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sometimes on the will. Martin laid the first hand; at one twitch brought off a large handful of points; and, with a second pull, stripped away ten dozen yards of fringe. But when he had gone thus far, he demurred a while. He knew very well, there yet remained a great deal more to be done. However, the first heat being over, his violence began to cool, and he resolved to proceed more moderately in the rest of the work; having already very narrowly escaped a swinging rent in pulling off the points, which, being tagged with silver, (as we have observed before), the judicious workman had with much fagacity double fown, to preserve them from falling. Resolving therefore to rid his coat of a huge quantity of gold lace, he picked up the stitches with much caution, and diligently gleaned out all the loose threads as he went; which proved to be a work of time. Then he fell about the embroidered Indian figures of men, women, and children ; against which, as you have heard in its due place, their father's testament was extremely exact and fevere: These, with much dexterity and application, were, after a while, quite eradicated, or utterly defaced. For the rest, where he observed the embroidery to be worked fo close, as not to be got away without damaging the cloth, or where it served to hide or strengthen any flaw in the body of the coat, contracted by the perpetual tampering of workmen upon it; he concluded, the wiseft course was, to let it remain ; resolvD d 2
ing in no cafe whatsoever, that the substance of the stuff should fuffer injury; which he thought the best method for serving the true intent and meaning of his father's will. And this is the nearest account I have been able to collect of Martin's proceedings upon this great revolution *
But his brother Jack t, whose adventures will be so extraordinary as to furnish a great part in the remainder of this discourse, entered upon the matter with other thoughts, and a quite different fpirit. For the memory of Lord Peter's injuries produced a degree of hatred and spite, which had a much greater share of inciting him, than any regards after his father's commands ; fince these appeared at best only secondary and subservient to the other. However, for this medley of humour he made a shift to find a very plausible name, honouring it with the title of zeal, which is perhaps the most significant word that hath been ever yet produced in any language ; as, I think, I have fully proved in my excellent analytical difcourse upon that subject; wherein I have deduced a histori-theo-phisi-logical account of zeal, fhewing how it first proceeded from a notion into a: word, and from thence, in a hot summer, ripened into a tangible substance. This work, containing three large voluines in folio, I design very shortly to publish by the modern way of subscription; not doubting but the nobility and gentry of the land will give me all possible encouragement, having had already such a taste of what I am able to perform.
the The criticisms of the Martinists (whom we may suppose the members of the church of England) were, it is to be hoped, more candid than those contained in the following note: For Martin is treated with a much less degree of sarcasm than the other two brothers.--The church of England can scarce be angry at such a favourable account of Luther; especially as we have since reformed from Luther himself; and, so far as our judgments can teach us, have restored our habits still nearer to the original fashion, which they bore at the perfection of the testament. Orrery.
+ In the character of Jack, a set of people were alarmed, who are easily offended, and who can scarce bear the chearfulness of a smile. In their dictionary, wit is only another name for wickedness; and the purer or more excellent the wit, the greater and more impious the abomination. However wide, therefore, the difference of Peter and Jack might have been in fashioning their coats, the two brothers most sincerely agreed in their hatred of an adversary fo powerful as this anonymous author. They spared no unmannerly reflections upon his character. They had recourse to every kind of abuse that could reach him. And sometimes it was the work of Swift and his companions : Sometimes not a fyllable of it was his work; it was the work of one of his uncle's sons, a clergyman; and sometimes it was the work of a person who was to be nameless. Each of these malicious conjectures reigned in its turn: And it will be found, that bold assera tions, however false, almost constantly meet with ccess; a kind of triumph that would appear one of the severest institutes of fate, if time and truth did not foon obliterate all marks of the victory. Orrery,
I record, therefore, that brother Jack, brimfull of this miraculous compound, reflecting with indignation upon Peter's tyranny, and farther provoked by the defpondency of Martin, prefaced his resolutions to this purpose.
What, said he, a rogue that locked up his-drink, turned away our QUÉVES, cheated us of our fortunes, palmed his damned