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the rogue that had them, but they would be of || to death I won't." _“ Well, then,” says he, infinite damage to the gentleman that had lost || “there's the letter-case, do you go.” So he gave them; and that he had left word with the clerk, | me directions how to act, and what to say; but whom the man that stopped this boy had called to, | I would not take the letter-case with me, least and who was there with him, that he would give they should prove false, and take hold of me, 301. to any one that would bring them again, and thinking to find it upon me, and so charge me give all the security that could be desired, that |with the fact ; so I left it with him, and the next he would give them no trouble, whoever it was. || morning I went to the Custom-house, as was
He was just come from out of their hands |agreed; what my directions were, will, to avoid when I met with him, and so he told me all the | repetition, appear in what happened; it was an story; " But,” says he, “ I would confess nothing, | errand of too much consequence indeed to be enand so I got off, and am come away clear." || trusted to a boy, not only so young as I was, but “ Well," says I, “and what will you do with the so little of a rogue as I was yet arrived to the deletter-case and the bills, will not you let the poor | gree of. man have his bills again?" “ No, not I,” says he, Two things I was particularly armed with, “I won't trust them; what care I for their bills ?" | which I resolved upon :-). That the man should It came into my head, as young as I was, that it have his bills again; for it seemed a horrible thing was a sad thing indeed to take a man's bills away || to me that he should be made to lose his money, for so much money, and not have any advantage which I supposed he must, purely because we by it either; for I concluded that the gentleman would not carry the letter-case home.-2. That who owned the bills must lose all the money, and whatever happened to me I was never to tell the it was strange he should keep the bills and make name of my comrade, Robin, who had been the a gentleman lose so much money for nothing. I principal ; with these two pieces of honesty, for remember that I ruminated very much about it, such they were both in themselves, and with a and, though I did not understand it very well, yet manly heart, though a boy's head, I went up into it lay upon my mind, and I said every now and the long-room in the Custom-house the next day. then to him, “ Do let the gentleman have his As soon as I came to the place where the thing bills again, do, pray do;" and so I teazed him was done, I saw the man sit just, where he had with do, and pray do, till at last I cried about sat before, and it run in my head that he had sat them; he said, “ What, would you have me be there ever since; but I knew no better; so I found out and sent to Bridewell, and be whipped, went up and stood just at that side of the writing as your brother Captain Jack was?" I said, board that goes upon that side of the room, and “ No, I would not have you whipped, but I would which I was but just tall enough to lay my arms have the man have his bills, for they will do you upon. no good, but the gentleman will be undone it may While I stood there one thrust me this way, be; and then," I added again, “ Do let him have and another thrust me that way, and the man them;" he snapped me short, “ Why," says he, that sat behind began to look at me; at last he “how shall I get them to him? Who dare carry called out to me--" What does that boy do there? them? I dare not, to be sure, for they will stop get you gone, sirrah ; are you one of the rogues me, and bring the goldsmith to see if he does not that stole the gentleman's letter-case on Monday know me, and that I received the money, and so | last?” Then he turns his tale to a gentleman they will prove the robbery, and I shall be hanged; | that was doing business with him, and goes on would you have me be hanged, Jack ?"
thus :—“ Here was Mr — had a very unlucky I was silenced a good while with that, for when chance on Monday last, did not you hear of it?” he said, “would you have me be hanged, Jack ?" _“ No, not 1,” says the gentleman. -" Why, I had no more to say; but one day after this, he standing just there, where you do," says he, called to me, “ Colonel Jack," says he, “I have “making his entries, he pulled out his letter-case, thought of a way how the gentleman shall have and laid it down, as he says, but just at his hand, his bills again ; and you and I shall get a good while he reached over to the standish there for a deal of money by it, if you will be honest to me, penful of ink, and somebody stole away his letteras I was to you."_“Indeed," says I, “Robin," that| case." was his name, “I will be very honest; let me “ His letter-case !" says t'other; “what--and know how it is, for I would fain have him have || was there any bills in it ?” his bills."
