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the maker of the will, ioserted fifty pounds, instead of five. Thus the man, being too far gone through illness, to attend to his tricks, gave away half as much as he had in the world, from his poor relations. But how terribly he cried out on accou'lt of his cruel conduct, against one Isaac Careful, a tenant of his, whom he sent to gaol, because he would not give up a few trifling leaseholds, which were settled upon his wife and children, though he was reduced to poverty by a loss through fire, and was iu bimself a very industriOUS man.
Wor. How could Mr Lovely bear to hear him relate his horrid tricks ?
Loveg. Sir, I never saw a poor youth so agitated in my life. His dreadful cries at intervals, against himself, and concerning the agonies of his conscience, were most tremendous. When I once said, Sir, yet there may be hope; he cried, “O God! (which was . his common exclamation,) it is impossible-I am sure it is impossible--and I am as sure to be in Hell, as if I were there already; and the smoke of my torment will be ascending up for ever and ever.” Just about that time the nurse stirred the fire ; and as it began to blaze, he cried—“What would I give, if I might but burn on that fire for ten thousand years, so as to escape the eternal damnation of my soul!"
Miss Wor. Dear Sir! his expressions are so uncommonly dreadful, that I fear I must quit the room if I hear any more of them, it makes me so nervous.
Mer. Why my dear Miss Worthy, we may profit by these alarming lessons, as well as by others which are grateful and pleasing. What a wonderful contrast between the death of poor Mr. Chipman, and that of this old miser!
Wor Well, for the sake of my daughter, and indeed on account of all our feelings, 1 shall only ask if · he said any thing better io his last moments, before dissolution.
Loveg. Sir, I was not then in the room, but it seems for the two last days, he was in a measure
senseless: still he groaned horribly, frequently adding that most profane expression, which we so commonly hear-"
Dit that ever I was born !” and when the nurse, who attended him, a little aroused him, by wiping the phlegm from his mouth, which prevented his breathing, he used the same horrible expression, adding, “what are you at? Soon afterwards he
a died; and these it seems, were the last words he ever uttered in life." Oh, what horrid expressions for a dying man! It is enough to chill one's very blood.
Wor. Was Mr. Lovely with him when he died ?
Loveg. No Sir; his uncle's language was so dreadful, and profane, that he quite swore him out of the room. Wbat he said, was afterwards reported to hinn, by the nurse he sent to attend bim.
Mrs. Wor. Had he any desire to see Mrs. Lovely?
Loveg. Sir, he asked for her several times, but we always made an excuse for her, saying her nerves were too weak to see him, unless he should get a little better, or should be more composed.
Mer. Well, I am sure we have heard enough of Mr. Greedy; it is high tiine that we should now hear something of the Lovely's [Enter Servant.]
Servant. Sir, Farmer Till has brought the horse if your ho'our will choose to look at him.
Wor. [To Mr. Merryman.] Why Sir, as you are about to take my daughter away with you, I thought I would buy her a horse, that you may have no excuse for not riding over frequently from Sandover, when you are settled there.
Mer. Sir, you are exceeding kind; but we shall. generally come over in our one-horse chaise.
Wor. Yes, but exercise on horseback is both pleasant and healthy. I would have my daughter keep on horseback as much as she can. I must request you Mr. Merryman, to come and see how you like the horse ; I suppose in your gay days, you used to attend much to the make, and shape of a horse.
Mer. Ah Sir! much more than I ever did to the eaning of my Bible.
Wor. Well Sir, we will not keep the farmer waitang; we may as well all go and take a view of the horse, and resume the subject on our return. Besides, I think we all need a little relaxation after this dreadful account of old Greedy's death.
As Mr. Merryman's observations on the horse, relating to its beauties, its defects, its gift of moving, its price, &c. would be very uninteresting, the subject will be discontinued till the next Dialogue, when a much more pleasing narration will be presented to the reader.
.TR. LOVEGOOD, MR. MERRYMAN, AND THE FAMILY
OF THE WORTHYS.
BENEVOLENCE AND HUMANITY DISPLAYED IN THE
PERSON AND CHARACTER OF MR. LOVELY, WITH THE CHARACTER OF DOCTOR NESCIENCE.
THE horse-dealing business having been settled, the family returned, and the Dialogue recommenced.
Wor. I suppose the old miserly uncle, left the Lovelys a fine penny.
Loveg. Sir, they say he has hoarded up for him, learly five thousand pounds a year.
Wor. Is it possible?
Loveg. Yes Sir; and his original fortune was but three thousand pounds, which he had when he first
age ; and an old aunt, (a Mrs. Pincher, it seems) soon afterwards left him another thousand pounds, all the rest he has been accumulating by hoarding interest upon interest, by his profession, by procuring for himself legacies, where he thought they would answer his end better than his fees, and a hundred dirty tricks besides. He was the most complete money-jobber in the kingdom.
Miss Wor. Poor honest Thomas Newman, is a much richer man than old lawyer Greedy ever was.
Mer. And I really think he keeps a better house:
Loveg. I any sure he keeps a cleaner house: it is a good old proverb, “Cleanliness is next to godliness." How that filthy old creature could live so long, and in so much dirt and poverty, is a matter of surprise to me: for he was turned of eighty-one before he died,
Wor. Well, I can suppose he might have died worth all that property, when one considers what a length of time he had to make his hoard; for it seems he was always getting and saving, and never spending. But I had much rather hear how Mr. Lovely is like to spend it, than how that wretched miser contrived to get it.
Loveg. Sir, the old man left a very correct schedule of his possessions behind him, which Mr. Quirk artfully wanted to secrete. I immediately advised him to send for one honest lawyer, who lives a few miles out of that town,-Mr. Justice ; for I am sure the Gredition lawyers are such a set, as I never heard of before; they were mostly tutored under old Greedy ; and I believe Mr. Justice, will prove a very upright agent, to that excellent young man.
Wor. Well, well, there are good and bad of all professions. But that amiable youth must feel this an astonishing reverse of fortune.
Loveg. Yes Sir; and by the grace of God, I havë a good hope, he will be enabled to carry this full
cup of worldly prosperity with an even, and a cautious hand. Before be opened his uncle's will, he begged I would go to prayer. The will contained nothing but that his nephew was to possess all, with no other legacy than a pitiful five pounds a year, to the old woman (one Betty Farthing) who occasionally waited upon him; allowing but fifteen pounds for his funeral; which he thought might be sufficient, as he had preserved two large oaken planks from a carpenter, by way of fees, out of which he directed his coffin should be made, and that his old morning-gown, should save the expense of a shroud : so that his covetous purposes
followed him to the very grave. Mer. How could Mr. Lovely follow his directiarts