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captain's things should be placed so as to be spoiled; upon which the cloak-bag was fixed in the seat of the coach : and the captain himself, according to a frequent, though invidious bebaviour of military men, ordered bis man to look sharp, that none but one of the ladies would have the place he had taken fronting the coach-box.
We were in some little time fixed in our seat, and sat with that dislike which people not too good-natured nsually conceive of each other at first sight. The coach jumbled us insensibly into some sort of familia. rity: and we had not moved above two miles, when the widow asked the captain what success he had in his recruiting? The officer, with a frankness be believed very graceful, told her, “ that indeed he bad! but very little luck, and had suffered much by desertion, therefore should be glad to end his warfare in the service of her or her fair daughter. In a word," contipued he, “ I am a soldier, and to be plain is my character: you see me, madam, young, sound, and impadent: take me yourself, widow, or give me to her; I will be wholly at your disposal. I am a soldier of for. tane, ha !” This was followed by a vain laugh of his own, and a deep silence of all the rest of the company. « Come,” said he, “ resolve upon it, we will make a wedding at next town: we will awake this pleasant companion who is fallen asleep, to be the brideman, and,” giving the quaker a clap on the knee, he concluded, “ this sly saint, who, I will warrant, understands what is what as well as you or I, widow, shall give the bride as father.” The quaker, who bappened to be a man of smartness, auswered, “ Friend, I take it in good part that thou hast given me the authority of a father over this comely and virtuous child; and I must assure thee, that I have the giving her, I shall not bestow her on thee. Thy mirth, friend, savoureth of folly: thou art a person of a light mind; thy drum is a type of thee, it soundeth because it is empty. Verily, it is not from tby fulness, but tby
Filed; emptiness that thou hast spoken this day. Friend, i the friend, we have hired this coach in partnership with fine thee, to carry us to the great city; we cannot go any
other way. This worthy mother must hear thee if
thou wilt needs utter thy follies; we cannot help it, ting friend, I say: if thou wilt, we must hear thee; but if
thou wert a man of understanding, thou wouldst not take advantage of thy courageous countenance to abash
us children of peace. Thou art, thou sayest, a soldier; Il give quarter to us, wbo cannot resist thee. Why didst
thou fleer at our friend, who feigned himself asleep, and said nothing; but bow dost thou know what he containeth? If thou speakest improper things in the 'rearing of this virtuous young virgin, consider it is an outrage against a distressed person that cannot get from thee: to speak indiscreetly what we are obliged to Sear, by being hasped up with thee in this public vehicle, is in some degree assaulting on the high road.”
Here Ephraim paused, and the captain, with an un. happy and uncommon impudence, which can he cone victed and support itself at the same time, cries, - Faith, friend, I thank thee; I should have been a little impertinent if thou hadst not reprimanded me. Come, thou art, I see, a smoky old fellow, and I will be very orderly the ensuing part of my jonrney. I was going to give myself airs, but, ladies, I beg pardon.”
The captain was so little out of humour, and our company was so far from being soured by this little ruffle, that Ephraim and he took a particular delight in being agreeable to each other for the future; and assumed their different provinces in the conduct of the company. Our reckonings, apartments, and accommodation, fell under Ephraim; and the captain looked to all disputes on the road, as the good behaviour of our coachman, and the right we had of taking place as going to London of all vehicles coming from thence. The occurrences we met with were ordinary, and very little happened which could entertain by the relation of them; but when I considered the company We were in, I took it for no small good fortune that the whole journey was not spent in impertinences, which to the one part of us might be an entertainment, to the other a suffering. What therefore Ephraim said when we were almost arrived at London, had to me an air not only of good understanding but good breeding. Upon the young lady's expressing her satisfac. tion in the journey, and declaring how delightful it had been to her, Ephraim delivered himself as follows: “ There is no ordinary part of human life which expresseth so much a good mind, and a right inward man, as his behaviour upon meeting with strangers, especially such as may seem the most unsuitable companions to him: such a man, when he falleth in the way with persons of simplicity and innocence, however knowiug he may be in the ways of mien, will not vaunt himself thereof; but will the ra. ther hide his superiority to them, that he may not be painful onto them. My good friend,” continued he, turning to the officer, “ thee and I are to part by and by, and peradventure we may never meet again: but be advised by a plain man; motles and apparel are but trifles to the real man, therefore do not think such a man as thyself terrible for thy garb, nor such a one as me contemptible for mine. When two such as thee and I meet, with affections as we ought to have towards each other, thou shouldst rejoice to see my peaceful demeanour, and I should be glad to see thy strength and ability to protect me in it." T.
QUALITIES OF A MAN IN PLACE.
Detrahere aliquid alteri, et hominem hominis
incommodo suum augere conmodum, magis est contra naturam, quam mors, quam paupertas, quam dolor, quam cætera qua possunt aut corpori accidere, aut rebus externis.
TULL, To detract from other men, and turn their disad.
vantages to our own profit, is more contrary to nature than death, poverty, or grief, or any thing which can affect our bodies or external circumstances.
I AM persuaded there are few men, of generous prin.
ciples, who would seek after great places, were it not rather to have an opportunity in their hands of obliging their particular friends, or those whom they look upon as men of worth, than to procure wealth and honour for themselves. To an honest mind the best perquisites of a place are the advantages it gives a man of doing good.
Those who are under the great officers of state, and are the instruments by which they act, bave more frequent opportunities for the exercise of compassion and benevolence than their superiors themselves. These men know every little case that is to come before the great man, and if they are possessed with honest minds, will consider poverty as a recommendation in the person wbo applies himself to them, and make the justice of his cause the most powerful solicitor in his behalf. A man of this temper, when he is in a post of business, becomes a blessing to the public: he patronizes the orphan and the widow, assists the friend. less, and guides the ignorant: he does not reject the person's pretensions, who does not know how to ex. plain them, or refuse doing a good office for a man because he cannot pay the fee of it. In short, though VOL. II.
be regulates himself in all proceedings by justice and equity, he finds a thousand occasions for all the goodnatured offices of generosity and compassion.
A man is unfit for such a place of trust, who is of a sour untractable nature, or has any other passion that makes him uneasy to those who approach him. Roughness of teinper is apt to discountenance the timorous or modest. The proud man discourages those from approaching him, who are of a mean condition, and who most want his assistance. The impatient man will not give himself time to be informed of the matter that lies before him. An officer with one or more of these unbecoming qualities, is sometimes Jooked upon as a proper person to keep off imperti. nence and solicitation from his superior; but this is a kind of merit that can never atone for the injustice which may very often arise from it.
There are two other vicious qualities which render a man very unfit for such a place of trust. The first of these is a dilatory temper, which commits innumerable cruelties without design. The maxim which several bave laid down for a man's conduct in ordinary life, should be inviolable with a man in office, never to think of doing that to-morrow which may be done to day. A man who defers doing what ought to be done, is guilty of injustice so long as he defers it. The dispatch of a good office is very often as beneficial to the solicitor as the good office itself. In short, if a man compared the inconveniencies which another suffers by bis delays, with the trifling motives and advantages which he himself may reap by such a delay, he would pever be guilty of a fault which very often does an irreparable prejudice to the person who depends upon him, and which might be remedied with little trouble to himself.
But in the last place, there is no man so improper to be employed in business, as he who is in any degree capable of corruption; and such an one is the man, who upon any pretence wbatsoever, receives more