“Ay," says he; “there was Sir Stephen Evans's “Why,” says he, “they told me, that he had note in it for 3001., and another goldsmith's bill left word at the clerk's place in the long-room, | for about 121. ; and, which is still worse for the that he would give 301. to any one that had the gentleman, he had two foreign accepted bills in bills, and would restore them, and would ask no | it for a great sum, I know not how much, I think questions. Now, if you will go, like a poor inno one was a French bill for 1,200 crowns." cent boy, as you are, into the long-room, and I “And who could it be?” says the gentleman. speak to the clerk, it may do: tell him, if the “Nobody knows," says he; “but one of our gentleman will do as he promised, you believe room-keepers says he saw a couple of young you can tell him who has it; and if they are civil || rogues like that,” pointing at me, "hanging about to you, and willing to be as good as their words, here, and that on a sudden they were both you shall have the letter-case, and give it them." Il gone."
I told him, “Ay, I would go with all my “ Villains !” says he again; “why, what can heart.”_" But, Colonel Jack," says be, “ what if they do with them, they will be of no use to they should take hold of you, and threaten to thein? I suppose he went immediately and gave have you whipped, won't you discover me to notice to prevent the payment." them ?"_"No," says I, “ if they would whip me ll “ Yes," says the clerk,“ he did; but the rogues
were too nimble for him with the little bill of 121. || “ Won't you indeed, sir ?” said I. odd money; they went and got the money for “ No, not I, child ; I'll do thee no harm; what that, but all the rest are stopped; however, 'tis is it? do you know anything of the gentleman's an unspeakable damage to him for want of his letter-case ?" money.“
I answered, but spoke softly, that he could not " Why, he should publish a reward for the en | hear me; so he gets over presently into the seat couragement of those that have them to bring next him, and opens a place that was made to them again ; they would be glad to bring them, i || come out, and bade me come in to him; and I warrant you."
did. " He has posted it up at the door that he will | Then he asked me again, if I knew anything give 301. for them."
of the letter-case. " Ay, but he should add that he will promise I spoke softly again, and said, folks would hear not to stop, or give any trouble to the person him.' that brings them."
| Then he whispered softly, and asked me “ He has done that too," says he ; “but I fear || again. they won't trust themselves to be honest, for fear I told him, I believed I did ; but that, indeed, 1. he should break his word.”
I had it not, nor had no hand in stealing it, but it * Why, it is true, he may break his word in was gotten into the hands of a boy that would that case, but no man should do so; for then no have burnt it, if it had not been for me; and that 1 rogue will venture to bring home anything that I heard him say, that the gentleman would be
is stolen, and so he would do an injury to others glad to have them again, and give a good deal of after him.”
money for them. "I durst pawn my life for him he would scorn "I did say so, child,” said he, “and if you can
get them for him, he shall give you a good reward, no less than 301. as he has promised.”
“But you said too, sir, to the gentleman just CHAPTER III.
now," said I, “ that you was sure he would not
bring them into any harm that should bring I AM EXAMINED BY THE GENTLEMAN TOUCHING
them." THE BILLS AND LETTER-CASE, AND OBTAIN THE
“No, you shall come to no harnı ; I will pass REWARD OF 301.--ONE OF THEM KINDLY TAKES
my word for it.” CHARGE OF THE MONEY FOR ME-WE COMMIT
'Boy.--“ Nor shan't they make me bring other MORE THEFTS-MY COMRADE PURCHASES BETTER
people into trouble ?" CLOTHES FOR ME I ROB A JEW OF HIS POCKET
Gent._“ No, you shall not be asked the name BOOK FULL OF BILLS AND DIAMONDS—WILL
of anybody, nor to tell who they are." AGREES FOR A REWARD TO GIVE UP THE PRO
| Boy.--" I am but a poor boy, and I would fain PERTY.
