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as I had heard, and told him I hoped it did not || usually was at iny house, and among my children come from his own mouth, but, if it did, I ex- ll every day, when the weather was tolerable ; and pected he would publicly disown it, he himself ||though she came but merely as a neighbour, and declaring he knew it to be false, or else I should || to see us, yet she was always helpful in directing be forced to act the same thing over again till I || and ordering things for them, and mighty handy had disciplined him into better manners; and || about them, as well before my wife died as after. that he might be assured, that if he continued to Her father was one that I employed often to go pretend that I had anybody with me when I caned to Liverpool, and sometimes to Whitehaven, and him, I would publish the whole story in print, and do business for me; for having, as it were, settled besides that would cane him again wherever, met myself in the northern parts of England, I had him, and, as often as I met him, till he thought fit ordered part of my effects to be shipped, as occa. to defend himself with his sword like a gentle- sion of shipping offered, to either of those two man.
towns, to which the war continuing very sharp) He gave me no answer to this letter, and the it was safer coming, as to privateers, than about satisfaction I had for that was, that I gave twenty through the channel to London. or thirty copies of it about among the neighbours, 1 I took a mighty fancy at last that this girl which made it as public as if I had printed it would answer my end, particularly that I saw (that is, as to his acquaintance and mine) and she was mighty useful among the children; so, made him so hissed at and hated, that he was on the other hand, the children loved her very obliged to remove into some other part of the well, and I resolved to love her too, flattering town, whither I did not inquire.
myself mightily that, as I had married two gentleMy wife being now dead, I knew not what women and one citizen, and they proved all three course to take in the world, and I grew so dis W- s, I should now find what I wanted in an consolate and discouraged, that I was next door innocent country wench. to being distempered, and sometimes, indeed, I I took up a world of time in considering of this thought myself a little touched in the head. But matter; indeed, scarce any of my matches were it proved nothing but vapours, and the vexation done without very mature consideration; the of this affair, and in about a year's time, or there second was the worst in that article, but in this abouts, it wore off again.
I thought of it, I believe, four months most seri. I had rambled up and down in a most discon- | ously before I resolved, and that very prudence tented unsettled posture after this, I say, about all spoiled the whole thing ; however, at last being year, and then I considered I had three innocent , resoved, I took Mrs Margaret one day as she children, and I could take no care of them, and passed by my parlour-door, called her in, and that I must either go away and leave them to the told her I wanted to speak with her; she came wide world, or settle here and get somebody to readily in, but blushed mightily when I bade her look after them, and that better a mother-in-law sit down, for 1 bade her sit down in a chair just than no mother, for to live such a wandering life || by me. it would not do; so I resolved I would marry as I used no great ceremony with her, but told anything offered, though it was mean, and the her that I had observed she had been mighty meaner the better, I concluded my next wife || kind to my children, and was very tender to them, should be only taken as an upper servant, that is and that they all loved her, and that if she and I to say, a nurse to my children, and house-keeper | could agree about it, I intended to make her their to myself, and let her be whore or honest woman, | mother, if she was not engaged to somebody else; said I, as she likes best, I am resolved I will not the girl sat still and said never a word till I said much concern myself about that, for I was now || those words, “ if she was not engaged to someone desperate, that valued not how things went. || body else;" when she seemed struck; however, I
In this careless, and indeed rash, foolish, hu- | took no notice of it other than this,-“ Look ye, mour, I talked to myself thus : If I marry an || Moggy,” said I (so they call them in the country), honest woman my children will be taken care of; ll“ if you have promised yourself you must tell if she be a slut and abuses me, as I see every- me;" for we all knew that a young fellow, a good body does, I will kidnap her and send her to || clergyman's wicked son, had hung about her a Virginia, to my plantations there, and there she great while, two or three years, and made love to shall work hard enough, and fare hard enough to her, but could never get the girl in the mind, it keep her chaste, I'll warrant her.
