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terest : but this is a wide digression. cover, under the diligence, the fair We have to observe, that since the expenses of raising and executing it. date of the Scotch Statute, the whole That this power is subject to abuse country has become eminently com we do not deny; but such abuse mercial ; and, therefore, the same may be effectually guarded against, reasons that induced the passing of by fixing the fees to be chargeable ; that act, now exist for so extending and, besides entitling the debtor to its provisions, that the whole coun an action of repetition, conferring try may participate in the benefit of upon him a right, as in England, to them. The history of the Small-Debt prosecute criminally, for extortion. Act deserves some consideration : the The verbosity of judicial writs is of framers of it were deeply impressed itself a grievance : why describe to with the truth of the homely pro the officer, in idle and pompous verb, that“ it is the last straw phraseology, the precise manner in which breaks the horse's back;" which he is to set about executing they felt, that a man who could the duties of his office? It would be not pay a debt, could ill support a quite enough to declare by law, that load of expenses heaped upon it; and an exemplification of the judgment that the almost certain consequence
of a Court shall be a sufficient war. of such accumulation of expense was rant to an officer to put it in force, the loss of the debt, and the utter by the ordinary and well-known ruin of the debtor. This is the his course of law. tory of the Act, and it requires no These proposed changes, we are comment.
aware, will deeply affect the interests With a view to some change in of numerous bodies of individuals, the general system of diligence, we composed, first, of Writers to the Sigwould observe, that no Judge should net, next of messengers, and, lastly, be competent to take cognizance of a of rapacious pettifoggers. Few of the cause, if not empowered to enforce former honourable body, however, we his sentence by all the compulsitors are assu
ssured, would resolve to oppose which the law recognizes. In judge their own interests to the adoption ing, it is possible he may err; but in of legislative measures, obviously carrying his sentence into effect, it calculated to produce a great nais impossible that he can, since the tional good. They have no vested course of proceeding is distinctly interest in the continuance of abuse, marked out to him, both by law and and are too public-spirited to desire inveterate practice. Therefore we it. There are a few public funcsay, that if a Judge may be safely in- tionaries would lose by the change ; trusted with the
power of deciding, and justice would require for them with much greater safety may the ample indemnities. But let the pubpower of putting his decisions in lic reflect upon the many thousands force be conferred upon him.
of pounds which are yearly wrung We would beg leave to propose, from the poorest and most distressed that the absurd fiction of civil rebel- class of the community, by the mere lion should be abolished, and with it operation of most absurd forms of all the cumbrous and expensive forms diligence, (forms bad in themselves, which have been erected upon it. but yet perverted and made use of by Authority, both to poind and to im- professional extortioners for their own prison, should, in every case, be con gain,) and consider also the innutained in the same writ. The power merable debts which are lost to creof civil imprisonment, possessed by ditors, from the circuitous nature of Burgh Magistrates, should be ex those forms, and the bankruptcies octended to all inferior Judges, but casioned by their expensiveness; and more particularly to Sheriffs. The sure we are, that all petty objections form of charging debtors ought to will give way to the desire of seeing be abolished ; and the officers em the whole system of diligence put ployed be authorized by law, to re upon a better footing,
No. VIII. MR EDITOR,
The listless apathy with which II laid hold of sans ceremonie, and have been afflicted ever since January desired Sal to roast the Cambrian 1822 still continuing, and our good rabbit in our Dutch oven. The fragfriends Messrs Cooper & Co., of the ment I took possession of, Mr EdiMedical Board, Gt. Charlotte-street, tor, is part of an epistle bearing the having recommended slight suppers,
