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with a wretched gang of fellows that turned their , but still he swore very much, though not so bad as hands to everything that was vile.
at first. After some time, the master of the glass. Will was a lusty strong fellow, and withal very | house turned from him.--" Really, sir," says the bold and daring, would fight anybody, and ven- || good old gentleman, “you swear so, and take ture upon anything, and I found he began to be God's name in vain so, that I cannot bear to stay above the mean rank of a poor pick-pocket, so I || with you ; I would rather you would let my goods saw him but seldom : however, once coming to alone, and go somewhere else; I hope you won't me, in a very friendly manner, and asking me | take it ill, but I don't desire to deal with anybody how I went on, I told him that I used the old || that does so; I am afraid my glass-house should trade still, that I had had two or three good jobs; fall on your head while you stay in it." one with a young woman, whose pocket I had The gentleman grew good-bumoured at the picked of eleven guineas; and another, a country- | reproof, and said, “ Well, come, don't go away, I woman, just come out of a stage-coach, seeing / won't swear any more," says he, “if I can help her pull out her bag to pay the coachman; and || it; for I own,” says he, “ I should not do it." that I followed her till I got an opportunity, and I With that the old gentleman looked up at him, slipped it out so neatly, that though there was and returning, “ Really, sir,” says he, “ 'tis a pity 81. 17s. in it, yet she never felt it go. And several | yon, that seem to be a fine gentleman, well bred other jobs I told him of, by which I made a pretty and good-humoured, should accustom yourself to good purchase. “I always said you were a lucky such an hateful practice; why, 'tis not like a boy, Colonel Jack," says he ; " but, come, you | gentleman to swear, 'tis enough for my black are grown almost a man now, and you shall not wretches that work there at the furnace, or for be always at play at push-pin; I am got into these ragged, naked, blackguard boys," pointing better business, I assure you, and you shall at me and some others of the dirty crew that lay come into it too. I'll bring you into a brave || in the ashes; "tis bad enough for them," says he, gang, Jack," says he, “ where you shall see we " and they ought to be corrected for it too; but shall be all gentlemen."
for a man of breeding, sir," says he, "a gentleThen he told me the trade itself, in short, which man, it ought to be looked upon as below them; was with a desperate set of fellows, that had two of gentlemen know better, and are taught better, the most desperate works upon their hands that and it is plain you know better; I beseech you, belonged to the whole art of thieving; that is to sir, when you are tempted to swear, always ask say, in the evening they were foot-pads, and in yourself, is this like a gentleman ? does this bethe night they were house-breakers. Will told |come me as a gentleman ? Do but ask yourseli me so many plausible stories, and talked of such that question, and your reason will prevail, you great things, that, in short, I, who had been || will soon leave it off.” always used to do anything he bid me do, went I heard all this, and it made the blood run chill with him without any hesitation.
|| in my veins, when he said swearing was only fit Nothing is more certain than that hitherto, for such as we were. In short, it made as great being partly from the gross ignorance of my un an impression upon me as it did upon the gentle. taught childhood, as I observed before, partly man; and yet he took it very kindly too, and from the hardness and wickedness of the company thanked the old gentleman for his advice. But I kept, and add to these, that it was the business | from that time forward I never had the least inI might be said to be brought up to; I had, I clination to swearing or ill words, and abhorred say, all the way hitherto, no manner of thoughts it when I heard the other boys do it. As to about the good or evil of what I was embarked | drinking, I had no opportunity, for I had nothing in; consequently, I had no sense of couscience, I to drink but water, or small beer that anybody no reproaches upon my mind for having done gave me in charity, for they seldom gave away amiss.
