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him by the fame hand, foon after he re-
ceived the difcharge before-mentioned. Dur-
ing this confufion, the gentleman, who re-
ally had a value for his late fervant, told
hirn, he was welcome to be at his houfe till


he was fettled, and that he would do all the
good offices in his power, to promote his
future welfare. Mr. Fro-^ard replied, " Sir,
" you cannot do me greater fervice than to
" let me know who is my generous bene-
*' factor ; becaufe it is incumbent upon me
* { to make fome acknowledgment." The
matter pofitively refufed to do this, and
turned off the difcourfe, by afking how he
intended to difpofe of himfelf and money.
" Sir, (fays he) I am not unacquainted with
" the nature of trade, and labour is now be-
*' come habitual to me, and as I am well
" fkilled in the cultivation of the fugar-
" cane, I would willingly rent a fmall plan-
fc tation of that kind, and work upon it
" for myfelf." The planter approved of
this defign, and promifed him afliftance.

In about a month after, Mr. FroiuarJ
met \vith a bargain, agreeable to his fub-
ftance, and worked upon it as hard as if he
had been a real Have, with this difference
only, that he could now fpare more time in
the fervice of his all-powerful redeemer. In
the interim, his late mailer procured him a
wife with a handfome fortune, who had a
fugar-work of her own, and fome negroes :
he purchafed more, and by his induftry
thrived amain, and in a few years laid up
loo/, in fpecie. In

In this comfortable ftate, nothing gave
him uneafmefs, but that he could nctccme
to the knowledge of his kind benefactor ;
never was man more anxious to Pnew his
gratitude, or more follicitous to find out his
friend ! One day, as he was at his devoti-
ons, a ftra"nge gentleman came to his habi-
tation, and defired to fee him. He was no
fooner admitted, than he accoded him in the
following manner: " Mr. Froward, I am.
" commander of the Dove frigate, whole
" principal owner is Sir Tho. ThorougbgcoJ,
" and am juft arrived from England: By
" Sir Thomas's orders I am to inform you
" that his Jamaica agent is dead, and lie
" has made choice of you to fucceed him
" here in that Ration. I have a commifiion
" from him, for you, in my pocket, to dif-
" pofe of my cargo, and to freight me again
" ior my voyage home. He never '.-ould
" own it, but I am well a fibred, he is the
" perfon who faved your life, who redeem-
<c ed you from bondage, and was the fole
" inftrument of your preient profpcrity."
Nothing could have given Mr. Froward
fo great pleafure and fatisfaclion, as this
laft piece of intelligence ; he knew not
how to make the captain welcome enough,
he kept him all night, and in the morning


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made him a prefent of a hogfheadof rum.
He made all the poilible difpatch in difpof-
ing of his cargo, and freighted him out
with the utmoft expedition. With the re/t
of the goods, he fent Sir Thomas ten hogf-
heads of fugar, and as many of rum, for
a prefent, with the following letter.

" Honoured Sir,

Tranfported with joy, and drowned in
tears, I fend this teftimony of my efteem", of
which I humbly hope your acceptance, as
well as of thofe fmall tokens of my grati-
tude, with which it is accompanied. Next
under God, 'tis to you, dear Sir, that I owe
my life, my liberty, and my all. Happy me,
had I liftened to your advice in my nonage !
happy {till, as by your means, I have been
directed to the paths of virtue. 'Tis to you
I am indebted for my prefent comfortable
fituation.and the dawning profpedl of future
happinefs : The bills of lading, *fr. are fent
by Mr. *****, and all your bufinefs here,
with which ] am entrufted, (hall be executed
with the utmoft diligence and fidelity. I have
only to add my prayers for the continuation
of your life and health, who have been fo
beneficial to many, but more particularly to,
Honoured Sir, Tour moft bumble, moj} obliged*
though moft unworthy ', Jer<vant,


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Sir Thomas was highly pleafed with the
purport of his letter, though he rallied the
captain for letting him know to whom he
was obliged for his freedom. The fame
fhipwas lent the next feafon on the fame
voyage, when the captain was ordered to
pay Mr. Froward the full price for the rum
and fugar he had fent to the knight, and
to deliver him the following letter.