Westminster post - mark, evidently of boiled tripe, leek porridge, toasted written by a foreigner, but in such cheese, and the like, by way of wad an oddishi manner, that all my sagading, to keep down their specifics; city was barely sufficient to decipher says I to our Sally, the other night, it, a circumstance that vexed me not “Step out to Merchant M'Crone's, a little. Indeed I was within an ace and fetch a cut o' his best Cheshire, of transferring the hapless remnant to sizeable enough to mak’ a decentish our general-purpose department, beWelsh rabbit.” Sally Diggles hath cause of the outlandish style in which her faults, and where dwelleth the it is written ; but on perceiving how daughter of Eve that is altogether queerly the fellow knaps his nails on perfect? Such is her litigious dispo- the head, I thought it would be just sition, that she usually stands half as well to know your will and pleaan-hour every Monday, Wednesday, sure, before passing sentence. Here and Friday morning, cheek for jowl goes for a fair transcript: with the poulterer, a spruce young
“ So mouch ove de marvels will whiskered dandy, cheapening a pair make all der eyes strare. O how of buck-hens, as Pat Dunavon calls dem will howld up der hands when them, to make cockie-leekie withal; 1 do tells how de Inglismans elect de a dish that both Mrs Van and I are Member. • Andrew, how him do ?' remarkably fond of, though a bargain dem will say; cock dems one lug, and might be struck in one twentieth part listens like de wild pig. Den I will of the time; and likewise on our kail say just so. Well, I be de freehowldays, to-wit, Sunday, Tuesday, and der, de househowlder, and have de Thursday, the girl will arguefy with vote. So I do tidy mineself, broush Jamie Sproutly the green-grocer, for de coat, de shoes, de leetle cloas, and a stricken hour by Camberwell clock, away I go to de Housting:
One over three-penny-worth of greens, mans meet me, and him say, 'Where one ditto of leeks, and a head or you go, Andrew ?' 'Oh, I go to de two of celery. Saturday being a Housting, to vote for Sir Murray, make-shift-day with the family, her and hear de speech.' He up with tongue hath a little respite, because him fist, and knock me down. More Merchant M'Crone is a man with mans cry, 'Hurrah, hurrah, give it whom she gossipeth not; and a dozen him, Spencer him, kennel de mangy or so of his Banff eggs, together with dogs”; but all dis be very good a few rashers of Wiltshire bacon, suf- sprees. No mans care for de crack fice to take the wire-edge off our ap- head, and de black eye, and de fracpetites. Thence it appears that James ture bone, at election. So I do shakes is the only tradesman from whose mineself, and hobble to de Houstpresence she departs as becometh a ing. Very much peoples be dere. All dutiful servant. On the night in busy in dems way, some insisting, question, Miss Diggles went to old and some persisting, some preaching I'Crone's in less than no time, hy de politic, some cursing de parson, perbolically speaking, and returu oders swearing for swearing's sake, ed with the like celerity, bearing and den de butcher lads do make in her hand the most tempting slice souch clatter. O de clangour ove of Cheshire cheese that ever man and woman tongues, de howls curdled in this or any
country, ove poor trampled dog, de lug-rendwrapt in a bit of waste paper, such as ing clank ove bone and cleaver. dealers in the general line usually Mine God! dem do make one concerts purchase at per lb., the which dat would melt de stone heart ove
owld Clovenfoot. But all de prime all young friends at Birmingham, do Babylonians haul dem winds until strain de nerve to be clever craftmans, one good candidate mans go to de and dat poor Poland one day will be Housting rail, hat in hand, with proud ove her good childrens. Dis hims best face on. Den dem shout you know is mine heart's wish. Tell with der might and main"*** Jonas to send de pistol dat I wrots for ever, hurrah! Den de mans, and for two posts ago, and also one flask de womans, and de dogs, howld dem for de poudres. Dem must be in tongues, de Housting peoples cry toun one day soon, at furdest, be• hush, hush !-de candidate mans cause Captain Von Helterskeldt do make speech, and him do say, ' Bri- sail for Dantzic by-and-by, and you tons, fellow countrymans ! Dis be well knows dat him be de fidgety one proud days ove mine life. Look mans. So, no more at present, from, at de powls, de state ove de powls.
Dear Paul, One hundreds and odd a-head ove de ministerialist. Dis look well.
Your kind loving broiler, Dis be one death-blows to all de
ANDREW JAVOKSKI." state jugglers. Dis do tells dem dat To Mr Paul Javorski, Inglismans see through der hocus at de Comb-manufucture, pocus, and dat der cause be de hop Crike-lane, Birmingham. less cause. But, countrymans, let This curious morsel of fugitive linot de state ove de powls lull mine terature being written in a comical good friends into one fatal securitys. hand, and scarcely legible, in many Remember dat our owld enemys de places, bothered me for two striken tax-gatherer be abroad, prowling hours and more, though assisted by for de vote, and seeking whom he Mrs Vandervrow's best endeavours, inay devours. Verily, him do chace and her late husband's spectacles to de poor mans from de snug warm boot; but, thank God, we mastered it cottage, into de cowld damp cellars, at