« ZurückWeiter »
FRANCE and ITALY.
THEY order, said I, this matter better in
-You have been in France? said my gentleman, turning quick upon me with the most civil triumph in the world. Strange! quoth I, debating the matter with myself, that one-and-twenty miles sailing, for 'tis absolutely no further from Dover to Calais, should give a man these rightsI'll look into them; so giving up the argument, I went straight to my lodgings, put up half a dozen shirts and a black pair of silk breeches—“ the "coat I have on, said I, looking at the sleeve, "will do"-took a place in the Dover stage: B and
and the packet sailing at nine the next morningby three I had got sat down to my dinner upon a fricasee'd chicken, so incontestibly in France, that had I died that night of an indigestion, the whole world could not have suspended the effects of the *Droits d'aubane-my shirts, and black pair of silk breeches-portmanteau and all must have gone to the King of France-even the little picture which I have so long worn, and so often have told thee, Eliza, I would carry with me into my grave, would have been torn from my neck. Ungenerous!-to seize the wreck of an unwary passenger, whom your subjects had beckoned to their coast-by heaven! SIRE, it is not well done; and much does it grieve me, 'tis the monarch of a people so civilized and courteous, and so renowned for sentiment and fine feelings, that I have to reason with
But I have scarce set foot in your
* All the effects of strangers (Swiss and Scotch excepted) dying in France, were seized by virtue of this law, though the heir was upon the spot--the profit of these contingencies being farmed, there was no redress.