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if they had had such a mother to have managed them in their infancy.

Fath. Well but pray go on with the story ; what could he say to his sons, who answered him, as I suppose, so contrary to his expectations ?

Neigh. He was not touched with it at all at first, but taking bis sons, as it were, at their words, be immediately took possession of the books and cash, and the sons, with the greatest calmness and apparent satisfaction, threw oft their hats, and put tbemselves into the posture of servants : his greatest dissatisfaction was, that he could not have the Jeast occasion to be angry..

After be bad chaft bis mind as much, and indeed more than the case would bear, and bad thus embarrassed himself into the burry of the world again, so that he saw himself, in a few moments, a man removed from a pleasant agreeable retreat, engaged again in a vast crowd of incumbrances; the prospect began to appear less agreeable to him than he thought it before and full of discontent he comes away, having been perfectly disappointed of the quarrel which he expected to have with his two soņa.

Being come home, he thinks to gratify the fury of bis temper upon his wife, bis spirits were in agitation, and nature required to give them a vent somewhere; the submissive respectful condąct of his sons bad effectually disappointed him, and even for want of an object, he resolves to fall upon his wife, so he begins with her, very hot and

angy, thus :

Husb. Well, I bave blown you all up, I have broke all your measures.

Wife. My dear, it is ankind to speak of measures of mine,- if you have done no injury to youself you can bave done none to me,-) have no interest but yours, nor any measures but what you have been all along acquainted with, unless it has been to prevent your hurting your self.

Husb. Have you not had private projects to erect your sons on the ruin of their fatber?

Wife. No indeed, my dear, nor can I be capable of such a thing : can a husband be ruined without his wife?

Husb. Whatever you have been capable of, thank God, I am capable of disappointing you.

Wife. You will speak kindlier when your passion is over: your charge is very heavy, and it is a sad case, where the judge has not temper to hear the prisoner.

Husb. I your judge! I am none of your judge ; there is One above will judge you all.

Wife. If you condemn me, you make yourself my judge, and I ought to be calmly heard.

Husb. Well, what have you to say, if I should hear you calmly?

Wife. I desire you would take time till to-morrow morning ; you are too warm for it to day.

Husb. O, oh! you want to talk with your counsellors, I have dispossessed them of their authority, and I will take care to keep them from caballing with you.

Wife. If we had caballed against you, as we did for you, you could not have dispossessed them, treat me your enemy, my dear, but you will find I have been your friend, and a faithful friend too, even in this very thing

Husb. I value neither your friendship or your enmity ; I am master of my business again once more, and I will be so as long as Ì live.

Wife. I wish my dear, you were master of yourself, as much as we all desire you should be master of every thing in your family.

Husb. That is to myself, and the hurt is my own.

Wife. My dear, you can do nothing to hurt yourself, but we are all hurt by it too, we have but onc bottom, we cannot swim if you sink.

Husb. But you have made an attempt to swim and let me sink, if I had not disappointed you all.

Wife. My dear, your words are very bitter,-I know not what you have done ; I am sure I have done nothing to your prejudice, and you cannot have disappointed me in any thing, unless it be in hurting yourself and your family.

Husb. Yes, I have disappointed you,- I have turned out yoor two partners, and made my two masters my two servants again, as they ought to be.

Wife. Well, my dear, I hope they submitted dutifully and respectfully to you in it all, howsoever you have acted by them.

Husb. Yes, yes, they gave it up with readiness enough, that is true.

Wife. Why then, my. dear, they have shewn themselves very full of duty and regard to their father, you must own that,-for you know you could not have obliged them to it.

Husb. I am the less obliged to you however, who took care to put it so much out of my power, that if they bad been less dutiful than they are, I might have been used bad cnough.

Wife. Do not strive, my dear, to load me with reproaches, I have affliction enough.

Husb. What are your great afflictions? I know none you have, but this, that I have taken the power out of your hands to govern your husband.

Wife. Can I have a greater affliction than to have one that should protect me from the injuries of all the world, injure and oppress me himself ? Husb. How do I injure you or oppress you ?

Wife. You injure me in charging me wrongfully, and you oppress me in falling upon me in a passion, that I cannot bave room to speak or be heard..

Husb. I charge you wrongfully! is it not apparent that you juggle with your two sons to get me to put all my trade into veir hands, and set myself by to be laught at for a fool ?

Wife. No, it is evident I did not, because you say that you have turned them out,-if I had given the power entirely into their hands, as you know I might then have done, and as for aught you know I did, you could not have turned tbein out, I assure you.

Husb. Yes, yes, you see I have turned them out notwithstanding all the power they had.

Wife. You will acknowledge all that to your wife, my dear, when you come to think calmly, and know a little more of it; but I will take another opportunity to convince you of it; perhaps in a little time you will repent your present proceedings.

Husb. Never, while you live ; What a husband repent his being master ! no, no, I will have no more family directors, no more sons set up to be my masters, I will assure you.

Wife. You are disposed to be angry, my dear, I will come again when your passion is over.

[She goes out of the room.]

Husb. Aye, aye, fare you well ; I shall be of the same mind to-morrow, I promise you.

Fath. Well, of all the rude, ill-natured, and fiery creatures that ever I heard of, this is the foremost,-pray what came of it!

Neigh. Came of it! why, the next morning, after a little calmer discourse, she fetched him in a writing signed by both his sons, whereby, though they had the management of the trade in appearance, yet they had bound themselves, by an acknowledgment of trust, to account for all the profits of the wbole trade to their father, expences and 'incident charges being allowed, and to quit it all again whenever be demanded it.

Fath. What could he say to it?

Neigh. She withdrew, and left him to read it over, and when she came in again, she found him allin tears, and in a

violent passion at bimself for having ill treated her'; he took her in his arms and told her, she had been a faithful steward to him and all the family, adding all the kind things that could be expressed, and reproaching himself for his passions, in a manner that sbe could no more bear than she could the other.

Fath, Passion guides us into all extremes,-out how did he go on?

Neigh. He came to terms with his sons, and made them partners with him,-but alas, his fiery disposition, which grew worse every day, brought him into a dreadful disaster: for being in a passion at some people he employed, that did not do his business as he would have it done, and a porter, and some such sort of fellow, giving bım saucy language, he struck the poor man an unhappy blow, that it was thought by all that stood by had killed him, and which put this poor passionate creature afterwards into an inexpressible confusion.

Fath. But you say the man was not killed.

Neigh. No, he did not die ; but he was crippled by it as long as he lived.

Fath. And what said he for it ?

Neigh. Alas! he was the greatest penitent for it that over you heard of, and continued so as long as he lived, but what was that to the poor man?

Fath. As you say, he could never restore the poor man, but he might make some amends.

Neigh. Yes, yes, he provided for him and for his family too,—but though that was a great weight upon his own family, yet it was no satisfaction to the complaint of his own conscience ; the crime called for repentance, whatever amends be bad made the poor man. Fath. Aye, aye, passion always makes work for


Neigh. It does so, and this man found it so,-for he never enjoyed bimself an hour afterwards,-he quite threw

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