seems, to have him. i knew well enough at first that these were | She knew I was not ignorant of it, and theremad, hare-brained notions, and I thought no more fore, after her first surprise was over, she told me of being serious in them than I thought of being Mr — had, as I knew, often come after her, a man in the moon; but I know not how it hap- but she had never promised him anything, and pened to me, I reasoned and talked to myself in had for several years refused him ; her father ihis wild manner so long, that I brought myself always telling her that he was a wicked fellow, to be seriously desperate; that is, to resolve upon and ibat he would be her ruin if she had him. another marriage, with all the suppositions of “ Well, Moggy, then,” says I, “ what dost say unhappiness that could be imagined to fall out. | to me, art thou free to make me a wife?" She
And yet even this rash resolution of my senses blushed and looked down upon the ground, and did not como presently to action, for I was half would not speak a good while; but when I a year after this before I fixed upon anything ; || pressed her to tell me, she looked up and said at last, as he that seeks mischief shall certainly she supposed I was but jesting with her; well, I find it, so it was with me; there happened to be got over that, and told her I was in very good a young or rather a middle-aged woman in the I earnest with her, and I took her for a cober, bonext town, which was but half a mile off, who li nest, modest girl, and, as I said, one that my
children loved mighty well, and I was in earnest | down stairs į “knock,” says I, “ when you are with her; if she would give me her consent, I would give her my word that I would have her, | After some time, Moggy did not knock, but and we would be married to-morrow morning.
down she came into my room, completely dressed, She looked up again at that, and smiled a little,
for there were several other things that I bade her and said, “No, that was too soon to say yes ;" | I take, and the clothes fitted her as if they had been she boped I would give her some time to consider | made for her; it seems she slipped the lock back. of it, and to talk with her father about it. “ Well, Moggy," says I, “now you see you shall
I told her she needed not much time to consi not be married in your old clothes;" so I took her der about it; but, however, I would give her till in my arms and kissed her, and well pleased I was to-morrow morning, which was a great while.
as ever I was in my life, or with anything I ever By this time I had kissed Moggy two or three did in my life. As soon as it was dark, Moggy times, and she began to be freer with me; and, slipped away beforehand, as the doctor and I had when I pressed her to marry me the next morn
| agreed, to the old gentleman's housekeeper, and ing, she laughed, and told me it was not lucky to I came in about half an hour after, and there be married in her old clothes.
we were married in the doctor's study, that is to I stopped her mouth presently with that, and
say, in his oratory, or chapel, a little room within told her she should not be married in her old
his study, and we stayed and supped with him clothes, for I would give her some new. “Ay, ll afterwards. it may be afterwards," says Moggy, and laughed
Then, after a short stay more, I went home again. "No, just now," says I; “ come along
first, because I would send the children all to bed, with me, Moggy;" so I carried her up stairs into my wife's rooin that was, and showed her a new
and the other servants out of the way, and Moggy
came some time after, and so we lay together that morning gown of my wife's, that she had never
night. The next morning I let all the family worn above two or three times, and several other
| know that Moggy was my wife, and my three fine things. “Look you there, Moggy,” says I, " there is a wedding gown for you; give me your
children were rejoiced at it to the last degree. hand now that you will have me to-morrow morn
And now I was a married man a fourth time;
and, in short, I was really more happy in this ing; and as to your father, you know he is gone
plain country girl than with any of all the wives to Liverpool on my business, but I will answer
I had had. She was not young, being about for it he shall not be angry when he comes home
thirty-three, but she brought me a son the first to call his master son-in-law, and I ask him no
year; she was very pretty, well shaped, and of portion; therefore give me thy hand for it,
a merry, chcerful disposition, but not a beauty; Moggy," says I, very merrily to her, and kissed
she was an admirable family manager, loved my her again, and the girl gave me her hand, and
former children, and used them not at all the very pleasantly too, and I was mightily pleased with it, I assure you.
worse for having some of her own; in a word,
she made me an excellent wife ; but lived with There lived, about three doors from us, an an
me but four years, and died of a hurt she got of cient gentleman who passed for a doctor of physic, but who was really a Romish priest in orders, as
a fall while she was with child, and in her I had there are many in that part of the country, and
a very great loss indeed. in the evening I sent to speak with him. He
And yet such was my fate in wives, that, after knew that I understood his profession, and that I
all the blushing and backwardness of Mrs Moggy had lived in popish countries, and, in a word, be
at first, Mrs Moggy had, it seems, made a slip in lieved me a Roman too, for I was such abroad.