have the gentleman have his bills, and indeed I Tavs far they discoursed of it, and then went off did not take them away, nor I han't got them. to something else; I heard it all, but did not |Gent.-“ But can you tell how the gentleman know what to do a great while; but at last, shall have them ?” watching the gentleman that went away, when | Boy.--" If I can get them, I will bring them he was gone, I run after him to have spoken to | to you to-morrow morning.” him, intending to have broke it to him, but he Gent.—“Can you not do it to-night ?" went hastily into a room or two, full of people, at Boy." I believe I may, if I knew where to the other end of the long room, and when I went || come.” to follow, the door-keepers turned me back, and|| Gent._"Come to my house, child.” told me I must not go in there; so I went back Boy.--" I don't know where you live." and loitered about near the man that sat behind Gent.—“Go along with me now, and you the board, and hung about there till I found the shall see." So he carried me up into Tower clock struck twelve, and the room began to be street, and showed me his house, and ordered me thin of people ; and at last he sat there writing, ll to come there at five o'clock at night; which but nobody stood at the board before him, as | accordingly I did, and carried the letter-case with there had all the rest of the morning ; then I me. came a little nearer and stood close to the board When I came the gentleman asked me, if I as I did before ; when, looking up from his paper, I had brought the book, as he called it. and seeing me, says he to me-“ You have been “ It is not a book," said I. up and down there all this morning, sirrah, what Il “ No, the letter-case, that's all one," says he. do you want? you have some business that is not! “ You promised me," said I, “ you would not very good, I doubt."
hurt me," and cried. “No, I han't,” said I.
“Don't be afraid, child,” says he, “I will not " No? it is well if you han't," says he ; “pray | hurt thee, poor boy; nobody shall hurt thee." what business can you have in the long-room, “Here it is,” said I, and pulled it out. sir ; you are no merchant ?"
He then brought in another gentleman, who it "I would speak with you," said I.
seems owned the letter-case, and asked him, “ If “ With
ne," says he, “what have you to say || that was it ?" and he said, “ Yes." to me?"
Then he asked me if all the bills were in it? “ I have something to say,” said I, “ if you I told him I heard him say there was one gone, will do me no harm for it.”
but I believed there was all the rest. "I do thee harm, child; what harm should I “Why do you believe so?" says he. do thee ?" and spoke very kindly.
« Because I heard the boy, that I believe stole
them, say they were too big for him to meddle in “ Is your father or mother alive ?" said he. . with.”
“ No," said I, “ my father is dead." The gentleman then, that owned them, said, “ Where is your mother then?" said he. “ Where is the boy ?"
“ I never had e'er a mother," said I. Then the other gentleman put in, and said, This made him laugh. “ What,” said he, “ bad “ No, you must not ask him that; I passed my | you never a mother, what then?” word that you should not, and that he should not “ I had a nurse," said I, “but she was not my be obliged to tell it to anybody."
mother.” “Well, child," says he, “ you will let us see the “Well,” says he to the gentleman, “ I dare say letter-case opened, and whether the bills are in it?" | | this boy was not the thief that stole your bills. “ Yes,” says I.
“ Indeed, sir, I did not steal them," said I, and Then the first gentleman said, “ How many | cried again. bills were there in it ?”
“ No, no, child," said he; “we don't believe " Only three,” says he, “besides the bill of you did. This is a very clever boy,” says he, to 121. 10s.; there was Sir Stephen Evans's note for the other gentleman, “and yet very ignorant and 3001. and two foreign bills.”
honest ; 'tis pity some care should not be taken « Well, then, if they are in the letter-case, the of him, and something done for him ; let us talk boy shall have 301. shall he not ?"_“Yes," says a little more with him.” So they sat down and the gentleman, " he shall have it freely.”
drank wine, and gave me some, and then the first “ Come, then, child," says he, “let me open it.” gentleman talked to me again,
So I gave it him, and he opened it, and there “ Well," says he; "what wilt thou do with this were all three bills, and several other papers, fair money now thou hast it ?” and safe, nothing defaced or diminished, and the “I don't know,” said I. gentleman said, “ All is right.”
