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of the iewe, & he nothynge knowing of his malice delivered it to him. Than this deceyvour ivent his waye & layd him in the way & a cart with foure wheles came with grete force & slewe him, and brake the staff with golde, that it spred abrode. And whan the iewe herde this, he came thyder sore moved, & sawe the fraude. And many sayd to him that he should take to him the golde. And he refused it sayinge. But yf he y' was deed were not raysed agayne to lyfe by yo merites of saynt Nicolas, he wolde not receyve it. And yf he came agayne to lyfe he wolde receyve baptysm and become chrysten. Than he that was deed arose, & the iewe was chrystened.


Jarvis's TRANSLATION OF DON QUIXOTE. Svo. edit. 1749. Vol. 11. 257.

The next that presented themselves before bim were two ancient men, the one with a cane in his hand for a staff; and he without a staff said: My lord, some time ago I lent this man ten crowns of gold, to oblige and serve him, upon condition he should return them on demand. I let him alone a good while, without asking for them, because I was loth to put hiin to a greater 8


strait to pay me, than he was in when I lent them.. But at length, thinking he was negligent of the payment, I asked him, more than once or twice, for my money, and he not only refuses payment, but denies the debt, and says, I never lent him any such sum, and, if I did, that he has already paid me: and I having no witnesses of the loan, or he of the payment, I intreat your worship will take his oath ; and if he will swear he has returned me the money, I acquit him from this minute before God and the world. What say you to this, old gentleman with the staff? quoth Sancho. To which the old fellow replied : I confess, my lord, he did lend me the money; and if your worship pleases to hold down your wand of justice, since he leaves it to my bath, I will swear I have really and truly returned it him. The governor held down the wand, and the old fellow gave the staff to his creditor to hold, while he was swearing, as if it encumbered him; and presently laid his hand upon the cross of the . wand, and said it was true indeed, he had lent him those ten crowns he asked for; but that he had restored them to him into his own hand; and because, he supposed, he had forgot it, he was every moment asking him for them. Which the great governor seeing, he asked the creditor what he had to answer to what his antagonist had alledged. He replied, he did not doubt but his debtor had said the truth, for he took him



to be an honest man and a good christian ; and that he himself must have forgot, when and where, the money was returned; and that from thenceforward, he would never ask him for it again. The debtor took his staff again, and bowing his head, went out of court. Sancho seeing this, and that he was gone without more ado, and observing also the patience of the creditor, he inclined his head upon his breast, and laying the fore firger of his right hand upon his eyebrows and nose, he continued, as it were, full of thought, a short space, and then lifting up his head, he ordered the old man with the staff, who was already gone, to be called back. He was brought back accordingly, and Sancho seeing him, said: Give me that staff, honest friend; for I have occasion for it. With all my heart, answered the old fellow, and delivered it into his hand. Sancho took it, and giving it to the other old man, said : Go about your business, in God's name, for you are paid. I, my lord ? answered the old man : what! is this cane worth ten golden crowns? Yes, quoth the governor, or I am the greatest dunce in the wotld; and now it shall appear whether I have a head to govern a whole kingdom.

kingdom. Straight he commanded the cane to be broken before them all. Which being done there were found in the hollow of it ten crowns in gold. All were struck with admiration, and took their new governor for a second Solomon. They asked hini, whence he had . collected, that the ten crowns were in the cane. He answered that, upon seeing the old man give it his adversary, while he was taking the oath and swearing that he had really and truly restored them into his own hands, and when he had done, ask for it again, it came into his imagination, that the money in dispute must be in the hollow of the cane. Whence it may be gathered that God Almighty often directs the judgments of those who govern, though otherwise mere blockheads : besides he had heard the priest of his parish tell a like case.



I SHALL employ the small space which remains, to correct a few errors, and make some casual remarks on the preceding parts of these volumes.


Page 10. for traits read Tracts.
P. 74. for Da Merechal read De Marechal.
P. 75. for Editonem read Editionem.
P. 115. for Mille's read Millii.

P. 121. I have in this page asserted that in 1471, none of the Printers were in possession of Greek types. I have since discovered that this was not the case.

P. 151. for Willer read Willett.
P. 228. for Fusii read Frisii.

P. 328. I have here mentioned, that the first Play published with Engravings was the Empress of Morocco, by Elkanah Settle. I should have added, that the Engravings were by W. Dolle.

P. 353. for Rajan read Ragau.

P. 393. for Cocke Lorells Vote read Cock Lorells Bote.


Page 134. for Pray to images in Lattaine, read Pray to images and all in Lattaine.

P. 182.

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