her younger days, and was got with child ten Wnen he came to me, I told him the occasion for years before, by a gentleman of great estate in which I sent for him, and that it was to be to that country, who promised her marriage, and morrow morning; he readily told me if I would afterwards deserted her; but, as that had hapcome and see him in the evening, and bring
pened long before I came into the country, and Moggy with me, he would marry us in his own the child was dead and forgotten, the people were study, and that it was rather more private to do so good to her, and so kind to me, that, hearing it in the evening than in the morning; so I called I had married her, nobody ever spoke of it, Moggy again to me and told her since she and I neither did I ever hear of it, or suspect it, till had agreed the matter for to-morrow, it was as after she was in her grave, and then it was of well to be done over night, and told her what the small consequence to me one way or other, and doctor had said.
she was a faithful, virtuous, obliging wife to me. Moggy blushed again, and said she must go
I had a very severe affliction, indeed, while she home first; that she could not be ready before
lived with me, for the small-pox, a frightful disto-morrow. “Look ye, Moggy," says I, “ you
temper in that country, broke into my family are my wife now, and you shall never go away
and carried off three of my children and a maid. from me a maid; I know what you mean, you
servant; so that I had only one of my former would go home to shift you. Come, Moggy,”
wife's, and one by my Moggy, the first a son, the says I, "come along with me again up stairs." last a daughter. So I carried her to a chest of linen, where were | While these things were in agitation, came on several new shifts of my last wife's, which she had the invasion of the Scots, and the fight at Presnever worn at all, and some that had been worn. || ton, and I have cause to bless the memory of my “ There is a clean smock for you, Moggy,” says | Moggy, for I was all on fire on that side, and just 1," and to-morrow you shall have all the rest.”. I going away with horse and arms to join the Lord When I had done this, “ Now Moggy," says I, | Derwentwater; but Moggy begged me off (as " go and dress you ;" so I locked her in, and went ll I may call it), and hung about me so with her tears and importunities, that I sat still and looked | rally bought some every fleet that came from on, for which I had reason to be thankful.
England, I had the mortification to see two or I was really a sorrowful father, and the loss of thrce of the Preston gentlemen there, who, being my children stuck close to me, but the loss of my prisoners of war, were spared from the public exwise stuck closer to me than all the rest ; nor was ecution and sent over to that slavery, which to my grief lessened, or my kindest thoughts abated gentlemen must be worse than death. in the least, by the account I heard of her former I do not mention what I did or said relating to miscarriage, seeing they were so long before them here; I shall speak at large of it when knew her, and were not discovered by me, or to the rest of them came over, which more nearly me, in her life-time.
concerned me. All these things put together made me very But one circumstance occurred to me here that comfortless. And now I thought heaven sum equally surprised me and terrified me to the last moned me to retire to Virginia, the place, and (as degree. Looking over all the servants, as I say I may say) the only place, I had been blessed at, above, and viewing the plantations narrowly and or had met with anything that deserved the name frequently, I came one day by a place where some of success in, and where, indeed, niy affairs being women were at work by themselves : I was seriin good hands, the plantations were increased to ously reflecting on the misery of human life when such a degree, that some years my return here I saw some of these poor wretches : thought I, made up eight hundred pounds, and one year they have perhaps lived gay and pleasantly in almost a thousand; so I resolved to leave my the world, notwithstanding, through a variety of native country once more, and taking my son distresses, they may have been brought to this ; with me, and leaving Moggy's daughter with her and if a body was to hear the history of some of grandfather, I made him my principal agent, left them now, it would perhaps be as moving and as him a considerable sum in his hands for the seasonable a sermon as any minister in the couvmaintenance of the child, and left my will in his try could preach. hand, by which, if I died before I should other While I was musing thus and looking at the wise provide for her, I left her 2,0001. portion, women, on a sudden I heard a combustion among to be paid by my son out of the estate I had other of the women servants, who were almost bein Virginia, and the whole estate, if he died un hind me in the same work, and help was called married.