strong beer; and after I had money, I neither Yet I had something in me, by what secret in | desired strong beer, or cared to part with my fluence I knew not. kept me from the other | money to buy it. degrees of raking and vice, and, in short, from | Then as to principle, 'tis true I had no foundathe general wickedness of the rest of my com- ||tion laid in me by education ; and being early led panions : for example, I never used any ill words, ll by my fate into evil, I had the less sense of its nobody ever heard me swear, nor was I given to being evil left upon my mind : but when I began drink, or to love strong drink; and I cannot omit to grow to an age of understanding, and to know a circamstance that very much served to prevent || that I was a thief, growing up in all manner of it. I had a strange original notion, as I have villainy, and ripeniny apace for the gallows, it mentioned in its place, of my being a gentlernan; || came often into my thoughts that I was going and several things had casually happened in my wrong; that I was in the high road to Old way to increase this fancy of mine. It happened || Nick, and several times I would stop short, and one day, that being in the glass. house yard, be. | ask myself, if this was the life of a gentleman ? tween Rosemary lane and Ratclitle highway, But these little things wore off again as often there came a man dressed very well, and with all as they came on, and I followed the old trade coach attending him, and he came (as I suppose) || again ; especially when Will came to prompt me, to buy glass-bottles, or some other goods, as they ll as I have observed, for he was a kind of a guide sold; and in bargaining for his goods, he swore | to me in all these things; and I had, by custom most horrible oaths at every two or three words. || and application, together with seeing his way, At length the master of the glass-house, an an- | learned to be as acute a workman as my master. cient grave gentleman, took the liberty to reprove il But, to go back where I left oti. Will came to him, which at first made him swear the worse; | me, as I have said, and telling me how much after a while, the gentleman was a little calmer, li better business he was fallen into, would have nie
go along with him, and I should be a gentleman. was on the side of the Pindar of Wakefield, cried, Mill, it seems, understood that word in a quite “ Mark, ho!" too. different manner from me; for his gentleman was: What I saw was a couple of poor women, one nothing more or less than a gentleman thief, a a kind of a nurse, and the other a maid-servant, villain of a higher degree than a pick-pocket, and going for Kentish Town. As Will knew that I was ope that might do something more wicked, and but young at the work, he came flying to me, and better entitling him to the gallows, than could be seeing how easy a bargain it was, he said, “ Go, done in our way: but my gentleman that I had Colonel, fall to work.” I went up to them, and my eye upon, was another thing quite, though I speaking to the elderly woman, “ Nurse,” said I, could not really tell how to describe it neither. 1/ “don't be in such haste, I want to speak with
However, the word took with me, and I went | you;" at which they both stopped, and looked a with him. We were neither of us old: Will was little frighted; “ Don't be frighted, sweetheart," about twenty-four and as for me I was now about i said I to the maid; "a little of that money in the eighteen, and pretty tall of my age.
bottom of your pocket will make all easy, and I The first time I went with him, he brought me
will do you no harm.” By this time will came into the company only of two more young fellows.
| up to us, for they did not see him before ; then We met at the lower part of Grays Inn lane,
they began to scream out. “Hold,” says I, “make about an hour before sunset, and went out into
no noise, unless you have a mind to force us to the fields towards a place called Pindar of Wake
murder you whether we will or no; give me your field, where are abundance of brick-kilns ; here
money presently, and make no words, and we it was agreed to spread from the field-path to the
shan't hurt you. Upon this, the poor maid pulled
out 58. 6d., and the old woman a guinea and a roadway, all the way towards Pancras church, to
shilling, crying heartily for her money, and said, observe any chance game, as they called it,
it was all she had left in the world. Well, we which they might shoot flying. Upon the path, within the bank, on the one side of the road, i
took it for all that, though it made my very heart going towards Kentish Town, two of our gang,
bleed to see what agony the poor woman was in Will, and one of the other, met a single gentle
at parting with it, and I asked her where she
lived; she said her name was Smith, and she man, walking apace towards the town; being
lived at Kentish Town : I said nothing to her, but almost dark, Will cried, “ Mark, ho !" which, it seems, was the word at which we were all to
bid them go on about their business, and I gave stand still at a distance, come in, if he wanted
Will the money; so in a few minutes we were all
together again. Says one of the other rogues, 1 help, and give a signal if anything appeared that was langerous.
“ Come, this is well enough for one road; it's time
to be gone.” Will steps up to the gentleman, stops him, and
So we jogged away, crossing the
fields, out of the path towards Tottenham court; I put the question, that is, “ Sir, your money?"
“ But hold,” says Will, “ I must go and untie the The gentleman, seeing he was alone, struck at
man." “D-n him," says one of them, “ let him him with his cane, but Will, a nimble strong fel
lie.” “No,” says Will, “ I won't be worse than 1 low, flew in upon him, and, with struggling, got him down; then he begged for his life, Will
my word, I will untie him.” So he went to the having told him with an oath that he would cut
place, but the man was gone ; either he had un1 bis throat. In that moment, while this was doing,
tied himself, or somebody had passed by, and he
had called for help, and so was untied, for he comes a hackney-coach along the road, and the
could not find him, nor make him hear, though fourth man, who was that way, cries, “ Mark, ho!" which was to intimate that it was a prize,
he ventured to call twice for him aloud.
