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They order, said I, this matter better in France

You have been in France ? said my gentlemani, turning quick upon me with the most civil triumph in the world. Strange! quoth 1, debating the matter with myself, that one and twenty miles failing, for 'tis absolutely no further from Dover to Calais, should give a man these rights I'll look into them: to giving up the argument I went straight to my lodgings, put up half a dozen Thirts and a black pair of filk breeches " the coat I have on, said I, looking at the fleeve, will do " took a place in the Dover stage; and the packet failing at nine the next morning by three I had got fat down to my dinner upon a fricassee'd chicken so incontestably in France, that had I died that night of an indigestion, the whole world could not have suspended the effects of


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the Droits d'Aubaine * my shirts, and black pair of filk breeches portmanteau and all must have gone to the king of France even the little pi&ure which I have so long worn, and so often have told thee, Eliza, I would carry with me into my grave, would have been torn from my neck. Ungenerous! to seize upon the wreck of an unwary pale senger, whom your subjects had beckon'd to their coast by heaven! SIRE, it is not well done ; and much does it grieve me, 'tis the monarch of a people so civilized and courteous, and so renown'd for sentiment and fine feelings, that I have to reason with

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But I have scarce set foot in your dominions

* All the effe&s of strangers (Swiss and Scotch

excepted) dying in France, are seized by vir-
tue of this law, tho' the heir be upon the
spot the profit of these contingencies being
farm'd, there is no redress.




When I had finish'd my dinner, and drank the King of France's health, to satisfy my mind that I bore him no spleen, but, on the contrary, high honour for the humanity of his temper an inch taller for the accommodation.

I rose up

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No · said I the Bourbon is by no means a cruel race: they may be misled like other people ; but there is a mildness in their blood. As I acknowledged this, I felt a fuffulion of a finer kind upon

more warm and friendly to man, than what Burgundy (at least of two livres a bottle, which was such as I had been drinking) could have produced.

my cheek

Just God ! said I, kicking my portmanteau aside, what is there in this world's goods which should sharpen our spirits, and make so many kindhearted brethren of us, fall out so cruelly as we do by the way?

When man is at peace with man, how much lighter than a feather is the heavielt of metals in his hand! he pulls out his purse, and holding it airily


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