loudly sor, one of the women having swooned I embarked for Virginia, in the year - , at away. They said she would die immediately if the town of Liverpool, and had a tolerable voyage something was not done to relieve her. I had thither, only that we met with a pirate ship in the nothing about me but a little bottle, which we latitude of 48 degrees, who plundered us of every always carried about us there with rum, to give thing they could come at that was for their turn, any servant a dram that merited that favour; so that is to say, provisions, ammunition, small arms, I turned my horse and went up towards the and money; but, to give the rogues their due, place; but as the poor creature was lying flat though they were the most abandoned wretches on the the ground, and the rest of the womenthat were ever seen, they did not use us ill; and servants about her, I did not see her, but gave as to my loss, it was not considerable : the cargo || them the bottle, and they rubbed her temples which I had on board was in goods, and was of with it, and, with much ado, brought her to life, 10 use to them: nor could they come at those and offered her a little to drink ; but she could things without rumaging the whole ship, which | drink none of it, and was exceeding ill afterwards, they did not think worth their while.
so that she was carried to the infirmary (so they I found all my affairs in very good order at || call it in the religious houses in Italy), where the Virginia ; my plantations prodigiously increased, sick nuns or friars are carried ; but here, in Virand my manager, who first inspired me with tra ginia, I think they should call it the condemned velling thoughts, and made me master of any hole, for it really was only a place just fit for knowledge worth naming, received me with all people to die in, not a place to be cured in. transport of joy, after a ramble of four-and The sick woman refusing to drink, one of the twenty years.
women-servants brought me the bottle again, and I ought to remember it, to the encouragement ||I bade them drink it among them, which har of all faithful servants, that he gave me an account, | almost set them together by the ears for the which, I believe, was critically just, of the whole liquor, there being not enough to give every one affairs of the plantations, each by themselves, a sup. and balanced in years, every year's produce being I went home to my house immediately, and, fully transmitted, charges deducted, to my order reflecting on the miserable provision was wont to at London.
be made for poor servants when they are sick, I I was exceedingly satisfied, as I had good rea inquired of my manager if it was so still. He son indeed, with his management; and with his said he believed mine was better than any in the management, as much in its degree, of his own, I country ; but he confessed it was but sad can safely say it. He had improved a very large ll lodging; however, he said he would go and look plantation of his own at the same time, which he after it immediately, and see how it was. began upon the foot of the country's allowance of He came to me about an hour after and told and, and the encouragement he had from me, me the woman was very ill and frightened with
When he had given me all this pleasing, agree- her condition ; that she seemed to be very peniable account, you will not think it strange that I tent for some things in her past life, which lay had a desire to see the plantations, and to view heavy upon her mind, believing she should die; all the servants, which, in both the works, were that she asked him if there were no ministers to upwards of three hundred; and, as my tutor gene-li comfort poor dying servants; and he told her that
she knew they had no minister nearer than such; are terrible things), bade him tell her she need to a place; but that, if she lived till morning, he be under no concern at my calling for her, for it should be sent for. He told me also, that he was not for any hurt, nor for any displeasure, but had removed her into a room where their chief that I had some orders to give her; so having, as workman used to lodge; that he had given her a he thought encouraged her (though her surprise pair of sheets, and everything he could that he was of another kind), he brought her in; when she thought she wanted, and had appointed another came in, she held a bandkerchief in her hand, woman-servant to attend her, and sit up with wiping her eyes, as if she had cried. “ Mrs
House-keeper," said I (speaking cheerfully to “ Well,” says I, “ that is well, for I cannot bear her), " don't be concerned at my sending for you ; to have poor creatures lie and perish by the mere 1 I have had a very good account of your managehardship of the place they are in, when they are ment, and I called for you, to let you know I am sick and want help; besides," said I, “some of very well pleased with it; and if it falls in my those unfortunate creatures they call convicts way to do you any good, if your circumstances may be people that have been tenderly brought will allow it, I may be willing enough to help you up." “ Really, sir," says he, “ this poor creature out of your misery." I always said had something of a gentlewoman in 1 She made low courtesies, but said nothing her; I could see it by her behaviour; and I have however, she was so far encouraged that she took heard the other women say that she lived very her hand from her face, and I saw her face fully, great once, and that she had fifteen hundred'. and I believe she did it, desiring I should discover pounds to her portion, and I dare say she has who she was, but I really knew nothing of her, been a handsome woman in her time, and she has any more than if I had never seen her in my life; a hand as fine as a lady's now, though it be tanned but went on, as I thought, to encourage her, as I with the weather; I dare say she was never used to do with any that I saw deserved it. brought up to labour as she does here, and she In the meantime my tutor, who was in the says to the rest that it will kill her."
