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evil and wicked ways. He often caused them to wonder and rejoice to see him so firm and stedfast, free from all fear, joyful in heart, and willing to die. Of the yeomen of of the guard, three used him kindly, but the fourth, (whose name was Holmes) treated him very unkind, and churlish.
When they arrived at Chelmsford they were met by the sheriff of Suffolk, who was to take him into Suffolk. And being at supper, the sheriff of Essex' very earnestly with fair words, endeavoured to persuade him to return to the popish religion; saying “Good master Doctor! we are right sorry for you, considering what the loss is of such a one as ye might be, if ye would. God hath given you great learning and wisdom ; wherefore ye have been in great favour and reputation in times past, with the council. and highest in this realm. Besides this, ye are a man of goodly personage, in your best strength, and by nature, like to live many years; and without doubt, ye should in time to come. be in as good reputation as ever ye were, or rather better. For ye are well-beloved of all men, as well for your virtues as for your learning: and me thinketh it were a great pity you should cast away 'yourself willingly, and so come to such a painful and shameful death. Ye should do much better to revoke your opinions, and return to the Catholic Church of Rome, acknowledge the Pope's holiness to be supreme head of the universal church, and reconcile yourself to him. You may do well yet, if you will. Doubt ye not but ye shall find favour at the queen's hands. I and all these your friends will be suitors for your pardon; which no doubt ye shall obtain. This counsel I give you, good master Doctor, of a good heart, and good will toward you; and thereupon I drink to you.” In like manner said all the yeomen of the guard—“Upon that condition, master Doctor, we will all drink to you.” When they had all drank, and the cup was come to him, he stopped a little, studying what answer he might give. At last he said, “ Master sheriff, and my masters all, I heartily thank you for your good will : IF
hearkened to your words, and marked well your counsels. And to be plain with you, I do perceive that I have been deceived myself, and am like to deceive a great many of Hadley of their expectation, with that, these words they all rejoiced. "Yea, good master Doctor," said the sheriff_"God's blessing on your heart ! Hold you there still. It is the comfortablest word that we heard you speak yet. What! should ye cast away yourself in vain ? Play a wise man's part, and I dare warrant it, ye shall find favour at the last. Good master Doctor, what meant ye by this, that ye say, ye think ye shall deceive many, a one in Hadley'? “Would ye know my meaning plainly,” said Dr. Taylor, “ Yea, good master Doctor," said the sheriff, "tell it us plainly.” Then, answered Doctor Taylor “ I'will tell you how I have been deceived, and as I think. I shall deceive a great many. I am, as you see, a man that hath a great carcase, which I thought should have been buried in Hadley churchyard, if I had died in my bed, as I well hoped I should have done; but herein I see I was de ceived: and there are a great number of worms in Hadley churchyard, which should have had jolly feeding upon this carrion, which they have looked far many a day. But now I know we be deceived, both I and they ; for this carcase must be burned to ashes; and so shall they lose their bait and feeds ing, that they looked to have had of it.” When the sheriff and his company heard him say so, they were amazed, and looked one on another, marvelling at the man's constant mind that he, without fear, made, but a jest at the cruel, torment and death now prepared for him—thus was their expectations dissappointed.
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DIARY OF A COMMERCIAL TRAVELLER.
(CONTINUED FROM Page 74.) The Commercial Traveller is more humane and considerate to the beast which he rides than the soldier, or the statesman
h is not saying much for his humanity after all); indeed
may go farther,--it is “part and parcel" of him to be so; and
prevent the possibility of an encroachment on the contens the manger by the ostler, he will, often, with the patience of ob wait while his animal has masticated the whole of his allotted ortion; and this he does before he dines or sups himself,-circumstance which alike reflects credit on his feelings, his udgment, and his discretion; and, in some instances, (apperLining to his own immediate self) he so far carries the latter uality, i.e. discretion), that the sheets with which he invests is body by night, are made his travelling companions by ay; through which precautions he not only secures the fective services of his horse, but the health and the longevity f his own proper person ; a half-starved horse is but an inifferent auxiliary to a Commercial Traveller; damp sheets re certainly not a prolonger of life, nor one of its essential omforts.