This made us hasten away the faster, and getnot a surprise; and accordingly the next man
ting into Tottenham court road, they thought it went up to assist him, where they stopped the coach, which had a doctor of physic and a sur
was a little too near, so they made into the town geon in it, who had been to visit some consider
at St Giles's, and crossing to Piccadilly, went to able patient, and, I suppose, had considerable
| Hyde-park gate; here they ventured to rob anfees; for here they got two good purses, one
other coach, that is to say, one of the two other with eleven or twelve guineas, the other six, with
rogues and Will did it between the park gate and some pocket money, two watches, one diamond
Knightsbridge; there was in it only a gentleman ring, and the surgeon's plaister-box, which was
and a punk that he had picked up, it seems, at most of it full of silver instruments.
the Spring garden a little farther. They took
the gentleman's money, his watch, and his silverWhile they were at this work, Will kept the
hilted sword; but when they came to the slut, man down who was under him; and though he she damned and cursed them for robbing the genpromised not to kill him unless he offered to
tleman of his money, and leaving none for her; make a noise, yet he would not let him stir till he
as for herself, she had not one sixpenny piece heard the noise of the coach going on again, by about her, though she was indeed well enough which he knew the job was over on that side. | dressed too. Then he carried him a little out of the way, tied Having made this adventure, we left that his hands behind him, and bid him lie still and
road too, and went over the fields to Chelsea. In l, make no noise, and he would come back in half
the way from Westminster to Chelsea, we met ! an bour and untie him upon his word; but if he three gentlemen, but they were too strong for us cried out, he would come back and kill him. to meddle with; they had been afraid to come
The poor man promised to lie still and make over the fields so late, (for by this time it was no noise, and did so; and had not above lls. 6d. 1 eight o'clock, and though the moon gave some in his pocket, which Will took, and came back | light, yet it was too late and too dark to be safe,) to the rest ; but while they were together, I, who ll so they hired three men at Chelsea, two with
Pitchforks, and the third, a waterman, with all I rambled this whole night with them. They boat-hook staff, to guard them. We would have || went from Chelsea, being disappointed there as steered clear of them, and cared not to have above, to Kensington; there they broke into a them see us, if we could help it; but they did see brewhouse and washhouse, and by that means us, and cried, “Who comes there?" and we an into an out-kitchen of a gentleman's house, where swered, “ Friends;" and so they went on, to our they unhanged a small copper and brought it off, great satisfaction.
and stole about a hundred weight of pewter, and
went clear off with that too; and, every one going CHAPTER V.
their own byeways, they found means to get safe
to their several receptacles where they used to MY NEW PROFESSION VERY HATEFUL TO ME-WILL dispose of such things. IS IN GREAT DANGER OF BEING TAKEN POR A
We lay still the next day and shared the effects HOUSEBREAKING AT HOUNSLOW-HE LEAVES HIS
stolen that night, of which my share came to PLUNDER UNDER MY BEDI MEET WITH HIM BY
8l. 19s. The copper and pewter being weighed ACCIDENT, AND RECEIVE HIS DIRECTIONS HOW TO
and cast up, a person was at hand to take it as DISPOSE OF THE STOLEN GOODS-I MEET CAPTAIN
money at about half value, and in the afternoon JACK, WHO INFORMS ME WILL IS COMMITTED TO
Will and I came away together. Will was mighty NEWGATE-I PAY A VISIT TO MY OLD FRIEND
full of the success we had had, and how we might MENTIONED IN THE THIRD CHAPTER-CONVERSA
be sure of the like this way every day. But he TION WITH HIM—I AM APPREHENDED-CONSE
observed that I did not seem so elevated at the QUENCES THEREOP.
success of that night's ramble as I used to be, When we came to Chelsea, it seems we had and also that I did not take any great notice of other work to do, which I had not been made || the expectations he was in of what was to come, privy to; and this was a house to be robbed. || yet I had said little to him at that time. They had some intelligence, it seems, with a ser
But my heart was full of the poor woman's vant in the house, who was of their gang; this rogue was a waiting-man, or footman, and he had
case at Kentish Town, and I resolved, if possible, a watch-word to let them in by; but this fellow,
to find her out and give her her money. With not for want of being a villain, but by getting
the abhorrence that filled my mind at the cruelty drunk, and not minding his part of the work, dis
of that act there necessarily followed a little dis
taste for the thing itself; and now it came into appointed us; for he had promised to rise at two
my head with a double force that this was the o'clock in the morning and let us all in, but,
high road to the devil, and that certainly this was being very drunk, and not come in at eleven
not the life of a gentleman. o'clock, his master ordered him to be shut out, and the doors locked up, and charged the other
Will and I parted for that time, but next mornservants not to let him in upon any terms what- || ing we met again, and Will was mighty brisk and soever.
