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Fraternity are you, that you are so angry with the poor Otter?

Pis. I am a Brother of the Angle, and therefore an enemy to the Otter, he does me and my friends so much mischiefjforyou are to know, that we Anglers all love one another; and therefore do I hate the Otter perfectly, even for their sakes that are of my Brotherhood.

Viat. Sir, to be plain with you, I am sorry you are an Angler: for I have heard many grave, serious men pitie, and many pleasant men scoffe at Anglers.

Pise. Sir, There are many men that are by others taken to be serious grave men, which we contemn and pitie; men of sowre complexions; mony-getting-men, thatlpend all their time first in getting, and next in anxious care to keep it: men that are condemn'dtobe rich, and alwayesdiscontented,orbusie. For these poor-rioh-men, wee Anglers


pitie them; and stand in no need to borrow their thoughts to think our selves happie: For (trust me, Sir) we enjoy acontentednesse above the reach of such dispositions.

And as for any scoffer, qui mockat mockabitur. Let mee tell you, (that you may tell him) what the The Lord witt je French-man saves in such a

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in MsApoi. Case. When my Cat and I enterforRa-Se- taine each other with mutuall apish tricks (as playing with a garter ,)who knows but that I make her moresport then Jhe makes me? Shall I conclude hersimple, that has her time to begin or refuse sportivenejse as freely as I my self have? Nay, who knows but that our agreeing no better, is the defect of my not understanding her language? {for doubt lejfe Cats talk and reason with one another) and that Jhee laughs at, and censures my folly ,for making her sport, and pities mee for understanding her no better? To this purpose speaks Mountagne concer

ning Cats: And I hope I may take as great a libertie to blame any Scoffer, that has never heard what an Angler can say in the justification of his Art and Pleasure.

But, if this satisfie not, I pray bid the Scoffer put this Epigram into his pocket, and read it every morning for his breakfast (for I wish him no better;) Hee shall finde it fix'd before the Dialogues of Lucian (who may be justly accounted the father of the Family of all Scoffers :J And though I owe none of that Fraternitie so much as good will, yet I have taken a little pleasant pains to make such a conversion of it as may make it the fitter for all of that Fraternity.

Lucian well skill'd in scoffing, this has writ, Friendf has syourfolly which you thbikyour wit 'Thisyou vent oft,void both of wit and fear, Meaning an ot her,when yourself youjeer,

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f But no more of the Scoffer; for since Solomon sayes, he is an abomination to men, he shall be so to me; and I think, to all that love Vertue and Angling.

Viat. Sir, you have almost amaPro. 24.9. zed me: for though I am no Scoffer, yet I have (I pray let me Ipeak it without offence) alwayes look'd upon Anglers as more patient, and moresimplemen,then(Ifear)Ishall finde you to be.

Piscat. Sir, I hope you will not judge my earnestnesse to be impatience: and for my Jimplicitie, if by that you mean a harmlefnejse, or th^tfirnplicity that was usually found in the Primitive Christians, who were (as most Anglers are) quiet men,andfollowedpeace; men that were too wisse to sell their consciences to buy riches for vexation,and a fear to die. Men that lived in those times when there were fewer Lawyers; for then a Lordship might have been safely conveyed in a piece of Parchment no bigger then your hand, though several skins are not sufficient to do it in this wiser Age. I say, Sir, is you take us Anglers to be such simple men as I have spoken of, then both my self, and those of my profession will be glad to be so understood. Butifbysimplicitie you meant to expresse any general defect in the understanding of those that professe and practise Angling, I hope to make it appear to you, that there is so much contrary reason (if you have but the patience to hear it) as may remove all the anticipations that Time or Discourse may have posselFd you with, against that Ancient and laudable .Art

Viat. Why (Sir) is Angling of Antiquitie, and an Art, and an art not easilylearn'd?

Pise. Yes(Sir:) and I doubt not but that if you and I were to con

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