel and unprovoked. In vain did the guiltless curate protest his innocence; one was sure that Aligu meant Mr. Twigg, and that Cupidus was but another name for neighbour Baggs; till the poor parson unable to contend any longer, rode to London, and brought them full satisfaction concerning the writer, who, from his own knowledge of general manners, quickened by a vigorous and warm imagination, had happily delineated, though unknown to himself, the members of the Bowling-green Club.
ANECDOTE of GEORGE PEELE.
George Peele, a celebrated poet, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, having once eluded the search of some bạiliffs by means of a baker's pie-board, the circumstance was introduced in a play called “The Puritan," and a baker's board, on which he carries pies to his oven, was in consequence, and is to this day, called à peele.
CURIOUS PARTICULARS OF THE GENTOO
LAWS CONCERNING WOMEN.
FROM MR. HALHED'S CODE OF GENTOO LAWS.
A man, both day and night, must keep his wife so much in subjection, that she by no means be mistress of her own actions; if the wife have her own free-will, notwithstanding she be sprung from a superior cast she will yet behave amiss.
So long as a woman remains unmarried, her father shalt, take care of her; and so long as she remains young, her husband shall take care of her; and in her old-age, her sont shall take care of her; and if, before a woman's marriage, l'er father should die, the brother, or þróther's son, or such other near relations of her father, shall take care of
her; if, after marriage, her husband should die, and the wife bás not brought forth a son, the brothers and brothers sons; or such other near relations of her husband, shall take care of her: if there are no-brothers, brothers sons, or sach other near re." lations of her husband, the brothers, or sons of the brothers of her fatlier shall take care of her: if there are none of those, the Magistrate shall take care of her; and in every stage of life, if the persons who have been 'allotted to take care of a woman do not take care of her, each in his respective stage accordingly, the Magistrate shall fine them,
If the husband be abject and weak, be shall nevertheless endeavour to guard his wife with caution, that she may not be unchaste, and learn bad habits.
If a man, öy confinement and threats, cannot guard his wife, he shall give her a large sum of money, and make her mistress of her income and expences, and appoint her to dress victuals for the Dewtah (i. e.) the Deity.
· If a husband is going a journey, he must give his wife eñougli- to furnish her with victuals and cloaths, until the promised period of his return; if he goes without Icaving suchi provision, and his wife is reduced to great necessity for want of victuals and cloaths, then, if the wife be naturally well principled, she yet becomes ynchaste, for want of victuals and cloaths.
*In every, family where there is a good understanding be: twcen the husband and wife, and where the wife is not un
chaste, and the husband also commits no bad practices, it is an excellent example:
A woman who always acts according to her busband's pleasure, and speaks no ill of any person, and who can her self do all such things as are proper for a woman, and who is of good principles, and who produces a son, and who rises rom sleep before her husband, such a woman is found only fby much and many religious works, and by a peculiarly happy destiny, such a woman, if any man forsakes of his own accord, the Magistrate shall inflict upon that man the punishe ment of a thief.
A woman, who always abuses her husband, shall be treated with good advice, for the space of one year; if she does not. amend with one year's advice, and does not leave off abusing her husband, he shall no longer hold any communication with her, nor keep her any longer near him, but shall provide her with food and cloaths.
A woman who dissipates or spoils her own property, or who procures abortion, or who has an intention to murder her husband, and is always quarrelling with every body, and who eats before her husband eats, such a woman shall be turned out of the house.
A husband, at his own pleasure, sball cease to live with his Wife who is barren, or who always brings forth daughters.
If a woman, following her own inclinations, goes whithersoever she chooses, and does not regard the words of het master, such a woman shall be turned away.
A woman, who is of a good disposition, and who puts on her jewels and cloaths with decorum, and is of good princi ples, whenever the husband is cheerful, the wife also is cheerful, and if the husband is sorrowful, the wife also is sorrowful, and whenever the husband undertakes a journey, the wife puts on a careless dress, and lays aside her jewels and other ornaments, and abuses no person, and will not expend a single dam without her husband's consent, and has a song
and takes a proper care of houshold goods, and, at the times of worship, performs her worship to the Deity in a proper manner, and goes not out of the house, and is not unchastoy and makes no quarrels or disturbances, and has no greedy, passions, and is always employed in some good work, and pays a proper respect to all persons, such is a good women.
A woman shall never go out of the house without the consent of her husband, and shall always have some cloaths upon her bosom, and at festival times shall put on her choicest dress and her jewels, and shall never bold discourse with a strange man, but máy converse with a Sinassee, a Hermit, or an old man; and shall always dress in cloaths that reach from