Mr. Froivardy
" Sir,

I thank you for the acknowledgment you
made for the good offices I did you, and
lhall ever efteem the prefent as it was in-
tended ; but have neither power nor incli-
nation to rob you of any thing you have
acquired by dint of merit. My defign is,
to add to your acquifitions, and not to di-
miniih them, as you will experience : only
perfevere in your prefent courfe of life, and
you will make me ample amends for all I
have, or can do for you. ^

I am, Sir, your real friend,

Mr. Froivard, who was uneafy that his
friend refufed his prefent, continued in a


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thriving condition feveral years. And now
his wife died without i/Tue ; he, grown very
rich, and advanced in years, difpofed of the
fugar-work, and left off all manner of bufi-
nefs, except that of Sir Tbo. Thorougbgood' > s.
At length he himfelf was feized with apeiU-
lential fever, and carried off in a few days.
He bore the torture of his diftemper with
exemplary patience, and met his approach-
ing deftiny with an intrepidity of foul fcarce
to be parallelled. That you may the better
judge of his fentiments of gratitude, I
have herewith fent a copy of his lad will.

In the name of God, Amen. I Francis
Froivard of, in ^Jwnaica, being of mind and memory, do hereby make
my laft will and teftament, in form and
manner following, that is to fay :

Imprimis, I bequeath my foul to Al-
mighty God that gave it, hoping, and fully
truiting, that I ihali be faved and made eter-
nally happy by the merits of my dear re-
deemer Jefus Chrifty who fuffcred for me
and all mankind.

Item, As the poor convicts in prifcn,
where I had once the misfortune to be con-
fined, are not attended, and inftrufted as
they ought to be, by perfons who feek their


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eternal falvation ; I do give and bequeath
fifty pounds a year, to purchafe for their ufe
fuch books as the archbifhop of Canlerbury,
the bifhop of London, and the merifFs of
London and Middlefex mall think proper to
put into their hands.

Item, As the laws of England, however
vviiely conftructed, have made no provifiort
for poor people born in dillant parts, and
become miferable there, but left them to
periih in the ftreets, lanes, and publick
places ; I do give and bequeath five hun-
dred pounds a year, to be laid out for their
relief, in fuch a manner as mail feem nioft
agreeable to the lord-mayor of London, for
the time being, and to the truftees that ihali
be nominated by my executors.

Item, And as many poor tradefmen and
labourers are artfully feduced and perfuaded
to enter themfelves on board merchant mips
for this and other colonies in his majefty'?
.dominions ; and are afterwards at fea un-
warily drawn in to indent themfelves fer-
vants to the owners of the vefTel, and from
that moment commence ilaves, and as fuch
are fold in the public markets of the colo-
nies, and generally ill-treated ; I do give
and bequeath five hundred pounds a year
for the redemption of fuch unhappy people


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and for the profecution of thofe who have
been the abettors and contrivers of their

Item, As gratitude is of all oblations the
greateil and mofl acceptable, I do give and
bequeath to my dear friend Mr. Thomas
Thoroughgood, merchant in London, who fav-
ed me from an ignominious death, and re-
deemed me from flavery, all the reft and
refidue of my real and perfonal eftate ; and
I do nominate and appoint him, and his
heirs and executors, my heirs and execu-
tors for ever. In witnefs whereof I have
hereunto fet my hand and feal, this third
day of May, 1680,


Thomas Williams,
John Wiljon,
Richard Jones.







Communicated by Lady BETTY LIVELY.

MISS SALLY SILENCE was to be fure
the befl little girl in the world : She
did every thing her papa and mamma bid

her : Nay, more (he endeavoured to

avoid giving them that trouble; for, if
fne knew of any thing they wanted, away
fhe ran for it in an initant, and agreeably
furprifed them with what they had occa-
fion for, before they had time even to afk
for it. This to be fure made every body
admire her ; but what rendered her ftill
more amiable was her great love of truth,
and her vaft diflike to noife and nonfenfe.
When other girls were hollowing, quarrel-
ling, and difturbing the whole neighbour-
hood, me was demure and filent. Now,
there lived in that country a certain duke,
who valued his peace and quiet above
every earthly Welling ; he made his ad-
dreffes to feveral ladies, but found thay
were proud, conceited, and too much gi-
ven to prattle ; at laft, being informed of
Mifs SALLY'S good fe&fe, virtue, and pru-

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dent behaviour, he made her feveral viftts,
and was fo charmed with her chearfulnefs
and fweet difpofition, that he married her,
though Ihe had not a farthing to her for-
tune, and made her the great golden
dutchefs of Downright. Soon after his
grace was married, he bought her a fine
gilt coach, on which were painted two
doves with an olive-branch, to reprefent
their peace and conjugal affeftion, and
Ihe was drawn by fix milk-white horfes,
as an emblem of her virtue and innocence.
She lived with my lord duke in a ftate of
happinefs for many years, and when me
died, he ordered this infcription to be
wrote on her tomb, as a leflbn to all little
girls :
Here lie the Remains of the Dutchefs of

who, when a maiden, was no other


a poor Farmer's Daughter ;

From her Attachment to GOODNESS me

became GREAT :

Her Virtue raifed her from a mean State
to an high degree of Honour,


Her INNOCENCE procured her Peace in her
lail Moments.