merry.“ And now, Colonel Jack," says he, "we We came about the house at ono o'clock to
shall be rich very quickly.” “Well,” says I, make our observations, intending to go and lie
“and what shall we do when we are rich ?" under Beaufort House wall till the clock struck “Do," says he, “we will buy a couple of good two, and then to come again ; but, behold, when horses, and go further afield.” “What do you we came to the house, there lay the fellow at the mean by further afield ?" says I. « Why," says door fast asleep, and very drunk. Will, who I
he, “we will take the highway like gentlemen, found was the leader in all these things, waked
and then we shall get a great deal of money inthe fellow, who, as he had had about two hours'
deed.” “Well,” says I, “what then?” Why, sleep, was a little come to himself, and told them
| then," says he, “ we shall live like gentlemen." the misfortune, as he called it, and that he could " But, Will," says I, “ if we get a great deal not get in. They had some instruments about of money, shan't we leave this trade off, and sit them by which they could have broken in by || down and be safe and quiet?" force, but will considered that as it was but IL “ Ay,” says Will, “when we have got a great waiting till another time, and they should be let Il estate we shall be willing to lay it down." "But in quietly, they resolved to give it over for that where," says I, “shall we be before that time time.
comes if we should drive on this cursed kind of But this was a happy drunken bout for the trade?" family, for the fellow having let fall some words “ Prithee never think of that," says Will; “if in his drink (for he was a saucy one as well as a you think of those things you will never be fit to drunken one), and talked oddly, as that it had be a gentleman.” He touched me there, indeed, been better they had let him in, and he would for it ran much in my mind still that I was to be make them pay dear for it, or some such thing, a gentleman, and it made me dumb for awhile ; the master, hearing of it, turned him away in the but I came to myself after a little while, and I morning, and never let him come into his house said to him, pretty tartly, “Why, Will, do you again ; so, I say, it was a happy drunkenness to || call this way of living the life of a gentleman ?" the family, for it saved them from being robbed, “ Why," says Will, “ why not? and perhaps murdered, for they were a cursed “Why," says I, “was it like a gentleman for bloody crew, and, as I found, were about thirteen | me to take that 228. from a poor ancient woman, of them in all, whereof three of them made it when she begged of me upon her knees not to their business to get into gentlemen's services, take it, and told me it was all she had in the world and so to open doors in the night, and let the to buy her bread for herself and a sick child other rogues in upon them to rob and destroy which she had at home? Do you think I could be them.
so cruel if you had not stood by and made me do
it; why, I cried at doing it as much as the poor || robbery down almost as far as Hounslow, and woman did, though I did not let you see me." | where they wounded a gentleman's gardener so | " You fool you," says Will, "you will never be that I think he died, and robbed the house of a fit for our business, 'indeed, if you mind such very considerable sum of money and plate. things as those ; I shall bring you off those things This, however, was not so clean carried, nor quickly. Why, if you will be fit for business, you did they get in so easy, but by the resistance they must learn to fight when they resist, and cut their met with, the neighbours were all alarmed, and throats when they submit; you must learn to stop the gentlemen rogues were pursued, and being at their breath, that they may beg and pray no London with the booty, one of them was taken; more. What signifies pity ? Prithee who will pity | Will, a dexterous fellow, and head of the gang, us when we come to the Old Bailey? I warrant made his escape, and though in his clothes, with you that whining old woman that begged so a great weight about him, of both money and heartily for her 22s. would let you and I beg upon plate, plunged into the Thames, and swam over our knees, and would not save our lives by not where there was no path or road leading to the coming in for an evidence against us; did you river, so that nobody suspected any one's going ever see any of them cry when they see gentle that way. Being got over, he made his way, wet men go to the gallows ?”
as he was, into some woods adjacent, and, as he “ Well, Will,” says I, “ you had better let us | told me afterwards, not far from Chertsey, and keep to the business we were in before ; there! stayed lurking about in the woods or fields therewere no such cruel doings in that, and yet we got | about, till his clothes were dry; then, in the more money by it than I believe we shall get at night, got down to Kingston, and so to Mortlake, this."