last; so up got I, and rang for the and even dere him not be safe. All rabbit. Miss Diggles not answering hims leetle remaining comforts, de the bell, I tinkled again and again, snouffs, de gins, de tobacs, must con stamped on the parlour floor, until tribute dems mite to pamper dat joist, roof, rigging, tree, and pantile, rogue in grain, de boroughmonger. shook and chattered, then called her 0, him be one sad dogs. Britons, by name, “ Sal, Sally, Sarah, Miss Inglismans, now for de long pulls, Diggles,” but all to no purpose. de long pulls. We must attack dis Step down stairs," quoth Mrs Van, Hydra in hims strong-howld, we “ and see what the girl's about." I must drag him forth to de noon did so, Mr Editor, and beheld Ma. days, we must bore hims jau, we dam, to my great confusion, fast must bruize hims, and den owld asleep by the kitchen fire, with ConIngland will be owld Ingland.' All stable's Magazine in her lap, wide de peoples do clap dem hands at
Anonymous Literature, dis good speech, and cheer de can No. VI.," one of the sprightliest liditate mans with three grand hur- terary bantlings, in my estimation, rahs. Den Sir Murray do put for- that ever was born of a fond brain. ward him best foot, and bou to all So I called her a dull, stupid, somede hubbabus so politely; but good thing or other, not worthy of being gracious me! how dem yells and held in remembrance, and proceeded howls, and calls him de outlandish to curse all maids, mistresses, and fillor, treasury dogs, owld Junk, and masters, without exception, who preevery oder ruin names dat dem know, sume to doze over such happy stuff because free-born Inglismans love The discovery of itself was sufficient not de interloper. So Mr Bailiffs to ruffle any fellow's temper, but cast up de vote, close de powl books, greater cause hail I to wail, on perpocket him's spectacle, and declare ceiving my hapless rabbit roasted to who shall be de Member. 0, Paul, a cinder in the oven. “Plague on it," Paul, how de Warsaw lads will said I, “what's to be done now? I stare with dein eyes when I do tells wonder if auld M'Crone's asteer.” To all dis! Der broder, I do hopes satisfy myself in this particular, I dat you and Jonas Dowlawitz, and left Miss Diggles to finish her nap,
hastened to Sunket Terrace, and takes it much more philosophically. came upon James in the very act of Only see how the good old creature putting up his shutters. The old boylights her husband home, lanthorn hotened and leugh at my disaster, and in hand, from his Free and Easy ; only abstained from complimenting and mark how carefully she kicks me with a few dry rubs, because of aside every bit of orange-peel, lest, the late bout, for which I was truly peradventure, the inspired minstrel thankful, not being in tune to abide should slip a foot, and injure the much banter. So he served me with much-admired curve of his rubied a cut of his very best Double Glos'ter, nose. As for Cooper Bungs, honest and we parted. On crossing the man, he fills his cask at the Bull restreet, I perceived a slenderish gen- gularly every night, and Mrs B. tleman scratcling his head, and sta fetches him hone, after partaking ring about him in all directions, like of Landlady Vatbotham's far-famed unto a bewildered fellow : “ Sir," cholic cordial, the best and pleasantsaid I, “ you seem at a loss which est remedy for that cruel complaint way to steer. Pray, what nook of that ever was patronized by the genMillennium may you be seeking ?” tle sisterhood. Here they come, arm “ Nook of Pandæmonium !” exclaim- in arm. Steady, old lass-gently, ed the stranger, in a pettish kind of Cooper. Never did I see two persons tone; “ mention not Millennium to humour each other's failings more me ; I've been hunting about ever discreetly. He swags to the right, she since four o'clock, in quest of a place to the left, and the loving zig-zag tethat I verily do believe is enchanted. nor of their way is never dishonoured Every body knows where it is, every by a single downfal.
Well stagbody speaks of its charming crescents gered, Derby-wisely reeled, Joun ; and pleasant terraces, every body di- -another tack will do the business. rected me thereto, and here stand I, There they are, safe at their ain at eleven o'clock at night, on the door. Bless me, what divine sounds ! crown of His Majesty's highway, Lady Emma touches the keys of her with a slimy ditch on one side, and piano with fairy fingers, sure enough. & quick-set bedge on the other." Hark how delightfully she sings the “ Hedge and ditch !" said I, with Wankriffe Mammy!" “ Waukrife abundance of surprise ; “ good God! devil !" exclaimed the slenderish genSir, you astonish me. Nothing of tleman; "what may be your motive, the kind is to be seen. Look again, Sir, for talking to me in such a rigand, for Heaven's sake, pay some re marole style? He advanced a few spect to the evidence of your own paces, put himself in a reconnoitsenses.
