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micizez seen the necessity of inforcing the execu- custody persons of the highest rank, if sation of the laws for the suppression of they are guilty of any offence punithable

caz, z: Vice and immorality, Happy had it by Statute. Had Sir John Fielding afEsmers been for some hundreds of malefactors, fociated with his well disposed brethren, heca who have suffered death or exile in the and declared a firm resolution to carry tra course of twenty years, if he had per. the proclamation of our pious monarch Og lige listed in the pursuit of this falulary plan. into execution, and to enforce it by the cu But unfortunately (like the royal pro- penal laws; it is probable we should not

clamation issued to the same effect on have heard of Sunday routes at an A-ps, si bes the King's accession to the throne) these nor of card assemblies on that day in all dija wholesome Statutes have been suffered to quarters of the Town ; the effects of

te lie dormant, and a torrent of wanton, which are, that the servants who attend ce lped expensive amusements, encouraging lewd- these scenes of passion, of sordid gain, ea's ness, gaming, and intemperance, has been and often of mean fraud, set Religion

suffered to beat down every guard of ho- and Conscience at defiance, and become by nour, to loosen the most sacred bands of the most profligate, abandoned wretches

*civil society, to trample on public order on earth. Humanity forbids our expatiatand decorum, and to open every avenue ing on this subject, as we have a melanto unbounded extravagance-the source choly example of this truth now under of thefts, rapines, and murders. To add sentence of death, to the public calamity, these evils have Upon what pretence, then, does Sir flowed from the inordinate love of plea- John Fielding, at this time, assume the sure and dissipation, which has long fasci- honour of having established a Police, nated the minds of people of rank and for- if the whole of his time and attention is tune, whose example will always be imi- employed on the second, and least importated, in proportion to their abilities and tant duty of a Chief Magistrate? Can it opportunities, by the inferior classes of the be any consolation to those who have inpeople. Here, then, was an ample foun- dured all the agonies of midnight terror, dation for an active Magistrate, possessed and the loss of property, to be assureu. of fortitude and public virtue, to acquire that at a heavy expence to themselves, the immortal reputation of being the and to the public Treasury of the nation, founder of a well-digested system of Po- the house-breaker (by means of fpeady Lice, framed on the wisdom and im- information, and a dexterous fet of thiefpartiality of our laws. The Public had takers, who know all the rogues in and some reason to hope, by Sir John Field- about London) will bardly escafe deteEtiing's plan for the reformation of peni- on, conviction, and death-or his Majeltent prostitutes, which gave rise to the ty's molt gracious pardon? Can the man institution of the Magdalen; by his assi- who has lost the use of a limb, or has duity in establishing the Asylum for de- been maimed and wounded by a brutal serted young girls, abandoned at an age footpad, derive any great confort from when they are most liable to be seduced; the address of Fielding's men in discoverby his care of idle, unemployed boys, ing, securing, and bringing the offender whom he recommended to the Marine to Justice ? Society in tiine of war; and by many o

Would it not have more the appearther acts of true benevolence and disin- ance of a Police, if Sir Jn.could assure the terested virtue, that a necessary and ge- unfortunate sufferers by house-breakers, neral reformation would take place, highwaymen, and footpads, that a great This pleasing prospect, however, foon many had been executed, numbers iranvanished.

sported, and not a few pardoned? That But what is ftill more remarkable, Sir his horse and foot forces, always ready John has published a volume of Abstracts at an hour's warning, had taken up all from the Penal Laws, in which it plain- persons found in brothels, gaming houses, ly appears, that he has full power to sup- dram-shops, and other suspected place, press those vices in the Assemblies of the having no visible way of supporting themGreat, the practice of which at the ren- felves honestly? That this select band of dezvous of the vulgar, lead the way to Myrmidons were determined for the futhe gallows. The Lieutenant of the Po- ture not to wait for the sake of the relice in France might find a difficulty to ward, till well-known villains had degain admission to the first, but an Eng- prived their fellow-subjects of their proJish Justice of Peace may not only sup-perty, and perhaps of their lives; but