room, went out on some business or other, I know " Truly,” says I, “it may be so, and that may not what. As soon as he was gone, she burst out be the reason that she faints under it; and," I into a passion, and fell down on her knees just added, “is there nothing you can put her to before me: “O! sir," says she, “ I see you don't within doors that may not be so laborious, and know me; be merciful to me, I am your miserable expose her to so much heat and cold ?” He told divorced wife !" me yes, there was ; he could set her to be the l I was astonished, I was frightened, I trembled house-keeper, for the woman that lately was euch like one in an ague, I was speechless; in a word, was out of her time, and was married and turned I was ready to sink, and she fell flat on her face, planter. “Why, then, let her have it,” said I, “ if and lay there as if she had been dead. I was she recovers, and in the meantime go," said I, speechless, I say, as a stone; I had only presence "and tell her so; perhaps the comfort of it may of mind enough to step to the door and fasten it, help to restore her."
that my tutor might not come in ; then, going He did so, and with that, taking good care of back to her, I took her up and spoke comfortably her, and giving her good warm diet, the woman to her, and told her I no inore knew her than if recovered, and in a little time was abroad again; ! I had never seen her. for it was the mere weight of labour, and being '' “ O! sir,” said she, “afflictions are dreadful exposed to hard lodging and mean diet, to one so things; such as I have suffered have been enough tenderly bred, that struck her, and she fainted at to alter my countenance; but forgive," said she, her work.
11 " for God's sake, the injuries I have done you. When she was made house-keeper, she was I have paid dear for all my wickedness; and it is quite another body; she put all the household just, it is righteous, that God should bring me to into such excellent order, and managed their pro- your foot, to ask your pardon for all my brutish visions so well, that my tutor admired her con- doings. Forgive me, sir," said she, “I beseech duct, and would be every now and then speaking you, and let me be your slave or servant for it as of her to me, that she was an excellent manager. long as I live; it is all I ask ;" and with those " I'll warrant," says he, “she has been bred a gen-words she fell upon her knees again, and cried so tlewoman, and she has been a fine woman in her vehemently that it was impossible for her to stop time too." In a word, he said so many good it, or to speak a word more. I took her up again, things of her, that I had a mind to see her; so i made her sit down, desired her to compose herone day I took occasion to go to the plantation-self and to hear what I was going to say, though house, as they called it, and into a parlour, always indeed it touched me so sensibly that I was hardly reserved for the master of the plantation ; there llable to speak any more than she was. she had opportunity to see me before I could see! First I told her it was such a surprise to me her, and as soon as she had seen me, she knew that I was not able to say much to her, and inme ; but, indeed, had I seen her a hundred times, ll deed the tears ran down my face almost as fast I should not have known her; she was, it seems, l as they did on hers; I told her that I should only in the greatest confusion and surprise at seeing tell her now that, as nobody had yet known anywho I was, that it was possible for any one to be ; thing that had passed, so it was absolutely necesand when I ordered my manager to bring her into sary not a word of it should be known; that it the room, he found her crying, and begged him to should not be the worse for her that she was thus excuse her, that she was frightened, and should thrown into my hands again; but that I could die away if she came near me.
I do nothing for her if it was known, and therefore I pot imagining anything, but that the poor || that her future good or ill fortune would depend creature was afraid of me (for masters in Virginia Wupon her cntire concealing it; that, as my manager would come in again presently, she should || part as I was, and told me all she could claim of go back to her part of the house, and go on in me would be only to deliver her from her present the business as she did before ; that I would come calamity, that she was not able to support; and to her, and talk more at large with her in a day that then, if I pleased, she might live such a life or two; so she retired, after assuring me that not as that she might apply the residue of what time a word of it should go out of her mouth, and in she should have wholly to repentance ; that she deed she was willing to retire before my tutor was willing to do the meanest offices in the world came again, that she might not see the agony she for me ; and though she should rejoice to hear was in.
