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came to their mistress's door a young fellow in a tattered coat, that went by the name of Timothy Trim, whom they did in their conscience believe to be the very prisoner, resembling him in shape, stature, and the features of his countenance: that the said Timothy Trim being taken into the family, clapped their mistress's livery over his own tattered coat: that the said Timothy was extremely officious about their mistress's person, endeavouring by flattery and talebearing to set her against the rest of the servants: no body was so ready to fetch any thing that was wanted, to reach what was dropped: that he used to shove and elbow his fellow-servants to get near his mistress, especially when money was a paying or receiving ; then he was never out of the way: that he was extremely diligent about every body's business, but his own: that the said Timothy, while he was in the family, used to be playing roguish tricks; when his mistress's back was turned, he would loll out his tongue, make mouths, and laugh at her, walking behind her like Hareleguin, ridiculing her motions and gestures; but if his mistre.s looked about, he put on a grave, demure countenance, as if he had been in a fit of devotion: that he used often to trip up stairs so smoothly, that you could not hear him tread, and put all things out of order: that he would pinch the children and servants, when he met them in the dark, so hard, that he left the print of his forefinger and his thumb in black and blue, and then slink into a corner, as if no body had done it: out of the same malicious design he used to lay chairs and jointstools in their way, that they might break their noses by falling over them : the more young and unexperienced he used to teach to talk saucily, and call names: during his stay in the family, there was much plate missing; being caught with a couple of silver spoons in his pocket, with their handles wrenched off, he said, he was only going to carry them to the goldsmith's to be mended : that the said Timothy was hated by all the honest servant for his ill-condi ioned, splenetick tricks, but especially for his slanderous tongue; traducing them to their mistress, as drunkards, thieves, and whoremasters: that the said Timothy by lying stories used to set all the family together by the ears, taking delight to make them fight and quarrel; particularly one day sitting at table, he spoke words to this effect: “I “am of opinion,” quoth he, “that little short fellows, “ such as we are, have better hearts, and could beat “ the tall fellows: I wish it came to a fair trial; I “believe these long fellows, as sightly as they are, “should find their jackets well thwacked *.” A parcel of tall fellows, who thought themselves affronted by the discourse, took up the quarrel, and to’t they went, the tall men and the low men, which continues still a faction in the family to the great disorder of our mistress's affairs: the said Timothy carried this frolick so far, that he proposed to his mistress, that she should entertain no servant, that was above four foot seven inches high ; and for that purpose had prepared a gage, by which they were to be measured. The good old gentlewoman was not so simple, as to go into his project; she began to smell a rat. “This Trim,” quoth she, “is an odd “sort of a fellow ; methinks he makes a strange “figure with that ragged, tattered coat, appearing “ under his livery; can't he go spruce and clean like

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* The original of the distinction in the names of low churchmen and high churchmen.

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“ the rest of the servants the fellow has a roguish “ leer with him, which I don't like by any means; “besides, he has such a twang in his discourse, and “an ungraceful way of speaking through the nose, “ that one can hardly understand him ; I wish the “fellow be not tainted with some bad disease.” The witnesses farther made oath, that the said Timothy lay out anights, and went abroad often at unseasonable hours; and it was credibly reported, he did business in another family: that he pretended to have a squeamish stomach, and could not eat at table with the rest of the servants, though this was but a pretence to provide some nice bit for himself; that he refused to dine upon salt fish, only to have an opportunity to eat a calf's head (his favourite dish) in private; that for all his tender stomach, when he was got by himself, he could devour capons, turkeys, and siloins of beef, like a cormorant. Two other witnesses gave the following evidence: That in his officious attendance upon his mistress, he had tried to slip a powder into her drink; and that he was once caught endeavouring to stifle her with a pillow as she was asleep: that he and Ptschirnsooker were often in close conference, and that they used to drink together at the Rose, where it seems he was well enough known by his true name of Jack. The prisoner had little to say in his defence; he endeavoured to prove himself alibi; so that the trial turned upon this single question, whether the said Timothy Trim and Jack were the same person : which was proved by such plain tokens, and particularly by a mole umier the left Fap, that there was no withstanding the evidence; therefore the worshipful Mr. Justice committed him, in order to his trial.

CHAP. CHAP. XII.

How Jack's fields came to visit lio in prico, and what advice they gave him.

J ACK hitherto had passed in the world for a poor, simple, well meaning, half-witted, crackbrained fellow. People were strangely surprised to find him in such a roguery; that he should disguise himself under a false name, hire himself out for a servant to an old gentlewoman, only for an opportunity to poison her. They said, that it was more generous to profess open enmity, than under a profound disimulation to be guilty of such a scandalous breach of trust, and of the sacred rights of hospitality. In short, the action was universally condemned by his best fiends; they told him in plain terms, that this was come as a judgment upon him for his loose life, his glutton, drunkenness, and avarice; for laying aside his father's will in an old mouldy trunk, and turning stockjobber, newsmonger, and busybody, meddling with other people's affairs, shaking off his old serious friends, and keeping company with buffoons and pickpockets, his father's sworn enemies: that he had best throw himself upon the mercy of the court; repent, and change his manners. To say truth, Jack heard these di courses with some compunction; however, he resolved to try what his new acquaintance would do for hion: they sent Habbakkuk Slyboots *, who delivered him the fol

* Habbakkuk Slyboots, a certain great man who persuaded the dissenters to consent to the bill against occasional conformity, as being for their interest.

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lowing message, at the peremptory commands of his trusty companions. ! {..., BBAKKUK. Dear Jack, I am sorry for thy misfortune: matters have not been carried on with due Secrecy; however, we must make the best of a bad bargain : thou art in the utmost jeopardy, that's certain ; hang, draw, and quarter, are the gentlest things they talk of. However, thy faithful friends, ever watchful for thy security, bid me tell thee, that they have one infallible expedient left to save thy life: thou must know, we have got into some understanding with the enemy, by the means of don Diego ; he assures us there is no mercy for thee, and that there is only one way left to escape; it is indeed somewhat out of the common road; however, be assured it is the result of most mature deliberation. Jack. Prithee tell me quickly, for my heart is sunk down into the very bottom of my belly. HAB. It is the unanimous opinion of your friends, that you make as if you hanged yourself”; they will give it out that you are quite dead, and convey your body out of prison in a bier; and John Bull, being busied with his lawsuit, will not inquire farther into the matter. JAcK. How d'ye mean, make as if I hanged myself? HAE. Nay, you must really hang yourself up, in a true genuine rope, that there may appear no trick in it, and leave the rest to your friends. JAck. Truly this is a matter of some concern; and my friends, I hope, won't take it ill, if I inquire a

* Consent to the bill against occasional conformity. little

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