where he got a boat to London. “No, no,” says Will, "you are a fool; you He knew not that one of his comrades was don't know what fine things we shall do in a little taken; only he knew that they were all so closely while."
pursued that they were obliged to disperse, and Upon this discourse we parted for that time; 1 every one to shift for himself. He happened to but I resolved with myself that I would never be come home in the evening, as good luck then concerned with him that way any more. The directed him, just after search had been made truth is, they were such a dreadful gang, such for him by the constables; his companion, who horrid, barbarous villains, that even that little was taken, having, upon promise of favour, and while that I was among them my very blood ran of saving him from the gallows, discovered his cold in my veins at what I heard, particularly the companions, and Will, among the rest, as the continued raving and damning one another and principal party in the whole undertaking. themselves at every word they spoke ; and then Will got notice of this just time enough to run the horrid resolutions of murder and cutting for it, and not to be taken ; and away he came to throats which I perceived was in their minds upon || look for me; but, as my good fate still directed, any occasion that should present. This appeared || I was not at home neither. However, he left all first in their discourse upon the disappointment | his booty at my lodging, and hid it in an old coat they met with at Chelsea, where the two rogues that lay under my bedding, and left word that my that were with us, ay, and Will too, damned and brother Will had been there, and had left his raged that they could not get into the house, and coat, that he borrowed of me, and that it was unswore they would have cut the gentleman's throat || der my bed. if they had got in, and shook hands, damning and I knew not what to make of it, but went up to cursing themselves if they did not murder the go to bed ; and, finding the parcel, was perfectly whole family as soon as Tom (that was the man- / frighted to see, wrapped up in it, above one hunservant) could get an opportunity to let them in. dred pounds in plate and money, and yet knew
Two days after this Will came to my lodging ; I nothing of brother Will, as he called himself, nor for I had now got a room by myself, had bought | did I hear of him for three or four days. me tolerable good clothes and some shirts, and At the end of four days I heard, by great acci. began to look like other folks; but, as it happened, I dent, that Will, who used to be seen with me, and I was abroad upon the scout in another way, for, who called me brother, was taken, and would be though I was not hardened enough for so black a hanged. Next day a poor man, a shoemaker, villain as Will would have had me be, vet I had not that used formerly to have a kindness for me, and arrived to any principle sufficient to keep me from to send me of errands, and gave me sometimes a life, in its degree wicked enough, which tended some victuals, seeing me accidentally in Rosemary to the same destruction, though not in so violentlane, going by him, clasped me fast hold by the and precipitant degrees. I had his message de | arm : “ Hark ye, young man,” says he,“ have I livered to me, which was to meet him the next caught you ?" and he hauled me along as if I had evening at such a place, and, as I came in time been a thief apprehended, and he the constable. enough to go, I went to the place, but resolved |“ Hark ye, Colonel Jack," says he again, “ come beforehand that I would not go any more with along with me, I must speak with you. What, him among the gang.
are you got into this gang too? What, are you However, to my great satisfaction, I missed || turned housebreaker? Come, I'll have you hanghim, for he did not coine at all to the place, but | ed, to be sure."
with the gang at another place, they having i! These were dreadful words to me, who, though sent for him in haste upon the notice of some not guilty of the particular thing in question, yet booty; and so they went all away together. This was frighted heartily before, and did not know was a summons, it seems, from one of the crea. || what I might be charged with by Will, if he was tures which they had abroad in a family where an | taken, as I had heard that very morning he was. opportunity offered them to commit á notorious Il With these words the shoemaker began to haul
and drag me along as he used to do when I was has peached me and all the others to save his a boy.