that I would forgive her former life, yet that she I was so perplexed about this surprising inci. would not look any higher than to be my servant dent that I hardly knew what I did or said all |as long as she lived, and in the meantime I might that night, nor was I come to any settled reso. be satisfied she would never let any creature so lution in the morning what course to take in it. || much as know that I had ever seen her before. However, in the morning I called my tutor, and I asked her if she was willing to let me into told him that I had been exceedingly concerned any part of the history of her life since she and I about the poor distressed creature, the house- | parted, but I did not insist upon it otherwise than keeper: that I had heard some of her story, which
as she thought convenient. She said, as her was very dismal ; that she had been in very good | breach with me began first in folly and ended in circumstances, and was bred very well, and that I sin, so her whole life afterward was a continued was glad he had removed her out of the field into series of calamity, sin, and sorrow, sin and shame, the house; but still she was almost naked, and and last misery ; that she was deluded into gay that I would have him go to the warehouse and company, and to an expensive way of living, which give her some linen, especially head-clothes and betrayed her to several wicked courses to support all sorts of small things, such as hoods, gloves, the expenses of it ; that after a thousand disstockings, shoes, petticoats, &c., and to let her tresses and difficulties, being not able to maintain choose for herself; also a morning-gown of calico, herself, she was reduced to extreme poverty. and a mantua of a better kind of calico ; that is That she would many times have humbled to say. to new clothe her. which he did: but he || herself to me in the lowest and most submissive brought me word that he found her all in tears. Il manner in the world, being sincerely penitent for and that she had cried all night long, and, in her first crime, but that she never could hear of short, he believed she would indeed cry herself to me, nor which way I was gone; that she was by death; that all the while she was receiving the that means so abandoned that she wanted bread, things he gave her she cried; that now and then and those wants and distresses brought her into she would struggle with and stop it, but that bad company of another kind, and that she fell then, upon another word speaking, she would in among a gang of thieves, with whom she herded burst out again, so that it grieved everybody that for some time, and got money enough a great saw her.
while, but under the greatest dread and terror I was really affected with her case very much, imaginable, being in the constant fear of coming but struggled hard with myself to hide it, and to shame; that afterwards, what she feared was turned the discourse to something else ; in the come upon her, and for a very trifling attempt, meantime, though I did not go to her the next in which she was not principal but accidentally day, nor till the third day, yet I studied day and concerned, she was sent to this place. She told night how to act, and what I should do in this me her life was such a collection of various forremarkable case.
tunes, up and down, in plenty and in misery, in When I came to the house, which was the third 1 prison and at liberty, at ease and in torment, that day, she came into the room I was in, clothed all | it would take up a great many days to give me a over with my things which I had ordered her, | history of it; that I was come to see the end of und told me she thanked God she was now my | it, as I had seen the best part of the beginning; servant again, and wore my livery; thanked me that I knew she was brought up tenderly, and for the clothes I had sent her, and said it was fared delicately; but that now she was, with the much more than she had deserved from me. prodigal, brought to desire husks with swine, and
I then entered into discourses with her, nobody even to want that supply. Her tears flowed so being present but ourselves, and first I told her | strongly upon this discourse, that they frequently she should name no more of the unkind things | interrupted her, so that she could not go on that had passed; for she had humbled herself more | without difficulty, and at last could not go on than enough on that subject, and I would never | at all; 60 I told her I would excuse her telling reproach her with anything that was past; I | any more of her story at that time; that I saw it found that she had been the deepest sufferer by was but a renewing of her grief, and that I would far; I told her it was impossible for me, in my || rather contribute to her forgetting what was past, present circumstances, to receive her there as a land desired her to say no more of it, so I broke wife who came over as a convict, neither did she
off the know so little as to desire it; but I told her I || In the meantime I told her, since Providence might be instrumental to put an end to her mis had thus cast her upon my hands again, I would fortunes in the world, and especially to the mi. take care that she should not want, and that she serable part of it, which was her present load, I should not live hardly neither, though I could provided she could effectually keep her own go no farther at present, and thus she parted for counsel, and never let the particulars come out that time, and she continued in the business of of her mouth, and that from the day she did she housekeeper, only that to ease her I gave her an might date her irrecoverable ruin.
assistant; and though I would not have it called She was as sensible of the necessity of that liso, it was neither more nor less than a servant to