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from some motives to me unknown, he seemed to have a particular aversion to every frequented street; at last, however, we got to the door of a dismal-looking house in the outlets of the town, where he informed me he chose to reside for the benefit of the air.
We entered the lower door, which seemed ever to lie most hospitably open ; and I began to ascend an old and creaked staircase; when, as he mounted to show me the way, he demanded, whether I delighted in prospects; to which answering in the affirmative, " Then,' said he, ' I shall show you one of the most charming out of my windows; we shall see the ships sailing, and the whole country for twenty miles round, tip top, quite high. My lord Swamp would give ten thousand guineas for such a one ; but, as I sometimes pleasantly tell him, I always love to keep my prospects at home, that my friends may come to see me the oftener.'
By this time we were arrived as high as the stairs would permit us to ascend, till we came to what he was facetiously pleased to call the first floor down the chimney; and knocking at the door, a voice, with a Scotch accent, from within demanded, 'Wha's there?' My conductor answered, that it was him. But this not satisfying the querist, the voice again repeated the demand : to which he answered louder than before ; and now the door was opened by an old maid servant with cautious reluctance.
When we were got in, he welcomed me to his house with great ceremony, and turning to the old woman, asked where her lady was. • Good troth,
replied she in the northern dialect, she's washing your twa shirts at the next door, because they have taken an oath against lending out the tub any longer.'- My two shirts! cried he, in a tone that faltered with confusion,' what does the idiot mean?'
I ken what I mean well enough,' replied the other; ' she's washing your twa shirts at the next door, because 'Fire and fury, no more of thy stupid explanations,' cried he. Go and inform her we have got company. Were that Scotch bag,' continued he, turning to me, ' to be for ever in my family, she would never learn politeness, nor forget that absurd poisonous accent of hers, or testify the smallest specimen of breeding or high life; and yet it is very surprising too, as I had her from a parliament man, a friend of mine, from the Highlands, one of the politest men in the world; but that's a secret.'
We waited some time for Mrs. Tibbs's arrival, during which interval I had a full opportunity of surveying the chamber and all its furniture : which consisted of four chairs with old wrought bottoms, that he assured me were his wife's embroidery ; a square table that had been once japanned ; a cradle in one corner, a lumber-cabinet in the other; a broken shepherdess, and a mandarine without a head, were stuck over the chimney; and round the walls several paltry, unframed pictures, which he observed were all of his own drawing. What do you think, sir, of that head in the corner, done in the manner of Grisoni ? There's the true keeping in it; it's my own face: and, though there happens to be no likeness, a countess offered me an hundred for its fellow : I refused her, for, hang it, that would be mechanical, you know.'
The wife at last made her appearance ; at once a slattern and coquet; much emaciated, but still carrying the remains of beauty. She made twenty apologies for being seen in such an odious dishabille, but hoped to be excused, as she had staid out all night at Vauxhall Gardens with the countess, who was excessively fond of the horns. And, indeed, my dear,' added she, turning to her husband, ' his lordship drank your health in a bumper.' Poor Jack !' cries he, a dear good-natured creature, I know he loves me; but I hope, my dear, you have given orders for dinner; you need make no great preparations neither, there are but three of us; something elegant, and little will do ; a turbot, an ortolan, or a-- Or what do you think, my dear,' interrupts the wife, ' of a nice pretty bit of os-cheek, piping hot, and dressed with a little of my own sauce ?!" the very thing,' replies he ; . it will eat best with some smart bottled beer; but be sure to let's have the sauce his grace was so fond of. I hate your immense loads of meat; that is country all over; extreme disgusting to those who are in the least acquainted with high life.'
By this time my curiosity began to abate, and my appetite to increase; the company of fools may at first make us smile, but at last never fails of rendering us melancholy. I therefore pretended to recol. lect a prior engagement, and after having shown
my respect to the house, by giving the old servant a piece of money at the door, I took my leave; Mr. Tibbs assuring me, that dinner, if I staid, would be ready at least in less than two hours.
ON THE IRRESOLUTION OF YOUTH.
As it has been observed that few are better qualified to give others advice, than those who have taken the least of it themselves; so in this respect I find myself perfectly authorised to offer mine; and inust take leave to throw together a few observations upon that part of a young man's conduct on his entering into life, as it is called. The most usual way among young
who have no resolution of their own, is first to ask one friend's advice, and follow it for some time; then to ask ad. vice of another, and turn to that; so of a third, still unsteady, always changing. However, every change of this nature is for the worse ; people may tell you of your being unfit for some peculiar occupations in life ; but heed them not; whatever em. ployment you follow with perseverance and assiduity, will be found fit for you ; it will be your support in youth, and comfort in age. In learning the useful part of every profession, very moderate abilities will suffice : great abilities are generally obnoxious to the possessors. Life has been compared to a race; but the allusion still improves by obsery. ing, that the most swift are ever the most apt to stray from the course.
To know one profession only, is enough for one man to know; and this, whatever the professors may tell you to the contrary, is soon learned. Be contented, therefore, with one good employment; for if you understand two at a time, people will give you business in neither.
A conjurer and a tailor once happened to con verse together. • Alas!' cries the tailor, what an unhappy poor creature am I! If people take it into their heads to live without clothes, I am undone; I have no other trade to have recourse to.'- Indeed, friend, I pity you sincerely; replies the conjurer;
but, thank heaven, things are not quite so bad with me : for, if one trick should fail, I have an bundred tricks more for them yet. However, if at any time you are reduced to beggary, apply to me, and I will “relieve you.' A famine overspread the land; the tailor made a shift to live, because his customers could not be without clothes; but the poor conjurer, with all his hundred tricks, could find none that had money to throw away: it was in vain that he promised to eat fire, or to vomit pins; no single creature would relieve him, till he was at last obliged to beg from the very tailor whose calling he had formerly despised.
There are no obstructions more fatal to fortune than pride and resentment. If you must resent injuries at all, at least suppress your indignation till you become rich, and then show away. The resent