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into custoly all loose, disorderly persons haps, for want of evidence, is made tura-
of both lexes, so that in future his Ma- key, or under-servant in their gaols, se
jetiy's subjects might sleep secure in their the contrary, they select men of a tedi-
beids, and travel in safety ?

gious, sedate, fober disposition, part of
That this might be effected, and the citizens fallen into misfortunes, for tide
Public no longer be under a jult appre- offices; by which means, inconsidere:
fvenlion, that ille number of thieves will youth, who are cominitted for fight of
continue increaning, ihall be demonftrat- fences, fee their error, and become re-
ed upon a future occasion. At present, formed members of Society, Wherea,
we ihall ouly throw out one hint rela- in our prisons, hardened criminals are
tive to the design we have in view, which permitted to exhibit scenes of thoekig
is, to reform Sir John Fielding, first, by indecency, and to instruct the young be-
convincing him of his error ; and, second- ginner till he is made a proficient in vista
ly, his juisiciary plan.

who, upon his release, takes to warte
If any Magistrate, upon an luforma- courses, than those for which he was tri
tion given in to him of a robbery com- confined.
mitted, with a description of the offen If our Licutenant of the Police thought
ders, can call to one of his people, and proper, he knows, that upon proper it
lay, after relating to him the time and prefentations to the Sheriffs

, enforced by
circumstances of ihe robbery, " I fancy ihe sanction of that Government whole
it must have been such and such perfons, patronage he so often boasts, as much de
were they out that night :" I nould be cency, good order, and sobriety, might
glad to know why such and such perfony, be kept up in a prison, as in a regular
if the Juitice thinks they are wretches garrison.
likely io have committed that, or any Till this is done, and vigorous measures
other robbery, were not fecured in time, are taken to check Vice in its first (tages,
and rendered incapable of being out on we mutt join issue with those fentible
that night? In fuch cases, if ever they foreigners who allert, there can be no
happen, an answer is at hand, which Police in a country, where they cannot
will at once expiain the reason, why all pass the streets without being insulted by
our commitments, transportations, and lewd women, nor travel upon our high-
executions fail of their eifect, and the way's, without hourly danger of being
number of malefactors till continues in- plundered of their effects, or thot through
crealing No regular iuformation up the head.
on oath is lodged again these disorderly
perioni--no rewata from the Treasury Tive Happy Impreffion: A Moral Tale.
atends their being committed to Bride-


Young man of falsion and fortune, well as vagrants or Women s, or by to whom I shall give the name **ring ihem in the focks for gambling, Petworth, became very much enamoured fucaring, drunkenness, or infults offered with a Mifs Mordaunt, who, in consein the sireets to decency aud fobriety; quence of her numerous attractions, had hus if they turn out tooipads, highway- a numerous train of admirers; but the isen, or house-breakers, my people will extreme pleasure which she received from foon detect them, for they know where the assiduities and attentions of those conto find them; and then they will be tinually hovering about her, prevented paid a: the public expence for their vigi- her from being to domestic as the ought lance.”

to have been, in the opinion of her er I ara forry for it. In other countries, ernplary mother, by whom she was often the fuperior officers of the Police can find told, that the domestic virtues alone could poor inen of good moral characters, whose make a woman appear to advantage jina honeliy has never been impeached, to the character of a Wife. Petworth, honinlift in their service, for which they have saw no imperfections in her : his noderate salaries, but no additional re- passion for her increased every day ; he ward for apprehending a culprit; and was never happy but in her company: they are confidered as reputable members His etforts to render himself agreeable of Society, fit to associate with persons to her were not thrown away. He niet of their own class of liie. In other coun- with all the success he wished for, and tries, the militiæ perform this necessary married her.

