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Books; that he had read the Bible, the whole Duty of Man, and Thomas à Kempis; and that as often as he could, without being perceived, he had ftudied a great good Book which lay open in the Hall Window, where he had read, as how the Devil carried away half a Church in Sermon-time, without hurting one of the Congregation; and as how a Field of Corn ran away down a Hill with all the Trees upon it, and covered another Man's Meadow. This fufficiently affured Mr. Adams, that the good Book meant could be no other than Baker's Chronicle.

The Curate, furprized to find fuch Inftances of Industry and Application in a young Man, who had never met with the leaft Encouragement,. asked him, if he did not extremely regret the want of a liberal Education, and the not having been born of Parents, who might have indulged his Talents and Defire of Knowledge? To which he answered, He hoped he had profited fome• what better from the Books he had read, than to lament his Condition in this World. That for his part, he was perfectly content with the State to which he was called, that he should ⚫ endeavour to improve his Talent, which was all required of him, but not repine at his own Lot, nor envy thofe of his Betters.? • Well faid, my Lad, replied the Curate, and I wifh fome who have read many more good. • Books, nay, and fome who have written good • Books themselves, had profited fo much by • them.'

Adams had no nearer Accefs to Sir Thomas or my Lady, than through the Waiting-Gentlewo man: For Sir Thomas was too apt to estimate Men merely by their Dress, or Fortune; and my B 5

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Lady was a Woman of Gaiety, who had been blefs'd with a Town-Education, and never spoke of any of her Country Neighbours by any other Appellation than that of The Brutes. They both regarded the Curate as a kind of Domeftic only, belonging to the Parfon of the Parish, who was at this time at variance with the Knight; for the Parfon had for many Years lived in a conftant State of Civil War, or, which is perhaps as bad, of Civil Law, with Sir Thomas himself and the Tenants of his Manor. The Foundation of this Quarrel was a Modus, by fetting which afide, an Advantage of feveral Shillings per Annum would have accrued to the Rector : but he had not yet been able to accomplish his Purpofe; and had reaped hitherto nothing better from the Suits than the Pleasure (which he used indeed frequently to say was no fmall one) of reflecting that he had utterly undone many of the poor Tenants, tho' he had at the fame time greatly impoverished himself.

Mrs. Slipflop the Waiting-Gentlewoman, being herself the Daughter of a Curate, preferved fome Refpect for Adams; the profeffed great Regard for his Learning, and would frequently dispute with him on Points of Theology; but always infifted on a Deference to be paid to her Underftanding, as fhe had been frequently at London, and knew more of the World than a Country Parfon could pretend to.

She had in thefe Difputes a particular Advantage over Adams: for fhe was a mighty Affecter of hard Words, which the ufed in fuch a manner, that the Parfon, who durft not offend her by calling her Words in queftion, was frequently at fome Lofs to guess her Meaning, and would have been much less puzzled by an Arabian Manufcript.

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Adams therefore took an Opportunity one Day, after a pretty long Difcourfe with her on the Effence, (or, as the pleased to term it, the Incence) of Matter, to mention the Cafe of young Andrews; defiring her to recommend him to her Lady as a Youth very fufceptible of Learning, and one whose Inftruction in Latin he would himfelf undertake; by which means he might be qualified for a higher Station than that of a Footman: and added, the knew it was in his Mafter's Power eafily to provide for him in a better manner. He therefore defired, that the Boy might be left behind under his Care.

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• La, Mr. Adams, faid Mrs. Slipflop, do you ⚫ think my Lady will fuffer any Preambles about any fuch Matter? She is going to London very concifely, and I am confidous would not leave Joey behind her on any account; for he is one of the genteeleft young Fellows you may fee in a Summer's Day, and I am confidous fhe would as foon think of parting with a Pair of her GreyMares; for fhe values herself as much on one " as the other.' Adams would have interrupted, but the proceeded: And why is Latin more neceffitous for a Footman than a Gentleman? It is very proper that you Clargymen muft learn it, becaufe you can't preach without it but I ⚫ have heard Gentlemen fay in London, that it is • fit for nobody elfe. I am confidous my Lady ⚫ would be angry with me for mentioning it; and

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I fhall draw myfelf into no fuch Delemy.' At which Words her Lady's Bell rung, and Mr. Adams was forced to retire; nor could he gain a fe cond Opportunity with her before their London Journey, which happened a few Days afterwards. However, Andrews behaved very thankfully and gratefully

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gratefully to him for his intended Kindness, which he told him he never would forget, and at the fame time received from the good Man many Admonitions concerning the Regulation of his future Conduct, and his Perfeverance in Innocence and Industry.

CHAP IV.

What happened after their Journey to London.

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O fooner was young Andrews arrived at London, than he began to fcrape an Acquaintance with his party-colour'd Brethren, who endeavour'd to make him defpife his former Courfe of Life. His Hair was cut after the newest Fafhion, and became his chief Care He went abroad with it all the Morning in Papers, and dreftit out in the Afternoon. They could not however teach him to game, fwear, drink, nor any other genteel Vice the Town abounded with. He applied moft of his leifure Hours to Music, in which he greatly improved himself; and became fo perfect a Connoiffeur in that Art, that he led the Opinion of all the other Footmen at an Opera, and they never condemned or applauded a single Song contrary to his Approbation, or Diflike. He was a little too forward in Riots at the PlayHoufes and Affemblies; and when he attended his Lady at Church (which was but feldom) he behaved with lefs feeming Devotion than formerly: however, if he was outwardly a pretty Fellow, his Morals remained entirely uncorrupted, tho' he was at the fame time smarter and genteeler,

than any of the Beaus in Town, either in or out of Livery.

His Lady, who had often faid of him that Joey was the handfomeft and genteeleft Footman in the Kingdom, but that it was pity he wanted Spirit, began now to find that Fault no longer; on the contrary, fhe was frequently heard to cry out, Aye there is fome Life in this Fellow. She plainly faw the Effects which the Town-Air hath on the fobereft Conftitutions. She would now walk out with him into Hyde-Park in a Morning, and when tired, which happened almost every Minute, would lean on his Arm, and converfe with him in great Familiarity. Whenever the ftept out of her Coach, fhe would take him by the Hand, and fometimes, for fear of ftumbling, prefs it very hard; the admitted him to deliver Meffages at her Bed-fide in a Morning, leer'd at him at Table, and indulged him in all thofe innocent Freedoms which Women of Figure may permit without the leaft Sully of their Virtue.

But tho' their Virtue remains unsullied; yet now and then fome fmall Arrows will glance on the Shadow of it, their Reputation; and fo it fell out to Lady Booby, who happened to be walking Arm-in-Arm with Joey one Morning in Hyde-Park, when Lady Tittle and Lady Tattle came accidentally by in their Coach, Blefs me, fays Lady Tittle, can I believe my Eyes? Is that Lady Booby? Surely, fays Tattle. But what makes you furprized? Why, is not that her Footman, reply'd Tittle? At which Tattle laughed and cryed, An old Business, I affure you, is it poffible you fhould not have heard it? The whole Town hath known it this half Year. The Confequence of this Interview was a Whisper through a hundred Vi

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