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rórals, and if they be good, ít mátters little br the rest.“
„'I fáncy, Sír,“ retúrned my féllow prison. r, ,, thát íť must give you great comfort to áve this little family about you.“
'A comfort! Mr. Jenkinson,“ replied 'Í, yės it is indeed a comfort, and 'I would not é without them fór all the world; fór théy án make à dungeon sèem à pálace. There is út óne way in this life óf wounding mỹ háp. iness, and that is by injuring thém.
„Í ám afraid then, Sír, cried hè, „thát i árnín sóme measuré cúlpable; fór 'I think I see hère ;“ (looking at mỳ són Mères) „óne hát 'I have injured, and bỳ whóm 'I wish to le forgiven." : Mỹ són immédiately recollected his voice nd features, though he had befòre seen hím n disguise, and taking hím bý thė hánd, with į smile forgåve him." „Yét, continued hè, ,'I can't help wondering at what you could e è in my face, to think mé à proper márk fór deception."
My dear Sír,“ returned the other, „ít was not your fàce, bút your white stockings ánd the black ribband in your hair, that allů. red me. Bút nò dispáragement to your parts, 'I have deceived wiler men thán you in my time; and yet, with all my tricks, thé block. heads have been too many fór me át lást.“
I Tuppole, cried mỳ đón,“ , that the narrative of súch à lìfe as yours must be ex. tremely instructive and amusing.“
„Þót much of either,“ retúrned Mr. Jén. kinson. „Those relations which describe the trícks and vìces önly of mankind, by increas. ing our suspicion in life, retárd our succéls.
The traveller that distrusts every person b nièets, and turns' back upon the appearance évery man that looks like à róbber, félden arrives in tìme át his journey's énd.“
„Indeed 'I think from my own experiena thát' the knowing one is the filliest fellor under the fún. I was thought cúnning fróm my very childhood; whén but léven years i the ladies would say that I was à pérfer little inán; át fourteen 'I kreiv the world cócked my hát and lóved the ladies; át twer ty, thùugh 'I was perfectly honest, yét éven •ồne thought une fò cnning, thắt nút án world trust me. Thus 'I was at last obliged tó túrn Sharper in mỹ own defence, ánd hård lived ever since, mỹ héad thróbbing with schemes to deceive, and my heart pálpitating with fèars óf deréction. 'I used óften to látek át your honest simple neighbour Flámborough, and one way or another generally cheated him once à year. Yét stíll the honest mán weni fórward without suspicion, and grew rích while 'I still continued trickisk and cunning and was poor, without the consolation being honest. However, continued hè, „let inė know your case, and what has brought you hère; periiáps though 'I have not skill to avoid à gaol myself, 'I mày éxtricate my friends.“
'In compliance with his curiosity, 'I 07. fórmed him of the whòle tràin óf áccidents and fóllies that had plunged me into my présent troubles, and mý útter inability to get free:
'After hearing my story, and pausing Córze minutes, he flápě hís fòrehead, as if he had hít upón lómething material, and took his leave. fàying he would try whát could be dóne.
CHÁ P. XXVII. -
The next morning 'I communicated to iný wife and children the scheme 'I had plánned bf refórming the prisoners, which they repeived with universal disapprobation, alledging the impossibility and impropriety of it; adding, hát my endeavours will no vay contribute to their améndement, bút might probably dil. grace mỳ caling.
„Excùse me',“ retúrned 'I, „ these people, however fallen, áre still mén, and that is, à Féry good title to my afféctions. Good cóun. lel rejécted returns tó enrich the giver's bósom; and though the instruction 'I commànicate mày nót mend théin, yét it will assuredly inénd nyfélf. 'If these wretches, my children, wére princes, there would be thousands ready to Sifer their minístry; bút, in my opinion, the seárt that is buried in à dungeon ís ás préa cious as that feated upon a thrène. Yės, my reasures, if 'I cán mend them 'I will; pernáps they will not all defpile mè. Perhaps I may catch up even one from the gulph, and hát will be great gain; fór ís there upón arth à gém só precious as the human soul ?" | Thús fàying, 'I left them, and descended
thé cómmon prison, where I found the príloners very merry, expecting mỹ arrival; ind each prepared with some gaol trick to Hlay upon the doctor. Thús, ás 'I was going o begin, óne rúrned my wig awrý, ás íf bị .ccident, and then asked mỹ párdon. 'A féond, who stood at some distance, hád å knack
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óf spítting through his teeth, which féll in Showers upon my book. 'A third would cry 'Amen in lúch án affected tòne ás gave the rést great delight. 'A fòurth hád slyly picked mỹ pocket of my spectacles. But there was óne whose trick gåve mòre universal pleasure thán áll thé rést; fór observing the manner in whích 'I had dispòsed mỳ books on the tàble befòre mé, hè véry dextrously displaced óne of them, and pút án obscène jést - book of his own in the place. However 'I took nò nòtic of all that this mischievous group of little beings could do; bút wént ón, perfectly senlible that whát was ridiculous in my attempt, would excite mírth only the first or fécond time, while what was serious would be per. manent. My design succeeded, and in Tels thán six days fòme were pénitent, and all attentive.
. 'It was now that 'I applauded my perseverance and address, át thús giving fenfibility tó wretches divested óf every móral feeling, and now began to think of doing thém tém poral services also, by rendering their fituation sómewhat more comfortable. Their time hád hítherto been divided between famine and excess, tumúltuous riot and bitter repining. Their only employment was quárreling among each other, playing at críbbage 9), and cút. ting tobacco stóppers. From thís, lást mòde of idle industry 'I took the hint of setting lúch ás chòse to work at cutting pégs fór tobacconists and shoemakers, the proper wood being bóught by a general Tubfcription, and when manufactured, sòld bý iný appointment; lò that each
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éarned something every dày:' à trifle indeed, bút sufficient tó inaintain hím. - I did not ftóp hère, but initituted fines for the punishment of immorálity, and re. , wards fór peculiar industry. Thús ín léss than à fortnight 'I had formed them into sómething fòcial and hùmane, and had the pleasure of regarding myself ás à législator, who had brought men from their native ferocity into friendship and obedience. . And it were hìghly to be wished, thát lé. gislative power would thús direct the law rather tó reformation than severity. That it would seem convinced thát the work óf erádicating crines is not by making punishments familiar, bút formidable. Thén instead of our présent prisons, which find or make mén guíl. ty, whích enclòse wretches for the commillion óf óne crime, and return thém, if returned alive, fitted for the perpetration of thóusands, we should see, ás 'in other parts of Europe, places of penitence and sólitude, where the accused might be attended bỳ lúch ás could give them repentance if guilty, ór new mòtives tó vírtue if ínnocent. "And thís, bút nót the increasing punishments, is thė way tó ménd à state: nor cán 'I avoid èven quéstioning the validity of thát right whích fòcial combinations have alfùmed of capitally púnish: ing offences of à flìght nature. 'In cases of múrder their right is óbvious, ás ít is the duty
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fór thė lìfe of annother. Against súch, áll nature arises in arms; ibút it is not sò against him who steals my property. Natural law gives mè nò right to take away his life, ás
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