When an amiable man devotes his ile fame care is taken with respect to whole time to the milirefs of his heart ir prisons. No culporit acquitted, per- and fortune ; when he is perpetually en

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referih deavouring to give her pleafure, to make she would not be able to refuse him any -fertas her life a life of happiness; she must be thing. In order, therefore, to render ther feld: deltitute of sensibility, if he does not himself ftill more deserving of her regard, boder ei* gratefully ftudy to merit the distinguish- he addressed some Verses to her, with a inte mire ing kindness of his behaviour by all the freedom, a boldness in the manner, which lich feat returns in her power. Mrs. Petworth was would have offended many women, ani

co223 not void of gratitude: stie conducted her- which no husband, fond of his wife, could ir ere, a felf in fuch a manner for two years, that have seen written to her with any plea3 of Saher husband believed he was one of the sure. Mrs. Petworth, indeerl, herself, harders : happiest married men in the world; and blushed while me cast her eyes over the zibit let the, too, thought the had been unusual- lines of adulation ; but as they were com

ly fortunate in the choice of a man who posed with elegance and ease, she could nade s pui did her beauty ample justice, and was not help being secretly pleased with the elkezik, at perfeStly satisfied with her matrimonial thoughts of having given birth to a young e for a lot. Young and lively, the appeared poetic genius; yet not knowing what con

every where in the stile of life to which itruction Mr. Petworih would put on some i et moi nhe had ever been accutlomed; and the of her Poet's flights, she deemed it pru

could not be over.looked in public; and dent to conceal the paper which contain

as the taking notice of married women ed them :-he threw them carelessly inGoved was quite fashionable, she was still ad to her dressing-box.

mired, followed, and flattered. By the Mr. Petworth happening, a few days and the high-flown compliments which the receiv- after this cautious proceeding, to come

ed to her personal charms, her joys abroad honie before his Charlotte, went up to were increased by the same compliments her apartment to wait there for her reher satisfactions at home were diminihed. turn.' Accidentally taking up her drefShe was ready enough, 'tis true, to oun fing-box, the Verses dropped out: he that her husband was not less amiable, picked them up immediately, read them, less obliging, then when he firit married and was not a little surprised at the liher; but he was always ber buftrand: centiousness of the language : he thouglit by degrees, therefore, the insensibly he- it extremely improper, indeed, and concame weaned from all her domestic de- cluded that no man would have dared to lights; and in proportion to her growing write in so free a strain, if he had not indifference concerning Mr. Petworth, been allured that the liberties of his pen was her attention to every other man.

would met with a favourable reception. This propensity in her being easily dif The discovery of this paper, added to cerned, gave encouragement to a num the concealment of it from him, filled ber of idle danglers, who, having no in- his mind with a thousand fears, suspicitentions to shackle themselves with the ons, and apprehensions of a very disferters of Hymen, chose rather to flirt quieting nalure; and the recollections with a married woman than with a single which they occafioned, seemed to make one ; thinking that they could do so with them less supportable. He then rememgreater security, without being suspected of bered several trifling conversations which having any serious designs. This is, how- had pafled between Biron and his wife ; ever, playing a dangerous game, and is and the remembrace of them, in his aoften productive of the molt pernicious larmed ftate, was painful beyond expresconsequences, Flirting parties of this fion, kind may, at first setting out, propose While he was in this state, Mrs. Per only to amuse themselves, and to take no worth, who had been making a round liberties not strictly allowable; but dur- of visits, who had found vone of her acing the course of an improving intimacy quaintance at home, and who felt herself between the Sexes, one freedom imper- much indisposed with the head-ach, in ceplibly fucceeds another, and great is consequence of riding about in the cold, the difficulty to know when to stop. returned in order to try wbie her a dishi

Among the most zealous admirers of of tea would relieve her; determining Mrs. Petworth was a Mr. Biron, He ina to let oui again as soon as she was refreshgining himself obliged to her for conde- ed, being engaged to a Rout, which was cending to be his partner at Almack's, to conclude wiib a fupper and a ball. Et the Pantheon, &c. &c. began to fup Mrs, Petworth Itarted to see her hura ose she was as good natured as she was band in her drelling-room. After hava andfome; and fancied, that as the had ing received her with a very serious air,