• Where will you put it?” said he. Then said the first man, “ Then I am security “In my pocket," said I. to the poor boy for the money:"_“ Well, but,” “ In your pocket,” said hc; “is your pocket says the gentleman, “ the rogues have got the whole ? shan't you lose it?” 121. 10s. ; they ought to reckon that as part of “ Yes,” said 1, "my pocket is whole." the 30l.” Had he asked me I should have con "And where will you put it when you get sented to it at first word; but the first man stood | home ?” my friend. “Nay," says he, “ it was since you “ I have no home," said I ; and cried again. knew that the 121. 10s. was received that you “ Poor child !" said he ; " then what dost thou offered 301. for the other bills, and published it by 1 do for thy living ?" the crier, and posted it up at the Custom-house “I go of errands," said I, " for the folks in door, and I promised him the 301. this morning." || Rosemary lane." They argued long, and I thought would have “And what dost thou do for a lodging at quarrelled about it.
night?" However, at last they both yielded a little, and “ I lie at the glass-house," said I, “at night." the gentleman gave me 251. in good guineas. “ How, lie at the glass-house ! have they any When he gave it me he bade me hold out my || beds there?" says he. hand, and he told the money into my hand; and "I never lay in a bed in my life," said I, “ as when he had done, he asked me if it was right? || I remember.” I said I did not know, but I believed it was: “ Why,” says he; "what do you lie on at the “ Why," says he, “ can't you tell it?” I told him glass-house ?" “no; I never saw so much money in my life, nor “ The ground,” says I; "and sometimes a little I did not know how to tell money.”-“ Why," || straw, or upon the warm ashes.” says he, “don't you know that they are guincas ? Here the gentleman that lost the bills said, “ No,” I told him, “ I did not know how much a “ This poor child is enough to make a man weep guinea was."
for the miseries of human nature, and be thank“ Why, then,” says he, “ did you tell me | ful for himself-he puts tears into my eyes;" " and you believed it was right?"-I told him, “ Be- || into mine too,” says the other. cause I believed he would not give it me wrong.” “Well, but hark ye, Jack," says the first gentle
“ Poor child," says he, " thou knowest little of man; “ do they give you no money when they the world, indeed; what art thou?"
send you of errands?" “ I am a poor boy," says I, and cried.
“ They give me victuals,” said I; "and that's “ What is your name," says be,-_“but hold, I better." forgot,” said he; “ I promised I would not ask “ But what,” says he, “ do you do for clothes?" your name, so you need not tell me."
“They give me sometimes old things,” said I; “ My name is Jack," said I.
“ such as they have to spare." " Why, have you no sirname ?" said he.
" Why, you have never a shirt on, I believe,” • What is that?” said I.
said he; “have you ?" “ You have some other name besides Jack," says 1 “No, I never had a shirt," said I, "since my he, “han't you ?"
Il nurse died," “ Yes," says I, “ they call me Colonel Jack.” “ How long ago is that ?" said he. “ But have you no other name?"
“ Six winters, when this is out," said I. “ No," said 1.
" Why, how old are you?” said he. “ How came you to be called Colonel Jack, “I can't tell," said I.
“ Well,” says the gentleman ; “ now you have * They say,” said I, “ my father's name was i this money, won't you buy some clothes, and a Colonel.”
. ll shirt with some of it?"
" Yes,” said I; “I would buy some clothes." have it honestly again, I'll give you a bill for it, " And what will you do with the rest ?"
and for the interest of it, and that you may keep "I can't tell,” said I; and cried.
safe enough. Nay,” added he, "and if you lose “ What do'st cry for, Jack ?” said he.
it, or anybody takes it from you, none shall re"I am afraid," said I ; and cried still.
ceive the money but yourself, or any part of it.” " What art afraid of ?"
I presently pulled out all the money, and gave “They will know I have money."
it to him, only keeping about 153. for myself to * Well, and what then ?"
buy some clothes ; and thus ended the conference " Then I must sleep no more in the warm gląss between us on the first occasion, at least for the house, and I shall be starved with cold. They first time. Having thus secured my money to will take away my money."
my full satisfaction, I was then perfectly easy, "But why must you sleep there no more ?" and accordingly the sad thoughts that afflicted
Here the gentlemen observed to one another, my mind before began to vanish away.
everything; I had no care, no concern about
| time, if I had not been too foolish, and too much however, and walked a little way, but I could not || a child to speak for myself; I had an opportunity, tell what to do; so, after rambling two hours or || I say, to have got into his service, or perhaps to thereabout, I went back again, and sat down at be under some of the care and concern of these the gentleman's door, and there I cried as long as I gentlemen ; for they seemed to be very fond of I had any moisture in my head to make tears of, | doing something for me, and were surprised at but never knocked at the door.
