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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
into custoly all loose, disorderly persons haps, for want of evidence, is made tura-
gious, sedate, fober disposition, part of
who, upon his release, takes to warte
, enforced by
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
libe ing bey (ELE the
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,
tuities freedo: Erli fut heridt ing rat her ne dignat by fud berfelt occalic reforn to a tend t ferere him, i jag hi coach found had ta her in
beliaviour to Mr. Biron. This charge bable, that if she had been conduced 13
The did ? “Quite distracted," replied the
ver, which in a short time affected her
defend it when she saw Mr. Petworth
Biron, seeing her plunged into a reve-
his point. And, indeed it is pro- rie, firove to move her by repeated affin
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: