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HEY order, faid I, this matter better: in France
-You have been in France? faid my gentleman, turning quick upon me with the most civil triumph in the world.-Strange ! quoth I, debating the matter with myfelf, That one and twenty miles failing, for 'tis abfolutely no further from Dover to Calais, fhould give a man thefe rightsI'll look into them: fo giving up the argument-I went ftraight to my lodgings, put up half a dozen fhirts and a black pair of filk breeches-" the coat "I have on, faid I, looking at the fleeve, will do" -took a place in the Dover ftage; and the pacquet failing at nine the next morning-by three I had got fat down to my dinner upon a fricaffee'd chicken fo inconteftibly in France, that had I died that night of an indigeftion, the whole world could not have fufpended the effects of the Droits d'aubaine* -my fhirts, and black pair of filk breeches-port-
All the effects of frangers (Swifs and Scotch excepted). dying in France, are feized by virtue of this law, though the heir be upon the fpot the profitof these contingencies being farm'd, there is no redress.
manteau and all must have gone to the king of France-even the little picture which I have fo long worn, and fo often have told thee, Eliza,' 'I would carry with me into my grave, would have been torn from my neck.-Ungenerous !-to feize upon the wreck of an unwary paffenger, who n your fubjects had beckon'd to their coitt-by heaven! SIRE, it is not well done; and much does it grieve me, 'tis the monarch of a people fo, civilized and courteous, and fo renown'd for fentiment and fine feelings, that I have to reafon with
WHEN I had finifh'd my dinner, and drank the King of France's health, to fatisfy my mind that I bore him no fpleen, but, on the contrary, high honour for the humanity of his temper-I rofe up an inch taller for the accommodation.
-No-faid I-the Bourbon is by no means a cruel race they may be misled like other people; but there is a mildnefs in their blood. As I acknowledged this, I felt a fuffufion of a finer kind, upon my cheek-more warm and friendly to man than what Burgundy (at least of two livres a bottle, which was fuch as I had been drinking) could have produced.
Just God! faid I, kicking my portmanteau awhat is there in this world's goods which hould tharpen our fpirits, and make so many kind. beirted brethren of us, fall out fo cruelly as we do by the way
When man is at peace with man, how much lighter than a feather is the heaviest metals in his hand he pulls out his purfe, and holding it airily and uncomprefs'd, looks round him, as if he fought for an object to fhare it with. In doing this, I felt every veffel in my frame dilate-the arteries bea all chearily together, and every power which fuftained life, performed it with fo little friction, that 'twould have confounded the most physical precieufe in France with all her material:fin, fhe could fcarce have called me a machine
I'm confident, faid I to myself, I fhould have overfet her creed.
The acceffion of that idea, carried nature, at that time, as high as fhe could go-I was at peace with the world before, and this finish'd the treaty with myfelf.
Now, was I a King of France, cried Lwhat a moment for an orphan to have begg'd his father's portmanteau of me!
THE MON K..
I Carce utter'd thofe
monk of the order of St. Francis came into the room to beg fomething for his convent. No man cares to have his virtues the fport of contingencies
or one man may be generous, as another man is puiffant-fed non, quo ad banc-or be it as it mayfor there is no regular reafoning upon the ebbs and flows of our humours; they may depend upon the fame caufes, for ought I know, which influence
fluence the tides themfelves--'twould oft be no difcrèdit to us to fuppofe it was fo: I'm fure at leaft for myself, that in many a cafe I fhould be more highly fatisfied, to have it faid by the world, I had had an affair with the moon, in which "there was neither fin nor fhame," than have it pafs altogether as my own act and deed, wherein there was fo much of both.
-But be this as it may. The moment I caft my eyes upon him, I was predetermined not to give him a fingle fous; and accordingly I put my purse into my pocket-button'd it up-fet myself a little more upon my center, and advanced up gravely to him there was fomething, I fear, forbidding in my look: I have his figure this moment before my eyes, and think there was that in it which deferved better.
The monk, as I judged from the break in his tonfure, a few fcatter'd white hairs upon his temples, being all that remained of it, might be about feventy-but from his eyes, and that fort of fire which was in them, which feemed more temper'd by courtefy than years, could be no more than fix ty-Truth might lie between-He was certainly fixty-five; and the general air of his countenance, notwithstanding fomething feemed to have been planting wrinkles in it before their time, agreed to,
It was one of thofe heads, which-Guido has often painted-mild, pale-penetrating, free from all common place ideas of fat-contented ignorance looking downwards upon the earth-it look'd for'wards; but look'd, as if it look'd at fomething beyond this world. How one of his order came by it, heaven above, who let it fall upon a monk's fhoulders, best knows; but it would have fuited a Bramia,
Bramin, and had I met it upon the plains of Indoftan, I had reverenced it, qqet et an
The rest of his cutline may be given in a few ftrokes; one might put it into the hands of any one to defign, for tas neither elegant or otherwife, but as character and expreffion made it fog it was a thin, spare form, fomething above the com mon fize, if it loft not the distinction by a bend forwards in the figure-but it was the attitude of Entreaty; and as it now ftands prefented to my imagination, it gain'd more than it loft by it,
When he had enter'd the room three paces, he ftood still; and laying his left hand upon his breast, (a flender white ftaff with which he journey'd being in his right)-when I had got close up to him, he introduced himfelf with the little story of the wants of his convent, and the poverty of his order-and. did it with fo fimple a grace and fuch an air of Adeprecation was there in the whole cast of his look and figure was bewitch'd not to have been ftruck with it
-A better reason was, I had predetermined not to give him a fingle fous.
IS very true, faid I, replying to a caft wards with his eyes, with which he had concluded his addrefs-'tis very true and heaven be their refource who have no other but the chartty of the world, the flock of which, I fear, is no