the innocence of my talk to them, as well as at I had not sat long, I suppose, but somebody the misery (as they thought it) of my condition. belonging to the family got knowledge of it, and a But I acted, indeed, like a child, and leaving maid came and talked to me, but I said little to my money, as I have said, I never went near her, only cried still; at length it came to the gen them for several years after. What course I took, tleman's ears. As for the merchant he was gone. and what befel me in that interval, has so much When the gentleman heard of me, he called me variety in it, and carries so much instruction in in, and began to talk with me again, and asked it, that it requires an account of it by itself. me what I staid for?
The first happy chance that offered itself to me I told him I had not staid there all that while, in the world was now over; I had got money, but for I had been gone a great while, and was come I neither knew the value of it, nor the use of it; again.
the way of living I had begun was so natural to "Well," says he, “ but what did you come again me, I had no notion of bettering it; I had not so
much as any desire of buying me any clothes, no, "I can't tell,” says I.
not so much as a shirt, and much less had I any “And what do you cry so for,” said he; “ I hope thought of getting any other lodging than that in you have not lost your money, have you ?" the glass-house, and loitering about the streets,
"No," I told him, “ I had not lost it yet, but I | as I had done: for I knew no good, and bad tasted was afraid I should."
| no evil: that is to say, the life I had led being not “ And does that make you cry?” says he. evil in my account.
I told him Yes, for I knew I should not be able In this state of innocence I returned to my to keep it, but they would cheat me of it, or they really miserable life, so it was in itself, and was would kill me, and take it away from me too. I only not so to me, because I did not understand
"They," says he," who? what sort of gangs of || how to judge of it, and had known no better. people art thou with ?"
My comrade that gave me back the bills, and I told him they were all boys, but very wicked | who, if I had not pressed him, designed never to boys; "thieves and pick pockets," said I, " such as I have restored them, never asked me what I had stole this letter-case, a sad pack, I can't abide given me, but told me if they gave me anything them."
it should be my own; for, as he said, he would Well, Jack, said he, “what shall be done for ll not run the venture of being seen in the restoring thee? Will you leave it with me, shall I keep it I them, I deserved the reward if there was any; for you?"
neither did he trouble his head with inquiring “ Yes," said I, “ with all my heart, if you ll what I had, or whether I had anything or no; please.”
so my title to what I had got was clear. "Come then,” says he, “give it me; and that il I went now up and down just as I did before ; you may be sure that I have it, and you shall || I had money indeed in my pocket, but I let no
my life," said 1, "7 do you le ca kt nd sometimes : lost the bills make a man ure, and be the ato my eyes; **2 ars the first
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body know it; I went of errands cheerfully as be. I went into the houses. As the collier-masters fore and accepted of what anybody gave me, 'generally sell their coals at the gate, as they call with as much thankfulness as ever; the only it, so they generally receive their money in those difference that I made with myself was, that if I ale-houses; and it was not long before I brouzht was hungry, and nobody employed me or gave him word of several. Upon this he went in, and me anything to eat, I did not beg from door to made his observations, but found nothing to his door, as I did at first, but went to a boiling house, purpose ; at length I brought him word that as I said once bcfore, and got a mess of broth there was a man in such a house who had reand a piece of breaci, price a halfpenny; very sel- ceived a great deal of money of somebody, I bedom any meat, or if I treated myself, it was a lieved of several people, and that it lay all upon halfpenny-worth of cheese ; all which expense did the table in heaps, and he was very busy writing not amount to above 2d. or 3d. a-weck; for, down the sums, and putting it up in several bags. contrary to the usage of the rest of the tribe, I “Is he?" says he, “I'll warrant him I will was extremely frugal, and I had not disposed of have some of it ;” and in he goes. He walks up any of the guineas which I had at first, neither, and down the house, which had several open as I said to the Custom-house gentleman, could tables and boxes in it, and he listened to hear, I tell what a guinea was made of, or what it was, if he could, what the man's name was, and he worth.