This well-paved street, so ring attitude, and one inoment therebrilliantly lighted with patent gas after accosted me thus,“ Good lamps, is not a turnpike road, nei- life, friend Killigrew, what a wildther are the broad flagged foot-ways, goose-chace I have had in quest of on either side thereof, sleughs and a knotless thread ! 'Pon honour, you quickset hedges. All the brass door- are a strange fellow, sure enough, plates, you can perceive, ate engraven standing like a man possessed, listenwith names well known at Margate, ing to inaudible melody, and seeing Brighton, Cheltenham, and other visionary topers in a place that afrespectable watering-places, and every fordeth 'not one morsel of delight to house you can espy is the habitation either eye or ear. But that's none of of a substantial retired tradesman. my business. Every man to his huHere comes old Tanner M‘Murrain, mour, as the saying is. I've brought with half-a-dozen of claret under his you a continuation of Mr Doby's girdle, and there stands his lady at narrative, and the sequel will be forththe street-door, whetting her nails to coming in a few days." “ Mr Pounreceive him. Conscience, he'll catch cer,” quoth I, “it grieves me much it for wetting his whistle so effectu. to see a gentleman of your obliging ally at the Bull and Bagpipes. But turn so mainly kuidled on my acMrs Jiggumbob, the fiddler's wife, count; but had you only attended to
• Mainly kaidled i. e. sorely jaded ; a Wiltshire phrase, used by way of compliment to Mr Pouncer, he being a native of that county.
the few directions I gave, all would The Fuselier, (continued.) have been well. Come along, my Mrs Talbot's affecting story took boy, and see what Mrs Vandervrow possession of my heart, and interesthath in store. Both cellar and pan- ed every generous emotion so warmly try, thank God, are well furnished, in her behalf, that the bread before and the blue bed-room is at your me, in all probability, would have service. It is now too late to think remained unbroken, and the jug of of Bucklersbury.” So I gave my ale untasted, had she not laid her arm to Mr Pouncer, crossed the hand familiarly on my shoulder, and street, opened our parterre-gate with said, “ Make free, Mr Doby, and one hand, and lent him a friendly help yourself to such as I have. shove with the other. “ Pass on, Brown bread, small beer, whey, butmy good Sir,” said I ;“ the door's ter, and skim-milk cheese, are great
To my utter asto rarities at Welkinwold, and therenishment, he sprung back as if from fore,” continued she, with a motherthe brink of a precipice, threw Mr ly smile, “it is to be hoped that Doby's packet on the street, put cottage dainties will be the more achimself in a hostile position, and in- ceptable. Silver and gold have I dignantly exclaimed, “ What the none, but when Willie comes hame," devil do you mean, Sir? none of your clasping her hands firmly together, tricks upon travellers. Though it “ the treasure on which my poor may suit some people's children to heart fondly dotes, O how wealthy I bivouac under a thorn, or pillow at will be!” A crowd of paternal emothe root of a hedge, thank God, none tions choaked her utterance, the tear of my mother's sons, and there are sprung in her eye, and every feature seven of us, were ever so pitifully declared that her soul was ready to billeted. Confound all moon-stricken faint. Millenniumites ! say I.” Having ex O that I had been a Dey, or a pended his gall of bitterness in these Pasha, or an Ali Khan, clothed words, the infatuated young man with absolute authority, how speediscampered off as fast as his legs could ly the oppressor would have felt its carry him. Thus, Mr Editor, have weight ! Happiness, saith the phiI truly narrated the whole of his losopher, is pretty equally distribuvery extraordinary demeanour, and ted amongst us, and being a species leave you to jealouse what might of property that no man, save the have been the cause thereof.
righteous owner, can possibly enjoy, My own private opinion seems to he that bereaves a neighbour of his be, that poor Mr Pouncer is much portion is worse than a robber, and afflicted with what we call visual merits the death ; yet there are men aberrations, or optical illusion, ac who hesitate not to despoil us of our cording to the text of Messrs Trough- heavenly patrimony,and wantonly eat ton and Dollond, our famous spy- the happiness of their fellow-beings glass-makers, otherwise he certainly as bread, though, like unto Pharaoh's would never have mistaken a row of lean kine, they appear not a whit the handsome, well-finished houses, for sleeker. Of this genus was the rea thorn hedge. Be that as it may, doubted Squire Jumbo, a man from the lad certainly exercised a very whose grave the peasant will never becoming discretion in leaving Mr pluck a weed. But to resume my Doby's parcel, though I felt rather journey. The day being pretty far huffed at the manner in which he advanced, I returned a few acknowdelivered it; but we must endeavour ledgments to Mrs Talbot, for the to pocket little affronts of this sort, good cheer she had set before me, and dismiss them from our remem and arose from her table greatly rebrance. With best wishes for your freshed, because her bread was sweet, prosperity, both spiritual and tem and her drink was pleasant. She acporal, and kind love to our men at companied me to the door, and we arms, brave fellows all, I beg leave parted. The reader is no doubt to remain, as before,
most anxious to know what became My dear Editor,
of this poor woman and her ill-used Very truly yours, boy, in whose fate every gentle per
SAM. KILLIGREW. user of these presents must needs be London, 1824.