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confounded her a little, but the was firm- the place intended for her, the right
ly resolved to deny it. Petworth, find- have, merely from her resentment again
ing his suspicions increased by her denial, her husband, and from the vanity of de.
grew warm, and to ftrengthen his asser- ing fo publickly dißinguished, falles :-
Lions produced the Verses fue had secret- to the infamous snare spread for her.
ed from him. At the light of them the While the company were chating
reddened with anger, and asked him, gether, after supper, upon various fabe
fiercely, what he meant by treating her in jects, a Lady who happened to fit set
that manner" How can I help Biron's to Mrs. Petworth, hearing the name al
being a coxcomb?" "No, Madam,” said one of her acquaintances mentioned, and
he, gravely; you can help giving the person who spoke it, if he knew bor
him encouragement."

The did ? “Quite distracted," replied the
This answer drew a spirited reply from Gentleman ; is tied down in her bed
ber; which forced so Tharp a one from This reply excited the curiosity of a!
bin, that the flounced out of the room, who were present, and brought on a de
unable to bear it, in a violent passion, fire to be informed of the cause of facto
muttering something about never coming exquisite diftrefs.
home again, and drove away to Lady Si The couse of it is but 100 cornil,
Counter's. There she met with a new answered the lady, who had enquired al-
Hisappointment. Lady Counter, perceiv- ter the health of her friend. She iz
ing the party with whom she was to play very handsome, and happily married to
out of all patience, had prevailed on one a man who adolized her; but she was bet
of the company, who had declined Cards, contented with the admiration of cel sz
to supply her place. Having been thus thougn it arose almost to adoration. B
excluded from every table by the disa- listening to the persuasions of another
grecable interview in which she had admirer, the eloped with him, and was
been engaged with her husband, she be- soon afterwards bafely deserted by hith

gan to have his very name. In the first without having any provision made for
heat of her resentment, sae thought her- her. The delertion of her new lover,
self the most miserable woman upon and the reflections which a scrutiny into
earth; she thought the should have been her own conduct forced into her mind

happier with any other man in the world were hardly to be endured. Conscious
than with him whom she had married; of having merited the negle& the bad
secretly refolving, as he had so ill return met with, and deeply concerned for her
ed the affection which he had ever ungrateful behaviour to her husband with
Thewn for him, to trouble herself no whom the had all the reason in the world
more about him; to study nothing but to be satisfied, the was seized with a te-
her own pleasure.

ver, which in a short time affected her
Biron, who happened to be one of the brain ; and she is now supposed to be in
company, clearly read Mrs.Petworth's re an incurable state."
folution in her eyes: they looked, indeed, As Mrs. Petworth sat very near the re-
uncommonly kind upon him, and encou later of this melancholy little narative,
raged him to push his good fortune. A- it made a strong impression upon bef;
nimated by her encouraging looks, he the changed colour, the trembled, the
attached himself to ber alone for the re- actually suddered at a
mainder of the evening, danced with her, which she felt herself particularly inter-
waited on her at fupper, and whispered ested. She then began to consider how
numberless follies in her ear, which ar exceedingly she had been to blame, not
another time she would not have permite only to permit Biron to believe that she
ted, but 10 which, at that time, stie made was pleased with his nonsense, but **
not the flighteit opposition.

defend it when she saw Mr. Petworth
Elated with his unexpected success, greatly disturbed at it, and who had never
the happy coxcomb thought he was fure intentionally said or done any thing to
of her; and actually formed a design, displease her.
with the aslistance of his fervant, to make These considerations, and others of a
her coachman drunk, jotending, by such similar kind, engrofled her attention; she
a proceeding, to get her conveyed to a sat quite loft in thought, regardless of e-
Bagnio; no doubing but that if he could very thing about her.
cice fee her in such a house, he should