heard somebody call him Cullum, or some such After I had been a month thus, and had done name. Then he watches his opportunity, and nothing, my comrade, as I called him, came to steps up to him, and tells him a long story that I me one morning, “ Colonel Jack," says he, “when there were two gentlemen at the Gun-tavern, sent shall you and I take a walk again ?"* " When you him to inquire for him, and to tell him they dewill,” said I. “Have you got no business yet ?”. sired to speak with him. says he. “ No,” says I ;-and so one thing bring The collier-master had his money lying before ing in another, he told me I was a fortunate him, just as I had told him, and had two or three wretch, and he believed I would be so again; but small payments of money, wbich he had put up that he must make a new bargain with me now; 1 in little black dirty bags, and lay by themselves; for, says he, “ Colonel, the first time we always and as it was hardly broad day, he found means, let a raw brother come in for full share to encou in delivering his message, to lay his hand upon rage him, but afterwards, except it be when he one of those bays, and carry it off perfectly un- ! puts himself forward well, and runs equal hazard, discovered. he stands to courtesy; but as we are gentlemen, When he had got it, he came out to me, who we always do very honourable by one another ; stood but at the door, and pulling me by the and if you are willing to trust it, or leave it to me, || sleeve, “ Run, Jack,” says he, "for our lives :" and I shall do handsomely by you, that you may de away he scours and I after him, never resting, or pend upon." I told him I was not able to do scarce looking about me, till we got quite up into anything, that was certain, for I did not under Fenchurch street, through Lime street, into Leadstand it, and therefore I could not expect to get enhall street, down St Mary axe, to London anything, but I would do as he bade me; so we wall, then through Bishopsgate street, and dowo walked abroad together.
Old Bedlam into Moorfields. By this time we We went no more to the Custom house, it was were neither of us able to run very fast, nor need too bold a venture; besides I did not care to we have gone so far, for I never found that anyshow myself again, especially with him in com body pursued us. When we got into Moorfields, pany ; but we went directly to the Exchange, and began to take breath, I asked him, what it and we hankered about in Castle alley, and in was frighted him so? “ Fright me, you fool," Swithin's alley, and at the coffee-house doors. says he, “I have got a devilish great bag of It was a very unlucky day, for we got nothing all money.” “A bag !” said I, “ Ay, ay," said he, day but two or three handkerchiefs, and came “let us get out into the fields where nobody can home to the old lodgings at the glass-house ; nor sce us, and I'll show it vou." So away he had had I anything to eat or drink all day but a piece me through Long alley, and cross Hog lane, and of bread which he gave me, and some water at Holloway lane, into the middle of the great the conduit at the Exchange gate. So when he field, which, since that, has been called the Farwas gone from me, for he did not lie in the glass thing Pye-house fields. There we would have house as I did, I went to my old broth-house for sat down, but it was all full of water; so we went my usual bait, and refreshed myself, and the next on, crossed the road at Anniseed Cleer, and went day early went to meet him again, as he appointed into the field where now the great hospital stands; me.
and finding a bye place, we sat down, and he Being early in the morning, he took his walk pulls out the bag. “ Thou art a lucky boy, to Billingsgate, where it seems two sorts of people || Jack,” says he, "thou deservedst a good share of make a great crowd as soon as it is light, and at | this job truly, for it is all along of thy lucky that time a year rather before day-light; that is news." So he pours it all out into my hat, for, to say, crimps and the masters of coal ships, who as I told you, I now wore a hat. they call collier-masters; and secondly, fishmon | How he did to whip away such a bag of money gers, fish-sellers, and buyers of fish.
from any man that was awake and in his senses, It was the first of these people that he had his Il I cannot tell ; but there was a great deal in it, eye upon. So he gives me my orders, which was land among it a paper full by itself. When the thus : " Go you," says he, “into all the ale-houses, paper dropt out of the bag, “ Hold," says ho, as we go along, and observe where any people 1 " that is gold !" and began to crow and hollow are telling of money; and when you find any, ll like a mad boy. But there he was baulked, for come and tell me. So he stood at the door, and it was a paper of old thirteenpence halfpenny