life." However, recovering my spirits, and provoked “Life !” says I, “why, should you lose your life to the highest degree, I said to him, “ What do if they should take you? Pray what would they you mean, Mr ? Let me alone, or you will do to you ?" oblige me to make you do it ;” and with that I “ Do to me!" says he, “ they would hang me stopped short, and soon let him see I was a little || if the king had ne'er another soldier in his guards; too big to be hauled about as I used to be when I shall certainly be hanged as I am now alive.” I ran of his errands, and made a motion with my | This frighted me terribly, and I said, “ And other hand as if I would strike him in the face. what will you do then ?” -“ Nay," says he, “I
“ How, Jack !" says he, “ will you strike me ? know not; I would get out of the nation, if I Will you strike your old friend?" and then he let knew how; but I am a stranger to all those go my arm, and laughed. “ Well, but hark ye, things, and I know not what to do, not I. Advise i Colonel," says he, “ I am in earnest, I hear bad me, Jack," says he, “prithee tell me whither | news of you; they say you are gotten into bad I shall I go; I have a good mind to go to sea." company, and that this will calls you brother; he
“ You talk of going away," says I; “what will is a great villain, and I hear he is charged with a you do with all you have hid in my garret ; it bloody robbery, and will be hanged if he is taken. || must not lie there,” said I ; "for if I should be I hope you are not concerned with him ; if you || taken up for it, and it be found to be the money are, I would advise you to shift for yourself, for ll you stole, I shall be ruined.” the constable and the headborough are after him
“I care not what becomes of it, not I," says to-day, and if he can lay anything to you, he will
Will; “ I'll be gone; do you take it, if you will, do it, you may be sure; he will certainly hang
and do wbat you will with it; I must fly, and I you to save himself.”
cannot take it with me." __“I won't have it, not 1," This was kind, and I thanked him; but told
says I to him ; “ I'll go and fetch it to you if you him this was a thing too serious, and that had too
will take it,” says I, “but I won't meddle with it ; much weight in it to be jested with, as he had
besides, there is plate; what shall I do with
i plate ?" said I; "if I should offer to sell it any. done before ; and that some ignorant stranger
where," said I, “ they will stop me.” might have seized upon me as a person guilty, who had no farther concern in it than just know
" As for that,” says Will, "I could sell it well
enough if I had it, but I must not be seen any. ing the man, and so I might have been brought into trouble for nothing; at least people might
where among my old acquaintance, for I am have thought I was among them, whether I was
blown, and they will all betray me; but I will tell i or no, and it would have rendered me suspected,
you where you shall go and sell it if you will, and
they will ask you no questions, if you give them though I was innocent.
the word that I will give you.” Só he gave me He acknowledged that; told me he was but in
the word, and directions to a pawnbroker, near jest, and that he talked to me just as he used to
Cloth fair; the word was • Good tower standard.' do. “ However, Colonel,” says he, “ I won't jest
Having these instructions, he said to me, “ Colonel any more with you in a thing of such a dangerous
Jack, I am sure yon won't betray me; and I proconsequence; I only advise you to keep the fel. mise you, if I am taken, and should be hanged, low company no morc.”.
I won't name you; I will go to such a house I thanked him, and went away, but in the ! (naming a house at Bromley, by Bow, where he greatest perplexity imaginable ; and now, not || and I had often been,) and there," says he, “ I'll knowing what to do with myself, or with the little stay till it is dark; at night I will come near the ill-gotten wealth which I had, I went musing and streets, and I will lie under such a haystack all alone into the fields towards Stepney, my usual | night (a place we both knew also very well); walk, and there began to consider what to do ; and if you cannot finish to come to me there, I and as this creature had left his prize in my garret, will go back to Bow.” I began to think, that if he should be taken, and I went back and took the cargo, went to the should confess, and send the officers to search || place by Cloth fair, and gave the word, · Good there for the goods, and they should find them, tower standard ;' and, without any words, they I should be undone, and should be taken up for a took the plate, weighed it, and paid me after the confederate : whereas I knew nothing of the mat-'| rate of 2s. per ounce for it; so I came away, ter, and had no hand in it.
and went to meet him ; but it was too late to While I was thus musing, and in great per- meet him at the first place; but I went to the hayplexity, I heard somebody hollo to me; and, look- stack, and there I found him fast asleep. ing about, I saw Will running after me. I knew I delivered him his cargo; what it really not what to think at first ; but seeing him alone, l amounted to I knew not, for I never told it ; was the more encouraged, and I stood still for but I went home to my quarters very late and him. When he came up to me, I said to him, tired; I went to sleep at first, but, notwithstand" What is the matter, Will ?"_“ Matter !" says | ing I was so weary, I slept little or none for Will, “ matter enough; I am undone. When was several hours; at last, being overcome with you at home?”
"sleep, I dropped, but was immediately roused " I saw what you left there," says 1 : “ what is 1' with noise of people knocking at the door, as if the meaning of it, and where got you all that? Is they would beat it down, and crying and calling that your being undone?”
out to the people of the house, “ Rise and let in " Ay," says Will, “ I am undone for all that, the constable here, we come for your lodger in the for the officers are after me, and I am a dead dog i garret. if I am taken, for George is in custody, and he ll I was frighted to the last degree, and started