Biron, seeing her plunged into a reve-

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if the balie duities, accompanied with some tender one of your's inclosed. I notice what utended befreedoms, against which she was not at you say to him concerning the situation ' fie deefirit fufficiently upon her guard to defend of these towns; he cannot itir about himand fun herself. At lalt, however, on his com felf; fo

you must be the more aclive in uly dizzing rather too near, and almost touching alliiting him. You must not be outbidden us frares pas her neck with his lips, she rose with in at any of these places; but, where you ccapere dignation, and asked him what he meant find things neceflary, do them. I notice fuper, os by such infolence? She then, addreiling what you say of 100l. being lodged with mbo bams herself to the Gentleman who had given Mr. Brown, to distribute as he thought ges, des occasion to the late ftory productive of her best, for that Taylor was distributing the per reformation, begged him to see her safe Indian gold. I desire that you will draw fpt to a coach. On Biron's offering to at upon me for this hundred, and lodge it in die tend her, she turned upon him with a with Mr. Brown, and do same at Inverniet dir severe frown, which plainly convinced keithing, if necessary. Can you trust the

him, in a moment, that his most flatter- Mr. William Scotland you mentioned in 3, at han ing hopes were all demolished. Her your letter? If you think so, employ him, red of si coachman and footman could not be for I see we must have more than one per

found : the Gentleman, therefore, who fon: fo find out a confidential one, and

had taken her under his protection, put let him be constantly going from one town indes der her into a chair, and walked by the fide to another. I desire you will go upon

of it till fhe arrived at her own door. receipt of this, to the Ferry; give them As soon as the door was opened, the a good dinner; and if you can jecure any thanked her guardian for his care of her wavering person, don't come away withseveral times, and flew up stairs 10 her out doing, coft what it will. When you almost distracted husband.

are there, wait on Baillie Stewart; tell Petworth was, at first, exceedingly at him, it is not Colonel Masterton, but it a lofs to account for the eagerness with is me, that is in the question; and that I which his wife seemed to return to him; shall take it as a molt particular favour, but when she related all that had passed, if he will declare for Masterton as my and intreated his forgiveness, on her pro- friend. I know he intends to do so; but mise to offend him no more in any shape the sooner he does so the better; and that whatever; he was as wild with joy, as I shall, with great readiness, thew him he had been before with grief. Prefling every return 1 can. I have wrote the Coher to his bosom with transport not to be lonel, that the two Deacons of Dundescribed; he told her, while the smitten fermline must be secured. If they are not, with remorse, and softened by contrition, I desire you will acquaint the Colonel, wept over her faults, wept too from the that it muft be done, and, if neceitary, joy the fell on being reconciled to him, you will come to him, and concert a plan that the very best women were not with- for doing it. I have given him full pow out fome failings, and that the who ers to secure a majority every where ; 10, couid, after having seen her errors, a. pray consult with him how it is to be done, mend them, deferved not only pardon, but and don't be outbiduen any where. I am, praise.


Your humble vant. A Letter from a Gentleman in London to his friend in the Country.

(Signed) LAU. DS.

Account of the Dramatic Entertainment, Dear Sir,

called the Alaid of the Oaks, Said to be THE following letter, which I have

written by General Burgoyne. feen in most of our public prints, and am therefore induced to fuppose to

DRAMATIS PERSON E. be genuine, will thew what cause we

Sir Harry Groveby, Mr. Brereton, Britons have to boalt of our liberties, Mr. Groveby, bis uncle, Mr. King. and freedom of election. It is faid to be Ollworth,

Mr. Aickin. a copy of Sir Laurence D-d-s's letter, Dapely, a Macaroni, Mr, Dodd. which has been the subject of so much Hurry,

Mr. Weilon. peculation : and is as follows:

O'Daub, a Painter, Mr. Moody.

Mr. Bannister. «Arlington Street, May 2, 1774. Gymon,

Mr. Davies, Folly,

Mr. Vernon. " I Received a letter from Colonel

5 Mr, Le Mall.8:

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