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NOTE TO LETTER V.

Note 1, page 84, line 20. He lived, nor dream'd of corporation-doles. I am informed that some explanation is here necessary, though I am ignorant for what class of my readers it can be required. Some corporate bodies have actual property, as appears by their receiving rents; and they obtain money on the admission of members into their society: this they may lawfully share perhaps. There are, moreover, other doles, of still greater value, of which it is not necessary for me to explain the nature, or to inquire into the legality.

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THE BOROUGH.

LETTER VI.

PROFESSIONS-LAW.

Quid leges sine moribus Vanæ proficiunt?

Horace.

Væ! misero mihi, mea nunc facinora
Aperiuntur, clam quæ speravi fore.

Manilius.

Trades and Professions of every Kind to be found in the

Borough— Its Seamen and Soldiers-Law, the Danger of the Subject-Coddrington's Offence-Attorneys increased; their splendid Appearance, how supported—Some worthy Exceptions-Spirit of Litigation, how stirred up—A Boy articled as a Clerk; his Ideas—How this Profession perverts the Judgment-Actions appear through this Medium in a false Light-Success from honest ApplicationArcher a worthy Character-Swallow a Character of different kind-His Origin, Progress, Success, &c.

THE BOROUGH.

LETTER VI.

PROFESSIONS-LAW.

“TRADES and Professions"—these are themes the Muse,
Left to her freedom, would forbear to choose ;
But to our Borough they in truth belong,
And we, perforce, must take them in our song.

Be it then known that we can boast of these
In all denominations, ranks, degrees;
All who our numerous wants through life supply,
Who soothe us sick, attend us when we die,
Or for the dead their various talents try.
Then have we those who live by secret arts,
By hunting fortunes, and by stealing hearts ;
Or who by nobler means themselves advance ;
Or who subsist by charity and chance.

Say, of our native heroes shall I boast,
Born in our streets, to thunder on our coast,

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