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PRINTED FOR VERNOR AND HOOD; JOHN WALKER;
No. 517. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23.
Heu pietas! heu prisca fides!
WE last night received a piece of ill news at our
club, which very sensibly afflicted every one of us. I question not but my readers themselves will be troubled at the hearing of it. To keep them no longer in suspence, Sir Roger de Coverly is dead. He departed this life at his house in the country, after a few weeks sickness. Sir Andrew Freeport has a letter from one of his correspondents in those parts, that informs him, the old man caught a cold at the county-sessions, as he was very warmly promoting an address of his own penning, in which he succeeded according to his wishes. But this particular comes from a Whig justice of the peace, who was always Sir Roger's enemy and antagonist. I have letters both from the chaplain and Captain Sentry, which mention nothing of it, but are filled with many particulars to the honour of the good old man. I have likewise a letter from the butler, who took so much care of me last summer, when I was at the knight's house. As my friend the butler mentions, in the simplicity of his heart, several circumstances VOL. III. A