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sure, gave Mr. Jones a thousand thanks, and discovered little less of transport in his muscles, than Jones had before shewn, when he had first read the name of Sophia Western.
The fellow very readily agreed to attend our travellers to the place where he had found the pocket-book. Together, therefore, they proceeded directly thither ; but not so fast as Mr. Jones desired; for his guide unfortunately happened to be lame, and could not possibly travel faster than a mile an hour. As this place, therefore, was at above three miles distance, though the fellow had said otherwise, the reader need not be acquainted how long they were in walking it.
Jones opened the book a hundred times during their walk, kissed it as often,' talked much to himself, and very little to his companions. At all
, which the guide exprest some signs of astonishment to Partridge; who more than once shook his head, and cry’d, poor gentleman! orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano.
At length they arrived at the very spot where Sophia unhappily dropt the pocket-book, and where the fellow had as happily found it. Here Jones offered to take leave of his guide, and to improve bis pace; but the fellow, in whom that violent surprise and joy which the first receipt of the guinea had occasioned, was now considerably abated, and who had now had sufficient time to recollect himself, put on a discontented look, and, scratching his head, said, “He hoped his worship ' would give him something more. Your worship, said he, will, I hope, take it into your consider
, ation, that if I had not been honest I might have kept the whole.' And, indeed, this the reader must confess to have been true. 'there,' said he, be worth 1001. I am sure the I finding it deserves more than a guinea. Besides,
suppose your worship should never see the lady, ‘nor give it her--and though your worship looks
* If the paper
and talks very much like a gentleman, yet I have only your worship's bare word ; and, certainly, ‘if the right owner been't to be found, it all be* longs to the first finder. I hope your worship
. will consider of all these matters, I am but a poor ' man, and therefore don't desire to have all; but it ‘is but reasonable I should have my share. Your
. worship looks like a good man, and, I hope, will consider my honesty; for I might have kept every
farthing, and nobody ever the wiser.' 'I promise “thee, upon my honour,'cries Jones, “that I know "the right owner, and will restore it her.' 'Nay, your worship,' answered the fellow, 'may do as you please as to that; if
that; if you will but give me my share, that is, one-half of the money; your ' honour may keep the rest yourself if you please;' and concluded with swearing, by a very vehement oath, that he would never mention a syllable of 'it to any man living.'
* Lookee, friend,' cries Jones, 'the right owner shall certainly have again all that she lost; and as " for any farther gratuity, I really cannot give it
I you at present; but let me know your name, and · where you live, and it is more than possible, you may hercafter have further reason to rejoice at this morning's adventure.'
* I don't know what you mean by venture,'cries the fellow; it seems, I must venture whether you ' will return the lady her money or no; but I hope 'your worship will consider-'Come, come,' said Partridge, tell his honour your name, and where 'you may be found; I warrant you will never re
pent having put the money into his hands. The fellow seeing no hopes of recovering the possession of the pocket-book, at last complicd in giving in his name and place of abode, which Jones writ upon a piece of paper with the pencil of Sophia; and then placing the paper in the same page where she had writ her name, he cried out, “There, friend,
you are the happiest man alive; I have joined your
' name to that of an angel.' 'I don't know any 'thing about angels,' answered the fellow; “but I ' wish you would give me a little more money, or
else return me the pocket-hook.' Partridge now waxed wrath: he called the poor cripple by several vile and opprobrious names, and was absolutely proceeding to beat him, but Jones would not suffer any such thing: and now telling the fellow he would certainly find some opportunity of serving him, Mr. Jones departed as fast as his heels would carry him; and Partridge, into whom the thoughts of the hundred pound had infused new spirits, followed his leader; while the man, who was obliged to stay behind, fell to cursing them both, as well as his parents; ‘for had they,' says he, 'sent me to charity-school to learn to write and read and cast accounts, I should have known the value of these matters as well as other people.'
Containing more Adventures which Mr. Jones and
his Companion met on the Road. OUR travellers now walk so fast, that they had very little time or breath for conversation; Jones meditating all the way on Sophia, and Partridge on the Bank-bill, which, though it gave him some pleasure, caused him at the same time to repine at fortune, which, in all his walks, had never given him such an opportunity of showing his honesty. They had proceeded above three miles, when Partridge, being unable any longer to keep up with Jones, called to him, and begged him a little to slacken his pace: with this he was the more ready to comply, as he had for some time lost the footsteps or the horses, which the thaw had enabled him to trace for several miles, and he was now upon a wide common, where were several roads.
He here therefore stopt to consider which of these roads he should pursue; when on a sudden they heard the noise of a drum, that seemed at no great distance. This sound presently alarmed the fears of Partridge, and he cried out, “Lord have
mercy upon us all; they are certainly a coming!' 'Who is coming?' cries Jones ; for fear had long since given place to softer ideas in his mind; and since his adventure with the lame man, he had been totally intent on pursuing Sophia, without entertaining one thought of an enemy. Who ! ' cries Partridge, 'why the rebels : but why should 'I call them rebels? they may be very honest 'gentlemen, for any thing I know to the contrary. The devil take him that affronts them, I say; I am sure, if they have nothing to say to me, I will have nothing to say to them, but in a
way. For heaven's sake, Sir, don't affront ' them if they should come, and perhaps they may 'do us no harm; but would it not be the wiser way to creep into some of yonder bushes, till they are gone by? What can two unarmed men do perhaps against fifty thousand ? Certainly nobody but a madman; I hope your honour is not offended; but certainly no man who hath mens
! ' sana in corpore sano_Here Jones interrupted this torrent of eloquence, which fear had inspired, saying, " That by the drum he perceived they were
near some town.' He then made directly towards the place whence the noise proceeded, bidding Partridge 'take courage, for that he would lead ‘him into no danger; and adding, “it was impossible the rebels should be so near.'
Partridge was a little comforted with this last assurance; and though he would more gladly have gone the contrary way, he followed his leader, his heart beating time, but not after the manner of heroes, to the music of the drum, which ceased not till they had traversed the common, and were come into a narrow lane.
And now Partridge, who kept even pace with Jones, discovered something painted flying in the air, a very few yards before him, which fancying to be the colours of the enemy, he fell a bellowing, O Lord, Sir, here they are! there is the crown and cofin. Oh Lord! I never saw any thing so terrible; and we are within gun-shot of them already.'
Jones no sooner looked up, than he plainly perceived what it was which Partridge had thus mistaken. 'Partridge,' says he, 'I fancy you will ' be able to engage this whole army yourself; for by the colours I guess wha: the drum was which we heard before, and which beats
for recruits 'to a puppet-show.'
' A puppet-show!' answered Partridge, with most eager transport. “And is it really no more * than that? I love a puppet-show of all the pas' times upon earth. Do, good Sir, let us tarry and
see it. Besides, I am quite famished to death ; ' for it is now almost dark, and I have not eat a morsel since three o'clock in the morning.'
They now arrived at an inn, or indeed an alehouse, where Jones was prevailed upon to stop, the rather as he had no longer any assurance of being in the road he desired. They walked both directly into the kitchen, where Jones began to inquire if no ladies had passed that way in the morning, and Partridge as eagerly examined into the state of their provisions; and indeed his inquiry met with the better success; for Jones could not hear news of Sophia; but Partridge, to his great satisfaction, found good reason to expect very shortly the agreeable sight of an excellent smoking dish of eggs and bacon.
In strong and healthy constitutions love hath a very different effect from what it causes in the puny part of the species. In the latter it generally destroys all that appetite which tends towards the conservation of the individual; but in the former,