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patching is now happily given up : it had so much of the
Jeaebel in it, that I congratulate my fair countrywomen
on its being deserted. Haggis and hodge-podge, sheep and!
crapped heads, keep their places at the table, in defiance of I
pork, grisken, and roast beef. Dad gathers it in farthings, .
and young Hopeful spends it by guineas. The mother toils at
the distaff, and the thoughtless and extravagant young Bag-
gage throws it away on gew-gaws. Quakers begin to mingle
amongst us, and to groan in spirit. The Jews, as I former-
Jy mentioned, have not, as yet, set up shop here : the strag-
glers, however, are travelling about the country, with their
faar-keekers, and so spying the land ; whilst the main body-
are setting out to meet their promised deliverer Bona-
parte. Scandal and tale bearing continue to do the honours
of the tea-table, and folly and extravagance to hold their
rites at the shop of the milliner. The price of shaving (be-
ing frequently a blood letting case), is advanced by the
war ; it was formerly one half-penny, it is now one penny.
War, it is said, raises the price of many things. It hath,
indeed, I confess, already raised the value of shoes cleaning
and puppet-shows, sour milk and broom besoms. Writing
■was taught in my time for 6d. a-quarter, we now pay ten
times that sum. The old women were, formerly, the only
witches, and we roasted them in bonfires : Witchcraft is now
confined to the young ; and they, in their turn, scorch us
powerfully by charms. The matter of dead languages is
row fully and generally known, by translations; and Greek
and Hebrew drag rather heavily. Pedantry, therefore,
slackens apace. A gentleman is now better known by his
manners than by his latin ; and merchants begin to find
more money is to be got at a loom or desk, than by poring
over a Greek dictionary, or an old classic. The ladies con-
tinue to admire red coats, and to have no objection to the blue.
Shortwaists, watering places, and bathing-quarters, are the
present general rage; and drowning is now as common in sum-
mer as starving was formerly in winter. We tread not now on
fairy ground. Spirits and hobgoblins are little known in these
days : they flee from society and refinement, and from the
busy haunts of meu. Those incorporeals are suffered t$

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