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and stomach, which are so much worse to bear than any definite pains or aches.
At that time I was seldom in bed after six in the morning, summer and winter. I awoke refreshed, and seldom without some merry thoughts in my head, or some piece of a song to welcome the new-born day. Now, the first feeling which besets me, after stretching out the hours of recumbence to their last possible extent, is a forecast of the wearisome day that lies before me, with a secret wish that I could have lain on still, or never awaked.
Life itself, my waking life, has much of the confusion, the trouble and obscure perplexity of an ill dream. In the day-time I stumble upon dark mountains. · Business, which though never particularly adapted to my nature, yet as something of necessity to be gone through, and therefore best undertaken with cheerfulness, I used to enter upon with some degree of alacrity, now wearies, affrights, perplexes me; I fancy all sorts of discouragements, and am ready to give up an occupation which gives me bread, from a harassing conceit of incapacity. The slightest commission given me by a friend, or any small duty which I have to perform for myself, as giving orders to a tradesman, &c. haunts me as a labour impossible to be got through. So much the springs of action are broken.
The same cowardice attends me in all my intercourse with mankind. I dare not promise that a friend's honour, or his cause, would be safe in my keeping, if I were put to the expense of any manly resolution in defending it. So much the springs of moral action are deadened within me.
My favourite occupation in times past now ceases to entertain. I can do nothing readily. Application for ever so short a time kills me. This poor abstract of my condition was penned at long intervals, with scarcely any attempt at connexion of thought, which is now difficult to me.
The noble passages which formerly delighted me in history, or poetic fiction, now only draw a few weak
tears, allied to dotage. My broken and dispirited nature seems to sink before any thing great and admirable.
I perpetually catch myself in tears, for any cause, or none. It is inexpressible how much this infirmity adds to a sense of shame, and a general feeling of deterioration.
These are some of the instances concerning which I can say with truth, that it was not always so with me.
Shall I lift up the veil of my weakness any further, or is this disclosure sufficient?
I am a poor nameless egotist, who have no vanity to consult by these confessions. I know not whether I shall be laughed at, or heard seriously. Such as they are, I commend them to the reader's attention, if he find his own case any way touched. I have told him what I am come to. Let him stop in time.
PROSPECTUS. An office is opened by a gentleman of the highest respectability, to accelerate and make easy the art of begging, in this metropolis ; for which purpose, a valuable Stock in Trade has been collected at a considerable expense, and professors of the most profound experience engaged. In short, nothing has been neglected to make it worthy the attention of the community. .
An establishment of this kind has been long wanting in London. It comes under the head of a charity, as it feeds a great number of people. The Proprietors beg leave to state that, as it cannot be supported entirely without funds, any donations from the humane and generous will be thankfully received. Attention is requested to the following
CATALOGUE. No. 1.-Three very sickly children (one of them subject to fits) to let on hire at 2s. a week and victuals.
2.-A well-trained dog for a blind mañ, with chain and collar.
3.-A do. brown and white-walks on three legs.
4.-A little girl aged eight years, but looks eight and twenty-with a shrill voice, peculiarly fitted to beg at the area-goes out at 6d. a day, and finds herself. She will not lose herself, as she is well acquainted with the town.
5.-An infant who has had the cow-pock seven times.
6.-An elegant assortment of blue aprons, and red cabbages on poles, for frozen-out gardeners during the ensuing winter.
7.–160 doz. bunches of matches, warranted the best brimstone.
-8.-An old woman without a nose, who can run on errands. The subscribers are requested not to notice her applications for liquor.
9.-A complete beggar's wardrobe. The live stock to be taken at a fair valuation.
10.-50 doz. last dying speeches. They will be parted with at half price, as they are a dead article.
11.-100 doz. of ballads, by all the great authors.
12.-An idiot, who knows how to ring a bell; walk by the side of a muffin dealer, or errand cart, at 3s. per week-very clever in his way
13.-Flints, and Brummagem balls.
14.-A Jack in the Green for the first of May, with seats inside, coronet top, &c. This was made by one of the first artists in London; and the sole reason why the original owner parted with it was, that he was obliged to go abroad.
15.-Five St. Giles' cremonas; three cracked clarionets; a gallanty-show; and two fine-toned barrel organs-maker J. Beloudy, Pentonville.
16.-Four one-armed jackets for sailors who have never seen the sea.
17.-A great choice of second-hand wooden legs. 18.-A large quantity of clean petitions.
19.-A number of dirty and soiled do. at 25 per scent cheaper. Children taught to shiver naturally, at 6d, a
lesson. The hooping-cough taught in all its stages; and complete instructions given in the whole art, mystery, and science of begging, on the most reasonable terms, by the first masters.
Apply to Messrs. Necessity and Co., 7, Ragamuffin Row, Ranelagh; where a managing partner attends, to draw petitions, receive advertisements, and instruct the illiterate.
ADVERTISEMENTS. Wanted. A girl in a consumption, to stand at the door of a methodist chapel. No objection if there are two sisters.
To Let. The tolls of three muddy crossings in a great thoroughfare, and showery part of the town. A few stumps of brooms to be disposed of.
THE ARTS. A young man of respectability, with a swelled knee, who has a taste for drawing, and writes a fine hand, is willing to engage as a partner in any pavement-chalking concern.
Wanted. A genteel-looking man without legs, to go in a bowl with short crutches, between Charing Cross and the top of Bond Street: he must be active and steady, and have an undeniable character for sobriety.
A CARD. J. B. De Voleur, 2, Blue Ball Court, Procureur of Quadrupeds.-Dogs, or any other animals, provided on the shortest notice in any part of town:-Terms to be known at his residence. A variety of skins and catfurs; Mrs. V. constantly attends to dispose of them.
Wanted. A youth of respectable connexions, to be stationed between Vauxhall and the Three Stags : he must be able to tumble with agility, and play the mumps on his chin.
To be peremptorily sold, pursuant to an Order of the High Court of Chance-awry, the Lease of a Cellar, desirably situated in Dyot Street, St. Giles’; it has been, time out of mind, occupied as a dormitory for gentlemen of all descriptions : the particulars and good will to be had of the neighbours.
An opening for Jacks in the Water-Situations to be had on both sides of the river.
An East-India Director has several lame Lascars to dispose of; they are in fine order for begging, being wretchedly thin and unwholesomely ragged.-N. B. As they never uncover their heads, their turbans to be taken as fixtures..
Wanted. A genteel person with good eyes, to sit at a Halfpenny Hatch : no objection to a broken down egg-factor.
A friend to Vagrants proposes to open a subscription, to put a new bank to the stocks at Kentish Town, as the situation is unpleasant, from a neighbouring puddle. The advertiser has lately experienced the effects of a violent cold, caught while his hands and legs were in limbo in the said stocks.
A person that is blind, and lias a good walk in the city, wishes to change it for an eligible situation at the West end of the town.-N. B. He is not musical.
Wanted. Three gentlemen to personate maimed sailors ; they must have an insinuating address, inanly countenance, and a thorough knowledge of street music. Long hair will be a personal advantage.
The Public is respectfully informed, that the sale of the “ Lease of the Cellar" (advertised in a former part of this paper, but too late to be withdrawn) is postponed, on account of the said cellar having fallen in.
TO ACTORS, ETC. The utmost value given for cast-off theatrical wigs ; and, as they are in general worth nothing, should any lady or gentleman cast off two couple, the advertiser will not object to dance attendance to any part of the town for them, gratis. For a card, inquire at the office,