Kz She

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She fmiled, even in agony,
And embraced death, as a friendly pilot

who was to fteer her
To a more exalted ftate of Blifs.

Whoever thou art, obferve thefe her Rules,

and become Thyfelf
A copy of this bright EXAMPLE.

Bechearful, but be innocent. Be oblig-
ing to all, though familiar with none but
the good hear what all men fay, but take
counfel only of the wife Never be tempt-
ed to tell a lie, nor do any thing whereby
your virtue and your honefty may be called
in queiuon ; for among all your gran-
deur, all your riches and equipage, thofe
are your brighter! and moil valuable gems.
Be peaceable, and be happy love your
friends, love your neighbours, love your
enemies ; but above all, love, honour and
adore that ALMIGHTY BEING who gave
you being ; obferve his laws which are
written in the Koly Scriptures ; and in the
inidft of your misfortunes, if you meet
with any, rely entirely on his protection ;
who is a father to the falbtrlt/s, <who puttfth
down the wicked from their feat, and exaheth
the humble and meek.





All Little good BOYS and GIRLS:

Which is alfo proper for People of riper Years.


OThou ! who lately clos'd my eyes,
And calm'd my foul to reft,
Now the dull blank of darknefs flies,
Be thank'd, be prais'd, and bleft.

And as thou fay 'ft me in the night

From anguifh and difmay,
Lead through the labours of the light,
And dangers of the day.

K 3 Tho>

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Tho' from thy laws I daily fwerve.

Yet ftill thy mercy grant ;
Shield me from all that I deferve,

And grant me all I want.

Howe'er flic's tempted to defcend,
Keep reafon on her throne ;

From all men's paffions me defend,
But chiefly from my own.

Give me a heart t' a{Tift the poor,

Ev'n as thy hand beftows ;
For thee and man a love moft pure,

And friendihip for my foes.


This, thro' the merits, death and birth
Of our blefs'd Lord be giv'n ;

So fhall I compafs peace on earth,
And endlefs blifs in heav'n.



TH E Peacock, of his gaudy train
And tread majeftic idly vain,
Each fimple gazer views with joy,
And dotes upon the feather'd toy ;
But when he (creams with hideous cry,
The ear is plagu'd to pleafe the eye.


By this allufionjuftly ftung,
Each tinfel'd fop ihould hold his tongue.


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L I L L I P U T.

MASTER HIRON, the young gentle*
man of whom we gave you fome
account in page 29, obferving, that the
language of the Lilliputians was irregular,
and difficult to be underftood, eftablifhed
the following alphabet of letters, and re-
gulated their founds, when blended and
intermixed with each other, in this manner,


The alphabet confiiled of the following
twenty-fix letters ;

Abcdefgkij klmnopqrft
u v w x y z.

And thefe letters, at the requeft of maf-
ter Hiron, and by authority of the king,
were to bear the following founds.

a, bee, cee, dee, e, eff,gee, aytck, i,ja, ka, e/,
em, en, o, pee, qu, ar, efs t tee, yu, <vee 9
do able j, eks, <wi, zed.

Now out of thefe twenty-fix letters, you
will obferve, there are five that expiefs a
found of themfelves, without the aid or
afliftance of any other letter ; for which
reafon thofe are called vowels ; and with-
out one of thefe vowels, that is to fay,
without the afliftance either of an a, or an
f, or an /, or an o, or an, no word can be
form'd. Belides thefe five vowels the iu
and y are fometimes confidered as fuch,
and are very often made uie of; the for-
mer inftead of , and the latter inibad of
7; and when ufed in this manner, they
convey the found, and have the power of
thofe two vowels. You are likewife de-
fired to obferve, that fometimes two of


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thofe vowels, when joined together, make
but one found ; as in the words, Boy, too,
Day, Lee, Tea, and then they are called
Dipthongs. And fometimes three vowels
are alfo joined in one found, as in the
words beau, lieu, view, and thefe are
called Tripthongs.

