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fober, he again made his appearance. His mafter gave him a most severe reprimand, and called him an idle, drunken, vicious fellow. “Sir,” said William, very pertly, « If I do get drunk now and then, I only 5 do it for the good of my country, and 66 in obedience to your wishes,” Mr. Fantom, thoroughly provoked, now began to fcold him in words not fit to be repeated, and asked him what he meant. 6. Why, Sir," said William, - you are a s philosopher you know; and I have often
overheard you say to your company, so that private vices are public benefits ; “ and so I thought that getting drunk “ was as pleasant a way of doing good to so the public as any, especially when I 6 could oblige my master at the same * time.”
“ Get out of my house," faid Mr. Fantom in a great rage. “I do not desire to “ stay a moment longer,” said William, “ so pay me my wages.”_“ Not I in6 deed,” replied the master ; " nor will I
“ give “ give you a character; so never let me “ see your face again.” William took his master at his word, and not only got of the house, but went out of the country too as fast as possible. When they found he was really gone, they made a hue-and-cry, in order to detain him till they had examined if he had left every thing in the house as he had found it. But William had got out of reach, knowing he could not stand such a scrutiny. On examination, Mr. Fantom found that all his old port was gone, and Mrs. Fantom missed three of her best new spoons. William was pursued, but without success; and Mr. Fantom was so much discomposed, that he could not, for the rest of the day, talk on' any subject but his wine and his spoons, nor harangue on any project but that of recovering both by bringing William to justice.
Some days passed away, in which Mr. Fantom, having had time to cool, began to be ashamed that he had been betrayed into such ungoverned passion. He made the best excuse he could ; said no man was perfect, and though he owned he had been too violent, yet he still hoped William would be brought to the punishment he deserved. “In the mean time,” said Mr. Trueman,“ seeing how ill philofophy “ has agreed with your 'man, suppose you “ were to set about teaching your maids a “ little religion?” Mr. Fantom coolly replied, “ that the impertinent retort of a “ drunken footman could not spoil a sys“em.”_" Your system, however, and “ your own behaviour," said Trueman, “ have made that footman a scoundrel: 6 and you are answerable for his offences.”—“ Not I truly,” faid Fantom; “ he has seen me do no harm; he has “ neither seen me cheat, gamble, nor get “ drunk; and I defy you to say I cor. “ rupt my servants. I am a moral man, “ Sir.”
“ Mr. Fantom,” said Trueman, “ if "you were to get drunk every day, and
“ game “ fome way or other, or some where oř “ other, for their good? You forget, “ too, that in a world where there is fin, " there must be misery. Then, too, I “ suppose, God permits this very mifery “ partly to exercise the sufferers, and partly “ to try the prosperous; for by trouble “ God corrects some and tries others. “ Suppose now, Tom Saunders had not “ been put in prison, you and I no, “I beg pardon, you saved your guinea; “ well then, our club and I could not have « shown our kindness in getting him out; << nor would poor Saunders himself have “ had an opportunity of exercising his * own patience and submission under want di and imprisonment. So you see one
reason why God permits misery, is, chat « good men may have an opportunity « of leflening it." Mr. Fantom replied, « There is no obje&t which I have more « at heart; I have, as I told you, a plan a in my head of such universal benero« lence as to include the happiness of all
“ mankind.”—“ Mr. Fantom,” said Tqueman, “ I feel that I have a general good“ will to all my brethren of mankind; " and if I had as much money in my purse “as I have love in my heart, I trust I “ should prove it: all I say is, that, in a “ station of life where I cannot do much, “ I am more called upon to procure the " happiness of a poor neighbour, who has " no one else to look to, than to form “wild plans for the good of mankind, “ too extensive to be accomplished, and 6 too chimerical to be put in practice. “ It is the height of folly for a little igno“rant tradesman to distract himfelf with “ projecting schemes which require the
wisdom of scholars, the experience of “ statesmen, and the power of kings to “ accomplish. I cannot free whole coun“ tries, nor reform the evils of society at “ large, but I can free an aggrieved wretch “ in a workhouse; I can relieve the dis“ treffes of one of my journeymen ; and I VOL. IV.