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hands distributed fifty twelvepenny loaves to the poor, by way of restitution for the many great and costly feasts, which he had eaten of at their expence. Three great ladies, a valet de chambre, two lords, a customhouse officer, five half pay captains, and a baronet (all noted gamesters) came publickly into a church at Westminster, and deposited a very considerable sum of money in the minister's hands; the parties, whom they had defrauded, being either out of town, or not to be found. But so great is the hardness of heart of this fraternity, that among either the noble, or vulgar gamesters (though the profession is so general) I did not hear of any other restitution of this sort. At the same time I must observe that (in comparison of these) through all parts of the town, the justice and penitence of the highwaymen, housebreakers, and common pickpockets, was very remarkable. The directors of our publick companies were in such dreadful apprehensions, that one would have thought a parliamentary inquiry was at hand; yet so great was their presence of mind, that all the Thursday morning was taken up in private transfers, which by malicious people was thought to be done with design to conceal their effects. I forbear mentioning the private confessions of particular ladies to their husbands; for as their children were born in wedlock, and of consequence are legitimate, it would be an invidious task to record them as bastards; and particularly after their several husbands have so charitably forgiven them. The evening and night through the whole town, were spent in devotions both publick and private; the churches for this one day were so crowded by the nobility and gentry, that thousands of common people were seen praying in the publick streets. In short, one would have thought the whole town had
been really and seriously religious. But what was very remarkable, all the different persuasions kept by themselves, for as each thought the other would be damned, not one would join in prayer with the other. - At length Friday came, and the people covered all the streets; expecting, watching and praying. But as the day wore away, their fears first began to abate, then lessened every hour, at night they were almost extinct, till the total darkness, that hitherto used to terrify, now comforted every freethinker and atheist. Great numbers went together to the taverns, bespoke suppers, and broke up whole hogsheads for joy. The subject of all wit and conversation was to ridicule the prophecy, and rally each other. All the quality and gentry were perfectly ashamed, nay, some utterly disowned that they had manifested any signs of religion. But the next day even the common people, as well as their betters, appeared in their usual state of indifference. They drank, they whored, they swore, they lied, they cheated, they quarrelled, they murdered. In short, the world went on in the old channel. - I need not give any instances of what will so easily be credited; but I cannot omit relating, that *Mr. Woolston advertised in that very Saturday's Evening Post a new treatise against the miracles of sour Saviour; and that the few, who had given up their pensions the day before, solicited to have them continued: which, as they had not been thrown up upon any ministerial point, I am informed was readily granted.
A SPECIMEN OF scRIBLERUss REPORTS +.
STRADLING versus STILEs.
Le report del case argue en le commen banke devant tout les justices de le mesme banke, en le quart. an du raygne de roy Jaques, entre Matthew Stradling, plant. & Peter Stiles, def. en un action propter certos equos coloratos, Anglice, ppet porces, post. per le dit Matthew vers le dit Peter.
*** #3B John Swale, of Swale-Hall in del case. Swale-Dale fact by the Riber Swale, #t. made big Lagt &isi and Jestament: in tupich, among other Bequests, mag thig, viz. Out of the kind love and respect that I bear unto my much honoured and “good friend Mr. Matthew Stradling, gent. I do bequeath unto the said Matthew Stradling, gent. all my black and white horses. QIbe oltstator bab gir biath botges, gir tubite porgeg, and gir pyou borgèg. CIbe illebate therefore tugg, Ölpetper or Le point. no the gain Matthew Stradling about babe the gait, pget porges by birtue of the gait bequegtg. Atk l tkins apprentice pour se pl. mop ** P. semous oil cours. P.
* William Fortescue, esq., who, in 1736, was made a baron of the exchequer, appears to have been among Mr. Pope's most familiar and esteemed friends. He was, j. a lawyer, a mah of much wit and fancy. The whimsical case of the pied horses, penned in ridicule of the old musty Reports, was the joint composition of this gentleman and Mr. Pope. He died Dec. 16, 1749, being then Master of the Rolls. N.
3nt first cf all it gcemett expedient to contziter tubat is the nature of horses, and aigo tubat ig the nature of colours; and go the argument tuits congzquently bibibe itself in a timefold map, that ig to gap, the formal part, and substantial part. Horses are the substantial part, or tipins, bequeatpot i black and white ty: formal or U&8triptibg part. Horse, in a popgital genge, both import a certain quaKłrupede or four-footed animal, which, by the apt and regular disposition of certain proper and convenient parts, is adapted, fitted, and constituted for the use and need of man. 39ca, go necessarp and conducibt tugg tjig animal contribed to be to t!92 Hebgof of the commontutal, that gunbro and Liberg attø of parliament pate from time to time been made in favour of horses. 1st Edw. VI. 3 Bakeg the trangporting of horses out of the kingdom, no legs a penalty than the forfeiture of 40 l. 2d and 3d Edward VI. QIakes from horse-stealers the benefit of their clergy. And the Statutes of the 27th and 32d of Hen. VIII. contegtent go far ag to take cart of their berg breed : &lpege our tuigg antegtorg prudentip forgeting, tgat tipeg could not better taste care of thfit oton pogterity, tjan by algo taking tart of that of their porge.g. 3nt of 30 great egteem are horses in the egg of the tommon satu, that tuben a Knight of the Bath tommittetb any great and enormous trime, pig punigoment ig to page big spurs chopt off with a cleaver, being, as magter Bracton mell obserbet), unworthy to ride on a horse. Littleton, Sect. 315. saith, 3(f tenants in common make a stage regerbing for rent a horse, they goals pate but one aggije, betauge, saith the book, the satu tuilt not gutfor a horse to be severed. Ønotber argument of tobat blob egtimation the satu mastetb of a borge. TBut 83 the great difference geemet) not to be 60 mutb toutping tipt subgtantial part, horses, set ug protect to too formal or beatriptibt part, viz. Cilibat jorgog they art that comz tuitibin thig 1524tuegt. Jolourg are commonlp of various kinds and different sorts; of tubic;) white and black are the tino ortremeg, and, congequentip, comprehend within them all other colours whatsoever. Tby a bequest therefore of black and white horses, gray or pyed horses may well pass; for tuben too extremeg, or remotegt cning of any tying art Utbigtu, the salu, by common intentment, miss intent whatsoever is contained between them to be devised too. Töut the pregent cage is gtill otronger, toming not only tuitpin the intombment, but algo the berg Iztter of the luorb3. 18p tot motu black, all the 90tgèg that art black are devised; tıp tog mott, white, are Dębigot tooge that are white; and by the game ingru, tuito the conjunction copuHatibe, and, bettpten them, the horses that are black and white, that is to gap, pyed, are devised also. &lpstebtr is black and white 13 pyed, and tubateber is pyed is black and white; ergo, black and white ig Pyed, and, vice versa, pyed is black and white. 3|f therefore black and white horses are D bigo, pyed horses shall pass by such devise; but black and white horses are devised; ergo, the pl. shall have the pyed horses. Catlyne $erjeant: mop 6tmbie as tontrary, Pour le the plaintiff shall not have the pyed horses defend. by intendment; for if by the Debige of black - and white horses, not onlp black and tupite bargeg, but porged of any colour bettucen thege thoo crtremeg map pagg, then not only pyed and gray horses, but also red or bay horses would pass likewise, which would be absurd and against reason. Ånt thig is anotber gtrong argument in Iain, Nihil, quod est contra rationem,-est licitum: for reason is the life of the law, map to common law is nothing but reason; tubits 13 to be uniorgt00u of artificial perfection and reas a ,