All thofe letters in the alphabet above-
mentioned, which cannot be founded with-
out being joined to one or more of the
vowels, are called Confonants. And by
thefe twenty-fix letters, all the words in
the world may be exprefled and wrote
down ; which is amazing, and what one
would never fuppofe fuch a little boy could
liave difcovered. Pray confider how won-
derful it is, that twenty-fix letters fhould
be found out, by which alone the Lillipu-
tians, the Mercolians, the Englijb, the
French, the Spaniards, the Italians, the
Dutch, and in ihort, the people of all
other nations upon the earth, can exprefs
all the words that ever have been, or ever
will be invented by any of them : and then
tell me if you don't think Billy Hiron was
a charming little boy ! And from hence
it is plain, my dear, that little boys and
girls can do very furprifing things, and
learn a great deal in a very little time, if


they pleafe ; and as we all know, that
learning is the road to preferment, to
riches, to honour, and even wifdom itfelf,
I hope \ve fhall have no dunce amongft the
members of our fociety ; if there be, we
ihall ferve him as the bees do a drone in
the hive, fend him packing to fome other

After this alphabet had been fome time
in ufe, mailer Hirun found it was neceffary
in many cafes, that the letters mould be
made in a different manner ; he therefore
procured an order from the king for them
to be made thus :


And thefe he called Capitals, becaufe
the ufe he put them to was to diftinguim
any word that required more than ordi-
nary notice. He like wife ordered, that
every line in poetry, the name of every per-
fon and thing, and the firft letter in every
difcourfe after a period or full point, fhould
begin with a Capital.




WHEN CJESAR did this ifle invade,
I firft experienced royal aid ;
Nay, now to Majefty belong,
Tho' fubject to the vulgar throng,
Who with uncivil ufage treat,
And trample me beneath their feet;
With heavy burdens me opprefs,
And money gain by my diftrefs j
Yet all their infults I endure,
While they my given bruifes cure.
I am in every country found,
And traverfe all the kingdom round :
Say what my name is, fo well known,
That I'm a common proverb grown.


IN court? and cottages we may be found,
Our fiurts with fringe of colours bound ;
And as we were by providence defign'd,
To guard from harm a fav'rite apple join'd,

For this caufe we ne'er far afunder ftray,
But meet and part a thoufand times a day.
When dark, like loving couples we unite,
And cuddle clofe together every night.


I Was before the world began,
And mall for ever laft,"
'Ere Adam was form'd into a man,

And out of Eden caft.
Your mirthful moments I attend,

And mitigate your grief,
Th' induftrious peafant I befriend,

To pris'ners give relief.
Make much of me if you are wife,

And ufe me while you may ;
For you will leave me in a trice,

And I for no man flay.


That's MY HONEY.

By Mifs AKct ****.

CLAP three, and caft off and turn jj.
Second couple do the farne.^ Foot
it to your partner, caft off, and right and


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A Gafcon officer who fenced under Henry
*** IV. king of France y not having re-
ceived any pay for a confiderable time,
came to the king, and confidently faid to
him, Sir, three words with your majefty,
Money or Difcharge. Four with you, an-
fwered the king, neither one nor t'other.

A young ftudent mewing the Mufaum at
Oxon to gentlemen and ladies, among
other things produced a rufty fword : This,
fays the ftudent, is the fword with which
Balaam was going to kill his afs. Upon
which one of the company replied, that he
thought Balaam had no fwon, but only
wifhed for one. You are right, fays the
ftudent, and this is the very f.sord he
wifhed for.

It has been often obferv'd, and with too
much truth, that Englijb gentlemen reap
no benefit by travelling. Tom >man made
a pretty ufe of this, when he r=ld.a prating
coxcomb juft returned from Italy, that the
Engliih went out figures and returned cy-

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A N S W E R ' D.

IF a young Lilliputian your riddles find
You will give him a book for his trouble

no doubt.
The firft then is ADAM for no male be-

E're fo young did encounter a beautiful

The fecond's a GRIDIRON, whofe ribs,

when meat's on,

Drop fat in the fire, altho' they have none.
The third is but hold for miftaken I

may be,
A fine painted DOLL, or a Gingerbread-



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An HrMxfrom the yjtb PSALM.
By a LADY.


S by the ftreams of Bafylon,
- Far from our native foil we fat,
et Zion! thee we thought upon,
vnd every thought a tear begat.

ft the willows waving there
)ur iilent harps we penfive hung.
I they, who captiv'd us, let's hear
ome fong which ye in Zion fung.


,v mall we tune our voice to fing,
)r touch our harps with fkilful hands,
i hymns of Joy to God our King,
e fung by flaves in foreign lands ?

'akm ! our once happy feat,
f I of thee forgetful prove,

then my trembling hand forget
^he fpeaking firing and art to move.

to moan o'er thee forbear,
,ternal lilence feize my tongue;
if I fing one chearfui air
Till thy deliverance is my fong.




A N S W E R ' D.