On his arrival at a town, in the way of his avocation, fter having comfortably lodged his horse and himself, he pays pop visit to his customers; and this he does as immediately s possible, recollecting the old adage, “first come, first erved,” being himself a sort of “avant courier" to his "patern book" or wares! Like all discreet tacticians, he secures irst the favour and the smiles of the women; for your counry shopkeeper's wife, although she may be “Mrs. Mayoress” it the time, is as efficient a personage behind her “ hubby's counter as himself,---amusing herself, while not employed in he serving of customers, in the domestic manufacture of her husband's hose, or in closing gaps brought into existance by the “ wear and tear" of her hopeful progeny and juvenile corporators! Your Commercial Traveller will take the earliest opportunity of praising her taste and the beauty of her children, though the latter be as ugly as church-yard cherubims, and the former as distasteful, as a wapping landlady's “ robe de chambre."
By securing their (the wives) "golden opinions” and good services, he easily attains the favour of their fig or hardware
or brandy-dealing, or any other dealing spouses; never forgetting (which is a clencher), to invite our country dealer, to discuss a bit of dinner with him at his inn, before his “ order book” is opened, or his patterns or samples are displayed; and it is not unusual, so eager is your trader for “ the fray" with the viands of the commercial room, that he'finds himself in company with one or more of the same trade or calling, who, equally anxious with himself for a good“ tuck out" at another's expence (and which has often been an inducement to them to give orders they have never been able to pay for) that they forget the probability of coming in contact with those whom they love with a most“ brotherly hatred.” Two of a trade, especially in a market-town, or a tea drinking city, are anything but sociable, to say nothing of being harmonious!
But touching this said “ Traveller's room," readers, have you ever been in one-have you ever been admttted into this penetrail of the commercial solicitor of orders? if not, you have something to look forward to worth hoping for; worth a draft upon imagination.
JEALOUS of this sanctuary, as the mussulman of his harum; yet, should you have the good luck to be introduced thither, especially at vesper meal you will have accomplished an event worthy a notice in your album-deserving a few pages in your book of reminiscenses. Talk of the “ Arabian Night's Entertainment,” or of “ The Thousand and One Tales,” give me “ English Night's entertainments" and the interminable tales, the stories, the anecdotes, of the Traveller's room!
Rich, racy, and imaginative, truth as well as fiction, embellish the Traveller's tale; and as it is said, “ they see strange things,” so do they discourse of them,” ever and anon, seasoning that discourse" with copious draughts of Englishman's contradiction, Portugal's elixir, and Madeira's juice of the grape! No table better furnished with viands more choice, yet substantial; “fish, flesh, and fowl,” here regale your nose,--here amuse your appetite! No wines better
than those which cheer the Traveller at his inn; a thorongh judge of quality the quantity is never deficient? An inn, at all times, is a place which a man delighteth to sojourn at, for Whoe'er has travelled life's dull round where'er his various
town has been, May sigh to think how oft he found his warmest welcome
at an inn. But the Commercial Traveller's inn is the acme of all, a kind of “ Alsatia,” a house of refnge from all care and trouble, a kind of vantage ground, where you may laugh at the latter, and hurl your defiance at the former. Among other characteristics in our hero of the bags, is the heartof ingenious embellishment; and, in order that you may not doubt the authenticity of any anecdote he may relate, the first person singular is invariably auxiliarized, by way of a voucher of the fact, or of confirming the wavering doubts (should they exist) of the sceptical ; for be it known to those who are ignorant, and recollected by those who are not so, the atmosphere of a Commercial room, is remarkably impregnated with The Marvellous.; a kind of MunCHAUSEAN animalcula, the insinuating effects of which will require all the aid of your incredulity to repulse, I always selected the Commercial room when I stopped at an inn. I am fond of my fellow creatures; and travellers, as Commercial men of a certain class are styled, generally present a fair specimen of them, Pleasant fellows. Men of information too. They do not roam the harvest field of human life without gleaning. Who does, indeed? No one; certainly, not the Commercial traveller. He is generally a man awake, of apt and quickened intellect,—a judge of profit and loss in more respects than the peculiar one of his calling, --science to him that strengthens judgment with regard to general matters.
Politics, letters, morals, take their turn among the topics of his table, and not unfrequently give rise to a debate, not the less animated and eloquent because it is accidental, and is untrammelled by the preparation, pretension, and forms of a