IF a young Lilliputian your riddles f
You will give him a book for his trou

no doubt.
The firfl then is ADAM for no male ]

E're fo young did encounter a beauti

The fecond's a GRIDIRON, whofe ris

when meat's on,

Drop fat in the fire, altho' they have noi
The third is but hold for miftaken

may be,
A fine painted DOLL* or a Gingerbret


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An HYMN from the 37^ PSALM.
By a LADY.


AS by the ftreams of Babylon,
Far from our native foil we fat,
Sweet Zion! thee we thought upon,
And every thought a tear begat.

Aloft the willows waving there

Our filent harps we penfive hung.
Said they, who captiv'd us, let's hear

Some fong which ye in Zion fung.

How fhall we tune our voice to fing,

Or touch our harps with ikilful hands,
Can hymns of Joy to God our King,

Be fung by flaves in foreign lands ?

O Salem ! our once happy feat,

If I of thee forgetful prove,
Let then my trembling hand forget

The fpeaking firing and art to move.

If I to moan o'er thee forbear,

Eternal filence feize my tongue ;
Or it I fing one chearfui air

'Till thy deliverance is my fong.


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Of L I T T L K


Who was afterwards the


pOLLT Meanivell's father and mother
died when llie was very young, and left
her to the care of an uncle, who was an old
rich batchelor, covetous to the laft degree,
and one who cared for nobody but himfelf.
He put her to fchool a little after her pa-
rents death, but finding that by a flaw in
fome writings, he had the power of taking
every thing to himfelf, he did fo, and de-
prived poor Polly of what her father and
mother left for her fubfiftance, and turned
her cut of doors.

Polly was at firfl very uneafy at lofmg all
her fine cloaths, and at being obliged to
go to hard work, which Mr. Williams, the
parfon of the parifh, obferving, that good
man canie to her one day, and comforted


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her in this manner. " Don't be caft do\vn
" Polly, at your fine cloaths being gone*
" thofe ragged ones will keep you warm*
" and that is the only ufe of cloaths ; for
" people are not a bit the better for v/ear-
' ing fine garments. 'Tis true, you can't
" have your tea and your coffee, your
" tarts and your cheefecakes, your cuftards
" and fyllabubs as ufual, but what does
" that fignify ? You can by your labour
" get other victuals : then your working
" for it makes it go down the fweeter,
" and at the fame time keeps you in health ;
" the bed you lie upon feems as foft, after
" a hard day's work, as your down beds,
" I fuppofe, ufed to be ; why then mould
" you be uneafy ? Be a good girl, fay your
" prayers, and put your truft in God
" Almighty ; and he will give you what
" his allknowing 'wifdom fees you want."
Polly was fo pleafed with this fpeech, that
ftie dropt Mr. William? a courtefy, and for
the future, refolved to mind nothing but
her duty, and not repine at Providence.

As Ihe went to church conflantly, and
was very devout there, every body took
notice of her, and one merchant's wife in
particular, fent to the fexton to know what


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little ragged girl that was that came to
church fo conftantly, and behaved fo well
there. The fexton anfwered, that 'twas
Polly Meanvjell ; and, " Madam," faid he,
" though Polly is fo poor and fb ragged,
' ihe is the beil girl in the parifh." " Is
" fhe fo ?" fays the lady, " then pray give
" her this new bible, and this piece of
" money ;" and put into his hand a crown
for her. Some time afterwards, this lady,
who was very rich, dropped, as fhe was
itepping into her coach, a green purfc fu'l
of guineas, and a fine diamond ring, which
Polly had the good fortune to pick up.
Now fome naughty girls would hav; j kept
all this money, and not have carried it to
the lady; and indeed one of her neigh-
bours advifed her to do fo. But Pdly was
angry with her, and told her, fhe uas a
wicked woman to put filch naughty things
into a little girl's head. " How can I go
*' to church and fay my prayers to Gcd
" Almighty, fays fhe, and at the fame time
" be guilty of fuch a difhoneft thing ?
" and what good do you think this money
" will do rne ? why none ; 'twill only
" corrupt what little I get by my labour,
" and make God Almighty angry with
" me." So fhe got a paper wrote, and


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nailed it up at the church door, to Jet
every body know that Petty Meannxellj the
little ragged girl, had found a large fum of
money, and a fine diamond ring, and that
the owner might have it on defcribing the
purfe and ring.

The lady hearing of this, fent for Polly
and defcribed the purfe and the ring, which
Polly returned to her, who gave her ten
guineas. " And now Po/fy, fays fhe, as
" I know you are a very honeft, religious
" and good girl, I will provide for you.
" Go into the next room, and ftrip off
" your ragged cloaths, and put on thofe

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